Nathan Wundersitz from SpaceCraft Joinery at Strathalbyn in the Adelaide Hills was crowned South Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year for the second year in succession at the prestigious Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute Awards (KBDi) covering the whole of Australia, announced on Saturday 16 September.
After the breakthrough last year to claim the awards for both best Designer (Small Kitchens) SA and overall Kitchen Designer of the Year SA in 2016, Nathan was slightly shocked but delighted to take out the best Designer (Large Kitchens) SA category this time as well as retain the mantle of Kitchen Designer of the Year SA once again for 2017.
Modestly, Nathan went into the night convinced one of the impressive mega-kitchens by the highly respected team at Alby Turner in Adelaide would salute.
Instead, it was one of his own designs for a client in McLaren Vale that blew the judges away. The lady in question, named Alison, had a very constrictive and challenging layout that required some very clever reinvention. By making the small space appear somehow much larger, it earned the title at SpaceCraft of ‘Alison’s Wonderland’, although it owes more to the wonder of Wundersitz than the work of Lewis Carroll.
In the words of the KBDi judges, “The designer looked outside of the square for a solution that would meet all of the client’s needs, and skilfully resolved the challenges that the long and narrow space presented. Tasteful colour selections were carefully applied, with the client’s favourite red reflected in the detailing but not overwhelming the space. This homely and timeless kitchen is a practical and visual delight, and will no doubt be enjoyed by its owners for many years to come.”
Despite appearances that this kitchen didn’t look any larger than entries in the small and medium categories, the inclusion of the hidden pantry took it into the large category and on to victory, proving that the size of the imagination is so much more important than the size of the budget.
SpaceCraft would like to thank and acknowledge its award-winning client, Alison, and advise that whilst installations are now booked out until 2018, clients can still arrange a design consultation pre-Christmas.