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Yoo Studio e Italkraft se asocian en alianza estratégica para fortalecer su influencia y presencia en el mundo del diseño

Yoo Studio e Italkraft se asocian en alianza estratégica para fortalecer su influencia y presencia en el mundo del diseño

  • YOO Studio e Italkraft se asocian para comercializar cocinas con diseños originales a Desarrolladores y Hoteleros en todo el mundo

(16/12/2016 – web) MIAMI, Fl., EE.UU.- ITALKRAFT, la empresa de diseño, fabricación, instalación de cocinas integrales, baños y armarios, anunció hoy su asociación con YOO Studio, una empresa internacional de diseño y branding con presencia en 26 países. Esta asociación representa nuevas oportunidades para que ambas empresas fortalezcan su influencia y presencia en el mundo del diseño en diversas regiones alrededor del mundo.

Esta alianza permitirá a YOO Studio expandir su oferta como marca y beneficiarse de la impecable calidad de fabricación de Italkraft, así como sus servicios de instalación y su plataforma de ventas al por mayor.

“Estamos muy entusiasmados de anunciar esta nueva asociación con YOO Studio. Esta es una gran oportunidad para que ambas empresas obtengan beneficios mutuos a partir de su experiencia y conocimientos”, comentó Raúl Gutiérrez, Socio Estratégico de ITLAKRAFT. “ITALKFRAFT está muy feliz de trabajar con YOO Studio, una de las firmas pioneras más famosas en la industria del diseño. Nos encanta enfrentar nuevos retos y ahora con YOO Studio, quien siempre está a la cabeza de la innovación en diseño, tendremos que alcanzar nuevos e increíbles niveles para desarrollar un producto único que se ajuste a cada uno de sus conceptos. Creo que esto será el comienzo de una nueva era para nosotros”, comentó Gutiérrez.

Más allá del evidente valor añadido y la amplia gama de ventajas que tiene la asociación con marcas globales, las propiedades con marca poseen un factor de confianza, ya que diseñadores y consumidores por igual las reconocen y creen en ellas. Esta es una de  las muchas razones por las que YOO Studio e ITALKRAFT vieron en esta afiliación una oportunidad inigualable para responder a las necesidades cambiantes de los desarrolladores inmobiliarios y las empresas hoteleras.

“Estamos encantados de trabajar con ITALKRAFT en esta emocionante colaboración”, afirmó Mark Davidson, Líder de Diseño de YOO Studio. “Llevamos más de 20 años diseñando cocinas únicas con el propósito de crear un espacio hermoso y funcional a la vez, en donde trabajar sea un gran placer. Por lo tanto, fue lógico para nosotros asociarnos con ITALKRAFT para crear nuestra primera gama de diseños de cocinas. Además de compartir nuestra filosofía, que se basa en la exquisita creación artesanal de cocinas, en ITALKFRAFT también encontramos un socio que puede proveer cocinas de calidad a través de nuestra plataforma global y demostrar su experiencia excepcional trabajando a nivel internacional en el desarrollo de productos para todo tipo de clientes: desde la clásica y elegante barra para un departamento de soltero, hasta amplias cocinas para atender a la familia entera”.

Fuente/Foto: Linksworldgroup/Alex Xakoustis, Director, Raúl Gutiérrez, Socio Estratégico, ITALKRAFT

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YOO STUDIO e ITALKRAFT se asocian para comercializar cocinas con diseños originales a desarrolladores y hoteleros en todo el mundo

16 diciembre 2016 | Publicado : 11:05 (16/12/2016) | 

Directores y Socios Alex Xakoustis, Director, Raúl Gutiérrez, Socio

Estratégico, ITALKRAFT

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Esta alianza permitirá a YOO Studio expandir su oferta como marca y beneficiarse de la impecable calidad de fabricación de Italkraft, así como sus servicios de instalación y su plataforma de ventas al por mayor.

“Estamos muy entusiasmados de anunciar esta nueva asociación con YOO Studio. Esta es una gran oportunidad para que ambas empresas obtengan beneficios mutuos a partir de su experiencia y conocimientos”, comentó Raú l Gutiérrez, Socio Estratégico de ITLAKRAFT. “ITALKFRAFT está muy feliz de trabajar con YOO Studio, una de las firmas pioneras más famosas en la industria del diseño. Nos encanta enfrentar nuevos retos y ahora con YOO Studio, quien siempre está a la cabeza de la innovación en diseño, tendremos que alcanzar nuevos e increíbles niveles para desarrollar un producto único que se ajuste a cada uno de sus conceptos. Creo que esto será el comienzo de una nueva era para nosotros”, comentó Gutiérrez.

Más allá del evidente valor añadido y la amplia gama de ventajas que tiene la asociación con marcas globales, las propiedades con marca poseen un factor de confianza, ya que diseñadores y consumidores por igual las reconocen y creen en ellas. Esta es una de las muchas razones por las que YOO Studio e ITALKRAFT vieron en esta afiliación una oportunidad inigualable para responder a las necesidades cambiantes de los desarrolladores inmobiliarios y las empresas hoteleras.

“Estamos encantados de trabajar con ITALKRAFT en esta emocionante colaboración”, afirmó Mark Davidson, Líder de Diseño de YOO Studio. “Llevamos más de 20 años diseñando cocinas únicas con el propósito de crear un espacio hermoso y funcional a la vez, en donde trabajar sea un gran placer. Por lo tanto, fue lógico para nosotros asociarnos con ITALKRAFT para crear nuestra primera gama de diseños de cocinas. Además de compartir nuestra filosofía, que se basa en la exquisita creación artesanal de cocinas, en ITALKFRAFT también encontramos un socio que puede proveer cocinas de calidad a través de nuestra plataforma global y demostrar su experiencia excepcional trabajando a nivel internacional en el desarrollo de productos para todo tipo de clientes: desde la clásica y elegante barra para un departamento de soltero, hasta amplias cocinas para atender a la familia entera”.

Ahora también en Panamá podrá disfrutar de esta colaboración y ofertas creativas de cocinas, baños y armarios en su exclusivo showroom ubicado en calle 53 de Obarrio, el Edif. Snob Plaza, Piso 1.

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Raúl Gutiérrez, Socio Estratégico, ITALKRAFT

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Mark Davidson, Líder de Diseño, YOO Studio

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YOO STUDIO AND ITALKRAFT ADOPT BRAND STRATEGY TO MARKET YOO STUDIO BRANDED KITCHENS TO DEVELOPERS AND HOTELIERS AROUND THE GLOBE

Posted by | Dec 17, 2016

 
YOO STUDIO AND ITALKRAFT ADOPT BRAND STRATEGY TO MARKET YOO STUDIO BRANDED KITCHENS TO DEVELOPERS AND HOTELIERS AROUND THE GLOBE 

MIAMI, FL- December 14, 2016 – Since 2005, ITALKRAFT, the full-service kitchen, bathroom and closet wholesaler, designer, manufacturer and installation company has serviced successful developers and hoteliers from around the globe and today announced its partnership with YOO Studio, an international design and branding company with a presence in 26 countries around the world. The partnership will allow YOO Studio to expand their brand offerings and to benefit from Italkraft’s seamless manufacturing, installation services and wholesales sales platform. In addition, the partnership promises to open new opportunities for both companies by allowing them to deepen their design footprints in various regions across the globe.

Since the late 2000’s, developers and hoteliers have aimed to draw more attention to their properties by partnering with renowned global brands in an attempt to lure international buyers and maximize on sales price per square foot or an average daily hotel rate. Developers and hoteliers constantly look for an advantage in conquering niche markets and insuring their success; partnering with a global brand is instrumental to this. According to a report by Knight Frank in 2012, “branded residences command an average uplift of 31 per cent compared to equivalent non-branded schemes.”

Aside from the clear added value and a plethora of advantages that comes from partnering with a global brand, there is an element of trust because designer and consumers alike recognize and believe in the brand. This is just another one of the many reasons why both YOO Studio and ITALKRAFT felt that this affiliation would provide an unmatched and superior choice for developers and hoteliers.

‘’We are excited to announce this new partnership with YOO Studio. This is a great opportunity for both companies to benefit from each other’s experiences and expertise,” said Raul Gutierrez, Strategic Partner at ITALKRAFT. “ITALKRAFT is glad to be working with YOO Studio, one of the most celebrated and pioneering design firms in the industry. We are always up for new challenges, and with YOO Studio always being at the fore of innovative design, we know they will push us to great limits to achieve a unique product fitting each one of their concepts. I think that this will be the beginning of a new era for us,” said Gutierrez.

Alex Xakoustis, Principal, and Raul Gutierrez, Strategic Partner, ITALKRAFT

Mark Davidson, Head of Design, YOO Studio

“We are delighted to be working with ITALKRAFT on this exciting collaboration,” said Mark Davison, Head of Design at YOO Studio. “We have been specifying kitchens in our projects for over 20 years with the aim to create something that is beautiful, functional and a pleasure to work in – so ITALKRAFT was an obvious partnership for us on our very first range of kitchen designs. We not only share a strong belief in exquisite craftsmanship we found a partner who can supply quality kitchens across our global reach and have exceptional experience in working around the world and developing products for many different types of customers – from the ultimate bachelor pad to kitchens catering to large families.”

ITALKRAFT is responsible for the kitchens of some of the country’s most prestigious developments including Auberge Fort Lauderdale, Park Grove, Regalia, Centro, Brickell City Center, Fifth & West, 42nd Road, Metropolitan Park, One Ocean Paradise Club and works as the leading experts for development companies including Codina, Hines, PMG, Related Group, Swire, and Terra Group. ITALKRAFT offers elegant and functional solutions for collaborating architects and designers.

YOO Studio has been working with international developers delivering quality designs to hotels, and landmark residential projects since 1999. They have developments throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and the Middle East. YOO Studio has won countless awards for developments across the globe, including ‘The Lakes by YOO’ in the Cotswalds, YOO Pune in India, Dwell95 in New York, and Icon Brickell in Miami.

About ITALKRAFT

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, ITALKRAFT offers elegant and functional solutions coupled with exceptional customer service at surprisingly competitive rates. Since 2005, ITALKRAFT has provided their customers in high rises and private residences throughout the USA and Latin America full-service kitchen, bathroom, closet, furnishings and cabinetry of the highest standard and style. ITALKRAFT services include being hands-on every step of the way from design consultation, to shop drawing provision, to installation. Clients are developers such as Hines, Codina, PMG, Related, Swire and Terra Group and private home and condo owners. For more information visit: www.italkraft.com.

About YOO

YOO is a pioneering vision for living and the result of a partnership between property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and the world’s most celebrated designer, Philippe Starck.

Since 1999, YOO has worked with the world’s most visionary developers to design residential and hotel projects in over 26 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Middle East.

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Miami Real Estate News: YOO STUDIO AND ITALKRAFT

Miami Real Estate News: YOO STUDIO AND ITALKRAFT

Miami Real Estate News: YOO STUDIO AND ITALKRAFT
 
YOO STUDIO AND ITALKRAFT ADOPT BRAND STRATEGY TO MARKET YOO STUDIO BRANDED KITCHENS TO DEVELOPERS AND HOTELIERS AROUND THE GLOBE

Since 2005, ITALKRAFT, the full-service kitchen, bathroom and closet wholesaler, designer, manufacturer and installation company has serviced successful developers and hoteliers from around the globe and today announced its partnership with YOO Studio, an international design and branding company with a presence in 26 countries around the world. The partnership will allow YOO Studio to expand their brand offerings and to benefit from Italkraft’s seamless manufacturing, installation services and wholesales sales platform. In addition, the partnership promises to open new opportunities for both companies by allowing them to deepen their design footprints in various regions across the globe.

Since the late 2000’s, developers and hoteliers have aimed to draw more attention to their properties by partnering with renowned global brands in an attempt to lure international buyers and maximize on sales price per square foot or an average daily hotel rate. Developers and hoteliers constantly look for an advantage in conquering niche markets and insuring their success; partnering with a global brand is instrumental to this. According to a report by Knight Frank in 2012, “branded residences command an average uplift of 31 per cent compared to equivalent non-branded schemes.”

Aside from the clear added value and a plethora of advantages that comes from partnering with a global brand, there is an element of trust because designer and consumers alike recognize and believe in the brand. This is just another one of the many reasons why both YOO Studio and ITALKRAFT felt that this affiliation would provide an unmatched and superior choice for developers and hoteliers.

‘’We are excited to announce this new partnership with YOO Studio. This is a great opportunity for both companies to benefit from each other’s experiences and expertise,” said Raul Gutierrez, Strategic Partner at ITALKRAFT. “ITALKRAFT is glad to be working with YOO Studio, one of the most celebrated and pioneering design firms in the industry. We are always up for new challenges, and with YOO Studio always being at the fore of innovative design, we know they will push us to great limits to achieve a unique product fitting each one of their concepts. I think that this will be the beginning of a new era for us,” said Gutierrez.

“We are delighted to be working with ITALKRAFT on this exciting collaboration,” said Mark Davison, Head of Design at YOO Studio. “We have been specifying kitchens in our projects for over 20 years with the aim to create something that is beautiful, functional and a pleasure to work in – so ITALKRAFT was an obvious partnership for us on our very first range of kitchen designs. We not only share a strong belief in exquisite craftsmanship we found a partner who can supply quality kitchens across our global reach and have exceptional experience in working around the world and developing products for many different types of customers – from the ultimate bachelor pad to kitchens catering to large families.”

ITALKRAFT is responsible for the kitchens of some of the country’s most prestigious developments including Auberge Fort Lauderdale, Park Grove, Regalia, Centro, Brickell City Center, Fifth & West, 42nd Road, Metropolitan Park, One Ocean Paradise Club and works as the leading experts for development companies including Codina, Hines, PMG, Related Group, Swire, and Terra Group. ITALKRAFT offers elegant and functional solutions for collaborating architects and designers.

YOO Studio has been working with international developers delivering quality designs to hotels, and landmark residential projects since 1999. They have developments throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and the Middle East. YOO Studio has won countless awards for developments across the globe, including ‘The Lakes by YOO’ in the Cotswalds, YOO Pune in India, Dwell95 in New York, and Icon Brickell in Miami.

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 About ITALKRAFT

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, ITALKRAFT offers elegant and functional solutions coupled with exceptional customer service at surprisingly competitive rates. Since 2005, ITALKRAFT has provided their customers in high rises and private residences throughout the USA and Latin America full-service kitchen, bathroom, closet, furnishings and cabinetry of the highest standard and style. ITALKRAFT services include being hands-on every step of the way from design consultation, to shop drawing provision, to installation. Clients are developers such as Hines, Codina, PMG, Related, Swire and Terra Group and private home and condo owners. For more information visit: www.italkraft.com.

About YOO

YOO is a pioneering vision for living and the result of a partnership between property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and the world’s most celebrated designer, Philippe Starck.

Since 1999, YOO has worked with the world’s most visionary developers to design residential and hotel projects in over 26 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Middle East.

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ITALKRAFT Expands to Hospitality Sector

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ITALKRAFT Expands to Hospitality Sector
 
ITALKRAFT, the full-service Italian kitchen, bathroom, closet design, and installation company, that has already conquered the world of luxury real estate development and penetrated major metropolitan markets, including Washington D.C. and New York, is announcing its plans for expansion in the South Florida hospitality industry.

Following the news of the expansion comes a revamped showroom in their Doral headquarters that is slated for completion by October 2016. With the additional 5,000 square footage, the showroom will now feature closets, kitchens, bathrooms and furniture.

“It is with great excitement that we announce this new business venture as we saw an opportunity in renovating the existing South Florida hotel market. With over 10 years of experience in providing our customers with superior quality and high-end materials we believe we’re a perfect fit to restore the high design standard in the luxury hotel industry,” Raul Gutierrez, strategic partner of ITALKRAFT, stated, “Not only will we be redesigning the hotel industry but we will also be expanding our Doral showroom to feature ITALKRAFT’s elegant spaces for living.”

ITALKRAFT kitchens are featured in some of the most prestigious developments in South Florida including Brickell City Center, Glass Miami Beach, Regalia, Park Grove, Hyde, SLS, Brickell House and more. The go-to choice for development companies including Codina, Hines, PMG, Related Group, Swire, and Terra Group, ITALKRAFT offers elegant and functional solutions for collaborating architects and designers. Additional to this sector, Xakoustis and Gutierrez have developed a Miami-based retail segment for the business, creating custom kitchens, closets and bathrooms for high-profile clients including major league athletes, Grammy Award-winning entertainers, and renowned interior designers owning homes valued at more than ten million dollars. ITALKRAFT recently partnered with Poliform, a leading Italian furnishings manufacturer, to provide an extensive range of high quality, customizable furnishings to the Miami real estate development.

About ITALKRAFT 

ITALKRAFT is a Miami based, full-service Italian kitchen, bathroom, and closet design and installation company. Clients are developers such as Hines, Codina, PMG, Related, Swire and Terra Group and private house and condo owners. The company designs and sources high-end kitchens and for some of the most luxurious developments in Miami, including Brickell City Center, Glass Miami Beach, Regalia and Park Grove. www.italkraft.com.

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Italkraft’s Alex Xakoustis Talks 2016 Luxury Home Design Trends

With its great weather, beautiful beaches and non-stop fun, everyone is aching to get to sunny South Florida – and not just for vacation. As the world’s finest are quickly snatching up some of Miami’s hottest real estate properties, they’re also making sure their interiors measure up. Enter Italkraft: a Miami-based, full-service Italian kitchen, bathroom, and closet design and installation company that can be found in 60% of Miami’s luxury real estate market, like the much-anticipated Brickell City Center, SLS, Glass Miami Beach, Regalia, Park Grove and more. And as this haute home design company gears up for a national expansion, we caught up with its fearless leader, Alex Xakoustis, to talk Italkraft and design trends in our favorite city: Miami.

Alex Xakoustis _ Principal

What are the most important elements of home design? One of the most important elements of home design is paying intricate attention to the interior detail of a home. Even the subtlest detail can create a dramatic difference; it takes experience and expertise to mix different materials effectively and create a flawless look, while still maintaining functionality.

What is the most important room of a house, and why? The kitchen – it’s heart of the home. You spend most of your time in the kitchen, entertaining family and friends. As a matter of fact, there has been an increased interest in the transitional kitchen, which opens up the space and combines it with elements from the living room to create a larger functional space.

What home design trends are you seeing specifically in the Miami market? Why is that? Modern and contemporary styles have been very popular lately, I think mainly because clients are gaining awareness of the functionality of this style and seeing how they can incorporate it into any home. The key is this: find out how modern you can go to still fit the mood of your original architecture, and you can do it.

Why do you love what you do? I love the challenge of constantly needing to create something new, the opportunity to explore new materials, and ultimately, having an opportunity to satisfy the client. 

What sets Italkraft apart from other luxury home designers? We’ve delivered 150,000 homes and more than 1,000 ultra luxury homes. We have accessibility to raw materials that clients never thought of using in a kitchen, and some of which that other companies just don’t have access to. We manufacture all of our materials in Italy and ship them to the U.S., make client satisfaction our number one priority, and put our heart in every project we do – delivering a quality product every time.

Why is now the right time for a national expansion? When we spoke to national developers, we discovered that the process and logistics we’ve implemented in our business are unparalleled to any other business in the market. We have re-vamped the entire kitchen design and installation field and have made a great name for ourselves, here in Miami. Because of the high volume of clientele, we’ve positioned ourselves as a major buyer of raw materials, and have kept our prices competitive on a national level. After careful planning for the past two years, it’s finally happening.

What’s in store for the next phase of Italkraft? We’ve just partnered with Poliform, a leading Italian furnishings manufacturer. With large-scale luxury construction projects on the rise, we’re seeing an increased demand for the best systems on the market. We wanted to offer an ultra-premium package, so we sought out the best – that’s where Poliform comes in.

Miami Herald: As luxury construction rises, so do Italkraft kitchens

  • Doral-based Italkraft produces high-end kitchens for luxury homes
  • The company’s principal, Alex Xakoustis, says the price depends on the material
  • The most expensive kitchen he has ever made cost $900,000

Alex Xakoustis, the owner of Italkraft, is photographed in his Doral showroom.


Alex Xakoustis, the owner of Italkraft, is photographed in his Doral showroom. Carl Juste MIAMI HERALD STAFF BY VOLKER TER HASEBORG


A huge bowl in the entrance hall of Italkraft’s Doral showroom resembles a sculpture in a modern-art museum. But when Alex Xakoustis, founder and owner of Italkraft, presses a button, the “sculpture” is transformed. The bowl’s upper half rises to the ceiling, revealing a lava-stone hotplate, a refrigerator and a hood for the entire kitchen. Xakoustis says the “bowl” is made of carbon fiber, the same material that is used for Formula One cars.

“Very few people have it. This is a kitchen for people that definitely have too much money,” Xakoustis says jokingly as he describes his target group of affluent customers: The kitchen costs $125,000.

Alex Xakoustis, born and raised in Greece, says he wants to bring well-designed, high-end kitchens to the United States. “Europeans don’t care about their kitchens, and Americans love kitchens,” Xakoustis comments as he walks through the showroom.
“Americans pay so much attention to the kitchen because it is part of the home,” he says. “It is part of the way they entertain. In Europe, the kitchen is more of a service area. It is enclosed away from the other parts of the home.”

Xakoustis came to the U.S. in 1989 to study business at Boston University. Afterward, he went to work in the Boston office of his family’s stone company; members of his family had worked in the industry in Athens since the 19th century. The company was sold in 1997, and after doing “market research,” he said, he decided to enter the high-end kitchen business.

 

Alex Xakoustis, born and raised in Greece, says he wants to bring well-designed, high-end kitchens to the United States. “Europeans don’t care about their kitchens, and Americans love kitchens,” Xakoustis comments as he walks through the showroom.

“Americans pay so much attention to the kitchen because it is part of the home,” he says. “It is part of the way they entertain. In Europe, the kitchen is more of a service area. It is enclosed away from the other parts of the home.”

Xakoustis came to the U.S. in 1989 to study business at Boston University. Afterward, he went to work in the Boston office of his family’s stone company; members of his family had worked in the industry in Athens since the 19th century. The company was sold in 1997, and after doing “market research,” he said, he decided to enter the high-end kitchen business.

“I saw an opportunity, a sector with promise, and decided to explore it,” Xakoustis says.

Next, he also settled upon Miami after looking for a growing city where he could start his new business: He loves the weather and the people here. The cosmopolitan city offers a good cultural mix. And Miami is fast-growing, he adds.

When Xakoustis eventually started his business 10 years ago, he had four employees. He spent a lot of time meeting people and introducing his design concepts, particularly to condo developers. “I knew our time would come,” he says. Now, 170 people are working for him, including installers, supervisors, designers, salespersons and office supporters.

Italkraft has a wholeservice division, which makes kitchens for developer’s luxury condo projects, and a retail division, that works for single-family homeowners. It usually sells complete custom kitchens, not individual pieces, although it also does custom cabinetry work.

Xakoustis says the average kitchen designed by the company costs between $35,000 and $50,000, including installation. “That’s about 90 percent of our business,” he said. For ultra-wealthy clients and the highest-end condos, the company designs much more complex kitchens that reach the $400,000-to-$700,000 range.

“They are top-tier in the market in terms of quality, design and execution, and we can always be sure that the final product will look and function flawlessly,” said Carlos Rosso, president of condominium development at the Related Group. “There are a lot of factors to consider when designing for luxury residential high-rises, and they are definitely experts when it comes to combining design and functionality.”

Italkraft has designed kitchens for seven Related condo towers in South Florida.

Overall, the company sells about 9,000 kitchens per year. Since 2011, the revenue rose from $2 million up to $30 million in 2014, thanks to the relationships he forged with the developers, who liked his design ideas. As a result, his company revenues have skyrocketed, rising $28 million in two years.

These numbers reflect the rise of luxury construction in Miami-Dade. Peter Zalewski, principal of South Florida real-estate consultancy Condo Vultures, has analyzed the sales of properties priced at a minimum of $3 million between January and August of each respective year. Since 2013, the sales of condos and single-family houses have increased 23 percent. In 2014, there was an increase of 39 percent, although so far, in 2015, there has been a decrease of 12 percent as the surge of foreign buyers slow.

“As competition for buyers of luxury residential resale properties in Miami-Dade intensifies, sellers increasingly are being forced to offer more value, state-of-the-art amenities and the latest bells and whistles in order to unload their condos and single-family houses in a market where available supply is mushrooming,” Zalewski told the Miami Herald.

This is the market that is propelling Italkraft’s growth. The company has showrooms in Doral, Aventura and Fort Lauderdale. Its kitchens, bathrooms and closets are featured in some of the most luxurious developments in Miami, including Brickell City Centre, Glass Miami Beach, Regalia, One Thousand Museum and Park Grove. He works together with developers such as Hines, Codina, PMG, Related, Swire and Terra. The company has also begun to enter other markets in other cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Houston.

Among Xakoustis’ clients are celebrities like the Colombian musician Juanes, Tico Torres (drummer of Bon Jovi), and baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

Customers begin the design process after they visit one of the company’s three showrooms. Clients explain what style they have chosen for their home and what they would like to achieve. A design is worked up, the material and finishes chosen. And then the specs are sent to one of the seven Italkraft production facilities in Pescara, about 125 miles east of Rome: Each of the company’s kitchens is made in Italy and then shipped to Miami.

“In Italy, we found superior design and quality,” Xakoustis says.

Customers typically receive their new kitchen about 90 days after an order is placed.

On his tour through the Doral showroom, Xakoustis stops by another kitchen that looks as if it is entirely made of steel. And, indeed, the pantry is made of stainless steel, he says, but the rest isn’t. “Look at this,” he says and opens the kitchen cabinet. The silver doors are lacquered, covered with a film of glass. “It gives it a unique finish, very high-end,” he says.

In another section of his showroom, he points at a designed door that’s made of African wood. Under the glossy finish, the door is covered with crocodile leather that has been embossed with a silver print design. “Natural and imitation leather coverings for closet and home doors are a big trend,” Xakoustis says.

The most expensive kitchen he has ever made cost $900,000, a custom design for a private residence in Indian Creek. The 1,500-square-foot kitchen was made out of black granite, as were the 15-by-6-foot sliding doors that reached the room’s ceilings.

He built it before starting Italkraft. Now, he said, his most expensive kitchens run to about $700,000. “That was a special project,” he said. “Very, very complex engineering.”

“I’ve known Alex [Xakoustis] and Italkraft for a long time,” Ryan Shear, a principal at PMG who oversees its Florida projects. Italkraft has made up to 450 kitchens for PMG: Italkraft kitchens are in luxury condos and apartments in projects like Echo Brickell in Miami, Echo Aventura and Sage Beach in Hollywood. “They have never missed a deadline, and the quality of work is excellent,” Shear said.

Xakoustis is satisfied with his company’s progress, and he feels at home in Miami: “My employees are my family.” Even so, he follows the news about his crisis-shaken homeland, which often makes him angry: “Corruption is well accepted. It destroyed a beautiful country.” But when he talks about the lovely islands of Greece, one can’t help asking: Would he like to return there for good one day?

Not now, Xakoustis says. He still has many plans with Italkraft in the USA. “But never say never,” he adds.

Miami Herald staff writer Nicholas Nehamas contributed to this report.

ITALKRAFT

Business: Italkraft is a Doral-based, full-service Italian kitchen, bathroom, and closet design and installation company. Clients are developers such as Hines, Codina, PMG, Related, Swire and Terra Group and private house and condo owners. The high-end kitchens are featured in some of the most luxurious developments in Miami, including Brickell City Center, Glass Miami Beach, Regalia and Park Grove. The company designed about 9,000 kitchens last year.

Founder and principal: Alex Xakoustis.

Number of employees: 170

Address: 2900 NW 77th Ave Ct., Doral. 305-406-1301.

Showrooms are in: Doral, 18837-A Biscayne Blvd, Aventura and 4220 N Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.

Revenue: Since 2011, the revenue rose from $2 million up to about $30 million in 2014.

Website: italkraft.com

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Las cocinas mas sexy de Miami

Italkraft was featured on June 23, 2015 in Luhho (US). The article titled “Las cocinas mas sexy de Miami” spotlights four of Italkraft’s kitchens including Regalia, Glass, One Paraiso and Brickell City Centre as Miami’s sexiest kitchens. This article offers descriptions of all the kitchens.

Luhho (US)
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
About: Luhho is the leading magazine covering luxury products and services. It is designed for people that enjoy the finer things in life and features the latest on lifestyle, jewelry, interior design, entertainment and cars.
Media Type: Website
Format: Online
UMV: 491,861
Title: “Las cocinas mas sexys de Miami”
Link: http://luhho.com/diseno-de-interiores/20-dis/12475-2015-06-23-20-54-34.html

Get to know Italkraft (The Epitome of Luxury in Italian Kitchen Design)

Italkraft was featured on June 22, 2015 in New York Style Guide (US). The article titled “Get to know Italkraft (The Epitome of Luxury in Italian Kitchen Design)” spotlights Italkraft has Miami’s top kitchen designers for luxury development market and features an interview secured by 3AWORLDWIDE with Alex Xakoustis and Raul Gutierrez. The story is accompanied by fourteen images of their kitchens as well as an image of the partners and Stelios Margetis, V.P. of Operations.

New York Style Guide (US)
Publication Date: June 22, 2015
About: New York Style Guide is a collection of industry professionals, joining forces to bring their readers the best journalism, photography and an insider’s view of luxury lifestyle, fashion and more.
Media Type: Website
Format: Online
UMV: 1,155,013
Title: “Get to know Italkraft (The Epitome of Luxury in Italian Kitchen Design)”
Link: http://newyorkstyleguide.com/get-to-know-italkraft-the-epitome-of-luxury-in-italian-kitchen-design/

Empresa italiana de diseño de cocinas se queda con más del 60% de la cuota de mercado de desarrollos de lujo en el sur de la Florida y sigue en busca de más crecimiento

Italkraft was featured on June 24, 2015 in Revista AyB Miami (South Florida). The article titled “Empresa italiana de diseño de cocinas se queda con más del 60% de la cuota de mercado de desarrollos de lujo en el sur de la Florida y sigue en busca de más crecimiento” features an in-depth overview of Italkraft, highlighting the strengths of the business and the importance of company values. It also moves forth to discuss plans of expansion for the company in New York, D.C., and Houston.

Revista AyB Miami (South Florida)
Publication Date: June 24, 2015
About: Revista AyB is expected to be a leading US Hispanic publication that will launch in September, specializing in food, beverage, entertainment, luxury and lifestyle.
Media Type: Website
Format: Online
UMV: 5,000
Title: “Empresa italiana de diseño de cocinas se queda con más del 60% de la cuota de mercado de desarrollos de lujo en el sur de la Florida y sigue en busca de más crecimiento”
Link: http://www.revistaaybmiami.com/#!Empresa-italiana-de-diseño-de-cocinas-se-queda-con-más-del-60-de-la-cuota-de-mercado-de-desarrollos-de-lujo-en-el-sur-de-la-Florida-y-sigue-en-busca-de-más-crecimiento/c1sbz/558ad9540cf2711ebbcb68d9

Miami: Sexy in all aspects

Italkraft was featured on June 18, 2015 in Venue Magazine (US Hispanic). The article titled “Miami: Sexy in all aspects” spotlights Italkraft’s luxury kitchens that will be featured in the awaited Brickell City Centre.

Venue Magazine (US Hispanic)
Publication Date: June 18, 2015
About: Venue Magazine is an upscale Spanish publication that offers a diversity of articles and features of fashion, entertainment, luxury lifestyle, cuisine and an exciting and vibrant social scene that defines Miami and New York.
Media Type: Website
Format: Online
UMV: 397,527
Title: “Miami: Sexy in all aspects”
Link: http://www.venuemagazine.com/2015/06/18/miami-sexy-in-all-aspects/

Regalia opens first post-recession building on Florida oceanfront

Italkraft was featured on June 11, 2015 in Spear’s (UK). The article titled “Regalia opens first post-recession building on Florida oceanfront” spotlights Regalia, the luxury oceanfront property, and positions Italkraft as the leading expert in Italian kitchen design, closets and bathrooms responsible for this project. This UK publication was targeted due to its affluent audience and prominent US readership.

Spear’s (UK)
Publication Date: June 11, 2015
About: Spear’s is the multi-award-winning wealth management and luxury lifestyle media brand whose flagship magazine has become a must-read for the ultra-high-net worth community. It has a 40% US readership, targeting affluent individuals and industry experts.
Media Type: Website
Format: Online
UMV: 165,062
Title: “Regalia opens first post-recession building on Florida oceanfront”
Link: http://www.spearswms.com/blog/regalia-opens-first-post-recession-building-on-florida-oceanfront/#.VYqxVkIp-fQ