Inspiration from ISH 2019

Inspiration from ISH 2019

A message from KBDi Silver Sponsor, The Kitchen & Bathroom Blog

The 2019 edition of ISH closed on 15 March 2019 having seen more than 198,000 people walk through its halls in five days. 2532 exhibitors showcased products and innovations that celebrated the best in innovative bathroom design and sustainable sanitation.

The Kitchen & Bathroom Blog was lucky enough to attend the show as part of the Australian International Design Tours 2019 Tour and we’ve curated a special selection of our favourite finds at the show.

We hope you enjoy taking a virtual walk with us through the amazing bathroom products and concepts, and find plenty of inspiration for your business.

The pdf version of the report is available for free download here.

German-Engineered Silent Technology Continues to Impress

German-Engineered Silent Technology Continues to Impress

A message from KBDi Gold Sponsor, Schweigen

Schweigen’s silent rangehoods set new standards in ventilation by moving air intelligently and silently with their Isodrive® motors.

The German-engineered and manufactured Isodrive® motor has been designed from the ground up, using only the utmost precision. Continual investment in new simulation tools and testing facilities ensures every component of the Isodrive® motor is designed to take on the harsh Australian environment. 

This innovative system is silent because of its revolutionary German fan and motor assembly in which sits outside the home. All unwanted odours, oils, and noise are directly removed from the kitchen and powerfully extracted to the external environment. The result is ingenious – a hygienic, noise-free and peaceful sanctuary that is the kitchen. 

Schweigen silent rangehoods also incorporate ‘S’ bend into their flexi-ducting to create excellent silent acoustics, efficiency in airflow and an easy solution for all installation requirements. Under Australian legal requirements, Schweigen’s Flexi-Duct is also fire-proof and naturally the highest quality of ducting standard. Schweigen pride themselves on providing all the ducting that is needed, delivering the best performance of the German-engineered Isodrive® motor and its powerfully silent qualities. 

All Isodrive® motor options deliver optimal results however each product provides a unique and tailored solution to the everyday home cook. Schweigen pride themselves on providing all the ducting that is needed, delivering the best performance of the German engineered Isodrive® motor and its powerfully silent qualities. 

Light cookingBoiling pasta, steaming vegetables, grilling chicken

Schweigen recommended option:Isodrive® S1 650m3/hr

Moderate cookingGrilling steak, casseroles, shallow frying

Schweigen recommended options: Isodrive® ST 900m3/hr // Isodrive® SEL 1350m3/hr

Heavy cookingAsian stir-fries, Indian curries, deep frying

Schweigen recommended options: Isodrive® SP 1600m3/hr // Isodrive® SP2 3000 // Isodrive® SE 3200

See the Schweigen website to learn more about the Isodrive® motors

Stunning hotel design wins Staron Award

Stunning hotel design wins Staron Award

A message from KBDi Silver Sponsor, Austaron

The Staron® Design Award winner for the commercial category is Tim Bentley for ThomsonAdsett. Tim has been recognised for excellence in design for the Crystalbrook Collection’s flagship Riley hotel in Cairns.

This hotel is the first new luxury destination to be built in Cairns. The design criteria for this project was to mix beach themed interiors in a tropical esplanade location. The foyer of the Riley hotel has been designed to reflect the beauty of the location without interrupting the direct views to the esplanade foreshore. Staron® cladding was selected for its superior finish and ability to mould monolithically into curved cladding around the existing columns. The elliptical shape is the key design element to the foyer – drawing the eye over the pool and out to the esplanade. Staron® Solid Surfaces in colour Delphi was curved through thermoforming and wrapped around the impressive columns from the floor up to the meet the high ceiling. The height of the columns creates an open, luxurious and welcoming feel.

The hotel reception counters have also been clad entirely with thermoformed Staron to emulate the curves of the columns. Due to the easy maintenance and durable nature, Staron® was the perfect surface solution for this high-traffic area.

In addition, Staron® was also clad to the large planter boxes throughout the lobby area. Filled with vibrant green plants, the Staron® frames the greenery to further enhance a tropical feel to the space. The expert Staron® fabrication of FNQ Plastics made this design come to life.

staron.com.au

Ph: 02 9822 7055

Adding up the $$ – calculating the average costs of Australian Kitchens and Bathrooms

Adding up the $$ – calculating the average costs of Australian Kitchens and Bathrooms

If you entered last year’s KBDi Designer Awards, you’d know that – for the first time – we asked for some general information regarding the project values. It was made clear to all entrants that the judges would not receive this information, and the data collection did not form part of the judging submission or criteria in any way (and the same applies this year, too).

Our purpose for seeking out this data was to collect a small but highly curated sample of the range of budgets applicable to Australian kitchens and bathrooms, before collating the median breakdowns of these cost allocations. We thought it would be really interesting to have a concentrated look at the spends associated with quality, well-designed projects, and when we presented our findings at our ‘Here and Now’ symposium session, we discovered you were really keen to see this information, too!

This year we’ve made the data collection a compulsory part of the entry process, so we’re looking forward to having a deeper pool to draw from to establish a range of budgets applicable to well-designed kitchens and bathrooms.

We’ll be asking our broader membership (i.e. not just those entering the awards) to contribute some samples, too, and we’d really appreciate your support. (Keep an eye on your inbox – you’ll receive a request for samples in late May/early June.)

Award entrants can find a comprehensive checklist of data requirements here. For all other members, the following is an indication of the information we’ll be seeking from you soon:

Kitchen Projects

  • Project Cost: Kitchen Cabinetry (supply only; not installation) – Cost to supply all cabinets and associated hardware (including integrated lifting apparatus, electronic openers, lift systems etc.), including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Kitchen Benchtops – Cost to supply and install all benchtops, including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Kitchen Splashback/s – Cost to supply and install splashbacks, including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Kitchen Flooring (supply and installation) – Cost of supply and installation of floor coverings in the kitchen area. All costs must include GST. If not applicable, enter ‘0’.   
  • Project Cost: Kitchen Appliances & Fixtures (supply)- Cost to supply all appliances and fixtures, including sinks, tapware, garbage disposal, hotplates, ovens, rangehoods, microwaves, dishwashers, fridges etc., including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Kitchen Trades (all services & installation) – Cost of the installation of cabinets and all trade work associated with kitchen [plumbing, electrical (including light fittings), painting, rangehood installation]; excluding structural building work and floor coverings. All costs must include GST.   
  • Project Cost: Other Significant Expenses (please indicate) – Enter ‘0’ if not applicable. (Please describe your ‘other significant expenses’ in the designated field. This does not refer to design fees but may include commissioned art, extensive building work etc.)   

 

Bathroom Projects

  • Project Cost: Bathroom Vanity/Wall Cabinet (supply only; not installation)- Cost to supply all cabinets and associated hardware (including integrated lifting apparatus, electronic openers, lift systems etc.), including GST.
  • Project Cost: Bathroom Mirror/s & Glazing – Cost to supply and install all mirrors and glazing (e.g. shower screens), including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Bathroom Tiles (supply) – Cost to supply all wall and/or floor tiles, including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Bathroom Sanitaryware (supply) – Cost to supply baths, basins, toilets etc., including GST.    
  • Project Cost: Bathroom Tapware – Cost to supply shower and basin tapware, including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Bathroom Accessories – Cost to supply accessories (towel rails, toilet roll holders etc.), including GST.   
  • Project Cost: Bathroom Trades (all services & installation) – Cost of the installation of fixtures, fittings and finishes – all trade work associated with bathroom [plumbing, electrical (including light fittings), painting, tiling, mechanical ventilation installation etc.]; excluding structural building work. All costs must include GST.   
  • Project Cost: Other Significant Expenses (please indicate) Enter ‘0’ if not applicable. (Please describe your ‘other significant expenses’ in the designated field. This does not refer to design fees but may include commissioned art, extensive building work etc.)   

For the most accurate reporting, we will be asking you to provide realistic (but approximate) figures. Where cost estimates are required, we’ll ask you to ensure that dollar amounts are represented to the nearest hundred (e.g. $517 would be rounded to $500), or to the nearest thousand if over $5,000 (e.g. $5,700 would be recorded as $6,000). All amounts should be inclusive of GST (i.e. the end cost to the client).

We also want to assure all Members that we’re collecting this data purely for the purposes of industry surveying, marketing and education. Any information presented or published will be strictly anonymous and general in nature – we’ll never publish your names alongside the budget recordings.

When will you see the results?

We’ll be presenting our findings at a dedicated Symposium session in Melbourne this year. (Registration will be open soon! We’ll let you know when you’re good to go.) We’re sure this snapshot will be great fodder for eager designers, and a useful resource when talking budgets with your clients.

 

 

Perfectly organised waste separation

Perfectly organised waste separation

A message from KBDi Silver Sponsor, Vauth-Sagel

Thanks to its VS ENVI range of waste separation systems, Vauth-Sagel has a modular product range in its delivery programme that can be adapted to lifestyle, household size and local disposal regulations with surprising ease. Everyday processes are significantly simplified, and it convinces in terms of hygiene, aesthetics and sustainability. In the course of this, the kitchen design is not affected, since the systems all vanish behind the kitchen front, along with all required containers.

Optimally utilising available space, facilitating workflow sequences in the kitchen and utility room, maintaining the high design standards in the furniture’s interior – these are the foundations for Vauth-Sagel’s success. Every product which the family-owned company develops must meet these requirements. This also holds true for the waste separation systems from the VS ENVI series, which, thanks to their modular design, provide the right solution for every requirement. The VS ENVI components are available in a number of international standard sizes.

VS ENVI Space: enough space for unused dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils and food to share storage space in the kitchen. However, waste needs space, too. Thanks to its varying volumes, this space-saving VS ENVI system provides the optimal solution. VS ENVI Space satisfies all the requirements of a modern waste separation system. Its full-extension front pull-out is impressive and includes damping, whereby all opening and closing processes can be performed with ease and almost silently. Furthermore, individual comfort is also offered by the large number of different vessel sizes that can be custom-configured in a total capacity of 20 to 91 litres per system. This way, the very different local disposal regulations or customer-specific depth varieties, which, e.g., allow the installation of instantaneous water heaters underneath the sink, can be configured from the modular system in the blink of an eye. The containers are made of high-quality plastic, and they are dishwasher and food safe. This way, e.g. stowing and storing pet food or food is extremely convenient. With a sturdy, double powder-coated metal lid that can be used as an additional shelf, the waste separation system is perfectly sealed.

The matching system for every kitchen

Hygiene, environmental awareness and sustainability are particularly important in every kitchen – especially when it comes to waste disposal. With the VS ENVI product range’s system solutions, different waste disposal requirements and kitchens sizes can be equipped without any problem. And, as you are already accustomed to at Vauth-Sagel, the collection also contains ergonomic components. Here, for example, a system for opening the base cabinet, which saves you having to bend down. A simple, gentle tap by foot opens the waste separation systems. “We increase comfort in people’s living spaces,” says Vauth-Sagel’s managing director, Claus Sagel. “We always have the basic idea of universal design in mind: our products are designed to ensure that people all over the world can experience the benefits – without having to make any adjustments. This also applies for the waste separation systems of the VS ENVI series.”

Learn more here.