KBDi Conference + Designer Awards Gala

This year’s Conference will be held at the Howard Smith Wharves. This fabulous food and lifestyle precinct is located under the iconic Story Bridge with dazzling city skyline views. The Wharves are considered Brisbane’s ultimate riverfront destination, and we’re confident the venue will be the perfect location for the KBDi Conference & Awards celebration.

The Howard Smith Wharves are conveniently just a short walk away from Brisbane’s ultimate design and boutique shopping district, too. We’ll be taking advantage of this proximity with a dedicated design tour in the James Street precinct.

KBDi Conference 2023

Registrations have now closed

Day 1  |  Friday, 18 August  |  8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Howard Smith Wharves, The Rivershed, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City
Dress: Smart Casual

KBDi Conference Expo


Be treated to a light Networking Breakfast on arrival. Catch up with colleagues and make new connections while enjoying coffee and croissants.

Proudly sponsored by KBDi Corporate Plus Partner, Laminam

KBDi Conference Expo


Our Partners have been invited to set up shop in an exclusive Partner Product Expo. Meet the industry’s best reps and learn what’s new and in the pipeline from our industry’s most trusted suppliers.


Austaron Surfaces  |  Blum Australia  |  Cav’art  |  Corian Solid Surface  |  e&s  |  ForestOne  |  Hafele  |  Hettich  |  Laminam  |  Lapitec  |  Lincoln Sentry  |  Momo Handles  |  Multitap  |  Qasair Rangehoods  |  Wilson & Bradley  |  Zip Water

The Expo is open during registration, networking breakfast and meal breaks on Friday only.

KBDi Conference Speaker - Amanda Stevens


Turning Customers into Advocates
Good brands have satisfied customers; great brands have raving fans

As Australia’s leading consumer futurist, Amanda Stevens gives organisations a peek into the future of consumers. More importantly, she provides powerful strategies for future-proofing businesses by creating EPIC customer experiences and building brand advocacy.

Proudly sponsored by KBDi Corporate Plus Partner, Lincoln Sentry.

KBDi Conference Speaker - Amanda Stevens


Digital Content Creation for the Real World
Content creation for social media, websites and other digital channels

Dante is Australia’s most accredited and certified digital professional and digital skills trainer. Having started his digital life on a Commodore 64 in 1986, he has worked across all significant technological shifts as a practitioner, marketer and trainer.

Dante is a plain-talking, jargon-free, clearly communicating, credible digital trainer who will ensure you leave the conference armed with the necessary tools to get on track. In this session, you’ll learn:

  1. how to create your social media content once for a whole year (or two!)
  2. how to express yourself within your values and unique voice
  3. how to move from curious lead to trusted enquiry using content and
  4. the tools that make it all so much easier to achieve the above.
KBDi Conference Speaker - Amanda Stevens


Interior Design That Matters
Designing interiors for a sustainable future

Felicity Bernstein is a highly accomplished and award-winning designer with an absolute dedication to sustainability. In her 25-plus years working in the industry – in Australia and abroad – Felicity has studied and practised the science of sustainable design and developed a successful strategy for application. In this session, she will share ‘3 goals, 4 principles and 5 tricks’ to help you become a bigger-picture designer and a change-maker in your niche.

Proudly sponsored by KBDi Corporate Plus Partner, Blum.

KBDi Conference Speaker - Amanda Stevens
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Putting Yourself Front and Centre
How public speaking can improve your professional potential

James Treble is no stranger to the stage and is a popular presence in all kinds of media across Australia. He has an inspiring ability to connect with his audience with clarity and authenticity (and just the right dose of Dad jokes).

In this session, James will share his best tips for delivering professional presentations on stage and through various media. From PowerPoints to posture, timing to talk speed, and everything in between, James will demonstrate how to make the most of speaking opportunities and convert your newfound skills into everyday business practice.

Proudly sponsored by KBDi Supplier Partner, CAV’ART.

Welcome Party  |  Friday, 18 August  |  6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Bougainvillea House – Howard Smith Wharves Precinct
Dress: Smart Casual

KBDi Conference Bougainvillea House

To wrap up Day 1, delegates will be treated to the Conference Welcome Party.

You’ll soak up the stunning views of the Story Bridge and the city skyline while enjoying 3-hours of delicious food and drinks. This will be the perfect time to unwind, enjoy our relaxed Queensland lifestyle and catch up with your KBDi colleagues.

Proudly sponsored by KBDi Corporate Plus Partner, Lincoln Sentry

Day 2  |  Saturday, 19 August  |  9.30 am – 2.30 pm

Meet at the arthaus Bathroom & Kitchen Showroom, Level 1,  22 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley
Dress: Smart Casual (comfortable shoes)

On Day 2, we’ll be focusing on Design and Inspiration. 

We’ll take delegates on a walking Design Tour to visit three stunning showrooms in the centre of Brisbane’s design hub and high-end James Street Precinct.

KBDi QLD Chapter Event - May 2022
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arthaus Bathroom & Kitchen Showroom
Our first stop will be arthaus’ stunning showroom which offers an extensive range of designer European and Australian brands. This showroom is THE destination for designing luxury bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries.

We will also hear about the latest trends from the ISH Trade Fair and be treated to a delicious morning tea.

KBDi QLD Chapter Event - May 2022
KBDi Supplier Partner_CAV'ART

Lumen8 Architectural Lighting Showroom
Our second visit will be to Lumen8 Architectural Lighting. Lumen8 partners with architectural design and building industry members to deliver innovative architectural lighting solutions in commercial and domestic applications.

They have a beautiful showroom with an extensive range of contemporary luminaires featuring the latest lighting technology. Their products are sourced from premium European manufacturers and leading Australian and New Zealand designers and will be sure to inspire you.

Following the showroom tour, Lumen8 will enlighten us with their expertise, sharing an informative session and what to consider when specifying luminaires for our kitchens and bathrooms.

KBDi QLD Chapter Event - May 2022
KBDi Supplier Partner_CAV'ART

Earp Bros Showroom
And our final showroom visit will be to Earp Bros Tiles Showroom. Earp Bros is committed to becoming Australia’s most trusted and exclusive supplier of the world’s highest quality hard surface materials, including ceramic and porcelain tiles, natural stone and innovative surface products. We’ll explore their fabulous showroom and hear a targeted presentation covering some of the knowledge gaps they routinely see with designers and specifiers.

KBDi Conference Lunch
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Conference Close Lunch
The Rivershed Deck, Howard Smith Wharves

After our Design Tour, delegates will wrap up the two-day program with a casual, outdoor networking lunch on the riverdeck. This will be a great opportunity to relax, rewind and recap the weekend’s events.

Lunch sponsor Hafele also welcomes you to explore its new ‘Grass moved by Hafele’ mobile showroom van which will be parked at the event.

This mobile showroom is the perfect opportunity to experience the world of Grass products and to see how well they can be integrated into your Kitchen, Bathroom or furniture design.

The lunch is expected to finish around 2.30 pm so you can enjoy some free time to relax and prepare for our big Awards Celebration Gala.

Sponsored by KBDi Corporate Partner, Hafele

KBDi Designer Awards Gala Dinner  |  Saturday, 19 August  |  7.00 pm – 12.00 am

The Rivershed, Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City
Dress: Cocktail / Lounge suit

KBDi Conference 2022

7.00 pm – 7.30 pm Pre-Dinner Drinks
7.30 pm – 12.00 am Dinner and Presentations

Our much-loved KBDi Designer Awards Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday evening.

This spectacular event is KBDi’s ‘Night of Nights’ and a wonderful celebration of Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers.

This year, the Awards Gala will be held in the stunning Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves. Prepare yourself for five fantastic hours of wining and dining, entertainment, networking and, of course, the country’s best presentation of award-winning kitchens and bathrooms.

Our good friend James Treble will be back as our Emcee for this year – if you attended our 2022 Awards Gala, you’ll know what a talent he has for keeping us on the ball.

Have some fun with the live and silent auctions in support of Fight Duchenne Foundation.


The below accommodation options are all within walking distance of the Conference venue at Howard Smith Wharves.

We suggest you book early as accommodation is not being held.

*Please check with the Hotels directly regarding their booking and cancellation policies.


Located on site at Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street.

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Luxury hotel in the heart of Brisbane Fortitude Valley.

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Welcoming by design. Located at 37 Balfour Street, New Farm.

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Nestled in the heart of the James Street Precinct in Fortitude Valley.

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Located at 48 James Street, Fortitude Valley.

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Located in Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley.

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Located in Adelaide Street with close proximity to the venue.

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Experience a mix of serenity and cutting-edge urban style. 

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