Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2019

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IT'S OFTEN SAID that the devil is in the details. This is especially true in kitchen and bath design, where a million tiny decisions become integral to creating a beautiful, functional and cohesive whole. Design at its best is so much more than the sum of its parts. But genius also shows up in the details, as was evident in this year's winners of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 2019 Kitchen & Bath Design Awards (KBDA). The seamless blending of artistry and function may look effortless when one views the final project, but time and thought define each of the designer's decisions. Yes, for many there's an intuitive sense of knowing when to add elements and when to leave space for a design to breathe on its own, when to blend and when to contrast, when to go for drama and when tranquility is a better choice, and what products will ultimately serve not just the aesthetics of the space but also the needs of the homeowners. But even the most intuitive designers understand how a single detail can make or break a space – and these details were carefully reviewed and discussed during KBDN's 2019 judging session, held at the prestigious University Club of Chicago in June, where the winners of the fourth annual KBDA were chosen (see related cover- age, Pages 34-74). The judges for this year's competition – including Jonas Carnemark, Cheryl Kees Clendenon, Gail Drury, Dan McFadden, Mary Jo Peterson and Ebony Stephenson – had their work cut out for them when they gathered to discuss the merits of projects in 11 different categories ranging from kitchens and baths to specialty projects, showrooms and Universal Design. Entries were initially reviewed by two judges, with all entrants receiving feed- back on their work. The top designs then moved on to the next round, where the judges discussed the projects at length and picked the winners. Different judges gravitated to different features and elements, as designs were dissected and floor plans pored over. But while lively debates ensured that each judge could present his or her viewpoint, there was one thing all the judges agreed on: Winners master the details. And that's true not just in design, but in business, in mar- keting, in project management and in client relations. As important as the big picture vision is, the details will ultimately define your success. The winning designs also acted as a barometer for some of the up-and-coming trends evident in the kitchen and bath industry. Among other things, these included: • Greater use of organic materials; • More statement or sculptural lighting; • Growing interest in stone-look fronts as well as stone walls to add textural interest; • Greater use of metal in the kitchen (not just in venti- lation hoods); • An interest in incorporating walls of windows instead of wall cabinets in the kitchen; • Lots of Moroccan influences and Moroccan-style tile; • Use of shiplap in unexpected places; • More interesting ceiling treatments; • Targeted storage; • Greater use of large-format tile; • Open shelving in the kitchen to showcase personal collections; • Continued interest in white, gray and blue, as well as growing interest in richer, saturated green hues; • Seamlessly integrated Universal Design elements; • A desire for elegant simplicity, with clean lines and beautiful details to make the space shine; • Dramatic waterfall edges on countertops (this trend can also be seen in the Eye-Catching Islands feature beginning on Page 76). KBDN congratulates our 2019 Kitchen & Bath Design Awards winners, and all of the design professionals who shared their projects with our judges. ▪ " While different judges gravitated to different features and elements, there was one thing the judges all agreed on: Winners master the details." Winners Master the Details August 2019 • 7 EDITORIAL ® Like us: KitchenBathDesignNews Follow us on Twitter: @KBDN Join the discussion: Follow us on Instagram: @kbdn_sola PUBLISHER Paul DeGrandis PUBLISHER EMERITUS Eliot Sefrin EDITOR Janice Anne Costa MANAGING EDITOR Anita Shaw ASSOCIATE EDITOR Autumn McGarr GROUP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Patrick O'Toole CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kim Berndtson Joe Dowd Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS Elizabeth Richards Denise Vermeulen COLUMNISTS Denise Grothouse Bruce Kelleran, CKD, CPA John Morgan Ken Peterson, CKD Leah Peterson Mary Jo Peterson, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP Sarah Reep, CMKBD, ASID, CMG, CAPS, IIDA Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD CREATIVE & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Tracy Hegg SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Erika Nygaard AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Mike Serino READER SERVICE MANAGER Jeff Heine DIGITAL PROGRAMS MANAGER Tim Steingraber PROJECTS MANAGER Heidi Riedl Copyright © 2019 by SOLA Group Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be produced in any form, including electronically, without written permission from the publisher of Kitchen & Bath Design News . JANICE COSTA EDITOR

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