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.

Legal membership offer for KBDi Members

Legal membership offer for KBDi Members

Members enjoyed an entertaining and informative Legal Q & A session with our legal partner, Sprintlaw, on Tuesday afternoon. Sprintlaw Co-founder, Alex Solo, recapped and expanded his advice on referral partnerships and discussed a range of other topics relevant to k and b designers. From IP to PI, members were given some invaluable reminders about the small steps we can take to avoid more significant business headaches.

And in a much-appreciated move of support, the innovative, online law firm increased their discounts to all KBDi Members from 5% to 10% on any first fixed-fee legal project undertaken with Sprintlaw.

Additionally, they’ve offered a substantially discounted first-year rate for their new initiative – Sprintlaw Membership.

As a Sprintlaw Member, you’ll be entitled to unlimited 30-minute phone consultations with Sprintlaw lawyers (subject to a fair use policy), free updates to any documents they’ve prepared for you and a 15% discount on any further fixed-fee legal services for the very affordable rate of $599 + GST/year (a saving of $200). (Offer valid until the end of September 2021.)

(Please note that discounts do not apply to government fees or excluded services Sprintlaw can’t offer.)

If you’d like to learn more about this offer, complete the form below, and we’ll facilitate an introduction.

Expression of Interest: Sprintlaw Membership and Legal Services

Introducing KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2021

Introducing KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2021

The award for KBDi Certified Designer of the Year is a hard-earned accolade. The winning designer needs to demonstrate exponential design thinking and present their solution through the highest standard of documentation.

KBDi Designer Awards Certified Category judge, Rina Cohen CKD Au, summed up the intent of our program perfectly at our Virtual Gala. When addressing our finalists and special guests (through the power of Zoom), Rina shared the following:

“I am delighted to see that kitchen and bathroom design is alive and healthy. The designers and the designs we have applauded tonight are not just pretty pictures; they are real bathrooms and kitchens that affect and enhance the lifestyle of our clients. It is important to realise that our environment shapes and informs us all, especially at the moment as our homes are where we live, work and play. In saying this, I urge you to take a moment to consider how you might step up, add value and present yourself as a design professional by becoming a KBDi Certified Kitchen or Bathroom Designer.

This years KBDi Certified category entries displayed a quality aesthetic with a creative and practical approach to their respective design briefs. The judges focused on the precision of the documentation and the way it was referenced in accordance with the competition guidelines. The design, the material selection and the final images made for interesting discussion with regard to how these kitchens support lifestyle in 2021. The Certified Designer was definitely on trend with a design that was homely, enhanced the many aspects of collaborative living and nurtured the individual.”

So who was crowned the KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year in 2021?

Adelaide’s Tania Kloester CKD Au took out the title with this fabulous kitchen design.

The judges loved Tania’s response to a complex and challenging brief. With careful space planning, thoughtful product selection and a great appreciation for the ‘feel’ of the home, the designer created a collaborative, nurturing and ultra-appealing space. Combined with clear and comprehensive specifications and a cohesive plan set, the submission was an excellent example of the standard expected of a KBDi Certified Designer.

With a background in visual art and design and almost two decades of experience working with Adelaide’s leading joinery companies, Tania has a winning combination of aesthetic intelligence and practical manufacturing knowledge. She has an impressive list of awards to her name and was an esteemed member of the KBDi Designer Awards judging panel in 2019. We were delighted to see Tania on this side of the Awards program in 2021 and applaud her on this outstanding achievement.

Please join us in congratulating Tania in the comments below.

Industrie Tapware offers special KBDi discount

Industrie Tapware offers special KBDi discount

As KBDi Corporate Partners, Industrie Tapware have demonstrated their desire to support the kitchen and bathroom industries. With lockdowns and restrictions beginning to impact many members (and their clients), Industrie Tapware have taken their support one step further with a special discount initiative.

For the entire month of September, all KBDi members are invited to take advantage of an exclusive 10% discount on top of their Industrie Tapware trade prices. You’ll have no minimum spend or limit to usage and can apply the unique KBDi code to as many orders as you choose to make from now until 30 September 2021.

If you don’t already have an Industrie Tapware trade account, you’ll need to set one up to redeem the discount. This is a very straightforward process – simply complete the online form here, and you’ll be on your way. When you’ve established your trade account, add your products to the cart and apply the code idtxkbdi upon checkout. (Note: this code is case sensitive – cut and paste from this feature for an error-free transaction.)

If you’ve any queries regarding the above, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Industrie Tapware directly. Email connect@industrietapware.com.au or phone 1300 463 827, and be sure to let them know you’re a KBDi member.

Behind the scenes scoop on the Laminex Colour Collection 2021

Behind the scenes scoop on the Laminex Colour Collection 2021

Participants in this week’s KBDi PD Tuesday were privy to a ‘behind the scenes’ scoop on the Laminex Colour Collection 2021.

Laminex Product Design Manager, Neil Sookee, shared the nature-inspired drivers behind the Living Pigments collection.

From the sunburnt hues of ochre and terracotta to the sandy tones of beaches and deserts, the collection reflects the longing for nature we’ve developed over the last 18 months. We especially loved the new full-bodied greens – Hushed Pine and Olivine – evocative of foliage and forests.

We were also delighted to see how the Living Pigments colour collection paired with the Calm Character line (like the Hushed Pine and Manhattan Concrete above). The ten new Laminex decors celebrate the natural, textural beauty of marble, terrazzo and timber. View the full range here.

Last but not least, Members loved the design potential of the Surround by Laminex wall linings. The pre-primed sheets are made in Australia with raw MDF and a clever tongue and groove system. With a contemporary and classic range, the panels will have many exciting applications, and we can’t wait to see them in our Members’ feeds and folios. Discover the full range of products here.

If you love to know more about the ‘hows and whys’ of new decors, we encourage you to check out the recording of this session. Neil and the Laminex team shared some fantastic stories about the inspiration behind the latest colours and textures and the formula Laminex use when adding new lines. They shared insights into the manufacturing processes and impacts of Covid-19 on supply and reminded us of the excellent sampling available for specifiers. You’ll find this recording in your exclusive KBDi Members Portal.

Workshops, wisdom, wining and dining | Sydney, August 2021

Workshops, wisdom, wining and dining | Sydney, August 2021

The Annual KBDi Design Symposium will be held in Sydney’s iconic Rocks District on Friday, 13 August 2021.

We’ve put together an inspiring line-up of workshops and, with the support of our Premier Partner, Multitap, an unforgettable evening on the world’s most beautiful harbour.

The day will kick off with registrations at our home base, The Shangri-La Hotel. KBDi Partners will be sharing their newest wares at the Product Expo, and you’ll have an excellent opportunity to connect with the industry’s best suppliers before workshop #1 commences.

Documenting the details with observational sketching
We’ve lined up former architect and now obsessive-urban sketcher, Liz Steel, to take us for a wander around The Rocks. Liz will share her well-honed skills in architectural observation and help you get your head around ‘what-you-see’ sketching. If hand-drawn perspectives scare the pants off you, don’t stress – Liz has a ‘pointless perspective’ strategy that could prove to be an invaluable communication skill. This workshop won’t see you packing away your CAD software, but it will sharpen your observation and add some on-the-spot sketching skills to your tool belt.

When you’ve packed away your pencils and enjoyed a fabulous lunch, you’ll get down to the serious business of designing accessible bathrooms.

Designing for all abilities: accessible bathroom design
If you can see the potential in learning how to design for all abilities, you won’t want to miss this intensive two-hour workshop. Sandi Lightfoot-Collins is an occupational therapist with decades of experience designing and modifying residential spaces to accommodate a range of needs. In this workshop, she’ll challenge you with a case study bathroom and comprehensive brief. You’ll learn what to consider when designing for varying abilities and get a greater understanding of reasonable and necessary criteria.

Online media is always a much-requested topic when we survey our members, and – with the support of our Corporate Partners, Blum – we’ve brought in the big guns for this social session.

The good, the bad and the ugly of online media
Proudly sponsored by KBDi Corporate Plus Partner, Blum
A presence on the web and social channels is an essential part of business today, but what do you do when things get ugly online? As a highly-regarded digital marketing expert and award-winning SEO trainer and coach, Sydney’s Kate Toon has the answers. In this session, members will learn how to handle (or avoid) an online attack and arm themselves with some valuable strategies for tactfully handling reviews and social media commentary.

And last but definitely not least, you’ll be enjoying the awe-inspiring lights of the Vivid Sydney festival while Premier Partner’s, Multitap, host an incredible dinner.

Sydney Harbour Boat Cruise
Proudly sponsored by KBDi Premier Partner, Multitap
We’ll be wrapping up your big day of learning with a luxurious cruise on the world’s finest harbour. Thanks to the incredibly generous support of KBDi Premier Partner, Multitap, you’ll be wined and dined on a fabulous Sydney Harbour Boat Cruise. You’ll also be the first to hear who has made their way to the next round of the KBDi Designer Awards 2021 when we announce the nation’s category winners.

Well, what are you waiting for? Learn more about pricing and virtual options here, and register today.