This year’s international kitchen awards have featured classic, traditional kitchens in the USA and the UK. This contrasts to the trends we see currently in the European and Australian market where clean, streamlined, recessed and hidden features are favoured. Whilst European trends are at the forefront of minimalist designs, the USA and the UK appears to favour kitchens steeped in traditional form and function.
Kitchen Awards USA 2011
Congratulations to the 2011 winners of the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bathroom Association) awards in the USA.
First place for Large Kitchens went to designer James E. Howard, CKD, CBD of St. Louis, MO, who designed a French Country Classic kitchen. The cabinetry is hand painted, with distressed black walnut and Giallo Napoleon polished granite bench tops. The space is adorned with a rustic chandelier and features dramatic truss style beams.
The Open Plan kitchen award went to designer Chris Novak Berry of BrooksBerry Kitchens & Baths, St. Louis, MO.
His Log Cabin Living style includes natural limestone and wide pine wood flooring, mahogany cabinetry with mesquite cabinet centre panel accents, and typhoon green honed granite bench tops.
Kitchen Awards UK 2011
The official industry awards for the UK kitchen and bathroom KBB Review (Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom)were announced on May 16th. Congratulations to Stephen Graver from Steven Graver Ltd., for the Large Kitchen category.
His winning kitchen featured painted cabinets with marble worktops and stainless steel/nickel accents. The overall feel of the space was calm, tranquil and traditional in style with an emphasis on American/ English colonial with ‘more attitude’. Although the room size was large, the placement of the doors and windows were restricting and the light, open and bright space required a dining/ living area as well.
The project cost was 51 000 pounds exc VAT.
Kitchen Awards Australia 2011
Australian winning designs for 2011 featured slick highly reflective cabinets, LED lighting and streamlined features that accentuates the kitchen to be minimal yet dramatic. The winning designer for 2011 is New Zealander Mal Corboy.