The Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge recognizes designers from across the nation who have created inspiring kitchens over the last two years. Here's a look at the winning designs.
Tradition gets a fresh update in this coastal kitchen by Amy Hendel. Refined architectural details establish a timeless canvas that's accentuated by white-painted custom cabinetry and a focal-point hood over the commercial-grade range. Touches of modern gray are introduced by the fumed-wood island and the upholstered dining chairs. A mix of metals also speaks to modern style, as antique-brass pendants over the island mingle with hits of black in the chandelier and on a series of windows that look out to lake views.
This kitchen by Larry Fischer, in a renovated Tudor home, blends the warmth of traditional Tudor style with today's clean sophistication. Fischer stuck to a subdued palette of white and warm grays, then upped the interest by layering in rich texture. Stainless-steel appliances and floating shelves balance the warm wood tones and add a utilitarian component to the space.
Classical sophistication never goes out of style, as Jim Deen proves in this kitchen. He called on a white-and-gray color scheme that's complemented by polished-nickel fixtures, crystal chandeliers, and a stainless-steel cooktop. A coffered ceiling, muntined glass-front cabinets, and an ogee edge on the island top all elevate the kitchen's detailed, traditional look.