Stories from the Showroom: Designers Deserving of Recognition

December 17, 2013

Our trade and specifier reps work with the some of the most amazing designers around the world. These designers love their jobs, their clients and do remarkable work using Sub-Zero and Wolf products. While our bi-annual Kitchen Design Contest is one way to recognize great work, we hear so many good stories about up-and-coming designers from our trade reps. It only makes sense to shine a spotlight on a few of them here.

Maggie Boyaris

Maggie2Like all great design assistants, Maggie Boyaris has proven to have a tremendous ability to listen to Cannon Frank clients and provide them with kitchen designs that meet their aesthetic and functional needs. “We’ve had the privilege of working with Maggie on behalf of her Cannon Frank clients across numerous visits to our showroom,” says Lorraine Herr, marketing showroom director for the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. “She asks great questions, demonstrating an attention to detail that helps make sure all aspects of the appliance selection and installation process go as smoothly as possible for her clients.”

Karen Swanson

QA_Karen_Swanson_headshot_v2Karen Swanson, New England Design Works, is a great example of today’s entrepreneur. While others with her talent often stay inside bigger firms, she was fearless. She believed in herself enough to go out on her own after setting up shop in her home and reaching out to architects and designers with whom she could collaborate. In her first solo year, she won a New England regional award in Sub-Zero and Wolf’s Kitchen Design Contest, and first place in the 2012 NKBA Kitchen Design Contest with a custom kitchen and butler’s pantry she designed in an 1850s home in New England. View the home on Houzz.

Karen is enthusiastic, detail-oriented, extremely personable and likes to have fun with her job. You can feel her personality in her projects and can’t help but smile when you look at the photos of her award-winner with the apple green stools, great wallpaper touches and unique island details and lighting fixture. She takes unique elements and pulls them together in bold, fun statements — always with an eye on functionality, and the client’s wishlist and lifestyle. In a sea of traditional (or polished contemporary) New England kitchens, she is a breath of fresh air.

Burke Cheney

burke_cheneyDesigner Burke Cheney has been making a name for himself at Deane Inc., an iconic family-owned New England design firm in Fairfield County, Conn. While he has been lending his skills and keen eye to projects at Deane for a few years now, the New England design community really took notice this year. One of Burke’s kitchen designs earned him a “Kitchen Innovator” designation in the prestigious Innovation in Design Awards showcased by Connecticut Cottages and Gardens magazine in July.

Innovator is a perfect word for Burke. He thinks out-of-the-box on every job, finding unique solutions to challenges like taming asymmetrical space in his award-winning kitchen in Weston, Conn. Imagination and engineering merge when Burke designs gentle waves of Sapele wood on the front of a Sub-Zero refrigerator to soften its form, or takes a homeowner’s Thai screen and attaches it to stainless steel rollers to conceal a niche for small appliances. Break-out designer indeed.

Tania Siriapismai

Tania Siriapismai2Tania Siriapismai is a young kitchen designer who has been employed with Poggenpohl since 2010. With a Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, she has a very keen eye for details. “What impresses me about Tania is the level of comfort she extends to her clients. When Tania visits the Sub-Zero and Wolf Manhattan Showroom — which is often since the Poggenpohl showroom is also located in the A&D Building — I notice her hand-holding approach from beginning to end, with not only the design of the kitchen, but also with the appliance selection,” says Yadira Hernandez, showroom manager and leads coordinator for the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in Manhattan. With her in-depth attention to detail, her confidence in recommending our brands always guarantees a sure fit in her client’s kitchen design.

Have you worked with a designer you want to recognize? We want to hear about them!

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