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Saving energy: Utility Team launches ‘game-changing’ software

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Saving energy: Utility Team launches ‘game-changing’ software

Utility Team has officially launched its new ARC (Automated Response Command) energy efficiency software. The energy-saving solution was designed and built to optimise the cooling loads of commercial and industrial chiller plant…

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Utility Team has launched its new ARC energy efficiency software following live field tests of the new ARC software from across a range of sectors revealed impressive reductions in energy usage of between eight and 20 per cent. As cooling loads often account for some 60 per cent of the total energy site consumption, the savings ARC delivers profoundly benefit a business’s commercial and environmental performance.

How it works

ARC is a self-learning software that constantly monitors and logs plant output, total energy consumption, and common header temperatures. ARC then uses this data to predict what is going to happen within the plant, based on historic events under the same ambient conditions and then recommends optimal adjustments accordingly. The software constantly monitors its own performance to account for seasonal demand changes and adiabatic conditions. It is important to note that ARC does not replace the existing controls on the plant but rather uses them to optimise performance.

What’s its purpose?

For more than a year now, Hotel Designs has been working with Utility Team and amplifying the brand’s passion about helping businesses use less energy and create a net zero world. The brand is uniquely positioned to help customers realise the benefits of achieving their net zero goals.

“Sustainability is a core pillar of the business and why we invested in the idea of ARC,” explained Delvin Lane, CEO, Utility Team. “Having identified that commercial and industrial chiller plants are often inefficient and waste both energy and money, we set about finding a solution to this challenge. The potential energy savings ARC could deliver was clear from the outset, as was the positive impact on reducing carbon emissions globally.”

Who’s it for?

ARC will deliver savings wherever an organisation is using commercial or industrial chiller plant delivering a positive impact both commercially and environmentally. Installing the software solution could be a game-changer for many sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, commercial buildings and data centres. In addition to this, as the world returns to a more normal way of life throughout the remainder of 2021, ARC can deliver significant savings to businesses operating exhibition space or sporting stadia. The installation of ARC at the Ricoh Arena for Wasps Rugby has already delivered a 14% reduction in energy consumption.

“The ease and speed of installation was impressive,” said Sarah Roberts, Operations Director at Wasps. “The solution was fitted with little impact on our day-to-day maintenance operation, which was especially important during the current COVID pandemic and the associated security protocols we have in place.

“The really exciting thing about the ARC solution is that while we have already seen a reduction in energy usage, we are not yet at a point in the year when its performance will be most beneficial. As we head into the summer months and our air conditioning systems are running at their optimum, we are really looking forward to seeing the energy usage and financial savings that ARC delivers.”

Adam Benson, Chief Commercial Officer at Wasps, added: “The introduction of ARC to the Ricoh Arena has not only helped decrease our energy consumption but also delivered a meaningful commercial saving. At a time when we need to find ways to minimise expenditure, the 14% reduction in energy consumption has been a welcome boost. This has been delivered with no impact on the quality of comfort levels and helped us lessen our impact on the environment.”

ARC delivers savings immediately

Often with new energy efficiency solutions, there is a requirement for upfront investment on the customer’s part. ARC is a Software as a Service (SaaS) licence and delivery model. This means that there is no upfront investment required by the customer, and they see a financial saving from day one. With so many businesses hit hard by the pandemic, especially in the hospitality sector, the ARC SaaS model allows businesses to access the solution easily and benefit from the savings immediately.

Christopher Toze, Managing Director of ARC and Head of Energy Services at Utility Team, said: “During the development process, we were excited about the anticipated energy savings ARC could deliver. Having undertaken months of real-world testing, the efficacy of ARC has exceeded all expectations.

ARC is a fully packaged solution that is simple to install, is backed with performance guarantees and robust measurement and verification and, with an innovative Software as a Solution (SaaS) model that removes barriers to investment.

Whilst initially launching in the UK, the ARC team has global ambitions as we believe ARC will have a significant positive impact in the fight to combat climate change by reducing the energy usage of commercial and industrial chiller plant as demand for cooling increases.”

Utility Team is one of our 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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Hotel technology: Solutions for tomorrow’s hospitality

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Hotel technology: Solutions for tomorrow’s hospitality

Gary Yeames-Smith, Director at Yeames Hospitality who presented a Product Watch Pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, explores hotel technology available today to safeguard guests throughout the pandemic and beyond...

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The hotel guestroom has undergone many changes over the years to keep up with the lives, both social and physical, of the ever changing demands of the occupant. TVs have got larger yet slimmer, showers have replaced baths and decor concepts range from the lavish, to the quirky.

With Covid-19 providing the biggest interruption to the industry in modern memory, there are solutions available today to safeguard guests throughout this pandemic and beyond.

Indeed, how we enter our rooms and how we relax fundamentally have not changed. Instead of physical keys, we now have solutions that are sustainable, more efficient and far hygienic options with both online and smart key check ins systems already available.

Sometimes a stay is more of a luxury – maybe a retreat – than a busy business trip. Perhaps the stay has an emotional significance for the Guest and a hotel-branded paper RFID card could provide the ideal souvenir to remember the stay in years to come.

The importance of first impressions for any hotel is vital, therefore a suitable check in and access system is of the utmost importance for any Hotelier to prevent a hasty entry into Trip Advisor, rather than a relaxed stroll to the room, whereby they could be greeted with a stylish and custom floor reader panel directing them to their door.

A quick tap on the “Floor Panel” or via the “Magic Eye” reader on the door is all that is needed to gain entry to their room whereby the second impression of the Hotel can be developed with designated lighting themes designed for entry, sleeping and work.

The guest experience is enhanced further using amazing design from the interior designer and architect that utilises the latest technology for room management control with custom finishes to any panel to provide a bespoke room design for any Hotel.

As the guest unpacks they could find room management controls in all the right places to control turn the TV on, set the air conditioning or open the blinds.

With presence sensors installed, the room status can be known to staff and can be monitored and adjusted for the highest energy efficiency. Housekeeping could also be informed when the room is empty for cleaning.

What differentiates a Messerschmitt system to the others on the market?

  • Both the Key Card and Room Management Systems can be used separately or combined which provides great flexibility for a Hotelier to add on future upgrades as required.
  • All of the components are designed and manufactured in Germany and therefore not reliant on imports from China where future availability of main or spare parts can not be guaranteed.
  • 30 years of experience and installed in over 2000 branded and independent Hotels, provides reassurance that the products are tried and tested.
  • Increased Investment into R&D in the last 2 years will see an influx of new options for the future Hotel.

Yeames Hospitality is both proud and excited to be the exclusive certified partner for Messerschmitt Systems in the UK and Ireland and are working diligently to bring this excellent solution to market with Hotels already installed and running in London.

As a company we have our own experienced and trained engineers as well as support staff to ensure all systems installed are maintained to the highest standard with a comprehensive management system and proactive maintenance processes in place.

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With the acquisition of Hotel Media, we are developing a unique approach to integrated systems that can offer the Guest seamless experience throughout the hotel.

By working together with design teams in the hospitality sector, room management, guest entertainment and design can be created that provide for the guests senses and allow design and function to co-exist.

Yeames Hospitality was a Product Watch Pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on February 23, 2021. Read more about the virtual event here. The next Hotel Designs LIVE will take place on May 11 2021.

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Smashing Supplies: a go-to stop for all hospitality supplies

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Smashing Supplies: a go-to stop for all hospitality supplies

Smashing Supplies aims to bring the best products to the hospitality industry in order to meet requirements and facilitate the safe opening and return of hospitality guests…

With the Roadmap that has been laid out by the Government, giving a level of certainty for hospitality that hasn’t been see for many months, and has been welcomed by all. Smashing Supplies offers products to equip the industry for the post-pandemic world.

Some key points to remember:

  • Equipment is serviced and ready to use, with many machines having been turned off for a very long time now is the time to ensure that they are all serviced and can function properly, you don’t want to find out that there are issues with your machines the night that you reopen!
  • A extra deep clean is carried out through the whole facility, dust and dirt unfortunately have a habit of getting into every nook and cranny particularly when there isn’t the usual traffic around. The only way to ensure safety and that your facility really sparkles is to give everywhere a through deep clean.
  • All small items of both front of house and back of house are cleaned, including but certainly not limited to;
  • All Glassware (even if it hasn’t been used to get it off the shelf and clean it ensures safety and that they have that extra bit of sparkle)
  • All Crockery – not just what has been used
  • Glassware & Crockery are checked for any chips and damages and these are disposed of, including worn chopping boards, wooden serving platters that are damaged due to knife marks.
  • All machines are run through a full cleaning cycle, and if like beer lines they have food or drink in contact with them, then they are thoroughly cleaned/purged
  • Ensure all your procedures are up-to-date and cover off all appropriate rules and regulations including but not limited to – remember ignorance is not a defence (social distancing, wearing mask rules, rood prep rules)
  • Stocks of PPE for staff are in place including masks, aprons, test kits & more are available, in date, up to specification and ready to use.

PLates with breakfast onEnsuring that your guests are not welcomed into such a clinical-like facility that they feel like they have come to the dentist, but are welcomed warmly but in a safe manner, will be key to ensuring success. Getting this balance right is essential, and here at Smashing Supplies we are here to assist in getting this balance right.

Smashing Supplies 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: LED eye lighting from Chelsom

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Product Watch: LED eye lighting from Chelsom

Following Chelsom‘s participation at Hotel Designs LIVE on February 23, where the lighting brand pitched Edition 27 in a Product Watch pitch, Hotel Designs takes a closer look at the brand’s latest LED Eye collection…

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When Will and Robert Chelsom designed the iconic bedside reading light LED Dock, the design intent came with years of experience in successfully lighting hotel guestrooms. Trying to mix being inconspicuous and striking at the same time was a big design challenge, little did they know it would become the company’s most successful product ever enhancing hotel schemes in more than 30 countries worldwide. A hard act to follow!

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As part of Chelsom’s latest collection Edition 27, Will and Robert wanted to move on the aesthetics of a bedside reading light whilst maintaining all the successful features of function and light output. The starting point was to create a product which was inconspicuous in that it nestled successfully into a headboard with minimum projection and yet was cool and stylish to look at when guests first entered the room. Development led to compact and slim outer vessel  which surrounded the ‘eye’, a sculptured cast metal piece which invites the hotel guest to open the eyelid thereby illuminating the light and allowing a full range of movement to create the perfect light spill. Much time and engineering skill went into prototype development ensuring that the cast centrepiece revolve and rotates wit the lightest of touch and can be easily opened to operate the microswitch and closed to extinguish the light.

The highly tactile moulded centrepiece still remains extremely slim with a subtle curve at the bottom edge. Once opened the warm white LED light passes through a high-quality focusing lens to create perfect reading light.  The product comes in 6 different standard finishes; Matt White, Brushed Brass, Brushed Nickle, Satin Black, Brushed Nickle with Satin Black, Brushed Brass with Satin Black and to special order combination finishes are available giving a contrast between the outer vessel and internal moulded eye. The product is CE and UL certified and represents great value given its high- quality function and superb finishing.

Chelsom, which is a Recommended Supplier, was a Product Watch Pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on February 23, 2021. Read more about the virtual event here. The next Hotel Designs LIVE will take place on May 11 2021.

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Product watch: Les Tricots by Arte, inspired by haute couture

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Product watch: Les Tricots by Arte, inspired by haute couture

Arte’s latest wallcovering collection, Les Tricots, is a celebration of haute couture – think unique printing methods and the use of velvety soft yarns. Hotel Designs explores the power of fashion in design…

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Following the recent launch of Cameo, which is a collection that embraces imperfection in nature, already it has been a busy year for wallcovering brand Arte – and by the looks of things, the year has only just begun.

Les Tricots is latest collection that has made it onto our editorial radar, which intricately creates the illusion of rich fabrics and elaborate textiles thanks to the combination of unique printing methods and the use of velvety soft yarns.

The new collection consists of five different patterns including the versatile Boucle and Tulle, intricately detailed Cashmere and Sergé, as well as the showstopping Chintz, offered in an explosive colour palette of blue, green and red.

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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Surface design: The rise of vinyls

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Surface design: The rise of vinyls

With surface design heavy on the agenda for the design community, Hotel Designs takes a look at SMD Textiles, a brand that offers no less than 165 vinyl upholstery fabrics…

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The 165 vinyl upholstery fabrics within the collections at SMD Textiles have been intelligently designed to cater to every aspect of the contract market from faux-leather to herringbone and animal skin hide-look finishes.

Back in 2014, the brand introduced its first vinyl collection, Burghley, and it proved to be its most popular contract upholstery choice. Designed as a stylish faux leather upholstery, Burghley was aimed at catering to the healthcare and hospitality sector as a practical alternative to leather.

Due to high demand, intense popularity and a shift in market needs,the brand saw the collection triple in size. The range now boasts 61 exciting colours, ranging from neutral tones through to the more luxurious metallics and bold brights, meaning there is now an even greater opportunity to select stylish co-ordinates ideal for every contract space.

“We wanted to create something which was versatile that would not only cater to a wide audience but it would have enhanced durability and reliability suited for severe contract use,” the brand explained in a press statement. “All of our vinyl’s are REACH compliant and fire-retardant to crib-5 standards, alongside being waterproof and stain resistant. They also pass Martindale testing with at least 100,000 rubs with Burghley now surpassing 760,000 rubs, making it one of the most durable and robust vinyl’s on the market.”

After the positive reception Burghley received, Saddle, Chroma and Opal were later introduced in 2017 to offer SMD Textiles’ customers a broader range of textures and colours.

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“Chroma, Opal and Burghley metallics have added a contemporary twist to our range, allowing designers to create a wow factor in their briefs, whilst still adhering to the rigorous contract testing requirements,” SMD Textiles referenced in a press statement. “Across 11 stunning metallic colours, the embossed, chromatic vinyl’s were and still are intensely popular with our international customers.”

Available in twenty-five colours and offering a classic antique leather look, Saddle was designed to mimic the feel of a traditional leather whilst offering added benefits such as their anti-microbial and waterproof qualities.

“Saddle has been hugely popular for us in the hospitality sector, with many of our customers specifying it for hotel rooms and reception seating as it offers a more sophisticated look,” A spokesperson from the brand said. “And then after the success of Saddle, we were keen to introduce a sheen version to sit alongside it. We were receiving feedback from our customers that when they were selecting fabrics for certain settings, the glossier finish translated beautifully to a totally different audience. Ascot is able to bring a more relevant and funky look to a brief whilst Saddle is able to offer a more paired back, traditional look”.

Over the past few months, we have worked to expand our contract vinyl portfolio with the Rio, Nevis and Lismore collections. Lismore is a two-tone faux leather with a pebble grain effect, which recreated the texture of a tipped leather. Nevis emulates an authentic, rustic herringbone weave running vertically through the design. The trend led colour palettes for Lismore and Nevis have been carefully selected to highlight the brand’s existing contract collections.

“For us, we wanted to prove that there was and is way more to vinyl than its stereotypical care home stigma,” the statement added. “By bringing out all of these bold trend-led colours on interesting herringbone and tipped leather-look textures, we wanted to change perceptions.”

Rio is described as the smoothest, cleanest and crispest vinyl in our range. Soft to the touch and punchy in colour, Rio is an exciting new vinyl perfect for bold interiors and bold briefs.

“With the way the world is shifting at the minute, we’re proud to say that all our vinyl’s are suitable for outdoor seating areas, making them a great choice for beer gardens and outdoor communal areas,” added a spokesperson for the brand. “Our anti-microbial finish, Feelsafe was recently lab tested and is proven to inhibit the spread of the Covid-19 virus amongst other Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi. The lifespan of vinyl’s are just incomparable to other fabrics, the longevity of the makeup Is remarkable making it a really cost effective and sustainable choice for contract settings.”

SMD Textiles is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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12 design pieces by Hommés Studio that will transform your interiors

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12 design pieces by Hommés Studio that will transform your interiors

From lighting and mirrors to room dividers and rugs, Hommés Studio presents a perfect selection combining high-end materials in design pieces that will elevate your interiors and offer your design project the desirable unique style…

Hommés believes that a home must express the owner’s soul, as clothes convey the personality of the person who dresses them. With the vibrant purpose of introducing a nouveau Haute Couture Interiors concept, Hommés presents spaces with bold and unique identities.

1) LIGHTING

Lighting plays a significant role in human life today. Since ancient times, it has fascinated us, regarded as a synonym of security and a chance for survival. Adequately selected lighting for the interior can give the room a completely new look.

Cocoon

The shapes of Art Deco jewels inspired cocoon Suspension Lamp. It was designed to bring elegance and character to any living area. A luxury chandelier for a high-end interior design project.

Minelli

Minelli Chandelier reflects an irreverent modern design style. It combines a premium selection of materials, making it the ex-libris of the Hommés Studio ceiling lamps collection.

Dyta

Dyta Table Lamp was designed for lovers of authentic, provocative design. Its structure represents a female silhouette’s shape, holding a globe lamp with a rotating circle in a refined brass finish. The product was inspired by the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite, associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion, and procreation.

2) MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL

A mirror is a unique element of interior design. Hommés Studio always intends to offer the boldest and daring option, and this collection is no exception.

It allows us to cover up many of projects’ imperfections and expose their advantages. A room may seem deeper and bigger and a narrow room – wider, thanks to a correctly positioned mirror.

Ibiza

Ibiza is an eye-catching wall mirror perfect for a modern design decor. The hanging mirror is inspired by the raw and timeless textures of the tribes’ decorations, jewels, and artistic elements.

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Moritz

Moritz is a luxury wall mirror inspired by the raw and timeless textures of the tribes’ ornaments, jewels, and creative aspects. Moritz’s mirror reflects identity and character to any contemporary wall decor.

Titan

Titan Wall Mirror is a spontaneous and sophisticated mirror design for walls. Inspired by the solar system, Titan is the largest moon of Saturn. This mirror represents a multifunctional design vision. While human beings cannot live on the Titan moon, Titan Wall Mirror can surely be part of their living areas.

3) ROOM DIVIDERS

HOMMÉS Studio presents you with products that offer an eclectic mix of cultures and design styles. From vibrant colors to more neutral tones, this room dividers collection was customized to a luxury lifestyle and elegant interiors.

Rebus

Rebus Folding Screen is the perfect choice for a room divider. This Folding Screen is the encounter between aesthetics and functionality, honoring an expertise handmade manufacture process.

Manu

Manu Folding Screen is a modern project must-have piece. Instantly transform your space with this statement screen: a designer room divider crafted with traditional details.

Zebra

Boasting a melodic and luxury flair in the gentle curves and warm sand tones, the Zebra Folding Screen is perfect for sectioning-up a luxurious space or adding a different mood and texture.

4) RUGS

Exceptional in design and fearless in attitude. Rugs have the power to create a new silhouette in the home and hotel. A welcoming variety of opulence rugs to take your interior design project to another level. With an aesthetic ranging from abstract, organic, and bold design, it will inject colour and personality into any division. A modern rug performs a significant part in space design, a reflection of your distinctive identity in the space you call home.

Antelope Rug

Antelope rug is a design masterpiece, perfect to be part of your next luxury design projects as a statement decor item. The beautiful and one-of-a-kind details will infuse any room division with elegance and magnetism.

Piano

Piano Rug evokes a potent combination of colours and shapes that collide in the same dimension. An abstract design is a bold choice for a modern-living project. Made by the wisest hands, this rug features a unique design. Following the design trends dictated by the interior design gurus, this rug can be placed on a wall as an art piece.

Ammir

Ammir rug is a boundless expression of the Islamic culture. Hand-tufted with New Zealand wool, mohair, and cotton. A mix of shapes and neutral tonalities will make your dining room a one-of-a-kind.

Hommés Studio is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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Bringing colour to bathroom design with RAK-Feeling

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Bringing colour to bathroom design with RAK-Feeling

To kickstart our editorial series putting bathrooms under the spotlight, we hear from RAK Ceramics how personality, warmth and character can be injected into the bathroom by simply introducing colour…

For a long time, the focus for sanitaryware has been starkly white, but things are changing. While we remain a long way from the avocado greens, electric blues and candy pinks of the 1980s, wall-to-wall white and chrome bathrooms are also seeing a change-up, with a return to colour. Soft pastels and muted shades are increasingly being seen on sanitaryware.

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Less clinical than an all-white bathroom, these pops of colour can be scaled up or down to meet individual requirements. It is not necessary, for example, to choose an entire suite of sanitaryware in a single colourway; a washbasin bowl in cappuccino can add colour and visual interest to a bathroom while being enhanced by more traditional white pieces elsewhere, an idea that works particularly well in smaller spaces.

 

Coloured sanitaryware also works in harmony with brassware finishes other than chrome, giving designers greater choice and creative freedom. Colour doesn’t need to mean bold and bright and in this instance the trend takes a far subtler approach, with nature-inspired tones that serve to add character while creating a relaxed and tranquil vibe.

Using black is a popular way of adding a sense of drama to the bathroom, for example. This is a stylish and sophisticated colour palette that is very easy to match with other shades, going darker in large spaces and lighter in compact settings. A black basin can easily be combined with matt black brassware for the basin bath and shower, for instance, for a co-ordinated look that is far from overbearing.

RAK Ceramics is the first manufacturer in the UK to launch colour into its portfolio with intent, with the introduction of RAK-Feeling; a complete collection of shower trays, enclosures and valves, washbasins, brassware, WCs and bidet, made with innovative materials and available in a range of colours.

Alongside Matt White, the range is also available in Matt Greige, Matt Cappuccino, Matt Grey and Matt Black.

RAK-Feeling countertop wash basins with slim edges will enhance any modern bathroom and are finished with an exclusive matt glaze, matching exactly with RAK-Feeling shower trays. Designed to create a spa-like finish with elegant and contemporary lines the flush-to-the-floor shower trays are made of RAKSOLID, a durable material composed of a mixture of natural minerals and resins, with an anti-slip smooth finish.

Since you’re here, why not read more about RAK Ceramic’s RAK-Saint?

The perfectly colour matched WCs and bidet and beautiful brassware offer the perfect final touch. RAK-Feeling is where quality and harmony merge with functionality to create a bathroom of the utmost comfort, in colour.

RAK Ceramics 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: Popular lighting designs from Heathfield & Co

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Product watch: Popular lighting designs from Heathfield & Co

From the soft curves and natural textures of Elder and Terra, to the simple and understated linear forms of Torchere and Veletto, this month Heathfield & Co celebrates its bestsellers…

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Featuring classic pieces, recently launched favourites and long established designs, Heathfield’s collection of bestsellers perfectly illustrate popular products for the home. Warm, earthy textures, brass tones and neutral fabric shades complement both classic and contemporary interior schemes.

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Image caption: Heathfield & Co’s Audrey Pendant

Drawing from a range of influences, from mid-century aesthetic to organic forms, these popular designs in ceramic, glass, wood and metalwork cover decorative and functional styles with a focus on quality and fine details.

Heathfield & Co 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: Marvel Shine by Atlas Concorde

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Product Watch: Marvel Shine by Atlas Concorde

Marvel Shine is the new ceramic tile collection inspired by four fine white marbles, which Atlas Concorde presented to engaged designers, architects, hoteliers and developers in a Product Watch Pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE on February 23…

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Marvel Shine is the new ceramic tile collection inspired by four fine white marbles, thanks to which Atlas Concorde has been able to further expand its already extensive range of marble-effect surfaces. The new natural variants are all rooted in Italy, where “white gold” has been shining for centuries in all its purity, recalling a history of illustrious sculptors and monumental architecture.

Marvel Shine draws on this prestigious legacy and translates it into a concept of a new Italian Renaissance, which evolves classicism into an unprecedented contemporary style ideal for designing the spaces of our time.

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To develop this collection, Atlas Concorde sought out the assistance of SAVEMA, a leader in the international marble industry that made available all its experience for the selection of the most suitable references, confirming Atlas Concorde’s role as a standard-setter when it comes to the ceramic reinterpretation of natural marble.

The four variants of the range, inspired mainly by Calacatta and Statuario marbles, share a bright, pure white background varied by veins in warm and cool tones.

Calacatta Delicato has a bright warm white background crisscrossed by subtle light grey streaks. Calacatta Prestigio is inspired by a fine-grained marble with a pure ivory-white background and sparse thin grey-beige veins alternating with some broader branches that determine its value. Statuario Supremo stands out as the most refined and sought-after stone in recent years thanks to the extreme brilliance of its white background and its broad light grey veins. Calacatta Imperiale is perfect for spaces of sumptuous elegance thanks to the crystal white background traversed by precious yellow-gold and grey streaks.

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Esthetic purity and natural majesty make the surfaces of Marvel Shine perfect for architectural and interior projects where the contemporary nature of the spaces merges with the timeless strength of a noble material. Combinations mixed and matched with other products in the Marvel range and other Atlas Concorde collections also add infinite expressive potential to the collection, expanding the boundaries of style.

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Marvel Shine can be laid in a bookmatch pattern replicating the way marble slabs are used on walls for an even more spectacular effect. It’s available in porcelain tiles in the large 120×278 cm format and in the 75×150 cm format, making it possible to create a 6×3 m graphic composition.

The collection features a wide range of formats that today Atlas Concorde makes available to designers around the world: large porcelain slabs measuring 160×320 cm with a 6 mm thickness, slabs for furnishings (Atlas Plan) measuring 162×324 cm, the large format measuring 120×278 cm with a 6 mm thickness and so on down to strips measuring 37.5×75 cm. Completing the selection are single-fired white body wall tiles in the brand new 50×120 cm format and in the traditional 40×80 cm size.

The two classic Matte and Polished surfaces are joined by the new Silk finish, inspired by a traditional workmanship of marble that introduces a new sensation in the realm of tactile ceramic experiences: a silky, soft touch that also reflects the light. It gives surfaces a naturally velvety appearance, highly valued in contemporary design.

Marvel Shine is the latest addition to the rich Marvel family, further expanding it with new creative solutions. The Scenic Mosaic, made from 120×278 cm porcelain slabs cut into smaller pieces, makes it possible to reproduce the bookmatch look in original shapes and even on curved surfaces for added design versatility, ideal for interiors with a eye-catching impact.

The decorations in the range of single-fired wall tiles are instead designed to soften the intense white of marble-effect surfaces through the use of precious materials (including gold, pink gold and platinum) and elegant colour accents.

Atlas Concorde was a Product Watch Pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on February 23, 2021. Read more about the virtual event here. The next Hotel Designs LIVE will take place on May 11 2021.

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The rise of antibacterial surfaces in hotel design

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The rise of antibacterial surfaces in hotel design

Given the recent uncertainty faced by many in the hospitality sector, it’s clear that in order to evolve, we need to place greater importance on designing spaces – including antibacterial surfaces – that seamlessly enhance hygiene. CTD Architectural Tiles explores…

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The hospitality industry is known for its interiors – with many venues achieving recognition for their aesthetically pleasing design schemes. Yet, as with any environment with daily exposure to the public, hygiene is key and must be carefully considered within commercial design schemes.

This amplified focus on sanitation has provided us with an opportunity to shine a spotlight on tiles. We have recently explored the power of colour in the post-pandemic world, but when it comes to versatile surface coverings, there is a demand for robust and aesthetically pleasing tiles – both wall and floor – that are easily wiped cleaned.

Antibacterial tiles

Antibacterial Tiles are the perfect solution for improving health and hygiene within the hospitality industry. Made with the PROTECT antibacterial solution, the tile surfaces of LEA Ceramiche’s ranges are finished with the specialised, world-renowned Microban® Technology coating that eliminates up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria.

In addition to providing a hygienic surface option, there is room to experiment creatively with antibacterial tiles, with a range of stylish designs available that allow designers to experiment creatively – this is especially important within hospitality environments where appearance is key.

CTD Architectural Tiles’ Delight range for example, is designed to replicate the visual qualities of marble, and would add luxury and elegance to any hotel entrance space. Its unique veining and selection of three surface finishes, allow for creative expression and endless design possibilities.

Antibacterial surfaces in a black bathroom

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The ultimate tile choice for health & safety

Many hospitality venues including spas, gyms and other additional hotel-related leisure facilities are extremely popular with consumers, often becoming even busier during peak season due to the strong attraction of a calm and tranquil ambience.

When working with an environment prone to water, for example a swimming pool or spa, it’s important to look for a tile with inherent anti-slip properties to reinforce health and safety and enhance the overall experience for guests.

Anthology merges both anti-slip and antibacterial properties to result in a tile design that accentuates health and safety. An ideal choice for the wellness environment, the forward-thinking porcelain tile has a structured finish with high non-slip resistance.

Hotel lobby surfaces

Hotel receptions are typically where first impressions are made, therefore it’s important to design an interior that creates a statement but can withstand heavy footfall from guests, employees and other visitors.

The surface needs to be easy to sanitise and therefore tiles – over another porous floor covering – is the more suitable choice. Furthermore, as expectations around hygiene advance, the industry will be keen to invest in materials that can be easily cleaned and effectively maintained.

With hospitality design continuously evolving it’s clear the introduction of forward-thinking materials will be pivotal moving forwards.

CTD Architectural Tiles is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Black Friday deal package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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Bathroom brand Hansgrohe launches Aqua Days

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Bathroom brand Hansgrohe launches Aqua Days

Launching for ISH 2021, Hansgrohe presents Aqua Days: a hybrid brand experience that will enable audiences to discover and experience the new AXOR and hansgrohe product launches in an innovative and interactive format…

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From visionary concepts and forward-looking technologies to unique design and brand stories, guests can expect a wide range of content at Aqua Days that has been specifically developed to inspire in a digital world, in the absence of the physical show.

Taking place from March 16- 18 2021, Aqua Days will showcase new products from AXOR and Hansgrohe, offering the perfect opportunity to be immersed in a life with water. Highlights will include the global premiere of the Pulsify shower revolution from hansgrohe and the exclusive AXOR One collection designed in collaboration with the renowned Barber Osgerby, supplemented with live chats and Q&As with Hansgrohe experts.

“The hybrid experience – meaning the ability to be physically and virtually experiential – is a must in any customer-centric brand strategy in 2021,” said Hansgrohe CEO, Hans Juergen Kalmbach. “That is why we have planned an excitingly dramatic line-up of virtual highlights for our anniversary year. We did not rush into this process of creating a hybrid brand experience with a holistic approach. We started early and took our time to develop exciting and informative concepts for our customers.”

This new, customer-centric brand experience is best accessed online at 10am on March 16, so you can experience the event with full interactivity. If you miss this, it can be accessed on-demand at any time to perfectly suit personal schedules and interests. From retailers, installers and architects to designers, industry influencers and journalists, this unique platform promises to bring to life a digital event experience like no other.

Hansgrohe is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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Bring your vision to life and make it sustainable

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Bring your vision to life and make it sustainable

Leaflike is on a quest to help customers with their sustainability agenda, switching to recycled planters, introducing hydroculture planting, flower rejuvenation programmes and green walls…

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Leaflike saw an increasing trend for sustainability within the Christmas packages last year, from a decorative tree made with recycled glass bottles at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock to beautiful wooden wreaths for Galvin at Windows, Hilton Park Lane.

Leaflike considers sustainability in every project delivered for customers, recognising that venues want to know where their products are from and that its ok to have them recycled and upcycled if it means they are more sustainable.

One customer has recently gone for all sustainability options including having herbs as table centre pieces and then using them in the kitchen for cooking thereafter. Using recycled plant pots made from either coconut shells or PCs, phones and microwaves. Plus, hydroculture planting using no soil or compost and a flower rejuvenation programme. These initiatives ultimately make them award winning and truly amazing with their global commitment to respect and preserve the planet.

In addition, we are launching a 40 by 40 initiative. Leaflike will plant 40 trees a year which in turn will provide 40 tonnes of carbon reduction over the next 40 years. We will be doing this through the national trust. You can track the company’s progress on its website.

The Waldorf Hilton has been a customer for more than five years and they recently adopted sustainable and recycled products in their venue including the famous Palm Court.

Guy Hilton, General Manager, The Waldorf Hilton explains how the brand has helped connect interior design with the outside world. “I have been working with Leaflike for five years at this venue and previous Hilton hotels as well,” he explains. “The key thing here was to establish the historical planting that takes it back to the glory days of 1908 when there was Tea Dance The room Palm Court, famous for its Tea Dance, we have worked hard with the team at Leaflike to bring palms back into the Palm Court! Across the hotel the plants and planting are in keeping with the style of the hotel.”

‘In these difficult times we have worked closely with Leaflike to consider interior planting that also covers the hygiene needs and distribution of hand sanitiser.’

Join Leaflike in its next webinar

Hear how Leaflike helps customers transform any space into something beautiful and place sustainable solutions in their venues. Visit www.leaflike.co.uk/cpd.

Leaflike 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: Ceiling light collection from Chelsom

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Product watch: Ceiling light collection from Chelsom

From the looks of things in the Edition 27 collection, which launched last year, Chelsom likes to give designers plenty to play with. With this in mind, Hotel Designs takes a sneak peek at the diverse range of ceiling light options the brand offers…

Every hotel or cruise ship needs a statement chandelier and this eclectic collection has been carefully created to cater for all budgets and applications, taking design aesthetics to the next level without compromising on function and efficiency.

Hello VETRO: a seamless fusion of design and function

Slender disks in brushed brass and sculptured glass create a timeless, elegant design that makes the range extremely versatile for any application in hospitality and marine environments.

This statement pendant dramatically illuminates the surrounding area with each facet of the sculpted glass catching the light creating a striking light effect that is a statement in itself.

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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KEUCO Black adds an elegant touch in a modern bathroom

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KEUCO Black adds an elegant touch in a modern bathroom

When it comes to stylish modern furnishing, black surfaces and finishes catch the eye offer a luxurious appearance especially in the bathroom, explains bathroom brand KEUCO

If black is destined to be a key colour in your bathroom; KEUCO has an extensive range of products within their Black Concept collection.

KEUCO EDITION 11 bathroom furniture is available with a stylish black metallic-pigmented lacquer finish. The rectangular vanity units, sideboards, high and low storage units in this collection are all designed to be handle-free with a soft-touch closing system.

This noble matt-black look exudes an air of elegance and extravagance, yet the velvet matt quality of the bathroom furniture ensures the room maintains a cosy atmosphere. The black finish on this collection is easy to care for as each surface has anti-fingerprint protection.

It’s not only furniture that is available in stylish black the inventive IXMO shower range is also available with a PVD brushed black chrome finish. IXMO combines aesthetic design with functionality; as the single fitting elements allow a variety of functions, the number of visible fittings required is actually reduced. This allows greater freedom when planning the layout of the shower and bathtub in the bathroom.

The large rectangular EDITION 11 head shower creates a minimalistic look, the light metallic shimmer of the brushed black chrome surface works equally as well on light and dark surfaces, displaying to perfection the modern yet honest design elements of EDITION 11.

EDITION 11 fittings and accessories in brushed black chrome create an elegant contrast when combined with white ceramic washbasins;

The Black Concept is available in all areas of the bathroom, the ROYAL LUMOS light mirror has a black all-round anodized rim, and the two LED illuminating sources (main illumination and washbasin illumination), can be dimmed intuitively via the control panel. There is also an option to vary the colour of the light and activate the mirror heating option preventing misting.

The colour theme flows through the bathroom including accessories. KEUCO shower shelves are the perfect combination, a stylish design that provides practical storage space for the shower. There are two wall mounted variants plus one that can be hung over the shower wall, these spacious shelves are made of grey-black powder coated aluminium. (The shower shelves can be mounted on the wall without drilling by using the easy-to-use two component adhesive.)

The iLook_move cosmetic mirror with brushed black chrome PVD coating adds the finishing touch to this darkly accentuated, colour coordinated bathroom design with matt-black surfaces, metallic optics and luxurious KEUCO bathroom furnishings resulting in a sophisticated interior.

Since you’re here, why not read about KEUCO’s stylish hand sanitisers?

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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In safe hands: New hygiene products from Villeroy & Boch

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In safe hands: New hygiene products from Villeroy & Boch

Following last months spotlight being on hygiene products and safe design, bathroom manufacturer Villeroy & Boch responds with new products that cater for the post-pandemic hospitality arena…

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Interesting fact: in the 19th century, significant scientific insights create the foundations of modern hygiene. An essential contribution is made by sanitary products, which are still not widely used around 1900 and are more a privilege for the wealthy people. At this time Villeroy & Boch starts large-scale production of bathtubs and toilets. This is an important contribution towards democratising bathing and hygiene.

Hygiene in the bathroom with a modern white bath

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Are you looking for hygienic, fresh and easy-to-clean bathroom products? Well, with the Villeroy & Boch’s champion and Quaryl you are in safe hands. The rimless DirectFlush toilet with the innovative CeramicPlus and AntiBac surface is the perfect hygiene solution from Villeroy & Boch.

The new generation of rimless WCs offers particularly quick and thorough cleaning. A precise, splash-free water flow ensures the entire interior of the bowl is rinsed thoroughly to ensure cleanliness. The design of the DirectFlush WCs makes them easier to clean – which saves times and money. So the DirectFlush WC is suitable for use in both private households and commercial projects. One of the leading European Hygiene Institutes, IZORE – the “Centre for Infectious Diseases”, Friesland, NL has shown in tests that, thanks to the optimised design, the rimless Villeroy & Boch DirectFlush WC is practically germ-free after cleaning.

The low water consumption of just 3/4.5l is standard for Villeroy & Boch and sufficient for flushing the entire bowl. This is better than required by the standard. As standard EN 997 permits an unflushed area of 85 mm below the upper edge for rimless WCs. But DirectFlush flushes the entire inner bowl!

AntiBac is the innovative hygiene solution for busy commercial areas. The new glaze contains silver ions that have been proven to reduce the growth of bacteria on ceramic surfaces and WC seats by more than 99.9%!

Villeroy & Boch has succeeded in improving the properties of ceramics. A special process gives the CeramicPlus surface a permanent highquality finish. CeramicPlus offers optimum hygiene and is kind both to the environment and the wallet. The water forms in droplets on the CeramicPlus surface. These flow off into the outlet, taking residues, such as limescale and dirt with them which makes the cleaning process much easier and quicker.

In combination with CeramicPlus and the rimless DirectFlush WCs, AntiBac ensures maximum cleanliness and hygiene – throughout the product lifetime!

Quaryl from Villeroy & Boch is a unique material for unique bathrooms. Robust, durable yet allows a wide range of designs, nice and warm to the touch. An exclusive material for unusually precise shapes with clearly defined edges and small radii, setting new standards in baths and shower trays design. A great advantage of the material is its surface which provide a perfect hygiene solution. Quaryl is a material with a smooth, pore-free surface that makes cleaning easier and quicker as dirt and limescale have hardly any hold – this ensures a permanent, glimmering shine.

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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Parkside guides designers through the power of patterns

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Parkside guides designers through the power of patterns

Parkside is now taking bookings for virtual presentations of its RIBA accredited CPD that takes designers through the relationship to patterns and symmetry…

‘An Introduction to Tiling Patterns’, is a RIBA accredited CPD presentation by design-led tile specification company, Parkside, that introduces tiling patterns through the world of tessellations, looking at symmetry, repeat patterns and a handful of mathematical terms and rules.

Now available as a virtual presentation, An Introduction to Tiling Patterns initially takes a look at tessellations, giving an understanding of the etymology, terminology and types. Showing common examples of regular, semi-regular and irregular tessellations, the CPD then goes on to explore how these founding principles translate into tiling patterns.

Tracing the history of tiles, as well as designs found in nature and their psychological meaning, it then goes on to explore the impact of tiling patterns on interiors, as well as the creative possibilities of creating your own unique pattern.

Brian Linnington, managing director, Parkside; “We’re bringing unique insight into the power of patterns to remote working teams with our CPD presentation that’s ready to be presented virtually. Reflecting on tiling patterns in the world all around us, we’re hoping that teams will find an inspirational and ultimately informative exploration of how to integrate innovative tiling designs in future projects.”

Including interview excerpts with famed designer and BIID director, Sue Timney, An Introduction to Tiling Patterns can be presented to remote teams by one of Parkside’s experienced consultants. It provides an opportunity to combine team wellbeing with RIBA approved professional development.

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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GROHE launches ‘GROHE X’, a new digital experience hub

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GROHE launches ‘GROHE X’, a new digital experience hub

In an industry-first, On March 16, 2021, Hotel Designs will join LIXIL EMENA to launch a digital platform enabling visitors to experience exclusive GROHE brand insights and product news first-hand…

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With GROHE X, LIXIL EMENA launches an industry-first digital platform for its leading global sanitary brand, GROHE. Visitors to the hub have the opportunity to create their own individual GROHE brand experience thanks to informative and inspirational multimedia content tailored to the needs of its professional business partners and consumers. Whether a trade customer wants to know which global trends are impacting the sanitary business, an installer is looking for how-to videos to make their working day easier, an architect is seeking inspiration on the latest design trends, or a consumer is searching for state-of-the-art product innovations to make their dream bathroom a reality – GROHE X allows everyone to explore the world of GROHE and expand their horizons for a better way of living.

Originally intended as an alternative to the biennial ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for water and HVAC, from which GROHE withdrew due to the Covid-19 pandemic, GROHE X is now more than a trade fair substitute. Alongside uniting thought-provoking and entertaining stories in one place, GROHE X brings the world closer together, offering a platform that can facilitate engaging exchange and support from the brand’s experts. Now that opportunities for face-to-face meetings are limited, GROHE X provides the perfect environment for collaborating and sharing ideas – the new place to meet in the digital world. In addition to the comprehensive free editorial content available, the platform launches on Tuesday 16th March 2021 with dedicated event formats tailored to GROHE’s professional business partners.

“GROHE X is a result of our disruptive way of thinking. We embraced the new normal and understood challenges as new opportunities,” is how Jonas Brennwald, Leader LIXIL EMENA and Co-CEO Grohe AG explains the central role that GROHE X plays for the global brand. “For me, GROHE X is proof that, especially at times like these, you need to exchange ‘but’ for ‘imagine if’ and I’m more than proud that everyone at GROHE was so bold to thinking open-mindedly like this.

“With GROHE X, we offer our customers a central, always-available brand hub to get inspired but also to interact with us – wherever they are, whenever they need us. Also, in the future, we aim to pave new paths with GROHE X. The digital platform is just the beginning of an own experience ecosystem that will drive engagement with our customers in the years to come. As soon as it is possible again, GROHE X will be supplemented by hybrid or truck tour events.”

A modern and minimalist bathroom featuring GROHE products

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“Although physical distance is key these days, we still want to offer our customers a unique setting to experience our innovations and to exchange with us directly,” says Thomas Fuhr, Leader Fittings LIXIL International and Co- CEO Grohe AG. “GROHE X allows everyone to immerse in the diverse world of GROHE and it gives you the building blocks to create an individual brand experience. You will get exclusive, behind-the-scenes insights of our plants and how our customer-centric supply chain connects them to the global markets; learn more about our latest technologies developed in our in-house R&D department located in Hemer, Germany; and we will also take you along with us on our sustainability journey, to which we will add another milestone. It is amazing what our teams have brought to life in such a short period of time.”

Putting customer-centricity at the heart

With tailored content carefully curated for each target group and industry channel, GROHE X also reflects GROHE’s new commercial strategy which will begin to be rolled out in the UK to align with the introduction of new product launches. Based on comprehensive feedback from GROHE’s business partners on their expectations from the brand, GROHE’s leadership team developed a go-to-market approach that offers a differentiated product portfolio and dedicated services to each of its target customer groups: distributors, retailers and installers, architects, designers and planners, as well as consumers.

Developing relevant product solutions that improve consumers’ lives requires a deep understanding of what consumers expect from their living spaces and GROHE is striving to anticipate even those unarticulated consumer needs at an early stage of its product development process. The focus on the needs and aspirations of customers will be of central importance with regards to several new products that GROHE will unveil on GROHE X during its launching weeks.

To discover which key consumer insights the brand is building on, which solutions will offer consumers added value in the bathroom and kitchen of the future, and how the brand plans to further expand its sustainability transformation following its double win success at the German Sustainability Awards 2021, visit grohe-x.com from March 16, 2021.

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: TSAR Carpets introduces Sierra Collection

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Product watch: TSAR Carpets introduces Sierra Collection

Hotel Designs learns more about the recently launched Sierra Collection by TSAR Carpets, which is described as an ‘exploration in woven process and natural textures’… 

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A global industry leader in luxury custom-made carpets and rugs, Melbourne-based TSAR Carpets is pleased to introduce the new Sierra Collection, a series of broadloom wool-rich Axminster carpet designs inspired by mountainous terrains and desert landscapes. Available February 2021, the collection will be sold exclusively at TSAR’s studios in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, London, and Shanghai.

While keeping in line with TSAR’s signature use of bold and signature designs, the Sierra Collection transforms the company’s vision for the future of hospitality, commercial and residential projects into paired-back contemporary statements teeming with topographical dimension. The collection features an array of natural, earthy tones in five distinct patterns, ranging from geological motifs to glacial-like elements that offer a sense of tranquility and fluidity.

“The Sierra Collection was first and foremost inspired by Iceland’s historic and impressive female-led weaving industry and the natural beauty of the country’s stark and craggy landscape. That investigation further spurred interest in bringing to life additional rugged and arid landscapes worldwide — from California’s Coachella Valley to the rugged cliffs of the Shire at Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne,” says Charlotte McGeehan, a trained weaver and TSAR’s in-house designer. “The ultimate goal of the collection is to ground the end user, while providing a high-performing and luxuriously comfortable experience underfoot.”

The collection’s textures were derived from an array of McGeehan’s experimental and labor-intensive hand, seersucker and jacquard weaving techniques, which were then digitally translated into broadloom Axminster carpet designs. Incorporating 80 per cent New Zealand wool — a durable material thanks to the fibre’s unparalleled diameter and strength — the collection is suitable for a wide variety of highly trafficked public spaces as well as residential environments. Specification, colours, and scale can also be fully customised to suit any project.

“TSAR’s thirty years’ of manufacturing expertise combined with our unique vertical integration practices — from sourcing raw material in fleece form and spinning the yarn to our own specification, to the dyeing and sampling process — results in exceptional consistency and quality control, “says McGeehan. “Like the enduring terrain that inspired the Sierra Collection, each hardwearing carpet is built for longevity.”

In bringing the collection’s launch to life, TSAR partnered with Italian image production studio Nova Visualis (@novavisualis) to create a series of digital vignettes that reflect the collection’s terrene ethos and intended end use. Nova Visualis, known for their creative direction and technical precision, designed five dynamic renders that imagine the collection in various trend-forward hospitality and residential environments. The end result is a suite of visual settings that evoke a transportive and serene experience.”

TSAR Carpets, a Melbourne-based design brand with more than 30 years of expertise in the manufacturing of luxury custom carpets and rugs, is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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Product watch: Kaldewei turns bathtubs into modern sound boxes

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Product watch: Kaldewei turns bathtubs into modern sound boxes

Kaldewei SOUND WAVE is the ultimate combination of relaxing spa and unique sound experience – above and below the water…

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Listening is pure enjoyment. From the gentle rustle of leaves tickled by a breeze to a virtuoso violin concerto by Mozart – music, voices and gentle sounds give us unique moments of well-being and help us to relax. Bringing together the joy of bathing with the delights of music and sound was an obvious choice for Kaldewei. SOUND WAVE is the ultimate combination of relaxing spa and unique sound experience – above and below the water.

Spa meets sound

SOUND WAVE isn’t only a winner with spa lovers. Professionals like sound engineer Bryan Gallant from The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada, are big fans of this Kaldewei innovation. “We put in a Kaldewei sound bath tub for certain clients who decide they like a soak (a bath) after work, the great thing is, they can listen to the music they made while dropping the soap!” says the studio manager.

A sustainable steel enamel Kaldewei bathtub fitted with SOUND WAVE recently took up residence at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. Opened by Bryan Adams in 1997, The Warehouse Studio consists of four studios of varying sizes and fit-out, housed in an historic building in the west coast metropolis. Rock greats have been regular visitors here for years: REM, Nickelback, Billy Joel, Muse, Metallica and AC/DC have all recorded tracks or entire albums at The Warehouse Studio. Bryan Adams himself has also made most of his recordings here.

After finishing work, the musicians can now enjoy the special mix of sound and relaxation and literally immerse themselves in their new songs – like in a symphony in enamel.

How it works

Suitable for any bathroom, SOUND WAVE is the acoustic innovation that turns a steel enamel bathtub into a resonant sound box. Compatible with all Kaldewei bathtub models, this bathroom audio system is installed at the same time as the bathtub. Six acoustic panels and two transducers are attached to the outside of the bathtub; these remain entirely invisible behind the panelling. SOUND WAVE can play every kind of audio file via Bluetooth from a smartphone, laptop, tablet or PC. The chosen digital device then works as a remote control which is automatically recognised after the first sign-in. Up to eight devices and individuals – a biggish family, for example, or an entire band – can be paired with SOUND WAVE at the same time.

“Unfortunately a whole band can’t fit into the bathtub, but we’re talking with Kaldewei about designing one!” says studio manager Bryan Gallant with a twinkle in his eye.

Bryan Adams has had a close connection with Kaldewei for some time: in 2020 the Canadian rock musician and photographer was asked by Kaldewei to present the subject of hand hygiene in pictures. With “Naturally Connected” he created an emotional visual rendering of connectedness in turbulent times.

Kaldewei 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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Celebrating imperfections in design with Granorte

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Celebrating imperfections in design with Granorte

With the blend of Japanese and Scandinavian interior styling making itself felt in the Japandi trend, Granorte’s Wabi cork wall covering executes the look to perfection…

A textured grey surface from Granorte

Bringing the warmth and calming influence of natural finishes in elegant fashion to walls, Wabi is a wall tile from Granorte, made entirely of recycled natural cork, leftover from wine stopper production. Bringing new meaning to walls in private residences and commercial locations alike, Wabi takes influence from wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of appreciating the beauty that can be found in the imperfect creations of nature.

The cork wall tile’s elegant aesthetic in a palette of 14 tones, ranging from peaceful hues of Ice and Snow through to hues of rich forest green in Leafs and deep ocean blue in River. Each colour is available in a texture from a selection of four. Whether the uneven and rough nature of Virgin cork, the virgin cork and shaves of Burl, pressed wine bottle corks in Corky or the linear effect of unused bark in Linea, it’s a powerful and fascinating look. Each design is available in 900mm x 300mm tiles treated using CORKGUARD, an extra-matt water-based finish that seals and protects to ensure lasting natural beauty.

Paulo Rocha, Granorte, says; “We’re really interested in finding ways to explore cork’s creativity. We believe cork is an interior finish that is more relevant today than it has ever been, but we also want to demonstrate that it can be applied in interesting and exciting ways that can lift interiors out of the usual. Cork really highlights that choosing natural and sustainable materials doesn’t have to be limiting in terms of creativity.”

Since the 1970s, the family-run Granorte been making cork products in its Portuguese factory, creating everything from classic floor tiles through to furniture, fabrics and even baths and sinks. Continual investment in the latest technology, including a seven-axis robot, has made sure that Granorte is at the fore of innovative uses for the material.

As we continue to look to create interiors that deliver a sense of comfort and assurance, cork’s natural origins, natural aesthetic, comfort, excellent acoustics and thermal insulation make it the perfect material.

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Geberit launches Hotel Guest Experience Report

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Geberit launches Hotel Guest Experience Report

Bathroom designer and manufacturer, Geberit, has launched a Hotel Guest Experience book in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading architects and design experts…

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The exclusive publication examines what the future may hold for hotel guest experience, exploring the challenges facing future design in the wake of Covid-19 and the complex changing needs of the modern guest.

The report features contributions from writers, architects and leading experts across areas including hygiene, sustainability and design.

Industry-recognised expert in the field of biophilic design, Oliver Heath, shines a spotlight on the importance of designing for the senses, focusing on a human-centred approach to hotel design and examining how hotels can help guests experience a better state of physical and mental state of wellbeing during their stay.

Dexter Moren, partner at Dexter Moran Associates, looks at how hygiene can be optimised throughout hotels in a post-Covid world. The report also looks at sustainability, with Juliet Kinsman, founder of BOUTECO and respected sustainable luxury travel writer, exploring the role of sustainability in a hotel’s story, and what strategies can help hotels reduce energy, conserve water and minimise waste. Tanya Griffiths, chartered architect at Kay Elliot, considers the growing demand for hotels to offer a diverse and personalised experience, and offers readers some solutions to successfully achieve a mixed-use design. 

Sophie Weston, channel marketing manager at Geberit UK, said: “Geberit’s Guest Experience Hotel report will provide some thought for hotels on what the future may look like and insight into the key challenges facing hotels today.

“We’ve produced this in collaboration with some of the most well-renowned individuals in their respective fields. We want to support hotels and help them navigate these uncertain times – we explore how intelligent analysis, creative design and clever specification can meet the changing needs of their customers. We’ve produced this in collaboration with some of the most well-renowned individuals in their respective fields.”

Ruth Slavid, architectural writer, editor and author of nine books, provides the foreword to the report. She says: “We know that hotels will undoubtedly have to change. The unimaginative operator may slosh around some sanitiser and encase a few things in plastic. But those who succeed will do so through intelligent analysis, creative design, clever specification and a real understanding of what tomorrow’s customer needs and wants. This book will be a valuable resource for hotels looking for expertise and insight into future needs.”  

Geberit 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 architectural wrap patterns now available from William Smith

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New architectural wrap patterns now available from William Smith

William Smith Group leads the way in architectural wrap solutions with 500 3M DI-NOC patterns now in stock…

A major investment in 3M DI-NOC stock now places a choice of 500 patterns (half the entire 1000 pattern collection) at the fingertips of William Smith Architextural division’s customers.

All stock is available off the shelf, and by the metre, giving installers the advantage of more choice for their clients, readily available samples, and shorter lead times.

The new DI-NOC finishes available include an even greater choice in wood, colours, metallic, stone, and fabric, as well as 3M’s recently launched suede collection. More specialist finishes include abrasion resistant, matt, and exterior, to meet even more design requirements to create innovative solutions.

Since you’re here, why not read our exclusive roundtable on sustainability in surface design?

The investment of almost £300,000 in the addition of 350 patterns is a clear demonstration of the William Smith’s commitment to the UK market and to further enhancing support for its installers.

“This investment in additional stock represents our dedication to supporting our installers more than ever,” explains Architextural Marketing Manager, Lindsay Appleton. “Stock availability means we can offer greater access to material by the metre, and help our customers to win more projects by enabling them to offer sampling and prototypes to their customers.”

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Williams Smith Group 1832 Head of Marketing, Chris Bradley comments: “Our Architextural Division was created to drive awareness with architects, designers and specifiers about the concept of architectural wrapping as an alternative surface in redesigns. Recognition of the sustainability and cost saving benefits of wrapping existing fixtures and fittings, instead of replacing them, is growing in momentum in the UK and we are seeing rapid growth in demand for these products.”

“Architextural is leading the market, and is now the largest UK stockist of architectural films, from the two leading brands, 3M DI-NOC and Cover Styl,” concludes Chris Bradley.

Working in partnership with 3M, William Smith is the lead supplier of DI-NOC stock in the UK. To view the full 3M DI-NOC stock range or request samples visit the William Smith Group or Architextural websites. To request the new Architextural brochure email lindsay@williamsmith.co.uk. To book a training course and become part of the growing installation network, click here.

Architextural 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 Atlas Plan by Atlas Concorde

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Introducing Atlas Plan by Atlas Concorde

Atlas Plan is the latest brand of Atlas Concorde, the first Italian ceramic group in the world, and produces large sized porcelain slabs ideal for interior design projects addressed to the Ho.Re.Ca. world…

A large bar inside an airport

The wide range of effects, finishes, colours, textures and veining allows architects and designers to satisfy every new design concept and to create unique and exclusive settings: luxurious marble-look hotel lobbies, industrial-chic concrete-look restaurants, elegant and essential stone-look outdoor areas, modern and hi-tech metal-look lounge bars.

The outstanding aesthetic quality of the ceramic material blends with its extremely high technical performance: strength and resistance to chemical agents and thermal shocks make porcelain tiles the ideal material for designing bars, restaurants and hotels with indoor and outdoor settings. Moreover, porcelain ensures the surfaces of counters, tables and worktops are resistant to everyday wear and highly hygienic for direct contact with foodstuffs.

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The perfect coordination of Atlas Plan surfaces with the Atlas Concorde range of floor and wall tiles opens up a multitude of compositions for entirely covering and furnishing a room, to obtain a comprehensive look of great scenic impact or suggestive style combinations in tune with other materials.

The range of Atlas Concorde and Atlas Plan products also offers solutions that comply with anti-slip requirements (PTV 36+ under dry and wet conditions) and are therefore particularly suitable for the design of indoor and outdoor common areas.

Spazio Gourmet Sarajevo 350-m² restaurant in Sarajevo, designed by Studio Kon2re. The product used in this project is Bianco Dolomite by Atlas Plan: an intense and luminous marble look, characterised by delicate dark veins, which perfectly matches the light wood with natural shades.

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350-m² restaurant in Sarajevo, designed by Studio Kon2re. The product used in this project is Bianco Dolomite by Atlas Plan: an intense and luminous marble look, characterised by delicate dark veins, which perfectly matches the light wood with natural shades.

Atlas Plan constantly invests in product innovation: two technologies that are an absolute novelty in the world of furniture and architecture have been recently introduced.

The Natura-Vein™ Tech technology offers the possibility of industrially recreating the typical veining of a natural material such as marble. Through-body vein technology thus increases the freedom of design for designers because it makes the marble look even more realistic, lending each project continuity of surface, edge and corners.

 

The Natura-Body™ Tech technology, on the other hand, reproduces the aesthetics of natural stones both on the surface and in the body of the slab. Material continuity between the surface and edges of full-body porcelain slabs is an aesthetic advantage that meets the highest design standards, both indoors and outdoors.

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Image caption: Natura-Body | Image credit: Atlas Concorde

Atlas Plan is available in the UK market with a wide range of products and an extensive network of certified and approved fabricators for the slab processing.

The Atlas Plan team is also available to organise certified CPD (Continuous Professional Development) presentations both digitally and face-to-face at interested architecture and design firms in London and across the UK.

Atlas Concorde 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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For further technical and commercial information you can contact the Key Account Manager Alberto Pagani, based in London, who will assist and support architects and designers in every request.

A moodboard of both masculine taps and feminine taps

New bathroom products from Gessi explore gender in design

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New bathroom products from Gessi explore gender in design

New bathroom products from Gessi cater for designers trying to achieve masculine and feminine design aesthetics in wellness spaces. Editor Hamish Kilburn explores…

A moodboard of both masculine taps and feminine taps

Variety is the spice of life, is the message we are receiving when hearing all about Gessi’s latest news. The bathroom brand has made a name for itself by challenging convention in wellness spaces – think spotlight shower and spa-like bathrooms. But it’s recent launch goes another step further to look at shapes, furnishings, and colours associated to both masculine and feminine spaces – all while putting an emphasis on modern traveller demands, such as hygiene and wellbeing.

“Gessi has announced a shift in bathroom architecture to accommodate the emerging needs of living.”

Continuing the tradition of transformation started in 2002 with Rettangolo and the Private Wellness Program introduction, Gessi has announced a shift in bathroom architecture to accommodate the emerging needs of living. Gessi’s Private Wellness Program’s mission is to create spaces of wellbeing in the bathroom. The brand has expanded on this concept to offer separate bathroom areas dedicated to men and women’s distinctly different needs. In this vision, “the woman and man of Gessi” are conscious inhabitants of the contemporary home seeking exclusive areas, totally dedicated and reserved for themselves.

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In a statement, the bathroom brand explains the contrasting demands for men and women when it comes down to bathroom design. “Contemporary men and women relish their rituals of personal care and the need for moments of isolation and relaxation to unwind from the day’s stress,” the statement said. “While both genders seek peace, rebalancing, and regeneration in the bath space, their habits and use of this vital environment remain substantially different. The increasingly restricted shared spaces of domestic life create the need for a decompression room. In answer to this need, Gessi has introduced coordinated furnishing elements that offer men and women divided environments of wellbeing, personalised for their personality, daily rituals and style.”

In Gessi’s vision, wellbeing is achieved in the “appropriation of one’s own space by choosing its shapes, furnishings, and colours”. So everyone feels comfortable in a habitat that has been exclusively created for him/her. Like fragrances, jewellery, or clothing, the new Anello and Ingranaggio collections are designed differently to celebrate each gender and make the bathroom a place that honours men and women’s unique needs.

The design of Ingranaggio has a masculine soul and speaks of essential vigour. It reminds us that we are the perfect mechanism of our existence with its elegant handle shaped like a toothed wheel, evoking a gear in motion. The energy of a moving clockwork ideally transfers to the environment and to the user of this collection.

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Meanwhile, the Anello design has the feminine elegance and modern grace of a jewel and is notable for its distinctive circular handle. As a symbol of infinity and love, the ring becomes the promise of lasting beauty in her setting of peace and wellbeing.

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Each collection offers a variety of models and finishes perfect for further personalisation of your environment – “Anello, the woman of Gessi” and “Ingranaggio, the man of Gessi.” Gessi’s vision is to revolutionise the bathroom with products designed for men and women’s individual tastes that can also be combined harmoniously or switched to satisfy individual tastes, so to create one room with distinct wellness spaces for each.

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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Hypnos awarded carbon-neutral certification

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Hypnos awarded carbon-neutral certification

Bed manufacturer Hypnos has been awarded The Planet Mark – Carbon Neutral Certification for its decade-long commitment to carbon-neutral production…

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Royal warrant holder and leading sustainable sleep brand, Hypnos, has announced that its decade-long commitment to carbon neutrality and environmentally-friendly product design has been recognised with a prestigious The Planet Mark – Carbon Neutral Certification.

Having been carbon-neutral for over a decade and offset more than 9,550 tonnes of carbon along the way, Hypnos has demonstrated its pioneering and long-running environmental credentials.

The ethical company was the first bed manufacturer in the world to have become carbon neutral. Indeed, Hypnos has championed the importance of sustainability and carbon reduction across the bed industry throughout the last decade and is pleased to see a number of other bed brands starting to take their first steps into becoming carbon neutral.

The Planet Mark is committed to the United Nations Decade of Action, which covers everything from sustainable living to climate change and creating a circular economy. The Planet Mark is a highly distinguished sustainability certification for businesses in the UK and internationally, recognising continuous improvements within a company across a wide range of areas including building strong employee engagement to create a sustainable culture.

This certification comes shortly after the family-owned British bedmaker announced it had developed an innovative new recyclable, eco-friendly and carbon neutral packaging solution. Made from sugarcane, a renewable and carbon dioxide depleting resource, this new solution will be used for their beds and mattresses across its retail and contract factories, encouraging all bedmakers to adopt this technology to help eliminate plastic waste.

When it comes to carbon reduction and tackling its footprint, Hypnos has implemented a range of robust measures. This focuses on using renewable natural resources and making sure that all its product designs and ethical bed production are focused on low-carbon solutions. Its carbon offsetting and social responsibility programmes include working in the community with local schools and conservation groups, planting trees to sequester carbon and build biodiversity environments.

Richard Naylor, Sustainable Development Director at Hypnos Beds, believes the time is right to receive such a nod to the brand’s eco-friendly DNA. “Our commitment to sustainable sleep is something which affects every single corner of our business,” he said in a statement. “From our sustainability-led culture, products and operations to working with fully traceable materials and certified farmers and growers in our supply chain, right through to how we actually package our finished products, we’re sustainable in every part of our business and we aim to help set the sustainability standards for the bed industry.

“We’re delighted to be able to add The Planet Mark to our list of credentials which we have built throughout our long journey to sustainable sleep. We’ve led the way when it comes to environmentally-friendly bed making for well over a decade and are excited about everything we have planned over the next decade as well.”

Steve Malkin, CEO and founder of The Planet Mark, adds: “Understanding and reducing the impact that your business has on the planet is absolutely essential and we know that Hypnos has been unrelenting in its pursuit of truly sustainable beds, delivering outstanding products for both its customers and the planet.

“We’re pleased to see such a strong commitment to the environment and to social responsibility from a well-known and respected British brand and it’s great to work together to achieve common environmental goals.”

For more than a decade Hypnos has ensured sustainability infiltrates every area of its business. For that reason, Hypnos’ products are made with 100 per cent natural and sustainable fibres, meaning they’re fully recyclable and don’t end up at landfill sites at the end of their lifetime. In addition, all Hypnos mattresses are free of harmful and allergy-related chemicals – with no use of any synthetic, chemical-based foams or memory foams.

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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Industry insight: Why alfresco dining is the new normal

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Industry insight: Why alfresco dining is the new normal

Alfresco dining has become more important and popular than ever. See how hotels can tap into this to serve more customers in every season. Canopies UK explores…

Alfresco dining overlooking the coast

When bars and restaurants reopened their doors last July, people flocked to enjoy the summer sunshine in beer gardens and outdoor terraces.

Alfresco dining has long been a desirable experience. Many of us can picture walking along the promenades or cobbled streets of holiday destinations looking for the perfect spot for lunch or an evening cocktail. While this isn’t possible all year round in many countries, particularly the UK, the enthusiasm is certainly there. At the first sight of blue skies, Brits can be seen headed outdoors to eat and drink.

Since the onset of the pandemic, alfresco dining has become necessary. We know it’s much safer to socialise in groups sitting outdoors, and when it’s possible to, many people prefer to do so now.

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Adapting to the new normal

It’s been suggested we will be living with the threat or presence of pandemics forever. While this idea is a hard pill to swallow, it means societies will find new ways of operating. The way we socialise being one of the main priorities.

It follows that hotels, bars, and restaurants are turning to underused outdoor space to create seating and event space. Designing an outdoor seating area that’s comfortable, appealing, and sheltered, is a way to expand your offering and differentiate from the competition.

Removing weather as an obstacle

We might have the best intentions to enjoy breakfast outdoors or share an evening drink under the stars. But not every destination can rely on warm, dry weather all year round. The solution is to treat the outdoor area as you would an indoor space.

With a bespoke canopy system, you control the climate of your outdoor area. The retractable sides and roof offer flexible shelter and you can heat, light, and ventilate your space to exactly how you want it. Your outdoor area becomes profitable no matter what the weather is doing.

Transforming spaces for the future

Seamlessly blending outdoor and indoor areas is the future of hotel design. Multipurpose terraces, balconies, and rooftops are features guests will look for, particularly when hosting events.

The Savage Garden rooftop canopy installed 12 storeys high on the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Tower of London has become an important function space. Bernadette Gilligan, General Manager of the hotel, explains: “Come rain or shine, guests can enjoy everything from drinks to private events in the space. The retractable canopy – designed and built as bespoke for Savage Garden – means that the terrace can be cosy and covered during winter, and the perfect sun trap come summer.”

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Hotels that can make their venues as versatile as possible are the businesses that stand the best chance of welcoming more guests in the future. Embracing outdoor dining and the alfresco experience is a promising move in the right direction.

Canopies UK which designs, manufactures, and installs bespoke dining canopies for hospitality venues, most notably the Skyroof and Cantabria systems, 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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Sekers Fabrics becomes exclusive brand partner of FR-One (UK)

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Sekers Fabrics becomes exclusive brand partner of FR-One (UK)

Collaboration goals, fabrics brand Sekers has become the exclusive brand partners of FR-One in the United Kingdom. Here’s what we know…

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FR-One is the industry leader in Inherently Fire-Retardant furnishing fabrics, offering maximum safety by providing a wide range of self-extinguishing multi-use* drapery, bedding and accessory fabrics which meet all necessary UK and Marine (both IMO and MED Module E Certification) Standards, making FR-One a great choice for contract, marine and residential projects.

“This new relationship brings together two of the market leaders in the supply of contract fabrics to the commercial and hospitality industry,” said David Lawton, Group Sales Director at Sekers. “With FR-One’s enviable product range, rigorous testing and one standard that meets all attitude, we are confident that clients old and new will continue to utilise and enjoy FR-One’s stunning collections. Trend-setting colours and designs, beautiful upholstery ranges, fabulous sheers and attractive dim- out collections, all backed by Sekers long standing reputation, loyal sales force and technical knowledge brings us to the beginning of an exciting chapter!”

RE-Invent, let’s reshape the future of FR Fabrics

With the new partnership comes a range of new and exciting fabrics. FR-One has a strong interest in the requirements of our consumers and our environment which has led them to re-use, recycle and ultimately RE-Invent their own collections.

The new RE-Invent range features six collections of upholstery, drapery and bedding fabrics; Re-Vive, Re-Store, RE-Delis, Regal Velvets, Resurgence, and Moon. It showcases three new fabric constructions, manufactured from recycled polyester, fully certified and compliant with the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).

This concise range includes timeless and proven best-sellers that have been thoughtfully reinvented for today’s consumer to encourage appreciation of the value of quality and proven products.

The ranges; Re-Invent, Edition 1 and Edition 2 are sampled in our new stylish dual branded binders and/or pattern books. All of the designs and sample cuttings can be accessed via the FR-One link on the Sekers website, including all three e-binders.

RE-Vive

As FR-One’s first 100 per cent recycled fabric, certified by the Global Recycling Standard, RE-Vive is a wide width dim out that is best suited to contract drapery applications. Featuring a sumptuous touch and drape with a silky smooth finish, this collection is available in a broad and versatile colour palette.

Re-Delis

FR-One’s best-selling ‘Delis’ has been reinvented in a renewed wide width and recycled format suitable for contract drapery applications. Re-Delis is 300cm wide and features a matte, dry and natural look and touch, emulating a beautiful raw linen. Composed of 52 per cent recycled GRS certified polyester, this collection is a brilliant choice for today’s conscientious market.

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RE-Store

A trio of wide width textured dim outs in GRS certified recycled polyester, the RE-Store collection features RE-Juvenate, RE-Boot and RE-New, three designs well suited to contract drapery applications. RE- Juvenate features a small basket weave texture subtly combining matte and shiny yarns, RE-Boot is composed of fine multi-coloured yarns delivering an elegant sheen when caught in the light and RE- New has an organic, dry and tactile look and feel, bringing sophistication to any interior.

Regal Velvets

A grand collection of multi-use* signature jacquard velvets in three striking designs; Regalia, Remain and Requiem, are available in a beautifully succinct and rich colour range. Regalia is an all-over abstract design that gives great visual texture and movement, reaching 100,000 rubs on the Martindale rub test. Remain is a classic key design with a hidden optical zigzag twist, while Requiem is a small-scale irregular spot effect with an intentionally fuzzy look and feel. Both Remain and Requiem achieve 70,000 rubs, boasting strong durability.

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Image caption: Regal Velvets | Image credit: Sekers

Resurgence

This collection presents two unconventional vinyl qualities: Register and Refined. Both mirror the look and texture of natural woven linens in the form of boundlessly durable engineered vinyl, boasting 100,000 rubs on the Martindale Rub Test. Both designs are compiled together with a range of FR-Ones carefully curated sheers, drapery and upholstery* fabrics – all in a soft, enduring and neutral colour palette.

Moon

FR-One’s best-selling and timeless multi-use* velvet has been refreshed with a deeper colour palette, now available in a total of 39 rich and on-trend colourways, including a range of metallics, neutrals and jewel tones. Moon’s excellent durability and luxurious touch will enhance the appearance of any interior.

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Image caption: Moon | Image credit: Sekers

*NB All FR One upholstery fabrics to be used within the U.K. will require additional FR treatment to pass the following standards:

  • BS 5852: 2006 Part 1 Ignition Source 0 & 1, Part 2 Ignition Source 5 (Crib 5)
  • BS 7176: 2007+A1:2011 Medium Hazard, incorporating BS EN 1021-1: 2006, BS EN 1021-2: 2006 When tested over CMHR Foam – density approx. 35kg/m3

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 SOS: Falcon are on the case

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Hotel SOS: Falcon are on the case

It would be hard for anyone to say Covid-19 has not affected their business. With three national lockdowns in the UK, events being cancelled and tourism at an all-time low, hotels need to be ready to welcome guests back into their establishments when restrictions are lifted. Falcon Contract Flooring explains…

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Some financial reviewers are stating it may take up to four years for hotels to fully recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The truth is, we at Falcon Contract Flooring can be flexible and can support any hospitality business at any desirable pace they require.

Falcon understands the importance of hotels keeping rooms online 24-7 to cope with supply and demand, which is why we offer a reactive and maintenance service whereby we receive a call out, attend site, repair or replace the flooring in that area and have the area back online to be sold within a 24-hour period. An offline/sold damaged room means a loss of revenue to any hotel. So, the faster the room or area can be repaired and back online the better for hotel revenue and customer satisfaction.

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As a nationwide flooring contractor, Falcon have professional, trusted and highly skilled installers working all over the UK. The installers work alongside our reactive department who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With two warehouses spanning over 25,000 sqft, we can store all your specified products and materials, so they are available at the point of any request. The best thing about this is you do not have to pay to stock them or worry about storing them, as we take on the procurement and distribution so you can concentrate on running your hotel and we will focus on what we do best!

With the effects of Covid-19 very much at the forefront of people’s minds, business owners know cash is king, so liquidity is the main focus of every daily decision they make. This said, it is unlikely hotels will be preparing for a pricey renovation project right now. With Falcon’s reactive and maintenance service, full refurbishments are not entirely necessary. Getting rooms back online and available to improve revenue will be beneficial in the long run and an option that may not have previously been considered.

It is not just hotel bedrooms that Falcon can attend. Bars, kitchens, manager’s accommodation, corridors; they are all vital aspects of a building and must be maintained. If the site needs surveying before installation, Falcon can provide this free of charge. This is not an operation that has been manifested overnight. In 2019, Falcon attended more than 2,500 callouts over the hospitality sectors, bringing hotels and bars back to life: whilst saving them further loss of revenue. Falcon have worked hard to build this service and work alongside well-known brands such as Premier Inn, Marriott, Travelodge and Whitbread for many years.

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A review from Travelodge states: “We have been very impressed with the service standards, speed of service and account management. The speed and customer service is second to none compared to any of our outsourced contractors.”

Falcon’s values rest on transparency. We work hard to build good working relationships with our partners and will be clear and precise every step of the way. If we can help by bringing your hotel rooms back to the high standards they deserve and help you to achieve 100 per cent occupancy and customer satisfaction, then at the end of a day we feel very proud to have played an integral role within your organisation.

We ensure minimum disruption to your business and your revenue whilst we work to strict SLAs and health and safety guidelines. All our installers have the appropriate PPE and stick to all government guidance when working. Falcon have a coronavirus policy in place that is followed to the letter and all necessary procedures are in place to make sure if installers are visiting your site, we are respectful and safe throughout.

This is the service you need to have, that you didn’t know you needed. It’s like the first time you tried Netflix; you thought you had all the channels and films you could ever wish for, and suddenly there was a service that offered so much more. That’s us at Falcon. We’re worth reaching out to, because once you’ve tried us, you’ll never look back.

If you would like any further information regarding our reactive and maintenance service, please contact us and we would be happy to help.

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Franklite launches 15 new lighting product ranges

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Franklite launches 15 new lighting product ranges

With designers requesting for variety and choices, Franklite has introduced 15 new lighting ranges, each with its own variations within the brand’s new supplement…

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Over the last few months, following a busy 2020, the team at Franklite have been working tirelessly to design a range of products that are not only functional and efficient, but also beautiful and creative. In continuation of Catalogue 26, the brand is launching 15 new product ranges each with its own variations within the new supplement. Here’s our sneak peek of the collection, including our editor’s pick.

The Allium range is perfect for adding style and sophistication to any space. This range consists of two spherical pendants and two half-sphere flush ceiling lights in chrome with elegant, multifaceted crystals on wire stems. The organic curve of the cable adds to the floral aesthetic of the pendant, giving the impression of a stem or vine, perfectly paired with natural interior design elements.

Cut-out image of the Allium range from Franklite

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For those looking for something a bit more contemporary and industrial, the Wain pendants are ideal. These rustic matt finish ‘wheel’ pendants on a chain suspension will compliment a space with wood tones such as exposed ceiling beams and wall panelling ideal in open plan living areas or restaurants. Designed to be used with decorative LED lamps these pendants are available in an eight and 10 light option depending of the size of the space.

Cut-out of Wain lighting product from Franklite

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Editor’s pick

The Prophecy, Hotel Designs’ editor’s pick out of the collection, is a comprehensive range of modern matt black fittings with smoked glass spheres. There are three semi-flush fittings, two pendants for a longer drop, a matching wall bracket and a three light floor lamp. The pendants in the Prophecy range have adjustable arms which allow customers to style the pendant as they like. Whilst the bold, smoked globes create a moody and minimalist aesthetic.

For a more subtle, yet extraordinary, industrial pendant we have the Precis range. These elongated dome shaped pendants feature a sturdy, smooth cement outer shell. With two interior options, either in a copper or satin nickel finish, this pendant will go with most kitchen accents.

Cut-out of Precis in the Franklite range

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Create an impactful bathroom using pattern with Burlington

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Create an impactful bathroom using pattern with Burlington

Renowned for offering the very best in traditional bathroom design, leading industry specialists, Burlington gives designers freedom to introduce impactful bathroom design with vibrant patterns. Hotel Designs explores…

Black sink and dark patterned wallcover

With an impressive and ever-growing collection, breadth of choice allows homeowners the opportunity to effortlessly pair complementary patterns and colour for expressive interior design.

From bold and beautiful wallpapers placed against coloured ceramics, to arresting basins and WCs adorned with decorative hand-illustrated details, there is a multitude of ways to add impactful pattern into the bathroom with Burlington.

The perfect contrast against dark and captivating wallpaper, the warm ivory of the Medici collection was inspired by the iconic colour palettes of the 1920s. The elegant and timeless ceramics and coordinating accessories stand proud within a darker, patterned setting and add a touch of vintage charm to traditional bathroom spaces, providing a more eclectic look.

To achieve a dark and decadent bathroom enlivened with pattern, combine Burlington’s Jet range with striking, exotic wallpaper. Encapsulating the deepest shade of black, the glossy ceramics seamlessly complement extravagant patterned schemes for an impressive, timeless bathroom.

Ceramics themselves can be embellished with pattern for an alluring bathroom statement. The Floral range from the Bespoke by Burlington collection injects beautiful, nature-inspired décor into the bathroom. Following trends for individuality, the delicate, hand-illustrated floral designs bring iconic elegance and character to creative interior schemes, transforming everyday bathrooms into works of art. With a choice of four exquisite patterns, the Floral collection promises to add a captivating, modern touch to traditional bathrooms.

Combining historical influences with a contemporary approach, Burlington’s expansive collection allows individuals to create an expressive and imaginative space where on-trend design coincides with timeless style for a modern traditional look the brand is renowned for.

Burlington 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: Hommés Studio launches new bedroom collection

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Product watch: Hommés Studio launches new bedroom collection

As part of Hommés Studio’s collection, the brand has introduced eclectic and timeless master bedroom furniture. Hotel Designs explores…

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Hommés was born from a skilled blend of visionary identities, with unique perspectives of design, art, fashion, and cultures. The brand’s life motto is introducing an Haute Couture concept in the Interior Design industry.

From their ordinary look and textures to exquisite and colourful versions, all Hommés pieces are a homage to craftsmanship. Thus, this line of master bedrooms is no exception.

The master bedroom is our little wonderland, and it is in this space that we must feel comfortable and at home. With warm colours and textures, this suite looks like a fine mixture between Spring and Autumn. The most memorable bedroom furniture sets with wood details transform this bedroom into a sophisticated and elegant room.

Kara Bed and Kara Bedside Table is the perfect furniture set for your dream master bedroom. Kara Bed is a modest luxury styled piece stripped away any superfluous decoration in search of simplicity. Kara Bedside Table is a charming piece in a rounded silhouette with striking accents.

A master hotel suite that has a lounge area is a dream master bedroom. In this way, it is possible to create a welcoming yet modern living area by placing two armchairs and a coffee table in front of the bed.

It is important to have a beauty corner in any room, where people can relax and start their day in the best way – taking care of themselves.

In addition to an elegant room, a walk-in closet is a star when it comes to storage solutions. With a design thought to the smallest detail, this room conveys a vibe of a cosmopolitan city. That is, a room with several styles, but always keeping a sophisticated line.

Classic romance Master Suite

Hommés believes that a house must express the owner’s soul, as clothes express the person’s personality who dresses them.

The Master Suite needs to be serene and warm. In this room, what stands out is the bed’s elegant design and the bedside tables with a statement design. The bedside table and how it is decorated can transform the bedroom into a little wonderland.

Jannu Bed owns a singular form projected by creative minds and sculpted by expertise hands. Kimura Bedside Table is a must-have in any modern bedroom project. Boasting beautifully rounded corners and a simplistic scheme perfect for an array of spaces.

The green hues with blush details, refined materials, rich colours, and wallpaper design make this room a romantic space.

Surrender to this room and fall in love with the little details in the living area next to the bed. A pink sofa contrasting with the green hues of the room transmit harmony and peace.

Lunarys Sofa is a contemporary style sofa that features a glamorous aesthetic look. It is an outstanding sofa that amazes everyone with its powerful presence. A stunning piece that disrupts commonly seen shapes, transitioning its admirers to another dimension.

Italian Affair Bedroom

In the Italian Affair Bedroom, the richness of the Italian culture and taste prevails. An intimate bedroom that allows us to feel a little bit of peace and comfort.

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An incredible and dramatic design on the walls and ceiling reminds us of the Italian renaissance.

Isis Bed is an inspiring and indulgent design. This luxury bed merges futuristic flair with contemporary chic vibes. Niagara Side Table features a geometric design shape. Inspired by the Memphis movement vibe, it incorporates a selection of different types of marbles.

The chest of drawers together with sumptuous decor and luxury fabric creates a luxurious and elegant room. The beautiful Malala Chest of Drawers chooses to be different. It is a unique piece for a standout bedroom.

Hommés Studio is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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Product watch: Leaflike has a green wall message of positivity

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Product watch: Leaflike has a green wall message of positivity

With the demand for sustainable surfaces being at an all-time high, it’s an exciting time for Leaflike, which has been successful in providing planting solutions to hospitality venues for more than 20 years…

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Working with the likes of Savoy, Hilton Park Lane, London EDITION, Shangri-La Hotel and The View from the Shard, Leaflike transforms venues and provides a new arrival experience.

Providing design-led solutions, Leaflike remains on trend with green walls including sustainable artificial, moss and living, plus wall art, flower walls and ceilings, as well as 3D murals. Following the sustainability agenda and never compromising on quality, the brand delivers bespoke solutions including a free visualisation service.

Image of green wall outside of 54 Queens Gate

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You can also build your bespoke green wall with a theme, for example, orchids, tropical or fern based. Make it special to you with your preferred colour, plant or neon signage as a plugin feature with your logo, message or welcome sign.

Leaflike’s artificial green wall solutions are a sustainable option, UV protected and FR rated for ultimate safety of guests and longevity of the wall in direct sunlight or enduring outside conditions.

A stunning design-led moss wall was recently installed by Leaflike at a residential country mansion in Surrey. The feature wall was carefully hand crafted by our florists using natural moss and had a special message using calligraphy style text in ‘stand out’ lime green moss. This was very important to the client, it translates to ‘Be positive about what you want and it will be!’

For more than 20 years, Leaflike have helped customers to transform their spaces into something beautiful and more recently providing cost-effective packages during challenging times and adapting to new market solutions for Covid-19. Additional services include interior and exterior planting, Christmas packages and floristry.

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Rahul Sharma, Managing Director, The Regency Club, London, believes that Leaflike helped to transform his venue’s atmosphere. ‘”We felt the venue lacked warmth and character, so we brought in Leaflike to help us overcome this and ensure it was attractive on Instagram as well,” he said. “Ultimately what you have produced for us is our vision, you understood exactly what we wanted.

“There isn’t more we could have asked for, the service provided throughout was fantastic, the product is of premium quality and it adds to the look and feel of the whole place.”

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Leaflike will be hosting a series of CPD modules for both architects and designers alike. Hear why green walls are different and how Leaflike helped customers transform their space into something beautiful, placing green walls in their venues.

Leaflike 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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Modern bathroom inspiration from Unidrain

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Modern bathroom inspiration from Unidrain

The modern bathroom has never been as innovative as it is today, as proven by the creative team at Unidrain who have launched the Reframe Collection…

A moodboard of various bathroom accessories

As one of the foremost drains manufactures in the world; Unidrain knows a thing or two about designing a chic bathroom. The current pandemic has meant people – designers included – have spent more time in their homes and have taken a critical look at their bathrooms, the outcome; a re-vamp or the addition of a completely new bathroom.

A moodboard of innovative modern bathroom accessories

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Stylish bathroom accessories are an intelligent addition to any bathroom, Unidrain worked with designer Kenneth Waaben to create their Reframe Collection. This exclusive and unique collection of bathroom accessories is grounded in Scandinavian design and quality with addition of intelligent features these products have improved functionality within an elegant linear design.

A moodboard of innovative modern bathroom accessories

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The Reframe collection comprises of:

Soap Shelf & Shower Wiper – hidden magnets in the wall mounting ensure the safe and discrete storage of the silicone blade wiper, while the shelf above provides a platform for your showering essentials.

Towel Bar – place alongside your bath, shower or washbasin, with its unique mounting design this bar keeps towels stylishly in situ.

Hook – Discrete and effective, these perfectly shaped hooks will prevent towels and garments from slipping.

Toilet Paper Holder – this reversible holder means it can be positioned for your convenience.

Toilet Brush – Sleek design with hygienic functionality. The toilet brush holder has an anti-drip function and for additional cleanliness an easily exchangeable brush head.

Corner Shelf – The shelf is created from a reinforced steel plate and adapts to fit the ‘corner’.

Available in five different colour options; copper, brass, brushed stainless steel, polished stainless steel and black.

The Reframe Collection is designed to work and colour co-ordinate with Unidrain’s award winning linear drains.

Unidrain 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: Crackle decorative panels by Siminetti

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Product watch: Crackle decorative panels by Siminetti

Siminetti supplied a large number of stunning ‘Crackle‘ decorative panels to Aquamare Marine Ltd (UK) for installation within all three bathrooms of a Princess Yacht. Specially requested by the client, the installation of ‘Crackle’ on a yacht is a first and the results speak for themselves…

14 individual handcrafted ‘Crackle’ mother of pearl decorative panels were produced to the clients dimensions. The ‘Crackle’  surface was chosen to improve the luxury feel of each bathroom within this new Princess Superyacht, destined for Princess Yachts – Hong Kong.

Each ‘Crackle’ panel was handcrafted from the exacting dimensions required for its location. Each bathroom typically consisted of 3 or more panels with each panel being designed to fit seamlessly alongside the next, resulting in a wall of Mother of Pearl.

The crackle surface is suitable for numerous applications. As shown in these images the surface dramatically elevates small spaces through dramatic reflections of light and stunning texture. This makes the design an ideal solution for luxury hotel bathrooms, adding both a unique style and reflecting generous amounts of diffused light.

Siminetti has built an enviable reputation with hoteliers all over the world for the production of stunning surfaces. Made using mother of pearl; Siminetti’s surfaces are unrivalled by manmade materials. The decorative surfaces are a favorite due to their ease of installation, providing a waterproof solution without the need for grout.

From their base in Plymouth, Aquamare Marine Ltd are specialists in the marine industry. They fit out many of the most spectacular yachts manufactured in the United Kingdom and Siminetti is honoured to have consistently worked alongside them for many years.

‘Crackle’ undergoes a unique manufacturing process to ensure we achieve the special characteristics of the design and as with all Siminetti decorative surface panels, they are waterproof, lightweight and sustainably produced making them perfect for Superyachts.

Crackle and its unique design reflects light and texture from every angle. Strong iridescent colours flow through the surface with an underlining silver tone. Small cracks crafted into the surface create dramatic texture but are resin sealed and smooth to the touch, ensuring a long lasting strong surface.”

Siminetti Mother of Pearl is sourced from eco-friendly, sustainable sources, are exceptionally strong and suitable for wall and floor surfaces. Crackle is perfect for wet areas in bathrooms, feature walls and spas.

Siminetti is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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Case study: Why Hotel Indigo Bath chose Hamilton Litestat

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Case study: Why Hotel Indigo Bath chose Hamilton Litestat

When finding the balance between contemporary and classic, Hotel Indigo Bath ‘fell in love’ with Hamilton’s Hartland CFX wiring accessories in Antique Brass – and here’s why…

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Just a stone’s throw from the vibrant city centre, Hotel Indigo Bath provides a unique stay in the historic Somerset location famed for culture, architecture, literature, and romance. Set in a stunning grade one listed Georgian terrace, the hotel features 166 guestrooms, of which no two rooms are the same.

As with all Hotel Indigo venues, the boutique hotel has been renovated to reflect the charm and character of its local surroundings. Mixing contemporary design with a traditional 18th Century twist, the Georgian building caters for all the requirements of a modern guest while telling the historic story of the city’s architectural and literary influences.

Exterior image of Hotel Indigo Bath

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The guestrooms inside the hotel have one of five different design themes: Romance and Mischief, Architectural Beauty, Literary Hideaway, Garden Rooms, and The Vault Rooms.

The Romance and Mischief rooms look back to the famous Debutante Season in Bath and the afternoon teas and grand balls that inspired literary depictions of the city. These rooms put a modern and abstract twist on the era’s romantic promises and frivolity, but also draw attention to the mischievous gambling culture that was commonplace in Georgian society.

The Architectural Beauty Rooms accentuate the building’s period features and reflect the city’s stunning architecture. The rooms benefit from high ceilings and walls lined with ornate ceiling sconce covers that revive the elegance of the Georgian period.

Bath influenced the writings of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Mary Shelley, amongst many others, and the Literary Hideaway Rooms feature décor inspired by novels and a traditional writer’s bureau that provides the perfect spot for guests to lose themselves in a book, or be inspired to write their own story.

Within a newly built extension, the Garden Rooms overlook the hotel’s garden terrace, bringing the outside view indoors with light and airy nature-inspired design, while incorporating modern features to create a warm and comfortable environment.

And finally, the Vault Rooms are set within the building’s 18th Century vaults. The vaulted Bath stone ceilings and traditional black timber finishes are softened with delicate lighting and underfloor heating to create cosy and atmospheric guest suites.

“Hotel Indigo Bath sought a decorative range of wiring accessories that offered modern conveniences and services to its guests, but would be sympathetic to the building’s period features.”

The brief

To support its thorough refurbishment, Hotel Indigo Bath sought a decorative range of wiring accessories that offered modern conveniences and services to its guests, but would be sympathetic to the building’s period features. To be installed within all 166 guest rooms for continuity, the wiring accessories also needed to complement all five design themes.

The solution

Hamilton Litestat was the supplier chosen with its popular Hartland CFX plate selected in Antique Brass with Black inserts to equip all of the guestrooms.

The Hartland CFX plate has a sophisticated, contemporary design with soft edges and a screwless faceplate thanks to Hamilton’s patented four-point clipping system that conceals the fixings. While elegant in appearance, the design is also robust, making it suited to the high demands of the hotel industry. The choice of Antique Brass finish gives the contemporary design a classic flair and reflects the traditional-meets-contemporary décor scheme that permeates the Hotel Indigo Bath.

Image of cut-out switch plates in luxury suite

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At the main entrance to each guestroom, a Grid Fix 4-Gang plate controls the master light switch, bathroom light and features two LEDIT-B100 rotary dimmers for softer lighting options.

Beside each bed, dual switched sockets are equipped with two 2.4A USB Ultra charging outlets to provide easy and accessible charging functionality for smart devices, a modern convenience expected by today’s guests. Positioned alongside is a 2-Gang 2-Way Rocker Switch plate to control the bedside lighting.

In the same Hartland CFX design with distinguished Antique Brass finish, power is distributed throughout the rooms with 1-Gang and 2-Gang Switched Sockets. Meanwhile, in the larger suites these are supported by a 4-Gang Aperture Sheer Floor Plate housing dual USB charging outlets and an Unswitched Socket to provide further charging capability.

The Result:

The Hamilton wiring accessories within Hotel Indigo Bath complement the boutique hotel’s refined décor that blends traditional with contemporary design and modern convenience. The wiring accessories are in-keeping with the architecture while also providing robust and innovative functionality.

A guestroom inside Hotel Indigo Bath and cut out images of Hamilton products

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According to the hotel’s manager, Nicola Fender, the switch plates were the perfect fit for the project. “The rooms look stunning, with the wiring accessories fitting our décor and functionality requirements perfectly,” she said. “The design of the switch plates and sockets delivers the exact look needed, and provides a robust finish that will cope with the wear and tear anticipated of a hotel environment. The finished setting is a delightful place to relax, and the process of specification, ordering and delivery was smooth and seamless despite dealing with lockdown restrictions as a result of Covid-19. We couldn’t be happier, and we look forward to welcoming the many guests that will appreciate these fitting features.”

Hamilton Litestat 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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Celebrating imperfections in nature: Cameo collection from Arte

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Celebrating imperfections in nature: Cameo collection from Arte

Introducing Cameo, which is the wallcovering brand Arte’s first SS21 launch. Comprised of eight new designs, the collection reminds us to celebrate the imperfections in nature…

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Cameo, the latest collection launched Arte is a refined range of non-woven wallcoverings designed to celebrate the beauty of imperfections all around us. Inspired by natural materials and textures from raffia and sisal to stone and wood, designs are finished with glossy relief inks in which asymmetry, varying shapes and structures provide an unexpected harmony. Authentic and pure, the collection features eight designs in a selection of neutrals, nudes and earthy tones for a sleek modern minimalist look.

The first design Arado is available in five colourways including sandy tones, as well as a deep red and a blue. The design is reminiscent of coarse brushstrokes, which are magnified in an artistic manner to give the illusion of an art work in progress. The expressive artisanal nature is captured in paint by the high-gloss finish that contrasts with the ultra-matt background.

The second design Emaille comes in four colourways and resembles enamel pottery. The inspiration was found in weathered paint and dried earth, creating a patinated crackle effect. The glazed pattern is sophisticated and eye-catching, available in white, grey, sand and deep green.

The third design Escama is an abstract interpretation of reptile skin; very subtle detail gives it an organic, animalistic touch. Escama is available in a sophisticated palette of 5 shades: cream, sand, grey, orange and green.

The fourth design Linea was inspired by pottery and pigment being washed into it. Available in five colourways, the design is a combination of matt and gloss finishes to create a striking effect for your walls. The fine, straight lines vary in thickness, forming  a natural and elegant look. Available in warm sandy tones, as well as cooler greys.

The fifth design Lustro is a combination of shimmering minerals, layers of stone and natural imperfections, creating a travertine marble-like appearance. The layers of stone and irregular patination create a dynamic design typical of this material. Available in warmer nude shades, as well as cooler grey and emerald green.

The sixth design Shibam depicts a pattern with a three-dimensional effect throughout the rendering of open woven sisal patchwork. Uneven sisal with a rough texture, allow the imperfections to shine through, just as they would in nature. Shibam is available in a deep blue, mossy green, as well as cream, light and darker blue shades.

The seventh design Timber was inspired by the unique structure of wood and is available in four colours including a warm sandy shade, two cooler greys and a frosty white – each striking in their own way. The smooth grain structure of the design created a simple and effective expanding and lively effect.

The last design of the collection is Twine, inspired by hand-woven open raffia patchwork whether the surfaces are stitched together in varying sizes. The natural movement of loose fabric characterises the Twine design, with uneven threats creating shade and depth. Twin is available in five colours including light grey, sand, mahogany as well as a lighter and a darker brown.

With an array of textures to choose from, any of Cameo’s designs will sit wonderfully in bedrooms, hallways, living rooms, dining rooms and other spaces. The subtlety of the imperfections and the beautiful earthy colour palette makes it a versatile collection of wallcoverings for any scheme.

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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Look for the month from KOBE: Ceramic collection

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Look for the month from KOBE: Ceramic collection

KOBE is starting 2021 as it means to go on; with enthusiasm and optimism – thinking ahead towards a better year for everyone. The fabric brand’s ‘look of the month’ in January takes inspiration from the Ceramic collection…

Collage of Kobe fabrics

Leaving behind a sombre 2020, we step into 2021 with enthusiasm and optimism for a better year ahead for everyone.

The New Year brings new collections from KOBE, and are happy to take inspiration from one of the brand’s favourites – Ceramic a 100 per cent natural velvet with a fetching colour palette.

Colour palette

Mixing soft and warm variated tones of terra and peach, sophisticated neutrals, along with browns, greys and black. The contrasts of white with warm wood colours gives a balanced feel for a clean, clutter free setting.

Colour mix

Ceramic is available in four colourways, each having an alluring combination of hues that blend into each other with perfect harmony. This gives a choice of many variations in colour combinations in balancing out the complementing and contrasting colours to create unique personal interpretations.

Accessorise with personal style

A contemporary interior style doesn’t have to feel “empty”. Accessorising with personality and styles that reflect you and your interior style, adds a touch of personal statement to your interior.

Matching plains

Ceramic is suitable for both curtains and upholstery use. It can easily match with many Kobe plains, creating beautiful colour combinations with Scala, Volterra or other plains such as Chacar, Levanto or Potenza, used together can create stunning interior styles.

Kobe 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: adding personality in the carpets at Grantley Hall

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Case study: adding personality in the carpets at Grantley Hall

Carpet manufacturer Wilton was commissioned to design and supply the carpet for the listed Yorkshire gem Grantley Hall, an exquisite space that dates back to 1680…

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Formally a private home, the owners of Grantley Hall were determined the property would retain the sumptuous extravagance of its past during its conversion to a five-star luxury destination.  The complete refurbishment of Grantley Hall Hotel into one of the country’s most desirable places to stay has been completed with individually designed, exquisitely crafted Wilton carpets.

Outside image of Grantley Hall

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“The brief was very demanding in terms of the final finish; the client wanted to achieve the highest possible rating and as such, every aspect of the interior had to live up to those exacting standards both in terms of design and product quality.”

Set in the outstanding natural beauty of Yorkshire, and bordered by historic woodland, the estate boasts extensive landscaped gardens, a kitchen garden and an English Heritage listed Japanese Garden. The team at Grantley was keen to reflect the splendour of outside in the opulent indoors.

To know more about Grantley Hall, why not also read our feature on renovating its public areas with stylish lighting?

A creative approach

All of the designs had to have a timeless quality with contemporary styling. Damasks were fused with herringbones with subtle, luxurious grounds and bold accent pops. Grand florals were used to bring the flora from the surrounding gardens into the property.

The Skykes family, who own the property, trusted the Wilton team to explore adventurous design concepts to elevate the sumptuous interior to even greater heights. Colour and design was tailored to the style and tone of each room.

Solution delivered

5,400sqm of axminster carpet was delivered to Grantley hall. Lavish 7×11 row quality throughout the public areas, including four restaurants, three bars, lounges and gym and spa suite, and 7×9 row quality through the 47 luxury guest bedrooms and suites.  We delivered over 20 bespoke designs to this unique, heritage building, using bespoke colours throughout.

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A cutting-edge bathroom design from Gessi

Bathroom design: Gessi spotted in beautiful projects around the world

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Bathroom design: Gessi spotted in beautiful projects around the world

From stunning hotels to chic private residences, Gessi is able to offer a style in wellness areas that is unlike anything we have seen before. Here, we celebrate the brand’s couture-like take on bathroom design… 

A cutting-edge bathroom design from Gessi
Chic hotels and spas, dream residences, and yachts exhibit a style of living and travelling steeped in a taste for beauty, design and wellbeing, which all require the same approach in bathroom design (one that is personal to the project).

Impressive urban dwellings that reflect the natural beauty of lakes, mountains, beaches and forests, or even the elegance of fine watercraft, all serve as inspiration for Gessi, known as the private wellness company. Its award-winning commitment to creating a style of well-being in every living space. A vision that designers relish when choosing Gessi products to transform a bath into a Private Wellness Experience to be appreciated in the world’s finest architectural creations.

A colourful open-planned bathroom within a suite

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From the Maldives to Greece, Milan to Saudi Arabia, New York to Shanghai, this collection is at home in the most sophisticated environments. A testament to the company’s presence in the large-project hospitality market, where it has been appreciated for the style, quality, durability, and environmental sustainability of its products and its ability to provide advanced technical support and customisation.

The designers’ choice of Gessi Collections in these highly regarded projects expresses a new awareness of the need to create environments in which design and technology nourish emotional well-being as well as purely functional expectations.

Why not read more about Gessi’s Spotlight Collection?

The largest existing program for the for the creation of customised wellness experiences

The fast pace of daily life does not always allow us to devote time to a relaxing bath, and the customary practice has become to resort to a more practical shower, in which the user can access the well-being given by water by a simple touch.

Indeed Gessi Private Wellness gives life to this idea, as it proposes a design shower concept with advanced functions, aimed at creating a wellness corner or a personal Spa in one’s own bathroom, although the collection boasts countless uses in professional spas worldwide.

A modern shower on an earthy wall

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The Gessi Private Wellness Program represents the world’s widest range of steel showerheads and shower elements for hydro massage, including rain showers, waterfalls and atomisation. These modular elements can be freely composed, for a total customisation of one’s own shower, so to create a “private” wellness, designed according to one’s own desires.

The products of the Gessi Private Wellness system stand out for their patented, innovative architectural aesthetic, the great attention to details of shapes and finishes, the facility of installation even in small spaces.

The advanced functions are designed to be easily accessible and genuinely beneficial to the user. This is the result of very long research on the therapeutic, relaxing and energetic properties of light, an incorporeal element, and water, a fluid element. The outcome is a technology capable of enhancing the therapeutic properties of these two elements and produce not only scenographic effects, but above all emotion and wellbeing.\

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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Product watch: RAK-Sanit puts hygiene in hotels first

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Product watch: RAK-Sanit puts hygiene in hotels first

Good hygiene in hotels has never been so important, particularly in areas such as hotel bathrooms and washrooms. RAK-Sanit antibacterial collection from RAK Ceramics provides a barrier to bacteria build-up on surfaces including sanitaryware and tiles, ensuring lasting safety and comfort…

A dark-lit modern bathroom with circular mirror and modern toilet

Safety has always played an essential role in the specification of fixtures and fittings for the commercial sector, but even more so in a post-pandemic world where hygiene must always be given priority. Where aesthetics, design and style also have a huge role, such as in the hotel bathroom or bar and restaurant restrooms, protection needs to be virtually invisible yet ever-present.

This is entirely possible with RAK-Sanit, a revolution in health and safety by RAK Ceramics.

The research and development laboratories of RAK Ceramics are always at the forefront of technology and were the first in the world to supply antibacterial interior design solutions as early as 2009, thanks to the development of special certified antibacterial glazes.  ‎

Now, with RAK-Sanit the manufacturer offers an even wider range of solutions for floors, surfaces and sanitary fittings, produced with glazes that reduce the possibility of contagion and therefore contribute to creating safer commercial environments.

RAK-Sanit is the ideal solution for hotels and any community space, in which numerous people of different ages, genders and cultures interact. Inside, toilet facilities destined for use by all are increasingly in need of strong, antibacterial elements with a long product life.

The RAK-Sanit coating is permanent, guaranteeing built-in protection against bacteria throughout the entire expected product lifetime, giving 99.9 per cent protection 24 hours a day, without being visible to the naked eye.

With the new programme RAK Ceramics offers an even wider range of solutions for floors, surfaces and sanitary fittings, produced with glazes that reduce the possibility of contagion and therefore contribute to creating safer environments for all.

RAK Ceramics 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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The complete eco furniture collection by ADRENALINA

ADRENALINA launches new eco furniture collection

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ADRENALINA launches new eco furniture collection

ADRENALINA presents LEO ‘The Green Warrior’, a beautifully designed eco furniture collection in collaboration with Russian designer Daria Zinovatnaya…

The complete eco furniture collection by ADRENALINA

Daria Zinovatnaya’s design signature is the stark and bare relationships between colour and geometry. This is brought beautifully into the world of soft furnishing with the refined finishes and the impeccable workmanship that is the hallmark of the ADRENALINA brand.‎

ADRENALINA is an Italian label of iconic sofas, armchairs and modular systems. Sustainability and the environment have been at the heart of what they do for many years. The notion of ‘eco-friendly’ and the activity of ‘sofa manufacturing’ would appear to be contradictory, considering that much of the padding used in sofas and armchairs is not recyclable.

The staff at ADRENALINA have clear in their minds that not being able to recycle paddings for sofas and armchairs should not be used as an excuse not to try to do your part for the plant.

So, the company started with banning plastic bottles and cups. Greta Thumberg’s quotes were hung from the walls. A sign was placed at the front of the building to remind drivers to turn off their engines when not moving.

Then it was the time for wooden frames. The wooden frames used in ADRENALINA’s iconic designs are FSC and Carb2 certified. FSC means that the wood is harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially and environmentally conscious, and economically viable. Carb2 indicates that the process used aims to reduce formaldehyde emissions, protecting the public from airborne toxic contaminants.

All ADRENALINA styles are made so that they can be easily disassembled and broken down and recycled where appropriate or conveyed to specific waste dumps at the end of their life cycle.

Great attention is also given to the use and subsequent disposal of iron and metal parts of each product. Remelting metals limits the opening and exploitation of new mines, reducing CO2 emissions.

The ADRENALINA design team keep a keen eye on all new eco-labelled or sustainable materials launched into the market. If suitable, these are picked up and tried in prototypes. These have included fabrics made from natural fibers and also fabrics made from recycled fibers. It has also included natural dyes and natural coatings (rather than chemical finishing). There is an ever-present drive to find new and better eco-friendly components to add to the ADRENALINA offering.

“This is a 100 per cent recycled, polyester fabric made from the plastic waste that pollutes beaches and oceans.”

ADRENALINA has never been afraid to take the unconventional path. One eco step after another, the new LEO line has now been launched. The new GREEN LEO is upholstered with Oceanic by Camira Fabrics. This is a 100 per cent recycled, polyester fabric made from the plastic waste that pollutes beaches and oceans. This fabric is made using SEAQUAL yarn.  Each yard of this quality contains the equivalent of 26 plastic bottles recovered from those had been littering our oceans. The resultant fabric is resistant to wear and tear. It is available in a palette of soft and delicate pastel colours.

Some might the say that the new line LEO “The Green Warrior” is just a drop in the ocean. We see it as enriching the world through beautiful design while helping to clean our acts and our Oceans, 26 plastic bottles at the time.

DOMINGO SALOTTI and ADRENALINA is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here 

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A Chelsom LED reading light above a white bed

Product watch: LED reading lights from Chelsom

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Product watch: LED reading lights from Chelsom

As part of Chelsom’s new collection, Edition 27, the dynamic lighting brand has introduced a ‘totally original’ collection of LED reading lights…

A Chelsom LED reading light above a white bed

Edition 27, as reviewed by our team last year, is an eclectic lighting collection, featuring beautifully designed lighting products – from striking chandeliers to LED reading lights – specifically for the global hospitality and marine interior design marketplaces.

Amongst many things, Edition 27 offers the widest range of LED reading lights in the company’s history. The versatile collection has been created to cater for all budgets and applications, taking design aesthetics to the next level without compromising on function and light output.

Products are CE and UL certified and all ranges are available in a variety of finishes, ensuring there is something perfectly suited to compliment any interior.

The brand new state-of-the-art LED reading light is discreet yet striking and perfectly easy to use. This wholly original design sits flush into any headboard and is as stunning when closed as it is open.

Since you’re here, why not read more about Chelsom’s Edition 27, which launched in Q4 last year?

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.

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KEUCO hygiene Disinfectant_Buzzer_B+W_5

Hygiene watch: KEUCO introduces new colours & patterns

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Hygiene watch: KEUCO introduces new colours & patterns

Hygiene continues to be of high importance and hand sanitisers are a key priority. As far as we can see, KEUCO is leading the way to produce stylish products for the hospitality industry…

KEUCO hygiene Disinfectant_Buzzer_B+W_5

KEUCO’s sanitiser dispensers go above expectations, bold and bright or subtle chic, suitable for an extensive variety of areas, locations and situations: homes, hotels, supermarkets, shopping malls, offices and airports. These new dispensers meet the highest hygiene requirements, whilst combining functionality with a distinguished design.

Since the middle of 2020 hand sanitiser have become a must for every property. KEUCO’S dispenser has an elegant yet straightforward, linear design, along with superior technical features that have been invisibly integrated in the design. The KEUCO dispensers make a stylish addition in any location where hand sanitisers are required.

Simple to operate: just press the big buzzer to dispense the sanitiser. The storage container is discreetly hidden inside the column and can be easily refilled with a liquid or gel sanitiser of your choice. KEUCO offer an extensive variety of colours and colour-combinations including plain coloured, multi-coloured, black and white or elegant metallic; for multi-site requirements there are bespoke options with specific branding.

There are size options too: the free-standing sanitiser dispenser variant is slim and stable the round head provides an elegant finishing touch whilst ensuring ease of use. The top is simple to remove, just pull upwards and the supply bottle is revealed ready to be refilled. The large base plate ensures stability and catches stray drops of sanitiser during use. A smaller variant is available for table, desk and counter tops or for use in cars, boats or bicycles. A third option that can be attached to wall is also available.

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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Two lights insight Hilton Hotel Airport

Case study: making style a priority in Hilton at Gatwick

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Case study: making style a priority in Hilton at Gatwick

Putting the spotlight for a moment on style, lighting brand Franklite reveals how its products were used to created timeless design inside Hilton London Gatwick Airport…

Two lights insight Hilton Hotel Airport

What factors do you consider when making a hotel reservation? Location? Route accessibility? Price? Whilst these are all important factors, equally important ones to consider are comfort, style and luxury. There is nothing more satisfying for a lighting brand to see their products being used in a creative way especially when it adds luxury and style to a space, such as this project from the Hilton London Gatwick Airport.

A subtle yet impactful light is the Aura wall light range. Designed to be inconspicuous until lit, this modern matt black cast aluminium LED fitting lines the hotel’s corridors. The foyer showcases multiple versions of this range as well each reflecting different light patterns onto the walls. When these beautiful patterns are cast it creates a piece of art.

The single-drop Cordelia is ideal for above a bar area within a restaurant. These beautiful satin brushed pendants with textured glass bases are available in gold and silver with some accents of chrome and matt black. The multi-drop versions will make a statement in a larger space such as a reception area or staircase.

The dining area has been divided into two distinct spaces by using different lighting families, the Eros and Spirit ranges. An additional feature of the Eros ceiling lights is the emergency reserve battery hidden within the fitting, combining style and functionality.

The dining area with our Eros and Spirit ceiling lights

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Another exquisite feature in this area is the Eros wall light which has been installed within a frame-like moulding with decorative wall paper which accentuates the architecture of the space.

Franklite has been manufacturing and distributing lighting products for more than 45 years. The experts in its customer service and projects teams understand the importance of keeping up to date with changes in regulation, the development of efficient light sources, and changing interior design trends.

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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BetteStarlet Oval Sihouette in matt black colour

Drama in the bathroom: Bette introduces matt black baths

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Drama in the bathroom: Bette introduces matt black baths

The year was 2021. A deadly virus had broken out – now a pandemic – which forced hotel doors to shut while designers and architects sketched a new hotel design landscape. I’m not suggesting we need more drama, but it’s exciting nonetheless to see Bette add a new layer in the bathroom with its new matt black baths, writes editor Hamish Kilburn… 

BetteStarlet Oval Sihouette in matt black colour

The bathroom is becoming more dramatic, with black and inky tones on furniture, tiles and painted surfaces helping to create contemporary and stylish spaces.

Eighteen Bette freestanding baths are now available in Ebony, a matt black colour to complement the use of darker tones in the bathroom. The baths, from the BetteLux, BetteStarlet and BetteArt collections, also include some which are perfect for smaller bathrooms, as they are designed to be positioned against a wall or into a corner.

Like all Bette baths, it is made from glazed titanium-steel, comes with a 30 year warranty and is 100 per cent recyclable. It is durable and easy to clean because the glass-hard surface makes it difficult for dirt and bacteria to adhere. It is also not affected by chemicals or even the naked flame or hot wax of a candle, which means that Bette’s baths in matt black are easy to keep looking their best. The surface is also UV-resistant, so the elegance of the matt black colour remains unaltered over the years.

Bette 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.

Image caption: BetteStarlet Oval Silhouette, which is available in five sizes from 1500 x 800mm to 1950 x 950mm. | Image credit: Bette

GROHE Bau Cosmo E taps in commercial washroom

Hygiene, there’s a RIBA approved CPD module for that!

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Hygiene, there’s a RIBA approved CPD module for that!

GROHE has launched its third RIBA approved CPD module, Hygiene Optimisation for Sanitary Facilities, which will be hosted by editor Hamish Kilburn and presented by GROHE’s Karl Lennon, on February 9, 2021…

GROHE Bau Cosmo E taps in commercial washroom

In response to the increasing demand for hygiene-optimised solutions since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, GROHE has launched a RIBA approved CPD module for the architecture and design community. Its aim is to facilitate greater awareness and provide inspiration to multiple stakeholders and industries working within the built environment, from architects and designers to house builders, retailers, and plumbers.

Click here to register for the CPD module, entitled: Hygiene Optimisation for Sanitary Facilities.

The latest seminar-based training module is the first on RIBA’s CPD database to look at hygiene in both the kitchen and bathroom, allowing architects and designers an in-depth look at residential design under a hygiene lens, alongside its increasing importance in commercial settings. As a provider of complete bathroom solutions, GROHE is able to offer its expertise holistically when it comes to bathroom applications. The CPD session encourages architects to consider how all touchpoints in the bathroom can be optimised with hygiene in mind, across brassware and ceramics. Meanwhile in kitchen settings, GROHE looks at the emerging importance tapware can play in maintaining hygiene levels.

GROHE Bau Cosmo infra-red tap close up lifestyle

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GROHE first identified a seismic shift in the demand for hygiene-optimised products at the beginning of 2020, which reached new heights once the first wave of the pandemic hit the UK.

“Whilst in the UK commercial market the transition to more hygiene-focussed public spaces and business environments has been in motion for some time, there has been increasing demand in the consumer markets, in such a way that has never been seen before“, says Karl Lennon, Leader Projects Channel – A&D, LIXIL EMENA. “Ongoing conversations with our partners and clients over the last year has signified to us that there is a real demand for more knowledge around hygiene and what solutions are available. The pandemic is likely to impact both the short- and long-term implications of the way our buildings are designed and how we live and work in them. The design community are eager to expand their horizons in order to be able to adapt.”

By designing our surroundings with hygiene front of mind, Hygiene Optimisation for Sanitary Facilities highlights other positive implications to consider too. For example, boosting sustainability credentials with products such as infra-red taps and flush plates which reduce water and energy consumption. Improving the accessibility of our private and public spaces is also a viable outcome, as more autonomous solutions will be favoured over traditional products that rely on manual operation.

To mark the release of its new CPD module, GROHE has partnered with leading hospitality design platform, Hotel Designs, to host a virtual launch event for architects and designers on Tuesday 9th February 2021. Hosted by Hotel Designs‘ editor, Hamish Kilburn, and presented by Karl Lennon, Leader Projects Channel – A&D, LIXIL EMENA, the launch event will give attendees a first look at the new CPD session. GROHE will also be hosting a prize draw for all those who register, with twenty of its brand-new Rainshower SmartActive 130 handshowers to give away. Winners will be announced and contacted shortly after the event.

For those interested in attending the launch event, registrations can be made here. To express interest in booking a private CPD training session, emails should be directed to cpdtraining-uk@grohe.com.

Since you’re here, why not read more about GROHE’s recently achieved sustainability accolades?

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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A cork surface from Granorte

Cork is turning Japanese with Granorte

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Cork is turning Japanese with Granorte

Harnessing the natural beauty of cork while bringing new meaning to its aesthetic, Tatami is a wall covering from Granorte, inspired by traditional Japanese tatami rice straw mats…

A cork surface from Granorte

Designed by Marco Carini for Granorte, Tatami creates its effect through contrasting 3D lines that can be installed in horizontal or vertical arrangements. Bringing subtle depth and texture, the cork tile blends the positive influence of nature with uncomplicated aesthetics to deliver a comfortable and calming wall finish.

Available in three colours that reference traditional colours of the mats in the deep brown of Tatami Midnight, wheat of Tatami Natural and sand-like Tatami Light; the wall tile is made entirely from lightweight agglomerated cork. Made from waste of the wine stopper industry, it retains all the properties of cork bark. Durable and with excellent acoustic and thermal insulative properties, agglomerated cork is a natural and renewable material highly suitable for interior finishes.

As the link between the wellbeing of occupants and the design of interiors is increasingly acknowledged and explored, cork is enjoying new relevance as an adaptable finish for walls and floors. Capturing the positive emotional influence of nature in a finish that offers superb levels of physical comfort and which can be shaped and coloured in many ways, cork could well be the interior finish of the future.

Tatami uses a water-based Corkguard finish that aids maintenance and enhances durability. The lightweight tiles are suitable for commercial use and supplied in a large 600 x 300mm format ready for glue-on installation.

Since you’re here, why not read about how sustainable surfaces can be a playful way to connect with nature?

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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Room set featuring the Crosswater Crossbox Push

“It’s groundbreaking”, UK Bathrooms puts the Crossbox Push to the test

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“It’s groundbreaking”, UK Bathrooms puts the Crossbox Push to the test

We’ve heard a lot of noise about the Crossbox Push shower unit in recent months, with its sharp design and innovative technology making it an ideal product to specify for the hospitality industry. But just how effective is it? We asked the experts at UK Bathrooms to put Crosswater’s new shower unit to the test…

Room set featuring the Crosswater Crossbox Push

While certain pieces of brassware in the bathroom are ever-evolving, others have remained fundamentally unchanged over the decades. While brassware as a whole has taken on the different colour finishes in vogue at various times – from gleaming gold brass to the matt black and white finishes trending today – some bathroom brassware seems to get more aesthetic attention than others. Notably, taps have undergone the most dramatic of developments, with handle shapes and spouts in a constant state of flux both design-wise – varying considerably from pieces based on historic precedent to those more akin to modern sculpture – to their positioning by the basin or bath, from classic mixer taps to wall mounted or freestanding.

Within the shower, shower heads have undergone bold changes over recent years, with forward thinking designs not only looking the part, offer different styles of water flow, or being integrated with lighting or elements of technology. More practical shower controls have been largely overlooked aesthetically, water and temperature typically regulated with the twisting of a valve and left at that. Until now. Cue the arrival of Crossbox Push by Crosswater, a module which radically modernises the design of shower controls and adds a revolutionary new functionality to the shower experience.

‘The Crossbox Push introduces a push control to the shower in a groundbreaking, design-focused way,” explains Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at ukBathrooms. ‘The instant water flow Crossbox Push offers at the touch of a button merges efficiency and precision control with an utterly sleek contemporary aesthetic, forever altering the look of within the shower.”

Streamlined functionality

The push button operation of Crossbox Push brings a fresh perspective to shower control design. Why twist and adjust when you can simply press? Rotary heat control means that the desired temperature can be pre-set and conjured in a tap of the Neoperl ABS push button. Water can be summoned from up to three different water outlets – be it a rainfall, wall mounted or hand-held shower head – in one easy touch.

Image of modern bathroom

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Looking good

The two key elements of the Crossbox Push are the bold circular button, which is also integrated with a textured dial to alter water flow, and the smaller temperature control knob. Combined, the pair make a modern design statement, boldly protruding from the all metal backplate in a minimal, clean style, while the lines splitting the button into two or three add easy usability with low visual impact.

The finishing touch

Available in an array of on-trend and timeless finishes, the Crossbox Push can be specified to suit any colour scheme, style or existing brassware – all bases are covered with the Crosswater MPRO palette. Got a Scandi-style pale space? Blend in with Matt White, or contrast with Matt Black. Feeling glamourous? Brushed Brass is your friend. Need some texture? Try the Brushed Stainless Steel Effect. Something classic? Chrome is here for you.

Style and substance in the touch of a button, the Crossbox Push is ushering in a new era to water control, and a total refresh of design within the shower space.

UK Bathrooms is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package, while Crosswater is a Recommended Supplier. 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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GROHE celebrates trio of international sustainability success

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GROHE celebrates trio of international sustainability success

Bathroom brand GROHE has been named one of the “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders” and has also become double winner at the German Sustainability Awards 2021 as sustainability continues to fuel the brand’s growth…

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As part of its global initiative, bathroom brand GROHE is driving sustainability based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. ”We at GROHE have a doer mentality: We don’t talk too much, we basically implement,” is how Thomas Fuhr, Leader Fittings LIXIL International and Co-CEO Grohe AG, describes how sustainability is implemented and translated into concrete action at GROHE in a documentary.

The short film is part of the global sustainability and climate protection initiative “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders”, for which GROHE was elected along with 49 other international companies. As pioneers in their respective industries, the companies portrayed demonstrate how they are actively committed to a sustainable future grounded in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 of the United Nations and, in doing so, inspire others to follow their example.

The GROHE brand also uses milestones from its 20-year commitment to sustainability to illustrate the innovative approaches to making sustainability the core of its business activities and how it views this transformation as an economic opportunity. GROHE’s considerable and effective contributions to sustainability along the entire value chain and its product offerings that allow consumers to live sustainably were also recently acknowledged by the jury of the German Sustainability Award, by honouring the brand in the transformation field “Resources” as well as its water system GROHE Blue in the category “Design”.

SAVE THE DATE: On February 9, Hotel Designs will join GROHE to host the brand’s next CPD session.

“Showing appreciation for our efforts by awarding us one of the most important sustainability prizes in Europe honours us to a high degree,” says Fuhr. “At GROHE, everything revolves around the most valuable and, simultaneously, scarcest resource: water. Acting in a way that saves resources and minimises our ecological footprint therefore has to be a matter of course for us.”

Behind the scenes of GROHE’s sustainability management

GROHE implements sustainability across all aspects of its business; it starts with product development, in which it combines an ecological approach with enjoyment through technologies such as EcoJoy. With GROHE’s EcoJoy technology, water consumption is reduced by up to half without any compromise on performance. Meanwhile, the development centre at the Hemer site with its 160 employees continuously researches and develops new innovations and approaches in order to create even more environmentally friendly products and solutions in the future. This will enable consumers to make their everyday lives more sustainable as easily as possible. However, the focus is not only on the use of water and energy-saving products as GROHE’s manufacturing processes are also optimised with sustainability in mind too.

Since April 2020, GROHE has been one of the first leading manufacturers in the sanitary industry to produce CO2-neutral products. With recycling rates of more than 90%, the brand is approaching a circular economy. Its latest initiatives such as “Less Plastic” particularly contribute to the conservation of resources and an avoidance of waste. As many as 23.5 million plastic packaging materials have already been saved as part of this initiative – a first milestone on the way to the goal of ultimately banning all plastic materials from product packaging by March 2021. The fight against the global problem of plastic waste is also complemented by GROHE Blue. The water system, which won the German Sustainability Award Design 2021 in the category “Icons”, offers chilled, filtered and, if desired, carbonated water straight from the kitchen tap – making plastic bottles redundant.

“Even though we have achieved a great deal in recent years, we are aware that we must continue to strengthen our commitment in order to shape the future of water in a sustainable manner,” adds Thomas Fuhr. “For us, sustainability is a continuous journey that we must continue with courage. I am proud that we are doing this as a team and that each individual at GROHE is making their contribution. Only like this can we pave the way to a sustainable economy, meet global challenges and improve people’s quality of life.”

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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Hi-Fi by Gessi wins BoY Award for design excellence

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Hi-Fi by Gessi wins BoY Award for design excellence

The innovative Hi-Fi shower system by Gessi wins The Boy Award for pushing the boundaries in wellness product design…

The BoY Award is the ultimate measure of design excellence, honouring the most significant work of the year and recognising designers, architects, and manufacturers from around the globe.

With 761 products entered from 455 manufacturers in 26 countries and 176,517 votes cast, Gessi’s Hi-Fi Thermostatic Mixers has won the Bathroom Fixtures Category.

As the company’s latest launch, Hi-Fi is the convergence of design and technology and represents the new frontier of The Gessi Private Wellness Program, a wide range of modular shower elements that enable a completely customisable bathroom experience from rain showers to atomisation. Hi-Fi Thermostatic Mixers go beyond retro-inspired aesthetics to offer high-fidelity technology for water delivery with accurate precision and perfect ergonomic design.

Since you’re here, why not read more about the ’90s-inspired Hi-Fi systems from Gessi?

The Hi-Fi Collection is a unique addition to the bathroom furnishings market, providing an interactive interface to manipulate every aspect of the shower experience. The controls have been designed to mimic the tactile sensations of period stereo sets with clicking buttons and turning knobs, bringing the satisfaction of fine-tuning and the relaxation of music into a soothing wellness environment. Function buttons feature intuitive graphic icons for easy use, while the knobs have radial dials for precise control of water flow and temperature.

Moodboard featuring Gessi products

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Hi-Fi is the fourth product design from Gessi to receive the prestigious BoY Award. In previous years the Inciso, Goccia and Tremillimetric Collections also garnered top honours.

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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A modern bathroom that is half tiled in green

Surface trend: chevron-shaped tiles add new design layer

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Surface trend: chevron-shaped tiles add new design layer

As the editorial team at Hotel Designs takes a peek at CTD Architectural Tiles’ newly launched Lloyd Collection of tiles, they notice a new trend emerging, which is transforming walls to create a deeper texture in interior design…

A modern bathroom that is half tiled in green

Bringing walls and tiles to life through colour and pattern, the new Lloyd collection from CTD Architectural Tiles is guaranteed to add a statement to residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Providing a decorative ornate finish, the chevron shape and pattern of the tiles provides specifiers and designers with the freedom to be creative and invigorate spaces in a sophisticated and elegant manner. A versatile product, the flared reliefs and fluted profiles provide an additional standout feature, setting it apart from other chevron ranges.

A leather sofa in front of a zig-zag wall tiles in blue, grey and white.

While you’re here, why not read about the Niza Collection by CTD Architectural Tiles?

Available in a 55 x 195 x 8mm format, Lloyd is a glazed ceramic collection that comes in seven on-trend colourways – from deep navy to refreshing greige. Presented in a glazed gloss finish, the White colourway is also available in a matte finish. Whether acting as the backdrop to merchandise in a retail setting, or creating a feature wall in a hotel lobby, this visually striking collection will inject personality and character to the interiors of a wide range of projects.

Part of the Saint-Gobain family, CTD Architectural Tiles specialises in the supply of high quality ceramic tile finishes and tiling solutions across all sectors in the UK commercial specification market. With clients in a variety of sectors including the leisure, retail, hospitality industries, CTD Architectural Tiles is committed to bringing customers the latest innovations in product and in service. With unparalleled expertise and technical knowledge, the team works with industry leading, innovative manufacturers to offer a complete portfolio of ceramic and porcelain tile ranges to suit the architect, interior designer, developer and specification professional.

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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Hypnos issues a message of reassurance for hospitality

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Hypnos issues a message of reassurance for hospitality

Bed manufacturer Hypnos puts planning and communication front and centre with its hospitality partners…

Hospitality businesses are currently operating in a new landscape, as they adapt to overcome the unique set of challenges that the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have thrown at them, coupled with more cautious guests.

However, one thing that remains universal is the need for high-quality and environmentally friendly products and trusted brands with hassle-free service experiences, either as part of a refurbishment project or the opening of a brand-new property.

Barry Owen-Smith, Area Sales Manager at Hypnos Contract Beds (HCB) outlines the benefits of the historic British bed manufacturer and its specialist hospitality team working closely with and supporting the industry as many of its partners, big and small, face a difficult landscape.

“2020 was extremely challenging for all our hospitality partners, whether international hotel chains, independent boutique hotels or serviced apartments – not only in the UK but across Europe and the rest of the world. However, we’re continuing to work even closer than ever before with these brands and their interior design and procurement teams to understand their challenges and help them move forwards.

“There can be no hiding from the fact that both the practical needs of the hospitality guest and the mindset which they have at the point of purchase has significantly changed from where it was this time last year. Guests are looking for even more reassurance from their hospitality accommodation provider but the core need at the heart of the industry is providing supreme comfort and a memorable night’s sleep. Indeed, it’s one of the few things that has remained consistent when it comes to guest satisfaction.

“Hospitality accommodation providers, whether operating a boutique hotel with 40 bed rooms or an up-scale international branded hotel with 400 bed rooms, all need to manage refurbishments and new bed installations in a seamless and efficient way – both in terms of cost, safety, timings and logistics.

“We know that there are a range of issues facing every hospitality business when they tackle large scale renovations or refurbishments and need to kit out bed rooms and suites. Lots of these centres around: cost, design specifications, staggered delivery, health & safety during installation & disposal and keeping disruption to guests to an absolute minimum – all of which can be managed with prior planning and detailed preparation.

“Providing a bespoke yet structured project plan and solution is key to ensuring that any of our hospitality partners is able to receive exactly what they’re looking for and with complete satisfaction. At the heart of this is two-way communication, regardless of the size or complexity of the product and service solution. Hypnos has a step-by-step process to manage this and seeks to be part of their team – from initial enquiry right through to product aftercare.”

Hypnos’ eight step sleep plan:

  • An individual project manager is allocated, who then works with the brand to pull together a detailed set of requirements for the job including products, sizing, design influences. This is used to create a timeline and schedule of delivery with a programme of all costs
  • HCB then produces a bespoke design specification encompassing the likes of headboards, mattresses, divans with hidden underbeds, zip and link beds, sofa beds and whatever else is required
  • Importantly, as cashflow can be an issue for hospitality businesses at this time, an alternative finance agreement such as leasing over the life of the bedroom can be made available, enabling HCB to provide relief to its partners
  • HCB works with the partner brand to agree a sleep system covering a choice of comfort, with all products conforming to Crib 5 Fire Retardancy Standards. All of this is then backed up with a five-year quality guarantee to ensure absolute peace of mind
  • The project manager works in partnership with the site personnel to create a meticulously planned logistics and delivery plan for the provision, taking into account all safety and efficiency elements to ensure installation and old bed disposal with minimal disruption to guests
  • Providing an end of life solution for old beds is crucial for the sustainability of the industry and HCB takes old products away to secure waste transfer sites, so 100% can avoid landfill and be recycled back into materials that add value and benefits to other industries
  • Hypnos does not stop at product delivery, as there are a range of essential extras that can provide an added layer of sustainable sleep comfort, such as pillows, mattress protector’s and toppers. HCB works with the partner on any additional provisions needed to enhance the sleep experience of guests
  • Finally, HCB works in partnership with clients once the provision is completed in order to constantly provide sleep support – whether that’s with the addition of sofa beds, new bedding, upgrades for superior suites or from a marketing perspective in terms of sharing their brand and sustainability story with guests

Owen-Smith said: “Whether it’s with smaller boutique hotels or large hotel chains, we’ve seen similar trends emerge across our partner portfolio.  There is an increased level of consideration going into the configuration of rooms and how these are set out in terms of social distance, with people often staying in these rooms with family or friends within their ‘bubble’. Therefore, hospitality accommodation providers are needing to manage higher occupancy with space saving pull out underbeds and sofa beds.”

As restoring confidence in the hygiene and safety of their properties is of the utmost importance, hospitality providers should be actively involving their suppliers and installers in the process, creating proactive and robust new measures to meet and go above and beyond both government and industry guidelines for health and safety.

Owen-Smith continues: “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from clients who appreciate the lengths we’ve gone to, particularly in terms of provision of Personal Protective Equipment for delivery teams. For instance, our team will arrive wearing face and shoe coverings as well as protective outerwear, which has been very well received by our hospitality partners. As well as this, our team has received training in social distancing and contactless interaction and this is something which could be a long-term impact of the pandemic on our practices moving forwards.”

“Whilst our processes have of course been adapted slightly due to the pandemic with further risk assessments needed for example, the foundations of our process – communication and co-operation – have become even more pertinent.

“As we look to the future and the evolving landscape of the hospitality industry, we look forward to continuing to adapt to be able to support our partners in the most sustainable and long-lasting way.”

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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A collage of interior design shots inside The Bull Inn in Totnes

Case study: designing the bathrooms in the UK’s ‘most sustainable hotel’

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Case study: designing the bathrooms in the UK’s ‘most sustainable hotel’

Award-winning sustainable hotel, The Bull Inn, Totnes, which Hotel Designs reviewed recently, specified Bette shower trays and baths…

The Times and The Sunday Times’ Eco Hotel of the Year 2020, The Bull Inn, Totnes, selected Bette to provide shower trays and baths that fit with its focus on sustainability.

A collage of interior design shots inside The Bull Inn in Totnes

The hotel is the fourth brainchild of Geetie Singh-Watson, who opened the world’s first certified organic pub in 1998. She worked with Devon-based architect, Jackie Gillespie of Gillespie Yunnie Architects, to ensure that every aspect of the hotel is sustainable. This includes the pastel-coloured plaster walls, organic linens, innovative heating system and bathrooms.

“I particularly like the low profile and solid feel of the BetteSupra shower trays, and the fact that they come with adjustable frames.” – Jackie Gillespie, founder of Gillespie Yunnie Architects.

The stylish bathrooms feature white brick tiles with accents of muted gold. Each has either a shower, with Bette glazed titanium-steel BetteSupra shower tray or a comfortable double ended BetteStarlet bath, perfect for a relaxing soak. All the shower trays and the baths feature Bette’s almost invisible anti-slip surface, Anti-Slip Pro.

“We used Bette shower trays and baths because they combine high quality and lasting looks with sustainability, as they are made from natural materials and are recyclable,” commented architect Jackie Gillespie. “I particularly like the low profile and solid feel of the BetteSupra shower trays, and the fact that they come with adjustable frames. I have used the shower trays and baths on many projects and like the double-ended symmetry and comfort of the BetteStarlet bath, with central waste. It’s also extremely useful that both the shower trays and baths come in such a wide range of sizes, so we were able to select the right sizes for the rooms, including 1200 x 900mm shower trays in the majority of the bathrooms.”

Owner, Geetie Singh-Watson added: “We are committed to a philosophy of Doing Business Better, which drives us to really examine the best way to do things; to scrutinise our habits and our ways of being and buying. It was really important to me that we didn’t have plastic baths or shower trays and I believe that, if we always looked at the end of life of a product when we buy it, we would change the impact on the planet. The Bette products are not only 100% recyclable but will last for many years.”

Bette baths, shower trays and basins come with a thirty year warranty, are easy to clean and available in over 400 colours, including gloss and matt finishes. Made from natural raw materials, they are completely recyclable and verified to the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) as per ISO 14025 and to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Since you’re here, why not read our review of The Bull Inn, Totnes?

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A close up of the Azzero Collection by Heathfield & Co

Heathfield & Co collaborates with Harris & Harris to create Azzero Collection

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Heathfield & Co collaborates with Harris & Harris to create Azzero Collection

Heathfield & Co’s lighting range with conscious design studio Harris & Harris centres on innovative use of materials, crafted with expertise and precision…

The Azzero Collection by Heathfield & Co in collaboration with Harris & Harris range’s aesthetic is underpinned by the prominent use of terrazzo stone; a material with a rich design heritage.

A close up of the Azzero Collection by Heathfield & Co

Presented in a black and white speckled finish, the terrazzo is paired with Rich Gold metalwork in a minimal form, and Opal white glass capsules, which provide a soft ambient glow.

With a minimal and sophisticated form, the Azzero table lamp (right) features a two-tone cylindrical base. The vertical stem leads to a deeply ribbed centre body which holds two delicately lit outward facing opal glass capsules. An extension of the table lamp design, the Azzero floor lamp (bottom) features a large rounded base in speckled black and white terrazzo stone. The Azzero desk lamp (left) is defined by its angular stem and intersecting ribbed metal cowl, making it an elegant addition to any home office or working space.

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Year in Review: Franklite reflects on its hero launches

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Year in Review: Franklite reflects on its hero launches

To conclude our Year in Review series, lighting brand Franklite throws it back to highlight the brand’s major launches of 2020…

Franklite has played an exceptional role in various projects over the course of the year, ranging from luxury hotels to executive homes over the UK and providing a range of exquisite lighting solutions to complement each individual space.

Franklite collage

The Taper Pendant has become a popular choice this year as it has appeared in numerous spaces including show homes and hotels. Available in smoked, copper and amber glass finish, these angle-cut pendants are on a matt black plate with black braided suspensions.

The single-drop Cordelia is ideal for above a bar area within a restaurant as displayed at the Hilton Gatwick Hotel. These beautiful satin brushed pendants with heavily textured glass bases to diffuse the light are available in gold and silver with some accents of chrome and matt black. The multi-drop versions will make a statement in a larger space such as a reception area or staircase.

Another favourite is the Dandy fitting, a contemporary spherical pendant in matt gold with matt black discs around the outside. A cluster of these pendants are featured perfectly within the recessed ceiling of the Vista restaurant at the Gleddoch Hotel.

2020 also saw the launch of Franklite’s Catalogue 26, showcasing an extensive range of fittings filled with a combination of innovative designs and our classic Franklite products that customers have come to know and love.

As the year draws to a close, we are putting the final touches to our first Catalogue 26 supplement, which will feature exciting new lighting solutions available to order from early 2021.

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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Product watch: Kaldewei launches washbasin made of sustainable steel enamel

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Product watch: Kaldewei launches washbasin made of sustainable steel enamel

Premium bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei enhances portfolio with a new and luxurious highlight washbasin product. Asian-inspired, the Ming’s design is unique in its segment…

Its shape typifies both the traditional and the modern. The lines of this delicate washbasin bowl produce an elegant, sculptural shape ideal for a distinctive interior design. Moreover, it offers exceptional comfort thanks to its generous depth and a lastingly hygienic glass surface.

The Ming’s most striking design feature is its elegant shape. Convex curves form a sensual outline, the neutral black and white tones used remain unobtrusive, allowing for plenty of scope within individually designed washrooms.

Like all Kaldewei products, the Ming is made of superior steel enamel. This material features a flawlessly glazed surface and is extremely long-lasting and ultra hygienic. Steel enamel is 100 per cent recyclable and is one of the most sustainable materials available for modern bathroom fit-outs.,

This washbasin bowl is easy to clean and extremely resistant to external impacts just a few of the reasons why Kaldewei offers a 30-year product guarantee for its steel enamel products. The Ming is available in four different colours: lava black matt, polished black, alpine white and alpine white matt.

Guided by the motto “naturally connected”, legendary musician and award-winning photographer Bryan Adams has artfully showcased the new Ming washbasin bowl. His aim is to highlight connectedness and an awareness of hygiene in turbulent times. Applying a keen eye for detail, Adams gives us an intimate look at being together: with simple hygiene measures we extend our hands to each other – to our family, our friends and our partners. It’s a message that is both highly topical and timeless – and one which is perfectly reflected in the Ming’s classic design.

Kaldewei 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 – lighting by Christopher Hyde

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Year in Review – lighting by Christopher Hyde

As we conclude our Year In Review, we take a look at what Christopher Hyde has launched in the last 12 months…

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Christopher Hyde launched a stunning new bathroom collection of opulent light fixtures. This exquisite collection of wall fixtures has captured the luxury quality that Christopher Hyde stands for without compromising on performance.

These fixtures can be manufactured to the IP44 standard allowing them to be specified for bathroom designs and fitted near showers, baths, and basins. Perfect for adding a splash of extravagance to those areas that need protection against moisture or dust, but equally as suitable for adorning a formal sitting room or hallway.

Not only did Christopher Hyde launch a new collection this year but also invested in a high-end renovation for its showroom in The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The upgrade has provided our customers with even more space to view each fitting in comfort and style.

Neutral colour tones, soft grey panelled walls with light pine wood flooring all add to the aesthetics of the space. The implementation of an open plan concept creates a natural flow throughout the showroom. It is important to showcase each individual fixture to its full potential and now our products can be viewed from multiple angles.

As the year draws to a close and we reflect on the changes it has brought we can guarantee that at Christopher Hyde we will continue to create a tailored experience for each and every one of our valued customers.

Christopher Hyde 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: Geberit launches two newly-named collections – Select and Aspire

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Product watch: Geberit launches two newly-named collections – Select and Aspire

To continue our Year in Review, which is a December tradition here at Hotel Designs where we look back to the most eye-catching product launches from the past 11 months, we throwback to Geberit’s announcement to celebrate a new chapter for the bathroom brand…

Geberit extended its offering in the hotel sector following the launch of two newly named washroom collections in October.

The announcement marked the start of an exciting new chapter for Geberit in the UK. The Aspire Collection is the new name for Geberit’s premium offering, formerly known as the Geberit Bathroom Collection. The exclusive collection now incorporates well-known ranges such as iCon, Xeno and the Geberit AquaClean Mera shower toilet. Geberit also introduced its pioneering washroom innovation, Geberit One, which integrates behind-the-wall sanitary technology with stylish ceramics to generate more space and easier cleaning. The Geberit One range boasts a wide choice of new slim furniture options, from a floating washbasin to a mirror cabinet with fully integrated lighting, enhancing guest comfort.

Alongside the Aspire Collection, Geberit launched its new Select Collection which offers hotels functional, affordable and on-trend design possibilities for the mid-market across its range of space-saving concealed cisterns and wall-hung technology solutions. The Select Collection features the Selnova bathroom series, which incorporates a variety of different designs including Selnova Compact for smaller washroom spaces, as well as the Selnova Comfort accessible range for guests with reduced mobility.

Mark Larden, Managing Director of Geberit, said: “Everything is changing at Geberit. Whether you’re new to the Geberit brand or an existing partner, we’re continuing to optimise and evolve our products and services. That’s because we understand the importance of meeting the ever-changing business requirements across our sectors.

“With the introduction of these new collections, we’re opening up a wider range of choice for hotels  across the mid-premium and basic-mid bathroom segments,” said Larden. “With all of this said, in many ways, nothing is changing. While we continually innovate and adapt, we also remain dedicated to delivering the same great product design, quality and availability that our customers have come to expect.”

Larden added: “From on-trend washroom designs to cutting edge technology that champions hygiene and sustainability, we’re proud to be setting the standard for a new era in bathroom design – offering hotels more choice and more selection for guest rooms, public spaces as well as hotel employee facilities.”

Geberit 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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IVC Commercial opens new London workplace

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IVC Commercial opens new London workplace

IVC Commercial has announced a new London workplace at The Gallery Clerkenwell…

A few days ago, Unilin announced that it was opening a new hybrid showroom in Clerkenwell. Well, IVC Commercial is moving in with a unique meeting point and place to explore its Carpet Tiles, Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Heterogeneous Vinyl solutions.

Situated on Great Sutton Street, in the heart of the Clerkenwell district, the workplace sees IVC Commercial share a London locale with decorative surfaces, seating and furniture.

David Bigland, managing director, IVC Group, said: “Our new London workplace gives us a space to welcome architects and designers in the capital within easy reach of their offices. Housing our collections of Carpet Tiles, Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Heterogeneous Vinyl, it provides a shared space where we can come together to create interiors that support wellbeing and productivity.”

Naturally, the floors of The Gallery Clerkenwell feature solutions from IVC Commercial, so that architects and designers can see the impact of designs such as Studio Moods, the Rudiments and Art Intervention carpet tile collections and Concept 70 compact vinyl. IVC Commercial at The Gallery Clerkenwell will also allow the same-day collection and despatch of samples to London-based practices.

“We’re excited to launch IVC Commercial at The Gallery Clerkenwell,” continues David. “It provides us with a presence in the heart of London’s A&D district and as we adapt to the changing working practices driven by Covid-19, we look forward to using it as a central base to form collaborative partnerships, as well as introduce the other exciting brands that come together in the workplace.”

IVC Commercial is one of our Industry Support Package clients 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 Rainshower SmartActive 130 Shower rail set with 3 shower sprays and GROHE EcoJoy technology. Fitted with Grohtherm SmartControl shower mixer

GROHE launches Rainshower SmartActive, a new hand shower

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GROHE launches Rainshower SmartActive, a new hand shower

With the launch of its most advanced hand shower to date, Rainshower SmartActive from GROHE brings to the market a quick and easy solution to creating the enjoyable, relaxing and high-quality shower experience that is expected from hotel bathrooms…

GROHE Rainshower SmartActive 130 Shower rail set with 3 shower sprays and GROHE EcoJoy technology. Fitted with Grohtherm SmartControl shower mixer

Thanks to smart functions and intuitive operation, users are ensured absolute shower enjoyment that can be tailored to their individual needs or mood which is of high value in hotel bathrooms, adding to the sense of uniqueness and luxury that visitors really appreciate during their stay.

In addition, there is minimal installation work required as the Rainshower SmartActive can be purchased with a matching shower rail that can be easily affixed using existing drill holes, making it an easy retrofit solution to instantly upgrade your hotel’s guest rooms or spa facilities without requiring a considerable amount of time, work or investment.

Thanks to two new technologies, the GROHE Rainshower SmartActive hand shower is the most innovative hand shower to date in the GROHE product range. Equipped with GROHE SmartTip control, a simple fingertip on the rear of the ergonomically designed hand shower is enough to intuitively switch between three spray modes. In the centre of the shower head, round and star-shaped jets provide a powerful ActiveMassage spray. Meanwhile, the Jet spray is perfect post-workout or when the user is feeling tired as its invigorating spray can give the body a completely new sense of energy, whilst also being great for rinsing shampoo thoroughly and quickly too. However, if a gentler, softer water pressure is preferred, the circular arranged nozzles mimic a gentle rain shower.

Aside from a choice of luxurious spray patterns designed to personalise the shower experience, GROHE has also integrated its DripStop feature into the new hand shower design. Often, guests visit a hotel as a quiet and luxurious retreat from the stresses of everyday life. This new technology, therefore, works as a preventative measure in hotel bathrooms by eliminating the unnecessary annoyance of a dripping shower which can be quite disruptive when attempting to relax and unwind. This feature also makes the GROHE Rainshower Active hand shower a more eco-aware alternative to standard models.

Perfect for adding a touch of luxury and indulgence to the shower space, the Rainshower SmartActive is compatible with almost any shower system and available in 130mm and 150mm sizes, 12 colour finishes and a round or square design. This means it can be seamlessly integrated into any existing bathroom décor for a cost-effective upgrade that will transform the shower experience. For projects seeking to completely refurbish the shower space, the Rainshower SmartActive perfectly complements head showers such as GROHE Rainshower 310 SmartActive or Rainshower 310 Mono, Rainshower Bodysprays as well as concealed thermostats or the innovative GROHE SmartControl shower control.

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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Unilin showroom in Clerkenwell

The Gallery Clerkenwell arrives in London

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The Gallery Clerkenwell arrives in London

Manufacturer of decorative surfaces, UNILIN Panels has opened The Gallery Clerkenwell, a hybrid showroom in Clerkenwell, London, the architecture and design district…

Unilin showroom in Clerkenwell

Bringing together like-minded manufacturers from the worlds of surfaces, flooring, seating and storage, The Gallery Clerkenwell provides a chance to share in a passion for creating beautiful interiors and to discover new products in the world of commercial interior design.

From UNILIN Evola and Clicwall to carpet tiles, LVT and vinyl from IVC Commercial, task and conferencing seating from Comfort UK and storage furniture from Silverline; visitors to The Gallery Clerkenwell have access to an impressive display of European made interior products.

“We’re really delighted to be the calling point for a strong collective of alternative brands here in Clerkenwell,” said Egle Gineviciute, showroom manager. “Our UNILIN Evola decorative surface collection offers incredibly authentic HPL surfaces that really need to be seen to be fully appreciated and The Gallery Clerkenwell now gives London-based designers a place to come and do that, as well as explore other complementary solutions in flooring, furniture and seating.”

Designed as a collaborative space where people can come together to create inspiring interiors, The Gallery Clerkenwell brings UNILIN Panels together with partners that each bring something unique to commercial interiors. The mix will help architects and designers to create spaces that embrace modern ways of working, living, relaxing, learning and recovering while meeting the need for affordable and sustainable solutions.

The Gallery Clerkenwell is situated on Great Sutton Street and combines showroom space with meeting and work facilities. It represents a central London hub for all manufacturers, providing an important presence among the capital’s architecture and design community.

Unilin 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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Celebrating a decade of decorative surfaces from Siminetti

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Celebrating a decade of decorative surfaces from Siminetti

Despite celebrations being somewhat muted in 2020, Hotel Designs would like to wish Siminetti a very special ‘Happy Birthday’ with a throwback to 10 years of creating stunning surfaces…

From humble beginnings in 2010, Siminetti has prospered over the last decade to become a renowned producer of decorative surfaces utilising the finest Mother of Pearl.

The brand’s range of mosaic tiles and decorative surfaces can be found in world leading hotels, luxury homes, spas, and super yachts. Building a reputation for exceptional quality has been at the forefront of the company’s journey. With a well-established brand identity, the brand now looks to move to the next tier of Mother of Pearl with the January 2021 release of our Seasons Collection.

“11 years ago I had the inspiration to launch a luxury focused, sustainable, surface finishes brand. 10 years ago Siminetti was born out of this desire,” said Simon Powell, CEO of Siminetti. “Combining creativity with one of nature’s very own luxurious materials, I cannot be more proud to see Siminetti surfaces are now found in some of the World’s most luxurious properties, super-yachts and hotels.

“The last 10 years has been a whirlwind of creativity mixed with both highs and lows but more importantly one that inspires me each morning with new challenges and ideas.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me and Siminetti on our journey thus far, and I look forward to where the road take us over the next 10 years.”

Project index

  • BURJ KHALIFA, Dubai UAE: Siminetti supplied 17m2 of our Bianco Oval mosaic to be applied to a large statement column.
  • THE LANGLEY, LONDON UK: The Langley were supplied with an impressive collection of Midnight Pearl 25mm and Gentle Earth 25mm. Used in their stunning underground spa in wet areas and to decorate spa loungers.
  • PRINCESS YACHTS, PLYMOUTH UK: The brand continually supply a range of Mother of Pearl solutions to Princess yachts. Most recently, the company supplied 14M2 of Crackle Decorative Surface to Aquamare marine to fit out a breathtaking yacht.
  • MSHERIEB, DOWNTOWN DOHA: Siminetti supplied Midnight Pearl 23mm in an unbelievable 7350m2! (yes 7350m2!) A truly one of a kind project with the Mother of Pearl being used for external cladding.
  • THE BEVERLY CENTER, BEVERLY HILLS: The Beverly center used 32M2 of Innocence 25mm as decorative inlays throughout the building creating a long-lasting awe-inspiring aesthetic.
  • W HOTEL, DUBAI UAE: Siminetti is proud to have supplied the Palm Dubai our Anthracite mother of pearl mosaics for use in the ‘W Hotel & Residences’ on The Palm Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE. Featuring through-out the property, some 500m2 of the product was supplied. Located on the west crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, this serene escape facilitates mixing and mingling between the city and the sea.
  • ZULAL DESTINATION SPA, Qatar: This stunning hotel & spa in Qatar features 450m2 of Bianco Hexagon and 184m2 Dove Grey Hexagon! Used to create a truly memorable space.
  • THE LALIT, LONDON: Heading into the Teachers Room you are immediately struck by the sheer beauty of the mother of pearl ceiling. Proudly supplied by Siminetti, the mosaic installed is Siminetti’s Natural Harmonie 20mm Mother of Pearl which is a unique, grout less form of mosaic tile – making it the perfect fit for an opulent ceiling in a luxury boutique hotel.
  • JIMMY CHOO, LONDON: A great example of how Mother of Pearl can be used to stun the most discerning of consumers. Harmonie 20mm in Natural featured as an elegant showroom display to accentuate their latest collection of designer shoes, bags, and accessories.
  • 1500 OCEAN DRIVE, MIAMI FLORIDA: A combination of Midnight Pearl 25mm and Bianco 25mm were supplied to one of Ocean Drives most iconic buildings, installation is now underway of 3500ft2 / 350m2 of Siminetti Mother of Pearl mosaics. Designed by the late renowned architect, Michael Graves, the swimming pool and hot tub are fundamental aspects of this iconic building and in keeping with Michael Grave’s wishes, the residents of the condominium have followed the initial design brief of finishing the pool in stunning Mother of Pearl mosaic tiles.

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A render of a shower in a bathroom that looks like a light

Gessi turns up the drama in the bathroom with Spotlight

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Gessi turns up the drama in the bathroom with Spotlight

Design-led bathroom brand Gessi has launched Spotwater, the perfect synthesis of advanced technology and high design…

Inspired by the same concept of the lighting technology, Spotwater stands out for its tubular design and the adjustable angle, offering a completely customized experience through four different waterjets: Rain, Multi-spray, Atomizer and Waterfall.

A render of a shower in a bathroom that looks like a light

These unique spotlights are enriched by the exclusive Gessi touch, resulting in five different finishings: Cesello, Intreccio, Trame, Ingranaggio and the smooth Flessa. Together with a rich and captivating range of finishes – from the shimmering glow of pure metal, to soft and warm tones. This wellness source opens the way to unprecedented stylistic interpretations and possibilities of personalisation of the shower space.  These innovative showerheads gratify those who love essentiality, but also want to give their bathroom a refined, high-tech yet warm and decorative touch.

With sculptural shapes and surfaces that invite to touch, Gessi Spotwater contributes, even scenically, to the environments and architectures of fascinating private habitats, as well as exclusive yachts, hotels and resorts. In fact, by fitting harmoniously into avant-garde architectures as in the most classic, the Gessi lines always add a contribution of personality and style, making these places catching and surprising. This makes Gessi the choice of the designers of the most fascinating environments in the world.

Gessi conceives its creations with the ambition that design, with its ability to infuse an art content in consumer products, and the technology incorporated in it, will enrich the living spaces, making everyday gestures special and unique. In fact, Gessi projects spring from creative freedom and a passion for objects liberated from prescribed and encoded functions and reinvented for new uses: empathetic, friendly and enjoyable bathroom furnishings. Objects that improve people’s live.

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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Blue modular wall

Product watch: make more of your walls with Modular by Granorte

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Product watch: make more of your walls with Modular by Granorte

Modular is a 3D tile from cork pioneer Granorte that brings Mondrian linearity to walls…

Using CNC machined linear grooves in three geometric designs, Modular lets you explore the forms typified by Piet Mondrian’s works on walls. Installed in combinations and arrangements, the large format cork tiles create an aesthetic that balances natural elements with manmade form.

Blue modular wall

Each lightweight Modular tile is made from 100 per cent recycled cork, a by-product of the wine stopper industry and retains the acoustic and thermal benefits of the material. Helping spaces feel warmer and quieter, cork is an ideal renewable natural material for wall and floor finishes.

Available in four complementing shades – Dark, Pearl, Smoke, Bluemoon and Terracotta – Modular is protected with Granorte’s water-based CORKGUARD®. This protective lacquer finish ensures that the tiles can withstand commercial use, remaining resistant to marks and easy to clean.

Paulo Rocha, from Granorte, commented: “Cork is a versatile natural material that has great properties for projects focused on creating a comforting space for occupiers. At Granorte, we look to provide designers with products that allow them to use the finish in surprising ways. Modular is just such a product, offering a distinctly contemporary wall tile that embraces the natural aesthetic of cork in a fresh and interesting way.”

The tile is available in a 580mm x 580mm x 7mm format for glue-on application. Granorte was founded in 1972 and has been at the forefront of finding ways to reuse waste cork ever since. With a broad range of wall and floor finishes, as well as furniture, sanitary ware and lighting, the Portuguese company is undoubtedly a pioneer in cork.

Granorte is one of our Industry Support Package clients 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 sofa bed in traditional heritage setting

Smart furniture: sweet dreams are made of this

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Smart furniture: sweet dreams are made of this

Sofa and furniture beds have come a long way and are no longer the uninspired looking sofa you buy because it turns into an unforgiving but occasionally much needed extra bed, as furniture brand DOMINGO explains…

A sofa bed in traditional heritage setting

Whilst options and variety have generally increased, so many of the sofa beds on the market maintain that standard ‘box look’ that fails to lift the room.

We tend to think of a good sofa bed as a versatile, hardworking piece of furniture but because it allows us to entertain, relax and sleep the occasional guest – we will need to compromise on either its look or performance.

DOMINIGO knows it does not have to be like this. Even if a sofa bed will be mainly used as a sofa and only occasionally turned into a bed, it makes sense you should look for the same features you would want from your chosen sofa, with the addition of a comfortable mattress and efficient opening mechanism.

The new generation of DOMINGO sofa beds are cleverly designed and impeccably manufactured to be able to deliver on all these promises… and they look really good. Domingo has been making sofas and armchairs since 1973, and the company’s stylish products are handcrafted according to the best Italian tradition in their workshops in Italy. The company only uses solid hard wood for their frames whilst the foams and the mechanisms chosen for their sofa beds are designed for intense usage.

Whether you are a homeowner in the market for a sofa bed for your house or a designer working on a commercial project, DOMINGO will be able to present you with options to choose from. Do spend some time working out what are the features you need in a sofa bed and let this guide your decision.

The L-Shape sofa bed

A good L-shape corner sofa remains the favourite choice for most modern households. This is because it is big enough to accommodate at least three people watching TV and can fit a bed big enough to sleep the occasional guest (or guests). DOMINGO has a few L-shape sofa beds styles that can be integrated with an island with hidden storage space.

DOMINGO has a whole catalogue dedicated to the Lshape sofa bed. The idea is to start from one central standard sofa bed block and then add as many elements as your family needs to create your own unique sofa bed. Starting from a central 2 seaters sofa with bed you can then add a corner unit, the armrest of your choice, a long chaise on the side or …some hidden storage. You will then be able to create a sofa bed that is functional for you, that suits your lifestyle and fits perfectly in the space you have chosen.

Finish the job by selecting your preferred fabric (or mixing up a few fabric qualities together on the same couch) to create your own sofa bed.

A large L-shaped sofa in a deserted warehouse

Image credit: DOMINGO

The stunningly beautiful sofa bed that does not look like a sofa bed

The new luxury line of sofa beds by DOMINGO includes a range of sofa beds that do not look like a sofa bed. DIVINITAS in a range that offers sartorial refinement as well as utmost comfort.

A brown sofa and blue armchair in traditional house setting

The beds are using a ”pull out’ system, meaning, the mattress and the frame of the bed fold out of the interior of the sofa. The back of the sofa becomes a cosy shell to lean against when reading or watching TV. The structures are generously padded and upholstered in luxurious fabrics. Fabrics and trimmings, finishing and detailing can be customised to suit personal taste. Choose the deep buttoned handmade styles for a rustic classic feel, or the smooth luxurious velvet for a retro modern look. These sofa beds are the preferred choice of hedonists and creatives in love with this retro nostalgic look.

The space savers: 

If struggling for space but still in need of an extra bed, an armchair or a pouf (rather than a sofa bed) is the answer.

An armchair does not take space, can be squeezed into any room. The one in the picture below (Marie armchair in skinny armrest, by Domingo), presented with contrasting piping would be a welcomed addition to any home office. Pull the back of this armchair towards you and it will turn itself into a bed thanks to its revolving mechanism. No need to store the seat cushion. One quick pull and the bed is ready.

Sofa beds for commercial projects:

With more than 20 years’ experience helping designers and architects delivering its projects in more than 35 Countries around the globe, staff at DOMINGO knows that every space presents its own individual features and that each Country has specific rules with regards to certification and products health and safety.

DOMINGO offers a tailor-made ‘ad hoc’ design service to both design and production  as well as the certification required to deliver your projects.

DOMINGO sofa beds:

  • Can be upholstered in BS or Crib 5 fabrics
  • Only solid hard wood is used for frames
  • Foams chosen for contract are designed and certified for heavy usage
  • FR (CHMR) foams are available on request
  • Anti-bacteria anti-microbes materials are available on request
  • Products are 100 per cent recyclable at the end of their service life

One size does not fit all, just get in touch with DOMINGO to know what options are available to you. Sweet dreams!

DOMINGO is one of our Industry Support Package clients 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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5 minutes with: Julie Ingham & Burlington on bespoke bathroom design

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5 minutes with: Julie Ingham & Burlington on bespoke bathroom design

Following the spectacular launch of Burlington’s Bespoke Collection earlier this year – and to mark the start of our Year in Review series – editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with Burlington’s marketing manager, Faye Froy, and Julie Ingham who was the designer behind that colourful and eclectic range of bathroom products…

British designer Julie Ingham is known for creating patterns and illustrations for packaging, greeting cards, homewares, textiles and books. However, recently, she was asked by Burlington to take a leap into a new segment of the design industry, to help the bathroom brand create its most recent hero collection. 

Representing a new era of classic bathroom design, Bespoke by Burlington is a distinctive and unique collection of coloured and hand-decorated ceramics. Offering true customisation, the new products provide architects, specifiers and designers with an unsurpassed level of individuality, placing Burlington at the very forefront of modern-day bathroom design, whilst remaining true to its historic influences and style.

Image caption: Oriental Blossum from the Bespoke by Burlington collection

To understand more about the collection, I caught up with Ingham and Faye Froy, Marketing Manager at Burlington:

Hamish Kilburn: What are the challenges of designing a ‘bespoke’ range for a commercial market?

Faye Froy: The Bespoke collection was created to offer the customer alternatives to our normal white finish. Whilst white looks stunning and will still be the main choice, there is increasing demand for colour and for decoration. We developed the technology to make the wide range offered in the Bespoke collection and this gives Burlington the chance to offer colours, single colour decoration and multi-colour decoration. Now we have the process fine-tuned we can produce these with short lead times (6 weeks) on a made to order basis. Within the range is Bespoke lettering which allows Burlington to personalise with the name of the home such a “The Old Dairy” and we can also produce with hotel or business logos on.

There are no specific challenges in extending this to the commercial market, and for contracts we can produce bespoke designs if the project is looking for a unique design or unique colour.

HK: Why is 2020 the ideal year to launch the Bespoke Collection?

FF: It was always part of our strategy to launch the Bespoke collection this year. When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit we quickly agreed that we still wanted to launch the collection but in a different way. Instead of the launch event we originally planned on hosting in London, we moved the launch online, engaging various high-profile influencers to promote the brand and a two-week launch was created. It was such an exciting month where we created such a buzz and we gained so much coverage through our press and social channels.

It was important to Burlington that we still went ahead with the launch. Many businesses this year have delayed their new products to 2021 but that gave us more of a reason to push ahead and create something new and exciting for the brand.

HK: What was the thinking behind the colours you chose for the collection?

Julie Ingham: The colours came from an enormous amount of research into bathroom trends.  I looked at what colours people already had in their bathrooms and how they used them and what they were comfortable with. I also looked at colour historically in bathrooms both domestically and commercially. But probably most importantly how colour would sit on such an iconic bathroom shape.  We wanted to give the product a new edge and feel, whilst still retaining a balance and direction towards what the shape represents. I Photo-shopped about 200 colours onto basins to get the right feel. Colour is so individual and logistically we had to choose three for production. I think the colour choice was harder than the pattern choice!

HK: How would you describe the collection in three words?

JI: Stylish, inspired and iconic.

HK: If you were to design an extension to the Bespoke Collection, what themes would you explore?

JI: A children’s range, with boats and bunting perhaps in nursery style pastel shades. I adore the work on Eric Ravillious, and Midwinter’s Jessie Tait, so perhaps a nod in their direction, geometric and landscapes. Trees, forests, dark greens swaying movements. My personal favourites from the collection we designed are the Oriental Blossom and Spring Forest designs and I would like to continue the organic feel that I think these two have.

HK: How has the pandemic changed peoples’ perception of bathrooms in hotel design?

FF: The bathroom is a room that certainly should not be overlooked. Often heavily featured on Instagram, blogs and in magazines with the heading of ‘the best Instagrammable bathrooms to visit,’ consumers are looking for high design quality throughout every room in a hotel, and the bathroom will often heavily influence their decision on whether to book a stay. Whether the bathroom is bold and colourful, or is a spa-like haven to retreat to, consumers will wish to stay in hotels with Instagrammable bathrooms.

With the pandemic resulting is us all spending much more time in our homes, getting away to a hotel whether for a one-night stay or a week away is more important than ever. Consumers will want to feel like they are really escaping day to day life, so hotel design will become more important than ever to offer the guest that true feeling of relax, rest and rejuvenate. The bathroom will continue to play a big part of that theme.

Burlington 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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Sustainability in the bathroom – it’s all in the materials

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Sustainability in the bathroom – it’s all in the materials

The Swiss bathroom specialist, Laufen, has set new sustainability trends in bathroom design. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates…

With unprecedented performance properties, the revolutionary SaphirKeramik, found in all Laufen products, bestows possibilities and versatility never seen before, enabling exceptional shaping where finely-defined curves and tight edge radii of 1-2mm are created.

This unique ceramic is considerably thinner and has an improved bending strength, compared to traditional bathroom ceramics. Laufen is now able to produce wafer-thin, yet exceptionally robust ceramic bodies, which in turn makes it more sustainable by reducing weight with a lower consumption of raw materials and energy, required for the manufacturing process. SaphirKeramik is not a replacement for any existing materials; instead, it broadens the range of forms of expression of the natural base material.

Since its launch in 2013 SaphirKeramik has developed into a favourite material of many architects and bathroom planners, because it permits a whole new design language within bathroom ceramics, which could not have been realised in the same way with conventional ceramics. Designed under the creative leadership of superstar Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the contemporary ‘The New Classic’ collection interprets classical styles using Laufen’s innovative SaphirKeramik to help create soft, gentle feminine curves, alongside angular, masculine elements.

Since you’re here, why not read Hotel Designs’ tour of Roca and Laufen UK headquarters?

Image caption: The New Classic, designed by Marcel Wanders for Laufen

Image caption: The New Classic, designed by Marcel Wanders for Laufen

Laufen is also taking responsibility for the its impact on the environment by developing ways to recycle wastewater. In collaboration with Austrian design studio EOOS and long-term research by Eawag, Laufen have developed a ground-breaking urine separation toilet that opens a new chapter in sustainable wastewater management: Save! Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save! will revolutionise sanitation, reduce the environmental issue of wastewater pollution and provide a solution fit for the 21st century.

The key innovation in Save! is the “urine trap”, created by EOOS Design, which diverts urine to a concealed outlet using only surface tension. By trapping the urine – which contains a high number of nutrients – the device allows the liquid to be repurposed into a  fertiliser called Aurin.

"urine trap", created by EOOS Design for Laufen

Image caption: “urine trap”, created by EOOS Design for Laufen

The installation of urine separation toilets into hotels, public areas and residential developments will lead to sustainable and energy-saving wastewater management, seamlessly integrating the circular economy by efficiently treating the collected wastewater, recovering and recycling the preserved nutrients.

Laufen is committed to contributing towards the development of innovative technologies to solve this urgent problem, developing new, sustainable solutions that will help save lives and improve sanitation conditions in developing countries.

Laufen 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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In the factory with sustainable bed & mattress manufacturer Naturalmat

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In the factory with sustainable bed & mattress manufacturer Naturalmat

With its fascinating storyline stretching from luxury superyachts to international hotels, bed and mattress brand Naturalmat’s stamp of approval can be traced right back to the source, as editor Hamish Kilburn learns when he pays a visit to the brand’s HQ in Topsham, Devon…

The story behind the success of bed and mattress manufacturer Naturalmat, and its esteemed reputation for being a conscious brand, all started more than 20 years ago. The Tremlett family, boat builders at the time, were in their yard in Topsham, Devon, and realised that there was a void in the luxury marine industry.

Mark Tremlett and his father designed luxury superyachts for the super-rich, which were complete with high-end fittings and fixtures while flooded with innovative space-saving solutions. Each vessel that would come out of the yard was perfectly designed for its heavy pocketed owner.

And yet, the family realised that while the luxury marine industry had evolved into an exciting design-led arena, the pre-existing beds that were being specified within these floating abodes were not fit for purpose. “I saw that people were still sleeping on polyurethane foam mattresses underneath it all,” said Mark, who is the co-founder of Naturalmat, explained to Hotel Designs. “This is not a great material to use on a boat (or any bed) as it’s not breathable, leading to issues of damp and mould, and doesn’t give the most comfortable experience.” It was during this lightbulb moment when Naturalmat was born.

Image caption: The Rosemoor Bed | Image credit: Naturalmat

Image caption: The Rosemoor Bed | Image credit: Naturalmat

Five interesting facts about Naturalmat

  • The company saves approximately 40,000 kw per year through its various eco initiatives
  • Naturalmat offers three 100 per cent natural fibre mattresses, and three natural fibre plus pocket spring mattresses
  • Naturalmat uses the husk of a coconut within its mattresses, which gives the user a fairly straight, robust fibre. But if you twist these very tightly and unravel them, they retain that curl which is then perfect to tease into a pad —in the absence of metal coils, it’s the natural ‘spring’ layer that provides the structure and bounce on each mattress
  • Naturalmat does not use fire retardant chemicals in any of its products
  • As of last year, Naturalmat done away with using plastic in packaging, and now the various packaging across the business is either from potato starch, corn starch, sugar cane, unbleached cotton, recycled kraft boxes, paper bags, or large, infinitely reusable mattress-sized duffle bags.

A few years after all but conquering the marine and nursery industry with locally and intuitively designed mattresses, in 2008 the company was approached by Simon Woodroffe, founder of Yo! Sushi, who had just launched a new hotel concept, YOTEL. Naturalmat soon landed its first major hotel project, when Woodroffe specified the brand for YOTEL New York. With smaller sized rooms, which the hotel brand refers to as cabins, the meaningful partnership was stitched together. It was this leap into the hospitality market that allowed the Devonshire-based family business to boom on the international hotel design scene.

Following the extensive project inside the 669-key lifestyle hotel, more relationships between the bed manufacturer and hotel brands such as Qbic, Six Senses Resorts, Z Hotels, Hoxton Hotels forged as Naturalmat’s unique and fully sustainable manufacturing process complimented brand, sustainability and quality standards.

A bedroom inside Hoxton Southwark

Image caption: Hoxton Hotels specifies Naturalmat mattreses | Image credit: Hoxton Hotels/Ennismore

Following the bed and mattress brand winning Best in British Product Design at The Brit List Awards 2019, I headed down south to understand how each mattress is made, by hand. But before we dive in, first let’s explore where the materials are sourced from. The organic lambswool, used to create comfortable products that are unmatched, comes from Soil Association certified farms in Devon, Dorset and Somerset. The company purchases direct from organic farmers, not just to ensure the highest quality but also to give the farmers a better return than taking the wool to market. As a result, the company is consciously supporting the local farming community.

Once the wool has been purchased, here is the step-by-step process behind each and every handmade Naturalmat mattress:

  • First the roll of wool and cotton herringbone ticking is cut to the size of the mattress that has been ordered.
  • The company’s precise sewing team then stitch the handles onto the edge panels, as well as the Naturalmat label onto the surface.
A women sewing a mattress

Image caption: Anne is one of Naturalmat’s precise sewing team | Image credit: Naturalmat

  • Downstairs in the mattress making section of the factory, a team of two layer the mattress ‘sandwich’ starting with coir (or a spring unit, if being used), layering with natural latex, mohair, cashmere, or whatever else the ‘mattress recipe’ calls for.
Two men in the factory designing and making Naturalmat mattresses

Image caption: A team of two layer the mattress ‘sandwich’ starting with coir | Image credit: Naturalmat

  • When this stage is complete, each mattress and topper that is manufactured gets a top layer of organic lambswool, and the covers are loosely stretched out onto either side. The side panel is then rolled around the edges and loosely pinned.
  • This ‘sandwich’ is then moved to a large table where the brand’s expert upholsterer (who’s been making mattresses for more than 20 years) runs a clever tape-edging machine around it, which seals the mattress sandwich with the brand’s signature grey wool and cotton piping. The mattress is then flipped (bit tricky for Emperor-sized units), then the team tape-edge the other side.
  • Once the ‘sandwich’ is sealed, it’s moved across to a jig which props it up on its side, allowing the team to tuft all the buttons through the mattress. The tufting is what keeps all the natural fibres in place, as well as offers that bit of ‘puff’ for comfort.
  • The finished mattress is then slid into one of the company’s large, recyclable, sugar-cane derived packaging bags, sealed, then loaded onto a Naturalmat van ready for delivery.

What’s as impressive as the quality behind each product is the company’s passion around sustainability. From the very beginning, the company took a different approach to the rest of the trade. The factory, for example, that shelters this innovative manufacturing process is on its own an eco-friendly machine, complete with solar paneling that powers the building and the operations inside.

A blue bed in a modern room

Image credit: Naturalmat

From a materials perspective, Naturalmat could not understand why the majority of mattresses were made using man-made synthetic materials that were neither biodegradable nor from a sustainable source.

Most recently, the bed and mattress brand’s eco credentials caught the attention of Geetie Singh-Watson, a self-proclaimed warrior against greenwashing in hospitality, as she was designing The Bull Inn in Totnes. Singh-Watson was only interested in sourcing all products and services locally and researched each brand thoroughly before specifying each and every product within the eight-key pub/hotel.

A close up of a bed inside The Bull Inn in Totnes

Image caption: Naturalmat supplied the beds for The Bull Inn, Totnes credit: Rachel Hoile Photography

With the brand catching the attention of authentic independents and large chains – it is currently processing an order for the first urban Six Senses hotel, which will open in New York – the brand’s modern attitude matched with traditional ethos is going from strength to strength, and in turn is educating the hotel design and hospitality arena on the values of conscious design.

Naturalmat 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: Naturalmat

Crosswater introduces range extension to Kai furniture

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Crosswater introduces range extension to Kai furniture

A spacious and affordable storage solution for today’s bathrooms, Kai from Crosswater combines contemporary styling with everyday functionality, ensuring an affordable range of furniture units that will sit cohesively within interiors of all styles and sizes…

From refreshing and sleek grey palettes to modern monochrome colour combinations, the three understated finishes will complement and sit beautifully within a wide range of on-trend bathroom schemes.

With storage a key consideration in any bathroom, the Kai furniture range provide homeowners with the option to choose from single or double drawer styles, complete with a white gloss worktop or a fine fireclay basin tops for added appeal. The units are available in Grey Oak, White Gloss and Grey Gloss finishes and feature substantial storage with full extension and soft closing drawers ideal for hiding away toiletries and everyday bathroom essentials.

Perfect for both the cloakroom and main family bathroom, each piece will slot cohesively into a variety of interior design spaces. The designs can be paired with striking patterned surfaces and hints of greenery for a contemporary look  – or go for a minimalistic style by pairing the Kai furniture and toilet units to create a neutral colour palette throughout.

An exceptionally versatile range, Kai provides strikingly spacious furniture for bathrooms of all styles and sizes.  From 500mm to 1000mm units, each piece has been specially crafted to cater to the needs of every household – delivering the ultimate affordable bathroom experience.

Crosswater 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: Crosswater

Image of sculpture of running cheetah

Design gone wild: Introducing Queen Ava the Cheetah by Marokka

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Design gone wild: Introducing Queen Ava the Cheetah by Marokka

Geometric design brand Marokka takes a walk on the wild side by introducing Queen Ava the Cheetah to its contemporary collection of statement sculptures…

When you walk into a hotel lobby or hotel bedroom the senses become more heightened when there is an interesting sculpture, a stunning piece of wall art or a feature that provides a point of interest for guests.

Image of sculpture of running cheetah

Marokka knows all about making a lasting impression with its range of 3D animal-inspired sculptures that are showcased in bedrooms at a luxury four-star hotel in Port Lympne while the larger Gus the Gorilla sculpture resides outside in the Aspinall Safari Foundation Park near the hotel. The sculptures have caused a buzz amongst visitors and makes the experience to Port Lympne all the more memorable

In keeping with Marokka’s style to excite, engage and provide luxurious art forms that ‘wow’ for the hospitality industry and consumers alike, Marokka has recently unveiled its latest creation, Queen Ava the Cheetah. Ava is no ordinary Cheetah, she is a digital lenticular sculpture that unites the real world with the virtual and digital world.

When the Aspinall Foundation re-homed two hand reared cheetahs Saba and Nairo, Marokka wanted to celebrate this and give recognition to the elegance and prowess of this beautiful animal and as a result Ava the lenticular was born and she comes alive in full hunting mode as different movements are captured within the print.

Queen Ava has been designed in five distinct styles:

  • Wireframe Faceted Polygonal
  • Faceted Polygonal
  • Wireframe Vonoroi
  • Vonoroi
  • Faceted Vonoroi

Lenticulars are gaining popularity and have been seen in lobbies of 25 ‘W Hotels’ across the globe while retailers like Clinton Cards have seen a shift towards lenticular birthday cards and postcards amongst its consumers.

Also, as with all its sculptures, Marokka also raises awareness of the charities that care for animals and is proud to donate a percentage of sales for every digital sculpture of this endangered species sold to the Ashia Cheetah Conservation, A not-for-profit conservation project in Paarl, South Africa, dedicated to the survival of the cheetah by running a significant wilding & release program.

COMING SOON – Thanks to the popularity of Queen Ava the Cheetah Marokka will be adding to the range with Ava candles, charms and charm bracelets.

Marokka is one of our Industry Support Package clients 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: Marokka

An artistic wallcovering behind blue armchair

Product watch: Moooi Tokyo Blue wallcoverings by Arte

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Product watch: Moooi Tokyo Blue wallcoverings by Arte

The distinct features and surroundings of the latest addition to the Museum of Extinct Animals, the Indigo Macaque, inspired a new collection within the Extinct Animals Wallcovering Collection; Moooi Tokyo Blue.

An artistic wallcovering behind blue armchair

Hotel Designs first wrote about Arte and Moooi’s wild collaboration in 2019. Launched at Deco Off in Paris, the Extinct Animals wallcoverings range was bold, fearless and the result of a unique collaboration with Arte and Moooi. Both leading brands launched the collection in order to celebrate nature’s diversity, stimulating to stretch the limits of imagination.

More than a year later and the collaboration between the two brands has authentically evolved, and with a deeper look into the somewhat unwritten world of extinct animals – this time geographically placing the research in Japan – a new strand of the collection was born.

The Moooi Tokyo Blue is made up of five extraordinary wallcoverings of divergent techniques, such as denim and marquetry. Five different designs with Japan’s beautiful and versatile nature and ancient culture as common denominator.

These wallcoverings are:

  • Indigo Macaque – Textile wallcovering made from denim, with coloured embroidery. The design on the Indigo Macaque wallcovering displays a playful scene of Indigo Macaque families bathing in their favourite relaxing spot: the hot springs at the foot of the Japanese mountains.
  • Shoji Blossom – Symbolic cherry blossoms and straight lines resembling the minimalistic feel of Japanese Shoji screens. Opposed to the stark contrast of pink hues on translucent Washi paper, this monotone 3D wallcovering made from denim or felted wool radiates tranquility.
  • Tie-Tami – Treat your eyes to the rich and versatile colours of spectacular sunset. This jute and raffia wallcovering, honouring the ancient Japanese flooring solution of woven tatami-mats, pictures abstract clouds that slowly drift by while the day gives way to night.
  • Lucky O’s – Overlapping O’s, created of wood veneer marquetry inlay, resemble the rolling waves of the ocean. The unique wallcovering’s ancient Seigaiha pattern symbolising waves of water represents good luck, power, and resilience.
  • Rendezvous Tokyo Blue – Printed on a soft and velvety finish fabric with denim textures, this lively wallcovering depicts a lush forest brimming with life and movement. Upon closer inspection, Indigo Macaques dressed in traditional kimonos can be discovered between the abundance of exotic flowers.

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.

Main image credit: Arte

Product watch: Heathfied & Co’s Pearl Collection

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Product watch: Heathfied & Co’s Pearl Collection

Inspired by the iconic and classic symbolism of pearls featured throughout fashion, beauty and film over the years, Heathfield & Co’s Pearl Collection reflects the rare beauty of this unique gemstone…

Whilst each piece holds its own distinctive influence, opal glass spheres and hemispheres are characteristic throughout, each providing a soft ambient glow. Curved brass metalwork, subtly reflective surfaces and asymmetric configurations are combined to provide a cohesive visual identity.

Referencing a pearls timeless and traditional nature, these innovative designs carefully reinterpret the original aesthetic to create a simple, yet elegant range of contemporary lighting.

Perfectly petite, our Halo table lamp (left) demonstrates a contemporary design highlighted with classic styling. The subtly tapered alabaster cone creates a soft aesthetic, set off against polished brass metalwork and a defined opal glass globe, which provides an ambient glow.

Drawing inspiration from classic jewellery design, the vertical body of the brand’s Vermeer pendant (right) creates an elegant aesthetic in any interior. The piece features four opal glass spheres, asymmetrically positioned around its minimal form.

Audrey Pendant in the Pearl Collection | Image credit Heathfield & Co

Image caption: Audrey Pendant in the Pearl Collection | Image credit Heathfield & Co

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Main image caption: Gabriella Pendant in the Pearl Collection | Image credit Heathfield & Co

Image of Sonar bath from Laufen

How a rise in wellness & wellbeing is inspiring new evolutions in the bathroom

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How a rise in wellness & wellbeing is inspiring new evolutions in the bathroom

In light of recent events, people are increasingly open to the idea of ‘self-care’ and grasp the importance of wellness and with this bathrooms have become our modern sanctuaries. Bathroom brand Laufen explains…

Image of Sonar bath from Laufen

We now have the technology and products easily available to be able to cleanse, pamper, soak and relax.

Smart technology has become part of our everyday lives and the bathroom is no exception, with technological features coming into play. Shower toilets are an evolving market worldwide and we are seeing an increasing demand within the sector for innovative solutions.

Impressing with a compact design and simple functions, Laufen’s Cleanet Navia, designed exclusively by Peter Wirz, deliberately focusses on the core task of a shower toilet: washing without compromising on hygiene. Providing 3.5 litres of fresh water per minute in a high volume shower jet, allows for ultimate comfort whilst leaving users feeling thoroughly clean.  The WC can be easily operated with the intelligent and convenient rotary button on the side or via a smartphone app. With ergonomic controls and an intuitive design this is perfect for hospitality settings.

Navia toilet by Laufen

Image credit: Laufen

Freestanding baths are the epitome of  luxurious spa-inspired bathrooms. As well as creating an impressive focal point, freestanding baths add opulence and luxury into any bathroom space. A great example of this can be seen in Laufen’s designer collection Sonar. Now more than ever, we need a place to escape and the freestanding Sonar bath enables true relaxation. With a  lavish backrest and a compact bath tray, perfect for all your essentials, Laufen offers the ultimate comfort in bathing.

Laufen’s Marbond is also a great example of innovative use of material. Marbond is a unique material, consisting of two layers, which are firmly bonded to one another and refined with a high-quality gel coat surface finish. The result is a fine surface texture which has a pleasant and warm natural touch, excellent for spa-like environments.

Shower Tray - Marbond

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Laufen has recently used this revolutionary material for the new Laufen Pro Marbond shower trays. Available in over 30 standard sizes, the shower trays are durable, hygienic, easy to clean and have the added benefit of anti-slip. Marbond is also customisable, making it ideal for wetrooms and custom bathroom spaces.

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Hypnos launches carbon neutral eco-packaging solution

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Hypnos launches carbon neutral eco-packaging solution

Sustainable bed manufacturer Hypnos has pioneered a ground-breaking carbon neutral packaging that could help with carbon reduction efforts across the bed and furniture industry…

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After 18 months of intensive research and development, Hypnos has successfully developed another industry first by creating a new recyclable, eco-friendly packaging solution which will be used for their beds and mattresses across both its retail and contract factories. It comes as part of major efforts by the cutting-edge manufacturer to design its packaging from sustainable and renewable sources and eliminate the use of harmful, fossil-based products.

At the heart of the packaging is sugar cane, a renewable and carbon dioxide depleting resource. Sugar cane ethanol is combined with recycled plastic which has a carbon footprint that can be up to four times lower than that of normal plastic, helping those who use it to massively reduce their carbon footprint. The use of ethanol, a bi-product of sugar cane production and recycled plastics that form a green polyethylene (a more environmentally-friendly form of plastic), means the creation is carbon neutral and 100 per cent recyclable as well. Furthermore it’s incredibly durable and has superior technical properties to normal polythene, performing better on puncture tests.

Hypnos led the challenge by working in partnership with a specialist green polyethylene manufacturer to create the cutting-edge solution which could be a sustainability game changer across the entire bed and furniture industry. Indeed, Hypnos made the decision not to patent or trademark this revolutionary packaging for themselves. Instead the brand wants to share their innovation globally and are calling on industries around the world to ditch single use polythene and make the transition to this 100 per cent recyclable product.

“New government legislation requires that all businesses use plastic packaging that contains at least 30 per cent recycled plastic by 2022 or they will face a new Plastic Packaging Tax.”

Richard Naylor, Sustainability Director at Hypnos, comments: “We’re extremely proud of our sustainability credentials and it’s Hypnos’ commitment to creating ethical solutions which benefit the environment that has allowed us to invest in this revolutionary green polythene. We’ve been working hard to develop this innovation and continue to look at new ways we can make better sustainable solutions and choices, not just for Hypnos, but for the bed and furniture industry as a whole.

“We believe in fostering environmental responsibility wherever we can which is why we are keen to share this technology with other industries. Most bed manufacturers use plastic to protect their beds and products. If all the mattress manufacturers in the UK switched to eco polythene instead, it would save a staggering 8,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, so just imagine what could be achieved if bed and furniture manufacturers world-wide made this change!

“We are now calling on all bed and furniture manufacturers to change from fossil-based polythene, which can take thousands of years to decompose. Instead, we’re asking them to make the transition to this product to reduce our combined carbon footprints and help care for the planet. We’re happy to set up meetings and put them in touch with our specialist manufacturer so that they too can start to benefit from this pioneering sustainable, carbon neutral solution.” 

New government legislation requires that all businesses use plastic packaging that contains at least 30 per cent recycled plastic by 2022 or they will face a new Plastic Packaging Tax. With a ratio of 65 per cent renewable sugarcane to 35 per cent recycled plastics, the new eco polythene by Hypnos will take even more plastic out of landfill and incineration, stimulating increased demand for recycled plastics that can be turned into further reusable and sustainable materials. 

Hypnos has been trialling their green packaging on selected mattresses and beds for several months and from November has been rolling it out across its entire range. An essential part of the process is the removal and return of the packaging by Hypnos’ delivery partners as this allows it to be returned and recycled in perpetuity. As a result Hypnos is taking back its new packaging from retailers and hospitality partners wherever possible so that it can once again be recycled.

This latest development is another milestone in Hypnos’s successful sustainability agenda. From the use of renewable and traceable natural resources to carbon offsetting programmes, they were the first bed maker in the world to become carbon neutral, and have been continuously carbon neutral for a decade. In addition they have also been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development this year.

Furthermore, Hypnos’ beds and mattresses have been made from natural and sustainable materials, with no chemical-based foams and have been completely recyclable, ensuring they never need to go to landfill, for over a decade. And now, even the protective packaging