An Eckbank is a German phrase for Corner Bench or Seat. This functional design is a smart and stylish way to have a dining setting when space is comprised.
By using Solid Hoop Pine , Stuart designed a contemporary corner setting for this Inner Brisbane Home. With the addition of a wonderful contrasting fabric, the Eckbank stands as a stylish yet practical addition to the dining room.
Bywater Design recently completed work on a very modern, functional yet stylish bedroom suite for an inner city home.
The clients wanted a minimalist design but to house special features such as;
The bed to appear as if it was floating
Runway lights along one side of the bed
A pop up tv at the foot of the bed (where it can easily be hidden or used at the flick of a switch)
A rich dark timber to accentuate the clean lines.
The clients were ecstatic with the finished product and loved the choice of timbers – Cambia and European Beech. Cambia is a highly practical timber; its thermal modification process ensures its longevity especially in humid conditions such as Brisbane. Ash that has been treated this way is an ideal choice given that it mimics many tropical hardwood species yet not at the cost of rainforest timbers.
Bywater Design are proud to participate in the celebration of the hundred year anniversary of The Anglican Church Grammar School Churchie; in addition to previous work we completed; shown here , we were delighted to have recently completed work on 2 Mahogany (plantation) Sideboards
These sideboards would be made to match existing furniture and to include 16 traditional carvings.
Carvings are a wonderful addition to selected furniture pieces, they highlight the design, create a sense of drama and formality and their design can be based on a coat of arms, heirloom, flora etc thus evoking a deep sense of history and character within the piece.
Stuart was very happy to take up the wonderful challenge and opportunity of hand carving each of these 16 carvings.. .
Frustrated at the lack of space and storage, some lovely clients required bedroom furniture that was both highly functional, and incorporated classic styling to enhance and blend in with their existing decor…
American Ash was the timber chosen for its superior grain, versatility, longevity and colour hue that marries perfectly with the colour scheme of the bedroom.
The large chests of drawers, and bedside tables included dovetailing and soft close runners for ease of movement and will withstand constant use for many years to come
The Queen Bed with its large Slats is accompanied by 2 Bedside Cabinets.
The Bed side cabinets, offer much-needed personal storage space and complete the symmetry that is needed to give balance and flow to the room.
Apartment Living often means minimal space and downsizing on items such as stereo, tv, audio and media components and having little space to display treasures, photos etc…
But that need not be the case; In this instance Bywater Design was able to incorporate clever design with maximum storage resulting in a clean, modern functional entertainment/media unit that screams style
A sliding door ensures you can display your favourite treasures or if need be closed to hide what is behind
And on the left side housing all important visual compenents.
The Bottom half of the unit has a push to open dropdown drawer.
With 4 drawers this gives ample storage for dvd, cd, blu rays etc etc
All power points /cables are neatly and safely housed at the back of the unit .
This clever Entertainment Unit certainly delivers on the wow factor !!!
We are pleased and proud to announce that our hardworking 2nd year apprentice Shaun has won the
World Skills Australia 2011 Competition Brisbane Region – Cabinet Making Section.
The competition involved competitors completing a spice rack ; – the finished piece was to include dovetailed drawers and a rebated back .
Shaun impressed the judges with his efficiency, professional use of machinery and safe work practices. The end result was a finished piece that is testament to Shaun’s hard work and enthusiasm for learning that he has shown in the Bywater Design workshop over the last 2 years !!
Congratulations Shaun !!
Stuart was thrilled and proud to be a part of the Great South East Channel 7 feature on Recycled Timber – September 4.
When asked by presenter Martin Bowerman what was his favourite timber species, Stuart was quick to reply ..
“.Jarrah ; - for its many wonderful properties. It does everything right.”
A big statement, with so many wonderful species out there - some we know many we dont know.
So in the spirit of learning, of informing, entertaining and enlightening we shall embark on disovering the wonderful world of trees…
1) Jarrah or Eucalyptus Marginata is one of the most important hardwoods of Australia. “Marginata” relates to the light colored vein around the edge of the leaf. Jarrah is one of many species of Eucalypt. The flowers have a magnificent scent and pollinate every other year. The Jarrah tree is adaptable, using its long complex root and tube system to store carbydrates and other nutrients thus enabling a young Jarrah tree to grow back after a fire and to tolerate and survive in a harsh drought climate.
The Jarrah Tree can live to an amazing 500 years.
It is found principally in the south West of Western Australia. This versatile hardwood grows to an impressive 30- 40 metres in height and a mammoth 2 metres in diameter. Jarrah produces a valuable dark durable timber. In recent years, natural strands of Jarrah have suffered serious damage from a soil fungus which attacks and destroys the fine feeding roots.
The gorgeous deep patinas range form red to deep brown, the texture is course and generally straight grained. Is is for these reasons that we favour using Jarrah in many instances. Its versatilty, ease of machining and adherance to adhesives and polishes and lacquers make this Aussie hardwood a Bywater Design Favourite.
As designers we love inspiration. We love imagination. We love things that are far flung from the realms of everyday life.
Here are a few that have captured us lately…
Perspex chairs, a talking point definitely but their durability maybe in question…
We have had lots of fun acquiring these images. If you have any pictures you would like to share with us we would love to hear from you ; Email; email@example.com
Images; 1, 2 and 3 sourced from; DesignMilk
Image 4; Visual ID
>Coffee Tables, a necessity in the modern world. A place to lay papers, keys, laptops, Ipads, bags,
magazines, papers, pizza boxes and strangely enough sometimes tea and coffee cups.
The Coffee table easily dates back to the 17th Century.
The first European Coffee tables were made in Britian during the Victorian Era. Prior to that, drinks tables, tea tables were used to accomodate the high back settee that was used for lounging.
By 1780, the high back was replaced by low back sofas – hence the need for a lower placed table to
house the necessary beverages…
At Bywater Design , we love making Coffee Tables – designed to fit into the hub of the loungeroom, these
small but important items of furniture centre the room, highlighting larger pieces of furniture and enhance the
decor of the room.