2023

Samaan Design Group_CEOTY

Entrant Company

Samaan Design Group

Category

Creative - Creative Executive of the Year

Client's Name

Pena Residence

Country / Region

United States

In the world of interior design, where trends evolve rapidly, it takes a unique blend of creativity and practical knowledge to breathe new life into old spaces. One such visionary is Kathy Samaan, whose recent transformation of an early 90s house into a modern marvel stands as a testament to her prowess.

Kathy's journey with the house began as a vision, much like her other projects. However, this 90s house posed its own set of challenges. From its outdated interiors to the structural restrictions of its time, it would require a delicate blend of innovation and adaptation. What made Kathy's approach distinctive was not just her eye for design, but her ability to bring together her design skills and her general contractor's expertise seamlessly.

Leveraging her general contracting company and resources, Kathy and her team executed a comprehensive overhaul of the house. They took on the challenge of updating structural elements while ensuring the integrity of the building. Newer, more efficient systems replaced obsolete ones. Walls that once divided and restricted spaces were either torn down or reconfigured to foster a sense of open living. Where once stood a retro jacuzzi and outdated fireplace, now stood minimalistic, sleek designs that emphasized space and light. Every corner of the house, from its kitchen counters to its new Japanese-inspired wet room, echoed Kathy's signature style: timeless and monochromatic.

But it wasn't just about aesthetics for Kathy. Her designs placed an equal emphasis on functionality. Recognizing the changing needs of modern homeowners, she incorporated elements that catered to both work and leisure, turning this 90s house into a multi-functional haven.

One of the standout features was the kitchen. It was transformed into an open-concept space, replete with custom integrated dining, making it both a cook's dream and a social hub. Bedrooms turned into serene retreats with custom headboards and trim, while emphasizing soothing textures for an extra touch of elegance.

Ultimately, Kathy Samaan's revamp of the house is more than just a design overhaul. It is a testament to what can be achieved when creativity meets expertise, and vision pairs with skill.

Credits

Founder & Principal Designer / Samaan Design Group
Kathy Samaan
 
2023
Falcon Brook

Entrant Company

Falcon Brook Management Consultancy and Talent Solutions

Category

Achievement - Achievement in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Country / Region

United Kingdom

 
2023
Achieving Safety through Validation Metrics for Autonomous Vehicles

Entrant Company

Quresh Sutarwala

Category

Executives & Professionals of the Year - Metrics Driven Person of the Year

Country / Region

United States

 
2023
Cavs in Brazil - A Legacy Project

Entrant Company

MPC Rio Comunicação

Category

PR & Communications - Events

Country / Region

Brazil

 
2023
Navigating a Crisis and Preserving the Reputation of Risas Dental

Entrant Company

10 to 1 Public Relations

Category

PR & Communications - Best Crisis Communication Strategy

Country / Region

United States