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LAST WORD Meet Mr. Nice Guy Designer Adam Hunter shares his success secrets and a recent kitchen transformation Adam Hunter didn't start out as an interior designer; he first spent 10 years as a Broadway star in such productions as "Les Miserables," "Ragtime," "Lion King" and "La Boheme." After he moved to Los Angeles in 2006, he was commissioned to design the Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Spa on Melrose Place on a whim, and because of its raging success, avid clients have been knocking on his door ever since. Hunter has designed for a variety of celebrities in the U.S., and his work has been featured in a plethora of publications. Currently, he has multiple new construction projects in Brentwood and the Pacific Palisades, and he is introducing a collection of rugs for The Rug Company this spring. K+BB had a chance to chat with Hunter about his career transition and a recent kitchen project he completed for a renowned chef. Given your career history, how did you become interested in the kitchen and bath design industry? Even though I used to be on Broadway, I have always been interested in interior design - since I was six or seven years old. I chose kitchens and baths because they are the most spectacular projects, and people will invest the most in those rooms. I've been involved in the industry for 10 years now, and I would say interior design happened to me, not vice versa. What do you feel has made you successful? My ego is less tied to this profession since I came upon it later on in my career - it's not like singing or acting. I try to remain down to earth even though I am designing for $20-million homes. Being kind can also add to the experience and aesthetic. What advice can you offer other designers on how to run a successful firm? Hire a business-minded person to do your money if you do not know how to do it yourself. You really need a professional to keep this part of your business straight. If you are doing it yourself to save money, that is a mistake. What K+B design trends do you think will prevail in 2014 and beyond? I see the end of stainless steel appliances; the white, black and/or glass refrigerators now available are so cool. I love, love, love color, and there are a lot of really great options available these days.You can always paint over a color if you get tired of it without having to redo the entire space. I also like to bring some unexpected features to my projects like a glass oven hood. What do you like to do in your free time? Traveling the world for inspiration is my favorite thing to do. I recently got home from Maison & Objet in Paris, which was amazing. I am also a 64 + K BB This professional chef's kitchen features white and glass cabinetry; a large, working island; a chocolate-stained oak floor; and seating for his wife and twins. Photography by Stephen Busken crazy film buff, so I love to go to the movies. I also own two little dachshunds - both 13 years old - who moved with me from New York. A Glimpse of His Latest Kitchen Project Hunter recently renovated a kitchen for a professional chef who had grown weary of its 80s-style cabinetry and wanted to maximize his workspace to get the most use out of it. The previous corner pantry was reworked to include deep, pullout, corner drawers to maximize storage, and Hunter and his team incorporated a small space off of the kitchen for an office with metal, floor-to-ceiling shelving. The family room and kitchen are part of one open floorplan, and Hunter cut down a bit of the previous living space to accommodate a larger, brighter kitchen. He was able to keep the original cherry wood cabinets; re-facing them with satin-finished white paint, adding glass at the top and extending them upward. The island is twice as big, and a black granite countertop hides wear and tear in this kitchen that is used every day. The original 40s oak flooring was given a chocolate stain, and Hunter refinished industrial pendant fixtures from an old restaurant for a decorative element. He added some overhead lighting and put everything on dimmers. When asked about the project highlights, he cited the accommodation of multiple appliances, the unique countertop material and the refrigerator. "Some clients aren't bold enough to use the glass-front refrigerator," added Hunter, "and these clients let me!" n - By Chelsie Butler March 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - March 2014

KBB - March 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Industry Viewpoint
Dealer Dish
Universal Design
Solutions
Trends
KBIS 2014 and Design & Construction Week
Products
Design
Ocean Oasis
Coastal kitchen acquires more space and customization
There and Back
Last Word

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