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2010 Kitchen Design Competition

Walk into the 2010 National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Pinnacle of Design Award winning kitchen, and you will think you entered a 19th century farmhouse. But look out the window, and you won’t see a pasture of cows. What you will see is a great view of miles and miles of eastern Missouri, and maybe even a little bit of Illinois. This farmhouse kitchen is in the 29th floor luxury penthouse of a suburban St. Louis hi-rise.

In addition to winning the Pinnacle of Design Award, the “Formal Farmhouse” kitchen was this year’s first place winner in the Medium Kitchen category and took home the Consumers’ Choice Award as well. An annual event, the NKBA Design Comp­etition is open to NKBA members only. Winners are recognized at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, held each spring at a different location across the nation.

More than 500 designers from across North America entered this year’s contest, which was established to recognize the talent of kitchen and bath designers and award them for their creativity in planning safe, functional and beautiful spaces. A panel of NKBA-certified designers from all of NKBA’s eight geographic regions in the United States and Canada judges the projects.
This month, we will take a look at kitchen winners, and in July we will present the bath and powder room winners.

2010 “Best Of” Kitchen Award Winners

Pinnacle of Design Award
Consumers’ Choice Award
1st Place – Medium Kitchens

James Howard, CKD, CBD
Co-Designers: Steve Levin and Sonja Willman
Glen Alspaugh Company, St. Louis, Mo.

Formal Farmhouse
A refined version of a rugged farmhouse kitchen was created through the use of copper, stone and wood. A contemporary backlit onyx upper bar top, which overlooks the breakfast area, wraps around toward the living and dining areas, unifying the old and new qualities of the design. Pewter chicken wire inserts in cabinetry doors, rough hewn beams, an integrated refrigerator in the image of an old-time icebox, and a partial tin ceiling all contribute to the texture and overall environment created collaboratively by the homeowner, architect, interior designer, and kitchen designer on this project.
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Best Overall Kitchen. Photo by Donna Griffith Photography.

Best Overall Kitchen
1st Place – Best Open Floor Plan

Tim Scott
Co-Designer: Erica Westeroth,
XTC Design Incorporated,
Toronto, Ontario

Lakeview Contemporary
A stunning kitchen that boasts a beautiful lake view maintains a cozy environment through the use of organic shapes, layered lighting and a casual sitting area that has been seamlessly incorporated into the design. Cabinetry that follows a concave bend in the wall helps establish the organic lines of the design, while rounded soffits support the softened lines and distinguish the kitchen from the dining and sitting areas. Continuous horizontal bands are created with stacked doors on upper cabinets and stacked drawer fronts on the base cabinets. Architecturally interesting features stand out against the unified backdrop of a back partition wall painted to match the cabinetry. The designer succeeded in creating a consistently clean and sleek kitchen space that retains a friendly feel.
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First Place Small Kitchens. Photo by Craig Thompson Photography.

1st Place – Small Kitchens
Thomas David Trzcinski, CMKBD
Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Functionality with Flair
A confined Pullman-style kitchen with a low ceiling was brought to life following a 2-foot bump-out and restoration of the original, higher ceiling. An overall openness to the room paired with hard-working and stylish storage solutions brings functionality and performance to new heights. A drawer below double ovens, two pullout pantry units above, and hinged stepladder storage to the right maximize the oven cabinet space. The cabinetry and refrigerator maintain a look of warm continuity through the use of butternut wood. The use of copper, hickory, antique bronze, bead board and granite, as well as a tile backsplash that alludes to the weave in a basket, create a medley of texture, sheen and color that gives visual punch to this small space.


First Place Large Kitchens. Photo by Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography.

1st Place – Large Kitchens
Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD
Co-Designer: Diane Durocher
Peter Salerno, Inc., Wyckoff, N.J .

Hearth Cooking with Style
A classically elegant floor-to-ceiling hearth surrounding the cooking area provides a focal point between two expansive islands in this large kitchen. The soffit, which follows the outlined shapes of the islands, helps to visually define and divide the space. White linen cabinets with a chocolate glaze, along with cherry islands in a light mahogany stain and walnut glaze, create a comfortable approachability to the room. A commercial-grade cooktop is placed close to the spacious workstations, a sink and a microwave incorporated into the islands. The granite island top balances the room’s grand scale—conveyed by the chandelier, hearth and ceiling height. The primary sink is positioned to allow a view of the courtyard and European fountain, completing a kitchen fit for an English manor.

Best Sustainable Kitchen
Brian M. Johnson, NCARB
Collaborative Design Architects, Billings, Mont.

Modern Architecture
Concrete floors, exposed beams and ductwork are the stand-out components that set this space apart from the average residential kitchen. A closer look conveys the depth of functionality and style that are incorporated into this kitchen with a view. Warm tones in the cabinetry, quartz countertop and custom mahogany wood bar top serve their purpose in functionality, but also add a softening hue to the palette. A design that is equally honest to the integrity of the structure and the client’s principles is this stunning result. Some of the green structural techniques include insulated concrete formed walls, insulated concrete floors with radiant heating, a Tulikivi radiant wood-burning fireplace, domestic hot water recirculation, a low sloped roof structure for rainwater collection and irrigation cistern supply, along with flat roof areas for photovoltaic systems collection and distribution. Beauty in functionality, sustainability and modernity, achieved.

Best Before (above) and After (below). Photo by Jo-Ann Richards, Works Photography.

Best Before and After
Ines Hanl
Co-Designer: Kimberly Lewis Mannig
The Sky is the Limit, Victoria, B.C.
Classic Eclectic
This turn-of-the-century classic home boasts a contemporary kitchen with an authentic feel. The balance of soothing versus vibrant colors is anchored in the room’s palette by key pieces such as area rugs and artwork. An integration of calm and stimulus are the ingredients to the comfortable family environment. The main island houses the clean-up area with a dishwasher and trash compactor, with the

add-on island containing a microwave drawer and storage drawers. A red lacquer post and a 3-inch thick, round wood counter add a prominent traditional value to the room with a vivid color contrast. The unique shape of the custom turned post complimented by a similar shape at the corner of the island offers a graceful rounded visual component to balance the rectangular orientation of the overall space.
Photos courtesy of NKBA.

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