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:

Powder room perfection

Powder room perfection

As the name would suggest, powder rooms traditionally had more to do with powdering than toileting. In eighteenth-century homes, the powder room or closet was the small space dedicated to refreshing one’s wig. When wigs fell out of fashion, the powder room became a convenient place for guests to ‘powder their noses’ and attend to their appearance. The powder chair was eventually replaced with a chamber pot and wash basin, bringing it closer to today’s definition of a powder room:

A small compartment housing a toilet and basin, generally located within close proximity to the main living areas of a home.

Powder rooms are increasingly popular in Australian homes, and offer a fantastic opportunity for designers to have some fun with a space that is both functional and decorative. In this feature, we’re sharing four of our faves from the KBDi Designer Awards of 2021.

Members, have you downloaded the KBDi Bulletin regarding Powder Room Clearances? This paper sets out the clearances recommended for this (often) small space, and highlights NCC requirements associated with sanitary compartments. You’ll find it in your exclusive Members Portal.

This perfect little powder room was designed by Melbourne’s Matthew James (MJ Harris Group). We love the calming combination of the Tassie Oak tones and the gorgeous green pencil tiles, and note the cute geometric repetition in the mirror, basin, tapware and lighting.

The client wanted ‘a contemporary, sexy but sophisticated powder room worthy of a luxury hotel’, and we think Sydney’s Ioanna Lennox (Ioanna Lennox Interiors) nailed it! We love the daring combination of patterned floor tiles, black pencil wall tiles and shimmering wallpaper, and the drama of the strikingly-veined stone vanity.

Sydney design duo, Kate St James and Catherine Whitting, created this magical space for a client with a love for Parisian interiors. The misty ‘Morning Fog’ wallpaper is the hands-down hero of the powder room, and we love the metallic highlights, too. 

Beautiful brass fittings, striking white dolomite and a deep blue herringbone marble floor make an all-class combination in this Parisian-inspired powder room designed by Melbourne’s Penny del Castillo (Studio del Castillo).

Can you pick a favourite from the four above? Share your vote below.

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.

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Making stone the hero of the home

Making stone the hero of the home

We’ve seen some truly stunning applications of natural stone in Australian kitchens and bathrooms this year. In this feature, we’ve collaborated with KBDi Corporate PLUS Partner, The Stone Ambassador, to share five ways you can feature their stone in your next kitchen design.

#1 Splashing out on the splashback

Many clients opt for safe and neutral cabinets in the kitchen: if they intend to sell their home, they’re sometimes less inclined to step outside the boundaries. However, they can often be convinced to inject some personality into the splashback, and there’s no better way to do this than with a striking piece of stone. A heavily patterned stone like this Superwhite (Vasari) looks spectacular against a simple, elegant and always-safe all-white kitchen.

#2 Adding luxe with light

LED strip lighting combined with dark and deep-coloured stones is an ideal solution for a moody interior. Atlantis Smoke (Vasari) stone is extra-luxurious when highlighted with the warm glow of carefully placed luminaires. Of course, the ‘less is more’ philosophy applies, so keep your lighting minimal and straightforward for the best effect.

#3 Make your sink a statement

Engineered stone and porcelain offer unique opportunities to design stunning integrated sinks. This sink featuring Stone Ambassador’s ‘Sierra Leone’ sings in this spectacular sink setup.

#4 Create with curves

The inherently natural nature of stone lends itself to organic curves. KBDi Member Karen Kunst (KJK Interiors) demonstrated this perfectly in this all-class curvaceous kitchen island design.

#5 Creating contrast

With black appliances becoming increasingly popular, why not play with the element of contrast? Pair your black cookers and hoods (and tapware, too) with classic light stones like this Sub Zero (Vasari). Choose stones with a subtle vein detail to ensure the simple contrast is the hero.

The team at Stone Ambassador will be highlighting the above and outlining the practical design considerations at our upcoming videoconference. Learn more about this session and register here.

For more information on Stone Ambassador’s engineered stone and Vasari Italian Surfaces ranges, click here.

Selecting and Specifying Stone

Selecting and Specifying Stone

Tuesday | 16 November 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 session, the Stone Ambassador team will cover everything you need to know about selecting and specifying stone. From bases to bookends and veins to values, you’ll discover how to make stone the hero of your next design project.

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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.