What is FRONT?Taking over Carriageworks 9-10 August, FRONT is an evolution of the traditional trade show format and is FREE for professionals to attend. FRONT has been created to bring all the key commercial players together into an innovative, business-focused event. Brought to you by the people behind the INDE.Awards, Saturday Indesign and the Sustainability Awards, we understand the A&D industry and where some of the pain points lie, which is why FRONT is about delivering something different but relevant. FRONT is an antidote to our ever-increasingly time-poor lives. It’s is all about connecting you directly to the people you need to help grow your career and your business by delivering a tradeshow that strips away the usual fanfare.
Why is it different?The design and layout for FRONT is unique. It’s not about big showy stands and aimless meandering. The aisles have been designed to facilitate meetings and conversations, dotted with plenty of spots to pull up a chair and chat. In addition, the whole event is catered all day, which is just another way we’re making the event even more seamless. As a visitor, you can connect with not only the top-end selection of exhibitors, but also with other attendees and speakers, all through our digital matchmaking platform. That means you can streamline your networking to target exactly who you need. You can also spend time in the Dyson Business Lounge. Why not bring your laptop and work away in-between meetings and seminars while at FRONT?
What can I get out of coming to FRONT?FRONT is not just for architects and designers. Our built environment is made up of many more key players who bring a project to reality – real estate brokers, facility managers, property developers and consultants. FRONT is bringing everyone together under one roof. This is the future of design in action and now there is an event to help facilitate it all.
Learn about the latest innovative productsWe understand that as a designer you get bombarded with different brands and products constantly. But on the flipside of that, you also need to be across all the latest technology and new releases. The 150 exhibitors at FRONT have been carefully selected as innovators in the industry. These are the guys pushing boundaries with the products they make and by attending FRONT you can keep your knowledge firmly ahead of the competition. Peruse the full list of exhibitors here.
Earn CPDThere is a selection of exhibitors whose presentations carry CPD points, sponsored by CSR, which is an easy way to get the points you need for the year. See the list of CPD talks here.
Inspiring talksThe FRONT FORUM, brought to you by Gaggenau, has been carefully crafted to offer something for everyone. We want to spark debate. We want to get you thinking and fill your creative mind with knowledge. By working closely with our six ambassadors, we have developed a seminar series that is diverse but most importantly relevant – strategy, technology, hospitality crossovers, adaptive re-use and more. The approach has been to share and build insight to propel the industry forward, which is only achievable by bringing together an incredible list of 40 speakers. Read through the speaker series here. And make sure to book as they are already 70 per cent sold out!
And if that is still not enough…Stay tuned for more about the FRONT Great Debate. What better way to continue pushing the commercial sector than by a heated debate? Stay tuned for more on this one.
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Eaglemont House by Christopher Elliott Design
Photography by Jack Lovel, styling by Bree LeechChristopher Elliott’s Eaglemont House is situated within the garden suburb of Eaglemont, once home to artists of Australia’s famed Heidelberg School of Art. The area may be much more heavily developed than when Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts were painting landscapes en plein air, but it’s no less pretty. Elliott certainly looked to the natural surrounds when designing the four storey home’s interior architecture and this is especially evident in the upper level bathroom. Its bathroom design is daringly pared-back, with light grey marble tiles wrapping the floors and walls in one cohesive expression. This palette provides a neutral background for the unadorned freestanding bathtub, which takes pride of place in front of a full-height window. The opening lets in the greenery and natural light and almost reads as wallpaper, such is the seamless visual connection between inside and out. Christopher addresses issues of privacy with a retractable blind, while the trees’ foliage acts as a screen. It’s incredibly neat design that makes the space feel all the more user-friendly.
Pool Pavilion by Studio Griffiths and Russell Barrett Architects
Photographer: Sharyn CairnsPool Pavilion, as the name suggests, sits at the end of the pool on a property in rural Victoria. It houses the guest rooms, home office and a bathroom, each with Modernist sensibilities that have informed the design’s overall material palette and spatiality. For the bathroom design, black steel detailing frames the vanity mirror, shower screen, door and window, making a strong statement against the predominantly grey interior. The opening to the outdoors may be full-height, but it’s strategically placed to deliver just the right amount of privacy, depending on where guests stand. It also provides a subtle flourish to the austere interior, without detracting from its minimalist aesthetic.
The Retreat at Pumphouse Point by JAWS Architects
Photography by Adam GibsonThis freestanding accommodation pavilion located on the edge of a vegetated area within the Pumphouse Point site in Tasmania is a stunning sanctuary that’s as cosy as it is high-end. The architects have lined the interior walls and ceiling with timber boards, creating an immersive environment that most guests will never want to leave. Elsewhere in the interior, robust dark materials punctuate the scheme, adding to the design’s experiential nature. The same material palette is used in the bathroom, where two light wells have been carved out of the space’s corners. They offer connection to the earth and sky and serve to instil a strong sense of place yet are discrete enough that the interior’s enveloping quality is not lost. We think you might also like Inside-Out House by Tamara Wibowo Architectsabc
Meet The AmbassadorsFRONT is not only for professionals across property, construction, and management: it’s by professionals. An advisory panel of industry heavyweights has provided input at every stage of the event planning process to ensure that FRONT delivers content that is engaging, relevant, and – above all – useful for today’s practitioners. This year’s advisory panel also doubles as the first round of ambassadors for FRONT.
James CalderJames Calder is a practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator. He has extensive experience across the globe with the world’s pre-eminent organisations and also works to design the next generation of buildings for the Information Age. James Calder announced as FRONT ambassador 2018
Mia Feasey2018 Indesign Luminary nominee Mia Feasey is the fierce founder, CEO and creative driving force behind one of APAC’s leading game changers within the interior design industry, Siren Design Group.
Todd HammondTodd Hammond, Director of recently established Hammond Studio, is a quiet force in the Australian interior design community, having held senior leadership roles in national and global architectural practices, and worked on widely-recognised and awarded projects over the past twenty years.
Gavin HarrisGavin’s creative skills have been built over years of delivering design services to the world’s best businesses and brands. He has worked throughout Australia and Europe for more than twenty years, designing award-winning products for the likes of Cult, NAU, Designer Rugs and Schiavello.
Ed LippmannSince establishing an independent practice in 1985, Ed has led projects around the world and has taught in schools of architecture. Ed’s work and ideas have been widely published and he has served on design juries for public authorities
Kirsten StanisichKirsten has been instrumental in establishing SJB Interiors in Sydney and was appointed a director in 2005. Kirsten works across a broad range of sectors and in 2017 was awarded IDEA Interior Designer of the Year. We also included her in a recent story on game-changing women in design.
The biggest names in Australian commercial design have already thrown their weight behind FRONT. Now it’s your turn. Sign up for updates and get involved with FRONT today.abc
Dissection Information Solid American Oak floors in a natural oil finish Limestone cut to measure with Lithofin sealer from CDK Stone Barrique bathroom tiles by Cerdomus Tile Studio Custom timber floor grilles and custom timber windows manufactured and finished by Fido Projects Double glazed units by Viridian Glass Custom joinery in kitchen by Orana Designer Kitchens Custom stainless steel benchtops Dekton kitchen island benchtop in Sirius Custom shelving in reclaimed Blackbutt Sustainably sourced rough sawn Silvertop Ash decking CH 25 Easy chair by Hans Wegner CH30 dining chair by Hans Wegner Charles and Ray Eames Oval dining table for Herman Miller Vintage sofa by B&B Italia Freestanding shelving units from USM Outdoor furniture from Tait FLOS Luminator floor lamp, Parentesi suspension light, and String Light in Round from Euroluce TAL, Lumino, Xlux and Multo Luce downlights and recessed LED fittings from Light Project Tonic wall mixer, Fantini Milano shower head, Fantini Mare basin mixer, and Matrix pan from Rogerseller Combair SL Black Glass oven, Combi-Steam XSL Stainless Steel steam oven, warming drawer, and 5 Zone Gas Hob cooktop from V-ZUG Concealed rangehood from Qasair Fully intergrated G 6660 SCVi dishwasher from Miele Double dish bowl sink by Barazza Waste management system from Frankeabc