A Different Design Perspective

We are a team of mother and daughter designing, creating and inspiring. Our eclectic skill sets of professional drummer/graphic designer and architect combine to deliver unique, handcrafted, functional art to beautify any space. Choose from our designs or let us bring your vision to life. Whatever you decide, our HKN Design team stands behind every product we deliver.


Helena Bates

Helena grew up in former Communist Czechoslovakia, receiving her Masters degree in Architecture and Design from the famous Prague Institute of Technology. She left her homeland in a daring escape over the Alps in 1983. While leaving her family behind she brought with her a proud legacy of artistic sensibility, exemplary work ethic and dedication to old world quality.

Helena has achieved success in the U.S. as a highly sought-after architectural illustrator in Denver, Colorado, and commercial architectural designer on New York’s Madison Avenue. In New York she expanded her professional skills at the world famous Parson’s School of Design.

Helena now resides in Kansas City, Missouri, where she applies her expertise in designing dramatic wall sculptures in public buildings and luxury homes. In all these activities, Helena’s unique vision combines design elements, proportionality and composition drawn from her background in classical European art through contemporary Bauhaus School of Design.


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Natalie Bates

Natalie Bates lives and works throughout the Kansas City area as a drummer, graphic designer, assistant director/founder/board member and percussion mentor of the community youth non profit ‘5 Star Jazz Band’ and co owner of HKN Design. She plays locally and nationwide with Kansas City’s New Orleans Blues and Soul Band, The Grand Marquis. Natalie is a graduate of Penn Valley Community College with a Digital PrePress /Graphic Design Degree and from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance with a Jazz Studies Degree.