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    Red Dot Award for Duravit’s C.1 tap series and Luv bathroom range

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    Duravit’s C.1 tap fitting series and Luv bathroom range have received the 2018 “Red Dot” Award for outstanding design.

    The company says the C.1 design range by Kurt Merki Jr. perfectly reflects its design language, featuring an ergonomic handle with a recess underneath that is comfortable to hold and permits precise operation.

    Meanwhile, the unusual design of Luv by Danish designer Cecilie Manz combines Nordic purism and what Duravit calls ‘timeless, emotional elegance’, with gentle forms following a stringent geometry.

    The Red Dot award for “Product Design”, which can trace its origins back to 1955, seeks out each year’s best products.

    In 2018 designers and manufacturers from 59 nations entered more than 6,300 objects in the competition.

    A40 strong jury evaluated the products individually as originals, while the same expert committee only awards the internationally renowned quality seal to products with an impressively high design quality and that satisfy stringent evaluation criteria.

    Wilton Carpets weave a new look for Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa

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    Wilton Carpets has revealed details of its latest project, which required bringing a sense of occasion to the new Orangery of Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa, a 16th Century country house in Northamptonshire.

    The Grand Hall in the main house already featured a woven axminster bespoke design by Wilton, returning to warmth and grandeur after the hotel found the bare wood floors caused echoes.

    As such, when it came to a floor for the Orangery, the general manager at Rushton Hall, Valerie Hazelton, had a clear idea of what was required:

    “We wanted carpet in the Orangery to help with noise levels, as well as add a warmth and cosiness to the multi-purpose space, which we knew needed a neutral colour palette so that functions could bring their own theme and colours. The walls, curtains and chairs are plain, so it was important to offset this with a patterned carpet, but one that was still subtle enough to work with any event colour scheme chosen.”

    Bordered Geometric Design

    With previous experience of Wilton Carpets, Rushton Hall once again called upon the expertise of the Wiltshire-based manufacturer. Presenting a bordered geometric design with larger classical motifs inset, the pattern is contemporary while referencing the historic setting of the hotel’s architecture.

    Wilton worked closely with Hazelton to ensure that the final creation met the needs of the building: “Making a decision on such a big area is not an easy task and Wilton worked with me to develop the final grey and gold colour palette for the design, producing samples in various combinations until I was sure we had made the right choice. It’s a fresh design but goes really well with the traditional style of the building. The carpet is liked by all our guests, but brides and grooms in particular seem to love the mixture of gold and grey tones.”

    The carpet was woven in a premium 10-row quality in a rich British wool blend, ensuring it can withstand regular intense use and be easily cleaned between functions taking place in the Orangery for many years to come.

    In adjacent corridors, Wilton created another bespoke repeating geometric design, this time in a wool-rich tufted quality. In a green and dark gold colourway, the carpet’s pattern works to accommodate the walls of the 16th Century building, which are far from being straight and true. The carpets were made in Wiltshire, giving Hazelton the confidence to choose Wilton once again.

    “With Wilton weaving continuing to produce its carpets in Britain, it could offer me bespoke qualities within a quick timescale and I had the confidence that the carpet would be delivered on time with no delays or surprises along the way. We are absolutely delighted with our choice,” concludes Hazelton.

    Rushton Hall’s history dates back to 1438, when construction of the original building begun under Sir William Tresham. Now a Grade I Listed building set in 25-acres of immaculate grounds, Rushton Hall is one of the finest hotels in the Midlands, awarded four red stars and three rosettes. Offering guests luxury accommodation, the hotel is known throughout Northamptonshire as a setting for glamorous weddings and events.

    OUTDOOR FURNITURE SPOTLIGHT: The Bolero range from Nisbets

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    As part of Hotel Design’s spotlight this month on outdoor furniture, we highlight the latest Bolero range from Nisbets.

    “Creating the right atmosphere is essential for hoteliers to ensure that they attract the maximum amount of custom, so it is important that furniture choices are considered carefully as they have a huge impact on the vibe of any hotel,” says Richard Ebbs, Head of Brands for Nisbets Plc.

    An eye-catching outdoor seating area is the perfect way for hoteliers to encourage passers-by to choose their hotel over their competitors during the summer months, and it is therefore vital that any outdoor furniture is in line with current trends along with being both well maintained and clean.

    The Bolero range from Nisbets combines on-trend looks with an outstanding weather resistant finish which can be used both indoor and outdoor, depending on a hotel’s changing needs over the course of the year. In addition, the range includes designs with lightweight yet strong aluminium frames, ensuring that the furniture is easy to move as needed, maximising flow and storage within the workplace for hotel operators whilst minimising the effort of any seating rearrangement needed by staff.

    Wood and metal designs work well within a wide range of interior and exterior settings, and will allow hoteliers to update the desired atmosphere without having to replace everything.

    The new Bolero Steel and Acacia range, available from Nisbets,  includes chairs, tables, benches and bar stools which add an attractive industrial look to indoor or outdoor seating areas. Made from sturdy steel and pre-treated acacia wood and easy to assemble, they have a versatile look perfectly to suited to many different aesthetics.

    To see the full range, click here.

    To work with Hotel Designs on our OUTDOOR FURNITURE SPOTLIGHT feature across April please contact Jennie Lane / 01992 374098.

    Roca takes inspiration from its past for new Carmen collection

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    The collection includes a close coupled WC, basin and pedestal, with a complementary furniture range and mirror.

    Roca says its new Carmen range is based on its collection from the 1940s, having been launched to celebrate the company’s centenary.

    However, it still features the latest in technology and material innovations. For example, the WC is rimless for greater hygiene and easier cleaning, as well as being fitted with a water distributor that Roca says provides an improved flushing performance.

    The seat cover has been manufactured with SUPRALIT, a new exclusive resin registered by Roca, which it says is more durable (offering greater resistance to chemical agents and to discolouration), more hygienic (four times less porous material) and easier to clean (surface with soft and rounded angles).

    The collection includes a close coupled WC, basin and pedestal, with a complementary furniture range and mirror also available.

    Roca has also developed a range of Carmen brassware to complete the product family. It has an authentic period design with  the latest generation of flow limiters that its says guarantee a 5l/m flow, regardless of the system pressure.

    As well as its ceramic disc operation, the Carmen taps has the Roca Evershine electroplating process applied for anticorrosion, lifetime brightness and anti-scratching.

    “Over the last few years, the trend for vintage and classical design has continued to grow,” said Alan Dodds, Managing Director of Roca UK. “From the research we have conducted, vintage means more than just antiques, it is about classic and timeless design that is still relevant today. That is why we have introduced Carmen, it is a collection that is routed in the past but has all the attributes to complement a modern bathroom.”

    For more information visit Roca now

    Chelsom collaborates with Joyce Wang Studio and Benjamin West on Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park lighting

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    Chelsom worked closely with Joyce Wang Studio and procurement specialist Benjamin West to create a custom designed lighting scheme for the refurbishment of guestrooms, corridors and public areas in the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London.

    The interior scheme was completely original, with Joyce Wang designing the lighting pieces, taking inspiration from the textures, forms and colours found in London’s iconic Hyde Park. The design team created an eclectic range of fittings in a variety of different materials, all of which required a range of manufacturing techniques.

    The combination of differing rich brass metalwork alongside textured glasses and organic materials was deliberate to create a striking visual impact.

    Statement chandeliers are prominent in the suites and guestrooms, each featuring individual lighting designs. Chandeliers in the suites take on organic forms with branch like brass arms sprawling across the ceiling finished with cracked glass acorns.

    Other stand out chandeliers feature a trio of asymmetrically positioned ultra-shallow light units housing integral LED light sources. Each light unit features faux alabaster bottom diffusers and solid clear glass rods positioned around the perimeter creating a sparkle of twinkling light. Unique bedside wall sconces have dark metal frames which house jewel-like glass diffusers refracting beautiful light effects across the walls.

    In keeping with the nearby Royal Horseguards Parade, corridor and bathroom light fittings were manufactured using synthetic horse hair. Bathroom wall sconces show the hair wrapped tightly around metal backplates to act as reflectors to the backlit light sources while magnanimous square pendants adorned with ribbed glass rods and ponytails of hair line the corridors.

    In the public areas, Chelsom says it has been sensitive to the period architecture of the interior. In the main entrance lobby the company supplied modernised balustrade mounted light fixtures, which continue the overarching theme of crackled glass tones with rich brass metalwork.

    As part of the refurbishment the team also restored existing chandeliers in the Rosebury Lounge, upgrading the technology and restoring the metalwork.

    SPA SPOTLIGHT: How Kaldewei helped Hotel am Meer to create a unique experience

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    As part of Hotel Design’s spotlight this month on spa products and services, we take a look at how the family-run Hotel am Meer is leading the way when it comes to offering wellness and beauty treatments…

    Located on the Baltic island of Rügen, Hotel am Meer has undergone extensive upgrading within the last 12 months, with innovative technology and modern design blending together to create a 21st Century spa experience like no other.

    ‘Meerspa’ offers three unique wellbeing experiences – the Sound Wave bathtub audio system, the Skin Touch cosmetic treatment and Vivo Turbo Plus whirl system, all by premier German bathroom solutions manufacturer Kaldewei.

    Working with Kaldewei, the 4-star hotel can now offer all of its guests a cosmetic bath with a rejuvenating effect while they immerse themselves in their favourite music, or enjoy the benefits of a massage in the whirl bath.

    Speaking the same language

    Owner Wolfgang Schewe made the decision to invest in the innovative technology for the spa treatments after listening to the wishes of his guests and talking to staff. Schewe realised there was less demand for ‘classic’ bath treatments, and more of a requirement for a boutique approach, offering a modern experience and utilising the range of individual pampering treatments now available.

    The ‘Meerspa’ has proved to be an instant success with new and existing customers using the services, according to the hotel, particularly the use of the Kaldewei Skin Touch treatment in a hotel, which is a world-first. During a Skin Touch treatment, the bathwater is enriched with millions of microbubbles of air.

    “Our spa guests particularly like the new Kaldewei Skin Touch system: the microbubbles of air enrich the skin with oxygen, leaving it smooth and supple,” explained Schewe. “Guests really enjoy using this new kind of beauty treatment and appreciate the long-lasting effect of Kaldewei Skin Touch.

    “Our guests are very happy to use this new kind of beauty treatment and particularly appreciate the benefits of Kaldewei Skin Touch,” commented Schewe. “For us too, this investment makes sense because we can offer our guests completely new and attractive treatments, thus recouping a part of our additional costs.”

    Kaldewei are 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, click here.

    To work with Hotel Designs on our SPA SPOTLIGHT feature across April please contact Jennie Lane / 01992 374098

    Duravit present the ultimate toilet experience

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    Refreshing, clean, pleasant – all the Duravit toilet products and features offer a new and convenient way to feel good.

    The SensoWash® shower-toilet seats ensure modern toilet hygiene and an improved quality of life. Each of the functions and practical features, even the design, are perfectly co-ordinated for an incomparable, freshly washed feel.

    The SensoWash® Slim seat with soft closing mechanism and “Rearwash”, “Ladywash” or “Comfortwash” features combines all the essential functions. The entire seat can be removed in one go for easy cleaning. The SensoWash® Starck e shower-toilet seat has a replacement spray head, energy-saving mode and additional features such as a night light. The slender and elegant remote control for all the SensoWash shower-toilet seats is discreet and completely intuitive to operate.

    Furthermore, the new rimless toilets optimise the flushing process: thanks to the open design, the rim is cleaned hygienically and efficiently and the entire inner surface is rinsed with a dynamic and powerful jet that uses only a small amount of water. Another advantage in terms of hygiene: the special anti-bacterial HygieneGlaze2.0 coating, which is baked into the ceramic surface during the firing process, acts fast
    and effectively, killing 99.9% of germs and providing lasting protection.


    Duravit introduces new range of tap fittings

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    Following the success of C.1, Duravit introduces two further universal tap fitting ranges – B.1 and B.2. The ranges are positioned in the entry and mid-level price segment.

    For Duravit, these tap fittings represent an extension of the fundamental concept of designing the bathroom in a streamlined and consistent “language,” and allow for a complete Duravit bathroom. The tap fitting ranges, B.1 and B.2, are competitively priced offering added value, particularly for architects and developers. B.1 features soft, round contours, while B.2 boasts a straight-lined, striking design. Two different spout heights (S and M) cater to personal requirements for the washbasin.

    Polished chrome surfaces ensure a pleasant feel on all models. The water jet can be optimally adapted to the user’s needs thanks to an individually adjustable aerator. B.1 and B.2 also offer an ideal tap fitting solution for any installation scenario in all other areas of the bathroom, such as the bidet, shower and bathtub.

    For the shower, there is a choice between single-lever shower mixers and a thermostatic shower mixer for exposed or concealed installation. These can be combined with any square or round showerheads for wall or ceiling installation, and shower rails and hand showers in various versions. Ready-made, pre-fitted shower systems with showerheads and hand showers are available as a full practical solution – and can also be fitted retrospectively. All options are available for the bathtub: from the tub rim tap fitting to freestanding bath mixers; from thermostatic to single-lever mixers for exposed or concealed installation.

    The Duravit BlueBox®, a universal installation system for a range of tap fitting designs (lever mixers or thermostats), is used for concealed installation. This allows the design decision to be taken even after the basic set has been installed.

    Duravit wins the iF GOLD AWARD 2018

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    Duravit C.1 tap fittings win the iF GOLD AWARD 2018 – Luv, Vero Air c-bonded and the BioTracer honoured with the iF DESIGN AWARD March 2018 – making it the 41st iF DESIGN AWARD for the company.

    The iF GOLD AWARD acknowledges the design excellence, execution, consideration of environmental standards, functionality and innovations of the new C.1 tap fittings range. This award again confirms Duravit’s high level of design expertise. In addition, Luv, Vero Air c-bonded and the BioTracer were honoured with the iF DESIGN AWARD.

    The iF DESIGN AWARD is awarded once a year by the world’s oldest independent design institution – this year comprising 63-strong, independent, international expert judges with their high and innovative design competence.

    The “iF GOLD AWARD” was accepted by the designer Kurt Merki Jr., Product Manager for Tap Fittings Timo-Marcel Nagel and Head of PR Joseph Greilinger at the awards ceremony on 9th March in Munich.

    Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr. Frank Richter said “Our aspiration is: to make designer bathrooms come alive. This is guaranteed by the highest quality, original design and comfort-enhancing technology. This brand essence defines our DNA worldwide, and it distinguishes everything we do. To our delight, the iF GOLD AWARD this year proves that we are on the right track”.

    The C.1 design range perfectly reflects Duravit’s design language. The ergonomic handle with a recess underneath feels comfortable in the hand and permits a precise operation. Sophisticated details, such as the gap between the base plate and handle which has been reduced to a minimum, add to the elegant look.

    Four different heights for a range of basin dimensions, three-hole tap fittings in two heights and wall-mounted fittings with a spout in two lengths provide comfort at the washbasin as well as matching design. C.1 also offers an ideal tap fitting solution for the bidet, shower and bathtub.

    Luv, Vero Air c-bonded and the BioTracer were also honoured with the iF DESIGN AWARD. Offering a vision of the future, the BioTracer was first shown at ISH 2017. In line with all Duravit products, the BioTracer will offer exceptional comfort and hygiene functions, along with the ability to monitor urine to evaluate levels of health and wellbeing. The BioTracer is currently a prototype and once validated, Duravit plans to make the BioTracer available initially in mainland Europe.


    Sekers Fabrics launch Tanami collection

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    Sekers proudly introduces Tanami, a versatile upholstery with a subtly textured small scale geometric design.

    Available in a range of 22 colours, from rich, stylish neutrals and browns to vibrant blues, reds and oranges, Tanami offers a diverse choice of colour.

    Incorporating Aquaclean, an advanced nano technology finish that helps protect the fabric against spills and stains without having to resort to specialist cleaning, Tanami resists the toughest of stains, including red wine and permanent marker.

    Supplied with crib 5 backing and with an outstanding abrasion performance of 100,000 rubs, Tanami is an ideal upholstery choice for a host of clients including hotels, pubs and cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

    To contact Sekers regarding this new collection, view the entire collection or to order samples, please click here.

    Sekers are one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news click here.


    Skopos Launch New Gemini Dim-out Fabrics

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    To add to the current offer of FR dim-out fabrics, Skopos are launching a new collection in a sophisticated palette with a choice of a sleek satin effect, or a textured slub silk-look face.

    This double-sided offer provides a simple, elegant solution for contract windows, offering a high level of light obscurity, for a restful night’s sleep and a relaxing environment. This solution takes away the need for lining, for a budget option, however is equally suitable for use with blackout lining for a complete blackout effect.

    Gemini Dim-out forms part of the ACCENTS range at Skopos and focuses on the popular neutrals and metallic tones for interiors, ranging from pale cream and silver tones to darker, moodier shades of brown and grey. The collection is wide width and is available on a short lead-time from mid-March.

    With the benefit of a choice of sides, customers can specify their requirements for made-up furnishings on order, or decide at a later date, when ordering fabric on the roll.

    Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 45 years’ specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality, cruise, care and leisure sectors.

    Skopos is a recommended supplier of Hotel Designs. To see more news from Skopos and other recommended suppliers, please click here.

    GROHE to introduce ATRIO contemporary SPA line during Milan Design Week

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    Visitors will be invited to GROHE ATRIO’s exclusive product launch at the newly designed GROHE showroom at Via Crocefisso

    The GROHE DESIGN team will unveil its ATRIO SPA collection during Milan Design Week, with a design installation showcasing the new products to the public.

    As part of Fuorisalone, visitors will be invited to GROHE ATRIO’s exclusive launch at the newly-designed GROHE showroom at Via Crocefisso.

    The GROHE showroom will be open to visitors starting on April 17th, who will be able to get hands on with the products in their latest trend colours:

    • GROHE ATRIO in striking Brushed Hard Graphite; GROHE ESSENCE in classy Warm Sunset; GROHE Lineare in purist Chrome.
    • GROHE ESSENCE Spa Colours and the luxurious shower AQUASYMPHONY, two product lines that stand for stylish design in a unique symbiosis of form and function, transforming the bathroom into a wellness oasis.
    • Other highlights will include the GROHE water systems RED and BLUE HOME, which respectively provide kettle hot water or filtered and chilled, still, medium and sparkling water from a stylish tap.

    Earlier this month, GROHE launched an advertising campaign for the Sensia Arena intelligent shower toilet at 19 international airports in 15 countries.

    Grohe launches shower toilet campaign at international airports

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    Grohe, the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings, launched an advertising campaign for the Grohe Sensia Arena intelligent shower toilet at 19 international airports in 15 countries.

    With the ‘first class seats for everyone’ creative campaign, Grohe is targeting international travellers. The Grohe sensia arena is a premium, intelligent shower toilet that features an elegant design and breakthrough technology, while remaining an affordable product for everyone.

    No other Grohe product has won as many design prizes as the Grohe sensia arena.

    The campaign can be seen at the major hubs of London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol.

    The billboard activity represents the largest out-of-home advertising campaign in Grohe’s history and is expected to reach more than 20 million airport visitors.

    The campaign activity at London Heathrow went live on Monday 12th march for two weeks, ending on Sunday 25th march. The billboards can be spotted at two locations; in Terminal 2’s link bridge and grand view, the main entrance point for Terminals 2 and 3.

    Hamilton makes the guest ‘king’ at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa

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    Hamilton Litestat has taken the guest experience at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa to new heights with the introduction of its latest smart lighting and Maid-Call controls, giving visitors ultimate control during their stay.

    The Grade II luxury Buckinghamshire hotel embarked on a long-term refurbishment programme in 2015 and turned to Hamilton to further improve and modernise the guest experience. Beginning with an initial 12 bedrooms, Danesfield House Hotel and Spa was looking for solutions that would bring in new technology, improve energy savings and reduce its carbon footprint while also remaining in-keeping with the period property.

    Hamilton’s Project Team specified their Smart Lighting Control to create the perfect ambience in each room and area according to the time of day and guest usage. Each suite features 8 x 1-10V and 8 x 2A relay circuits with a DMX controller, which allows a series of lighting scenes to be programmed and set. In some of the bedrooms and en-suites, the DMX controls red, green and blue LED strip lights to create the perfect mood lighting and complement the décor. The lighting is activated by the hotel key card switch so that the appropriate lighting scene is activated when this is inserted.

    Now fully in control of the lighting, guests also have more control over housekeeping services with Hamilton’s Maid-Call solution. Inside each suite is a coloured touchscreen controller where guests can indicate whether they would like their room cleaned or if they do not wish to be disturbed. A second touchscreen outside the room displays this message to housekeeping, helping to avoid embarrassing ‘walk in’ moments. Guests can also request assistance in their room using the Maid-Call system, helping to improve guest services during their stay.

    To be in-keeping with the hotel’s stunning design, control plates and all other switches, wall plates and accessories were specified in a coordinated Linea-Scala design, finished in Satin Stainless with a Bright Chrome frame. The two-part design has a stepped edge for a classic and sophisticated look that fits seamlessly with the period property. There’s also a hint of the contemporary as the plate’s fixings are concealed using Hamilton’s patented four-point plate clipping system, CFX.

    For ease of use, each control plate has been engraved so that every control button can be easily identified, while a special plate with US13, SHUKO and USA sockets was installed in each room to improve the comfort and experience of tech-savvy and international guests.

    “We’re delighted with the finished restoration project,” says Danesfield House Hotel and Spa General Manager Anthony Cox. “We aim to offer each and every guest the best experience during their stay and although lighting control may seem like such a small part it can make a significant difference to a guest’s comfort. Every little feature counts, and the coordinated look Hamilton has provided in each of our bedroom suites reflects the quality and attention to detail that is synonymous with Danesfield House Hotel and Spa.”

    Shaun Kempson from Kempson Electrical Services, who appointed Hamilton, adds: “In a period property such as this, only the highest quality will do. Hamilton has provided us with a fantastic, high-tech solution that gives visitors a luxury experience while reducing energy usage. Based on this, we look forward to working with Hamilton on future projects.”

    Bespoke Wonder at the Winter Gardens

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    Woven Axminster carpet by Wilton Carpets, has been installed in one of the South West’s leading venues, the Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare, bringing a sense of the historic with a beautiful and opulent design.

    The Winter Gardens Pavilion, is one of the seaside resort’s most famed architectural sights; a neo-Georgian building that first opened in 1927. After a £15m renovation under the ownership of Weston College, it is now one of the largest venues of its kind in the south-west of England, with an impressive ballroom that’s ideal for conferences, ceremonies and events.

    Wilton Carpets turned to its library of historic designs for the Winter Gardens, proposing the intricate and opulent floral of Malabar as the ideal design to complement the building’s stunning interior. The pattern’s bold look has proven to work well within the Pavilion’s grand curved façade with its tall arching windows, columns and fine detailing.

    Naomi Waterman, associate and head of interiors, AWW Inspired Environments, responsible for the design of the Winter Gardens Pavilion refurbishment, comments:

    “The carpet design was led by the client, as they had a clear desire for a traditional, opulent pattern for which Malabar was perfect. We felt a single pattern throughout the Pavilion would lead to a more cohesive overall design, leaving the individual spaces open and flexible enough to cater for the varied functions taking place within the building.”

    AWW Inspired Environments proposed a colour scheme for the carpet centred around a royal blue base colour, influenced by Weston College’s brand identity and a historical colour analysis of the building’s era. With other colours to coordinate tones found within soft furnishings and curtains, the result is a carpet that is bright and modern, yet which references the building’s formidable history.

    “We were recommended Wilton Carpets by the main contractor on the project, Midas Group, and the process was simple and efficient,” continues Naomi. “Meeting tight deadlines, Wilton provided rapid sampling of the design in our chosen colourway so that we could arrange client sign-off. The carpet looks absolutely beautiful; both a testament to the building’s interior and Wilton’s craft.”

    Using Wilton’s Malabar design, from its Classical Dimensions Ready to Weave collection, some 1180m2 of British wool-rich woven axminster was made for the Winter Gardens Pavilion by Wilton at its Wiltshire factory. Using Ready to Weave, where library designs can be custom made in a choice of permanently loomed colours, allowed AWW Inspired Environments to meet the tight deadlines of the project, with the programme allowing custom carpet to be delivered in just four-weeks.

    Made in a durable nine-row construction that promises to stand up to wear and with an ability to disguise dirt and soil, the carpet was installed by Rudge Brothers and James Flooring.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets;, 01722 746000,

    Versital Marble Bar Tops Commissioned For New Whitbread Concept Cookhouse & Pub

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    Versital has been commissioned by interior designers JMDA Ltd to provide bespoke bar and kitchen pass tops for the latest project with hospitality giant Whitbread.

    Cookhouse & Pub located in Oldbury, West Midlands, is the newest concept venue by the company and features Versital’s on-trend ‘Arabesque’ marble finish surfaces.

    Described by Whitbread as ‘an informal, all day restaurant, with the relaxed vibe and affordability of a pub’ the new space is now a striking new eatery that has replaced the previous site.

    “Much of the original interior was stripped out,” explained Simon Tyas, director of JMDA. “The kitchen and back of house areas were retained in the same location, but the kitchen was converted into a theatre-style, extending into the restaurant and including a bistro oven, so diners can see their food being prepared.”

    Versital’s made-to-order surfaces were commissioned for the bar and kitchen pass tops in a luxurious white marble finish. The handcrafted surfaces bring a fresh and modern feel to the space, effortlessly complementing the contemporary colour palette of teal, mushroom and off white.

    Punctuated with pops of ochre yellow and showcasing wooden and copper accents, the new restaurant displays industrial elements throughout for an informal yet sophisticated dining experience.

    Versital’s solid marble surfaces offer all the beauty of natural marble without the issues the natural product often brings – a totally unique product and the most realistic faux marble on the market.

    The true-to-life marble is 100% waterproof, non-porous and stain proof making it a preferred choice for bars and restaurants alike. Boasting an impressive range of over 100 exclusive finishes, Versital caters for all interior styles whether domestic or commercial.

    “Being involved with a prestigious brand such as Whitbread is always a proud moment for us,” Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales for Versital UK said. “We were absolutely delighted to be specified, once again, by the designer JMDA who we love working with. All our surfaces are hand-crafted with care and it’s fantastic to see them used on beautifully designed projects being enjoyed across the UK.  We can’t wait to see this new brand concept roll out across the UK over the coming year.”

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    Versital are one of our recommended suppliers. To see more information on Versital, please click here or for more news coverage on Versital please click here.

    Brassware Redefined: New collections by Crosswater

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    The prevailing choice for high-end bathroom installation, the Crosswater MPRO range aims to provide a superior standard in brassware engineering. 

    Combining state-of-the-art function and precision design, the result is a complete collection of bathroom mixers, valves, and showerheads that meets the exacting standards of today’s contemporary bathroom.

    Tailored to individual aesthetics, two stunning new finishes of Brushed Brass and Matt Black have been introduced across the entire MPRO collection for 2018.

    Designed to create a bathroom space that is as beautifully crafted as it is functional, the latest surfaces combine high-end specification with beautifully considered aesthetics to create brassware that truly stands out.

    The new Brushed Brass and Matt Black finishes are complemented alongside the launch of striking new knurled detailing, which is an optional feature on the lever of the MPRO basin monobloc tap.

    Accompanying MPRO’s signature Chrome and Brushed Stainless Steel finishes, all four exquisite finishes are also presented across MPRO’s collection of coordinating accessories, which includes towel holders, soap dispensers and those finishing touches that complete a bathroom’s scheme.

    New and improved components also ensure that MPRO continues to delivers on performance and water efficiency, with certified WRAS and TMV2 seals of approval on all brassware and thermostatic valves.

    Introducing Union from Crosswater

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    Union, setting a new standard for progressive brassware engineering, the latest innovative collection from Crosswater is a leap forward in design for the modern bathroom.

    Challenging the traditional concept of bathroom fittings, UNION has been engineered to provide unparalleled functionality and designed to make a statement. Presenting Italian artisan brassworking at its finest, each piece is cast, precision machined, polished and perfected to offer an elevated bathing experience. As the latest addition to Crosswater’s luxury collection, UNION offers a complete range of brassware that includes basin mixers, bath fillers, and an exposed valve with kit and shower head. Designed for the individual, UNION is being launched in four refined finishes that are offered across the entire collection. Timeless bright Chrome and Brushed Nickel work to add a touch of industrial elegance, whilst those seeking a design statement can opt for the on-trend Brushed Brass and Brushed Black Chrome finishes. All four unique surfaces are complemented alongside distinctive, knurled detailing that is expertly machined as accents onto each individual piece in the collection.

    Designed to create an individual bathroom, the basin taps and bath fillers in the UNION collection are offered with a choice of Lever or Wheel handles, and for those with a penchant for bold colour, there’s also a Red Lever option.

    Transforming everyday bathing into an extraordinary experience, UNION takes inspiration from the industrial era and brings it boldly into the 21st century. Smart on the inside, each piece in the collection is manufactured using the most advanced brassware engineering techniques and the latest in cartridge and thermostatic valve technology to offer complete water flow control. Intuitive, high performing and built to last, the stunning UNION brassware collection is guaranteed to command attention in any bathroom.


    Tel: 0345 873 8840


    Hotel Summit welcome Project Blinds as a Gold partner

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    The Hotel Summit brings the hotel industry together and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The summit is pleased to announce its Gold partnership with Project Blinds

    The Hotel Summit is the hotel industry’s premier networking event, where industry suppliers and buyers meet. This year the event will be held at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted on June 4th – 5th. Click here for all the details.

    Project Blinds are leading suppliers of bespoke blinds for the home, and for the hotel industry. They proudly offer free expert advice, without pressure to purchase. Based in Fleet, the company happily travel a 35 mile radius, which includes London, to provide consultancy.

    The firm, who have ten years’ experience in the sector, have hundreds of fabrics and styles to choose from on their website, in their Epsom showroom, or at a booked consultation.

    Project Blinds also provide shutters and garden shading, among other lighting solutions.

    A diverse range of styles includes Roller, Roman, Sail, Panel and Pleated blinds.

    Hotel Summit has also welcomed B Light Group, and Simba mattress professionals to the event recently. For more information on Hotel Summit as a whole, please click here.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner of the Hotel Summit or would like more information, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or

    Hotel Summit welcomes new partner Heritage Bathrooms

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    The Hotel Summit brings the hotel industry together and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The summit is pleased to announce its partnership with Heritage Bathrooms

    The Hotel Summit is the hotel industry’s premier networking event, where industry suppliers and buyers meet. This year the event will be held at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted on June 4th – 5th. Click here for all the details.

    Heritage Bathrooms, who will be appearing at the event, are a leading industry supplier of luxury bathrooms, and the UK’s market leader in cast iron baths. They have an extensive range of styles, including ‘Grand’ Blenheim, artistic ‘Victoria’, 1920s-inspired ‘Granley Deco’ and luxury ‘Dorchester’ bathrooms.

    UK’s market leader in cast iron baths…

    The company set up in 1985 and have been consistent providers of both modern and classic look bathrooms, available to view in showrooms across the country, or at

    The brand’s interiors are, the brand say, “complimented by a choice of freestanding acrylic baths, taps, showers, decorative heating and accessories, including a gorgeous range of ornate mirrors”.

    The brand explain further: “We are also the UK’s market leader in cast iron baths, with a generous choice of options; all available pre-primed and hand finished so that they can be painted in any colour you like.

    “All of our products come with solid guarantees – including a Lifetime Guarantee on all of our suites (toilets, basins, fitted baths) and our freestanding acrylic, and cast iron baths”.

    Hotel Summit has also welcomed B Light Group, and Simba mattress professionals to the event recently. For more information on Hotel Summit as a whole, please click here.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner of the Hotel Summit or would like more information, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or

    Interior design for bathrooms: the current trends and most spectacular looks to inspire interior envy

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    Hotel Designs are celebrating spectacular bathrooms, from stunning hotel bathroom designs to bespoke home solutions. In need of some design inspiration? Here are some of the bathrooms we can’t get out of our minds and, quite frankly, need in our home…

    The One With A View: MKV Design‘s bathrooms at the Bürgenstock Hotel

    The hotel’s new double-sized tubs have window views over Lake Lucerne, and the Swiss Alpine range. For a quicker fiz, an oversized “rain” shower falls onto marble walls and flooring. A warm, natural colour palette is designed to compliment the sheer views out the window, rather than fight them.

    The Classic One: The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Hotel, newly opened

    Boutique hotel group Principal have opened their latest hotel, and their first in Edinburgh. Comprising seven Georgian townhouses the hotel backs onto one of Edinburgh’s chicest private squares. The hotel was previously known as The Roxburghe Hotel, but has been completely refitted by eminent interior designers Goddard Littlefair. The rooms, including the bathroom, are inspired by “the golden age of travel” and we adore these freestanding baths with views out over bustling Edinburgh…

    The Glamorous One: Roca bathroom solutions for the home

    Roca make bathroom solutions that are both sustainable and stylish. The Italian company founded in 1917 have just released two new ranges, Roca and a Georgio Armani collaboration, Armani Roca. The Armani Roca collection features ergonomic shapes which feel retro, but they’re paired with up-to-date technology.  The collection has been described by the brand as “both contemporary and timeless,” towing the line of the designer’s clothes ranges.

    The Vintage One: Batty Langley’s hotel

    Repurposing vintage showers and baths is nothing new, but boutique London hotel Batty Langley’s – in the throws of Spitalfields Market – boasts the most extensive range of vintage items in a hotel that we’ve ever seen. Room is individually fitted with Victorian rolltop baths, and stand alone, genuinely impressive metal showers in polished bronze tones. Lavish, but in a nerdy, all-consuming “we love interior design” kind of way. You’ll not want to go outside.

    The Opulent One: Maison Valentina

    Maison Valentina is a new luxury bathroom brand that provides a collection capable of making project dreams a reality with high-end solutions as bathtubs, washbasins and free-standing units – all made with the finest selection of materials; brass, marble, wood, glassEach piece is crafted with rare handiwork techniques and contemporary design.

    The Tech-Savvy One: Grohe

    GROHE F-digital Deluxe takes the concept of luxurious and personalised showering to the next level. A user can simply select a coloured lighting to suit the mood, favourite music and the right amount of steam to enhance the shower experience. All the individual modules of GROHE F-digital Deluxe can be controlled from a variety of mobile digital devices via an app for ease and convenience.

    An in-depth look at Roca’s new Armani and Modo bathroom ranges

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    “Always attentive to the changes in society relating to water,” Roca make bathroom solutions that are both sustainable and stylish. The Spanish company founded in 1917 have just released two new ranges, Roca and a Georgio Armani collaboration, Armani Roca.

    Roca have taken home awards for sustainability and innovation, and have grown to become one of the world’s leading providers of baths, sinks and showers. Their modern approach and considered approach over the last 100 years has led to international acclaim, and partnerships with the likes of fashion designer Georgio Armani.

    The Armani/Roca Baia collection features ergonomic shapes which feel retro, but they’re paired with up-to-date technology.  The collection has been described by the brand as “both contemporary and timeless,” towing the line of the designer’s clothes ranges.

    The countertop over-countertop washbasins heavily feature brassware, a staple material used heavily in the brand’s bathroom designs. The range arrives in quirky shades of matte gold and dark metallic, eye-catching and offball.

    A new range of classic brassware fittings have also been designed. The highlight of which is a retro-inspired bath filler (freestanding within the bath) features surprising thermostatic technology, and a vintage-inspired shower column.

    The range also boasts a new freestanding bath tub, wash basins, towel rails, and a new range of toilets and bidets with advanced technological flushes.

    ‘Griege’, brushed steel and chrome are further colour notes in the collection.

    Roca have also created their own genuinely ground-breaking new material, which they exclusively own. SURFEX® is quite remarkable. SURFEX is made from organic and 100% recyclable materials, and can be poured into bespoke moulds to create baths and sinks in new shapes previously impossible to make without seam and joints.

    When the statement pieces aren’t wanted anymore, the pieces can be reprocessed again and made into new designs. Also, the design of the new material conserves the water temperature for longer, and reduces minimal chemicals when created.

    Using the innovative SURFEX formulation, defined angles and shapes can be formed that other materials simply couldn’t create. From the design to the finishing touches, the material is really what makes this range stand out,” says Alan Dodds, Managing Director of Roca UK.

    Shop the collection at Roca UK

    The new neutrals: six new sophisticated designs in neutrals, greys and metallics from Skopos Fabrics

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    Custom furnishings provider Skopos Fabrics have unveiled a sophisticated new range of fabrics that show off the trending ‘new neutrals’.

    Greys and metallics lead the way in forming an array of patterns on their new custom furnishings, available for the hotel industry from the celebrated company, who have provided furnishings for the industry for over forty years.

    They say: “Our reputation for stylish design, durability and technical excellence have established Skopos an enviable client base in the specialist hotel and leisure, cruise and health/elderly care sectors”.

    The latest wide-width luxury designs from Skopos feature geometric patterns across six new contemporary designs. Influenced by the ancient Japanese art of Origami, the surprising, angular patterns feature on silk and satin.

    Diamond, wave and holographic hexagon designs appear on the fabrics, which boast a “raised, three-dimensional quality” and are available in either matt or silk finishes.

    The designs are for bedding or drapery solutions “where style meets functionality”.


    The range differs greatly from the botanical range Skopos released last autumn, which featured heavier detailing and bolder colour. Supporting the trend for bringing the outside in, the exquisite botanical print from Skopos was an exploration of woodland plants and flowers.

    Flores Silvestri was an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourished with fine detailed outlines, flower-pressed silhouettes and a combination of rich colour and line illustration.

    With a choice of 7 new designs and 10 base cloths, including a stain resist upholstery, this collection suits independent hotels, care and leisure projects. Designs included a woodland mix, large scale floral, flower press design, textured check and a fern, in a sophisticated colour palette.

    View the entire range at

    Hotel Summit 2018 welcomes Anchor Hospitality Logistics

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    The Hotel Summit celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 and is pleased to announce its partnership with Anchor Hospitality Logistics.

    The Hotel Summit is the hotel industry’s premier networking event, where industry suppliers and buyers meet and will this year be held at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted on June 4th – 5th. Click here for all the details.

    Anchor Hospitality Logistics provide tailored transport solutions for the hospitality industry. A “white glove” style service that is suitable for antiques and high-value items, the firm are trusted by the industry’s leading hotels, bars and restaurants. They transport fine items by “sea, air land or rail” and say they “not only handle freight” but “can handle the unique intricacies of hospitality logistics”.

    A worldwide network of agent contacts ensure peace of mind

    Their worldwide black book of agents ensure a personalised travel solution for any freight is possible, with peace of mind.

    Bill Rinn, managing director explains: “Our experience and success with clients in the hospitality sector was the catalyst for our decision to create a dedicated division to cater for Hospitality Logistics. We are able to offer the high standards of service and attention to detail that clients in this sector require,”

    Hotel Summit has also welcomed B Light Group, and Simba mattress professionals to the event recently. For more information on Hotel Summit as a whole, please click here.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner of the Hotel Summit or would like more information, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or

    Hotel Designs Meet Up enables wi-Q Technologies to land giant UK hotel tech deal

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    An emerging hospitality technology company have secured a deal with a leading hotel group, thanks to a relationship built and maintained at the Hotel Designs Meet Up.

    Technology brand Wi-Q deliver web-app mobile ordering solutions to help streamline the payment processes in the hospitality sector. After attending the Hotel Designs Meet up at Home House, London, the brand secured a deal with a leading hotel group and the app is already live in one flagship London hotel.

    Wi-Q is a “web-based mobile ordering allows your customers to browse, order and pay for your products or services, without having to download a dedicated native mobile ordering app”.

    From a chance conversation to live technology in a matter of weeks

    Talking of the plans for global expansion, Wi-Q gushed: “We went from a chance conversation over a glass of wine, to mobilisation and live technology in place in one of the world’s leading hotel chains in less than eight weeks!”

    The brand explained further: “The Hotel Designs Meet Up was a busy event, with delegates from a range of sectors and services. We spent some time chatting with an events team from a major global hotel chain, and they were really excited about our solution”.

    From a chance conversation to live technology in a matter of weeks

    Talking of the plans for global expansion, Wi-Q gushed: “We went from a chance conversation over a glass of wine, to mobilisation and live technology in place in one of the world’s leading hotel chains in less than eight weeks!”

    The brand explained further: “The Hotel Designs Meet Up was a busy event, with delegates from a range of sectors and services. We spent some time chatting with an events team from a major global hotel chain, and they were really excited about our solution”.

    A flagship London hotel is on board

    “A few days later, we had a call. This same team had been raving about wi-Q to the management team and we were invited to come in for a meeting”.

    “They loved it, and the first phase of mobile ordering technology is already live and in place at a flagship London hotel, with global plans in the pipeline”.

    The leading hotel chain can’t yet be revealed, but congratulations to all involved!

    The next Hotel Designs Meet Up takes place on 21 March 2018 from 6pm – 9.30pm at the London Edition, located on the edge of Soho in London’s Fitzrovia. The boutique hotel blends thoughtful design and intuitive service featuring custom lighting by Patrick Woodroffe.

    If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on – or click here to book your place.

    The Hotel Designs spring Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.

    Hotel Summit 2018 welcomes James Alexander bespoke upholstery as a partner

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    The Hotel Summit celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 and is pleased to announce its partnership with James Alexander bespoke upholstery

    The Hotel Summit is the hotel industry’s premier networking event, where industry suppliers and buyers meet and will this year be held at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted on June 4th – 5th. Click here for all the details.

    James went it alone in 2017 and set up as a bespoke furniture maker having cut his teeth at his family’s contract furnishing company.

    Led by ‘creative’ and ‘technical’ excellence

    James describes his own furnishings as being led with ‘creative’ and ‘technical’ excellence, gained from his wide and extensive background in manufacturing.

    “I realised there was a demand for artisan crafts within the furnishing industry and limited time and talent. Despite the cottage industry nature of most factories outside the few large producers, most companies still have production lines and are not set up to devote the time to develop and produce bespoke work. I am able to respond quickly to quotation requests,” explains James.

    “Furniture that is timeless”

    “We cover all aspects of interior furnishings, but our manufacturing speciality is all types of seating and upholstery and our projects include everything from retirement villages & cinemas to hotels and private commissions.  We have been trading for 3 years now and our ability to make excellent furniture here in the UK quickly to specification is proving a hit with designers and contractors”.

    “My aim is to keep the service both personable and efficient at all times whilst creating furniture that is both timeless and special to you”.

    Hotel Summit has also welcomed B Light Group, and Simba mattress professionals to the event recently. For more information on Hotel Summit as a whole, please click here.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner of the Hotel Summit or would like more information, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or


    Kaldewei Iconic World opens as bathroom solutions company invite architects, wholesalers and hoteliers into their world

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    Kaldewei bathroom solutions have unveiled their Iconic World just outside of Cambridge, a destination for the brand which allows buyers “multi sensory” experiences with their products.

    At the four-storey brand development centre, guests will get a holistic understanding of leading bathroom brand, Kaldewei. Interactive elements will allow guests to test the durability of Kaldewei bathroom products, by doing things like throwing heavy weights onto their products to check for durability, and heating the brand’s signature steel enamel plate to over 1,000 Celsius with a Bunsen burner.

    The destination is aimed at architects, planners, wholesalers, hoteliers and residential developers keen to discover the latest bathroom innovations.

    Experience the Kaldewei factory first hand

    A showroom area will feature the brand’s bath tubs, sinks, and other appliances, while experts will be on hand to comment.

    There’s also a factory tour element combined into the Iconic World experience, where those guests interested will be able to tour part of the brand’s factory for insight into the production process.

    The brand are modernising traditional techniques

    Watch enamel being manufactured at high temperatures and learn how the brand are modernising traditional techniques.

    Franz Kaldewei build bathrooms from steel enamel for strength and quality. Their portfolio contains over 600 showers, washbasins and bathtubs. The brand have received over 150 design awards since their conception in 1918.

    Visit the Kaldewei website for more information, and to visit the Iconic World, go to Kaldewei, Kings Hall, St. Ives Business Park, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 4WY. Mon – Thur: 9 – 4, 9 – 2pm on Friday

    Hotel Summit welcomes innovative light specialists Pulsar Light to 2018 event

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    The Hotel Summit celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 and is pleased to announce that the latest confirmed attendee is Pulsar Light.

    The Hotel Summit is the hotel industry’s premier networking event, where industry suppliers and buyers meet and will this year be held at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted on June 4th – 5th. Click here for all the details.

    Pulsar Light, who create architectural LED lighting, are the latest industry specialists to announce their attendance. The innovative light specialists create bespoke LED light installations for the creative industries.

    Future-proof LED lighting

    The designers say: “As industry forerunners in LED lighting technology, we design and manufacture beautiful, powerful, future-proof LED lighting solutions for architectural, entertainment and creative projects. Our products are designed by a team with over 3,500 collective years of lighting industry experience and are built to the high standard British manufacturing is renowned for.”

    Their work has formed part of iconic buildings 

    Their work has formed part of iconic buildings, including the World Trade Center in Bahrain, and the Milennia Tower Singapore.

    Pulsar Light have three key ranges: Luxeosrange, for industry standard lighting, Chromarange, for reliable high quality, and Ecorange for efficiency. The brand will no doubt have much to say on sustainability and efficiency at the event.

    Hotel Summit has also welcomed B Light Group, and Simba mattress professionals to the event recently. For more information on Hotel Summit as a whole, please click here.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner of the Hotel Summit or would like more information, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or

    Contemporary library and reading lights by Vaughan to launch at London Design Week

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    Vaughan Designs will unveil a new collection of articulated library and reading lights in brass at London Design Week 2018.

    A series of paired fabric lampshades and brass spun shades in different shapes will accompany the lights, all to be unveiled at the annual event, which takes place between 4-6 March for trade guests and from 7-9 March for all other attendees. London Design Week is the seminal event for the latest design products and trends.

    Vaughan Designs were set up in 1983. The company is run by a former antiques dealer who identified a gap in the market for both stylish and classical lighting fixtures, which appealed to modern buyers.

    Our header image, and the image below, are two examples from the new collection.

    Vaughan will also boast a new addition to their floor lamp collection at the event, available in brass or bronze, with a glass table and mirror wall light attached. The light will feature jewel shapes and an embroidered linen design, with blue motifs.

    The Vaughan business has grown from lighting to incorporate furnishings, needlework and fabrics and their full collection can be viewed online, or at their showroom at London Design Week from March 4th.

    The Vaughan showroom at London Design Week, G1 Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 OXE from 4th March

    Transforming waste into high-end products is the new fashion, say interior design trends experts Grohe

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    Transforming waste into high-end design is going to be huge in 2018, say leading industry supplier, Grohe.

    The leading sanitary products manufacturer have always had an innovative, creative approach to design. Only recently they announced their plans to incorporate 3D printing into their production process.

    And now, in a report about the latest industry trends for 2018, Grohe insist re-using waste products will be the new ethically conscious fashion. Here are the trends for 2018 they spotted in full.

    Waste is now seen as a status symbol

    As the world becomes ever more focused on ditching plastic, such as plastic straws, designers are re-thinking ways we can creatively use waste. Waste is now bizarrely, but wonderfully seen as a status symbol. Ikea introduced a range recently entirely devoted to waste. KUNGSBACKA features cupboard doors made from scrap wood from mills, old furniture and packaging materials. And burgeoning brand Pentatonic released a range furniture made from things like plastic, fizzy drink cans and smartphone screens. See their chair made of waste, above.

    Revel in pastels

    Grohe spotted this one a mile off. Last year’s obsession with ‘Millennial Pink’ has opened the gateway to a broad range of pastels, such as soft corals, which the brand describe, cheerfully as “youthful and optimistic”.

    Experiment with jesmonite

    Jesmonite is a favourite with designers, because it can be used to replicate the look of pretty much any surface or texture. The diverse material is making a big impact right now, thanks to the trend for Terrazzo. Grohe describe the material as having “tactile warmth”, inviting touching and in this light, owners form close relationships with the innovative material. What’s best is that it can literally form the surface of your dreams, without the stresses of buying in less functional, less hygienic ‘authentic’ products, like stone.

    Bring the outside in with botanicals

    This one’s been at boiling point for a while, but for 2018 the botanicals trend shows no signs of slowing. Now, wallpaper is the latest design item to be given a floral touch, as the trend moves forward and interior fans are investing in florals not only in their natural flower pots, but on the walls, too.

    Make a statement with glass 

    The expansive look and feel of glass compliments the ongoing trend for open spaces both at home, and at work. Glass represents freedom of expression and thought, and now that textured glass is back in, we’ll likely see a lot more statement glass ornamental features, as well as the material being used for fixtures. Experimental design studio, Rive Roshan are at the helm of this spectacular new use of glass. See the image, above.

    View Grohe products online by visiting their website

    Britton Bathrooms unveil new luxury bathroom ceramics with discreet Nano Glaze protection

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    Britton Bathrooms have unveiled a new range of luxurious bathroom ceramics with Nano Glaze coating, a strong protector for surfaces which are prone to a build up of bacteria.

    The discreet Nano Glaze lends the ceramics extra shelf life, so they hold their contemporary look for longer, even with persistent daily use.

    The slender designs suit modern, contemporary bathrooms with a stylish yet simplistic aesthetic.  The ceramics (including basins and WC furniture) have gentle curves, and non-fussy finishes which, thanks to the advanced surface technology, are easy to clean, as dirt and germs can be easily wiped away.

    Advanced surface technology

    While some ceramics are traditionally floorstanding, others create more of a talking point by being freestanding (or wallhung).

    Britton Bathrooms are part of the Crosswater bathroom design group, pioneers of their field who lead with an innovative approach. Within Crosswater, there are three well-respected brands: Crosswater, Simpsons and Bauhaus.

    Crosswater Contracts have worked with both boutique and international brands including Hilton, Mondrian, Malmaison, Ampersand and Laslett. They have become particularly known for being the UK’s seminal provider of stunning brassware and showers for a wide range of high-specification bathrooms.

    Britton’s designs extend more widely across furniture, toilets, basins, taps, baths, showers, mirrors and accessories.

    Visit the Britton Bathrooms website for more information about their contemporary range of Nano Glaze ceramics, and for more information on their wider collections 

    Oasis hotels and resorts ‘blend’ all-inclusive resort with boutique for new Sian Ka’an concept

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    Oasis Hotels & Resorts have revealed the title of their upscale ‘resort within a resort’ concept that aims to be as intimate as an Airbnb, but as luxurious as a grand resort.

    The Sian Ka’an will open in Cancun, and Tulum, Mexico, although no official opening date has yet been slated.

    The adults-only accommodation will be the most luxurious accommodation available at the group’s Grand Tulum and Grand Sens resort hotels, after a multi-million dollar cash injection.

    The resort are yet to reveal the details of any design partnerships or style influences for the property; the hotel group’s key claim at this stage is reconciling the hotel market with that of Airbnb.

    Intimate like Airbnb, luxurious like a grand resort

    There will be 76 different Sian Ka’an room styles, some of which have their own private terraces with plunge pools and in-room whirlpools, so the Sian Ka’an will particularly suit romantic escapes.

    Rooms will also have access to a personal concierge and butler service, as well as upscale in-room dining services and access to private bars.

    Guests can access a private spa and Champagne bar

    Jesus Almaguer, director of marketing and communications for Oasis Hotels & Resorts, said: “We continuously seek to elevate the guest experience. The creation of the Sian Ka’an concept represents an opportunity to capture the attention of an entirely new audience. By blending the best of both worlds – the convenience of an all-inclusive resort with the tailored appeal of a boutique property – the Sian Ka’an resort within a resort experience is sure to take the Oasis Hotels & Resorts brand to the next level.”

    A spa and Champagne bar will be available exclusively to Sian Ka’an guests, as well as access to a private beach club, pool, bar and a collection of four restaurants exclusive to the resort.

    The Sian Ka’an experience will be available within close proximity of family-friendly Grand Oasis Tulum, and The 21-and-over resort, The Sian Ka’an at Grand Sens.

    Grohe reveals plans to introduce 3D printing in 2018

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    As Grohe continues to count on its innovative strength in 2018, the company is planning to introduce 3D printing to its production process.

    To mark this development, Grohe will launch its third ceramic line in March. In addition, Grohe is working on various product innovations in light of the 2019 ISH.

    As digitalisation continues to expand, the firm’s CEO Michael Reuters’s will address the topic ‘Water as a resource in times of digitalisation’ during the World Market Leaders Summit in Schweich Hall, Germany on January 31.

    Grohe’s projects continue the innovative approach of the year 2017. At the ISH in Frankfurt am Main, trade fair for bathroom, heating and air-conditioning technology, Grohe presented numerous new products, including Sense and Sense Guard.

    With this intelligent water control system, Grohe is setting new standards for the smart home of the future. The system allows early detection and prevention of water damage.

    Another highlight of the ISH was the presentation of the new Grohe shower toilet. Sensia Arena is now the shower toilet with the most numerous awards and has already received 14 design awards.

    Last year, Grohe successfully completed its development into a full-service provider for the bathroom launching Abu Ceramic, the first of three ceramic lines onto the market in October.

    Wilton Carpets debuts Decadence collection

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    Wilton Carpets has unveiled its latest collection, reinventing Art Deco by introducing new textures for clients to enjoy.

    Dubbed Decadence, the line boasts tones of orange and brown, teal and salmon pink, bringing a refreshed approach to Art Deco.

    “As part of the Designer Collection, Decadence reveals the true elegance of unrestrained modern carpet design,” said Damian Roscoe, head of creative at Wilton Carpets.

    “As we explore our creativity without the usual practical limitations, such as designing for a particular location, we can apply a bold use of both pattern and colour and the results really do make for a truly extraordinary collection.”

    Developed by Becky Smith, senior designer, Decadence is available in eight patterns and each carpet has been crafted in a high-quality 80/20 wool blend and can be specified in any quality.

    With the ability to adapt any of the eight woven axminster designs in a colourway suited to any interior, this is a collection that offers huge potential for designers looking to strike out with statement carpet.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets. Commercial;, 01722 746000,

    GROHE Euro Ceramics

    Introducing GROHE Euro Ceramics

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    Imagine a great looking bathroom that is universally suitable to all types of projects. A bathroom which is both hugely practical but also fun and visually distinctive. The Euro Ceramic range has been specially designed to combine an excellent performance with an attractive price, making it the perfect choice for specifiers working on commercial and residential projects.

    Raj Mistry, GROHE UK Marketing Director comments: “Following on from the GROHE Bau Ceramics collection, Euro line harnesses parent company Lixil’s expertise in the ceramics market and combines it with GROHE’s award-winning innovation and design leadership. The range provides a one-stop solution for designers, reducing the need to specify products from different manufacturers and offering reassurance that all aspects of the GROHE ceramics and brassware will co-ordinate perfectly, both in terms of style and functionality.”

    GROHE Euro CeramicsThe Euro line collection is designed to complement a modern lifestyle, with a contemporary style that is a perfect match with mixers and fittings in GROHE’s Eurosmart and Eurostyle lines, as well as with Eurosmart Cosmopolitan and Eurostyle Cosmopolitan. The range offers huge design flexibility for specifiers who can choose between four styles of basin for their project including wall hung, countertop and under counter basins, and wall hung and floor standing toilets and bidets. There is also the option to upgrade to a basin or toilet which comes with GROHE’s hygiene coating called PureGuard which combines an anti-stick coating and anti-bacterial glaze technology. This helps to protect against lime scale and bacteria for a long and hygienic product life. The collection has also been specially designed to suit the needs of small bathrooms, as all Euro basins and toilets feature a compact size and design to use space effectively.

    Michael Gray, GROHE UK Product Manager, says “The Euro line collection comes with a number of added benefits, including a Triple Vortex flush on the toilets, ensuring the bowl is thoroughly and powerfully rinsed and Rimless technology leaving dirt nowhere to hide. The toilets also come with a Quick Release seat for easy removal and maintenance, the option of a soft or regular close, and a fully skirted design and hidden fixation for a sleek appearance. The basins are available in a wide range of sizes and mounting options, including full and semi-pedestal. For ultimate peace of mind and emphasising GROHE quality, the Euro line collection is available with a five year guarantee on all products.”

    Student Deluxe - Hypnos

    Hypnos debuts at student accomodation conference

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    International Sleep Solutions provider and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos Contract Beds, debuted its dedicated, new student mattress, the Student Deluxe™, at this year’s Property Week Student Accommodation Conference.

    Designed with practicality and comfort in mind the Student Deluxe™, offers a single sided pocket sprung construction with natural and blended comfort layers which provide superior levels of comfort, as proven through pressure mapping analysis, ensuring a great night’s sleep for busy students. Strength and durability have also been taken into consideration with engineered torsion side supports, allowing the bed to withstand regular seated use.

    To maintain its longevity, the Student Deluxe™ also features integrated rotation labels to assist students in rotating the mattress correctly, meaning it does not need to be completely turned over, keeping maintenance to a minimum. Furthermore, the mattress also comes complete with Hypnos’ 5-year guarantee, anti-bed bug, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial protection, and meets the latest fire safety accreditations.

    Stephanie Girvan, Business Development Manager for Hypnos Contract Beds, comments: “Our debut at the Property Week Student Accommodation Conference 2017 provided us with a great opportunity to engage with attendees and teach them all about the heritage and sustainable ethos of Hypnos, whilst experiencing the luxury and quality synonymous with our beds first-hand.

    “Our products speak for themselves, thanks to their high-quality production and design. We also aim to accommodate the user as much as possible by providing a hassle-free installation service for student accommodation providers. This is not only time-efficient, but also cost-effective and supports our aim of making the procurement and installation of their sleep solution as simple and hassle free as possible.

    “As a hospitality bed specialist, we combine traditional skills with modern techniques to produce supremely comfortable beds that are stylish and practical for each property.”

    As the largest event of its kind in the UK, the Property Week Student Accommodation Conference presents a unique opportunity for businesses to meet more than 800 universities, operators, developers, investors and innovators in the industry, and discuss, debate and celebrate the sector.

    As a family-run business, Hypnos has been crafting bespoke, luxury beds and mattresses around the world for more than 100 years. Testament to its skill and heritage, the company received its Royal Warrant status in 1929, which acts as a mark of British craftsmanship, highlighting its quality. The bedmaker also remains the only global bed manufacturer to have been awarded carbon neutral status for its UK factories as well as achieving FSC and PEFC certifications, ensuring timber is sourced from managed forests.

    Furthermore, all beds Hypnos makes are100% recyclable at the end of their life, meaning nothing goes to landfill sites.

    For more information about the Student Deluxe™, please click here. . .

    AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

    AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

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    Hansgrohe has had a great end to 2017 after scooping a hat-trick of awards. Winning three prestigious awards within the bathroom industry including; Star Product of the Year at the 2017 ek&bbusiness Awards, Silver for the Best Bathroom product at the House Beautiful Awards and the “Innovation in Design Collaboration” award for AXOR Uno at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom ceremony held last month.

    ek&business Awards
    The ek&business Awards were held on 30th November at a stunning festive ceremony at The Brewery in London – Hansgrohe won the Star Product Bathrooms category with the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200/300 4jet.

    House Beautiful Awards
    Hansgrohe was delighted to receive the Silver Award for The Best Bathroom with the AXOR – Uno Basin Mixer at the prestigious House Beautiful Awards held at IET London, Savoy Place. The House Beautiful Awards are judged by an independent panel of journalists and designers who select the leading products for 2017; that celebrate the very best in homes and interiors.

    The Designer Awards
    Hansgrohe won in the Innovation in Design Collaboration category at the 15th Annual 2017 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards with AXOR Uno. Around 400 professionals from the kitchen and bathroom industry, came together to celebrate excellence in professional residential design and innovation in new product design. Seven experienced and highly respected judges recognised the collections’ timeless design merits, high quality materials and innovation. Strictly star Claudia Winkleman presented the award to Martin Mongan, Managing Director Hansgrohe UK; “We are delighted to have been recognised not once but three times by our peers in the bathroom industry for our excellent style, innovative design and outstanding quality.”

    Axor Uno
    AXOR Uno follows the uncompromising design principles of the original Purist movement with consistent construction: two precisely shaped cylinders joined together at a right angle. The spouts and handles are available in radical or gently rounded versions. The precise contours and the raised proportions in the golden ratio of the taps are their defining stylistic features, lending them a special aura and giving them a sleek and elegant look in any setting. Special surface finishes impart added radiance to the collection, which comprises over 70 products for washbasins, showers and bathtubs.

    Showering in a new dimension of radiant beauty: the AXOR ShowerHeaven is an impressive overhead shower with a 1.2 metre long and 30 centimetre wide generous, plane surface of high-quality metal. Its four retractable “wings” and integrated ambient lighting, not only make it a fabulous stage for water, but also create a new archetype in the shower. Three jet types guarantee a luxurious showering experience: the concentrated mono jet in the middle, the expansive rain jet, and the body jets with their unique PowderRain spray. A relaxing massage spray, a soothing rain shower, or a gentle drizzle: the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 allows users to shower using each jet type individually, or all three in unison – a spectacular sensory experience.

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    F: +44 (0) 13 72 47 06 70

    Kit Kemp Wilton Carpets

    Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets receives acclaim since launch

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    The Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection was launched at a glittering event at London’s The Soho Hotel, named the ‘World’s Most Glamorous Hotel’ by Tatler magazine. Since then the range has enjoyed widespread acclaim, grabbing the attention of leading luxury consumer lifestyle publications and notable influencers from across the interiors industry.

    Created by Kit Kemp, design director of Firmdale Hotels PLC and well-known author and art collector, the made-to-order collection features nine exquisite patterns drawing from influences as diverse as folklore, botany and architecture. Kit worked with the Wilton Carpets design team to create a stand-out collection for hospitality environments that is unique and individual. Using traditional axminster or wilton weaves, or incorporating the added texture of a Brussels weave, the collection delivers the finest British wool-rich qualities in bespoke size wall-to-wall carpet and area rugs.


    “The designs in the Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection truly are extraordinary and we’ve pushed the limits of our design and manufacturing expertise to faithfully interpret the sophisticated, subtle elements of Kit’s original creations,” explains Damian Roscoe, head of creative for Wilton Carpets. “In fact, patterns such as Batik were only possible because of the detail achievable with our robotic Axminster loom; the country’s most advanced. The collection was a joy to develop and shows just what can be achieved when two creative forces collaborate.”

    Presented in a luxurious hardback book, the Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection has made the difficult transition between a carpet created for hospitality and leisure spaces to one equally at ease in luxury homes. Recognised for this by leading interior journalists, it demonstrates that when good design and carpet craft combine, the results deserve attention. In fact, the Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection has already been recognised by English Home magazine in its prestigious ‘New Year Honours’ special edition.

    Designs from Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets can now be seen in corridors and rooms at The Soho Hotel. From the stunning Batik used as runner in the reception and By Way as an area rug in the library, to the flexibility of Tweed Fleck demonstrated in one of the impressive Terrace Suites; the carpets reflect the richness of pattern and understanding of colour that is signature Kit Kemp.

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    Armani/Roca delights visitors to Sleep 2017

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    Global bathroom brand, Roca, enthralled visitors at Sleep 2017, Europe’s leading hotel & design event, with its striking new Armani/Roca Baia collection. The sophisticated and elegant stand explored the personal experience of the bathroom space with a focus on the luxurious new range from Armani/Roca.

    Mark Poulain, International Specification Manager at Roca, comments, ‘Sleep 2017 proved to be a big success for Roca with one of the best starts to the show in the five years Roca has been exhibiting. This year we presented the new Armani/Roca Baia collection – a range of feature pieces soon to be added to the excellent Armani/Roca portfolio. We had a fantastic response to the stand with extremely positive feedback on the beautiful finishes and stunning Armani/Roca designs. The Roca Group has showcased a broad mix of products over the years at Sleep allowing us to highlight how strong our product offering is.”

    Armani/RocaWith the new Baia collection, Giorgio Armani once again shows his commitment to promoting comfort and wellbeing, expressing his vision of the bathroom environment through a combination of elements that allow maximum flexibility and adaptability.

    Armani/RocaParticular attention has been paid to the ergonomics of each piece. The aesthetic intentionally references the past but the retro styling has been interpreted in a modern manner and incorporates avant-garde technology.

    Armani/RocaThe result is a new versatile bathroom collection, which manages to be both contemporary and timeless, in accordance with Giorgio Armani’s well-known design philosophy.

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    Product Spotlight hansgrohe RainSelect at Sleep 2017

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    RainSelect, launched at November’s Sleep show, is an intuitive and convenient central control unit, providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity.

    Generous, 70 x 70 millimetre switches make selecting shower settings a tactile experience. Underlying this is hansgrohe’s Select technology, which controls the various functions on a purely mechanical basis.

    hansgrohe RainSelectIts aesthetically sophisticated design and linear, horizontal shape make it a striking addition to the bathroom. Its unique, sleek silhouette, which gives the wall a clean and uncluttered look, was developed in collaboration with Phoenix Design.

    There are two models to choose from: for the shower area, and a separate solution for bathtub showers. Three surface finishes enable customised and consistent bathroom design: white or black-backed glass, or the more traditional chrome-coloured metal.

    Case Study: Brintons at Hotel Walther, Switzerland

    Case Study: Brintons at Hotel Walther, Switzerland

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    In celebration of its 110th anniversary, the Hotel Walther commissioned Brintons to translate the elaborate designs of interior designer Virginia Maissen into woven Axminster rugs and fitted carpet to complement the refurbishment of the hotel.

    The concept of the design was to create a modern, inviting and comfortable feel in this grand hotel with inspiration taken from its surroundings and history. Zürich-based interior designer Virginia Maissen worked with Brintons to redesign the interior to highlight the heritage of the hotel, but also incorporate modern art installations by Rolf Sachs and Sandro Fabbri.

    Case Study: Brintons at Hotel Walther, SwitzerlandThe newly refurbished hotel, a member of the Relais & Châteaux group, unveiled its updated design earlier this year. The 17 bespoke carpet designs throughout are bold and abstract, in a colour palette of reds, greens and yellows that reference the hotel’s alpine surroundings.

    Brintons collaborated closely with Virginia Maissen to translate her designs into Axminster carpet. The layering of imagery within the designs, mixing bold colours and the subtle photographic representation exploited the full range of the carpet manufacturer’s 32-colour High Definition Weave; a unique Brintons’ innovation that allows for infinite design possibilities and highly dynamic visuals.

    The end result is a beautifully detailed collection of bespoke carpets in the lobby, fine dining room, stairs and smoking lounge of the hotel.

    Virginia Maissen commented: “I am so proud of the bespoke carpets, Brintons translated all my designs perfectly, the stand out details coupled with a classic pattern brings together both of our design visions. The 17 unique carpet designs demanded special attention from both sides, and Brintons delivered on time and within budget. This project perfectly demonstrates Brintons’ skill in creating one-off pieces to a client specification.”

    Case Study: Brintons at Hotel Walther, SwitzerlandAntique treasures and decorations have been reinterpreted to reflect the hotel’s history: original ceilings and rounded archways from the early twentieth century have been exposed with the help of local craftsmen. Specially designed wall tapestries, curtains, and carpets created by Brintons have been added to complement the furnishings of each room.

    The 4-star Hotel Walther is a third-generation family-run business, currently headed by Anne-Rose and Thomas Walther. Brintons is well known in Switzerland for its design expertise and market presence, and has an established reputation for high quality custom Axminster carpets and rugs.

    Luv collection by Duravit wins at DKB Awards 2017

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    On Wednesday 22nd November, Duravit, a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms, was invited to attend the 15th Annual 2017 Designer and Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

    Held at The Bloomsbury Big Top in central London, around 400 professionals from the kitchen and bathroom industry, came together to celebrate excellence in professional residential design and innovation in new product design.

    Duravit’s Luv collection, designed by Cecilie Manz, received the award for ‘Innovation in Design’ in the bathroom products category. Seven experienced and highly respected judges recognised the collections’ timeless design merits, high quality materials and innovation.

    Luv by Cecilie Manz wins at the Annual 2017 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom AwardsStrictly Come Dancing star Claudia Winkleman presented the award to Martin Carroll, Managing Director, Duravit UK who commented: “We are delighted to be recognized as an industry leader in product innovation by the judges at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards. Our close collaboration with internationally renowned designers such as Cecilie Manz has enabled us to make designer bathrooms come alive by combining the highest quality original design and innovative materials with comfort-enhancing technology.”

    Luv was launched at ISH 2017 and combines Nordic purism and timeless elegance. Gentle forms follow a sharp geometry. The selection of materials and colours is testament to Cecilie Manz’s refined sense for nuanced form. Her colour palette of matt lacquers and glazes in soft shades was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasises the fresh character of Luv.

    Hamilton Litestat

    Company Profile: Hamilton Litestat

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    Hamilton Litestat is an electrical solutions provider that designs, develops and manufactures innovative electrical accessories of the highest quality. With a vast product range spanning consumer units, decorative switch plates and sockets, lighting control and multi-room audio, it is a one-stop-shop for all domestic wiring requirements.

    A British manufacturer, Hamilton has created an enviable portfolio of decorative switch plate and socket designs to please the hotel interiors fashion industry, as well as smart lighting control and multi-room audio systems designed to enhance the hotel guest experience.

    A family-owned-and-run company, Hamilton will celebrate a fantastic milestone in 2018 when the business reaches its 50th anniversary. It operates under the direction of Ian Hamilton, son of founder Rod Hamilton, and has grown since its inception to employ 120 customer-focused staff and distribute its class-leading solutions around the world.

    Hamilton’s outstanding reputation is built on delivering quality, both in terms of design and manufacture. It supplies the latest technology and ‘smart’ solutions, all supported by exceptional customer service. As an industry-leading company, Hamilton is ceaseless in its quest to produce pioneering solutions that are easy to install, competitively priced and have a stylish, desirable finish suited to any interior project.

    Hamilton’s smart lighting control & multi-room audio system can add mood and drama to a space – ideal for guest rooms, restaurant/bar and public areas. Lighting scenes can be stored and recalled at the touch of a button, and guests can listen to several audio sources from within the room, including streaming music from their phone.

    Recent Projects: Danesfield House Hotel & Spa, Hotel Indigo Cardiff, Hever Castle, and Michaelson Boutique Hotel.

    Unit 10, Carrick Business Centre, 4-5 Bonville Road
    Brislington, Bristol BS4 5NZ

    See below for further information on Hamilton’s full range of products and services:
    T: +44 (0)1747 860088

    Duravit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

    Project Spotlight: Duravit at Louvre Abu Dhabi

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    Jean Nouvel has created an architectural wonder in the desert. It includes products by Duravit, designed by Philippe Starck.

    A commission that was unusual even for the French star architect and Pritzker prize winner Jean Nouvel – the creation of the first all-purpose museum in the Arab world – and the first in the twenty-first century, a building that is intended to stand as a symbol for Abu Dhabi.

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi was officially opened on 11 November 2017. The spectacular building on Saadiyat Island will show 300 objects on loan from thirteen leading museums in France. However, the greatest attraction is the building itself.

    Duravit at Louvre Abu DhabiBetween modernity and tradition
    The architecture is modern but timeless, incorporating elements from Abu Dhabi’s architectural tradition. Jean Nouvel took inspiration from an Arab medina (old town) to create a building whose domed metal roof weighs as much as the Eiffel Tower in Paris but is supported by just four columns – a technical feat that is also an aesthetic experience.

    A total of fifty-five different buildings form a museum city on the island in the Gulf, covered by a huge steel roof with a diameter of 180 metres.

    Passages and corridors wind their way through this cool white labyrinth, with steps up to the flat roofs of some of the building blocks to enable visitors to see the spectacular domed roof from close up. This unique design consists of almost 8,000 stars of different sizes and angles, superimposed in seven layers.

    Like a roof made of overlapping palm leaves, this structure provides shade and protection from the hot desert sun. The effect is breathtaking: “It produces a poetic, almost magical rain of light,” says architect Jean Nouvel. At night the effect is reversed when the internally lit building shines like a miniature night sky.

    In the white bathrooms the works of another French architect and designer are on show: Starck 1 toilets by Philippe Starck.
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    Nouvel, Starck and Picasso
    In the white bathrooms the works of another French architect and designer are on show: toilets by Philippe Starck, designed for Duravit. Starck was also inspired by tradition in his design of the toilet. The Starck 1 toilet recalls its historical predecessor, a bucket – interpreted in a completely new way, of course.

    Jean Nouvel’s building occupies a site of almost 100,000 square metres, with 8,600 square metres of exhibition space, including 6,400 for the permanent exhibition and 2,000 for temporary exhibitions. The first exhibition will feature Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Belle Ferronnière”, a self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh and works by Pablo Picasso.

    Images: ©Danica O. Kus

    Batik runner, Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets

    Kit Kemp, Wilton Carpets create exciting carpet collection

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    Wilton Carpets and Kit Kemp have come together to create an exciting collection of woven wool-rich carpets for hospitality, travel and home.

    Kit Kemp MBE has forged an international reputation as one of the world’s top interior designers. With a unique approach to her work, Kit is also well-known as an author and passionate champion of British art, craft and sculpture. As Design Director of Firmdale Hotels PLC, she is the creative force behind hotels including London’s Ham Yard, Charlotte Street, The Soho Hotel and New York’s Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby. Her designs have been celebrated with many prestigious awards including ‘Condé Nast Best Hotel in the World for Design’.

    Situated in the Wiltshire town of the same name, the spiritual home of weaving for nearly 400 years, Wilton Carpets designs and manufactures in Britain, making carpet from British wool on a blend of traditional machinery and the country’s most advanced robotic high-speed loom. Wilton Carpets is the embodiment of the very best in modern manufacturing blended with traditional craftsmanship.

    Kit’s collaboration with Wilton Carpets has created a stand-out collection for hospitality, travel and home, interpreting scale and usability through the latest manufacturing techniques. With a highly experienced design team, spearheaded by Damien Roscoe, Wilton Carpets has skilfully turned Kit’s ideas into beautiful high quality woven carpets, pushing carpet craft to its limits.

    Kit explains: “New manufacturing technology has made my ideas a possibility and with its design input, Wilton Carpets has turned them into a joyful reality. We have been able to create subtle effects and graduations of colour to give carpets a unique feel, similar to the finish of a hand-blocked fabric. Colour makes you feel happy and gives a contemporary buzz to this collection.”

    The made-to-order range introduces nine unique and multi-tasking designs that draw from a diverse array of inspiration within folklore, architecture and botanical motifs. These come together to provide carpets that work in both traditional and modern interiors.

    Damian Roscoe, Head of Creative at Wilton Carpets: “We’re incredibly proud of the Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection as it represents just what is achievable when two creative forces collaborate. The collection has been a joy to develop and we’ve worked closely with Kit to make sure her vision was reproduced with the attention-to-detail for which we are famed.”

    Whether using traditional Axminster or Wilton weaves, or incorporating the added texture of a Brussels weave, Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets delivers carpet of the finest design and quality. Made in a British wool-rich blend for lasting appearance and wear resistance, the range is available in wall-to-wall carpet and as bespoke area rugs, in a quality and construction suitable for the demands of project.

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    One of the most difficult influences to turn into carpet, Batik references hand-blocked fabrics and the subtle effects this technique brings. Kit Kemp says: ‘it’s a new way to bring one off craftwork into you home.” Batik comes in two striking colourways dominated by red and blue.

    A strong architectural look, which is ‘one of my favourites, so simple but graphic and strong’ explains Kit. Available in six colourways, including red on blue and yellow on black.

    By Way
    A classic herringbone infused with bright colour combinations that Kit describes as ‘having fun in a colourful and carefree way’. Available in four high-contrast colourways.

    Based on traditional Turkish carpets, this design has a large diamond repeat that Kit says, ‘needs to be seen to be believed’. A definite ode to the Arts and Crafts in four colourways including dynamic shades of blue and terracotta.

    Flower and Berry
    There is more than meets the eye with this overall Botanical pattern. ‘This is a design that will work well in both traditional and modern settings’, says Kit. Available in five colourways featuring red on off-white, off-white on blue and off-white on pea green

    Leaf Cut
    Inspired by nature, this is a carpet that Kit describes as, ‘falling leaves in a modern way that will look interesting in any environment’. Leaf Cut comes in two popping colourways, blue with leaves of orange and red with green.

    Leaf Cut in Cerise area rug, Kit Kemp by Wilton CarpetsOpen Plan
    A large repeat that looks good in grand areas, tribal influences abound. The Open Plan pattern ‘takes the traditional and turns it into something that says today’, explains Kit. This pattern comes in four colour combinations, including three with an off-white base cloth.

    Tweed Fleck
    A tweed design which Kit describes as having ‘flecks of fabulous tiny vibrant colours” It is a modern-day classic. Tweed Fleck is available in seven high-impact colourways including red, teal and blue.

    A simple linear geometric design that still manages to make a statement and which Kit believes will make ‘halls and stairways look tailored’. With inversed colours available, this pattern comes in five other off-white combinations.

    The richness of pattern and understanding of colour is a signature look of Kit Kemp and in creating the collection, the team at Wilton Carpets has pushed carpet design to the limit. Kit Kemp and Wilton Carpets are bringing craft into carpets for everybody to enjoy.

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    Collection Launch: Astraeus – new FR voiles from Skopos

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    As a follow on from the Zephyr collection, Skopos launched a new series of FR voiles for the contract market at this year’s Sleep event.

    With new statement designs including a vintage crinkle silk effect voile, an embroidered vertical design, tailored stripes and an elegant gradated print, the collection brings a mix of matt, linen-look designs, large scale drama, luxurious shimmer and a good offering of simple understated designs.

    AstraeusThe collection offers products for bedrooms and public areas, for hospitality, cruise and leisure, to provide a discreet, yet elegant veil for windows.

    All products within the collection are washable, wide width, many Trevira CS, conforming to British and European standards for flame retardancy. Making an appearance at this year’s Sleep event, the collection will sit alongside Zephyr in the Skopos portfolio.

    AstraeusSkopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 40 year’s specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality, cruise, care and leisure sectors.

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    WF12 8HT

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    Sleep 2017 Live: Kelly Hoppen joins forces with Brintons

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    Kelly Hoppen MBE has joined forces with leading carpet manufacturer Brintons to create a bold new collection of contemporary woven carpets.

    The new venture is the renowned interior designer’s first ever carpet collection and will be launched at this year’s Sleep, the annual hotel design event taking place in London today and tomorrow.

    The Kelly Hoppen Collection by Brintons brings the designer’s unparalleled eye for trend-leading design to the commercial carpet sector. The result is a distinctive new contemporary aesthetic that completely eschews the typical ‘swirl and block’ patterns for which the commercial/hospitality sector is traditionally known.

    Instead, the dynamic collection consists of 13 geometric and organic designs in on-trend colourways that reflect the designer’s award-winning design style and pared-back aesthetic. Kelly Hoppen took inspiration from diverse influences ranging from geometric shapes to elements found in everyday surroundings such as cracks in a pavement and splashes of paint.

    “I wanted to do something quite cutting edge and out there compared to what we see at the moment…I think it’s different and it’s in the forefront of design in terms of commercial carpeting, so I am extremely excited,” she says.

    Kelly Hoppen - Brintons - Sleep 2017The collection is suitable for a wide variety of hospitality applications including hotels, casinos, cruise ships or airports. Each Kelly Hoppen by Brintons design is woven to order in the full range of specifications that combine Brintons’ patented blend.

    After 41 years in design, Kelly Hoppen relished the fresh challenge of designing her first contract carpets: “It’s been fun, it’s been enlightening and I’ve learnt a lot from it. Carpet is an interesting product to design. There is an array of materials and textures and it’s a challenge to design a carpet that is hardwearing but also luxurious, beautiful and comfortable. Although you think of it as a flat surface, it is three-dimensional so the design process is complex. You have to think carefully about scale too as the design needs to work in large expansive areas as well as in narrower spaces such as guestrooms and corridors. Not only that, you need to design a surface that other designers can put their own style on too. Once you get it right though, you just know.”

    The designer continued: “In terms of the collaboration with Brintons, there is mutual admiration and respect -Brintons is an incredible company with great heritage. I think this is just the start of a really wonderful collaboration. With this collection, each piece that we’ve created is different and is a statement in itself. I think it’s going to be brilliant.”

    Collection Spotlight: Vintage Cusions from Sanderson

    Collection Spotlight: Vintage Cushions from Sanderson

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    Celebrating iconic and well-loved designs from their historic archive, Style Library brand Sanderson launches the Vintage Cushion Collection.

    Dating back to the last century these archetypal designs have been recreated in fresh new colourways: Vintage Rose, Peony Brights and Primrose & Dove. Nostalgic yet vibrant; a contemporary way to bring classic florals into the home.

    Designed in 1927, Rose & Peony began life as a wallpaper design with 16 colours (a mark of luxury in wallpaper design). It was produced by surface roller printing at the original Sanderson wallpaper factory in Chiswick. In 1930 the design was first printed as a fabric and the pattern has been a Sanderson favourite ever since.

    Available in 3 colourways: Vintage Rose, Peony Brights and Primrose/Dove.

    Rose & Peony

    Created by then head designer, Kenneth Vivian Truman in 1959 to celebrate Sanderson’s centenary year in 1960. Chelsea has been known to occupy Sanderson’s textile print machines for six months at a time, such is its popularity. It is the most iconic of all Sanderson florals and Truman is credited for creating ‘the Sanderson look’. Chelsea is the foundation on which all classic, Sanderson floral patterns are built.

    Available in 2 colourways: Indigo/Linen and Vintage Rose.



    Created by Pat Etheridge, a Sanderson in-house studio designer since the mid-1960s. This awe-inspiring pattern encapsulates the characteristics of an English country house chintz. Stapleton Park remains one of Sanderson’s best loved patterns and continues to decorate homes throughout the world.

    Available in 3 colourways: Primrose/Dove, Indigo/Linen and Peony Brights.

    Stapleton Park

    Stapleton Park

    A reinterpreted paisley from the Sanderson archive, Kashmir Paisley evokes the spirit of Bohemia, with its sweeping outlines and vivacious colours. Paisleys are an amazing way, to layer pattern, this one has been coloured to beautifully complement the three statement designs of this collection, or equally to make a statement in its own right.

    Available in 3 colourways: Peony Brights, Indigo/Linen and Vintage Rose.

    Kashmir Paisley

    Kashmir Paisley

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    Chelsom are delighted to announce that they will once again be exhibiting at the annual Sleep Event, which takes place at the Business Design Centre

    Chelsom exhibiting at Sleep for 11th consecutive year

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    Chelsom are delighted to announce that they will once again be exhibiting at the annual Sleep Event, which takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on 21st-22nd November 2017.

    Sleep is Europe’s leading trade event for interior hospitality products providing an annual meeting for those at the forefront of hotel design, development and architecture.

    This will be Chelsom’s 11th consecutive year at the event and this year they will be exhibiting a selection of stunning custom designed products created specifically for the refurbishment of the guestrooms and suites of The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London.

    In addition Chelsom will also be providing an exclusive preview of brand new pieces from the upcoming collection, Edition 26, as designed entirely in-house by Robert and Will Chelsom and will be available from May 2018 onwards.

    Managing Director, Will Chelsom said: “Sleep is the number one UK show in terms of interior design for the hospitality market and we are very pleased to be back again. Being able to see what the wider market is up to is really inspirational and it’s a great environment for companies to showcase their latest product designs and innovations.

    “Sleep has become a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s exciting for us to be promoting our new off-shoot collection and promoting a selection of new pieces from what is undoubtedly our most eclectic collection to date,” he added.

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    Versital announced as finalists for top design award

    Versital announced as finalists for top design award

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    Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital is a finalist for the second year in a row in the ‘Product of the Year: Surface’ category for the Mixology North Awards 2017.

    Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected yet again as a finalist for a prestigious design award.

    This year the brand new ‘Metallic Marble’ finish has been short listed as a contender for product of the year. The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists have been judged based on a criteria that considered factors such as sustainability, design originality, aesthetics, ease of use and commercial viability.

    Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director for Versital, comments: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have been short listed for the second year in a row for our brand new Metallic Marble finishes. A Mixology award is the stamp of approval in the interior design and hospitality industry. Our surfaces bring a fantastic solution to the industry and have been specified in a number of upmarket projects both in the North and the rest of the UK this year, including Whitbread and Mitchells & Butlers.”

    Versital - Bathroom DivisionThe Mixology North Awards were created by the team behind the highly regarded design publication, Mix Interiors, to support and recognise the many dynamic brands within the interior design industry, regardless of their size. The winners will be announced on the 7th December 2017 in a ceremony at Manchester Central that will be attended by over 800 members of the interior design community.

    Versital’s product offering for the hospitality sector includes bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities, shower trays and shower panels in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital’s shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.

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    Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from Crosswater

    Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from Crosswater

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    As an essential component for the bathroom, Crosswater’s latest collection of cosmetic mirrors combine superior functionality with sleek design to create the perfect detail mirror to complete your bathroom scheme.

    Four new designs have been launched within the Mike PRO mirror range with compact proportions and considered features that transform daily cosmetic routines with ease. Industry advances in LED performance are embraced in three of the designs to ensure the optimum level of light within the contemporary circular frame.

    Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from CrosswaterThe mirror itself provides a magnification factor of three, creating a depth of detail in the reflection, whilst vertical pivot capabilities offer the option to adjust the mirror to your desired position.

    Choose from either a fixed or flexible wall mounted mirror as well as a freestanding tabletop design, each of which is finished in chrome with the addition of LED lighting for a look of refined luxury.

    Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from CrosswaterThe final new mirror within the Mike Pro collection is an extendable wall mounted design, with options that allow you to extend the mirror from the minimum of 45mm to a vast 375mm. The double-sided configuration provides both a regular and magnified mirror to choose from, whilst the frame can be both tilted and pivoted to the perfect angle.

    1. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £395.00 (main image)
    2. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £525.00
    3. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £450.00
    4. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £155.00

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    Sleep Event

    Wake up to the inspiration of Sleep with HD clients

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    More exhibitors than ever before have chosen to reveal their new collections at Sleep this year (21st – 22nd November at the Business Design Centre in London). They include the following (Hotel Designs clients in bold)…

    Leading carpet manufacturer, Brintons, has joined forces with renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, to create her first collection of contemporary woven carpets that will debut at Sleep. The dynamic range will consist of 13 geometric and organic styles in on-trend colourways that reflect the designer’s style and pared-back aesthetic. Kelly will be at Brintons’ stand DG9 on 21st November to personally introduce her designs and discuss her inspiration behind the collection.

    Throughout its exciting schedule at Clerkenwell Design Week Brintons is inviting design savvy visitors to join them at its London Design Centre between the 24th to the 26th MayBang & Olufsen
    Bang & Olufsen, who has long been synonymous with seamlessly integrating innovative sound technology with iconic design, will be launching its brand new BeoSound Shape – a wall-mounted audio system created for the hospitality market. The fully scalable and modular wireless speakers are ideal for hotel lobbies and restaurants and are capable of delivering immersive staging and customisable design layouts whilst improving room acoustics through integrated noise dampers.

    Camira Fabrics
    Camira Fabrics will be previewing their hospitality range comprising a wide choice of materials from plain fabrics and luxurious leathers to jacquard weaves and bold prints.

    Well-established as a premium bathroom brand supplying hotels around the world, hansgrohe will introduce its latest generation of Select products – RainSelect. This will include the RainSelect control, an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit.

    hansgrohe MetropolVitrA
    Another much-respected name in bathroom manufacturing, VitrA, will be introducing their Water Jewels Bath, Eternity Accessories by Sebastian Conran, Outline Basins, Suit brassware and Miniworx tiles to the UK market at this year’s Sleep.

    Newmor Wallcoverings
    Newmor Wallcoverings will be bringing a total of nine new designs to this year’s Sleep: Leaves, Loom, Plateau, Firefly, Harlowe, Harmony, Malazo, Ridge, and Shoji Screen.

    Newmor 50th anniversary collectionSan Souci
    Sans Souci, known for specialising in the design and production of custom-designed decorative light fixtures, lighting objects and architectural features, will be presenting two new products, developed in collaboration with two international designers. AURORA by Katarina Kotulacova is a dramatic installation made of two-layer hand-blown glass, which uses iPod-controlled, colour-changing LEDs to imitate the aurora borealis, whilst Symphony by Jiri Krisica required applying new coating technology to crystal tubes in a way that produces a subtle and impressively decorative gradient.

    Greek mattress manufacturers, CANDIA, has announced a unique new Bodyfix Collection, made entirely by hand by skilled artisans with 100% natural materials and fabrics treated with olive oil. This innovative process offers antibacterial protection whilst also allowing the sleeper to benefit from the restorative properties of the oil.

    Moduleo has extended its range of luxury vinyl flooring to include five woods, one stone and three abstract designs. The new wood lines are Santa Cruz Oak, Bohemian and Laurel Oak, providing light washed, chevron and smooth ‘no knot’ effects, as well as rustic-look Sierra Oak and elm-style Marsh Wood in a total of 11 colourways. Their Impress stone design, Mustang Slate, mimics natural slate, whilst their abstract products give 3D illusions and offer flexible finishes.

    Moduleo set to Impress with next gen designsFabio Alemanno Design
    Fabio Alemanno Design will be bringing their flagship Cleopatra model, infrared heated lounger to Sleep, with exciting new combinations of natural stone. Additionally, they will be showcasing Diva, their latest lounger which utilises high-tech materials and techniques for maximum flexibility and design options.

    KAI is a fabric company producing contract collections that fuse the contemporary with the classic. Ranges to be launched at Sleep include the subtly rustic Basel, Amalfi, sophisticated neutral Como, and quilted satin Tallis.

    Ligne Roset
    The prominent supplier of luxury furniture, Ligne Roset, whose collections and bespoke pieces grace many a hotel, will be revealing a number of design-led ranges including Amédée by Marie-Christine Dorner, Humphrey by Evangelos Vasileiou, Oxydation by Kateryna Sokolova and Mold by Kateryna Sokolova.

    Installations and a thought-provoking Conference with Roundtable discussions, hosted by leading figures within the hotel industry, will take place alongside the exhibition.
    For more information about Sleep 2017 and to register for a complementary visitor pass, visit

    HiB’s new range reveals deluxe design statement

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    Testament to HiB’s outstanding design credentials, the leading bathroom furniture manufacturer is adding to its stunning portfolio of products with the launch of the brand-new Reveal cabinet.

    Ideally suited to bathrooms where simplicity is a must, Reveal directly taps into consumers’ ongoing love affair with the minimalist trend. A deluxe design statement with subtle, recessed handles, the range conveys a beautiful balance of style and substance.

    Making all the difference for householders, Reveal offers a wealth of personalisation options, such as shaped or rectangular mineral marble basins and a choice of colours including HiB’s most popular shade, white, as well as deep anthracite and on trend gloss light grey. Consumers can complete the look with co-ordinated LED ambient under-lighting and a chic illuminated mirrored cabinet to complement the range.

    A versatile storage solution, Reveal provides homeowners with seamless ease of use thanks to a plethora of considered design details. The range further lends itself to the minimalist style through deep drawers and eight interlocking drawer organisers to make clutter a thing of the past, whilst soft close drawers add an extra touch of luxury.

    Reveal 50 Gloss Light Grey roomset - HiBAsh Chilver, sales director at HiB, said: “Homeowners are putting growing pressure on their bathrooms to be the perfect sanctuary where they can escape from the stresses of everyday life; a place where they can truly be themselves. At HiB, we recognise the onus is therefore on manufacturers to ensure we are continually innovating to improve the bathroom experience for the end user.

    “Reveal is an excellent example of our commitment to driving change in the market and the new range is ideally suited to those seeking a storage solution which makes a world of difference to their bathroom design, combining truly beautiful design with exceptional practicality.”

    The Reveal range comes in sizes 50, 60 and 80cm widths and is available in either wide wall hung or floor standing units.

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    AXOR Showers: Masterpieces of design

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    The new AXOR showers combine purist design with an unsurpassed showering experience. The circular AXOR 350 overhead shower, the AXOR ShowerPipe 800 with its matching AXOR thermostat 800; the rectangular AXOR 250 / 580 and 460 / 300 overhead showers, and the AXOR Select thermostat module, were all created in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based Phoenix Design.

    Pure Simplicity: AXOR Overhead Shower and ShowerPipe
    The AXOR 350 1jet captivates through its consistent purist design language. Its imposing circular design captures the bathroom space majestically. The finely milled and turned edges of the high-quality metal plate are its defining stylistic feature, reflecting superb craftsmanship. The new AXOR ShowerPipe 800 shower system includes the AXOR thermostat mixer 800 with large mirror glass shelf and hand shower plus the AXOR 350 overhead shower. An extravagant system of water channels in a purist pipe design culminates in a revolutionary new spray type: PowderRain – this gently envelops the skin like a silky rain shower and delivers a luxurious showering experience. AXOR offers a choice 15 special surface finishes for added radiance.

    AXOR Showerpipe 800 with AXOR overhead shower 350_AmbienceGeometric Precision: AXOR Overhead Showers and the AXOR Select Thermostat Module
    Distinctive: the rectangle is the defining shape – for the overhead shower, the wall and ceiling plates, and even the thermostat module. Crafted from high-quality metal, the spray plate maintains a range of spray types: a gush spray for a gentle neck massage, a focused and powerful mono spray or a voluptuous rain spray. The detachable metal plate is easy to clean and is available in 15 special surface finishes. Its functional counterpart is the AXOR thermostat module. Its integrated, seamless design and continuous surface blends elegantly with any bathroom. Inspired by ripples on an endless surface of water, the Select buttons allow users to precisely switch between jet types and showerheads – innovation at the touch of a button.

    AXOR Showers 350 AXOR One Thermostat“AXOR showers create a space for appreciation: their design, material and the way they set the stage for the precious element of water give the shower space a flawless appearance. Each individual product, from the exclusive AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 and AXOR 350 overhead shower with PowderRain, to the amply proportioned buttons on the AXOR Select thermostat module, reflects this respect. Products like these are the result of our uncompromising pursuit of perfection when it comes to design, craftsmanship and functionality,” explains Silke Giessler, Head of AXOR Brand Marketing.

    The new AXOR showers were premiered at ISH 2017 in Frankfurt and can be viewed at The Water Studio, Clerkenwell, London.

    Kaldewei fits out bathrooms for Le Roch

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    The new Le Roch Hôtel & Spa Paris designer hotel, in the Saint-Honoré quarter of the French capital, guarantees its guests premium relaxation.

    The 5-star property’s bathrooms are the perfect place to retreat from the hectic hustle & bustle of the city – fitted with high-end bathroom solutions made of Kaldewei steel enamel including the enamelled Conoflat shower surface or the Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval bathtub. Interior designer Sarah Lavoine was responsible for creating the inviting, boutique-look setting, offering guests the highest degree of comfort and elegant design.

    Le Roch Hôtel & Spa Paris features 37 stylishly furnished rooms and suites. Each of the rooms bears the signature of Parisian interior designer, Sarah Lavoine, who has won international acclaim for her skillful use of colours and materials. Her passion for authentic Parisian chic is evident in every detail, lending this boutique hotel a warm, homely feel.

    Opulent interplay of colours and materials in the bathrooms
    A mix of fine materials, harmonious colours and Parisian motifs in the 32 rooms and five suites gives guests a sense of well-being. Lavoine continues her design concept in the bathrooms, combining wall tiles and velvet-upholstered furniture in vibrant blues with high-end bathroom solutions made of Kaldewei steel enamel.

    In the suite bathrooms, for example, the Kaldewei Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval with its seamless panelling is an elegant eye-catching feature. In addition to its minimalist design, the Meisterstück bathtub also scores high in the comfort stakes: two comfortable backrests and a centrally-positioned, enamelled waste cover make this the perfect tub for a blissfully relaxing bath à deux.

    Comfort and aesthetic with Kaldewei bathroom solutions
    The bathrooms in the Deluxe category are equally designed to a demanding standard, also making use of Kaldewei solutions. In these bathrooms, the floor-level Conoflat shower surface with its flat design offers exclusive showering pleasure with no step. The flat enamelled waste cover guarantees both superb underfoot comfort and an exceptional aesthetic. The Classic Duo Oval bathtub made of superior steel enamel also promises relaxation and timeless elegance.

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    Product Spotlight: New England from Wilton Carpets

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    Wilton Carpets has launched New England, a wool-rich tufted carpet available in two stripe styles and great for use in boutique hotels and bedrooms.

    Crafted from 100% wool, New England offers exceptional quality and appearance retention with a 1/10th gauge, 28oz tufted construction that offers excellent value in lighter-use areas.

    The collection is made of a broad stripe and a pinstripe, each available in the same palette of four tonal grey colourways. Bringing a subtle and sophisticated look, these styles work well across a myriad of interiors, from charming country retreat to slick city stopover.

    James Sprint, CEO, Wilton Carpets, explains: “The New England collection is ideal for small and rapid refurbishment projects, where an off-the-shelf carpet is often the best solution. Thanks to the versatility of stripes and an exclusive palette of on-trend grey tones, it really is a ‘go with anything’ collection and its premium 100% wool quality makes sure that it provides the best in appearance retention and wear-resistance.”

    The four-metre wide New England is part of the In Stock collection from Wilton Carpets and is available for immediate delivery with no minimum order. Featuring designs ideal for guestrooms, corridors, meeting rooms and offices, the In Stock collection features contemporary designs in palettes that coordinate with a broad range of interior schemes.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    GROHE at Grand Designs Live

    GROHE a big ‘success’ at Grand Designs Live

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    Following its debut at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham, GROHE’s UK Marketing Director Raj Mistry, has labelled the event a ‘tremendous success’ as it drew big crowds to its stand to learn more about its innovative water products.

    This year, the popular consumer home and renovation show welcomed thousands of visitors, many of whom were drawn to GROHE’s stand. One of the big attractions to the GROHE stand was its activity with celebrity TV chef Ed Baines, who has partnered with GROHE to support its Blue Home kitchen tap which dispenses filtered still, medium or sparkling water on demand.

    GROHE at Grand Designs LiveThis is the third in a series of partnered events with Ed Baines, who has been highlighting the many benefits of having access to pure, filtered water. On this occasion, he entertained the crowds with a series of live cooking demonstrations using water from both the Blue Home and the Red, GROHE‘s kettle hot water tap, as an integral part of his recipes. Mixologists, Eventology, were also on hand to serve up delicious mocktails using water from the GROHE Blue Home on the first day of the show to mark its opening.

    GROHE’s UK Marketing Director, Raj Mistry, said: “We are delighted with the success of our first exhibition at Grand Designs Live, providing an important platform in the home development and building sector to showcase our kitchen offerings and encourage our guests to consider the benefits of unbottled and instantly available filtered water. Using filtered water from our Blue and Red not only has environmental benefits, but delivers an improved taste experience both in terms of delicious still and sparkling chilled water, as well as kettle hot water for drinks or to enhance flavours when cooking. Offering our guests the chance to taste the difference for themselves through mocktails and samples cooked by Ed Baines really brought the stand to life.”

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    Decorative Accessories: Metallic Finish for Furtho from Jalu

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    Having caught up with Jalu in this month’s ‘Company Profile’, Hotel Designs had the chance to get a sneak peak at the company’s newest metallic finish to its ‘The Furtho’ outdoor lamps…

    A new metallic paint finish to The Furtho was launched at the Independent Hotel Show 2017. A vibrant iridescent silver finish with contrasting silver flecks gives the lamp a stunning sheen and elevates it to a new level of elegance. The result is a sculptural piece that can stand out as a centre-piece in its own right, or be nestled amongst garden foliage. In both cases, the lamp will shine during the day and add a striking glow to eating, living and relaxing spaces as dusk falls.

    The iridescent silver it just the start, we can work with a multitude of metallic colours and effects, to create beautiful and bespoke pieces to suit specific locations and branding. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

    The Furtho was the launch collection from Jalu in Spring 2017. It comprises the outer lamp cast, and a separate fully wired inner luminaire with holder.

    A more detailed specification:
    • Height: 90cm
    • Width at widest point: 39cm
    • Approximate weight: Outer Cast 20kg, Internal Luminaire and Holder 9kg
    • Voltage: 230V
    • Wattage: 5W LED, max 10W
    • 5W LED lamp (replaceable): allows switching between warm white (2700K), cool white (4000K) or daylight (6000K)
    • Cable: 3.5m outdoor cable and 13A plug
    • Protection: IP65, CE mark
    • UV resistant: however, over time, slight fading and changes to surface colour may occur
    • Suitable for swimming pool area ≥ Zone 2
    • Country of origin: UK
    • Price: £1,145 (excluding VAT) including delivery

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    Hardwick House

    Project Spotlight: Wilton Carpets at Hardwick Hall

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    A stunning carpet full of classic design cues and woven by Wilton Carpets now graces areas of Hardwick Hall, a four-star luxury country hotel considered one of the North East’s most charming places to stay.

    When looking for new carpet to adorn its Colman Suite, Crush Bar, corridors and lounge areas; the hotel turned to Wilton Carpets’ bespoke service to create a design perfectly in keeping with its unique style. An oversize repeating scroll is layered beneath a pin-line interlocking hexagon and surrounded by a decorative border, tones of taupe and grey giving a sophisticated tonal look.

    The bordered design serves to frame the three areas of the Colman Suite, which can be separated to accommodate different functions and covers and to provide definition to the adjacent Crush Bar. The design also works well to define the lounge area of the hotel and to provide a striking carpet in corridors.


    Sam Dean, senior designer, Wilton Carpets, commented: “We worked with Space I.D to develop a carpet design that referenced the classical elegance of Hardwick Hall’s 18th century architecture, while marking its status as one of the North East’s most luxurious destinations. Through blending sophisticated contemporary geometrics with elegant florals and classic fret borders, we’ve managed to achieve the difficult balance between historic reference and modern intention. A bordered design such as this is also a great way to define individual areas, at the same time giving a unified look.”

    Installed by Pocklington Carpets, the 850 square metres of bespoke carpet were manufactured in Wilton’s Wiltshire factory, axminster woven in an 80% British wool and 20% nylon blend for wear and appearance retention. In a seven-row quality, the carpet can withstand high footfall levels, while it’s wool and nylon mix remains easy to clean, keeping the suite, bar, lounge and corridors looking their best throughout constant use.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

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    Product Spotlight: HygieneGlaze 2.0 from Duravit

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    After the successful launch of HygieneGlaze in 2015, the innovative ceramic glaze has been further developed by Duravit’s research and development team, and now has a new formula: HygieneGlaze 2.0.

    The new HygieneGlaze 2.0, which is baked into the ceramic during firing, is not only extremely effective, but also acts very quickly. After just six hours, 90% of bacteria are killed. After twelve hours, a 99.9% reduction is achieved – the same effect as its predecessor, but in half the time. After 24 hours, this percentage rises to 99.999% – an unprecedented level.

    Additional activation mechanisms and components have been deployed in this new, patented process. The optimized formula of HygieneGlaze 2.0 contains a new combination of metal ions and other active substances, which is particularly effective in eradicating bacteria like E. coli, for example. The effectiveness is based on an oligodynamic reaction, which illustrates the detrimental effect of positively charged metal ions on bacteria.

    HygieneGlaze 2.0 is integrated into the glaze during firing. This manufacturing process ensures an extremely effective reduction in pathogens such as escherichia coli. Baked into the ceramic and extending from the interior to the rim of the toilet or urinal, HygieneGlaze 2.0 is effective in the areas particularly susceptible to the accumulation of bacteria.

    The effect of the innovative glaze on bacteria was so powerful during the hygienic microbiological tests that the measuring procedure results far exceeded the current limit. For this reason, subsequent investigations considered kinetics for the first time. Beforehand, only the starting and finishing concentrations after 24 hours were measured. Now, researchers can measure effectiveness over time and thereby show how many bacteria have been wiped out after 6, 12 and 24 hours.

    HygieneGlaze 2.0 is available for all toilets and urinals in the Architec, Darling New, D-Code, DuraStyle, Happy D.2, ME by Starck, P3 Comforts, Starck 3 and Vero Air ranges.

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    Wilton Carpets develops new website

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    Wilton Carpets has redeveloped its website, providing more information and a fully-searchable catalogue through its Design Hub software.

    The new website,, has been developed from the ground-up to deliver improved content and navigation, with the ambition to inspire and inform a generation of designers and specifiers about good carpet craft.

    Andrea Evans, marketing manager, Wilton Carpets, comments: “With a history tracing back four centuries, the town of Wilton is cemented in carpet folklore, yet Wilton Carpets is regarded as one of the most forward-thinking wool carpet manufacturers still weaving solely in the UK. We wanted our website to reflect our unique blend of heritage and innovation, so it is full of content that designers and specifiers keen to learn about carpet will find genuinely useful.”

    The site is centred around the Design Hub, a tool that allows designers to explore the potential of Wilton’s Ready to Weave concept, as well as browse the manufacturer’s In Stock collections of axminster and tufted carpets. Developed in conjunction with the creative team, the Design Hub allows users to search, visualise and create the perfect Wilton carpet, as well as find inspiration for bespoke creations.

    Featuring Wilton’s latest projects, as well as some fascinating features that delve into the company’s family philosophy; the website also details news, trends and a regularly updated blog from its creatives. The new website is live at

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Hamilton Litestat at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

    Product Spotlight: Hamilton at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

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    Hotel Indigo Cardiff is a boutique hotel that has been designed by Matthews Mee Interior Design to evoke classic Welsh heritage.

    As with all Hotel Indigo establishments, the surrounding area was carefully researched to discover the location’s intricacies, its history, special events, industry and people. The hotel is then designed around this to provide a unique and more meaningful experience that reflects the hotel’s location.

    The Cardiff hotel, which will be managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels, features 122 guest bedrooms and 122 bathrooms, with a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant located on the roof of the building. The greatest attention has been paid to crafting unique spaces throughout the hotel that reflect the history and vibrancy of the Welsh capital. The guest rooms are themed ‘Made in Wales’, ‘Welsh Industry’ and ‘Music’, with each featuring local art and regionally-sourced natural materials to reflect the city’s strong legacy.

    Hamilton Litestat at Hotel Indigo CardiffMatthews Mee wanted to mix contemporary style and modern functionality with its heritage-rich designs. It sought an electrical accessories supplier that could support with modern solutions that would complement the design themes while delivering a classy, high-quality look and adhering to the latest guest demands.

    Working with contractor Kier and local wholesaler Evans Electrical, Hamilton Litestat was chosen as a solutions provider. Hamilton’s sleek and stylish Hartland collection of box-fix decorative wiring accessories was nominated as the perfect match for the interior design theme. With a vast number of rooms to furnish, a combination of Hartland 1, 2 and 3-gang rocker switches were specified for controlling lighting in each room.

    2-gang dual-switched sockets were selected for power supply while further dual-switched sockets equipped with two USB charger points were also fitted at bedsides for easy access. One USB port is 1A rated for mobile phone charging and a second 2.1A USB port is for charging tablets and other devices. With USB charging capabilities, the Hamilton switched sockets meet the demands of modern hotel guests who want to be connected 24/7 using their smart devices.

    Hamilton Litestat at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

    Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.

    Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.In the 72 ‘Made in Wales’ rooms and the 31 ‘Welsh Industry’ rooms, the decorative accessories were specified in Hartland design and finished in Matt Black with Copper switches and Matt Black inserts. Meanwhile, the 19 ‘Music’ rooms feature Hartland products finished in Antique Brass with Antique Brass switches and Black inserts. All bathrooms are fitted with Hartland plates finished in Satin Steel with White inserts.

    Hotel Indigo Cardiff is due to start taking guest bookings in November with much anticipation building for the opening of this stunning hotel. Andrew Miles, senior project manager, Kier Construction Western and Wales, said: “Kier is pleased to be long-standing customers of Hamilton. We have always been impressed by the company’s quality solutions and customer service.

    Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.“Having seen the hotel’s design we were confident we could successfully collaborate and deliver a bespoke solution that could achieve the aspirations of Matthews Mee. The clean, timeless design of the Hartland collection was perfect for this project and we’re thrilled to have been involved with delivering such a unique high-quality establishment.”

    Hotel Indigo® Cardiff’s General Manager, Tom Gaskell, added: “We take immense pride in our attention to detail and we’re pleased to have found an electrical partner that takes this as seriously as us. It’s these little touches that turns a nice hotel into an exceptional hotel and makes a guest’s stay all the more pleasurable. We’re pleased with the final finish and it’s been good to work with such a prestigious manufacturer.”

    Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.“With boutique hotels, quality and individuality are extremely important for business,” added Gavin Williams, Marketing Manager at Hamilton. “We take immense pride in being a long-standing and recognised supplier to this industry that demands the best from its suppliers. The Hotel Indigo® Cardiff is a stunning building with breathtaking rooms and we’re proud to have played a part in ensuring that every guest has the best possible quality experience.”

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes

    Product Spotlight: Botanical print Flores Silvestri by Skopos

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    Supporting the trend for bringing the outside in, the new exquisite botanical print from Skopos is an exploration of woodland plants and flowers.

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes with fine detailed outlines, flower-pressed silhouettes and a combination of rich colour and line illustration.

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes
    With a choice of 7 new designs and 10 base cloths, including a stain resist upholstery, this collection is suited perfectly to Independent hotels, Care and Leisure projects. Designs include a woodland mix, large scale floral, flower press design, textured check and a fern, in a sophisticated colour palette.

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishesSkopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 40 year’s specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality, cruise, care and leisure sectors.
    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes

    Providence Mills
    Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
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    Calypso - Sekers Fabrics

    Product Spotlight: Sekers Fabrics – Calypso Collection

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    Sekers proudly launches CALYPSO, a new upholstery collection of three textural designs, available in a palette of thirty colours, ranging from earthy neutrals to radiant jewel tones.

    Calypso is a versatile collection of woven textures incorporating a variety of yarns including twists, chenilles and bouclés.

    Incorporating Aquaclean, an advanced nano technology finish that helps protect the fabric against spills and stains without having to resort to specialist cleaning, Calypso resists the toughest of stains, including red wine and permanent marker.

    Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a Martindale abrasion performance as high as 100,000 rubs, Calypso is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

    Sekers Fabrics Limited
    7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
    Dundee, DD2 4UH
    Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
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    Eternity Range by VitrA

    VitrA joins with world-renowned designers for Sleep

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    At Sleep this year (21-22 November 2017), VitrA will be introducing products from world-renowned designers such as Sebastian Conran and Matteo Thun alongside furniture from burgbad, a subsidiary of the Eczacıbaşı Group, and tiles from the company’s own tile division.

    Imagined around the concept of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this year’s display will focus on bathroom accommodation that champions rest, recuperation and relaxation. Suited for all hotel budgets whether refurbishment, new build, off site, budget or grand-luxury specification, highlights on the stand will include the new luxurious Water Jewels bath.

    This freestanding 190-by-90cm tub is doubleended and can have a chrome or gold waste. Also on show will be the elegant Outline basins and Suit brassware as well as the Diva 2.0 and Mya furniture ranges from burgbad.

    “No matter what kind of hotel or guest house, bathrooms today are about as far from the old basin, pedestal bath and WC as you can get,” comments Margaret Talbot, Marketing Manager of VitrA. “These products are at the luxury end of the market but we offer something to suit every hotel from B&B to five stars. VitrA is very much a dedicated bathroom destination for specifiers and designers as we offer sanitaryware, furniture, accessible products, baths, accessories and brassware as well as the technical knowledge and experience to create stunning bathrooms,” she adds.

    The full range will be showcased at the VitrA stand (G17) on 21 and 22 November 2017.

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    Product Spotlight: Sekers Fabrics – Croft Collection

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    Sekers is pleased to announce the launch of Croft, an adaptable semi plain upholstery with a wool tweed effect.

    Croft is available in a versatile palette of 20 shades ranging from rich jewel tones to earthy neutrals reminiscent of the rugged mountains and pristine sandy beaches of Sutherland.

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    Supplied with a crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a high Martindale abrasion performance of 100,000 rubs, Croft is perfect for the most demanding upholstery applications and is the ideal choice for the contract market, from pubs and hotels to cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

    Sekers Fabrics Limited
    7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
    Dundee, DD2 4UH
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    Fresh inspiration for hotel design from GROHE at Sleep 2017

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    Have you booked your tickets to The Sleep Event yet? Visit the only dedicated event for design, architecture and development of hotels.

    GROHE will present a selection of new products and will welcome our customers and guests in the VIP Business Lounge.

    Time to Rethink the Definition of “Luxury Hotels”
    Luxury isn’t what it used to be, at least not for the hotel industry. Traditional concepts of luxury may still have their place in the market but they are increasingly being replaced with new forms, as the tastes, habits and desires of the guests who can afford such properties change. Read more from Matt Turner, Editor-in-Chief at the show’s magazine Sleeper in the GROHE Water Intelligence Enjoyment book.

    Have you booked your tickets to The Sleep Event yet? Visit the only dedicated event for design, architecture and development of hotels
    The Smart Choice – New Smart Control Concealed

    This innovative technology was developed to provide perfect ease of operation: push the button to start the shower, turn to adjust the water volume, and push again to pause or stop the shower. Perfect for hotel use as the intuitive control of the push button is ideal for the first time user.

    Have you booked your tickets to The Sleep Event yet? Visit the only dedicated event for design, architecture and development of hotels
    You can click here for your free entrance ticket – by pre-registering you will save time getting into the event. At the end of the registration process you will have the additional benefit of entering a draw to win a GROHE Blue Home and GROHE Red.

    GROHE VIP Business Lounge (by invitation) and stand G4 opposite the lounge
    The Sleep Event, 21st – 22nd November, Business Design Centre, London

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    Laufen launches BASE bathroom furniture set

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    The new BASE bathroom furniture set from Laufen is the essential accompaniment for today’s bathroom. Providing essential storage for day to day items including towels, toiletries and other bathroom utensils, the furniture range helps create an efficient and organised result.

    Slim and coordinated to the bathroom ceramics, the new Base range of bathroom furniture offers an ideal solution for every size of bathroom.

    Base is designed to offer exceptionally high quality whilst ensuring the range is also excellent value for money. Laufen’s new range gives a timeless, minimalist look, in the best Swiss design tradition.

    The six standard finishes available provide the consumer with a range of colour options that embellish and enhance any bathroom design. The light and dark wood veneer finishes bring a natural warmth to the room. Thanks to the three-dimensional wood-like structure, the surfaces have a high-quality finish and give the appearance of real wood.

    With impact and scratch resistant surfaces, as well as being splash-proof and easy to clean, they are also suitable for tough everyday use in the family bathroom.

    Practicality is a key consideration and the smart internal drawer compartment made of transparent plastic is included in the top drawer of the vanity units, unique to Laufen. The removable tidy feature is ideal for storage in a clear and easily accessible way, and is also easy to remove for cleaning.

    The Base range includes vanity units for the Val and Laufen Pro S bathroom collections, together with prefabricated Pro S slim washbasin packs. The vanity units for Laufen’s Pro S and Val washbasins have been fitted with elegant narrow handles in aluminium while the vanity units for the Pro S slim washbasins, are finished flush with the front of the furniture and come without handles to feature softclose drawers.

    There are matching medium and tall cabinets available with a matching laundry basket is also available for all versions at 335mm deep. For individual bathroom scenarios Laufen also offers the option of the 335mm-deep single-door tall cabinet in a bespoke width between 250 and 450mm, and up to a maximum height of 1650mm, allowing bathroom planners additional options when planning challenging bathrooms.

    Another practical feature is a small, open-sided free-hanging mirror cabinet element with two trays. It brings additional mirror surfaces and further easily-accessible storage space into the bathroom. In addition, there are also four sizes of mirror cabinets available in the Base range, which are coordinated to the washbasin widths, offering an ideal complement and the perfect finishing touch.


    GROHE unveils first ceramic collections launching in November

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    The new Bau and Euro Ceramic collections were premiered at ISH and will be available from November 2017.

    Through introducing its first ceramics offerings, GROHE is now able to provide a complete one stop solution for the home owner and specifier when planning a new bathroom. Both collections have been made to match in form and function with a selection of GROHE taps, flush plates and accessories for a complete and visually coordinated beautiful bathroom – all by GROHE.

    GROHE Bau Ceramic collection – versatility for a modern life
    With its soft round shapes, the timeless Bau Ceramic collection fits harmoniously into any bathroom setting. Its understated design makes it the perfect choice for both residential and public buildings, such as hotels. The basin collection comprises of three wall-hung basins in widths of 55cm, 60cm and 65cm and a hand rinse basin that is 45cm wide. A pedestal and semi pedestal are available to cover the water and waste pipe work. The collection also has built-in basins that can be dropped in or built in from under the counter. For WCs, the collection offers a broad range of products that are both rimless and timeless. In addition to a wall-hung, wash-down WC, there is a floor-standing version with a horizontal or vertical outlet. WC seats with optional soft-closing covers complete the series. The Bau Ceramic urinals come with a concealed inlet/outlet or top inlet. The range also includes a wall-hung bidet as well as a floor-standing model. The comprehensive range is supplemented by coordinating GROHE Bau Cosmopolitan accessories, such as soap dispensers and towel rails, to ensure a perfectly matching design.

    GROHE Euro Ceramic collection- elegance for the contemporary bathroom
    In addition to Bau Ceramic, GROHE will also launch the Euro Ceramic collection to fit the matching GROHE portfolio. Euro Ceramic encapsulates contemporary style to create a modern bathroom that can be enjoyed for years to come. The bathroom ceramics coordinate effortlessly with the mixers and fittings in GROHE’s Eurosmart and Eurostyle lines, as well as with Eurosmart Cosmopolitan and Eurostyle Cosmopolitan. The range development was centred around the sophisticated toilet bowls, which possess a number of unique properties including rimless flushing technology, invisible fastenings plus the super hygienic ProGuard finish, to set them apart from the competition. In addition, they feature the innovative HyperClean surface, which uses silver ions to reduce bacteria growth by up to 99 percent. The biggest advantage of the Euro Ceramics bowl is its Triple Vortex flushing technology. This uses three separate outlets to generate a powerful swirl to flush the inside of the bowl both more effectively and with less noise compared to a conventional bowl. It is benefits like these which make Euro Ceramics the ideal complement to a modern lifestyle.

    The collection also features four styles of basin including wall hung, countertop and under counter basins for design flexibility. In addition, the Euro Ceramic range includes wall hung and floor standing toilets and bidets. The customer also has the option to upgrade to a basin or toilet which comes with GROHE’s hygiene coating combining ProGuard with HyperClean technology.

    Perfect matches for the bathroom
    Every ceramic and tap combination has been tested by experts. GROHE ceramics can be combined with GROHE taps and WC flush plates to complete the look, promising the highest level of comfort without splashing. Installation has been kept simple and the product reliable thanks to a five-year consumer guarantee on the GROHE ceramic for peace of mind.
    All GROHE ceramic products provide business partners with added value and simplify the choices and design options for the bathroom. As a supplier of complete bathroom ranges, GROHE can now offer the perfect combination of form and function in bathroom design for consumers through to project planners. In particular, partners who wish to fulfill their clients’ requests with perfect match solutions from one supplier will benefit from this.

    BCFA Open - Manchester

    BCFA’s Manchester Open held at Museum of Science & Industry

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    The BCFA Open series continued last week on 4th and 5th October with its second Manchester Open hosted at the iconic Museum of Science & Industry.

    Held on the second floor of the Museum, in a light and airy space, this exhibition gave you the opportunity to meet and catch up with 27 BCFA Members based in the north and see their latest and best contract furnishing products.

    Style Library Stand - BCFA Open

    Style Library Stand – BCFA Open

    A small but quality event meant that you were really able to talk to the exhibitors. Some of the stands that really stood out were Maine who showcased some amazing rust-effect cabinets; Johnson Tiles whose simple yet elegant stand showed off their products beautifully; and Tektura Wallcoverings who had a monochrome and bold geometric theme for their stand.

    The first day was concluded with a ‘In Conversation With’ discussion which was led by Tonje Odegard from SPACE magazine who discussed the hospitality market with Founder and Creative Director of NoChintz, Lucy Goddard.

    BCFA Open – Manchester – Johnson Tiles

    They touched on the importance of ‘Instagram-ability’ of a space today, discussing how the smaller details are important and how the end-user really appreciates them. They also went on to discuss new hotel concepts that we are increasingly seeing pop up including a trend towards the ‘new-age’ style like, forest retreats or yoga inspired hotels.

    Following the discussion guests and exhibitors could enjoy a well-deserved drink and were treated to a selection of tasty nibbles and canapes. Throughout both days there was also a chance to get your hands-dirty and get involved with some creative workshops. These included the return of the wonderful Patternistas who held their pattern-making workshop. You could also practice your print-making techniques with Sheffield-based artist Samantha Groom.

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    Chelsom Annual Sale – November 2017

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    Just once a year, Chelsom sell hundreds of top quality, perfect condition pieces at discontinued clearance prices.

    Set to be held at Heritage House on Clifton Road, Blackpool on 9th November, buyers can visit Chelsom on the day or contact on the details below for more details.

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    Jalu - Outdoor Lighting

    Company Profile: Outdoor lighting from Jalu

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    Officially launched earlier this year, and first seen at Clerkenwell Design Week, there’s a new player on the outdoor accessory scene – Jalu – bringing high-quality and stylish lighting to the UK market whilst offering designers and landscapers a truly unique product for outdoor spaces.

    Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain sat down with the founders of the company – Alison Cavey and Juliet Kauffmann – to discuss the company’s origins, the product and their plans for the future…

    2017 has been a monumental year for Juliet and Alison. Having previously worked together in innovation strategy consulting for more than 15 years, they tell me that after years of working with start-up companies and commercialising new technologies they wanted a piece of the action.

    “We wanted to work in a completely different sector and to be able to focus on a product and get excited and passionate about it,” Alison tells me.

    That decision led the duo to developing a range of striking, attractive outdoor lighting pieces that make up Jalu’s product range. “We travelled a lot for work and for pleasure to places like Australia and around the Mediterranean, where there is a fantastic outdoor-based lifestyle, and we thought we could bring a little more of that vibe to the UK,” Alison adds.

    “The first idea we had was around outdoor lighting which is very traditional here in the UK. In Spain and Italy you can find some really interesting, contemporary pieces – but they’re not designed for the UK market. That was our starting point – making a product suited to this market, using innovative, British-based suppliers who are a big part of our operation,” Alison explains.

    It’s taken the pair around 18 months to get the company to where it is today, and there has been a learning curve along that road; namely in finding the right materials to produce the pieces and going through some several early prototypes. The final method takes on a casting approach using a material called Jesmonite (named as one of the products of the year at this year’s London Design Week).

    Looking at the pieces, it’s clear to see that it certainly is a durable material to work with. The beauty of the products, too, is given the vagaries of the British weather the finish does not fade and is entirely frost-proof. Being considerably lighter than stone and concrete also means the pieces are easy to move, making them ideal for ever-changing layouts for outdoor spaces. This forms part of Jalu’s adoption of a current design trend – ‘bringing the inside, out’ – which sees indoor living spaces extended to the outdoors.

    Juliet explains: “We wanted to create a product that looks just as good outside or inside, and this adds to the flexibility of usage for our clients. There is also an extraordinary versatility in terms of colour and finish, so we can create completely bespoke products for the end user.

    “We saw two key markets for these high-end, handmade pieces – we originally targeted working with interior designers, garden designers, landscapers to get access their clients. But we’ve always seen a strong opportunity to work with boutique hotels, restaurants, spas – clients that can make a real statement with Jalu products,” she adds.

    So when do they see as the ideal time to get involved in the design process?

    “We can come in at any time during a project – due to the versatility of the product, so if a client comes to us and they already have a colour scheme, we can fit in around that as best we can. But ideally, we would come in earlier. The important thing to remember is these lights are a statement, they’re a feature – they’re not designed to be hidden around a corner, or to light something else; they are meant to be part of the design, so the earlier they can be incorporated into the design process, the better for us. Not to mention there is the potential for customisation or completely bespoke designs,” Juliet says.

    And, although they are designed to be portable, they can be hard-wired too – the pieces are mains-powered, entirely IP65 rated so perfect for outside provided the outdoor socket has a residual current device (RCD) on it, or goes through to an indoor socket.

    “So we see it as a standalone item that you can just plug in like you would with any device. But with a loop-in, loop-out system they can be wired up together. In terms of practicality, these are large pieces that wouldn’t have worked with a small, solar bulb; they needed something a bit more substantial, so we use high-quality LED luminaires, which are obviously energy-efficient and should last you a long time,” Alison concludes.

    So far, Alison and Juliet have received considerable positive feedback from the design world. And with more designs on the horizon, there is more to come from Jalu. Now up-and-running, the next step is to target independent and boutique hoteliers where the duo feel the product is perfectly suited.

    You can see Juliet and Alison on the Jalu stand at the upcoming Independent Hotel Show on Stand 29. Be sure to stop by, the future is looking bright for this innovative and stylish product…

    Photos: Daniel Fountain (Hotel Designs)

    Hypnos Contract Beds

    Product Spotlight: Hypnos’ space-saving Safe&Secure bed base

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    Award-winning, specialist hospitality bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder Hypnos Contract Beds, has launched its innovative Safe&Secure™ Bed Base to deliver practicality, security and space saving solutions for the hospitality industry.

    Hypnos has partnered with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, the global leader in hotel security technology to offer a discretely hidden Elsafe electronic safe built into a Hypnos bed base and secured behind a beautifully upholstered security panel. The safe is concealed from view, revealed only by pushing the panel. The pull-out Elsafe drawer safe is big enough to house a laptop – ideal, for the business traveller.

    The built in safe provides hotel guests with peace of mind knowing that their valuables are secure and is the ideal electronic safe solution for properties who want to maximise convenience for their guests and encourage the use of an in-room safe

    The innovative Safe&Secure™ bed base has the safe incorporated as standard giving hoteliers more room inside the wardrobe for other essential items and can be teamed with any mattress, head board or fabrics from the Hypnos Contract Beds range, this allows hoteliers to take comfort and practicality to the next level, with the option to choose additional security features as well as maximising in-room storage. Available also as a zip & link split bed base, the Safe&Secure™ can be teamed with other bed bases from the Hypnos Contract beds range incorporating additional storage options too.

    John Woolley, Managing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds Limited, comments: “We know that security is crucial to hoteliers, with guests expecting a secure space to lock away their valuables and important items. Our new Safe&Secure™ Bed Base meets this demand, offering guests the ultimate in peace of mind by enabling high-value items to be discreetly and safely locked away.

    “As the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Elsafe is securely incorporated into the bed base, it is the ideal solution for hoteliers looking to provide unrivalled security and protection for their guests. The bed base is also available with all of our popular mattresses, headboards and fabrics, meaning hoteliers can combine security with style and comfort, customising every aspect of their beds to create standout pieces that meet any interior design scheme.”

    For more information about Hypnos, or to view the full product range, please visit

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    GROHE wins nine awards at the Iconic Awards 2017

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    Every year, the Iconic Awards recognise visionary buildings, innovative products, and sustainable communication in the architecture, construction and production industry sectors.

    This year, GROHE has been announced as the winner of nine coveted awards in the categories “Product“, “Communication“ and “Architecture“. The official award ceremony will be held on the 4th of October 2017 at BMW Welt in Munich.

    – “Product” category: three “Best of Best“ Iconic Awards 2017 for Blue Home, Concetto Professional and Euphoria 260 as well as awards for the Sense and Sense Guard, Lineare, Essence Professional and Smart Control Concealed
    – ”Communication“ category: award for the publication series “GROHE Architekturlösungen” (“GROHE Architectural Solutions”)
    – “Architecture“ category: award for GROHE’s trade fair booth at ISH 2017

    The GROHE Blue Home water system, the Concetto Professional kitchen tap and the Euphoria 260 shower head each won a “Best of Best” Iconic Award 2017 in the “Product” category. At the touch of a button, the GROHE Blue Home water system delivers delicious filtered water chilled to the perfect drinking temperature in three options: sparkling, lightly sparkling or still, directly into your glass. The system, which combines timeless design with innovative technology, consists of an elegant kitchen tap and a high-performance cooler with integrated filter. This “private water source” will ensure you remain refreshed in the most sustainable and resource-saving way possible.

    GROHE SmartControl Concealed with SmartboxWith its GrohFlexx and EasyDock M technology, the GROHE Concetto Professional kitchen tap is incredibly flexible and easy to use. The tap has a silicone hose with an integrated metal spring, allowing it to turn 360 degrees, and a button for simple switching between normal water flow and a jet spray – perfect for washing dishes, rinsing vegetables and filling tall pots effortlessly.

    The Euphoria 260 shower head transforms showering into a soothing and personalised experience, with its 260mm diameter and three zone features. The user can change the flow of water to suit their mood, choosing between a powerful concentrated jet to a stimulating and invigorating stream and even a full soft rain shower by simply turning the SmartControl panel.

    In the “Product” category, GROHE has also won Iconic Awards for its Lineare and Essence Professional tap collections, the concealed shower control element SmartControl Concealed and GROHE Sense and Sense Guard, the new water security system. With its clear lines, the Lineare mixer range is designed to create contours in your bathroom, while the Essence Professional tap line makes your work in the kitchen more efficient and comfortable. The flush and minimalist designed SmartControl Concealed can be controlled by intuitive push and turn technology. Meanwhile, the innovative and smart water safety system consisting of Sense and Sense Guard detects and protects homes against water damage.

    Vaughan to show off new additions at IHS 2017

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    Vaughan will be launching some stylish new additions to their range at the Independent Hotel Show 2017, Stand 19.

    Highlights from the collection include the Beauchamp bouillotte ceiling light in cast brass finished with a large linen shade with stitch leather binding. The hanging shade has been designed for elegant living & dining areas.

    The Liston bathroom wall light in nickel is a fabulous new addition to the Vaughan bathroom range, this decorative wall light is IP44 rated and has an opaline glass hurricane shade and nickel finial and backplate.

    The Shoreditch ceiling pendant with cylindrical opaline glass is encased with a circular band of brass or bronze. Pictured here in bronze, this contemporary design can be hung individually or in groups to create a stylish statement.

    The Bamboo lantern made of solid brass is inspired by an antique from the Vaughan archives. This stylish hand-crafted design has been made using the lost wax casting process. This traditional method highlights the exquisite detail of the brass, creating a bamboo finish.

    MOGG - Contract Furniture Store

    Be inspired with MOGG at the Contract Furniture Store

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    MOGG was born from the desire of its founder, the architect Nicola Galbiati. With a long experience in the world of furniture and design, Galbiati has said his intention is to move away from a world saturated with commercial furniture and is proud to describe many of Mogg’s products as pieces that won’t blend in.

    In essence that is MOGG! MObili (furniture) OGGetti (objects)…

    Mogg is a relatively new Italian company which was set up by Nicola, who wanted to work with a team of other architects, designers and architects. He calls them his “partners with vision – crazy dreamers” and together they want to create pieces that cross the boundary between art and design.

    MOGG has a soul and a well-defined identity; fresh and curious that wants to surprise you, looking for people that with their visions, with their enthusiasm, their work and their perceptions to love the new and modern concept of living.

    Browse the latest brochure split into three parts from Mogg, Furniture Objects, where each product has it’s own history.

    For further details, please contact the Contract Furniture Store

    Marston House, 29c, Marston Road
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    United Kingdom

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    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections

    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections

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    Style Library Contract are thrilled to present 9 new collections from the FR One brand, the industry leader in inherently fire-retardant fabrics.

    This range, for which we are the exclusive distributor in the UK, is renowned for providing four major features of paramount importance to interior designers: safety, quality, design and affordability.

    Come and join us at the BCFA Manchester, stand no. 4 to discover the range at first hand.

    The range comprises the following collections:

    – Jaba: an intricate weave plain with the look and feel of muslin gauze. Available in a delicate colour palette.

    – Jadeite: is a versatile wool-like fabric suitable for drapes, cushions, bed throws and upholstery, with a high performing 50,000 Martindale.

    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections– Jadore: with a heavy drape, chunky texture, and soft touch, Jadore is a hard wearing contract upholstery jacquard with an 80.000 Martindale. Jadore enjoys all the attributes required for the most demanding contract projects, whilst maintaining a matt domestic look.

    – Jaime: A heavy silky satin, Jaime is a smart, elegant collection of 100% polyester inherent FR drapery plains in a jewel-like colour palette.

    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections– Jeopardy: Jeopardy is a timeless book of 100% polyester inherent FR sheers. Incorporating architectural sheers and natural linens across an organic colour palette, Jeopardy is the go-to collection for contract specification sheers.

    – Jest: a cohesive collection of tactile dim out plains in a colour palette of vibrant brights and soft hues.

    – Jojoba: a strié effect drapery fabric in a broad colour palette of soft minerals and striking jewel tones.

    – Jovial: a comprehensive range of dual-purpose upholstery and drapery 100% polyester inherent FR Fabrics, Jovial enjoys an easy to use colour palette.

    – Jubilea: a compilation of contract suitable printed velvets, natural and architectural sheers, statement contemporary drapery designs and sophisticated damasks across a highly useable mineral colour palette.

    Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017

    Hansgrohe, AXOR to attend Sleep 2017

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    From 21st – 22nd November 2017, the AXOR and hansgrohe brands will once again exhibit at Sleep – the Hotel Design event in London, on Stand G23 in the Business Design Centre, Islington.

    AXOR and hansgrohe are well-established bathroom brands serving global hotel brands through to independent boutique hotels. With more than 800 WRAS approved products and over 116 years of experience, quality and reliability come as standard.

    Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017At the Sleep Event, the AXOR brand will present an inspiring portfolio of products with trend-setting solutions for hotel bathrooms including the award-winning AXOR Uno collection and AXOR 350 overhead shower which showcases a revolutionary new spray type: PowderRain which envelops the skin like a silky rain shower and completes the luxurious shower experience.

    Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017From the hansgrohe brand, taking centre stage is the new RainSelect control – an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit. Jay Phillips, Director of Sales – Global Projects, comments, “hansgrohe RainSelect is the latest generation of Select products to incorporate forward-thinking push button technology, something the hansgrohe brand developed with Select five years ago.

    Taking the simplicity of showering to another level, its clean uncluttered look creates a lavish sense of space and features large buttons for ease of use. Incorporating reliable technology and with no electricity required, it offers a hassle-free installation process which is ideal for premium high quality hotels.”
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    Arrow and Lines by Kobe

    Kobe UK to showcase at Sleep event

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    Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, will join other prestigious brands to introduce its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at Sleep in November.

    The two-day event takes place at the Business Design Centre in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including its new room high and Boutique collections.

    Kobe’s new range of room highs – the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor – are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

    The three new flame retardant collections include Arrow, a woven jacquard with a geometric pattern in 14 colours. Lines has a mix of matt and metallic look yarns in complementing and contrasting colours to create an all-over abstract design, available in 11 metallic tinted colourways.

    Boutique Collection from Kobe UK
    Buccari is a marquisette fabric woven with 100% Trevira CS yarns. The metallic look yarns create an elegant, supple fabric and come in 27 shades. David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Sleep again this year and to be showcasing our newest collections including Arrow and Lines.

    “This season room highs will make a big impact. These fabrics make matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past and create striking, seamless drapes from ceiling to floor.”

    Buccari from Kobe UKThe Boutique collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics, is suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns.

    The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

    Another range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours .

    As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

    All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

    See Kobe at Sleep 2017 at the Business Design Centre, London, 21 – 22 November 2017 on Stand M32

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    Hypnos at Decorex

    Decorex 2017: Successful show for Hypnos, exhibiting to thousands

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    Multi award-winning British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder Hypnos, exhibited its latest collections to thousands of attendees at this year’s Decorex show in London.

    From September 17th–20th, Hypnos showcased its latest innovations to interior designers, including the Regal Signature no turn mattress, a luxury, handcrafted product and the new Paris sofa bed, specifically designed to meet the demands and rigours of the hospitality sector.

    The bed manufacturer also showcased its Continental split divan, Alpaca topper and stylish Eleanor headboard, along with the company’s latest fabric collections.

    Clare Taylor, Marketing Manager at Hypnos, comments: “Unveiling our new range of products and fabrics at Decorex was a huge success. We were able to showcase our latest innovations to thousands of interior designers, demonstrating first hand just how versatile our range is.

    “The Hypnos brand is synonymous with luxury, quality and the ultimate in comfort and support, enabling designers and accommodation providers to trust that our products will ensure their clients get a great night’s sleep.”

    Hypnos specialises in the production and installation of supremely comfortable, hygienic and safe mattresses, beds and sofa beds for the hospitality and retail markets. It also provides a supreme range of design-led, comfort focused beds for retailers and designers.

    It is this dedication and attention to detail which has won Hypnos numerous awards, including the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade and most recently the National Bed Federation’s 2017 “Bed Manufacturer of the Year” accolade.

    Furthermore, the Hypnos brand is reinforced by a rich heritage and royal warrant which has been appointed by HRH the Queen. It is this reputation for superior quality and expertise that has allowed Hypnos to cement this prestigious reputation both in the UK and around the world.

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    Project Spotlight: Dernier & Hamlyn checks in at Four Seasons again

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    Dernier & Hamlyn recently completed its third project for luxury hotel brand Four Seasons following successful commissions in London and Baku.

    In partnership with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the London-based bespoke lighting specialists manufactured unique antique brass chandeliers for public areas throughout the Four Seasons Hampshire hotel that utilised a range of a range of its artisans’ skills.

    Nine 12-arm pendants 1m high and some 1.2m across were produced for the hotel’s drawing room and five chandeliers hand wrapped in rope were produced for the hotel’s lounge and reception areas requiring painstaking attention to detail to achieve the desired effect.

    Dernier & Hamlyn also updated and rewired many of the hotel’s existing light fittings to bring them in line with modern standards and wired vintage lighting that had been sourced by the MBDS team too.

    Martin Brudnizki Design Studio said: “We’ve used Dernier & Hamlyn for a number of MBDS’ projects from small restaurants to extremely large hotels. We are always impressed by their knowledge and their expertise and their ability to problem solve rather than just deliver lighting. This was demonstrated again for Four Seasons Hampshire where they balanced the requirements of our design concepts with practicality, aesthetic beauty and affordability.”

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    Essente Willow

    Decorex 2017: A fresh approach for Kobe’s Essente brand

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    Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has introduced a contemporary, new-look to its Essente collection of stylish curtain and upholstery fabrics – and displayed it at this year’s Decorex.

    The collection includes curtains, voiles and sheers, dim outs and upholstery fabrics, suitable for both domestic and commercial installations.

    It takes the range in a fresh new direction with more colour and pattern, offering a host of exciting, of-the-moment looks for interior dressing including the much in-vogue ikat geometrics.

    David Harris, MD of Kobe UK said: “The new-look Essente range has a much more contemporary feel with the focus on a vibrant colour palette and more pattern. We still offer the same selection of neutral tones but have added more choice to reflect all interior tastes.”

    The collection follows on from the success of previous Essente ranges which offer a wide selection of chic, and easy-care interior fabrics. As a sister brand, Essente also benefits from the logistical excellence of Kobe and its sophisticated automated warehouse and ERP system, while giving access to a wider customer base through realistic price points. Retail prices start at £16 for curtain weights and £27 for upholstery fabrics.

    Essente also features a range of durable upholstery fabrics that are easy to wash and score highly on the Martindale rub test. The collections are available direct from stock or FR treated to order with a domestic back coat which complies with the BS 5852 ignition source 0 and 1, passing the cigarette match test.

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    Hypnos is exhibiting at this year’s Decorex show in London.

    Attendees to the show will be able to find the Hypnos stand at C20A from 17th to 20th September where they will be showcasing their luxury, handcrafted products including the Regal Signature no-turn mattress and new Paris sofa bed. Also available on stand will be the Continental split divan, Alpaca topper and Eleanor headboard, along with our latest fabric collections.

    Clare Taylor, marketing manager at Hypnos Contract Beds commented: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Decorex show. Interior designers will be able to experience first-hand our extensive range of products, which we will be showcasing.

    “The Hypnos brand is synonymous with quality and supreme comfort, providing designers and accommodation providers with the confidence that our products will ensure their customers get a great night’s sleep.”

    Hypnos specialises in the production and installation of supremely comfortable, hygienic and safe mattresses, beds and sofa beds for the hotel, hospitality and retail markets. At Decorex, Hypnos will be launching a new range of sofa beds specifically designed for the hospitality sector.

    Hypnos Paris SofabedTheir brand is reinforced by a rich heritage and royal warrant, which has been appointed by HRH the Queen. It is this reputation for superior quality and expertise that has allowed us to cement this prestigious reputation both in the UK and around the world.

    Duravit metal consoles

    Product Spotlight: New Duravit metal consoles add the perfect finishing touch

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    New metal consoles available in modern matt black or chrome, lighten the appearance with a cool finish and add an individual finishing touch to the DuraSquare range.

    The metal console is height-adjustable with an optional towel holder on the right or left offering maximum flexibility. Whether floor-standing or wall-mounted, the practical glass shelf creates even more storage space and is available in six different colours including; Jade, Stone Blue and Flannel Grey. This brings a unique splash of colour to the bathroom which can be easily combined with all Duravit furniture ranges.

    Duravit metal consoles
    The architectural design of the DuraSquare washbasins, handrinse and above-counter basins are seamlessly linear and finished with a high level of precision. The extremely thin basin rims measure just 5mm. The smooth inner basin forms a soft aesthetic contrast to the precise geometry of the series.

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    The minimalist basins are made of the innovative DuraCeram® ceramic compound. This material makes it possible to create easy-to-maintain above-counter basins with an extremely thin, yet robust rim. The basins are available in the standard dimensions popular with architects, including 1000 and 600 mm (washbasins), 450 mm (handrinse basins) and 600 mm (above-counter basins).


    Product Spotlight: The complete bathroom solution from Crosswater

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    Transform bathrooms into a luxurious retreat with the complete collection of brassware, furniture units and accessories from British bathroom specialist, Crosswater.

    Combining modern functionality with on-trend aesthetics, each product from the brand’s extensive offering is manufactured to the highest specifications, offering customers assured quality and superior performance.


    Perfect for introducing a high-tech element to bathing spaces, Bauhaus by Crosswater’s NEW range of LED mirrors offers the latest in sensor-operated illumination. Combining user-friendly technology alongside design excellence, the Mike Pro mirror comes in two sizes and provides a bright, radiant light that is triggered with a simple hand motion.


    C. Pier 1000 Unit & Cast Mineral Marble Basin in Steel: £1155.00

    To create a sense of modern elegance, team Crosswater’s polished chrome brassware fittings with the natural wood surface of the Pier furniture range.


    D. Mike Pro Mirror 600: £315.00; Avillas 54 Basin: £395.00; Mike Pro Base 2-Hole Tap Set: £269.00

    Compete with an inset basin, these striking, wall-hung vanity units provide ample space to store toiletries and general bathroom clutter, whilst the angular silhouette makes for a real design statement.

    E. Mike Pro Mirror 450: £295.00 F. Mike Pro Mirror 600: £315.00 G. Mike Pro Base 2-Hole Tap Set: £269.00 H. Avillas 54 Basin: £395.00


    I. Water Circle Basin Monobloc Tap: £409.00 J. Zion Shower Head: £179.00 K. Water Circle Basin Monobloc Tap: £409.00 L. Zion Shower Head: £179.00

    Offering a design choice for every aspect of the bathroom, the brand’s three focused collections of Crosswater, Bauhaus and Simpsons provide everything you need to create a fully functional and appealing space. From the latest designer brassware collections and statement ceramic styles, to shower enclosures with an impressive lifetime guarantee, Crosswater is the go-to name in superior bathroom design.

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    Laredo - Sekers

    Product Spotlight: Sekers – Laredo collection

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    Sekers is pleased to launch LAREDO, an antique look mock leather upholstery with a subtle two tone effect.

    Available in a palette of fifteen rich colours, including warm naturals, greys and red, Laredo is a versatile fabric with a wonderfully soft handle.

    Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a Martindale abrasion performance of 100,000, Laredo is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

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    Product Spotlight: DuraSquare – The fusion of rectangle and circle

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    With its new DuraSquare collection, Duravit presents an upgrade of Vero Air that sets new standards with its clarity, precision and reduction.

    The design of the new series blends the meticulous edges of the rectangular outer form with organically flowing inner contours. The washbasins and bathtubs are made of the innovative, sustainable Duravit-developed materials DuraCeram® and DuraSolid®.

    The minimalist basins are made of the innovative DuraCeram® ceramic compound. This material makes it possible to create easy-to-maintain above-counter basins with an extremely thin, yet robust rim. The washbasins can be combined with the new matching DuraSquare furniture frame which is height-adjustable and is available in either chrome or matt black, with a practical glass shelf for additional storage.

    The design of the DuraSquare bathtubs perfectly complements the washbasins. Made of the cast mineral material DuraSolid®, the range has a warm, pleasant feel and is now available, for the first time, as a built-in version.

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    Product Spotlight: Bathroom brassware from VitrA

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    Sized to suit smaller bathrooms, VitrA’s new Solid S brassware is competitively priced and includes a full selection of fittings.

    The compact yet solid body shape, sharply angled spout and flat, easy to turn control handle make Solid S a perfect companion for contemporary sanitaryware with its neat design maximising space on the basin.

    There are two standard monobloc basin mixers, one with a pop-up waste and a tall deck-mounted mixer with a swan neck swivel spout. The showering range includes mixers for bath/shower and shower only and two built-in options; one for bath/shower and a shower only version. The range is completed by a wall-mounted bath filler spout and a bidet mixer.

    A42444 bath shower mixer recessed SOLID S from VitrA“We know that many consumers are looking for simple, reliable contemporary brassware and Solid S meets the demand,” commented Margaret Talbot, marketing manager of VitrA. “Like all our brassware it features a 100% brass body and a top-quality mixer cartridge that ensures smooth, trouble free performance.”

    MK Electric's new Dimensions range has been launched

    MK Electric’s Dimensions range for Electrical Industry Awards

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    Leading manufacturer of stylish electrical accessories, MK Electric, has announced that its latest range of wiring devices, Dimensions, has been shortlisted for Commercial Product of the Year at the Electrical Industry Awards.

    Designed to recognise the very best of product innovation in the electrical sector, the Electrical Industry Awards offer a valuable barometer of the latest and greatest products entering the market, providing hoteliers and hotel specifiers with a guide to the best new ranges available.

    The Commercial Product of the Year category recognises the electrical accessories which offer outstanding functionality to commercial sectors such as hospitality. Dimensions, which launched this summer, was designed to respond to the needs of audiences such as hotel developers, and includes a two-piece installation process which means that the clip-on frontplates can be easily interchanged to match the evolving décor of a building.

    Offering screwless design and a choice of eight different finishes, the range provides scalability which can add the finishing touch to any room – whether that’s a deluxe suite or back-of-house office areas. In line with customer demand, Dimensions also incorporates products such as integrated USB socket outlets for easy smart device charging, LED dimmers, keycard switches and ‘do not disturb’ switches, all with a unified look.

    Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, said: “We are delighted that Dimensions has been shortlisted for Commercial Product of the Year. We developed the range to meet the needs of a fast-paced commercial hospitality environment, and this award is testament to the success of that – we look forward to the results!”

    The winning products will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 26 October at The Royal Garden Hotel, London.

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    Product Spotlight: Sekers – Ticino Collection

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    Sekers is pleased to announce the launch of Ticino, a collection of two subtle, shimmering fabrics suitable for contract curtains, bedding and accessories.

    Lugano is a versatile semi plain combining a lustrous chenille yarn with a matt yarn in a striking strie construction and Riviera is an elegant plain with a slub weft, creating a raw silk effect.

    Available in a palette of forty refined shades ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals to rich rust and opulent greens and reds, Ticino is a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality and leisure markets.

    Woven in 100% polyester, the Ticino collection is washable and is suitable for all aspects of the contract market. Both fabrics meet all relevant UK & US standards for curtains, accessories and bedding; in addition Lugano meets IMO standards for curtains, with both designs meeting IMO standards for bedding making this washable collection the perfect selection for any contract application.

    Opinion: Mitre Linen - Keeping hotel guests cool

    Opinion: Mitre Linen – Keeping hotel guests cool

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    A hot and stuffy hotel room is not conducive to a good night’s sleep. Research suggests that if the temperature of a room is too high, then it will take longer for an individual to fall asleep and, when they finally do, this sleep can be disturbed leading to guests feeling irritable in the morning.

    So how can you make sure your rooms – and your guests – remain cool and comfortable throughout the summer months?

    Here Chris Tame, Mitre Linen’s National Sales Manager, provides us with his expert tips and advice to ensure that your guests experience a refreshing night’s sleep – even on the warmest of evenings.

    1. Choose crisp cotton bed linen
    Pure 100% cotton is a breathable fabric, which means it has the ability to transfer moisture away from the skin. This will keep your beds and your guests feeling cool and fresh all night long. Cotton is also soft to the touch and is a naturally hypoallergenic fabric which can also promote a comfortable sleeping environment. The higher the thread count, then the tighter the weave of the fabric, which adds to both its luxuriousness and its durability. Look for bed linen made with 100% cotton and with a thread count over 200 for a soft, luxurious and cooling feel.

    2. Try a summer duvet
    This is a good time of the year to replace a winter duvet with a lighter summer weight duvet – or to opt for an all year round 10.5 tog duvet so you don’t have to change them seasonally. Microfibre duvets are particularly good throughout the warmer summer months as, although they are light, they still feel luxurious and snuggly to sleep under. Choose one with a 100% cotton cover to promote an even cooler and crisp environment.

    3. Shop around for innovative products
    Small details can make a big difference to a guest’s stay, which is why we love the Coolguard pillow protector. Thanks to its innovative temperature controlled property, this ‘cool to touch’ pillow protector is designed to offer a peaceful cooling sensation. Offering these sort of innovative products provides your guests with the ultimate sleep solutions and also adds to their overall experience of their stay.

    4. Replace heavy velour bathrobes for waffle weave
    Nothing makes your guests feel special like a super snug bathrobe, but throughout the warmer months some guests may not welcome this gesture as much. I always advise my customers to provide their guests with a lighter bathrobe during the summer so they can still enjoy a little indulgence after bathing. Opt for a waffle weave design which will be lightweight yet soft to the touch.

    Opinion: Mitre Linen - Keeping hotel guests cool5. Remember the little touches
    Help to keep your guests cool by providing them with complimentary bottles of still and sparkling water in their rooms, kept refreshingly cool in the mini-bar. Why not also provide them with a friendly letter to make them feel welcomed whilst informing them of the gesture.

    For more helpful tips and advice, call our friendly team on 01685 353 4456.


    Torquay B&B Tyndale wins AA 5 stars after Mitre Linen makeover

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    A boutique B&B in Torquay has been given an AA 5 stars B&B award plus a breakfast award thanks to the help of a Mitre Linen makeover. Daniel Kilik and Andrew Burton run Tyndale, a contemporary boutique B&B in the coastal resort.

    They invited Mitre Linen to work closely with them to help them achieve a unique look for each of their guest rooms. Laura Webber, Mitre’s Regional Sales Manager, visited their B&B to advise on the best products for both the property and their guests.

    As Daniel and Andrew were looking for something unique, Laura recommended that they use Mitre’s bespoke soft furnishings service, where they could choose from countless prints and fabrics and be guided throughout the project.

    One room was given a striking geometric look and feel using black and gold while another was transformed with on trend denim colours and a crushed velvet headboard in silver for the beautiful new bed.

    Taking inspiration from a room’s green wallpaper, another bedroom was given a crisp new look using curtains, runners and a mixture of cushions in Rhapsody aqua fabric. They also bought the Duke toppers from the Heritage range plus Tencel pillows and Microfibre duvets from the Luxury range as well as luxurious white bathrobes.

    Daniel said: “When we took over the property in 2011, it was a run-down 3 star rated guest house in desperate need of some love and attention.

    “With their industry knowledge, Mitre Linen have helped us create unique, elegant and contemporary boutique rooms for our guests.

    “Their work has allowed us to re-launch as a boutique Bed and Breakfast and we are already seeing the benefits. Not only has our refurbishment and attractive new look helped us to achieve an increase in our room rates, but we now hold AA 5 stars plus a breakfast award.

    Tyndale“Our guests have given us a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and we have been praised for our ‘beautiful decoration’, ‘immaculate rooms’ and ‘high standard finish’.”

    Mitre Linen’s Laura Webber said: “Daniel had a very clear vision of how he wanted the rooms to look – all contemporary and individual and each totally different. We spent time working together choosing colours and fabrics to complement each room’s colour scheme and he was very welcoming to my ideas. He was thrilled with the results and has had some wonderful feedback from guests on how stunning his rooms are.

    “We love helping hoteliers in their refurbishment and, as an experienced hospitality provider for over 70 years, we understand that every establishment is unique.”
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    Duravit Vero Air

    Duravit uses c-bonded technology for new Vero Air collection

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    The new Vero Air retains the iconic, rectangular character of the Vero washbasins whilst introducing Duravit’s ground-breaking c-bonded technology – combining the unmistakable character of the original with a new level or precision and perfect proportions.

    The straight interior surface and precise edges of the Vero Air washbasins reflect the collection’s linear charm. The use of patented c-bonded technology sees the washbasin and vanity unit being combined to form a minimalist masterpiece.

    With the new Vero Air” c-bonded” version, the furniture washbasin is connected almost seamlessly to the vanity unit in a complex process. Thanks to the accurate and precise-fitting connecting technology, ceramic and furniture merge to form a single unit. The material thickness of the washbasin is hidden from view and reduced to the precise rim that, at the transition between the cool, smooth ceramic and the natural structure of the wood, feels uniquely pleasant to the touch.

    Manufactured with millimetre precision, the furniture begins exactly where the ceramic ends. The materials blend together seamlessly to form a single, harmonious unit. Three generous widths are available: 800mm, 1000mm and 1200mm in a choice of wall-hung with single or double drawers.

    However, the “c-bonded” solution does not just look and feel impressive: DuraCeram®, the patented special ceramic that actually makes this precision and moulding possible, is particularly wear-resistant. The large shelves at the sides are very practical and the smooth, seamless surfaces are also quick and easy to clean.

    The vanity units of the L-Cube furniture feature Tip-On technology with its gentle push to open and close action. Choose from 31 colour finishes including matt and lacquered options, and a wide range of wood including the new subtly textured Oak Cashmere real wood veneer.

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    Mitre Linen: How to transform a hotel bathroom in 7 steps

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    Hotel and B&B guests wants to be able to relax and rejuvenate in a beautiful bathroom setting. So how can you make sure your bathrooms make a big statement and add to a guest’s experience of their stay?

    Chris Tame, Mitre Linen’s National Sales Manager, says: “Even when they are regularly renovated, hotel bathrooms tend to be heavily used by guests which makes them easy to look tired.”

    Here he gives his tips to refresh a bathroom in a cost effective way to ensure the rooms are not out of action for any length of time…

    1. Update your bathroom blinds
    Windows are a focal point in any room which makes it important to regularly update and refresh your bathroom blinds. With heavy use, they can easily become splashed with shower gel, toothpaste and even make-up over time. Updating your bathroom blinds gives you the chance to tie the look of the room in with your chosen colour scheme. Or, if you want to make a statement, bright blinds can bring a pop of colour to a bathroom. Using lighter coloured fabric shades in your bathroom blinds will allow more sunlight to filter into the room while still maintaining privacy.

    2. Refresh your bathroom towels
    Super soft white towels that smell clean and fresh are high on the list of what B&B guests want. We also know that half of guests think an establishment is better if it provides branded towels and 60% prefer a large bath sheet to a large towel. Providing wonderfully heavyweight towels is an attention to detail that can help to create a truly tranquil experience for guests. Indulge your guests with luxuriously soft 600gsm pure cotton for a crisp clean look for your bathroom or try microcotton Turkish towels which have the ability to absorb water almost instantaneously.

    Mitre Linen - Bathroom accesoriesIf you want to co-ordinate your towels with your colour scheme, consider 100% coloured towels which come in shades ranging from navy and chocolate to blue and mint. Alternatively, the towel border can be colour matched with the hotel’s desired Pantone. For a more bespoke experience, why not embroider your logo on towels.

    3. Upgrade essential extras
    Consider the little touches which can make a difference to a bathroom. As well as providing useful storage solutions such as simple glass jars and bottles, update your bathroom bins, tissue holders and hair dryers. Creating a neat and uncluttered room will help to make the space aesthetically pleasing for your guests.

    4. Renew your shower curtains
    Shower curtains are heavily used and it is important to update and renew them before they start to look tired. Go for 100% polyester and consider whether to choose from an innovative hookless shower curtain with a detachable backing which you can easily remove to wash and simply re-attach with poppers, or a plain hook shower curtain.

    Mitre Linen - Bathroom accesories5. Re-grout your tiles
    Refresh your bathroom tiles by re-grouting them. This is a cost effective way to revitalise your bathroom and make it look like new again. It also helps to prevent any water leaks from occurring.

    6. Add an element of luxury with bathrobes and slippers
    Exceed your guest’s expectations and bring a touch of luxury to your bathrooms with a sumptuous, fluffy bathrobe and an indulgent pair of slippers for your guests to sink their feet into. A wonderfully soft bathrobe and slippers – embroidered with your company logo – can make guests feel special. Bathrobes come in a variety of fabric options from waffle weave and polyester to 100% cotton and heavyweight velour. You can even offer your guests bathrobes for the whole family with a range of smaller sizes now available for children.

    7. Ensure bathroom safety
    Ensure safety while bathing with a non-slip rubber bath mat. Practical and good value, these mats are slip-resistant and are anti-fungal treated.

    For more helpful tips and advice, call our friendly team on 01685 353 454.

    Arrow and Lines by Kobe

    Kobe UK to showcase ranges at Sleep 2017

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    Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, will join other prestigious brands to introduce its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at Sleep in November.

    The two-day event takes place at the Business Design Centre in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including its new room high and Boutique collections.

    Kobe’s new range of room highs – the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor – are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

    The three new flame retardant collections include Arrow, a woven jacquard with a geometric pattern in 14 colours. Lines has a mix of matt and metallic look yarns in complementing and contrasting colours to create an all-over abstract design, available in 11 metallic tinted colourways.

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    Buccari is a marquisette fabric woven with 100% Trevira CS yarns. The metallic look yarns create an elegant, supple fabric and come in 27 shades.

    David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Sleep again this year and to be showcasing our newest collections including Arrow and Lines.

    “This season room highs will make a big impact. These fabrics make matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past and create striking, seamless drapes from ceiling to floor.”

    Boutique Collection from Kobe UK

    The Boutique collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics, is suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns.

    The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

    Another range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours .

    As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

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    Hamilton at Decorex

    Product Spotlight: Hamilton’s ‘primed-to-paint’ range to be debuted at Decorex

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    Following a successful show last year, Hamilton is again returning to interior design exhibition Decorex on 17-20 September 2017, held at Syon Park, London. At the event, Hamilton will launch their popular Hartland CFX® and Sheer CFX® ranges in a new primed finish that can be painted to match any interior colour or theme, making customisation even more accessible.

    The new primed finish plates will be displayed on Stand H37a at the show, which is a key event for interior designers. As well as the sleek and modern Hartland CFX® and Sheer CFX® ranges, the primed finish option is also available on any bespoke plates so they can be painted to match a wall colour, wallpaper or soft furnishings. The primed plates come with a choice of insert finishes, from Bright Chrome to Antique Brass, and with either black or white inset surrounds.

    Decorex takes place ahead of Hamilton’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018. During the past five decades, the family-run British business has become renowned for supplying high quality decorative electrical wiring accessories, lighting control and multi-room audio systems that are manufactured and finished to an exceptional standard. They will have a plethora of product on show that have been designed to create the right look and ambience in any space, while meeting the exacting project demands of architects, interior designers and tech-savvy homeowners.

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    Amongst the solutions on show will be their increasingly popular range of USB switched sockets. Available in Hartland, Hartland CFX®, Sheer and Sheer CFX® designs, these USB sockets ensure the latest smart devices can be easily charged through a USB port, fulfilling the need to be connected 24/7. Unlike some of Hamilton’s competitors, its dual USB switched sockets have a 1A rated USB port for charging mobile phones and a second 2.1A USB port for tablets and other devices, meaning double the charging capacity simultaneously.

    Create a colour wash with light

    Hamilton will also showcase its Smart Lighting Control, including its RGB DMX control option. This allows a colour wash to be applied to an area using LED lighting, helping to add drama, create a certain ambience or to ‘zone’ specific areas of a larger space. Typically popular in the bars, hotels and restaurants, this on-trend lighting solution is becoming more desirable domestically and is adding flair to homes and hotels.

    Free designers’ swatch
    Don’t forget to pick up your free designers’ swatches on Stand H37a, a great reference tool illustrating available plate finishes. Divided into two tone boxes, the ‘Warm’ collection includes Polished Brass, Richmond Bronze and Connaught finishes, amongst others, while the ‘Cool’ collection includes Bright Stainless, Black Nickel and Satin Chrome. The finishes can be applied to Hamilton’s enormous collection of switch and socket plate designs.

    Design your own
    However, if you can’t find exactly the right solution for you, the Hamilton team will be on-hand to discuss their bespoke design and finishing service. The team can create an electrical wiring accessory that’s as unique as your design theme or has the exact functionality that you need. This is particularly helpful for those working on hotel projects where bespoke multi-function plates are needed.

    To find out more and speak to one of the Hamilton team, head to Stand H37a at Decorex.

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    Chelsom Scroll

    Product Spotlight: Scroll from Chelsom

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    The Scroll Desk Lamp is a sleek and contemporary piece fusing clean and stylish design with the latest technology.

    Also available as a Floor Lamp, the Scroll range features tubular metalwork which forms an elliptical base that flows in to an upright angled column. Both Table and Floor Lamps are designed to throw light forward on to guestroom reading areas and tall fabric cone shades create diffused ambient lighting.

    Pictured here in Black Bronze, the fitting is also available in Polished Chrome in addition to a number of alternative finish options available to special order for minimum quantities.
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    Duravit Vero Air Bathtub

    Product Spotlight: Vero Air bathtub – the perfect rectangle

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    Vero Air has become a complete bathroom range while retaining its strong, design-focused identity.

    The new Vero Air bathtubs impress with reduced edges and striking linear charm. State-of-the-art technology in Duravit’s manufacturing processes allow for this extremely precise design.

    The freestanding Vero Air bath tub is presented as a perfect rectangle, stylishly reflecting the design of the range. The striking design of the Vero Air bathtub is a logical continuation of the Vero design language.

    All Vero Air bathtubs are optionally available with the new Air-System, fitted with air jets that are almost invisibly integrated. On request, they are also available with LED colour light and sound.

    A special extra feature is the new, discreetly-integrated air whirl system with Piezo button. This special push button contains no moveable mechanical parts and is as a result extremely low-maintenance.

    Signbox delivers stunning brass-effect directory for prestigious London office building

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    Signbox has supplied a bespoke tenant directory sign for the reception area at 12 Arthur Street, near London Bridge. Having won the opportunity with contractors Kingly Developments through a competitive tender process in January 2017, the work was completed in mid-June.

    The project formed a key part of the extensive reception and lift lobby refurbishment in this prestigious office building which currently lists Prudential and A.M. Best among its tenants.

    Signbox manufactured the directory sign in-house on a Tekcel EXR router using 20mm thick acrylic and 6mm thick aluminium. The sign components were finished with a tarnished brass metal effect, a revolutionary process that applies a veneer of a metal coating to the surface and gives the look and feel of solid metal.

    Signbox delivers stunning brass-effect directory for prestigious London office building 12 Arthur Street
    This Metall-FX manufacturing process involves artisan hand-finishing, polishing and painting multiple layers to achieve the appearance of aged brass, matching other architectural details in the build. The surface edges of the sign were bevelled with a pencil round router bit and sanded to a specific grit finish to achieve the optimum surface. Though it was time-consuming, the weight and cost savings over traditional brass fabrication were considerable.

    Signbox delivers stunning brass-effect directory for prestigious London office building 12 Arthur Street

    “The architects on the project, Morrow + Lorraine, had originally requested a solid metal fabrication that would have been very expensive to produce,” explains Signbox managing director Mark Bartlett. “With our extensive experience of manufacturing techniques, we were able to value engineer the design, presenting an alternative proposal which offered significant cost savings to the client. We also worked closely with the specialist concrete cladding contractor – Graphic Relief – in order to facilitate a first fix of the support channels to secure the directory to the wall behind reception.”

    “We have worked with Kingly Developments on a number of high-profile projects over the years,” Bartlett adds. “We were delighted to team up with them again on this project and, together with the architects and other specialist contractors, deliver a finished product that met all of the client’s expectations, while also coming in under budget.”

    “Working with Signbox on the brass effect tenant directory for 12 Arthur Street has been a real success,” says Daniel Hall, Associate at Morrow + Lorraine Architects. “We have developed a good rapport through the period of design development, and have been impressed with their ability to advise on finishes and manufacturing processes that respond to the brief, ensuring the product was delivered on programme and within budget. We would be happy to work with Signbox again on future collaborations.”

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