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FYI magazine article

GREAT SPACE: Show-stopping sculptural wall brings wow factor to Island Park home

“…the true beauty is in the interior details. Here, the focus is on continuity — setting a tone and having it carry throughout the rooms. That part of the process was managed in large part by Friedemann Weinhardt, owner of Design First.”
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Sarah Brown, Ottawa Magazine
October 2014

FYI magazine article

Kitchen King

“Master Ottawa designer Friedemann Weinhardt might be considered the Wayne Gretzky of kitchen design.”
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Don Wall, FYI Magazine
January 2014

Home Portfolio article

Open Contemporary Kitchen by Friedemann Weinhardt

“This home was designed for clients in their new pied-a-terre. A love for cooking and entertaining guided all of the design decisions. Modern simplicity was the goal.”
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Homeportfolio.com
Virtual Showroom 2013

Home Portfolio article

10 Secrets of Award-Winning Kitchen Designs

“Designer tips for taking your kitchen from functional to fabulous.”
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Sharon Johnson
Homeportfolio.com

Style Fall/Winter 2013

Vintage Venues

“What started as a divider between an entrance and a dining room became the deluxe wine enclosure from Ottawa’s Design First Interiors...”
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Linda Dunlop, Style
Fall/Winter 2013

Canadian Interiors May 2013

Canadian among winners of Kitchen Design Contest

“In the category of Second Place (any style kitchen), Canadian Friedemann Weinhardt of Design First Interiors (Ottawa) was named the winner.”
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Canadian Interiors
May 2013

Ottawa Citizen

Design Dominance

“It was a good night for designer Friedemann Weinhardt. The owner of Design First Interiors dominated the winners list at the recent Ottawa NKBA Design Awards.”
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Ottawa Citizen
April 2013

Ottawa at Home Spring 2012

Infinite Vision

“Breathtaking water views delight from every perspective.”
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Jane Whiting, Ottawa at Home
Spring 2012

Ottawa at Home Winter 2010

Gourmet Glitz + Glam

“The new kitchen flows into the renovated family room with the same cool and modern design.”
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Jane Whiting, Ottawa at Home
Winter 2010

Ottawa at Home Winter 2010

Creative Freedom

"The notion that Friedemann Weinhardt, owner of Design First Interiors, may have more than a little bit of a free-spirit within, stems from his early days of creating unique furniture to sell at a local flea market. He designed everything from beds to birdcages, all in an attempt to free himself from conventional employment."
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Mary Taggart, Ottawa at Home
Winter 2010

Making More of Less | Beaux Arts Kitchen

Making More of Less | Beaux Arts Kitchen

Two kitchens designed by Friedemann Weinhardt of Design First Interiors are selected in an issue showcasing the 40 best designs of the year.
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Profiles Magazine
Winter 2009

Open for Living

Open for Living

QuickTime Video.
Subzero/Wolf 2009

The Gift Home Open House Program

The Gift Home

"How the renovation and sale of a two-storey red brick in Qualicum will help house 10 Ottawa families."
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Gift Home Flyer
Sheila Brady, Ottawa Citizen
November 14, 2009

True Blue

True Blue

"We knew what we wanted and Friedemann knew how to make it come alive."
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Great American Kitchens
Volume III

In the Lime Light

In the Lime Light

"How do you turn a space of approximately 200 square feet into a welcoming, contemporary room? You devise a hardworking layout and select utilitarian materials carefully — then for surprise and excitement, you add color!"
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Great American Kitchens
Volume II

Crayon Colors

Crayon Colors

"You'd never know it to look at it, but this self-assured, brightly colored, hard-working kitchen once presented a significant design challenge — a three-story challenge, to be precise."
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Great American Kitchens
Volume I

Planned Spontaneity

Planned Spontaneity

"The thinking behind this design is rooted in the beaux-arts style, which favours noble spaces designed with eclectic touches."
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Ottawa Magazine
Feb/Mar 2009

Featured Kitchen

Featured Kitchen

"Located in a downtown penthouse with an open-concept feel to it, this customized kitchen by Design First Interiors had to integrate with the rest of the house."
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Ottawa Magazine – The Interiors Edition
Feb/Mar 2007

The evolution of Friedemann

"This former furniture peddler has moved beyond the expected, winning design honours for a lofty penthouse, a concrete bathroom and a funky kitchen with a reclaimed wood bar."
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Karen Turner, Ottawa Citizen
October 29, 2005

Dazzling Details

"From concrete counters to copper accents, Ottawa's top designers pull out all the stops."
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Kathryn Young, Ottawa Citizen
October 22, 2005

GAK IV Sub-Zero Wolf 2004-2005

GAK IV Sub-Zero Wolf 2004-2005

Cutting Edge: Interview article with Friedemann.
Millimeters Count: article on winning design.
Designer Diner: article on winning design.

Sleek, saucy and seductive

A Design First Interiors bathroom design was featured as one of the winners in an article on the 2002 Housing Design Awards.
Janet Wilson, Ottawa Citizen
October 19, 2002

Gourmet Living

Kitchen designer Friedemann Weinhardt has woven marine magic at Nautica, which is vying for several honours.
Janet Wilson, Ottawa Citizen
October 12, 2002

Paring down

A Design First Interiors kitchen design was featured in an article, about clean, simple trends for kitchens in 2002.
Kathryn Young, Ottawa Citizen
January 12, 2002

The big winners

Restoration of a Confederation-era kitchen won Design First Interiors top honours – the People's Choice Award – at the 2000 Housing Design Awards.
Kathryn Young, Ottawa Citizen
October 28, 2000

Moored along the Ottawa

Friedemann Weinhardt of Design First Interiors is featured in a feature article about a tiny new urban housing development that delivers "a marine flavour for weekend sailors and urbanites."
Sheila Brady, Ottawa Citizen
October 21, 2000

Restored Grandeur

Design First Interiors created a luxurious ensuite bathroom for this exciting home renovation.
Marcella Sousa, Ottawa Citizen
October 21, 2000

Designed to inspire, built to win

Design First Interiors was featured in this article about the Ottawa region's top designers of 1999.
Sheila Brady, Ottawa Citizen
October 30, 1999

Adaptable spaces

Design First Interior's award-winning kitchen designed for a home owner born without arms was featured in this article.
Erin Scullion, Ottawa Citizen
October, 1999

Zen and the art of kitchen design

“He's self-taught, elegant and the design brains behind many of Ottawa's top kitchens” – read more about Design First Interior's Friedemann Weinhardt in this article.
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Sheila Brady, Ottawa Citizen
October 1997

Design First Kitchens: The name says it all

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Steve Irwin, Impact newsletter
November 1996

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Using a proven end-to-end design experience, Design First Interiors expertly interprets our clients’ unique wishes, needs and lifestyles to create living spaces that provide maximum enjoyment, function, exceptional craftsmanship and quality. Whether you need a kitchen or bathroom renovation or interior design for your entire home, a personal, collaborative connection with each client is how we ensure Design comes to Life™.

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