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Kitchens Reimagined with Axolotl

 

The Axolotl team have worked with many talented architects and interior designers over the years creating arguably some of the most original and creative kitchens seen to date. Utilising our wide range of customisable and durable surfaces, which includes semi-precious metals, concrete, and stone, there is no limit to how you can incorporate your desired Axolotl surface into your kitchen.

We have loved seeing kitchen designs become bolder and designers unafraid to incorporate strong metallics, patterns and stone in unconventional ways, through joinery, splash-backs and even appliances. Here we showcase how some of Australia’s most talented have embraced Axolotl surfaces in kitchen design.

Surface: Bronze Smooth Florentine Linish Design: Alwill Interiors Joinery: Sydney Joinery Photography: Prue Ruscoe

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Design: Alwill Interiors
Joinery: Sydney Joinery
Photography: Prue Ruscoe

Surface: Concrete Slate Pseudo Smooth Design: Handelsmann Khaw Joinery: Joinery by Ken Photography: Felix Forest

Surface: Concrete Slate Pseudo Smooth
Design: Handelsmann Khaw
Joinery: Joinery by Ken
Photography: Felix Forest

Surface: Bronze Lunar Florentine Design: Stylus Studio

Surface: Bronze Lunar Florentine
Design: Stylus Studio

Surface: Mesoa Stone Surface Joinery: Everlong Joinery Photography: Mckean Photo

Surface: Mesoa Stone Surface
Joinery: Everlong Joinery
Photography: Mckean Photo

Surface: Treasury Bronze Pseudo Smooth Brown Florentine Design: Sarah Jayne Studios Joinery: ACA Joinery Photography: Simon Whitebread

Surface: Treasury Bronze Pseudo Smooth Brown Florentine
Design: Sarah Jayne Studios
Joinery: ACA Joinery
Photography: Simon Whitebread

Surface: Anthra Zinc Pseudo Smooth Design: Lawless and Meyerson Joinery: Interior Woodworks Photography: Justin Alexander

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Design: Lawless and Meyerson
Joinery: Interior Woodworks
Photography: Justin Alexander

Surface: Brass and Graphite Cayman  Design: Brendan Wong Joinery: Melmac Interior Joinery Photography: Maree Homer

Surface: Brass and Graphite Cayman
Design: Brendan Wong
Joinery: Melmac Interior Joinery
Photography: Maree Homer

Surface: Copper Lunar Pearl Patina Design and Joinery: Dan Kitchens

Surface: Copper Lunar Pearl Patina
Design and Joinery: Dan Kitchens

Axolotl brings the world of design to Melbourne with The Easel Project

 

Industrial designer Adam Cornish and graphic designer Marcus Piper have come together to create the Easel Project. Eight leading creatives were invited to create an original work of art, to push outside of their comfort zone and challenge the typical palette of materials utilised within their practice.

The list of internationally acclaimed artists draws from a diverse range of creative disciplines including painters, industrial designers, collage artists and graphic designers. The line up for the Easel Project Collection One includes Jaime Hayon, Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Belynda Henry, Ham Darroch, Louise Olsen, Marcus Piper and Rachel Derum.

Each creative worked with surface specialists Axolotl to develop their concept. The range of materials and processes experimented with was extremely diverse – from fused plate glass, marble with brass inlay, etching, 3D printing, printed marble to heat tempered stainless steel.

“As an Industrial designer we are often asked to create using industrial processes and materials, this restriction often makes for the most surprising results. Each artist or designer has chosen a material / process aiming to discombobulate their normal process and encourage experimentation.” says co-founder, Adam Cornish.

The finished artworks, available in a limited edition of eight, rest on a timber easel which displays the work and can be rotated creating a functional coffee table surface. The Easel table design is intended to celebrate the diversity of the practitioners with the traditional Easel representing artists throughout history, and the transformation into a table representing the functional aspect of the design discipline. The Easel base, designed by Adam Cornish, was proudly manufactured by Forest Furniture and the tops were manufactured by Axolotl with a percentage of each sale going to the Authentic Design Alliance.

Easel Collection One will be shown for the first time in the central walkway of DENFAIR, Melbourne, 20-23 June – highlighting the events commitment to independent, Australian design at an international level.

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Photography: Tim Robinson

The Easel Project

 
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The Easel Project is an independent project championing authentic design that has been initiated by Adam Cornish and Marcus Piper. Adam is well known as a multidisciplinary designer designing for the likes of Alessi and Marcus as a self proclaimed digital craftsperson working across varied creative disciplines.

The pair have curated works by eight internationally recognised creatives who were briefed to push the boundaries of their craft. Each concept was then translated into a physical object in collaboration with Axolotl, who offered up their extensive palette of processes and materials, as well as their expertise in art creation. As part of the process – Axolotl tested its own boundaries, working with the artists to test processes and produce samples prior to production – these samples can be seen below.

Each Easel will be available in a limited edition of eight and come signed by the artist with a certificate of authenticity. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Authentic Design Alliance to foster the ongoing development of innovation and leadership within the Australian design community.

The Easel Project will launch its first functional artwork collection in Melbourne at DENFAIR, 20-22 June 2019, and include a speaker series with the artists and Axolotl’s very own Design Director, Emmaline Cox – moderated by Marcus Piper.

To see the complete set of artworks and to discuss the methods behind the process we’d be delighted to show you personally at Denfair in late June.

For updates and more information on the Easel project click here.

Photography: Tim Robinson

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Introducing Lustre Spectrum 3D

 

A stunning new range of glass surfaces with unlimited permutations that are unique to the Axolotl portfolio.

The Spectrum process refers to Axolotl’s unique ability to custom colour the surface of a material. Previously only available as Spectrum sheet metal, we have now extended our technology to work over glass surfaces as well!

Lustre Spectrum is a single presentation, semi reflective opaque glass surface which is treated with the Spectrum process, enabling us to colour the glass with a single colour, or custom colour gradients. The final effect is a glass that delivers a perceptual depth beyond its 6mm thickness. We’re then able to extend this beauty even further through 3D printing the top surface of the glass to emboss designs in a clear or coloured texture.

Lustre Spectrum is typically available as 6mm thick annealed glass. As the backing is solid is generally adhered to surfaces and used as a wall, signage or counter front treatment.

Spectrum Glass has the same bespoke surface effects, however it is applied onto a translucent glass surface allowing you to see the colour and pattern from both sides of the glass. Spectrum Glass is available in any glass float, thickness or treatment making it the versatile choice for joinery doors and internal screening.

Spectrum glass panels can be created in sizes are up to 2400 x 1600mm, and are suitable for internal applications only.

As always with Axolotl, there is unlimited potential for design, colour, and graphic effects allowing you to create something truly unique for your next project.

For more information on Spectrum Glass or any of the Axolotl product range please visit our showroom or website, or call the office today on 02 9666 1207

Website Update

 

We have made some updates to our website to help make designing with and specifying our products easier than ever. You can now view our range of applied metals in a comprehensive range of textures, ageing and surface effects. We also feature designs that have been created through carving, routing and 3D printing processes. When you click on the tile a larger view will appear with all the specification details, it’s as simple as dragging and dropping the image into your schedule! And to help for custom pieces we have also included a specification guide for all our surfaces on our new Technical page. Of course, the website can't feature every way our surfaces can be used and as always get in touch if you would like to work together to create your own unique surface design.

For those who haven’t visited our website for a while, the site has been updated with a Media page which includes Q + A’s with a number of magazines providing insights into our business and design thinking. We have also added the Our Team page featuring the designers and other key people behind the scenes so that you can get to know us better!

Of course, we wouldn’t miss the chance to also update the photos in our Gallery with the latest and best of Axolotl. We hope you enjoy having a browse.

For more information on any of the Axolotl product range please visit our showroom or website, or call the office today on 02 9666 1207

2018 Year in Review

 
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As the year draws to a close 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 the festive season and the New Year!

2018 has been a positive and busy year at Axolotl with two new products launched, Cement Paint and our new Terrazzo surface - a world first at only 0.5mm thick.

Some of our highlights of the year include the completion of a number of exciting projects such as: 

- The award winning The Collectionist Hotel where leading artists and designers including The World is Round, Amber Road and Willis Sheargold created a riot of colour and eclectic design across 39 unique rooms with the use of the Axolotl Paints Metta, Chroma and Micaceous ranges.

- The Pacific Club Bondi by Dreamtime Australia Axolotl Timber Wash & Chroma throughout the whitewashed interior.

- The Glasshouse by Nina Maya, with bronze entry door, rear garage door, vanities and Axolotl Paints throughout.

- Works on prestigious hotels including the Shangri-la Cairns, W Hotel Brisbane and Pan Pacific Melbourne.

- Material support to Amber Road for their exhibit in the 2018 Rigg Design Prize.

- Beautiful artworks for The ACT Law Courts, the Coroners Court, Harbord Diggers and Waverley Mall with artist Jade Oakley.

- The Banksia fire-pit artwork for Barangaroo’s Naidoc week celebration with artist Bibi Barba.

- Marcus Piper ‘Fracture’ artworks for the New York Affordable Art Show. 

Axolotl also sponsored a number of events this year including the IDEA awards for the ninth year, the Good Design awards, Habitus House of The Year, and GZ Design Week in Hong Kong.

We were a Supporting Partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for a second year sponsoring four exhibiting artists, we sponsored Matthew Sheargold’s exhibition ‘Hyperkulturemia’ where Axolotl Paint was used in every artwork, the UTS DAB graduation showcase, and UTS fashion honours student Agnes Choi’s ‘Triumph in the Skies’ piece from her honours collection which was also the winner of the Swarovski crystal sponsorship.

To top it all off this year Axolotl was also awarded the Leading Architectural Product Supplier by Apac Insider, the most Innovative Multi-disciplinary Australian Design Firm from Lux Life and both Spectrum and Axolotl Paints were a finalist in the ADEX awards.

We are already working on new projects and products that will be debuted in 2019 as we continue our commitment to being ‘The Future of Surface’.

Axolotl will be closed from Friday 21st December and will reopen Monday 7th January.

Hyperkulturemia

 
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'Hyperkulturemia'  is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art. ‘Hyperkulturemia’ is also the title of the sold out exhibition of sculptural paintings by Matthew Sheargold exploring memory and experience through colour, lighting, and geometric studies.

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Sheargold is an award winning designer who draws on over 20 years experience working as an interior, furniture and product designer to inform his artwork. Fighting a constant battle to loosen up, his work is structured and restrained, using shapes, forms and symbols as efficiently as possible to tell a story. Drawing from fond memories and random moments, Matt's work seeks to explore the essence of the journeys we take and just how much detail our mind needs to remember them.

The exhibition was sponsored by Axolotl Paint with all the artworks using paints from the Chroma and Metta ranges.

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Sheargold says, “Metta has a beautiful matt texture which worked brilliantly as the base for my works. Combined with different sheen levels of the Chroma range, Axolotl Paints were the ideal medium”.

Whilst your next design project may be a simpler expression than Matthew’s paintings, the superior pigmentation and depth of colour of Axolotl Paint will elevate it to be a work of art in itself.

You can find more images of the ‘Hyperkulturemia' exhibition here.

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Scribbly Gum by Jade Oakley

 
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The Scribbly Gum artwork floats along the side of a suspended ceiling in the new ACT Law courts building and can be viewed from the street, reception level and mezzanine. 

The artwork is a reference to the local landscape and an artistic response to the curvaceous wall. The combination of white washed timber and light, as well as the immense scale give the artwork a sense of refinement and gravitas appropriate for its setting. LED lighting strips are used to create a visually dynamic artwork, as bright points of light appear to slowly weave their way through the curvaceous maze of scribbles. The gradual, glowing movement creates a sense of time passing and a feeling of calm, like watching a fire or shadows passing over the landscape. 

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“As an artist I am struck by the use of the Scribbly Gum in civic planting as you enter Canberra. The patterns themselves are beautiful graphics and unmistakably those of the Scribbly Gum, even when appropriated, enlarged and reproduced. Bringing these patterns into the interior of the court creates a sense of place, a link to the local landscape. The Scribbly Gum also lends the artwork a light touch as it reminds us of the wonder of nature, and nature’s ‘sense of humour.’ The whimsical patterns on the scribbly bark bring to mind childhood, and time spent in the bush. It is a reminder of our native land, the place that grounds us and links us together. It is a symbol of the culture and landscape to which we belong.” Jade Oakley.

Scribbly Gum was a 14-month process from concept and design development, through to installation. AAP Art projects, the art division of Axolotl, were instrumental in the design process working closely with Jade Oakley to ensure suitability for construction, installation and engineering.

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The unique artwork canvas with no straight lines provided the first challenge. To overcome this we brought the installation team Stratti Build in to the project early on. The wall was surveyed on site via cherry picker and drawn on CAD. Over twenty templates were then produced from a datum point on the wall to allow for the successful mapping and installation of the artwork.

Scribbly Gum is made up of over 100 individual panels up to 3360 x 1560mm in size, and is split over three depths.

Each layer has been sanded and treated in the Axolotl factory with Axolotl Timber Wash Interior Roan paint with varying opacities.

Images of Scribbly Gum's design development can be found here.

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Artist: Jade Oakley
Project Management: Creative Road
Design and surface treatment: Axolotl
Manufacture: Polygenic Design
Engineering & Lighting Design: Northrop
Installation: Stratti Building
Professional Photography: Ben Wrigley

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018

 

Axolotl are once again proud to be Supporting Partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for 2018. 

This year we provided material sponsorship and artisan support to a further four artists - Michael Le GrandLucy BarkerJim Flook and Rhiannon West. Each selected based on the quality of their concepts and our capabilities to assist with their diverse aesthetics. It has been an exciting and challenging process supporting each artist to realise their vision, and reinforces our own commitment and passion to support the arts.

The 22nd annual exhibition can be enjoyed on the stunning coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama, until the 4th November. It is the world's largest free public exhibition and transforms the coast into a 2km long outdoor gallery, featuring over 100 sculptures by Australian and international artists.

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


Michael Le Grand
GUARDIAN
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018
Materials: Mild steel, Axolotl Bronze Rust Patina
Guardian is the balancing act of found and shaped metal objects formed to establish a nominal totemic orientation.


Lucy Barker

OUTLET
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018
Materials: Electrical cable, wire frame, Axolotl Bronze Florentine Patina
A dense and complex tangle of discarded electrical cables in an intentionally ambiguous form. Outlet is constructed in a lozenge shape that could be a missile, a seed, or perhaps a lump of human detritus rolled by the sea and washed up on the rocks. With connotations of consumption and entrapment, its worm like tangled surface is visually perplexing in its complexity.


Jim Flook
SWERVE ONE
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018
Materials: Mild steel, paint
Contemplation of unfolding and unpredictable swerves of life's complexities.


Rhiannon West
FLIGHT
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018
Materials: Stainless steel, dichroic glass, mild steel, paint, Axolotl Stone
A playful and inviting sculpture for that ‘Instagram moment’. Reflective and
vibrant; dichroic lenses form the “tips” to the wings which reflect and refract the light.


Rigg Design Prize

 
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The prestigious Rigg Design Prize launched on Thursday at the National Gallery of Victoria to rave review. The triennial event celebrates Australian design and architecture, this year focusing on the field of Interior design and decoration.
 
Ten renowned interior design studios were invited to design and create a purpose built interior responding to the theme of ‘Domestic living’. Each exhibit highlights the important role interior design plays in shaping our lived environments, manipulating the senses, telling stories, and communicating our values and attitudes.

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Axolotl are proud to support our friends at Amber Road in their entry to the 2018 Rigg Design Prize. We are forever in awe of the team’s creative take on interiors, and fearlessness of colour and texture. Amber Roads exhibit Take it Outside is the perfect example of this, and explores the transitional space between the indoors and outdoors. Axolotl sponsored Take it Outisde, providing the mirror glass walls and floors which reflect the brilliant star studded sky, and white washing iconic Aussie objects such as the mozzie coil, terry towelling, thongs and even a can of VB to capture the Australian outdoor experience.

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This years Rigg Design Prize featured a stellar line up of design studios including Arent & Pyke, Danielle Brustman, David Hicks, Flack Studio, Martyn Thompson, Scott Weston, Sibella Court, SJB and Hecker Guthrie who took top honours and won this years Rigg Design Prize with their exhibit The table is the base - honouring the humble table.
 
Be sure to check them all out, entry is free and The Rigg Design Prize is open until 24 February 2019 at Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square. 

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Photography by James Greer.