Check out a few of our favorite winning designs from Design STL’s 2022 Architect & Designer Awards. See the full list of winners HERE.
Modern Interior Design
This spare, tastefully designed home was planned as a sanctuary for a couple who likes to live quietly and simply. The exterior stone cladding extends into the interior. All surfaces are durable and easily cleaned. The flooring, which is large-format tile, runs throughout the house; it’s matched in dimension by the wood ceiling panels in the living and family areas. The kitchen cabinets are custom built, their cladding a recomposed walnut that was also used on the home’s trim and doors. The furniture is sculptural, and beautifully blends into the house.
Traditional Kitchen (Greater than 300 Square Feet)
By opening up the ceiling, and doubling the original size of the kitchen, the designer added value and beauty to this early-1900s house. The new kitchen leads to a patio and pool, giving the owners another option for where to gather when entertaining their guests. A striking hood with applied brass moldings and built-in fridge and freezer columns have the look of high-end furniture. The team elected to do less with wall cabinetry, instead choosing to maintain symmetry by flanking the sink with equal lengths of counter space. Brass fixtures, a walnut island, and pretty sconces add just the right touch of glamour.
Use of Color
The lobby in a prewar apartment building was begging for a swanky makeover. The designer started by introducing a custom fringe-trimmed saffron sofa and two antique French armchairs upholstered in tangerine to ground the room in glamour. Custom drapery, sconce shades that mimic the chairs’ earthy hue, and an antiqued mirror and chandelier impart a classic feel. The emerald-painted plaster walls complement the building’s traditional architecture to brilliant effect.
Modern Bath (Greater Than 150 Square Feet)
Pete Hennessey, Hennessey Development, Inc.
The designer transformed this room from a dated 1970s bathroom to a soothing retreat. By selecting a mix of green-blue tiles, warm wood, and unlacquered brass fixtures, Helms created a calm and inviting feel. The starting point was the glazed terracotta floor tile in a geometric shape, which the designer paired with cabinets made of knotty alder stained in cognac. A chiseled-edge on the Quartzite tops and on the bench seat add an organic element to the space. The Zellige backsplash tile is also a fine choice. Not only is it all the rage right now, but here it offers interest and dimension to a couple of contemporary mirrors and sconces.