About Robin Komita
Active in the design industry for 25 years, Robin Komita has experience designing a wide range of project types, including residential, educational, non-profit, retail, institutional and product designs. She has a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University and holds Architectural Registrations in PA and Connecticut. Robin has worked in architecture firms in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Building lasting relationships with clients is a motivation and an inspiration that drives each project. All Komita Design projects reflect the needs of a client, with an eye towards creating sustainably sensitive environments and spectacular livable spaces.
Regional Award Winner
Q&A with Robin Komita
I often find my inspiration when I am doing activities like yoga or swimming. Engaging my brain in other ways allows ideas to percolate and then they clarify. I love giving and attending dinner parties with friends from many disciplines; the food and discussions are always very thought provoking. Reading (trade journals, fiction, news) and the arts (music, theater, dance, movies) are a big part of my life because they enrich me on a practical and spiritual level.
How do you approach the design process?
The design process for me begins with defining and understanding the goals my clients have. Often what a client might consider a constraint creates wonderful opportunities to be innovative.
How does your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers/architects?
I would say that my work is distinctive. My projects are a combination of modern with an artistic eye and very functional.
What is the greatest value you provide your client?
I help clients realize their dreams and vision, by creating beautiful and efficient spaces for their home. I translate their initial ideas and goals into sketches to help them hear themselves and then help them refine and understand how those articulated goals translate into the built environment. Usually a client has a special memory, an object or request that gets incorporated into the design; for one client it was their collection of folk art, for another it was a request for a tailored look because the kitchen would be visible from his home office.
What does the Sub-Zero and wolf Kitchen Design Contest mean to you?
To be recognized as a winner by the leading appliance brand has been a tremendous honor. I was amazed at the variety and quality of the other entrants I saw at the Fretz awards event, which was a welcoming and glamorous evening! This contest has validated me as a designer and has already brought me new clients.
What are some of the current design trends?
Flexible spaces for all types of homeowners; because so much of everyday life happens in the kitchen it has to accommodate many activities, such as homework, meal prep, cocktails during a dinner party, family gatherings…