Dekton®, the ultra-compact surface by Cosentino Group, shows all its potential, versatility and infinite architectural and design possibilities at the “Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar”, a project that has already become an emblematic and broad-reaching project, for this revolutionary product, fruit of the innovative capacity of the multinational from Almeria. The Academy is conceived as high performance centre with the most advanced technology, maximum comfort and spectacular facilities in which Dekton® is a key constructive and unifying element through the centre.
This month, Cosentino Australia hosted three exclusive events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to celebrate the launch of its premium granite surface Sensa, and reveal the Naturals collection of the Dekton XGloss range. Key clients and industry influencers were invited to check out the new range and enjoy a tasteful selection of Spanish inspired food and beverages.
Sensa® by Cosentino, made from high quality natural granite, launches in Australia
Features revolutionary protective treatment that provides high stain resistance
New series of eight exotic granites now available in the market
The Cosentino Group – global leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for the world of architecture and design – has today launched its premium granite surface, Sensa® by Cosentino in Australia. The first series available in the market consists of eight new exotic granites.
These three new shades are incorporated into Dekton® XGloss, the innovative line of polished high-tech, ultra-compact surfaces, which Cosentino launched in February 2016
Glacier, Fiord and Tundra pay homage to the nobility, history and timeless qualities of materials used since ancient times. In them, aesthetic beauty is fused with the fascinating luminosity and high-tech quality, which only a surface like Dekton® can provide.
To celebrate the announcement of Cosentino’s expansion into South Australia, the group hosted a launch party at one of Adelaide’s most historically charming and elegant venues, Electra House. Cosentino was joined by VIP customers, local renovation stars and lifestyle bloggers.
The Cosentino Design Challenge consists of two different categories – Architecture and Design.
It is open to all students enrolled between 2015 and 2016 in any school or centre of higher education for design, architecture or interior architecture anywhere in the world. The local award was judged by The Block judge, Neale Whitaker
Cosentino Australia has today announced the local winner of the Cosentino Design Challenge competition for 2016. Levi Hayes and Christopher Kerr from UTS took out the local prize for their Architecture project, Dek-Scape which was selected by judge, Neale Whitaker, one of Australia’s most recognised design experts and judge on Channel 9′s The Block. The Australian winner was selected following the Cosentino International Design Challenge judging which took place in Spain.
UTS architecture students, Levi Hayes and Christopher Kerr took inspiration from the changes being implemented to Sydney’s George St for the lightrail, making the area more pedestrianised. Their project, Dek-Scape involves using Cosentino’s adaptable Dekton surface to create flexible seating around Sydney.
Melbourne InDesign 2016 The Australian design community flocked to Melbourne over the weekend to soak up all the inspiration on offer at Melbourne InDesign, the nation’s biggest annual design conference. Across the two days design industry leaders, professionals and budding students came together at a number of events and exhibitions to discuss, collaborate, innovate and create.
Design industry leaders, professionals and students flocked to Melbourne this week for the annual InDesign conference. A number of speaker sessions were amongst the activities which took place over the two days where industry thought leaders discussed developments in, and the issues confronting the design industry. One of the most hotly anticipated panels focused on Digital Disruptors in Design and was brought to the conference by Cosentino and held at the VzuG Showroom in Kew East.
- Samantha Eades, Design Director, The Stylesmiths
- Shane Nagle, Learning Advisor, Swinburne Online
- Chris Free, Design Associate, Unispace
- Simon Goodrich, Founder, Portable
All of the panellists hold different positions in the design world, but they’ve all integrated digitisation into their business affairs to varying degrees. The group discussed how the integration of digital into their day-to-day professions has impacted the way they work and provided their overall thoughts on the use of digital in design including when it add values and when it doesn’t.
1. Don’t be pure digital, face to face is still key to trust in the design world
- Establishing trust is integral to success in the design industry. More often than not, working in design involves working with a client to bring their vision to life. This can’t be done without the client’s trust in the designer and this trust is hard come by through solely online interaction. Face-to-face communication is vital.
- This is something noted by Samantha Eades. Even though the most visual part of her business Stylesmiths is an online platform connecting interior designers to clients looking for design services, she says that each one of her designers will meet with their client in person to progress the job.
- Trust is also something Shane Nagle of Swinburne University finds difficult to establish with his online design students. Without having met him, he doesn’t believe he can establish with them the rapport he has with his in-person students.
2. Digitalisation can expand the footprint of design services and accessibility
- Incorporating digital into bricks and mortar business can expand the digital footprint of the services on offer and increase the accessibility of services to potential customers.
- Samantha’s business, Stylesmiths works off the shared economy business model, similar to Uber and Airbnb. She created it because she considered the traditional interior design world to be elitist and discovered many potential customers were too intimidated to approach an interior designer the traditional way. She also noticed that increasingly, interior designers were going solo, so the industry needed a mechanic to be able to connect them to business.
3. The design industry is human driven
- Digitalisation is the way forward for many industries but for Design Associate’s Chris Free, the design industry is driven by humans so any technology that is created needs to enhance the human interaction, not replace it.
- In particular, design is a collaborative industry so in-person communication is vital. Technology can make these connections, but human interaction cannot be replaced. For instance, many times a client might choose inspiration from an image or moodbook they flick through with the designer.
4. Designers need to learn to be design thinkers first
- For the panel, in order to be a designer, you can’t simply jump onto a computer and try to solve a problem. You need to first know how to be a design thinker. This requires experience in coming up with a solution to solve a design problem and can only be achieved through real world interaction and experience.