Culinary expert Alison Roman and Anna Cappelen, along with Chloe Pollack-Robbins of the design firm Curious Yellow share how they envision the most popular room in the home and how including design features like the Delta Trinsic® Pro faucet go a long way in realizing this vision
The kitchen is where the culinary arts and design intersect. And no one knows this better than Bon Appétit editorial alum Alison Roman and designers Anna Cappelen and Chloe Pollack-Robbins. They have each spent their careers working in the kitchen, either creating delicious dishes or creating environments that are ideal for cooking and entertaining.
Anna Cappelen found her calling when she was working as an art director for a NYC ad agency. She routinely went on photo shoots for real-estate clients and soon realized that instead of hiring stylists to prepare the homes she could do it herself. “I come from a family of architects so design must be in my blood,” says Cappelen. As for Chloe Pollack-Robbins, she had an affinity for design since her childhood. “I remember constantly re-arranging my parents’ furniture from the time I was seven years old,” says Pollack-Robbins. “But it wasn’t until I took a night class at FIT and then started working at Curious Yellow that it all came together for me.”
For Alison Roman, her passion for cooking blossomed in college. She has fond memories of cooking with her then-boyfriend, who was a self-proclaimed foodie. “I found it to be a great creative outlet—and still do!” says Roman.
“Your food is going to be inherently better if you enjoy the space you are cooking in,” proclaims Roman. To that end, she prefers an open-concept layout—one that is popular today for its convivial nature. “It’s important to integrate the kitchen into the rest of your living space so it’s not a series of zones where you cook in one room, eat in another. For me, cooking and eating should be very much a part of one another.”
The ladies of Curious Yellow agree that layout is important when envisioning the perfect kitchen. “I like a big island as it acts as a social hub, one that brings people together,” says Cappelen. The idea of a large island also speaks to the concept of form versus function—or, really, how the two are intertwined. The island can help to keep the space organized without compromising the aesthetic of the kitchen. A good faucet like the Delta Trinsic Pro with its Touch20 technology that turns on and off with the touch of a finger or flick of a wrist lets you effortlessly keep your space clean. “I also think integrating pull-out shelving is a great way to maintain the beauty of the space while keeping its much-needed utility,” says Pollack-Robins. “You can keep your counters clear by hiding essentials like blenders in a thoughtful way—out of the sight but not out of the way,” recommends Roman.
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“Personally, I like simplicity when it comes to the design of the kitchen,” says Roman. “It goes along with my casual style.” Cappelen and Pollack-Robbins agrees. “We gravitate to using natural materials, such as clean woods and organic fibers in our designs,” says Pollack-Robbins. “The Delta Trinsic Pro faucet is one of those necessities that fits nicely into our designs. With its sleek, industrial look, it complements the natural and sometimes eclectic notes we like to incorporate into our kitchens,” adds Pollack-Robbins.
The consensus: a convenient layout, natural flow, and quality accessories that seamlessly integrate into myriad designs … these are the essentials of the ideal kitchen.