Seven solid reasons to enter our Awards

Seven solid reasons to enter our Awards

We’re very excited to be opening this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program and can’t wait to see who’ll be taking out titles in 2021.

Of course, entering your work into an Awards program isn’t all about the win. In this feature, we’ve set out seven solid reasons to put yourself (or your team members) in the running.

#1 Team Morale / Self-Motivation

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

Do your team members need a boost in morale? Do you need a little pepping up yourself? Maintaining optimism has never been more important, and acknowledging your staff’s talent – or your own design prowess – is a great confidence booster.

#2 Marketing & Exposure
The free marketing associated with media exposure for award finalists is both rewarding and measurable. (See just a few examples of finalist promotions here.) You’ll want to use your accolades in all business promotion – on signage, stationery and of course, your website and social media. Be sure to brag – being shortlisted in an awards program like that delivered by KBDi is certainly something to be proud of.

#3 Benchmarking

Benchmarking is an ongoing exercise in any company that aspires for leadership.
Anand Mahindra

By comparing yourself to your competitors, you’ll soon begin to identify areas you need to develop – from a design or business perspective. Alternatively, or at the same time, you may gain faith and confidence in the skills and attributes you already possess. A benchmark is a ‘standard from which quality or excellence is measured’. Award-winning designers are setting the bar for your industry and profession: are you exceeding these standards, or are you on par? What is the benchmark of your business? Are you and your team meeting your full potential?

#4 Respect & Credibility
What do potential clients see in your media exposure? They see a business that is at the peak of its game, offering quality and credibility. You will have gained their trust and respect even before you’ve entered their home. Likewise, suppliers and other associates will recognise your achievements – this could open new doors to securing contracts, better prices and new industry contacts.

#5 Differentiating You from Your Competitors
We’re in a competitive industry, and it’s not uncommon to be contending for design. Will your award recognition put you ahead of your competition? Could it be the deciding factor for a quality client? Highly likely! Stand out from the crowd with your accolades.

#6 Staff Recruitment
Who doesn’t want to be part of a winning team? Attract new talent – those who aspire to ‘be the best’ will be looking to join like-minded professionals. Your award participation will let future team members know you’re a goal setter, and you’ll attract motivated employees to your business.

#7 Big Picture Perspective: Benefits to the Industry
By recognising and celebrating the high standards that exist in our industry, we encourage others to ‘lift their game’, and we provide the media – and potential new customers/clients – with case studies of excellent design practices. Be proud of your profession and industry, and know you’re paving the way for those who’ll follow.

Entries to the KBDi Designer Awards 2021 program close on 1 June. You’ve got to be in it to win it, so why not put yourself in the running? Download the entry pack here.

Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

KBDi and the Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly were delighted to once again join forces for the People’s Choice Award. With an extended voting period this year (#thanksCOVID), the KBQ and Complete Homes team were delighted with the voting response of consumers.

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Kitchen of the Year 2020

The ACT’s Maria Cerne (Studio Black Interiors) collected the most votes for this classy kitchen. Maria has earned the prize of an $8,000 Home Design Package including a full page brand advert, a double-page spread project editorial and plenty of social exposure! Congratulations, Maria!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Bathroom of the Year 2020

Victorian designer, Teresa Kleeman (Embracing Space) is the winner of the Bathroom award. Like Maria, Teresa’s work will be splashed across the pages of a glossy magazine in a generous Home Design Package worth $8,000. Congratulations, Teresa!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Design Space of the Year 2020

While in past years this competition has been for kitchen and bathroom categories only, KBQ and Complete Homes chose 2020 to share the Design Space Award and Traditional Categories, too. The winner of this collective was New South Wales’ Tameka Moffat. This lovely laundry has earned Tameka a full page spread in an upcoming edition of KBQ.

Please join us in congratulating the well-deserved winners above. Huge thanks, too, to Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly (and the Universal Media crew) for their incredible ongoing support.

Touch-base Tuesday | Alexandra Trigger

Touch-base Tuesday | Alexandra Trigger

Tuesday | 17 November 2020 | 2pm (ADST)

*Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) applies to NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT only. In Queensland, this session will commence at 1pm (AEST), and WA should clock in at 11am (AWST). SA guests should note a 1.30pm (ACDT) start.

Queensland designer, Alexandra Trigger, took out the title of KBDi Queensland Kitchen Designer of the Year 2020 in this year’s Awards. The judging panel was so impressed with the first-time entrants submission that they also gifted her the award of the same name. In this chat with KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson, Alex will share the backstory of this winning project, and discuss how she came to be where she is today.

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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.

Curvy kitchen creations

Curvy kitchen creations

Curved cabinetry and detailing can certainly present construction challenges, but the extra care and calculations are always well rewarded. We loved the curvaceous creations in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program, and are sharing five of our favourite curvy kitchens here.

This 50s vintage-styled kitchen is full of fabulous curves. Adelaide designer, Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Space Craft Joinery) softened the edges of the rangehood shroud and cabinetry with curves well reminiscent of the era.

There’s so much to love about this teal delight designed by Sydney’s Cate Liedtke (Catherine de Meur Interiors). From the gorgeous colour palette to the brushed gold details and the carefully layered textures, the kitchen oozes glitz and glamour. The curved detailing is the finishing touch in this all-class space.

Queensland’s Ashley Maddison (AM Interior Studio) went to town with this inner-city kitchen creation. The designer made the most of the curving capabilities of her selected materials: trowel-finished concrete and Staron Solid Surface combine seamlessly in this structural masterpiece.

Victoria’s Noni Edmunds highlighted the curved corner window in this lovely family home with a gently flowing open shelving unit. The detailing softens the otherwise hard-angled space and makes for a beautifully balanced kitchen.

The rounded profile of this peninsular bench is practical and pretty (and pug-friendly). We love the way Melbourne’s Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens) detailed this curved corner with grooved panelling.

Have a favourite out of the five fabulous kitchens above? Share your comments below.

Touch-base Tuesday | Simona Castagna

Touch-base Tuesday | Simona Castagna

Tuesday | 6 October 2020 | 2pm (ADST*)

*Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) applies to NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT only. In Queensland, this session will commence at 1pm (AEST), and WA should clock in at 11am (AWST). SA guests should note a 1.30pm (ACDT) start.

Sydney-based designer, Simona Castagna (Minosa) has been a long-time member of the KBDi community, and a great supporter of the industry. Simona’s work has earned her many well-deserved accolades over the years. This year’s KBDi entries secured the talented design professional the title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year. In this session, Simona will walk you through her winning project and share her wisdom, wit and inspiring story.

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