National Kitchen & Bathroom Association Excellence in Design Awards 2020

And the supreme winners are…

Supreme kitchen design

+ Supreme Kitchen Manufacturer
+ Kitchen Distinction $60–$80K
+ Lighting Design

+ Bay of Plenty Chapter Kitchen Recognition


Chelsey Mathieson


Natural beauty welcomes you at the top of the stairs when you enter the living area of this new beachfront home, and the matarazzo marble used in the kitchen is the ultimate complement to the view. Installing it was not without its challenges, though — the 1.4-tonne island required the floor joists of this multi-storey, architecturally designed home to be re-engineered so they could bear the weight.
‘Natural’, ‘classy’, ‘textural’, ‘luxurious’ and ‘relaxed’ were among the key words the owner of this property listed in their brief, and all these boxes have been ticked here. This kitchen has two personalities: by day, it’s earthy, calm and warm, capturing the all-day sun that makes melamine the ideal material for the cabinetry, offering better protection against fading than timber veneer. In the evening as the sun begins to set, the marble comes to life through the strategic placement of LED lighting that transforms this space into a sleek and sexy entertainer’s dream.  


Cabinetry Laminex Melteca Planked Urban Oak in a Puregrain finish, and Melteca White Natural. Drawers Blum LegraBox in Silk White. Handles Custom-made and powdercoated in Matt Kauri, and Mardeco Milano 438 with a BR finish. Hinges Blum. Bifold track Hettich WingLine. Benchtops Caesarstone Cloudburst Concrete. Island benchtop Matarazzo marble with a leathered finish. Sink Burns & Ferrall. Tapware InSinkErator Juno MultiTap with a brushed steel finish. Ovens AEG. Hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher Miele. Rangehood Schweigen. Bins Hideaway Concelo. Lighting Liv Light LED extrusion. 


Fisher & Paykel
Schneider Electric

Supreme bathroom design

+ Supreme Bathroom Manufacturer
+ Creative Excellence Bathroom Design
+ Canterbury Chapter Bathroom Recognition


Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors


Meeting the request for a dark, masculine, minimalist and low-maintenance ensuite during the renovation of a large home, this bathroom is part of the apartment-style main suite that takes pride of place on the third floor.
Every detail in this room has been carefully considered. The timber ceiling is stained to match the wood that appears throughout the house, as well as the 150-year-old reclaimed French oak flooring. The large shower features several shower heads, some with a bespoke gunmetal finish, and glass doors and handles imported from Italy. The freestanding stone bath sits on a pedestal floor made from Neolith stone that includes a heated pad to keep the bath hot. The vanity is set out from the wall, so when the LED lighting cascades down the walls made from bluestone cut and laid in random sizes and lengths, it appears to float. Lighting within each drawer makes nighttime access easy.


Walls CDK Stone bluestone tiles with a honed leather finish and Neolith Calatorao panels. Flooring Forêt French oak. Cabinetry CDK Stone Neolith Calatorao. Hardware Blum LegraBox in Anthracite and Servo-Drive in stainless steel. Mirror cabinet Custom-made by Classique with raw dark steel boxes and a rough-sawn oak mirror surround with a black oil finish. Basins Neolith Calatorao. Bath Apaiser Oman. Tapware, shower heads, mixer and shelf Axor. Heated towel rails Avenir. 


St Michel
Universal Granite
Artisan Stone

Designer of the Year

+ Supreme Kitchen Design Runner-up
+ Creative Excellence Kitchen Design
+ Kitchen Distinction $80–$100K
+ Manufacturing Craftsmanship
+ Auckland Chapter Kitchen Recognition
+ Auckland Chapter Recognition Highly Commended


Morgan Cronin
Cronin Kitchens


The owners of this space wanted it to look not like a kitchen but a piece of art, with functionality secondary to artistry. The resulting sculptural island is used in place of a dining table by the avid entertainers. To create it, a prototype was built from MDF for their approval; concrete fabricators then built form work around it to copy its exact dimensions, before casting it in glass-reinforced concrete.
There are minimal appliances in this kitchen, but it does include storage, a laundry and a toolbox, as the home doesn’t have a garage. The aesthetic needed to be sympathetic to the rest of the modernised villa, so a wall of full-height cabinetry doors was devised and detailed using the same mouldings as the home’s internal doors. The central doors are split, allowing for essentials such as a drinks cabinet.


Tall cabinetry Laminex MUF board in Aalto Half Scrubbed Pine. Island drawers and door fronts, and laundry cabinet Laminex MUF board finished in Mirotone satin polyurethane to match Alto Half Scrubbed Pine. Drawers and hinges Blum LegraBox and Servo-Drive. Folding door system Hettich WingLine. Pantry, laundry, and crockery and linen cupboard benchtops Laminex AR Touch laminate in Black. Island benchtop GRC New Zealand. Kitchen tapware Astra Walker. Laundry sink Acero. Oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer Miele. Microwave Sharp. Drinks fridge Liebherr. Waste disposer InSinkErator. Bins Häfele. LED lighting in laundry, pantry and drinks area Bright Light. 


In the heart of an open-plan living area inside a newly built lodge-style holiday home, the second of Morgan Cronin’s winning kitchens features concrete walls softened by cabinetry in planked American oak. Along with the aged-brass panels used on the front and sides of the island, this complements the granite benchtops and splashback that complete the simple material palette. There aren’t any handles in this kitchen and even the door to the scullery appears to be another cabinet. A secondary wall of cabinetry adjacent to the island provides additional storage and houses twin, waist-height ovens.


Cabinetry Prime Panels American oak veneer in a band-sawn and wire-brush finish, stained then finished with Mirotone polyurethane. Island panels Powersurge. Handles Solid oak stained then finished with Mirotone polyurethane. Drawers and hinges Blum LegraBox. Benchtops and splashback Super White granite with a leathered finish. Scullery benchtop Caesarstone in Oyster. Sinks Burns & Ferrall. Tapware Dornbracht Elio and Paini Cox. Oven, hob, fridge/freezers, dishwasher and rangehood Miele. Dish drawer Fisher & Paykel. Drinks fridge Liebherr. Bins Häfele. Lighting Bright Light.


Laminex New Zealand
Fisher & Paykel
Burns & Ferrell


+ First-time Entrant
+ Southern Chapter Kitchen & Bathroom Recognition 


Hannah Withy
HM Design


Clever thinking was needed for this ensuite created on a budget in a five-bedroom, architecturally designed home on a kānuka-studded plot overlooking Lake Wanaka. It was imagined and constructed (apart from the plumbing, electrics and tiling) by its artist and builder owners to become cave-like. Inspired by the underground cathedral at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, with an added twist of clean-lined modernism, the design and materials in this space resonate with the surrounding natural landscape.
The low-maintenance finishes and double walk-in shower were must-haves, as was the bath; subtle lighting here is critical to ensure a relaxing soak with a view of the lake and mountains.


Ceiling Resene Baltic Sea. Walls Slate-Lite panels in Nero. Cabinetry Prime Panels Prime Art veneer by B&M Joinery, finished with Cabot’s Interior Stain and Danish Oil. Vanity benchtop and basin Corian Lava Rock by Central Benchmakers, plus a hand-hollowed volcanic stone vessel. Bath Waterware Quila. Basin mixer, shower mixer, shower slide and shower head Methven. Bath filler Toto. Heated towel rail Avenir Cubo 65. Light switches PDL Iconic in Anthracite.


St Michel
Artisan Stone

See the full list of winners in the next issue of homestyle, on sale Monday 29th September.

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