Pre­mium level of crafts­man­ship on dis­play

Australasian Timber - - CABINETMAKER AWARDS -

THE THIRD Na­tional Cab­i­net Maker and De­sign As­so­ci­a­tion Awards cel­e­brated the top ranks of cab­i­net mak­ing and de­sign by show­cas­ing and recog­nis­ing the pre­mium level of crafts­man­ship and in­ge­nu­ity in Aus­tralia.

In­di­vid­ual De­sign and Con­struc­tion was awarded the Aus­tralian De­signer of the Year, as well as Best Con­tem­po­rary Kitchen and the Best Out­door/Al­fresco Pro­ject. Aus­tralian Cab­i­net Maker of the Year was awarded to States Mel­bourne Con­tem­po­rary Kitchens, who was also awarded Best Kitchen over $60,000, Best Bath­room and Best Built in Fur­ni­ture.

In­di­vid­ual De­sign and Con­struc­tion’s show-stop­ping kitchen epit­o­mised a sense of warmth and time­less­ness which was com­bined with cre­ative de­sign and flaw­less join­ery. The op­u­lent kitchen show­cased a di­verse ma­te­rial pal­ette com­pris­ing of stain­less steel, re­cy­cled tim­ber, mar­ble and mir­rors, along­side in­te­grated state-of-the-art ap­pli­ances.

Aus­tralian Cab­i­net Maker of the Year, Mel­bourne Con­tem­po­rary Kitchens, sim­ply nailed it when it came to orig­i­nal­ity, de­sign flair, in­no­va­tion and func­tion­al­ity. The lush kitchen boasted a but­ler’s pantry and a lux­u­ri­ous black gran­ite fire­place, with the in­clu­sion of min­i­mal con­tem­po­rary de­tails such as the matt black steel frames and a sleek hid­den pantry sit­u­ated be­hind the fire­place.

More than 50 projects from around Aus­tralia en­tered the awards, run by the Cab­i­net Mak­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and De­sign­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, all vy­ing for top hon­ours.

This year, the judg­ing panel, con­sist­ing of four highly ex­pe­ri­enced tal­ents in the de­sign and cab­i­net mak­ing in­dus­try in­clud­ing Lara Bai­ley, Sylvia Dz­i­uba, Bryon Stan­ley and Wayne Chance. The judges had a tough job on their hands with a high cal­i­bre of crafts­man­ship and cre­ativ­ity on of­fer. In­dus­try ex­perts Henry John­son, Zeb Walker and Le­sia Clark had the tough job to choose the win­ners of the Ap­pren­tice of the Year Awards.

Each en­try was con­sid­ered and judged on a range of cri­te­ria, from prac­ti­cal­ity and safety through to aes­thetic ap­peal, in­no­va­tion and vis­ual bal­ance.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sec­re­tary of CMDA, Richard Brooks, the 2016 suite of en­trants in this year’s awards was a mix­ture of orig­i­nal­ity, im­pec­ca­ble de­sign and un­sur­passed ex­per­tise.

“To be pre­sented with a col­lec­tion of sub­mis­sion which boasted an ar­ray of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary de­signs, cou­pled with pre­mium work qual­ity and de­sign panache is ev­i­dence that the Aus­tralian in­dus­try is strong.”

Ac­cord­ing to award-win­ning de­signer, The Block judge and Sell­ing House Aus­tralia co-host, Shaynna Blaze, who also hosted the CMDA’s award cer­e­mony, was thrilled to wit­ness how ex­cep­tional the stan­dard is for not only the lo­cal busi­nesses but also a cel­e­bra­tion of the in­dus­try.

“Awards of this ilk not only bring out the best in de­sign­ers and crafts­men, it is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate our cab­i­net mak­ers and the in­cred­i­ble tal­ent we have in Aus­tralia.

“The suite of en­trants in this year’s awards was a mix­ture of orig­i­nal­ity, im­pec­ca­ble de­sign and un­sur­passed ex­per­tise.”

Aus­tralian De­signer of the Year - In­di­vid­ual De­sign and Con­struc­tion & Best Kitchen over $60,000 - Mel­bourne Con­tem­po­rary Kitchens. .

Aus­tralian Cab­i­net Maker of the Year and Best Kitchen over $60,000 - Mel­bourne Con­tem­po­rary Kitchens.

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