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 Alia Tapware Collection by Phoenix

The Importance of Relaxation

The bathroom is our sanctuary, it’s the one place we can retreat to for peace and respite without interruption.

Time spent in the bathroom allows us to refocus, to rest our minds and soothe our soul. More than any other room in the home, the bathroom encourages a relaxed state of mind and helps to shift our focus so that we can reflect.

Just a few minutes away from the everyday distractions can lead to creative insights or great ideas. The act of bathing or showering in an enjoyable environment allows the mind to wander to an unconscious part of the brain that connects to creative thoughts and ideas - away from the focus of problem solving.

Great Bathroom Design

One company that truly value and understand the importance of promoting relaxation in the bathroom is Phoenix. They recognise that a well-designed, functional and beautiful bathroom helps to clear the mind, relieve stress and promote mental clarity. As such, Phoenix invest a lot into the design and technology behind their products and have just launched their third award winning tapware collection this year.

Phoenix have created a superbly crafted, yet minimal-fuss tapware collection...


Introducing Alia Tapware Collection by Phoenix

The Importance of Relaxation

The bathroom is our sanctuary, it’s the one place we can retreat to for peace and respite without interruption.

Time spent in the bathroom allows us to refocus, to rest our minds and soothe our soul. More than any other room in the home, the bathroom encourages a relaxed state of mind and helps to shift our focus so that we can reflect.

Just a few minutes away from the everyday distractions can lead to creative insights or great ideas. The act of bathing or showering in an enjoyable environment allows the mind to wander to an unconscious part of the brain that connects to creative thoughts and ideas - away from the focus of problem solving.

Great Bathroom Design

One company that truly value and understand the importance of promoting relaxation in the bathroom is Phoenix. They recognise that a well-designed, functional and beautiful bathroom helps to clear the mind, relieve stress and promote mental clarity. As such, Phoenix invest a lot into the design and technology behind their products and have just launched their third award winning tapware collection this year.

Phoenix have created a superbly crafted, yet minimal-fuss tapware collection that takes tapware design down to its fundamental elements of simplicity and minimalism. Free of any busy design details or distracting embellishments, their new Alia tap creates a clean, streamlined bathroom aesthetic that can help to encourage health and well-being.

Introducing the Award Winning Alia Tapware Collection

The Alia design encompasses a paired back profile with a minimal aesthetic that is sleek and refined. Proving that less is more, Alia recently won the international Red Dot Design award - one of the world’s most prestigious awards for design excellence.

Alia’s unique architectural design is characterised by a strong flat surface and robust right angles that can integrate seamlessly into any modern or contemporary bathroom. A key design characteristic setting Alia apart from any other tap in the market is the wall mixer design. Both Alia's shower mixer and wall top assemblies encompass a square profile that offers versatility and an unexpected element of surprise. Alia can be fitted in either a square shaped or diamond shaped position allowing it to sit harmoniously with the directional layout of the bathroom tiles.

“The simplicity of the design allowed for the shape itself to be the main feature, turning on an angle to form a diamond for instance, or tessellating with square tiles to create a more immersive look."
Ban Liu | Senior Product Designer, Phoenix Tapware.


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The Alia Collection

The range includes a Double Wall Top Assembly for Basin, Single Wall Top Assembly for Shower and Basin and Bath Outlet, and works back with their Lexi Square Shower Rose in Chrome or Brushed Nickel, or with their Vivid Shower Rose in Brushed Gold. Another fantastic aspect of the Phoenix ranges are that all of their bathroom accessories are available in matching finishes.

"Available in chrome, brushed nickel and brushed gold, the square form of Alia was also ideal for showcasing the texture of the finishes, revealing their quality and beauty on a large flat surface. Alia is, in essence, a salute to the square.”
Ban Liu | Senior Product Designer, Phoenix Tapware


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Innovation & Technology

Unlike its style, the innovation that lies within Alia technology is far from simplistic. The shower wall mixer contains a unique, top quality, German made Progressive Cartridge. This feature allows the user to control the water flow and temperature simply and easily with an energy saving two click operating system.

When turned in a clockwise direction, the first click indicates that the hot will begin to mix with full pressure cold. This in itself is a great safety feature that prevents possible scalding. The second click signals when the water has an equal hot/cold mix.

Why Choose Phoenix?

After 28 years in the industry, Phoenix are a well-established, highly recognised brand that continue to be at the forefront of design innovation and technology. They strive for nothing short of excellence in terms of product quality and longevity and as such have built a reputation that precedes them.

Phoenix also offer a substantial warranty program which is just another testament to their superior products and customer service.

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What the Experts Say

Alia has been so well received by Architects and Interior Designers that we spoke to two top architectural firms; Adele Bates Studio and DKO Architecture to find out what they most love about the Alia tapware design.

"There is a really beautiful simplicity to the Alia range that belies the highly technical and engineered nature of Phoenix tapware. The design of the geometric forms are very well resolved, giving the range an effortless finesse. The subtle rounded corners balance the linear and rectangular forms, adding human scale and visual comfort. The design feels neither too geometric or organic, giving it a flexibility that works in many bathroom styles".

"The elegant sense of proportion speaks to me the most. The proportions of the extrusion, soft corners and slim back plates work harmoniously together well. It allows the tap-ware to sit really comfortably in a bathroom setting, allowing it to complement other elements such as basins and joinery with ease".

"The Alia range has the flexibility to work in many environments as It possesses a sense of understated luxury that can be played up with the brushed gold finish".
Adele Bates | Director of Adele Bates Interior Design Studio

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"Often square tapware can be quite jarring, however the soft curves of the Alia edges give this somewhat masculine design a delicate aesthetic that is almost asking to be touched".

"Separate hot and cold taps are a favourite of ours and the spout in the Alia range is fine, yet solid and timeless in its design. The Alia range would be perfect in a minimalist high end residence and equally a beautiful feature in a powder room".
Michael Drescher | Director of Interior Design – DKO Architecture, Melbourne

Where to buy Alia Tapware

You can buy Phoneix product collections from the retailers below or shop the full Alia collection here.

  • Bathware Direct
  • The Bathroom Biz
  • Ideal Bathroom Centre
  • Online Bathroomware
  • OTC Tiles
  • Renovation Kingdom


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Bathroom products range.


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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."