NKBA 30 under 30 designer profile: Jennifer Kowalski

In July, the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 30 under 30 designers. These designers were nominated by their peers and have already shown impressive results in their careers. And they are a lot of fun!

We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences so far. Today’s profile highlights Jennifer Kowalski from Seattle, Washington.


Jennifer Kowalski, NKBA 30 under 30 designer

Jennifer Kowalski, NKBA 30 under 30 designer


SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Jennifer: My interest in design and architecture started at a young age.  My parents subscribed to Architectural Digest, and I would constantly look through the collection of magazines and stare at the images. I would also tear out the floor plans from the magazine and add them to my personal journal.

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.

Jennifer: Our company is moving locations and we’re in the process of designing our new kitchen displays and deciding on finishes.  It’s been a blast being my own client.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Jennifer: Laminate floors and counters … I’m not sure when they were ever really “in” but I still get people asking about them!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Jennifer: Polished brass! I’ve always secretly loved a well patina’ed brass, especially on the right designs, and I’m so glad that the design world is embracing it again!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Jennifer: I was really impressed with the great lengths that GE takes to get to know their consumers and how they work in their own kitchens.  That amount of interest and detail shows in their designs and the function of their appliances.

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