Category: Contest

Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Judge Profile: Jeffrey Blum

Very soon we will be announcing the winners of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest. We received so many great entries from around the country! Our judges definitely had their work cut out for them. And speaking of judges, an illustrious collection of esteemed designers from across the U.S. agreed to take the time to review the contest submissions and select the winners. This year’s judges are:

  • Jeffrey Blum
  • Robin Burrill
  • Oscar De las salas
  • Paula Kennedy
  • Martin Spicuzza
  • Chip Blankenship, President and CEO of GE Appliances

Over the next few weeks, we will profile each Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge. Our first profile features Jeffrey Blum with Sixzero6 in New York City.

JeffreyBlum1SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Jeff: Do you have a few hours? … I think it’s built in. But certainly fostered by early exposure and then finally, after a very circuitous career search, getting around to building things. Once you have your hands on materials, the need to manipulate them to your will gets into your blood.

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.

Jeff: I enjoy them all, even with what most of us would consider the most difficult clients. Those are the ones that throw you curveballs, and my job is often about problem solving. So the more challenging the problem, the more satisfying the solution.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Jeff: I am over trends.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Jeff: Well, I encourage a loosening up of any adherence to rules, and I see people not being so stuck on a particular style these days, which is incredibly freeing as a designer.

SRFD: What are you looking forward to about judging the design contest entries?

Jeff: Seeing the work! Everyone approaches design differently, and here’s an opportunity to celebrate that variety. As I always tell my clients, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” (He said with his cat sitting next to him on his desk. What a terrible thing to say!).


Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Deadline Extended

Call for Entries: Deadline extended – August 31, 2015

Attention Designers, Architects, Builders and Remodelers: You now have more time to enter the Monogram $150,000 Dream Kitchen Design Contest.

GE is proud to announce the Monogram $150,000 Dream Kitchen Design Contest. We’re giving away $150,000 USD in cash prizes, and all you have to do is put your imagination to work to design a gorgeous kitchen using Monogram appliances. You could win up to $25,000 USD, plus gain national exposure through recognition at the awards ceremony and GE marketing. Contest rules are simple and straightforward, giving you carte blanche to pursue your creative vision.

Enter here.

Deadline for entry: All submissions must be received by August 31, 2015.

Open to all kitchen designers, architects, professional builders and remodelers in the US and Canada. More details here: