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HOUSING's top pick of innovative building products for September 2020.Photo courtesy Milwaukee Tool

Cork-base basins

Bolgheri is the latest freestanding washbasin produced by antoniolupi. Its vibrant sink reflects the colours of Tuscany and is combined with natural cork to create its geometric shapes.

Bolgheri is an eco-sustainable bathroom addition with a base made of recycled cork and finished by hand to obtain a soft, tactile effect. Sitting atop of the light cork base is the sink made of Cristalmood – a transparent and colourful resin developed by antoniolupi. It is both durable and can be restored to its former beauty as it ages. 

The cork base is available in the natural cork colour or in Toasted Cork, a dark brown colour. 

antoniolupi products are available in Australia through Minosa.

Prize draw

LEGRABOX by Blum is the perfect addition to all internal drawers with its practicality and aesthetic appearance. Suited to any living area, the elegant box system impresses with its straight lines, modern design and clear contours.

The design can be customised to create deeper drawers, pull-outs and handle-less options, while maintaining easy ergonomic functionality. 

LEGRABOX is available in a range of different colours and heights, and comes standard with integrated BLUMOTION soft-close technology. You can heighten the opening experience further when complemented with Blum’s SERVO-DRIVE electrical motion support or TIP-ON BLUMOTION, Blum’s mechanical opening support system.

Building Now webinar 

COVID-19, HomeBuilder, JobKeeper and the economy. It’s a confusing time for Australian businesses. How exactly will it all affect the residential building industry? In conjunction with our partner, Bunnings Trade, HIA has created a two-part webinar series called ‘Building Now’, designed to help builders understand current economic trends and forecasts, and how to navigate HomeBuilder in your region. 

To view and download the webinar series, visit www.hia.com.au/buildingnow CPD points apply.

When nature calls 

The Cinderella Incineration Toilet – launched in Australia in 2018 – requires no water or sewage to function, and removes the costs and demands of installing water and sewage hookups. The incinerating toilet turns bodily waste into a cupful of sterile ash that can be easily deposited in your household garbage.

So, how does it work? Simply place the original Cinderella bowl liners in the bowl for each visit and hit the incineration button when finished. The bowl liner and its contents drop into the closed chamber at the base of the toilet and are completely incinerated for a bacteria-free result. The chamber’s closing contraption ensures the safety of users and is child-friendly.

Clear as air 

Since 2015, Daikin has been supporting airconditioning manufacturers by transitioning to using R32 refrigerant. As R32 conveys heat more efficiently, it has less environmental impact. Daikin has expanded its use to a vast majority of its split system ranges, including its new R32 Premium Inverter and R32 Inverter Ducted series.

Both series feature compact indoor unit heights of 400mm for 140–160 class Premium models and 300mm for 50–100 class Inverter models, perfect for tight ceiling spaces.
Daikin says the new series indoor units are proudly manufactured in Australia and lowers the risk of environmental harm by 66 per cent.

Eco downlights 

New Zealand-based brand DOT Downlights – a part of the Pierlite portfolio – has launched its KIMBAL series of luminaires to suit a variety of spaces. The collection features four distinct lighting solutions: fixed or adjustable recessed downlights, surface-mounted downlights and spotlights. 

Incorporating the best in chassis component materials, LED light sources, electronics, sustainability and ease of installation, the KIMBAL engineered range offers an elegant and functional solution. Helping to achieve the balance of performance, design and energy efficiency requirements, every element of the lighting chassis is either recyclable, reusable or compostable. 

The KIMBAL engineered range is available in 3500K. 

Luxury bathing

We may be moving into Spring but that welcome season can still serve a bite in the air, and so the thought of sinking into a hot bath at the end of the day remains highly tempting. To satisfy that desire, Highgrove Bathrooms has come out with the new Delano Bath.

Crafted with smooth, contoured edges and a lustrous matte black or glossy white surface, the Delano is a highlight in any bathroom. The bath is built with sanitary grade acrylic, a high-gloss easy-clean finish, and is scratch- and chemical-resistant. Additionally, the acrylic technology means you won’t be stepping onto a cold surface or need to keep topping up with hot water. 

Powering ahead 

Milwaukee Tool is proud to announce the new MX FUEL™ Equipment System – its latest line of cordless power tools. This ground-breaking system redefines the equipment market by delivering superior performance, run-time and durability demanded by trade users, all without the hazards associated with harmful emissions, noise, vibration and the frustrations of petrol maintenance. 

By using the MX FUEL™ system, the range goes beyond the limitations of petrol and power cords, and instead operates off of one completely compatible battery system: MX FUEL™ REDLITHIUM™ batteries. 

Milwaukee is dedicated to improving the lives of its customers by developing effective solutions to the onsite problems users face.

Mosaic masterpiece

Quilt is the latest concept range of mosaic tiles from Mosaico+ and Studio Irvine. Taking inspiration from traditional patchwork and stitching, the stoneware product has been designed to work visually in a uniform pattern, but looks most impactful when placed at random for a geometrical effect. 

With the joint piece serving as a stoneware version of decorative stitching, an uneven layout is reminiscent of antique Venetian Seminato pavings. The design’s traditional mosaic chip is larger in size to create contemporary visual effects which can be customised every time. 

Mosaico+ blends together innovative techniques, culture and experimentation to create stunningly refined mosaic tile designs. 

Bathroom podcast

This year, more than ever, people are spending more time at home, so it’s only natural that home renovations and upgrades, particularly high traffic spaces such as bathrooms, are on the mind of many. 

Exploring what consumers are looking for, Reece recently released its annual Bathroom Report, full of the latest trends and insights. For the first time, the company is excited to present its much anticipated findings direct to you via Podcast. Join thousands of listeners to hear and learn more from Australia’s experts in creating Bathroom Happiness™.

Tip-top timber 

Tasmania has been producing some of the world’s most beautiful timber for more than a century. Two new grades of Tasmanian Oak flooring have just been released: the Prime with a minimalistic feel, and Classic with heightened natural characteristics.

The flooring is machined, finished and packaged to the highest quality under Australian Standard AS2796.2, and certified sustainable by Responsible Wood. It’s also independently audited by the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood for specified grade, moisture content, form and compliance. 

Recently, Tasmanian Oak flooring was named 2019 Australasian Floor of the Year at the Australasian Timber Flooring Association Awards. 

For technical support call 1300 041 766 or visit www.tasmaniantimber.com.au

Photo: Adam Gibson

Throw in the towel

VOLA has launched its built-in modular heated towel rails for the ultimate bathroom inclusion that ticks all the boxes for looks, usefulness and personalisation. 

Its step-less technology regulates the temperature between 20–50°C. Further heat safety integrated technology includes a timer setting that turns the heat off after remaining on for two hours at full heat. The temperature control handle sits neatly at the base of the rails, blending seamlessly with the design of the bars.

The modular bars can be positioned in a variety of ways in accordance to customer requirements, including horizontal and vertical. 

The heated towel rails are available in 19 colours. 

Painting the town 

Wattyl provides industry retail consumers with the option to become a member of its PaintPerks® service. The program provides members with a 10 per cent discount on paints, stains and painting supplies* every time you shop. For more discount rewards, Wattyl gifts a $10 welcome voucher to be used for purchases of at least $50. You will also receive invitations to exclusive sale events that offer significant savings on Wattyl products. 

Keeping you up-to-date with alerts, ideas and more, Wattyl provides a range of support to its members. 

Sign up in store or online at www.paintperks.wattyl.com.au 

*Excludes gift cards, multi-purpose primers, and spray equipment and accessories.