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KITCHEN DESIGN

Kitchen Designer of the Year - project cost over £50,000

Sponsored by Miele

This category rewards the skill of the kitchen designer in not just aesthetic and practical results but also their use of budget, problem solving and meeting the client's brief.

This award is for projects with an overall project cost of over £50,000. While cost is no object in this category, judges will be keenly looking at value for money and whether the designer has successfully met the all-important brief while still managing to exceed expectations. Have they used the money to create something unique or simply spent it on expensive products?

  Andrew Rizza - Dream Design

Finalists

Helen Taylor - Sketch Interiors
James Ellis - Charles Yorke
Lucy Coleman - Porcelanosa Scotland


Kitchen Designer of the Year - project cost £30,000 - £50,000

Sponsored by 20:20 / Poggenpohl

This category rewards the skill of the kitchen designer in not just aesthetic and practical results but also their use of budget, problem solving and meeting the client's brief.

It is specifically for kitchens with a project cost of between £30,000 and £50,000, a price band that covers a huge section of the independent retail market with plenty of scope for designers to create dream kitchens, but while still giving the client value for money.

  Matt Podesta - Podesta

Finalists

Jason Canavan - Canavan Interiors
Justin Marley - Krieder
Lucio and Meera Santoro - Santoro Deluxe Design


Kitchen Designer of the Year - project cost up to £30,000

Sponsored by fira

This category rewards the skill of the kitchen designer in not just aesthetic and practical results but also their use of budget, problem solving and meeting the client's brief. This award is specifically for projects with an overall project cost of up to £30,000.

Judges are looking for the way designers have managed to achieve flair and individuality while keeping within reasonable budgets, a genuine skill essential for the success of the front line kitchen retailer. Where have they spent the money wisely to exceed expectations?

  Ivan Burrows - Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Ltd

Finalists

Chris Etheridge - Krieder
Joanne Reilly - McAdam Kitchens
Patrick Inglis, Jamal Badrashi & Kim Loddo - Inglis Badrashi Loddo


Kitchen Contract Designer of the Year

Sponsored by ntg

This category rewards kitchen designers who have completed projects for commercial customers such as contractors, developers and house builders. With contract work, the designer is often working off plan to very tight and specific budgets so requires very different skills compared with designing for domestic clients.

Judges are looking for the way designers have managed to provide the contractor, developer or house builder with a kitchen that will help them sell their project while keeping costs low and 'wow factor' high.

  Jillian Knowlton - Adaptations

Finalists

Candice Maingot - Poliform UK
Colin Wong - Development Direct
Karen West - Extreme


KITCHEN BUSINESS

Kitchen Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by Neff

The Kitchen Retailer of the Year Award is the big one. It's the prize that judges your overall business and says you are the best retailer in the industry. It covers showroom, customer services, business plans, overall strategy and financial success and puts your operation forward as the perfect example for any kitchen retailer.

This isn't an award for the biggest turnover, highest profits or largest operation. It's as likely to be won by a small one-man, high street operation. Judges are looking for how you manage and plan the business - and how successful it is in its target market.

  Kitchens by JS Geddes - Kilmarnock

Finalists

Dream Design - Christchurch, Dorset
Hobsons Choice - Swindon
Kitchen Architecture - Oxford


Kitchen Showroom of the Year

Sponsored by Hotpoint

The showroom is the face of your business; it needs to give an instant impression when the customer walks through the door and then keep them interested when they're inside. This award honours the best in kitchen showroom layout and design.

The judges are not looking for the biggest showroom, or the showroom that's had the most money spent on it. They're looking for how you've managed the space and resources available and how you've managed to make your business stand out to your target customers.

  Kitchen Architecture - Oxford

Finalists

Houseworks - Dublin
Kitchen Gallery - Stratford-upon-Avon
Nicholas Anthony - Cambridge


Kitchen Customer Service of the Year*

Sponsored by BCG

The Customer Service Awards are not open to general entry in the same way as most of the others however they are just as important and cover an area integral to independent retail.

In every issue of kbbreview our Mystery Shopper visits a different town and evaluates selected retailers in that area on her first impressions - and this appears as our famous Shopping Around feature. Out of the dozens of showrooms visited the Mystery Shopper picks a shortlist of favourites and an eventual winner for the Customer Service for Kitchens and Customer Service for Bathrooms categories.

These are highly valuable prizes as they demonstrate the all-round commitment those retailers have to not only giving the customer what they want but also going beyond their expectation.

  Dewhirst - Granby Street, Leicester

Finalists

Mulberry Fitted Kitchens - National Avenue, Hull
Olney Kitchens - High Street South, Olney
Solent Kitchen Design - Macnaghten Road, Southampton


BATHROOM DESIGN

Bathroom Designer of the Year - project cost over £25,000

Sponsored by Roca

This category rewards the skill of the bathroom designer in not just aesthetic and practical results but also their use of budget, problem solving and meeting the client's brief.

This award is for projects with an overall project cost of over £25,000. While cost is no object in this category, judges will be keenly looking at value for money and whether the designer has successfully met the all-important brief while still managing to exceed expectations. Have they used the money to create something unique or simply spent it on expensive products?

  Mark Mallindine - Mallindine Architects

Finalists

Catriona Lock - Soak in Style
Fiona Lowry - The Bathroom Company
Michelle Pabarcius - Design Solutions


Bathroom Designer of the Year - project cost £10,000 - £25,000

Sponsored by Twyford

This category rewards the skill of the bathroom designer in not just aesthetic and practical results but also their use of budget, problem solving and meeting the client's brief.

It is specifically for bathrooms with a project cost of between £10,000 and £25,000, a price band that covers a huge section of the independent retail market with plenty of scope for designers to create dream bathrooms, but while still giving the client value for money.

  Stephen Roulstone - Charles Yorke

Finalists

Emma Wilson - Porcelanosa Scotland
Marina Revell - KR Interior Design
Lucio & Meera Santoro - Santoro Deluxe Design


Bathroom Designer of the Year - project cost up to £10,000

This category rewards the skill of the bathroom designer in not just aesthetic and practical results but also their use of budget, problem solving and meeting the client's brief.

Modest budgets require as much design skill and expertise as the most premium price tags as the client still wants a dream bathroom. Achieving individuality and personal touches is what can make designs in this category stand out.

  Patrick Inglis, Jamal Badrashi & Kim Loddo - Inglis Badrashi Loddo

Finalists

Emma Wilson - Porcelanosa Scotland
Emma Wilson - Porcelanosa Scotland
Tim Baber - Yellow Duck Interiors


Bathroom Contract Designer of the Year

This category rewards bathroom designers who have completed projects for commercial customers such as contractors, developers and house builders. With contract work, the designer is often working off plan to very tight and specific budgets so requires very different skills compared with designing for domestic clients.

Judges are looking for the way designers have managed to provide the contractor, developer or house builder with a bathroom that will help them sell their project while keeping costs low and 'wow factor' high.

  Helen Fewster & Rebecca Tucker - Suna Interior Design

Finalists

Kimberly Finch - Ripples Chelmsford
Kirsten Wain - Ripples Canterbury
Simon Holbrook - Millgate Homes


BATHROOM BUSINESS

Bathroom Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by Ideal Standard

The Bathroom Retailer of the Year Award is the big one. It's the prize that judges your overall business and says you are the best retailer in the industry. It covers showroom, customer services, business plans, overall strategy and financial success and puts your operation forward as the perfect example for any kitchen retailer.

This isn't an award for the biggest turnover, highest profits or largest operation. It's as likely to be won by a small one-man, high street operation. Judges are looking for how you manage and plan the business - and how successful it is in its target market.

  The Bathroom Company

Finalists

Napier Bathrooms and Interiors
PHS
Tilestyle


Bathroom Showroom of the Year

Sponsored by Lucite

The showroom is the face of your business; it needs to give an instant impression when the customer walks through the door and then keep them interested when they're inside. This award honours the best in bathroom showroom layout and design.

The judges are not looking for the biggest showroom, or the showroom that's had the most money spent on it. They're looking for how you've managed the space and resources available and how you've managed to make your business stand out to your target customers.

  Tilestyle

Finalists

The Bathroom Company
Nicholas Anthony
Toto


Bathroom Customer Service of the Year*

Sponsored by Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA)

The Customer Service Awards are not open to general entry in the same way as most of the others however they are just as important and cover an area integral to independent retail.

In every issue of kbbreview our Mystery Shopper visits a different town and evaluates selected retailers in that area on her first impressions - and this appears as our famous Shopping Around feature. Out of the dozens of showrooms visited the Mystery Shopper picks a shortlist of favourites and an eventual winner for the Customer Service for Kitchens and Customer Service for Bathrooms categories.

These are highly valuable prizes as they demonstrate the all-round commitment those retailers have to not only giving the customer what they want but also going beyond their expectation.

  Sarah Ireland Bathrooms - Broad Street, Worcester

Finalists

Nigel Heron - Oxford Street, Leamington Spa
Ripples - Wigmore Street, London


OTHER AWARDS

Special Achievement Award*

Sponsored by Hansgrohe

The Special Achievement Award is given to those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the kitchen and bathroom industry and truly advanced the sector in a way that changes it for the better. This is not a category that accepts submitted entries, the winner is chosen by the editorial team at kbbreview and it is not an award for making the most money, or having the best job title, it’s about contribution and innovation in all aspects of the kitchen and bathroom world. As such it is one of the most keenly-awaited announcements at the awards ceremony.

  Duncan Marr, Franke

Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by kbsa

These awards are given out to specific products that have been developed to actively move forward the field of product innovation within the kitchen sector. While innovation is important, it is meaningless unless it translates into a saleable product so even the simplest developments may make a big impact. Commerciality is as important as achieving technical advancements and getting the consumer to buy into a new concept is often as difficult as the design itself.

  DtiM1000C Piano 'Zoneless' Induction Hob - De Dietrich

Finalists

ChefTouch - KitchenAid
Colour Boutique - Stoves and Belling
MaxiSight TFT Induction Hob - AEG
PuraVida Electronic Kitchen Mixer - Hansgrohe
Remo - Second Nature by PWS


Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by JT

These awards are given out to specific products that have been developed to actively move forward the field of product innovation within the kitchen sector. While innovation is important, it is meaningless unless it translates into a saleable product so even the simplest developments may make a big impact. Commerciality is as important as achieving technical advancements and getting the consumer to buy into a new concept is often as difficult as the design itself.

  Level45 - Falper

Finalists

La Cage d'Amour - Catchpole & Rye
Ecostat Select Exposed Thermostat - Hansgrohe
The Lindo Collection - Aquadi by Symphony
Showerbasin - Roca
Simplicity - Vogue (UK) Ltd



*Does not require submitted entries

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