A Tribute to Ray Gardner, Award Winning Designer.

It was exciting times at Main Line Kitchen Design when Ray Gardner won our company’s first design award. Ray went on to have his kitchens written about in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Kitchen and Bath Design News, and Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine. Photos of Ray’s kitchens can still be seen in cabinet brand catalogues and on the websites of many companies including Main Line Kitchen Design’s.

Ray Gardner on right with Paul and A.J. Ahrens during the 2014 CoTY Award ceremony.

Sadly, we just learned that Ray, who retired from Main Line Kitchen Design for health reasons 5 years ago, passed away in the early days of Covid.

Ray was special beyond his abilities as a kitchen designer. He was an accomplished artist, and a graduate of the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art. Ray was also a successful furniture designer and salesman before he entered into kitchen design, personally working with large accounts like Conrail.

Ray’s talents as a kitchen designer were particularly suited to the kitchen styles popular during his career. Nobody did the French Country style like Ray. Ray stacked moldings and employed ornate carvings and island legs in artistic ways that made his designs special.

However, it’s Rays gentle soul and his joy at watching the hummingbirds in my backyard that Julie and I will remember most.

Below is my favorite photo of Ray’s 2014 CoTY award winning kitchen. The warm light seen in the family room off the kitchen feels like a place anyone could go to relax and rest. Rest in peace, good buddy.


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