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Touzet Studio

4565 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Suite 201

Coral Gables, FL 33146

(305) 789-2870

Looking for someone to assist you with your kitchen design? This designer specializes in working with Sub-Zero and Wolf products.

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The Smith Residence

Carlos Prio-Touzet

The Smith Residence

Q:

Where do you find design inspiration?

A:

We find a lot of design inspiration from Nature. We love both the beauty of the natural forms, materials such as wood, bronze and stone. We also love the mathematical relationships and proportions found in nature- we spend a lot of time observing patterns, geometries, materials and forms found in the natural environment and then translating them for our man made environments.

Q:

How do you approach the design process?

A:

Our design process varies depending on the project. We listen very carefully to our client’s brief and from that we try to really get to the heart of what they want and what would make their spaces work best. We look at their unique personalities and their aspirations for their space and the way that they live. We try to approach the design from a variety of different perspectives - the desire for beauty and meaning balanced against the requirements of functionality of the spaces and the realities of daily life. It is important to us that the spaces and objects we design be both beautiful and functional.

We love it when our clients tell us how well the space we designed works for them and how it increases their enjoyment of that part of their lives. We love art and history and draw much inspiration for our initial concepts from there (for example – in this project we researched the origins of kitchen’s themselves- specifically the early estate kitchens in France and England). We typically explore several iterations until we find the best solution. Once we have a concept we like, we do a lot of intensive research into materials and technology to help find the best possible solution, and we build mock ups if required, or models. We spend a lot of time detailing and researching how to put the kitchen together. Craftsmanship is every bit as important as the initial concept.

Q:

What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?

A:

We try not to follow trends or design things that are fashionable and what everyone else is doing. We spend our time considering each project individually and designing a solution which is unique and addresses the needs of that project. We believe in designing things that are beautiful, well-constructed and that are lasting. We are known for our detailing, our attention to craftsmanship and the timeless elegance of our designs. We design spaces that are “modern” and of their time, with the latest and best technology we can find- but using craftsmanship and careful detailing that give our designs interest and richness in their materiality. We try to design spaces and objects that are worthy of the investment of resources. To us, designing spaces that are beautiful and built to last is the ultimate way of being sustainable.

Q:

What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?

A:

We spend a great deal of time with our clients initially, trying to understand what their needs are and what their aspirations are. Many times we bring a space or an idea to a client that they never would have thought of and will completely transform and elevate the way they live in or use a space. Increasing the enjoyment of their daily life through a well-designed and well-crafted space is truly one of the most satisfying aspects of what we do.

The kitchen we designed for this family, for example - is now the true centerpiece of their home life. They tell us all the time how much they and their children love being in their kitchen and all the myriad of ways they have used it. Not only is it a well-designed, functional kitchen a chef a caterer would love- it is also the center of many creative projects and experiments that this particular family really enjoys and is very much designed especially for them. It can also rapidly transform into a beautiful and elegant space, perfect for entertaining. We love designing spaces that can be transformed and re-used in many different ways. We think that is a tremendous value.

DESIGNER

Carlos Prio-Touzet

KDC Award Winner

Carlos Prio-Touzet has an extensive background in design for a wide range of project types. He has worked on projects throughout the United States, Western Europe, Asia, and the Americas. His experience includes architectural design, interior design, master planning for projects that include entertainment, hospitality, retail, office, institutional, and multi-family and single family residential.

He has lectured in the United States, Europe and Latin America, and has occasionally served as instructor and guest critic at the University of Miami and at Florida International University. Carlos also brings many years of experience in the South Florida area, where his commitment to design and understanding of the local market have been further enhanced by involvement in community and City organizations.

The Smith Residence

Jacqueline Prio-Touzet

The Smith Residence

Q:

Where do you find design inspiration?

A:

We find a lot of design inspiration from Nature. We love both the beauty of the natural forms, materials such as wood, bronze and stone. We also love the mathematical relationships and proportions found in nature- we spend a lot of time observing patterns, geometries, materials and forms found in the natural environment and then translating them for our man made environments.

Q:

How do you approach the design process?

A:

Our design process varies depending on the project. We listen very carefully to our client’s brief and from that we try to really get to the heart of what they want and what would make their spaces work best. We look at their unique personalities and their aspirations for their space and the way that they live. We try to approach the design from a variety of different perspectives- the desire for beauty and meaning balanced against the requirements of functionality of the spaces and the realities of daily life. It is important to us that the spaces and objects we design be both beautiful and functional.

We love it when our clients tell us how well the space we designed works for them and how it increases their enjoyment of that part of their lives. We love art and history and draw much inspiration for our initial concepts from there (for example – in this project we researched the origins of kitchen’s themselves- specifically the early estate kitchens in France and England). We typically explore several iterations until we find the best solution. Once we have a concept we like, we do a lot of intensive research into materials and technology to help find the best possible solution, and we build mock ups if required, or models. We spend a lot of time detailing and researching how to put the kitchen together. Craftsmanship is every bit as important as the initial concept.

Q:

What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?

A:

We try not to follow trends or design things that are fashionable and what everyone else is doing. We spend our time considering each project individually and designing a solution which is unique and addresses the needs of that project. We believe in designing things that are beautiful, well-constructed and that are lasting. We are known for our detailing, our attention to craftsmanship and the timeless elegance of our designs. We design spaces that are “modern” and of their time, with the latest and best technology we can find- but using craftsmanship and careful detailing that give our designs interest and richness in their materiality. We try to design spaces and objects that are worthy of the investment of resources. To us, designing spaces that are beautiful and built to last is the ultimate way of being sustainable.

Q:

What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?

A:

We spend a great deal of time with our clients initially, trying to understand what their needs are and what their aspirations are. Many times we bring a space or an idea to a client that they never would have thought of and will completely transform and elevate the way they live in or use a space. Increasing the enjoyment of their daily life through a well-designed and well-crafted space is truly one of the most satisfying aspects of what we do.

The kitchen we designed for this family, for example - is now the true centerpiece of their home life. They tell us all the time how much they and their children love being in their kitchen and all the myriad of ways they have used it. Not only is it a well-designed, functional kitchen a chef a caterer would love- it is also the center of many creative projects and experiments that this particular family really enjoys and is very much designed especially for them. It can also rapidly transform into a beautiful and elegant space, perfect for entertaining. We love designing spaces that can be transformed and re-used in many different ways. We think that is a tremendous value.

DESIGNER

Jacqueline Prio-Touzet

KDC Award Winner

Jacqueline - AIA LEED ap has been in practice for over twenty years and is a graduate of Cornell University. She is a founding Principal of Touzet Studio - which she formed with her partner and husband, Carlos Prio-Touzet in 2004. The work of Touzet Studio can best be described as finely crafted modern architecture and design which is mindful of its context - both physically and culturally. A great deal of emphasis is placed on the process - the research and process of crafting a response to the site or the program, as well as the execution and detailing of the end product.

Touzet Studio has been published nationally and internationally and won numerous local and state AIA awards. Prior to forming Touzet Studio, Jackie was a Vice President at Arquitectonica. Her built work during her seven years there includes numerous award-winning, internationally acclaimed projects across the world in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. In 2006, Jacqueline was honored as “Young Architect of the Year” by her peers in AIA Miami. Jackie has served as adjunct professors in design and guest critic at University of Miami and Florida International University.

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Kitchen Design Contest 2010-2012

U.S. & Canada Regional Winners are recognized for the best use of Sub-Zero and Wolf in the kitchen.

Prizes include:

  • A trip for two, for each regional winner, to the KDC conference and awards gala in Madison, WI.
  • National PR and online program for regional winners.
  • Customized publicity and marketing kit for each regional winner.

International Regional Winners are recognized for the best use of Sub-Zero and Wolf in the kitchen.

Prizes include:

  • A trip for two, for each regional winner, to the KDC conference and awards gala in Madison, WI.
  • National PR and online program for regional winners.
  • Customized publicity and marketing kit for each regional winner.
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