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    Improved Technologies for the Grohtherm 2000 NEW from Grohe

    Daniel Fountain

    100% GROHE CoolTouch®, GROHE EasyReach™ storage and XL Waterfall

    For the new generation of its successful product, GROHE has improved all the key functions and features of a good thermostat.Boasting improved technologies for greater safety, efficiency and showering comfort, a new design for an ergonomic shape and an aesthetic water flow as well as a functional tray – Grohtherm 2000 New is a modern solution for the bath tub and the shower both visually and practically.

    Its elegant, no-frills look will enhance any bathroom decor. Well thought-out and intuitive, it combines all advantages of a thermostat with a perfect water experience.

    Brintons presents new designers with special award

    Daniel Fountain

    The New Designers Exhibition showcases newly graduated designers from all over the country. Every year the show helps thousands of graduates launch their career at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, Britain’s capital of design. Brintons Designers Nikki Coates and Lois Norman went along to the show to select two talented graduates for a special award, which included a two week work placement at Brintons and a cash prize of £250 each. Nikki and Lois awarded prizes to Wahyish Vong and Stephanie Rostron.

    Stephanie is a Textile graduate from Leeds University, who had hand drawn a series of intricate botanical designs. Nikki Coates said “Stephanie was chosen because her work blew us away; such stunning drawings that showed she could not only draw exceptionally well, but with sure care and patience, she created stunning finished works of art.”

    Wahyish Vong is a Textile graduate from Wolverhampton University. Nikki said ” Wahyish’s work caught our eye for her use of colour, her skill in repeating patterns and most importantly, the process she went through in order to achieve her final designs was very creative and it was very interesting where she took her inspiration from. She clearly had a lovely drawing hand which is one of the main skills we were looking for.”

    Stephanie and Wahyish will spend two weeks at Brintons London Design Centre developing a collection of designs suitable for a hotel. This will include rugs for a reception area, an electronic jacquard design for a ballroom and an all over repeating design for public areas.

    Wahyish and Stephanie were invited to the Brintons stand at the Coronation Festival, Buckingham Palace to accept their prizes from Spanish Designer Cristian Zuzunaga. Brintons has recently collaborated with Cristian on a runner for The Campaign for Wool event at Somerset House.

    New Little Wonders from Crosswater

    Daniel Fountain

    There’s now a really big choice of compact basins for cloakrooms, small bathrooms and even twin bowl set ups – but many consumers never stop to think that to look its best, a small basin needs a tap that is in perfect proportion. There’s a Mini-basin mixer from Crosswater to suit all tastes and basin styles; whilst smaller than its full size counterpart appeal maybe even bigger!Ever aware of the need for products that combine innovative design with practical features and top level performance, Crosswater has announced three new additions to its already comprehensive range of Mini mixers. Love Me features a waterfall spout and slim pencil style lever. Svelte has a slim line narrow spout. Zion has an architectural, angular body and style lever. All of the taps are suitable for either low or medium pressure and are finished in fabulous easy to clean high quality polished chrome. As always with Crosswater brassware, these products are part of complete collections that include full size bath and basin fillers, wall mounted mixers, showering and more.

    “Our range of mini mixers is the most wide-ranging on the market,” commented Crosswater’s Group Chairman David Hance. “Consumers and their designers have the ultimate in choice. Now that so many homes have cloakrooms and small en suites, Mini mixers have become an important element of bathroom design.”

    One for All with Glide II by Bauhaus

    Daniel Fountain

    Versatile, practical and with a classical simplicity that will never date, Glide II from Bauhaus is the furniture collection that meets every bathroom need.Launched this month and available in Calico, White Gloss and real wood American Walnut and wenge finishes, Glide II combines a comprehensive choice of units with basins in either cast mineral marble or slimline ceramic. The two drawer basin units come in 3 widths and offer plentiful and easy access storage space, the range also includes a single drawer link unit and a two door tower that has a very useful laundry basket in the lower section. All units can be wall hung or fitted with optional plant on legs to give a freestanding look.

    The cast mineral marble basins are available with or without tap holes, allowing for use of stylish wall mounted fillers (available from sister company Crosswater). The ceramic basins are slab style with useful put down space at either side of the bowl.

    Unsurpassed flexibility is provided by the countertop option that allows the designer to specify an unlimited number of sit on basin options.

    Drawers are roomy, full extending and fitted with Grass soft close runners and have multiple interior layout options to make the most of space.

    “Glide II combines our commitment to good design and customer choice,” says Marten Baker. “It is a range that bathroom designers will welcome because there are so many options. It is also tailor made for a home owner who wants to give a tired bathroom a quality facelift. Just replacing a pedestal basin with a Glide II basin unit and an illuminated mirror from a wide choice of designs can bring a touch of style and luxury to a bathroom that has seen better days.”

    Grohe Introduces the Grandera Collection

    Daniel Fountain

    The GROHE Grandera™ collection is both a homage to an age of grandeur long past and an affirmation of a modern sensibility, combining the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship with a love of detail and comfort.Stylistically, the Grandera™ collection can be combined with a wide range of bathroom furnishings, with the added flexibility of two colours – chrome and chrome/gold. Thanks toGROHE StarLight® technology, not only will the fittings retain their shine in the long term but they are also extremely resistant to dirt and scratches.

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    Carpet is the true glory of The French thanks to Wilton

    Daniel Fountain

    Cited by famed restaurant critic Giles Coren as the ‘true glory of this place’ and inspired by the hues and grain of limed oak, a beautiful bespoke woven axminster carpet from Wilton Carpets Commercial adorns the floor of The French at The Midland Hotel.

    The new Manchester flagship restaurant under Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, The French’s grade-II listed Rococo style appearance had to radically change to complement its new modern English dining experience.QHotels turned to Wilton Carpets to provide the luxurious experience of fine woven bespoke carpet.

    “The historic interior had to transform to matchthe style of Simon’s cuisine, in addition to providing expected levels of comfort and luxurious finishes,” explains Trudi Purtill, director of group development, QHotels. “With the high ceiling and ovoid shaped room, acoustics were a concern. Hard flooring was not an option and so the luxury, comfort and acoustic absorption of woven carpet was an ideal solution. The brief was given to Wilton’s design manager Julie Robertson for a carpet that pays homage to a limed oak floor, as we felt this would be the perfect compromise.”

    Turning to the neutrals and contemporary slate hues within theelegant Optimum Palette, Julie created three initial concepts as sophisticated interpretations of parquet, plank and overall limed oak effects. Liaising with Trudi Purtill, the chosen plank style design was refined with additional grain and knot characteristics, giving an understated quality and contemporary feel to the design that plays perfectly with the new décor, lavish Rococo detailing and modern furnishings of the interior.

    “It took just one hand-trial before the design was perfected, and having worked with Wilton Carpets Commercial many times in the past, this is not an uncommon experience. The end result has met with much critical acclaim and provided a vital component in achieving a seemingly impossible transformation,” concludes Trudi Purtill.

    The 125 square metres of bespoke carpet was woven in a durable and appearance retaining combination of 80% wool 20% nylon at Wilton’s Wiltshire facility in a quality nine-row construction that offers high levels of underfoot comfort and longevity. Installed by Pocklington Carpets Ltd, the carpet has been in daily use since March of this year.

    A high rise solution to drainage and ventilation

    Daniel Fountain

    Geberit’s Sovent fitting, a space saving drainage and ventilation solution for high-rise buildings, has been installed for the first time in the UK at Birmingham’s 140 bedroom Premier Inn. Negating the need for a two stack drainage system, Sovent takes up less space in the service riser, while servicing bathrooms efficiently, quietly and without the risk of unpleasant smells.Installed by Sharpe Mechanical Services, Philip McMaster, from Sharpe, explains the benefits of Sovent: “The Sovent system reduces the requirements for a soil vent pipe throughout the full height of the building, taking up space in the congested service riser, solving a particular problem in tall buildings.”

    About Sovent

    The flow-optimised Sovent fitting enhances the pipe capacity several times over and dispenses with the need to install a parallel ventilation pipe in most instances.

    Rapidly changing pressure situations in conventional discharge stacks above a certain length can lead to unwanted side effects. They could, for example, cause the floor pipes connected to the stack to be sucked dry by high negative pressure or be blown dry by overpressure. This is why the drainage systems of many high-rise buildings include very generously dimensioned discharge stacks and a parallel ventilation pipe that is connected with this stack at regular intervals.

    Sovent prevents hydraulic closures in the discharge stack caused by floor connections, thus enhancing its flow capacity. At the same time, Sovent ensures a supply of air between branch discharge pipe and discharge stack, making it possible to dispense with parallel ventilation pipes. In addition, a partition prevents foam or splash water from getting into the branch discharge pipe.

    Total hotel plumbing solutions

    Installed along side Geberit Sovent is Geberit’s Silent-db20; a waste water pipe with built in sound insulation; ensuring peace and quiet for the hotel’s guests and Geberit Mapress, a press-fit pipe system for general plumbing. Geberit’s long lasting and environmentally sound HDPE delivers above-ground drainage.

    The Premier Inn provides an example of where a number of Geberit’s solutions, specifically suited to jobs of this nature, have come together. Philip McMaster concluded: “All of Geberit’s products are of excellent quality, with a range of products to suit different plumbing and ventilation challenges.”

    The Dangers of Boutique

    Daniel Fountain

    There are dangers in going down the boutique route I am reminded. Let’s be clear – a boutique essentially differentiates itself with design, frequently bespoke. David Balmer of Crosswater Holdings has many years of experience of contract supply of bathroom fittings. He raises an issue related to the specification of bespoke in relation to bathroom fittings which is worth considering in relation to other areas of the hotel. Crosswater can do most things to a special finish but special finishes carry with them some additional responsibilities for the designer. The need for support stock for lifetime repair and replacement needs to be discussed with the Client.It is commonplace when creating bespoke carpets for an hotel, for example, to have extra carpet woven and labelled as ‘attic stock’ so that when a specialist bespoke pattern is woven spare for repair and replacement can be stored – literally in the attic in some cases. It is cheaper to add to an existing production run than tool up to weave a small amount over again.

    David Balmer has noticed an increase in designers wanting specialist finishes for bathroom fittings, variations on the classical chrome and white combination that has gone so well with various stone finishes over the years. With the increase in the use of colour in bathrooms, the inclusion of digitally printed areas such as those in the bathrooms at Accor’s ‘M’ Gallery in Bath, there has been an increased demand for a variety of finishes such as brushed nickel, brushed stainless steel, black and gold, gunmetal, bronze etc.. Whilst laser etching an hotel logo on taps etc. can be achieved easily, changing overall finish has risks for both operator and designer.

    Celebrating the “Best of British” at the Coronation Festival

    Daniel Fountain

    Yesterday (12th July), Patrick and I attended the Coronation Festival in the grounds of Buckingham Palace as guests of Brintons. The event was rather like a large trade show featuring a number of companies that have supplied products or services on a regular basis to the Royal households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales. Companies interested in becoming a Royal Warrant Holder can apply to do so if they have been supplying the Royal Household for no less than five years. There are around 800 companies that currently hold this prestigious title including Bentley, Jaguar and GlaxoSmithKline.

    It was also nice to see some familiar faces at the event with stands from Brintons, Sanderson (their Directory page is coming soon) and Hypnos. Although we didn’t manage to spent a lot of time on their stands, they looked incredibly busy and I hope it has been a successful event for them.

    The majority of our time was spent on the Brintons stand where Patrick has been captured on camera for an interview with the MD. Patrick will be writing his own article on this as I was out of earshot to hear what was said.

    Overall, a lovely day with glorious weather and a once in a lifetime experience!

    Written by Lorraine Hakes

    Get hands on experience with Geberit supply and drainage products with free training sessions

    Daniel Fountain

    With dates just announced for the next round of free training sessions focusing on its range of piping systems for supply and drainage, Geberit is urging installers to book now in order to avoid disappointment. The piping solutions training module covers everything installers need to know about Geberit’s market-leading press-fitting systems, Geberit Mapress and Geberit Mepla installation. Attendees will get hands-on experience of working with this pipework and gain first-hand knowledge of just how easy these supply systems are to install.

    Following an introduction to the product, installers will be taken through the process of fitting a Geberit press-fitting system, from cutting and deburring to bending and pressing, giving them the confidence and know-how they need to hit the ground running with the products when working on site.

    The training session will also see installers receiving hands on training with Geberit HDPE drainage pipework, as they get to know the welding techniques, including Butt welding and Electro welding.

    Held at the company’s purpose-built training academy in Warwick, the piping training dates now confirmed for autumn 2013 are:

    Monday 23 September
    Wednesday 25 September
    Wednesday 27 November

    All training is completely free of charge, with lunch and refreshments provided. To book your place email or call 01926 516835.

    Axor – Brand of choice for the Waldorf Astoria Berlin

    Daniel Fountain

    In January, following a three-and-a-half year period of construction, the “Zoofenster” skyscraper, which has been the subject of much discussion, finally opened its doors in Berlin: the international luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria moved into the 118 m high tower, prominently located between the Zoo Station and the Memorial Church. The European flagship of New York’s legendary hotel takes up most of the 31 floors, which are also home to office areas and shops. The Abu Dhabi investors pooled around 200 million Euros for the new building. The architect was Christoph Mäckler, who is already famous for his “Lindencorso” (Unter den Linden) in Berlin, and the spectacular new “Opernturm” in Frankfurt. The style of his latest building in Berlin reflects a classically modern and timeless appearance with a light-coloured limestone façade. Inside, the luxury hotel’s 182 deluxe and superior rooms, as well as the 50 suites, reflect elegance and sophisticated interior décor. The Axor Citterio collection and the two-coloured marble in the bathrooms exhibit a sense of art deco. The collection is the result of a collaboration between Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE, and the Milanese architect and designer Antonio Citterio.

    Discreet luxury and lasting quality
    The bathroom collection, which made its début ten years ago, represents the ultimate in design and manufacturing quality. The precision-manufactured mixer reflects both quality and consistency. It’s not at all surprising that the tradition-steeped Waldorf Astoria, whose very name is associated with timeless luxury, has opted for mixers from the Black Forest.
    Indeed, in the hotel’s marble bathrooms, Axor Citterio carries on the hotel’s main theme of combining classic elegance with traditional references and modern comfort: interior décor and bathroom merge together seamlessly, while the bathroom collection imparts a sense of tranquillity and a hint of luxury in its use of water. Citterio’s finesse in combining completely smooth surfaces with curves, captures the precision and high-quality standards that are evident throughout the hotel. The manufacturing precision of the collection is consistent with the distinct dedication to high-quality detail that can be found at the Waldorf Astoria Berlin. For instance, in the Waldorf Astoria’s 1,000 square metre Guerlain Spa, lies a centrepiece pool clad in shimmering turquoise Bisazza mosaics, which is shaped like a cloud. Or in the hotel’s ballroom, which features wall lighting in the shape of a violin bow, and whose ceiling is adorned with an intricate starry sky. The fine wood and valuable materials used in the rooms also give the impression of being a guest at a classic grand hotel.

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    Laufen Global Project Manager goes Stateside

    Daniel Fountain

    Effective July 1, 2013, LAUFEN, the Swiss-based manufacturer of contemporary bathroom, furniture and accessories for residential and contract/hospitality markets has announced that Mr. Ilker Hussein, Global Projects Manager for LAUFEN, will undertake a three month secondment to New York where he will further establish the LAUFEN brand within this significantly important design focused community. He will continue his highly successful role of Global Projects Manager both during and after this secondment with the support of his team in Switzerland. LAUFEN’s strategy entails having representation available in specific locations or ‘hubs’- where important contract and hospitality projects are on-going and developed. The role of their Global Projects Managers is to more fully support the A+D community and to be more accessible. New York is an important market for any brand’s global strategy, and LAUFEN remains positioned to better serve the contract and hospitality community.

    Mr. Hussein has been with LAUFEN since 2011, and in his role as Global Projects Manager he promotes and builds the LAUFEN brand within International Projects through developing relationships with Key Hotel Operator Groups, Investors, Developers, Architects and Interior Designers. He brings over 20 years of industry experience to bear to his position with LAUFEN, with 14 years at Grohe in varying roles, including Key Account Manager Hotels Europe and Head of Project Sales. Raised in London, Hussein obtained a degree in Business Studies from North East London Polytechnic.

    Brintons and LINLEY Redesigns Iconic Carpet Runway

    Daniel Fountain

    Brintons and LINLEY have collaborated to transform Burlington Arcade’s iconic carpet runway. For the first time in history, a highly anticipated design featuring 92 iconic buildings from around the world, has replaced the traditional 180-metre carpet which runs the full length of the arcade.The new carpet was unveiled on Monday 17th June by The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with Burlington Arcade’s famous Beadles – the liveried guards wearing frock coats and braided top hats who have policed the Arcade since 1819.

    This is the fruit of a collaboration between internationally renowned bespoke furniture and interior design company LINLEY and Brintons Carpets, who have united their talents to welcome international visitors to London’s most iconic shopping arcade.

    Following a year when the eyes of the world were on London, thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games, shops in Burlington Arcade celebrated a 42% increase in purchases from international visitors, helping to cement its position as a worldwide shopping destination.

    Keeping the international spotlight firmly on London’s famous shopping experience, Burlington Arcade commissioned Brintons and LINLEY, to create a brand new, bespoke carpet that runs the full length of the longest and most beautiful covered shopping arcade in Britain. The focus of the design is to welcome international visitors to the luxury landmark, landmark, whilst acting as a showcase for British creativity, wit and design.

    The contemporary design features iconic structures from every continent around the world; from bridges to cultural venues and centres of industry and business. Whilst contemporary, the design is still very much connected to traditional LINLEY marquetry and furniture and exemplifies architecture and heritage.

    The design includes the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St Pauls Cathedral in London, Italy’s Duomo di Milano, Reichstag in Berlin, Seattle’s Space Needle, New York’s Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Guggenheim Museum, the Christ Redeemer in Rio, the Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Dormition Cathedral, The Aspire Tower in Doha, India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Pearl TV Tower and Forbidden City and The Sail in Singapore.

    The carpet also features a few design surprises, and visitors who look carefully might see Mary Poppins flying over the London skyline, Quasimodo make an appearance in Paris and King Kong on New York’s Empire State Building.

    Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “As well as its reputation for heritage and culture, London offers unbeatable shopping, which draws people from across the globe and brings in millions to our economy. Burlington Arcade is one of the capital’s great treasures of shopping and this marvellous rug showcases great British design and manufacture. It’s a magic carpet ride across iconic buildings from around the world that will add to the arcade’s allure for Londoners and tourists alike”.

    Iain McKinlay Leaves Hansgrohe

    Daniel Fountain

    Iain McKinlay, UK Managing Director of Hansgrohe, will leave at the end of June 2013. Being with the company for 24 years, Iain has been at the forefront of the development of the modern UK bathroom industry that we know today.Through his involvement in exhibitions, awards events and his extensive network of customers, Iain has become widely known and, from his position at the helm of Hansgrohe UK, has introduced mixer taps, thermostatic controls and eco-friendly products to the market. He has also presided over the evolution of the washing and bathing culture in the UK through to it becoming a nation of showerers.

    Having started the company in 1990, Iain has overseen Hansgrohe UK’s growth from its first year of trading with sales of £800,000 and employing five people to today’s level of sales exceeding £30m with 64 staff from expanded facilities in Esher and Woking.

    Iain, who turns 60 this October, comments, ‘After thirty-five years in the kitchen and bathroom industry, I have decided to leave Hansgrohe. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who helped us grow the business in the way it has happened.
    Firstly, I would like to thank the staff at Hansgrohe, some of whom have been here for nearly as long as me, for their loyalty, work ethic and expertise. Their willingness to go the extra mile has been exemplary.

    Secondly, I wish to say a huge thank you to our fantastic client base, many of whom have been selling the product since day one. Taking a product that does not work on traditional U.K. water systems to become the number one brand in showers and taps proves the quality of British and Irish retailers. May I wish you and your staff every success, both personally and in business.’

    Iain hands over control of the business to his existing senior management team, with Martin Mongan as the new Managing Director and spokesman, and Helen Kronheim as Director – Finance and Operations.

    Martin comments, ‘I have been fortunate enough to have known Iain for over twenty years, both as a customer of Hansgrohe and for the last 18 months as a colleague. He has been a larger than life personality in an industry full of characters, and everyone has a story to share about working with Iain that will bring a smile to those listening. He will be greatly missed by all in the industry and particularly by all Hansgrohe employees and customers. I am delighted to have the opportunity to carry on Iain’s work and to build on the continued success of the business in the UK and the excellent customer relationships he has developed over the years. ‘

    Helen comments, ‘I have been working closely with Iain for the last five years, and feel fortunate to have been able to gain some of his vast industry knowledge. Iain has worked hard to create a company with a unique market position based on the highest level of customer service. This is reflected in our loyal customer base. His style and genuine interest in the wellbeing of his teams have created an internal culture in which our staff takes pride in our products and our customers. I look forward to working with the team to build on this strong foundation and working closely with our customers to ensure our continued success.’

    Mr Richard Grohe, Deputy CEO of Hansgrohe SE, says ‘Iain has had a great impact on the sanitary market and as a Hansgrohe ambassador has brought modern industrial design into English bathrooms. I have always appreciated his extraordinary eye for a really good product design. From the market introduction in 1990 until today he has developed the brand Hansgrohe to what it is today; the market leader in the premium brand’.

    Celebrating 50 years of Mapress – the evolving pressfitting innovation

    Daniel Fountain

    Five decades after Swedish engineer Gunnar Larsson first unveiled the advantages of pressfitting connection technology, Geberit Mapress, the market-leading pressfitting system, celebrates its golden anniversary. As it marks the 50th anniversary since its conception, Geberit Mapress is today the preferred pipework conncetion system for installers working on projects large and small, and both new build and retro-fit. With a pressing procedure that has changed very little over time, Geberit Mapress was and still very much is an innovative and revolutionary connection method for metal pipework, but it is only now that the many benefits of pressfitting technology are fully being realised.

    In 1963, the original product range comprised various pressfittings for copper, steel and stainless steel pipes with diameters from 6 to 28 mm as well as a hydraulic pressing tool and diverse pressing jaws. The very first generation of pressfittings already had a pleated end containing a seal ring. The fittings were pushed over a deburred metal pipe by hand and could then be pressed using the pressing tool. The pressing sequence deformed the fitting and pipe slightly, which created a lengthways non-positive connection. At the same time, the pleated end with the seal ring was crimped snugly on the pipe, thereby ensuring a permanently sealed joint. To this day, the procedure is essentially the same.

    But it wasn’t until the German corporation Mannesmann AG acquired the rights to manufacture and sell pressfittings and after a long series of tests confirmed that stainless steel pipes and pressfittings were suitable for drinking water supply lines that Mapress pressing technology began to get the credit it was due.

    With continual product development and expansion Mapress carbon and stainless steel piping systems were increasingly used for more than simple domestic installations and the system quickly won the trust of engineers working in plant engineering and shipbuilding too.

    The dawn of the new millennium brought with it the introduction of the contour seal, with a pressure test easily determining whether any joints had been left unpressed during installation. This, coupled with the introduction of copper Mapress systems, saw what began as a simple innovation from the mind of Larsson nearly 40 years before, finally begin to take off, even in traditional copper markets such as the UK.

    As a company that has introduced revolutionary pre-wall technology to the sanitary world, Geberit was keen to offer installers a piping system designed for tight space restrictions behind the wall. Geberit Mepla was launched in 1990, offering multilayer pipes with an aluminium core that could be bent by hand and featuring pressfitting technology to make them very simple to work with.

    The successful introduction of Mepla, led Geberit to acquire the Mapress business in 2004, in order to offer a seamless piping product range in all dimensions, suitable for all applications. Using compatible adapters, the two piping systems can even be easily connected to one another.

    Five years later, the innovative pressing indicator was added to the system, further simplifying the installer’s work by visibly ensuring that the whole system has been pressed and is leak-free. Fifty years after the pressfitting concept came into being, it is now fast becoming the preferred option for plumbers and heating engineers up and down the land.

    To find out more about the many benefits of switching to Geberit Mapress visit

    Hansgrohe increases manufacturing capacity in China after record sales

    Daniel Fountain

    Hansgrohe SE, one of the leading global bathroom and sanitation specialists, headquartered in Germany’s Black Forest (, unveiled a major 8,000 square metre extension to its mixer production facility in Songjiang, outside of Shanghai, China. The extension – representing an investment of over 13 million Euro (approximately 100 million Yuan) over several years – includes three new structures; two of which are for manufacturing use, while one is for staff purposes.The factory houses ultra-modern mixer production facilities, and will boost Hansgrohe’s ability to serve both a domestic Chinese audience, as well as the wider Asian market. Since entering the Chinese market in 1999, Hansgrohe has grown rapidly and delivered record sales in 2012, which saw China become Hansgrohe’s biggest market, second only to its home market Germany.

    This organic sales growth – more than 20 per cent over the previous year – has helped Hansgrohe SE to strengthen its position as the number one German mixer manufacturer in China. In addition to this market-beating growth, Hansgrohe’s continued distribution expansion into the Chinese back-country, as well as the intensification of market development initiatives, have also led to turnover increases.

    The expanded site will allow Hansgrohe to deliver even more competitively priced quality Hansgrohe flagship products into the Chinese market, offering them “water pleasure” and award winning design. In addition, an improved supply chain network will strengthen Hansgrohe’s customer-oriented sales and service priorities.

    The Hansgrohe plant in Shanghai is a subsidiary set up by the Hansgrohe Group, in accordance with unified production standards set in Germany, which are built on more than 111 years of innovation and setting of quality standards in the global bathroom sector. For example, the most recent new products launched in the Chinese market this year – such as the Axor Starck Organic and Hansgrohe Select ranges – have benefited from a number of Hansgrohe’s patented technologies, including EcoSmart.

    Mr. Siegfried Gänßlen, CEO of Hansgrohe SE, said: “We are delighted to be able to unveil our new and expanded plant at Songjiang, which will allow us to better serve our very important Chinese market by tailoring our products according to local preferences. It will also improve our logistics and supply chains and drive further organic growth in one of the largest future markets.”

    Mr. Quansheng Ren, President of Hansgrohe China, added: “2013 will be a big year for Hansgrohe in China. Not only are we greatly improving our state-of-the-art mixer factory in Songjiang, but we aim to add more than 100 new points of sale to ensure that our growth story continues.”

    Hansgrohe has over 400 franchised stores in China, including flagship stores in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hangzhou, and the improvements to the site will grow the factory’s output from 1.3 million pieces per year, to a future capacity of approximately 2.4 million per year.

    £10m refurbishment project underway at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport

    Daniel Fountain

    Work has begun to radically transform the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport as part of a £10m investment programme – by far the largest current hotel investment programme in the North of England. The iconic hotel, which originally opened in 1998, will be fully refurbished over three phases, with the first phase and the largest, already well underway. The large-scale project will touch all core elements of the property over the next two years.

    “This is an exciting time for the hotel and we are delighted to be able to put such a considerable amount of investment into this flagship property – the level of detail in the design and the thought processes behind the food and drink concept will create a real destination for our guests and the airport community.” says Richard Moore, Carlson Rezidor, Area Vice President UK & Ireland.

    This year, as part of the phase one works; the hotel’s reception and lobby area, restaurant and bar, 120 Business Class bedrooms and suites, and the airport’s largest functions and events area – including all 27 meeting rooms – will be completed. Additionally, the existing Observatory Suite will be transformed into a Business Class lounge, complete with private reception and dedicated check-in facility for Business Class guests.

    There is a strong design element throughout the project – the brainchild of Graven Images. One of the key design features is to capture within the public areas a series of linear spaces, linked physically or visually, to create a natural interaction between the interiors of the hotel and the passing volume of people using the airport walkway.

    The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant will double in size with three unique zones, creating the ideal space for social, private or individual dining, and boasting panoramic airport views. Meanwhile, the bar will become a destination in itself with the ambience changing throughout the day through an eclectic mix of seating, lighting and music, including live DJ’s in the evening.

    The 360 guest bedrooms have been designed to create an uncluttered and calming mood, and will include the latest interactive technology. The room palette features a rich dark-stained ash timber, greys and silver grey wall coverings and fabrics, with a feature highlight colour of rich violet added to elements such as cushions and bed throws.

    Phase two of the programme covers an additional 120 guest bedrooms and will be completed in early 2014, with the remaining 120 bedrooms being covered in phase three in 2015 – when the project will be completed.

    As well as offering the largest airport conference facilities, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport is also the only hotel with a direct link to the airport, as well as rail and coach stations.

    Editor’s Note: Crosswater Limited are currently working on the bathrooms for the property.

    Hansgrohe – ShowerTablet Select 300

    Daniel Fountain

    The innovative Select collection from Hansgrohe includes Raindance Select hand showers, overhead showers and showerpipes with ShowerSelect and ShowerTablet thermostatic bath/shower controls – all with simple push button ‘select’ operation. As a highly functional solution for exposed installations, the Hansgrohe experts have developed the ShowerTablet Select 300, an attractive and generously dimensioned shelf for storage, in a unit that also does the work of a thermostat.

    A new shut-off valve allows turning the flow of water on and off by simply pushing a button and no longer by rotating, making it easy to use for all ages.

    The Select buttons with their elegant matt finish are positioned on the left and feature clear symbols either with a shower icon only or shower and bathtub for the model with integrated bath spout.

    Crosswater & C.P. Hart In Partnership for Bathrooms at The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington

    Daniel Fountain

    The Ampersand, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of London has been the subject of a painstaking and intricate refurbishment that saw the Contracts teams from C.P. Hart source products for a wide portfolio of schemes ranging from suites through to DDA rooms.As the design brief called for a consistent art-deco design throughout the hotel, the Contracts team chose quality branded bathroom products from Crosswater, Duravit and Bette. All the brassware and shower valves were chosen from the Crosswater portfolio. Crosswater worked with C.P. Hart to design bespoke brassware solutions; this included bespoke tap spouts and engraved shower plates to make it simple for guests to operate the luxury showers.

    Ian Dutch, Head of Contracts Hotels comments; “Securing a prestigious contract like the 111 rooms and suites at The Ampersand was an exciting project for C.P. Hart Bathrooms, but involved a complex refurbishment where design decisions had to be made quickly to accommodate the hotel’s schedule of works. We drew upon suppliers that we were confident could supply high quality products that outperformed expectations and worked with our budget and installation schedule. The bathrooms in the hotel have to deliver both longevity and a luxurious experience, so the back up of comprehensive product guarantees and efficient after sales service were key influencers when it came to specifying products for the scheme.”

    New white seal ring ensures Geberit Mapress remains the leak-free choice

    Daniel Fountain

    With Geberit’s Mapress being the market-leading pressfitting system for pipework, the manufacturer has made changes to the seal rings, with the introduction of a white seal ring suitable for saturated steam installations combined with Geberit Mapress stainless steel.The seal is an integral part of the Geberit Mapress system and the new white FKM seal ring is suitable for cyclical saturated steam and is capable of withstanding high temperatures, ensuring the pipes remain leak-free throughout.

    All pressfittings are equipped with a seal ring and pushed over the pipe ends before being pressed with a special tool. Both the fitting and the pipe take on the same shape when pressed, achieving the necessary mechanical stability for the connection. The seal ring in the flange-shaped end of the pressfitting is also shaped, meaning that the connection is permanently tight. The Geberit Mapress system includes different, application specific seal rings which are colour-coded for ease of identification.

    A key benefit of the Geberit Mapress systems is that the fittings are designed so that any connections not pressed during installation are automatically detectable during the leak test, providing the installer with a fail-safe method of checking for unpressed joints.

    Crosswater Holdings: Contract Sales Director Appointed to the Board

    Daniel Fountain

    Paul Caneparo has been appointed to the board of Crosswater Holdings in the newly created position of Contracts Sales Director. Commenting on his appointment Paul said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board. When I joined Crosswater in 2007 as Director of Sales I immediately saw the opportunity for Crosswater to develop a specific contracts division. Since forming a contracts team we have started supplying Hilton, Radisson Blu and Gladedale amongst others through our supply partners.

    I am confident we can become the market leader with hoteliers, architects and house builders – just as we have done with bathroom retailers and consumers.”

    David Hance, Group Chairman of Crosswater Holdings says; “I am personally delighted to have Paul on the Crrosswater Board. It’s well-earned recognition for all he has achieved for the business.”

    Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the very particular likes and dislikes of architects, Paul, in partnership with David, has developed a new brassware range. The new range is based on bespoke adaptations Crosswater made to two existing ranges for projects at NEO Bankside and The Ampersand Hotel. Paul says “Architects have very exacting requirements and won’t specify a product even if it is ‘almost’ right. This new range will match their exacting standards and in fact, has already been specified for over 1000 apartments by one well known architectural practice months ahead to its official launch in July.”

    David Hance concludes, “Building Crosswater is a passion for me. Cementing a team of high-calibre staff by rewarding effort has been key to the success of the business.”

    New products, spa treatments and great networking at Clerkenwell Design Week

    Daniel Fountain

    With its A&D Centre situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, Bagno Design was in the thick of the action throughout Design Week, and welcomed hundreds of guests through its doors for a special event on Tuesday 21 May. Architects, designers and specifiers from the UK and beyond turned out in style to help celebrate the manufacturer’s first involvement in Clerkenwell Design Week, with the A&D Centre in Pear Tree Street having now been established in the area for almost a year.

    As the exclusive supplier of all the bathrooms in the world’s tallest hotel – the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai – the event had a spa theme, with guests invited to indulge luxury massages and to sample a tantalising Arabic Mezze Station. Over a glass of champagne visitors to the 4,200 square foot showroom also took the opportunity to browse the company’s wide portfolio of design-led bathroom solutions, which included two new ranges launched exclusively during Clerkenwell Design Week.

    Turning heads was the new Urban collection, a range of sanitaryware, furniture and brassware that brings the very latest Italian styling to the modern bathroom. For the more traditionally styled bathroom, Bagno Design also launched the Bloomsbury Collection, which is inspired by late night Jazz parties, cocktails and the social rascals of London town.

    In addition to Bagno Design’s own inspirational product range, guests were also able to browse the wide selection of complementary products from a selection of hand-picked strategic partners, including Apaiser, Aqata, Dyson, Geberit, Vado and Vogue.

    Bagno Design MD, Daryl Barker, who flew in from Dubai in order to join in the celebrations, commented: “We’re delighted to be taking part in our first ever Clerkenwell Design Week and to do so by celebrating with our partners, suppliers and customers has been fantastic. Our Clerkenwell A&D Centre has been a great success since opening last summer, helping us fulfil our global strategy of becoming the project supplier of choice within Europe.

    “As a design hub, Clerkenwell is an excellent location for Bagno Design in the UK and Design Week gives us the perfect reason to celebrate the success we have enjoyed here to date and to introduce some brand new product lines to our customers.”

    Timeless design combines with contemporary functionality with Emco’s Monolith accessories

    Daniel Fountain

    Designed exclusively for Geberit, Emco has developed a range of accessories that offer the perfect accompaniment to Geberit’s Monolith range.Just as the Monolith sanitary module itself enables the high-end, luxury look of wall-hung sanitaryware to be incorporated into any bathroom space with ease, so the Emco Monolith accessories offer retailers the opportunity to extend sales whilst ensuring a streamlined, clutter-free design in bathrooms both big and small.

    Central to the Emco monolith collection is a range of wall-mounted mirrored cabinets in three designs, including an illuminated option, with a handy pull out storage drawer on either on the left, the right or on both sides (to match the configuration of the Monolith sanitary module underneath). For versions with a drawer on one side only, an optional towel rail provides a convenient hanging space.

    Exclusively available through Robert Lee Distribution, the range of different models from Emco enables Geberit Monolith and accessories to be incorporated to any size or shape bathroom, and even sited in a corner to maximise on space in the compact bathroom.

    The illuminated mirror cabinets have two sockets, one on either side, dimmable LED lighting can be conveniently adjusted using a touch sensor and the storage shelves can be equipped in a variety of ways to maximise on functionality.

    Ensuring complete uniformity throughout the bathroom, both product ranges combine aluminium and glass, whilst the colour of the glass frontages are perfectly co-ordinated to match Geberit’s Monolith range.

    Crosswater Showcase Products Designed With Architects In Mind

    Daniel Fountain

    Crosswater Contracts, the specialist arm of Crosswater Holdings responsible for the design, sale and project management of bathroom specification via architect’s and professional designers for Crosswater, Bauhaus and Simpsons has announced that it’s to be exhibiting at The May Design Series, Excel. Highlights on the stand will include Crosswater Digital the recently launched range of a shower and bath water controls. “This extraordinary product range offers specifiers for luxury apartments and houses the chance to build-in a real point of difference into their homes.” Says Paul Caneparo, Crosswater’s new Contracts Sales Director. The Digital water control system, which can be positioned away from the bathroom, making it easy to install and maintain, allows for up to three water outlets in a bathroom and can be controlled via a digital wall mounted control or via an iPhone. “A major benefit for luxury apartment design is the ability to do away with bath taps in a bathroom altogether if required. The simple digital technology is very easy to demonstrate and adds a valuable talking point in a show apartment and the marketing materials for a development.” Says Paul.

    Also on the stand is a preview of Crosswater’s latest range of brassware. Created expressly for architects and designers, the range has been designed by Paul along with Crosswater’s founder and Chairman David Hance (pictured). Paul explains, “Architects and designers are very well informed and they know what they want. The range is an amalgam of existing, proven technology combined with our own design insight. We anticipate a good deal of interest in the new range, which has already been specified on several large, prestigious projects.”

    Morgan at the Seat of Power in Westminster

    Daniel Fountain

    Seville, Atlantic, Rotunda and Hampton from Morgan Furniture are among the stylish and original furniture collections to be found at the new 4 star InterContinental Hotel in Westminster. Noteworthy as the first InterContinental hotel to open in London for over 36 years, the launch in November 2012 followed an investment of £150m by Shiraz Boghani and family of Supreme Hotels. Just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament and within earshot of the chimes of Big Ben, the hotel nestles comfortably in its historic surroundings set within Queen Anne’s Chambers, a former government building dating back to the 1800s. Behind the 19th century townhouse facade, the elegantly renovated interior provides sanctuary for business and leisure guests alike in the heart of Westminster. 256 guest rooms are spread across six floors and include 45 individually decorated suites with separate lounge and bedroom. Seville 755T easy chairs were provided by Morgan for all the guest bedrooms along with a matching footstool for added comfort; both were adapted to have a slightly raised height in order to be more visible within the room.

    Named after Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the suffragette movement, Emmeline’s creates a genteel setting for cocktails and champagne, while the adjoining Lobby Lounge serves indulgent afternoon teas. Here, Rotunda 313 tub chairs and the higher back Rotunda 315 from Morgan provide timeless elegance upholstered in pale fabric and featuring a diamond stitch button back detail.

    The Club InterContinental Lounge provides an exclusive enclave on the 1st floor of the hotel, available to guests staying in a suite or can also be booked for private meetings. Atlantic 203au chairs with show wood detailing and fully upholstered arms were provided by Morgan as an elegant dining option along with Diva square timber tables. Grouped around the fireplace, in the soft seating area of the Lounge are more Rotunda 313 tub chairs and sofas from Morgan’s popular Hampton collection with scatter cushions to make guests feel right at home.

    Atlantic 203au chairs were also supplied as a desk chair for a number of the bedrooms. In order to fulfil the designer’s brief they were adapted to have a slightly wider and deeper seat and feature fully upholstered leather arms.

    Authentic American smoke house techniques are on hand to satisfy hungry appetites at the Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar serving classic comfort food with a distinctly British twist. Milano 2052 chairs here from Morgan provide architectural style and generous comfort for the diners.

    Morgan worked closely throughout the project with designers RPW in order to meet exacting standards and adapt some original collections to meet bespoke requirements.

    Button to Head Sales Direction for Crosswater

    Daniel Fountain

    Dave Button has joined the Board of Crosswater Holdings as Sales Director. Dave, who was with Ideal Standard for 25 years until 2011, joins Crosswater at an exciting time for the company. In his new position, Dave will take responsibility for the company’s retail team and also spearhead the overall market development of Crosswater’s value brand, Adora. For the past 2 years, Dave has worked outside of the industry and successfully established a new UK business for a Scandinavian based organisation. “David (Hance, Crosswater’s Group Chairman) rang me earlier in the year and explained what was happening at Crosswater and the growth plans for 2013 and beyond. As my current remit was about complete and when Dave outlined a role for me, I jumped at the chance to return to the industry with such a dynamic business and a team that is so full of enthusiasm.” says Dave. “Crosswater sets the pace in terms of design, performance and customer service. The business is both quick to react to customer demand and proactive in creating brand new markets. I’ve watched what Dave and his team have achieved in the last ten years with great interest and I am delighted to be part of the next chapter.”

    David Hance, Crosswater’s Group Chairman says “Our Crosswater, Bauhaus and Simpson’s brands are well known. Adora however, has been growing steadily but virtually unnoticed. Dave shares our passion and brings a lifetime of sales experience which the whole Group will benefit from. Whilst his particular focus will be to develop Adora to its full potential he will no doubt be a great asset to the existing team of which I am immensely proud.”

    Beautiful jewel-inspired Wilton carpet for Fareham mosque

    Daniel Fountain

    Providing a stunning royal blue backdrop to the main worship and study rooms, 500 square metres of bespoke axminster carpet by Wilton Carpets Commercial now covers the floors of the Al Mahdi mosque in Fareham, Hampshire.The new carpet was created using Wilton Carpets Commercial’s fast Flexiweave service, which allows specifiers to create bespoke designs using a selection of colours from a single palette. Designed in conjunction with Whitaker Services, a leading textiles contractor, the carpet features a traditional diamond pattern enhanced by rich jewel shades of dark blue, turquoise and gold from the Dimensions palette, adding a feeling of magnificence as well as a practical flair. As Julie Cawood, sales director, Whitaker Services, explains:

    “When specifying this carpet on behalf of Al-Mahdi, it was key that we captured the essence of the building and complemented the existing décor, but the room layout was also a major factor that required careful consideration. The main prayer room has a moveable partition that divides it into two separate areas, so we were very aware that the carpethad to work as a whole as well as in two halves. We therefore incorporated twoseamless symmetrical floral borders around the perimeter of each partitioned section to define both areas individually,and their balanced nature also ensures design fluidity when the partition is opened up for larger events. The carpet in the study rooms uses the same diamond pattern to bring further harmony to this unique building.”

    The good looks of the new carpet are retained by its durable seven-row 80/20 construction, which also ensures that it will withstand the footfall that the mosque experiences on a daily basis. Providing exceptional colour and design clarity as well as ease of maintenance, the carpet deliversthe lasting performance required by this busy venue.

    “Our mosque is not just used for prayer – it is the heart of our community and a place where people congregate on a daily basis,” comments a spokesperson for Al Mahdi mosque. “Because of its busy nature, it was absolutely crucial that the carpet we chose was hardwearing and simple to keep clean, as well as suiting the overall design scheme of the mosque. We are particularly pleased with the unwavering service of Julie Cawood at Whitaker Services, and she approached Wilton Carpets Commercial because of its reputation for producing high-quality bespoke axminster carpet styles. The Flexiweave service certainly did not disappoint; with the ability to choose any colour combination within a specific palette and with a fast turnaround of 28 days, we had our perfect design in no time at all.”

    The carpet was fitted by O’Gorman & Carey Flooring Contractors Ltd, Bradford.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 with Brintons

    Daniel Fountain

    With an exciting 2013 ahead, Brintons newly refurbished showroomwill be a hub of creative activity at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week (21st– 23rd May) and a must see for design savvy visitors.With a whole host of exciting events taking place at the London Design Centre, Brintons inspiring line up makes this design festival one not to be missed. Taking place in the heart of the UK’s design industry, Brintons will be exhibiting a series of workshops and talks showcasing the very latest collections and designs.

    With plenty to see and do, one of the highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week will certainly be the Timorous Beasties & Brintons Archive discussion forum. Enjoy drinks and canapés during three separate talks being held on Thursday 23rd May with the prestigious Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons from Timorous Beasties who will be joined by John Bain, Brintons Global Design Director to talk through the design collections they have collaborated on.

    Sarah Draper, European Marketing Manager at Brintons commented, “We are thrilled to be taking part in this year’s event and are really excited to be unveiling our new look showroom to visitors who can expect the very latest news on what we have planned for the rest of 2013, as well as gaining real insight on the brand as a whole.”

    With a Brintons dedicated Archivist also in attendance to give a talk, visitors will be able to gain an insight into the impressive heritage of the brand with an extensive collection of textile designs dating back to 1790. Sure to be an immensely popular event, RSVP is essential.

    Guests can put their creativity to the test on the first day of the festival and be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Coronation festival taking place in July. Entrants will be asked to paint a section of the Union Jack, with the most impressive design walking away with the coveted prize.

    Be sure to add the below dates to your diary to avoid missing out on what is set to be the place to be seen at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week.

    Dates for the diary:

    – 21st May: Union Jack competition, sessions at 11am and 3pm
    – 22nd May: Hat making workshop, sessions at 11am and 3pm
    – 23rd May: Timorous Beasties & Brintons Archive discussion forum sessions 12pm, 3pm and 6pm (6pm session is fully booked)

    Tomorrow’s Bathrooms at kbbLDN

    Daniel Fountain

    The Innovation awards at kbbLDN recognise the latest outstanding inventive products and Raindance Select from Hansgrohe has been short-listed along with 19 other contenders.With Raindance Select, for the first time the engineers at Hansgrohe invented a shower range that offers two types of spray in a single head: both the gentle aerated RainAir and a forceful, effective Rain shower spray. The other key innovation is push-button ‘Select’ operation. Easy for all ages and even with soapy hands, this concept moves away from twisting knobs to simple push-buttons to change spray modes and also extends to the various controls as part of the ‘Select’ range. From a simple push to start/stop, through to choosing between shower heads and also activating the innovative RainStream spray with its uniform ribbons of cascading water. When it comes to controlling water in the bathroom in particular, Hansgrohe believes that a reliable mechanical control is preferable to complex, error-prone electronics.

    The winner will be announced on Monday 20th May at the show.

    Hansgrohe is also participating this year in the seminar programme at the May Design Series. Chaired by editor of Designer magazine, Martin Allen-Smith, on Tuesday 21st May at 2.15pm the topic will be Futurehome: Changing Role of the Kitchen & Bathroom. Mark Russell, Key Account Manager – Projects, from Hansgrohe UK will take part in what promises to be a lively debate around tomorrow’s technology and the changing patterns of consumer’s lifestyles and behaviour.

    Vaughan to Exhibit at HD Expo in Las Vegas

    Daniel Fountain

    Vaughan will be exhibiting at HD Expo in Las Vegas for the first time and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit their Booth, number 1310. On display will be some of our new products including a selection of Flush Fittings and the Lymington Chandeliers.

    HD Expo is the biggest hospitality exhibition helping Designers and Hoteliers turn ‘today’s challenges into tomorrow’s solutions’.

    To make an appointment, please contact Vaughan through their page in the Directory.

    Sleep Awakes! European Hotel Design Awards 2013 Announced

    Daniel Fountain

    The internationally acclaimed European Hotel Design Awards is now open for entries. Currently in its 16th year, the scheme is widely acknowledged as the leading pan-European awards to focus on excellence in hotel architecture and design. The Awards are part of Sleep, which is the stand-out event for the hotel design industry, comprising 2 days packed with a hotel design and development talk’s programme, major exhibition, and a showcase of built hotel concepts. This year, Sleep will be held in mid-November beginning with a glamorous Awards dinner on the evening of Tuesday 19th November at Park Plaza Westminster in London where the EHDA winners will be announced. This will be followed by the rest of the event on 20th and 21st November in London’s Business Design Centre.The stature of the European Hotel Design Awards is due not only to their pioneering role in recognising the value of hotel design, but also their consistently high calibre of expert judges and a rigorous judging process that sees all the shortlisted entries visited by a panel member – a feature that distinguishes the Awards from most other competitions.

    The Awards’ longevity has been achieved by constant reinvention, as Simon Ford, Chair of the judging panel, explains: “Every year we review feedback from previous awards, consider the types of project we may be seeing in this year’s entries and consider the overall process. One of the things we have seen over recent years has been the emergence of bars as stand-alone design features and so this year they will be having their own award. We have also been challenged previously in comparing very high-end projects with very simple, budget ones – equally well-designed but for different customers with different budgets, and this year we are going to recognise both within each category if the need arises”.

    Recent years have certainly celebrated the wide diversity of design talent that now inspires hospitality.

    Winners of the 2012 European Hotel Design Awards were:
    Conversion and/or extension of an existing hotel building: Hotel Valentinerhof, Italy – noa*
    Conversion of an existing non-hotel building to hotel use: The Mirror Hotel, Barcelona, Spain – GCA Architects
    New-build hotel: Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia – Maistra
    Lobby, lounge & public areas: Superbude St Pauli, Germany – Dreimeta
    Café, Bar or All-Day Dining: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland – Wilsdon Design Associates
    Restaurant: Sur Mesure Par Thierry Marx, Mandarin Oriental, France – Jouin Manku Studio
    Bedrooms & bathrooms: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany – Dreimeta
    Suite: The Whitehall Penthouse Suite, Corinthia Hotel, London, England – GA Design International
    Spa, health & leisure facilities: The Spa, Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France – SM Design
    Sustainable Design Award: Starhotels, E.c.h.o., Milan, Italy – Andrea Auletta Interior Design
    The European Hotel Design of the Year: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany – Dreimata
    The Outstanding Contribution Award: Claus Sendlinger, Founder & CEO, Design Hotels

    In addition, the Sleep ReardonSmith Student Award saw a young team from Coburg, Germany, win recognition for their design of staff restaurant and relaxation areas in a hotel.

    The judging panel is also refreshed annually. As always judges are selected to ensure the broadest range of professional opinions are represented within the industry, and this year’s new faces are: Stuart Wilsdon of Wilsdon Design Associates, Paul Priestman of Priestman Goode, Rob Wagemans from Concrete, Erik Nissen from Stylt Trampoli, Robbie Bargh of Gorgeous Group and Javier Hortal from Mandarin Oriental. They will be joining established EHDA judges who are: Simon Ford (Chair), Celia Geyer of Hilton Worldwide, Jeremy Blake from Purcell, Stuart Bradbury of ADS Design, Eugene Staal from Carlson Rezidor, Ahmed Akudi from Grohe, consultant Eileen Keribar, Gregoir Chikaher from Arup, James Dilley from Jestico + Whiles, Christoph Hoffmann of 25Hours Hotels, Daniel Englander from Benjamin West, Stephanie Briggs of Steph Briggs Design, design journalist Guy Dittrich and Matt Turner, editor of Sleeper Magazine.

    Following the exceptional success of last year’s re-introduction of the Sleep ReardonSmith Student Award, it returns this year with a brief to create a master-plan for a new luxury hotel and residential marina development on the Southern Adriatic Coast.

    As Claus Sendlinger, Founder & CEO of Design Hotels and winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award in 2012 says: “in the last ten years design has become a minimum requirement. The whole industry is waking up, and is starting to build more and more beautiful hotels.”

    European Hotel Design Awards 2013: Categories
    Architecture of the Year: Conversion and/or extension of an existing hotel building
    Architecture of the Year: Conversion of an existing non-hotel building to hotel use
    Architecture of the Year: New-build hotel
    Interior Design of the Year: Lobby, lounge & public areas
    Interior Design of the Year: Café or all-day dining
    Interior Design of the Year: Restaurant
    Interior Design of the Year: Bar
    Interior Design of the Year: Bedrooms & bathrooms, sponsored by Keramag
    Interior Design of the Year: Suite
    Interior Design of the Year: Spa, health & leisure facilities
    The Hotel Brand of the Year (By invitation only)
    Tomorrow’s Hotel Award, sponsored by Arup
    The European Hotel Design of the Year (chosen from entries into the above categories)
    The Outstanding Contribution Award (for an individual, selected by the judges)
    The Sleep ReardonSmith Student Award, which this year will be a competition to design a resort hotel.

    The deadline for entries is Friday 14th June 2013

    For more information and to submit entries visit:

    Hitting the road with Geberit Mapress for On Tour 2013

    Daniel Fountain

    In a bid to share the many benefits of its Mapress pressfitting system with even more installers, the Geberit Landrover and trailer was been re-fuelled and is hit the road once again, as it went On Tour to suppliers up and down the country earlier this month. Giving installers who are yet to convert to Geberit Mapress the opportunity to get hands-on experience of how simple the pressing system is to use and how it can revolutionise the way they work, the tour gets off to a head start for 2013 by visiting 13 Plumb Centers in the south of the UK during April and May.

    Available in stainless steel, carbon steel, copper and CuNiFe, Geberit Mapress offers permanently leak-proof connections in no time at all, enabling quick, safe and cost-effective installation. Geberit Mapress can be used in a wide variety of applications including plumbing and heating installations on both commercial and domestic projects and offers many unique benefits to installers, including pressing indicators and defined leak paths which always put safety first, while reducing fitting times.

    With no hot works required, the Mapress connections are also ideal for installing pipework on refurbishment projects, whilst special protection plugs ensure the pipes are kept free of dust and debris during transportation and when on site awaiting installation.

    At each and every stop-off, members of Geberit’s technical advisors will be on hand to answer questions and to sign installers up to the Geberit Mapress system, with many incentives up for grabs for those that do. Geberit On Tour will visit the following Plumb Center venues:

    Wednesday 8 May – Glastonbury
    Thursday 9 May – Weston Super Mare

    Tuesday 14 May – Bletchley
    Wednesday 15 May – Wolverton
    Thursday 16 May – Hemel Hempstead
    Friday 17 May – Aylesbury

    During the tour installers will also be able to sign up to the Geberit Challenge, which aims to find the fastest fitter for 2013. Teams will go head-to-head in a test of competence, skill and speed, with the overall winners from all the regional heats jetting off to enjoy an all-expenses-paid holiday in the sun in Dubai.

    More details of Geberit On Tour can be found at More details of the Geberit Challenge 2013 are available at

    Wandsworth Launches Jung KNX Smart Panel

    Daniel Fountain

    Jung’s exclusive UK distributor, Wandsworth Group, has launched the KNX Smart Panel, a stylish, wall-mounted display device for management, control and monitoring of KNX intelligent building installations.The new Smart Panel joins a suite of KNX monitoring and control devices available from Wandsworth, which includes the Facility Pilot and the compact Smart Controller. The fanless Smart Panel acts as a control centre for monitoring lights, blinds and shutters, heating, air conditioning and alarm systems and has been designed for both ease of use and ease of installation with pre-integrated configuration software factory loaded onto each unit. Each unit also provides a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, a high quality speaker and a microphone.

    Designed to offer intuitive operation of all functions, the Smart Panel utilises the same easy-to-operate user interface as the other KNX monitoring and visualisation tools available from Wandsworth, with a simple-to-navigate, full-colour touchscreen.

    In addition to its functionality and ease of use, the Smart Panel has also been designed to provide a stylish addition to any domestic or commercial environment with an elegant 229mm flat screen display. The unit can be finished with an optional frame in a choice of glass aluminium or stainless steel to complement the interior décor and wiring accessories.

    Gordon Fry, Wandsworth’s KNX technical specialist comments: “The launch of the Smart Panel means that we can offer customers an even wider choice of monitoring, control and visualisation options, all with simple navigation and touch screen operation. Aesthetics also has an important role to play in any KNX project and the new Smart Panel will be a smart addition to any environment.”


    Daniel Fountain

    Shiomi mixes large scale florals, small Thai inspired cherry blossom, a textured plain and a contrasting, uplifting stripe. With a watercolour effect the forms are soft, subtle, understated and provide a relaxing tranquil tone to contract interiors.Inherently flame retardant, the Shiomi collection reveals five key designs and is partnered in the pattern book with the new Etienne collection from Skopos, a unique, high performance plain with a natural multi-tonal effect.

    Providing ultimate flexibility this transfer printed collection is available on a variety of base-cloths with savings available on sizeable orders. A new flexible direction for printed designs from Skopos, Shiomi celebrates Skopos’ expertise in fabric print and production. With seven base-cloth options, the end result can be produced to match a variety of budgets and project briefs.

    Shiomi, meaning ‘Beautiful Tide’, takes the trend for watercolour designs into contract interiors. Shiomi lead-times are short with small minimums.

    Customer interest has been evident prior to the official launch in Spring 2013.

    Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 30 year’s specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality and healthcare sectors.

    By George! Wilton refurbishes Lake District hotel

    Daniel Fountain

    A total of 350 square metres of sumptuous bespoke axminster carpet by Wilton Carpets Commercial now covers the ground and bedroom floors of the historic George Hotel in the bustling market town of Penrith, Cumbria, providing guests with supreme underfoot comfort and showcasing the venue’s colourful design tastes.Specified by Kate and David Simmons, an interior design team at the Frank Whittle Partnership in Preston, and installed by Mark Dixon Flooring Ltd, the two brand new carpets are part of a refurbishment project that has seen the entire ground floor and selected hotel bedrooms undergo a complete transformation.

    “Part of the family-owned Lake District Hotels group, the George Hotel has built a reputation for providing superb service in beautiful surroundings, so it was imperative that we sourced only the highest quality products during this refurbishment period,” explains David Simmons, interior designer, Frank Whittle Partnership. “After selecting wallpaper and fabric, we approached the team at Wilton Carpets Commercial to create designs that would complement the rest of the furnishings and decor while still delivering an independent style statement.”

    The fast and flexible Flexiweave service was used, which allows customers to create bespoke designs using a selection of colours from a single palette.Rich shades of red, green and gold from the Dimensions colour palette were woven into a traditional tartan patterned carpet that now graces the hotel’s ground floor communal entrance, bar and restaurant areas; layered with a light scroll design, this bespoke carpethas a classical and refined feel that suits the hotel’s dark mahogany wall panelling and intricate ceiling patterns. In the bedrooms, the oversized paisley Kashmirdesign from Wilton’s popular FastTrack Virtue collection has been recoloured using the soft cream, taupe and aubergine shades oftheOptimum colour palette.Helping to create a relaxing ambience for tired guests, this carpet also providesluxurious underfoot comfort for bare feet.

    “Having worked with the Wilton Carpets Commercial team on various projects before, we were confident in their ability to deliver,” continues David Simmons. “Taking our initial ideas and proposing numerous design alternatives and colour tweaks, Wilton provided us with simply beautiful carpets in balanced colour tones which suit the space to such an extent that they seem to flow from one room to the next.”

    In a performance blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon, the two new bespoke carpets are durable enough to withstand the heavy footfall that the George Hotel experiences. As Justin Wales, general manger at the George Hotel, comments:

    “The new carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial are striking in appearance and are crucially both robust and comfortable underfoot. With a very loyal customer base that uses our facilities on a regular basis, it was important that the refurbishment was carried out quickly and with minimal disruption. We have had many guests commenting on how lovely the new areas look and how well coordinated the hotel now feels.”

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Luxury bathroom design on a record breaking level from Bagno Design

    Daniel Fountain

    Officially ranked as the world’s tallest hotel when it opened its doors to guests in February 2013, the JW Marriott Marquis spans 72 floors and towers 1,100 feet over Dubai. This landmark luxury hotel may have entered the Guinness Book of World Records due to its height, but designing each of its guest bathrooms and the spa area proved far from a tall order for BAGNODESIGN, the international manufacturer and supplier of design-led bathroom solutions. Part of the Dubai-based Sanipex Group established in 1994, BAGNODESIGN has developed an enviable reputation for supplying innovative and highly functional solutions to the hotel sector, with the Marriott Marquis being one of its most prestigious projects to date.

    Working closely with the project’s architect Arch Group Dubai and interior designers LW Design, along with the Emirates Group’s own in-house design team, BAGNODESIGN created opulent bathroom spaces that leave guests feeling relaxed and rejuvenated throughout their stay at the Marriott Marquis.

    Each of the hotel’s two towers has two presidential suites, 506 King rooms, 156 twin rooms, four rooms designed for disabled access and 118 corner suites, with the remaining space made up of 22 executive King rooms in varying configurations. Construction commenced in July 2007, with the south tower opening its doors to the public in October 2012 and the north tower due for completion by 2014.

    Clean lines and a modern finish were key to appealing to the hotel’s varied clientele, which ranges from seasoned travellers, to guests visiting the region on business from all over the world. The broad product range in the BAGNODESIGN portfolio more than catered to the design brief, with the company also able to draw further inspiration from other brands under the Sanipex umbrella in order to create aspirational bathroom spaces that relax the mind, body and senses.

    The lavishly designed bathrooms include the Malmo luxury freestanding bath tub, Smooth wall-hung sanitaryware and double under-counter washbasins, all from the BAGNODESIGN stable. These are perfectly complemented by Geberit concealed cisterns and flush plates, and individual walk-in showers equipped with Notions and Geo brassware from Vado. The finishing touches are all catered for too, with the full BAGNODESIGN accessory package which specifically caters for the hotel industry.

    Guy Wilson, Managing Director of Projects for BAGNODESIGN, commented: “Although the overall feel of the bathrooms had to be one of luxury and sheer indulgence, the design brief also put an emphasis on value. Through close co-operation with the design team throughout the duration of the project, we ensured that the design intent was maintained whilst fulfilling the budgetary requirements of the client.

    As with any project on such a large scale, the design and installation process of the bathrooms in the Marriott Marquis wasn’t without its share of challenges, all of which were met and conquered by the BAGNODESIGN. “There were ongoing changes to the design and varying onsite conditions which meant our constant and meticulous involvement,” explains Guy. “Our product specification team were involved at the design stage to ensure the right choices were made and the volume of orders could be achieved, backed up by the Sanipex supply chain and technical support team who ensured the project’s challenging deadlines whilst fulfilling the changing criteria.”

    New Desk Lamps from Vaughan

    Daniel Fountain

    The smart and practical Paddington Desk Lamp by Vaughan was launched at London Design Week. It has an articulated arm to raise or lower the hood, is supplied with a G9 bulb and designed with a useful switch on the base. The Paddington is available in Brass or Nickel.

    See Vaughan’s website for further information on other products launched at LDW.

    Lano to embrace the May Design Series

    Daniel Fountain

    Visitors to the Interiors LDN exhibition, part of the May Design Series, will have the opportunity to view a variety of top end residential carpet collections and hospitality flooring concepts from Lano that will inspire luxurious design schemes in areas large and small.The sumptuous Ultimo collection of residential carpets from Lano is renowned for its lavish textures and stunning designs, and is set to entice visitors at the show. Comprising a total of 10 carpet styles that have been carefully selected to provide the ultimate in luxury and performance, the Ultimo collection showcases designs crafted from a mixture of fibres, including pure New Zealand Wool, super-soft polyamide and silky bamboo. There is a range of textures to choose from, with comforting shag piles as well as soft saxony and elegant loop and twist piles.

    The extensive contract collection by Lano Flooring Solutions will also be on display at Interiors LDN, with designers, specifiers and contractors encouraged to view the wealth of possibilities available to suit all commercial interiors. Including stock and completely bespoke carpet styles, the experienced design team at Lano Flooring Solutions will be on hand to explain the many different possibilities available.

    Bespoke broadloom collections on display will include the Walk of Fame Axminster range, the tufted Carve, the tufted graphics Suite concept and the chromojet printed concepts. The go-to carpet for sumptuous textured designs, Carve will impress specifiers looking to source carpet for a broad spectrum of hospitality locations. Crafted from exceptionally hardwearing 100% polyamide, Carve is divided into two sub-collections, standard stock and bespoke concept to provide great flexibility.

    Renowned for its bold linear stripe design, the superbly comfortable and hardwearing tufted graphics Suite concept will appeal to designers looking to provide leisure and hospitality environments with the utmost in style, comfort and performance. For ultimate ease and ideal for projects with a tight turnaround, specifiers can choose from six sophisticated colourways with a pile weight of 1,100g/m2 that are shipped from stock in any quantity. For projects over 400m2, designers have the chance to create bespoke solutions, with the ability to choose between three pile weights up to 1,500g/m2 and four special colours. Crafted from a performance blend of 80% New Zealand wool and 20% nylon, Suite carpets offer excellent colour clarity and appearance retention.

    The Walk of Fame Axminster collection will appeal to venues looking for the ultimate bespoke floorcovering. Giving complete freedom of design, Lano’s specialist in-house design team will transform even the most complicated of ideas into beautifully vibrant and strong carpets using top-of-the range looms with up to 16 colour options per design. Available in a choice of constructions, from 7-row right through to the most durable 11-row, each Axminster carpet by Lano is crafted from 80% New Zealand wool and 20% nylon for maximum quality.

    Those looking for printed carpets made from 100% polyamide can take advantage of the Chameleon chromojet concept. A completely bespoke option, this collection allows the creation of custom-made carpet designs using high-tech chromojet printing technology. With a choice of three pile weights; 710g, 1000g and 1200g per square metre, and the ability to use a range of six colours, this hardwearing concept gives great levels of flexibility.

    “Interiors LDN will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our residential and commercial carpet styles alongside one another, demonstrating to designers, specifiers, architects and contractors just how diverse both collections are,” comments Birger Karlsson, UK & Ireland sales manager. “The Ultimo collection is sure to have widespread appeal thanks to its luxurious qualities and unbelievably soft textures, and our contract ranges will impress with their seemingly limitless design combinations and possibilities.”

    Brintons Invests in UK

    Daniel Fountain

    Brintons Carpets shows commitment to UK manufacturing by selecting its Kidderminster plant for the next phase of expansion of its High Definition Weave technology.

    As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality woven carpets, Brintons MD, Don Coates reflects on what sets Brintons apart from the competition, “Our brand reputation is built on design innovation, product excellence, technical expertise and customer focus; it’s essential we continue to invest in all of these areas to ensure our future success.” High Definition Weave is pioneering technology developed by Brintons and allows us to weave carpets and rugs in up to 32 colours, giving our customers unrivalled design definition and colour choice. Brintons manufactures in the UK, Portugal and India, having made the decision to sell its Chinese operation last year to focus on existing plants. Brintons employs over 500 people in the UK across its Kidderminster and Telford sites and this latest investment will create new jobs in both locations. Investing in the UK will bring a real boost to not only the local economy, but also to British carpet making as a whole. Brintons has a strong owner backing management and funding growth through investment and acquisition. The intention is to build on Brintons’ illustrious heritage, ensuring this 230-year-old brand maintains its worldwide leadership position.

    Coates comments, “We have a very clear view of how we deliver value for our customers; our mission is to make the world a more beautiful place, which we have been doing for over 200 years. We have a fantastic employee ethos with tremendous commitment to the business and the Brintons brand; we will go the extra mile to help our customers achieve their goals.”

    Investing in people is as vital as investing in technology, so at the same time Brintons has announced the launch of the Brintons Apprenticeship programme. Brintons will be recruiting around 8 engineering apprentices between the Telford and Kidderminster sites. This is a fantastic investment in engineering resource for both the UK and for the Brintons group as a whole.

    Coates explains, “Our customers are incredibly discerning, so we work hard to stay one step ahead. We have just filed our company accounts that report a significant turnaround, so we are in a strong position to invest in our people, products and our unrivalled technology. This is good news for our business and a reflection of the hard work and commitment of the management team and of all our employees worldwide, and of the support from our customers. Of course there is still a lot of work to do, but I am confident that we will be successful in our goal of continued business growth.”

    Brintons also plans to expand its spinning facility in Telford following the decision by Axminster Carpets to close their operation in Buckfast and sell off equipment. Brintons yarn processing capacity will increase by over a third to support the companys sales growth plans.

    Editors Note:

    I am delighted to see Brintons new management starting to reverse the ruinous policies of previous management. I have been an admirer of the company since my first visit to the Kidderminster factory in the 1980’s, and have always thought the foreign investments a mistake. With a design archive going back into the 18th century, the tradition of technical and design innovation is strong. If the company is moving forward to build this once more it is great news for UK Ltd.

    I was immensely saddened by the disaster at Axminster, brought about I suspect by environmental demands, but I am delighted with yesterdays news that they are being saved, at least in part. I hope this and the investment of some £3 million being made by Brintons is a sign of a resurgence of UK carpet manufacturing

    New-look website offers a wealth of Geberit Know-how for architects

    Daniel Fountain

    Leading sanitary solutions and piping systems specialist Geberit has launched a new website for the UK, providing one easy-to-navigate online resource for architects and specifiers.By clicking through to a dedicated section from the homepage at, architects and specifiers have access to a wealth of information concerning Geberit products and services available. The new-look site contains full and detailed information on all Geberit ranges, from toilets to showers and washbasins to bathtraps, all of which are separated into their relevant sections.. Architects can an also find more information on Geberit’s full range of piping systems, with solutions to cover every aspect of a building or refurbishment project.

    The new Geberit website is also the perfect tool to offer design inspiration, with a whole raft of stunning lifestyle photography that shows the full potential of the manufacturer’s sanitary systems and products. Linked to the new website is the Geberit online catalogue,, where specification details such as technical drawings, product images and CAD drawings can be downloaded. Meanwhile, a dedicated projects section within the architects and specifiers section also details many of the major projects Geberit has been involved with globally.

    Enabling architects to keep up-to-date with the latest technological and product advancements, the site also features all the latest innovations from Geberit in one dedicated section, so they can ensure their own bathroom designs are complete with all the mod cons.

    For architects and specifiers who have already chosen Geberit products, the new website makes it simple to get in touch with the manufacturer directly, with details of the technical and after sales support and training available.

    More than simply a handy reference tool for architects and specifiers, the new-look website tells the story of Geberit, offering design inspiration at evey click.

    See the changes for yourself by visiting

    Crosswater announces new range of iPhone-controlled water-delivery to the British bathroom

    Daniel Fountain

    Controlling water delivery in the bath and shower has reached new technological heights with the launch of Crosswater Digital. Engineered and manufactured in Switzerland, this innovative range of water-control solutions isboth supremely simple to use and to install.The Crosswater Digital range provides the ultimate bathing or showering experience thanks to a range of features and benefits:

    • A free Crosswater Digital App (currently for Apple devices, but with an Android App due to follow in early Summer) is available offering the facility to turn the shower on or fill the bath before getting out of bed in the morning – it can be used from anywhere else in the house. The Crosswater Digital App is configured for home WIFI use only.

    • A clear, straightforward, flashing visual indicator on the controller shows when the water has reached the desired temperature. Up to 3 personal choices for temperature and water flow can be stored.

    • With Crosswater Digital it is possible to completely do away with bath taps for a minimalist look that offers easy cleaning too.

    • Precise thermostatic control ensures water temperature remains constant at all times regardless of fluctuations in demand caused by home appliances being used at the same time.

    • Virtual plug-and-play means there is no complicated set up with Crosswater Digital and it can be used immediately. In edition Duo and Elite, has a battery back-up which ensures pre-set choices are saved in the event of a power cut and this also means the shower is operable for up to 20 minutes in the event of a power cut. The processor may be sited up to six metres away, ideally in the loft or airing cupboard. In the unlikely event of a fault, it can be attended to without disruption.

    • Crosswater Digital is suitable for specification with all types of boilers, including combi-boilers and is supplied with a comprehensive five-year parts and labour guarantee. The range comprises three models; Solo, Duo and Elite – each one provides a differing array of technical possibilities and price points.

    Pete Mersh is the new Digital Commercial manager for Crosswater. He has been heading the project for six months. Pete re-joined Crosswater after an absence of three years during which he was Aqualisa’s northern regional sales manager.

    Pete explains, “Crosswater Digital is the result of long-term and significant investment. This is the next-generation of digital showering product to enter the UK market. It is also the simplest, easiest and the most robust with flexible options. We did not set out to improve on existing technology, we wanted a completely fresh product that would take things up a level. Crosswater Digital works well in all settings, uses the best of proven technology and has set the bar very high indeed.”

    When David Hance (Crosswater Group Chairman and Founder) invited me to spearhead digital water delivery for the Group, I jumped at the chance. I knew the products would be outstanding, but I also knew that the support Crosswater would give to its Digital Retailers and Contract customers would match it. I’m delighted to be charged with developing this exciting part of the business.”

    Retailers, specifiers and installers of the new Crosswater Digital range have an array of support materials and technical guides. The project has a substantial consumer promotional budget as well as in-store and online sales aides via A Crosswater Digital Technical team has also been deployed to support retailers who need clarification on the technical capabilities.

    New sanitary system innovations launched to a worldwide audience at ISH2013

    Daniel Fountain

    Geberit enjoyed a successful outing to Frankfurt earlier this month, as the leading sanitary systems manufacturer showcased a raft of new innovations to a global audience at ISH 2013.Where better than the world’s biggest bathroom exhibition to introduce a new look to one of the manufacturer’s most popular flush plates? Grabbing lots of attention at ISH was Geberit’s re-designed Sigma50 flush plate, which has been modernised and refreshed by its designer, Christoph Behling and now incorporates gently curved buttons and no outer frame to create a seamless and timeless look.

    The Sigma50 flush plate is also now available in a new colour, Umbra, echoing the trend for natural colour palettes in the bathroom. Other finishes include white, black, pergamon, green satinised, smoked glass and white grains, stainless steel, as well as a totally bespoke option.

    Another highlight of the Geberit stand at ISH was the company’s new Aquaclean Sela, the first complete WC solution with integrated shower function that looks just like a stylish, high end ceramic. Created by Milan-based architect and designer, Matteo Thun, Geberit AquaClean Sela neatly conceals the water and power connection and even the control panel is only visible when the lid is open, giving it a sleek and modern look.

    This new shower toilet integrates its technology completely into the ceramic unit within two openings, which provide the necessary space to accommodate the electricity and water connections, as well as the water heater and functional unit. The AquaClean Sela is a perfect fit with Geberit’s market-leading Duofix framing system which has been fitted with an additional conduit pipe, making upgrading to the Aquaclean Sela as a retro-fit project or new build a simple process.

    Classic Choice from Crosswater

    Daniel Fountain

    Leaders in contemporary brassware launch modern technology with period style

    Perfect for classic bathrooms, the new Belgravia brassware collection from Crosswater brings sophisticated elegance to the ever popular nostalgic look. Belgravia brassware is a great partner for period style sanitaryware and for freestanding roll top baths – but will work equally well in adding a distinctive touch to contemporary room schemes. This comprehensive collection of six basin and ten bath/shower mixers is designed by Crosswater’s founder and Chairman David Hance, and manufactured exclusively for the Company in Europe. Belgravia features three different handle designs, Crosshead, Fleur De Lis and Lever and an enormous choice of fittings, ranging from standard basin monobloc mixers to floor mounted bath fillers for authentic period styling.All the items in the range are made from top quality brass castings, which provide excellent performance and the finest detail. Individual assembly and meticulous hand polishing by craftsmen gives the chrome plating a deep shine, adding to the period appeal of the collection.

    The classic Crosshead has authentic fine-porcelain hot and cold indices, or for anyone who wants a more Edwardian look, there are smart ceramic Lever designs. Crosswater prides itself on developing brassware collections that meet every design need – so Belgravia also includes Fleur de Lis, a take on the classic Crosshead that brings a touch of timeless French styling. The spokes of the hand wheels in Fleur de Lis have a gentle downward curve finishing in a soft teardrop-shaped end. This look works beautifully with marble topped vanities and with classic console basins.

    David Hance explains, “There are very few brassware collections that offer as much choice and variety as Belgravia. No detail has been overlooked. We understand what the customer wants and the team here at Crosswater design and specify exceptional quality taps in exclusive partnership with the very best European manufacturers.”

    As well as the standard range of basin and bath fillers, the Belgravia collection includes different spout heights on monobloc basin mixers; long or short nose pillar taps; wall mounted basin and bath fillers; tall floor mounted bath fillers, and bath shower mixers; deck mounted bath shower mixers with a lift-off telephone style shower handset.

    David Hance, who has been personally involved with the design of all Crosswater’s ranges for over 20 years, has also ensured that Belgravia is packed with technical advantages. Quarter turn operation on all taps makes them perfect for British water pressure. Handset cradles are all ‘no wobble’, low-lead brass is used throughout and industry leading, high performance Fluhs cartridges are used for all items. Wider bath filler spouts enable the bath to be filled at speed and matching hot and cold isolator taps are a thoughtful, practical feature available with Belgravia. Used widely all over Europe, isolators allow the hot or cold supply to bathroom fittings to be shut off without turning the water off elsewhere in the property.

    As is customary with Crosswater products, Belgravia is offered a full 15 year guarantee. The Belgravia collection is shown in Crosswater’s new brochure, which can also be viewed online at

    Brintons at Hilton Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Daniel Fountain

    Rotterdam is Europe’s largest harbour city, and one of the Netherlands’ most picturesque. Hilton Rotterdam is located in the heart of Rotterdam near Hofplein Square and its impressive fountain designed by Cor Van Kralingen.This 4 star hotel offers modern stylish accommodation in a convenient central location. All 254 rooms and suites have recently been fully refurbished in a contemporary style with a harmonious colour palette.

    Brintons worked closely with RPW Design to develop carpets for the hotels’ guest rooms and suites. The design was developed from original intricate lace patterns and gives a truly stunning result. Brintons also worked closely with Kate Mitchell to create a striking design for the hotel corridors. The design inspiration came from birds-eye view photographs of metal container units used to transport goods on ships which formed geometric rectangular shapes.

    The Le Jardin/ entrance lobby carpet design has been developed from maps of Rotterdam streets, which has then been refined and developed into a geometric pattern for the function and meeting rooms.

    Jan Rutgers Hotel Manager, Hilton Rotterdam says “It is amazing how a new design with small changes like no straight lines in the pattern of the carpet, can change a function or bed room. It even gives a totally different feel to an entire floor.”

    Morgan flies the flag for British furniture design and manufacture in Miami

    Daniel Fountain

    Morgan, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, has once again exhibited in Florida as part of the ‘Best of British’ line-up at Cruise Shipping Miami. From 11-14th March 2013, Morgan joined forces with Skopos, Brintons, Muraspec, Trimline and SMC Design on Stand 2209 where they presented attractive and authoritative furnishings and interior design solutions for the international cruise market. Products on display included the Pastille 5055 and Seville 753ASQ lounge chairs with button back detail. Pastille dining chairs and stools offer contemporary comfort and elegant show wood detailing; with the 5055 model featuring a hidden swivel mechanism, originally designed for Crystal Cruise Symphony. Seville chairs, stools and sofas feature sweeping curved arms which are reminiscent of vintage style, a diamond stitch and button detail was added to the Seville 753ASQ for Crystal Cruises Serenity. Both collections, created by Morgan Design Director Katerina Zachariades, offer timeless style, compact footprints and a comfortable long sit making them perfect choices for cruise liners.

    The cruise sector is a highly successful market for Morgan thanks to their ability to apply the Marine Quality Mark to produce attractive and practical furniture pieces of unsurpassed quality which fully conform to Marine Contract standards. Examples of recent projects include the Crystal Serenity and Saga Sapphire.

    Eight inspired collections from Morgan, including some specially-adapted designs, appeared on board the Saga Sapphire, providing comfort and ocean-going style for up to 706 passengers. Designed to appeal to more modern tastes, the Saga Sapphire has a fun, quirky feel which was inspired by the British seaside. Morgan chair and table collections featured are Siena, Como, Seville, Hampton, Verona, Atlantic, Boston and Rotunda.

    Seville and Pastille chairs were chosen by the design team of the Crystal Serenity, who travelled over from Canada to meet the Morgan team at the head office factory in Emsworth, Hampshire. Upholstered in white leather, the Pastille chairs are invitingly comfortable and elegant in the retail area onboard, while the Seville dining chairs feature a diamond stitched button detail for a uniquely luxurious finishing touch in the Penthouse Suites.

    Latest original Morgan collections include Lucca and Modena, both of which are ideally suited to the cruise sector. The fully upholstered Lucca side chair features a continuous piping detail which accentuates the radiused profile and looks striking when upholstered in a contrasting fabric. The seat appears to float on the elegant show wood base. There is also a matching dining height table. Contemporary and luxurious, the Modena collection features lounge chairs and sofa as well as a modular sofa. The chair is generous and features a sweeping upholstered arm detail that creates a sharp profile but also a soft inviting shape. The modular sofa has been designed with a hand crafted show wood base that links the units and avoids double legs.

    Morgan is recognised for its exemplary eco-credentials, a fact independently endorsed by the ISO14001 environmental standard. All products are manufactured in a low energy consuming factory, using sustainable FSC timber, top quality CMHR foams and non rusting fittings.

    Wool Surprises with beauty at Somerset House

    Daniel Fountain

    March saw The Campaign for Wool organise an innovative and creative focus on the way wool can inhabit a space both public and private. This was curated by Arabella McNie assisted by Jo Bailey.As wool is natural, sustainable, inherently fire resistant and renewable it offers a timeless and enduring quality for interiors, fashion, build and craft. We have many talented and skilled people in the global textile industry and it is wonderful to see them using natural fibres in such a diversity of ways.

    Although my main interest was from the point of view of hotel design, I really appreciate function and form in all the products and artefacts on display as a confirmed ‘fibre fan ‘. The real life sheep on display at the weekend had gone home but these colourful ewes provided a warm welcome.

    The wow factor came into play as soon as one entered the entrance hall with Amy Somerville’s mammoth chair upholstered in wool from Mongolian Long-haired Sheep, a lovely chair to curl up in knitting to while away a wet or snowy afternoon, or provide a signature piece for a boutique hotel reception.

    Outsized balls of felted yarn from Krafthaus in South Africa’s Western Cape drew the eye as did the exquisitely worked monotone sheep tapestry over the fireplace by Melissa Watts of Maud Designs.

    In the corridor the stunning carpet runner was manufactured by Directory member Brintons to a design by Cristian Zuzunaga. The 100 foot runner was made especially for the event with the inspiration for the design coming from DNA and the double Helix. It was produced on Brintons High Definition looms using 33 colours to create the final result.

    Oh là là – spoilt for choice in Paris

    Daniel Fountain

    HOTEL ATMOSPHERES entices customers with freedom from Axor Bouroullec

    Paris is as famous for its culture and lifestyle as it is for the scope it gives to individual expression: innumerable creative and original thinkers, even mavericks, have left their mark on the City of Lights; names like Sartre, Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel as well as what has become known as Paris ’68 bear testimony to that reputation. The new HOTEL ATMOSPHERES on the rive gauche fully embraces this spirit of freedom: the hotel bathrooms feature the Axor Bouroullec collection that can accommodate personal preferences like no other. The collection was developed jointly by Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE, and the French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The open system of Axor Bouroullec is ideally suited to meet the requirements of a boutique hotel endeavouring to offer a diverse clientele the ultimate in creature comforts. Shelves in the bathroom, a special feature of this collection, are especially useful in a hotel bathroom: so often hotel guests are unable to find a spot in the bathroom where they could place the things they are accustomed to, or they find that the facilities for use of water do not take the ergonomics and the spatial environment into consideration, only offering standard solutions that are often not even very functional.

    Axor Bouroullec provides freedom of choice
    By contrast, the design of Axor Bouroullec features a functional landscape of shelves arranged around the wash basin – shelves that guests are free to use as they see fit: no more soap dishes integrated into the basin that are designed for that sole purpose and nothing else. Arranged at different heights around the wash basin are various shelves that will accommodate all kinds of items, in addition to the soap and the mixer. The collection also “liberates” the mixer from its traditional place centred at the back of the wash basin. The levers can be arranged in any way that pleases the user and makes sense – even to let water flow from the console above the basin, something that amazes guests at the HOTEL ATMOSPHERES: it is both a stroke of genius and a convenient idea from Axor and the designers, the brothers Bouroullec. In the words of a French trade magazine: “C’est l’avant-garde! The first wash basin without a mixer!”

    With Axor Bouroullec, the interior architect Vincent Bastie could choose from a collection comprising about 90 products, thus providing a perfect solution for the most diverse range of settings and circumstances. The minimalist, yet not quite geometric design of the multi-award-winning Axor Bouroullec collection represents understatement at the highest level.
    A compact interpretation in the “Solo” room, a generously spaced arrangement in the “Junior Suite” and other combinations of Axor Bouroullec are spread throughout the multi-faceted hotel: at the HOTEL ATMOSPHERES, guests are spoilt for choice, a pleasure akin to the discoveries of the “Esprit de Paris”.

    The boutique hotel is half gallery, half luxury hotel
    A preoccupation with the personality of this metropolis along the river Seine comes through in the 56 rooms, including two suites and two apartments: the individual designs reflect different facets of the city and prompt guests to choose their personal favourite world: “Nature”, “Palace” or “Urban” are some of the themes; additional spatial designs are interpretations of themes like “Monuments”, “Macarons” (macaroons, a popular almond pastry), and the night life. Over a hundred images by photographer Thierry des Ouches link the arts theme with the Paris lifestyle. The photographs on display throughout the hotel are for sale, in effect adding an art gallery to this exquisite hospitality establishment.

    With a fitness room and sauna, this three-star hotel housed in two fully renovated old buildings offers the level of comfort of an international hotel. Part of the contemporary presentation of the HOTEL ATMOSPHERES undoubtedly the loft style of its spaciously redesigned ground floor, featuring bare brick walls and contrasting with the salon atmosphere prevailing in the guest rooms: upholstered beds and colourful highlights, modern classics and baroque quotations. It is the perfect complement to its location in the exciting centre of Paris and the characteristic mix of Notre Dame, Louvre and Musee d’Orsay only minutes away, in proximity to the markets exuding Paris flair, and the elegant fashion establishments, the boutiques in the small side streets of the Boulevard Saint- Germain, and the legendary Café Les Deux Magots. The hotel embraces the versatility of Paris in terms of its style, culture and hospitality and interprets these in its own individual way.

    Secrets Revealed: Crosswater Digital now available

    Daniel Fountain

    A week or so ago the indefatigable David Balmer invited me to the Crosswater nest near the Dartford Crossing for a preview of the launch of the new Crosswater Digital controls and a look at their revamped showroom. Since my last visit some months ago the company has grown in the hotel sector considerably winning contracts from, among others, Hilton. Their large car park bore testament to this, being almost full, and David remarked they were beginning to kick against the walls.

    It is good to see a British company that is investing in research and development and bringing new products into the market place with confidence and verve. The company is showcasing its new products, part of a series of launches over the next few months some of which I can’t talk about yet.What I can talk about is the new digital control system devised by Crosswater. I was talking with a US based designer recently about electronic controls in the bathroom and her response was ‘why on earth would you want them’? Well, speaking as someone who has enjoyed a simple electronic shower control for years now, I can say that being able to push a button and step into a shower that is set exactly at the right temperature before I get even my hand wet is a real delight in the mornings (as we all know the US is decades behind Europe in decadence anyway, we are Athens to their Rome.)

    The idea that I might be able to start a bath or my shower from the breakfast table or whilst in bed is delightful, but the Crosswater system takes it further than this enabling you, if you are so inclined, to put the plug in and run you bath as you watch the end of the match on your telly. The mobile phone app (currently only available for some minority make of fruity phone, but soon on sensible devices too) enables this degree of control too.

    Wilton Carpets Commercial sets Zeffirellis on fire

    Daniel Fountain

    Visitors to the bustling Lake District town of Ambleside have always loved the award-winning restaurant and cinema Zeffirellis, and they now have even more reason to visit thanks to a recent refurbishment that sees 450sqm of bespoke axminster carpet by Wilton Carpets Commercial gracing the venue’s busy floors.The brand new 10-row woven axminster carpet uses a palette of muted grey, soft cream and striking blue in an eye-catching abstract print and now covers the restaurant and two cinema floors. Perfectly coordinating with the sumptuous upholstery and lavish soft furnishings in the restaurant and providing a striking contrast to the bold red cinema seats, the bespoke design was created by Zeffirellis’ management team in conjunction with installers Kendal Quality Carpets and brought to life by Wilton Carpets Commercial’s experienced design team.

    “Zeffirellis wanted a truly stand-out carpet that would inject life into the restaurant and cinemas in a unique fashion,” comments Karl Greenall, coordinator, Kendal Quality Carpets. “After browsing through Wilton Carpets Commercial’s stock designs, we were drawn to those with dancing flame-type motifs and knew that these sort of styles would inject the vibrancy that Zeffirellis was seeking. We then created a custom design in beautiful shades, with cream flame strands flying out from one wall and then dispersing amongst the bolder blue swirls for a high-impact look.”

    Not only offering a stunning aesthetic, the new carpet also provides the durability that this busy location demands with guests choosing to make a day of Zeffirellis by watching a film in one of the venue’s cinema screens before moving on to the restaurant to enjoy fine Italian cuisine. As Dorothy Smith, managing director, Zeffirellis, explains:

    “When considering the new carpet, it was imperative that it offered us outstanding levels of resilience in order to withstand the heavy footfall that we experience on a daily basis, while still having the visual flair that our venue is famous for. Wilton Carpets Commercial delivered this within a very strict time frame so that we could open our doors to our loyal customers as quick as possible.”

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Vaughan Launches New Range Of Floor Lamps

    Daniel Fountain

    Vaughan has recently launched a new range of floor lamps available in brass, bronze or polished nickel finish. The Villon and The Ludlow range are designed to take lampshades, to which Vaughan can make to order, and they can also advise on the size and style to suit the Floor Lamp.

    The Farringdon and Savona Floor Lamps have matching Desk Lights available which have already proved popular with Hotels such as The Hotel Intercontinental, Cliveden, Hotel Standton Place and Chateau Reylof.

    To view more of their exquisite range of lamps, please visit

    Dawnvale serves up top-notch kitchen for delicious Damson

    Daniel Fountain

    Greater Manchester-based Dawnvale is proud to have played a significant role in supporting both award winning restaurateur Steve Pilling and Salford City College to create and install one of the UK’s ‘greenest’ and most advanced low-energy commercial training kitchens at the £1m Damson Restaurant overlooking the garden and piazza area of MediaCityUK. The 140-cover Damson Restaurant officially opened earlier this month to rave reviews and is already proving to be a hot-spot for food-lovers from across the North West and beyond. The kitchen meanwhile is providing students from FutureSkills, Salford City College’s £6m advanced skills centre, the opportunity to work for one of the North West’s top restaurant brands in a cutting edge commercial kitchen environment. The ground-breaking project (and vision of Graham Pennington, Deputy Chief Executive at Salford City College) has been in planning and build for over two years, although Dawnvale completed their remit in a 12-week period as agreed.

    Working closely with Chef Simon Stanley, renowned restaurateur Steve Pilling and architect Don Hobson (Design Mac) – Neil Guest, Managing Director of Dawnvale set out to deliver leading-edge kitchen facilities featuring the latest sustainable and environmentally friendly technology. In addition to the commercial kitchen, Dawnvale also designed and fitted the new bar, marble floors, bespoke wine displays, a feature drop down ceiling with LED lighting as well as supplying a range of high quality furniture for the restaurant.

    Dawnvale’s credentials and outstanding reputation in the hospitality sector span over 30 years. Other notable recent projects include TGI Fridays, Hawksmoor Restaurants and the Chaophraya Group. Renowned for design flair, collaborative working practices and value for money, Dawnvale designs, manufactures and fits bars, restaurants, hotel bedrooms, cinema rooms for some of the UK’s leading hospitality groups and independently owned restaurants and hotels. Neil and the team already had a long-standing relationship with Steve Pilling whose superlative credentials span some 15 years at the very highest level and whose restaurants include the multi-award winning Damson Restaurant in Heaton Moor and The Red Lion in High Lane.

    Steve said,

    “Salford City College should be congratulated for their vision, passion and hard work in ensuring the industry has not just a national centre of excellence for our young people, but actually one we can safely say aspires to be world-class.

    My expertise in running, owning and developing high quality restaurants has, I trust, brought a new and personal dimension to the project. Working with Salford City College and Dawnvale to ensure the facilities and experience will surpass the expectations of students and the paying public has been exhilarating and inspirational.

    This will be the perfect environment for students to truly learn and master their craft as well as gain knowledge on the increasingly important elements of running a sustainable and environmentally-friendly kitchen. It’s great news for young people with career aspirations, the North West hospitality sector and the industry as a whole. ”

    Said Neil Guest,

    “This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting projects Dawnvale has ever been involved in. Every single aspect of the design and build has been created using ‘next-generation’ thinking; we have pushed all the boundaries to harness the very best products available to meet our sustainable and low-energy approach.”

    New solutions add value to wellness bathrooms

    Daniel Fountain

    Hansgrohe SE relies on pushbutton ease of operation and harmony of head and heart for the ISH 2013

    Every two years, the Black Forest-based bathroom and sanitation specialist Hansgrohe SE, takes the opportunity offered by the world’s biggest sanitation technology fair ISH in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to present its many new products to a wider audience as a premiere event. “And it’s that time again: from March 12–16, 2013, our Axor and Hansgrohe brands will be presenting solutions for the bathroom at our 1,600 square metre stand in the exhibition hall in Frankfurt – solutions that represent real added value and will boost the quality of life of users every single day,” announced Richard Grohe, the company’s Deputy CEO. “How our head and heart can be in perfect harmony will be demonstrated by Axor with its new Axor Starck Organic collection. The collection combines a unique design with the responsible use of water, and it comes with an innovative, ergonomically sound operating concept. The latest milestone reached by Hansgrohe is the innovative Hansgrohe Select shower control system: there is no complex set of instructions – one stylish pushbutton is all that is needed for control of water sources with a simple click.” Pleasure at the push of a button
    The idea underlying the Hansgrohe Select technology: to evolve from twisting controls to simply pushing a button. And that goes for the entire product range. Pushing a button has become a perfectly natural way for us all to control various aspects and functions in our everyday lives. Just think of light switches, the telephone, or mouse buttons. So why not switch between the different jets in a hand spray, or between the different outlets in a shower system, also with the simple push of a button? Especially when it comes to controlling water in the bathroom, a reliable mechanical control will always be compared to complex, error-prone electronics. “With Raindance Select, the Ecostat Select thermostats, and an entirely new product category – the ShowerTablets with Select function – we have expanded the new operating concept to cover our entire range, and we look forward to launching a comprehensive burst of innovation at the ISH under the motto ´Pleasure at the push of a button´,” said Richard Grohe.

    At you can explore the new world of Select products from the bathroom specialist Hansgrohe in advance. This platform will be revealing and introducing one by one the new products within the Hansgrohe Select range in the lead-up to ISH.

    Innovations for head and heart
    For the Axor Starck Organic collection launched in September 2012, the French designer Philippe Starck worked with Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE, to produce an innovative, organic-minimal design. It is reminiscent of shapes found in nature, it is sculptural yet highly ergonomic. The collection harmoniously blends in with the most diverse range of environments, enriching them with striking features at the same time.

    Just as innovative as the visual appearance are the latest technological developments, which result in a new kind of sustainable water use. The Hansgrohe spray laboratory has developed a new, luxurious type of spray especially for these washbasin mixers: it has an unprecedented low flow rate of only 3.5 litres of water per minute, yet without making any compromises in terms of functionality or convenience. On the contrary; soft yet voluminous water pearls give the generous spray a new sensuous feel. A unique feature is the intuitive, ergonomic operating concept, with separate controls for the volume of water and the temperature, allowing water and energy to be used economically.

    “Our new Axor Starck Organic collection sets new benchmarks in terms of innovation because it results in greater pleasure using less water, and because it makes operating a mixer easier and more convenient,” according to Philippe Grohe, Head of the Axor brand. “Axor Starck Organic demonstrates that it is possible to combine luxury and comfort on the one hand, and sustainability and the responsible use of resources on the other, in a single, outstanding solution. That is what we will showcase to sanitation specialists, architects and interior designers, as well as to end users, at ISH 2013.”

    Life’s a beach as Geberit products are chosen for luxury hotel in the Adriatic

    Daniel Fountain

    Enjoying views over the Adriatic Sea and just a stone’s throw from the medieval town of Rovinj, architects working on Croatia’s new Lone Hotel were intent on specifying the most luxurious, high quality fixtures and fittings throughout the five-star complex, which is why they turned to Geberit when it came to sourcing the most suitable piping and sanitary systems.With its sweeping rows of terraces, the Hotel Lone looks like a pleasure ship surrounded by the forest and offers 236 rooms and 12 suites, as well as three restaurants and large conference facilities with four conference rooms, meeting rooms and a VIP lounge.

    Architects for this prestigious project, 3LHD, relied on Geberit Know-How for a great many elements of the hotel’s design. Geberit piping systems feature throughout the six-storey Design Hotel, with Geberit Mepla and Geberit HDPE piping providing the ideal solution in terms of sustainability, durability and ease of installation, whilst Geberit Silent-db20 piping was also specified to solve acoustic issues that are so common in hotel design. In terms of roof drainage, Geberit also provided the solution here too, with its innovation siphon-action Pluvia roof drainage system, which provides a reliable service over large areas.

    The washrooms in the communal areas of the hotel, along with the bathrooms in each of the guest bedrooms also feature Geberit innovations. It goes without saying that the high-end, luxurious finish that wall-hung sanitaryware creates was the natural choice for the interior designers, and Geberit’s Duofix framing system made installation of this a simple task, while the company’s concealed cisterns, hidden discreetly behind the wall for a minimal finish, offer water-saving benefits to the hotel too. In the public areas where hygiene is paramount, Geberit’s electronic urinal flush controls and taps are fitted as standard.

    Commenting on this latest high profile specification project for Geberit, Andy Lever, Commercial Sales Director, said: “It was important to the developers that reliable, high-quality products be used in the Design Hotel. That is why a wide range of Geberit products was used to satisfy the demand for high quality.”

    A strike for Wilton Carpets at the Hollywood Bowl

    Daniel Fountain

    Eye-catching bespoke carpet tiles created by Wilton Carpets Commercial now grace the floors of the Hollywood Bowl in Finchley, North London. Inspired by the famous Walk of Fame star-embedded sidewalk in the Los Angeles district the bowling alley takes its name from, these stunning tiles include an eye-catching fluorescent yarn for a unique look.Featuring five-point stars in dappled pink with the alley’s name woven in each one, upon a midnight black mottled background, the carpet tile design replicates the terrazzo and brass materials that the real-life Hollywood Walk of Fame is crafted from. With luminescent yarn highlights that give a soft glow under light, the carpet tiles deliver a striking look for the bowling venue and complement the fifties American-style furniture and retro juke boxes in the entertainment area.

    Created in a durable 80% wool, 20% nylon woven axminster construction, the carpet tiles provide the necessary resilience to cope with heavy footfall in public areas as well as offering great levels of underfoot comfort. Easy to clean and maintain too, the tiles will retain their colourful appearance even after rigorous cleaning, and make a sensible decision for busy entertainment locations that may require spot replacement, while still upholding a broadloom aesthetic.

    “We are very happy with the finished carpet tiles from Wilton Carpets Commercial, and are especially impressed with the luminous yarn as its shimmering effect creates a real ambience in our venue, day or night,” comments Tom Bardell, assistant manager, Hollywood Bowl. “The tiles have proved to be hardwearing so far, which is important as we experience a high turnover of visitors on a daily basis. The dark colouring is also ideal for camouflaging any spills or stains waiting to be cleaned.”

    As Alan Whittle, UK sales director, Wilton Carpets Commercial, explains, this project was completed quickly to the highest possible specification:

    “We worked closely with the design team at Hollywood Bowl to produce the carpet tiles quickly for a tight turn-around. Our capability to createaxminster carpet tiles to a high quality finish within the client’s time-frame made us the ideal partner for this project, and the range of yarn colours used in the final tiles, including the fluorescent option, showcases the depth of our design flexibility.”

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Dawnvale Hospitality Interiors launch new range of stylish Italian contract furniture

    Daniel Fountain

    Dawnvale Hospitality Interiors are pleased to announce the launch of this new stylish range which includes a large and high back lounge chair with quilt style outer back, sofa with a quadrant stitching detail and stackable low stools to suit a variety of venues.All items are available in any specified upholstery, include CHRM foam for the UK contract market and are as attractive as they are well made.

    For further information please contact our Furniture Division on 0161 684 7879 or view our new dedicated furniture website

    Svelte – The Next Slim Thing

    Daniel Fountain

    A ground-breaking range of lever-operation brassware joins the market-leading line-up specially created for British bathrooms by Crosswater.Svelte, is Crosswater’s latest comprehensive range of solid brass basin, bath and showering products. The sleek design of the tap spout delivers a thin blade of water, which is easily controlled by the single, equally slim control lever.

    Svelte comprises all basin variations; a low-pressure standard mono mixer, an extended height version for vessel basins, a wall-mounted option and a “mini” basin tap which is perfectly proportioned for smaller cloakroom or en suite basins. For bath filling a wall-mounted bath spout and matching deck mounted panel valves are offered.

    Showering options from Crosswater are strong and varied. Svelte’s lever set will suit each of Crosswater’s extensive range of recessed shower valves from single to three outlet options. As always delivery is available ‘next day’ throughout most of the UK via Crosswater’s own delivery fleet.

    Crosswater’s product manager Lisa Soffesays, “Svelte has an instantly memorable visual style that offers a compelling design advantage that is different from all existing Crosswater and market offers. Svelte provides the retailer with an exclusive ‘wow’ product. We worked tirelessly on this project to ensure that the radical Svelte design was suited to most types of UK installation. The unusual shape of the water delivery will certainly attract showroom attention.”

    New electrofusion box connects performance and efficiency

    Daniel Fountain

    Constantly striving to ensure its piping systems and equipment meet the demands of modern working environments, Geberit has approved a new electrofusion box for improved connection of its Geberit HDPE and Geberit Silent-db20 systems.Geberit has worked with UK-based company Advance Welding to produce the AW315G, which offers superior performance and greater overall efficiency during the welding process compared to its predecessors.

    The AW315G, 110v electrofusion box is a highly efficient way of connecting pipes and fittings using extreme heat and pressure produced during welding to make simple, reliable, rigid joints between the pipes. The heat is produced from flowing a constant electrical current flow through the embedded heater wires within the sleeve fitting, which is placed around the two pipes, to produce the heat required, while the required pressure to make the joint is obtained via the shrinking of the fitting under welding conditions.

    The new improved AW315G electrofusion box is capable of automatically welding couplings of up to 315mm at 110v and is far less susceptible to voltage fluctuation and handling damage for greater reliability on site. Competitively priced at a similar point as the outgoing Geberit 110V box, the new AW315G can also be serviced and repaired in the UK, making maintenance a far simpler task.

    The new AW315G, available from Advance Welding, is now fully approved by Geberit for use with Geberit HDPE and Geberit Silent-db20. The 240V ESG 40/200 and starter switch remain in the Geberit range

    Geberit – 0800 077 8365

    Hansgrohe bathrooms within earshot of the chimes of Big Ben

    Daniel Fountain

    Opened in November 2012, the InterContinental London Westminster Hotel is the first InterContinental to open in London for over 36 years. Just a stone’s throw from the corridors of power and within earshot of the chimes of Big Ben, this new 4 star property exudes period appeal set within Queen Anne’s Chambers, a former government building built in the 1800s.Following a £150m investment by Shiraz Boghani and family of Supreme Hotels, the elegant interior of the hotel sits behind a 19th century townhouse exterior to provide sanctuary for business and leisure guests alike in the heart of Westminster. 256 guest rooms are spread across six floors and include 45 individually decorated suites with separate lounge and bedroom.

    All rooms feature well-appointed marble bathrooms with walk-in shower and separate bath. Showers and bathroom fittings are from internationally-renowned, German specialist Hansgrohe.

    New Flexible Trevira Velvet – Beau by Skopos

    Daniel Fountain

    March sees the launch of a versatile, decadent new velvet collection from the Accents range by Skopos. Previewed recently alongside the new Erddig & Elle luxury print collection at Sleep in November, Beau works perfectly as a confident plain for upholstery, drapery and bed throws and equally as a base cloth for wet printed and unique digital designs.

    100% Trevira CS, the Beau collection is available in 21 hand-picked contemporary colours with a chic vintage twist. Created specifically for the contract market, inherently flame retardant, this quality presents fantastic opportunities for both the contract hotel, cruise and leisure sectors and demonstrates versatility for use across Europe, Middle East and America, complying with all contract standards.

    As an upholstery plain, Beau performs to 45,000 martindale rubs and as a product for drapery, a washable durable solution with a luxurious thick drape and soft velvet pile. As a printed product (showcased in Erddig & Elle) Beau achieves 40,000 martindale rubs.

    Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 30 year’s specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality sector.

    Lano Flooring Solutions decks out the Empress cruise ship

    Daniel Fountain

    With a reputation for delivering high quality IMO certified carpets, it is no wonder that Lano Flooring Solutions has partnered with Pullmantur, the largest Spain-based cruise line company in the world, and supplied over 135,000m2of woven axminster carpets for its fleet over the past six years.One of the most recent collaborations with Pullmantur has resulted in 15,000m2 of striking bespoke carpets gracing the floors of the Empress ship. Covering areas including the main atrium, alleyways, restaurants, casino, children’s area, spa, gym and staterooms, the carpets showcase the best of Lano Flooring Solution’s design ability and offer superior levels of durability and underfoot comfort with a wool-rich blend.

    As Ronnie Wilkie, design executive for Lano Flooring Solutions explains, “Pullmantur approached our experienced design team, asking for custom-made carpets that would create a stylish and eye-catching look for passengers on the Empress. A particular highlight of this project is the carpet in the Schooner Piano Bar; designed with a nautical appeal, its swirling pattern in rich gold and midnight blue also has a musical theme that reflects the area’s use for evening entertainment.”

    Lano Flooring Solutions also provided the artificial grass on the outer decks of the Empress Ship, and recently worked closely with Pullmantur’s marine operations director, Benjamin de Haas, to create 12,500m2 of carpet designs for its sister ship the Sovereign.

    One of the first ever carpet manufacturers to invest in the latest high-tech Van de Wiele axminster looms, Lano Flooring Solutions has forged a long and successful track record of supplying high-performance IMO certified carpet to the growing cruise market.

    For further information on Lano Flooring Solutions, freephone 00800 5266 5266 or e-mail

    Carpet combinations at Wood Norton Hall

    Daniel Fountain

    The boutique Grade II* listed four-star Wood Norton Hotel, Evesham, is now graced with just under 2,400 square metres of fine woven axminster and tufted carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial. As part of a £4million refurbishment aimed at restoring the hotel’s grandeur and injecting contemporary style, Vassen Design Ltd turned to the experienced hands of the Wilton Carpets Commercial design team for a combination of bespoke and stock designs throughout the public areas and bedrooms.

    Within the principal bedrooms of the hotel, a bespoke carpet featuring delicate inlaid scroll designs and elegant stripe borders adds calm to the space and gives the bedrooms a more contemporary feel. A bespoke turquoise colour was added to the soft neutral shades taken from the Optimum colour palette to coordinate with the sumptuous fabrics, creating a contemporary harmony with the traditional panelled walls and ceilings. The carpets are woven in 7-row axminster with an 80/20 construction.

    Using Wilton’s Flexiweave service, the Optimum colour palette is carried through into the public areas with the increased durability of a nine-row construction and a contemporary textured design, once again providing a balanced contrast with traditional fixtures and fittings. This design continues with a contemporary colour block bordered runner on the grand wooden staircase providing colour and design continuity throughout.

    Turning to Wilton’s popular Ready to Go range, the bedrooms within the Pear Tree stable block and second floor of the main building benefit from the tufted Chenille design in Cardamom and Hemp colourways. The dark beige of Cardamom was used to create a cossetting atmosphere within the Pear Tree stable block, while the second floor bedrooms use the lighter Hemp colourway, again complementing traditional wood features.

    “Wood Norton Hotel has an exceptional historic interior, reflecting the lifestyle of the exiled French royals wholived there before World War One,” explains Sean Vassen of Vassen Design. “Crucially, many of the interior’s original features have stayed intact, the most notable of which is the finely crafted oak panelling. My aim was to enhance the interior spaces of the hotel by using a carefully modulated palette of textures and colours that work with the existing wood panelling, and I found I could achieve this with the Optimum palette as it allowed design flexibility in a coordinating bank of shades.”

    With a combination of woven carpets taking advantage of the flexible and cost-effective Flexiweave service where possible and tufted carpets from the Ready to Go collection, adapting qualities to suit each area, Vassen Design was able to achieve a high quality floor finish that was in keeping with the hotel’s ambience and that also kept to budget. All carpets were manufactured in the UK at Wilton Carpets Commercial’s Wiltshire production facility in a performance blend of 80% wool 20% nylon.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Wandsworth Announce £7 Million Investment Plan

    Daniel Fountain

    The Wandsworth Group has announced a significant strategic investment programme to enable further expansion following a £7 million cash injection into the business.The 108-year-old company is the longest established independent manufacturer of wiring accessories in the UK and has already announced a move to custom-fitted new premises in its home town of Woking, Surrey. The investment funds will enable The Wandsworth Group to maximise the benefits of its new headquarters and production plant with investment in new product development across its wiring accessories and healthcare technology business. The funds will also help the company to drive international expansion and acquisition opportunities where there is a synergy with the existing business.

    Explains Chairman of The Wandsworth Group, Charlie Salter: “The move to our new premises reiterates Wandsworth’s commitment to product development, UK manufacturing and quality control and our new site next to McLaren Engineering is a state-of-the art facility with room for growth. Our focus on playing to the strengths of our century-long heritage while investing in next generation innovation for wiring accessories and healthcare technology will enable us to accelerate growth and market share here and internationally.’

    Wandsworth has mapped out an investment programme involving product development of its premium Penthouse range of wiring accessories and expansion of its wireless accessories range.

    Charlie Salter adds: “Whilst we remain a family-owned company with traditional values and a commitment to British manufacturing, The Wandsworth Group is also a very dynamic business with an exceptional technical skills base and a clear marketing vision. The investment will help us leverage those strengths and build on our success.”

    New face joins the Geberit sales team in the South West

    Daniel Fountain

    Geberit, the leading supplier of piping systems and sanitary systems, has introduced a new recruit to its sales team, with the appointment of Sarah Young who takes up the role of Technical Sales Manager for the South West.Prior to joining Geberit, Sarah worked in a similar sales based role for the Plumb Center, a major supplier of plumbing and heating products to the trade, where she gained a huge amount of experience looking after the accounts of merchant customers.

    In her new position as Technical Sales Manager for Geberit, Sarah will be responsible for looking after the company’s key accounts in the South West of the country, including contractor and merchant customers. She is also looking forward to capturing new business in this area, making new contacts and further developing the Geberit brand.

    Commenting at the end of her first week in the role, Sarah said: “The South West is a really strong area for Geberit and the response I have got from existing clients and prospective customers so far has been extremely positive.

    “Geberit has an exciting range of products and is a brand that people trust and it’s exciting to be a part of their growing success.”

    For further information on Geberit products and services call 0800 077 8365 or go online at

    DoubleTree by Hilton Welcomes its First Guests in Ireland

    Daniel Fountain

    Ireland’s first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel has recently opened its doors, bringing one of Europe’s fastest growing upscale hotel brands to the Emerald Isle. A thoughtful and contemporary renovation of the Morrison hotel, in partnership with operators Martinez Hotels & Resorts, has seen the property’s 138 rooms and suites completely re-designed with a brand new concept centred on music and sound.Overseen by Dublin-based Nikki O’Donnell, the hotel’s new look incorporates lyrics from nearly 30 Irish songwriters and the work of a dozen Irish artists. The stylish, trend setting décor pays homage to the hotel’s traditional status as a destination of choice for the great and the good of Irish music. Each individual guestroom is adorned with a line from songs made famous by local acts such as The Script and Paul Brady, straddling genres from customary Irish folk ballads to instantly recognisable modern hits.

    Stephen Mulligan, UK & Ireland director, Martinez Hotels & Resorts, said, “We set out with a very ambitious timeline for this project so we’re delighted to be opening the hotel on schedule and with the support of our new partners, Hilton Worldwide. The refurbishment coincides with a busier than normal event calendar for Ireland this year, and we believe the reopening will not only benefit the long term patrons of the Morrison, but will also contribute to the vibrancy of this up-and-coming part of Dublin.”

    An exciting revamp of the drinking and dining options sees Bar Quay 14 and the adjoining Morrison Grill opening to the public on 11 February.

    Simon Vincent, president, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide, said, “We are delighted to be introducing one of Europe’s fastest growing hotel brands to Ireland. Building on the hotel’s excellent reputation, we believe the renovation, combined with DoubleTree by Hilton’s famous warm welcome, will make the hotel a popular destination in its own right.”

    The Morrison Dublin, a DoubleTree by Hilton’s central location is ideal for guests seeking to access Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre, top tourist attractions plus iconic sporting and concert venues such as the Aviva Stadium and O2 Arena along with the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and enduringly popular Guinness Storehouse. The trendy Temple Bar area, whose atmospheric cobbled streets are home to the entertainment heartbeat of the city, is a short walk across the river from the hotel. With a wealth of attractions at the fingertips of its guests, coupled with its allure as a destination for the city’s glitterati, the hotel is ideal for any visitor seeking to soak up Dublin’s diverse culture and fabled nightlife.

    John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “This hotel is a fabulous representation of what our brand is all about. I’m thrilled with the work Nikki O’Donnell has done in bringing to life the essence of Ireland’s rich culture through such a stylish, sophisticated design. Guests will experience a taste of the city’s Celtic heritage and modern vibrancy while enjoying the signature DoubleTree by Hilton touches that we know appeal to travelers across Europe – all starting of course with the trademark warm chocolate chip cookie served upon check in.”

    As part of the refurbishment, all rooms have been refitted with flat screen televisions and integrated music systems. Guests of the hotel will gain access to a 24-hour business zone and split level fitness centre. Up-lighting has also been installed to the façade along Ormond Quay. Wedding, conference and event space totalling 410 square metres is available, accommodating from eight to 240 guests.

    Patrick Joyce, General Manager, added, “It’s been a hectic but exciting period and we’re very grateful to all our staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure the hotel was ready for opening. We hope our customers will be impressed by the work we’ve undertaken to bring a fresh new look to the Irish hotel scene. We believe the refurbishment strikes the right balance in staying true to the history of the Morrison hotel, while at the same time giving it a fresh new look.”

    The Morrison, A DoubleTree by Hilton hotel has re-opened under a franchise agreement between Hilton Worldwide and Martinez Hotels & Resorts.

    Directory company Crosswater supplied brassware for the refurbishment of the bathrooms

    Crosswater Launch New Suite of Digitial Marketing Tools

    Daniel Fountain

    Crosswater, Bauhaus and Simpsons have launched a comprehensive range of Apple Brochure Apps available free of charge from iTunes Newsstand as well as a new line-up of page-turning interactive brochures on the Company’s group website. This significant investment in new marketing media will be a real asset for both the trade and the consumer and is the result of a year-long research and commissioning programme. Marten Baker, commercial manager for Crosswater explains: “The interactive brochures and brochures apps will be heavily marketed in consumer magazines and in store, we at Crosswater are extremely keen on modern marketing techniques and see both these initiatives as crucial in providing retailers with the very best sales tools, and the consumer with market-leading, 24/7 easy-to-understand product information.”

    Interactive Brochures offer the following features.

    • Product search
    • Book mark single or multiple pages.
    • Add, save and share notes on any page
    • Download complete brochure as a pdf file
    • Zoom in and out
    • Single or double page view
    • View thumb nail images
    • Choice of three styles of page transition
    • View full screen at the click of a button
    • The interactive brochures can be used on desktop, lap top, tablet and Smart phones

    Brochure Apps
    Crosswater, Bauhaus and Simpson’s brochures are now available for iPads from the Apple Newsstand within iTunes. Click here to visit the store.

    Each Crosswater brand catalogue App is conveniently broken down into manageable and logical product family sections.

    Crosswater offers individual brochures for taps, showering, bathroom accessories and kitchen mixers. Bauhaus includes furniture, sanitary ware, basins, mirrors/cabinets and towel rails. Simpsons features enclosures, bath screens and wet rooms.

    Within the App users will find a tap-to-view link to the relevant website product page for immediate access to technical information as required. There are intuitive tools for simple navigation and a slider-bar to scroll through the catalogues.

    Group Chairman David Hance enthused, “The high quality on-screen image resolution gives outstanding definition to all our products, even better than our high-quality printed brochures. I can see a time, very shortly, when digital media and printed brochures will be used in equal measure, which will have a clear benefit for the environment and cost savings in print buying. We have already had great feedback from customers who are already using the Crosswater Apps for home presentations to end users and no longer need to lug around a boot full or brochures.

    Our own sales force is finding the Apps great for slick sales presentations and product training and we are receiving a huge number of subscriptions from the Apple store”

    A golden break with Wilton Carpets Commercial

    Daniel Fountain

    Visitors to the Golden Coast Holiday Park in Woolacombe, Devon, are now greeted by striking and vibrant axminster carpet by Wilton Carpets Commercial upon stepping into the venue’s lively entertainment area.Covering a total of just over 400 square metres, the bespoke axminster carpet displays a lively space-themed design, featuring bright orange and yellow five-point shooting stars on a contrasting background of dark and light blue. A range of eight different colours combine to offer exceptional clarity and to ensure that the carpet design reflects the excitement of the games room.

    Woven in a nine-row 80/20 construction in 3.66m width, the carpet is hardwearing enough to withstand the heavy footfall from the daily throng of holiday guests, and the busy nature of the design works to conceal any trodden-in dirt or spillages between cleaning.

    Ben Braddick of Braddick Furnishers, who worked closely with Wilton Carpets Commercial to recolour an archive design, bringing added vibrancy to the design, explains, “Golden Coast Holiday Park promises its guests an unforgettable stay defined by good old-fashioned fun and wonderful family memories, and they wanted a carpet for the entertainment room that reflected this bright and cheerful attitude.

    “The resulting design is colourful and instantly lifts the mood, as well as being resilient, practical and delivering high levels of underfoot comfort. It also works to seamlessly connect the different game stations within the large room, such as the more adult-focused bowling alley and the conjoining kids’ area. The Wilton Carpets Commercial design team understood our brief and made our vision a reality, providing energetic-looking carpet that mirrors the personality of the holiday park.”

    The carpet for Golden Coast Holiday Park was manufactured in the UK at Wilton Carpets Commercial’s Wiltshire production facility on time and within budget.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Trevira CS Club: the top customers of 2013

    Daniel Fountain

    The Heimtextil Fair in Frankfurt in January was again the scene for this year’s event for Trevira CS Club customers, where Trevira announced the Gold and Silver Club Members for 2013. Most of these suppliers of textile products in flame retardant fibres and yarns were among the group of top customers benefiting from premium services already last year.The fibre manufacturer had set up its multi-level Club system in 2012 with the aim of rewarding its partners for their loyalty and of promoting business with Trevira CS worldwide. All direct and indirect customers who hold a trademark contract and valid trademark approval and registered in the Club at the end of 2012 were able to acquire points and with these gain access to specific services. By participating in a fabric competition running in parallel they also had the opportunity to enhance their status and gain additional points. Members are identified in an annual evaluation process. The Trevira CS Club is growing and enjoying increasing popularity. Many partners from 2012 continue in the Club and they are joined by a whole series of fresh members in the Gold and Silver category.

    “Our partners are successful because they are offering high value products, because they are set up internationally, and because of their ongoing commitment to Trevira CS“, says Trevira CEO Robert Gregan. “With the Club system and the associated services we aim to thank our customers and support them in their efforts to further grow this business outside Europe. The quantity of positive feedback we receive tells us that we are on the right track here”. It was not only large customers who were important, this applied also to small yarn and fabric suppliers specialising in niche products. “They make a vital contribution to the great variety on offer. Each year they demonstrate with their innovative and high value products that the demands and design ideas of interior designers can be transformed into reality.“

    The 18 Trevira CS Gold Club Members for 2013 are:
    • Yarn manufacturers Fil Man Made (I) and Lei Tsu (I),
    • fabric manufacturers Dina Vanelli (TR), Engelbert E. Stieger (CH), FiDiVi (I), Fiorete (I), Gaudium (NL), Lodetex (I), Müller Zell (GER), Schmitz-Werke (GER) and Verotex (GER),
    • editors Création Baumann (CH), JAB Josef Anstoetz (GER), Kobe (NL), Kvadrat (DK), Nya Nordiska (GER), Rubelli (I) and Sahco Hesslein (GER).
    The 29 Trevira CS Silver Club members are:
    • Yarn manufacturers Hoftex (GER), Selvafil (E), Spinnerei Lampertsmühle (GER), Torcitura Fibre Sintetiche (I), Torcitura Padana (I) and Vlnap (CZ),
    • fabric manufacturers AB Ludvig Svensson (S), Baumann Dekor (A), Bruvatex (B), Gebrüder Munzert (GER), Johan van den Acker (NL), Mattes & Ammann (GER), P.I.F. (MAR), Pugi (I), Spandauer Velours (GER), SR Webatex (GER), Stotz (CH), Tissage de Kalken (B) and Wintex (I),
    • editors Gerriets (GER), Kinnasand (GER), Kupferoth Interiors (GER), Lelièvre (F), Saum & Viebahn (GER), Sekers (GB), Skopos (GB), SoFarSoNear (I), Sonnhaus (A) and Tapicerías Gancedo (E).

    Vector Concepts Chapter Guestrooms and Corridors

    Daniel Fountain

    Brintons brings further creative innovation to their Vector design collection with the introduction of a newly designed Guestrooms and Corridors bespoke package.The latest chapter in the Vector Concepts collection offers designs which have been carefully chosen for the hospitality sector, providing a new approach in the creativity and use of carpet in corridors and hotel guestrooms.

    The designs in the new collection draw on the vast experience of Brintons Designers working globally with architects and designers in the hospitality sector and are illustrated in a way that shows the flexibility of the offer. Corridor designs are shown with complimentary designs used in the same ‘family’ in adjacent guestrooms. A variety of scales from designs that are almost ‘textural’ and organic through to large-scale designs, that will make a real statement in a guestroom are displayed throughout the collection.

    This collection provides new ways to view designs in guestroom areas using either ‘flood plans’ or corridor and guestroom room sets. Designs follow themes from sumptuous contemporary takes on the classical style or sets of designs, which have an all over ‘sketchy’, feel designed to translate into a contemporary use of design and colour in public areas. All of the designs within the collection can be re-coloured or adjusted to your requirements, Brintons design team can help to develop any of the concepts illustrated in the collection brochure.

    Imperial Carpets Celebrates Great Show at DOMOTEX 2013

    Daniel Fountain

    DOMOTEX 2013, which took place from the 12th – 15th January in Hannover (Germany), is considered the most important floorcovering exhibition in the world and Imperial Carpets were proud to showcase their new collections in Axminster and Wilton Carpet.”DOMOTEX has once again delivered proof of its great international appeal and its pivotal role as the flooring industry’s flagship fair,” remarked Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Deutsche Messe AG Managing Board, at the close of the event. “40,000 visitors from over 80 nations came to discover the latest product innovations and trends for the upcoming season.”

    The reaction from clients has been very good and Imperial Carpets exhibited new ranges in all kinds of possible Axminster Carpets: 80% Wool, 20% Nylon and 100% Pure New Wool and Wilton Carpets in Wool & Viscose, 100% Viscose and 100% Pure New Wool.

    For enquiries regarding any of these products, please contact Imperial Carpets through their page in the Directory. DOMOTEX 2014 will take place from the 11th – 14th January and potential exhibitors should register their interest here.

    Wandsworth Launches Sleek Penthouse Range

    Daniel Fountain

    Pioneer of the flat plate wiring accessory, The Wandsworth Group, has made sockets and switches sleeker than ever with the launch of its Penthouse range of screw-less, flush-fitting plates. Engineered to remove the need for the plastic grids or intermediary sections usually required for screw-less plates, products in the Wandsworth Penthouse range fit directly to a metal grid via a patented clip and bush system. This holds them neatly and discretely to the wall, enabling a flush-mounted and screw-less finish while providing a secure and robust mounting method that is hidden from view.

    Designed for use with Wandsworth’s interchangeable, grid mounting, modular switches, sockets and interiors, the Penthouse range is currently available in a variety of high quality Brass based finishes including Polished Brass, Satin Nickel and Antique Bronze. The company provides a bespoke manufacturing service, creating plates to customer specification and the Penthouse range will also be made available in a variety of special sized plates for custom arrangement of sockets, switches and modules to create a cohesive look and feel.

    Managing director of The Wandsworth Group, Gary Stevens comments: “The Penthouse range is a design-led series of wiring accessories and we are constantly looking for ways to engineer our products to enhance both functionality and aesthetics. The new Penthouse accessories will complement any interior style with no unsightly screws or fixings, all in a low profile unit that is flush to the wall.”

    New Aloft Hotels Coming Soon to Panama, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay

    Daniel Fountain

    Less than a year after premiering the Aloft brand in Latin America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. forges ahead with its expansion plans to open four new Aloft hotels: Aloft Panama, which will debut in 2013, Aloft Merida and Aloft Asuncion slated to open by 2014, and Aloft Montevideo in 2015.Aloft Merida will mark the entrance of the eighth Starwood brand in the country making it yet another milestone for the company. Aloft Merida will be located in the prestigious area of San Antonio, a corporate and shopping destination, just minutes away from the city’s Country Club, Golf Course and the Merida International Airport. Aloft Merida will have 136 rooms and 530 square feet of meeting space.

    Paraguay’s economy is growing as the country evolves into a relevant business center in Latin America; as its capital, Asuncion is the cornerstone of this transformation. Aloft Asuncion will meet the demands of this growing economy, providing an alternative to business and leisure travelers as well as a social gathering place for local professionals. It will be steps away from the World Trade Center (WTC), an important real estate complex featuring mixed-use real estate development, including corporate offices and conference spaces, food and beverage outlets, support services, and entertainment options. The hotel will feature 120 loft-like rooms and 614 square feet of meeting space.

    Montevideo is the main economic, political and industrial center of Uruguay, an important country in Latin America. Aloft Montevideo will be located in the heart of Montevideo’s business center minutes from downtown, providing business and leisure travelers a unique option. The hotel will feature 100 loft-like rooms and 2,267 square feet of meeting space, designed to accommodate business and group travel to this important business destination.

    Aloft Panama will offer business and leisure travelers easy access to downtown and local attractions. This new urban development boasts an ideal location across from the Atlapa Convention Center, 15 minutes from the Tocumen International Airport and 10 minutes away from the financial center. The hotel will be built in two phases. The first phase, with 126 rooms will open in 2013 and the second phase with 186 more rooms will debut in 2016.

    Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

    Flush plates of a new generation at Ecobuild 2013

    Daniel Fountain

    Geberit will be exhibiting at Ecobuild 2013, held at London’s Excel, to present and showcase its new developments and innovations ideal for modern, sustainable building designs within private and public applications.Taking pride of place on Stand S349 will be Geberit’s new addition to its Sigma10 range of flushplates. The new design incorporates the very latest dual flush technology, controlled via infra-red, and has been styled for the next generation.

    Geberit’s Sigma50 flush plate has been modernised and refreshed by its designer, Christoph Behling. With his new design, Behling has incorporated gently curved buttons and removed the outer frame to create a seamless and timeless look as well as introducing a new colour, Umbra. Similarly, the manufacturer’s popular Sigma10 flush plates have also been given a re-design, and are available in a stainless steel finish for both the touchless and the mechanical versions.

    The leading sanitary systems and piping solutions manufacturer will also be introducing enhancements to several of its key product lines in 2013 and many of these will be shown at Ecobuild. Boasting water-saving credentials for both commercial and domestic situations the new Geberit’s Sigma50 and Sigma10 flush plates are being launched to ensure they meet modern requirements on both an aesthetic and practical level.

    Continuing with the sustainable solution theme, Geberit will also be displaying its Self Sustaining Power Supply, designed as an independent power source for use with the manufacturer’s infra-red taps. Designed for use in washrooms with a large volume of users per day, Geberit‘s Self Sustaining Power Supply helps commercial premises effortlessly fulfill their green credentials.

    To find out more about Geberit’s innovative sanitary systems and plumbing solutions visit Stand S349 at Ecobuild, Excel London, from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 March.

    Dawnvale Hospitality Interiors release new contract furniture website

    Daniel Fountain

    Manchester based Dawnvale Hospitality Interiors are pleased to announce the launch of their new furniture website dedicated for design professionals and operators, showcasing an extensive range of stylish contract furniture to suit a wide range of projects, including bars, restaurants, hotels, cafes and nightclubs.Continued growth during 2011/12 of the contract furniture division has lead to a dedicated website being launched in January this year. This exciting development demonstrates the quality and diversity of their product ranges and profiles a large range of recent successful projects, including Hawksmoor Restaurants, Chaophraya Group, Eclectic Hotels and many others.

    The new website address is intended to run alongside the main company website which provides an overview of the entire group.

    Supplying both indoor and outdoor contract furniture, Dawnvale provide more than just a catalogue of products. As specialists with strong manufacturing skills, exceptional product sourcing and knowledge of technical specification, they can manage all of your furniture needs whilst providing options to suit every budget and design specification required.

    The combination of their UK manufacturing facilities, European suppliers and dedicated partnering facilities, all working in an extensive range of materials and production processes provides complete furniture solutions for contract use on time and within budget.

    Dawnvale Hospitality Interiors specialise in the manufacture of bespoke bars, commercial kitchens, contract furniture and interior fit out projects. The company is well established within the market place with thirty years experience in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

    Introducing the latest additions to the GROHE New Tempesta line of showers

    Daniel Fountain

    GROHE New Tempesta is a line of showers with a lot of value for money in terms of innovative technologies, varied designs and versatile spray patterns. The latest generation of the classic showers is an all-rounder for major projects in particular. The latest additions to the range include a mono spray pattern model without aeration and a shower system priced to fit into smaller budgets.The newly designed showers GROHE New Tempesta and GROHE New Tempesta Cosmopolitan come in a variety of shapes and styles. GROHE New Tempesta comes with four different spray patterns including Rain, GROHE Rain O2, Massage and Jet spray patterns that will trigger different sensations on the skin – from a soft rain shower to an effervescent tingle and a pulsating massage to a firm and stimulating jet. All showers incorporate GROHE DreamSpray® technology which channels water evenly to all nozzles, resulting in highly precise spray patterns and the large 100 mm diameter of the shower head allows the spray patterns to unfold to full effect.

    New products: Mono-spray shower and shower system
    Planners of healthcare facilities will be pleased to see the addition of a mono-spray shower variant to the GROHE New Tempesta range; the soft Rain pattern is not aerated in order to meet the enhanced hygiene requirement in the healthcare sector. The ergonomically shaped handle gives users a comfortable and safe grip on the handshower. Should the shower nevertheless be dropped, a silicon ring wrapping around the shower head protects both the shower tray and the chrome surface of the shower against damage.

    The second new product is the GROHE New Tempesta Cosmopolitan shower system. The 390 mm long shower arm can be swivelled for a personalised shower experience and the 160 mm head shower produces a rich and full-bodied Rain spray. For peace of mind throughout the shower the system incorporates the sleek and minimalist Grohtherm 1000 Cosmopolitan Thermostat using GROHE TurboStat®, which completely eliminates the risk of hot and cold shocks resulting from fluctuating pressure in the water pipes.

    All GROHE New Tempesta showers represent state of the art shower engineering. GROHE CoolTouch® technology prevents the user from scalding as it creates a barrier between the hot water and the outer chrome surface. GROHE StarLight® ensures that the showers and fittings retain their sheen for a long time and are protected against scratching and soiling. Last but not least, SpeedClean technology means that the lime build-up on the shower nozzles can simply be wiped off with your fingers.

    Models are optionally available with the innovative GROHE EcoJoy® technology which enables responsible resource management – users can save water on a daily basis without compromising on the enjoyment of the shower.

    A perfect match
    The variety of variants ranges from head showers and handshowers to 600 or 900 mm long shower rail sets as well as wall holder sets for bathtubs to complete shower systems. The wide range meets the most diverse installation requirements and all products are designed for a particularly easy installation.

    Record number of conversions as Geberit Mapress takes to the road

    Daniel Fountain

    Covering more than 8,000 miles as it travelled to destinations throughout the UK, Geberit On Tour 2012 was the company’s biggest and best road trip yet, with hundreds of installers able to witness first-hand just how easy Geberit’s Mapress press-fit piping system really is.Over the course of the summer, the Geberit Land Rover and trailer stopped off at a total of 33 venues in the UK, from Liverpool to Taunton and from Belfast to Cardiff, in order to demonstrate the many advantages of its press-fitting system to installers. Geberit’s main stockists including BSS and Pipe Center enjoyed a visit from the On Tour team, which also travelled to Scotland to visit several branches of William Wilson and across the water to bathroom specialists Davies in Dublin.

    At each stop along the route, the team carried out demonstrations of the Geberit Mapress pressing system and encouraged installers to try it out for themselves. Installers new to the system were quick to realise the speed at which leak-proof connections can be made when using Geberit Mapress, particularly when compared to soldering.

    “Geberit On Tour 2012 was a resounding success in terms of highlighting the many benefits of Geberit Mapress among a new audience,” commented Simon Spridgeon, Senior Product Manager – Piping Systems. “The Tour provided a wonderful opportunity to meet with existing customers and to convert a new following and we very much look forward to taking to the road once again in 2013.”

    For details of where the Geberit Land Rover and trailer will be stopping off when it goes On Tour in 2013 visit

    Brintons Supplies Crowne Plaza Moscow – World Trade Centre

    Daniel Fountain

    The Crowne Plaza Moscow – World Trade Centre is located in the business district of Moscow City near the International Exhibition complex Expocentre.The hotel’s large lobby area which sits under the soaring atrium has beautiful palms, playful water features and a clock adorned with Russian fairy-tale characters, it is also home to the Plaza Garden Cafe and Real Food Restaurant with open kitchen.

    Brintons created a dramatic carpet design for the recently renovated lobby area and supplied over 1000 m2 of Axminster carpet.

    Images are © The Crowne Plaza Moscow – World Trade Centre.

    Wandsworth Demonstrates a Smarter Approach to Energy Efficiency at Ecobuild

    Daniel Fountain

    The Wandsworth Group will be assisting specifiers to understand the energy-efficiency benefits of KNX smart home technology at this year’s Ecobuild at a joint stand with partner company, Jung (Stand N3701).The Wandsworth Group is the exclusive UK distributor of Jung’s products including their market-leading range of KNX intelligent control and visualisation tools.Designed to co-ordinate lighting, heating, A/V systems and blind controls in anydomestic or commercial property, the KNX systems available from The Wandsworth Group combine advanced technology with simple to use touch screen panels. And because they utilise KNX protocol, the only globally-recognised open intelligent controls protocol, the controls and tools offered by The Wandsworth Group can be integrated with thousands of other KNX products from nearly 300 different manufacturers. They are also interoperable with other protocols including DALI, BACnet, ModBUS plus others.

    Visitors to The Wandsworth/Jung stand will be able to find out how a KNX installation can align functions such as heating, lighting, air conditioning and blind controls providing energy savings of 40% with shading control, 50% with individual room control, and 60% with lighting and ventilation control simply by avoiding energy wastage. The end user can run pre-programmed scenes, operate centralised controls or even access the system remotely, making it easy to create an intelligent building that is flexible, controllable and energy efficient.

    Wandsworth will showcase the Jung Smart Room Controller at Ecobuild, a new compact, wall-mounted control screen that has been designed to offer intuitive operation, just like a Smart Phone. Designed to enable easy browsing, scrolling and management of complex controls, the Smart Controller features a touch screen and touch buttons in a discreet unit that allows the user to select the individual rooms and functions. Users can even customise the unit, using the Homepage and Favourites page options to provide fast, direct access to their mostly frequently used functions and locations.

    The Smart Controller complements the existing Facility Control Pilot offered by The Wandsworth Group, a software and touchscreen package which enables centralised control, visualisation and monitoring of integrated KNX controls. Designed to provide simple operation, visualisation and monitoring of KNX controls, the system can even monitor the percentage energy consumption from different energy sources, making it an ideal choice for buildings that have been designed to combine renewable energy technologies with connection to the grid.

    Demonstrating the same level of chic design and advanced technology, The Wandsworth Group will also be showcasing some of its latest wiring accessory innovations on stand N3701. The Wandsworth Group’s new Penthouse range of low profile and screwless switches and sockets will be on show. Designed with a metal grid to enable a sleek screwless finish, the range is currently available in six finishes: polished brass; unlacquered polished brass; bright nickel; satin nickel; antique bronze and yellow etched primer, with other finishes to follow.

    Comments managing director of The Wandsworth Group, Gary Stevens: “Ecobuild is such an important exhibition for architects, specifiers, consultants and contractors who want to find out about the latest eco-innovations. But sustainability and environmentally-responsible construction are about much more than eco-products; they require an energy-saving mind-set that permeates every aspect of the specification. By using an intelligent control, monitoring and visualisation installation, specifiers can ensure that their buildings are used in an energy efficient way throughout their lifecycle, making them truly sustainable.”

    A Relaxing and revitalising massage courtesy of GROHE’s Power&Soul™

    Daniel Fountain

    Featuring up to four different spray patterns that massage you whilst you shower, GROHE Power&Soul™ offers individualised showering experiences – for a fresh start to the day or for simple relaxation. The Rain spray pattern allows for gentle water flow that envelopes the whole body, while the innovative Rain O2 is enriched with air which results in soft bursts of water that massage your head and body. The Jet spray pattern effect functions like a deep tissue massage that eases tight muscles after a workout or a long day at the office. While the Bokoma Massage spray pattern, inspired by the aboriginal head massage technique called ‘Bokoma’, offers ultimate relaxation that revitalises the body with a moving, circular spray. “One-click showering” makes all of the difference. The GROHE AquaDirect™ spray selector fuses advanced engineering with outstanding design. Four buttons on the shower head give direct access to four single spray patterns and another unique seven mix patterns. This feature takes personalised showering to a new level.

    The GROHE Power& Soul™ line delivers an unparalleled choice of designs, sizes and spray patterns – for any preference, any occasion and any style. The range includes showers with diameters of 100, 130 and 160 millimetres.

    Matching hand showers to all GROHE ranges help to create a coordinated design throughout the bathroom. From minimalist modern Cosmopolitan design to organically shaped showers in Contemporary style.

    The product already garnered the iF product design award 2012 and the red dot design award 2012.

    Flexibility and precision for your bathroom: GROHE SPA™ F-digital

    Daniel Fountain

    With the help of the new GROHE SPA™ F-digital shower products, your bathroom can now be turned into a high-tech haven. From autumn 2012, GROHE offers full modular design and digitalisation for the premium shower, building on the renowned F-series showers. New technologies offer an unprecedented level of comfort; digitalisation increasingly enriches the modern lifestyle, especially in the bathroom. F-Digital facilitates this change through intuitive and flexible use due to its modular offering.

    The product contains a digital controller which can be placed flexibly onto any bathroom surface. It is easy to use as the first button starts the water flow, the second reduces the temperature and the third increases it. A light touch with a fingertip is sufficient enough for the controller to launch its precise water temperature and the users preferred saved water settings. For added safety and comfort, an illuminated ring provides visual feedback as the water temperature is chosen ranging from colours in blue to red. The flow volume is easily controlled by an exterior ring containing ProGrip™ which allows safe operation even with wet or soapy hands.

    Your freedom of choice

    Just like all products in the GROHE F-Series that represent the interior design flexibility, the modules of GROHE SPA™ F-digital can be installed to your personal preferences or be added to an existing system. It can be installed for washbasins, bathtubs and showers and even bidets.

    A new dimension of modern showering

    For professional bathroom design, it’s crucial to include tailored and relevant solutions. That’s why GROHE develops products that enhance the quality of living and help express your individuality. Flexibility in terms of design and installation possibilities, multi-functionality and maximum comfort have been designed to the last detail within this new product.

    Geberit Training Dates Still Available for January

    Daniel Fountain

    While places have been booking up fast, places are still available for selected training dates in January at Geberit’s HQ in Warwick. The free training modules will cover sanitary systems and piping solutions, enabling installers to be brought bang up to speed on every aspect of fitting Geberit products.The piping solutions training module includes choosing the best drainage and supply systems, Mapress and Mepla installation and drainage design.

    Installers wishing to learn the very latest techniques for fitting wall-hung sanitaryware are also encouraged to book for the second day of training, which will focus on sanitary systems. Now in its second year, this popular training module covers methods for fitting and maintaining wall-hung sanitaryware, empowering installers with the know-how to install such systems themselves and the opportunity to pass on this knowledge their customers

    Held at the company’s purpose-built training academy in Warwick, the training modules enable installers to get hands-on experience of working with Geberit piping and sanitary products and to gain first-hand knowledge of just how easy these solutions are to install and maintain.

    The ultimate aim of the Geberit training modules is to give everyone involved in the supply and fitting of plumbing, drainage and sanitary systems on projects big and small the confidence to take full advantage of the many benefits of specifying Geberit systems.

    Dates still available for Jan are:

    Piping solutions –
    Tuesday, 15 January
    Tuesday, 29 January

    Sanitary systems –
    Wednesday, 16 January
    Wednesday, 30 January

    All training is completely free of charge, with lunch and refreshments provided. Places for these popular training sessions are already filling up fast, so to book your place email or call 01926 516835.

    Wandsworth Invites KNX Users to Take Smart Control

    Daniel Fountain

    KNX innovator Albrecht Jung has made the control of an intelligent office simpler and more stylish than ever with the launch of the new Jung KNX Smart Control available from The Wandsworth Group.Designed to offer the sleek appearance and intuitive operation of a smart phone, the compact, wall-mounted unit enables the end user to control multiple room functions, including lights, blinds, shutters and temperature controls. The simple-to-use touch screen and sensory buttons reduce the complexity of room functions and present controls in a format that is already familiar and accessible.

    Enabling the end user to change pages, scroll and control like a smart phone, the KNX Smart Control lets users select individual rooms and functions with convenient sliders for dimming, adjusting blinds and setting the ideal temperature. The unit can even be customised, using the ‘homepage’ and ‘favourites’ page options to provide fast, direct access to their most frequently used functions and locations.

    The advanced functionality of the new KNX Smart Control is matched by its chic aesthetics. Its flat screen design has been developed to co-ordinate with the Jung LS range of wiring accessory frames. As a result, the KNX Smart Control not only looks discreet and elegant on the wall but it can also be co-ordinated effortlessly with an existing electrical installation.

    The Wandsworth Group is the exclusive UK distributor of the Jung range of KNX intelligent control systems and wiring accessories. Explains The Wandsworth Group’s KNX technical specialist, Gordon Fry: “Sometimes people can be put off specifying a KNX system because the technology is very advanced and they mistakenly think that means you need to be technically-minded to use it. This is simply not the case: KNX systems offer ease of operation and complete flexibility for the end user and now, with the launch of the new KNX Smart Control, we can confidently tell customers that if they can use a smart phone, they can operate a KNX intelligent home installation.”

    GROHE F-Digital contributes to Sleep Hotel 2012 Best room Design Award

    Daniel Fountain

    Scott Brownrigg’s and Willmott Dixon Interiors room Shaded White has won Sleep Hotel 2012 Best Room Design at this year’s Sleep Event.

    With a brief to design a 23 sq m, five star, city centre hotel room which pushes the boundaries of imagination, innovation and creative flair, the stunning and luxuriously designed Shaded White room beat off strong competition from Bisset Adams and 8build, Shaun Clarkson ID, Yasmine Mahmoudieh, Nous Design and Overbury. The hotel room was designed with the help of several suppliers including the largest and the world’s leading single-brand manufacturer and supplier of sanitary fittings. The bathroom design was made up of GROHE F-Digital in combination with the Rainshower Jumbo headshower and sideshowers in a black finish.

    GROHE F-Digital contains a digital controller which can be placed flexibly onto any bathroom surface. It is easy to use as the first button starts the water flow, the second reduces the temperature and the third increases it. A light touch with a fingertip is sufficient enough for the controller to launch its precise water temperature and the user’s preferred saved water settings. For added safety and comfort, an illuminated ring provides visual feedback as the water temperature is chosen ranging from colours in blue to red. The flow volume is easily controlled by an exterior ring containing ProGrip™ which allows safe operation even with wet or soapy hands.

    Judges, Javier Hortal, Project Leader EMEA at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Khirstie Gunn-Myles, Head of Design and Engineering at IHG and Conrad Smith, Managing Director at ReardonSmith Architects commented that the “intelligent layout”, “use of space” and the “timeless design” of Shaded White, together with its “functionality and customer focus” helped to secure its win.

    Mandip Shanker, Communications Manager at GROHE said:
    “We are delighted to have contributed to the the Winner of the Sleep Hotel 2012. We felt that our brassware and shower complemented the overall design set out by Willmott Dixon Interiors. Hotel designs heavily influence trends within homes and we are looking forward to the ways in which these trends will be adopted.“

    The aim of Shaded White was to create a timeless room where the design would transcend trends and offer effortless elegance for years to come. The team therefore focused on a minimalist design approach with a restrained colour palette.

    A mountainous city view provides the focal point and inspiration for the room’s arrangement, with a luxurious raised bed orientated to ensure guests experience the view uninterrupted. The location of the desk and the window seat provide further opportunity for guests to relax and appreciate the scenery.

    Fitting a luxury room into 23 sq m was a challenging task, so the focus was on intelligent forms of storage, which would de-clutter the room. This has been achieved through the elevation of both the bed and the window seat to provide storage underneath.

    The mountain inspiration continues through to the bathroom and shower, which has clean, simple lines, surround-sound system and natural daylight that streams through the raised glass panels. The bathroom and wardrobe have been cleverly planned and designed to offer guests not only the necessities, but create the quality and feel of a five star bathroom within very limited space.

    Shaded White offers state–of-the-art technology in an unusual and inclusive manner. Inbuilt and freestanding iPads allow the technology-savvy guest to communicate with reception, control lighting levels, blinds and the entertainment system from any part of the room. In addition a simple, user-friendly control pad offers the same service in a more conventional and traditional manner. This system is beneficial for the operations and management team by supporting sustainability and limiting electricity use to times when the room is occupied.

    When innovative design meets state-of-the-art technology

    Daniel Fountain

    Next generation thermostat, Grohtherm 2000 New

    The new generation of Grohe’s most successful thermostat boasts improved technologies for greater safety, efficiency and showering comfort, a new ergonomic design as well as functional storage. Grohtherm 2000 New is a modern and practical solution for the shower and bath tub. Its elegant look can blend into any bathroom decor. Combining all advantages of a thermostat, Grohtherm 2000 New is well thought-out and intuitive to deliver the perfect water experience. A relaxing and sustainable shower

    The main advantages of a thermostat should be increased safety and additional comfort. The Grohtherm 2000 New features GROHE CoolTouch® to rule out the risk of scalding on hot chrome surfaces due to its solid metal housing. Another feature is the new GROHE Aquadimmer Eco which automatically helps save water when switching from the bath filler to the hand shower. GROHE TurboStat® is at the heart of the new thermostat as it ensures that the desired water temperature is reached 2 times faster (within 0.3 seconds) than ever before and kept constant throughout the shower.

    Thermostat design reinvented

    For the most practical and stylish design ever, the product combines clear, aesthetic looks with improved ergonomics. Innovative Aqua Paddles ensure a reliable and anti-slip operation for maximum comfort. Thanks to their special shape, the user can easily see and feel at which point the water temperature exceeds the 38 °C safety limit, even with soapy hands.

    Complete design

    The XL waterfall for the bath tub is an inspiring eye-catcher. The extra large spout emerges seamlessly from the bath tub mixer and delivers a large, wide water flow. A powerful design inspired by the idea of living in harmony with nature.

    The thermostat can also be fitted with the GROHE EasyReach™ shower tray which can be placed onto the wall rosettes to close the gap between the thermostat and the wall. The even surface conceals the connections, transforming the thermostat’s design into one complete surface. This aesthetic and convenient tray offers additional space to store shower gel, shampoo and other bathroom utensils in an easily accessible location.

    The right choice for every taste

    Grohtherm 2000 New is available in numerous variants for exposed and concealed installation.

    Combining fresh and confident design with high-quality engineering, Grohtherm 2000 New is the best thermostat ever made by GROHE.

    Wandsworth Welcomes New Chairman

    Daniel Fountain

    The Wandsworth Group has appointed Charlie Salter as the company’s new non-executive chairman with a remit to ensure that the company capitalises on its market-leading technology and long heritage to spearhead growth.The longest established wiring accessories manufacturer in the UK and a specialist at the cutting edge of nursecall and healthcare technology, The Wandsworth Group will continue as a family-run business, with the Salter family maintaining majority share ownership. The company’s previous non-executive chairman, Richard Salter, has stepped down and his son Charlie is a fourth generation link to the 108-year-old company’s founder. He takes on the role of non-executive chairman as his first hands-on involvement with The Wandsworth Group, following a successful business career that has seen him launch, set up and internationalise a series of B2B businesses.

    Comments Charlie Salter: “The Wandsworth Group is a well-established and respected business with a technically advanced product range, a talented management team and an admirable reputation in the marketplace, both at home and abroad.

    “I have a very strong personal connection with the business already but I also have the advantage of a fresh pair of eyes and a strong commercial background so I am well-placed to help the company play to its strengths and identify new opportunities, ensuring that we build on Wandsworth’s past and have a clear path mapped out for the future.

    “I am also clearly focused on the need to feed growth with investment and will be putting in place an investment programme that will help us maximise our potential going forward.”

    New materials and new products attract interest on a global level

    Daniel Fountain

    Swiss bathroom manufacturer Laufen enjoyed its second visit to Sleep London in November, where its solutions for hotel bathrooms and washrooms attracted much attention from the show’s global audience.Taking centre stage for Laufen was its new Palomba freestanding bathtub, which made its first appearance on British soil. The tub is a company first for Laufen, being the only solid surface bath in its collection. Visitors to Laufen’s stand at Sleep London were encouraged to step in the tub, lay back and experience its comfort for themselves, while the team were on hand to explain the numerous benefits of solid surface for hotel bathrooms.

    Solid surface is an insulated material that is warm to the touch and ensures the bath water retains its heat for longer. On another practical note, the Palomba bath is far less slippery than acrylic, ceramic or steel baths and has a much lower sound transmission, meaning guests in neighbouring rooms won’t be disturbed by the sound of the bath filling with water.

    The tub’s ergonomically sloped high back is broader than many slipper style baths to allow extra shoulder room, whilst its natural lines are moulded to the contours of the body to ensure complete relaxation when guests are away from home.

    Much attention was also given to Laufen’s new Palomba washbasin collection, now available in a wide range of sizes to suit any application. The new Palomba bowls make a style statement on the washtop in the contemporary bathroom, providing an easy to wipe clean flat surface for convenient storage of toothbrushes and toiletries. The range also includes a number of smaller bowls for when space is at a premium. The original Palomba washbasin was also at Sleep, making its presence felt on the Hansgrohe stand and also as a focal point in the Nous Design Room.

    Throughout the event, Laufen’s Global Projects Team assisted visitors to the stand, answering queries, introducing them to the new products and promoting the brand to a worldwide audience.

    lker Hussein, Manager Global Projects at Laufen, comments: “Sleep London was a fantastic event, with the quality of visitors very high throughout. Our latest products certainly made an impression and it was brilliant to be able to show the potential of our range to influential hotel designers and architects from across the globe. We made significant contacts from all over the world, which will undoubtedly be incredibly beneficial for growing the Laufen brand globally.”

    Dawnvale Hospitality Interiors Completes The New Inn

    Daniel Fountain

    Dawnvale Hospitality Interiors have successfully supplied and installed the complete furniture and soft furnishings package for The New Inn in Cerne Abbas, Dorset.This beautiful iconic 16th Century building located in one of the prettiest villages in England has been transformed during the £1.3M refurbishment. The accommodation now includes ten standard bedrooms and three individually designed suites. The restaurant has also been completely transformed to create a relaxed environment serving the highest quality menu.

    Dawnvale supplied solid oak bedroom furniture including beds, wardrobes, bedside cabinets, dressing tables and chest of drawers for all the standard bedrooms with bespoke manufactured oak headboards, leather sofa beds, armchairs and brass beds to ensure each room was slightly different. All three suites included individual king size beds and matching bedroom furniture. All the bedrooms included a black out blind, beautiful lined curtains with decorative fabrics on oak or brass poles, elegant scatter cushions and a range of crushed velvet bed throws.

    In the restaurant and bar Dawnvale supplied a range of bespoke tables and chairs to suit the theme of the venue and refurbished some of the existing furniture to ensure the original character remained. The use of quality leathers and decorative fabrics combined well as did the new dress curtains installed throughout the public area.

    Best of the best fitters revealed at the Geberit Challenge

    Daniel Fountain

    London’s Alexandra Palace was the venue for the final event of the Geberit Challenge 2012 in November, with participants going head to head in a series of gruelling tasks in order to find the fastest fitters in the land. The London event, held in front of a live audience on Friday, 23 November was the last of three regional Geberit Challenge heats, with previous events having taken place in Manchester and Glasgow. With an all-expenses-paid trip to Dubai waiting for the overall winners of this year’s Challenge, the atmosphere inside the venue was electric, with the audience all getting behind their favourite teams as they were really put through the paces.

    Participants were faced with a number of tasks designed to not only put their plumbing skills to the test but also to demonstrate their competence and speed at their chosen trade. With the clock ticking, contestants worked in teams of two to construct a pipe man using Geberit Mepla, change tyres on an off-road vehicle, overcome tricky installation problems and pit their wits in a question of knowledge round.

    As with all the regional heats in the competition points meant prizes, with the team with the highest score from all three of the Geberit Challenge events being declared the best of the best 2012. Team Solidworks Monkey, otherwise known as Neil Thompson and Jason Low from Nature Delivered not only outstripped the competition in the London heat, they also picked up the most points overall and were duly crowned winners of the Geberit Challenge 2012.

    Neil Thompson, from the winning team, commented: “The competition was tough, but the crowd really got behind us and the atmosphere was great. We’re used to working under pressure and to resolving issues as a team, and these skills were certainly challenged on the night – the event definitely lived up to its name!

    “We can’t wait to head off to Dubai to enjoy a little bit of luxury with our families and we’ll definitely be back next year to defend our title, it’s a great event to be involved with.”

    Simon Spridgeon, Geberit’s Product and Technical Manager (piping systems), commented: “The competition has once again demonstrated that its participants are masters of their craft. It also shows what it is possible to achieve with a combination of teamwork and high-quality products. We’d like to congratulate Neil and Jason and also thank all the participants in all three heats of the Challenge for making it the best yet.”

    For information about Geberit Challenge, visit

    Brintons creates bespoke carpet depicting London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony

    Daniel Fountain

    Brintons Carpets is donating a rug for auction at this evening’s BT British Olympic Ball with all proceeds being donated to Team GB.Woven by Brintons on their revolutionary high definition loom in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, the rug captures the excitement and celebration of the 2012 opening ceremony. 32 different colours have been woven simultaneously to create a one-off piece of art that presents a moment in history.

    About Brintons
    Brintons is one of the largest users of British wool, and dye and process all their yarn in Telford, Shropshire. The yarn blend used was pioneered by Brintons in the 1950s to provide ultimate comfort and durability.

    As well as making carpet for homes, Brintons carpets commercial businesses around the world. From palaces to public buildings, hotels, restaurants and airports, Brintons carpets have helped make the worlds’ most beautiful interiors.

    The European Hotel Design Awards 2012: The Winners

    Daniel Fountain

    International hotel design was celebrated in London on the 22nd November, when nine of Europe’s notable hotels claimed top honours at the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards.This international celebration acknowledges the passion and vision of the architects, designers and developers of Europe’s most recently completed and outstanding hotel projects.

    BBC World News’ presenter, Mishal Husain hosted the ceremony which took place at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge London. Winning hotels included The Corinthia Hotel, The Mirror Hotel and Hotel Valentinerhof, with Superbude St Pauli in Hamburg stealing the show with three acclaimed awards.

    The high-level judging panel included Chair of the judges Simon Ford of InterContinental Hotels Group, Jeremy Blake of Purcell Miller Tritton, Christoph Hoffman of 25Hours Hotel Group and Celia Geyer of Hilton Worldwide.

    Categories included Newbuild; Bedrooms & Bathrooms; Café, Bar, Nightclub & Lounge; Conversion of an Existing Building to Hotel Use and Spa, Health & Leisure Facilities. The shortlisted entries hailed from all over Europe including Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Croatia.


    Conversion And/Or Extension Of An Existing Hotel Building: Sponsored by Ardmore Construction
    Winner: Hotel Valentinerhof, St Valentin, Italy – entered by noa
    Valentinerhof is a substantial extension to an existing traditional hotel in the South Tyrol alpine region of Italy. This building combines a respect for place and local materials with a true desire to bring a sense of joy and celebration of the rural setting whilst delivering everything that is expected of a contemporary hotel experience. The space planning, use of glass and authentic materials that echo the surrounding farm buildings make this a special place to stay and relax. The simple but beautifully executed design particularly impressed the judges.

    Conversion Of An Existing Non-Hotel Building To Hotel Use: Sponsored by McAleer & Rushe
    Winner: The Mirror Hotel, Barcelona, Spain – entered by GCA Architects
    Whilst the overall look and feel of this conversion of an old office block in Barcelona is very accomplished it was the spatial planning of such a narrow space that stood out for the judges. The clever room plans that gave all the front rooms a street view, the dramatic use of the central lift shaft to provide an intriguing vertical link through the whole building, the thoughtful approach to lighting, decoration and artwork and the witty and literal references to mirrors and reflections made this a clear winner in this category.

    Winner: Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia – entered by Maistra
    Hotel Lone is a stunning piece of architecture on the Istrian coastline in Croatia that not only makes the most of its location but enhances it also. The judges felt this was a bold statement that worked well with the landscape, created many interesting and thoughtful spaces and played with the numerous interactions of plane, light and volume notably in the public areas. For a relatively young team of designers and architects inexperienced in hospitality design this was a stand-out winner for the judging panel.

    Lobby & Public Areas: Sponsored by Mivan
    Winner: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany – entered by Dreimeta
    Superbude 2 develops its hostel theme in the public areas with the provocative use of commonplace materials to provide a multi-functional space that caters for eating, meeting, socialising and celebrating. The design is well thought through and has strong appeal to its target market who are the future generation of travellers. More seasoned hotel guests can also find something different and more relaxed, in a place that challenges the preconceptions of what a hotel space can be.

    Cafe, Bar Or All Day Dining:
    Winner: Beau-Rivage Palace, BaR, Lausanne, Switzerland – entered by Wilsdon Design Associates
    An elegant and sensitive design that instantly blends in to its grand setting of the original hotel lobby. This significant remodelling of a well known and loved hotel has not only shown respect for the institution that is the Beau Rivage but has enhanced its reputation with exceptional attention to detail reflecting the atmosphere and history of the building and location. The integration of antique tapestries with modern design and furnishings combine effectively to create a memorable space.

    Winner: Sur Mesure Par Thierry Marx , Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France – entered by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
    A truly beautiful space that challenges the food itself for the attention of the guest. The décor evokes the haute couture district of Paris with the same level detail and use of fabrics applied in the very best fashion houses. The whole experience has been thought through – the overall space, the finishes, the place settings and furnishings. The restaurant exudes a sense of calm exclusivity whilst being innovative and elegant.

    Bedrooms & Bathrooms: Sponsored by Twyford Bathrooms
    Winner: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany – entered by Dreimeta
    Superbude 2 bedrooms impressed the judges with its innovative attention to detail both in the concept and in the execution. The rooms have a real sense of fun and excitement whilst retaining all the basic features expected of a hotel experience. Embracing a hostel style the rooms challenge our preconceptions of what a guestroom should be and bring a smile to the face with an eclectic mix or reused materials and objects.

    Suite: Sponsored by Laufen
    Winner: The Whitehall Penthouse Suite, Corinthia Hotel, London, England – entered by GA Design International
    Amongst a number of shortlisted suites from this hotel completed last year, the Whitehall suite emerged the winner in a closely fought category. The judges felt this one exemplified the best use of quality finishes with a design that reflected an old English charm with a contemporary interpretation. It has the feel of an exclusive private space in Central London with a dynamic double height space, delicate balcony detail and breathtaking terrace.

    Spa, Health & Leisure Facilities:
    Winner: The Spa, Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France – entered by SM Design and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
    An understated design of exceptional quality. This spa uses very simple materials and combines them with a number of unique features such as the poolside butterfly animation to great effect. The treatment rooms are spacious and have all the latest technology and equipment. The guest journey from arrival through to treatment and relaxation afterwards has been fully considered and planned for.

    Sustainable Design Award:
    Winner: Starhotels E.c.h.o, Milan, Italy – entered by Andrea Auletta Interior Design
    Whilst all this year’s entries were technically competent, the Starhotel E.C.ho had the judges vote for being the most holistic solution, not only delivering a sustainable performance but also making this a sustainable guest experience. The energy saving figures were impressive, as were the ways the guest experience was influenced by a desire to reuse materials, source locally and bring nature into the public areas. Sustainability is clearly a part of the whole guest experience and not just kept to the back of house.

    The European Hotel Design Of The Year Award: Best Of The Best: Sponsored by Grohe
    Winner: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
    The Superbude 2 hotel has built on the previous success of hotels like CitizenM and developed its own personality and design language. Delivered as a complete package, Superbude 2 exudes clever use of materials – old and new, and spaces that appeal to the next generation of travellers, all delivered on a relatively tight budget. The standard of design, use and re-use of everyday materials and creativity that is to be found throughout the hotel made this the winner for 2012. During the animated discussion when voting for this award the general feeling was that this hotel will prove to be influential for hotel design in this category in the future

    The Outstanding Contribution Award: Sponsored by Arup
    Winner: Claus Sendlinger, Founder & CEO, design Hotels
    In the two decades since he founded his company, Sendlinger has championed the cause for original and contemporary design in hotels and worked tirelessly for the industry as an incubator for new ideas. Following a degree in public relations, Sendlinger embarked on a career in event planning and PR for hotels and clubs. This opened doors to the lifestyle market and at the age of 23 he founded Co0ordinates GmbH, an incentives and events agency. In 1991 Sendlinger laid the foundation for Design Hotels with Travel Trends, a label providing high-end lifestyle vacations. In 1993, he co-founded Design Hotels Inc. in Sausilito, California, which began as a marketing agency for hotels and later incorporated a reservations system. The company continued to expand, tapping into new markets across the globe as lifestyle tourism picked up momentum. The creative network and services generated through Design Hotels then formed the basis for the foundation of Lebensart Global Networks AG, which was renamed Design Hotels Ag in 20004. Sendlinger recently relocated to Mexico to work on his latest project, Papaya Playa, a pop-up resort located on Tulum’s Caribbean resort.

    Geberit Monolith – new colourway, same innovative method of converting to wall-hung

    Daniel Fountain

    Offering a fast, simple way of converting floorstanding sanitaryware to the high end look of wall-hung, Geberit’s Monolith module is now available in a new Umbra colourway. Perfect for adding a touch of warmth to any bathroom, the neutral, smokey brown hue of umbra ensures that the sanitary module will blend seamlessly into its environment.Ideal for creating a minimal finish in any sized bathroom, the Monolith sanitary module is available for washbasins, WCs and bidets and means that converting from freestanding to wall-hung sanitaryware can be carried out easily as a retro-fit project, rather than having to completely redesign the entire bathroom. Cleverly concealing all the fixtures and fittings behind the elegant, slimline umbra glass surface, the Monolith creates a streamlined, clutter-free look in any space.

    The Monolith sanitary module for WCs has an integrated cistern that can be connected to existing plumbing work, with no chiselling or re-tiling needed, while the module for washbasins can be fitted with an optional double towel rail for convenient space-saving solutions.

    For more information contact Geberit on 0800 077 8365 or visit

    Dawnvale launches a new designer sofa

    Daniel Fountain

    This contemporary style sofa and matching armchair from Dawnvale would enhance any stylish interior scheme. This model is available as an armchair, 2-seater sofa, 3-seater sofa and matching ottoman in your choice of upholstery, including CHRM foam and timber feet in your required finish. All manufactured to the highest standards.For enquiries please contact the furniture division of Dawnvale Leisure Interiors on 0161 684 7879 or email

    Installers get the ‘know-how’ on plumbing and drainage innovations with free training sessions

    Daniel Fountain

    Back by popular demand, Geberit will hold a further series of installer training days early next year. Running on consecutive days, the free training modules will cover sanitary systems and piping solutions, enabling installers to be brought bang up to speed on every aspect of fitting Geberit products.The piping solutions training module includes choosing the best drainage and supply systems, Mapress and Mepla installation and drainage design.

    Installers wishing to learn the very latest techniques for fitting wall-hung sanitaryware are also encouraged to book for the second day of training, which will focus on sanitary systems. Now in its second year, this popular training module covers methods for fitting and maintaining wall-hung sanitaryware, empowering installers with the know-how to install such systems themselves and the opportunity to pass on this knowledge their customers

    Held at the company’s purpose-built training academy in Warwick, the training modules enable installers to get hands-on experience of working with Geberit piping and sanitary products and to gain first-hand knowledge of just how easy these solutions are to install and maintain.

    The ultimate aim of the Geberit training modules is to give everyone involved in the supply and fitting of plumbing, drainage and sanitary systems on projects big and small the confidence to take full advantage of the many benefits of specifying Geberit systems.

    The training dates just announced for 2013 are:

    Piping solutions –
    Tuesday, 15 January
    Tuesday, 29 January
    Tuesday, 12 February
    Wednesday, 20 February
    Wednesday,6 March
    Wednesday, 20 March

    Sanitary systems –
    Wednesday, 16 January
    Wednesday, 30 January
    Wednesday, 13 February
    Thursday 21 February
    Thursday, 7 March
    Thursday, 21 March

    All training is completely free of charge, with lunch and refreshments provided. Places for these popular training sessions are already filling up fast, so to book your place email or call 01926 516835.

    Wilton scores a hole in one at Burhill Golf Club

    Daniel Fountain

    Drawing inspiration from the stunning Georgian architecture and interior of the prestigious Burhill Golf Club in Surrey, the bespoke carpet gracing busy function rooms, from Wilton Carpets Commercial, features intricate floral and trellis designs and continues the elegant, traditional feel of the previous carpet.An elaborate trellis design in soft rust-orange, pale gold and light blue is merged with bordered inlaid sections of swirls and florals. Woven as merged designs, the carpet was created to fit the exact layout of each room, showcasing fine attention to detail, and enhances the existing wall décor and plush soft furnishings.

    Created by the Wilton Carpets Commercial design team and specified by CD Northern, the 400sqm of bespoke 10 row axminster carpet helps to create an opulent atmosphere and delivers a coordinated look for the Members’ Clubhouse, Lounge, Function Room and Conference Room. Crafted from a high performance blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon, the carpet ensures impressive levels of durability and resilience, and offers superb design and colour clarity and appearance retention.

    As Andy Ward of CD Northern, who specified the carpet, explains, “I approached Wilton Carpets Commercial to create the carpet for Burhill Golf Club due to the design team’s ability to construct exceptional patterns quickly and accurately to meet production deadlines. Burhill Golf Club required a specific look; the previous carpets had a traditional feel and a high specification that needed to be replicated in the new designs. Wilton Carpets Commercial delivered this brief to perfection, and the client is extremely happy with the finished carpet.”

    With a choice of woven or tufted options in the Ready to Go and FastTrack collections along with the Flexiweave and bespoke services, Wilton Carpets Commercial can create carpets in a variety of colours, textures and designs that are suitable for all applications from light commercial to very heavy contract.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Custom Wilton Stripe Collection from Brintons

    Daniel Fountain

    Brintons offer a new and exciting opportunity to customise its famous luxurious and durable Wilton Stripes. Brintons Wilton carpet has legendary wear properties and is suitable for heavy contract use in the appropriate quality.Available in a variety of weights to suit any commercial installation from hotel guest rooms to heavy traffic public areas.

    Any of the designs within the Brintons Custom Stripe Collection can be made in all velvet smooth cut pile carpet or in a combination of velvet and hard twist yarn. Simply select your velvet in any combination from Brintons colour palette of 480 standard velvet colours and 25 hard twist colours.

    Skopos to Launch New Luxury Prints At Sleep 2012

    Daniel Fountain

    This year’s Sleep Exhibition will be the location for the unveiling of the new luxury print collection by Skopos, Erddig & Elle.Demonstrating Skopos’ knowledge and expertise, the range is a collection of luxurious prints offered on opulent base cloths. The collection focuses on contrasts; lustre versus matt, bold versus subtle, formal versus free, with influences from 17th/18th century British country houses and their structured gardens. All produced in-house at Skopos, the designs include modern geometrics, formal/structured prints and free-flowing, flamboyant florals, for use across drapery and bedding projects.

    This collection is an opportunity for Skopos to celebrate its’ strength in design and print innovation. The use of different print techniques has resulted in impressive 3D designs, beautiful printed velvets, striking, yet simple tonal effects. Base cloths include velvets and a natural linen-look (both Trevira CS) and fabrics with the look and feel of satin and silk. All inherently flame retardant, complying with British and European contract standards, this collection is set to make a statement within the contract market.

    Visit Skopos at Sleep, stand M7B, Business Design Centre, London, on 21st/22nd November to find out more.

    Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 30 year’s specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality sector.

    Vaughan to Exhibit at The Sleep Event

    Daniel Fountain

    Vaughan is delighted to be introducing an exciting collection of decorative lighting at Sleep 2012. Vaughan’s eye-catching stand brings together a wide range of beautiful lighting, furniture and textiles in a dramatic setting.The prestigious new collection from Vaughan includes a number of decorative wall lights, chandeliers and table lamps encapsulating the classic requirement of today’s modern interiors.

    Each piece is handcrafted to the highest standard, creating products that are statement pieces of exceptional design. Visitors will have the chance to see a number of products, including four tiered Lymington chandeliers in crystal and glass, which form the two corners of the Vaughan stand (M23).

    Brintons Supplies the Conrad Algarve Hotel, Portugal

    Daniel Fountain

    Portugal’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Conrad brand has recently opened in the Algarve’s Quinta do Lago resort. The property’s design was inspired by an 18th century Portuguese palace and has 154 rooms as well as five restaurants and bars.Brintons worked closely with Kate Long from Rethink Interiors to develop carpets for the public areas, including guest corridors, ballroom, business centre, Lago lounge and hand tufted rugs for the atrium area.

    Kate Long at Rethink Interiors says, “Working closely with the designers at Brintons we were able to develop beautiful bespoke carpets throughout the public areas of the Conrad Algarve Hotel. Incorporating Portuguese tile influences alongside carpet hand carving techniques, has resulted in fantastic statement flooring elements to both the Atrium space and the Conference Area. It was a pleasure working with Brintons on this project.”

    Crosswater sponsor FX Awards

    Daniel Fountain


    Now in its 14th year, these prestigious Awards invite both UK and International design talent from all over the world to enter the very best of interior products and projects. These coveted awards, and the grand, glamorous black tie ceremony which celebrates them at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, are the highlights of the design industry calendar just before Christmas.Nominations

    These are the four most prestigious awards for international design as voted by you. They are awarded to the best designers or practices who have, in your opinion, contributed the most to international design. Previous winners have include, Luigi Colani, Patricia Urquiola, BDP, Seymourpowell, Nigel Coates and Sir James Dyson.
    These special awards were nominated by you online and then compiled into a shortlist. FX invited you wherever you are in the world to cast your vote online in the following categories:

    • Breakthrough Talent of the Year
    • Interior Design Practice of the Year
    • Product Designer of the Year
    • Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Design

    Below are some of the shortlisted awards of interest to Crosswater

    • Aloft ExCel London – Jestico + Whiles
    • citizenM, London bankside – concrete
    • Linley suites at Claridge’s – Linley
    • Mint Hotel Amsterdam – Bennetts Associates Architects
    • Mint Hotel Tower of London – Bennetts Associates Architects
    • The Atholl – Ian Smith Design
    • Yotel, New York – Rockwell Group in collaboration with Softroom

    Public Sector
    • Dental Inn – Peter Stasek
    • Embo Hospital – Longtsai
    • Endeavour Primary School – Hampshire County Council
    • Gateacre School – Space0
    • Hayes Primary School – Hayhurst and Co.
    • Le Cordon Bleu London International Flagship School of Culinary Arts and UK Headquarters – Barr Gazetas Ltd
    • Shard End Community Library – John Hunt Associates
    • The Hive, Worcester – Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

    Leisure or Entertainment Venue
    • ASK Academy, Schwarzkopf Professional – Gow Hastings Architects
    • Aspire Airport lounge for Servisair – Gullstén-Inkinen Design&Architecture
    • Beijing Palace Cinema in China World Trade Center – One Plus Partnership Limited
    • Hackney Picturehouse – Fletcher Priest Architects
    • Holmes Place Potsdamer Platz Berlin, Germany – ORMS Architecture Design and CREATIVS
    • Ripple Club House – Kris Lin Interior Design
    • Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse – Virgin Atlantic In-house Design Team in Collaboration with Slade Architecture
    • Wuhan Pixel Box Cinema – One Plus Partnership Limited

    Crosswater, as one of this year’s sponsors, will be presenting the “Public Space Schemes” category.

    Agua at The Sleep Event 2012

    Daniel Fountain

    Agua to launch 2 NEW collections at The Sleep Event 2012

    Agua are looking forward to welcoming Interior Designers, Specifiers, Hotel Operators and Furniture Manufacturers to the launch of Agua Aries and Agua Linetta at Stand M24B.Designed by Gail from Purpose Design, the Agua stand will be showcasing the collections in a truly unique and creative fashion.

    Agua Aries is a UV resistant, fire retardant (BS 7176 Crib 5, IMO Resolution A652(16)), anti-microbial, phthalate free faux leather upholstery fabric. Available in 18 colourways incorporating a series of sophisticated neutrals alongside bright and vibrant tones, Aries is perfect for both interior and exterior projects.

    Agua Linetta is a “linen look” upholstery fabric offered in 14 contemporary colourways. Being fire retardant, anti-microbial, impervious and with a stain resistant finish, Linetta is ideally suited for use within Hospitality, Commercial, Healthcare and Marine environments.

    Also on show will be the NEW colours recently introduced to the Taurus, Paint Pot and Juno collections.

    Full details of all the Agua collections can be found at

    Please visit Agua at Stand M24b, Business Design Centre, London, 21st & 22nd November