Meet the Designer: Richard T. Anuszkiewicz
A leading innovator in kitchen and bath design shares his tips and tricks.
Richard T. Anuszkiewicz recognized his passion as early as grade school when he subscribed to national shelter magazines. After graduating from Virginia Tech, a showroom he designed led to a spot on the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s list of “Thirty Under 30.” Soon he was on the speaking circuit and commissioned to create a kitchen for DXV. It soon became a prize winner at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
A Pittsburgh native, Anuszkiewicz relocated to Nashville to create a new showroom for Galleria Kitchen and Bath. Currently, he is exploring pandemic-inspired means of conveying design ideas through video and social media. He feels home-bound consumers are prompted to add more lifestyle value to their dwellings.
What is the starting point of a good kitchen?
Blending the kitchen into the environment and making it more structural. Too often it’s just placing cabinets inside a box. I push and pull the structure, blending the lines of architecture and cabinetry so there isn’t a single run of wall cabinets.
What’s so special about your many prize-winning kitchens?
You must open the mind to new ideas. Too often cabinetry is just wood. I push different material combinations and mix materials like leather on cabinet doors, glass and stone. I get things upholstered.
Upholstery! In the kitchen?
At KBIS this year I showed canvas refrigerator doors—recycled from old army tents— with a coating that can’t be penetrated; it’s indestructible.
What’s your opinion of color in the kitchen?
White is always the classic; I call it the “little black dress” of cabinetry. It will always stand the test of time, but you have to use materials, detailing and metal work to bring the space to life.
What kitchen trends are you seeing?
Storage. These days the kitchen is the living room. You need storage solutions to keep the open spaces looking clean; for example, door systems that hide the utilitarian elements of the space.
What’s a distinctive element of a New England kitchen?
There’s a lot of English influence. The paneled stile and rail door is ultimately derived from the fundamental cottage, manor kitchen.
How do European kitchens differ?
They are very engineered, using drop-in modules from a catalog. America is more bespoke.
What celebrities would you like to design a kitchen for?
I would love to work with Victoria and David Beckham. They are fashion forward and family oriented—progressive and approachable.
What’s your personal favorite kitchen gadget?
The Forge Clear Ice Monogram cocktail machine has been fun during the lockdown.
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