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.

KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2020

KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2020

A nomination for KBDi’s premier award – the KBDi Certified Designer of the Year – is an excellent testament to the commitment and passion of our accredited designers. We are delighted to announce that this year’s KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2020 is Darren Genner CKD Au of Minosa, New South Wales.

The judges were completely in awe of Darren’s triumphant design. The designer demonstrated great skill and tenacity, conquering the surprises and constraints that arose throughout the process with practical and original flair. The panel commended the exceptional level of documentation: from concepts to working drawings and specifications, the project was meticulously detailed. Darren Genner CKD Au has once again proven himself to be the epitome of an accredited designer, and is a very worthy recipient of KBDi’s premier award.

Please join us in congratulating Darren on adding yet another KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year Award to his collection. 

Fantastic efforts from First Time Entrants

Fantastic efforts from First Time Entrants

This year’s First Time Entrant Award proved to be a very tough competition with a whopping 40% of entrants being KBDi newbies.  Our judges were extremely impressed by the high calibre of entries, and KBDi are delighted to have all of the following designers in our community.

Of course, there could only be one winner, and this year the title (and an Apple iPad) went to Queensland’s Alexandra Trigger. 

The panel was hugely impressed with Alexandra’s stunning design. The home presented many outstanding features, and the designer showed great restraint, respect and vision in creating a kitchen that enhanced the space without competing with the architecture. Alexandra’s submission was clearly set out and very well-documented, and the judges look forward to seeing more of her work in future.

Huge congratulations, Alexandra. And much appreciation and gratitude to our First Time Entrant category sponsor, Blum Australia.

KBDi Designer Awards 2020 | Round 1 Finalists – ACT + NSW + QLD

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the ACT, New South Wales and Queensland FINALISTS of 2020!

Please join us in congratulating all of the successful entrants above (add your comments below).

Round 2 Finalists (Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia) will be released on Thursday, 23 July 2020. 

DA2020 Awards Gala & Symposium Update

DA2020 Awards Gala & Symposium Update

The bizarre-extraordinary-weird circumstances of this year have sadly forced us to make changes to our 2020 KBDi Design Symposium and Designer Awards program.  Following is an update of where we are with our planning.  

Regretfully, the KBDi Design Symposium for 2020 has now been cancelled. We have, however, reallocated resources to planning a ‘bigger and better’ event in 2021, and will be heading to Sydney for a two-day program on 13 and 14 August. Of course, we’ll communicate with you again when we’ve established more details, but in the meantime, we encourage you to note these dates in your 2021 calendar.

Booked your accommodation at the Shangri-La Hotel? Contact them before the end of July to cancel your booking and you’ll receive a full refund.

We’re pleased to advise that the 2020 Designer Awards program went ahead as planned and was indeed our BEST-YEAR-EVER!  Australia’s finest designers produced some incredible work, and we’re looking forward to showing off our finalists in the coming weeks.

Of course, varying state restrictions have changed the way in which we can announce our finalists and winners, but we’ve come up with a plan that will give all entrants the exposure they deserve. Announcements will be delivered as follows:


Wednesday, 22 July 7.00PM (AEST) – Round 1 (NSW + QLD + ACT) , and Traditional Design + Design Space + First Time Entrants + Australian Certified Designers from these regions

Thursday, 23 July 7.00PM (AEST) –Round 2 (VIC + TAS + SA + WA) and Traditional Design + Design Space + First Time Entrants + Australian Certified Designers from these regions

Friday, 24 July – ENEWS – Round 3 (All finalists + Traditional Design + Design Space + First Time Entrants + Australian Certified Designers)


Friday, 7 August 7.00PM (AEST) – Round 1 (Category winners)

Friday, 14 August 7.00PM (AEST) – Round 2 (STATE and NATIONAL winners)

(Note: all announcement information and links will be listed under the Awards tab on the KBDi website, and we’ll distribute email invitations closer to each of the dates.)

Biggest year yet for KBDi Designer Awards

Biggest year yet for KBDi Designer Awards


If there’s one upside to the Corona-catastrophe of 2020, it’s that Australia’s finest designers had some time to reflect on the value of entering industry awards, and – wowsers! – they brought the goods.

We closed our competition on Monday, 1 June, and have just finished tallying the numbers. (This is a tough task to get through quickly – too much eye candy for a design-lover!)

Following is a wrap up of the most exciting stats in our BEST-YEAR-EVER Awards program.

  • Victoria has long held the record for the highest number of entries, but this year they were met with some serious competition from New South Wales. The two states accounted for 60% of entries (30% each). Queenslanders were the next in line, making up 18% of this year’s count.
  • Large Kitchens is traditionally our biggest category, but this year Australia’s finest designers have been churning out some spectacular small bathrooms, it would seem! The Small Bathroom category accounted for 22% of all entries. Kitchens Plus took second place with 17% of submissions, and Large Kitchens came in at third place with 14% of entries.
  • And the most impressive statistic of all: a whopping 40% of entrants are newbies in the KBDi Designer Awards program. Our First Time Entrants award is going to be HUGE this year!

A record-breaking year is brilliant for KBDi, but even better for our broader design community. Why? Well, there’s this:

And then there is the value the entrants get in putting themselves through the process of entering. This quote by a first time entrant sums it up pretty succinctly, and reminds us that we’re doing good:

Can’t wait to see all the amazing entries. It’s been a great learning experience thus far, so I feel like we have already won!

Huge thanks to all of those who entered this year. We wish you the best of luck, and can’t wait to celebrate your success.