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These prize-winning kitchens highlight the wealth of design talent among NKBA members. Featured here are the top four designs in the annual NKBA National Kitchen and Bathroom Awards 2007®
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A view of these award winning kitchens in NKBA 2007 Kitchen design of year competition

Attention to detail, high functionality and the innovative use of materials are the key features of all award-winning kitchen designs. But, as these projects illustrate, there is plenty of scope for diversity.

The kitchens featured here present the top four winners in this year's NKBA National Kitchen and Bathroom Awards and for Auckland designer Morgan Cronin, it was almost a clean sweep. Cronin won both the Kitchen Design of the Year and Runner-Up Awards. He was also the Auckland regional winner and won a Highly Commended Kitchen Award.

The main award, sponsored by Hettich NZ, with a travel prize sponsored by PPG Industries, was awarded to a streamlined white kitchen which Cronin designed for a minimalist architectural home. The kitchen features lacquered cabinetry, and a 4.2m x 1.15m marble block cantilevered over a stainless steel base.

In announcing the award the judges praised the sleek, edgy design and the discreet storage solutions.


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A view of these award winning kitchens in NKBA 2007 Kitchen design of year competition

"Even with the heavy materials, the kitchen makes a statement of purity and lightness, with the island appearing to float within its contemporary space. The thin marble top gives a slight organic feel, and suits this minimalist, but elegant and welcoming kitchen."

The Runner-Up award went to the kitchen shown above, which Cronin designed for a couple who enjoy entertaining. The judges praised the understated design and the simple palette of materials, which provide enigma and intrigue in a serious cook's kitchen. The judges also praised the concealed, fully functional scullery kitchen, which leaves the main kitchen as a practical stage for entertaining.

The award for Best Renovated Kitchen, sponsored by Applico Group, went to Christchurch designer Davina Sutton of InDesign. The judges praised the classically tailored design, which showed great attention to detail and fine craftsmanship.

"Despite its size, the kitchen is not overpowering, thanks to the restrained design. This kitchen shows that contemporary does not always mean minimalist."

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A view of these award winning kitchens in NKBA 2007 Kitchen design of year competition

The prize for Best Kitchen Under $15,000, sponsored by Interion, went to Christchurch designer Patrick Quinlivan of Simply Kitchens.

For more information, contact the NKBA, PO Box 11-183, Papamoa 3030, Bay of Plenty, phone 0900 4 NKBA (46522), fax (07) 574 2561. Email: info@nkba.org.nz. Website: www.nkba.org.nz. To contact Morgan Cronin, phone (09) 813 6192; Patrick Quinlivan, phone (03) 341 1394; or Davina Sutton, phone (03) 365 9992.

Aug 13, 2007
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