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Energy Savings for Holiday Inn

Daniel Fountain

Energy saving lamps from Megaman (UK) Limited has been used at The Holiday Inn Hotel in Newport, South Wales, in order to significantly reduce energy consumption and minimise maintenance costs.The modern three-storey hotel offers 119 bedrooms and also includes an indoor pool and fitness facility.

With lighting in the main public areas constantly in use and with running costs at an all time high, Holiday Inn management were aware there could be significant reductions in energy saving and contacted local carbon footprint management specialists Footprintmatters2u for advice.

Following an initial survey, it was suggested that a simple change over of lamps into the existing fittings would be the easiest and quickest solution with no change in light output.

Survey calculations showed that savings of 10,000 per annum would be achieved by changing the lamps in the corridor, bar, lounge and reception areas which would equate to 15.74 carbon tonnes.

Footprintmatters2u then supplied and fitted a selection of Megaman’s lamps which include energy saving R50 and R63 spotlights which
provide a direct replacement for halogen lamps.

With minimum heat output compared to halogen lamps, the lamps provide optimum lumen efficacy and can save over 80 per cent of energy. For other areas of the hotel with more decorative fittings, Megaman’s candle lamps were installed.

All the Megaman lamps used incorporate the company’s unique Ingenium technology which provides 15,000 hours lifetime and shorter pre-heating time.

Following the installation, hotel manager Paul Ferguson said: “We are delighted with the savings achieved so far and are now in the process of replacing further lamps within our facility.”

Allgood launches the Signature Collection

Daniel Fountain

Allgood’s Signature collection has been created from selecting the very best of Allgood’s core products and enhanced to enable designers to create individual styles to complement their design.The signature collection is available in Satin Stainless Steel, Polished Stainless Steel, PVD Gold, PVD Bronze and Anodised Aluminum and features the Sembla range of handles.

The main design principle of Sembla is the central node; the component which makes the physical connection to the door.

There is a range of bespoke Grip and Tip finishes that you can add to the node, providing a whole host of permutations in aesthetic design which include:

Knurled – with a series of fine ridges, Knurled Sembla has an industrial character matched by a superbly tactile and balanced touch.

Light Wood – made from beech timber

Dark Wood – made from beech timber with a rich mahogany stain

Soft Touch – polyurethane based black coating with excellent durability. The finish gives the visual effect of low gloss with a soft feel, providing a tactile gripping experience

Leather – can provide an interior with a continuation of a soft furnishing theme and provide a warm and luxurious grip.

Forbes Group and Forbes Industries in the US join forces

Daniel Fountain

Forbes Group Limited has linked up with Forbes Industries in the United States, enabling it to bring to Europe Forbes Industries’ highly-regarded range of products, including the familiar Birdcage Luggage Cart.To Forbes Group’s existing portfolio of products, including banqueting tables and chairs, table skirting, chair covers, conference cloth and restaurant skirting, is now added the well-known Forbes Industries range of trolleys including those for luggage, room service and house-keeping, as well as other equipment including mobile bars, podiums, and rope and post public guidance systems.

In addition, the link-up enables Forbes to offer a full spares and accessories service to existing Forbes Industries customers. So, if a client needs a replacement part for their Birdcage Luggage Cart, they can just ring Forbes Group.

Despite the similarity of name, the two companies remain entirely independent of one another.

They have though, said Forbes Group’s managing director Peter Graville, many things in common: “We were drawn to working with Forbes Industries because of our shared commitment to meeting our customers’ requirements. They, like us, are willing to pull out all the stops to find just the right product for their clients, and where nothing exists in the range, to adapt an existing product to meet that need. They also share our standards on quality.”

Stylematters launch Tetris bar range

Daniel Fountain

The new Tetris bar counter from Stylematters is suitable for both indoor and outdoor areas, caterings and informal events.Tetris is modular and is available also in a luminous version.

Thanks to the neutral colour of the polyethylene, the new bar range becomes one of the leading elements of the space that is installed in.

The bar counter can also be equipped with a working top in brushed stainless steel which is resistant and easy to clean.

True to Stylematters’ ethos, Tetris is eco-friendly and 100 per cent recyclable.

Chelsom designs unique computer light

Daniel Fountain

Chelsom has designed a unique light for lap top use, the SLIM desk lamp, after a hotel group voiced the need to a specific light for portable computers.Chelsom understands that creating the most welcoming ambience largely depends on good lighting and so they worked with Hilton to give the right light levels to the new lap top design.

The creation of Chelsom’s new SLIM desk lamp began with the client’s ask for help and went from concept sketches to engineering designs. It then came in-house and prototypes were manufactured before the iconic desk lamp was released to the hotel industry.

The lamps can now be found in the Hilton The Hague and there are plans to use it in further hotels around the world.

New Giulio Marelli binder now available from RHA

Daniel Fountain

A new Giulio Marelli binder is now available from RHA Furniture.A new binder of this comprehensive contract range is now available from RHA. Suitable for all corporate and leisure interiors plus residential use.

Some of RHA´s favourites include:

Ribot Chair
Design utilises cosy, soft lines. The armchair can be customised by matching leathers and fabrics in an infinite number of possibilities.

Stripes visitor seating system
We are told that the Stripes collection was inspired by public garden seats, where the intuitive use of horizontal stripes are the main design element. The collection is ideal for use in public waiting areas and is based on 2 person modules that combine to form multiple configurations.

Cubic Mini Chair
This collection has a clean line design and comfortable seating.

Monk Furniture prepares for Holiday Inn Express

Daniel Fountain

Monk Furniture is currently in the final stages of preparation for phase one installation of furniture at the new holiday Inn Express at Heathrow.After a lengthy qualification process and against some strong competition Monk Furniture successfully won the contract for furniture at this new site ahead of the previous well established supplier.

Starting work back in October 2009 the order was awarded in March this year, with a successful sample room installed in April and phase one due to be installed in the second half of June.

Once completed this will be the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe with 300 rooms, all of which are having furniture supplied by Monk.

Phase one involves 124 rooms with the remaining 176 scheduled for September.

From designs and briefs received from the Contractor Monk Furniture translated all the information into practical, workable and impactful product.

All the furniture items for this contract are being produced in Egger MFC, including Eurolight, are being manufactured on our premises in Macclesfield and will be installed by our own fully qualified team.

Venaesthetic Creations release new vanity set

Daniel Fountain

Venaesthetic Creations has released a new natural stone vanity ensemble set design.The set comprises of six products, including a tissue box holder, a cotton jar, a soap dish, a tumbler, an amenity tray and a liquid soap dispenser.

The set is ideal for a guest bathroom counter as the accessories require virtually no maintenance and give a serence feel to the bathroom counter.

Allgood lever handles compatible with hotel guestroom locking systems

Daniel Fountain

Allgood has developed a unique solution that enables their lever handles to be compatible with many of the World’s leading Hotel locking systems including VingCard.Handles from Allgood’s Signature and Classic collections are available to substitute the generic lever which is supplied with the hotel locking systems.

This enhances the look of the guestroom entry door and provides design continuity throughout the room and public areas.

Quality and safety recognised by ODonnell Furniture Makers

Daniel Fountain

ODonnell Furniture Makers is proud to have achieved ISO Certification 9001: 2008.
As part of an ongoing process to improve quality and efficiency, the company has worked hard to achieve internationally recognised industry approval.

Reinforcing their commitment to good working practices, ODonnell Furniture was recently awarded the HSE & Welfare Key Trade Contractor Accreditation by Laing O’Rourke.

ODonnell believes that it is the first casegoods manufacturer to obtain this recognition.

Future entertainment technology for hotel guests seminar

Daniel Fountain

You are invited to attend a seminar entitled ‘Future entertainment technology for hotel guests’, hosted by Directory company Armour Hotel.

Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, 16th June 2010

Dakota Hotel Glasgow, 1st July 2010The day includes:
1.) Audio Visual solutions for Bars, Restaurant, In-room & Leisure facilities by Armour Hotel
2.) Lutron, lights and blinds control designed to integrate with other control systems.
3.) Exterity, providing the most up-to-date information and solutions for IPTV
4.) Aquavision the ultimate in luxury waterproof and in-wall televisions

With events taking place in Bishop’s Stortford & Glasgow 10am – 4pm on the following dates:

Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, 16th June 2010
Glasgow, Dekota Hotel, 1st July 2010

This event is being organised through Armour Hotel.

Click here to register

CS Contract Furniture tables at sea with P & O Cruises

Daniel Fountain

Bespoke moisture resistant table tops have been produced for the new P & O Cruises ship, Azura by CS Contract Furniture. This collection of table tops is currently being completed by the Fincanteri shipyard in Italy.

The tops will help the ship to meet strict hygiene standards and will enhance the durability of the products.

This technology represents investment in new machinery and skills that has been made by CS Contract Furniture over the past year.

CS is able to produce bespoke table tops in standard and real wood veneer laminates with a variety of hardwood edges provides protection from harsh impact.

CS, project manager, Simon Carter said: “I have enjoyed working alongside a number of interior designers interpreting their specifications to produce some great looking table tops that meet their customers needs and add to the locations”.

Panaz release Alcazar collection

Daniel Fountain

Panaz is proud to present Alcazar, the company’s new upholstery collection for the hospitality industry, comprising of two chenille designs, Shiraz and Merlot. Shiraz is an attractive mid-scale check design with a prominent horizontal and carefully selected chenille stripe feature, giving the look a modern twist.

Merlot is a co-ordinating textured semi-plain design.

These perfectly partnered designs are available in both classic and contemporary colours creating 13 colour palettes which will easily sit alongside Panaz’s other collections.

Not only does Alcazar offer the market a new design dimension in both style and colour but also provides the performance and quality you would come to expect from Panaz.

exterior-interior launches new Flickr photos

Daniel Fountain

Customers can now view the exterior-interior range at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan via the company’s Flickr account.With 310 photographs, the account, available from here, enables visitors to the exterior-interior website to preview the company’s new ranges.

Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the International Furniture Fair of Milan, the largest decoration trade fair in the world.

Stylematters adds new Tiffany range

Daniel Fountain

Stylematters has added a new range called Tiffany to their collection.The range features chairs and sofas that all have a good balance between price and quality.

The range pushes the boundaries of design and its sofa and chairs take on a unique form.

AMS partners with the Charnwood Group

Daniel Fountain

AMS Group has been awarded the contract to manufacture and install 127 bedrooms for the new build Hampton by Hilton at Wales 1, Newport, UK for the Charnwood Property Group. The development, which will be the first hotel for the commercial property group, is situated in the prime location just off junction 23A of the M4.

AMS will provide bedroom case goods for the project offered in two of the four suggested colour schemes and a natural American Black Walnut veneered finish, in line with the new Hampton by Hilton design.

AMS is an established bedroom furniture manufacturers and supply some of the most recognised names in the leisure industry, including IHG, Rezidor, Whitbread, DeVere, Village, Bourne Leisure and Firoka to name a few.

Also working with designers, architects, cost consultants and contractors the company is extremely flexible and understands budget and time constraints.

The new Hampton by Hilton development will be
open in September just in time for the Ryder Cup which will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Impressions from the Light and Building expo

Daniel Fountain

The world’s largest exhibition for lighting and building-services, the Light & Building in Frankfurt, closed its doors on April 16. More than 180,000 visitors took the chance to visit the show, which is an increase of almost 8 per cent compared with 2008.

Baulmann Leuchten from Sundern unveiled its latest product-developments on the show. Besides from several new product lines equipped with energy-saving LED-lamps, the main attraction of the show was a new family of stunning pendant big lights.

This new range comes in standard diametres of 1.5m and two metres with various colours to choose from. The colour of the fabric shades can be chosen for both the outer shade and the inner shade of the luminaire.

Equipped with dimmable electronic ballasts for energy saving TC-L lamps, this range provides new state of the art possibilities.

Starwood makes an effort to go green

Daniel Fountain

Yesterday HotelDesigns reported on new environmental designs within hotel bathrooms and today it has been revealed that Starwood Hotels are planning to join with Conservation International(CI) in a bid to become more ‘green’.The hotel group said that the collaboration is an attempt to focus on setting and achieving environmental performance goals and creating awareness around environmental issues. As well as joining CI, Starwood’s CEO, Frits van Paasschen has also joined the CI’s executive council in order to create solutions that improve business performance whilst at the same time sustaining healthy ecosystems.

Since becoming CEO in 2007, van Paasschen has championed Starwood’s environmental sustainability efforts and has worked with the company’s senior leadership to form a Global Citizenship team which is committed to delivering tangible improvements to the company’s environmental, social and business performance.

Starwood said that across its entire portfolio it is rolling out initiatives that aim to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and enhance indoor environmental quality for Starwood guests and associates alike. Starwood’s boutique Element Hotels was the first major hotel brand to achieve a LEED rating.

Van Paasschen said: “As a multinational company with 1,000 hotels in almost 100 countries,
Starwood has the size, the scope and the spirit to positively effect environmental change. Along with supporting Conservation International’s incredible work, it’s exciting to share CI’s mission with our guests and partners around the world.”

JAB launches new showroom

Daniel Fountain

In a bold and exciting move JAB ANSTOETZ has relocated to a more than 1,300sqm showroom in Imperial Wharf, London becoming the German fabric house’s European flagship store.Launched on March 18 2010, the showroom is the first JAB ANSTOETZ street level showroom in the UK, serving both UK and international clients.

JAB ANSTOETZ has made this investment as the next step in the evolution of the company within the UK market. For the last 15 years JAB ANSTOETZ has been located within the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and before that on Wigmore Street in London. The larger showroom and offices in the Imperial Wharf development have been chosen as the perfect location for the new ‘destination’ showroom designed to attract designers and the public.

JAB ANSTOETZ worked with interior designers James Geekie and Simon Cavelle on the spectacular showroom, which features 4.5m high ceilings, meeting spaces for designers and their clients, light boxes for testing and viewing fabrics, Wi-Fi connectivity and beautiful design features to showcase JAB ANSTOETZ’s vast range of fabrics. Interior fit out was completed by specialists Cameron Black. Other appealing features for visitors are the customer parking facilities and the new rail transport links at Imperial Wharf.

JAB International Furnishings Limited, managing director, Michael Constable said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to relocate to our new flagship showroom at Imperial Wharf. The quality of the development linked with the new rail station persuaded us to move from Chelsea Harbour. The building is perfect for our design led products and displays.”

JAB ANSTOETZ is one of the world’s leading furnishing fabric houses, established in 1946 in Bielefeld, Germany and is still 100 per cent family owned. JAB ANSTOETZ’s core beliefs are to offer its clients a high stock level, with millions of metres of fabric in stock at any one time, and a huge choice

Morgan invites guests to Clerkenwell Design Week

Daniel Fountain

Morgan Furniture, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, will exhibit at Clerkenwell Design Week, 25-27th May 2010 in London.Set within the elegant Victorian warehouses of the Farmiloe Building on St. John’s Street, the three day event will encompass seminars, entertainment and exhibits that celebrate the very best of international design and architecture.

In the area known as The Shed within the Farmiloe Building, Morgan will showcase a hand-picked selection of its latest Miami, City and Hampton sofa and chair designs which are suitable for many commercial environments and especially striking for reception spaces.

Contemporary vintage style characterises the Miami collection, created by Morgan Design Director Katerina Zachariades. The three seat sofa with its elegant slim profile and buttoned back detailing is accompanied by a matching lounge chair on a black swivel base and footstool. The entire Miami collection has received the highest acclaim with the award of the coveted Design Guild Mark for 2010 for its excellence in design, use of materials, manufacture and function.

The City Collection from the Morgan Design Studio will be on display with its sharp-lined lounge chair and two models of armchair. Designed as a creative response to the current economic climate, City is contemporary and stylish so delivers when itcomes to city-chic looks, but is also quick to make and offers outstanding value.

This is made possible thanks to investment in high-tech CNC machinery and Morgan’s industry leading standards when it comes to ecological and lean production methods. The entire range is made in birch plywood while the upholstered components are easily fitted and removed again for re-upholstery. The City lounge chair has also been honoured with the 2010 Design Guild Mark.

Designed by Katerina Zachariades, the Hampton Collection was launched in late 2009 and exclusively for Clerkenwell a new sofa model will be unveiled. With its classic profile and contemporary detailing, Hampton offers dining, lounge and reception seating with elegant upholstery and clean minimal timber structure.

The new sofa features full height arms which continue round from the back of the sofa and tilt outwards at a gentle angle. An additional cushion provides comfortable support and creates an inviting corner to sit back and relax.

Morgan design and develop all their products in a low energy consuming factory, using materials from sustainable sources. The company is accredited by FISP (Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme) and was among the first in the industry to be awarded ISO14001. Morgan also forms part of a lean and environmental improvement ‘think tank’ with other British manufacturers.

OTTO range released by Girsberger

Daniel Fountain

Designed by Spain’s Carlos Tiscar, a well known industrial designer for chairs, Girsberger has released its new OTTO range.The lounge and reception chairs are striking yet extremely lightweight in their appearance.

The idea behind this unique design is to allow the user to set up a system of benches that measure 122cms wide with comfortable form which gives then the chance to set the chairs up in various configurations in a reception or breakout area environment.

From the photographs you can immedaitely start to picture how easliy this range can work and bring a fresh new look for visitors, staff and general waiting areas.

The seat and backrest are fully holstered in either fabric or leather and the frame is steel chromed with low profile glides.
Options available include two side tables – square or triangular – in black or white coated, which helps to link the chairs together if required and create the perfect waiting area solution.

Innovative coatings from CS Contract Furniture

Daniel Fountain

CS Contract Furniture has entered into a partnership with Hesse Lignal to introduce the next generation of surface finishes especially for the UK hospitality and leisure market.These finishes include anti-slip surfaces, scratch resistant surfaces and anti-bacterial surfaces.

As well as launching innovative surface solutions the production process is environmentally friendly and provides a variety of additional benefits to hotels, restaurants, cruise liners (IMO approved) and many other customers.

A great deal of interest has been generated for these specialist finishes & Advantage West Midlands has featured the developments at CS as a model case study for technological innovations in the region.

Besselink & Jones introduces the Dorset Hedgerow Collection

Daniel Fountain

Besselink & Jones is pleased to announce the launch of the new Dorset Hedgerow Collection, bringing a touch of spring to Besselink’s popular range of hand-painted tea caddies. Besselink & Jones, company director, Ben Simpson said: “Thinking of long walks on sunny days, our new collection conjures memories of the sights and sounds of England’s most beautiful country-side.”

The tea caddies, hand painted in muted pastel colours, are all on show at the Besselink & Jones showroom at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.

The designs also work well applied to one of Besselink’s hand-made shades.

Besselink is excited to be donating profits from the sale of the range to Butterfly-Conservation.org.

The Design Guild Mark is twice awarded to Morgan Furniture

Daniel Fountain

Morgan Furniture , the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, has been awarded the coveted Design Guild Mark for 2010 by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers for its Miami collection and City lounge chair. The Miami has been designed by Katerina Zachariades, Design Director of Morgan, and the City has been the first product to come out of the in house Morgan Studio team. Both collections were recognised by the twelve judges for their excellence in design, use of materials, manufacture and function. Other factors considered were whether the materials are from sustainable sources and whether each piece represents good value.

First introduced in November 2008, the Miami Collection provides a striking contemporary version of a vintage style, referencing 1950s and Danish design. The collection comprises a single-seat, plus a two and three seat sofa – all elegantly slim with solid beech turned legs, and fitted upholstery with optional back buttoning.

The judges’ comment on the single-seater chair was: “Notably as elegant from the back as the front.”

A matching bench seat and bar stool are also available with metal swivel bases.

The more recent City lounge chair meets every possible need for a contract furniture product and was a creative response to the current economic climate. The collection is contemporary and stylish so delivers when it comes to city-chic looks, but is also
quick to make and offers outstanding value.

This is made possible thanks to investment in high-tech CNC machinery and Morgan’s industry leading standards when it comes to ecological and lean production methods. The entire range is made in birch plywood while the upholstered components are easily fitted and removed again for re-upholstery.

Morgan design and develop all their products in a low energy consuming factory, using materials from sustainable sources. The company is accredited by FISP (Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme) and was among the first in the industry to be awarded ISO14001.

Morgan also forms part of a lean and environmental improvement ‘think tank’ with other British manufacturers.

RHA adds Mobilidea to its large product directory

Daniel Fountain

RHA was very impressed by Mobilidea’s new collection at Milan Furniture Fair 2010. RHA, managing director, Richard Hunt describes the collection as: “Quality transitional design for residence and high level commercial interiors. Rich wood and metals and exquisite finishing will position these in the most luxurious of interiors.”

All items in the collection are very elegant and beautifully made. The company’s favourites include the Margo sofa, Brera Capitonè chair and Bellissima desk.

RHA is awaiting full product details and specifications on the new range, but have already started adding these items to its website.

Visit the RHA website to view these items along with thousands of others for you to browse through.

RHA product directory
Visit the products section of the RHA website to view a wide range of furniture including sofas, chairs, tables, stools & benches, storage, outdoor & spa, accessories and custom furniture designs.

RHA newsletter on Milan Fair
Visit the newsletter section of the RHA website to view their recent newsletter covering four other collections at Milan Fair this year.

Rezidor opens Radisson Blu in Dessau, Germany

Daniel Fountain

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened the Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel, Dessau in Germany. The former Steigenberger property with 204 rooms is already operating as a Radisson Blu hotel. The Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel, Dessau is located in the city centre, within walking distance to the theatre and the train station.

Besides 204 guest rooms, the property features the Restaurant Fürst Leopold where international and regional cuisine is prepared in an open show-kitchen, the JU Bar, nearly 600sqm of conference and meeting space, and an in-house spa. The hotel originally opened in 1994 and was renovated from 2004 to 2006.

The historical city of Dessau is in Eastern Germany, 100km southwest of Berlin and 50 km north of Leipzig.

The Bauhaus-influence is also evident in the hotel’s architecture, with its clear lines and bold design. HotelDesigns has written about Bauhaus in the past. The style of design is popular in Dessau.

Rezidor, president and CEO, Kurt Ritter talked about Rezidor’s development in Germany. He said: “This project brings our portfolio of hotels in operation and under development in Germany to 51 properties and proves the importance this home market has for us. At the same time, it strengthens our good relationship to our franchise partner Grand City Hotels which already operates 5 of our hotels in the country.”

Curtis Interiors fits out Thistle Hotel

Daniel Fountain

The Thistle Hotel in Bloomsbury, London recently got the Curtis Interiors’ touch when the company fitted out around 80 rooms. The hotel’s refurbishment included the installation of mirrored robes, headboards with upholstery, desks, feature bedside tables and more.

The Thistle Bloomsbury is located in Covent Garden in the heart of London and features 95 bedrooms. The hotel is designed in Edwardian style and was built over a hundred years ago.

The three star accommodation offers free wi-fi throughout the hotel and has two bars – the Bloomsbury Bar and The Cellar Bar, as well as a restaurant – The Bloomsbury Kitchen.

The Thistle also hosts meetings and events and has function rooms to cater for up to 100 people.

Andrew Moor launches new glass design

Daniel Fountain

Andrew Moor Associates specialises in glass art and has recently completed a glass waterfall.The company offers a specialist glass consulting service, giving detailed technical advice on how best to use glass to integrate art and architecture and create art commissions that are integrated into the fabric of a building.

The new waterfall design was a commission for Churchill Hospital in Oxfordshire, UK.

Solution Builders Limited outlines the Digital Economy Bill

Daniel Fountain

The government will not exempt universities, hotels, libraries and small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice released earlier this month.This would leave many organisations open to the same penalties for copyright infringement as individual subscribers, potentially including disconnection from the internet, leading legal experts to say it will become impossible for businesses and the like to offer Wi-Fi access.

Whilst opponents liken this to penalising Ford if the bank robbers make their getaway in a Mondeo – the bill was rushed through Parliament before its dissolution prior to the Election campaign starting on 12th April.

Together with European Directive 2006/24 (regarding the retention of telephony & internet data), hoteliers will not only have to log all calls and internet traffic but also police the destination of said traffic.

However, these plans could take up to two years to be implemented. Firstly, the elecommunication regulator, Ofcom will draw up an industry code for consumers, internet service providers and copyright holders on how to handle illegal file-sharing.

It is expected that this code will take up to a year to be drawn up. Once it has, then anyone suspected of internet piracy will receive a notification asking them to stop.

The Government is then expected to review the market and implementation of the code. From there a decision will be made on how to enforce it.

SBL will keep you updated with developments as they occur and try to interpret them as to their impact on the hospitality industry.

Hotel groups voice their views on the CRC Scheme

Daniel Fountain

Last month HotelDesigns provided information on the new CRC Scheme and took a closer look at green hotels. Since then we have asked some of the big hotel groups what they think of the new CRC Scheme and how it will affect their business and the way they operate.Both Hilton and Starwood said that they are happy to work with the government on the new scheme in order to improve their carbon footprints. Hilton is the first hospitality company to achieve the Carbon Trust certification, a stamp given to businesses that are working towards a low carbon economy.

Carbon Trust Standard, general manager, Harry Morrison said: “Hilton reducing its carbon emissions will ultimately make the business more efficient while the Carbon Trust Standard is a credible mark of excellence that lets customers and other businesses know about the good work that Hilton is doing to reduce its environmental impact.”

Hilton said that over the past three years the company had already focused on energy management, saving more than 45,000 tonnes of CO2 and £2m a year.

Stylematters fixes the seating for Noble House

Daniel Fountain

Stylematters completed full fixed seating and supplied all furniture for City Centre Liverpool’s Noble House. Noble House selected a mix of veneer dining tables and stained walnut chairs and matching bar stools with an upholstered skai carmin saristano faux leather seat covers.

The fixed seating specification used straight banquet seating with back to back booths upholstered in matching skai carmin saristano faux leather.

Signbox lights up retirement village

Daniel Fountain

Signbox has recently completed the sign package for the new purpose-built Richmond retirement village at Letcombe Regis in Oxfordshire, UK.Signbox was selected, following a competitive tender process, for the installation of internal and external signs that will help residents and visitors to find their way around the prestigious facilities.

The village, based in rural Oxfordshire, comprises a new concept in retirement, with a wide range of apartments for independent or care assisted living.

All Richmond Villages offer a wealth of social activities and unsurpassed facilities – at Letcombe Regis these include a wellness spa, a bowling green, library, lakeside restaurant and hairdressers.

Signbox, managing director, Mark Bartlett said: “The design of the new Letcombe Regis development respects the traditional architecture of its surroundings within a caring and stimulating environment – it was therefore essential that all the signs we supplied were in keeping with the magnificent surroundings, with clear and concise information.

“Working to a very tight time schedule we were able to supply two existing Signbox products – Signblock for the interior and Stealth for the exterior signage.”

Formed from a single-piece aluminium extrusion, Stealth is an extremely durable product that can be powder coated or stove enamelled to any BS or RAL colour finish.

The elegantly sleek curves of the Stealth profile make an individual architectural statement that blended harmoniously with the parkland environment of Letcombe Regis.

With the emphasis on creating a life enhancing residential community, Richmond Village specified that the interior signage consisted of neutral materials and was ‘understated’ in design.

The Signblock product met this brief perfectly – an antiqued bronze fixing supports toughened glass and directory information with the corners of the glass radiused to make it completely safe for residents.

Some tips from Occa Design on creating comfy space

Daniel Fountain

Occa Design has released some tips on how to create a comfortable dining, cooking and relaxing area. The company said that furniture is an important choice in an alfresco design particularly in a small garden. If dining and cooking are the principal activities then proportionally more space should be given over to this.

If space allows then an additional lounging area will really lift your scheme into the hotel chic atmosphere. A comfy alfresco style would typically be made up of organic shapes with natural materials and tones taken from nature. Most ranges are available in a range of weave and cushion colours; selecting unusual colour cushions as in the Bikeezy Flow instantly creates the hotel chic feel.

Occa Design said to dress your sofa with cushions & throws that you would typically use indoors using a variety of sizes and colour ways. Use linen and cotton based fabrics of various textures and similar design style.

Select accessories like storm lanterns & candles creating a warmth and glow to take you into the evening ahead. Illuminated planters add another dimension to the scheme when the sun goes down.

Occa Design said funky is cool and contemporary. Bold and fresh acid accent cushions on a bright white backdrop with iconic design pieces ooze that funky hotel chic style. Marry with cool storm lanterns, tea lights and relaxing lounge music. Illuminated planters and outdoor lights such as occa-home’s fluid, outdoor Chemist Lamp are an easy way to ‘boutique’ your outdoor furniture.

Painted ‘Pure’ with The Modern Garden Company

Daniel Fountain

The elegant Pure modular sofa system from The Modern Garden Company has been given an ecological makeover.Traditionally Pure has been made in plantation Teak but with the diminishing supplies of teak it is a material that is losing favour in the exterior design world, so manufacturers Tribu have risen to the challenge to produce a lacquered timber version.

Using Indonesian plantation mahogany, the wood is protected by an ecologically friendly water-soluble solvent free lacquer in a delicate off-white hue.

Applied in several layers to give full protection and create a natural patina that can be easily maintained to keep the furniture looking fresh and vibrant.

Frank Hudson invests in the furniture heritage of High Wycombe

Daniel Fountain

Frank Hudson is celebrating their new showroom refurbishment and opening by holding a special open day with a cocktail reception and soiree especially for designers, architects and hoteliers. An ideal opportunity to meet and network with design and hospitality professionals whilst enjoying the historic surroundings.Frank Hudson Ltd is a treasure of the furniture industry which was established in 1947 and has been producing beautiful, high quality furniture and accessories ever since. The purpose built, turn of the 19th century, furniture factory which has been the home of Frank Hudson since the 1960s, has been redesigned and re fitted to create a destination for designers and contract professionals. Wonderfully sumptuous room sets and selections of the latest Frank Hudson designed and created furniture collections will be on display.

Wednesday 19 May 2010, 9am-late

To reserve your place please email info@frankhudson.com or call +44 (0) 1494 522011. We look forward to welcoming you.

Majestic Barrière to reopen

Daniel Fountain

On May 12, the Majestic Barrière hotel in Cannes, France will reopen after an extensive renovation.HotelDesigns recently wrote about the work being carried out in the hotel and now we can reveal a few sneak peak photos of the changes.

After two years of renovation and embellishment, this palatial hotel is now ready to reveal its new wing, with additional premises of 10,000sqm, 44 new suites incuding two duplexes of 450sqm, a spa of 450sqm and 1,500sqm of luxury boutiques.

The atmosphere of the Cannes Film Festival will provide the backcloth for the inauguration of the new Majestic which, on this occasion, will host the opening dinner of the 63rd International Film Festival.

A show will mark this moment and at the end of the screening of the inaugural film, the evening will begin with an outdoor show revealing all the beauty of the Majestic Barrière.

Live performances projected onto a wall completely wrapped in a veil of silk is to include 3D technolody.

Curtis Interiors refurbishes Rockliffe Hall

Daniel Fountain

Curtis Interiors recently made and installed furniture at the Rockliffe Hall hotel, which is situated in Darlington, UK.The decor for the newly refurbished rooms included a palette of green and cream in some rooms and purple and brown in others.

The hotel was first built in 1820s and was previously an estate. The building became Rockliffe Hall in 1851 and features a golf course and spa.

The hotel features numerous double bedrooms and suites and also has meeting and business facilities.

Kettal opens store in New York

Daniel Fountain

Kettal debuted in New York City by organizing a grand event alongside Richard Schultz.The introduction event, which featured a large number of professionals, designers and press, was held on April 22, in the Richard Schultz Manhattan showroom.

The event was hosted with certain Spanish flair, where attendees were served with traditional Spanish products, such as wines from the
Catalan Torres Cellars.

With the opening of this new exhibition, Grupo Kettal, within its strategy to enhance knowledge of their product between the end-user and extend its distribution in the world, offers a space dedicated to luxury garden furniture.

Hillswood Furniture releases new collections

Daniel Fountain

For Monbel, the new collection from Hillswood Furniture, research and innovation becomes a strategic factor.The very latest collections Cammeo and Charme are reinterpreting traditional styles with fresh design.

These two new stunning additions to Hillswood’s Montbel collection were launched at the Milan International Furniture Fair and have already attracted keen interest from some of industry’s top designers and hoteliers.

Encompass launches Solo range

Daniel Fountain

Encompass has released its newest range – Solo garden dining tables.The outdoor tables are available in a variety of heights and lengths of 3.8m, 2.4m, 1.9m and 0.9m, to match accompanying Solo modern garden benches which fit underneath the table when not in use.

The new range of designed by Wim Segers for Viteo and is a modern take on an altogether more traditional and rural era.

Solo is characterised by gentle lines and an invitingly comfortable look and feel.

Made in highly durable iroko in natural oiled or white lazur finishes, Solo is designed for year-round outdoor use.

The Solo collection includes lounge chairs, dining chairs, carver chairs, modular sofa chairs, modular sofa stools, dining tables and benches in different sizes and heights.

Generously deep garden cushions are also available in a wide range of acrylic fabrics.

Modern garden furniture and contemporary outdoor accessories supplied by Encompass are supplied to private homes in the UK, hotels, spas, cruise ships and yachts.

Rezidor opens the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow

Daniel Fountain

Last week Moscow’s Mayor Yury Luzhkov officially opened the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow. Formerly known as Hotel Ukraina, the impressive building with a height of 206m and a total surface of more than 100,000sqm is one of Stalin’s legendary skyscrapers Seven Sisters, and reopened its doors after an extensive three year renovation. The hotel now features 506 guest rooms and suites as well as 38 apartments.

A team of architects, designers and technicians restored the hotel’s exterior and interiors. The 505 rooms and suites (25-370sqm) as well as 38 serviced apartments (70-120sqm) with kitchenettes were all re-done.

The hotel was fitted with furniture and accessories from Villeroy & Boch, as well as other well-known brands.

On the first floor, the hotel features the Royal Wellness Club – an exclusive health- and fitness center on 3,500sqm and including a 50m heated indoor pool, a perfectly equipped gym, a beauty parlor and spa area, thermal baths and massage rooms.

Business guests can use the meeting rooms and two conferencing and banqueting halls with 420sqm which can host 350 people for a cocktail reception and 150 people for a gala dinner.

The rooms and public spaces are decorated with a collection of paintings, which comprise more than 1,200 original master works by Russian artists created in the first half of last century. On the ground floor, the Diorama Moscow – the capital of the USSR is a true highlight

The main restaurant Veranda serves contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and classic international dishes, and the Tatler Club serves fusion cuisine by Russian Chef Arkady Novikov. At Bono guests enjoy Italian specialties, Farsi invites to taste exotic Iranian menus, the Takasa on the 31st floor serves sophisticated Japanese delicacies – and the best spot for a drink and a song after dinner is the hotel’s Trubadur Karaoke Bar with views over the city.

The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow is located in the city centre – on a bow of the Moskva River at the conjunction of Kutuzovsky Prospect and Novy Arbat.

Rezidor, president and CEO, Kurt Ritter said: “This hotel is a milestone in Rezidor’s history. It combines Moscow’s rich historical and cultural heritage with the international first class standards Radisson Blu is known for.”

Besselink & Jones introduces a new gun metal finish

Daniel Fountain

Besselink & Jones is proud to announce the launch of the gun metal finish to add to their portfolio of stunning finishes. Gun metal is a deep graphite coloured bronze finish which would suit the most traditional or contemporary of settings.

Besselink & Jones, company director, Ben Simpson said: “This works particularly well with desk lamps. We have had a number of customers asking for a gun metal finish over the past few months, and we are pleased to be able to offer this strong new finish as part of our range.”

The new finish can be applied to Besselink’s whole range of floor, table, wall, and hanging lamps, and set off perfectly with one of their silk, or hand painted shades.

The range of finishes now includes: gun metal, distressed brass, polished brass, nickel, brushed nickel, chrome, brushed chrome, coin bronze, matt black bronze, verdigris, zinc and powder coating.

Megaman launches new Prima range

Daniel Fountain

Prima is a new spot light from energy saving experts Megaman that provides complete flexibility, featuring an adjustable lamp head and base to ensure precise illumination.Prima incorporates Megaman’s AR111 11w lamp, the first CFL with narrow beam optics that provide accurate optical control.

The AR111 lamp incorporates a stylish anti-glare shield and glittering facetted mirror to provide the same appearance of halogen without the heat output, plus the potential for up to 80 per cent savings in energy.

The 11W 40 degree beam yields a spectacular 400 candelas – almost double the intensity of a 20W conventional CFL reflector

With its 330 degree rotational head, Prima is available in a matt silver finish with black lamp ring.

A European track adaptor is also available and the fitting can be used in a variety of applications including restaurants, hotels, offices and retail situations.

Classic style from the new Classical Collection

Daniel Fountain

This elegant new collection of fine dining chairs from CS Contract Furniture , has been finished with luxurious velvet fabrics, evoking a sense of timeless design and splendour.These stylish chairs can be upholstered in any fabric, suitable for traditional and contemporary environments.

The chairs have been crafted from beech and are manufactured to contract furniture standards.

Louis, Versailles, Georgian, Marie and Gerard collections all feature webbed seats and are available in a wide range of stain or paint finishes.

The Classical Collection would be appropriate for a range of environments from country houses to boutique restaurants.

Inside ‘Flows’ outside with The Modern Garden Company

Daniel Fountain

With the increasing popularity of creating living rooms in the garden, manufacturers Manutti along with The Modern Garden Company has risen to the challenge by introducing ‘Flow’, a fully upholstered lounge concept for outdoors. The compact proportions of ‘Flow’ make it an ideal solution for any garden spaces, utilising a modular system of corner, end and middle seat to make a sofa configuration to fit any space.

The sophisticated colour palette of earthy taupes, stone greys and luxurious white fabrics are fully water resistant so that the furniture can remain outdoors in any weather.

With the addition of a winter cover set, to protect the furniture in harsher climates, this comprehensive collection will look fabulous from one season to the next.

Another look at fashion hotels

Daniel Fountain

HotelDesigns recently wrote a piece on fashion hotels and since it was published an Armani hotel in Dubai has opened, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has been employed to design a London hotel and a New York hotel has adapted its own interpretation to the fashion designer idea.The Armani hotel in Dubai, housed in the tallest building in the world, opened its doors today. The hotel is situated in the Burj Khalifa tower and was meant to open in March but was hit with delays. The hotel is situated between the concourse and the eighth floor, as well as levels 38 and 39 of the tower.

The hotel features 160 guest rooms and suites and 144 residences and is not to be the first hotel to be designed by the fashion house Giorgio Armani. The brand has signed with Emaar Properties to build and operate at least another six luxury hotels and three vacation resorts under the Armani name over the next ten years.

It will be interesting to see how guests staying at this new hotel in Dubai will find the accommodation. As it is Armani’s debut, the feedback will perhaps determine whether the other planned developments will go ahead. Another hotel is planned for Milan, with resorts in Marrakech, Morocco and Marassi, Egypt in the pipeline.

Indigo Art launch new website

Daniel Fountain

Indigo Art has launched their new website – www.indigoart.co.uk. The new site showcases The Indigo Collection – a rapidly expanding and exclusive range of contemporary prints. All images within this collection can be supplied to any size, as canvases, framed prints or digital wallpaper.

The new site enables the user to view much larger and sharper images than before – which really brings the artwork to life.

Users can create galleries of their favourite works which they can turn into PDFs or e-mail to clients.

The new website also showcases some of Indigo Art’s latest projects to give users a real flavour of what they are all about.

The website will be updated on a daily basis with new artworks, projects and industry news.

RockResorts to open ski hotel

Daniel Fountain

Recently HotelDesigns has reported the openings of two RockResorts – Balcones del Atlantico and Tempo Miami – and now it seems there are plans for a third hotel to open.One Ski Hill Place hotel is scheduled to open in late spring in Colarado and is to feature 282 units across six buildings.

There will be five different types of rooms to choose from – a studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom and four bedroom.

Architecturally, the buildings are to be designed as a mountain lodge, with sheltering roof forms, shaded windows and natural wood and stone materials.

The colour schemes are to be made up of gold and ivory and there will be wood floors in the entrance area and kitchens of each unit, with carpet in the other areas, except for the bathrooms, which will feature Italian tiles.

The kitchen counter tops and bathroom vanity tops will be made from granite.

The resort is to feature an apres-ski bar and lounge, two theatre rooms, a lobby with a fireplace, a cafe, a food court restaurant, two swimming pools and an indoor hot tub, a bowling alley, conference space, a fitness room, two massage rooms, a sauna, a steam room and heated underground parking.

In each unit there will also be wireless internet, stone fireplaces and a five-piece masterbath.

The hotel is aiming to be as green as possible, by using thermal insulation, maximising daylight use through large windows, minimising the damage to the surrounding environment and using energy-efficient equipment.

Signbox goes to the country

Daniel Fountain

Signbox Stealth monolith signs have been specified for the beautiful landscaped surroundings of the new purpose-built retirement village at Letcombe Regis in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, UK.Signbox has supplied both external & internal signs to wayfind residents and visitors around the luxurious facilities available, including The Wellness Spa, a state-of-the-art complex complete with gymnasium and pool, the Bowling Green, Lakeside gardens and a nature trail.

The elegantly sleek curves of the Stealth profile make an individual architectural statement that blends harmoniously within this parkland environment.

Formed from a single-piece aluminium extrusion, Stealth is an extremely durable product that can be powder coated or stove enamelled to any BS or RAL colour finish.

Rezidor sells one brand and buys another

Daniel Fountain

After HotelDesigns recently reported the sale of the Regent chain by Rezidor, it has been revealed that the Rezidor group has now bought the biggest hotel chain in the Baltics. Rezidor bought ten Reval Hotels in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Russia in an agreement with the Norwegian real estate developer Linstow. Rezidor has plans to turn six of the hotels into a Radisson Blu brand and four of them into a Park Inn.

After the recent sale of the Regent brand, Rezidor, CEO, Kurt Ritter was quoted as saying: “In addition to the positive impact on annual cash flow and net profit, this deal will also free up resources to improve our operations and accelerate the expansion of Rezidor\’s core brands.\”

The sale of the Regent chain was a joint sale with Carlson Hotels to Formosa International Hotels Corporation. The transaction included the brand and all the hotel management and lease contracts. Although the price of the sale was not announced, it was thought that Rezidor’s share amounted to about €9.5m.

Some of these funds were perhaps put towards the purchase of the Reval hotel chain. The sale of the Baltic brand is expected to be complete on June 1 and is expected to increase the number of rooms owned by Rezidor by 2,367.

Ritter said the purchase of the Reval hotel chain will give Rezidor a strong presence in the Baltic area: “This portfolio agreement gives Rezidor, which is the number one among the international hotel operators in Russia, a strong market position in the Baltics, too. We will be able to substantially strengthen our position in the key markets of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, where we already are present with our upper upscale brand Radisson Blu and a total of 760 rooms.”

Carmen Allan

Simpson Mirrors – new home and new collections

Daniel Fountain

Simpsons Mirrors & Furniture has recently taken a showroom on the first floor of the middle dome at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10. Founded in 1976, Simpsons Mirrors has become the foremost design -led mirror manufacturer in the UK. Over the years the collection has evolved to include beautifully designed and crafted ranges of console tables, coffee and side tables, plinths, trunks, lamps and accessories. With the expansion of its collection they have recently changed its name to Simpsons Mirrors & Furniture.

Simpsons Mirrors and Furniture is renowned for the extensive finishes they offer. To mention just a few; both semi and genuine exotic leathers – Eel, Ostrich, Lizard Shagreen and Python. Hair on Hide and suede, wood finishes include Yew, Walnut, Wenge, Ebony, Oak and Antique Silver Leaf finish. Also they have a remarkable range of mirrored finishes including smoked and antique glass.

Simpsons Mirrors & Furniture is a truly English company, with every piece designed and hand-made in house, in its own workshops in England. It pride itself on its unique service of working to very short lead times (3-4 weeks).

Besides its standard collections it is also able to work with designers to offer a bespoke service. Please see the website to view some previous commissions undertaken.

Andy Thornton releases the Salerno collection

Daniel Fountain

The new 2010 Andy Thornton Outdoor Furniture Brochure includes Salerno, the company’s most popular outdoor furniture collection, which this year has been expanded to include new designs for every application.
Included are two new eye-catching designs of armchair plus bar stools, a table and a striking two-seater sofa, all perfect for bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Most items are stackable, for ease of storage at night and out of season.

Attractive, durable and versatile, Salerno are manufactured in a smooth, hard-wearing dark brown woven plastic, both pleasingly tactile and practical for contract applications.

New sales manager joins CS Contract Furniture

Daniel Fountain

Warren Troye has been appointed as the new Midlands Area Sales Manager for CS Contract Furniture. Warren has experience in the leisure furniture market and has completed projects both within the UK and overseas.

Warren’s territory will include Wales, the Midlands stretching down to Bristol and Bath.

Warren is looking forward to his new challenge and will be meeting customers from early April onwards, although he will be taking a short break for his wedding and honeymoon.

PF Collections invites you to view new collections

Daniel Fountain

PF Furniture will be opening its showroom in Nottingham to launch its new collections throughout Long Eaton Week 2010.The showroom will be open for four days in May, from the 10th to the 13th, enabling visitors to view the new designs.

On show will be the company’s recently launched ‘Eleganza’ and ‘Patchwork’ Collections. Eleganza is a fantastic collection of timeless, classic designs in an exclusive range of patterned and coordinating plain velvets.

In addition to these beautiful fabrics PF Furniture will also be extending the range by launching an exclusive leather collection during Long Eaton Week.

Patchwork was launched earlier this year and consists of ten models and is fully supported with a directory containing laminated photographs and a unique designers sketchbook.

There is also an exclusive PF range of coordinating fabrics for you to create your own unique patchwork designs. Naturally, you also have the option of supplying your own fabrics.

To help PF Furniture with catering arrangements and to ensure that each interested customer has the time to view and discuss each new collection in detail with a member of the company’s sales staff, please call 0115 9461 282, or email designsupport@pfcollections.co.uk with an indication of which day you will be attending and whether you will be joining them for lunch.

There will be a buffet lunch provided and the showroom will be open from 9am to 5pm each day.

On trend colours from The Modern Garden Company

Daniel Fountain

Italian designers Paola Lenti and The Modern Garden Company are at the forefront of fashion and merge current trends into the design and styling of their furniture and rug collections.The new colour palette has been incorporated into the range of materials from the exterior Rope and Aquatech weaves to the felt rugs and includes vibrant aqua blues, rich sea greens and luxurious graphite greys.

Alongside the existing colours, these additions make an extensive spectrum of sophisticated colours from which to specify.

Castle Hotel Waldeck

Daniel Fountain

Uniquely, the four-star Castle Hotel Waldeck, recently modernized at great cost with the help of Baulmann Leuchten, rises majestically and untouchably 200m above the north shore of Lake Edersee, in Germany. Built as a knight’s castle in the 11th century Schloss Waldeck first became a hotel in 1906.

The luminaire manufacturer Baulmann Leuchten from Sundern, Germany, sets decorative accents in almost all rooms, with a customized luminaire especially developed by the company and based on the ‘Waldeck Star’.

A wall-mounted luminaire made from solid brass and equipped with energy saving lamps provide a glare-free indirect illumination in almost every area of the castle.

Baulmann Leuchten also fitted out the guestrooms with bespoke luminaires.

The wall-mounted bedside lamps include an additional LED reading-light; the integrated switches allow a separate use of either or both the main lamp and the reading lamp. Matching table-lamps and floor-lamps complete the lighting of the guestrooms.

Panaz – the Man Behind the Fabrics

Daniel Fountain

Panaz CEO Tony Attard received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) from the Queen at Buckingham Palace last month, in recognition of his services to the UK textile industry and international trade.Attard founded the Lancashire-based Panaz Limited in 1986, where he has spearheaded the design and technical advancement of flame retardant fabrics for the worldwide hospitality, leisure, cruise ship and healthcare sectors.

Speaking to Attard, 51, about his recent OBE, he comes across as modest. He said: “To be honest it was a massive surprise. I was incredibly shocked. It was a wonderful accolade, not only for me but also for the whole team.”

The company currently exports to 46 countries, operating through a global network of agents and subsidiary companies. Although his company is a significant size already, Attard said he has more development plans up his sleeve. “We would love to expand more over in the USA. Obviously it has been hard with the recession and the USA was one of the worst places hit. Hospitality just died there. It’s starting to recover now though.”

Not only the US, but other countries are on Panaz’s agenda. Attard said: “Panaz has a strong global presence and we’re investing in places like Russia and working with the Far East. We also distribute to Australia.”

Allgood launch hotel and residences solution

Daniel Fountain

Allgood PLC, one of the world’s leading architectural ironmongery companies, has launched its new Hotel and Residences solution.Allgood offers three brands of door furniture to suit any aesthetic requirements:

Signature collection:
– Created with the very best of Allgood’s core ranges, providing varied aesthetic options based around a uniform design.

Classic collection:
– Classic designs in traditional brass finishes.

Modern collection:
– Various contemporary designs to suit modern interiors.

In addition, Allgood offers bathroom products, accessories and mechanical hardware, giving you the confidence to specify a fully compatible solution.

RgcA save the day with fire wall

Daniel Fountain

As manufacturers of bespoke furniture who work on the philosophy that our limit is your imagination, RgcA get called upon to come up with solutions to challenging design problems time and time again.Take a recent example: When manufacturing a range of furniture and room dividers for several sites for a leading hotel group, the project faced a serious, and costly, setback when a local authority insisted on a half hour fire wall being where a room was being divided. So the project could proceed as intended, RgcA simply incorporated the fire wall into the room divider without altering its original design.

The pictures show the result.

Signbox creates dynamic study environment

Daniel Fountain

Inspirational and exciting signage installed by Signbox, engaged visitors and students in the brand new £120m purpose-built INTO study centre at University of East Anglia (UEA) London campus.Providing a dynamic learning environment, the innovatively designed building, located close to Liverpool Street station, features flexible, multi-purpose classrooms and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.

The new centre now accommodates more than 1000 students studying a range of pathway courses leading to undergraduate and postgraduate level studies at UEA in Norwich and other UK universities.

INTO (which operates a number of centres at other UK universities) approached Signbox to manufacture and install a wayfinding system to help both English and foreign students easily navigate their way throughout the new complex.

Encompass releases Shell sun lounger

Daniel Fountain

As part of the Shell collection and Encompass, a fine furniture range for the garden, Shell sun loungers mix luxury modern European design with a retro feel and are available in a range of colours and finishes. High grade stainless steel and Batyline fibre are modern materials with exceptional durability and with a design reminiscent of mid 20th century styles are a classic option for relaxing and entertaining all year round in many outdoor spaces.

Designed by European designer Jan Des Bouvrie, one of Holland’s most respected designers, Shell garden loungers are built to a very high quality from the highest quality materials.

The Shell collection of modern design outdoor furniture is truly one of the most comfortable of all Encompass’ collections; you can happily while away a whole afternoon in a Shell dining chair, sofa, lounger or lounge chair!

Shell modern design garden furniture is a little gentler on the eye than some of our other modern ranges. Curved, ergonomic edges not only look great, but also make the furniture a genuine pleasure to use year-round indoors and out.

Kettal arrives in Manhattan

Daniel Fountain

The Kettal Group, the largest European luxury garden furniture manufacturer, arrives in Manhattan in a new partnership with iconic outdoor furniture maker Richard Schultz Design.Renowned for its classic modern outdoor collections, Richard Schultz Design will proudly display a wide array of Kettal’s collections side by side with its own in their flagship showroom in New York’s D&D Building.

The new exhibition will be opening at the end of April featuring all the newest 2010 Collections of Kettal, Hugonet and Triconfort from recognized designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Jorge Pensi, Marcel Wanders, Emiliana Design as well as Kettal’s own Design Studio.

Borghese Luce Arte to introduce new range at Grand Designs

Daniel Fountain

Borghese Luce Arte will introduce its stunning, new chandeliers at the exhibition in the Docklands.The bespoke chandeliers will be featured on Borghese Luce Arte’s stand (L346) from 1st May to 9th May at the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the Excel Centre in London.

Visitors will also be able to meet Rocco, the designer, himself.

Tatami outdoor armchairs from Andy Thornton

Daniel Fountain

Lightweight, strong and ultra-durable, Andy Thornton’s range of Tatami outdoor armchairs are essential items for cafes and coffee shops, for this summer’s alfresco drinking and dining season.Available in five colourways – grey, white, red, green and brown – to complement any decor, Tatami armchairs feature a strikingly modern semi-circular design with an attractive interwoven seat.

Manufactured from polypropylene, the chairs are resistant to UV beams and rainwater, so perfect for outdoor use.

They are also stackable, for easy manoeuvring and storage.

With the added benefit of being 100% recyclable, Tatami armchairs are ideal for cafes and coffee shops, to meet the ever-growing trend of coffee culture.

Tatami feature in Andy Thornton’s new 2010 outdoor furniture brochure, which is out now.

Hamilton Litestat expands and strengthens sales team

Daniel Fountain

Decorative electrical wiring accessories manufacturer, Hamilton Litestat, has announced that it is expanding and strengthening its sales team with a number of new faces coming on board and a restructure of the existing sales team.Sarah Cox has joined Hamilton as South Western Sales Representative. Julian Churchill, who previously held this position, will now head up Hamilton’s lighting controls department at the head office in Wiltshire. Julian has been designing lighting control systems for many years and adds his considerable expertise to this key area of Hamilton’s business.

Another new face at Hamilton is Jerry Kelly, who has been appointed Southern Specification Representative. Jerry has vast experience gained from over 40 years in the electrical industry and has been bought into this new position to support Hamilton’s growth in the specifier market.

Andrew Partington, who has been with the company for two years in roles as Northern Regional Manager and UK Specification Manager, will shortly take up the position of UK Field Sales and Specification Manager, heading up the entire UK sales team. Andy’s previous sales roles in the North of England have been taken over by newcomers Lisa Brown, North Western Sales Representative, and Ian Tweedly, North Eastern Sales Representative.

All these new appointments come as Bill Milne, Hamilton’s long serving Sales Director, retires after 12 years with the firm.

“We’re sad to see Bill go as he’s given us 12 years of invaluable service and he will be greatly missed,” said Rod Hamilton, Chairman of Hamilton Litestat. “However, it’s exciting for us to be welcoming so many new faces and expanding our team in this way. We supply quality electrical wiring accessories and lighting controls throughout the UK and further afield, and our sales teams have a pivotal role to play in growing our business. We’re sure that the newly restructured and larger team will offer an even better quality of service to our customers.”

Morgan provide stand-out furniture designs for The Arch hotel

Daniel Fountain

Morgan Furniture, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, has created a handsome line-up of eye-catching and comfortable seating for one of London’s hottest new hotels, The Arch.Located in a tranquil street near Marble Arch and completed in December 2009, this trend-setting boutique hotel comprises seven Georgian town houses and two mews homes which have been sympathetically amalgamated to form what is described as ‘London’s most intriguing luxury hotel.’

Armchairs, footstools and conference seating from three key collections designed by Morgan Design Director, Katerina Zachariades, were specified for the 82 beautifully and individually furnished rooms plus communal areas, including the library and meeting room. Furniture pieces include a bespoke version of the Seville armchair which Morgan created with modifications to the back height and filling in the seat cushion in order to meet the exacting specifications of the design team. Seville was introduced in 2009 and is a modern take on a traditional armchair, making it a perfect match for The Arch which also combines contemporary luxury with classic features from within the Georgian building. The easy style and options of an armless lounge chair and a winged armchair make Seville a versatile choice; with both models characterised by a modest footprint and available with attractive detailing such as nail trim, contrast piping or buttoned back to enhance the design.

Gracing many of the bedroom suites at The Arch, Siena from Morgan is one of the company’s most versatile ranges. The choice of two sizes of tubs chair, desk chair, daybed, footstool and bench, all featuring soft contemporary lines, compact footprints, comfortable backs and seat cushions make the range ideal for achieving luxurious co-ordinated solutions.

The organically styled Chevy chair from Morgan is available in three variants, either with wooden legs, a chrome swivel base, or in the case of the meeting room at The Arch, with a chrome cantilever base. Made from solid beech and upholstered in soft leather, the Chevy provides the perfect mix of function and contemporary form for a prestigious meeting room environment.

The fabric choices in vibrant colours, bold stripes and tactile textures accentuate the elegant lines of every Morgan chair making them stand-out as key design pieces within the room. Each chair invites the guest to relax and forms an intrinsic part of the overall interior design scheme of The Arch which aims to offer the ultimate fusion of style and comfort.

Morgan was commissioned by client AB Hotels based at Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans and also worked closely throughout the project with London based interior designers RDD Plc.

Storage solutions from The Modern Garden Company

Daniel Fountain

Winter storage is an eternal problem, especially in the UK climate and The Modern Garden Company is well aware of this.Storing cushions for exterior furniture is a difficult problem, however, The Modern Garden Company are able to offer some elegant storage solutions.

The Aspen cushion box in a synthetic cord weave can double as an additional table surface.

The inner aluminium casing keeps the cushions dry and the lockable lid with hydraulic hinges allows easy access.

For a more classic look, the teak Siena cushion box offers a stylish alternative.

Classic Furniture releases new spring catalogue

Daniel Fountain

Classic Furniture has released a new catalogue that features many offers and deals on their furniture.With the Easter holidays here and the weather finally starting to improve, Classic Furniture is wanting you to make the most of your external space by bringing the indoors, outdoors.

The furniture company is offering some amazing deals on outdoor tables, chairs and sofas with many items available within two weeks, as well as plenty of other great offers on furniture.

To download a copy of the new brochure, click here.

Sleek and Chic; the ‘Paris’ Towel Rail from Aestus

Daniel Fountain

Just like Paris, the fashion capital, Aestus is renowned for producing some of the world’s most stylish designs.Inspired by and named after the famous European city, ‘Paris’ is the latest designer towel rail to launch from the company’s exciting portfolio.

Moving away from standard chrome models, ‘Paris’ allows homeowners to have fun, be creative and bring personality to whatever room it is placed in, be it the kitchen or bathroom.

While the vertical rails are manufactured from Polished Stainless Steel for a clean, contemporary feel, the horizontal rails can be customised to produce a striking and unique contrast. Consumers can choose from over 50 Silestone decors or Italian glass in a plethora of flat pantone colours, various metallic or crazed finishes (crackled with specks of Gold Leaf).

Bringing a sense of individuality to the design process, ‘Paris’ can be used to complement tile choice, furniture and worktops. It can even be used to oppose the existing colour scheme to create an attention-grabbing focal point.

Versatile too, ‘Paris’ is suitable for connection to electric only, heating only and dual energy circuits.

To accommodate various room sizes, ‘Paris’ is available in a number of widths ranging from 300mm to 700mm and four heights; 750mm, 1000mm, 1500mm and 2000mm. There are also two horizontal versions, measuring 1200mm long or 1600mm long, by 400mm high.

Signbox soar to dazzling heights

Daniel Fountain

Signbox has just completed an intricate and technically demanding project, to manufacture and install a substantial corporate logo to the top of Northern Trust’s Canary Wharf premises in the UK.The project commenced in January this year and involved skylifting structural steelwork to a precise location at roof level, providing a support for the two metre high lettering and five metre diameter logo.

However a combination of health and safety restrictions and the need to minimise disruption to personnel working in Canary Wharf, meant that installation could only take place at weekends.

Coinciding with the severe weather conditions experienced early this year and exacerbated by the 62m height that the Signbox installation team were working at, the Northern Trust’s logo is now visible from afar, especially at dusk with illumination provided by low energy, high performance LEDs.

Encompass releases Butaque furniture range

Daniel Fountain

Part of the CIMA collection and ,Encompass, an extensive range of modern design garden furniture, these BUTAQUE garden dining chairs are pure, minimalist and architectural in design and available in a range of contemporary colours. The high grade stainless steel frame give these indoor or outdoor chairs an ultra modern look and when used with a Doble or Cuadrado table from Fuera Dentro, offer an excellent contemporary dining solution.

Designed by European designer Hendrik Steenbakkers, CIMA garden chairs are built to a very high quality from the highest quality materials. Designed for lifelong function, the materials exceed standards for durability and with are great for entertaining family and friends all year round both indoors and out.

Kettal launches a 3D library

Daniel Fountain

Kettal has updated its state-of-the-art tool for professional use, designed exclusively for architects and designers: 3D library.The new application, which now features the new 2010 models, enables professionals to easily create 2D and 3D plans of their projects using all of the furniture and colours (paint and fabrics) in the Kettal palette.

Kettal’s 3D library is compatible with AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, etc.

The 3D library can be accessed directly from here

Hotelstock – Wellstock’s offspring takes flight

Daniel Fountain

Wellstock.net decided the hospitality side of our software deserved its own identity. For all the latest detail and our whitepaper you can now go to www.hotelstock.net and see what we do specifically for your industry.The HOTELSTOCK portfolio provides Project Budget Creation, Online Supplier Tendering, Purchase/Service Order Creation, Logistics Management, Progress Tracking, Valuation and Performance Reporting, Asset Management and Re-ordering.

See WELLCOST, our Project and Budget Creation and Management solution in our video demonstration here.

As well as our new website we’ve launched a new initiative. Instead of offering just tailor-made or just off-the-shelf software we’ve taken an in-depth look into making bespoke and turnkey work together. This will shorten lead times and massively reduce disruption during the whole process. You can see further details here.

There are also new options on some applications giving you more flexible budgeting choices. A modest initial fee, and monthly subscription, will allow access to your own database, hosted securely on our Web Servers.

Enjoy the Maldives with Andy Thornton

Daniel Fountain

An uber-stylish contemporary design in subtle, muted colours offering a taste of cosmopolitan luxury, make sure you enjoy the Maldives this summer with Andy Thornton’s outdoor lounge furniture.An uber-stylish contemporary design in subtle, muted colours offering a taste of cosmopolitan luxury, make sure you enjoy the Maldives this summer with Andy Thornton’s outdoor lounge furniture.

Especially suited to deluxe hospitality exteriors, the Maldives collection of outdoor furniture is ideal for spacious roof terraces and al fresco drinking and dining areas. With various seating options, the collection comprises a two and three-seater sofa, lounge chairs and a stunning corner sofa. The Maldives range is flexible enough to create sociable seating areas for groups and also smaller, more intimate spaces.

In durable two-tone mocha woven plastic, Maldives comes complete with soft, tactile cushions and is available only in the fabric shown.

Colombostile to exhibit in Milan

Daniel Fountain

Colombostile is to exhibit at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile show in Milan, Italy, from today until the 19th of April.After the success of 2009 shows attended by 313,385 visitors, the historic spring appointment dedicated to all who have a professional interest in furnishing is back at the Rho exhibition centre.

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile and the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, an integral part of its format, are as usual distinguished by a wide range of top quality goods: on show there is every kind of furnishings – from stand-alone pieces to coordinates – in every possible style from classical to design to modern.

There is a number of collateral events dedicated to Milan running alongside the trade shows: four exhibitions focusing on the manufacture of furnishings and furnishing accessories, on kitchens and on bathrooms.

Colombostile will be exhibiting in Pavillion Three, on Stands D27-D31.

PAI Group supply new Brooklands Hotel

Daniel Fountain

Getting 2010 off to a flying start the PAI Group has completed the successful installation of state of the art audio visual conference room solutions to the newly opened Brooklands Hotel in Surrey. Bespoke systems were installed to the spa, gymnasium, function suite, meeting rooms and public areas. Completed in partnership with audio visual and IT specialist Planet Consulting and featuring seven sets of rooms ranging from the Brooklands Suite, catering for up to 175 people, to the Boardroom for up to 12 PAI used its 40 years of experience to provide a wide range of solution led products.

These included recessed projection with innovative AMX touch screen control technology along with multimedia input plates giving delegates the versatility of allowing them to connect all the various media sources simply and quickly. In addition plasma screens, the Cloud range of zone mixers and multi channel amplifiers were used for a complete audio visual solution.

The hotel’s general manager, Marc Gervasoni said: “I am very impressed with the high specification of the product and also very impressed with the excellent customer service provided throughout the installation. Thanks once again and I will certainly have no hesitation of recommending the PAI Group to other businesses in the future.”

A close shave from Franklite

Daniel Fountain

Franklite have introduced a range of bathroom mirror and wall lights with a cleverly concealed shaver socket. There is a matching bracket without the shaver socket (if the requirement is for one) on either side of a mirror.

The over-mirror bracket has a double light source and there is a choice of G9 or E14 lampholders (an energy saving lamp is available for the E14 version).

All brackets are rated IP44, meaning they are suitable for even the smallest bathroom and they a whole lot more attractive than the traditional plastic strip shaver light.

Planika revolutionizes the biofireplace sector

Daniel Fountain

With its latest model, Planika sets new standards for the biofires market. Fire Line is a biofire combining exceptional length of the flame – 800mm (31.5in) with an advanced technology. Implemented solutions increase users’ safety and maximize fuel efficiency.

Fir Line does not require gas nor chimney and there is no need to connect it to any type of installations. It is a completely independent appliance running on Fanola biofuel.

Planika’s new invention is the only appliance of its kind on the market supplied with electronic sensors controlling the fuel level and temperature. New construction of the burner guarantees burning time for up to 7 hours with flames of regular size and natural warm colour.

Due to innovations in the burning process only the fumes and not the actual fuel is burning cutting down the CO2 emission and making the product even more eco-friendly.

Fire Line offers limitless possibilities of arrangement and wide range of applications – for an installation in private apartments and in commercial spaces: hotels, bars, restaurants, as well as in representative office areas.

Fire Line will be presented at the upcoming Milan trade show. Please come and see it between 14-21 April, at OneTripHotel on Via Tortona 7.

Kettal to exhibit at Milan Furniture Show

Daniel Fountain

Kettal will be at this year’s edition of the Milan Furniture Show from 14 to 17 April 2010.
Kettal will be presenting this season’s new products in Pavilion 8, stand D27.

Kettal will be showing the latest models from the collections Kettal Atmosphere, designed by Marcel Wanders, Kettal Maia by Patricia Urquiola, and the new collections Kettal Landscape by Kettal Studio and Kettal ZigZag by emiliana design studio.

For more information, please contact PS Interiors through the Kettal page in the Directory.

Andy Thornton supply The Bristol Hotel

Daniel Fountain

Sitting pretty on the quayside of Bristol’s ‘Floating Harbour’, is the eponymous Bristol Hotel, from the Doyle Collection of Hotels. And what better place to experience Bristol’s maritime history than on the cobbled terrace outside the hotel’s Shore Café Bar. The contemporary outdoor tables and chairs, which complement the building’s modern façade, are from Andy Thornton’s Largo Collection.The Largo features a winning combination of strong aluminium frames in a matt powder-coated finish with black No Wood slatted chair seat and back and table tops. Both chairs and tables are stackable, so can be easily stored when not required.

This synthetic material looks almost identical to wood but without the maintenance. It is extremely durable and light-weight, ideal for use outside hospitality venues such as hotels, restaurants and bars. The material does not crack or split or require regular refinishing, and the surfaces can be simply wiped clean after use.

Innovative stylish seating for The Natural History Museum

Daniel Fountain

Craftwood Interiors has announced that it has undertaken a project to refurbish two cafes within the Natural History Museum, providing them with lavish, new banquette seating.The cafes, which were in serious need of a re-fit, can be found in the blue and red zones of this renowned British museum. The grand project was designed by Path Design, the seating was manufactured and fitted by Craftwood Interiors, and overseen by project managers from Cultural Innovations.

The Natural History Museum is always striving to improve their visitor experience: the new upholstered banquette seating needed to be stylish yet durable, welcoming yet practical in order to keep up with the high number of visitors. Last year this was estimated at 3.8 million people through the door.

This requirement of style and comfort is one that the public have come to expect when taking a break and enjoying refreshments. The new seating boasts hardwearing leather fabric and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well as providing a wonderful area in which to relax.

This prestigious museum has seen numerous changes in the 129 years since opening, and many positive comments have already been received regarding the stylish new layout, some commenting that the new seating is ‘a refreshing pit-stop,’ and ‘welcoming, light and friendly atmosphere with comfortable furnishings.’

Bauhaus from Aestus

Daniel Fountain

Transforming the practical chore of heating into an inspirational, design-led process, Aestus introduces ‘Bauhaus’ to the UK and Irish marketplace.Supremely elegant, ‘Bauhaus’ defies the traditional concept of heating, pushing the boundaries of design and innovation to produce a truly breathtaking masterpiece.

As shown above, ‘Bauhaus’ is perfect for making a statement and will attract just the right amount of attention. Hang directly above a freestanding tub for a dramatic effect or in solitude to create a jaw-dropping focal feature.

Slim line with an 8mm Aluminium thickness, this new addition to the ‘Hotech’ collection is available in an array of colours as well as a plethora of luxury finishes including brushed, satin or feathered Aluminium as well as Copper, Gold (pictured above) and Silver Leaf.

Aestus, managing director, Geoff Jones said: “Bauhaus is set to change the way we view domestic heating forever. Unlike anything currently for sale, this piece will bring glamour and beauty to any home or boutique hotel.”

‘Bauhaus’ is available in three widths; 1200mm, 1500mm, 1800mm and two heights; 500mm and 600mm.

It can generate a heat output of up to 1118 Watts and is suitable for connection to both electric and central heating systems.

Spa Vision launch Skincare range

Daniel Fountain

Spa Vision is launching new brand and website for new skincare range. Spa Skincare’s expertise is sourcing the finest skincare brands from across the globe supporting them with unrivalled training expertise and business support. The brands are proven and established leaders in the industry and used in many of the world’s finest salons and spas.The current portfolio includes Kerstin Florian, a high performance skincare range used in some of the finest hotel and destination spas worldwide; LI’TYA a natural and organic spa skincare range; VitaMan, a male specific skincare brand with a selection of products and treatments to suit and finally PerfectSense, an innovative way of enhancing manicure and pedicure treatments.

Comprehensive world class training is carried out by a team of Spa Development Managers ensuring education is of the highest calibre at all times. Training can either be conducted on-site or at their comprehensive training facilities. Support is ongoing with treatment and retail support designed to grow your businesses, develop therapists and create continuous memorable experiences for the guests.

An established PR team provides a supporting structure for Spa Skincare, creating positive brand awareness for spa’s both nationally and internationally. In-house marketing support is carried out by Spa Development Managers, providing a marketing fund and a continuous programme of events and promotions to inspire employees and inspire guests.

Encompass releases new sun lounger

Daniel Fountain

As part of the CIMA lounge collection by Fuera Dentro and Encompass, this sun lounger is pure, minimalist and architectural in design.

The CIMA lounge collection of modern design lounge furniture for the garden or home includes a striking carver chair, sofas, lounge chairs, ottomans, footrests, modular lounge sets, sun loungers and occasional tables, all with the same clean geometrical lines.

There are optional cushions for the lounger, chairs and sofas provide optimal comfort to this luxury outdoor furniture range and can be enjoyed all year round in many contemporary outdoor spaces.

Designed by European designer Hendrik Steenbakkers, SIESTA lounger is built to a very high quality from the highest quality materials. Designed for lifelong function, the materials exceed standards for durability and resistance to the outdoor elements.

Hand made in high grade stainless steel, batyline acrylic fabric and toughened glass, most of the CIMA lounge range can be combined to form a luxurious modular lounge set, which can be built to suit your own requirements. The simple clean lines of CIMA lounge make this a timeless modern design.

Attention to detail is an important feature of Fuera Dentro CIMA lounge; the Fuera Dentro logo is carefully etched onto the stainless steel frames, whilst batyline fabric is labelled with the same logo. These touches are design features in themselves.

The stainless steel elements to the furniture are optionally available in an electro polished finish. This provides optimum durability and resistance to even the harshest of marine environments.

The diversity in materials offered within this range means that CIMA is a popular all weather furniture choice for both private residences as well as an ideal commercial outdoor furniture solution. Country and town homes, resorts, spas, bistros, bars, restaurants and hotel furniture suppliers have CIMA across the UK and worldwide.

All that glitters is Fire and Ice from Seltex

Daniel Fountain

Get ready to adjust the thermostat for the shimmery new combination called Fire and Ice – the hottest and coolest new releases from Seltex Wallcoverings.Ice glitters with all the richness of a polished silk fabric in 18 crystalline colours from Glacé, Frost and Hail to Brilliant, Spumoni and Black Ice.

Ice’s sensuous texture becomes the background for Fire, which turns up the heat with tiny metallic diamonds that explode in firework-bursts. Fire’s 18 colours glow in white-hot Sparkle, fiery Blaze, hazy Smoke, charred Ember and other sumptuous, sizzling shades.

Together or individually, these patterns are sure to deliver the Wow factor. Samples are available from Seltex upon request.

South Africa tourism board denies hotel price fixing

Daniel Fountain

Following HotelDesigns’ report on hotels fixing their prices ahead of the World Cup, an investigation has revealed this is not the case.South Africa, Minister for Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk said a report into the alleged price fixing showed that hotels were acting responsibly.

A survey was commissioned by the National Department of Tourism to compare accommodation rates during the World Cup to regular rates.

Schalkwyk said: “The research shows that 74 per cent of all accommodation establishments in the country are charging a premium less than 50 per cent above their highest rate for 2010. Half of all establishments will not be charging a premium at all.”

Establishments including hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, lodges, camping and self-catering facilities in all nine provinces in South Africa were looked into. More than 2,500 responses were analysed. The research showed that about a quarter of accommodation providers in the sector are charging price premiums of more than 50 per cent above the high season rate for 2010.

In areas where there is significant demand, such as Gauteng, hotels are charging higher premiums, at around 65 per cent.

Schalkwyk said: “We will continue to do everything to discourage excessive premiums when these do occur. I have already consulted with the tourism industry in this regard. I am satisfied that by far the majority of accommodation establishments are acting responsibly and are sensitive to our warnings about price hiking and its effects.”

However, the premiums are higher than those charged during World Cups in other countries. For example, when Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, only 37 per cent premiums were charged.

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Lyon earns its stripes

Daniel Fountain

Building on the success of our Lyon range,Dixon Turner Wallcoverings is pleased to present a new colour palette for its classic faux silk range.
Comprising 18 references, the vertical emboss is complemented by soft subtle print effects, offering highly commercial shades of cream, ivory and pale dove grey, as well as featuring dramatic metallic effects.

To add to Lyon’s versatility, we are also launching Lyon Stripe in 9 coordinating colour options. This statement stripe is available in both beautifully soft tonal shades as well as striking contrasting colours.

RHA Furniture launches Opera range

Daniel Fountain

RHA Furniture has released a new range called Opera. Opera is an elegant collection with sophisticated details and dignified shapes that hint at the past with the intention to satisfy the demands of high class interiors.Within the range there is the Igor sofa which is an extravagant piece of furniture. It has a frame in solid wood upholstery in expanded polyurethane with different density, wooden legs wenge stained. Seat cushions are in down with an inner core in polyurethane. The buttons are made out of mother of pearl.

The Fedora furniture item is a sofa with a grame in solid wood upholstery in expanded polyurethane with different density and has wooden legs that are wenge stained. The seat cushions are in down with an inner core in polyurethane. The silk profile come with a matching cover. All the upholstery fabrics are removable, making for easy cleaning. There are also loose cushions which come in down.

The Opera range also features tables such as the Pelleas design, which is a small table in solid maple wenge that is stained. The Ludmilla table has a marble top and a metal base with an antique brass finish. The Ruslan table has a top made of veneer stripped oak wenge stained with wood grain and features a leg in burnished metal and a bas in veneer stripped oak wenge with wood grain.

Kettal opens store in Paris

Daniel Fountain

Grupo Kettal, the largest European manufacturer of luxury outdoor furniture, has opened a store in Paris with a new look.The Kettal store, which has been completely refurbished and showcases a spectacular design, is at 80 Boulevard Malesherbes.

This new showroom contains new products for 2010, from renowned designers Patricia Urquiola, Emiliana Design Studio and Marcel Wanders, along with the new design collections from Kettal Studio.

Many of these products have been showcased already on the HotelDesigns website.

Grupo Kettal offers clients a full, personalised exterior design service at all of its establishments.

Spa Vision launch garden range

Daniel Fountain

Spa Vision has launched a high quality outdoor furniture range using only the finest and most eco-friendly teak timbers.Fully recovered by hand from old and neglected buildings, each and every piece of this wonderful wood has a special history and story to tell. The reclaimed teak timbers are independently audited by both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and SmartWood to guarantee that they are genuinely reclaimed and salvaged in a responsible manner. This is a guarantee to clients that all of our furniture is environmentally, historically and socially acceptable.

The range is designed to create a comfortable range of outdoor furniture for spas including poolside, decks and terraces. The range includes a selection of coffee and dining tables, chairs, relaxers and loungers. Luxury Spas such as Pennyhill Park and Rockliffe Hall have benefited from using the furniture range at their facilities, creating synergy between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Spa Vision is also developing their indoor range to include treatment trolleys, relaxation loungers and manicure & pedicure furniture. As well as offering an extensive portfolio of standard designs, Spa Vision is also able to product bespoke furniture designs to specification.

Häfele Group provides hardware for the world’s tallest tower

Daniel Fountain

Häfele Group, the world leader in hardware technology and electronic locking systems with its head office in Nagold, Germany, has supplied hardware products and technology worth 8m Euros for the world’s tallest building that was recently opened in Dubai. The Dubai office of Häfele GCC formed a local joint venture with DORMA Gulf, the international architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill and project managers Turner International to provide the specifications for the ‘Tallest Tower in the World’, now named Burj Khalifa.

With its own team of dedicated specialists for this project, Häfele successfully supplied a complete assortment of hardware products.

One of the challenges Häfele conquered was to meet the stringent American building codes NFPA for fire protection and ADA barrier free design.

Over 2,000 different types of hardware products were included in the program for his project. Approximately 12,000 doors are now adorned by Häfele quality products including custom designed lever handles, locks, door closers, special hinges, a broad assortment of door accessories as well as electronic locking systems with up to 12 functions that meet all security requirements.

In addition, Häfele also supplied numerous articles from its furniture fittings assortment.
Burj Khalifa is the highlight and centre piece of the city district that also includes the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre, the Dubai Mall Hotel, The Address Hotel, the Old Town and the New Town.

Many of these projects were also supplied by Häfele. Retail boutiques in the Dubai Mall are outfitted with Häfele’s electronic transponder supported locking system Dialock.

Executing this major Dubai project, Häfele Project Service division was able to demonstrate its capabilities once again. Häfele’s own project specialists provide comprehensive consultation and system expertise on all issues concerning hardware fittings and technology.

Häfele’s international project department is in high demand amongst architects, developers, builders and other industry investors to advise on a range of products including the transponder based identification and access control system Dialock, to door hardware fittings and even intelligent interior design solutions.

Häfele’s system and consulting services are bundled in our 360° project service division. This service defines value added expertise through manufacturer neutral consulting and optimal hardware solutions for custom designs and project ideas.

Häfele provides comprehensive support in all phases of project development. For example, special planning aids assist in the creation of locking plans and route marking concepts.

Häfele’s worldwide network allows the company to mobilise product specialists in the location where a project, such as Burj Khalifa, is being planned and then built.

Lucy Heber-Percy to exhibit in the UK

Daniel Fountain

Lucy Heber-Percy’s first solo exhibition is to be held at The Mezzanine Gallery, The Granary, Weston Park, Shropshire and opens tomorrow.Fascinated by Vintage art and the Victorian era, Lucy’s photographs are influenced by the colours used in Victorian photographic processes, as well as the colours of plants and flowers at their different stages of life, more particularly once they have finished flowering and dying out.

All 32 photographs have been taken in the past year, depicting flowers in assorted scenes, shot in various locations including France and Bali as well as in the United Kingdom.

The photographs have all been re-coloured and enhanced to produce the look of old printing processes. All photographs will be sold as a limited edition of 25.

Lucy Heber-Percy was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. In 2005, she commenced her freelance photography career, specialising in garden and plant photography.

Previous group exhibitions include:
2008: Stottesdon Art Exhibition at St. Mary’s Church, Stottesdon, Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire
2001: Art for Youth, London at Mall Galleries, London

The exhibition will be held at The Mezzanine Gallery, The Granary, Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8LE.

Armour Hotel introduces the Systemline Media Interface

Daniel Fountain

Armour Hotel has announced the introduction of the Systemline Media Interface, which offers hotel guests a unique and innovative ‘home from home’ experience.These days’ hotel guest tend to travel with a multitude of personal electronic devices such as laptops, iPods, portable games machines and mobile phones.

The growing expectation guests have is to simply connect these devices to the hotel television, enabling access to their own music content, movies and games. The Systemline Media Interface does just that – and offers an effortless ‘plug and play’ solution.

Laurie Owen Interiors create eco friendly spaces

Daniel Fountain

Laurie Owen Interiors’s striking signature pieces under the theme Romantic Organic are all handcrafted in their very own factory with inspiration drawn from the environment and surroundings. Materials used are local with invader, alien and fallen trees being utilized to create a range of stunning pieces.

Empowerment groups are employed wherever possible for production creating great eco friendly spaces.

Sheraton fuels growth in EAME with US$1bn in new hotels

Daniel Fountain

Located in the new multifunctional city quarter Eurovea on the Danube embankment, the Sheraton Bratislava Hotel features 209 guest rooms including 23 suites.The new hotel is indicative of Sheraton’s role as a major driver of Starwood’s growth in EAME, with additional flagship hotels scheduled to open in destinations such as Georgia (Sheraton Batumi, Spring 2010), Greece (Sheraton Rhodes, Spring 2010) and Italy (Sheraton Milan Malpensa, Summer 2010).

Starwood Hotels & Resorts, EAME, president, Roeland Vos said: “We are proud to be launching our largest and most iconic hotel brand, Sheraton, in fast-growing destinations such as the Slovak Republic and we are well positioned to continue this curve of meaningful growth throughout 2010 and beyond. By working with our development partners to make landmark entries into new destinations we will be well positioned to own the upswing as we see signs of recovery.”

To maintain the brand’s position as the premier hotel brand for business and leisure travel, many flagship Sheraton hotels are presently undergoing an enhancement programme to revitalise their facilities.

This includes an investment of USD$275m in renovations of existing Sheraton hotels in the region in the next three years, such as a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the Sheraton Oman (to re-open in autumn 2010), which supplements a staggering USD$1bn worth of new pipeline Sheraton hotels throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Images supplied from HotelDesigns review of The Sheraton Krakow

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Starwood make landmark debuts in EAME with Aloft, W and The Luxury Collection

Daniel Fountain

After debuting the W brand in Spain last year with W Barcelona, the brand will continue to grow with new openings in high-profile destinations such as London, St. Petersburg, Paris, Milan and Amman.Adding to this, Aloft Hotels, which is the new, design-led, mid-market brand inspired by W, is set to make its European debut this autumn with the Aloft Brussels Schumann opening in Belgium. This hotel comes quickly after the brand’s launch in the Middle East last year, with the 408-room Aloft Abu Dhabi.

In Africa, Starwood is scheduled to open the new Le Méridien Oran Hotel & Convention Centre later this year, while simultaneously completing a number of renovations on some of its properties on the continent which forms part of its overall brand transformation efforts. The company also aims to expand its presence of its Four Points by Sheraton brand in Africa this year, with openings in Lagos, Nigeria and in Tripoli, Libya.

As reported by HotelDesigns, The Luxury Collection made its debut in the Middle East with the conversion of the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. The brand will continue to grow this summer when The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, opens in Costa Navarino, Greece in June. This is located on the southwest coast of the Peloponnese in Greece where Starwood will also open a Westin Resort. The next five years will also see the opening of five new hotels, as part of the St. Regis brand, open in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean in locations such as Mauritius, Cairo, Doha and two in Abu Dhabi.

Harlequin Hotels to open throughout the Caribbean

Daniel Fountain

After reporting that Harlequin Hotels is to open a resort in Buccament Bay, Caribbean it has been revealed that they also have many other projects being developed in the surrounding area. These projects include resorts in Barbados, the Dominican Republic and St Lucia.

The first phase of The Merricks in Barbados is scheduled to open in late 2011. Harlequin purchased the land and beach with outline planning permission in 2006.

Since then, Harlequin has been working through the various planning stages to meet the requirements of the Barbados Governmnet in order to receive full planning permission to commence construction.

All the relevant feasibility reports and plans were submitted to the government by May 2009 and subsequently Dave Ames and ICE Group, Harlequin Hotels’ construction company, attended the final planning meeting in October 2009.

Harlequin and its proposal for The Merricks have received the full support of the prime minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon. David Thompson.

Harlequin has been advised that the development is close to being finally approved by town planning in Barbados and is due to be put before the prime minister for his final approval. ICE is ready to start work immediately after the permission has been received.

Las Canas and The Hideaway is another hotel to open in the Dominican Republic. The landscaping of the entrance to the hotel was completed in early 2009. More land has been purchased which will accommodate the back of the house facilities for the resort.

Full planning permission is in place and construction will commence early this year. The resort will open at the beginning of 2011 and land clearing and pre-build groundworks will start on the main Las Canas resort in early 2010.

Another resort opening in the Dominican Republic is the Two Rivers. During 2009 more land was purchased at the entrance to this resort which will enable Harlequin to extend the reception area and include another restaurant.

Full planning permission is in place and in early 2010 the land will be cleared.

Finally, in St Lucia, Harlequin hopes to open the Marquis Estate. The Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of the area are currently in progress and once these are completed detailed planning will be finalised.

Work to improve the roads so that they can support the heavy plant required during the build will start early this year. Land clearing will commence soon afterwards and construction will begin with the golf course and golf hotel.

Cliq Designs launches new website

Daniel Fountain

Preston based soft furnishings designer and manufacturer Cliq Designs has introduced a new website that encompasses recent extensions in the business’s offer.The new site, at www.cliqdesigns.co.uk, also enables visitors to find and download key specification and size details quickly and easily.

The company’s design specification guide, Choose, which enables designers and buyers to select from Cliq’s extensive range of contemporary throws, headboards, bed covers, quilts, sashes, cushions, valances and wall art, can be obtained from the site. Individual drawings from Choose can also be clicked, dragged and dropped directly from the site into specification sheets.

Additionally, the new site features Cliq Designs’ recently launched Off The Peg range of high quality Trevira CS boucle bed throws in 65cm scarf width or 130cm full width sizes.

Cliq will be introducing further improvements to the new site in the first half of 2010 to ensure that news about the company’s high profile projects is issued to the industry.

WELLCOST online demonstration of FF&E package

Daniel Fountain

The WELLCOST budget creation application can now be viewed online. The software provides Purchasing Agents, Owners, and Developers of Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure Complexes with easy to use, pre opening FF&E programme.This application is the first stage of what is probably the world’s first truly comprehensive asset management solution. Highly graphical and user friendly, this Hospitality costing and Purchase order creation logistics solution simplifies cost and order control.

This can be achieved one of two ways. First method makes use of an electronically entered “Designers’ Book” (including photographs and drawings). Second method uses a categorised, comprehensive database of items stored in the program, perhaps previously used in other projects. Either can of course use previous WELLCOST project books, and a part of our service is data integration.

Request for Quotation documents are quickly produced and emailed to pre registered suppliers. Alternatively they can be uploaded to the web enabled FF&E tender module. This application can be integrated with your corporate identity. When added to your web site, this forms an essential part of the unique WELLSTOCK Costing, Procurement Inventory control and Asset Management solution. The Tender module downloads selected supplier values, which can then create Purchase or Service orders independent of the WELLSTOCK inventory and logistics program.

This invaluable product is written in SQL ensuring that it will perform speedily for the largest of projects. The main screens are designed to allow printed “screen shots” to form an important part of presentations, coupled with the comprehensive reporting provided.

Its recently published Whitepaper can be viewed on www.wellstock.net. The package can be used on line through rental or can be bought for loading onto your own servers.