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.