CONGRATULATIONS to the well-deserved WINNERS of this year’s KBDi Designer Awards!

Huge thanks to each and every one of our talented finalists, and the fabulous design community who joined us in congratulating Australia’s Finest Designers at a spectacular gala event on the Gold Coast on Saturday, 10 June.

Massive thanks, too, to the Sponsors who helped make it happen. Your support is very much appreciated by KBDi and our Members.

Please join us in congratulating our winners once again, and see what the judges loved about the winning designs below.

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Winner –Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2018

Two outstanding kitchen submissions, both with stunning design resolutions, exceptional plans and specifications and great confidence in application earned this designer the coveted title of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year. The judges were awed by the standard of work submitted, and applauded the designer for his exceptional design talent and proficiency in the documentation.

Tania Kloester CKD Au (TK Design)

Highly Commended – Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2018

In a very hotly contested competition for the title of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year, the judging panel deemed this designer’s work well and truly worthy of a high commendation. The judges applauded the extraordinary standard of work delivered in two kitchen entries: with very considered space planning, creative design resolutions and exceptional documentation, the designer is commended for her professionalism and talent.

Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Winner –Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2018

The judges declared this entry a hands-down winner, commending the designer on a perfectly executed entry. The panel described the aesthetics of the space as sophisticated and sensitive, and an excellent example of restrained elegance: from the striking black wenge vanity to the luxurious honed Calacatta feature tiles, to the black and white counter basins and matt black tapware, the bathroom is a visual delight. The overall design was well-thought out and technically on point, and the documentation was of the highest standard.

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Winner –Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2018

Flawless documentation, a daring resolution and the exceptional detailing of a challenging space earned this designer the esteemed title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year. The judges loved the designer’s unique response to a complex space, and were wowed by the geometric mastery of the island benchtop. They admired the well thought out and practical planning, and balanced application of colour and texture in an overall stand-out kitchen design.

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Winner – Australian Design Space Award 

An underground space filled with dirt, pipes, cables and a watertank was ingeniously converted to a luxurious steam room in this Bronte Beach home. The designer effectively overcame the numerous challenges that arose, and successfully met the clients’ complex brief. The finest of finishes, layered lighting and alluring organic forms add opulence and elegance to this stunning steam retreat.

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Winner – Kitchen Designer of the Year NSW

The judges were wowed by this daring design, and commended the designer on an exceptional entry. The well thought out planning resulted in a technically outstanding design, with the space accommodating all of the clients’ practical needs and aesthetic desires. The judges loved the sculptural form of the uniquely crafted island, and admired the careful balance of colour and texture in the finishes of the kitchen as a whole.

Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets)

Winner – Kitchen Designer of the Year WA

The remarkable transformation of what was once a dated and disorganised space greatly impressed the judging panel. They admired the designer’s clever reinvention of the kitchen and dining areas, and careful consideration of various zones within the large kitchen. They applauded the designer’s well-balanced selection of materials, colours and textures, resulting in a glamorous yet livable space.

Haris Bahtiyarov CKD Au (Alby Turner & Son)

Winner – Kitchen Designer of the Year SA

Dubbed ‘the Darth Vader’ by the judging panel, this dark, moody and daringly different kitchen certainly caught their attention. The judges commended the designer’s unwavering commitment to black, and confident application of an achromatic scheme sitting firmly on ‘the dark side’. They acknowledged the designer’s well thought out space planning, too; the overall layout produced a practical and user-friendly workspace that met the clients’ brief.

Jenefer Gordon CKD Au, CBD Au (Eat Bathe Live)

Winner – Kitchen Designer of the Year VIC/TAS

The judges loved the moody ambience of this striking kitchen, and commended the designer on a wonderful reinvention of the existing space. The beautifully laid out design resulted in a flowing, functional kitchen for this family of four, with the flexibility to cater for the changing dynamics of the family as the children grow. The kitchen is expertly detailed, and an aesthetic delight.

Darren James CKD Au (Darren James Interiors)

Winner – Kitchen Designer of the Year QLD

The thoughtful design and impeccable documentation of this designer’s kitchen entry impressed the judging panel immensely. They acknowledged the designer’s clever re-working of the existing architectural details of the home, and sensitive formation of a warm and contemporary design. The panel loved the layering of texture in a mostly achromatic scheme, and congratulated the designer on a cohesive and attractive end result.

Gavin Hepper CKD Au

Winner – Bathroom Designer of the Year NSW

The judges appreciated the clever combination of textures, patterns and lighting in this lovely large bathroom. The layering of finishes injected warmth and life into an achromatic scheme, and gave the room the spa-like ambience desired by the client. They commended the designer on a well-planned space, in which an oversized, freestanding bath was positioned to be central to the design without being overwhelming.

Caitlin Slater (Smart Style Bathrooms)

Winner – Bathroom Designer of the Year WA

The judges commended the designer on overcoming a number of construction complications to develop a design that met the clients’ complex brief. The designer provided plenty of storage space and room to move in a bathroom to be used by four children. The durable fixtures and finishes specified were both practical and attractive, ensuring the bathroom will withstand the battering of busy boys and girls, both now and in the future.

Angela Gianakis CKD Au

Winner – Bathroom Designer of the Year SA

The clever space planning and careful zoning of this large bathroom impressed the judging panel: with a toilet and bidet tucked out of site, a shower recess partitioned off for privacy and a generous vanity providing ample storage space, the designer successfully met the client brief while maintaining balance and proportion in an oversized space. The room was finished with a warm, homely palette and timeless material selections, ensuring the ensuite will be much loved for many years.

Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Winner – Bathroom Designer of the Year VIC/TAS

The judges loved every detail of this perfectly executed design, in which an un-used retreat, small walk-in robe and dinky bathroom were transformed into a magnificent master suite. They loved the sophisticated and sensitive finishes: from the striking black wenge vanity to the luxurious honed Calacatta feature tiles, to the black and white counter basins and matt black tapware, they said the designer had produced a well-appointed room that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Darren James CKD Au (Darren James Interiors)

Winner – Bathroom Designer of the Year QLD

The judging panel admired the designer’s highly skilled space planning and excellent documentation, and deemed the design a clear winner. With its oversized vanities with generously-sized basins, a double shower and a luxurious freestanding bath, the renovated bathroom met and exceeded the client brief. The judges admired the finishing touches, too: with honed Kashmir Perla porcelain tiles, warm brown features and a lovely layering of whites, they deemed the palette and finishes applied by the designer to be as impressive as the layout.

Laura Poilly (Blue Tea Kitchens)

Winner – Designer Small Kitchens NSW

The designer paid great attention to the existing architectural elements of this home, and cleverly translated the federation details in to a stylish and modern design. Seeking inspiration from the colours indicative of this era of home, the designer reinvented the palette with style and grace. Theatrical lighting finished the scene, making the design a winner!

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Winner – Designer Medium Kitchens NSW

Lime-washed oak, warm white cabinetry and white matt handmade tiles combine to create a lovely light and airy feel to this perfectly planned kitchen. The designer expertly finished the space with just the right amount of a luscious lilac-hinted pink. The hue lifts the scheme and creates a stunning focal point in this very refined and well-designed kitchen.

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Winner – Designer Large Kitchens NSW

A spectacular architectural home with angles aplenty proved a great inspiration to this designer. The show-stopping island is a geometric masterpiece: with clever compound cuts clad in a dramatic Pietra Grey stone, the angular façade is simply striking. Combined with well thought out space planning and fabulous finishes, the kitchen is a stand-out winner.

Maggie Milligan

Winner – Designer Small Kitchens WA

The clients had a long list of expectations for this modestly-sized Freemantle apartment, which they intended to let out for short stay accommodation. A centrally located staircase further complicated the brief and presented many challenges to the designer. With careful and creative planning, the kitchen and adjoining rooms were expertly reinvented, resulting in a practical and attractive design solution.

Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets)

Winner – Designer Medium Kitchens WA

The designer executed an incredible transformation of what was once a dated and disorganised space. The existing kitchen and dining areas were opened up and reinvented with clever space planning and super smart finishes. The achromatic scheme is beautifully balanced, with glossy black herringbone tiles adding a sense of daring and drama to the otherwise serene space.

Maggie Milligan

Winner – Designer Large Kitchens WA

This large kitchen was carefully re-zoned to create a practical, functional space. An enormous freestanding cooker was given pride of place in the midpoint of the rear wall, with a Hampton style chimney framing the cooking zone.  The existing sink centre was moved from the middle of the room to a new home beneath a window, with ample room either side for serving to the alfresco area.

Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au

Winner – Designer Small Kitchens SA

Nestled amidst classic whites and a warm Blackwood timber, the rose petal pink featured cabinetry in this small kitchen is subtle and sweet. The designer cleverly reintroduced the colour in the soft pink grout of the white-tiled splashback, with the overall scheme and simple design proving a perfect match for the romantic retro influence of the home’s original architecture.

Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au

Winner – Designer Medium Kitchens SA

Besser block walls and a very basic budget challenged the designer to create a warm and inviting kitchen in a cost-effective way. Painted plywood panels with notched-out handles and hoop pine plywood features add warmth and a sense of homeliness to this industrial-style dwelling. Rubix white mosaics inject a fun 3D effect, and thoughtful space planning will see the young family enjoy their kitchen for years to come.

Haris Bahtiyarov CKD Au (Alby Turner & Son)

Winner – Designer Large Kitchens SA

Dark, moody and daringly different: with its matt black doors, black carcasses, polished concrete floors and iron-grey island benchtop, the designer has created a truly achromatic scheme that’s definitely on the dark side! In a regal twist, brushed rose gold-plated handles are the jewels to the crown of this kingly kitchen.

Patricia La Torre CKD Au

Winner – Designer Small Kitchens VIC/TAS

The designer played with rich colours and decadent detailing in this small kitchen, but it’s the flourishing curves that take centre stage with a theatrical nod to the Art Deco era. From the leather-finished stone oval benchtop perched upon bright chrome curved legs to the gently curving shelving detail, cylindrical rangehood and glamourous circular pendants, the designer has used curves to great effect.

Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Winner – Designer Medium Kitchens VIC/TAS

The designer has carefully considered every nook and cranny in this lovely, light-filled kitchen. With ample storage, well-defined cooking and prep zones and an inbuilt dining area perfect for the unit of five, the kitchen is both functional and family-friendly. Herringbone tiling adds movement and interest in this mostly white and grey kitchen, making the room as pretty as it is practical.

Jenefer Gordon CKD Au, CBD Au (Eat Bathe Live)

Winner – Designer Large Kitchens VIC/TAS

Deep navy blue and classic Carrara marble are a perfect pair in this good-looking kitchen, with brass handles bringing just enough bling to a very stately space. Spotted gum features add warmth and natural appeal to the hub of this family home, while very thoughtful planning and design ensures the kitchen will accommodate both parents and children for many years.

Rosanna Pappalardo

Winner – Designer Small Kitchens QLD

The service constraints of this unit dwelling called for compromise and careful planning in the new kitchen design. With limited options to relocate plumbing, the designer focussed on the flow of the proposed new space, creating a light and open kitchen to meet the clients’ needs. Simple finishes allow the stunning water views afforded by the unit to take centre stage.

Darren James CKD Au (Darren James Interiors)

Winner – Designer Large Kitchens QLD

The designer expertly re-worked the architectural details of this existing home, opening up the 1990s kitchen with a warm and contemporary design. A gently curving wall was clad in an exquisite Japanese textured tile, forming a perfect backdrop for an achromatic colour scheme. An American Oak solid timber top draws attention for all the right reasons; with a Black Japan stain and beautifully detailed edge profile, the curvaceous table takes pride of place in this lovely space.

Gavin Hepper CKD Au

Winner – Small Bathrooms NSW

The designer had big ambitions for this small space, and with some ‘smoke and mirrors’ magic, he delivered! Marble-look honed tiles add depth and drama, creating a beautiful backdrop for the gently curved, warmly-toned timber cabinetry. The soft geometry is duplicated in the rounded wall cabinets, carved marble basins and oval-shaped handles. Smoky mirrors, black accessories and a striking almost-black ceiling finish the space with style.

Gavin Hepper CKD Au

Winner – Large Bathrooms NSW

An achromatic colour scheme was given plenty of life in this large bathroom design entry, with the designer skilfully applying a sensitive combination of textures, patterns and lighting to add interest and appeal.  The considered layout of the space ensured that the oversized, freestanding bath maintained its position as the hero of this spa-like sanctuary.

Kerrie Richardson (Lux Bathrooms)

Winner – Small Bathrooms WA

The designer thought ‘outside of the square’ when reconfiguring this small bathroom. An angled wall was used in lieu of the standard rectangular nib, providing the client with her desired in-shower shelving, while at the same time shielding the toilet from view. Generous storage areas met the client brief, and a lovely layering of finishes made for a warm and inviting space.

Caitlin Slater (Smart Style Bathrooms)

Winner – Large Bathrooms WA

A bathroom to be used by four children in a home designed in the 1940s required big ideas, thoughtful planning and smart specifications. The designer overcame a number of construction complications to provide plenty of storage space, dual sinks and room to move. With durable fixtures and finishes, the bathroom is sure to stand the test of time.

Angela Gianakis CKD Au

Winner – Small Bathrooms SA

The nature-loving client wanted to bring the outdoors in to her new ensuite, and relax in an ‘organically’ styled environment.  With an intelligent window installation, the designer opened the room up to an adjoining garden space, with a view which will continue to evolve as the outdoor plants mature.  The natural feel is completed with limestone and timber look tiles and a lovely benchtop material dotted with pebbles and shells.

Angela Gianakis CKD Au

Winner – Large Bathrooms SA

A spacious bathroom area has been expertly divided into three separate zones, creating a balanced, flowing and uncluttered retreat for the homeowners. The toilet and bidet are tucked away out of site, and the shower recess is partitioned off for ultimate privacy. A large, well laid out vanity provides optimum storage, while a luxurious freestanding bath takes centre stage.

Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Winner – Designer Small Bathrooms VIC/TAS

A large freestanding bath was a ‘must-have’ for the clients, and some creative planning was required in order to accommodate it. The designer successfully reconfigured the existing space to house this hero bath, along with the required toilet, shower and double vanity. A light grey chevron tile is a design delight, and the perfect backdrop for beautiful black detailing in tapware and accessories.

Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Winner – Designer Large Bathrooms VIC/TAS

An existing un-used retreat, dinky walk-in robe and ensuite were transformed into a magnificent master suite in this winning design. A black wenge vanity is the hero of the room, with honed Calacatta feature tiles adding more than a little luxe. Black and white counter basins make a statement, too, and matt black tapware is the perfect finishing touch.

Darren James CKD Au (Darren James Interiors)

Winner – Designer Small Bathrooms QLD

Combined with large format charcoal tiles and walnut timber detailing, the magnificent porcelain marble tiles applied in this beautiful bathroom certainly met the clients’ criteria for timeless design and quality finishes. In a very well laid out floor plan, the grouping of superior finishes, fixtures and fittings make for a stunning design sure to be admired for many years to come.

Darren James CKD Au (Darren James Interiors)

Winner – Designer Large Bathrooms QLD

Oversized vanities with generously-sized basins, a double shower and a luxurious freestanding bath were all on the wish list for these clients. With some highly skilled space planning, the designer delivered all this and more. With honed Kashmir Perla porcelain tiles, warm brown features and a lovely layering of whites, the palette and finishes applied by the designer are as impressive as the layout.

Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Winner –First Time Entrant Award

The panel was delighted to declare this entrant the winner of the First Time Entrant Award. The bathroom entry was perfectly executed: from the practical and functional space planning to the beautifully appointed finishes and technically proficient documentation, the designer ticked all the boxes and was a well-deserved winner of this Award.

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