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Sub-Zero and Wolf Announce 2010-2012 Kitchen Design Contest Judges

Industry's top designers oversee iconic 10 year-old competition

MADISON, Wis. (April 16, 2012) – 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 for the 10th Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest. The internationally renowned contest serves to honor those designers, architects, and builders who continually advance the field of kitchen design.

The expertise of this year's panel of judges spans multiple disciplines within the kitchen design industry, and also includes contest winners and veteran judges. Design critiques will be based on each entrant's innovative use of space and application of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The 2010-2012 judges are:

  • Doug Durbin of nuHaus, Highland Park, IL
  • E.J. Meade of Arch 11, Inc., Boulder, CO
  • Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates, New York, NY
  • Jeannine Clark of Mannigan Design, Pasadena, CA
  • Joanne Hudson of Joanne Hudson Associates, Philadelphia, PA
  • Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria, Atlanta, GA
  • Vasi Ypsilantis of The Breakfast Room, Ltd., Manhasset, NY
"Since the first competition in 1993, our Kitchen Design Contest has recognized many of the highest-regarded professionals in the design industry, many of whom we are fortunate to have as judges," said Michele Bedard, vice president of marketing for Sub-Zero and Wolf. "Each contest introduces us to talented individuals that set the tone for kitchen design trends, raising the bar for the entire industry."

Returning judges include Jamie Drake, who has judged in seven previous contests, Doug Durbin, and Matthew Quinn. This year's new judges include top designers from across the country, including Jeannine Clark and Joanne Hudson, as well as two national winners from our last contest, Vasi Ypsilantis, and E.J. Meade.

Design categories for the 2010-2012 Kitchen Design Contest include traditional, contemporary, online designers' choice, student entries, and new this year, an online peoples' choice, with Sub-Zero and Wolf awarding winning designs with over $145,000 in prize money, along with regional and national PR.

"This is a competition about great design," said Matthew Quinn, principal of Design Galleria, Ltd. "As judges we are tasked with objectively choosing winners whose designs' best showcase a balance of creativity and elegance – a challenging feat when there are fifteen hundred stunning design projects submitted."

Eligibility for the contest requires that all design and construction be fully completed within the contest period of January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2012. Qualifying kitchen designs must include at least one full-size Sub-Zero built-in or integrated refrigeration unit and at least one Wolf cooking appliance as primary food preparation equipment, including ranges, rangetops, ovens, and cooktops. Entry is online only and must include a floor plan and elevations or perspective drawings (1/2" scale), a minimum of two color photographs of the completed design, and a narrative of no more than 200 words describing the kitchen design.

For more information of the Kitchen Design Contest, please visit

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