Inside the Work of Lukas Machnik, Winner of American Dream Builders

Lukas Machnik, the recent winner of Nate Berkus’ design-competition reality show American Dream Builders, is bringing a fresh eye to interiors with his not-so-common designs. His minimalist-contemporary look could have alienated him from the show’s competition, most of whose aesthetic leaned toward the traditional side, but Nate Berkus, the neighborhood council, and other judges on the show were wowed by Lukas’ work (we are, too!).

Before the show, Lukas was no stranger to design. His work has been featured in top magazines like Elle Decor & Architectural Digest France, but he’s happy for the challenges the show presented to him as a designer. We’re head over heels for his beach house makeover that snagged him title of winner on American Dream Builders, which struck a balance between industrial and easy going. “For me, this final project was a perfect fit,” says Machnik. “It reflects my personality and design essence. I took all of the knowledge I had gained through the experience of being on the show — pushing my boundaries. I never thought I would design a Tudor, a cabin, or work on a Spanish-style home.”

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Lukas’ designs are generally even more bold, minimalist and avant-garde than what we saw on the show, yet he always finds a way to make the space livable, too. “Most of the designers leaned toward more traditional or transitional design. I wasn’t the underdog, but I definitely had a tougher time getting everyone to understand my point of view. It was a challenge I embraced” (Zillow). Machnik’s main color palette in all of this work is neutral (mostly black & white), but he brings in warmer hues, organic shapes and lots of texture to make things interesting.

 

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I want to use the popularity of American Dream Builders to showcase another, more thought-provoking side of design — a modern way of living,” explains Lukas. He often designs furniture and other objects, really putting a personal touch on the space he decorates.  And we have to say, Lukas, you definitely make us want to live in a world like this!

 

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 “I don’t follow trends; I set them. I know that sounds very confident, but I believe it. I always set out to create timeless design”.

—Lukas Machnik (via Zillow)

 Bravo, Lukas! We can’t wait to see more from you!

 

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