Mohawk handyman Chip Wade inspects the Zanzibar reclaimed hardwood in the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.

The 2010House BeautifulKitchen of the Year, located at Rockefeller Center and designed by Jeff Lewis of Bravo's "Flipping Out," prominently features Mohawk hardwood and carpet. The 1,000 sq. ft. kitchen (with an additional 1,000 sq. ft. of outdoor living space) is fully functional.

The kitchen showcases Mohawk’s Zanzibar Reclaimed hardwood, a 5” wide product that features wood reclaimed from locations throughout the world. Zanzibar Reclaimed is an engineered product that is FSC certified, and features scrapes, plugs, and other distressed elements.

Mohawk SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona carpet was selected for use in the living area adjacent to the kitchen.

The adjacent living space is covered using Mohawk’s SmartStrand Sorona carpet.  SmartStrand triexta carpet made with DuPont Sorona is a sustainable flooring option that uses 37 percent Bio-PDO, a polymer derived from corn sugar.

“The Kitchen of the Year project shows what’s possible with modern materials,” said David Duncan, Mohawk's vp marketing. “Mohawk products demonstrate exceptional beauty, functionality, and even sustainability without compromise.  We’re delighted to be included in this project.”

Mohawk handyman and HGTV personality Chip Wade was also on hand, blogging about the kitchen and how Mohawk products are being used. Visit the bloghere. Mohawk has also produced a short video about theHouse BeautifulKitchen of the Year, starring Chip Wade. View ithere.

Two charity organizations are beneficiaries of this year’s kitchen. Money raised from the project will support The Alpha Workshops, a not-for-profit organization that trains and employs people living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts. Select products from the Kitchen of the Year will be donated to ReStore/Habitat for Humanity at the conclusion of the event.