Regional Award Winner KDC 2013-14
About Laura Bebchik
Laura Bebchik obtained her degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires in 1985. She emigrated to the US in 1987 where she started her specialization in Interiors and particularly in high end kitchen design. She worked for various German Manufacturers of kitchen cabinetry developing a unique attention to detail and ample knowledge of coordination of cabinetry with high end appliances.
In 1995 she returned to Buenos Aires where she founded with Luis Bebchik euroconcepts, an exclusive interior high end retailer of German, Italian & American made products. During 8 years she developed a very successful business that catered the majority of the High End projects developed in the nineties in South America. In 2002 she returned to the US where she founded with Luis hausscape, a retailer of luxury products specializing in kitchen design.
About Luis Bebchik
After attending studies of Civil Engineering at the Technion in Israel, Luis Bebchik obtained his degree in Architecture form the University of Buenos Aires in 1985. He taught in the university for 3 years and participated in several architectural competitions and diverse Residential and Commercial projects. He emigrated to the US in 1987 where he learned the fundamentals of the architectural practice in America.
In 1990 he established his architectural office in Great Neck, NY where he developed a prolific production in Residential Architecture and Interior Design. In 1995 he returned to Buenos Aires where he founded with Laura Bebchik euroconcepts, an exclusive interior high end retailer of German, Italian & American made products.
During 8 years he developed a very successful business that catered the majority of the High End projects developed in the nineties in South America. From Multifamily Luxury condominiums to the most elegant mansions in Buenos Aires, Punta del Este or Sao Paulo, Luis was the reference for high end interior finishes and became consultant to the most sophisticated Interior Designers.
In 2002 he returned to the US where he established his professional practice in Miami, Florida. During the last 10 years Luis was involved in large scale Residential Projects in the Caribbean and luxury residences in Miami.
Where do you find design inspiration?
Our architectural and design background - we are both graduates from design universities - is the basis of our work. Having this background will help us understand the deep complexities of the kitchen spaces. Understanding function, ergonometrics and the nature of materials comes way before any consideration is made regarding style, atmosphere and "looks". European design has always been our source of inspiration when it comes to defining our style.
How do you approach the design process?
Again, our architectural background and more specifically the "idea of space" helps us as guidance in our design process. We need to have a thorough understanding of the space as a whole, before we start designing. Sketching freehand and doodling possible functional arrangements is the basis of our design process. We can’t avoid getting involved in how the 3rd dimension will be part of the design. Kitchen design is not only about covering walls with cabinets. We need to see our concepts create a space and not only a utilitarian sequence of boxes.
How does your aesthetic standout amongst designers/architects?
We try to always maintain the amount of materials added in the space to a minimum. Two or three materials are enough to make a space elegant and distinct. Straight lines, long runs and never curves are some of the rules we have when we design a kitchen space.
What is the greatest value you provide your client?
In these times of overexposure to information, our value is to synthesize the myriad of ideas a client comes with, in a meeting. More and more we see clients with comments like "we are confused we don’t know what to do"… Screening the abundance of information and guiding the client through the selection of materials, appliances and organizing their space is our most important value.
What does the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest mean to you?
It is a demanding initiative that challenges us to generate projects with a strong design thinking process. It helps us make a stand before the rest of the competition and show to the world the level of design and management capability of our company that makes us the "ones to go with". We also like to get the client involved in the process and make them feel the value of their award winning kitchen.
Where do you see kitchen design going in the next 5 years?
Exploration of new materials and intuitive shapes that will improves the functionality of the kitchen. Presentation of multi-tasking appliances and furniture will simplify and increase the comfort during the cooking process. Conceptualizing in the modern world the ancient techniques and ways of doing, will allow keeping the industry going and preparing us for the future.
About Reinier Boulart
Reinier Boulart earned his industrial design degree at the University of Design in Havana. After working for the School of Architecture and the Architectural Office of Habaguanex, teaching and practicing interior design, he moved to Milan where he graduated with a Master in Interior Design at the IED Milano. Reinier worked for several design studios in Milan and Miami, focusing on conceptual design. In 2012, established in Miami, Reinier began his specialization in high-end kitchen design when he joined hausscape, a design studio and retailer of luxury products specializing in kitchens, closets and bathroom design, founded by Luis and Laura Bebchik. There, he has developed a unique attention to detail and ample knowledge of coordination of cabinetry with luxury appliances, collaborating with the most renowned interior designers and architects in the Miami area. He is always passionate about innovation and has participated in several contests and exhibitions run by designboom, Geo-Gráficas, Holcim-Foundation, Ludwing Foundation and BID.