Features and benefits of solid surfaces

Features and benefits of solid surfaces

As we look for ways to impress and service our clients, it’s essential to be informed about the features, benefits and design considerations of a wide range of products. With an in-depth knowledge of surfaces and materials, you’ll be better placed to extend your design potential in kitchen and bathroom design. In our new Design Bulletins, we’re helping you build a bank of references to start your material investigations. In this month’s product highlight bulletin, we’ve partnered with Austaron Surfaces to outline the features and benefits of Staron® Solid Surfaces.

The Bulletin summarises how solid surfaces can be used in all kinds of kitchen and bathroom applications. It outlines the key considerations you need to make when designing with solid surfaces, including support and structural requirements, designing with pattern and selecting colours. Most importantly, this handy cheat-sheet sets out the compliance and warranties associated with the product, making it an invaluable resource for all good designers.

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Rangehood ducting

Rangehood ducting

Selecting a new rangehood can be a challenging process for you and your clients. The aesthetics of a kitchen, the cooking styles of the homeowner (and their cooktop preferences), the height of the ceilings and proportions of the space will all play a part in the decision-making. A good understanding of the practical and legislative requirements associated with these appliances is essential, too, and will help you guide your clients towards a solution with optimum air extraction capabilities and minimum health and safety implications.

(Note: establishing a strong relationship with a knowledgeable, up-to-date appliance retailer is highly recommended. A proactive sales representative will be well-informed of the pros and cons of a broad range of appliances, and be an asset to you and your clients.)

In this Member-only technical bulletin, we’re setting out the two primary types of extraction used in domestic kitchens, and summarising the relevant legislation applicable to Australian dwellings. Complete the form below and we’ll send you the bulletin asap.

KBDi Video Conference | Producing A+ Plans

KBDi Video Conference | Producing A+ Plans

Thursday | 11 June 2020 | 4pm AEST

Having worked in cabinetmaking, design and drafting for over a decade, Aaron Meyer (Meyer Vision) has experience at both ends of the concept to construction journey. Aaron knows how clear and concise technical drawings can eliminate design fails and avoid on-site hassles, and he’s eager to share his top tips for producing plan sets that meet and exceed Australian Standards.

You’ll also hear from KBDi Corporate Partners, PYTHA 3D CAD, during this session. Pytha’s tech team will be on hand to answer any queries you have about the software, and you’ll learn what they’re doing to support their existing customers during this challenging time.

Pytha

About the Presenter

Aaron Meyer entered the industry as a cabinetmaking apprentice in 2009. He loved his time on the tools, but was soon drawn to the technology used by his Adelaide employers, Workspace. He became proficient in PYTHA 3D CAD, and developed a great appreciation for the practical attributes of this concept-to-completion software. 

A move to Brisbane in 2016 allowed Aaron some new opportunities in a high-end design studio, and it was in this workplace that Aaron’s proficiency in producing high quality plans and outstanding 3D renders was taken to a whole new level. With a keen interest in design and an excellent eye for detail, Aaron is keen to share his knowledge with KBDi Members.

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Jolie handles are the details that make the design

Jolie handles are the details that make the design

‘The details are not the details. They make the design’.
Charles Eames

This quotation sits front and centre in the office of Two Tease director, Kevin Tuersley, and is a perfect reflection of the quality hardware on display in his adjoining showroom. The Crows Nest studio is home to a stunning range of cabinet and architectural hardware, and designers with a great appreciation for ‘the details’ will be awed when they step inside.

The ‘Jolie’ range of cabinet handles will catch the attention of kitchen, bathroom and furniture designers.

The brand was developed by two design-savvy visionaries who saw a gaping hole in the handle market for unique, high-end hardware.

Belgian, Ben Evens and Dutchman, Ferry van Herwijnen, combined their industry experience and passion for design to bring an exceptional solid brass range to the market. Their commitment to quality is evident at every stage of production: each piece is created using traditional sand-casting methods with the highest standard of precision machinery, at the hands of world-class artisans. Products are cast and forged, milled and drilled, pitted and lacquered under the watchful eye of the Jolie team, and identified with the ‘J’ insignia.

With finishes like Old Silver, Aged Bronze, Secret Aged Gold and – of course – a timeless Black, and a comprehensive suite of architectural collections, you’re sure to find the perfect ‘jewels’ to crown your interior designs.

Most importantly, you’ll know that your stock will be immediately available from the well-stocked Sydney showroom, or airfreighted directly from Belgium within seven to ten days.

Kevin is eager to welcome KBDi designers to his Crows Nest studio. Contact Two Tease today to arrange your personal viewing.

Designing kitchens with colour

Designing kitchens with colour

We all love to layer with whites or add drama with darks, but designing with bursts of colour can add a whole new level of joy (and some moments of trepidation) to our working weeks. In this feature, we’re sharing how some our 2019 finalists added hues to the homes of their clients with great success.

Michelle Burton CKD Au
Port Macquarie designer, Michelle Burton, gave this beachside home a cool coastal vibe with a striking splash of colour. The aptly-named Dulux colour, Noosa Heads RB74, adds a burst of beach-inspired energy to this space, while the natural tones of stone and timber add a sense of calm and tranquillity.

Sally Hart & Impala Kitchens
The client wanted a pretty pastel in her new kitchen, and this gorgeous pale blue (Dulux Salt Spray Quarter Strength) was the perfect pick for this beachy Balmain abode. Designer Sally Hart collaborated with Impala Kitchens to create this dreamy space, earning the creative team a high commendation in the 2019 KBDi Designer Awards program.

Anne Ellard
The client’s much-loved ornament inspired this gorgeous green colouring of this traditionally-styled kitchen. Brisbane designer, Anne Ellard (Kitchens by Kathie) had the two-pack paint colour matched to ensure the hue was on-point for the homeowner.

We’re looking forward to seeing more colourful kitchens and bathrooms in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program. If you’ve got some colour-filled projects in your portfolio, why not consider entering them in this year’s Awards? Winners AND Finalists get plenty of exposure (you’ll see just a few of our media features here), so your entry fees could be money well spent. Learn more about the program and download your entry pack here.

Staron® Design Award Winners Announced

Staron® Design Award Winners Announced

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron Surfaces

The Staron® Design Awards have been designed to create exposure for designers, architects and students using Staron® in outstanding applications. The winners of the Staron® Design Awards 2019 have been selected across three categories: Commercial, Residential and Concept.

The commercial category winners are Lisa Schiffermuller and Liane Jarvie of Ellivo Architects. They have been recognised for their design work at the The Whistle Dixie in Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

The Whistle Dixie Bar and Café sits on the ground floor of Aurizon’s sleek 15-storey office building. In a playful nod to the building’s main occupant, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, trains were used as the design inspiration to this space., the main counter and bar represents derailed carriages with train tracks hung above, a light box portraying the ‘X’ train stop sign that is seen in the front window, and the floors feature recycled timber sleepers that have been recessed into concrete.

Fabricated by Thermoform Fabricators, Staron® Solid Surfaces in Supreme Morning Sky was specified for the main bar counter and clad vertically due to its flexibility, strength, stain resistancy and finish. The counter is one of the main features of the space, and Staron® was specified as it offered a durable surface that could be curved through thermoforming to create the design that was envisioned.

A design concept was created to manufacture the face of the bar to resemble the pattern found on some train carriages. The fabricator was able to router the surface of Staron® to create the pattern that was conceptualised. The end result is a unique and urban space, emulating the look and feel of a retro train and train station.

Ashley Maddison, AM Interior Studio is the winner of the residential category. Ashley has been recognised for excellence in design for a stunning kitchen in a family home in Balmoral, QLD.

Ashley had full creative control of the interior design of this three level home, so when it came to the kitchen space, she wanted to create a piece of art with practical features.

Staron Solid Surfaces® was selected in colour Metallic Yukon and thermoformed to create curves.  The surface was fabricated by Thermoform Fabricators and wraps around the kitchen island being clad from the front to the back cupboard cabinetry and extends up to the benchtop. A polished concrete benchtop has also been used on top of the island and around the cooktop area, creating a beautiful contrast between the two materials.

Ashley specified Staron® Solid Surfaces as it achieved a smooth and monolithic appearance with no open joins. This contributes to the art form of the kitchen space, while the low maintenance and non-porous nature of Staron®provides practicality.

With an incredible view of the city skyline and beautiful, smooth kitchen curves inviting you into the kitchen, the end result is a space that is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing.

Congratulations to Shilpa Mohan, DDC Architecture + Interior Design for winning the concept category. Shilpa has been recognised for her concept design of a kitchen space.

Featuring Staron® Solid Surface is Supreme Dawn, Shilpa designed a stunning curved island. Staron® is clad on the vertical cabinetry and continues to the benchtop. The front of the island curves in to create an elegant and contemporary design feature.

Staron® is also featured on the back benchtop, splashback and extends to the base of the overhead cabinets over the cooktop. This creates a totally integrated cooking space with no open joins that would be easy to maintain and keep clean.

The end result is a clean, minimalistic design that has beautiful character. It is also a concept that is functional in design and could easily be created into a real kitchen project.

Staron would like to congratulate all of the winners of the Staron® Design Awards 2019. The program will return in 2020 to bring light to more Australian designs, program open dates to be announced soon.

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