MADISON, Wis. - Twenty-five Finalists in the 2015-2016 Kitchen Design Contest (KDC) were announced by appliance makers Sub-Zero and Wolf.   
 
Finalists were selected by a panel of seven architects, kitchen designers and interior designers during a four-day review and deliberation at the appliance firm's headquarters in Madison.
 
At the close of the entry period on Jan. 31, 2017, more than 1,500 completed entries had been received from 24 countries. Of all entries, nearly 60 percent were submitted by first-time entrants. All three design styles – traditional, transitional and contemporary – were well-represented. The Sub-Zero said the finalists represent a diverse mix of design aesthetics from six states and six countries outside of the United States.
 
"The Kitchen Design Contest has allowed us to honor the professionals who are constantly working to push the envelope," said Jack Palazzolo, Vice President of Marketing for Sub-Zero and Wolf. The contest was launched in 1993. 
 
The panel is comprised of seven judges, each a previous Kitchen Design Contest winner. The panel includes four returning Kitchen Design Contest judges – E.J. Meade of Arch11, Inc. (Boulder, Colo.); Vasi Ypsilantis of The Breakfast Room, Ltd. (Manhasset, N.Y.); Friedemann Weinhardt of Design First Interiors (Ottawa, Ontario) and Cristina Menezes of Arquitetura e Decoração LTDA (Brazil) – as well as three newcomers, Davy Swanenberg of Culimaat High End Kitchens (Netherlands); Sandra Agurto of Cabinetry Creations, Inc. (Orlando, Fla.) and Stacy Eisenmann of Eisenmann Architecture (Albany, Calif.).
 
"I honestly get a real charge out of the entire process, from evaluating the entries and seeing what is out there in the kitchen design community to deliberating with the other judges," said judge E.J. Meade. "The contest has been around for more than 20 years and offers a great opportunity for designers to have a 'feather in their cap' for their work. Receiving recognition from an iconic brand that enjoys a strong relationship with the design community is icing on the cake."          
 
"As I reviewed the entries, I was looking for things like good quality of light, good circulation of space and a balance of materials and layout in terms of work stations," said judge Stacy Eisenmann. "My projects have been a part of the Kitchen Design Contest four times previously and I can say that the experience has helped me a great deal professionally in terms of narrowing down to the projects and core client base I excel at." 
 
All Finalists will receive a trip for two to attend the Winners' Summit and Gala, held from Sept. 24 through 27 at Hotel del Coronado located on Coronado Island just outside San Diego, California. The summit is also an opportunity for finalists and judges to network and share ideas.
 
The contest's 10 Global winners will be announced at the gala honoring their achievements in design on Monday, Sept. 25, in the following categories: first place contemporary, transitional and traditional; second place contemporary, transitional and traditional; first-time entry; small spaces kitchen; outdoor kitchen. The previously announced student winner will also be recognized.                                
 
Eligibility for the contest required that all design and construction be fully completed within the contest period of Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016. Indoor kitchen designs had to include at least one full-size, built-in or integrated Sub-Zero refrigeration unit and at least one Wolf primary cooking appliance including ranges, rangetops, ovens and cooktops. Outdoor kitchen designs were required to include at least one Wolf grill in addition to one Sub-Zero refrigeration unit. Both indoor and outdoor designs required submission of a floor plan, elevation or perspective drawings and a minimum of three color photographs of the completed design.