This very talented trio of Australian designers were the finalists in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards Certified Designer category. With their proven design talent and impeccable documentation skills, each of these accredited designers were well and truly fair contenders in a fierce competition.

Only one could be a winner, though, and Brisbane-based designer, Darren James CKD Au, CBD Au (pictured, centre) took out the ultimate prize. With a stunning bathroom entry, he secured the title of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2019 and earned himself a travel/study voucher to the value of $3,500. See what the judges had to say about Darren’s entry below.

His certified peers proved their own worth during the evening, too, securing significant titles and well-deserved wins. Read about their top 2019 achievements below.

Huge congratulations to Darren for taking out this Award yet again, and kudos to his competitors (and good mates) for continuing to lead the industry and inspire designers across the country.

This light-filled and luxurious bathroom was a hands-down winner for the judging panel. The designer transformed a nineties-style bathroom into a nature-inspired sanctuary. Spanish marble-look tiles and walnut timber detailing add a sense of timelessness to the ensuite, and link seamlessly to the adjoining master bedroom. Matt black powder coated detailing and frosted grey glass add drama, and aged iron tapware and graphite accessories finish the space with style. With remarkable space planning, spectacular detailing and flawless documentation, the judges deemed the entry to be an ideal exemplar of KBDi accredited design.

This awe-inspiring kitchen earned a high commendation for Sydney-based designer, Darren Genner CKD Au (pictured at top, right), along with a travel voucher to the value of $2,000 to be allocated to one place on the AIDT 2020 Tour (with huge thanks to sponsors, AIDT). Here’s what the judges thought of Darren’s entry:

The judging panel loved the designer’s thoughtful twist to a traditional design. This heritage-listed property is home to a professional couple with two young children, but the family weren’t so keen on a period-style kitchen. In a very clever nod to the home’s historical value, the designer took inspiration from a vintage sewer stack located directly outside. The kitchen island design duplicates the fluted base and exquisite detail of the stack, delightfully linking the home’s heritage to an otherwise contemporary interior.

Darren Genner CKD Au also took out the State title of KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2019 – NSW. Check out his winning bathroom entry here.

South Australia’s Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au narrowly missed out on a Certified Designer category win this year, but had a clean sweep in his State’s kitchen awards. Check out Nathan’s winning trio of kitchens here.

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