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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
1121 E. Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301
Stay tuned for our opening in Dubai which will service the GCC later this year.
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
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
Registrations will be taken at all main venues on the day.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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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 email@example.com for more information on Spectrum, or to discuss how it can be used on your next project.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you haven’t visited our showroom in Matraville before, or if you haven’t stopped in for a while, you will be blown away by our latest renovations!
Here you can browse hundreds of samples in our range of surfaces, taking a journey from the simplest metal surfaces, through to the most uniquely inventive Link products such as concrete inlaid in glass, or metal ingrained into wood.
Be inspired by Florence Broadhurst designs, which have been reinvented as metal-coated screens and carved doors. In fact, be stunned at our range of doors, which have been re-imagined to add an imposing beauty, as well as value to your home. And while you’re at it, imagine the myriad of other uses for our surfaces such as bathing in the most exquisite copper bathtub, which is as much sculpture as bathroom furniture.
Axolotl Paints are the newest addition on display and it’s instantly apparent how unique these designer paints are, from the hand painted sample cards through to gloss embossed tin labels and the inventive test tube sample pots. Our paints are also available to purchase in store.
On your visit you will also find the limited edition Anomaly furniture range on display, which is Australian made and created by key Australian designers, plus bespoke work from some of the best Australian artists.
And of course, the Axolotl designers work alongside the showroom and are available for consultation and advice – although we do recommend call ahead to make an appointment.
The new showroom is more inspirational than ever. To celebrate, from the 6th through to 8th March we will even have a glass of champagne, or coffee and cake here for you to enjoy while you browse. There is no better reason to invest some time in a visit to Axolotl, and to see how we can help bring your design vision to life.
We hope to see you soon. Call 02 9666 1207 to make an appointment with a designer today.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you to all of our clients, staff and friends for your continued support.
2016 has been a great year for Axolotl, it has seen the launch of our new Axolotl Paint range, Axolotl Stone and Axolotl Solid Surface, as well as our new partnership with Signature Prints bringing you the famous Florence Broadhurst designs in a new Axolotl way!
We look forward to seeing the exciting projects 2017 will bring! And as always, the Axolotl offer is sure to expand again with some new products and developments already in the works!
Axolotl will be closed from Friday 23th December and will reopen Monday 9th January.
Axolotl Art Projects are excited to showcase a selection of the recent public art projects and art collections we have been involved in.
Mallee (pictured above), by artist Jade Oakley is the most recently installed public artwork going up in its new home at Bendigo hospital early last month. A set of six kinetic mobiles link between two buildings at the new Bendigo Hospital, injecting the narrow void with an ever-changing canvas for the patients, staff and visitors to enjoy.
Each mobile is constructed from hand forged stainless steel hoops, a vine of intertwined stainless steel leaves with woven copper centres span the diameter. The mobiles were treated in Axolotl Copper metal and feature dappled green verdigris ageing.
Axolotl Art projects were commissioned to produce this intricate glass artwork, drawn by eminent Chinese pop artist Jacky Tsai. The piece is on its way to be installed in the Rouge Lounge on the Genting Dream Luxury cruise liner.
A fusion of pop culture and traditional themes synonymous with Jacky Tsai, the artwork is presented as a glowing red light box reminiscent of Chinese lanterns. The entry artwork has been created from custom laminated red glass with Axolotl Brass metal LINK on the surface. With intricate details as fine as 1mm wide, it took the Axolotl team over 120 hours just to produce the detail on the artwork.
SMC Design Art Consultancy sourced art for the Genting Dream on an international level and worked with renowned artists, as well exciting up-and-coming talent. Our own Emmaline Tuza was also commissioned to create a series of eight custom artworks for the Junket room on the luxury cruise liner.
The oblique distance set above by artist Lynne Roberts-Goodwin was created for her for closeupatadistance exhibition held in October at Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects in Sydney.
The set consists of twenty photo-etched negatives, laser embossed and etched onto 10mm thick aluminium metal. Within this key series the work has engaged with the Dead Sea and surrounding contested sites of environmental and political impact from aerially oblique and ground positions.
We also had the pleasure of working with Jade Oakley on her private commission for Otto Ristorante Brisbane.
Sketches of intertwined mangroves inspired from Jade’s first site visit were translated into laser cut, hand rolled and welded mangroves in 3mm thick Brass sheet, aged to represent tide and watermarks. The tips of the branches are adorned with kinetic mobiles with leaf elements in brass, stained timber and dyed silk which move gently in the breeze coming in off the river.
These projects, along with many of our latest art projects can be seen in more detail on the Axolotl Art Projects website. You also can find more information on showcased artists through their websites below.
The launch of Axolotl Paint expands upon Axolotl's already extensive range of surface finishes. Our new architectural paints merge the highest quality finishes, with a palette of colours and effects that represent the most current and upcoming trends.
Axolotl Paint has been developed with traditional craftsmanship as the starting point and then enhanced with the latest technological developments, creating stronger opacity, fuller colours and better paintability.
The palette on offer extends from extroverted bright tones through to moody lustrous shades, and has been chosen to deliver the highest standard of finish demanded by the best commercial and residential architectural projects, internally and externally. The range of colours and textures on offer have been designed to complement Axolotl's metal and concrete surfaces, whilst also delivering a finish you can be confident will work with both the natural environment and design trends.
As would be expected of Axolotl, quality craftsmanship and a bespoke approach are paramount in our practice. Our swatches, fan decks, sample test tubes and paint tin labels have all been designed and made in house. In a labour of love, the full range of swatches and fan decks have been individually mixed and hand painted to give you the most accurate representation possible.
The Axolotl Paint collection is water based, has low and zero VOC's, is easy to use and comes in a range of acrylic paints, micaceous iron oxides and timber washes for internal and external use. You can view the full Paint range online, but the true beauty of the range is fully realised by visiting our showroom, open Monday to Friday. An online store will also be available soon.
“Night falls early in this place. Above the canopy, birds wheel and glide in the sunlight while below the wet air rises from the earth. Fig trees tower above, their tangle of roots reaching into the piles of skeleton leaves below. Moss and lichen adorn every surface and the green air is alive with the sounds of small birds and flowing water. I stop and breathe the earth in this place of rain and shadow.” Jade Oakley
Axolotl have had the privilege of working closely with Australian artist Jade Oakley on a series of recent art projects. We have received a strong response from our clients, with a number of Jade Oakley maquettes on display in our showroom from current public art ventures.
Rain Shadow is Oakley’s latest project, a solo exhibition opening August 23 at the Australian Galleries Sydney.
This breathtaking exhibition presents a series of 15 hanging mobiles, 5 ‘Rain Shadow’ lights which combine lighting with copper mobile elements and 4 small free standing mobiles. The body of work is made up of more than 200 individually perforated and aged leaf elements.
“Rain Shadow is a new body of work inspired by a rainforest walk in the hinterland above Byron Bay. I have made mobiles from copper, which I have obsessively perforated by hand to reveal the patterns of veins and texture of leaves. I love the sense of translucency that is achieved through this process and I am fascinated how a once solid material can become ethereal and, to my eye, magical. The effect of light and shadow created by the perforated mobile elements is beautiful.” Jade Oakley
Each of the copper leaf elements in Rain Shadow have been hand polished and many have been treated with an Axolotl Pearl Patina ageing. The Pearl Patina ageing adds an organic, dappled honey glow to the surface and enhances the delicate styling of the artworks. The metal treatment is also sealed to provide a long-lasting effect that avoids the bright and inconsistent tarnishing raw metals are subject to.
We would like to extend the invitation for you celebrate Jade Oakley’s latest project by visiting Rain Shadow – open 7 days, 10am to 6pm, current through to 11 September 2016. Artworks will be available for purchase through Australian Galleries.
Australian Galleries Sydney | 15 Roylston Street Paddington NSW 2021 | australiangalleries.com.au | jadeoakley.com.au
Axolotl Stone is a new lightweight surfacing treatment that revolutionises how natural stone can be used in architecture and design. The stone sheets are extremely flexible allowing stone to be used in unique designs at a fraction of the cost of solid stone.
The genuine stone veneers are derived from natural slate and quartzite slabs. Each piece is unique and showcases the inherent beauty, texture and lustre of natural stone. The raw split surface of the slate and the interchanging colours of each stone layer are unique, meaning no two pieces are alike.
Axolotl stone veneers are available in a selection of 21 different finishes, and in two styles: Axolotl Stone and Axolotl Flex Stone. Both stone veneers are ultra-thin at 1-3mm thick, they can be curved to a convex or concave profile, and can be bent to a minimum 20cm radius in some stone types depending on the grain direction.
Axolotl Stone can be applied over nearly any solid substrate including concrete, metal, plywood, fibreglass, MDF, Masonite®, door skins and cabinetry. And most importantly it is easy to work with using standard woodworking tools, sealers and adhesives.
By using Axolotl Stone in place of natural stone, we save more than 80% of natural resources in the form of stone, sand and cement and leave a smaller environmental footprint. And Axolotl Stone panels weigh up to 20 times less than that of a solid stone object of the same size, making them easier to transport and handle.
To see more of the Axolotl Stone range, including the brochure and technical data sheet please click here. Please call 02 9666 1207 or get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for samples or further information.
Acknowledged by TIME magazine as one of the world’s most influential post-war designers, Florence Broadhurst's signature designs are as recognised in design today as they were when first released in the 1960’s.
We are big fans of her work, and as such are thrilled to announce that in partnership with the Signature Design Archive, Axolotl will now represent the iconic Australian designer’s range!
Florence Broadhurst’s celebrated designs can now be used with Axolotl’s metal, glass, concrete & timber products. Over 500 iconic prints ranging from tapestries to geometrics, florals, psychedelic, and delightfully eccentric chinoiserie can now be transformed into breathtaking laser cut screens, custom entry doors, feature walls and more.
To help inspire your next project, we showcase examples of how Florence Broadhurst designs can be used with Axolotl’s semi precious metals, concrete, laser cut screens and LINK glass below.
With a variety of patterns for all design styles, you will have no problem choosing a design for your next project. The samples above exemplify how when paired with the right Axolotl processes Broadhurst's designs can translate effortlessly into elegant, vintage, and modern features. Coupled with Axolotl's ability to carve, etch, inlay, emboss, laser cut, patina, invert and scale the designs - the possibilities are limitless.
Make an appointment to come in and speak with our team, and we will work with you to determine the best way to use a Florence Broadhurst design on your next project.
To see more of the Florence Broadhurst for Axolotl range, including design folios with descriptions of how the designs can be expressed through Axolotl materials please click here or contact us on 02 9666 1207.
Brass finishes have become prominent in the design and home-wares sphere over the past twelve months. There has been a move away from the high shine and even finish of gold and chrome towards metals with warmer aesthetic; softer more appealing tones such as brass and bronze that can be treated with beautiful texture and patina.
Brass is a dynamic metal that has transcended design styles over the decades, from vintage, to industrial and contemporary. Today we provide a masterclass in how to incorporate Brass for brilliant effect in your next project, no matter the style.
Above, hardy 1.2mm thick Brass Sheet metal was aged with a Brown Florentine and wrapped around the counter for the recent AHL fit out designed by Nic Graham & Associates.
The brass counter is glamorous without being ostentatious. Fused in a palate of natural stone, neutral tones and warm ambient lighting, the brass metal enhances the rich, moody feel of the space.
This project also features an Axolotl Brass three-dimensional feature wall with integrated lighting. Spanning the length of the hallway and covering over 130m2, the applied Brass finish in a fine lunar texture with Florentine ageing offers a soft and organic element that unifies the design of the central foyer.
The Ovolo in Woolloomooloo recently underwent a major re-design by our friends at Hassell Studio. Here Axolotl Brass with a hi-cut polished effect was used over the reception desk and fluted concierge desk, as well as on fluted planter bases and in the kitchen. Mixed with Axolotl Concrete Shale, lime washed timbers and black accents, this design exemplifies how to design with brass with a fresh, modern approach.
Our brass metal was left unsealed for this particular project, meaning that with time the brass will take on its own unique patination. We love this effect, it gives the rich lustre of polished brass, while the metals appearance will continue to evolve and be shaped by its interaction with its environment.
One example of clever design with our materials is shown in the reception counter that incorporates two textures within the brass hob. A textured lunar finish was applied to the top face to help disguise daily wear and tear, and this texture fades out to a smooth polished front to match with the surrounding brass coated planter pots.
An example of a more traditional approach with brass is shown in the screens pictured above. These fine MDF screens are coated in an aged Brass Florentine finish and have been applied as a decorative element onto the doors in the recent Langham Hotel revamp by GA design.
The new interiors are classic, with lots of soft grey, textured fabrics and metal accents. "I think this is the only hotel in Sydney with such a strictly classic interior," says Su Ball, executive director of London-based design firm GA Design, who oversaw the refurbishment.
The projects showcased here today exemplify the different effects that can be achieved when using brass and you can rest assured that you will find the perfect accent for your next design with us. Selecting from our range of textures, polish levels and aged effects you can customise a brilliant look for your next project.
For more images, or information on the products and projects listed please click here.
Axolotl Solid Surface redefines the aesthetic of solid surface materials. Extending on the products already extensive range of uses in architectural applications and manufacturing by combining solid surface products with Axolotl's portfolio of metal and concrete coatings. Be it large scale cladding, or bespoke baths or vanity bowls, Axolotl Solid Surface capitalises on this extremely versatile and unique substrate material to create new and exciting design possibilities never before seen in the architecture and design industry.
Axolotl's range of finishes are ideal for embellishing solid surface products - the liquid coatings are not limited to flat surfaces and can bond to unique shapes and sizes. Axolotl's coatings can be applied in intricate bespoke designs onto one or both faces of the item to create a range of different effects.
Custom patterns can also be CNC machined into flat panels to create three dimensional profiles ideal for feature walls and counter fronts. This process is particularly beautiful when back illuminated, as the varied thicknesses in the profile casts shadows and glows to accentuate the design.
Additionally, Axolotl can create and supply the solid surface in thermoformed shapes or seamlessly weld panels together to create longer lengths.
The versatility of solid surface products has been paramount to the success of the material to date, now with Axolotl's ability to combine new processes and finishes to the product we bring new possibilities to the future of surface design. We invite you to discuss your next project with us, and to explore the possibilities of our new Solid Surface range.
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We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Thank you to all of those who worked with us this year, we look forward to working with you again in 2016!
Axolotl will be closed from Thursday 24th December and will reopen Monday 11th January.
Year in Review
2015 marks Axolotl’s 20th year in operation. True to our founding philosophy of ‘redefining boundaries’ this year we have developed and launched new product ranges, a new AAP website and worked on some very exciting commercial, residential and art projects.
The year started off with the award winning dining precinct ‘The District’ designed by The Uncarved Block for the Chatswood Interchange. The 3000sqm space was redesigned into a futuristic Asian cityscape with architectural forms to create hideaways and laneways. Axolotl Bronze and Concrete Shale coated oak boards line the interior walls, and pod structures of the space. And over 170m2 of custom brick patterned glass windows were installed to conceal the busy concourse below.
A big congratulations to Philip Chia, of the Uncarved Block for their recent award of Best Retail Design 2015, at the Eat Drink awards for ‘The District’. It was a huge effort and a truly deserving winner!
In April, Axolotl Art Projects produced the temporary art installation TOP5FEET by artist Dale Jones-Evans for Art & About Sydney. The opening of TOP5FEET was also the launch of the roaming Art and About Sydney festival and was opened by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Installed inside Paddington Reservoir, the light filled glass artwork took its cue from the Paddington Reservoirs shortcomings during its commission.
We launched our new glass range HALO in August. There has been lots of interest in the product already, especially by those who see it in the flesh! Samples of the range in stunning new designs can be viewed in our showroom. It is available in many different sizes, glass types and combinations, to suit all projects.
Axolotl Terracotta was awarded the ADEX Gold Award for Design Excellence 2015. Axolotl Concrete won the ADEX Platinum Award for Design Excellence 2015. And Axolotl Terracotta was shortlisted in the WAN Awards - Product Innovation Facades 2015.
Electrolight’s piece Squelette Light installation also won The Luminaire Design Award of Excellence: Light Sculptures and Installation award 2015. Squelette was designed and built in partnership with Axolotl and Koda lighting. Congratulations to Donn Salisbury and the team on the achievement.
Over the past few months we have been busy designing and manufacturing the beautiful artworks ‘Understory’ and ‘Looking up’, with artist Jade Oakley for Parramatta Westfield. The pieces will be located over 4 levels of Parramatta Westfield on the lift surround and escalators. Featuring intricate Maiden hair fern and tree canopy designs in white on white tones using Axolotl concrete, custom miro glass and specialty paints the works will look amazing when they are fully installed early next year!
In another step toward minimising our environmental impact, this month we have completed installing a 50kW Solar panel system, equating to approximately 1000sqm of solar panels on the roof of our factory in Matraville. The power this system provides meets, and occasionally surpasses, our monthly electricity requirements.
And in other news, this year we also gained a new office dog, little August, a Kelpie x Border Collie. Our two office pups Jinx and August welcome everyone into the office, and keep us all entertained!
(No animals were harmed in the making of this e-card)
As always, please get in touch if you have a new project or artwork opportunity that you would like to discuss with the team. We look forward to working with you in the New Year!
The Axolotl Team.