Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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Patti Johnson Industry activities keep designer ahead of the curve Staying active in the design community keeps Patti Johnson at the top of her game. Owner of Patti Johnson Interiors in Lebanon, OH, she is a current member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the Dayton Society of Interior Designers and Certified Interior Decorators, as well as the Interior Design Society of Ohio, where she is a past president. An expert in "Transforming Spaces into Beautiful Places," Johnson has honed her skills in total home renovation as well as kitchen and bath de- sign, spending 10 years in Michigan and Kentucky, followed by 10 years in Ohio. The studio in her home acts as a meeting place for clients to discuss their dream renovations. To remain well-versed in the design industry, Johnson attends the Kitch- en & Bath Industry Show and other trade shows, in addition to seminars and continuing education programs. She is an active member of her local cham- ber of commerce, as well as Main Street USA for local small businesses. Johnson is the only Ohio designer to have acted as an official High Point Market Style Spotter, and was named in fixr.com's Top 200 Most Influential People in the Home Design Industry for 2017. She is a three- time member of the international Blog Tour delegation and the Interior Designer Chat. Blogging is an important component of Johnson's business, and her blog "Chatti Patti Talks Design" presents interior design, decoration and lifestyle trends. Her blogging skills earned her an invitation to be part of the prestigious Blogger19, sponsored by Brizo. Laurie Haefele A background in architecture influences award-winning designs Industry recognition and awards in abundance have been bestowed upon Laurie Haefele, associate member AIA, and member of NKBA, ASID and ICAA. Armed with degrees in architectural design and its history and theory, she has been using her training to create upscale kitchen, boutique wardrobe and luxury bath designs since 1997. Haefele launched her own firm – Santa Monica, CA-based Haefele Design Inc. – in 2002, and accolades began mounting soon after. She was tapped as one of the world's top designers by Robb Report Luxury Home Magazine in 2007 and has been garnering design awards ever since. Among the accolades she has received are honors from Sub-Zero/ Wolf in the 2009 and 2017 competitions, the NKBA Small Bath and Peo- ple's Choice Awards and a KBDA Best Specialty Project designation from KBDN in 2016. Most recently she was awarded first place honors for best Large Kitchen and best Wet Bar by NKBA Southern California, 2018. A regular speaker at events such as the SoCal NKBA and Dwell on De- sign, Haefele regularly speaks at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchan- dising, where she was previously a professor. Her work has appeared in over 50 magazine articles, as well as on episodes of HGTV's "Kitchen Trends." Haefele creates custom products for her clients, often working with innovative materials. One such product, which she co-invented, is a new cabinet material created by layering silkscreen between acrylic sheets. Lori Gilder Architectural style and digital media platforms signature for California designer California Modern best describes Lori Gilder's style. The architectural interior designer – CEO and founder of www. LoriGilder.com and Interior Makeovers Inc. in Beverly Hills, CA – is known for her clean, architectural lines and re- laxed, classically contemporary spaces. The award-winning designer has been a featured speaker at High Point Furniture Market, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, West Edge Design Fair and participated as a 2015 Highpoint Style Spotter and the Modenus BlogTourNY. Gilder's passion for kitchen and bath design led to her role as co-founder of the Kitchen Design Network with KBDN Innovator Rebecca Reynolds, an online resource site devoted to kitchen lifestyle, design, sources and professional directory. The site will house inspirational kitch- en projects from around the world, renovation ideas and advice, expert information and kitchen lifestyle and culture from design professionals. Gilder and Reynolds also collaborated on two design vignettes for the 2015 Design Panel for DXV Luxury and, in 2016, the duo designed the 2016 Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse kitchen and were named Viking Kitchen Designers of the Year for 2016. Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Distinctive Kitchens and California Homes magazine have featured Gilder's designs, and she has appeared on HGTV, BlogTalk Radio and The Chaise Lounge Podcast. The designer has also lent her expertise to eHow.com, providing an interi- or design video series for designing and decorating "Beach Spaces." Laura Giampaolo Mini-movies and automated design reach customers in unexpected ways Creating inspired designs – and presenting them effectively to clients – sets Laura Giampaolo apart. A kitchen and bath designer at Nu-Way Kitchen and Bath in Utica, MI, she uses her talents in 2020 3D CAD design and as a mini-movie maker to wow her clients. In 30+ years, she has designed spaces around the world. Her creative process starts with asking her clients what their dream space would be if money was no object. She then goes to their home to see how it is cur- rently being used, how the rest of the home is decorated and how she can maximize their dream while staying within the set budget. Giampaolo's approach includes developing a "Live Movie" format to present kitchens and baths to clients. The presentation is designed to inspire them and put them into the space. Winner of the 2020 Inspiration Award for 2017 in the Bath category, Giampaolo continually researches 2020 as well as other programs that she can use together to have the most realistic presentations. "I use all the catalogs, as each one serves a unique purpose in completing the overall look of the space," she offers. Giampaolo reaches out to other designers, teaching them tips and tricks of the Design program to improve their work. She advises them to "not be afraid to experiment. Play and practice." She notes that there are still things she is discovering in 2020 Design that she can bring to the table. 46 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018

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