New York custom design studio KAVANTE, has been drawing positive reviews from the design industry with the recent debut of the KAVANTE Collection, a new modern line of luxury furniture for The Bright Group showrooms. Bestowed with the prestigious Pinnacle Design Award and New York Cottages and Garden’s Innovation In Product Design Award for her Aviator Cocktail Table, KAVANTE’s Founder and Design Director, Kim Price spoke with us for a rare glimpse behind her designs.
Why did you decide to become a furniture designer?
Kim Price: I always knew I had a passion for all things design. After studying in Italy and graduating from Parsons with a BFA in Product Design, I moved into a full-time career in luxury products. Over the next ten years, I worked with leading interior design, architecture, and product-licensing firms, and directed product- development initiatives for both luxury and commercial markets. In 2012, I fulfilled a long-held dream to start my own design firm. With KAVANTE, I wanted to create innovative design solutions anchored in a commitment to quality and personalized service for our clients. Recently, KAVANTE partnered with The Bright Group, a frontrunner in high-end home furnishings, to represent our modern collection in four U.S. showrooms.
Why did you decide to partner with Bright?
KP: The Bright Group has an excellent reputation in the industry for making the highest quality American-made products and they have been in business for decades, so partnering with them was an obvious choice for me. I realized early on that I share a passion for furniture design with the president of Bright, Stan Gottlieb, and I’m fortunate to have someone like him in my circle. Our design aesthetics naturally compliment each other and work very well together in a space. I am thrilled and very humbled to offer the KAVANTE collection through The Bright Group showrooms along side stunning furniture and lighting collections by exceptionally talented designers such as Douglas Levine, Maxine Snider and Jonathan Browning whom I respect. It just seemed like the perfect fit.
What’s the most important thing to know about working with a custom furniture designer?
KP: It is important to keep the end user in mind. I like to ask: Who am I designing for? Does the design help solve a problem? Does it inspire? These are some of the questions that guide me in the design process. I like to think of how I can positively impact the user’s everyday life with my designs. I create pieces that I hope draw a real connection with someone because there is an emotional connection for me when I create them. One of my goals is for the user to experience that connection.
Custom design services must be big in hospitality and luxury residential projects; how can services like this benefit a designer?
KP: I truly believe innovative, quality work that will stand the test of time will always be in demand when it comes to creating hospitality and luxury residential design projects that are different and memorable. First impressions are powerful. When entering a building, the initial impression of the space sets the tone for the resident’s overall experience. The high quality of our custom furniture designs provides an engaging and bold first impression, suggesting that it’s surrounding environment is also of the highest quality and standards. In this way, custom furniture can provide both an elegant solution to a design problem while also creating a dynamic design scheme. I focus on making pieces that customers will be proud to have in their homes and communities, for years to come.
These are qualities I value and try to focus on with my designs. Customization allows a designer or brand to set themselves apart from their competitors by creating a bespoke environment.
How does sustainability play role in your designs?
KP: The quality of a product is very important to me. I focus on creating designs that are timeless and built to last. Each of our furniture pieces is handcrafted in the United States by a team of highly experienced artisans who are passionate about making furniture. Whether a project calls for a quantity of one or a small batch production, each custom furniture piece is crafted individually with the utmost attention to detail and quality.
To me, furniture is an extension of oneself, shaping everyday life, complementing one’s character, and growing finer in time. Many years from now, I would be delighted to know that my furniture designs are being passed down through families for generations.
How would you define your designs?
KP: Breathing life into good design starts with the materials. I use the highest quality materials, and work with top craftsmen. I love exploring what can be done through combining materials and manufacturing processes in fun and innovative ways even when crafting the smallest detail. My designs are bold, yet they do not detract from their surrounding environment.
How do you derive inspiration for your designs?
KP: I draw much of my inspiration from having lived in three of America’s truly unique cities, New Orleans, Dallas-Fort Worth and New York. Inspiration is all around me. I am particular to nature and I constantly try to look at things in a different way. I always have my camera out and my office is covered with photos of places and things that inspire me. Through my travels, I am constantly exposed to new influences and cultures, strengthening my design aesthetic and sense of purpose.
What are the hallmarks of luxury/high-end furniture?
KP: The luxury consumer is interested in a product that displays a discriminatory level of detail, a lasting quality and a bit of exclusivity. In my opinion, this is where customization becomes one of the reigning hallmarks of high-end home furnishings in general. Custom furniture can provide the perfect elegant solution to a design problem while delivering the level of detail necessary to bring the overall feel of a design to the next level. At KAVANTE, each of our designs is one-of-a-kind with a unique and often intricate fabrication process. We focus on customizability, which allows us to give the client exactly what they desire.
How do you define luxury?
KP: Luxury is a feeling as much as it is an exercise in attaining the highest quality, a refined aesthetic, rarity and extraordinariness. Something that is luxury gains value over time. The quality of the work should be everlasting and top of the line. Aesthetics should be chic and embody elegance. Rarity is important as well: by limiting production of a piece it maintains it’s quality and special nature. The result should be unexpected and it should symbolize the ‘best of the best’.
When I think of something luxurious that I am impressed with, I am struck by how everything is married together. Nothing is out of place. Every detail has a purpose. Luxurious things in general have not been slapped together but worked over and over until it is as close to perfection as possible.
About KAVANTE: KAVANTE is a collection of made to order furniture, lighting, accessories and decorative objects for the interior. KAVANTE’s experienced designers are dedicated to working one-on-one with the interior design and architecture
trades to bring inspired ideas to life in a myriad of styles handcrafted by master artisans with an American spirit. In addition to featured collections, a range of custom services and products are available, providing the resources needed
for an individually tailored experience. The result is the creation of smart, authentic designs made to last for generations.