Stellar design panel looking forward to revealing winners!

Image_eNews_Judging_Aug2016Every year KBDi invites renowned designers from across Australia to share their design prowess on the KBDi Designer Awards Judging Panel. This year’s panel brought a wealth of experience to the table; in this article meet our esteemed judges as we thank them for a job well done!

Elizabeth Luke CKD Au, CBD Au has lived and breathed kitchens and bathrooms for almost three decades. As the director of the highly regarded interior design firm, Luke Interiors, Elizabeth has been successfully designing for clients in metropolitan Sydney and Central West NSW since 1989, collecting over thirty design awards along the way.  With her extensive experience, combined with qualifications in design, building and training, Elizabeth is committed to giving back to the industry; she is a founding member, director and Vice President of KBDi, and a board member and Chair of the registered training organisation, Designer Training Australia.

As the KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2010, 2014 and 2015, Darren James CKD Au needs little introduction to the KBDi community. Early in his career, Darren pursued a trade in timber joinery, working on luxury boats and refining his skills with the guidance of a talented Danish artisan. During this time, Darren developed a strong eye for detail and a deep passion for design and in the year 2000, after broadening his design vocabulary, he established his own business. As an interior designer, fully licenced builder and with a firm commitment to his craft, Darren James heads one Brisbane’s most renowned design and construction firms; the studio’s main body of work rests in the residential sector, with the company having transformed some of Australia’s finest homes both locally and interstate.  Darren is a highly respected and active member of the Australian design community, and examples of his work, along with his generous advice and sought after design perspectives, are regularly published in design publications, journals, lifestyle magazines, newspapers and blogs.

Ros Hemley, MDIA, CKD Au, MCES is an accredited interior designer with the Design Institute of Australia and a KBDi Certified Kitchen Designer. Ros is passionate about creativity and its value to society, and believes it is her responsibility to always set the bar high, keep abreast of the latest design trends and technologies and to always view her work as a privilege. Her personal career has included national judging for KBDI, representing DIA on the 2015 State Design Awards for HIA and public speaking at state, national and international events. Appointments have included being a national board member of KBDI in 2015, general manager of the public company Mantra (heading up their design and refurbishment department), CEO of Semara Resorts in Indonesia (where she lead the rebranding, systems and design of the original boutique resort model), and founder and director of The Interior Space (an international boutique interior design and procurement management firm specialising in resort design, residential homes and high rise developments).

Speed + steam = comfort food in a flash!

Image_eNews_Smeg_Aug2016The arrival of Smeg’s new generation speed and steam ovens has reinvented the mid-week menu in terms of vastly reduced cooking times and foods that retain far more of their flavour and texture, even when consumed the next day (great for lunch boxes!).

In Smeg’s Speed Oven, traditionally slow-cooked food like succulent pulled-beef with bbq sauce can take less than an hour to cook, and fall-off-the-bone lamb shanks will be done in under two hours!  Looking for a sweet treat? Berry, ricotta and mint muffins can be baked to perfection in just ten minutes.

Smeg’s Compact Speed Oven is primarily a multifunction oven which has been supplemented by the addition of innovative microwave technology.  With 12 cooking functions, it can be used as a dedicated fan-forced or convection oven, or as a grill or microwave oven.  But when time is short it really comes into its own: as a speed oven it is invaluable as a means of producing beautiful meals within vastly reduced cooking times.  The Smeg Speed Oven supplements fan forced or static plus fan cooking with microwave energy, resulting in a much faster cooking process without any loss of quality in terms of taste, succulence and texture.

SmartSense Plus is a key feature of the Smeg Compact Speed Oven – the foolproof, step-by-step cooking guide with fifty guided cooking programs makes cooking a breeze, and the option of saving a further ten personal favourites is a big plus. Ever-Clean enamel interiors make life easier, too, and soft close doors add a finishing touch.  There are three distinct design aesthetics in the Compact Speed Ovens – Classic, Linear and the ‘modern-vintage’ Victoria built-in.

Smeg’s Compact Steam and Combi-Steam Ovens are well known for their ability to cook healthy, fat-free dishes of fish and/or vegetables, but did you know they also cook the best pasta? Simply steam dried pasta for ten minutes, stir, then steam again for a further ten.  Add prepared sauce and steam for a further five minutes.  This method enables the pasta to take up more sauce – the flavour is superb and if the pasta is reheated the next day it has a far better texture than conventionally cooked pasta.

The new Smeg Classic Compact Steam oven – SFA4390VX – features five cooking functions with 20 SmartSense auto menus and 50L capacity.  Its soft close eclipse high visibility black glass illuminates when the oven is use, becoming transparent.

Smeg’s Classic Compact Combi-Steam Oven – SFA4395VCX – combines static and fan forced cooking with the dedicated steam function creating a total of 16 cooking functions.  Its features mirror those of the dedicated steam oven above.  Both have Smeg Ever-Clean enamel with vapour clean technology.

Smeg Compact ovens are available nationally from leading appliance retail specialists.  Go to for more details.

No need to cut corners with CORNERSTONE Carousel!

Image_eNews_Lincoln Sentry_Aug2016A new corner unit solution has arrived! A CORNERSTONE carousel moves the entire contents of a cabinet in front of the unit, thereby unlocking completely new design perspectives.

The shelves swivel out to a comfortable distance away from the carcass, bringing contents within easy reach. Each shelf can be attached at the required height, and the shelves disappear back inside the unit when the door is closed.

CORNERSTONE’s design is clear-cut and purist; the materials have been chosen perfectly to meet even the most discerning expectations. Thanks to a wide choice of interior fittings, CORNERSTONE offers a huge range of individual customisation options.

For more information, visit or contact our National Customer Service Centre on 1300 551 919.

Schweigen’s Cassette Rangehood fits right in at award-winning Fitzroy loft

Image_eNews_Schweigen_Aug2016The conversion of a character filled 125 year old, 250m2 brick warehouse in the old industrial area of Fitzroy saw Melbourne-based architect firm Eat Architects claim the 2016 Australian Interior Design Award for Residential Design, with the Schweigen Cassette Rangehood featured in the award-winning family home.

The project focused on bringing light and air into the home, while also maintaining the integrity and context of its historical significance as the former MacRobertson Chocolate Factory.

Schweigen managing director Anthony Fletcher said the stainless steel Silent Rangehood was the perfect kitchen accessory for the Fitzroy loft.

‘We’re proud our rangehood was hand-selected by the team at Eat Architects as part of a rare conversion of an old warehouse and used to complement the warm, textured and liveable interiors at the Fitzroy loft’, he said.

‘The silent rangehood enhances a peaceful lifestyle with its ability to silently but powerfully dispel fumes and vapours and flow the steam and residual oils towards a smaller and more intensive area’, he said.

Part of the Ceiling Cassette collection, the Stainless Steel Silent Rangehood can be installed into a false ceiling or bulkhead, over a kitchen island or peninsular bench.

Featuring highly efficient Perimeter Aspiration technology, the rangehood is also powered by a Silent Isodrive® system with a German-made motor available in different extraction power options of S1. 650m3/hr, ST. 900m3/hr and SP. 1500m3/hr.

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Barazza made to measure

Image_eNews_Abey_Aug2016For more than 40 years, Barazza in Italy has been at the cutting-edge of kitchen design. Working with the best quality AISI 304 stainless steel, Barazza has the unique ability to incorporate their hobs, sinks and accessories into one unique seamless worktop. The designer has the ultimate freedom to create a functional piece which boasts clean lines, an unrivalled minimalist elegance and a more ergonomic and hygienic finish. Highly qualified staff and exceptionally flexible production allows the Barazza team to follow the entire project manufacturing process in-house in Italy. Design development, laser cutting, pressing and welding, all quality checks and even special shipping packaging are internally designed and managed.

For more information contact Abey Australia on:

Phone 1800 809 143



Creating Curves with Staron® Solid Surfaces

Image_eNews_Austaron_Aug2016Staron® Solid Surfaces are suitable for boundless applications in kitchens, bathrooms and other residential projects. With a silk-like finish and a range of over 80 colours to choose from, Staron® is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing.

One of the great advantages of Staron® is that it can be moulded and curved into any design or structure through a process called thermoforming. This process accommodates endless design possibilities, and allows three-dimensional designs to come to life.

Kitchen benchtops can be curved and joined inconspicuously, and custom designed vanities can be stand out features with smooth rounded designs. Create unique curved bowls or vases, or curve and twist your concept into a design that makes waves!

Another great advantage of Staron® is that it can also be inlaid, creating a blend of colours into one piece. The flexibility of the range extends to limitless edge profiles, drop down edges and splashbacks, while the durability and non-porous nature of the product also makes it easy to maintain. And for added peace of mind, this Greenguard certified material comes with a 10 Year Warranty.

Virtually anything you can imagine, you can create with Staron®.

Find out more by visiting

PHOTO CREDIT: Design by Richard Cardy.

Present like a Pro with PYTHA!

Image_eNews_Pytha_Aug2016Pytha Partners Australia are proud to be sponsoring the annual KBDi Certified Designers Forum to be held in Melbourne in September this year.

The Forum offers a unique opportunity for KBDi accredited members from across the nation to meet up and discuss trends, tools and topics relevant to the increasingly niche areas of kitchen and bathroom design.

This year’s Keynote presentation will feature two of Australia’s most highly awarded designers.  Attendees will learn how to ‘Present like a Pro’, enjoying a frank and informative discussion with ‘The Two Darrens’ (Darren James CKD Au and Darren Genner CKD Au) about their history of client presentations – the good, the bad and the ugly!  Forum guests will find out how these well-regarded designers present concept designs to their clients, and learn what has worked and what hasn’t.  They’ll discover how presenting photo-realistic renderings has changed the way Darren and Darren present, and how clients receive their presentations.

PYTHA for Designers

Australian and New Zealand designers are being blown away by the design and presentation potential of PYTHA 3D CAD.  Ultra realistic 3D renders allow clients to truly understand their designer’s intentions, eliminating room for error and costly design changes in the final design and construction phases of projects.  Designers are saving time and money, and clients are relishing the peace of mind this incredible software provides.

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How to handle handle-less design

Image_eNews_Blum_Aug2016Minimalist looks with expansive surfaces, clear cut layouts and handle-less fronts put the spotlight on the functionality of your furniture designs.

TIP-ON BLUMOTION for MOVENTO offers designers many different options for furniture design: TIP-ON BLUMOTION is a 100% mechanical opening and soft closing support system that offers functional opening and closing support to handle-less furniture designs in living areas throughout the home. Handle-less drawers and pull-outs open reliably by pressing on the front, and close silently and without effort.

TIP-ON BLUMOTION applications have a small front gap of only 2.5mm. Additionally the synchronisation feature enlarges the opening trigger for wide and high fronts.

For the latest MOVENTO brochure, contact your local Blum representative or email

Available September 2016

Take the Inside Out with Cosentino’s ultra-compact surface, Dekton!

Image_eNews_Cosentino_Aug2016Australia has its own unique design aesthetic where increasingly, the colours used in Australian interiors are taking inspiration from the earthy tones of the Australian outdoors.

This has resulted in Australian interiors having more of a casual feel and the trend where Australians are running the theming of their indoor kitchen benchtop to the outdoor living space. An example of this is pictured; the designer has successfully used Dekton – in the same colour and material – for the kitchen benchtop and outdoor BBQ area.

Dekton is great for use in an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace or outdoor bbq area; the product is heat and UV resistant and the colour will not fade or change.

Cosentino’s ultra-compact surface Dekton can be used in a range of settings as it is highly resistant to scratching and abrasion with low porosity, water absorption and stains. Dekton also has excellent colour stability due to its resistance to UV rays, and it can be used in any climate as it defies heat and thermal shock – even that caused by freezing and thawing.

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Who’s your pick for the People’s Choice Award?

Image_eNews_People's Choice_Aug2016KBDi Media Sponsors, Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly, have once again put forward a fantastic prize for a People’s Choice Award in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program.  All finalists for kitchen and bathroom awards are currently being shown off on a Complete Homes portal, with consumers being given the opportunity to vote for their favourite space.

Winning designers will take home an $8,000 home design advertising package, including one full page advert in Home Design magazine and a project profile of the winning entry.

Which design would you choose for the People’s Choice Award?  Visit and vote today!