Throughout Stairlock’s 30-year history, the company has continually evolved — embracing new technologies, innovations and trends — to deliver Australia’s highest quality range of stair solutions.
In 2020, Stairlock undertook a comprehensive new design development program, partnering with internationally acclaimed industrial designer, Jim Hannon-Tan.
Returning home following a decade in Italy, Amsterdam and London designing for clients including LG Electronics, Unilever, Tom Dixon, IKEA and the quintessential Italian design factory Alessi, Jim worked with Stairlock to explore new design concepts, and help shape the future direction for the company — and stair solutions — more broadly.
Inspired by the potential for industrial design to be central to new technologies and advanced manufacturing, the resulting collection of new balustrades and balusters focuses on exploiting the capabilities of Stairlock’s five Axis CNC machines – pushed to the limit with ambitious new forms.
“Stairlock has really embraced a design-driven approach through this collection,” said Jim.
“This collection was driven by the materiality, geometry and the manufacturing process.
“Before beginning, I had lots of discussions with the team at Stairlock about the process of making, and how to design into the capabilities of Stairlock.
“They have tremendous capability with CNC manufacturing and their digital manufacturing tools, and I wanted to take that to the next level, making it more sophisticated for new interior design trends,” he said.
With extensive experience working with metallics, Jim also introduced a range of metallic finishes to the new collection.
“We’re trying to create things which are beautiful to have in the home,” Jim said.
“In doing so, I wanted to give more consideration to materials, in particular brass and copper, and use a nice range of timbers too.”
A new electroplated copper and electroplated brass baluster has been designed, adding a punch of colour and vibrancy to the range. In addition, new posts and handrails in American Oak are available in the Streamline, Diamond and Kizami ranges.
Both the Highline and Vetro ranges are made from painted pine, providing flexibility and affordability.
“The Stairlock team was amazing in being able to execute the designs,” said Jim.
“It’ll be really interesting to see these new designs in homes and commercial spaces across the country.”