Brigitte Lipka tells us why it takes more than paint swatches and careful measurements to inspire great kitchen design
“From a young age I realised that I wanted to do creative things. Design.”
Like many in the field, for interior designer Brigitte Lipka, interior design was not so much a career choice as a calling. She began sketching fashions and apartment plans at a young age and it carried right on through to her interior design and architecture studies. Her innate passion shows in her sophisticated and elegantly understated kitchen designs. From Denmark, and living half of the year in Cannes, Brigitte’s design style relies on so much more than balancing pragmatic material choices and client demands.
“I find inspiration travelling around. Very often to big cities. When I travel I spend a lot of time in the streets, to watch people and look at the architecture. It could be a museum, or some new building.”
Her design style is rooted not only in the experiences she gains from travel, but in the direct inspiration she gets from a space, as well as the family who will be using it. These insights are what really drive her designer’s intuition, resulting in kitchen designs that appeal to the heart (and the mind).
“I think my signature style is simple things. Never overdone.”
Though always focussed on telling the client’s story through a variety of design cues, Brigitte moulds her visions into liveable and loveable kitchens. In her minds-eye, kitchens should be simple and refined, but also softened with elements like warm colours or natural materials. In fact, a Brigitte Lipka design clue is the use of wood, which enhances the cosiness factor of a space. Ultimately, for Brigitte, “It’s important to feel well in your home.”
However does a designer’s intuition manifest itself in the more practical aspects of a kitchen design? Of course! After all, the kitchen is ultimately a functional space. As such, Brigitte uses layouts and practical décor concepts that will be second nature to the family using the kitchen, like drawers.
“For me, drawers are very important, because you can easily find your stuff and you don’t break your back. I think that’s quite important.”
In Brigitte’s experience, drawers are a storage solution that are not only attractive, but ergonomic and practical. For small kitchens in particular they are superb, because they can hold almost twice as many items as open shelves, decreasing clutter.
Regardless of all the resources at our disposal – the websites, the blogs, the TV shows and the magazines – in our heart of hearts we know, as Brigitte does, that kitchen interior design is about so much more than trends and functionality. Great kitchen design is all about opening yourself to inspiration and intuition.