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When Collaboration Meets in the Kitchen & Bath

Written by Karen Marley
Imagery by Matt Wittmeyer

An interior designer establishes a home’s comprehensive style and function. A kitchen and bath designer enhances that style with custom-designed, purposeful spaces. You can imagine what a dream these specialties can create in a collaborative project. That’s exactly what happened for two sets of homeowners representing two very different life phases: a young family in a first home and a retired couple downsizing into a new one.
    Robin Muto of Robin Muto Interior and Lighting Design 
understands how to capture a homeowner’s needs and personal story. Concept II designs kitchens and baths of 
exceptional style and design that enhance a home. Both are utterly focused on mutual respect and client satis-
faction, which is exactly why their collaboration worked like a well-oiled machine.

A First Home
“The homeowners wanted a well-designed home from the get-go so they could get on with their lives,” recalls Muto. She gave the house a style that combined the couple’s divergent tastes of country chic and urban industrial.
    Meanwhile, Ross Pino, owner of Concept II, recognized that Muto had made life easier for the homeowners and knew their style. Knowing this would be an asset to the kitchen and bath remodel, Concept II handled the design and layout while collaborating with Muto on finishes, fixtures, and coverings. Ultimately, the kitchen was opened and brightened up with white cabinetry. The husband loves to cook so Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances were installed. A large kitchen island with a sink serves as a family dining space.

Downsizing for Retirement
In this situation, the homeowners were faced with consolidating their belongings and working within a tight timeline. Muto used the homeowners’ art collection and mid-century furniture. When Concept II was brought in, everyone agreed that the kitchen and bathrooms had to be gutted. “Robin was in a unique position to expedite the materials selection,” explains Pinot. “We used her as a sounding board.”
    Concept II created a design layout that tied the home together. Meanwhile, Muto put together selection scenarios for the home-owners representing various price points. Muto felt Concept II’s reputable collection of tile and stone made it easy for her to find answers. It worked. “There is a harmony of varying surfaces, colors, and materials,” beams the homeowner.
    The master bath’s glass mosaic tiles mirror the master bedroom’s color palette and the powder room pops with an element of unexpected surprise: a red lacquer finish on top of the custom-designed, white quartz Caesarstone countertop with under-counter lighting that picks up the red across the hall. The kitchen’s glass tile backsplashes add to the home’s simple elegance. “We never get tired of looking at it,” says the homeowner.   

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