About Theresa Williams
Theresa Williams is Design and Specification Manager at Millgate, a high-end property development company based in Berkshire (near London, UK). Her role is to design kitchens, bathrooms and dressing rooms for all their developments, as well as develop their product and the look they specify for their beautiful homes. She has been with Millgate for three years; previously she worked as a designer for a family business in London, designing and selling high-end Italian kitchens. She has a first-class honours degree in Interior and Spatial Design from Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts, London).
Regional Award Winner
Q&A with Theresa Williams
I am always looking out for new ideas and trends that can be incorporated into the designs and specification at Millgate. I like to visit the Design exhibitions and shows, not only to source new product or suppliers but to gain ideas from the stand designs and materials used. Design and Hotel magazines are very important - they are a great way to research and often include ‘out of the box’ designs. Talking to our suppliers and others in the industry is also a great way of finding inspiration, as well as visiting hotels/restaurants.
How does your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers/architects?
I like to push boundaries and experiment with bold colours, use of finishes and taking advantage of the whole space, making use of the generous ceiling heights and floor space our homes have to offer. Attention to detail is extremely important, from the type of handle, the proportions of the glazed top box units to the colour of the control knobs for the Range Cooker. The appliances are very much a focal point in the design of the kitchen.
What is the greatest value you provide your client?
I aim to provide our clients with an impressive, functional, high quality bespoke kitchen, including top quality appliances and furniture. It is important to create a kitchen that not only looks impressive and is of great design, but is practical for the client and a welcoming and comfortable space to be in for all the family.
What does the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design contest mean to you?
The Wolf and Subzero Kitchen Design Contest is a great step for me on a personal level as well as within Millgate and the Industry. It is great to be recognised by a panel of influential designers who many themselves have won the same award. This is also the first kitchen design competition I have entered and it feels great to be recognised for the quality of my designs.
What are some of the current design trends?
At the moment, I particularly like the idea of mixing timeless/classic design features with new and contemporary product. For example, looking at heavily patterned stone finishes with a contemporary style kitchen, or designing a traditional shaker style kitchen with contemporary floor tiles and stainless steel appliances. The idea of mixing old and new is exciting for a designer and is an area I am particularly looking at for a new development I am working on.
Where do you see kitchen design going in the next 5 years?
In the next five years I think there will be a lot more focus on the appliances specified within the kitchens, a focus on using these as part of the design of the kitchen as well as being functional. The use of different finishes will play an important part together with texture and colour.