Works of Art

For many, the term “works of art” may conjure names such as Rembrandt, da Vinci or Michelangelo.

However, the phrase may be similarly suited to the finalists of the 46th annual National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Competition. The contest showcases some of the most dynamic designs envisioned by kitchen and bath designers across a broad spectrum of spaces and styles.

“The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is proud to show off the incredibly stunning and remarkably functional spaces that NKBA members have created over the past year,” said 2010 NKBA President Mark L. Karas, CMKBD.

This year, the Design Competition, dubbed the “Art of the Industry,” drew 550 entries, with kitchen and bath designers submitting bold interpretations of renovated spaces as well as new construction designs.

The designs of this year’s finalists reflect a wide range of styles while creating singular solutions to meet their clients’ needs and desires.

The honored designers drew their inspirations from all corners, often fulfilling unusual requests – such as incorporating a 42" faucet meant to mimic a samurai sword into a Japanese-inspired powder room or creating a bath floor that looks like cool blue lake, complete with swimming koi fish. Others recreated some of the exotic locales visited by their clients.

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This year, a panel of 12 experts – representing all eight NKBA regions in the U.S. and Canada – served as judges for the 2010 NKBA Design Competition. Each member of the judging panel is a practicing kitchen and bath professional who has achieved Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Bath Designer (CBD) designation and/or the Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) designation.

Winners will be announced at the Design Competition Awards Ceremony at the NKBA Main Stage and will be featured during K/BIS at the NKBA booth and the Design Idea Center. Further access to the design winners and placement will be available immediately after K/BIS at

Sponsors for this year’s compe-tition included Sub-Zero/Wolf, Miele, Dal-Tile Corp., GE Monogram, This Old House, and Waypoint Living Spaces.


As in years past, the competition was separated into 10 distinct categories, created to showcase some of the most dynamic design ideas and solutions for kitchens, baths and other rooms.
Design categories for this year’s competition include: Category One: Small Kitchens (defined as having less than 35 sq. ft. of countertops); Category Two: Medium Kitchens (defined as having more than 35 sq. ft. of countertops but less than 50 sq. ft. of countertops); Category Three: Large Kitchens (defined as having more than 50 sq. ft. of countertops); Category Four: Open Plan Kitchens (including Great Rooms, breakfast nooks and dining rooms); Category Five: Powder Rooms; Category Six: Small Bathrooms (defined as having less than 55 sq. ft. total); Category Seven: Large Bathrooms (defined as having more than 55 sq. ft. total); Category Eight: Master Suites (which include closets, dressing rooms, etc.), and Category Nine: Showrooms.

Notably, Category 10: Specialty Rooms has been revised and now includes outdoor kitchens, wet bars, laundry rooms, mud rooms, home offices and other areas, with a requirement that each space include cabinetry and plumbing – criteria that was not required in years past.

Kitchen & Bath Design News showcases the 2010 NKBA Design Competition finalists.