Bulbs in the bathroom

Bulbs in the bathroom

Tuesday | 18 January 2022 | 4 pm ADST

*Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) applies to NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT only. In Queensland, this session will commence at 3pm (AEST), and WA should clock in at 1pm (AWST). SA guests should note a 3.30pm (ACDT) start.

Kick off the New Year with a professional development session sure to inform and enlighten you. Lighting design expert Adele Locke (Mint Lighting) will once again share her wise words and wisdom about lighting interior spaces. In this one hour session, Adele will focus on the three key areas of bathroom lighting: ambiance, practicality and compliance.

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Upping the ante in 2022

Upping the ante in 2022

Although you may love your line of work, few people can get through a long-term career without bouts of boredom creeping in at one stage or another. Whether you’re a devoted designer, a busy-as builder or a motivated manufacturer, we’ve put together five ways you can bust your boredom without leaving your bread-and-butter industry.

#1 Up the Ante
Consider taking your game to the next level with a new qualification or accreditation. Are there particular areas of study that have always been on your wish list? Is there a course you could enrol in in 2022 that will add another feather to your cap? Could a KBDi Accreditation give you an edge (and some added post-nominals)? (Like to learn more about KBDi Accreditation? Contact us today.)

#2 Share your stories
If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you may have plenty of stories to share that will inspire, inform or simply entertain your clients or peers. Start a business blog if you haven’t already, or share your stories with Selina, and we’ll take them to town.

#3 Take to the stage
If you’d rather talk than type, consider finding opportunities to speak to consumer groups or industry peers. Some of our Members are building incredible public profiles by taking advantage of the speaking opportunities that come their way, or seeking out special occasions to share their stories. If you’re not sure where to start, contact us and we’ll give you some tips.

#4 Mentor the next generation
While you may take for granted the long list of skills you’ve acquired throughout your career, a newbie to the industry may love the opportunity to tap into your knowledge and experience. If you don’t have staff or a team to mentor, but feel you’ve got something to share with up-and-coming peers, check out our mentoring program and let us know if you’d like to consider being part of our talented team.

#5 Get involved in the industry
If you love the field you work in and have high hopes for your industry, consider taking up a voluntary role in a relevant committee. KBDi counts on our local chapter committees to be the conduit between industry (Members) and us. If you’d like to express an interest in joining your local crew, or have aspirations to be a part of the KBDi Board, drop us a line and we’ll let you know how our committees and governance work.

And if you already have some ‘boredom buster’ ideas, we’d love you to share them below.

KBDi win industry turnaround award

KBDi win industry turnaround award

KBDi were surprised and delighted to be announced the WINNER of a special industry group award at an online ceremony on Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

The Association Turnaround of the Year Award™ was open to industry associations who had – as the name would suggest – successfully ‘turned themselves around’ in recent times. KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson CKD Au, CBD Au, attended the Association Forum event, and was thrilled to be declared the winner in a pool of five strong finalists. 

In his acceptance speech, Royston attributed the successful turnaround to a strong team of players. From the dedicated work of former executive Director, Greg Grant CKD Au, to the contributions of the always-committed and fastidious Board President, Peter Sveinsson CKD Au, Royston acknowledged the support offered by his industry colleagues. He thanked his long-serving team of management and administrative staff, and honoured his wife and best friend, Pamela, for her ongoing support and encouragement as Royston settled in to his role at the head of this winning team. 

Of course, none of this would be possible without our much-valued Partners and Members, and we hereby dedicate this Award to each and every member of our growing KBDi community.

Following is the entry video that helped secure the win for us all.

Bold design requires brave clients (and the best 3D renders)

Bold design requires brave clients (and the best 3D renders)

A message from our Corporate Partners, Pytha 3D CAD

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa Design) is no stranger to the industry’s podiums. He has a long and impressive list of accolades to his name, including the national title of KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2021.

Pytha Partners have long been fans of the work that comes out of the Minosa studio. What they admire most (not surprisingly) is the excellent standard of the design team’s PYTHA 3D rendering.

Bold design like that produced by the Minosa crew requires brave clients. Homeowners prepared to step ‘outside the box’ – whether cautiously or with enthusiasm – can have tremendous confidence in their designer’s intent and plenty of room for excitement when ultra-realistic renderings are part of the presentation package.

From the finishes to the fixtures and fittings, and from the layout to the lighting, the Minosa team can skillfully sell every element of their design. And in today’s limited-contact selling environment, these visual aids are a game-changer.

Learning how to use PYTHA 3D CAD
Of course, producing high quality renders like those above takes practice, skill and tenacity. Pytha Partners offer a range of software packages to suit you and your business, and critical training and support options to ensure you get the most bang for your buck. Learn more at pythapartners.com.aupythapartners.com.au.

Kitchen design through the decades (cont.)

Kitchen design through the decades (cont.)

Tuesday | 30 November 2021 | 4 pm ADST

*Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) applies to NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT only. In Queensland, this session will commence at 3pm (AEST), and WA should clock in at 1pm (AWST). SA guests should note a 3.30pm (ACDT) start.

Join us as KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson CKD Au, continues his tour of kitchen design through the decades. Past KBDi President, kitchen historian and famous storyteller, Rex Hirst CKD Au, will be joining us, too, so you’re sure to take away some terrific tidbits and kitchen trivia.

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The video conference recording will be available for KBDi Members soon.

Tutti Frutti design takes the cake

Tutti Frutti design takes the cake

KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2021, Tania Kloester CKD Au, and her terrific team mates Steph and Bronte, have delivered the winning design in the Interiors Australia and Denfair Design Challenge.

This fabulous fifties-inspired space will come to life at the Melbourne fair in February next year, in an all-new and extremely exciting ‘activation zone’. The TK Design team ticked all the boxes in their creative submission: the ‘Tutti Frutti’ design will showcase the selected suppliers wares in spectacular fashion, and the full-of-fun space will no doubt draw the crowds desperate for some colour and vibe after two long years of fair-deprivation.

Turn up your sound and take a tour of the winning space:

Kitchen design through the decades

Kitchen design through the decades

Tuesday | 23 November 2021 | 4 pm ADST

Join us as KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson CKD Au, takes us on a tour of kitchen design through the decades. We’ll start in the 1920s and move through to the fabulous fifties, enjoying some awesome images and quirky clips.

Registrations have now closed.

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The video conference recording will be available for KBDi Members soon.