Studio Dearborn Wins Best Kitchen of the Year from National Kitchen & Bath Association
A modern farmhouse kitchen by Sarah Robertson, lead interior designer at Studio Dearborn, won the top kitchen design prize in the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2019 Professional Design Competition.
The award was announced on Feb. 18, 2019 at the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas. The competition is considered the Academy Awards for the $31 billion kitchen and bath design industry. The awards gala, which was sponsored by Liebherr and Monogram, was emceed by celebrity interior designer Kelli Ellis, star of HGTV and the show Design Therapy on the Design Network.
Earning the top prize for her home kitchen remodel was a sweet surprise for Robertson, since this was her first time entering the competition. Plus, the top honor often goes to a large luxury kitchen. “I was thrilled to have my smaller, cost-conscious renovation be recognized for its design merit,” Robertson said after the awards. “Studio Dearborn focuses on beautifully crafted cabinetry and clever custom storage concepts, and I think the judges appreciated the effort that we put into the details and functionality of what’s inside the cabinetry too!”
Her kitchen actually won two awards; besides the Best Kitchen of the Year, Robertson’s kitchen at her home in Westchester County, New York, also won the Medium Kitchen category.
Here’s what the press release from the National Kitchen & Bath Association said about the project: “To renovate her own kitchen in this 1920s craftsman home, Sarah Robertson created an open plan while respecting the quaint vibe of the original architecture. She infused linear, industrial style (blackened steel and patinated brass), with elements of mid-century and farmhouse, wood countertops and grid windows. The real hidden treasure is the abundant custom storage, utilizing every inch of space.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: ADAM KANE MACCHIA, MACCHIA PHOTO
CABINETRY: SCHROCKS OF WALNUT CREEK
DISHWASHER: ASKO APPLIANCES
FAUCETS/FITTINGS: WATERMARK AND NEWPORT BRASS, TAPMASTER FOOT PEDAL FOR FAUCET
GARBAGE DISPOSER: INSINKERATOR
LIGHTING: MOLLY O’SHEA RYAN
MICROWAVE OVEN: GE PROFILE
VENTILATION: FUTURO FUTURO
WATER DELIVERY SYSTEM: PURE WATERS