Holloways of Ludlow are delighted to announce that they have won two ‘Kitchen Designer of the Year’ awards at the 2016 kbbreview Retail and Design Awards.
Now in its 22nd year, the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards is renowned as the biggest celebration of the year for the kitchen and bathroom industry. The awards reward the UK’s finest bathroom and kitchen manufacturers, retailers, showrooms and designers, and are judged by the editorial team of trade title, KBB Review and experienced industry experts. Holloways of Ludlow’s winning kitchen designs were awarded for meeting and exceeding the brief of their client, superior material choices, attention to detail and the overall aesthetic and personalised customisation of the submitted kitchen designs.
Martin Smith’s winning entry for the ‘Kitchen Designer of the Year’ (over £50,000 category) formed part of an interior architectural renovation project designed and implemented by Holloways of Ludlow. The client particularly wanted a kitchen that blurred the lines between furniture and kitchen design and integrated seamlessly at the heart of their open-plan home. A separate bar area, complete with space for bar stools were also on the wish list as they enjoyed entertaining.
Martin answered the brief by designing a fully functional, yet sleek and stylish kitchen that employs architecturallly led block applications of key materials. For example, Concrete by LCDA products were selected for the cast concrete worktops and large format floor tiles, and matt oiled stave oak and exposed ply edges for the cabinetry.
The cabinets were designed to extend past the architectural staircase and bookshelves (also designed by Martin) into an adjoining sociable bar space, which features a striking Corian back panel with supporting glass shelves for displaying glassware and bottles. A small integrated dishwasher and drinks fridge was also included in the bar for added convenience to the homeowner.
The ‘Kitchen Designer of the Year’ (£30-50,000 category) award was won by Senior Designer, Richard McGee. Designed within a period terraced house in West London, Richard’s striking design was created for a client who had an eclectic interior style and sought a kitchen where she could enjoy her love of cooking and entertaining. Richard combined a mix of contemporary built-in and freestanding cabinets, using a wide range of materials and manufacturing techniques. The result was an elegant kitchen with an ‘industrial twist.
Richard introduced a variety of beadings, frames and handles on the doors and drawer fronts, which were mostly set within an outer frame for a more furniture-like feel, and hand-painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Ammonite’. Among the many materials used in Richard’s design were Concrete and stainless steel on the worktops, reclaimed Belgian Oak on the island unit, and a feature antique bronze mirror. A freestanding dresser unit, designed for storing the client’s crockery and cutlery, includes an integrated dishwasher and bin to enable dirty dishes to be cleared directly from the dining table. A freestanding breakfast cabinet adjacent to the dining table, provides a home for the toaster and coffee maker. The main kitchen and island provides a practical preparation and cooking area with large sink, boiling water tap, induction hob, built-in ovens, flush fitting extraction and freestanding fridge freezer.
Tim Wallace, editor of kbbreview, says: “We would like to extend our many congratulations to Martin and Richard and wish them every success in the future. We received a record-breaking number of entrants this year and, as ever, the standard was extremely high, so to be named a winner is a major accomplishment”.
The kbbreview Retail and Design Awards 2016 awards ceremony took place at a black-tie gala dinner at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole on Monday 7th March 2016.