Playing with Patterns

Playing with Patterns

From simple gingham-style checks to complex motif repeats, patterns have been a feature of design and decoration for centuries. The ‘less-is-more’ style of design saw a lapse in decorative details, but we were delighted to see a re-emergence of tile patterns in this year’s Awards. In this feature, we’ll share some of our favourites.

Gold Coast designer, Helene Newson, played with pattern to great effect in this small bathroom. The geometric shapes add interest and drama to an otherwise all-white space, and the traditional pattern fits right into the classically styled home.

A lovely circular patterned tile provided a perfect base for this Hampton-styled kitchen by Perth designer, Sue Jansen (Kitchen Capital WA Pty Ltd). Taupe tones and a crisp white detail add a warm and homely feel to this white on white kitchen.

Victoria’s Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens) used a lovely light grey chevron-patterned tile to create movement and interest in this achromatic bathroom.

A well-placed herringbone patterned tile ads an element of energy to this mostly white, award-winning kitchen by Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens).

Rubix white mosaics inject a fun 3D effect to this industrial-style kitchen by Adelaide’s Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (SpaceCraft Joinery).

Glossy black herringbone tiles add a sense of daring and drama to this award-winning kitchen by Perth’s Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets).

What’s your pattern preference? Which tile trends are letting you have the most fun playing with pattern? Share your comments and images below.

AIDT 2019 International Tour – 12-23 March – bookings closing soon!

AIDT 2019 International Tour – 12-23 March – bookings closing soon!

Places are limited and selling fast – so don’t miss out on your opportunity to see first-hand the latest bathroom trends and product innovations as well as intelligent home systems at ISH. ISH is the world’s leading trade fair focussing on the responsible management of water and energy in buildings. AIDT’s 2019 Tour is fully tax-deductible and includes all accommodation, most meals (all breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners), entry fees to the show, luxury coach transport during the tour, free wi-fi in all hotel and free metro travel in Frankfurt, plus an architectural tour of the incredible Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.

You’ll experience 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).

Join like-minded colleagues and experience the best in international design and trend forecasting in a stress-free environment.

“As a freshly graduated designer, I was extremely excited by the idea of being a part of [the trip]. I was blown away by the magnitude of this event and was in awe of all that we saw! I could not fault the trip, it met all my expectations and more, thank you Mel and Simon” – Nadine, Qld.

“Being able to see firsthand what goes on behind the scenes at both the factories where they design and produce their products was fantastic! It reinforces my opinion of the high standard and superior quality both these two companies provide” – Sonja, ACT.

More information including full itinerary, inclusions and booking details is available from

The New Colours of Staron® Solid Surfaces 2018

The New Colours of Staron® Solid Surfaces 2018

Staron®Solid Surfaces introduces four new colours: Sanded Taupe, Pebble Boulder, Sanded Goose and Aspen Misto. The new colours of Staron®are different hues and shades of grey found in colour inspirations such as concrete, mist and the endless beauty of nature.

Sanded Taupe:Sophisticated, intense and bold. A beautiful deep grey with warm, earthy tones. Fine, darker particulates are scattered evenly throughout for added depth to this inviting hue, emulating the dense grey of wet concrete. This colour will complement virtually any material, colour and style project from traditional to modern design.

Pebble Boulder:Elegant, invigorating and refined. This colour reflects the hues found in large rock fragments by the ocean. It features larger particulates in darker and softer greys that will add warmth to any application.

Sanded Goose: Serene, cool and uplifting. Like the gentle wave a goose makes as it glides through the water, this colour is a soft grey hue with fine medium grey particulates. With neutral tones, Sanded Goose will complement any colour or material it is paired with, to create a harmonious environment in any project.

Aspen Misto: Urban, distinctive and poised. With a medium grey background, and darker, fine particulates evenly scattered throughout, this colour emulates the grey found on the mountaintops on a misty winter morning. This colour will create balance to any combination of materials selected in a project, while also showing off its beauty for striking impact.

Staron®is comprised of a natural and pure mineral derived from bauxite and blended with an advanced pure acrylic resin, resulting in the world’s premium surface material. With a non-porous nature, inconspicuous joining capabilities and the ability to renew the surface – Staron®offers a surface solution that is beautiful in aesthetics and easy to clean and maintain.

Staron®can be used to create monolithic flowing benchtops, splashbacks, wall cladding, bathroom vanities, shower walls, commercial counters, table tops and endless other applications.

Staron®is an affordable quality solid surface backed by a 10 Year Warranty for peace of mind.


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Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Sweet shades of blushing pinks added something special to this year’s KBDi Designer Awards entries. In this feature, we share three ways in which Australia’s Finest designers incorporated this pretty pastel into their winning kitchens and bathrooms.

A delicate rose petal hue was beautifully applied in this small kitchen design by Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Space Craft Joinery, SA). Nestled amidst classic whites and the beautiful warmth of Blackwood timber, the pink hue of the featured cabinet is subtle and sweet. Nathan cleverly reintroduced the colour in the soft pink grout of the white-tiled splashback, with the overall scheme proving a perfect match for the romantic retro influence of the home’s original architecture.

Lime washed oak, Natural White cabinetry and white matt handmade tiles combined to create a lovely light and airy feel to this award-winning kitchen. Designer Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa) finished the space with just the right amount of sweet lilac-hinted pink. The hue lifts the scheme and creates a striking focal point in this very refined space.

The styling of this stunning bathroom is an excellent example of how the prettiest of pinks can lift an otherwise neutral space. Designer Darren James CKD Au (Darren James Interiors) created a luxurious and timeless design with percaline marble tiles sitting seamlessly alongside large format charcoal tiles and walnut timber features.

AIDT 2019 International Tour – 12-23 March

AIDT 2019 International Tour – 12-23 March

Australian International Design Tours (AIDT) invites you to visit ISH in Frankfurt, Germany in March 2019. 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. ISH 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.

In addition, 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-focussed 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

Architectural landmark features HI-MACS

Architectural landmark features HI-MACS


Queens Domain is an architectural landmark providing high-end residential apartments.

“Sophisticated apartment interiors with an easy luxury, classic and timeless yet fresh and full of surprises achieved through abundant natural lighting, refined colour schemes and luxurious appointments” Sonia Simpfendorfer – Creative Director, Nexus

“Custom made joinery in the kitchens, sublime backlit splashbacks and worktops custom moulded from an amazing material” Lucy Marczyk – Senior Designer, Nexus

HI-MACS in Alpine White was selected for the kitchens and butlers panty work surfaces and integrated sinks, formed wall surfaces in common areas and columns, walls and formed benches. Hi-MACS proves again that stunning aesthetics and functionality can go hand in hand.

HI-MACS is an innovative, long-lasting and elegant material that can be customised to suit any space and design style. HI-MACS allows for seamless joins, giving every surface a sleek, smooth finish. The material’s unique character allows it to be shaped to follow sharp angles or curved walls, so it can be formed to continue a bench surface into a splashback or wall panelling. Unlike other surfaces HI-MACS does not absorb spillages that may occur in daily use, leaving surfaces hygienically clean, perfect for use in both bathrooms and kitchens.

HI-MACS is available nationally through retail kitchen showrooms. Visit the Gunnersen website for showrooms based on location.

Architect and Design: DKO Architects and Nexus Design
Fabricator: Prosolid

For more information, visit or phone 1300 088 066.