A dose of kitchen and bathroom envy

Staring at the winning designs from this year’s National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Awardsmight give you a hefty dose of bathroom and kitchen envy, but don’t let that stop you. The awards, run by the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, were recently celebrated in Wellington and here are the winning results. 

The Supreme Award for Best Kitchen Design went to Melanie Craig of Melanie Craig Design. 

Judges commented: 

The judges were unanimous that this was their winner this year. The total originality was this kitchen’s greatest asset; no judge had seen this design before. There has been a lot of thought behind it and the whole kitchen has a point of difference. It is fresh, unique, and original.  The combination of materials is amazing and the design is enhanced by a great interior/exterior flow to the outdoor kitchen and dining room area. The look is a little bit retro, and we are definitely seeing design elements for the first time in this kitchen. 

The Best Bathroom Design Award went to Celia Visser of Celia Visser Design. 

The judges commented that her design made good use of mirrors to provide the illusion of space in a narrow bathroom, adding: 

“The spectacular twin basins and tapware were chosen to enhance the appeal of the vanity, which was placed central to the glass dividing wall. Three different but complementary tile styles have contributed to creating a very inviting bathroom.” 

In the Best Kitchen or Bathroom Award, judges paid particular close attention to entries that contained god qualities of spatial design, heights, ergonomics and plan quality.

The Best Traditional/Classic Design Award went to Leoni vob Strumer of Von Strumer Design. 

“This kitchen has the most impact. It is interesting, clever, and tricky. A lot of thought and a lot of work have gone into this kitchen with a strong traditional Spanish feel. The colour combination that work well to complement each element of the kitchen, with the colours come through in the bench to tie the whole kitchen together,” commented the judges. 

Meanwhile the Best Use of Colour accolade was dished out to Pauline Stockwell of Pauline Stickwell design with judges noting Stockwell’s subtle and sophisticated use of colour. 

“The balance of warm and cool is well done, as pastels have the tendency to wash out, yet these all complement the space.” 

The awards programme also hosted an online competition for two awards: People’s Choice—Kitchen Award and People’s Choice—Bathroom Award. After drawing in more than 1800 votes from members of the public, Lynn Plom of Elite Kitchens and Cabinets won the Kitchen Award while Celia Visser of Celia Visser Design won the Bathroom Award.

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