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Steffany started her interior design career in Dallas, Texas before relocating to New Mexico. Her design philosophy is creating sophisticated, well-edited, artistic interiors regardless of style. She is respected by colleagues for her collaborative approach, and revered by her clients for her personal, solution-oriented resolve.
Created as part of the Silestone Trendspotter series, the Tribal Kitchen is rich in warmth and texture and represents a well-travelled homeowner. The room centres around a fireplace, a feature that traditionally brings people together. The kitchen design, which incorporates products from Cosentino, Kohler and Benjamin Moore, evokes an instinctive feeling of being connected to tribal and historic roots. Steffany and her team used Silestone Eternal Serena and Marquina in Suede throughout the space.
Who did you have in mind when you designed this space and how do you imagine them using it?
We envisioned a well-travelled couple who enjoys cooking together, entertaining friends and family. They like to relax at home watching a good sunset, reading a good book, and hanging out with coffee or a glass of wine in front of the fire.
Your work often draws on the colours and motifs of the Southwest. Is this something you carried into this kitchen design?
While we are based in the Southwest, we really aimed at the design and style of this kitchen being more “tribal”, and cultural-centric. We celebrate cultural influence of all kinds, and enjoy weaving their craft, motifs and materials into our work. We also weave in the influences of nature – something we intend for the interior spaces we design.
You use a wide variety of texture, pattern and materials in your design. What advice do you have for homeowners on layering textures and patterns? How do you keep it cohesive?
This stems out of the above question, in that the material, pattern and textural language with tribal derivatives, be it woven (pendants), printed (tiles), or surfaces provide a narrative to be interpreted. We strive to provide the sense of authenticity in materials and references. I was so excited by the Silestone Eternal series. The Serena Suede and Marquina colours add a cohesive feel, making the transition between raw and refined seamless. Cohesiveness is taking the fewer, strongest elements that contribute to the concept, and seeing how they best play together in a complementary way.
Do you have any kitchen design tips for homeowners thinking about remodelling or building?
Try not to go too trendy, interesting yes, but not “of the moment”. The kitchen is one room where form must take a backseat to function, though that doesn’t have to mean compromising on aesthetics. All of the appliances, the lighting, the durability and maintenance of the surfaces, and the way in which it best supports multiple uses for efficiency and ease. In particular, the Silestone surfaces offer striking designs whilst boasting high resistance to impact and scratching, proving that practical choices can add beauty too.
If you had to put a name to the design style of your room, what would it be and why?
We named our design “Tribal Instincts”, as we wanted to create a kitchen that evoked a more casual, natural space often seen in desert environments across the globe. We wanted to convey a lifestyle experience – one that is savvy and comfortable. We gave a smokey undertone to an otherwise warm room and then further carried the smokey theme with the charred wood cladding and hombre smoked finish on the cabinets.