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BlueStar Announces Winners of 2020 Kitchen Design Contest

August 4, 2020

Six stunning kitchens highlight the performance and designs of BlueStar® high-performance appliances for the home kitchen, and demonstrate the customized aesthetic increasingly popular in American homes.

BLANDON, PA, August 4 — BlueStar®, manufacturer of pro-style kitchen appliances for the home – and a trailblazer in color innovation – announced that Lynn Kloythanomsup of Landed Interiors & Homes in Berkeley, CA, won the grand prize in its annual kitchen design contest. This prestigious contest recognizes designers, architects, builders and remodelers from across the country and shows how performance, color and customization come together to create a bespoke space.

The award-winning design was fashioned for a stylish client who dreams of a country escape within the city. Inspired by English farm kitchens, the kitchen is part of a whole-house remodel in San Francisco, CA. Crafted to blend into the rest of the 1914 Arts and Crafts home as though it was part of the original construction, the room was added to the back of the house and is entirely new and outfitted with reclaimed materials to look worn, with varied species of woods and sought reclaimed materials. The ceiling height drops at the kitchen sink, perfectly hugging the side of the brick-covered hood with BlueStar® hood liner insert and centering the rich, burgundy BlueStar® range. The client is an avid cook who hosts plenty of dinner parties, and the range is the star workhorse in this much-used kitchen. “I love the open burners of the BlueStar range and the star flame pattern. It’s mesmerizing,” said Kloythanomsup.

The palette includes wood, cream cabinetry and the burgundy range, which was chosen to compliment the brick wall and hood wrap. The 30” Platinum Series range in Red Brown with Antique Brass trim is the only color besides the neutral cabinets and different mix of woods, and is a focal point of the design.

“Not only has the designer made the most of a small space, the use of material and textures is drop dead chic and spot on for how people live today,” said Lead Judge Eric Cohler. “I especially like the imaginative use of details such as the corbel brackets fabricated from a marble slab to match the stove back and counters; the painted checkerboard floors that reiterate the natural wood tones of the beams and paneling; the warmth of the bookcase; pattern of wallcovering in the pantry. The abundance of natural light and pendant lights and sconces is superb. This kitchen is the apotheosis of a perfect melding between the rustic and urbane.”

With a rich legacy of 140 years steeped in American craftsmanship, BlueStar® is proud to recognize the wealth of talent within the kitchen design industry. The annual competition has become a coveted honor recognizing outstanding kitchen projects that incorporate BlueStar® professional style appliances for the home, including ranges, gas and electric wall ovens, kitchen hoods and premium refrigeration. The Grand Prize winner receives $15,000 in BlueStar® appliances for his/her home kitchen and the title BlueStar® Kitchen Designer of the Year.

“We are excited to celebrate inspiring kitchen design. Now more than ever, the kitchen is the central hub of home life, and has become the most important room in the house. ,” said Eliza Sheffield, President, BlueStar®. “In 2020, we are proud to celebrate our company’s 140 year history of providing high quality, appliances that fit our consumer needs and give designers endless customization options.”

Five regional winners also were honored for their stunning designs and use of BlueStar® appliances:
• Kristin Kostamo-McNeil – Anne Rae Design, San Diego, CA
• Morgan Lepore – Payne & Payne, Chesterland, OH
• Debbie Nassetta – Roomscapes, Inc., Newport Beach, CA
• Garry & Suzanne Shumaker – Shumaker Design + Build Associates, Evanston, IL
• Gary Brown – Gary Brown Homes, Lee’s Summit, MO