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INTERPLAY

 
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Jade Oakley’s Interplay is a site specific public artwork which was commissioned by Waverley Council after winning the public vote.

The artwork aims to protect, celebrate and draw attention to this important natural feature in this busy urban mall.

"When I first thought about Waverley Mall as the site for a public artwork I was drawn to the trees. They are the most beautiful element in this place. They provide shade and shelter, beauty and calm. Every branch describes a different curve through the air. Every single leaf of these trees is unique. I wanted to embrace them.

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‘Interplay’ expresses a symbiotic dance between art and nature. The sculptural forms are poised mid-waltz with the trees. Each of these screens is unique, inspired by microscopic photographs of plants. They are intended as a reminder of the little marvels that surround us; growth, decay, transformation.

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These sculptures began with my drawings of the cellular structure of plants. The drawings were digitised and laser cut from 8mm thick mild steel. The screens were rolled to create a curve, then hand beaten by blacksmiths to create interesting sculptural forms. After galvanising the screens were coated with Axolotl copper and aged with Verdigris and Florentine, hand polished and sealed. The effect created is of a richly aged surface. The sculptures that look like they belong here beneath the trees, and as though they have always been here." Jade Oakley

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AAP worked with Jade Oakley and Creative Road on the design and fabrication of Interplay from concept design through to the polish of the aged Axolotl metal surface treatment.

Artist: Jade Oakley
Project Management: Creative Road
Professional Photography: Carolyn Price

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The Collectionist

 
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Sydney's newest and most creatively unique, hotel – The Collectionist – has officially opened, ready to change the way guests choose to stay and experience hotels. 

The Camperdown situated hotel, is the first for The Collectionist Hotel brand with plans to take the unique concept to other Sydney locations and interstate.

Described as a real-life “choose-your-own-adventure”, the eclectically designed hotel will set a new standard in individualised guest experiences. Opting away from standardised décor in rooms, The Collectionist commissioned the talents of 13 artists and seven designers from four leading design studios, to create 39 individually designed rooms. Instead of rooms being allocated by the hotel, guests are invited to peruse available rooms on check-in and choose their room based on the style, colour, texture and design - just as they would a work of art.  

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Any design team that took on a brief involving 40 individually designed rooms could be called both adventurous and bold.  Enter Andrew Cliffe, founder of “The World is Round”.  Having been invited to bid on the project Cliffe set about assembling a team of designers who could bring the vision to life. “The brief was for every room to be different - a massive task for one designer. To win the project I needed to think differently,” says Cliffe. “Originally, I was imagining ten designers doing four rooms each, but reality set in and this switched to four designers doing ten rooms each.” The design teams credited with bringing The Collectionist concept to life include The World is RoundAmber RoadWillis Sheargold and Pattern Studio.  

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Yasmine Ghoniem from Amber Road says about the Collectionist, "Our objective here was for each room to evoke a particular memory: a holiday, a dream, a person, an idea, an experience - ultimately something that would elicit a strong emotive response from the guest. To create our desired response we employed a riot of colour, texture and artful detailing and in doing so, transformed each room into a feast for the senses”.

The riot of colour was injected into the hotel with the use of the Axolotl Paint range. Metta, Chroma and Micaceous paints in varying sheen levels adorn the walls, ceilings and trims throughout the eclectic hotel. In some cases our paints were also used in the graphic artworks and on the furnishings. Axolotl Paint was chosen due to the superior paintability, quality and depth of tone achieved, as well as the beautiful matt finishes available in both the Metta and Chroma range.  

To see more images of the uniquely designed rooms at The Collectionist hotel click here.

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The Glasshouse

 
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The impressive design of The Glasshouse, Paddington is the result of Nina Maya Interiors working in a unique collaboration with some of Australia’s leading architectural suppliers.

The dilapidated site in Paddington was demolished last year to make way for the new architecturally designed show-home.

The layout uses every square centimetre of the site, while the floor to ceiling glass in the central axis of the residence delivers an abundance of natural light into the open layout. This impressive feature is centred over an internal pond and can be viewed from nearly every angle of the home. 

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Axolotl metals bookend the design, with a custom Splice design entry door and handle in an aged Gold Bronze finish welcoming you inside and hinting at the luxury you will find within. While a clever three panel siding gate across the rear of the property in our Bronze Cortex design becomes a large outdoor feature wall, viewable from the internal living areas.

Inside, The Glasshouse, entwines bold and luxe material choices including green Verde marble from Euromarble, moody textured timber veneer joinery by New Age Veneers, satin tap-ware by Rogerseller, and the new cleverly flush mounted switch range by Zetr.

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Axolotl Paint from the Chroma range is painted throughout the interior and exterior of the home in colours Ryder and Stratus. Our Chroma flat wall paint providing the perfect matte backdrop for the sophisticated design of the home.

The Glasshouse sets a new standard for stylish and functional inner city living, fitted out with the highest quality design and products, and optimally located in the prestigious suburb of Paddington.

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We are excited to have been a part of The Glasshouse, and to work with Nina and other leading architectural suppliers.

The Glasshouse is open for inspection by appointment. Feel free to contact us here if you would like to arrange a visit to discuss the products used or how we can assist with your own project.

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Photography by Nicole England

Looking Up

 

When Westfield commissioned Australian artist Jade Oakley to produce ambient art pieces for their central escalator cladding and a multi storey lift well at Westfield Parramatta she was instantly inspired by the indigenous plants of the area.

“I was amazed to find Lake Parramatta, tucked in behind a busy road, with some really beautiful original forest around it, including towering gum trees and mossy glades with trickling streams and tree ferns. I spent a day there sketching and photographing and thinking. Looking up is an artwork that sprang from this encounter with a surprising pocket of nature in a busy part of Sydney.”

‘Looking up’ is installed over the body of four escalators located in the centre court of Westfield Parramatta. Created using a white on white palette, this artwork is intricate and elegant all at once. Viewers can study the artwork while walking through the centre court and riding the escalators to the levels above. 

The cladding is made from Alucobond treated in a custom shimmering white 2pak. The background features an etched relief of the forest canopy, and the panels are embellished with a second layer of perforated leaf screens that wrap around the sides of the escalators.

See more photos of the project, including production and process shots by visiting the project page on ourart website.

Florida sets the bar

 
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Axolotl Florida launched in the middle of 2017 and the team dove straight into some exciting projects to flex their creativity and know how in the US design scene. 

The first project showcased is a private residence where our Zinc surfaces were utilised as a continuous theme throughout, with Zinc Lunar Pearl treatments to the feature walls and bar, and Zinc Smooth applied to the staircase to stunning effect. Finished to the highest standard, this project has a modern and sophisticated design sensibility which expertly shows how to introduce features that harmonise with the overall design of the home.

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In a separate project, Axolotl Bronze Florentine in our Skyline design was applied to the bar front at the new Florida bar, Casa D’Angelo. The end result is sophisticated and elegant, and complements the lavish bar décor.

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Images: Myroslav Rosky Photography

Wherever you are, and whatever you wish to achieve in your design get in touch with us for your next project.

For projects in;
Australia
Western Australia
Hong Kong/China
Florida

Year in Review

 
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As the year starts winding down we would like to take the opportunity to thank our clients, staff, and friends for your continued support and wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year!

2017 has been a positive and busy year at Axolotl; we were a Supporting Partner of Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi, Event Partner at Design Made and had our products showcased at Denfair, Sydney Indesign and Design Made.

We sponsored the UTS graduating students, the IDEA awards for the seventh year, four artists at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Nina Maya’s Glasshouse and the Marcus Piper and Shannon McGrath exhibition, Fracture: Differences.

Three new products were launched, Sculpt and LINK stone surfaces and our new coloured stainless steel Spectrum, extending our palette in beautiful new ways. We also love our new look showroom.

Our Mojo bath ware received two awards from Good Design and the Sydney Design Awards and we were excited to receive two additional awards for Excellence in Environmental Architecture - Australia from the Excellence in Asia Pacific Awards and named the Best Global Architectural Products Supplier from the Australian Enterprise Awards.

And to top it off we not only launched a new licensee in Florida, USA which is already creating some beautiful and groundbreaking work but have opened a new showroom and factory in New Territories and North Point in Hong Kong.

We can’t wait to see what exciting projects 2018 will bring! As always, we remain committed to continue being ‘The Future of Surface’.

Axolotl will be closed from Friday 22nd December and will reopen Monday 8th January.

New Territories

 
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Axolotl are excited to announce the expansion of our China based operation with the opening of a new factory and showroom in the New Territories and North Point in Hong Kong. This sits alongside the much larger facilities in Jiangmen in China. Between the two locations, Axolotl China has the ability to create work to any scale.

Headed by Eric Chan, the new showroom showcases an expansive range of art and architecture, including sculptures, panels, doors and a vast array of samples. Eric says, “There’s a genuine excitement about bringing Axolotl surfaces into Hong Kong and China. There’s a definite hunger for luxury in much of the market, and tastes in interior design are growing ever more sophisticated. We are fortunate that Axolotl’s technology is on the cutting edge of this entire category”.

Hong Kong and China have always been a big market for Axolotl surfaces, so now with a dedicated set up to service the region it’s now convenient and easy to access the skills and surfaces that are unique to Axolotl. If you have a project in Hong Kong or China, or would like to learn more about Axolotl, please contact:

Eric Chan
ericchan@axolotl.com.hk

For Hong Kong

Showroom
Unit 1402a,14/F,Block B,Sea View Estate,
4-6 Waston Road, North Point, 
Hong Kong
Tel:+852 2177 7720
 
Factory
Unit 02A, G/F, Yan Hing Centre,
9-13 Wong Chuk Yeung Street
Fo tan, Shatin, New territories
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2177 7720

and in China

04/9F, Huoju Building,
No.288 Jinou Road,
Gaoxin Zone, Jiangmen
Guangdong, China
Tel: +86 147 1431 8075

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SXS x AAP - 3 days to go

 

Only three days to go until Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017 ends so if you haven’t had a chance, do yourself a favour and get down to Bondi. Over 100 sculptures from Australian and international artists line the iconic walkway from Bondi to Bronte. 

In honour of the exhibition and our role as a Supporting Partner, Axolotl Art Projects have put together a small video featuring the amazing work of sponsored artists. Turn your sound up and enjoy.

DESIGN-MADE.

 
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DESIGN-MADE. launches this Friday, welcoming both design enthusiasts and industry professionals to a uniquely Australian celebration of design for home and living.

New work will be showcased by independent design studios, alongside new and heritage design brands. There will be furniture, lighting and objects by regional artisanal makers, as well as some of the biggest names in Australian design.

Axolotl are proud to be part of the inaugural show and will be showcasing samples of all our surfaces including stone, metal, glass, timber and our new architectural paint range. We will also unveil two new door designs developed with 3D printing technology, which is proving a major disruptor in the design world. 

DESIGN-MADE. is held at SUNSTUDIOS, 42 Maddox Street, Alexandria from 27-29 October.
Opening hours:
27.10 Friday  10am–6pm
28.10 Saturday 10am-5pm
29.10 Sunday 10am-4pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

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SXS x AAP

 
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Marcel Cousins
FLOWER POT
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017
A three dimensional experience. Like a Japanese garden the work aims to represent an
experience of nature but one that has been manipulated and highly stylised.
Materials: Aluminium, steel, paint

Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi is one of Sydney’s most popular events with up to 500,000 visitors each year. Staged on the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, this free to the public exhibition captures the imagination of Sydney and its visitors for three weeks each spring. Sculpture by the Sea has grown since its inaugural show in 1997 and is now the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world, this year showcasing 104 sculptures by renowned Australian and International artists.

Axolotl Art Projects are proud to be a Supporting Partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017 by providing significant contribution in the form of materials and artisan support to four artists. This year the artists selected for Axolotl sponsorship were Marcel Cousins, Stephen Harrison, Elyssa Sykes-Smith and Fiona Kemp.

We believe that arts and cultural events like Sculpture by the Sea are what keep communities vibrant and active and we are proud to play a small part by supporting these artists to create their artworks. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017 is now open and will run until 5 November.

If you are an artist looking for an experienced partner to facilitate your art projects, Axolotl, through our specialist AAP division can offer an extensive range of services. We are unique in our offer of our own specialist surfaces and have experience designing and fabricating across most construction materials. To get in contact email art@axolotl.com.au or phone 02 9666 1207.

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Elyssa Sykes-Smith
STAGNATION
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017
Image © Jessica Wyld
A site specific installation that explores the psychological state of being trapped in an intimately familiar, neurotic pattern of thought.
Materials: Concrete, copper wire, steel, Axolotl Copper

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Stephen Harrison
MOLLY AND CHARLES
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017
Unearthed aeroplanes of World war 2, coupled with Stephen’s family history, loss and memory.
Materials: Steel, Axolotl Bronze, patina, Zinc

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Fiona Kemp
GEOGRAPHY
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017
From and early age we are taught, by the use of maps, to view the world through an abstract representation of place. This work consists of seven templates that fit together, like a jigsaw puzzle. Exploring the way objects, images and repetitive practices resonate in memory.
Materials: Mild Steel

Introducing Axolotl Stone - Link and Sculpt

 
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Last year Axolotl launched Axolotl Stone Surface, an incredibly thin and malleable natural stone surface that allows designers and artists to realise creative ideas never before possible with a natural stone.

As part of our ongoing commitment to manipulating natural surface products to transcend existing design limitations, we have developed ‘Stone Link' and ‘Sculpt’.

‘Stone Link’ beautifully blends stone with inlaid stainless steel, brass or resin offering a unique beauty with custom designs. ‘Sculpt’ enables carving and polishing of natural stone to create almost any 3D design.  

Because of the bespoke nature of all our surfaces, you can individualise each stone piece. Choose from our own portfolio of designs, or create an entirely unique design.

The Axolotl Stone Surface range is not a composite product, but natural stone. It is available in a range of marbles such as Pacific White and Carrara, as well as stones in beige, whites, and blacks with thicknesses ranging from 10-20mm.

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Axolotl launches in US

 

Axolotl continues to build its international presence and is excited to announce the opening of its first US licensee - Axolotl Florida, based in Fort Lauderdale.

Stanley Young and Jody Miller-Young are excited by the opportunities to be the first licensees in the U.S. The alignment between their luxury real estate construction business and the unique benefits of Axolotl surfaces promise to deliver exciting innovation. Stanley and Jody have a rich background in design, media and construction. Charlie Young will be head of production and trained at our facility with our Creative Director, Kim Torma, earlier this year.

The US is a huge market for our surfaces, and Axolotl is without peer in terms of what we offer in innovation, design and bespoke surfaces. We have been looking for the right partnership in the US and Stanley and Jody bring amazing expertise and passion that really fits with our philosophy.

“When was the last time you were able to tell a designer or architect they didn’t need to worry about weight or shape when working with metal or concrete?” enthused Miller-Young. “It’s like having that ace in your pocket, offering something beautiful and unique and doing it in a way no one else here is. We are eager to develop our business in America and help designers, builders and artists realize their vision.” 
 
Axolotl has already delivered projects throughout the US out of our manufacturing base in Sydney and having physical representation in Florida only makes it easier for US designers and specifiers to incorporate the unique offer of an Axolotl surface. Already Axolotl FL is experiencing tremendous enthusiasm for the range.

If you have a US project you would like to discuss directly with the Axolotl FL team you can contact Jody at jody@axolotlfl.com

Jody Miller-Young
Axolotl FL
1121 E. Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301
917.770.3970
jody@axolotlfl.com
www.axolotlfl.com
 
Stay tuned for our opening in Dubai which will service the GCC later this year.

Meet us at Sydney Indesign

 

Come visit the Axolotl design team at Sydney Indesign
Friday 11th August 12pm - 6pm
Saturday 12th 10am - 6pm

We will be at B2 Studios, showcasing the Axolotl Paint range and
our new Stainless Spectrum sheet metals. All paired with a beautiful trio of chairs thanks to Living Edge.
B2 STUDIOS | 46/62 MADDOX ST, ALEXANDRIA
 
SPECIAL OFFER
To celebrate Sydney Indesign we are offering a 15% discount on all paint orders from
Friday 11th August until midnight on Thursday 17th August.
Simply enter the code at checkout to receive your discount

AXSID17

Registrations will be taken at all main venues on the day.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t forget to tag us in your photo’s @axolotlgroup #axolotlgroup #axolotlpaint
#SID17 @livingedge #livingedge

Axolotl delivers the full spectrum

 

Spectrum is a world first, unique coloured metal surface that is as infinite in potential as it is unique in beauty. 

Our newest surface was developed by our team in response to a vision in ‘blue metal’ by the designers at Futurespace. Never one to walk away from the challenge to usurp the traditional constraints of materials and deliver new creative opportunities, Axolotl set about inventing ’Spectrum'.

Spectrum, and its breathtaking potential, is showcased in a debut project for Savills, by Futurespace. Custom coloured ‘Tanzanite’ blue Stainless Steel sheets have been fitted to the curved interior faces of the stair void. The metallic surface provides a unique way to inject colour and vibrancy into the project with the high shine finish picking up the surrounding light and accentuating the curved walls.

Spectrum is typically available in flat Aluminium and Stainless Steel sheets in sizes up to 2400 x 1200mm and thicknesses from 0.9mm – 3mm.  Panels can also be laser cut to custom shapes and sizes. You can choose from the colours and designs we have developed, or unleash your creativity and design your own unique Spectrum surface with access to the full range of Pantone or CMYK reference colours.

Contact the Axolotl design team on 02 9666 1207 or info@axolotl.com.au for more information on Spectrum, or to discuss how it can be used on your next project.

Good Mojo Wins Out

 

It was no surprise, but very exciting to receive a Good Design Award for this striking Mojo Luxe bathware from Axolotl and Marblo at last week’s show.

The range didn’t stand out just for its beautiful, considered design, but also the innovative use of materials that hadn’t been seen before in this crowded market. 

Now it’s easy for you to have a piece of design history in your own bathroom as Mojo is available to order through Axolotl right now. Or if you want to create your own ‘good design’, contact us with your vision and we can bring it to life using any Axolotl surface, including metal, concrete, terracotta, stone or any combination of these.

AXOLOTL PAINTS DEN FAIR

 

Den Fair, the leading destination for contemporary design, opens today in Melbourne until the 10th June.
 
And with a strong focus on Australian brands, forward thinking and delivering the ultimate design experience, it’s only natural that Axolotl Paint would feature.
 
Leading designers, Ross Gardam, Anaesthetic, Adesignstudio and Stephanie Design have all incorporated Axolotl “Chroma” and "Timber Wash" Paint into their stands so you can browse a selection of our professionally curated and tightly edited range amongst some of the brightest and best design in Australia.
 
Axolotl Paints launched late 2016 and have quickly become a favourite amongst professionals and renovators who seek to lift their designs above the ordinary.
 
The Axolotl Paint collection is water based, has low and zero VOC's, and delivers stronger opacity, fuller colour and better paintability. 
 
If you’re not lucky enough to get to Den Fair you can view the full range online at axolotlpaint.com.

Axolotl Art Projects proud Supporting Partner of Sculpture by the Sea 2017

 

Axolotl is a known innovator in surfaces and world class project management. More recently it has focused on sculpting a reputation within the arts sector as the ideal partner for large art projects. As part of this commitment to the arts, Axolotl Art Projects is excited to announce it's commitment as a Supporting Partner of Australia’s iconic, Sculpture by the Sea.

Selected artists will receive a significant contribution in the form of materials and artisan support to help realise their vision. They will be able to choose from the full palette of Axolotl surfaces including metals, stone, terracotta and glass, affording the artist the ability to reinterpret any surface into something completely unique.

Managing Director, Kris Torma, of AAP says “The creative arts have always been a passion of ours, and we were looking for a way to provide support directly to artists when the opportunity to sponsor Sculpture by the Sea came about. We are incredibly proud of this association and see our relationship growing to be an ongoing, integral part of this amazing and original art show”.

Watch this space for updates as we get closer to the launch of the 2017 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition.

If you would like to bring your own creative vision to life – be it a sculpture, or a living art piece for your home such as a front door or bath -  contact our design team today on 02 96661207.

Good Design Awards 2017

 

Axolotl in conjunction with Marblo are incredibly excited to announce our selection in the 2017 Good Design®  for the stunning Mojo Luxe Bath Ware.
 
Good Design Australia announced the 2017 Good Design Selections last week marking the countdown to Australia’s most prestigious awards for design and innovation on June 8th 2017.
 
After an extensive evaluation process involving more than 35 Australian and international design experts, the Jury have finalised their results and awarded the best entries to receive the Good Design® Selection.
 
Mojo Luxe Bath Ware is now in the running to receive the coveted Australian Good Design Award, which will be announced at the Good Design Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) in Sydney.
 
On receiving the Good Design® Selection for Mojo Luxe Bath Ware, the Jury commented: “Beautiful, considered design from every perspective. This is a great example of what professional design can bring to a crowded market segment. The Jury applauds the innovative use of materials in a space that has never been seen before.”

Australia’s Good Design Awards date back to the 1950's and have an enviable record of unearthing globally recognised talent and products.

Last year, the Flow Hive, an innovative beekeeping device that has taken the world by storm took out the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year, the highest design honour in the country.

The 2017 Good Design Awards Ceremony and Festival will coincide with Vivid Sydney.

“The Australian Good Design Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world and the standard of submissions this year has really been incredible,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Good Design Awards program.

This year’s Good Design® Selections represent excellence in design across the widest spectrum of design including Product Design, Service Design, Architectural Design, Design Strategy, Digital and Communication Design and Social Innovation,” Dr. Gien commented.

If you would like to see the same beautiful, award winning design in your own bathroom, or even create your own unique bath ware, drop into our showroom, call us on 9662107 or visit our website axolotl.com.au.

Opening the door to exceptional design

 
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If doors are the entrance to the soul of the home, then expectations of what lies beyond must be pretty high when you look at these beautiful doors completed for our clients.

In fact, more and more we are seeing our customers view doors as less of an utilitarian item and more as a point of functional sculpture which adds architectural detail, colour, texture – and value - to their home.

Forget your old school moulded panel, natural wood or paint options and start dreaming. With Axolotl surfaces in metal, glass and concrete to design with, you really can achieve…

Get in touch and see how you can make a grand entrance.

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PAINT HAS A NEW FORMULA

 

Axolotl Paint was launched in October last year and has already seen great interest, with Axolotl Paints specified for a number of projects by top designers nationally.

We have been overwhelmed with the response and trust the industry has shown in the Axolotl brand since our launch. Our paints deliver the crafted quality and range of specialty finishes that has come to be synonymous with Axolotl. The Micaceous range has been particularly popular, with it’s unique shimmery matte finish making it a designer favourite.

It is now even easier to explore the Axolotl Paint range as our online shop is live and the full range is available to purchase directly through the website. You’ll also be able to find technical information, colour forecasts, advice, order swatches, paint outs, and sample pots.

With the launch of the Axolotl Paint online store, comes an exciting new Rust Paint to join the range. As global pioneers in developing a rust finish that could be applied for decorative effect, it is only natural that Axolotl should now include a Rust Paint. By adapting our unique process, which works with genuine iron, into an acrylic paint, anyone can achieve an authentic looking rusted effect on paintable surfaces. Axolotl Rust Paint can be applied on site for both interior and exterior settings to give an instant aged finish.

A cement paint is also due to be launched in the coming months!

We hope you enjoy exploring the new Axolotl Paint site. The full range of colours can also be viewed in our showroom where you can discuss your project with our expert consultants and order in store.

For more information on the Axolotl Paint range or to discuss your project, you can get in touch by email, phone, or visit the showroom today.