When we first engage potential clients in our studio, we have a discussion that should feel to them like a natural interview process. Clients usually have at least a vague idea of how they want their kitchen to serve them. Our job is to delineate those variables and make them become gradual, concrete realities. After several meetings and once things are decided, one question consistently arises from our clients: “Joel, is what I’m picking going to look dated in __________ years?”
It’s a heartfelt question, and it demands a careful, nuanced answer. I’ll illustrate: Mid-century modern décor is popular right now. It is also polarizing — you either love it or you just really don’t get it. No matter on which side of the fence you fall, you cannot deny the aesthetic qualities of a well-done, authentic mid-century modern home. This is the main reason why the mid-century modern aesthetic continues into today’s market. Classic cars are a good example. Even in recent decades, certain auto manufacturers have been able to design lasting favorites by tapping into good looks and proportions for some car models.
If you want to create a kitchen space that you will enjoy for life, in addition to making it functional, make it classically beautiful. Beauty really isn’t just in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is an objective truth made manifest by well-designed things. A beautiful kitchen may show a bit of age after many years, but should continue to bring joy through its timeless considerate design.
Joel R. Linn, Principal Designer | Forest Kitchen Design Studio