Each year, the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) selects 30 young professionals from the kitchen and bath arena who they feel are on the path toward greatness in the industry. The elite group will attend the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas where they will be tasked with choosing what they feel are the most innovative, trendsetting,…
Written by Courtney Kruer, Commercial Development Program – Monogram
The Monogram team traveled down to Orlando, Florida, for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show last week to showcase our brand to an array of designers, retailers, remodelers, builders and architects. KBIS is truly breathtaking in how large of an event it is and how many people are in attendance. The convention showcases over 600 leading brands in the industry, engaging everyone in the latest trends in products, design and technology.
Not only did we have acclaimed chefs, but we also had globally renowned fashion designer, Zac Posen, cooking right alongside them and signing copies of his new cookbook, Cooking with Zac.
Attendees were ecstatic to not only meet Zac and get a signed copy of his cookbook, but also to hear about his plans to design a one-of-a-kind panel for our Monogram Column refrigerators. Stay tuned for more exclusive plans between Monogram and Zac Posen in 2018, as well as partnerships with craftsmen that epitomize the quality of our brand.
In addition to displaying the custom pizza peel made for Monogram by William Campbell of Anvil Goods, we had another artisan’s talents in a prominent, full-wall display that sparked a lot of conversation. The cast-iron pan covered wall was brought to us by Borough Furnace who sustainably handmakes their products out of recycled scrap iron. Partnering with these artisans supports our passion for craftsmanship, devotion to details and our commitment to Elevate Everything.
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!
Kitchen and bath designer Paula Kennedy is a great partner with Monogram, whether serving as a judge in the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest or as the designer liaison at the Monogram Modern Home tour stop in Seattle. Paula will now be joining Save Room for Design as a blog correspondent so let’s learn a little more about her.
As an Interior Designer of 18 years, and a Creative all my life in one form or another, design is a second career post Corporate America. Being a designer provided an outlet for my desire for creativity. Falling in love with the Kitchen and Bath field offered my left brain the joy of digging into the technical details and my right brain the ability to play with space and color.
I am a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through NKBA, received my CAPS, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, through NAHB, in addition my recent certification as a Certified Architectural Color Consultant. I have been honored in the last 18 years as an award winner, locally and nationally published, and a very active industry volunteer and leader. I am a self-proclaimed fourth generation Serial Entrepreneur.
Recently reinventing myself creatively, I survived the recession, and am embracing a calling to teach, inspire and write. This new expression has exploded my career diversity in a way I never imagined. My desire is to continue sharing my journey and what I’ve learned along the way, inspiring others to expand their experiences, spreading and sharing knowledge of innovation and creativity.
Creating a better quality of life for all my clients is at the heart of my business purpose. This drives my passion for Timeless Design that works well, feels right and looks good!
A favorite quote by a client and now a friend; “I know many people who “love” their job, but Paula’s joy of what she does is positively infectious.” I am taking that infectious passion into inspiring my peers and other Creatives to move beyond their comfort zones to having a space and life that is more fulfilling.
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