Glasses of wine clinked, conversation filled the air, and delectable hors d’oeuvres were passed during the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest announcement at its stunning Southeast showroom headquarters in Buckhead.
Attendees included past, present and hopeful winners of the prestigious national competition that has honored designers for more than two decades starting in 1993. The contest provides the invaluable opportunity for professionals including architects, builders, interior designers, remodelers, and kitchen designers to showcase their interpretations of the best kitchen utilizing Sub-Zero and Wolf’s state-of-the-art appliances. Students of the industry are also welcome.
The original categories— contemporary, transitional and traditional design—have expanded to include the best small spaces kitchen and outdoor kitchen. The esteemed panel of seven judges are all previous competition winners from all over the world. The four returning judges are E.J. Meade of Arch 11, Inc., (Boulder, CO); Vasi Ypsilantis of The Breakfast Room, Ltd., (Manhasset, NY); Friedemann Weinhardt of Design First Interiors, (Ottawa, Ontario); and Cristina Menezes of Arquitetura e Decoração LTDA, (Brazil). They will be joined this year by Davy Swanenberg of Culimaat High End Kitchens, (Netherlands); Sandra Agurto of Cabinetry Creations, Inc., (Orlando, FL) and Stacy Eisenmann of Eisenmann Architecture, (Albany, CA).
Direct from headquarters in Madison, WI, Jim Bakke—president and CEO of Sub-Zero Group Inc.—said, “The contest is designed to have a significant and lasting impact on participants beyond award recognition and prizes. It’s a great opportunity for contestants to network with like-minded professionals to exchange ideas, find inspiration for their future projects, and ultimately elevate their career.”
Atlanta has consistently been a burgeoning culinary epicenter of the Southeast, justifying its numerous Kitchen Design winners over the years. One of the evening’s attendees—renowned millwork and space designer Jane Hollman from Studio Entourage on Old Ivy Rd—happily emphasized the benefits of entering the contest along with some invaluable strategies that assisted in her success to more than 80 attendees.
“It’s pretty amazing to have this much design throughout Atlanta,” Sub-Zero Vice President of Sales Georgia Division Rob Maxam shared while hosting the gathering. “With all of this talent in one place, Atlanta has had two national winners in the last five contests and I suspect we may have another one to congratulate very soon.”
Adding to the festivities, world-acclaimed chef and restauranteur Kevin Gillespie provided his culinary expertise with an entertaining on-site cooking demonstration using Sub-Zero’s appliances to create savory bites for the engaged audience. A proud native Atlantan and graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Art, Gillespie owns nationally acclaimed eateries Gunshow and Revival, while participating in numerous food initiatives throughout the city and further solidifying Atlanta’s reputation in the food industry.
Ultimately, while Sub-Zero and Wolf continues to be the leader of kitchen innovation, they will also remain dedicated to honor those who share the same passion through their Kitchen Design Contest.
Sub-Zero and Wolf Southeast is located at 3280 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 200.