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Sub-Zero and Wolf Announce Kitchen Design Contest Judges

MADISON, Wis. (December 23, 2009) – Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc., industry leaders in premium refrigeration, wine storage, and cooking equipment, are pleased to announce the seven design experts who will serve as judges in their 9th biennial Kitchen Design Contest. The prestigious Kitchen Design Contest is the most recognized event of its kind within the kitchen design industry. The KDC honors the world’s top designers who have helped make Sub-Zero and Wolf the quintessential components of the uncompromised kitchen. This year’s judges represent various disciplines under the kitchen design umbrella:

  • Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates, New York, NY
  • Jeffrey DeMure, AIA, of Jeffrey DeMure + Associates, El Dorado Hills, CA
  • Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, CKD, of Hamilton-Gray Design, Carlsbad, CA
  • Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Ltd., Atlanta, GA
  • Barbara Houston of Houston + Associates, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Dalia Tamari of Dalia Kitchen Design, Boston, MA
  • Doug Durbin of nuHaus, Highland Park, IL
All but Doug Durbin, Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, and Dalia Tamari have previously served on the Kitchen Design Contest panel of judges. This year will be Jamie Drake’s seventh time as a judge, while it marks the fourth time for Jeffrey DeMure. Matthew Quinn was a first-place national KDC winner in 2004; Barbara Houston was a third place national winner in 2002.

Winners will be selected from the following categories:
  • Best Use of Sub-Zero and Wolf in the Kitchen
  • Designer’s Choice Award (Online Judging)
  • Best Use of Integrated, Wine Storage, and/or Wolf Equipment Outside the Kitchen
  • Best Use of Sub-Zero and Wolf in an Outdoor Kitchen
  • Sustainable “Green” Kitchen Using Sub-Zero and Wolf
  • International Award (Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America)
  • Student Award
New for this year’s contest, two first-place national winners will be selected - one for a traditional/transitional kitchen and one for a contemporary/minimalist kitchen. Also, for the second time since the inception of the Kitchen Design Contest in 1993, the Designers’ Choice Award has been included to give regional and international winners an opportunity to be judged by their peer group via online judging.

The cash prize for the Designers’ Choice Award has been increased to $15,000 from $5,000 awarded in the last contest. A Sustainable "Green" Category has also been added to recognize the use of sustainable, energy efficient, and recyclable products and materials. “Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances provide designers limitless design possibilities, and nowhere is that more evident than when the judges gather to review the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest entries,” said Paul Leuthe, Sub-Zero and Wolf’s PR and marketing manager. "Innovative kitchen design is one of the cornerstones of our company, and we’re proud that our Kitchen Design Contest has become one of the highest-regarded awards in the kitchen design community. Our judges are very much looking forward to reviewing this year’s entries."

In addition to cash prizes, all regional, national, and international winners receive a trip for two to The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida for the four-day awards celebration March 24-28, 2010.

Entries are due January 8, 2010. The judging will take place January 26-28 in Chicago, Illinois. Regional, special awards, and international winners will be announced in early February.

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