More than $25,000 in scholarships were just awarded to 80 student-winners in the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and General Electric (GE) Charette Design Competition. For the fifth year in a row, students were asked to apply their knowledge to a kitchen of their own design that features GE Monogram Professional Kitchen or GE Monogram Designer kitchen appliances.
As part of the challenge, students needed to produce a floor plan with specifications, a design statement, and one additional drawing of either a perspective or elevation within a three-hour time span.
In the attached photo, first place winner Kelsey Warren designed a contemporary kitchen that incorporated room to entertain. Judges liked her unique peninsula design featuring a glass bar and her cross-functional design. The kitchen needs to operate for both daily use and as an area for demonstration and cooking classes.
Student Designer Kelsey Warren attends school at the Alexandria Technical and Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota. Warren noted, “The work triangle is the most important guideline used in this design.”
The second place winner Katelyn Shipe attends Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. The third place winner Ryan Laurin Young attends East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The winners drawings documents and renderings can be seen and downloaded on the NKBA website.
Barbara Schmidt, bstyle, inc., is a nationally recognized interior designer and author whose work is featured in numerous publications, social media and television.