Vancouver, BC based kitchen and bath designer Corey Klassen of Corey Klassen Interior Design, shares his vision, concept and process in creating the KBIS Design Studio Urban Loft Design he presented at KBIS in New Orleans earlier this year.
Please join us as we explore Corey’s design concept and learn a bit more about the man behind the brand. Feel free to contact Corey at @coreyklassen on Twitter or leave a comment below if you have questions about the products and materials he’s used in the design or, better yet, head on over to Coreyclassen.ca to learn more about the talented designer.
Special thanks to KBIS Design Studio sponsor BLANCO for supporting the event and Corey’s design concept.
Why did you choose to design for the generation you did?
I am not sure, actually I think it chose me. I’m right on the cusp of GenX and Millennial and I have tendencies on both sides so it felt like a natural selection.
Generational groups are useful shorthand – but what are the other big demographic factors you consider when creating design concept for a client?
I did much observation about the Millennials in public. They are eco-concious, social, outgoing, vibrant, colourful, natural, and eager to please. I found that by observing I quickly discovered what my “ideal client” situation would look like, how they would act, and what their tasks were in the kitchen and how it must function for them.
When you designed your project did you have a specific client, imaginary or otherwise, in mind? Could you picture them?
I imagined my client to be a tele-commuter or a contract-worker who lives and works in the loft space I created – something that I precisely do myself. The work are needed to focus on the view, there needed to be flexibility for a juicing party and movie night, while roasting a turkey dinner for their orphan friends during the holidays. The space needed to be tech-like, wired for sound, yet provide a meditative quality that is both authentic, raw, and real.
Tools of the trade – do you have early sketches with pencil and paper – or work digitally exclusively?
I work exclusively in a digital environment. My early sketches have the feel of work done on a pencil and paper, because they are done with a digital pen on a virtual paper. It allows me to save costs, be conscious about my outputs, and streamline processes thereby providing me more time to focus in on what I like to do, design.
We’ve seen how you work, can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
What’s the first song that comes into you head NOW?
I’m a Little Teapot.
What’s the last thing you bought yourself, as a gift?
The last thing I bought myself was a vacation with my Mother to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was much-needed and we celebrated everything!
Whose interiors would you most like to see?
Elizabeth II. I have a fascination with palaces.
For whom, living or dead, would you most like to design an interior?
I would love to design an interior for Andy Warhol.
Which superhero power would you most like to posses?
I have always found that the art of mind-reading would come in a bit handy, but it would have to be a flying person of some sort.
And what would your superhero name be?
I wonder what I could accomplish being the Amazing Winged Nike.
If you weren’t a designer (or a superhero) what would you be?
If I were not a designer I would first be a ceramic artist executing large-scale commissions all over the world, second being a graphic designer focused on product and branding, third being a marketing communications professional because that stuff just fascinates me to no end.