Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

KBDi and the Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly were delighted to once again join forces for the People’s Choice Award. With an extended voting period this year (#thanksCOVID), the KBQ and Complete Homes team were delighted with the voting response of consumers.

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Kitchen of the Year 2020

The ACT’s Maria Cerne (Studio Black Interiors) collected the most votes for this classy kitchen. Maria has earned the prize of an $8,000 Home Design Package including a full page brand advert, a double-page spread project editorial and plenty of social exposure! Congratulations, Maria!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Bathroom of the Year 2020

Victorian designer, Teresa Kleeman (Embracing Space) is the winner of the Bathroom award. Like Maria, Teresa’s work will be splashed across the pages of a glossy magazine in a generous Home Design Package worth $8,000. Congratulations, Teresa!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Design Space of the Year 2020

While in past years this competition has been for kitchen and bathroom categories only, KBQ and Complete Homes chose 2020 to share the Design Space Award and Traditional Categories, too. The winner of this collective was New South Wales’ Tameka Moffat. This lovely laundry has earned Tameka a full page spread in an upcoming edition of KBQ.

Please join us in congratulating the well-deserved winners above. Huge thanks, too, to Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly (and the Universal Media crew) for their incredible ongoing support.

Touch-base Tuesday | Alexandra Trigger

Touch-base Tuesday | Alexandra Trigger

Tuesday | 17 November 2020 | 2pm (ADST)

*Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) applies to NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT only. In Queensland, this session will commence at 1pm (AEST), and WA should clock in at 11am (AWST). SA guests should note a 1.30pm (ACDT) start.

Queensland designer, Alexandra Trigger, took out the title of KBDi Queensland Kitchen Designer of the Year 2020 in this year’s Awards. The judging panel was so impressed with the first-time entrants submission that they also gifted her the award of the same name. In this chat with KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson, Alex will share the backstory of this winning project, and discuss how she came to be where she is today.

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Beautiful bathroom curves

Beautiful bathroom curves

Last week we shared some of our favourite curving kitchens from the KBDi Designer Awards of 2020. This week we’re showing off some soft-edged bathroom spaces, where Australia’s best designers have used curves with great effect.

This award-winning bathroom by Perth’s Kyle McGregor (Lux Interiors) is an organic-oasis. From the custom-round skylight to the gently curving wall, and from the oval-shaped mirror to the cylindrical basin, the bathroom is a soft-edged delight.

This heritage home had some outstanding architectural features and was an excellent example of 1900s craftsmanship. Sydney designer, Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa) was determined to create a space that would reflect the home’s history – with a dramatic twist. A custom-curved vanity is an ultra-contemporary contrast, but its artful execution pays homage to the history of the house. The carefully detailed bulkhead reflects the curving archways throughout the grand residence, and lighting emphasises the organic forms.

Melbourne’s Sally Wilson reinvented the constrained space of this typical 70s bathroom, creating a homely oasis for her client’s family of five. The gently curving wall is clad with stunning marble tiles, with its soft edges replicated in the curved bath.

New South Wales designer, Gavin Hepper CKD Au (Concepts by Gavin Hepper) created a curvaceous haven in this 80s era abode. The designer softened the edges of the custom vanity unit, repeating the curved feature in the basin and bath selections. A curved shower wall adds drama to the space, while at the same time creating a glorious cove within the shower recess.

This dynamic waterproof wallpaper was the starting point for Sydney’s Donna Allen. The curving lines of the design inspired the detailing of the vanity and mirrors, and the organically shaped basin and bath are a perfect match.

Have a favourite of these five? Share your comments below.

Curvy kitchen creations

Curvy kitchen creations

Curved cabinetry and detailing can certainly present construction challenges, but the extra care and calculations are always well rewarded. We loved the curvaceous creations in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program, and are sharing five of our favourite curvy kitchens here.

This 50s vintage-styled kitchen is full of fabulous curves. Adelaide designer, Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Space Craft Joinery) softened the edges of the rangehood shroud and cabinetry with curves well reminiscent of the era.

There’s so much to love about this teal delight designed by Sydney’s Cate Liedtke (Catherine de Meur Interiors). From the gorgeous colour palette to the brushed gold details and the carefully layered textures, the kitchen oozes glitz and glamour. The curved detailing is the finishing touch in this all-class space.

Queensland’s Ashley Maddison (AM Interior Studio) went to town with this inner-city kitchen creation. The designer made the most of the curving capabilities of her selected materials: trowel-finished concrete and Staron Solid Surface combine seamlessly in this structural masterpiece.

Victoria’s Noni Edmunds highlighted the curved corner window in this lovely family home with a gently flowing open shelving unit. The detailing softens the otherwise hard-angled space and makes for a beautifully balanced kitchen.

The rounded profile of this peninsular bench is practical and pretty (and pug-friendly). We love the way Melbourne’s Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens) detailed this curved corner with grooved panelling.

Have a favourite out of the five fabulous kitchens above? Share your comments below.

Touch-base Tuesday | Simona Castagna

Touch-base Tuesday | Simona Castagna

Tuesday | 6 October 2020 | 2pm (ADST*)

*Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) applies to NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT only. In Queensland, this session will commence at 1pm (AEST), and WA should clock in at 11am (AWST). SA guests should note a 1.30pm (ACDT) start.

Sydney-based designer, Simona Castagna (Minosa) has been a long-time member of the KBDi community, and a great supporter of the industry. Simona’s work has earned her many well-deserved accolades over the years. This year’s KBDi entries secured the talented design professional the title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year. In this session, Simona will walk you through her winning project and share her wisdom, wit and inspiring story.

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Congratulations to the KBDi Designer Awards Traditional Category Winner 2020

Congratulations to the KBDi Designer Awards Traditional Category Winner 2020

The Traditional design category proved very popular in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards, with a record number of entries coming in.

Entrants in this category are invited to submit any residential space that has been designed and decorated to reflect a particular architectural style. The winning entry was a stand-out example of architecturally-considerate design, and we’re sharing it with you here.

Nathan’s quirky clients were vintage collectors and artistic types, and they wanted a 50s-inspired kitchen to reflect their eclectic tastes. Their budget presented some challenges, but the designer delivered a stand-out space with cleverly curated details. Curved ribbing, gorgeously profiled door and drawer fronts and super-cute knobs are a generous nod to the fifties style, while blackwood detailing links the kitchen to the clients’ vintage pieces.

On behalf of our 2020 Traditional category award sponsors, Farmers Doors, we extend a huge congratulations to Nathan, and commend each and every one of the finalists, too.

Huge thanks to Farmers Doors for their much-valued support of the KBDi Designer Awards program.