European Kitchen Design, Made in The USA

Though this blog is all about European Kitchen Design, I had to make this one exception and included a post about an American design competition, with an all American winning line-up. It is just that when you look at their winning designs that are so European in their look and feel that it made perfect sense to include them in this blog. 

Augusta, GAElectrolux ICON® and Interior Design® congratulate the winners of the 2008 $100,000 Kitchen Design Competition. 

This year, Electrolux challenged members of the architect & design community to present innovative, thoughtful concepts for a kitchen that meets the changing needs of today’s modern family. 

Entries were judged by a panel of esteemed judges including Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design magazine; Calvin Tsao, founding partner of Tsao & McKown in New York City; Laura Bohn, founder of Laura Bohn Design Associates in New York City; Jackie Naylor, founder of Jackie Naylor Interiors in Atlanta; and Henrik Otto, senior vice president of Global Design at Electrolux. 


Grand Prize Winner  – Marcello Zuffo Ft. Lauderdale, FL 


A kitchen with movable components
A kitchen with movable components

The grand prize winner, Marcello Zuffo, designed a kitchen with movable components that continuously adapt to the changing needs of the modern family.  “We were impressed with Marcello’s entry because of the innovative way he interpreted the challenge of meeting the needs of the modern family,” said Otto.  Zuffo received a $50,000 cash prize plus a suite of Electrolux ICON® appliances valued at $25,000.  His winning kitchen rendering will be featured in the March 2009 issue of Interior Design magazine. 


Second Prize Winners – Kim Letven and Nada Bibi, WE design Brooklyn, NY   


Kitchen design with seamless melding of indoor and outdoor space
Kitchen design with seamless melding of indoor and outdoor space

Second place went to Kim Letven and Nada Bibi, of WE Design in Brooklyn, NY.  Letven and Bibi won a suite of Electrolux ICON appliances valued at $25,000 for their design.  The jury appreciated these designers’ seamless melding of indoor and outdoor space. One wall is made of sliding glass doors to allow easy access to the appliances and social space. 


Third Prize Winner – Gisue Hariri, Hariri & Hariri Architecture New York, NY 


Modern aesthetic kitchen
Modern aesthetic kitchen

Third prize winner, Gisue Hariri, won $10,000 in Electrolux ICON appliances for her design.  Hariri’s entry stood out for its modern aesthetic and efficient use of space, ideal for the multi-tasking family.

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Amir J. Ilin, the president of Küche+Cucina, a design firm he started 24 years ago. Ilin’s work has been featured on HGTV, on Donald trump’s The Apprentice, in numerous national publications and on many national magazine covers. He is also the recipient of various design awards, among them “Best of Show Design Award”, from Signature Kitchens & Baths 8 times!Ilin was commissioned to design special projects in very exclusive homes, some located far away from his base in NJ. He was also chosen to create the cabinetry for the newly renovated Plaza Hotel, in NYC, as well as several luxury multi-unit projects around the country. To date, Ilin was involved in installations of more then 3,000 kitchens around the US and the islands, as well as many outside the US, many for well known clients.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Sue

    Wow, that is stunning. I have never seen kitchen like this.

  2. Gordon

    North Americans seem to be stuck with Victorian kitchen designs. Modern living has also made the dining room and fireplace near obsolete. Money would be better spent on solar heating and cooling

  3. Philip Scott

    Nice pretty pictures, but it would be more beneficial for competitions of this sort to feature actual, real kitchens, that function and are not only designed but built by an American manufacturer. There is a growing desire in the residential market for modern kitchen designs, but most people end up buying European systems or having custom cabinets built by a local shop because of the scarcity of domestic manufactures.
    The winning kitchen in this competition couldn’t possibly function for the daily life of a family and #3 is out of the Jetsons. Number 2 is the only one that looks like it would function in a home, but it’s a computer rendering, not a real kitchen.

  4. Chris

    Some pretty cool looking kitchens there! The idea of moveable compartments could work well – moveable appliances would be good aswell – although it may cause problems with wiring/gas.

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