Passion for Design

Kitchens by Design offers a complete design, manufacture and installation package for kitchens and for laundries, bathrooms, wardrobes and entertainment units. The design team works with hand-picked suppliers and manufacturers to create high quality cabinetry solutions.

One of the designers, Marianne Gailer, is also the ‘face’ of Kitchens by Design in its new Takapuna showroom.

“A great kitchen starts with the best layout and footprint for your space,” she says. “The kitchen can seamlessly integrate with your home or make a definite statement. I love working with my clients every step of the way. My many years in the kitchen, bathroom and interior design industry have given me the opportunity to work on many exciting projects with beautiful results.”

Marianne is particularly proud of her latest entry in the Australian Certified Kitchen Designer of the Year Awards, the winner of which is announced this month. Should she win an award, it will join a number of others Marianne has won during her career. To name just a few:  New Zealand Kitchen Design Award winner for Bathroom Designer of the Year, and for Creative Excellence; finalist in the Certified Kitchen Designer of the Year Australia; and three times finalist in New South Wales  kitchen design awards.

She is a Certified Kitchen and Bathroom designer in both New Zealand and Australia, a member of the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (NKBA), a member of the Certified Designers Association (CKDNZ), a member of the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute Australia (KBDI) and has been a judge on the KBDI Awards Panel.

“I love space planning and looking at the total concept and flow of a home. Very often this includes the entire interior design,” says Marianne. “I love a challenge and I always provide several options for the client to consider.”

Marianne is of Hungarian descent, but was born in Germany. In 1993 she married a Milford boy and her family now all live on the North Shore.

She began designing kitchens in more than 20 years ago, and worked for several years in Sydney as an independent designer. Throughout her career she has stayed in touch with Richard Cripps, Kitchens by Design owner, as his career moved from cabinetmaker to owner of a kitchen design studio. She recently returned to the Shore, that move serendipitously coinciding with the move by Kitchens by Design to open its new Takapuna studio.

“The timing of Marianne coming home to New Zealand and the new showroom opening was perfect,” says Richard.

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By Christine Young

Channel Magazine: Issue 80 September 2017. Article available online HERE.