Retail fitouts stand out with Staron

Retail fitouts stand out with Staron

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron


The demanding and high traffic environment of a retail fit-out needs a surface that is durable, hard-wearing, renewable and non-porous. Staron® Solid Surfaces meets every criterion to create a project that will look like the day it was installed, for years to come. Inconspicuous joins make cleaning easy with no dirt-trapping crevices, unachievable with many other materials. The non-porous nature also ensures that no stain is ever permanent. The flexible design nature of Staron® also makes it possible to create any design imaginable. Thermoforming Staron® creates curves and shapes, allowing it to be formed and sculpted into almost any design or concept. The transparency of selected colours means that Staron® can be illuminated by backlighting for creative impact.

Create unique designs by etching a brand or logo into the Staron® material and backlighting to illuminate it.

Due to the non-porous and repairable properties of Staron® – it is also a hygienic solution for toilet partitions and vanities in shopping centres. Create service counters, baby change countertops, seating, wall panels, furniture pieces, display cabinets, tabletops, feature shop fit-outs, shelving and creative sculptures. Inlay multiple colours of Staron® to create corporate logos or colours – the possibilities are endless.

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. It is suitable for endless applications in a commercial or residential project. With a silk-like finish and a range of over 90 colours to select from, Staron® is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing. All this comes in an environmentally sustainable material, with a 10 Year Limited Warranty. Staron® Solid Surfaces provides a design solution that pushes the boundaries of design.
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Staron curved into ribbon designed shelving at Stuart Weitzman, Sydney.

Staron® Design Awards 2019 – Open for Entries

Staron® Design Awards 2019 – Open for Entries

Staron® Solid Surfaces is a quality surfaces material that is a leading product in the solid surface industry. The design versatility made possible by using Staron® is extensive, and we have seen some simple, creative and complex designs using the product nationally and internationally. Staron® has been used across the globe from small to large projects by some of the world’s leading designers and architects. To celebrate this design versatility, the Staron® Design Awards was created ten years ago, and the program has returned again in 2019.

The Staron® Design Awards are open to any designer, architect, developer, kitchen/bathroom designer, student or any other designer who has created a design project using Staron® Solid Surfaces. The awards have been designed to create exposure for students, designers and architects using Staron® in outstanding design. The aim is to recognise and celebrate beautiful design at all levels – from a young designer’s vision, who creates concepts and ideas all the way through to an experienced designer / architect who has been in the business for years. The program is open in three categories.

The Commercial category is open to any installed commercial / industrial project with a prize of $2000 cash plus marketing exposure for the winner.

The Residential category is open to any installed house / apartment project with a prize of $1000 plus marketing exposure for the winner.

The Concept category is open to any ‘idea’ or concept that has not been realised yet. This can be a drawing, graphic or sketch, with a prize of $250 plus marketing exposure.

The Staron® Design Awards 2019 open for entries till 31st January, 2020. Entry to the Staron® Design Awards is free and easy and can be made online at

Residential Staron Design Award winner 2018: Gavin Hepper, Concepts by Gavin Hepper for kitchen design in Bulli Beach, NSW.

Zip Competition – entries closing soon!

Zip Competition – entries closing soon!

Design of the Year Competition!

Open to designers and kitchen companies, Zip Water is looking for the most impressive residential free-standing home and multi-residential home kitchen design that features a Zip HydroTap.

There will be two winners chosen by the judges in a blind judging process. The winners of each category will receive return flights and accommodation for themselves and a companion to Milan for the 2020 Salone de Mobile with Australian International Design Tours (AIDT) and Zip Water – plus spending money!

For your chance to win, submit your residential home or project details before 27 November 2019.

Find out more about the competition here, and remember you have to be in it to win it!

Who really needs Professional Indemnity Insurance?

Who really needs Professional Indemnity Insurance?

If you provide advice to your customers – like how to layout a kitchen, for example – a mistake or misunderstanding around the advice you give could see you facing a legal claim.

Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance is essential for those who offer design advice as part of their service. PI insurance covers an ‘act, error or omission in design or specification’, and provides both you and your client with great peace of mind.

Doesn’t my Public Liability (PL) Insurance cover this?

If you charge fees for your service and advice, most (if not all) public liability policies will exclude claims for injury or damage that may arise from a breach of your professional duty. You’ll need professional indemnity coverage to respond to such claims.

How is a Professional Indemnity (PI) claim triggered?

A public liability claim can only be triggered if there is third party injury or property damage. A professional indemnity claim, on the other hand, can be instigated by a financial loss to your client or a third party contractor as a consequence of an error or omission that’s deemed to be a breach of your professional duties.

We’ve worked closely with our insurance partners, CMIB, to tailor a combined Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance Policy specifically suited to professionals in the interior design industry, including the niche areas of kitchen and bathroom design. We’ve negotiated a Master Policy exclusive to KBDi Members, meaning we’ve leveraged our group buying power to get you the best cover at the best price.

If you’re already a KBDi Member, complete the online quote application here. If you’re not yet a Member but are interested in learning more, contact our office today.

AIDT 2020 International Tour to Milan CLOSES 31st October – last chance to book!

AIDT 2020 International Tour to Milan CLOSES 31st October – last chance to book!

A messaged from Australian International Design Tours

Book now to experience in the best company, networking with industry colleagues, attending the world-renowned iSalone show in Milan, soaking up inspiration from Milan’s Design Districts, indulging in a weekend in Verona, enjoying a winery tour with lunch and wine tasting, plus immersive visits to the Bisazza Foundation, Barazza head office and Gollinucci head office. So much value – and all for just $4999 per person (twin or double share)!

The tour starts in Milan with four full days located in the heart of the city and daily trips to Salone del Mobile (furniture), Eurocucina (kitchens), FTK (appliances) and Salone Bagno (bathrooms). Evening industry events are part of the program and there will also be a guided tour to one of Milan’s most noted Design Districts, Brera, for visits to designer showrooms and a chance to soak up inspiration from a variety of pop-up installations.

Over the weekend, the group will head to the romantic city of Verona for some R&R and a chance to experience Italian Liberation Day (interestingly, held on the same day as our ANZAC Day) before heading to Vicenza for a winery tour with wine tasting and lunch.

In the second week of the tour the focus is on immersive visits to various sponsors for a behind-the-scenes look into the design and manufacturing processes that bring these products to life. In 2020, AIDT is supported by Bisazza, Barazza (Abey Australia) and Gollinucci (Lincoln Sentry) who have all graciously opened their doors and provided the opportunity to visit their facilities.

The tour provides amazing opportunities to network with industry peers and be inspired by this amazing celebration of design. Previous AIDT tour attendees attest to the positive business and personal outcomes that arise from a trip to Milan.

Don’t delay! Full itinerary and inclusions can be found at where you can book online or download the booking form.

Lincoln Sentry’s latest e-Catalogue now live

Lincoln Sentry’s latest e-Catalogue now live

A message from our Diamond Sponsor, Lincoln Sentry

With more than 11,000 products to discover, Lincoln Sentry’s latest e-Catalogue is now available for easy customer browsing and searching.

Available at this simple and super-fast e-Catalogue provides customers with the latest products on any device in the workshop, the office or on the road. 

Key features include:

  • Jump’ to a specific chapter using coloured tabs
  • Click on product codes in the Index to be taken directly to the page
  • Full search functionality text keywords and product codes
  • Zoom in/out to read product text and diagrams

Don’t delay, start enjoying the convenience of Lincoln Sentry’s e-Catalogue today.

For more information or help call Lincoln Sentry on 1300 551 919 (6:30am – 6:30pm AEST) or e-mail