June 2, 2020

Clarke 2020 Kitchen Design Contest Spotlight: Extraordinary Traditional Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchens


Extraordinary kitchens feature Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove  and ASKO appliances. It’s time to shine a light on the six extraordinary kitchens that won first and second place in three different categories in Clarke’s 2020 Kitchen Design Contest. For the next few weeks, we will highlight each winner and what made the design a standout for the judges. We hope you are as inspired by these kitchens as we are and we encourage you to reach out to these world-class designers with any questions you may have about these projects or your own.

First Place Winner – Traditional Kitchen: Michele Kelly – Venegas and Company

Michele Kelly’s goal for this first place-winning Traditional Kitchen was to create a spacious, open kitchen to suit her client’s modern lifestyle in an antique 1891 Victorian home. The homeowner was looking for a bright, welcoming space, personalized for ultimate function so that she could host her children and grandchildren with ease.


The previous kitchen looked out of place in this grand dame of an antique home. A large central chimney divided the kitchen in half and an adjacent laundry room cut out a corner of the kitchen, obstructing views of the garden and pool. The kitchen project allowed for a relocation of the laundry area, which provided a grander scale and aesthetic quality to the kitchen, allowing it to respect and honor this historic home.

The homeowner’s essential items were the classic Sub-Zero BI-48 refrigerator and a 48” Wolf gas range. The range and custom hood are now clearly a centerpiece of the kitchen, while the refrigerator in stainless steel anchors the opposite end of the space. The Wolf wall oven and microwave are located closer to the pantry, as they are used less for daily use and more for large-scale entertaining.

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Second Place Winner – Traditional Kitchen: Robert Paladino – Mellowes & Paladino Architects

It is an architect’s delight when a previous client asks to collaborate on a new project. This shows a trust that helps shape the new space and the results of that relationship shine through in this thoughtful project. This kitchen is part of a family compound on Nantucket, where the main house, two guest houses and a pool house all include Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. Refrigeration was very important for the homeowner and a wall was designed to include two 36” Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezers, refrigerator drawers and Sub-Zero wine storage. The homeowners were delighted to have all of these appliances fully integrated into custom cabinetry.

This kitchen is the central hub of this gracious home, offering access to the sitting room, breakfast nook, mudroom and living room. One of the goals was to integrate all appliances with the surrounding architectural details for an overall cohesive look. Architect Robert Paladino created framed views into the surrounding rooms with transom windows that allow for the flow of natural light throughout the space. The 48” Wolf rangetop and hood are surrounded by custom leaded-glass cabinets to create a feature wall and Wolf double wall ovens complete the culinary ensemble.

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What captured the judges imaginations?

The judges loved how these designs use completely traditional details throughout to evoke a final visceral feeling of light, openness, and modernity.

If you would like to explore the world’s finest appliances, a visit to Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove Showroom, will offer you a unique opportunity to explore full-scale kitchens, talk to experts and actually cook on the appliances to help you make your selections before buying.