Austrian Consul General visits Blum Australia

The Blum showroom at Hoxton Park.

BLUM AUSTRALIA recently hosted the Austrian Consul General and trade commissioner Guido Stock at the new Blum Australia head office in Hoxton Park, NSW.

Guido Stock said he gained a much better understanding of how the Australian company operates and was proud that Blum Australia was a daughter company of an Austrian enterprise.

The Austrian Consulate General focuses on promoting trade between Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands, and Austria.

Blum specializes in turning opening and closing furniture into graceful works of art.

CSR Gyprock’s EC08 Impact helps SMART centre get a 4 Green Star rating

The SMART centre at the University of Wollongong.

THE UNIVERSITY of Wollongong’s Simulation, Modelling and Analysis for Research and Teaching (SMART) centre, the first of it’s kind in Australia, aims to achieve a Green Star rating of four stars.

This new facility, opened in August 2011, houses thirty state-of-the-art laboratories over four storeys and accommodates 150 research staff. The thirty specialist research laboratories focus on research into a wide range of infrastructure services such as electricity, energy, water, gas, transport, rail and road.

The university’s brief asked that the new building house the existing engineering faculty workshop facilities and create a new infrastructure facility, while aiming to get a 4 Star Green Star rating. Emphasis was to be put on creating linkages, collaboration, transparency and connections between students and staff. To achieve this, the architects – Graham Bell and Bowman Architects – employed a number of sustainable design strategies and products.

There are facilities to harvest rainwater; a mixed use ventilation system; low-VOC carpets, paints and sealants; energy efficient lighting, monitoring of energy and water usage, solar hot water and photovoltaic cells. CSR Gyprock’s EC08 Impact is also used on every level except the ground floor. The architects chose the material because it is certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia, contains a high level of recycled material, it is recyclable, fire-rated, cost effective and easy to work with.

The SMART centre was completed earlier this year by Cockram Constructions.

Miele’s Supertronic laundry appliances

Miele W 5000 WPS Supertronic Washing Machine and Miele T 8000 WP Supertronic HeatPump Dryer.

MIELE HAS two new product ranges – the Miele W 5000 WPS Supertronic Washing Machine and the Miele T 8000 WP Supertronic HeatPump Dryer.

The washing machine has an automatic detergent dispenser and a SteamCare function that reduces the need for ironing. The dispenser delivers the correct amount of either powder or liquid by adapting to the size of the load, level of soiling and the wash program selected. With a capacity of four litres, the dispenser holds enough detergent for around 100 wash cycles.The automatic dispenser is a separate unit with its own electronic controls, electrical connections, water intake, and delivery hoses which link it to the washing machine.

Miele’s W 5000 washing machine also has three different steam programs. These can be added to the end of a wash cycle or used as a separate function and includes a “freshen up” function. This function smoothes and refreshes dry garments which may have only been worn once or have been stored for a while. The steam generator is maintenance free and does not require descaling.

In addition, the washing machine has an eight kilogram capacity, 4.5 star energy and WELS efficiency ratings and large easy-to-read backlit touch display.

The Miele T 8000 WP Supertronic HeatPump Dryer also has an eight kilogram capacity and touch controls. With a heat pump to heat the air, the dryer uses approximately half the energy of a conventional condenser tumble dryer giving it a 6 star energy rating. The dryer senses when a load is dry and has separate motors for the drum and fan allowing the drum to rotate in either direction.

These appliances eliminate unnecessary steps such as ironing and save users time, power and detergent.

All current Miele laundry appliances are tested to the equivalent of twenty years usage.

B&B Italia’s Doyl chair

The Doyl chair.

B&B ITALIA’S Doyl chair is a simple, comfortable chair with refined details created in just one material. The Doyl chair offers a refreshing reinterpretation of a padded leather chair where the classic proportions are inverted, transforming lines that are normally concave into convex sections, whilst enhancing the softness of the chair.

Designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti placed great importance on graphic markings, created through continuous stitching on both the fronts and backs of the chair which correspond to the cutting lines and junctions of the thick leather. However, the leather is folded, curved and turned inside out, but never cut.

The padding adds surprising comfort for a leather chair, while alternative technical materials offer brightly coloured variations.

The B&B Italia Doyl chair is available from Space Furniture.

Trend Windows and Doors wins award for innovative window system

Award was presented by Garry Thomson (Chairman of the AWA Board) Mike Palin & Colin Forster (Trend Windows & Doors).

TREND WINDOWS took out the Most Innovative Window System Award with thermAL at the recent Australian Window Association (AWA) National Conference held at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast.

The AWA Design Awards recognize the efforts of manufacturers and suppliers to the fenestration industry that excel in the production and promotion of windows and doors through exciting innovation.

Trend had undertaken extensive research and development to meet amendments to the building codes for a more energy efficient future by producing thermAL, an advanced energy efficient product that not only exceeds this code but is cost effective.

Trend ThermAL is a hybrid product using the strength of aluminium combined with a new patented rigid extruded polymer to create an extremely energy efficient product for all climates in Australia. When compared to existing older technologies, Trend ThermAL is a very cost effective solution to the growing energy efficiency discussion. It is designed for 25 mm double glazed units for maximum energy efficiency and can be integrated with the exterior powder-coated finishes. ThermAL allows for bold exterior statements while subtle interior colours can complement interior designs.

Haier finalist in advertising awards

Haier advertisements.

APPLIANCE MANUFACTURER Haier was recently announced as a finalist in New Zealand’s EFFIE advertising awards. Haier is a finalist in two categories – Consumer Durables and Hardest Challenge.

The print, online and outdoor advertising campaign “Live a Haier Life” was developed by New Zealand agency Colenso BBDO for the Australasian market. Aimed at gen Ys, the campaign emphasizes the products’ style, reliability and affordability.

Haier products are available through Fisher and Paykel in Australia.

Winning Appliances opens second Qld showroom

The Fortitude Valley Winning Appliances showroom.

A NEW Winning Appliances showroom in Fortitude Valley, Queensland, is Australia’s largest premium whitegoods and bathroom products showroom. It is Winning Appliances second showroom for Queensland and is designed for architects and designers to visit with clients.

In one visit, clients can see the lastest designs and technologies for kitchens, laundries and bathrooms. Thirty quality kitchen and laundry appliance brands including Miele, Neff, Siemens, Smeg, V-Zug, Electrolux Sub-Zero and Wolf are all on display as well as fifteen bathroom brands – including Villeroy and Boch, Hansgrohe, Laufen, Grohe, Kaldewei and Caroma Dorf.

The showroom features 2234 square metres of kitchen, laundry and bathroom displays.

New dishwashers from Omega

Interior of modern kitchen showing an Omega dishwasher.

APPLIANCE BRAND Omega recently launched a new range of affordable, water efficient dishwashers. The new range provides users with greater control and flexibility with a wide range of features.

The ODW704 model has a water efficiency rating of four stars and uses thirteen litres during a normal wash cycle. It is able to to wash the top and bottom baskets separately and has an upper cutlery tray and adjustable top basket.

The ODW702 model has a water efficiency rating of four and a half stars and uses ten and a half litres during a normal cycle. It has a half load wash option and a quick wash program.

Both models are available in white or stainless steel finish, feature six wash programs, one to twenty-four hour start delay and a child lock.

Kompan wins top prize at Australian International Design Awards for Icon

An Icon playground.

ICON, DESIGNED by Denmark-based Kompan, was named the 2011 Design Award of the Year at the recent Good Design Awards.

An advanced playground encouraging health, movement, learning and social integration, Icon combines modern technology with classic play equipment. Bringing together gaming technology with outdoor play equipment, Icon provides an engaging, challenging and fun play area promoting a healthy active lifestyle.

A clear winner in design and innovation, judges in the 2011 Australian International Design Awards were impressed by Icon’s layout, attention to detail, design quality and longevity, in addition to the simple yet innovative concept of combining electronic gaming with outdoor play equipment.

Icon is available in Australia-wide from Kompan.

Humanscale products earn Green Good Design Awards

Humanscale air purifier.

HUMANSCALE’S PERSONAL zone air purifier and Horizon LED task light received awards at the recent 2011 Green Good Design Awards. Judges selected the products as outstanding examples of green design from among hundreds of submissions from more than twenty countries.

The personal zone air purifier is two and a half times more efficient than Energy Star requirements, produces zero ozone and is also the only air purifier to offer recyclable filters. The personal zone air purifier silently and unobtrusively filters out more than 99% of airborne contaminants including dust, smoke, bacteria, allergens, smog, viruses, and volatile organic compounds.

Engineered for incredible efficiency and hassle-free operation over its life span, the striking Horizon task light, featuring Thin Film LED Technology, consumes only nine watts of power and is rated for up to 50,000 hours of use. Its advanced design dramatically minimizes the number of components and simplifies disassembly. Horizon is made from 28% recycled and 99% recyclable material.

The Green Good Design Awards are organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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