Functionality and aesthetics in design

Functionality and aesthetics in design

A message from our Silver Sponsor, Hettich

The link between design and quality of life has long been established, though the extent to which the former impacts the latter is still being investigated. Recently, tech giant HTC surveyed more than 2100 participants from seven countries, including Australia, China, the UK, and the USA. According to 29% of respondents, well-designed objects that were both beautiful and functional triggered positive emotions such as calmness and contentment.

Interior design is reflecting this, moving toward an increasingly minimal aesthetic that values subtlety, elegance, and the removal of clutter. Sliding doors – alongside handle-free drawer or cupboard door options – facilitate all of these characteristics, employing large surface fronts that act as a blank canvas for design creativity.

Offering designers unmatched design flexibility, sliding and folding doors can be specified in a virtually unlimited range of materials and finishes. From matte finish laminate to smooth, subtly reflective surfaces and even mirrored doors, sliding doors can be customised to suit any space. The sheer versatility of sliding door products on the market means that there is something to suit every budget and aesthetic.

Newer models of sliding door systems can also be specified so that
the panels sit flush with another when they are closed, and no gaps between panels are visible when they are in operation.

Similarly, the pared back design of many contemporary drawers and cupboard doors can be customised to meet the demands of a modern residential brief. Thanks to concealed components, smooth handleless fronts, and availability in a breadth of colours, textures, and finishes, cupboards and drawers can harmonise effortlessly with other interior elements, creating a unified, pleasing aesthetic.

Learn more about Hettich’s aesthetic (and supremely functional) products here.

KBDi Designer Awards 2018 – Congratulations to all Bathroom Category Finalists!

KBDi Designer Awards 2018 – Congratulations to all Bathroom Category Finalists!

This year’s KBDi Designer Awards Bathroom Categories are once again being sponsored by E & S Trading. They’ll be presenting awards to winners of Small and Large Bathroom categories, before announcing the Bathroom Designers of the Year for NSW, WA, SA, Victoria and Queensland. Finally, E & S Trading will present the top award and a fantastic $2,500 prize to the KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year.

Huge congratulations to each and all of the finalists in this year’s awards, and thanks once again to E & S Trading for their much-appreciated support of Australia’s Finest designers.

We have some truly beautiful bathrooms in this year’s Awards; check them all out in the video below and comment with your favourites!

KBDi Designer Awards 2018 – Congratulations to all Kitchen Category Finalists!

KBDi Designer Awards 2018 – Congratulations to all Kitchen Category Finalists!

Lincoln Sentry are proud sponsors of the KBDi Designer Awards Kitchen Category entries in 2018. They’ll be presenting awards to winners of Small Kitchen, Medium Kitchen and Large Kitchen categories, before naming the Kitchen Designers of the Year for NSW, WA, SA, Victoria and Queensland, and the highly coveted title of KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year.

Huge congratulations to each and all of the finalists in this year’s awards, and thanks once again to Lincoln Sentry for their much-appreciated support of Australia’s Finest designers.

We have a stunning line up of kitchens vying for the prizes; check them all out in the video below and comment with your favourites!

 

 

The future of wireless charging is here – and it’s invisible!

The future of wireless charging is here – and it’s invisible!

Gunnersen introduces ZENS, a seamlessly integrated wireless charging system for cabinetry and furniture.

The ZENS Wireless Charger is set to revolutionise offices, restaurants, hotels and public spaces across Australia by turning almost any horizontal surface into a mobile device charging point.

Simply place your mobile device on the surface and charging automatically begins, without cables, adaptors or power sockets. The wireless charging system is compatible with any Qi enabled smartphone, tablet or portable device including the latest Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC, LG and Blackberry devices.

John McClure, National Decorative & Marketing Manager at Gunnersen, acknowledges that this technology will change the interior landscape of public spaces across the country.

“Just like free Wi-Fi, wireless charging will quickly become the new standard in the commercial spaces. The days of people running out of battery power will soon be a thing of the past.”

Gunnersen is launching the leading subsurface wireless charger into the Australian market following the success of wireless charging in 25 countries across Europe, Asia and the USA.

The ZENS Wireless Charger sits under benchtops, desks, bars and even couches with only an understated icon in view making the unit practically invisible. The versatile charger can be fitted or retro-fitted in most horizontal decorative surfaces including solid surface, timber, plywood, MDF and particleboard.

“Now businesses can integrate wireless charging into their commercial interior spaces without affecting design aesthetics.” John explains.

“Wireless charging will attract consumers to establishments and keep them there for longer without affecting the look of their beautiful HI-MACS solid surface benchtop.”

Aesthetics aside, the ZENS Wireless Charger is the ultimate in smart and safe technology. With its quality round aluminium body – made for easy installation – and its state-of-the-art Foreign Object Detection (FOD) system, ZENS is set to take Australia by storm.

www.zenswirelesscharging.com.au

www.zenswirelesscharging.co.nz

About Gunnersen

Gunnersen is the largest independently Australian owned distributor of wood-based panel products, timber and decorative surface materials in New Zealand and Australia.

Gunnersen products are retailed through leading hardware stores, timber merchants, plumbing retailers, and kitchen and furniture manufacturers.

For more information, contact:

Australia & New Zealand Head Office

Gunnersen Pty Ltd

112 Salmon Street

Port MelbourneVIC 3207

Ph: (03) 9647 9930

FAB celebrates 21st birthday!

FAB celebrates 21st birthday!

The world’s favourite refrigerator, the iconic FAB by Italian appliance specialist Smeg, celebrates its 21st birthday this year (2018)!

Loved by all, desired by many, the introduction of Smeg’s FAB28 award-winning retro design, in 1997, single-handedly changed the way we viewed the domestic refrigerator.

Smeg’s creation of the FAB, in its Guastalla headquarters, was a direct response to the look-alike, bland white built-in appliances so popular at the time.  The brand felt that freestanding appliances, such as the refrigerator, could add colour and excitement to the kitchen if treated as a furnishing element.

Inspired by the all-American refrigerators seen in the Hollywood movies of the 50s, Smeg created the now iconic vintage curves and authentic retro colours of the FAB refrigerator, with the first models being available in pastel blue, pastel green and cream.  Such was the demand for these colourful pieces of ‘furnishing’ style, other colours quickly followed – revolutionary pink, Ferrari red, Dutch orange and electric blue!

Today the most popular colours, worldwide, remain red and cream plus black.

A true style icon, the curves and retro charm of the FAB proved a utilitarian product could also be a decorative object, admired for its beauty as well as efficiency.

Since its birth the popularity of the FAB refrigerator has grown to a worldwide success, available in 17 standard colours and constantly re-imagined in a variety of finishes from gold adorned with Swarovski Elements to national flags and team emblems.

Proudly designed and made in Italy, the FAB has evolved from the original single door FAB28 to five models ranging in size from a small 42 litre bar ‘fridge to the family-sized 473 litre model.

And the name?  FAB stands for Frigorifero d’Arredamento Bombato (furnishing refridgerator with rounded edges) and the number 28 referred to its capacity of about 280 litres.

Smeg’s legendary attention to detail shines through in all models of the FAB refrigerators – inside and out.   Quick chill crystal glass shelves, chrome bottle racks, multiple adjustable interior and balcony shelves plus frost free or automatic defrost operation.

The full range of FAB refrigerator models is available nationally from specialist appliance retailers.

RRPs:

FAB5, bar ‘fridge, 42 litre                                                    $1090

FAB10, bar ‘fridge, 135 litre                                                 $1690

FAB28, single door, 248 litre                                               $2490

FAB28 Special Colours                                                       $2990

FAB32, 2 door ‘fridge/freezer, 326 litre                                $3290

FAB50, 2 door ‘fridge/freezer, 473 litre                                $3990

Visit www.smeg.com.au for more information.

Tag along with the La Festa Italia Tour

Tag along with the La Festa Italia Tour

Don’t have time to go to Europe in April? Enjoy the AIDT 2018 ‘La Festa Italia’ tour from the comfort of your desk chair by following the tour blog online. The blog will be updated daily with all the exciting designs and new product releases on display at iSalone (furniture), Eurocucina (kitchens), FTK (appliances) and Salone Bagno (bathrooms). Plus AIDT will take you with them as they journey into Milan during vibrant Milan Design Week for the best of off-show displays and installations.

Daily blogs will also be supported by regular updates on the TKBB Facebook page and Instagram feed – and there will be plenty of live videos to make you feel like you’re really there. AIDT will be inviting their tour attendees – your industry colleagues – to share their highlights of the show.

As well as plenty of great stories about all the exciting new designs on display, the Blog will also be running special posts on time with major sponsor Smeg and sponsors Gollunicci and Lincoln Sentry.

Look out for the hashtag #aidt2018 to follow the AIDT journey in and around Milan, Lake Como, Parma, Guastalla, Cesana and Florence.

You’ll find all blogs relating to the tour here: https://thekitchenandbathroomblog.com.au/category/tour-blog/

You can find the TKBB Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thekitchenandbathroomblog/

And the TKBB Instagram feed is here: https://www.instagram.com/thekitchenandbathroomblog/