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Meet the Electric Home Design Collective

Meet the experts

Neil Hipwell – Founder and Director of Futureflip

After starting out as a carpenter and then a builder, Neil Hipwell established innovative design and construction company Futureflip. The multi-award-winning company specialises in luxury new homes across Sydney and the South Coast.

Neil has worked with Clipsal products throughout his career and says there’s a growing shift to smart homes. “It’s so important to have smart home connectivity because people are spending a lot more time at home, and getting busier than ever.” He says having simple touch screen control of your house from your smartphone, whether you’re at home or on the other side of the world, has real appeal for clients.

Cameron Bruzzese – GM and Electrician at Vaccaro Group

Family-run electrical company Vaccaro Group was founded nearly 40 years ago by Cameron’s father Sam. The award-winning NSW company specialises in electrical and air conditioning services. Cameron says they pride themselves on creating electrical solutions tailored to how customers want to live in their homes.

“The locations of lights and power points, or adding hard-wired data points for faster internet speeds in home offices – they’re all things you have to think about before you start building.” Cameron says that working with Clipsal’s software Clipspec helps customers to visualise locations of electrical elements so they can work together to create the ideal layout.

Kate Lawrence – Owner and Director of Kate Lawrence Interiors

Interior designer Kate Lawrence has a boutique studio in Sydney, creating homes that are beautiful, calming, and timeless. “It’s a lovely space to be in because you’re building relationships with people and seeing their homes come to life,” says Kate. She says electrical finishes are just as important as any other finish, and light switches and power points come up in every design consultation.

Kate says the Clipsal range can suit a wide variety of styles. “When I put together colour schemes for a client I will have samples of everything and look at it as a whole. It’s something I feel confident in recommending to clients.”

Paul Butterworth – Practice Principal of Paul Butterworth Architect

Brisbane-based residential architect Paul Butterworth specialises in designing environmentally sustainable, innovative homes for clients in south-east Queensland. His practice has been specifying Clipsal products in its projects for years. “Some of the things we look for are really flush, hyper-integrated design fittings that seamlessly integrate with complicated elements like kitchens and bathrooms; they look like they’re never there but are extremely useful for our clients.”

Paul says that sustainability and energy consumption in homes is a critical issue too. “There’s a real opportunity for companies like Clipsal to be a meaningful interface between the clients and how much energy they use for a sustainable future.”

Stay tuned for a tour of the homes they have been working on!