The National Kitchen & Bath Association calls for entries in 2009 design competition: Art of the Industry

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Mahogany Masterpiece: The goal, to create warmth in a grand space, was achieved with rich tones, unique lighting & textures. Designed by Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD, Peter Salerno, Inc.The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is proud to announce that the 2009 NKBA Design Competition. Art of the Industry will be the largest ever for this internationally acclaimed competition, which showcases the finest kitchen and bath projects of the past year. Recognizing the importance of the competition in our industry, the NKBA has decided to more than double the cash prizes in 2009 to over $100,000. Of that amount, $25,000 will be presented to the winner of the Pinnacle of Design Award, which honors the year’s top design, representing the peak of form and function. Tw o new categories have also been added to the NKBA Design Competition for 2009: Best Sustainable Kitchen, sponsored by GE Monogram®, and Best Sustainable Bath, sponsored by Rheem®.

In addition, the NKBA welcomes This Old House® as sponsor of the Best Before & After category and American Woodmark as sponsor for all of the competitions 3D modeling. The NKBA is also pleased to have Sub-Zero®/Wolf®, Miele™, and Dal-Tile® continue as sponsors for the Pinnacle of Design, Best Overall Kitchen, and Best Overall Bathroom awards, respectively.

The competition spans ten categories, from small bathrooms to open-plan kitchens, and also includes showrooms and other rooms, such as dining areas and non-residential spaces. Each category will have a first, second, and third place winner, as well as an honorable mention. The prizes are amazing.

The 2009 competition is open only to members, but members do not have to be certified designers in order to participate. The deadline is October 20, 2008; designers can download an entry form at NKBA.org/Competition. Prizes will be awarded at the NKBAs 2009 Ktchen/Bath Industry Shows & Conference held in Atlanta from April 30 to May 3. Email Diana Tuorto at dtuorto@ nkba.org or visit nkba.org/default.aspx.

A panel of nine NKBA-certified designers will judge each project based on safety and design planning, ergonomics, elements and principles of design, creativity, and presentation, using the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines (NKBA.org/Books). Photos, floor plans, and design statements of the winning entries from the 2008 competition can be viewed by clicking 2008 NKBA Design Competition Winners at NKBA.org/Consumers.

For additional information please Diana Tuorto at dtuorto@ nkba.org or visit nkba.org/default.aspx.