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Sekers Grandeur fabric as dramatic full length curtains

Product watch: Sekers launches two new collections

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Product watch: Sekers launches two new collections

Sekers has launched two new fabric collections, Grandeur and Munro, both referencing the brands Scottish locale as inspiration in the sheer weaves and textured neutrals…

Sekers Grandeur fabric as dramatic full length curtains

Fabric brand Sekers has launched its first sustainable collection woven in Global Recycling Standard certified polyester, whilst continuing to meet the necessary contract market requirements. The Grandeur collection features a textured plain with a complementary wide width sheer, woven in a refined palette of sophisticated neutrals, cool greys, attractive pinks and soft, dusky blues.

sekers fabric glamis from grandeur collection

Image credit: Sekers

Grandeur is made up of two designs; Glamis and Kinnaird. Glamis is composed of 53 per cent recycled polyester and 47 per cent polyester, and ideally suits being used to make contract curtains, bedding and accessories. This design has an elegant, raised strié effect which gives a subtle striped appearance on the fabric. The use of Glamis can add a hint of personality when used in an interior space, as it adds a textural element to the room which will not go unnoticed. The supporting plain wide width sheer, is composed of 100 per cent recycled polyester, making this collection the ideal choice for the environmentally conscious designers specifying for the hospitality and leisure markets.

Sustainability aside, this washable collection also has a delicate hand and fluid drape, proving Grandeur to be an elegant addition to any hospitality or leisure interior.

Munro, inspired by Scotland’s towering mountains, glistening lochs and golden beaches, is a striking collection of five decorative, wide width sheers. The five designs in this collection all clearly directing us to the source of inspiration, are Dorain, Lomond, Macdui, Nevis and Wyvis.
Dorain is a dramatic net textile with intertwining yarns, giving this design a bold, noticeable appearance. Lomond is a dense weave with a subtle lustre, while Nevis draws inspiration from the rippling water of Loch Eil which reflects the mighty peak of Ben Nevis. The fourth design, Macdui, resembles the plateau of the mountain which is covered with granite gravel and boulder fields. Its delicate texture flaunts decorative floats which display an attractive ombré effect. Finally, Wyvis shows off an exaggerated strié effect which mimics the grand cliff edges.

Much like Scotland’s landscape, this collection will take your breath away. Munro is available in a refined palette inspired by the natural world with a great selection of greys, whites and blues. Munro is an elegant addition to any interior and the ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine (with the exception of Dorain and Lomond) markets.

Sekers is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Sekers

Sonance sound system in the manor house lyndly event space

Case study: Sonance at Manor House Lindley

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Case study: Sonance at Manor House Lindley

When it comes to boutique style hospitality at this luxury hotel and wedding venue, this discreet, high performance audio installation by Sonance was really the only option…

Sonance sound system in the manor house lyndly event space

With a blend of high style, distinctive interior design and personal service, the privately owned Manor House Hotel aims to offer its guests the experience of luxury through the quality of its accommodation, communal areas and purpose designed wedding and events spaces. Located at Lindley near Huddersfield, the boutique hotel comprises eleven bedrooms, four individually themed bars and restaurants, a roof terrace and a gym. There is also a discreet wedding and events venue called the Coach House, a versatile space designed to accommodate up to 200 guests and complete with a private musical garden. Making time spent at the Manor House truly memorable, a service-first mentality conveys a strong sense of bespoke hospitality within a range of meticulously curated environments, all of which include the necessity for discreet high-performance audio in sympathy with their design. Installer Smart Synergy was challenged to create a discreet AV installation that made a beautifully boutique experience even more distinctive, and opting for Sonance would fulfil the brief at every level.

“Perfecting the sound at the Manor House was complicated somewhat by the fact that it’s a listed building,” explained Shaun Hawkins of installers Smart Synergy. “So we had to be super sensitive with the design, and not just with the way it looked; we also had to eliminate the transfer of sound from social to private spaces within older architecture. The brief demanded a level of sound quality and design you just can’t buy off the shelf.”

As a result of the detailed specifications, Sonance Pro Series speakers were perfect for the project. The Sonance Pro Series is a range of 70V/100V/8 ohm selectable In-Ceiling, Pendant and Surface Mount Speakers, designed to deliver high fidelity with extremely low distortion, wide dispersion and smooth power response. The range shares consistent voicing, ensuring seamless sonic integration when used together throughout a space. The Pro Series speakers are powered entirely by Sonance Sonamp digital amplifiers.

The outdoor space was as important as indoors, and these areas feature a mix of Sonance Mariner on-wall speakers and Son Array in-ground satellites and subs. AV distribution is through Wyrestorm’s Network HD 400 architecture and hotel security is supported by Dahua, involving five 4MP IP eyeball dome cameras and an eight channel NVR.

“There’s a growing desire for discreet high sound quality within the UK’s luxury hospitality sector,” said Hawkins.” This may come from the US where discriminating customers associate the quality of the venue with its ability to get the audio just right. The advantage for resi CI integrators is that their skill sets have developed to achieve this level of fine tuning.’’ He added: “The Manor House was Smart Synergy’s first boutique hotel install and something of a dream job. We knew the product and the support we’d get from Habitech, and we applied our skills and competences to relatively simple tech for a customer who understood the value of quality and wanted the very best.”

This meeting of the period interiors of The Manor House, with cutting edge technology facilitated by Habitech, along with the creativity of Sonance products which are designed to disappear rather than dominate a space, has created a bespoke sound solution that goes beyond the ordinary to transform a space and the events it is designed to accommodate through attention to detail at every level.

Since you’re here, why not read about how Sonance fitted out the audio inside The Hendrick’s Gin Palace?  

Habitech is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Habitech / Manor House Lindley

Phono lighting by Chelsom

Product watch: Phono from Chelsom

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Product watch: Phono from Chelsom

As part of the EDITION 27 range, Phono presents table, floor and wall lighting options in an effortless balance of flawless product design with function…

Phono lighting by Chelsom

Since its launch in 2020, the Chelsom EDITION 27 range has been throwing a light onto an extensive and varied range of spaces, places and projects. The range was conceived as a diverse collection that covered an extensive array of lighting options and solutions.

When EDITION 27 first came under the spotlight, we identified some of the stand out designs in the range, and drew attention to the lighting spectrum and solutions included in it, from focussed bedside reading solutions to dramatic statement pieces. Since then, the range has become a firm fixture in designers lighting vocabulary.

More recently we saw the range take centre stage at HIX 2021 when Chelsom were finally able to present the range in person, displaying a selection of the EDITION 27 range on their stand, while showcasing the design trends, materials and finishes incorporated into the collection. Drawing on their vast experience in the industry, designers Will and Robert Chelsom have been able to create products that are wholly suited to the global hospitality and marine marketplaces, expertly fusing function and aesthetics throughout.

“In all my years working within the industry never has there been a more challenging yet exciting time to be designing lighting products,” said Robert Chelsom, Chairman at Chelsom.  “Triggered by fashion cycles, interior trends are moving increasingly faster and in doing so constantly stimulate new design directions when it comes to finishes and materials, which is something we have given careful consideration to. Edition 27 has been a fantastic collection to produce and it’s our most ground-breaking to date. Will and I are proud to be able to say that all product has been designed in- house to create this diverse lighting collection that truly caters for all levels of the hospitality and marine sectors.”

The Phono collection presents designers with a range of design and functionality options. The conical fabric shades fit seamlessly in to spun brushed brass cone holders and emit a beautiful warm light designed to enhance the ambience of any room. Table and floor lamps stand on heavy satin black cylindrical bases. The combination of fabric with the brushed brass provides a warm multi textured fitting with focussed ambient lighting.

Chelsom is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Chelsom

GROHE bathroom featuring Allure brassware in Cool Sunrise

GROHE identifies sustainability and wellness trends

730 565 Pauline Brettell
GROHE identifies sustainability and wellness trends

Patrick Speck, Leader LIXIL Global Design (parent of the GROHE brand) shares insights straight from the design studio into the trends that will emerge in 2022 and inform the designs that shape our homes…

GROHE bathroom featuring Allure brassware in Cool Sunrise

As many of us continue to incorporate hybrid ways of working with spending more time at home, and perhaps, sharing more of it on our social media channels, new trends are emerging for 2022. The kitchen and bathroom are leading the way when it comes to creating spaces which are both functional and well designed. Considerations such as sustainability, self-care, wellness, and multi-functionality are all high on the agenda for the year ahead, while style features and design nuances continue to play an important factor in renovation decisions.

Patrick Speck, Leader LIXIL Global Design discusses the trends forecasted for the year ahead while identifying the key factors and influences informing these trends. As more consumers continue to live and work from home, technology and luxury will go hand in hand to create a seamless design experience. At the same time, individualisation continues to reign supreme with different choices of finishes, colours and remaining popular. Impacting on all of this, is the forecast that a sustainable home has become an important priority for consumers and therefore one that all leading brands and designers need to take note of and prioritise.

GROHE bathroom lifestyle shot featuring Grandera shower, tap and bath filler

Image credit: GROHE

Taking these trends straight into the bathroom, it seems some spa-inspired luxury right at home is on all of our wish and search lists. Living through a pandemic, coupled with seeing more of each other’s homes on Instagram Reels and TikTok hacks, means we’re all looking to invite more moments of indulgence and wellbeing into our homes. With searches for ‘freestanding bath’ and ‘slipper bath’ increasing by 228 per cent and 237 per cent respectively in the last year according to Houzz, it’s clear that creating a spa-like bathroom is an ideal first step to inviting luxury into our homes. Think calming scents, greenery and thoughtful design, to Japanese style toilets and step in spa showers at the top end of the scale. Wall-hung units and sanitaryware make for a more streamlined bathroom, ideal for smaller spaces, while metallic-finished brassware and soothing rainfall shower heads add a premium touch.

While relaxing showers, minimalist wet room designs and slim-line taps are growing in popularity, easily sustainable homes have also become a top consideration for us, with our impact on the planet being highlighted more than ever. GROHE continues to enable homeowners to live more sustainably without compromising on design or features, with product innovations which include cold-start taps to help save energy, and technology to reduce water flow across taps and showers without disrupting usage.

GROHE’s flagship Cradle-to-Cradle Certified and Level Gold product ranges have been designed to work towards a circular economy, meaning each component can be broken down and re-used endlessly in future products – helping homeowners’ shop with a conscious.

GROHE Eurosmart kitchen basin mixer with Cradle to Cradle certification

Image credit: GROHE

While we might be saving hundreds of pounds a year forgoing a shop-bought coffee on our morning commute, filtered water to keep refreshed and hydrated throughout the day is a luxury we can keep, without the guilt of buying bottled water. GROHE has also used innovate design to ensure that we don’t miss out on that office cooler convenience as the shift from office to home is clearly here to stay. Swapping the office water cooler for your local tap water may not initially scream sophistication, but with GROHE’s Blue Home water system, the brand is encouraging the reduced use of plastic water bottles while enjoying the most convenient of refreshments. The system, which acts as a filter for tap water, refines the taste as well as offering chilled still, semi-sparkling or sparkling water in an instance. Staying hydrated throughout the day, without compromising on quality, has never been easier.

While both the kitchen and bathroom have always been of utmost importance when it comes to cleanliness, living through a pandemic has perpetuated the need for easy cleaning, and with that the demand for premium, hygiene-focused products. With GROHE’s infra-red taps, people can wash their hands without the need to touch any surfaces; offering efficient cleaning for the hygiene-conscious as it reduces the chance of spreading germs, with added water saving capabilities too. Complete with an adjustable temperature limiter to help save energy and cut the risk of scalding and low-energy electronics, the infra-red solutions are the go-to for those opting for more sustainable choices in the home. Plus, their slim profiles and sleek profiles make them the perfect design feature for smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms.

With the number of people regularly working from home and spending more time indoors continues to increase, coupled with taking inspiration from the home renovation industry’s micro-influencers, individual tastes are expected to be seen aplenty this year, especially in the realm of colour trends. Greens and neutral colours are expected take centre stage in the kitchen to help create the perfect hybrid space, while searches for coloured bathrooms are on the rise too – expect to see black finishes, darker tones and textures being incorporated into the bathroom as it continues to transition from functional room to a space of self-care and wellbeing. Metallic finishes, industrial design features and innovative technology are also on track to be in high demand, with hygiene playing a major part in home decisions for the coming years.

With all these options on the rise, along with the use of technology coupled with a concern for our environment, 2022 looks like it is set to be an interesting one on the design front, full of wellness and sustainability, not to mention some interesting colours and surfaces shifting the traditional kitchen and bathroom palettes into more interesting design territory.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: GROHE

leaflike pink floral ceiling display at rozu restaurant

Case study: Leaflike takes flower power to a whole new level

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Case study: Leaflike takes flower power to a whole new level

With Leaflike’s comprehensive and inspiring collection of colourful flora from full blown blooms to a subtle statement moss, no stone is left unturned, and no surface is left unadorned…

leaflike pink floral ceiling display at rozu restaurant

Adding colour and greenery can transform a space and Leaflike can provide a creative solution for almost any space or surface with its statement floral designs. In today’s hospitality design marketplace, restaurants in particular need to stand out visually and provide clients with an experience that is not just about the food but involves all the senses, and of course, all the social media platforms. With clients frequently requesting an instagrammable installation, Leaflike was able to create three spectacular flower walls for three very different restaurants. Despite their differences all three customer requirements were similar; to provide a flower wall in the restaurant that is both photogenic and a statement that will encourage guests to click and like and share! With this in mind, Leaflike took on the brief and created these unique floral and lighting displays.

In Rozu Restaurant, the brief took shape in the form of a floral green wall in the entrance along with dramatic pink floral hangings across the ceiling of the restaurant. Unique in design and well placed for guests to see, the results are all focused on achieving the same desired outcome. Ensuring a floral feature creates a stunning finish inside the venue, showcasing vibrant and colourful wall art, adding atmosphere and ambiance that enhances the guests arrival experience.

Despite their differences all three customer requirements were similar; to provide a flower wall in the restaurant that is both photogenic and a statement that will encourage guests to click and like and share! With this in mind, Leaflike took on the brief to create unique floral and lighting displays.

Image credit: Leaflike

The restaurant Salam also features a floral green wall that greets the clients, and makes the perfect backdrop for a post dinner selfie with its lush tropical ferns and foliage and pops of bright colour that certainly don’t require a filter!

Close up of neon light in flowers

Image credit: Leaflike

The display at Esabella’s becomes a creative backdrop to the branding and signage and its more muted palette adds a note of floral sophistication.

“The transformation is wonderful to see when working with these venues,” said Brandon Abernethie, Head of Design at Leaflike. “To see each display unique to the customer with their colour and style and know we have achieved what the customer wanted, it’s great PR for them via Instagram!”

From moss walls and flower ceilings, to biophilic design and sustainable planting, Leaflike continue to enhance the client experience in hospitality design through the use of creative and design-lead planting and floral displays, .

Leaflike is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Leaflike

Minimalist bathroom - with Ideal Standard shower in corner

Product watch: New shower collections from Ideal Standard

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
Product watch: New shower collections from Ideal Standard

Ideal Standard, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bathroom solutions, has expanded and redefined its showering range to help customers easily choose the perfect shower system and guarantee a premium showering experience day after day…

Minimalist bathroom - with Ideal Standard shower in corner

Following the launch of Intellimix, Ideal Standard has expanded its shower collection to enables designers and users to find their ideal combination of comfort, style and performance to complete their space – whether it’s an original design or a renovation of a family bathroom, wet room or en suite. Selected models are also available in a silk black finish, allowing customers to elevate any bathroom with a contemporary alternative to traditional chrome. 

All of Ideal Standard’s thermostatic shower systems are fitted with the brand’s pioneering Firmaflow Therm cartridge, allowing for precise temperature control while providing unrivalled durability and efficiency. Each model also comes with Cool Body technology, keeping surfaces cool to the touch to protect people from scalding. Meanwhile, integrated eco flow regulators help users to save water and energy without sacrificing the showering experience, and all components are smooth and easy to clean.  

The entire collection benefits from Ideal Standard’s selection of Idealrain shower heads, offering a personalised showering experience with a choice of spray modes – from invigorating to relaxing.  

The showering portfolio comprises three offers – Design, Comfort and Fresh – helping users to find their perfect solution, all of which are equipped with Ideal Standard’s innovative, German-engineered technologies that ensure optimum functionality, safety and durability. 

The deluxe showers of Design are characterised by flat surfaces, extra-large shower heads and quality metal handles, making them a statement piece for style-conscious customers. Included in the collection is the new Ceratherm S200, which features a forward-facing controls unit for easy access when adjusting temperature and flow, as well as an integrated shelf of safety glass, adding valuable extra storage space without compromising on aesthetics. 

Shower systems within Comfort have been designed with safety, durability and comfort in mind. Users have a choice of hard-wearing shower heads, and can easily flick between three different spray modes at the push of a button.  

 Fresh blends modern design and must-have technology, with small but important design touches adding extra flexibility and control, such as the raised button on the Ceratherm T25 to enable better grip. With both Comfort and Fresh, a shelf can be ordered separately to create extra storage in the bathroom.  

When it comes to installation, all products come pre-calibrated, with streamlined designs and common connections making set-up hassle-free. EasyMount height adjustable wall bracket fittings also ensure simple installation in almost any location, while Swivel Arm functionality lets installers easily adjust the angle of the shower arm. 

Ashley Smith, UK Product Manager for Brassware at Ideal Standard, said: “Everyone has their own distinct idea of the perfect shower – from temperature and pressure to position and spray mode, not to mention how it looks. We understand how personal it is, which is why we’re offering a different choice for every need with DesignComfort and Fresh. With a range of styles and features, all backed up by faultless engineering, we’re confident our customers will be able to find the shower with the look and technology they’ll love – day in, day out.” 

Ideal Standard is one of Hotel Designs’ recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: Ideal Standard

Roca bathroom products specified in Roomzzz aparthotel bathrooms

Case study: How Roca elevated wellness for Roomzzz

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Case study: How Roca elevated wellness for Roomzzz

Global bathroom manufacturer Roca has been selected to provide contemporary bathroom solutions for Roomzzz Aparthotels in a number of premium locations across the country…

Roca bathroom products specified in Roomzzz aparthotel bathrooms

The stylish aparthotel group, Roomzzz, a pioneer in the flexible accommodation trend, offers guests flexible serviced apartments with all the comforts of home within a city living apartment. Situated in ten city locations across the UK, Roomzzz has a service lead approach and a home away from home experience with spacious apartments kitted out with all the mod-cons of everyday living. All of which provide city escapes with more comfort and space than the average hotel room, and more safety and service than usually found in serviced apartments.

In keeping with the brand’s sleek contemporary and sophisticated design, a stylish yet functional bathroom solution from Roca was chosen for the bathroom solutions in  Manchester Corn Exchange, York City and Newcastle City.

“We are delighted to have been selected for a number of locations for the bathrooms at Roomzzz Aparthotels,” said Robert Longstaff, Residential Specification Manager for Roca. “We are very pleased with the end result which offers a stylish and functional bathroom solution for these fantastic apartments which seamlessly integrate with the surroundings of each individual aparthotel city location.”

Roomzzz specified the popular The Gap range to provide a clean and contemporary bathroom space. The Gap range is a versatile collection that enables users to optimise the design and look of any bathroom space. Created by renowned industrial designer Antonio Bullo, the designs showcase modern and stylish lines whilst delivering both a compact and functional bathroom collection. It is also ideal for large scale commercial projects such as this, as it is made from Vitreous china, a material that is easy to clean and extremely hygienic. The Gap’s wide range enables optimisation of any bathroom space and design, making it a long-term and intelligent choice.

Roca Group’s extensive range of bathroom products and iconic collections made the global manufacturer the ideal choice to provide sanitaryware that not only provides functionally, but also a high-quality finish to compliment the sophisticated and contemporary style of the Roomzzz Aparthotels across the country.

Roca is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Roca

Modern bathroom with high ceilings

Elegance in the bathroom becomes wellness

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
Elegance in the bathroom becomes wellness

Gessi believes there is more charm in the bathroom in perfect simplicity than in fussy, overdone design. A touch of elegance can make life easier and much more beautiful, enriching daily life and contributing to enhanced wellness. Eleganza speaks this language…

Modern bathroom with high ceilings

Bathroom brand Gessi has long been respected for its ability to embrace the essential need for beauty and style in everyday living. It’s collections, such as Venti20, Inciso and even the Hi-Fi all reflect this ethos. The latest range to add to this mix is Eleganza, a totally new bathroom collection with refined architectural lines and cleverly conceived function.

A balanced blend of good taste and distinct design, care for substance and meticulous attention to every detail, Eleganza speaks a classy yet contemporary language, which makes the collection fresh and urban rather than retro.

Its classical harmony, reinterpreted in the signature minimalism of Gessi, creates a ‘modern-traditional’ design with insightful aesthetics, and a timeless elegance that transcends styles. Eleganza can be set gracefully in traditional or contemporary interiors.

As with all the Gessi Collections, Eleganza encompasses a large matching set of bathroom fittings, from faucets to accessories, from sinks and tubs to fixtures, all of which preserve the sculptural shapes of Eleganza for a complete Gessi Signature Bathroom.

Refined details characterise each element of the collection, with sophisticated and fresh finishes that stretch far beyond chrome, brushed chrome and gold to add to the personalisation of everyone’s private spaces.

Gessi is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Gessi

Urbancrete from Parkside

Urbancrete by Parkside: An exploration of colour & form

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
Urbancrete by Parkside: An exploration of colour & form

Urbancrete is the latest tile collection from Parkside Architectural Tiles, with concrete and stone effects in multiple formats and geometric shapes to create a unique look…

Urbancrete from Parkside

Featuring comfort, a brand-new finish that combines the luxurious feel of a matt surface with R10 anti-slip performance, Urbancrete by Parkside Architectural tiles is a porcelain tile collection designed to excel in commercial environments demanding high-quality aesthetics with the durability and easy maintenance of tiles.

The collection is centred on two basic surfaces that can be used to create multiple combinations – a concrete effect with an urban aesthetic and an original marble design – in standard formats, mosaics and geometric shapes to give specifiers the opportunity to explore combinations in effect, colour and shape. With options for floor and wall, internal and external use and a range of special pieces, Urbancrete can be used to deliver a unique look across a wide range of project types.

Urbancrete is available in comfort, grip (R11) and glossy finishes, and meets all the performance requirements for tiles in indoor environments in 6mm and 10mm specifications, making it suitable in everywhere from hotels to retail, commercial offices and public spaces. In its frost-resistant 20mm outdoor variant, Urbancrete achieves 36+ wet performance under BS 7976 (pendulum slider test).

Made by Florim, a Certified B Corporation, Urbancrete features a minimum 20 per cent recycled content in accordance with the Parkside and Strata Tiles commitment to sustainability. For all new tile collections, Parkside and Strata Tiles have pledged to include ranges with a minimum 20 per cent recycled content. This pledge comes alongside the 40 for 40 partnership with the World Land Trust and a goal set to be Carbon Balanced by the end of the year.

> Since you’re here, why not read more about Parkside’s zero-waste tile?

Parkside is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Parkside

breaking boundaries by Frances Bildner

January blues: Vibrant, story-telling hotel art for optimistic times

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
January blues: Vibrant, story-telling hotel art for optimistic times

Artist Frances Bildner of Frances Bildner Expressive Arts believes she has the answer to all hotels wanting to add personality into their spaces in the form of vibrant hotel art…

breaking boundaries by Frances Bildner

With coming out of lockdown and the latest omicron fears easing up, it’s time to look forward to some fresh outlooks. Frances Bildner of Frances Bildner Expressive Arts produces and sells dynamic artwork to hotels, other businesses and residences and is no stranger on Hotel Designs‘ radar. Her paintings often tell stories, albeit abstract ones, and enhance interior design schemes by injecting vitality to the environment. Her paintings, described by New York’s Village Voice as being “vital enough to convert even the most jaded of people”, bring life and colour to empty walls.

Bildner’s paintings entitled ‘Let’s Slow Down the World’ and ‘Breaking Boundaries’ are examples of the thoughts that have inspired her. The various cities she has lived in, such as Buenos aires, New York and London have also influenced her in their vibrancy, pace and colour. From her own imagination coupled with her environments, we see emerging bursts of colour, gesture and movement that cover the canvases.

“Environments need fresh and original art, not watered down prints that blend into walls.” – Frances Bildner, artist.

She has recently sold a group original paintings to a large, multinational construction firm in the United States and another group of work to Law Offices in the United States. As well as America, she has sold some work to private clients in London and is contacting hotels and offices continually.

“Hotels that value art make for beautiful surroundings.” – Frances Bildner, artist.

“Environments need fresh and original art, not watered down prints that blend into walls,” she tells Hotel Designs. “Hospitals, for example, should increase the hallways with bold art instead of grey morbid walls that cannot have a good effect on the patients. And it’s the same with hotels, guests want to feel uplifted, especially in public spaces. Ikea prints and cheap anonymous photographs do nothing to encourage a viable workspace or lobby. It can be truly soul destroying to look at the same anodyne images on the wall. Surely this is not good for anyone.”

Art hotels are the most original, fun and exciting places to visit. Their walls and stands are teeming with originality. Sculptures, paintings and ceramics are in full focus. A long way away from some of the large dismal lobbies and hotel bedrooms seen in the past. Hotels that value art make for beautiful surroundings. An atmosphere where guests feel looked after and pampered.

Colour is such an important part of our world, and hotels in particular can completely transform their image through the power of meaningful colour. Cities like Buenos Aires are awash with high-spirited tones. Doors, exterior of buildings are all colourful and bursting with flavour. “It makes for happy times,” adds Bildner. “The Artist Keith Haring, another great inspiration to me, played with colourful images of his graffiti art on New York’s subways and some people used his images for spicing up their kitchens.”

Tension from the pandemic has no-doubt rippled into, and is still felt in, 2022. Covid-19 is becoming part of our lives, and there has been a culture-shift becasue of that affecting how people live as well as experience new spaces. With this in mind, artists such as Bilder are working hard to make art an even more central part of everyones habits – and where better place to start than in the hotel lobby, where first impressions count for everything!

Frances Bildner Expressive Arts, which is the result of many years in the business of providing fine art for public and private spaces, is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image caption: Breaking Boundaries. | Image credit: Frances Bildner Expressive Arts

GROHE bathroom featuring Eurosmart basin mixer and Eurosmart single-lever bath-shower mixer

GROHE re-invents an all-time classic with 4th gen of Eurosmart

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GROHE re-invents an all-time classic with 4th gen of Eurosmart

The fourth generation of GROHE Eurosmart offers new and improved bathroom and kitchen product range, launching as the brand’s first two-in-one hybrid bathroom tap that combines a one-handed mixer with hygienic touchless control…

GROHE bathroom featuring Eurosmart basin mixer and Eurosmart single-lever bath-shower mixer

With the relaunch of its best-selling Eurosmart, GROHE reinvents the classic bathroom tap, meeting changing consumer requirements with a range of innovations. The new Eurosmart promises optimal comfort, contemporary design, and easy installation, making it the perfect choice for any bathroom, cloakroom, or en-suite upgrade.

GROHE Eurosmart 2in1 Hybrid basin mixer_

Image credit: GROHE

“Eurosmart evolves with every generation, which is crucial if you want to bring meaningful products to the market. Our environment is constantly transforming, and we need to react to changing needs with new product solutions,” said Jonas Brennwald, Leader LIXIL EMENA and Co-CEO, GROHE AG. “Right now, a global health crisis is forcing the world to rethink hygiene standards. Therefore, we have developed a hybrid version of Eurosmart, which combines hygiene-enhancing touchless and manual operation.

“Another example are the lever variants, which reflect the complexity of different living situations and the fact that every consumer has different requirements. Long levers simplify the daily work of doctors, while loop levers are perfect for children, the elderly and those with reduced or limited mobility. Eurosmart is the perfect proof that innovation is not limited to new lines. Innovating in a relevant way also means reinventing core products. Only these human-centric solutions enable us to create better homes.”

The Eurosmart hybrid offers additional advantages around hygiene, combining the advantages of a manual and touchless tap. Users can decide whether they want to use the manual lever or touchless technology by activating water flow via the integrated sensor. When there is no need to touch the tap when washing hands, the risk of spreading germs and cross-contamination is minimised.

To make things even more convenient, the Eurosmart line is now also equipped with a new safe stop technology. Thanks to an integrated thermostat, the temperature can be limited to help reduce the risk of scalding.

The Eurosmart range has even more to offer: For extra comfort, a pull-out spout offers full flexibility, perfect for washing hair or cleaning the basin. Meanwhile, water and energy-saving technologies integrated in the Eurosmart range support growing efforts to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. GROHE EcoJoy, for example, reduces water flow while enriching the water with air, ensuring a voluminous flow while saving valuable resources at the same time – a great choice for eco-conscious consumers. Also available are low pressure basin taps and deck mounted bath fillers and bath shower mixers.

Meanwhile, the Eurosmart range has also been updated in the kitchen with a refreshed contemporary look; from models with pull-out hoses to unique wall-mounted taps for the ultimate space saving around the sink area. The Eurosmart kitchen range will comprise of two tap height variants, either low or high to suit a range of kitchen designs, along with a brand-new design, the GROHE Eurosmart kitchen two-handle mixer.

As well a refreshing new design, the Eurosmart kitchen range has been updated with new technologies to suit consumer lifestyles and everyday functionality. The Eurosmart kitchen range comes with easy installation thanks to the GROHE FastFixation Plus system integrated into the tap, offering swift, tool-free installation. The range will also support homeowners looking to make sustainable changes, with the Eurosmart kitchen low-spout models available with GROHE EcoJoy technology for a reduced water flow and energy saving GROHE SilkMove ES cold-start technology.

> Since you’re here, why not read about GROHE’s top products that launched in 2022?

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LEDS C4 decorative lighting for design studio in barcelona

Case study: LEDS C4 lights up design studio in Barcelona

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Case study: LEDS C4 lights up design studio in Barcelona

Under the guidance of the interior designer Isern Serra, LEDS C4 is providing the lighting for the new offices of the 3D design studio Six N. Five in Barcelona, founded by Ezequiel Pini. We take a closer look at this creative lighting project…

LEDS C4 decorative lighting for design studio in barcelona

The project involved refurbishing the street-level premises of the design studio Six N five. Made up of a multi-purpose space, mainly used as an office, but also as a showroom, with an area for presentations, a small workshop for creating small prototypes, a leisure and virtual reality zone, and a café area. All in all, a multidisciplinary space open to the city with small cultural activities, and one which required lighting up to the all of the tasks.

“The diverse spaces to be allocated and the imposing heights made it possible to create a space in the top section to house the workshop and a storage area,” said Iserm Serra, the interior designer on the project. “This mezzanine also enables us to separate the public area from the more private ones.”

The mezzanine can be closed off with curtains at both the top and the bottom, thus making it possible to not only offer different levels of privacy, but also provide an element for dividing the different areas. The space was devised to be a large architectural sanctuary with a strong artisanal feel. Earth colours were chosen to reinforce the idea of materiality, opting for a smooth finish cement floor with building elements, along with walls in the same tone with uneven plasterwork. The lighting brief was to reinforce these elements while providing different levels of lighting appropriate to the defined areas.

With the aim of designing a multidisciplinary space that encourages creativity, the decision was made to show off the reality of construction, leaving all the original structure uncovered while providing warmth and serenity by means of the materials, earthy tones and light. LEDS C4’s lighting, with Atom Track 52 spotlights and Play High Visual Comfort Adjustable downlights, blends into the architecture of the space and helps to create a cosy, relaxed environment. In addition, Cocktail, Simply, Big and Nude light fixtures from the Decorative Collection help to create sources of light in the creative space, while relating to the monochromatic design scheme of the space.

The end result is a serene, harmonious space defined by subtlety and simplicity. The project is functional, yet also draws attention to the materials of the scheme and relates back to the work of Six N Five with an emphasis on technology and space. In this project the lighting is integral to drawing all these strands together to complete the story.

LEDS C4 is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Desforma verona curved corner sofa

Desforma: Redefining form and function in furniture

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Desforma: Redefining form and function in furniture

Putting seating under the spotlight since its establishment in 1994, Desforma continues to  transform conventional sofa and armchair design with its architectural and sculptural creations…

Desforma verona curved corner sofa

The Desforma brand is led by creative family duo, furniture designer Brigita Marija Spokaite-Norvaise and her father Kestutis Spokas. They work as a team to create the art-like furniture, which not only makes a strong statement, but is also trusted for the quality of its manufacturing, materials and its unique architectural design. The distinctive furniture forms are fuelled by the innovative technology that allows the creation of extraordinary pieces. A spheric construction technology, which was certified in Geneva, provides an opportunity to expand visionary limits of traditional furniture design and to create uniquely carved forms, which are reminiscent of sculptural shapes.

sculptural form of desforma verona sofa in cream

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Desforma’s creations continue to showcase the original aspiration of the brand, which is to transform seating design into sculptural statements, giving everyday furniture edge and elegance. Seating shifts from the functional to centre stage, while becoming the defining point of an interior space. The collection is created from a combination of art and interior design, blending round and soft shapes that allow for optimal comfort while making a strong and sophisticated visual impression.

Its use of technology to support design, allows Desforma free range when creating pieces that, like a sculpture, look good from every angle, no matter where you are in a room. Known for being the only company in the world that is applying the high-end spheric technology, Desforma is able to remain at the forefront of design by focusing on durability, timeless style, lasting elegance, and elevated functionality.

Grounded while always maintaining a sense of luxury, what makes a Desforma design stand out, is the fact that they shape and shift the space they are in, and create a strong visual statement while still maintaining a commitment to functionality. This is seating which can be configured to a range of interiors and is equally at home in a modern private home, smart co-working spaces, to the lobby of a fashionable hotel – whatever the space, a Desforma couch is so much more than a place to sit.

Desforma is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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a hypnos bed in guestroom at billesly manor

Case study: Simply the best for the beds of Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa

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Case study: Simply the best for the beds of Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa

Steeped in history, but with a very contemporary take on luxury, it made perfect sense for Billesly Manor Hotel & Spa to plump for a Hypnos bed when looking for the perfect nights sleep…

a hypnos bed in guestroom at billesly manor

Billesley Manor really is the perfect peaceful sanctuary from the outside world. Each guestroom and suite has been designed with luxury, style, and comfort in mind. So, when it came to selecting the beds, only the best would do, and specifying a Hypnos Bed fulfilled all the criteria.

Recently refurbished, the 16th-Century, four-star Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa boasts 71 beautifully designed guestrooms and sits in 11 acres of magnificent countryside just outside the medieval town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Combining heritage charm with modern luxury is not the only thing this alluring Elizabethan Manor is famous for. Legend has it that in 1599, Shakespeare penned his comedy ‘As You Like It’ at Billesley Manor, having married Anne Hathaway at All Saints church which sits in the grounds, some years earlier.

four poster hypnos bed at billesley manor

Image credit: Hypnos / Billesley Manor

“As a hotel, sleep is one of the most important components of our guests’ stay, and so it was important that we got it right,” said Stephen Fearnley, General Manager FIH, Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa. “Hypnos Contract Beds were selected and asked to supply their most luxurious mattress, the Lansdowne Cashmere with Classic Divan Bases and Flexi Bases. This specification provides ultimate comfort and luxury for our guests and supports our mission to provide the very best in sleep in the UK.”

hypnos bed with floral headboard in guestroom at Billesley Manor

Image credit: Hypnos / Billesley Manor

“We believe it is incredibly important to opt for natural fibres where possible, said Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director, Hypnos Contract Beds. “Our Lansdowne Cashmere mattress combines wool and cashmere for the highest degree of comfort and luxury. Our mattress design allows independent movement of each pocket spring, meaning the mattress adjusts to the sleeper’s body shape. At the same time the natural fibres help regulate body temperature to create the perfect climate for quality sleep. We are delighted that Billesley Manor chose to provide their guests with the ultimate sleep experience.”

As the go-to name in sleep comfort, Hypnos Contract Beds is trusted to deliver the all-important component for a perfect nights’ sleep at hotels around the world. Hypnos believe in creating comfort with integrity and were the first UK bed manufacturer to become carbon neutral, an accolade achieved over a decade ago. In 2020 Hypnos received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

So whether it’s the season for a midsummer night’s dream, or the winters tale, you can rest assured that this partnership will give you a perfect nights sleep along with everything else on offer at Billesley Manor.

Hypnos is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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newmor colour trends 2022 moodboard

Moodboard: Design & colour trends emerging in 2022

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Moodboard: Design & colour trends emerging in 2022

We spoke to Rose Campbell, Head of Product and Creative Development, at Newmor about the design and colour trend predictions for 2022 and how these inform the design process when creating new wallcovering concepts. Pauline Brettell writes…

newmor colour trends 2022 moodboard

With the arrival of a new year and the ‘colour of the year’ being a hotly debated topic, this is also the time when we would all normally be heading to events and exhibitions such as Heimtextil to share product and trend predictions. Heimtextil 2022, however, has fallen victim to the virus, but the conversation about trends and colours continues undeterred. So, to keep the noise echoing around the industry’s arena, I caught up with Rose Campbell from Newmor to chat about the predictions for 2022, and to take us through the process in developing these design and colour trends.

Newmor specialises in commercial quality wide-width fabric-backed vinyl wallcoverings, which are manufactured in its own facility in Wales. Its products can be found all over the world in hotels, bars and restaurants, healthcare, education, cruise, and leisure installations. It is an integral part of the process that the Newmor design team always needs to be ahead of the trends and aware of what people are looking for in interior spaces. We started off by asking Campbell to take us through the thought process in developing design and colour trends.

“There isn’t one particular thing I can pinpoint, as I take inspiration from everything around me,” she told Hotel Designs. We have all gone through so much change in our personal and working lives over the last couple of years. There is a definite nostalgic vein running through our 2022 trends, as we’ve all had time to reflect and adapt. I’m pleased that as a society we are placing greater value on craftsmanship and quality. Rediscovering the sanctuary in our homes and having the confidence to surround ourselves with design and colour has also fed into my trend predication.”

Having identified six very individual trends at Newmor, Campbell talks us through the palettes and points of inspiration.

New Romantics

Newmor new romantics colour palette trend

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“This demonstrates our appreciation of vintage design and our value for enduring quality,” Campbell explained. “Detailed embellishments and mixed textures lift classic designs to dramatic heights. This trend is elegant and moody as off whites, greys, red and ebony play their part in creating this modern vintage vibe.”

Moody Blues

Newmor moody blue moodboard for 2022

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“There is no sign of January blues in this trend,” she said. “Our moody blue trend captures the freshness of the sky on a winter’s morning by the sea. Hues range from retro denims to teals and navy which are enhanced by highlights of pale weathered woods, tan and brass.”

Cocoon

Newmor moodboard for Cocoon colour trend

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“It is no surprise that our desire to create a sanctuary in this crazy busy world continues to play a vital role in 2022,” added Campbell. “Natural materials, simple organic textures and layers of soft colours resulted in developing this palette of nudes, clay tones, off whites and sage.”

Into the Mix

Newmor colour palette of bright jewel like colours

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“This trend is all about celebrating pattern and not being afraid to mix things up,” said Campbell. “Individuality and personality are things to be encouraged, as is our greater awareness of sustainability and a renewed empathy for make do and mend. So, we’ve mixed designs and colours from each end of the spectrum.”

Night Fever

gold glass and black moodboard for newmor 2022 colour trends

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“I am a 70’s child, so could not be happier to include this trend in our 2022 outlook,” beamed Campbell. “Curved geometric designs make their return in sumptuous shades of orange, avocado, brown and mustards. This trend is bold and nostalgic, and I for one love it.”

Protopia

Newmor Protopia metallic moodboard with bright colours

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“Our 2022 trends would not be complete if we did not acknowledge how the digital metaverse impacts our lives,” concluded Campbell. “Although this trend is bold and futuristic, it is also grounded in sustainability and the importance of recyclability. The new pantone very peri makes an appearance, alongside metallics, ombres, pinks, turquoise and silver.”

With this roundup of moodboards and trends it is impossible not be inspired, and it is going to be interesting seeing these colours and textures materialise on the design stage, and of course its walls, as the year progresses.

> Since you’re here, why not check out these designs from Newmor?

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Matt Black shower in contemporary bathroom. Products supplied by Kohler

Product watch: The modern Statement shower collection from Kohler

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Product watch: The modern Statement shower collection from Kohler

Complete with unique shapes, finishes and an array of sizes, the Statement shower collection from Kohler breathes new life – and technology – into the bathroom. The modern shower range is inspired by iconic design forms and offers an array of sensory stimuli, as Editor Hamish Kilburn explores…

Matt Black shower in contemporary bathroom. Products supplied by Kohler

The modern Statement shower collection from global brand Kohler brings a range of unique shapes and various sizes to the shower, breathing new, contemporary life into well-loved standards and marrying the latest in technology with enduring craftsmanship. Innovative sprays elevate the showering experience, and universal compatibility means the system works wherever in the world it is installed. Inspired by iconic furniture and home goods, and defined by soft, approachable designs, the collection carries an underlying familiarity while creating striking aesthetics within the space.

“Showering re-envisioned at the most basic level,” is how the brand is describing it. An oblong showerhead results in more enveloping water coverage for the whole body, and seven immersive spray experiences offered within the collection include a ‘deep massage’ spray composed of twisting jets that knead sore muscles and a cloud spray that swathes the body in a warm mist. Other spray options include a full coverage rain, a dense, wide sweep, and ribbon massage that cascades in an angled stream. Additionally, the collection offers an infinity spray – interlaced water streams create three experience zones in a single spray – the droplets closest to the nozzle rinse, while the middle zone massages, and the farthest stream provides coverage. Many components also make use of the gamechanging Kohler Katalyst technology, which enhances every droplet with air for a warm, luxurious cloak of water.

“Showering is so much more than just getting clean. It is a chance to feel rejuvenated, a moment to focus on self-care,” said Lun Cheak Tan, Kohler Vice President of Industrial Design. “A shower should provide a rich experience – through design-forward craftsmanship, meaningful functionality and un-compromised focus on the user.”

The global Statement Collection includes a showerhead, four styles of handshowers, four unique rainheads, and two bodysprays, all available in a range of sizes and shapes to best suit the décor and design environment. Finishes include polished chrome, brushed nickel, matte black, and brushed moderne brass (finish options may vary by region); all are aesthetically arresting and created to yield a natural interplay with other accessories and design elements.

Matt Black modern shower in contemporary bathroom. Products supplied by Kohler

Image credit: Kohler

To add to Statement’s overall ease of use and provide peace of mind to designers and specifiers, the components were designed to be universally compatible. The collection is designed – from thread size to flow rate – to work globally, no matter how different the local codes and standards may be.

Statement represents an evolution in modern showering, one that engages all the senses and elevates the everyday. Its handsome forms are matched by exceptional function that results in an indulgent, customised showering experience.

> Since you’re here, why not read about the latest hotel trends in hospitality?

Kohler is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Artis handbasin in red bathroom colour scheme by Villeroy & Boch

Trend alert: Red shades in the bathroom

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Trend alert: Red shades in the bathroom

With two new rich shades of red being added to the Artis range, bathroom brand Villeroy & Boch looks at energising the bathroom with a vibrant colour palette. Red isn’t dead, it seems…

Artis handbasin in red bathroom colour scheme by Villeroy & Boch

Reds are all about vibrant and warm tones. They feel stimulating and exude optimism and energy. With so much focus on transforming our bathrooms into sanctuaries for wellbeing, red shades are a perfect choice for anyone who wants to recharge their batteries and find daily inspiration while brushing their teeth. Admittedly, it does take a little courage, but this is a colour that has the potential to transform your bathroom into a very personal source of energy.

Artis surface-mounted washbasins provide a perfect showcase for strong colours. With their dual-colour look, combining a brilliant white interior with coloured outer surfaces, the washbasins coordinate in any bathroom, even if other ceramic fittings are in a classic white. In 2021, the German-Danish designer Gesa Hansen added two new rich red shades to the Artis colour palette, Bordeaux and Rust. Bordeaux evokes images of the intensive hues of ripe grapes, while Rust is a warm shade with an earthy, natural feel.

artis handbasin in red and peony design

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Red is a strong colour that needs a sparring partner to reveal its full effect in the bathroom. Bold combinations, for example, a red basin on a matt black vanity unit, increase the intensity. Another combination with a guaranteed wow effect, is the Artis handbasin in combination with a Finion vanity unit in Peony, a shade again inspired by nature, and the vibrant red of blossoming peonies.

Wood tones and natural shades such as sand or light grey, on the other hand, create a harmonising effect. They offset the vibrancy of red colours and emphasise their warm, cosy character.

And if you aren’t quite ready to embrace the red in your bathroom basin, put it on the wall instead. A red wall will create a strong statement as a contrast to the pure white of the ceramics, and will infuse the room, and your daily routine, with warmth.

Villeroy & Boch is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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walk in shower with hansgrohe AirPower shower system

Introducing AirPower by hansgrohe

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Introducing AirPower by hansgrohe

AirPower is a unique shower experience, by hansgrohe, that is all about combining the practical needs to meet modern traveller demands, such as reducing water consumption, with stylish indulgence…

walk in shower with hansgrohe AirPower shower system

Bathroom brand hansgrohe, which recognises water is a valuable resource, has put extensive time and research into establishing AirPower technology to help reduce water consumption. The innovative technology enriches each water droplet with air, to produce plump droplets creating a velvety touch on the skin.

When using the shower, air is sucked in through the spray disc that stirs up the water. Enriched with fresh air, the droplets are noticeably lighter, creating more enjoyable showers whilst helping save both water and energy.

The AirPower feature can be found in an extensive range of hansgrohe products including collections Raindance, Vernis, Vivenis and Croma, through basin taps, overhead and hand showers and shower systems. When incorporated in the basin taps, the technology encourages them to work reliably by adding volume to every droplet of water whilst noticeably reducing splashing. The soft water droplets make for a pleasurable washing experience, whether that’s washing hands, washing hair or caring for children’s sensitive skin.

hansgrohe has prioritised developing innovative solutions for kitchens and bathrooms that combine intelligent functionality, outstanding design, and enduring quality. The AirPower joins the range of design led, energy saving solutions that are now an integral part to contemporary design requirements.

hansgrohe is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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GROHE Allure four-hole deck-mounted bath filler and hand shower in Brushed Cool Sunrise

Year in Review: Top 2021 bathroom products from GROHE

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Year in Review: Top 2021 bathroom products from GROHE

As a leader in supplying some of the hospitality industry’s biggest hotel groups, iconic boutique projects and stunning resorts, bathroom brand GROHE has continued to make headway with several new design innovations for the sector in 2021. Editor Hamish Kilburn takes a look at some of the brand’s highlights this year…

GROHE Allure four-hole deck-mounted bath filler and hand shower in Brushed Cool Sunrise

There is no question about it, GROHE’s latest products align with the brand’s passionate vision for sustainability and its desire to bring better experiences including health, wellness, and spa inspirations through the elements of water.

As a core value and integrated business ethos, sustainability and conscious consumption remained a pivotal message with the release of GROHE’s first Cradle to Cradle certified range in March 2021. Expanding across four of GROHE’s bestselling items, the Cradle to Cradle range cemented GROHE as a leader in sustainable bathroom solutions with the prestigious industry certification providing hoteliers with cost-effective, functional, and sustainable fittings. Whilst the sustainable impact of Cradle-to-Cradle products may not always be overtly apparent to the guest, they offer viable sustainably sourced solutions that highlight a carefully considered approach to the interior design of a hotel washroom or bathroom suite.

With a goal of moving from a linear economy to a circular economy, the Cradle to Cradle range provides functional fittings which have been produced and designed for their components to be broken down and re-used for the creation of new products in their end-of-life phase, helping to fight the war on waste and save resources. In an assortment of refreshing cosmopolitan designs in traditional Chrome, the GROHE Cradle to Cradle range allows for a conscious design solution, with some of the products offering advancements in technology which further heighten their sustainable credentials. Features such as cold-water start technology prevent the unnecessary use of hot water by supplying only cold water when the lever is in the middle position, allowing a more positive environmental impact to continue throughout use via the reduction of carbon emissions.

Alongside sustainability, wellness and health continue to be topics of importance when it comes to hotel bathroom design, and what both guests and designers are looking for when it comes to luxurious, spa-inspired spaces. Sitting within the brand’s premium portfolio of luxurious fittings, the newly launched GROHE Allure brassware and accessories offers designers the tools needed to the create the ultimate sanctuary of hygiene, health, and wellness through pristine German design and unique state-of-the-art water technology.

GROHE Allure freestanding bath filler in Brushed Warm Sunset

Image caption: GROHE Allure freestanding bath filler in Brushed Warm Sunset. | Image credit: GROHE

Characterised by its captivating minimalist and slim design, the Allure tap is now even more appealing due to its more organic aesthetic. With its intricate technology and artisan craftmanship, the tap impresses with unique design highlights such as its distinct haptic feedback which improves the precision control of the range’s three-hole basin mixer, offering a unique tactile experience with enhanced interaction. The new GROHE Allure range allows designers to create a perfectly harmonious experience that emulates the ambience of a personal retreat of peace and tranquillity.

Alongside the reconfigured basin mixers, the versatile range also encompasses floor-mounted mixers and waterfall spouts for the bathtub, which allow for the creation of a holistic bathroom design, with brassware available in different finishes for completely personalisation and individuality.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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oak finishes by unilin

Unilin unveils new collection of panels, made from recovered wood

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Unilin unveils new collection of panels, made from recovered wood

Unilin Panels has introduced UNILIN Master Oak, a collection of melamine and HPL panelling with lifelike, natural oak designs…

oak finishes by unilin

After several years of research and development in the authentic recreation of natural materials, Unilin Panels has released a collection of six ready-to-use designs that bring forward the lifelike look and feel of oak. Stain-proof, scratch-resistant, colourfast and sustainable, UNILIN Master Oak represents the future of decorative panels.

Achieving a look this lifelike has seen Unilin Panels combine a matt finish with a uniquely patterned textured surface that’s further enhanced with different types of pores and depth variations. Every panel within the collection enjoys nature’s imperfections for faultless authenticity.

With very little on-going maintenance required, this finish has many applications. Ideal for use in offices, hotels, retail stores, restaurants, bars and other heavy-duty environments, the new range lets spaces enjoy the natural beauty of oak with the simplicity of excellent durability and low maintenance.

Taking on the challenge of sustainability, Unilin Panels makes UNILIN Master Oak decorative panels from 100 per cent recovered wood. This has been made possible by a process of investment over the last six years to a sum of €40 million. Now, Unilin Panels takes 90 per cent of the wood used in its panels from post-consumer sources such as unwanted furniture, and building wood.

Through advanced sorting and cleaning processes that are unmatched in the sector, all impurities are removed for a high-grade wood fibre suitable for the products. This process gives more life to more than 1,000,000 tonnes of waste wood every year.

The new collection is available in six colours – Brown, Natural, Double Fumed, Light Natural, Everest White and Elegant Black – in a range of HDF panel sizes, as well as HPL and edging tape, for use in doors, walls, shelves and bespoke furniture production. UNILIN Master Oak can also be combined effortlessly with any type of substrate such as MDF or chipboard, and comes in fire-retardant, moisture-resistant and formaldehyde-free variants.

UNILIN Panels develop solutions tailored to specific needs, with creativity and innovation as the key drivers of its business. It continuously invests in product design and new technologies. With the lifelike UNILIN Master Oak, projects can enjoy the premium look of oak surfaces with the practicality and affordability of modern decorative panelling.

Unilin Panels is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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granorte new showroom

Granorte opens new central UK warehouse

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Granorte opens new central UK warehouse

Granorte has opened a new Telford showroom, office and warehouse facility to showcase its range of sustainable cork-based floors, walls, furniture and design objects…

granorte new showroom

Due to a dynamic growth in sales, Portuguese manufacturer Granorte has moved to a new facility to ensure it continues to provide customers with a first-class service across its range of cork products for specification and retail. With a new 10,000ft2 racked warehouse space, sample facility, offices and showroom, the company can now deliver a UK-based service across its most popular collections.

“As specifiers and consumers consider the environmental impact of surfacing, furniture and design objects more closely, the status of cork as a renewable, natural resource has seen Granorte’s activity grow,” said Andrew Ellison, Sales & Development Manager of UK operations. “Our new Telford facility will ensure that we can provide our specification and retail customers with excellent service, including UK-based sampling and stock.”

cork wall surface by granorte

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“Our new showroom is also ideal for discovering how Granorte products can transform specifications and bring sales revenue through our range of retail displays,” continued Ellison. “It is also a place to explore the many applications of cork, from our extensive range of walls and floors to award-winning furniture.”

With growth capacity, the new warehouse will allow Granorte to introduce more products directly available from UK stock, helping to reduce lead times. A larger sample room will also ensure that specifiers and retailers can also access a wider range of product samples and product literature, with greater ease and faster despatch across the UK. The showroom is open by appointment only for specification and retail customers.

Granorte is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Parkside and Strata Tiles align for a total tile solution

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Parkside and Strata Tiles align for a total tile solution

Parkside and Strata Tiles are aligning to become sister brands, as the two tile specification companies look to become the market leader in the commercial tile market by 2025. This is what we know…

With complimentary approaches to tile specifications, Parkside and Strata Tiles are known for excellence in service, wide-ranging product offer and the expertise of specification consultants. With a goal to grow, share and become the market leader in the commercial tile market, Parkside and Strata Tiles are now aligning to provide architects, designers, specifiers and contractors with a total tile solution.

By sharing expertise and technical solutions, specification consultants from both brands can offer the complete range of tiles, ancillary products and associated services from either company.

“Both companies enjoy a reputation for delivering designers, specifiers and contractors tile specifications that exceed expectation,” said Dan Little, Parkside and Strata Tiles Managing Director. “Each business also has a clear strategy – Parkside focused on architectural design and Strata Tiles on technical solutions – but they share many similarities, including a sustainability pledge with a commitment to become fully net carbon neutral in 2022. By combining these areas of expertise, our specification consultants are now able to provide a product and service offer that forms a total tile solution for any residential, commercial or infrastructure project. We believe that by closely aligning these brands, we improve service to our customers and will strengthen our position in the market.”

As total tile solution providers, Parkside and Strata Tiles have a complete tile range including specialist outdoor, slip-resistant and anti-bacterial collections, over 40 tiles with more than 40 per cent recycled content, natural and composite stone, grouts, adhesives, profiles and joints, pedestals and anything else needed to achieve a first-class tile specification from a single source.

contemporary work surface and chairs with wood surfaces and criaterra tiles

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Along with specialist services such as waterjet cutting, digital printing, bespoke product sourcing and manufacturing, design guidance, planning and more, Parkside and Strata Tiles are leading with an approach to total tile specifications that can help architects, designers, specifiers and contractors deliver thoughtful solutions.

Parkside is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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array taper floor lamp by Franklite

Year in review: Franklite continues to take lighting to new levels

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Year in review: Franklite continues to take lighting to new levels

It has been a year full of new designs, divas and dramatic lighting schemes for Franklite, not to mention a few awards gathered along the way. Pauline Brettell reflects…

array taper floor lamp by Franklite

Franklite can look back on 2021 with pride, as amongst its achievements this year, it can list three prestigious awards along with the successful launch of new and innovative product ranges.

Starting the run of success with scooping up the Artistic Award at the Society of Light and Lighting’s Ready Steady Light 2021, the 14 other companies were clearly no match for the Franklite team. Held at Rose Bruford College, the company was tasked to illuminate a specific area of the campus, and not being one to hide its light under a bushel, it lit the way and won the day.

Later in the year, after being shortlisted in two categories for our very own  Brit List Awards  – Best in Tech, and Best in British Product Design, Franklite won the Best in Tech award for its latest development in LED technology, the L11 tuneable white light engine.

Franklite L11TW Overview

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Over the last several months, Franklite has worked tirelessly to design ranges of products that are not only functional and efficient, but also beautiful and creative. In continuation of the well received Catalogue 26, new product ranges each with their own variations, have been added to the Catalogue 26 supplement.

The Diva range is exactly that, extravagant! Chrome finish fittings surrounded by rectangular crystals with a mass display of crystal glass spheres as a base. This magnificent range includes 11, 15 and 20 light fittings and matching wall bracket. When lit, the colour temperature and reflection of the lamps creates very distinctive ambiences.

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Continuing with new designs, the large scale chrome finish fittings with a multitude of smoked and patterned clear glass spheres in varying sizes makes the Array a truly stunning centre piece. Available in 29 and 47 light fittings.

Along with new designs, existing ranges were added to. New designs can be seen amongst the brands most popular ranges; the Taper, Perdita, Philly and Wisteria, all providing customers with more product choices. The Taper range now includes wall brackets, floor and table lamps. A phenomenal 21 light, spanning 1.2m in length has been added to the Wisteria range.

Ending the year off with a bang, Franklite received Best Retail Decorative Lighting Manufacturer 2021 at the fourth consecutive Southern Enterprise Awards hosted by SME News. With all the hard work and dedication of the team at Franklite having been both recognised and rewarded, we are excited to see what the brand has in store for the industry in 2022.

Franklite is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Year in Review: Top 7 lighting products that launched in 2021

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Year in Review: Top 7 lighting products that launched in 2021

Continuing our ‘Spotlight On’ feature this month on ‘Year in Review’, where we publish the ultimate throwback of our 2021 highlights, this is our list of lighting products, designs and innovations that have grabbed our attention and got us swinging from the chandeliers…

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Lighting in the hotel and hospitality industry has moved forward in leaps and bounds from the functional to the fabulous, and is now leading the way with the new buzzword in hotel design – flexibility. As demands on the hotel experience shift, so too do the demands on the lighting. In our Virtual Roundtable series this year we have covered several of these shifts in design and direction in the lighting industry with conversations about innovation, through to the broader social concerns of ethical solutions in lighting, reflecting the range of challenges being faced by interior and lighting designers. The seven products and designs below, we feel have responded to these demands, and are set to add depth and dimension into the interiors of 2022.

Chelsom: LED EYE

The joy of an innovative reading light…this combination of functionality with a contemporary aesthetic is what put this product in line to be awarded a Red Dot Award earlier this year.

“The starting point was to create a product which nestled into a headboard with minimum projection whilst serving as a decorative accent to an interior design scheme,” said Will Chelsom, Managing Director, Chelsom. “It had to start with ‘the look’ of the product but quickly we focussed all of our efforts on creating a thoroughly advanced mechanical design which made ‘THE EYE’ easy to use and essential to any guestroom design scheme.”

Christopher Hyde: The Houston Collection

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Christopher Hyde has always included bold statement pieces in its lighting collection, and the designs from The Houston Collection are no exception. A contemporary take on a traditional chandelier, what we love about this design is its versatility; it can make a grand design statement in a hotel lobby, while being equally comfortable on a domestic scale lighting up a corner of your home.

Dernier & Hamlyn: Nobu London Portman Square

It’s always exciting to see bespoke lighting projects literally light up a design scheme, in an equally exciting hotel development. The designs by Dernier & Hamilton for Nobu London Portman Square elevated the interiors in some of the most spectacular areas of the hotel.

“This project utilised many of our team’s skills to ensure the lighting we manufactured achieved the quality and attention to detail required,” Lyn Newcombe, Head of Projects at Dernier & Hamlyn, told Hotel Designs. “The lighting they produced for Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is even more exquisite than we hoped for and we have no doubt that the hotel’s guests and diners will have their experience enhanced by the mood it helps to create.”

Franklite: L11

 

Franklite L11TW Overview

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Behind every beautiful designer lampshade, there needs to be an L11 tuneable white light engine! This innovative design makes ambient lighting both a subtle and a simple affair, and gives designers the capability to easily control the transition of light colour temperature wirelessly through an app or hard-wired within a building management system. With this product being noted as a ‘gamechanger’ in the industry, it came as no surprise when the company was awarded the Brit List Best in Tech 2021 award.

 LEDS C4: Grok

This design by LEDS C4 makes that transition from lighting to art installation with its innovative use of materials, along with a strong visual statement. With this system, design studio Nahtrang has created a lighting collection that’s visually surprising, and offers designers endless possibilities for creative and bespoke lighting schemes.

Omio: Nefertiti

The organic shapes and natural materials of the bespoke lighting by Omio certainly caught our attention at HIX2021. The artisanal qualities of the lighting along with the oversized scale and sculptural qualities of some of the pieces are a result of the successful collaboration between craft and production. It is exciting to see the handmade and craft based techniques of the designs taking centre stage in a commercial environment.

Well-Lit: Azure

Well-Lit has brought the question of ethical lighting to the design table, but along with questions of ethics and sustainability, it is also keeping the design profile of its lights high on the agenda. The Azure collection is an innovative combination of light and bulb and is quite simply beautiful, functional, and of course, ethical!

 

Chelsom, Christopher Hyde, Dernier & Hamlyn, Franklite and LEDS C4 are all Recommended Suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Year in Review: How Harrison Spinks will go Net Carbon Zero by 2023

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Year in Review: How Harrison Spinks will go Net Carbon Zero by 2023

World leaders in luxury sustainable comfort, Harrison Spinks is a heritage bedmaker that has been at the forefront of sustainable bed making for 180 years. Innovation drives our business and is contributing to saving the planet, with every decision made rooted in sustainability, as Editor Hamish Kilburn learns when reflecting on the brand’s year…

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For some time now – 180 years to be precise – Harrison Spinks has been ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, sustainability and innovation in bed making. In 2021, the brand went further than it has ever gone in its commitment to the circular economy and announced that it will become Net Carbon Zero by 2023. And here’s how it’s going to achieve that ambitious task.

The brand’s Beyond Circular approach focuses on ethical and sustainable design, committing to an entirely recyclable, reusable and zero to landfill production to ensure we continue to lead the way in sustainability and change the way the world sleeps. This year, Harrison Spinks published our first annual Sustainability Report, proudly stating it is a Carbon Neutral plus manufacturer. It included details such as offsetting more than 3,500 tonnes of carbon in the last year but, even more importantly, it detailing how the brand is leading the way in sustainable innovation. From its circular-by-design approach to how it is reducing and recycling with the objective to become Net Carbon Zero by 2023.

Every handmade mattress manufactured is 100 per cent glue, foam and FR chemical treatment free and 100 per cent recyclable. Each product is handcrafted, in the brand’s factory in Leeds, England, to the highest standards by its master craftspeople using time-honoured skills and only the best luxuriously sustainable materials available.

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The Pocket Spring machines are designed in-house by the brand’s own engineers, which in turn allows the brand to manufacture its award-winning pocket and micro pocket springs, all with glue less technology, meaning each spring system can be fully recycled at end of life.

The Harrison Spinks sustainable story starts at the farm, just outside York, where the brand grows its own hemp and flax. In 2021, Harrison Spinks also partnered with British Wool to launch a new scheme that traces the origin of the wool used in its mattresses from farm to factory. This allowed consumers to fully understand where the wool in the products they are purchasing comes from and giving them peace of mind that the farmer has received a fair price.

The brand also uses synthetic fillings and these are all 100 per cent GRS, 100 per cent recyclable and made from recycled plastic bottles. In addition, it is the only bed manufacturer to weave the fabric it uses to cover our mattresses in house on our state of the art weaving looms. This fabric is 100 per cent FR chemical treatment free and adds a natural finish to the perfect night’s sleep.

Each year 5.8m mattresses in the UK end up being burnt or disposed of in landfill sites. In short, brands like Harrison Spinks want to put a stop to this. As a result, it has pledged to recycle all its mattresses that contain our Cortec spring technology. In 2021, the brand opened its own recycling centre, working towards our vision to be the most sustainable bed manufacturer in the world.

2021 has also been a hugely successful year with multiple product launches in our Hospitality division. The Sprint Collection, offering three mattress types featuring multiple layers of sustainable and synthetic fillings alongside the brand’s innovative pocket spring systems all available in a rolled format, should you wish, for ease of installation. The Signature collection, a range of six mattresses, all featuring sustainably and supremely comfortable natural fillings.

And in October the brand launched the Exclusive Collection, a range of four mattresses that are the ultimate definition of handmade luxury, with the very finest natural fillings, handmade to order, and all 100 per cent recyclable.

Harrison Spinks Hospitality Beds Division now offers the most comprehensive hospitality collection available with pocket counts from 750 through to 42,000, essentially a mattress to suit every hotel. Harrison Spinks works with some of the most prestigious names in the industry to understand their requirements, while helping every customer to improve their own green footprint our mission is to deliver the ultimate sleep experience for every guest.

With unrivalled sustainability credentials, 180 years of manufacturing excellence and multiple Queens Awards, Harrison Spinks are proving themselves to be “the true bedmakers” and will continue we hope to change the way the world sleeps in 2022 and beyond.

Harrison Spinks is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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New collections from Moooi Carpets to put on your 2022 watch list

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New collections from Moooi Carpets to put on your 2022 watch list

Moooi Carpets, which never fails to deliver an endless mix of colours, has just unveiled four new collections, which have been designed by individual artists – all with the aim to add personality in hotel design. Editor Hamish Kilburn takes a look…

All rugs at Moooi Carpets combine an endless mix of colours thanks to the use of a ground breaking high definition Chromo jet printer and its accurate tones, which generate a playful illusion of depth – just take a look at the Liquid Layer collection if you need convincing.

When Marcel Wanders (Founder of Moooi in 2001) came across the technique of digital printing on carpet material, more than 10 years ago, he realised that it was so ground breaking that he felt it needed its own space to grow, without being absorbed by/in something else. Moooi Carpets was launched by Moooi in 2015.

Since then, each collection launched has, in its own way, challenged conventional design with meaningful patterns – and the brand’s latest collections are no exception. Cue the arrival of ‘Pluck Their Petals’, ‘Lint’, ‘In the Meadow’ and Bisanto.

Pluck their Petals by Ferry Schiffelers

Ferry Schiffelers founded his eponymous womenswear label at the age of 25. In 2018, Schiffelers graduated Cum Laude from the design department at AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute). His graduation collection ‘Défilé de Deuil’ ensured that he won the Lichting prize and was named the most promising graduate of 2018. In September 2019, Schiffelers presented his first independent collection ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ during AFW (Amsterdam Fashion Week). Prior to AMFI, he followed the four-year Fashion / Bespoke tailoring course to develop himself in the field of tailoring and techniques. Schiffelers has successfully completed internships in the couture atelier of Viktor & Rolf and Antwerp designer Tim van Steenbergen. His work is being published in Vogue, ELLE and Mirror Mirror magazine.

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Combining fashion with design – a concept we can’t get enough of at Hotel Designs – Schiffelers designed the ‘Pluck their Petals’ colleciton, which was inspired by the greatest love tragedy whether he loves me – or not. Multiple layers of tulle petals build up a gradient of colour causing a mysterious, yet romantic and dramatic dimension. The technique of layering creates more depth and darkly shadowing in the creases, turning the carpet into a fantasy like destination somewhere between a dream and a nightmare.

Lint by Visser & Meijwaard

Visser & Meijwaard is a design studio focused on product- and scenographic exhibition design based in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The studio is run by Dutch designers Vera Meijwaard and Steven Visser who met at ArtEZ University of the Arts. As a design duo they create distinct but minimalistic products from an aesthetic world of material, colour and shape. Their working method is associative. By playing with materiality, context and scale and with a fascination for ‘form follows function’, Visser & Meijwaard researches new applications for the hidden aesthetics found in everyday products. Their wide range of work extends from furniture and lighting to textile, ceramic and glassware. Visser & Meijwaard collaborate, among others, with brands as Hermès , Linteloo and Pulpo Products. Their work has been presented in museums, galleries and fairs worldwide, including London, Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Cologne and Copenhagen.

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In the ‘Lint’ carpet collection, silk ribbons are woven into a colourful graphic pattern to create a bold interplay of lines. Inspiration for the ‘Lint’ design was found in the rectilinear pattern of a traditional tartan textile, made by weaving alternating strips of coloured threads, both in the warp and in the weft, at right angles to each other. ‘Lint’ was created by playing with the materiality and the size of the threads and in search of the right colours to contrast but complement each other at the same time.

In the Meadow by Emma Larsson

The carpets of Larsson’s In The Meadow collection are inspired by the never-ending wonders of nature. With whimsical and abstract shapes, the carpets depict mesmerising worlds of aquarelle art. The bright and soft colours are an ode to nature’s variety. In The Meadow is Larsson’s contribution to bringing nature indoors, into your space, like ink in water.

The intensity of colours creates density while maintaining that ethereal feel. Every day we are surrounded by an endless variety of colours, shapes, textures, and patterns. Every living moment our senses are treated with a beauty only nature can give us. And it gives us everything. It gives us scents and smells that keep us going or calm us down. Spectacular colours that fill our hearts and minds with hope and lightness. Textures and patterns that amaze and trick us. For artists and designers, nature is an endless source of inspiration. It has been so for centuries, and hopefully it will be for the next centuries. Nature is to be coveted and cherished, for it is as close as magic we will ever experience. In The Meadow, by Emma Larsson, reveals an ethereal world of abstract aquarelle shapes. Inspired by the beauty that nature surrounds us with every day. Inspired by nature’s endless variations of colours, shapes, patterns, and textures. Nature surrounds us when we’re outside, but with In The Meadow, you can bring the magical beauty of nature inside. Whimsical and abstract shapes in bright and soft colours to mesmerise every onlooker. In The Meadow is a collection of carpets that all bear the signature aquarelle-style artwork of artist & designer Emma Larsson. Her contribution to bringing the beauty of nature inside.

Bisanto by Antonio Aricò

Antonio Aricò is an Italian artist, designer and creative director. After earning a double degree at Milan Polytechnic he obtained his master’s degree with a work based on the themes of Design & Tradition, combining the fields of art, craft and design. These theories merged with the poetic of contemporary culture, make up Aricò’s inter-disciplinary practice today. He is known as forerunner of a unique approach that parallels crafts and self-production with industrial design. With each new project he approaches design themes, preferring to focus on the romantic, fantastic and archetypical rather than just the functional. In this universe the coldness of industrialism is replaced by the poetry, fantasy and romance of our past, vividly brought to life in contemporary days.

Bisanto by Antonio Aricò

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Italy is not a country, it is a sea of stories. Its imaginary is waved of infinite magic stories coming from North to South and from West to East. By shaking and mixing these stories come to life BISANTO, a collection drawn by the intimate memories of a child playing with iconic souvenir coming from his memories of antique ages. The idea is to transform the Byzantine Italy into a Carpet Collection by playing with drawings and colors. The result are Luxurious Textile Mosaics printed on carpets able to represent new characters and worlds. Each piece is “secretly” inspired by real Italian historical masterpieces that are reinvented starting from eclectic inspirations and ending into renovated traditions. Indeed, all the IKONAS of the collection hide a secret inspiration belonging to Italian History of Art, coming both from North & South. The result is a collection of carpets where bidimensional signs get mixed with 3D elements, where the mosaic become soft and flocked as velvet and heavy precious printed jewels becomes a as light as fabric. Aricò doodles becomes vivid icons, making Italian tradition new again.

Moooi Carpets is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Year in review: Fashion-forward rug designs by Modieus

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Year in review: Fashion-forward rug designs by Modieus

2021 has been an exciting year for Modieus, the Australian-based fashion-led carpet and rug company – here’s just a selection of what it launched to the market. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes…

Since becoming a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier earlier this year, we have referred to Modieus as many things; ‘rugtrepreneurs’ and ‘pioneers’ are among them. From being specified in new hotels to unveiling breathtaking designs, the brand is quickly establishing itself as a trend-setting supplier.

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From case studies to product launches, Modieus has a lot to celebrate in 2021, and here are our top picks.

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Earlier this year, the sixteen-storey boutique hotel on Market Street became the first Hotel Indigo in Adelaide and the sixth signing for the brand in Australasia, following Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley, Melbourne Docklands, Sydney Central, Melbourne Little Collins Street and Auckland. The boutique hotel rooms pay homage to the legendary festivals of the city and Modieus designed colourful and personality-packed rugs inside the rooms and suites.

Landers and Rogers 

The second case study that Hotel Designs published of Modieus was in reference to the leading Australian law firm Landers and Rogers. In this editorial, we established how flooring can be used to create connective workspaces. The Melbourne office combines socially activated spaces for connection and collaboration with quiet work settings for privacy and focus. This contemporary space fosters creativity, whilst providing people with flexibility and adaptability in the way they work.

In addition, Modieus also supplied the carpets for the guestrooms in the Ace Hotel Sydney.

NEW PRODUCTS

Modieus launched three collections during 2021 – cohesive colour palettes and distinctive designs which can be made into broadloom carpets or rugs.

The Makers Mark rug collection really packed a punch and has been the inspiration for many projects Modieus has worked on this year. Incorporating nine encapsulating art stories – from colour blurs to graffiti and stylised monochromatic graphic effects, this unique collection of rug designs belonged in an art gallery.

Spontaneous Mark – Modieus

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Launched in Spring, the Lifestyle Living collection by Modieus is structured around five easy to use colour palettes which appeal to  a broad spectrum of sectors from boutique hotels to beautiful retirement living residences.

Modieus is currently promoting its Revive Collection. Four neutral colour palettes with a contemporary twist – each is distinctively different. Cool greys, stonewashed denim blues and teals sit alongside rusts, terracotta and dusty pinks with a touch of intense black highlights to add drama.

Earlier this year, Hotel Designs was the first to report the 2021 Embracing Nature trends by Modieus. The four trends: Grounded, Green Utopia, Textured Layers and Crafted reflected our need for freedom from isolation; it embraced nature, craved simplicity, and inspired meaningful moments of peace. It was spot on and has proved to be the inspiration for so many projects this year.

Modieus is currently working on their 2022 trends and will share them shortly.

Modieus is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Year in Review: It’s in with the new for Newmor Wallcoverings

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Year in Review: It’s in with the new for Newmor Wallcoverings

2021 has been quite a year for Newmor Wallcoverings, not only has the company rebranded, but it has also launched a host of innovative wallcovering designs  – here are just a few of them. Editor Hamish Kilburn explores…

Earlier this year, Hotel Designs exclusively revealed the rebrand of Newmor Wallcoverings after I met with David Johnston, the brand’s Managing Director.

Newmor wallcoverings in lounge

Since then, Newmor Wallcoverings, which is is the largest independent commercial wallcovering manufacturer in the UK, operating in more than 70 countries, has launched some eye-catching new product collections. And here are our top picks:

Spring 2021 was all about celebrating traditional style, with a twist

  • Metropolis  – stacked blocks are reminiscent of city skylines which catch the light from every angle.
  • Kensington –  a traditional botanical damask with a woven emboss to add a tactile textile surface.
  • Tweel –  a classic weave print with a tactile surface in a palette inspired by natural dyeing processes.

Newmor Wallcoverings also launched a brand new Newmor Custom collection – Trompe-L’oeil. Each design can be recoloured, rescaled and printed on an array of wall covering textures and window films.

Autumn 2021 new designs focussed on craftsmanship, organic surfaces, and surface texture

  • Peloso – an intricate emboss that replicates cowhide as the plush texture shifts and shimmers as the mica pigments catch the light.
  • Batik – tapping into the trend of resistance dying techniques, this design was inspired by a piece hand-dyed fabric, the super matte emboss adds to the tactile feel of creased fabric.
  • Marquetry – this geometric design celebrates artisanal craftsmanship and the technique of marquetry, which uses wood veneer to create decorative patterns.

Each year Newmor Wallcoverings launches a new designer collaboration to bring the work of artists and designers to the commercial interiors market. This autumn the brand launched a collaboration with Lois O’Hara, a Brighton-based artist and designer who creates joyful hand-painted murals and illustrations. O’hara’s brand ethos, which we looked at earlier this year, explores how colour can have a positive effect on how people feel when they use spaces. Her unique colour combinations and use of shape and movement form her signature style. The designer has transformed many public spaces and has partnered with exciting brands including Habitat, Pantone, Westfield, Brighton City Council, London Design Festival, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few.

The Brit List Awards 2021 – a worthy shortlisted finalist 

In September, Newmor Wallcoverings was shortlisted in the Best In British Product Design category for their innovative Healthcare Wallcoverings. Newmor is the largest independent commercial wallcovering manufacturer in the UK and are specialists in design and manufacturing vinyl wallcoverings. The ideal choice for high traffic areas as they are washable and scrubbable, Newmor’s healthcare wallcoverings provide added assurance as they contain an antimicrobial additive that is highly effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi and algae.

Case studies 

In a year where many of us enjoyed staycations the newly-refurbished ibis Styles Bournemouth was the perfect destination for families. The ibis Styles Bournemouth takes inspiration from the local beach environment, so guests can enjoy the sunny Great British Seaside vibes.

You really wouldn’t want to work from home if you could work in a place like the new RB Pharma office in Lisbon. Newmor completed this project with Yaroslav Galant for the company headquarters. It is bright and colourful with an organic colour palette inspired by a nearby park, and features designs from their Leigh Bagley Designer collection.

What to expect next

At the beginning of each year Newmor launches its trends predications and 2021 was no exception. Stay tuned, as the brand is putting the finishing touches on the 2022 trends predictions.

Newmor Wallcoverings is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Villeroy & Boch scoops multiple accolades at German Design Award 2022

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Villeroy & Boch scoops multiple accolades at German Design Award 2022

Bathroom brand Villeroy & Boch was awarded no fewer than three accolades in the German Design Award 2022…

A total of three of Villeroy & Boch’s product lines received awards at the German Design Award 2022, including the water-saving TwistFlush toilet, the Artis BiColour washbasin series and the Subway Style ceramic sink.

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These successes once again clearly demonstrate the Mettlach-based company’s strong positioning with its products designed to create stylish looks throughout the entire home. Almost no other manufacturer offers collections and colour schemes that coordinate perfectly in every detail – from the washbasin and unit to bathroom textiles in harmonious shades.

The German Design Award was introduced in 2012 by the German Design Council, a world-leading centre of excellence for design. Only products nominated on the strength of their exceptional design quality can take part in the competition. An expert jury assesses the entries and selects the winners.

Award-winning: TwistFlush and Artis BiColour

The innovative TwistFlush water-saving toilet flushing system uses the physical force of a controlled water vortex to thoroughly rinse the entire inner surface of the toilet bowl. And it cleans so thoroughly that it generally eliminates the need for repeated flushing or tiresome cleaning with a brush. The toilet needs just 4.5 litres of water for a large flush and three litres for a small flush. This allows a family of four to save up to 19,700 litres of water a year – with a flushing performance that significantly exceeds the current standard requirements.

The Artis BiColour washbasin series is making a real style statement in the bathroom this year in the rich new colours of Indian Summer, Sage Green, Rust and Bordeaux, developed by the German-Danish designer Gesa Hansen. The Artis colour palette now includes a selection of eight shades for the delicate surface-mounted washbasins with coloured exteriors and a glossy pure white inner surface, in round, oval or square versions.

Award-winning: Subway Style ceramic sink

As diverse as life itself – the trendy Subway Style ceramic sink combines a timeless design with fine lines. It also impresses with clever functionality. The slender tap hole bench serves as a shelf for accessories, while the large basin offers lots of space for cleaning large kitchen utensils and additional accessories transform the sink area into the perfect workstation. The thin-walled ceramic is resistant to scratches and impacts, heat-resistant, food-safe and, thanks to the CeramicPlus surface finish, exceptionally easy to clean. Subway Style is available in 13 lightfast ceramic colours for 60 cm and 50 cm vanity units and can be installed either surface-mounted or flush-fitting depending on interior design and layout preferences.

Villeroy & Boch is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Roca Ona in a contemporary bathroom with white and natural surfaces

Introducing Ona: The new bathroom collection from Roca

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Introducing Ona: The new bathroom collection from Roca

Inspired by the Mediterranean with soft shapes and geometric lines, Roca has launched Ona, its new collection that is all about simplicity and versatility…

Roca Ona in a contemporary bathroom with white and natural surfaces

In a typically innovative presentation, Roca went live from Barcelona with Ona, its new complete bathroom collection, in a round table launch that involved a broad range of some of the professionals involved in its design, development, and production processes as well as its communication campaign. The event included live link-ups to Roca factories in Anadia (Portugal) and Gavà (Spain) to learn about the production processes of the collection’s ceramic pieces and brassware.

The Ona Collection has “a timeless, highly functional and accessible design, respecting natural materials and having a transversal approach to sustainability,” said Marc Viardot Roca Group’s Corporate Marketing and Design Director, on revealing the first images of the complete range.

The range takes it inspiration from the Mediterranean way of life that is characterised by simplicity, care and connection. Reflecting a lifestyle that brings the outdoors into the home, the collection is about creating a relaxing retreat that connects the homeowner with nature.

“Ona is a Catalan word that means ‘wave’, a concept that takes us to the Mediterranean Sea, which is intrinsically linked to Roca,” said Danile Ayuso of Clase Bcn, the studio in charge of the art direction of the communication campaign.

Versatility is key to the collection, with its slim basins and subtle tap designs featuring a cylindrical and slender body with a flat rectangular handle, in perfect harmony with the shape of the spout. It considers the user needs on every level, from a comfortable WC height, to asymmetric design features that provide wider shelf space, along with soft close drawers for optimal storage. The gentle matt white colour can be complemented with furniture and accessories in the on-trend Mediterranean colours.

With innovation and sustainability at the core of the company ethos, designers were able to take advantage of materials like Fineceramic, which has been developed exclusively by Roca. Ona is a range that uses innovation in conjunction with design. It is designed as a collection that adapts easily to different spaces, and its clear and comfortable aesthetic make you feel at home across private and public spaces, creating a pleasurable, well-designed and safe place for family, hospitality and business clients.

With the launch of this new range, Roca continues to combine tradition and product knowledge with a passion for innovation and respect for the environment, all with the overriding aim of meeting people’s needs and contributing to the improvement of society’s wellbeing.

Roca is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Duravit’s White Tulip Range is a winner at German Design Award 2022

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Duravit’s White Tulip Range is a winner at German Design Award 2022

White Tulip, created by Philippe Starck for Duravit, and the D-Neo range by designer Bertrand Lejoly, both don the winners crown for the company at the German Design Award…

bright colours and pop art in the d-neo nathroom range by duravit

Duravit’s White Tulip range is the first full bathroom created entirely by Philippe Starck, and with every component of the range being thoughtfully designed to mirror the organic silhouette of a tulip in bloom and creating an almost sculptural, delicate character, the product range was crowned “Winner” at the German Design Award. The White Tulip taps, an integral part of the range with the attention to detail and design, was also awarded the title of “Winner”. The consistent design element of the handle that slants slightly outwards, along with its polished surface making it extremely easy to operate, all contribute to the taps particularly refined character.

Not only did Duravit get the accolade of “Winner” for the White Tulip Range, but was also commended for its outstanding product and communication design by the panel, along with Winner and Special Mention in each of the categories Excellent Product Design, Bath and Wellness, and Excellent Communications Design.

The De-Neo bathroom range by designer Bertrand Lejoly, was Duravit’s second innovation from 2021 to win three awards – with an accolade as “Winner” for the D-Neo taps along with a “Special Mention” for the series as a whole, and the associated communication campaign. The D-Neo is all about premium quality and sophisticated design, while maintaining an attractive entry-level price. Understated yet expressive, the taps stand out thanks to their straight-lined, geometric shape, and the characteristically narrow, vertically positioned handle which is standard throughout the entire range.

The diversity of D-Neo is reflected in the award-winning communication campaign. Under the strapline “THIS IS NEO”, the campaign showcases D-Neo in four different styles and variants, in each case brought to life through authentic everyday moments. Whether bohemian or pop, on social media or in print, the D-Neo campaign celebrates diversity.

Duravit received a further “Special Mention” for its News Magazine #13. Duravit is renowned for sensuous bathrooms with a quality you can feel, and The Duravit News Magazine makes sure this feeling is communicated. The magazine’s refined style helps to breathe life into the editorial content, while giving clients and customers in over 40 countries the opportunity to immerse themselves in Duravit’s latest bathrooms.

Duravit is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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GROHE sponsors Water Research Prize 2021 at World Architecture Festival

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GROHE sponsors Water Research Prize 2021 at World Architecture Festival

Continuing to champion sustainability through technology and design, GROHE is proud to award the annual Water Research Prize to projects aimed at finding creative solutions for water in urban environments…

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Supporting architects and designers around the world in creating healthier urban landscapes during and beyond the pandemic, GROHE is proud to be the main sponsor of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2021, a role taken on by the brand since the inception of the festival in 2008. As a founding partner, and a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, the company represents the unique role water plays for the design discipline, and helps shape innovative architectural visions and solutions around the element of water. During the challenging times of the past few years, GROHE has continued to support the architectural community by sponsoring this year’s WAF and the Water Research Prize 2021.

Greener, cleaner cities.
Now more than ever, ecological concerns regarding city planning, biodiversity and sustainability, demand the overall need to create healthier, safer surroundings. That is why this year’s festival theme is focused around “Resetting the City“. As concepts for sourcing clean energy, reducing pollution, and clean water supplies are now directly impacted by the effects of the pandemic, they are becoming the centre of urban planning strategies across the globe, and have also become the focus of this year’s festival. As a highlight of this year’s festival, architects from all over the world come together to compete with one another to win “The World Building of the Year”, an award which will be unveiled by GROHE on Friday 3rd December as the festival‘s grand finale.

Inspired by nature – a win to fight global water scarcity.
GROHE’s annual Water Research Prize is aimed at projects who are finding creative solutions for water in urban environments. This year’s award goes to Techlab laboratory and its “Aquasorbant Façade“. Inspired by the Namib desert beetle, the research team designed a façade using honeycomb-like modules which absorb and use moisture in the air to reach indoor thermal comfort. Designed with peaks and troughs on their surface the modules help retain water molecules from the air. The collected water will be stored in vertical tanks embedded in the façade on every storey. By adjusting the modules according to the optimal rainfall angle of every region, collecting water from both humidity and rainfall conditions will be possible in all climates around the world. The judging panel was delighted by this unique solution which tackles water scarcity around the globe.

“This innovative project tackles water scarcity and I particularly loved the inspiration directly taken from nature,” said Stefan Schmied, Leader, Business Unit Projects, LIXIL EMENA.

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The Water Research Prize has been part of World Architecture Festival since 2017, when the WAF X Manifesto was first published. The manifesto identified the most important challenges for architects within the next ten years, including water in relation to the urban environment. With this year’s festival focussing on the improvement of the quality of life in urban areas through greener, healthier infrastructures, the close connection to water is particularly striking. By sponsoring the award, GROHE has been supporting research in the field of unique architectural challenges around water for the past four years and is proud to continue doing so at this year’s festival.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Product watch: In-wash Nova is the latest smart toilet from Roca

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Product watch: In-wash Nova is the latest smart toilet from Roca

In-wash Nova by Roca is a truly smart shower toilet that innovates in technology, functionality and design at an accessible price point. It provides a ground-breaking solution in personal hygiene and comfort for the hotel design industry…

modern white bathroom showcasing the in-wash nova by roca

Roca’s range of innovative smart toilets use the latest technology to ensure maximum personal hygiene with water. The latest addition to the intelligent and stylish range is the In-Wash Nova, which provides complete cleaning, care and comfort. Inspired by Roca’s iconic In-Wash Inspira, the new In-Wash Nova shares the same functionalities. It’s smart features, ease of use and attractive design brings wellbeing to the bathroom and appeals to a wide range of customers.

Easy and intuitive

The remote control is quick to set up, and intuitively designed so it can be easily understood and used by everyone. As a compliment to the remote control, In-Wash Nova also features a side panel to regulate the basic cleaning and drying functions in a simple and easy way.

Total hygiene

The integrated nozzle cleans itself before and after each use, and the water flowing through it undergoes a filtering process that treats it before being used. The tip of the nozzle is removable, allowing for manual cleaning and disinfection in an easy and hygienic way.

LED light on wash nova toilet by roca

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Reliable design

In-Wash Nova features a presence sensor that blocks the cleaning and drying functions while the seat is free, avoiding its accidental activation. For convenience, the LED light in its side panel can be programmed to stay on for eight hours, to be a guide in the middle of the night.

> Since you’re here, why not read about Roca’s new touchless tech for hotel bathrooms?

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Leaflike turns Santa green at Hilton Birmingham Metropole

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Leaflike turns Santa green at Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Leaflike has swapped Santa’s traditional red suit for an on-trend moss-green alternative, and it’s attracting quite a lot of attention…

santa in a moss green suit by leaflike

Hot off the heels of its eye-catching display at The Brit List Awards 2021, as Decorative Partner, Leaflike has just unveiled yet another green-fingered installation as part of a spectacular festive display.

Each year, Leaflike creates seasonal showstoppers and festive floral displays, and this year is no exception as its creative ‘Green Santa’ display is stealing the show at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole. Creating a festive focal point in the lobby, its also becoming the most photographed Santa in town!

“The best thing about this Christmas scene is creating something different by design,” said Brandon Abernethie, Head of Design, Leaflike. “Watching the vision become a reality and most importantly making it a successful installation for the customer, ultimately enhancing the arrival experience for their guests and seeing the magic unfold when the public react by taking photos!”

Made from reused wooden reels, and then covered in live planting, the tree itself is sustainable and can be recycled and repurposed once the festive season is merely a memory. All this, together with a little Christmas magic and Santa in his environmentally friendly green moss suit, makes for the perfect green Christmas photo opportunity.

> Since you’re here, why not check out the biophilic design, created by Leaflike, inside Pan Pacific London?

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Product watch: Petit square & round taps by RAK Ceramics

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Product watch: Petit square & round taps by RAK Ceramics

Guaranteeing that the brassware will be a centrepiece of the bathroom, these new collections from RAK Ceramics, are elegantly modern…

Contemporary black tap design petit square lifestyle by RAk

With options available to cover all situations, from standard and tall basin mixers, to wall-mounted and floorstanding bath mixers and a comprehensive range of shower brassware, the collection by RAK enables a cohesive look to be effortlessly achieved.

With two styles to choose from, RAK-Petit Round has a smooth, curved shape, while RAK-Petit Square follows geometric lines. Whichever style is preferred there are a variety of finishes to select from too, all tapping into the latest trends in bathroom design. Choose from Polished Chrome, Brushed Gold, Brushed Nickel, Matt Black and Black Chrome.

> Since you’re here, why not read RAK Ceramic’s article on its latest innovative surfaces?

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The new Grohtherm 500 thermostat: The easy upgrade for every bathroom project

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The new Grohtherm 500 thermostat: The easy upgrade for every bathroom project

With statistics showing that temperature fluctuations are one of the most frustrating factors in a shower, the dynamic in-house design team at GROHE came up with a solution. Introducing the Grohtherm 500 thermostat…

sleek grohtherm shower thermostat control by grohe

A thermostat is a must-have for every well-planned bathroom upgrade. A recently conducted survey into showering behaviour from leading supplier of bathroom solutions, GROHE, and German research institution Explorare, found that 37percent of respondents listed temperature fluctuations as one of the most frustrating factors when showering. With the new Grohtherm 500 thermostat acting as the intelligent heart of the shower, complaints like these can now be a thing of the past as this  latest product by GROHE provides steady temperatures, personal settings, and optimal convenience.

shower controls for grohtherm500

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Thermostats are not a new invention to the shower market – professionals have been working with them for a long time and have witnessed the evolution of the intelligent showering technology and know how it works. One of the key benefits to a thermostat upgrade is safety: thermostats are safe mixers, especially for children and the elderly, as the SafeStop button limits the water temperature and prevents scalding. Additionally, the thermostat comes with a temperature limiter which can be activated during installation, limiting the temperature to 43°C, thereby preventing children or those with additional needs or visual impairments from turning up the temperature accidentally and scalding themselves. This is a huge benefit for multi-generational households and hotels which need to cater to many different user needs and requirements.

Now that the bathroom is increasingly turning into an oasis of wellbeing, consumers are also looking for solutions that enhance comfort. Thermostatic technology is an ideal solution. Even when multiple water sources are running simultaneously, the thermostat allows users to be in control of the temperature as it balances temperature peaks and prevents cold or hot temperature fluctuations whilst showering. This is one of the major benefits thermostats can offer especially as they continue to be such a pain point for consumers.

What many consumers do not know is that a shower equipped with a thermostat can also save water. The GROHE Grohtherm thermostats all come with the EcoButton, which is an easy-to-use and effective feature that works to reduce consumption. The EcoButton reduces the water flow, saving up to 50 per cent of water without a noticeable difference for users. Additionally, the thermostat cartridge makes it easy to find the desired temperature. Even if a user likes to turn the water off and on while showering, there is no need to find the right lever position again. With the water temperature remaining at a constant level, the Grohtherm offers water and energy saving in everyday life, which can offer cost savings over the product’s lifecycle.

The GROHE product portfolio remains as diverse as the customers’ projects are individual, as the brand believes that the key in product development is to provide retailers and installers with the right solutions for all customers. The GROHE product portfolio is designed to meet different requirements regarding both functionality but also budget. While the Grohtherm 500 is the perfect entry-level product in the GROHE thermostat range, the portfolio also includes the sophisticated Grohtherm 1000 Performance which has two additional key features. Integrated with the CoolTouch technology, the thermostat’s body never exceeds the shower temperature, keeping the thermostat exterior cool to touch – again a particularly important feature for multi-generational households or family homes with young children. As water conservation is also playing an increasingly important role for customers in bathroom planning, the Grohtherm 1000 series also features an AquaDimmer with an EcoButton for controlling the hand shower in the bathtub.

The Grohtherm 500, developed with the well known GROHE brand quality, is the perfect alternative to single-lever mixers, and allows users to try out the benefits of features such as the EcoButton, the SafeStop and the SafeStop Plus features.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Samuel and Sons’ new collections continue the tradition of crafted trimmings

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Samuel and Sons’ new collections continue the tradition of crafted trimmings

Samuel & Sons has long been a coveted source for the finest quality trimmings. The brand’s new designs, Metamorphosis and Illuminée, continue the tradition inspired by craft… 

natural tones and textures of curtains with dragon fly trim from samuel and sons

Family-owned for more than 75 years, Samuel & Sons is built on quality of craftsmanship and dedication to design. The brand has long been a source for tassels, borders, braids, gimp, fringes and more – for both residential and contract interiors.

The dedicated hospitality division caters for any scale contract interior design project. The list of prestigious hotel groups that shelter the brand’s designs includes Four Seasons, St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas and Macau, and MGM. With its wealth of experience, Samuel & Sons Hospitality Division has become an essential resource for today’s hospitality and contract design professionals. bathroom.

The new Metamorphosis collection, designed by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons, is an impassioned celebration of the smallest of creatures and how they live in our natural world. Whimsical, colourful and multi-dimensional, they have been the artist’s muse for centuries, and are now proving to be the inspiration for a refreshing and stylishly nuanced collection of passementerie.

Adding an instant layer of texture and delight, the collection includes delicate, stylised dragonflies, beaded, embroidered glitter-like insects and honeycomb motifs, which add a touch of whimsy and sophistication. These are combined with more abstract interpretations that evoke sea spray or the pleat within an ethereal and graceful butterfly’s wings. Silky finishes, finely woven yarns, metallic beads, embroidered knots and faux suede appliqué and glass beads all bring each detail to life.

natural linen curtain with edging detail in Illuminee by samuel and sons

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Organically inspired botanical border Illuminée, features undulating palms of leaves, which are illuminated through a vivid ombre of colours. This new addition to the collection, combines the delicate leaf patterning with a palette of earthy tones, and enables Illuminée to bring the outdoors in and infuse interiors with elements of nature. The Illuminée Border processes lyricism and great movement created by its pattern of interwoven palms of curved leaves, which are in turn brought to life with a radiate spectrum of multiple colours, whereas the 3.5” version of the Illuminée Border’s pattern is non-directional and the border itself completely reversible, making this an extremely versatile pattern and doubling the number of colour variations. On the face, the leaves are illustrated in full colour cascading over a neutral ground.

The palette is inspired by luminous colours found in nature from the aqua of the sea and sand, autumn burnished shades of olive, gold and terracotta, the iridescence of magical creatures’ wings with celadon, aqua, teal and topaz, sunset hues of blues, teals, and vivid carnelian red to the darkest navy and transitions to the golden glow of starlight.

> Since you’re here, why not read more about Samuel and Sons?

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Minimal white shower with wood accents and GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set - C2C Certified

Live from HIX: Grohe launches its cradle to cradle products

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Live from HIX: Grohe launches its cradle to cradle products

Marking the first industry exhibition for GROHE since the onset of the pandemic, HIX is also the first event where the brands newly accredited Cradle to Cradle Certified products are on show. We headed over to stand 7 to learn more…

Minimal white shower with wood accents and GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set - C2C Certified

Shortlisted at The Brit List Awards 2021 in The Eco Award category, the Cradle to Cradle (C2C ) concept by GROHE is a design process that can drastically reduce the use of new resources, as a product is designed and manufactured with the intent of using its components in its end-of-life-phase for the creation of new products. To coincide with the showcasing of their C2C products, GROHE is also launching the next module in its series of RIBA approved CPDs: Circularity in the bathroom and kitchen with Cradle-to-Cradle certification. Amongst the first sanitary ware brands globally to achieve C2C certification, GROHE has developed this informative and inspirational session to guide design professionals on how to achieve greener projects that offer C2C credentials. Hoteliers and other professionals can visit the Grohe stand at the show to be amongst the first to register for the new CPD session, hosted by GROHE’s team of experts.

“We are really excited to be a part of the very first HIX design show, a much anticipated event that is long overdue for the industry as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Ebru Bircan, Leader, Marketing Activation UK, LIXIL EMENA and GROHE UK. “Our stand and the innovations we are presenting focus on two very integral aspects of the current hospitality design landscape: wellness and sustainability. We want to continue to work with more and more hotel brands to provide sustainable solutions that offer tangible results in the reduction of water, energy, materials and waste. We’re also continuing to create this immersive narrative within the hotel bathroom around wellness and health through water. We see these two key design considerations to be integral to shaping the future of hotel design.”

GROHE is inviting guests to immerse themselves in the serene ambience of its spa-inspired room set, as part of a new premium spa and wellness-focused concept currently in development. The space will be created with re-envisioned designs of its popular Allure brassware range.

white ceramic handbasin and minimalist chrome mixer by grohe

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Alongside showcasing its latest innovations designed to support sustainable and premium hotel projects, GROHE is also sponsoring the Meaningful Value keynote speech, presented by leading hospitality consultant, Horwath HTL’s James Chappell. The staged discussion will look at how brands and hoteliers can create hotel experiences that matter in the modern, post-Covid age.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Live from HIX: Hypnos unveils new mattress in Hospitality Origins Collection

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Live from HIX: Hypnos unveils new mattress in Hospitality Origins Collection

First unveiled at the Independent Hotel Show, the stylish and sustainable Hospitality Origins Collection by Hypnos has been turning heads at HIX Event. Editor Hamish Kilburn heads over to stand 28 to learn more about the brand’s second new product, the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress…

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Hypnos Contract Beds is at HIX Event launching the second new product from its sustainable and stylish Hospitality Origins Collection. Introducing the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress.

This latest addition offers supreme comfort with integrity, thanks to its luxurious and comfortable built-in pillow top layer. In addition, the no-turn mattress features natural, ethically sourced materials of the highest quality, meaning hotel guests will enjoy a luxurious night’s sleep on an honest bed. 

Designed with the hotel’s housekeeper in mind too, the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress requires no turning, minimising housekeeping and offering a practical, time saving solution for hoteliers without compromising on comfort and ethics. The mattress also features 1,000 ReActivePro pocket springs for a luxurious feel while evenly distributing weight across the expanse of the bed, providing optimum support for hotel guests. 

Each Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress is made using up to 660g of 100 per cent British Wool that’s fully traceable to its origin from Red Tractor Assured farms. This super-fibre is naturally antibacterial, breathable and responds to natural fluctuations in body temperature by wicking away moisture, making it a perfect material for beds.

The new collection embodies sustainable style at its greatest and each mattress can also be paired with Hypnos’ range of chic headboards, bed bases and a wide choice of fabrics, from neutral shades through to deep, rich hues.

“Every one of our mattresses and beds in our Hospitality Origins Collection is made using only the finest natural materials, meaning they’re 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable at the end of their life.” – Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds.

“Hypnos is no stranger to pushing boundaries and as such we are constantly innovating our design and bed creation processes and our latest product offering is a testament to this approach,” explained Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds. “As a brand that prides ourselves on crafting sustainable sleep solutions, we are delighted to be able to offer environmentally-conscious hoteliers a robust, hygienic and supremely comfortable bed that’s been made using sustainable fillings with our new Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress.

“With sustainability and the environment increasingly in the spotlight, and consumers placing more emphasis on the provenance of where things come from or how they’re designed, we’ve made it our mission to not just give eco-conscious guests a great night’s sleep on a sustainable mattress, but to also support hoteliers in delivering their eco-conscious commitments too. After all, every one of our mattresses and beds in our Hospitality Origins Collection is made using only the finest natural materials, meaning they’re 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable at the end of their life. It’s the perfect bed for hoteliers who are trying to be greener and take greater control over their environmental footprint.”

Extending Hypnos’ existing Origins story to the hospitality sector, the brand-new collection, consisting of three luxurious, durable mattresses, represents a new era of sustainable sleep solutions for hoteliers, that offers eco-conscious guests the ultimate in comfort with integrity.

Indeed, Hypnos has been on a decade-long sustainability journey, achieving many pioneering firsts, from becoming the world’s first bed company to be carbon neutral to the development of sugar cane packaging.

> Since you’re here, why not read about Cult Hotels and Hypnos’ recent collaboration in pursuit for sustainable luxury?

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Live from HIX: Up close to Parkside’s new zero waste tile

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Live from HIX: Up close to Parkside’s new zero waste tile

Made from 100 per cent natural materials, Criaterra tiles are a new addition to the Parkside portfolio. We thought we  would get up close and personal on stand 52A and find out a little more about the design and production process… 

the organic shapes and natural matrials of the criaterra tile collection by parkside

Earlier this year, Parkside unveiled the Criaterra tiles, a new collection of 100 per cent natural, ‘zero waste’ wall tiles. And we have waited until now to get our hands on them. Fortunately for us, and those visiting the Business Design Centre this week, the team at Parkside have them on display on their stand.

Made from stone powders, clays and plant fibres cast in three-dimensional patterns that fuse geometric and organic forms, and available in colours derived from natural pigments, Criaterra is a unique decorative wall tile that challenges the conventions of production and design. Being 100 percent biodegradable, as strong as concrete and with six times the thermal resistance, Criaterra takes a bold step towards product circularity. The practicality of the tile, and its environmental credentials, along with its unique forms and natural palette, make it an exciting addition to the Parkside tile portfolio.

“We’re hugely excited to welcome Criaterra into our portfolio as it makes inroads in tackling the environmental challenges we face as an industry,” commented Brian Linnington, managing director, Parkside. “The tile’s ability to deliver performance as well as 100 percent product circularity is hugely impressive, but it is also incredibly beautiful to look at. Already gracing commercial interiors in EMEA, we’re looking forward to seeing how UK projects make use of the unique geo-organic forms and thoughtful natural palette.”

It’s not just about the material, but also how the tiles are made, and Criaterra have been developed with a 90 percent energy saving in production against ceramics, and using up to 70 percent upcycled quarry waste material, the tiles use Advanced Earth Technology, the result of an intensive five-year scientific R&D project. This innovative technology re-engineers the way tiles are manufactured and introduces a fully regenerative product, as well as replacing conventional high temperature firing with a low temperature process that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

natural materials and colours along with organic shapes of the criaterra tiles

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Criaterra is available in eight geometric shapes which can be organised into limitless combinations in Quad or arranged through the irregular hexagon and concave form of Hex to reference the shape’s common occurrence in the natural world. A nine-strong palette of clay like tones, from pale Dolomit through to Onyx and Ruby, give a strong ‘from earth’ feel, making Criaterra well-suited to commercial interiors heavily influenced by natural materials. The square, rectangular and rhombus flat shapes of Quad also ground the tile well in more ordered contemporary schemes.

contemporary work surface and chairs with wood surfaces and criaterra tiles

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Suitable for internal decorative wall use only and designed to work best without grout, Criaterra is a natural alternative to mass produced ceramic tiles.

Parkside, which won Best in British Product Design at The Brit List Awards 2020, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Live from HIX: Roca showcases new smart products

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Live from HIX: Roca showcases new smart products

It’s all about smart design and sustainability on stand 4 with Roca – from the fabrication of the stand itself, to the brand’s latest products and projects on display…

Roca, known for design led bathroom products which combine innovation and product knowledge with a respect for the environment, have kept sustainability as its guiding ethos.

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This is reflected not only through the products on display at HIX, but also in the fabrication of their stand, which has been designed with sustainability at the heart. Materials used include recycled copper, acrylic and plastics. Parts of the stand will also be repurposed for future events, to ensure its longevity.

The hospitality industry has seen an increased emphasis on hygiene with unprecedented demand for non-contact products in hotels and restaurants. Roca’s selection of products on display at HIX highlight the brand’s touchless solutions, such as the EP-1 and EP-2 electronic operating plates which offer touchless flushing capabilities for wall-hung and back-to-wall WC’s. With a stylish, contemporary design and easy installation, they are simply activated by the wave of a hand, providing an extra layer of safety and reassurance within the hotel or restaurant bathroom.

Roca’s range of electronic basin mixers, including the L70 and Loft collections, feature an infrared sensor which activates the water flow when presence is detected and shuts off automatically when the hands are removed, avoiding direct contact. The lack of contact not only improves hygiene, it also prevents the build-up of droplets and fingerprints on its surface, resulting in a cleaner product for longer. Roca’s electronic basin mixers offer a hygienic and effective solution to fight the spread bacteria and to reduce the use of water in hospitality settings.

A modern hotel bathroom not only stands out for its state-of-the-art technology, it also offers functionality, comfort and a stylish design aesthetic. The ground-breaking new In-Wash In-Tank toilet meets all three requirements and provides state-of-the-art technology, without compromising on its main function: bringing a total hygiene experience to the WC.

While coloured ceramics may remain a controversial subject, Roca’s luxurious bathroom collections are the ideal solution to create a harmonious and memorable space. Discover Roca’s Beyond, Inspira and Ruy Ohtake basins, available in unique colours and finishes, and designed with organic lines and a timeless aesthetic in mind. The result: beautifully sculpted exclusive basins, to transform any hotel bathroom into an elegantly completed space.

Roca also continues to innovate with its brassware portfolio thanks to the introduction of two new finishes to its stunning Insignia and Naia ranges. Complete with Everlux finish, the two new additions are now available in stylish rose gold and brushed titanium black. Also on display on Roca’s stand at HIX is the Carelia, Pals and Cala brassware collection in chrome. All these ranges offer unique and stylish design options.

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at the much anticipated HIX event,” commented David Bromell, Head of Marketing, Roca. “We’ll be showcasing some of our latest products, including our innovative In-Wash In-Tank Smart WC, which combines the personal hygiene functions of In-Wash, with the unique integrated cistern of our In-Tank technology. These innovations sit alongside collections which embrace the latest possibilities in materials and colours, to support the design process through significant customisation options, and include our award-winning basin collection designed by Ruy Ohtake.”

While Roca’s Cratos shower trays manufactured in Senceramic® give us all the benefits of an extra-slim design, it also invites the user to enjoy different natural textures which are warm to the touch. The material Senceramic® is made of a unique mixture of high quality vitreous china and enamel, creating a textured finish in the production process. Not only are these shower trays beautiful to look at, but the textured surface also provides strong anti-slip properties.

Roca’s innovative Smart Shower is another product being showcased on their stand that combines design with technology and sustainability. It uses smart technology to provide a unique showering experience, with easy to use, customisable settings, the Smart Shower is a beneficial addition to any bathroom design.

Roca is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Trip lighting from LEDS C4

Live from HIX: LEDS C4 presents ‘best choice’ of new products

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Live from HIX: LEDS C4 presents ‘best choice’ of new products

LEDS C4 is presenting its ‘best choice’ of new products at Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX). Editor Hamish Kilburn heads over to stand U36 to learn more about the Tubs, Trip and Noway collections…

Trip lighting from LEDS C4

LEDS C4 is at Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX) this week in London. The lighting company over on stand U36 at this year’s event – and has also lent a few items to Hotel Designs on stand U54. LEDS C4 is an official sponsor of this year’s edition, supporting the organisation with an interesting series of discussions involving famous names such as Tom Dixon. For this London event, the brand will highlight some of the best sellers from its Decorative Collection catalogue – and here’s what caught our eye…

Tubs

The design by Nahtrang Design is a set of geometric lines that make versatility its main strength, with almost endless composition possibilities. Its linear forms combine to create visual poetry in the form of latticework. The Tubs collection has four families: pendant, table, wall and floor. Each piece is a living element that can be infinitely extended; they can also be built in smaller versions that adapt to more limited spaces.

Recently, the collection was extended with a new felt fitting, providing spaces with a greater decorative element and improved acoustic quality.

Trip

LEDS C4 has opted for the Trip collection at the HIX event: a family of wall lights that decorates and illuminates. This soft, diffuse and asymmetric light point adapts easily to any space: “When the piece and the light effect it produces are designed in full harmony, the possible applications of the luminaire are endless”, explains LEDS C4.

Trip is intended to decorate with its mere presence. To do so, it’s available in two sizes (300 and 460 mm), in metallic gold and black, and there is the option of combining two or three luminaires. It’s made from steel and aluminium.

The glass version, TRIP GLASS, connects the design of the piece with light effects, and transparency is the key to its design. It comes in three diffuser colours: Amber, Fumé and Opal. Measuring 270mm, it uses E14 bulbs with IP20 protection.

Noway

LEDS C4 will also present the Noway collection, which is now available this year with a new pendant version. Not only does Noway boast a character based on simplicity and purity, but it also provides visual comfort through high-quality indirect lighting.

Noway, which is a design by Francesco Vilaró, is a luminaire with notable dematerialisation, fully ceding relevance to the light through a surprising effect of weightlessness and lightness that helps it offer high visual comfort with minimal material. This collection offers different options, from purer versions to other more complex choices, playing with a double shade (the colours of which can be combined) and with light effects to provide more visual presence. It’s available in black and gold finishes, with or without a floor counterweight.

LEDS C4, which will also display its Tubs lighting products on Hotel Designs’ stand on U54, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Live from HIX: Arte unveils L’Invite collection of wallcoverings

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Live from HIX: Arte unveils L’Invite collection of wallcoverings

Inspired by the world of French Haute Couture and fashion, L’invite is the latest collection from Arte. From Greek scenes to French Toile de Jouy, these elegant new additions to the brand’s portfolio, on display on stand 58 caught our attention. Pauline Brettell went over to have a closer look…

contemporary seating design with arte wall coverings

L’invite is the latest collection from Arte, and is an elegant wallcoverings collection consisting of six designs full of geometric patterns, Greek scenes and elegant plains. Neoclassical in style, L’Invite offers a modern colour palette of soft pastels, as well as deeper blues, greens, and earthy tones across clever imitations of natural textiles and textures, including rattan, lace, woven paper and French Toile de Jouy.

Washable, lightfast, and durable, this collection of non-woven designs is perfect for both residential and commercial use, and areas with high traffic. The range of designs offer a surprising trompe de l’oeil effect; each with a layered and textural finish, giving the impression of touches of lace, natural fibres, and rattan, as well as woven jacquard patterns – all of which add a play of colour and subtle nuances of light and shade.

The Designs:

Le Sommet – This playful zigzag pattern takes you to unprecedented heights, breathing innovation thanks to the geometric motifs inspired from around the globe. The zigzag motif draws the eyes, giving a feeling of height and elegance with a palette that includes more muted natural shades through to bold blues and deep red.

Le Papier Tissé – Le Papier Tissé is inspired by the subtle patterns within woven paper. The fine structure of the paper strips presents the layers of natural fibres, with each linear detail giving a subtle play of slight colour nuances and delicate textural interest. Available in a soft colour palette of natural hues including lavender, pistachio, honey and eggshell.

Le Rotin – This tone-on-tone pattern is a natural imitation of rattan, barely distinguishable from the real thing, and evoking a contemporary hand-woven aesthetic with a nod to nostalgia. Through the imperfect variegation of fibres, is a nuanced shadow play of light and dark, with the coloured background enhancing this effect.

Le Mythe – This unusual wallpaper takes you back to the rich past of the Greeks with stately temples and mysterious myths. The monochrome design is inspired by French Toile de Jouy, a fabric known for detailed, romantic designs and replicated here as a wallpaper, evoking the printed fabric finish on the wall.

bedroom in neutral tones and natural textures with walpaper Le Mythe by Arte

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Le Prestige – Le Prestige exudes luxury with its layered patterned design that takes its inspiration from lace and jacquard woven textiles, while at the same time being durable and hardwearing. The perfect balance of delicacy and strength. It plays with small, geometric shapes in combination with relief inks.

Cream sheepskin carpet and neutral tones with wooden surfaces with Arte Le Prestige wallcovering

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L’Extase – Closed, geometric shapes capture the eye in this mobile pattern with detailed and intricate patterns that offer a nod to fine lace, creating an instant feeling of luxury.

> Since you’re here, why not check out more designs from Arte?

Arte is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Parkside Tiles Outdoor Collection

Product watch: A total outdoor tile solution from Parkside

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Product watch: A total outdoor tile solution from Parkside

The Outdoor Collection from Parkside provides a total tile solution for commercial and residential projects…

Following the launch of its 100 per cent natural, ‘zero waste’ wall tile, Parkside has unveiled the Outdoor Collection, which helps designers, specifiers and developers to fully realise the potential of outside space.

Parkside Tiles Outdoor Collection

Whether a natural extension of internal bar and restaurant areas, or a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor living in housing, the Outdoor Collection provides porcelain tiles and supporting ancillaries designed to cope with the rigours of all-round external use.

The collection features porcelain tiles that are ideally suited to outdoor use. Not only more durable than their ceramic counterparts, porcelain tiles are also UV and weather resistant. Delivering stability in sub-zero and high temperatures, they are the only tile option for prolonged external use on terraces, balconies and outside living spaces.

Stocked in the UK for fast delivery, Vista is a versatile UV-resistant porcelain tile available in a range of sizes, effects and specifications all made to cope with outdoor use. Available in Vista20 (20mm) or Vista40 (40mm) thickness, these vitrified porcelain floor slabs provide a PTV 36+ surface that can be used for outdoor spaces in commercial and residential settings. Selected designs are available in 10mm thickness to create a link between indoors and outdoors.

In stone, wood, concrete, marble, terrazzo and slate effects, Vista can work to transform outside space. Whether a traditional stone effect or the modern look of terrazzo, Vista provides a finish that is hard-wearing frost, mould and stain resistant.

Dawson is a modern concrete effect UV-resistant porcelain tile, available in five sizes to suit a range of outdoor floor requirements, including formats up to 1200mm x 2400mm that are ideal for large commercial premises. In Smoke and Tarmac colour options, Dawson features a minimum 20 per cent recycled content.

The outdoor-ready tile features a textured finish for 36+ PTV for assured performance in residential and commercial environments. Hard-wearing, frost, stain and mould resistant, Dawson is also available in 10mm specification to create a floor that flows indoors to outdoors – perfect for natural extension of living space in homes. In commercial projects, Dawson can be used to extend design principles to outdoor front of house.

The Outdoor Collection includes a full range of supporting ancillaries. A range of steel pedestals ensure installations can conform to regulations for external wall systems and balconies above 18m. Available in flat head adjustable height and slope corrector adjustable height types, they facilitate quick and easy installation providing excellent support and are lockable to prevent movement from vibration or shocks. Plastic pedestals are also available.

Alongside, specialist adhesives, corrosion-resistant lightweight aluminium profiles and Easy Joint brush-in grout in a range of colours, the Outdoor Collection provides projects with a tile system that provides an attractive and durable finish capable of maintaining appearance throughout years of external use.

Parkside, which won Best in British Product Design at The Brit List Awards 2020, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Cult Hotels and Hypnos collaborate in pursuit of sustainable luxury

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Cult Hotels and Hypnos collaborate in pursuit of sustainable luxury

Cult Hotels’ ambition to bring its game-changing new concept to the market includes providing guests with an exceptional sleep experience with Hypnos Contract Beds…

luxury bedroom in shades of grey with orange accent

Cult Hotels is the brainchild of Julian Dunkerton, Co-Founder of fashion giant Superdry and the highly successful Cotswold’s hotel and restaurant portfolio, The Lucky Onion. Dunkerton said it was his ‘ambition’ to bring a ‘game-changing’ new concept to the market, which included providing his guests with an exceptional sleep experience by working closely with Hypnos Contract Beds.

The George in Cheltenham is the first hotel within the design led Cult Hotels collection. Located across five Grade II listed Regency townhouses, the 46-key hotel has undergone a total refurbishment. You’ll still find sweeping staircases, ornate coving, and elegant panelling, but they’re now paired with bold colours, mismatched textures, and industrial design.

statement wallpaper in moody hues in a cult hotel guestroom

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As someone who sees life as a world of opportunity, Dunkerton is clear that Cult Hotels, named after his first fashion brand, fills a gaping hole in the market. Centrally located with easy access to great restaurants, Cult Hotels aims to provide its guests with wonderful rooms at affordable price points. The quality of the refurbishment is impressive, and all their rooms feature top of the range Hypnos beds, epic showers, and super-fast WiFi. A moody palette of deep blues and greys, brightly tiled bathrooms and a selection of Penguin paperback classics at each bedside all add to the boutique vibe.

We’ve focussed on the raw ingredients and cut out the fluff,explained Dunkerton. “What we are offering is a truly amazing stay. Brilliant as boltholes for business travellers and anything-but-ordinary bases for weekend escapes.”

The Lucky Onion was founded in 2006, on the ethos of great design, high quality food and drink and exceptional service. “Cult Hotels and The Lucky Onion family are all about delivering an exceptional experience to their guests and we are delighted to be a part of their story,” said Carolyn Mitchell, sales and marketing director, Hypnos Contract Beds. “You can count on a fabulous night’s sleep in any one of their properties, as each room is furnished with a Hypnos Lansdowne Cashmere mattress for the ultimate in comfort and luxury.”

No. 131 is The Lucky Onion’s flagship hotel and restaurant, providing the perfect balance of sophistication and fun. A trio of beautiful Georgian townhouses set in the heart of Cheltenham, it is classic on the outside and contemporary British on the inside. The 36 guestrooms are all styled with bold, statement prints, period bathrooms and sumptuous Hypnos beds for a touch of old-fashioned luxury.

luxury hotel bedroom in shades of grey with bold patterned cushions

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Uniquely combining the luxury of a hotel with the independence of a bed and breakfast, No.38 The Park is a home away from home. The 13 individually designed guestrooms feature home comforts with luxury ensuite bathrooms. A peaceful setting for couples and families alike. The Wheatsheaf is an idyllic ivy-clad British Inn located at the heart of the beautiful sleepy Cotswold village of Northleach, providing the perfect countryside retreat. The 14 guestrooms are classically decorated with an industrial twist, again each with an enormous emperor size Hypnos bed, deep freestanding bathtub and beautiful period bathroom making them the ideal escape from the daily grind.

As well as its determination to deliver unrivalled comfort and hospitality, The Lucky Onion and Hypnos also share a commitment to sustainability. Dunkerton said: “Sustainability is important to me as a human being,” pointing towards the purchase of electricity from the right company as being a simple and easy way of making a huge difference to the environment. “I’m proud to say we were an early adopter of renewable energy. We use Ecotricity – what they do is spectacular. We all have an obligation to start this journey.”

The same ethos is applied when selecting bed suppliers to partner with. Hypnos Contract Beds was the obvious choice, it is an industry-leader when it comes to matters of sustainability and the environment, priding itself on producing beds which are 100 per cent recyclable and never need go to landfill as a result.

“We’re sustainable in every part of our business and we aim to help set the sustainability standards for the bed industry,” said Richard Naylor, Sustainable Development Director, Hypnos Beds. “We make the most comfortable beds in the world, and that comfort is delivered with the utmost integrity.”

As a pioneer of sustainable bed making, Hypnos was the first carbon neutral bedmaker in the world. As a family owned business and Royal Warrant Holder, Hypnos is committed to making beds in a way that can be enjoyed by generations to come. Each bed is handmade in England, using over 100 years of knowledge and passion in design and craftsmanship to build the most comfortable, stylish, and sustainable beds. In 2020, Hypnos was delighted to be presented The Queens Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

Hypnos is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Trendline buy Schlüter Systems

Product watch: On trend profiles from Schlüter Systems

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Product watch: On trend profiles from Schlüter Systems

Although the word ‘trendy’ can sometimes be synonymous with ‘a passing fad’, it is often popular and innovative design trends that lead the market within the hospitality industry, so can be worth paying attention to when designing a bathroom. In this exclusive editorial, we take a look at bathroom profiles from Schlüter Systems…

Trendline buy Schlüter Systems

Influenced by modern interior design trends, Schlüter-TRENDLINE is a range of textured coatings for wall profiles offering a variety of different colour and finish options to give you full creative control. Below are just a few bathroom trends that have become increasingly popular in recent times, and ways in which various TRENDLINE profiles can be incorporated to make the look work for any project.

Industrial

One trend that appears to now be commonplace in homes and hotels alike is the industrial look – think exposed brickwork, metal materials and high ceilings. This style works great within a bathroom or wetroom due to the multitude of sanitaryware options available. With the help of TRENDLINE finishes in rustic brown or dark graphite colours, the profiles can easily tie the look together whilst avoiding an overly fussy environment.

TRENDLINE by Schlüter Systems

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Black and white

A perfect fit for an area which often relies on clean lines and all-white sanitaryware, minimalism within a hotel bathroom can present a tranquil and welcoming environment whilst making the most of the space available. Match white tiles to TRENDLINE matt brilliant white profiles to create a seamless finish or contrast them with TRENDLINE matt graphite black for more contemporary take on the classic trend.

A white room with tactile walls

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Wood effect

Taking inspiration from nature and the outdoors, a wood effect look creates a calming haven which is ideal for hotels, particularly when wellness is of high importance. Airy spaces can be accentuated with greenery and earthy colours and the theme is especially impactful when paired with plenty of natural light. To coordinate with this, TRENDLINE in rustic brown, ivory or bronze can add a beautiful finish whilst blending well with wood-effect tiles.

Wooden patio

> Since you’re here, why not read more about Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD?

Schlüter Systems is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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ARTIS collection of coloured basins from Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch introduces new colours in Artis collection

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Villeroy & Boch introduces new colours in Artis collection

Designed by German-Danish designer Gesa Hansen, the Artis collection by Villeroy & Boch – now in new colours – has the right tone for any bathroom…

Villeroy & Boch has introduced new splashes of colour in the Artis collection – Indian Summer, Sage Green, Rust and Bordeaux – reflecting personality, while creating an atmosphere that challenges the conventional idea that colour is risky in the bathroom.

ARTIS collection of coloured basins from Villeroy & Boch

“For me, colour is the soul of a product,” said designer Gesa Hansen. “Colour can awaken so many emotions and change practically everything: the mood, dimensions or definition of a room.” She has created a holistic colour concept with inspiring hues for anyone who wants to immerse their bathroom in a special shade. In addition to the new colours, the existing tones of Ocean, Fog and Powder still have a role to play. The palette has been joined by classic white and the neutral shades of Coal Black and French Linen. The two-tone concept remains for the nine colours: while the exterior adds colour to the bathroom, the interior surprises with glossy White Alpin. The precise wrap-around edge makes the contrast even more vivid while emphasising the delicate look of the surface-mounted washbasins made from high-quality TitanCeram.

Artis surface-mounted washbasins are available in four shapes – round, oval, square, rectangular – and can be combined with furniture from the Finion and Legato collections. Villeroy & Boch will soon be able to reveal the colours and surfaces that harmonise best when it releases its colour wheel based on colour theory. The perfect complement: a bath with a colour-coordinated panel from the Colour on Demand concept. This way, Artis not only adds individual splashes of colour, but also lays the foundation for well-composed colour compositions. By the way, guest bathrooms are also a perfect playground for colour. This is where Artis leaves a lasting impression with visitors and turns this frequently underestimated room into a home’s calling card.

> Since you’re here, why not read about the Finion collection by Villeroy & Boch?

Villeroy & Boch is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Current bathroom trends: The interior trend of nuanced whites

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Current bathroom trends: The interior trend of nuanced whites

Bathroom trends in 2021 (and beyond) are steering towards wellness spaces that are full of character, personality and timeless style. It has been suggested that to achieve this, designers need to inject a bit of colour – but not always, as we discover when looking at some of Duravit’s latest innovations…

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It is sometimes considered and believed that white creates a cold and lacklustre impression. However, used correctly, the colour represents calm, purity and lightness.

It therefore forms the basis for a range of furnishing styles; striking wall colours can infuse a room with character that work especially well when combined with a subtle understatement in white. Off-white colours, and underused tone that can create an understated, authentic atmosphere, are used to counteract a sterile atmosphere.

Image caption: XViu asymmetric washing area option with Viu above- counter basin positioned on the left and a generous vanity unit finished in high-gloss white varnish. | Image credit: Duravit

Image caption: XViu asymmetric washing area option with Viu above-counter basin positioned on the left and a generous vanity unit finished in high-gloss white varnish. | Image credit: Duravit

Unlike pure white, the fragmented white tones lend the room warmth and a pleasant brightness. The bathroom looks larger, and a cozy atmosphere is created by combining calming natural tones and materials.

So, with bathrooms fast becoming so much more than practical spaces, creativity can come in all different sizes and colours – including white.

Duravit is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image caption: Happy D.2 Plus sets the scene with its light tones and injects current trends in terms of colours, design, and finishes. | Image credit: Duravit

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Here’s what Chelsom will be presenting at HIX Event

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Here’s what Chelsom will be presenting at HIX Event

Lighting brand Chelsom will be exhibiting at the upcoming HIX Event on November 18 – 19, 2021 at the Business Design Centre in London. Through expo, talks, installations and networking, Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX) celebrates and brings together the people that represent the hotel interiors supply chain, connecting both established and emerging brands. Let’s take a sneak peek…

A bedside table lamp in hotel

Visit stand 21 at HIX Event in order to meet the team at Chelsom, where there will be a selection of products on display from the brand’s latest collection, EDITION 27. Although launched in September 2020, this is the very first time that Chelsom have been able to fully present their latest designs in person.

Image caption: The Hybrid set | Image credit: Chelsom

Image caption: The Hybrid set | Image credit: Chelsom

The new collection has been designed entirely in-house and harnesses and refines the latest design trends, materials and finishes. Drawing on their vast experience in the industry, designers Will and Robert Chelsom have been able to create product that is wholly suited to the global hospitality and marine marketplaces, expertly fusing function and aesthetics throughout.

Image caption: LED EYE | Image credit: Chelsom

Image caption: LED EYE | Image credit: Chelsom

“HIX is an exciting new interiors exhibition for the hospitality market and we are thrilled to be able to present our latest collection in the flesh for the first time in HIX’s debut year,” said Managing Director, Will Chelsom. “Being able to see what the wider market is up to is really inspirational and it’s a great environment for companies to promote their latest product designs and innovations in such a fresh new format. The show has already become an industry talking point and a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s exciting for us to be finally exhibiting a selection of exceptional pieces from what is undoubtedly our most eclectic collection to date.”

Chelsom is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Moodboard, including tap from Gessi

Product watch: Venti20 collection by bathroom brand Gessi

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Product watch: Venti20 collection by bathroom brand Gessi

“Great design has emotional power and an innate ability to instil beauty into everyday objects,” states bathroom brand Gessi when discussing the new Venti20 range, which captures the essence of the era and allows us to rediscover the spirit of the ‘Roaring 20s…

Moodboard, including tap from Gessi

Bathroom brand Gessi has collaborated with Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa-Violin to create the Venti20 collection, breathing new life into signature elements with its carefully edited retro notes, while at the same time, doing away with any nostalgic replicas.

Gessi believes that now, perhaps more than ever before, we need to draw upon our ability to imagine extraordinary things, to dream fantastical dreams, and to renew our pursuit of beauty. That we long for those things that bring meaning to life, and for the spaces around us to be filled with elements that bring happiness not only to our eyes, but also to our heart and spirit. The idea of an exciting present and prosperous future, here in the ‘20s of the 2000s, just like those of the 1900s, creates an emotional impulse full of energy, and a confident immersion into the spirit of an age devoted to enthusiasm, vitality, and a true celebration of life.

In the Venti20 Collection, elegantly detailed profiles pair with simple, pure lines to work together as a functional, contemporary work of art. The meticulous workmanship of the handles and the details at the base of the items, together with striking fluted bodies, recall a classic style that has been reimagined for a new era. This collection characteristically combines the Gessi hallmarks of  craftsmanship, art and technology, in a single object.

art deco inspired bathroom fittings designed by gessi

Image credit: Gessi

Designer Rosa-Violan worked with Gessi to ensure that the detailing, the iconic style and the playful essence of the era was integral to the design. Yet importantly the collection is all about an enthusiasm for life and the future-looking optimism of that era. It is about taking that spirit, through design, into the most private spaces of contemporary living. In this visionary outlook lies the recipe for a new appreciation of style and the improvement to people’s lives today.

Gessi is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Bamboo wall lantern

Product watch: Vaughan presents the Ellisfield Collection

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Product watch: Vaughan presents the Ellisfield Collection

Lighting and furniture brand Vaughan unveiled its latest range, the Ellisfield Collection, at Focus 21 in September. Here’s our editor’s pick of our favourite pieces…

Featuring renditions of beloved classics, such as the Bamboo Lantern and the Windermere Chandelier, as well as contemporary pieces, the Ellisfield Collection by Vaughan is a British design masterpiece.

Bamboo wall lantern

From the tapered legs of the Colemore chest of drawers to the compelling simplicity of the Thackam bookcase, the collection artfully combines beautiful and practical design.

“Throughout lockdown, creativity has been such a source of comfort and joy to me, the result you can see in the pieces here today” explained Lucy Vaughan, Chair and Co-Founder, Vaughan. “From a familiar table that I would see in my grandmother’s house, to a chest of drawers that for years has been placed next to our sitting room, each design brings me a feeling of being at home. Inspired by the aesthetic of the arts and crafts movement, as well as containing considerable Japanese and Chinese influence, the pieces we’ve made have come from a wealth of different backgrounds – undoubtedly adding to their uniqueness ands complexity.”

Editor’s pick

Here’s what stood out in the collection among the editorial team at Hotel Designs:

Leckford table lamp

Leckford table lamp by Vaughan

Image credit: Vaughan

Large in scale, this table lamp has a sophistication and monumentality to it. Initially modelled in clay by our design team, this ceramic piece is then given a striking antiqued finish glaze.

Windermere chandelier

Windermere chandelier in gilt

Image credit: Vaughan

Based on an original antique, this chandelier focuses on a foliate design and has been decorated with individually pressed and formed maple leaves in a gilt finish.

Morestead table

Morestead table by Vaughan

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Based on an original antique found in Lucy’s grandmother’s house, this piece centres around an Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Composed of two tiers, it has a wonderful decorative feel to it thanks to the knurled legs, and is finished in acacia wood.

Compton table

Based on an antique original Lucy and Michael bought at auction, this table harks back to the Aesthetic Movement, and has a personal link – ideal when giving character to a lobby/lounge. Available in both an ebonised wood and a light oak finish, it is finely decorated with fretwork detailing.

> Since you’re here, why not read about the Chawton Collection by Vaughan?

Vaughan is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main caption: The Bamboo Lantern. | Image credit: Vaughan

Minimalist bathroom

Product watch: D-Neo minimal bathroom range by Duravit

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Product watch: D-Neo minimal bathroom range by Duravit

Pared down design and ordered perfection: bathroom brand Duravit’s new D-Neo range by designer Bertrand Lejoly is all about lifestyle and minimalism…

Minimalist bathroom

The minimalistic language and style of Duravit’s D-Neo range, which was explored last month when we looked at the D-Neo Monochrome range, is all about creating a counter-balance to the current fast pace of life we live in. It is about creating a sense of constancy in an age of short-lived trends in the bathroom.

Understated and expressive, the D-Neo faucets, with their clear cut design, hold their own in any room and are the perfect default choice for any minimalistic design concept. This range is all about purity of design, with subtle colour tones and clear edges, all with a noticeable air of orderliness. This complete bathroom range has been created for Duravit by designer Bertrand Lejoly and offers a range of design elements suitable for an urban lifestyle by simply jettisoning anything superfluous.

Close-up of basin with furniture built in

Image credit: Duravit

The clean and geometric forms of the D-neo range transform the bathroom with clean lines and a tidy appearance. These design elements are complemented by the use of non-colours and the subdued beige and brown tones, which commend themselves as design elements. The minimalist qualities of this range can adapt to a variety of tastes and interiors, no matter whether the preference is Scandinavian or urban. The clear forms and minimalism of this range create a haven of peace in the bathroom, transforming simple daily rituals into a regenerative experience.

Duravit is one of Hotel Designs’ recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

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Grok Tubs contemporary, felt fitting lighting in living room

New architectural lighting range by Grok plays on geometric lines

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New architectural lighting range by Grok plays on geometric lines

Grok’s architectural lighting range Tubs, designed by Nahtrang Design, is a versatile and modular lighting collection that plays on geometric lines. It also features a new felt fitting, providing a greater decorative perception as well as improved acoustic qualities…

Grok Tubs contemporary, felt fitting lighting in living room

Answering modern designers’ demands for statement lighting schemes incorporating innovative use of acoustic materials, LEDS C4’s Grok has recently expanded its geometric Tubs collection to now feature felt fitting.

This new fitting is available in two sizes (1000 x 300 mm and 600 x 200 mm), and comes in two shades of grey, as well as a wide range of colours available on special order.

Being showcased at HIX Event next month, the range combines versatility with subtle design. Its linear shapes are joined together to create grids of air and light, enhancing sense of space in a room. The design studio Nahtrang, formed by Dani Vila and Ester Pujol, has created a lighting collection that’s pure visual poetry, offering endless possibilities for creating and dressing large spaces.

The Tubs collection has four families: pendant, table, wall and floor. The wealth of shapes make each piece a living element that can be infinitely extended, and can also be built in smaller versions and adapted to more limited spaces.

Uniquely designed, the Tubs pendant light is characterised by its geometric and pyramidal lines, trapping the light inside and subtly defining and enhancing the spaces where it hangs. Its soft yet powerful light makes it a versatile piece, perfect for large spaces.

Tubs table lamps and Tubs floor lamps cast light through geometric shapes. The linear light source has a broad capacity for movement, providing the space with energy and character. Their black marble bases give them a touch of elegance and quality. These are highly versatile pieces, suitable for domestic, leased and office spaces.

The Tubs wall light also represents a play with light, casting geometric shapes on the surfaces where it hangs. The linear light source has a broad capacity for movement, providing the space with energy and character.

Tubs Modular is a highly versatile and technically sophisticated family of products that allows maximum user control within a slim profile.

LEDS C4 will be showcasing a range of products at HIX Event. The lighting brand will be stationed on stand U36, as well as featuring its Tubs floor lamp on the Hotel Designs stand ( U54) and displaying its products within a live environment in the HIX Works installation. 

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Minimalist bathroom: Kaldewei Superplan Zero_Milieu

‘Bathroom blockbuster’: SUPERPLAN ZERO shower surface by Kaldewei

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‘Bathroom blockbuster’: SUPERPLAN ZERO shower surface by Kaldewei

The SUPERPLAN ZERO by bathroom brand Kaldewei is a sustainable, aesthetic floor enhancement with elegant lines. The enamelled shower surface – with reserved, stylish detail  and extremely comfortable underfoot – has the potential to become a blockbuster in the bathroom. Editor Hamish Kilburn speaks to Berlin designer, Werner Aisslinger, to learn more… 

Minimalist bathroom: Kaldewei Superplan Zero_Milieu

Superplan Zero has a story behind its development: Kaldewei has always paid attention to customer requirements in terms of shower surfaces and as such have translated these needs into this new product. Installed at floor level, the shower surface becomes part of the bathroom floor and because of the very narrow edges it is possible to tile directly up to the shower edge with almost invisible joints. The waste is placed close to the wall so that standing comfortably and moving safely on the Superplan Zero is guaranteed. The new shower surface is characterised by its elegant and precise lines and is easily accessed from three sides, without having to step up or into the surface.

The base is sustainable, extremely long-lasting and 100 percent recyclable steel enamel. The exquisite glass surface is applied to the steel using a special process and this is what gives it such a luxurious finish. Kaldewei is the only steel enamel manufacturer that produces the enamel, i.e. the basic substance for the glass coating, in-house and using a secret formulation. The quality and durability of these surfaces are legendary.

There are more than 50 different dimensions from 70 to 180 centimetres, diverse surface variations and a wide range of colours, all of which make the Superplan Zero even more attractive. Whether in large or small bathrooms, building owners, planners and installers have full flexibility. The shower surface is available with the almost invisible, anti-slip surface finish Secure Plus, upon request. The Superplan Zero is 100 percent compatible with all the sealing sets, assembly systems and waste fittings from Kaldewei.

Hamish Kilburn: What makes this shower floor different from anything else on the market?

Werner Aisslinger: For starters, it’s super flat and elegant. The maximum body of water is absorbed by the Superplan drainage system even though it looks level, even and flat. Other shower floors have the drain system either in the corner or in the middle of a huge rectangle. Superplan Zero, however, comes in a great many sizes –far more than many others?

Dancer on top of Kaldewei shower surface in front of black backdrop

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HK: Can you tell us more about the development of this product – where did the idea come from?

WA: Superplan was part of a product range developed in 2005 – it was a best-selling range for Kaldewei, and 16 years later they wanted to update it. Kaldewei wanted to update the whole range; they wanted to take it to another level to develop Superplan Zero, creating an extremely flat shower floor. The problem with the development was we needed to make it possible to get rid of the water, we needed to take into account facts such as power showers and the amount of water they use per minute or per second and how many litres of water this is and how to dispose of the water. We wanted to go to the limits of what is possible and what is necessary. To make what is possible with a shower floor and to show the world – it was a complex design job. Working together with the engineers from Kaldewei we needed to arrive at a design language that would at the same time keep a feeling and reference to the original Superplan. Matching all the worldwide norms and demands then going to the limit of an extremely flat shape involved a lot of computer work so it was not easy. None of the work was done by hand – we needed to do a lot research and carry out a lot of computer assimilations.

HK: What challenges did you face developing products during lockdown?

WA: I would say the lockdown situation didn’t change so much; although it’s always nice to meet in person it was ok because we were meeting on line. In this case it was all about the data, we produced data, the engineers produced data and then we compared all this on line and with on line calls, so it was easy to switch from a pre corona time to lockdown.

It was not a drama for the evolution of the product to work like this. The challenge was more to compare all the world wide regulations and bathroom floors and the technology of Kaldewei with the moulded metal material, trying to create a design that had a long lifecycle in terms of product and design language to still be a long runner and long term seller within the market.

> Since you’re here, why not read about Kaldewei’s new washbasins that bring sensuality to the bathroom?

Kaldewei is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Newmor launches vibrant collaboration with mural artist Lois O’Hara

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Newmor launches vibrant collaboration with mural artist Lois O’Hara

Fresh out the blocks from its rebrand, Newmor Wallcoverings has launched a vibrant and playful collaboration with mural artist, Lois O’Hara, as part of the brand’s Newmor Designer range…

As part of Newmor Wallcoverings’s ongoing range of collaborations with artists and designers, the company has launched a colourful and joyful collection of large scale digitally printed murals designed by Lois O’Hara, specifically for the commercial interiors market.

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O’hara’s brand ethos explores how colour can have a positive effect on how people feel when they use spaces. Her unique colour combinations and use of shape and movement form her signature style. The designer has transformed many public spaces and has partnered with exciting brands including Habitat, Pantone, Westfield, Brighton City Council, London Design Festival, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few.

“It’s been a real pleasure working with Newmor Wallcoverings and having the opportunity to showcase my work in a new format,” she told Hotel Designs. “To see my designs in different interior spaces has been exciting! I hope the artwork inspires others to think more positively.”

Image credit: Newmor Wallcoverings

Newmor launched the Newmor Designer collection as part of its commitment to bridging the gap between artists, craftspeople and commercial interiors. Artists such as painter and fashion designer, Iona Crawford; interior design duo 2LG; weaver Ptolemy Mann; artist Stephen Walter; and The Patternistas are currently represented. All of the designs can be custom coloured, scaled, and printed onto any of Newmor’s wallcoverings, including metallics, textures and window films.

“We’ve seen an increased interest in adding bespoke elements to interior design schemes,” commented Eleanor Cardwell, Marketing Manager, Newmor Wallcoverings. “The Newmor Designer collections are fully customisable, and we believe this flexibility contributes to their popularity. We can even work with the artists directly to develop completely unique designs based on a client’s brief.

We are launching the Lois O’Hara collection at a time when designers are reconsidering the use and functionality of public spaces. It’s so important that our time spent in offices, hotels, restaurants, and healthcare interiors is positive and uplifting, and we believe Lois’ joyful designs are the perfect addition to our collection for that very reason.”

Newmor Wallcoverings is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Product watch: Introducing the Hi-Fi Eclectic shower control by Gessi

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Product watch: Introducing the Hi-Fi Eclectic shower control by Gessi

Hi-Fi Eclectic is an evolution of the original Hi-Fi concept: a multifunctional shower control of high design that takes reminiscences, in form and function, of the stereo devices we all know. Here, we take a look at how Gessi has evolved this product to cater for tomorrow’s users…

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As an aesthetic development of the original award-winning concept, Hi-Fi Eclectic from Gessi incorporates, with an eclectic inspiration, formal and decorative traits of industrial style and early 20th century heritage, with a transversal design capable of integrating perfectly into the various environments, from eclectic contemporary, to classic, to industrial-retro, thus making Gessi’s Sound of Wellness a timeless harmony for all interior styles.

HI-FI Eclectic_Linear moodboardAs for Hi-fi, Hi-fi Eclectic comes in different types:

  • Linear: an ultra-flat thermostatic system characterised by a balanced design rich in details.
  • Compact: an iconic product: the details evoke elements of the first radios without losing the character and contemporaneity of the collection.
  • Shelf: we find again the same shelf design of Hi-fi with the details of the buttons and of the manual rings thought to be pleasant to use and to recall at the same time the eclectic style we have talked about.
  • Single-lever: here too the design eclectically combines the suggestions of different objects between memory and actuality.

With the different variants of finishes and solutions, Hi-fi Eclectic is imagined for contemporary living contexts, with a unique character and eternal charm.

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granorte TRENDCollection

Meeting the demand for sustainability and style with TRENDCollection

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Meeting the demand for sustainability and style with TRENDCollection

The TRENDCollection from Granorte continues to push the boundaries in sustainable design, bringing four collections that showcase the versatility of cork at its very best…

From the collection itself, through to its website, brochures, point-of-sale and video; TRENDCollection spreads awareness that cork is a floor of the future designed perfectly for the modern hotel.

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TRENDCollection provides retailers with a comprehensive range to satisfy consumer demand for products that address a desire for sustainability and style with the added elements of durability and practicality.

The TRENDCollection boasts superior resistance and stability while combining the beauty of wood looks, the durability of vinyl, the comfort of cork and the ease of click installation. The range tackles the sustainability and material concerns of the most eco-conscious consumer, being created using recyclable and reusable materials and constructed without the need for Orthophthalate resins.

For homes looking to use cork’s powerful aesthetics as a driver in the interior, NATURTrend celebrates the many natural looks of pure cork with 12 nature inspired cork veneers. Its WEARTOP® finish provides a hard-wearing super matt surface and a 1mm cork layer adds thermal and sound insulation. From the cool grey poured concrete aesthetics of Fein grey through to the traditional warmth of Klassik, each is a perfect solution for millennial consumers.

DESIGNTrend sees high-definition direct digital print onto a cork décor layer with a click HDF core and cork base layer. Available in 16 designs, the range provides a wood effect floor from its white bleached looks of Oak blanc through to the dark grains of Oak rust and all spectrums of stylish greys and warm woods in between.

SOLIDTrend is available in 10 wood and two stone designs. Its rigid polymer core results in a stable waterproof product and a thin 5mm thickness makes it easy to install. The on-trend greys of Soho through to the warmer tones and grains of Timberland emphasise the ranges adaptability to cope with both modern loft living and the more traditional home.

VINYLTrend features 31 designs with a wide spectrum of wood looks, trend-focused concrete and textile-effect basket weave. Its vinyl core layer and 6,5mm swell resistant HDF core board construction creates a highly scratch and abrasion resistant floor. It truly engages with a broad style audience from minimalism to maximalism and retro through to contemporary.

“TRENDCollection showcases the variety of design and product available placing cork’s firm and clear benefits in the conscious of a new audience of homeowners and designers,” said Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte. “Significantly widening the appeal of this wonderful natural material, it’s a development that is sure to capitalise on the growing demand for natural and sustainable interior finishes.”

Retailers finding ways to keep up with the ever changing and increasingly demanding consumer can feel confident that the TRENDCollection not only focuses on today’s savvy consumer but provides longevity and adaptability for the consumer of tomorrow.

Granorte is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

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Product watch: L11 tuneable white light engine by Franklite

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Product watch: L11 tuneable white light engine by Franklite

Introducing lighting brand Franklite’s latest development in LED technology, the L11 tuneable white light engine, which has been shortlisted in the ‘Best in Tech’ category at The Brit List Awards 2021…

Franklite remains at the forefront of the lighting industry as a result of the hard work and dedication of its technical team, who continue to develop the latest in technology and custom design projects. The UK-based brand’s latest unveil takes LED technology to a whole new lighting level, the L11 tuneable white light engine.

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The product is an innovative and unique take on a traditional candle lamp – designed and manufactured at the brand’s factory in Milton Keynes and tested in our in-house laboratory. The technology offers a smooth transition between amber and cool white from 1,700 to 3,650 kelvin.

Designers now have the capability to easily control the transition of light colour temperature wirelessly through an app or hard-wired within a building management system. With a dimming range from 100 per cent down to one per cent, users are able to create the perfect ambience with a simple touch of a button all while providing customers with the ultimate sensory experience.

The L11 tuneable white light engine is designed to fit a wide range of decorative fittings including chandeliers, lanterns, pendants and wall brackets. The technology can be replicated into the manufacturing of our LED plates for Franklite’s Woburn shade family, and custom designed projects.

Other benefits to using the light engine include a high quality of light across the whole CCT spectrum, increase in light output which exceeds retrofit LED lamps available on the market, longevity and reduced maintenance costs. This dedicated LED technology contributes significantly to energy efficiency with an 80 per cent saving using only 11W.

Franklite L11TW Overview

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Franklite only partners with reputable brands such as eldoLED, Bridgelux and CASAMBI and as a member of the Lighting Industry Association Quality Assurance our quality system and product compliance are audited yearly to ensure it maintains the high level of standard expected.

The L11 tuneable white light engine can also be accompanied by maintained emergency gear within Franklite’s extensive range of wall brackets and flush ceiling fittings. With the essential functionality uniquely hidden, users are still able to comply with health and safety guidelines whilst providing guests with the ultimate luxury experience.

> Since you’re here, why not read about what else is new from Franklite?

Franklite is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Bathroom design | Contemporary hotel bathroom, with moody interiors

Collaboration goals: KEUCO & TEAM7 create luxe bathroom concept

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Collaboration goals: KEUCO & TEAM7 create luxe bathroom concept

TEAM 7 and KEUCO have combined heads to form a luxurious bathroom furnishing concept, which has resulted in the striking interiors of EDITION LIGNATUR…

For more than 60 years, the Austrian company TEAM 7 has been creating exquisite, meticulously handcrafted, solid wood furniture for every area of the house. However, one room was missing; the bathroom. This issue was solved by forming a partnership with KEUCO; its expertise in washbasins, light mirrors, accessories and fittings led to the creation of EDITION LIGNATUR.

Bathroom design | Contemporary hotel bathroom, with moody interiors

Created by leading design agency Tesseraux + Partner; each piece of EDITION LIGNATUR bathroom furniture is individually crafted and produced. The collection includes, single or double washbasins which can be recessed or table-top, sideboards, tall units and benches. All of the furniture is made from one of three premium natural woods: light oak, Venetian oak, (which gets its extraordinary appearance from natural embellishments produced by the shipworm) and noble walnut.

The wood grain of each piece of natural wood used for EDITION LIGNATUR furniture has to look good together with the grain of every other piece. To achieve this they take the time beforehand to arrange the individual slats that make up the natural wood panels to make sure they look good together and to produce a harmonious overall picture in the bathroom. This first procedure is a specific step called ‘painting with wood’.

As the base units made of premium woods, it is possible to combine washbasins made of Varicor or ceramic. A free-standing fitting that was designed specifically for the round Varicor basin stands raised in the middle of the washbasin.

The washbasins can also be combined with KEUCO wall-mounted fittings. KEUCO accessories put the finishing touch on the harmonious overall picture.

The EDITION LIGNATUR light mirror has very special features: The luminous colour can be infinitely adjusted and dimmed from warm white to daylight-like illumination (2700 – 6500 Kelvin) by pressing a touch-sensitive key panel. This makes it possible to adapt the light to the mood of the user and also allow you to see for example, when applying makeup what the effect would be outdoors, in the office or in a restaurant as the mirror’s light shade causes the light to fall pleasantly from above. After showering, a smart detail ensures that the integrated mirror heater guarantees fog-free vision in a matter of seconds.

> Since you’re here, why not read about KEUCO’s IXMO Shower series? 

KEUCO is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Anti-slip Sense from Bette

Product watch: Bette to unveil ‘what’s next’ at HIX Event

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Product watch: Bette to unveil ‘what’s next’ at HIX Event

Spoiler alert… German bathroom manufacturer Bette, which creates design-led baths, shower trays and washbasins with the future in mind, will be showcasing its latest innovations on stands U39 and U40 at HIX Event…

Anti-slip Sense from Bette

On its main stand at HIX Event, U39, bathroom brand Bette will be showing its ground-breaking development, the BetteAir, which is the world’s first glazed titanium-steel shower tile. With the BetteAir, Bette completes the evolution of the shower tray into part of the bathroom floor. BetteAir integrates so perfectly that it is hardly noticeable and, at only 10mm high, the BetteAir can be glued directly to the screed like a conventional tile. Durable and easy to clean, the BetteAir has all the advantages of a tile without any of the disadvantages. It is available in eight sizes from 900 x 900 to 1400 x 1000 mm and in a choice of 31 colours.

Orange room featuring a Bette Air shower

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Also on the main stand will be the ellipse shaped freestanding bath, the BetteEve Oval Silhouette and a range of Bette washbasins. All in glazed titanium-steel and with a 30-year warranty.

Bette also has a secondary display area at the show, U40, where it will be showing its revolutionary, almost invisible anti-slip surface, BetteAnti-Slip Sense. BetteAnti-Slip Sense can be used on both shower trays and baths in its gloss finish glazed titanium-steel. It is easy to clean, comes with a 30-year warranty and works when the shower tray or bath become wet.

Bette is a specialist in bathroom products that are made of a special metal in a unique manufacturing process: titanium steel sheets are shaped under high pressure and then finished with a thin coating that is related to glass – hence the name “glazed titanium steel”. This composite material is perfect for the bathroom (it is skin-friendly, hygienic, durable and robust), and Bette uses it to make its baths, shower areas, shower trays and washbasins.

> Since you’re here, why not read about how Bette managed to reduce price of built-in washbasins?

Bette is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Industry insight: Statement interior lighting

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Industry insight: Statement interior lighting

Design inspiration starts with that one magnificent statement piece, a piece that reflects your remarkable personality and style. Christopher Hyde Lighting offers just that – collections of luminaires designed and manufactured to make a statement…

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Whether it be a modern living area in a luxury New York apartment or a spacious entry way in a private residential home nestled between boulders along the coastline, Christopher Hyde manufactures one-of-a-kind luminaires to suit any interior using only the highest quality materials. The majority of our fittings are made from solid brass with up to 18 different finishes.

The classic collection consists of more traditional and ornate luminaires, whilst the contemporary collection comprises minimalist designs made from carefully sourced traditional materials such as genuine solid brass, crystal, luxury Italian leather, glass, chinette and linen giving each fitting a modern highly refined design. These traditional materials also add texture and depth to any space.

The Houston Collection which consists of a spiral chandelier, five light pendant and wall light, might have a minimalist design but the fittings within this collection are nothing short of grandeur. The multi-level spiral shaped chandelier with six shades extends significantly from the ceiling, whilst the five light pendant has an expansive diameter with a shorter drop, making it ideal for lower ceilings.

Manufactured with a nut-brown painted stem, finished in polished nickel with stone or dark grey coloured chinette shades this collection would fit perfectly in architectural surroundings with a muted colour palette. This collection would complement wood built-in cabinetry or detailed art due to its more minimalist design.

Houston 2 light wall light

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Vaulted or recessed ceilings either in an entry way or staircase would be the ideal location to showcase the spiral shaped chandelier. The six shades at multi-levels adds texture and dimension to the vast space. It is important to view a space in its entirety and the spiral shaped chandelier will definitely draw the eye upwards allowing the viewer to take in the opulence of the space.

Coming down to eye-level, the Houston wall light would perfectly frame a tufted linen headboard or provide sufficient illumination and balance amongst detailed art pieces and prints in the form of a collage which would make for an interesting feature in a hallway or bedroom.

A core principle at Christopher Hyde is to provide additional technological features to its beautifully designed, individual, decorative luminaires. This dedicated LED technology in the design of a traditional candle lamp produces the same light output as a traditional tungsten candle lamp and contributes significantly to energy efficiency with an 80 per cent saving using only 11W. With this technology customers also have the option of including dimming capabilities on several of our most popular, one-of-a-kind luminaires.

Christopher Hyde Lighting is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Case study: Designing lighting & audio inside Grantley Hall Hotel & Spa

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Case study: Designing lighting & audio inside Grantley Hall Hotel & Spa

Local custom integrator Clever Association worked with Grantley Hall Hotel & Spa to complete the design and installation of perfectly integrated lighting and audio control automation within the bedrooms and communal areas, inside and out. By specifying Sonance Landscape Series systems, the design team were able to ensure the experience of luxury extended to outdoor areas in order to keep up with modern traveller demands…

Exterior of Grantley hall

It’s all very well designing a beautiful interior space that cleverly injects biophilic design, but in order to create a truly cohesive language between inside and outside, designers should consider a dimentional approach to the look and feel of the space by considering the lighting as well as sound. For Grantley Hall Hotel & Spa, in order to do this trend justice, with a meaningful approach, the property called upon a supplier that could seamlessly elevate the entire consumer journey. By doing so, the Grade II listed building has proved that heritage buildings and technology can indeed work in harmony.

Situated on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales near Ripon on 30 acres of stunning woodland, parkland and grounds, and complete with its very own English-Heritage listed Japanese garden, the hotel is set to become one of the UK’s leading luxury hotel and spa retreats, immersing guests in complete luxury and relaxation. Many of the Georgian characteristics of the stately home have been preserved, but the 47 beautiful bedroom suites, spa, gymnasium, event spaces and nightclub also benefit from ultra-modern technologies. Local custom integrator Clever Association worked with Grantley Hall to complete the design and installation of perfectly integrated lighting and audio control automation within the bedrooms and communal areas inside and out.

All bedrooms are kitted out with a high-quality audio system, allowing guests to access their own music or stream from the hotel’s music library. Luxury Lutron lighting control, also present in the bedrooms, offers guests the ability to tailor lighting to their own needs and mood. In addition, Lutron Homeworks lighting is installed in all communal areas, ensuring the ideal light level at any given time. Similarly controlled by hotel staff, high quality audio extends to hospitality areas immediately outside the hotel.

The interior design project, which included Grantley Hall’s new ‘Three Graces Spa’ and innovative ‘ELITE’ luxury gym and wellness centre, answered the brief with thanks to the intuitive automation of both lighting and music distribution throughout the hotel to create the perfect ambience in any space at any time of day, season or specific occasion. As a result, staff are able to spend more of their time looking after guests while energy wastage is minimised, and the guest experience is enhanced by the magic of flawless touch control.

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Clever Association’s Anthony Gallon takes up the story: “We contacted Grantley Hall after we’d heard about its plans through the business grapevine. They were keen to use local companies so that helped our pitch. Grantley Hall is one of the biggest installations we’ve managed to date, but as with every project, the key objective was to deliver an impeccable standard of work within budget. Part of our competitive tender involved making sure that the client had all the demonstrations they needed to inspire confidence in the quality and performance of our work, in harmony with the hotel’s luxury ethos.”

When it came to designing the luxury al fresco area, the team required a reliable brand that’s products were tech savvy. “We approached Habitech for the outdoor audio elements required to cover extensive areas along the West Terrace including The Orchard, where a substantial sailcloth marquee covers a drinking and dining area,” explained the studio.

Grantley Hall, Sonance speaker“Similarly, a contemporary extension, including the ‘ELITE’ luxury gym and wellness centre and ‘Three Graces Spa’ complex, called for superior and consistent outdoor audio coverage. The design demanded long cable runs, super discreet aesthetics, full range sound quality, the capacity for high SPLs without distortion (although the systems are rarely driven hard) and excellent intelligibility at background levels. In other words, we needed to deliver the quality of audio definition that uninitiated hotel guests would notice. The Habitech team recommended the flagship Sonance Landscape Series speakers and Sonance amplification for the job, providing a custom design and SPL map for each area. In each case we used a mix of LS6TSATs, smaller LS4TSATs and LS12 in-ground subs either discreetly buried at the periphery or hidden within strategically placed planters. Landscape Series sats and subs also surround the spa’s pool area.

“Overall, we’re very proud of what we have achieved at Grantley Hall. This was a big project, which required integration precision, effortless ease-of-use for staff and guests, and absolute reliability. The systems, including the outdoor audio elements, are helping to fulfil our promise to Grantley Hall by working discreetly and beautifully, and the hotel is happy with our work. And we’re grateful to the team at Habitech for its design backup and product performance, which has been consistently excellent throughout our long partnership.”

Equipment specified:

  • Sonance SLS LS6TSAT satellite speaker x 18
  • Sonance SLS LS4TSAT satellite speaker x 24
  • Sonance SLS LS12T in-ground subwoofer x six
  • Sonance DSP-2-150 amplifier x five
  • Sonance DSP-2-750 amplifier x two

> Since you’re here, why not read a case study from Sonance on how the brand fitting out the audio inside The Hendrick’s Gin Palace?

Sonance is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Introducing the debut bathroom lighting collection by Christopher Hyde

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Introducing the debut bathroom lighting collection by Christopher Hyde

Having excelled in manufacturing luxury luminaires for an extensive range of interiors over the past 25 years, Christopher Hyde Lighting has recently unveiled its first bathroom lighting collection, which celebrates both classic and contemporary lighting possibilities…

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In the past year, Hotel Designs has showcased some of the finest designs within the prestigious Christopher Hyde Lighting’s classic and contemporary collections. Last year saw the launch of an exquisite bathroom collection, a first for the lighting brand. Whilst designed with bathrooms in mind, the collection of wall sconces has the versatility to be used in any space.

The Roma and Naples wall sconces have a minimalist, sleek design, available in antique bronze and polished nickel. Whist the Amalfi features a gorgeous spherical cut-out this wall sconce is a fine example of how two finishes, polished nickel and french gold can be used together. The design lends to that of art décor which will make a great statement piece in the bathroom.

Influenced by nature, the Vieste and Vernazza both feature an intricate leaf detail. Each wall sconce in this collection has been designed to include an opal glass shade. The use of the glass shades makes these sconces fit for purpose in every bathroom zone except zone 0. With 18 different finishes to choose from you can be assured that your bathroom will have that added touch of originality.

Recently Christopher Hyde has been working on new product designs and is excited to include these luminaires to the eclectic collections. The Christopher Hyde Lighting team based at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, are always available to offer expert advice.

Christopher Hyde Lighting is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Modern bathroom | In-Wash In-Tank ROCA

Product watch: Roca unveil next gen of shower toilets

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Product watch: Roca unveil next gen of shower toilets

Bathroom brand Roca has launched its latest innovation in shower toilets. The In-Wash with In-Tank combines maximum intimate hygiene and greater freedom of installation…

Modern bathroom | In-Wash In-Tank ROCA

A modern bathroom not only stands out for its state-of-the-art technology, it also offers functionality, harmony and comfort.  The In-Wash In-Tank toilet from Roca meets all three requirements and also provides technology and design, without compromising on its main function: bringing a total hygiene experience to the WC.

With Roca’s In-Tank technology you can forget about the cistern, as the water tank is integrated into the WC. The Soft Air injection system propels water towards the upper section of the bowl providing a full, effective and quiet flush. Its two simultaneous water outlets, tornado and cascade, guarantee a stronger flow with minimum water consumption. The entire bowl is thoroughly cleaned thanks to the Rimless Vortex design that removes the inner rim and provides a 360º flush.

The state-of-the-art technology and design of In-Tank is combined with the ground-breaking hygiene of In-Wash®. The WC that washes you with water, features a front and rear wash to guarantee the full hygiene experience.

Contemporary bathroom In-Wash In-Tank (ROCA)

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The In-Wash nozzle can be adjusted to reach the most delicate areas thanks to its oscillating massage, also providing gentle drying. To guarantee its total disinfection, the removable nozzle cleans itself before and after each use and includes an extractable tip that can be easily removed for more in-depth cleaning.

User-friendly

As in other Roca Smart Toilets, the remote control and the side panel are very intuitive and allow the adjustment of the water and air temperature, as well as the position of the nozzle. This WC with integrated cistern also features two push buttons to opt for a full or a partial flush, for greater water savings. In the event of a power failure, this Smart Toilet guarantees up to two full flushes by using the side button. Available in wall-hung and floor standing versions, the In-Wash with In-Tank features SOFT AIR technology which ensures optimal flushing no matter the water pressure.

Easy cleaning

The bowl of the In-Wash® with In-Tank® features the new Supraglaze enamel, exclusive to Roca, which allows any residue to slide right off and hinders the build-up of dirt. A third layer that, applied on top of the existing enamel, provides a totally waterproof, shiny and easy-to-clean surface, maintaining the excellent performance of traditional enamels in terms of durability and hygiene.

Simple installation

Offering a hassle-free installation and easy maintenance, In-Wash In-Tank does not require a frame and can be therefore installed wherever you want. Without a separate conventional cistern or built-in installation system, the WC offers better use of space within the bathroom and greater design freedom. For installers, fitting the In-Wash with In-Tank is simplified as it just requires a water outlet and a conventional power connection.

“We are incredibly excited to be launching the In-Wash with In-Tank,” comments David Bromell, Head of Marketing at Roca. “The individual technologies offer so much in their own right, but by combining them, we’ve been able to take a significant step forward in the smart toilet category. In-Wash with In-Tank furthers our vision of genuine innovation, with intuitive and thoughtful use of technology, to deliver a product with exceptional functionality, design and convenience.”

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Industry insight: Best hotel flooring options

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Industry insight: Best hotel flooring options

With hotels expecting to stand the test of time, in function as well as aesthetics, choosing the right flooring for each area is integral. Luxury Flooring are on hand to offer a guiding light on which materials work best…

What is the first thing you notice when you arrive at your hotel? Is it the extravagant chandelier draping over the front desk or the parquet style floor in the front lobby? Exceptional design starts with a floor, especially in places where you want to impress your guests.

The lobby

The lobby is the first thing your guests walk through when they enter your hotel, and often form their assumptions on what the rest of it looks like. Give your guests a memorable first impression with Luxury Vinyl Tiles. LVT comes in a variety of imitated materials ranging from wood, stone and tile. Along with styles such as parquet, chevron and herringbone, that show class and versatility.

The Lobby at The Londoner hotel

Image caption: The lobby/lounge inside The Londoner | Image credit: Andrew Beasley

Serve your guests with parquet style luxury vinyl tiles. Parquet flooring first graced the palace of Versailles in 1684, France, and became increasingly popular throughout Europe. The flooring style was installed in grand homes of the wealthy and could only be installed by skilled craftsmen. It’s durable, water-resistant which is a perfect fit for a lobby with it being incredibly bust 24/7.

This floor is made to look modern with a traditional twist, you can go in any direction with its unique pattern. Minimalistic hotel? Pair a light, parquet LVT with light-coloured walls and taupe furnishings to give your lobby an airy feel. Or if your hotel is on the traditional side, opt-in for a dark, chocolate brown LVT with daring red and royal green interiors.

The bedroom

The bedroom is the one room where guests can relax and wind down. At the end of the day, they want to come back to a room that’s cosy and comfortable, right? One of the first things they do is take their shoes off. And with the floor being the first thing they touch, it’s important to provide them with luxury and comfort.

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Solid wood; prized for its elegance, beauty and individuality. The material graces grand halls, statement lobbies and penthouse suites, making it one of the most luxurious flooring choices out there. Solid wood flooring is becoming increasingly popular in the hotel industry, especially with it being installed in more bedrooms. Parquet style flooring is making a statement in Parisian hotels and slowly shifting across Europe with its versatile and expensive design.

Solid wood comes in a variety of colours and statement patterns ranging from herringbone, chevron and parquet. Pair these floors with cashmere-coloured sheets and soft linen curtains for a space that’ll teleport you to a sanctuary in the Maldives. For a city vibe, industrial-like décor and open-brick walls will look effortlessly stylish against chocolate brown oak.

Solid Oak is a hard material, so make sure to dress it with soft rugs. Add gowns and slippers for extra comfort and luxury, you want to make sure your guests feel at home!

The bathroom

The bathroom is the one room in your hotel room that needs to be stylish and practical. Stylish bathrooms have taken the interior world by storm by having brass accents, limestone walls, smart showers and toilets. But the main thing hoteliers need to consider is the flooring.

A cool, contemporary bathroom inside golf resort in Palm Springs

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The best option for bathroom flooring in hotel rooms is stone vinyl tiles. They are durable, water-resistant and have good gripping properties. Stone vinyl tiles are modern and come in a wide range of colours and styles while imitating the natural look of stone. If you want to achieve a rustic look with authentic tile, then go for colours such as ambient grey or blue slate.

Every floor is catered for every hotel, it just depends on what kind of hotel you’re in. If you’re a chain and want an all-rounder, LVT flooring is the one for you. If you own a mini or boutique hotel, solid and engineered flooring are more desirable options. It all just depends on how many people stay with you.

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Sustainability & comfort combined: A new mattress collection from Hypnos

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Sustainability & comfort combined: A new mattress collection from Hypnos

Experts in sustainable luxury, British bed maker Hypnos Contract Beds unveiled the next chapter of its sustainable story with the launch of its new ethical Origins collection for the hospitality sector at this year’s Independent Hotel Show. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes…

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With up to three-quarters of hotel guests willing to spend more per night to stay in a hotel that demonstrates authentic green credentials, The Hospitality Origins Collection by Hypnos Contracts Beds arrives right on cue. It represents a new era of sustainable sleep solutions for the sector, providing hoteliers with a truly eco-conscious bed for their guests.

No new comer to unveiling sustainable solutions in the industry – with its carbon-neutral certification and eco-packaging solution – the brand’s latest collection is a harmony of conscious design with supreme comfort.

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We’re told that the collection comprises of three luxury, durable mattresses. The first model, launched at the Independent Hotel Show last week is the Woolsleepers Elite – a hand-finished pocket sprung mattress, featuring 11 layers of sustainable comfort with each mattress including more than eight full fleeces of 100 per cent British wool. Considered a super-fibre, as well as being naturally antibacterial, wool is also incredibly breathable, responding to natural fluctuations in body temperature by wicking away moisture, making it a perfect material for beds.

Upholstered in beautiful unbleached, naturally fire-retardant woven cotton and viscose ticking, the mattress also benefits from 1,400 ReActivPro™ pocket springs and 3,000 Adaptiv™ springs that are designed to evenly distribute weight across the expanse of the bed, flexing to individual body shapes for optimum support and personalised comfort for hotel guests. 

Encompassing Hypnos’ decade long commitment to responsible sourcing and manufacturing, The Hospitality Origins Collection is a reflection of the company’s commitment to working only with likeminded ethical partners to ensure the provenance, authenticity and traceability of all materials. By only using wool from Red Tractor assured farms, hoteliers and those specifying for hotel projects can be confident that Hypnos is working with sheep farmers who are committed to animal welfare and regenerative farming and know that Hypnos is paying them a fair price, on time, something many brands don’t do. 

Hypnos also supports farming communities around the world through CottonConnect and the Better Cotton Initiative, with education and training ultimately leading to reductions in pesticides and water usage.  And their certified factories have met the Global Recycled Standard to ensure materials have been collected and recycled responsibly so they don’t pollute our seas and lands.

“With a rise in hoteliers opting to incorporate more natural elements into their properties through the use of biophilic design – which has become more important over the last 18 months, we are incredibly excited to share our latest vision which has once again pushed the boundaries for sustainable sleep,” Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds, told Hotel Designs. “Our aim is to support hoteliers by providing a luxury, ethical sleep solution. Our robust sustainable beds will appeal to consumers who’s environmental principles are increasingly driving their booking decisions.

“Through The Hospitality Origins Collection, we are continuing to champion sustainable, ethically sourced British materials and working with partners including Red Tractor Food and Farming Standards to ensure high levels of animal welfare and land management. The collection ensures that every part of the supply chain is accounted for ensuring that everything from the farm to the factory floor is as sustainable as it possibly can be.”

Hypnos is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Modern fireplace in contemporary setting

Sculptural warmth: Fireplaces with form as well as function

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Sculptural warmth: Fireplaces with form as well as function

Handcrafted, iconic and sculpted for maximum aesthetic and function affect, the emblematic fires from FOCUS have turned up the heat in the international hospitality design arena…

Modern fireplace in contemporary setting

FOCUS, which was founded more than 50 years ago and has been pushing boundaries ever since, is renowned for its emblematic fires which have been exhibited in leading museums of the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The dramatic suspended flues with pivoting hearths are instantly recognisable by their sculptural shape. These award-winning fires are so often specified for their form as much as their energy efficiency and heat functionality. All fireplaces from FOCUS – whether lit or unlit – are iconic in their designs, which are handcrafted from highest quality steel by artisans in the South of France.

There are more than seventy designs in the FOCUS collection and each and everyone is a masterpiece in its own right. Suitable for installation in a vast range of projects from ski lodges, spas and boutique hotels to luxury five-star establishments, FOCUS fires add a certain dash of French panache. FOCUS has installed their sculptural fires throughout the world in a large variety of hotels from Nordic cabins to Australian beach resorts; from retreats in the Baleriacs to a converted railway hotel in Holland, every region has an approved partner to ensure the highest standard of service. FOCUS is recognised by the architectural and interior design community who regularly specify the fires for their projects.

Contemporary villa with masterpiece fireplace

Image credit: FOCUS

Odourless and with zero particle emissions, the new gas models can be installed in reception areas of large hotels, restaurants and establishments open to the public. Equally the new Ecodesign Ready wood-burning fires with closed glazed hearths offer high energy output meeting the very highest standards and regulations across Europe.

FOCUS is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Unidrain bathroom inside the Admiral hotel in Copenhagen

Case study: Designing unique bathroom solutions inside Copenhagen hotel

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Case study: Designing unique bathroom solutions inside Copenhagen hotel

Bathroom brand Unidrain came up with innovative solutions to future-proof a four-star hotel in Copenhagen’s bathrooms…

The majority of the globetrotting visitors to the four-star Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen have little or no knowledge of its extremely colourful history.

Unidrain bathroom inside the Admiral hotel in Copenhagen

Originally built in 1787 as a warehouse by Danish companies involved in the slave trade, it was in the fore of the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 and served as a combined hospital and mortuary for the desperate people of Copenhagen when the British bombed the Danish capital in 1807.

With such a dramatic background the historic building on Toldbodgade was certainly deserving of its most recent renovation. This spanned several years and Unidrain have played an important role in this process.

“The renovation has taken several years. When a building as old as this one is to be renovated, there is no such thing as a standard solution. Every aspect has to be adapted to the building,” explains Lasse Lyck, Unidrain’s technical manager.

Planning to prevent water damage – Unidrain has assisted the hotel with the renovation of 366 bathrooms.

“Renovating bathrooms in a centuries-old building can have disastrous consequences if incorrect solutions are chosen or the drains are installed incorrectly. Unidrain advised the hotel on its options and limitations regarding the bathroom renovation from very early in the process,” explains Unidrain’s architectural adviser Dennis Bagge.

“Water damage is extremely difficult to correct in a building of this age, so it’s important to choose the right solution from the start. At Unidrain, we advise on both the technical aspects and the design, and we also give a physical demonstration of how our various products are to be installed, so they can see what is needed and why,” he explains.

Special design solution makes shower screens invisible

In most instances our products are manufactured to standard measurements, but when the need arises, we are able to customise the products to the customer’s special wishes. This was the case with the bathrooms at the Admiral Hotel.

“To achieve the best results, both the shower screens and drains differ by a few centimetres from the standard measurements. It might not sound like a lot, but it makes a big difference to the project and to the customer,” says Lasse Lyck.

It’s not just their measurements that our linear drains and shower screens for the historic hotel diverge from the standard. Working closely together with the hotel, we developed a completely new design solution.

“The hotel bathrooms are relatively small, so it was important to install shower screens which could barely be seen, which we managed to do,” says Lyck.

Unidrain’s shower screen is usually fastened to the floor and the tiled wall using a visible U-profile, but it is now mounted directly in the tiled floor and in the tiled wall, without any visible fittings.

“The shower screens and the rail render the screens pretty much invisible. This makes a small bathroom feel more spacious, it was the perfect solution,” explains Lyck.

 

Hotel Designs | A pastel pink bathroom - Crosswater Infinity furniture

Infinite bathroom furniture ideas from Crosswater

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Infinite bathroom furniture ideas from Crosswater

Infinity, Crosswater’s new bathroom furniture collection, is focused on client customisation. Seamlessly blending practicality and functionality, the new range gives interior freedom with plenty of design possibilities, as bathrooms become much more than just practical spaces

Hotel Designs | A pastel pink bathroom - Crosswater Infinity furniture

Modular, smart, and stylish, Infinity is a wall hung storage collection that provides the ‘perfect bathroom furniture collection’ by  Crosswater. Whether clients want optimal organisation, exposed shelving, or luxe coverings to conceal endless clutter, Infinity boasts an extensive number of design combinations that result in beautifully bespoke cabinetry at an off-the-shelf price.

The Infinity design journey is surprisingly simple, requiring just four steps:

Step one: Choose your base

Available in matt white, windsor oak, matt black, storm grey matt, and white gloss, the Infinity vanity unit comes in six sizes, ranging from 500mm to 1400mm. Each size unit has a specific configuration, providing a different combination of drawer units and shelving units.

These combinations allow customers to choose a unit that will best suit their bathroom needs or desired aesthetic, whether that’s prioritising drawers to hide skincare essentials or opting for more exposed shelves to display decorative accessories. There is also the option of a pull-out drawer, a great choice for those wanting quick and easy access to every inch of storage space.

Step two: Pick your worktop

Calm neutral colours in modern bathroomThere are six worktop sizes available that match any base unit configuration. With a choice of three colours, carrara marble effect, polar white, and windsor oak, each worktop is crafted from a hard-wearing solid surface material that is easy to clean and impenetrable to dust, dirt, and bacteria.

Step three: Select your handles

Four handle finishes are on offer, including chrome, matt black, brushed brass, and brushed stainless steel. In addition to complementing the contemporary bathroom unit, these handle finishes will perfectly match Crosswater’s extensive brassware options.

Step four: Finish with a tile front

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Available in three finishes, carrara marble effect, marquina marble effect, and cement effect, the tile front is the showpiece of the Infinity unit. Designed to replicate natural materials for a truly authentic aesthetic, each tile varies slightly in its tone, pattern, and colour. For the indecisive shopper, Crosswater recommends investing in all three tile fronts, enabling a quick and simple design update whenever the bathroom needs a refresh.

> Since you’re here, why not read about the Artist collection from Crosswater? 

Crosswater, Headline Sponsor of The Brit List Awards 2021, is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Hotel Designs | A mint and soft pink tonal tiles in the kitchen

Surface design trend: Tonal tiles in all shapes & sizes

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Surface design trend: Tonal tiles in all shapes & sizes

As we pivot into a new design season, we take a look at CTD Architectural Tiles’ latest tonal collection, which is right on trend…

As interior design schemes in the commercial and hospitality sectors become more adventurous and demanding in terms of aesthetics, interior designers, architects and developers are calling for a breadth of co-ordinating product choice when it comes to surface design.

Hotel Designs | A mint and soft pink tonal tiles in the kitchen

Offering its customers true design value and flexibility, CTD Architectural Tiles boasts a vast and varied product portfolio comprising of numerous co-ordinating collections, ensuring project briefs can be achieved with ease. Corresponding colour palettes, textural contrasts and pattern arrangements can work in harmony across different collections, producing schemes that deliver both style and practicality.

 

The Varadero patterned hexagon tile collection and the colourful Poitiers range are often specified thanks to their corresponding tones. From the cool mint hues and soothing blue shades to more neutral greys, the collections pair effortlessly. The contrast in the finish from glossy to matte and pattern to plain colour ensures the completed scheme will have the ideal balance of character and style whilst still co-ordinating exquisitely.

Inspired by the warmth and colours of the Mediterranean, the BOW and Terra collections complement each other exceptionally well. The soft terracotta tones of Terra, available in a range of formats for a variety of layout options, and the pops of colour and curved shape of the BOW tiles provide the perfect solution for walls and floors in hospitality, commercial, retail and residential projects alike.

Hotel Designs | Minimalist design of room with tonal design scheme

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Enhance a scheme by adding complementary colours and patterns to these ranges through the popular Poitiers and Varadero collections. For an effortless earthy palette with a hint of inspiration from nature, introduce a deep green and soft blues to the clay tones of Terra, or for a more daring approach, combine tonal variations of pink and red with a neutral grey base for a statement scheme that’s guaranteed to add wow-factor.

CTD Architectural Tiles is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Urmia from Sekers

Product watch: The URMIA collection by Sekers

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Product watch: The URMIA collection by Sekers

Sekers announces the launch of URMIA, a smooth, soft sheen satin blackout which is available in a refined palette of 13 colourways, featuring a range of neutrals and bold blue tones…

Urmia is a four-pass blackout which prohibits light from entering the room, it also provides insulation against hot and cold temperatures and protection against sunlight damage.

Urmia from Sekers

Available in regular width at 140cm and wide width at 295cm, Urmia is suitable for all aspects of the contract market. This sophisticated fabric is washable at 71 degrees Celsius thus making it suitable for healthcare applications.

Urmia is a contract fabric that can be widely used across marine, hospitality, leisure and workplace environments, meeting all relevant UK and USA standards for curtains, this lustrous collection makes the ideal choice for a designer specifying for the contract market.

Sekers is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Hotel Designs | Liquid Layers collection by Moooi in minimalist room

At one with nature: Liquid Layers by Moooi Carpet

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At one with nature: Liquid Layers by Moooi Carpet

Hotel Designs has identified a common thread between the latest collections launched by Moooi Carpets: nature and the organic natural world. But it is one fluid range, Liquid Layers designed by Claire Vos, that has made quite the splash…

Hotel Designs | Liquid Layers collection by Moooi in minimalist room

Bringing the outdoors in is the interior design trend that just keeps on giving. For Moooi Carpets, the rise in demand for biophilic design has allowed its design team to create interesting and vivid carpet collection.

Most recently, one new range from the brand has particularly sparked designers’ interest as it’s inspiration comes from looking beyond what we see on the surface. Cue the launch of Liquid Layers, designed by Claire Vos and conceptualised by objects of nature morphed and liquified into new patterns.

What happens when you deconstruct the shapes and colours found in nature and morph and liquify them into new patterns? Imagine a carpet collection inspired by the objects of nature, in which each design highlights a different mineral or organism, such as the marlstone, a tulip, or a pebble. Well, in the Liquid Layers collection, nature becomes fluid.

For this colleciton, Vos created a design technique where the possibilities are infinite, resulting in a unique approach towards pattern design surprising layer by layer.