deVOL Kitchens have been shortlisted for Kitchen Design Over £50,000 Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020. Read more about Showroom Manager & Designer, Paul Endacott below:
Tell us a little about your background in design:
I studied product design at Loughborough University, graduating in 2013. I then spent 2 years working at a small product design consultancy called Square Banana in Cheltenham. At the end of summer in 2015 I was offered a design and management position at deVOL Kitchens at their new London Showroom. Since joining deVOL I have managed 2 showrooms in London and I am now the manager of their new venture in New York City.
How would you describe your personal design style?
I like to try and keep my designs as simple as possible but functional at the same time. I always start by taking a thorough look at the space I’m working with and try and put together a layout that will really compliment the space (it doesn’t always happen first time!). When I think of simple design I don’t necessarily mean minimal. To me, simple done well, is the feeling you get when you walk into a space for the first time and everything just feels right – striking the balance perfectly between under and overdone.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
deVOL Kitchens has always been an inspiration of mine long before I started working here. I found myself becoming more and more interested in well-designed interiors and I spent a lot of time admiring deVOL’s Instagram page and website before applying to work there. Most of my inspiration these days still comes from the things I see around me on a daily basis and recognising what I do and don’t like. At the moment I’m living in New York which means I’m surrounded by a lot of amazingly designed interiors, most of which are bars and restaurants, which usually leads to good food and drinks too!
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
A lot of design these days seems to revolve around making everyday life easier. Not just in interiors specifically but more generally speaking. Sometimes making life easier is great and clever design can change the way we live and interact, but I often see products these days that are fairly unconsidered and only serve a small purpose. I find myself wondering how necessary they are. I prefer products and designs that are well considered and built to stand the test of time, even if that means sacrificing a small amount of practicality here and there.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
My best piece of advice would be to work with the space that you have. The best kitchen design layouts I’ve seen are the ones that are well considered and complementary to the space they are going into. Instagram and Pinterest are great platforms to get ideas, but what you see on Pinterest won’t always work for your space and when forced can often hinder a design from its true potential.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m always working on lots of new projects for deVOL customers. Each and every project involves a new and interesting design. As manager of deVOL’s New York showroom, the success of the showroom is another exciting challenge for me.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
I try not to set myself personal goals that are too far in the future and prefer to focus on doing the best I can at the task in hand at that moment in time. Having said that, my longest term goal would be to continue working on the growth of deVOL’s US business and watching it flourish. (I’d also like to run a marathon at some point!)
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
My coffee machine.
Your favourite holiday destination?
Venice for exploring and Tulum, Mexico for relaxing (both for food).
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Hotel – Kanan in Tulum.
Restaurant – Dishoom or Bancone (London). Lucien or Scarr’s Pizza (New York) .
Bar – A cocktail bar in Venice that I can’t remember the name of!
Your favourite book, film & song?
Book – This is Going to Hurt.
Film – The Last Dance (it’s technically a documentary, but definitely worth a watch!).
Song – I’m a big fan of the Lumineers, picking one song is too hard.
Your favourite food and drink?
Food – At the moment I’m finding it hard to beat a New York style pizza.
Drink – A refreshing Aperol Spritz in the sunshine.
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Either exploring a new area, or doing nothing at all.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A professional triathlete (I’m not good enough for that though!)
deVOL Kitchens have been shortlisted for Kitchen Design Over £50,000 Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020.
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