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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…

      A modern bed with black lighting

      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 its beds come in is entirely recyclable and carbon neutral too.

      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.

      Main image credit: Hypnos

      A trio of modern maroon dining chairs from Morgan

      Morgan expands Rakino Collection designed by Tim Rundle

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      Morgan expands Rakino Collection designed by Tim Rundle

      Morgan, contract furniture designer and manufacturer, announces the launch of two dining chairs to the Rakino Collection, a series of lounge chairs and tables, designed by Tim Rundle…

      A trio of modern maroon dining chairs from Morgan

      Juxtaposing soft sculpted upholstery with a strong, low line frame, the new dining chairs in the Rakino Collection by Morgan feature crisp timber detailing, emphasised by a clean linear structure.

      “It’s been a pleasure working with Tim, who brings an international perspective to Rakino,” said Katerina Zachariades, Design Director at Morgan. “We have enjoyed developing this chair and refining our production methods to achieve the light, simple structure that defines it.”

      A close up of the maroon dining chair from Morgan

      Image credit: Morgan

      The original collection, which won Product of the Year at the 2019 FX Awards, was first unveiled at Clerkenwell Design Week. Rundle told Hotel Designs that the series of furniture items were inspired “in the best way”, following a trip to see the production. “In Hampshire I discovered a factory staffed by some serious experts in upholstery and timber joinery,” he said. “I really wanted to make the most of these capabilities, and maybe even push them a little to see what was possible. In terms of the chairs themselves I wanted to create something that felt quiet and inviting, that could feel right in your home, while obviously being appropriate for hard working contract environments.”

      Since you’re here, why not read Hotel Designs’ Q&A with furniture designer Tim Rundle?

      Morgan 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: Morgan

      Product watch: sanitiser dispenser from KEUCO

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      Product watch: sanitiser dispenser from KEUCO

      With hygiene hot on the agenda, bathrooms solution brand KEUCO has launched a stylish way to keep hands sanitised…

      Where the design of functional accessories is concerned KEUCO has set a new standard with its sanitiser dispensers.

      They have a number of new models; each one is suitable for different areas and locations depending on the environment and form of application required. All of the new dispensers combine design with functionality to meet hygiene requirements, whilst incorporating KEUCO’s own sense of style; creating a distinguished design with state-of-the-art hygiene properties.

      Stable, high quality and always ready to use

      Design object or functional accessories? In today’s COVID climate sanitiser dispensers have become a must for every property. KEUCO’S dispenser with its straightforward, linear design language originates from the pen of the design office Tesseraux + Partner, Potsdam. These simple elegant styles with technical features that have been almost invisibly integrated in the design are typical for KEUCO. These dispensers make a stylish addition in an entrance or waiting area, in fact any location where people gather.

      The dispenser’s extraordinary appearance is a combination of high quality workmanship and the best materials all combined within a strong design. They are easy 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.

      Variety in design

      KEUCO sanitiser dispensers offer a wide variety of different colours and colour-combinations including plain coloured, multi-coloured, black and white or elegant metallics and for multi-site requirements we can even bespoke with own brand identity. From subtle to eye-catching – this collection provides the perfect solution for every room.

      There is the correct niche for every dispenser – whether in a public building, office, boutique or hotel.

      KEUCO makes a practical design statement in the entrance area

      Slim, free-standing and stable; the sanitiser dispenser variant with shiny chrome head provides an elegant finishing touch whilst ensuring ease of use. The chrome 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.

      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.

      Main image credit: KEUCO

      Product watch: Skopos launches new tropical print

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      Product watch: Skopos launches new tropical print

      Alongside its ever-expanding selection of flame-retardant print base-cloths, Skopos has recently launched a new tropical print design

      The design, showcased on Sonno blackout velvet, is a recent addition to the portfolio. This stunning print is a taste of a brand-new collection, due to be launched in the new year, which also explores decorative woven products for drapery and bedding projects.

      Available in 12 colourways, the Palmyra print delivers a relaxing and calm finishing touch to contract interiors in all settings. With a soft kitten touch and blackout lining, the Sonno quality is a popular choice to achieve blackout as a curtain in hotel bedrooms. 100 per cent polyester, with FR backcoating, Sonno is also washable at 30°C. Adding a touch of luxury, but aiding a good night’s sleep, Sonno provides something completely different.

      Skopos also offer a full range of antimicrobial fabrics and antimicrobial print base cloths, for added assurance during these times. It has has almost 50 years’ experience of developing flame-retardant fabrics and soft furnishings for the contract market.

      Skopos 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: Skopos

      Nature's Herringbone mock up

      Siminetti to unveil a new collection in 2021

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      Siminetti to unveil a new collection in 2021

      Siminetti has announced the launch of its latest collection, created in collaboration with a renowned British designer who will be unveiled shortly. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of the Seasons Collection, a series of 12 stunning designs inspired by nature…

      Nature's Herringbone mock up

      Consistent in its quest to create inspirational luxury surfaces, that are crafted with passion, viewed with awe and are kind to the planet on which we live, the collection transforms the tier of decorative surfaces, testing the boundaries of what is possible with nature’s most stunning material; Mother of Pearl.

      Each design has undergone an exhaustive research & refinement process, where Siminetti’s leading industry knowledge of decorative surfaces gels harmoniously with their collaborators exemplary understanding of crafting beautiful surface deigns.

      The collection can be broken down into the four seasons; spring, summer,autumn and winter. The creative process began with these seasons being dissected into their connotations and denotations to find the most alluring themes. This process also highlighted how the natural qualities of mother of pearl could harmoniously tie with a selection of the most stunning organic shapes and patterns found in nature. However, also highlighted how the systematic patterns of old could be elevated to harness more organic patterns and the craft challenges that would need to be solved.

      Siminetti’s Mother of Pearl decorative surfaces are the next generation in Mother of Pearl surface finishes. Handcrafted by Siminetti’s team of artisans, the new collection of Decorative Surfaces capture the stunning natural beauty of Mother of Pearl in combination with stunning organic influences.

      Today we can reveal some sneak peaks from the new collection. When it comes to aesthetics where better to take inspiration from than creation itself. Patterns are found all around us in the natural world. Distinctive markings reoccur, creating symmetries, stripes, swirls, bubbles, waves and many other shapes. Cycles, repetition and pattern give a sense of order and calm – they help to harmonise our understanding of the world around us.

      Spring, the season of rejuvenation and renewal – Plant veins are brimming with life. The undivided blade of a leaf encompasses structural patterns creating ordered geometric impressions. Nature’s Herringbone (pictured in main image) picks up these irregularities and organises them into straight parallels.

      Summer, the warmer half of the year conjures nostalgic notions of long carefree days and relaxation. The bright Summer sun casts warm shadows creating silhouettes of leaves and foliage. Eucalyptus preserves the contrast of light from this familiar mid-summer bloom.

      Image credit: Siminetti

      Autumn, synonymous with colour marks a season of change as Summer turns into Winter. Its papery silver and white bark gently flakes away from the fissured trunk of the familiar woodland tree. Silver Birch collates the elements that are newly exposed as the surface peels and breaks forming decorative motifs.

      Silver Birch within the Seasons Collection from Siminetti

      Image credit: Siminetti

      Winter, The coldest of the seasons; days are shorter, and beautiful winter sunlight creates its very own individual, charming shapes and patterns in nature. Beautiful hexagonal patterns are often seen in frosty environments as freezing water turns to ice. These charming lucent shapes inspired the creation of ‘Crystal’ the first Winter Decorative surface pattern in the Seasons Collection.

      Image credit: Siminetti

      The seasons collection will be launching January 2021. 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.

      Main image credit: Siminetti

      Atlas Concorde launches new colour palette for Prism Collection

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      Atlas Concorde launches new colour palette for Prism Collection

      Hot off the heals of presenting a dynamic Product Watch at Hotel Designs LIVE, Atlas Concorde launches a new colour palette in the Prism Collection…

      In interior design, colour is key. Just as sunlight splits into the colours of the rainbow when it goes through a prism, Atlas Concorde’s Prism collection transforms space with the magic of a 13-tone palette.

      The original palette was specially selected by the Lissoni Associati studio led by Piero Lissoni, an exceptional colour consultant who described the design process in the following way. “We based the concept on the effect of light through a prism,” said Lissoni. “These colours are what we imagined would be the result of prism light transformed into a rainbow. We then worked on this refracted light to try to reproduce it on the tile surface, a palette modified to become domestic colours or architectural colours.”

      The graphic effect inspired by the flowing beauty of hand-troweled resin, calibrated according to each size, defines the temperament of each tone with a soft texture, sinuous lines, and an authentic look. With Atlas Concorde’s Prism colour is the key to understanding the character of the environment, while the floors and walls become protagonists of the interior’s style, capable of taking any architectural project to the next level.

      An aerial video of a red sofa

      Image credit: Ceramiche/Atlas Concorde S.P.A

      What atmospheres does Prism evoke? The metaphysical scenery of Giorgio de Chirico’s paintings immediately comes to mind, always evocative and exciting. The suggestion combines the “new decò” trend of contemporary architecture, opting for classic codes reinterpreted with an unprecedented freedom. While colour is the common thread, the sinuous graphics of the hand-troweled resin effect is the detail that reflects the personality of those who choose it and match its style.

      “The explosion of colour that the Prism palette offers is accompanied by all the practical benefits of porcelain tiles.”

      Atlas Concorde’s Prism collection combines the beauty of resin with the performance of porcelain tiles. The explosion of colour that the Prism palette offers is accompanied by all the practical benefits of porcelain tiles such as resistance to time, weight, and stains and ease of cleaning, installation, and maintenance. Prism is also available in the large 120×278 cm format, offers modularity of the floor and wall tiles, and can be ordered with a Silk finish – velvety to the touch and with a subtle gloss – providing additional design tools to shape spaces that express the taste and identity of those who live in them.

      The colours range from warm, welcoming tones that can be combined with most wall tile shades to cool, contemporary tones that can be used with all the wall tile shades. The colours are designed to be matched in varying shades or broken up with accents like grape.

      > Since you’re already here, why not read more about Atlas Concorde’s debut decor collection by Piero Lissoni?

      Wall decorations 

      GRADIENT  – 50 x 120cm decoration

      Decoration made in a 50×120 cm format. The surface features soft nuances that recreate the strokes of a dry brush. 120×278 cm matching decoration.

      BRUSH – 50 x 120cm decoration

      Decoration made in a 50 x 120 cm format. A strong identity distinguishes the graphics with shaded brush strokes that add three-dimensionality to the decoration.

      GOLD – 50 x 120cm decoration

      Decoration made in a 50 x 120 cm format. The minimalist, simple graphics are enriched by the earthy effects of the delicate, contemporary geometric texture. The resin effect is thus expressed in an original manner with a precious appearance.

      WIGGLE MOSAIC

      For use only on walls. The mosaic features interlocking geometric shapes that create a strongly three-dimensional effect thanks to some tiles with a reflective surface. Available in different colour combinations.

      BEAD MOSAIC

      For use only on walls. Sinuous geometric shapes fit together to create a mosaic with a horizontal arch, simple but with lines that blend perfectly with the product’s graphics. Suitable for decorating rooms with an attractive but non-invasive pattern.

      Q MOSAIC

      For use only on walls, the mosaic consists of small square tiles with a slight shine.

      ENIGMA DECORATION

      The Enigma decoration creates a geometric pattern enriched by sparkling effects that complement most of the colours of the resin-effect surfaces of the Prism collection.

      Atlas Concorde was a Product Watch Partner for Hotel Designs LIVE, which will return on February 23, 2021.

      Main image credit: Ceramiche/Atlas Concorde S.P.A

      Look of the month from Kobe: worry less, live more

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      Look of the month from Kobe: worry less, live more

      This month’s fabric and soft furnishing inspiration comes from FIBREGUARD upholstery collections by Kobe, which offer luxury style and easy-to-clean design…

      This month’s look from fabric supplier Kobe is more of a feeling rather than a look: worry less, and live more, which taps into comfort, balance and creating the ultimate home-from-home environment.

      With working from home (WFH) meaning that we are all staying indoors more during autumn and as we fall into winter, Hotel Designs and Kobe want to remind the industry that the meaning of a happy work/life balance is about enjoying the small yet significant moments.

      Within this month’s ‘look‘, the colour palette includes a mix of earthy tones – think beige, grey and blue – and have been captured for this feature with black as the frame for the upholstery and soft purple as an accent.

      The look of the month, a brown/beige armchair with food on it

      Image credit: Kobe

      Upcycle and recycle

      Although worrying less and living more suggests we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, topics such as sustainability should always be on the agenda – and can be so within this look by connecting us with nature.

      The ‘look’ in Kobe’s archive

      Kobe’s stain-free velvet fabrics like PAXTON FR can give a piece of furniture new life. For a more rustic look, the BARIUM FR or BERYL FR is a textured linen. If you are looking for a bit of a statement maker, we suggest the metallic look chenille NICKEL FR.

      All of Kobe’s Fibreguard collections are stocked with a Domestic Cig & Match back-coat, available direct from stock. For Contract use, the brand offers suitable treatments – available on request.

      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.

      Main image credit: Kobe

      A safari accomodation tent in the dessert

      Luxurious and comfortable accommodation from Bushtec Safari

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      Luxurious and comfortable accommodation from Bushtec Safari

      Following the brand’s presentation as a Product Watch Partner at Hotel Designs LIVE, Bushtec Safari explains why luxury tented resorts have become global trend for guests seeking luxurious and comfortable accommodation…

      A safari accomodation tent in the dessert

      Luxury tented resorts have become global trending destinations for luxurious and comfortable accommodation, seeing to unique experiences, without compromising on quality.

      Bushtec Safari as part of the Canvas & Tent Group is one of the leading tent manufacturers and suppliers to well-known safari camps and game reserves, hunting and luxury lodges, villas and resorts within the travel market both locally and internationally.

      A tented accommodation in front of a river

      Image credit: Bushtec Safari Display Area

      The brand is renowned globally as we have provided luxury tents to countless projects through our head office and our branches in America, Europe and Botswana as well as our distributors in the UAE, Australia and Asia.

      With more than 1,000 different tent designs, we prefer keeping everything we do in-house – from design, to manufacturing, delivering, and installing.

      Over the years that we have been designing and manufacturing luxury tents, we have truly tested boundaries and accomplished the unthinkable. We have a range of standard designed luxury tents which can be customised according to specified requirements, alternatively we can create a custom design from scratch based on a concept on paper. With our team of in-house designers, we can create almost anything that you can imagine. We also work closely with the investor’s architect should one be appointed.

      A tented accommodation in the middle of nowhere with stars above

      Image credit: Mountain View Safari Lodge

      Ladysmith, which is in the Kwa Zulu Natal province in South Africa, shelters our state-of-the-art factories, totalling a productive area of 27,500 m2 where more than 300 skilled design, technical and specialist personnel are employed. Here we craft masterpieces with passion and dedication.

      Despite the rigorous quality standards which we adhere to when manufacturing our tents, we still need to deliver on our mantra: “Designed to Impress. Built to Last”.

      While our materials are manufactured according to the most exacting quality and climatic durability standards, over time exposure to the elements will take its toll. To conserve the aesthetic appearance of your tented accommodation and extend the lifespan and return on investment, we offer regular on-site inspections and a maintenance service.

      If you’d prefer to do it yourself, we can provide maintenance training for your camp managers and staff members, so they can extend the lifespan of your tented accommodation. The usual maintenance includes replacement of zips for canvas-style doors, resealing of the square tubing, tensioning of flysheets, washing each tent as well as reproofing each tent.

      We also understand the importance of different environmental elements that have to be taken into consideration when we manufacture luxury tents. In order to accommodate these considerations, we offer different types of steel frames, different combinations of materials, fire-retardant materials, insulated materials and even guarantee that our canvas and flysheets are UV treated, welded and stitched to high standards. We engineer our tent structures in such a way that it can withstand the elements that it is exposed to, enabling the tents to last the investor for more than 10 years, which will be great for your return on investment.

      Aerial shot of a tented site

      Image credit: Bushtec Safari/Private Resort

      Our tents are eco-friendly and can blend in with the natural surroundings quite effortlessly. Each tent has a light footprint, and by securing it to a wooden deck that plants into the ground, you can have your luxury tented camp without disrupting the environment at all.

      Bushtec Safari luxury tents are designed and manufactured for year-round use in various weather conditions – from the African bush, to the deserts of the UAE, to the woodland landscapes of Europe and even tropical island style resorts – Bushtec Safari has got you covered.

      Not only do we supply these one-of-a-kind luxury tents, we can also offer the investor the option of a full turnkey solution through our sister brand, Bushtec Creations. In this scenario everything concerning the project will be managed and implemented by our in-house team, from planning to concept development, design, site layouts, sourcing, manufacture and supply of all items needed including interiors, right through to deployment and project management. With our professional and experience team you can rest assured that your investment is in the best hands. For us, no destination is too remote, no idea too bold, no challenge too big.

      Bushtec Safari was one of our Product Watch Pitch Partners for Hotel Designs LIVE

      Main image credit: Bushtec Safari/Good Moremi Gorge

      Green light

      Product watch: new ‘greenworld’ lighting from Inspired by design

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      Product watch: new ‘greenworld’ lighting from Inspired by design

      Inspired By Design, which was a Product Watch Pitch partner of Hotel Designs LIVE, brings the outside indoors with its new range of biophilic lighting. The brand’s Simon Shuck explains…

      Green light

      During the pandemic, being outside and connecting with nature has never been more important. This helps us to relax and think more clearly. Following our recent attendance at two Hotel Designs LIVE virtual conferences, where public areas were put under the spotlight, it became apparent that this type of lighting is of paramount importance.

      Public areas suffused with biophilic lighting exudes calmness and are more welcoming and have been reported to increase room rates. As moss and other biophilic materials absorb excessive noise, they create a more tranquil atmosphere reducing stress levels which is particularly beneficial in busy hotels, offices or clinical settings. So we realised that biophilic design enhanced entrances and other areas to be more inviting.

      Our moss and foliage is 100 per cent natural and maintenance-free and can also be used to create walls and dividers to aid absorbing sound in open spaces; ideal for large lobbies in hotels and commercial buildings.

      Bespoke lighting solutions

      Whether dramatic, delicate or discreet, we work bespoke to transform lighting ideas into reality – however flamboyant, we offer bespoke solutions. As one of the UK’s leading lighting suppliers, we love creating unique designs – the more fantastic the better.

      Our lighting is sheltered in five-star hotels worldwide including London, Monaco and Beverley Hills and Dubai.

      More recently, we are just about to start working on a new Hilton hotel in Woking, which is being structurally designed by architecture firm Gensler, where we will be supplying all the bedroom lighting together with bespoke decorative in all the public areas.

      Since you’re here, why not read our Hotel Designs LAB article on biophillic design 2.0 – from living walls to living hotels?

      Presently we are quoting for all the external lighting for a resort in Seychelles.

      Inspired By Design was a Product Watch Pitch Partner at Hotel Designs LIVE. 

      Main image credit: Inspired By Design

      Industry insight: bathroom planning for the future of hotels

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      Industry insight: bathroom planning for the future of hotels

      As the pandemic continues to challenge existing hotel concepts in all sectors of hospitality, the conventional bathroom and wellness area is being confronted. Tony Taylor-Sherif, Area Specification Consultant at Schlüter Systems who delivered a PRODUCT WATCH pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, explains…

      It is no secret that 2020 has been an unpredictable year with challenges faced by all due to Covid-19. The hospitality sector is one of many which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, but hopefully a strong bounce back will be on the horizon due to the resilient nature of the industry.

      However, the design and build of a hotel is a long process that can take a number of years, and predicting how the landscape of the hospitality sector will look on the other side of a global pandemic really is anybody’s guess. One thing that is certain, though, hotels at the early stages of the design process will need to be impressive, welcoming and have the all-important ‘wow’ factor.

      Schlüter Systems’ latest range of shower boards could be a key player in assisting with the long-term plans of hotels going forward: a low height version within the Schlüter-KERDI-SHOWER-LTS range has been created specifically to work alongside the Schlüter-KERDI-LINE-G3 linear drain to provide low build up and level access whilst being fully waterproof.

      Exclusive modern white bathroom with glass shower

      Image credit: Schlüter Systems

      The reason this product can help future high-rise hotels is that when installed with the KERDI-LINE-G3 drain, the KERDI-SHOWER-LTS low height offering has the potential to allow for an extra storey to be created with the additional space available due to the fall of 1:80. When return on investment is such an important factor, this option could make all the difference.

      Not only does the low height offering provide architects with more space to build upwards, another benefit is that it can easily be installed as part of a warrantied and fully waterproof system. The KERDI-SHOWER-LTS can be used seamlessly with other products in their portfolio, such as Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT to offer the popular choice of underfloor heating, and the BBA-certified Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD for the slick creation of niches or partition walls.

      New design bathroom with shower and two basins, in gray and white with black details

      Image credit: Schlüter Systems

      This will provide both hotel owners and their guests with the much-needed reassurance and peace of mind that the specified bathrooms will be long-lasting and reliable. Getting the parts behind the tiles right ensures that any elements you add to give guests an unforgettable experience will stand the test of time.

      Although it is difficult to know what the next few years will look like for the hospitality sector, it is clear that hotels will need to offer the very best to their customers and with Schlüter Systems, this can be done stylishly with ease.

      Since you’re here, why not read more about Schlüter System’s stylish niches and shelves.

      Schlüter Systems was a PRODUCT WATCH pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE.

      Main image credit: Schlüter Systems

      Product watch: the Statement Sculpture by Marokka Design House

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      Product watch: the Statement Sculpture by Marokka Design House

      Need to add a little statement into your next hotel project? Marokka Design House, a brand that is built on creating geometric objects of desire, may have just the thing…

      The best destinations always have a sense of place by connecting with visitors on a deeper more experiential level, this can be through heritage, architecture and attention-grabbing designs.

      The latter resonates especially with Marokka Design House, a business that is built on creating geometric objects of desire that also gives back to the societies and places in which they exist.

      It is not surprising that sculpting one of the oldest forms of art, preceding painting, the purpose not being to depict beauty but to provide a physical presence for the spirituality of early civilisation.

      When the imposing three-metre high Gus, a western lowland gorilla, was originally created in partnership with Broadgate and The Aspinall Foundation for a unique, tech-inspired exhibition – WILD LIFE, it had a clear objective which was to raise the awareness of endangered animals.

      The stunning polygonal gorilla formed the cornerstone of an interactive exhibition in the centre of London’s Financial District and combined the physical sculpture with digital experiences. By downloading Marokka’s free app, visitors were able to bring augmented reality animations to life while highlighting the plight of endangered animals around the world and celebrating the incredible work of charity partner, The Aspinall Foundation in protecting them and sending animals back to the wild.

      The advantage of creating a physical sculpture is its permanence and in the case of King Gus (as he has since been named), is that he now resides in the entrance at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve and his large presence makes the experience all the more memorable for those who visit.

      Charlotte Clout, owner of Marokka Design House, has also revealed that another King Gus will be launching soon and will be looking for his forever home. He can be customised to enhance and reinforce the brand presence of any business park, hotel interior or exterior.

      As well as making large scale sculptures, Marokka makes smaller-scale sculptures for the home that are made from sustainable and eco-friendly materials, available to buy on the website – plus, the brand donates 10 per cent of all sales to The Aspinall Foundation and DOTS (Dogs on the Street).

      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

      Man in mirror

      KEUCO’s mirrors ensure bathrooms don’t get left in the dark

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      KEUCO’s mirrors ensure bathrooms don’t get left in the dark

      The Royal Modular 2.0 from KEUCO is a stylish mirrored cabinet that combines state-of- the-art technology with adaptable storage and modern design…

      Introducing the Royal Modular 2.0 from KEUCO; a stylish modern cabinet that combines state-of- the-art technology, such as intelligent LED lighting with adaptable storage and modern design elements.

      Man in mirror

      Size matters

      There’s a saying ‘one size fits all’ but in the case of the Royal Modular 2.0 it’s one cabinet to fit all sizes. With widths of 500mm now through to 2100mm, options of two heights and two depths, recessed or wall mounted and the option to be with or without illumination this cabinet can be designed to fit any bathroom wall and match any size of washbasin.

      Substance meets style

      Because the Royal Modular 2.0 is available in so many versions it does not mean it falls behind in any aspect of design or technology. Intelligent LED lighting is integrated horizontally at the top and bottom of each cabinet. The lights are easily adjusted to provide a brighter daylight white light when needed, for example when shaving or applying make-up. A softer gentle warm yellow shade is available for other times of the day; whatever time and which ever shade of white is selected the lighting produced is both shadow and glare free.

      The cabinet has mirrors on both sides of the doors, the shelves within the interior of the cabinet are made with tinted glass, whilst the rear of the cabinet is white glass. This makes it easy to see the contents and clean the inside.

      Personalisation is one of the key elements of the Royal Modular 2.0. It easy to alter to suit a persons needs as the interior shelves can be easily adjusted to cater for the heights of different bottles and jars. In addition the soft close doors can be adapted to close as slowly or as quickly as needed.

      It’s all in the detail

      Specific practical design elements which have been added to the Royal Modular 2.0 cabinets.

      • A magnifying cosmetic mirror has been added, this can be attached to the interior shelves, the doors or an external surface.
      • Magnetic strips on the interior ensure that smaller beauty items are stored safely and are easy to find.
      • Secure power sockets and usb ports are safely hidden within the body of the cabinet, enabling you to charge your mobile even in the bathroom

      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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      A purple lit bathroom with black bath and candles on the floor

      Industry insight: adding personality in the bathroom with scenic lighting

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      Industry insight: adding personality in the bathroom with scenic lighting

      Bathroom brand Duravit explores lighting in the bathrooms, both as a functional element and as a personal one…

      Light is functional and atmospheric and plays an elementary role in the bathroom. There are three aspects that need to be considered for the perfect lighting setup: basic lighting, accent lighting, and functional lighting.

      A purple lit bathroom with black bath and candles on the floor

      While basic lighting lights our way, accent lighting injects a feel-good factor into the lighting concept. Contrast-rich and expressive lighting generates a stimulating atmosphere in the bathroom and creates cozy accents. Conversely, the focus at the washing area is on functional lighting this needs to be bright without dazzling the user.

      Image caption: Illuminated treasure chest: an optional inner lighting system is available for the Happy D.2 Plus vanity unit. The LED light turns on or off when the drawer is opened or closed. | Image credit: Duravit

      From warm white to neutral white and up to daylight white – the spectrum of light colours ranges from warm yellow to cool blue, you can enjoy the perfect light at any time of day: cold in the morning to wake you up, warm in the evening to help you relax.

      Duravit 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.

      Since you’re here, why not read more about the psychology of colour?

      Main image caption: Candlelight and mirror lighting light up the darkness: Happy D.2 Plus mirror with circular ambient light. The LED- lighting can be individually configured via the touchscreen | Image credit: Duravit

      Computer generated image of a luxurious and modern living room interiors. 3D Rendering of a full furnished living Room.

      Product watch: Focus launches the gas Gyrofocus

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      Product watch: Focus launches the gas Gyrofocus

      Focus has launched the world’s first pivoting gas fire, the gas Gyrofocus – a new patented global innovation with design meeting environmental standards – once again shaking up established codes…

      Computer generated image of a luxurious and modern living room interiors. 3D Rendering of a full furnished living Room.

      Fireplace brand Focus, which was recently Highly Commended in The Eco Award category at The Brit List Awards 2020, has reinvented replace technology with the announcement of the world’s first pivoting gas fire. Introducing the gas Gyrofocus.

      The legendary design, originally created more than 50 years ago as a wood-burning stove, has a newly patented technology allowing the gas to be brought down through a sealed pipe into the suspended replace whilst pivoting 100 degrees. This is a real technological feat and a world first recognised by the filing of a patent.

      Image credit: Focus

      The gas Gyrofocus is practical, easy to maintain and a stress-free fire. It is a generous and spectacular fire with ceramic logs that perfectly imitate the dancing ames of a real wood fire.

      The first suspended and pivoting gas replace is energy efficient with an output of 13 kW and allows for ease of installation above any type
      of flooring. The gas Gyrofocus is also equipped with remote control: instant ignition, adjustment of flame and heat intensity, programming for controlled, constant and comfortable heat.

      Odourless and with zero particle emissions, this icon naturally finds its place in an apartment in any geo-location. Thanks to its ease of use, this sculptural design can be installed in the reception areas of large hotels, restaurants and establishments open to the public.

      With its advanced technology, the gas Gyrofocus, available in two colours (black or white) cannot be sold without a preliminary technical survey of the site and its installation must be carried out by official Focus partner-resellers trained in this technology. The model is equipped with a specially designed plate to allow the gas to pass through the pipe. The installation operates on batteries and the burner is controlled with a remote control.

      Since you’re here, why not read more about Focus’ latest outdoor range of fireplaces?

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

      Main image credit: Focus

      Outdoor heating in F&B setting

      Anything but business as usual: the demand for outdoor heating

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      Anything but business as usual: the demand for outdoor heating

      Following presenting a dynamic product pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, Bromic Heating discusses how hotels can re-purpose their spaces with outdoor heating to ensure they’re both compliant with Covid-19 regulations and deliver a premium guest experience…

      Outdoor heating in F&B setting

      With the current pandemic effectively halting the global hospitality industry, hotels around the world would like nothing more than to return to business as usual. However, as the sector slowly starts reopening, it’s clear that it will be anything but business as usual with many hotels questioning just how they will be able to stay afloat while ensuring their guests’ safety.

      With occupancy rates still at a record low, many hotels are using this time to re-evaluate how they can expand their current footprint to accommodate the largest number of guests while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Providing guests with access to more spaces with cleaner and fresher air will play a central role in any strategy moving forward and hotels have already started contemplating new design solutions with more open-air environments. Below are some of the key areas that will benefit from a move outdoors.

      One of the main touchpoints affected by the current restrictions will be the food and beverage serving areas. As a result, some hotels have already started looking at alternatives to their usual buffet service, from moving entire dining rooms outdoors to offering “anyplace dining”, allowing guests to eat anywhere in the hotel, whether that’s by the pool or in the garden. Other, more structural solutions, include the introduction of bi-fold doors and windows that can quickly turn any indoor dining room into an outdoor restaurant.

      Fitness and health: from indoor gym to open air workouts

      Another potential victim of the pandemic will be indoor gym facilities. While hotels will have the option to reconfigure their onsite gyms to create more space between equipment, they should also consider moving their gyms outdoors. Outdoor exercise has become a familiar sight during the pandemic and a trend that is likely to survive the lockdown. Hotels should therefore look at re-purposing some of their outdoor spaces into exercise areas, offering their guests open-air workout alternatives, whether that’s rooftop yoga or patio Pilates. This will also help hotels expand their wellness offering – a trend that is likely to receive a post-pandemic boost with guest welfare becoming paramount.

      Outdoor heating for 24-hour comfort

      When looking at expanding or re-purposing outdoor environments, it’s important to not neglect guest comfort. Hotels operate 24 hours, so ensuring that guests have access to outdoor spaces at any time of the day or night will be essential. Outdoor heating solutions can help. Quickly and easily installed, they’re a cost-effective solution that ensures guests are comfortable while dining, exercising or when stepping out of their room for some fresh air, whatever the time or season.

      Well-designed outdoor spaces will be the key to recovery. Heaters should be positioned in a way that they offer even heat distribution across both the seating and food serving areas. Another point to consider is the nature and direction of prevailing winds. Thoughtful placement of heating in areas most susceptible to ingress of cold air, using wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, suspended or portable heaters, create warm and welcoming spaces where guest can dine and relax comfortably at any time of the year.

      Case Study: The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

      The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is a 209-room luxury resort within walking distance of California’s scenic North County beaches and the picturesque village of Carlsbad. The resort prides itself in offering guests countless activities and luxuries from a single location, including a spa, golf course, gourmet dining, bars and a convention centre.

      One of the resort’s key dining destinations, the Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar, boasts a large outdoor patio, where guests can take in the spectacular views of the Pacific coastline while enjoying some of California’s best locally-sourced cuisine. To further enhance their guests’ dining experience and to ensure patrons are warm and comfortable even during cooler nights, the restaurant installed 15 Bromic Platinum Smart-HeatTM Gas heaters across its 120-seat outdoor patio back in 2008.

      “Guests love to sit in this area especially during dinner to view the setting sun over the Pacific Ocean while dining. It can get a bit chilly due to the coastal breezes which makes these heaters very important,” comments Kent Bailey, Complex Director of Engineering at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.

      Premium finish and performance

      Made from premium-grade stainless-steel, Bromic Platinum Smart-HeatTM Gas heaters were specifically engineered to deliver superior performance and durability for the highest level of investment protection. With their signature ceramic glass fascia, the heaters provide an even heat distribution across a large area, while innovative, patented technology ensures that guests are comfortably warm even in wind speeds of up to 18km/h.

      “Many of our patrons say they love the heaters and how they make you feel warm, but are not blazing on top of your head,” adds Kent.

      A modular design that’s built to last                       

      After about 12 years of service in a challenging coastal climate the heaters started showing signs of wear and tear and the Sheraton decided it was time to replace the units. When the hotel contacted Bromic to inquire about its options, it became clear that instead of a full replacement, the Sheraton would only need to exchange a few critical parts, saving the resort both valuable time and money.

      “Bromic gas heaters have a modular design which means that critical components from the inside of the control module to the ignition wires and burners are interchangeable as they wear out over time,” explains Karl Tschauner, Director of Sales at Bromic Heating. “For the Sheraton this meant that they only needed to replace certain parts instead of having to uninstall and reinstall an entire group of heaters.”

      “When we were challenged with having to replace the heaters, we were in a pinch to get them ordered and on to the property, so they could be installed quickly,” remembers Kent. “The team at Bromic were great to work with and did everything in their power to ensure we received the replacement parts as quickly as possible.”

      Bromic Heating was a PRODUCT PITCH partner at Hotel Designs LIVE.

      Main image credit: Bromic Heating

      Falcon Contract Flooring’s role inside Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

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      Falcon Contract Flooring’s role inside Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

      When Edgewater Contracts were let down by its flooring installers on site at Leonardo Royal Hotel London City, Falcon Contract Flooring were approached to assist with the hard flooring packages in the main reception areas…

      Already partaking in an initial project in Cardiff for Edgewater Contracts, Falcon Contract Flooring were proving themselves to be a highly dependable flooring contractor and has gained a positive reputation. With a reactive and maintenance service also available, offering a 24-hour service level agreement, Falcon is used to working on projects that require fast turnarounds.

      Using more than 50 boxes (400m2) of Amtico, to fit in the Restaurant and Bar area, Falcon used just two installers to complete the job. Both experts of the trade, it was down to them to scribe and re-level the Amtico planks on site, yet this was only once they also had levelled and fully prepared the floor in the first place. The subfloor had sunk with the previous floor, and so an extra 200m2 of latex had to be used to make sure the floor was perfect and ready for the single plank design. Considering there was just two weeks for completion, the pressure was on.

      One of the major challenges was preparing the floor for a complex design work whilst working in a highly trafficked area – the public areas – with several other construction contractors working alongside. Falcon didn’t let this affect their quality of work though and produced something to be proud of.

      Falcon has since gone on to partake in several other projects alongside Edgewater including Leonardo’s St Pauls and The Portman Hotel; both located in London. More than 50 per cent of Falcon’s work comes from the hospitality sector. In fact, the company is the trusted contractor for some of the most popular hotel chains in the UK, including Travelodge, Marriott and Premier Inn. The company has worked alongside Premier Inn and Whitbread for more than 10 years and continue to assist with refurbs and new builds as well as being approached by new partners daily.

      Image of the floor being installed in Leonardo Royal City London hotel

      Image credit: Falcon Contract Flooring

      The relationship between Falcon and Edgewater Contracts has, since this project, further blossomed. “Edgewater would like to thank Falcon for all of their efforts on this project,” said Padraig Martin, Quantity Surveyor at Edgewater. “From tender stage, right through to onsite installation, the team made the process effortless. Their elements of the works were completed on time and within budget. Falcon was always on hand to give their expert advice to help us overcome any problems that arose, and we look forward to working with them on future projects.”

      It is projects like this that highlight the quality work Falcon is achieving, and this is down to the hard working and dedicated team behind the scenes including the internal office staff who work around the clock to make sure clients are always happy with the service provided. Leonardo City Hotel is a clear example of the skill set that the installing company has.

      Falcon Contract Flooring was a PRODUCT WATCH pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE.

      Main image credit: Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

      Lighting case study: The DuPont patisserie

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      Lighting case study: The DuPont patisserie

      Masiero’s latest project was to supply a new lighting scheme inside The DuPont patisserie, which included the Nappe and Eva collection…

      The DuPont patisserie is an institution founded in Dives sur Mer in Normandy in 1912. This historical success story is closely bound to the values of tradition and excelllence passed on from father to son in the DuPont family.

      Jean Pierre Etienvre Meilleur Ouvrier de France came to lead the Maison DuPont in 1990 with the sole purpose of offering quality products sublimated by the taste and memories of childhood. He kept the DuPont name, while adding “with tea”, so as to brand the gourmet tea rooms in the Cote Fleurie towns of Cabourg, Trouville sur Mer and Deauville.

      Image credit: Masiero

      Unmissable, with its trellis and gracious blue facade, the Dives sur Mer shop, a historical address since 1912, also offers special creations of the Maison.
      DuPont avec un the’ is also a key location for lovers of chocolate.

      As an artist, but not only in patisserie, Jean Pierre Etienvre has selected two iconic Masiero collections – Nappe and Eva – to light up his patisserie, an undisputed symbol of Normandy.

      Masiero is a family decorative lighting business going back almost 40 years and is recognised worldwide for its creations; these range from the classical world, detailed in the Atelier catalogue, to the contemporary sphere in the Dimore catalogue, both complemented by the outdoor collection called Drylight.
      Each collection in the Dimore catalogue stands out for its unique designs, which will captivate you, with their running theme being the remarkable Masiero taste.

      Walking into this paradise of good taste, you’ll be able to admire the Nappe lights in a delicate white hue as they adorn the tasty counter as if an elegant garland. The Nappe design, unique and unmistakable, was created by Marco Zito, who took inspiration from the tassels used in the past in grand Venetian salons to close substantial curtains; these Nappe light up the patisserie with great style, with the interplay of pastel hues that are a feature of the locale.

      The Eva collection, designed by the Fly Studio for Masiero, was chosen to light up the tables where visitors will be able not only to taste the delicacies of the patisserie but also to appreciate the welcoming and elegant environment. The marriage of classic and modern which are the hallmark of Eva, make this design a spot-on one for contemporary settings with a touch of the classic.

      Masiero 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: Masiero

      Bathroom brand Aqualisa expands its brassware offering

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      Bathroom brand Aqualisa expands its brassware offering

      Hard on the heels of launching an extended brassware range – the warmly received Uptown collection – shower manufacturer Aqualisa has introduced two more ranges of brassware under the new Downtown and Central branding…

      All three ranges are a value for money option, that will support shower sales with a combined, style matched brassware proposition. This latest move establishes Aqualisa as a brassware category player with a strong proposition for market sectors where bathroom customisation and the trend towards ‘mix and match’ is a strong purchase influence.

      These new tap offerings are relevant to all Aqualisa’s target markets – trade, consumer and specifier – where the opportunity exists to offer a co-ordinated sale of shower and taps under one brand with the same style elements. With a variation of lever styles, these taps cover both basin and bath variants and can be paired with a wide selection of single and dual lever mixer showers and bar valves, including the AQ, Mian, Midas and Dream ranges.

      “We’re keen  to support our showers through specialist retail and merchant showrooms with consumers that are looking for co-ordinated taps with strong brand values as well as to brand loyal installers at the trade counter who will specify taps as part of a complete bathroom refurbishment project,” says Head of Marketing Sian Brink.

      The introduction of these new tap ranges announces Aqualisa’s serious entry into the brassware market as it heads towards the end of 2020, but, importantly, the launch positions Aqualisa as a brassware brand with a more extensive offering to come in 2021.

      “These brassware options see the Aqualisa brand covering full, matching combinations of showers and taps to suit a broad range of bathroom installations,” says Sian Brink. “The choice of different lever styles provides options to match both new and existing sanitaryware styles, making them ideal for bathroom makeovers and updates.”

      All taps in the ranges are easy to fit with flexible hose connections and click clack wastes included with the basin taps. They are durable and functional with high quality limescale resistant chrome plate finish, justifying a five-year guarantee against any manufacturing defect.  With integral flow limiters and full WRAS approval, the ranges satisfy all Part G water safety, usage and efficiency standards.

      Aqualisa 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.

      Main image credit: Aqualisa

      Geometric tiled walls inside Marriott Hotel Kensington

      Case study: Parkside’s role in Marriott Hotel Kensington

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      Case study: Parkside’s role in Marriott Hotel Kensington

      Several architectural tile collections from Parkside feature in the newly refurbished reception lobby, bar and restaurant of London’s Marriott Hotel Kensington

      Geometric tiled walls inside Marriott Hotel Kensington

      Drawing inspiration from the culture, museums and architecture of the Kensington district, Design Coalition worked with Parkside on a scheme involving the specification company’s wall and floor tiles.

      Behind the main check-in desk and on the front of counters, the 3D Rombini Triangle by Mutina is used to striking linear effect, bringing a distinctly modern feel in crisp white. On the floors of the reception lobby, Design Coalition has drawn inspiration from the grand architecture of the museums surrounding the hotel with the large format terrazzo design Blythe combined with a concrete effect tile waterjet cut to shape.

      The hotel’s Cast Iron restaurant takes on a classic British mid-century theme and so Parkside sourced custom mosaics to meet Design Coalition’s brief, as well as supplying Lome in the Crochet pattern, a design inspired by traditional hand-painted terracotta tiles.

      Kim Thraves, interior design associate, Design Coalition, says: “Parkside really helped us to make the most of our tile specification for the hotel, working to source exactly what we needed and offering fast samples. They even met the contractors on-site, surveying the project to check the specification was suitable and gave advice on installation and the selection of the correct adhesives and grouts.”

      A total of 450m2 of ceramic and porcelain tiles supplied by Parkside were installed at Marriott Hotel Kensington by Charnic Interiors, a specialist hotel refurbishment company.

      Parkside, which has just 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.

      Main image credit: Parkside/Marriott Hotel Kensington

      Innovation in shower design: introducing Crossbox Push by Crosswater

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      Innovation in shower design: introducing Crossbox Push by Crosswater

      One year on from the successful launch of the original Crossbox – a single universal installation box with multiple trim set designs – Crosswater has extended the range with the introduction of Crossbox Push

      Crossbox Push is Crosswater’s recently launched shower unit, which has evolved out of the success of Crossbox that launched last year. It comprises an all-metal backplate, rotary and temperature control which delivers a high-quality, premium feel – with five different MPRO trim-sets available.

      Available in a two or three outlet variant, the new coloured trim-sets offer enhanced choice, allowing the homeowner to select a trim design that will complement their existing décor.  Intelligent push technology relies on NEOPERL® ABS push buttons and FSG cartridge to provide a seamless showering experience, the user can easily transition between sources or alternatively, stop the flow completely.

      Comfort and safety is guaranteed with the vernet thermostatic cartridge technology, this means that whilst the temperature will be regulated, if there was a sudden change in water temperature, the thermostatic cartridge can adapt quickly and return the water to its comfortable pre-set temperature. Flühs precise 45-degree rotation, allows the water flow to be easily adjusted.

      Extremely easy to install, the Crossbox Push device requires installation via one single universal installation core. Enhanced with deeper 16.5mm projection, the backplate can easily accommodate the push technology whilst retaining its sleek aesthetic.

      A black bathroom with modern Crosswater shower outlet

      Image credit: Crosswater

      Developed with all of the intelligent features seen in the original Crossbox design but with an enhanced trim, the new Crossbox Push benefits from the built-in ‘Easy-Switch’ module, to allow for simple and quick flow reversal if the feeds are plumbed the wrong way around making it an ideal choice for installers and retailers alike.

      While you’re here, why not check out the Matt White finishes in Crosswater’s MPRO Collection?

      With ease of installation and ease of use at the forefront of its design, Crossbox Push is, in our opinion, the perfect addition to the modern bathroom and ideal for lifestyle hotels that are looking to future-proof their showers.

      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

      A lonely chair on cork flooring

      A modern tradition – introducing a new range by Granorte

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      A modern tradition – introducing a new range by Granorte

      As we continue our journey looking at innovative sustainable solutions, editor Hamish Kilburn casts his eyes on Tradition, a range of glue-down cork floor tiles from Granorte

      A lonely chair on cork flooring

      As we spend more time in our home during the new normal, we’re increasingly conscious of the materials and finishes we choose and the impact they have on our wellbeing. Materials that link us to the positive effects of the natural world are gaining popularity and helping us to feel calm and relaxed as we seek to feel protected and secure within our homes.

      Cork, as we have realised for a while now at Hotel Designs, is an ideal surface to foster this connectivity and is one that not only links us to nature but helps to preserve it also. Cork’s unique aesthetic is deep rooted in the natural world and arguably, its status as a historic floor used in happier times cements its soothing and calming effect. Harvested from bark, rather than felling, cork comes from trees that live for hundreds of years, so it is a material that’s renewable and natural, and which also helps to sustain the balance of the atmosphere.

      Granorte’s Tradition collection is as close to the original cork floors as is possible to find today. Possessing a history dating back over a century, cork tiled floors are the purest use of the material and to which Tradition stays faithful. With a natural sanded pre-finish ready for sealing, these stylish glue-down tiles are available in agglomerated designs that all provide a beautiful and richly organic cork aesthetic.

      “While we have innovated to harness the benefits of cork with products that respond to today’s interiors in floating click floors and PVC-free LVT alternatives, it is the simplicity and pureness of Tradition that seems extraordinarily appropriate at the moment,” says Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte. “Tradition is a sustainable flooring choice that puts homes in direct touch with the natural environment – it is a simple execution of the material that feels all the more genuine and authentic for that very reason.”

      Tradition is available from Granorte in a 4mm thick 600 x 300mm tile, manufactured in Portugal from 100% cork recycled from the wine stopper industry.

      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.

      Main image credit: Granorte

      A bathroom with floral walls and modern shower unit from Kaldewei

      Kaldewei provides bathroom solutions for Germany’s largest hotel

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      Kaldewei provides bathroom solutions for Germany’s largest hotel

      Bathroom brand Kaldewei has been specified to provide high-end bathroom solutions for The Estrel, which is Germany’s largest hotel…

      With no less than 1,125 guestrooms and suites, The Estrel, located in Berlin, is Germany’s largest hotel – and it has just announced a major refurbishment.

      A bathroom with floral walls and modern shower unit from Kaldewei

      In addition to the mass of rooms, the hotel also shelters four restaurants, three bars, a summer garden with its own landing pier, a state-of-the-art wellness area and gym. Adjoining the four-star plus hotel is the Estrel Congress Center, where more than 75 conference rooms provide the ideal setting for events and conventions.

      As part of its refurbishment, the hotel specified Kaldewei bathtubs, shower surfaces and washbasins for more than 1,000 of its bathrooms. Thanks to these superior steel enamel bathroom solutions, the bathrooms have been transformed into exclusive sanctuaries, surrounded by, but far removed from hectic city life.

      The Estrel offers an intimate ambience and modern design that shapes the character of the spacious rooms and suites. In addition to the numerous standard and de luxe rooms, accessible rooms are also available. Whatever a guest’s room requirements, The Estrel will meet them with its Junior, Deluxe and Executive suites or its Presidential Suite, which also features antique furnishings. Located on the 17th floor, the 250 square metre Presidential Suite is one of the hotel’s highlights. As a privately-run property, creating an intimate ambience and ensuring guests are given individual attention are paramount for the Estrel Berlin. This includes special features such as the Estrel summer garden with its own landing pier, from where guests can embark on a cruise on the Spree through Berlin.

      The guest bathrooms: personalised comfort of the highest standard

      At the Estrel, guests can experience to shower surfaces, washbasins and bathtubs made of sustainable Kaldewei steel enamel which, thanks to state-of-the-art add- on accessories, promise unparalleled relaxation. More than 1,000 of the hotel’s bathrooms feature Cayonoplan, Superplan and Superplan Plus shower surfaces so guests can enjoy a wonderfully invigorating experience.

      A bathroom with floral wallcoverings and modern bath in the middle from Kaldewei

      Image credit: Kaldewei/The Estrel

      In addition, the Pure Duo bathtubs – some fitted with Kaldewei Skin Touch and Sound Wave – guarantee delightful bathing that stimulates all the senses. While the Skin Touch wellness feature delivers a naturally rejuvenating effect, guests can immerse themselves in the resonant vibrations of their favourite music with the Sound Wave bathtub audio system. In keeping with the elegant and aesthetic bathroom design, the wellness experience is rounded off with over 500 Puro undercounter washbasins. In this way, Kaldewei once again meets the hotel industry’s demanding requirements for aesthetic, long-lasting and sustainable bathroom solutions.

      Steel enamel: for sustainability in the bathroom

      Thanks to the resilient surface made of superior steel enamel, Kaldewei bathroom solutions show no signs of wear and tear even after years of intensive use and cleaning. Once their long useful life comes to an end, they are fully recyclable making them ideal for sustainable hotels. “We are delighted that our high-end bathroom solutions are helping to make the Estrel Berlin a very special place for rest and regeneration. Kaldewei and Estrel are two brands that fit perfectly together and meet the highest standards,” says Managing Director Franz Kaldewei.

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

      Main image credit: Kaldewei/The Estrel

      UNILIN Evola brings the perfect blue to KafKaf

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      UNILIN Evola brings the perfect blue to KafKaf

      UNILIN Panels, has helped to create an Instagrammable Parisian hotspot at KafKaf, a Middle Eastern inspired coffee bar with an interior by design studio Fairly…

      After just a few months of opening in the 11th district of Paris, KafKaf boasts an online community of some 15,000 followers and has become a favoured meeting place for the local community. UNILIN Evola decorative finishes have been used in a scheme created by studio Fairly, unusually developed before the bar’s location had been decided.

      Adeline Paty, co-founder of design studio Fairly, comments: “Even before the final site was determined, we had to develop the concept and select the materials and furniture. We had the opportunity to start at the very essence of the project without getting lost in site-specific challenges. This ultimately led to stronger and more radical design choices.

      “Whoever walks through KafKaf’s door has to feel like they’ve travelled to Tunisia without running into cliches and so used a few small, original Middle Eastern details in the interior. Everything also had to be connected – the colours of the coffee makers and other decorative accessories are in the same hues as the finishes. Terracotta-rose comes up in different places and surfaces and on the skirting boards and some chairs you’ll find black accents. The famous Majorelle blue, contrasting with the rest of the interior, gives the bar its unique identity.”

      The original colours and high-quality finish of UNILIN Evola HPL panels, notably in Persian Blue, captured the aesthetics of KafKaf and fitted with the sustainable goals of Fairly. Offering a finish that delivers impressive durability and low maintenance, UNILIN Evola is ideal for the busy café, with the décor’s matt finish to giving the colour an authentic richness.

      “Of course, the most important reason for choosing UNILIN Evola for the bar and counter was that perfect blue hue. It was precisely what we wanted.” continues Adeline Paty. “In addition, we always recommend solutions to our customers that have the smallest possible CO2 footprint. During a visit to UNILIN’s production site in Belgium, we were impressed by the company’s global, sustainable approach – particularly its use of recycled wood in panels. For a company called Fairly, this means something.”

      UNILIN 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.

      Main image credit: UNILIN

      Image of pictures hung on the wall

      Industry insight: the art of lighting

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      Industry insight: the art of lighting

      As we begin to steer our editorial attention towards art, lighting brand Franklite offers an interesting perspective on the possibilities of creative lighting schemes…

      Image of pictures hung on the wall

      Artists use light to give form, depth and atmosphere to their piece when they sculpt. By studying the way light works artists used this knowledge to evoke an emotional response with their audience. Leonardo Da Vinci researched the effects of light during the renaissance, breathing a new sense of life and realness into his paintings that wasn’t present in the most religious art of that time.

      With light being so important in the creation of art, it is equally, if not more, important in the display of that art. There are various ways to light art, ranging from the picture light to the framing projector. Accent lighting is used to highlight pictures and collections by accentuating architectural features, adding drama and creating a mood.

      Last year in Amsterdam at the Independent Hotel Show, Franklite collaborated with the Saatchi Gallery to illuminate their exhibition. In these portrait pieces it was important to highlight the faces of the subjects. For this the lighting designer decided to utilise our adjustable picture lights to direct the light source as required.

      The brand’s picture lights are available in modern matt gold, bronze, polished brass and satin nickel finishes to suit any décor and the LED lamps come in a variety of colour temperatures to help you evoke the right mood for the space – and picture light dimming options are also available.

      Franklite 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.

      *Lights supplied for the Saatchi Art Gallery by Franklite.

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      Colourful Morgan showroom in Clerkenwell, featuring an option of contemporary furniture

      Morgan showroom in Clerkenwell, London, goes virtual

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      Morgan showroom in Clerkenwell, London, goes virtual

      Morgan, one of the UK’s most respected contract furniture designers and manufacturers, announces a forward-thinking digital launch, making what otherwise would be an impossible task, a completely viable option in today’s online world…

      Colourful Morgan showroom in Clerkenwell, featuring an option of contemporary furniture

      With the world falling into a second wave of lockdown and restrictions, Morgan have moved its Clerkenwell showroom from London to online, creating a showroom tour accessible to its clients worldwide, via a virtual showroom found on the company’s website.

      The virtual tour allows clients and prospective buyers to walk through the double-height gallery space with as much clarity as if they were truly in Clerkenwell. Allowing a brilliant opportunity to safely explore the products, showcased in a brightly lit, carefully curated interior.

      Each product is tagged with a link directly to the associated product page, allowing you to quickly and easily see alternative options for your interior. Further links included take you to the resources page, full of detailed information and downloadable files.

      While you’re here, why not read about how Morgan put a new spin on furniture with classic materials?

      Morgan 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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      A close up of a shower outlet from Unidrain

      Product watch: Unidrain introduce new outlet unit

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      Product watch: Unidrain introduce new outlet unit

      One of the main USPs of Unidrain’s new outlet is the low installation height, which allows for faster and more efficient installation…

      Efficient and cost effective building solutions are always being sort within the industry.

      A close up of a shower outlet from Unidrain

      A product that is easy to install, reduces not only the number of materials needed but the time it takes to complete the building process, is destined to be in high demand. This is especially true, when the unit is introduced by a company with an award – winning reputation for excellence.

      Unidrain have expanded their range; to include a newly developed outlet unit with an extra low installation height – just 69 mm. The solution includes a brand new water trap with a height of 50 mm. This new outlet unit is almost 20 mm lower than the manufacturer’s existing outlet units.

      “We’ve developed a solution where the building height is lowered by almost 20 mm, which actually means a lot in construction. The extra-low outlet unit and water trap provide several benefits on site which combine to make installation both easier and faster,” said Lasse Lyck, Technical Manager at Unidrain. “It is particularly beneficial for renovation and conversion projects as they benefit from a lower drainage installation that’s easier to build into an existing floor.”

      A lower solution with lots of capacity

      The water trap effectively guides the water out of the shower and eliminates odour; the water capacity in the new water trap is 32 litres per minute; making the solution well above the minimum requirement of 24 litres per minute. The water trap can easily be dismantled for cleaning and if a rear facing outlet is required the trap can be rotated as needed.

      “We kept the height as low as possible, so the installation also ends up being very low but without compromising on either function or effectiveness. We’ve optimised the solution in terms of size whilst at the same time retained all its benefits and lots of capacity,” added Lyck.

      In addition to being VA-approved, the product meets all common Danish standards, such as BR18 (including SBi Guideline 252) and DS 432. In addition, the solution meets the important European standard EN1253 and is approved in most European countries.

      Unidrain was established in 2003 this design company has gone from inventing the linear floor drain to creating a leading international brand, spreading Danish design ethics and Nordic minimalism to the rest of the globe.

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

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      Product watch: Sustainable Kyoto lighting by Harris & Harris

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      Product watch: Sustainable Kyoto lighting by Harris & Harris

      Harris & Harris, an environmentally and socially responsible interior and product design studio, unveils the Kyoto range, a sustainable lighting family with Eastern influences featuring bamboo and opal glass…

      A number of wall and floor light pendents

      The Kyoto lighting range by Harris & Harris is a calming lighting family, will provide a sense of zen to any interior.

      The designs are influenced by the Harris & Harris’s founders European and Asian heritage coupled with Modernism and 1960s Pop Design and their love of craft and texture

      The lights are named after Japan’s historical city of Kyoto and comprises floor light, wall light, pendant and 2 sizes of table light for both residential and commercial settings

      Hand made to order in England, the group of lights feature a mix of highly sustainable solid bamboo with bamboo sticks & string, reminiscent of a sushi rolling mat. A warm and soothing light emits from the matt opal glass globe, containing a low energy and efficient E14 G9 LED bulb. In the case of the floor and table lights, a woven power flex exits the bamboo ‘lily pad’ shaped base with an inline switch.

      While you’re here, why not read more about how the conscious design studio Harris & Harris was born?

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      A chain-like art piece that hangs on the wall surrounded by moody interiors

      Siminetti: Proud producers of sustainable mother of pearl surfaces

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      Siminetti: Proud producers of sustainable mother of pearl surfaces

      Siminetti is proud of its ethical and ecological credentials and takes the greatest care when sourcing its range of natural products, to ensure the brand meets strict ecological standards…

      A chain-like art piece that hangs on the wall surrounded by moody interiors

      Siminetti, a unique surface brand that sources its materials from sustainable, farmed locations wherever in the world they are grown, absolutely opposes the use of overfishing and exploitation of our worlds sea beds and actively engage with ocean charities who look to sustain our oceans for the betterment of marine life and the conservation for our futures.

      The company only deals with raw material suppliers who have a full understanding of relevant practices and legislation to ensure consistent, high quality products – they must hold a fisheries export license when appropriate, comply with biosecurity laws, provide Certificates of Origin and demonstrate evidence of the specific harvest area.

      While you’re here, why not check out Mother of Pearl decorative panels by Siminetti?

      Siminetti have been hand crafting sustainable mother of pearl surfaces since 2010. This year, along side the celebration of the company’s 10 year anniversary, the brand is launching a new line (of sorts, the brand has been doing it for a while just not really spoken about it)! Siminetti Wall Art, utilising its stunning decorative panels in bespoke frames to add a luxury accent to any discerning space.

      Image credit: Siminetti

      The brand currently offers more than 30 decorative surfaces which can all be made into wall art. In 2021 this will be increasing, with a new line of decorative panels Siminetti are developing in conjunction with a renowned British surface designer.

      As with all our mother of pearl, we are also ensuring the materials used to make our frames is sustainably sourced, with FSC approved timber to protect our planet for future generations.

      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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      Introducing AXOR MyEdition 2.0

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      Introducing AXOR MyEdition 2.0

      AXOR launches nationwide design competition to celebrate infinite design possibilities…

      Originally conceived as an expression of self-realisation and creativity, AXOR MyEdition was designed to offer a brassware range that could be tailored through 15 exclusive AXOR FinishPlus special finishes and plates for a personalised look.

      Pushing the boundaries of individualisation further, the launch of AXOR MyEdition 2.0 fully satisfies the demand for bespoke bathroom interiors by allowing infinite design possibilities.

      AXOR embodies the belief that every great design begins with a story and that making a personal statement through customised interiors is the essence of luxury. Inspired by a certain encounter, a mood, an experience, or a place of memory, AXOR MyEdition 2.0 allows individuals to bring a piece of their world into the bathroom. The neutral mounting plate makes it possible to apply individually selected materials, patterns and textures to the tap. Enabling true design autonomy, the mounting plate specifications can be downloaded and the individual can create and apply their own plate with the help of a craftsman*.

      To celebrate the launch, and affirm the brand’s maxim of true individualisation, AXOR is launching a nationwide competition, inviting the UK’s creative and design community to share their story by designing their own MyEdition plate. Entries are open from 26th October and closes on 27th November. With an esteemed judging panel, including Andreas Difenbech from world leading design and innovation studio, Phoenix Design, alongside Global Head of AXOR Marketing Anke Sohn and Hansgrohe UK’s Managing Director, Jay Phillips. The winner will have their design realised in a prototype, which will be displayed in the window of Hansgrohe’s Water Studio on Clerkenwell Road in London.

      “With AXOR MyEdition 2.0, we have created a blank canvas, setting the stage for personal creativity,” said Andreas Difenbach from Pheonix Design. “MyEdition gives the individual the tools to create their ideal piece. The extraordinary choice of colours, materials and patterns is the point of departure for a unique, personalised result. The collection is a creative kit for escape and imagination.”

      Image credit: AXOR/hansgrohe

      In addition to its customisable aesthetic, the collection offers a superior water experience. MyEdition is available with the innovative PowderRain spray – a first for washbasin mixers. With the advantage of micro spray technology, this water method has six fine openings per nozzle (instead of one), transforming the spray into thousands of micro droplets that envelop hands in a gentle cocoon of water.

      While you’re here, why not check out hansgrohe’s expansion in its FinishPlus range?

      hansgrohe 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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      Hypnos achieves ISO Standard for quality management

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      Hypnos achieves ISO Standard for quality management

      Royal warrant holder and award-winning British bedmaker Hypnos has announced that its Castle Donington site has achieved compliance with ISO 9001, the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective Quality Management System (QMS)…

      This ISO 9001 accreditation is further proof of the company’s commitment to top-class design and craftsmanship to build the most comfortable, stylish and sustainable beds on the market and to ensure its operations are run with high quality systems and high quality assurance in place. 

      Image credit: Hypnos

      The standard means that the company’s Castle Donington site, where its specialist contract beds and mattresses are made for the hospitality market, delivers to a consistently high quality level and standard, and continually measures and improves every aspect of its operations.

      Darren Machin, Quality and Facilities Manager at Hypnos, said: “Delivering the most comfortable beds made in an environmentally and socially responsible way has been at the heart of what we do for over a decade.

      “By gaining ISO 9001 accreditation and assurance, we can prove to our customers that we always strive for our products and service to meet the highest expectations and consistency in our sustainable designs and production. So whether it’s pushing the boundaries of bed-making to achieve the best possible design, considering the environmental impact of everything we do, or caring about the people we work with, our customers can have the utmost confidence that they will truly have a, comfortable bed made with the upmost integrity when they purchase from us.

      “Our dedication to crafting quality mattresses and beds has been at the heart of our business for over 100 years and it’s this ongoing commitment that has seen us collaborate with suppliers to source more traceable and certified materials in our products.  Qualifications such as this really do play such an important role in the development of a business, helping to drive training and learning, and reinforcing rigorous inspection standards by the quality team. It very much aligns with the dedication, care and authentic craft of bed making that our entire work force has so we’re very proud to have achieved it.

      “As we grow and expand in the UK and overseas, across a wider range of contract interior markets, including hotels, serviced apartments, student living and co-living, it will be more important than ever to be able to demonstrate this level of dedication to design, sustainability, quality, and customer service via internationally-recognised standards such as this.”

      To gain the accreditation, which reinforces the trust Hypnos has earned from supplying homes, hotels and palaces around the world, the company had to assess every area of its hospitality business and manufacturing processes at the Castle Donington site, and develop formal procedures to continuously improve its operations and ensure excellence at every level. As a result of this ongoing attention to detail and quality, Hypnos is able to assure consistency across its sustainable designs and its methods of production, ensuring comfort and a good night’s sleep are always delivered.

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

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      The multi-room smart air purifier designed for the hospitality industry

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      The multi-room smart air purifier designed for the hospitality industry

      With air hygiene front of mind, we learn more about Air-Reviver Cube, a product that has been designed to add a new layer of hygiene in hospitality…

      Never has air quality and cleanliness been given as much attention as it is today. Over the past few years health concerns regarding air quality have been increasing exponentially and coronavirus is making that even more significant. Air hygiene, especially indoors is a new, broader concern that now affects everyone – from the perpetual germaphobe to the more laidback hotel-goer, who didn’t think twice about germs before the pandemic.

      As the pandemic evolves, we are more unsure about how and when it’s coming to an end, but it’s safe to say that there will be lasting cultural changes that will affect the socioeconomic structure of how people consume services in public spaces. Air hygiene assurance will now be of much higher importance in consumers’ decision hierarchy and that’s where Air-Reviver and it’s patented air purifying technology comes in.

      What is Air-Reviver Technology?

      Air-Reviver systems are based on a patented Bipolar Ionization technology. The Air-Reviver generates positive and negative ions, just like those found in nature when it’s released in the air and mixes with existing H2O. This causes a chemical reaction that neutralises harmful parasites, bacteria and viruses within minutes.

      The Air-Reviver Cube: designed for the hospitality industry.

      The Air-Reviver Cube has 5 filtration layers including H13 HEPA medical grade filter, charcoal filter and a UV light that has long been proven to eliminate the Flu and Common cold virus which are in the same viral family as Covid-19. It provides an all-round coverage against many airborne pollutants, bacteria, fungi and mold spores such as VOCs, E.Coli, Influenza etc.

      A smart purifier

       Providing purified and hygienic air is only half of what the Air-Reviver does. The Cube is designed to be used alongside the Air-Reviver app, designed to facilitate the use of multiple units in the same hotel while providing real time data on air quality. You can name each unit and delegate it to a specific room, control the unit individually or set collective, timely functions such as fan speed, on and off times and more. There is also a remote control fob for ease of use.

      Real time air quality analysis for consumer reassurance.

      The unit’s air quality sensor constantly relays information about the air-quality in the environment generating real time data that can be displayed in a lobby screen or sent to customers individually, which can be a powerful ally in reassuring your customers of the safety of your establishment.

      The Air-Reviver cube comes in three versions, Cube 1, Cube 3 and 4. varying in size and power output with room size coverage ranging from 20 to 90 sqm per unit and it can be mounted to the wall or ceiling as well as freestanding.

      Air Revive was a PRODUCT WATCH pitch partner for Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on October 13, 2020.

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      Product watch: play it your way with Studio Moods

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      Product watch: play it your way with Studio Moods

      Award-winning Studio Moods is the off-the-shelf bespoke LVT solution from IVC Commercial, making one-off feature floors more affordable…

      Using nine geometric shapes, including four new XL formats over the original collection, combined with wood, stone and colour looks, Studio Moods presents 107 off-the-shelf QuickShip patterns that make it fast and easy to select a floor personalised to your project. Alternatively, you can use the 69 building blocks used for all QuickShip patterns to create your own design or go completely bespoke across 160 looks from just 75m2.

      Image credit: Studio Moods/IVC Commercial

      From classic chevron and herringbone in surprising stone effects, through to patterns involving multiple formats, Studio Moods is all about versatility and creativity. Wood combined with stone, giant hexagons in solid colours next to dark oak; this is an LVT collection that brings personality to workplace, retail, hospitality and leisure, PRS and PBSA projects.

      “The original Studio Moods collection has proved itself as the ideal solution for creating stunning feature areas in a wide variety of projects,” says David Bigland, managing director, IVC Commercial. “Now with the new Studio Moods, we’ve refined the concept, so designers have access to a wider variety of patterns, bigger scale and new wood, colour and stone looks; all easily and quickly accessible from stock through our QuickShip programme.”

      Image credit: Studio Moods/IVC Commercial

      Using IVC Commercial’s 55 specification ensures that Studio performs wherever you choose to install it. Suitable for receptions, breakout zones and feature areas; as well as anywhere else that demands style and performance; the floor is durable and easy to maintain, efficiently made in Belgium using renewable energy and features 30 per cent recycled content.

      IVC Commercial 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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      Product watch: Niza collection by CTD Architectural Tiles

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      Product watch: Niza collection by CTD Architectural Tiles

      The new Niza collection by CTD Architectural Tiles is inspired by the colours of both the earth and the ocean…

      Niza is a collection of rectangular and hexagonal tiles in an understated nature-inspired palette. From the warmth of Clay to the freshness of Green, the various tiles come with a gentle shade variation that reflects the essence of traditional ceramic tiles, bringing a modern touch to this cutting-edge product range.

      Available in a rectangular 92 x 370mm and a hexagonal 215 x 250mm format, the versatile cement-effect tiles will add an injection of character to both walls and floors in all residential, commercial and hospitality projects. With a +36 PTV wet slip resistance, the matt glazed porcelain tiles deliver on both technical and aesthetic properties, allowing specifiers, architects and designers to bring subtle texture and warmth to surfaces, whether used in bathrooms, kitchens or living spaces.

      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 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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      Unlacquered brass finish added to Crosswater’s Belgravia collection

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      Unlacquered brass finish added to Crosswater’s Belgravia collection

      Brand new for autumn 2020, Crosswater is delighted to introduce a stunning new finish to its beautifully timeless Belgravia collection

      Perfect for adding an elegant finishing touch to bathrooms, the new ‘Unlacquered Brass’ finish offers a traditional look with a contemporary twist, and joins two existing finishes – Chrome and Nickel – to complete this much-loved traditional range.

      Belgravia Unlacquered Brass offers luxurious style influenced by time-honoured design, in a range of premium taps, showerheads, valves and bath fillers. In contrast to Chrome and Nickel, the Unlacquered Brass finish offers a warm metallic finish with a gorgeous golden glow that is guaranteed to make an on-trend statement in bathrooms of all designs.

      A natural living finish, this new addition to the collection is specifically designed and manufactured to oxidise over time, resulting in a changing, unique look which offers even more personality to the bathroom.

      Its silky smooth and reflective surface makes it ideal for achieving a high-end and modern look in period-style bathrooms and is strikingly coordinated against the details of Belgravia’s white glazed ceramic levers.

      Features of the range include elaborate bath fillers, traditional shower handsets, exposed shower valves and decadent showerheads, all sympathetically curated in the style and essence of the Victorian era. The ideal choice for lovers of traditional design, the Belgravia Unlacquered Brass range encompasses a beautifully classic look that will complement any bathing space.

      While you’re here, why not check out The Arena Collection by Crosswater?

      Crosswater 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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      Introducing the Lunar Loo from Duravit

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      Introducing the Lunar Loo from Duravit

      FranziskaWülker, development engineer at the designer bathroom manufacturer Duravit, designed and developed a ‘Lunar Loo’ for competition that was conducted by NASA…

      Developing a toilet that can work in a weightless environment and on the moon, sounds like quite a tricky task! That is why NASA offered a $35,000 prize for the three best designs – for which they received 20,000 proposals from participants around the world.

      NASA announced the winners at a ceremony on October 22, 2020, and awarded third prize to Franziska Wülker, development engineer at the designer bathroom manufacturer Duravit. The two first places were awarded to teams from the United States. Franziska Wülker is the female non-American individual engineer who made it to the top three.

      Jonny Kim, the Silver Star recipient and NASA astronaut was also present at the ceremony, as he is involved in the Artemis program.  This is expected to send the next male and first female astronaut tothe moon in 2024.

      Thomas Stammel, Chief Technical Officer at Duravit AG, was delighted, and said: “We are extremely proud that Franziska Wülker was able to conceive and complete such an ingenious project alongside her regular work. The third place award is a considerable achievement and is testament to our expertise in the field of toilet technology.”

      The Duravit space toilet is comfortable for both male and female astronauts to use – thanks to its optimised sitting geometry. Suction is used to reliably remove all excretions from the user’s body. Due to the absence of gravity, excretions are fed into a centrifuge, where they are accelerated and deposited in a tank via a screw conveyor.

      The geometry of the design and filters guarantees that neither unpleasant odours nor bacteria can escape into the cabin of the spaceship. The toilet system is self-contained, meaning that the safety of the crew is guaranteed even in the event of a power outage, preventing exposure to a vacuum or similar. Despite its ingenious technology, Duravit’s design comes in well below NASA’s specifications in terms of weight and energy consumption.

      Duravit deploys state-of-the-art technology in all its research and development, which is enhanced by the experience of the skilled workforce in the development team. Engineers, product developers, and designers work closely on new projects. For example, they utlilise the very latest software used for research in the automotive industry, the aviation and aerospace sector and in universities. For instance this software enables the flow of water to be realistically simulated and visualised, this means that new products can be developed and optimised quickly and efficiently. The company previously used the software in the development of the Duravit Rimless® technology, this offers enhanced hygiene and cleaning comfort thanks to the open design of the flushing rim.

      “When developing toilets, we pay close attention to reliable flushing performance and good hygiene. As well as functionality and design, we are also always mindful of current issues such as water consumption,” said development engineer Franziska Wülker. “On our toilets designed for use on earth, we are naturally assisted by gravity, which causes the excrement to fall automatically into the toilet bowl. One of the biggest challenges in the construction of the Lunar Loo was rethinking everything to ensure that the functionality also worked in a weightless environment.”

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

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      Feature: How lighting has changed

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      Feature: How lighting has changed

      To mark Lighting being put under the editorial spotlight for the second time this year, Hotel Designs asked Franklite how lighting’s role in hotel design is changing…

      Lighting is one of those extraordinary elements that gives hotels the comforts of home all while still experiencing the luxuries of what they have to offer. Certain spaces within hotels will require specific lighting and that’s where we come in.

      Franklite provides innovative lighting solutions for any space, ensuring your design exceeds expectation. With a reputation built on using only the finest components in the manufacturing process and a laboratory which has one of the first near and far field goniophotometers – a development that measures light levels extremely accurately ensures that the lighting will be exactly as required.

      Highlighting recent projects Franklite have had the pleasure of being involved with this year are the Palace Hotel Inverness and Gleddoch Hotel and Spa in Glasgow. The Vista Restaurant in the Gleddoch receives a lot of natural light due to the panoramic views of their 18-hole golf course. Changes in natural light are more noticeable during the day and as a result will require different lighting at different times. Understanding these distinctions has been the key to our success at Franklite.

      A project currently underway at the Hilton Gatwick Hotel showcases the Aura wall light. The modern matt black cast aluminium LED fitting lines the hotel’s corridors. Designed to be inconspicuous until lit, these fixtures cast beautiful flower patterns on the walls mimicking a piece of art.

      Franklite 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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      Dernier & Hamlyn updated and improved under new ownership

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      Dernier & Hamlyn updated and improved under new ownership

      Bespoke lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn has moved to new, premium premises in Chessington…

      Dernier & Hamlyn’s new HQ incorporates a state-of-the-art studio where clients can work with the company’s design team to progress their lighting designs from concept to reality.

      Significant investment is also being made in manufacturing and finishing capabilities including the latest technology and 3d printing, to ensure that the company’s reputation for the highest quality lighting is maintained and improved.

      Experienced experts who previously worked for Dernier & Hamlyn are still part of the team including Head of Production Mark Pye, project manager Lyn Newcombe and Design Manager Adam Coare. Strategic and operational management of the company will be greatly enhanced with the appointment of Michael Mulhall as Director of Sales. Michael was previously head of major projects for Dernier & Hamlyn’s new owners NVC UK where he oversaw large lighting programmes for hospitality and luxury residential clients.

      Mulhall says: “We were attracted to Dernier & Hamlyn by the strength of its brand and reputation in the lighting industry. Feedback from our research with designers and others has shown that the quality of the products manufactured was second to none, but there have been frustrations in the past with lead times and flexibility of delivery.

      “Dernier & Hamlyn will operate as a totally autonomous company, but one that is part of a global organisation which made sales of more than $600 million in 2019. This gives us access to varied technical, engineering and design resources that complement our own, backed by sound financial support from shareholders including Schneider Electric. We will continue to deliver the high- quality lighting that Dernier & Hamlyn has always excelled in, but in ways that meet the needs of designers and clients in today’s markets.”

      Dernier & Hamlyn 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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      Gessi’s new showroom lands in London

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      Gessi’s new showroom lands in London

      Gessi’s new showroom, Casa Gessi London, is a celebration of Italian design for a wellness experience in the most private and intimate space of the hotel, the bathroom…

      Located in the heart of Clerkenwell – a thriving design district that houses many of the world’s leading contemporary design and architectural innovators – Casa Gessi London is the bathroom brand’s latest showroom that welcomes professionals in the architectural and design community.

      Hosted in the Old Sessions House, an 18th-century Palladian-style Grade II listed, the Casa Gessi London showroom spans a grand space of 725m2. The three-story building, with its vaulted ceilings and original brick walls, pays homage to its past whilst embodying Gessi’s passion for beauties, architectures and creation skills that transcend time, which the Company infuses into its contemporary design, style and wellbeing concepts.

      Presenting an exhilarating sensorial journey, the London showroom seeks to embody the philosophy, the history, and the identity of Gessi to engage visitors in a palpable emotive experience. Combining contemporary design technology with traditional Georgian and Victorian architectural features, the Casa Gessi showroom presents a bold and ambitious juxtaposition, showcasing products at the forefront of innovation within the historical infrastructure of the Old Sessions House. The building’s long, storied history is carefully integrated into the present-day design, including the prison-cell structure which extends across the ground floor and now hosts product display exhibitions.

      Image credit: Gessi

      Gessi boasts an extraordinary client base of architects, interior designers, and lifestyle enthusiasts, who are invited to explore the ‘Libertà’ bar and lounge within the showroom, in addition to working and networking from the numerous dedicated spaces. The Architectural Wellness space features a spectacular performance of light and water, and to conclude the showroom, the Gessi Wellness Tailor Atelier Dressing Room offers guests a chance to explore their wellness dreams, by hand-selecting novel new combinations of Gessi products and finishes.

      Image credit: Gessi

      Recognised globally for its ‘Made in Gessi’ bathroom concept and design, Gessi presents ‘design to be experienced’ a forward-thinking approach to wellbeing, manufactured with the utmost respect for both the environment, and the user. Gessi strives to make people’s lives better, designing products with people in mind, making bespoke private spaces.

      Casa Gessi London is the most recent international opening by the brand following the Gessi showroom in the cities of Milan, Singapore, Dubai and Shanghai.

      Gessi 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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      Main image credit: Gessi

      Loft bathroom spaces with industrial flair with Duravit

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      Loft bathroom spaces with industrial flair with Duravit

      Products from the Luv series by Duravit showcased in an urban ambience…

      The “Walzmühle” former mill in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, has a long tradition as an industrial manufacturing location.

      Since 2013, the site has been home not only to a range of businesses and studios, but also residential spaces. The design and construction by the team around Mia Kepenek (Kepenek GmbH) has breathed new life into the former factory hall in the form of eight generously proportioned, expressively styled lofts, each fitted with Duravit products from the Luv series.

      The smart spatial design is finished with high-quality materials, and the residential concept combines family homes with lofts and a nearby recreational area. To preserve the industrial flair of the site, the natural brick façade was retained.Two-story buildings, each with a floor area of 180 m2, feature room heights of up to six meters. They each have their own inner courtyards and terraces, and sawtooth roofs ensure the lofts enjoy ample daylight.

       

      Three basic loft types were created to meet the varying needs of future residents. The style of each loft type is underscored by the different materials used in the bathrooms. With its proximity to the city and cultural amenities, the “Variable” loft is an elegant contemporary living space that offers flexibility for young families with one or two children. The eye-catching feature in this bathroom is the Luv back-to-wall bathtub with its matt optics, which set it apart from the tiled blue wall.

      The second basic variant, the “Structured” loft, is geared towards middle-aged couples. This living space is arranged in a manner that is both classic and forward-looking and impresses with high levels of comfort. A visual highlight is the dark tiled wall in the bathroom that frames the minimalistic design of the Luv above-counter basin. The micro- mosaic used for the wall consists of shredded TV screens – an extraordinary detail with an iridescent effect.

      Image credit: Luca Zanier

      The “Lofty One” offers young people who place equal importance on their career and leisure a generous living area in an urban style. This creates a place of retreat far from the hustle of everyday working life. The open style of the lounge area is designed for convivial living. In the bathroom, the generously proportioned Luv bathtub overlooking the panorama window offers pure relaxation.

      The Walzmühle site is a strong demonstration of the variability of the Luv series. The simple elegance of the products fits unobtrusively into the different styles, creating countless design opportunities.

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

      Image credit: Duravit/Luca Zanier

      Skopos launches Tarim as a flexible flame-retardant fabric

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      Skopos launches Tarim as a flexible flame-retardant fabric

      Skopos, which has almost 50 years’ experience of developing flame-retardant fabrics and soft furnishings for the contract market, has just introduced Tarim to its portfolio…

      Tarim has been welcomed into the Skopos portfolio as a flexible plain flame-retardant fabric with the appearance of elegant slub silk.

      The new product is wide width, perfect for contract curtains, bedding and cushions, available in a range of versatile neutrals and rich, exotic tones. Designed to work well with Skopos woven and printed collections, Tarim is perfect for accessories or to create a simple elegant statement within hotel bedrooms. Seen here with our soon-to-be-launched print design, Palmyra, on our Sonno velvet blackout, Tarim reflects luxury. 100 per cent Polyester FR, Tarim is washable at 30°C. Skopos offer a full make-up, measure and installation service or the option to buy fabric only from the roll. Tarim has been tested to the high FR standards set for contract fabrics and achieves IMO bedding, for marine interiors.

      Skopos 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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      Sustainable surfaces: a playful way to connect with nature

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      Sustainable surfaces: a playful way to connect with nature

      3DForms by Granorte is a sustainable collection of wall tiles with three-dimensional structures that can be used in various arrays to create one-of-a-kind textured walls that also benefit from the natural properties of cork…

      Designed by Alzira Peixoto and Carlos Mendonca of SimpleFormsDesign, 3DForms takes inspiration from Portuguese ceramic wall tiles of the 1950s and 1960s, creating striking geometric pattern across the wall. Relying on the tonal contrast between shadows and highlights, 3dForms has a sculptural quality that changes emphasis as light changes throughout the course of day and night.

      Made in Portugal by cork innovator Granorte, 3DForms uses a lightweight agglomerated cork compound made from 92% post-industrial waste derived from wine stopper production and is FSC certified. Protected with Granorte’s proprietary Corkguard® water-based finish, the tiles are easy to clean and protected from marks and stains and are suitable for use in commercial and domestic interiors.

      A renewable natural resource, cork has excellent thermal and acoustic properties, helping 3DForms to contribute to improving energy performance, as well as a tangible reduction of noise within the room. The tiles are available in two sizes – 150 x 150mm and 300 x 300mm – and in three forms – Pyramid, Aztec and Ramp – allowing numerous patterns to be created. Each design is available in natural, pearl, terracotta, smoke and bluemoon colourways.

      “3DForms delivers a striking alternative aesthetic to ceramic wall tiles,” says Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte. “From simply rotating designs to create subtly changing, rhythmic repeating patterns to unique combinations made up of any of the three forms in any size, it’s a playful way to welcome the cork look, creating a cossetting and comfortable feel that brings you closer to 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

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      Bryan Adams shoots campaign for Kaldewei

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      Bryan Adams shoots campaign for Kaldewei

      Taking the theme “Natural Union”, rockstar and photographer Bryan Adams shot Kaldewei’s new collection of Steel Enamel Washbasins…

      New images have surfaced of Kaldewei’s Steel Enamel collection, which have been captured through the lens of legendary rockstar and photographer Bryan Adams. The campaign displays the importance of maintaining relationships combined with the increased need for hygiene awareness in these controversial times. Adams takes an intimate look at togetherness exclusively for Kaldewei: with his unique perspective he show that following simple hygiene routines we can come together and join hands—with our family, our friends, our partners.

      The unique collaboration between Bryan Adams and Kaldewei evolved into the project “Natural Union”. With his empathetic and professional vision, Adams photographed the 2021 washbasin collection; the charismatic images are emotionally charged with a strong message.

      At first stance “Natural Union” may seem at odds with the commandment of the hour for social distancing. But if we take our responsibility towards each other and our environment seriously, we can see we are closer than ever. We are all naturally connected and have a responsibility to look after each other and our planet – everyday actions such as washing your hands have never been more important,” says the photographer, highlighting the concept behind the campaign.

      In late August, six people of different gender, ages and backgrounds came together in a Berlin photo studio. Photographed under running water, these distinctive hands old, young, male and female touched. This creates a seamless link to Kaldewei; the company uses natural components to produce steel enamel products which make every surface unique.

      The Ming and Miena Steel Enamel Washbasins

      Ming is the embodiment of subtle sophistication. The convex lines form an elegant silhouette, whist the classic black-and-white colour range acts as a perfect setting for creative design. Whether for the minimalist bathroom or more imaginative spaces—the classic grace of the new Ming washbasins allows for personal creativity; making the bathroom a retreat which sparks joy. Ming comes in four different variations: matte lava black, classic lava black, matte alpine white and classic alpine white.

      Miena invigorates the bathroom with a totally new colour palette of blue and violet hues. The elegant design allows for experimentation with colours, the ability to make the bathroom a place of quiet calm or one that feels as cosy as a living room.

      The steel enamel makes the colourful washbasins an easy-to-care and durable gem that even constant use can’t dull. The new editions of Miena with their playful yet stylish colour contrast accentuate the washing area and revive the bathroom. Miena is available in „Soft Touch” mint, „Sweet Love“ pink, „Deep Dream“ petrol, „Navy-blue“ matte and 13 more colours.

      About Bryan Adams

      Apart from his musical work, Bryan Adams is an award-winning photographer with a nuanced eye. His photos are often taken within his philanthropic causes. His photographic work has won him multiple accolades and has been exhibited at Somerset House, Photokina, Kunsthalle Mainz and NRW Forum Düsseldorf. Adams has been tirelessness in standing up for people in need all over the world.

      Steel and Glass Turn into Steel Enamel

      Steel and glass are two authentic, natural materials each possessing unique properties that have been valued for millennia. When joined they blend into an immaculate fusion of steel enamel. Kaldewei products are 100 per cent Made in Germany and are the epitome of exceptional design. For generations, Kaldewei’s unique enamel formula has been a well-kept secret. Applied onto steel, a pristinely beautiful, durable, hygienic surface evolves. Steel enamel is 100 per cent recyclable and one of the most sustainable materials in the bathroom.

      Kaldewei 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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      Case study: lighting Jesmond Dene House

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      Case study: lighting Jesmond Dene House

      In a recent development of the public areas and bedrooms, Karen Walker Design created a series of design schemes focusing on complementary texture, pattern and colour. Here we explore Heathfield & Co’s role in lighting the spaces…

      Jesmond Dene House is an independent boutique hotel located on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne city centre.

      Selected to bring harmony to the 43 guestrooms and suites, Heathfield & Co’s Coupole table lamps feature on each bedside, mirroring the classic contemporary aesthetic of the hotel. Additionally, their Pierre Monochrome table lamps are presented in the suites to add a tactile and sculptural focus point to the vibrant rooms.

      Further highlights from Heathfield’s collection can be found in the public areas. A pair of Addison table lamps provide the scale required in the Great Hall Lounge, with their large smoke glass bodies and substantial brass metal details.

      Image credit: Heathfield & Co/Michael Baister

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      Bette unveiled ‘perfect bath for 2’ in more than 400 colours

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      Bette unveiled ‘perfect bath for 2’ in more than 400 colours

      The new BetteSelect Duo fitted bath has been designed to be the perfect bath for two…

      Made from glazed titanium-steel, the extremely solid and durable BetteSelect Duo bath works equally well for bathing children as it does for a romantic candlelit bath for two. Candles can even be placed on the bath itself, without fear of damaging it.

      The two seater bath has ergonomically shaped backrests on both sides, for extremely comfortable sitting. Softly rounded neck profiles, which gently merge into a wide rim, further increase the lying comfort, as they invite you to lean back and relax your head.

      Well thought-out down to the last detail

      The central position of the waste outlet means no one will have the discomfort of having to sit on it. It has also been moved slightly to the side, which not only looks stylish, but also brings practical fitting benefits.

      Image credit: Bette

      Designed for a long life

      Like every Bette bath, the BetteSelect Duo is made of glazed titanium-steel. Bette gives a 30-year guarantee on the robust material, which is not only particularly hygienic and easy to clean, but also UV-resistant so it keeps its colour, impact and scratch-proof, so it keeps its shine, and resistant to chemicals, cosmetics and bath additives.

      Colours

      The BetteSelect Duo is available in more than 400 colours, including Bette’s latest effect colours Midnight, a glittering black, and Blue Satin, a frosted shade of blue.

      Sizes

      The BetteSelect Duo is available in the spacious 170×75 cm and 180×80 cm sizes. Both versions are 42 cm deep, which is enough room to ensure warm knees.

      Sound insulation as standard

      Also included as standard is a soundproofing set that ensures more peace and quiet when running and taking a bath. There is also the option of a higher level of sound insulation that conforms to DIN 4109, to minimise sound for neighbours.

      Other practical options

      The BetteSelect Duo bath can also be ordered with a sealed wall connection, called BetteUpstand, that does away with the need for silicone, an almost invisible anti-slip surface, AntiSlip Pro, and a special dirt-repellent surface for even easier cleaning.  A practical grab handle, which makes it easier to sit down and stand up, is also available if required.

      Bette 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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      Case study: Crieff Hydro Hotel creates room to breathe with hypoallergenic technology

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      Case study: Crieff Hydro Hotel creates room to breathe with hypoallergenic technology

      Scotland’s Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire has enhanced its studio offering by developing nice studio apartments, which are all fitted with the latest hypoallergenic technology from Room To Breathe UK

      Working with Glasgow based Insite Group who create cleaner and safer indoor environments – Crieff Hydro Hotel has added ‘Room to Breathe UK’ to its studio apartments to ensure peace of mind for all guests.

      ‘Room to Breathe UK’ creates a constantly monitored hypoallergenic space using technologies which kills 99.9 per cent of viruses, eliminates bed bugs and generally boosts wellness of all guests with particular peace of mind for allergy sufferers.

      The studio rooms, located a short stroll from the main hotel reception have been boosted with the addition of a compact kitchen unit fitted with sink and microwave. These apartments are perfect for a family getaway where everyone is invited – even your four-legged companion – as these are the only dog-friendly rooms within the main hotel.

      The nine newly-fitted studio apartments, can accommodate up to four guests in two separate sleeping areas with a king bed and a set of single pull out sofa beds.

      “These plans have been in the works for some time and we’re delighted to see the studio apartments project is now complete,” said Kristian Campbell, General Manager at Crieff Hydro Hotel. “It was great to partner with Insite Group for this project and guests can see the ‘Room to Breathe’ certification on all our studio apartments.

      “We have always been an advocate for clean and safe environments at our hotel and as we offer dog-friendly accommodation, it’s extremely important that all our visitors are cared for.

      “Our existing self-catering accommodation has been extremely popular in recent months so we’re proud to expand our offering with our enhanced studio apartments.”

      Gordon Bruce Co-Founder of Room to Breathe, said: “We could not be happier than to have partnered with the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels and look forward to a very long healthy partnership.

      “Their visionary outlook and adoption of our innovative system, which creates healthier indoor environments, for their guests is exactly what you would expect from this Iconic Scottish Brand of Hotels. It is a pleasure to be part of their future in achieving Wellness for all their guests.”

      Room to Breathe UK 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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      TREND ALERT // Black moves into the bathroom

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      TREND ALERT // Black moves into the bathroom

      We love a trend alert at Hotel Designs, especially one that challenges conventional design aesthetics. Here, UK Bathrooms identifies how and why black is back in the modern bathroom…

      As we enter the shorter months, we’re embracing dark tones and welcoming them into the wash space as we mirror the early nights and moody skies on the horizon.

      “Black is a wonderful shade to meditate to and allows overtaxed minds a moment of tranquillity.” – Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at UK Bathrooms.

      Why black?

      One of the biggest changes in bathroom design in recent years has been its evolution from a functional space, designed with efficiency rather than aesthetics in mind, into a room for enjoyment and wellbeing. The surge in time spent in the bathroom in 2020 especially, saw the bathroom become a place to unwind and enjoy moments of peace in; as other areas of the home became spaces to work, teach and multitask, the bathroom took on the role of a sanctuary. “Black has moved into the bathroom as homeowners are seeking a space for privacy and relaxation as busy lives get busier,’ explains Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at UK Bathrooms. “Black is a wonderful shade to meditate to and allows overtaxed minds a moment of tranquillity, which is what today’s bathroom is all about.”

      How to style a black bathroom

      This trend is all about maximum darkness – for the greatest effect, opt for black across as many surfaces and objects in the space as possible to create a calming, cave-like cocoon that’s impactful without overstimulating the senses. Pay attention to textures; mix in different black finishes and materials, from glossy glazes to matt and brushed metals, to create a space which is indulgent and immersive while maintaining the feeling of shelter and protection.

      Black fixtures and fittings

      The newest launches from a host of luxury brands have been doused in darkness. Shower heads, taps, mixers, screens, panels and all of the fittings in-between, it’s clear that the finish of the moment is deepest black. Be it Matt Black, hansgrohe’s biggest finish of the year which covers the Metropol mixer range, and 53-piece Talis E collection, or the extensive range of Matt Black brassware and bathroom accessories of Crosswater’s MPRO range. Most of Abacus’s range can be covered in black via its Colour My Bathroom offering, and Saneux and Roper Rhodes both have extensive dark collections.

      Large black bathroom pieces

      Chunkier bathroom objects of all styles are also being coated in rich black. Victoria and Albert’s freestanding baths take on an edgy yet sensuous feel when their soft curves are realised in black. Along with its brassware, much of VitrA’s ceramicware and storage pieces comes in a slick black finish which transforms them into giant sculptural objects. Villeroy and Boch’s ultra-modern Avento vanity units are finished in glossy Crystal Black, the brand’s Antheus unit brings natural texture in black ash, and UK Bathroom’s Essentials Black Square Edge Bath Screen is a whimsical take on the trend, a semi-transparent slice of shadow hovering over the shower. In the traditional sphere, the Sarah Georgian basin and washstand by Burlington is composed of decorative black aluminium and black marble.

      “Black is incredibly versatile, contemporary and chic,” says Borchard. “Black elements in the bathroom create an edge, making a statement while remaining timeless and enduring.” Finish the look with as much black flooring, tiling and paint as you dare, or try a black feature zone around either the sink, bath or shower to add more subtle wow factor.

      UK Bathrooms 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.

      Main image credit: UK Bathrooms

      Product watch: Parkside Tiles adds lavish colour to Arabescato

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      Product watch: Parkside Tiles adds lavish colour to Arabescato

      A bold and lavish take on Arabescato marble, Pulp is the latest porcelain wall and floor tile collection from design-led tile specification brand, Parkside…

      Pulp from Parkside Architectural Tilers takes the rich veining of this exquisite marble and adds a contemporary flavour in five bold colours – gold, black, green, blue and red  – for a look that becomes strong, dynamic and surreal.

      Available in matt, polished and raw (high slip-resistance) finishes, Pulp brings a marble look with a contemporary twist through floors and walls, inside or out. The rectified porcelain tiles are available in 600 x 1200mm, 100 x 600mm, 75 x 600mm (polished only), 300 x 300mm and 75 x 1200mm skirting, meaning the collection is ready to provide an all-over marble look that adds to its luxurious feel.

      “Marble is definitely a timeless and demanding look that’s adored for its sense of unadulterated luxury,” explains Sarah Holey, marketing manager at Parkside. “There are few other interior finishes that quite so eloquently summarise their intent, but its high cost and natural variance make it a difficult one to introduce successfully into a project, particularly on large surface areas, so step up Pulp.

      “The controlled colour and look of the marble veining brings a contemporary overtone that pays homage to genuine Arabescato marble but without falling into the trap of feeling like a direct copy. Pulp brings the instant luxury aesthetic of marble but in an accessible tile that celebrates the joy of colour and features the performance of today’s best porcelain.”

      Pulp is exclusively available in all five colours from Parkside, with samples available from the website.

      Parkside Architectural Tiles 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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      AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX

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      AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX

      Private investment business Intrinsic Equity, has acquired shower brand AQATA Limited

      Based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, AQATA one of the UK’s most respected luxury shower enclosure manufacturers now joins Intrinsic Equity’s family of KBB and design related brands.

      The iconic shower brand Aqualux was acquired from Dutch bathroom giant Fetim in late 2019 and early 2020 the company obtained the online hardware brand Ironmongery and More.

      Commenting on the acquisition, Group CEO Steve Lee stated “We are delighted to be able to take this bold, strategic move during such unprecedented times. Aqata has been part of the fabric of the British shower industry since it was established by Peter Brown in 1986. We are proud to have the opportunity to continue the great work of MD and owner Jayne Barnes who headed up Aqata for over 15 years following her father’s retirement in 2005”.

      Lee continues; “For many years we have admired what the Aqata brand represents to the independent bathroom retail market, the products are excellent and backed by a world class service. The position of the brand perfectly complements Aqualux, which has been synonymous with the large scale merchants and retailers for more than 40 years.”

      Lee explains “Aqata shower enclosures are British designed and hand crafted in its modern factory in Leicestershire. Whilst 2020 has seen major changes and uncertainty for the UK following Brexit and Covid-19, this acquisition offers great flexibility for our customers: a British manufacturing facility combined with the long established global sourcing model of Aqualux, this will ensure we can continue to provide a dynamic, speed to market offering with competitive pricing; all backed by a market leading service and significant inventory throughout our supply chain.”

      AQATA 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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      Light it up: Chelsom officially launches Edition 27

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      Light it up: Chelsom officially launches Edition 27

      More than two years in the making, Chelsom’s brand new lighting collection, Edition 27, has official launched. Hotel Designs celebrates by selecting some of its favourite pieces. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes…

      Every two years on the international hotel design scene, something incredible happens. The industry becomes temporarily blinded by new lighting designs that are created with tomorrow’s luxury hospitality projects in mind. The brand behind this much-awaited artificial phenomenon is, of course, Chelsom.

      The launch of a new ‘Chelsom Edition’ becomes a precious moment etched in modern design history, usually marked in a grand setting with no expense spared to introduce the A + D community with the brand’s latest dynamic and timeless designs. And although, this year, suppliers are prevented from hosting live events, this, by no means, makes Chelsom’s unveiling of Edition 27 any less sensational. In fact, some would go as far to argue that the pandemic has created a catalyst for brands like Chelsom to launch their latest products with a deeper meaning for the sake and sanity of tomorrow’s hospitality landscape.

      As expected, the collection reflects Chelsom’s brand image, showcasing a plethora of beautifully designed lighting products specifically created for the international hospitality and marine interior design arenas. More than 40 per cent of the collection is entirely new and all pieces are available with LED light sources to accommodate the latest developments in technology and energy efficiency.

      “I believe that our clients will not only appreciate the refinements we have made to our product collection in terms of even sharper product designs, higher quality levels and strong focus on value engineering, but also the continued evolution of our brand image as international market leader,” said Will Chelsom, Managing Director at Chelsom. “Both the catalogue and website illustrate this perfectly and have been carefully designed with our clients’ requirements as a priority.”

      “Edition 27 has been a fantastic collection to produce and it’s our most ground-breaking to date.” – Robert Chelsom, Chairman at Chelsom.

      Edition 27 is a truly eclectic harmony of lighting that harnesses and refines the latest trends in finishes and materials. Striking brass tones, textured Venetian glass and cutting-edge LED pieces are just some of the elements that dominate the bold and exciting new collection, offering designers creative lighting solutions for any interior space from guestrooms, to corridors, through to restaurants and other public spaces. Amongst many things, Edition 27 offers the widest collection of LED reading lights in the company’s history including the LED Eye range which moves on the aesthetics of your standard bedside reading light whilst maintaining all the successful features of function and light output.

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

      Here are some of our editor’s picks:

      LED EYE

      Image caption: LED EYE | Image credit: Chelsom

      Image caption: LED EYE | Image credit: Chelsom

      When 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 large 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.

      In the new collection, Chelsom moves 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 that 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.

      Hybrid

      Image caption: The Hybrid set | Image credit: Chelsom

      Image caption: The Hybrid set | Image credit: Chelsom

      The main concept of this striking collection of wall, floor and table lamps centres around the over-scaled cylindrical head, creating ambient room light through the matt opal glass top dome and directional task light from below. The head swivels from left to right with a mechanical stop to prevent over rotation.This sleek and contemporary range is available in an assortment of finish options and is the perfect fusion of design aesthetic and technological refinement making it the perfect addition to any interior space.

      Crook

      Crook features a stepped column supporting a shepherd’s crook-styled arm, which allows a good spread of downlight. The base on this product has a rounded stepped detail, while the lampholder cover features interesting knurled detailing.

      Shield

      On the wall, the perforated metal tapered half shield emits a warm glow and throws light onto the oval backplate, which creates a halo effect around its concave-curved perimeter. On the ceiling, the chandelier ha conical, perforated shades with opal acrylic liners giving a warm glow.

      Glass Effect

      Image caption: Glass Effect | Image credit: Chelsom

      Image caption: Glass Effect | Image credit: Chelsom

      The main concept of this striking range of wall lights centres around how light effect can be created on the wall and within different types of glass so that the fittings were not just about achieving ambience but also about the projection, pattern and play of light on surface and the refraction of light through different coloured and shaped glasses. Traditional components have been used in unique applications to achieve a powerful light effect suited to any environment with one of the key features being that the glasses can be fully interchangeable to create totally different results.

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      Main image credit: Chelsom

      GROHE receives nomination for the German Sustainability Award 2021

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      GROHE receives nomination for the German Sustainability Award 2021

      Going further than other brands in its quest to design a sustainable future – with its 360-degree sustainability approach – GROHE is a candidate for the 13th annual German Sustainability Award…

      Bathroom brand GROHE has once again been nominated for the German Sustainability Award following last year’s successful top 3 ranking in the category “Germany’s Most Sustainable Big Companies 2020”. The brand, which is one of the leading manufacturers of integrated bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, is now looking forward with excitement to this year’s award ceremony on December 4th, 2020 in Düsseldorf.

      For the 13th year running, the German Sustainability Award Foundation will honour companies that combine economic success with social responsibility and environmental protection in an exemplary manner. “We are really very pleased with the nomination and the recognition it brings. We have been pursuing our sustainability goals for many years with high pressure and full conviction,” says Thomas Fuhr, COO Fittings LIXIL International and CEO Grohe AG. “This year we have again been able to reach important milestones. It encourages us to constantly scrutinise and improve our internal processes in the interest of a better environment.”

      CO2-neutral production at GROHE since April 2020

      As one of the first leading manufacturers in the sanitary industry, GROHE switched to CO2- neutral production in April 2020. Since July 2019, GROHE has been using green electricity at all five LIXIL EMENA production sites, which produce exclusively for the global brand, and in the German logistics centres.

      In addition, the brand is also investing in solar technology, combined heat and power plants and innovative, manufacturing processes such as 3D metal-printing that conserve materials to ensure a value chain that conserves resources.

      In order to offset CO2 emissions that could not be reduced in the past, GROHE is also supporting two compensation projects. However, the brand’s commitment does not stop there: By 2021, GROHE wants to make its sales offices climate-neutral and increase its energy efficiency by its own means in order to reduce the share of compensation.

      Since 2018, GROHE has also been actively engaged in avoiding plastic with its “Less Plastic Initiative” which aims to replace plastic packaging with more sustainable alternatives. This initiative has to date already saved around 10 million items of product packaging made of plastic. By 2021, this figure is to be increased significantly to up to 35 million.

      For GROHE, sustainability is an integral part of its corporate strategy alongside quality, technology and design and it is therefore deeply rooted in the brand’s DNA. GROHE sees itself on a continuous journey in terms of its sustainability initiatives – looking to the future, but also motivated by the numerous successes in recent years. In addition to repeated top rankings in the German Sustainability Award, the sanitaryware brand was awarded the CSR prize of the German Federal Government in 2017 whilst GROHE CEO Thomas Fuhr was also honoured with the B.A.U.M. Environmental and Sustainability Award by the B.A.U.M. corporate network in September 2019.

      GROHE 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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      Product watch: Overclay tiles by Casa Ceramica

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      Product watch: Overclay tiles by Casa Ceramica

      The inspiration for the Overclay tile series by Casa Ceramica comes from the earth, the authentic material par excellence and from the architectural marvels of the past…

      From the ziggurats of Mesopotamia to the terracotta army of Xi’an: raw clay is the oldest and most alluring construction material, found again today in both ambitious and innovative architectural projects.

      The enveloping dusky colours of the desert and the charm of the Mediterranean kasbahs provide the inspiration for Overclay by Casa Ceramica, a series of porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiles, with an authentic yet sophisticated flavour. Making this collection perfect for bringing character to both indoor and outdoor residential and commercial settings.

      This collection of floor and wall tiles, is available in seven colours, all of which are inspired by the authenticity of earth and the heat of the desert. Among the nuances selected are Rose and Cotto, two incredibly expressive, on-trend accents. Paired with these are five more muted tones off; Ecru, White, Grey, Taupe and Dark.

      The decorative study underlines the sophisticated character of the series through Petra, innovative shades of colour with graceful, material waves. Available in both cool and warm versions, in the 60x120cm and 30x120cm sizes, these shaded surfaces are perfect for bringing an engaging touch to any interior. These innovative and fascinating decorations are available in the of 60x120cm and are suitable even for floor installation.

      Casa Ceramica 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: Sphero urinal range by Armitage Shanks

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      Product watch: Sphero urinal range by Armitage Shanks

      Armitage Shanks, the expert provider of commercial washroom solutions, has launched Sphero, its new collection of intelligent urinals…

      The elegant and comprehensive Sphero range by Armitage Shanks has been designed with features which allow for greater levels of cleanliness, easier installation and maintenance, as well as water saving benefits for all commercial spaces.

      The bathroom brand worked with design studio, Studio Levien, to create the innovative Sphero collection which incorporates unique features to meet the current and future needs of installers and their customers. The range comprises three different sized urinals, Mini, Midi and Maxi with multiple installation options, all of which complement the modern washroom. The electronic Maxi e-hybrid model has built in smart technology (mains supply), which detects levels of salinity, optimising the urinal’s water usage by adjusting flushing according to usage patterns. Another key feature of the electronic models is the innovative spreader light which senses blockages and other maintenance issues.

      Sphero’s unique circular, concave shape has been designed to minimise splashing while also improving the cleanliness, durability and efficiency of the urinals. The new rimless design adheres to contemporary trends, as well as helping to retain liquids within the bowl, aiding hygiene and cleaning regimes.

      The Sphero Maxi model comes with an installation template with an incorporated rubber seal which eliminates the need to use sealant when fitting the product. The template includes a levelling slot, pre-holes and markings for ease of installation. The model also has an innovative, patented hinged maintenance bracket so installers can easily access the inner workings of the urinal.

      Easy to specify, the Sphero range comes with all the key components expected from a urinal, under one product code. Its pioneering spreader nozzle delivers a hygienic flush which covers most of the urinal bowl. The top fixed waste feature allows for quick and easy access when using the supplied service key, making for effortless on-wall maintenance.

      Tony Rheinberg, Senior Sector Marketing Manager, Armitage Shanks commented: “We believe in designing for people, but also innovating for the planet. This was the thinking behind our easy to install Sphero offering, which brings hygiene, user comfort and easy maintenance together thanks to intelligent designs and smart technology. Design and performance often seem incompatible, but this new collection features stylish aesthetics allowing for greater levels of cleanliness, and water saving capabilities. Water is our most precious resource and our next generation of products will help address the growing global challenge of climate change.”

      Ideal Standard is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with supplier 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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      Industry insight: a special sleep experience during Covid

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      Industry insight: a special sleep experience during Covid

      Chris Ward, Group Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds, looks at how in addition to having Covid-compliant practices, hotels can offer a more discernible experience to guests by providing premium experiences that have sustainability at their heart…

      As most people in the UK and around the world are remaining at, or closer to home in ‘the new norm’, how can hospitality businesses continue to attract guests and encourage them to return?

      Accommodation providers have always sought to deliver the right experience to guests. Even now in the midst of the Covid pandemic, this hasn’t changed. So, although it is imperative to make every operational aspect Covid-compliant, guests still want to experience all the perks that make their stay special and memorable. This of course includes a comfortable, beautiful and sustainably-made bed that will provide the best possible night’s sleep.

      Instill confidence

      The need to ensure the highest levels of hygiene has meant that hoteliers have had to rework all communal areas to enable social distancing. From lifts to lobbies and restrooms to restaurants, place markers, reduced touchpoints, hand sanitising stations and more frequent cleaning regimes are all becoming common sights. Changes to how services are delivered to and inside guest bedrooms are also in the frame too, including the provision of a clean and hygienic – yet comfortable and durable – bed. Indeed, the bed is the foundation to the perfect sleep environment, so bed and mattress hygiene needs to be prioritised without compromising on the touch of luxury and comfort that discerning guests will expect.

      This is why hoteliers should use fine-quality beds and mattresses that have in-built anti-bacterial, anti-allergy and anti-bed bug treatment in the fabric of all its sleeping surfaces. All durable and supremely comfortable Hypnos Contract Beds come with these features so that guests can feel reassured that they will have a healthy, restful and luxurious stay – thereby helping hoteliers to secure all important positive reviews and repeat visitors.

      Image credit: Monet Garden Hotel

      The green touch

      Before Covid emerged, having sustainability credentials was already a key requirement for any reputable organisation to meet and satisfy increasing consumer expectations for a more ethical lifestyle. The hospitality industry is no exception, and hotels wishing to attract discerning guests have been continually looking for ways to operate more sustainably. Whether it’s eliminating single-use plastics or reducing their carbon footprint, the drive to become more environmentally-friendly could be seen in well-known chains as well as smaller boutique operators.

      Although companies are now needing to balance environmental goals with survival, it doesn’t mean that hoteliers should abandon the ‘green’ agenda altogether, especially if the retention of sustainable practices enables them to offer customers the hospitality experience they are looking for. In fact, those who don’t continue to assess how they can lower the impact of their operations on our planet could simply lose guests who feel they have failed to meet their high environmental standards.

      It’s one of the reasons why Hypnos prides itself on creating comfort with integrity.  All our beds focus on low-carbon sustainable designs, meaning our mattresses and beds are recyclable and need never go to landfill.

      Working together

      The current pandemic has brought into focus the fact that ‘we’re all in this together’. This way of thinking can also be applied to help accommodation providers to deliver sustainable services to guests. By working together with suppliers, they can ensure that not only are they doing the utmost to operate sustainably on their own premises, but that the products and services supplied to them truly support their efforts to meet environmental goals.

      As a family-run British business, Hypnos works closely with its hospitality partners of all sizes across the world to provide beds that have been made adhering to the very highest environmental and ethical standards. Only natural, sustainable fibres are used in all of its mattresses, with no nasty chemical-based foams, making them recyclable at the end of their life and boosting the circular economy. These kind of sustainable sleep solutions allow Hypnos’ hospitality partners to bolster their own green credentials which are vitally important to modern, discerning guests.

      All over the world, hospitality accommodation providers are facing the prospect of operating in a brand new way for the short and medium term at least. As the sector looks at adjusting to a new type of ‘normal’, there’s no doubt that building confidence and trust for guests will be of paramount importance. By providing a safe, comfortable and sustainable night’s sleep, hospitality businesses can go a long way to ensuring a safe and rich guest experience and meeting their expectations.

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

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      Product watch: Carioca by Granote brings colourful new meaning to walls

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      Product watch: Carioca by Granote brings colourful new meaning to walls

      Designed by famed Italian interior designer Marco Carini to bring a colourful new meaning to walls, Carioca is a striking cork tile concept from Granorte

      Offering two extra-large formats (900 x 150mm and 900 x 300mm), Carioca is a range of bold colour infused cork tiles that can be mixed at will for a strikingly different wall. Each tile is made in Portugal using cork from the country’s carefully protect forests and which is already recycled from waste of the wine stopper industry.

      Available in 15 shades from Bluemoon and Dove Blue through Forest, Terracotta and Safrron to Purple, Blush and Pearl; Carioca also comes in eight multi-colour designs of complementing hues coordinated to the monochrome options. Each tile features a machined edge to give a pronounced, thick join that reveals the almost-black cork base layer, adding depth and making the wall even more captivating.

      Bringing a modern graphical edge to cork’s timeless natural aesthetic, Carioca expresses the liveliness and energy of cork as a contemporary surface material. FSC-certified, the tile uses cork’s inherent sound absorption and thermal regulation benefits to improve acoustics and energy performance. A water-based Aquadur® matt finish fights off marks and makes maintenance easy, ensuring that despite it light weight, Carioca has the performance needed for today’s commercial interiors.

      Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte, says, “Carioca’s beauty is in its fusion of modern graphic design and natural material to provide a more sustainable alternative to man-made surfaces. Marco’s clever use of bold colour and strong graphic lines on top of cork’s individual and intrinsic beauty, produces a powerful aesthetic that’s hard to ignore.”

      Natural, renewable, recyclable, bio-degradable, PVC-free, lightweight, high-performance and strikingly good to look at, Carioca is another example of Granorte pushing the boundaries of possibilities with cork.

      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

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      Bathroom goals: when sustainability meets design

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      Bathroom goals: when sustainability meets design

      Leading Austrian Architectural firm STEINBAUER architektur+design used natural materials to design a family home, and specified Kaldewei products to create a bathing experience unlike any other…

      Sustainability meets design in Austria’s Winzendorf-Muthmannsdorf municipality. Surrounded by grapevines, and set on a sloping plot of around 1,600 square metres, is a detached house in harmony with nature. The distinctive and nature-loving architecture is in evidence outside, in the form of the charred larch cladding used on the façade. The client requested elegance and eco-conscious design everywhere, including the bathroom.

      Image credit: Kaldewei

      Sustainable building methods are demonstrated throughout the light-filled, open-plan house all the way through to the bathroom: this is where, in keeping with the overall eco-friendly concept; architect Oliver Steinbauer, owner of the firm STEINBAUER architektur+design, in Vienna’s Neustadt, installed a Kaldewei Conoduo bathtub, made from sustainable steel enamel. Thanks to its natural raw materials, steel enamel is 100 per cent recyclable and exceptionally long-lasting.

      The lower levels inside the new-build family home are dominated by sandblasted concrete ceilings, steel, exposed screed and large windows. The private rooms feature white Corian, naturally oiled oak and discreet east-facing light slits. All of the built-in furnishings have been crafted from brushed wild oak, these are combined with individual pieces made of Engelsberg marble from the nearby quarry. The wine-cellar is another design highlight, sunk deep into the earth for optimum temperature control.

      “Because the plot is a vineyard that has been family-owned for generations, creating a building that was timeless and in harmony with nature was paramount right from the start,” says architect Oliver Steinbauer.

       

      The bathroom is located on a mezzanine floor. At its heart is the sunken Conoduo bathtub from Kaldewei which has a framed view towards the Engelsberg mountain to the northwest. Here too, the focus on eco-friendly building methods is evident from the material used for the bathtub. The Conoduo is made of Kaldewei steel enamel, an exquisite symbiosis of steel and glass. Steel enamel is manufactured by Kaldewei from natural raw materials. At the end of its useful life it can be fully recycled. The glazed surface of the bathtub is extremely robust, hygienic and easy to clean. Kaldewei backs up its exceptional longevity with a 30-year guarantee. “The steel enamel bathtub goes perfectly with the open but varied spatial layout and the property’s reduced natural materiality,” added Steinbauer.

      The design of the bathtub fits seamlessly into this home. Conoduo’s hallmarks are its minimalist design and timeless elegance – rounded off by a flat waste outlet and a discreet overflow, both enamelled in the same colour as the bathtub. This allows the bathtub, in keeping with the property overall, to meet the highest standards of design and aesthetic. The home’s owners can thus enjoy a relaxing bath while feeling that they are sitting in the middle of a wine terrace. This superbly soothing setting make this the perfect spot for them to savour a fine wine made from their own grapes.

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

      Main image credit: Kaldewei

      1 in 3 Brits want to replace shower with modern system, survey reveals

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      1 in 3 Brits want to replace shower with modern system, survey reveals

      A survey carried out by GROHE has revealed British showering behaviours and consumer attitudes towards their bathroom…

      As indicated in the debut broadcast of Hotel Designs LIVE, bathroom and wellness demands have shifted as we look ahead towards a post-pandemic world.

      The demands on bathroom design have risen significantly, with the shower gaining a lot more attention, being preferred over bathing by 64 per cent of UK participants surveyed in a recent study by global market research institute, Explorare, commissioned by GROHE.

      As many as 43 per cent are now viewing the bathroom as an indulgent space for wellness and relaxation with 48 per cent using the shower to help them relax, the survey found.

      Whatever our reasons for showering; whether it’s an invigorating way to start the day, a quick freshen up after working out or for pure relaxation, our needs vastly differ from person to person and even day by day, and showers need to be able to meet this demand.

      Alongside flexibility in design and functionality, the survey results revealed that safety and sustainability are two key factors consumers take into consideration when it comes to showering. 78 per cent said that having a shower surface that doesn’t get hot whilst they’re showering was a priority and similarly, 61 per cent deemed a thermostat that can balance out fluctuations in temperature an important factor in their shower’s performance. Meanwhile, around half (51 per cent) of Britons are actively trying to save water with 54 per cent seeking additional sustainable functions from their shower to help them live more eco-consciously in their day-to- day lives.

      The combined results of the study provide in-depth insights into consumer behaviour around showering and help bring to light some key customer profiles:

      • The “Hygiene Pragmatist”, who showers after exercise like 55 per cent of those surveyed, does not spend much time in the bathroom and favours a practical shower system that keeps water consumption to a minimum.
      • The “Wellness Lover”, who is looking for intelligent shower systems with lots of innovative features for a truly luxurious water experience
      • The “Freshness Enthusiast”, who prefers a shower system with comfortable user-centric features and high design standards.

      The bathroom is no longer a purely functional room used exclusively for personal hygiene. Expectations have risen considerably which has been accompanied by the increasing complexity of bathroom design and furnishing.

      Retailers, designers and installers can really build an understanding of their customer’s needs by exploring individual customer behaviour and combining this with their product and industry knowledge to make informed, relevant recommendations. At a time when 40 per cent of us are using the bathroom for some much-needed space and me-time, conveying the emotional added value of a product can create plenty of upsell opportunities, and ultimately result in a higher level of positive customer satisfaction.

      GROHE 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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      Product watch: wall hanging mirrors, made in London

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      Product watch: wall hanging mirrors, made in London

      Alguacil & Perkoff was created with the aim to help create distinctive, beautiful and harmonious interiors through the design and careful selection of original and exquisite collections of mirrors.

      The importance of mirrors in hospitality is undeniable in a great number of ways. Obviously crucial in every room and bathroom for use by guests, they are also extremely valuable elements for the design of all spaces in the building. Equally important is the selection of the right partner to create and supply those mirrors.

      Mirrors not only bring light into a room and a greater sense of space, but they also provide designers with a wide range of unique and original decorative options to create beautiful feature points that reflect, complement or enhance the interior design.

      Mirrors used as unique feature points have a great aesthetic impact and require unique and at times minimalist or very dramatic designs, always with impeccable finishes.

      Although their design is important in their selection, mirrors in guest rooms and bathrooms often fulfil more practical requirements and are often required in larger volumes.

      Whichever the case may be, there are three key qualities that the supplier of such mirrors needs to possess:

      • Original designs and complete flexibility to customise them
      • High Quality with an understanding of budget constraints
      • Reliability and remarkable customer service

      Alguacil & Perkoff was created by founding directors Jose Luis Alguacil Rodriguez and Serge Perkoff with the aim to help create distinctive, beautiful and harmonious interiors through the design and careful selection of original and exquisite collections of mirrors.

      The team design and manufacture in London, UK . They have developed their own collections of modern and high quality hand-crafted wall hanging mirrors that proved rapid successes. Offering a variety of traditional or more modern shapes, their mirrors are either frameless or elegantly embellished with brass, copper, stainless steel or powder coated frames.

      Each mirror is fully customisable, including size, mirror tint, frame style / finish / colour, and backing material. They also create and/or fabricate bespoke mirrors on demand.

      Perkoff says: “We founded our workshop with an appetite for design, creativity and hand-crafting. We were not driven by trends but followed our instincts to create often minimalist, but always high quality, elegant and beautiful mirrors.

      Moving to source our components locally not only gave us complete control over quality and flexibility in design, but also allowed us to customise each and every one of our mirrors still maintaining reasonable delivery times and without ramping up costs or compromising quality.”

      Alguacil & Perkoff is building trust every day among the design community, placing a strong emphasis on reliability and customer service. They are today working on a daily basis with interior designers, architects or individuals who are seeking to acquire hand-crafted mirrors that fulfil their specific requirements to make their interiors more unique.

      Alguacil says: “Although attention to details is paramount to our work, our designs do possess a hand-crafted feel to them which is a signature of our work and our quality, and that makes each mirror unique. We have kept true to our original intentions and stayed away from finishes that make a mirror look like it has been mass-produced.

      We however love our work with designers, and do adapt and listen to the needs of our customers. It has lead for example to the development of a highly successful collection of ceiling suspended mirrors. Each is custom made and possesses a high quality finish both at the front and at the back of the mirror. Those can also be double sided if required.”

      Alguacil & Perkoff mirrors are safely shipped worldwide on a daily basis. They are today a reliable supplier of mirrors for all hospitality projects, with the capacity to supply large volume pieces from existing collections, or fully customised creations for more unique designs.

      Alguacil & Perkoff 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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      Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene

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      Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene

      For commercial interiors, the Covid-19 pandemic will leave a lasting legacy in the demand for surface finishes that can contribute to improved hygiene, says UNILIN

      More often only thought about in sensitive environments, hygiene has quickly become a factor in the specification of materials where before it wasn’t considered a concern. Now everywhere demands surfaces that can fight off bacteria or that are easy to disinfect.

      Fortunately, the need for a hygiene friendly finish doesn’t mean that interior projects have to compromise on design, at least not when it comes to laminated boards and HPL materials from UNILIN panels. These surfaces can be cleaned several times a day by 70 per cent alcohol solutions without fear of damage, helping in the ongoing maintenance and daily hygiene of commercial environments.

      In everywhere from schools and shops to offices and hotels and on everything from desks, tables and walls to doors and cupboards; UNILIN panels can provide a hygienic surface without sacrificing aesthetic integrity. With the UNILIN Evola collection, specifiers can bring the feel and look of natural materials, brushed metals and terrazzo, explore the crisp ‘clean’ colours of pure white and bright fresh green, or embrace the soft-touch effect of Super Matt Black; creating surfaces that are at once beautiful and hygienic. With more than 190 options, there’s really no limit to creativity.

      Bringing perfection in the details, UNILIN develops its surfaces in-house, experimenting with the depth of emboss and level of gloss to develop harmonious and lifelike designs, all without affecting the surface’s ability to be cleaned. So, whether creating a natural ambience for hotel guest rooms or a bold, graphic design for corporate offices; designers can offer customers universally simple maintenance in a finish designed to cope with busy commercial spaces.

      Jurgen Plas, marketing manager, UNILIN panels, says: “Undoubtedly, Covid-19 has accelerated change in commercial environments, not only in terms of how we use and engage with the space, but also in what that particular environment demands from its finishes. It’s been a dramatic and rapid shift, yet one that is set to last and we’re ready to rise to the challenge of hygiene with our melamine faced panels, HPL and innovative Clicwall system.”

      UNILIN 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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      Bette shortlisted in SBID Product Design Awards 2020

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      Bette shortlisted in SBID Product Design Awards 2020

      Bette has been shortlisted in the SBID (Society of British and International Interior Design) Product Design Awards 2020…

      The company’s new freestanding, circular, glazed titanium-steel bath, the BettePond Silhouette, has been shortlisted in the ‘Sanitaryware’ category.

      Considered one of the most prestigious accolades in interior design, success in SBID’s awards programme is achieved purely for design, innovation and functionality of the entries, with finalists demonstrating the highest standards of design excellence for interior products.

      Each entry undergoes a two-tier judging process, with leading industry professionals evaluating the entries, followed by a public vote, that makes up 30 per cent of the results. Bette’s BettePond Silhouette was shortlisted by this year’s jury for both its technical standards and creative delivery.

      Bette is now encouraging votes in the final stage at www.sbidawards.com with voting closing on Wednesday September 30 at 5pm.

      You can find out more and vote here.

      The winning entry in each category will be announced on Friday October 23.

      Bette 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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      Product watch: Bow from CTD Architectural Tiles

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      Product watch: Bow from CTD Architectural Tiles

      Inspired by the typical roofs found in Mediterranean cities, BOW by CTD Architectural Tiles is a collection of large curved tiles in a range of on-trend colourways…

      Measuring at 150 x 450mm, the BOW collection by CTD Architectural Tiles stands out for its relief pattern and characteristic volume, offering a modern new take on traditional roof tile design to create standout feature walls in residential, commercial and hospitality spaces.

      Ideal for adding depth and interest to walls, the curved tiles reflect light and shade in a distinctive manner. Available in five glossy colourways from crimson red to minty green, and a matte finish Clay colour, the BOW range provides designers, specifiers and architects with a versatile tiling solution ideal for projects of all styles and sizes.

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

      Main image credit: CTD Architectural Tiles

      Lighting product watch: Eltham Collection by Vaughan

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      Lighting product watch: Eltham Collection by Vaughan

      Vaughan has launched Eltham Collection, a selection of products, based on early 20th Century design…

      Featuring four new table lamps, and five pieces of faux shagreen furniture, Eltham Collection continues Vaughan’s longstanding theme of creating products rooted in antiques, but then given a contemporary flair.

      Lucy Vaughan, chairman and co-founder of Vaughan Designs, recalls how the collection came into existence: “From admiring my grandmother’s monogrammed boxes, to professionally taking an interest in my time as an antique dealer, shagreen has a particularly special place in my heart. Paired with the lights, it encapsulates all that I love about early 20th century design, with its emphasis on simplicity, purity of line and subtlety of form.”

      The Eltham Collection includes :-

      Hudson Table Lamp

      A contemporary shape, reminiscent of American skyscrapers, this table lamp has an appealing crisp line to it. The decorative applied lines on the sides add a more ‘statement’ feel to the piece. The monumentality and decoration have an affinity to Axumite obelisks from 4th Century Ethiopia.

      Wyndham Table Lamp

      Based on an early 20th Century original, this vase is decorated with flowing swirl motifs to give it a wonderful textured feel. The non-uniform color adds a Modernist element to the aesthetic.

      Shoreham Table Lamp

      Based on an antique original, this playful design takes its inspiration from the work of the mid-20th Century. Its bright pop of color makes it a wonderful, statement piece.

      Fairmont Table

      A neat and satisfying design, this side table has a classic hexagonal shape to it, which is given a contemporary twist thanks to the addition of faux shagreen.

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

      Main image credit: Vaughan

      Parkside collaborates with brassware brand Rutland

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      Parkside collaborates with brassware brand Rutland

      Working to inspire interior designers with combinations of classic brassware and contemporary tile designs, Parkside and Rutland London have released a capsule photography series…

      The Parkside x Rutland London collaboration has brought together the two companies for a series of photographs showing off the latest ceramic tiles and brassware. With Parkside sourcing tiles from the world’s best manufacturers and Rutland London manufacturing its luxury brassware in Hampshire, the project demonstrates the ability of global and local design influences to work in unison.

      With the lavish green marble effect tiles of Pulp and the ultra-glossy green Lenton brick tiles from Parkside teamed with Rutland London’s classic brushed brass, Parkside x Rutland London Palazzo showcases a timeless look grounded in high luxury hotel interiors. For Parkside x Rutland London Elysium, the dusk of Fauve Pink, bold tropical print of Orta Flora and terrazzo-effect, high slip resistant Durali tiles are teamed with polished brassware for a look inspired by key interior trends.

      Taking Rutland London’s polished nickel finish, Parkside x Rutland London Samarkand brings fresh meaning to Mediterranean style with the backdrop of Parkside’s crackle gloss Fauve Yellow brick wall tile and Fusion Blu pastel floral pattern. In Prism, we see an ultra-modern look with Rutland London’s brassware in antique brass, paired with a striking vertical installation of Spectre in the Milk hologram and Durali terrazzo wall and floor tiles.

      Mark Williams, sales and design director, Parkside, explains the collaborative partnership: “A meeting of chance in Chelsea, where we both have showrooms, saw a conversation about bringing our complementing products together to create a series of inspirational bathroom locations. While we may have different approaches – our international sourcing of tiles and Rutland London’s made in England brassware – we share surprisingly similar end results, beautiful products at the forefront of design, and so the partnership is not as unusual as one might first think.”

      Parkside x Rutland London features some of the latest introductions from both companies in a series of bathroom looks that demonstrate depth, versatility and the appeal of enduring quality.

      “The tapware, towel rails, shower enclosures and vanity units in the collaboration represent the quality and timeless style synonymous with Rutland London,” said Rupert Harris from Rutland London. “Manufactured from solid brass with ceramic disc cartridges, our brassware is available in over 20 finishes, including variations of bronze, copper and gold. Alongside, it is WRAS approved for commercial interiors, making it a natural partner to Parkside’s architectural tiles.”

      Parkside will be presenting its latest tile additions to the London design community at Focus/20 between 14 and 18 September. Visitors to the London Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour event are invited to “The Sanctuary” a bathroom setting inspired by wellbeing and health and featuring products from Rutland London and Botanique Workshop.

      Parkside Architectural Tiles 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.

      Main image credit: Parkside Architectural Tiles

      Product watch: The Coastal Collection by Timage

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      Product watch: The Coastal Collection by Timage

      Hotel Designs takes a closer look at the the bulkhead lights in the Coastal Collection by Timage

      It may be no surprise to hear that the classic Timage range of bulkhead lights has been on the scene for decades.

      The brand has an enduring appeal and has been a dependable fitting across many markets for some 40 years. This is testament to a timeless Italian design that seems to fit in so many situations, whether indoors or outside in the worst that the sea air can throw at them. And that’s the Timage USP coming to the fore again: all our products are marine grade and have their design and engineering roots in the world of boat design.

      This is the reason for the bulkhead lights being grouped under the Coastal Collection of lights. In truth, it is many-a-year since this style of light was used on board a pleasure yacht. However, Timage saw that clients admired the aesthetics of lights made for yachts and readily appreciated the build quality, and so these lights came to be specified for non-marine applications. The nautical theme has remained a strong styling cue and hotels, restaurants, bars, homes and building approaches all seem to be adorned with these lights today.

      Whereas lights from the current Coastal Collection are still being fitted to cruise liners and even navy vessels where no compromise is tolerated, the brand has developed newer generations of lights for yachts. These new lights use the absolute latest engineering for peak LED performance and efficient low voltage battery power: essential criteria for the modern superyachts and workboats that we furnish on a daily basis. These, of course, are again highly suitable for low voltage installations on land-based projects or for recreational vehicles and motor homes.

      The bulkhead lights have not been forgotten in this ongoing development exercise. New shapes of lamp body and lenses are available. The classic look has carried the nautical theme of lens protection bars, showing an industrial style. This of course still makes sense for both resistance to knocks and for the aesthetic appeal. We now have what is regarded as a more contemporary style where the lens is more open without shielding the bulb. They give perhaps a cleaner look and can be mixed more freely with spotlights or other modern complimentary lights we offer. It is now an even wider range to satisfy the customer.

      The bulkhead lights are typically available in a choice of finishes and electrical specification. Normal options include conventional screw light bulb holders or LED modules. By choosing whether to have a clear or frosted lens, the look can further be varied by the type of feature light bulb you may prefer. The bodies of these lamps are mostly made from high pressure die-cast brass and their substantial weight is certainly one of their appeals. There is nothing flimsy about the construction of these lamps and that is what brings such longevity. In choosing the brass finish you equally have the opportunity to enjoy the patina and character that can develop over years of continued use. It is a chance to see the age develop within the environment, tempered by your desire to polish and restore the finish. For a brighter more stable look, the chrome plating option will fix the shine. Certain models are available in a wider choice of aluminium, bronze or nickel and note that for special orders, we can do custom plating for other finishes such as antiqued bronze or brushed brass.

      Timage 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: N.A.P (Neuron Activation Pod) by WellTek

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      Product watch: N.A.P (Neuron Activation Pod) by WellTek

      WellTek, the leading London-based furniture company, has introduced N.A.P (Neuron Activation Pod) to the UK from Lo0ok Industries, a ground-breaking Finnish technology company…

      The N.A.P pod uses Neurosonic technology to increase the user’s wellbeing by helping to improve sleep quality, reduce migraine problems, relieve stress and many more ailments both physical and mental.

      N.A.P is not simply a silent capsule or traditional nap pod. The science behind this pod affects human natural relaxation and recovery mechanisms. The N.A.P technology guides the human body and mind mechanically to a meditation-like state that minimises and prevents stress-related symptoms. Sleep mechanisms are restored, and at the same time, many other stress triggers in the body and mind are corrected.

      The Neurosonic technology is based on sensory tissue stimulation, built-in elements transmit a very low-frequency (20-100 Hz) sinusoidal vibration, which is targeted simultaneously to the whole body. As a natural mechanism, vibration affects your body calmly via the autonomic nervous system and the mind. The treatment brings a new dimension to fixing stress-based symptoms and is used to enhance quality of sleep, to ease stress, muscle tensions and swelling. It activates metabolism and assists in both physical and mental recovery.

      Marco Kärkkäinen – Neurosonic Founder, Psychotherapist explains: “What does a zebra do when it has managed to escape the lion? It shakes itself. The purpose of this natural mechanism is to calm and relieve the stress reaction. Neurosonic produces this same natural effect – and thus takes relaxation and recovery to a completely new level.”

      There are four key effects on the human body and mind, all linked to the influence the technology has on the Autonomic Nervous System, i.e the part of the nervous system responsible for control of bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, heartbeat and digestive processes.

      Sleep Quality: N.A.P has a calming effect on the human body. The production of stress hormones is reduced and sleep mechanisms are restored. You calm down and fall asleep more easily. Nightly awakening decreases, and sleep becomes more restful and effective. 

      Pain Alleviation:  The neural network calms down, lymphatic circulation becomes more active and pain alleviates. Your body feels more relaxed and sleep mechanisms return to a more normal state, which causes many other things in the body and mind to be corrected.

      Stress Relieving:  Positive changes take place in the neurotransmitter action and the neural pathways in the alarm state calm down. Stressed people are able to fall asleep more easily and at night, the wake-ups that are being monitored are reduced or completely gone.

      Recovery:  Neurosonic relaxes your body effectively, by balancing the autonomic nervous system. At the same time, muscle circulation and metabolic restoration are restored at a faster pace. On average people report a 50 per cent reduction in recovery time from a strenuous run, work out etc.

      Neil Jenkins, Managing Director of Office Blueprint says: “Our product portfolio is committed to supporting healthy and stress-free office environments and N.A.P is an inspiring addition. When your mind is full, it is difficult to find the mental capacity to help relieve the stress from hectic lifestyles. A research based proven and safe treatment with no side effects, N.A.P is a truly remarkable product with transformative effects that will help employee wellbeing whether mental or physical”.

      WellTek 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: The Arena Collection by Crosswater

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      Product watch: The Arena Collection by Crosswater

      The Arena Collection by Crosswater has been specifically developed to complement the most popular elements of modern bathroom design…

      Crosswater’s Arena Collection uses state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and the essential characteristics of traditional Scandinavian design.

      It excels in both form and function with a focus on slender space-saving proportions, ample storage and clean simple lines. From the beech wood effect of Modern Oak to the sleek finish of Pure White Gloss, the new 500, 600, 800 and 1000mm console units added to the Arena range will sit cohesively within bathrooms of all styles.

      Steel

      Embracing a subtle brushed texture with a linear grain, the Steel finish provides a modern twist on a natural finish. The blend of silver, grey and white gives a unique look, completed with an easy-clean anthracite finish drawer box. For a striking twist, pair the Steel designs with brushed brass detailing, wood accents and hints of greenery for a beautifully tied together scheme.

      Modern oak

      The wood-like finish of Modern Oak creates a warm and inviting aesthetic. Each piece features authentic elements including knots, inclusions and chalky-limed accents, with matching edging and a birchwood drawer set to finish. Modern Oak pairs effortlessly with Scandinavian influences, herringbone style backdrops and soft grey colour palettes – delivering a scheme that exudes charm and sophistication.

      Pure white gloss

      Take white bathrooms to a new level with the Pure White Gloss finish. Sleek and impactful, this classic colour reflects and maximises natural light into the bathroom. It has also been finished with an additional UV coating technology – meaning the surfaces will remain more resistant to scratches, heat, impact and yellowing, retaining the beautiful finish for longer. Complete the look with wicker accents, greenery and a soft tonal colour palette for an ultra modern interior.

      Portland grey matt

      Silky smooth, the Arena Matt Grey finish is the perfect option for family bathrooms. Thanks to its anti-fingerprint properties and scratch and impact resistance, it makes for a truly stylish yet practical choice. Portland is a medium, cool grey and its simple internal accents act as the perfect match for any colour brassware, handle or accessory. The furniture comes complete with a long-lasting and easy-to-clean textured anthracite melamine drawer box for added appeal.

      Combining form and functionality, each piece across the Arena Furniture collection is designed to look beautiful and be as efficient as possible in today’s contemporary bathroom.

      Crosswater 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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      Product watch: Facet lighting by Studio Waldemeyer

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      Product watch: Facet lighting by Studio Waldemeyer

      Hotel Designs learns how lighting designer Moritz Waldemeyer bent glass to its will in order to create FACET…

      In all its beauty and variety, glass is essentially an amorphous material with no regular crystalline structure.

      Yet through a design vision and mastery in glassmaking craft, the material can come to mimic its opposite, creating highly organised and consistent structures.

      As if trying to systematise the chandelier-making tradition, Moritz took the geometrical shape of the Classic chandelier outline and turned it into a diamond-like hexagonal glass building block. On its own, with just single pendant, or in combination of multiple items into a large chandelier, the FACET modules stand out as clear, disciplined and geometrical.

      The light source included inside every block allows the FACET system to be universal and almost unlimitedly extendable.

      Moritz Waldemeyer is an internationally renowned London based designer who’s work occupies a diverse range of creative spaces. 2004 saw his debut into the design world with an interactive chandelier for Swarovski. With a forward thinking approach and a philosophy of playful experimentation Studio Moritz Waldemeyer is forging links between technology, art, fashion and design.

      Led by Waldemeyer, the studio has taken on projects for Audi, Intercontinental Hotels, Rinacente and Wallpaper Magazines 2014 Handmade issue. Studio Moritz Waldemeyer has also created bespoke light studded costumes for Will.I.AM, Rihanna, Take That and the 2012 London Olympics handover Ceremony performers. Under Moritz’s direction the studio strive to create innovative concepts incorporating his signature aesthetic into each piece.

      Studio Waldemeyer 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: Maria Teresa chandelier by Masiero

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      Product watch: Maria Teresa chandelier by Masiero

      The Maria Teresa chandelier by Masiero is an iconic product that comes from Venice’s historical tradition and each piece is characterised by uniquely shaped crystal glass pendants…

      The precious classical style of the Maria Teresa chandelier maintains its original, iconic look but adopts a new personality thanks to the fascinating creativity of colour and a varied range of lighting effects achieved by the latest control systems.

      Image credit: Masiero

      Each Masiero’s Maria Teresa is available in three different lighting technology: the classic, the Dynamic White LED that allows you to customise light temperature and the RGB_W Led that allows you to transform light in colours.

      In Touquet Paris la plage, for its renovation, the Grand Hôtel Le Touquet specified the brand’s red Maria Teresa chandelier, made with Murano glass, as the decorative fulcrum of its atrium.
      More recently, the bar of the Hotel, “Le Menko”, has been adorned with 10 black Maria Teresa chandeliers that gently illuminate the room and reinforce the Gatsby / art deco style of this new space.

      Masiero 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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      TRENDING // bathroom tap trends emerging in 2020

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      TRENDING // bathroom tap trends emerging in 2020

      According to UK Bathrooms, taps in a range of metallics and subtle brushed finishes are trending in the bathroom for 2020 and beyond…

      Gone are the days when your choice of tap colour was high shine chrome or high shine chrome.

      Taps with matt or brushed finishes are flooding into the most contemporary bathrooms in a varied palette of muted metallics and monochromes, transforming pieces of brassware into elegant design statements.

      “A wide range of tap finishes are emerging as part of the trend for statement bathrooms.” – Graeme Borchard, Managing Director, UK Bathrooms.

      Metallic finishes in gleaming hues ranging from copper to bronze have moved into the bathroom over the recent years, as brassware became more experimental – and #bathroomselfie started trending on Instagram. Now it’s the turn of subtler, more gentle shades, as brushed and matt finishes are launched across taps of every tone. “A wide range of tap finishes are emerging as part of the trend for statement bathrooms,” explains Graeme Borchard, MD at UK Bathrooms. “There’s a real desire for spaces which are bold and luxurious, but also unique and personal.”

      Adding a tap – or other brassware – with a brushed, matt or textured finish to the bathroom instantly creates a sophisticated, tranquil feel, thanks to their delicate and understated nature. Due to the wide variety of shades which have recently become available, there’s now a tone to harmonise with every bathroom scheme. Brushed nickel, for example, is a mellow version of classic chrome, the soft silvery colour working beautifully with bathrooms in cool, watery hues that have blue, green, turquoise or white bases. For bathrooms decorated with warmer colours like pink, coral or yellow, muted brass and bronzes will blend in with the dusky, sunset feel of the space.

      As well as their chic appearance, taps lacking the traditional high shine have practical benefits too, accumulating fewer watermarks and finger prints, and requiring minimal polishing, so are joyfully low maintenance.

      Want to make more of a statement? Matt black and white taps have also taken hold of 2020, the striking shades packing more of a punch than brushed metallic tones, but with a minimal texture that doesn’t reflect light at all.

      Matt monochromes work in any bathroom setting. A matt black tap absorbs light, forming a shadowy silhouette against the surface behind it – team it with matching brassware to create a pared-back take on the industrial, New York loft-style bathroom trend. Matt white taps speak of elegance and crispness, a point of difference against other glossy white ceramics in the room, while also working alongside them. Against surface materials like marble or tiles, white taps let the walls take centre stage, while black taps add a shapely focal point.

      Matt textures work best on taps which have simple, modern shapes, so the material is emphasised and can be fully appreciated; a bevy of new releases from key bathroom brands combine brushed or matt finishes with clean, contemporary styling.

      Taking influence from modern architecture, hansgrohe has added Matt White and Matt Black to its FinishPlus range, which also includes Brushed Bronze and Brushed Black Chrome, and can be applied across the sleek Metropol and Talis E ranges. Crosswater’s MPRO collection is also all about minimal shine finishes, its basin taps – as well as other coordinating showers, valves and accessories – can be coated in Matt Black, Matt White and Brushed Stainless Steel or Brass. Colour Your Bathroom by Abacus has the option to apply on trend Matt Black, Brushed Bronze and Brushed Nickel across its entire collection of taps and more, while VitrA’s angular Origin range carries Matt Black and Brushed Nickle on more than 150 products.

      Finding a tap with a finish that will complement but not overpower your bathroom has never been easier – choose a single piece for a sculptural statement or use textured metal across the entire space to fully embrace this year’s hottest bathroom trend.

      UK Bathrooms 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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      Siminetti shortlisted for SBID Product Design Awards 2020

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      Siminetti shortlisted for SBID Product Design Awards 2020

      Surface brand Siminetti is among the impressive global design talent to have become a finalist in the SBID Product Design Awards 2020, for its entry into the Surfaces and Finishes category…

      Luxury surface brand Siminetti has been shortlisted for the SBID Product Design Awards 2020 in the Surfaces & Finishes category.

      Respected by the industry at large, success in SBID’s GOLD-rated awards programme is achieved purely for design, innovation and functionality of the entries. The finalists in each category therefore demonstrate the highest standards of design excellence for interior products within their field, spanning the commercial and residential design sectors.

      Consistent in its quest to recognise, reward and celebrate global interior design, this year’s SBID Awards has been the most globally represented edition to date; receiving entries from 49 countries around the world.

      Each entry undergoes an exhaustive two-tier judging process, where leading industry professionals evaluate essential elements such as compliance with the brief, budget, health & safety and fit-for-purpose design. Siminetti‘s product “Golden Pearl Drop” was shortlisted by this year’s revered international jury for both its technical standards and creative delivery.

      The Judges decisions are finalised by the third and final stage of judging, where the public are invited to vote for their favourite projects at www.sbidawards.com. Accounting for an influential 30 per cent of the results, the public and ultimate end-users of design have the final say in which products have what it takes to take home a prestigious SBID Award. With previous years seeing an astounding 225,000 unique voters, the voting will close on September 30 at 5pm (BST).

      You can show your support and vote for Siminetti‘s project by visiting the website.

      The Surfaces & Finishes category is for architectural and interior surfaces and finishes. These include but are not limited to panels, wallcoverings, stone, veneers, ceramics, wood, acrylic, glass, mouldings, paint and tiles.

      Siminetti’s Mother of Pearl Decorative Panels are the next generation in Mother of Pearl surface finishes. Handcrafted by Siminetti’s team of artisans, the ‘Golden Pearl Drop’ Decorative Panels capture the stunning natural beauty of Mother of Pearl that has for centuries been associated with luxury, sophistication and elegance. Utilising a combination of Siminetti’s ‘Bianco’ and ‘Golden Promise’ Mother of Pearl, every panel carries its own bespoke appeal.

      Founder and CEO of SBID, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE says: “Business has been disrupted for many during the pandemic, but I’m pleased to confirm that the interior design practice has remained relatively steady. The SBID Awards received submissions from more countries this year than in any other year, demonstrating the strength of SBID and the industry as a whole. We are thrilled to be the award that industry professionals want to win and for that, we are particularly proud and honoured, as an interior design body for trading standards, to continue showcasing the world’s best interior and product designs during these difficult days.”

      The winning entry in each category will be announced on October 23 and be awarded with a bespoke trophy as this year’s prestigious SBID Awards Winners. An Overall Winner will also be awarded for the product that scored highest overall from both the judges shortlists and public votes combined.

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      Custom-made furniture for a bespoke world

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      Custom-made furniture for a bespoke world

      DOMINGO has been making upholstery since 1973, when three craftsmen friends decided to start their own company. Today their sofas, armchairs, banquettes showcase in hotels, restaurants, spas, cruise liners, yachts, and residences around the world…

      The three friends still go to work although they have now trained the second generation of upholsterers, making sure that their legacy is passed on and their skills continue.

      DOMINGO’s stylish product 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 chosen for their sofas are designed for intense usage.

      Technology has been integrated into the process in the form of laser guided cutting tables. This guarantees precision and reduces fabric waste.

      DOMINGO’s standard product offering is vast given the several lines produced under the DOMINGO and also the stylish models produced and distributed with the ADRENALINA line (a label by DOMINGO).

      For many years DOMINGO has been working in partnership with designers and/or fit out companies across the globe on a wide variety of commercial projects. DOMINGO knows by now that every space presents its own individual features, therefore the company allow their clients the option to make alterations on their standard products or even to create bespoke pieces starting from as little as a sketch.

      Each standard product by DOMINGO can be modified in width, length and depth, can be realised in COM (customer’s own material), can be integrated with accessories such as plugs, USB ports and Phone chargers when the structure allows it.

      Making each product in house, by hand allows DOMINGO to deliver the highest possible quality whilst being able to manage client’s individual requests.

      DOMINGO operates a NO MINIMUM policy. They will make and ship just one armchair, if this is what your project requires. It goes without saying, the same care and attention is used to make one sofa for a family living room or hundreds of sofa bed for a hotel project.

      The company has turned an area of their workshop into a PROTOTYPING ROOM, staffed with a few of their most experienced craftsmen. This is the room where new shapes are invented, new lines are tried and new styles are tested in terms of structure and balance.

      The in-house team of designers at DOMINGO can provide 2D and 3D files of catalogue standard products (all available upon request). They can also help with the placement of products in 2D and 3D files should your designers be too busy or under deadline.

      DOMINGO can help design practices with their FR standards and certifications, studying ad hoc solutions when required.

      The experience gained by being creatively challenged on their own “upholstery turf”, turns DOMINGO and its staff the ideal partner for architects and designers of interiors as they are not just makers but they act more as project consultants. This collaboration between creatives and craftsmen over the years have produced some outstanding products.

      Adrenalina (the design label by DOMINGO) is also the outcome of this collaboration between creatives and artisans in DOMINGO.

      When architect and product designer SIMONE MICHELI came to see us with an “explosive idea”, the BOMB was born.

      When Swarosky launched their new crystal collection (2012) they turned to ADRENALINA to find a way to embed their gems to celebrate the event.

      When another client requested a sofa to be made from an ALFA ROMEO car, a real one (he added), DOMINGO contacted a famous car maker in Italy to negotiated the purchased of a red car shell so they could place their sofa in it.

      Image credit: DOMINGO

      When a restaurant owner insisted in wanting a nine-metre Chester Sofas for his restaurant all in one piece, DOMINGO embraced the challenge. Not only did they make the couch as per their client’s specification, but they also arranged for an extra-long truck to deliver it and rented an industrial machine to lift and move it to the assigned area.

      Image credit: DOMINGO

      When the AQUADOME spa turned to DOMINGO to add a new take on soft seating in their wellness centre, the solution delivered was some vibrant padded loungers with polystyrene microbeads, covered in waterproof, antibacterial material.

      DOMINGO SALOTTI 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 // AXOR MyEdition: bathroom design that’s personalised

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      Product watch // AXOR MyEdition: bathroom design that’s personalised

      With modern travellers demanding more personalised hotel experiences, Hotel Designs takes a look at MyEdition range of taps by AXOR, which have been designed in collaboration with Phoenix Design…

      For more than 25 years, AXOR has been a pioneer in the development and production of avant-garde design objects for luxury bathrooms and kitchens. This legacy is continued with AXOR MyEdition, a collection of taps created in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based design studio, Phoenix Design. The design is independent and recognisable, supporting the brand maxim “Form follows Perfection”.

      Image credit: AXOR

      Conceived as an expression of personality, self-realisation and individual creativity, the range features a variety of surface colours and patterns that enable the tap to be customised for an individual look.  The exclusive plate materials can be chosen from 15 AXOR FinishPlus special finishes, two glass plates and five special materials: metal, wood, marble and leather. This monolithic design makes individualisation possible by allowing more room for personal creativity.

      Image credit: AXOR

      This demand for personalisation has been furthered by AXOR with the recent launch of MyEdition 2.0. Offering maximum freedom in the choice of materiality for the mounting plate, it is now possible for designers to create their own plates to perfectly match wider bathroom schemes. Using approved specification templates for the designs and local craftsmen for the manufacture, personalised plates can be secured onto the existing tap and fitted as normal.

      In addition to its innovative aesthetic, the collection also offers a superior water experience. MyEdition is available with the innovative PowderRain spray – a first for washbasin mixers. With the advantage of micro spray technology, this new water method has six fine openings per nozzle (instead of one), transforming the spray into thousands of micro droplets that envelop hands in a gentle cocoon of water.

      AXOR MyEdition comprises nine products in total, including products for washbasins, bidets and bathtubs. It represents the next stage in AXOR’s journey in developing innovative ways to experience water.

      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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      The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain

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      The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain

      With more than 60 years’ experience in developing inspirational bathroom furniture and shower spaces, Ambiance Bain works closely with customers to understand their needs to deliver solutions…

      Ambiance Bain’s hotel furniture collection with a comprehensive range of shower trays and wall panels in co-ordinating or contrasting colours, offers a package which is not only functional, but stunning and hygienic too.

      Cleanliness has always been important in the hotel sector, but now even more so with the current Covid-19 crisis. Using Ambiance Bain SMO™ washbasins and worktops, then co-ordinating with shower trays and wall panels, all moulded in a single piece, leaves nowhere for the germs to hide.

      Image credit: Ambiance Bain

      Tiled areas and seals between basins and units can be difficult to clean and maintain. Using SMO™ instead gives a much better finish which looks fantastic and allows a much better hygiene regime, making cleaning a pleasure.

      SMO™ is an exclusive material particularly suitable for hotel spaces.  Moulded from a single piece, the products are completely seamless and it’s also possible to repair SMO™ products using our repair kit should they become damaged, ensuring the longevity of the facilities.

      Available in an array of beautiful gloss, matt and sparkly colours, you can be sure there is an option for every style of hotel design.  You can even choose your own RAL colour if you need a completely bespoke look.

      The durable range of sizes and a choice of ceramic or SMO™ vanity basin worktop, provides choice and affordability.  Whilst the ceramic basin offers a slightly more competitive solution, the SMO™ basin worktop, complete with upstand to protect the wall from splashes, allows much more flexibility in design with a choice of matching shower trays and wall panels to add a touch of luxury.

      The innovative hotel vanity units have an open shelving feature combining high storage capacity with ease of maintenance and all units are delivered fully assembled ready to install.  Then choose from four adjustable shower trays, Origin, Oka, Altima & Altimax or 2 made to measure options Universal and Elegance, all with co-ordinating shower wall panels, which complement our SMO™ worktops for a completely harmonious design.

      Available in a range of colours to suit your style, Ambiance Bain hotel bathroom furniture together with our shower spaces offers the ideal solution to every style and design.

      Ambiance Bain 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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      Bathoom wellness // How to take a wet room project to the next level

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      Bathoom wellness // How to take a wet room project to the next level

      One of the most apparent changes in the post-pandemic world will emerge from the shifting demands regarding wellness. Schlüter Systems explains how its Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD can take the wet room to a new level…

      When it comes to designing wet rooms, getting the perfect finish right is an absolute must. This can only be achieved by creating a completely level and tile-ready substrate prior to installation of the covering material.

      The recently BBA certified Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD is the ideal solution to give you full peace of mind. The lightweight backerboard is a proven multifunctional product whilst also being flat and even.

      Consisting of an extruded hard foam core panel with a special reinforcement material on both sides and waterproof fleece faces to finish, KERDI-BOARD is also an eco-friendly alternative to fibreglass or cement-faced backerboards. The absence of a cementitious layer means that it costs less to transport and produces no dust when cut, making for healthier working conditions and avoiding the release of toxins into the wider environment.

      Using various sealing bands, adhesives, and pre-fabricated corner pieces available from the Schlüter-KERDI range, the seams between individual boards are quickly and robustly sealed. This will create a complete CE marked bonded waterproofing assembly upon which tiling can commence without delay.

      The versality of the product is why we see it being a key player in the creation or renovation of hotel spas and bathrooms going forward. Available in a range of seven thickness ranging for 5-50mm, KERDI-BOARD can be used to create shelves, niches, partition walls and even seats within a bathroom area. This can help to create a relaxing and spa-like experience for guests and, in a time when luxury and wellness is at the forefront of the hospitality industry, these further considerations can make all the difference.

      When looking to introduce some tranquillity into your bathroom, wet room or spa project, KERDI-BOARD will provide both a reliable substrate to tile onto, and the flexibility to create the wow-factor when considering any additional features.

      Schlüter Systems 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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      Burlington injects art deco grandeur in new range

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      Burlington injects art deco grandeur in new range

      As part of our editorial series exploring the wider context of Burlington’s Bespoke Collection, Hotel Designs understands more about the 1920s and ’30s, art-deco inspired pieces that the bathroom brand has launched to the market…

      Characterised by the unmistakable shapes and colours synonymous with the 1920s and 1930s style, the Art Deco range by Burlington was inspired by architecture and vintage tableware.

      Charleston

      Drawing heavily on the linear and geometric designs of the early modern art movements, the elegant fan-like shape of the Charleston pattern creates an eye-catching focal point. Complementing the traditional silhouette of Burlington’s ceramics, the delicate monochrome illustration is ideal for those wanting to add a unique embellishment to their bathroom interior.

      feature in a basin

      Image credit: Charleston, Art Deco collection by Burlington

      Vienna

      A design that exudes confidence and charm, the vibrant appearance of the Vienna pattern blends a classic retro colour palette with the geometric shapes reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Inspired by the yellow ochre and black shades in vintage tableware, Vienna brings a playful nod of the roaring twenties into today’s bathroom.

      Vienna, Art Deco collection by Burlington

      Image credit: Vienna, Art Deco collection by Burlington

      Martinez

      Inspired by the iconic Martinez Hotel balcony in Cannes, the hand-illustrated pattern fuses both linear and circular detailing, resulting in an exquisite and attention-grabbing decoration. A subtle incorporation of gold echoes the distinctive balcony design, leaving a lasting impression.

      Burlington 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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      Bette supports hospitality with discussion on new hygiene demands

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      Bette supports hospitality with discussion on new hygiene demands

      Bathroom brand Bette supports the hospitality sector with HotelForum discussion on hygiene demands that have been created by Covid-19…

      As a member of the European Networking Architecture, German bathroom manufacturer, Bette, has created a panel of leading design and hotel industry professionals, which will discuss whether there are ‘new guidelines for hotel design, enforced by pandemic experiences.’ The discussion will take place in English as part of the hotelforum event on October 7 and can be accessed online.

      Sebastian Noack from Bette comments: “As a result of the pandemic, the demands on hygiene safety measures in hotels have increased massively. The panel discussion will consider whether this is an opportunity to plan, design and build crisis-proof hotels to help achieve a competitive advantage through hygiene-oriented design. We hope it will also be a useful opportunity to consider whether the increased expectations on hygiene standards will also have an impact on the choice of materials, as has been the case in the health sector.”

      The panel discussion will explore the positions of developers/owners, operators and designers on investment in high hygiene standards and if and how such investment can be refinanced.

      The panelists, in alphabetic, order will be:

      • Claus Dieter Jandel, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Deutsche Hospitality
      • Emma King, Head of Design, InterContinental Hotels Group
      • Federico Toresi, Global Vice President Design – Luxury & Premium Brands, Accor
      • Kirstin King, Design Director, Bergman Interiors
      • Marcel Wanders, founder Marcel Wanders Studio
      • Monika Moser, Regional Managing Director, Wilson Associates
      • Rogier Hurkmans, Regional Director of Operations, NH / Minor Hotels

      The panel will be part of hotelforum (www.hotelforum.org) and will be held on October 7th, with the discussion starting at 3.55 CET.

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

      Main image credit: Bette

      Product watch: Newport Bedroom Collection by Taylor’s Classics

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      Product watch: Newport Bedroom Collection by Taylor’s Classics

      The Newport Bedroom Collection by Taylor’s Classics is simple yet elegant mix of bedroom furniture. Hotel Designs explores…

      A perfect complement to the brand’s other ranges of traditional chairs and tables, Newport Bedroom Collection by Taylor’s Classics is ideal for hotels and other accommodation styles.

      The range consists of two styles of wardrobe, a bedside cabinet with a choice of marble tops, a luggage rack, a bedroom desk with gilded leather insert, a selection of bedroom/ desk chairs, bedroom tables and reclaimed lighting.

      This range of contract bedroom furniture is crafted in solid and veneered European Oak and manufactured to contract quality standards. The design and detailing recalls that of the late Victorian, Arts & Crafts era, and will blend easily into the interiors of many hotels or inns of the period.

      The Newport Collection is available in either a light or medium oak stain and polished in a resistant polyurethane lacquer.

      Download our brochure here.

      Taylor’s Classics 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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      5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa

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      5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa

      Following the launch of Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers, Hotel Designs catches up with Ian Gell, the brand’s head of new product design…

      The recent launch of the new Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers shows that the shower brand is firmly in the driving seat for innovative shower technology in the UK. In order to understand the technology behind the new products – as well as some of the major challenges that come with driving innovation in the bathroom – we spoke to Ian Gell, Aqualisa’s head of new product design.

      Hotel Designs: As Head of New Product Design at Aqualisa, what was the initial brief when creating the latest Smart Quartz Collection of showers?

      Ian Gell: We wanted to create a first truly Smart shower that would improve the showering experience even further and offer connectivity across our Quartz Digital collection in an ever-growing IOT market. We also wanted to develop a feature rich product at an entry level price. Aqualisa are known for designing world class showers and we wanted to go that one step further making our showers that little bit more special.

      A modern shower.

      Image credit: Aqualisa

      “From a concept perspective, having a shower that can be operated via an app or having voice control abilities seems quite straight forward however, the truth is, it was extremely challenging.” – Ian Gell, head of new product design, Aqualisa.

      HD: Can you explain some of the main challenges you faced when designing these products, and the solutions you came up with to rectify these?

      IG: The development of the app was the biggest challenge for us. From a concept perspective, having a shower that can be operated via an app or having voice control abilities seems quite straight forward however, the truth is, it was extremely challenging. There is no ‘off the shelf’ solution that you can incorporate and use so we had to develop something from the ground up that could communicate with all our products. As well as developing the app, we had to develop the software and hardware in our valves and controllers. Allowing all new controllers and valves to communicate with each other was key.

      HD: What makes this collection truly unique from anything else on the market?

      IG: Aqualisa invented the digital shower back in 2001 and we have been market leaders in this area since. Having a truly connected shower to offer is the icing on the cake for our well-loved brand as it enables so many exciting and innovative opportunities to become possible.

      HD: From concept to launch, how long did this collection take to design/create?

      IG: At the back end of November 2018, the designers picked up their pens for the first time and started creating some concept sketches and schemes however, the project really didn’t pick up traction until February 2019 and was launched in March 2020 so it took roughly a year. Most of the work has been developing a connected solution with some purpose. This resulted in the app being created and the hardware and software requiring a major overhaul to allow our product to become connected which took most of the time.

      HD: Technology in hotel bathrooms has traditionally divided consumer opinions? How user-friendly is the design of the Smart Quartz Collection of showers?

      IG: A smart shower provides a personalised experience with safe and precise water control.   Our smart and digital showers are in fact easier to use than most traditional showers. We have all used showers in the past where you need to stop and analyze the controls and work out what lever turns it on and what lever controls the temperature. Sometimes it’s the same lever and takes a bit of experimenting! In most instances, the user normally gets a cold wet arm whilst trying to get the water to the correct temperature for their liking.  This is not the case with our product.

      Our product is activated by a simple on/off button so there is no confusion. Furthermore, our showers can be activated remotely by remote control, through an app also by voice command (if you a have an Alexa or Google home device), so users can turn the shower on from outside the shower. All our showers will indicate when the desired temperature has been reached giving the user confidence the shower will be at the perfect temperature before entry.

      As well as having user benefits, our smart showers are quick and simple to install. As the hot and cold water is mixed away from the showering area, there are no bulky valves to fit into the wall. Our valves can be fitted out of site in a convenient location i.e. in a cupboard, in the loft space or under the bath resulting in easy access if needed.

      “Quartz Touch also allows users to store their preferred showering profile that can be active through the controller or via the app.” – Ian Gell, head of new product design, Aqualisa.

      HD: How does the range of products enhance the bathroom experience?

      IG: Smart showers are sleek and modern devices and will compliment any bathroom interior from the more classic approach to the most contemporary design. Quartz Touch is great for tech enthusiasts out there as an LCD display is present showing the user the exact temperature. The user can also access different menus allowing full control for flow. Quartz Touch also allows users to store their preferred showering profile that can be active through the controller or via the app. You can set your preferred flow, preferred outlet and temperature with a simple touch of a button.

      Our showers are also compatible with Alexa and Google so once the Aqualisa skill has been downloaded, Aqualisa showers can be added to people’s smart routines. For example, “hey google, start my relaxing bath routine” could turn up the thermostat, dim the lights and start filling the bath from your Aqualisa controller, all via that one command. With the smart technology out there, the options are limitless.

      HD: How have you designed these products so that they are eco-friendly?

      IG: There is growing pressure to find ways to reduce water consumption per household and per person. We all understand the benefits of reducing water usage and how it effects the environment and household bills. As showers are one of the biggest contributors of wastewater, we wanted our customers to be aware of how much water they were consuming from their shower.  As a result, we have incorporated a water usage dashboard into our app that shows how much water has been consumed for each user as well as the entire house over a specific period. This could be over the last week, month or six months. The app will clearly show who is using the most water and costs associated to them.

      We also have a water saving mode on our handset that reduces flow by around 20 per cent.  Our optimised spray pattern still provides an enhanced showering experience whilst using less water.

      Our Quartz Classic and Unity controllers have a boost function. The boost option allows users to have added flow if required or users can choose to have it turned off to a lower flow rate and save water.

      Our Touch and Optic controllers have three flow settings, Eco Medium and Max. Our Eco setting reduces flow by 40% compared to the Max flow setting.

      All of our packaging used for our smart products is made from fully recyclable material. Around 70% of the packaging components we use is made from recycled material. 100% of the waste produced during the production of our packaging is collected and recycled back into paper.

      HD: For hotels looking to renovate their properties in the wake of Covid-19, why is the Smart Quartz Collection a good option?

      IG: We are continuously improving the installation features of all our products but there is a particularly good replacement and refurbishment story with smart showers around less pipework and push fit cable connection. For example, the major benefit of upgrading from a traditional shower is moving the SmartValve, the brains of the system, completely out of the showering area – and potentially away from the guest bathroom altogether which is so easy for any future adjustment and maintenance.

      Also, freeing up more space in the showering area itself opens up much more design and décor flexibility.  Perhaps even more compelling in the post-Covid economy is the ability of hotel management to monitor water usage and costs, if necessary, adjusting the water flow through hotel bathrooms.  Assurances around hygiene and safety have surely never been a higher priority in terms of the hotel guest proposition and contactless smart shower technology clearly meets that brief.

      Aqualisa 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.

      Main image credit: Aqualisa

      Product watch: Regolo by Casa Ceramica

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      Product watch: Regolo by Casa Ceramica

      Dreamlike, flexible, durable, and tactile, Regolo by Casa Ceramica is an essential system characterised by different colour finishes and peculiar textures, that can be arranged and rearranged in an infinite array of compositions…

      Regolo by Casa Ceramica takes a fresh clean look, creating a harmonious balance of shapes, functions and shades of colour.

      With its clearly architectural vocation, Regolo, is made of glazed stoneware in white body porcelain. Making it ideal for residential, retail, and hospitality premises. In addition to the Flat versions, with their smooth and uniform or iridescent surfaces, Regolo is also available in the Textured Domino 50 and 100, Tatami and Bamboo versions with bas-relief motifs and structures. The new colour palette with its Panno, Lunaria, Ardesia, Ossido, Ceruleo, Cipria, Mattone, Tanè and Tabacco master shades, includes 3 neutral and 6 desaturated shades in both cold and warm tones.

      Ultramatte

      The Ultramatte opaque finish highlights the structure of the flat surfaces, emphasising the value of the essential elegance, as an invitation to meditation and creative