Minimalist Design trends

1. The Great Room

Today I would like to introduce to you two of the most important trends of minimalist style design.

  1. The Great Room
  2. The Open Kitchen Layout

How do we create a great room?

  1. Disposing of partitions separating different rooms and making one great Room.
  2. Minimizing or eliminating barriers between rooms
  3. Combining different functions in one space, such as seating, eating, cooking, watching TV, entertaining, working, doing homework, listening to music and so on

Which is the advantage of an open kitchen layout?

  1. It allows convenience, efficiency and a space that you can cook, entertain, pay bills, respond to an email,  and check on your children’s homework or while they are playing, all at the same time and in the same space

The picture shows the before and after of a minimalist great room transformation in a Florida vacation home for a European young family. The mother wanted to supervise the kids when she was working in the kitchen. For this purpose we demolished the wall that divided the main area from the kitchen and decided for an open kitchen layout. I designed a home office hidden behind a double door in the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry area, with a roll-up shutter to hide clutter. To hide the appliances, we designed an appliance garage over the one level great island.

2. Wiew from the kitchen

 

3. Open Kitchen Layout

About my Interior Architecture and Interior Design Work

 

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I love every aspect of my job; I am really blessed!
For more than thirty years I have specialized in designing and building luxury interiors for affluent clients, mainly residential, new construction and remodeling. Most of my clients are busy people and world travelers who most of the times are out of town during the design and construction process, when many of the decisions are made.
I have to say that one of my most gratifying moments is looking at my clients’ faces when they see the finished product for the first time. They express their pride and satisfaction in many wonderful ways; sometimes they are overwhelmed and cry, sometimes they organize big celebration parties. My pride is to have most of my clients of many years as repeat clients; I greatly value their trust and respect. They become part of my circle of family and friends.
Another part of my job that I deeply enjoy is mentoring Interior Architecture students; guiding them through their learning and decision-making process and sharing with them my hands-on experience is something that I find wonderful and enriching.

Georgian Residence, Pilar, Buenos Aires

10. Dining Room

The brief of the project was to develop a 16,000 square foot Georgian Style residence in a country club community in Pilar, Buenos Aires, to suit our client, a couple who likes to entertain and that would use this residence during Buenos Aires winter weekends. The commission involved the architectural, interior architecture, and interior design projects, the selection of the art & antiques, the accessories and fine objects, the supervision of the landscape design, the project management and the construction supervision.

Plans for the 16,000 square foot winter residence were so large, that the Country Club ordered to divide the residence in two buildings- a main residence with the maids quarters and a facility for an indoor swimming pool, two locker rooms with hot tub saunas, a huge game room, a dining room, a kitchen, a large “Argentinean” barbecue area, and the residence’s caretakers apartment.

Our design respected Georgian style principles, recommending the use of mosaic tiles for the indoor swimming pool-England during the Georgian period had discovered Pompeii. Our project also added some French touches to please our client’s wife, such as the custom-made wrought iron staircase and front door, with gold accents, details that remind her of her condo in the XVI arrondissement in Paris. Our design also integrated the family’s important art and antiques collection.

Eclectic Style Residence, Boca Raton, Florida

3. Living Room and Bar Area

The brief of this project was to redesign a 4,500 square foot lateral residence to suit a well traveled snow-bird couple, who had chosen Florida as a second home.

At the time of purchase, our client had bought the model home, which had been integrally decorated in a pastel palette, with built-in bed and night stands in the master bedroom, and an outdoor patio that was never used.

Combining classical luxury and comfort with contemporary modern twists and functionality, Korn Interior Design, Inc. transformed this residence into an eclectic sophisticated home, with an old-world charm hall entrance anda new enclosed winter garden replacing the outdated outdoor terrace. We modernized the pastel palette, choosing a dramatic red palette for our new luxurious fabrics, for the bar, dining room and living room areas. Our team designed a contemporary kitchen and family room, and chose a French style for the custom-built five-star master bedroom suite.

Contemporary Classic Design, Condo, Aventura, Florida

1. Living Room, 1

Korn Interior Design, Inc. redesigned this elegant 3,883 square foot apartment in Aventura, Florida. The apartment had to be comfortable for a family with five children while at the same time be suitable as an entertaining space. This project saw original architectural features restored and modernized to create a truly custom living space. The Interplay of subtle and dramatic tones and a rich palette of materials married with contemporary details and fittings saw this project achieve an unparalleled level of luxury and comfort

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