NKBA 2003 Design competition: Category 11:
(reception areas, restaurants
and cooking schools)
1st Traveling Display
Makes Wishes Come True
Designed by Andrea Tobias, CKD, of Heritage Custom Cabinetry, LLC,
in Reinholds, PA, this award-winning display made many wishes come
Initially, this display was designed to be the
focal point of a food and wine event in California, held in
conjunction with Gourmet magazine. Therefore, ease of installation
was key to its design, according to Tobias.
However, she knew that the display would then also
travel the country as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Grand
Tasting” food demonstration benefit, sponsored by Viking Range
Corp. and Bon Appetit magazine. So, in addition to installation
ease, the display needed to break down easily, as well as be sturdy
while assembled, she notes.
“I had to think about how the walls would break
down,” Tobias comments. “I did not want to use wall-to-wall
cabinetry, because it takes too long to install.” Because of this,
she included as little attached cabinetry as possible.
While this aspect of the display was challenging,
Tobias found that integrating an array of stainless steel products
per the client’s request and accommodating the professional chefs
who were going to cook in it was equally tough.
The display incorporates three angled walls, set at
45°, which allows for a wide viewing area for the audience.
The back wall is stepped forward, which creates a point of interest
behind the ceiling mirror that was required for the cooking
demonstrations, she explains. This technique also enabled her to
prominently display the Viking Range Corp. cooktop, oven, range,
dishwasher, refrigerator, ventilation, ice maker, wine unit and
warming drawer that are featured throughout the display.
According to Tobias, the overall contemporary
aesthetic of the display is enhanced by the clean line cabinetry
from Heritage Custom Cabinetry.
The display’s design also needed to work for
cooking shows. “It’s different when you do a cooking demonstration
[display as opposed to a residential installation] because the chef
brings his food prepared,” comments Tobias. “The two main things
[to focus on] were the top of the island, for preparation, and the
refrigerator, to store food. [Therefore], the island was designed
to give the chef one large surface to work on.”
The cooking surface was kept to one side to better
accommodate the cooking process. To accomplish this, the designer
eliminated cabinet doors and installed roll-out shelving onto the
island to create easy access for cooking equipment. She also
integrated open-tray dividers next to the range to provide
“beautiful and functional” ways to store trays used for food
To create a stark contrast to the abundance of
stainless steel, a custom, vibrant blue finish was added to the
cabinetry. An open-shelf cabinet, aluminum frame glass doors and
varying cabinet heights are also incorporated into the design to
add interest and lighten the design. Commercial-grade flooring and
stainless steel countertops further complement the contemporary
Lighting was also a key component to the display’s
success, according to the designer.
“The lighting plan includes interior halogen
cabinet and overhead lights,” she says. “While the chef is cooking,
the lighting is bright. During breaks, the space is washed in soft
blue lights, creating a surreal effect.”