2020 Best Showrooms

The BlueStar Cafe Showroom at Abt Electronics in Glenview, IL


Bespoke Luxury

Ann von Kreuter, House and Home, Glencoe, IL


In order to create a space that would shine among the other displays at ABT Electronics while effectively showcasing BlueStar’s range of products, designer Ann von Kreuter turned to European cafés and bistros for inspiration – spaces that encourage lingering and conversation. Being influenced by such gathering places, von Kreuter was able to transform a small space into an experiential microcosm of bespoke luxury.

A luxe café-style seating area boasts deep blue walls, chandeliers, over-sized mirrors and banquette seating, inviting guests to sit and stay a while, perhaps while enjoying gourmet food from the focal point of the display, the Café kitchen.

The Café, located on the far wall from the atrium, invites guests to explore the chef-inspired features of BlueStar products through hands-on experience and professional demonstrations. The café features an array of BlueStar products, including a 60″ Platinum Gas Range with an interchangeable griddle and charbroiler, shown in deep blue, as well as a 36″ built-in refrigerator, shown in matte black with stainless trim. Next Level Cabinetry and Caesarstone engineered quartz countertops in muted, neutral shades allow the appliances to take command, while The Galley Sink and Faucet provide function for entertaining. Painted porcelain floor tiles bring a high-end, artistic feel to the kitchen area. The kitchen serves as an interactive space where the retailer can entertain and educate groups through cooking demonstrations and other events.