Mal Corby

Award winning kitchen designer Mal Corby

About Mal

Best known as New Zealand’s most awarded kitchen designer, Mal Corboy has been designing kitchens since 1988.

Since then, Corboy has garnered international reputation for his eye-catching interiors and custom furniture design. Along with creating award-winning kitchens, Corboy’s specialist set of skills extends to designing bathrooms, custom furniture and full interiors for both residential and commercial properties, one of his current projects is the Penthouse apartments within the St James Suites. His work can be found across the globe, from a recent whole home fit-out in Trinidad to bespoke kitchens and bathrooms in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

Corboy is a Certified Kitchen Designer and is a professional member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ). He is also a member of NKBA New Zealand, HIA Australia, SBID United Kingdom and is now one of only 45 New Zealanders to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.

A designer with a raft of accolades, Corboy’s awards list keeps growing. Most recently he was awarded winner of the Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom category at The Society of British and International Design (SBID) Awards 2014 for his Hekarua Bay Project on Waiheke Isaland, New Zealand. He is a consistent winner of NKBA, KBDi, Master Builder, Corian and Trends awards.

“Partnering with Schweigen is a no-brainer for me. I’ve always been passionate about interior innovation and it’s been easy for me to integrate Schweigen into my work because their products are a stand-out in the market,” said Corboy. Corboy joined Fletcher in representing Schweigen at DesignBUILD from 3–5 May this year at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The pair spoke on emerging industry trends as part of the DesignBUILD speaker series. In this short video, Mal Corboy discusses current kitchen design trends inspired by the new Schweigen IN kitchen appliance range, and showcases his kitchen design work in Schweigen’s new Head Office showroom. To learn more about the new range, visit

As a passionate designer, Corboy continually pushes boundaries to create challenging, dynamic kitchens and interior spaces that are not only beautiful and well-designed but completely functional. Corboy tactfully blends form, function, colour and light with the client’s brief to create outstanding spaces that reflects his years of experience and superb technical expertise. In line with his innovative nature, Corboy recently published a stunning coffee table book showcasing a collection of his award winning kitchens paired with recipes inspired by his work.

Mal Corboy Design – Recognised in the DuPont™ Corian® Top 50

As part of Milan Design Week in 2017, DuPont™ Corian®, celebrated 50 years of design innovation. Part of the celebration included the launch of the new “Corian® Design” publication. Corian® Design will be distributed worldwide in print as well as being available online.

This inaugural issue showcases “The Corian® 50” to celebrate fifty years in design & architecture. The designers & architects profiled include Zaha Hadid, Patricia Urquiola, Richard Meier, Amanda Levete, Ettore Sottsass, Karim Rashid, Jean Nouvel, Marc Newson, and other notables.

Included in this stellar line up is Mal Corboywho has two decades of experience working with Corian®.

Mal’s kitchen for a clifftop home in Waiheke Island near Auckland showcasing Corian® and Zebrano wood was the featured project, this kitchen earned him a SBID International Design award in 2014. Mal’s kitchen was one of only three featured – the other two were designed by Zaha Hadid for Ernestomeda and Daniel Libeskind (who Mal admires immensely) for Poliform.

The image selected of this kitchen is the cover shot of Mal Corboy Kitchens design hardback book, available from

Kitchen Design Tips

Looking at renovating or re-designing your kitchen? Schweigen ambassador and award-winning kitchen designer, Mal Corboy shares his top kitchen design tips and predictions:

Begin by creating a scrapbook of ideas. It’s very easy to do this now with social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest. It’s also a good idea to add some of the things you don’t like so you have a clear, big picture idea.

If you’re planning to hire a designer, make sure you engage one that has the right qualifications. They should be a Certified Kitchen Designer. Also check to see how long they have been doing it and their design style to make sure it fits with what you are looking for.

Don’t get too hung up on the refrigerator, sink and stove design triangle. This layout is outdated - now, we tend to design more in zones - for example cleaning, food prep and storage zones.
Silent rangehoods are becoming more popular in the modern home. They are perfect for every home cook, allowing you to prepare meals in peace without having to worry about the noise. Schweigen offers silent rangehoods that are not only stylish, but also innovative, efficient and premium.

The kitchen is now the heart of many homes and has become more multi-functional. Take this into consideration when designing your kitchen. Also remember to consider your lifestyle and the type of cooking and food you like, as this has a big impact on the design of your kitchen.

Kitchen Design Predictions

We will start to see the rise of the smart kitchen where we can control more appliances from our phones.

Commercial cooking methods will be more widely used in the residential kitchen.


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