The Chicago Monogram Design Center (MDC) brings designers to Chicago, Illinois, for two-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! Lead Product Specialist Christina Dragota interviewed Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, Executive Director of the Kitchen and Bath Division for Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects in Annapolis, Maryland.
Christina: How did you first get into interior design?
Richard: Art and design have always been a natural passion of mine since I was young. I found my love for residential architecture and interiors when I received my first Architectural Digest in sixth grade!
Christina: What drives your inspiration for design?
Richard: I 100% believe in the idea of holistic inspiration. The idea that inspiration is around us everyday. The way a song can evoke emotions or the color of something in nature. I am always mindful of connecting with these synchronicities. The world is full of endless inspiration.
Christina: After your recent visit to the Monogram Design Center in Chicago, what is your favorite Monogram appliance?
Richard: The Monogram 30″ Fully Integrated Glass-Door Refrigerator is so smart! When fully integrated, the freezer drawer aligns perfectly with adjacent cabinetry, the convertible lower drawer provides users with functionality to best fit their needs and the glass door refrigeration is such a fun conversation piece.
Christina: What advice do you have for someone who is just getting into the interior design world?
Richard: Find your niche. For me, I love interior design but specifically luxury kitchens are my specialty. Narrowing your path at first will help you stay focused and can accelerate your career. That path will naturally widen as time progresses.
Christina: How did the NKBA 30 Under 30 help shape you in your career, how has your career changed since being in 30 Under 30?
Richard: The 30 Under 30 program was a milestone moment and a phenomenal platform to springboard from. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as a whole has been instrumental in my career. Getting involved as a design student opened my eyes up to the Kitchen and Bath industry very early on. I have met so many fantastic people along the way, and specifically have a special bond with the “30U30 Fam.” These industry relationships mean so much to me. I am very honored for the opportunities I have received since being a part of the program.
Christina: What advice do you have for the 2016 30 Under 30 group?
Richard: Pay it forward! The NKBA is putting great efforts to empower the next generation of industry professionals. It’s important to engage and get others involved as well. There is a great synergy when connecting with your peers who share the same drive. Invest your time and it can open many doors!