2011 Design Masters

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Randall Shaw
kitchen and bath design

Who are the principals of your firm/business? Randall Shaw, president
 
What is the scope of your profession? Our complete kitchen design service includes design advice, equipment and material suggestions, site inspection, generation of conceptual and subsequent working drawings and guidance through the installation.
 
What sets you apart? Our meticulous attention to details and our efforts to make every finished project a beautiful, one-of-a-kind work of art. We also offer a range of luxury products exclusively in the New Orleans area and can provide specialty items, such as fabricated stainless components and unique glass elements like bar tops and backsplashes. If there’s something we want but can’t find for a project, we will often design it and have it made.
 
Why is what you do important to New Orleans? Because there are so few choices for consumers when it comes to true, turnkey, custom kitchen design in New Orleans. So many other companies are simply laying out boxes on the walls.
 
How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? Our profession in New Orleans is different from just about all other large markets in the country in that we can handle practically all of the products in the project. Most kitchen designers elsewhere handle cabinetry alone and have to refer their clients somewhere else for appliances and somewhere else for plumbing fixtures and so on. This is both a benefit and a challenge to us, in that it allows us to keep the bulk of the project under one roof for the client but requires us to have a broader working knowledge on so many more products.
 
What else would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? Computer consulting



Matthew Voelkel
residential designer

Who are the principals of your firm/business? I am the sole owner of studioMV; however, my team is composed of three designers and a business manager.

What is the scope of your profession? The core of my business is full residential design including new houses, renovations and additions, as well as interior design services, but the scope continues to broaden on a daily basis. I am also working as a design consultant with larger architectural firms for commercial projects such as retail lifestyle centers and educational institutions. Additionally, we have opened an interiors retail shop in Covington that features some of my furniture and lighting designs, as well as other upholstery, furniture and accessories.

What sets you apart? My creativity and edgy style differentiate me from others, as well as the complete, full services my firm offers to our clients.

Why is what you do important to New Orleans? Being born and raised in New Orleans and educated at Tulane University, I have a deep understanding of the history and diversity of the culture of the city and the neighborhoods in which I work. From Lakeview and the French Quarter to the Garden District and Old Metairie, keeping the integrity of the neighborhood while appropriately updating is vitally important to New Orleans.

How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleans is full of rich historical architectural references from which I continuously draw. The diversity of classic center-hall cottages to grand-scale Greek Revivals, French Quarter character and New Orleans proportions are all local elements that inspire my designs. The depth of this architectural history is also engrained in my clients who also have an understood appreciation for design, which is a major benefit. Maintaining code and FEMA requirements while keeping a home architecturally appropriate can be challenging at times.

What else would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? I would follow my childhood passion and work as a true full-time artist.

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