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It’s all in the detail: Davinia Sutton

Multi award-winning Christchurch designer Davinia Sutton’s stunning kitchen and bathroom projects for two Canterbury homes were recognised at the recent 2019 National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Awards (NKBA) New Zealand, where she was also named 2019 Designer of the Year.



Held in Melbourne, Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton attained 12 awards altogether on the night, with the majority of the accolades won for the two homes. One of the projects (pictured), constructed by Ainsworth Builders and manufactured by Ashburton Joinery, was a large open kitchen featuring traditional cabinetry, a custom-made steel rangehood, a dark-stained solid timber island bench top, brick bond tiled splashback, off-white joinery and engineered stone.

Described as elegant, well-proportioned and textural, the design incorporated the early 1900’s architecture of the home. The ‘elegant and refined’ bathroom ensuite from the same home renovation also received two awards, featuring a ‘stunning tessellate tile floor of white and charcoal.’

The second award-winning kitchen, constructed by Mike Greer Architectural and manufactured by Woodshack Kitchens, blended effortlessly into the beautiful architecturally designed family home – sleek and modern, with an urban edge. The home’s award-winning bathroom featured a bold palette, with the selection of finishes providing a sense of sharpness and personality.

Davinia says the awards are a great reflection of local workmanship and it’s a privilege to be recognised by industry peers. “NKBA is an amazing organisation that really supports designers and the awards provide a fantastic launching pad and exposure that can lead to international recognition.”

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Honoured by Award

Thanks to hard work, attention to detail, and a truly collaborative effort, the team at Christchurch’s Eternodesign scooped three National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) 2018 awards.




Renowned for kitchen and bathroom design, and bespoke soft furnishings, the Merivale-based company won the Creative Excellence Award, and was recognised as runner-up in the Supreme Bathroom of the Year and Canterbury Bathroom of the Year categories.
All three prizes were presented for work on a stunning master ensuite project that has all the touches of an exclusive hotel.
The spacious, yet functional bathroom features grand floating oval mirror cupboards, Corian oval sinks, a black Italian porcelain tiled wall, a vanity bench top and subtle lighting to add softness.

Interior architect Emma Morris wanted to create a bathroom that exuded elegance and sophistication. “It’s unique in its bold collaboration of bespoke design cabinetry, high-gloss black lacquer finish, and hidden power points in the drawers to keep the tops clean and uncluttered. The materials and finishes were carefully chosen to incorporate and capture the beauty of the home’s various spaces.”
To be recognised at the prestigious awards, was a “real honour”, says Emma, noting she couldn’t have done it without her amazing team. “These awards are a collaborative effort, working with wonderful clients who have a certain vision and give you creative control to create these wonderful interior spaces. We work with a wonderful team of builders, joiners, benchtop manufacturers, and various other trades to help bring our vision to a reality.”



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Lume Design

Modern Masterpiece: Lume Design

Lume Design’s Emma Gourdie has an artistic eye and talent for design, both being recognised at the recent National Kitchen & Bathroom Awards (NKBA).


Lume Design


Emma’s Hackthorne Road kitchen design, precisely executed by Joinery Concepts, won her the Kitchen Distinction Runner-Up title (in the $40K-$60k kitchen category). Among other things, the judges praised her entry for its refined industrial aesthetic.
Emma ensured that a balanced approach was applied to the parallel use of timber veneer, paint lacquer, matt black steel, stone, and brushed stainless steel. In addition, there’s an inventive interplay between light and dark areas, including the interiors of drawers and cupboards, in matt black.

All details are fitting for a kitchen designed for foodies and avid cooks.
“The design brief included mention of the owners’ favourite Auckland restaurant, Al Brown’s Depot, with its cool industrial vibe,” Lume Design’s Jeff Merrin says. Emma aimed to maximise storage while allowing for plenty of sociable bar seating. She incorporated a full, concealed working pantry behind large pocket doors.

Beautifully executed cabinetry and feature shelving in powder-coated steel and American white oak extends to the ceiling. This endows a feeling of height while providing display space.  “Fabulous partners in the whole process were Peter Robertson and the staff at Joinery Concepts,” Jeff says. “Peter crafted the kitchen with his typical perfectionism and we always enjoy working collaboratively with him.”




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Contact Lume Design on 03 377 7541 or see them at 192 St Asaph Street, Christchurch (from 12 November 2018) or visit


Creating kitchen envy

Creating kitchen envy

As if receiving the highest number of awards in one season ever isn’t enough, Ingrid Geldof also flew home from the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) awards ceremony carrying the inaugural award: Designer of the Year, sponsored by Laminex.


Creating kitchen envy


This new award requires designers to enter at least two projects, and the two projects with the highest marks are combined to find the Designer of the Year. Ingrid won this title for her entries Georgian Kitchen (featured on page 87) and the Akaroa Kitchen. Akaroa Kitchen was awarded Canterbury Kitchen of the Year sponsored by Artisan, and Kitchen $40-$60K sponsored by New Zealand Panels Group, bringing Ingrid’s total number of honours to an amazing nine, for 2018.

Ingrid describes Akaroa kitchen as contemporary in style and very slick. All designed without handles, the kitchen features bi-fold doors with touch-to-open technology, a forward-thinking element employed before it was readily available for bi-folds. “Things are moving fast in our industry,” Ingrid says. The kitchen enjoys divine views of Akaroa with sliding doors mirroring one-another on the West and East walls. The sunshine which inundates the room guided Ingrid’s choice of melamine rather than natural wood, which would have suffered from the flood of natural light.

Not only an award winner, this is one of Ingrid’s favourite ever kitchens. “I love the simplicity and its elegance, it is not symmetrical but it is balanced and it has exquisite fine detailing.” The back wall houses the oven and cooktop, fridge and freezer. Cabinetry is two-toned with an outer frame in dark brown melamine named ‘Oiled Legno’, surrounding ‘Prime Melamine Baroque’. Slipped between the two is a 50mm protruding, 12mm fine white Corian frame, with shark-nose edge. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before and the effect is stunning.

The white 12mm shark-nose Corian is also used to wrap the island: floating off the floor up the sides and forming the worktop, complete with integrated Corian duo twin sinks. The ‘frame’ and bench were created by Benchtop Solutions, who worked closely with Ingrid to ensure the shark-nose profile was perfect. Prime Melamine Baroque encloses the island front and back, and an informal solid dark stained timber dining table, with stainless steel legs completes the unit. The kitchen is beautifully subtle and refined, a result not always achieved in a contemporary kitchen.

Modern Age Kitchens & Joinery was presented with an opportunity to create not just a kitchen, but an entertainer’s dream, along with the other eye-catching joinery to complete the beautiful one-of-a-kind home. Ingrid and her clients required excellence, along with approachable friendly service, and that is exactly what was provided by the team at Modern Age Kitchens & Joinery.
The company’s precise workmanship, attention to detail, professionalism and a great relationship with Ingrid, enabled Modern Age Kitchens & Joinery to bring Ingrid and her clients’ vision to life. Owners Grant and Graham Woodham are grateful to have been a part of this journey and look forward to continuing to work closely with Ingrid in the future.



Modern Age Kitchens and Joinery
Ph: 03 365 1675