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.
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!).