Sub-Zero Wolf Collaboration

Join us for a Q&A with Interior Designer, Barbara Schmidt of studiobstyle,

to discuss the inspiration behind this Sub-Zero Wolf kitchen project.

Barbara Schmidt


Barbara Schmidt, founder and principal of studiobstyle, is nationally known for her expressive and sophisticated interiors and editorial features. Her continued success has been designing for industry leading brands, as well as, designing with distinctive  architects/builders and homeowners across the country. Barbara is an industry expert in residential and commercial design and known for pushing both style and process boundaries.

Over the past decades Barbara’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, Southern Living magazines as well as Refinery 29, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal among others. Barbara’s work is regularly featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and she authors a bimonthly column for Builder Media.

Heart of the Home

The Interview

How was this project initiated?

Sub-Zero Wolf came to me with a series of new projects. We were asked to design and build environments to show new features. Once I knew what the feature product was going to be, I designed the entire space around that functional environment. We featured the new Wolf 36” Induction Range and remote-controlled ceiling vent hood in this kitchen. The unusual application was placing a range in the island and with a zero clearance cooktop edge, we could do just that.

What inspired the style of the space?

A few years ago, I traveled to Milan and the International Euro Cucina show. I was very inspired by tall arched topped windows and curved islands. I also wanted to show some classic luxury like Rehau Americas terra wall/cabinetry and modern ravisionoir island cabinetry. It looks European with American scale and sensibility.

Why did you choose this stone for the floor?

We knew we needed to offset the wood feel on the walls and somehow I kept going back to the idea of something organic with subtle taupe color. When I saw the Shadow Gray marble I loved the soft pattern. It reminded me of how sand layers after the sea recedes. I also knew I needed a larger format tile to blend with that large island and this came in an 18”x18” size. Stone floors feel somewhat historic to me in that the natural patterns are very appealing in the modern and mid-century designs we are asked to design. Natural patterns can warm spaces and that’s just what we needed for this project.

Why Interceramic USA?

I usually turn to Interceramic when I’m looking for something modern and sophisticated. Time and time again, I’ve sourced tile for backsplashes, walls, and floors that are such high quality and elevated in style. There’s never been a time when I couldn’t find what I needed in all their selection.

How is it working with Interceramic as a designer?

So easy, and the website offers lots of choices. The best part about the experience were the samples. They saved me so much time and effort in decision-making. Once we had the stone in hand with the cabinetry colors it was an immediate “yes - that’s the one!” Shipping was on time and our order came in a crate palletized for safe transport. I would absolutely recommend Interceramic to anyone including homeowners. Just look for your local dealer for more info.

Shadow Gray Marble

Luxurious and powerful, Shadow Gray's ornate design and smooth texture bring a mesmerizing look to any space. Offering a rare variation unique to each tile and found only in natural stone, it's a top choice to add a stylish touch.