Crestwood WINS Franke Kitchen Design Project at Decorex Durban 2017

Image: Winner: Crestwood

The Franke Kitchen Design project at Decorex Durban 2017 was the most difficult project that the judges, Clinton Soutter of Franke SA and Stephanie Forbes of KSA, have yet had to judge.  All four participating companies; Expert Kitchen, Crestwood Kitchens, Kitchen Spectrum and Woodtrends; are KSA members and all four of them pushed the boundaries producing impressive stands to fulfil the brief of ‘Simplicity in design’.

We asked the judges to give us some insight as to how they narrowed down their selection to Crestwood Kitchens for the Franke Kitchen Trends Project Decorex Durban 2017 award which included a R10,000 prize.

Image: Expert Kitchen

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Image: WoodTrends

“This was the hardest judging session we have had yet, and the Franke Kitchen Design project is now in its third year,” says Soutter. “It took us almost two hours to deliberate and make a decision of who to award the prize to.”

In the end the judges had to agree that the undertaking of producing a country kitchen – Crestwood’s signature – that goes against the usual business of a country kitchen and embraces a new simplicity of design, was no mean feat and had to be acknowledged.

Crestwood’s first clever move was to work with a neutral uniformity of colour combining timber and hand painted technique in similar tones to calm and simplify the space.  What was particularly clever was that in doing this they did not lose any of the warmth and heart that a country kitchen should have.

“The attention to detail and workmanship was of a very high standard.  They retained all the key features and details that a country kitchen is famous for but tweaking them slightly so that they had a modern simplicity that brought the kitchen to a new level.” Says Forbes.  The judges were impressed to see the details of hand crafted drawer inserts, the use of clear Perspex storage and the folding door multi-use pantry. The clever design introduction of bringing in the industrial trend shown through in the use of industrial springs and a car wheel hub, blended seamlessly into this kitchen.

While the judges agreed that all four participating companies had worked hard to fulfil the brief, it was Crestwood that managed to achieve a quiet simplicity in a style that does not embrace simplicity while keeping the kitchen warm and inviting yet practical and functional.

Image: Winner: Crestwood

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