Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Our latest project involved redevelopment of a residential home in Glebe with beautiful custom crafted wooden fixtures. We aimed to create cabinets, stairs with an integrated entertainment unit, floating bookshelf, walk-in wardrobe, bathroom vanities, main kitchen, studio kitchen, and laundry compartments that fit perfectly with the contemporary and modern vibe that the home illustrated.

We used spotted gum veneer, solid timber, and blue stone for this project to go along with the modern and sleek aesthetic that the house possessed. Thus, creating a beautiful uncluttered atmosphere.

This residential project can be found on a small back lane in Sydney’s inner-west suburb of Glebe. With the site being only 92sqm, the modern building took to the skies by building up and allowing the home to make most of the space provided. With the architectural design by U + I Building Studio, it was a pleasure to help bring their vision to life.

For more information on this project, check out U + I Building Studio’s post.

If you would like to work with us, drop us a note here. Also, be sure to check out photos of this project below!

Our latest project took us to Epping where we spruced up Talent 100’s office with some new furniture! With the help of Blitz’s builders we were able to furnish Talent 100’s workspace with a Corian-built reception desk, student kitchen, strand board wall paneling, white cabinets for the iPad info point, a bench table, and niche seating with integrated cabinets.

Talent 100 is a tutoring college that help students succeed in the HSC by introducing results-focused learning with an understanding of how scaling works. Now with the revamp of their office in Epping they have a fun, contemporary space that their students and staff can enjoy.

Thank you to Talent 100 for the opportunity, and to Blitz for helping with this project. It was such a pleasure!

If you would like to work with us, drop us a note here. Also, be sure to check out photos of the project below.

For the May edition of the it’s design blog, we have decided to delve deeper into Chris Bosse’s Tivoli Terrace. The director of the architecture firm LAVA recently won the SMEG Tour Competition for this project, and we are so pleased that we could be a part of it!

The Paddington townhouse features a combination of classic joinery and modern manufacturing techniques allowing it to achieve a ‘21st century reinterpretation of a 1880’s terrace house’. Each room has floor to ceiling in-built cabinets which add generous amounts of hidden storage space to the property. With custom-made white laminated solid plywood kitchen and pale French oak timber floors, the use of only neutral colour tones creates a warm and serene environment.

‘Somehow when you are in here, it doesn’t feel small at all” – Chris Bosse

From handcrafted joinery solutions in the kitchen and laundry to wardrobes and bookshelf cabinets in the bedrooms and living rooms respectively, Bosse’s signature style of organic structures is present throughout his home. A combination of great architectural inspiration from Bosse with sustainable design has enabled a simplistic and modern way of creating space with the limited room of compact inner-city living.

Tivoli Terrace – Kitchen and Courtyard

Tivoli Terrace – Kitchen

Tivoli Terrace – Rumpus Room

Tivoli Terrace – Bookshelf

Tivoli Terrace – Living Room

Tivoli Terrace – Bedroom

Tivoli Terrace – Dining Room

If you want to know more about the Tivoli Terrace Project, click here.

Last year, our upholstery team had the uttermost delight working with Qantas in refurbishing some luxury designed furniture in their lounge located at Sydney Airport. Well, they have finally been returned and are looking fabulous in their home.

Our upholstery team had an absolute pleasure working with Qantas not only to restore these exquisite pieces to their previous unparalleled beauty, but also to be a contributing factor in helping Qantas achieve their goal of a 30% drop in waste reduction by 2020. It has become extremely necessary to do every we can to reduce waste and landfill by recycling and reusing wherever possible. And what better way to do this by reupholstering the furniture instead of throwing out these worn but still usable pieces into landfill.

It’s Design is committed to minimising waste and helping others reduce their ecological foot print. By reupholstering these lounges and armchairs, we have significantly extended the lifespan of these products and helped the environment by reducing waste. The process of reupholstery enables us to help preserve the designs from brands such as Living Divani, B&B Italia, Walter Knoll and Poltrona Frau, but at the same time revive the look of the piece by giving it a fresh, modern new look.

Here is just some of what the refurbished furniture looks like!   

If you want to reduce your impact on the environment through restoring old furniture, feel free to contact me on +61 2 9808 2700 or kenny@itsdesign.com.au. I can’t wait to hear from you and for us to go on this journey of creating a sustainable change in the future.

Another year of the world renowned IMM Cologne has passed. And as always, the IMM Cologne has out done itself once again when presenting the latest global furniture and interior design trends. The innovative designs inspire the coming seasons trends as the event is a key driver and a creative centre in the global furniture market scene.

From the moment we entered, we were sent into another world filled with unparalleled inspiration in all things furniture. The sheer degree of expertise within one European city was immense and profoundly stimulating, being able to experience all the latest innovations and concepts come to light.

The trend towards re-releasing vintage and new modern classics has become a well-established one within the furniture sector. This year was no different as we saw many of the biggest brands celebrate their heritage and values in their new collections. A key influence was retro inspired classic designs with bold and brash colour clashes. It is clear that these classic designs are timeless and authentic as they are re-released with a contemporary twist.

Freifrau Leya Lounge Chair

Design: Birgit Hoffmann & Christoph Kahleyss

Freifrau Romy Cocktailsessel

Design: Patrick Frey

With the top international decisions makers, the industry’s most important opinion leaders and disseminators in one place, IMM Cologne allowed us to experience all of the trends of tomorrow, today. Or rather the designs of yesteryear, in a new light.

To see some of the trends that inspired us, check out our Instagram page!

We are so pleased to have not one but two of our projects featured in the Harper’s Bazaar Working Spaces Series. 

Last year we showed you our work at MAXMEDIA LAB, this time its Sarah & Sebastian and their recently opened, first retail store.

The Working Spaces Series showcases Australian companies and individuals that are aesthetically pleasing, and add well-being and productivity in the office environment. We believe that our cabinet work at Sarah & Sebastian reflects these values of simple and ageless designs to create a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere allowing the collections to be shown in the best way possible.

If these photos aren’t convincing enough head over to Alexandria to check it out in person. Trust me, it won’t disappoint!

 

Thanks Harper’s Bazaar for featuring some of our work with U+I Building Studio on the newly refurbished MAXMEDIA LAB office in Alexandria.

This series showcases Australian companies and individuals that are aesthetically pleasing, and add well-being and productivity in the office environment.

Our work with MAXMEDIA LAB emits this idea of a sleek modern workplace with simplistic and timeless designs that create a calm and soothing working environment. With more hours being spent in the office it is becoming increasingly important to have a positive work environment.

Thanks MAXMEDIA LAB for the opportunity, it was an absolute pleasure! Check out Harper’s Bazaar’s article for some #officeinspo 

 

 

A BIG congratulations to our friend and collaborator Mark Smith of Smith Projects Pty Ltd for WINNING the Private School Construction Category at Master Builders Association of NSW Construction Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday night!

Working with you on the Kincoppal Rose Bay Project was an absolute pleasure! The end result looks exceptional!

This project is just one part of the refurbishment masterplan of Kincoppal which includes revamp on several of the heritage listed buildings. The area was upgraded to suit the current educational spaces and technology including pinboards, lockers, utilities storage, bench seats, tables and a kitchenette.

With the project being completed within 12 weeks, it was truly a well deserved win, If you don’t believe us, check out the photos for yourself!

Architect: BVN

The KFF MAVERICK range is a mixture of classic retro with a modern touch. Designed by Birgit Hoffmann, the range has been able to translate the archetype into a modern up to date form play.

The MAVERICK table has been conceptualised for both home and commercial use. Made from timber and can be customised to your desired length, with the option of felt gliders. The solid timber frame supports the table top timber veneer or solid with bevelled or square edge.

KFF Maverick Table

The MAVERICK chair is the epitome of classic design with a modern twist. The very recognisable design has been revamped; we can see Hoffmann’s style and personality come through with the flared legs that a consistent throughout the range.

The chair has a solid wooden frame and is available with or without armrests. The seat shell made of moulded and laminated plywood or upholstered and covered. With the option of plastic and felt gliders.

KFF Maverick Chair

Lastly, the MAVERICK Bar Stool is ergonomically designed to be perfectly comfortable for everyone who sits in it. The upholstered bar stool with high and low backrest is available in 2 heights. The seat shell is of moulded laminated plywood, upholstered and covered, its sits on top of the wooden frame. Plastic or felt gliders optional.

KFF Maverick Bar Stool

Check out our website to find out more about the KFF MAVERICK Range!

When we think of RENZ, we think of distinctively innovative shapes and superior durability.  Justus Kolberg’s Sono desk is just that. It adheres to minimalist design standards by perfectly integrating architectural elements. The fusion of strikingly clear and masculine aluminium frames and cabinets balances open forms with closed elements. With the provision to integrate the latest modern communication technology, this desk encourages productivity in the work environment.

The containers are grouped together as desired, allowing for complete customisation. The aluminium frames support desks of various lengths with the options of either glass or fine veneer.

Other options include: round and rectangular conference tables as well as electrically driven height-adjustable table-tops.

If you would like to find out more about the RENZ Sono range, visit our website.

 

The Saloni Internazionale del Mobile in Milan has closed it’s gates a month ago and I bet you know as well as we do that the industry’s air is buzzing with news, ideas and inspiration. it’s design’s focus this year was to see what two of our brands were installing to kick off the new season. We just can’t get enough new designs in our workshops. And really – most of their new comers were not only hitting the international trend but are also right down the it’s design alley.

Both Prostoria and KFF have preparing their presentations months ahead and have come up with some stylish new designs. We know which ones we fell in love with right away,  but which ones would you like to see in your office, show room, studio or private home?

Here is a selection of our top Prostoria and KFF Saloni 2014 products, do you like them as much we do? And which are your favourites? We’d love to see your comments below.

OBLIQUE Table by Prostoria. Designer: Newmen/ForUse

OBLIQUE Table and Chair by Prostoria. Designer: Newman/ForUse

OBLIQUE Chair by Prostoria. Designer: Newman/ForUse

MONK chair by Prostoria. Design: Grupa

YOUMA chair by KFF. Design by Sven Dogs.

YOUMA chair by KFF. Design by Sven Dogs.

ARTUS by KFF

YCKS by KFF. Design by Designmanufaktur Lemgo.

YCKS by KFF. Design by Designmanufaktur Lemgo.

Let us know if you need any more information about the products, we have all details up our sleeves but not yet in our online catalogue. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Over the past 10 years Croatia has become one of Australian’s favourite European holiday destinations. We love the colourful and sunny country with all it’s beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, Balkan food as well as direct and good humoured people. It simply makes a perfect affordable holiday destination of pure indulgence. In fact – let’s speak it out loud- we love it because it reminds us of home but is so very different.

So now there is a young and award winning design and manufacturing company called Prostoria that brings mediterranean sensuality paired with continental rationality directly from Zagreb into Australian homes and offices. The sustainable and adaptable materials perfectly suit our warm climate and the detail focused manufacturing guarantees a long term customer experience with the fun, young and most of all clever designs.

Prostoria was originally founded in 2010 near Zagreb, Croatia under name of “Kvadra” by Tomislav Knezovi. From the start Tomislav worked closely with several collectives of young designers to create unique and well thought through contemporary couches and chairs. Austrian-Croatian design collective NUMEN/FORUSE already design on an international level, whereas Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovi, the trio Grupa, Sanja Knezovic and design studio Redesign are the newcomers that create Prostoria’s fresh ideas.

 

Segment – is a modular sofa program available in numerous configurations. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE.

Revolve – a clear lined modular sofa-bed for homes and offices. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE, Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovic.

Revolve – winner of the RED DOT Award for product design 2012. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE, Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovic.

3angle – Chairs and Sofas that hug the body. Designed by GRUPA.

Pil-low – an easy transformable sofa-bed for the home or office. Designed by REDESIGN.

Cloud – the modular sofa is an ideal furnishing for larger spaces. Designed by Sanja Knezovicfor.

Have a look at all our Prostoria products and tell us what you think! We always love hearing your thoughts on our new designs.

If you want to know more about prices and bulk orders please shoot us an email and we will get back to you in the blink of an eye.

And if you feel like reading up on that hip bunch of young Croatian designers, find more information about Prostoria on their website.

Hope to hearing from you soon!

As this eventful year comes to an end, we wish all our customers, suppliers, friends and families a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. So much has happened over the last year and in particular during the past six months. More details of all that in the New Year. Now it’s time to enjoy the festivities with family and friends.

The busy design weeks with Sydney Design, Workshopped13 and Sydney Indesign are all currently taking place throughout the city.

Our involvement can be seen with the furniture shown from Catapult at the Eveleigh Galleria.

Another furniture piece of note is the MAK which is on show at Workshopped13 at Moore Park Supa Centa in Sydney from 15th – 25th August.

MAK ambient light and clothes rackis the latest product from Australian designer, Robin Keussen. The combination of an elegant Tasmanian Oak clothes rack and ambient lighting is both a playful and practical design. In apartments, hotels, modern office spaces or as a signature piece in just about any space, MAK makes a statement while also offering a clever space-saving design.

“MAK is a play on products that are part of our interior heritage and combines what was once two products – the rack and the floor light – into one,” Robin explains. MAK’s minimal design, with clean lines and simple construction, gives it a modern style, which can easily be adapted through colour and material selection to suit a range of environments.

The thin, lightweight appearance results in less materials being used, while the raw beauty of the frame – made from plantation Tasmanian Oak and finished in natural oil – is allowed to shine. With a range of material and colour options, the lampshade uses natural materials such as wool, felt and silk – all fully recyclable.

Additionally, the flat-pack design allows users to assemble MAK themselves and requires minimal packaging, storage and shipping. The manufacturing process is also kept simple, reducing the amount of machining needed – in turn reducing energy consumption.

“It was important for practical reasons, like shipping and storage, to keep the design simple, but it also means that MAK can easily be put together and dismantled by the user, making it a really flexible design, but not compromising on style and fun.”

MAK is available as a light-rack with a lampshade, or as a traditional rack without the lampshade, and is available in four sizes: holding 4, 8, and 12 garments or ‘Unlimited’. MAK Unlimited uses a unique modular system allowing it to be extended to any length, not only displaying garments, but also creating a beautiful atmosphere within retail environments.

Aug 02

Belfakto

I would really be curious to hear what you think? As we begin releasing some of our new Belfakto table ranges. So far the people we have shown have marvelled at these tables and their unique design, the workmanship and engineering. The Belfakto statement when passion takes shape seems to be on the mark.

Unorthodox. Refined. Unexpectedly different. Vibrant. Elegant. These are some words used to describe the complex and elaborate intersecting structures that make up the tables from Belfakto. Is it any surprise that they won the 2013 German Design Council’s Interior Innovation Award for the Xenia table?

I hope you take some time to get to know the collection and find inspiration in these truly unique and amazing furniture pieces.

Jul 11

Kvadra

One thing that has been missing from our range over the years has been a sofa collection. A collection that meets our design requirements. There are so many sofa designs that are… well just rectangular. Boxes.

This changed at the beginning of the year when we met the people from Kvadra. At first it was their designs that stuck my attention, in particular the Segment. However, as we got to know each other it became clear that our philosophies also align. Kvadra is a young company formed in 2010. Much younger than it’s design in terms of existence. Yet our people are a similar age. Kvadra, like it’s design, lays value on the craftsman techniques and quality workmanship, combined with modern machinery and processes. A focus on comfort with the understanding that the desire for aesthetic is part of human need. Being a young dynamic group of people exchanging ideas, curious about new materials, exploring new ways and designs. There are so many parallels between us this was obviously a perfect partnership. Explore their collection and follow us on FacebookLinkedInPinterest, Twitter and Google+ as we add new models to the range.

We are excited to launch our on-line store with the Parkhaus seat pads tailored to suit the classic chairs from Eames to Panton and more.

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