THE ANNUAL CONTEST COOKS UP 25 “DESIGN PROFESSIONALS TO WATCH” IN ITS LIST OF FINALISTS, WITH FINAL HONORS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT A GALA EVENT THIS SEPTEMBER.
Continually heating things up in the kitchen arena: Sub-Zero and Wolf announced the 25 finalists of their massive Kitchen Design Contest which recognizes kitchen designers, architects, interior designers, builders and remodelers. The finalists were selected by a diverse panel of seven architects, kitchen designers and interior designers over the course of a four-day review of the entries at the company’s headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.
Returning to the annual event as a judge was E.J. Meade of Boulder’s Arch11 who stated, “I honestly get a real charge out of the entire process, from evaluating the entries and seeing what is out there in the kitchen design community to deliberating with the other judges. The contest has been around for more than 20 years and offers a great opportunity for designers to have a ‘feather in their cap’ for their work. Receiving recognition from an iconic brand that enjoys a strong relationship with the design community is icing on the cake.”
According to Sub-Zero and Wolf, at the close of the entry period (Jan. 31), over 1,500 entries had been received from 24 countries. Impressively, almost 60 percent of those were submitted by first-time entrants. All three design styles–traditional, transitional and contemporary–were well-represented, with finalist’s entries showcasing a diverse mix of design aesthetics.
Per the contest rules: Indoor kitchen designs had to include at least one full-size, built-in or integrated Sub-Zero refrigeration unit and at least one Wolf primary cooking appliance including ranges, rangetops, ovens and cooktops. Outdoor kitchen designs were required to include at least one Wolf grill in addition to one Sub-Zero refrigeration unit. Both indoor and outdoor designs required submission of a floor plan, elevation or perspective drawings and a minimum of three color photographs of the completed design.
“Sub-Zero and Wolf enjoy a strong relationship with the design community, and for more than 20 years, the Kitchen Design Contest has allowed us to honor the professionals who are constantly working to push the envelope,” said Jack Palazzolo, Vice President of Marketing for Sub-Zero and Wolf. “Having an open and direct line of communication with kitchen design professionals helps us continue to expand our product capabilities and meet the design and performance needs of our customers.”
The fortunate finalists will receive a trip for two to attend the Winners’ Summit and Gala, held from Sept. 24 through 27 at Hotel del Coronado located just outside San Diego. There, the contest’s 10 global winners will be announced at a gala event honoring their design achievements.