NKBA December Newsletter 2015

Wow, the silly season is now in full swing!
Your Executive Board have been extremely busy since the 2015 annual Awards and Conference. I'd like to share with you items we have been working on.

NKBA Survey

Thank you to all who partook in our recent NKBA Awards Survey. Your feedback is appreciated and gives the Board guidance as to what you want as a member of our association.

The results have been collated and with your valuable input the Board has revised and refreshed the 2016 Awards Programme.

Exciting details on the new Awards look will be announced in January 2016, we know you will be as excited as we are to bring this to you. In alignment with your comments from the survey, the Awards categories have been revised. We trust you will see real value for your own business and look forward to entering into the 2016 Awards.

Introducing our new creative & marketing partner - Davy & Chapman

Our media partnership contract with Trends Publishing came up for renewal this year and the Board decided to prepare a briefing document and tender it out. The challenges and tasks were clearly documented giving the objectives we are looking for as an association.

Four shortlisted agencies were approached to tender a proposal:

  • Trends - our existing partner
  • Davy & Chapman
  • Dock Street Group
  • Create Concept

These four proposals were then evaluated and presentations by two were made at our recent Board meeting. These presentations were exciting and totally in line with the NKBA Board strategic plan.

We are thrilled to announce that Davy & Chapman have been appointed as our new creative and marketing partner www.davyandchapman.co.nz

Davy & Chapman - a company with 15 years' experience, are a passionate, creative company with vision way beyond the Awards event and have committed to ensure execution with a WOW factor.

To quote "We're taking a fresh approach to our proposal for the NKBA Awards programme for 2016 and will leverage and maximize the exposure through a holistic approach, looking at the platform for the programme, the process, the marketing and media, promotional aspects and the event".

We wish to acknowledge Trends at this time and thank them for the support they have given NKBA and our members over many years. Many designers can attest to the benefits to their businesses from being featured in Trends issues.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Kind Regards,

Heather Wood
NKBA President

NKBA Executive Team


Heather Wood
Heather Wood
NKBA President and holds the Finance Portfolio
Jared Dinneen
Jared Dinneen
Manufacturing/Supplier Representative and holds the Awards Portfolio
Rebecca Banks
Rebecca Banks
Certified Designers Representative and holds the Sponsorship Portfolio
Annemarie Mains
Annemarie Mains
NKBA Vice President and holds the Conference and Education Portfolios
Nick Thompson
Nick Thompson
Auckland & Northland Representative and holds the Marketing Portfolio
Suzie Rees
Suzie Rees
Executive Officer
Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell
Holds the Risk Management Portfolio and gives Strategic Guidance
Trish Frankland
Trish Frankland
South Island Representative and holds the Membership Portfolio
Donna Tomlinson
Donna Tomlinson
Assistant Executive Officer


Taking into consideration the exciting new changes to occur with Davy & Chapman on the team and the Board securing an "International Speaker", we have decided to change the venue and date of the 2016 Awards and Conference to Auckland, on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th August.




Fisher & Paykel’s new ActiveSmart™ Slide-In Fridge was handpicked from nearly 1000 entries to take out a Gold Pin in the Product category at the recent Best Design Awards 2015. The Best Design Awards are held annually and recognise the strongest design work across seven categories.

Fisher & Paykel Head of Design Mark Elmore says the company is honoured to be recognised with a Gold Pin for its work designing a family sized fridge that fits flush with surrounding cabinetry with just 4mm gaps.

“Through our work with designers and architects around the world it became apparent that there are few refrigeration platforms that suit the minimalistic design of the modern kitchen.

“We’re very proud of the resulting product, which sets new benchmarks in design, quality and value, and how it has been received by the specifier, designer and architect community,” says Mark Elmore.

Designers Institute of New Zealand CEO Cathy Veninga says that the Slide-In Fridge reaffirms Fisher & Paykel’s ability to identify weaknesses and flaws in the kitchen space, and the company’s commitment to work tirelessly to resolve them in an innovative way.


From left to right: Fisher & Paykel’s Mark Elmore, Diego Getar and Mark Haydon accept the Gold Pin from Designers Institute of New Zealand sponsor Desna Jury (Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at AUT University).

“Every designer dreams of a kitchen with seamless, flush fit appliances and cabinetry. The Slide-In Fridge is a beautiful example of what can be

Design Award Recognition

achieved by taking an in-depth approach to an obvious issue,” says Cathy Veninga.

The Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart™ Slide-In Fridge has been designed to fit seamlessly within 900 x 1800mm cabinetry with only a 4mm gap. Unlike conventional fridges, it does not need clearance on either side for the door to open or for ventilation. The Slide-in model comes in high quality stainless steel, with black finish and chrome strip detail on the slim line water dispenser. The product can also be installed on a plinth so that the grill can be hidden from sight.

The Best Design Awards are organised by the Designers Institute of New Zealand and recognise the strongest design work produced in seven categories – spatial, product, graphic, interactive, best effect, public good and a category that showcases multicultural collaboration. Entries judged Best in each category are awarded the Gold Pin.

Fisher & Paykel’s latest cooktop innovation, the Flush Gas on Steel, also won at this year’s Best Design Awards, taking a Silver Pin. The high-performance cooking product is recessed into the kitchen bench for an uncluttered look. Like Fisher & Paykel’s Slide-In Fridge, the Flush Gas on Steel has an elegant and minimalist aesthetic and is designed to complement Fisher & Paykel’s existing family of appliances. The Flush Gas on Steel received international recognition at the iF Design Awards in Germany earlier this year.

For Slide-In product planning and design files please click here. For stock enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Supreme Winner


Check out Natalie Du Bois’ winning entry in the NZ House & Garden Interior of the Year awards.

Click here to read the full article on Stuff’s website.

Supreme Kitchen Winner Mag


Congratulations to Wim de Bruin of AVÉORA Design Studio who is closely associated with three top award winning homes in this years Registered Master Builder’s House of the Year Awards. The Supreme Award winning home in Mount Maunganui features an AVÉORA kitchen, kitchenette, bathrooms and extensive cabinetry fit-out designed by Wim.

The kitchens and cabinetry in the Supreme Award winning home as well as the kitchens and cabinetry in the national Supreme Renovation Award winner (a Coatesville home) and the Auckland Regional New Build winner (Waiheke Island home) were all

Congratulations Wim de Bruin

manufactured by de Bruin-Judge Furniture Ltd. Wim and his wife and business partner Robyn, have recently sold their 21 year old manufacturing company (now known as DBJ Furniture) to focus on developing their AVÉORA brand.




For more than 30 years, Trends has promoted great home design ideas through its print, digital and online media.

The Trends International Design Awards – TIDAs – take that involvement to the next level with the search for the best kitchens, bathrooms and homes across a number of the countries where Trends has a presence.

The TIDA Master Class Kitchen category is open to kitchen designers who have previously won a recognised award for their work.

Trends International Design Award

The winner of the 2015 New Zealand TIDA Master Class Kitchen is:

Melanie Craig of Melanie Craig Design

Click here to read the full article.



A high-end kitchen in a house in Emerald Hill, Upper Hutt has caught the eye of judges in the SBID International Design Excellence Awards in the UK.

The kitchen, designed by Damian Hannah of German Kitchens Ltd in Wellington, is one of just 18 kitchens worldwide to make the shortlist for the awards, and the only New Zealand project to make the list.

Emerald Kitchen
Emerald Kitchen

The designer says the Alno kitchen was part of an extensive home renovation for the owners, who have requested privacy. He said he could not disclose the price.

Hannah worked with the clients and the original architect’s plans to establish the layout of the kitchen and scullery, which doubles as a secondary kitchen.

The design was all about balance, and providing an even distance between key elements of the work triangle.

“This allows the eye to focus on the central point and not be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the kitchen,” he says.



Two stunning designs that really challenge the traditional concept of lighting have been selected as the winning entries in the Formica® FormationsTM Design Competition 2015. The winners were announced and the winning fabricated lamps were revealed yesterday evening at an awards function at Oram’s Marine Services in Auckland’s viaduct harbour.

Click here to read the full article.

Formica® FormationsTM Design Competition


The Melteca range of quality laminated panels is taking design to a new level with the introduction of nine beautiful new decors in 2015.

The Melteca brand carries a strong history of providing highly durable and stylish surfaces for residential and commercial spaces including kitchen cabinetry, bathroom vanities, shelving, workstations, furniture and retail fitouts.

Melteca Range 2015

Following the launch of Melteca Purecoat designer painted panels and the unveiling of a stunning new website, in September nine new colours were introduced into the Melteca quality laminated panels range.

Invigorating and refreshing the Melteca collection the new additions feature bright colours, a grey-based linen and Baikal, a contemporary neutral.

The addition of five on-trend timber patterns follow on from their successful introduction into the Formica and Laminex laminate ranges. “These new introductions provide complementary colours for both horizontal and vertical applications which are really important for commercial projects in particular. We’re really pleased to be able to introduce these unique woodgrains into the Melteca range, allowing for consistency across benchtops and cabinetry in interior commercial spaces” says Laminex New Zealand Marketing Development Manager Rob Jackson.

The texture and tactility of decorative surfaces is a growing interior design trend evidenced in European markets. This has translated into the need to expand the Melteca finish options – which now includes the beautiful, soft and subtle Satin finish available in over 50 colours.

Designed to endure the day-to-day challenges of interior environments, the Melteca range is backed by a seven year limited warranty to ensure outstanding interior looks are the envy of others year after year.

For more information on the Melteca range visit www.melteca.co.nz

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They’re the darlings of the SMEG range, with styling so recognisable and guaranteed to bring a smile, that the SMEG 50’s Retro Style line have now earned their own unique website as well.

www.smeg50style.co.nz is the place to see the full collection of SMEG 50’s appliances, with their lively tones and retro design - and special launch pricing to boot.

Included on the site will be the highly anticipated collection of SMEG Small Domestic Appliances, including the toaster, kettle, blender and stand mixer.

The 50’s Retro Style family, from the iconic FAB28 refrigerator through to the latest generation of SMEG Small Domestic Appliances, is a modern interpretation of traditional appliances which offer a touch of typical SMEG: passion for innovation and for appliances as objects to be shown-off. Created by the SMEG internal design studio, the 50’s Retro Style family of refrigerators and dishwashers changed the way people view domestic appliances, forcing the industrial look to disappear, making room for true style icons.

From the robust 484 litre Fab 50 fridge / freezer, down to the tiny, but perfect 42 litre Fab 5 fridge, the entire line imbues strong personality, old fashioned sinuous lines and bright colors combined with the latest technology - fusing technology and aesthetics that evoke the unmistakable shapes and atmosphere of the 1950’s. The recent addition of the SMEG Small Domestic Appliances line has been developed to add even more beauty to the kitchen, with tools that ensure excellent performance in all stages of food preparation, with powerful personalities to match.

So now, New Zealanders will be able to style their entire kitchen, with the colors, technology and iconic design of SMEG. See the full 50’s Retro Style series online now at www.smeg50style.co.nz

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Smeg Product 50's Range




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Hettich Ideas Book


Hettich have released a new book that’s all about sliding! Inspiring and informative - it will give you lots of ideas on how sliding doors can be used in the home and inform you about the versatility of different sliding door applications, useful descriptions on how to find the right system, and specific planning data for efficiently and successfully producing sliding door cabinets.

The use of sliding doors is a continuing and growing trend, as apart from the functional aspects of excellent use of space, sliding doors also allow purist design in a way that is truly unique. From cabinets, shelves and wardrobes to room dividers, the appropriate Hettich fitting with German precision design, enables smooth functioning of the door and absolute freedom of movement, regardless of the weight and size of the door or whether it is made from wood, glass, plastic, metal or a combination of materials.

Hettich is a leading innovator in sliding door systems, so click here to view the book.

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The Certified Designers Society is the Design and Education arm of the NKBA. All members are qualified designers holding the Certified Kitchen Design (CKDNZ), Certified Bathroom Design (CBDNZ), Diploma in Kitchen Design (Dip.Kit.Des) and/or Certificate in Kitchen Design qualifications and are all NKBA members. A CDS/NKBA qualified Kitchen or Bathroom Designer is a professional who is qualified by education, experience and up to date product knowledge.

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Within the CDS there are different categories which enable all NKBA designer members the opportunity to join the association: Professional, Fellow, Student and Associate.

Why become a CDS Member? CDS offers a great network of likeminded designers along with publicity through advertising,

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social media and exclusive CDS Designer only events.

Membership information including the criteria and application form is available on the CDS website. If gaining a qualification in Kitchen or Bathroom design is something you’re interested in please visit the website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CDS are constantly updating and posting photos and design inspiration on their Facebook page (Certified Designers Society) and Instagram (cdsdesigners) - check it out!

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iMove sets new standards for wall units. The product combines the beautiful and the practical with one effortless movement. How much intelligence do you want?

There’s easy operation, more reachable storage, a clearer view with fast access. The innovative iMove pull-down transforms a conventional wall unit into an ergonomic storage system with big user benefits. The iMove and its contents are pulled downwards and outwards in one easy movement and combines practical benefits with a brilliantly stylish design.

The iMove product family covers all the popular wall unit widths by using only a relatively small number of variants. These are 600mm and 900mm single or 600cm double tray in white and silver. The iMove can be installed in existing cabinetry meaning there is no need to redesign your carcase and also means you can retrofit too.

The iMove is in stock now so contact your Häfele representative or local office for more information.

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