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Grand Slam Victory for the Philippines at the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest

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July 28, 2010 / Manila – Sub-Zero and Wolf created a Kitchen Design Contest to honor the professionals who have helped make these brands the quintessential components of the uncompromised kitchen. Occurring once every two years, this competition is the most respected within the design industry and is judged by a panel of professional designers representing the various disciplines under kitchen design.

Architects and interior designers from all over the world participate in the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest. Each entry must include at least one full size Sub-Zero refrigeration unit and Wolf cooking appliances as its primary food preparation equipment. Floor plans and elevations, kitchen photos and a written narrative describing their design, the design challenges, and how they overcame those obstacles must be submitted to Sub-Zero and Wolf Headquarters. No names must appear in any of these to avoid any bias on the part of the judges.

The contest dates back to 1992 when it was only open to entries from US and Canada. It was only in 2004 when the contest was opened to entries from the international market, and for three consecutive times since then, the Philippines has won in the prestigious Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest.

In 2004-05, interior design board top-notcher Cara Marcelo won the International Category Award for best kitchen design. Her winning entry was a modern kitchen designed for a family well known for having one of the biggest restaurant chains in the country. The homeowners thought it was high time to update their old kitchen into an open welcoming space where they can entertain guests, have family meals, and concoct new recipes to add to their menu, so Cara designed a kitchen with clean lines, granite countertops, glass elements, beautiful garden views and fully integrated appliances. The homeowners dream comes full circle, as this allows them to wine and dine their guests and encourage family interaction in a space that is perfect for their lifestyle.

In the following contest in 2006-07, Architect Ed Calma won the same award. His winning kitchen design was for a kitchen that was almost as large as a chapel with two double doors that provide a cathedral-like entry to the kitchen. It boasts high ceilings with clerestory glass windows bathing the kitchen with natural light and views of the sky and surrounding trees. It has two zones defined by a large center stainless counter for food preparation with a Wolf double oven and five integrated modules. On the opposite side of the counter, three Sub-Zero 736TCI units placed side by side make an imposing wall. The other zone is a breakfast area defined by a multi-level bar counter made of solid wood.

For 2008-09, not only did Architect Ed Calma bag the International Category Award again, he also bested all competition and won the First Place Award for Contemporary Kitchen in the overall Sub-Zero and Wolf 2008-09 Kitchen Design Contest! This is the first time that the international winners could compete for the overall categories as well. The winning entry that bested 1,400 other entries is no other than Arch. Calma’s own kitchen. The kitchen counter is the focal point of an open plan, and it bisects the area of the kitchen space and the living and dining area. Arch. Calma wanted to emphasize this division spatially by continuing a framing element on the second floor to become a bar counter of the kitchen. The cooking counter thus becomes an integral part of the interior architecture. The rest of the kitchen area was left empty like a small gallery space where the Sub-Zero 736TCI made it possible to be concealed into the rest of the storage pantry cabinetries. The central location of the cooking counter and its design integration with the rest of the architecture makes it a main topic of conversation when guests come in.

The Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest pays tribute to the best kitchens by showcasing the best designers and their best designs. The Philippines prides itself with having three wins in a row.

Whatever vision one has for home kitchens, top of the line refrigeration from Sub-Zero and professional performance cooking appliances from Wolf will fit in beautifully. Sub-Zero and Wolf are distributed by Focus Global Inc. Visit the Showroom located at Pioneer corner Reliance Streets, Mandaluyong City. Showroom hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10AM-7PM and Sundays, 1PM-6PM. For inquiries, call (632) 634-8587 or email You may also log on to

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