Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove Name Design Contest Finalists

by Anita Shaw

MADISON, WI – Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove have announced the 29 Finalists and one Student Winner of the 2019-2021 Kitchen Design Contest.

“For nearly 30 years, the Kitchen Design Contest has been a time-honored tradition of recognizing and celebrating design professionals from around the world who are advancing the future of kitchen design,” said Jim Bakke, president and CEO of Sub-Zero Group, Inc. “We applaud these outstanding creators who continue to innovate, inspire and push the creative boundaries for incorporating our appliances in the kitchen and beyond.”

At the close of the entry period on January 31, 2022, more than 1,700 completed entries had been received from 15 countries and 45 states. Of all entries, 56% percent were submitted by first-time entrants. All three design styles – traditional, contemporary, and transitional – were well-represented, noted the firm.

The 29 Finalists and one Student Winner represent a diverse mix of design aesthetics, the company continued. The Finalists were selected by a panel of seven esteemed architects, kitchen designers and interior designers during an extensive review and deliberation of the entries at the Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove headquarters in Madison. The judges, each a previous Kitchen Design Contest winner, all demonstrate a passion for good design and a dedication to the design community, the company remarked. The2019-2021 contest panel includes Davy Swanenberg of Culimaat High-End Kitchens (Netherlands); Jean Stoffer of Jean Stoffer Design (Grand Rapids, MI); Mark Stumer of Mojo Stumer Associates (Greenvale, NY); Martin de Sousa of Designström (Toronto, ON); Sandra Agurto of Cabinetry Creations, Inc. (Orlando, FL); Stacy Eisenmann of Eisenmann Architecture (Albany, CA), and first-time judge Martin Holliday of Chiselwood (United Kingdom).

All Finalists and the Student Winner will receive a trip for two to attend the Winners’ Summit and Gala, held from October 9-12, 2022 in Nashville, TN. The Summit is a rare and invaluable opportunity for design professionals to network and share ideas. The contest’s 14 Global Winners will be announced at the gala honoring their achievements in design in October, in the following categories: first-, second-and third-place in each of the Contemporary, Transitional and Traditional design categories; First-Time Entrant; Small Space Kitchen; and the newly introduced Best Use Outside of Kitchen and Emerging Professional. The previously announced Student Winner will also be recognized.

Eligibility for the contest required that all design and construction be fully completed within the contest period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. Indoor kitchen designs had to include at least one full-size Sub-Zero refrigeration unit, or two or more undercounter units, and at least one Wolf primary cooking appliance, including ranges, rangetops, ovens and cooktops. Outside of Kitchen designs were required to include at least one full-size Sub-Zero refrigeration/wine unit, or two or more undercounter units, or at least one Wolf oven, cooktop, range, rangetop or outdoor grill, or two or more Wolf units, including module cooktops, coffee systems, microwaves, vacuum seal/warming drawers, ventilation, or side burners, one Sub-Zero refrigeration/wine unit and one Wolf unit, in each case, of any size.

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