Each year, hundreds of new kitchen and bath products are introduced at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), but only five are crowned the Best of KBIS. To select this year’s winners, KBIS has selected five design professionals to judge this year’s competition.
The 2016 Best of KBIS judges include:
Richard T. Anuszkiewicz
A passion for design and appreciation of style drive Anuszkiewicz in his role as director of the kitchen and bath division for Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects in Annapolis, Md., and as an architecture and interior design adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College. Since being an inaugural NKBA 30 Under 30 in 2013, Anuszkiewicz has launched the renowned #FASHIONFORWARD Tour, has given presentations at premier industry events including KBIS and Dwell on Design Los Angeles and launched Richar Living, alifestyle design blog based on the fundamentals of holistic inspiration.
Danielle Bohn, AKBD
As a Nebraska native transplanted in Anchorage, Alaska, Bohn lends her expertise as a full-time designer at Creative Kitchen Designs, Inc. Her accolades include the distinction of being named a 2015 NKBA 30 Under 30 recipient and First, Third and Honorable Mention awards for her designs by Alaska’s Best Kitchens magazine. She has dedicated her passion and time to the NKBA and Kitchen and Bath Industry by volunteering on the Alaska chapters’ executive Board.
Cheryl Kees Clendenon
As owner and lead designer of In Detail Interiors and 1514HOME, Clendenon has been creating a buzz in the Gulf Coast design community for more than 16 years. Her designs have been widely published in more than 70 consumer and trade publications, and recognized—most recently as a 2016 NKBA National Design Competition finalist and previous winner. Clendenon is a member of several international design tours and design councils and editor of the design blog, Details and Design.
Tony Izzo, CKD
Izzo has been working for Curtis Lumber for 23 years, most recently as corporate kitchen and bath manager where he oversees 11 showrooms and many product lines. His designs and articles on design have appeared in numerous publications, including Woman’s Day Special Interest publications. He is committed to helping further the kitchen and bath industry by representing Multi-Branch Retailers on the NKBA national Board of Directors.
Corey Laurysen, MBA
The third generation of the family-owned Laurysen Kitchens Ltd., Laurysen has worked on numerous large scale condo projects in Ottawa, Canada, overseeing the design, manufacturing and installation of various projects. His numerous years of experience within the kitchen and bath manufacturing field earned him the prestigious NKBA 30 Under 30 Award in 2014.
The Best of KBIS 2016 award winners will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. on the KBISNeXT Stage in South Hall. Awards will be presented in the following categories:
• Best in Show
• Best of Kitchen: Gold
• Best of Kitchen: Silver
• Best of Bath: Gold
• Best of Bath: Silver
Following KBIS 2016, voting for the Best of KBIS People’s Choice award will take place online, via the KBIS Facebook page. From Jan. 25 through 31, show attendees can cast their vote for their favorite products. There will be three People’s Choice Winners (First, Second and Third Place). Winners will be announced in February.
To enter a product for consideration in the Best of KBIS awards, exhibiting manufacturers must submit one application per entry via KBIS Connect. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18. For additional information about the awards and the application process, please download the entry guide by clicking here.
All Best of KBIS entries will be displayed at the show via “larger than life” product walls located in the North and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s Awards are sponsored by Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, Traditional Home and Dream Kitchens & Baths, magazine brands from the Meredith Corporation.