On Saturday 9 June, SpaceCraft Joinery’s chief designer and co-owner, Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au, claimed two out of the three awards available for South Australian kitchen designs at the prestigious Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute Awards (KBDi) on the Gold Coast.
The 2018 awards for both the best Designer (Small Kitchens) and best Designer (Medium Kitchens) produced in South Australia continues SpaceCraft’s stellar run at the national KBDi Awards: both previous years, Nathan was named Kitchen Designer of the Year SA and has now produced multiple winners covering each of the small, medium and large categories over the last three years.
And that ain’t bad for a small, family-owned company based in the Adelaide Hills town of Strathalbyn.
This year, he handed his crown for Kitchen Designer of the Year SA over to good friend, Haris Bahtiyarov from Alby Turner, who also took out the large kitchen category this year. Both Nathan and Haris are looking forward to their good-natured rivalry inspiring them to excel for many years to come.
As for this year’s award-winning work, the judges were effusive in their praise for the two kitchens, with Susanna Bilardo and Lisa Chapman taking the time to seek out Nathan and Ellen Wundersitz to congratulate them personally on the night. Susanna described the company’s work as “edgy”, which is a massive compliment coming from one of the most highly respected and awarded interior designers in South Australia. Lisa also confided that even though the submissions are presented for judging anonymously, she wasn’t at all surprised when the winning work was confirmed as SpaceCraft’s, as she can now pick it as “always a bit out-there”.
About the two kitchens that won.
The retro pink kitchen that won Nathan Wundersitz the best Designer (Small Kitchens) award is owned by Olivia and Nathan in West Beach and here’s how the judges summed up their decision: “Nestled amidst classic whites and a warm blackwood timber, the rose-petal pink cabinetry in this small kitchen is subtle and sweet. The designer cleverly reintroduced the colour in the soft pink grout of the white-tiled splashback, with the overall scheme and simple design proving a perfect match for the romantic retro influence of the home’s original architecture.”
The other kitchen owned by Amy and Dylan in West Croydon won Nathan the best Designer (Medium Kitchens) award for its Scandinavian/ industrial influence with the judges commenting:
“Besser block walls and a very basic budget challenged the designer to create a warm and inviting kitchen in a cost-effective way. Painted plywood panels with notched-out handles and hoop-pine plywood features add warmth and a sense of homeliness to this industrial-style dwelling. Rubix white mosaics inject a fun 3D effect, and thoughtful space planning will see the young family enjoy their kitchen for years to come.”
SpaceCraft would like to acknowledge both of its award-winning families for 2018 and thank them for their cooperation and inspiration.
To see all the KBDi Award winners, visit: <http://www.kbdimembers.org.au/2018-kbdi-designer-awards-winners/>. To view SpaceCraft’s winning kitchens, check out Amy & Dylan and Olivia and Nathan’s kitchen case studies.
For further information, quotes or an interview, please call Ellen Wundersitz on 0404 766 964.