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CULTURAL CHANGE IN THE OFFICE

This year is seeing some bold, yet conscious and considerate changes for the Macrostone team and our studio. Since moving into the new offices at Robina, we have been conscious of adopting a different approach to the norm of office structure, whereby we are create a holistic environment that encourages spatial engagement with the mind and body, in addition to interaction with other team members.

ALIGNING THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL AT WORK

FREEING THE NECK

March will see the studio be remodelled to include a meditation, wellness and mind zone that incorporates yoga mats, peaceful music, aroma diffusers using doTERRA essential oils, living greenery and relaxaback’s. Individuals are encouraged to use this space to stop and meditate for 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon, in order to refresh the mind and reinvigorate the body’s natural blood flow.

Along with this new approach, we have also introduced a new programme whereby once a month, as session is dedicated to educational learning, by either a team member or an external guru, who can assist the team in areas of wellness, creativity, business and happiness.

Our first teacher Paul Cook a former Olympic rower, visited Macrostone today to guide us on how to use his invention, the relaxaback, which each of the Macrostone team now owns. Paul created this product as a remedy to assist with mitigating his chronic back pain, which he was experiencing on a daily basis. After discovering a logical and practical approach to eliminating such pain through studying the Alexander Technique, Paul devised a complete program incorporating the patented device, along with audio, visual and personal support, which enables the user to self treat practically anywhere – especially in the office.

The Alexander Technique follows the idea of not imposing any effort of force with regards to back releasing methods. Paul’s practice involves laying on the floor and using the relaxaback support under the head to obtain a neutral spine, with the objective to create a ‘zero-load’ equilibrium for the body so full release can occur. Paul designed the relaxaback to help the user to step outside the mainstream ‘do more’ mentality and build regular healing time into the day which, for the Macrostone team, is wholeheartedly welcomed.

Macrostone Team
Relaxaback healing
Macrostone Team
Corrective Alignment

Macrostone Team
Releasing tension

During our first experience, Paul focused on freeing the neck through breath, releasing tension and realising one’s own intention using the relaxaback support. Even though this was our first attempt at achieving release through Paul’s method, I did instantly feel a lighter, calmer wholeness throughout my core and once back in front of the computer, there was a noticeable increase of focus with my concentration.

Macrostone has now implemented this gentle path to healing, health and wellbeing on a daily basis and we are excited to experience the full benefits this technique has to offer our minds, body and souls. If you are thinking if this could maybe work for you, visit Paul’s website for more details. www.relaxaback.com.au

E: info@macrostone.com.au
T: (07) 5562 0076

09/01/17

2017 EXTERIOR SPACE TRENDS

The beginning of February is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the outdoors. The sometimes hectic start to the new year is over, children are back at school and the long summer days are still floating around. With the weather becoming slightly cooler and more bearable, it really is the perfect time to kickstart 2017 with a landscaping project that feeds your inner soul.

ESCAPE TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE

2017 EXTERIOR SPACE TRENDS

Below we have featured exterior space trends for 2017, along with some inspiration, ideas and suggestions for creating a nature escape that is as individual as you.

Personalised Outdoor Sanctuaries
We are all aware that spending time in nature assists with stress relief and encourages wellbeing, which is often difficult to find in the current technological climate we are so absorbed in. Expect to see a diverse range of bohemian sunrooms, outdoor kitchens spaces and personalised garden meditation zones popping up that are fully zen and most importantly, devoid of wires, chargers, phones, tablets, cables and anything digital!!

Colour Splashing
Colour blocking is the use of discrete blocks of colours and its popping up in outdoor living spaces this year. Experimenting with colour is an inexpensive and sensory evoking pleasure that can be changed seasonally. Colour can be added by highlighting a specific plant/area or by the use of decor. For example, flashing colour on a wall can frame potted plants or be the artistic backdrop for an outdoor sofa. Adding a rug, curtains or screens can help assist in creating an intimate zone within an open space.

Up-cycling exterior decor and furnishings
Gone are the designs of exterior spaces where structured hardscaping materials, minimalist furniture and geometric decor dominated over the natural beauty of a rustic and wild garden. 2017 is seeing a renewed interest in traditional, free-form green spaces that are organic and incorporate up-cycled elements such as swing seating, crazy pave natural stone walkways and the use of tactile materials such as wood and stone.

Stone Project: Bluestone Landscaping Exterior
Exterior Living Spaces
Stone Project: Custom Fabricated Bench
Rustic Gardens

Stone Project: Bluestone Sleepers Exterior
Natural Hardscaping Materials

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS

Eco-green gardens, naturescaping and investing in edible gardens.

There is a shift towards creating exterior spaces that are personal and blur the division between inside and outside.

Eco-Green Gardens
Eco-green gardens use environmentally friendly and natural products, coupled with hardscaping materials such as stone, sun-dried tiles and naturally occurring paving materials to create ‘greener’ surrounds.

Edible Gardens
With more people embracing sustainability and their environmental consciousness, it is fair to say that there is a shift towards creating a visually appealing garden space that also provides natural produce that can be eaten. Edible gardens are fast becoming the most popular form of a quick DIY outdoor project that reflects a back to basics way of living.

Naturescaping
This is a new concept which sees landscaping design complementing nature by utilising native plant species, endemic flora and naturally forming materials that are specific to that location. This in turn aides in the reduction of water, fertiliser, pesticides and ultimately produces eco-green outdoor spaces which provide perfect habitats for native fauna.

Stone Project: Limestone Flooring Exterior
Crazy stone pavers

Stone: Landscaping
Eco Gardens

Stone: Landscaping
Edible Gardens

To request samples or more information on all the collections within the range, please contact us at Macrostone International

E: info@macrostone.com.au
T: (07) 5562 0076

09/01/17

DESIGN TREND SPOTLIGHT 2017

This year, design trends are getting back to basics with an excited marked return to the organic and functional beauty of raw and natural materials. Colours will be earthy, rich and bold whilst natural stone will be complex, ‘stoney’ and have depth to their character. Whilst there will be a minimalist approach to the interaction of the design aesthetic, the intent will focus more on the creation of more timeless, comfortable and subtle zones that blur distinct interior/exterior spatial lines: with an emphasis on bringing the outside inside.

STONE TREND SPOTLIGHT 2017:

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN

In particular, stone trends for 2017 are entirely about uncovering and connecting to the simplicity and spirit of the material when used within home, work and play zones. With technology playing a such a dominating role in the majority of our working day, it will be this escape from the chokehold of digital distraction, experienced through the use of sensual textures, harmonious pattern and soft form, that will allow ourselves to breathe, relax and calm the soul. An intense, rich smorgasbord of greens and blues, coupled with foggy greys, blacks and earthen colour schemes are anticipated to be at the forefront of both interior and exterior colour palates for 2017, with raw, polished and honed finishes interweaving.

STONE STYLE

SIMPLISTIC & EARTHY TONES FOR HOME, WORK & PLAY SPACES

For flooring, larger stone size panels are trending, with patterns tending to be more fluid in shape and layout. Whether it be internal or external flooring, travertines and limestones are top on the hot list. Macrostone recommends:

 BIANCA VEIN CUT TRAVERTINE
WALNUT UNFILLED TRAVERTINE
MADAGASCAR LIMESTONE
ITALIAN SILVER TRAVERTINE
MACRO GREY LIMESTONE
ARGENTO SILVER VEIN CUT TRAVERTINE
STEPPING STONE BLUESTONE
SILVER SHADOW MARBLE

 

Bathrooms will experience oversized wall stone tile variations that inevitably match the floor tiles, with a honed or tumbled finish. Macrostone suggest considering limestone, granite, marble, quartzite and bluestone in the following colours:

ASH GREY LIMESTONE
REGAL SAND LIMESTONE
FANTASY GRANITE
SILVER BLUE QUARTZITE
AVESTA SMOKE MARBLE
NERO TEMPESTA MARBLE
BYRON BLACK LIMESTONE
BEIJING SNOW QUARTZITE

 

However, for a truly enriching bathroom or kitchen stone experience, bluestone is top of the list. Bluestone is a deep, dark volcanic rock that lends itself to both industrial and urban applications equally, has muted colour tones and is soft underfoot. A honed finish is recommended for non-slip surfaces and a polished surface is advised to really show off the depth of the colour fragments. Check out:

SOUTHERN BLACK FLAMED BLUESTONE
SOUTHERN BLACK POLISHED BLUESTONE
SAWN BLUESTONE
CATPAW BLUESTONE

 

Marble still seems to be on trend for bathroom and kitchen surfaces, however a there is a shift from the Carrara style to a more sophisticated look that is complex its character. Trending for 2017 in marble:

 VIOLET MARBLE
NEW YORK MARBLE
WHITE FLAME MARBLE
CALCUTTA MARBLE


To request samples or more information on all the collections within the range, please contact us at Macrostone International

E: info@macrostone.com.au
T: (07) 5562 0076

09/01/17

STONE OF THE YEAR WINNERS

STONE OF THE YEAR HAS BEEN ANNOUNCE! Macrostone has been working hard to create an easy survey for our followers to tell us their favourite Macrostone stone options. We picked 4 of our top sellers this year to enter. Madagascar Limestone, Saphire Limestone, Cremo Delicato Marble and Southern Black Grantie where our choices. With 2 weeks of counting votes, adding commenting opinions to the count as well as likes of the stone swatches. We now have a winner.

But this was not the only Stone of the Year contest. Our New Zealand Headquarters had their own competition which featured their top stone choices. As well as our Australian Office holding an in-house competition for Best Stone out of everything we have seen over the time we have been working here this year. With a total of 20 contesting stone choices a system was created to choose a winner.

SO LETS SHOW YOU ALL THE WINNERS OF OUR “STONE OF THE YEAR” 2016

Stone: Granite
Macrostone Australian HQ
TEAMS CHOICE AWARDS
Brazilian Blue Bahia Granite
Stone: Limestone
Macrostone New Zealand HQ
NZ STONE WINNER
Saphire Limestone
Macrostone Stone Catalogue
Macrostone International
STONE OF THE YEAR
Madagascar Limestone

A huge congratulations to all the winning stone choices and a MASSIVE thank you to all who participated in both the survey, comments and team members.

At Macrostone International our mission is to bring you the stone of your dream with a vision to make all designs, especially ones that seem impossible, possible. We can supply all kinds, types and variations of stone, with our director taking personal care of your stone selection. No matter where it comes from.

MACROSTONE – MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

STONE OF THE YEAR

Each year we celebrate the best movie, tv show, artwork, person, celebrity of the year. Our Macrostone team thought it was high time we celebrated stone in the same way.

So while getting ready for 2017 we are working towards celebrating Macrostones, “Stone of the Year”. The winners for the “Stone of the Year” will be chosen by you, yes you, and our staff.

There will be a poll up on our social media platforms detailing the options and showing where you can vote. There are 4 choices based on overall popularity over 2016. These are:
– Madagascar Limestone
– Cremo Delicato Marble
– Southern Flamed Granite
– New Zealand Pick

On the final week before Christmas the winner will be announced and a “Peoples Choice Stone of the Year” will be awarded.

But didn’t I say winners before?
Yes I did.

Our office is holding our its own internal competition were we are to pick stone either from our current range or any of our favourite stone seen over the year. Our team will pick a winner out of all the nominees entered in our Office Favourites “Stone of the Year”.

We are looking forward to see what stone triumphs and will be awarded “Stone of the Year”.

Stay tuned on social media and here to find out the winners this week.

Stone: Granite
Stone: Granite

3/12/16

CONCRETE EXPOSED

CONSIDERING CONCRETE: CHARACTERISTICS, CAPABILITY & CONSTRUCTION

Whichever way you look at it, concrete is our resourceful and environmentally sound friend in all its various forms – from raw matter, through to manufacture and ultimately, demolition. The primary raw component for the cement in concrete is limestone, which is one of the most abundant minerals on earth. Concrete can also be made with fly ash, slag cement and silica fume, all waste byproducts from power plants, steel mills and other manufacturing facilities.

Concrete is a versatile, durable, cost effective, resilient and safe material, thus making it a natural choice for sustainable construction in commercial, residential and industrial developments. Over the centuries, the inherent integrity of concrete has enabled structures with the ability to withstand both natural and man-made catastrophes, thus providing excellent shelters during emergencies due to the its strength and natural fire resistance. As it strengthens over time, building products made from concrete can significantly increase the life spans of those of other common building materials.

THE CONCRETE ADVANTAGE.

Concrete is an inert construction material which does’t burn, rust, erode, feed rot, inhibit mildew or off-gas any volatile organic compounds. Therefore, its natural ability to withstand water damage and chemicals means the material has an enormous economic advantage when it comes to the reduction of maintenance costs. The material provides one of the most efficient and cost-effective means of constructing energy-efficient structures. This cost saving can be attributed to concrete’s thermal mass, which can absorb and retain natural energy sources such as the sun and can also capture thermal energy from lighting fixtures and other equipment. Thanks to its structural integrity and the benefits of this thermal mass, concrete buildings also provide increased protection against the effects of outdoor temperature swings, which enables consistent room temperatures and a year-round, draft-free interior environment.

DESIGN SAFETY.

From a safety design perspective, residential developments constructed from concrete create a peaceful and quiet space, enhancing the comfort of occupants whilst providing a sense of privacy. When coupled with superior interior construction, indoor air quality is improved and there is an increased prevention of the entry of pollen, dust and other airborne pollutants.

SUSTAINABILITY.

In the life-cycle of concrete, recycling is present from start to finish. Recently, concrete has incorporated recycled elements in its manufacture and targeted improvement in areas such as materials efficiency, storm water management and a reduction in CO2 emissions, with examples including the use of alternative fuel sources during manufacturing as well as the use of industrial byproducts in place of cement. Many wastes and industrial byproducts that would end up in landfills are used in the cement kiln or can be added to concrete mixes to provide desirable characteristics. Used concrete is also recyclable and serves as aggregate in roadbeds or as granular material in new concrete.

When it comes to building materials, the carbon footprint includes not only CO2 emissions associated with manufacturing and construction, but also those associated with operation. Concrete’s longevity, both in buildings and infrastructure and its subsequent savings in terms of repair and replacement, further reduces the material’s carbon footprint. Produced from locally available, abundant materials, concrete’s long lifespan helps make it the most responsible choice for a sustainable future. Concrete buildings help governments and developers meet sustainability goals by reducing the urban heat island effect and supporting “green roof” projects and environmentally-conscious builders are looking for durable building materials that leave the smallest environmental footprint. When it comes to calculating concrete quantities for development, it is relatively easy to estimate how much is required, which ultimately aides in reducing waste. After a concrete structure has served its original purpose, the concrete can be crushed and recycled into aggregate for use in new concrete pavements or as backfill or road base.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

Local building codes are encouraging stronger construction methods such as building with concrete and a preference for buildings with long service lives. It is expected that standards will continue to evolve, making such structural enhancements a requirements for not only new construction, but also for the retrofit of existing structures. All in all, when it’s built with concrete, it’s built to last..adding up to a solid investment.

This year, Macrostone have recognised the importance of working with sustainable, architectural products that are not only aesthetically satisfying, but offer the client economical solutions, a point of difference from the norm and to experience space through the artistry of concrete formations.

Say hello to the TONK Project.

TONK Project is a concrete cladding product freshly launched to the Australian market which uses the repetition of geometry and pattern to create a unique style ultimately redefining that way we view architectural cladding.

TONK PROJECT

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US ON A VISUAL JOURNEY

 GAMA

Gama has the ability to change its design based on the insertion of metal, timber, stone or even strip lighting inlays.

 NUT

TONK Nut pattern is conceptually the old nut shape & bolt tops. This retro design has a subtle style that works well as an external wall cladding coupled with greenery, which helps to breathe life into the surface.

KLOK

Klok is a great option for insigting imagination and creativity. Basic diamond shapes make up the entire pattern, however if you were to use inlays, any design is possible. Create shapes within shapes and patterns within patterns – a true work of art.

DIZZY

Dizzy is the only TONK product that links into itself creating a hook with its partner. At a closer glance, Dizzy has one side thicker than the other, creating another dimensional depth.

PIX

Pix is simply a box within a box that provides the illusion of the surface being deeper than it actually is. This style works well with illumination as each side can reflect light differently.

LOTS

Similar to Nut, Lots is a subtle pattern that uses colour rather than inserts to create an interesting, 3D wall effect. One of the most lightweight TONK products, Lots has a simplistic pattern that can work well as a feature wall.

VINK

Vink arrow design allows for various patterns which create a wave of light and shadow. The tiles can be aligned any way and the repetition of this shade will always be the same.

TILT 

Like Gama, Tilt is one of the most loved patterns from TONK. It is ordered in its design, with a thick and wide top and a smaller and thinner bottom. This tile is elegant and lightweight.

 HIGG

Higg has a triangular design that uses shadow and dimension to create an artwork of interest and elegance on a wall surface.

 MOMENT

Moment has the potential to create patterns within patterns as it is quite detailed in design.

The entire TONK Project range is suitable for residential, commercial, corporate, health, government, retail and educational spaces as wall/ceiling cladding or even as an additional feature to furniture. TONK can be found at: TONK PROJECT

To request samples or more information on all the collections within the range, please contact us at Macrostone International.

E: info@macrostone.com.au
T: (07) 5562 0076

16/11/16

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