Beautiful bathroom curves

Beautiful bathroom curves

Last week we shared some of our favourite curving kitchens from the KBDi Designer Awards of 2020. This week we’re showing off some soft-edged bathroom spaces, where Australia’s best designers have used curves with great effect.

This award-winning bathroom by Perth’s Kyle McGregor (Lux Interiors) is an organic-oasis. From the custom-round skylight to the gently curving wall, and from the oval-shaped mirror to the cylindrical basin, the bathroom is a soft-edged delight.

This heritage home had some outstanding architectural features and was an excellent example of 1900s craftsmanship. Sydney designer, Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa) was determined to create a space that would reflect the home’s history – with a dramatic twist. A custom-curved vanity is an ultra-contemporary contrast, but its artful execution pays homage to the history of the house. The carefully detailed bulkhead reflects the curving archways throughout the grand residence, and lighting emphasises the organic forms.

Melbourne’s Sally Wilson reinvented the constrained space of this typical 70s bathroom, creating a homely oasis for her client’s family of five. The gently curving wall is clad with stunning marble tiles, with its soft edges replicated in the curved bath.

New South Wales designer, Gavin Hepper CKD Au (Concepts by Gavin Hepper) created a curvaceous haven in this 80s era abode. The designer softened the edges of the custom vanity unit, repeating the curved feature in the basin and bath selections. A curved shower wall adds drama to the space, while at the same time creating a glorious cove within the shower recess.

This dynamic waterproof wallpaper was the starting point for Sydney’s Donna Allen. The curving lines of the design inspired the detailing of the vanity and mirrors, and the organically shaped basin and bath are a perfect match.

Have a favourite of these five? Share your comments below.

For the love of light

For the love of light

When we recently surveyed our membership about lighting design and specification, we discovered that more than half of our members offer a full service when it comes to lighting. This service includes both designing a lighting plan and specifying all luminaires, and can make an enormous impact on the overall kitchen or bathroom design. In this feature, we’re sharing five of our favourites from the 2020 KBDi Designer Awards. They’re all excellent examples of how thoughtful light planning and selection can take your design to the next level.

KBDi Queensland Kitchen Designer of the Year (and winner of the First Time Entrant Award), Alexandra Trigger (AST Design), layered lighting to great effect in this stunning kitchen. Alex intentionally and successfully applied a combination of task lighting (see the pendant bar over the sink), downlighting (look for the surface mounted matt black downlights) and uplighting (Häfele LOOX plug and play lights to kicks).

Victoria’s Penny del Castillo (In Design International) sought out local talent when procuring these fabulous lights. The ‘Missing Link’ dark bronzed brass wall lights were a perfect match for this theatrical space, and were designed by Melbourne firm, Volker Haug.

We love the delicate nature of these ribbed shades in a stunning kitchen designed by Melbourne’s Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens). The fittings offer a gentle nod to the era of the home, and with their careful placement, highlight and define the seated area at the end of the island bench.

New South Wales designer, Gavin Hepper CKD Au, used thoughtful lighting selections to add both intimacy and drama to this beautiful bathroom space.

Daniel Barns (Sensational Kitchens) of New South Wales specially sourced these spectacular fittings to match the existing luminaires within this Georgian mansion.

If you’d like to learn more about lighting, you won’t want to miss our upcoming professional development session with our own ‘lady of light’, Adele Locke. Learn more and register here.

PD Thursday | The art and craft of chairmaking

PD Thursday | The art and craft of chairmaking

Thursday | 15 October 2020 | 4pm 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.

Victoria’s Glen Rundell is a chairmaker, designer, woodworker and artisan, and a passionate advocate for the art of handmade. In this session, Glen will outline the history of the American Windsor Chair, and share what he learned when he travelled to the US to train with two of America’s most highly regarded chairmakers. He’ll discuss the various styles of stools, armchairs and rockers, and introduce you to the carefully crafted ‘Australian Windsor Chair’. Glen’s passion for craftsmanship and quality is truly contagious – we promise you’ll be informed, inspired and leave with a greater appreciation for the art of handmade.

About Glen Rundell
Glen began his working life as a plumbing apprentice some thirty years ago, when tinsmithing was part of the trade. He transferred his skills to various hands-on careers before travelling to the US to learn the art of American Windsor Chairmaking. When he returned, Glen set his focus purely on the chairmaking craft, and has consistently taken commissions for truly bespoke, handcrafted chairs for lovers of fine furniture. Glen is also passionate about sharing the skills and craftsmanship of his and other trades, and founded the Lost Trades Fair to inspire future makers. Learn more about Glen and his chairmaking workshops here, and discover the Lost Trades Fair here.

Places are limited (with priority allocation going to KBDi Designer Members). Register TODAY and we’ll confirm your spot via email.

About bathroom basins

About bathroom basins

We recently surveyed our Members about their bathroom basin preferences. As we hoped it would, the survey proved that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to vanity vessels. Basins have varying aesthetic and practical values, and all come with a list of pros and cons. In this feature, we’re breaking down the basins our Members use most often.

Above bench basins took the lion’s share of votes for favourite basins: the sculptural values of a well-made basin can add a sense of drama to a space (as perfectly demonstrated in this award-winner by Darren Genner CKD Au).

New South Wales member, Cate Liedtke, selected an above counter basin to cleverly replicate the vanity detailing in this super-smart bathroom.

Under bench basins took second place, with designers citing a long list of pros for the classic sink selection: ease of cleaning, optimum bench space and – most notably – flexibility and control of bench heights make the under bench basin a stayer. This beautiful bathroom (by NSW designer, Tameka Moffat) illustrates all of these qualities.

The under-counter basin in this bathroom (by Melbourne’s Teresa Kleeman) allowed a family-friendly bench height, well-placed wall taps and ample bench space.

Inset basins prove the perfect in-between for many of our members. The additional vertical volume offered by an inset basin adds the element of drama we like in above bench basins, without complicating the overall height of the vanity and mirror above. This beautiful space by New South Wales member, Sari Munro, is an excellent example.

His and her inset basins suit the country styling of this Adelaide Hills beauty, designed by Janine Izzo.

Integrated basins are an excellent solution for many applications. With their ultra-streamlined appearance and absolute ease of cleaning, the integrated basin was a popular choice amongst KBDi members. Melbourne’s Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens) chose a solid surface integrated basin for this stylish space, and it works a treat.

Brisbane’s Darren James CKD Au, CBD Au (Darren James Interiors) made a striking statement with this custom stone vanity top. The seamlessly integrated basin allowed the palette and patterning of the Chambord Grey limestone to take centre stage.

A semi-recessed basin is an ideal solution for a bathroom with size constraints. WA designer, Kerrie Richardson CBD Au (Lux Interiors) had limited space to play with in this powder room, but a semi-recessed basin saved the day.

We’d love to know why you lean towards (or avoid) particular basins. Share your wisdom in the comments below.

Managing your business mindset

Managing your business mindset

Members who participated in yesterday’s PD Thursday videoconference are bound to be feeling boosted today.

Business strategist, Clive Enever shared some very motivational strategies around managing your mindset in a post-COVID era. Clive stepped us through a series of thought-starters and tangible action steps, encouraging members to consider how a clear and focused mindset can change the operations and outcomes of your business.

Clive emphasised the importance of establishing who you want to work with and what kind of services you want to deliver. He explained how working with the right clients (quality not quantity) can prove more profitable than taking on each and every lead that comes your way. The experienced business strategist encouraged members to invest time in knowing their processes (i.e. the WHAT YOU DO component of your services), and explained how the implementation of good daily habits can set you up for great success.

Clive shared the following takeaway to help members kickstart their mindset makeover:

Daily Tasks (make them habits)

Every morning: begin your day by reading for at least 20 minutes.  (Self-help books or auto-biographies are ideal – if you’re already a fan of this genre, we’d love you to share your favourite reads in the comments below.)

At the end of each day, establish the following routine:

  • Find a quiet spot to relax; reflect on your day and identify the positive things (at least one) that you’re grateful to have experienced – and ‘express’ your gratitude (i.e. write it down) in a journal. 
  • Identify ONE thing you could have done better in your day, and imagine yourself actually ‘doing’ it better. Resolve to make these changes the next time it comes a similar situation arises, then LEAVE it (cue the most-annoying-but-conveniently-catchy ‘Let it go’ tune).
  • Using your journal, record the changes you recognise within yourself today. Remind yourself again of the positive thing/s that happened and express your gratitude.
  • And finally, make a list (prioritised) of the things you need to do tomorrow. Doing this frees your mind from overturning your task list, and allows your mind to settle for the night.


Exclusive offer for KBDi Members

Clive is offering KBDi Members an exclusive discount to his unique business mentoring group, The Strategy Circle (learn more here). Members interested in strengthening and growing their business can enjoy a 20% discount (use the code ‘kbdi’) on what could most certainly be a business game-changer. For more information, contact Clive directly.


Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Marianne

Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Marianne

Tuesday | 7 July 2020 | 2pm AEST

In our third Meet our Judges session, you’ll meet the lovely Marianne Gailer. Marianne brings over twenty-five years of experience in kitchen and bathroom design to the KBDi Designer Awards panel. Residing in New Zealand, Marianne is an active member of the NKBA NZ, and sits on the Board of the Certified Designers Society. She’s had experience on both sides of our Awards program as both past judge and winner, and with her obsession with space planning, she’s eager to help find Australia’s finest designers of 2020. Learn more about Marianne and see how she’s finding the talent in this year’s competition in this Touch-base Tuesday session.

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