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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

*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.

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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?

Image caption: Gavin Williams

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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Roca’s new collection takes inspiration from the past

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The new Carmen collection from Roca speaks to the past as well as the future. Its beautiful nostalgic design is based on a classic Roca collection from the 1940s and has been launched to celebrate the company’s centenary.

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

Carmen may be vintage looking in design, but it features the latest in technology and material innovations. For example, the WC is rimless for greater hygiene and easier cleaning as well as being fitted with a water distributor that provides an improved flushing performance. The seat cover has been manufactured with SUPRALIT®, a new exclusive resin registered by Roca. This is more durable (offering greater resistance to chemical agents and to discolouration), more hygienic (four times less porous material) and easier to clean (surface with soft and rounded angles).

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

Roca has also developed a range of Carmen brassware to complete the product family. Just like the bathroom suite, the brassware has an authentic period design whilst incorporating innovative technology.  The Carmen brassware collection features the latest generation of flow limiters that guarantee a 5l/m flow, regardless of the system pressure. As well as its ceramic disc operation, the Carmen taps has the Roca Evershine electroplating process applied for anticorrosion, lifetime brightness and anti-scratching.

Along with its authentic Roca design and the latest innovations built into the ceramics and furniture, Carmen gives real value for money.

Bisque Rose gold radiator

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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This mock croc leather effect bath will upscale your bathroom

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Hotels looking to create a distinctive look in their guest bathrooms can now create a standout statement feature with the new Alderley mock croc leather effect bath…

With a growing demand from hotel customers for Instagram-worthy guestrooms and facilities, bathroom designs have never been more important. Featuring a mock croc exterior, Alderley by Heritage Bathrooms comes in a sumptuous brown hue inspired by the latest trends. Perfect for adding ‘feel appeal’, Alderley fuses dramatic styling with a textured finish to create a stunning product that allows hoteliers to give edgy unique design pieces to their customers.

Like all freestanding baths in Heritage’s collection, the Alderley works beautifully with other products in the portfolio, including Heritage’s range of chrome accessories which Heritage has styled it with. Showcasing its versatility alongside the current product range, Heritage has paired the bath with the Cabot Heated Towel Rail, Claverton basin and boutique Abingdon Washstand in glossy metallic chrome to showcase the versatile and extensive design possibilities.

Heritage Bathrooms’ Specification Manager Sophie Taylor comments: “As we know statement baths are seen as the epitome of luxury bathroom design and the Alderley is perfectly suited to specifiers looking to design an unforgettable commercial space for guests.

“The Alderley is another product borne out of the in-house design team and annual trends panels we hold here at Heritage, so we’re excited to see the product brought to life, not only boasting a visually stunning finish, but a high quality one too that has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that it will stand the test of time.”

The distinctive mock croc leather effect finish is applied using a white fibre base with leather-effect texture, applied to the standard acrylic bath shape. Ensuring a high quality finish, the surface is then painted and sealed with a lacquer to protect the design from water and daily wear and tear. With a lifetime guarantee the Alderley is protected from high usage making it the ideal addition for a touch of boutique luxury.

“Our distinctively individual brand positioning, our stand-out range of freestanding baths and iconic products like our console basins and high level WCs, plus our commitment to quality makes us the perfect brand partner for anyone looking to specify bathrooms in unique and boutique properties,” said Marketing Manager for Heritage, Claire Jennings.

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Grade II listed luxury hotel commissions Brintons carpets for extensive refurbishment

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The Principal Manchester commissions Brintons carpets for extensive refurbishment…

Principal Hotel Company Ltd and Starwood Capital Group has commissioned premium carpet manufacturer Brintons to design the carpets for luxury four-star hotel, The Principal Manchester. Brintons created bespoke carpets to suit the hotel’s colour palettes and listed period details.

Recognised by several awards, The £25 million renovation now hosts 270 guestrooms with details that reflect the building’s period, including wood paneling and tiled brickwork. The numerous designs Brintons created for the rooms all reflect the building’s original purpose.

“Our Brintons bespoke carpets are a significant element to the hotel’s renovation,” said Sarah Thorpe, Commercial Business Manager at Brintons. “The design details and colour scheme of the carpets highlight the classic Victorian features, from wood panelling and fireplaces to tiled brickwork, evident in the majority of the venue’s guestrooms and common areas.”

Brintons’ team of leading designers works closely with client project teams to create designs that meet the needs of individual projects of every size, specification and level of design complexity – be they classic, traditional or contemporary in style.

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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.

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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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Modern bathroom

Sleek storage meets integrated technology in Roca’s new furniture unit

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The new bathroom furniture unit from Roca combines sleek storage with subtle technology…

Bathroom specialist Roca has announced the launch of the Stratum-N Bluetooth® connected furniture unit. With high demand for innovative technology in the bathroom space, Roca is among the bathroom specialists leading the way with this newly re-designed furniture unit that perfectly combines technology and a stylish design.

“With Stratum-N we have added the technological component people are starting to request but in a subtle way, so the design and aesthetics are not compromised,” said Claire Gay, Sector Marketing Manager at Roca. “Stratum-N takes bathroom design to the next level, where design and technology intertwine.”

Image caption: Roca’s Stratum bathroom furniture

Hidden discreetly under the drawers are integrated Bluetooth® speakers, which can project sound comfortably yet effectively around the bathroom. The unit also benefits from internal LED lighting which can be activated at the touch of a button.

The Stratum-N base unit comes with one or two deep-set, soft close drawers and optional organising boxes to provide sectioned storage for family toiletries and products. Choose from 900mm, 1100mm or 1300mm, wall-hung or vanity, single or double basin options to create a unit that fits perfectly in any desired bathroom space. A complementary reversible column unit is also available to add more storage space. The full range of furniture comes in either Yosemite or Gloss White finishes.

The new Naia brassware collection from Roca complements the range perfectly while the Prisma LED comfort mirror adds a finishing touch to the whole bathroom.

XSquare console vanity unit in White Satin Matt, with console in Dark Walnut, DuraSquare above counter basin with C.1 tap fitting (Design by Kurt Merki Jr.)

XSquare from Duravit: contemporary elegance and comfort in the bathroom

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The XSquare bathroom range from Duravit impresses with its contemporary – yet elegant design, high-quality surfaces and materials and striking chrome profiles…

In conjunction with designer Kurt Merki Jr., Duravit has created a furniture range that is specially attuned to the design of the contemporary DuraSquare washbasins. The striking feature is the quadrant-shaped chrome profile edging the furniture. On the floor-standing model, the transition to the leg frame is absolutely seamless. The chrome profile accentuates the edges of both variants. It continues along the corner radius of the washbasin, creating harmony and a striking independence.

Combined with cupboards, mirrors and mirror-cabinet solutions from the range, also designed with the clearly visible chrome profile, luxurious washing areas can be created featuring an elegantly contemporary furnishing style.

Image caption: XSquare is suitable for small bathrooms

XSquare offers various options and combinations and perfectly matches the current DuraSquare, Vero Air, ME by Starck and P3 Comforts ceramic series. High- quality and uniform interior design ideas can be realised, including free-standing or built-in bathtubs, toilets, tap fittings, shower trays and accessories.

The sky’s the limit both in terms of the potential variants and also the choice of colours. The console washbasin vanity units are available in up to five different sizes (800-1600 mm) depending on the ceramics – also offering space for generous dual washbasin solutions. Compact versions round off the range for all manner of rooms and design requirements.

The selection of vanity units is extremely varied: up to seven different widths can be chosen for the DuraSquare, Vero Air, ME by Starck or P3 Comforts vanity units, depending on the series. The option of one or two drawers applies for all vanity units. These are fitted with high-quality drawer dividers in Maple or Walnut. The tall cabinet and semi-tall cabinet offer additional storage space in widths of 420 or 500 mm.

In total, 28 furniture finishes in décor matt or lacquer, satin-matt or high-gloss are available including three new special finishes: matt light blue, matt concrete grey and satin-matt aubergine – as well as the linen decor finish, which rounds off the wide colour range.

DuraSquare furniture basin, XSquare console vanity unit in Concrete Grey Matt, and XSquare mirror cabinet with C.1 basin mixer

Image caption: DuraSquare furniture basin, XSquare console vanity unit in Concrete Grey Matt, and XSquare mirror cabinet with C.1 basin mixer

Choosing a console panel in one of the cabinet colours or additionally in solid Natural Walnut, permits completely new and individual colour combinations for XSquare. Two or even three colours in combination with the lacquer finish, chrome profile, and console panel give rise to new contrasts and high-class design options. Handle-free fronts with push-to-open technology subtly highlight the elegant and inspiring overall picture. The new furniture programme has a striking effect, setting clearly structured accents in the room.

Duravit offers mirrors in eight widths (450 to 1,600 mm) and mirror cabinets in four widths (600 to 1,200 mm), each designed to coordinate perfectly with the furniture. The lateral chrome profile forms the edging, continuing the design language of the furniture. The mirror surface features the new control panel: it permits contact-free control of the main light (from 35 mm-wide lighting strips on the right and left), ambilight, and mirror heating via a sensor.

Additionally mirrors have a new, convenient switching function for coloured light: at a luminosity of more than 300 lux, the light colour can be continuously adjusted from 2,700 (warm light) to 6,500 kelvin (cold light). Warm light creates a pleasant atmosphere, while cold light is best for applying makeup. The memory function ensures that the required light colour and intensity do not need to be reset when used frequently. Similarly, the functional organisation of the inside of the mirror cabinets – with storage boxes, a board for accessories and a magnetic strip for small accessories, such as scissors or tweezers – is also new.

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.


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.

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Modern Kaldewei bathroom

More than 60 years of Kaldewei

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Kaldewei is one of the leading bathroom manufacturers, producing more than 50,000 ways of designing the modern shower…

The year was 1956 when bathroom specialist Kaldewei produced its first enamel shower – the same year, in fact, when Elvis Presley first entered the US music charts with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.

More than 60 years later, Kaldewei today offers a choice of more than 50,000 product versions for floor-level shower design alone. With consumers becoming more discerning with regard to modern bathroom design, shower design has also changed. In this time, Kaldewei has not only helped to shape this development but has also been a driving force: with innovative and integrated shower systems that constantly set new standards in terms of design, functionality and ease of assembly.

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 10 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.

Award-winning design and unique material quality

Kaldewei has won more than 150 prestigious international awards to date. 48 of these awards were solely given to the company for the excellent design of its shower surfaces. The incomparable quality of superior Kaldewei steel enamel has been accentuating the design of Kaldewei showers for 60 years. New colours such as the company’s Coordinated Colours Collection, ensures that colours are perfectly coordinated with the bathroom floor.

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.

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Pimlico sofa

Creating the Pimlico Collection from Morgan Furniture

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This year’s Clerkenwell Design Week saw the expansion of Morgan’s Pimlico collection to include two new sofas, the dramatic 148 high back booth sofa, and low back 147 two seat sofa to accompany the 140 lounge chair.

The Pimlico collection, designed by Morgan Studio, began as a bedroom chair with a small footprint and has developed to include a variety of size options and high-backs.

Valencia collection

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.

At Clerkenwell Design Week, Morgan also showcased its recent Valencia collection of modular seating, statement asymmetric daybeds and tables. Launching new additions to the table collection, including variations in size and finish.

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

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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.

Martin Carroll

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.

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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.

Duravit, which has just unveiled its new showroom on 36 – 42 Clerkenwell Road, London, 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.


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Hamilton will exhibit at SLEEP+EAT

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Hamilton is confirmed to exhibit at this year’s newly-rebranded SLEEP + EAT exhibition, Stand C52, taking place on November 20-21, 2018 at the new location of the National Hall in Olympia, London.

“SLEEP has been a great event for Hamilton historically, allowing us to meet clients old and new in the hotel sector from key markets around the world,” says Gavin Williams, Marketing Manager at Hamilton Litestat. “The event’s recognition and expansion into the growing independent restaurant and bar segment will allow us to showcase our comprehensive solutions, such as smart lighting control and audio control and how they can help improve the guest and diner experience.”

As one of the leading suppliers of decorative wiring accessories, smart lighting control and audio solutions to both major hotel chains and the boutique sector, Hamilton welcomes the growth of the event as it evolves in-line with the current market.

Sleep & Eat is a conceptual playground for restaurateurs, hoteliers and the design professionals behind Europe’s leading hospitality projects. It gives you space to be inspired by expertly curated design and hear thought leadership, all while making and strengthening industry relationships across the wider hospitality supply chain.

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Bespoke brass lighting for Edinburgh’s newest brasserie

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Working to a Martin Brudnizki Design Studio design, lighting specialists Dernier & Hamlyn produced a stunning two-tier chandelier almost 1.5 m across that forms a focal point in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux.

The bar and brasserie at The Balmoral – a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh – signifies an alliance between the Forte family and legendary father and son chefs Michel and Alain Roux. Opened in June 2018 the menu offers classic French dishes made with the finest Scottish ingredients.

The chandelier was handmade in Dernier & Hamlyn’s London factory. It is finished in antique brass and fitted with ribbed, curved, translucent panels.

Main image credit: The Balmoral

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Wilton Carperts creates beautiful carpets with creations

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Featuring the Icelandic blue of Fjord, rich ochre of Demerara, rust tone of Burnt Copper and deep grey of Gun Metal; Creations is the latest colour palette now available on all Ready to Weave carpets and four brand-new Ready to Go ranges from Wilton Carpets.

A lively colourbank that has been developed to provide depth to accommodate hotel and hospitality interiors of all kinds, Creations encompasses functional, 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.

Including of-the-moment grey – in three shades from base to highlight – and a boost to the blue spectrum, Creations is responding to the traction of these calm and cool tones in commercial interiors, as Damian Roscoe, head of creative, illuminates: “Our Ready to Weave palettes are the heart of many carpets crafted by our design team, whether for our stock Ready to Go ranges or recolouring library patterns for customers; so it’s important that they deliver commercially viable colourway options. We’ve introduced Creations as our response to a move away from richer, regal bases, giving depth in blues and greys to provide a strong foundation, with a flash of ultra-popular ochre, the green of Karma and the intense icy blue of Fjord working as beautiful highlights.”

These new colours join classics such as Ruby and Lime Zest for a palette that demonstrates extraordinary flexibility. The 12-strong Creations is now available on all Ready to Weave carpets, joining the existing Optimum, Elements and Dimensions. The palette is already forming the base for the seven-row narrowloom Havana and two new eight-row broadloom ranges in Urban and Nova Scotia. Along with the soon-to-release Kinetic, these Ready to Go carpets are available for delivery in just 14-days.

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Duravit launches new bathroom furniture range, Brioso

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The Brioso bathroom furniture range is a refreshingly contemporary approach to bathroom design, offering varied individual design options and excellent value for money…

Working with designer Christian Werner, Duravit has launched a range of furniture that does justice to the notion of “Brioso” – representing relaxation, freshness, and joie de vivre in a contemporary bathroom interior.

The range’s distinctive features include precise, finely nuanced geometry produced by slender cabinet frames that form the edges of the furniture, mirrors and mirror cabinets. A further distinctive feature are handles and feet that can be supplied in the same cabinet colour if required, offering functionality without impacting on the overall design. For a more striking look, handles and even the legs can be chosen in chrome and potentially combined with real wood finishes. These varied and customised design options offer excellent value for money.

The range has presence whilst also being reserved and can be easily combined with a wide range of design series such as Vero Air, P3 Comforts, ME by Starck, Starck 3, and D-Code.

The washbasin vanity units are available in up to five different widths (400-1300 mm). This also enables practically asymmetric, half-open furniture to be created that further emphasises the fresh look of the range.

The Brioso furniture range is part of the universal console programme providing even greater design freedom. The furniture consoles are available in two different thicknesses (30 and 45 mm, each with a variable width) and two depths. They can be combined with vanity units in widths of 30 to 80 cm and console washbasin vanity units of 62 to 100 cm. All furniture comes with the option of one or two drawers. The tall cabinet and semi-tall cabinet in widths of 420 or 520 mm offer yet more storage space.

Modern bathroom featuring the new rangeThe Brioso vanity unit in White High Gloss is 420 mm wide and is small enough to fit any guest bathroom. Shown with ME by Starck handrinse basin and C.1 single lever basin mixer.

The open shelves on the 820 mm wide asymmetric vanity unit can be located left or right. To match: the washbasin from the ME by Starck series with an asymmetrically positioned tap fitting from the C.1 series. console washbasin vanity units of 62 to 100 cm. All furniture comes with the option of one or two drawers. The tall cabinet and semi-tall cabinet in widths of 420 or 520 mm offer yet more storage space.

A total of 15 finishes 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.

Floor-standing variants underline Brioso’s balanced proportions. Like the handles, the furniture feet are available in chrome or the lacquer furniture colours.

The matching mirrors and mirror cabinets have a 60 mm-wide, 300 lux-strong LED edging light at the top. Wash area lighting, dimmer function, and mirror heating have a contact-free control. The cabinet trims fitted to the sides can be ordered to match the colour of the finish and round off the fresh overall effect of the series.

In addition, Brioso sports a further design feature to appeal to the sense of touch: As a stylish solution for the wash area – the Vero Air washbasin is also available as a c-bonded version in conjunction with the Brioso vanity unit. In a complex and patented process, the furniture washbasin is connected almost seamlessly to the vanity unit.


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European-style comfort: first Kempinski hotel in Cuba

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Luxury hotel in Havana offers opulent hospitality with high-end bathroom solutions made of Kaldewei steel enamel…

Havana is a top travel destination and its no wonder, given this Caribbean metropolis’s unique charm: colourful vintage cars wherever you look, magnificent buildings from days gone by, lively cafes and street musicians on virtually every corner. The old town is particularly full of life and was already declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1980s. Right in the heart of the bustling city is the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, the hotel group’s first five-star property anywhere in the American market. When furnishing the hotel, great attention was paid to luxurious details and this extends equally to the spacious bathrooms. After a long day in the vibrant capital, hotel guests can unwind in comfortable bathtubs made of Kaldewei steel enamel.

The hotel building – the Manzana de Gómez – was once the first European-style department store in Cuba. With the arrival of the luxury hotel, the building’s fame and past glory is restored and guests are treated to an exceptional degree of comfort. The 246 rooms and suites, furnished in modern style, have extra high ceilings and some feature floor-to-ceiling French doors so that guests can enjoy breathtaking views across the historical city centre.

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Exclusive bathing experience with Kaldewei bathroom solutions
In the bathrooms, the premium bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei rounds off the exclusive furnishings with its high-end bathroom solutions: the Classic Duo Oval and Classic Duo Oval Wide bathtubs, created by the illustrious Milan design studio, Sottsass Associati. Both models impress with their unfussy elegance, balanced lines and their superb material – Kaldewei steel enamel.

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Kaldewei: global partner for luxury hotels
All Kaldewei bathroom solutions – bathtubs, shower surfaces and washbasins – are made of superior steel enamel. This material is particularly suitable for the demanding standards of top-class hotels given that these enamelled product solutions meet not only the highest aesthetic requirements but are also exceptionally cost-efficient thanks to the longevity and ease of care of Kaldewei steel enamel. Hoteliers around the world trust the Kaldewei quality promise.


modern garden from Robert Barker

Vaughan lit up Chelsea Flower Show 2018

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Design and manufacturer Vaughan was given the unique opportunity to show its outdoor lighting collection at Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by sponsoring garden designer, Robert Barker.

Barker is a modernist garden designer whose design process is about bringing together his passion for plants, people, nature, sculpture, his love for modern architecture and his understanding of how a design can work in harmony with its environment to create a timeless landscape.

At Chelsea Flower Show, the designer exhibited a beautiful garden scheme, called ‘Skin Deep’, which incorporated textured contemporary sculptural elements with beautiful planting for, which Barker was awarded a Silver Gilt medal.

Head over to the Vaughan website for more information on their complete outdoor lighting collection.

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Kaldewei NexSys opens new chapter for floor-level showers

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Bathroom specialist Kaldewei has just launched a revolutionary 4-in-1 system solution for easy, safe shower installation…

Launching in the UK this month, Kaldewei NexSys is a shower surface revolution. The innovative 4-in-1 system which is already pre-assembled at the factory, consists of a waste channel, sloping support, sealing and an enamelled shower surface enabling ultra simple and fast installation by professionals. NexSys takes a completely new approach to floor-level showers, perfectly combining two worlds: with one of the main advantage being it’s a seamless shower surface made of steel enamel with the design of a tiled shower area with a shower channel. The Kaldewei NexSys opens up a new market segment and rings in the change from shower channel to channel shower. This innovative product is available in eight sizes.

Narrow channel is an eye-catching feature

Only one year after the concept was introduced at ISH 2017 and after subsequent market research, Kaldewei is launching its revolutionary NexSys shower surface system on the market. The visual highlight of the elegant design is the narrow waste channel with a high-end designer cover made of brushed stainless steel that fits seamlessly into the shower surface’s overall minimalist look. Like all Kaldewei bathroom solutions, NexSys is made of superior steel enamel so it will retain its exquisite look for decades.

4-in-1 system cuts out installation steps

It’s not only in visual terms that the NexSys is revolutionising the shower market, Kaldewei is also a trail blazer when it comes to shower surfaces with regard to installation. The pre-assembled system of waste channel, sloping support, sealing tape and shower surface can, for example, be positioned directly in the screed recess after height compensation – a significant time saving for bathroom professionals. Thanks to the low built heights, floor-level installation is also possible with a limited construction depth. NexSys has no interior contour whatsoever making it ideal for insertion into the bathroom’s tile grid – like a large enamelled tile with integrated waste channel. Sound proofing is guaranteed with the use of sound insulation tape.

Cut out of Nexsys product

Digital helper for planning and installation

Kaldewei offers support every step of the way, ensuring easy planning and installation. Additional information about NexSys includes a wide range of online tools such as installation videos, its Product Configurator, an interactive planning assistant or the provision of corresponding certificates. These and other useful digital services are available on the Kaldewei website.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 and Timorous Beasties to launch Craigend Collection at Clerkenwell Design Week

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Carpet manufacturer Brintons will launch the new Craigend Collection designed by long-term collaborators Timorous Beasties at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Taking over St Johns Square the collection will be debuted in a pop-up installation designed by Studio Shaw Architects.

Famous for their outstanding diversity of pattern, Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties will present Craigend, their third collection with Brintons. Named after Craigend Place, home of the Glasgow based Timorous Beasties studio and birth place of the designs, the collection name is also inspired by the old Gaelic word ‘Creag’, which means rock.

Render of the Brintons and Timorous Beasties installation designed by Studio Shaw Architects at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 to launch the Craigend Collection

This commercial collection is inspired by textures and surfaces found naturally underfoot, including sand dunes, stone moss and lichen, all reimagined in the Brintons’ signature 80/20 blend of 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon. With Craigend, Timorous Beasties have called upon their fascination with the oftenbrutal beauty of the natural world, as well as taking aesthetic inspiration from different crafting materials including paint, ink and fabric.

Emma Cassidy, Head of Creative Design EMEA at Brintons commented: “Brintons are delighted to launch the highly anticipated Craigend Collection, our latest collaboration with Timorous Beasties which celebrates our 10-year anniversary of collaborating together. The collection brings to life a diverse range of bold, colourful and dynamic designs that will inspire and surprise the design community; pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in carpet design, for commercial spaces.”

Above from left: Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties in the Glasgow studio

The installation will showcase a unique selection of woven carpets taken from the new Craigend Collection. Visitors will be taken on a journey through the pop-up installation, where the full-scale patterns will transport the audience into a world inspired by the textures and sights of the natural world.

Founders of Timorous Beasties Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons comment, “For our new Craigend collection, we took inspiration from what we see under our feet, taking cues from natural carpets such as sand dunes, moss, stone, and waves of water. We also thought about how carpet can be dramatic in transitional spaces such as lobbies, corridors, and grand dining rooms. We also considered how the functional aspects and minimal aesthetic can work in more personal spaces such as bedrooms, whilst still keeping the link between the dramatic and the serene. We first collaborated with Brintons a decade ago, and our love of pattern repeats from our wallpapers and fabrics, has been a very productive pairing, and adapts perfectly to carpet design.

Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons will be taking part in the Conversations at Clerkenwell talks programme and will be in conversation with Priya Khanchandani, deputy editor of ICON Magazine on Tuesday 22 May, 10.30am. Book your place here.

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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Crosswater launches MPRO Matt Black shower enclosure

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Following the launch of the MPRO Matt Blackbrass ware, Crosswater has now introduced the contemporary finish to its shower enclosure range. Designed to create a statement, the Single Slider Door and Side Panels are framed in dramatic Matt Black with a matching feature handle. With its angular design and modern fittings, the MPRO enclosure introduces on-trend contemporary features to the showering space, which coordinate with the selection of Matt Black heads, valves and handsets.

Manufactured to the highest quality, the MPRO enclosure glass comes with Crosswater Clear protection as standard. This innovative invisible coating acts as a lasting barrier on the surface to help reduce staining and make the process of cleaning quicker and easier. With its framed, angular silhouette, MPRO balances contemporary design with the practicalities of daily showering. The sliding door is available in three widths that range from 1200 – 1700mm, whilst the side panel comes in two widths of 800 and 900mm. This offers a flexible solution for shower rooms of all sizes and configurations.

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

To find out more information on Crosswater, and to view their complete collection, 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.”


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 secures nine Red Dot Awards

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Parent company LIXIL wins a further six awards across various categories.

GROHE has won a record nine awards at the Red Dot Design Awards 2018 – one of the most prestigious international design recognitions.

The competition is organised by Design Zentrum NordrheinWestfalen in Germany, with GROHE receiving the prestigious “Red Dots” for the GROHE Red and the new GROHE BLUE Home Pull-Out water systems, plus bathroom collections such as the new ATRIO range, which recently launched at Fuorisalone in Milan.

The nine winning GROHE products were:

RED Kettle Hot Water tap

BLUE Home Chilled Still and Sparkling filtered Water Tap

ATRIO Collection

Sense & Sense Guard Water Security System (2 awards)

SmartControl Concealed

Essence Spa Colours Collection

Architectural Flush Plates

Euphoria 260 Showerhead

There were also six more Red Dot Awards for LIXIL, while the jury awarded the title “Honourable Mention” for LIXIL’s SATO V-Trap Toilet System, a twin- pit pour-flush latrine.

Each of the awarded products will be displayed in the exhibition of the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen. In addition, they will be presented in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, at the online portal Red Dot 21, in the app, and the online exhibition starting on 9th July 2018.

Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE, said: “GROHE attaches great importance to the fact that design as a corporate value is more than just a driver. Rather, it is firmly anchored in the company’s DNA. My team and I are very happy about this outstanding recognition of our work. We are honored that our design philosophy is so well respected in the creative community. Our products have to stand out in an extremely competitive environment. Design is a very important key element. We want to create something unique and new, while also achieving design permanence. In addition to that, the aesthetics have to embody a deeper ease of use that will make it a pleasure for consumers to interact with our product.”

The international Red Dot Design competition is organized by the Design Zentrum NordrheinWestfalen e.V. in Germany and honours the best products of the year. Designers and manufacturers submit their products and a jury of 40 experts assesses the submissions based on criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, longevity and ecological compatibility. This year, the jurors received submissions from 59 countries.

Kaldewei joins WWF’s Southeast Asia marine conservation programme

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Project to reduce plastic waste through sustainable waste management.

Bathrooms specialist Kaldewei has joined forces with the WWF’s marine conservation programme in Southeast Asia, with the aim of improving waste management in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

Announcing the drive, the company cited forecasts that by 2050 the oceans will contain as much plastic waste as fish. The first indications are already visible today: animals are perishing after ingesting plastic; microplastic is being found in many species of fish.

Furthermore, studies show that organised waste management is not practised in Southeast Asia and uncontrolled dumping of residual waste is a common occurrence. Owing to regular flooding in river basins, large quantities of this waste is swept into the oceans.

“Sustainability is enshrined in the Kaldewei corporate philosophy,” said Kaldewei Managing Director Franz Kaldewei. “We are happy to support the WWF’s important work to prevent plastic waste in the oceans, and we are confident that with our commitment we will be making a valuable contribution to marine conservation and the preservation of natural living environments.”

Keeping plastic out of the oceans

Working together, Kaldewei and the WWF are aiming to combat not only the impacts, but also the causes of environmental pollution. The aim of the project in the Mekong Delta is to quickly reduce the volume of waste by up to 80 per cent by means of separation and recycling, to shut down dumps over the long term and to clear disposal sites.

The partners hope that these measures will prevent large quantities of plastic from entering the ocean via the rivers and canals on the Mekong Delta every year, as is currently the case.

In manufacturing its shower surfaces, bathtubs and washbasins made of steel enamel – a composite of steel and glass – Kaldewei says it has always used natural raw materials that are 100% recyclable.

“For us, this partnership with the WWF is a logical step in our constant endeavours for a clean environment,” Kaldewei added.

Sekers unveils Suomi FR blackouts and Shogun upholstery collection

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New curtians and upholstery ranges aimed at the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Sekers has taken the wraps off its new Shogun upholstery and Suomi FR blackouts collections.

Described as a semi-plain textured design, Shogun is available in 18 multi-colour shades including what the company calls sophisticated neutrals and porcelain blues.

Incorporating FibreGuard, an advanced finish that Sekers says helps protect the fabric against spills and stains without having to resort to specialist cleaning, Shogun has been designed to be resistant to stains such as red wine and ballpoint pen.

Sekers says Shogun is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and, as such, the ideal for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets – it’s supplied with a crib 5 flame retardant backing and a Martindale abrasion performance of 60,000 rubs.

Suomi, meanwhile, is a new collection of FR blackouts in three designs, suitable for contract curtains and available in a palette of shades ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals and soft blues and teals.

With a refined drape and subtle shimmer, Sekers says Suomi is an ideal choice for designers specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Woven in 100% polyester with a 3 pass FR black out backing, Sekers says the Suomi collection is suitable for all aspects of the contract market, from hotels to cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK, US & IMO standards for curtains.

SPA SPOTLIGHT: Opinion – Make a statement with your luxury hotel bathrooms

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As part of Hotel Design’s spotlight this month on spa products and services, Michael Gray, GROHE UK Product Manager, investigates the design possibilities offered to hotels by the latest shower, lighting, music and faucet technologies for bathrooms…

Luxury hotel bathrooms are designed to make a statement, using products that encourage wellbeing and promote a space of relaxation.

As a result, there is a huge array of wellness products now available for the hotel and hospitality industry, including showers with mood lighting, steam functions and music controlled by Bluetooth.

Oversized statement showerheads are also available, alongside products that offer a range of spray patterns designed to suit the user’s needs, with side shower sprays offering the opportunity for a massaging showering experience.

Solutions for all budgets

For smaller budgets, showering products are available that offer multiple spray patterns from an intense jet to a relaxing massage spray. This adds a simple but indulgent addition to your showering experience, offering you the choice to tailor the water flow to suit your mood.

Hotel bathrooms should offer the ultimate sanctuary in which to unwind at the end of the day.  Features like showers with multiple spray patterns and massaging function to statement taps designed to catch the eye will always impress clients.

Smart technology can also be considered for hotel bathrooms, particularly as more guests look to have a staycation to unwind and relax. Many smart products are now available in the bathroom from high tech toilets, to spa-inspired showers that help to create a relaxing bathroom sanctuary at the end of a busy day sightseeing or shopping.

Already a well-known feature in commercial washrooms, touchless taps are now gaining popularity in hotel bathrooms due to their unique combination of comfort and hygiene and convenient hands-free activation. Through the touchless sensor activated control, the taps minimise the spread of bacteria to contribute to a healthy bathroom. This also helps to keep the tap sparkling clean for longer, reducing maintenance and maximising product life. They also often come with a timer which automatically stops the water flow after a desired length of time to reduce wastage.

Stylish and hygienic

Shower toilets are the norm in Asia and now there is an increasing demand for these hygienic toilet systems in Europe, in both hotels and homes. Shower toilets feature an integrated bidet system and are designed to harness the gentle and effective cleansing benefits of water to help deliver optimum hygiene levels in the bathroom, and often come with a host of advanced features. Thanks to the gentle and natural cleansing process, the need for toilet paper is eliminated, thus the systems offer excellent eco-credentials.

Certain shower toilets offer smart technology, including extensive options that allow users to create a personalised cleansing routine, including adjusting the water pressure and position of the spray arm, to the preferred temperature, spray pattern and cleansing cycle.

The individual settings can be controlled intuitively using either the remote control or via an app which allows users to store all their favourite settings on a digital device. Some brands have also taken into consideration common annoyances for users, such as having to go to the toilet at night, and have combatted this by designing toilets with LED lighting.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bordered Geometric Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUTDOOR FURNITURE SPOTLIGHT: The Bolero range from Nisbets

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see the full range, click here.

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

Roca takes inspiration from its past for new Carmen collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit Roca now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking the same language

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duravit present the ultimate toilet experience

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

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

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

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


Duravit introduces new range of tap fittings

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

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

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

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

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

Duravit wins the iF GOLD AWARD 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sekers Fabrics launch Tanami collection

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

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

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

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

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

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


Skopos Launch New Gemini Dim-out Fabrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

GROHE to introduce ATRIO contemporary SPA line during Milan Design Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grohe launches shower toilet campaign at international airports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bespoke Wonder at the Winter Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information contact Wilton Carpets;, 01722 746000,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brassware Redefined: New collections by Crosswater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing Union from Crosswater

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

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

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

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


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Hotel Summit welcome Project Blinds as a Gold partner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Summit welcomes new partner Heritage Bathrooms

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

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

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

UK’s market leader in cast iron baths…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Glamorous One: Roca bathroom solutions for the home

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

The Vintage One: Batty Langley’s hotel

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

The Opulent One: Maison Valentina

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

The Tech-Savvy One: Grohe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Hotel Summit 2018 welcomes Anchor Hospitality Logistics

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

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

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

A worldwide network of agent contacts ensure peace of mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A flagship London hotel is on board

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Summit 2018 welcomes James Alexander bespoke upholstery as a partner

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

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

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

Led by ‘creative’ and ‘technical’ excellence

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

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

“Furniture that is timeless”

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Experience the Kaldewei factory first hand

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

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

The brand are modernising traditional techniques

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

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

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

Hotel Summit welcomes innovative light specialists Pulsar Light to 2018 event

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

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

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

Future-proof LED lighting

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

Their work has formed part of iconic buildings 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waste is now seen as a status symbol

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

Revel in pastels

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

Experiment with jesmonite

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

Bring the outside in with botanicals

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

Make a statement with glass 

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

View Grohe products online by visiting their website

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

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

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

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

Advanced surface technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intimate like Airbnb, luxurious like a grand resort

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

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

Guests can access a private spa and Champagne bar

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

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

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

Grohe reveals plans to introduce 3D printing in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilton Carpets debuts Decadence collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GROHE Euro Ceramics

Introducing GROHE Euro Ceramics

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

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

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

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

Student Deluxe - Hypnos

Hypnos debuts at student accomodation conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets receives acclaim since launch

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

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


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

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

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

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Armani/Roca delights visitors to Sleep 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Product Spotlight hansgrohe RainSelect at Sleep 2017

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

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

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

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

Case Study: Brintons at Hotel Walther, Switzerland

Case Study: Brintons at Hotel Walther, Switzerland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luv collection by Duravit wins at DKB Awards 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Company Profile: Hamilton Litestat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See below for further information on Hamilton’s full range of products and services:
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Duravit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Project Spotlight: Duravit at Louvre Abu Dhabi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Batik runner, Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets

Kit Kemp, Wilton Carpets create exciting carpet collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Collection Launch: Astraeus – new FR voiles from Skopos

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

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

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

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

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

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Sleep 2017 Live: Kelly Hoppen joins forces with Brintons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collection Spotlight: Vintage Cusions from Sanderson

Collection Spotlight: Vintage Cushions from Sanderson

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

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

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

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

Rose & Peony

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

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



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

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

Stapleton Park

Stapleton Park

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

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

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

Chelsom exhibiting at Sleep for 11th consecutive year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Versital announced as finalists for top design award

Versital announced as finalists for top design award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from Crosswater

Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from Crosswater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sleep Event

Wake up to the inspiration of Sleep with HD clients

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HiB’s new range reveals deluxe design statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AXOR Showers

AXOR Showers: Masterpieces of design

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

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

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

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

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

Kaldewei fits out bathrooms for Le Roch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Product Spotlight: New England from Wilton Carpets

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

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

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

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

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

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

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GROHE a big ‘success’ at Grand Designs Live

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

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

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

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

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Decorative Accessories: Metallic Finish for Furtho from Jalu

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

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

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

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

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

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Unit 5, Furtho Manor Farm, Northampton Rd, Old Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK19 6NR

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Project Spotlight: Wilton Carpets at Hardwick Hall

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

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

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


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

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

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or