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Art Filled Bathrooms : Bold and Beautiful

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When art dealer and 204 Art Space gallery director June Zhu selected the art for her new bathrooms, two pieces by artist and friend Chen Zhong were standout, easy choices.

 

About the process

The large original artworks by Chen Zhong were provided to Visual Resource on paper, each around 1.5 x 1.3m in size. Of course, paper in a bathroom ‘wet area’ would not survive – paper just does not love water, unlike VR Art Glass.

Michael from Visual Resource digitised each artwork, so the art could be prepared and printed onto glass.

 

Reproduction of any artwork requires careful colour management, both in the capture (digitising) and in the printing, especially when glass is involved. Being a photographer, Michael used his imaging skills to convert the art on paper to a digital format, and then during the print stage, he ensured the colour (on glass) remained true to the original.

Another important point when using an artist’s work: the homeowner June Zhu had permission from the artist to reproduce his work within her art filled home.

VR Art Glass printed glass by VISUAL RESOURCE Original Art by CHEN ZHONG Batman behind bath 2

VR Art Glass featuring original art by Chen Zhong. Unlike paper, VR Art Glass is perfect for ‘wet areas’.

 

 

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The finished VR Art Glass piece delivers a striking focal point in the bathroom. Original art by Chen Zhong.

 

About the art

From the back streets of Shanghai to the exuberance of contemporary Australian culture, Chen examines, explores, questions and celebrates the transcultural identity of being an Australian artist with a proud Chinese heritage.

Beginning with small sketches and paintings, Chen draws inspiration from everyday life, contemporary subjects and traditional Chinese ladies to blend the ancient themes of Chinese culture with a dynamic and ever-changing new world.

His practice of the ancient craft of Chinese ink brush painting is juxtaposed against fresh pops of pinks, blues and yellows. Counterbalancing traditional Chinese images and art form with sophisticated, modern technique is a cornerstone of Chen’s work.

 

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Original artworks by Chen Zhong. His practice of the ancient craft of Chinese ink brush painting is juxtaposed against fresh pops of pinks, blues and yellows.

 

About the artist

Chen Zhong was born in 1970 in Zhongshan, China and arrived in Australia at the age of 19 in 1989. Today he lives and works in Melbourne.

Chen’s exhibiting history has taken his artwork throughout Australia, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

 

About 204 Art Space

June’s gallery 204 Art Space, specialises in contemporary art. Presenting the work of artist Chen Zhong, along with many renowned and emerging artists. Located in Kensington, Melbourne, the gallery is over 800m2 of exhibiting space, offering a unique experience for visitors. For more about 204 Art Space, past and future exhibitions, please click through to the website.

Artist Picture of CHEN ZHONG in front of his art

The artist Chen Zhong. Counterbalancing traditional Chinese images and art form with sophisticated, modern technique.

 

About the bathrooms

The bathrooms were designed, project managed and completed by Philip Theo of TSG Tiling Services and Mitcham Tile Centre. To see more great work completed by Philip, please visit the Mitcham Tile Centre website.

 

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VR Art Glass featuring original art by Chen Zhong.

VR Art Glass Printed Glass ensuite COLOUR SPLASH 7 wide

Artworks from VR add colour & character into two freshly renovated bathrooms

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One home: two magnificent new bathrooms.

Good design just works. And sometimes… design is so good – the end result is more delightful than you could have imagined or hoped for. The crisply renovated bathroom & ensuite within a Vermont South home deliver just that. In addition to the perfect bones of ‘good design’: the spaces are impressive, a triumph.

Complete with tiles and fittings in black, chrome and white, both wet areas offer a simple monochromatic ‘canvas’. The white tiled walls for example, demonstrate a delicate restraint. The splash of colour from VR Art Glass compliments the restraint – adding the perfect balance of zest and personality.

 

VR Art Glass Printed Glass ensuite COLOUR SPLASH 7 close up

The niches echo the larger feature – providing a subtle motif and connection to the main artwork.

 

The overall impression:

More than a monochromatic beauty, the bathrooms wear colour and character with eloquent cohesion.

 

What does the designer/builder of the bathrooms have to say?

The ensuite is the best I have ever done. I love it. While I was initially worried about the brightness of the artworks… now they are in – I love them, as they set off the bathroom and ensuite, which are otherwise quite neutral in colour.

John Verrion – designer and builder of Renobuild Bathrooms & Tiling

 

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Bathroom featuring VR Art Glass – NEW PAINTERLY # 14.

 

The homeowner had a clear vision and decisive approach when she selected two artworks from VR Collections: ‘Colour Splash # 7 for the ensuite and ‘New Painterly # 14’ for the bathroom. The artwork designs have a dynamic energy accentuated by the stunning colours.

 

As a result of her brave artwork selections, the homeowner is now enjoying her two new bathrooms that offer personality in spades.

 

VR ART GLASS Printed Glass by Visual Resource ensuite bath COLOUR SPLASH 7

Ensuite featuring VR Art Glass – COLOUR SPLASH # 7. Overall impression: the bathrooms wear colour & character with eloquent cohesion.

 

About the fittings

  • The bath is from the Polilife Mercury Series
  • Towel rail is Kado Quad
  • Feature artwork on the wall & niches – VR Art Glass from Visual Resource

 

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Bathroom featuring VR Art Glass – NEW PAINTERLY # 14. Towel rail is Kado Quad.

VR Art Glass Printed Glass for Bathrooms niche above the bath PAINTERLY 14

The niches echo the larger feature – providing a subtle motif and connection to the main artwork.

 

VR Art Glass Printed Glass by Visual Resource for Bathrooms PAINTERLY 14 Cameo Shot

Bathroom featuring VR Art Glass – NEW PAINTERLY # 14. The artwork designs have a dynamic energy accentuated by the stunning colours.

 

 

VR Art Glass Printed Glass by Visual Resource ensuite niche in Shower COLOUR SPLASH 7

Design and build by John Verrion of Renobuild Bathrooms & Tiling.

VRArtGlass Printed Splashback NATURES SHAPE # 4

Exceptional Designers Awarded for Creative Talents

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Michael and I are simply delighted to share the news, not one… but two projects we collaborated on have won, during the 2015 Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute (KBDi) Awards.

 

Recently the Kitchen and Bathroom design community gathered eagerly hoping their fine work would receive the accolade of ‘best kitchen’ or ‘best bathroom’ award, when competing against a stellar field of Australian designers.

We are so proud to have contributed to these two wonderful award-winning designs.

Designer Patricia La Torre of OutsideInside Building Elements has taken out the award for DESIGNER – SMALL KITCHENS – VIC. Patricia’s stunning design went on to secure her the chapter award and title of KBDi KITCHEN DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2015 – VIC.

Melbourne kitchen with printed VR Art Glass Splashback

Designer Tip: If artwork is your kitchen’s focal point, choose similar colours, textures and finishes to complement the artwork – without detracting from it.

 

The award-winning Fitzroy kitchen features a striking VR Art Glass splashback with photographic artwork created by Michael Collins – Natures Shape # 4.

 

Splashback with art NATURES SHAPE #4 by Visual Resource

About the design, Patricia La Torre said, “Visually, everything centres on the striking glass splashback.”

 

Designer Patricia La Torre of OutsideInside Building Elements describes the design:

“This kitchen is a marvelous blend of form, function and fun.

The owners are art and design lovers, so the new kitchen needed to suit their personalities, lifestyle and the architectural style of this North Fitzroy apartment.

Visually, everything centres on the striking glass splashback. A prominent piece of photography, the artwork injects vibrant colours and playful lines into the space. The surrounding palette was drawn from this to achieve a perfect harmony of colour and texture that flows from the kitchen into the adjacent living and dining areas, and outside onto the balcony.

In a smaller apartment, the layout needed to improve the function, storage and flow of workspaces. Every little detail was considered and is interconnected.

The result is an open-plan cooking and entertaining area that’s not only an eye-catching feature of the home but also the engine room of everyday life and a pleasure to spend time in.”

 

And what did the judges have to say about Patricia’s winning project?

The designer produced an outstanding design that certainly made the most of a very small space, but it was the dynamic splashback and vibrant colours in this kitchen that first caught the attention of the judging panel. Combined with the warmth of the Blackbutt veneer and the crispness of the white cabinetry and benchtops, the complementary red and green hues create a visual delight. Subtle detailing further enhances the appeal of the kitchen, and excellent documentation made judging a breeze.

 

Another creative design to capture the hearts and minds of judges was Sam Robinson’s elegant en-suite within a Port Melbourne apartment – awarded DESIGNER – SMALL BATHROOMS – VIC.

 

Bathroom design with wall sized VR Art Glass printed glass feature by Visual Resource

Designer Sam Robinson has taken out the award for DESIGNER – SMALL BATHROOMS – VIC. Congratulations Sam!

 

Incorporating a wall sized VR Art Glass printed splashback provides a statement piece as well as a stamp of individuality for homeowners.

Sam acknowledged the creative and technical contribution Visual Resource made to the project with a note to Toni & Michael, “Could not have been possible without your talent, skill and professionalism. Just wanted to say a humungous THANK YOU!’ Sam wrote.

 

Outstanding design within the all-important kitchen and bathroom does so much more than being aesthetically pleasing and functional. Exceptional design can unify a home, assert a personality and style worthy of the people living in the home, it can transform what it’s like to live in the space. I feel so strongly about the difference outstanding, creative design can make – I think it can change lives!

We enjoyed having our creativity and technical skills put to task for the clients and their homes. The collaboration between VR and designers Patricia La Torre and Sam Robinson yielded great results. Congratulations to both designers for the well deserved awards you have won for your exceptional designs.

 

About the KBDI Awards

KBDi is short for the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute. Each year the KBDI host an awards program intended to recognise the incredible talent of Australia’s finest Kitchen and Bathroom designers. Entrants of the awards range from high profile professionals who have been in the industry for many years, to up and coming designers new to the game.

 

For a full list of National Award Winners for the 2015 KBDi Designer Awards, please follow the link

http://www.kbdiawards.org.au/news/kbdi-awards-2015-winners/

Bathroom design with wall sized VR Art Glass printed glass feature by Visual Resource

“Honey – It’s Cold Outside”

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The lure of a warm shower during the depths of winter is hard to beat.

And why not linger longer under the warm spray when you have a treat for the eyes to feast upon as well?

The Port Melbourne apartment enjoys a bathroom boasting a wall sized VR Art Glass feature. Not a tile or grout line in sight! Instead, the sleek and seamless finish of VR Art Glass.

The bathroom design by Sam Robinson was always destined to be fresh and stylishly appointed. The decision to incorporate a wall sized VR Art Glass piece spanning from shower to vanity delivers a statement, as well as a stamp of individuality for homeowners.

The couple selected an image of Brooklyn Bridge for its personal relevance, along with its dramatic architectural stature. The result: the bathroom is beautifully designed, visually engaging and is one of a kind!