Skip to main content

Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Announce 2019-2020 Kitchen Design Contest

Madison, WI (4/15/2020)

Biennial Contest Recognizes Excellence in Kitchen Design, Introduces Grander Prizes and New “Emerging Professional” and “Best Use Outside the Kitchen” Categories

Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove , the industry leaders in premium refrigeration, cooking, and dishwashing, announce the return of the Kitchen Design Contest, recognizing premier design professionals across the globe for their stunning, innovative kitchen designs.

“Great design deserves to be recognized and that’s what the Kitchen Design Contest was created to do,” said Jim Bakke, president and CEO of Sub-Zero Group, Inc. This contest is our way of honoring the design community and the significant role they have played in making Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove a household name for 75 years. It’s important to us to push the boundaries of kitchen design, and we are proud to provide a platform to showcase and applaud the amazing creators in our industry doing the same.”

For previous winners, the Kitchen Design Contest has served as a platform for building their networks and growing their businesses:

  • “The stamp of approval is priceless. To receive recognition from the caliber of judges, knowing the stiffness of competition you were up against, really changes your mindset. This award gives confidence to design on a high level and will bolster the firm’s confidence moving forward.” – Donald Lococo of Donald Lococo Architects (Washington, D.C.), First Place Transitional Kitchen Winner, 2017-2018 Kitchen Design Contest
  • “To be recognized and to be a part of a global competition with such a premium product is something that is really fantastic, not only for yourself, your team, your staff, but also your clients.” – Miriam Fanning of Mim Design (South Yarra, Australia), First Place Contemporary Kitchen Winner, 2017-2018 Kitchen Design Contest

Contest entries are evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges. Each judge is a leader in the industry, from disciplines including architecture, interior design and kitchen design. All demonstrate passion for good design and dedication to the design community, and all are previous Kitchen Design Contest winners.

The judges will review each design and hand-select the top entries from around the world after the entry period closes in January 2021. Twenty-nine finalists and one student winner will be announced and will receive a cash prize in spring 2021. Additionally, all thirty will win a trip for two to attend the Winners’ Summit & Gala in fall 2021, where the global contest winners will be announced, and the most combined prize dollars in the contest’s history will be awarded. The exclusive Summit & Gala location will be revealed later this fall.

Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove will award additional cash prizes to first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the Contemporary, Transitional and Traditional design categories. Cash prizes will also be awarded to one winner in each of the following categories: First-Time Entrant, Small Space Kitchen, and the newly introduced Best Use Outside of Kitchen and Emerging Professional.

The Kitchen Design Contest will accept entries until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 31, 2021. Free and simple to enter, the contest is accessible online at Eligibility for the contest requires that all design and construction be fully completed within the contest period of Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2020.

Indoor kitchen designs must include at least one full-size Sub-Zero refrigeration unit or two or more undercounter units, and no full-size competitive refrigeration units. They must also include at least one Wolf cooking appliance as a primary food preparation unit. Ranges, rangetops, ovens, cooktops, and two or more modules meet this requirement.

First-Time Entrant entries must meet all of the Kitchen Style entry requirements and must not have entered any Sub-Zero, Wolf, and/or Cove Kitchen Design Contest in the past.

Small Space Kitchen entries must meet all of the Kitchen Style entry requirements and their projects must total 175 square feet or less.

Best Use Outside of Kitchen entries must have at least one full-size Sub-Zero refrigeration/wine unit, or two or more Sub-Zero undercounter units. Or at least one Wolf oven, cooktop, range, rangetop or outdoor grill, or two or more Wolf units including module cooktops, coffee systems, microwaves, vacuum seal/warming drawers, ventilation or side burners. Or one Sub-Zero refrigeration/wine unit and one Wolf unit. The room/space cannot be designated as a primary or secondary indoor kitchen. Examples of qualifying spaces include but are not limited to outdoor kitchen, patio, pool house, master bedroom, media room, home office, wine cellar or bar.

Emerging Professional entries must meet all of the Kitchen Style entry requirements and must be able to verify that he or she is 30 years old or younger as of Jan. 1, 2021.

The Student category is open to students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university. All projects must be completed by an individual student, not several students on a team. No co-designers are permitted. The student must design a functional and beautiful space for a hypothetical client. Entrants are to create an indoor kitchen with a minimum of 175 square feet and a budget of $200,000.

All professional entrants are required to submit a floor plan and elevation or perspective drawings, and a minimum of three color photographs of the completed design. See the official eligibility requirements at

Since its inception in 1993, the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest has become a coveted win in the residential home design industry. It recognizes kitchen designers, architects, residential designers, interior designers, builders, remodelers, landscape designers, landscape architects and students for advancing outstanding kitchen design.

For more information or to enter the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest, visit

About Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

Sub-Zero Group, Inc., headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, manufactures best-in-class appliance brands Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Founded in 1945, Sub-Zero, Inc. is the leading American-based manufacturer of refrigeration, freezer and wine storage products. Sub-Zero, the preservation specialist, pioneered the concept of dual refrigeration, ensuring that food stays fresher longer. With the acquisition of Wolf Range Company in 2000, Sub-Zero Group, Inc. added the industry specialist in residential cooking appliances, with products including ranges, cooktops, wall ovens, warming drawers and ventilation equipment. In 2018, Sub-Zero Group, Inc. launched the Cove brand of dishwashers, the specialist in all things clean. Cove joins Sub-Zero and Wolf, establishing the brands as corporate companions and a complete kitchen family. In its third generation of family ownership, the privately held company also operates manufacturing facilities in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, and Goodyear, Arizona. Sub-Zero Group, Inc. is continually recognized for the highest achievements in appliance innovation and customer satisfaction. For more information about Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove, visit or follow us at, on Twitter @subzerowolf or on Instagram @subzeroandwolf. For Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Customer Care, call 800-222-7820.