We have a hive of activities planned and a very sweet line up for this year’s

KBDi 2019 Certified Designers Forum, Design Symposium and Gala, and we’re sure you’ll


Bee Inspired’

2 + 3 August 2019

Melbourne, Australia

This year we’ll be hosting a KBDi Sponsor Product Expo all day Friday,
along with a packed program of informative and inspiring sessions including: 


KBDi Certified Designers Forum 2019

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Proudly sponsored by Blum

Julie Ockerby is highly regarded as a change agent in the aged care industry. With previous careers in both nursing and boutique hotels, Julie has combined her past experience with a passion for interiors, and is on a mission to reinvigorate aged care living with social and cultural design philosophies.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion that is sure to get the room buzzing!

The Certified Designers Forum is free to all current KBDi Accredited Designers, and $69 for all Associate and Designer Members. Use the booking link above to secure your spot.

KBDi Design Symposium – Welcome Lunch

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Proudly sponsored by Laminex

Join your peers for a Welcome Lunch proudly hosted by Laminex, while enjoying a Product Expo at Pullman Melbourne on the Park. You’ll be fed, watered and well-informed, ready for a day of design inspiration.

Digital Marketing – Designer Style

Growing your digital and social platforms with an integrated marketing approach.

Proudly sponsored by Laminex

With a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Diploma of Interior Design, Elissa Greer (Darren James Interiors) has a great handle on digital marketing for designers. In this interactive session, Elissa will step you through an integrated marketing approach to finding bigger, better and targeted audiences, and organically growing your brand reach.

Inspiration from ISH

Hear the highlights of the world’s biggest and best bathroom expo.

AIDT’s Simon Hodgson and Melanie Gardener will share the highlights from their most recent design adventure. ISH was the key destination of the Australian International Design Tours 2019 Tour, and this much-loved duo have curated a special selection of their favourite finds for you.

Style & Shoot

Explore the top styling tips for publication and awards, and learn how to get your project noticed.

Proudly sponsored by Talostone

As the Director of Melbourne-based styling firm, Pip & Coop, Cassie Thomson is obsessed with all things interiors and a master at makeovers with style and grace. In this session, Cassie will share her top tips about working with photographers, styling with vibe and appealing to your target audience with beautifully styled shoots.

K & B Budget Breakdown

Pulling apart the prices associated with Australian Kitchens & Bathrooms

While pictures and words are more her thing, our resident designer, Selina Zwolsman CKD Au, will be breaking down the numbers in this session, presenting a snapshot of the costs associated with kitchens and bathrooms. We’ll work out the averages, medians and means of the data provided by you, and establish who pays how much, for what and where across the country.

KBDi Design Symposium – Welcome Drinks

Proudly sponsored by TLD Kitchens

Enjoy your favourite nectar and hover with your colony at our traditional KBDi Design Symposium Welcome Drinks. Our friends at TLD Kitchens are shouting, and look forward to helping you wind down on day one.

Architectural Tour with Stephen Crafti

Discover Melbourne’s architectural gems and explore them ‘up close’ and personal.

With more than 40 books to his name and an undeniable passion for architecture and design, Stephen Crafti lives, breathes and writes all things design. He’ll be sharing his expertise during this inspiring architectural tour, where we’ll explore the ins and outs of two stunning abodes, and discover some beautiful Melbourne housing highlights in between.

Lunch at the Merchant Osteria Veneta

Proudly sponsored by Multitap by Insinkerator

KBDi Sponsors, Multitap by Insinkerator will wine and dine you at Guy Grossi’s Venetian-inspired restaurant. 

Showroom Tour: Design Precinct

Justin Van Nierop has been immersed in design for decades: trained initially as a jewellery designer and gemologist, Justin took his keen eye for detail to the discipline of furniture design, before moving into bigger picture concepts with interior and landscape design. In 1999 he opened Urban Edge Ceramics, bringing innovative, high-quality tile designs from Italy’s finest designers to Australia. He recently opened Design Precinct in order to deliver a diverse range of bathroom products – from Italian bathware to porcelain panels, taps, basins and waterproof wallpaper – to our shores. In this showroom tour, Justin will inspire you with Cielo, Antoniolupi, Cedit, Cea, Mutina and more.

KBDi Designer Awards 2019 – Drinks on Schweigen

Proudly sponsored by Schweigen

KBDi Sponsor, Schweigen, invite you to kick off your evening with the official pre-dinner drinks at the Pullman on the Park. The bubbly will be chilled and waiting, and Schweigen will keep your glasses full during dinner as we roll out the red carpet for Australia’s Finest Designers.

KBDi Designer Awards 2019 Gala Dinner

Wrap up two days of design inspiration with a Gala Dinner like no other! Rub shoulders with Australia’s Finest designers, and find out who will be crowned the KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year, the KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year and the KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year. You’ll enjoy fine food, excellent entertainment, dazzling dancing (?!) and an all-out-knees-up as we celebrate with the winners of 2019.

And that’s not even all of it!

If you’re keen to make the most of your Melbourne getaway,

you’ll love the social tour our Victorian Chapter Committee are organising:

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Pick up from Pullman Melbourne on the Park – 9.30am

Day trip to Mornington Peninsula wineries – download the itinerary here

Drop off at Pullman Melbourne on the Park – 5.30pm

With much thanks and appreciation to our Symposium Sponsors of 2019:

With much thanks and appreciation to our Designer Awards Sponsors of 2019: