#AKDONTOUR: INSIDE SYDNEY INDESIGN 2015

Sometimes we just have to switch off, get out of the design studio and make a connection – with our suppliers, with leading industry brands, with top creatives and their dynamic new products. So that’s exactly what we did last week at Sydney Indesign 13-15 August 2015.

We began our #AKDontour at the Galleria – an immersive open plan design experience populated with a mix of brands, product launches, project installations and interactive events – all under one roof at Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh. Demi takes us on tour . . .

DEMI ON TOUR

My mind is ever so slightly obsessed with bathrooms at the moment as I am designing so many. One project alone has four of them! Although often one of the smallest rooms in the home, they are also one of the biggest driving forces behind many of our interior design projects and with good reason; we all know that old saying that ‘kitchens and bathrooms sell houses’ . . .  

So on our recent tour through the Galleria at Sydney InDesign 2015 I honed in on the very latest that bathroom design has to offer.

The Agape display of contemporary yet nostalgic fixtures really caught my eye, especially the beautiful matte texture of their pieces. It is so important to bring warmth and softness into our bathrooms to balance the use of reflective and cold materials like stone, ceramic, porcelain, metal and glass. 

Agape’s new range of matte textured ‘Novecento’ washbasins made from ‘Ceramilux’ offer a visual warmth to bathroom spaces.

Agape’s new range of matte textured ‘Novecento’ washbasins made from ‘Ceramilux’ offer a visual warmth to bathroom spaces.

The deep turquoise colour was particularly striking and makes the vanity feel more like a piece of furniture, rather than a utilitarian object. Special mention has to go to the small but perfectly formed bin made completely of timber, including the hinge! 

The Agape stand featuring its latest products in chic black and white, including the Sen tapware.

The Agape stand featuring its latest products in chic black and white, including the Sen tapware.

Agape’s Sen tapware was also a favourite, mostly because I have never seen anything like it! Sen is a modular wall mounted system that is designed to streamline functions in the bathroom. All taps, spouts, handheld showerheads and hoses are all neatly arranged within this minimal wall unit. The black brushed aluminum finish is crisp and contemporary.

Agape’s Sen tapware – a combination of Eastern spirit and Western technology.

Agape’s Sen tapware – a combination of Eastern spirit and Western technology.

Abey may have lured us into their display by an overflowing sink of Sparkle Cupcakery cupcakes . . .

Mmmmm Sparkle Cupcakery cupcakes befitting of a sparkley clean-lined Abey bathroom!

Mmmmm Sparkle Cupcakery cupcakes befitting of a sparkley clean-lined Abey bathroom!

. . . where Jess and I couldn’t resist a vanity selfie moment . . .

Always time for a cupcake selfie! It’s called a vanity for a reason!

Always time for a cupcake selfie! It’s called a vanity for a reason!

. . . but it was the soft organic freestanding basins and side tables by Gessi that really won us over.

Gorgeous freestanding basin by Gessi.

Gorgeous freestanding basin by Gessi.

The small footprint makes these perfect for bathrooms or powder rooms with limited space. A recent trend is to use a round mirror above the vanity to help soften the harsh corners and edges of bathroom spaces. Another great way to add some softness is to use a round basin or penny round mosaics. 

After exploring the Galleria, we then ventured out into the streets of Sydney where more than 40 showrooms offered a unique, curated experience celebrating their brand and products. We love Indesign’s unique format, uniting these showrooms and pop-up spaces across the city, all transformed for the event by conceptual installations pushing the limits of creativity. Jess takes us on tour . . .

JESS ON TOUR

As you know we are always excited to see new and original lighting designs that we can incorporate into our projects and Sydney Indesign 2015 really turned it on!

Timeless materials such as glass, leather and concrete have been cleverly used to create very elegant and minimalist designs. Here are our favourite lights from Sydney Indesign 2015:

‘Wonderglass’ at Living Edge. Sculptural and subtle landscape of gorgeous glass chandelier. 

‘Wonderglass’ at Living Edge. Sculptural and subtle landscape of gorgeous glass chandelier. 

‘Hide’ at Anaesthetic. Raw materials make for a very cute light. We love the natural leather hide shade!

‘Hide’ at Anaesthetic. Raw materials make for a very cute light. We love the natural leather hide shade!

‘Toob Pendant Light’ at Popplus. Less is more with this minimalist and urban-look concrete light. 

‘Toob Pendant Light’ at Popplus. Less is more with this minimalist and urban-look concrete light. 

The new collection at ISM. Clever wall lights in an elegant black finish with a twist of gold.

The new collection at ISM. Clever wall lights in an elegant black finish with a twist of gold.

‘Flos IC Lights F’ from Euroluce. Love the architectural collection from Michael Anastassiades, who plays with basic shapes and balance.

‘Flos IC Lights F’ from Euroluce. Love the architectural collection from Michael Anastassiades, who plays with basic shapes and balance.

Thank you Sydney Indesign 2015! We are awash with new bathroom inspiration and re-energised with lighting ideas to take back to the design drawing board . . . 

Image 3 via Agape / All other images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design