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Adding statement with floor-standing mixer taps

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Adding statement with floor-standing mixer taps

Crosswater’s contemporary, industrial-like floor-standing taps are a functional way to add statement in the bathroom…

Add a statement element to freestanding baths with Crosswater’s contemporary collection of floor standing mixer taps. Impressive in design yet innovative in function, the British brassware specialist offers a style to suit every individual preference, from streamlined and simple, to sculptural and multi-functional.

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Expertly manufactured in plated brass, each tap in the range has been crafted with the utmost precision to ensure a bathing experience that is both luxurious and practical for everyday use. Introduce designer flair to your bath time with the floor standing filler taps from the signature Union and MPRO collections. Combining contemporary good looks with the latest in water flow control, the striking form of these latest designs will create a feature centrepiece in any bathroom scheme. For a multi-functional option, choose from Crosswater’s selection of dual-outlet bath / shower mixer designs that come complete with an additional handset, making hair washing and rinsing an effortless experience.

In a continued effort to support the reduction of water waste, many of Crosswater’s luxury bath fillers come with WRAS-approved status*. A mark of approval from The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) demonstrates that an item complies with the high standards sets out by water regulations. Any bathroom product that holds this accreditation is guaranteed to not cause waste, misuse, undue consumptions or contamination of the water supply, therefore offering customers peace of mind. Over 200 of Crosswater’s products proudly wear the WRAS badge, including a superior selection of showerheads, valves and basin taps.

*For more information on WRAS-Approved products visit the website.

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GROHE Shapes the Future of Water 500 innovations at ISH 2019

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GROHE welcomed guests to its innovative stand showcasing the ‘Future of Water’ at ISH 2019… 

Consumers are fundamentally changing how they define and use their living spaces in both the home and in the hotel environment. GROHE has identified five mega trends as consumers have risen from passive consumption to taking control over the creation of new living spaces and have become creators themselves in seeking simplicity and intelligent product solutions. Today, more than ever, product innovation and design depend on an empathetic understanding of these trends as consumers are inclined to choose integrated solutions over single products. GROHE gave an impressive account of its journey in reflecting the five mega trends in its offering to consumers and customers during its keynote event at the start of the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. With a record number of 500 single new products GROHE surprised its customers and consumers with solutions that actively shape the future of water.

3D metal-printing will revolutionise the water experience in the home

A unique formula of granules has been exclusively developed by GROHE for its 3D metal-printers located at its Hemer manufacturing site in Germany. “The design of our new faucets GROHE Atrio Icon 3D and GROHE Allure Brilliant Icon 3D are beyond belief. They make the unthinkable possible,” Michael Rauterkus, CEO GROHE AG, said. “What you see is the future of design. For consumers, it’s the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalisation. We believe that 3D metal-printing will revolutionise the water experience in the home. It’s the ultimate blend of customisation and industrial production.”

 “Consumer expectations are changing to a great extent”- Michael Rauterkus, CEO, GROHE AG

Changing requirements as consumers become creators

The boundaries between the individual living areas are becoming more blurred. The kitchen is often part of the living room, the bathroom opens up to the bedroom and both are becoming important living spaces instead of purely functional ones. When designing their own living space, consumers pay much more attention to detail in the bathroom and the kitchen than ever before. Consequently, bathroom and kitchen products have become household furnishings that allow consumers to express their individual style and preferences. As the first European leading sanitary brand to launch 3D metal-printed faucets, GROHE breaks with the old principle of form following function and combines cutting-edge technology with spectacular design. It is an impressive statement of GROHE’s willingness and ability to shape the future of water and accompany its customers and consumers on their journey to create the living spaces they desire. “Consumer expectations are changing to a great extent”, said Rauterkus, as he delivered his keynote speech in front of 350 international journalists and invited guests. “GROHE is shaping the future of water, in terms of design and innovation, both analogue and digital, giving our customers and our consumers the building blocks they need to harness the power and the beauty of water – as a tailored experience wherever they enjoy water.” Whilst new living spaces evolve around the bathroom and the kitchen, consumers are often confronted with an unwanted complexity in the creation process.

Dramatic setting with tap

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GROHE helps customers in seeking simplicity – creation without complexity

The search for simplicity in terms of easy and intuitive solutions is met with a new minimalism to people’s homes. GROHE clearly positioned itself as a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions, supporting consumers in becoming creators without having to deal with complexity. Its products combine quality with a stunning range of colors and materials: from faucets, showers and ceramics, to kitchen faucets, sinks, accessories and flush plates. “Nobody else offers, across the whole product range, the quality and durability in so many colors that bathrooms and kitchens require”, emphasised Rauterkus. Essence, GROHE’s newly introduced and first ceramic line that includes bathtubs, is a perfect showcase of the new minimalism and search for simplicity, showing beauty in its purest form. The design line’s characteristics are its gentle organic forms that are based on their reduction to the essentials. But minimalism by GROHE goes far beyond design, it means also the intuitive handling and easy installation of products. The new GROHE Rapido SmartBox provides architects, planners and installers with an infinite number of possible solutions with just one concealed installation solution: For maximum efficiency and planning flexibility, the concealed installation can be combined not only with the innovative shower system GROHE SmartControl but also with thermostats and single-lever mixers, offering a universal solution for all requirements.

“Overall GROHE introduced a record number of innovations and more than 500 single new products that address the five mega trends.”

A new connected eco system for water security and water management

At ISH two years ago, GROHE launched its first Internet of Things (IoT) solution, GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard. Today, GROHE is pioneering digitisation in the sanitary industry and extends its competence well beyond sanitary hardware solutions. At the ISH 2019 keynote, GROHE announced a new generation of GROHE Sense water sensors and the launch of GROHE Sense Guard Pro, which is optimised for use in multi-family homes and high-rise residential buildings. Installed on both the cold and hot water pipes, it offers water security and provides accurate water consumption data directly onto mobile devices via the GROHE Sense App. This also means that there is full visibility of water and energy consumption, allowing consumers to take control. Moreover, with the combination GROHE Sense Guard and Sense Guard Pro, the global brand is now able to help prevent water damage in 90 percent of the residential market. The GROHE Sense system has created a disruptive new business model for GROHE as well as for installers and new business partners such as insurance and property management companies. “We are creating an intelligent platform, the biggest ecosystem for water security and water management, which will allow our industry partners worldwide, such as insurance companies, to implement new business models”, said Rauterkus.

Largest innovation push of GROHE to date at ISH

Overall GROHE introduced a record number of innovations and more than 500 single new products that address the five mega trends ‘new living spaces’, ‘consumers become creators’, ‘simplicity seekers – the search for simplicity’, ‘taking control’, and ‘intelligent life management’. It is the biggest innovation push of GROHE so far – tailored to the needs of consumers as well as professional partners such as architects, installers, insurers and smart home experts. “As GROHE stands for Water, Intelligence, and Enjoyment, we are creating intelligent water solutions that transform lives for the better”, highlighted Michael Rauterkus. “Most importantly, we are transforming the experience of water itself”.

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Mitre Linen launches eco range

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Royal Warrant holder Mitre Linen has launched a new range of eco-friendly bedlinen, towels, duvets, pillows and robes…

The Eco Collection from Mitre Linen has been made to the company’s exacting standards from ethically produced recycled and natural products to create a range of exceptional bedding and towelling products. “With consumers becoming increasingly aware of green issues, responsible sourcing is a vital part of a modern hospitality business.” explains Mitre Linen General Manager, Kate Gough. “The Mitre Eco Collection allows our customers to help protect the planet, without compromising on the ultimate in terms of style and comfort.”

 The launch follows months of research and development during which time the Mitre team has been investigating and sourcing the finest eco-friendly products to ensure that the finished collection is green to its core. This helps deliver on the company’s famous commitment to quality, comfort and durability.

Made from 100 per cent organic cotton and with a 200 thread count, Mitre Eco bed linen is a classic, crisp white range that feels beautiful and soft to the touch. The cotton also conforms to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certificate which means it is guaranteed to be free from potential skin irritants.

The pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers are all made from organic cotton grown in a sustainable way to help support the bio-diversity of local ecosystems in the countries of origin. The cultivation methods ensure that farmers are not exposed to pesticides and chemicals. The new Mitre Eco soft and generous towels are also made from 100 per cent organic cotton in high quality 500gsm.

The range comes in a selection of sizes and is designed to fit well and launder superbly, making it ideal for all hospitality applications.

Mitre Eco duvets and pillows have fillings made from recycled plastic bottles which are extruded into soft, non-allergenic fibres. This process produces around 70 per cent fewer carbon dioxide emissions, uses 70 per cent less water and 40 per cent less energy compared to standard fibre production, but is as soft and warm as traditionally manufactured alternatives.

The new range is consistent with Mitre’s continuing commitment to reducing negative impact on the environment. This is further highlighted by the new brochure which includes nearly 1000 new lines and is printed on recyclable paper using solvent-free ink and which is wrapped in 100% recyclable oxo-degradable polythene.

With Mitre’s commitment to green issues being part of a growing trend, Gough feels that the range is being launched at a time when businesses are increasingly taking their environmental responsibilities seriously: “There has been a shift in the hospitality industry as a whole, as operators move towards responsible sourcing in response to consumer demand for greater environmental awareness.  We are proud to be able to contribute towards this important trend with the new Eco-Collection which brings quality green products to hoteliers everywhere.”

For further information on the new Eco range, or to download the latest catalogue, please visit www.mitrelinen.co.uk

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Duravit wins iF DESIGN AWARD for XSquare bathroom furniture range

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Duravit continues to confirm the success of its innovative bathroom products by winning an iF Design Award… 

Duravit was among the winners at this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD; the award went to the XSquare bathroom furniture series, created by Duravit in conjunction with the designer Kurt Merki Jr.

The XSquare furniture range is both impressive and striking, with contemporary, elegant style. The quadrant-shaped chrome profile which edges the furniture emphasizes its characteristic design. On the floor-standing model, the transition from the body of the furniture to the base is absolutely seamless.

The chrome profile accentuates the frame of both floor standing and wall hanging variants and continues around the corner radius of the washbasin, creating harmony and at the same time a distinctly unique touch. The vanity units, mirrors, and mirror-cabinet solutions from the range are also designed with the elegant chrome profile, enabling a luxurious washing area to be created.

Three new, special furniture finishes (Matt Light Blue, Matt Concrete Grey, and Satin-Matt Aubergine) plus the linen décor finish, complete the wide colour palette; there are 28 furniture finishes in décor matt or lacquer; satin-matt or high-gloss are also available.

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The console panel is available in one of the cabinet colours or additionally in solid Natural Walnut which creates a variety of completely new and individual colour combinations for XSquare.

Two or even three colours can be used in combination with the lacquer finish, chrome profile and console panel creating new contrasts and high-class designs.

Handle-free fronts with push-to-open technology subtly highlight the elegant and inspiring overall design. The new furniture range has a striking effect, creating clearly structured features in the room.

For 65 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been a recognised trademark for outstanding design all over the world. The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. It is awarded once a year by the world’s oldest independent design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover. The 67-strong, independent, international expert jury selects the winners of the coveted quality seal from among 6,375 entries from 52 countries.

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CASE STUDY: Furnishing Grand Central, Belfast

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Hastings Grand Central is more than a hotel, it’s an ode to a spectacular city. Recommended Supplier Style Library Contract explains how it helped to style the hotel in Belfast that everyone is talking about… 

Standing tall in Bedford Street, the 22-storey Hastings Grand Central, which opened in June last year, fuses glamour and grandeur with a uniquely Belfast spirit. Comprising of 300 luxurious guestrooms and suites, restaurant, bar, conferencing facilities and retail space, it is a jewel that sits at the heart of Belfast’s Linen Quarter.

RPP Architects was involved in the design of every aspect of the hotel, from the external envelope which involved the design of prominent and distinct signage, a bespoke cladding system to the different bedroom, suites and all of the public spaces. Meanwhile, the interior design was developed with Grahams construction and the Hastings Hotel group during a series of design workshops.

Situated on the ground floor, the Grand Café will catch your eye as you walk by but when you step inside you’ll want to stay. An everyday place with an easygoing elegance, it reflects the whole ambience of being “beautifully simple and simply beautiful”.

Sumptuous suite

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Quality exudes from every angle of the bar and restaurant space; from the phenomenal cuisine and cocktails to the lavish fabrics and fittings. The art deco nods, high ceilings and sense of space add a distinctive drama and the vibe inside shifts as the day rolls in and the sun rolls round. Located on the 23rd floor, the Observatory is an aweinspiring cocktail lounge with spectacular, unique views of Belfast and beyond. The decadent décor combined with the stunning vistas make the inside feel intimate, and the outside infinite. Each of the 300 guestrooms and suites are designed for absolute comfort and relaxation. Each room has been lovingly created as an oasis of calm; a thoughtfully crafted cityscape sanctuary teeming with touchable, tactile fabrics and state of-the-art finishes.

entrance lobby

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Mark Higgins, Associate at RPP Architects explains how they selected the materials and craftsmen for this project: “The interior design utilised local craftsmanship where possible sourcing marble and quartz from Ballymoney, specialist joinery and bedroom casegoods from Ballymena, bespoke upholstery and front of house furniture was manufactured in Carrickfergus and bespoke carpet from Portadown.

“We chose to work with Style Library Contract because of the wide selection and high specification of their fabrics and wallcoverings. Being able to specify products from across their brands enabled us to create the look we wanted for each distinct space. Products include: Zoffany curzon belvoir, Zoffany elswick paisley, Anthology veda, Harlequin mesh and sgraffito, Scion toma, Harlequin momentum aves paprika, William Morris snakeshead paper in the bar and various Anthology papers in the suites.”

Carolyn Mitchell, Group Contracts Sales Director at Style Library Contract adds, “We are delighted to have worked with RPP Architects and Hastings on this exquisite project. Our job is to provide clients with the means to create beautiful, design-led interiors. In house manufacturing and design expertise in contract specification fabrics, wallcoverings and paint, means we can be relied on for a complete project solution.”

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GROHE unveils universal solution of concealed shower installations

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GROHE Rapido SmartBox is now compatable with more than 170 different GROHE trim designs…

Since its initial launch in 2017, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox in combination with the SmartControl Concealed trim sets has ensured the easy installation and premium performance of concealed shower systems, helping to support the trend for minimalist interiors in both residential and commercial projects. With its “push, turn, shower” functions, it offers individual and intuitive control combined with a space-saving and slim design.

Now, the Rapido Smartbox can be used as a universal shower solution thanks to its compatibility with more than 170 different GROHE trim designs, offering architects, designers, specifiers and installers freedom of planning and efficient installation when working on projects. Plus, with an installation depth of only 75mm, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox fits into every kind of wall, even particularly narrow ones. Furthermore, its recent successful WRAS accreditation pays testament to its high standards when it comes to compliance with water regulations. The esteemed approval by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme also enables the Rapido Smartbox to be specified by housebuilders for property development.

The Rapido Smartbox now matches perfectly with three different styles of trim set; two-handle thermostats, single-lever mixers and the SmartControl Concealed, all of which are available in an array of colours, finishes, shapes and sizes. All three styles offer varying functionalities, aesthetics and price points, catering for all projects regardless of space, size and budget.

Rapido Smartbox: Efficient, universal installation

The extensive range of trim set designs which allows greater freedom over aesthetic and functionality for customers is made possible by the exciting innovations that lie behind the wall within the Rapido Smartbox. With three outlets, the Rapido Smartbox facilitates a wider range of showering options, for which previously two rough-ins would have been required. This helps to make the complexity of concealed showering more accessible for both installers and customers alike. In addition, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox makes adapters dispensable as it has ½ inch outlets to which all standard tubes can be connected. Designed with easy installation in mind, the Smartbox is equipped with inlets that connect from below, allowing a direct connection to the hot and cold water supply. Therefore the use of 90-degree fittings is eliminated.

This innovative shower mechanism also provides many other benefits for installers including:
• Subsequent adjustment of the trim set by six degrees post-installation to perfectly align with tiles and joints is possible thanks to long holes in the unit.
• Optional service stops for retrofit allow installers to gain complete access over the water supply in just a few steps. During maintenance, each of the Smartcontrol or Smartbox fittings can be closed directly and separately.
• The GROHE Rapido SmartBox can be retrofitted with a safety protection against backflow and meets the EU standard 1717 when installed with an integrated bath-fill and overflow unit.
• Easy on-site installation is made possible thanks to the helpful brass outlets which allow connection to the pipes to be installed with the use of a pipe wrench. This means mounting can be carried out quickly and easily on-site and a bench vice is not necessary.

SmartControl Concealed: Ultra-thin design for additional space in the shower

For bathrooms where space is extremely limited, GROHE offers a particularly “slim” solution: GROHE SmartControl Concealed in combination with the new GROHE Rapido SmartBox. The installation of the behind-the-wall technology combined with the ultra-slim design of the trim which projects just 43 mm from the surface of the wall, creates a minimalist look and gives the feeling of additional space in the shower. SmartControl Concealed is controlled using intuitive push-and-turn technology to individually select the preferred shower spray type and control water volume. Each shower trim, available in a round or square design, can operate up to three functions from head shower to hand shower and bath filler to body jets, for a truly customised shower that meets the demands of each individual bathroom’s needs. In addition, several styles are available: a classic Chrome finish or a discreet, elegant MoonWhite acrylic glass design. The SmartControl shower mixer trim is also available in SuperSteel and Brushed Hard Graphite and as of May 2019, there will be seven other metallic finishes on offer, complete with GROHE’s unique PVD coating which provides long-lasting colour and durability.

Two-handle thermostats: Simple operation delivers precise control

The new two-handle thermostats have been designed to offer convenient temperature and water flow control, using the same iconic visual icons as the SmartControl. They are compact, space-saving and combine precise performance with a slim, minimalist design. GROHE thermostats excel in delivering ease of operation, safety, comfort and above all, a relaxing shower experience. Equipped with leading technology, the GROHE TurboStat thermostat reacts within fractions of a second to pressure and temperature fluctuations. The mixing ratio of cold and hot water is continuously adjusted so that the temperature selected remains constant. Both head shower and hand shower can be controlled by intuitive rotation of the Aquadimmer handle, the upper control on the trim set. Turning the upper control slightly to the left will activate the hand shower, and by simply continuing to turn to the left, the water flow and power of the spray will increase. When the head shower is required, simply switch the control to the right and once again, increase volume by continuing to turn.
The two-handle thermostats are newly available in a slimmer profile, with only 43mm projection from the wall, and are offered in both round and square designs. In addition to the single-function models, models with two functions are now available, with clear pictograms used to indicate head and hand shower or shower and bath filler.

Single-lever mixers: Comfortable and simple operation for unlimited showering pleasure

GROHE single-lever mixers are designed for functionality and offer a stylish, sleek look that will prove popular with consumers. The latest additions to the range now make three-way functionality a reality, where only single and two-way systems were possible before. Users can now choose from three different types of spray pattern using the upper button on the mixer; from a powerful jet spray, to a relaxing rainshower or a practical hand shower. Meanwhile, the lower handle provides comfortable and intuitive temperature and water control. The trim sets, which have been designed to match all GROHE brassware ranges to ensure coordinated design in bathroom projects, are easy to install thanks to GROHE QuickFix, which reduces fitting time by up to 50 per cent.

Make hotels more instagrammable with UNILIN

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A recent British survey suggests that more than 40 per cent of millennials choose their holiday destination based on its Instragammability, so what can you do to make hotel interiors more instagrammable? UNILIN explains…

To find out, UNILIN, division panels, makers of Evola decorative panels have turned to Kel Wouters of So Buzzy, a social media marketing agency that counts Crowne Plaza Antwerp and Hotel BLOOM, among its clients.

“Instagram can give your hotel additional awareness and reach, and often just a small investment can have a major impact,” begins Wouters. “Hotels that are shared frequently are ‘top of mind’ and people will want to stay there and populate their own feed from the same place. It’s a positive circle for any hotel that can crack Instagram.”

Starting small can often reap surprising rewards. A simple yet amusing slogan on the wall of the entrance to washrooms at The Hotel’s (Brussels) restaurant reading ‘men to the left because women are always right’, became one of its most Instagrammed spots. Designers can use UNILIN Evola panels to such effect, choosing from 168 designs as the perfect backdrop to a ‘grammable’ slogan, or even creating a unique ‘selfie spot’ with custom digital print technology available on UNILIN’s HPL, melamine and edging tape.

Wouters continues: “Check what your audience is sharing and looking at on Instagram and respond to that when designing your spot. Think about light in the area and test it out beforehand. Ensure there’s an obvious link to your hotel. If guests are sharing your selfie spot but no one knows that it’s in your hotel, then it’s a wasted opportunity; share your account at the location and encourage people to use a hashtag.”

UNILIN can offer office space designers a flexible way to approach the entire fabric of their Instagram spot – walls, partitions, furniture and surface treatment – with different looks that all possess the same low-maintenance, splash-proof, scratch-resistant, fade-resistant and durable finish. perfect for giving any selfie spot a ‘loveable’ look and joining Evola in 106 matching decors, ClicWall is UNILIN’s instantly transformative wall panel system.

“Interior designers also need to look at what’s currently popular on Instagram, although they need to be careful with temporary trends. Replaceable accessories are the key. The ball chairs at Hotel BLOOM! regularly get new cushions in different colours to create a whole new vibe, and arty objects throughout the hotel are replaced at regular intervals,” concludes Wouters.

UNILIN Evola and ClicWall panels can be used as the perfect, lasting backdrop for any hotel looking to make itself more Instragammable.

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Burlington Bathrooms launches new furniture collection

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The new collection from Burlington Bathrooms is perfectly designed to add personality in the boutique hotel bathroom… 

Inspired by the eras of great British design, Burlington combines timeless, traditional style with modern functionality across the range of fitted and freestanding furniture options. With a firm belief that the bathroom should provide the perfect place to relax from the demands of the day, every piece in the Burlington furniture collection is designed to transform everyday routines with ease. Available in a range of design styles, from square or curved silhouettes to wall-hung units, cloakroom solutions and fully fitted furniture; storage options are available to meet the individual requirements of any space.

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Presented in four trend-conscious colours including classic Matt White, soft Sand, rich Dark Olive and the new Classic Grey finish, each piece of furniture is treated with five layers of paint to protect against colour fading and ensure a glorious depth of colour. Designed to complement the furniture, Minerva basins and coordinating worktops provide the perfect finish to the collection and ensure a statement in sophisticated, traditional style. Made from the finest materials, the Burlington furniture range is provided with a 10-year quality guarantee that ensures each piece will stand the test of time in your home.

 

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Kaldewei unveils new digital stand concept for ISH

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Kaldewei’s forum delivers an interactive brand experience, demonstrating its role as a digital pioneer. The leading bathroom manufacturer is exhibiting at ISH on stand D79 – Hall 3.1…

Kaldewei will be exhibiting on stand D79 – Hall 3.1 at ISH from March 11 – 15 with a completely new stand concept, demonstrating its unrivalled position as a leading bathroom manufacturer.

At its stand, divided into five themed zones, Kaldewei will be demonstrating its expertise in the area of design and functionality. The stand will be displaying its international references, flexible solutions as well as the latest trends. These will include; bathroom solutions in exclusive colours, revolutionary shower concepts and new installation and drainage solutions. Visitors will also be able to see for themselves the diverse digital services that Kaldewei has to offer. At the heart of the interactive stand, Kaldewei will be presenting a new app which will network and support trade partners better than before.

“Trade visitors will have the chance to see first-hand how Kaldewei sets industry trends.”

Kaldewei Forum: The exceptional deserves a special stage

Trade visitors will have the chance to see first-hand how Kaldewei sets industry trends with its bathroom solutions, raises standards and creates unique solutions for bathrooms of every size. The stand design – reminiscent of the iconic architecture of the Elbphilharmonie building, Hamburg – is divided into five themed zones and will deliver an interactive brand experience. At its heart, the Forum features a huge sphere which will provide visitors with a multi-sensory show. Lecterns and tiered seating in an open circle invite visitors to interact. Visitors can test the diverse digital options available, including the new app, using digital columns and tablets. Arndt Papenfuß, Director Marketing at Kaldewei, says: “The new Kaldewei Forum not only reflects our core competence of providing the highest-quality bathroom furnishings with individual, customised solutions made of superior
steel enamel, but also the structure and design elements of the new Forum highlighting our company’s strategic position, and – just like our product development does – actively placing our customers’ ideas and needs centre-stage.”

“At ISH, Kaldewei will be presenting a new app that brings all of these services together.”

Digital features for trade partners

As a digital pioneer in the bathroom industry, Kaldewei has been supporting its partners for years with a wide range of online services such as its Product Configurator, an interactive planning tool. It is also one of the very first bathroom manufacturers to provide BIM data – the new standard with regard to projection, coordination and cost control in construction. At ISH, Kaldewei will be presenting a new app that brings all of these services together. With this app, bathroom planners and on-site professional installers will be able to connect even faster with Kaldewei, giving them easier access to the premium bathroom manufacturer’s tools for planning, installing and assembling Kaldewei bathroom solutions.

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Global partner: Kaldewei iconic bathroom solutions

At ISH 2019, Kaldewei will be presenting its international references and flexible solutions for different markets worldwide, highlighting its expertise as a global partner for Iconic Bathroom Solutions. In addition, other walk-through areas of the Forum will present corporate themes such as sustainability – as a key element of Kaldewei’s identity – and will demonstrate the superiority of Kaldewei steel enamel.

System Expertise: Groundbreaking shower solutions

As an expert for floor-level shower surfaces, Kaldewei will also be presenting new options for customising its unique NexSys shower concept which skilfully combines the advantages of a seamless enamelled shower surface with the design of a tiled shower area with shower channel. Working closely with bathroom professionals, Kaldewei has continued to expand its trusty assembly system with new installation and drainage solutions – making the installation of floor-level showers even simpler, flatter and more flexible.

Exclusive Shades in the Bathroom: the most beautiful combination of form and colour

Kaldewei opens up a new dimension of bathroom design with the sophisticated matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection. Any move away from classic white is a positive step in the bathroom and a distinctive hallmark of individuality.
Kaldewei recently extended its exclusive colour world to its washbasin segment – allowing for an even more harmonious and personalised room design. Trade visitors can see for themselves how the coloured bathroom solutions – from the revolutionary NexSys shower system to the washbasin bowls from the Miena range – can be integrated elegantly into the overall design concept of modern bathrooms or, equally, be skilfully placed as visual highlights.

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Round Wood Of Mayfield launches ÖÖD house in the UK

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The state-of-the-art mirrored building, ÖÖD house, offers the chance to instantly create or enhance a hotel or Airbnb business…

The ÖÖD house – a stunning, 18 sq/m mini home clad in mirrored glass which blends to its natural surroundings – has been added to Round Wood of Mayfield’s collection of high end outdoor structures.

Originally envisaged as a “pop up” hotel guest room or Airbnb pad by Estonian company ÖÖD, it is now exclusively distributed and assembled by the timber and landscape specialists across the UK.

The stand-alone living space for both commercial and domestic clients, which also make ideal office spaces, guest accommodation or even yoga studios, blends beautifully into any setting courtesy of the striking insulated glazing that covers the front and sides.

surfer reflecting off the surface of the OOD House

Image credit: Round Wood of Mayfield

Other highlights include eco-friendly thermo treated ash cladding to the rear of the structure, which cleverly conceals a service void, and a beautifully finished interior which offers a studio layout with kitchenette and bathroom as well as air conditioning and LED lighting.

A smaller structure – the ÖÖD room is also available exclusively from Round Wood of Mayfield and offers stand-alone recreational spaces without the cost of shower, kitchen and sleeping facilities.

Round Wood of Mayfield officially launched the ÖÖD house at The Landscape Show last September at London’s Battersea Park, with an example now in situ at Lime Cross Nursery in East Sussex which potential customers can view, or even stay in, before purchasing.

Image credit: Round Wood of Mayfield

The ÖÖD company explains that“ÖÖD allows anyone to jump-start their hospitality business. It quickly enables people to create a living space or start an accommodation business. The outstanding design of our house supports the productivity of your investment.”

“We are really excited to add ÖÖD Houses to our collection as their only UK distributor,” Zac Soudain, director of Round Wood. “It was clear at the launch that these glass-fronted houses really have the wow factor and could be used for many purposes including guest accommodation to garden rooms to offices… they have been generating a lot of excitement.

“Where they really come into their own is in a rural or natural landscape such as where our example ÖÖD house can be viewed at Lime Cross Nursery – it has been kept there since the launch so potential customers can try before they buy.

“For anyone in the hotel and hospitality industry, these ÖÖD houses can provide some very luxurious and novel guest rooms with a fantastic view of the landscape.”

The ÖÖD house, which is available to purchase from £55,000, is easy to install and can be delivered on a lorry before being craned into place, or built on site if access is an issue.

The ÖÖD room is available from £45,000 and comes with air conditioning and standard LED lighting.

 

For more information please contact Round Wood of Mayfield on 01435 860260 or visit our website www.roundwood.com

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Hamilton Litestat’s ‘satin’ metallic accessories bring PANTONE’s Colour Of The Year to life

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Satin Chrome and Satin Stainless-Steel accessories from Hamilton Litestat bring added energy to Pantone’s vibrant Colour of the Year 2019…

The 2019 must-have palette for interior design, fashion and furnishings is set to include PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral, which has been named Pantone Colour of the Year.

Selected by colour trend experts at the Pantone Color Institute, Living Coral is described as an ‘animating and life-affirming coral hue’. As with such announcements and the subjective nature of colour choice, it has received mixed reviews. Amongst the debate and deliberation, the name ‘living coral’ and its wider social commentary on global warming and the state of our diminishing coral reefs has divided opinion. It’s certainly struck a nerve, with some in full support and others slating it as ‘another marketing ploy’.

Whatever your thoughts on the new Pantone Colour of the Year, there’s no getting away from its warm tones bringing energy yet calmness to a space. It’s buoyant, positive and light-hearted. When used in interior design, PANTONE Living Coral rugs, blankets and upholsteries can create a warm and nurturing feeling, while wall colourings and decorative accessories add a dramatic pop of colour.

The vivid sunset hue works well in monochrome schemes and finds a dynamic partnership with blue, reflecting coral’s harmonious relationship with the sea. In the home, it is complemented by Hamilton’s decorative wiring accessories in Satin Chrome and Satin Stainless finishes, whose metallic and reflective tones link to water and bring extra life and sparkle to the on-trend colour.

In addition to the satin chrome and stainless-steel finishes, Satin Brass and Hamilton’s cost-effective white plastic finish in the Hartland CFX design, create crisp, contemporary interiors. For a more coordinated alternative, Hamilton’s Paintables range allows you to exactly match the Pantone as a plate finish, with this option available in Hartland CFX or Sheer CFX.

With a wide range of designs and finishes, along with functionality to suit the modern, connected household or high-end hotel – including dual 2.4A USB double switched socket plates – Hamilton’s electrical wiring accessories provide the perfect finishing touch for any interior scheme, whatever the shade or design.

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Duravit launches solution for cluttered bathrooms

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Duravit launches new furniture range specifically designed with small hotel bathrooms in mind… 

A comfortable bathroom doesn’t need to be spacious. Creativity and the right products can ensure additional storage space and create a hotel for everyday bathroom items.

Vanity units are true classics and can be found in almost every bathroom. These handy pieces of furniture mean that bathroom utensils of all shapes and sizes can be stored in drawers or practical compartments. Organiser systems inside drawers not only keep things tidy, they look great.

Bathroom furniture from Duravit

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Mirror cabinets are a real eye-catcher. Even shelves can work miracles when it comes to storage. Not only do they have the effect of creating space, they enable apparently unusable areas to become useful. Wall areas are frequently overlooked or unused. Yet, wall-mounted shelves can create practical space for bottles, tubes or towels and also be used for decorative purposes.

Mirror cabinets offer an additional light source and give the visual impression of a larger, more open room. They are also the perfect place for storing all manner of essential beauty accessories without dominating the room and as such are the ultimate all-rounder in the bathroom.

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Kaldewei Meisterstueck enhances bathrooms in Singapore’s new five-star hotel

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Leading bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei was chosen for the luxury bathrooms in the The Capital Kempinski Hotel Singapore…

The five-star Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, in the heart of the city, offers a magnificent ambiance from check in to check out as a result of dynamic design vision.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore seamlessly combines vintage architecture with modern design. The historic facilities of the former Capitol and the Victorian Stamford House were masterly converted by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Richard Meier and the prestigious Jaya International Design – with focus on maintaining the value of the two historically iconic structures. The result is an architectural masterpiece that offers its guests glamorously appointed guestrooms and suites with a wealth of other highlights – from Singapore’s first and only outdoor salt water pool through to the hotel’s own confectionery.

The Kaldwei freestanding bath in The Capitol Kempinski Hotel

Image caption/credit: The Kaldewei Meisterstueck Centro Duo Oval bath in The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Singapore

As well as the guestrooms and suites, each bathroom of the hotel has been carefully furnished with exquisite materials and exclusive design. 142 guestrooms within the hotel feature the freestanding Kaldewei Meisterstueck Centro Duo Oval bath, a product which has been lavished with multiple awards for its pioneering design for promising – and delivering – the ultimate bathing experience. The freestanding bath made of Kaldewei steel enamel stands out with its aesthetic style and unique material properties. Both the bath and its panelling are made entirely of steel enamel. The resulting seamless finish offers flawless perfection for an exquisite look that is exceptionally durable and easy to clean – a combination satisfying the high standards of both the guests and management of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. The outstanding design and excellent quality of the elegant products make Kaldewei the perfect partner for international high-end hotels – whether privately managed establishments in the luxury segment or premium hotel chains.

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Anthology launches Wallcoverings Volume 6

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Anthology launches wallcoverings Volume 6, a evocative collection of eight statement wallcoverings inspired by brutalist architecture and organic land forms for SS19… 

Anthology has presented volume 06, a stunning collection of wallcoverings inspired by industrial spaces, fabricated walls and the trend for polished natural and man-made surfaces, apposed with soft colours and delicate, feminine accents. Innovative production techniques have been used throughout with the Anthology studio contrasting plaster, concrete, burnished and hammered metals alongside polished, raw and aged facades.

“Anthology Wallcoverings 06 is an expression of how natural and manmade forms work together to create something quite exceptional,”  said Linda Thacker from the Anthology studio. “We wanted to focus on how these forms change over time and how their interaction with man modifies them further. By using materials such as poured concrete alongside bespoke techniques, we have created a compendium of organic textures, juxtaposed with how man’s involvement impacts on an element’s overall look.”

“Embosses and embellishments add a luxurious textural detail to this eye-catching collection.”

Oozing international glamour, Anthology Wallcoverings 06 comprises of eight wallcoverings, manufactured using the most technically advanced machines and state of the art production methods. Embosses and embellishments add a luxurious textural detail to this eye-catching collection which works in harmony with Anthology’s range of fabrics.

Minimalist room with colourful wallpapers

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A wide array of colours has been used across the collection with names such as Limestone, Pumice, Ruby, Gold, Aventurine and Quartz chosen to reflect how minerals and natural surfaces contrast and complement with the metal ores and precious stones found in mined materials that shape our environment and habitats.

Continuing with the collection theme, Anthology’s design names include Anthropic, which represents the interaction of man in the making of fabricated surfaces and the impact time has on materials, Metamorphosis, emulating the geological changes impacting on rock and stone and Pozzolana, one of the constituent parts of plaster and concrete.

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BISQUE introduces three new finishes across arteplano radiators

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Leading radiator brand BISQUE has launched three new finishes to its immensely popular Arteplano collection for 2019…

Bisque, the UK’s first ever luxury radiator brand, has introduced three spectacular new finishes to its immensely popular Arteplano collection for 2019. As a brand widely known for its striking feature radiators, these new styles will be a welcome addition for discerning homeowners and architects alike.

The trend for copper accessories remains as popular as ever, and now you can unleash your inner interior designer with Bisque’s innovative Brushed Bronze finish. This new aesthetic is the perfect addition for modern homes with its simple, yet striking finish, complementing contemporary interiors.

Meanwhile, moody and dark hues continue to lead the way in home décor. Be bold with Bisque’s new Brushed Black finish. This head-turning texture adds a touch of luxury to any space, whilst the matt finish softens its harsh colouring, allowing it to suit most homes.

Dark hallway with mirror radiator

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If you’re looking for the ultimate style statement, look no further than Bisque’s Mirror finish. Taking centre stage in any space with its crisp and minimal design, this radiator can double as a mirror, and is a welcome addition to bedrooms, living rooms and hallways.

Depending on the finish, the Arteplano can be delightfully daring or discreetly subtle. The Arteplano can also be made to order when only an exact size will do.

All orders can be placed at Bisque’s newly opened showroom within the Business Design Centre, Islington, on the edge of the vibrant design district of Clerkenwell, where Bisque’s team of experts are on hand to advise every step of the way.

All prices on application. Further information can be found by visiting www.bisque.co.uk.

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BISQUE debuts its first ever traditional line of radiators

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Taking a turn for tradition, Hotel Designs’ Recommended Supplier BISQUE launches timeless radiators…

Pioneering designer radiator brand Bisque has, for the last four decades, represented the pinnacle of cutting-edge, contemporary design; however, for the first time, the luxury firm has announced its inaugural range of traditional towel radiators for use in classic bathroom designs.

The collection – comprising the Buckingham, Osbourne and Balmoral models – has been carefully designed with a timeless aesthetic in mind, without compromising on performance or output.

black and white room with traditional radiator

Image caption: Buckingham Range by BISQUE

To start, the Buckingham (pictured above)  is a transitional wall-mounted design, as suitable for modern bathrooms as it is traditional rooms. It is made from chromed brass, and can be used on both central heating and hot water systems, further adding to its flexibility. Customers will recognise the customary ball joints, more commonly found on older radiators, but this time benefitting from Bisque’s class-leading heating technology. Customers can also choose from three deluxe finishes – bright nickel, brass and antique bronze – alongside a further six finishes in Bisque’s repertoire.

Next up, the Osbourne is a floor-mounted model, similar in style to its sister radiator, the Balmoral. Offering plenty of space for luxurious towels, it is an equally stylish option for industrial-style homes and loft bathrooms thanks to its antique look.

Traditional radiator in modern bathroom

Image caption: Osbourne range by BISQUE

Finally, the Victorian-style Balmoral is best suited for vintage-inspired interiors. It not only heats the space, but keeps towels crisp and dry thanks to a large, roomy hanging rail to store even the plumpest of linens. Once again, the Balmoral features recognisable ball joints and is available in Bisque’s gorgeous selection of colourways.

The three new designs mark a real turning point for the brand and present customers with a luxury towel radiator which matches style for substance. Being Bisque, innovation and performance is at the forefront of the new collection; while the new designs may look ‘traditional’, there’s nothing old-fashioned about their performance. Bisque uses only the very best materials available to ensure all three designs offer customers an impressive output, and a radiator that will stand the test of time. Meanwhile, Bisque continues to offer the widest selection of designer radiators on the market, from school-style models to eco-friendly options, not to mention its made-to-measure or colour-matching service.

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Mitre Linen’s top tips to creating a healthy and hygienic sleep environment

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Head of procurement at Mitre Linen, Phillip James, explores the importance of creating a healthy and hygienic sleep environment for your guests and what measures you can take to ensure they can relax in the knowledge that your beds are clean and fresh…

Ensuring that your hotel has exemplary hygiene measures for your guests is a necessity, especially when mattresses and pillows are ideal breeding grounds for dust mites. These microscopic bugs are invisible to the naked eye, however enzymes in the fesses of the dust mite are the second largest cause of allergies in the UK.

Considering that the average person produces between one to two pints of perspiration per night, mattresses and pillows are often the most invested areas due to the constant supply of dead skin cells, moisture and heat from our bodies.

“Dust mite are the second largest cause of allergies in the UK”

Given the significant investments that hotels make in beds, mattresses, pillows and duvets, protecting these assets offers a dual benefit. Guests sleep well with a reduced risk of allergies and hoteliers safeguard their property while extending the lifespan.

Experts in all things related to beds and bedding, Mitre Linen provides expert advice on how hoteliers can provide guests with a hygienic sleep environment and protect their investments.

Mattresses

A mattress represents a considerable financial investment and is worthy of protection against spills, mishaps and untimely deterioration. Today, hotel owners and operators are becoming increasingly convinced of the need to protect against fluids, dust mites and bed bugs and a mattress protector will help to maintain the quality and cleanliness of mattresses.  There are a whole host of mattress protectors and mattress encasements available, here Mitre Linen recommend their favourites:

For accidents and spills, the Cushion Cloud Protector is a must, this cushioned mattress protector provides luxurious comfort with its jacquard knit weave, and it is also waterproof and provides allergy protection for mattresses.

“With more than 5.4 million people in the UK suffering from asthma, the importance of keeping your beds and bedding free from dust mites is becoming more prevalent.”

For total mattress protection, then a Mattress Encasement that fastens around the whole mattress is essential. The Protect A Bed Buglock Plus Encasement is bed bug-escape and entry-proof as well as waterproof and has been test-washed over 200 times to ensure quality and durability.

If budget is a concern, the Mitre Linen Essentials Polyrest Mattress Protector is generously thick and this moisture-resistant protector features a 25cm deep skirt, is easy to launder and will help to prevent mattresses becoming damaged.

Pillows 

Considering that within two years, approximately one third of a pillow’s weight is made up of dead skin, dust mites, oil and dirt then protecting pillows is a given.

The Allerzip Smooth Pillow Protector from the Mitre Comfort range saves pillows from contaminants which affect the lifespan and smell of pillows which guests will be quick to notice. The protector is both waterproof and breathable, allowing water vapour to escape. With a handy zip it is also easy to fit and to remove for washing.

The Comfort Quiltop Pillow Protector is an economical housewife flap pillow protector featuring a Hollowfibre filling and polyester cover. It keeps pillows free from spills, stains and excess moisture to preserve their lifespan and keep odours neutralised.

In addition to using mattress and pillow protectors, consider these two recommendations from Mitre Linen:

1) Wash bed linen on a high temperature

Washing bed linen on a high temperature will help to kill bacteria. 100% cotton bed linen can be washed on a high temperature (always check the care labels); not only will this ensure that your beds are thoroughly cleaned, but it will also help to maintain the crisp, white appearance of your bed linen, so beds will look and feel fresh.

2) Consider the type of duvet and pillows

With more than 5.4 million people in the UK suffering from asthma, the importance of keeping your beds and bedding free from dust mites is becoming more prevalent and with bedding and mattresses being renowned for harbouring dust, this can cause many issues that will affect sleep quality. Choosing an anti-allergenic duvet and pillow, like the Healthy Living Range can help provide a healthier sleep environment. Treated with a special Estlon fibre, these duvets and pillows comprise of a reduced fungal level of up to 99.99 per cent in comparison to untreated fibres.

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New Skopos decorative velvet upholstery with a carnival feel

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Celebrating the New Year in style, the new luxury flame retardant decorative upholstery velvet collection from Skopos, La Feria, officially launches this month…

Appropriately named La Feria, after the annual local festival in Spain and southern France which is characterised by bullfights, bull running in the streets, bodegas, Skopos’ new collection brings a dramatic carnival feel to contract upholstery. A collection of unique FR velvet designs, La Feria incorporates five elegant new designs, involving different combinations of expressive colour and elegant soft neutrals.

La Feria achieves the high standards required for cruise, hospitality and leisure contract interiors.

Sofa with the La Feria fabrics

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Designs include Cadiz, an organic feather/herringbone design with an exquisite metallic outline and Cordoba, a soft textured pebble design; a multi-coloured chevron; a diamond; and an exotic tile. The collection comes with Crib5 backing as standard and a soft, luxurious pile.  La Feria achieves 40,000+ Martindale rubs, meeting the needs for severe contract fabrics.

Samples of the collection are available now. View the La Feria designs on the Skopos website.

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GROHE launches new cashback offer for SmartControl showers

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GROHE has launched its latest cashback incentive, its first for 2019, offering consumers up to £50 cashback on some of the brand’s most innovative showers…

The cashback offer that GROHE has recently announced runs across eighteen different model specifications of GROHE’s one box SmartControl Shower systems, including exposed, concealed, excealed and Euphoria styles with choices of round and square trims and shower heads to ensure a perfect match to existing decor.

The extensive range of SmartControl models and specifications can be found on the website or alternatively, GROHE offer an online configurator tool where customers follow various steps, selecting their preferred style or requirements to find the perfect model to suit their bathroom or project. You can visit GROHE’s online SmartControl configurator.

– Exposed – The original SmartControl shower system, which is wall mounted and comes complete with head and hand shower. Multiple spray patterns can also easily be switched between, delivering a shower perfectly tailored to your mood. Ideal for retrofit.
– Concealed – All of the SmartControl technology but with none of the pipework on display. The concealed version is a great way to achieve a minimalist look in the bathroom or create more space in your shower area. Concealed showering also offers more personalisation of the individual space in terms of layout. The freedom to create a truly bespoke shower space is enabled thanks to the concealed valve being able to be placed on an opposing wall away from the outlet.
– Excealed – Excealed offers the best of both worlds, with an exposed thermostat still on display but reduced pipework thanks to the wall-fixed head shower meaning a riser rail is unnecessary. Both head and hand shower offer a choice of two spray patterns.
– Euphoria – The latest addition to the range is an excellent choice for retrofit projects. With a traditional exposed frame on display, it has a slimmer interface, creating an illusion of more space in the bathroom. Euphoria offers a multi-jet shower head with up to three shower patterns plus the additional hand shower for more personalisation than ever before.

The cashback offer is available on qualifying SmartControl purchases from a verified retailer and consumers can make their claim directly through the GROHE website, www.grohe.co.uk.

The offer applies to purchases made from January 1, 2019 until the May 31, 2019, with all claims to be made by June 30, 2019. Proof of purchase is required. Terms and conditions apply.

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In Conversation with: Michael Seum, how Grohe recreated a classic

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Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum, talks about revisiting a classic, challenging the engineers and creating an icon in the new Atrio (as published in Grohe Magazine No. 2 2018)… 

Redesigning a classic is a task not to be taken lightly. It’s a design opportunity that involves walking a tightrope between respecting the past and opening oneself up to contemporary ideas. Grohe’s Vice President of Design Michael Seum, however, was delighted to step up to the challenge with the classic Grohe Atrio faucet. It was, he says, an exciting opportunity to build on the strengths of this Grohe icon while giving it a feeling of timelessness.

Grohe: What was the idea behind the new Atrio? 
Michael Seum: For me, the very definition of an icon is something you can draw from memory. We are calling this the icon of elegance and precision. The elegance is drawn from a single circle , or a cylinder right, which is one of the most feminine geometrical features you can find: pure and perfect. It;s a firmly contemporary design, but with the right interior decor strategy, it could fit in a classic or cosmopolitan environment. Because we’ve used such a simple, singular geometry, the precision has an analogue, tactile feel to it. So much of this world is digital and uber-connected that we felt like for our spa collection, we needed to have this tactility. And it’s done in such a way that even when you look at the design, all of the intersections are precise. Nothing is off-centre.

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G: How is is driven by the technology that’s inside, like the cartridges? 
MS: The quality of the design comes through the craftsmanship and also the precision of our high-quality cartridges. There are three principles that we draw from: the cylindrical element that drives the entire line, an absolutely pure intersection of all these geometries, and lastly, the obsessive attention to proportion. We wanted a design that celebrates the quality of the Grohe cartridge – its the perfect expression of our design DNA.

G: How long, from first sketch to now, have you and your team been working on this? 
MS: We had a discussion about the possibility of having the spa geometry perfectly intersect, I think, about 18 months ago. While we came pretty quickly to the idea, the execution was actually the hardest part of the job; getting the engineering team to find a way to do that.

“It really is iconic, it’s beautiful, it’s flexible and it’s simple.”

G: What challenges did you have to overcome with the engineering? 
MS: The engineers saw the potential of the design. But they also saw that it was their responsibility to help us realise it. So I’m really pleased at how they’ve embraced the design vision and made all of the technical elements work, going through such meticulous, geometrical work with the Atrio. This is where the precision of the tactile feedback, the craftsmanship, the quality, the handmade aspects – it’s all due to their efforts.

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G: How has the feedback on this product been so far? 
MS: We’ve had some sneak previews with a few long-standing customers and architects that we have very positive relationships with. We do a lot of work on projects that are two to five years – and the response when we put this on the table is just jaw-dropping. It really is iconic, it’s beautiful, it’s flexible and it’s simple. We designed something that allows architects or consumers to design spaces in so many different ways. The fact that the product is so simple means that it can work with different interior strategies. They see that immediately.

G: What plans do you have for the Atrio in the future? 
MS: We will launch it in Spa Colours over time. Because this design is so neutral, we believe that this is the vehicle for expressing new colour and finish possibilities in the bathroom. It’s a design that works in so many different environments, from classic to contemporary to cosmopolitan. It has transformatative affect in those spaces.

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Image caption: Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum

 

 

 

Hamilton Litestat has the perfect accompaniment to Spiced Honey

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British electrical solutions provider Hamilton’s bronze electrical accessories a perfect match for Dulux Colour of the Year 2019…

Paint brand Dulux has announced ‘Spiced Honey’ its Colour of the Year 2019 as it forecasts the home colour trends for the upcoming year. The warm and earthy deep ochre hue is balanced by mid-brown and burgundy to create a contemporary and versatile shade that is complemented by sophisticated bronze, brass and copper finishes.

Each year, international design authorities gather to discuss global design trends that best capture the current times. Following a period of unpredictability, the warm, comforting and classic tone of Spiced Honey has been selected during expert trend analysis for signalling optimism, positivity, energy and transformation as we move into 2019.

“Hamilton’s bronze switch plates and sockets are available in Copper Bronze, Connaught Bronze, Etrium Bronze and Richmond Bronze finishes.”

The contemporary yet classic shade can be paired with diverse palettes and different materials to create a range of moods with a space, from calming through to energising. Bronze, brass and copper are particularly complementary materials, with Hamilton Litestat’s electrical accessories in these finishes bringing both contemporary and sophisticated accents to Spiced Honey for on-trend interior schemes.

“Brasses and bronzes are very much the finishes of 2019,” says Rob Matthews of interior design & architecture team, Matthews Mee. “The warm metallic tones bring a sophisticated, luxe finish to a space, whether that’s with a high shine or brushed matte finish, and complement Spiced Honey. Having featured Hamilton’s decorative wiring accessories in a recent five-star hotel project, I’m an advocate of the high-quality electrical solutions, with its Richmond Bronze finish adding subtle elegance and refinement.”

Hamilton’s bronze switch plates and sockets are available in Copper Bronze, Connaught Bronze, Etrium Bronze and Richmond Bronze finishes, while its Antique Brass finish also enhances Spiced Honey.

Offering a wide range of modern functionality – including dual 2.4A USB double switched socket plates – Hamilton’s solutions are specified in high-end hotels and residencies to deliver a sophisticated finish. All five brass and bronze finishes are available in Linea plate designs, as well as Hamilton’s Hartland CFX and Sheer CFX designs, while Antique Brass is also available in Hartland and Sheer collections.

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Main Image caption: Matthews Mee brought elegant sophistication to the ‘Anne Boleyn Wing’ in Hever Castle, Kent, with Hamilton’s Hartland CFX® decorative plates in a Richmond Bronze finish. This renovation of the five-star period property aimed to bring together historical elements, modern comforts and contemporary style.

 

Kaldewei produces more than 50,000 varieties of shower products

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With 100 years of shower expertise, bathroom specialist Kaldewei prides itself on having a shower product for almost any design… 

With consumers becoming more and more discerning with regard to modern bathroom design, shower design has taken somewhat of a leap forward recently and leading bathroom specialists are having to extend their portfolio arm to match. One of those leaders, which has collected more than 150 accolades because of its innovative design, is Kaldewei and has just announced that it produces more than 50,000 ways of designing the modern shower.

Since the company launched its first shower, more than 60 years ago, it has continued to develop its ‘original shower’ made of steel enamel with new lines, features and system components. The focus of Kaldewei product developments, both in the past and present, has been for the benefit of the end user and the ease of assembly for plumbers. Today, the enamelled shower surface segment alone takes in ten model lines, five different surfaces, 34 colours and 57 different sizes across 50,000 exciting product versions made of superior Kaldewei steel enamel. From classic shower tray to absolutely flat floor-level enamelled shower surfaces, rectangular, square or specially shaped – Kaldewei delivers the right model of shower for bathrooms of every size and style, and, of course, the right assembly solution for every position in a room be it for a new-build or a refurbishment.

“The trend for floor-level shower areas calls for systems that work well with minimal built heights.”

Simple, flat, flexible: integrated system for every requirement

These days shower solutions must not only be persuasive in terms of design but should also be able to respond flexibly to different installation situations. The trend for floor-level shower areas calls for systems that work well with minimal built heights. Kaldewei, not only meets the latest standards here, but actually sets them: with innovative combinations of shower surface, waste fitting and assembly systems that are easy and safe to install, allow extremely low built heights of just 61 millimetres and which, thanks to flexible variation options, can be integrated into every part of the room. The ESR II installation system and the KA 90 waste fitting, for instance, have demonstrated their practical benefits. Meticulously thought out down to the last detail and perfected over sixty years, complete solutions from Kaldewei offer flawless shower design.

With a portfolio of more than 600 shower surfaces, washbasins and bathtubs, the premium manufacturer provides perfectly coordinated solutions for project business and private clients – featuring a uniform material throughout and harmonious design.

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Protocol’s Airwave furniture balances style, comfort and versatility

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Montreal-based designer Charles Godbout has partnered with furniture Recommended Supplier Protocol to create Airwave for hotel communal areas…

As a sector that is always having to be ahead of the hotel consumer curve – sometimes as much as five years ahead – the contract furniture market continues to push design boundaries in order to balance ergonomic design with style.

Meanwhile, designers look towards the leading suppliers in this sector to establish which products and models will suit the modern hotel lobby.

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Cue the launch of Airwave by Protocol, which is an exciting new modular seating solution that has been designed in collaboration with award-winning interior designer Charles Godbout. AirWave’s design embraces the balance between style, comfort and versatility and can be configured for use in all contract environments including hotel lobbies, corporate offices, universities and even airport lounges.

“The backs and sides of the high and low models combine to create various patterns of sinusoidal curves.”

The seating range starts with simple ottomans and benches that can be arranged in a linear or curved series, followed by endless possible configurations of single and double seats. The backs and sides of the high and low models combine to create various patterns of sinusoidal curves, allowing you to optimise the floor space, creating either communal or private environments.

The option to include wireless mobile charging, USB-A, USB-C and UKF sockets brings this solution to the forefront of power-enabled seating.

The AirWave models can be customised in several different fabric options and it can be upholstered in co-ordinating or contrasting colours to suit each designer’s scheme.

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Wilton Carpets launches a creation of colours

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The new colours are now available on all Ready to Weave carpets and Ready to Go fast-track collections…

Featuring the Icelandic blue of Fjord, rich ochre of Demerara, rust tone of Burnt Copper and velvet-like Ruby; Creations is the latest colour palette now available on all Ready to Weave carpets and new Ready to Go fast-track collections from Wilton Carpets.

A ranging, lively colourbank that has been developed to provide depth to accommodate hotel and hospitality interiors of all kinds, Creations encompasses functional, workman base tones and gorgeous radiating highlights. Bringing a sense of vitality and spirit to any traditional or modern design, the palette provides complement and contrast enough to create beautiful colourways on even the most complex of patterns.

Rooted in the latest commercial interior trends, Creations can now be enjoyed on any of Ready to Weave collection, bringing fast semi-bespoke design to hotels, pubs and leisure venues. In these locations, base Gun Metal, Black, Jade and Granite can be combined with flashes of Fjord, Pebble, Demerara, Burnt Copper, Karma and Lime Zest to stunning effect.

The first Ready to Go collection featuring Creations is also now available in the brand-new Havana, a narrowloom woven axminster available in 10 incredible fusionist designs that artfully blend layers of abstract pattern and familiar floral and geometric motifs.

Dominated by the rich blues of Jade and Fjord with accents from Karma, Pebble and Burnt Copper, Havana’s enticingly named designs are inspired by cocktails with Pina Colada, Bellini, Black Velvet and Mint Julep, among others, reimagining themselves in the beautiful patterns and combinations throughout the collection.

Woven in Wiltshire, Havana is crafted from 80 per cent pure new wool and 20 per cent nylon to provide an obtainable, long-lasting blend in an all-round seven-row quality perfect throughout corridors, lounge areas and busy bars.

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In Conversation With: BISQUE’s Ellie Sawdy on 2019 colour trends

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Ever since Bisque first came on our radar, we have been impressed with how the company has taken a very practical – and historically mundane – item and used it to lift a whole interior space. The brand’s marketing manager, Ellie Sawdy, talks us through major colour trends, radiator pitfalls and 2019 surprises… 

Ever since its humble beginnings in 1979, after Geoffrey Ward stumbled across a towel radiator (a product that was revolutionary at the turn of the decade) on his travels and was struck with idea of pioneering attractive radiators in the UK, BISQUE has made a major impact on the interior design scene.

This year has been one of significance for the brand as it settles into a new home and is now able to welcome designers to experience the products at its showroom in the heart of London’s design hub, Islington Business Centre. But what’s next for the company that is always seen to be ahead of the curve – and can a radiator really have the power to change an interior design space? I caught up with the marketing manager whose natural trend radar is helping to steer the company into the future.

Various ranges of colour

Hamish Kilburn: How are radiators more than just heating appliances?
Ellie Sawdy: No longer do you have go with a simple towel rail or a pressed steel panel radiator. With so many options you can now make a bold statement with your radiators. For example the Bisque Arteplano etched copper or brass finishes are like a work of art! Each one is individually acid etched making it completely unique. Its products like these that appeal to those boutique hotels or décor that is going for the wow factor.

“Other trends include brass taps in kitchens and bathrooms.”

HK: What major trends are you seeing for 2019?
ES: We are seeing an increase in earthy tones for 2019, colours such as Spiced Honey which is Dulux’s colour of the year is a versatile colour perfect for a space that you want to be timeless. Bisque’s colour matching service means that we can match to colour like this to have a radiator that blends into your interior. Other trends include brass taps in kitchens and bathrooms. This finish helps you add warmth and shine to your interior. Depending on the finish of the brass you can have an industrial look or and polished clean finish.

“So many colour trends have popped up throughout 2018.”

HK: What can we expect to see in the products launching next year?
ES: Next year Bisque are really focusing on their special finishes. Designers are mixing metals and adding shades of colour steering away from Chrome. With taps, showers and even light switches coming in materials such as polished brass or antique bronze we want to complement these shades to help designers create one seamless look. Our new bathroom products for 2019 work perfectly with traditional bathrooms with matching valves sets to complete the look, all of which are available in a variety of finishes.

Coloured radiator

HK: What are some major pitfalls designers fall down when it comes to selecting the radiators?
ES: With so many beautiful designs you no longer have to try and hide the room radiator or towel rail, why not make it a feature? We allow designers to have something practical and stylish which are often timeless designs.

HK: Can you explain a little bit more about Bisque and its entrance onto hotel design scene?
ES: Bisque has always had a clear mission – to offer beautiful but practical radiators in the most exciting styles, colours and finishes. We have worked with both established designers to create innovative designs and no matter what they style, good design and quality are always paramount. This allows us to work with hotels to create a bespoke offering and provide world-class standards beyond minimal compliance with UK building regulations.

HK: What was the biggest trend surprise of 2018 in interior design?
ES: Colour is here to stay! So many colour trends have popped up throughout 2018 and all have been well received. Colour is creeping into people’s home and making an impact, people have lost the fear of committing to bold patterns and colour.

In almost 40 years, through generation changes and shifting trends, BISQUE has continued to remain at the top of its interior design game by leading the luxury radiator industry into a colourful future. As one major anniversary approaches, we are watching this space carefully to see what’s next.

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Featured image caption: Skye Brackpool

 

Sekers launches two new sophisticated fabric ranges

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Fabric specialists Sekers launch BRAEMAR and PATAGON, two new fabric collections suitable for luxury curtains… 

Sekers announces the launch of BRAEMAR, a wide width textural linen look plain suitable for contract curtains and accessories. Available in a palette of 25 sophisticated shades including stylish neutrals and soft vegetable hues, BRAEMAR is a versatile addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality and leisure markets.

Woven in 100 per cent polyester, BRAEMAR is washable and is suitable for all aspects of the contract market. Meeting all relevant UK & USA standards for curtains and accessories, the collection is the perfect selection for any contract application.

PATAGON – Bora, Canterbury, Khamsin, Marin, Pampero, Shamal, Zephyr & Zonda.

The new range is a versatile collection of wide width sheers, including linen effect semi-plains, a dramatic texture with a subtle twist of metallic thread and a large scale decorative geometric design. PATAGON is available in a diverse palette ranging from sophisticated neutrals and cool metallic tones to a bold black & white colour combination. With a refined drape and a variety of textures, PATAGONis a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

The PATAGON collection is fully FR tested and is suitable for all aspects of the contract market from hotels to cruise ships. Meeting all relevant UK and US FR standards for curtains, this washable collections is the perfect selection for any contract application.

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Students from Peru Receive “Water Research Prize” at the World Architecture Festival

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GROHE and the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awarded the winner of the International Water Research Prize in Amsterdam, the Netherlands…

Hotel Designs Recommedned Supplier GROHE and World Architectural Festival presented the Water Research Prize to Benen Desmaison who accepted the accolade on behalf of her students of the Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PCUP). She received the prize money of £10,000, sponsored by WAF and founder partner GROHE. The presentation of the prize took place at the three-day festival’s kick-off.

GROHE and WAF awarded the prize to a small-community water management system in the Amazon Rainforest. The area has the world’s highest precipitation rate per year, yet just under a third of its population has access to water. The PCUP team has developed a solution that collects, stores and processes rainwater using pipes. The project won against twelve competitors. The finalists on the competition’s shortlist were selected out of a total of 60 submissions.

Work on the production of a rainwater storage system continues

Commenting on the win, Desmaison said: “We are very grateful for this award as it will allow us and the communities in the Amazon Rainforest that work with us to continue to explore alternatives for the provision of water to peri-urban and rural areas. We aim to use this opportunity to work on the production of a rainwater storage system made using local materials and knowledge that can be easily integrated with traditional architectural typologies.”

“First, when we were identifying projects with water scarcity issues, I could not imagine that the Peruvian Amazon would place on the shortlist,” said Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE. “However, this carefully considered project highlights that less than a third of the population has access to water and the proposal of a communal water management system integrating pre-existing water networks sounds like a pragmatic and innovative solution. We are proud to present the £10,000 prize money for this research project.”

The Water Research Prize, which GROHE and WAF use to support the PCUP team’s existing research, is based on the WAF Manifesto published last year. It describes the most important challenges for architects within the next ten years. Proper handling of water is a top priority. Other categories include topics such as the ageing of society and health, climate, energy and carbon, ethics and values, power and justice, smart cities, building technologies, recycling and virtual worlds.

“At GROHE, we want to contribute to a better understanding of how water relates to its built environment. As such, we’re more than happy to support an architectural award that honours relevant research initiatives,” said Christopher Barger, Senior Vice President of Global Projects at GROHE. “I would like to thank the students of PCUP for bringing this specific water-related issue in the Amazon Rainforest to our attention. In addition, I want to congratulate them on the innovative solution that they have developed for this problem.”

In addition to other Manifesto-related awards, the WAF also honours numerous architecture awards. In 2018, a total of more than 500 projects from over 50 countries have been shortlisted for awards in more than 30 categories. During the three-day event the finalists present live to the panel of international jury across three days of live judging. As in the past year, GROHE sponsors the “World Building of the Year Award”, which will be presented on 30th November. In addition, GROHE supports the awards in the categories “Hotel and Leisure” and “Housing and Residential”.

 

Smart tables for charging tables

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Contract Furniture Store investigates technology in our furniture and how charger-friendly tables will soon become uniform in all hotel public space – or at least they should be… 

With Smartphone usage at an all-time high, battery anxiety is becoming the new norm, as the panoply of Apps we use to run our lives or businesses, becomes ever greater and more sophisticated.

Carrying some sort of Charger has become a daily necessity never mind the constant battle to find a point to plug them in!

Like complementary Wi-Fi which is now widely established and considered a given across many sectors, wireless charging is an extra service you can offer to your customers or employees to enhance their daily experience.

Universal wireless charging solutions are the next step forwards with mainstream adoption of this built-in capability using the Qi standard looking set to increase and include 50 per cent of all handsets by 2022.

Aircharge is a pioneer in bringing this wireless charging technology to public venues including office space, where it’s deployment can help brands enhance their services and connect with customers or employees in innovative and rewarding ways with it’s cloud-based IoT platform, utilising integrated Bluetooth beacon technology, giving Operators or Managers the chance to manage at differing levels.

Technology meets Design

Aircharge is one of the most progressive designers of technology-driven interiors products in the UK. Through collaboration with office and furniture designers and architects, Aircharge enables wireless charging wherever it is needed the most. All seamlessly and beautifully integrated to create a premium feel and enhanced experience, leaving access to power outlets and cables a thing of the past.

Aircharge can be installed into any of the Contract Furniture Store’s table tops or desks, with a surface or subsurface integration, delivering a seamless finish and enhanced experience.

Smart Tables for Smart Phones!

Non-QI Device? Don’t worry! Through their range of receivers and accessories, we can enable non-Qi devices to enjoy the freedom of wireless charging.

Whenever, wherever & whatever

Aircharge leads the deployment of wireless charging on a global scale and is rapidly creating the widest eco-system for Qi wireless charging, enabling you to top up your battery throughout the course of the day, no matter where you are and what you do.

For further details, please view here or contact the Contract Furniture Store.

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Cuba by Skopos: Budget has never looked so stylish

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Recommended Supplier Skopos Fabrics has launched a linen-look upholstery fabric range as a stylish budget upholstery option…

A stylish linen-look waterproof, antimicrobial contract upholstery quality at a budget price. Cuba by Skopos launches this Autumn as a flexible upholstery solution, for contract spaces, in a contemporary palette.

Previewing at the Care show and alongside the new print collection by Skopos, Cuba delivers texture, colour and durability. Looking equally stunning as a plain or when used together with other Skopos upholstery fabrics, Cuba is a great product for contract projects. With stocks available from October, Cuba has no minimums.  The collection achieves 40,000 Martindale rubs and meets FR requirements for contract interiors.

Call the brand’s sales team for free samples of Cuba or visit its website.

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.

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Duravit sweeps the board at the German Design Awards winning four awards

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Duravit stands out at the 2018 German Design Awards with a Special Mention for the new Brioso bathroom furniture range and three “Winner” accolades for the XSquare, Shower+Bath and DuraSystem series…

Recommended Supplier Duravit has come away from the 2018 German Design Awards with a total of four awards and new titles, as the panel of judges recognise key products in the brand’s portfolio.

The Special Mention recognises works with designs demonstrating particularly successful details or solutions. This award honours the commitment of companies and designers.

Brioso by Duravit received the Special Mention award. With “Brioso”, Duravit and designer Christian Werner have created a range of furniture that represents relaxation, freshness and “joie de vivre” for contemporary bathroom interiors. Its distinctive features include a precise, finely nuanced geometry produced by slender cabinet frames that form the edge of the furniture, mirrors, and mirror cabinets.

The prestigious German Design Award 2019’s goal is to “discover, present, and honour unique trends in design.”

XSquare – Winner
Duravit’s XSquare was another winner of the evening. The furniture ranged was designed with Kurt Merki Jr. to match the style of the DuraSquare washbasins. The quadrant-shaped chrome profile which edges the furniture emphasises the striking design. While on the floor-standing model, the transition to the base is absolutely seamless, the chrome profile accentuates the frame of both variants.

Shower + Bath – Winner
The ingenious Shower+Bath, which unites a contemporary idea with creative use of space: the design by EOOS features a walk-in shower and bathtub in one, was the third winner of the evening. The integrated glass door turns the bathtub quickly and easily into an open shower with straightforward access.

Duravit has already received ten awards in 2018.

DuraSystem® – Winner
With the DuraSystem installation frames, Duravit offers an entire range of bathroom fittings, in front of and behind the wall, from a single source. The electronic “A2” sensor plate in white glass permits contact-free operation.

The German Design Award is a premium international prize given by the Rat für Formgebung (Council for Design). Each year high-calibre submissions in product and communication design are recognised, each in its own way a pioneer in the international design landscape.

Duravit has already received ten awards in 2018 including the IF Award, the Red Dot Award and now the German Design Award 2019 as well as more than 170 international design awards since the start of the 1990s.

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Mitre Linen’s Top UK Hotel Room Attendants Named

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Mitre Linen’s Room Attendant of the Year Awards recipients announced…

Winner: Tad Janeczek of Chilston Park Hotel, Kent
Runner Up: Anna Lupton of Carr House Farm B&B, York

The winner and the runner up of the Mitre Linen Room Attendant of the Year Award 2018 have been named.

Finishing the competition in runner up, and receiving £500 Mitre Linen voucher was Anna Lupton of Carr House Farm B&B, York. ““I am so excited to accept this award and feel incredibly proud,” said Lupton. “It’s really important to me that our guests have a fantastic experience when they stay here and I like to ensure that the rooms are perfect.  If I can offer something a little extra to make their stay even better, then that’s what I will do.”

Taking the crown, though, of the Mitre Linen’s Room Attendent of the Year and winning the top prize of £750 Mitre Linen voucher was Tad Janeczek of Chilston Park Hotel, Kent. “I love working at Chilston Park Hotel, the team here are absolutely fantastic,” said Janeczek. “Working as a room attendant is an amazing career and I really enjoy making our guests feel welcome and ensuring that they have the best experience when they stay with us.  Winning this award is just incredible and I am truly thrilled.”

Mark Lewis, CEO of Hospitality Action, had the “unbelievably difficult” task of determining the winner and runner up between the six finalists. “I was thoroughly impressed with all of the entries received, the standard of housekeeping was incredible and a credit to all of the establishments who nominated a room attendant,” Lewis said at the awards. “Tad and Anna impressed me with their overall dedication to their profession and their continuous strive to achieve perfection for their guests.”

The 2018 Room Attendant of the Year Awards give well-deserved recognition to this key role as a part of the smooth running of a hotel. A hotel’s room attendants help maintain the good reputation of the hotel where they work by providing high-quality service and upholding impeccable room standards.

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Has GROHE got the answer to the future of hotel toilets?

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GROHE Sensia Arena, with its app-control features and three different spray patterns, is becoming a popular choice among designers and hoteliers…

Defined by GROHE as ‘new standard of personal hygiene’, The Sensia Arena (being showcased at SLEEP + EAT tomorrow on stand L53) is a shower toilet, fast-becoming increasingly popular in international hotels thanks to its many unique features.

The product stands for Intelligent Care. Behind it are visionary ideas from GROHE, some of the most modern technology available and the unparalleled ability to combine it all. Users can enjoy innovative functions that are tailored to personal needs, resulting in a more comfortable, more hygienic and more soothing experience rather than using using paper. The toilet includes the following features:

  • Personal cleaning (users can select one of three spray patterns)
  • Drying (users can choose a drying setting with warm air and regulate the temperature)
  • Flushing (the flush is designed to push water around the full area of the toilet)
  • The whole toilet system can be controlled via an app

GROHE Sensia Arena stands for Intelligent Care. Behind it are visionary ideas from GROHE, the most modern technology available. More comfortable, hygienic and soothing than using paper, with the GROHE Sensia Arena you can offer your guests a new standard of personal hygiene.

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Roca puts the spotlight on the mirrors, mirrors on the wall

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Bathroom specialist Roca puts strong focus on mirrors and cabinets ahead of SLEEP + EAT on November 20 – 21

Mirrors are a vital addition to the bathroom space – it’s incredible how a seemingly simple accessory can reflect light, create a stylish design feature and bring functionality to the room.

Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Roca has a range of mirrored cabinets in a variety of shapes and styles, offering hoteliers additional benefits, such as LED lighting and clever storage solutions to suit all bathroom sizes. Every design detail is covered, from easy fittings down to integrated demisters to prevent condensation collecting on the mirror.

Iridia mirrors provide a luxurious addition to any bathroom setting, with integrated LED lights creating an illuminated ambiance, perfect for those daily rituals. They are available in several sizes, in rectangular or round shapes and can be hung horizontally or vertically on a wall, offering a flexible design solution. The full range comes with perimetral LED lighting as well as a demister device.

The new Sol mirrored cabinets are the ideal solution to create extra storage and maximise the wall area available. Sol is a range of aluminium mirrored cabinets available in two variants, Sol and Sol Premium. Sol mirrored cabinets feature external lighting, shaver socket and adjustable shelves. Sol Premium cabinets feature all of the same functions as the standard cabinets with the addition of an internal light and integrated demister pads.

Roca will exhibit at Sleep + Eat on stand J11 where it will unveil its new bathroom collection. Roca 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.

Design, print, launch: Morgan’s Rio 2 collection unveiled

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Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Morgan Furniture will showcase new design, Rio 2 collection, at SLEEP +EAT…

Contract furniture designer and manufacturer Morgan Furniture will launch its new Rio 2 collection, created in collaboration with studio Integrate, at Sleep + Eat 2018 (November 20-21, Olympia London) on stand C60.

Through its Clerkenwell showroom art installations and furniture designs, Morgan is always seeking out new ways to celebrate the art of collaboration – and the Rio 2 table collection will be its most recent collaborative project.

Combining skills and expertise with architect Mehran Gharleghi of studio INTEGRATE, Morgan will introduce a new collection of tables for the contract market that include 3D printed components. The first of its kind within the sector to include this cutting edge technology with a commercially viable price point, the sophisticated and luxurious collection is not to be missed.

“Rio 1 was a new collection to be exposed to the mass market, and contract furniture industry. We experimented a lot and learnt so much from it. We listened to our customers and took their feedback into account,” said Gharleghi. “We ultimately decided to add new variation to the existing collections which was a super exciting journey. In Rio 2 we carefully designed a collection that maintains the iconic look and the unique experience that we aimed to provide to our audience, and yet add a distinctly different look and materials to our existing collection. One of the Rio 02 variations is still on its way and we cant wait to show it to people. Overall we believe we have been successful in maintaining the original ethos of the Rio 01 collection and move one step forward in almost every aspect of design.”

The first Rio collection was launched in 2016, combining the skills and expertise of the Morgan team with Mehran Gharleghi’s knowledge of new technologies to explore the relationship between the craft of yesterday and the craft of tomorrow.

The second generation sees two new table designs. With this version, a greater understanding of the technology provided the designers with increased creative scope, resulting in a more geometric and regular aesthetic, as opposed to the organic feel of the first generation. The use of materials was also reduced and refined, adding further options to the entirety of the collection. On the edge of design and technology, the tables are an iconic piece at an affordable price.

The collection uses a polyamide 3D printed component as the main structure with which to attach a glass or timber top and timber turned legs. This joining element was designed using a mathematical algorithm to create a unique framework that could not have been made via any other process. The technique is an additive process and therefore not only offers design freedom, but also a sustainable manufacturing solution.

Both Mehran and Katerina Zachariades, Morgan’s design director, approach design in different ways; Katerina sketches and draws to scale with a pen, whilst Mehran designs digitally through modelling. Initially this resulted in a series of miniature 3D printed resin prototypes from Mehran and then full-scale models from Morgan. These two processes allowed the team to review the design both aesthetically and in terms of scale and proportions giving an immediate sense of reality.

Q&A with the architect

Hamish Kilburn: What’s your favourite colour?

Mehran Gharleghi: My favourite colour from the existing collection is walnut with the black basket. I personally prefer the higher tables as I find them more elegant. However, a lot of our customers have preferred shorter versions. We are currently in the process of creating a back table with black legs, with clear glass. We haven’t done this before and I haven’t seen the outcome yet. But I think it’ll look very sharp and I can’t wait to see it.

HK: Where do you find your inspiration?

MG: I find inspirations in nature, history and culture. Seemingly they are very different, however they all have one thing in common. They all evolve gradually, over a long and extended period of time in a step by step manner. I believe we have followed the same principal in designing the Rio Collection. We haven’t looked at emerging technologies, such as 3D printing as an element that disrupt traditional craftsmanship. We considered it as an addition to the existing methods of making. We have maintained the traditional and careful craftmanship of Morgan furniture and added a new dimension and experience to it. Using the new technologies enabled us to go one step further and provide a new experience for our audience.

HK: What’s the key to a successful collaboration?

MG: Understanding and respecting different skill set, vision and expertise that collaborators are able to bring on the table is the most important element to a successful collaboration. Establishing a design method where all contributors are able to freely share their input in an iterative process leads to very successful outcomes.  My relationship with Morgan team began very positively few years ago. It got better and better over time and now we consider each other as one extended team and have established a seamless collaboration method. Our working process is very enjoyable which I believe is crucial in creating ambitious and high risk projects and products.

HK: What’s the most interesting trend you are seeing for 2019?

MG: I can’t follow trends. I know what I’m interested and am focused on getting better at my own passion every day. I have a fascination with design and technology. I believe both of these areas can significantly improve our quality of lives and have dedicated my life and practice to it.

Through the design process, Morgan and Mehran managed to bring down the production cost significantly and increase the factor of strength three fold. This was done by introducing geometric differentiation in various parts of the table according to the structural analysis conducted by Morgan Studio. Digital analyses were informed by previous Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) testing and guidelines. By establishing an iterative feedback loop between design and analysis, the team perfectly balanced the cost, strength and aesthetic of the collection.

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Design-led sign and display specialist, Signbox, launches new eshop

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Recommended Supplier Signbox launches new eshop with a large range of stocked sign products available for hotels…

Offering intelligently designed, off-the-shelf sign and display solutions, from Fire Exit signs, to NFC Smart Stickers to LED-illuminated restroom signs and everything in between, Signbox’s new eshop is easy to browse and offers rapid delivery on a huge range of stocked products.

UK-based Signbox is a leading signage specialist with over 33 years’ industry experience. With intelligent design and application, the company consistently delivers award-winning visual communication strategies via traditional and pioneering signage methods across a number of market sectors, including corporate, education, healthcare, retail, hotel and leisure.

“We’re known for our bespoke, high-end graphic interior and external signage solutions,” says Managing Director Mark Bartlett. “But we also supply simple off-the-shelf signage for a variety of business sectors and we have been working for some time on a solution to streamline that offering and make it as accessible and efficient as possible. Our new eshop is SEO friendly, easy to navigate and we’re confident that the significant investment we’ve made in getting it up and running will be well worth it.”

“With a proven formula based on contemporary design, technical innovation and engineering excellence, Signbox’s holistic approach continues to put the company at the forefront of architectural signage.”

As any business owner knows – the two great challenges with getting a project like this off the ground are time and money. Finding the time to put into it amid all the day-to-day pressures and deadlines is never easy, and getting a project like this right requires a substantial financial investment as well. Key to finding the finances for the project was an R&D tax credit incentive scheme that we were made aware of through our association with FESPA. There is an explicit regulation within UK company tax law designed to ease the tax burden on businesses who are investing heavily in R&D, and two years ago we decided to explore this as an avenue to find the necessary funds to grow and adapt our business. Like any tax regulation it is a highly complex process, so we were grateful for the assistance of Kene Partners whose services we employed to walk us through this regulatory minefield and help us to maximise our business growth opportunities.

“With Adam Kene and his teams’ help, over the course of the last two years, we’ve managed to save a six-figure sum off our corporation tax bill which we have been able to invest back into the business: training and up-skilling staff, purchasing a new Zund precision cutting device to automate production, a new Trotec laser and of course investing in the digital infrastructure which has made our attractive fresh, user-friendly eshop a reality. We’d encourage any business looking for growth opportunities to explore this as an option,” Bartlett concludes. “As investing in the future benefits consumers and the wider economy as well as helping individual companies to grow.”

With a proven formula based on contemporary design, technical innovation and engineering excellence, Signbox’s holistic approach continues to put the company at the forefront of architectural signage. Sourcing and implementing cutting edge technologies and high quality sustainable materials, the company is renowned for delivering powerful interior and exterior signage projects for a diverse range of global brands in the UK, Europe, the Americas and the Far East – all of which are compliant, future-proof and visually arresting.

To view the Signbox eshop and take advantage of opening month special offers, please visit: www.shop.signbox.co.uk

Click here to read Navigating around Signbox’s HQ to understand more about how the leading company manufacturers its bespoke products.

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Hamilton Litestat to switch on The Brit List 2018

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Hotel Designs has confirmed that Recommended Supplier Hamilton Litestat will switch on this year’s Brit List 2018 as the company becomes an event sponsor…

A month from today, Hotel Designs will bring together Britain’s best interior designers, hoteliers and architects at BEAT London for The Brit List 2018 and Hotel Designs’ Recommended Supplier, Hamilton Litestat has become an event sponsor and will ‘switch on’ the awards celebration.

Gavin Williams, Head of Marketing at Hamilton Litestat commented:

“At Hamilton, we’re delighted to be able to support Hotel Designs and the industry further as a sponsor of The Brit List 2018. The hotel industry is extremely important to us. For 50 years, Hamilton has been a valued supplier to the sector, providing quality wiring accessories and smart lighting control to elevate the guest room experience, within both major multi-national hotel firms and smaller boutique hotels. Hotel Designs provides a well-respected platform for us to further engage with interior designers, architects and hoteliers, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the talent and efforts of key players at The Brit List in November.”

Hamilton Litestat, which produces smart lighting controls and multi-room audio systems designed to enhance the hotel guest experience, will sponsor The Brit List, which will award 6 leading industry figures or companies as well as unveiling the top 75 influencers in British hotel design.

How to attend this year’s Brit List

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a buyer to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

SPOTLIGHT ON: Is Chelsom’s new lighting collection on your Radar?

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Radar from Chelsom is one of the signature lighting ranges from the brand-new collection Edition 26, presenting a selection of contemporary urban fittings that would be an impressive addition to a wide variety of interior genres.

Following the launch of Edition 26, hospitality experts – and Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier – Chelsom’s Radar takes industrial chic to new lighting levels.

Shallow perforated metal coolie shades in Brushed Brass are supported by detailed knurled lampholder covers, finished with contrasting Satin Black metalwork to give an industrial look. The fittings contain LED squirrel cage filament lamps for decorative impact whilst creating a warm ambient light effect.

Desk, ceiling and wall variations are available with the latter offered as an individual or duo of coolie shades. The range is priced with and comes complete with lamps as shown.

To read the exclusive Q&A with the leaders behind the brand, click here.

Chelsom 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.

 

 

 

SLEEP + EAT PREVIEW: Roca prepares to launch new bathroom collection

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Global bathroom manufacturer Roca will be exhibiting at Sleep + Eat, taking place at Olympia London on 20-21 November – stand J11…

Hotel Designs Recommeded supplier Roca, which designs and manufactures sustainable bathroom solutions, will be taking visitors on a journey around the bathroom at the new Sleep + Eat 2018 event. From the past to future, sanitaryware to brassware, Roca has announced that its stand will bring together all elements of the bathroom into one effortless space.

Taking place from 20-21 November 2018 at the Olympia in London, Sleep + Eat, which has recently unveiled further details around this year’s Sleep Sets, will bring together hoteliers, restauranteurs and the designers behind Europe’s leading hospitality projects.

“It’s an exciting year as the show evolves and we’re looking forward to being back at Sleep + Eat to exhibit a range of standout Roca solutions,” comments Mark Poulain, International Specification Manager at Roca. “We’ll be displaying a selection of our most popular ranges such as Inspira, Beyond and Carmen, along with a wall of sleek brassware to complement a variety of bathroom spaces. We are also delighted to be showing our Bespoke Solid Surface capability with a selection of customised solutions, and we look forwarding to welcoming visitors to the stand and making great connections.”

Beyond

Roca has created Beyond with the future in mind, its smooth and sleek lines exude contemporary design whilst its rounded bath and WC provide a sense of the space-age. Beyond epitomises urban living with sophisticated basins shaped by Roca’s new material, FINECERAMIC®, and seamless integration of the latest technologies.

Carmen

On the other side of the timeline is Carmen, which pays tribute to the past with the redesign of an iconic model from Roca’s history. The classical Carmen washbasin has been recreated and a complete bathroom collection introduced for customers looking for a vintage style. It may take its inspiration from the past, but Carmen also has modern features including rimless WCs.

Image caption: Roca’s Carmen

Inspira

The Inspira range is based around modular design, using the three most essential geometric shapes – Round, Soft (with soft angles) and Square – creating a universal appeal. This range marries a minimal design with modern style, allowing the user to mix and match their basins, bath’s and WC’s to create a unique feel. Made from FINECERAMIC®, each piece is streamline and precise, with the added benefits of being 40 per cent lighter and 30 per cent more resistant to abrasives than conventional sanitaryware. Inspira also has its own range of dedicated furniture, including space saving wall-hung units.

Brassware

A wall of brassware will be on display to allow visitors to get up close and personal with new ranges Insignia, Naia, Atlas and Lanta. Brassware is an important feature of any bathroom, with technology taking leaps and bounds in terms of water saving and eco-friendly features.

Bespoke projects

Lastly, Roca will have some project basins on display from case studies with Bloc Hotels and Yotel. These bespoke basins exemplify Roca’s bespoke service and would be of interest to those visitors in hospitality or commercial markets to see in person.

Visitors will find Roca on stand J11, located upstairs next another of the Roca Group’s brands, Laufen.

Roca 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.

Main Image: Roca’s Inspira

GROHE reveals its first shower tray collection

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Shower expert and Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier GROHE unveils its first ever shower tray collection…

Whether it’s a new build or a bathroom renovation project, the demand for luxurious, ergonomic and modern spa bathrooms continues to increase. Therefore, contemporary solutions not only provide comfort and excellent performance that lasts for decades, but in many cases a visual enhancement too. With the introduction of GROHE’s brand new extra-low profile shower trays, design accents that ultimately increase the value of a property can now be specified and implemented in the home. In particular, a bathroom free from substantial edges and steps makes for a timeless and accessible design.

With its unique and high-quality shower trays, GROHE, the world’s leading supplier of sanitary fittings, is setting new standards, creating the ideal combination of form and functionality in the modern bathroom. GROHE shower trays are designed to be a PerfectMatch: they not only match with any of the three sanitaryware design lines – GROHE Bau, GROHE Euro and GROHE Cube – but can also be optimally combined with other GROHE bathroom accessories too. Specialist retailers can benefit from GROHE’s versatility as a full-service supplier, with its complete bathroom solutions making it simple to implement individual customer wishes in a unique GROHE design from a single source, drawing on LIXIL’s decades of know-how in this category.

“All the shower tray models are made of high-quality sanitary acrylic in an Alpine White finish.”

The high-quality GROHE shower trays are particularly low profile and, with their depth of only three centimetres, are a design object of every bathroom. This makes the installation particularly sustainable, as accessibility is guaranteed for all users and therefore future-proofed for years to come. The choice of rectangular or square models work to adapt seamlessly to all designs and with sizes from 80 x 80cm up to 90 x 140cm, a selection of seven different dimensions ensures there is a model suitable for every bathroom space.

All the shower tray models are made of high-quality sanitary acrylic in an Alpine White finish which feels pleasantly warm even at the first touch. The tray’s solid, full-surface base provides stability and longevity whilst the non-porous and smooth surface ensures increased slip resistance during showering.

GROHE 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.

Two new fabric collections inspired by heaven and nature

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Sekers announces the launch of two new collections for AW18…

Copernicus is a versatile collection of two woven velvets taking inspiration from the heavens. Deneb, a viscose cut pile velvet in a contemporary pebble design and Vega, a polyester velvet woven with a combination of matte and lustrous yarns to create an intriguing and unusual textural pattern. Copernicus is suitable for contract upholstery and cushions and is available in a palette of refined shades ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals to saturated jewel tones. With a plush hand and subtle lustre, Copernicus is a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

With an abrasion performance of 45,000 Martindale and supplied with crib five backing, Copernicus is ideal for the contract market, meeting all relevant UK, American standards and IMO standards for upholstery.

Also launched recently, ABISKO is the combination of two subtle, shimmering fabrics suitable for contract curtains, bedding and accessories. Dalarna is a woven effect and Falun is an elegant satin, available in a palette of 38 complimentary colours ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals to rich rust and opulent greens and reds. Abisko is a versatile addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality and leisure markets.

Woven in 100 per cent FR polyester, the Abisko collection is suitable for all aspects of the contract market from hotels to cruise ships. Meeting all relevant UK, USA & IMO standards for curtains, accessories and bedding, this washable collection is the perfect selection for any contract application.

Sekers 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.

 

 

 

Grohe Smart Shower

Perfect precise performance: Euphoria SmartControl from GROHE

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The minimalist design of GROHE SmartControl introduces three times the control in the shower…

The experience of “Push, Turn, Shower” has now become even more multifaceted as the smart technology is integrated into another successful GROHE design line – GROHE Euphoria SmartControl. The new surface-mounted installation features a significantly slimmer form of the SmartControl interface as well as fast-acting temperature regulation that prevents the risk of scalding thanks to the GROHTHERM thermostat.

Three times the control GROHE Euphoria SmartControl is brimming with “Made in Germany” technology and design quality which is displayed in the multi-jet shower heads. The smart shower system’s centrepiece is the front-mounted push and turn control unit. Unique pictograms called GROHE EasyLogic provide intuitive operation. The turn of a button can regulate the water pressure , ranging from a gentle shower to a more vigorous awakening, depending on each individual’s mood.

With the push of a button, the spray types can be selected. The first button, for example, activates the Euphoria handshower or the Euphoria Cube stick, offering complete flexibility so that the water can be directed exactly where it is needed. The button in the middle provides full SmartControl power. Thanks to the new ActiveRain jet control, one can choose between a powerful jet spray perfect for rinsing out shampoo, or a concentrated jet spray that massages away the stresses of everyday life. The third button, with its gentle PureRain spray, has been designed to offer ultimate relaxation from your shower experience. After switching off the water, the system automatically saves the selected flow rate until it is next used. In addition to the Rainshower 310 SmartActive shower head, the GROHE Euphoria SmartControl shower system is also available with the multi-jet Euphoria 260 head shower. Three types of spray can be selected manually by turning the innovative control in the middle of the shower head’s plate: a powerful jet spray, the invigorating SmartRain jet spray and a full rain jet spray that brings the tranquil sensation of a gentle summer rain.

The new GROHE Euphoria SmartControl control interface features a very slim, minimalist design with compact dimensions

Meanwhile, thanks to GROHE QuickFix, individual adjustments can be made to the upper bracket of both models which makes the drilling of additional holes unnecessary, meaning it also serves as an ideal retrofit solution It is also possible to swing the arm of the head shower 180 degrees. In addition, the system features GROHE CoolTouch technology which ensures the chrome surface of the control unit does not get too hot whilst the GROHTERM SmartControl thermostat with GROHE TurboStat technology delivers the highest precision in temperature regulation.

Minimalist design – clean and convenient

The new GROHE Euphoria SmartControl control interface features a very slim, minimalist design with compact dimensions. Especially in smaller bathrooms, these elements offer additional comfort whilst giving homeowners the opportunity to own a high-performance shower that can function efficiently in small spaces. The GROHE EasyReach shower shelf also provides a convenient storage solution for toiletries. Compared to the existing surface-mounted SmartControl solutions this is an even slimmer version. This minimalist form is beautifully contrasted with the generously sized 310mm shower head which is available in a round or square design. With a three choice of a high-gloss and durable GROHE StarLight chrome finish or the elegant MoonWhite acrylic glass, the design can be perfectly matched into any modern bathroom.

GROHE has been developing new product categories since its inception. This includes the GROHE Blue and Red water systems and the recently-introduced GROHE Sense water security system, which is an innovative component in the growth market of smart home technology. Innovation, design and development are closely aligned with one another and are enshrined in the German site as an integrated process. As a result, GROHE products carry the seal of quality “Made in Germany”.

 

Morgan Furniture’s growing footprints

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Recommended Supplier Morgan Furniture has further expanded its lobbyesque Pimlico collection…

Morgan’s Pimlico collection began as a side chair with a small footprint, and has since developed to include a variety of size options and high-backs. With smooth curved lines and a unique oval seat pad, the expanded collection offers further possibilities and interior solutions; creating a cohesive collection suited to both workplace and hospitality interiors.

 The dramatic high back booth sofa and lounge chairs act as a statement piece

Morgan Pimlico 142 High-back Lounge Chairs. Fully upholstered for maximum comport, Pimlico succeeds in offering a look, which is youthful as well as being timeless and elegant. The dramatic high back booth sofa and lounge chairs act as a statement piece, whilst also offering a practical acoustic solution for private working and relaxation.

Alongside these products, the collection includes a number of low back options including a luxuriously deep sofa, a higher sit banquette sofa, lounge chairs and dining/meeting chairs.

To view these new collections please visit the Morgan showroom at 1 Dallington Street, ECV1 0BH.

Morgan Furniture 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.

Kaldewei steel enamel: material for an eternal bathroom

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Bathroom specialist and Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Kaldewei explains the benefits of Kaldewei steel enamel…

Designers around the world have always been fascinated by the unique symbiosis produced by two natural materials. Bathroom specialist Kaldewei fuses robust steel and exquisite glass together to create superior Kaldewei steel enamel. Bringing 100 years of experience to bear, the company today produces premium bathroom solutions made of a single material to a consistently high standard of quality that are appreciated all over the world.

Kaldewei controls the entire value chain for its shower surfaces, washbasins and bathtubs – from selecting the raw materials, manufacturing the enamel and forming the steel to finishing with superior Kaldewei enamel. Today Kaldewei is still the only bathroom manufacturer to produce enamel in its own furnace. The formula was developed at Kaldewei’s laboratory and has been consistently refined over the decades. Raw materials from six continents are used and the result is a compelling compound that even after years of use looks just as good as when it was first made.

 The properties of steel enamel can be individually enhanced with surface treatments such as an optional anti-slip finish

Kaldewei steel enamel: fascinating, persuasive and long-lasting

What is it that makes Kaldewei steel enamel so unique? One reason is the secret formula that has been developed by Kaldewei over generations. A high-tech material that is perfect for modern bathroom design has been created over the course of the decades. The distinctive properties of steel and enamel – combined in superior Kaldewei steel enamel – have proved compelling for partners and clients all over the world. Thanks to the glass-hard surface, bathroom solutions made of Kaldewei steel enamel are ultra hygienic and easy to clean. This surface cannot be harmed by mechanical or chemical impact such as that caused by cosmetics and detergents. The exceptionally long warranty period of 30 years clearly demonstrates the robustness and longevity of Kaldewei bathroom solutions and underlines their special quality. The properties of steel enamel can be individually enhanced with surface treatments such as an optional anti-slip finish. It is not only builders and customers who rely on Kaldewei bathroom solutions: architects and hoteliers too greatly appreciate the properties and advantages of Kaldewei steel enamel.

Committed to sustainability

With growing environmental awareness, sustainability is becoming an increasingly topical issue. Kaldewei bathroom solutions made of steel enamel are winners in this area too because they can be fully recycled. This allows builders and architects to plan in an ecologically oriented way. Kaldewei steel enamel was recognised with a “Green Good Design Award” in 2017 – one of the most prestigious sustainability accolades in the world.

The responsible use of resources, environmentally-friendly manufacturing processes and bathroom solutions that can be recycled at the end of their lives have all been part of Kaldewei’s corporate philosophy for generations. The company is further demonstrating its commitment in this area by partnering with the environmental conservation organisation, the WWF.

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.

PRODUCT WATCH: Chelsom’s answer to balancing warmth and drama in lighting

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Halo from Chelsom is one of the signature ranges from the brand-new collection Edition 26, presenting true statement lighting fittings that create impressive additions to a wide variety of interior genres…

Decorative LED filament lamps reflect a warm glow off the interiors of Brushed Brass rings. The rings on the four and eight light chandeliers can rotate at the end of the arms to give a random and unique lighting appearance. The 10 light has rings suspended on black silk- covered cable to look similarly random and create a striking impact.

Halo in a chandelier lighting configuration

Both ceiling and wall variations are available with the latter able to be installed with the ring mounted vertically or horizontally. The range is priced with and comes complete with lamps as shown.

For further information or to request a catalogue please contact 01253 831404 or email sales@chelsom.co.uk

Chelsom are one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Wooden flooring in contemporary interiors

SPOTLIGHT ON: Flooring that’s not slippery when wet

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Osmo UK Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip eliminates the possibility of any slips, trips and falls without compromising on the flooring appearance… 

Wooden flooring is a highly attractive material for commercial and residential environments, but like any hard flooring material, it can become slippery when wet, resulting in a slip hazard where accidents are all too easy in these situations. Osmo UK Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip is an easy to apply finish which helps eliminate these risks while not disrupting the room’s appearance.

Applying a coat of Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip increases the slip resistance of frequently maintained flooring areas.  The surface retains its natural appearance while the fine structure particles in the finish prevent it from becoming slippery.

Alongside the makeover and anti-slip properties, the finish will also provide added durability to the flooring. Protecting the floor from everyday elements, including scuffs, stains and water damage, Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip also allows the woods surface to remain breathable, reducing the chance of warping and cracking.  Made from natural ingredients, the product provides perfectly complements the natural elements of the wood, nourishing the surface, and will not crack, flake, peel or blister.

Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip is available directly from Osmo UK and from its nationwide network of stockists. For more information, please call Osmo on 01296 481220 or visit www.osmouk.com.

Wilton Carpers' take on tartan

Wilton Carpets launches a fast and fresh take on tartan

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As Hotel Designs this month lays down the topic of flooring and carpets, Recommended Supplier Wilton Carpets has just launched a new carpet range.

As the eyes on the world focus on Scotland this month for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wilton Carpets is in the spirit of things and has released its take on tartan with the Nova Scotia collection, a wool-rich woven axminster carpet that’s available within just 14 days.

A tartan design modernised with a distressed, vintage feel, Nova Scotia is released as Wilton Carpets continues to boost its Ready to Go axminster programme. Available in nine colourways drawn from the new Creations palette, Nova Scotia gives new meaning to a classic design, ensuring it works in today’s modern hospitality and leisure venues.

Helping to disguise dirt between cleans, this distressed tartan design is perfectly suited for hotels, golf clubs, restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels looking for a heavy contract carpet delivered in under two weeks.

“Tartan is undoubtedly a timeless pattern that’s always in fashion in traditional hotels, bars and restaurants, but these establishments also need to reflect a modern, thoughtful approach to the presentation of the interior,” said Damian Roscoe, head of creative at Wilton Carpets. “So, we’ve re-imagined this enduring look by adding a distressed, worn effect in colourways from our Creations palette that includes the latest popular colours. Nova Scotia is a great way to add an instant sense of heritage with a modern edge in a carpet right off the loom.”

Colourways include the graphite and moss of Glencoe Mood, the rust red of Lochniver Breeze and steely blues of Cromarty Bay. Woven in Wiltshire from a tough blend of 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon that provides the performance and appearance retention needed for busy establishments, Nova Scotia comes 3.66m wide.

Helping to disguise dirt between cleans, this distressed tartan design is perfectly suited for hotels, golf clubs, restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels looking for a heavy contract carpet delivered in under two weeks. As part of the Ready to Go collection, all Nova Scotia colourways are available with no minimum order quantity.

Wilton Carpets 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.

Bisque introduces rustic finishes to Classic collection

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Bisque, the UK’s first ever luxury radiator brand, has unveiled two new distinctive finishes for spring 2018, Rustique and Rose Copper. Both styles are produced using an oxidation technique, creating a truly authentic finish. These bespoke designs are made to order and are available exclusively on Bisque’s Classic collection of radiators and from its newly opened showroom in Islington.

The organic Rustique finish is not simply a paint effect but is created by spraying iron metal over a base coat. This is followed by a water-based solution, which produces a rust patina, making the result individual every time – similar to the brand’s much loved Arteplano. The Classic is primed, coated and lacquered throughout the process to ensure you achieve an authentic ‘rust’ finish of paramount quality.

Next up is the Rose Copper finish, which contains genuine copper and is finished with a matt lacquer, to prevent further tarnishing. This ultimately maintains its gorgeous rose colour and beautiful glow.
The Classic is by far Bisque’s most popular design and today offers a variety of models in various and sizes and styles. In addition to thirty-eight stock sizes, Bisque also offers a vast range of bespoke size options and can colour match to popular paint ranges such as Farrow & Ball and Little Greene.

Bisque 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.

Kobe to exhibit at London Interior Show

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The luxury fabrics specialist will exhibit at this year’s London Interior Show on the 16 – 17 September…

Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK will exhibit at this years’ prestigious London Interiors Show.

The exhibition which will take place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel between the 16 and 17 of September, will feature a host of the country’s top interiors businesses, from fabric to furniture.

Kobe, which is based in Crowthorne in Berkshire, will exhibit a variety of its contemporary, yet timeless collections along with a brand new nine-piece capsule range from its price sensitive Essente brand.

Collections on show will include the latest room high range with fabrics suitable for extra wide windows at 310cm, 315cm and 320cm high with patterns printed or woven horizontally to ensure a seamless window décor.

One featured collection is Boutique, a lavish mix of innovative textiles including sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and soft satin. The palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns available within the collection.

In addition, Kobe will show its Art-Deco inspired Elegance and naturally focused Senses collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics. Elegance features a mix of metallic and neutral tones in geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns, while Senses has been designed to create an element of calm in the home with its combination of organic yarns and soft colour palette.

Sekers Fabrics unveils Piazza collection

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Sekers Fabrics has launched Piazza, a versatile upholstery with a small textured weave combining multi-colour twist yarns with luxurious chenille yarns…

Available in a range of 20 colours, from rich, stylish neutrals and browns to vibrant blues, reds and oranges, Sekers new fabrics collection Piazza 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, Piazza resists the toughest of stains, including red wine and permanent marker.

Supplied with crib 5 backing and with an outstanding abrasion performance of 45,000 rubs, Piazza is an ideal upholstery choice for the contract market, from pubs and hotels to cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

Sekers 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.

In Conversation with: Fabrics experts at Mitre Linen

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Concluding our month of putting Fabrics in the spotlight, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn sat down with the general manager of Mitre Linen, Kate Gough, to explore more around trends and how the company is moving with modern times…

Personally, I’m a soft pillow kind of man – take from that what you will. My colleague to the left of me on the other hand disagrees entirely and insists that without a hard pillow in a hotel he will not sleep a wink. A hotel that claims to be luxury that does not offer a good night’s sleep is not somewhere guests will rush back to check in to after they’ve checked out. Therefore, keeping the pillow options open to all and investing in good linen will go far to ensuring your guests have a comfortable stay.

As technology continues to evolve, and while interior trends flow into the duvet, I sat down with linen experts Mitre Linen to put the topic into perspective.

Hamish Kilburn: How has the company evolved with technology moving forwards?

Kate Gough: Over the years, we have built a reputation for quality and reliability that has earned us the honour of HM The Queen’s Royal Warrant, which we have proudly held since 1955. Over the past 70 years, we have seen many changes within the industry, including major technological advances which have had a significant impact on many areas of our business, however, our key focus remains the same – offering exceptional customer service.

We work as hard as ever to ensure that anyone who contacts the Mitre team is left feeling delighted. Our friendly team, based in Merthyr Tydfil, in the heart of the Welsh valleys, has always been at the end of the phone to take orders, or offer advice and support to our customers. For those who prefer to, online orders can be placed quickly and easily via our new website, with a convenient Fast Order option available for those in a hurry, while those seeking advice or with product queries can take advantage of our new online LiveChat feature, which is available Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.

We have created a selection of handy online Mitre Guides which is easily accessed via our website, helping our customers to make the right product choices for their needs. We also give online insight into the latest industry trends with our regularly updated Mitre Articles, which offer valuable advice from our experts, on topics such as the effective use of colour in hotel rooms, and tips on how to create a hygienic sleep environment.

The average person produces one to two pints of sweat every night

HK: What are your thoughts on the pillow menu?

KG: The right pillow is essential to a comfortable night’s sleep – pillow menus are easy to create and can be as simple as offering the option of either a hard and soft pillow, depending on a guest’s personal preference. Mitre Linen offers a wide variety of pillow styles and constructions available to suit the desires of any sleeper, and we are happy to guide you in your choices, making it easy for your business to provide the perfect pillow menu.

Our best-selling Comfort Palace Pillow features Quallofil extra life fibre which keeps it thick and plump, whilst ensuring a longer lifespan. The flame-retardant pillow is highly resistant to flattening, maintaining its shape after every use whilst retaining its soft profile, ensuring it’s quick and easy to achieve a welcoming bed. The Comfort Palace Pillow makes a great soft option for a pillow menu.

The Comfort Ultraloft Pillow would be ideal as a firm option for a pillow menu. With a Hollowfibre fill, its thick, plump design has a weight of 850g. Covered in durable polycotton, it’s designed to last through regular heavy-duty use, and is flame retardant.

We would also recommend that a pillow menu include at least one microfibre option, in order to offer the comfortable feel of feather and down without the risk of allergy. Mitre Linen’s Luxury Microfibre pillows are available in soft and firm variants, have 100% cotton covers with a 233 thread count, and conform perfectly to the head and neck to offer soft and comfortable support.

For further information, see our detailed pillow guide.


HK: How often should hotels replace bed linen?

KG: Bed linen such as duvet covers and sheets should be replaced at the first sign of wear and tear. Within two years, one third of a pillow’s weight is made up of dead skin, dust mites, oil and dirt and considering that the average person produces one to two pints of sweat every night, then pillows and duvets should be regularly replaced.  Protectors are invaluable to prolong the life of mattresses, duvets and pillows. Not only do they provide a more hygienic sleeping environment for your guests as they can be regularly washed, but they also extend the life of bedding which is a significant investment for a business.

HK: What are your thoughts on colourful bed sheets in the hotel guestroom?

KG: Our white satin polycotton range is our biggest seller, and whilst recent Mitre Connects* hotelier feedback confirmed that white bedlinen is perennially popular, we did note quite a few comments requesting a larger range of good quality colourful bed linen. In response to this valuable feedback we have added colour options into our Egyptian Cotton Range – our gorgeous 100% cotton percale bedlinen is now also available in ruby red, raisin, blush pink, lead grey and saffron yellow, as well as our ever popular white.

HK: What advice would you give to hotels when it comes to caring for bed linen?

KG: Freshly laundered, pristine, smooth and crease free bedlinen always rates highly for guests when they stay at a hotel so for those who launder on site, here are some care tips:

Always wash cotton bedlinen before use, at 50°C or 60°C. Expect 4-8 per cent shrinkage (Mitre Linen sizing allows for this). Hot iron when slightly damp to give a crisp finish. Don’t bleach, as this will reduce the life of the product. Soak stained bedding in water if immediate laundering is not possible.

Wash polycotton bedlinen at 50°C. Use a detergent intended for colours (to avoid colour fade due to OBA build up). A light iron is suggested.

For further advice on laundry care, please refer to our Linen Care Guide at www.mitrelinen.co.uk/care-guide.

*MITRE CONNECTS SURVEY 2018 – The Mitre Connects Survey presents survey data from nearly 300 hospitality industry professionals. The answers provided offer a vital insight into the industry’s concerns on topics that affect day-to-day business and future planning for the hospitality industry.

Mitre Linen 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.

Roca goes above and beyond with new collection

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Roca’s Beyond collection adds glamorous and sophistication to the hotel bathroom…

Roca is bringing a touch of glamour and sophistication to the bathroom with its new, cutting-edge Beyond collection. Its elegant curves and soft lines ensure this range embodies contemporary design and creates a visually stunning and forward-looking bathroom.

“Beyond is a beautifully designed collection and has a unique appeal, which I think is important,” commented Alan Dodds, Managing Director for Roca UK. “The bathroom is a very personal space and people want it to reflect their own design style, their lifestyle and for it to be a place they can relax in comfort. Beyond’s design is perfect for those looking for something a bit different.”

The Beyond collection includes WC’s, basins, furniture and baths all manufactured from Roca’s latest and most sophisticated materials.

When it comes to basins, customers can choose from ceramic or solid surface materials. All ceramic basins are manufactured in FINECERAMIC®, a high-quality ceramic material exclusive to Roca which facilitates precision and sophisticated design details previously not possible, with the added benefits of being 40% lighter and 30% more resistant to abrasives than conventional basins. A choice of floor standing, wall-hung or countertop basins are available.

Solid surface basins are manufactured in SURFEX®, a malleable solid surface material formulated from a combination of minerals and resins, allowing for the creation of shapes that were unthinkable until now. SURFEX has also been used to manufacture the baths within the Beyond range to ensure the elegant shaping is continued throughout the collection.

The Beyond WC’s all feature rimless technology and are fitted with a water distributor that maximises flushing performance. The fully shrouded close coupled Beyond WC is fixed to the wall ensuring the smooth line design is carried on throughout. All the WC’s within the range flush at 4.5/3 litres and the soft close seats are manufactured from SUPRALIT®.

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Bisque balances sexy and sophisticated in black

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Bisque – the UK’s first ever designer heating brand and pioneer of innovative radiator design – has unveiled a suave and sophisticated matt black finish to join its existing range of colour options.

Once considered gloomy or gothic, matt black styles are enjoying something of a renaissance

The new matt black option has a soft, sateen finish for that extra-luxurious finishing touch. It is now available on a selection of Bisque’s most popular models, including its iconic school-style Classic and timeless Deline towel rail.

Once considered gloomy or gothic, matt black styles are enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to leading interior designers such as Abigail Ahern incorporating moody colour palettes into interior schemes. Matt black, along with shades of dark grey and anthracite, can be stylish and stimulating as opposed to oppressing. Create a focal point in a hallway, living room, bedroom or dining room with one of Bisque’s general purpose radiators, or co-ordinate your chosen model with your paint or accessories for a more mature look.

Black radiator in bathroom

Moreover, Bisque’s matt black Deline has been introduced following the increasing popularity of coloured baths and brassware in bathrooms. Offering customers an eye-catching alternative to traditional white sanitaryware and polished chrome, matt black finishes create a striking contrast in this otherwise neutral space.

Bisque’s latest colourway joins an already extensive array of colours and finishes in the brand’s repertoire – from pretty pastels and bold brights to metallics, bare metal lacquers and even textured quartz finishes. It offers its customers an unrivalled choice, thanks to its bespoke colour-match service when only a precise shade will do.

Bisque is continuously working behind the scenes to bring its customers the most exciting styles available.

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Understanding lighting technology with Hamilton Litestat

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Following on from Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On’ feature of Technology last month, editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with the marketing manager of Hamilton Litestat to explore lighting trends, clever ways to illuminate the guestroom and how products are changing…

Last month, Hotel Designs lit up the conversation around in-hotel technology and where trends are heading in the near future of hotel design. One conversation that came up time and time again was the idea of designers using lighting in more savvy ways to create a certain ambiance. With this in mind, I decided to ask the experts at Hamilton Litestat who are ahead of the curve and in-the-know when it comes to the future of lighting technology in the guestroom and beyond.

Hamish Kilburn: How has lighting recently become more of a focus in guestroom design?

Gavin Williams: Lighting has always played a significant role in the guest experience of a hotel. First impressions count and from the moment a guest sees the hotel building and walks into reception, lighting is being used to create a statement about the hotel.

Lighting control certainly doesn’t need to be complicated

Within a hotel’s guestrooms, lighting control provides important functionality. In the week, many guests are business people who need to use their rooms as a place of work during the day. Then, in the evenings – as well as weekend guests – they want to use the space to relax. Lighting control transforms these spaces between the different functional requirements, easing from bright work-appropriate lighting into softer mood lighting at the touch of a button or swipe of a finger.

This also applies to the function rooms, restaurants and bars within a hotel. The atmosphere – and therefore the lighting requirements – for breakfast is very different to an evening meal setting, so lighting control can support this space transformation too.

We take the brief and turn it into the desired solution with no headaches

HK: I think a lot of designers shudder at the thought of lighting control in the guestroom. Can you put their minds at ease by telling us what makes Hamilton’s products user friendly?

GW: Lighting control certainly doesn’t need to be complicated. From a designer’s perspective, all they need to do is tell Hamilton what effects they want to achieve, and our team will deliver a pre-programmed system to suit. Designers don’t need to know the ins and outs of how the system works, that’s Hamilton’s job! We take the brief and turn it into the desired solution with no headaches.

Our solutions offer a range of effects, so designers should consider the result they’re after and whether they’d like dimming control, the ability to mix light and colour with DMX options, or the ability to set scenes. If they’re unsure, they can visit Hamilton’s showrooms in Bristol or at the Mere facilities to talk through the options and see demonstrations so they have the confidence that the system will deliver their lighting ideas.

And, even more importantly, our smart lighting control solutions make things simple for guests too. They can be controlled by simple yet elegant button switches that are available in a range of designs, easy-to-use glass control panels or via an accessible app on a smart device.

We’ve found exhibitions such as Decorex, The Independent Hotel Show and the recently rebranded SLEEP+EAT particularly helpful for keeping abreast of the latest trends

HK: Do you keep track of trends, and what lighting products are most popular for hotels?

GW: Yes, we make sure we take notice of the lighting trends within the hotel sector, and the general design trends. Both are very important to our business. Our smart lighting control solutions can help achieve these looks, but as we also design and manufacture decorative wiring accessories, we offer switched plates and sockets with the latest on-trend finishes.

We’ve found exhibitions such as Decorex, The Independent Hotel Show and the recently rebranded SLEEP+EAT particularly helpful for keeping abreast of the latest trends. We exhibit at these shows and have both hoteliers and designers visit our stand, so we often find ourselves discussing current trends and themes that require lighting control. We also participate in the Hotel Designs networking events, which we find very useful. Hamilton’s solution is very flexible and can be programmed to deliver more complex solutions as and when new trends and requirements come in, but we’re also always happy to build a bespoke system to meet a specific design brief.

HK: Can you explain the creative elements with regards to what goes into designing a new product?

GW: Products are bought, not sold, so new product development must be driven by talking to customers and uncovering what is missing from the current market offering, or what is not working with existing products on the shelves. In terms of the crucial elements when designing a new product, function and form has always been important to Hamilton and balancing these two elements is something we pride ourselves on. We ensure our products deliver smooth, seamless and effective functionality in a product that’s attractive and well-designed.

In a hotel, the bulk of any lighting control system will be installed out of view in the hotel’s hub room. It’s only the control plates that are visible in guestrooms so, typically, a designer wants to create a special control plate, one that has a unique shape or finish to coordinate with other wiring accessories in the design scheme.

The majority of Hamilton’s products are manufactured in our factory in Bristol

As pioneers in the manufacture of decorative plates for switches, sockets and lighting controls, Hamilton has accrued 50 years’ experience in meeting the specifications of designers and hoteliers. We simply need some guidance on the function, style and finish that’s being sought, and we will interpret these wishes to provide a suitable solution. The Hamilton design team can offer 3D CAD drawings so that customers can view product designs from different angles and perspectives to ensure it meets the most exacting requirements. This also shortens the lead time from design to product sampling. We’re also happy to create highly finished sample prototypes for a designer to present to their client to help them buy into their design ideas.

HK: How are Hamilton Litestat products made?

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GW: The majority of Hamilton’s products are manufactured in our factory in Bristol: we’re a family-run business producing British-quality solutions. Our production facility includes complete CNC, Laser and Water Jet Cutting capability. In addition to our standard selection of finishes, we can provide bespoke premium finishes, including PVD, in a choice of finishes such as Nickel or Antique Gold. If required, we can print text or graphics on plates by Laser Etch, Pad Printing or Engraving. In short, it’s a mixture and both machine and hand finishing to ensure our customers get a quality product both in terms of design and manufacture.

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From 1979 to now, the company that started the radiator revolution

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The radiator brand Bisque saw the opportunity in 1979 to make the radiator a contemporary design product that can help to transform a space…

Founded in 1979 by Geoffrey Ward and John Gordon, Bisque kick-started the radiator revolution. The brand transformed the radiator from being thought of as a humble plumbing object to a piece of desirable design in its own right.

Its mission remains the same – to pioneer beautiful but practical radiators in the most enticing styles, colours and finishes.

Bisque prides itself on offering a wide range of finishes

It is for this reason that Bisque offers its Bespoke service. Many customers may ask for a model that is taller, shorter, wider or narrower than those offered in its standard range. Bisque’s Bespoke service offers an additional 5,000 made-to-measure sizes on a selection of its most popular options, including the Classic, Arteplano, Convector and Finn. It can even produce curved or angled options to fit perfectly into bay windows or tight corners which may otherwise lay unused.

Furthermore, Bisque prides itself on offering a wide range of finishes – many models are available to order in over 2000 RAL and NCS colours – but customers can also take advantage of its unique colour match service. This offers the potential to find an exact partner to a range of paint shades, including popular brands such as Farrow & Ball and Little Greene, as well as printed wallpapers and kitchen cabinets. Bisque is continually testing and exploring new finishes, ensuring it remains one step ahead at all times and offers its customers an unrivalled choice. three consecutive years, alongside iconic names such as Aston Martin, Alexander McQueen, Liberty and Apple, having been independently selected based on the criteria of style, desirability, authenticity, uniqueness, originality and innovation.

Prices available on application. Please contact the Bisque team to make an enquiry.

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Event setup made simple with Burgess Furniture

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Burgess Furniture launches new space-saving afold table, which has been chosen for the meeting spaces at Belfast’s new Grand Central Hotel…

Priding itself on offering the hospitality industry furniture which couples great designs and exceptional functionality to fit our customer’s needs, Burgess Furniture has launched a new folding table that makes light work of setting up functions and events.

Portable and lightweight, the new A-Fold table is quick to install and fold down thanks to its unique folding mechanism, that secures the legs flat against the table top for minimal storage space.

Available in different styles, such as classic white, contemporary white and timber, the AFold table is designed with user flexibility in mind. Individual tables can be linked together for business group working and modesty panels can be added or removed quickly for user comfort and discreet cable fixing.

The A-Fold table is available in rectangle or round shape and a comprehensive choice of sizes from 150 to 180cm diameter and 120 to 180cm in length.

“Setting up an open area into a dining room, meeting room or conference space can be time-consuming and difficult,” says Craig Kent, Production Director at Burgess Furniture. “The new A-Fold table is designed to make it easy and quick to adapt a room when hosting different types of events.

“The folding mechanism was very carefully designed by our team, to be smooth, safe and simple so that anyone can set the A-Fold table up. “It’s a very practical solution that’s also very stylish, each design was carefully created to ensure it complements existing décor for the professional, quality experience that guests expect.”

Image caption: Burgess Furniture’s A-fold was chosen for the meeting rooms of Belfast’s largest hotel, Grand Central Belfast

With its sleek look and practical design, the A-Fold table is featured in the newly opened five-star Grand Central Hotel Belfast. “The A-Fold was in the very early stages of production when we revealed its design to Hastings  Hotels,” said Ashley Taylor, General Manager at Burgess. “They were immediately impressed, not just by its practicality and how it can be quickly adjusted to suit different types of events, but with its level of quality  – perfect for Northern Ireland’s largest-ever and most luxurious hotel.”

The A-Fold table is the latest new product from innovative furniture maker Burgess, following on from the launch of its Smart Qube flexible hospitality furniture range and Junea chair collection earlier this year.

For more information visit www.burgessfurniture.com

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Wilton Carpet Urban Range

A new urban landscape from Wilton Carpets

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Urban is the latest ready-to-go carpet range by Wilton Carpets…

The latest ‘Ready to Go’ carpet range from Wilton Carpets captures echoes of urban decay and regeneration for hospitality environments seeking fresh takes on modern carpet design.

Urban Contour, available in five colourways from the brand-new Creations palette, reveals an abstract multi-tonal base through a diffracted interconnecting and spiralling hexagon motif. Urban Terrain takes a similar background, dominant beneath a heavily broken grid in a design reflecting the decaying, rusted and Verdigris surfaces so familiar in the city landscape; also available in five colourways from the Creations palette.

In colourways such as Burnt Copper, Gun Metal, Fjord, Granite, Karma and Demerara, Urban owes much of its modern feel to the latest Ready to Go colour palette. “We’ve developed the Creations palette to provide complementing and contrasting colours perfect for use in hotels, entertainment and leisure venues, civic spaces and heritage buildings,” explained Damian Roscoe, head of creative at Wilton Carpets. “Urban is among the first Ready to Go range to embrace its use and shows just how this dynamic palette can bring a broad scope in colourways perfect for today’s design-demanding venues.”

Woven on axminster looms in Wiltshire, Urban is crafted from 80 per cent pure new wool and 20 per cent nylon to provide an affordable, long-lasting blend in an enduring eight-row quality perfect throughout demanding public areas. It joins Havana and Nova Scotia as Ready to Go ranges featuring the brand-new Creations palette.

As with all ‘Ready to Go’ collections, Urban is available on a 14-day fast-turnaround with no minimum order quantity.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Sir-Pent by Adrenalina at Contract Furniture Store

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Hotel Designs reviews the latest piece of furniture, Sir-Pent, from Contract Furniture Store

Functional, quirky, and certainly different, the sinuous and stealthy Sir-Pent, designed by Andrea Stramigioli from Adrenalina, stretches, shrinks, winds and branches out to fit into any interior design space.

It seems as if nothing is an obstacle for Sir-Pent, a large modular seating system that starts from a basic set of five modules plus an all-rounder element that facilitates the flow of any combination, be it linear or articulated into soft islands.

Sir-Pent

Complete with USB and wireless charger as well as plug sockets (UK, USA and EU), the Sir-Pent is ideal for lobby areas. The durable piece of furniture is available in a number of fabrics and is built with a plywood frame. Designed for the modern hotel in mind, the product can be easily adapted to fit into a variety of spaces with magnetic connections and quick releases.

J Module of SerPent

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Duravit opens flagship showroom in Clerkenwell, London

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Following Hotel Designs’ exclusive interview with Managing Director Martin Carroll, Duravit has opened its London flagship showroom…

Bathroom specialist Duravit has opened its new flagship showroom “Duravit London” in Clerkenwell – which is home to more creative business and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

Members of the press were invited on June 20 to celebrate the pre-launch of Duravit London to learn more about the company’s a major investment and story of the brand’s sustained success within the UK market. Marking the latest chapter in the company’s 201-year history, this prestigious showroom at approx. 2,500 square feet, is situated at 36-42 Clerkenwell Road and officially opened yesterday.

inside the showroom

Visitors to the showroom will experience more than 20 Duravit series, including Duravit’s latest product innovations such as XSquare, a new furniture collection designed by Kurt Merki Jr. and the Brioso furniture series by Christian Werner. With the aim of bringing designer bathrooms to life, the London showroom will be a focal point for professionals to see first-hand the quality of Duravit’s innovative designs as well as working displays featuring the award-winning C.1 tap fitting series and the new DuraSystem® frames and SensoWash shower toilets.

To meet the demands of the growing project market and particularly specifications including Duravit, the showroom will act as a hub for ideas, inspiration and specialist technical advice, working in partnership with architects, designers and developers to ensure the correct Duravit products are specified. In addition, training and CPD seminars will form part of a continuous programme of professional development for the A&D community and retailers. The generous floor space also provides a comfortable space to meet and socialise with industry partners.

Internationally, Duravit London is ideally situated to collaborate with partners in the development of global projects, for example:

Opus Tower in Dubai by Zaha Hadid
One of Zaha Hadid’s remarkable designs is the Opus Tower in Dubai. Whereby the term “Tower“ is not strictly correct: the imaginative building complex seems like a cube that has been hollowed out in the centre. Every piece of furniture in the Opus Tower residential units were either designed or selected by her. Design by Philippe Starck and Duravit can be found in the bathrooms.

Morpheus Macau by Zaha Hadid
As one of her last works, the world-famous architect Zaha Hadid designed a unique monument. Melco Crown Entertainment’s 40-storey luxury hotel looks like an organic sculpture that looks both curiously and at the same time made for the legendary “City of Dreams” in Cotai, Macau. An icon that stands for the modern Macau and thus a new formulation of luxury.

Louvre at Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel has created an architectural wonder in the desert. The architecture of the Louvre is modern but timeless, incorporating elements from Abu Dhabi’s architectural tradition. It includes designs by Duravit, thought up by Philippe Starck.

Consumers are also able to plan and discuss their requirements with a member of Duravit’s dedicated team who will be on hand to offer practical support, technical advice and specialist knowledge on choosing products for a future bathroom.

Viewings are by appointment only.

Wilton Carpets Havana

Cocktail nights from Wilton Carpets

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In 10 fusionist designs that artfully blend layers of abstract pattern and familiar floral and geometric motifs, Havana is the latest ‘ready to go’ narrowloom carpet range from Wilton Carpets. Crafted specifically to cater for the needs of the pub/bar, leisure and restaurant sector, Havana’s cocktail themed visions bring striking modern design in colourways for the latest interior looks.

Designs such as Pina Colada, Mint Julep, Bellini and Black Velvet use Wilton’s brand-new Creations colour palette to dazzling result, offering beautiful base colour combinations of blue and grey with popping highlights of rust and lime green lifting these designs beyond the norm. Whether late-night cocktail bar or traditional country pub, Havana is certain to lift the mood and set a thoroughly elegant tone.

“Havana is one of four new ranges to use our brand-new Creations, a colour palette made for modern hospitality and leisure environments,” said Damian Roscoe, head of creative at Wilton Carpets. “Packed full of on-trend blues and greys, the range is a great way to introduce a sophisticated contemporary look in a ‘stock’ carpet that’s made specifically for pubs, bars and restaurants.”

The narrowloom 0.91m width is ideal for the often-complex layouts of these establishments, working with designs that can go wall-to-wall in even the most historic of buildings without a straight wall in sight. Axminster woven in a durable, seven-row quality from a wool-rich blend that’s perfect for corridors, lounge areas and busy bars, Havana’s dark base colours and patterns also work to hide dirt between cleans.

As part of Wilton’s Ready to Go collection, all 10 of Havana’s vibrant, modern designs are available in any quantity, delivered within just 14 days.

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Seven minutes with the Managing Director of Duravit

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As Duravit opens its new Clerkenwell showroom, the editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, went behind the scenes to ask the Managing Director of Duravit, Martin Carroll, ‘why here’, ‘why now’ and ‘what’s next’…

Duravit has long been a leader in bathroom interior design, and the news of a swanky showroom unveiling in London’s Clerkenwell district – which is home to more creative business and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world – the question is not ‘why’, but more ‘why now’?

Ahead of the official launch at the showroom, I went behind the brand’s polished exterior to speak with Managing Director of Duravit, Martin Carroll, to find out more about the showroom that everyone is talking about.

Hamish Kilburn: Why is Clerkenwell such an important location for you?

Martin Carroll: Duravit is a major player in innovative bathroom designs and the UK is one of the most important and best performing export markets.  Basing our London showroom in Clerkenwell will enable us to build closer relationships with the A&D community.

HK: How has the showroom been designed with the modern designer in mind?

MC: Duravit’s London showroom has been specifically designed to act as a hub for ideas, inspiration and technical advice.  It will act as a platform to showcase Duravit’s extensive product portfolio, including products by renowned designers such as: Philippe Starck, EOOS, Phoenix Design, Kurt Merki Jr. and Cecile Manz with the aim to make designer bathrooms come alive.

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HK: Other than the showroom, what’s new for Duravit?

MC: Duravit is launching a number of new product collections including Brioso and XSquare, which will be on display at the new Duravit London showroom.   Duravit continues to collaborate on new international projects and recent partnerships include the Zaha Hadid – Opus Tower in Dubai and the Jean Nouvel – Louvre @ Abu Dhabi.

HK: What key bathroom trends are you seeing at the moment?

MC: The introduction of a wider range of colours and textures in bathroom furniture over recent year’s means more frequently people are now injecting their own personality into bathroom designs and being adventurous with colour schemes.   Duravit’s L-Cube furniture series for example offers 30 different surface finishes so the scope for design freedom is practically unlimited.   The new Brioso furniture range, has a total of 15 finishes which are available in various decors, real wood veneers or lacquers (matt and gloss), including new, on-trend tones such as matt light blue and matt concrete grey as well as a linen-look decor finish.

Nordic colours continue to remain popular with the trend for Scandi style living appearing in bathroom designs. Minimal design, clear shapes cool and subtle colours, overall a reduced look with a few visual highlights can make a room feel individual.  The Luv bathroom collection, designed by Cecilie Manz embraces Nordic design and offers elegant console tables in soft Nordic shades including White, Taupe, Stone Grey, Light Blue and Night Blue.

Modern bathroom featuring Duravit

HK: What are the less common pitfalls designers sometimes fall into when designing a hotel bathroom?

MC: Space is often at a premium and the smaller the space, the more ingenious your bathroom planner has to be. Look at how you can make the very best use of the space available. Duravit offers numerous products which have been developed to cater for restricted spaces, compact washbasins, WC’s and furniture solutions are imperative.  Vanity units will hide unsightly pipe work and work well in small bathrooms as they provide valuable storage for guests.  Wall-hung products will keep the floor area clear, creating the illusion of more space and light reflective surfaces help make a small area feel bigger

HK: How would you say technology is changing in the bathroom?

MC: New technology is playing an increasingly important role in bathroom design, helping to make the bathroom a more comfortable place.   Ground breaking new materials characterised by consistent sustainability in terms of materials, processing and design are increasingly available for the bathroom.

Duravit has recently developed a new innovative method, called “c-bonded technology”. In the new “c-bonded” version, the furniture washbasin is connected almost seamlessly to the L-Cube vanity unit in a complex process. Thanks to the accurate and precise-fitting connecting technology, ceramic and furniture merge to form a single unit. 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.

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Contemporary bathroom featuring large bath and Grohe fittings

GROHE announces a new partnership for Clerkenwell Design Week

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 will see bathroom and kitchen supplier GROHE work in tandem with contemporary tiles specialist Mosa for one of the city’s leading design festival.

Sharing sustainable brand values and a premium quality of manufacturing within their respective sectors, GROHE and Mosa’s amalgamation of smart water systems and stylish surfaces makes for the perfect partnership. Both manufacturers have been working with architects and designers internationally for decades to create the best possible solutions for each client’s unique set of requirements. Now, GROHE and Mosa have joined forces for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of contemporary design during a jam-packed program of events and activities in London.

In Mosa, GROHE finds the perfect backdrop for its range of kitchen and bathroom products. The beauty of the two brands‘ products accentuate and complement the other, which helps to bring to life the vision of a premium interior space for the discerning architect.

The showroom will champion the latest and most innovative products of both the brands including GROHE‘s SmartControl Concealed shower system, and models from the highly anticipated Atrio range, recently launched at Milan Design Week. There will also be two working models of the GROHE Red kettle hot water tap and GROHE Blue Home water systems, the latter of which will be used to serve up delicious mocktails to visitors.

Meanwhile, Mosa’s Solids floor tiles and Murals wall tiles collections will also be on display alongside its Terra Tones series, Global collection and shower drain solutions.

Visit the Mosa showroom at 56-60 St John St, London from 22 – 24 May.
Showroom opening times: Tuesday 22nd May 9am to 5.30pm Wednesday 23rd May 9am to 4pm Thursday 24th May 9am to 2pm

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn will be at Clerkenwell Design Week on the 24 May. Please tweet us if you would like to book in a meeting.

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Duravit shower + bath in a modern bathroom

Walk-in shower and bath sets high standards of comfort in small bathrooms

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Bathroom specialist Duravit has launched a sleek shower and bath that unites contemporary bathroom design with the optimum use of space…

Shower + Bath, designed by EOOS, is a two-in-one walk-in shower and bathtub. The integrated glass door easily transforms the bathtub into an accessible open shower. If the door is opened towards the inside of the bathtub, it disappears under a waterproof cushion and remains invisible.

Precise lines are characteristic of the design language of Shower + Bath. The rectangular basic form and steep sloping sides ensure plenty of room to move when showering. The shower is surrounded by a generous glass enclosure, which can be selected in optional mirrored glass. This variant introduces an additional element of visual spaciousness into small bathrooms. Users can also comfortably sit on the cushion when showering, since it can be moved along the entire length of the bathtub.

The new shower and bathtub combination from Duravit unites several functions in one – as a shower, high quality bathtub, seat and shelf.
bathrooms.

Side shot of the Shower + Bath in a modern bathroom

The firm cushion is positioned on the integrated door and the edge of the bathtub, offering a comfortable seat and additional shelf space. The cushion also serves an additional function when relaxing in the bathtub; it can be used as an adjustable backrest or shelf.

With the door closed, the tub can be used as a relaxing bath in which to soak or as a foot bath. During bathing, a safety lock guarantees that the ESG-glass door cannot be accidentally opened.

The functional versatility of Shower + Bath is supported by its manufactured precision. The DuraSolid A material allows for sleek, refined edges in the design. The bathtub body, plinth and paneling are all made from the solid material. Compact external dimensions of 170 x 75 cm enable space-efficient installation options and ensure that this new solution can replace a conventional bathtub, even during bathroom renovations.

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Bathroom specialist Duravit launches installation frames with matching actuator plates

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The bathroom should be comfortable, relaxing, and stylish, particularly as it is estimated we spend around three years of our lives in this room.

To make the bathroom as aesthetically appealing as possible, functional components are often invisible. The innovative technology concealed within the assembly units of toilets and washbasins is essential in ensuring the perfect interaction with products installed in front of the wall.

With DuraSystem®, Duravit offers convenient additional features for the bathroom. The new DuraSystem® is available for the toilet, urinal, washbasin, and bidet. In front of the wall, the sophisticated system uses actuator plates that are appealing to both the sense of sight and touch. Behind the wall, it guarantees a simple and perfect installation and solves many technical challenges. Whether for a new build, or a conversion, dry or wet installation, DuraSystem® is suitable for any installation type.

The actuator plates come in an electronic and mechanical version. Both feature the clear geometry that characterizes the stylish design of Duravit products.

Toilet featuring the DuraSystem

The electronic A2 toilet actuator plates, made from white glass, are surface-mounted. Their contemporary, timeless design enriches the bathroom and increases its users’ comfort. An infrared approaching sensor activates the illumination of the symbols when they detect movement close by. The remote control supplied enables the many convenient functions to be set and adjusted as required: integrated hygienic flush, auto flush, nightlight, cleaning function, emergency power supply, and the particularly quiet and effective odour extraction as an extra feature.

The remote control supplied enables the many convenient functions of the A2 actuator plate to be set and adjusted as required
cleaning function, emergency power supply, and the particularly quiet and effective odour extraction as an extra feature.

The mechanical A1 toilet actuator plate is made from white plastic or chrome high gloss and can be flush mounted. It is also available in white glass. The standard toilet frame and toilet frame for wet installation can also be upgraded retrospectively with a hygienic flush function.

With DuraSystem® the installation frames are compatible with Duravit’s new rimless WC’s and SensoWash® shower-toilets. As all components are supplied from a single source, DuraSystem® also ensures a perfect fit with all other Duravit products. In addition, DuraSystem® also offers solutions for the washbasin, urinal and bidet.

Duravit 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.

 

Brintons designed bespoke carpets for Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle

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Leading carpeting manufacturer Brintons has manufactured quirky bespoke carpets for the Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle’s flexible working and meeting space, Le Campus.

The carpeting manufacturer worked in conjunction with design company Virserius Studio and general construction company, Vöcker Hospitality on the renovation, following the design brief to evoke nostalgia for university, to inspire creative thinking and enhance the exchange of ideas.

This direction led Virserius Studio to take inspiration from the structure of molecules, using the hotel’s bright colour palettes as stimulus for the bespoke designs.

“We manufactured Brintons bespoke axminster carpets using strong, really vibrant colours to stand out against the grey background,” said Mahlmann. “The pattern is made up of cubes of different sizes, and appears to fade from dark to light. The placement of the pattern is designed to draw you in as you approach a room, and as you enter reveals itself as an artwork on the floor. The carpets add a lot of value to the overall feel of the finished spaces.”

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Brintons manufactured approximately 700sqm of carpets for the renovation of the hotel. The pattern colour scheme is purposefully different in each room and the vibrant colours were chosen deliberately to match the rest of the interior design elements, from curtains to wall paint.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

ShowerHeaven
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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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.

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“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

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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