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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.

Conference planning is well underway, with an eDM on conference scheduled to be dispatched within the next couple of weeks. If you don’t receive it or you have staff or colleagues who would like to be added to the NKBA database, contact Donna at the office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ensure you receive further communication. We will have regular updates to keep you informed of specific timings and location. Like us on Facebook, NKBA NZ. Dates are confirmed as Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August 2017 and the location is Sydney.

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!

Best Regards,


Annemarie Mains
NKBA President




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.

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Certified Kitchen & Bathroom Designers specialise in the design, planning, and execution of residential kitchens and bathrooms, and prove advanced knowledge of technical and personal communication skills required to succeed as a design specialist.

Following a successful Instagram campaign labelled “60 Days of Design”, the Certified Designers Society have been raising the profile of the Designers within the Society through a colourful and contemporary gallery sharing the inspiring 2016 NKBA Awards submissions.

Including entrants and award winners, the 60 Days of Design Instagram gallery displays the unique talents of our New Zealand Kitchen & Bathroom designers, which will be followed by the next campaign focusing on individual Designers Profiles, showcasing individual work, and more information about how to contact a Certified Designer in your local area.

Being confident in your choice of professional to work with is made easy with the Certified Designers Society (CDS) directory of Kitchen and Bathroom designers, giving you direct access to make contact with one of the industry

professionals in your area ready and able to assist you with your kitchen or bathroom project.

For more information on the Certified Designers Society, or how to become a Certified Designer, please visit our website (www.cds.org.nz). Follow CDS on Instagram (@cdsdesigners) and Facebook (CertifiedDesignersSociety) to be kept up to date with the Certified Designers latest projects and information.



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.

Click here to download and view the range

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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

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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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A Forward Life

Laminex New Zealand has announced that the highly innovative Formica Formations® design competition is to run again in 2017 celebrating and showcasing the creativity of architects and designers throughout New Zealand.

This year, Laminex New Zealand encourages designers to enhance our modern environment and contribute to a better life, a better home and a better world for all, using Formica laminate. Designers are asked to design for the personal space, cross-area living, the public or global space. To see forward and help connect with responsible, thoughtful actions. To connect, move, support, improve and future proof. In line with this, Laminex New Zealand will be donating $25 for every entry received to Habitat for Humanity.

Beginning in 2011, the inaugural competition challenged professionals and emerging designers to come up with creative concepts for chairs using Formica laminate. In 2013 the call was issued to recreate the humble Formica laminate table as part of the 100 year celebrations of the Formica brand. In 2015 Laminex New Zealand sought to further spark New Zealand’s design creativity with Luminate, a challenge to reconsider how we interpret lighting hardware, fixtures and applications for New Zealand and the global stage using Formica laminate.

Two stunning designs that really confronted the traditional concept of lighting were selected at an awards function in Auckland in late 2015. Christchurch architect Wendy Tran was awarded first place in the professional category of the competition, while top spot in the emerging designer section went to Christchurch designer Kyla Davies who graduated from a Diploma in Interior Design in 2013. Tran, a Christchurch based interior designer, created ‘Crimson Summer’, inspired by the beautiful Pohutukawa tree that blooms with red flowers throughout the summer months across New Zealand.

A sophisticated solution to a self supporting floor light, Tran’s design combined art and function in dramatic Formica red and Formica Plex gold metallic laminate covered sprays of light. It was an early favourite of the judging panel with the fabrication “scaring the pants off” judge David Trubridge. The team from The Benchtop Shop in Rotorua did an absolutely amazing job bringing Tran’s vision to life.

A practicing independent interior designer since 2013, Kyla Davies had two designs in the final three, her ‘Modern Love’ wall lamp capturing the hearts of the judging panels with its originality. Created using Formica AR Plus® Solid Colour laminates, the design stood out from other submissions with its quirky message and use of text. Judge Renee Hytry Derrington found Davies’ light delightful, “she focused on a social theme of how we communicate today with texting. Executed with visually interesting laminate shapes, Kyla’s design has a dual purpose of light as art, to wash light on a supporting wall while telling a story.” Modern Love was fabricated by Laminex New Zealand customer Murray Hewitt Joinery of Christchurch.

“It’s inspiring to be a part of a competition such as Formica Formations that showcases the creative properties and applications of laminate,” says Laminex New Zealand General Manager Jerome Deperrois, “It’s fantastic to be able be give back to the design community through Formica Formations, and to New Zealand through this year’s donation to Habitat for Humanity.”

The judging panel returns for a fourth season:

Renee Hytry Derrington - as the Fletcher Building, International Business, US-based Vice President of Design, leading design teams in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe and North America, Renee oversees new design development of surfacing products which include high pressure/low pressure laminates, solid surfacing, wood and metal laminates destined for global and local markets. A former Board Director for Colour Marketing Group, Renee was instrumental in initiating the Formica Formations concept in the USA.

Ron Sang – Winner of the NZIA Enduring Architecture Award 2001, New Zealand architect Ron Sang is director of Sang Architects & Co Ltd, Ron Sang Publications and the Ron Sang Gallery. His services to art and architecture span 50 years and were recognised in 2000 with his appointment as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. His career has also extended into publishing where he has published books on leading New Zealand artists; his book Len Castle, Potter won the illustrative category of the 2003 Montana Book Awards and his book Pat Hanly won the Illustrative Non-Fiction category of the 2013 NZ Post Book Awards.

David Trubridge – has worked in the design industry for over 40 years. During that time, he has notched up numerous accolades including being named by a French magazine as one of the top 15 designers in the world. In 2007, he was given New Zealand’s highest design award – the John Britten Award – by the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand and in 2014 he was recognised by Australia’s InDesign magazine as a ‘design luminary’ and was described as “a man who has changed the face of design in New Zealand.”

There are two entry categories – professional architects and designers (of any creative discipline), and emerging architects and designers (of any creative discipline) who are currently studying or within four years of graduation. Entries close on 31 July 2017. For submissions and further information available at www.formicaformations.co.nz. The winners’ designs will be displayed at an official awards ceremony towards the end of 2017.

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Blum’s constant search to perfect motion drives the newly optimised TANDEMBOX drawer system. Enhancements have been made to the opening and closing function, and the drawer stability, to further improve the functionality of the already highly versatile and popular drawer system.

Please feel free to contact your Blum Representative for more details.

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Easy Opening - Lower opening forces and an even smoother transition to the feather-light glide raise the level of convenience from the moment you open the pull-out.

Quality to touch - You can feel the increased stability provided by the combination of the optimised drawer side and new front fixing bracket.

Optimised feather-light glide - Components in the drawer side and cabinet profile have been developed, perfecting the feather-light glide of TANDEMBOX and the smooth running action even further.

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Italian brand Smeg is renowned in New Zealand for having the largest range of freestanding cookers. In line with the tagline, Technology with Style, Smeg regularly updates its models to meet the demands of a modern and ever-evolving kitchen. With greater functionality and technology than before, there is a freestanding cooker to suit the most particular client.

The 90cm freestanding cooker with the electric oven and five-burner gas cooktop, model FS9606XS, has new cast iron trivets as well as a larger interior to feed a crowd with ease. The unique Vapour Clean function takes the effort out of keeping the cooker pristine. This model is also available in anthracite, which is popular due to its ease of cleaning and the growing trend towards black in the kitchen.

Smeg FS9606XS

In the square line design, the CS9GMXA has telescopic shelves that slide in and out making it easier to check on your roast, a new electronic display, as well as the vapour clean function.

The six-burner freestanding cooker from Smeg’s Classic range, is available in a choice of stainless steel or gloss black to suit your client’s needs. For those in the know, this model even has a tangential cooling system, a specially built external fan that ensures the outside of the


oven is cool to touch, and like many of Smeg’s large capacity freestanding cookers has twin cooking fans for faster and even cooking.

The latest design within the range is the TR93IBL. This black freestanding cooker boasts the stunning Victoria design, 90cm capacity, with 3 doors, and an induction cooktop.

Smeg TR93IBL

If you would like to learn more about the more than twenty models of Smeg freestanding cookers available, please visit www.smeg.co.nz or www.kitchenthings.co.nz or visit your nearest Kitchen Things store. To stay up-to-date on the latest in cooking technology and design, follow us on Facebook (SmegNZ) and Instagram (@smeg_nz).

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Your comprehensive source of information and specifications for premium European cooking appliances.

Visit kitchenthings.co.nz today to experience the difference.

At Kitchen Things, we know that as professionals you need specific information to finalise your designs.

Our website now features an improved search bar – simply search by model number to instantly find a product. Plus, you can now easily download a specification sheet on each model by clicking “Create PDF”.

Search for product solutions by brand, features or price and make use of the handy product comparison function.

In addition to our easy to navigate website, we now are showing a larger catalogue of appliances complete with installation and user care guides.

It’s important to Kitchen Things to support the NKBA and its members by offering premium

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website content to assist you (and your clients) to find the best appliance solution to suit the design and needs of the brief.

We are adding to and improving on our catalogue on an ongoing basis to strive to give the best possible experience online.

Visit kitchenthings.co.nz and while browsing take a look at our Once a Year Clearance Sale with over 400 models to clear nationwide.

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Classic Mason Handcrafted wallpapers from Resene is bringing back the artistry of traditional handcrafted wallpaper with the Mason Handcrafted wallpaper collection.

William (Bill) Mason was born in Napier in 1919 and was a well-known artist, winning the competition for wallpaper design at the Festival of Wellington in 1961. Bill began designing patterns for Wellington based Ashley Wallpapers before establishing Mason Handprints in the small settlement of Plimmerton on the coast north of Wellington. Bill and his wife Maureen developed an unrivalled heritage in wallpaper design. Bill Mason was extremely talented. He designed the classic dynamic motifs epitomised by the stunning Tosca patterns and perfectly balanced imagery. He made the screens used in the hand printing process and created beautiful repetitious patterns that were characterised by the striking use of colour.

Mason Handcrafted wallpaper collection

The resulting wallpapers were glamorous, alluring and quite simply beautiful. Bill’s innovative use of colour led to international acclaim and became highly sought after in New Zealand and Australia.

Mason Handprints

Mason Handprints relocated the print and design workshop to Wairarapa and established a showroom in Wellington’s Marion Street, which later became the first Resene ColorShop.

Bill began to experiment with paint rather than printers’ dyes and inks. This led to a successful collaboration with Resene. As Bill neared retirement, he sold his business to his friend Tony Nightingale of Resene. The business operated successfully for a number of years but eventually fashion and décor changed and wallpaper fell out of favour.

Times have changed and with the advance of new paint technologies and a wide-ranging and exciting Resene colour palette, which includes Resene metallic finishes; the Mason range has been reborn. The new collection honours the spirit and integrity of Bill’s artistry bringing together his design, the craftsmanship of the traditional screen printing technologies and handpicked Resene colours.

The result is a truly innovative and exciting range which can be tailored with your choice of Resene colours to suit any décor.

Treat your next project to the legacy of Mason Handprints, the artistry of Bill Mason’s designs and your handpicked selection of Resene colours.

Images from the Mason collection

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With the addition of 13 new colours to the range, Prime Melamine panels offer an unbeatable range of contemporary looks and finishes for your interior projects. From coordinating panels in sophisticated neutrals or popular Resene hues through to the raw, industrial-inspired Honed Collection, Prime Melamine offers a modern designer finish for interiors.

Prime Melamine is a tough pre-finished, low-pressure laminate panel, available in a variety of different substrates.


The highly durable melamine surface withstands wear and tear from daily use. Prime Melamine panels require no additional surface finishing, and the extensive colour collection is available in four different finishes: smooth velvet, textured embossed, woodgrain and wilderness.

Prime Melamine is the ideal solution for your next project. For more information, please visit our website. Order samples online or speak to your specifier rep.

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Schweigen, the makers of New Zealand’s first silent rangehood, deliver a powerful bathroom extraction system.

The Schweigen BR500 Silent Bathroom Exhaust System removes steam and smells in seconds.

It is perfect for any installation where users need to remove odours or to prevent condensation in bathrooms, toilets, laundries, offices and garages.

  • Silent externally mounted motor
  • Most powerful extraction fan
  • German made motor
  • Up to two room extraction with one fan
  • 5 year warranty

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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!

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The Hideaway Compact bin range has been upgraded with some great new features for the same price!

Hideaway Compact bins

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.

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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.

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Pictured: Left to right Alex, Louella, Wendie, Louise, Rosemary, Jash, Mark Bruce (Tutor)



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