Designs of desire

New Zealand’s outstanding kitchens and bathrooms were celebrated at the 2019 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards.

This year, 19 beautiful kitchens and bathrooms created by 15 of the most talented designers in the country were recognised.
The National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Excellence in Design Awards are a celebration of excellence, innovation, creativity, quality craftsmanship, and inspiring design in the sector.

NKBA president Jared Dinneen says this year’s designs demonstrate the exciting role kitchens and bathrooms play in giving a home wow factor.

“Excellent kitchen and bathroom design have to be a top priority for anyone looking at building new or renovating a home.
“The incredible designs from the 2019 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards demonstrate just how important a quality, well planned and executed kitchen and bathroom is to the balance and the overall aesthetic of a home.

“It is exciting to see NKBA designers creating kitchens where the client is passionate about great design, manufacturing, appliances and finishes,” Jared say

A Modern Touch of Retro

This mid-century retro-style kitchen has been designed for an architectural 1960s home. A black and timber colour palette achieves the desired aesthetic, while melamine and Formica Laminate finishes were selected for nostalgic and budget reasons.

Black overlay pull handles help to reduce finger marking on the black melamine doors and deliver a clean look. A custom open shelving décor unit above the coffee nook packs a visual punch.

Open shelving around the rangehood cabinet creates an interesting view through to the dining room. The design won the Wellington Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award.

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Bowled Over

The bathroom design has been grounded with the use of steel, which complements the vertical heated towel rails. The steel starts as a negative detail between the concrete benchtop and the cabinetry; it then flows downwards and floats under the cabinetry creating a space for towel storage.

It cleverly angles to maximise detailing aesthetic and airing of towels. The rectangular basin makes a bold visual contrast against the black tiles, dark wallpaper and the concrete vanity top.

This design won the Southern Chapter Bathroom Recognition Award.



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