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AUG 2017

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t its highest level, good design isn't just beautiful, or func- tional; it's also thoughtful – and sometimes thought-pro- voking. Indeed, thoughtful attention to detail, creative and unexpected material choices, a harmonious balance of tex- tures, colors and materials, unique ways of re-imagining spaces and the ability to tap into people's emotional centers are some of the elements that take design to the next level. All of these and more were on display in the winning projects honored in this year's Kitchen & Bath Design Awards, an independent design competition that honors outstanding, innovative and thoughtfully designed kitchen, bath and oth- er-room projects. KBDN's design awards, now in their second year, are open to kitchen and bath design professionals whose projects were com- pleted between November 1, 2015 and May 19, 2017, with projects judged in nine different categories: Best Kitchen Over $200,000; Best Kitchen $100,000-$200,000; Best Kitchen Under $100,000; Best Master Bath Over $50,000; Best Master Bath Under $50,000; Best Powder Room; Best Kitchen Showroom; Best Universal Design Kitchen or Bath, and Best Specialty Project. A panel of top design professionals judged the Kitchen & Bath Design Awards entries in a two-step process, with judging criteria including aesthetic appeal, functionality of the space, attention to detail, handling of unusual situations, origi- nality, selection of colors and finishes and overall impression. This year's judges included: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Richar Living, Annapolis, MD; Diane Foreman, CKD, Neil Kelly Co., Seattle, WA; Cathy Sparling, CKD, CBD, C Spar Designs, Addison, IL; Cassia Wyner, CW Design, LLC, Brookline, MA, and Alan Zielinski, CKD, Better Kitchens, Inc., Niles, IL. ELEMENTS THAT SHINE So what excited the judges? For Richard Anuszkiewicz, clean lines and bold color were stand-out qualities in the winning kitchens, and he notes, "I really loved a few of the winners that pushed the thought process of material execution." These included the Gold winner in the Best Kitchen Over $200,000 category, which "showcased a brass transitional inset bead with shagreen leather drawer heads…that was special." He also cited the Bronze winner in the same category, which featured "an orange LaCornue range with navy cabinetry [that] was very fresh in color selection. And one of my favorites," he continues, "was the [Bronze winner in the Kitchens $100,000- $200,000 category] which had an exotic linear wall paper – it was Clean, crisp lines, bold color, rustic textures, unique storage applications, lighting as art, mixed use of metals and attention to detail highlighted the winning designs in KBDN's second annual Kitchen & Bath Design Awards competition. BY JANICE COSTA Spectacular Spaces TREND: BOLD COLOR Designed by Chelsea Allard, Case Design/Remodeling, Charlotte, NC TREND: UNIQUE STORAGE Designed by Chelsea Allard, Case Design/Remodeling, Charlotte, NC TREND: MIXED MATERIALS Designed by Steven Cooper, Cooper Pacific Kitchens, West Hollywood, CA Photo: Meredith Gullion Photos above: Deborah Scannell Photography A 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2017

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