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Duravit HygieneGlaze

Product Spotlight: HygieneGlaze 2.0 from Duravit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilton Carpets Website

Wilton Carpets develops new website

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

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

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

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

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

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

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Hamilton Litestat at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

Product Spotlight: Hamilton at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hamilton Litestat at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product Spotlight: Botanical print Flores Silvestri by Skopos

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

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

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

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

www.skoposfabrics.com

Providence Mills
Earlsheaton
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
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UK

T: +44 (0) 19 24 46 51 91
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Calypso - Sekers Fabrics

Product Spotlight: Sekers Fabrics – Calypso Collection

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

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

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

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

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk
www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

Eternity Range by VitrA

VitrA joins with world-renowned designers for Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

Sekers Fabrics - Croft Collection

Product Spotlight: Sekers Fabrics – Croft Collection

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

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

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

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
+44 (0) 1946 517501 // Fax: 44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk
www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

GROHE - Sleep registration

Fresh inspiration for hotel design from GROHE at Sleep 2017

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

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

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

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The Smart Choice – New Smart Control Concealed

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

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

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

Laufen BASE bathroom set

Laufen launches BASE bathroom furniture set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GROHE

GROHE unveils first ceramic collections launching in November

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.grohe.co.uk

BCFA Open - Manchester

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

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

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

Style Library Stand - BCFA Open

Style Library Stand – BCFA Open

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

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

BCFA Open – Manchester – Johnson Tiles

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

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

www.BCFAopen.com

Chelsom work at The Beekman, New York

Chelsom Annual Sale – November 2017

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

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

01253 831400 / sales@chelsom.co.uk
THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER – HERITAGE HOUSE, CLIFTON RD, BLACKPOOL, LANCASHIRE, FY4 4QA
www.chelsom.co.uk

Jalu - Outdoor Lighting

Company Profile: Outdoor lighting from Jalu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos: Daniel Fountain (Hotel Designs)

Hypnos Contract Beds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Hypnos, or to view the full product range, please visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.com.

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GROHE wins nine awards at the Iconic Awards 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vaughan to show off new additions at IHS 2017

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

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

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

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

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

www.vaughandesigns.com

MOGG - Contract Furniture Store

Be inspired with MOGG at the Contract Furniture Store

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

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

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

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

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

For further details, please contact the Contract Furniture Store

Marston House, 29c, Marston Road
Stafford
ST16 3BS
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1785 594378
E: sales@contractfurniturestore.co.uk
W: www.contractfurniturestore.co.uk

Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections

Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections

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

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

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

The range comprises the following collections:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.stylelibrary.com

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017

Hansgrohe, AXOR to attend Sleep 2017

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

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

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

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

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

www.pro.hansgrohe.co.uk
T: +44 (0) 13 72 47 20 30

F: +44 (0) 13 72 47 06 70
E: enquiries@hansgrohe.co.uk

Arrow and Lines by Kobe

Kobe UK to showcase at Sleep event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.en.kobe.eu

T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Hypnos at Decorex

Decorex 2017: Successful show for Hypnos, exhibiting to thousands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dernier & Hamlyn Four Seasons

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: James McDonald

www.dernier-hamlyn.com
+44 (0) 20 87 60 09 00
info@dernier-hamlyn.com

Essente Willow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.en.kobe.eu

T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Hypnos exhibiting at Decorex 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duravit metal consoles

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

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

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

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

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

Crosswater

Product Spotlight: The complete bathroom solution from Crosswater

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

www.crosswater.co.uk

Lake View House
Rennie Drive
Dartford
Kent
DA1 5FU
UK

T: +44 (0) 13 22 42 27 43
F: +44 (0) 84 58 73 88 41

Laredo - Sekers

Product Spotlight: Sekers – Laredo collection

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

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

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

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
+44 (0) 1946 517501 // Fax: 44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk
www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

Product Spotlight: DuraSquare – The fusion of rectangle and circle

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

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

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

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

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Product Spotlight: Bathroom brassware from VitrA

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

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

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

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

MK Electric's new Dimensions range has been launched

MK Electric’s Dimensions range for Electrical Industry Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sekers - Ticino Collection

Product Spotlight: Sekers – Ticino Collection

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

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

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

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

Opinion: Mitre Linen - Keeping hotel guests cool

Opinion: Mitre Linen – Keeping hotel guests cool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyndale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.tyndaletorquay.com
www.mitrelinen.com
01685 353456
Sales@mitrelinen.com

Duravit Vero Air

Duravit uses c-bonded technology for new Vero Air collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mitre Linen - Bathroom accesories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kobe UK to showcase ranges at Sleep 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boutique Collection from Kobe UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Create a colour wash with light

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

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

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

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

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Chelsom Scroll

Product Spotlight: Scroll from Chelsom

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

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

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

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Duravit Vero Air Bathtub

Product Spotlight: Vero Air bathtub – the perfect rectangle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.signbox.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 1784 438688

Member Spotlight: Kobe sponsors apprentice

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Student Darren Blackwell, an apprentice upholsterer, showcased his first-class skills with a little help from luxury fabric supplier, Kobe UK.

The AMUSF apprentice formed part of a team of association members who represented the Worshipful Company of Upholders at Lincoln cathedral’s Heritage Skills Festival in June.

Student Darren Blackwell, an apprentice upholsterer, showcased his first-class skills with a little help from luxury fabric supplier, Kobe UK.

Student Darren Blackwell, an apprentice upholsterer, showcased his first-class skills with a little help from luxury fabric supplier, Kobe UK.

As part of the festival, Darren saw his final apprenticeship diploma piece – a chair – on show, along with other examples of upholstery and soft furnishings. He is the first trainee to complete the Livery Company Apprenticeship Scheme, launched in the summer of 2014.

The Upholders sponsored the frame of Darren’s chair and Kobe the Conure fabric, from the company’s Toucan collection. David Harris, Kobe MD said: “We are delighted to see our fabric used to create such a beautiful piece of furniture. It’s a credit to Darren’s upholstery skills and I would like to congratulate him on his qualification, which recognises the hard work and commitment he has shown to his craft.”

Darren was presented with his AMUSF qualification at Wendy Shorter’s Students’ Show on 29th July. Wendy Shorter Interiors is a multi-awards winning training centre that has received several craft training awards for encouraging craft skills in upholstery and soft furnishings.

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

www.en.kobe.eu

T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Mitre Linen

Guest Blog: Mitre – Six ways to accessorise hotel rooms

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Every establishment is unique and it is often the little touches that can make all the difference to a guest’s experience. The increasing credibility of travel review sites has made the hospitality market even more competitive, so it is important to stand out for all the right reasons.

Here Chris Tame, Mitre Linen’s National Sales Manager, provides us with his six expert tips how to accessorise your rooms in order to create a warm welcome, a wonderful stay and a lasting impression.

1) Soft furnishings: Beautiful soft furnishings can transform a room and instantly make a guest feel welcome. Whether you want to ignite a certain sense of style or reinforce your brand identity, refreshing your curtains, cushions and bed runners will help create that all-important great first impression.

2) Include a blanket or throw: A deliciously soft cashmere or woollen throw or blanket can add a touch of glamour to a room as well as making guests feel at home. Guests love snuggling into a little comfort and will appreciate this little gesture.


3) Pillow menu: The right pillow can make all the difference to a good night’s sleep and, in a competitive market place, personalisation is the key to standing out. Why not offer your guests a pillow menu to allow them to pick their ideal pillow? This is a unique and personal gesture and will help provide your guests with a fantastic night’s sleep, tailored to their requirements.


4) Offer practical bedroom accessories: Complement each bedroom with practical amenities that will provide your guests with all the essentials to make their stay as easy and comfortable as possible. From quality hair dryers to irons and ironing boards, sometimes these little extras can be a necessity.

5) Offer guests a bathrobe and slippers: Allow your guests to feel completely pampered and indulged by leaving a sumptuous bathrobe hanging up in the room. Nothing says luxury like a velour bathrobe and a pair of matching slippers. For that extra-personal touch, embroider your bathrobes with your brand name to help reinforce your identity throughout their stay.


6) Include complimentary toiletries: Guests love a quality selection of quality complimentary shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and body creams in their bathrooms. Adding them to a room shows attention to detail and will add a touch of luxury to that special hotel experience.

www.mitrelinen.com

01685 353 4456

Sales@mitrelinen.com

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Crosswater confirmed as Hotel Summit 2018 attendees

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With the Hotel Summit coming back in 2018 for it’s 20th anniversary edition, Forum Events Ltd is delighted to announce the attendance of Crosswater at the event.

The Hotel Summit is specifically organised for senior professionals who are directly responsible for purchasing and procurement within their organisation, and those who provide the latest and greatest products and services within the sector; an event media partners Hotel Designs are proud to be associated with.

A highly focused event that brings together hotel professionals and key industry solution providers, the Summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities; across two days – 4th-5th June 2018 at the Radisson Blu London Stansted.

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Leaders in bathroom design, Crosswater has been welcomed by the specialist bathroom market since it was established in 1998. Crosswater offers a comprehensive range of unique brassware solutions designed by a pool of carefully selected leading European designers to bring you unparalleled design, superior materials and function.

David Balmer of Crosswater Projects said: “We’re very excited about attending the Hotel Summit. With exciting new products being launched across our ranges, we’re looking forward to meeting key influencers and industry experts at the event and continuing to grow our projects portfolio.”

If you are interested in taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

Mitre - Feefo Award

Mitre Linen awarded Feefo Gold Service Award 2017

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Experienced hospitality provider Mitre Linen has won a Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique as all the awards are based purely on the interactions with verified customers. This feedback has been collated by the Feefo review platform, with the accolades being awarded based upon performance.

Mitre Linen met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016, and achieved a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0. The company has won the award for four consecutive years.

Jim Mangan, Mitre Linen’s Managing Director, said: “It’s a real honour to receive this award from Feefo. To be recognised for delivering exceptional experiences to our customers is a great achievement.

“We’ve been working hard to ensure our customers receive the best service possible, and being able to listen, understand and respond to their needs has enabled us to improve our offering. We’re looking forward to another successful year ahead.”

Andrew Mabbutt, CEO at Feefo said: “We would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Feefo Trusted Service award. We are so proud that so many businesses are putting customer service first.

“We have been working closely with all our customers to build trust and transparency online, and ultimately helping shoppers buy with confidence and make better decisions.”

Feefo is a ratings and reviews, and customer analytics platform. It collects genuine, purchase-verified reviews on behalf of over 3,000 businesses. Feefo ensures that all feedback is authentic by matching it to a legitimate transaction and believes this is the best way to combat the rising issue of fake reviews.

MK Electric's new Dimensions range has been launched

Guest Blog: MK Electric – new dimensions for hospitality design

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MK Electric share the benefits of their new range of design-led wiring accessories called Dimensions, perfect for hoteliers looking for modernity with design flexibility…

A growing number of hotels are shedding traditional designs in favour of something a little more modern, as rapidly changing interior trends require agile products which can evolve along with the building as a whole.

A key part of this is design flexibility, and ranges which can offer scalability and ease of replacement are becoming increasingly popular amongst hoteliers. These not only allow regular refreshes to a space without a significant financial or time investment, but allow common design throughout a building with scalable options from back of house office areas to suite rooms.

In order to meet this demand, MK Electric has launched a new range of screwless wiring devices, Dimensions, a design-led solution which is easily upgradeable and available in eight different finishes for a contemporary finish to any room.

Designed as a two-piece product solution, Dimensions is available as two individual parts, a functional module and clip-on frontplate, which can be ordered separately. This two-part installation offers a high level of adaptability, allowing frontplates to be changed as the design inside the building evolves over time.

And, as end users are expecting more from their hotels, the range incorporates products such as integrated USB socket outlets for easy smart device charging, LED dimmers, keycard switches and ‘do not disturb’ switches, all with a unified look.

Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, said: “We understand that in today’s design-led environment, hoteliers need wiring devices which not only blend with their current décor but can be quickly and easily changed to match a revamp.

“The new MK Electric Dimensions range offers a design which not only has the scalability to fit into every area of a hotel, but which can also be interchanged and upgraded with ease to match any future changes in colour scheme, without blowing the budget or time-intensive work.”

Dimensions provides peace of mind for contractor, customer and end user, and comes complete with a 20-year guarantee (exclusions apply).

MKOrderEnquiries@Honeywell.com

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WILLOOW - GRANDMASTER - Essente - Kobe

Product Spotlight: Essente Summer collection from Kobe

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has put together its essential Essente Summer collection of stunningly chic, easy-to-care for, affordable interiors fabrics.

The stylish collection, which includes curtains, voiles and sheers, dim-outs and upholstery fabrics, for both domestic and commercial interiors, features fabrics in a cool linen, soft chenille and silk satin appearance.

Curated from the extensive selection at Kobe’s accessible Essente ranges, the summer ‘edits’ offer a bright and breezy palette of naturals, neutrals and pastels. Essente retail price levels from £16 to £22 for curtain weights and £27 for upholstery fabrics.

Beautiful woven jacquard curtains from the Willow and Walnut ranges, can transform a room. Willow has a matt taffeta look and feel with a damask pattern on a satin weave background and comes in six colours, including soft pastels and a contemporary black. Walnut has a linen appearance with an ikat geometric pattern and is available in seven tones.

Furniture is the focal point of any interior so it’s important that the design, colour and texture complement the theme. Catalpa can be used for both curtains and upholstery. This woven jacquard has a fine herringbone stripe and is brushed to give a semi-plain look. With a soft natural touch it is available in 14 shades.

Said David Harris, md of Kobe UK: “We have put together a collection that is essential for this summer’s interiors. Essente offers a wide selection of chic, commercial and easy-care interior fabrics and benefits from the logistical expertise and quality of Kobe, while giving access to a wider customer base through its realistic price points.”

When used for upholstery, Kobe’s Essente fabrics can be supplied with a domestic backcoat which complies with the BS 5852 ignition source 0 and 1, passing the cigarette and match test.

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

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T: 01344 771653
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Duravit Vero Air with SensoWash

Product Spotlight: Vero Air Rimless WC and SensoWash Slim Seat

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Vero Air is a progression in design from the successful Vero series. It includes the very latest technological advances from Duravit – particularly for toilets.

The new Vero Air WC incorporates the ultimate in comfort and hygiene with advanced Rimless® technology, and is available with HygieneGlaze 2.0 and the SensoWash Slim shower-toilet seat. The wall-mounted model is also the first square rimless design from Duravit.

The Vero Air toilet is impressive, not just in terms of its appearance but also its functions. The rectangular basic form finishes with a gentle curve downwards, thereby appearing geometrically precise and harmoniously round at the same time.

The toilet seat and cover can be easily removed for cleaning with the press of a side button. With the appearance of a traditional, yet elegant toilet, SensoWash Slim is a far cry from the very first shower-toilets. It offers the ultimate in 21st century toilet hygiene and comfort, with all the technology neatly incorporated into the seat.

The seat and shower-toilet technology are completely separate: The entire SensoWash Slim seat unit can be easily removed, allowing it to be cleaned quickly and thoroughly. A touch button control operates all the functions. After using the toilet, simply select the desired cleaning function, water intensity and temperature. This minimalist shower toilet includes a number of essential functions: it is easy to install, saves energy thanks to an integrated flow heater and is offered at an attractive price.

Inside the Vero Air WC, the Rimless® technology has been further advanced and, for the first time, enables perfect flushing results with a rectangular wall-mounted toilet. This shows how geometry, fluid mechanics and design can be successfully combined for maximum efficiency. In Duravit Rimless®, the open design of the WC rim enables an innovative and powerful flush: water flows in the form of a horizontal arc, and then vertically, before flushing the entire inner surface of the bowl without splashing, even with just 4.5 litres of water.

By adding the innovative ceramic glaze HygieneGlaze 2.0 the Vero Air WC is a toilet that is industry leading and a new archetype for modern living. The innovative ceramic glaze is antibacterial and this innovative ceramic glaze kills an unprecedented 99.999% of germs and bacteria. HygieneGlaze 2.0 provides long-lasting, anti-bacterial protection for a small additional cost. It also durable, safe and defines a new standard in bathroom hygiene.

Guest Blog: MK Electric – Getting into detail to impress guests

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When it comes to impressing guests, it’s vital to stay ahead of the game and offer an experience like no other, and a key part of this is design. Here, Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, looks at the latest innovations available to keep hoteliers ahead of the game.

Competition in the hospitality industry is intense, with customers increasingly seeking more than just a budget room. For example, with international travel now more accessible than ever, a hotel needs to take into consideration the needs of those travelling light for a business trip, as much as a couple on a city break. Both will have different requirements, but ultimately seek a similarly memorable experience.

Whilst a bold and eye-catching exterior is imperative to initially capture the interest of a guest, it is just as important to ensure that the attention continues to the finer, often overlooked, details. This includes the likes of light switches, sockets and other wiring devices, all of which have the power to change the aesthetics and practicality of a room.

For example, investing in integrated USB socket outlets can be a lifesaver for guests. Given the integral role smart devices play in modern life, the need for charging power on the go cannot be underestimated. Whether it’s an international guest, who may have forgotten their travel adaptor, or equally for customers from closer to home who just happen to need additional charging ports for their smart devices, USB outlets mean hoteliers needn’t stock charging devices, and can be assured guests have the charging capacity they need. What’s more, certain ranges are available which add an extra layer of differentiation. For example, MK Electric allows hoteliers to take intuitive functionality and compound it with beautiful, bespoke design with its expert Design Service.

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This service, which is part of MK Electric’s Elements collection, allows users to create their own individual sockets and switches to ensure a seamless continuation of the overall interior concept. Whether that’s a leather look or metallic, there’s a look available to match any interior – so every last design detail can be taken care of.

An equal consideration is flexibility. The fast-paced world of interior design is constantly developing new trends, and in order to provide an up-to-date décor for guests, it is important that fixtures and fittings are able to be easily adapted to fit any style upgrades. Again, this is an area where wiring devices are an important consideration. Sometimes the smallest touches can be the most impactful, and when a hotelier wants to update the look of their premises, elegant new sockets and switches can make all the difference.

In line with this, MK Electric has launched Dimensions, a new range of screwless wiring devices which is easily upgradeable and available in eight different finishes for a contemporary finish to any room.

Designed as a two-piece product solution, Dimensions is available as two individual parts, a functional module and clip-on frontplate. This means that the visible part of the wiring device can easily be changed to match a new interior, without the need for any additional renovation, and, as the frontplate is clip on, without bringing in a qualified installer.

As customers become more discerning about design, it makes sense to bring a touch of individuality to every inch of an interior. With bespoke switches, dimmers and sockets available to suit every décor, and new products entering the market which allow quick and affordable style updates, wiring devices should be a core consideration for hoteliers.

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+44 (0)1268 563 404

www.mkelectric.com/en-gb/

Hansgrohe Croma 280

Product Spotlight: Shower pleasure with hansgrohe favourite – Croma 280

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The new hansgrohe Croma 280 overhead showers bring clean design and the pleasure of a generous rain shower to the bathroom.

“Customer feedback shows that the trend towards extra-large shower heads and all-in-one shower systems, like our convenient showerpipes, is still going strong,” explains Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management, Hansgrohe SE. “With the Croma 280 shower head range we’re expanding one of our bestselling lines at an attractive price/performance ratio.”

Quality and shower pleasure
Precise shapes and clean lines emphasise the high quality of the hansgrohe Croma 280 showerheads. Their design is the work of hansgrohe’s longstanding partner Phoenix Design. The 280-millimeter spray disc is generously sized; it is made of metal, is durable, robust and can be detached for easy cleaning. Thanks to air-enriched water drops, the lavish shower spray splashes less than conventional shower jets and envelops the body in a warm sense of wellbeing.

Product Spotlight: Shower pleasure with hansgrohe favourite - Croma 280The showerheads are available for ceiling or wall installation. Customers can opt for models equipped with hansgrohe EcoSmart water-saving technology. These use only about nine litres per minute, half the water used by showerheads without EcoSmart.

The showerpipe: an all-round talent
The hansgrohe Croma Select 280 showerpipe combines all components in a single system: overhead shower, hand shower, shower holder, thermostat and hose – a complete package convenient for both new construction projects and bathroom remodels. The showerpipe features high-quality materials, solid workmanship and easy cleaning. The horizontal shower arm can be used to swivel the overhead shower to the desired position. This is an advantage in small shower areas; for example, in situations where there is only room to install the showerpipe near a corner; in this case, the overhead shower can be centrally positioned, allowing for more freedom of movement.

As an addition to the pleasurable overhead rain shower, the Croma Select S Multi hand shower offers flexibility with its three spray modes. Switching from one kind of spray to another is easy – all it takes is the push of a button. The integrated hansgrohe Ecostat Comfort thermostat allows the precise selection of individual temperature preferences and makes sure water doesn’t get too hot. The hansgrohe Croma Select 280 showerpipe comes in two additional versions: one with a single-lever mixer for bathtubs, and a renovation model for use with existing taps and mixers in bathroom renovation projects.

Storm Grey - Crosswater Svelte Collection

Spotlight: New Storm Grey colourway in the Svelte collection from Crosswater

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Storm Grey is the latest finish to be introduced to the ever-popular Crosswater Svelte collection. Renowned for its sleek curves and superior functionality, Svelte is the ideal bathroom furniture choice for the design conscious homeowner. With a distinctively modern matt finish, this new stormy hue of grey introduces a fresh, contemporary tone to the existing range of stunning colourways within the collection.

The Storm Grey finish is not only beautiful to look at but features a unique ACTIVE anti-bacterial finish, designed to provide an hygienic coating that caters to active family living. This bacterial-resistant application is one of many pioneering qualities incorporated into the design. Svelte’s cast mineral marble basins also feature a pioneering finish called Durocoat®, which results in a highly durable surface that boasts impeccable levels of hygiene and stain resistance.

Storm Grey - Crosswater Svelte CollectionThe timeless basin designs are available in classic mineral marble as well as the newly released glass basins designed for the 120 Unit with the choice of Charcoal or Ice-White glass. With five mineral marble basin unit sizes available, ranging from a statement curved vanity unit, to the compact proportions of the corner design, this is a range set to match the demands of modern living, whatever the size of your bathroom.

Soft close compartment drawers are prioritised within the design to provide for a multitude of storage needs and help to keep a minimal and organised space. With a focus on key principles of practicality, simplicity and beauty, the Svelte collection creates an effortlessly stylish statement in your bathroom, with the latest colour option of Storm Grey further cementing the range’s style credentials.

www.crosswater.co.uk
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David.balmer@crosswater-holdings.co.uk

Kobe Henry at Decorex

Kobe to unveil new collections at Decorex

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

The four-day event takes place at Syon House in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including the new Boutique collection.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Decorex again this year. This is the perfect backdrop for luxury design and the ideal platform for us to reinforce our brand and showcase our new contemporary and classic collections.”

Boutique’s curtain and upholstery fabrics are suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns. The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

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

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

Complementing the Boutique upholstery collection is Volterra, a co-ordinating plain velvet, with a matt and natural cotton look and feel. Volterra is woven in the latest timeless and on-trend shades with 65% cotton and 35% polyester yarns in warp and 100% polyester yarns in weft with 100% polyester yarns as pile. The Boutique range includes a wide choice of room highs, the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor. The room-high fabrics are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

Kobe – Volterra

Also unveiled at the show will be the latest collection from the fresh and contemporary Essente, designed to reach a broader clientele, looking for a cost effective option, with the quality and reassurance of the Kobe name.

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

www.en.kobe.eu

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E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Hypnos - Queen's Award for Enterprise

Hypnos celebrates prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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Hypnos chairman, Peter Keen, and group managing director, Stephen Ward, swapped the sights of Hypnos for the grand scenes of Buckingham Palace, when they attended a ceremony to celebrate receiving the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade with Her Majesty the Queen.

The award is only presented to those who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence within their field and Hypnos, which was bestowed the accolade in recognition of its substantial growth internationally, was invited to a private ceremony in London where Queen Elizabeth II met with select companies who received an award.

Peter Keen, Chairman of Hypnos, comments: “Attending an event at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade was a truly special day and a remarkable moment in the history of our business, which has been operating for over 100 years.

“This award is widely regarded as one of the most significant honours a business can receive, so we’re incredibly excited and proud to have achieved this and it’s all down to the hard work and effort of the entire company. We’ve come a long way in the past five years and have invested a significant amount of time in to growing and developing our global footprint. Our efforts have allowed us to secure a strong international position, whereby 120 retail stores around the world have our product and we can serve our global hotel customers through our 20 international manufacturing licensees.

“As a UK operated family-run business, it’s incredibly exciting to see that our family values and the quality of our offering and products is valued around the world.”
Hypnos, which has held a Royal Warrant since 1929, supplies ethically made and sustainable beds and mattresses to some of the UK’s and world’s finest homes, palaces and hotels. The business also has a strong CSR focus and is the only UK bed manufacturer to be awarded carbon neutral status and both its Princes Risborough and Castle Donington factories have achieved FSC and PEFC certification, ensuring timber is sourced from managed forests.

www.hypnosbeds.com
www.hypnoscontractbeds.com
+44 (0) 18443 48200
info@hypnoscontractbeds.com

Newmor 50th anniversary collection

Product Spotlight: 50th anniversary collection from Newmor

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2017 marks the 50th year of Newmor Wallcoverings. In celebration, the company have launched their 50th anniversary collection, Mid-Century Modern. The collection is a homage to the era Newmor began manufacturing.

The eight designs each come in a selection of colourways, and have been influenced by the bold patterns and colour palettes of the 1960s. Each design has been updated with a contemporary twist, launching them into the next 50 years.

As with all of the Newmor Custom and Newmor Designer collections, the designs can be recoloured, resized and printed onto any of their wallcoverings including textures, metallics and window films.

The Designs
Floral Geo – Geometrics and botanicals are the perfect combination in this in intricate design. Layers of flowers and leaves interwoven with linear patterns. Available in five colourways, and can also be recoloured.

Terrazzo – Terrazzo prints and surfaces are everywhere at the moment, from art and fashion to interiors. Here’s Newmor’s take on this playful trend.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionRetro Landscape Stripe – Wide horizontal stripe channeling poolside vibes. Scale up or down and print onto any of Newmor’s textured wallcoverings or window films.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionMarble Herringbone – A new take on the marble trend, this large scale chevron design makes a real statement. Printing on Newmor’s Brushed Steel design adds a luxurious lustre.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionLandscape Geo – Landscape Geo is a vibrant photographic and block colour collage. This design is available in five contemporary colourways which can also be custom coloured and rescaled.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionMod Damask – Inspired by a length of vintage fabric, this design can be scaled up or down, each section can be recoloured, and it looks great printed on any of Newmor’s textile effect materials, from delicate silks to chunky hessians.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionMarbled Paper Geo – This geometric block design is constructed from layers of marbled paper. Available in five colourways and easily recoloured, this design also looks great printed onto a range of textures.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionMid-Century Tiles – This tiled geometric design is interspersed with hand drawn elements. This versatile design looks great printed on all kinds of bases, from Rough Concrete to linen effects and can be recoloured to suit.

See the full Newmor Custom collection here.

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Soft Furnishings Focus: Kobe – Upholstery colours, designs for 2017

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As 2017 sees bold colours and motifs continue in soft furnishings, David Harris, managing director of luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, takes a look at some of the vibrant new colours and designs in upholstery fabrics.

The latest trends include collections where each fabric has an individual identity. Rich, dark greens are back in fashion, especially botanical patterns and jungle printed jacquards, woven with metallic yarns, paired with the young, modern look of natural materials, wood, cork or marble.

Bright floral designs, such as Kobe’s Clemence from its Boutique collection, are also very popular right now. Upholstery fabrics that can be supplied with FR treatments and those created from 100% natural fabrics in art and craft styled patterns, are an ideal addition to any hotel interior and can be perfectly matched with soft furnishings in shimmering gold or sunny yellows.

Clemence from Kobe's Boutique collection

Clemence from Kobe’s Boutique collection

For a stunning look which creates a room to remember, geometric shapes in furniture are also in style with upholstery fabric woven in both timeless and on-trend colours, such as vivid green or intense fuchsia.

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With matt velvets making a great come back in interiors everywhere, we’ve featured the colour green in Kobe’s lush velvets, such as Volterra, which can be combined with other soft furnishing fabrics to be truly on trend. Don’t be afraid to experiment with dark colours to create a mood of mystery as the latest room trends head for drama and elegance. Choose sumptuous Henry in moody blue, opulent gold, or the fiery glow of dark red, or luxurious aubergine.

Kobe Henry

Kobe Henry

For the more traditional interior there are fabrics woven in matt and shiny yarns, with beautiful paisley patterns making an entrance this year such as Adore which creates a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern, in eight colours.

Soft supple chenille upholstery fabric in easy-to-care-for material is also fashionable in both rich and neutral shades. Cocoon is a highlight of the Essente collection and can be used for both curtains and upholstery. Its chenille in 100% polyester is finished with an FR domestic back-coat, so ‘ready to go’ and features a palette of 36 shades ranging from neutral cream, beige and pale grey, warm blue, brown and rose to vibrant lime, orange and red.

Adore Kobe's Boutique collectionWhatever design and style, it’s always exciting to create something new. For those searching for interior inspiration, today’s new collections include an extensive range of upholstery shapes and fabrics, from tradition to contemporary, soft and bright to dark and dramatic.

www.en.kobe.eu

T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Cocoon Kobe's Essente collection

Soft Furnishings Focus: ‘Cocoon’ by Kobe for today’s upholstery

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has introduced Cocoon – a highlight of the Essente collection of stunningly chic, easy-to-care for, affordable interiors fabrics.

Furniture is the focal point of any interior so it’s important that the design, colour and texture complement the theme. Cocoon is a soft, supple chenille in 100% polyester and finished with an FR domestic back-coat, so ‘ready to go’.

Featuring a palette of 36 soft and sumptuous shades ranging from neutral cream, beige and pale grey, warm blue, brown and rose to vibrant lime, orange and red, Cocoon can be used for both curtains and upholstery.

David Harris, MD of Kobe UK said: “Cocoon is the perfect partner for any domestic or commercial setting and as part of the Essente collection benefits from the logistical expertise and quality of Kobe, while giving access to a wider customer base through its realistic price points.”

Cocoon complies with the BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, passing the cigarette and match test and offers exceptional durability, scoring 100,000 on the Martindale Rub Test.

The Essente collection of stunningly chic, easy-to-care for, affordable interiors fabrics retail price levels from £16 to £22 for curtain weights and £27 for upholstery fabrics.

Essente upholstery customers can also benefit from further rebates, for further information please contact sales@essente.co.uk or www.essente.co.uk

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Dernier & Hamlyn’s luxury lighting at The Langham London

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The Langham London in the heart of the city’s West end is an architectural icon that was Europe’s first Grand Hotel when it opened in 1865.

The Wigmore, its new modern British tavern with interiors by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, features bespoke lighting from Dernier & Hamlyn’s London factory including a spectacular 27 arm chandelier some 2m high and 2m across. The chandelier has been designed to be a luxurious, contemporary interpretation of traditional London pub lighting and was hand cast in brass and hand finished in antique bronze by Dernier & Hamlyn’s team of artisans.

They also produced beautiful wall lights that feature handblown ribbed glass globes fitted to individually cast and finished back plates.

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio says: “We invariably choose Dernier & Hamlyn for bespoke lighting when quality, design integrity and attention to detail are vital. With a commission as important as this, their specialist skills and extensive experience were essential and we and The Langham are delighted with the results.”

www.dernier-hamlyn.com
+44 (0) 20 87 60 09 00
info@dernier-hamlyn.com

Duravit Vero Air C

Guest Blog: Duravit – trends for the ‘holistic bathroom of the future’

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With the new products presented at ISH 2017, Duravit has re-interpreted the basic idea of the holistic interior. New designs provide the scope for individual bathroom furnishings offering a high standard of living.

All products have a consistent design language and can be combined with products from all series to optimum effect. Precise geometric forms, selected materials and soft, matt colours and textures take their place in the bathroom. Design, function and high operating comfort are perfectly coordinated.

Nordic elegance with gentle colour shades
The Nordic furnishing style is characterised by clear forms and soft, natural colours. For Duravit, the Danish designer, Cecilie Manz has combined Nordic design with new technologies, new colours and new materials, which are impressive in terms of both feel and function.

The Luv bathroom series offers completely new design possibilities for either larger rooms or guest bathrooms, the unusual design combines Nordic purism with timeless, emotional elegance. The above-counter basins made from DuraCeram® impress with their subtle lines, generous inner basin and clear edges. The selection of materials and colours is testament to Cecilie Manz’s refined sense for touch and nuances.

DuravitFor the first time, Duravit uses matt glazes in soft tones on the outside of the DuraCeram wash bowls, which contrast with the high-glaze white ceramic inside the bowl. New pale Nordic colours in satin-matt lacquer can also be found on the furniture. The distinctively shaped baths are based on the form of the wash bowl and are made from the mineral material DuraSolid A, which offers a pleasantly warm feel and a high-quality matt look.

Timeless geometry re-imagined
Clear, timeless forms create lasting value and are popular for bathroom furnishings. Vero Air, is in keeping with this ongoing trend: the entire bathroom series impresses both purists and individuals with a feel for durable design. With its clear, classically rectangular form, Vero has been one of the architectural classics of bathroom design since 2001. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, the precise design of Vero Air reinterprets Vero’s timeless geometry. The range’s washbasins and bathtubs impress with reduced edges and a striking linear charm.

With its new DuraSquare collection, Duravit presents an upgrade of Vero Air that sets new standards with its clarity, precision and reduction. Exact edges blend with the organically flowing inner contours. From the washbasin to the bathtub, the programme is designed to be sustainable and is made with the innovative materials DuraCeram and DuraSolid. Combined with the new furniture frame, the washbasins become a real eye-catcher in the bathroom. This flexible base is height-adjustable and can be supplied in silver (chrome) or matt black.

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Creative solutions for compact areas

Increasingly limited living space demands greater practicality, and this requires smart solutions. With the innovative Shower + Bath combination,
Duravit has succeeded in uniting the strict requirements regarding contemporary bathroom design and optimum use of space: the design by EOOS features a walk-in shower and bathtub in one. The functional versatility of Shower + Bath is a result of the high level of precision in the finishing and the use of the innovative material DuraSolid A.

Individual and cut-to-size washing areas with surrounds and storage space are both functional and convenient. The new console system comprises uniform furniture consoles in two different thicknesses (30 and 45 mm) and with a variable width and depth. They can be combined with vanity units and furniture from a total of seven Duravit ranges: L-Cube, Vero, Happy D.2, Delos, DuraStyle, Ketho and X-Large. The Duravit consoles are available with 32 different finishes from high-gloss lacquer, for example in Apricot Pearl or Stone Blue, to real-wood fronts such as oak or walnut. With individual combinations such as a walnut console and discreet, white vanity units, interesting accents can be created.

www.duravit.co.uk // www.pro.duravit.co.uk

+44 845 500 7787
info@uk.duravit.com

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Chelsom celebrating 70th anniversary

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This month Chelsom, leading designer and manufacturer of decorative lighting for the global hospitality and marine sectors, celebrates 70 successful years in business.

Chelsom was founded by Reg and Kay Chelsom in 1947 and began trading as an antique shop in Blackpool under the name ‘The Golden Age’. Soon progressing to three shops, they began to manufacture reproduction period lighting which they distributed to retailers and interior designers throughout the UK. Robert Chelsom took over as CEO in the 1970’s and led the company to the forefront of the hospitality lighting industry. Current Managing Director, Will Chelsom, joined the company in 2006 and has been instrumental in driving the Export division and diversifying into the marine sector.

Robert and Will Chelsom
Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in more than 70 countries across the world which in turn led to the firm being awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in its seventieth year. Exports now account for around 40% of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the marine side, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Robert Chelsom, Chairman, commented, “I am thrilled that Chelsom is celebrating 70 years as a family business and as we enter our seventieth year I am delighted to be working alongside my son. Will represents the third generation of the family involved in the business and with his ideas for growth, understanding of the industry and a genuine passion for what he does, I am certain we will be celebrating many more anniversaries like this.”

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Will Chelsom says, “It’s a real achievement to be celebrating our seventieth anniversary this year and still be able to call ourselves a genuine family business. We are also incredibly proud to be able to commemorate this anniversary with the news that we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Not only does the award acknowledge the dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally, but it is fitting recognition that this third-generation family business is now at the forefront of the industry thanks to a combination of our product designs, sales strategies and ultimately all the accompanying hard work by every member of the team.”

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chelsom.co.uk

Style Library

Style Library launches – home to six iconic British brands

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Style Library officially launched at the opening of their state of the art new 280m2 showroom in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour this week.

The home of six iconic, authentic British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology, Style Library has made it their mission to Inspire Creative Living in all.

Style Library is the global one-stop-destination for home inspiration. It is the place to find the widest and most diverse range of authentic British home and interior design products that will help you bring every home to life, with something for every style. Now altogether under one roof and easily accessible on one website –
stylelibrary.com

THE STYLE LIBRARY STORY
Style Library is a global one-stop-destination for home inspiration. It is the place to find the widest and most diverse range of authentic British home and interior design products that will help bring the home to life with something to suit every style.

STYLE LIBRARY PHILOSOPHY
The home is a special place, a sanctuary. It’s the place where you are most relaxed. A space where you can truly be yourself and express your personality and your dreams. The Style Library team are here to help release that creativity. Their aim is to give you the power to bring your home to life and together celebrate individual expression.

STYLE LIBRARY BRANDS
Style Library is now the official home for six of the best British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology. These brands have been part of the same group for many years. Now for the first time they have been brought together to make the quest for the perfect home a little easier.

ZOFFANY – Luxurious design, artfully crafted to the highest standards
HARLEQUIN – Creating a fashion statement for the home
SANDERSON – Timelessly elegant products that celebrate the English Countryside
MORRIS & CO. – Beautifully crafted products that uphold the legacy of William Morris
SCION – Fun and playful British design that brings a smile to the everyday
ANTHOLOGY – Cutting-edge design for dynamic metropolitan spaces

Style Library
STYLE LIBRARY INNOVATION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

Design is at the heart of everything Style Library does and they are proud to be original. Their in-house designers, arguably one of the most talented teams in Britain, constantly delight and inspire. From concept to creation, all collections reflect their unique talents, personalities and handwritings – with astonishingly beautiful results. They also passionately believe in nurturing new design talent. That’s why they have proudly sponsored the UK New Designers show for over 10 years. Their innovation today is built on the design teams’ voracious appetites for experimentation, their constant search for new ideas and a heritage of solid craftsmanship and historical importance. They also consider themselves very lucky to be the custodians of three extraordinary archives, including Sanderson and Morris & Co. This remarkable design library is a constant source of inspiration and brings a unique authenticity to their products.

MADE IN BRITAIN
Style Library are proud of the fact that most of their wallpapers, printed fabrics, upholstered furniture, trimmings and paints are Great British products. The majority of their wallpapers and printed fabrics are manufactured by sister companies in Leicestershire and Lancashire. They are therefore confident that these factories operate with clear commitments and initiatives towards the care of the environment and sustainability. They are incredibly proud to support British industry and to wave the ‘Made in Britain’ flag.

STYLE LIBRARY SHOWROOMS
The state of the art Style Library flagship showroom is in London’s renowned Design Centre Chelsea Harbour on the First Floor, South Dome. Dedicated showrooms can also be found in Paris, New York and Dubai.

WHERE TO BUY
Products can be purchased from a wide network of specialist shops and interior design companies all over the world. As experts, they can help with the next stage; whether it’s room design, measuring, curtain making, hanging wallpaper or simply placing an order.

www.stylelibrary.com

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Brit List 2017: Crosswater confirmed as VIP guests

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We’re just a week away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

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The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

And we’re delighted to announce that representatives from Crosswater are booked on as VIP guests at the event – if you are interested in taking advantage of a VIP guest package, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

GROHE flush systems designed to combat water wastage

GROHE flush systems designed to combat water wastage

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A recent study from Waterwise* has found that toilet leakages account for up to 5% of overall per capita water consumption in properties. GROHE’s flush systems are designed to combat such leaks, reducing overall water wastage and contributing to a sustainable property.

Limescale resistant
The study states that many problems are caused by dual flush valves, some of which encounter is-sues when grit or limescale interferes with the flushing mechanism. All of GROHE flush valves fea-ture a bottom seal made of neoprene, which is more resistant to water with high levels of limescale content. This means that the seal does not harden or warp as quickly as a standard seal which can lead to leaks. In cases where the seal or part does need replacing, GROHE products are covered by a 5 year warranty for peace of mind.

Choice of water consumption
GROHE also offers a choice of flush strength to help reduce overall water consumption in the home. Users can choose between 6 litres for the large flush and 4 litres for the small flush. This can be fur-ther reduced to 4 and 2 litres if requested. GROHE flush plates come in a variety of stylish designs, from white to Supersteel finishes, to match any desired bathroom décor.

Enjoy peace of mind
For ultimate reassurance, GROHE’s brand new and unique Sense and Sense Guard are designed to detect leaks to protect your home from water damage. The Sense sends an alert through to your smart phone, while the Sense Guard allows you to shut off the water supply remotely, helping to make the bathroom and home eco efficient.

Michael Gray, GROHE UK Product Manager, comments, “All GROHE products are made with the highest German quality and this is reflected in our long life flush systems, designed to perform sus-tainability and efficiently throughout their lifespans. We are committed to helping our customers protect their home from the often costly and upsetting problem of water damage and therefore all of our products go through rigorous testing before coming to market. Our new Sense and Sense Guard are designed for ultimate peace of mind, allowing homeowners to stop water flow before any real damage is done.”

For the full Waterwise study, please see here. . .

www.grohe.co.uk

July Focus: Mitre’s Chris Tame – ‘How to accessorise hotel rooms’

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Every establishment is unique and it is often the little touches that can make all the difference to a guest’s experience.

The increasing credibility of travel review sites has made the hospitality market even more competitive, so it is important to stand out for all the right reasons.

Here Chris Tame, Mitre Linen’s National Sales Manager, provides us with his six expert tips how to accessorise your rooms in order to create a warm welcome, a wonderful stay and a lasting impression…

1) Soft furnishings: Beautiful soft furnishings can transform a room and instantly make a guest feel welcome. Whether you want to ignite a certain sense of style or reinforce your brand identity, refreshing your curtains, cushions and bed runners will help create that all-important great first impression.

2) Include a blanket or throw: A deliciously soft cashmere or woollen throw or blanket can add a touch of glamour to a room as well as making guests feel at home. Guests love snuggling into a little comfort and will appreciate this little gesture.

3) Pillow menu: The right pillow can make all the difference to a good night’s sleep and, in a competitive market place, personalisation is the key to standing out. Why not offer your guests a pillow menu to allow them to pick their ideal pillow? This is a unique and personal gesture and will help provide your guests with a fantastic night’s sleep, tailored to their requirements.


4) Offer practical bedroom accessories: Complement each bedroom with practical amenities that will provide your guests with all the essentials to make their stay as easy and comfortable as possible. From quality hair dryers to irons and ironing boards, sometimes these little extras can be a necessity.

5) Offer guests a bathrobe and slippers: Allow your guests to feel completely pampered and indulged by leaving a sumptuous bathrobe hanging up in the room. Nothing says luxury like a velour bathrobe and a pair of matching slippers. For that extra-personal touch, embroider your bathrobes with your brand name to help reinforce your identity throughout their stay.

6) Include complimentary toiletries: Guests love a quality selection of quality complimentary shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and body creams in their bathrooms. Adding them to a room shows attention to detail and will add a touch of luxury to that special hotel experience.

For more helpful tips and advice, call our friendly team on 01685 353 4456 or go to www.mitrelinen.com

Custom Crown - Chelsom

Product Spotlight: Custom Crown from Chelsom

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The Custom Crown pendant is one of eleven unique and creative designs that form the Chelsom custom lighting range which launched in 2016 as part of the Edition 25 collection.

A true statement centrepiece, Custom Crown features two flat horizontal rings with recessed contrasting colour centre sections suspended from three fine strainer wires.

Black fabric cylinder shades with steep angled cuts have Champagne Gold interiors to give a warm ambient glow of gold uplight. This highly decorative fitting can be made in any finish, diameter or shape with any number of lights or tiers. The pendant can be created with a long drop suitable for stairwells and atriums.

www.chelsom.co.uk
+44 (0) 12 53 83 14 00
+44 (0) 12 53 69 80 98
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John Hadley Chelsom

John Hadley joins Chelsom board as Marine Director

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Following sustained growth and success in supplying custom lighting to the global marine industry, Chelsom are strengthening their board with the appointment of John Hadley as Marine Director.

Previously Head of Marine Sales, John has led much of the company’s ongoing development in this demanding market sector and has overseen prestigious projects for many of the world’s leading cruise lines. Working closely with marine interior designers, outfitters, shipyards and cruise operators, John has helped to build the company’s reputation for a thorough understanding of the specific needs and requirements of this specialised marketplace.

John Hadley says: “We have an amazing in-depth design, manufacturing, technical and project management infrastructure at Chelsom which has allowed us to compete for and win some of the cruise industry’s most prestigious contracts. We have created lighting schemes for some of the biggest names within the industry with recent notable projects including the stunning custom centrepiece fittings for Regent Seven Seas’, ultra-luxurious ‘Explorer’, the world’s largest cruise ship RCCL’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’, P&O Cruises ‘Britannia’, ‘Crystal Esprit’, multiple TUi Cruises projects along with the extensive refurbishments of Carnival UK’s ‘QM2’, ‘Crystal Mozart’, TUi’s ‘Discovery’ and ‘Discovery 2’.”

Managing Director Will Chelsom comments: “John is a true professional with more than 20 years’ knowledge of the contract market and has been focussed on the marine division of our business for the last 6 years. He will help to shape the strategy and continued growth of this side of our business as we tackle bigger and more complex projects. His vast marine knowledge and an extensive understanding of the Chelsom technical and engineering capabilities is a combination that will contribute to furthering our success within this extremely challenging and exciting marketplace.”

chelsom.co.uk
marketing@chelsom.co.uk
01253 831404

Forward Features: HD to focus on soft furnishings in July

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In July, Hotel Designs will be focussing on soft furnishings – curtains, cushions, furniture coverings and anything else made of cloth to decorate rooms and spaces.

2016 saw the re-emergence of bold colours and motifs in soft furnishings; moving away from the monochrome and minimalistic trends of 2015. This trend looks like continuing in 2017 and with our numerous Directory clients in this field, we will be looking at products, projects and some of the best examples within hotels.

Our clients in this sector include Gallery Direct, Style Library, Kobe, Altfield and Sekers – you can see a full list of our clients here.

If you want to get your company and products in front of an audience of interior designers, procurement specialists and hoteliers for a month of focussed editorial, this is a fantastic opportunity.

If you wish to find out more, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or j.lane@forumevents.co.uk

Viero

Company Spotlight: Viero – there for your surfaces needs…

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The Viero UK team like to make all of their clients feel special. That’s why our range of surface designs span way beyond the traditional Italian finishes that you may be accustomed to.

Some of our strongest client relationships have been born from creating something unique for their projects. Our design studio is filled with talented Artisans who have a real passion for creating new surface finishes – and they do it every day.

Specification Manager David Wragg said: “We are speaking to new designers and architects every day who are always looking to differentiate themselves from their competition.

“The creative team work closely with our clients to produce new samples that are tailored to their design brief. It’s exciting because it means every project is different allowing us to keep pushing the boundaries of our products.”

www.viero.co.uk

enquiries@viero.co.uk
0870 609 2827

Holix Collection

Lighting Focus: Jalu launches innovative concept for outdoor lighting

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Jalu Ltd recently launched its first two collections of striking outdoor floor lamps.

Inspired by outdoor living products whilst working and travelling overseas, Alison Cavey and Juliet Kauffmann have spent the last 12 months “exploring a wide range of novel materials, production methods and designs in order to bring something fresh and exciting to the UK market”, says Juliet.

Jalu’s original designs provide both an object of beauty during the day and ambient light in the evening. Each lamp is hand cast to order in the UK from a novel and versatile material that is lighter than stone and lends itself to a wide range of colours and finishes, producing inherently beautiful and tactile lamps that are fully weatherproof and can be left out all year round.

The company has now unveiled its latest addition to the novel modular Holix Collection – a range of attractive interchangeable table tops that transform the outdoor floor lamps into a ‘table lamp’. Building on the inherent flexibility of this design concept, the existing lid is simply removed and replaced with the hexagonal table top. These new elements echo the aesthetics of the core lamp modules and are available in any of the company’s current palette, including finishes that ensure that each is individually unique. Available in range of heights from coffee table to bistro, the Holix Table Lamp provides both a striking focal point and a stylish piece of furniture for your outdoor entertaining space. Colour matching and bespoke commissions are also available.

Jalu designs are relevant to any setting: garden rooms, patios, terraces, pool sides and gardens. Available to order now, see www.jalu.co.uk.

For more information contact Juliet Kauffmann, director at Jalu Ltd:
juliet.kauffman@jalu.co.uk
+44(0) 1908 543094; +44(0)7930506864
www.jalu.co.uk

GROHE Smartbox

Product Spotlight: Introducing the new GROHE Smartbox

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GROHE is delighted to reveal its brand new Smartbox, an extension to the award-winning SmartControl shower line.

The “Push, Turn, Shower” experience has now become even more diverse thanks to new models and combination options. In addition to the stylish on-the-wall model, the new Smartbox offers a concealed behind-the-wall installation. For even greater design variety, both the spray faces and the Smartbox concealed units are now also available in an on-trend white.

Exposed or concealed
The perfect design for every bathroom – the new Smartbox offers an elegant and sleek solution. While using the same self-explanatory push-and-turn buttons as the on-the-wall SmartControl, it features a stylish minimalist design and comes in a wide variety of options. Available in square and round designs as well as in chrome or white finishes, the new shower control system provides a solution for both any bathroom décor and for any installation point. Moreover, the XXL-sized Mono head shower is now also sold separately.

Coordinated or contrasting
The latest additions to this popular line are designed to provide even greater design freedom. In particular, the shower faces on the head showers and the concealed fittings are now available in white, as well as the popular chrome. This allows for coordination with the hand shower, which also features a white shower face. Alternatively, the chrome versions can be used to create exciting design contrasts.

Smart and intuitive
The new GROHE Smartbox uses the latest German technology and is manufactured to the very highest standards of German workmanship, as encapsulated in the label “Made in Germany”. At its heart is the combined push-and-turn technology which gives users finger-tip control of the head and hand shower’s different spray patterns, while allowing control of the water flow rate by rotating the buttons. The intuitive operation is helped by easy to understand pictographs. When the water is switched off, the system automatically memorises the chosen flow rate until the water is switched on again.

For a truly personalised shower experience that pampers the whole body, the generously dimensioned GROHE Rainshower 360 Duo head shower combines the gentle GROHE PureRain or GROHE Rain O2 spray with the energising TrioMassage setting. The invigorating shower experience is completed by the GROHE Power&Soul hand shower delivering flexibility. GROHE CoolTouch technology protects against scalding by preventing the chrome surfaces from heating up.

The GROHE SmartControl shower system has recently won the Green Good Design Award for its combination of stylish design and intuitive flow rate control. Entries to this award are rated not only on their design but also on aspects such as energy consumption, environmental friendliness and resource conservation.

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Product Spotlight: Duravit’s Vero Air, timeless geometry re-imagined

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Duravit has launched Vero Air, the next development in the successful Vero series at ISH 2017. The new collection retains the iconic, rectangular character of the Vero washbasins while introducing new technical distinctions.

Through the recent additions of rimless toilets, a new range of bathtubs and various pieces of furniture using c-bonded technology, Vero Air has become a complete bathroom range while retaining its strong, design-focused identity.

In 2001, Duravit’s Vero range laid the foundation for architectural bathroom design. With its understated rectangular form, the successful series concentrates on the essentials and can be combined in a versatile manner. Throughout the creation of the Vero Air bathroom range, Duravit has consistently adhered to the distinctive design language of its predecessor.


The washbasins and bathtubs range impress with reduced edges and a striking linear charm. State-of-the-art technologies used in Duravit’s manufacturing processes allowed for this extremely precise design.

Vero - DuravitSpecifically, the straight interior surface and precise edges of the Vero Air washbasins reflect the collection’s distinct look. The washbasins are available in five sizes (500 mm – 1200 mm), and the above-counter basins come in two sizes (500 and 600 mm). They can be combined with other furniture from the Vero series (designed by Kurt Merki Jr.) or from the L-Cube range (designed by Christian Werner).

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The striking design of the Vero Air bathtub is a logical continuation of the Vero design language. By optimising the radii and wall thicknesses (55 mm), the iconic washbasin design is reflected in the acrylic bathtub’s monolithic form, available in four sizes, as a freestanding or built-in version (from 1700 x 700 to 1900 x 900 mm). A special extra feature is the new, discreetly-integrated air whirl system with Piezo buttons. This special push button contains no moveable mechanical parts and is as a result extremely low-maintenance.

The series’ toilets and bidets adhere to the classic rectangular Vero form. The toilet seat and cover can be easily removed for cleaning with the press of a side button. Duravit has optimised the flushing system specifically for the square geometry of the toilet: innovative Rimless® technology demonstrates outstanding performance by flushing the entire inner surface of the bowl. Clever features have been added for greater comfort and hygiene, including the use of HygieneGlaze 2.0 and the optional SensoWash Slim shower-toilet seat meet the highest standards.

www.duravit.co.uk // www.pro.duravit.co.uk

+44 845 500 7787
info@uk.duravit.com

Viero UK - the benefits of lime

Guest Blog: Viero – the benefits of using lime plasters and paints

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Viero’s clients often ask why they are so passionate about recommending and specifying our range of lime-based plasters and paints, the answer is so simple it’s difficult…

The qualities of lime are so far-reaching that pinpointing just one to talk about can often be a challenge. In another instalment of our blog exploring our admiration for lime, we round up our top six reasons why lime-based products offer so many benefits to the end user:

BREATHABILITY
Lime is vapour permeable, which means it reduces the risk of trapped moisture and therefore makes the chances of damage far less. This limits the requirement for future maintenance work.

COMFORT
Its ability to absorb and release moisture in a cyclical fashion helps to boost a room’s comfort as it will not encourage humid conditions.

BEAUTY
Provides soft textures with graceful and organic movements which results in a beautiful finish. It’s contemporary feel is worthy of any interior or exterior surface.

LONGLASTING
It will outlive us all as it has an indefinite lifecycle. Not only does it survive, in fact, it gets better over time

SURFACE PRESERVING
Acting as an anti-bacterial surface, it is able to neutralise the development of substances such as mould and fungus. It hardly ceases to amaze us with its unrivalled qualities.

Want to find out more? Check out the first part of lime blog series, exploring the great history of lime. Click here to read.

Hansgrohe confirmed as VIP guests of Brit List 2017

Brit List 2017: Hansgrohe confirmed as VIP guests

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We’re just one month away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

And we’re delighted to announce that representatives from Hansgrohe are booked on as VIP guests at the event = if you are interested in taking advantage of a VIP guest package, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

On The Level - Tile-In

Product Spotlight: On The Level wet room Tile-In system

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The new Tile-In system from On The Level (OTL) is the perfect solution for customers wanting to see more tile and less drain when they stand in the shower.

Available in linear and square options, the new drain covers have a minimalist stainless steel finish on one side or can be flipped and completely tiled in to create a seamless wet room shower floor.

Linear Tile-In
OTL’s linear channel products are among the company’s best sellers, with a five star modern look and the ability to work well with large slab tiles. The new Tile-In linear channel is available in a variety of standard sizes from 600mm to 1200mm lengths and is available for bespoke projects on request.

On The Level - Tile-InSquare Tile-In
The 15x15cm square grating option provides a versatile and more traditional look for the shower floor. It is compatible with most tiling styles but is particularly suited to mosaic. Both linear and square tile-in options are available in brushed or polished finish, giving them a timeless look for any bathroom floor, and have a lower price tag than the classic linear and square patterned and detailed alternatives.

On The Level - Tile-InThey provide two stunning options to choose from making them versatile as well as affordable: tile in or flip it for a simple, yet sophisticated steel look. This can even be done once the system is fitted – if you get bored of one look, simply turn it over.

Tile-in is made from stainless steel, and with a flow rate of up to 50 litres per minute, can be used in conjunction with most showers. The system is easy to install and comes with full instructions, plus OTL’s dedicated team of advisers are on hand during working hours to help you if you have questions.

onthelevel.co.uk
Info@OnTheLevel.co.uk
0843 6349 157

hansgrohe Metropol

hansgrohe Metropol: A distinctive style for premium bathroom design

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Following its UK debut at The Water Studio during CDW 2017, the new hansgrohe Metropol range of mixers makes a striking appearance with its consistently geometric design language.

In collaboration with its partner of many years, Phoenix Design, the brand hansgrohe has developed its most comprehensive range of mixers to date; it not only features a choice of three types of handles, but it is also the first range to include a floor-standing washbasin mixer for use with free-standing washbasins.

hansgrohe MetropolThe basin mixers come in four different tap heights, providing space for individual needs, whether for washing hands, shaving or filling receptacles. The hansgrohe Metropol 100 basin mixer is available in two versions; with either a 160 or 190 millimetre spout length for a variety of uses at the washbasin.

Striking design is the distinctive and defining feature of the new Metropol mixers: precise geometric contours, spheres and rectangles blend with expansive surfaces, casting delicate reflections of light. The cubic shape of the base conveys an elegant modernist aesthetic. Handle and spout harmoniously complement each other thanks to their parallel alignment. The rectangular shape of the escutcheon is consistent in keeping with the overall design.

Versital Metallic Marbles

Product Spotlight: Introducing the Metallic Marbles collection by Versital

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Versital is delighted to announce the launch of its ‘Metallic Marbles’ collection, a range comprising of three brand new metallic and marble-inspired finishes. The stunning collection is the first of its kind launched June 2017. The trio of designs will be available to the hospitality and contract industry followed by a roll out into kbb retailers.

Metallic Marble VersitalThe collection features three stunning colours: Copper Stratos blends a backdrop of white marble with statement metallic copper veining; Gold Stratos incorporates high quality gold veining for an opulent finish; whilst Silver Stratos completes this on-trend trio with a modern and contemporary look.

Gemma Stockberger, Sales, Marketing and Development at Versital explains the company’s inspiration behind the collection: “In the past year the trend for rose golds, coppers and precious metals in the home has been at the forefront of interior design in both residential and commercial sectors. We are excited to have developed a stunning formula that incorporates these colours in a beautifully subtle way. By blending luxurious Mica pigments with our signature cultured marble we have created ‘faux’ veining that represents the beautiful complexity of marble and takes the metallic look one step further.”

Versital is delighted to announce the launch of its ‘Metallic Marbles’ collection, a range comprising of three brand new metallic and marble-inspired finishesThe range, which has been manufactured by hand, offers the fantastic properties unique to Versital’s bespoke, made to measure, stone-resin material such as its 100% non-porous, waterproof surface, stain resistance and anti-slip coating on its bespoke shower trays. It is the ideal surface solution for bathrooms and hospitality settings and has many applications including:
– Bar surfaces, work tops and table tops
– Shower trays
– Shower panels and shower enclosures
– Washroom Vanities

Launching in June 2017, prices start from £380 for shower panels per square metre, and £990 for bespoke shower trays…

www.versital.co.uk
sales@versital.co.uk

Wilton Carpets

Signature style from Wilton at London Luton Airport

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The opening of a prestige passenger facility for Signature Flight Support, at London Luton Airport, marks a European flagship for the company, the world’s largest network of Fixed Base Operations.

Within the stunning 3DReid designed building, bespoke woven carpet from Wilton Carpets, inspired by the building’s modernist architecture, provides a luxurious floor to welcome flight crew and passengers.

Boasting the latest in technologies for entertainment, communications, passenger and crew amenities, and onward travel solutions; the building’s interior was designed by Hi Design, involved in a long-running consultancy since the plans for the facility were first conceptualised back in 2011.
Hi Design conceived a linear design that would respect the language of the space, while simultaneously offsetting the sinuous curves of the interior.

Susan Whittle, managing director, Hi Design, explained: “We focused on Signature Flight Support’s clients and asked ourselves what kind of hotels they stay in, what are their homes like, what cars they drive and ultimately, what experience and level of finish they would expect in such a facility. We then concentrated on exceeding expectations.”

Hi Design turned to the quality and luxury of bespoke wool-rich woven axminster from Wilton Carpets, creating a series of three coordinated stripe designs. At times, the carpet incorporates a border of corporate blue, to reflect the colour’s use on high-gloss ceilings and walls, or is juxtaposed with hard flooring to create zones of luxurious relaxation. Featuring in meeting rooms, VIP lounge, bar and crew facilities; each area has been given a bespoke variant on the stripe sequencing and colour selection, creating subtle distinction between areas, while providing a notable link to the next.

The clean simplicity of the carpet took time and patience to achieve, with multiple CADs and hand trials needed to make sure the finished carpet reflected the identity of Signature Flight Support and provided a luxurious and welcoming atmosphere demanded by the operator’s high-wealth clients.
Woven axminster was selected in a nine-row construction to deliver appearance retention and a quality expected by the international clientele, while still falling within a commercially viable budget. Susan Whittle, noted:

“Finding the right calibre of suppliers was key to the project’s success as we needed to specify high-quality, luxury products that would reflect the tastes and expectations of Signature Flight Support’s discerning clients. We worked closely with trusted suppliers, including Wilton Carpets, to design bespoke one-off pieces for the interior and we are delighted with the finished result.”

Featuring 80% British wool and 20% nylon, the carpets were woven in Wiltshire, bringing the quality and attention-to-detail of British manufacturing that makes Wilton Carpets one of the country’s most highly-regarded names in carpet for the hospitality sector.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

Stylo announced as event partner for Hotel Designs Brit List

Brit List 2017: Stylo announced as event partner

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Hotel Designs is delighted to welcome Stylo as an event partner for the Hotel Designs Brit List, which is taking place on July 12 at Urban Coterie at the vibrant Urban Coterie sky bar and restaurant in London, from 6pm until 11pm.

Stylo are specialists in large format print and display, offering bespoke tailored solutions for retail, hospitality interiors, exhibitions, museums and 3D installations.

One of the pioneering companies has been Stylo, the Hertfordshire-based print firm, which is now at the forefront of some incredibly exciting possibilities in three-dimensional printing.

Daniel Fountain, editor of Hotel Designs, said: “We have worked with Stylo before at some of our previous events and their 3D-printed items are always a talking point for all the attendees. It’s great to have such an innovative, cutting-edge company on board for what will be a great evening of networking and a celebration of the very best of design and the hospitality industries.”

A few sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk

Power Of Colour

Trend Report: Style Library Contract – ‘The Power of Colour’

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At the beginning of this year Style Library Contract shared 4 design trends they see as having the greatest influence in hospitality design during 2017.

After Clerkenwell Design Week, the home of leading British brands Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Scion, Morris & Co., Anthology and FROne share four colour trends for Summer 2017 – ZEN, NOMAD, BLISS, and Pantone’s GREENERY…

NOMAD
The word Harlequin means ‘varied in colour or decoration’, which sums the in-house studio’s eclectic design ethos perfectly. Driven by their love of colour, collections are inspired from around the world. The intensity of colour found in nature is evident in Fauvisimo’s powerful colour palette which ranges from cobalt blues and deep magentas to moody greys, on trend mustards, highlights of muted greens, blush pinks and honey shades.

Nomad - Style Library ContractZEN
Moody metropolitan tones in subtle textures and combinations of matt and shine capture the essence of Anthology, a new generation of contract specification fabrics and wallcoverings. Sophisticated complexity that interior designers and hotel groups worldwide can easily access.

Zen - Style Library ContractBLISS
Harlequin’s Poetica range is an enchanting homage to the natural beauty and intrinsic charm of England’s spectacular countryside and delightful cottage gardens. Drawn with a refreshing lightness of hand and tinted in watery hues, it creates a shabby-chic contemporary look for a romantic escape.

GREENERY
As part of their Alchemy of Colour research, the Zoffany studio identified their own unique colour palette, which includes a dazzling malachite green. During this process Peter Gomez, Head of Design for the Zoffany Studio, experimented with a number of green shades and advises, ‘Be bold and use this colour in its purest form in a plain fabric, a great way to introduce a contemporary look is to champion green in a lustre effect against natural linens. Green really sits well off shades of sunstone and russets.

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Gleneagles lighting by Dernier & Hamlyn

Guest Blog: Jeremy Quantrill – The benefits of bespoke lighting…

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Jeremy Quantrill, managing director of Dernier & Hamlyn explains how beautiful, bespoke lighting does not have to be as expensive as you may think…

Having products specially commissioned to make the hotel interiors you design unique is usually highly desirable but often considered impractical within budgetary constraints. Whether you are talking furniture, carpets, artwork or lighting, bringing your personal touch makes the setting exclusive in every sense of the world.

Dernier & HamlynIt is often assumed that a high price tag always comes with individually specified items. However, with lighting, bespoke doesn’t have to blow the budget. We spend a lot of our time working with designers to produce lighting that meets their aesthetic and practical requirements cost-effectively whether it’s a one-off statement fitting or hundreds of table lamps or wall lights.

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We have worked on hundreds of projects around the world where the interior designers’ initial ideas cannot be achieved with the money they have to spend. So, we talk with them about what’s important and, based on our experience built up over many years in lighting manufacture, we come up with solutions that meet their requirements but are less expensive. We can accomplish this in all sorts of ways.

Dernier & Hamlyn
Often it’s by adapting the manufacturing methods and techniques that are employed, so that products can be created more quickly resulting in reduced costs. Maybe modifications can be made to the design which do not change the overall look and feel, but, for example, reduce the amount of materials needed or reduce the number of processes involved resulting in significant price reductions, especially where this is replicated for an order of hundreds of products.

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Or by looking at the lamps used we can often cut how many fittings are needed to provide the required light levels and quality. Frequently we can replace an especially costly material with something that looks similar but is much less expensive by using finishing techniques that give it the effect of, say, solid brass or copper, when in fact it is much cheaper, and easier to install, lightweight aluminium.

Dernier & Hamlyn
Time after time the highly skilled team in our London factory look at ways in which a light fitting can fulfil several purposes. So a chandelier may look as if it’s just hanging in a hotel lobby as a thing of beauty, but could also conceal emergency lighting so that there is no need to produce two separate fittings which can help to cut costs too.

So, next time you are thinking about lighting, whether it’s for the next must go to restaurant in London, a five star hotel in Dubai, a boutique set up in the Midlands or anywhere else for that matter, don’t discount the idea of commissioning bespoke lighting as out of hand. Consider carefully what you’re aiming to accomplish and whether there are ways to get there that are outside of usual thinking. And if you need help give us a call, we relish a challenge and will be delighted to talk through your aspirations and how we might be able to help you achieve them.

dernier-hamlyn.com
020 8760 0900
info@dernier-hamlyn.com

No Rock Even-stable table technology from Contract Furniture Store

Product Spotlight: No-Rock – self-stabilising even table bases from Contract Furniture Store

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Contract Furniture StoreContract Furniture Store, a leading online specialist supplier of luxury hotel, office and restaurant furniture. With more than 100 different European brands and more than 4,000 products they are dedicated to delivering the highest quality modern affordable furniture for their clients.

Their team of dedicated designers ensure that their modern furniture is unique, bespoke and highly comfortable. Their meticulous attention to detail and experienced craftsmanship combined with the latest cutting edge technology makes them an industry-leading provider of modern and affordable commercial furniture.

One of their latest creations, No-Rock, provides an unrivalled Even-solution to table instability. Meeting the everyday needs of cafes and restaurants, No-Rock Even table bases self-stabilise on uneven indoor and al fresco surfaces, while exhibiting an innovative and contemporary design aesthetic.

No wedges, no wobbles, no worries. Explore our No-Rock Even range available for quick shipment now

T: +44 (0)1785 594378
E: sales@contractfurniturestore.co.uk
W: www.contractfurniturestore.co.uk

Sekers Milan and Quasar collections

Product Spotlight: Sekers announce Milan, Quasar collections

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Sekers announces the launch of Milan (pictured above, right), a luxurious viscose cut velvet collection. Taking inspiration from Miki Sekers and utilizing archive pieces from the 1960s, Milan is a versatile collection of three elegant, contemporary designs suitable for contract upholstery and cushions.

Milan is available in a versatile palette of refined shades ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals to saturated jewel tones. With a plush hand and subtle lustre, Milan is a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

With a high abrasion performance of a minimum of 45,000 Martindale and supplied with crib 5 backing, Milan is ideal for the contract market, meeting all relevant UK, American standards and IMO standards for upholstery.

Meanwhile, Sekers proudly launches Quasar (pictured above, left), a new upholstery collection of six textural designs, available in a palette of 30 colours, ranging from earthy neutrals to radiant jewel tones. Quasar is a versatile collection of woven textures incorporating a variety of yarns including twists, chenilles and bouclés.
Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a minimum Martindale abrasion performance as high as 140,000 rubs, Quasar is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk
www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

Litchfield Sofabed - Hypnos

Hypnos launches new range of sofa beds for hospitality sector

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Award-winning British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder Hypnos is celebrating the launch of its new range of sofa beds specifically designed to meet the demands and rigours of the hospitality sector.

Made for practicality, sofa beds offer a comfortable seat as well as the option of converting a double or single occupancy room into a family or multi-occupancy one in just a few moments.

The new range from Hypnos comprises six different models, all of which have been stylishly designed to create a series of traditional and contemporary sofa beds. Available in a range of sizes, from a single seater chair bed to a corner unit, the range offers hoteliers a versatile working and lounging area in their guest rooms. Furthermore, each sofa bed can be tailored to suit the aesthetic and tone of the suites in which they will sit, using Hypnos’ specialist hospitality fabric collection, or the client’s own choice of fabric, thereby allowing them to take control of the design and offer their guests a unique sleep experience that is not only practical, but also highly stylish.

Litchfield Sofabed - HypnosCustomers can pick their perfect sofa bed inspired by some of the most iconic and desirable places in the world which share their name with the products in the range, including London, Paris, Milan and Manhattan. Paying homage to two of the UK’s most stunning cities, Lichfield and York complete the collection, which has been designed for Hypnos’ customers worldwide.

As experts in creating beds for the hospitality industry, Hypnos has made its new sofa beds with handy, in-built storage features. Designed to be a multi-use product, these new sofa beds offer a wide range of benefits to hoteliers and the housekeeping teams who can keep key items within them.

Clare Taylor, Hypnos Contract Beds Marketing Manager, said: “Our latest range of sofa beds offers an all-round solution to our customers, providing them with the comfort their guests seek, alongside the quality and design hoteliers need for a stylish looking guest suite or room.

“All of our sofa beds are highly durable and backed by a 5 year guarantee. They are also protected by our state of the art hygiene treatments as well as being 100% recyclable at the end of their life,” she added.

For more information on the full Hypnos range, or to download the Sofa bed brochure, please visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.com

Luv Oval above counter - Duravit

Spotlight: Duravit’s new materials combine performance and aesthetics

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Duravit is continuously breaking new ground when it comes to introducing innovative products derived from new materials – combining performance with aesthetics whilst being sensuous and inviting. The latest Duravit new materials include; DuraCeram® and DuraSolid® which play an essential role in their latest Luv designs.

The Danish designer Cecilie Manz has encapsulated all of these vital characteristics in the Luv collection, combining Nordic purism and timeless emotional elegance with soft shapes that follow a stringent geometry.

DuraCeram®
Conventional bathroom ceramic material requires a thickness of 12 to 14 mm to ensure the necessary strength after firing. For finer forms Duravit has developed a new, innovative material called DuraCeram®, which is thinner and notable for its extreme accuracy, high strength and elegant finish. In this way, a new dimension in design diversity is achieved: maximum elegance without any sacrifices in terms of quality, robustness and ease of cleaning.

This material is for example used for the Luv oval above-counter basins with subtle lines, generous inner basins, and clean edges.

Cecilie Manz’s refined sense of materials and colour is known all over the world. The optionally glazed exterior of the wash bowls is available in satin matte White, Grey or Sand. The colour palate of matt lacquers and glazes in soft shades was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasizes the fresh character of Luv.

DuraSolid®
With DuraSolid®, the Duravit AG research team developed a new and unusual mineral material. The interaction of selected raw materials creates a high-tech material that is particularly suitable for the production of baths and shower trays. It stands for durability, high stability and slip-resistance.

In addition, thanks to the special material quality, it can be used to create new shapes.The free standing Luv bath tub made from DuraSolid® is as unique as it is inviting and a matt surface provides a premium, velvety finish. The material is warm and pleasant to the touch, and the result is a success in both look and feel as well as being easy to clean.

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Hotel Lighting Q&A: Ganesh Prasad – Chelsom Head of Technical

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Ganesh Prasad recently joined international lighting specialists Chelsom as Head of Technical. Having worked in India, the Middle East and the UK he brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of technical lighting with a speciality in LED light sources, their design and function.

Since he joined the company, Ganesh has noticed an interesting difference in the type and direction of technical questioning that comes from the interior design industry as against those from an architectural background. Questions tend to relate to creating ambience rather than the hard technical facts covering industry standards, detailed light output measurement etc.

Q: Are there any specific light level requirements for hotel guestrooms?
GP: To answer simply there is no specific legislation or standards relating to light levels in hotel guestrooms. However associations like CIBSE and SLL in the UK or IESNA in North America do set down guidelines rather than mandatory requirements. They would cover a suggested light level for task areas such as desk or reading areas like bedside or armchair. In essence though, the correct light levels for guestrooms are defined by guest satisfaction. The biggest single complaint registered by hotel visitors is the lack of sufficient lighting in guestrooms. Such spaces are multifunctional and designers should therefore build in sufficient light points with optimum light output to ensure guests can work, read, relax and live. There is one part of guestroom lighting which does however follow stringent regulations and that is emergency lighting for use during a power failure, fire or other emergency. Such requirements can be found in building regulations or codes which may vary according to region or type of property.

Q. If so how do we measure the light output of a decorative light fitting?
GP: The output from decorative light fittings is measured in lumens and it’s a numerical scale starting from zero which is complete darkness and going upwards. Photometric test equipment would be required in laboratory conditions to give an absolutely accurate lumen output reading but for example a 10W LED lamp will give an output of around 1000 lumens. Of course once that lamp is shrouded by a diffuser or fabric shade, lumen level will drop significantly.

Lighting Q&A with GaneshQ. Is there any difference between types of switch?
GP: Operationally there is no difference and when the switch is open, then the power is off and when the switch is closed the power reaches the light source. For aesthetic reasons, designers may choose a push button switch, a rocker switch, a toggle switch or a cord switch. Touch switches are another alternative but are often misunderstood in hotel guestrooms when the visitor looks frantically for a switch that isn’t there. Dimmer switches are of course another option and are usually of the rotary type or slide type.

I am often asked about two-way switching, in other words a light fitting that can be switched from the unit itself or from the entry point to the room. Technically it is entirely possible providing we are made aware of the requirement before manufacture so that a four core cable can be installed giving 2 separate lives.

Q. Dimming always seems complicated why is that?
GP: Dimming itself is not at all complicated. However there are many types of dimming systems and technologies in the marketplace just as there are many different types of dimmable lamps or light sources. Where confusion can arise is in the compatibility of the systems, the intermediate switching and the lamps themselves. This confusion arises particularly with LED light sources whose compatibility needs more care. The simple answer is ask a specialist such as Chelsom who can advise on the best lamp and dimming technology combinations which will ensure a full range of smooth dimming without flicker or noise.

Q. LED lamps seem to be the only way forward is this right?
GP: Yes! Legislation over recent years has banned the manufacture of higher wattage less efficient lamp types; LED’s consume far less energy than other lamp options; they last up to ten times longer than a compact fluorescent equivalent; they are dimmable; they now give out a wide range of colour temperatures including the same warm light as incandescent; they contain no toxic substance such as mercury nor give out any UV glare; they are instant start with no flicker and most importantly costs continue to come down through mass production.

Q. Can you explain IP?
GP: IP stands for Ingress Protection and ratings consist of 2 numerical digits on a scale of 0-9, the first digit covering solids such as dust or insects and the second liquids. Most interior hospitality lighting products should have an IP20 rating which basically means it is not possible to access internal electrics and live parts. Bathroom lighting would require, in certain cases, an IP44 rating meaning luminaires are fairly well protected against solid ingress and water ingress. What is important in bathrooms are the zones which are described in the attached diagram and which cover areas created by the bath or shower and areas within 600mm of the bath or shower. For zone 1 only low voltage fittings with a minimum rating IPX5 are allowed. For zone 2 fittings with a minimum rating of IPX4 are required. Outside zone 2 any luminaires can be used providing they are protected by an RCD.

Lighting Q&A with GaneshQ. What is colour temperature?
GP: The colour temperature of a lamp relates to how the human eye sees the colour emitted from a light source once it’s illuminated. The range is from a ‘cold light’ to a ‘warm light’ and the colder the temperature, the more blue is involved and the warmer the temperature, the more red is involved. The colour temperature itself is measured in Kelvins and the higher numbers are colder say 6000 Kelvins with the lower numbers being warmer say 2000 Kelvins. Recent scientific research has shown that a colder blue light makes you more alert as it gives the feeling of bright light in the middle of the day. Warmer red light is more relaxing as it replicates dusk at the end of the day. There are no legal or guideline requirements for colour temperature in hotel guestrooms but once again guest satisfaction is the driving force. The general consensus is that 2700 Kelvin gives the right ambience as it is the closest to incandescent light which we have all been used to for a hundred years.

Q. Is it easy to fit USB ports and will the same port charge all devices?
GP: A USB port requires sufficient space including a depth of about 30mm. As long as a table lamp base or wall light backplate has that space it is relatively easy to fit the ports. There are 3 different types of ports relating to the 3 different types of connector in the marketplace. We usually work with Type A which is widely used with most smartphones and tablets. The voltage required for all devices is 5V but the amperage varies from device to device. For example an iPad will take 2.1A and an iPhone will take 0.5A. You need to be sure therefore that the USB connectors are compatible with the higher load capacity in order to charge all devices.

Ganesh adds “I joined Chelsom at a very exciting time for guestroom lighting. Not only is LED technology developing extremely fast but dimming systems and guestroom lighting management systems are playing a large part. Lighting management can create huge savings in running costs whilst giving the guests a more satisfying stay at the hotel. The crucial thing is to talk to the experts and talk to them early in the project.”

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Chelsom are very pleased to announce the launch of the stunning new Furniture Collection 2017

Chelsom launches new furniture collection, website

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Chelsom are very pleased to announce the launch of the stunning new Furniture Collection 2017.

Chelsom’s in-house design team has worked hard to create trend setting styles, whilst maintaining high quality standards and commercial appeal. New finishes and materials create a big impact ensuring the collection is Chelsom’s most innovative and striking to date.

INTRODUCING THE NEW WEBSITE
Not only does the website enhance the catalogue aesthetically, it has also been designed with navigability and functionality at the forefront. Every product is shown online and the whole catalogue can be downloaded in pdf format.

For further information or to request a catalogue please contact the dedicated furniture team at furniture@chelsom.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1253 831450.

Wilton's work at Statham Lodge

Wilton celebrates understated elegance at Statham Lodge Hotel

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Bespoke woven axminster carpets from Wilton Carpets have been used to extraordinary effect throughout the public areas and suites of the Georgian period Grade II listed Statham Lodge, an award-winning Cheshire wedding venue.

With the various patterns of existing carpets showing signs of wear on thresholds after 20 years of intense use, the time had come to replace and so Statham Lodge turned to the quality of wool-rich woven carpets from Wilton.

Emma Walker, project manager at Statham Lodge, explains: “In the past, we had to adopt a rather piecemeal approach to our carpet to get something down as quick as possible, often just rolling out a stock pattern as opposed to one designed for the space. However, we noticed that a bespoke carpet copied from an original Georgian creation had stood the test of time. Having made the decision to start from scratch and create our very own look, this seemed a natural starting point.”

For the entrance hall, reception and Shelley Suite, Emma tasked Wilton with creating an effect that referenced hand-made Savonnerie style area rugs, inspired by traditional Georgian designs found in 18th Century country houses such as the Robert Adam’s designed Syon Park. Working closely to this brief; Wilton’s head of creative, Damian Roscoe, created a design that achieves an air of understated elegance and with the ability to last for another 20 years without looking dated.

“We wanted the carpets to feel like an heirloom piece and so opted for traditional Georgian designs and a muted colour palette also referencing the period, allowing us to make the most of the light and airy feel afforded by the archetypal Georgian features found within the building,” continues Emma.

With the Shelley Suite, the design was reworked to deliver a more formal feel suiting the room’s use for civil ceremonies and in a palette made to work with any wedding colour scheme. The rug effect design works here too, as it creates a defined shape with symmetry that sits well with a centre aisle for ceremonies.

In the substantial Gainsborough Suite, the approach to carpet design took into consideration a need for a neutral feel, again to work with wedding colour schemes; while reflecting the grandeur of the setting. As the principle room for wedding breakfasts and receptions, it was important that the carpet didn’t overwhelm the space, yet that it also wasn’t lacking in character and so Wilton designed a statement Georgian inspired carpet that retains the understated elegance of carpets elsewhere. By giving the intricate pattern room to breathe through use of borders, centre motifs and large areas of plain background colour; the design fits the brief perfectly.

“Emma was clear from the beginning that the carpets needed to work not only in respecting the history of the building, but also in the practicality of Statham Lodge’s status as one of the best wedding venues in the north west,” explains Damian Roscoe. “The key was to evoke Georgian style with low contrast between colours, so that they didn’t feel too sharp and new.

“Creating a Savonnerie rug look with such an intricate design, different in individual rooms, was a huge challenge, so we introduced a subtle floral diamond backdrop to work as an effective border that still had an elegant period feel to bring everything together. The results are extraordinary and show what can be achieved when building owner and carpet manufacturer work closely together with a clear objective.”

As part of a wider refurbishment to the interior, including wall panelling and a new colour scheme, the carpet also proves the importance of designing areas in harmony; bringing the overall feel desired while retaining an individual sense that responds to the unique requirements of rooms. Woven in a high-performance blend of 80% pure new wool and nylon, the bespoke 10-row axminster carpet is made to last and retains ease of maintenance; vital for Statham Lodge.

Emma Walker continues: “A lot of people were nervous about the colour palette, faded blues and reds atop light stones, as it breaks so much from convention, but this was important to make sure the carpets offered a ‘blank canvas’ for weddings. Also, we didn’t want a ‘pub carpet’ feel just because it might be better at hiding stains.

“A subtle scree in the backdrop of the design helps to minimise the appearance of stains, while also contributing to that all-important sense of faded elegance that purveys a subtly relaxed feel. So far, chocolate cake and red wine have posed no threat and the carpet has responded 100 per cent to spot cleaning. A reflection of the quality of fibre and construction employed by Wilton Carpets.”

Crafted on Wilton Carpets’ computer-controlled high speed axminster looms in Wiltshire, the stunning carpets were woven within tight timescales to meet Statham Lodge’s need for an installation process that meant the venue could stay completely operational. Careful planning of the design and expert installation have led to a first-rate carpet that has been exceptionally well-received:

“The response to the carpet was immediate and we’ve received lots of fantastic comments on social media from our guests. When you say it’s a Wilton carpet, it seems to make everyone happy,” concludes Emma Walker.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

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Hansgrohe showcasing ISH products at Clerkenwell

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Hansgrohe UK, the award-winning kitchen and bathroom specialist, is showcasing a selection of their latest products straight from ISH, in Frankfurt, for the first time in the UK.

The new products will be installed at The Water Studio as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), the UK’s leading independent design festival from 23rd-25th May.

The Water Studio is Hansgrohe UK’s hub of inspiration in the heart of Clerkenwell and is the number one destination for anyone serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. From 23rd – 25th May, The Water Studio will be an open house for visitors to come and explore, ask questions, try out different working products and meet the Hansgrohe Project Team.

Following the success of ISH where the Hansgrohe Group exhibited over 500 new products and had a record number 61,000 visitors, on display at The Water Studio, Hansgrohe UK will display a new line of showerheads and taps with expressive and consistent geometric design. Also showcasing is an innovative solution for the comfortable and convenient control of multi-jet showers. From the AXOR brand, a new unprecedented spray type, which has been perfected during years of research and is a unique homage to the precious element of water, elevates showering to a luxurious experience in new dimensions.

Product highlights in 2017 will include AXOR Uno and Metropol.

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Client Spotlight: Viero UK’s work with Faux Creation

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It’s time for another edition of Viero’s ‘meet the clients’ feature where we enter into the inspiring world of our good friends at Faux Creation.

Led by Jason Ebers, a well-respected artisan in the specialist decoration community for his application, professionalism and fresh perspective on old world techniques, his team offers great creative input into Viero UK’s business.

While based in New York City, Jason spent a number of years working and training with his friend and mentor, the world-renowned artisan Pierre Finkelstein.

We spent time with Jason and his team at their studio in Cambridgeshire to find out more about Faux Creation and their partnership with us.

Q. Tell us a bit more about your business…
A. Specialist decoration is our core business. We are able to offer our clients fully-serviced solutions, delivering both interior and exterior surface finishes using plaster and paint. The business was formed in the late 1990s and operated for many years out of New York and often involved projects globally. It was around 2008 that I focused on moving back to the UK with my family and trying to tap into the design market here. Now, we have a creative studio in Cambridgeshire with lots of painting projects, historic renovation work and a route into London’s design market.

Faux Creation - VieroQ. What projects are you working on at the moment?
A. Our business spans across a wide range of high-end commercial and residential buildings. We work hard to create incredibly unique surface designs for creative agencies. I truly believe that the UK is a fantastic hub for creative talent and that’s very much the circles we like to move in and work within. To pick out a specific project, we recently completed a job at a 17th century manor house. When we arrived, we were faced with all kinds of decorative issues. As a result, we set about a journey to peel back all the masonry and concrete elements and use more breathable lime-based products to restore the finishes. For us, this job was a real noble calling. The work we have done will last through our lifetime and this is truly inspiring.

Faux Creation - VieroWhat do you like about working with Viero UK?
A.We first met Chris and Peter at a Decorex exhibition around three years ago and right from the off they were both very personable. Viero as a global business has a big corporate structure, but these guys bring a family feel to how it works on a day-to-day basis. The support service really is second to none. As for the Viero UK products, they give us a creative toolkit to create unique surface designs. The possibilities are fantastic and we keep finding new, unique characteristics in the products every day. They offer us the scope to imagine and create. In our creative studio, we love to get our hands dirty, work with the products and discover new possibilities. You learn as you use the products and taking time away to work with the products is when the magic really happens.

Q. What do you think the future holds for your business and the surface design industry?
A. From a business point of view, we will be concentrating on developing the full-service element of our offering and creating more cutting edge design for the market. These are the kinds of projects that really excite us in a professional sense. I believe the industry is going in a fascinating direction with some sophisticated, softer surface designs. It’s important we always keep in touch with the changing trends.

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Modulex – delivering a brand identity with signage for First Hotels across Scandinavia

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Endorsing their brand positioning, the Scandinavian hotel group First Hotels have been working with Modulex on more than 10 hotels – designing, delivering and installing both internal and external signage.

With a focus on creating positive and memorable guest experiences across their 90 hotels located in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Spain, Modulex are Preferred Partners with First Hotels.

The arrival experience for weary travelers is an opportunity for hotel operators to deliver excellent customer service. By carefully planning the arrival journey, signage can be positioned in the optimum location using all the tools at the disposal of the Modulex design team to ensure clear visibility. This experience can set the tone for the entire guest stay and is an opportunity to endorse core brand values.

Modulex at First Hotels across ScandinaviaWith Account Managers based across Scandinavia Modulex is perfectly placed to accommodate the requirements of First Hotels whose teams are located in Sweden and Norway. The design team based in Oslo ensured not only consistent, quality brand delivery but also worked with Modulex on local analysis of the arrival experience and will be continuing to work with Modulex during 2017.

To discover how Modulex can help your hotel brand deliver wayfinding and signage excellence whilst optimising the guest experience contact Modulex on info@modulex.com

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Versital nominated in BKU Awards

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Versital is delighted to have been nominated for the BKU Awards as ‘Best Shower Brand’.

Launched in 2015, the BKU Awards have quickly gained a reputation as an authority on exceptional design and quality in the bathroom and kitchen industry.

In the bathroom brand awards there are 5 categories, including ‘Best Ceramic Brand’, ‘Best Tap Brand’, ‘Best Furniture Brand’, ‘Best Accessory Brand’ and ‘Best Shower Brand’ for which we are nominated.

“We are over the moon to be recognised and nominated by our peers in the highly competitive bathroom industry as a brand of quality. We have been manufacturing bathroom and shower products for over 30 years, offering a range of made to order bathroom products, including bespoke shower trays, shower panels and vanity tops.

“Our products are often chosen to solve an issue where others have failed, especially our bespoke shower trays, which are one of the best selling bespoke shower tray brands in the UK.”

You can vote by visiting the BKU website www.bkuawards.co.uk/vote

Viero expanding its global presence

Viero increasing its global presence

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It’s easy to see that traditional Italian plaster is emerging as a worldwide trend. As well as our growing portfolio here in the UK, the Viero brand is very much increasing its global presence.

Just this year, six new showrooms have opened for business. Established in 1967, the company has a great history and tradition for manufacturing high-quality specialist paint and plaster coatings, but the future looks bright too with venetian plaster finishes becoming a very popular choice with interior designers and architects everywhere.

Today, the firm has a presence in more than 50 countries with showrooms across many of these locations. We talk about Viero being an inspiring brand in the world of design and just a quick glance at some of the newly opened showrooms sets the perfect tone for this statement.

We talk about Viero being an inspiring brand in the world of design and just a quick glance at some of the newly opened showrooms sets the perfect tone for this statementViero UK is proud to be the official Viero Distributor in UK. Director Chris Walters said: “Operating as Viero UK, we are just one part of the business’ larger global presence.

“Our designers are always looking at projects completed elsewhere to gain an insight into other possibilities of what can be achieved with our products.

“It’s important to never stand still and constantly look at gaining inspiration from the work going on around us so we can deliver new and exciting finishes to our clients.”

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Spa Creators at Lygon Arms

Spa Creators secure contract for Lygon Arms

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Spa Creators has secured a new spa contract for the prestigious Lygon Arms, High St, Broadway. Spa Creators were selected for this project based on their great design credentials and ability to mix the older style property with a contemporary and fresh feeling spa environment. The brief is to breathe new life into this heritage building.

The new Lygon spa will include:
– 7 Luxurious Treatment rooms, a juice bar, a deep relax lounge, heat experiences with sauna and steam rooms, refurbishment of the pool hall and the additional of a new Jacuzzi and vitality pool
– The gym is also having a refurbishment and there will be new male and female changing rooms and a new fitness suite.
– The project is due for completion in the early summer of 2017 and is part of a total hotel refurbishment.

The four–star Lygon Arms is a country house hotel with 78 bedrooms and suites, and parking for 120 cars, that has been welcoming travellers since the 16th century.

Built of mellow Cotswold stone, the hotel has been lovingly restored while retaining many of the hotel’s original features. When not exploring the Cotswold villages and countryside, get pampered in the hotel’s beauty rooms or relax in the Health & Leisure Club.

As well as the 2 AA Rosette Great Hall restaurant, there’s now also Barrington’s Brasserie, an intimate all day dining eatery, serving quintessential English classics and modern European cuisine.

For more information on the Spa project call 01189471857 or email enquiry@spacreators.co.uk

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Opinion: Versital – ‘UK ‘faux’ marble market set for rapid growth’

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Marble remains one of the key trends for 2017, and the desire for marble inspired interiors is stronger than ever. The pitfalls of real marble are a thing of the past thanks to the emerging market of ‘faux’ marble surfaces, meaning erosion and staining can be easily avoided.

Versital are specialists in the manufacturing of cultured marble, using stone resin to create a like-for-like finish in luxurious designs. Gemma Stockberger, Sales, Marketing & Development for Versital UK tells us why there is a growing demand for marble alternatives in the hospitality sector:

Faux, or cultured marble, is 100% waterproof, unlike the real thing
As beautiful as marble may look, its properties mean it is a problematic material to use when it comes to interior design. The finish and look of such surfaces can be easily tarnished when they come into contact with water. Versital’s unique formula is created from a composition of natural minerals and pigments combined with resin to give a hard wearing durable finish. It is also 100% waterproof and non-porous, making it an excellent alternative for bathroom, restaurant and bar surfaces. Versital surfaces are not compromised by contact with water, and will not suffer from watermarks or lime scale, ensuring surfaces that look as good as new for years to come.

Versital bar top specified in Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead

Versital bar top specified in Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead – Mitchells & Butlers

Faux marble surfaces can be bespoke and hand-made to order
Versital surfaces are ideal for a number of applications including shower panels, shower trays, vanity tops, bar panels and table tops. The range of applications is endless, and this is because stone resin is very easy to cut and can be moulded to completely bespoke sizes, ready for installation. Created to individual specification, Versital can provide surfacing solutions for any project, regardless of shape and size.

Customise your ‘faux’ marble for a truly unique look
Whether it’s a traditional white finish you are looking for, or a more contemporary twist on a classic design, when opting for ‘faux’ marble, the exact look can be tailored to individual taste and requirements. Versital offers an extensive colour palette, with over 90 finishes to choose from. From classic white marbles such as ‘Arabesque’ to dusky pastels, moody greys, and on trend black marble, Versital creates the look of marble as never seen before.

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Versital – Bar and Catering

Fuss-free cutting and scribing
When specifying these surfaces, it is worth considering that specialist masonry equipment is required, and cutting the material on site is often difficult and a messy job. In comparison, Versital’s cultured marble surfaces can be cut, scribed and installed quickly with minimal fuss and mess. What’s more, ordinary wood working tools can be used on site for ease of use and to ensure an accurate cut and a perfect fit.

Avoid complex drainage upheaval in bathroom renovations
Bathroom renovations can be costly and take time, especially when re-plumbing and relocating drainage is concerned. By opting for a bespoke shower tray from Versital, the need for this is eliminated, reducing costs, and ensuring the overall vision for a bathroom’s design can be achieved. Versital’s shower trays are manufactured to individual project specifications, and can be designed to fit the smallest and most awkwardly-shaped bathrooms, to those looking to create an oversized, statement shower enclosure or wetroom. Versital can even create shower trays that fit around corners and existing pipework, to ensure minimal interference to plumbing and help to keep costs down.

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Axor Uno by Hansgrohe

Product Spotlight: AXOR Uno – Purist design in perfection

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AXOR Uno is the new bathroom collection from AXOR. Pipes, the oldest way of channelling water, define the collection’s two style variations – for the washbasin, the shower, and the bathtub. AXOR Uno was created in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based Phoenix Design studio.

Formal, simple design language and the aesthetics of construction
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.

Purist functional design
Radical and modern Purism – both stylistic directions emphasise simplicity of function. Operation of the AXOR Uno taps has been reduced to the essential: the flow of water is started or stopped by pressing the Select button, by turning the so-called “Zero” handle, or by lifting the ergonomically shaped loop handle.

“Implemented at the highest technological levels, AXOR Uno is the quintessence of Purism: clean, minimalistic, subtle. This collection embodies the most fascinating shapes of Purism, both in form and in function. Each individual product reflects the material’s worth, and precise and consistent construction. The underlying factor is our commitment to delivering perfection in design, craftsmanship and functionality,” Silke Giessler, Head of AXOR Brand Marketing, explains.

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Newmor collaborate with artist Stephen Walter

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Stephen Walter’s drawings are a tangle of signs, words and images that draw the viewer into the artist’s intricate worlds. A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal College of art, he is best-known for his series of hand-drawn maps, done in enormous detail and layered with both visual and textual information.

Each work is an intricate world in itself; a tangle of words and symbols that make up a complex of hidden meanings and wider contradictions. Through drawing, photography and printmaking, his artworks explore the meaning of objects, the glory of maps, our place in the world, and the potential legacy that we bequeath to future generations.

Our new collaborative collection brings Stephen’s iconic drawings to commercial interiors. We have nine designs which we can resize to wall dimensions and print onto any of our base materials, including colours, textures, metallics and window films. The prints retain all the charm and intricacy of the original artwork. Below are a couple of examples of the new designs, the full collection can be seen here.

Newmor with Stephen WalterCommissioned in 2010 for the London Transport Museum, London Subterranea geographically tracks the routes of London’s Lost Rivers, its main sewers, the tube network and it’s ‘ghost’ stations including the Crossrail project. It also pinpoints archaeological finds, ruins, known plague pits, secret governmental tunnels, the Mail Rail and the Water Ring Main tunnels. Epithets to the ‘underworld’ of crime, and the scenes of notable killings such as the acid-bath murders get a look in. So too does the site of the infamous Tyburn Tree and its many buried corpses that still lie in its wake undiscovered.

Hub shows the district names, art galleries and places of interest in London’s central areas. It takes on the style of early ‘picture-maps’ of London printed before the Great Fire of 1666. Here, the topographical features such as churches and houses are drawn pictorially upon a street plan. Whilst Hub, doesn’t claim to be a comprehensive map of all the spaces and organisations that exhibit and contribute to London’s art world, it provides an insight into where many of the recognised art spaces operated within the city, with its three main cluster areas of activity – the West End, Hoxton and Hackney.

Read more about Stephen’s work in The Guardian here, watch a short film below by Dominic Holland on the making of London Subterranea here and watch a clip from the BBC’s A Picture of London here.

Chelsom

Chelsom honoured with Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade

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Chelsom has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in recognition of its outstanding export achievements over the past three years. As Britain’s most coveted commercial prize, the awards celebrate and encourage business excellence in the UK. Chelsom has demonstrated outstanding results, achieving 131% growth in international sales over that period.

Chelsom designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the global hotel and marine industries. Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in 70 countries across the world. Exports now account for around 40% of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the marine side, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

QA 2017- International Trade - ChelsomRobert Chelsom, Chairman, commented, “I am extremely proud that Chelsom is one of only 102 companies across all industries to be honoured with the award for International Trade this year because it acknowledges the hard work, dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally. The award comes in Chelsom’s 70th anniversary year making it fitting recognition that a third generation family business is continuing to expand and develop.”

Will Chelsom, Managing Director, has been instrumental in driving the Export division and diversifying into the marine sector. He says, “We have achieved remarkable export growth particularly in North America, the Middle East and Europe. Major investments in our international sales team, our branding and overseas exhibitions have raised our international profile and have all been critical to our success. I am pleased to say, however, that we have maintained equal focus on the UK market which has also grown by almost 45% over the same period. Winning this export award is a great honour but it is also confirmation that our product design, overseas sales strategies and all the accompanying hard work are taking us to the forefront of our global industry.”

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Product Spotlight: The new Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet

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A compact all-round solution for any home is making its way on to the market in the form of the Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet. The AquaClean Tuma is available as a complete solution, or as an enhancement toilet seat for retro-fitting and will be available from April.

Designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma fits harmoniously into any bathroom. Thanks to its elegant, streamlined design and compact shape (with a projection of just 553mm), the new shower toilet can add extra comfort to any sized bathroom, transforming them into an oasis of wellbeing.

The new shower toilet can be tailored to suit any bathroom due to its design cover, which is available in several colours and materials. This helps to perfectly coordinate with Geberit’s extensive range of flush plates.

Equipped with sophisticated technology
Hidden beneath the surface of its stylish design is a wealth of innovative technology. The patented WhirlSpray shower technology gently and thoroughly cleans the user with warm water.

The Geberit AquaClean Tuma complete solution also features an odour extraction unit and a Rimfree® toilet pan for optimised hygiene. The product also features an ergonomically designed toilet seat with heating element, a warm air dryer and a user-friendly remote control. An app will also be available from summer 2017 enabling the device to be controlled via a smart phone.

An ideal and flexible solution
The Geberit AquaClean Tuma can also be chosen as a toilet enhancement solution, which can be retrofitted to a variety of ceramic pans. With the same functions as the complete solution, the toilet enhancement solution is simple and straightforward to fit by an experienced installer, with no major structural alterations required.

Straightforward installation
As you would expect from a Geberit appliance, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma can easily be installed by a single experienced installer. This is thanks to an innovative packaging concept, with a built in mounting aid. All technical components are integrated into the functional unit in the seat and are readily accessible to plumbers and service technicians.

Geberit’s standard connection dimensions ensure that the shower toilet is compatible with all installation systems, as well as with the Geberit Monolith sanitary modules.

For more details visit www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk or call 01926 516800.

Viero DTK Artworks

Client Spotlight: Viero and DKT Artworks working together…

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Viero UK is proud to partner with some of the most creative studios in the world of surface design. DKT Artworks, based in south west London, has a reputation for producing some of the finest sculptures, murals, trompe l’oeil, decorative designs and polished plasters.

Our relationship spans back more than twenty years, in which time we have supported them to deliver on some of their most prestigious projects. We recently spoke to members of the creative team to find out more about their work and our long-standing partnership.

Tell us a bit more about your business…
Our business is all about large-scale decorative art. We are a London-based design house launched in the late 1970s. We work across a wide range of design disciplines in various materials including plaster, mosaic, metals, semi-precious stones and glass. Our ethos is that there are no boundaries to the creativity of our work.

Viero DTK ArtworksWhat projects are you working on at the moment?
One of our largest areas of work is within the marine industry. We have years of experience in producing work for superyachts. We take on some very large-scale design challenges and come up with practical solutions to implementing these very challenging briefs.

How long have you been using Viero UK’s range of products?
DKT has been working with Viero for more than 25 years. During this time, we have used a variety of their products including Lithos, Ikos, Visocalce, Granisplast, Hydro and Marmorin Sand.

Viero DTK ArtworksWhat do you like about working with Viero UK?
Viero UK have a wide range of lime based and decorative plasters. They all have different qualities and their own individual characteristics but are all consistent in application. We are always looking to come up with fresh ideas and creavitive textures and the Viero range opens up the possibilities for this. We have a dedicated team of six artisans in our London studio who take care of our plastering projects. Their work often involves meeting challenging design briefs and tight deadlines, so Viero UK’s efficient support and delivery surface is another reason why our partnership works so well.

What do you feel the future holds for your business?
For a company that has worked in Europe for years, a break from the European Union in the next two years means these are uncertain times. However, our ethos has never been to become complacent and to always look for new solutions. We intend to continue to build on our reputation and look to those long-term relationships that we’ve built over the years to consolidate this.

www.viero.co.uk
enquiries@viero.co.uk
0870 609 2827

Versital marble finish bar panels

Versital specified for stylish Newcastle pizzeria renovation

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Versital is delighted to have been specified by award-winning interior design practice, Collective Design, for its latest restaurant renovation project. The popular Central Oven & Shaker, a stylish pizzeria in Newcastle, recently underwent a thorough renovation throughout the premises.

Central Oven & Shaker is a popular eatery based in Neville Street, in the heart of Newcastle. It offers a selection of artisan pizzas and thirst-quenching cocktails, and seamlessly blends industrial inspired design and natural materials for a modern and vibrant setting. Versital’s faux marble finish surfaces perfectly complement the wooden accents used throughout the restaurant.

Central Oven Shaker NewcastleVersital’s bespoke surfaces were supplied for Central’s bar tops and front panels in a white faux marble finish. Versital products are designed to beautifully replicate the luxurious appearance and intricate veining of the natural material, while providing added benefits. Whilst natural marble is prone to erosion and staining, making it an impractical material for design, Versital has provided a solution that maintains the beauty of marble without any of the problems it is commonly associated with.

The brand’s 100% non-porous surfaces are completely bespoke, making them suitable for an array of applications in the domestic and commercial sectors. Versital offers an impressive range of over 90 colours with finishes in marble, granite, sparkle and high gloss.

Versital bespoke front panels“We specialise in designing commercial environments such as bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and so we were seeking a manufacturer with similar expertise and insight into the hospitality industry. Versital has impressive credentials, and the extensive colour and finish range of bespoke surfaces perfectly fitted our brief”, says Simon Mcilwraith, Director and Owner of Collective Design.

Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales for Versital UK adds “Versital surfaces are ideal for hospitality applications, because their durability and resistance to staining is a necessary pre-requisite for environments where there could be numerous food and drink spillages. The faux marble finish will continue to look as good as new for years to come, eliminating the fear of having to replace them later. We are delighted to collaborate with such a revered design practice, who has been awarded Interior Designer of the Year four times at the Northern Design Awards, and with the final look that has been achieved in Central Oven & Shaker.”

Versital
www.versital.co.uk
01204 380 780

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Newmor - Nomad

Product Spotlight: Nomad from Newmor

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Nomad is our latest Newmor Custom collection – layers of texture, pattern and metallics create an eclectic global look. Artisanal crafts, ikats, natural surfaces and landscapes, all in an earthy vegetable dye palette.

These designs, and all of the designs from our Newmor Custom range can be resized, recoloured and printed onto any of our base materials including textures, colours, metallics and window films.

The look buzzwords – safari, jungle, travel, bohemian, handcrafted, sustainable, tribal patterns, mud cloth, skins, heritage, weathered, weaves, wood, brass, batik, desert, tropical, geology, alpine, rattan, Eastern, kilim, ikat.

Colours – this trend doesn’t rely solely on the use of natural colours and organic materials, dark tones, burnt oranges, ochre and acidic hues add extra dimension.

The Designs

Agate – hand painted by our design studio, this stylised geode design comes in earthy neutrals.

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Newmor - NomadPalm – this huge scale shadowy palm print looks stunning printed on our multi-faceted metallic Sorrento wallcovering

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Mountain – hand-painted in our studio, this Japanese influenced mountain landscape makes a real impact.

Tribe – a muted tribal print inspired by African mud cloth patterns and basketry.

See the full Newmor Custom collection here. . .