KBDi welcomes new President in 2020

KBDi welcomes new President in 2020

We’re delighted to announce that long-time KBDi Member, Peter Sveinsson CBD Au, has been appointed to the role of KBDi President. 

Peter has over 35 years’ experience in the building industry as tradesman, Certified Bathroom Designer and Business Manager. He is a founder and CEO of Brilliant SA, a successful home renovation company in Adelaide, specialising in renovation of bathrooms, kitchens and associated interior spaces. As the principal designer, he has also mentored several designers to award-winning success.

A Member of KBDi since its inception, Peter has served on the SA committee since 2007, enjoying the role of Chapter Chair from 2008 to 2013.

Peter joined the KBDi Board in 2016, and was appointed President in May 2020. He brings great insight into many aspects of the bathroom and kitchen industry and valuable experience in successful business management. 

NSW Member, Gavin Hepper CKD Au, will be taking on the position of Vice President, while Melbourne’s Garrett Hebden has been appointed Treasurer. We’d like to congratulate all three on their new positions, and – with our new Board Members, Rina Cohen CKD Au and Sharon Terblanche – look forward to a new era of management.

Touch-Base Tuesday | Royston & Liza

Touch-Base Tuesday | Royston & Liza

Tuesday | 12 May 2020 | 2pm AEST

KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson CKD Au, will be at his WFH work desk and ready to touch base with KBDi Members looking for industry support, advice and light entertainment on Tuesday. This week Royston will be joined by Adelaide-based Student Member, Liza Reynolds. Liza’s corporate background and business coaching qualifications have given her a unique perspective as she pursues her (new) dream career. She’ll be sharing her thoughts on ongoing learning, mature-age study and much more in this one-hour session.

Registrations have now closed

Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Michelle

Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Michelle

Touch-base Tuesday | Royston Wilson CKD Au and Michelle Broussard

Tuesday | 21 April 2020 | 2pm AEST

KBDi Executive Director and long-time designer, Royston Wilson, is inviting you to join him on a weekly Zoom chit-chat, kicking off this coming Tuesday (21 April) at 2pm.  

Royston will be at his WFH work desk, ready to touch base with KBDi Members looking for some industry support, advice or light entertainment. He’ll be joined by fellow Victorian Committee Member, Michelle Broussard, and the two will enjoy discussing all things working from home, including:

  • finding routines that work for you
  • setting up your space for creativity and productivity
  • using new-found time to update skills, processes and marketing
  • and more…

Register via at the form below, and we’ll send you a Zoom link on Tuesday morning. (Please note: to ensure the group has the best opportunity for inclusive engagement, places will be limited. Priority allocation will go to current financial Designer Members.)

Look forward to catching up!

(Note: registration close at 2pm on Tuesday, 21 April)

Thanks and appreciation to retiring board member | Albert Zarb CKD Au

Thanks and appreciation to retiring board member | Albert Zarb CKD Au

KBDi recently (and regretfully) accepted the resignation of our popular and long-serving Board Member, Albert Zarb.

Albert’s contribution to the Board and the KBDi community has always been positive and proactive. We thank him sincerely for his service, and wish him well as he takes some time to focus on his immediate family, staff and business.

Albert’s resignation, along with that of David Boggiano late last year, opened up two appointed positions on the KBDi Board. We’re delighted to welcome Rina Cohen and Sharon Terblanche to our table, and ask you to join us in congratulating them on their recent appointments. You’ll learn more about Rina and Sharon here.

It should also be noted that an elected position will become available within the next three months. If you have aspirations to represent your industry at a Board level, we encourage you to consider putting yourself in the running. More information will follow at a later date, but if you’ve any queries in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Words of Wisdom | Darren Genner CKD Au

Words of Wisdom | Darren Genner CKD Au

Darren Genner CKD Au needs little introduction to the KBDi community. He’s the chap often standing front and centre at the KBDi Designer Awards Gala, collecting all of the big gongs. Darren and his equally talented partner, Simona Castagna, are the co-directors of Sydney’s much loved design studio, Minosa. We asked this powerhouse duo to share their thoughts about the current climate, and here’s what they had to say.

Is the current health crisis prompting you to change how you market to potential new clients? How so? 

It will, for sure. 

Simona and myself feel we just have to be present, and continue to be the best we can be. We’re looking at ways to change our marketing, but to be honest, the ideas we had last week are different to today’s: a lot has changed in a very short time. We need to be agile, be creative, think and react quickly – no time to procrastinate! 

What about communicating with clients and trades? How are you approaching this today? Have you thought about how you can do this over the coming weeks/months?

Our studio is now completely remote. We have six staff all working from home. We connect via Zoom daily at 8am for a face-to-face huddle. We review the day just passed, discuss the day ahead and work out what we aim to achieve. Our clients are loving Zoom (they don’t have to try and find a park at the studio!), and we’re finding that our meetings are fast and concise. To be honest, we’re enjoying the digital format.

Are you adding any new services to your existing lineup in light of the way things are changing around us? 

Yes, we will be. We’re fortunate to have five decent sized design projects on the go, but we will need more and will be executing new services shortly. Value is our driver: how can we add value?

How are you keeping your staff optimistic?

Our team have all jumped on board with the changes. We feel our new processes could be a real positive. Communication is now more important than ever, so we reckon doing things remotely could develop some great habits for all of us.

How are you looking after yourselves?

Simona and I are finishing our own Reno and moving in on the weekend, so we’re burning the candle at both ends. We’re on site early each morning and again later in the day, and we’re working in the hours between. Settling into our own special home is our motivation right now, so we’re pumped!

Any other positive, uplifting or motivational thoughts to share with your fellow Members?

After the darkness comes the light. A new day will dawn – we just need to remain positive and support local businesses (we’re all in this together!). Think of new ways to generate revenue from your skill set, and remember:

This won’t last forever, but the memory will, so remain positive and make this time matter.

If you have your own words of wisdom to share, we’d love to hear them – please comment below.

Meet our Members: Helen Baumann CKD Au

Meet our Members: Helen Baumann CKD Au

Helen Baumann CKD Au is a qualified interior designer and KBDi Certified Kitchen Designer based in Sydney. She’s been a long-time Member of KBDi, and we’re proud to have her in our community. In this feature, we’re sharing a short story about Helen’s journey, and showing off one of her more recent kitchen projects.

Helen’s creative flair was born in the Design Department of ABC TV, where she worked on a range of successful productions including Brides of Christ, The True Believers, Enough Rope and Election Chaser. From 2011 to 2016, Helen was also the Set Designer for the successful children’s television show Giggle and Hoot. This position won her the prestigious Silver Promax BDA Global Excellence Award for set design.

Helen’s career has incorporated art direction, set design and graphic design for major entertainment companies including Warner Brothers, Southern Star & Fox Australia. She has held key roles in productions including Jack and Sarah (UK), Oscar and Lucinda (Aus) & Red Planet (US).

With a personal passion for interior design and a love of cooking and entertaining, kitchen design seemed a natural selection for a post-children career choice. Helen embarked on some specialised kitchen training (Cert IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces), and began working at Sydney Kitchens. She soon branched off with her own business – Helen Baumann Design – and now enjoys working on a range of projects across Sydney.

The Design Brief

Helen’s clients commissioned her to transform their existing dark kitchen, lounge room and outside laundry into an extended open plan family space. They had a long list of practical and aesthetic requirements, including:

  • an afterschool play area for grandchildren
  • a long kitchen island bench for relaxed meals and afternoon tea
  • a library area for computer, homework and books
  • storage for toys, and a linen cupboard for vacuum cleaner etc.
  • integrated hidden appliances
  • a convenient space for keys and diary near the entrance of the kitchen area
  • display areas for glasses and favourite pieces
  • symmetrical cabinetry
  • a calm, relaxed, timeless palette
  • a visual break from the heavy heritage detail of front of the house (but with a subtle link to the home’s character)
  • abundant natural light

See how Helen addresses all of the above in the video below.