23 March 2011

Hey North America, meet Mal Corboy

One of the great perks to writing a design blog is that I get to meet people from all over the world. Over the course of the last few months I've had the pleasure to get to know New Zealand-based designer Mal Corboy. Mal's work is beyond impressive, it's some of the best kitchen design I've ever seen.

Mal's a rising force on the international design scene and has been racking up awards in his native New Zealand and in Australia for the last nine years. He entered his first design competition in 2002 and since then he's received 18 awards.

He appears regularly in the international design press and is a regular on New Zealand TV, most recently for New Zealand TV2's My House My Castle.

Already, he's designing for the North American market. He manufactures everything under license in Australasia and then ships his kitchens to North America. He's the first designer form Australasia to go down this path.

Mal's interested to increase his presence on this side of the Pacific and I'd love to see him succeed. In looking over his work, I determined to make sure he succeeds. We need his design sensibilities desperately.

You can see more of Mal Corboy's work on his website and you can contact him directly there too. I've been obsessing over German kitchen design since I returned home from Europe last month but after looking over Mal's portfolio I'm beginning to think I need to start looking to my west for inspiration. Here are some more highlights:

If you have any questions for Mal, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I'm sure he'll be checking in. Just keep in mind that there's a 17 hour time difference between the East Coast and Aukland. Thanks Mal!


  1. I remember being blown away by that pink kitchen a while ago. Absolutely stunning and certainly a designer to watch!

  2. Wow! Let's have fun in the kitchen!!!


    Have a Happy Day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  3. What beautiful clean and elegant designs!!

  4. Does everyone in New Zealand have huge kitchens? His work is amazing, but I get to work with that amount of space maybe 1 job in 20. *sigh* Maybe I should move down under?

  5. Arne, I was thinking the same thing and Mal's going to answer questions left here on Saturday when he's done traveling around Australia. Speaking of follow ups, the rep from Trend left you a follow up answer here: http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/2011/03/italian-manufacturer-sicis-at-coverings.html

    Did you see it?

  6. Mal Corboy Cabinets are without peer. Must be experienced first hand to appreciate. Add to that Mal's cutting edge, trend-setting designs and you get awe-inspiring kitchens.
    These creations are available in North America through a local distributor, with factory trained installation and service.
    Please feel free to contact Alon Toker of A.I.T. Development Corp in Los Angeles at atoker@megabuilders.com (or at 818-535-5656) for additional info.

  7. Great Alon, thanks for the update.

  8. Thank you Arne for the great comments ,yes New Zealand home have large size kitchen spaces this is because about 15years ago the spaces were opened up mean the kitchen has become the heart and social hub of the home and reflexs our casual approach to entertaining.

    To everyone else thank you for the great remarks for me designing is my passion the results are from having clients that share the vision. Some time it takes them a while to realize it.


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