KBDi Designer Awards 2016 – And the winners are…

KBDi Designer Awards 2016 – And the winners are…

The stunning ballroom of Pullman Melbourne on the Park was the place to be for Australian kitchen and bathroom designers on Saturday night.  We were thrilled to see some well known designers and a number of new faces taking to the stage to collect their much-deserved awards at this spectacular gala event!

Find out more about our national award winners here, and see the full list of trophy-takers below.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO…

National Winners

  • KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2016: Alex Norman CKD Au (Brilliant SA, SA)
  • KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets, WA)
  • KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016: Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Concept, WA)
  • KBDi Australian Design Space Award 2016: Kristina Schubert (Creative Home Plus, SA)
  • KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Award – Kitchen Design of the Year 2016: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets, WA)
  • KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Award – Bathroom Design of the Year 2016: Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations, NSW)
  • KBDi First Time Entrant Award 2016: Kristina Schubert (Creative Home Plus, SA)

New South Wales Winners

  • KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens NSW: Paul Johns (Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms)
  • KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens NSW: Sarah Nolen (Birdblack Design)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens NSW: Michelle Burton CKD Au (SMB Interior Design)
  • KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – NSW: Sarah Nolen (Birdblack Design)
  • KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms NSW: Gavin Hepper CKD Au (Concepts by Gavin Hepper)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms NSW: Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations)
  • KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – NSW: Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations)

Queensland Winners

  • KBDi Designer – Small/Medium Kitchens QLD: Wayne Havenaar (Germancraft Cabinets)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens QLD: Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets)
  • KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – QLD: Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets)
  • KBDi Designer – Small/Large Bathrooms QLD: Helene Newson (Spacial Design Solutions Pty Ltd)
  • KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – QLD: Helene Newson (Spacial Design Solutions Pty Ltd)

South Australian Winners

  • KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens SA: Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Spacecraft Joinery)
  • KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens SA: Alex Norman CKD Au (Brilliant SA)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens SA: Paul Hutchison (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)
  • KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – SA: Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Spacecraft Joinery)
  • KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms SA: Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms SA: Sallyann Ling (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)
  • KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – SA: Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

Victorian Winners

  • KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens VIC: Frank Iaria (Mint Kitchens)
  • KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens VIC: Chris Arnold CKD Au (Complete Kitchens Australia Pty Ltd)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens VIC: Jenefer Macleod (Eat Bathe Live)
  • KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – VIC: Jenefer Macleod (Eat Bathe Live)
  • KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms VIC: Teresa Kleeman (Pepper Constructions)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms VIC: Sam Robinson CKD Au, CBD Au (Sam Robinson Interior Design)
  • KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – VIC: Teresa Kleeman (Pepper Constructions)

Western Australian Winners

  • KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens WA: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)
  • KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens WA: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens WA: Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets)
  • KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – WA: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)
  • KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms WA: Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)
  • KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms WA: Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Kitchens & Bathrooms)
  • KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – WA: Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Kitchens & Bathrooms)

About the KBDi Awards

Now in its eighth year, the KBDi Designer Awards program is a well established and highly regarded event on the Australian design calendar.  The program recognises the professionalism and talent of Australian kitchen and bathroom designers, and is buoyed by the support of industry sponsors and partners. This year’s KBDi kitchen awards were proudly sponsored by Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (www.cmib.com.au), while E & S Trading (www.eands.com.au) were valued sponsors of the KBDi 2016 bathroom awards. Lincoln Sentry (www.lincolnsentry.com.au) once again sponsored the coveted award for Australian Certified Designer of the Year, and TLD Kitchens (www.tldkitchens.com) sponsored the Design Space and First Time Entrant Awards. Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly continued their ongoing support with the People’s Choice Award, and Austaron proudly supplied each of the design trophies.

Australia’s Finest – KBDi Designer Awards 2016 – National Winners

Australia’s Finest – KBDi Designer Awards 2016 – National Winners

Australia’s finest interior designers had much to celebrate at the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute’s annual Awards Gala in Melbourne on Saturday night (17 September), with some well known winners and a number of new faces taking to the stage over the course of the evening.

South Australians were thrilled to see one of their own take out the top honour for Australian Certified Designer of the Year, while the Sand Gropers in the room were incredibly proud when the national kitchen and bathroom awards went to Western Australian designers.

SA’s Alex Norman CKD Au (www.brilliantsa.com.au) made her way to the stage early in the evening, collecting an award for Designer – Medium Kitchens SA.  The KBDi accredited designer’s stunning kitchen entry, paired with a second equally impressive design project, impressed the judging panel enormously and went on to win her the coveted title of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year.  KBDi Diamond Sponsors, Lincoln Sentry, were proud to present Alex with this esteemed award.

WA’s Kia Douglas (www.westerncabinets.com.au) spent a good deal of her evening on the stage, too, collecting five awards over the course of the night!  Kia’s first accolade came with a category win for Designer – Small Kitchens WA. A spectacular medium kitchen design netted Kia a bundle of trophies, including Designer – Medium Kitchens WA, Kitchen Designer of the Year WA and the sought-after title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year, proudly presented by KBDi kitchen award sponsor, Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (CMIB).

To top off her evening, Kia also took home the KBDi and KBQ People’s Choice Award for Kitchen Design of the Year; all finalists in the KBDi Designer Awards 2016 were showcased on the Complete Homes portal, where over 12,000 consumers voted for their favourite space – Kia’s large kitchen design proved most popular, and earned her a fantastic advertising package with Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly.

First time KBDi entrant and new WA member, Giovanni Giannace, made a striking debut: Giovanni’s large bathroom design earned him a category award for Designer – Large Bathrooms WA, a chapter award title of Bathroom Designer of the Year WA, and a place alongside Alex and Kia on the KBDi Designers International Tour 2017 with the national award of KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year! This year’s KBDi bathroom awards were proudly sponsored by E & S Trading.

Another first time entrant, SA’s Kristina Schubert (Creative Home Plus) also made an impressive first appearance, winning the national award for Australian Design Space with an amazing outdoor kitchen design.  Kristina’s high quality presentation also earned her the First Time Entrant award, which along with the Design Space award, was proudly sponsored by TLD Kitchens.

Congratulations to each of the winners above, and to all those who claimed category and chapter awards, too (see the full list here.)

About the KBDi Awards

Now in its eighth year, the KBDi Designer Awards program is a well established and highly regarded event on the Australian design calendar.  The program recognises the professionalism and talent of Australian kitchen and bathroom designers, and is buoyed by the support of industry sponsors and partners. This year’s KBDi kitchen awards were proudly sponsored by Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (www.cmib.com.au), while E & S Trading (www.eands.com.au) were valued sponsors of the KBDi 2016 bathroom awards. Lincoln Sentry (www.lincolnsentry.com.au) once again sponsored the coveted award for Australian Certified Designer of the Year, and TLD Kitchens (www.tldkitchens.com) sponsored the Design Space and First Time Entrant Awards. Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly continued their ongoing support with the People’s Choice Award, and Austaron proudly supplied each of the design trophies.