“Lighting is so important,” says designer Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company. She mentions that undercabinet lighting, faucet lighting and other ambient lighting can boost the overall appearance of a space, like it does in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. “I use lighting to my advantage in any space to create drama,” she says. The pendants and undercabinet lighting were from Tech Lighting. These pendants were about $300, but beehive-shaped pendants for task lighting above a bar can be found for about $100 from online and home improvement retailers.
This may look like an elegant library in a private club or grand Newport mansion, but it’s actually an addition to a one-story, Mediterranean-style home in a small California town, added on where other people might have built a garage or game room. Patterned after a library in an Austrian monastery, the room was built to hold the homeowner’s thousands of volumes, as well as emphasize family commitment to literature and education, creating a reading respite and escape from a high-tech, digital world.
This library space was once a sea of wall-to-wall green with gold accents and cluttered bookshelves. Now, the space is elegant and calming. The home's original molding and wainscoting has been restored and highlighted in this sleek, new design, and the bookcases have been cleaned up and stocked with myriad books. The luscious, overstuffed furniture gives the family a great place to relax and read, but this space has also been equipped with some tech savvy gadgets, such as a projector with a retractable screen, so that the family can watch their favorite soccer matches in style.
After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
T'Challa's sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) is the Steve Jobs of Black Panther, a talented inventor in the tradition of the James Bond character Q. Here the tech genius is a teenage girl who creates rocket gloves and defensive body armor in a typical Afrofuturist brand of off-the-charts female empowerment and intelligence. In this scene Shuri battles T'Challa's nemesis Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in an outfit that blends cutting-edge technology and the kind of face decoration and dress that evoke indigenous African design.
You wouldn't necessarily think this Atlanta suburb would be home to a vibrant, international community. But like much of Atlanta, Alpharetta is a tech headquarters that attracts a diverse, dynamic population. A visit to Avalon for lunch one day led to the happy sighting of an East Indian wedding in progress, complete with horses and colorful attire and a musical promenade down its wide avenues. No better expression of that global vibe is the Avalon outpost of one of Atlanta's most beloved Persian restaurant's Rumi's Kitchen. This beautifully designed space offers indoor and outdoor seating and the kind of satisfying Mediterranean cuisine you'll want to hit more than once during your visit. Craft cocktails (the Persian Sunset with bourbon and apricot jam is a wonderful combination of Southern and Middle Eastern flavors) are an unexpected pleasure at Rumi's, but you won't want to stop there: lamb sliders, a labne appetizer and dolme (stuffed grape leaves) are great starters before you transition into the main event: some of the most succulent slow-cooked grilled meat kabobs, each served with a different saffron or lentil and raisin or orange zest and pistacho rice.