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Gold Coast Kitchen Guru wins Australian Designer of the Year

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast graduate, Katia Slogrove had much to celebrate at the recent Designers Institute's annual awards. She left the Adelaide event with no less than four trophies, a $2,500 prize package and the coveted title of KBDi Australian Designer of the Year 2017.

Katia is an enthusiastic and skilled multi award winning interior designer who guides the design process from concept through to completion, Katia ensures that architectural form and function complement each other and that the initial design intent is achieved.

Katia has spent many years designing kitchens and bathrooms and has long dreamed of the day that she would take out the much acclaimed title at the annual awards.

"This has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Year after year I have sat and watched Australian designers be acknowledged for their work," Ms Slogrove said.

Ms Slogrove has spent the last 10 years working as a professional interior designer specialising in the areas of residential, high end residential, commercial and retail design.

"I'm incredibly thankful and feel very honoured to have won. I hope to inspire new designers that are coming through the industry to be brave and bold," she said.

Katia entered two kitchen designs on the night, a Small Kitchen design and a Medium Kitchen design. The judges were impressed with both, calling her small kitchen design ultra-functional, uber-cool and 'packed a great deal of punch in to a very small space'.

It was, however, the Medium Kitchen entry, that really won the panel over. The designer's magnificent response to an extravagant client brief wowed the judges, who summed up the kitchen design as 'bold, brave and full of bling'.

Katia was awarded Designer - Small Kitchens QLD, Medium Kitchens QLD, KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year and Australian Designer of the Year.

The KBDi Designer Awards program is a well-established and highly regarded event on the Australian design calendar. The program recognises the professionalism and talent of Australian kitchen and bathroom designers, and is buoyed by the support of industry sponsors and partners.

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