SubZero Wolf 2014
Heidi Piron, principal of Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry was recently named a regional winner of the Sub-Zero and Wolf 2013-2014 Kitchen Design Contest. The international biennial competition honors designers, architects, and builders who are advancing the field of kitchen design. Piron’s entry carries the unique distinction of being one of only 53 regional winners, chosen from more than 1,700 entries submitted from around the world. This also marks the second consecutive entry and win for the designer who was named regional winner in 2013. Piron’s winning design is a reinvention of the classic white kitchen befitting the grandeur of the Neoclassical Revival Summit, New Jersey home, built in 1905. At first, the designer tried to dissuade the homeowner from creating a white kitchen, since the rest of the house made exuberant use of color. “White is such a safe choice,” recalls Piron. “As it turns out, it was the client’s fearless taste that inspired me to think big and be bold with white.” Bookended and built into the wall, Sub-Zero Integrated 30” All Refrigerator and All-Freezer were designed to look like modern icebox boxes complete with hefty latches and hinges custom-designed in polished nickel. They are hidden in plain sight, as it is not obvious that these are refrigeration and freezer units. To complement the look, she designed over-sized pulls for the cabinetry that were inspired by the iconic Walter Gropius pulls of the 1920s. Open shelves were added to a wall of white cabinetry so the client could pop in color and personality. Piron found a stunning Calcutta marble with dramatic veining for the countertops. To ground the white and provide contrast, she chose a flat grain white oak with a reclaimed look for the floors, which adds warmth to the kitchen.