KBDi Diamond Sponsor, Lincoln Sentry, were once again proud sponsors of the KBDi Certified Designer of the Year award, held this year in the ballroom of Adelaide’s Hotel Intercontinental.

Lincoln Sentry’s National Sales and Marketing Manager, Kevin Bruce, was pleased to present Darren James CKD Au with the top accolade and esteemed title of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2017. This award is the pinnacle of the program, with entrants required to submit two projects aligned with very comprehensive criteria.

The judges declared Darren’s two kitchen projects to be of the highest standard, both aesthetically and practically, and said his outstanding design aptitude, flawless documentation, technical accuracy and impeccable attention to detail made this accredited designer a clear winner.



In the first entry, a challenging brief required a spacious kitchen for a family of seven. The clients needed a kitchen that would accommodate multiple cooks, and wanted plenty of space to mill and entertain. Aesthetically, they longed to bring some urban cool in to their acreage home. The designer met and exceeded their expectations, producing a visually stunning and technically flawless design.

The second entry comprised of a kitchen designed as a visual centrepiece for a holiday home nestled in the rolling hinterland of Bangalow, Byron Bay. The homeowners wanted a statement kitchen that would also be welcoming, relaxed and family friendly. As keen entertainers, they needed a kitchen that would practically facilitate catering for large parties and events. The designer skilfully applied design and technical expertise to create a kitchen that ticked all the boxes of this complex brief.

View images of Darren’s winning entries here.

With the support of Lincoln Sentry, Darren doesn’t only take the title and trophy; his efforts were rewarded with a $2,500 travel and accommodation voucher. This prize is designed to encourage winners to further their professional development by attending a major international design fair, and we’re looking forward to sharing Darren’s destination and highlights with you next year!