ID Contest 2019.

The contest for excellent Kitchen Interior Design.

More than 300 great entries from 25 countries – the first SieMatic ID Contest was a complete success. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the entrants who presented their consistently impressive room and kitchen plans to us. Our top-class, international jury had the difficult task of making its decisions and honor the winners of the SieMatic ID Contest 2019. We would like to thank all members of the jury for their commitment and enthusiastic cooperation. In two years, there will be a new chance for all participants – in the SieMatic ID Contest 2021.

The SieMatic style worlds PURE, URBAN and CLASSIC were the basis for the submission categories. There was a winner in each of the categories "Best of PURE", "Best of URBAN" and "Best of CLASSIC". The category "Best of the Best" was awarded to the most convincing submission. The competition solicited completed kitchen designs and integrated open living spaces over the past four years that demonstrate exceptional design quality and creativity.


Best of PURE

Project ‘Königstein’ by Daniel Krampe, Krampe GmbH Küchenstudio, Kelkheim, Germany

Jury statement:
The project „Königstein“ is characterized by a very finely tuned harmony of building and kitchen, material and design. The exciting yet discreet contrast between solidity and fineness accentuates the wellchosen material composition and testifies to the planner‘s high level of design competence. The unagitated, self-evident integration in the room with unembellished details and secure proportions creates maximum timeless elegance.
(Karim El-Ishmawi)


Best of URBAN

Project ‘Het Boekendaaltje‘ by Colette Dike, Bloemendaal and John van de Gevel, SieMatic aan het Vondelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Jury statement:
The generous kitchen block and the floating shelf in industrial style optimally meet the residents‘ need for room and storage space without appearing bulky. In addition, the absence of wall units creates a sense of visual lightness. In keeping with the cast concrete floor, fronts and surfaces have a timeless monochrome look. Located in the entrance area, the kitchen with its harmoniously selected materials and skilfully set black-and-white accents paves the way to an urban apartment and at the same time has the potential to become the centre of life.
(Bettina Billerbeck)


Project ‘Nelson Kitchen’ by Matthew Rao, RAO Design Studio, Atlanta, USA


Jury statement:
You can feel in every detail that this kitchen was designed for the whole family. It should not only be a visual highlight. This kitchen is used for living, cooking and celebrating. It is a wonderful example of what makes the CLASSIC style collection so special. Timelessly elegant, it blends into the architecture of the house, playing with the possibilities of the room and unfolding its own character.
(Ulrich W. Siekmann)

Best of the Best

Projekt ‘N house’ by Satoshi Kurosaki, Apollo Architects and Associates and SMW Japan from Tokyo, Japan


Jury statement:
What makes this space so special is the attention to the proportions. It‘s beautifully executed and artfully composed. The space is simple, yet interesting – warm and comfortable, while still maintaining the sleek, pure lines. It‘s the kind of space one would want to live in.
(Mick De Giulio)

Bettina Billerbeck

Chefredakteurin | editor in chief,
Schöner Wohnen + IDEAT Germany,
Hamburg, Germany



Bettina Billerbeck has been editor-in-chief of “SCHÖNER WOHNEN” since 2013 and since 2017 editor-in-chief of the German licensed edition of the French design and lifestyle magazine “IDEAT”. Born in Wuppertal, Germany, she studied history and economics in Cologne and after completing her traineeship worked first as an editor and later as head of department at the gourmet magazine “Der Feinschmecker”. In 2005 she moved to Condé Nast in Munich, where she worked as text editor and deputy editor-in-chief of the women‘s magazine “myself”. In 2009 she returned to Hamburg as editor-in-chief of “Maxi” (Bauer Verlag) and joined Gruner + Jahr two years later - as editor-in-chief of “Living at Home”.

Mick De Giulio

Designer, Gründer & Inhaber | Designer, Founder & Owner
De Giulio® Kitchen Design,
Chicago, USA



American designer Mick De Giulio founded De Giulio Kitchen Design in 1984. He is internationally recognized for innovative interior architecture and product design for kitchens, and designs projects worldwide. Mick has designed collections for SieMatic, including the BeauxArts Collection, and his work has been published extensively by leading design magazines. In 2016, he was inducted into Chicago’s Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to design. Mick is the author of two books on kitchen design: ‘Kitchen Centric’ and ‘KITCHEN’.

Karim El-Ishmawi

Gründungspartner & Geschäftsführer Kinzo,
Founding Partner & CEO of Kinzo,
Berlin, Germany



Karim El-Ishmawi studied architecture in Berlin and Chicago, among other places. In 2002 he graduated with distinction. He then founded Kinzo together with Chris Middleton and Martin Jacobs. They had already been running the Kinzo Club together since 1999. The interdisciplinary team of over 50 architects now work for international companies worldwide, and together with their clients, they develop user-oriented, sustainable and distinctive living and working environments. The individual person is always at the centre of the design.

Alexander Geringer

Chefredakteur | editor in chief
Berlin, Germany | Wien, Austria



Alexander Geringer founded his own publishing company in 1995: Ahead Media with headquarters in Vienna. Soon after, publishing offices in Berlin, London and New York followed. In 1996 he collaborated with Tyler Brûlé on the creation of “Wallpaper*” Magazine and, as CEO of Ahead Media, Geringer realised several lifestyle, design and fashion magazines, such as “Ahead”, “IQstyle”, “anyway” and “H.O.M.E.”. Together with his team he also founded the design fair “H.O.M.E.D.E.P.O.T”, which takes place annually in Vienna. In 2013 he supervised the successful relaunch of the fashion magazine “flair” in Germany and the German edition of the Italian architecture magazine “domus”. As creative director, Alexander Geringer also designed various customer magazines for companies such as Silhouette, New Yorker, Stilwerk, Nespresso and Chopard.

Amy Heffernan

Interiors Director,
Wallpaper* Magazine,
London, UK



Amy Heffernan is the Interiors Director at “Wallpaper*”. She scours the world for the very best in contemporary design to feature in the pages of the magazine. As Interiors Director at “Wallpaper*” magazine Amy works as an Interior Stylist and Set Designer creating still life images, large scale studio set builds, live events and residential projects in the UK and overseas. She is a furniture and design specialist with an international network. She is passionate about contemporary design and creating distinctive environments. Amy works closely with the commissioned Photographer and team of set builders to curate imaginary worlds in which to feature design pieces and furniture collections. Each photo-shoot in the magazine is different and unique to the next, from room sets to sculptural structures.

Thomas Helbing

Leitender Redakteur | Lead Editor
Houzz Germany
Berlin, Germany



Thomas Helbing is editor-in-chief of the German edition of “houzz”, the world‘s largest online platform for renovations and home design. For him, the way to a heart is through the stomach: “Everything begins in a sensually designed kitchen - whether spacious and airy, optimally compact or on a difficult floor plan – the modern kitchen design is extremely diverse and makes it so exciting.” He is eagerly looking forward to witnessing the diverse projects entered into the SieMatic ID Contest.

Joern F. Kengelbach

Chefredakteur | editor in chief,
AW Architektur & Wohnen + Robb Report,
Hamburg, Germany



Born in Franconia, Joern F. Kengelbach has been successfully managing Germany‘s oldest residential and interior magazine for the Hamburg-based Jahreszeiten-Verlag since 2017, having already been in charge of the international luxury magazine “Robb Report” for the DACH region in the same publishing house since 2016. Kengelbach studied architecture before starting his career as a journalist. Until 2012, he wrote for ten years for the men‘s magazine “GQ”, most recently as head of department for technology, design, motor, architecture and watches. After founding the men‘s magazine “Manual” for Gruner + Jahr Corporate Editors, Kengelbach worked for three years as a watch expert for “WELT”, “WamS” and the associated luxury supplement “ICON” as well as for the business magazine “Bilanz”, all from Axel Springer Verlag.

Ulrich W. Siekmann

Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter | Managing Partner,
CEO SieMatic Möbelwerke,
Löhne, Germany



SieMatic was founded 90 years ago as August Siekmann Möbelwerke in the Westphalian town of Löhne. Since then, the Löhne-based company has been producing first-class kitchens. Ulrich W. Siekmann has been the third generation of the family to manage the internationally expanding company since 1994. “In order to fulfill the individual wishes and growing requirements of our customers in the best possible way, we want to do more today than just build first-class kitchens: Together with international designers and our SieMatic consultants all over the world, we create living spaces of timeless elegance that perfectly reflect the personality of their owners. We call it ‘Kitchen Interior Design’ ”.

We would like to thank all members of the jury for their commitment and enthusiastic participation.