USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 38

Polished performance Fit for a professional – this new kitchen features precision-built cabinets, countertops and sinks by Julien, in high-quality 16-gauge stainless steel Stainless steel will always be the undisputed champion when it comes to commercial kitchen design – with good reason. It’s highly durable, hygienic, heat resistant and low maintenance. But that same functionality is just as important for the home chef. And when you add in the crisp, contemporary design aesthetic provided by stainless steel, it’s easy to see why it has a growing appeal. Julien, a company that has been designing, manufacturing and installing professional kitchens for the past 70 years, 36 also has a Home Refinements brand that offers a full range of standard kitchen sink models as well as a unique A la Carte concept. Customers can choose between 150 sink models, and modify their choice with 25 options for an exclusive sink solution. These may include different divider widths and heights and built-in drainboards. For more specific needs not included in the company’s extensive options catalog, the custom Signature program is an ideal solution. Julien uses top-of-the-line 16-gauge search | save | share at stainless steel, which is stronger and thicker than many higher gauge steel products. Designed to last a lifetime, the steel is non porous, so it is easy to clean and has great antibacterial properties. It is also corrosion resistant and is unaffected by heat. For many homeowners, sustainability is a consideration. Stainless steel is at least 80% recycled and is fully recyclable, so it ticks the box as a green product. Julien says the crisp aesthetics are enhanced by the No 4 brushed finish,