The volcanic rocks of the Marieta Islands inspired my entry into Miele’s Annual Design Competition Immer Besser (Forever Better).
On November 10 2016, I will be presenting this concept as one of ten finalists from around the country at Miele’s showroom in Sydney. It’s very exciting for me!
The challenge posed by Miele, was to create an internal space with no creative limits – in the spirit of their company ethos ‘Forever Better’.
The idea of no creative limits immediately propelled my mind around the world and into the idea of finding colour inspiration from an exotic ecosystem… somewhere!
My thoughts landed on the Hidden Beach of Mexico. My aim was to use parts that inspired me and reinterpret them for an Australian design, a design where I could bring harmony to a residence that didn’t exist before.
The Marieta Islands were once a Mexican bombing practice site for World Word 1, so it is the crater left on this volcanic rock island that has evolved into a secluded, peaceful site, locally referred to as the Beach of Love.
A combination of nature and man’s impact on it, have in this instance become a place that will be forever better – more beautiful, more visually breathtaking and with an ecosystem which developed only because of its unique forced evolution.
This is why it is the ideal inspiration for a contemplative space to relax in.
The walls adapt tropical architectural techniques (double skinned timber slats) and the tiles installed around the perimeter of the atrium are made of a dehumifying material (by Inax).
Materials also include volcanic rock for the installed meditation platforms in the pool (Pyrolave) harking to the prehistoric formation of the Marieta islands. Natural reed, woven hemp and sculptured rocks are all used elsewhere in the furniture and decorative elements.
The colour combination is a nod to the Mexican location, although the slightly greyed hues lead to the evocation of the Australian landscape as well.
Triangular patterns are repeated throughout in reference to the strength and balance sought by meditation as well as harking to classic geometric Mexican tile work.
The overall aim of the atrium is to give people a life Immer Besser by providing a beautiful and functional sanctuary.