Being a working designer and a blogger, I have had some pretty exceptional opportunities to travel and learn about the latest products available (and be reminded of a few classic favourites). I’ve been invited next week by Bosch and Dwell to attend a two day design retreat called The Evolution of the Modern Kitchen, at the Bosch Experience and Design Center in Irvine, CA.
I’ve designed a lot of kitchens over the years, and one of my favourite styles to design is a modern kitchen. There are no distractions in extraneous details, so every line and function has to be carefully considered. I’m excited to dig deeper into this topic of the evolution of the modern kitchen, as it’s so relevant to what I do in the studio on a regular basis. Also, I’m especially looking forward to chatting with industry leaders at Bosch and Dwell magazine and to be able to exchange ideas. I rarely turn down opportunities to expand my knowledge and educate myself in any way possible, especially from the best in the industry, like Bosch and Dwell. What a dynamic combo!
Architect Mike Jacobs, Photo: Floto + Warner.
Bosch: San Francisco
**Even though I am being sponsored to attend this event, I only promote products I would choose to use in my projects or personally. My opinions are mine and not those of my sponsors.
“I like to set people free. I give them a hint and encourage them to go with their imaginations. It is the only way that new things can come true.”
—Designer Muriel Brandolini via Elle Decor Jan/Feb 06
Design: HABERMEHL DESIGN GROUP INC.
My clients’ favourite colour is purple and they asked to have it used in their newly renovated family room. We updated the family room and adjoining kitchen from a dated ’80’s layout to an open, contemporary space. To be honest, it’s not my go-to colour of choice to decorate with, but I wanted to give them the freedom to ask and believe they can have a room that surpasses what they envisioned. Purple is a tricky colour to work with and can look garish if not used with an experienced hand. It would seem logical to limit such a bold colour to a pillow or in the artwork for a “pop” of colour that would satisfy my client. Instead, I suggested we add the colour in a major way. We colour blocked the purple on the silk drapery and the wool area rug in the same deep amethyst colour. I knew this would work because we painted the walls white with a hint of warm grey and the wood cabinet also has a deep grey undertone. Plus we purchased classic mid-century modern pieces by Herman Miller and added black accents. This combination and the use of high-end materials allowed us to use this rich, dramatic colour fearlessly. If I didn’t let my clients feel free to to express themselves, they may not have requested using such a brave colour and this room wouldn’t have turned out so striking!