Q & A
Regional Award Winner
As a second-generation kitchen designer, Mikal Otten, owner of Exquisite Kitchen Design in Denver, Colorado suggest his father's influence in lighting the path to his profession. Mikal has been designing kitchen for 20 years. Many of his projects have been published in Colorado Homes Magazine, 5280, Luxe, Traditional Home, Beautiful Kitchens, Better Homes and Gardens, and other publications around the country.
Where do you find design inspiration?
Most inspiration happens through traveling. I love visiting the European trade shows, discovering new beautiful hotels, studying architecture or simply just indulging in atmosphere.
How do you approach the design process?
Each project is started fresh with a clean slate. Our showroom is great in helping to set a fundamental direction. Function and reason always come first. The fun and enjoyable part is then developing a color pallet and making the selections that my client will enjoy for many, many years to come.
What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?
I love finding new and interesting ways to use products. I’m always searching for new product, and developing new details.
What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?
I listen and find a way to give my client what they want along with a little more!