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The Residential Category winner is Alex Norman, Brilliant SA. Alex was awarded for her design of the kitchen and bathroom spaces of this Californian bungalow.

The brief of this project was to create a large entertainers kitchen that was the main feature of the new open plan area and to also create a large and luxurious bathroom. The finishes had to be selected carefully, as the clients specifically wanted materials that would be beautiful but also be easy to live with. Along with the need for practicality, the owners had strong ideas on how they wanted the space to look and feel and sought the use of unusual materials (in some unusual colours) to create impact. With a streamlined design, a neutral colour palette was chosen as the backdrop.

With the clients needs in mind, Alex designed a 3m long island benchtop for the kitchen. The decision to specify Staron® Solid Surfaces in colour Tempest Confection was born from the need to create a luxurious design that was easy to maintain. Using Staron® also allows the entire benchspace to be one continuous surface with no open joins. As a bold statement, Acrylic Couture in Malachite Green was used as the splashback and clad on to the front of the island. An LED lighting strip was also used around the material for illumination.

Staron® was also used in the bathroom space. It enabled a clean, fuss free vanity top and shower floor/wall surface with a seamless application. The vanity top in Quasar White is non porous and easy to clean. The shower wall and base are installed in one continuous surface and no grout or join lines. Acrylic Couture was also selected as the shower screen as an elegant feature.

The end result is one that produces a sense of excitement and enjoyment for all who visit the home and for those who live within it! The innovative use of both colour and material provide endless enjoyment to the clients. The carefully selected flooring, wall cladding and benchtops in Samsung Staron® Solid Surface enable the clients to live a 'fuss free' lifestyle and provide a neutral surround for the overall space. Congratulations to Alex for creating such a unique design that suits all the needs of the client.

Fabrication by: Solid Surface of Distinction.

JUDGES' COMMENTS

''This design shows a comprehensive understanding of the materiality, finish and detail of the Staron® product, creating a total and unified interior",
Stephen Varady, Stephen Varady Associates.
''Extensive use of the material, focusing on the creation of luxurious, clean and minimal kitchen and bathroom areas, showcases the Staron®
product to its full potential and also shows how it integrates seamlessly with other feature finishes",
Nicky Lobo, Habitus Magazine.
''The design showcases a range of product and vivid colours. A unique combination",
Amanda Stanaway, Woods Bagot.
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