As the Founder & Director of KWD, Kate Walker leads the custom design studio she launched in 2013. Having worked in the tile industry for over 15 years, she identified the need for a streamlined solution for busy people who require support with their hard finish requirements. Now nearly ten years only, KWD’s offering has expanded to include space planning, joinery design, custom furniture, lighting, rugs and soft furnishings – a complete design solution.
The KWD portfolio has expanded to include KWD & Co, an online hard finishes portal, and KWD Access - a platform that makes interior design accessible to anyone, on any budget. In turn Kate's dynamic team has grown exponentially. The 18 talented women she employs are project managers, interior designers and design professionals who manage more than 80 design projects each year.
Having established a strong and genuine reputation in the design community, Kate has gained respect for her innate talent to translate her vision from concept to reality and she has been acknowledged by her peers in the design industry. KWD’s work has been featured in Australia’s leading interior magazines including Belle, Home Beautiful, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and House & Garden (including four front cover stories) plus Homes & Gardens UK.
In 2019 Kate made her TV debut on Australia's Nine Network on 'Luxury Homes Revealed' when three KWD projects were featured on this national television series. And in 2021 Kate was invited to be a judge on the inaugural series of 'Australia’s Best House' - which aired nationally on 9LIFE.
With many years of design experience across every design aesthetic, Kate can appreciate what it takes to make a home successful in terms of liveability and functionality. She understands how to instil that intangible sense of romance that makes a house a home. Importantly, Kate builds relationships – with her clients, her supply partners and trades, her peers and her team. For Kate design isn’t what she does, it’s her way of life.
Head of Procurement
Head of Operations
Head of Design
KWD & Co. Customer Service
Personal Assistant to Kate Walker