August 26, 2010

Sub-Zero / Wolf, Westye F. Bakke Center

(piece by Dale Chihuly)

I just returned from an amazing trip to Fitchburg, Wisconsin, where I was fortunate to spend a few days looking in depth at the Sub-Zero and Wolf products.  These really are superior appliances, which I knew before the trip, but everything I thought before was validated by this experience.  We toured the factories for the Sub-Zero BI series and the Wolf ranges, and I was amazed at how clean these facilities were, and how meticulous the process is.  Each of these units is tested before being shipped out, and nothing but perfection will pass the inspection.

We spent the majority of our time at the Westye F. Bakke Center, and I am still in awe of the beauty of this building.  It's a breathtaking display of design and function, and a perfect way to highlight the Sub-Zero and Wolf products.   Some of the highlights:


bar designed by Jamie Drake

lounge designed by Jamie Drake

Entrance into the art nouveau bar, designed by Bill Draper


The woodwork is incredible, as shown by the meticulous detail of these ceiling beams.

Formal Dining Room by Bill Draper


This presentation kitchen is designed by Mick De Giulio, who I've posted about a few times.  I truly love his work.

Wine and cheese bar

More Chihuly work

Another Mick De Giulio kitchen.  Beautiful.