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Silestone Trendspotter Drew McGukin is known for a touch of the ‘unexpected’. After graduating from The New York School of Interior Design in 2010, he kicked off his career as lead designer in his own New York-based firm just a few months after. Drew McGukin tackles the interior design world with a unique level of energy, pace and integrity.
As part of the Silestone Trendspotter series, Drew McGukin designed the Studio Kitchen working with products from Cosentino, Kohler and Benjamin Moore; drawing from his own life for inspiration of the multi-tasking city-slicker he pictured living in the space. The kitchen develops its concept into reality by layering functionality to make the space useful for any purpose whether that’s entertaining, living, or working. Each aspect of the kitchen tucks neatly away, creating a streamlined, clutter-free and contemporary environment geared towards big city lifestyles. Drew used Silestone Iconic White throughout the space for a modern and consistent look.
Tell us how the versatility and functionality of your space is a response to the needs of today.
This design moves away traditional kitchen requirements that are often cluttered. By streamlining parts of the kitchen we create enough breathing room to allow the space to be used in other ways. We infused a sense of warmth and welcome by personifying the sink and opening the contents of the refrigerator with a see-through glass panel.
People often equate modern with sterile and uninviting, yet your space is neither. How do you achieve a warm, welcoming space featuring modern design and strong colours?
My space is not modern, it’s contemporary. The words are often interchanged, but technically mean something different. Modern is a movement and technically refers to a period of time from the 1920s to 1950s. Contemporary is ever-changing, which is the genesis of my kitchen design — this space folds, closes and turns into as many things as you want or need in a single moment and then something totally unexpected the next.
The kitchen design is incredibly integrated, making it easy to be tucked away when not in use. Is this trend becoming more popular in metropolitan cities?
100% — there are many manufacturers experimenting beautifully in and around this concept. There is no doubt the contemporary kitchen looks very different to the traditional mould.
How did the multi-function design of the space influence your colour palette and material selection?
I focused on layers of warm whites and neutrals. I wanted to streamline the visual field as much as the function. There are many layers to the function just as there are layers to the neutral shades and textural combinations in the colour palette.
What drove your sink and tap pairing choices? Why these styles, materials and finishes?
Matte fixture finishes are huge trend now and I love black as an underline in a space.
Do you have any kitchen design tips for homeowners thinking about remodelling or building?
Take chances. Don’t be afraid to mix. Consider materials from a place of “authenticity” — what feels real, strong, beautiful, timeless and affirming to the touch.
What’s the biggest small space design lesson your kitchen demonstrates?
Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t have it all! We’ve included a bar, kitchen and living room all into what could be the corner of a tiny studio apartment in New York, Hong Kong or London.
If you had to put a name to the design style of your room, what would it be and why?
I call it a Studio Kitchen because “studio” denotes activity, creativity, bustling movement of some sort in the realm of being. Overall, the idea of something more than just a kitchen, and the possibilities that it manifests.