New Zealand’s best kitchen and bathroom celebrated at 2020 NKBA awards

A stunning kitchen inspired by a coastal setting in Tauranga has taken top kitchen honours in the annual National Kitchen and Bathroom Association NZ awards.

The long, galley-style kitchen, designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Design Award.

The main bathroom winner at the awards evening on September 18 was a dark and masculine bathroom in an Auckland house. The bathroom, by Christchurch designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors, won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Bathroom Design Award.

This is the best kitchen in 2020 – winner of the NKBA Supreme Kitchen Design Award. The kitchen, in a beachfront Tauranga home, was designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, Rotorua.

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This is the best kitchen in 2020 – winner of the NKBA Supreme Kitchen Design Award. The kitchen, in a beachfront Tauranga home, was designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, Rotorua.

And the 2020 Designer of the Year was Morgan Cronin of Cronin Kitchens, Auckland, who took out seven awards.

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The designer said the kitchen, in a beachfront home, was designed for a “small family that have a love of entertaining, a strong passion for interior design and a vision for the overall outcome”. The coastal environment inspired the visual warmth and textural elements – the home looks out across the beach, providing a view of toi toi grasses, wood and sea.

“The clients have lived in Sydney and so a strong influence came from interiors and themes often seen in Australian homes,” said Mathieson.

Mathieson's winning kitchen was inspired by the coastal setting. It features a marble island and splashback.

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Mathieson’s winning kitchen was inspired by the coastal setting. It features a marble island and splashback.

The judges praised the limited colour palette and openness of the kitchen.

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The judges praised the limited colour palette and openness of the kitchen.

The judges praised the “restricted pallet, coastal vernacular and structured elegance”.

“A clever, aesthetically beautiful and complex kitchen that has been completed to the absolute highest of standards,” the judges said. “The marble shelf and marble detailing running through the cabinetry is both subtle and thoughtful, and a lovely addition. The project is refined simplicity at its best. The space is open and welcoming, the lighting responds beautifully to its environment.”

In total, the kitchen received five awards. In addition to the Supreme Award, it won the the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Kitchen Distinction Award $60k – $80k Award, the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Lighting Design Award and the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Bay of Plenty Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award.

The 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Manufacturer Award went to Vekart for their “extraordinary work on the kitchen fabrication”.

‘A SUPREME BATHROOM THAT WOWS’

Supreme Bathroom Award winner Angelique Armstrong’s master suite is a large opulent space.

Special features include a large double shower in bespoke gunmetal, glass entrance doors and glass handles from Italy, and the vanity fronts, top and vanity basins fabricated from Neolith Calatorao. The blue stone has a honed leather finish, and was cut and laid into random sizes

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