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National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Reveals its 2020 Design + Industry Award Winners

Jan 28, 2020

Annual competition recognizes excellence in design and execution; wood tones, sculptural elements and textural accents were among the elements featured in this year’s winning designs.

Hackettstown, NJ — (January 28, 2020) — Amid the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip, nearly 1,000 industry leaders, design professionals, VIPs and media attended the highly anticipated National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design + Industry Awards on January 20, 2020, at the Encore Resort. Held annually, these awards shine a spotlight on the design professionals whose work is raising the bar in kitchen and bath design, building and remodeling, outdoor living and Living In Place. Each is a measure of excellence for this corner of the interior design world. Celebrity designer and lifestyle expert Kelli Ellis hosted the ceremonies, handing out more than 40 awards during the evening, including the design and independent showroom honorees.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

BEST OVERALL KITCHEN



Sarah Robertson, AKBD, Owner and Lead Designer, Studio Dearborn

 Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Westchester Chapter

Larchmont Manor Victorian

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/ba9986f7bc9a4a45a284f308a24a31f9

BEST OVERALL BATH



Michelle Miazga-Hall, Founder and Principal, Port + Quarter Interiors

Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia Chapter

Spyglass

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/d12bf735d2e9466f87e37b73c0d48e43


CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN, LARGE (250 Square Feet and Over) 

• First Place

Lana Zepponi Meyers, AKBD, Kitchens Unlimited

Memphis, Tenn.

Tennessee Chapter

College Town Contemporary

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/256fc3065a784bbdbafadaa5da7a24ca

• Second Place

Sandra Diaz-Velasco, AIA, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Architect, EOLO A&I Design

Miami, Fla.

South Florida Chapter

CasaMar

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/a327d4dfbbdd4b6cb336bfb215b3f234

• Third Place

Elma Gardner, CMKBD, Owner and Principal Designer, By Design

Davis, Calif.

California Capital Chapter

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/3633e3d974b14957a80b2c680814eb42

CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN, SMALL (Under 250 Square Feet)

• First Place

Svetiana Tryaskina, Founder and Principal Designer, Estee Design

Toronto, Ontario

Ontario/Canada Chapter

Open-Plan Kitchen

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/a73f14f747e4424cb160745c43d187d4

• Second Place

Sandra Diaz-Velasco, AIA, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Architect, EOLO A&I Design

Miami, Fla.

South Florida Chapter

Brickell Bachelor Condo

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/58093f78a3074371b147b38d2bf8f21d

• Third Place

Nyla Free, Nyla Free Designs Inc.

 Calgary, Alberta

Prairie Provinces Chapter

 Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/bf085e7fe4d9454ea6eee9ca2496fba5

TRADITIONAL KITCHEN, LARGE (250 Square Feet and Over)

• First Place

Sarah Robertson, AKBD, Owner and Lead Designer, Studio Dearborn

Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Westchester Chapter

Larchmont Manor Victorian

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/ba9986f7bc9a4a45a284f308a24a31f9

• Second Place

Cindy Aplanalp-Yates, Principal Designer, Chairma Design Group

Houston, Tex.

Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

Spacious Southern Home

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/b0253fc4aba64026b0eb4f64fc5ac4b7

• Third Place

David Heide, Allied ASID, Associate AIA, Principal, David Heide Design Studio

Minneapolis, Minn.

Minnesota State Chapter

Practical Magic

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/ccab5d1dd7ec427ea3bc20d8ef1c619a

TRADITIONAL KITCHEN, SMALL (Under 250 Square Feet)

• First Place

Karen Swanson, Owner/Designer, New England Design Works

Manchester, Mass.

Hardwick

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/13fb5a2be90c4955b4cd5949e2d001a3

• Second Place

Sarah Robertson, AKBD, Owner and Lead Designer, Studio Dearborn

Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Westchester Chapter

Larchmont Funhouse

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/53c3bc791aa744499bd5d52836fd4677

• Third Place

Karen Swanson, Owner/Designer, New England Design Works

Manchester, Mass.

Chandler

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/7622b0bf0bdb489bb677eebf7e64a3db

CONTEMPORARY BATH, LARGE (250 Square Feet and Over)

• First Place

Michelle Miazga, Founder and Principal, Port + Quarter Interiors

Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia Chapter

Spyglass

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/68566d4e15aa477fa784d74fe7c67b7b

• Second Place

Carly Nemtean, Carriage Lance Design-Build

Mississauga, Ontario

Ontario/Canada Chapter

Indian

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/333c9e6247024f968a024987ad7a6164

• Third Place

Elma Gardner, CMKBD, Owner and Principal Designer, By Design

Davis, Calif.

California Capital Chapter

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/7bf4b93322cf4750ab8b29dccfc1b925

CONTEMPORARY BATH, SMALL (Under 250 Square Feet)

• First Place

Michelle Miazga-Hall, Founder and Principal, Port + Quarter Interiors

Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia Chapter

Spyglass

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/3f1a10917860471290b712f9a062bcd2

• Second Place

Madeleine Sloback, Principal, Madeleine Design Group

Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia Chapter

Ocean Bluff Estate

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/1942a5caf751463a949ee82329ea2551

• Third Place

Sandra Diaz-Velasco, AIA, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Architect, EOLO A&I Design

Miami, Fla.

South Florida Chapter

Brickell Penthouse

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/827a934299424880a3f84f004750211e

TRADITIONAL BATH, LARGE (250 Square Feet and Over)

• First Place

Jenny Madden, Allied ASID, Founder, Jenny Madden Design

Hoboken, N.J.

Manhattan Chapter

Townhouse Retreat

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/47d34ef249134780aabd5ed3329bcdb9

• Second Place

Bill Livingston, CKD, CLIPP, Owner, Livecentric Kitchen & Bath

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Oklahoma Chapter

Poised Oasis

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/fed86ae53fa6423c8b5639b2876a5e8c

• Third Place

Dalit Dray, Owner and Design Director, Dray Design Group

Aventura, Fla.

South Florida Chapter

Master Bathroom

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/830006da9f3b4425bac746caabbdd741

TRADITIONAL BATH, SMALL (Under 250 Square Feet)

• First Place

Dvira Ovadia, Owner, Dvira Interiors

Toronto, Ontario

Ontario/Canada Chapter

Industrial Boys Bathroom

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/4963470bc6824ef8aa8ce4926c1e2ef5

• Second Place

Dvira Ovadia, Owner, Dvira Interiors

Toronto, Ontario

Ontario/Canada Chapter

Jewel Powder Room

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/fa648f2c31974fb891357196baa3f433

• Third Place

Cassia Wyner, AKBD, Founder, CW Design

Brookline, Mass.

Northern New England Chapter

Shower Art

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/1331ef8b186c485f9013874a0e225843

LIVING IN PLACE


• First Place


Kendall Ansell, Principal, Kendall Ansell Interiors

Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia Chapter

Reed — Cote

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/daa508bfc11b4ebe8daeb10e03e91a34


BUILDER-REMODELER

• First Place

Matthew Ferrarini, Principal Designer and Co-Founder, Ferrarini & Co.

Elkins Park, Pa.

Mid-Atlantic Chapter

California Dreaming

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/ac6e781847e54b61ada127a9fbade3b2

OUTDOOR KITCHEN

• First Place

Elma Gardner, CMKBD, Owner and Principal Designer, By Design

Davis, Calif.

California Capital Chapter

Images: https://nkba.imagerelay.com/ml/0b6d4a95f20d40e3ab6b9aa0868bfbab

Judges for the two-round competition included designers Cheryl Kees Clendenon; Peter Salerno, CMKBD; Rebekah Zaveloff, CKD; Richard Anuszkiewicz; Dawn DeLuca, AKBD, CLIPP, CAPS; Vicky Sanderson, editor, Around the House with Vicky Sanderson and DJ Carey, editorial director, CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens).
Around the House with Vicky Sanderson and DJ Carey, editorial director, CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens).



STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

Also recognized at the awards ceremony were the winners of the 2019 Student Design Competition which tasked students to design either a kitchen or bag project for an imaginary 30-something couple living in San Francisco. More than 300 students submitted projects into the contest which was sponsored by Cambria.

Bath Winners

• First Place – Victoria Sharkey, Front Range Community College

• Second Place – Thao Mai, Georgian College

• Third Place – Shaelynn Brisbourne, Lakeland College

Kitchen Winners

• First Place – Emily Hartley, Lakeland College

• Second Place – Allison Jones, Henry Ford College

• Third Place – Kata Hayes, Front Range Community College

All of the winning students were awarded a scholarship prize.


INNOVATIVE SHOWROOM AWARDS

Awards were also presented to the winners of the NKBA Innovative Showroom Awards which recognizes the kitchen and bath industry’s most creative, innovative and experiential showrooms in North America. While there are no monetary prizes awarded to competition winners, the industry holds the Innovative Showroom Award winners in high honor as the award recognizes the creative design professionals—architects, technology integrators, designers, furniture makers and display experts—who are masters of design, marketing and sales. Congratulations to this year’s showrooms.

Best Overall Showroom

Nar Design Group

Sacramento, California

https://www.nardesigngroup.com/

Best Independent Showroom – Large

Signature Kitchen Suite Experience & Design Center

Napa, California

https://www.signaturekitchensuite.com/us/our-story#experience-and-design-center

Best Independent Showroom – Medium

Nar Design Group

Sacramento, California

https://www.nardesigngroup.com/

Best Independent Showroom – Small

Royal Green Appliance Center

New York, New York

https://www.royalgreenny.com/

Best Multi-Location Showroom – Medium

JennAir Experience Center

https://www.jennair.com/content/jennair/en_us/where-to-buy.html

Best Multi-Location Showroom- Large

Kohler Signature Store by Supply New England

Natick, Massachusetts

https://www.kohlersignaturestorenatick.com/

Click link to download high-res images of each winning showroom

https://nkba.imagerelay.com/fl/d5fcd84bb77e40b0bc52dc7e43c45e05

Winners were determined by an advisory panel of NKBA members, former showroom award winners and media:

Joe Feinberg, Executive Vice President, Allied Kitchen & Bath, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla

Danielle Burger, CMKBD, Owner, Kitchen Vitality Design, LLC, Charlotte, N.C.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, Owner, Peter Salerno, Inc., Wycoff, N.J.

Jon BarfelJon Barfell, Senior Marketing Manager, Liebherr USA, Miami

Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor, Kitchen & Bath Business (KBB), Atlanta

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Also honored during the ceremony was this year’s recipient of the NKBA Chairman’s Award. Regarded as one the association’s highest honors, the NKBA Chairman’s Award was created in 2009 (originally as the President’s Award) to recognize industry leaders for their unparalleled positive impact on the NKBA and the industry. The winner of the 2020 NKBA Chairman’s Award was presented by 2019 NKBA Chairman Steve Joseph to Signature Kitchen Suite and LG Electronics, and accepted by LG North America CEO Thomas Yoon.  SKS has been a staunch supporter and partner of the NKBA Thirty Under 30 program helping to mentor future industry leaders.

The 2020 Kitchen + Bath Design Competition & Industry Awards were generously sponsored by 2020 (platinum sponsor), The Home Depot (gold sponsor) and Control4 (silver sponsor).

The NKBA Design + Industry Awards are the kick-off event for the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) held January 21-23, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

KBIS 2021 will be held Feb. 9-11, 2021, in Orlando, FL.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 50,000 members in all segments of the kitchen and bath design and remodeling industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, specialty badges, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit www.nkba.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

About KBIS

KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50+ years.

In 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas in February 2014 under the banner of Design & Construction Week®. In 2018, both organizations extended the agreement through 2026. The mega-event returns to Orlando Feb. 9-11, 2021. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events, though one pass provides access to both shows.

KBIS is produced by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. Emerald’s events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.   

More information about KBIS can be found at www.kbis.com

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