Premium level of craftsmanship on display
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.”