De Dietrich launches new kitchen appliance range

De Dietrich's Combi steam oven.

PREMIUM FRENCH appliance brand De Dietrich has a new range of kitchen appliances including a pyrolytic-cleaning Combi Steam Oven and a ninety centimetre built-in Downdraft Rangehood.

The rangehood recirculates air and does not need to be fitted to an external wall – making it perfect for island benches. It has the ability to retract into the kitchen bench and has a touch control panel, digital display, ten minute delayed stop, four speeds and automatically switches off after four hours of continuous use.

The Combi Steam Oven is the only combi oven on the Australian market to have a pyrolytic cleaning function. As it does not have the ventilation requirements of conventional steam ovens, it can be installed under a bench. It has seven cooking functions, fifteen recipe options and eleven automatic cooking programs to choose from. It conveniently has soft touch electronic controls, a rotisserie, a cool door with four panels of glass and a thirty-six litre capacity.

Boral Timber brings warmth to architect’s family home

Boral timber in Sarah Waller's Sunshine Coast home.

ENGLISH ARCHITECT Sarah Waller chose Boral timber floors for her new family home on the Sunshine Coast for its warm, soft appearance and feel and because it is easy to clean.

Sarah Waller moved her family to the Sunshine Coast seven years ago after purchasing The Anchorage. She then set about creating a stunning family home by the water while renting a house down the road.

216 square metres of Boral 19mm solid strip flooring in Australian Beech features throughout the open plan, two-storey house. Australian Beech was chosen for its unique colour and variation of hues. On the stair treads Waller used Spotted Gum for its width and hard nature. The timber floor was installed over a plywood covered concrete slab on the ground floor and on particle board on the first floor.

The floor was installed by Specialist Timber Floor Installations from Buderim, Queensland.

All Laminex MDF products achieve highest green rating

A boardroom table laminated with Laminex.

LAMINEX IS the first Australian decorative surfaces supplier to achieve GreenTag GreenRate Level A certification for all its raw and decorated MDF surfaces.

GreenTag is one of Australasia’s most respected third party environmental certifications and is recognized by the Green Building Council of Australia and New Zealand Green Building Council Green Star Materials Calculator. The GBCA’s Materials Calculator has three levels – A, B and C with A representing the highest rating available.

A range of Laminex products have achieved level A certification including timber veneers, melamine and particleboard products.

Dulux National Accredited Painter of the Year award

National and state winner Clayton Coughlan of Wet Paint-ting

CLAYTON COUGHLAN of Wet Paint-ting in Bracken Ridge won this year’s Dulux National Accredited Painter of the Year award presented at the ninth Dulux Accredited Annual Conference last month.

The judges assessed the entries against the following criteria.

  • Sales, marketing and advertising initiatives
  • Financial management
  • Productivity improvement
  • Customer service
  • Health, safety and the environment

As the national and state category (Queensland) winner, Coughlan receives 1.5 million Trade Card Reward points to put towards his business.

2011 marks the tenth year anniversary of the Dulux Accredited Program.

Space welcomes Opinion Ciatti and Roll & Hill

Roll & Hill's Modo chandelier.

SPACE FURNITURE now stocks leading Italian furniture and accessories brand Opinion Ciatti and American lighting brand Roll & Hill in Australia.

Opinion Ciatti is internationally renowned for its ranges of furniture and storage systems that are often modifiable and modular in composition. Within the Opinion Ciatti collection are such icons of contemporary design as the Ptolomeo – a bookcase designed by Rainaldi that turned the traditional bookcase on its side and earned the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award 2004.

Roll & Hill was founded by Jason Miller – a designer of interior spaces. Elegance, versatility and wit are central to the brand as is demonstrated by his iconic Superordinate Antler Lamps, which were launched to critical and commercial success in 2003. The collection has since expanded to include other designers whose designs are unique and have a strong architectural resonance.

These brands bring a unique and inspiring product portfolio to the Space collection.

Black glass E Series ovens from Wolf Appliances

The E Series oven from Wolf.

WOLF APPLIANCES’ black glass 762mm model E Series ovens are available as single or double configurations.

The model features unframed black glass with tubular matching handles. Two fans ensure even heat distribution and ten cooking modes make it easy to use. The cobalt blue porcelain oven interior is lit by dual halogen lights and features hidden elements and three adjustable racks.

Other features include self-cleaning, delayed start and timed cook.

The E Series ovens will be available in the first quarter of 2012.

DOC200 from WE-EF

A light from the WE-EF DOC200.

WE-EF’S NEW DOC200 series of ceiling luminaires has a totally new look with simple clean lines, easy installation and a wide range of light sources. Everything from wide beam area lighting to narrow beams and wall washes are available in the same luminaire design.

The series has products that can flood an area with light, light a column, illuminate a wall or highlight an architectural element and a pan and tilt gimbal will be available later in the year in both metal halide and LED versions.

The DOC200 series is sealed against the elements and totally suited for the outdoor environment. 
Installation is simple and options exist for installation in either recessed ceilings or concrete. 

A wide range of accessory lenses and filters is also available.

Prototyping: Making Ideas

Adam Goodram, Chatterbox prototype 2011.

PROTOTYPING: MAKING Ideas provides audiences with a rare opportunity to learn about the processes and stories behind the design and development of a successful product. The exhibition features work by Daniel Emma, Adam Goodrum, Illumini, Trent Jansen, Koskela, Simone LeAmon, Lucelux, John Quan, Elliat Rich, Bjorn Rust, Andrew Simpson and Oliver Smith.

This exhibition highlights the exceptional prototyping skills developed by these designers, demonstrating the journey of some of their most successful products from idea, to sketch, to prototype, to final product. Through the development of prototypes, the hands-on skills of designer/makers and the relationships between designers and artisans are highlighted. The exhibition illustrates how important the prototyping process is to testing and refining a successful product.

Curated by Margaret Hancock Davis and accompanied by a sixty-four page catalogue, featuring contributions from Joanne Cys and Brian Parkes, Prototyping:Making Ideas celebrates the skills of these renowned and emerging Australian product designers.

Image: Adam Goodram, Chatterbox prototype 2011.

Viridian SmartGlass wins 2011 HIA-Boral GreenSmart Product of the Year

Viridian glass.

HIA AND Boral presented the 2011 GreenSmart awards on Thursday 18 August in Melbourne.

Viridian’s SmartGlass range received the Product of the Year award despite having been launched less than a month ago. The SmartGlass range is made up of four residential single glazed energy efficient glass options selected specially for Australia’s demanding climate. The product has superior insulation performance – up to 39% better than ordinary glass – and, as it only has a single layer of glass, is an affordable upgrade from ordinary glass.

Other GreenSmart winners on the night included the following:

  • Housing NSW – Residential Development award
  • Mirvac’s Eco Collection in Perth – Energy Efficiency award
  • Ian Holloway – Professional award
  • Cosmopolitan Living – Project Home award
  • Clarendon Homes’ Benchmark Eco-Living Home project – Resource Efficiency award
  • Jade Projects’ 101 Sustainable Home – Water Efficiency award
  • The Eco-Logical Building – Home award

Reece Bathroom Innovation Awards

Justin Wagemakers' Bathe.

SENATOR MATT Thistlethwaite hosted the announcement of the Reece Bathroom Innovation award winners on Saturday 20 August at the Reece showroom in Sydney.

Both the professional and student winning projects were baths. Justin Wagemakers of Blue Sky Design Group in Sydney received the professional prize for Bathe. Wagemakers designed Bathe as a practical sanctuary, taking into account the different ways people use baths. Toby Nowlands received the student prize for Eggshell Bath. Soft and organic, the Eggshell Bath was inspired by nature, creating a light, delicate and tranquil egg-shaped bath.

The judging panel for the awards included David Clark of Vogue Living, interior designer and presenter of Selling Houses Australia Shaynna Blaze, Andrea Wilson of ARM, architect and designer Romano Adolini and Reece’s Belinda Geels.

Reece established the Bathroom Innovation Awards in 2005 to encourage original and innovative bathroom product design and to support emerging and established design talent.

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