David Heide Design Studio, the Minneapolis design and architecture firm, won a first-place award in the 2015-2016 international Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest. The restoration of the traditional kitchen in a 1908 St. Paul Tudor-style home, originally designed by noted Minnesota architect Franklin Ellerbe, was selected out of more than 1,500 entries from 24 countries worldwide.
The project—designed by founder and principal David Heide, senior design associate Chris Christofferson, and architect Mark Nelson—involved renovation, restoration, and a 300-square-foot addition. Because prior homeowners had kept Ellerbe’s original plans, the design team knew red birch had been used in the kitchen. Staying true to the home’s roots, they used red birch as the primary material in the redesign.
The judges lauded the design team’s “wonderful job of recreating the [Craftsman] style. The historic detailing is on point and, at the same time, has all of the ergonomics and functions of a well-designed kitchen.”
By Chris Lee. Photo by Susan Gilmore