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Luxury living Häcker Greenwich teams with homeowners, developers

July 30, 2018

The best brands always have a story. That’s certainly the case with Häcker Kitchens, an international kitchen brand extraordinaire that had rather humble beginnings.

The company was founded in 1898 by a German carpenter by the name of Hermann Häcker. He ran a little shop in a small German town. More than a century later, Hacker’s legacy has blossomed into an international luxury brand, exclusively focused on high-end forward-thinking kitchen design.

The brand is synonymous with simplicity, sleek lines and a completely custom design process and level of service. Häcker construction is known for exemplifying “cutting edge of German engineering.”

Maya Nair brought the Hacker brand to Greenwich. She has created an in-house design team to work with clients across the region.

Nair chose Greenwich as the home base for her Häcker Greenwich showroom, located at 388 West Putnam Avenue.

“I lived in the Hudson Valley for a very long time,” Nair explained. “I have a background in architecture, and I’ve been in the business of building and remodeling for my entire career. I felt there was a shift happening in the design world — moving away from the traditional style of interiors to a cleaner, crisper aesthetic.”

Nair saw Westchester and Fairfield Counties as having a dynamic housing market that afforded her the opportunity to work with both homeowners directly and with developers of spec homes and new-construction properties.

Homeowners in the region tend to be open-, or progressive-minded about design, including how they envision their kitchens and baths. They also tend to be concerned with health and the environment. Häcker cabinets adhere to strict EPA standards for emissions — rare compliance among American and European cabinet manufacturers, Nair pointed out.

Though a “Häcker kitchen” is decidedly contemporary, with sleek lines, simple adornment and a high level of functionality, Nair has designed kitchens of this kind for homes in an array of architectural styles — and for a budget range that allows clients some flexibility and opportunity for customization.

“We’ve done homes that looked like castles, essentially, and juxtaposed our clean lines into the interior design,” she recalled.

Nair’s team is quite popular with local developers who build custom, standout spec homes. She sees spec homes as having broad appeal to homebuyers within the listing price range, and that’s what Häcker Kitchens “appeal to a huge audience.”

She recently provided the cabinetry for a spec home at 18 Lake Drive in Riverside, an 8,100-square-foot, seven-bedroom home designed by Architect Huestis Tucker and built by Wojtek Builders. In addition to designing the home’s kitchen, Häcker Greenwich also provided the cabinets for the bathrooms here.

Often, her team must work in coordination and cooperation with architects and interior designers hired by homeowners or professional developers. She prides herself on “working in tandem” with them, and ensuring a smooth, seamless process and project conclusion.

Her team consists of “extensions” of Nair, who leads any project. She is a champion for teamwork and creating a culture of working toward a common goal. She works with fellow designers, her showroom staff and installers — all accomplished and “amazing at what they do,” Nair said.

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