Monday, 26 January 2015

Framed shower screens

For many years all the rage in shower screens has been frameless.
But we are now seeing a complete turnaround and we are predicting the next big thing for shower screens will be thick, defining frames.
Whether its a traditional bronze frame or chic minimal black frame, this trend can adapt to any bathroom design. 
What was once made invisible is reappearing as a feature.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Trend: Copper highlights

Copper is a trend that has been creeping up on the bathroom scene for a little while now.
This exciting finish can look amazing in the right space and although fantastic in large quantities, just a touch of copper with some polished concrete and/or light oak can look fresh and ever so chic.
Try this look at home with the following Candana pieces.
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Brodware Halo wall basin set, bright copper $926.55
KOS Morphing mirror $1,980.00
Menu Norm hooks (2 per pack) dark ash $79.95
Studio Bagno Unit 100 basin $1,279.00 
Please note: pricing relevant at time of post and is subject to change. Please contact the store for more info and quotations.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Happy Holidays

Wishing all our customers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
We thank you for all your support in 2014 and look forward to a great 2015!

Candana will be closed from the 21st December and re-open on the 7th January
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Monday, 8 December 2014

Pantone's Colour of 2015... Marsala

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Pantone have just released their colour of 2015 and it is the very chic Marsala.

'Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala serves as the foundation to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette. Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.'

Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

The rich and warm tones of this hue will translate beautifully in the fashion world, but I think might be a bit trickier for interiors especially bathrooms. There are definitely some marsala-esque tones in our newest tapware finishes for example weathered bronze and Brodware's burgundy which will work beautifully with neutrals and white sanitaryware. So, are you brave enough to try this trend in your bathroom? 


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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Candana Gift Guide 2015

The holiday season is upon us and we thought we would share with you some of our best products for gifting!
Visit the store or call us to order before its too late.
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Monday, 27 October 2014

Germany 2014: Part 3

 Our Duravit bus

 The Duravit building, designed by Philippe Starck

 Our Duravit welcome

 Duravit showroom

 Joanna leading us through the Duravit showroom

Sydney cameo in the Duravit showroom

Inipi sauna by Duravit

 Vero on display in the Duravit showroom

 Blue Moon Pool 

Our group checking out the Duravit displays

The last few days of our trip were upon us and we were off to the design centre/factory I was most looking forward to, Duravit.
Because our Duravit portion started on a Sunday, Duravit organised for us to have a leisure day which included an enjoyable lunch in Gutach followed by tobogganing down a mountain!
The day was warm and lovely, and the toboggans provided a little bit of adventure and physical exercise- which was much needed after a week of non-stop eating.

If you are not already aware, the Duravit Design Centre was designed by none other than Phillipe Starck. Driving up to the centre was spectacular, amongst the tranquil backdrop of the Black Forest emerges a sparkling silver box encasing a giant toilet. Brilliant.

Training was conducted by our lovely host, Joanna who is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Duravit. She talked us through the history of the company including the explanation behind the Duravit logo, the wood grouse. It is a very rare bird found in the Black Forest and has been a symbol for Duravit's attachment to their roots and the respect they have for their natural environment.

The ceramic factory tour was a completely eye-opening experience. I was so surprised to see how much human contact is involved in the production. Clay pieces were being hand finished by an employee who had worked with Duravit over 20 years, the glazing was hand done, the quality controls were overseen many times by many different people. The whole production was outstanding and I have now seen with my own eyes why it is such a highly valued, quality product.

Duravit only use locally sourced ingredients for their ceramic, and recycle everything they can. They even break up and send damaged product (it was very hard to spot the damages!) to companies who can recycle the material to make roads etc.

We also visited the Duravit design centre showroom and were shown a great presentation on the Sensowash seat. Sensowash was installed in a few of the working bathrooms, so we all had a turn at testing them out. Once you've used it, you can't go back to a normal toilet!

Our last day at Duravit and Germany included a short trip to the Schenkensell furniture factory.
We've always loved Duravit furniture at Candana but to see the artisan manufacture of these pieces in person further cements our belief in them. Again, each piece is given a personal touch; hand-finishing, hand-polishing. All of the furniture is made to order in this factory, nothing is kept in stock. So when you order a piece of Duravit furniture, you will be getting something made especially for you by a German Duravit-trained skilled professional.

After this tour we headed straight to Frankfurt for our flights home.
We all returned to our respective states feeling confident about the brands, full of delicious German food and with a new group of inter-state friends.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about this trip as much I enjoyed being on it. A huge thank you to Bathe Australia and Candana for making the trip possible, and of course to Kaldewei, Hansgrohe and Duravit for your time, knowledge and hospitality.

Duravit basins on display

 Sundeck pool

New Vero furniture

 New Vero furniture

Our group waving from the toilet balcony

 Our group waving from the toilet balcony

Walking tour of Freiburg

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