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We’re Obsessed With All This Tom Dixon Newness

Tom Dixon — the man behind the luxury British design brand — is a compulsive designer; he says so himself. “When I get an idea for a strong aesthetic, have a favourite material or learn a new method of manufacturing, I want to try a multitude of iterations,” he shares. In jest, he puts this need to experiment on repeat down to “a misspent childhood with Meccano and other construction toys”. Whatever the case, Tom has channelled his compulsions into an auspicious design career and formed the eminent design studio of eponymous name, turning his obsessions into coveted possessions on a global scale.  The great Tom Dixon proclivity has most recently been realised through a series of experiments in luminosity, acoustics, durability, materiality and repetition, whereby the designer says, “my current obsession with basic units multiplied is turned into an abundance of sculptural experiments in function.’ The resultant collection of furniture, lighting and accessories represents Tom Dixon Newness as vogue as can be. Beginning with the furniture, the new and improved Mass table is manufactured in the UK and made from one single extruded box section of solid brass. By using the most familiar unit in furniture construction – the plank – and presenting a series of familiar objects in a highly polished gold hued metal, Tom Dixon manages to make domestic archetypes into monumental heavyweight sculpture.  Accompanying Mass in the furniture range of Tom Dixon Newness is Cork, a chunky series of tables and shelving; Flash, set of three crisp and smartly detailed side tables; and Swirl, a family of tables, each with their own distinct silhouette, colouration and personality. In the scheme of lighting, Tom Dixon Newness celebrates rotund forms and the invention of LED with Disc, Globe, Globe Burst, Press, Melt, and Spring. Recognising the need and demand for a more energy efficient future, in addition to its newly released lighting designs, Tom Dixon Newness comes complete with an upgrade of the brand’s best-selling lighting families — Beat, Cut, Copper, Mirror Ball and Void — to include improved LED fittings. Featuring LED chips on circuit boards arrayed in a formal geometric configuration, Disc appears akin to an immensely bright and strangely beautiful indoor sun. Meanwhile, reminiscent of ancient witch balls, hollowed spheres of coloured glass which were used to ward off evil spirits, Globe is available in copper and chrome finishes in pendant form, a floor light and a spectacular chandelier, Burst. The latest additions to the Melt family include the Melt Mega; a configuration of seven organic and imperfect orbs which explode from a central hub to create a dynamic lighting sculpture of infinite reflections. Melt Small Chandelier features four orbs protruding from steel tubes and is one metre high. Fitted with the new LED module, the Melt chandeliers are Tom Dixon’s contemporary interpretation of the classic chandelier. Spring is a series of pendant lamps made up of stainless-steel strips. Pliant ribbons of stainless steel have been arranged like a whisk around the custom-made dimmable Tom Dixon LED module. The semi-transparent shape thus created can be adjusted to a variety of silhouettes — from a flat arrangement reminiscent of a spirograph drawing, to a flying saucer configuration and on to a fuller shape akin to a pumpkin.  Bold in silhouette and simple in function, Press is a series of lights made from the thickest and most transparent glass with a satisfyingly rounded linear surface detail. The ribbed glass creates diffusion of the light source and projects linear and stripy patterns. Manufactured by dropping big globs of molten glass at 1,200 degrees centigrade and pressed in iron moulds, the Press series, spanning accessories as well as lighting, comprises Tom Dixon Newness in a set of incredibly enduring and equally alluring products. Part and parcel with the Tom Dixon Newness releases is a psychedelic update to an Italian post-modernist aesthetic, a.k.a Swirl. Endowed with pop sensibility in plenty, Swirl is a set of vases created from a series of geometric forms stacked upon one another to create multi-dimensional, functional sculptures. Inspired by Ikebana — the Japanese art of flower arrangement — Swirl’s Stem, Small and Medium vases each have heavy bases and cylindrical vessels that allow branches and flowers to cantilever out. As a leading Australian distributor of Tom Dixon furniture, lighting and accessories, Living Edge is the place to go to peruse the latest in Tom Dixon Newness and all that it entails. With a website that’s been freshly updated for e-comm and showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to boot, Living Edge is a design destination that’s never too far away. Living Edge livingedge.com.auabc
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Ultimate Kitchen Freedom

With the customer experience front of mind and the use of technology to improve the lives of consumers, Miele designs timeless products that bring unparalleled convenience to the home. The new range of revolutionary dishwashers is another feather in their cap. It boasts an array of innovative features that free customers from some of the rigmarole of domestic chores – and visually elevates kitchen design in the process. With the choice of standard and XXL dimensions – and flexibility ranging from freestanding to fully integrated installation options – there is a G 7000 dishwasher for any kitchen space. The universal finishes of classic Brilliant White, contemporary Clean Steel, and the sophisticated Obsidian Black fascia design seamlessly integrate the appliance into any interior, with a handless option for the ultimate minimalist look. Sleek and elegant in its visual expression, the G 7000 range has been tested to the equivalent of 20 years average use and it possesses the design, features and innovative technology to take it well into the future. [caption id="attachment_106927" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] The G7000 dishwasher is a seamless addition to ultra modern, luxury-led kitchens.[/caption] Beyond the intuitive top-of-the-range M Touch controls offered alongside the more traditional user interfaces, the range features market-leading innovation that further lessens the customer’s need to interact with the appliance. The dishwashers are equipped with Miele’s world-first AutoDos with integrated PowerDisk. The PowerDisk is an all-in-one detergent dispenser that automatically distributes the right amount of detergent at the right time based on the selected programme: a sensor measures the degree of soiling on cutlery to adapt the dosage accordingly. With enough detergent for an average of 20 uses, the PowerDisk doesn’t need replacing for up to a month based on average household usage. [caption id="attachment_106928" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Adjust the interior of the dishwasher to each load’s unique needs with the adjustable 3D MultiFlex tray and ergonomic FlexLinebasket.[/caption] The smart use of technology doesn’t end there. Miele’s innovation continues with the incorporation of their intelligent AutoStart programme, which allows for the dishwasher to be set to start automatically at the desired time, and the Miele@mobile app which enables the customer to remotely 
set and start a cycle from anywhere. “Our range allows even more flexibility in the kitchen, meaning that all that remains for our customers to do is to load and unload the dishwasher and occasionally replace the PowerDisk,” says Elisha Pritchard, Senior Product Manager of Dishwasher & Laundry at Miele Australia New Zealand. “Everything else can be left to the appliance, giving them back precious time to focus on the things they love.”Those exclusive Miele technologies highlight not only
the convenience of the range but also the inventive context
 and customer-centric design of the wider Generation 7000 collection of cooking appliances the new range of dishwashers is part of. “All of our appliances are designed with the customer experience in mind, and our cutting-edge new dishwashers are no exception, adding an unparalleled level of convenience and freedom into the home,” says Elisha. [caption id="attachment_106926" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] With AutoStart and the Miele@mobile app, you can set G 7000 dishwashers to automatically start at one or several pre- determined times.[/caption] Complementing the ease and convenience of the AutoDos with integrated PowerDisk, the G 7000 Dishwasher range also comes with a host of other features. The adjustable 3D MultiFlex tray, ergonomic FlexLine baskets, and EcoPower Technology that enables the dishwashers to use significantly less energy and water, together make the range an ultimate expression of Miele’s Immer Besser philosophy: innovative, durable, sustainable and stylish. Miele mieleexperience.com.au/g7000-dishwasher abc
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Design For The Colour Curious

Colour is an essential tool in any designer’s box, capable of uplifting, energising, relaxing, and defining our state of being. Arne Jacobsen, the Danish designer behind the Vola taps first created in 1968, knew that, used wisely, materiality and colour had the power not only to design, but to define a whole atmosphere. After realising that colourful taps could form an essential part of a scheme and help create characterful spaces, in 1970, Vola selected ten expressive hues. These injected personality into its range of kitchen and bathroom taps and, for the first time, bathrooms and kitchens became arenas for personal expression. Jacobsen’s first foray into the world of colour for Vola was with orange and grey colours in which early prototypes were crafted. He favoured the grey colours inspired by the tone of concrete; the muted grey pigment is now a timeless classic for any interior scheme. Of course, trends have evolved over five decades – olive green was the hottest shade of the 1970s, while today classic and sleek matt black and matt white is the top pick on people’s palettes. Yet regardless of trends, every Vola colour has been inspired by longevity and the bold, geometric principles of their founding values. The latest finish from Vola is matt white – pure and minimal, it brings calmness, clarity and confidence. Today, the ten original shades have evolved into a palette of fifteen colours, six of which are still featured from the original ten. These are still integral to Vola’s design identity, with each hue bringing the ability to shape the spirit of a space. Even in a world of mass production, every single product configuration, of which there are approximately 100,000 possible combinations, is available in each of the 15 colours – coloured by hand in Horsens, Denmark, where every product is built to order.  Discover Vola's broad range of colours and product combinations through the Vola Configurator. Vola en.vola.com  abc