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.

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:

Where to next? (for the industry and KBDi)

Where to next? (for the industry and KBDi)

Tuesday | 19 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 open forum session, KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson CKD Au, will be joined by current serving Board Member, Matt Michel, and long time Member, Frank Iaria, to lead a discussion on ‘where to next’. All KBDi Members are invited to join in and contribute to conversations regarding where both the industry and KBDi are heading.

Watch the recording

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

Exciting design challenge opportunity for newbies and pros

Exciting design challenge opportunity for newbies and pros

KBDi and Denfair Design Challenge

KBDi is very excited to be collaborating with Interiors Australia and Denfair in an all-new activation zone at the upcoming Melbourne exhibition.

Members will be encouraged to prepare a concept design showcasing both the skills of a design professional and the products and materials of key partners.

You’ll be designing the kitchen space to feature selected products from Austaron, Forest One, Blum, Bosch and Greens Tapware. A six-metre by six-metre square will serve as your footprint, and an 18-metre ceiling height (11.5-metre hanging height) will add volume to the space. Fair organisers, National Media, will cover the costs of the build, but you’ll need to consider construction methods – a two-day install (bump in) and efficient exit will have to be accommodated. Most importantly, your brief will emphasise the need for an inviting and engaging space.

You may work in teams (how about mentoring a new or potential new staff member?) or on your lonesome, and we’ll be with you all the way. Whether you’re a seasoned design professional or fresh onto the kitchen design scene, we encourage you to participate in this design challenge and look forward to seeing your creative concepts.

A select panel will choose their favourite design, and the chosen designer will receive plenty of promotional opportunities and hoo-ha and a KBDi trophy.

KBDi Members can access the project design brief in the Members Portal. Alternatively, complete the form below and we’ll send you more details.

Interiors Australia Design Challenge

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A message from KBDi President

A message from KBDi President

Dear Members and friends

I hope you’ve had a great week, or at least found some bright spots to focus on.

Mine has been pretty good, all things considered. A mixture of good, great and difficult.

I’m very grateful that we have managed to keep Covid at bay here in SA so far and realise that it’s only a matter of time before we get an outbreak and a lockdown of some sort. A combination of good luck and good management has allowed us to escape several close calls.

It’s difficult to fully grasp what many members have been through in NSW, Vic and ACT. Sadly, it’s not over yet. Even after all restrictions are lifted, the effects will be ongoing. I realise that when faced with a crisis or threat, our instincts kick in and overrule our otherwise considered analytical and rational thoughts. It’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of dramatic news reports, warnings and fear mongering. It’s in our nature to react to danger with alarm, although that doesn’t always serve us well. We may find more security in being informed and aware that considered response tends to be better than impulsive reaction.

As human beings we need trust. Without that, we would need to evaluate every situation in detail, before making a decision, which is not functionally viable. It’s healthy to question, review and verify where we have the means to do so, while accepting that mostly are going with best guess, rather than absolute truth.

Having the benefit of not being faced with the same situation as many of you, I may be able to offer a different perspective and support.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, fearful or stressed, I suggest trying some of these strategies:

  • Decouple from the news cycle. You don’t need to follow news conferences, announcements or constant updates. One news bulletin per day is enough. Choose where you get your news from carefully (I choose ABC) and try to avoid the drama mill. You don’t need endless commentary. Don’t rely on social media as your source of news.
  • Remember that ‘this too shall pass’. Yes, it is hard now, but we have survived worse and we will survive this.
    “Nothing is as good as it seems, and nothing is as bad as it seems. Somewhere in between lies realty.” Lou Holtz
  • ‘Disaster is inevitable. Misery is optional’ is a perspective I have found helpful.
  • “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl (from Man’s Search for Meaning, which I highly recommend.) 
  • Exercise your power to not only interpret the past in a productive way, but to shape the future. You have that power.
  • Motivation is difficult when you’re in a ‘funk’. Identify simple routine tasks and stick to them. Making the bed is one of them
  • Take time out in nature. If you’re in lockdown, the local park or reserve might be an option. Feel the grass, smell the roses and listen to the birds.
  • Hans Rosling in his book Factfulness (with Ole Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund) reminds us that although ‘the state of the world’ is bad, it’s not as bad as we think and it’s getting better.
  • Phone a friend – and choose your friends wisely. The friend who is on your wavelength when ranting and raving may have best intentions and a lot in common with you, but is not who you need to seek out to recalibrate and seek solace and peace with.
  • Remember that every challenge is an opportunity. There is always an opportunity and an upside. Find them and say them our loud.
  • Give yourself and others some slack. Plenty of slack.

Within the KBDi Board and management team we’ve been actively supporting our members and each other. We’ve also been considering what else we can do to represent our members’ interests and perspectives.

It simply isn’t our role to get involved in the broader politics.

The entire KBDi team remains committed to supporting our members as much as what we can. We are a community of our own and need to stick together and look out for each other.

I believe we will emerge from this better for the experience and learning. I plan to be here to celebrate it and hope you will too.

May the Force be with you.

Kind regards

Peter Sveinsson

KBDi President

Tough competition in Traditional Category

Tough competition in Traditional Category

The competition was strong in the 2021 KBDi Designer Awards Traditional category, and the battle for first place was tight. Accordingly, the judges nominated a winner and a high commendation. In this feature, we’re celebrating both.

On behalf of KBDi and the category award sponsor, Cav’Art Designer Stone, we extend our huge congratulations to the category winner, Sydney’s Jacquelyn Carroll from Degabriele Kitchens.

About Jacquelyn’s entry

This spectacular space has all the bells and whistles from a cooking point of view, and decorative delights from every angle. From the profiled panels to the custom corbels, from the blues to golds and timber tones, the designer has had a hand in every square foot of this traditional space.

And kudos and congrats to Adelaide’s Tania Kloester CKD Au (TK Design). Tania was awarded a High Commendation with this high-class kitchen.

About Tania’s entry

A Georgian-themed display home required a suitably styled kitchen, and this designer delivered! With a stunning selection of fixtures, fittings and finishes and a well-planned layout, the kitchen captures the feel of a bygone era while cleverly showcasing the builder’s exacting standards and high-end inclusions.

Congratulations once again to Jacquelyn and Tania, and huge thanks to Cav’Art Designer Stone for their much-valued support.