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Sleek surfaces, dark accents and a mix of steel and wood-grain finishes characterise the winning kitchens in this year's NKBA National Kitchen Awards

Glittering prizes


Many homeowners want a kitchen that makes a strong design statement – and that was a key part of the brief for this award-winning kitchen.

Auckland designer Shane George CKDNZ, was the supreme winner in this year's National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (NKBA) National Kitchen Awards. George, who also won the Auckland Regional Award, says the kitchen was designed for maximum visual impact.

"The design needed to take advantage of spectacular views," he says. "In addition, as the room is very spacious, the scale had to fulfil functional as well as aesthetic requirements."

Two ovens on the back wall of the galley-style kitchen provide a focal point, with integrated refrigerators either end of the wall creating a sense of symmetry. One of the fridges provides food storage while the other is for beverages.

The clean, horizontal lines of the kitchen are enhanced by a fusion of light and dark veneers, gloss and matt off-white cabinetry, glass doors and a custom-designed stainless steel rangehood.


This award was sponsored by Hettich NZ and Ameron Coatings. The kitchen was manufactured by Shane George Design, phone (09) 528 8614.

At first glance it appears a simple design, but the detailing in this kitchen makes it a winner. Designer Glen Johns of Glen Johns Design, New Plymouth, won the NKBA Runner Up Kitchen Design of the Year award. Johns also won the Best Renovation Award, sponsored by Applico Group, and was Regional Winner Taranaki.

Johns says materials reflect the coastal location. The grey stone bench surface is like sparkling sand, while the white cabinetry echoes the form of waves. Wood-grain finishes reflect the era of the house. The kitchen was manufactured by Brad Day.

To contact Glen Johns, phone (06) 759 0940.

Award-winning kitchens don't need to break the bank. With simple styling and an innovative use of materials a kitchen can be both eye catching and cost effective.

This apartment kitchen was designed by Nathan James of Design 101 – Alpha Omega, Tauranga, winner of the NKBA Best Kitchen Under $15,000 Award, sponsored by The Laminex Group. James was also Regional Winner Bay of Plenty.

James says the kitchen needed to be simple and functional, with a contemporary look to complement the overall theme of the house. There was also a need for plenty of storage, and the client wanted to be able to entertain easily without being cut off from guests.

As wall space was limited, the refrigerator, pantry, crockery cupboard, coffee machine and specialty items were allocated to the rear wall. This then allowed the sink, hob and oven to be housed on the peninsula side. To maintain a refined look, Bestwood cupboards facing the dining area have no handles. An aluminium edge detail further enhances the streamlined feel.

The kitchen was manufactured by Alpha Omega in Tauranga.

To contact Nathan James, phone 021 360 302.

Spectacular views pose their own challenges for kitchen designers. For the project shown at the top of this page, Wellington Regional Award winner Damian Hannah of German Kitchens chose a monochromatic palette so the kitchen wouldn't detract from the outlook.

The judges praised the way space is created and accentuated by the illusion of an island floating off into the ocean beyond. They were also impressed at the way design challenges were overcome to meet functional and aesthetic requirements. The kitchen was manufactured by Alno German Kitchens.

To contact Damian Hannah, phone (04) 802 4805.

The kitchen shown above was designed by Lydia Geerlings of Ingrid Geldof Design, Christchurch, who was the NKBA Regional Winner South Island. The judging panel says this kitchen provides class without compromise.

"The warm and rich textural elements counter the cool minimalism of the flush white cabinetry and tiled floor. In addition, the cantilevered cupboards enhance a sense of space."

The judges also praised the quality of the craftsmanship, particularly the bookmatched wood. The kitchen was manufactured by Lyall Park Joinery. To contact Lydia Geerlings, phone (03) 377 2557.

First published date: 29 July 2006

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