MAXIMUM - The Ultimate Architectural Finish for Commercial and Multi-residential Projects

Extra large, light, thin, strong and durable, MAXIMUM pressed porcelain panels offer designers the ultimate architectural surface for commercial and multi-residential projects.

Sized at 3000 × 1500 mm with profiles starting at 6mm thin, this extraordinary, all natural, eco-friendly product, has been developed and made in Italy by Graniti Fiandre using leading edge, pressed porcelain technology and is fast becoming the contemporary surface of choice for leading architects and designers.

With its outstanding durability, thermal stability and resistance to scratching, staining, heat and frost in a range of more than 40 beautiful colours and finishes, MAXIMUM is the ultimate, versatile finish for interior and exterior from benchtops and splash backs through to walls, floors and cladding.

Here are a two of the latest commercial developments to successfully incorporate MAXIMUM.

The Moreton Residential Development, Bondi for Mirvac
This contemporary development in the heart of Bondi features five residential buildings ranging from two to eight storeys on the 11,138 sqm site.
Developer: Mirvac
Designer: Smart Design Studio
Builder: Mirvac
MAXIMUM Fabrication + Installation: Stone Alliance, Sydney

Project delivery:
140 panels of MAXIMUM 3000 × 1500 × 6mm Marmi Calacatta matt, to apartment lobby walls.
250 panels of MAXIMUM 3000 × 1000 × 6mm Marmi Calacatta matt to splashbacks, fascia panels on islands and feature panels in bathroom
175 panels of MAXIMUM 3000 × 1000 × 6mm Marmi Bright Onyx matt to splashbacks, fascia panels on islands and feature panels in bathroom
19 panels of MAXIMUM 3000 × 1000 × 6mm Marmi Travertino matt splashbacks, fascia panels on islands and feature panels in bathroom
Scale of project granted special 3000 × 1000mm size for Bright Onyx & Travertino panels.

Astral Residences at The Star, Sydney
A luxurious refurbishment of 150 serviced apartments as part of a $130 million dollar renovation of Star’s Pyrmont apartment complex.
Client: Star Entertainment Group
Designer: Webb +
Builder: Shape Builders
MAXIMUM Fabrication + Installation: Nash Group, Sydney

Project delivery:
155 panels of MAXIMUM 3000 × 1500 × 10mm Marmi Calacatta matt
210 panels of MAXIMUM 3000 × 1500 × 6mm Marmi Calacatta matt, bookmatched

Photography by Willem Rethmeier


MAXIMUM AUSTRALIA SPONSORS IDEA AWARDS 2016

MAXIMUM Australia was proud to support the IDEA Awards again this year. We supported the international category. Congratulations to Russell & George winning the award for their project Aesop KLCC. Set within a lively central city hub of entertainment, dining and retail destinations, the space was conceived as the calming inverse of animated urban energy.

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program. Launched by inside magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 11 categories and five special awards.


Sky Tips. Melbourne Indesign 2016.

Artedomus opened its doors for Melbourne Indesign on Saturday, August 13 to excited crowds keen to experience the spectacular Sky Tips installation by Thomas Coward for Maximum as part of MiD’s The Project. Also on show were the newest products from Agape, Italy and INAX Japan, the recently launched Agapecasa furniture range.

The Sky Tips installation was designed to examine the evolution of natural materials augmented through technology and manipulated for the built environment. 3D projection mapping, geometry, sound and MAXIMUM large scale porcelain panels were used to create a visual spectacle in Artedomus’s Richmond showroom.


Nobbs Radford's Outstanding Riverview House Renovation featuring Maximum Mercury

The Riverview House by Nobbs Radford Architects is a deft reworking of a 70s brown brick house in Sydney. Skillful design achieves a minimalist feel without sacrificing warmth. The clever introduction and use of materials such as stone, concrete, solid timber, steel, porcelain and copper work back with the original elements of the house – including parquetry and timber beams – creating a materiality and richness of texture that is fresh and modern.

Maximum Porcelain Panels in Mercury were used on the kitchen benchtops and bathroom joinery.

“The size of the Maximum slabs (3000 × 1500 × 6mm) were very appealing to us,” says architect Alison Nobbs, “this was a particularly long kitchen, so it was important that there were a minimal number of joints to create a seamless effect.
“The panel depth (6mm) gave us the fine edge we were looking for with the benchtop and we were drawn to the materiality … the soft velvety grey worked really well with our colour palette,” she says. “Overall, Maximum’s inherent properties, like its strength and durability, were as important and as good as its look.”

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Maximum Durability on Display at Vive Cooking School

Beautiful, non porous, resilient and all natural, Maximum was the clear choice for Jean-Luc Tan from Vive when selecting the benchtop surface for his stylish new school at Saporium in Rosebery, Sydney. “It was the wisest decision we made. Maximum offers the perfect combination of quality, aesthetic and practicality and the result is just outstanding.”

Maximum Statuario was used for the Vive worktop, the sophisticated markings and luxurious look offering the perfect solution for this contemporary cooking school. The perfectly bookmatched large 3000 × 1500 × 6mm porcelain panels transform a normally utilitarian worktop into a design feature that is also incredibly resilient; made to withstand everything its students can, literally, throw at it: lemon juice, vinegar, pots and pans off the hot plate … all pose no problem for this technically advanced, all natural, Italian made pressed porcelain.

“Our kitchen is all about sharing and community. We wanted to create a beautiful, slightly domestic feel with the space so it’s not intimidating for our students; the natural stone look brings warmth and familiarity,” says Jean-Luc. “At the same time, the surface needed to be durable and easy to clean. The non-porous nature of the porcelain means the clean up with Maximum is so easy and fast it saves us so much time … the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is spend hours cleaning up.” Amen to that.

“We also no longer have to worry about hot items from the stove going directly on to the bench,” he says. “The worktop takes hot cast iron pots, no problem. We also use it for kneading pasta dough and I’m sure you could work chocolate directly on the surface without any trouble. We haven’t tried it yet, but will let you know when we do!”

The outstanding Vive / Maximum worktop and additional surfaces were expertly manufactured and installed by Artedomus, Sydney.

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The New Greys: Pietra Grey and Neptune

Elegant and edgy, grey is the versatile neutral that can complement any design scheme. This month, we introduce two beautiful new greys to the award-winning MAXIMUM range.

Pietra Grey is the highly anticipated addition to the natural-stone inspired Marmi range. The sought-after style of Pietra Grey marble has been beautifully captured in MAXIMUM’s unique 3000 × 1500 × 6 mm pressed porcelain panels.

Using leading-edge technology and superb production techniques, Graniti Fiandre Italy has created the unmistakable look of this sophisticated marble with its warm grey-brown background and fine white feathered veining available in vein matched panels with a polished or matte finish.

At the cooler end of the grey spectrum, Neptune’s alluring dark-grey tone has been designed exclusively for the Australian market to provide the perfect base for any interior or exterior design project. As part of the innovative, textured Aster range, Neptune has a subtle brushed effect inspired by concrete with a colour the resembles that of true Italian Bluestones and is available in a matt finish and is available only through MAXIMUM Australia and official distributors.

Extra large, fine profile, light, versatile, durable, environmentally friendly, UV stable, cost-effective and easy to clean, MAXIMUM porcelain panels have been developed to outperform quarry materials on both technical and practical levels, opening up a wide set of applications from floors, walls and benchtops through to partitions and external cladding.

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Michelangelo Updated

One of our more luxurious offerings, the popular Michelangelo from the Marmi range has been recently updated to deliver an even more beautiful representation with its off-white background and subtle mid-grey striated veining. It is available in vein matched and book matched options with a polished or matte finish.

Expertly developed in Italy using Graniti Fiandre’s innovative, leading edge technology, all products in the MAXIMUM Marmi range offer looks as close as you’ll get to stone. The real beauty of these extraordinary panels lies in the durability and sustainability of the all natural, pressed porcelain that has been designed to outperform quarry materials and composite stones. At 3000 × 1500 × 6 mm in size, this extra large, extra light format is easy to work, transport and apply – even to the smallest of spaces – offering limitless design possibilities for interior and exterior residential and commercial applications including walls, benchtops, bath faces, drawer fronts, splashbacks, partitions and exterior cladding.

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Thomas Coward for MAXIMUM at Sydney Indesign. The Great Dimensional Challenge

A highlight of the recent Sydney Indesign Galleria, The Pipers installation by Thomas Coward was a cleverly conceived, bold display of Maximum’s large, lightweight, workable format, unique fine profile and outstanding stone-like finishes.

Reflecting the theme Ritual: The Art of Tradition, The Pipers was inspired by the monolithic standing stones of ancient Britain where ceremonial rituals were performed to celebrate and communicate with nature & one another.

The challenge for Melbourne-based designer was interpreting the size and scale of these stones in a plausible way.

MAXIMUM provided us with the most realistic, natural stone effect on the market,” says Thomas Coward. “This combined with the lightweight, large format allowed us to consider forms and an installation process that would have been almost impossible using any other material.”

Manufactured by Artedomus, Sydney, the installation was constructed from full sized, single 1.5 × 3m panels of MAXIMUM Statuario, Nero Supremo and Travertino from the Marmi range, and constructed in-situ at Sydney Indesign Galleria over 2 days.

DESIGN: Thomas Coward Studio.
FEATURED PRODUCTS: Marmi Statuario matt, Nero Supremo polished and Travertino matt.
INSTALLATION MANUFACTURER: Artedomus.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Willem Rethmeier.

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DKO’s M House: Maximum Durability and Flexibility

Michael Drescher of DKO Architects’ recent renovation to his own Windsor home is a study in simplicity. He employed the use of Maximum Moon to help achieve the strong “masculine” black kitchen that he wanted to be virtually “indestructible”.

With a keen interest in food and entertaining, Michael was after a benchtop and splashback material that was extremely durable. He did extensive testing on many benchtop products scratching them with knives, splashing them with sauce, wine and lemon juice and leaving them overnight (as he might after a dinner party). Maximum held up extremely well to the tests while delivering a raw finish for the monolithic style island bench.

“We cook a lot at home and use a lot of citric acids – so I tested many benchtop products for staining and scratching,” he said. “The thin profile of Maximum also meant I could achieve the aesthetics I wanted.”

“We chose Maximum Moon, because we wanted something dark to tie in with the black-stained timber veneer. The movement in the Moon worked well with our lighter concrete floors: similar nature but different tones and material.”

While employing the unique large format porcelain panels primarily for the kitchen benchtop and splashback, Michael also used the offcuts from the 3000 × 1500 × 6mm panels in other areas of the house including a high skirting in the powder room.

Images:
Maximum Moon benchtop and splashback.
Design by Michael Drescher at DKO.
Photography by Peter Bennetts.


MAXIMUM AT THE MAPLE APARTMENTS, MELBOURNE

Melbourne based boutique property developer Angle has embraced the unique properties of Maximum specifying it in bathrooms and kitchens throughout Maple, the new multi residential apartment project in Hawthorn, Melbourne.

Maximum’s thin 6mm profile allowed for a unique design solution unattainable with traditional benchtop materials.

“Studio You Me chose Maximum Statuario for Maple apartments to create durable, timeless finishes that were scratch, stain and heat resistant,” says Hana Hakim of Studio You Me. “Perfect for a multi residential project where durability is
key.”

“The product creates soft thin lines while providing warmth and elegance, offering the
perfect solution for Maple Apartments.”

Find out more about Maximum Statuario here.