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NKBA 2018 DESIGN AWARDS: SHINE ON

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NKBA 2018 DESIGN AWARDS: SHINE ON

This year’s gala event gains momentum and puts the spotlight on an ever-growing pool of design talent in Ontario

By Fay Splett

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the 2018 NKBA Ontario chapter design competition winners.

The theme of Mixed Metals shined bright at this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Ontario Chapter awards gala. The annual design event, already in its 15th year, took place at the International Centre in Mississauga on February 10th where the winners and their design excellence were revealed and celebrated.

This annual affair had a record number turnout this year. The gala over the years has grown from a mere 50 attendees to over 300, and sold out a month in advance. It is a much-anticipated event each year by kitchen and bath designers, and the industry suppliers and leaders.

Growing yearly as well is the number and quality of designs that the competition attracts, as the calibre was exceptionally high this year. Some of the past winners have gone on to win North American kitchen and bath design awards.

Entries to the annual competition were judged by a panel of NKBA certified designers (CMKBD, CKD, CBD) and industry experts. All qualifying projects were scored on various criteria, including NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation.

This year, 36 winners including Pinnacle, were honoured and recognized for their creativity and design excellence at the gala event. There were 10 categories, six specialty categories, the prestigious Pinnacle Award and the People’s Choice Award. New categories added this year included: the Best Before & After Kitchen and the Best Before & After Bath awards. With the growing number of homeowners choosing to stay in their own homes and renovate instead of moving, there were many entries with great examples of dramatic transformations that warranted recognition.

This year’s Pinnacle Award winner was Beverley Binns and her co-designer, Erica Sibley from Binns Kitchen + Bath Design. This prestigious award is selected from all first-place winning designs and represents the best of all entries.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest, run by Homes Publishing Group, of all of the kitchen award-winning designs in the competition. The kitchens are voted on by industry peers as well as the general public. This year’s winner was Art Warren; CMKBD from The Affordable Kitchen Company/Designers Consortium.

By featuring the winning designers at the awards gala and in this publication, it brings awareness of the importance of professional design to both the consumer and within the industry.

PINNACLE AWARD

Beverley Binns Co-designer – Erica Sibley Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

COMPACT KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Martin de Sousa Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Aleem Ladha Andros Kitchen & Bath Design

THIRD PLACE Frankie Castro Co-designer – Laura Goard Square Footage Inc.

SMALL KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

SECOND PLACE Erika Floysvik Fia & Company

THIRD PLACE Erika Floysvik Fia & Company

HONOURABLE MENTION Frankie Castro Co-designer – Laura Goard Square Footage Inc.

MEDIUM KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Linnea Lions Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Charlie Coull Charlie Coull Design

THIRD PLACE Martin de Sousa Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

HONOURABLE MENTION Andrew Bansley Olympic Kitchens

LARGE KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Beverley Binns Co-designer – Erica Sibley Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

THIRD PLACE Nathalie Tremblay Atelier Cachet

POWDER ROOM

FIRST PLACE Linnea Lions Linnea Lions Designs

SECOND PLACE Dvira Ovadia Dvira Interiors

SMALL BATHROOM

FIRST PLACE Erica Sibley Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Anna Zhilkin Sosna Inc.

MEDIUM BATHROOM

FIRST PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

SECOND PLACE Dvira Ovadia Dvira Interiors

LARGE BATHROOM

FIRST PLACE Benjamin John Ouellette BJOID

SECOND PLACE Martin de Sousa Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

THIRD PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

HONOURABLE MENTION Paula Lang Braam’s Custom Cabinets Co-designer – Britt Elgner Olly and Em

OTHER ROOMS

FIRST PLACE Kemi Sijuwade Braam’s Custom Cabinets Co-designer – Joanne Ceranic Studio H Design

SECOND PLACE Victoria Shaw Eggersmann Toronto

PROMOTIONAL DISPLAY John O’Rourke The Brownstone

SPECIALTY AWARDS

BEST TRADITIONAL KITCHEN Art Warren The Affordable Kitchen Company/Designers Consortium

BEST BUDGET KITCHEN Andrea Panacci Olympic Kitchens

BEST GREEN KITCHEN Cassandra Nordell William Standen Co.

BEST BEFORE & AFTER KITCHEN Mary Ellen Lynch Lynch + Comisso Inc.

BEST BEFORE & AFTER BATH Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

BEST NEW DESIGNER Aleem Ladha Andros Kitchen & Bath Design

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Art Warren The Affordable Kitchen Company/Designers Consortium

The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

Fay Splett – Associate Publisher & Editor of ONTARIO DESIGN, myhomepage.ca.

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