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.

Darren Palmer Handle Selection from Häfele

Darren Palmer Handle Selection from Häfele

A message from our Corporate Partner, Häfele

You do not seek inspiration – you open the door to it.

Your project deserves the highest quality of hardware from hinge to handle. Hafele’s, newly released Darren Palmer Handle Selection range will support your work and help you to make your project stand out!

Handles are an important focal point of any project as they add a visual centre to any cabinet. Just think about the different styles of handles you would use for a farm-style kitchen versus an urban kitchen.

The Darren Palmer Selection covers a range of Hafele handles which can be complied into four different periods: Retro Glamour – H1925 & H1930, Simple Contemporary – H1950 & H1335, Edgy Modern – H1960, H1910 & H1935 and Farm style – H1715, H1565, H1530 & H1710.

What inspires you? Shapes and colours. Materials and finishes. Your favourite furniture. The entrance portals of old townhouses. Chopin’s Nocturne Es-Dur Opus 9 No.2 or the old punk record with beautiful scratches. We find contrasts especially inspiring. It is so rewarding when they suddenly meet.

Thick and thin, big and small. Black, white and colourful. Minimalisms and exuberant life. Sweet, sour, salty. Contrasts attract. In surfaces, haptics, transitions.

How do you deal with that? Hafele’s, Darren Palmer handle selection is the perfect launch pad to start that journey and find a handle that helps you to open the door to inspiration! Download the full catalogue of Darren Palmer handles here.



How COVID 19 has shaped the new world

How COVID 19 has shaped the new world

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Cabinets by Computer

We are all in uncharted waters at the moment, as businesses look to adapt to the new way of doing business from afar thanks to COVID-19. The majority of businesses have moved entire workforces online to continue trading using different technology and software to keep connected.

The leaders of the world have done the best they can in assisting businesses in such extreme situations through methods of tax relief, rent relief or an injection of cash to assist cash flow and keep workers on the books.

The question is as leaders and business owners what’s your next move when the sun shines again, and the world recovers, how will you do things differently or better.

So, how do you undertake a “customer first” experience placing your customers’ needs front and centre in the age of COVID-19? It’s not as difficult as you think. It may require more input in the short-term for your company, but it will pay off dividends in the long-term if you do it right.

One word that comes to mind when we think of a customer-first approach, empathy.

What is empathy?

The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

So how do we use empathy to shape our value proposition?

Potentially the most important aspect of your branding and all of your communications, your value proposition defines the underlying message that all of your service’s and accompanying marketing should be given no matter whether you are in the kitchen design software space, manufacturing or any other type of service.

Put simply, defining your value proposition means asking yourself the question, “what is it that my company is giving to my ideal customer/user?”

This is where user research comes in. Through actually talking to your customers in focus groups, surveys and asking questions through EDM’s and taking note of general behaviour of your customers you can assess what their pain points are, as well as how they’re currently solving their problem. Armed with these insights, you can relatively easily identify exactly what your company brings to the table.

Having condensed this value proposition into one sentence, you can use it to structure all of your marketing strategy and your digital narrative. After all, you know exactly what you’re selling and, most importantly, why you are selling it.

Your value proposition will become the consistent starting point for everything you create, all thanks to having a bit of empathy.

Fantastic efforts from First Time Entrants

Fantastic efforts from First Time Entrants

This year’s First Time Entrant Award proved to be a very tough competition with a whopping 40% of entrants being KBDi newbies.  Our judges were extremely impressed by the high calibre of entries, and KBDi are delighted to have all of the following designers in our community.

Of course, there could only be one winner, and this year the title (and an Apple iPad) went to Queensland’s Alexandra Trigger. 

The panel was hugely impressed with Alexandra’s stunning design. The home presented many outstanding features, and the designer showed great restraint, respect and vision in creating a kitchen that enhanced the space without competing with the architecture. Alexandra’s submission was clearly set out and very well-documented, and the judges look forward to seeing more of her work in future.

Huge congratulations, Alexandra. And much appreciation and gratitude to our First Time Entrant category sponsor, Blum Australia.

Introducing the new colours of Staron Solid Surfaces 2020

Introducing the new colours of Staron Solid Surfaces 2020

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron.

With over 80 colours in the existing Staron colour offering, 3 new colours have been released for 2020.

Sanded Iceblue: Capturing the light blue hues of frozen treetops and the essence of an arctic winter. Featuring a semi translucent nature, and a soft blue background with fine white particulates. Sanded Iceblue creates a gentle colour to any project, or with backlighting can create illumination for design impact.

Sanded Mint: A soft pastel mint green inspired by lush nature found around natural waterfalls. With semi translucent nature and an element of green with fine frosty white particulates. Sanded Mint offers a placid colour to any application with the option of backlighting for illumination.  

Terrazzo Como: Inspired by the tones found in nature and the architecture of Como, Italy. With a lustrous grey background hue and larger white and clear particulates, this colour redefines the desirable terrazzo effect. 

Staron® is comprised of a natural and pure mineral derived from bauxite and blended with an advanced pure acrylic resin, resulting in a premium solid 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 silica free, non-toxic and Greenguard and Greenguard Gold certified contributing to safe project environments.

Staron® is an affordable quality solid surface backed by a 10 Year Warranty for peace of mind. For enquiries, contact www.staron.com.au or 02 9822 7055.

DA2020 Awards Gala & Symposium Update

DA2020 Awards Gala & Symposium Update

The bizarre-extraordinary-weird circumstances of this year have sadly forced us to make changes to our 2020 KBDi Design Symposium and Designer Awards program.  Following is an update of where we are with our planning.  

Regretfully, the KBDi Design Symposium for 2020 has now been cancelled. We have, however, reallocated resources to planning a ‘bigger and better’ event in 2021, and will be heading to Sydney for a two-day program on 13 and 14 August. Of course, we’ll communicate with you again when we’ve established more details, but in the meantime, we encourage you to note these dates in your 2021 calendar.

Booked your accommodation at the Shangri-La Hotel? Contact them before the end of July to cancel your booking and you’ll receive a full refund.

We’re pleased to advise that the 2020 Designer Awards program went ahead as planned and was indeed our BEST-YEAR-EVER!  Australia’s finest designers produced some incredible work, and we’re looking forward to showing off our finalists in the coming weeks.

Of course, varying state restrictions have changed the way in which we can announce our finalists and winners, but we’ve come up with a plan that will give all entrants the exposure they deserve. Announcements will be delivered as follows:


Wednesday, 22 July 7.00PM (AEST) – Round 1 (NSW + QLD + ACT) , and Traditional Design + Design Space + First Time Entrants + Australian Certified Designers from these regions

Thursday, 23 July 7.00PM (AEST) –Round 2 (VIC + TAS + SA + WA) and Traditional Design + Design Space + First Time Entrants + Australian Certified Designers from these regions

Friday, 24 July – ENEWS – Round 3 (All finalists + Traditional Design + Design Space + First Time Entrants + Australian Certified Designers)


Friday, 7 August 7.00PM (AEST) – Round 1 (Category winners)

Friday, 14 August 7.00PM (AEST) – Round 2 (STATE and NATIONAL winners)

(Note: all announcement information and links will be listed under the Awards tab on the KBDi website, and we’ll distribute email invitations closer to each of the dates.)