The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) wrapped up last week, but not before announcing the 2022 winners of the NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycled Kitchen Awards. Conceived in 2018 to applaud kitchen and bath professionals striving to support the circular economy in the industry, the award was developed to encourage manufacturers, designers and showrooms to support the concept of recycling and upcycling wherever possible.
“Working with Renovation Angel, the NKBA is pleased to support Steve’s efforts to keep 50 million pounds out of landfills,” said Suzie Williford, EVP, and chief strategy officer of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
“An average kitchen represents 7,000 pounds, including cabinetry, countertops, sinks, appliances and other finishing materials. If our combined efforts can continue to drive awareness of this opportunity and encourage everyone to consider alternative uses for old kitchens, we will help to drive the circular economy. I’m so pleased our association is a part of this important work.”
Luxury Recycled Kitchen Award Winners and Judges
Suzie Williford, Steve Feldman and George Oliphant, host of NBC show George to the Rescue, announced the following award winners during KBIS 2022 at the KBISNeXT Stage, Feb. 9, 2022, in Orlando:
- Most Valuable Recycled Kitchen – Reclaimed: Rebecca Mark, SMI Construction, New York City
- Best Ultra Luxury Kitchen – Reclaimed: Gary Ciuffo, Ciuffo Cabinetry, Bayport, New York
- Most Upcycled Kitchens – Peter Deane, Deane Inc., Stamford and New Canaan, Connecticut
- Small Repurposed Kitchen – Susan Vanech, Susan Vanech Properties, Westport, Connecticut
- Medium Repurposed Kitchen – Mina Greiss, Greiss Holdings LLC, Nutley, New Jersey
- Large Repurposed Kitchen – Bobbie DeCarlo, Reich/Eklund Construction, Inc., Shelter Island, New York
The final Luxury Recycled Kitchen Award is called the “Angel Discretionary Award.” Each year, this award is given to a designer, firm or manufacturer that has been the most impactful in the world of luxury kitchen recycling.
- Angel Award – Jan Heck, Miele USA, Princeton, N.J.
Best Practice for Recycling
Miele is the first global manufacturer that has built luxury kitchen recycling into their sales best practice. By introducing “Recycle & Rebate,” Miele recognizes the importance of incorporating a recycling process to a luxury renovation, advancing a productive means of doing something with a historically wasted resource.
The judges for the 2022 NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Kitchen Awards were:
- Maria Stapperfene, CMKBD, NKBA, Division Manager, Tewksbury Kitchens (2015 National NKBA President)
- Dan Nolan, NKBA, National Trade Manager, Miele
- Sandra Diaz-Velasco, NKBA, ASID, AIA, RA, LEED AP, Principal Architect, Elo Designs, Miami, Florida
- Traci Shemonoski, NKBA, Director of Business Development, Royal Green Appliances, White Plains, New York
- Dalit Dray, NKBA, Owner, Dray Design Group, Aventura, Florida