Working with Limitations: The Responsibility of Modern Interior Designers

Every interior designer has had to work with limitations. From graphic design, to interior design, or architecture, every designer has experienced how productivity and the overall process of creation is curtailed by limitations on budget, production systems, software, or general resources. But what if the limitations are being set by the environment that is becoming ever more vulnerable to abuse and degradation?

The world is now being shaped by how humans are shifting more and more towards cities and mega-centers. The consumption patterns and demands of global populations are putting immense pressure on production. This, in turn, takes a much bigger toll on the degradation of natural resources. Even though the technologically advanced cities, such as New York, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, and Helsinki, are more rapidly embracing sustainable development, countless cities across the world continue to fall behind when it comes to implementing sustainable and smart solutions across every aspect of city living. While experts would argue that mass behavior starts with an individual taking initiative, it is undeniable that global shifts in behavior are driven by design which is dominant, imposing, and non-negotiable. This burden rests on the shoulders of every designer in society. And every designer is being urged to work with limitations being set by the natural environment.

For architects and interior designers, the immediate burden is to find sources that will minimize excessive extraction of natural resources. Whether it is deciding on wood, marble, or terrazzo for flooring, the challenge is to work with less, to maximize the existing, to make the old new again. It is not a question of which material is better for design – every material suits a different kind of design. It now a matter of finding the most innovative ways to get these materials in a manner that does not use more of something that the earth cannot replenish in a year, a decade, or even a century.

The limitation set by the natural environment is becoming a harder and clearer line. Modern designers are called to influence the creative decisions, and not just to sit at the end of the process in order to generate wealth from the most lucrative projects in mega-cities. With consciousness on the impacts of their design, designers are called to keep the environment’s limitations in mind. If designers with their expertise on materials and production do not advocate responsible and sustainable practices, it will be much harder for those who do not have this level of expertise or consciousness to even care about these limitations. The responsibility weighs heavier on responsible design now more than ever.

How Terrazzo and Metal Elevates Interior Design

Metal is an essential element not only in the structural make of any infrastructure but also in creating forward designs that are defining the 21st century. With terrazzo tiles and marble remaining in the timeless materials for interior design, combining metals and terrazzo in design undeniably pushes

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1. Straightforward creativity

Metals are associated with definition, precision, and a polished approach. The versatility of terrazzo, combining different aggregates to achieve different hues, can bring out creativity in design. Having these two elements in a space can create an atmosphere of structure with creativity

2. Angles and flow

Since metal is versatile with its varying forms (e.g. brass, aluminum, copper) it allows interior designers to create edges and curves in manners that suit their overall theme. Matched with terrazzo flooring and furniture pieces complements the plain and minimalist finish of metal in interior spaces.

3. Sustainable design

Withstanding the normal wear and tear is a trait both metals and terrazzo share. With its core materials remaining unchanged over the years, these materials can be recycled and re-purposed even after years of being used.

4. Hot and cold hues

Gold and brass metals provide warm hues in interior design, while white and grey terrazzo creates a cooler tone. Terrazzo’s flexibility when it comes to color combination helps designers balance or complement hot and cold hues.

5. Rustic and unashamed

Corrugated metal is now being extended from a roofing material to interior design creating a rustic, raw look. Matched with the polished black and gold terrazzo countertop, this type of metal can bring forward a fresh look even to the smallest kitchens.

These two elements are creating timeless combinations for interior design for households, office, or community spaces. Talk to us for requirements of Terrazzo in Sydney.

Construction Purchasing: Finding the Right Flooring Supplier in Sydney

Purchasing officers of construction firms play a vital role in delivering construction excellence while realizing significant profit for the firm. With the influx of imported materials, competition is becoming tougher for suppliers in Sydney. This is, in fact, a good opportunity for construction companies to find the best partners in delivering quality and excellent results. How can purchasing departments and officers know if they’re tapping the right flooring suppliers in Sydney?

1. Compare pricing for the same materials delivered to different locations

It is easy to ask for a quotation from different suppliers on a single project and location and to compare pricing based on a single common denominator. But, to find a long-term partner in flooring supplies, one good way to test fairness and robustness of a supplier’s pricing structure is to ask for quotation for the same materials to be delivered to different project sites. Flooring suppliers of course include in their costing the delivery costs. It is easy to spot discrepancies in pricing of the same supplier if you ask for pricing of the same materials for different project sites and compare that with other suppliers who are also quoting for the same project sites. This way, you can establish which one can provide more margin of profit over a longer time period and number of projects in the pipeline.

2. Check for record of actual installations, do site visits as needed

Suppliers will of course publicize former projects as part of credibility-building. It will not hurt to get in touch with the purchasing team of the finished project to check quality of finished product. But, a more crucial thing to check is the professionality and efficiency of the supplier in handling the project from start to completion. Customer interface in the construction industry continues to be vital in building connections and being recommended as a construction supplier. It will not hurt to do a background check on new and potential flooring suppliers.

3. Review repair and maintenance clause of proposals

This is important especially for Terrazzo flooring suppliers. The cost that is usually carried by the construction contractor pertains to repair and maintenance of flooring. For construction companies, it is common to find another contractor to offer maintenance and post-construction support. But good flooring suppliers especially for Terrazzo suppliers may have value-adding clauses on their contracts pertaining to post-installation and construction maintenance. Review these details and compare with other suppliers, if possible.

Talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble today to learn how we can be your company’s ideal flooring partner in Sydney.

Terrazzo for Commercial Buildings in Sydney

Commercial buildings usually give businesses the flexibility of designing shops individually. But there will still be the general areas such as the hallways, lounge, and restrooms that require personality to distinguish the building as a whole from the rest of the properties around Sydney. Because these general areas are mostly spaces that will not have many elements, perhaps some furniture pieces and plant pots at the very least, it is important to maximize the flooring to define the space and give it personality. Designers can get stuck with limited resources and budget to design these utility spaces, but with Terrazzo’s flexibility for creativity, it becomes a much easier task to accomplish.

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Colors are limitless

The design possibilities with terrazzo for commercial buildings are endless. Because of the number of color combinations which can be achieved by combining different aggregates, designers are literally given freedom to explore and incorporate art into an every day space. It is important for designers to understand the different materials and aggregates that can be combined. With different hardness and colors, these aggregates can create outstanding colors to add personality to common areas of the commercial building.

Installation made easy by experts

Building owners, project owners, and contractors can work smoothly and easily with terrazzo experts during the conceptualization up to the installation phase. Having expert advice on how commercial building spaces can be maximized comes in handy especially for spaces which aren’t part of the busy side of Sydney. The building is almost always identified by how it looks and what makes it distinct from other buildings in the area. Terrazzo experts can guide builders on how to make common spaces the outstanding piece to remember for visitors.

After-care is conveniently available

One of the most important considerations for high-traffic commercial spaces is maintenance and after-care for flooring. Terrazzo floors are feared to chip away and crack because of its complex make and strucutre. But such concerns shouldn’t be a matter of discussion at all because of the after-care services that’s usually provided by terrazzo companies. Understanding proper care and maintenance practices will help prolong the state of terrazzo floors, but expert care will always be available and provided by good terrazzo providers in Sydney.

Talk to our team today to learn how your commercial building project can maximize Terrazzo for flooring and partitions

Terrazzo – Designing and Constructing High Foot Traffic Travel Facilities

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Traveling continues to get a good portion of the disposable budget of households in Sydney. This means more travelers are getting on the road, buying more stuff, visiting more places than ever before. Airports and train stations are taking the brunt of higher foot traffic. Maintenance and construction teams now, more than ever, have to work more closely to ensure travel facilities are functional, safe, and traveler-friendly, 24/7. What, then, are the essential elements that need to be covered by designers and construction teams when building or renovating high foot traffic travel facilities?

1. No-slip, easy to maintain floors

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High foot traffic means higher risk of accidents. The constant state of flooring of high foot traffic facilities can spell disaster, if not maintained accordingly. From small puddles of liquid, to uneven surfaces, these irregularities can cause slips and injuries. Choosing easy to maintain, no-slip floors, like Terrazzo flooring, for such travel facilities can significantly cut down the risk of accidents happening.

2. Signage and wayfinding

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Ensuring there are clear signage and wayfinding fixtures can make travel facilities more accessible and navigable. Travelers are always in a hurry to shift from one area to another. Spending unnecessarily longer times trying to figure out where to go is something most travelers wish to avoid. Having clear, visible, and easy to understand signages will surely cut down wasted time for travelers.

3. Neat furniture pieces and seats

Furniture design continues to give face to any space. From simple no-cushion chairs in bus stops, to cozy lounge chairs in airports, having neat and sturdy furniture pieces and seats is an essential that needs to be considered for high-traffic facilities.

The importance of design and maintenance need to be married and integrated during the early stages of conceptualization and construction. To know more about terrazzo flooring options for high foot traffic facilities, talk to our team today.