People’s Choice – who’s got your vote?

People’s Choice – who’s got your vote?

KBDi and KBQ Quarterly have joined forces once again to present the People’s Choice award as part of the KBDi Designer Awards 2017.

All finalists for small, medium and large kitchens and small and large bathrooms are now showing on the Complete Homes website (find them here). Visitors are being asked to vote for their favourite entry, and the first 500 will be rewarded with a free issue of the Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Magazine.

We’ll be announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice – Kitchen Design of the Year and Bathroom Design of the Year at our Designer Awards Gala in September (find out more here). Two lucky winners will take home a trophy AND an $8,000 advertising package with Universal Magazines!

Check out the finalists here and cast your vote today!

Kitchens without borders – new trend embraces culinary adventures

Kitchens without borders – new trend embraces culinary adventures

Kitchens without borders – that’s the major trend in Australian kitchens, and it’s here to stay! Open-plan layouts and kitchens equipped to produce a wide variety of culinary fare from around the globe are key to the trend. No matter the size of the space, some of the more savvy appliance brands have been thinking ahead of the game!

Italian design specialist, Smeg, has opened up a wealth of opportunity with an extended offering of 70cm wide appliances for those who have limited space and big expectations. Available in two very different design aesthetics, Smeg’s 70cm ovens deliver the same 90L capacity as their 90cm counterparts, but cleverly save consumers a valuable 20cms of kitchen cabinet space. Likewise with gas cooktops – some of the Smeg 70cm and 75cm models sport five burners, just like the

90cm models and are available in both the Victoria, Classic and Linear designs.

And while the ovens take less space they certainly don’t skimp on features. Just like the 90cm models, Smeg’s 70cm versions have optional pyrolytic cleaning, Thermoseal oven technology, up to 17

cooking functions, high visibility glass and more than 50 SmartSense Plus automatic menus (these will tell the user exactly how to cook a predetermined dish to get perfect results every time – temperature, cooking time and even shelf level).

Design choice is a critical factor when planning a kitchen and Smeg excels again with a large choice in terms of design aesthetics and colour. Choose from the Classic all stainless steel version, designed by Guido Canali, or the very sleek and contemporary Linear in a choice of white, black or stainless steel Stopsol® reflective glass.

Again, unique to Smeg, is Thermoseal oven technology that guarantees a perfectly controlled oven cavity with constant, accurate temperatures. Thermoseal allows any excess moisture to escape into the cooling system while reducing condensation build-up. The result is a perfect dish everytime – succulent roasts, crisp pastries and light cakes.

The perfect partner to a 70cm oven is a cooktop to match, and Smeg has several. Consumers can choose from gas, ceramic or induction.

Choice is considerable, from the vintage Victoria aesthetic in black, white or panna to the four and five burner stainless steel gas cooktops and the SmartSense Plus induction models in black and white. There is also a black ceramic model.

If a freestanding/upright cooker is the preferred option, Smeg has two, a gas model with electric oven or gas with gas oven.

Smeg 70cm kitchen appliances are available nationally from appliance specialists and electrical retailers. Go to for more details.

Are you ready to #beinspired?

Are you ready to #beinspired?

We’ve put together an incredible program for this year’s KBDi Design Symposium to be held in Adelaide in September (learn more here). Guests will enjoy two days of wining and dining, a guided tour of the Art Gallery of SA, plenty of networking opportunities with like-minded designers and industry supports AND eight design-centric sessions set to inspire and inform.

Check out the sessions below and register today.

Let’s begin with the Why – a behavioural approach to success

Paul Herring (Corporate Connexions International)

As partner and behavioural consultant with Corporate Connexions International, Paul Herring is passionate about engaging, developing and mentoring organisation and community leaders and teams. His vast levels of skill and experience in human relations allow him to hone in on the social science elements of developing healthy individual performance, and how that relates directly to a sustainably successful business. With past experience in the areas of design, Paul presents a unique understanding of applying self-development principles to our kitchen and bathroom businesses.

Seeing Green: Incorporating living elements in your interiors

Amanda Balmer (Wax Designs)

Amanda Balmer is a landscape designer with a focus on the creation of integrated landscapes that respond to content and cultural values, deliver innovation and are environmentally responsible. She collaborates with numerous architectural practices and private clients to create external living spaces which deliver beautiful areas for individuals and families to enjoy their home environments. In this presentation, Amanda will highlight how we can be thoughtful of ‘seeing green’ when designing interiors.

Top of Mind Design

Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

Agatha Ozhylovski has worked as an interior designer in the residential, boutique development and high end commercial markets for twenty years. She has a particular interest in environmental behaviour neuroscience and the way in which it can be applied in interior design. During this session, Agatha will discuss a new field of people-centred, emotionally intelligent, evidence-based design, and the art of combining scientific research and data with creative flair and imagination.

Analyzing the Elements – Open Panel Discussion

Four designers with various backgrounds will discuss and analyze the elements of design, and their application in multiple design disciplines:

Mal Corboy (Mal Corby Design)

New Zealand’s most awarded kitchen designer, Mal Corboy, was recently recognized in the ‘DuPoint Corian Top 50’ alongside a select group of internationally renowned designers. Mal’s eye-catching interiors and custom furniture design have garnered recognition and accolades from numerous industry groups across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and his work has taken him to Trinidad and the USA, too. In this session, Mal will share an international view of design and the application of elements across the globe.

Susanna Bilardo (Enoki)

Susanna Bilardo is Designer/Director at Enoki in Adelaide. The company is a multi-disciplinary firm specialising in both Visual Communication AND Interior Architecture, and Susanna will be contributing her points of view on design from both perspectives.

Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

With two decades of experience designing residential, boutique development and high end commercial markets, Agatha has some well thought out design principles to share. Her interest in environmental behaviour neuroscience and the way in which it can be applied in interior design will add an additional perspective to this panel discussion.

Amanda Balmer (Wax Designs)

Education, play and sustainability are large components of Amanda’s project portfolio, and her positions on the Play Australia SA and National Boards are evidence of her commitment to creating play environments which deliver engaging, interactive, informative and all accessible landscapes. We’ll learn how the application of the elements of design apply in this particular area.

Techno Retreats: the new Bathroom Bliss – how technology is changing Australian bathroom design

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Designer Darren Genner needs little introduction to the KBDi community, having taken out the title of KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year for three years running (2013, 2014 and 2015). He has a raft of accolades from Australia and abroad, and has continually demonstrated his passion for the industry through training and professional development. With his wife, business partner and co-founder, Simona Castagna, Darren is building a team of equally savvy designers in their very successful design firm, Minosa. In this session, Darren will be sharing his knowledge about bathroom design, and the impact technology is having on the bathroom zone.

Nutrition and Dietetics: Influence on Cooking Styles

Sprout Cooking School & Health Studio

With a team comprised of highly qualified health professionals and seriously fanatic foodies, Sprout will deliver a unique perspective on nutrition and dietetics, and their influence on your clients’ cooking styles. In SA’s largest purpose-built kitchen for hands-on cooking classes, you’ll learn how to deliver the best culinary options for your clients while enjoying a delectable lunch prepared by Adelaide’s most enthusiastic cooking crew!

Design Styles & Styling Design

Rachel Mifsud (Adelaide Agencies)

As an agent for furniture at Adelaide Agencies, Rachel Misfud is well-versed in the varying design styles and their styling requirements, in both residential and commercial interiors. In this session, Rachel will discuss a variety of popular design styles and the key elements that are indicative of each particular genre. She will look at the application of indoor/outdoor furniture, rugs, custom sofas, lighting, artwork, mirrors and décor accessories, and show us how the little things work together to add definition and cohesion to design styles.

We’re all in this together: fostering healthy relationships from concept to completion

Kate Harry (Fabrikate)

Kate Harry is the director and owner of Fabrikate Creative Spaces, a boutique interior design studio specializing in architectural renovations and bespoke commercial projects. With over twenty years’ experience in design and renovation, Kate is well aware of the value in forging strong relationships for successful project completion. Join her in an interactive session about the trials, tribulations and triumphs between designers, joiners and clients, and learn how to foster healthy relationships from concept to completion.

Pixalux panels for light and structure

Pixalux panels for light and structure

Pixalux light panels are an innovative lighting product for architectural, commercial and retail design applications.

Pixalux light panels are LED edge lit panels; patented technology enables the light input along the edge of a panel to evenly illuminate the entire surface, allowing the structural element to double as a lighting source. The softly diffused light produced is far more desirable than a typical point source light, which can cast large shadows and be harsh on the eye when looked at directly.

Pixalux light panels are structural because they are made from solid sheets of acrylics that are bonded together, eliminating the need for bulky frames and supporting structures. They excel in a commercial, residential or retail environment as they illuminate products evenly and provide light from above and below. In many applications the panels can replace shelving and in turn will directly illuminate products from below, enabling a greater focus on the product.

Thanks to an innovative structural design, Pixalux light panels are transforming how integrated lighting is handled in design. With a 16mm profile and strength that matches typical joinery materials, Pixalux light panels integrate seamlessly into a wide range of joinery applications.

Key Features:

  • 16mm thickness matches common materials
  • Strong like MDF and other joinery materials
  • Evenly distributed surface light eliminates shadows and directly illuminates products
  • Range of mounting options
  • Long life LEDs rated to 50,000 hours
  • Durable construction for everyday use
  • No UV or heat output, ideal for heat sensitive products
  • Can be retrofit or built into new products
  • Modular design

For more information, contact the Lincoln Sentry National Customer Service Centre on 1300 551 919 or visit

Professional development with DYNAMIC SPACE

Professional development with DYNAMIC SPACE

Blum are pleased to announce that their DYNAMIC SPACE workshop has been accredited through the Design Institute of Australia, meaning workshop participants can now attribute 10 CPD points to their DIA professional development requirements.

The complimentary DYNAMIC SPACE workshop shares key insights and ideas for practical kitchen design with the industry. With designers, kitchen retailers and cabinet makers finding increasing competitive pressure and customer expectations for functionality and innovative solutions, they’re seeing great value in participating in the workshops.

DYNAMIC SPACE provides insight and knowledge backed by research to support conversations with your customers around enhanced design and product solutions, focusing on a long-term investment for the consumer’s convenience and enjoyment over the next 15-20 years.

“DYNAMIC SPACE workshops have been an industry endorsed and embraced topic for over 13 years. Obtaining CPD points through the DIA platform is a further acknowledgement of the unique value the workshop has in supporting the design community” shares David Noakes, Director – Sales and Marketing Blum Australia.

DYNAMIC SPACE workshops are held nationally with the next workshops scheduled to run from August to October 2017. To register your interest in Blum’s National DYNAMIC SPACE workshops, please contact your local Blum representative or visit