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.

Impress your clients with a quality and pest free finish!

image_enews_lincoln-sentry_nov_2016Introducing PESTBLOCK – an innovative new solution for preventing access to unwanted pests in the kitchen, while providing the perfect finishing touch to your project.

PESTBLOCK is a fast, effective and economical solution to achieving a high quality finish when installing a dishwasher. This simple but innovative product is designed with a plate that comfortably covers a standardized cut-out. The high quality ABS plastic fitting has been cleverly designed to self-locate and be used for left or right hand application to further streamline implementation. PESTBLOCK is that easy to use that it can also be retrofit in most circumstances. Every dishwasher needs one!

After a dishwasher has been PESTBLOCKed, a bead of sealant is run around the inlet and waste hoses to prevent any pests entering through the cavity. PESTBLOCK is patent protected and proudly Australian Made.

Contact your local Lincoln Sentry representative or our National Customer Service Centre at 1300 551 919 for more information.

Colour your life with Schock Sinks

image_enews_abey_nov_2016Schock Sinks are taking Australia by storm! With a stunning colour range, crisp lines and a silky smooth finish, this quality German engineered and manufactured sinkware has been created using state-of-the-art composite Nanogranite® materials. It offers exceptional strength and durability and antibacterial properties.

Find Your Colour

The Schock Sink range is available in a range of stylish finishes for any design application. ‘Metallic or Onyx’ black, ‘Stone’ grey, ‘Polaris or Alpina’ white and new to Australia stunning bronze, vintage brown, rouge red, concrete and croma finishes.

Exclusive to Abey Australia.

For more information visit

Selection Centres:

335 Ferrars Street, Melbourne VIC

1E Danks Street, Waterloo NSW

94 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD

12 Sundercombe Avenue, Osborne Park WA

Phone: 1800 809 143

Stunning Staron steals the show!

image_enews_austaron_nov_2016When SA designer Tania Kloester (TK Design) met her Kenstington Gardens clients, their brief was clear:  they wanted a functional, low-maintenance kitchen, minimalist in styling but with a little bit of WOW.

Staron’s ‘Mosaic Dalmation’ ticked all of these boxes, and seemed an obvious choice and a great starting point for Tania and her clients. The product’s unique patterning and lovely colour tones set the scene for the kitchen and its surrounding living areas, and its practical applications had the clients from hello!


Staron® Solid Surfaces are manufactured from a natural mineral refined from bauxite and blended with pure acrylic resin.  The product can be thermoformed into flowing curves or sculptured into seamless, stand out shapes (as seen in the servery feature of this kitchen, manufactured in Staron® Sanded Chestnut). As a designer, your options are limitless!

Hygiene and Durability

Tania’s clients wanted a low maintenance kitchen, and Staron delivered: the non-porous nature of Staron® provides a surface that no stain can penetrate, providing a durable benchtop that is hygienic and easy to clean. Its monolithic qualities allow long and wide continuing surfaces with no open or conspicuous (and dirt trapping) joins.

As an added bonus, Staron® is also repairable and renewable – even after years of use it can simply be sanded and restored to its original condition.

10 Year Limited Warranty

Staron® is an affordable quality solid surface backed by a 10-Year Warranty, offering peace of mind for you and your clients.

Keen to learn more about Staron®?

Staron® Solid Surfaces are proudly distributed by Austaron Surfaces. Contact them today to learn how they can assist you from specification through to delivery.

Insist on Blum Quality (and vote to keep them at the top!)

image_enews_blum_nov_2016For over 60 years quality has been the highest principle for the development and manufacture of Blum products, all of which have well-thought-out function, award winning design and bring a high level of motion to furniture.

Blum’s concept of quality is very comprehensive, and their quality standards stem from years of ongoing field surveys. It was on the basis of these surveys, as well as external testing institutes, that the products’ service life and expected wear and tear are compliant to and higher than national and international standards.

In 2014 and 2015 Blum were privileged to be voted overall Australia’s Top Trusted brand and as the Top Trusted Brand in the Kitchen & Kitchen Equipment category, with voters highlighting key values such as innovation, quality, reliability and service as their reason for voting for Blum.

Blum are thrilled to be nominated for the survey once again; they believe their nomination is recognition of their commitment to providing customers with quality products, service and innovative technology, and their continued investment in service and support.

Voting for the 2016 Architecture and Design’s Top Trusted Brand closes on 25 November (click here to vote).

To find out more about Blum’s commitment to quality please visit:

Insuring your hardware and backing up your software

image_enews_pytha_nov_2016There are few designers today who aren’t heavily reliant on their computers; designing without a device is a frightening thought for most! With viruses, malware, power surges and natural disasters becoming on the increase, insuring our computers and phones is a no-brainer, but have you thought about your hardware devices (dongles etc) and your software, too?

Most insurers are generally happy to cover dongles under ‘general property’ (in a business pack or standalone policy).  Dongles should be covered for theft, loss and damage, and it’s important to qualify this with your insurer to ensure you won’t be out of pocket if the worst should happen.

While you’re at it, ask your insurer about cyber insurance.  Are your computers and IT systems covered for viruses and computer hacks?  Is damage to your physical IT systems covered in your policy?

Finally, consider your software, too: insuring software is not always an option, but taking your own precautions is a must.  Here are a few simple steps to protecting your software and avoiding additional grief if and when a disaster occurs:

  1. Record your registration

When you purchase a new software application, be sure to record your registration details.  Make sure you’ve noted your software licence number, key or ID, and keep a copy in a safe and secure location.  Email yourself the information, too, so you’ll always be able to access the information as long as you can log in to your email.

  1. Keep it in the cloud

Saving your data online on an encrypted server is a good idea.  Make sure you use an established provider with an impeccable reputation for security.

  1. Burn a backup

A physical backup may be a lifesaver: invest a couple of dollars in a USB hard drive, DVD, CD or flash drive, and burn yourself a copy of your software. Store this hard copy in a safe place, and bundle it with the registration details you’ve recorded (step 1).

Looking to revamp your software in 2017?  If you’re not a PYTHA user, you may not know what you’re missing! 

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

If you’re keen to learn more about PYTHA, visit, or contact Michael today for a one on one consultation –






KBDi and DesignBuild 2017

image_enews_designbuild_sep2016KBDi are thrilled to be a part of DesignBuild 2017, which will be co-located alongside the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Conference at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

As a key part of any architect’s annual schedule, the co-location will result in the International Convention Centre becoming a true ‘Architectural Hub’ next May. To meet the needs of the intended audience, DesignBuild are planning a series of bespoke breakfast, lunch and cocktail functions, as well as exclusive tailored tours of the brand new venue, and we’re looking forward to seeing the line up!

With stand spaces filling fast, DesignBuild 2017 is projected to be 40% larger than the last Sydney event, so make sure you add the dates to your diary.

For more information, visit

KBDi Design Symposium 2016

image_enews_symposium_oct_2016KBDi’s inaugural Design Symposium was a huge success with Members, with plenty of laughter, learning and design inspiration throughout the two day event.

The Design Symposium kicked off with a fantastic presentation by Justin van Nierop at Urban Edge Ceramics.

An entertaining presentation by well-known architect, Melissa Bright (MAKE Architecture) was hosted in Smeg’s Collingwood Showroom, where in true Smeg-style, guests were well and truly wined and dined.

E & S Trading’s Rob Sinclair shared his brilliant business insights at the third stop of the day, and Albedor opened their factory doors to the group for a hugely informative ‘Shop Talk’.

Graham Jones inspired and entertained us in the beautiful surrounds of the Yarra Valley’s Rochford Winery, we we enjoyed a delectable lunch thanks to sponsors, Blum.