Kate Nixon

Surface Paradise

Cold-forming and post-forming are two fabrication methods for creating curved surfaces with laminate, as seen in this elegant kitchen designed by Kennedy Nolan. Featured laminates are Laminex French Cream Natural, Paper Bark Natural and Whitewashed Oak Natural.

The brave new world of technology-led architectural finishes and building materials is fast-paced and ever-evolving. designs continue to be inspired by the endlessly alluring colours, textures, tones and patinas found in nature. as we search for durable – and cost-effective – finishes to dress our interior and exterior surfaces, we are spoilt for choice with modern, lightweight, boundary- pushing solutions. Spray-on metals, printed stone and plaster like micro-cement can be applied to myriad substrates like never before. Think bronze doors, copper clad beams, concrete ceilings and curved stone drawer fronts, the possibilities are limitless and beautiful.

Fresh ideas & easy updates

● Glass mosaics deliver a lovely shimmer, are available in endless colour combinations, and can be used to decorate many hard surfaces.

● Micro Cement is a composite coating that can be applied to a range of surfaces including tile and timber. It provides the look and feel of concrete at a fraction of the cost and weight.

● For beautiful bespoke lighting, try carved metal. It’s perfect for elegantly capturing the nuances of light and shade.

BATHROOM Ghiaccio Plus glass mosaic tiles, Bisazza. ENTRY DOOR Treasury Bronze Lunar applied-metal finish, Axolotl. KITCHEN Laminate overhead cabinetry in Laminex Lustrous Elmi, stone-composite rear bench top and splashback in Essastone Unique Calacatta, and laminate island bench fascia in Laminex Absolute Matte Terril, all from Laminex. GET THE LOOK Clockwise from left Shelf Oval concretesurface-mount basin in Sand, Nood Co. Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort ‘Utopia’ linear pendant light, Bloomingdales Lighting. Tunisian stone flower mosaic tiles, POA, Aeria Country Floors.