We’ve rounded up five of the best Australian residential and commercial projects using X-Bond interior applications.
Author: Leanne Amodeo
Casa Atrio by Biasol
This Victorian era home located in the heart of Melbourne’s Carlton has been renovated to overcome its tight spatial constraints. Director Jean-Pierre Biasol chose a crisp black and white colour palette for the open plan living areas and in the bathroom, applied X-Bond to the floors, walls and ceiling. This uniform finish makes the space appear larger than what it is and provides the perfect accent within a minimalist scheme. “We wanted to use a material finish that was timeless, with textural details to contrast the rest of the home’s white walls and it was also important to create a seamless appearance across the bathroom’s wet areas, floor and ceiling,” he explains. “X-Bond allowed us to visually connect external and interior finishes in a cohesive, considered way too.”
Pezzo by Zwei Interiors and Architecture
There’s no better place to eat Italian street food in Melbourne than Pezzo by Guy Grossi. It’s a vibrant high-end fast food joint with a fit-out by Zwei Interiors and Architecture that evokes all the energy of the celebrity chef’s homeland. From the bright blue marbled floors to the menu boards’ orange branding, this is a modern eatery made all the more inviting for its industrial style materiality. It also perfectly showcases X-Bond’s versatility, with the seamless overlay system applied to the joinery, achieving the look of concrete without the weight. For the architect and builder, this makes installation that much easier and for the customer, Pezzo offers a memorable environment they look forward to visiting again – not just for the food, but for the atmosphere too.
Balwyn Residence by Fiona Lynch
Designed by Fiona Lynch Interior Design, this Balwyn home was built by a builder for his young family. The material palette is predominantly concrete, timber and stone, which is complemented by aged brass detailing and stained oak joinery. Overall, the effect is sophisticated yet understated and the use of X-Bond on the floor gives the scheme an artisanal quality as its hand applied at 2-3mm thick. Not only does the finish suggest a level of craftsmanship, but it’s also hard-wearing, which makes it easy-to-clean and well suited to busy living areas, especially in homes with small children.
The Blow Australia by Tecture
For Tecture’s Head of Interior Architecture Lauren Foy, the choice to use X-Bond in their fit-out of The Blow Australia was an easy one. “Applying X-Bond to the floor allowed for a beautiful textural, seamless finish that gave the compact floor plan the illusion of greater space,” she says of the beauty start-up’s new Melbourne CBD boutique. “It also gave us the opportunity to create a custom colour, Phoebe Primarosa, which ties in perfectly with the The Blow’s branding and the colour block zoning of the salon.” The modern ‘blow dry bar’ is an excellent study in how Alternative Surfaces works closely with designers and architects to achieve custom results, which in this case offers the customer an unforgettably immersive experience.
Hub Australia by HASSELL
In this Hub Australia fit-out by HASSELL, X-Bond is applied to the floor of the co-working space to provide durability in what is a busy thoroughfare. As the finish is a cementitious product that combines stone and liquid polymer, it can withstand heavy foot traffic and will also stand the test of time. This is important in a shared space like Hub Australia, which services many members from different industries. It’s also neutral enough in colour to complement any palette, from the very dark to the light and bright. In this instance, the soft grey tone works with the scheme’s timber features, greenery and organic-hued soft furnishings to give the interior a feeling of home.