Kitchen & Bath Design News

DEC 2018

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A career retrospective from renowned designer Ellen Cheever illustrates how design trends from the '70s through today offer cues for what to expect in the years ahead. BY ELLEN CHEEVER, CMKBD, ASID A Life in Design fter a 48-year career in the kitchen and bath industry, retirement – or semi-retirement – is just around the corner for me. As I worked through the process of organizing all of my published works being donated to a new Design Library at Virginia Tech (see related story, Page 14), I realized how so many of today's trends are grounded in the rich history of our business. The project also led me to formu- late several predictions for the future of our design profession. I hope a review of the past and a look at what's next will be of value as you plan your 2019 business approach. Let's start with what's next. SIMPLE AND COLORFUL KITCHENS I believe the design aesthetic will continue to be globally driven, and I predict we will tire of all of the complexity of design today and return to a very simple, classic, international, modern sense of style, softened by treasures from the past. Additionally, we will be challenged to include color in our solutions – moving away from taupe and gray. Our approach to space management will focus on over- coming the current lifestyle shortcomings of open-plan kitch- ens, including the noise distractions and clean-up difficulties common to open rooms. The next generation of successful A Photo: Courtesy of Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • December 2018 DESIGNER'S NOTEBOOK

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