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Dietrich Ralph Katz

Viking Range, LLC, the leader in residential kitchen technology, has named Dietrich Ralph Katz as the May Designer of Distinction. Dietrich Ralph Katz is a kitchen designer at Designline Kitchens located in Sea Girt, New Jersey and is the fifth monthly winner in the 2017 Viking Kitchen Design Competition. Designers from around the United States are vying for the coveted honor to become the 2017 Viking Designer of the Year.

Dietrich describes the project below:

This spectacular kitchen is located in Brick, New Jersey. The original house took a big hit during super storm Sandy and had to be entirely rebuilt. During this rebuilding the house was raised and built higher, larger and better than before.

Located on a river, the views are the primary asset of the lot. To capitalize on this, the owners positioned the house and the kitchen to take full advantage of these spectacular views. The cabinetry is custom designed and installed by Designline Kitchens in Sea Girt and the main kitchen color is designer white with two islands that are a contrasting stained weathered white oak . One island is a dedicated work island with a white farm sink, a Viking paneled dishwasher, general storage and paneled beverage drawers. The other island has stool space positioned for optimal water viewing and general party type storage .

The rest of the kitchen features tall stacked upper cabinets to a 9' ceiling line, staggered depth upper cabinets with two of the uppers having clear glass doors extending down to the counter. The kitchen features a Stanici full height wood hood with a Viking Custom Ventilator System and a Viking 48'' range with a pot filler installed above.

Since the clients are avid cooks and like to entertain with their family and friends, they were very firm on their insistence of using Viking products.

The entire design is centered on the ease and functionality of cooking, cleanup, presentation and storage. The clients are exceptionally pleased with the kitchen design and the spectacular Viking appliances.

More about Dietrich Ralph Katz and Designline Kitchens:

Dietrich Ralph Katz has been involved in product design, furniture design, painting, sculpture, writing and photography as well as kitchen design for many years. Ralph ran his own custom design and manufacturing company for 35 years and for the past four years has worked for Designline Kitchens.

Designline Kitchens is located in Sea Girt, New Jersey and is a 40 year old family run, full service, custom design, custom manufacturing, contracting and installation company with impeccable credentials and the highest standards of quality.

About the Viking Kitchen Design Competition:

Each month prizes and recognitions are awarded to the winning designer in the 2017 Viking Kitchen Design Competition. The monthly winner receives the designation of Designer of Distinction and is featured on and social media channels. The monthly winner also receives a Viking Professional 10 piece cookware set valued at over $1,600.

The grand prize winner named as the 2017 Viking Kitchen Designer of the Year will be featured in a 2018 Architectural Digest ad and will receive a Viking Professional Range valued up to $10,299. Entries by design professionals for the Viking Kitchen Design Competition are being accepted through October 31, 2017. Design professionals interested in entering the Viking Kitchen Design Competition can visit to enter.

Viking Range, LLC originated ultra-premium commercial-type appliances for the home, creating a whole new category of home appliances. Committed to innovative product design, unrivaled performance and peerless quality, Viking is headquartered in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a subsidiary of The Middleby Corporation, a long-time leader in commercial kitchen technology. Viking appliances are recognized globally as the foremost brand in the high-end appliance industry and are sold through a network of premium appliance distributors and dealers worldwide.

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