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Happy New Year 2013

 

After a short break we are back to work refreshed and ready to tackle all of your exciting new projects. By the end of 2012 we were able to look back on a broad range of creative projects, from multi-story corporate fit outs to hand crafted sculptures. One of the later projects was this custom feature wall for the Ministry of Sound Headquarters in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Andrew Cliffe from The World is Round adopted our popular Doric entry door, to be used as a concrete feature wall at the reception. The surface creates a beautiful shadow play as the varied light in the room plays with the corrugated surface.

A different, but also unique project, was the featured custom glass privacy screen for a clients guest ensuite. The Axolotl design team worked very closely with the client to achieve something new for the company and offer the client their perfect fade position from translucent to clear. The finished result enables the client to enjoy an outside view while showering, yet retaining privacy.

And the award goes to...

 

Axolotl are extremely fortunate to work with some of Australia’s most talented designers and architects. It goes without saying then that we are delighted when their efforts are recognised by both their peers and industry bodies. So far this year several teams have received various awards and nominations commending their efforts across various projects involving Axolotl, with just a few featured here. Philip Chia aimed to redefine the traditional food court dining experience at The Galeries Victoria by creating a highly unique and intriguing environment by delving into experimentation with juxtaposing materials. Axolotl provided several unique surfaces such as concrete coated panels with custom carved design, for the bulkhead and ceiling trim. Bronze Viper panels for the kiosk stations, and Treasury Bronze Pearl feature walls.

Commendation Retail Design - The Uncarved Block For The Galeries Victoria The design concept for the lower ground food court at Sydney's TGV aimed to set this unique environment apart from its counterparts in the CBD and stray from the “a-typical” food court approach. Inspired by the existing mix of avant-garde fashion retailers, the current clientele and location, the food court design draws a link between these key influences and the art of consumption conveyed through unique bespoke design elements, materials palette, texture, lighting and furniture.

Melbourne Central was recognised for it’s creative eclecticism and environmental stance, which also offers a unique retail experience. Given the large size of the space, it was important to create a variety of smaller dining areas for different groups of people. Axolotl was called on to produce a divider wall using screens coated in Treasury Bronze Pearl.

 

Planning wise, the layout defies the number one rule of food courts where sight lines to all tenancies from anywhere are a pre-requisite. At Melbourne Central, deliberately massed visual obstructions breaks up dining zones and changes the overall visual typography. It relies on people’s innate sense of interest and intrigue to explore this environment.

 

The conversion of the seating pagoda in Dixon Street to an information kiosk to service Chinatown called for a sympathetic and contextual design. The curved glass feature wall, created by Axolotl, is coated in Graphite which has been applied in a bespoke pattern designed by paper-cut artist Pamela Mei-Leng See.

In honour of the late, great Harry Seidler, this park was created for the residents of North Sydney. A large glass blade, supplied by Axolotl, installed at the centre of the space, details the dedication of the park to Harry and his lifetime contribution to architecture.

 

Designed in conjunction with Phillip Chia from The Uncarved Block, the Axolotl ‘Pod’ is a bespoke construction based on the blueprint of a shipping container, which we tweaked to our exacting requirements. With sustainability in mind, the reusable structure will be recycled for future exhibitions, reconfigured and transformed into an all new stand unrecognisable from the last. This year we featured several amazing world-first products including Timber LINK, Concrete Lace, Chroma and LINK glass along with many other beautiful finishes.

The “Reptilian Chaise” was designed specifically for Axolotl Concrete Bunker, to demonstrate the versatility of our new concrete coating system. The bespoke fabric, imported from Timorous Beasties, played a pivotal role in the design of the chaise - the pattern of the fabric flowing seamlessly into the concrete, creates a juxtaposition of soft and hard surfaces, whilst illustrating the unique properties of the concrete process.

 

The annual awards, widely regarded as the most prestigious hospitality design prizes in the business, attracted 620 entries from 60 countries. The awards will be judged by the who's-who of the international design and hospitality industries, including Alberto Alessi from Alessi, Joe Ferry from Intercontinental Hotels Group, and editors from Casa Vogue Brazil, Elle Décor India, Frame China and the UK's Sunday Times Style. The winners will be announced at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on September 6.

Axolotl would like to extend our congratulations to the winners and look forward to partnering on more award winning projects in the future.

 

Linked In

 

From the creative minds of the talented team at JPDC, comes the latest venue to hit the Sydney bar scene, 'The Bar' at one of the most prestigious Hotels in Sydney's CBD. Axolotl were engaged by Joseph Pang, principle at JPDC, to design and create the feature walls and signage for the moody interior inspired by a vintage timepiece motif.The luminous backdrop for the bar was fabricated by Axolotl employing a combination of processes and techniques to produce a unique and entirely bespoke feature. Laminated MIRO glass with translucent printed interlayer is inlayed with Axolotl LINK in Rust, demonstrating to great effect Axolotl's ability to combine multiple processes and products across our glass and metal ranges to create something truly original. 

Entry to the bar is flanked with a lasercut feature signage wall in Rust which echoes the timepiece concept and materiality running throughout.

Metal LINK

The entry to this Northern Beaches residence is another stunning example of Axolotl LINK combined with laminated MIRO glass. Here we have inlaid Treasury Bronze into both faces of the glass in a custom screen like design to create depth and a multi-dimensional quality. Laminated with a soft white interlayer, the translucent panel retains sufficient privacy whilst still allowing movement and the transmission of light into the space beyond.

Concrete LINK

The latest addition to the LINK range is our new Concrete surface applied onto or inlaid in to glass. With this particular example we have first applied the concrete entirely to the glass surface, then etched through the concrete, simultaneously articulating the design and creating translucent areas through the glass.

Jewellery box

 

DesignEx 2012 was another inspiring and successful event with more than 2000 people visiting our stand over three days. It was really exciting to see it all come together and we loved hearing such a positive response from everyone who visited the stand. This year we featured several amazing world-first products including Axolotl Timber, Concrete Lace, Chroma and LINK glass along with many other beautiful finishes. The stand was colourful, innovative and unique, created using the many materials that make up Axolotl. The pictures really do say it all.

A special thank you to Philip Chia and The Uncarved Block team, for once again partnering with us to create the stand, and to all of our suppliers, who have made this years success possible. Thank you to all those who managed to attend, we hope to work with you soon.

DesignEX 2012

 

Designed in conjunction with Phillip Chia from The Uncarved Block, the Axolotl 'Pod' is a bespoke construction based on the blueprint of a shipping container, which we've tweaked to our exacting requirements. With sustainability in mind, the reusable structure will be recycled for future exhibitions, reconfigured and transformed into an all new stand unrecognisable from the last.

This year Axolotl will be showcasing a range of new products including the Australian International Design Award winning Concrete, our brand new Timber Link range and 'Concrete Jungle' bench seat, another collaboration with the talented team at The Uncarved Block. Alongside we'll be showing a selection of bespoke Axolotl glass and metal classics reworked in inventive and surprising new ways.

You can register for DesignEX free here. Axolotl are at stand number 1240 in Hall 2, not far from the Ebony Bar, make sure you drop by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you there.

Collaboration is something we value highly in all our projects, and for our stand this year we partnered with an incredible team of people. We would like to thank Philip Chia and The Uncarved Block team, Laser and Press, Australian Panel Products, Mott McDonald Engineers, Lasermade, More than Kitchens, EvoStyle, Display by Design and DSK Kitchens.

To refresh your memory, here are some images of Axolotl stands from previous years, designed by Philip Chia, Dale Jones-Evans and Iain Halliday.

Master Chef.

 

Axolotl Showcase: Studio Becker

Axolotl continue to be at the forefront of commercial contemporary design in Australia. Proof of this is our recent collaboration with Dale Jones Evans Architects in conjunction with one of the most exciting, international kitchen manufacturers - Studio Becker. The Studio Becker showroom located in Redfern, officially opened on the 20th of August, bringing their uniquely beautiful, yet remarkably functional, kitchens and wardrobes to the most stylish Australian homes.

Axolotl was entrusted by Studio Becker to provide a range of bespoke glass pieces for the Sydney showroom, including Veil, Miro, Lustre and Mirror. It's showroom entrances from start to finish and is the perfect testimony to Axolotl's capabilities when it comes to contemporary glass design and innovation. Axolotl would like to officially welcome Studio Becker to Australia and offer our congratulations to Fiona Lochtenberg on her new venture.

Touchstones - Happy Easter from Axolotl

 

Axolotl were recently engaged to collaborate on yet another public artwork further cementing our commitment to local artists and art in the community. This unique installation, created by Jane Cavanough of Artlandish, marks the entrance to the recently opened Bankstown Arts Centre. Commissioned by Bankstown City Council, the installation makes reference to the renowned lapidary workshop, residing in the Arts Centre, and the jewel-like polished stones created from rocks and minerals by the lapidary craftsmen.

Jane’s artistic vision was realised using Axolotl’s Link in Rust. Glass panels have been cut to shape and Axolotl Rust applied in a custom design to one face with the rear face sandblasted to create translucency. Fabricated in glass, copper and stainless steel, the materials for the sculpture were selected in response to the architectural language of the adjacent building and reflect the glass and copper facade of the Arts Centre.

If you’d like more information on Axolotl and other public artworks we have been involved with check out our sculpture gallery or contact us at info@axolotl.com.au

White is the New Black

 

A neutral palette can make just as dramatic an impact as colour. The simplicity of white in a design scheme and subtlety of design through form alone can evoke space, clarity and calm. Veil from Axolotl Glass is an ideal way to bring these elements into your design scheme.

 
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Veil Micro is one of the latest products in our Veil glass collection. Using the latest technology, detail as small as 0.5mm can be etched into the face of the glass, creating a permanent design imprint that appears as if floating mid air. Ideal for fine text and intricate forms & patterns, you can choose from one of our standard designs, or use one of your own.

Also brand new to Axolotl's Veil range is Veil Diffuse. Your design is carved into one or both faces of the glass and then one face is matte blasted entirely creating translucency. The sharp edges of the design are diffused and softened creating a subtle effect with the added benefit of privacy, whilst still allowing the transmission of movement and light. Any pattern can be incorporated, the options are quite literally only limited by the imagination.

All products in the Veil range can be used for feature walls, doors, partitions and balustrades just to name a few, for internal and outdoor, commercial and residential applications

 

2010 Vision Award

 

Inner city terraces are always in huge demand among home buyers and renovators with their great location, period features and lofty ceiling heights. The big challenge however, is overcoming the issues presented by these often cavernous interiors and the lack of natural light.

Sam Crawford Architects' recent refurbishment of a Newtown terrace illustrates resolutely how once small dark spaces can be gracefully opened and illuminated.

With Axolotl's internal and external glass flooring, light now cascades from one level to the next. The subterranean kitchen space is transformed with light spilling through an external patio glass floor. And the internal glass floor also filters daylight through from the skylit top floor to the middle all the while complementing the glass doors in the passageway.

The floor consists of panels of clear glass laminated with clear PVB interlayers and finished with a seraphic frost non slip surface, so it is as robust and functional as it is decorative.

Unsurprising then that this stunning transformation was Awarded Viridian's 2010 Vision Award for Best Residential Interiors use of glass.

These images clearly demonstrate how glass as a construction medium is ideal for transmission of light and movement, whilst creating a certain degree of privacy and obscurity. The laminated glass is incredibly strong and is no more slippery than other common floor finishes. These qualities open up a realm of possibilities for glass in both residential and commercial spaces.

If you like further information on this project with Q and A's with Sam Crawford, click here to download a pdf brochure. For further information on Axolotl Glass visit our website gallery.

 

'Touching Lightly' with Axolotl Glass

 

Axolotl has a long history of collaborating with some of Australia's leading artists. It's always a thrill to be approached to work on these projects and we have recently completed three large scale public art pieces by three different artists which we will showcase over the coming weeks.

Warren Langley, one of Australia's most acclaimed glass and light artists, has produced numerous installations incorporating Axolotl glass. Recently Warren was commissioned to create a site specific sculpture for the newly opened Canberra Glassworks. The artists centre is located in the converted buildings of the old Kingston Powerhouse complex on the lake foreshores in Kingston, ACT.

Titled 'Touching Lightly', the 23m high tower consists of a galvanised steel frame surrounded by Axolotl formed glass and rings of LED lights creating a low energy feature on the site of the old chimney stack. Each of the 56 panels of low iron glass were formed by Axolotl into a unique custom texture, which were then curved and mounted to the frame creating over 100 square metres of glass skin enveloping the entire structure.

Axolotl at DesignEX 2010

 

Axolotl Lucent was shortlisted for Best New Product at DesignEX this year. We of course, are thrilled but not surprised. This unique and innovative product, takes glass to a new level of possibilities. Panels are deep carved to a standard or custom design, and injected with transparent dyes creating a colour feature that can represent understated simplicity or a dramatic kaleidoscope of colour.

Lucent naturally features on our stand, injecting a green hue into the angled glass blades forming one wall of the stand. The facing wall of double lasercut screens in Axolotl Treasury Bronze mirrors the three dimensional design of the Lucent panels.

Our new timber inspired range, Ingrain, forms the wall paneling in Pewter, and in Bronze Florentine for the flooring, demonstrating both its versatility as well as durability. A floating bench, bonded with Axolotl Cayman contrasts beautifully with a splash of lawn.

Illuminated Miro glass laminated panels displaying vibrant images of butterflies line the interior walls and a section of the floor features Axolotl Lunar flooring in Pewter. The entire structure is wrapped in Axolotl Viper in Bronze from our Skin collection.

Special to thanks to our partners: Philip Chia, JSB Lighting, Bang & Olufsen, Sydney Glass, Linea Interiors and De De Ce.

Dye-hard Designs

 

Extending the creative boundaries of dye-hard designers, Axolotl is introducing its colourful new architectural glass panels.

Called Lucent, the range takes screening to an enlightening new level. Each glass panel is deep carved to a standard or custom design, with translucent dyes injecting a kaleidoscope of colour.

Lucent is ideal for screening where the play of natural light can be manipulated to maximum effect.

Colour can be applied on one or both faces of glass, creating depth and tridimensionality, with bespoke designs allowing the greatest control over the level of visual obscurity.

The Lucent range has commercial and residential screening applications from intricate detailing to large-scale decorative features.

Click Here to see the complete Axolotl Glass range.

Link up with Veil

 

18 months on from winning best new product at Designex for 'Link', Axolotl have produced some beautiful new designs when combining the technology of 'Link' and the subtle beauty of 'Veil', our carved glass range.

The designs above, Poppy, Avalanche and Espresso, are just three examples of the endless possibilities to create a stunning glass feature in your domestic or commercial project.

Rust is inlaid into the glass on one face and a complementary pattern is carved onto the other, creating depth and tridimensionality. This product is ideal for any location where a sense of privacy is required, whilst allowing light and movement to be retained.

A similarly striking effect can be achieved through Veil alone which involves carving a design to both faces. Varying degrees of visual obscurity can be achieved, depending on the chosen pattern and scale, providing varying degrees of privacy. Our latest designs in this range are Frond, Oceanic, Lava and Nexus.

If you'd like more examples of our glass products click here to view all Axolotl Glass Swatches

Glass Reflected in Metal

 

Now it’s easy to creating a cohesive designer look in metal and glass. Almost any motif, photographic reference or illustration can be transferred between the two mediums offering virtually unlimited applications. The work shown here has been produced using Axolotl Rust applied to a lasercut screen door. The same design was sandblasted to a frameless glass door. The end effect creates individual impact, with the sum of the parts even greater through the harmony of the design story.

Both processes are equally able to be utilised on doors, feature walls, counter fronts, garage doors - practically anywhere, inside or out, where you desire to create a unique impact.

 

New Brochure from Axolotl Glass

 

Axolotl Glass have released a new brochure featuring our innovative new products alongside our extensive existing range. To download the new brochure click here. Our current product range includes 13 individual glass processes such as Formed, Carved, Laminated and Lustre. Furthermore, with the opportunity to combine the processes Axolotl Glass offers unlimited potential as a creative medium. Our versatile range includes products suitable for feature walls, doors, counters, signage, balustrades, artwork and water features. In fact, anywhere you need beautiful transparent, translucent or opaque glass.

 

Rouse Hill

 

Axolotl have been busy this last quarter working on projects as diverse as the new Westpac on George Street,  the Wentworth Hotel and the new Rouse Hill Town Centre. All are major projects and all quite diverse in their style.

Rouse Hill, pictured above and below, comprises over 1000 sq m of rust coated lasercut aluminium screens, door frames and I beams. To match the design, the glass in the 48 four metre tall door frames were printed with Axolotl’s new Miro laminated glass 13.52mm thick.

The overall effect is quite spectacular thanks to the genius of Philip Chia. It’s definitely worth a trip to Rouse Hill for a look.

Axolotl currently have over 150 projects underway that include Lindt, Star City, Rockpool, Park Regis, American Express and Ernst and Young.

Miro - Visions in Glass

 

Miro shows off its beautiful qualities at the Loft Lounge in Melbourne, and on the stunning Milne & Stonehouse commission located in Brisbane's inner city.

The secret of Miro lies in the printed interlayer which is laminated between two sheets of glass. Any image, pattern or graphic can be incorporated and the interlayer can be clear, translucent or opaque. Both faces can be viewed but are always protected making the finished product both practical and versatile.

Internally the panels can be used in feature walls, doors, balustrades, art pieces, splashbacks or shower screens. Externally the designs can be used for awnings, balustrades and facades.

Any design or image can be printed - so Miro isn’t just amazing to look at, but one of a kind

Axolotl Wins 3 Awards at Designex

 

 Winner: LINK

Company: AXOLOTL

Judges Comments: “The judges were uniformly blown away by the design potential of LINK. We could have spent hours guessing the technology: from designer to inventor to materials scientist: every judge was enthralled.”

We are blown away by the accolades and interest in LINK, but not surprised. ‘Link’ is the perfect integration of science and beauty that can only be delivered by the integration of Axolotl Metal and Axolotl Glass.

This unique product contrasts a traditionally course material with the delicate nature of glass so the rust appears to float in the air. Link can be used for screens, feature walls, doors, signage and balustrades. In fact anywhere you require beauty and durability as the product can be used in and outdoors. As with all our products, the final design can also be custom made to your specifications.

As well as ‘Best New Product’ award at Designex, Axolotl won two awards for ‘Best Stand 30-70m’ and ‘Best Dressed Stand’. Rusted screens formed the walls and ceiling and Axolotl's ‘Miro’ glass laminated floor featured an enlarged clover leaf design. Link was of course included, as columns and external glass panels. The PVC poles were coated in ‘Skin’ by Axolotl Metal. This beautiful stand was created by Philip Chia.

Glass Houses

 

This beautiful bathroom is a complete study in glass with every surface a shining testimony to its beauty.

Stephen Varady designed the bathroom, specifying heavy weight glass for the bath and shower screens and colour backed glass for the walls and floor.

Glass is a natural alternative to tiles, boasting the same easy care properties but with a broader creative palette that is much more unique.

Axolotl can design and manufacture to any specification and creative vision, in and out of the bathroom. Give us a call if you would like to discuss how you can turn your design project into a glass masterpiece.

Jewel in the Crown

 

The Lustre range developed by Axolotl has certainly created a stir and it’s easy to see why.

The counter and cupboards pictured here were specified for Macquarie Bank in Melbourne and manufactured in Lustre ‘Onyx’ to create a contemporary and unique look.

Exclusive to Axolotl and with six beautiful satin finishes in the range, the glass panels can be carved to any design or backlit to create signage or feature walls.