Kitchen and bath designer Joe Currie wrote to me recently, saying he had decided to stop being an employee at another design firm and establish his own, called Capitol Design. What struck me most about the photos he attached was the sheer variety in style. So many designers say they don’t have a signature look, that they create a custom look for each individual client. Well, that may be so, but let’s face it — a lot of designers have a signature look and style, not matter what they say.
That’s why it was so refreshing to see him go from something ultra modern:
To projects that fit a more traditional mold:
Now, I’ve saved the best for last — an elaborate dining room in McLean:
Wow. I mean, wow! Even if the heavy traditional look isn’t your thing, you’ve got to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into it. The couple loved Neff‘s Louis XV cabinetry (another discovery — I had always thought of Neff as making only contemporary cabinets), so Joe took it from there.
Check out just how far he took it, with these “before” pictures:
And now, here are some details of the exquisite millwork on these cabinets:
A trip to Joe’s Web site will reveal his sense of humor — besides the standard links to portfolio, services, contact, etc., he has links to New Yorker-type cartoons about kitchen design, and there’s a there’s also a tab for famous kitchens — from the sets of I love Lucy, Mad Men, Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver; all manner of celebrity kitchens; and even the kitchens of Barbie, Lego, and Minnie Mouse! There are also some cool photos of the White House kitchen from different years, and kitchens from various castles and well-known historic mansions.
So if you’re in the market for a new kitchen or bath — look him up.