Winners shine at glittering gala event

image_enews_awards_sep2016The stunning ballroom of Pullman Melbourne on the Park was the place to be for Australian kitchen and bathroom designers on Saturday, 17 September.  Our MC for the evening, renowned Aussie entertainer Dave O’Neill, certainly kept us laughing, and a fantastic band encouraged members to dance the night away!  It was our superstar winners who stole the show, though, with some well known designers and a number of new faces taking to the stage to collect their much-deserved awards.

And the WINNERS of the KBDi Designer Awards 2016 are…

National Winners

KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2016: Alex Norman CKD Au (Brilliant SA, SA)

KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets, WA)

KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016: Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Concept, WA)

KBDi Australian Design Space Award 2016: Kristina Schubert (Creative Home Plus, SA)

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Award – Kitchen Design of the Year 2016: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets, WA)

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Award – Bathroom Design of the Year 2016: Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations, NSW)

KBDi First Time Entrant Award 2016: Kristina Schubert (Creative Home Plus, SA)

New South Wales Winners

KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens NSW: Paul Johns (Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms)

KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens NSW: Sarah Nolen (Birdblack Design)

KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens NSW: Michelle Burton CKD Au (SMB Interior Design)

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – NSW: Sarah Nolen (Birdblack Design)

KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms NSW: Gavin Hepper CKD Au (Concepts by Gavin Hepper)

KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms NSW: Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations)

KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – NSW: Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations)

Queensland Winners

KBDi Designer – Small/Medium Kitchens QLD: Wayne Havenaar (Germancraft Cabinets)

KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens QLD: Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets)

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – QLD: Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets)

KBDi Designer – Small/Large Bathrooms QLD: Helene Newson (Spacial Design Solutions Pty Ltd)

KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – QLD: Helene Newson (Spacial Design Solutions Pty Ltd)

South Australian Winners

KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens SA: Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Spacecraft Joinery)

KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens SA: Alex Norman CKD Au (Brilliant SA)

KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens SA: Paul Hutchison (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – SA: Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Spacecraft Joinery)

KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms SA: Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms SA: Sallyann Ling (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)

KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – SA: Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

Victorian Winners

KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens VIC: Frank Iaria (Mint Kitchens)

KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens VIC: Chris Arnold CKD Au (Complete Kitchens Australia Pty Ltd)

KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens VIC: Jenefer Macleod (Eat Bathe Live)

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – VIC: Jenefer Macleod (Eat Bathe Live)

KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms VIC: Teresa Kleeman (Pepper Constructions)

KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms VIC: Sam Robinson CKD Au, CBD Au (Sam Robinson Interior Design)

KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – VIC: Teresa Kleeman (Pepper Constructions)

Western Australian Winners

KBDi Designer – Small Kitchens WA: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)

KBDi Designer – Medium Kitchens WA: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)

KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens WA: Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets)

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – WA: Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)

KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms WA: Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)

KBDi Designer – Large Bathrooms WA: Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Concept)

KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 – WA: Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Concept)

About the KBDi Awards

Now in its eighth year, the KBDi Designer Awards program is a well established and highly regarded event on the Australian design calendar.  The program recognises the professionalism and talent of Australian kitchen and bathroom designers, and is buoyed by the support of industry sponsors and partners. This year’s KBDi kitchen awards were proudly sponsored by Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (www.cmib.com.au), while E & S Trading (www.eands.com.au) were valued sponsors of the KBDi 2016 bathroom awards. Lincoln Sentry (www.lincolnsentry.com.au) once again sponsored the coveted award for Australian Certified Designer of the Year, and TLD Kitchens (www.tldkitchens.com.au) sponsored the Design Space and First Time Entrant Awards. Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly continued their ongoing support with the People’s Choice Award, and Austaron proudly supplied each of the design trophies.

Top three to take off on Tour!

image_enews_top-three_sep2016The top three winners at this year’s KBDi Designer Awards Gala not only secure themselves a coveted title; they also win a place on the KBDi Designers International Tour 2017!

South Australians were thrilled to see one of their own take out the top honour for KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year, while the Western Australians in the room were incredibly proud when the national kitchen and bathroom awards went to two Perth designers.

SA’s Alex Norman CKD Au (www.brilliantsa.com.au) made her way to the stage early in the evening, collecting an award for Designer – Medium Kitchens SA.  The KBDi accredited designer’s stunning kitchen entry, paired with a second equally impressive design project, impressed the judging panel enormously and went on to win her the coveted title of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year.  KBDi Diamond Sponsors, Lincoln Sentry, were proud to present Alex with this esteemed award – read more about the category and Alex’s entry here.

WA’s Kia Douglas (www.westerncabinets.com.au) spent a good deal of her evening on the stage, too, collecting five awards over the course of the night!  Kia’s first accolade came with a category win for Designer – Small Kitchens WA. A spectacular medium kitchen design netted Kia a bundle of trophies, including Designer – Medium Kitchens WA, Kitchen Designer of the Year WA and the sought-after title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year, proudly presented by KBDi kitchen award sponsor, Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (CMIB).

To top off her evening, Kia also took home the KBDi and KBQ People’s Choice Award for Kitchen Design of the Year; all finalists in the KBDi Designer Awards 2016 were showcased on the Complete Homes portal, where over 12,000 consumers voted for their favourite space – Kia’s large kitchen design proved most popular, and earned her a fantastic advertising package with Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly.

First time KBDi entrant and new WA member, Giovanni Giannace (www.elementiconcept.com), made a striking debut: Giovanni’s large bathroom design earned him a category award for Designer – Large Bathrooms WA, a chapter award title of Bathroom Designer of the Year WA, and a place alongside Alex and Kia on the KBDi Designers International Tour 2017 with the national award of KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year! This year’s KBDi bathroom awards were proudly sponsored by E & S Trading.

Congratulations to each of the winners above, and to all those who claimed category and chapter awards, too (see the full list here.)

Lincoln Sentry presents top honour to Adelaide designer

image_enews_lincoln-sentry_sep2016Lincoln Sentry have once again shown their commitment to the kitchen and bathroom design industry in sponsoring the highest accolade in the KBDi Award Portfolio: KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2016.  This prestigious award is only open to KBDi accredited designer members, who must submit two projects (either two kitchens or two bathrooms per entry), and comply with a strict judging criteria tailored to reflect the high standards expected of Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Designers.

Lincoln Sentry State Sales Manager for Victoria and South Australian, Mark Williams (pictured), was delighted to present this year’s award to Adelaide designer, Alex Norman CKD Au (www.brilliantsa.com.au).

The judges deemed Alex’s presentation of two absolutely stunning kitchens to be technically and aesthetically outstanding.  In both instances, the designer’s response to the client brief was perfectly executed, from both practical and visual standpoints, and her knowledge and application of the elements and principles of design were obvious.  From a technical perspective, the documentation put forward for both projects was meticulously set out in a clear and concise format.  The judges’ decision was unanimous – this designer is well deserving of the title of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year.

Congratulations to Alex on this outstanding achievement, and many thanks to Lincoln Sentry for their continued support of KBDi and the industry as a whole.

Smeg Classic Cooker right at home in award winning character kitchen…

image_enews_smeg_sep2016The classic styling of Smeg’s C9GMXA 90cm freestanding gas/electric cooker made it a perfect choice for this character-filled kitchen by Gold Coast designer, Wayne Havenaar (www.germancraft.com.au). The kitchen was extremely popular with KBDi Designer Awards judges, and earned Wayne the category award for Designer – Small Kitchens QLD at this year’s Gala event.

The kitchen’s cooker has a long list of features that make it as practical as it is pretty: eight functions, 126 litre capacity, four cooking levels and manual or programmable cooking accommodate some serious baking, and Smeg’s ever-clean enamel finish makes for an easy-clean interior.  The hob boasts one ultra rapid triple wok burner, two rapid 9 mj/hour burners, one semi rapid burner with a 6.6 mj/hr output and an auxiliary burner too; paired with Smeg’s PUM90X Undermount Rangehood, this unit is a keen cook’s dream!

Find out more about Smeg’s Classic range of appliances at www.smeg.com.au.

Abey’s Tink and Canale take centre stage in kitchen winner

image_enews_abey_sep2016Abey’s stunning Tink Kitchen Mixer is a stand out feature in this award winning kitchen, and a fabulous Abey Canale Unit planter box certainly caught the judges attention, too!

Designer Kia Douglas (www.westerncabinets.com.au), presented this stunning medium kitchen design in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards, and it netted her a bundle of trophies, including Designer – Medium Kitchens WA, Kitchen Designer of the Year WA and the coveted title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year!

The family friendly, relaxed and laid back vibe of this kitchen had the judges from hello! A new build on a very small lot in an historical WA suburb provided the designer with an interesting brief, and the combination of a modern design with industrial charm proved to be the perfect solution. The judges loved Kia’s thoughtful space planning and attention to detail, and commended the ingenuity of an inbuilt herb planter and a perfect combination of fixtures and finishes.

Feeling inspired? Find out more about Abey’s Tink Kitchen Mixers and Canale Units at www.abey.com.au.

Schweigen’s Black Glass Cassette pleasing in People’s Choice kitchen…

image_enews_schweigen_sep2016Schweigen’s Black Glass Cassette was an ideal fit for this beautiful black and white kitchen.

Designer Kia Douglas (www.westerncabinets.com.au), submitted the kitchen in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program, and it scored her the coveted prize for the KBDi and KBQ People’s Choice Award for Kitchen Design of the Year!  All finalists in the KBDi Designer Awards 2016 program were showcased on a Complete Homes portal, where over 12,000 consumers voted for their favourite space – Kia’s large kitchen design proved most popular, and earned her a fantastic advertising package with Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly.

The streamlined aesthetics of Schweigen’s Black Glass Cassette fit discreetly in to this kitchen design, but the incredible specifications of the unit ensure it won’t be forgotten:  the cleverly designed rangehood targets suction to the edge of the hood, directing steam and residual oils towards a smaller, more intensive area (like the high suction point of a vacuum cleaner, as opposed to a large ceiling fan).  This innovative technology allows fumes and vapours to be quickly and effectively dispelled, and Schweigen’s silent Isodrive motor system makes it happen without driving the cook crazy!

Find out more about Schweigen’s Black Glass Cassette at www.schweigen.com.au.

Austaron supports industry awards again in 2016

image_enews_austaron_sep2016Austaron Surfaces have been fantastic supporters of KBDi since its inception, and they have provided the beautiful trophies that the KBDi Designer Awards winners take home each and every year.  This year was no exception, and the stunning trophies handed out to all winners are sure to take pride of place in the studios and showrooms of Australia’s Finest designers.

The company’s commitment and contribution to the industry is well known; their products are used across a number of industry segments, including retail, healthcare, entertainment, food service, office fitouts and of course, residential kitchens and bathrooms, and they support various award programs in these areas.  Austaron Surfaces has industry experienced sales teams placed in all states, and the representatives work closely with project managers and designers from the specification stage of projects right through to the delivery of the product.

To find your nearest Austaron representative, and to learn more about their products, visit www.austaron.com.au today.

Blum invites designers to tailor-made presentation…

image_enews_blum_sep2016KBDi silver sponsors, Blum, are opening their doors to Australian kitchen and bathroom designers in October, and presenting an inspiring design session tailor-made for our niche industry.  Come along to find out how to ‘keep your business at the forefront of design, technology and product quality’.

KBDi’s Education Partner, Designer Training Australia, will be presenting the first of a new series of Professional Development sessions, too: PD EXPLORE | Lighting in Wet Areas will address the key requirements of lighting in wet areas as outlined in AS/NZS 3000:2007, and uncover the clearance and ingress protection (IP) requirements
for wet area zones 0, 1, 2 and 3.

These events are a great opportunity to network with likeminded designers, meet your local representatives, gain some critical professional development and experience Blum’s incredible range of products first hand.  If you’re a designer committed to your profession and aware of the importance of continual development, we encourage you to come along.

Events will be rolled out in the following locations (click here to RSVP):

South Australia: Blum, 179 Railway Terrace, Mile End South – Wednesday, 5 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Western Australia: Blum, Unit 3, 50 Howe Street, Osborne Park – Tuesday, 11 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

New South Wales: Blum, 10 Blackbird Close, Len Waters Estate – Tuesday, 11 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Queensland Location: Blum, Unit 6, 39-45 Compton Road (Cnr Ewing Street), Underwood – Thursday, 13 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Victoria: Blum, 245 Ferntree Gully Road, Mount Waverley – Thursday, 13 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Cosentino Dekton features in award winning kitchen

image_enews_dekton_sep2016A stunning 12mm Dekton benchtop is a perfect fit for this award winning kitchen, and the colour Sirius (Solid collection) adds depth and drama to an expansive space.

Melbourne designer, Chris Arnold CKD Au (www.complete-kitchens.com.au) entered this impressive kitchen design in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program, and it secured him the category award of KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens VIC.  ‘Sophisticated yet understated’ was the judging panel’s final verdict: they loved the designer’s clever play on shapes and attention to detail, and were impressed with the functional workspace created. The judges acknowledged Chris’ respect for the panoramic ocean views and restraint in competing for attention, and commended the end result.

To find out more about Dekton and its wide range of applications, visit www.dekton.com.au.

PYTHA PROS share their presentation prowess

image_enews_pytha_sep2016An early start on a grey Melbourne morning didn’t deter KBDi accredited designers eager to see a pair of PYTHA professionals ‘Present Like a Pro’.

Two of Australia’s most awarded designers – Darren Genner CKD Au  (right) and Darren James CKD Au (centre) – captivated their audience at the annual KBDi Certified Designers Forum, held this year at Melbourne’s iconic Hotel Windsor. The keynote presentation covered their respective early beginnings in the industry, and went on to outline how photo-realistic renderings have changed the way they present.

Darren James CKD Au

Darren James CKD Au (let’s call him DJ) explained how he began his trade apprenticeship under the watchful eye of a Danish artisan, fitting out luxury boats with stunning timber joinery.  Problem solving and careful design detailing were integral to the job, and proved to be useful talents when DJ opened his own cabinetmaking business in the year 2000. This business soon evolved to be the full design to construct service that it is today, with an impressive line up of projects and awards.

DJ’s eye for detail is evident in his drawings; he shared with the group his meticulous orthographic plans, and pointed out how PYTHA helps him meet (and exceed) the Australian Standards of drafting.   DJ also shared examples of his 3D renderings, which are presented to the Clients in a ‘wine and dine’ environment: he explained how the client’s instant emotional connection with the photo-realistic presentations made the job of selling the design a pain-free and time efficient exercise. The opportunity to upsell with designer furnishings has proven to be a surprising add-on for DJ; Clients have loved the 3D library items carefully placed within the renderings, and insisted on purchasing the ‘real’ furniture pieces and light fittings to complete their overall scheme.

Darren Genner CKD Au 

Darren Genner cut his teeth in the kitchen and bathroom industry in a similar fashion to DJ, and his trade background has brought a practical yet creative element to his sought after design work.  Darren was a ‘tech-nerd’ from the beginning, though, and sensed that photo-realistic design presentations were the way to go. He felt that his clients did not relate to the two dimensional plans often presented; he knew they couldn’t get a tangible appreciation for his proposed space planning without getting a feel for the volume of space presented in three dimensional form, and has worked to hone his skills with PYTHA software for over a decade.

Today Darren provides his clients with interactive, ‘real time’ presentation experiences that place them in both the physical and virtual spaces.  Like DJ, he adds library items created by well known designers, and relishes the opportunity to on-sell these furnishings.  Darren makes a point of adding a personal connection to his presentation, too, by strategically placing library items (books, cars etc) that will particularly resonate with his clients, and believes it’s these thoughtful links that often get him over the line.

The knowledge and talent of these two designers is truly impressive, and their honest and insightful commentary was well appreciated by the KBDi members present.  The two Darrens demonstrated how pairing natural design flair with today’s technology can open up a whole new world of creativity, and foster a confident and trusting client base, and we look forward to seeing where they take their talent in the future!

To find out more about how PYTHA can help you present like a Pro, visit www.pythapartners.com.au today.