NKBA 2004 Design competition: Inspired Designs

Barm spaces that incorporate personalized elements as well as rooms that transport their owners to beautiful, exotic, far-off places were hot themes seen in the 2004 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Competition winners.
The 40th annual Design Competition once again honored the year's most beautiful, innovative and functional designs from top kitchen and bath designers.

A total of 337 entries from 33 states, as well as 15 entries from Canada were received, giving this year's competition a strong and diverse geographic base. After careful consideration by the judges, a total of 33 winners were selected in 11 different categories, representing a cross-section of the U.S. as well as two provinces in Canada.

Award-winning designs were selected based on visual appeal, creativity, elements and principles of design, presentation (including quality of floorplan, perspective and photos) as well as basic safety and ergonomics, according to the NKBA.
Top honors in this year's competition went to Tracey Scalzo, CKD, CBD, of Sarasota, FL-based Eurotech Cabinetry, Inc. Scalzo was awarded the James H. Foster, Jr., CKD, Memorial Award for Best Overall Design for her stunning kitchen creation (see related story, Page 96), which combined an eclectic mix of materials, textures, colors, shapes and finishes to create a sense of contemporary sophistication.

While the design was certainly eye-catching, successfully blending elements of glass, natural stone, and warm wood, it was also notable for its function, addressing such challenges as facilitating flexible seating through a center island with moveable table and creating an open, uncluttered floorplan that still provided plenty of storage.

Winners of the Design Competition will be honored at the NKBA Board of Directors Gala, to be held during the K/BIS in Chicago this month.

Contest sponsors for the 2004 Design Competition are KraftMaid Cabinetry and Sub-Zero Freezer Co.

Far off places and exotic locales provided the inspiration for many of the winning designs cited by the 40th annual NKBA Design Competition.

This year's winners were all about ambiance, with many of the spaces designed to recreate clients' fantasy locations, such as an exotic, Egyptian-style bathing paradise, a three-room space designed to mimic the look of a Tuscan wine
cellar, a master bathroom themed after a 1920s Parisian flat or a charming wet bar designed to appear as if it had been salvaged from an old English tavern.

While the award-winning projects encompassed a wide array of styles, colors, materials, product applications and creative ideas, each of the designs and the designers who created them espoused a willingness to do something different in the interest of creating a truly fabulous room.

To that end, unusual materials ruled the day, with this year's winning designs showcasing everything from Brazilian slate and mosaic tiles containing 24 karat gold and lapis lazuli to a translucent, amber-colored polyurethane sink with coral and Puerto Rican stone inlays.

Likewise, personalized elements were a common theme among this year's winners whether a unique fireplace, a massive armoire, shipped from a client's trip abroad, or a custom, stainless steel cabinet configured to accommodate such amenities as a wine chiller, coffee system and microwave.

An eclectic mixing and matching of materials was highly evident in many of the winning designs, with textures and colors intermingled to enhance visual interest.

However, function, too, was clearly a priority, with open, easy-to-navigate floorplans, state-of-the-art appliances, accessible storage and well-designed lighting ensuring that the winning designs would continue to win the appreciation of their owners long after the designers were done.

Once again, a panel of 12 leading kitchen and bath industry experts were brought in to serve as judges for the 2004 Design Competition, with each member being an award-winning, practicing design professional who has achieved the Certified Kitchen Designer and/or Certified Bath Designer designation.

NKBA officials note that the judging process is a strict one, with winners chosen based on visual appeal, creativity, elements and principles of design, presentation (quality of floorplan, perspective, photos) and basic safety and ergonomics.

Once top winners were selected for each category, all first-place honorees in each category were eligible to be considered for the James H. Foster, Jr., CKD, Memorial Award, which recognizes the best overall design of the competition.

Design Competition judges for 2004 included: Lorna Aho, CKD, Holly Dawn Christensen, CKD, Missi Davis, CKD, Connie Edwards, CKD, CBD, Laura Jensen, CKD, CBD, Geeta Kewalramani, CKD, CBD, James Kreipe, CR, CKD, Peter Lawton, CKD, Kristie McPhie, CKD, Stephanie Pugh, CKD, Ernest Sanchez, CKD, CBD, and Kathy Lee Selvaggio, CKD.

This year's competition was once again broken down into 11 categories, which represent the latest trends in kitchen and bath design, as well as some of the other ever-expanding areas where kitchen and bath designers use their creative talents.

Design categories for this year's competition included: 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. and 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 and dining rooms); Category Five: Powder Rooms; Category Six: Small Bathrooms (defined as having less than 55 sq. ft. total); Category Seven: Larger Bathrooms (defined as having more than 55 sq. ft. total); Category Eight: Master Suite/Bathrooms (which includes closets, dressing rooms, etc.); Category Nine: Show-rooms; Category 10: Other Rooms (which include home offices, dining areas, living rooms, etc.), and Category 11: Non-Residential Spaces (including reception areas, restaurants and cooking schools).