Habitusliving talks with the directors of Minosa – an innovative design studio specialising in washbasins and bathroom furniture
Australian company Minosa is an innovative design studio specialising in high quality washbasins and bathroom furniture. Minosa create bespoke systems from bathrooms as well as stand-alone design concepts for contemporary bathrooms and kitchens.
Launched in 2001, the company invested heavily in research and development prior to opening their Minosa Gallery in Annandale, NSW in 2003.
“Our goal was to make available in Australia, a high quality locally manufactured product, that was custom-made, crafted by artisans and importantly, not mass-produced. We wanted to create products that were up there with the best in the world across all aspects of design, from workmanship and use of materials, to aesthetics and performance,” says company co-director Darren Genner.
Minosa bathroom products are available exclusively from the Minosa
Gallery where the company directors, Darren Genner and Simona Castagna,
provide one-on-one selection advice for their customers as well as tips
about installation and maintenance.
“Minosa Gallery has the ambience of a art gallery. It’s a space where people can admire and consider how the product can work in a space, rather than trying to guess when they are standing in front of rows and rows of porcelain basins and chrome taps,” says co-director Simona Castagna.
Minosa specialise in residential projects and work closely with developers and architects to deliver bespoke solutions for individual properties.
“Minosa washbasins are all individually created from Corian® by Du Pont TM by a local artisan. Our products are specially made to order, by hand and can be ready in 10 days, or with our furniture 4-6 weeks,” says Genner.
“While we strive to produce world-class product, we’re also committed to supporting local manufacturers and tradespeople,” he says.
Not only is Minosa family owned and run, they in turn choose to work with a local network of four family run businesses and artisans, who specialise in one part of the design process.
“Our made to order, Australian made manufacturing process allows thorough product scrutiny and exceptional quality control and workmanship.” Castagna says. “This also means a reduced environmental impact through waste minimisation and lower transport miles.”
The quality and integrity of Minosa’s design and product collection is evident in the extensive awards list the company has. Recent awards include taking out prizes in three categories at KBDI Design Awards 2011 and best kitchen designer at KBDI Design Awards 2009; being a Finalist for the Kitchen Designer of the Year at the Corian® Du Pont TM Design Awards 2008; being Grand Prize Residential Design Winner at the IDEA Inside Magazine Product of the Year Awards in 2008 as well as Finalist in the Bathroom Product and Emerging Design Studio categories.
Phone: (+ 612) 8090 9039