Winners Named in Sub-Zero and Wolf’s Kitchen Design Contest

Judges Identify New Kitchen Design Trends Among Nationwide Entries

MADISON, Wis., April 4, 2008 /PRNewswire/ — Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc., the industry leaders in refrigeration, wine storage and cooking equipment, today revealed the winners and design trends from its prestigious, bi-annual Kitchen Design Contest. Seven distinguished industry professionals evaluated more than 1,600 entries and identified kitchen design movements represented throughout the world.

“Since the inaugural competition in 1993, our Kitchen Design Contest has become one of the highest-regarded awards in the industry,” said Paul Leuthe, corporate marketing manager of Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliance. “With each contest we gain insight into kitchen design trends and learn how designers incorporate our appliances into their projects.”

Sub-Zero and Wolf enlisted the following professionals to choose the winners based on superior and unique use of space, beautiful kitchen design and integration of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.

Jamie Drake, ASID, of Drake Design Associates, New York, NY
Mick De Giulio of de Giulio kitchen design, inc., Chicago, IL
Barbara Houston of Houston & Associates, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Ltd., Atlanta, GA
John C. Senhauser, FAIA, of John Senhauser Architects, Cincinnati, OH
Kristen Totah, ASID, of Studio K Kitchens and Design, Aptos, CA
Patti Weaver, CKD, of Creative Design Solutions, Niwot, CO

Jamie Drake, Mick de Giulio, Matthew Quinn and Patti Weaver have all previously served on the KDC panel of judges. John Senhauser is a three-time regional winner as well as a 2000 and 2002 national winner. Kristen Totah was a regional winner in 2004 and Barbara Houston placed third nationally in 2002.

The Kitchen Design Contest regional and specialty winners received a cash prize and a trip for two to the awards event at Arizona’s Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch last weekend. At the awards event, the top three overall winners were selected. More than $110,000 in cash prizes was distributed to the winners during the final celebration. The top winners, specialty winners, the Designers’ Choice Award and international winners are as follows:

  Top Three Winners:
Best Kitchen Utilizing a Full-Size Sub-Zero Built-In or Integrated
Unit and Wolf Cooking Instrument

First Place Winner Warner McConaughey, Hammersmith, Inc.,
Atlanta, GA

Second Place Winner Elaine Cecconi, Cecconi Simone, Inc.,
Toronto, Ontario

Third Place Winner Phyllis Taylor, The Taylor & Taylor
Partnership, Miami, FL

Specialty Winners:
Best use of Wine Storage in a Unique Location
Jost Lunstroth, Vineyard Wine Cellars, Addison, TX

Student Category
Katie Fotheringham, Utah State University

Best Dealer Showroom Using Sub-Zero and Wolf
Doug Durbin, nuHaus, Highland Park, IL

Best use of Sub-Zero and/or Wolf in an Outdoor Kitchen
Dee David, Dee David and Co, Falls Church, VA

Best use of Integrated Refrigeration Outside the Kitchen
Jean Stoffer, Jean Stoffer Design, River Forest, IL

International Winners:
Asia Pacific
Jose Eduardo Calma, Lor Calma & Partners, Philippines

Bartholt Christiann Luikinga, Idfix-Bcl, Netherlands

Silvio Korman, Korman Arquitetos, San Paulo

Sub-Zero and Wolf introduced a new honor this year — the Designers’ Choice Award. This award invited 47,000 top trade professionals to vote for their preferred choice among the 48 regional winners. Coincidentally, the winner of the Designers’ Choice Award is the same as the third place national winner.

      The Designers’ Choice Award
Phyllis Taylor, The Taylor & Taylor Partnership, Miami, FL

Among the entries, the following trends rose to the top as the latest movement in kitchen design according to the contest judges.

Smaller, High-Quality Kitchens — Experts are designing a smaller kitchen footprint, but are including higher-quality appliances, finishes, flooring and other elements to make it a long-lasting space. Consumers are investing in kitchens they will be in for years, so they are demanding luxury solutions.

Mixture of Materials and Textures — This year, more than ever, there is combining of materials for countertops, floors, cabinets, backsplashes and appliance cabinetry. “We are seeing soapstone, concrete, wood, limestone and glass. This year we saw an increase of appliances in carbon stainless finishes, which is refreshing given it blends style and design and can be used in traditional or contemporary kitchens,” said Kitchen Design Contest judge Patti Weaver of Creative Design Solutions.

Sustainable, Second Life Integration — There is a budding trend towards integrating second-life pieces, whether antique, vintage or classic, to provide personal elements of designs. “Designers have an appreciation for timeless art pieces as a focal point. Repurposing historical furniture is a stylish form of recycling,” said judge Kristen Totah of Studio K Kitchens and Design. “Designers are rebelling against look-alikes and opting for original pieces to create eclectic spaces.”

Light and Dark Duality — Kitchens are seeking sophistication and balance by contrasting light and dark materials — bright cabinets and bold, black flooring, or deep, espresso cabinets and glowing, marble flooring. “It’s the idea that black and white go with everything and accessories should pop against the background,” said judge Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates.

Simple, Clean Lines — There is considerable focus on clean lines, simple design and attention to detail, versus embellishments and heavy adornments. The “zen” kitchen is apparent. KDC judge John C. Senhauser notes “many of these kitchens are taking on the minimalist approach versus the old world, traditional styles. Homeowners want to simplify their lives, especially in the kitchen, which is often the center of the home.”

Eco-savvy Kitchens — From bamboo countertops to earth-friendly flooring, designers are integrating environmentally sustainable materials and energy-saving appliances into their kitchens. “Consumers increasingly want to embrace a green home and this trend translates easily into fresh kitchen design,” said KDC judge Barbara Houston of Houston & Associates.

In addition, contest judges noted timeless trends that continue to demonstrate exceptional design influence and consistency, such as traditional style and white materials. Appliance integration, which began in the 1990s, was also a prevalent component as designers focused on meticulous planning with each product.

Sub-Zero and Wolf will announce the next Kitchen Design Contest in June 2008.

  A regional winner list is attached.

About Sub-Zero and Wolf

Sub-Zero, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of luxury refrigeration and freezer units and wine storage units for residential use. Founded in 1945, Sub-Zero is a privately held, family-owned company in its third generation of ownership. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., Sub-Zero, Inc. also operates a manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Ariz., and employs more than 1,300 employees. Wolf Appliance, Inc. is the premier maker of ranges, ovens, cooktops and grills in the country. It offers ventilation products and microwaves to complement its line. Since its inception more than 75 years ago, the company was the first to introduce the snap-action griddle and the Therm-O-Ray infrared griddle. Wolf was also among the first to introduce the convection oven into the market, and its red knobs are now famous. Since March 2000, the company has been an affiliate of Sub-Zero, Inc., and it employs more than 450 people. It is based in a state-of-the-art production facility in Fitchburg, Wi s.

  North American Regional Finalists Are:

Arizona Mark Ryan, Mark Ryan Studio, Phoenix
California Debbie Nassetta & Tawnya Coleman, Roomscapes, Inc., Laguna
Roberta Wahl/Stacy Eisenmann, PLUM Architects/Virtue +
Eisenmann Collaborative Architecture, San Francisco
Canada Robert M. Ledingham & Frank Ranieri, Ledingham Design
Consultants, Vancouver, BC
Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors, Ottawa,
Colorado Debra Toney, Debra Toney Residential Design and
Development, Denver
Connecticut Vincent Cappello, Putnam Kitchens, Cos Cob
Lindy Weaver, Lindy Weaver Design Associates LLC, Cos Cob
Florida Joan DesCombes, Architectural Artworks, Inc., Winter Park
Richard F. Geary, Geary Design, Inc., Naples
Georgia Todd Pritchett & Craig Dixon, Todd Pritchett Design Studio,
Inc., Atlanta
Hawaii Michael L. Smith, Kitchen Concepts Plus, Inc., Honolulu
Illinois Doug Durbin, nuHaus, Highland Park
Robert J. Neylan, Robert J. Neylan Architects, Ltd.,
Louisiana R. Stephen Chauvin, Arkhitekton, Inc., Metairie
Maryland Jennifer Gilmer, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd., Chevy
Jonas Carnemark, Carnemark Systems & Design, Inc., Bethesda
Massachusetts Jennifer Flores, Kitchen Living, Boston
Mexico Mauricio Rodriguez, Cocinas Irlo, Leon, Guanajuato
Michigan Jodi Caden, Caden Design Group, Birmingham
Minnesota David Heide, David Heide Design Studio, Minneapolis
Missouri Chris Novak Berry, brooksBerry Kitchens and Baths, St.
Cherie Brown, Kitchens by Kleweno, Kansas City
New Jersey Jim Dove, Canterbury Design, Morristown
Anthony Albert Passanante, Peter Salerno, Inc., Wyckoff
New Mexico Jeanne’ Sei, Kitchens by Jeanne’, Santa Fe
New York Katherine Chia, Desai Chia Architecture PC, New York
Doug Holt, Professional Kitchen Design Group, Buffalo
J. Douglas Peix & Steven J. Marchetti, Peix & Marchetti,
New York
Peter Tow, Tow Studios, Architecture, New York
North Carolina Kent Lineberger, Kent Lineberger Architecture with Donlon
Merrell Designs, Charlotte
Ohio Kimball Derrick, The Kitchen Design Studio, Cincinnati
Jennifer Diehl, Design Classics, Toledo
Oregon Kirsti Wolfe, Kirsti Wolfe Designs, Bend
Pennsylvania Ellyn Barr, Francine Besselaar and Canan Akyuz, Architects,
Ian G. Cairl, Platinum Designs, Blakeslee
Bill Kolano and Brigette Pavlik, Kolano Design/Brigette
Pavlik Interior Design, Pittsburgh
South Carolina Linda H. McLain & Gina Villano, Signature Kitchens and
Baths of Charleston, Inc., Charleston
Tennessee David Law, Law & Hicks Millwork, Maryville
Texas Sherry Hayslip, Hayslip Design Associates, Dallas
Abby and Ron Smith, & Helene Terry, Quorum Design &
Construction/Capital Distributors, Dallas
Marlys Tokerud, Tokerud & Co., Houston
Utah David Berkowitz, Chefs Ingredients, Inc., Park City
Wisconsin Lesley Hayman Sager, Architectural Building Arts, Madison
Virginia W. Brian Pilgrim & Marvin Daniel, KDW Home, Richmond

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Richards Partners
Office: 214-891-4104
Cell: 214-454-9214
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