It was the best of times... as Interior Design celebrated the debut of its first-ever Best of Kitchen & Bath special issue last night with launch partner, the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA). The exclusive event took place in a New York loft crafted by designer Shamir Shah and featured on the cover of the Winter 2018 issue of Interior Design HOMES.
Hosted by Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen, the event attracted a continuous flow of high-end residential designers, many of whom were intrigued by the 3,500-square-foot home’s two kitchens. Shah, who attended the event, designed one kitchen to be more public-facing, while the other (a “turbo-charged butler’s pantry”) was tucked away behind the first and used more frequently by the homeowner to cook heavily spiced Indian dishes.
During her speech welcoming guests, Allen pointed to the partnership between Interior Design and the NKBA, which is the exclusive sponsor of the special Kitchen & Bath issue. “It makes total sense for us to be partners,” said Allen, before introducing NKBA’s CEO Bill Darcy and executive vice president Suzie Williford, both of whom echoed her comments.
As one designer said afterward: “What better way to celebrate kitchens and baths—and the association representing them—than in a space with two kitchens.”