Kim Lewis on K+BB
News, Top Life
October 27, 2014
This week Silestone Trendspotter Kim Lewis was profiled by Kitchen + Bath Business. Read an excerpt from the interview below!
Designer Kim Lewis Shares Design Tips
K+BB recently got to chat with Kim Lewis, the former production designer for ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition.” A huge advocate of character-driven design, Lewis shares with us everything from her take on the latest kitchen and bathroom trends to her inspirations, future endeavors, and story of how she became who she is today.
How did you get to where you are today?
I started working at an ad agency after college doing graphic design, but I soon learned I was more of a people person – I didn’t want a job where I had to face a computer all the time. I went on to work for a furniture importer in Austin on the creative team and found my passion for furniture, textiles and globally driven design. I eventually met a producer at a trade show, and that is when I began my work with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Now my role is to develop creative concepts and fresh ideas for “Tiny House Nation.” It’s about families that have take the plunge into the tiny home movement – they are moving away from the McMansions and want a smaller footprint. This leaves money to spend outside of the home traveling or pursuing hobbies and interests. I love to dream up crazy ideas, and in the world of TV, often times we can make those happen.
What is your design approach?
I approach design more like an anthropologist – I want to get to know what makes a person tick and then approach the design from that perspective. My goal is not to go into a space and change the aesthetics; I want to change the feel of it. Design and creativity can help everyone – even people who have medical or financial problems. I believe design is universal and should not be limited to the upper class. Design can change lives; if it has purpose and meaning. It can change the way you live in your home.
In kitchen and bath design you have to have a focal point. I like to limit my projects to three textures and plan the space accordingly. I call myself an architectural designer because I think about things like where the trashcan will sit. It’s all in the details.
To read more from Kim and what inspires her and her design career pick up the October edition of Kitchen + Bath Business, on stands now.