Organised on behalf of Polytec and University of South Australia Interior architecture school; the annual tour gave interior design students from the insight into the materials and joinery used in interior design projects. The tour included Workspace Commercial furniture, Polytec and Hafele.


WORKSPACE commercial furniture, even though a modern name, has been manufacturing in S.A since 1911 originally under the name T.H Brown. They are foremost a manufacturer and designer of furniture and joinery for a range of clients. The key areas they provide furniture for include commercial, educational, healthcare and aged care.

They offer a service from start to finish and also assist in the planning of an interior furniture requirements. The success of the design and construction of the furniture also involves their European collaboration with the likes of Forma 5 and Lamm and Cerantola. Individual design parts or elements of European furniture design are sent to the manufacturing factory and then constructed; especially in the seating components.

The tour took students through the showroom, design and consulting areas and across the manufacturing floor. There has been significant investment in new technologies but the bulk of the construction is still done by people.

POLYTEC - Artisian Oak Matt counter, drawers and shelving

Melamine wall and ceiling panels in Truffle Lini Matt

Polar white Melamine rear wall panels

MATT is the new black; move over gloss as told by Polytec. To the north of Adelaide is the major distribution centre in S.A for Polytec. Polytec produce a range of decorative surfaces and is owned by Borg in NSW where the products are produced. The wide range of products and finishes allow for creativity as well as function to suit both domestic and commercial design.

An up to date website allows for sample ordering in larger sizes and custom books and favourite's boxes on request.

Polytec ranges include:

• cabinet doors: MELAMINE, THERMOLAMINATED, ALUMINIUM and CREATEC • decorative board products • BENCHTOPS & laminates

Hafele showroom in Adelaide CBD

HARDWARE is the key component to any good piece of joinery. Häfele a German company; is leader in designing components and functional solutions for storage, joinery as well as lighting.

Everything from soft close draw systems and ways to maximise the use of space in a small area were displayed in the showroom; which is soon to be redeveloped. The function in our interior design is just as important as the aesthetic. Lighting and new automated technology incorporated into storage systems and everyday living spaces will be common place for interior designers to consider when developing their designs.

Finishing off the tour at the showroom in Adelaide; gave a well rounded insight into three different business essential to interior design. From manufacturing of furniture, finishes and surfaces too the importance of functionality. All areas need to be considered in the design process to make it a successful project.

Thanks to all three business for taking time out to show students products and more importantly share professional insights into the industry for interior designers. As well as the University of S.A interior architecture school and Polytec for organising bus and tour.

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