Love, love, love… Black bamboo!

The minute I designed this one, it was more of a familiar kind of love. A love that I thought I lost, but certainly I did not.

This is elegant, sexy, yet very masculine design I did for Mr. Chef Art Smith. I wanted it to be a true reflection of his style with an added touch that was close to his heart… That included finding a way to incorporate his Common Threads heart. Chef Art Smith is Co-Founder of Common Threads and it’s an amazing program that helps low-income children the importance of a healthy lifestyle with nutrition, teaches them how to cook and celebrate cultural differences. You can click the link above for more detailed info. The Chef Advisory board is pretty impressive!

We did his name and common threads heart in 23kt gold, while leaving the rest monochromatic tones for the bamboo elements. The gold was then burnished to achieve the checkered pattern in the heart. I really love this one and if I could keep it, I would. 😉

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We did a food processer to match as well!
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Toile mixer in Eggnog Yellow!!

This mixer took me several months of research just to try to design it. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you try, it wont work, you have to wait until it comes to you…then one morning I came into work and it happened. In just 10 minutes the design was done! Unreal considering how many hours I agonized over it trying to make something work that was this elaborate.

After the initial “sketch” was done digitally by me, Zach (our amazingly talented graphic designer) needed to prepare the artwork accordingly. So he needed to work on it for at least several days. During the interim, my next challenge was to make yellow stand-off of white. You know, so you don’t get that dizzy spell? It was to be an eggnog tone to be exact, so after several test panels, I perfected the color yellow. Not too green, not too bright, but just right…

After I got everything in line and ready it was time to get painting. I did a matching blender, food processor and mixer as a matching set.

The artwork is based on seventieth – eighteenth century french Toile, but modernized, then we added a custom band with the name “Country Kitchen Edition.”

This set, to me, is where less is so much more. It’s elegant, timeless and subtle, but still has a lot of detail. Very cool and now I can say I’ve successfully done a TOILE mixer!! haha

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