Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

KBDi and the Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly were delighted to once again join forces for the People’s Choice Award. With an extended voting period this year (#thanksCOVID), the KBQ and Complete Homes team were delighted with the voting response of consumers.

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Kitchen of the Year 2020

The ACT’s Maria Cerne (Studio Black Interiors) collected the most votes for this classy kitchen. Maria has earned the prize of an $8,000 Home Design Package including a full page brand advert, a double-page spread project editorial and plenty of social exposure! Congratulations, Maria!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Bathroom of the Year 2020

Victorian designer, Teresa Kleeman (Embracing Space) is the winner of the Bathroom award. Like Maria, Teresa’s work will be splashed across the pages of a glossy magazine in a generous Home Design Package worth $8,000. Congratulations, Teresa!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Design Space of the Year 2020

While in past years this competition has been for kitchen and bathroom categories only, KBQ and Complete Homes chose 2020 to share the Design Space Award and Traditional Categories, too. The winner of this collective was New South Wales’ Tameka Moffat. This lovely laundry has earned Tameka a full page spread in an upcoming edition of KBQ.

Please join us in congratulating the well-deserved winners above. Huge thanks, too, to Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly (and the Universal Media crew) for their incredible ongoing support.

Layering light with Adele Locke at Super Design

Layering light with Adele Locke at Super Design

Members who’ve joined Adele Locke at our live or digital events will know that this ‘lady of light’ is extremely generous with her luminaire knowledge. If you’ve missed our recent videoconferences, you can view the recordings at any time in your exclusive KBDi Member Portal. But if you’d like another chance to see the lady live, check out the special session scheduled for this year’s Super Design Festival.

The digital session features a conversation between Adele and About Space St. Kilda Showroom Manager, Jodie Meier. The two will talk all things lighting design and discuss how architects and interior designers can avoid flooding a space with light by using a layered approach. If you’re keen, secure your place here.

KBDi are proud to partner with Indesign for this year’s festival, and we encourage you to check out their full line up of events here.

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.

Hygienic healthcare surfaces

Hygienic healthcare surfaces

Custom designed integrated hospital vanity.

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron.

Staron® Solid Surfaces is comprised of a natural and pure mineral derived from bauxite ore and blended with an advanced pure acrylic resin, resulting in the world’s premium surface material. Staron® Solid Surfaces meets every criteria to create a project that will look like the day it was installed, for years to come.

When it comes to healthcare projects surface selections, healing begins with a patient’s environment. Staron® offers a warm, soft and soothing feel to the skin. It does not feel ‘cold’ like many other surfaces do.

In the world we live today, hygiene is one of the most important factors of a hospital or healthcare environment. Staron® offers a hygienic and non-porous finish that abolishes cross contamination providing a safe surface solution for endless applications including wall cladding, nurses’ stations and patient examination areas. Staron® also prevents the growth of mould or mildew, providing a clean surface solution making it perfect for wet areas.

The thermoformability of Staron® allows for designs of ergonomically friendly applications for wheelchair access. The non-porous and slip resistant nature of Staron® also means it can be used in and around showers and bathtubs by creating curves for easy access.

The ability to join the surface with no open joins means that Staron® adds heightened hygiene and eliminates dirt trapping crevices, that is essential in this type of industry. Staron® also extends itself to fully integrated dentistry bowls, baby baths or sinks and vanities – with no open joins, just one continuous surface that performs as one piece.

Staron® Solid Surfaces is silica free, Greenguard and Greenguard Gold certified and non-toxic – providing a healthy, durable and versatile surface solution in endless healthcare applications.

For heightened hygiene, there is also Evermoin® by Staron® – a surface solution that provides the hygiene and design versatility of Staron® with a bacteria killing, antibacterial inclusion. Standard Staron® suppresses fungal and bacteria due to its non-porous nature, while Staron® Evermoin® actively kills bacteria. Evermoin® anti-microbial surfaces from Staron® can be used in almost any interior space. Imagine nurses’ workstations and wall cladding in a functional and renewable material that is durable as well as ultra-hygienic. Achieve the perfect blend of simplicity in design with an antimicrobial surface engineered for a healthier life.


Jolie handles are the jewels in this kitchen

Jolie handles are the jewels in this kitchen

Australian homeowners often underestimate the impact of cabinetry handles when undertaking a home renovation. Clients can deliberate for days, weeks or months about the colour and finish of their kitchen cabinetry, but leave little time for the selection of suitably stylish hardware.

A detail-oriented designer, however, will not overlook the ‘jewels’ of the kitchen, and will ensure that the handles and knobs get the attention they deserve.

Melbourne designer, Dorothy de Guara, is well aware of the impact that well-designed hardware can have on a space. Her client’s two-bedroom Port Melbourne apartment was limited in size but bursting in potential: de Guara’s careful space planning, stylish colour palette and excellent detailing resulted in a considerable transformation. 

The designer sought an exclusive, high-quality handle to add both class and substance to her client’s new kitchen, and the solid brass, sand-cast Symm by Jolie proved a perfect selection.

Sourced from Two Tease Architectural Hardware in Sydney’s Crows Nest, the handles take the kitchen renovation to an all-new level.

‘The handles look and feel magic,’ said de Guara. ‘I feel they enhance the kitchen and add to the elegance of the joinery’.

With their exclusive range of premium architectural hardware, sourced from the world’s leading designers, Two Tease will help you add the pièce de resistance to your projects.

To view their entire product range, or to arrange a showroom visit, go to

Miele launches Premiere 10 year warranty

Miele launches Premiere 10 year warranty

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, E & S Trading

Miele are offering next-level confidence with their premium quality appliances, increasing their warranty from two to ten years on kitchen appliances, dishwashers, washers and dryers.

The Immer Besser (forever better) brand has long been the go-to choice of kitchen designers across the country, and this ‘peace of mind’ special gives you one more reason to steer your clients towards the Miele range.

This offer ends on 30 September 2020, so don’t delay. See more details and the terms and conditions here.