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Andy Thornton at Epernay, Manchester Airport

Daniel Fountain

After the success of their recent fit-out of Epernay in Manchester city centre, interior fit-out specialist Andy Thornton Ltd was delighted to work again with Thornton Inns Ltd on the £300,000 fit-out of the new bar and bistro at Manchester Airport.Situated at Terminal One, air side, the new Epernay site was positioned in an unusual half-hexagon shaped area within the concourse. The brief from the client was to repeat the successful template of Epernay in Leeds and Manchester city centres.

As the Principal Design and Build contractor, Andy Thornton handled everything from the building works, all mechanical and electrical services, building partition walls, to the air conditioning and plumbing. The projects team took the site from a bare shell through to the stunning, finished interior.

Continuing the signature Epernay look, the bar front features reclaimed bricks from a local supplier. The bricks add a pleasing warmth and texture to the interior, with the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. The long bar is finished with a sleek pale granite top, with bespoke stainless steel glass racks from Andy Thornton’s Architectural Metalwork department. For the back bar, Andy Thornton’s design team used back-painted glass in duck egg blue, which reflects and bounces light around the bar area.

Furniture from Andy Thornton’s extensive contract furniture range was used throughout the site, including deep upholstered Como bar stools in attractive polished timber, slab oak high tables and Harley side chairs in sleek black leather.

The concourse seating area has a very open, outdoor feel with huge windows looking out onto the Terminal’s apron. A striking 11-m long oak drinkshelf enables customers to enjoy a drink whilst watching planes coming into the gates, including the super jumbo Emirates Airbus A380. Furniture from Andy Thornton’s outdoor furniture collections perfectly complements this outdoor feel, including Salerno side chairs and Maldives three-seater sofas.

With the team on site for 6 ½ weeks from start to finish, both Andy Thornton Ltd and the client are delighted with the finished look and the fact that the Epernay brand is going from strength to strength.

Step into the light with illuminated wayfinding

Daniel Fountain

Created by Signbox’s in-house design team, signet was developed in response to customer demand for a contemporary glass nameplate, illuminated with an energy saving light source – creating an iconic focus for hotel, restaurant, and leisure facility signage.signet incorporates the latest LED technology, with a fit and forget IP67 rated device housed within a sleek and elegant profile, finished in a micro sandblasted silver anodised aluminium. This glare free luminaire comes complete with structural glass fixings to support a 10mm thick toughened glass panel. The stainless steel security fixings are countersunk to fit flush, with branding or wayfinding reverse-printed onto the glass.

signet is available from stock with an A3 size panel in either portrait or landscape format and graphics can be CAD-cut, screen or digitally printed vinyl. Other sizes and material finishes to special order.

For further information and to see the full range of architectural sign solutions visit: www.signbox.co.uk.

FW Lighting supply La Maddalenda Hotel and Yacht club

Daniel Fountain

AVE’s Hotel Domina lighting controls (available through FW Lighting) were chosen for the extensive remodeling of a former US military naval base in Sardinia. The 96 bedroom “La Maddalenda Hotel and Yacht club” underwent extensive remodeling and has been transformed into a fabulous 5*hotel in the beautiful Costa Smeralda.As a leader in automation, AVE’s creative design team continues to bring new and innovative ideas to the hotel and home automation sector. For over 100 years AVE have been manufacturing lighting controls, and it has always been their guiding principle to incorporate the latest advancements in technology and materials into their products.

With its advances in design and flexibility, Domina Hotel marks itself out as one of the most important developments in hotel industry standards this century. Using cutting-edge solutions, AVE has created a hotel management system that fully meets the needs of small independents to large multinational hotel chains.

A complete hotel management system, Domina Hotel provides everything from the consumer unit to lighting control, data and power sockets and, temperature control. Their door entry system incorporates future proof 125Khz Mifare security technology for optimum protection.

Fully networked, Domina provides an interface to the reception desk using PC Server, LAN, and the Web allowing total control from one point. AVE can also monitor and apply the latest software updates directly from their production facility in Italy to any hotel in the World, ensuring your system is updated with the latest software updates and safety protocols.

The Domina Hotel system can be used with Life 44 and Touch ranges of crystal glass and Zamak front plate, and surrounds.

Touch and Life 44 crystal are fully customisable, enforcing brand awareness on a subconscious level by allowing the personalisation of front plates with corporate branding or pictograms. Front plates can also be supplied in corporate colours, so further enforcing the values associated with your chosen hotel brand.

For more information on AVE Domina Hotel please click on the PDF, or for more products from FW Lighting please visit our website: www.fw-lighting.com.

W Hotels Worldwide Announces the Debut of W Austin

Daniel Fountain

W® Hotels Worldwide celebrates the opening of W Austin and The Residences at W Austin, the brands 38th hotel globally. Owned and developed by Stratus Properties and the Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund II, W Austin is located in the heart of Austin’s 2nd Street District, connected to a 3,000 person capacity music and performance venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater that will also serve as the new home of the iconic Austin City Limits television show. In this casually cosmopolitan city where the unconventional is enthusiastically embraced, evidenced by the city’s unofficial slogan ‘Keep Austin Weird’, Austin is a perfect fit for the W brand. Locals, guests and residents will find a new beat at W Austin through its innovative design concept, Remix, developed by Andersson-Wise Architects and emerging designer Heather Plimmer of Stratus Properties.

Design Remixed

Indoor luxury meets outdoor inspiration in W Austins vibrant, cutting-edge design, courtesy of Arthur Andersson and Heather Plimmer, whose partnership led to a playful juxtaposition of masculine and feminine throughout the space. Dark metallic tones are met with pops of vibrant reds, blues and layered fabrics, and the influence of Austin artists are prominent and prevalent. Surprises abound, from a guitar strap design around each bathroom mirror, to lacquer in the AWAY® Spa that feels more lounge than leisure.

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From Signbox, the all-new Enlighten

Daniel Fountain

Just released onto the UK market by Signbox is Enlighten, at the forefront of smart poster systems; it represents a revolution in affordable illuminated displays.Enlighten’s sleek, supremely stylish, frameless design is back-lit and perfect for the modern, contemporary hotel environment. What makes Enlighten unique is that it incorporates Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that interacts with the next generation of mobile phones. All the hotel guest or visitor has to do is place their phone over the NFC logo in the corner of the poster for information to be instantly transferred to the user’s mobile phone – this could be important guest information, vouchers or other promotional offers or cross promotions with other organisations. Enlighten can also be equipped with coded graphics that switch the sign on when a customer enters an area – ideal for corridor locations.

Enlighten is available in standard A-series paper sizes, from A4 to A1, with a black or white frameless ‘mount’ as standard, and with branded or custom colours available to order. The ultra-bright LED illumination is low voltage and extremely energy efficient, giving a warranted life of 50,000 hours. At just 10mm thick, Enlighten sits flush and has no visible frame or fixings. Enlighten is adaptable for all interior hotel environments, in single or double-sided formats for wall or suspended options.

Mark Bartlett, Managing Director of Signbox Ltd, comments, “Enlighten is the perfect example of ‘next generation’ smart posters. Highly energy efficient, Enlighten features ultra-contemporary looks but most importantly now delivers interaction with anyone approaching or standing in front of the poster.

“By using their NFC enabled mobile phone or device they can instantly obtain a range of valuable information – such as a voucher code to encourage them to use any of the hotel’s facilities.

“We have invested a significant sum on R & D to bring Enlighten to the market because we really believe it’s the way forward for illuminated poster displays”.

For further information on Enlighten or to view the full range of Signbox’s products, visit their website at www.signbox.co.uk

RHA Furniture’s new C7 hotel furniture collection

Daniel Fountain

C7 Hotel Furniture from RHA is a great new collection with a range of styles & finishes to meet any interior design scheme.The collection features some really nice items, including the stylish Maralba coffee table; JB side unit with a pullout section designed to hold glasses & bottles; Tango, Neo, Hoxton & Lluna side tables, which are just a few of the many table designs featured in this new collection.

Request the C7 2011 hotel collection now
Get in touch with RHA to request a copy of the C7 2011 hotel furniture collection in PDF format. You can also visit RHA’s online directory to browse thousands of items from a wide range of collections.

Ramparts welcomes back a familiar face

Daniel Fountain

Ramparts Interior Contracts are delighted to welcome back Andrew Townsend as Senior Project Manager.Andrew worked with Ramparts from 2002 and was responsible for the delivery of some of the companies’ most prestigious projects, including the £7million refurbishment of the Queens Hotel Leeds as well as numerous others for Hand Picked Hotels, Holiday Inn, Jarvis, Prima and BDL Select.

Ramparts MD Gary Crosbie, who always has something to say, comments … “The appointment of Andrew is great news for Ramparts; he has a complete understanding of the business, being well respected by customers and suppliers alike. He has hit the deck running – carrying out pre start work on a D&B project and has already started to build a team of site staff.”

Franklite launches The Hugo Collection

Daniel Fountain

The Hugo Collection by Franklite is a range of 10 beautiful crystal table lamps and one standard lamp with individual shades. These substantial lamps are designed to suit any décor, whether modern or traditional and are supplied with neutral shades in styles to perfectly match the lamp.
Alternative shades can be supplied to order thereby ensuring these stunning pieces become an integral part of any quality room setting or public area.

Further details are available from Franklite and stocks are expected in early January. The full collection can be viewed at Franklite’s showroom in Milton Keynes by appointment.

Dora Hospitality Announces Plans for New Holiday Inn® In Bismarck, North Dakota

Daniel Fountain

$10 million “Next-Generation” Holiday Inn to feature new sign and brand standards as part of the worldwide brand re-launch

Dora Hospitality, LLC has announced plans for a 100-room, Holiday Inn hotel in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Holiday Inn – Bismarck is expected to open in 2012. The hotel plans to hire approximately 40 employees ranging from guest service representatives and housekeepers to restaurant servers and cooks.

The 90,000 sq.-ft. Holiday Inn Bismarck was developed to provide the features and amenities that guests want. It will feature a contemporary, innovative design that provides accessible comfort such as, friendly service and a great night’s sleep, and will set new standards for business travelers and families alike.

“We are proud to welcome the Bismarck, ND property to the Dora Hospitality family of fine hotels,” said Robert Dora, president of Dora Hospitality. “The hotel adds to our inventory of great North Dakota hotels, and Bismarck is a market where we believe this new Holiday Inn will thrive.” Dora already operates extended stay hotels in Bismarck and Minot and has another under construction in Minot, in partnership with Real Builders, Inc. and Dan Schmaltz of Bismarck.

The full-service hotel will include a Sports Grill restaurant; the design includes touches like hardwood-style flooring, solid wood tables and unique circular booth seating. The division between the bar and seated dining area will make the restaurant an equally suitable option for social events or a business dinner. Bold photographs taken from the rich history of North Dakota sports will pay tribute to North Dakota athletes and sports figures as well as some of the greatest moments in sports history, while high-definition televisions broadcast current games and events.

The hotel design debuts a bold change in room décor for Holiday Inn and will create a residential atmosphere that is warm, trend-forward and comfortable. The hotel will feature a natural, fresh color palette punctuated by pops of energetic colors. Guest beds will be made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: “soft” and “firm.” And the bathrooms will include a specially designed showerhead that offers superior pressure, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod and new amenities.

The residential design includes business-focused necessities like an ergonomic work station, data ports, complimentary high speed Internet access in the guest rooms, with high speed access that is available both wired and wireless. In addition, each room will have upgraded Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations – comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, and flat panel high – definition televisions with cable access, hairdryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.

The Holiday Inn-Bismarck will also offer a variety of other amenities such as a fitness center, washers and dryers, a sweet shop, indoor pool, and business center.

The Holiday Inn Bismarck is owned by Bismarck Ridgeline, LLC and managed by Dora Hospitality, LLC under a license agreement. Dora Hospitality is located at 9904 North by Northeast Blvd Fishers, IN 46037. Dora Hospitality also operates the Candlewood Suites in Bismarck and Minot.

Panaz Hospitality Enjoyed Success at ‘Private View’

Daniel Fountain

Panaz Hospitality would like to thank everyone who visited the ‘private view’ at the Hilton Hotel, Islington on the 24th/25th November, 2010.With a little help from some Champagne and Canapés, the event proved a great success.

Panaz launched 3 new collections: Highgrove, (a wide width weave drape collection); Riviera (prime colour print collection) and Stingray (a soft vinyl with a modern colour range). All inherently flame retardant and Crib 5 standard for the Stingray. Books and samples are now available.

An update from Tony Attard, CEO of Panaz on his race across the Atlantic…

Tony Attard, CEO of Panaz, is taking part in a sailing race across the Atlantic. Tony’s chosen charity is FIT (Furnishing Industry Trust). A number of clients did ask for an update.

Out of 186 boats, he is in 79th position expected to arrive in the Caribbean on 22nd December.

You can follow Tony adventure on his blog.

Sales team expands at Jane Clayton & Company

Daniel Fountain

Jane Clayton & Company Ltd has recently increased its sales team with the recruitment of Ian Jupp. In his role as a Business Development Manager, Ian will focus on developing relationships with show home and hotel clients around the UK.Ian brings with him a wealth of interior design experience, having previously established a consultancy supplying interior design products to serviced apartments and hotels. Ian has already enjoyed a very successful career in hospitality, joining the company from his previous role as General Manager at von Essen’s award-winning Ston Easton Park hotel.

Commenting on the appointment, Jane Clayton & Company Managing Director, Richard Clayton said, “Getting a thorough understanding of our customers and their needs is a key objective for us. For this, Ian’s background and experience will be invaluable.”

Richard Clayton, Managing Director, Jane Clayton & Company, telephone: +44 (0) 1761 412255

Axminster Carpets receives recognition at Environment Agency Awards

Daniel Fountain

Axminster Carpets has been announced as a Runner Up in the ‘Cleaner Water’ category at the inaugural Environment Agency Awards. The ‘Cleaner Water’ award recognises companies that have achieved outstanding results in preventing pollution or improving water quality in rivers, seas or lakes. The awards were judged by a panel of environmental professionals led by the Environment Agency’s Director of Environment and Business Ed Mitchell. Among the judges were Nicci Russell, Policy Director at Waterwise, Dax Lovegrove, Head of Business & Industry Relations at WWF and David Acres, Policy & Environment Manager at EDF.

In late 2009, Axminster Carpets officially unveiled a revolutionary Water Recycling Plant after an investment of some £2 million. The plant converts waste water back to a level where it can be completely reused: 95% of Axminster Carpets’ waste water, over 2 million litres per week, is piped back into the plant processes without entering the eco-system after having all the contaminants removed. The residual waste is being converted to bio-fuel with the long-term plan to use this to power the company’s lorry fleet and the manufacturing plant.

“The commissioning of our water recycling plant was an ongoing part of our strategy to minimise the environmental impact of our yarn spinning and carpet manufacturing processes,” comments Josh Dutfield, Group Managing Director. “It has helped us to radically reduce our output of water with contaminants and has allowed our water use to become much more efficient, as recognised by our position as Runner Up in the Cleaner Water category.”

The awards were presented at the Environment Agency’s annual conference, Environment10, where Energy Secretary Chris Huhne MP, praised the calibre of entries: “I’m thrilled to be able to present these awards to such worthy winners who are tackling climate change and improving the environment on the front line. All the finalists have shown real innovation in cutting carbon and improving sustainability.”

For further information telephone 01297 630650 or visit www.axminstercarpets.co.uk

Grand Opening of Le Méridien Taipei

Daniel Fountain

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has officially opened the doors of their newest hotel, Le Méridien Taipei. Located in the most cosmopolitan district of Taipei – Xinyi District – and steps away from local cultural offerings, Le Méridien’s first hotel in Taiwan ushers in a new dimension of timeless chic and will be the gathering place for the creative guests, with an emphasis on the arts, an inspiring atmosphere, and innovative cuisine. Chic and minimalistic, the 160-room Le Méridien Taipei goes beyond the traditional five-star hotel experience and invites guests and local community to discover more than just a new destination – to experience a new perspective with a focus on contemporary art and cuisine. Le Méridien Taipei introduces the signature arrival experience programme for Le Méridien brand in Taiwan, a comprehensive contemporary art program “light and shadow; two inspiring new restaurant concepts : “Humble House” and “Latest Recipe”, an innovative coffee and chocolate café “ChocoArt”, the chic lobby lounge bar “Latitude 25” and destination Bar “Quube”.

In addition, Le Meridien Taipei offers 1,700 square meters of contemporary meeting and function space which makes it a perfect destination for creative workshops or board meetings.

The Arrival Experience at Le Meridien Taipei

In conjunction with its opening today, Le Méridien Taipei has unveiled a signature arrival experience for its guests. The hotel unveiled “Inner Waves 01”, an artwork created for Le Meridien by artist Hisham Bharoocha. The artwork on the entrance is a signature element of Le Méridien brand’s arrival experience, designed to reset the guest’s mind upon arrival, leaving the outside world behind and open its mind for the world of Le Méridien.

Once through the hotel doors, guests will be enveloped by Le Méridien brand’s signature scent, sound and use of light. Eddie Roshi + Fabrice Penot, LM 100 members and founder of Le Labo, the innovative perfume house with stores in New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo, have created a signature scent for Le Méridien hotels. The exclusive custom scent, called LM01, has been designed based on a construction inspired by Meridian lines and shall evoke memories with the guests and create a sense of home.

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TAKU from Fischer Mobel

Daniel Fountain

TAKU from Fischer Mobel was featured on the LEISURE PLAN stand at the recent SLEEP Event, where its elegant but simple styling combined with the practicality of flip-top tables and stacking chairs attracted a lot of attention. This collection is being expanded for 2011 and details of this and other exciting new introductions to the Fischer Mobel collections will all be in the new catalogue, which will be available from LEISURE PLAN early in the New Year.The Taku range currently comprises dining tables and sunloungers as well as the square and round flip-top bistro tables shown. The stackable Taku armchair is available with Black, White, Silver Black or Natural Orange sling seating on a stainless steel frame. This model has already been awarded the ‘Best of the Best’ Red Dot Design Award as well as the Designpreis Deutschland 2010.

Fischer Mobel are a long established German furniture manufacturing company who have built a worldwide reputation for quality of materials and manufacturing integrity. They use only the highest quality stainless steel, aluminium and wood to ensure that all their furniture has maximum weather resistance and durability. Fischer Mobel will not compromise on quality and work with renowned German designers to develop their growing collection of beautiful and functional pieces of leisure furniture, which are available in the U.K. exclusively through LEISURE PLAN.

Taku can be seen at Leisure Plan’s extensive showroom at Stansted in Essex (35 minutes by train from Liverpool Street or 10 minutes from Jct. 8 on the M11), where visitors have the opportunity to see and try examples of all the ranges offered by the three leading European manufacturers represented in the U.K. by Leisure Plan : Fischer Mobel, Dedon and Ego. Visitors to the showroom can also discuss project requirements with the Leisure Plan sales team, see and feel fabric options and compare different colours and finishes so that they have 100% confidence when specifying or purchasing.

Leisure Plan are specialist cushion manufacturers to the leisure industry and manufacture all the U.K. cushions for their three furniture suppliers as well as having the facility to make bespoke cushions in custom sizes. As the cushion production operation is wholly owned and run by Leisure Plan, they can offer a wide selection of fabrics or make up in COM, enabling designers to perpetuate a colour scheme throughout a project.

For further information, to arrange a showroom visit or to request a copy of the 2011 catalogue, please contact LEISURE PLAN

The Savoy: Two-part documentary from ITV Studios

Daniel Fountain

Monday, 13 December 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

“You will be the wind beneath the guests’ wings. I am extremely passionate about what I do…I want to make this the best hotel, I’m going to say in the world, because I think we will.” ~ Sean Davoren, Head Butler, The Savoy, to his new team of butlers ahead of the hotel’s reopening. The Savoy was Britain’s first luxury hotel and for over 100 years it has been synonymous with extravagance, glitz and glamour. Now, for the first time, cameras have been allowed into this exclusive and elegant establishment to witness the closure and re-opening of the hotel after a staggering £220m, two year refurbishment.

ITV1’s The Savoy has been allowed unprecedented access at key points from the moment 650 staff were told the shocking news that the hotel was to close, to the moment the swivel doors started turning again more than three years later.

The cameras were there to capture all the crucial stages of the restoration, which took twice as long and cost twice as much as it was originally expected to. And we see how the hotel and its staff fare in the first weeks following its grand reopening.

From the builders and the butlers to the boss, key staff members talk to the programme about their part in reclaiming the glamour and glory of the iconic hotel, providing a revealing insight during one of the most pivotal moments in its illustrious existence and the people striving to meet the challenge of restoring its stature as a global leader in elegance, luxury and service Project manager, John Ferrari, is seen ruthlessly enforcing the strict health and safety codes to the hordes of workers and expressing his grim determination to ensure what he describes as the biggest hotel refurbishment ever carried out in Europe meets its deadline for completion. As the pressure mounts in the race to get the hotel finished in time to receive its first guest, he leads cameras through the hotel’s labyrinth of unfinished corridors and even into the £10,000 a night Royal Suite.

Head butler, Sean Davoren, who has been a butler for 30 years and served every European royal family, leads a rigorous recruitment drive to select and train a team of world class butlers, for the hotel’s reinstated butler service – the first time the hotel has offered this service in 50 years.

And general manager, Kiaran MacDonald is followed at close quarters as he sees the refurbishment project through from start to finish, patiently waiting for the moment when the hotel will finally reopen.

The first film sees the day the hotel closed its doors to its last customer before the restoration process began.

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Ramparts unveils new offices

Daniel Fountain

Ramparts Interior Contracts has now relocated its old Macclesfield Head Office and Birmingham Offices into modern facilities adjacent to Manchester Airport. Ramparts can now be found at:
3000 Aviator Way
Manchester Business Park
Manchester M22 5TG
T: +44 (0) 161 266 1049

Conveniently placed for plane, train and motorway links, the office has given the business a clear advantage in cutting down journey times to sites and our impact on the environment. Normal office hours are 8am to 6pm.

Ramparts MD Gary Crosbie says, “Our new base being a purpose-built facility gives us great improvements in our working conditions, as well as a huge cost saving. Clients and suppliers are more than welcome to visit and enjoy our facilities which include an onsite café and Business lounge which has the latest Apple Macs.”

Lighting Online From Andy Thornton

Daniel Fountain

The complete range of interior lighting from Andy Thornton is now available to purchase online. This exciting new development follows the recent launch of our first dedicated contract lighting catalogue which introduces many new collections of lighting for the hospitality market, with many totally exclusive to Andy Thornton. Andy Thornton is well known for providing an extensive range of high-end, innovative lighting for bars, pubs and restaurants and we have taken this opportunity to introduce fresh new collections to our product portfolio. Discover a complete new range of hotel lighting, including guest room, bathroom and public area lighting.

We offer a comprehensive range of lighting for every type of venue, covering all design styles. And if you can’t find exactly what you require, we would be delighted to manufacture bespoke fittings to your specification.

Much of the Andy Thornton lighting range is in stock now ready for speedy delivery, or is available on short lead times to suit your project opening. We offer competitive delivery charges and secure online payment. All fittings are manufactured to the highest specification, are CE marked and meet all UK safety regulations.

View the full range now at www.andythornton.com

Wrights Fine Furniture Completes Work at The Refreshment House

Daniel Fountain

Located at North End Road, Hampstead Heath (London), The Refreshment House recently underwent a complete refurbishment involving Directory Company Wrights Fine Furniture.Wrights supplied and installed chairs, fixed seating and bespoke tables to the restaurant having first visited the restaurant to discuss their requirements. The tables were specifically created to maximise the available space and the upholstery was selected from Wrights extensive range of faux leathers.

Signbox launches new floor based Braille sign system

Daniel Fountain

Adding to its existing range and reinforcing its position as a single point resource for any type of signage solution, Signbox has been appointed sole UK distributor for Cedo and Podo, a Braille and tactile floor based full access architectural sign product, designed to be installed in internal and external walkways.Podo provides stairway, queue control solutions in high quality anodized aluminium, brushed stainless steel or polished brass. Cedo is an integrated floor panel pathway system in anodized aluminium, brushed stainless steel along with coloured polypropylene and plastic options. Contrasting with other floor finishes it enables people with a visual disability to follow safe routes within the built environment. This unique product has been pioneered by Marcal Sign Systems of France, renowned as Europe’s foremost developer of innovative sign solutions.

Visually impaired visitors to unfamiliar environments rely on appropriate signage to find their way to a specific location or destination and indicate emergency escape routes. Both Cedo and Podo complement Marcal’s award-winning Pasamano handrail range in delivering effective solutions to help the visually impaired find their way around hotels easily and safely.

For more information and to see the full range of Signbox signage solutions visit: www.signbox.co.uk

Baulmann Leuchten launches new catalogue

Daniel Fountain

Baulmann Leuchten, the lighting-specialist for hospitality projects, has launched the new general catalogue 2011/2012.In a complete new design the well-know ranges “Interior Project”, “Big Lights”, “Bathroom” and “Business” are collected in a general catalogue of 177 pages. Besides all the novelties displayed at the “Light&Building 2010” Baulmann is now introducing numerous new products in all the above mentioned categories.

Special attention has been paid to the development of innovative products using the latest LED technology. As usual, all these products can be customized to fit the requirements of different projects.

The electronic version of the catalogue can be downloaded by clicking the image below (the file is 17.87 MB). For the printed version please contact the headquarter in Germany.

Images copyright Baulmann Leuchten.

The Bold Look of Kohler® at The Sleep Event

Daniel Fountain

Kohler Co. continues to raise its profile in the hospitality sector as an exhibitor at The Sleep Event Exhibition, which ran from the 24-25th November 2010 at the Business Design Centre, London.At The Sleep Event, Kohler exhibited Feature Basins including: Katagami Wading Pool bronze basin, a shallow vessel with an elliptical design that echoes the Far East; Kamala Vessels cast bronze basin, inspired by ancient tribal rain drum symbols and covered with a low relief pattern; Serpentine Bronze design on Conical Bell basin, inspired by a Chinese design with turtles, fish and intertwining serpents on a matt and glossy raised enamel finish.

New to the ceramic range are the Botanical Study design on Conical Bell Vessel basin featuring a 16th century Turkish design and the Empress Bouquet on Conical Bell Vessel basin, whose pattern is a modern interpretation of an 18th century Chinese print work.

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EGOParis 2011

Daniel Fountain

EGO’s 2011 catalogue is a work of art in its own right! Beautiful location shots have been used to showcase the stunning collections of modern designer furniture for which EGOParis is becoming renowned throughout the world… Eye catching new designs and variations on existing favourites make the new catalogue a must-have for anyone looking for modern functional furniture with individuality and style. New lacquer and mesh colours, new cushion fabrics and custom size Tandem tables all ensure that every EGO installation can be uniquely suited to its location. EGOParis is a young and vibrant French company located in the Beaujolais region of France and represented exclusively in the U.K. and Ireland by LEISURE PLAN, who are based near Stansted Airport in Essex. Because of its individuality, EGO furniture is made to order and streamlined manufacturing processes ensure that leadtimes are kept to within 4 weeks. Cushions are manufactured in the U.K. by LEISURE PLAN so that they conform to U.K. Fire Regulations and because the cushion production operation is wholly owned and run by LEISURE PLAN they are able to ensure that delivery promises are kept to without compromising on quality of workmanship.

LEISURE PLAN pride themselves on maintaining the exclusivity of their three ranges of outdoor furniture (EGOParis, Dedon and Fischer Mobel) by not distributing through mainstream high street retailers. A hand-picked group of companies with exclusive furniture showrooms has been established around the U.K. and each features a display of selected models from the three ranges.

LEISURE PLAN have specialised in bringing highest quality, design-led leisure furniture to the UK market since the company was established some 25 years ago. Their company HQ at Stansted is the base for an experienced sales team who are able to offer product and market knowledge combined with friendly and personal service. There is also a large showroom dedicated to the three ranges of leisure furniture, where a comprehensive selection of furniture is available for potential buyers or specifiers to see the style and quality as well as experiencing the comfort afforded by good design.

To find showroom locations and to ensure that you receive the new catalogues and prices as soon as they become available, please contact LEISURE PLAN via their website www.leisureplan.co.uk.

Make a date with Axminster Carpets Commercial

Daniel Fountain

Make a date with Rendezvous, the first carbon neutral carpet range designed specifically for the hospitality sector and brought to you by Axminster Carpets’ Commercial Division. Featuring both traditional and contemporary styles, Rendezvous presents 12 exciting designs, each narrow woven on Axminster’s super eight pitch looms for unrivalled quality and clarity of design. All 12 options are available from stock, providing the ideal solution when timing is critical.

Named after the most evocative meeting places in the world, Rendezvous is manufactured entirely in the UK using Axminster’s renowned British Home Spun 80% wool 20% nylon yarn. Through the low impact of this localised production and the offsetting of carbon emissions from manufacturing, sales and distribution processes, Rendezvous is certified carbon neutral by carbon management service provider, Carbon FootprintTM Ltd.

What’s more, each of the 12 designs from Rendezvous can also be re-coloured using the 32 colours available as part of the new Ready to Weave concept, allowing specifiers and designers to find the perfect balance to interior schemes.

Rated for Heavy Contract use, all carpets within the Rendezvous collection are available 0.91m wide, helping to accommodate the complex layouts of many hospitality and leisure venues with minimum wastage:

“We have introduced Rendezvous to provide a stock range that meets the specific needs of hospitality venues such as restaurants and bars,” says Steve Upperton, Sales Director. “Few manufacturers offer such a dedicated solution to the very unique requirements of these locations and we believe that Rendezvous is one of the first narrow loom Axminster carpets for such venues to be considered carbon neutral.”

For further information telephone 01297 630630 or e-mail commercial@axminster-carpets.co.uk

Mr Smith features the London’s Bridges

Daniel Fountain

Mr Smith World Photography, London based fine art photographers feature a captivating collection of images developed over many years of world travel. This portfolio is themed “London’s Bridges”, from the London Collection. Prints are available from the online gallery or as bespoke artwork from Mr Smith’s extensive catalogue.

The Savoy – Lighting Design

Daniel Fountain

The Savoy is an icon of luxury accommodation in London and in 2007, Lighting Design International were commissioned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts to provide lighting designs for the complete restoration of the hotel.Their brief for the project was two fold; for the exterior of the building to provide a classical enhancement of the architecture and for the interior to provide a warm, luxurious and intimate feel within the main public areas.

LDI’s general philosophy for the project was to employ light fixtures that were either small, low glare and innocuous in appearance in order to play down the appearance of the light fixture itself and to play up their effect and ambience they generate.

Exterior Lighting: North Façade, Savoy Row and Savoy Court

The existing lighting was looking tired and was lacking in places. It was agreed that it would all be changed to give the hotel a new lease of life and to bring it into the 21st Century.

The main area where the lighting was lacking was in Savoy Court outside the main entrance which could hardly be seen from The Strand. Subsequently lighting was added to the pilasters adjacent to the entrance as a focal point, along with the lighting of a Lalique water feature. The existing back-lit acrylic lighting feature had to be retained and was completely renovated using warm white cold cathode tubing which enables it to be dimmed in the evening to create a more subdued ambience to the area and enable the features to stand out.

The façade lighting was changed from sodium and cool white metal halide to warm white CDM discharge. All lights are fitted with louvers to reduce glare and stray light. The flag poles and the statue of the count were also illuminated.

One aspect LDI influenced was the finish of the lay light ceiling in Savoy Court. This is irregular in its design and was white in colour making it quite unattractive and so in order that the eye is not drawn to it, we proposed that it was painted out black which puts greater emphasis on the façade and features within the space. It also enhances the view up through the lay light to the upper façade from Savoy Court at night.

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InterContinental Hotels Group’s CEO Returns Home to Open Holiday Inn Manchester MediaCityUK

Daniel Fountain

The 25th November saw the CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Andy Cosslett, return to his home town of Manchester to open the new Holiday Inn Manchester MediaCityUK. The 218 bedroom hotel, owned and operated by Peel Leisure, is in the heart of MediaCityUK in Salford Quays. The hotel has good transport links. It’s a twenty minute drive from Manchester Airport. The new waterside tram station and link road with the M602 also make it easy to reach.

The hotel has a gym and three meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 40 people. Guests can choose to dine in The Green Room Restaurant which serves British food, or the Hub Bar for a light meal.

MediaCityUK, a £650million Peel Media development, is a vibrant waterside community for workers, residents, students and visitors. The first phase of the development is 36 acres (roughly the size of 18 football pitches) and includes office space, a state-of-the art studio building, shops, restaurants, apartments, a five-acre public piazza, and the Holiday Inn.

From 2011, the BBC is relocating more than 2,300 staff to MediaCityUK. BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, Children’s Sport, Learning, and Future Media and Technology will move from London to MediaCityUK in addition to all the BBC’s existing Manchester operations.

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Eco-Friendly Bamboo Service Trays

Daniel Fountain

Bambienti unveil a range of room service trays which are hand-carved entirely out of Bamboo. They are designed for those seeking style that does not cost the Earth.

Bambienti is a relatively new brand that is seeking to connect with those buyers who are looking to obtain ethically sourced, eco friendly products but are reluctant to pay a premium for such principles. These light weight trays are available to trade buyers in three colours, Dark Teak, Oak and White and are produced in two sizes, Medium (L 47cm x D 36cm x H 6cm) and Large (L 59cm x D 44cm x H6cm.)

The handles of the tray are hand carved with generously sized apertures to ensure it is easy to carry.

Bamboo has previously and wrongly been perceived as being too weak for serious interiors projects, however with a high bearing capacity and tensile strength comparable to steel this ancient material has impressive credentials as a viable and long-term alternative to diminishing sustainable hardwood resources. They include the following:

Bamboo offers support to a planet with increasing amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere. It releases more oxygen than the equivalent number of conventional trees, as much as 35% in some cases. It is also capable of removing as much as 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare (10,000 m2).

Bamboo grows incredibly quickly, as much as a metre a day. To compare lifecycles, Rubberwood takes about 25 years to reach felling maturity, Oak takes up to 120 years. Yet Bamboo takes just 2-7 years.

Natural sustainability is one of the most significant advantages Bamboo offers over conventional timber. When a conventional tree is cut down it is gone forever, in contrast Bamboo requires no replanting after harvesting. This is because it has an extensive net-like root system that keeps sending up new shoots.

The underlying principle behind the Bambienti brand is that their efforts should not simply stop at the point of sourcing a green material. Rather that any effort to improve long-term sustainability for the planet is dependent upon the success brands have in enabling communities who continue to live off of their land access to sustainable materials and methods.

Those communities who have suffered land degradation due to uncontrolled or illegal timber logging have in Bamboo a material that can offer some much needed respite for two reasons.

Firstly Bamboo is a viable alternate that can limit our dependence upon already limited conventional timber resources.

Secondly, unlike with conventional trees the root structure of Bamboo can develop within the top soil of degraded land, the culms (Bamboo poles) tend to grow rapidly, cover land very quickly and prevent soil run-off and produce considerable biomass.

Bambienti’s choice of Bamboo is also based upon creative principles. As a material Bamboo is proving to be very adaptable and offers solutions to almost any design objective.


DEDON 2011 from Leisure Plan

Daniel Fountain

The Dedon range is looking more exciting than ever for 2011 with the addition of outdoor carpets, lighting and vases as well as new designer furniture collections. New introductions and classic favourites have been photographed in stunning locations around the world and are all presented in the amazing ‘Tour du Monde’ consumer catalogue, which will be available for distribution very soon. LEISURE PLAN, Dedon’s exclusive marketing and distribution partner for the U.K. and Ireland, will be taking new models into stock next spring ready for another busy season. Large stocks of furniture are held in the U.K. and LEISURE PLAN manufacture highest quality cushions to Dedon’s exacting specifications. All cushions are made to order in the customer’s selected Dedon fabric. Because cushion production is wholly owned and run by LEISURE PLAN they are able to ensure that all cushions are produced within their stipulated manufacturing time of 3 weeks without compromising on quality of workmanship.

LEISURE PLAN pride themselves on maintaining the exclusivity of their three ranges of outdoor furniture (Dedon, EGOParis and Fischer Mobel) by not distributing through mainstream high street retailers. A hand-picked group of companies with exclusive furniture showrooms has been established around the U.K. and each features a display of selected models from the three ranges.

LEISURE PLAN have specialised in bringing highest quality, design-led leisure furniture to the UK market since the company was established some 25 years ago. Their company HQ at Stansted in Essex (10 mins. from Stansted Airport), is the base for an experienced sales team who are able to offer product and market knowledge combined with friendly and personal service. There is also a large showroom dedicated to the three ranges of leisure furniture, where a comprehensive selection of furniture is available for potential buyers or specifiers to see the style and quality as well as experiencing the comfort afforded by good design.

To find showroom locations and to ensure that you receive the new catalogues and prices as soon as they become available, please contact LEISURE PLAN, via their website www.leisureplan.co.uk.

Hillswood Furniture supplies London boutique hotel

Daniel Fountain

Hillswood have recently completed work in the lounge area of a boutique hotel in London. A range of fabrics and leather were used to upholster the furniture which was selected from Hillswood’s extensive collection. In accordance to the client’s specification, the frames were finished in both gold and high gloss black lacquer to create a dramatic look.

Tables with turned legs were specified and completed by Hillswood and lacquered in the same finish to complement the style of the chairs.

Special upholstery was also carried out on a large ottoman for the corner of the lounge.

Product Details

High back leather chairs are from the Tiffany range
Oval back chairs are from the Prototipo collection

Click here for Hillswood Furniture Group in the Directory

Round mirrors from Simpsons Mirrors and Furniture

Daniel Fountain

Simpsons Mirrors and Furniture’s range of round mirrors will add something visually spectacular to any room or public area. Available in several designs, finishes and sizes you can now create stunning pieces of functional art to suit any design scheme.

Antique Tiffany: Distinctive heavy antique grey bevelled mirror tiles laid on a smoke grey mirrored base

Ebony Macassar: Beautifully laid ebony Macassar Veneer with a leather trim


Saxon with Chrome: Leather with chrome inner and outer ring. Available in a choice of over 100 leather finishes

Sunburst Mirror: tapered bevelled tiles finished with high gloss black inner and outer rings

Mr Smith features the Temples of Asia

Daniel Fountain

Mr Smith World Photography, London based fine art photographers feature a captivating collection of images developed over many years of world travel. This portfolio is themed “The Temples of Asia”, from the Amazing Places Collection. Prints are available from the online gallery or as bespoke artwork from Mr Smith’s extensive catalogue.

Traditional and Modern Arabic Interiors by Richmond International for Makkah Clock Royal Tower

Daniel Fountain

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, which has just opened as the focal point of the Abraj Al Bait complex in Saudi Arabia, is situated a few steps away from the Masjid al Haram and the Kaaba, the most sacred site in the Islamic faith and the heart of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Specialist hotel interior designer company, Richmond International, was responsible for creating the interiors for this landmark project, which includes 858 bedrooms and suites, extensive conference and banqueting facilities, dedicated prayer halls and ten food and beverage outlets. “While the sheer volume of the interior architecture creates vast spaces to accommodate the large number of expected guests, the interiors reflect and respect the spiritualism and serenity of what is the holiest city in Islam,” says Terry McGillicuddy, associate, Richmond International.

Richmond has used simple Arabic style as a basis for the decorative detail and embellishment throughout. For example, contemporary screens and etched glass panels inspired by traditional Arabic mashrabiya fret-work have been incorporated to diffuse the large spaces and make them more comfortable and personal.

Creating a sense of contemporary sophistication, the interior design utilises high quality natural materials. Different types of marble, bronze metalwork and rich timber finishes were specified to produce an overall subtle, warm and light ambience. Individually designed hand-made rugs, furnishings, artwork and large-scale chandeliers using contemporary Arabic influences have been produced by manufacturers and craftsmen to European and international standards.

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Chicago’s First JW Marriott Hotel Opens In Historic Burnham Building

Daniel Fountain

Occupying legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham’s historic Continental & Commercial National Bank Building in Chicago’s bustling financial district, the JW Marriott Chicago opened on November 11, 2010. The hotel represents the first JW Marriott branded hotel to open in Chicago. JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is a luxury brand within the Marriott International global family of brands.Featuring exquisite neoclassical design, the new JW Marriott Chicago hotel offers travelers a one-of-a-kind authentic destination in Chicago’s downtown Loop district. Occupying the first 12 floors of the former Continental & Commercial National Bank Building at 151 W. Adams St., the hotel—part of a $396 million restoration spearheaded by architectural firm Lucien Lagrange & Associates—boasts 610 well-appointed guestrooms including 29 corner suites and more than 44,000-square-feet of meeting space; 36 meeting rooms, a beautiful 8,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom and the awe-inspiring 6,000-square-foot Burnham Ballroom featuring the building’s original domed ceiling.

“Make no little plans,” Burnham once said, and the hotel’s owners—which include The Prime Group, Inc., a Chicago-based development firm, and a German-based investment syndicate—took this to heart. In addition to spectacular meeting and function space, the property features a 20,000-square-foot world class spa and fitness center, VALEO; and two different dining options—The Florentine, an Italian Steakhouse created by the BLT Restaurant Group, and a lounge serving more casual plates and sushi.

Guests will be impressed from the moment they step in from the bustling streets of downtown Chicago into the timeless, classical elegance of the hotel’s lobby. The soothing color palette and abundance of marble and other natural materials blend to create a timeless design, making the space a welcoming haven of comfort and productivity.

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Government Responds to ACID’s Petition on Criminal Sanctions for Design Infringement

Daniel Fountain

Following ACID’s (Anti Copying in Design) petition to introduce criminal sanctions for design right infringement The Government has responded by saying the current civil-based provisions provide a suitable IPR framework despite the fact that copyright infringement (which requires no substantive examination) attracts criminal sanctions. This gives rise to anomalies and inequality of treatment which are very damaging to hundreds of small businesses and designers across the UK and restricts the level of legal protection and support they can expect to receive.Dids Macdonald, commenting on the Governments’ response and, in particular, the statement that unlike trade mark and copyright disputes, design right can often be inadvertent said, “In my 20 years personal experience as a designer and latterly as CEO of a 1000+ member organisation (the majority of whom have joined because of design infringement threats), copying is generally deliberate and blatant rather than inadvertent. I would be interested to learn more about the Government’s evidence to support their statement. However, I am encouraged to continue the debate via the recently announced review of the UK’s IP and by the Government’s commitment to explore any (and all) suggestions for improving the designs framework for the benefit of the UK design industry.”

Nick Kounoupias, ACID LOBBY’s legal counsel and an expert in IP infringement said, “We are only suggesting that design rights should be criminalised where there is actual knowledge like copyright. There is no obvious reason for the disparity of protection. This may have been overlooked during the frenzied last minute lobbying and amendments made to the CDPA in 1988 as it was passing through Parliament. Design right protection was a relatively late innovation in 1988 and at the time it was probably felt that it was a step too far to extend to design right the new improved protection introduced for copyright in 1988. Certainly no rational basis for the inequality has been advanced by Government.”

The simple legal solution would be to introduce into the CDPA two new Sections to mirror S.107(1) and 110 (Copyright Patents and Designs Act (CDPA). The wording would be almost identical to Sections 107(1) and 110 and would be designed to criminalise the infringement of the design right subsisting in 3D designs. This can be done very simply by replacing the word “copyright” every time it appears in Sections 107(1) and 110 with the words “design right” and the words “copyright work” with the word “design.” It would then be necessary to make consequential amendments to mirror Sections 107 (4), 107 (5) 107A, 108 and 109 CDPA. As with copyright infringement this would criminalise blatant and deliberate copying but not copying inadvertently.

The Alliance Against IP Theft representing 20 organisations (of which ACID is a member) has recognised the need to ensure legal parity across IP rights as a key campaigning principle with a need to address the inconsistency in protection for design rights agreed as a specific objective. “ This is why the Alliance Against IP Theft is delighted to be working with ACID to address these anomalies and ensure that designers and creators have the same level of legal protection and support enjoyed by holders of other forms of intellectual property.” said Lavinia Carey, Chair of the Alliance.

In 2008 there were only 2798 designs registered in the UK and in 2009 2111. Most of the UK’s 250,000 designers would appear to rely on unregistered rights. This is contrary to the Government statement that IP, including design rights should serve to stimulate an environment in which new design ideas can flourish, whilst also providing a robust means of protection for existing design rights. ACID receives approximately 30,000 designs per year to its Design Data Bank for unregistered designs.

Craftwood Interiors Launches New & Improved Website!

Daniel Fountain

Craftwood Interiors would like to introduce their new and improved website at www.craftwood-uk.com. Working together with a marketing and website design team Craftwood Interiors have re-developed their website into an informative resource for clients, furniture enthusiasts – in fact anybody who wants to learn more about Craftwood Interiors and the world of banquette seating!Our extensive portfolio has been updated to allow you to view a range of projects from large to small. The new easy to use portfolio viewer will allow you to see that Craftwood Interiors can produce a wide range of styles and have the potential to make any of your designs a reality.

Whether you’re a new or existing client, take a look at our new website. We’re confident that you will find the information you require. If you would like further information or would like to discuss a potential project, please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0)1202 485115.

Chelsom to exhibit at The Sleep Event 2010

Daniel Fountain

For the fifth year running, Chelsom will be participating at The Sleep Event, which this year takes place at the Business Design Centre, London on 24-25th November.As well as giving us the opportunity to showcase some of the latest products from the Chelsom Edition 22 lighting collection, this year’s event holds even more excitement for the company…

The Product Innovation Awards

The SLIM desk lamp, first used on the Hilton The Hague project, has been shortlisted for the product innovation awards, which highlights new and inspired products for the hospitality market. The fitting is unique and has already become a firm favourite with designers and specifiers of hotel lighting. Click here for more information.

The European Design Awards

We are delighted that a bespoke lighting scheme, designed by ICA, and manufactured by Chelsom forms part of a nomination or the European Hotel Design Awards, within the ‘Hotel Brand of the Year Award’ category. The generic interior scheme for Holiday Inn Express, which was created by ICA, has already been used within 14 UK and European hotels. Click here for more information.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you onto the Chelsom stand (M4), to introduce you to the new collection. If you can’t make this year’s show, please take a look at our new website www.chelsom.co.uk to see some of the latest products and most recent installations.

If you would like any further information on any of the services we offer, please contact the marketing department on 01253 831406.

Signbox launch four new products at the forthcoming Sleep Event

Daniel Fountain

Signbox are delighted to announce that the forthcoming Sleep Event will be the first reveal for four important new products including a truly revolutionary development in smart posters displays. Please visit our stand number V8a for the first opportunity to see:

Enlighten – a genuine revolution in affordable illuminated smart poster systems incorporating next generation NFC technology.

Signet – a step change in architectural illuminated entrance signage: a strikingly elegant combination of sign & light.

Cedo and Podo – a Braille and tactile floor based wayfinding system to help the visually impaired easily find their way around hotels.

Timber fin – a sustainable, contemporary and durable sign solution for external hotel applications – a natural alternative to aluminium appealing to environmentally aware organisations.

The Signbox team would be delighted to meet you on their stand V8a at The Sleep Event to show you these exciting new products first hand.

The Sleep Event is being held at the Business Design Centre, London (24th-25th November 2010).

Bespoke Media Panel for New Westminster Bridge Hotel

Daniel Fountain

Decorative electrical wiring accessories and lighting controls manufacturer Hamilton Litestat has supplied a unique table-mounted media and power outlet for the impressive new Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel’s 1,021 contemporary bedrooms and suites.The bespoke product was designed by Hamilton’s team of experts, who worked closely with the hotel’s architects to ensure that the final product met the aesthetic, engineering and safety requirements of one of London’s largest hotels. Hamilton’s interpretation of the brief realised the designer’s concept while meeting the functional criteria and the requirements of current electrical standards.

The freestanding unit has been finished with Hamilton’s piano black – a glassy mirrored finish to enhance the hotel’s contemporary, high specification interior. Its smooth curves and clean lines are inspired by popular Apple products such as the iPad and Mac computers. The panel features a combination of British 13 amp sockets, European and American sockets, a speaker socket for MP3 players and an internet connection point that allows guests to access the hotel’s broadband network. Given the hotel’s prime central location the product has been designed and produced for the needs of both business and leisure guests who can easily make use of their own portable electrical equipment with no need for international adaptors. It also means that guests aren’t required to find a socket at a lower level or unplug any fixed hotel equipment.

Ian Hamilton, Hamilton’s managing director, said the scale of the project (over 1,100 units were produced) reflected the growing need for bespoke products to cope with the increasingly complicated demands of modern living.

“A hotel of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge’s standard requires products that aren’t run of the mill to meet its guests’ high standards,” commented Ian. “This particular product is an example of combining particular functionality with a carefully designed aesthetic that turns what is essentially quite a utilitarian product into an interesting, attractive design feature. The fact that it’s in every bedroom and suite in the building ensures each guest experiences that level of design as standard, even though the product is anything but a standard item in terms of manufacture.”

The Prince of Wales Officially Reopens The Savoy

Daniel Fountain

The Prince of Wales officially reopened The Savoy on 2nd November after one of the most ambitious hotel restoration projects ever undertaken in London. The architectural practice on the project was ReardonSmith who, for over four years, provided a dedicated, senior team of architects and technicians, many of whom were permanently on-site to oversee the re-birth of this great hotel tradition.Working closely with the planners and heritage bodies, as well as with interior design company, PYR, and structural engineers, Buro Happold, ReardonSmith has handed over a building fit for the 21st Century which is also spectacularly glamorous and beautifully groomed. Importantly, it remains every bit The Savoy with its spirit and design heritage intact, since the Edwardian age – when the hotel was originally built – and the Art Deco period – when it was significantly extended – are now clarified and celebrated to their full. Behind the scenes, the building has been taken back to its early structure, stabilised and given an entirely new services infrastructure, spaces have been rationalised, existing architectural and design gems carefully restored or replicated, a new lift and new kitchens have been introduced and rooms returned to look just as they did before while other areas have been “rediscovered” to become glamorous new spaces.

Riverside Façade Riverside Faience The first architectural milestone in the restoration was the stabilisation of the riverside façade. In 1911, an extension to this elevation had made The Savoy London’s first all en-suite hotel and had involved the construction of massive steel trusses on the roof overhanging the existing façade from which the new frontage was suspended. A feat of engineering in its day, the structure had inevitably moved and corroded over the intervening years, calling for a new and innovative solution. This was also the opportunity to rationalise the space within the riverside guestrooms, removing some of the internal structure so that bathrooms could be totally re-organised and more space released into the bedroom.

Temporary steels were driven into the building to support it while the façade was inched upwards over a period of weeks – monitored by infrared beams from across the River Thames – so that remedial work could be undertaken.

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Mr Smith features London’s Architectural Detail

Daniel Fountain

Mr Smith World Photography, London based fine art photographers feature a captivating collection of images developed over many years of world travel.

This portfolio is themed “Architectural Detail”, from the London Collection. Prints are available from the online gallery or as bespoke artwork from Mr Smith’s extensive catalogue.

Law Courts Carreras Factory Bank of England
Paddington Station Royal Exchange Alexandra Palace
Westminster Abbey Leadenhall Market Houses of Parliament

Simpsons Mirrors and Furniture provides the perfect solution

Daniel Fountain

Simpsons Mirrors and Furniture are in the business of creating beautiful living spaces where practicality and aesthetics go hand in hand. For those who do not find televisions visually appealing, the issue of where to position the screen without it looking obtrusive and unsightly is challenging, but not without solution.Simpsons can now transform your television into a beautiful mirror when it is not being used. Essentially we can provide any frame from our extensive Simpsons range with two-way glass, transforming it into a mirror when the TV is off.

There are principally two methods of framing: one is the same size as the TV screen, the other is a larger mirror than the TV with the TV on display in a section within the mirror.

Simpsons can work with any TV brand and design, but please note we do not supply or manufacture televisions.

For more information on any of our frames or services, please visit our website.

IDEAL in the South of France

Daniel Fountain

If anyone has been wondering what IDEAL Marble and Granite have been up to over the past year or so we can now reveal that they have just completed their largest project to date on the Cap D’Antibe in the South of France.With over 2000m2 of the highest quality marble, limestone and granite, this INCREDIBLE Villa is one of the most luxurious in one of the most affluent areas in the World.

IDEAL and their expert installers have been working on the Project for 18 months producing 6 fully clad bathrooms, 5 staircases, 1000m2 of French Limestone terrace paving, 600m2 of matched marble flooring, marble mosaics to the swimming pool and even the driveway in granite setts to a European fan design.

The owner, a private client, has stated that he is delighted with the result and that the quality is to a World class standard.

Contact Derek Burt at IDEAL Marble for any enquiries for projects in the UK or abroad.

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Wrights Fine Furniture: Education Goes Green

Daniel Fountain

Wrights Fine Furniture has completed two projects for the education sector bringing the colour of nature into the dining environment.The new bright colour and simple, picnic style design was chosen by the college students and staff at North West Kent College for their refectory.

Hardwood edges and Perstorp high pressure laminates were used on both table tops and bench seats due to their strength and durability in high use areas.

Green was also the colour choice for Millbrook School, High Wickham. Booth style ‘Contourmold’ from the Waymar collection was chosen for this project and the extremely hardwearing seats are finished in “Formica USA” laminate.

Providing a pleasant environment has proved to be essential for staff and student’s moral.

Wright’s Fine Furniture is the sole distributor within the UK and Ireland for Waymar Industries, USA, manufacturers of booth seating for American Diners, Restaurants and Canteens.

Baulmann Leuchten in Paris and London

Daniel Fountain

Baulmann Leuchten is going to present the latest product developments at the international hospitality exhibition “Equip’Hotel Paris” in hall 7.2 stand R45. The exhibition is held in Paris from November 14th to 18th.Only one week later the team of Baulmann Leuchten will also attend the Sleep Event in London. The exhibition-booth will be located on M6.

Baulmann Leuchten is going to present several new developments in the field LED-lighting.

RJD Interiors to Exhibit at First Exhibition in Burton upon Trent

Daniel Fountain

RJD Interiors are excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at the Business Generator 2010 on Tuesday 16th November from 8am – 4pm at Meadowside Leisure Centre, Burton upon Trent.

For more details, download the PDF here.

RHA Furniture in Hilton Berlin, Hilton Hague & Hotels Van Oranje

Daniel Fountain

RHA has been busy supplying furniture to more international hotels. Along with many other overseas projects this year, RHA highlights for 2010 include the provision of stylish lounge furniture for the guestrooms and suites at both Hilton Berlin & Hague.

Hotels Van Oranje was another successful overseas project for RHA; the extremely luxurious tables, chairs & sofas look stunning in the hotel’s prestigious Beachclub O.

Furniture featured in the Hilton Berlin photo: Baobab rounded chairs & circular wenge topped tables on chromed metal bases.

Furniture featured in the Beachclub O. photo: Tiffany chairs, Tiffany sofas & high gloss triangular dining tables.

Furniture featured in the Hilton Hague photo: Babele floor lamps, Jill Poltrona swivel lounge chair & matching ottoman.

Click here for RHA Furniture in the Directory

Bespoke designs for international show

Daniel Fountain

Contract furnishing supplier Hotel Solutions will showcase the best in bespoke design at a major international hotel design exhibition in November.

It is the first time that North East-based Hotel Solutions, which offers a turnkey service to hotels throughout the UK, has exhibited at the annual Sleep Event; widely regarded as Europe’s premier showcase for international design.The Sleep Event is held on November 24 and 25 at the Business Design Centre in London and is staged alongside the Sleep Event Conference and the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards.

“The UK hotel design market remains buoyant and we are as busy as we have ever been,” said Hotel Solutions managing director Paul Satow. “We will join more than 500 renowned exhibitors at the event, which attracts hotel owners and operators, investors, developers and designers, architects and consultants.”

The Hotel Solutions stand at the event will showcase bespoke design, including a carpet especially designed and made for the occasion by one of the firm’s suppliers, Ulster Carpets.
Display beds are also being specially made for the event, and the stand will also showcase a special sliding bedside console system, which is largely unknown in the UK.

Seating, a desk and mini-bar cupboard will also be displayed alongside multi-textured soft furnishings in shades of winter berries and charcoal, plus a contemporary faux leather headboard in bright white.

Hotel Solutions has just completed a major refurbishment programme at The Stanwell Hotel near Heathrow, plus a contract to create the bedrooms for the landmark new Lodge in the Vale hotel at the heart of the Lake District.

The company has designed and furnished rooms in the past for, among others, Close House Hotel near Newcastle, the Fox Country House Hotel, High Wycombe, and Best Western Hotels throughout the UK.

“Our work during 2010 has taken us throughout the country, completing a series of important contracts which have contributed to the growth of Hotel Solutions this year,” said Satow. “Our clients appreciate the fact that we take them from the earliest design stage to project completion, providing everything from the first computer-aided designs to bespoke furniture manufacture and installation, plus every accessory. This means they have the confidence and convenience of working with just one supplier and project manager.”

Franklite lights the way to ‘green’ homes

Daniel Fountain

Franklite has just supplied all the LED lighting for Huntingdonshire District Councils Green House Project in St.Ives, Cambridgeshire. The lighting throughout the home is powered by FRANKled LED6 light engines and is supplied in a variety of fittings including glass, shade and IP rated options.

FRANKled is a completely new range of superior LED and low energy products from lighting specialists Franklite.

This showpiece for Huntingdonshire DC uses wall lights, pendant, table lamps, floor lamps and downlights throughout the home; saving up to 80% of the energy used by tungsten lamps and would be perfect for hotel guest rooms. There are also downlights which give a good white light, but also utilize RGB colour changing technology to totally change the ambience of bars or function rooms. For public areas a radar unit can be supplied to provide instant light only when required.

If saving costs and energy are an important issue, FRANKled has a solution. Innovations for modern times manufactured by an established UK lighting company.

LED product datasheets – up to 80% energy saving without compromise.

LED6 Light Engine, LED7 Downlight Engine, Series XL3001, Series XL3002, Series XL3003/RGB

Olga Polizzi to speak at The Sleep Event Conference

Daniel Fountain

There are only 13 days left until The Sleep Event Conference – with limited seating available make sure you secure your place now for this leading conference, dedicated to European hotel design, development and investment. The Sleep Event Conference is excited to announce that the winner of the European Hotel Design Awards prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’, Olga Polizzi, will be speaking at this year’s Conference.

Olga, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Collection, will present on Wednesday 24 November at 15:00. Olga is daughter of the late Lord Forte and younger sister of Sir Rocco. She has been working since 1996 to build up the luxury hotel company, The Rocco Forte Collection, as well as being heavily involved with multiple charities and opening her own hotel with daughter Alex.

Click here to book your place now. Prices start from £350 for a one day pass and £450 for a two day pass.

Olga will join others from across the industry at the Sleep Event Conference, which this year focuses on first-hand accounts of various hotels projects journeys from planning to opening. Projects include: The Savoy, London; Vidago Palace, Portugal; Costa Navarino, Greece; Tune Hotels, London; The Squair and many more.

Nemo Chair from Design-Conscious

Daniel Fountain

The Nemo chair designed by Fabio Novembre for Driade and Design-Conscious made an impressive entrance to the market when it was launched at the Milan furniture fair this year (2010). A huge statement piece for either indoors or outside. A Sculpture and a Chair.Nemo is equally at home in a Classical Vila or poolside in Miami – the face of a beauty that we would normally associate with a Venetian mask maybe, translated in to a huge sculpture that also has the function of being comfortable enveloping seat.

Made from rotationally moulded polyethylene, and available in matt black & white finishes and also in a high gloss red lacquered finish.

We have seen this product receive a very enthusiastic reaction to all sorts of applications – from the first that we installed in the grounds of stunning Peel Castle from Grand Designs, to a modern apartment with balcony where this piece acts as both sculpture and sheltered seating in a very limited space. We have also used these chairs to create a distinct feature as waiting room seating in a Beauty Spa.

If you are looking for large statement pieces to add impact to big areas, and interactive experiences to delight your guests, or just a one off talking point to add to a vista, then the Nemo chair is worth considering.

Robust, weather proof, easy to clean, relatively lightweight if you need to move them around, yet with a solid and stable construction that will last for years.

Striking Furniture Design for Tsukiji Sushi Bar Restaurant

Daniel Fountain

Hillswood Furniture recently completed work on London’s 5* Westbury Hotel’s brand new Tsukiji Sushi Bar Restaurant. Hillswood upholstered the bespoke dining chairs to the designer’s specification using Sunbury faux leather. The tables were selected from Hillswood’s extensive range of table tops & bases. The overall effect is contemporary, sharp and dramatic.

Hillswood can upholster bespoke seating to any height and specification as seen on our “bespoke seating” section of our website.

Rainbow of colours added to Banquette Seating Section

Daniel Fountain

Following the unprecedented successful launch of Hill Cross Furniture’s interactive banquette seating section last year, we have further enhanced the section by adding 10 additional coloured mock leather fabric options – in total there are now 15 mock leather colours to choose from. This development has come about due to customer requests – the demand for more shade variations and vibrant banquette seating upholstery colour options.

We have had more customers asking for more unusual upholstery colour options including fluted backed banquette seating in cream mock leather but with a twist – all show stitching to be in fuchsia pink to tie in with the customer’s interior environment. We have also seen a new trend towards customers using more citrus mock leather colours such as lime green and yellow with piping in hot pink or adding glamour by using Swarovski crystals instead of plain upholstered buttons. All of these options add a new dimension to banquette seating design and make the interior of any venue unique in its own right. So the addition of yellow, lime green, pink and purple, to name but a few, have brought our banquette seating section right up-to-date.

Hill Cross Furniture’s bespoke banquette seating service has been massively in demand this year, which includes our design and planning service, on-site bespoke manufacturing and upholstery service as well as their complete installation service.

In conjunction we have also redesigned our banquette seating brochure which will be ready for download in the next few weeks – watch this space.

In the meantime you can still download our current banquette seating brochure which is full of additional banquette seating options.

To create your banquette seating design select the Banquette Seating option from the Furniture Types drop-down menu and get interactive.

Porto de Mos: London Projects

Daniel Fountain

Porto de Mos has been commissioned by London architect Bruce Cavell to supply custom designed hand painted ceramic tile murals to Birley’s Sandwiches.The London based restaurant chain has incorporated the beauty and durability of ceramic tile murals into three of its London locations.

Porto de Mos can fabricate ceramic tile murals using your original art and logos.

‘FLAT’ LED Lighting from Altatensione and FW Lighting

Daniel Fountain

Altatensione, in conjunction with FW Lighting launch their latest range of high Power LED Eco friendly light fixtures FLAT, that are aimed squarely at architects and lighting designers.Aesthetics, Performance, Technology and Reliability are the primary design criteria for the Flat range which is manufactured from die cast aluminium.

Designed for interior and exterior illumination, the FLAT range is both discrete and reserved in its appearance, lending itself perfectly to countless architectural lighting applications.

Importantly, FLAT also meets the new 2010 Part L regulations for lumens per watt providing class leading lumen packages and colour rendering properties (CRI) of up to 93.

The electronic components used to power the LEDs guarantee colour stabilization and are available in 8watt and 16watt designs. Three colour temperatures are available, warm white 3250k, neutral white 4350k, and 6500k daylight deluxe.

Secondary lenses provide three principal beam widths 6° narrow, 24° medium and 37° wide, providing optimum design flexibility for any application.

Due to the heat created by high intensity LEDs, FLAT uses the latest heat-sink profiles to ensure long life and trouble free operation.

Designs on Europe’s Sleep Event

Daniel Fountain

The Sleep Event, London is Europe’s premier exhibition for the design, architecture and development of hotels.Aqua Creations have sponsored the creation of the ‘Lounge’ at the Show. The 47.25 sq meter lounge is being created by designLSM Senior Designer Clare Devlin, highly experienced in her field having previously designed the interior of The Vincent Hotel and highly-acclaimed Runnymede-on-thames.

The Lounge will feature a large panel of wall lights as a focal point on the centre back wall. The majority of the finishes will be monochromatic with the occasional flash of brown and burnt orange. Rather than using standard wallpaper panels, individual patchworks have been created from different ranges and framed giving an arty edge. Mirrors have been strategically placed between the wallpaper and lighting panel on the back wall to reflect the hustle and bustle of passers-by to give visitors to the show a realistic sense of ambient hotel surroundings as well as creating an approachable and stylish space to meet clients and relax in.

The Sleep Event takes place on 24th & 25th November at the Business Design Centre, London. Register here for FREE

ACID Holds Further Talks with UK IPO CEO on Design Right Issues

Daniel Fountain

ACID Ambassador Dr Frederick Mostert ACID’s Chief legal counsel Nick Kounoupias and ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald recently held further constructive talks with UK IPO’s John Alty to present the rationale behind ACID’s claim for design rights to be brought in line with copyright and trade marks.ACID’s argument is based on the fact that copyright is a property right subsisting inter alia in “artistic works” – see Section 1(1) (a) CDPA and Design right is a property right subsisting in original designs (S.213 (1) CDPA). ACID believes that copyright and design rights are exactly the same type of legal right and should be treated similarly. ACID further argues the fact that copyright infringement is in certain circumstances a criminal offence (see S.198 CDPA).

These crimes are punishable by up to ten years imprisonment. Infringement of design right is not a criminal offence and can be dealt with by way of civil proceedings only and we believe that this gives rise to anomalies and inequality of treatment

The Alliance Against IP Theft has placed ACID’s lobbying issues in its main strategy for 2011+

• Design right to have parity with copyright
• Increase in exemplary damages for IP infringement

Dids Macdonald said, “We have provided a compelling rationale and now that we have full backing from the influential Alliance Against IP Theft, I feel that this will be a positive step forward in ensuring that Andrew Gower’s recommendations to the UKIPO for parity in IP rights will be nearer reality. It is long overdue for the design industry. Our next step is to present our case to IP Minister Baroness Wilcox.”

A full rationale from Nick Kounoupias can be viewed here.

Mr Smith features Trees and Forests from around the World

Daniel Fountain

Mr Smith World Photography, London based fine art photographers feature a captivating collection of images developed over many years of world travel. This portfolio is themed “Trees and Forests”, from the Natural World Collection. Prints are available from the online gallery or as bespoke artwork from Mr Smith’s extensive catalogue.

Cliq Designs Launches Midi Quilted Throw

Daniel Fountain

Preston based soft furnishings designer and manufacturer Cliq Designs has launched a new midi quilted throw that will allow hotel guestroom designers and specifiers to make a dramatic visual impact, as well as offering customers a practical and comfortable addition to their sleep experience.Focusing on aesthetic innovation, Cliq’s new midi quilted throw is 200 cm deep – in contrast to narrower 65 cm scarf width and 130 cm full width throws. As well as making an impressive visual statement, the midi quilted throw provides additional warmth at night, and can be doubled over to suit guests’ needs.

The new midi quilted throw can be produced in the designer’s supplied choice of fabric, lining, edging and finish/quilting options. Alternatively, it can be ordered fully made up from Cliq Designs’ Off The Peg boucle fabric range and from the Bene range of 100% organic cotton fabrics that incorporate an eco-friendly fire retardant.

The new midi quilted throw has already been specified at the recently completed Scarlet Hotel at Mawgan Porth in Cornwall, and Cliq Designs’ managing director Adam Bolton says that the range has emerged through careful analysis of what hotels and, just as importantly, their customers want from a guest bedroom. “We worked in collaboration with the developers of the Scarlet Hotel and designer Stephan Oberwegner of Max Bentheim to create a new form of throw. The midi quilted throw makes an innovative statement in guestroom design, and offers a hotel’s customers a new way to enjoy their sleep experience.”

Dawnvale completes Nutters Bar & Restaurant refurbishment

Daniel Fountain

Interior fit out specialists Dawnvale have just completed an impressive new Bar Lounge for Celebrity Chef Andrew Nutter’s, Nutters Restaurant.

Run with his family, Andrew and his father had a clear idea what would complement their award winning venue. Coupled with Dawnvale’s knowledge, experience and creativity, the Restaurant now has a bar lounge to rival any restaurant. Gone are the aged tables, chairs and interior; now in their place is a contemporary lounge area for pre-dinner drinks and Champagne cocktails.The entire lounge and bar areas were all part of a fast track refurbishment program, all of which were carried out and managed by Dawnvale. A bespoke interior scheme was designed, manufactured and installed to complete the classic modern interior within the10 day program.

The entire wing of the Manor was stripped back to the shell with the refurbishment program incorporating structural works, M&E, building and joinery along with all interior finishes, furniture and fittings to walls and floors.

With teams working round the clock and the odd hidden gem uncovered along the way in the old property, the skills and experience of our contracting team coped with all obstacles, and finished on time and within budget.

With an eye for attention to detail, Nutters have further contracted Dawnvale to refurbish the Bar and Commercial kitchen to same high standards as the Lounge, providing the Manor House with the perfect interior for the extravagance of Andrew Nutters cuisine.

Andrew commented: “after using Dawnvale on other projects, we had no hesitation in using them on this of which is our largest to date. Dawnvale provided a professional approach to everything that was expected to deliver the perfect finish, from the initial design to the final product. There was a complete trust factor and an open book policy – “Just close the door and i’ll leave you to it – see you in 10 days!”

Andrew Nutter is an award winning Chef, hosts numerous TV programmes, has his own books, judges many cookery events and of course demonstrates at major food events around the country, the list is endless!

Nutters Restaurant is housed in the lavish setting of an 18th century manor house, set in 6 ½ acres of groomed parkland with spectacular views across Ashworth moors, all this makes perfect settings for the extravagance of Andrew Nutters cuisine.

Classic Scandinavian Design Revisited In the Audrey Contract Collection

Daniel Fountain

MFUK-Furniture presents the Audrey furniture collection, a new selection of contract furniture for the hotel and leisure industry. The collection comes with a flexible combination of chair, sofas and chaise longue that had been especially design for hotel lobby and public areas.

The elegant soft curves, combined with the subtle use of the colours, provide a sense of calm and relaxation without compromising the defined shapes of the furniture pieces.

A collection with unique character which could enhance any space.

Magis ‘Me Too’ range from Design-Conscious

Daniel Fountain

Children’s furniture – do you cater for the requirements of your young guests, or particularly want to appeal as a family friendly establishment? Then the Magis ‘Me Too’ range from Design-Conscious has some wonderful items especially designed for children by some of Europe’s top Designers.Troli rocking chair for example was awarded the coveted Compasso d’Oro design prize for its brilliant multifunctional design. It is suitable for use indoors and outside, and with three seating options in one unit, high seat, low chair and rocking toy – it will appeal for children of all ages, but was particularly designed with ages 2-6 in mind.

One of our most popular products is the iconic Puppy sit on dogs, designed by Eero Aarnio. Used a seat or just a fun decoration inside or outdoors, puppy is available in 3 colours and 4 sizes from Small Terrier size to XL Giant Great Dane size!

For play areas both indoor and outdoor there is the cute Julian cat chair designed by Javier Mariscal & the new Dodo rocker will keep children entertained in style, as will the Nido Cave which is a big piece of kit, but a fun alternative to a twee play house!

Axminster Carpets goes to town

Daniel Fountain

The impressive Rotherham Town Hall now welcomes visitors with a striking Ready to Weave carpet from Axminster Commercial. Featuring the Metropolitan Borough Council’s coat of arms as a focal point surrounded by a custom design, the bespoke Axminster was specified by Jan Armitage, Architectural Assistant, Environment and Development Services:

“We had recently used Axminster Carpets within the closely located Members Suite and when it came to refurbishing the Town Hall, I knew that Axminster could deliver upon my expectations. Of course, we not only had to consider the design of the carpet throughout all areas, but also the enduring quality demanded by the footfall expected within the building.”

Covering 1,300m2 of floor space, the two final designs were the result of extensive development work between Jan Armitage and the Axminster Commercial in-house design team. The patterns reflect the heritage of the council and compliment the interior décor of the magnificent building, while also keeping maintenance to a minimum – an important aspect in public areas. Drawing from the 32 standard colours available through the Ready to Weave concept meant that the carpet could be produced within just four weeks of order.

Installed by Pyramid Carpets of Sheffield and using a high performance 80% pure new wool 20% nylon construction for durability and appearance retention, the bespoke Axminster adorns everywhere from the impressive reception area to corridors, stairways, chambers and private rooms:

“For public areas we developed a striking black colourway with gold swirls overlaid for a modern feel, and in the reception area and chambers the crest of the council acts as a central motif,” continues Jan Armitage. “Within the Committee Rooms and the corridor leading to them, we have added a black border to provide added definition, while in the John Smith Room the same pattern is employed, but with a flash of red for an added dimension.”

The same gold swirls and black base surround the central coat of arms motif in the reception, with arcs of red, gold and black adding a strong contemporary influence. In fact, one of the red arcs also works to link the corridors and stairs leading to the Mayoral suite, which adopts a rich red colour and a more traditional gold swirl pattern that flows elegantly from the access areas through to the office itself.

“We are absolutely delighted with the finished result and it was a pleasure to work with the Axminster team in the development of our designs. The manufacturing lead times of the Ready to Weave concept also helped us to achieve the refurbishment within our allotted timescale, of great importance given the public and civic duties that take place within the town hall,” Concludes Jan Armitage.

Abbotsford Springs Back To Life Recreating Traditional Contract Woollen Fabrics

Daniel Fountain

With a new motivated and skilled workforce, the ‘ABBOTSFORD’ brand is re-launching from our new premises, set in the heart of the historic wool region of West Yorkshire.A vast array of dobby and jacquard looms are available to manufacture an extensive range of woven fabrics to the standards of severe contract use. Exceptional quality is assured with nearly all our fabrics comprising above 90% pure new wool.

Abbotsford’s latest collection will be available in November 2010. Inspired by contemporary fashion, these new textiles, using both layered textures and exciting colours, will evoke a variety of moods to completely transform any dull surroundings. Designs will incorporate modern edge retro floras, animal prints and suit stripes.

Abbotsford’s extremely popular finest 100% pure new Melton Wools are also being updated with trend-driven colours including acidic kiwi, citrus and mango, along with soft ocean blue, denim and coral.

Create bespoke innovative environments! Re-think your interiors!

Abbotsford offer a tailored service to match any pantone shade reference in quantities of over sixty metres in piece dyed fabrics.

For a quick overview of the latest collection or sampling, visit our website via our page in the Directory.

10-day ‘HOPPY’ hour with Extremis at Interieur 2010

Daniel Fountain

exterior-interior are pleased to announce the launch of the new Hopper product from Extremis. Extremis, known worldwide for setting the trend in outdoor living, is presenting its latest ‘Hopper’ design at Interieur 2010. This involves a notably innovative combined table and seats, designed for congenial social gatherings. Its designer, Dirk Wynants, immediately thought of adding a suitable awning. To really enter into the spirit of things, visitors who slide into a seat at the ‘Hopper’ can try out the home-brew beer ‘Tremist’. So, it’s a 10-day ‘Hoppy’ hour at the Extremis stand! Extremis – Snuggling up together

Extremis is much more than just a line in furniture – it’s a way of life, aimed at bringing people together to enjoy life to the full. For the past 15 years, Extremis, based in West Flanders, has been making Tools for Togetherness, or – to put it in the fruity local dialect, ‘Snuggling up together’.

Designer Dirk Wynants draws his inspiration from history, other cultures, even from art…. above all, he’s concerned with those moments when people want to be together. For the new ‘Hopper’, he was thinking about large groups of people who want to sit together at a long table for pleasure and enjoyment. Just think of ‘Rustic Wedding’ by Pieter Breughel or the well-known beer-festivals, and you’ll get the idea.

Those antique long tables have been turned by Extremis into the interlinked ‘Hopper’ model, into which light, water or a fire can be incorporated. If you so wish, the table can feature an oil lamp, ice-bucket or grill hob. A new shade has also been provided for the new combined table and seats, making you feel immediately as if you’re in Provence.

‘Hoppy hour’ with home-brew beer

Close by Extremis’s home base at Westhoek, Dirk Wynants planted a hop orchard three years ago. He used the first harvest to start brewing his own beer, christened ‘Tremist’. Extremis is paying homage to his Tools for Togetherness philosophy by having visitors drop in at the stand at Interieur and take a seat at the ‘Hopper’ to enjoy a nice ‘Tremist’. Belgian, flamboyant and above all friendly!

Tremist has become an authentic and distinctive beer. The matching beer-glass was designed especially for Extremis in 2007 by the Belgian designer Nedda El-Asmar.

Useful info
Kortrijk Xpo Hall 6 / Stand 610 / 15-24 October 2010

New Collection of Haute Couture Contract Furniture for the Hotel Sector

Daniel Fountain

MFUK-Furniture has launched a new collection of haute couture contract furniture specially produced for the hotel and leisure sector.The subtle design of the new products is achieving an aesthetic that is at the same time modern and classic, elegant and functional.

The new collection includes high quality sofas, lounge and dinning chairs and they have competitive prices.

For more information visit our website via our page in the Directory.

Mr Smith previews new artwork collection

Daniel Fountain

Mr Smith World Photography, London based fine art photographers are previewing a series of images created in the South Western United States during October. Photographs featuring the Natural World, Americana and ghost towns are available for bespoke portfolios from which a series of prints will also be released. Highlights of the collection are images created in Death Valley, Monument Valley and the Sierra Navada mountain range; the wrecks and relics of Route 66 in Arizona, and the astonishing ghost towns of Bodie and Goldfield.

To download a pdf brochure previewing the collection, click here. (Please note, this file is 3.4MB)

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Popular Hotel Rouge in Washington, Dc, Gets The Glamour Treatment

Daniel Fountain

Dawson Design Associates, Inc. unveiled recently the intended design for the Hotel Rouge, owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties and managed by Kimpton Hotels. Minutes away from major city attractions such as the Smithsonian, the National Mall, the Washington Monument, and Union Station, the hotel is centrally located in the heart of Washington DC. Having long been a favorite hotel by the locals, both for its flamboyantly-styled guestrooms and public spaces, it quickly became “the cool hangout scene” when it was opened in the winter of 2002. The owner’s, LaSalle Hotels, desire was to maintain the core identity and attitude of the hotel, but to update the Hotel Rouge to renew its shine and luster as well as capture today’s new guests.

The Hotel Rouge is billed as the “living embodiment of ‘glam’” and was designed originally by Michael Moore as an escape from the ordinary in a town that is filled with tradition and blue suits and power ties. The new Bar Rouge will “up” its chic and glamour factor by a few levels, showcasing a really high-fashion look. “We wanted to create a really dynamic focal point by adding a strong ceiling graphic that plays with the hotels identity,” said Crystal Mazzali, lead concept designer on the project. The original ceiling mural was designed to capture a modern-day ‘noir-graphic novel’. The Bar Rouge and the appropriately named Darkroom will lure new patrons along with the hotel’s familiar clientele.

Andrea Dawson Sheehan, President of Dawson Design Associates, Inc. says that she finds that DDA’s clients are now strategically following through on renovations that were put on hold due to the recession. “Although we’ve worked very closely with LaSalle, Kimpton, and the Hotel Rouge over the past few years maintaining the hotel’s integrity of quality, we did so with the plan that as soon as it was feasible we would be able to follow-through and implement the ultimate goal of the renovation that the Hotel Rouge needed and deserved. We feel that we’ve achieved this quality in design not just creatively, but in a very smart and economical kind of way,” remarks Sheehan.

Taking Theatre kitchen to a new level

Daniel Fountain

Dawnvale have been involved with the Chaophraya family from its early beginnings 5 yrs ago, so it’s no surprise that the experienced Bar and Fit Out team at their Head Office in Manchester were given a brief to test their true skills.‘The kitchen has to look like your own; expectations are high and it has to be superbly finished – like a Porsche. The kitchen is on full view, even the behind counter so it needs to look sexy, oh… and please confirm this will be perfect!’

This was no surprise given the precise detail achieved on the previous parent Restaurant Chaophraya. Having successfully worked on the first Chaophraya in Manchester 5 yrs ago, then onto Chaophraya Liverpool to create a unique Royal Thai Fine Dining Cuisine restaurant, and currently a further refurbishment program in Manchester underway, the benchmark had been set. In conjunction with Chaophraya, Liverpool also featured Palm Sugar Lounge Bar which equally set high standards for a complementary theme and interior bar finish.

The new Chaobaby at the Trafford Centre appear to be raising the standards again, but the bespoke design and brief was an exciting challenge. As specialists in the leisure industry for over 25yrs Dawnvale take a bespoke approach on any project. It’s essential the expected day to day operations are taken on board along with the aesthetics, as is the budget and timescales; this is where Dawnvale come into their own, saving crucial time, value engineering and providing commercial experience to the scheme. The results speak for themselves.

What did we do?

Dawnvale took the theatre kitchen to a new level: Royal Thai cuisine cooked in bespoke woks and served from invisible induction technology. We manufactured and installed a bespoke ‘U’ shape Granite Servery counter with a hidden induction system, including Teppanyaki hot plates, Noodle Cookers and copper chafing dishes.

We installed a fully fitted commercial kitchen including a gas cook line incorporating Woks, Fryers, Grills and large bespoke canopy; designed and installed a Walk-in freezer room, wash up area and preparation section with comprehensive ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration throughout.

TechVision supply Indian Hotels

Daniel Fountain

TechVision’s Infiniti Waterproof LCD TVs have been successfully installed in a number of Indian Hotels this year.Recently, Techvision supplied 17” Infiniti units to the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, for their most expensive suites; The Tata Suite, Dolphin Suite, Coral Suite and Neptune Suite.

Earlier this year the compaby also supplied a quantity of 17” Infiniti TVs to The Royal Gardenia, Bangalore (7 Star Luxury Collection Hotel – Starwood Group).

Techvison have the capability to make bespoke sizes, and made a bespoke (larger) Infiniti TV for the Presidential Suite bathroom, of the Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon.

Working in partnership with a local bathroom design company in India, the company is able to supply our Waterproof units to other hotels in the region.

If you require more information, please contact through the Directory

Best of British

Daniel Fountain

Hypnos has launched the highly anticipated next generation of the Heritage Collection.The unsurpassed quality of these royally approved beds is reinforced by the timeless beauty of the bamboo-rich Belgian Damask and the flawless upholstery and tailoring from the finest master craftsmen. The Heritage Collection uses only ecologically sound and completely sustainable materials. Indeed as the only active bed supplier to the British Royal Family, Hypnos continues to support the Royal’s across a range of projects, and immediately responded to HRH The Prince of Wales and The Campaign for Wool, by including British wool in every mattress within the Heritage Collection, thereby directly supporting British sheep farmers, and promoting the natural benefits of wool. Naturally, at the end of their life, all these beds are 100% recyclable and will never need to go to landfill.

From large international hotel groups, spa and vacation properties to small boutique hotels, super yachts and serviced apartments Hypnos has helped to create some of the most comfortable bedrooms and most memorable sleep experiences. The Hypnos full service project management approach extends from bespoke design service, manufacturing and dedicated installation teams to bed disposal and recycling.

RHA: New designer seating for hotels & spas

Daniel Fountain

RHA presents a new range of stylish seating designed with simplicity & harmony in mind. Specially designed for contract use – the shape, quality & comfort make them an ideal choice for hotel rooms, lounges & spa receptions. For more details please contact RHA Furniture.

CD Curtain Contracts: Hilton Liverpool Project

Daniel Fountain

CD Curtain Contracts, Derby based soft furnishings manufacturer, supplied and installed curtains and throws to all guestrooms and public areas, working closely with Aedus and J2 Design at Liverpool One, Hilton’s latest flagship which opened earlier this year.Designed to represent the curvature and ebb and flow of the Mersey River, the hotel is located on the edge of the award-winning Liverpool ONE shopping complex and overlooks Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock.

The sleek internal décor of the building, by Aedus and J2 Design, has been created to enhance the hotel’s maritime design and heritage. In the lobby, timber has been used to illustrate the meanders of the River, and a piece of artwork mounted in the reception was specifically commissioned and created in resin to support the theme.

The hotel bar, Pima, celebrates the city’s heritage as a cotton trading port as Pima is a type of high-quality cotton from America. The bar’s interior design includes cotton-related artworks and exclusive lighting that appears as cotton balls.

The Exchange restaurant acknowledges the site which previously housed the city’s Custom House, regarded as the epicentre of the docks and where the exchange of goods was recorded. In keeping with the Customs House theme, signage for the restaurant has been created using typography and colours typical of an authentic Victorian Dock sign.

In addition to the 215 rooms, which include one presidential suite, six executive suites and five junior suites, the hotel offers excellent conference and banqueting facilities. The impressive Grace Suite ballroom with its own bar area and floor to ceiling windows, provides access for up to 400 theatre-style guests, while a further eight meeting rooms all benefit from natural light.

Additional hotel features include a dedicated business centre, wireless internet, state of the art audiovisual equipment, a concierge service and a gym. On the seventh floor, an exclusive executive lounge offers magnificent views over the city.

With excellent transport links, the Hilton Liverpool is 20 minutes from John Lennon Airport, 45 minutes from Manchester International Airport and less than one mile from Liverpool Lime Street train station which has services to all major cities in the UK. The hotel is also within walking distance from the Arena and the Convention Centre.

Atlantic race for the Furnishing Industry Trust – 21st November to 8th December

Daniel Fountain

A message from Tony Attard OBE, FRSA; Group Chief Executive of Panaz Limited

One of the most exciting global challenges for a yachtsman to dream about is to sail the Atlantic. For many years sailors have been inspired by the around the world expeditions of Joshua Slocum, Chay Blyth, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Sir Francis Chichester, Dame Ellen Macarthur and Dee Cathry. The personal achievements by such determined characters live on in history long after the voyage is over.Although crossing the Atlantic seems a small step by comparison to the achievements of these great adventurers, for me it will be an enormous challenge as my previous experience has been limited to crossing the Channel!

I will be sailing in November, and although none of us have sailed the Atlantic previously and this will be our longest trip at sea, the team are experienced sailors. However I am the novice and so a great deal of training and study will be required by me within the next few weeks to ensure I reach the levels of knowledge and sailing skill required.

I am taking the opportunity while crossing the Atlantic to raise money and indeed awareness for our UK industry specific Charity the Furnishing Industry Trust, known as FIT.

Our Charity FIT was established over 100 years ago to support people in the UK who have been employed in our Furnishings Industry with practical help. We give weekly grants to help with ongoing financial hardship, and one off payments for respite breaks and holidays, mobility aids, (for example wheelchairs) for people suffering critical illness. FIT is also developing grants to provide students with University bursaries to cover some of the costs of furnishing industry related courses. My Ambitions are to cross the Atlantic and raise £10,000 for FIT, and I hope that you can help. Every donation, large or small will enable FIT to give grants and payments to some of the most deserving and needy people in the UK.

Please give generously and help me raise £10,000 look me up on the website http://www.justgiving.com/tony-attard

Many thanks and best regards,

Tony Attard

Are you ready for Ready to Weave?

Daniel Fountain

The Ready to Weave concept from Axminster Commercial has led to a significant rise in the popularity of semi-bespoke carpet, fulfilling the needs of contractors, hoteliers, restaurateurs and publicans, and it is now set to offer even more scope with the introduction of another 16 colours.Now with a total of 32 colours, Ready to Weave is one of the most flexible semi-bespoke services on offer today. Not only can specifiers choose from an extensive library of traditional and contemporary patterns and 32 colours, but also from two widths – 0.91 and 3.66m – and seven different weight qualities, tailoring the carpet to their exact requirements.

Manufactured from a performance blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon, Ready to Weave carpets can meet the wear needs for front of house applications such as dining areas, bars, receptions and lounges, but are also equally adept at providing less frequented areas such as guest rooms with a carpet that delivers value.

From the spinning of yarn at Axminster Spinning Division, to the dyeing and final manufacturing, Ready to Weave is produced entirely in the UK, helping to minimise environmental impact through the use of renewable resources and minimal transportation.

“The Ready to Weave concept has been embraced by many projects already, but with a total of 32 colours now available, it is likely to tick even more boxes for a wide range of locations and provide the perfect addition to refurbishments or fit-outs,” explains Steve Upperton, Sales Director.

By combining the latest technology with traditional axminster weaving, Ready to Weave offers fast-track custom carpets at costs previously only achieved with large production runs in a fraction of the time normally associated with a custom commissioned service.

New family of LED luminaires from Baulmann Leuchten now updated with LED pendants

Daniel Fountain

One of the latest developments of Baulmann Leuchten, a new family of LED table-lamps and floor-lamps, has now been completed with the matching pendant luminaires.Like the table- and floor-lamps the pendant are available in two different designs with a “horizontal version” and a “vertical version”.

All these LED luminaires are equipped with the latest LED technology, using a special “flood-light LED” with an excellent colour rendering and a warmwhite colour temperature.

The “horizontal” pendant luminaire is using 5 x 3W LED while the “vertical version” is equipped with 12V DC LEDs.

Images copyright Baulmann Leuchten.

Ramparts Rescued!

Daniel Fountain

Specialist hotel and leisure refurbishment contractor Ramparts Interior Contracts Ltd has been purchased from Liquidators BDO for an undisclosed sum, by a team led by former Sales and Marketing Director, Gary Crosbie.Founded in 1972, Ramparts was recognised as the leading interior fit-out contractor in its sector and preferred partner to the most respected operators in the market place, in its prime turning over £20 million. However, the sale of the business for £4m in 2006 by its founders was not the platform to build the business further, but the beginning of a turbulent storm of legal wrangling and boardroom instability adversely affected performance from which it was unable to weather.

Gary Crosbie commented, “Having been heavily involved in the growth of the business up to its 2006 sale I was shocked to see what was once a well run operation falter so quickly. It was particularly upsetting to see the efforts of almost 40 years reduced to a jumble of packing cases in a warehouse and hear of pointless and expensive litigation which took the focus off what paid the rent.”

“I have been fortunate and amazed to be able to put together a team of people who know the top end and contract refurbishment market inside out, with diverse skills from construction, soft furnishings and building services. We have the team ready and waiting to tackle any shape and size of project, but strategy is very much a walk before we run situation as we aim to take Ramparts to reclaim its former industry leading position.”

The purchase and restructure of the business will see Ramparts move from its traditional home of Macclesfield to South Manchester.

“From a personal point I’m sad to see the move from Macclesfield, as the old office is only 100 yards from my house, but from a business point of view, we have to strip out every unnecessary cost and overhead. Business is tough, price is king and not having a huge overhead can only be good for our competitiveness.”

Whilst business has not been trading for several weeks, Ramparts hopes to be re-engaging former staff sub-contractors and suppliers as soon as possible.

“The first stages of redundancies started over a year ago and the company shed staff along the way to its eventual demise in May. Ramparts built up its reputation on the backs of these people, clearly some have found new jobs. However, it is my firm intention to get as much of this talent back on board as soon as possible and get this once great market leading contractor back to its rightful place in the industry. I intend to expand its repertoire and build a solid future based on its past strategy of understanding its clients needs and making sure they are fulfilled.”

FW Lighting Supplies Elektra Ag Lighting for New Crowne Plaza

Daniel Fountain

FW Lighting and Elektra Ag, has been chosen to provide lighting and wardrobe door sensors for the new Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park-Oxford, part of a 50 million investment in Heythrop Park, resort which includes a stunning new 18 hole golf course, leisure club and spa. Designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in the early 18th century, the main house of the original Heythrop Park was originally commissioned for Charles Talbot, the then 12th Earl of Shrewsbury. Set in 400 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, the hotel is an early example of English Baroque manner.

Elektra’s LD1.9-1 range of halogen capsule lights (with Osram 4000hr lamps) has been used due to their long life operation, high light output and low energy consumption. Transformers used were from Elektra’s ETf range, which incorporate the latest in low heat producing circuitry. These new breed of transformer requires little or no air gap and so can be mounted into tight areas without fear of early life failure or shutdown. Also, its slim-line design and ease of connectivity ensure quick and simple installation on site.

Both hinged and sliding wardrobe doors were used in the design, and we needed to use two styles of door light operating switches. The first was the spring loaded, push button type for hinged doors, and for the sliding doors we proposed Elektra’s PIR furniture sensor. Discrete in design, the adjustable head and photocell design allows the body to be hidden behind cabinetry, providing almost invisible light switching control.

To link everything together, Elektra’s patented 2.5Amp Mini Plug system was used to interconnect every component in the lighting design. Manufactured by Elektra, Mini Plug uses round male and female connectors that need only an 8mm hole cut-out to pass through cabinetry and walls.

In the Mini Plug range, Elektra produces 230v 2.5Amp, 6Amp and 16Amp versions as well as, 12v and 24v colour coded connectors for their extensive range of high powered, chip on board, LED lights.

If you would like to find out more about Elektra please visit the FW Lighting page in the Directory.

Arena and Siena on the Autumn 2010 Furniture Catwalk

Daniel Fountain

Morgan Furniture, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, has re launched their Arena and Siena Collections for 2010 with refreshed designs and new shapes that bring both ranges bang up to date.Arena tub chairs are cleverly designed with an identical footprint so can be grouped together to provide a varied visual arrangement. This concept has been expanded further with a new contemporary slim seat chair with a clean linear profile and a newly introduced brushed steel swivel base. The same design is available with a deeper comfortable sit for lounges and as a small two seater sofa that complements the range and is ideal for reception areas.

Siena is a relaxed but elegant collection of tub chairs, swivel base chairs, daybeds and benches featuring a flowing curved profile and choice of simple turned legs or a more substantial polished timber base. The Siena 650T swivel armchair is a new addition to the Siena collection and has a hidden swivel mechanism above the show wood base making it ideal as a generous lounge chair that combines a timber base with the added comfort of the swivel action.

The range is comprehensive with models to suit every application including meeting and dining rooms, reception and lounge areas, plus more relaxed areas such as hotel bedrooms and spas. The rectangular and square benches bring added versatility for creating varied seating design schemes.

Both the Arena and Siena Collections are designed by Morgan Design Director, Katerina Zachariades.

All designs are exclusive to Morgan and are made with care in their own factory in Hampshire by a team of craftsmen.

Decor:Fusion Completes Refurbishment of 4 Star Hotel

Daniel Fountain

Decor:Fusion, the Manchester based interior solutions company, has announced their involvement with the recently refurbished bar area at the Cheltenham Park Hotel (Gloucestershire, UK) for Barceló Hotels.The 152 room elegant country house hotel is located just two miles from Cheltenham and sits at the edge of The Cotswolds in beautiful landscaped gardens. The revitalisation of the Lilly Brook Bar and Lounge offers a sophisticated setting for post-meeting drinks, or to finish your day after visiting the Cheltenham Racecourse!

For more information on how Decor:Fusion can assist your project, please visit our page in the Directory.

Luxury Boutique, Topaz Hotel in Washington, D.C. Shows Off Its Refinement

Daniel Fountain

Dawson Design Associates, Inc. has recently unveiled the intended design for the popular Topaz Hotel in Washington, D.C., owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties and managed by Kimpton Hotels. Located just off Dupont Circle in Washington DC, the Topaz Hotel was the first Kimpton Hotel property on the east coast and is a popular boutique-style hotel catering to locals, dignitaries, and tourists since its open in 2001. Dawson Design Associates, Inc., a long-standing strategic design partner with LaSalle Hotels, and the original designer of the hotel, was contacted in February to help evolve the Topaz by updating its identity and attitude. For firm President, Andrea Dawson Sheehan, it was nice to revisit the old design and enhance its look for today’s fashion-savvy guest. “When it opened, the design was so extreme for the market at that time and was highly published on an international level. Quickly, it became the place to be seen in Washington,” remarks Sheehan, going on to say that, “it also opened 3 weeks after 9/11 and people still felt under siege. It was a great diversion as well as an opportunity for guests to escape all the fear in the news. It was a huge success.”

The goal for this new renovation is to respect the original design intent and character. “The hotel’s current personality and appeal still works,” says Sheehan, “and the new design is a representation of a very familiar friend who has matured over the years, gaining another layer of sophistication. It’s still the same body with the same quirky personality, just a bit more refined and worldly.” The new look is a subtle representation of motifs inspired from Maghreb bazaars and le cirque, drawing on French influences of the exotic, playfully executed.

Sheehan notes that many of DDA’s clients are now strategically following through on multiple renovations that were put on hold due to the recession. “Their goal is to evolve their current hotels’ personalities, rather than completely repositioning. They want to capture another seven to eight years of life, economically, while still achieving a fresh new look. The designs have to be both smart and strategic to meet these goals.”

Aspinal of London Reigns Supreme after £1.5m Copycat Battle

Daniel Fountain

Anti Copying in Design (ACID) members Aspinal of London have secured a settlement after a long battle against copycat predators who marched off with their products, mimicked their website and shamelessly created a look-alike business, free riding on the back of Aspinal’s hard- fought- for brand identity and reputation. Despite denying liability, the defendants, in a confidential settlement, agreed not to trade in any capacity in the leather goods business for 10 years and to pass over all the assets including all the stock and their entire business to Aspinal. The case was described as being one of the most complex cases to come before the London Patents Court in fifty years. An outraged Iain Burton the Chairman and Founder of Aspinal said, “This was an extraordinary example of unscrupulous business persons believing that they could, with impunity, walk off with an entire business and create a copycat trading company using every aspect of Aspinal’s brand identity, including its look and feel, text, brand voice and communication platform. The case boiled down to infringement of intellectual copyrights and also breach of numerous common law torts. The case was, of course, difficult to pursue and the costs were quite extraordinary, but in building a brand for generations to come it is an important principle that a company’s intellectual property and its brand identity and its confidential information must be fiercely protected.”

Aspinal of London, one of the UK’s fastest growing British luxury brands, had been forced to take action against individuals with whom they trustingly shared an office and warehouse premises. Without warning, they vacated the shared premises and promptly set about to manufacture a wide range of more than 100 designs, copying or mimicking Aspinal’s entire range of products and designs, the Aspinal “ look and feel” and the entire Aspinal business model. The case against the defendants was pursued in two parts. The first was breach of copyright, Community rights, registered designs and unregistered designs. The second was a case of common law tort, including the misuse of confidential information and inducement of Aspinal’s manufacturers to breach their agreements and exclusivity.

Dids Macdonald, ACID’s Chief Executive said of the case, “The fact that we are not allowed to mention the other party’s names is a great shame but the message to Aspinal’s competitors (and others who may think about following the same business strategy), must be crystal clear, brand protection and the intellectual property that underpins the success of Aspinal of London is its lifeblood and any infringement whatsoever by third parties will be taken very seriously indeed in the future.”

RJD Interiors launches new website!

Daniel Fountain

RJD Interiors Ltd are predominantly experienced in hotel interior fit outs both in the UK and abroad. We also offer full service shopfitting and bespoke furniture services as well as manufacture and install bespoke bars and reception desks.Our newly launched website reflects our professional service and displays our diverse portfolio of projects. To view the new website, please visit this link: www.rjdinteriorsonline.co.uk.

Alternatively, please visit RJD Interiors in the HotelDesigns Directory.

Contra Curtains completes citizenM, Glasgow

Daniel Fountain

Contra Curtains Ltd are delighted to announce the completion of soft furnishings to the latest citizenM property in Glasgow, Scotland.citizenM hotels aims to provide a new type of hotel experience for a new type of traveller. The group’s founding philosophy is held central: to offer “affordable luxury for the people.”

On September 9, 2010, the award-winning citizenM hotel group officially opened the doors to its first property outside Amsterdam in the very heart of Glasgow’s city centre, an area bustling with theatre, music, shopping, art and vibrant street life.

Contra supplied each of the 198 bedrooms with a Silent Gliss Wave Sheer System. Wave Systems were also used throughout the Public Areas in the hotel.

Contra worked successfully with the project team and delivered all items on time and within budget.

Energy Saving with Häfele

Daniel Fountain

Help keep your energy costs down this winter with Hafele and individually controlled radiators throughout your property, each with 0% CO2 emissions and no combustion as does not require a boiler, gas or liquid fuels. Each radiator works independently of each other and can be programmed to specific requirements for that room.• Energy Saving – 12 hours running only draws 5 hours of energy consumption
Natural air Convection – Keeping moisture within the room
10 Year Guarantee – 2 years on the electrics on registration
Easy to use & install – Simple on/off and temperature control on each radiator
Fully Programmable – Full programming function can be accessed via the front panel of the radiator using a sequence of buttons detailed within the instruction manual or using the infra-red remote control (optional extra).
Different sizes – 7 sizes of radiator available and 4 sizes of chrome towel radiator.

For information on the full range of Häfele products please contact the sales department through our page in the Directory.

Estimated example of a technical heating study for 80 sqm dwelling or commercial premises, located within a cold area of the UK. Comparing four different heating systems providing 12 hours/day-night heating maintaining the ambient temperature selected of 21°C.

GECKO – the adhesive textile collection is becoming larger and more colourful!

Daniel Fountain

Three years after launching GECKO in the market place, Création Baumann is again expanding its innovative collection of self adhering textiles. With even more motifs and colours the Swiss manufacturer from Langenthal is responding to the demand from residential and contract sector furnishing. New to the range is GECKO CRYPTA II, a variant of GECKO which incorporates eight intensive additional colours on the popular semi sheer Crypta quality. Four new designs are also causing a stir – amongst them the first photorealistic motif.That the adhesive GECKO textile would establish itself in interior design as a versatile protection against glare and intrusive stares within such a short time could, at the outset only have been a dream by the Swiss textile virtuosos in Langenthal. Following an extended period of development, Création Baumann brought the silicon coated self adhering textile first to the market in 2007. It caused a small sensation as it could be applied directly to glass and other pore free surfaces from which it could be removed without any residue. Moreover it can subsequently be reapplied several times over without any loss of adhesive properties.An ingenious principle that offered undreamt of functional solutions, both for the residential and the public sector.

That GECKO can do more became apparent with Création Baumann’s launch of the GECKO Think Forward competition in 2008. “GECKO IN THE BOX“ – a box with pre cut components for decorative window styling offers an equally beguiling demonstration of how GECKO can be used as a creative style element in interior design.

The decorative added value of the adhesive textile is underlined by the Création Baumann’s design team’s four new designs. GECKO VECTOR consists of overlapping, geometric hexagones. The burnout process, an ingenious technique from the décor fabric sector, generates exciting effects at the window. Sections of the textile are marked and etched out thus creating a pattern. The 3D-effect brings the hexagonal shapes to the fore; the fabric looks dense and sheer at the same time. GECKO DISCO invokes an urbane ambiance in the home. The mix of sharp and blurred colourful circles evokes reminiscences of the bright lights of a metropolis which, with the right angle of incoming light, look amazingly real. GECKO LISTRA beguiles with an array of gaily coloured ribbons that look as if they were fluttering in a breeze. The elegant, haphazard arrangement of overlapping strips in differing widths can be displayed vertically or horizontally. Multi colouring makes combination with other colours easy. GECKO ILLUSION has the wow factor. The coulisse like motifs from everyday objects such as bowls, vases and books look amazingly realistic. This is the first time that the textile experts from Langenthal have used photorealistic images. Proving once again that they are progressively broadening the limits of this adhesive textile, by exploring ever new and delightful variations.
This applies not only to designs but also to colours. Because GECKO CRYPTA is so popular, Création Baumann is expanding the range of the flame retardant textured fleece by eight colours. The colour palette of GECKO CRYPTA II now encompasses 17 colours; leaving the customer with a choice between the bright and youthful tones or more muted classic beige and grey shades.

The new GECKO collection is available from specialist outlets from the autumn of 2010.

TechVision’s Autumn Sale!

Daniel Fountain

TechVision are pleased to be offering 20% off their stylish 17” Infiniti Waterproof LCD TVs (in Mirror finish) until 1st December 2010, as follows:

Special Price – £480+vat (per unit) – normally £600+vat! (This price includes: 17” Waterproof TV, 2 x waterproof ceiling speakers, waterproof remote control, cabling and shipping, within the UK)Infiniti TVs are waterproof rated IP67, making them perfect for use in wet and humid areas, i.e., bathrooms and washrooms, adding ultimate luxury!

The units come with free view and digital radio built-in.

There are two simple installation methods:

1) The TVs can be recessed into the wall,
2) They can be wall mounted, using a standard vesa-bracket.

All units come with 24 months UK warranty.

*Please note this promotion only applies to Mirror finish units and does not include the clear glass version.

Using promotional code TVIF1700m480, please fax your orders to: +44 (0) 1484 653993, or e-mail debbie@techvision.co.uk

If you require more information, please get in touch via our page in the Directory.

PEPE – a chair with clear contours

Daniel Fountain

The Swiss furniture manufacturer Girsberger will present PEPE, a new multi-purpose chair, at Orgatec in Cologne. The chair was designed by Dieter Stierli. The chair’s design is clear-cut and simple. A shell of shaped wood, bent upwards in a tight radius on three sides, forms the seat, backrest and armrests. The slimly upholstered shell is covered with fabric or leather from the extensive Girsberger collection.

The seat shell is supported by a delicate skid frame which follows the same lines as the contours of the armrests. The frame is made of steel wire with a diameter of 12 mm. It is available in nickel chromium steel or in chromed steel.

As a multi-purpose chair, PEPE has a wide range of uses: as a visitor chair in offices, as a conference chair in meeting rooms, in waiting areas, in cafeterias and for many other purposes.

Orgatec, the leading trade fair for office furnishings, takes place from October 26 to 30 at Cologne’s exhibition center. You will find Girsberger in Hall 10.2 at Stand No L002/P002. PEPE will become available for orders immediately after the trade fair.

Image supplied by Girsberger

Chelsom appoints agent for cruise ship marketplace

Daniel Fountain

To capitalise on its growing success within the cruise & passenger shipping marketplace, Chelsom Ltd has appointed an agent in Miami to promote their lighting collection to interior designers and operators of luxury cruise vessels in USA. Debra Breslauer is based in Miami, the cruise capital of the world. With a strong design background, she has over 20 years of experience in this rapidly developing market and has built up an enviable bank of knowledge. Debra has already been over to the UK to meet the Chelsom export team and fully understands the design & manufacturing capabilities of the Chelsom factory.

Will Chelsom, Director, said, “We are delighted that Debra will be joining the export team, with a specific remit to cover passenger shipping in the greater Miami area. We have already received great feedback on the new lighting range from a recent trip to the shipyards and cruise interior designers in Germany and are confident that, with Debra’s help, we will get a similar response in Miami.

Designers were really impressed by the quality of Chelsom products and perhaps even more by the competitive prices. We have worked hard on the new collection to make it adaptable for use on cruise liners, so we are confident that our range will perform well in this sector. Debra has extensive first-hand knowledge of the industry so I am sure that having her on board will be a major boost to Chelsom’s growing success in this market.”

Shropshire Food Enterprises Centre Refurbishment

Daniel Fountain

CS Contract Furniture has provided the furniture for the newly refurbished areas of the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre. The Centre has been developed to provide 12 food production units for start up and growing businesses with access to focused food business advice. The project encourages and sustains business opportunities for the local food economy.The Shropshire Food Enterprise kitchen has been designed to create a commercial and modern area. This has been achieved with stainless steel fittings, including a counter and bar style demonstration area.

Contemporary furniture has been used to complement the modern style of the building. The furniture has been upholstered with green fabrics to coordinate with the Heart of England Fine Foods branded colours.

CS Contract Furniture used their bespoke craft skills to develop truly individual products to meet the clearly defined colour and usage specifications. This included unique requirements such as laminate table tops in a branded green formica

Louise Pickford, HEFF Business Development Manager, said: “The building is very modern with a heavy influence on stainless steel and glass so we wanted to use bright and inviting furniture in the café and kitchen area using the green colours from our logo and branding. HEFF support local food and drink producers so we wanted to carry this ethos through and use as much locally sourced products as possible.”

CS Contract Furniture understands the importance of limiting the environmental impact that business has on the climate. CS endeavour to maintain an environmentally friendly approach by: using timber harvested from temperate forests that are properly managed to FSC or PEFC certificate standards; recycling timber waste as efficiently as possible; allowing the local community to use their offcut timber for heating their homes; the use of state of the art capacitors to reduce consumption of electricity.

The Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre TASTE Kitchen has been approved by BREEAM due to the use of solar powered heating and rain water recycling. BREEAM is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.

HEFF (Heart of England Fine Foods) has been appointed to manage the project on behalf of owners Shropshire Council with funding from Advantage West Midlands as they have the specialist skills to support local speciality food producers.

Kettal Redesigns Logo

Daniel Fountain

Kettal are redesigning their logo to be presented in the 2011 season.With the redesigning of the brand, Kettal wanted a logo in line with the changes and with the new Kettal, which is increasingly design-oriented.

The redesign of the Kettal logo is based on the company’s new philosophy and the design of its furniture. Clear, structured, clean lines. The result is a more contemporary logo that is more legible and has greater impact.

For more information on any of Kettal’s range, please contact their UK distributor (PS Interiors) through the Kettal page in the Directory.

Hamilton Litestat keeps it in the family with new managing director

Daniel Fountain

Leading supplier of decorative electrical wiring accessories and lighting controls Hamilton Litestat has announced a restructure of its senior management positions. Founder Rod Hamilton has become company chairman and his son, Ian Hamilton, has taken on the role of managing director. Ian, 46, has worked for the family business founded over 40 years ago by his father Rod, since the early 1980s and before that held a position with British Aerospace. He began work on the factory floor, becoming an expert in how Hamilton’s products are designed and created, before managing his own UK territory as a salesperson. In 1984 he was instrumental in moving the business from its previous base in Surrey to its current Wiltshire location, relocating one line at a time to ensure that production disruption was minimised. In the 1990s Ian opened a second manufacturing base in Bristol, which remains a major part of Hamilton’s operation today.

“I’m extremely proud to be taking on the role of Hamilton’s managing director and I’m committed to building on my father’s successes and driving the company forward,” said Ian Hamilton. “It’s an exciting time for us with lots of innovative new products in development – we’re working hard to ensure our lines are at the cutting edge both in terms of design and technology, and I’m very much looking forward to launching some of the products we’ve got in the pipeline.”

Ian will continue to work closely with Rod who, with over 40 years’ experience running Hamilton, will continue to have an active role in the business as chairman.

Digital image chairs from Stylematters

Daniel Fountain

Stylematters are pleased to announce the arrival of a unique product to our portfolio, one that takes connecting with your brand and identity, to a whole new level.With the new Digital Print Collection of tables and chairs, you can extend your promotional reach by placing your logo, or imagery that supports your trading aims, onto the furniture. Choose from a wide library of digital images or utilise your own identity, to connect again and again with your customers.

And with front to back coupling on the chairs, your promotional message will always be seen, even if a customer is sat using the chairs. As a bonus, being stackable, durable and easy to clean are all part of the product range as standard.

At Stylematters we believe that the furniture in your venues are a visual representation of your brand’s personality, and with the arrival of the Digital Print Collection, we can now offer a new, involved approach to personalising furniture in a way that makes you far different from your competitors.

New Kettal Products at the Feria Hábitat Valencia

Daniel Fountain

Kettal will be at the next edition of Feria Hábitat Valencia, a trade fair which will take place in Valencia from 28 September to 2 October. From their stand G177, level 2, pavilion 6, Kettal will be presenting their latest products, the Kettal Bitta collection, by Rodolfo Dordoni, and special pieces designed by Hella Jongerius.

Kettal will also be showing new models in the Kettal Landscape and Kettal Objects collections, along with the new collection Kettal Net, designed by Kettal Studio.

More information on any of the Kettal range can be found via their UK distributors, PS Interiors, through the Kettal page in the Directory.

Trevira CS – activities at MoOD 2010

Daniel Fountain

The marketing activities surrounding the Trevira CS topic are continuing as before. The main theme for this year is the slogan “30 years Trevira CS“. Trevira decided to participate again at MoOD and maintain its sponsorship programme as a trade fair partner. This again includes presentation of the Trevira CS Award for the finest new Trevira CS collection. The Trevira fair stand this year projects a workshop atmosphere. The stand walls have a brick-built look, with customer fabrics displayed on 5 wooden ladder systems. On view will be in total 30 fabrics by 21 Trevira CS suppliers, in colours ranging from white/beige to grey/dark brown. The presentation shows what Trevira has achieved after 30 years working together with its customers. Nowadays flame retardant Trevira fibres and yarns are able to serve every trend. The dominant theme this year in decorating the Trevira stand is the “natural look”.

Today’s decision-makers in the contract sector, and consumers as well, take a much closer look when choosing textiles – materials have to convey value both in appearance and handle. The question of “sustainability” has moved into textile design as a creative force. Patterns are becoming less important, as the material – determined by the character of the yarns – takes on greater significance. Trevira CS partners are increasingly using coarser, rustic yarns, flammé and with knots, and the embroidery yarns too are heavier. Effects and structures are largely determined by the use of fibre yarns. Lace and embroidery are also on show, either as heavy drapes or in the use of these coarser embroidery yarns. Patterns are restrained, as structure and material make their impact. One finds interpretations of the nature theme in Trevira CS quality, that range from fine drapes, to decorative fabrics and upholstery materials.

For thirty years now Trevira CS has moved with the sustainability trend. Economic consumption of water, detergent and energy in cleaning and maintenance of the products makes them kind to the environment during their working life.

SWAY – an exceptional standing seat

Daniel Fountain

The Swiss furniture manufacturer Girsberger will present SWAY, a new standing seat, at Orgatec in Cologne. Following the CORPO range of chairs, this is the second piece of furniture designed by Burkhard Vogtherr for Girsberger. And once again, the designer’s flair for minimalist and intelligent chair concepts is evident. The flexible connection between the chair’s base and support leg is what makes SWAY different from the usual standing seats. The base remains firmly on the floor, while a special buffer element makes it possible for the leg to adopt a leaning position. The further the leg leans, the stronger the counter pressure becomes. This new kind of system – for which a patent application has been made – allows the user to feel safe in spite of the seat’s mobility. In addition, a slightly inclined seat leg will make him use his own legs for support from the front. This is an additional inducement to adopt an ideal and back-friendly posture.

The uses SWAY can be put to are practically unlimited: at a standing desk at the office, in a laboratory, at a shop counter, in a doctor’s practice, at the hairdressers, for household work, in a studio…. Standing chairs are also suitable for use in conference rooms or in waiting areas in office buildings.

SWAY is available with a base and a seat which are both either round or square. The round version has a swivelling seat to promote dynamic sitting and movement. The priority of the square version with a fixed seat, on the other hand, is to convey a feeling of safe support. The height of the seat is easily adjusted by one simple movement of the hand.

Orgatec, the leading trade fair for office furnishings, takes place from October 26 to 30 at Cologne’s exhibition center. You will find Girsberger in Hall 10.2 at Stand No L002/P002.

Images supplied by Girsberger

Heathfield and Co to Showcase New Triqueta Pendant and Diffuser

Daniel Fountain

Heathfield and Co will be showcasing new Ceiling pendants and Lamp shades at Decorex for hospitality and residential use (Stand J294). Customized production is an ever increasing part of their business as they work regularly with designers to realise their concepts.

For more information, please contact Heathfield and Co in the Directory.

citizenM goes international with a new hotel in Scotland

Daniel Fountain

On September 9, 2010, the award-winning citizenM hotel group officially opens the doors to its first property outside Amsterdam in the very heart of Glasgow’s city centre, an area bustling with theatre, music, shopping, art and vibrant street life.

Since launching its first hotel at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in summer 2008 and a second in Amsterdam city proper in the spring 2009, citizenM has established a unique brand of affordable luxury that gives global mobile travellers – the “M” in citizenM stands for “mobile” – what they most want and need. Now, with its newest, 198-room hotel in Glasgow, citizenM enters new geographic territory in one of the United Kingdom’s most fascinating yet often overlooked cities. “Glasgow is actually the number-one conference city outside London, and the UK’s second retail destination,” says Michael Levie, citizenM chief operating officer. “And it has plenty of music, art, shopping, everything. We really like its dynamics.”

The vibe is already going strong in the new citizenM location, on the buzzing corner of Hope and Renfrew streets. Traditionally a music and theatre hotspot, it’s also steps away from the city’s acclaimed art school. Eight storeys high with a façade made in robust natural granite, guests enter the hotel through an illuminated, double-height glazed red entrance leading to the first floor via a striking red spiral staircase.

Upstairs, the lobby immediately puts guests at ease: To the right is a long bar and relaxed lounge area that’s already attracting locals, as well as canteenM, the 24/7 kiosk-style cafeteria where guests can get their own high-quality snacks, like sushi, barista made coffee and now, even hot breakfasts. To the left are check-in kiosks that lead to an array of comfortable nooks – living rooms, so to speak – to suit different purposes. Guests can relax, meet, converse or work in areas with furnishings by Hella Jongerius, Verner Panton, Jasper Morrison and more designer classics from Vitra, citizenM’s exclusive interior design partner. Wall to wall windows allow a fabulous first-floor view of the bustling street scene outside, and the public space’s L-shape allows a more intimate, hang-out feel.

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Bold Basins from Villeroy & Boch

Daniel Fountain

Be bold and create a statement in the bathroom with Villeroy & Boch’s new surface-mounted basins.The design is available in two exclusive colours, with options of a rich espresso tone or lavish lilac; perfect as a stand alone element in a neutral colour scheme or complimenting furniture of a similar hue.

Stylematters Launch Autumn Sale

Daniel Fountain


STYLEMATTERS SALE NOW ON!As we say goodbye to Summer, thoughts turn to cosier hospitality environments and lazing indoors. Make your business be the place in which your customers linger longer this Autumn.

Provide them with stylish furniture that they can curl up and collapse into. And by staying longer, they will undoubtedly be spending more…

Click here to download the brochure.