Darren James awarded 2015 KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year for the second consecutive year!
Good news travels fast, especially on the social networks! But in case you have not heard our recent news, we are super pumped to announce that for the second consecutive year Darren James was awarded the highly esteemed title of ‘Australian Certified Designer of the Year’ at the Annual KBDi (Kitchen Bathroom Design Institute) Designer Awards held in Cairns on Saturday night.
This year our two entries really epitomize what we stand for as a studio. Two very different briefs and footprints resulted in two projects that were strikingly unique in style and execution.
Here’s some of the Judges thoughts:
Flawless documentation and simply stunning designs led the judges to collectively declare this designer the Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2015. Two projects were submitted: the first was an outstanding example of refined simplicity that met the clients’ brief to a tee. They asked for an open-planned space that was welcoming and full of natural light. In response, the designer looked beyond the limited footprint of the original kitchen, and created a new space with exceptional flow to and from adjoining living areas. The judges loved the symmetry of the design, and the beautifully balanced material selection. In striking contrast, the designer’s second project was a dramatic recreation of Hollywood Regency style, and its drama took the judges’ breath away.
Here is a peak of our award winning project –
The first project was a striking modern version of the Hollywood Regency style. Born during a time of opulence and extravagance, the Regency style is symbolic of a bygone era. Yet with our contemporary twists and gorgeous modern improvisations, this sophisticated style provided the perfect visual richness and dramatic flavour that the kitchen required to set the theme for the entire home.
The second award winning project displays refined simplicity and minimalism features in both form and function in this kitchen and the result is a functional yet restrained design. Clean lined cabinetry consists of flush lines, recessed handles and thin benchtops. Harmony among finishes is also reflected in the neutral colour scheme accomplished through the use of fresh light colours paired with the natural texture and warmth of the oak timber.