NKBA announces 2015 Design Competition winners

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced the winners of the 2015 NKBA Design Competition at an exclusive awards ceremony at the Tryst Night Club in Las Vegas on January 19, prior to the opening day of the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Winners from across six main kitchen and bath categories and 10 specialty categories were honored and recognized at the awards ceremony for their outstanding contribution to the industry.

This year, Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio, Glen Ellyn, Ill., secured the Best Kitchen Award as well as 1st Place in the Large Kitchen Category, winning a total of $12,000 in cash prizes for her stunning Moroccan themed design. Luz Marina Selles, CKBI, of Allure Designs, LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., won top honors in the bathroom category, taking home the Best Bath, HGTV’s People’s Pick Bath, and 1st place, Large Bath awards.  Her awe-inspiring outdoor bathroom design won a total of $14,000 in cash prizes.

For her Best Kitchen design, Brigitte drew inspiration from her clients’ private collection of Moroccan antiques. The kitchen featured a banquette emphasizing Moorish textures and furniture styling. Custom veneer panels were hand-stained on-site and made to match the walnut cabinetry. A Moorish arch around the range area was created using a laser cutout of the shape and covered with a dimensional vein-cut marble. This eclectic kitchen serves as a functional, multifaceted space for a busy, city family.

Luz Marina’s Best Bath project featured a breathtaking outdoor bathroom, highlighting luxury master shower areas as well as one indoor and one private outdoor shower with a seating area. Frameless glass shower panels and the shower door contributed to the contemporary ambience, and all bathroom fixtures contained a chrome finish with a stylish modern design. Functional and serene, this outdoor retreat brings the harmony of nature into the client’s abode.

“For many years, the NKBA Design Competition has been a great source of pride and a valuable platform for our members to showcase their talent and expertise,” said 2015 NKBA President Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD. “Recognizing the winners of this premier design competition helps us communicate the significance of professional design to consumers and the industry at large.”

A panel of eight, certified industry experts evaluated nearly 300 entries for projects from across the United States and Canada in the 2015 NKBA Design Competition. All participating projects were scored on various criteria, including safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. Each judge was either a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) or both a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and a Certified Bath Designer (CBD). 

The 2015 NKBA Design Competition judging panel included Peter J. Albanese, CKD, CBD, Mary Jo Camp, CKD, CBD, CID, CAPS, CGP, Geeta Kewalramani, CMKBD, CAPS, Claudia McCabe-Cort, CKD, CBD, Jonni Huntley Spaulding, CMKBD, AAS, Beth M Stribling, CMKBD, Sandra Tierney, CMKBD, CID, and Art Warren, CMKBD.      

This year’s competition was generously supported by the following sponsors: Diamond: Jenn-Air, Platinum: DuPont Surfaces, GE Monogram, and Waypoint Living Spaces; Gold: Delta Faucet and The Home Depot; Silver: HGTV, SieMatic, Wellborn Cabinet, 20-20 Technologies, Rev-A-Shelf, and Hafele.

The winners of the 2015 NKBA Design Competition are:

Best Kitchen

Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD

Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Best Bath

Luz Marina Selles, CKBI

Allure Designs, LLC, Gilbert, Arizona

Before & After Kitchen

Claire J. Reimann, AKBD

Jason Good Custom Cabinets Inc., Victoria, British Columbia

Before & After Bath

Erica Westeroth, CKD, CAPS, ARIDO

XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario

Budget-Friendly Kitchen

MaLinda Jo Perry, Allied ASID

The Home Depot, Gillette, Wyoming

Green Design

Adrienne Dorig Leland, CKD

Dorig Designs LLC., Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Universal Design

Pamela Livingston-Hardy

Creative Renovations LLC., Birmingham, Michigan

Clay Lyon Builder/Remodeler Honorary Award

Sandra Gjesdahl

Bristol Design and Construction, Lynnwood, Washington  

Small Kitchen

First Place: Corey S. Klassen, CKD, CBD, Corey Klassen Interior Design, Vancouver, British Columbia

Second Place: Rosemary Merrill, AKBD, Casa Verde Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Third Place: Robert M Dobbs, CKD, CBD, SieMatic, New York, New York

Medium Kitchen

First Place: Amy Yin, Amy Yin Interiors, LLC, Short Hills, New Jersey

Second Place: Claire J. Reimann, AKBD, Jason Good Custom Cabinets Inc., Victoria, British Columbia

Third Place: Leslie Kalish, CID, CfYH, LMK Interiors, Lafayette, California

Large Kitchen

First Place: Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD, Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Second Place: Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD, Peter Salerno Inc., Wyckoff, New Jersey

Third Place: Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD, DeWitt Designer Kitchens, Pasadena, California

Powder Room

First Place: Roshele Allison, CKD, CBD, NW Home Designers, Seattle, Washington

Second Place: Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID, TRG Architects, Burlingame, California

Third Place: Sheena Hammond, XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario 

Small Bath

First Place: Erica Westeroth, CKD, CAPS, ARIDO, XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario

Second Place: Alena Capra, CKD, CBD, Alena Capra Designs, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Third Place: Adrienne Dorig Leland, CKD, Dorig Designs LLC., Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Large Bath

First Place: Luz Marina Selles, CKBI, Allure Designs, LLC., Gilbert, Arizona

Second Place: Erica Westeroth, CKD, CAPS, ARIDO, XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario

Third Place: Sol Quintana Wagoner, Jackson Design and Remodeling, San Diego, California

People’s Pick Kitchen

Leslie Kalish, CID, CfYH, LMK Interiors, Lafayette, California

People’s Pick Bath

Luz Marina Selles, CKBI, Allure Designs, LLC., Gilbert, Arizona

 

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