Corey Klassen, CKD, CBD Wins 2015 NKBA Design Competition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER, BC (January 20, 2015) - Vancouver designer Corey Klassen, CKD, CBD won 1st Place in the Small Kitchen Category at the 2015 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Competition, recognizing his project as one of the top kitchen designs from over 300 entrants across North America. Klassen was honoured during a special award ceremony at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, January 19, 2015 in Las Vegas. A panel of seven, certified industry experts evaluated the projects in the NKBA's competition.

Klassen's winning design was a part of a larger whole home renovation in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver in collaboration with Fifth Element Construction & Renovation Ltd. His concept focused on small space solutions and included features such as a small european-sized appliances, natural marble accents, reclaimed fir flooring, custom upholstery and custom window coverings. The result was a kitchen space that provided the natural and relaxing environment that the clients desired. Klassen incorporated bath brands such as BLANCO, Brizo, and Caesarstone in his selections.

"Being recognized by my peers and industry experts for my design is a strong confirmation that I'm doing the right things," stated Klassen. "The value of my two certifications, Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer, and continued education and growth puts me out in front."

Projects were judged on various criteria, including safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. “This year’s winners offer a stunning variety in themes, styles and finishes,” says 2014 NKBA President John Petrie, CMKBD. “From English Cottage to Farmhouse styles and Contemporary Asian to Coastal themes, these winning designs demonstrate creativity, precision and versatility! I’m very proud of my fellow member designers, who are indeed a vital part of our association.”

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About The National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a nonprofit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With 60,000+ members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The  mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

About Corey Klassen Interior Design

Corey Klassen's Vancouver-based boutique residential design firm is an international award-winning practice founded on the direct needs of our Clients. We work with homeowners, general contractors, and allied professionals. With many needs, budgets, styles and project sizes we help Clients solve their design problems.

For more information, visit or call (604) 565-2159.

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