Rex Hirst CKD Au
Certified Kitchen Designer
Owner and Principal Designer
Let’s Talk Kitchens, Canterbury
Winner 2015 HIA Victorian Kitchen & Bathroom Awards
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
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. Recently he was voted President of the KBDi.
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.