Powerful Women in Consumer Technology 2019: Toni Sabatino
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Title: Lifestyle Pundit
Company: Toni Sabatino Style
Tell us a little about your career history.
Toni Sabatino is an award winning interior designer, cabinetry specialist, furniture designer and spatial planner serving the renovation and new construction market throughout the New York Metropolitan Area, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, Vermont and other resort locations. Toni believes in a kitchen-centric building and remodeling philosophy, championing open floor plans that honor the foodie, the entertainer and most simply, the family. Toni believes that good design should have a user experience to equal the aesthetic. NKBA AKBD and CLIPP certified, Toni believes all home should be safe, accessible and comfortable. Toni currently serves as the NKBA Manhattan Chapter President and is the proud recipient of the NKBA Chapter Star Award for Best President 2019. Toni is a member of the Kitchen and Bath Business Editorial Advisory Board and she is the designer of the Retro Collection of bath furniture for Baden Haus, SPA., and also belongs to the IFDA, IDS and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Published works include kitchens, family rooms, home libraries, radiant refrigeration wine rooms, storage solutions and custom baths.
What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?
Technology has become a huge part of home design. Incorporating AV, security systems, smart lighting and other cool features with an operating system that is easy for clients to use is very important to creating a great experience to go with the aesthetic. I have been exposed to Cedia Expo through the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) and have had my eyes opened to the incredible possibilities which has cemented my belief that a good design team needs a technology expert.
What are the best initiatives available to attract women to careers in technology—and what hurdles are left to overcome?
I think that the women I have met through Cedia exhibit a "can do" mentality. Whether in marketing, journalism, product design or owning a technology integration company, I have experienced them to be leaders. I think that sexism in any industry is a problem but it seems the current generation is more accepting of women in any industry. I think women need to do what they are passionate about and young women looking for a career in technology do have some great role models.
What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?
I have won several awards but I am most proud to be a leader in the kitchen and bath industry, bringing the importance of technology to design to my colleagues. I think that we must stay relevant and partnering with technology professionals is a huge part of that. How it works is certainly as important as how it looks. I am also proud to be a product designer. I designed a modular bath storage collection called Retro by Toni Sabatino Style that is manufactured in Italy by Baden Haus.
Any closing thoughts you’d like to share?
I am CLIPP (Certified Living In Place Professional) certified and what that means is that I champion designs that are safe, accessible and comfortable and preserve the dignity of all who use them. I love to see innovative technology make lives easier for those with challenges and see such opportunity for the future. I think we are headed to high performance homes for all and I am looking forward to it!