It’s been almost 20 years now since we first brought our Kitchen Workstation Furniture to market. It was our belief that creating kitchens using just a few super efficient pieces of furniture would be a great way to blend family rooms and kitchens together. However, to this day, kitchens with built-in cabinetry, stone counter tops and exposed stainless steel appliances still dominate the market. Our modestly sized showroom was designed to show some examples of how the workstation concept can work for almost any kitchen size or style. And even though the showroom features more finishes, colors, sizes and details than a real YesterTec kitchen would have, the variations are possible because the colors of the wall and floor surfaces meander between each piece, acting as the ‘glue’ that unifies the design.
Many of the prototype pieces that you see below were created in 1996 and three of them were tortured during our extensive Underwriter Laboratory tests that were required so that we could safely hide the ‘hot’ appliances when they are not being used. We still feel that the ability to conceal the ‘tech’ look of today’s appliances is what makes this concept so enduring.
Now the showroom has just been renovated by adding the rustic flooring and moving a few pieces around (tough to do with a normal kitchen full of cabinets). Over the years, some of the detailing and operating features of our designs have changed, but overall our current production models are very similar to these original designs.
The concept of a furnished kitchen was created to help blend other rooms more seamlessly into the kitchen. This sitting area of our showroom is furnished with independent pieces of furniture, with the wall, ceiling and floor textures meandering throughout. Furnished kitchens do the same thing.
YesterTec piece #1 (all YesterTec pieces are sequentially numbered) is the Hampton’s Cherry Range unit with the stenciled perforated metal doors. This piece recently went through another round of rigorous U.L. testing when our controls were redesigned using PCB technology. It still looks good too! A couple of Infill units have been added to its left to show how the spaces between the main furniture pieces can be used for more counter space or storage. The High Boy on the extreme left features pull-out baskets and lots of storage, while the Low Boy next to it has very usable counter space. Note how the variable heights and depths and colors allow these units to work so well with the more dominant Range piece.
The range is shown with its pocket doors open, allowing the oven, cooktop and over-the-range oven to power up. When the lower oven is turned on, the pocket doors lock in place until the oven has had a chance to cool itself with its internal fans once its cooking cycle is finished. But really, we don’t use this appliance that often, so don’t you think the Range looks better with its doors closed than if the oven was exposed all the time? Also, note the Corner Cupboard with its drop-down countertop in the open position. This one foot deep unit can add storage space, hide small appliances or function as a dry bar (as shown here) in almost any kitchen.
Some of our most popular units over the years have been our Working Pantries. Here the slate gray WP48 is shown open with its granite countertop. It can conceal most of the kitchen’s small electrical appliances as well as dishes and dry goods. By adding a sink and an under-counter refrigerator, these pantries become Hospitality Centers that can conceal any plug-in countertop appliance as well. These versatile workstations have found their way into many homes and offices for many different reasons.
Our 29” deep workstations allow for extra counter top and storage space as demonstrated by our S84 island Sink Workstation. The Storage unit above hides the messy countertop from view from the adjacent room/area, while adding valuable work space in the reach zone around the sink. It also stores dishes or counter top appliances behind its glass sliding doors. And there is still no more beautiful countertop than our solid cherry top that is protected with a water and stain resistant polyurethane finish.
In the Low Boy directly adjacent to the Working Pantry, a pull-out ironing board can be ready for use in a moment’s notice. These Low Boys are available in many sizes so that they can fit between larger workstations if extra storage or counter space is needed.
The CP34-D Corner Desk can be configured as a Working Pantry or Entertainment Center as well. There is a huge amount of storage and a countertop space inside, and the lower section can even have pull out filing or storage drawers as well.
A C32-D Desk and a Plate Rack are integrated into the seating area of the showroom.
Back at the front door, an Old English Pine DO40-OO Double Oven unit features louvered doors for a tropical look. These units can conceal many oven combinations or can be made as huge storage pantries. The distressed Colonial Pine SZ15-27 Refrigerator/Pantry features a (now discontinued) Subzero 700 series refrigerator and flanking 6” deep one can deep pantries (shown open below). The newer Subzero model is now 30” wide.
Shown here in the open position, this refrigerator pantry shows how the 3D character of freestanding furniture can be so useful. The side pantry can take the place of standard hanging top cabinetry, and our many other vertical pantry designs can virtually eliminate the need for all those top cabinets.
We hope you have enjoyed this tour of our showroom. Be assured however, it is not the same as the impact that this concept makes when you are standing in the middle of these workstations and experiencing them up close. So please visit us (by appointment) if you can and we’ll be happy to show you around.