More than 20 reasons to join the KBDi Community in 2019!

More than 20 reasons to join the KBDi Community in 2019!

Are you serious about your K and B Business?

From the outside looking in, you may have thought that a KBDi Membership was all about Awards and Events. While we LOVE showcasing Australia’s Finest designers in our annual Awards program, and have a heap of fun at our regular Chapter Events, they’re only two of the many benefits we offer KBDi Members. If you’re serious about your kitchen and bathroom business, ask yourself if the following benefits are good enough reasons for you to join the KBDi community.

In 2019, KBDi Certified Designer, Designer and Associate Members can look forward to:

#1 Access to our growing suite of Technical Bulletins(released every month and soon to be housed in our new-look Members Portal).

#2 Shortcuts to Australian Standards– we’ve stacked our library so you don’t need to; as a Member, you can simply send us your query and we’ll do the digging on your behalf.

#3 Professional Development opportunities delivered across a variety of platforms.

#4 The seasonal delivery of the incredibly informative Building Connection magazine (in your post box four times a year)

#5 New and improved pathways to obtain KBDi Accreditation.

#6 Access to Design Consultancy Agreements, keeping you and your clients on the same page and all-above-board (available at no additional cost to Members).

#7 Group Professional Indemnity, Products & Public Liability Insurance designed for designers and delivered at a hard-to-beat rate.

#8 Access to HR, IR and WHS services through our all-new partnership with Employsure.

#9 Opportunities to partake in industry-relevant, designed-for-designers training through our long-time Education Partners, Designer Training Australia.

#10 Personal and business development opportunities with our newly-welcomed Training Partner, Redman Training & Development.

#11 The brand integrity that comes with being associated with a professional industry group, and the evidence to prove it (with Member logos, decals and/or certificates etc – let us know which tools work best for you)

#12 Free and discounted media opportunities.

#13 Access to our new Mentoring Program– we’ve built a team of industry know-alls (meant in the nicest way) to be your helpline in 2019.

#14 An invitation to our increasingly popular KBDi Design Symposium(to be held in Melbourne in 2019).

#15 Our ever-informative and always entertaining eNews, now incorporating specific articles on the four pillars of information (Knowledge, Business, Design and Inspiration) delivered to your inbox in a short and sweet weekly format.

#16 Access to free KBQ magazines(when you join us at events) and a special delivery showcasing our winners delivered to your mailbox.

#17 An invitation to enter our KBDi Designer Awards program, and the chance to enjoy the free media exposure offered to finalists and winners.

#18 An opportunity to be profiled (peer to peer with our ‘Meet the Members’ features) in our eNews or at Chapter Events.

#19 Invitations to the hugely improved Chapter Events being delivered in your State.

#20 The option to post your positions vacant, positions wanted or business opportunity ads on our KBDi Classifieds.

In addition to the above, Certified Designer and Designer Members will appreciate:

#21 A new ‘concierge service’ for your online KBDi Designer Profiles.

#22 The opportunity to participate in Home Shows in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (Canberra Members – we’re working on you next!) – available to Certified Designers and Designer Members only.

#23 Great opportunities for various avenues of media exposure.

And how much can you expect to pay for the above?

A KBDi individual designer membership (i.e. Certified Designer, Designer, Associate and Affiliate) is available for only $38 per month (including GST). Pay your annual fee upfront, and you’ll get an even better deal at $420 (including GST).

Ready to join?

Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch to discuss the best-fit options for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the KBDi community!

THE Bathroom Experience: ISH 2019

THE Bathroom Experience: ISH 2019

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Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Pietro Sutera

ISH is the world’s leading trade fair focussing on the responsible management of water and energy in buildings. It sets trends for modern bathroom design, sustainable heating and air-conditioning technology, and intelligent home systems with its two key sections — ISH Water and ISH Energy. The fair also meets the growing demand for comfort, convenience, individualisation, well-being and aesthetics. Integrated solutions are able to cover all these requirements and make a decisive contribution to energy efficient and resource-friendly building systems.

Australian International Design Tours (AIDT) invites you to join them as they visit ISH in Frankfurt, Germany in March 2019, as part of their incredible International Tour. Of course, ISH won’t be your only agenda: tour attendees will enjoy an architectural tour of the incredible Porsche Museum in Stuttgart as well as amazing German hospitality in Schiltach at the home of Hansgrohe, in Hornberg at the home of Duravit and in Münster at the home of Kaldewei (courtesy Bathe).

This 12-day International Tour is fully tax-deductible with an itinerary jam-packed with industry-focused events plus showroom and factory tours.

Previous attendees on AIDT tours have appreciated the stress-free opportunity to visit an internationally-renowned design show and network with like-minded colleagues.

“AIDT 2018 was an outstanding tour that exceeded my expectations. Well organised and varied, I come home inspired with memories to last a lifetime” – Rina, Vic.

“Relax and enjoy the experience and knowledge that Simon and Mel can provide. Value from the moment you start! Leave the organisation to them and you will be in good company together with other designers” – Robert, SA.

More information including full itinerary, inclusions and booking details is available from www.aidt.com.au

Brisbane designer rendered a winner at PYTHA User Meeting

Brisbane designer rendered a winner at PYTHA User Meeting

Fortunes are following Brisbane designer, Aaron Meyer (Darren James Interiors): he was the lucky-draw-winner of Pytha Partner’s local competition (drawn in AWISA in August), landing him a return flight to Germany to attend PYTHA’s biennial International User Meeting.

His good luck was followed with a well-deserved win with a place in the German HQ’s drawing competition. In this highlight of the Meeting, entries are sought from around the world in a range of categories including modelling, technical drawing and rendering. Aaron’s impressive 3D renders trumped the competition from his international peers, earning him 250 euro and the well-deserved title of ‘Best Render’.

To see more great examples of ‘real or render’ images, produced by Pytha Pros around the country, follow Pytha on Facebook or find them on Instagram @pythapartnersaustralia.

Blum Australia – Top Trusted Brand

Blum Australia – Top Trusted Brand

While kitchen design trends have changed over time, one thing remains the same – the quality and trust of Blum hardware, which is tested and backed up by some of the best quality standards and research in the industry and from around the world.

In 2014, Blum was privileged to be recognised as the overall Top Trusted Brand and in 2015 as the Top Trusted Brand in the Kitchen & Kitchen Equipment category.

“Blum products are top quality and therefore require no follow up, replacement or attention. Extremely reliable and achieve customer confidence”
Comments from Architecture & Design’s Top Trusted Brand voter for Blum in 2015.

Voting for the 2018 Architecture & Design’s Top Trusted Brand survey is now open, and Blum has been nominated for the Kitchen & Kitchen Equipment category. Blum recognises its nomination as a commitment to the company’s goal of providing customers with quality products, service and innovative technology.

To vote for Blum, please visit, http://trustedbrands.architectureanddesign.com.au/
And as an added bonus, you could win an Apple iPad for taking the time to vote.

To find out more about Blum’s commitment to quality please visit http://www.blum.com/au/en/04/10/60/

Angular-extravaganza earns international acclaim

Angular-extravaganza earns international acclaim

Darren Genner CKD Au wowed the KBDi Designer Awards judging panel with his angular-extravaganza kitchen this year, which earned him the coveted titles of KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year AND the KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year.

The stand-out kitchen has now taken this Sydney designer across the globe to the UK. The Minosa team were thrilled when the kitchen was declared the winner of the International Design Award at the kb-eye ‘designer kitchen & bathroom awards’.

Held annually in London – this year in the iconic Covent Garden De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on 8 October –  the ‘designer kitchen & bathroom awards’ celebrate the best of residential kitchen and bathroom design projects and products in the UK and worldwide. See the full list of winners here, and join us in congratulating the team at Minosa on a well-deserved win!

But wait, there’s more!

Our fingers are crossed for the Minosa team as they wait out for the winners of the SBID International Design Awards 2018, too. Simona Castagna will be proudly representing Minosa in London this Friday night, where ‘The Triangle House’ has been nominated as a KBB Design Finalist. Learn more about the SBID International Design Awards here, and follow Minosa on your favourite social platform to find out how they fare this Friday.

As an industry group supporting ‘Australia’s Finest’ kitchen and bathroom designers, nothing makes us prouder than seeing our Members on the international stage. If you’ve earned global recognition for your design work, make sure you let us know so we can share your story and inspire others.