Hart & Co has revealed the winners of its inaugural Kitchen and Laundry Design Awards at an event attended by 200 guests across the design industry last week.

The Hart & Co. Kitchen and Laundry Design Awards, presented by Smeg, is the first independent industry awards in Western Australia with the event held at its Osborne Park showroom.

Other event sponsors partners included Billi, Cosentino, Fisher & Paykel, Franke, Homebase, Schweigen and STM.

Five winners were announced over six categories from a pool of 18 finalists, sharing in over $16,000 in cash prizes. The judging panel included photographer, editor and founder of Havenist, Jody D’Arcy, national award-winning building designer, Shayne Le Roy, Renew Renovations and Building owner and Dean Beament director, architect and academic, Justin Owen.

Designer of the Year: Studio Atelier, Kimberley Swinyard.

Kimberley Swinyard of husband-and-wife duo at Studio Atelier took out top prize as Designer of the Year. The project was also recognised as the winner of the Kitchen Design Excellence (over $60,000) category. Boutique design company Designtique, run by Emily Domazetovski took out top prize in the Kitchen Design Excellence (up to $59,000) category.

Kitchen Design Excellence (up to $59,000) winner: Emily Domazetovski.

Claremont’s Lux Interiors took out the Laundry Design Excellence category, The People’s Choice winner was Tania Wright at Project Black Design & KTR Creations.

Laundry Design Excellence winner: Lux Interiors.

Lauren Bird, a student from North Metro Tafe, was announced as the winner of Emerging Talent for Best Kitchen Design Concept. A special mention was also made to the finalists announced on the evening, including students Alessia Rapattoni, Ashton Van Hinte and Christie Martin.

People’s Choice Award winner: Cosentino

Hart & Co. executive chairman, Rick Hart said the calibre of the entries was extremely high with the awards highlighting the incredible talent within WA.

“Hart & Co. would like to extend our congratulations to the award winners, who truly shined with their top-tier projects. Overall, the event was a great success, providing an excellent opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of the most talented designers in the country, who are located right here in WA,” he said.