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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design + Industry Awards held its annual ceremony on Feb.11, 2021. The 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.
Best Overall Kitchen
Best Overall Bath
Contemporary Kitchen, Large
Contemporary Kitchen, Small
Traditional Kitchen, Large
Traditional Kitchen, Small
Contemporary Bath, Large
Contemporary Bath, Small
Traditional Bath, Small
Builder-Remodeler, Clay Lyon Award
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.
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, Colorado., looking to incorporate sustainable elements in their home.
All of the winning students were awarded a scholarship prize.
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
Honorable Mention, Brand-Specific, Non-Selling Experience for Aesthetics
Honorable Mention, Brand-Specific, Non-Selling Experience for Technology
Best Kitchen & Bath Design Showroom – Small
Best Kitchen & Bath Design Showroom – Medium
Unique Application Showroom (such as pop-up, mobile or virtual)
Best Traditional Independent Showroom – Medium
Best Traditional Independent Showroom – Large
Best Multi-Location, Multi-Brand Showroom- Large
Winners were determined by the following advisory panel of NKBA members and showroom professionals:
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 United States 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.