Meet your new KBDi Board President: Mr Royston Wilson CKD Au, CBD Au

Meet your new KBDi Board President: Mr Royston Wilson CKD Au, CBD Au

KBDi is delighted to introduce the newly appointed President, Mr Royston Wilson CKD Au, CBD Au.

Royston Wilson is no stranger to the KBDi design community. He has won many accolades for his work in Australia, and is one of a small group of Australians who holds an international design award, too.  Since 2004, Royston has collected awards from KBDI, HIA and BDAV, with accolades including Best Bathroom Designer, Australia Bathroom Designer of the Year, Best Residential Design Alteration and Addition, and the international award of Best Bathroom Designer in the World.

Royston leads a passionate team of designers at his boutique design practice, Royston Wilson Design, specialising in high level residential and hotel resort complexes.

Recognised throughout the industry as ‘the Bathroom Guru’, Royston brings to the Board of KBDi a vast amount of industry experience and an unrivalled enthusiasm for design.

Please join us in congratulating Royston on his recent appointment, and welcoming him to the helm of KBDi.

KBDi Designer Awards 2017 – The Facts & Figures!

KBDi Designer Awards 2017 – The Facts & Figures!

Cheers to the many members who met the deadline and submitted their entries for this year’s KBDi Designer Awards 2017.

We were thrilled with the response, and are pleased to advise that total entries were up by 17% on last year!

Although our South Australian chapter took the gong for most entries in 2016, Victorian members regained the crown this year, with a whopping 28% of entries coming from our Melbourne membership.

As is almost always the case, Large Kitchens was by far the most popular category. Interestingly, second place was an equal tie between Small and Large Bathrooms!

Our judging panel has been squirrelled away, and the judges are busy determining who’ll be representing the various chapters at this year’s Gala event in Adelaide. Make sure you come along to your next chapter event to congratulate the finalists of 2017.

Vale Ashley Foote

Vale Ashley Foote

The KBDi community lost a special friend and vivacious member when Queensland designer, Ashley Foote passed away last month, aged 56.

Ashley was well known by members across Australia, and was the ‘resident larrikin’ at many KBDi events.

He first joined the organisation as a somewhat reluctant student, participating in a group training session with his colleagues (at the time) from Kitchen Connection. Although he was – by his own admission – more interested in sales than design at that stage, he soon become a keen and enthusiastic student and avid promoter of design education.

Having completed his course, Ashley went on to work independently with his business ‘AREDesign’, servicing clients across south-east Queensland, and eventually (and successfully) applied for KBDi Accreditation. Ashley was proud of his new credentials, and became a great spokesperson for Certified Kitchen Designers across the country.

Ashley suffered ill health over the last twelve months, and lost his fight with a short but aggressive illness on 18 April, 2017.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley’s family and friends. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered.

Vale Ashley Foote.

Design begins with the line: Smeg’s Linear Collection

Design begins with the line: Smeg’s Linear Collection

KBDi Diamond Sponsors, Smeg, are offering an increasingly diverse range of collections for designers, and they’ll be sharing a special ‘behind the scenes’ look at their 2017 ‘Design begins with the Line’ campaign at the upcoming KBDi Victorian Chapter Event.

The campaign is centred around the ‘Linear by Smeg’ collection, and we encourage members and invited guests to come along for an inside perspective on this stunning line.

Developed by Smeg’s internal design studio, the collection is characterised by its ergonomic and balanced approach to design. The Linear built-in ovens, compact microwaves, steam ovens, coffee machines, cooktops, sinks and rangehoods all stand out for their minimalist style and spatial design.

Linear highlights include the ergonomically designed handles, the LED-lit, transparent control knobs, the easy-to-read LED displays. The Linear range features Stopsol® “supersilver” glass, a super-strong material with crystal translucency for a mirror finish, which, when combined with Smeg’s satin stainless steel, gives the range a reflective beauty which must be seen to be believed as photographs cannot capture its true essence.

The Smeg Linear range is also at the leading edge for performance and technology. Smeg Linear built-in ovens, with Thermoseal technology are some of the most energy efficient cooking appliances available. Smeg’s “Smart Chef” technology in the top-of-the-range models, provides a choice of pre-set menus for beef, pork, chicken, fish, vegetables, cakes, biscuits and pizza which instantly advises the optimum cooking function, temperature, cooking time and shelf position, so it’s very easy to produce the best cooking results for the full range of your personal recipe choices.

Find out more about this not-to-be-missed event here.

Are your technical drawings tip-top?

Are your technical drawings tip-top?

Most of us know a badly drafted plan when we see one: when you’re quoting a project (and pushing deadlines, too), a poor set of plans can be a major inconvenience and an estimator’s nightmare! Worse still when you’re at building or manufacturing stage, and an unclear section or inconsistent dimensioning is costing you time and money…

When you’re ‘on the other side’ and preparing your plans, how do you make sure your technical drawings are top quality without blowing out your time and budget on documentation?

Pytha Partners Australia have shared a simple ‘A-B-C’ method that will help keep your drawings in check:

A for Australian Standards

Australian Standards are published documents that set out specifications and procedures to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent. While they are not necessarily legally binding (unless called into legislation by Government), Australian Standards are an excellent reference point for businesses looking to incorporate quality control in their practice.

The Australian Standards most applicable to architectural drafting are:

AS 1100.101-1992 (R2014) Technical Drawing General Principles

This Standard sets out the basic principles of technical drawing practice, including:

  • common abbreviations
  • sizes and layout of drawing sheets
  • types and thicknesses of lines to be used, with examples of their application
  • requirements for distinct uniform letters, numerals and symbols
  • recommended scales and their applications
  • methods of projection and indication of various views (elevations etc)
  • methods of indicating sections, and conventions used in sectioning details
  • recommendations for dimensioning including size and geometry tolerances
  • conventions used for the representation of components and repetitive features of components

If you’re looking for consistency in the technical drawings you produce, using this Standard as a starting point for a quality control checklist will make sure you’re on the right track.

AS 1100.301-2008 Technical Drawing Architectural Drawing

This Standard sets out requirements and recommendations for architectural drawing practice. It’s complementary to AS 1100.101, and indicates methods of presenting drawings of architectural work, before, during and after the construction period. It includes information on abbreviations (additional to those in AS 1100.101), the layout of drawing sheets, line conventions and conventions for the cross-referencing of drawings, coordinates and grids.

Check your local library for copies of these standards, or visit for more information.

B for Brevity

Many designers and drafties think their intentions will be made clearer by filling their orthographic drawings with notes, but this is not always the case.

Applying the ‘KISS’ theory (keep it simple, stupid!) to your drawing practice will make for easy-to-read, uncluttered documentation. Consider the following when aiming for brevity:

  • Be consistent with your layouts, linework, dimensioning, abbreviations and symbols (using Australian Standards and your quality control checklist). Avoid large blocks of notes, and embrace white space!
  • Include a legend to explain and/or confirm the meaning of abbreviations and symbols.
  • Back up your plan set up with a comprehensive specification (set out in table format) and an accurate 3D rendering, and you’ll ensure everyone is on the same page, with all the information they’ll need.

C for Clarity

Technical drawing is a method of communication – think of it as a language that everyone should be able to understand.

By adhering to the guidelines set out in AS 1100, and ensuring you (and your team) deliver consistent plans every time, you’ll be more likely to be understood, and less likely to have to explain your intentions over and over again. To ensure your drawing set comes together in a way that can be clearly comprehended:

  • Plan your drawing set in advance (floor plan, elevations, mechanical/structural plans, sections and 3D renderings). Lead the reader through the set of drawings with clearly set out call-outs (symbols) and references.
  • Plan each individual drawing before getting in to the detail, making sure the layout is clear and logical – don’t be afraid of white space!
  • Consider how the reader will be viewing your plans: will they print them out (A4? A3? A0?) or view them on a big screen monitor or an on-site iPad? Can your drawings be easily read when reduced or enlarged?

The level of flexibility that your software allows will naturally impact upon the above. A quality CAD system like PYTHA will allow you to adjust your setouts and linework and conform with Australian Standards, ensuring the technical drawings you produce are top quality, every time. 

Find out more about PYTHA at