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.