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Every two years, a panel of esteemed architecture and design professionals gather at Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove Showroom, to review nearly 100 recently designed New England kitchens. After a long day of deliberating, they emerge with six winners of Clarke’s Kitchen Design Contest. From traditional to contemporary to the much-loved transitional style, these kitchens represent some of the most innovative design thinking in the country. See if you agree with the judges and choose your favorite!

First Place – Transitional

Award-winning kitchen designer Veronica Campbell’s Manhasset Mainstream project (above) caught the eyes of the judges for combining ease of use, stylish design and careful placement of Sub-Zero and Wolf’s industry-leading kitchen technology. This kitchen was designed for a family with five children, so keeping clutter to a minimum and accommodating the needs of a large family were paramount. The homeowner’s top two design goals were to create stations for breakfast/coffee prep and beverages. This bright, clean, blue and white kitchen was chosen as the transitional favorite.

Veronica Campbell, Deane Inc.
189 Elm St., New Canaan, CT,


First Place – Contemporary

This stunning residential kitchen (above) achieved this homeowner’s desire for a professional look. In this large space, architect Adolfo Perez says his biggest challenge was creating enough ventilation for the large Wolf burners and broilers. Combining stainless steel, dark wood lower cabinets and aluminum frame upper cabinets, Perez achieved his goal of finding a balance between the custom, fitted look of the cabinets and the professional feel of the stainless steel elements.

Adolfo Perez, Adolfo Perez Architect
69 Union St., Newton, MA,


First Place – Traditional

In her Suburban Sophisticate kitchen (above), designer Jodi Geran met the needs of a homeowner who loves to entertain and wants to have everything accessible to his guests while they are in his home. A rigid six-month timetable and a very involved client with exquisite taste and attention to detail were challenging and the waltz they did resulted in this beautiful space. Geran paid special attention to not only blending the kitchen with the home’s architecture, but also adding unique details like oversized drawer pulls and a custom metal hood that made this white kitchen very special. Incorporating 10 Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances make this kitchen perfect for anyone who enjoys cooking.

Jodi Geran, Christopher Peacock
1 Design Center Place, Suite 635, Boston, MA,


Second Place – Transitional

Interior Designer Vani Sayeed’s La Belle Cuisine project (above) was designed for the Junior League of Boston’s 2016 Designer Show House. While the cabinets and appliances were not required to remain in the home after the Show House, Sayeed’s goal was to create and donate the completed project to function as the catering kitchen for the building owner, the Newton Cultural Alliance, who planned to use the space for that use. The kitchen was not only visually spectacular, but also passed commercial grade catering kitchen requirements so that it could be used after the show. Sayeed took a two-story dirt-floor, unfinished room and created a French bistro-inspired kitchen that fits perfectly within the historic nature of the house.

Vani Sayeed, Vani Sayeed Studios
1121 Washington St., #2, Newton, MA,


Second Place – Traditional

Kitchen Designer Gerard Ciccarello partnered with Kira Van Duesen and Pamela Ciccarello on a kitchen they’ve named Relaxed and Refined, Elegant Meets Easygoing(above). When the homeowners decided to forego a dining room in their new-construction waterfront home, the kitchen needed to be inviting with plenty of seating to entertain. The watchwords were livable, durable, comfortable and timeless. After the kitchen was completely designed, the architect and homeowners decided to push the exterior wall out an extra two feet, which required redesigning with new challenges including keeping the weight of the perimeter cabinetry evenly dispersed. The end result is a space that feels natural and breathtaking at the same time.

Gerard Ciccarello, Covenant Kitchens & Baths
1871 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT,


Second Place – Contemporary

Kitchen Designer Pierre Matta blended traditional rosewood veneer with white high-gloss lacquer, hardwood floors and Taj Mahal quartzite to create a stunning contemporary result (above). His ability to incorporate the homeowner’s desire for a professional-style cooktop into a contemporary space was beautifully executed along with his careful overall design of this narrow space. It blends function and style for a gracious result.

Pierre Matta, Newton Kitchens & Design
34 Wexford St., Needham, MA,


For more kitchen design inspiration, visit and visit a Clarke Showroom and Test Kitchen when planning your next kitchen project.