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.