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A Dream Kitchen in Arlington Features Showcase Materials and Appliances, but the Missing Elements Make the Room

By Michael McCarthy | November 2, 2020 | Home & Real Estate

DC architect Donald Lococo won the global prize for transitional space in the biennial Sub-Zero Wolf Kitchen Design Contest.

Architect Donald Lococo ( believes home design components tend to have the same foundational pattern: windows, plaster, structure. But what happens when those predictable arrangements take a turn? In the case of an Arlington kitchen designed by Lococo and his team, something extraordinary. The designer’s kitchen won the global prize for transitional space for the biennial Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest ( “What differentiates style is what’s emphasized, what’s de-emphasized and what’s exaggerated,” says Lococo. “In this kitchen, it really boils down to what’s not there. The usual suspects like cabinets and backsplash tile—and even a focal hood—are conspicuously missing. This allows the eye to redirect toward space, light and nature.” Entries for the next design contest, which is limited to trade pros, has been extended to Jan. 31, 2022

Photography by: Courtesy of Sub-Zero Wolf