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September 01, 2017 / Thermador

Thermador Announces National Grand Prize Winners of its Third Kitchen Design Challenge

Thermador Announces National Grand Prize Winners of its Third Kitchen Design Challenge

IRVINE, Calif. (August 31, 2017) – After much deliberation over the many exceptional entries into the thirdThermador Kitchen Design Challenge , the iconic American luxury home appliance brand, Thermador, has unveiled the national grand prize winners: Marc Thee (Marc-Michaels Interior Design) for the Contemporary/Modern design category, Constance Riik (CSR Interiors Inc.) for the Traditional/Transitional design category and Samuel Furr (Samuel Furr Architects) for Best Use of Freedom Refrigeration. Three runner-up winners were also named for the respective categories: Ilivette Hidalgo-Nilsson (Terracotta Design Build), Susan Jurenko (Central Kitchen & Bath) and Tammy Coulter (Tammy Coulter Design). The awards were announced during a celebration event in Southern California on August 30 that was attended by all 32 of the regional finalists, who were announced earlier this summer.


“The winners of the Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge are above and beyond some of the most exceptional kitchen design professionals in the industry,” said Beatriz Sandoval, Director of Brand Marketing for Thermador. “Their stunning kitchens beautifully highlight the groundbreaking design and innovation of Thermador luxury home appliances, and boldly demonstrate the customized aesthetic that is increasingly prevalent in the American luxury home.”

The immensely talented national grand prize winners, in addition to three national first prize winners, were selected from a group of 32 regional finalists, who designed extraordinary and uniquely personalized kitchen designs for their clients. Each of the finalists received an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Southern California to attend the exclusive celebratory gala, received cash prizes, and competed for an additional $3,500 cash prize for the Designer’s Choice category during the gala. The Designer’s Choice winners, chosen by their peers, went to Emily Clark (Clark & Co Homes) and Ilivette Hidalgo-Nilsson (Terracotta Design Build). In its entirety, Thermador awarded over $110,000 in cash prizes to the winners of the prestigious competition, the largest sum in the contest’s history.

The three national grand prize winners were selected in the following categories: Best Contemporary/Modern Thermador kitchen design, Best Traditional/Transitional Thermador kitchen design, and Best Use of Thermador Refrigeration in a kitchen design.

Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge Grand Prize Winners:

Marc Thee ( Marc-Michaels Interior Design ), Palm Beach, FL – Contemporary/Modern category

Constance Riik ( CSR Interiors Inc.), Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Traditional/Transitional category

Samuel Furr ( Samuel Furr Architects ), Charleston, SC – Best Use of Freedom Refrigeration

Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge First Prize Winners:

Ilivette Hidalgo-Nilsson ( Terracotta Design Build ), Atlanta, GA – Contemporary/Modern category

Susan Jurenko ( Central Kitchen & Bath ), Windermere, FL – Traditional/Transitional category

Tammy Coulter ( Tammy Coulter Design ), Charlotte, NC – Best Use of Freedom Refrigeration

The Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge celebrates remarkable kitchen design featuring Thermador luxury home appliances, and recognizes the designers, builders and architects across the nation who have created the most awe-inspiring, exquisite kitchens over the last three years.

The complete list of winners can be viewed here:

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About Thermador

Born from the philosophy of never settling for the status quo, Thermador has redefined the kitchen for more than 100 years. The iconic line of cooking, cleaning, refrigeration and ventilation products remains committed to empowering Culinary Impressives with the tools they need to transform the kitchen into a seamless continuation of their exceptional lives. Throughout its history, Thermador has introduced innovative breakthroughs – from the world’s first wall ovens and gas cooktops with the patented Star® Burner, to the Freedom® Induction Cooktop, the first full-surface induction appliance, as well as the Freedom® Collection, the first modular built-in fresh food, freezer and wine preservation columns.

Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and the second leading company in the industry worldwide. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram , @Thermador and @ThermadorHome , respectively.

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About BSH:

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is a globally leading company in the home appliance sector with revenue of approximately € 13.1 billion in 2016 and more than 58,000 employees. BSH manufactures its products at around 40 factories and is represented by over 80 companies in approximately 50 countries.

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