Dawn Metcalfe (Western Cabinets)

Dawn Metcalfe (Western Cabinets)

KBDi First Time Entrant – Highly Commended

In a tough competition for the first-time entrant category award, the judging panel felt this particular entry was worth of commendation. The design submitted was of the highest standard, and documentation was very well presented.  This was an impressive submission from a first time entrant, and we look forward to seeing more of this designer’s work.

Alexa Beer (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Alexa Beer (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens)

KBDi First Time Entrant Award

The judges commended the exceptional space-planning skills of this first-time entrant, and applauded the designer’s confidence in presenting a transitional design style. We certainly look forward to seeing more from this designer in the coming years.

Nenos Seamendo (Minosa)

Nenos Seamendo (Minosa)

KBDi Design Space Award

The judges commended the designer on producing a well-executed solution for this crafty attic conversion. Soft yet edgy styling harmoniously connects all spaces in this parents’ retreat, while good zoning and great storage solutions make it a practical winner.

Vanessa Cook (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Vanessa Cook (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens)

KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2017

With an ageing population and an increasing number of people with disabilities choosing to remain at home rather than in care, this design entry is an excellent example of what may become a typical brief, and how to best respond to ‘future-proofing’ designs to accommodate the varying physical abilities of clients. Designer Vanessa Cook (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens) has made thoughtful decisions with respect to layout, fixtures and fittings, designing a bathroom that is both accessible and attractive. Vanessa has finished the bathroom with timeless materials and classic styling, ensuring longevity in design. The documentation presented was clear, comprehensive and concise, and the panel commended the designer on an excellent submission.

Katia Slogrove

Katia Slogrove

KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2017

It takes confidence, courage and a great deal of skill to pull off a genuine art-deco kitchen, and the judges applauded the efforts of Katia Slogrove. This particularly entry stood out from the rest as a ‘bold and beautiful’ solution, and the documentation supporting the design proved it was more than a pretty picture.

The designer completely reconfigured the existing space to house this new kitchen, conquering a number of challenges along the way. The expansive views of the hilltop home were a key factor in the layout of the space, along with the client’s request for in-kitchen seating and ample storage.

Darren James CKD Au

Darren James CKD Au

KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2017

Outstanding design aptitude, flawless documentation, technical accuracy and impeccable attention to detail made this accredited designer entry a clear winner. The two kitchen projects submitted were of the highest standard, both aesthetically and practically.

In the first entry, a challenging brief required a spacious kitchen for a family of seven. The clients needed a kitchen that would accommodate multiple cooks, and wanted plenty of space to mill and entertain. Aesthetically, they longed to bring some urban cool in to their acreage home. The designer met and exceeded their expectations, producing a visually stunning and technically flawless design.

The second entry comprised of a kitchen designed as a visual centrepiece for a holiday home nestled in the rolling hinterland of Bangalow, Byron Bay. The homeowners wanted a statement kitchen that would also be welcoming, relaxed and family friendly. As keen entertainers, they needed a kitchen that would practically facilitate catering for large parties and events. The designer skilfully applied design and technical expertise to create a kitchen that ticked all the boxes of this complex brief.