Case Studies

Vertex: residential project focus

Two Melbourne properties have benefited from German technology and Vertex expertise in creating stylish, functional environments that offer a cool refuge from the extremes of the Australian summer.
Roller blinds remain popular in Australian homes for their simplicity and elegance. Category specialist Vertex... READ MORE

ASK THE EXPERTS: RICHARD WARIN...

In a very special edition of Ask The Expert(s), we speak to two industry members at the coalface of the skills shortage in the window furnishings sector. After long careers in all parts of the industry, Richard Waring and Dot Grantham are now out and about educating the next generation of industry experts. WFA spoke to them about the challenges they face, training staff in a pandemic and what the future holds for the industry.
WFA: What is your working background and how did you get involved in training for... READ MORE

A working solution

Norman Normandy PerfectTilt shutters have provided a remedy for the unique challenges of an architect-driven office project for KPMG in Canberra.
When Canberra architectural firm Davenport-Campbell Canberra contacted Norman Australia looking for a unique solution for... READ MORE

COASTAL COOL

The installation of Widescreen screening solution to a high-end residential property on the Gold Coast has brought both premium level sun protection and aesthetics to the home.
The unique properties and flexibility of Widescreen sun protection product, whose sleek performance is a... READ MORE

ASK THE EXPERT: TONY CASSAR IN...

Arriving from Edinburgh Scotland at age 28 with just a backpack on your back is not the usual route into the Australian Window Furnishings Industry, but Kathryn Polgar has carved out a career that finds her now as General Manager for one of the leading wholesale suppliers in the industry, Ricky Richards. In this edition of Window Furnishings Australia’s Ask the Expert Series, Tony Cassar talks to Kathryn about leadership, managing in a pandemic, and the role women can play as leaders in the industry.
Tony: Welcome Kathryn thank you for being part of WFA Ask the Expert series. Kathryn:... READ MORE

END OF AN ERA AS VITO FORTUNAT...

Vito Fortunato, one half of the dynamic duo that built Vertilux into a leading wholesale fabricator, will retire from the industry at the end of 2021, having worked closely with Hunter Douglas overseeing a successful transition of management.
Vito’s success story goes back to his arrival to the country as a 19-year-old where... READ MORE

Industry Rising Star – A...

For someone who was literally raised in a curtain workroom, working anywhere but the window furnishings industry was never on the cards for this edition’s Rising Star, Alex Lozanovski.
Lozanovski’s family had a large and long standing retail business in Melbourne’s north dating back... READ MORE

TWO MELBOURNE QUARTER

Somfy boosts convenience and sustainability in the heart of Melbourne.
Deep in the heart of Melbourne sits Two Melbourne Quarter, a cutting-edgetowerdesigned as a destination... READ MORE

ASK THE EXPERT: TONY CASSAR IN...

From an apprentice printer to head of one of the largest blind fabricators in Australia, Geoff Turner from Viewscape reflects on leadership, manufacturing in Australia and the dangers of being a middle-aged man in Lycra.
Tony Cassar:  Geoff, thank you for being part of the WFA Ask the Expert series.... READ MORE

SUNLIGHT… TO KEEP OUT TH...

Renson Fixscreen Solar screens offer unique solar protection benefits, with a domestic installation in Belgium demonstrating what the product might offer the Australian market in terms of both function and style. WFA reports.
Record summers have made many homeowners realise that sun protection is not a luxury product,... READ MORE
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