Beyond the Surface: Using Unique Materials That Add Texture & Drama to a Project – NKBA


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Beyond the Surface: Using Unique Materials That Add Texture & Drama to a Project


February 5, 2024 | 12:00 PM ET


Christopher Grubb, President of Arch Interiors Design Group

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What You Will Learn

Using a variety of surfaces in an interesting way creates striking and memorable spaces.These are tactile, visual, and sensory elements that are among the most successful at making a lasting impression. Whether it’s natural stone on walls and flooring, countertops, or specialty tile for a wow effect, surfacing materials create a multitude of design statements in any environment. During this session, interior and product designer Christopher Grubb, shares his unique methods of combining tile, stone, and other materials to create award winning kitchen and bathroom spaces with exceptional aesthetics for unforgettable experiences. Grubb will use his projects to showcase which materials make the biggest impact, even when working with smaller budgets.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify which surfacing materials- including natural stone, tile, porcelains, quartz, glass, mosaic, and solid surfaces to consider using and mixing.
  • Learn which products are splurge worthy and which can help stretch a project budget.
  • Understand the drama texture, and use of a mix of unique materials can bring to any space.
Featured Presenter
Christopher Grubb

Christopher J. Grubb is President of internationally recognized Beverly Hills based Arch-Interiors Design Group, inc.  Under his leadership, the residential and commercial design firm has won dozens of awards for their interior and exterior projects, been featured in hundreds of magazines including an entire issue of their projects in Hong Kong based World Architecture Review Magazine, books and newspapers globally, and named a top 10 interior design firm by Los Angeles Home and Décor Magazine. 

Christopher is also a product designer with two design studios creating products for the affordable luxury market, and the high-end luxury market.  His collaborations include Modern Bathroom, The Wyndham Collection, Theodore Alexander, California Faucets, Strasser Woodenworks, and Laguna Tecstone Tile.  His products have garnered multiple awards and accolades including Best of Year Awards, Editors picks for Product of the Year, and even two video awards.

Multiple media outlets utilize his expertise to engage, educate and entertain their audiences ranging from BBC Radio, Martha Stuart Living on Sirius to HGTV, E Entertainment, Global News Canada, NBC/LXTV’s Open House and George to the Rescue. He’s a guest on a range of podcasts from NKBA to Designer’s Today.

Additionally, he is a guest editor with several publications and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine.  He is recognized as one of the top 50 Innovators by Kitchen and Bath Design News and Person of the Year Praiseworthy Pick by Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine. 

Educator is another of his titles teaching C.E.U. accredited courses and is a founder of the NKBA Educational Badge Program. He’s a key-note speaker, judge of design competitions, an ASID award ceremony host, and ARTS Award presenter.  Adding to that, he has produced and hosted over 120 episodes for House Tipsters, interviewing top manufacturers, editors, and celebrities in the design world. He is also striving to add author to his resume soon. 

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