WMK in Milan for the Salone del Mobile 2012

Guy Blunden, Director-Projects, visited Milan in April to attend the Salone del Mobile 2012. As the largest and most prestigious trade fair for furniture in the World, the Salone is held at the spectacular 350,000sqm FieraMilano exhibition complex designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas and located on the outskirts of the city.

Each year, furniture designers and manufacturers from around the world present their latest and greatest new products and ideas. And this year was no exception with well-known manufacturers such as Vitra, Minotti, Arper & Magis all unveiling new products and collections.

As always, the most interesting work was the result of collaborations with leading Architects, Industrial Designers and Fashion Designers, with high-profile names such as Jean Nouvel, Issey Miyake, Konstantin Grcic and Antonio Citterio delivering innovative and commercially appealing furniture collections, individual pieces and accessories.

Noticeable trends across the Salone were an emphasis on the strategic expansion of existing product ranges, a focus on sophisticated detailing, quality construction…and comfort, in design, materials and colour palettes.

Overall, the mood was upbeat among exhibitors. While the global economic crisis remains top of mind, it was encouraging to see a growing confidence and renewed vigor across the Salone del Mobile and throughout the city during Milan Design Week.

Guy travelled to Europe as a guest of Artemide, the Italian lighting manufacturer famous for its design focus and broad range of architectural and decorative fittings.

While in Milan, Guy visited Artemide’s headquarters and also dropped into the Frankfurt Lighting Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. Look out for blog posts on these visits soon! 

Posted by Guy Blunden


The Quay in SMH

WMK’s competition-winning Quay Apartments has been officially launched and is under construction!

Check out SMH Article Here

Posted by Greg Barnett


Project Barcelona

‘Project Barcelona’, as it is affectionately called by NBCS, will set a new paradigm in multimodal learning environments.

With innovative indoor/outdoor learning spaces, flexible pavilion buildings, a market place food offering, and environmental sustainable energy production, rain-water harvesting and building elements, Project Barcelona will define the heart and spine of the school campus and lead the way in new innovative learning.



Futher information on Project Barcelona 

Posted by John Andreas



The evening of 1 March 2012 saw the presentation of the NSW IES Lighting Society 2011 Lighting Awards at the AIA in Manning Street, Potts Point, Sydney. This was a chance for all the winners, both architects and lighting designers, to talk about their winning schemes.

The design concept for ASX Exchange Plaza evolved out of the idea of an “urban room”. ASX required a space that could adapt from a few people engaged in casual meetings through to large groups for official functions and media releases, as well as a large ante space for the auditorium below.

The design is bold and elegant, utilizing sculptural planes and forms which fold, wrap and intersect throughout the space, creating a welcoming space which nevertheless commands attention from within and without.

The lighting design was a critical component and had to provide for the variety of uses within as well as reinforcing the spaces colours and its sculptured forms. To achieve this, a number of direct and indirect lighting strategies were employed along with some specific low level lighting to stairs and seating areas. 

WMK worked in collaboration with the Simpson Kotzman lighting design team on this project, culminating in a very high quality space which won an award of commendation.

For more information on ASX

Posted by John Andreas