MONTHLY DESIGNER FEATURE: KASIA MIKLASZEWSKA

Kasia holds a BS in Interior Design through a combined program of Scottsdale Community College and Northern Arizona University. She has been working as a Senior Interior Designer with Bar Napkin Productions for over four years. Over the years, she has gained a deep knowledge in restaurant design, construction documentation and administration.

How would you describe your style of design?

My style of design has been evolving over the years.

I remember being very minimalistic - no clutter, just calmness and silence would fill my four walls. As years passed, I felt a need for more. I added warmth, fun, tonality and a little bit of color. Now, my design style is like a fruit punch - juicy, comfortable and a little bit tart.

What are some ways that you stay inspired?

I try everyday to simply stop for a moment and question something big or trivial. I feel that the fast pace life we are leading causes us to simply rush through things without a deeper understanding as to why we make decisions. Hurried, we only scratch the surface without allowing ourselves to savor the true beauty of art and design.

Describe your design process.

I do not have a rigid recipe for a design process. I trust my intuition. Here are some simple, yet very powerful steps I take while thinking “design.”

• Listen deeply to what the project wants to become (or what the timeline and budget is)

• Close your eyes

• Sketch, browse magazines, newspapers, paint, make a collage

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Sometimes it is difficult for me to find understanding or express myself so that the complete design concept is seen the way I envision it. For some, the ideas might seem too abstract.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing a smile and that special light in a clients’ eyes when they see the final design.

Why did you decide to go into the design industry?

I just knew that design would be my career. Any decision that I have made may have taken me sometimes one step forward and other times two steps back, but it was always towards the greater goal – design.

Provide us with three images that speak to you and explain why.

(Clockwise from left)

Children

Pure, unconditional, the most creative.

Nature

Simple, yet so complex.

Line and a point

Beginning of everything.

What are some fun projects that you’re currently working on right now?

I am actually working on a project where the core design is based on the three things that I am most inspired by– children, nature and the line/point. It is a new location for the Butterfly Palladium.

Is there a project that you are especially proud of?

I am very proud of the Henry’s Tavern brand expansion. Henry’s has been and always will be very dear to my heart. Despite the strict schedule and rather small budget, we were always able to bring it to life for everyone to simply enjoy.