During the course of our lives we become subconsciously programmed to behave in a certain way, cultural, social and personal experiences allow us to determine priority, appreciate style and have empathy with our surroundings. These experiences then help to mould our life choices, shaping who we are and selecting the products we choose to surround ourselves with. In today’s society the type of kitchen you own can be as important as the car you drive reflecting social status, fashion sense and affluence, but these assumptions are only superficial
In many ways good kitchen designers will not only be custodians of style and functional well being but they will have harnessed the ability to provide an empathetic translation of who you are, using the design process as a medium to translate each clients unspoken need and delivering functional solutions that will help to enrich lives for many years to come.
You should never judge a book by its cover but human nature predicts that the process of functional translation can begin with assumptions, as in most cases your life experiences will give you away before you have even opened the showroom door.
The car you drive, the clothes you wear, and the company you keep, all provide subtle indicators to your kitchen needs as personal fashion, artistic preference and family demographics are openly on display. For example the person who arrives in sandals driving a VW camper with 5 children in tow will most likely have a different set of priorities to the individual arriving in a two seated convertible smoking a cigar. There is no judgement being made here just a kitchen designer trying to find the best possible kitchen fit! We are all very different and that is what makes kitchen design so exciting!
The process of kitchen design follows an evolutionary path from these first unspoken assumptions through to detailed and sometimes delicate conversations about personal habits and family life. Clients sometimes feel that their lifestyle is being placed under the microscope as designers probe to find the answers that will eventually be used to fulfil hopes and aspirations.
The microscopic scrutiny of your lifestyle and artistic preferences is necessary in order to allow your kitchen designer to deliver a highly personalised product that will become cherished and admired for years to come.