Best in Design

Photograph: Paul Jonhson
Above: 1st Place: Veronica Campbell

Every two years CLARKE, New England’s Official Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove Showroom and Test Kitchen, hosts its Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest to celebrate the best kitchen designs in the six New England states. This past May, Clarke awarded $15,000 in prize money to first- and second-place winners in three categories: Traditional, Contemporary and Transitional. This year, two of the six awards went to kitchen designers in Connecticut. Veronica Campbell of Deane, Inc., won first place in Transitional, while Gerard Ciccarello of Covenant Kitchens & Baths won second place for Traditional. Clarke, 64 South Main Street, South Norwalk; 866-838-9385;

Campbell’s “Manhasset Mainstream” project, featuring a magnificent kitchen and butler’s pantry, won the judges over for combining ease of use, stylish design and careful placement of Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen technology. The space was designed for a family of seven, so keeping clutter to a minimum was paramount.

Ciccarello partnered with Eric Koch on a kitchen known as “Relaxed and Refined, Elegant Meets Easygoing.” When the clients decided to forgo a dining room in their new waterfront home, the kitchen needed to be inviting with plenty of seating to entertain. The designers’ watchwords were livable, durable, comfortable and timeless.

2nd Place: Gerard Ciccarello
Photograph: Kira Van Deusen and Brian Becker
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