Wood-Mode design winners announced during its 2018 new product showcase
September 18, 2018 | 7:21 am CDT
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Bestowed to the best overall kitchen project, the National Kitchen Award is the ultimate honor in lifestyle, creativity and use of space.

Ebony and Ivory: Designed by Andi Stephens and Becky Charton, this kitchen, wet bar and catering kitchen all work together in harmony for one massive showplace, to which it was bestowed with the National Kitchen Award. The classic black and white color scheme is elevated into a sophisticated and elegant space with a contemporary twist. With an intensely graphic focal point and eclectic mixture of textures and patterns, this striking kitchen design embodies drama without sacrificing improved function and flow.

Photo By Winner | National Kitchen | Kitchen Distributors Inc & Tablesetters Inc

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Celebrating the best of the best in today’s bath design, the National Bath Award winner takes the spirit of a traditional blue and white themed bath to new heights.

Designed by Julia Kleyman, the combination of custom dark navy cabinetry and different shades and patterns of blue tile, coupled with polished fixtures, and etched glass create an eclectic yet elegant space. Clean lines and a symmetrical cabinetry arrangement ground the room, a refined blend of geometric patterns, mixed textures and a playful range of blue tones creates interest and visual connectivity within the space. 

Photo By Winner | National Bath | Ulrich Inc.

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From in-home bars to media rooms, great cabinetry and interior design extends far beyond the kitchen and bathroom. The National Other Spaces Award honors unique spaces that embody design excellence.

Susan Easterly-Coleman designed this classic English-style gentleman's library to include rich mahogany tones, a sweeping staircase and coffered ceiling to create a warm and inviting two-story study. Exquisite woodworking and fine attention to detail combine to create a masterful example of Old-World Grandeur. A chevron patterned floor lightens the space and adds a modern touch. 

Photo By Winner | National Other Spaces | Easterly-Coleman Furniture LLC

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With the National Small Kitchen Award, Wood-Mode celebrates design excellence found in kitchens under 350 square feet.
 
The dilemma: within this beautiful, in-town pied-a-terre’s 1,100 square footprint, designer Susan Fredman had only 140 square feet of it to spare for the kitchen, bar and dining area. So, she took a sculptural approach to the space and cabinet configuration. Using a high gloss bright white opaque finish on the cabinetry to add reflective surfaces and a contrasting Matte black color, she was able to unify the kitchen and adjacent living space in this open floor plan. 
 

Photo By Winner | National Small Kitchen | Fredman Design Group

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Blending sleek and modern design elements with transitional style, Wood-Mode recognizes contemporary spaces that exude confidence and creativity with the National Contemporary award. 
 
When the homeowner tasked designer Kris Atwood with creating a stand out contemporary kitchen to match her furnishings, he immediately looked to integrate basic geometric forms including a high gloss wall cabinet, highlighted by integral lighting, to create a graphic contrast of materials and finishes. 
 

Photo By Winner | National Contemporary | Atwood Fine Architectural Cabinetry

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Clean and subtle color palettes blend with relaxing and uncomplicated design to create inviting spaces around the home. The project took home top honors with the National Transitional Award. 
 
Designer Gail Bolling’s client, an avid cook, wanted a clean, sleek, contemporary style kitchen with lots of open counter space for preparing meals. The result: a traditional door style and trim details combined with rustic contemporary cabinetry in a range of gray finishes and textures, crisp white Quartz counters and finished off with gold metallic elements to create a refined mix of subtle sophistication. 
 

Photo By Winner | National Transitional | The Kitchen Company

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Rooted in classic European design, traditional design pairs warm wood tones, unparalleled craftsmanship and rich finishes to take home the National Traditional Award.

Challenged to work within the confines of the existing footprint of an historic home, Designers Kris Bilty and Jody Ryg used a combination of traditional door styles united by a classic black and white color scheme, a double island layout and a laundry list of customized details throughout the space to create this extraordinary kitchen. 

Photo By Winner | National Traditional | Renaissance Design & Renovation

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Brooks Gronlund, Wood-Mode President and COO, specifically chose this kitchen project to best represent luxury custom cabinetry design. 
 
Designed by Tricia Bayer, Gronlund chose the project for its stunning use of classic inset cabinetry presented in a bright, inviting and modern layout. 
“The kitchen quickly draws the eye to the many design elements incorporated throughout from inset cabinetry and stately coved molding to striking lighting fixtures and the opulent tile on the backsplash,” said Gronlund. 
 

Photo By Winner | President’s Lifestyle Award | Belle Kitchen

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At the heart of the customer’s experience, a showroom display represents the best of design savvy and lifestyle. This year’s Showroom Award winner exemplifies this to a T. 
 
Michael Rossman, COO and Senior Designer at Abruzzo Kitchen & Bath, designed this kitchen with the intent of creating a space that would appeal to every taste. And, he wanted it to be versatile enough to entertain clients while letting them envision the space within their own home. 
 
“Designing a display is always a unique experience,” says Rossman, “because we want to please everyone in one space without taking the design too far in one direction or the other.” 
 

Photo By Winner | Showroom Award | Abruzzo Kitchen & Bath

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 2 Kenwood Kitchens

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 3 Abruzzo Kitchen & Bath

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 4 Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 8 Cabri Inc.

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 11 Kitchen Design Studio Inc.

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 14 Cabinets & Designs Inc.

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 15 Kitchens Inc.

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 16 Cabinets by Design

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 18 Colmar Kitchen Studio

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 22 Gilmans Kitchens and Baths

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 23 LA Johnson

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 25 Dwayne Bergmann Interiors

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 26 Kitchen & Bath Concepts

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Photo By Regional Design Awards Territory 30 Schoener

KREAMER, Pa. – Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry celebrated its 75th anniversary by launching its first-ever design contest. More than 560 entries from designers and dealers across North America were submitted. Winners were announced at a reception during Wood-Mode’s 2018 new product showcase, held September 17-18 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
 
 “As part of our 75th-anniversary celebration, we wanted to recognize and highlight the best-of-the-best projects that showcase Wood-Mode at the heart of the design,” said Brooks Gronlund, president and COO of Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry. 
 
[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"102932","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"360"}}]] Brooks Gronlund, president and COO of Wood-Mode spoke at the ceremony and also introduced the President's Lifestyle Award. The winning project was designed by Tricia Bayer of Belle Kitchens.
 
Award categories ranged from showroom displays and kitchen and bath projects to unique, innovative spaces highlighting the various customized options offered by Wood-Mode. 
 
“Our primary goal is to recognize the talents of our highly-trained designer partners because much of our success relies on their efforts and those of their award-winning showrooms,” said Jeff Wolfe, Wood-Mode director of marketing. 
 
The winning designs will be featured in a Wood-Mode commemorative picture book. 
 

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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Managing Editor for Woodworking Network. She has more than 19 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.