Welcome to 2017 NKBA members!
The NKBA Exec hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday break. It seems a while ago now as we are nearing the end of February! Reports from around the country indicate that business hasn’t slowed down from last year with installations being completed right up to Christmas and quotes for 2017 were being sent out Christmas week too!
It is in such times that it’s easy to rush work with the pressure we face, and this is indicative of the contacts the office has received from consumers for potential disputes. We are here to support you, our members, and initial communications are to seek a resolution. On the whole we are so impressed with your attempts to remedy situations and ensure that the customer is left satisfied with the outcome. Take your time with designing, quoting, manufacturing and installing. A stitch in time .... hindsight is ever useful.
We are ever thankful for our incredible sponsors for their continued support to our industry, NKBA and our members. We listened to you, guided by sponsors and the Board considered carefully before deciding on Sydney. Queenstown came out as #1 on the member conference survey however the difficulty we found to secure a venue for 250 for the Awards night meant option 2 was considered. 2018 will see the extension of a superb venue in Queenstown and this will be a consideration for next year. Coupled with Indesign Sydney 2017 being around our conference dates, adding to your conference experience.
We are working with the sponsors to ensure you have an amazing and inspiring couple of days in Sydney. Fisher & Paykel as principal sponsor has generously offered a subsidy to the first 80 designers or manufacturers who register for conference, so don’t delay to register when you see the eDM in your email inbox. This will provide a link to our registration platform. (T’s & C’s available). The subsidy will be deducted off your registration.
Indesign will be held in Sydney on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August in three different locations. We are working with their organisers to look at whether we will join their programme for part of Friday or alternatively you may wish to spend the day on Saturday after our conference has completed. This was a decider as to why NKBA Conference days changed to Thursday/Friday. Awards night will be on Friday evening in Sydney CBD. More info to follow.
Suzie and Donna are very excited that the Board have approved the development of a new website and member database. The current platforms are very unstable. It will give the office greater flexibility to communicate with our members while keeping costs to do so at a minimum. We are aiming to launch the new website mid-April at the same time as we open for the 2017 Awards.
So lots on our horizon to look forward to, but most of all, I hope you will play an active role in NKBA so it can continue to grow and thrive in the years ahead!
It’s the details we obsess over that set us apart.
A fresh new profile opens the door to even more options when it comes to refrigeration.
Introducing the sleek new range of refrigeration from Fisher & Paykel with flat doors and concealed handles, they’re streamlined in their design approach providing uninterrupted lines throughout the kitchen.
Available in White, EZKleen Stainless steel and optional ice and water, the new range of flat door, concealed handled fridges will sit alongside Fisher & Paykel’s current range of refrigeration to offer door and handle options to suit any design or lifestyle.
Häfele are proud to announce the upcoming release of Nova Pro SCALA, the new soft-close drawer system by Austrian market leaders, GRASS. Nova Pro Scala incorporates the best of Nova Pro and much more besides. The broad spectrum covered by the product range enables segmentation from the entry-level version through to the premium segment and provides the individual styling options of designer panels which fit snugly on the drawer sides.
Nova Pro Scala by Häfele offers more glass, more height and more space. Alongside the familiar Crystal and railing options, the Scala range also includes a high glass version (Crystal Plus) and a box-type drawer side height of 186mm.
Available in three modern colours and multiple depths, plus the brand-new Tipmatic Soft-Close option (handle-less push-to-open soft-close), Nova Pro Scala is the revolutionary drawer system you have been waiting for.
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09 274 2040
This February Laminex® Solid Surface introduces the Stratum collection. Inspired by the layering of strata rock formations, the veining and fluid patterns of the Stratum range exude sophistication and elegance.
Incorporating five new colours, the Stratum collection covers all bases of a neutral palette. The fresh softly veined Clara, the soft, wavy grey of Sedimentary, deep grey of Slate Grey, warm brown of Moreno and the deep brown with copper accents of Ebony Timber.
“The new Stratum collection speaks to the current trend of Personal Sanctuary” says Teresa Walsh, Marketing Development Manager, Laminex New Zealand. “Of seeking refuge and comfort in today’s busy and chaotic world. This trend sees the increased prevalence of organic materials and natural patterns in interior surfaces with a colour palette of serene neutrals creating a feeling of gentle luxury in contrast to urban overcrowding and haste.”
A thermoformable acrylic, Laminex Solid Surface can be moulded to realise inventive designs with seamless joins. Several translucent options enables Laminex Solid Surface to be engraved and backlit, allowing for the creation of even more unique and inspirational interiors. This unique flexibility makes it the ideal material for residential and commercial, horizontal and vertical applications such as benchtops, countertops, reception desks and commercial bars.
An environmentally preferable product choice, Laminex Solid Surface has NSF accreditation for use in healthcare facilities and food preparation areas as well as American Greenguard Gold certificate ensuring safe and clean indoor air quality. Furthermore, Laminex Solid Surface holds Declare Red List Free status which means
that it can be used in the Living Building Challenge, and provides peace of mind to both the design community and consumers to ensure that they are using the best possible materials in their construction. “Laminex New Zealand is proud of taking environmental concerns seriously. Laminex Solid Surface is the only material of this type with the Declare Red List Free status so you can be certain that you are designing with the very best environmentally preferable product.” says Walsh.
Its non-porous nature means Laminex Solid Surface has superior stain and bacteria resistance and the seamless joins make the surface easy to clean and very hygienic with high fade resistance providing colour stability over the lifetime of the surface. Laminex Solid Surface is repairable and renewable, meaning surfaces can be restored to their original condition. Backed by a ten year limited warranty that covers both the product and the fabrication, Laminex Solid Surface is also supported by Laminex New Zealand’s knowledgeable technical team. The addition of the Stratum range brings the total offer to 19 colours, providing an option for any palette in both commercial and residential interiors.
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Parex Industries, New Zealand distributors of InSinkErator and Schweigen Silent Rangehoods were thrilled to host an intimate breakfast for the (NKBA) Auckland Chapter on Valentine’s Day. The morning consisted of a product update on InSinkErator Food Waste Disposers new accessories range which includes new finishes to Air Switch Buttons, Sink Plugs and Flanges, the new InSinkErator NeoTank and the new
Schweigen bathroom fan – BR500. Guests were treated to breakfast with bubbles and a small Valentine’s Day gift to go home with.
Congratulations to Julie Jenkins from Kitchen Architecture for winning a Schweigen Designer Rangehood!
The Hideaway Compact bin range has been upgraded with some great new features for the same price!
Upgraded to include over extending soft close runners. With the Hideaway Compact bin range, it’s easy to offer a bin that is reliable, has a very smooth closing action and over extends to allow easy access to the rear bucket. The new
runner also features a press release disconnect device for easy installation and cleaning of the bins.
Soft closing action and handleless push to open functionality. The upgraded Hideaway Compact bins are now compatible with electronic push to open devices, providing you with smooth soft closing action and handleless push to open functionality! The bins have been successfully tested using Grass Sensomatic and Blum Servo-Drive. A back panel or horizontal bracket profile installation of the electronic systems provide the best solution.
Now with pitch adjustment. The door bracket now features pitch adjustment, making it easier to achieve the perfect bin installation. Contact us if you would like updated drilling dimensions or CAD files for your CNC.
The upgraded Hideaway Compact bin range is available throughout NZ via our national Distributor Partner Hafele and Regional Distributors Carters, Impey’s, ITM, Rose City Wood Panels and Scooters.
On 13 February Mark Bruce (Tutor) ran the five-day National Certificate in Kitchen Design course in Blenheim, at NMIT – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Students came from across the South Island, all with the goal of completing the course successfully and developing their knowledge.
If you’re interested in becoming part of the growing number of formally qualified Kitchen Designers in New Zealand, contact BCITO now on 0800 422 486 or visit www.bcito.org.nz/design to find out more.
Pictured: Left to right Alex, Louella, Wendie, Louise, Rosemary, Jash, Mark Bruce (Tutor)