Is 2017 the year to take your career to the next level?

Is 2017 the year to take your career to the next level?

Whether you are an independent designer or an employer of kitchen and bathroom designers, have you considered the benefits of a kitchen and bathroom design qualification?

The Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces is the #1 course in Australia for those designing kitchens and bathrooms professionally.

Who does this course?

  • Qualified Interior Designers
  • Cabinet Makers
  • Experienced kitchen and bathroom designers with no formal qualifications
  • Anyone wanting to apply for accreditation as a Certified Kitchen Designer or Certified Bathroom Designer with KBDi

What do you learn?

  • Communication with clients and the design brief
  • Completion of a site survey and identification of and understanding existing services and construction methods
  • Accurate measuring of existing space
  • Design solutions to meet the client brief
  • Ergononics, and planning considerations for kitchens and/or bathrooms
  • Creation of concept plans
  • Drafting to Australian Standards (AS1100)
  • 2D CAD orthographic drawings including floor plans, elevations, and mechanical plans
  • 3D CAD renders of concepts
  • Quotations and contracts
  • Project planning and timelines
  • Selection of colours, finishes, appliances, fixtures, fittings and accessories
  • Understanding of cabinet construction and installation methods

The course is run by distance education to suit full time workers. Learning support is available by phone and private remote classrooms so you always have contact with a real person.

DTA offer KBDi members a 20% discount on the course fees, and the next courses are commencing on the 6 February, 2017.

For more information, contact DTA on 1300 850 725 or email

First Dolce & Gabbana/Smeg fridge arrives in Australia!

First Dolce & Gabbana/Smeg fridge arrives in Australia!

Launched to worldwide acclaim at the Milan Design Fair in April (2016), the first Dolce & Gabbana/Smeg limited edition hand-painted refrigerator has arrived in Australia!

In an innovative collaboration between the revered Italian fashion designers and the country’s leading kitchen appliance supplier, a strictly limited edition of 100 retro design FAB28 refrigerators will be hand-painted by a group of Sicilian artists, with each unique design reflecting the sizzling colour and Sicilian folklore that D&G is so famous for.

Each refrigerator takes many, many hours to complete so the production rate is slow and the queue of interested buyers long!

Australia’s first D&G hand-painted refrigerator, painted by Sicilian brothers Antonio and Giuseppe Bevilacqua, will go on display at Winnings’ new store in Canberra.  Characterised by a chromatic explosion of yellows and reds inspired by the Sicilian sun and the lava of Mt Etna, the design features sumptuous friezes and rich geometric patterns depicting the battle between Argante and Tancredi and another with Anthea of Babylon.

An impressive collection of six refrigerators has just been completed, this time by renowned Sicilian artists Gianfranco Fiore, Tommaso Provenzano and Michelangelo Lacagnina.

The latter, based in Palermo, has created two designs, each depicting a traditional scene from Sicilian life.  One shows fishermen catching a large octopus, with Mount Etna in the background while the other shows a verdant agricultural scene with lemons and sunflowers and a farmer picking his fruit by the light of the moon.

Each refrigerator is completely covered in hand-painted artwork – front, sides and top – that relates to the signature scene on the door front.

A total of 100 FAB28s will be transformed into luxury items that epitomise the passion for style and design that both Dolce & Gabbana and the family-owned Smeg brand are revered for.

No two refrigerators are the same and numbers are strictly limited to just 100 – so each piece is destined to be the most highly desirable collector’s item or family heirloom.

Prices and availability in Australia on application.

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Check out Cool Corners at WA Chapter Event!

Check out Cool Corners at WA Chapter Event!

WA Members and friends are invited to check out the incredible display of Oz Coolrooms and Winerooms at our upcoming KBDi WA Chapter Event on Tuesday, 21 February.

Join Australian’s Finest kitchen and bathroom designers at the first WA Chapter Event of 2017, proudly sponsored and hosted by Oz Coolrooms and Winerooms at their stunning Subiaco display.

Earn your CPD points with a presentation by KBDi’s Education Partner, Designer Training Australia, and find out how to protect your designs with Copyright and Design Protection.

You’ll also meet KBDi’s Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016 – WA’s own Kia Douglas! – and see her winning designs ‘up close and personal’.

Find out more and register here.

PYTHA software perfect fit for boutique joinery business

PYTHA software perfect fit for boutique joinery business

Madden Interiors is a boutique joinery business committed to delivering the highest quality products to their Sydney clients.  The company is well regarded for their attention to detail and step by step quality control, and are proud of their capabilities to deliver a ‘one stop shop’ for clients; from design through to tender, procurement and project management, Madden Interiors offer clients consistency, efficiency and most importantly, peace of mind.

With these values and service offerings, PYTHA 3D CAD software seemed a natural fit for Madden Interiors. Owner/director, Brett Parker, says introducing PYTHA to his team 18 months ago was a great business move.  He admits they’d tried a competitor’s product first, but after six weeks of trying to get their heads around this alternative software, Brett and his draftsman found themselves buried in a very deep hole!  When PYTHA was brought to the table, its ease of use and drawing capacities were a huge relief to the team, and allowed them to get back on track in no time.

PYTHA 3D CAD is a comprehensive ‘concept to completion’ system, and Madden Interiors use the software for all facets of design and manufacture, from planning to presentation to production.  They love the fact that the software feels more like a drawing tool than others (not so much coding required), and are looking forward to checking in on PYTHA’s growing range of library items.

Award-winning kitchen designer teams up with Schweigen

Award-winning kitchen designer teams up with Schweigen

One of Australia’s leading kitchen appliance manufacturers, Schweigen, has announced world-renowned kitchen designer, Mal Corboy as its brand ambassador.

With almost three decades of experience and a raft of accolades, the Perth-born kitchen designer to the stars has built an unmatched reputation for his unique, eye-catching interiors and custom furniture design.

Anthony Fletcher, Managing Director, Schweigen, said Corboy brings a mass of kitchen design knowledge and technical expertise to Schweigen that customers can benefit from.

‘Mal personifies Schweigen and everything we stand for. He continually pushes the boundaries to create challenging, dynamic kitchen spaces. We’re thrilled he incorporates our products in his award-winning designs. He’s been a great advocate and aligns well with our brand,’ said Fletcher.

‘Partnering with Schweigen is a no-brainer for me. I’ve always been passionate about interior innovation and it’s been easy for me to integrate Schweigen into my work because their products are a stand-out in the market,’ said Corboy.

‘Schweigen appliances are simply stylish and technologically sound, so they fit well with my designs. I’m looking forward to collaborating on some great projects with the team at Schweigen this year,’ added Corboy.

Corboy will join Fletcher to represent Schweigen at DesignBUILD from 3 – 5 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The pair will speak on emerging industry trends as part of the DesignBUILD speaker series.

Other Schweigen events and promotions featuring Mal Corboy will be announced in the coming months.

Schweigen designs Australia’s most efficient silent rangehoods and has built a reputation in the market by providing innovative, stylish and premium appliances suitable for every Australian household.

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