Meet the 2023 Kitchen Contest Winners

Bentwood Non-Traditional Kitchen design Ric Stoval
July 19th, 2023

We are very excited to share the winners of our inaugural Kitchen Contest and Bill Algier Award recipientAt Bentwood Luxury Kitchens we are proud to have a strong dealer network from coast to coast representing both the Bentwood and Harmoni cabinetry brandsOur goal was to launch a contest that recognizes the best project designs within six categories from our talented dealer network. We could not be more thrilled with the results! 

But First, Some Thankyous are in Order 

judges photos

To our Dealer Network, thank you for taking the time to submit your contest project entries. This was a very important initiative for the Bentwood companies in growing dealer relationships and featuring our talented designer network.  More exciting things are in store for the future ahead.  

To our judges, thank you for carefully reviewing the project submissions to determine our six category winners and the recipient of the Bill Algier Award.  Laura Umansky of Laura U Design Collective, Mark Williams of Mark Williams Design, and Bill Algier, a recently retired Kitchen Designer, upheld the industry’s gold standards. 

The Winners Circle—Meet the Designers Behind the Winning Projects 

Bentwood Traditional Category Winner 

kitchen design winner
Photography by Morgan English
Emily Martin

Congratulations to Emily Martin of Bentwood of Dallas for her luxurious white kitchen project.  Emily fully embraced this remodel project and the client’s vision to brighten up the space and connect the backyard views.   

“We didn’t want a boring white kitchen, so we incorporated polished stainless steel drawer fronts on either side of the range, which ties in the polished nickel hardware,” Emily shared.   

So many lovely details and premium materials came together in this expansive kitchen and butler’s pantry that made for a winning timeless design.  See more of this Bentwood Beauty  

Bentwood Non-Traditional Category Winner 

marble island and kitchen design
Photography by Ric Stoval

Congratulations to Nicole Bradford of Elegant Cabinetry and Design for her dynamic Mountain Contemporary project.   

“The original location of the kitchen was in a small area of the home that did not allow much opportunity to expand. The decision was made to incorporate the existing living room into the kitchen resulting in a space that was four times larger than the original,” Nicole explained.   

Extra attention to detail with cabinetry grain matching, stone fabrication, and material selections were just some of the outstanding elements making this remodel a big winner.  See more of this Bentwood Stunner 

Solving such a design challenge along with superb execution, clearly communicated Nicole’s thoughtful transformation. The judges named Nicole’s project the best overall design of the 2023 Kitchen Contest and honored her with the Bill Algier Award. This special dealer award celebrates the talent, vision, and gold standard that Kitchen Designer, Bill Algier exercised throughout his career and valuable insight he shared with our factory team.  


Nicole Bradford
Bill Algier Award statue

Bentwood Outside the Kitchen Category Winner 

closet and shower design winner
Photography by Ric Stoval
Nicole Bradford

Congratulations to Nicole Bradford of Elegant Cabinetry and Design for her Contemporary En Suite project.  Updating the existing primary bedroom, bath, and closet was achieved with custom cabinetry flexibility and a modern door style.   

To achieve the final design, Nicole said, “We used custom tall cabinets to build an exposed custom closet.  We added paneling to the back of the cabinets to create a bed wall and floating vanities to complete the design.”   

Savvy design and overall space transformation made for a winning remodel.  See more of this Bentwood Modern Project 

Harmoni Traditional Kitchen Category Winner 

Harmoni Traditional kitchen design winner
Photography by Ginny Lea Abresch
Kevin Roy

Congratulations to Kevin Roy of KRB Kitchen and Bath Design Center for his elegant remodel project.   

“The objective of the overall design was to make the space blend into one cohesive workspace,” Kevin shared.   

Removing a dividing wall separating the kitchen and dining room created this attractive new space. The star of the kitchen was a Bertazzoni custom cream-colored range with classic brass hardware for a luxurious element.  

Thoughtful design including both function and beauty made for a winning project.  See more of this Harmoni Beauty 

Harmoni Non-Traditional Category Winner 

Harmoni Non-Traditional kitchen design winner
Tom Grimes Photography
Lisa Tobias

Congratulations to Lisa Tobias of Tobias Design for her clean-lined Modern project.   

“The simplicity of this space evokes an overall calm yet there are surprises at every turn. There are elements of rustic, concrete-looking laminates juxtaposing the formality and elegance of the walnut wood,” Lisa described.  

Smart design and outstanding use of cabinetry translated into a winning projectSee more of this Harmoni Stunner 

Harmoni Outside the Kitchen Category Winner 

Harmoni laundry room
Photography by Christopher Sithi
Marine Potapinski

Congratulations to Marine Potapinski of Greenberg Design Gallery for her striking project.  A black-and-white narrative included black cabinetry utilized in the mudroom and laundry for the desired updated look.  

“The result was a beautiful space in a high-traffic area of the home that the client was exceedingly pleased with,” noted Marine.   

Smart functional design and striking aesthetic made this a clear winner. See more of this Harmoni Remodel 

Watch for More Dealer Features  

Kitchen cabinet details
Tom Grimes Photography

Again, congratulations to all our 2023 Kitchen Contest Winners and their outstanding projects.  It is very gratifying to see the use of Bentwood and Harmoni cabinetry in these final designs.   

“Bringing your vision to life” is a guiding mantra for the Bentwood Companies along with our carefully selected national dealer network.  Today, we gladly celebrate you.  

Stay tuned for more project features from all the Kitchen Contest entries and see how designers across the country are utilizing our premium cabinetry in luxury homes across the country.   

Find Inspiration Near You

Inspired to update your own space?  Click here to find your closest authorized Bentwood dealer. We’ll connect you with a designer in your area and get started with your vision right away! 

Not quite ready to begin a project? Look through our gallery to find inspiration and discover the beauty of Bentwood. 

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Meet the 2023 Kitchen Contest Winners
We announce the winners of the inaugural Bentwood Kitchen Design Contest and Bill Algier Award. Our goal was to launch a contest that recognizes the best project designs within six categories from our talented dealer network.
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