Three great reasons to book your Gold Coast holiday today!

Three great reasons to book your Gold Coast holiday today!

There are few better places to spend a winter weekend than on Queensland’s ever-sunny Gold Coast, and we’ve lined up three great reasons for you to register for the KBDi Design Symposium and Gala book your flights today!

1. Design Inspiration: In June 2018, KBDi will be celebrating a Decade of Design, and we’re working on a program that you won’t want to miss. Our two day Symposium promises to be inspiring, informative and LOTS of fun! A full agenda will be released in the new year, but in the meantime here’s a sneak preview.

2. Dressing Up and Dining Fine: the Gold Coast is synonymous with glitz and glam, and we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate Australia’s Finest designers at the KBDi Designer Awards 2018 Gala Dinner. Join us as we reveal the crème de la crème of the K & B industry at a very special tenth anniversary event. (Don’t be a wallflower, though… If you’ve never entered the KBDi Designer Awards, download the entry pack here and make 2018 your year!)

3. Long Weekend Luxury: we’re setting up camp at the Gold Coast’s only beachfront resort, and encourage you to check out the incredible rooms available at the 5 star Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast. Check in on the Thursday (7 June, 2018) and give yourself a few days to really relax. Most of you will have a public holiday on Monday, June 11 – why not make the most of this long weekend at a luxury resort!?!

Motivated yet? Places will be limited, so register and book today!

HIVE by Laminex

HIVE by Laminex

KBDi Diamond Sponsors, Laminex, hosted a fantastic evening in their HIVE by Laminex showroom on Thursday, 23 November.

Over 70 members and guests took the opportunity to take a tour of the incredible HIVE space. The gallery-inspired venue combines digital and physical experiences to great effect, offering designers an innovative and impressive space to meet with clients for consultations and research.

Laminex’s full portfolio of materials, colour and textures are on show for a truly tactile experience, while touchpads allow a digital approach to identifying your clients design style.

Tap-and-take cards allow designers and clients to build a personalised portfolio of samples, which can then be imported in to Laminex’s Design Your Space app and reviewed in a digital kitchen or bathroom space.

Learn more about this unique Alexandria space at

Schweigen showrooms yours to use

Schweigen showrooms yours to use

KBDi Gold Sponsors, Schweigen Home Appliances, generously hosted three fantastic KBDi Chapter Events this month, and extended an open invitation to members to make the most of their new showroom facilities.

Schweigen welcomed over 90 South Australian members and associates to their new St Peters premises on 21 November. Guests enjoyed checking out the super silent hoods, and hearing from internationally recognised designer and Schweigen brand ambassador, Mal Corboy. Adelaide designers are encouraged to share the showroom with clients; to ensure you’re well looked after when you visit, contact Schweigen’s SA rep, Ivor Pinchbeck, via the details below:

Schweigen (SA)

Ivor Pinchback

Phone: 0410 585 296


Queensland members were next in line, enjoying a great evening at Schweigen’s new Woolloongabba showroom on 28 November. Conveniently situated at 30 Wellington Road, the showroom is a great place to take your clients to introduce them to the Schweigen range. The showroom is only open by appointment, so contact Ben Thompson via the details below to arrange a suitable time:

Schweigen (Qld)

Ben Thompson
Phone: 0433 004 731

WA members wrapped up their year at Schweigen’s Parry Street showroom on 29 November. If you missed this event, contact Schweigen’s WA representative to arrange an appointment to view the showroom. Luke Haywood can be reached via the details below:

Schweigen (WA)

Luke Haywood

Phone: 0408 900 925


Huge thanks to Schweigen for their fantastic hospitality and ongoing support.

You’d bee crazy not to check out this HIVE!

You’d bee crazy not to check out this HIVE!

KBDi Diamond Sponsors, Laminex, are delighted to be hosting a KBDi Chapter Event at their fantastic HIVE by Laminex showroom, and they’re extending their invitation to Members right across the country.

Hive by Laminex is a new destination in Sydney that helps to bring design to life, allowing you to be inspired and explore designs for the spaces you’re creating. Learn how you and your clients can explore Hive, find their design styles, tag their favourite items in the showroom and use ‘Design Your Space’ to see their style come to life in 3D.

You’ll also hear about the latest colour and design trends with Laminex Australia’s Design Marketing Manager, Cath Valente, and enjoy some fabulous networking opportunities with fellow designers and industry reps.

Find out more and RSVP here.

Are you ready to #beinspired?

Are you ready to #beinspired?

We’ve put together an incredible program for this year’s KBDi Design Symposium to be held in Adelaide in September (learn more here). Guests will enjoy two days of wining and dining, a guided tour of the Art Gallery of SA, plenty of networking opportunities with like-minded designers and industry supports AND eight design-centric sessions set to inspire and inform.

Check out the sessions below and register today.

Let’s begin with the Why – a behavioural approach to success

Paul Herring (Corporate Connexions International)

As partner and behavioural consultant with Corporate Connexions International, Paul Herring is passionate about engaging, developing and mentoring organisation and community leaders and teams. His vast levels of skill and experience in human relations allow him to hone in on the social science elements of developing healthy individual performance, and how that relates directly to a sustainably successful business. With past experience in the areas of design, Paul presents a unique understanding of applying self-development principles to our kitchen and bathroom businesses.

Seeing Green: Incorporating living elements in your interiors

Amanda Balmer (Wax Designs)

Amanda Balmer is a landscape designer with a focus on the creation of integrated landscapes that respond to content and cultural values, deliver innovation and are environmentally responsible. She collaborates with numerous architectural practices and private clients to create external living spaces which deliver beautiful areas for individuals and families to enjoy their home environments. In this presentation, Amanda will highlight how we can be thoughtful of ‘seeing green’ when designing interiors.

Top of Mind Design

Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

Agatha Ozhylovski has worked as an interior designer in the residential, boutique development and high end commercial markets for twenty years. She has a particular interest in environmental behaviour neuroscience and the way in which it can be applied in interior design. During this session, Agatha will discuss a new field of people-centred, emotionally intelligent, evidence-based design, and the art of combining scientific research and data with creative flair and imagination.

Analyzing the Elements – Open Panel Discussion

Four designers with various backgrounds will discuss and analyze the elements of design, and their application in multiple design disciplines:

Mal Corboy (Mal Corby Design)

New Zealand’s most awarded kitchen designer, Mal Corboy, was recently recognized in the ‘DuPoint Corian Top 50’ alongside a select group of internationally renowned designers. Mal’s eye-catching interiors and custom furniture design have garnered recognition and accolades from numerous industry groups across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and his work has taken him to Trinidad and the USA, too. In this session, Mal will share an international view of design and the application of elements across the globe.

Susanna Bilardo (Enoki)

Susanna Bilardo is Designer/Director at Enoki in Adelaide. The company is a multi-disciplinary firm specialising in both Visual Communication AND Interior Architecture, and Susanna will be contributing her points of view on design from both perspectives.

Agatha Ozhylovski (Agatha O House of Design)

With two decades of experience designing residential, boutique development and high end commercial markets, Agatha has some well thought out design principles to share. Her interest in environmental behaviour neuroscience and the way in which it can be applied in interior design will add an additional perspective to this panel discussion.

Amanda Balmer (Wax Designs)

Education, play and sustainability are large components of Amanda’s project portfolio, and her positions on the Play Australia SA and National Boards are evidence of her commitment to creating play environments which deliver engaging, interactive, informative and all accessible landscapes. We’ll learn how the application of the elements of design apply in this particular area.

Techno Retreats: the new Bathroom Bliss – how technology is changing Australian bathroom design

Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa)

Designer Darren Genner needs little introduction to the KBDi community, having taken out the title of KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year for three years running (2013, 2014 and 2015). He has a raft of accolades from Australia and abroad, and has continually demonstrated his passion for the industry through training and professional development. With his wife, business partner and co-founder, Simona Castagna, Darren is building a team of equally savvy designers in their very successful design firm, Minosa. In this session, Darren will be sharing his knowledge about bathroom design, and the impact technology is having on the bathroom zone.

Nutrition and Dietetics: Influence on Cooking Styles

Sprout Cooking School & Health Studio

With a team comprised of highly qualified health professionals and seriously fanatic foodies, Sprout will deliver a unique perspective on nutrition and dietetics, and their influence on your clients’ cooking styles. In SA’s largest purpose-built kitchen for hands-on cooking classes, you’ll learn how to deliver the best culinary options for your clients while enjoying a delectable lunch prepared by Adelaide’s most enthusiastic cooking crew!

Design Styles & Styling Design

Rachel Mifsud (Adelaide Agencies)

As an agent for furniture at Adelaide Agencies, Rachel Misfud is well-versed in the varying design styles and their styling requirements, in both residential and commercial interiors. In this session, Rachel will discuss a variety of popular design styles and the key elements that are indicative of each particular genre. She will look at the application of indoor/outdoor furniture, rugs, custom sofas, lighting, artwork, mirrors and décor accessories, and show us how the little things work together to add definition and cohesion to design styles.

We’re all in this together: fostering healthy relationships from concept to completion

Kate Harry (Fabrikate)

Kate Harry is the director and owner of Fabrikate Creative Spaces, a boutique interior design studio specializing in architectural renovations and bespoke commercial projects. With over twenty years’ experience in design and renovation, Kate is well aware of the value in forging strong relationships for successful project completion. Join her in an interactive session about the trials, tribulations and triumphs between designers, joiners and clients, and learn how to foster healthy relationships from concept to completion.

Are you looking for some design inspiration?

Are you looking for some design inspiration?

The KBDi Design Symposium is the perfect place to be inspired, and we’d love you to join us in Adelaide in September.

The generous support of our Sponsors has allowed us to offer great value packages for all Symposium participants (with an extra special price for all Members who entered this year’s Awards!).

Our two day program has been designed for designers, and includes the following sessions:

  • Keynote Presentation: Let’s Begin with the Why – a behavioural approach to success with Paul Herring
  • Seeing Green: incorporating living elements in your interiors
  • A guided tour of iconic designer Linda Jackson’s Utopia Collection (at the Gallery of SA)
  • Top of Mind Design: environmental neuroscience meets interior design
  • Health and Wellness in Interiors: designing interiors to support good health, wellness and a mindful way of life
  • Techno Retreats: the new Bathroom Bliss – how technology is changing Australian bathroom design
  • Design Styles & Styling Designs
  • and more!

​We’ll be profiling each of our speakers and expanding on the content soon, but we’re sure the above will whet your appetite!

Your Symposium package also includes a ticket to our always-memorable black tie Gala event, where you’ll be wined, dined and entertained! Enjoy fine food, fabulous company and a front row seat to view the latest creations of Australia’s finest designers.

If you’re a KBDi Certified Designer (or have a current accreditation application awaiting approval), you won’t want to miss the Certified Designers Forum which will precede the Symposium either. More details will be released soon.

Key dates and locations are outlined here; be sure to check them before you book your flights.

Remember places on the Symposium are strictly limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to catching up with you in Adelaide!