Gaggenau Kitchen of the Year Design Contest 2021: The Best Kitchens Unveiled

Founded in October 2020, the Kitchen of the Year Design Contest was created to honour truly unique and outstanding kitchen design.

Congratulations to the Fitzroy Project – Robert Nichol & Sons for taking out the ‘Best of the Best’ Award in the Gaggenau Kitchen of the Year Design Contest for 2021.


Southern Region Finalists:


Northern Region Finalists:


We would like to thank all the entrants and judges for supporting our inaugural Kitchen of the Year Design Contest.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted contestants and winners for 2021.

Special Commendations:

Best of the Best & Winner for Southern region – Fitzroy Project by Robert Nichol & Sons


Fitzroy Project by Robert Nichol & Sons was not only named the Winner for the Southern region but also took the Best of the Best award, coming through as the overall contest’s winner.

“This competition is a great opportunity to showcase and reward excellence in kitchen design. It is heightened by the fact it is hosted by a brand regarded as an industry-leading producer of premium kitchen appliances,” says David Nicholson, Director of Robert Nichol & Sons.

“Kitchen design is often the most challenging of all the rooms of a home, so any opportunity to showcase and promote what we have achieved next to our peers is valuable and rewarding. We are very proud of this kitchen and feel honoured to be considered among so many strong contenders.”



David thinks that texture is one of the elements that made their design stand out. “It’s interesting that of the 12 finalists, we were the only entry to feature a wall tile. This is a feature that we consider a hallmark of our projects, and we love the opportunities they present, in this case, the strong vertical lines and rich colour,” he explains.

“Texture is something we love. We recognise it’s not just a tactile experience, but a visual one too. In a project such as a kitchen where there are so many disparate elements, we see texture as an opportunity to introduce a mix of finishes, creating strong surface variations
and producing a focal point within the home.”

“Winning is amazing, not only as recognition for our design but also against the calibre of the fellow finalists,” David adds, “What we are seeing in this selection is just how far kitchen design has progressed, where kitchens have now become the statement piece for house design.”


Winner for Northern region – Hall 20 by Smart Design Studio


Smart Design Studio’s striking, monolithic kitchen was named the Winner for the Northern region.



“Given the depth and strength of the Australian design industry, it was humbling to be shortlisted,” says Aaron Wooster, Smart Design Studio’s Head of Interiors, and adds that it is even more so to win above the other talented contenders.


St Huberts by Robson Rak – Runner-up ‘Southern Region’


In reflecting the materiality of a period home, St Hubert’s elegant kitchen space by Robson Rak is the Runner-up for the Southern region.


Penthouse II by Lawless & Meyerson – Runner-up ‘Northern Region’


With sweeping harbour views and a robust kitchen island grounding the space, the refined Penthouse II design by Lawless & Meyerson was selected as the Runner-up for the Northern region.


Commendations of this year’s contest


The sleek kitchen of the innovative Habitus Townhomes by DKO Architecture and the sophisticated space of Mathoura Road by Carr were both also recognised as the Commendations of this year’s contest.




In recognition of winning The Best of the Best National award Robert Nichols and Sons will receive an exclusive trip to Europe.

This includes 2x return business airfares, 7 days in Europe including one Gaggenau factory tour at Lipsheim, France, one culinary experience for two people, 6 nights’ accommodation in a 5-star hotel and hotel transfers.

The winner and runner up for each region will both receive one culinary experience for two people within Australia, the prize includes: 2x domestic return economy airfares, 2 nights’ accommodation in a 5-star hotel and hotel transfers.