Friday, 31 July 2015

Iconic brand Vola places confidence in Candana for years to come



 



 
As the longest-running supplier of Vola bathroom products in Australia, Candana Bathroom Ware provides a thorough understanding of the Vola brand and expert product knowledge, which is unsurpassed in Australia. Candana is now proud to announce that as of this month, they are also the largest retailer of the brand in New South Wales.

Vola is excited about its ongoing relationship with Candana, and Candana is extremely proud to be supplying the most iconic designer bathroom brand available on the market.

“Candana has successfully sold Vola for the past 20 years and with Candana’s continued support of the brand, it gives us confidence for the years ahead," said Vola’s Area Sales Manager for the Asia-Pacific region, Carsten Hartmann.

Due to Candana's expertise in bathroom design, the company has been able to equip itself with an advanced level of understanding of the Vola product, as well as continually placing importance in the history of design.


Candana's relationship with plumbers, builders and general installers – in addition to interior designers and architects - is imperative and the company places a firm importance on making sure everyone involved with the selection and installation of the product receives the utmost assistance and information required. This is where Candana's experience and knowledge comes into play and the company prides itself on providing support at every stage of the renovation and design process.

As Candana’s team is comprised of architects and interior designers, they are passionate about Vola’s design status and the idea of creating timeless spaces.


Candana looks forward to specifying and supporting NSW with any Vola inquiries.

For any sales inquiries please contact Marc Reed or Kaety Thompson from Candana Bathroom Ware on 02 9389 8631
 
 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Get to know the Candana team (Part 2)


Meet Richard Reed, co-founder and senior director of Candana.
Richard is a wealth of knowledge and has been helping customers create their dream bathrooms, plumbers find their unexplainable spare parts and inspire fellow architects since 1981.


 
What is the most prized possession(s) in your home?

I love my Webber BBQ cooker, which I use more than I use the stove. I cook everything on it from my weekend breakfast to delicious smoked meats (of which I’m a massive fan, being originally from Canada). I enjoy being out on the patio cooking on the Webber at my home in The Rocks. This suburb of Sydney sees tourists and locals alike, constantly out and about, who’ll often stop for a chat having sniffed out the beautiful, smoky aromas – it’s a nice social activity.

Another prized possession that I have is from when my father, my son Marc and I were in a pub in Canada. It was the kind of pub loggers and hunters visit to drink! A woman came in selling these laminated pictures on plywood, which have like 10 coats of lacquer. I purchased one bearing a moose (very Canadian!) and while it’s not the prettiest thing, it represents happy memories and is currently at our cottage - as my wife won't let me keep it in the house!

 If you could present a Red Dot award to any one product/collection that Candana sells, what would it be?

The concept of the Electronic thermostatic tapware by English company, Mira. Although, I would say it is almost there, this is only the beginning of what I believe this product and technology can achieve... round one, if you like.

Give it five years and I expect this kind of tapware will just have a monitor with options for your bath, basins and showers and text you when your request is completed. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the company progresses in this arena.

What’s the easiest way to update a bathroom on a small budget? 

One, don't do it yourself (to avoid DIY issues) and, two, leave the plumbing in the same position as labour costs are expensive and moving plumbing is a big job.

Also, to keep material costs down, tile only areas which need to be tiled (eg. tile shower walls but refrain from tiling any other bathroom walls).

Is there a star product that Candana sells, that most customers will ask about?
 

Brodware tapware is quite popular. The product is made here in Sydney and the quality is as good as anything that is imported from overseas. There is a huge range too, so the price points are varied, from quite affordable to lavish.

There is also a lot of interest surrounding the concealed toilet cisterns, due to the broad range we stock  and our knowledge of these products.

Other popular products are freestanding baths and also special finishes such as copper.
 

Candana predicted copper would be trending in bathroom design at the beginning of 2015 and now we are seeing the popular finish everywhere, what do you believe will be trending next year?

Some time ago it was brass that was popular, and then there was black chrome for years and now copper finishes are seriously trending. If I knew what was coming up next I’d be rich!


Obviously we follow a lot of European trends and I think all the special finishes will still be popular in a year’s time. Also, polished chrome and nickel are still the most functional; people will go back to these finishes as they are the most durable and will stand the test of time, aesthetically.

Give us an idea of what your dream bathroom would look like.

The bathroom I have just renovated in my house!

It has limestone tiles on the walls, with tumbled travertine mosaic tiles behind the basin. We have ceiling to floor Hydrotherm towel rails and a Geberit electronic toilet with a touch button. We made the vanity ourselves, it has an Emperador marble top, a Duravit Starck 2 ceramic basin, Samuel Heath tapware, a Devon&Devon chrome console and the timber apron is of Burmese Teak.

 
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If I'm really dreaming here, I'd have an outdoors bathroom. My wife and I spent a few weeks in Tonga, and in the place we stayed, you bathed outside. In that climate, it was wonderful and there was a great sense of nature with the birds all around.

Who is your favourite designer and why? 

Richard Buckminister Fuller, the American architect, systems theorist, author, designer and inventor, who invented the geodesic dome. I've always loved geometry and have admired his work for a long time.

Also Frank Lloyd Wright, the American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator- I've always appreciated his early understandings of nature and the built environment.


What International design show do you most enjoy attending and why? 

Whenever my wife and I travel to Italy we visit Bologna, and stay within the walled city. Every year there is a small exhibition of innovative products, many of the brands already have agents in Australia or the products are not suitable for the Australian market, but we enjoy attending for inspiration.

 
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Monday, 1 June 2015

Trend: Pastel bathrooms

Soft pastels make sense in a bathroom; they evoke a feeling of calm & wellness.
 
Pastels are very on trend in interiors at the moment, and in bathrooms look fabulous paired with soft metal finishes like copper & rose gold.
 
Anything from minty greens to pale blues to dusty peach, this trend can adapt to any home and we think its here to stay!
 



 

 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

New Product: Q wall hung pan

 
We are excited to announce the Q range by Studio Bagno is now complete with the latest release of their wall hung pan.
 
5 years after the release of the Q back to wall suite, Studio Bagno have again teamed up with industrial designer Mark Armstrong (designer of the Sydney Olympic torch) to add the finishing piece to this range of toilets.
 
Designed in Australia and manufactured in Europe exclusively for Studio Bagno, the Q pan's have a distinct design that is both sleek and minimal characterised by a discrete absence of detail and the rakish ocean liner prow, the styling is calculated to stand the test of time.
 
We love to support local design and high quality, this is an Australian design icon with superior hydraulic characteristics in the pan design to ensure optimum four star performance.
 
 
The just released Q wall hung pan
 
The first piece of the series, Q back to wall suite

 
 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Trend: Modern Memphis

If you haven't noticed, modern Memphis is back and in a big way.
Geometric lines, marble and clashing patterns: all tell-tale signs of the 80's mega trend founded by Ettore Sottsass.
 
This time around, there seems to be a bit of restraint exercised. The pieces are more refined, sophisticated and understated.
 
Can this trend be translated into bathroom design? Why not.
 




Monday, 20 April 2015

Stand by Norm Architects

 
 
Modernist details of 1920s and ’30s Victorian interiors are reinterpreted in the ‘Stand’ product line by Danish Norm Architects.
The simple, minimalist bathroom and home furnishings were created for Italian company ex.t, and will be released during Milan Design Week 2015.
 





 
 
In line with the soft essentialism characteristic of the studio, the collection visually communicates a sense of spatial calm and restfulness. Geometric forms, neutral colours, and authentic Tuscan production work together to create a distinct character true to influential insights drawn from spare, yet enchanting Danish landscapes.
 
Four products are featured in the line: ‘Stand’ bathtub and washbasin, ‘Hat’ lamps, and ‘Felt’ shelf, all of which were finalized via a strict principle of reduction. The studio reinterpreted excessively decorated furnishings of the early 20th century, stripping them to a point of equitability where nothing more could be added or taken away. ‘Stand’ products are manufactured using living tech® material that superbly compliments black metal components for a holistic sense of lightness.
 
 





 
 
 

Monday, 6 April 2015

Surprise Inspiration: The Grand Budapest Hotel


Wes Anderson's 2014 masterpiece was filled with swoon-worthy imagery. From the delightful colour-ways to the awe inspiring scenery, Wes has created a world which inspires happiness & whimsy.
So why not use this tantalising palette to inspire your bathroom design?




 
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 1. Vola HV1 basin mixer, white
2. Frost Camouflage hook, pink
3. Duravit Durastyle basin & console
4. Menu Norm towel ladder, white
 
 
 
 
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 1. Brodware Classique wall bath set
2. Victoria & Albert Cheshire bath
3. Devon & Devon Etoile pedestal basin
 
 
 
 
 
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1. Vola HV1 basin mixer, brass
2. Ivanka Flaster tiles
3. Rocky Mountain Hardware Ellipse basin
4. Victoria & Albert Amiata bath
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