Founded by the leader appliance brand Gaggenau in October 2020, the kitchen design competition of the year was created to honor truly unique and exceptional kitchen design. Open to industry professionals across Australia, the competition sought designs defined by a pursuit of excellence.
Gaggenau appliances grace the world’s most luxurious kitchens, and the competition gave the German brand the opportunity to recognize the design pioneers behind some of the most spectacular interiors.
The winners were:
- Best of the Best and Winner for the Southern Region – Fitzroy Project by Robert Nichols and Sons.
- Laureate for the North region – Hall 20 by Smart Design Studio.
- Finalist for the South – St Huberts region by Robson Rak.
- Finalist for the Northern Region – Penthouse II by Lawless and Meyerson.
- Commendations – 97 Mathoura Road Toorak by Carr and Habitus Townhomes by DKO Architecture.
Best of the Best and Winner for the South Region – Fitzroy Project by Robert Nichol and Sons
Robert Nichol and Sons’ Fitzroy Project was not only named the winner for the Southern region, but also took home the Best of the Best award, becoming the big winner of the competition.
“This competition is a great opportunity to showcase and reward excellence in kitchen design. It is enhanced by the fact that it is hosted by a brand considered to be one of the leading manufacturers of premium kitchen appliances, ”said David Nicholson, director of Robert Nichol and Sons.
“Designing a kitchen is often the most difficult of all the rooms in a house, so any opportunity to showcase and promote what we have accomplished alongside our peers is invaluable and rewarding. We are very proud of this cuisine and feel honored to be considered among so many serious applicants.
David thinks texture is one of the things that made their design stand out. “It is interesting to note that among the 12 finalists, we were the only candidate to present a wall tile. It’s a feature that we see as a feature of our projects, and we love the opportunities they present, in this case the strong vertical lines and rich colors, ”he explains.
“Texture is something we love. We recognize that it is not only a tactile experience, but also a visual one. In a project such as a kitchen where there are so many disparate elements, we see texture as an opportunity to introduce a mix of finishes, creating strong variations in surface area and producing a focal point in the home.
“Winning is amazing, not only as recognition of our design, but also in relation to the caliber of the other finalists,” adds David. “What we see in this selection is how far the kitchen design has progressed, where the kitchens have now become the centerpiece of home design.”
Laureate for the North region – Hall 20 by Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio’s striking monolithic kitchen was named the winner for the Northern Region. “Considering the depth and strength of the Australian design industry, it was humiliating to be shortlisted,” said Aaron Wooster, Head of Interiors at Smart Design Studio.
Finalists – St Huberts by Robson Rak and Penthouse II by Lawless and Meyerson
With expansive views of the harbor and a sturdy kitchen island that grounds the space, the refined Penthouse II design by Lawless and Meyerson was selected as runner-up for the Northern region.
Reflecting the materiality of a period house, the elegant kitchen area of St Hubert by Robson Rak is the second for the South region.
The stylish kitchen of the innovative Habitus Townhouses by DKO Architecture and the sophisticated space of Mathoura Road by Carr were also recognized as the commendations in this year’s competition.
Prize and jury
The national Best of the Best winner will receive an exclusive trip to Europe, including two round-trip air tickets, seven days in Europe – including a tour of the Gaggenau factory in Lipsheim, France – a dining experience for two, six nights of accommodation in a five-star hotel and hotel transfers.
The winner and runner-up from each region will both receive a dining experience for two in Australia, the prize includes: two round-trip economy class air tickets, two nights of five-star hotel accommodation and transfers from the hotel.
The winners were selected by a renowned jury made up of six experts from the design industry, each bringing their knowledge and expertise.
The jury included:
- Sue Carr (Principal and Founder, Carr).
- Clement Lee (founder, Riverlee).
- Miriam Fanning (Founder, Mim Design).
- Damian Hannah (German Kitchens NZ).
- Raj Nandan (Founder, CEO and Publisher, Indesign Media Asia Pacific).
- Neil Burley (founder, Anibou).
- Rob Warner (Managing Director, Gaggenau).