“Insights Into Design” is a new Riggs series on local designers highlighting the process, style, and inspiration that drives impactful design. Each post will feature a local designer and their designs to gain an inside perspective into the work and imagination of their kitchen projects. This edition features the recent 1st prize winner of the 2015-16 Sub-Zero and Wolf Local Kitchen Design Contest, David Armour. 

Meet David Armour of David Armour Architecture. David recently won 1st prize for his kitchen design in the 2015-16 Sub-Zero and Wolf Local Kitchen Design Contest and is a Global Finalist in the KDC.

Tell us a little about your background. What factors contributed to you becoming a designer? How did you decide to become a designer?

As a child in small town in Connecticut, I regularly noticed examples of colonial architecture that appealed to my innate love of history. After excelling at mechanical drafting in high school, I went on to study architecture in college, where I developed a focus in historical and cultural influence — particularly, how understanding the past can help us interpret designs for the future. Post-college, I was drawn to San Francisco by its rich culture and history and began my career in residential architecture at some of the leading offices in the city. Building on these experiences, I opened my own firm to further develop and put into practice my own evolving set of design principles and to participate in the next chapter of the architectural history of this great city.

David Armour’s award winning kitchen features a Sub-Zero Pro 48 refrigerator and a Wolf All Gas Range

Tell us about your 2015-16 Sub-Zero and Wolf KDC entry. How did the addition of Sub-Zero and Wolf enhance the design?

This kitchen’s Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances were truly focal points of its design. As a large, multi-generational family that cooks together, our client has high volume and high quality demands, so the extra-large range was as functionally important as aesthetically exciting. Likewise, the refrigerator and its exterior drawers delivered efficiency along with flawless beauty: easy to keep clean; technologically and structurally advanced to preserve a volume and variety of foods; and convenient access for all members of the family.

How does it feel to be the 1st Prize Local KDC winner?

As this is our first awards submission, being recognized with 1st Place affirmed our approach and process; our functional and aesthetic drives. We love what we do and appreciate knowing that our work resonates within the industry.

What is your process like when you approach new projects?

DAA appreciates that a home underpins all facets of life, from daily joys and stresses to family well-being; from social and community to finances. We listen to needs, wants and aspirations and work to design a home with features that support a client in very specific, thoughtful ways while providing visual beauty and comfort and respecting traditions of classic and local architecture. We know that the work we do for clients is incredibly intimate and never let ego nor arrogance drive our work.

How does living in the West Coast affect your design practice and your design thinking?

Life on the West Coast, especially Northern California, surrounds us with a rich fabric of cultures, history, art and technology that inspires many facets of our work. The region’s robust food and wine culture, coupled with the indoor-outdoor living that our climate affords, contributes to the zeitgeist of life out West, informing the lifestyles of our clients and the design solutions that we create.

If you were to give your younger self advice in regards to a career in design, what would it be?

Take every opportunity to photograph and write about the world around you (even in the 20th Century, when we didn’t have help from Instagram!)

Tell us something fun about yourself: Any hobbies about which you are passionate? Most recent book that you finished reading? Up next on the Netflix queue?

I love reading, especially history books that analyze artistic, cultural and socio-political influences on our daily lives. I’ve just finished “Provence, 1970” – about a meeting of iconic culinary figures in the South of France during a tumultuous time in American and world history. Cooking, arguing and debating the future of American food, Julia Child, James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones predicted the divorce of culinary influence from France and unintentionally shaped the American food tastes and cultures we see here today.

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