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2 kitchen design awards presented by Sub-Zero Wolf to Bluebell Fine Cabinetry & Design

A pair of Bluebell Fine Cabinetry & Design’s luxury kitchen designs have won awards in the 2022-2023 Sub-Zero Group Mid-Atlantic kitchen design contest’s Delaware/New Jersey/Pennsylvania regional competition. The projects took second and third place for Bluebell FCD designers Victor Fernandez and Lori Kurnitsky, respectively.

 


This time around—the Sub-Zero Group’s 15th—the international contest attracted more than 1500 entries. Forty-four regional first-place winners from around the world, along with one student finalist, will gather at the Winner’s Summit and Gala in October for three days of celebration and networking. Even at the regional level, the contest offers career-building recognition and a chance at cash prizes.


‘Radnor Residence’ wins Victor Fernandez 2nd place award for kitchen design featuring island topped with 15-foot butcher block



Victor, as primary entrant, worked with frequent Bluebell FCD collaborator Eric Rymshaw at Fury Design to bring this major kitchen renovation to life and pick up a second-place award. Their design blends the midcentury influences the clients love with high-end restaurant features that reflect the client’s interests as a wine collector and distributor. 

 

“These homeowners wanted to replace an older, too-small kitchen with one that would allow them to indulge their shared love of cooking, entertaining and enjoying kids and grandkids,” says Victor. “So we started by removing walls to combine the old kitchen with the formal dining room for a 426sqft space. We gave them ‘the countertop of their life’ where they could continue to cook together.”

 

A beautiful butcher block prep surface extends for a full 15 feet of the island, effortlessly accommodating two or more chefs. The corner prep sink set into the island’s far end can be accessed from two sides. A custom, temperature-controlled wine storage cabinet has glass on three sides to allow views through to the living room and the owners’ guests. Additional unique storage options include a retractable-door beverage cabinet for coffee and other drinks, along with a custom cabinet pullout that dispenses aluminum and plastic wrap.

 

Bluebell and the client also chose all Sub-Zero, Cove and Wolf appliances, as you can expect for this kitchen design award.


‘Urban Midcentury Muse’ wins Lori Kurnitsky 3rd place award for kitchen design in soft green with dramatic marble island



Lori shares this third-place kitchen design award with primary entrant Michele Plachter of Michele Plachter Design, a frequent happy partnership in superb kitchen design projects like this one.

 

“Michele was initially hired by the new owners to redo the interior of this 1950s-era rowhome in a cute family-oriented Philadelphia neighborhood,” says Lori. “She asked Bluebell to help renovate the original kitchen, which was in a walled-off center section of the house.

 

“Our new design took down all the walls, opening the kitchen up to a beautiful eating area that overlooks a beautiful little park across the street. The client was open to color, which is always so refreshing, and we tied in the aesthetic of the rest of the house by pairing the soft green painted cabinetry with a beautiful white oak. With homeowners who love to cook, function was very important. Keeping the appliances stainless steel and more utilitarian was appealing to them. We had a lot of fun selecting stone at the stone yard.” Their choices paid off in a big way.

 

“The dramatic Calacatta Corchia marble makes the island the star of the show, while the range run’s Namibian White quartzite countertop and backsplash is quieter.”

 

All appliances are Sub-Zero, Cove and Wolf.

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