The winners of the Staron® Design Awards 2015 have been announced across the three categories of Commercial, Residential and Concept. The competition was judged by Nicky Lobo of Habitus, Stephen Varady of Stephen Varady Associates, and Amanda Stanaway of Woods Bagot.
December 9th, 2015
Open to any designer, architect, developer, kitchen/bathroom designer, or student, the competition seeks to award outstanding applications of Staron® Solid Surfaces in design projects.
Commercial Category Winner
The Commercial winner is Jacqui Esdaile, Leigh Devine and Kate Tuffley of Valmont. They have been awarded in recognition of their design work in a stunning office fit-out for McCullough Robertson in Brisbane.
“This extensive new fit-out needed to introduce on-floor efficiencies and foster cultural change through an open-plan approach, hinging on the functional workplace drivers of flexibility, adaptivity, collaboration, community and the notion of working together,” says Kate about the initial design objectives.
To implement these design principles, the concepts of geometry was woven throughout the space aesthetically, in form, finish and functionality. These concepts take center stage in the reception area, where the curved Staron® counter in colour Bright White is imprinted with flush mounted tessellating marble mosaic tiles. This reflects the core concepts of flexibility and working together.
The counter itself works as a landing point for visitors to the space while offering administration staff a comfortable and pleasing environment in which to conduct their daily duties. With a smooth finish and no open joins, Staron® fits the performance requirements of a busy reception counter and concierge point. It also creates a beautiful and welcoming appeal.
Congratulations to Jacqui Esdaile Leigh Devine and Kate Tuffley of Valmont for designing this spectacular space.
Staron® Fabrication by: Solid Surface Productions.
Residential Category Winner
The residential winner is Kim Duffin, Sublime Architectural Interiors. Kim has been recognised for this unique design work in this kitchen design that extends to the outdoors.
Surrounded by a subtropical ancient rainforest, this intriguing home was designed to blend with the landscape. The kitchen needed to reflect the style and mood of what was created externally, while capturing the view of the bush and valley below.
The owners wanted a space that would be central to family life and entertaining, so the design had to be innovative and sophisticated. One of the kitchen’s key features is the use of Samsung Staron® Solid Surfaces. This durable product has been used vertically and horizontally on the island benchtops, cabinet doors, drawer fronts and the outdoor bar table. Colour Sanded Dover has been used for the island benchtop with a flowing drop down edge and also for the outdoor bar table. With no open joins and a smooth finish, the surface captures the eye and continues from indoors to outdoors. Staron® in Sleek Silver was chosen for all vertical surfaces to meet the clients’ brief of an achromatic colour palette.
Acrylic Couture® — a metal material interlaced and woven, then embedded in acrylic — has been clad to the island front. The effect created by this unique material brings a whole new meaning to three-dimensional. Origami-inspired pendants in pewter were used as a feature to draw the eye up, highlighting the detail on the timber ceilings. LED strip lights were used on the edge of the island as mood lighting, illuminating the Acrylic Couture® paneling and creating the illusion that the material inside is dancing.
Picture windows were positioned on the splashback wall and in the pantry to keep the clients connected to the stunning flora and fauna exhibited outside. The rosewood sliding doors complement the other natural elements in this space, providing warmth and an even greater connection to nature. The adjacent Staron® benchtop was designed and manufactured to finish at the same height as the external table. This kitchen design is where modern technology meets the beauty of nature, with raw materials moulded to create contemporary, clean lines that still exude depth and warmth.
Congratulations to Kim Duffin and Sublime Architectural Interiors for this outstanding design.
Staron® Fabrication by: Solid Surface Innovations
Concept Category Winner
The concept winner is Kianoosh Kavoosi, student of Central Institute of Technology Perth.
In her concept, Kianoosh designed a clock frame that can be made entirely with Staron®. Designed in 6mm Staron® in colour Bright White, the illuminating nature of the material has been taken advantage of by creating a design that can be backlit with LED lighting.
The concept clock frame could glamorously light up in the night. With striking red clock hands to contrast the crisp white Staron® and a timber frame to complement the Staron® – this design serves the purpose of telling time, while creating an art like presence.
Congratulations to Kianoosh Kavoosi for creating an original design that has beauty and function.
The Staron® Design Awards will be back in 2016, for more information visit staron.com.au.
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