The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Introducing the Toi Collection by Phoenix Tapware

The Importance of Good Design

Good design is essential to our wellbeing. It changes the way we interact with our environment and while we may not be aware of it, something that looks good and functions well actually improves quality of life.

Good design relies not just on aesthetics, but also ease of use and most importantly, the user’s experience. Even an everyday object such as tapware can improve our bathing experience by looking sleek and being easy to use.

Phoenix Toi Vessel Mixers

The Toi Collection by Phoenix Tapware

One company who take all aspects of design, functionaility and engineering very seriously is Phoenix Tapware. Their newly launched, award winning tapware collection Toi is a testament to their incredibly high standards in both quality and innovation.

Phoenix’s modernist approach to design comes with a strong focus on perusing a purity in design. Their Toi collection encompasses a beautiful but paired back, minimal aesthetic. One that harmonizes with complex, innovative German technology but is executed in its simplest form.

When creating concepts for a new product, the Australian design team at Phoenix stay true to their chief design intent throughout the entire...


Introducing the Toi Collection by Phoenix Tapware

The Importance of Good Design

Good design is essential to our wellbeing. It changes the way we interact with our environment and while we may not be aware of it, something that looks good and functions well actually improves quality of life.

Good design relies not just on aesthetics, but also ease of use and most importantly, the user’s experience. Even an everyday object such as tapware can improve our bathing experience by looking sleek and being easy to use.

Phoenix Toi Vessel Mixers

The Toi Collection by Phoenix Tapware

One company who take all aspects of design, functionaility and engineering very seriously is Phoenix Tapware. Their newly launched, award winning tapware collection Toi is a testament to their incredibly high standards in both quality and innovation.

Phoenix’s modernist approach to design comes with a strong focus on perusing a purity in design. Their Toi collection encompasses a beautiful but paired back, minimal aesthetic. One that harmonizes with complex, innovative German technology but is executed in its simplest form.

When creating concepts for a new product, the Australian design team at Phoenix stay true to their chief design intent throughout the entire process. Their Toi collection is a result of 18 months of design and development and the result is just sublime.

Phoenix Toi Kitchen Mixers

Toi Colour Combinations and Choosing One for Your Home

The Toi tapware form makes a bold and graphic statement where raw minimalism meets modern architecture. Combining a slim profile with clean lines and bold split finishes, this eclectic collection pairs a beautiful metallic mix of Matte Black with Brushed Rose Gold, Chrome with Matte Black, and bringing classic back to the bathroom; an understated yet elegant straight chrome option.

These finishes were chosen with great care for their versatility and timeless elegance. With a simple profile that will fit seamlessly into any bathroom or kitchen design, the choice of finishes offers the freedom to create a variety of different looks. No matter what your colour preference is, each tap will act like a piece of jewellery for the kitchen or bathroom and create the perfect finishing touch.

Chrome Tapware

The chrome finish remains an integral part of the collection for customers who want the elegance of the Toi design but want to be able to match to existing finishes. A chrome finish works beautifully in so many different settings; whether raw and earthy or modern and futuristic, chrome is the perfect partner to natural finishes such as stone, marble and wood.

Matte Black & Chrome Tapware

Uniting chrome with black creates a contemporary edge that offers an opportunity to introduce the matte black style to a home with a gentle approach. This tapware suits many varying colour palettes; from dark and moody hues such as navy, charcoal and slate to softer tones such as duck egg blue and neutral shades.

The tap’s split finish of shiny with matte emphasises its contrast and makes it the perfect accompaniment to textured stone and raw timber finishes.

Brushed Rose Gold and Black Tapware

Brushed Rose gold provides a sense of softness and warmth like no other and looks incredibly striking alongside materials such as marble and pale timbers. It beautifully contrasts with the matte black to create a stunning focal point that ‘pops’.

This finish works especially well with a neutral colour palette of muted greys, gentle pinks and a fresh, clean shade of white.

Phoenix Toi Shower Wall Mixers

Innovation and Technology

"The Toi collection unites stylish form with optimum function, we are the first to implement the twist dial handle featuring a two click indicator system. It’s unique to the Toi range, no other company in the world using it". - John Hoogendorn | Head of Research & Development, Phoenix

Each bathroom mixer in the Toi collection comes with a top quality, German made twist dial handle that not only helps to define the taps slim, minimalist design, it also functions as a safety feature which is energy efficient and saves money on energy bills.

Each Toi bathroom mixer is characterised by a twist dial mixer handle that when turned in a clockwise direction opens up the flow of cold water. As the tap continues to be turned the progressive cartridge activates the hot water flow.

A two click indicator system which can be felt by the user while turning. The first click, is set at 90 degrees and indicates when the hot water starts mixing with the cold. The second click is set at 135 degrees and signals when the water flow has an equal hot/cold mix.

Phoenix Toi Wall Bath Mixers

Safety and Energy Efficiency

Unlike a lever tap which can open in the hot water position, the Toi always commences on cold. From a safety perspective this is a major benefit for families with children who could potentially scald themselves.

The Toi is also more energy efficient than a regular lever tap as is doesn’t automatically open in the hot position. Being able to monitor the hot water levels is a big plus as it means saving money on bills.

Award Winning

This unique and individual collection manages to blur the lines between artistic and industrial, with a beautifully crafted product that is unmatched in its luxurious sculptural form and highly innovative function.

It’s no wonder the Toi range has been internationally recognised with a 2017 iF Design Award and will no doubt continue to be a runaway success in the future.

"We like the twist dial handle of the Toi range because functionally it is so simple to use. You are able to adjust the water temperature with ease as the dial motion is extremely smooth and fluent compared to regular lever handled tapware. We also love the minimalist look". - Amy Johnson | Phoenix Tapware Customer and Competition Winner

Phoenix Toi Collection Tapware

Why Choose Phoenix?

Established in 1989, Phoenix have become household name by building a reputation that precedes them. With 28 years of expert knowledge and wealth of experience under their belt, Phoenix are a brand you can trust.

All of Phoenix’s products are designed to suit Australian homes and compliment our lifestyle. With full control over the quality and performance of their products, Phoenix are able to offer a substantial warranty program - just another testament to their products and customer service.

Phoenix have been awarded a 6 star WELS rating for water efficiency on many of their products. This enables them to offer top quality products that help customers save money on water and energy bills.

"Creating a sense of well-being in the bathroom is essential. Phoenix is a company that is first class in style, innovation and engineering. Their range of Tapware, Showers and Accessories are unbeatable". - Daniel Moore | Online Manager at The Bathroom Biz and retailer of Phoenix products

Where to Buy Toi Tapware

You can find the Toi range from our retailers The Bathroom Biz and Sydney Taps below, or shop the full range here.


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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."