HACKETTSTOWN, NJ -- The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design + Industry Awards held its annual ceremony on February 11, 2021. These awards shine a spotlight on the design professionals whose work is elevating the kitchen and bath design, building and remodeling, outdoor living and living in place industries. Each is a measure of excellence for this corner of the interior design world. NKBA CEO, Bill Darcy, and CSO, Suzie Williford, hosted the ceremonies, handing out more than 40 awards during the evening, which also included the Chairman’s Award, innovative showroom winners, and Student Design Competition winners.

This year’s Design Competition winners are:

 

Best Overall Kitchen

  • Summer Thornton, principal and interior designer of Summer Thornton Design, LLC
    Chicago, IL
    Vintage Co-op

 

Best Overall Bath

  • Shea Pumarejo, owner and designer, Younique Designs

San Antonio, TX

Dated Dud Turns Modern Master-Piece

 

Contemporary Kitchen, Large (250 Square Feet and Over) 

First Place

  • Madeleine Sloback, principal, Madeleine Design Group

Vancouver, B.C.

Ocean Park Estate

 

Second Place

  • Blue Arnold, CMKBD, owner, Kitchens by Request

Jarrettsville, MD

Green

 

Third Place

  • Sandra Diaz-Velasco, AIA, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, principal architect, EOLO A&I Design

Miami, FL

Sunny Penthouse

 

Contemporary Kitchen, Small (Under 250 Square Feet)

First Place

  • Paul Knutson, owner and designer, Knutson Residential Design LLC

St. Paul, MN

Mid Mod Redux

 

Second Place

  • Nahal Gamini, interior designer, Vancouver Development

Vancouver, B.C.

Beach View Kitchen

 

Third Place

  • Mina Zeighami, founder and principal designer, Azure Design Studio

Vaughan, Ontario

Doris Kitchen

 

Traditional Kitchen, Large (250 Square Feet and Over)

First Place

  • Summer Thornton, principal and interior designer, Summer Thornton Design, LLC

Chicago, IL

Vintage Co-op

 

Second Place

  • Jennifer Stoner, owner and designer, Jennifer Stoner Interiors

Richmond, VA

Charlottesville New Build

 

Third Place

  • Mark Cayen, design consultant, Empire Kitchen & Bath

Calgary, Alberta

Bespoke Renovation

 

Traditional Kitchen, Small (Under 250 Square Feet) 

First Place

  • Tanya Woods, AKBD, CLIPP, owner/designer, XStyles Bath + More

Royal Oak, MI

Betcha by Gallery WOW

 

Second Place

  • Tiffany Waugh, owner and principal designer, Tiffany Waugh Interiors

San Francisco, CA

Presidio Heights

 

Third Place

  • Reisa Pollard, founder and lead designer, Beyond Beige

North Vancouver, B.C.

Lovely in Lynn Valley

 

Contemporary Bath, Large (250 Square Feet and Over) 

First Place

  • Shea Pumarejo, owner and designer, Younique Designs

San Antonio, TX

Dated Dud Turns Modern Master-Piece

 

Second Place

  • Blue Arnold, CMKBD, owner, Kitchens by Request

Jarrettsville, MD

Mosaic 

 

Third Place

  • Laleh Shafiezadeh, interior designer, Teale Architecture

Newport Beach, CA

Rich House

 

Contemporary Bath, Small (Under 250 Square Feet)

First Place

  • Sandra Diaz-Velasco, AIA, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, principal architect, EOLO A&I Design

Miami, FL

Cocoplum

 

Second Place

  • Jaque Bethke, owner and principal designer, Jaque Bethke Design

Scottsdale, AZ

Uckun

 

Third Place

  • Ariana Adireh, owner and principal, Ariana Designs LLC

Bellevue, WA

Small Hallway Bathroom

 

Traditional Bath, Large (250 Square Feet and Over)

First Place

  • Gina D’Amore Bauerle, partner and interior designer, D’Amore Interiors

Denver, CO

What the Farmhouse

 

Second Place

  • Blue Arnold, CMKBD, owner, Kitchens by Request

Jarrettsville, MD

Kallman

 

Third Place

  • Reisa Pollard, founder and lead designer, Beyond Beige

North Vancouver, B.C.

New House on Oldtown Road

 

Traditional Bath, Small (Under 250 Square Feet)

First Place

  • Jaque Bethke, owner and principal designer, Jaque Bethke Design

Scottsdale, AZ

Talmage

 

Second Place

  • Cynthia Garten, CID, interior designer, Unique Techniques

El Dorado Hills, CA

Staying True to My Spanish Roots

 

Third Place

  • Reisa Pollard, founder and lead designer, Beyond Beige

North Vancouver, B.C.

Big Bang on Blenheim

 

Builder-Remodel, Clay Lyon Award

  • Nahal Gamini, interior designer, Vancouver Development

Vancouver, B.C.

 

Outdoor Kitchen

  • Reisa Pollard, founder and lead designer, Beyond Beige

North Vancouver, B.C.

 

Judges for the two-round competition included designers Charles R. “Rick” Beckham, CMKBD, Patricia Davis Brown, CMKBD; Katheryn W. Cowles, CKBD, CAPS, CRBC; Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, CLIPP, CACC; Nick Ritota, CKD,CBD; Cailin M. Thelen, CMKBD, and Chelsie Butler of Kitchen & Bath Business.

 

Student Design Competition

Also recognized at the awards ceremony were the winners of the 2020 Student Design Competition, which tasked students to design either a kitchen or bath project for an imaginary 40-something couple living in Boulder, CO, looking to incorporate sustainable elements in their home.

 

Bath Winners

  • First Place – Dana Hoffman, Arapahoe Community College
  • Second Place –Cindy Biebl, Century College
  • Third Place – Payal Thakkar, West Valley College

Kitchen Winners

  • First Place – Morgan Jones, Virginia Tech  
  • Second Place – Cindy Biebl, Century College
  • Third Place – Dana Hoffman, Arapahoe Community College

All of the winning students were awarded a scholarship prize.

 

Innovative Showroom Awards

NKBA revealed the winners of its Innovative Showroom Awards, which recognize the kitchen and bath industry’s most creative, innovative and experiential showrooms in North America and the creative design professionals -- architects, technology integrators, designers, furniture makers and display experts -- who create outstanding environments. Congratulations to this year’s winning showrooms:

 

Best Brand-Specific, Non-Selling Experience

Fisher Paykel
Costa Mesa, CA

 

Honorable Mention, Brand-Specific, Non-Selling Experience for Aesthetics

BlueStar Café

Glenville, IL

 

Honorable Mention, Brand-Specific, Non-Selling Experience for Technology

Middleby – Residential

Orange County, CA

 

Best Kitchen & Bath Design Showroom – Small
Longley Kitchens
Fort Myers, FL

 

Best Kitchen & Bath Design Showroom – Medium
Snaidero USA
New York, NY

 

Unique Application Showroom (such as pop-up, mobile or virtual)

Jaxbox (by JennAir)

 

Best Traditional Independent Showroom – Medium

JTEK Home Access Design Studio
North Canton, OH


Best Traditional Independent Showroom – Large
Chown Hardware

Seattle, WA
 

Best Multi-Location, Multi-Brand Showroom- Large

Trail Appliances

Surrey, B.C. (Western Canada)
 

Winners were determined by an advisory panel of NKBA members and showroom professionals:

  • Kelly Manas, CKD, senior sales designer, Signature Companies, Northern Virginia
  • Jeremy Parcels, AKBD, designer, Christopher’s Bath and Kitchens, Englewood, CO
  • Toni Sabatino, AKBD, CLIPP owner, Toni Sabatino Style, Northport, NY
  • Ellie Knips, director of channel brand marketing, Cambria, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Shaun Ayala, marketing manager, Best Buy, Torrence, CA 

 

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. Lowe’s was the winner of the 2021 NKBA Chairman’s Award, which was presented by Allison Lowrie, NKBA Chair for 2020, and accepted by Lowe’s executive vice president of merchandising, Bill Boltz. As one of the NKBA’s largest members, Lowe’s operates more than 2,200 stores in the U.S. and Canada. In tremendous support of the association’s initiatives in professional development across design, remodeling and skilled labor, Lowe’s committed to training associates with more than 4,000 Specialty Badges and 200 certification bundle packages. This program encourages its K&B associates to expand their professional skills, and is truly a commitment to excellence in the industry.

The 2021 Kitchen + Bath Design Competition & Industry Awards were generously sponsored by 2020, Beko and House of Rohl.