Making stone the hero of the home

Making stone the hero of the home

We’ve seen some truly stunning applications of natural stone in Australian kitchens and bathrooms this year. In this feature, we’ve collaborated with KBDi Corporate PLUS Partner, The Stone Ambassador, to share five ways you can feature their stone in your next kitchen design.

#1 Splashing out on the splashback

Many clients opt for safe and neutral cabinets in the kitchen: if they intend to sell their home, they’re sometimes less inclined to step outside the boundaries. However, they can often be convinced to inject some personality into the splashback, and there’s no better way to do this than with a striking piece of stone. A heavily patterned stone like this Superwhite (Vasari) looks spectacular against a simple, elegant and always-safe all-white kitchen.

#2 Adding luxe with light

LED strip lighting combined with dark and deep-coloured stones is an ideal solution for a moody interior. Atlantis Smoke (Vasari) stone is extra-luxurious when highlighted with the warm glow of carefully placed luminaires. Of course, the ‘less is more’ philosophy applies, so keep your lighting minimal and straightforward for the best effect.

#3 Make your sink a statement

Engineered stone and porcelain offer unique opportunities to design stunning integrated sinks. This sink featuring Stone Ambassador’s ‘Sierra Leone’ sings in this spectacular sink setup.

#4 Create with curves

The inherently natural nature of stone lends itself to organic curves. KBDi Member Karen Kunst (KJK Interiors) demonstrated this perfectly in this all-class curvaceous kitchen island design.

#5 Creating contrast

With black appliances becoming increasingly popular, why not play with the element of contrast? Pair your black cookers and hoods (and tapware, too) with classic light stones like this Sub Zero (Vasari). Choose stones with a subtle vein detail to ensure the simple contrast is the hero.

The team at Stone Ambassador will be highlighting the above and outlining the practical design considerations at our upcoming videoconference. Learn more about this session and register here.

For more information on Stone Ambassador’s engineered stone and Vasari Italian Surfaces ranges, click here.

Postponed: Selecting and Specifying Stone

Postponed: Selecting and Specifying Stone

Tuesday | 12 October 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.

In this session, the Stone Ambassador team will cover everything you need to know about selecting and specifying stone. From bases to bookends and veins to values, you’ll discover how to make stone the hero of your next design project.

Remember places are limited and reserved for KBDi financial members and partners only. Register today to secure your spot.


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Interiors Australia, DENFAIR and the KBDi | Melbourne, October 2021

Interiors Australia, DENFAIR and the KBDi | Melbourne, October 2021

On the 14-16 October 2021, Interiors Australia and DENFAIR will bring together thousands of architects, interior designers, specifiers, builders and developers, manufacturers and distributors, stylists, media, retail and buyers, high-end commercial clients and homeowners at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

With over 300 brands anticipated to present their solutions to more than 11,000 design-savvy attendees, KBDi has recognised Interiors Australia and DENFAIR as a vital opportunity and much-needed platform for the industry to come together, connect and do business.

As Fair Partners, we’re excited to enhance the experience for our members, attendees and the industry as a whole. We’ll be located in the dedicated kitchen and bathroom zone and look forward to seeing what’s new in the world of appliances, tapware and innovative technologies.

Our partnership will give KBDi members free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series across the three days, 14–16 October 2021. We’ll be on site to meet members (old and new), support partners and promote the niche area of k & b design.

More information will follow over the coming weeks, but for now, be sure to save the dates: 14-16 October, 2021.

Learn more about Australia’s contemporary furniture and lighting fair, DENFAIR, here

Check out why Interiors Australia is the design hub and meeting place for design professionals here.

PD Tuesday | All about indoor plants

PD Tuesday | All about indoor plants

Tuesday | 13 April 2021 | 4pm AEST

Rhiannon Meertens has a qualification in interior design and a certifiable obsession with indoor plants. As the owner of two thriving plant stores in Brisbane, Rhiannon is the go-to guru for green-thumbed stylists. In this one-hour session, you’ll learn what to consider when allowing space for greenery in your designs, and discover the best types of plants for bathrooms and kitchens. Rhiannon will share the biggest mistakes people make with indoor plants, and show how thoughtful plant selection can change the vibe of your interior space.

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KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year joins Super Design festival

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year joins Super Design festival

KBDi’s Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2020, Simona Castagna (Minosa) is joining a stellar line-up of speakers at this year’s all new Super Design festival.

Simona will sit alongside Meryl Hare (Hare & Klein), Joanne Lawless (Lawless & Meyerson) and Greg Natale (Greg Natale Design) in a digital design discussion proudly sponsored by Sub-Zero Wolf.

Under the banner of ‘The Rebirth of the Kitchen’, this super-talented panel will discuss the pivotal and changing role of the undisputed ‘heart of the home’. From sustainability to technological innovation, to family-friendly design and accommodating working from home, you’ll leave with plenty of pearls of wisdom sure to inspire you in the year ahead.

Learn more and register for this digital event here.

KBDi is proud to partner with Indesign in their new Super Design concept. Learn more about the full line up of events here.

Getting a handle on handles

Getting a handle on handles

We all know that cabinet handles and knobs can make or break a kitchen. But clients are sometimes decision-fatigued by the time they get to the handle-question, and this very important selection is often rushed. We’re building a resource to help designers and consumers ‘handle their handles’, and decided to start by surveying Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers about their most commonly specified solutions. Following is a summary of the responses we received.

Handle-free cabinetry is a popular option for KBDi members. Push-to-open options, bevelled edge panels and finger pull features allow a streamlined, clutter-free look, as successfully achieved in the examples below.

Above: kitchen designed by Matthew James (Better Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Above: kitchen designed by Alicia Jeffries (Mint Kitchen Group)

Above: bathroom designed by Frank Iaria CKD Au (Mint Kitchen Group)

Delicate little pulls add a nice detail, as demonstrated in these all-class kitchens below.

Above: kitchen designed by Hilary Ryan

Above: bathroom designed by Penny del Castillo (IN DESIGN INTERNATIONAL)

Post and rail handles can made a grand statement. The following are two stand-out examples in which the handles are an absolute highlight.

Above: bathroom designed by Gavin Hepper 

Above: kitchen designed by Eliesha Paiano

Oak and leather can add an au naturale appeal to kitchens and bathrooms. We love the look achieved in these two spectacular spaces.

Above: kitchen designed by Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Above: bathroom designed by Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

In more traditional spaces, handle and knob combos were a hands-down winner for KBDi Members.

The combination of cups and knobs works a treat in this bright little number.

Above: kitchen designed by Shelley Fynn (Kitchen Capital WA Pty Ltd)

The delicate little knobs in this award-winning kitchen are on point: they suit the styling of the era and the proportion of the space, adding detail without distraction.

Above: kitchen designed by Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Space Craft Joinery)

Cup handles work perfectly in this traditionally-styled bathroom.

Above: bathroom designed by Caitlin Slater (Smart Style Bathrooms)

Do you have a handle preference or pet peeve? We’d love to hear your thoughts – start a conversation below.