London is calling!

image_enews_kbditour_december_2016Expressions of interest are now open for the KBDi Designers International Tour 2017!

We invite KBDi Members to join our top 3 Award Winners of 2016 on a boutique tour designed for designers.  We’ve put together a very special program at an unbelievable price (see full package details here).

The tour package includes:


  • 6 nights/7 days in London (commencing on 22 May, 2017)
  • group collection from Heathrow airport (subject to flight arrival time)
  • a welcome dinner with fellow tour members
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in central London
  • all breakfasts
  • a local host to guide you around and point out the city’s highlights, and the opportunity to learn more about the history and architecture of this great city
  • coach transfers to all activities listed AND a London Oyster card for your use in free time
  • a visit to London’s Clerkenwell to immerse yourself in one of the world’s greatest design districts during Clerkenwell Design Week, with your tour being hosted by the president of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)
  • a visit to the Cosentino City showroom and the prestigious Hansgrohe Water studio
  • visits to the London Design Museum and London Design Centre
  • visits to London’s best kitchen and bathroom showrooms
  • a relaxing cruise up on the River Thames, experiencing the lights of London
  • a London Eye Champagne Experience – enjoy the stunning views of the city while sipping champagne on London’s iconic observation wheel
  • a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers
  • airport drop off on 28 May for your flight back to reality…

We have plenty of surprises built in, too, and plan to make this tour a real design delight! It is a boutique tour with a limited group size, so you’ll need to get in quickly to secure your spot.  Your $500* deposit will be payable by 1 February – could this be the #1 item on your Christmas wish list?

Download the Expression of Interest Form here and return to us BEFORE 1 February, 2017.

Where will you be taking your design business in 2017?

image_enews_kbdi_december_2016A new year is just around the corner, and now is a great time to plan the direction of your business.  Here at KBDi we’re steering towards some big changes in 2017, and we’d love you to join us on our journey once again.

Continuing your KBDi membership will allow you and your business to enjoy current KBDi benefits, along with some exciting new initiatives, including:


Comprehensive Consumer Campaign

Our website is undergoing a huge renovation, and we can’t wait to share the results with our consumer audience.  The new site will be a fantastic resource for Australian homeowners, who’ll enjoy:

  • a stunning gallery of work by Australia’s Finest kitchen and bathroom designers
  • an informative collection of ‘Profiles’ of members who choose to participate
  • inspiring and informative articles about kitchens, bathrooms and interior design (we’ll be encouraging contribution from our members, here – this will be a great opportunity for added exposure to a national database)

Our overall campaign will be focussed on

  1. Informing consumers of the professionalism and talent of our members, and educating home owners about the value of engaging with dedicated design professionals
  2. Driving consumers to the websites/galleries of our members and
  3. Increasing KBDi’s brand awareness.

Professional Development Program

Our recent round of events was the platform for our first professional development seminar, delivered by our Education Partners, Designer Training Australia.  We’re looking forward to expanding and improving this program, and delivering quality professional development to members right across Australia.  Our renewed relationship with DTA will afford you some great incentives to undertake training, too, and we’re eager to share these incentives with you in 2017.

Dedicated Member Website

The ‘renovation’ of our existing website has allowed us to make a dedicated online space for our members.  Your new member website will be an easy-to-navigate home to an extensive library of design tools and resources.  All future application and entry forms will be available here, too, and you’ll be able to quickly and easily RSVP to national and chapter events.  A dedicated Classifieds page will allow you to post positions vacant, or look for new opportunities in the field of K and B design.

KBDi Awards & Symposium 2017

The KBDi South Australian committee is busy preparing a fantastic design symposium, and we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be a part of it!  The dates have been set (15 & 16 September) – keep an eye on your inbox for more details!

KBDi Designers International Tour 2017 – London is Calling!

Our members have been asking for change, and we’ve listened.  The 2017 Tour will be like no other in KBDi’s history.  Get your passports ready and pencil out the month of May – we’re heading to London!  (See here for more information.)

Hera Lighting – light years ahead

image_enews_lincoln-sentry_december_2016If you’re looking for a small, decorative yet powerful luminaire with very good colour rendering to illuminate your furnishings, look no further than the AR 35-LED from Hera Lighting. Manufactured in Germany, the AR 35-LED consists of a metal casing and genuine glass cover, and is a quality luminaire. It’s available in warm white (3000K) or neutral white (4000K) colour appearances, making it suitable for all colour schemes, and can be perfectly placed in open shelves, feature cabinets or within your kitchen or bathroom thanks to its ingress protection rating (IP) 44.

Part of the LED 24 system from Hera, AR 35-LED can be used with all LED 24 system controllers including sensors, dim switches and Wi Fi options.

Hera is one of the leading manufacturers of LED lighting in the worldwide lighting market, providing efficient, long-lasting and low-voltage lighting systems that have revolutionised how we light our homes and workplaces.

Lighting systems from Hera are distinctive due to a practical combination of pure functionality and attractive design. An innovative drive towards quality means Hera lighting is of unvarying quality.

All Hera products are tested in their laboratory to ensure they conform to the highest standards of stability, reliability and safety. This means extremely uniform light colour, very long life expectancy, and a very low failure rate.

The Hera AR 35-LED is exclusively distributed by Lincoln Sentry. For more information, visit or contact our National Customer Service Centre on 1300 551 919.

Now trending – white for kitchens

image_enews_smeg_december_2016A hunger for change and a blurring of demarcation between living and food prep zones have seen white take pole position in kitchen design. White surfaces complemented by sleek, very contemporary white appliances are key to the look and Italian brand, Smeg, is leading the change.

Paying homage to the beauty of white, Smeg has released its new Linear collection with a series of perfectly proportioned, stylishly elegant white ovens in lustrous, light-reflective white glass and stainless steel.  The look is pure, subtle and endlessly pristine.

The clever use of white creates a sense of seamless space – imagine a white induction cooktop on a white marble benchtop. Or a bank of sleek, minimalist ovens built into a white wall. The kitchen will recede into the overall living area, giving a sense of spaciousness and contemporary sophistication.

The new Linear collection comprises 60cm and 70cm ovens, together with compact ovens, coffee machine, warming drawer, induction hobs plus gas on glass cooktops in two widths – 72cm and 60cm.

Technology features prominently in the new Linear collection – Thermoseal oven technology ensures the perfect atmospheric balance required for optimum cooking conditions. No guesswork required – roasts are succulent, pastries are crisp and cakes are light.

Additional standard inclusions comprise soft close door, Ever Clean enamel, Cool Door Technology and the choice of Pyrolytic or Vapour Clean oven cleaning functions.

Find about more about this stunning collection at

PYTHA-Viewer makes sharing simple!

image_enews_pytha_december_2016_v2Users of PYTHA software have always valued the program’s ability to let clients see how a project will look before a board is cut or hammer is swung.  The comprehensive plans and 3D presentations produced in PYTHA also help to take all the guess work out of quoting, ensuring all relevant trades are able to give their most accurate estimates.

With PYTHA’s new FREE PYTHA-Viewer, it’s now even easier to share your design concepts with clients and estimators, and present a new level of detail and interpretation.  PYTHA-Viewer allows the user to see all the necessary features and elements – with the ability to turn layers on or off, highlight particular objects, measure the distance between objects and even the radius of a curve, there will be little left for guessing and fewer surprises (and setbacks) down the track.

PYTHA-viewer can be loaded on any PC (Microsoft Windows 7 and higher), and will be another great tool for your belt.

Download the 32 bit version PYTHA‑Viewer 1.01

Download the 64 bit version PYTHA‑Viewer 1.01

For more information, visit

Staron® Design Award Winner announced

image_enews_staron_december_2016The Staron Design Awards 2016 have come to a close and the winner of the residential category has been unveiled!

Open to any designer, architect, developer, kitchen/bathroom designer or student, the Staron® Design Awards seek to recognise outstanding applications of Staron® Solid Surfaces in projects. A special thanks to the Staron® Design Award judges for their continued support Stephen Varady (Stephen Varady Associates), Sophie Watson (Indesign Magazine) and Amanda Stanaway (Woods Bagot).

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects took out the title for the residential category, with their outstanding kitchen design in a stunning Perth home.

When this design project was in its early stages, the designer created a concept that explored the suspended weight of a large object within a field of dynamic surfaces. With this concept in mind, the team created a long island bench featuring Staron® Solid Surfaces colour ‘Pearl’. The surface continues in one monolithic piece over the entire length of the island, and cascades down the sides. A clever wrap around to the front of the island unit creates an integrated book storage space, and the warmth of the timber flooring contrasts against the crispness of the Staron®.

This outstanding island unit is a feature of the home, and allows the family to gather, to sit at and to place objects and books within the storage space. Staron® has also been extended to the study space adjacent to the living area, in a carefully designed pocket that allows connection (and separation) to others. These spaces allow the family to avoid feeling disconnected while at the same time enjoying their own ‘place’.

Staron® is also featured on the stair capping, creating a special fluid surface that reflects the features of the surrounding space. The smooth joining capabilities allow the material to be used without divisive lines and visible joins, and its practical and beautiful qualities make it suitable for all areas of the home.

For more information, visit

Photography by: Peter Bennetts

Service and support solutions from Blum

image_enews_blum_december_2016In 2016 Blum inspired designers and consumers with a synergy of motion and technology releasing new innovative and quality products, digital services and practical support tools.

This year saw the release of Blum’s new motion technology TIP-ON BLUMOTION, an extension of their LEGRABOX range and the addition of the EASY ASSEMBLY App to their digital services offer.

Blum’s TIP-ON BLUMOTION introduces cutting edge technology that combines the convenient opening of TIP-ON with the reliable function of BLUMOTION soft-close. The 100% mechanical opening and soft closing support system offers a harmonious and convenient experience when using handle-less furniture designs in kitchens and living areas throughout the home.

The extension of Blum’s LEGRABOX offer provides even more scope for individualised, harmonious designs throughout the home. LEGRABOX free offers the freedom to individualise pull-outs with large surface area design elements, and the addition of Anti-fingerprint Stainless Steel to the LEGRABOX range provides an elegant, high class solution for drawers and pull-outs.

Blum look to support their customers and partners with the right products, the right tools and support to ensure their interaction with Blum is efficient, effective and adds value to their business. The release of Blum’s EASY ASSEMBLY app highlights the importance of quality innovation to their service offer, with the digital tool providing onsite support for the assembly and installation of Blum products.

The additions to Blum Australia’s product and service offer support customers with keeping their business at the forefront of design, technology and product quality.

To find out more about the 2016 additions to Blum Australia’s product and service offer, contact your local Blum representative or visit

Ready to renew your KBDi membership?


It’s renewal time at KBDi, and perhaps a time for you to assess the value in maintaining membership in an industry group like ours.

As you consider your renewal (or the potential of joining for the first time), we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of who we are and what we’re about, so you can decide if we’re a good fit.


Who we are:

The Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the ongoing improvement and development of the kitchen and bathroom design industry.

What we’re about:

At KBDi, we have three primary goals:

  1. To support designers

KBDi supports committed kitchen and bathroom designers with professional development (learn more here – link to DTA feature), business-to-business networking, industry advocacy and more. We are committed to helping our members succeed in design and design for success, with professional pathways (from students to mentors), design and business tools and resources and more.

  1. To educate consumers

We aim to inform consumers (your clients) about the value of engaging professional, committed designers.  We do this through multiple consumer campaigns, and with ‘face-to-face’ liaison at Australian Home Shows.  In 2017 we’re launching a brand new consumer website which will offer consumers inspiration, information and a head start to finding the right designer with comprehensive Member Profiles.

  1. To make connections

Through a variety of networking opportunities and industry collaboration, KBDi connects members to like-minded designers, potential new clients, industry allies and reps.  Our relationships with sponsors and industry, education and media partners allow you fantastic opportunities (like tailor-made insurance and discounted training), and valuable connections. With our new dedicated Classifieds page (coming in 2017), we can even connect members with new staff or new business opportunities.

Of course we have a lot of fun, too, and our annual calendar includes an increasingly popular conference/symposium program, a hugely successful Gala event (knees up!) and a designed-for-designers international tour.

What’s not to love?!

We’re really looking forward to making 2017 our best year yet, and look forward to having you come along for the ride. If you need any more information about renewals, or if you’ve not yet joined but are eager to do so, please don’t hesitate to contact Leanne or Suzzi on 1300 253 223.

Professional development tailor-made for kitchen and bathroom designers

image_enews_dta_nov_2016Guests at our recent round of KBDi Chapter Events enjoyed the first of a new series of Professional Development Sessions developed and delivered by our Education Partner, Designer Training Australia.

The Professional Development (PD) program is tailored to suit kitchen and bathroom designers, and has been developed with three stages of delivery:

Stage 1:  PD | EXPLORE

PD EXPLORE is an introductory session (our first was Lighting in Wet Areas); these sessions are delivered to KBDi members and guests at local chapter events, with the intent to explore the featured topic and highlight industry-relevant data. To ensure that all KBDi members get reasonable access to these professional development opportunities, regional members who are unable to attend the chapter events will receive notification following each pd session, and a direct link to the session information.

Stage 2: PD | EXPAND

PD EXPAND is accessible exclusively to KBDi members following each chapter event. Fact sheets and reference documents help to enhance learning and expand further on the topic, and are shared to encourage self-paced further learning and development over the 30 days following the event.

Stage 3: PD | EXTEND

PD EXTEND is designed to apply the information by completing a short activity provided online within 30 days of the session. This consolidates the learning and gives an opportunity to reflect on the core information. Upon completion of the short activity, the member is provided with a certificate of participation; this certificate is substantiation of your continuing professional development endeavours, and may be used as supporting evidence in your CPD point program.

In a continually evolving industry like ours, it’s important to allow time for ongoing learning and skill development; we strongly encourage members to make use of the valuable resources and learning opportunities being provided by DTA.

If you have any questions about the PD program, please contact Designer Training Australia directly on 1300 850 725, or visit their website to see their comprehensive range of industry-relevant courses.

White induction cooktop from Smeg

 image_enews_smeg_nov_2016White induction – the perfect answer for compact kitchens where benchtop space is at a premium.  The SA190MW SmartSense Plus 90cm induction cooktop – in WHITE – celebrates sleek design and feature-rich technology.

Surface Share is the very latest in induction technology whereby the appliance’s six induction zones – uniquely shaped to ensure coverage right to the corner of each zone – can be combined and operated with a single control.  And Active Surface Control will trigger and automatically illuminate the relevant power control.

Each zone has two boost settings and nine power levels that can be operated by a control slider – either touch directly or finger-swipe.

Three pre-set temperatures – keep warm, simmer and rolling boil – take the guesswork out of cooking while the recall function will reactivate all the previous temperature settings at the next use.

The Smeg SmartSense Plus induction cooktop provides complete control and accuracy over temperatures and cooking times.  Each zone can be pre-programmed so it will heat to full power and then automatically reduce to a pre-determined level.  Stop-cook timers can be activated for each zone and the STOP & GO function means the whole cooktop can be paused – should the user need to leave the room, for example – and then all previous settings will be reactivated.

The choice of white in a compact kitchen is a smart move as it adds to an integrated approach to the overall design – especially when used in a white benchtop.  The result is a seamless aesthetic, with no visual intrusion – giving the perception of a larger space.  And when not in use, this super sleek, beautiful white cooktop can be used as extra bench space!

Smeg’s all-white induction cooktop is also available in 70cm and 60cm configurations.