Award winning nightPublished on April 6, 2013

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  • Friedemann Weinhardt from Design First, showstopper award winning kitchen

It was a night to honour the best in the kitchen and bath industry in Ottawa with the NKBA awards held at Brookstreet Hotel on April 5. Guests were treated to an elegant meal, glass trophies and dancing to nostalgic music.

One designer stood out above the rest, Friedemann Weinhardt, of Design First Interiors, who took home the majority of the awards. At one point he commented to Ottawa At Home editor-in-chief Mary Taggart, the evening's MC, that it was getting a little embarrassing to be called up on stage over and over again, but humbly pointed out to the crowd that he was part of a team.

Another standout component to the evening was Algonquin College's kitchen and bath design program. A few students won awards as well as program coordinator Sandra Gibbons who took home the first annual Doris Lacroix Award for her dedicated efforts within the industry.

Judges were looking for creative use of space while following the traditions of a well-designed kitchen.

2013 NKBA AWARDS

Small Kitchen

1st: Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

2nd: Darren Walker, Kitchen Craft

Medium Kitchen

1st: Deirdre Jorssen, Astro Design

2nd: Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

Large Kitchen

1st: Colin Andrew Meredith, Kitchen Craft

2nd: Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

Powder Room

1st: Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

Large Bathroom

1st: Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

2nd: Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

Show stopper

1st: Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

2nd: Lorin Russell, Muskoka Cabinet Company

Student award

1st: Algonquin College student Andrea Buikema

2nd: Algonquin College student Jack Creasy

Best in Kitchen

Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

Best in Bathroom

Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

People's Choice

Friedmann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

Doris Lacroix Award

Sandra Gibbons, Algonquin College

Algonquin College Kitchen and Bathroom program student endowment fund

Bobbi-Lee Pilon

2013 NKBA Slideshow




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