The 29th annual National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Awards are done and dusted and New Zealand's best designers in both fields honoured.
Robin Caudwell of Designer Cabinets was the supreme winner of the Best Kitchen Design Award for 2012. Judges said the kitchen had a raw, industrial feel with different dimensions that retain a visual flow – a clever design and a clear winner.
Debra DeLorenzo of Debra DeLorenzo Design claimed the supreme Best Bathroom Design Award, and judges deemed her entry beautifully balanced, showing originality and a particularly effective use of space.
Both the People’s Choice awards (for the bathroom and kitchen categories) were won by Suyin of Design Studio.
"This year has again seen an outpouring of innovation and creativity – these kitchen and bathroom entries would stand up with the best in design competitions anywhere around the world," said NKBA president Tony DeLorenzo.
"At the same time, I am pleased to see an ever-increasing focus on developing our own style – particularly large family-friendly kitchens, spaces that are designed for chefs."
"The bathroom entries are also very much in tune with the New Zealand lifestyle today."
The longest running kitchen and bathroom industry awards programme in the country, the competition is run by the National Bathroom & Kitchen association in association with Trends Publishing International.
The judging panel consisted of CDS representative David Corbett, 2011 Best Kitchen Design winner, Melanie Craig, Trends Publishing International editorial director Paul Taylor, Peter Bayliss of Vogue Kitchens and Brenda Ngatai of Resene.