About Philippe BeauparlantBorn in Montreal, Philippe Beauparlant was professionally trained as an industrial designer in Toronto, graduating in 1997. After designing for renowned furniture manufacturers and custom cabinetry firms, he established Beauparlant Design Inc. in 2003. He developed a considered design approach, crafting spaces and products that are comprehensive in scope and meticulous in their execution. Perhaps as a result of his formative years, Beauparlant regards architecture and interiors as a product for living – developing unexpected solutions and reinventing interior spaces.
Regional Award Winner
Q&A with Philippe Beauparlant
Clients are a great source of inspiration: how they live, their needs and the challenges their project presents. I often see the facets of a project as pieces of a puzzle and my work is to find the solution. This challenge is inspiring and often leads to outcomes no one expected. Outside of direct work, I find personal inspiration in travel, in my wife and in seeing my children grow.
How does your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers/architects?
I would say our aesthetic is defined by the level of detail we incorporate in our interiors. It results in tailored spaces with a level of refinement not always seen in one-off residential projects. Our aesthetic is also informed by our honest materiality and pragmatic outlook to design
What is the greatest value you provide your client?
The greatest value I can bring is in creating a unique and personal environment suited just for my clients. I operate as designer on all levels from architectural work to interior, furniture and hardware. This presents my studio the ability to offer a truly all-encompassing design service.
What does the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest mean to you?
Working in the residential market place, the process is quite insular and we rarely get the impression of what individuals outside of the project think of our work. This design contest is a great indicator that our work has a greater appeal and relevance. We hope that it inspires others to do great design work.
What are some of the current design trends?
Patterns and textures continue to be more and more prevalent. We see it in tiles and in wood finishes. We are doing a current project where we are using an embossed wood veneer for the lower cabinetry - it’s very exciting. There is also an appreciation for materials being imperfect, or inconsistent in shape and size. A more honest and manmade appearance.
Where do you see kitchen design going in the next 5 years?
I can see a much greater integration of software with appliances. It would be wonderful if the physical interface on a range could be kept clean and minimalistic, but the features and settings were accessed via a mobile device through an app or website. Could you imagine turning on your oven from the same device you are using to read your recipe? A truly user-centric experience, this is where I see kitchen design going.