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The ripple effect

The ripple effect

The unconventional material turning heads in artistry, hospitality, and residential design.

What is a ripple?

Generally speaking, a ripple represents the enduring consequences of an action – whether that be dipping a toe into a pool or shaking things up in the world of design. Axolotl is making ripples through the international design community with a stunning new perspective on the artistic potential of stainless steel.

Axolotl, established in 1995, is a leading force in Australian design. Collaborating with architects, designers, and artists, they challenge traditional materials and processes to engineer bespoke, unconventional solutions to architectural problems. Australian-made and designed, they support the local creative community across diverse mediums such as glass, concrete, terracotta and more.

‘Ripple’ by Axolotl is about more than just function; it’s about an intricate interplay of form and reflection, achieved through innovative pattern press treatments and expert polishing techniques. With this, Axolotl transforms stainless steel – an everyday material – into a mesmerising statement of architectural wonder.

According to Axolotl, Ripple represents a blank canvas of possibility. Capable of creating spa-like serenity in residential bathrooms, dazzling bar splashbacks for a trendy hospitality venue, artistic hotel lobbies, and show-stopping accents on feature walls, counters and façades, the raw flexibility of Ripple gives it a design edge unhindered by boundaries.

What’s truly avant-garde about Ripple is its defiance of convention. It comes in mirror and satin polish finishes which span a spectrum of elegant hues: silver, gold, champagne, copper, rose gold, and the deepest blues and blacks. This isn’t just stainless steel; it’s stainless art. And it’s designed for both internal and external applications, so your creative canvas knows no bounds.

But here’s where things get even more exciting: Ripple is your canvas, a blank slate ready to absorb your imagination. Axolotl has worked with homeowners and designers to integrate their own vision of Ripple into their projects, creating deeply personal works of art which will endure the test of time. 

And yours could be next – Axolotl can infuse Ripple with your very own design and colour preferences which expertly tailor the work to your space. Imagination knows no boundaries with sheets of Ripple reaching up to an impressive one and a half by three metres, and thicknesses ranging from 0.6 to two-millimetres.

Discover the limitless design possibilities with Ripple.



Juliet Taylor is one of the leading content writers for Indesign Media Asia Pacific where she publishes weekly research articles across multiple platforms. She graduated from the Australian National University in 2021, with a strong portfolio of academic writing as well as writing for entertainment. Her specialty is in media and philosophy, though she shares a passion for interior design with the Indesign Media conglomerate. Her work with Indesign Media covers a broad range of subjects including interior design trends, architectural advancements, materials and the evolution of modern construction, products and processes for a healthier home, and the proper care of flora. Juliet writes for both residential and commercial audiences and over the past year working with Indesign Media has produced research articles in the hundreds for architects and interior design enthusiasts alike.