We called in the design experts

When we needed our National Office kitchen redesigned there was no one better to call upon than the Kitchen & Bathroom Design industry.


Left largely untouched after an office renovation in 2017, it became apparent that the layout of the kitchen at our National Office in Wellington was no longer appropriate for the number of staff utilising the space to prepare meals and a new kitchen was the order of the day.

We turned this into an opportunity to engage with the Kitchen & Bathroom industry to help us promote the career. Current and newly qualified designers were invited to submit their ideas for the new kitchen. A judging panel chose six designs that were shared on our Facebook page and this helped promote opportunities in the industry to eager career seekers. Our social media community selected their three favourite designs and our people at National Office voted for the winning design.

Submitted by Katherine Lightfoot from Nicola Manning Design Ltd in Auckland, the winning design was described by the judging panel as ‘visually exciting and contemporary’ with ‘careful consideration given to the brief’.

Katherine says, "My main goal when designing the BCITO kitchen was to bring this  space to life, designing a social, open and bright central hub where BCITO people can gather and enjoy while they take a break from their busy workday."

As the winner of this competition, not only will Katherine see her design become a reality, but she also received a prize of $2,000. Katherine’s design will be incorporated into the office environment during the upcoming end of year break, ready for National Office people to enjoy on their return in 2019.

This competition was our most successful non-paid campaign utilising social media, reaching an audience of over 60,000 in the Facebook community. Each of the six designers selected by the initial judging panel shared their individual voting post, encouraging their peers, colleagues, friends and family to support them and vote for their particular design. This organically spread the reach, exposure and awareness of Kitchen & Bathroom Design to Facebook members outside the BCITO Facebook community. A fantastic result for gaining awareness of the industry!

We would like to thank all Kitchen & Bathroom Design students who submitted designs, particularly the five other finalists:

  • Carlos Gabucan of Laminex New Zealand, Auckland
  • Helen Reason of Finesse Joinery, Christchurch
  • Jo Comins of Native Timber Joinery Ltd, Te Awamutu
  • Madison Duxfield of German Kitchens Ltd, Wellington
  • Sarah Jennings of Carlielle Kitchens, Auckland


Katherine Lightfoot's winning design will be brought to life shortly.

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