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An eye for Detail: Detail by Davinia Sutton

Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton was informed she had been recognised in the prestigious Trends International Designer Awards (TIDA) during lockdown.


The awards were judged online, and Davinia was up against competition from Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, North America and Australia.

Davinia’s runner-up kitchen (left) was designed for a new build family home. Strong structural forms respect and complement the architectural context, resulting in a design that incorporates the use of colour, light and texture to enhance the space and modern form.

Her highly commended kitchen (right) was for a home on Leinster Road, and adds a strikingly contemporary touch to a classic monochrome palette, preserving the special character of a traditional home with a modern spin.

“Our work is bespoke; it’s not something pulled together overnight,” Davinia says. “Success comes from a strong collaboration – with our tradespeople, who are willing to go on a design journey with us, and with our clients, who put their trust in what we do and are prepared to push boundaries. It’s very humbling to get these results on the world stage.”




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It’s all in the detail: Davinia Sutton

Multi award-winning Christchurch designer Davinia Sutton’s stunning kitchen and bathroom projects for two Canterbury homes were recognised at the recent 2019 National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Awards (NKBA) New Zealand, where she was also named 2019 Designer of the Year.



Held in Melbourne, Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton attained 12 awards altogether on the night, with the majority of the accolades won for the two homes. One of the projects (pictured), constructed by Ainsworth Builders and manufactured by Ashburton Joinery, was a large open kitchen featuring traditional cabinetry, a custom-made steel rangehood, a dark-stained solid timber island bench top, brick bond tiled splashback, off-white joinery and engineered stone.

Described as elegant, well-proportioned and textural, the design incorporated the early 1900’s architecture of the home. The ‘elegant and refined’ bathroom ensuite from the same home renovation also received two awards, featuring a ‘stunning tessellate tile floor of white and charcoal.’

The second award-winning kitchen, constructed by Mike Greer Architectural and manufactured by Woodshack Kitchens, blended effortlessly into the beautiful architecturally designed family home – sleek and modern, with an urban edge. The home’s award-winning bathroom featured a bold palette, with the selection of finishes providing a sense of sharpness and personality.

Davinia says the awards are a great reflection of local workmanship and it’s a privilege to be recognised by industry peers. “NKBA is an amazing organisation that really supports designers and the awards provide a fantastic launching pad and exposure that can lead to international recognition.”

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Local’s global success: ‘Detail by Davinia Sutton Ltd’

Multi award-winning local design studio ‘Detail by Davinia Sutton Ltd’ has been recognised on the international stage at the prestigious German Design Award for Interior Architecture 2019.’


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Being one of the most renowned international design awards, Detail by Davinia Sutton has won accolades for two stunning kitchens and a bathroom. One of the kitchens was for a Canterbury client with a butchery background and a brief for a kitchen to reflect their love of cooking and entertaining. Core to the design was the island taking centre stage in laminated American White Oak timber – a modern take on the butcher’s block – with a scullery behind. Judges said Sutton’s contemporary kitchen was visually striking and notable for its superb details.

The second kitchen, in a Merivale home, comprises a ‘front’ and ‘back’ kitchen, separated by a box form and clad in two-toned, dark-stained, veneered joinery. The winning bathroom was for clients who wanted a space with ‘wow factor’ that invoked calm and serenity. Praised for its “modern, restrained form,” a freestanding bath provides stunning views.


‘Detail by Davinia Sutton Ltd’

Davinia, who has been in the industry for nearly 20 years, says the enormity of winning has not yet sunk in. “To win one award is an amazing feat, so to win three is very humbling – and quite overwhelming. I’m so rapt for our team and excited that New Zealand design can stand proud on the world stage, against European design and the best of the best. It’s also a great reflection of our local workmanship to be recognised globally.”


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