House & Home: Where do you start when designing a kitchen for clients?
Nam Dang-Mitchell: The process typically begins with them sending me their inspiration shots so I can understand their vision and personal style. Then, taking into account the architecture, location of the home and the clients’ lifestyle, I start designing the kitchen floor plan and elevations. Finally, I select the appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures.
H&H: What big trends will we see happening in the next few years?
NDM: Upper cabinets feel outdated right now. Walls of full-height cabinets mixed with furniture-like pieces feels fresher. Everyone wants a beautiful pantry, so they’ve become very important, too.
H&H: We hear you have a new kitchen in New York City. How exciting! What will it look like?
NDM: Yes, I’m currently designing a kitchen for myself in a loft space in New York. It’s open to the living room so I’m keeping it very minimal. There are no upper cabinets or a hood fan, and the fridge is hidden behind paneling. It’s all about a beautiful stone counter and backsplash, and a slab of live-edge walnut topping the island–dining table. I’m exploring ways of making minimalism sumptuous. Stay tuned!
Photographer: Hunter Mitchell