NKBA Best Kitchen, Best Bath Design Awards at KBIS 2013
Posted: 04/19/2013 12:42PM
click image to zoom HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. —Glass in all its glory—hand-cut, hand-blown and LED-lit — was creatively used by the winning designers in both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bath in the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed on April 18th at an exclusive Design Competition Awards event at the Republic in New Orleans, during the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
Wendy Johnson, CKD, CBD, of Designs for Living in Manchester, Vt., took the Best Kitchen Award for her grand-scale room with a curved LED-lit glass bar overlooking art glass on panels in the cooking and entertaining centers, and an expansive golf course view.
Shea Pumarejo of Younique Designs in Helotes, Texas, earned the Best Bath Award for her Baroque style room featuring a hand-cut glass wall, and red hand-blown glass faucet and sink.
The two honorees were part of the winners’ circle that encompassessix categories—small, medium and large kitchens, small and large bathrooms, and powder rooms. In addition, the NKBA Design Competition recognizes Specialty Awards for Before and After Kitchens and Baths, Budget-Friendly Kitchens and Baths, Green Design and Universal Design.
“We take great pride in announcing to the public the topnotch kitchen and bath designers that our industry has to offer,” said 2013 NKBA President John K. Morgan. “Hundreds of entries are received every year, and our designer members continue to impress. The competition this year boasted of innovative concepts, creative expressions and cutting-edge designs.”
This year’s 400+ entries from across the U.S. and Canada were judged by a panel of eight certified industry experts. Each waseither a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) or both a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and a Certified Bath Designer (CBD). The entries were scored on safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation.
In addition, approximately 16,000 consumers voted for the People’s Pick Kitchen and Bath on HGTVRemodels.com.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association has conducted a design contest since 1965 when the winners were Danish Modern and Spanish-style projects, and a kitchen with lavender blue cabinets accented by wallpapered soffit and ceiling.
Supporting this year’s Design Competition are Platinum Sponsors Jenn-Air, Waypoint Living Spaces and DuPont Surfaces; Gold Sponsors Delta Faucet and Hafele; and Silver Sponsors 20-20 Technologies, Miele, SieMatic, The Home Depot, KWC America and HGTVRemodels.com.