Artedomus is the customisation expert. Customisation is key to creating unique architecture and design. Artedomus works closely with its suppliers to offer customised products for architects and designers so they can create stand-out designs. In our Expert Series, you’ll learn about the possibilities of customisation, and the suppliers and products that offer it.
Why is customisation crucial to architecture and design?
Architecture, essentially, is customisation. It is tailoring a building to its use and users. Artedomus works with its suppliers to offer customisation options so that architects and designers can deliver special, one-of-a-kind buildings and spaces.
What does New Volumes showcase the possibilities of customisation?
We like to test the possibilities of stone, not as just a flat product, such as tile or a slab, but as something three-dimensional that can be machined out of blocks. By being able to make a wide variety of forms, we can show how stone can be customised and that there are no real limitations to the use of the stone.
Volume One of New Volumes uses Elba as the base material for all the products. Elba has a softly veined aesthetic, but it is very resilient, hearty and dense and can be carved into different shapes and products. Artedomus worked with Australian designers to create a collection of furniture and homewares showcasing how Elba can be customised and shaped in many different ways. Thomas Coward designed the Hurlysi side tables with a cantilever, which very few stones would be able to withhold.
How has the Artesserae range expanded the possibilities of customisation?
Elba also provides the base material for Artesserae, the first tile range developed by Artedomus and designed by Thomas Coward. The mosaic tiles can be customised to any shape and can also be produced in other stones we supply. This means a whole bathroom can be done with natural stone slabs, natural stone tiles, and mosaics in different shapes and sizes, expanding the possibilities of customisation.
How common are customised tiles in Australian architecture?
The customisation of tiles is not common in the industry. It’s something that we at Artedomus created a few years ago with INAX who have been doing customised tiles for close to a hundred years.
INAX will customise the form, colour and glaze of a tile, creating a truly special product for architects and designers. For some large-scale projects, INAX will make a mould for the tile to create an exclusive shape for that project. We collaborated with INAX and John Wardle Architects to create the 60,000 custom egg-shaped tiles that stud the precast concrete of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Does Artedomus offer customised bathware?
Some of Agape’s products can have a matte rubber-like coating on the outside of them, which can be any custom colour. Agape will also do some of its basins in stones. Ask the team at Artedomus, as they are not all shown in the Agape catalogue. For example, the exterior of the DR bath is available in six different materials.
Basins, vanity units and pedestal basins can also be made with solid stone, machined from our block. And INAX custom tiles always can be customised for bathrooms, and some of the INAX range for Artedomus has been made specifically and exclusively for us.
Can porcelain panels be customised?
Porcelain panels can be customised to create artistic pieces. Graniti Fiandre will also transform porcelain panels into modular items, such as walls, suspended basins, vanity units and pedestal basins, so a room could be lined with one material from floor to ceiling, including the vanity unit.
What is Artedomus the customisation expert?
Artedomus collaborates with architects and designers to help them achieve their vision. By understanding their brief, budget and design concept, we work closely together to achieve the perfect, often customised, product. Customising the shapes, sizes, colours and finishes enables architects and designers to create interesting, different, stand-out designs for their clients.