Universally, the kitchen is the traditional heart of the home, a gathering place for family and friends, who are naturally drawn to its warmth, enticing aromas, and sense of togetherness.
Today’s kitchens designed with entertaining in mind are showplaces that deftly blend state-of-the-art functionality with captivating aesthetics. They do triple duty, enhancing the chef’s experience, the culinary space, and the guest’s experience.
When designing a kitchen that also serves as a social nexus, a top consideration is the need for unimpeded guest flow. In an open kitchen, islands used exclusively for serving and dining can help direct guest flow away from busy cooking, prep, and cleanup areas. A dedicated butler’s pantry with a separate food prep counterspace and sink can also provide an attractive solution.
In addition to, or instead of a staffed bar, consider adding a wet bar away from the food prep areas so guests can serve themselves drinks and refills. A wet bar complete with a bar sink, bar refrigerator, ice maker, wine racks, and ample shelving for glasses and liquor can help keep guests refreshed, with easy access to libations.
However, whether in guest view or not, cooking, prep, and cleanup areas don’t have to take an aesthetic back seat. GRAFF’s kitchen and bar/prep faucet collections offer stunning designs alongside world-class performance features and accessory options to elevate the working areas of a dinner or party.
GRAFF’s Perfeque is a contemporary collection, inspired by the circle as a symbol of perfection. With a sturdy, expansive girth, Perfeque is designed to meet the needs of the most active, demanding kitchens. The Bollero Collection celebrates the art of entertaining with whimsical contours evoking sleek wine and olive oil decanters and Champagne flutes.
The eye-catching designs of the Segovia and Manhattan Collections are also conversation starters and atmosphere enhancers. Inspired by the timeless design and enduring architecture of the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, the Segovia Collection replicates the aqueduct’s elegant arches with a graceful arc. With its architectural angles, the contemporary Manhattan Collection is a tribute to the creativity of New York City’s star architects and world-class chefs.
GRAFF’s Adley and Duxbury collections feature elements of traditional style, with Adley inspired by the grand Victorian architecture of London, and Duxbury taking cues from the designs of the legendary sailing vessels of New England. However, like all GRAFF collections, Adley and Duxbury feature precision engineering and state-of-the-art technology that belie their classic appearances.
For the ultimate bar sink, GRAFF kitchen collections such as Segovia, Harley, Bollero, Conical, Sospiro, Perfeque, Duxbury, and M.E. offer bar/prep faucets. Crafted from the highest-quality materials with eye-catching design and precision engineering, the bar/prep faucets feature swivel spouts and dual-function pull-down sprayheads. The collections are available in artisanal finishes such as Polished Brass, Onyx, Rose Gold, and Polished Nickel.
When it’s time for cleanup, GRAFF’s kitchen collections in the Chef’s Pro Edition have a special protective feature. A rubber ring around the spout of the pull-down faucet helps protect fine tableware, cookware, and sinks from chips, scratches and cracks during vigorous cleaning. A dual-function spray head adds flexibility, comfort, and convenience. The Chef’s Pro Edition is available for collections including Futurismo, M.E., Segovia, Sospiro, and Duxbury.
Dressed to impress, the Cosmopolitan edition is a pull-down sprayhead with a sleek, couture sensibility that harmonizes with countless interior styles. Beautiful and high-performing, Cosmo expands possibilities with sophisticated allure and is available for collections including Futurismo, Sospiro, and M.E.
1. Cooking dinner for friends by kupicoo from Getty Images Signature
2. The Segovia Collection kitchen faucet with Chef’s Pro pull-down sprayhead and bar/prep faucet
3. The Bollero Collection kitchen faucet with bar/prep faucet
4. The Duxbury Collection kitchen faucet with bar/prep faucet and Chef’s Pro Edition pull-down spray head
5. The Futurismo Collection, with Cosmopolitan Edition pull-down sprayhead