About Eva Andersen
Eva Andersen’s parents are the foundation for her love of all things home-related. During Eva’s childhood, , her father built custom homes while pursuing his doctorate, and she and her mother often went antiquing and shopping together, looking for the perfect piece to enhance their home. Whether finding the perfect platter or pillow, or cooking dinner together, creating a happy home environment was central to her life. Eva was encouraged from an early age to help her parents in the kitchen, which fostered her enthusiasm for entertaining and showing her love and appreciation for people through cooking. When Eva’s parents renovated their kitchen, they wanted her to be an integral part of the process; this was the first time she designed custom cabinetry. Upon graduating college she joined Weston Kitchens in Wellesley, MA, where several designers recognized Eva’s eagerness and interest in kitchen design and invested in her future by sharing their expertise. She is grateful to have worked with many talented designersEva relocated to upstate New York in 2005, where she currently lives with her husband, son, and sweet yellow Lab. She has been designing kitchens with Teakwood Builders, a luxury remodeling design-build firm, for the last three years, where she feels fortunate to work with exceptional clients who provide opportunities to create beautiful homes.
Regional Award Winner
Q&A with Eva Andersen
My environment and anything in it that I find inspiring! I draw from nature, art, fashion, other designers and even the newest form of automobiles. Shapes and aesthetics are constantly evolving, giving me a constant stream of ideas.
How do you approach the design process?
By listening closely to my clients. The foundation of my design work is based on their story - how their particular household functions and lives and moves throughout their day. My measure of success is creating the perfect functional space for my clients to enhance their lives through their homes.
What is the great value you provide your client?
I curate: my job is to reduce their selections to only the options that will work for them functionally, aesthetically, and within their budget, achieving an ultimate finished space that they are proud to call home.
What is your biggest challenge as a designer/architect?
Being a pragmatist. I never want to be the bearer of bad news when a client's dreams don't correspond with the reality of the space we are working with. Fortunately, my biggest challenge is also my biggest opportunity because it gives me a chance to open up the world of what is possible and show them the many wonderful alternatives that I can come up with.
What does the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest mean to you?
It is a tremendous honor to be recognized along with other designers whom I have respected and followed throughout my career. Winning this award is humbling and rejuvenating. My clients' praise is reward enough for the work I do, but this level of recognition reminds me of how inspirational this work can really be. Sub Zero and Wolf products set the bar for luxury appliances, and it's always a pleasure to design a kitchen around them.
What are some of the current design trends?
I think the most important trend is one that reflects our modern lifestyle: the open (what I like to call "living") kitchen - a centralized location that flows with the aesthetic of the home and relates to the home architecturally, where friends and family are comfortable and near the chef, but not in the way.