Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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Steven Cooper Designer shows innovation via strong client relationships Steven Cooper is a renaissance man. Yes, he grew up in the business – from the days when his father Neil Cooper was a design-build home builder in Minnesota through the family's move to Los Angeles in 1984, and the subse- quent launch of Cooper Pacific Kitchens. But Cooper's early years with Cooper Pacific were on the business side of things. He studied finance in college and since 1989, he's helped build Cooper Pacific into a leading design-firm brand in West L.A. Over the years, he gradually became a leading designer in his own right. Today, in addition to being owner and business chief, Cooper is the company's principal designer. In recent years he's led the firm to create a number of award-winning kitchens that have burnished the company's reputation for its leading-edge design – modern with a relaxed California coastal feel. He's often quoted on kitchen design trends by national publi- cations such as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. And, last year he earned Gold in Kitchen & Bath Design Award's Best Kitchen over $200,000 category. He describes his designs as detailed and layered but firmly rooted in the client's tastes. He sees the depth of connection to clients as key to design success. "We are in an exciting market here in Los Angeles," notes Cooper. "So I have the luxury and the ability to be very forward with our designs but also to push that envelope a little bit. We find that people are pretty receptive to new and different ideas." Robineve Cole Universal Design inspires fashion-conscious designer Robineve Cole of the Walnut Creek, CA-based Robineve Interiors Uni- versal Design founded her firm on the premise that good design solves problems and improves quality of life. Initially inspired by her mother's battle with Alzheimer's and then a car accident that left her in a wheelchair for several months, she began to look more seriously at how the principles of Universal Design could be incor- porated into a home to make the space work for a variety of needs, from a temporary injury to a permanent disability – as well as for a range of ages and life stages. Universal Design precepts continue to impact her work today; indeed, her company's tag line is "Designing Homes for Life," and her firm offers an innovative three-hour Universal Design Walk-Through checklist to address the myriad ways a client's home can be remodeled to integrate UD principles. But while function is a critical element of Cole's design process, fashion is equally important to this award-winning California designer. Indeed, she started her career in the fashion industry designing one-of-a- kind celebrity dresses before moving into interior design. Her extensive international travel also colors her designs, which have been published in Architectural Digest, Washington Post, California Home Design and more, and she is also a sought-after speaker. Eric Cohler Personalized style using well-loved pieces, objects and art deliver the joy this designer seeks The house down the street and the famous residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC can have something in common – a design touch from Eric Cohler. Principal of Eric Cohler Design in New York, the designer has been dubbed "The Mixmaster" by Tra- ditional Home magazine for his ability to blend classic and contemporary elements to create fresh, comfortable spaces. A respected keynote speaker on design, art and collecting, Cohler holds an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, as well as a Certificate from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and Oxford's New College. His education in art and architecture influences his individualized style, and he has garnered numerous awards, including being named to Elle Décor's annual A-List and the "Top 100 Designers" issue in House Beautiful, as well as being tapped Designer of the Year by Traditional Home and Deco- ration and Design Building in New York and Florida's DCOTA. His award-winning product designs include textiles and furniture for Lee Jofa, lighting for Visual Comfort, luxury fireplace surrounds for Chesney's and rugs for Stark. His Lee Jofa "Tyler Crewel" rug graced the Obama family dining room. The author of "Cohler on Design," he serves on the board of directors of Manhattan's Museum at Eldridge Street. Causes such as the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, the Kips' Bay Boys and Girls Club and the Susan G. Komen Holiday House are personal passions. A prestigious hon- or, he is an ambassador of Creativity and Spirituality to the United Nations. Cheryl Kees Clendenon Designer, influencer challenges the status quo Cheryl Kees Clendenon has a long history of being a trend setter. A well- known industry speaker who loves to challenge the status quo, the 20-year veteran designer and blogger is often in the limelight, whether taking home NBKA awards four years running, par- ticipating in the Modenus Blog Tour, being a Silestone Trendspotter, serv- ing on the BLANCO Design Council, being one of the first to be selected for the DXV designer panel or being a featured presenter at KBIS. After starting her entrepreneurial pursuit in her own home as a solo act, she quickly built her reputation and client list as an interior designer, and soon she decided to put together a design team and open a retail show- room showcasing original art, furnishings, hardware, lighting and other beautiful objects. This year, In Detail Interiors was selected by the home furnishings industry as a finalist for the prestigious Dallas Market Arts Award for her showroom and her team's innovative marketing efforts. Her fearless style and irreverent approach to design have won her numerous design awards, and her well-read blog has further extended her reach, with Fixr naming her a Top Influencer in 2017. Her work has been published in over 70 consumer magazines and books, including multiple covers. She now mentors other designers with her no-nonsense approach in all matters of small business and running a showroom. 44 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018

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