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Trade association the Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom Specialists Association (KBSA) has announced the finalists of its Designer Awards 2014.
The awards are presented across five categories, spanning Kitchen Designer of the Year, Bathroom Designer of the Year, Young Designer of the Year, Kitchen Concept and overall Designer of the Year.
Finalists of the Kitchen Designer of the Year include: Chris Smith of Intoto in Southport, Diane Berry of Diane Berry Kitchens in Prestwick, Rebecca Reynolds of KSL in Sudbury, Tracy Walker-Lewis of Callum Walker Interiors in Perth and Shaun Dunbar of Kitchens by JS Geddes in Kilmarnock.
Bathroom Designer of the Year finalists are: Barry Lavin of Denby Kitchen Company in Denby Dale, Caroline Cooper of Roman Bathroom & Tile Centre in Bognor Regis and Emma Montgomery of Edinburgh Kitchen Company in Edinburgh.
Vieing for the title of Young Designer are Dave Humphries from Intoto Kitchens in Leamington Spa, Emma Montgomery of Edinburgh Kitchen Company in Edinburgh, Rebecca Reynolds of KSL in Sudbury and Joanna Geddes of JS Geddes in Kilmarnock.
Completing the judging panel's choice for Concept Kitchen are four designers from Kitchens International in Glasgow: Michelle McFarlance, Victoria Black, Karen McArthur and Claire Lovell, along with Rebecca Reynolds of KSL in Sudbury.
The overall Designer of the Year winner will be chosen by the category sponsor Omega.
Judge of the KBSA Designer Awards were (from the left) Stuart Irving, Owner, Ablutions Luxury Bathrooms and Kitchens:, Renee Mascari: Richard Hibbert, Managing Director, KSL,: Tim Wood, Sales & Marketing Director, Mereway Bathrooms and KBSA CEO Graham Ball
CEO Graham Ball commented on the quantity of entries: ‘We are delighted that entries this year were almost double those received last year, despite members being rushed off their feet with increased business levels, leaving little time for activities such as these . I think this shows how important these awards have now become for our members, and the PR associated with them is of tremendous value to them. It will showcase the excellence in design our members are proud to display, and I am looking forward to announcing this year’s winners in September’’.
All the winners will be named at the association's AGM and networking dinner on September 23, 2014.