‘There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration.’
(Richelle Mead, American Author)

A little inspiration can make a big difference to a design. In this feature, we’ll share how some of our very talented Members have used some ‘magical muse’ to create remarkably timeless interiors.

Something Sentimental…

This striking kitchen by Victorian designer, Jenefer Gordon (nee Macleod) CKD Au, CBD Au of Eat Bathe Live, was a well-deserved KBDi award winner a couple of years ago. The burnt orange palette was inspired by the client’s much loved Ellis Ceramics Ram (see the sculpture sitting proudly in the shelving to the left), and the wonderfully warm kitchen is as eye-catching today as it was in 2016.

Adelaide designer, Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (SpaceCraft Joinery), is a pro with pops of colour, and this playful kitchen was a winner for him in 2016. The client’s ceramic collection inspired the bright and cheerful palette, and the result was (and still is) delightful!

In the Bones of the Building…

Sydney designer, Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa) had some awesomely-angled architecture to set the scene for this award-winning kitchen. Darren cleverly echoed the home’s triangular structure in this stand-out design, creating a geometric masterpiece.

What’s Outside the Window…

The view outside this rural weekender was beautifully framed in this 2016 award winner by Sydney designer, Rainer Kwast. The colours and finishes were carefully selected to complement the spectacular landscape, and Rainer’s restraint was well rewarded with a truly timeless design.

Character Creations…

When Melbourne designer, Andrew Crawshaw (SmarterBATHROOMS+), was engaged to create a practical, fun and nautically-themed studio kitchen inspired by the Kiwi ‘bach’, he immediately set about collecting an intriguing collection of found and reclaimed objects. With boat cleats used as handles, distressed wood from old packing cases fashioned into doors and an old art table repurposed as a benchtop, the kitchen is a great example of character design. (A bach – pronounced ‘batch’ – is traditionally a small, modest holiday home or beach house much-loved by our New Zealand neighbours.)

Style Statements…

Victorian designer, Patricia La Torre CKD Au, was inspired by her client’s love of the Art Deco era in this excellent example of style-centric design. Patricia played with rich colours and decadent detailing in this small kitchen space, but it’s the flourishing curves that take centre stage with a theatrical nod to the Art Deco age.

What has been your favourite inspiration in your design work to date? We’d love to share your work with our design community – email us your story and pics today!