Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2017

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ARTIST EDGAR DEGAS once said, "Art is not what you see but what you make others see." In many ways, the same can be said of design. In its most perfect form, design is the transforma- tion of a space into a living, breathing canvas, where the homeowners' dreams take shape, where their passions are given form, and where their needs are met in an environment that will grow with them and fortify them in their life's journey. Perhaps that's why it's sometimes difficult to quan- tify great design. Yes, you can talk about color, texture, symmetry and balance; you can showcase design styles and the seamless integration of products and materials. But as a designer, your vision is only part of the equation; ultimately, a design's success or failure rests on its ability to make the homeowners see and feel things that speak to their unique desires, needs and dreams. There's plenty of art in the equation, and more than a bit of intuition. Of course, it still begins with technique, and an understanding of the principles of design. But when it all comes together – well, that's where greatness lies. This month, KBDN has the pleasure of introducing our second annual Kitchen & Bath Design Awards – hon- oring 27 kitchens, baths and other rooms that illustrate the sweet spot where fashion meets function, design meets art, and homeowners' lives are made better for living in them (see related coverage, Pages 42-79). While stylistically the winning projects span a broad swathe of ground, certain commonalities are clearly evident. These include thoughtful attention to detail, bold use of color, creative (and sometimes unexpected!) material choices, clean lines, mixed metals, light used for both art and emphasis, clever storage solutions, a willingness to embrace architecture and a harmonious balance of textures, colors and materials to create cohe- sive designs with both functional finesse and emotional resonance. Risk taking and a willingness to be different also help move designs from merely serviceable to truly great. As design competition judge Richard Anuszkiewicz explains, "A key trait to any award winner is distinction. All too often, we see spaces that blend in with the crowd. It's imperative to have unique elements in the space to make the design stand out." Judge Cassia Wyner agrees: "You want to see a novel approach to the same old thing, or a splash of something fresh and fun." But fresh and fun only work if the third F word is there, too: functional. As judge Alan Zielinski notes, "A trend that's catching attention is design that incorporates safety and Universal Design [principles]." But he notes that these, too, must be fresh: Designs that innovate with materials for depth and dimension will resonate with consumers, he believes, as will spaces that "use natural materials to bring us closer to nature." Natural materials are also garnering excitement in the countertop realm, where granite, quartz, marble and Labradorite are juxtaposed with walnut, maple, zinc and other materials to create statement-making kitchen focal points (see related story, Page 80). Of course, great design is always evolving, as Jamie Gold explores in this month's Trend Spotting. Focusing on the wellness trend, she looks at how health and well- ness concerns are impacting product and design choices for everyone from baby boomers to millennials (see related story, Page 38). Demographic shifts will continue to impact the definition of great design, because, as with art, design is a living entity, multidimensional and very, very personal. But while times change, some things never do. And in the end, the artist Degas got it right: the heart of great de- sign will always lie in your ability to make people see and feel things they couldn't see or feel before through the art and craft of design. And that's what winning designs are all about! ▪ " Ultimately, a design's success or failure rests on its ability to make the homeowners see and feel things that speak to their unique desires, needs and dreams." Anatomy of a Winning Design August 2017 • 9 EDITORIAL ® Like us: KitchenBathDesignNews Follow us on Twitter: @KBDN Join the discussion: Follow us on Instagram: @kbdn_sola PUBLISHER Paul DeGrandis PUBLISHER EMERITUS Eliot Sefrin EDITOR Janice Anne Costa MANAGING EDITOR Anita Shaw ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ashley Lapin Olian ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ashley Lapin Olian EDITORIAL INTERN Diana Cleveland CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kim Berndtson Joe Dowd Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS Elizabeth Richards Denise Vermeulen COLUMNISTS Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS Denise Grothouse Leslie Hart Bruce Kelleran, CKD, CPA Ken Peterson, CKD Leah Peterson Mary Jo Peterson, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP Sarah Reep, CMKBD, ASID, CMG, CAPS, IIDA Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD CREATIVE & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Tracy Hegg SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Erika Nygaard CIRCULATION MANAGER Mike Serino READER SERVICE MANAGER Jeff Heine DIGITAL PROGRAMS MANAGER Tim Steingraber PROJECTS MANAGER Heidi Riedl Copyright © 2017 by SOLA Group Inc. All rights reserved. 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