Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 108




Why Learn?

Why should you keep on learning? You have a college degree, maybe a terminal degree such as MBA or Ph.D. You have a job that you know how to do and you’re good at it. You get a regular paycheck, and, if you’re lucky, have a long-term contract and stock options. Other than your supplier’s new products and services, what is there left to learn?

 Tim Hoff, of American Trainco, offers these eight reasons for continuous learning:

1. To enhance skills, especially those not fully developed in school or prior experience.

2. To provide job security by increasing value to company

3. To increase career options within and outside current employer

4. To improve adaptability to changes in organization and industry

5. To achieve more professional success

6. To have higher job satisfaction

7. To increase income

8. To stay current with industry trends and best practices

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Shaping Atmosphere!

JOI-Design has specialized in hospitality design since 1984. Our expertly skilled team of interior, product and graphic designers; architects; engineers; and artists creates exceptional hotels, restaurants and spas, each of which are fashioned with an individual style that emphasises the project’s special qualities. As one of Europe’s leading interior architecture practices, JOI-Design brings to life luxurious hotels around the globe – without denying the team’s German heritage. Our enthusiastic Hamburg-based studio also creates bespoke boutique hotels and independent restaurants in German-speaking countries. With our feet planted solidly in the ground but our heads above the clouds, JOI-Design is reaching for the stars. Shaped by the principles of European culture, authenticity and contemporary elegance, our projects are proof of our firm belief that outstanding design is a hotel’s best concierge. A distinctive ambience makes a hotel feel comfortable yet exciting, casual yet elegant; with this understanding, our practice’s daily work is supported by decades of experience from over 40 of Europe’s most talented designers. The team excels at evoking emotions through a built environment’s design, thereby creating an atmosphere where guests love to linger – and which they are excited to return to time and again. JOI-Design’s approach to hospitality intertwines the unique provenance of a place and its local culture with the core values endorsed by a brand’s guidelines. Our designers’ passion for continuous improvement drives us to partner with professionals specialising in new materials, colour, lighting, furniture design and architecture so that each project is individually tailored. Concepts are also shaped through our members’ awareness of the world around them. The constantly changing needs of our society are put under a microscope and analysed through the lens of travel, hospitality, tourism and technological developments – ensuring that the best solutions are achieved not only for today but for the years to come. Functionality informed by a wealth of expertise is what builds the foundation for our designs and enables us to deliver outstanding results. Atmosphere is the playground for our creative souls who delight in finding imaginative answers. Together, these are what JOI-Design does best: Shaping Atmosphere!




Made in Italy Made in Veneto
Ours is a fortunate land. Hence the birth of famous architects and skilled craftsmen, fine artists and sculptors, famous musicians and composers.
In every place there is a beauty created by the skill and the genius of our ancestors. In our city, Vicenza, are most of the villas and palaces designed by the famous architect Andrea Palladio, now recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. The search for beauty and harmony, there has become a natural gift.
Our history dates back to 1958.Since then our father Francis has given a quality mark to its kitchens, favoring the use of solid wood worked with skillful craftsmanship. We followed its philosophy to give birth to our products, where wood is the protagonist, also exalted in its features, in its heterogeneity, in her living material.
The knowledge of wood, the search for innovative quality materials, attention to details and a particularly harmonious design are the elements that characterize addition to designing functional solutions, our goal is to evolve the traditional concept of cuisine in a fascinating program, flexible and versatile.
in this way our collections allow the designer to develop continuity solutions, in addition to the kitchen, the other rooms of the house, offering furniture and custom woodwork, lacquered tables or solid wood.the intention is to design environments in harmony with the lifestyle of those who live and them express its personality.
You choose, like a tailor, shapes and colors make life better for people in their own environment. Moreover, CASTAGNA CUCINE represents elegance, exclusivity and tailoring of Italian style. Our brand has long been appreciated both nationally and internationally, who show us their concern and recognition.

Alida and Franca Castagna 

Kitchen collections


Inspired by the beauty and the art of the great Roman Empire capital, ROMA born, a collection that expresses the taste and the typical classic taste of the great classical masters such as Michelangelo and Bernini, who created the splendor of the facades, monuments and churches eternal city.
the large spaces of the middle-class house that hosted ROME inspired the continuing of the food taste even further, creating continuity in the halls with elegant woodwork and into the living room dominated by size and finish the walnut table .


Researching the glories of cabinet linked to his name, it was born Deco, a taste that our age is rediscovering and reviving, bringing us back to the characteristic canons, such as the use of geometric shapes, brass parts and combinations of precious woods with lacquer. Deco recalls the style with glossy lacquer finish of the kitchen, the diamond-shaped pattern of the sliding hood, the handles and brass-plated shelves, the walnut wainscoting.


GALLERY is available in two versions, allowing each designer with ideas for combinations and style to impress your project. The large hood of antique flavor, reminiscent of the old outbreaks and dominating the professional kitchen block, gives GALLERY a classic garment. The white slate of the lacquered parts and the stone floor slate form a strong color contrast, making a strong impact cuisine.
The second garment is made in a more modern and glamorous, thinking of femininity, its roundness, the whiteness of purity. It ‘gave rise Gallery all in white lacquer, with top and sink in white marble statuary from round shapes, with clean shapes made through doors opening to the throat and hiding the appliances within columns with wood paneling, back panels embellished with a fine floral patterns etched .


To listen to nature, to desire the essence of things, to rediscover the value of the food, prepare it and then share it with family and friends. In the collection Nature we proposed our feeling of the earth and man values. Wood is back materially with all its characteristics and its prestige, along with greater beauty and value of materials found in nature: marble, designed as a work surface, it also becomes a valuable and very rare memory sink; iron, which is also an essential element in the earth, in our project finds its ideal location between the wood and the stone.




The food and wine culture, cornerstone of Italian culture, led us to seek solutions to the basement room, the room is usually dedicated to the preservation and wine tasting. TUSCANY is a tribute to our fascinating Tuscany, a place full of natural beauty, the endless vineyards, strong flavors, which are also nourishment, encouragement of art and history.TUSCANY is designed to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, completely covered in oak, using from time to time wainscoting, containers for different wines and precious showcases for tasting glasses.



The Smart Tray offers a lifestyle solution to those who live in cramped apartments and could do with fewer dishes in the kitchen. Aimed at the next-gen who prefers eating in front of the television, this kitchen appliance facilitates a more positive attitude towards housekeeping. The smart materials used in the tray allow it to be transformed into various dishes and are easy to clean at the end of a meal.

Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi


things we like


nomad studio suspends an aerial garden at the contemporary art museum of saint louis


within the courtyard of the contemporary art museum of saint louis, landscape architecture firm nomad studio has installed a kinetic living sculpture suspended overhead visitors and passersby. ‘green air’ is an aerial garden that initiates a material, spacial and formal relationship with the firm’s previous intervention called ‘green varnish’.

all images courtesy of nomad studio / photo © david johnson



‘green air’ surrounds visitors in an immersive hanging garden, floating above an ever-changing display of shadows formed from a steel canopy overhead. in response its 2015 project ‘green varnish’ — a monumental green fabric composed of thousands of succulent plants — nomad studio has modeled this latest piece as its inverse — both in form and intention. upon its deconstruction, elements from ‘green varnish were reutilized to build ‘green air’, creating a continuity and dialogue between the two pieces and the visitors who experience them. what was once a solid piece of material anchored to the ground plane is now a fluid volume suspended from an elevated plane.

nomad studio green air
photo © david johnson



in its materiality, ‘green air’ comprises a systematic yet etherial arrangement of tillandsias that hang from thousands of slices of repurposed wood, each suspended from the courtyard’s steel canopy. swaying slowly in the breeze and adding ever-evolving shadows to the ground, the installation bears a transformational impact at the heart of the contemporary art museum of saint louis.

nomad studio green air
photo © alise o’brien

nomad studio green air
photo © david johnson

nomad studio green air
photo © david johnson

nomad studio green air
photo © sarah rothberg

nomad studio green air
photo © david johnson

nomad studio green air
photo © sarah rothberg

nomad studio green air
photo © david johnson

nomad studio green air
photo © david johnson

photo © david johnson

nomad studio green air
‘green varnish | photo © david johnson



project info: 


location: contemporary art museum of saint louis (CAM)
landscape architects: nomad studio

consultants: lia engineering
installation team: jessi cerutti & caleb hauck, molly brennan, david burnett, key chen, ryan doyle, zac farmer, joshua gann, matthew hannon, emily keefauver, eric kobal, marianne laury, chris lucas, eric repice, adrienne sandusky, bret schneider, margot shafran, laura schatzman, jonathan watt, jamie wiechens, bin yang, eileen zhang.
maintenance team: st. louis master gardeners


Belaggio Kitchen by Laurameroni


“Bellagio” Collection design Bartoli Design
The project of the Bellagio kitchen meets new requirements and completes our “Decor” system of furniture items such as doors, wall panels, cabinets; a unique proposal for flexibility, for the quality of its materials and the surface design.


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