Lincoln based company Chiselwood has been announced as the only UK kitchen company to reach the prestigious finals of the World Kitchen Design Contest run by Sub-Zero and Wolf.
The 25 Finalists were selected by a panel of 7 esteemed architects, kitchen designers and interior designers during a four-day review and deliberation of the entries at the Sub-Zero and Wolf headquarters in Wisconsin, USA. At the close of the entry period on January 31, 2017, more than 1,500 completed entries had been received from 24 countries. Of all entries, nearly 60 percent were submitted by first-time entrants, including Chiselwood. The 25 Finalists represent a diverse mix of design aesthetics from six states in the United States and six countries outside of the United States with Chiselwood the only UK Finalist. Chiselwood’s entry “The Rectory” was designed by Founder and Design Director, Martin Holliday, for the owners of an early Victorian listed Rectory. They had decided to replace the glass roof and one wall of an existing conservatory with solid structures and move a new kitchen into the space they created. The room is still full of natural light but much more comfortable with lots of space for socialising and beautiful views of the garden. The owners also converted an adjacent gym into a scullery. The judges were looking for things like good quality of light, good circulation of space and a balance of materials and layout in terms of work stations.
Chiselwood MD, Mel Holliday, was responsible for submitting the entry and commented, “Receiving recognition from an iconic brand such as Sub Zero/Wolf that enjoys a strong relationship with the design community is an outstanding achievement for the entire team here at Chiselwood. The fact that Martin’s design has been chosen from 1,500 entries from throughout the world is the most amazing accolade for Martin as a designer and for us as a relatively small, British designer and manufacturer, we are immensely proud. It has taken many years to build a profile nationally and establish a reputation for quality and innovation and so we take great care to protect Martin’s designs. As a small UK designer and manufacturer, we have unfortunately had designs copied in the past and we have been fortunate enough to have tremendous support from ACID. We are a member and supporter of ACID (Anti Copying in Design) who believe the UK’s designers, the majority of them small to medium size businesses, deserve better; to protect their livelihoods, to maximise growth and minimise Intellectual Property infringement. It is something we believe in passionately.”
The contest’s 10 Global winners will be announced at the gala on Monday, September 25, in the following categories: first place contemporary, transitional and traditional; second place contemporary, transitional and traditional; first-time entry; small spaces kitchen; outdoor kitchen.Chiselwood | chiselwood.co.uk