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  National Kitchen & Bathroom Association  
It’s hard to believe we are halfway through the year and Conference 2015 is next month! Go on line and register at the link below now and make sure you are ready for a fun and informative Conference in Napier. We are working hard to create a varied programme with a different feel to it this year following feedback from our members. We hope you will enjoy it. For the first time, this year CDS have invited NKBA Designers to join CDS Retreat on Friday 31 July from 8am. An amazing day is planned so pull out stops to be there. NKBA Conference begins at 3pm on Friday 31 July.

Judging Day was at the end of May with some outstanding entries this year. It was a tough job for our judges, oh to be a fly on the wall! There will be one lucky award entrant who will win the amazing prize for a trip to KBIS 2016 sponsored by Laminex! This will be announced at the Awards Evening and the winner must be present. Our thanks goes to our judges Paul Taylor - Trends, Frances Robinson - CDS Judge, Melanie Craig - 2015 Kitchen Designer of the Year, Harry Rowntree - Jasmax and Angela Fell - Resene, for their hard work and contribution.
  So you are aware, the judging process starts three weeks prior to Judging Day where the judges are sent electronic files of the images, plans and brief for each entry. These are scored individually based on Client Brief, Design & Concept, Plans and lastly Style. The results are sent to Trends and tallied for the top contenders. Judges come together on Judging Day to decide collectively the Award winners for each category and certainly includes some robust discussion to come to their final decisions. The Award winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Saturday 1 August in Napier, it will be an exciting event so come celebrate with our winning designers.

People’s Choice is now open on the NKBA page on my Trends platform and voting closes on Wednesday 15 July. Designers who have entered, here is your opportunity to get your network to vote for you! Enjoy checking all the entries out and guessing who designed which kitchen or bathroom. One vote per kitchen and one vote per bathroom is counted, multiple votes are not accumulated. Go ahead and vote for your favourite.

Looking forward to seeing you at Conference, if you haven’t done so already, go register now!

Kind Regards
Suzie Rees, Executive Officer
  The Judges  
Judging of the 2015 NKBA Awards took place at Trends on Friday 29 May. Judges Frances Robinson, Paul Taylor, Angela Fell of Resene for the Colour Award, Harry Rowntree and Melanie Craig.   There were some standout kitchens and bathrooms among the 66 entries.

Who were the winners? All will be revealed at Conference!

  NKBA and Smeg People's Choice  
  NKBA 2015 Conference - Download Agenda  
  Have you registered for Conference and booked your flights and accommodation? 7 weeks to go!
Register from the link on the home page of the NKBA website, Accommodation can be booked with our special rate via
  Enrol Now for 2015 Courses  
NKBA Kitchen Design Courses
  Our tutors are industry based, own their own businesses and have a vast amount of knowledge to assist you with your learning and promotes your employer's business by having a qualified designer.

Contact NKBA or BCITO -
0800 BCITO (0800 422 486) for further information or to enrol.
  "I came away with a greater confidence to design."

"I have been drawing kitchens for years for other designers and never realised the planning fundamentals are thought through as detailed as I now know - simple but essential to planning."

"Mark has a stunning amount of knowledge, is personable and an excellent communicator - very inspirational."
  20-24 July 2015 Level 4 Certificate in Kitchen Design Christchurch  
  7-11 September 2015 Level 4 Certificate in Kitchen Design Auckland  
  7-11 September 2015 Level 5 Diploma in Kitchen Design Wellington  
  *Courses will proceed when minimum numbers are registered.  
Membership survey
What do you want from your membership?
Can the NKBA provide you with more assistance?
How satisfied are you with the current means of communication?

These are just some of the questions we would love to know the answers to. We require your honest feedback so we can ensure we are providing the best support possible to you and your business.
  Below is a link to a short NKBA membership survey. It would be appreciated if you could complete this by Wednesday 22 July.

Complete Membership Survey Now

All NKBA members who complete this survey will go in the draw to win a $200 gift voucher. The winner will be announced in the August newsletter, along with a summary of the survey results. To be eligible for the draw, you must complete the survey before Wednesday 22 July.

  CDS - Become A Member  
The Certified Designers Society is the backbone of education within NKBA. Members are qualified designers holding the Certified Kitchen Design (CKD), Certified Bathroom Design (CBD) Diploma in Kitchen Design and/or Certificate in Kitchen Design qualifications and all are 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.

To reflect the qualification changes CDS recently reviewed their membership and have opened their membership to all NKBA
  Designer members with the following categories: Professional, Fellow, Student and Associate.

Membership information including the criteria and application form is now available on the CDS website

If gaining a qualification is something you are interested in completing please contact:

Suzie Rees,

  Shannon Pepper Design was awarded the “Best of Houzz 2015” for Design from international home design platform Congratulations Shannon!  
  Fisher & Paykel - Sitting Pretty  
iF Design AwardsFisher & Paykel’s new, award-winning (iF Design Awards 2015) Gas on Steel Cooktop sits flush with the work surface with low, unobtrusive, cast iron trivets giving your customers’ kitchens a smooth, uncluttered look.

The combination of unique design, solid brushed stainless steel and latest burner technology for precise flame control, make this cooktop perfect for the uncompromising cook and their designer kitchen.
  Model Numbers: CG905DWNGACX2 (Natural Gas) & CG905DWLPACX2 (LPG). Available from June 2015. For more information visit: or contact
  Hettich - Latest Trends  
The latest trends - Cologne International
Kitchen Show 2015
The Living Kitchen show has established itself in Cologne as the central meeting point of the kitchen world. Held every two years, it has a high attendance with over 215 well-known national and international suppliers presenting their latest and greatest ideas and innovations for kitchens.

Hettich have released a new Trend Report from Living Kitchen 2015 which provides an overall picture of general trends in surfaces, architecture and functions for kitchens.

  The Hettich ‘New Kitchen Experience’ trend report highlights the latest kitchen trends in surfaces, architecture and functions in a way that will inform and inspire you. Looking ahead, you will also see future developments in the world of kitchens.

The trend report can be viewed online here

If you would like to receive a hard copy, please contact Donna Rhodes at Hettich on
  Hafele - Folding Concepta  
Hawa Folding Concepta 25
For some time now, the architectural trend has been moving away from small rooms towards large, open rooms with multifunctional utilisation options. However, only now has an innovative hardware system become available that meets these demands across the entire width: the new Hawa-Folding Concepta 25.

It enables the entire cabinet widths of up to 2800 mm to disappear flush with the side of the cabinet in a single smooth movement. The future of creative application designs is literally wide open: from an office recess in the guest bedroom to a utility room in the bathroom and a kitchen in the living room, the freedom of design is virtually boundless.

The Hawa-Folding Concepta 25 bi-folds two doors and slides them into the side niche. This makes the innovative system all the more spatially economic: the slide-in loss is a mere 73 mm, the recess width only 110 mm, and you even gain more freedom of movement in the room as the doors are parked away flush inside the cabinet body or recess when the front is open.
  Hawa’s high-quality scissor technology guarantees that doors move easily and quietly without ever jamming. By the way, the gap pattern presented to the beholder is as calm as the doors are quiet. Especially as the flush, uniform front design for a cabinet or kitchen front is also possible in combination with Hawa-Concepta 25/30/50 or with hinged doors.

Full access for cabinet widths up to 2800mm and door heights up to 2600mm.
Open doors do not protrude into the room.
Customised front designs with inlaying, semi-inlaying and overlaying doors.
Aesthetic appeal: an aluminium cover conceals the hinge when the door is in the recess.
The second door has a ball-bearing trolley to prevent sagging.
All adjustments are easily made from the front.

Access the catalogue online today at
  Kitchen Things - New Tauranga Store  
New Kitchen Things store opens in Tauranga
The month of May saw Kitchen Things open a new store in Tauranga (65 Chapel Street) which takes the national count up to nineteen.

The official launch, attended by local NKBA members and brand representatives, took place on May 6th. With drinks flowing and Vietnamese-inspired canapés circling, Mark Jones, Kitchen Things Executive Chairman, introduced the Tauranga team with Brian Stewart being named as the Store Manager. The evening ended with an interactive cooking demonstration from Smeg-ambassador Vanessa Baxter.

The new Tauranga edition is one of eight Kitchen Things stores that offer fully functional cooking theatres. These facilities are managed by professionally trained cooking technology tutors who are available to demonstrate an array of product functionalities to in-store customers. These facilities also serve as a great space for in-store events like book signings, product launches and design seminars.

Photo of Jax Hamilton taken by Dean Lewis Photography
  Kitchen Things stores currently equipped with cooking theatres include:

Auckland – Mount Wellington
Hawke’s Bay
Kapiti Coast
Christchurch – Hornby

Please contact for further information regarding the use of these spaces for upcoming events.

  Formica - Last Call for Entries  
Last call for entries!
Formica Formations, the highly innovative design competition from Laminex New Zealand, closes on July 31, 2015. Entrants have until this date to submit initial drawings of their creative and unique lighting designs featuring Formica brand laminate.

Beginning in 2011, the inaugural competition challenged professionals and emerging designers to come up with creative concepts for chairs using Formica laminates. In 2013 the challenge 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 looked to further spark New Zealand’s design creativity with Luminate, a challenge to re-imagine how we interpret lighting hardware, fixtures and applications for the New Zealand and global stage using Formica laminate.
  There are two entry categories – professional architects and designers, and emerging architects and designers who are studying or within four years of graduation. The judging panel consists of design industry icons Renee Hytry Derrington of Formica North America, Ron Sang and David Trubridge. The winning designs will by fully fabricated by Laminex New Zealand and displayed at an official awards ceremony in November 2015. Winners and runners up will also receive a generous cash prize and will be recognised in Laminex New Zealand publications.

There’s no time to waste – get your entries in today!

Further information and entry form available at
  Smeg Art - Design Competition  
SMEG Art Designs Raise $10,000
for Ronald McDonald House
The 2014/15 Smeg Art Design Competition has exceeded expectations, raising just under $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand to help countless Kiwi kids in their time of need.

The Smeg Art Design Competition has been running for three years with contestants challenged to design their own quirky concept to transform the well known Smeg FAB28 retro refrigerators.

Sketched submissions are judged by heavyweight New Zealand designers Tim Webber, Mal Corby, Kiri Nathan and Dave Sotogi, with the four most outstanding designs then invited to create the design on an actual fridge. The final creations were then taken on tour before being auctioned on Trade Me raising much needed proceeds for Ronald McDonald House.
  First to be auctioned was Nikolai Sorenson’s ‘KNIT’ concept, which raised $1,785.

Julie Ashby’s ‘ELEGANZA’ design then hit the auction block and sold for $1,680.

Lastly, Aleisha Staton’s design ‘DIRECTION OF THE FUTURE’ sold for $1,799.

And overall competition winner Matt Blackmore’s ‘AROUND THE WORLD’ fridge raised $4,676.

“We’re incredibly grateful that so many people came together, putting in time and effort to make this event a success,” said Wayne Howett of Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand.
  Disappearing Sink  
Burns & Ferrall disappearing sink
The new Integrato range of sinks from Burns & Ferrall are designed to become part of the bench, creating a continuous plane from bench to sink to accessories. Each model comes complete with the glass sink cover/chopping board, stainless steel colander and stainless steel dish rack.

The colander and dish rack sit upon a ledge just below the flange allowing them to be neatly stored beneath the glass cover. The glass cover along with the bamboo chopping board and stainless steel draining tray sit flush with the flange.
  The engineering excellence of this range goes to the next level in the double bowls which boast a 3mm knife edge bridge. This feature minimises splashing from water hitting the bridge and also enables maximum sink volume within the cabinet beneath the sink.

To view the entire range visit or contact your local sales representative.
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