Moen honors Kirsten Erickson as “Thoughtful Designer of the Year”


Kirsten Erickson, designer at Gonyea Homes in Minneapolis, MN, was recognized by Moen as the first-ever “Thoughtful Designer of the Year.”

Erickson’s winning kitchen project was part of a custom home designed in early 2015. “My client’s personalities and lifestyle were the inspirations behind this remodel, both in terms of the layout and the chosen colors and finishes,” Erickson said.

“From the beginning, we put significant thought into how they would actually use the kitchen, making sure it was open to the rest of the home for entertaining purposes, yet still maintained a sense of coziness for family time.”

“We opted for Chrome because we wanted to layer different finishes in the kitchen, and we loved how the shine of the faucet tied into the sparkling light fixtures above,” said Erickson. “Our goal was to create a kitchen that felt classic and elegant, but with little pops of fun interjected in the mix.”

The kitchen was also designed to create an efficient workflow. Erickson and her clients selected the Moen® Arbor® pulldown kitchen faucet in Chrome, as it features the form and function they were looking for in a fixture. Featuring a multi-function pulldown design for at-your-fingertips water delivery, Arbor provides a clean and sleek look that works with the other elements within the space.

Erickson’s entry was judged on the overall aesthetic of the room’s look; how thoughtfully she integrated Moen products and the most innovative use of the product within the design.

“The concept of thoughtful design is rooted in Moen’s history and heritage – invoked by the genius of Al Moen whose product innovations were based on his deep understanding of people’s wants and needs,” said Tim McDonough, vice president, global brand marketing, Moen.