Rex Hirst

Rex Hirst CKD Au

Managing Director

Certified Kitchen Designer
Let’s Talk Kitchens & Interiors, Canterbury

A professional designer since 1972, Rex studied advanced kitchen design in America. Upon returning to Australia in 1982, he personally founded, and served as the first President of the original governing body of the Australian Kitchen & Bathroom renovation industry.

In 1992, it was merged into the Housing Industry Association, (HIA), and is now known as “HIA Kitchens & Bathrooms”. From 2002 to 2011 he served as a committee member of HIA Kitchens & Bathrooms, and was an outspoken advocate for the proper training, registration & certification of designers in this field.
Through 2004-2006, Rex was an integral part of the setting up of a new National body, the Kitchen & Bath Designer’s Institute, (KBDi). KBDi was formed with sponsorship & support from government, industry and the cabinetmaking community to identify, teach & accredit qualified designers. This new organisation is now well established with chapters in all states. He was President of the KBDi from 2011 to 2017.
Rex has had various articles published on kitchen design and has been an active design lecturer within the industry for most of his career. He has consulted to the Victorian Department of Human Services for over 10 years, in the area of kitchen & bathroom design for the disabled.
As a highly experienced and creative designer, he has also been a judge for many years of the HIA Annual Kitchen & Bathroom awards in Victoria.

Winner 2015 HIA Victorian Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

  • Kitchen Design

Winner 2014 HIA Victorian Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

  • Overall  Kitchen of the Year
  • Renovated Kitchen over $50,001k
  • Kitchen Design

Winner 2006 HIA Victorian Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

  • Kitchen Project over $30k