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Crown helps furnish new flagship of Scalabrini Village Group

09.11.2017

Crown helps furnish new flagship of Scalabrini Village Group

Crown Furniture are celebrating; recently receiving an order to provide specialised aged care furniture for the new flagship facility being built by the Scalabrini Village Group.

The Village by Scalabrini is due to open in early-2018. The $90 million project, located at the former Drummoyne Boys High School site on the corner of Mary and Millar Street, will provide world-class premium care for more than 120 people living with dementia in the Canada Bay area.

On completion, The Village by Scalabrini will include a rich variety of therapeutic, sensory facilities. A central piazza will include a café, general store, gelataria, barber and hair salon, olive groves, vegetable patch, a landscaped garden for reflection, art and library facilities, dance, musical and theatrical performance spaces, a wellness centre and chapel.

The Village by Scalabrini will offer residents a household living design for small groups within individual houses (casas), with the assistance of qualified and trained Scalabrini carers. Each 'Casa' will have a front door or lift opening directly into the Village central piazza. Visiting loved-ones will be able to enter via a front door – not along a corridor or through other residents' rooms, affording privacy and a home-like environment.

Further to this, The Village by Scalabrini will launch a new concept in seniors’ living through The Palazzo. This unique offer provides luxury apartment living with an integrated care package, providing independent assisted living for couples or individuals. The Palazzo will offer accommodation and a care service whereby couples who have differing care requirements, such as one is living with complex care needs or dementia, can both come into Scalabrini's service.

Crown Furniture worked closely with the Scalabrini Village Group to recommend a series of furniture that will help facilitate interaction between residents and their families in one of many shared facilities of the central piazza.

To help make communal areas and shared space in aged care truly inviting and relaxing, Crown Furniture furnish many of these areas with smartly designed, stylish and comfortable furniture specifically created for seniors and fit for purpose.

Crown Furniture is working to enliven spaces for aged care, contributing to the larger movement towards timeless, dynamic living arrangements for Australia’s aging population. For more information contact us or visit the website for examples of completed projects.

Private resident only facilities on trend for aged care

26.10.2017

Private resident only facilities on trend for aged care

As baby boomers begin to enter retirement, aged care facilities and active retirement villages are being driven to provide innovative facilities that meet their evolving and varied needs and expectations.

As has been predicted for some time, baby boomers are eschewing the traditional paradigm of aged care accommodation in favour of options that provide an optimally independent, attractive and flexible lifestyle with the supportive elements of aged care services discretely and seamlessly woven in. [1]

One of the key shifts in the design of these facilities is the inclusion of private resident only facilities. Whether it be a country club, a lodge or private dining rooms, these spaces can act as an extension of resident’s living space, stylishly designed to appeal to even the most discerning resident.

These private spaces are for the use of residents to host small gatherings, mark family occasions and special events and to welcome guests to their home.

In designing their new resident care facilities, BUPA have moved away from large communal areas and are instead providing more intimate, multi-use spaces for residents. Ian Burge, Operations Director talks about the changes to the layout of their facilities.

“We are moving away from the large communal space typical of conventional home layouts, and making smaller ‘destination’ areas that encourage people to move about and stay active. These include libraries and reading rooms, sewing rooms, and ‘men’s rooms’ with TVs to watch sport and

with sport-related décor.”[2]

Crown Furniture have been fortunate to work with many aged care facilities in planning the interior of a diverse array of spaces. These spaces are designed to be warm and welcoming, with comfort and style being equally important.

The Shae Armchair is a popular choice for private dining rooms, with its European Beech construction and 2 pack lacquer polish it can be stained and upholstered to match any decor. A diverse range of moisture barrier fabrics is available to extend the durability of this stylish, timeless piece and  

provides the perfect, relaxed setting for lingering over a long lunch with family or an intimate dinner with friends.

 

Twice as Nice

17.10.2017

Twice as Nice

The Nice three-seater is the perfect choice when creating spaces for social interaction. Place two opposite each other and you immediately have a place for several people to gather and chat.

A solid timber construction, and upholster in your choice of fabrics the Nice 3 seater is recommended for any retirement living property.

At 2400mm wide this is a generous sized piece and the back cushions create a sense of comfort and luxury. We recommend it for lounge rooms, reception areas or for creating a hotel look.

CROWN GOES TO CONGRESS

10.10.2017

CROWN GOES TO CONGRESS

The 2017 LASA Nation Congress   is the largest aged care event in the Asia Pacific region, allowing some of the industry’s biggest brands and organisations an opportunity to unite and exchange ideas, strategies and models.

Exhibiting once again, Crown Furniture is excited to join in the aged care conversation guiding Australia and Asia’s approach to elderly care and longevity.

This year’s theme, Ahead of the Game, looks to promote the discussion of future initiatives, innovations, thought-leadership and care models. With some of the world’s premier aged care providers having a central presence at the event, there is sure to be an array of interesting, industry-leading perspectives.

As the market leaders in the industry, Crown Furniture has always been ahead of the game. At the forefront is that our products are fit for purpose, ensuring correct ergonomics for the elderly. Aesthetics and flow of design are deliberated as is construction and overall proportion of the piece to minimise fabric, so that the item stays cost effective for our clients.

As our National Sales Manager, Shane Roulston points out, “Many of our designs have evolved from clients requesting products with their own personal input. Sometimes this is exclusive for the client and other times we are free to offer this item to the wider market.” Prototypes are drafted and then constructed by our skilled R&D department before being tested for strength, durability, fit for purpose and finally trialled by our client.

Sustainability is another focus area for Crown Furniture. Our timber is sourced from selected, sustainable forests. For every tree that is cut to craft one of our highly considered products, another is planted.

We welcome everyone to visit the Crown exhibition stall, where we will showcase the inner workings of our business and how we look to constantly improve our practices and products. You’re sure to leave inspired.

 

 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL INTERACTION

14.09.2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL INTERACTION

As a manufacturer of furniture for the aged care industry, our fundamental aim is to inject facilities with a positive feel and make them places of enjoyment for not only the residents, but their families and the staff as well. We aim to achieve this through the creation of carefully designed and crafted furniture.

But what is most inspiring, is what furniture does to spaces; it brings people into them.

If you walk in to your local shopping centre, you may notice clusters of lounges and armchairs dotted around the centre where people can take a moment to rest from their shopping adventures. There is a good chance they are almost always occupied, however, it’s their design that initially catches your eye. You are lured in by their comfortable look and once you take a seat anything short of a fire alarm won’t get you to move.

The same effect happens in aged care facilities. Furniture that is not only functional and stylish, but comfortable as well, can really lift the atmosphere and ambience of a room. Not to mention the spirits of those in there. This makes it a far more enjoyable and positive experience, with the outcome being more residents gathering more frequently and interacting with each other. Yet its effects are not just limited to residents.

Family members who come to visit will see their loved ones interacting with others and happier than ever before, which may encourage them to visit more often. A change in décor can also boost the morale of your staff. Seeing new and stylish furniture may instil a further sense of pride in where they work, while the functionality and comfort may encourage them to interact more with residents.

Crown Furniture takes the time to get to know you, your facility and your residents in order to help recommend, or create, furniture that is functional, comfortable and beautiful. Our consultants will be happy to walk you through the process from start to finish, to ensure you can see the full picture, and are happy with the projected outcome before anything begins.

Start the process towards a more vibrant environment, and happier residents today by calling us on 1800 194 194, or fill out our Contact Form here and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

 

 

The Salvation Army

22.08.2017

The Salvation Army

A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

Whenever Crown Furniture designs or creates an item, it is always with the well-being and comfort of residents in mind. Our aim, through our designs and craftsmanship, is to create relaxing and calming atmospheres in the spaces we live and work in. Similarly, a focus on the care and well-being of the elderly is something that’s close to the heart of The Salvation Army. 

With a history spanning over 130 years, the Australian branch of The Salvation Army helps more than 1 million Australians every year, and provides assistance to more than 3,000 elderly people. The work The Salvation Army does with the elderly is always focused on dignity, compassion and providing a sense of community. The Salvation Army runs Aged Care Plus, a program that focuses on providing advice and assistance on everything from Residential Aged Care to Home & Community Care, Retirement Living and Respite Care. 

The Aged Care Plus program has pioneered industry leading Models of Care for the elderly, to ensure they receive the focused care and attention they deserve:

Making Moments Matter: is an award winning model of care for individuals living with dementia.

My Mindfulness: is aimed at older Australians living with mental illness.

Meaningful Journeys: is aimed at empowering people to ‘live life their way’.

Hand to Heart: is a holistic care framework for persons during end of life. 

The Salvation Army’s mission to support and assist the elderly has captured our heart, which is why we were honoured to provide a financial contribution at the launch of their annual Walkathon.

Crown Furniture’s fondness for the work and care The Salvation Army shows towards the elderly, is at such a level we are in discussions to work with them closely to see how we can give back more. One of the ways we will be doing this is through repurposing old, used furniture that has been removed from projects and breathing new life in to them to be used elsewhere.

Boronia House

15.08.2017

Boronia House

Crown Furniture recently had the privilege of working to deliver Boronia House, located in Western Sydney. Exuding the warmth and character of a classic country house, Crown worked closely with the clients to create a sophisticated and compelling place to call home. To see more, watch this video below.

Inspiration from the garden drives choices for Pinetree Retirement Village

27.07.2017

Inspiration from the garden drives choices for Pinetree Retirement Village

Crown Furniture recently had the opportunity to partner with Plus Architecture to revitalise and redefine the retirement living experience of Pinetree Retirement Village by AVEO in Melbourne.

With inspiration taken from the lush green gardens and peaceful surrounds, the challenge was to deliver furnishings that balanced matched the Plus Architecture vision of blending the contemporary with the classic, the calming with the novel and of course, the practicality with style.

With a strong emphasis on light, texture and colour, Crown Furniture created a bright airy design which utilises the key ergonomic features inherent in all Crown Furniture pieces as well as the stunning fabrics and designs that can bring a room to life.

Crown enjoyed the partnership of working with Plus Architecture to deliver on their vision of design.

Bexley Park Aged Care Case Study

28.06.2017

Bexley Park Aged Care Case Study

Crown Furniture was engaged by Gilmore Interior Design with the opportunity to collaborate on an upcoming project. With little more information than the above, the Crown team pulled together a selection of recent projects and furniture examples to present to the client.

By presenting a range of options and examples of our work, Crown could demonstrate the flexibility and breadth of our offering. Next thing, we received a phone call from Bexley Park. Impressed by the presentation and our ability to work cohesively between the interior designer and their team, we got down to the details of firming up our proposal and discussing challenges and opportunities.

A close working relationship between all parties allowed for a seamless delivery. Clear floorplans, regular communication and creative use of new textiles meant that the key Crown principles of quality and style could be realized at the Bexley Park Aged Care facility. 

Maestro Single Lounge

27.06.2017

Maestro Single Lounge

Supported by a sturdy European Beech Timber Frame, the Maestro Single Lounge is a classic style tub chair that has proven popular in Crown projects. Available in a range of fabrics with exposed timber outline, the chair works well in a range of settings particularly for retirement Living. Fully upholstered with a fixed seat cushion it’s a comfortable seating option.

One big, knowledgeable family

26.06.2017

One big, knowledgeable family

Crown Furniture has been operating as a leading provider of aged care seating and furniture solutions to aged care homes across Australia. But the Crown team are part of a much bigger family that has been providing quality furniture to Australians of all ages for years.

Our parent company Solution Design Group consists of three key brands, each focus on a specialised area of furniture design and manufacture.

·         Crown Furniture

·         Civic Australia

·         Global Design Concepts

Civic Australia is a story with very simple beginnings – a seat. But not just any seat – one that could stack and link while bearing the rigours of daily use. Proving popular in public places such as schools, churches and medical facilities, the Civic team soon saw that such community-centric arenas required more than just a seat. And so began to offer a robust catalogue of seating and furniture solutions for education, healthcare and community.

Global Design Concepts specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of contract furnishings and furniture for hospitality, architects and designers all over the world. A dedication to delivering superior quality products along with a pendant for sophisticated design has seen GDC involved in a diverse portfolio of incredible projects.  Their ability to deliver a total fit out with a dedicated design and project management team is what sets them apart.

Solution Design Group

Across these three companies we have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and furnishings unrivalled in the local marketplace. As a collective our multi-disciplined team can easily apply a library of styles and designs to meet a bespoke or unique brief from clients in any industry.

Whether it’s applying an ergonomic approach commonly found in aged care to the interior of community centre or furnishing a retirement living foyer with hotel impact and style Solution Design Group can deliver.

Modern retirement living - transitioning from ‘home to home’

25.05.2017

Modern retirement living - transitioning from ‘home to home’

Making the transition from the family home into retirement living or a retirement community can be a challenge for many, signalling the end of a familiar lifestyle. The thought of changing living arrangements can be confronting, with feelings of not being ready for aged care yet. However aged care has changed dramatically over the decades and retirement villages are more like modern communities accommodating the needs of over 55’s.

Forty years ago, the average age of residents in an aged care facility was over 75, however new retirement communities are much more youthful. More and more, people are looking to live with other likeminded folk and enjoy a range of activities and amenities. The new retirees are more likely to seek out architecturally designed modern retirement villas, beautiful homes that allow them to live independently with minimal maintenance demands. Residents are moving into these villas at a time in their lives when they are still leading active lifestyles, choosing a home with the confidence of knowing that they can age at their own pace and should they require assistance it is available. The trend towards active retirement living has grown the need for common areas which generate a community hub that delivers for the varied needs of those living there. Indoor pools, gyms, billiard rooms, theatre rooms, libraries, cafes and regular excursions are all high on the list of desirables for over 55’s moving into retirement communities. As are beautifully designed common spaces for sharing time with family and friends and joining in activities.

To help make these communal areas truly inviting and relaxing, Crown Furniture furnish common areas with smartly designed, stylish and comfortable furniture that is specifically created for seniors and fit for purpose. Crown Furniture is working to enliven spaces for aged care, contributing to the larger movement towards timeless, more dynamic living arrangements for Australia’s aging population. For more information contact our team on 1800 194 194 or visit our website for examples of our completed projects.

Introducing our latest masterpiece, the Fresco

25.05.2017

Introducing our latest masterpiece, the Fresco

At Crown Furniture, we’re known for designing and creating quality furniture which is fit for purpose regardless of which segment it is made for including aged care, retirement, health care or mental health sectors. However, we also have an extensive range of complimentary pieces that enhance a room by providing stylish storage solutions, as is the case with the Fresco Buffet.

Inspired by the Hollywood regency style with repetition and symmetry, the Fresco Buffet pays homage to the glamorous 1930s style, while adopting a contemporary twist that is certain to look at home in many of today’s interiors designs.

Made of European beech timber construction with solid timber legs, this quality piece also features an intricate cross hatching detail on all four doors. Available in a selection of stain finishes to suit your design, the Fresco Buffet would look equally at home in communal dining, reception or lounge areas with ample space to store whatever is needed.

To see firsthand how the Fresco Buffet may complement and enhance your interiors contact the team at Crown Furniture for more information on 1800 194 194 or view our website for more information.

Allity Greenwood, Normanhurst

25.05.2017

Allity Greenwood, Normanhurst

Crown Furniture is pleased to introduce Allity Greenwood in Normanhurst. We were so impressed with this stunning aged care facility that we’ve created a short video to showcase our collaboration with Meli Studio. Watch the video below.

Importance of contrasting colours in Aged Care

26.04.2017

Importance of contrasting colours in Aged Care

We have long known that different colours strongly effect the way people feel, influencing their moods and environment. However, we now know that it is vitally important to integrate the right colour palette for a hospital or aged care facility particularly where there are dementia patients.

According to Dr Zena O’Conner in reseach focused on the interface between colour and human response, “Colour and contrast together can play key roles by encouraging engagement, supporting orientation and wayfinding, and using colour differentiation to provide a safer environment for every day activities.”[1]

Good lighting and contrasting colours are important elements of dementia-friendly design. As various forms of dementia progress, they may cause the patient to have visual perception problems.  Often patients can see perfectly well, but the way their brains interpret what they see malfunctions.

When colour vision declines, it causes the contrast between different colours to be less noticeable. This change can affect depth perception and makes judging distances more difficult. That’s why high contrast colours can play an important role in helping define objects and levels. For instance, to a dementia patient with poor vision, a light carpet with a dark border may be perceived as a hole.

Crown Furniture has extensively been involved in designing fit for purpose furniture for aged care facilities and hospitals, taking into careful consideration appropriate colours and fabric selection. We have also attended specific dementia design workshops to more clearly learn about dementia design principles.

For more information on colour and contrast and how they can be important aids for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to see things better contact Crown Furniture. We can assist you in designing the best environment to deliver your patients comfort. To learn more about Crown Furniture’s custom designed furniture call our team on 1800 194 194.

The Gracewood Centre @ Kellyville

25.04.2017

The Gracewood Centre @ Kellyville

BaptistCare has adopted a new approach in their retirement village, The Gracewood at Kellyville. Gracewood is all about community. This new concept in aged care living allows residents to enjoy the benefits of community living, coupled with modern conveniences, including the latest technology, to ensure residents are well looked after.

Prior to commencing at Gracewood, BaptistCare completed a thorough review of previous projects, and learnings were implemented in the design and placement of furniture at Gracewood.

When Crown Furniture was approached to deliver the furniture, it was impressed upon us that we needed to be flexible with design, fabric and finishes and provide service above all expectations. As these qualities are consistent with our values, we were commissioned to supply furniture for the lounge, dining, bedroom and community areas.

Crown Furniture carefully considered this ethos for both residents and carers, when working with interior designer Jodi Foster to deliver this friendly and modern, yet homely facility.

Jodi was briefed to develop a colour palette in the community areas, which includes charcoal, grey, green and blue to ensure consistency across the communal zones and reduce confusion when furniture items were inevitably moved to different positions or locations.

Our new Viktor and Maestro lounges were chosen with a pop of fuchsia pink on the custom Noosa lounges, which contrast well against the vertical plant wall by adding vibrancy to the area.

Crown Furniture has been excited to work with BaptistCare and Jodi, to deliver the finishing touches to these modern facilities, including the provision of furnishings at Cumberland Café where blue subway tiles were mixed with striped cushions on the Biscay chair in the café (as shown), and they are proving to be a favourite with residents.

To speak to one of our team about how we can work with you to deliver a bespoke solution for your facility call Crown Furniture on 1800 194 194.

May we introduce… Viktor!

24.04.2017

May we introduce… Viktor!

Viktor is one of our star furniture pieces, proving to be a hit whenever it is featured in a design. This mid-century inspired range includes a two seater and single seater option. Made in Italy from European beech timber frame, with an upholstered seat and back, the Viktor is both stylish and practical.
 
As with many of the Crown Furniture pieces, the Viktor range is fit for purpose and suits a wide variety of uses. With it’s easy-to-maintain frame and seating, Viktor is only limited by your imagination and can be adapted by selecting from multiple timber stain options and a numerous fabric choices. 
 
Find out why Viktor is such a popular choice for many of our valued customers and contact the team at Crown Furniture for more information on the stylish Viktor range on 1800 194 194.
 

Changes in home care sector to increase competition in aged care

23.03.2017

Changes in home care sector to increase competition in aged care

The Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms came into effect 27 February 2017 with the aim of improving the way that home care services are delivered to older Australians. To keep the system sustainable and growing, it is now focused on consumer directed care and this gives older people receiving care more options and flexibility.

New customers will be able to choose their provider and this means they can transfer if they are not happy. Providers will have more competition and quality care will play a big role in the future.

The changes have been welcomed by aged care provider peak bodies and consumer groups as a significant step toward a consumer-led aged care system, as envisaged under the Aged Care Roadmap.[1]

Council on the Ageing Australia similarly said the changes meant that seniors receiving poor or unsuitable services could more easily change provider.

“This will over time be a real boost to the quality of care provided to older Australians as this change allows good providers to thrive while poorer ones will have to lift their game or fail,” the consumer lobby said.

Whilst the focus on the reforms is on Home Care, these changes bring the element of competition to a new level in aged care. Those not stepping up to the plate and providing the care seniors’ need may ultimately go out of business and it is more imperative than ever that aged care providers can promote their point of difference.

Creating a friendly and welcoming environment goes a long way to reassuring loved ones that they are making the right choice in aged care, as well as the resident looking forward to joining your community.

The difference provided, down to the quality and placement of furniture throughout the aged care facility, plays an increasingly important role in ensuring quality of life for people living in residential care facilities. The trend towards stylish facilities which create a sense of home, put residents at ease and allow visitors to relax and enjoy visiting their loved ones.

With variety, choice and flexibility in furniture design, the team at Crown Furniture will work with you to create an environment that is resident-friendly and can assist staff in managing residents, whilst keeping your facility front-of-mind for prospective residents.

To learn more about Crown Furniture’s specialty furniture design, call our team on 1800 194 194.

Introducing Greenhill Manor, Figtree

23.03.2017

Introducing Greenhill Manor, Figtree

Greenhill Manor delivers a new, superior standard in aged care and features a newly constructed building complimenting the original historic house, Greenhill. This house comes with a rich history. Both Greenhill and Hillside (lower down the hill), were built in the late 1930’s by BHP to be used as house and guest accommodation.

With a key theme of offering aged care of the highest calibre, when the time came to refurbish Greenhill Manor, it was of the upmost importance to carry forward the long and proud tradition of the property. This was done as a collaboration between Crown Furniture and Greenhill Manor with superb results.

Versatile Zecca dining tables were chosen to fashionably link the old and new buildings together. These were then partnered with Courlay armchairs in the house and Lara armchairs in the new build, the table looking equally good with both chairs.

In the reception area, which looks out onto the verdant gardens, Enrico lounge chairs were chosen which reflect the art deco era and colours of the 1930’s.

Upstairs, a sunny corner room was made over as a stunning conservatory. It is proving to be very popular with residents, as they can enjoy the garden views and have a place to enjoy a coffee and relax with friends and family whilst sitting on the Questelle armchairs coupled with the Spin table.

Say hello to the Dynamic Dana…

23.03.2017

Say hello to the Dynamic Dana…

Crown Furniture has built a strong reputation for delivering quality furniture for the aged care, retirement, health care and mental health sectors.

One of our most popular chairs for the aged care and retirement living sectors is the stylish Dana Armchair. A pioneering piece from our collection, Dana has stood the test of time due to its combination of versatility, comfort and style. Useful as both a dining and a general-purpose armchair, the Dana has been adapted to a stackable, bariatric and a version with front wheels for easy mobility in and out of tables.

Built in Italy out of European Beech, this contemporary timber is finished with a 2-pack lacquer for added durability. The ¾ back style also comes with the optional full back style and a myriad of fabric choices which provide the flexibility to team a vinyl seat with a fabric back.

As a fit for purpose chair, the Dana has been carefully designed with:

  • cut outs on the arm ends, making it easier to stand and sit for patients as they have something to grip onto,
  • a ¾ back style ideal for cleaning, as it ensures no food or liquid is trapped at the back of the seat, and
  • the height and depth of the seat have been ergonomically considered to ensure ease of sitting and standing.

Dana Armchair

Find out why Dana has stood the test of time and contact the team at Crown Furniture for more information on the innovative Dana Armchair range on 1800 194 194.

Luxury and Style on the menu at Wahroonga House

27.02.2017

Luxury and Style on the menu at Wahroonga House

Located on Sydney’s leafy upper north shore, Wahroonga House is a beautiful heritage listed home which was recently renovated, with a complimentary new wing added to suit the needs of the highest level of aged care service from Thompson Healthcare.

Crown Furniture was chosen to supply the dining, café, outdoor and bedroom furniture, delivered to meet Thompson Healthcare’s specifications. As a nod to the heritage of the house, the architecture and stunning surrounds that largely contribute to its original fabric, quality furniture from Italy and Australia was sourced, providing the perfect compliment.

The Clementine armchair was used throughout all the dining rooms, including dementia and partnered with the Rainer table which has proved to be a stunning choice. It was showcased once again in the private dining room where it rose to a new level when it was combined with the Ottavia table with beautiful inlay top.

All selected furniture pieces are made from the highest quality European beech and finished to Thompson Healthcare’s specifications.

However, the selection was not limited to the dining rooms. The Giarni chair and Aurelia table were a perfect choice for the café area bringing an ambience to the area, which features the Thompson trademark train set. In addition, the Ashley recliner chair was featured in the bedrooms delivering the pinnacle in stylish and functional furniture. Once again, this selection was made especially for Thompson Healthcare with their selected fabric and finishes.

To learn more about Crown Furniture’s specialty furniture design, call our team on 1800 194 194.

COME VISIT US AS THE UPCOMING LASA AND PASA CONFERENCES

27.02.2017

COME VISIT US AS THE UPCOMING LASA AND PASA CONFERENCES

Crown Furniture is excited to be exhibiting at the upcoming LASA Queensland State Conference and the PASA Aged Care Procurement Sydney events in March. We invite you to drop by and visit our booths and say hello to the team. Details of both conferences are below:

LASA Queensland State Conference
Customers in the seat: Reading the aged care roadmap

Commencing:                    Wednesday 29 March
Concluding:                        Friday 31 March
Venue:                                 Jupiters Gold Coast, Broadbeach QLD
Booth Number:                  23

Please visit the LASA website for more information and to register.

PASA Aged Care Procurement Sydney Conference
Learn about the latest in procurement solutions for the Aged Care industry

Commencing:                    Wednesday 29 March
Concluding:                        Thursday 30 March
Venue:                                 Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill NSW
Booth Number:                  41

Please visit the PASA website for more information and to register.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Common Issues in Ageing

27.02.2017

Common Issues in Ageing

At their life stage, older and ageing Australians should have the opportunity to live healthy, positive and productive lives, connected to and participating in the life of the community. As we get older, we hope that our lives will become easier. We anticipate retirement as the time in our lives when we can finally relax.  However, ageing comes with a new set of issues.

Population projections for Australia suggest that there will be four million people aged between 65–84 years by 2022 with rapid acceleration of some age groups (over 65, over 85) in the next ten years. Support and care for older Australians is currently either provided through the residential aged care sector or by community based service providers in the home. [1]

 

Many people are aware of the physical challenges that can come with ageing: less flexibility, loss of fitness and an increase in disease. But there are also some psychological issues that come as people age. Many older patients find themselves feeling depressed and anxious and can easily become disengaged with others.

According to AgeingCare.com, a lot of our elderly are coping with at least one of the following conditions, and many are dealing with two or more of the following:

  • Heart conditions (hypertension, vascular disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease)
  • Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease
  • Delirium
  • Depression
  • Incontinence (urinary and bowel)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing problems
  • Frequent falls, which can lead to fractures
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Cancer
  • Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, Macular Degeneration)
  • Weight loss

While this list may seem daunting, it shows the challenges that are faced in aged care every day, and that the right caring environment can help the elderly still live a life of joy.

The design of aged care facilities and the placement and quality of furniture throughout, plays an increasingly important role in ensuring quality of life for people living in residential care facilities. The trend towards stylish facilities is beneficial for everyone – it puts residents at ease, allows visitors to relax and means that staff have a more welcoming place in which to work. In fact, many reports have shown that the physical environment significantly improves the physical and psychological states of patients, residents and clients, and staff, physicians and visitors[2]

Crown Furniture continually strives to create furniture that is not only functional but that contributes to the wellbeing of patient in care and can help to overcome many of the challenges faced including:

  • seating height to facilitate ingress
  • seat depth for good body posture
  • forward positioned arms to aid leverage
  • lumbar support

and a range of other features built into the core of our design work.

With variety, choice and flexibility in furniture design, the team at Crown Furniture will work with you to create an environment that is resident-friendly and can assist staff in managing residents.

To learn more about Crown Furniture’s specialty furniture design, call our team on 1800 194 194.



[2] Hamilton, K., & Watkins, D. (2009). Evidence-based design for multiple building types. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Crown Furniture delivers on St Vincent's Hospital refurbishment project

14.12.2016

Crown Furniture delivers on St Vincent's Hospital refurbishment project

Crown Furniture recently completed the refurbishment of a living room in St Vincent’s Hospital, one of Australia’s most iconic hospitals. As well as a full-service teaching and emergency hospital, St Vincent’s is well known for several specialty units that are internationally recognised as centres of excellence. 

This newly completed area was specifically designed for the Geriatrics Unit, where the aim was to create a living room feeling, typically associated with residential living, within the ward to assist with patient’s recovery. It is also an ideal space where patients can spend time with their loved ones when visiting and for group and one on one work between staff and patients.

Hues of blue and aquamarine were selected for the furnishings, many of which were supplied by Crown Furniture, to create a feeling of relaxation and calmness.  Using the colour blue as a base induces the body to create chemicals that are calming, so it’s no surprise that it is the most favoured of all colours. Dark blues are great for providing a professional feel, but using too much can create a cold, disengaged feeling when used on its own. The mix of blue hues with the warmth of pink, as designed in the refurbishment, give a more relaxing, friendly feel ideally suited to the specialty unit.

The furniture chosen for the living room was partnered together to create a stylish and inviting area that is comfortable while practical and can seat up to 10 people comfortably. Furniture used includes:

It’s OK to take it easy with Crown Furniture’s Nerissa Single Lounge

14.12.2016

It’s OK to take it easy with Crown Furniture’s Nerissa Single Lounge

Crown Furniture is proud to introduce the Nerissa Single Lounge, an elegantly designed piece reminiscent of an uncomplicated era when there was time to simply sit and enjoy a good book with a cup of tea.

This mid-century inspired piece has adopted an organic, less formal design sympathetic to the era.

Ideal for retirement living, the Nerissa Lounge from Crown Furniture inspires a simple theme – it’s perfectly OK to sit back and take it easy, taking time to enjoy your surroundings and good company.

Manufactured in Italy with European Beech Construction, the Nerissa Single Lounge is fully upholstered and can be supplied in a range of custom finishes. 

Aged care's role in overcoming the feeling of loss

14.12.2016

Aged care's role in overcoming the feeling of loss

A recent report from Australian Aging Agenda highlighted the overwhelming feeling of loss residents feel when moving into an aged care facility.

The report specifically heard from Vasey RSL Care’s ANZAC Hostel where over time, through listening to residents and asking about what they most valued, a common theme was the residents feeling of loss. Loss of home, neighbours, a partner, friends, caring for grandchildren and community; a feeling of loss of all things familiar by moving out of their family home and into residential aged care. Some older people feel as though they have lost their ‘voice’ and no longer have a say in their day-to-day care and activities.

The design of aged care facilities and the placement and quality of furniture throughout, plays an increasingly important role in ensuring quality of life for people living in residential care facilities.

A report to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council argued that:

“Consideration of the built environment is essential to the achievement of the vision of increased healthy life expectancy. The built environment has a powerful impact on mobility, independence, autonomy and quality of life in old age and can also facilitate or impede the quest for a healthy lifestyle at all ages.” [1]

Dementia-friendly design not only enhances the wellbeing of residents living with dementia but enables aged care providers to create sustainable environments.

That’s according to architect Kirsty Bennett, manager of environmental design education services at the NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre (DTSC), who said it was a myth that providers had to be simplistic when it came to designing dementia-friendly environments.

“Bland, boring, repetitive environments are actually really confusing for a person with dementia,” Ms Bennett told the Leading Aged Services Australia Tri-State conference earlier this year.[2] Instead, she said providers needed to design environments that were relevant and meaningful for residents living with dementia. Making an environment more dementia-friendly didn’t necessarily have to involve a new build – it could be as simple as rearranging furniture, she said.

Designing facilities to support people with a reduced level of cognitive function is practical and achievable. Good design is vital so that residents feel at ease in their home and carers are able to work in a safe environment.

As per a paper prepared for NSW Health, the Principles of Good Design for Aged Care facilities[3] should ensure that the environment:

  • supports the safety and security of residents, staff and visitors. Security measures are unobtrusive to residents and visitors but a deterrent to unwanted visitors.
  • is homely for the residents, and pleasant to work in for staff and for families to visit. It creates a sense of belonging and familiarity and promotes residents’ being able to ‘personalise’ their living spaces.
  • supports residents’ independence and facilitates provision of assistance when required –  unobtrusive support services that enable residents to maintain their independence and dignity while remaining within a ‘homely’ environment.
  • provides the appropriate level of care required by the clients e.g. those with dementia or challenging behaviours and those with disabilities, as well as any special cultural needs.
  • achieves a balance between residents’ functional abilities and a manageable work environment for staff.
  • is sympathetic to the local community and natural environment including attention to visual appeal and being sympathetic to the local buildings.

Crown Furniture offers a range of aged care, healthcare, mental health and retirement furniture, so your patients and residents feel both welcome and at home. The trend towards stylish facilities is beneficial for everyone – it puts residents at ease, allows visitors to relax and means that staff have a more welcoming place in which to work.

With variety, choice and flexibility in furniture design, the team at Crown Furniture will work with you to create an environment that is resident-friendly and can assist staff in managing residents.

To learn more about Crown Furniture’s specialty furniture design, call our team on 1800 194 194.



[1] Promoting Healthy Ageing in Australia, 2003, page 47

[2] http://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/2016/03/02/38444/

[3] http://www.fallssa.com.au/documents/hp/Design_guidelines-aged_care_facilities.pdf

Crown Furniture chosen for comfort and style for Blue Care’s Mt Louisa facility

28.11.2016

Crown Furniture chosen for comfort and style for Blue Care’s Mt Louisa facility

Just last month, residents moved into Blue Care’s new $17.5 million Townsville Mt Louisa facility, providing residential aged care, allied health and respite. Construction of the purpose-built aged care facility - located on Bayswater Road, Mt Louisa - took 12 months to build. It was finished a month ahead of schedule.

To ensure residents and visitor comfort, every care was taken in the build and fit out of Blue Care’s Mt Louisa facility. This care and attention has also been extended to the furniture selection to be used throughout the facility.

Residents will be able to easily rest and relax in beautiful common areas with stylish and comfortable furniture from Crown . The dining rooms feature Crown Furniture’s Dana Armchairs matched with Serene dining tables that offer excellent seating position as well as back support and flat arms with hand grips so residents can easily manoeuvre in and out of the chair.

Many reports and research show the physical environment significantly improves the physical and psychological states of patients, residents and clients, and staff, physicians and visitors[1], so Common Lounge areas have been beautifully furnished and decorated with specially commissioned art work to complement the Tempo lounges in bright colours and style.

Residents and their visitors can enjoy beautifully landscaped gardens, shaded undercover areas and outside terraces suitable for the North Queensland conditions. Crown Furniture has completed the picture with a range of outdoor lounges so residents can enjoy the outdoor gardens in style and comfort.

To learn more about Crown Furniture’s specialty furniture design, call our team on 1800 194 194.



[1] Hamilton, K., & Watkins, D. (2009). Evidence-based design for multiple building types. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

 

Contemporary, innovative and functional, Italian styled Amalie Range offers the perfect balance.

28.11.2016

Contemporary, innovative and functional, Italian styled Amalie Range offers the perfect balance.

A shiny new trend that has long been in style in restaurants and cafes has been re-invented, now designed and manufactured for aged care and healthcare facilities.  Once hidden behind bathroom doors, chrome has come into its own and is now widely accepted as a stylish design feature that blends textures and colours.

The new Amalie range from Crown Furniture incorporates a slim profile chrome metal frame teamed with a range of moisture resistant and antibacterial fabrics, giving a finesse seldom seen in metal furniture. The club lounge and dining chair both feature arm pads for comfort and removable seat cushions, the dining chair can be linked together or stacked for neat storage when not in use.

The philosophy behind the design of all furniture from Crown Furniture is to add to the ambience by being visually pleasing, underpinned with practicality, functionality and the flexibility need to support residents of aged care and healthcare facilities and their visitors so they can feel at home whether in the dining room or common room.

Contact the team at Crown Furniture for more information on the innovative Amalie Range on 1800 194 194.

Crown Furniture applauds the Maggie Beer Foundation

28.11.2016

Crown Furniture applauds the Maggie Beer Foundation

The wellbeing and comfort of residents in aged care facilities is of the upmost importance to Crown Furniture. Our focus is to design and manufacture furniture that creates a relaxed and calming atmosphere whether in the dining room, outdoor area or common rooms. This focus on the wellbeing of aged care residents is also a focus for the Maggie Beer Foundation, a program we have the uttermost respect for.

The vision for Maggie Beer Foundation (MBF) is to ensure that all residents in aged care are provided with fresh food that has flavour.

The Maggie Beer Foundation runs the 'Creating An Appetite For Life’ education programs that offer the opportunity for chefs from residential aged care homes to participate in a workshop with Maggie to be inspired and challenged by how to create nutritious, full flavoured, low cost meals everyday in the kitchen. These Education Programs are aimed at those who are committed to making a difference in their aged care home kitchens and who can influence those controlling food budgets, supplier relationships, menus and dining room management.

Not only does the Maggie Beer Foundation run these successful education programs, they also work directly with staff of aged care facilities to teach about the nutritional benefits of an edible garden at the back door. This Wellbeing Gardens Program also helps promote flowering gardens in facilities to help create a positive atmosphere and purpose for residents. 

With her many years background as a well-respected chef and food author, the Maggie Beer Foundation website is full of recipes that are a mix of old fashioned favourites such as Chicken and Vegetable Pie and Braised Beef Shin with a range of new fashioned choices including Kale & Pine Nut Tart and Roast Chicken with Lentil & Avocado Salad.

The health, comfort and wellbeing of aged care residents is paramount, the respect we show people as they age directly reflects our whole society. 

Ryno wins ‘Best Interior Product’ at BBH Awards

21.11.2016

Ryno wins ‘Best Interior Product’ at BBH Awards

Crown Furniture Congratulates Pineapple on their recent win at the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2016 for their Ryno range where they won ‘Best Interior Product’.

The awards - held at The Brewery in central London - brought together over 600 healthcare professionals to celebrate innovation in all areas of healthcare provision.

To be eligible for the category, products needed to benefit the therapeutic environment, demonstrate involvement of patients or staff in the design process and embody an innovative and creative approach to design and construction. The judges crowned Ryno the clear winner, adding that the range addressed a clear and important need.

Jayne Shawcross, Head of Marketing for Pineapple said "I'm so proud to be able to collect this award. It confirms that we are achieving what we set out to do and that's to help transform healthcare environments into safe, but above all stimulating surroundings. As well as staff safety, the range focuses on the needs of the user, creating environments that promote harmony and benefit the healing process. My congratulations go to all the entrants, the standard was exceptionally high."

To find out more about the Ryno range visit the Crown Furniture website.

SOURCE: http://www.pineapplecontracts.com/news/2016/11/02/ryno-wins-best-interior-product-at-bbh-awards

Crown Furniture Introduces the Ryno range

25.10.2016

Crown Furniture Introduces the Ryno range

Crown Furniture, Australia’s leader in furniture for specialist institutions and high level challenging environments, have launched the vibrant and safe Ryno range into Australia.

Manufactured in the UK, the Ryno range is strong furniture built to last in extra challenging environments. It is ideal for mental health facilities, correctional and rehabilitation facilities, healthcare institutes and educational institutes that can face behavioural challenges where furniture can be used as potential weapons.

The theory behind the development of the Ryno range is that safe doesn’t need to mean bland and boring. There is no reason why healthcare environments and other challenging environments can’t be stimulating, vibrant and exciting places.

According to The US Center for Health Design, “In the past quarter century, the healthcare industry has begun to embrace a growing body of work that examined the relationship between the physical environment, human responses, and consequent healthcare outcomes.”[1]

Ryno products are filled with a non-reactive ballast to increase the weight. It can be weighted to up to 75kg making them difficult to pick up or throw, bringing added safety and peace of mind when they are used in extreme environments. For added comfort, chairs are available with upholstered seat and back pads. A wide range of upholstery and colours gives a high degree of personalisation and choice.

The Ryno range available from Crown Furniture includes chairs, occasional tables, activity tables as well as lounges. Integrated into the smooth design are a host of safety features which make Ryno products uniquely suited in extreme environments while the UV stabilised, anti-bacterial polymer used makes it perfect for outdoor use and is available in nine vibrant colours. Ryno is available from Crown Furniture. Call 1800 194 194 or enquire here.

[1] https://www.healthdesign.org/chd/research/furniture-design-features-and-healthcare-outcomes

Healing Power of the Right Design

25.10.2016

Healing Power of the Right Design

Mental health facilities, correctional and rehabilitation facilities, healthcare institutes and educational institutes have traditionally been designed to simply hold mass numbers without any forethought as to how the building can form a part of the experience of residents. However there has been a global shift in attitude towards design for facilities and institutions which takes into consideration the built environment on the behaviours of facility residents and their healing.

Evidence over the past decade confirms that the physical environment can significantly improve patient outcomes and expedite patient recovery.[1] Research clearly identifies that a healing environment has demonstrated measurable improvements in the physical and psychological states of patients and staff, physicians and visitors. [2]

Institutions are rapidly reinventing themselves as holistic healing and rehabilitation environments. A healing environment not only provides essential physical features of safety, security and necessary medical treatment, but it actively facilitates the holistic health of sick people.[3]

Architecture and the blending of indoors and outdoors, light and shade are well documented to be part of the healing by design movement. There is also much evidence that the intelligence around furniture design and placement also play a role.

The Ryno range of furniture now available from Crown Furniture, set out to create an incredibly resilient seating collection which - most importantly - avoids an institutionalised appearance, and their colours and design adds to the interior instead of simply blending into the beige.

For many institutions and facilities, the aim to provide a calming, warming and welcoming environment for patients while also ensuring the safety of those same patients presents a constant challenge. The Ryno range has answered all of the possible concerns by providing brightly coloured, one-piece moulded furniture that cannot be weaponised or in any way used against staff while adding to the positive setting of their environment.

Don’t let the bright colours and fun shapes fool you, behind the smooth design of the Ryno range lay a host of safety features which make Ryno products uniquely suited to extreme environments.

[1] Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, (2009). Future health: Sustainable places for health and well-being, & Veitch, J.A., (2008). Investigating and influencing how buildings affect health: Interdisciplinary endeavours. Canadian Psychology, 49(4), 281-288.

[2] Hamilton, K., & Watkins, D. (2009). Evidence-based design for multiple building types. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

[3] Carr, R. (2010). National Institute of Building Sciences Whole Building Design Guide http://www.wbdg.org/design/health_care.php

Specialist furniture design and production for Dementia care by Crown Furniture

25.10.2016

Specialist furniture design and production for Dementia care by Crown Furniture

With more than 50% of residents in aged care facilities suffering from dementia, furniture designed specifically for the needs of dementia patients has never been more important. It’s time to highlight the impact dementia has on the lives of so many in our community and to bring focus to some of the facts around this unfortunate affliction in society. 

Alzheimer’s Australia, in a report titled Dementia Care and the Built Environment, highlighted how the right design and furniture surrounding dementia patients reduces stress and anxiety for patients and their families, offering a higher level of comfort and security around their care. “The design of facilities can play an important role in ensuring that quality of life for people with dementia living in residential facilities is maximised. In turn, this will reduce the stress and anxiety felt by families and carers when facing the often difficult decisions around residential placement and will encourage carers to take up residential respite opportunities.”[1]

To ensure our furniture is meeting the needs of dementia care, Crown Furniture has undertaken dementia training to understand more the specifics around designing products to fit their specific needs. The Dementia Design workshop attended by Crown Furniture was developed by the Dementia Centre, HammondCare. The workshop gave some great insights into the specifics of designing for dementia patients.

The key learnings from this training and our ongoing experience in working with facilities who care for dementia residents has led to Crown Furniture continually pushing our design and production team to create furniture that is not only functional but that contributes to the wellbeing of dementia patients in care. 

With the variety, choice and flexibility in furniture design, Crown Furniture work closely with clients to create an environment that is dementia-friendly and can assist staff in managing dementia residents. To learn more about Crown Furniture’s specialty furniture design for dementia care, call one of our team at 1800 194 194 or enquire here

[1] https://www.fightdementia.org.au/files/20040600_Nat_NP_3DemCareBuiltEnv.pdf

Cooinda. The Beautiful Outdoors

04.10.2016

Cooinda. The Beautiful Outdoors

At Cooinda Hostel, Gympie QLD, the outdoors is a great place to be. The idea of creating a culture based on community engagement, wellness and lifestyle makes patients feel welcomed and at home.

Crown Furniture’s approach to the Cooinda project was to embrace the varying needs of its residents by providing an outdoor and indoor living space that would give the resident choice. Quality furniture that at the same time was designed to cater for their specialised needs.

“Crown’s extensive aged care experience means that we understand the crucial balance between comfort and purpose,” said Julianne Brown at Crown Furniture. “Cooinda features spacious and light-filled rooms with stunning gardens and numerous open areas, offering a stylish lifestyle with a truly charming Australian country outlook. We specified furniture in response to the unique qualities of its environment. Much consideration went into the competent safety benefits for both the dementia specific wing and the sensory gardens.”

Outdoor pieces such as the Amalfi Outdoor Dining Table and Amalfi Stacking Arm Chair, made from a fully welded aluminium frame and synthetic flat weave are both durable and made to withstand high use. The Amalfi also comes in a range of lounges, a side table and coffee table, offering a free flowing seating arrangement in Cooinda’s external gardens and courtyards.

Indoor pieces such as the Stanford Wing Lounge offers harmony of style and aged care posture support. This piece is suited to High Care public areas and Resident Rooms where head support and security of wings is valuable. The selection of floral fabrics in red and yellow hues chosen for this project adds a warm and personal dimension whilst enriching and enhancing the lifestyle that Cooinda offers. We placed the Serene Side Table as a perfect match for the Stanford Wing Lounge.

Cooinda Aged Care Centre is a non-profit organisation, belonging to the Gympie community and is administered by a committee of business people and retired professionals. They provide an integrated supported living outcome to the village and real value to the community. Features include the chatterbox café, men’s workshop, wellness clinic, landscaped gardens and courtyards. To see Crown’s Cooinda project.  

The Cheerful Feelings of Spring

04.10.2016

The Cheerful Feelings of Spring

The spring season is full of transformations, new growth and renewal. The weather is getting warmer; the sun is shining in through the windows. The dark, old fabrics that reside in our halls and furniture in our common areas just don’t make us feel in touch with the bright colours and cheerful feelings of spring. Yes, it’s time to slip into the outdoors and start thinking about refreshing your facility.

Crown’s range of high quality, luxury outdoor furniture is ideal for use in aged care and retirement living. We use the finest outdoor materials, including durable UV protected weather resistant resin, powder coated aluminium, synthetic woven wicker and acrylic fabrics for outdoor, undercover areas made to withstand all weather locations. Our use of mixed reinforced materials in many of the designs enables you to have exceptionally strong furniture with plenty of safety benefits.

Here are 3 of our latest outdoor furniture releases…

#1: Jansie Outdoor Chair

Pleasant and durable, the Jansie Outdoor Chair is made in Italy from high-gloss polypropylene with a contoured seat and decorative back. It is sturdy, lightweight, and fits perfectly to modern or traditional settings, ideal for use in the garden or terrace.

#2: Questelle Setting

What an elegant and classy garden furniture setting. Just like the romantic designs of yesteryear with a hint of the contemporary. The scroll pattern table and chairs have been manufactured in cast aluminium for durability with flared legs to help provide even greater stability. The Questelle Setting can be used in a number of styles.

#3: Portico Setting

The Portico Setting features impeccable, grandly scaled cast-aluminium chairs that are crafted to stand the test of time. Fine furniture details such as scrolling arms and crisscrossing backs on the seating are rich in appearance and design, finished with high performing outdoor cushion covers. The fabric is of high quality and water, mildew and fade resistant. The Portico Setting also features a round table with a growing vine motif in dark-brown finish with bronze highlights, reminiscent of decadent European style.

To see how these gorgeous furniture settings will look in your outdoor space, call our consultants on 1800 194 194 TODAY.

The Vibrant Colours of Emmaus Village

04.10.2016

The Vibrant Colours of Emmaus Village

One great example of a community village that is blooming in spring is the Emmaus Village Community that was refurbished in 2015 in vibrant and tropical colours. Aqua blues and deep magentas were chosen to replicate the feeling of spring all year around, while combining a secondary hue of subtle and muted tones to keep the emphasis on the brighter colours.

A selection of furniture was chosen to keep residents safe and comfortable. Here’s a peek behind the curtains at 5 of these colourful pieces…

#1: Delta Timber Armchair

With thoughtful design, quality materials and time-honoured craftsmanship, the Delta Timber Armchair is made of European Beech by our team of expert makers. The Delta comes in a range of styles, upholstered seat & back with optional infill arms, or with open timber arms and studded detail. There’s also a diverse range of moisture barrier fabrics and vinyls to choose from.

#2: Serene Dining Table

Bring a bit of class into the dining room with the Serene collection. The Serene Dining Table is made from luxurious European Beech and polished with a 2 pack lacquer, carved tapered legs and has a range of custom top options. This dining table has a distinct air of refinement and simple charm.

#3: Serene Buffet

Rich and warm, the Serene Buffet is pure quality. With tapered legs made from European Beech and with timbergrain melamine doors and drawers, each piece in the Serene Collection is stress-tested to ensure top quality construction for many years of use.

#4: Serene Side Table

This little table is the perfect height for a lamp or vase. Standing straight with long, slender legs, the Serene Side Table pays tribute to classical European design. Made of European beech, it has endured rigorous testing to ensure quality, correct construction for years of use.

#5: Valori High Back Tub Lounge

There's something about a favourite chair that makes it more than four legs, two arms and a cushion. You put in the time with a good book, a good TV show or a good conversation, and you're rewarded with years of comfort and style… The Valori High Back Tub Lounge definitely inspires the feeling.

To learn more about Crown Furniture’s specialty furniture design, call our team on 1800 194 194.

Thank you to Crown Furniture for their generous donation of $500.00

29.09.2016

Thank you to Crown Furniture for their generous donation of $500.00

As part of our commitment to 'Freedom', the Aged Care Plus Walkathon raises awareness and funds for disadvantaged communities both locally and internationally.

Your gift will help to support the work of The Freedom Partnership, The Salvation Army’s national initiative to end modern day slavery. The Freedom Partnership aims to mobilise community, business and government to realise their contributions to modern slavery and take action to eradicate it. It also stands to support people in crisis through the Australian Freedom Fund. The fund makes resources such as shelter, transport, food, legal and emergency medical care available to people in crisis, ensuring that they receive the right assistance at the right time.

On their behalf, let me say "thank you".

Sharon Callister, Chief Executive Officer

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus

28.09.2016

Crown Furniture donates $250.00 to Wesley Mission Queensland

‘We really appreciate your support in bringing Hope to over 100,000 Queenslanders in need each year!’

Wesley Mission Queensland.

Thompson Healthcare. Boronia House

26.08.2016

Thompson Healthcare. Boronia House

Welcome to Boronia House. Located in St Marys in Sydney’s west, Boronia House is the kind of premium retirement living seldom seen in this region. This exceptional home is stylish and spacious with modern convenience. Every space is designed for quality and comfort.

Completed in May 2016, Thompson Healthcare assembled a highly experienced team to plan, construct and create Boronia House, including Crown Furniture, who were chosen for their established reputation, wealth of knowledge and experience in specifying furniture and space planning for this premium retirement development.

Very helpful and professional service during all aspects of the order, including planning, design, delivery and placement. Highly recommend Crown, a highly professional and knowledgeable team who work hard to meet their client’s expectations”.

Jill Rodgers – Thompson Healthcare

For the Boronia House refurbishment, Crown Furniture featured furniture pieces such as the Summer Hill, a fully upholstered single wing chair with optional button detailing and loose seat cushion, and matching ottoman with Cabriole timber legs, offering the perfect seating arrangement for any casual or formal living space.

Julianne Brown, part of the design team at Crown Furniture assigned to this project, said, “The plan was to appoint a furniture range that was sleek and timeless in its aesthetic, yet properly comfortable for the Boronia House project. Each piece we chose was crafted in either Italy or Australia using European beech timber construction, and finished in rich, lustrous colours made in moisture barrier fabrics and vinyl. To step back and see each piece set upon majestically patterned floors and warm timber cabinetry, Boronia House was the perfect foundation on which to build upon with layers of colour, textures and shapes.” 

Boronia House exudes sophistication, yet projects the warmth and character of an elegant home. Its residents experience an aspirational level of retirement lifestyle and services that focus on making sure every day is the best it can be. Click here to see the Crown’s Boronia House project.

European Design Range

26.08.2016

European Design Range

The NEW comfort furniture range from Europe has arrived to Australia and is available now at Crown furniture. This European range has been created with a designer approach of international trends that turns every living space into a premium retirement lifestyle experience.    

James Martin, sales consultant at Crown Furniture said, “Each piece is designed for a residential rather than institutional experience. It’s an essential part of the design process putting the resident at the centre of design right from the start. How the resident will use the piece, and how the piece will influence how they feel. It’s about tailoring style and liveability so the perception is of home, but with commercial quality.”

Each piece in the European Design range can be customisable in a variety of finishes and fabrics. Here are SIX of these amazing furniture pieces…

#1. Isola Console Table. A gorgeous classic style hall table that can welcome guests with a pretty bouquet or figurine in the entrance hall, or provide an architectural focus in a living area below a decorative mirror. Made from carved European Beech timber and finished in gold leaf, the dark Emperador marble top adds elegance. A real quality piece of bespoke furniture, great for structural strength and wearing surfaces. Click here for more info.

#2. Aurelia Dining Table. This perfectly designed dining table option is manufactured in Italy and finished in Australia, looks really striking thanks to the wood carved support. A versatile piece for a small dining area or café, it’s constructed from European Beech and polished in 2 tone stain effect, adding a great combination of wood and finish. Click here for more info.

#3. Clementine Arm Chair. The fine curving classic design, the graceful proportions and pure sophistication makes the Clementine Arm Chair stand out for its attention to detail. Constructed of Beech timber and standard with a comfortable webbed seat, this chair can be dressed up with added details of nails, braiding, double welt and deep buttoning to the inside back. Shown with optional buttoning, also available as a side chair. Click here for more info.

#4. Giarni Arm Chair. This French influenced chair with a plantation twist is the perfect way to give any dining room an upgrade. Reminiscent of bygone colonial days, it’s vintage charm is truly exceptional in that regard. With European Beech construction, shown here with a cream antique effect finish and soft chocolate brown cushioning, the Giarni Arm Chair gives you both comfort and style. Click here for more info.

#5. Nardi Tub Chair. Perfect in the bedroom or in the living room, the Nardi Tub Chair is compact and exceptionally comfortable, quietly fitting into classic or contemporary interiors. Add a lamp or occasional table for the perfect reading chair, or pair with a side table to create an inviting interior display. Constructed from European Beech timber with matching or contrasting piping, it comes in a range of moisture barrier fabrics. Click here for more info.

#6. Ottavia Dining table. This magnificent dining table sets the scene for the meal, marks the occasion and adds a sense of beauty and significance to the gathering. Constructed from European Beech it features an exquisitely designed inlay top, offset against rich carvings and finished with a dark stain and gold leaf. Click here for more info.

Colour Psychology in Dementia Patients

26.08.2016

Colour Psychology in Dementia Patients

Incorporating the right use of colour, in particular for dementia patients, requires designers to see colour in a different way. Each aged care facility has its own demands, depending on what type of patients will be using the room and for what purpose: bedroom, living, treatment and dining areas all require different approaches. For instance, patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia can sometimes forget to eat, so the use of red and yellow in the dining room of a memory care facility can help with patient’s appetites.

Research has shown that when colour vision declines, it can cause the contrast between different colours to be less noticeable. This change can affect depth perception and makes judging distances more difficult. That’s why high contrast colours can play an important role in helping define objects and levels. For instance, a dementia patient with poor vision, a light carpet with a dark border may be perceived as a hole. 

Here are FIVE considerations when it comes to colour association in dementia design…

#1: Use colour and tonal contrasts.

Dementia patients experience a reduction in contrast perception ability, resulting in difficulty differentiating between subtle changes in the environment such as carpets and steps. The use of colour and tonal contrasts between walls and floor coverings, at the edge of stairs or level changes is important.

#2: Emphasise objects

Colour contrast can be used to foreground objects, and put emphasis on others, such as, the colour of table settings must contrast with the table-cloth/table; chairs should contrast with floors, and sinks and toilets must contrast with the bathroom wall/floor.

#3:  Reduce unwanted visual access

A lack of contrast can be useful when you want certain objects or elements to blend in with the surroundings, such as exit doors. These areas can be made discreet by matching the colour of the door to the surrounding walls.

#4: Avoid patterns for safety

For people with dementia, patterns on carpet or flooring can often be perceived as changes in floor level. Avoid bold patterns on floors, especially dots, stripes and chequered patterns which may be perceived as steps or even as ‘holes’ in the ground. Patterns that include stripes and zig zags might be perceived as moving objects.

#5: Colour contrast to define the environment

Floors, skirting and walls require to be clearly contrasting with each other so that the wall and floor junction can be easily distinguishable. That way a person with dementia can determine where the floor ends and the wall begins. Also ensure that rooms that lead into each other look continuous and do not have highly contrasting colours, or it might seem like a change in floor level, or even be mistaken for shadows.

17th International Mental Health Conference – 2016

05.08.2016

17th International Mental Health Conference – 2016

Crown Furniture will be introducing to Australia the Ryno Range by Pineapple at the 17th International Mental Health Conference. For over 35 years Pineapple in the UK has been supplying strong furniture, built to last in extra challenging environments such as mental health services, medium secure units and psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs). The furniture is also used in demanding environments for residents living with autism and other learning disabilities. All Pineapple furniture is about strength and stability tested to contract level, and the Ryno Range is no exception. 

The 17th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from 11 -12 August 2016. An optional half day of workshops will be held on Wednesday 10 August 2016.

We invite you to be part of this significant international event and look forward to seeing you at our show-stopping Crown Furniture booth. Please click the link to register.

The 17th International Mental Health Conference is themed “Guiding the Change” across a broad spectrum of mental disorders, and will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand. The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.

To book, click on this link: Registration Mental Health Conference

NEW - Mialla Range

05.08.2016

NEW - Mialla Range

Great news! Crown Furniture is upgrading the hugely popular Mialla Armchair, as well as expanding the Mialla Range to include a matching Mialla Bridge Chair and Mialla Side Chair.

Made in Italy and finished in Australia of sturdy European beech construction, the Mialla Range comes in a range of colours. The upholstered seat and back is made of moisture barrier fabrics and has a square hole design chair back, eliminating food entrapment.

For more information on the Mialla Range call us on 1800 194 194 or Enquire Now!

The Mialla Range is a classic ensemble that is both beautiful and comfortable.  At every angle the lines of this timeless collection are designed to enhance any dining room décor, or can provide the right aesthetic to fit perfectly in an occasional setting. For decorating ideas Enquire now on the Mialla Range.

Lifestyle is the word…

04.08.2016

Lifestyle is the word…

Mention the words “retirement home” and most people under the age of 50 think of mushed peas and boring daytime TV. But the newest wave of retirement living is anything but typical, offering 5-star hotel luxury and country club stylishness rolled into one.

Take for instance, Courtlands Aged Care in Parramatta, NSW. The Village is set among magnificent landscaped grounds and gardens, and is close to the heart of Parramatta and Lake Parramatta Reserve. It offers a premium aged care experience called the Grange.

The Grange provides superior furnishings and décor using Crown Furniture and provides increased entertainment activities, meal choices and supplementary personal services, such as ensuite rooms, massage therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, pay TV, fine and casual dining, wine, Wi-Fi, hairdressing, and lifestyle programs to enhance overall wellbeing, alongside world-class medical care.

When it comes to retirement living, more and more developers and managers are designing their properties with fussy retirees in mind. A big part of planning is the amenities, ensuring they will appeal to retirees who want to live it up. The trend is to have a very high emphasis on a carefree, active lifestyle that include ‘youthful’ amenities, such as day spas, tennis, swimming, yoga, pilates and golf.

It’s enough to make you want to retire today!

The Perfect Occasional Table Range at your Fingertips…

13.07.2016

The Perfect Occasional Table Range at your Fingertips…

The Maia range has arrived. The set of 3 tables is an elegantly practical and space saving solution for both contemporary and classic interiors. Crafted expertly in Italy using solid European beech construction, the design is that of simplicity and style, well-matched to be used together as a chic range, or as individual pieces; coffee table, side table and hall table that will add function and sophistication to any room. The hall table is great for holding books, picture frames and flower arrangements. The side table serves as a practical piece for TV remotes and table lamps, and the Maia coffee table is more than just a place to rest your plate, magazines and lovely hot cuppa; it is also comfortable enough for the occasional pair of feet!

To find out more about the Maia range click on this link. 

Manufactured in Italy, the Maia range boasts signature style, inspired by the elegance and beauty of Italy. It is immediately recognisable for its timeless flair that combines perfectly with minimalism and elegance. The Maia range comes polished in a choice of our Standard Colours, and Custom Colours on request. The dimensions are:

Side Table – 450x450x550mmH

Hall Table – 1000x450x750mmH

Coffee Table – 1100x600x550mmH

To learn more about the Maia range, Contact Us so that we can help you visualise the beautiful Maia range coffee table, hall table and side table in your facility. 

Crown at LASA Victoria & Tasmania 2016

13.07.2016

Crown at LASA Victoria & Tasmania 2016

Crown is proud to have exhibited at The LASA Victoria & Tasmania State Congress in June 2016. This year was themed ‘The Inconvenient Truth of Ageing’. Crown Furniture presented the notion of ‘Living Comfort’ by showcasing our popular Jennessa Tub Chairs. The Crown booth was hugely popular among the LASA Congress, who brought together CEOs, Board Directors and Senior Managers in the aged care arena, and provided them with the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest research and insights in governance and leadership, and their relevance to a sustainable aged care sector. 

Over two days, the Congress facilitated quality networking mediums with key influential members of the aged services industry. The event featured a comprehensive and diverse array of presentations, delivered by high-profile industry experts from the aged care sector, for the aged care sector. 

Comfort and Design in Aged Care

13.07.2016

Comfort and Design in Aged Care

If you’re in the aged care industry, you probably know the great difficulty one faces when placing a loved one in aged care. Thoughts of guilt… ‘Shouldn’t I be the one taking care of mum?’ And fear… ‘Will the facility understand the care she needs?’

That’s why we understand that residents require a 'home away from home', and in order to achieve this it is paramount the facility embodies comfort and design to provide that perfect balance of familiarity & functionality.

At Crown Furniture, we offer a range of aged care, healthcare, mental health and retirement furniture, making your patients and residents feel both welcome and at home. Our commitment to you is understanding the needs of your clients, and to provide healthcare furniture that will suitably accommodate your expectations. That way, your clients feel relaxed and trust they are in good care.

Crown Furniture guarantees workmanship to be an individual expression of your style. Our furniture is always exceptional and designed to add value to your facility. We act honestly and with integrity in everything we do for you and with you. We know that your reputation of maintaining dignity, ambiance, functionality, and above all, optimum comfort is of paramount importance.

Find out how we can create a furniture range tailor-made to your facility.

We can offer you an in-house colour consulting service, taking you through the steps of concept, design and planning to the finish. Click here to Contact Us for a detailed presentation or to arrange a visit to one of our showrooms.

ANNOUNCEMENT

30.06.2016

ANNOUNCEMENT

RE: MERGER AND BANK ACCOUNT UPDATE

 

Crown Furniture is pleased to announce that as of 1 July 2016 we have merged with 2 other reputable Furniture and Fit-Out suppliers; Civic Australia and Global Design Concepts. Moving forward, the combined companies will trade as separate divisions under the parent name of Solution Design Group.  This is the legal entity that owns these original trading names.

Your ongoing business relationship will continue to be with the Crown Furniture division.

The merger of 3 innovative industry leaders is an opportunity to further strengthen our industry position and to better service the respective markets in which we specialize. The combined expertise of all entities ensures a competent, reliable and enjoyable customer experience. 

As always, customer satisfaction is at the centre of everything we do. Please be assured that you will receive the same high standard of design, quality and service that has been experienced to date.

All staff, including the Management and Sales personnel have been included in the merge. Existing contact details, website address, product warranties, ABN and ACN will remain the same as previous. Banking details have been changed as below, effective from 1st July 2016.

Please ensure this information is sent to your Accounts department.

 

Bank:                                       ANZ, Penrith NSW
Account Name:                     Solution Design Group Pty Ltd

BSB:                                         012 429
Account Number:                 4060 24 264

 

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your business, we look forward to working with you again in the near future to provide practical & progressive design solutions.

First-class aged care

16.06.2016

First-class aged care

Gone are the days of bland and institutional retirement villages that leave residents and visitors wishing they were anywhere else. The new trend towards stylish facilities is beneficial for everyone – it puts residents at ease, allows visitors to relax and means that staff have a more welcoming place in which to work. 

Crown Furniture supports this movement and has recently completed a range of fit-outs that are truly spectacular. One such project is Allity in Normanhurst, which features architecture and design that is inspired by an upper north shore manor house. The classic aesthetic is tasteful, sophisticated and inviting, and most importantly all of the furniture has been designed and manufactured to meet the specific needs of the residents – items are the correct height, made of suitable materials and are easy for older people to move in and out of. It is this combined triumph of character and functionality that will make for a richer future for the new residents. 

Exciting new products

16.06.2016

Exciting new products

A world of stylish and comfortable opportunity awaits with a range of new products. Designs at Crown are constantly evolving to reflect innovative new styles and ground-breaking research that we undertake, and we are excited to present the following: 

  • Edmond Single Lounge 
  • Labenne Single Lounge 

The designs are fit for purpose and come in a boundless range of colours, fabrics and trims to suit every space. While the first priority is functionality, the aesthetics are considered just as important in the design and production process, which is manifested in the final products. 

Speak with the team about the best way to bring function and design into your space. 

Crown at Dementia Conference 2016

16.06.2016

Crown at Dementia Conference 2016

Crown is proud to have exhibited at The International Dementia Conference 2016 Grand Designs - Are we there yet? run by HammondCare and Grand Designs. In its twentieth year, the two day conference on 16-17 June brought together international and Australian researchers, aged care service providers, people with dementia and their carers and relevant government representatives.

Crown has undertaken dementia training with HammondCare in the past in order to create products that meet the specific needs of dementia sufferers, but this was a fantastic opportunity to update our knowledge with seminars that delivered the most up-to-date research from leaders in the industry. In a space that is constantly evolving, it is important to remain informed in order to deliver products that make life as easy and comfortable as possible.

Spiritual wellbeing in aged care

16.06.2016

Spiritual wellbeing in aged care

In an Australian first, a series of national workshops will delve into the new spiritual care guidelines in the aged care sector. The initiative illustrates the movement towards more holistic health and wellbeing for older people in the community. The guidelines are a collaborative project designed by Meaningful Ageing Australia (formerly PASCOP), Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), funded by the Federal Government.

The workshops, scheduled for late June, will prepare the industry ahead of the implementation of the guidelines later this year. Participants will be educated, work through action plans to apply them, address challenges that may occur in the roll-out and identify resources to help staff put them in place.

For more information or to register for a workshop, visit meaningfulageing.org.au/national-guidelines-for-spiritual-care-in-aged-care/

Join us at The Int'l Dementia Conference 2016 Grand Designs

10.06.2016

Join us at The Int'l Dementia Conference 2016 Grand Designs

Join us at the International Dementia Conference 2016 Grand Designs....Are we there yet?

When: 16th - 17th June 2016
Where: Hilton,Sydney NSW
Register: Call 02) 8280 8495

Looking forward to meeting with you.

Congratulations Kerrisdale!

02.05.2016

Congratulations Kerrisdale!

Crown Furniture would like to extend its congratulations to Kerrisdale Gardens for winning the LASA Q 'Excellence in Care' Award!

Crown Furniture Supports HammondCare Golf Day

28.01.2016

Crown Furniture Supports HammondCare Golf Day

Crown Furniture  is pleased to announce its support for the HammondCare Golf Day - 10th March 2016. All donations go towards the new Greenwich Hospital Palliative Care Unit which provides rehabilitation & resorative services for the elderly.

Support HammondCare Greenwich Hospital with Crown Furniture; CLICK HERE

Tranquil Haven at Regis Ontario

27.01.2016

Tranquil Haven at Regis Ontario

The interiors at Regis Ontario evoke serenity & calm. Blues, greens & moody greys in the lounge & dining quarters provide a relaxing environment, while maintaining a coordinated & complimentary flow-on to the amber tones in the bedrooms. Residents & visitors alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to the furniture; single lounges, wing lounges, armchairs...take your pick.

VIEW MORE IMAGES & INFORMATION HERE

Crown Furniture Supports Salvation Army Walkathon

09.12.2015

Crown Furniture Supports Salvation Army Walkathon

Crown helps create a difference with the Salvation Army Walkathon.

On the 7th to 11th of September 2015, The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus team & supporters lined the streets to raise funds for the Freedom Partnership, The Salvation Army's national initiative to end modern day slavery. Every year Aged Care Plus holds a walkathon to raise awareness and much needed funds for disadvantaged communities both locally and internationally.

Participants enjoyed a delicious BBQ after the long trek to raise money for a goal of $80,000.00

Crown Furniture is very pleased to contribute to the cause which aims to make such a difference in 1000's of peoples lives.

The Wait Is Over!

04.12.2015

The Wait Is Over!

The waiting room at Gold Coast Surgical Hospital has a lot to boast about. Management have chosen to stray away from the institutionalised vinyl upholstery & go for a homey printed fabric.

Check out more images of Gold Coast Surgical Hospital HERE

Thank you!

25.11.2015

Thank you!

The team at Crown Furniture would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued clients & suppliers of 2015. We have experienced a successful year & look forward to the challenges & opportunities of 2016.

Our factory, warehouse, office & showrooms will be operating before & after the dates scheduled below;

  • Last day for 2015: Wednesday, 23rd December 2015
  • First day for 2016: Monday, 4th January 2016

Note, emails will be checked during this time, so if you wish to send through an enquiry, please send it to: enquiries@crownfurniture.com.au

Wishing you a safe & enjoyable holiday season!

 

 

The GREAT Outdoors

13.11.2015

The GREAT Outdoors

What better time to spend outside, than the dwindling days of Spring & the early days of Summer....

Make your residents feel at home with our large range of natural & synthetic wicker, plastic & aluminium outdoor choices.

View the OUTDOOR Range HERE
View Cooinda Hostel in Gympie HERE
 

Blooming in Spring

22.10.2015

Blooming in Spring

Check out Emmaus Village to find a community that is truly BLOOMING IN SPRING!

Emmaus Village CLICK HERE

Pre-Chistmas Delivery

13.10.2015

Pre-Chistmas Delivery

If your wanting your order delivered in time for Christmas, you'll have to get in quick!

Pre-Christmas Cut-off Date:

Friday, 16th October 2015*

*This does not include indent items

For more information, please call 1800 194 194 or email enquiries@crownfurniture.com.au

 

 

LASA Melbourne has Begun!

12.10.2015

LASA Melbourne has Begun!

The National LASA Congress has kicked off! Meet the Crown team at Booth 120 to speak with our friendly consultants & view out new ranges.

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
When:  12-14th October 2015
Booth:  120

LASA Melbourne - Crown Furniture

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Lobby of Leisure

21.09.2015

Lobby of Leisure

Moody blues & greys with accents of bronze sets the scene for leisure. The Wave Tub Chairs complimented with side tables call for a board game or good social catch-up. Large windows lining the lobby, shaded by sheer curtaining, acts as a refractor of light, to create the tranquil ambience. The management team, architect, interior designer & the consultant from Crown Furniture collaborated on the project at Royal Freemasons to create the lobby of leisure.

Check out the complete project at Royal Freemasons HERE

To request more information, CLICK HERE

Honoured to Support the BlueShields Day

20.07.2015

Honoured to Support the BlueShields Day

Crown Furniture were pleased to support the students competing at the BlueShields Day, Friday 8th May 2015. It was a day full of games for the students of MET Oatlands at the Sports Hub in Wollongong University. We are a strong ambassador for education & there's no better way to support it than to invest in tomorrow's leaders.

 

Blue Shields Day

Chapel of Choice

09.07.2015

Chapel of Choice

The chapel of choice begins with the right seat. At Crown Furniture our best selling Dana Armchair meets a variety of different requirements. Dining rooms, bedrooms & chapels to name a few. The combination of the right seat height, European Beech frame, Commercial waterproof upholstery & the addition of arms ensures Aged Care accreditation & resident complaints are no issue.

Sisters of St Joseph's - Nundah

View Sisters of St Joseph's - Nundah HERE

For more information on this facility ENQUIRE HERE

 

Listen to what Elizabeth from Catholic Healthcare has to Say

25.06.2015

Listen to what Elizabeth from Catholic Healthcare has to Say

"The consistently high customer service provided by Crown is appreciated, particularly when working in Aged Care environments which often requires special considerations"

Catholic Healthcare - Holy Spirit Croydon

Elizabeth, Project Manager; Catholic Healthcare

View more of what our clients say HERE

View the Catholic Healthcare facility featured above, HERE

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

01.06.2015

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Crown Furniture is honoured to support Cancer Council's next event: 'Australia's Biggest Morning Tea', in their goal to attain 36,000 hosts to help fight cancer.

Our donation will help fund ground-breaking research into new & better ways to prevent, diagnose & treat cancer.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Register your support with a donation  here : http://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/

OR

Register to become a host of  Australia's Biggest Morning Tea here in June.


Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Crown to Exhibit at LASA NSW/ACT May 2015

21.05.2015

Crown to Exhibit at LASA NSW/ACT May 2015

Crown Furniture is pleased to announce we will be exhibiting at LASA NSW/ACT Conference.

'Grasping the Opportunities'

When:                28th - 29th May 2015
Where:              The Westin Hotel, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW
Booth:               10
Who's Invited: Management Teams, DON's, Owners, Operators, Developers, Industry Partners, Administrators, Hostel Supervisors & Operational Staff of all Aged Care Facilities

Meet you there!

REGISTER HERE
 

Surplus Stock

19.05.2015

Surplus Stock

GET IN QUICK! 5 Chair styles are now showing on the alert schedule as excess stock.

Check out the chairs below....

Call 1800 194 194 or email us at enquiries@crownfurniture.com.au to get in touch with our consultants.

NEW Products in Outdoor

30.04.2015

NEW Products in Outdoor

Crown has released some new collections to the Outdoor range. View them HERE.

Some products include:

For more information, call 1800 228 877.

 

 

Mission Accomplished at RSL Gallipoli

24.04.2015

Mission Accomplished at RSL Gallipoli

The RSL Lifecare Facility at Narrabeen features a war heroes themed interior that encapsulates the nostalgia of a vivid past. This was created using a selection of Aged Care furniture which included:

View images of the project here.

 

Home Sweet Home

31.03.2015

Home Sweet Home

Crown Furniture worked with the management at Lynvale Nursing Home to re-create the feeling of 'Home'. Residents now enjoy the familiarity of 'Home' with furniture that supports their lifestyle while emanating style.

To see more of the Lynvale Project, click here.

To view our complete ranges in Aged Care, please download our NEW CONCETTO 2015 Brochure here.

To speak to one of our Consultants regarding your Nursing Home or Retirement Home furniture requirements, please call 1800 194 194.

 

Releasing CONCETTO 2015

18.03.2015

Releasing CONCETTO 2015

Crown Furniture is excited to release the CONCETTO of 2015 - Crown's largest brochure yet!  This brochure showcases options in Aged Care, Healthcare, Mental Health & Retirement Living. 

DOWNLOAD your copy HERE.

To request your FREE PRINT copy CLICK HERE or call             1800 194 194.

LASA has BEGUN!

18.03.2015

LASA has BEGUN!

The LASA Exhibition at Jupiters, Gold Coast has begun! .....And at Booth 23 there is much action! Featuring:

Also being released is our New CONCETTO Brochure, CLICK HERE to view the downloadable version.

CLICK HERE to view more photos of the Exhibition.

We would like to thank everyone who has attended so far & we look forward to seeing those booked for today, Thursday & Friday.

Brochure LAUNCH - Wednesday, 18th March 2015

11.03.2015

Brochure LAUNCH - Wednesday, 18th March 2015

Crown Furniture is excited to release the NEW brochure which covers areas of Aged Care, Healthcare, Mental Health & Retirement Living.

This brochure reveals our complete scope of works from furniture to furnishings, we have your facility covered.

If you would like to book your Print version, click here to apply.

There will be an online version available on Wednesday, 18th March 2015.

Crown to Exhibit at LASA QLD

06.03.2015

Crown to Exhibit at LASA QLD

Crown Furniture Pty Ltd is pleased to announce that our team will be exhibiting at the upcoming LASA Q State Conference.

When: 18th - 20th March 2015
Where: Jupiters, Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, BROADBEACH QLD 4218
Who's Invited: Management Teams, DON's, Owners, Operators, Developers, Industry Partners, Administrators, Hostel Supervisors & Operational Staff of all Aged Care Facilities

For more information on registering, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/lasa-q-state-conference-2015/event-summary-ac3cc79a6ad44998b7df312e5e3e8930.aspx

We look forward to meeting you there at BOOTH: 23.
 

The Right Patient Chair Begins Here

26.02.2015

The Right Patient Chair Begins Here

The right patient chair begins with Care. And Care begins at Crown Furniture. Care in the design, Care in the manufacturing, Care in the choice for the client & Special Care in the delivery.

The Linea Range offers you:

  • European Beech construction for maximum stability
  • Correct seat & arm height for patient care
  • Polished timber frame of your choice...for a sleek finish
  • Firm foam padding for ultimate comfort
  • Custom upholstery to your specifications
  • Insert arm & arm pad upholstery available

Whether you belong in the Aged Care, Healthcare, Mental Health or Retirement Living industry, the Linea is guaranteed to         'Start Right, Care Right & Stay Secure'.

Ask any of our consultants for more information on the Linea Range. This range includes;

Call 1800 194 194 or email enquiries@crownfurniture.com.au

New HOSPITAL Category

25.02.2015

New HOSPITAL Category

Crown Furniture has released a new HOSPITAL category. From reception & waiting rooms to patient bedrooms we have the hospital covered. Check out our expanding range here.

Dining in Style...

20.02.2015

Dining in Style...

The residents at Victoria Point Retirement Village know how to dine in style. Monochrome elegance combined with a refined aura of a past era, fine dining is an everyday experience. Crown supplied the custom-specified furniture to Aged Care standards while maintaining the elegant style.

Furniture featured in this project include:

To view more information & images on this project, please click here.

Step on Stage!

28.01.2015

Step on Stage!

Lights dimmed, the curtains up - shows on! Let your facility take centre stage!

The residents at Our Lady of Consolation (OLOC) are spoilt with the entertainment of the theatre room installed in the facility. Fitted out with our custom theatre chairs and French Burlesque decor, the unique combination catches the eye while serving the Aged Care residents. From the drama of the theatre room, step through to the reception; filled with the Old Masters of past centuries....For more limelight on OLOC, click here.

Find out how you can make your facility a work of art and functionality. call 1800 194 194.

 

Lexia Revealed for 2015

14.01.2015

Lexia Revealed for 2015

Crown Furniture is excited to release the new Lexia range. The Lexia's sleek, minimalist design hails from the Nordic style influence of the 1960's which has made a dramatic comeback into today's interiors. After negotiating with our trusted suppliers we were able reciporicate this modern design into an Aged Care friendly furniture range.

Check out the range here.

For more information, please call 1800 194 194 to speak to one of our friendly staff.

Crown in 2015!

05.01.2015

Crown in 2015!

Welcome to 2015 with Crown Furniture! Many fresh challenges & opportunities await us, here are some of ours to look out for....

  • Lexia Range Release - January
  • New Brochure Launch - February
  • LASA Conference - March

And of course we have a host of new projects to show you. We look forward to fulfilling the requirements of the many facilites Australia wide...watch this space!

Thank You for a Successful 2014!

15.12.2014

Thank You for a Successful 2014!

We would like to extend a big thank you to all our clients for your ongoing custom and support throughout 2014.

Here at Crown Furniture, it has been an eventful and fulfilling year with many improvements taking place to ensure ongoing progress and advancement.

Our factory, warehouse & showrooms will be operating according to the dated schedules below;

  • Last Day for 2014: Friday, 19th December 2014
  • First day for 2015: Monday, 5th January 2015

For any enquiries during this time, please call 1800 194 194 or email enquiries@crownfurniture.com.au

We look forward to working with you all in 2015 and wish you all the very best for a safe and happy holiday season!

Make the Winning Move with Crown Furniture

09.12.2014

Make the Winning Move with Crown Furniture

Crown Furniture has mastered the clues of the Aged Care Furniture game. With decades of experience behind us we have learnt the skill of winning for the client time after time.

To create the WIN-WIN situation; a win for our client, a win for the residents and a win for our product & service reputation, ask us how.

The recently completed project at Warriewood Brook is just one example of where we achieved a balance of client satisfaction & aged care standards.

For more information, please contact us on 1800 194 194.

Dementia & Design

18.11.2014

Dementia & Design

The team at Crown Furniture were involved in a Dementia Design workshop developed by the Dementia Centre, HammondCare. This workshop covered the following areas:

  • Understanding dementia
  • Why design matters
  • Dementia design principles & features
  • Furniture characteristics & dementia design

Find out more about how Crown Furniture can help you achieve a balance of comfort & function to provide a harmonious environment for your dementia residents. Click here.

Take a Seat!

06.11.2014

Take a Seat!

Take a seat in the hairdresser chair....the recently completed project at Courtlands Retirement Village uses a mix of Modern & Victorian styles to create a beautiful home for its Aged Care residents.

A tour through the CRV starts with the spacious dining room featuring the Art Armchairs.Stroll through to the main lounge and enjoy the comfort of the Noosa Wing Lounges and the granduer of the Winslow Range. The Billiard Room offers entertainment in style, featuring the noble Stretton Lounge & the Tarrington Side Tables. saunter through to the Multipurpose Room with our popular Serene Armchairs. Then prepare for a real pampering session, visit the hairdresser and sit in the elegant Louisa waiting armchairs....or take a seat in the styling chair and let the magic begin!

Furniture used in this project:

Steal the Scene!

28.10.2014

Steal the Scene!

Our recently completed project at WMB Knowles Court fuses old-world style furniture with eye-popping candy colours to create a lively, but stylish Aged Care home. A range of vintage inspired furniture was used to provide a comfortable & pleasant living environment for residents.

For more information on this project, please click here.

Make a Grand Entrance

23.09.2014

Make a Grand Entrance

Make a Grand Entrance with Crown's tub chair range! The tub chairs are an ideal choice for the reception area in your facility making guests & residents alike feel at home. Explore the many options with complimentary furniture here;

  • Artisan: Available in a hall table & side table to suit the tub chair setting.
  • Kaila: With Chrome legs & rounded arms the Kaila makes a statement in every room.
  • Kimberley:Comfort is the key here. Upholstered in your choice of fabrics its customised to your style.
  • Merida: Square arms & back create an angular style that is generous in room & customisation.
  • Valori: A seamless curved style that supports the body and offers a snug alcove.
  • Willow: A high back & lower arms tranforms a tub chair into a lounge look-al-like.
  • Zillah: A polished timber overlay on armrests & upper back makes the Zillah sleek & contemporary.

Escape to the Isle of Capri

16.09.2014

Escape to the Isle of Capri

Escape to the Isle of Capri with Crowns Furniture's outdoor range. Capri present a combination of the holiday aura while maintaining Aged Care suitability, taking it to new heights of retreat.

Treat your residents with style and bring back the nostalgic memories of holidaying and blissful sea breezes, transporting them to a time when life was more youthful.

To view our Capri range, click here.

Honoured to Support The Salvation Army Walkathon

10.09.2014

Honoured to Support The Salvation Army Walkathon

The Salvation Army Walkathon is held on the 12th September to help raise money to drought affected areas in outback QLD & NSW, support indigenious communities & contribute to women's empowerment programs. The goal is to raise $100,00.00 with a 5km walk and a delicious BBQ to finish all the hard work.

The walk starts at 9:30am, 101 Waterloo Road, NORTH RYDE.

Crown Furniture is a happy contributer to the cause to make the ultimate difference in many peoples lives.

For more information regarding the Walkathon, please visit;

www.agedcareplus.salvos.org.au

 

 

Crown to Attend ACSA

03.09.2014

Crown to Attend ACSA

Crown Furniture is excited to be included in the ACSA (Aged Care Services Australia) conference held in Adelaide this month.

When: 8-10th September 2014
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre
Booth:1

The conference is designed to redefine aged care in our communities, presenting innovative concepts & methods to help improve this industry. To find out more information regarding the conference, please visit www.acsaconference.org.au

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

FINN for SPRING!

01.09.2014

FINN for SPRING!

As Spring beckons, fresh colours & new prints call for some recognition.

The exclusive Finn range embodies the features of the Spring season while merging Nordic design elements and maintaining the specifics for Aged Care.

Who would have thought style & Aged Care come hand in hand? Crown shows you how.

Honoured to Support PresCare

27.08.2014

Honoured to Support PresCare

Crown Furniture was privleged to have the opportunity to support the PresCare Charity Golf Day on 1st September 2014.

Celebrating 85 years of supporting the Aged Care sector, PresCare provides care services from residential & in-home community care, through to affordable housing & disability services. PresCare boasts over 5000 clients and a thorough understanding of the concerns of aged individuals, their families & carers. Coupled with a strong mission statement & high maintenance industry standards, PresCare is a community that goes the extra mile.

To find out more regarding Prescare or the event, please visit;

http://www.prescare.org.au/support-us/prescare-woollam-constructions-charity-golf-classic

Artisan, Lorenza & Marquin

22.08.2014

Artisan, Lorenza & Marquin

Crown has released has new range of products to our Furniture category. Artisan, Lorenza & Marquin to name a few.

These new ranges merge style and Aged Care specifics to meet the growing requirements of the industry.

Check out the complete range here.

Contessa, Hamilton & Monet

04.08.2014

Contessa, Hamilton & Monet

Crown has released a new range of products to our Lounge category. Contessa, Hamilton & Monet to name a few.

These new ranges merge style and Aged Care specifics to meet the growing requirements of the industry.

Check out the complete range here.

The Finn Range is Released...

11.07.2014

The Finn Range is Released...

The stylish Finn range has been released! Incorporating Scandinavian accents and polished design elements, aged care furniture has stepped up in style.

Using moisture barrier fabrics and special aged care allowances, this range assures you the peace of mind that style can come with aged care.

Enquire about our new range today 1800 194 194.

 

Revamped Accessories Range

27.06.2014

Revamped Accessories Range

Check out our new range of accessories released this month. A selection of lamps, prints, pictures, vases, mirrors, decor items and more! Furnish and finish your facility with an authentic touch of nostalgia or opt for more contemporary elements. We offer a broad range to compliment all facility designs, features and layout.

Enquire today on 1800 194 194

LASA Conference (Vic) - 2014

13.06.2014

LASA Conference (Vic) - 2014

Crown Furniture Pty Ltd will be attending the LASA (VIC) Conference 2014 to show our ongoing support for the care of Australia's ageing population. We are pleased to be exhibiting the latest in Aged Care furniture development and design.

Conference Dates:             Thursday 19th June - Friday 20th June 2014
Location:                               Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Stand:                                    38
 

We look forward to meeting you there.

Serene Blitz - Get in Quick!

19.05.2014

Serene Blitz - Get in Quick!

Crown is offering our NEW Serene Dining Chair at a special price for a limited time. Get in quick to take advantage of this offer!

Available in Milano Walnut or Euro Beech polish, combined with moisture barrier fabric, our popular dining chair has been revamped to suit the changing needs of the Aged Care sector.

*Please Note all prices exclude GST & Delivery.

Contact us on 1800 194 194 for more information.

LASA Conference - 2014

29.03.2014

LASA Conference - 2014

Crown Furniture Pty Ltd will be attending the LASA (QLD) Conference 2014 to show our ongoing support for the care of Australia's ageing population. We are pleased to be exhibiting the latest in Aged Care furniture development and design.

Conference Dates:              Tuesday, 8th April - Friday, 11th April  
Location:                               RACV, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast  

We look forward to meeting you there.

 

Internationally recognised policies added to Crown's repertoire....

04.03.2014

Internationally recognised policies added to Crown's repertoire....

Crown Furniture has chosen to further support the implemented Quality Policy ISO 9001 : 2008 with 2 newly implemented internationally recognised policies.

  • Environmental Policy ISO 14001 : 2004 - This policy recognises our commitment to minimising the environmental impact in everyday activities and assessing processes to develop enviornmental awareness.
  • Work, Health & Safety Policy - This policy recognises our commitment to implement safe working procedures to prevent injury and illness.

Crown to attend CAREX 2014 - Melbourne

13.01.2014

Crown to attend CAREX 2014 - Melbourne

Crown Furniture will be exhibiting at Melbourne CAREX 2014, Australia's Premier Health, Aged Care & Disability Expo.
Be sure to visit us at Stand 41 to view and trial a selection of our latest furniture designs.

Expo Dates:           2nd & 3rd April 2014
Opening Times:     9.30am - 4.00pm
Location:                Caulfield Racecourse
Admission Cost:     FREE

We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Thank You for your Custom this year!

16.12.2013

Thank You for your Custom this year!

As 2013 draws to a close, we would like to extend a note of appreciation to all our loyal clients for their ongoing custom and support.

Here at Crown Furniture it has been an eventful and prosperous year with many a change taking place for the better and many more to come in 2014.

Our Factory and Warehouse will be officially closed from Friday 20th December 2013 and we will reopen on Monday 6th January 2014. For any enquiries during this time please call 1800 194 194

We look forward to working with you all in 2014 and wish you all the very best for a safe and happy holiday season.

The Team at Crown Furniture

Clearance Super Sale!

25.11.2013

Clearance Super Sale!

Crown Furniture is making way for a brand new range of exciting products! Showroom & Sample lines are currently being sold below cost, so get in quick!

Check out our Clearance & Specials  NOW! Call us on 1800 194 194 for further details or email enquiries@crownfurniture.com.au

Development of New Products Well Under Way!

04.09.2013

Development of New Products Well Under Way!

Our Research & Development Team have been hard at work as progress continues on the development of prototypes for the release of new designs in our Healthcare range.
Valued client feedback, market research and our in house manufacturing facilities allow us to continually improve, modify and elevate the quality of our Healthcare specific furniture.
Whether the design be modern, art deco, traditional, vintage, contemporary, retro or classic... Crown is continually able to exceed the market expectations with style and quality.
P.S Keep an eye out for our new logo soon to be released...

Watch This Space!!

07.08.2013

Watch This Space!!

The Product Development Team @ Crown Furniture is currently working extremely hard on a brand new range of furniture to be released in Early 2014.
International design concepts, ground breaking technology and feedback from our valued clients is essential in the designing and concepts of our new range.
Watch This Space!

Crown attends USA Neocon Furniture Conference

26.06.2013

Crown attends USA Neocon Furniture Conference

Crown Furniture recently attended the USA Neocon Furniture Conference in Chicago.
This internationally recognised show ran for 3 days, showcasing the latest in furniture design, concept, form and function.
Our attendance at this show enabled us to source new products, enhance our supplier base, increase our product knowledge and observe the latest in industry trends.

Revamp of Rosedurnate

27.05.2013

Revamp of Rosedurnate

Farewell to the the mis-matched and worn furnishings of the Rosedurnate Dining Room .... welcome the bright, clean, fresh new feel.

The straight lines of the Dana Chairs & Serene Tables upholstered in fresh colours of Grass Green and stained in Young Beech have livened up the whole dining experience!
 
                Before                                            After

Emmaus undergoes an Overhaul!

09.05.2013

Emmaus undergoes an Overhaul!

The informal lounge area of Emmaus Village has recently had a face-lift and purpose change! From a bus-stop style lounge room, Crown has turned this room into a fully functional serviceable dining room with all the appeal needed for modern-day dining in style. 'Take a seat'

                 Before                                         After

Crown gives Netherlands a Re-Vamp!

18.04.2013

Crown gives Netherlands a Re-Vamp!

Crown Furniture was recently engaged to assist with the refurbishment of the Netherlands Retirement Village.
Our enthusiastic consultant together with the team at Crown Furniture asssited to re-create the tired and worn looking Hostel Dining Room.
This place is now alive with vibe and home-style appeal as sleek timber furniture combined with modern colours create a brand new ambience for Netherlands!

 
                  Before                                                 After                      

Crown continues to assist in re-furnishing fire affected homes

04.04.2013

Crown continues to assist in re-furnishing fire affected homes

My wife Jan and I were recipients of items of furniture that you generously donated to the victims of the Coonabarabran bushfire.  Not only will the furniture add comfort to our lives but moreso your generosity has added warmth to our hearts.  
We lost virtually everything in the fire, our home, garage and all possessions.  Unfortunately we were away from Coonabarabran for a medical appointment at the time and lost all treasured and sentimental items from our home as well.
We now live in the motorhome on our land but not without the comfort that your furniture has provided.  When we eventually rebuild your furniture items will be among the first and longest established items of memorabilia associated with our new lives.  They will indeed grace the new home.
Our deepest and sincere thanks,
John & Jan

   

Crown Donates Furniture to Fire Affected Families

21.02.2013

Crown Donates Furniture to Fire Affected Families

I would like to convey our sincere thanks to Crown Furniture for their unbelievable generosity and kindness in the provision of furnishings to those families affected by the Coonabarabran fires. These fires were extreme in the fact that they decimated everything in their path, not only homes, history and property, but stock and crops that are the mainstay of our rural existence.
Your support has enabled families in the Bugaldie area to regain some sense of comfort in their endeavours to rebuild their lives. The furnishings have been gratefully accepted, in particular by one family who had lost everything, their home and property which was devastated on the night of the 13th January.
All the families, some with elderly have been extremely overwhelmed, and brought to tears by the kindness of Crown Furniture. These people live a fairly isolated existence, and to have the support brought to their door has been outstanding.
On behalf of all the families affected and  in receipt of your kindness, I would like to say thank you very much.
God Bless.

Solutions for Challenging Environments

07.01.2013

Solutions for Challenging Environments

Crown Furniture is pleased to introduce fresh direction in furniture design specifically to meet the requirements of Mental Health Care. 
Our New range represents a breakthrough in the following areas:

  • Very heavy duty engineering construtive methods
  • Meets rigorous strength & stability criteria
  • Ability to coordinate colour & design to represent "at home" environments
  • Choice of contemporary / traditional design
  • Friendly consultant advice
    'Giving the freedom to live safely' 

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Crown Attends Catholic Conference WA

24.08.2012

Crown Attends Catholic Conference WA

Successful days were spent at the Catholic Health Australia Conference in August 2012.
Crown showcased a wide spectrum of products suitable for all aspects of the healthcare market. Many positive comments and expressions of interest were made in appreciation of our dedication to this specific market area, and the market as a whole.

Crown Attends Dementia Specific Conference

20.06.2012

Crown Attends Dementia Specific Conference

Successful days were spent at the June Dementia Specific Conference paired with HammondCare in Sydney.
We were able to promote our expertise in dementia care furnishings, focusing on the increasing demand for home style appearance whilst maintaining dementia care requirements such as high contrast and ease of cleaning.

Quality Policy ISO 9001 2008

20.05.2011

Quality Policy ISO 9001 2008

At Crown, we are committed to setting and achieving quality standards that are capable of meeting the specified requirements and reasonable expectations of its customers.
Crown Furniture is customer focused and demonstrates their capability of meeting customer requirements through the implementation and maintenance of a quality system conforming to the requirements of the ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System Standard.
The Quality Management System encompasses customer requirements, input from management and employees, documented process controls for activities affecting quality, measuring customer satisfaction and acting upon results.
Quality is the responsbility of every person, in every activity, throughout Crown Furniture.

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