Tell us about Robin Siegerman of Sieguzi Kitchen & Home Inc?
Twenty years ago I graduated with Honors from the Academy of Design, and since then I’ve been doing design and renovations professionally. I started life thinking I was going to be an actress and studied in NYC for 3 years, however it turned out that design was my passion and that the early theatrical training would instead come in handy for keynote speeches at home shows and other trade events! I love to perform to inform!
Tell us about Sieguzi Kitchen & Home Inc.
Right after graduating from the Academy, I decided I would use my own home as my laboratory and design and renovate my kitchen. While shopping for my cabinets, I was offered a job and the rest, as they say, is history. Although I worked for two kitchen companies, when I finally went out on my own I decided to broaden my scope of work and practice full service interior design for which I was trained for. The back bone of my business has always been kitchens and bathrooms. I’ve won over a dozen design awards in the kitchen & bath categories in Canada, the USA and England.
What do you specialize in?
My specialty is residential design, although I have done some commercial work, the most notable being the Caplan’s Miele Gallery.
What do you love about your work?
I love solving a design problem with a solution that is completely unique. I’ve actually never done two kitchens the same and pride myself on each project being a strong reflection of the client with as little of my own “fingerprint” as possible.
My favorite bathroom project was a small powder room that looked like a jail cell in a rambling, gracious old Toronto home. It was 7 feet long, 7 feet high and 2 1/2 feet wide with bad sponge-painted walls and ceiling, a wall mounted sink and dismal lighting. When I first saw it, I had no idea what to do with it! I thought this would finally be the job that stumped me. However, I found that beside the powder room was a staircase to the second floor with a storage closet underneath it and I also discovered an unused storage area right above the ceiling. So I vaulted the ceiling 18” and hid up-lighting in new cornice moulding. I then pushed into the storage area under the stairs to recess the vanity and wrapped the wall and underside of the stair slope above the vanity with a mirror and fine art frame. I decided to put wainscoting on the wall and hid some storage cubbies under the rest of the stairs and today it is elegant and whimsical, and it’s the owners’ favorite part of their home!
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