New York — BlueStar has tapped Heidi Piron, of Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry in Summit, NJ, as the winner of its first-ever Kitchen Design Competition. Designer Eric Cohler, the lead judge for the contest, made the announcement live from the BlueStar exhibit space at the Architectural Digest Design Show, which was held recently in New York City.
Piron’s entry, dubbed ‘Star Attraction,’ edged out in front of the other colorful entries through its display of a stand-out custom hood and its smart use of space and appliances, according to BlueStar.
“The winning design reflects an industrial style which is trending now, with the classic blending of black and white,” said Cohler. “Being a neutral, black is never not in style, but it is enjoying a rebirth, especially matte black in the kitchen. It is extremely versatile, so that it can be incredibly dramatic or serve as an accent against a white palette.”
The contest, which attracted entries from across the country, honors design professionals who incorporate BlueStar products into innovative kitchen designs. The Grand Prize winner received BlueStar appliances for his/her home kitchen, the title BlueStar Kitchen Designer of the Year, plus a trip to the Architectural Digest Design Show. In addition to Cohler, the judging panel included four industry professionals – Amanda Nisbet, Brett Beldock, Ken Kelly and Grace Kelly.
The 2017 competition is open for entries now through January 31, 2017. The kitchen design entry can be any style kitchen. A minimum of one BlueStar cooking appliance as the primary cooking appliance is required. Official rules and entry criteria can be found at http://www.bluestarcooking.com/inspiration/kitchen-design-contest.