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AUG 2017

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very fashion-forward in the bar area with leather cabinetry and hot-rolled steel wall cabinets that went down to the countertop." In the bath, he cites natural light, freestanding tubs and clean-lined tile as notable trends that were evident in the winning designs, adding, "There were a few contemporary baths that broke the boundaries or thought process of a typical bathroom space plan." As an example, he cites the idea of hav- ing no formal doorways, but rather having the space "naturally divided by the placement of objects to provide privacy." Judge Cathy Sparling cited the mixed use of metals, bold use of color and wallpaper, greater attention paid to ceilings, the designers' willingness to embrace architecture when selecting materials and "great use of space/unique storage applications" as key trends among this year's winning designs. Citing the Gold winner in the Kitchens $100,000-$200,000 category, she says, "I loved the balance, scale, colors. Turning a fireplace into a pizza oven and fitting it into the overall plan was wonderful." While not necessarily new trends, Cassia Wyner sees mixed metals and materials (brass, stainless, leather, mirrors), open kitchen spaces incorporating living space and attention to detail, with the use of interesting materials used in novel ways, as some of the prevalent trends from this year's winning designs. She adds, "We all preferred the more sleek, clean lines. Even classic spaces were not cluttered or overly ornate." Citing the Best Kitchen over $200,000 Gold winner, Wyner notes, "I loved the brass drawer details and the leather drawer fronts, as well as the black patio doors. I thought the details, the contrast and the setting were all stunning." Judge Diane Foreman was particularly taken by the dual use of lighting as both "art and emphasis" in some of the winning projects, and also saw "clean lines, rustic textures and the glamour and sophistication of black" as hot trends evident in the winning kitchen designs. In the bath, she p oints to "clean lines, curbless spa showers, bringing the outdoors in, fresh, soothing colors, warm finishes, lighting effects, geometric repetition and high contrast that added excitement to the spaces" as stand out elements. For Alan Zielinski, a notable trend in the winning kitchens was the ability to rethink the classic white kitchen to give it something extra. He says, "Yes, white continues to be a 'timeless' trend," but believes it's important to look beyond just the white cabinetry. "Now it's about shadow lines, how texture and pattern from lighting play on these designs along with the incorporation of similar and dis-similar materials, including metals, all pulled together by the designer to create the pleasing aesthetic." Zielinski was also particularly taken by "designs that incor- porate safety and Universal Design, designs that [incorporate] innovative materials for depth and dimension – many times in smaller spaces, and the use of natural products that will bring the user closer to nature while integrating storage solutions into a spa-like environment. "It's all in the details," he continues, citing the Bronze win- ner in the Best Kitchen $100,000-$200,000 category, in which "the window over the sink had a diffuser element integrating and balancing the design of that wall." Balance was also a key element of many of the winning de- signs, according to Zielinski, whether having ceiling and floor treatments be similar but with different textures, or blending old world and more contemporary features. Ultimately, though, he believes it's all about "attention to details, clarity and sharpness of lines, innovation of shapes and materials and elevating a project from just boxes hung on the wall to integration of truly good design." Expanded coverage of all of the winning projects with pho- tos and details can be found on pages 44-79. For more insights from this year's judges, visit www.kitchenbathdesign.com. ▪ TREND: NATURAL MATERIALS Designed by Christy Bowen, CKBD, Twelve Stones Designs, Austin, TX TREND: CLEAN LINES Designed by Sarah Kahn Turner, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Chevy Chase, MD TREND: CURBLESS SHOWERS Designed by Lori Carroll Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, AZ Photo: C. L. Fry Photo Photo: Robert Radifera Photo: Jon Mancuso Photography Judges for the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Awards (from left to right): Cathy Sparling, CKD, CBD; Diane Foreman, CKD; Alan Zielinski, CKD; Cassia Wyner, and Richard Anuszkiewicz. August 2017 • KitchenBathDesign.com 43

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