Congratulations to FINALISTS – KBDi Designer Awards 2016

KBDi Awards Logo 2016_Logo_Finalist-01A number of new members had plenty to celebrate at our recent chapter events, with a good deal of first time entrants making the cut and being named finalists in a broad range of categories.  Of course there are some familiar names amongst the list, too, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with all – new and long-time – members at our Gala event in Melbourne in September.

And the Finalists are (drumroll please):

New South Wales

Small Kitchens

Gary Yilmam (Best Kitchens)

Andrew Wright CKD Au, CBD Au (Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms)

Angela Morrison (Style Create Design)

Paul Johns (Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms)

 

Medium Kitchens

Gary Yilmam (Best Kitchens)

Sarah Nolen (Birdblack Design)

Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations)

Helen Baumann (Helen Baumann Design)

 

Large Kitchens

Gary Yilmam (Best Kitchens)

Gary Yilmam (Best Kitchens)

Michelle Burton CKD Au (SMB Interior Design)

 

Small Bathrooms

Sarah Nolen (Birdblack Design)

Gavin Hepper CKD Au (Concepts by Gavin Hepper)

Marianne Gailer CKD Au, CBD Au (The Kitchen Broker)

 

Large Bathrooms

Brett Patterson (The Renovation Broker)

Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations)

 

Design Space Award

Gary Yilmam (Best Kitchens)

 

First Time Entrant

Brett Patterson (The Renovation Broker)

Rainer Kwast (Harvey Norman Design & Renovations)

 

Queensland Finalists 2016

 

Small & Medium Kitchens

Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets)

Ashley Foote CKD Au (Aredesign)

Thomas Bernard (Germancraft Cabinets)

Wayne Havenaar (Germancraft Cabinets)

 

Large Kitchens

Thomas Bernard (Germancraft Cabinets)

Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets)

 

Small & Large Bathrooms

Estelle Cameron (Design Tank)

Helene Newson (Spacial Design Solutions Pty Ltd)

 

South Australian Finalists 2016

 

Small Kitchens

Nathan Wundersitz (Spacecraft Joinery)

Tony Warren (TMA Kitchen Design Pty Ltd)

Alex Norman CKD Au (Brilliant SA Pty Ltd)

 

Medium Kitchens

Tony Warren (TMA Kitchen Design Pty Ltd)

Alex Norman CKD Au (Brilliant SA Pty Ltd)

Tania Kloester (TK Design)

Angela Gianakis CKD Au (Outside Square)

 

Large Kitchens

Tony Warren (TMA Kitchen Design Pty Ltd)

Paul Hutchison (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)

Angela Gianakis CKD Au (Outside Square)

Haris Bahtiyarov CKD Au (Alby Turner & Son)

 

Small Bathrooms

Jordan Smith CKD Au, CBD Au (Brilliant SA Pty Ltd)

Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

Janine Izzo (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)

Paul Hutchison (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)

 

Large Bathrooms

Sallyann Ling (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)

Angela Gianakis CKD Au (Outside Square)

 

Design Space Award

Tony Warren (TMA Kitchen Design Pty Ltd)

Kristina Schubert (Creative Bathrooms & Kitchens)

 

First Time Entrant

Kristina Schubert (Creative Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

Sallyann Ling (Bathrooms & Kitchens SA)

 

Australian Certified Designer of the Year

Alex Norman CKD Au (Brilliant SA Pty Ltd)

Angela Gianakis CKD Au (Outside Square)

Haris Bahtiyarov CKD Au (Alby Turner & Son)

 

Victorian Finalists 2016

 

Small Kitchens

Frank Iaria (Mint Kitchens)

Sharon Terblanche (Complete Kitchens Australia Pty Ltd)

Rachael Turner (The Inside Project)

 

Medium Kitchens

Chris Arnold (Complete Kitchens Australia Pty Ltd)

Rachel Freeman (Melbourne Contemporary Kitchens)

Claire Foot (Drenched Design)

Katherine Siketa (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens)

 

Large Kitchens

Jenefer Macleod (Eat Bathe Live)

Rex Hirst CKD Au (Let’s Talk Kitchens & Interiors)

Rina Cohen CKD Au (RCI Designs)

 

Small Bathrooms

Rachael Turner (The Inside Project)

Patricia La Torre CKD Au (OUTSIDEINSIDE Building Elements)

Teresa Kleeman (Pepper Constructions)

 

Large Bathrooms

Sam Robinson CKD Au, CBD Au (Sam Robinson Interior Design)

Todd Pearce (TCP & Co)

Stephanie O’Donohue (Smarter Bathrooms)

 

First Time Entrant

Katherine Siketa (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens)

 

Western Australian Finalists 2016

 

Small Kitchens

Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets)

Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)

Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)

 

Medium Kitchens

Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)

Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)

Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)

 

Large Kitchens

Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets)

Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)

Kia Douglas (Western Cabinets)

 

Small Bathrooms

Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)

Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)

David Ellwood CKD Au, CBD Au (Design & Decorate WA)

 

Large Bathrooms

Maggie Milligan (Town & Country Kitchen Designs)

Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Kitchens & Bathrooms)

 

First Time Entrant

Giovanni Giannace (Elementi Kitchens & Bathrooms)

Fantastic Event to Inform, Inspire & Motivate Designers

Image_eNews_Symposium_Jul2016We’ve had a great response to this year’s Symposium, with our line up of Design Sessions (+ Wine Sessions!) whetting the appetite of Members.

See details of each of the Design Sessions below, and download the full program here.

Design Session #1

Tile Trends: Here & There.  Presenter Justin van Nierop will floor you with all you need to know about overseas tile trends, and how they translate to the Australian market. This session will be held at the stunning Urban Edge Ceramics showroom – lots to learn and plenty to see!

Design Session #2

MAKE is a Melbourne-based architectural practice with a strong focus on quality and a passion for good design.  The multi-award winning firm are committed to ‘quality over quantity’ in all aspects of their design; they enjoy the challenge of incorporating efficiency in their architecture as homeowners seek out greater ‘connectedness’ in smaller building footprints, and are keen to share their philosophies with the KBDi community. Join MAKE’s Grace McKellar and Todd De Hoog as they discuss efficient space planning, family friendly living and creating connected spaces – particularly with respect to residential kitchens and bathrooms – at this informative and inspiring symposium session.

You’ll also be treated to Smeg’s famous hospitality, enjoying some fine dining in their Collingwood Showroom.

Design Session #3

As the co-owner of one of Australia’s oldest family-owned specialist kitchen, bathroom and laundry retailers, Rob Sinclair knows a thing or two about the industry, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge.  Learn all the ins and outs of growing your K & B business at this entertaining and informative session.

After this jam-packed itinerary, we will wrap up Day 1 with ‘Symposium Drinks’.

Design Session #4

Add some practical manufacturing knowledge to your toolkit at this comprehensive ‘Shop Talk’:  you’ll see state of the art machinery in action, and get a better understanding of robotic automatic routering, thermoforming/ pressing and folding panel systems. In keeping with the theme of our inaugural symposium, your hosts, Albedor Industries, will welcome you with a champagne brunch, too!

Design Session #5

Graham Jones is a truly inspirational speaker with an incredible story to share: this building designer/artist/musician/Jack of All Trades will have you laughing, crying and most likely flabbergasted, and we know you’ll enjoy every minute. Yarra Valley’s Rochford Winery is the venue for this session – Symposium sponsor, Blum will be your official hosts, ensuring you’re well fed and suitably impressed as you enjoy spectacular valley views of the surrounding Yarra Ranges.

KBDi Designer Awards 2016 – Gala

Australia’s Finest kitchen and bathroom designers will be celebrated and rewarded at this glittering gala event, to be held in the superb ballroom of Pullman Melbourne on the Park.  Kick off your evening with our traditional ‘Welcome Drinks’, proudly sponsored by Smeg, before enjoying a delicious meal, fantastic company and an evening of laughter and entertainment.

The generous support of our Symposium and Award sponsors has allowed us to offer this AMAZING event at an INCREDIBLE price:  you’ll be fed and watered, wined and dined, inspired and educated AND enjoy a FABULOUS night at the KBDi Designer Awards Gala for  only $495 per person!

Please note that this Symposium offer is open to Members only, and PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED (and filling fast!).  You don’t want to miss out, so click here to book today.  (If you’re not yet a member but would like to find out more, phone 1300 253 223.)

Australians first in line to experience world’s most advanced dishwashing technology

Image_eNews_Smeg_Jul2016Australia is the stage for the world premiere of the most advanced dishwashing technology to date.   Launched at Eurocucina, the global kitchen design fair in Milan (April 2016), the dishwashers are already available nationally.

Featuring the revolutionary Planetary Wash, a world first, the dishwasher’s brand new technology delivers the most intense water coverage of any dishwasher available.  An energy efficient single wash arm rotates through two axes, boosting the wash pattern density and therefore increasing the cleanliness of the contents of the load.  And while the wash results are second to none, the water consumption is unequalled – a 6 star WELS rating using only 9.8 litres for a full wash.

This is just the latest innovation in a long list of dishwasher ‘firsts’ for Smeg – including the first 14-place-setting dishwasher (1970), first semi-professional dishwasher (with 16 minute full wash) and the very first 6 star WELS rated appliance in 2013.

Smeg’s new collection of dishwashers, comprising 21 appliances, has been developed by Smeg Italy, in close collaboration with Smeg Australia’s technical team, to create an appliance that caters for our very own lifestyle choices.  It is headlined by five DIAMOND models that feature the unique Planetary Wash plus an all-white LED internal light and Smeg’s extremely versatile flexi-duo cutlery tray.

The premium Diamond model is fully integrated featuring a sleek, handle-less ‘hands’free’ push-to-open door with an ‘Active Light’ – the machine is so quiet when in use that this light has been designed to flash on the floor to indicate the appliance is in operation!

The high performance features and unrivalled sustainability factors of the Diamond dishwashers – including a 6 star WELS rating and 4 star energy rating – all tap into the Australian consumer’s demand for environmentally responsible appliances that continue to raise the bar in terms of performance while simultaneously respecting the planet and its limited resources.

In addition to the five Diamond models in Smeg’s new dishwasher collection there are 16 orbital wash models that offer a wide choice in terms of features and programmes, water and energy efficiency and wash tank size.

Features on offer include Smart Dry (Enersave), whereby the door opens at the end of the cycle to facilitate drying and save energy; Active Acquastop to completely remove the risk of flooding by ensuring there is no build up of water pressure in the hoses when the appliance is not in use; and Quick5 fast programmes (wash times of five preset programmes are dramatically reduced) including a fast wash of just 27 minutes.

And unlike many other dishwasher brands, every model in Smeg’s range of dishwashers is produced in the brand’s own factory in Italy that employs the highest quality control standards.

Smeg has also introduced its optional Safe Stemware glass racks that fit into the bottom basket of the dishwashers and securely hold both the glasses AND the stems to remove the risk of chipping or breaking during the wash process.

The Smeg Diamond Series dishwashers, with 15 place settings, are available nationally from leading appliance retailers – see www.smeg.com.au for more details.

Lincoln Sentry: Modern Take on a Classic Kitchen

Image_eNews_Lincoln Sentry_Jul2016Inspired by the textured look that came out of the EuroCucina trade fair in Milan earlier this year, and developed in conjunction with Lincoln Sentry to launch at AWISA 2016, the new Farmers Weathered Oak range is a modern take on a classic Farmers kitchen. Available in the Farmers ANY1 Colour System this new look can be tailored to suit your project.

Featured on the Lincoln Sentry stand at AWISA in Melbourne earlier this month, the new Weathered Oak door, painted in a dark grey colour from Dulux – ‘Oolong’, was featured in the stand’s Entertainer’s Kitchen, designed by Mint Kitchens Group. The kitchen was complete with a custom Farmers Weathered Oak table top and also featured the Shaker door from the Farmers new Hamptons range in a light grey from Dulux – ‘Dieskau’. Finished in the Farmers ANY1 Colour System, the new Hamptons range is without the distressing marks and indentations of the original Farmers range and is finished with a white melamine back for the more budget conscious home owner that still wants a quality high end look.

Both the Weathered Oak and Hamptons ranges are available now from Farmers through Lincoln Sentry. Contact your local Lincoln Sentry representative or our National Customer Service Centre at 1300 551 919 for more information.

Abey Australia’s Selection Galleries

As sponsors and hostsImage_eNews_Abey_Jul2016 of the most recent round of KBDi events, Abey Australia proudly welcomed members and associates to their stunning Selection Galleries around the country.

Guest were most impressed by the high quality presentation of each the showrooms, and the wide variety of products presented by this well-established Australian business.

For more than half a century, Abey Australia has been synonymous with quality and innovation, bringing the latest in kitchen and bathroom products to Australia.  If you haven’t visited your nearest Selection Gallery, we encourage you to head along to see outstanding displays of Gessi, Barazza, Mastella, Gareth Ashton and more.

To find the Abey Seletion Centre nearest you, visit www.abey.com.au.

Schweigen’s Klasse Silent Rangehood

Image_eNews_Schweigen_Jul2016Schweigen’s Klasse Silent Rangehood features in a kitchen that has taken out a swag of awards for its designer, including the KBDi NSW Chapter Award of 2015 and HIA’s Australian Kitchen Design of the Year Award 2016.

Darren Genner, of Australian interior design company Minosa, received the highly coveted Awards for this Crows Nest project, with the Schweigen Silent Rangehood featuring in the kitchen of the renovated 1920s heritage home.

Schweigen Managing Director Anthony Fletcher said the business was thrilled to be a part of the award-winning project.

“It’s a real honour when such high caliber interior designers select our product amongst other international brands,” he said.

“The team at Schweigen is proud to have been a part of bringing the 1920s home into the modern era with the inclusion of the Black Glass Undermount Rangehood.”

Part of the Klasse Silent Rangehood collection, the Glass Undermount Rangehood is the perfect solution for busy families wishing to reduce cleaning time, with the hidden undermount rangehood providing an easy to clean surface and luminous strip lighting.

Featuring a striking black glass finish, with highly efficient Perimeter Aspiration technology, the rangehood is hidden within the cabinetry to provide a sleek and stylish look.

Schweigen has been designing Australia’s most efficient, silent rangehoods for almost 10 years and has built a reputation in the market for providing innovative, stylish and premium appliances for every household.

Smooth Bathroom Surfaces with Staron®

Image_eNews_Austaron_July2016Staron® Solid Surfaces is made of natural minerals and blended with pure acrylic to create a seamless surface solution suitable for endless applications around the home, including the bathroom. Create a warm and tranquil bathroom environment that will transform into a sanctuary. Use Staron® to create bowls, vanity tops, walls, floors, bath tubs and units.

With a monolithic finish, Staron® provides a continuous surface with no open or visible joins. Use one of three standard vanity bowls or create a stunning custom bowl. Combined with a Staron® vanity top, a high use wet area will be totally non-porous, renewable and easy to maintain.

With a range of over 80 colours to select from, Staron® is not only aesthetically but functionally pleasing. Non-porous in nature, no stain can penetrate into the material – providing a durable surface that is easy to maintain.  Staron® wall paneling provides a smooth and seamless finish with no grout lines, no mould and no mildew! Staron® prevents the growth of bacteria or mould making cleaning easy along with enjoyable healthy living.

Staron® is renewable, meaning that after years of use it can be sanded to be restored back to its original condition. Because of this nature, every wipe to the material will rejuvenate the surface. Staron® is flexible in design, providing a versatile product to create any design. It can be molded into shapes, cut, inlaid, routed or sandblasted. Staron® is an affordable quality solid surface backed by a 10 Year Warranty for peace of mind.

www.staron.com.au
02 9822 7055

 

Photo credit: Staron Design Award winning design by Bernadette Bellwood, Bellwood Group

Five Good Reasons to Update Your CAD Software

Image_eNews_Pytha_Jul2016It’s fair to say that most software doesn’t come with a ‘use by’ date – technically speaking, you can probably use your current software as long as you like.  Or can you?

Most programs, from word processing to CAD, have an effective lifespan; while they may continue to tick along, however, you may not be getting the maximum benefit from your outdated software.

Keeping up with software releases isn’t always easy, but here are five good reasons why it’s worth it:

Time is Money.  Yes, a software upgrade means you may need a little more learning time. But new features may be big time savers, and you could be in front in next to no time! When was the last time you checked out ‘what’s new’ with your CAD software?  What time-saving options are you missing out on?

Happy Hardware.  Are you still using the same computer you had ten years ago? Five years ago? Probably not.  Computers and operating systems are moving and improving – constantly! Computers increase in power and capacity every year, and as the hardware and operating systems improve, they may not be so ‘cooperative’ with your older software.  If you’re upgrading your hardware, you’ll want to seriously consider boosting your software, too.

Basic Budgeting.  When you plan on upgrading your software annually (or bi-annually), you can also plan your budgeting to accommodate the improvement.  Planning ahead means you’re less likely to be faced with a blown out (and urgent) upgrade expense.

Marketing Matters.  If you’re not telling your clients that you use state-of-the-art design software in your studio, you should be!  Your clients are coming to you because you’re a leader in your field and ahead of the trends – your ‘tools of the trade’ should reflect this.

Leaner Learning Curves.  If you don’t think you have time to deal with an upgrade now, waiting won’t make it any easier.  The longer you leave it between upgrades, the more you’ll need to catch up on, and the steeper your learning curve will be.

When was the last time you upgraded your software, or even looked at the new release options?  How could a software upgrade start saving you time today?

The team at Pytha Partners Australia are proud of their real-time, real-people local support, along with their accessible training; to find out more about PYTHA’s latest software, and their support and training packages, contact Pytha Partners today: phone Michael on 0434 268 002, or email mrowe@pythapartners.com.au.

The Design Trend Dominating in 2016

Image_eNews_Cosentino_Jul2016Fresh ideas and inspiration are re-energising the trends in Australian interior design. This year has been no different resulting in the most unique spaces we have seen in the market to date. Niall Galvin, Style and Design Expert Cosentino Australia, global leader in quartz surfaces, has identified a key trend that has hit Australian shores this year, which he believes is touted to stay.

Galvin has found that designers are more inclined to mix a range of surface finishes in the same space of the home. Where traditionally Australians opted for shiny, smooth surfaces only, the times have now changed and a mix of this with textured surfaces for benchtops, splashbacks and cabinetry is now the rage.

Cosentino’s Dekton XGloss range, a new line of polished high-tech ultra-compact surfaces characterised by its dazzling crystal shine, provides that beautiful glow in the kitchen. Dekton Spectra (pictured below) has an exceptional shine lending a spectacular elegance to any project, whether used indoors or outdoors.

Alternatively, Cosentino’s Dekton Trillium Countertop provides a rust-like effect, with an attractive contrast between light and dark tones. Its metallic finish also adds a subtle, delicate texture that is agreeable to its touch thanks to its extraordinary softness.
Interior design trends inherently have more longevity than those of other industries which tend to change seasonally, so these trends that have dominated 2016 so far are sure to be around for the remainder of the year.

New design option for Blum’s LEGRABOX

Image_eNews_Blum_Jul2016Blum has developed a new design option for the elegant LEGRABOX drawer system. Joining

LEGRABOX pure is LEGRABOX free, offering design freedom to individualise.

LEGRABOX free is characterised by large design elements that offer the freedom to individualise the design of pull-outs. Whether glass, wood or another material is selected, LEGRABOX free design elements pair beautifully with the drawer side and add a touch of luxury. LEGRABOX free glass design elements, for example, give the functional pull-out a light and transparent look, which is ideal for use in combination with Blum’s SPACE TOWER pantry. The inner pull-outs can be opened individually, giving users easy access and clear visibility from all three sides.

The new LEGRABOX free design option can be easily combined with LEGRABOX pure to suit a range of requirements and tastes. Both options, LEGRABOX pure with seamless sides and LEGRABOX free with design elements, blend harmoniously into any living area, creating a coherent look across kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms.

Tried and tested soft-close BLUMOTION ensures that LEGRABOX closes softly and effortlessly. The SERVO-DRIVE (electric) and TIP-ON (mechanical) opening support systems provide enhanced opening ease. LEGRABOX can also be combined with Blum’s new motion technology by the name of TIP-ON BLUMOTION. The mechanical solution combines two functions in one fitting: easy one-touch opening (TIP-ON) and soft and effortless closing (BLUMOTION).

For more Information on Blum, contact your local Blum representative or visit www.blum.com.