Blum invites designers to tailor-made presentation…

Blum invites designers to tailor-made presentation…

KBDi silver sponsors, Blum, are opening their doors to Australian kitchen and bathroom designers in October, and presenting an inspiring design session tailor-made for our niche industry.  Come along to find out how to ‘keep your business at the forefront of design, technology and product quality’.

KBDi’s Education Partner, Designer Training Australia, will be presenting the first of a new series of Professional Development sessions, too: PD EXPLORE | Lighting in Wet Areas will address the key requirements of lighting in wet areas as outlined in AS/NZS 3000:2007, and uncover the clearance and ingress protection (IP) requirements
for wet area zones 0, 1, 2 and 3.

These events are a great opportunity to network with likeminded designers, meet your local representatives, gain some critical professional development and experience Blum’s incredible range of products first hand.  If you’re a designer committed to your profession and aware of the importance of continual development, we encourage you to come along.

Events will be rolled out in the following locations (click here to RSVP):

South Australia: Blum, 179 Railway Terrace, Mile End South – Wednesday, 5 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Western Australia: Blum, Unit 3, 50 Howe Street, Osborne Park – Tuesday, 11 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

New South Wales: Blum, 10 Blackbird Close, Len Waters Estate – Tuesday, 11 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Queensland Location: Blum, Unit 6, 39-45 Compton Road (Cnr Ewing Street), Underwood – Thursday, 13 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Victoria: Blum, 245 Ferntree Gully Road, Mount Waverley – Thursday, 13 October, 2016 @ 6pm (for 6.30pm start)

Cosentino Dekton features in award winning kitchen

Cosentino Dekton features in award winning kitchen

A stunning 12mm Dekton benchtop is a perfect fit for this award winning kitchen, and the colour Sirius (Solid collection) adds depth and drama to an expansive space.

Melbourne designer, Chris Arnold CKD Au ( entered this impressive kitchen design in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program, and it secured him the category award of KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens VIC.  ‘Sophisticated yet understated’ was the judging panel’s final verdict: they loved the designer’s clever play on shapes and attention to detail, and were impressed with the functional workspace created. The judges acknowledged Chris’ respect for the panoramic ocean views and restraint in competing for attention, and commended the end result.

To find out more about Dekton and its wide range of applications, visit

PYTHA PROS share their presentation prowess

PYTHA PROS share their presentation prowess

An early start on a grey Melbourne morning didn’t deter KBDi accredited designers eager to see a pair of PYTHA professionals ‘Present Like a Pro’.

Two of Australia’s most awarded designers – Darren Genner CKD Au  (right) and Darren James CKD Au (centre) – captivated their audience at the annual KBDi Certified Designers Forum, held this year at Melbourne’s iconic Hotel Windsor. The keynote presentation covered their respective early beginnings in the industry, and went on to outline how photo-realistic renderings have changed the way they present.

Darren James CKD Au

Darren James CKD Au (let’s call him DJ) explained how he began his trade apprenticeship under the watchful eye of a Danish artisan, fitting out luxury boats with stunning timber joinery.  Problem solving and careful design detailing were integral to the job, and proved to be useful talents when DJ opened his own cabinetmaking business in the year 2000. This business soon evolved to be the full design to construct service that it is today, with an impressive line up of projects and awards.

DJ’s eye for detail is evident in his drawings; he shared with the group his meticulous orthographic plans, and pointed out how PYTHA helps him meet (and exceed) the Australian Standards of drafting.   DJ also shared examples of his 3D renderings, which are presented to the Clients in a ‘wine and dine’ environment: he explained how the client’s instant emotional connection with the photo-realistic presentations made the job of selling the design a pain-free and time efficient exercise. The opportunity to upsell with designer furnishings has proven to be a surprising add-on for DJ; Clients have loved the 3D library items carefully placed within the renderings, and insisted on purchasing the ‘real’ furniture pieces and light fittings to complete their overall scheme.

Darren Genner CKD Au 

Darren Genner cut his teeth in the kitchen and bathroom industry in a similar fashion to DJ, and his trade background has brought a practical yet creative element to his sought after design work.  Darren was a ‘tech-nerd’ from the beginning, though, and sensed that photo-realistic design presentations were the way to go. He felt that his clients did not relate to the two dimensional plans often presented; he knew they couldn’t get a tangible appreciation for his proposed space planning without getting a feel for the volume of space presented in three dimensional form, and has worked to hone his skills with PYTHA software for over a decade.

Today Darren provides his clients with interactive, ‘real time’ presentation experiences that place them in both the physical and virtual spaces.  Like DJ, he adds library items created by well known designers, and relishes the opportunity to on-sell these furnishings.  Darren makes a point of adding a personal connection to his presentation, too, by strategically placing library items (books, cars etc) that will particularly resonate with his clients, and believes it’s these thoughtful links that often get him over the line.

The knowledge and talent of these two designers is truly impressive, and their honest and insightful commentary was well appreciated by the KBDi members present.  The two Darrens demonstrated how pairing natural design flair with today’s technology can open up a whole new world of creativity, and foster a confident and trusting client base, and we look forward to seeing where they take their talent in the future!

To find out more about how PYTHA can help you present like a Pro, visit today.

Albedor Industries opens factory doors for designers

Albedor Industries opens factory doors for designers

Albedor’s ‘Shop Talk’ was a very popular session at our recent KBDi Design Symposium.  The visit was truly an eye-opening experience – what an incredible factory! With a guided tour covering each step of the manufacturing process in action, our members walked away with a greater understanding of cabinetry, and some practical knowledge sure to improve design skills.

Their selection centre is a must-see, too – the showroom displays Albedor’s wide range of products, colours and finishes. Albedor specialists are on site to offer advice regarding the most suitable products, finishes and colours to create the look your client desires. The selection centre is located at 7 Research Drive, Croydon South, and is open six days a week for your convenience (opening hours here).

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Albedor Industries for opening their doors on a Saturday morning and showing us all the behind the scenes action of the manufacturing process. Big thanks too for a decadent champagne brunch and a new sign for the KBDi national office!

Find out more about this Australian family-owned business and their wide range of products at

TLD Kitchens congratulates KBDi First Time Entrant and Winner of Australian Design Space Award!

TLD Kitchens congratulates KBDi First Time Entrant and Winner of Australian Design Space Award!

KBDi sponsors, TLD Kitchens, were proud to be associated with the KBDi Designer Awards program of 2016, sponsoring both the KBDi First Time Entrant Award and the KBDi Australian Design Space Award.

This year, Adelaide designer Kristina Schubert (Creative Home Plus), pictured with KBDi Board Member, Elizabeth Luke, was the well-deserved winner of both! The first time KBDi entrant made an impressive debut, winning the national award for KBDi Australian Design Space with an amazing outdoor kitchen design.  Kristina’s high quality presentation also earned her the First Time Entrant award, and KBDi looks forward to seeing more from this designer in years to come.

KBDi thanks TLD Kitchens for the valued support of our emerging designers.

To find out more about TLD Kitchens, visit

About Kristina’s winning project:

When two brothers approached the designer looking for the ultimate outdoor kitchen for their Henley Beach bachelor pad, they had a comprehensive brief and a long list of requirements.  The designer delivered, presenting a ‘not for show’ working entertaining space, designed for dogs, blokes and parties, but stylish enough to accommodate future female companions!  The judges loved Kristina’s attention to detail, practical space planning and sensible finish selections, and commended her on a technically accurate and professional presentation.