Lincoln Sentry were once again very proud Sponsors of the KBDi Designer Awards program, this year supporting each and every designer who took to the stage to collect their kitchen design award.

Well-known Brisbane-based designer, Darren James CKD Au, CBD Au (Darren James Interiors), pictured to the left alongside Lincoln Sentry’s National Commercial Manager, Mark Williams, was the winner of the ultimate kitchen award, taking home the trophy (amongst a swag of others) and the title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2019. Find out why the judges loved Darren’s small kitchen design below, and join us in congratulating each of the State winners from across the country.

This ‘small’ kitchen made a huge statement and was a ‘hands down’ winner for the judging panel. The designer worked wonders with the industrial elements inherited with this Woolstore conversion, weaving warmth and whimsy throughout the space. The careful planning ensured the kitchen was highly functional for its semi-retired occupants, and its timeless styling will bring joy to the homeowners for many years. The documentation submitted was exceptional, and the judges commended the designer on an A+ presentation.

The judges described this kitchen as a ‘stunning showcase of surfaces and a spectacular reconfiguration of space’. With a striking dolomite benchtop and splashback taking centre stage, and chocolate oak veneers adding warmth and texture, the kitchen sits boldly amidst a raw concrete and bricked-wall backdrop. The practically-designed space flows seamlessly to an internal courtyard and formal living areas, and was declared a worthy winner by the panel.

The devil is in the detail of this smart-looking kitchen: from the hexagonal splashback to the circular lights and the carefully framed cabinetwork, the space is a geometric delight. The judges admired the designer’s restrained material selection and thoughtful use of space, and commended her on an intelligent design.

The judging panel loved the balanced combination of materials in this kitchen, and admired the designer’s exceptional use of asymmetry. Sharp black detailing adds interest to the space, while brass handles and tapware add a metallic glimmer. The kitchen and its adjoining butler’s pantry are well laid out and functional, with both spaces as practical as they are pretty.

The transformation of the client’s original dark and dingy kitchen is truly impressive. Matt white doors combined with natural oak features and concrete-coloured benchtops give the kitchen a timeless Scandi appeal, sure to be loved by its owners for many years to come. The judges admired the designer’s resolution of space and commended her on a unified, well-planned design.

This small kitchen packs a very big punch, and the judges were floored by the semi-industrial feel of this bachelor pad makeover. Matt black cabinets and concrete-coloured benchtops sit boldly on a warm timber floor, while metallic accents add a little bit of lux to the overall space. Commercial-style appliances look the part, and clever detailing adds a homely appeal.

Please join us in congratulating all of this year’s winners, and help us extend a huge THANK YOU to Award Sponsors, Lincoln Sentry.

(View all KBDi Designer Awards here.)