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Create this room: the kitchen from 40 Bond residences

The new Herzog & de Meuron designed residences for the new Ian Schrager project 40 Bond in NYC are nothing less than you would expect from the H & de M/Schrager design and real estate powerhouses.

The kitchen features high-grade materials and appliances throughout, and to reduce cost, use GE in a hidden microwave and in the garbage disposal. Each kitchen features:

-Wide-plank oak flooring.

-Custom italian imported cabinets with a high gloss lacquer doors by Varenna (est. $20,000-$40,000 depending on configuration).

-Integrated sink with Corain countertop and backsplash. ($445 for sink, ~$2500 for counters depending on linear feet)

-Vola faucet and pullout spray in polished chrome. ($1096.00)

-Custom hand-blown glass pendant light fixture. For a similar effect, you could choose the supernova pendant light. ($1,774.00)

-Up lights and under-cabinet recessed lights.

-Miele 24″ four-burner stainless steel gas cook top. ($1,249.00)

-Miele 24″ stainless steel fully-vented exhaust hood. ($2,749.00)

-Miele 27″ stainless steel electric convection oven. ($3249.00)

-Miele dishwasher with integrated panel to match cabinetry. ($1,249.00)-

-27″ Sub-Zero refrigerator with integrated panel to match cabinetry. (price withheld by manufacturer, but prepare to spend > $4000)

-GE stainless steel microwave, concealed in kitchen cabinetry. ($170)

-GE garbage disposal.

-Also features the Miura Stool by Konstantin Grcic. ($296 each)

Of course you can cut some corners by switching the appliances to less expensive brands, or even sticking with Miele, but downgrading to a more affordable model. To reduce overall cost considerably, you could try the SOLAR cabinets from Ikea with integrated handle, reducing your cost to $2500-$7,000 for cabinets. The construction technique for Ikea cabinetry is pretty similar to the Poliform cabinets, which also features full overlay doors on standard white-box frames. You could also go with the Axor faucet instead of the Vola faucet, saving almost $800.
Lastly, you could choose a different countertop instead of Corian, such as Silestone or another Quartz surface if you don’t mind losing the integrated sink option.

AXOR Uno Kitchen Faucet

This is not a bad price for such a well designed and proportioned faucet, and is a good alternative to the pricier versions that top out at over $1,000.

Purchase Information:

Price: $317.85
Availability: Buy AXOR Uno Kitchen Faucet here

ferm LIVING Feather Wallpaper

More Wallpaper from ferm, the Danish design house.

“ferm LIVING wallpapers have been specially treated to resist fading and to be reasonably washable. Each roll is 21 inches wide by 32.8 feet long. When determining the correct number of rolls you’ll need, be sure to measure to allow for the repeat.”

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $85
Availability: Buy ferm LIVING Feather Wallpaper here

Contemporary House Numbers

These substantial house numbers (each measuring over 4″ high) were created by renowned German font maker Erik Spiekermann, based on his own FF Meta® typeface.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35
Availability: Buy Contemporary House Numbers here

Modular Wall Panels

These panels, are light, will withstand a fire for up to 2 hours, paintable and made of natural substances that won’t poison your interiors. Did I mention that the creators of these wall panels won the 2004 Green Product Organic Design Award?

Chrome Mirror Panel

So here’s an idea to change up a space…these Chrome panels can be lined up or used alone or (!) you could even mount them on a ceiling for an extra-special effect. Light weight and easy installment insures that it’ll be quick transformation, and the price tag doesn’t hurt either.

Chromium plated plastic.

one panel; 21” w | 21” h | 2” d

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Chrome Mirror Panel here

Inhabit Wall Flats- Seesaw

If you were in the mood to liven up a wall, these are something to take a look at…

“Inhabit’s Embossed Wall Flats are designed to expand in any direction. With peel-and-stick adhesive tabs and an automatic pattern repeat these wall tiles are simple, modern, versatile and goof-proof. You can cover an existing wall, help disguise a not-so-smooth wall or add a modern pattern to any room setting.
Customize them by rotating every other tile or row, mix-and-match patterns or paint them to coordinate with your decor.”

Materials: Molded Bamboo Paper Pulp with Peel-&-Stick adhesive tabs
Notes: 10 panels per box. Coverage: 22.5 square feet. Off white paintable surface. Only for use indoors.

Other designs available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $84.00
Availability: Buy Inhabit Wall Flats- Seesaw here

Cardboard House

The Cardboard House arrives flat and can be assembled in less than 6 hours and it’s completely recycled and recyclable.

And to answer your next question, they are treated for protection against water. Read more about it at Inhabitat.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35,000
Availability: Buy Cardboard House here

Loftcube

“What could a temporary, minimalistic domicile look like, to suit people of a nomadic lifestyle, living for short periods of time in large cities and dense urban areas, offering both sanctuary and social structure, to structure a city to city network for transient living…”

Prefab is not a new word, but these Loftcubes take it to a different level. For urban areas with no blank real estate, these can drop in on the roofs of buildings. Anything that expands choices in the housing market is good news to me; Loftcubes are gearing up to go, and if you’d like to learn more or just sign up for them to send you more info, you can visit loftcube.net.

More information:

View Loftcube here

Art Cool A/C

Lg is an electronics company out of Korea that is producing some aesthetically pleasing products lately. Some of them include the tv with the television in the door, some European-looking front load dishwasers, and this wall mounted ac unit.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1700.00
Availability: Buy Art Cool A/C here

Artemis Ceiling Fan

It’s quite hard to find an unobtrusive ceiling fan, so that’s why it’s so nice to see this particular one. Ceiling fans are key in saving money on energy bills, so if you’re not utilizing fans in your main living areas, you might want to look into the idea. Several different finishes are available.

Downrods available in several different lengths to accomodate ceiling heights.

(Thanks Mark for the link…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $369.95
Availability: Buy Artemis Ceiling Fan here

Tykho Fan

For those of you eternally hot/cold folks that need extra ventilation control…

“In the permanent collection of the Pompidou in Paris, this fun and colorful fan is available in aluminum with either pink or turquoise PVC blades. Great for the office desk. Two speeds. Plugs into a conventional outlet.”

9.75″ x 9.75″ x 4 5/8″.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Tykho Fan here

Blow Ceiling Fan

If you’ve been shopping for ceiling fans, you’re accustomed to the selection at your local lighting and hardware stores. So, perhaps you too exclaimed that there are, in fact, truly modern fans available (stylized or not). This one is particularly interesting with the transparent blade option and with the light above, rather than below, the blades.

16″ H x 55″ Dia Span

Purchase Information:

Price: $995.00
Availability: Buy Blow Ceiling Fan here

Braille Tiles

Yes, yes, I know we’ve all seen this before, but:

1. I kinda forgot about them.
2. I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen them for sale.

description: This wonderful collection of furniture and accessories made its debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York this past May and received wonderful press and critical acclaim. Lolah is a year-old division of a 60-year old luxury yacht outfitter based in Canada.

Featured here is the Braille Tile series; language and design come together in this collection of 28 tiles reflecting the 26 characters of the Braille alphabet, as well as a blank tile and the Braille symbol for #. Each Braille Tile is composed of a cast polymer with a matte white gel-coat resin. Includes indentation on the back allowing these to hang with ease or, these can be glued to a surface for permanent installation.

Purchase Information:

Price: $46.00
Availability: Buy Braille Tiles here

Braille Wall Flats by Inhabit

These are by far the best in the recent world of embossed/textured wall coverings. They give pattern in such a way that adds interest without the distraction of too much detail or texture…

“Inhabit’s Embossed Wall Flats are designed to expand in any direction. With peel-and-stick adhesive tabs and an automatic pattern repeat these wall tiles are simple, modern, versatile and goof-proof. You can cover a existing wall, help disguise a not-so-smooth wall or add a modern pattern to any room setting. ”

Off-white paintable surface.
Inhabit Wall Flats are made with 100% bamboo pulp.

18″ x 18″ panels
10 panels per box
Coverage: 22.5 square feet

Purchase Information:

Price: $86.00
Availability: Buy Braille Wall Flats by Inhabit here