Up close and personal with Kitchens by Mint Fresh designer Sheraine Lauterbach

Read our Q&A with Mint Fresh Kitchen designer Sheraine Lauterbach


sheraine-lauterbachWhy did you choose to become a kitchen designer?
While working as an interior designer kitchen designing found me. It gave me an opportunity to be self-employed and, being passionate about joinery design and cooking, I leaped at the opportunity to learn and to be a part of our family business.What and where did you study?
At the University of Pretoria, where I started studying Architecture only to find my true passion in Interior Architecture and changed over to a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture.If you weren’t a kitchen and furniture designer what would you be?
I would love to run a patisserie and make beautiful cakes and tarts.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My father, who I work with on all our projects. We make an incredible team and are both so passionate about everything we create. His ability to bring my designs to life and being able to collaborate on projects inspires me.

Favourite item in your home right now?
My vintage Parker Knoll arm chair.

What current trend is your favourite?
The modern interpretation and introduction of old materials like marble, copper and brass.

If you could do one thing to lift a kitchen what would it be?
A new paint colour on existing fitted units.

What’s the best thing you ever bought?
An abstract toner powder painting by Kobus Roussow that I bought at the 100% SA Design 2015 in Jo’burg. It’s my first piece of art and it’s called Hartlam & Skarminkel.

What decor rule needs to be retired and why?
Distressed furniture, we’ve moved on to natural elements and mono tone furniture.

Who’s your greatest style inspiration?
I love the work of photographer Paulina Arcklin. I have drawn much inspiration for my own dream home from her photo shoots.