Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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Patricia Davis Brown Industry luminary inspires through lighting expertise, design blog Patricia Davis Brown has long been an industry luminary, whether promoting her well-read blog as a media platform for the industry, developing an exten- sive expertise in lighting or serving on the National Kitchen & Bath Associa- tion's Board of Directors. A 31-year veteran in the design industry, she is a professional interior designer and a certified kitchen and bathroom designer who is well known for her intricate lighting designs. An award-winning designer whose work has been featured in Florida Architecture, Traditional Homes & Design, Florida Design, Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas and "The Kids Space Idea Book," she started her career in the industry in 1985, and in 1992 opened her Vero Beach, FL-based design studio, Patricia Davis Brown Fine Cabinetry. Since then, her designs have garnered 15 national and multiple state awards, and her reputation as an industry influencer has grown exponen- tially with the growth of her widely read design blog, DigThisDesign.net. In 2010, she opened a full design firm, Patricia Davis Brown Designs, and today she is a sought-after brand consultant who continues to work on a diverse array of projects, recently landing a large, luxury home devel- opment project in Vero Beach. Innovation also colors her designs, most recently a master bathroom that includes custom-designed black vanities with a custom mirrored furni- ture piece and custom lighting, and a kitchen with a unique custom pot rack. Christy Bowen Communication, collaboration and community lead to design success Communication is at the core of Christy Bowen's success. Whether she is talking with clients, forming partnerships with builders or organizing community and industry events, Bowen, CKBD, UDCP determines what is needed through communication and collaboration. As principal of Twelve Stones Design in Austin, TX, the designer has used her technical skills, creative savvy and design expertise to forge part- nerships with some of the area's top design and build firms. Her passion for specialized design disciplines inspired her to gain certifications in both kitchen and bath design and Universal Design. Her vision and attention to detail have won Bowen recognition and awards on local, regional and national levels. Her work has graced the covers of Professional Remodeler and Symmetry Magazine and has been featured in several publications, including Austin/San Antonio's Urban Home Magazine and MODERN Builder & Design. Bowen gives back to the industry by being an active member of two prominent trade associations: the Austin National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Chapter and the Texas Hill Country National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Chapter. In recent years she has served on the Texas Hill Country NKBA Board as v.p. of Programs, and v.p. of Academic Relations. Presently, she sits on the Austin NARI Board of Directors as a director at large and serves as the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes committee chair and board liaison. Michael Berman Product and design reflect a distinctive mix of classic and modern Interiors and product designer Michael Berman has created a portfolio of projects that span the globe. From residential homes to luxury hotels, Berman's signature "Trans-Modern" American style reflects the designer's interest in history, art, architecture and nature, forming a mix of completely livable – and widely celebrated – interiors, furniture, lighting and textiles. His work strikes an uncommon balance between timeless style and of-the-moment relevance inspired by comfort, American Modernism, simplicity of form and classic Hollywood glamour. He explains, "My objective is to create classics with restraint and elegance that will stand the test of time." Berman has lent his design expertise to several lines, including out- door furniture collections for Brown Jordan, a Modern furniture and textile line for Kravet, a bath accessories line with Labrazel and a lifestyle furni- ture collection for Theodore Alexander. ROHL has partnered with Berman for its American Modern plumbing line, which reflects a combination of craftsmanship and authentic materials and finishes. Walker Zanger has also been on the receiving end of Berman's talents via its Stu-dio Moderne collection of stone and tile. Berman is also the founder and principal creative visionary behind Mi- chael Berman Limited, a multi-faceted design firm focusing on interiors, architecture, furniture and all aspirational products for home design. Dr. Julia Beamish Academician makes mark in education, research Dr. Julia Beamish has made a major impact on the campus of Virginia Tech, but her influence on the kitchen and bath industry is hardly restricted to the halls of academia. A certified kitchen design educator and accomplished researcher, Beamish serves as professor and head of the Department of Apparel, Housing and Resource Management at Virginia Tech, widely acclaimed for its curricu- lum in residential environments, a four-year major that includes extensive coursework in kitchen and bath design. Beamish, one of the architects of that curriculum, teaches residential space planning with a focus on Universal Design and accessibility. She was also a member of the founding faculty for Virginia Tech's Center for Real Life Kitchen Design, a 1,500-sq. ft. learning center that incorporates kitchen vignettes, a flexible classroom and research space with multi-media capabilities. But Beamish's impact extends far beyond the confines of her college's campus. She has also served as an at-large delegate for the White House Conference on Aging. And, along with two other Virginia Tech professors, she was the co-author of a pair of reference books – Kitchen Planning and Bath Planning – that are considered among the most authoritative planning resources available for professional kitchen and bath designers. In addition, among other projects, she was involved in a widely cited research initiative that identified how people use, and what they want in, their kitchens. 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018

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