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 Molly Switzer with Precision Countertops in Portland, Oregon.
SRFD: How did you become interested in Design?
Molly: My entire family is artistically talented – it was a natural step when i decided studying music specific business wasn’t going to full fill my personal needs . I started the pre-architecture program with the University of Oregon which spoke more to my artistic and creative capabilities. I quickly identified myself with the residential side of design and the discovery of the kitchen and bath program with my university pushed my love for design over the edge – I had finally found my calling. I became heavily involved with both the student and professional NKBA chapters to nurture my passion and found a huge amount of personal joy in the design field.
SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.
Molly: The best projects are the ones where your clients get involved in the design process and begin to develop a fluid and trusting relationship with their job. I have had a few clients recently that have trusted me with some exciting and out of the box design concepts which allowed my design creativity to flourish. These are the projects I look back at and smile, especially when the clients are just as excited to show off their new space as I am.
SRFD: A trend you’re over?
Molly: The kitchen island being a different color cabinet set and countertop from the perimeter, it is easily the most obvious next “white tile Plague” which will severely date a space. Not to say that this trend cannot be done well, it can, but it is typically not thought about enough at length to be a successful design.
SRFD: A trend you are excited about?
Molly: I am extremely excited about the increase in available textures in today’s designs. From reclaimed woods, to a variety of metals both in finish and types, also the textured countertop products and the huge variety in backsplash options. With amazing lighting these textures bring a space to life.
SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?
Molly: I’m ready to sell every millennial I have ever met an Advantium SpeedCook Oven, it fits the true millennial lifestyle – and everyone that I have explained the oven to has fallen in love. GE’s research and technology development processes go above and beyond. I cannot believe the amount of detail they have thought in for all of their products we had the pleasure of learning about. The 48″ Professional series range is amazing, I had one installed in a good friend’s project of mine, and was able to educate him on many of the features and benefits for the best possible cooking experience for him and my ability to sell this product to many future clients.