Case Studies

Windows onto the wilderness

Window treatments from Blinds by Peter Meyer closed out the design of Chalets at Blackheath, an eco-project near the Blue Mountains, where both the natural world and “hygge” - the Scandinavian concept of comfort, conviviality and contentment - reign supreme.
When the team at Blinds by Peter Meyer got the call from Sydney-based Mina Staples... READ MORE

Functionality reimagined -Suss...

A collaboration between SOM Blinds and mckimm design & build featuring Zepel fabrics ties elegant window treatments in to an aesthetically and functionally unified build.
Sleek, modern, linear, and meticulously considered are terms that come to mind when first viewing... READ MORE

Ask the expert – Kevin Dahlberg

In this edition’s Ask the expert series, Tony Cassar chats with an old friend, Kevin Dahlberg from Hardback Wholesale Blinds and Awnings, about going up the supply chain, family values, restoring vintage cars and a serious boating accident that changed his life forever.
In this edition’s Ask the expert series, Tony Cassar chats with an old friend, Kevin... READ MORE

INDUSTRY RISING STARS Tiffany ...

Like many who enter the Window Furnishings Industry, Tiffany Schultz and Linda Roman Kalnins “stumbled on in” after careers in other sectors. The pair met while working in the industry and the concept of Colour Stick was born - a fusion of traditional European curtain hardware with a contemporary Australian twist.
Linda tells WFA she came up with the concept for Colour Stick whilst on a... READ MORE

Ainsworth Building, Macquarie ...

Somfy products help enhance the teaching and learning experience in a “transformative” educational space.
The Ainsworth Building, Macquarie University’s Clinical Education Building, is one of Australia’s youngest, yet most... READ MORE

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
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