KBDi Members and industry partners gathered in Sydney’s spectacular Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday, 13 August, to celebrate the KBDi Designer Awards of 2022.

A stunning lineup of kitchens and bathrooms vied for State and National titles in the organisation’s fourteenth annual celebration.

This striking kitchen earned a Sydney designer two impressive titles. Helen Baumann (Helen Baumann Design) won the State title of KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2022 – NSW, along with the highly coveted national award of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2022.

The Certified Designer Award acknowledges the entrant’s creative abilities and – with equal emphasis – their professional capacities in project documentation and specification.

Here’s what the judges had to say about Helen’s winning entry:

This exquisite design and its associated documentation deemed it a hands-down winner for the KBDi Certified category judging panel. The judges loved every element of this design. From the intelligent space planning to the elegant material and fitting selections, the panel were most impressed with the overall submission. They commended the designer on her faultless documentation and declared the entrant an exemplary representation of a KBDi Certified Designer.

The KBDi Australian Certified Designer Award was proudly sponsored by industry supplier, Wilson and Bradley. National Sales Manager, Vince Stoneman, attended the Gala event and was delighted to present Helen with her well-deserved award.

Meet the Certified Designer Award Judges

Rex is a KBDi founding member and a KBDi Life Member with decades of design and sales experience and an undeniable passion for the industry. Rex studied advanced kitchen design in the USA and, upon his return, was instrumental in developing this niche profession in Australia. He played an integral part in establishing KBDi from 2004 to 2006 and served as President from 2011 until 2016. Rex has had many articles on kitchen and bathroom design published and is an active design lecturer within the industry. He consulted to the Victorian Department of Human Services for over 10 years in the area of kitchen and bathroom design for people with disabilities. As a highly experienced and creative designer, he has judged many awards for our industry organisation and others and was a perfect fit for the 2022 KBDi Certified Category panel.

Like Rex, Elizabeth is both a founding member and life member of the KBDi and a huge advocate for design professionalism. She established her successful design business, Luke Interiors, more than thirty years ago and has received many awards and accolades since then. Elizabeth has always maintained a steadfast commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. Since completing her original interior design qualification, she has earned both kitchen and bathroom accreditation, delivered training to Australian design students, attained a pilot’s licence, secured a rural homestead in the New South Wales countryside, spoken to international audiences and added a Diploma of Building Design to her long and extensive resume. And that’s just the abridged version of this accomplished designer’s story! It goes without saying what an asset Elizabeth is to our industry organisation and this year’s panel.