Simple and stylish waste separation for modern kitchens

Simple and stylish waste separation for modern kitchens

Are you interested in giving your clients an array of innovative waste and recycling design choices when designing their new kitchen? 

Häfele’s well-designed bin systems can make recycling and waste management easy with the generously sized Ninka One2XL waste bin and cleverly designed Biobin. 

The Ninka One2XL waste bin provides 84 litres of waste and recycling space in one cabinet, featuring two 42 litre pails, this bin system suits a 600mm overall cabinet width and is supplied complete with the Grass Nova Pro Scala drawer sides and 70kg full-extension soft close runners. Couple this together with the very clever and innovative designed Ninka Biobin which simply hangs on the outside of a cabinet door to capture food scraps when meal prepping, making recycling and waste separation easy for the whole family. 

When the Biobin is not in use it can be easily unhooked, washed and stored out of sight inside the cabinet allowing the kitchen to continue that uninterrupted sleek and streamlined look. 

Visit Häfele at or to order.

Article numbers: One2XL Waste bin – 502.99.495   BioBin – 502.47.996

Monolithic Kitchen Surfaces by Staron

Monolithic Kitchen Surfaces by Staron

A message from our Silver Sponsor, Staron

Staron® Solid Surfaces is manufactured from a safe natural mineral refined from bauxite and blended with pure acrylic resin to create a premium solid surface. Staron® Solid Surfaces contains no dangerous silica and is suitable not only for commercial projects, but for endless applications around the home including kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

With a range of over 90 colours to select from, Staron® offers an extensive range of solid surfaces in Australia. Staron® is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing. It can be thermoformed into flowing curves or sculpted into any shape imaginable. The flexibility of Staron® extends to limitless edge profiles, drop-down edges, splashbacks and tile coves. Selected Staron® colours are also translucent and can be backlit to bring your design to life.

The non-porous nature of Staron® provides a surface that no stain can penetrate – providing a durable benchtop that is hygienic and easy to clean. Staron® is also repairable and renewable. Even after years of use, it can simply be sanded, thus restored back to its original condition. Staron® does not have any finishing polishes or sealers applied; it is the same solid material throughout its thickness. Because of this nature, every wipe to your benchtop will rejuvenate the surface.

Staron® creates long and wide continuing surfaces with no open or conspicuous joins. With a collection of integrated Staron® kitchen sinks and vanity bowls – a smooth benchtop space can be created. No dirt-trapping joins or crevices to clean, just one continuous surface that looks and performs like one piece.
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Schweigen’s Home Ventilation Solutions – a breath of fresh air for your home

Schweigen’s Home Ventilation Solutions – a breath of fresh air for your home

A message from our Gold Sponsor, Schweigen

What’s going into your lungs?

All across Australia, homes are increasingly being sealed up to be more energy-efficient. This means that stale air is more likely to be trapped inside, becoming damp and polluted over time. While there isn’t much that we can do about outdoor smog, pollen or dander, there are solutions available to ensure that stale indoor air, odours, steam, cooking smoke, fumes, airborne grease and off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cleaning products, building materials and furnishings are silently and efficiently taken care of.

Home as a sanctuary

Schweigen’s silent home ventilation solutions comprise of rangehoods for indoor and outdoor kitchen use, plus multi-purpose exhaust fans for all other areas of the house, including:

  1. Bathrooms/toilets: to remove odours, steam and humidity (preventing mould and mildew build-up), plus VOCs released during cleaning
  2. Laundry rooms: to remove stale air and humidity
  3. Garage/workshop: to remove fumes and carbon monoxide
  4. Pantry/cellar: to remove stale air and humidity
  5. Kitchen: to remove smoke, fumes, odours and airborne oil particles (preventing grease build-up on surfaces, clothing and furniture)


These are powered by Schweigen’s patented Isodrive® Motor Systems, each incorporating German-made ebm-papst motors, recognised as some of the quietest and most energy-efficient domestic extraction units on the market.

Image source: Darren Genner, Minosa Design

Product feature: Schweigen’s BR500 Multi-Purpose Exhaust Fan

Available in an array of styles, finishes, features and motor power options, Schweigen’s silent home ventilation solutions are designed to be installed on the roof, wall or eave and are suitable almost any room in your unit, apartment, townhouse, single or multi-storey house.

Breathe easier

Chat with us to get your home ventilation concerns addressed, and you can rest assured dealing with the brand behind Australia’s bestselling silent rangehood. For more information, please visit or contact us at 1300 881 693.

Planero: Storage space design for those who love aesthetics

Planero: Storage space design for those who love aesthetics

A message from our Silver Sponsor, Vauth-Sagel

Planero is a high-quality tray shelving system, suitable for almost all fitting options. The components and furniture interior are directly impacted by the users’ aesthetic appeal and lifestyle. Although the technical components are barely visible, they simultaneously provide a seemingly magical feeling of comfort. As a well thought out and systematic product with the ability to perfectly organise storage space interiors, Planero fits seamlessly into Vauth-Sagel’s portfolio.

Flat design combines aesthetic appeal with comfort

“Planero is a great way to showcase how dynamic we are becoming”, says Claus Sagel. Basket variants have been part of the company’s core competencies for decades; historically, they were made from bent wire. Planero, with its flat design, demonstrates Vauth-Sagel’s breadth of material expertise. It meets the highest design requirements and adds a variant to the company’s storage portfolio which responds to the customer’s desire for personal expression. With Planero, Vauth-Sagel is reaffirming its position as a driving force behind comfort systems with high design and quality standards. The powder-coated steel plate formed around an inlaid wooden shelf results in a flat design with invisible suspension points. Planero combines the highest design standards with a practical feel and hygiene. For optimal cleaning, the inserted floors can be easily removed. The tray shelving system is available for almost all product groups, such as the tall cabinet VS TAL Larder, the new corner-unit solution, CORNERSTONE MAXX, and the VS COR Flex. Planero is available in three colours: champagne, lava grey, and silver.

Learn more about the complete Vauth-Sagel range of storage solutions here.

DesignerVeneer palette inspired by Australian outback

DesignerVeneer palette inspired by Australian outback

A message from our Silver Sponsor, Gunnersen

DesignerVeneer is a specially selected colour palette of thirteen veneers inspired by the Australian outback. Decorative veneer board uses timber in its most economical and environmentally sustainable form. Ideal for use as doors, partitions and other vertical surfaces, the DesignerVeneer range is suitable for both residential and commercial applications.

The thirteen colours range from light blondes to the deepest browns, handpicked to evoke the natural colours and feel of Australia. Lemon Myrtle has consistently been our best-seller, whilst Silver Cassia has recently risen in popularity in industrial design applications for the consistency of grey with the warmth of timber.

Boards can be delivered both raw and prefinished. Prefinished boards are ready to be cut and installed immediately. DesignerVeneer also has matching edging available – natural for raw boards, and ABS edging for the prefinished. The ABS edging is available both as cross and long grain for realistic finishes.

In addition to being one of the most environmentally conscious options for using the full timber log, DesignerVeneer is reconstructed from a range of timber species responsibly sourced and FSC® certified. With an E0 MDF substrate, DesignerVeneer produces less than 0.5mg/L of formaldehyde emissions, which is lower than the current Australian standard LPM board. Additional substrates with varying sizes and thicknesses are available, though the 19mm thick stocked range was chosen for ease in joinery.

See the full range of DesignerVeneer colours and finishes here.

Samples are available both in loose leaf veneer and as full fabricated examples. Call your rep to see the DesignerVeneer samples in person and to learn more about our range of solutions.

New generation of user friendly functions: push to open Silent from Hettich

New generation of user friendly functions: push to open Silent from Hettich

A message from our Silver Sponsor, Hettich

As a pioneer of Push to open Silent technology, Hettich has added numerous new features to the second product generation. As a result, Push to open Silent provides the same convenience as electromechanical opening systems

Drawers open entirely mechanically in response to a light press on the front panel – on shutting, they unnoticeably load the opening mechanism and close in a gently cushioned movement. Even small, lightweight drawers for bathroom vanities close reliably and gently. Using special runners and Push to open Silent units, Hettich has managed to develop an end to end solution for all drawer formats. The particular practical convenience is evident in many facets, such as in the retriggering guard: the system recognises drawers closed by hand and does not reopen them accidentally. And if there’s a lack of momentum on closing, the drawer is prevented from opening again and the force needed to close it is reduced’.

On opening, optional synchronisation makes sure that a kitchen like drawer front gap of 2.5 mm is sufficient to reliably activate the system even when pressing the edges of large format front panels. When the drawer is pulled open, it feels just the same as a drawer on Silent System runners.

Push to open Silent is suitable for ArciTech and is now available for InnoTech Atira drawers. The runners are installed quickly and without the need for tools. The new Push to open Silent product generation provides a viable alternative to electromechanical systems as it leaves no margin of doubt in terms of user-friendly convenience.

Learn more about the Hettich Push to Open Silent here.