Appearances ~ Through 2013, national magazines have featured Landon's client's projects well over 60 times. (More specifics below.)
Credentials ~ Certified Master
& Bath Designer
To attain this credential, one must first receive their Certified Kitchen
Designer (CKD) and Certified Bath Designer (CBD) credentials which require
seven years experience, 60 hours of NKBA education within two years of
testing, and then passing a grueling academic and practical exam for each
certification. (@45% "Pass" rate) In the practical exam, candidates are
given four hours to prepare a complete set of drawings for a kitchen or bath remodel.
To next attain CMKBD credentials, candidates must have an additional ten years
experience beyond the time of their first certification, as CKD or CBD,
and have accumulated a minimum of 100 hours of CEUs. Finally, they must
document three Third Party Endorsements, such as design competition placement,
projects published, show house, or TV/magazine interview. In February,
2006, when Landon received his credential, the National Kitchen & Bath
Association (NKBA) had endorsed less than one hundred CMKBDs in the United
States. Awards ~ Landon has been recognized by the NKBA as the designer of the best kitchen in the nation.
2012 1st & 3rd place in NKBA Puget Sound Chapter Design Competition. Projects were featured in 425 magazine.
2011 REX Award for "Bathroom Excellence: Best Remodel Under $40,000" from the Master Builders
Association of King & Snohomish Counties.
2010 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in NKBA Puget Sound Chapter Design Competition.
Projects were featured in 425 magazine in Sept/Oct, 2010.
2010 NKBA "Art of the Industry" Design Competition Judge
2009: REX Award for "Kitchen Excellence" from the Master Builders
Association of the State of Washington.
2009: REX Awards for "Kitchen Excellence" and "Bathroom Excellence"
from the Master Builders Association of Pierce County.
Spring 2008: Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Third Place Regional
Winner awarded for the years 2006/2007.
2008 President's Award. The Puget Sound Chapter of the NKBA
gave Landon First Place in the "Large
Kitchen" category and then honored him as the "Best of the Best." See
2007 Best Overall Kitchen Winner. In the annual national competition
adjudicated by the NKBA, Landon received First
Place in the "Small Kitchen" category. (This means the kitchen
had less than 35 square feet of countertops.) Landon was then recognized
as the best overall designer among all the "First Place" winners within
the competition's kitchen categories for his kitchen, "Floating
President's Award. The Puget Sound Chapter of the NKBA
gave Landon First Place in the "Large
Kitchen" category and then honored him as the "Best of the Best." (Magazine
cover shot below.)
See this kitchen!
2006 NKBA Puget Sound Chapter Design Competition. Landon also received second and third place
honors for two of his projects in the "Small to Medium Kitchen" category!
Italians Gather Raised Oceans
Seven years of building fitted cabinetry. Landon's portfolio has pictures,
in particular, of a table and a three-section furniture rosewood piece
built in his woodworking shop. This experience caused a recent client to
note, "Richard's value far exceeds what we paid. His eye for detail
and on site presence made all the difference, especially when it comes
to cabinets. It is the rare designer that is so hand's-on involved in their
installation. He personally re-installed our Sub-Zero wine refrigerator
when he noted the doors were askew. Our kitchen looks 'just right' because
3 years of training in music theory and composition, (Hence, Landon
claims that a well-designed kitchen has a certain musicality to it and
that designing a kitchen is tantamount to composing with shapes in lieu
A chemistry degree with an analytical emphasis from Seattle Pacific University.
Many years spent as a remodeling contractor, during which time he designed
and oversaw construction of a new home in Juneau, Alaska.
Combine all of the above with his clear five-phase program of services
the genetic gift of a analytical~artistic brain (from his mother, the chemist,
and his father, the internationally-renowned panoramic photographer, Will
add a dash of joie de vivre, and a cheerful
lack of conventionality, and you can be assured you will get a project that:
Double-click on the man to read about the Bon Vivant Cooking School
Now over sixty appearances in national and regional magazines
Magazines such as Trends, HOME, Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, Better Homes
and Gardens, House Beautiful, Fine Homebuilding, Qualified Remodeler,
and the trade press have published Landon's projects. Rooms featured have been: kitchens, master baths,
secondary baths, powder rooms, office/libraries, craft rooms, and family/media
In 2013, look for more projects in Kitchen Trends and Meredith Press' Kitchen & Bath Ideas. A summary of some of Landon's favorite appearances is below.
- Kitchen Trends, Volume 2903,
pages 98ff, had a 4-page feaure showcasing a remarkable remodel of a
3-bedroom rambler, opening up the main living area to create a vaulted
ceiling and relocating the kitchen into the former living room!
Trends, Volume 2403, pages 30ff, featured an amazing kitchen in Madison Park with wide-ribbed, back-glazed
glass on the walls, quarried lava for the island counter, and drawers hidden
in the toe kick! Lavastone Kitchen
Renovation Style, Spring 2008, page 10f, "Renovation Journal" feature
Richard as "An innovative designer [who] reveals the latest trends in kitchens."
Also featured in the sidebar on page 16 and their article on aging in place,
In an article titled "kitchen miscues: avoid costly renovation mistakes,"
@home magazine, Winter 2007, two of Landon's kitchens show how to
do it right.
A hospitality center; @home magazine, Fall 2007, in an article,
Kitchen & Bath, Premier Media's Puget Sound magazine, featured
three of Landon's award-winning projects, including "First Place" Small
- "Floating on Air" featured in Profiles, Spring, 2007. This
is the NKBA's official magazine.
- Kitchen & Bath Design News, May, 2007. "Floating on Air."
- Kitchen & Bath Ideas, Better Homes & Gardens, April,
2007, feature article.
- Two master baths featured in @HOME, Spring, 2007, in an article,
"No More Cold Feet."
||The cover of Kitchen & Bath, issued annually each September.
This kitchen was honored as "Best of the Best" by the Puget Sound Chapter
of the NKBA in 2006.
Featured in 50 Dream Kitchens, published by Meredith Specials,
Vol 2, No. 2, 2005. "Quieting the Kitchen" was the title of this
piece. "A functional, cozy space ensures guests stay out of the work center."
- Showing a blend of industrial chic and whimsy, on the newstands in
Fine Homebuilding's 2005 Annual Kitchens and Baths issue. Imagine fitting
a master bath into less than 55 square feet! Link
to this bath.
A six-page feature article, Fall, 2005, in Woman's
Day Specials KITCHEN & BATHS, Volume XIV, Number 4, featuring
a circular island in the midst of French elegance! Photos
of this kitchen
Better Homes & Gardens,
Kitchen and Bath
Ideas, May/Jun, 2004 issue. A bungalow kitchen that is a piece de
resistance in spaceplanning. By changing the bottom run of a stair,
Mr. Landon turned risers into drawers, hid the lower run of the basement
stairs under one end of a peninsula, opened up the room and dramatically
increased light levels. Stainless steel countertops and granite combine
with maple and a La Canche Cormatin range to create a kitchen with a "feels
right" atmosphere. Link
to Cormatin range. (Use "Back" button to return to this page.) This kitchen was featured on the Great Kitchen and Bath
Tour. See tour photos!
Ladies Home Journal featured a lower level family game/media room remodel.
A perfect illustration of way The Room Compass approach guides the design
process to "feels right" solutions. Published May, 2003.
to photos of this remodel!
An innovative solution to the ubiquitous split-level home was featured,
October, 2001, in HOME. This was Landon's 26th appearance in a national
magazine. Pictures of Split-Level
The Spring 1999 issue of BH&G's Remodeling presented a colorful
maple kitchen in a small space. This project perfectly illustrated
Landon's ability to finesse a space by shaping elements in it to fit the
client, the site and traffic patterns. Link
to excerpts from the text of this article
The United Press Syndicate featured Landon in an article titled,
"Recipes for Small Kitchens," written by Michael Walsh, on Sunday, May
Unusual cylindrical vanities in clear vertical-grain fir with tumbled
marble counters, edged in oil-rubbed bronze, were featured in an article
titled "Victorious Vanites" in Better Homes & Garden's
Bath Ideas, Summer 1999, pages 112-113. Link
to a picture of these vanities
While preparing an article in Better Homes & Gardens' Remodeling,
Winter 1999, the editor commented that she knew of no other Northwest designer
whose work so consistently attracts national attention. This striking
project combined a home office with a media room.
One of Landon's most recognized projects appeared in Better Homes and Gardens
Cooks and Their Kitchens, Summer 1997. This kitchen was designed for
Vivant, Louise Hasson's cooking school in Seattle, Washington, Landon's
third cooking school project. (Link
to the Bon Vivant site and see photos of this kitchen.)
Cooking school kitchen for now-a-fond-memory Larry's Market in Bellevue,
Eleven Street of Dreams homes, during "the best of times," including
the original Seattle project in 1984, voted "Best Kitchen Design."
An appearance on the original KING-TV's "Seattle Today" during which he
stored an entire kitchen in a 4-1/2'-wide "Hoosier"-like cabinet he had
1990 Seattle Symphony "Designer Show House" and 1985 MAME award for "Best
Kitchen Design" Link to see
how timeless good design can be!
20+ years of attending KBIS, the national kitchen and bath trade show.
In 1987, Landon discovered the Viking Professional Range at KBIS. That
same year, at the Seattle Street of Dreams, he introduced "Professional
Performance for the Home" to the Northwest.
Twice invited to present his seminar, The
TM, at KBIS (the Kitchen
& Bath Industry Show).