Highline Kitchen Systems

Fluid wood designs and arty glass pieces punctuate a new kitchen & bath showroom.

November, 2005

Highline Kitchen Systems is all about Island flavor with a creative twist.

Owner Alex Butchart has been in the home business for more than 20 years. He started in the construction biz before segueing into his one-man kitchen and bath design company.

The Highline Kitchen Systems showroom on Young Street features half-a-dozen vignettes, showing off model kitchens that stress the distinctive heft of popular industrial-style appliances, with their glimmering stainless steel and super-size controls.

Highline Kitchen Systems is a dealer for appliances, such as Sub-Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Dacor, Bosch, Franke and Blanco–lines that Butchart chose for their quality.

Butchart also has a way with wood. Today’s clients are looking for darker, richer looks, he says, and he’s using a lot of cherry wood and exotics.

“I like to show some unique door styles, something a little different,” he says. “I carry both midline and high-end cabinet designs, mostly in wood. We do some painted work and some very nice custom work.”

A kitchen vignette in the showroom highlights Butchart’s creative twist. The ash cabinetry features sweeping lines of darker inlaid wood and curving insets of glass art, with streamers of color flowing through it.

Butchart uses a lot of glass art. He says that he uses cast glass designs in homes as space dividers and dramatic accent pieces.

Highline Kitchen Systems also carries the striking Radial Fusion bath line. Radial Fusion takes the old-style, boxy bathroom sink and counter unit and turns them into high-design furniture. The craftwork and design transcends to art. The showroom’s Senza unit (see below) features a chunky slab of green glass that ripples out from the basin. The cabinet is a fluid wave design that combines the chocolate tones of wenge wood with the blonde highlights of anigre.

The understated Butchart works with designers, architects and direct with homeowners. He caters to the mid- to high-end budget. This is his second showroom–he used to be located just two doors down. He moved to No. 1276 two years ago, and has been busy with the finishing touches, with another kitchen vignette to be added by the end of the year.

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