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  • 2020 Design Graduates

  • The Dulux Colour Forecast 2021

  • Vivid Design Awards 2020

  • FSC Friday 2020

  • Every great architect is a poet

  • Everybody loves Oak

  • AIDA Awards 2020

  • The Local Project celebrates extraordinary design to an inspired community

  • We are continuing to reshape our thinking

  • Colour is everything, black and white is more - Dominic Rouse

  • Melbourne Design Week 2019

  • We are reshaping our thinking

2020 Design Graduates

Education

24.10.20

Elton Group supports local design talent and recognises that today’s graduates are the design community of tomorrow: creators and curators of the future. To all the 2020 graduates across Australia, congratulations and welcome to the Design Industry. The year ahead will be one of full immersion into the world of clients, project deadlines, knowledge immersion and a fast track appreciation of materiality.

Elton Group offer designers and makers a broad range of options for bringing natural timber surfaces and products into space, ranging from traditional veneers to our unique and state-of-the-art recut veneers created in partnership with Alpi, Italy. Our timber surfaces have been designed to deliver the quality, texture and grain of timber in a sustainable and affordable way.

Sustainability and responsible material selection is a big driver in the world of specification today. Veneer is one of the most environmentally efficient and economical ways to design with timber as one cubic metre of veneered natural timber can cover a surface area in excess of 1,000m2.

As a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified organisation, Elton Group is committed to supplying wood veneers in accordance with advanced environmental standards for forests, water and raw material utilisation.

Timber veneer production offers designers unique opportunities for innovation. To create these unique wood veneers, fast growing timber species are transformed into infinite varieties and decorative effects through a process that peels the log, tones the wood by immersion and layers the sheets to create a new log. A fascinating production process, where a living material like wood can be enhanced and curated in a multitude of grains and colour.

Take time to explore our website, including our renowned Eveneer timber veneer range, our Eveneer Prefinished range delivering a high quality polished finish, the Alpi Designer Collections; veneers created in collaboration with some of the world’s leading designers, creating patterns that cannot be found in nature, with utterly original chromatic effects and the truly inimitable Woodwall, a flexible veneer applied to surfaces like a wallpaper.

Elton Group have been suppliers of natural timber veneers, offering expert knowledge and service to the Australian market for 80 years and we are always available to assist with product understanding, selection and specification. Feel free to contact Elton Group at any point for advice and specification assistance.

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The Dulux Colour Forecast 2021

Media

23.10.20

Soothing Shades and Natural Textures.

The Dulux Colour Forecast is an annual report that looks at current cultural trends set to
impact design over the coming year. As most European design and architecture shows
(where research for the Colour Forecast is usually conducted) were cancelled, the 2021
report is underpinned by new sources, including numerous virtual updates, and
engagements with local and international brands.

In response to the pandemic, the 2021 forecast reflects the desire for reassurance and strength, with three nurturing palettes that speak of familiarity and comfort. ‘This year’s soft, earthy neutrals, muted greens and gentle mauve-greys provide a reassuring connection with nature, while richer and brighter hues, such as coral and stormy blue, awaken our senses and allow for moments of optimism,’ Expressed as three tonal palettes, there’s an emphasis on natural colours and textures for comfort and security, with moments of stronger colour to brighten our outlook and wellbeing.

The familial warm whites, brown-based neutrals and dusty blues of the Retreat palette are a reaction to the current instability of the world, offering a sense of familiarity and refuge. This palette includes Eveneer Woodwall Ravenna and Angora, pared with unpredictable material and colour combinations such as burgundy and deep ocean blue.

The Nourish palette features Elton Group’s Woodwall in Frosted Oak complimented by mossy and sage greens, turmeric and citrus that play into the collective longing for earthly connection, as technology use increases. Gentle, buff neutrals and touches of tan, soft olive and muted ochre capture our renewed appreciation for natural beauty. Finally, the Reset palette contains uplifting hues of blue-green, energetic reds and contrasting neutrals to brighten our outlook as we adapt to home life.

Reference ‘Soothing Shades and Natural Textures’
Design Files August 2020 Amelia Barnes

Dulux Australia
Dulux New Zealand
Photography by Mike Baker
Styling by Bree Leech

Vivid Design Awards 2020

Collaboration

21.10.20

Elton Group advocate and collaborator Colin Whitehead, designer of Special Things furniture was awarded honorable mention as finalist for Concept Design award category as part of the Vivid Design awards 2020.

Vibrant Visions in Design (VIVID) is Australia’s longest running design competition. 2020 marks the 17th anniversary of this highly anticipated industry platform, and shining a spotlight on our emerging furniture, lighting & object designers. VIVID has kick-started the careers of many prolific Australian designers and is recognised as an important destination for both the local and international design industry. Vivid Design and Decor is judged by a panel of prominent and respected industry figures, winning design prototypes were exhibited at the VIVID Awards Gallery a virtual design event in September October 2020.

Whitehead’s commended design Form is a sustainably designed table which uses Elton Group’s Pangauanta eply faced with Eveneer Xilo 2 flame. Sitting on a metal gate leg base, the top is designed to function as a narrow hall table, or wider sideboard and adapt to different spaces and and functions, It has a multiple purposes creating a longevity for a lifetime of use.

FSC Friday 2020

Environment

20.10.20

Wood is one of our few renewable resources and those of us in the forest products industry have a responsibility to ensure protection and wise utilisation of our forests so that they will be available for future generations.Elton Group is committed to supplying timber veneers in accordance with advanced environmental standards for forests, water utilisation and raw material utilisation. All our veneers are sourced from woods harvested in accordance with the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) International Trade Agreement. Elton Group is FSC® certified (Forest Stewardship Council®) FSC Licence Code FSC-C020940. The FSC label indicates that the wood used in the production of veneer wood originates from sustainably managed forests according to strict environmental, social and economic standards and other controlled sources.

Every great architect is a poet

Projects

19.10.20

Frank Lloyd Wright summed it up in his renowned quote- Every great architect is a Poet and Madeleine Blanchfield has poetically created a project for her own home Tree House. Situated in Bronte in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs the home masterfully uses Eveneer and WoodWall in Frosted Oak to create curves and a seamless, natural and a light-filled living environment. The result is a light-filled interior that feels as though it’s been suspended in the trees, reminiscent of a treehouse. This project was shortlisted for the AIDA awards 2020, featured in Belle Magazine, and published in Houses and Grand Designs Australia. An evocative and creative application

Photography by Anson Smart
Source: Yellowtrace

Everybody loves Oak

EvenOak

18.10.20

EvenOak was released in 2020 as a new collection in the Eveneer range. A magnificent timber with timeless appeal and endless opportunities, oak continues to inspire architects, designers and furniture makers the world over with its strength, durability and inherent beauty. The natural timber veneers of even Oak are made from sustainably harvested European Oak embodying the warmth, distinctive grain and texture of oak in a cost-effective veneer surface. A natural timber veneer, EvenOak retains the unique beauty, texture, and grain of the oak, created with a refined planked pattern in a range of warm hues inspired by the tones of aged oak.

Visit EvenOaks for more colours and details.

AIDA Awards 2020

Collaboration

17.10.20

Elton Group were proud partners and sponsors of the Australian Interior Design Awards for 2020. As with almost every public event this year, the AIDA Awards night, took on a very different form. Announced via a live broadcast on Friday 29 May winners were contacted in real time, as participants were encouraged to gather in small practice groups. In lieu of the full celebration event, attendees were provided a checklist eDM with a link to the AIDA at Home Playlist and refreshment recipes.

Elton Group creative team offered up options for Friday night fish and Chips, inspired by our Japanese collaborators, of seared spiced tuna cubes with Wasabi cream, and to balance the high tech AIDA live stream, our signature take on the Old Fashioned. A warming textured whisky based cocktail with a woody aroma. (Recipes available from EG)

Winners were announced across seven primary categories as well as the Sustainability Advancement Award, sponsored by EG which was awarded to Jackson Clements Burrows Architects for Gillies Hall, cited by the jury as ‘an exemplar project design demonstrates the ability to integrate sustainability through all the touchpoints in multi-residential student accommodation, from the living, sleeping and studying quarters through to the planning of communal and collaborative spaces.

This is really exciting and visible sustainability put to great effect, with exposed CLT panels, the use of FSC timber and plenty of natural ventilation, all of which places people at the core of the sustainability proposition.’ Aligning with EG principles through its sustainable initiatives, it puts the health and wellbeing of its residents first and foremost.

While the project was challenging, the outcome offers healthy, comfortable and engaging spaces for its students to live and study in. Interior spaces are generous, well ventilated, have consistent interior temperatures and offer rich views to its leafy native bush campus setting.

The Local Project celebrates extraordinary design to an inspired community

Media

16.10.20

After meeting the team behind the Local Project at the launch of the magazine, as part of Denfair in 2019, Elton Group immediately felt a synergy and connection to the brand and culture of the Local Project. To demonstrate our commitment, we have supported the magazine in partnering in Issues 2 and 3, aiding TLP’s aim to champion the best- from industry leaders to emerging designers, with a focus on exceptional human-centered design, as advocates of the ongoing value of authentic design, materiality and experience.

We are continuing to reshape our thinking

General

15.10.20

Benjamin Franklin was quoted as recognising that ‘out of adversity comes opportunity’ and in response to the shifts in work and life brought on by COVID, and to assist our A&D community work in a more mobile and agile way, Elton Group designed a limited-edition pocket deck. A handy, mobile kit of palm-sized real veneer samples each with QR code linked to full detail; the mini reference library makes specification easy from anywhere. Pocket decks can be ordered by emailing us at sales@eltongroup.com

Colour is everything, black and white is more – Dominic Rouse

Eveneer Prefinished

14.10.20

Because the world is full of colour—there is always the need for black and white. Elton Group has created the perfect complement to the Eveneer Prefinished timber veneer collection; Pure Black and Pure White, monochrome sophistication, perfectly in tune and clear in tone. Made from real timber, wire brushed to enhance the natural timber grain, Pure Black and Pure White are finished with the world’s leading timber polishes to ensure quality, eliminate guesswork and provide a ready to use timber surface. With a new and unique texture and feel, nothing else competes with this prefinished veneer accentuating the essential character of the wood through natural textures, low gloss levels and anti-fingerprint technology. The addition of Pure Black and Pure White to our Prefinished Eveneer timber veneer range adds depth and contrast and provides specifiers with new tools for bringing spaces and surfaces to life.

Melbourne Design Week 2019

Collaboration

30.09.20

When everyday and familiar objects are presented differently, it causes us to look beyond their functional value. As part of MDW 2019 and exhibited by Kfive, The exhibition Superficial highlighted how our perception of objects sometimes is only skin deep and how easily we can be tricked and our expectations can be challenged. Using Elton Group timber veneers as a medium Melbourne-based designers Yan Huang, Manuel Canestrini and Colin Whitehead showcased designs which explored relationships between our psychic expectations and physical reality by experimenting with functionality, material and surface of objects.

We are reshaping our thinking

General

25.09.20

Elton Group are rethinking and reinventing our services in response to the challenges of the current situation to ensure we continue to supply you with product, personalised service, advice and support.

Whilst keeping our people safe, we remain fully operational with stock in each of our warehouses in VIC, WA and QLD and our partner warehouses in NSW and SA and our team ready to dispatch both samples and product.

Elton Group, with 80 year’s experience in supplying timber products, have lived through and adapted to a number of challenging global circumstances and external impacts. We are committed to continuing to serve our valued customers and using adversity to forge a better future.

Please call us to discuss how we can help you with both current and future project needs.

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