We are hugely excited to launch this year’s Design Symposium & Gala Awards event, and invite you to be a part of this very special two day program. We know you’ll be inspired by the agenda below, and encourage you to book quickly (see the button at the bottom) – places for the Symposium are STRICTLY LIMITED!
Day 1 (Friday, 16 September) kicks off at Pullman Melbourne on the Park, where a luxury coach will take you to the stunning showroom of Urban Edge Ceramics. You’ll enjoy morning tea here, along with your first symposium session: 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.
The next stop is Smeg’s Collingwood Showroom, where you’ll be treated to Smeg’s famous hospitality, and your second symposium session. Emily and Todd, from renowned architectural firm, Make Architecture, will discuss how the home owner’s evolving desire for cutting edge design influences their practice’s approach to kitchen and bathroom design.
Our third symposium session will be hosted by E & S Trading. Rob Sinclair is sure to get you motivated with an intensive presentation about growing your K & B business. As the co-owner of one of Australia’s oldest family-owned specialist kitchen, bathroom and laundry retailers, Rob knows a thing or two about the industry, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge.
After this jam-packed itinerary, we will wrap up Day 1 with ‘Symposium Drinks’.
KBDi Accredited Designers are invited to attend an exclusive breakfast event early Saturday morning (17 September), where a program of professional development seminars will be delivered. (Big thanks to Pytha Partners Australia for their support of this Forum – we know they’re planning a forum session that you will NOT want to miss!) Details regarding the forum will be sent to all Accredited Designers, along with Designer Members with current accreditation applications, under separate cover.
Day 2 of the Symposium will commence at 9.30am on Saturday, with our Albedor coaches departing Pullman on the Park and heading to Albedor Industries. Your hosts will welcome you with a champagne brunch, and the planned ‘Shop Talk‘ is a not-to-be-missed event for designers, and a great opportunity to get some ‘factory facts’.
The Yarra Wine Valley is our final destination: enjoy a special wine tasting at Dominique Portet, before travelling to Rochford Winery for another. You’ll then settle in for lunch (courtesy of Symposium sponsor, Blum) and a truly inspirational presentation by Graham Jones: 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. When lunch wraps up, we’ll head back to the Pullman Melbourne, with time to get ready for THE GALA EVENT OF THE YEAR!
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 (see below), 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. You don’t want to miss out, so CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!