Tuesday, 31 May 2011

5 mins with... Miss Mia from Briony Fitzgerald Interior Design

BFID are a bespoke interior design studio that specialise in spatial planning + custom designed hand finished products of the highest quality. Briony Fitzgerald Design brings over 15 years of design experience delivering unique insights into the use and transformation of space.

I had the pleasure of attending design school with Miss Mia and was super excited to hear she was working with BFID.  A joy to deal with, Briony and her staff use colour, texture and widely sourced products + textiles to create unique and beautiful spaces for their clients.

Describe your design aesthetic in 5 words…
Bespoke, beautiful, practical, happy, colourful.

Which bathroom brand are you most likely to specify for your clients?
I would have to say ‘Villeroy & Boch’. The brand is extremely reliable. I use a Subway toilet on every job.

What inspires you to create beautiful spaces?
I love good design, whether it be interior, graphic, fashion or product design. When I see beautiful things, it provokes happiness. That’s what I remember when designing for other people, I want them to feel happy within their new beautiful space.

Who are some international designers/architects that you admire?
I love Kelly Wearstler for her daring and unique style (who everyone copies), Jonathan Adler for his playful and colourful approach to interior and product design, and Christian Liaigre for his sophistication and attention to detail.

If you could design anyone’s bathroom (past or present), whose would it be? And what would you do with it?
Oprah’s, I imagine I would have an amazing budget to play with, so I would use the opportunity to go completely over the top. The famous ‘O’ would be the base of inspiration. I would create a custom ‘O’ shaped bath in the center of the bathroom and than select bathroom fittings (from Candana, of course…) that complement this concept.

What is your favourite bathroom product? Why?
I love the Cult 120 Wall Basin by Studio Bagno; its beautiful to look at with it’s modern, slim profile and clean lines. Its also extremely practical as it has wide surrounds, allowing room for soap, candle, flowers etc.

A big Thank you to Miss Mia and BFID for sharing their insight into beautiful spaces and fabulous bathrooms.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Top 10... freestanding baths

 Fusion by Devon & Devon

Ellipso Duo Oval by Kaldewei

Large Oval by Boyd Alternatives

Emily by Dado Australia

Blade by Parisi

Toulouse by Victoria & Albert

Nahho by Duravit

Ravello by Victoria & Albert

Palomba by Laufen

Pura Vida by Duravit

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Over The Rainbow

Candana love colour!
It’s an essential part of everyday life and holds an immense amount of power over our emotions.

Bringing colour into a bathroom can completely transform the space from a commercial, almost clinical area to a reflection of ones personality and style.

Whether it’s floor to ceiling patterned wallpaper or a pop of brightly coloured tapware, the bathroom then becomes an extension of your home and personal style.

Have an existing bathroom you can’t re-tile or renovate? An easy and quick way to update is by adding colourful accessories and giftware pieces, think Missoni towels and our very own Gedy Rainbow collection of soap dispensers, tumblers etc.

Frank Lloyd Wright first proposed red marble for the Guggenheim fa├žade. He said, ‘Red is the colour of creation’.
We agree.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Amazing Arne

He’s Arne Jacobsen, and you may remember him from such iconic design pieces as;
The Swan, Egg and Ant Chairs.

What you may not know is that Arne (along with the owner of Vola, Verner Overgaard) designed and manufactured the first ever mixer tap in the early 60’s!

This designer tap has been specified by the world’s best architects and designers and till this day is still one of the most contemporary and classic tapware ranges in the world.

Vola have now released an exciting addition to this industry favourite.
The Round Series is a range of inbuilt waste bins and tissue dispensers available in black or white. It’s flush application creates a minimal and super sleek option to ordinary bins and tissue boxes, perfect for commercial and residential applications.

And if you (like me) aren’t currently building but would love one of these stylish bathroom accessories, never fear! Vola have also come up with a retro-fit version where the bin is still wall mounted but sits slightly off the wall. Amazing.
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