Zip Water Kitchen Design of the Year announced

 19 Dec 2019

Maude Pilote (Hilliam Architects) and Elena Rajani (mckimm) have been named winners of the inaugural Zip Water Kitchen Design of the Year Competition.

There was an inundation of entries, with the winners being chosen by a blind judging panel featuring Australian kitchen design experts. Submissions were judged according to 10-point criteria that included design effectiveness, ergonomics, traffic flow and work zones, practical and functional use of space, storage, clearances, fixtures and fittings, lighting, plans, specification, visual appeal, innovation, inventiveness and creativity, and of course use of Zip Water products.

The judging panel included:
Melanie Gardener – Editor The Kitchen & Bathroom blog
Selina Zwolsman – Manager – Design & Communications, Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute
Annie Kim – General Manager – Retail, Snaidero Sydney
Tom Fisher – Marketing Director, Zip Water
Cliff Thompson – Residential Director, Zip Water

Maude Pilote (Hilliam Architects) won the Best Multi Residential Home Kitchen Award for the Eden Display Suite.

The judges were unanimous that confidence exudes Maude’s kitchen design and layout, demonstrated by its considered approach to materiality and planning.

With exquisite detailing and fine finishes, particularly in the smaller details, and hints of asymmetry to provide visual interest it displayed a delightful mix of textures and finishes making the kitchen highly inviting and a great sales tool. The design showed an excellent use of space with plenty of well-considered storage solutions.

Elena Rajani (mckimm) was awarded the Best Freestanding Home Kitchen for her Sagamore project from a hotly contested field of 6 finalists.

The judges agreed that intelligent spatiality and engaging materiality are displayed through the considered approach of form and texture with subtle curves, natural materials and rigorous architectural values.

From the stunning sweep of the benchtop to an incredible pendant light, everything about this kitchen was breathtaking. The space was perfectly planned, beautifully balanced and an exceptional example of grand design. Light and bright, yet deep and moody all at once, the design enhanced the symmetrical aspects of the kitchen while grounding it within the large open-plan area.

“We’re thrilled with the high calibre of entries in our first ever Zip Water Kitchen Design of the Year Competition,” said Zip Water Marketing Director, Tom Fisher. “Working closely with kitchen designers is something we are passionate about at Zip and it’s been exciting to see the breadth of innovative designs using our HydroTap products.”

Best Multi Residential Home Kitchen
Maude Pilote – Hillam Architects - Eden display suite – WINNER
Maude Pilote – Hillam Architects - Botanical apartments common areas
Kelly Geldard – bureau^proberts - The Oxlade Residences Display

Best Freestanding Home Kitchen
Elena Rajani – mckimm – Sagamore – WINNER
Isabelle Cini – mckimm - Northcote Ave Project
Olivia Cirocco – GIA Bathrooms and Kitchens - Cosham St
Travis Dean – Cantilever Interiors Pty Ltd - Kerferd Place
Elena Rajani – mckimm – Exon
Jared Clout – Paul Clout Design - 7 Springs

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