Premium refrigeration and cooking appliance producers Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf hosted the global winners of their 2010-2012 Kitchen Design Contest at an awards dinner May 21, 2013, in Madison, WI. Sub-Zero and Wolf corporate headquarters are in Madison.
Contest's judges evaluated more than 1,600 entries from around the world to determine 54 regional finalists and then seven grand-prize winners. Entries were judged on superior use of space, beautiful kitchen design, and integration of Sub-Zero and Wolf products in kitchen projects.
Cash prizes totaling $145,000 were given away to global winners in several design categories:
* First Place Traditional/Transitional Kitchen
* First Place Contemporary Kitchen
* Second Place
* Third Place
* Designer's Choice Award
* People's Choice Award
* North American Student Winner
The First Place Traditional/Transitional Kitchen winner was Karen Williams of St. Charles of New York, Inc. The prize was $40,000. Kitchen Design Contest judge Jamie Drake described traditional-style kitchens as those with classical elements, symmetry, elegance and a richness of materials, adding that Williams' winning design "encompasses all of that with precision and warmth."
Williams' winning entry is a kosher kitchen that incorporates multiple functional elements to engage the participation of the home's teenage children.
The First Place Contemporary Kitchen winner was Davy Swanenberg of Culimaat Kitchens (Berlicum, Netherlands). The kitchen is pictured, above. The prize in this category was $40,000. Kitchen Design Contest judge E.J. Meade described the project as "a kitchen of contrasts" that was "tempered with a playful use of materials and surfaces," "rigorously detailed," and one that the judges deemed a work of art.
In the category of Second Place (any style kitchen), Friedemann Weinhardt of Design First Interiors (Ontario, Canada) was named the winner and awarded $20,000. Kitchen Design Contest judge Joanne Hudson described the design as one "where space and product become one." Weinhardt's contemporary-style kitchen is a seven-time regional winner of the Kitchen Design Contest.
In the category of Third Place (any style kitchen), Lana Grineva, Alexandra Loginova, and Yana Bespamyatnova of Philosophy of Design (Moscow, Russia) were named winners and collectively awarded $10,000. Kitchen Design Contest judge Matthew Quinn described their contemporary-style kitchen as "very ethereal," "provocative," a kitchen with "amazing light" and "supremely elegant."
The Designer's Choice award recognized an outstanding project as determined by the design community. Nearly 1,000 members of the trade participated in the vote, and named Caroline DeCesare of DeCesare Design Group (Mesa, AZ) the Designer's Choice winner for her traditional-style design. DeCesare was awarded $15,000.
The People's Choice award was determined by members of the public voting on Facebook. Nearly 4,000 consumers voted, and Cristina Menezes of Cristina Menezes Arquitetura e Decorcaao Ltda. (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) was named the People's Choice winner for her contemporary-style kitchen. Menezes was awarded $15,000.
A North American student winner was also named: Jennifer Durbin, a student at the Art Institute of Houston (Houston, TX), was awarded $5,000.
Seven internationally known design experts judged the contest. They were:
* Doug Durbin of nuHaus, Highland Park, IL
* E.J. Meade of Arch11, Inc., Boulder, CO
* Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates, New York
* Jeannine Clark of Mannigan Design, Pasadena, CA
* Joanne Hudson of Joanne Hudson Associates, Philadelphia, PA
* Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria, Atlanta, GA
* Vasi Ypsilantis of The Breakfast Room, Ltd., Manhasset, NY
The 2010-2012 Kitchen Design Contest's 54 regional winners were honored at a winners' conference May 20-22 in Madison, Wis. The conference included an awards dinner; product education; and a keynote speech from John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design and a leading academic, author, and computer scientist.
Eligibility for the Kitchen Design Contest required that all design and construction be fully completed within the contest period of January 1, 2010, through October 31, 2012. Qualifying designs had to include at least one full-size Sub-Zero built-in or integrated refrigeration unit and at least one Wolf cooking appliance as primary food preparation equipment, including ranges, rangetops, ovens and cooktops.
"The Kitchen Design Contest is our way of honoring the design community and the significant role they play in making Sub-Zero and Wolf household names when it involves beautiful and innovative kitchen design," said Michele Bedard, vice president of marketing for Sub-Zero and Wolf. "This is our 10th installment of the prestigious Kitchen Design Contest, and we're so pleased that we saw the most entries to date. The global winners truly represent the best of the best in kitchen design. Their projects wowed judges and showcased achievement in both aesthetic and functional design."
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