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Panaz wins the double at the BIBA Awards!

Daniel Fountain

Panaz are delighted to announce that they have won two BIBAs (Be Inspired Business Awards) in two categories: Exporter of the Year and Medium Business of the Year.The awards were presented at a lavish dinner arranged by Lancashire Chamber of Commerce held at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Friday, 20th September.

Tony Attard, Panaz CEO, said “We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected out of so many world class companies in Lancashire. The BIBAs are a great celebration of enterprise in the region, to win one award is excellent but to win two is truly exceptional and a tribute to the wonderful hard working team we have at Panaz.”

For more information about Panaz visit www.panaz.com

Chelsom to exhibit at Independent Hotel Show 2013

Daniel Fountain

From 30th-31st October Chelsom will be exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show for the first time and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit their stand, number 217. On display will be a selection of high quality design-led products from the latest exclusive collection.Launched in 2012, the Independent Hotel Show has filled an essential gap in the market, connecting the highest quality suppliers with luxury and boutique hotel decision makers from all over the UK.
Packed full of expert insight and advice, from informative business sessions to trend reports and new product and service showcases, the Independent Hotel Show is designed to be a one-stop business platform for the luxury and boutique hotel industry.

“We have worked hard over the course of the last 60years to successfully establish ourselves as the number one decorative lighting company within the hospitality market, however Independent Hotel Show ’13 is a great opportunity to present Chelsom to more of a niche boutique clientele. It’s our first time exhibiting at IHS and we are really looking forward to sharing our expertise and showcasing our products at such an exciting industry event.” Said Will Chelsom, company Director.

Chelsom has become one of the leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of decorative contract lighting to the international hospitality sector. Supplying both standard and custom designed lighting products, Chelsom has the expertise to enhance any hotel interior, whether 2-star or 6-star, from cutting edge contemporary to period buildings, guestroom to corridor to public spaces.

For more information on the Independent Hotel ‘13 show and to register to attend, please go to

Bespoke Waiter Stations for Fulham FC, RHA

Daniel Fountain

RHA Furniture’s UK factory has recently produced bespoke waiter stations for Fulham Football Club’s historic riverside stadium at Craven Cottage.As well as being the oldest football stadium in London, the club offers some of the finest Thames-side dining experiences in London.

The production team worked with the club’s hospitality co-ordinator to produce high quality units in an impressively short lead time.

For the George Cohen Lounge two contemporary styled three door waiter stations were custom made, one with space for a refrigeration unit and the other with drawers.

For the Chairman’s Club a stylish waiter station was made with a dark grey interior and tinted lacquer exterior, which accentuates the natural grain in the veneered cabinetry. The polished CorianTM worktops provide a stylish and hardwearing work area for the professional catering environment.

Contact RHA Furniture for more information or to discuss custom made furniture for a project you are currently working on.

Charlotte Rhys – A Leading Luxury Brand with a Strong Environmental Conscience…

Daniel Fountain

Charlotte Rhys is a leading manufacturer and supplier of exclusive, top-of-the-range luxury hotel guest toiletries. A successful combination of nature’s most precious ingredients, including many which are uniquely African such as Baobab Seed Oil and Organic Green Rooibos, and cutting edge technology inspires Charlotte Rhys with the confidence to guarantee that its products do what they promise. The company’s green policy promotes the protection of natural resources, commits to reducing negative impact and stress on the planet and integrates sustainability into its core business strategy. All Charlotte Rhys products are environmentally friendly, free from harmful preservatives, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and biodegradable, conforming to all the aesthetic, environmental and ethical concerns and demands of hotel guests.

The brand is currently available in the United Kingdom, Dubai and Africa. Enquiries +27 21 702 1338 or cr@charlotterhys.co.za

Ultimate Contracts Ltd Completes Twickenham Project

Daniel Fountain

Ultimate Contract Ltd has recently completed a couple of projects for The Harlequins Stoop Stadium, Twickenham.Contracted to refurnish the prestigious Legends Lounge and Corporate Hospitality suites, Ultimate Contracts Ltd supplied their Modular Table system developed specially for this project, chairs used were chosen to give a contemporary Brasserie Look.

A showcase of new innovations in hotel bathroom design

Daniel Fountain

Offering hotel designers and architects the chance to learn more about the latest innovations in bathroom design from one of the world’s market leading brands, Laufen will be bringing its wide range of solutions to the Sleep Event 2013.With products and innovations that cover every aspect of creating luxury hotel bathrooms, Stand G21 will be used to showcase the latest Laufen offerings – from the manufacturer’s revolutionary new ceramic that produces super-thin washbasins, through to high-jet WCs.ixings to aid in mass installation scenarios and everything in between.

One of the many highlights of the Laufen stand at Sleep will be washbasins crafted from SaphirKeramik, a new lightweight material that is completely unique to the Swiss manufacturer. Forming part of the stunning Kartell by Laufen collection which successfully combines plastic and ceramic in the bathroom, SaphirKeramik brings innovations in terms of the physical properties that can be created with ceramic, offering a whole new world of creative possibilities for hotel bathroom designers.

With SaphirKeramik, designs that were previously deemed only suitable for solid surface pieces can now be achieved using ceramic, which offers crucial practical advantages such as hygiene and durability for hotel bathrooms.

SaphirKeramik also achieves extremely narrow radius on the curvature of corners – up to 1-2 millimetres – resulting in washbasins that are as thin as blades and responding to the trend for minimalism in the modern bathroom.

On a stand that is packed full of innovations, Laufen will also be presenting its new high performance WC at Sleep. Helping hoteliers reduce their water consumption andfulfil sustainability agendas, this new WC high-performance WC is able to flush powerfully with just 2 litres of water. Not only is it prepared to meet future water-saving standards but it already complies with all current international standards for flushing with 4.5 and 6 litres. This high performance with minimal water wastage is made possible due to its patent pending flushing technology, with the powerful jet at the front pushing the flushed material in the siphon and into the sewage network.

Recognising that the systems used for fitting sanitaryware are just as crucial to the overall design of a bathroom as the products themselves, Laufen will also be showcasing its innovative solution for wall-mounting WCs at Sleep. EasyFit is a new hidden fixing which makes mounting a WC on the wall a quick and simple task.

Hidden fixings for wall-mounted WCs have visual and hygienic benefits, as a smooth ceramic surface with no protective covers not only looks attractive also extremely easy to clean, as there is nowhere for dirt and bacteria to hide. Until now, the installation of wall-mounted WCs has not always been such a simple matter, so Laufen has developed a completely new, hidden fixing system.

The patent pending EasyFit system uses plastic cylinders and bayonet fittings to make connecting pipes simple. The installation process is virtually self-explanatory and is all done from underneath.

See all these bathroom design innovations and more by visiting Laufen on Stand G21, at Sleep 2013 from 20-21 November, Business Design Centre, London.

New Brochure Coming Soon from Focus SB

Daniel Fountain

Beautiful bespoke designs feature in Focus SB’s new catalogue which is packed full of stylish ranges, finishes and some new products; ThermOLED and Inline Dimming. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! The Ultimate Bespoke Service: flexibility in both design and product functionality is our speciality. Our team can work closely with designers to draw-up unique electrical fittings that fit into an interior perfectly.

Facilitating modern media demands, our accessories can hold: USB, jack leads, data points, audio-visual and more.

See us at Decorex: 23rd – 25th September, Stand B10. If you are undertaking an Interior Design Project the Decorex show is a brilliant opportunity to meet us and discuss what bespoke solutions best fit your design. We will be exhibiting our Bespoke collection and designer ranges: Ambassador, Prism and Sheraton.

A lovely collection for The Queen’s Head

Daniel Fountain

Destination fine dining chain Lovely Pubs commissioned Birmingham-based Heritage Collection to design and produce a bespoke range of crockery, cutlery and wooden products ahead of the opening of its latest venture, The Queen’s Head, near Bromsgrove.Appointed to create an individual range of products which would complement the restaurant’s dining offering, Heritage Collection worked alongside Lovely Pubs founder, Paul Salisbury, and head chef, Andrew Breen, to produce metalwork and tableware unique to the eatery’s surroundings.

With distinctive design features including The Queen’s Head brand, the collection is perfectly in keeping with the cuisine and boasts wooden platters ideal for serving food straight from the kitchen’s coal oven which creates an authentic ‘smoked’ barbecue flavour.

Anthony McDonagh, director at Heritage Collection, said: “The existing Lovely Pubs restaurants have a great deal of character and charisma so it’s a privilege to be asked to design a collection for what promises to continue the trend and be one of Worcestershire’s top eating destinations.”

Ryan Wilcock, general manager at The Queen’s Head said: “Heritage Collection has created a unique range which suits the personality of our establishment perfectly. Anthony and the team worked hard to incorporate our ideas.”

The Queen’s Head, located on the water’s edge in Sugarbrook Lane, Stoke Pound, is the sixth venture for Warwickshire-based Lovely Pubs and guarantees to offer an exceptional eating and dining experience at a picturesque location.

Baulmann Leuchten Supplies the SETA Hotel

Daniel Fountain

Completed just in time for its 30th anniversary, the refurbishment of the “Landgraf” restaurant at the SETA Hotel in Bad Neuenhar now features lighting by Baulmann Leuchten.Dining in a good restaurant should be an event and a demonstration of good taste. The high quality of a good restaurant is determined by various components such as atmosphere, technology, colours and aesthetics. This refurbishment was consistently realized by the interior designers from Studio Architects Düsseldorf together with Baulmann Leuchten Sundern, who also supplied the products for the previous renovations in the SETA hotel

Decorex 2013: are you ready?

Daniel Fountain

Decorex International is an exquisite interior design event at the heart of the London design community. The new venue for the exhibition will be at the Perks Field and The Orangery in Kensington Palace from the 22nd – 25th September 2013.Companies from our Directory of suppliers that will be exhibiting at Decorex include:

Altfield (E28, E41)
Encompass Furniture (R40)
Fine Cell Work (A13)
Focus SB (B10)
Hamilton Litestat (B47)
Sanderson (A43)
Wandsworth Group (K4)

To attend the event, please visit this link and register your details.

Patrick Goff and Christine Brett are attending Decorex this year so if you’d like to make an appointment to speak to them, please contact Patrick Goff on: patrick.goff@hoteldesigns.net.

There’s even a Tweetup which you have to register for on the Harlequin Stand (opposite the champagne bar). It’ll take place at 4pm on Sunday 22nd September so register quickly if you’re interested in being part of it.

Scotscape remains a cut above the rest with Aveda Salon flagship store

Daniel Fountain

Scotscape have installed this sleek living wall at the flagship Aveda Salon in Holborn London.It measures 12m2, wrapping around a supporting pillar in the interior and is irrigated using an integral irrigation system, enabling easy maintenance.

The wall brings a new dimension into this interior – purifying the air and enhancing the ambient nature of this wonderful spa. It demonstrates perfectly how easy it is to incorporate vertical greening even if space is short.

Ultimate Contract Ltd to Exhibit at Two London Events

Daniel Fountain

Ultimate Contract Ltd is to appear at the The Restaurant Show from the 7 to the 9th October 2013 where they will be exhibiting the latest in Restaurant furniture designs and finishes.The Restaurant Show is the definitive platform for the restaurant and food service market to meet. Each year suppliers offering everything required to run a successful and profitable foodservice business exhibit their latest products to the entire market.

Ultimate Contract Ltd is also to appear at the Independent Hotel Show which runs from the 30 to the 31st October 2013.

This two-day event promises to connect the highest quality suppliers with luxury and boutique hotel decision makers from across the country. Throughout the Show, hoteliers can engage with quality suppliers, share experiences and build relationships, turning their acquired knowledge into positive actions within their own hotel.

Come along and see us for the latest Hotel furniture designs!

Therapy by leading hotel toiletries manufacturer Charlotte Rhys

Daniel Fountain

A sophisticated approach to a beach-inspired collection of luxury hotel guest toiletries.

The latest addition to the Charlotte Rhys portfolio of luxury hotel guest toiletries is Therapy. Therapy’s uniquely nourishing formulations are boosted with vitamins and antioxidants to protect skin and hair from the ravages of free radicals. This makes the range particularly suitable for hot climates and coastal regions. Refreshingly natural, cool and elegant with a fresh tantalising scent and elegant opaque packaging, Therapy takes guest toiletries to a whole new level of pampering.

Eco friendly, vegan friendly, Beauty Without Cruelty approved, and made by Charlotte Rhys with integrity and passion.

Enquiries +27 21 702 1338 enquiries@charlotterhys.co.za

UK debut for Kartell by Laufen

Daniel Fountain

Since its preview at ISH/Frankfurt and Salone Del Mobile/Milan earlier this year, the UK market has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Kartell by Laufen.Due to be launched into showrooms this Autumn, Kartell by Laufen is a complete integrated project for the bathroom, which came about from the original inspiring approach of Kartell, its design, its quality and its essence which through the interpretative project skills of Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, have combined with the innovation of Laufen, giving rise to a collection pervaded with the aroma of emotion.

On one hand Kartell – Italian, creative, colourful and iconic. The family company that has marked the history of design and revolutionised furnishing in the use of plastic materials for over 60 years now. On the other hand Laufen – Swiss, rigorous, reliable. For more than 120 years, a great commitment to make culture in the bathroom and innovation in the production of ceramic sanitaryware.

Kartell by Laufen is the first complete collection to include washbasins made from SaphirKeramik, a new lightweight material that is completely unique to Laufen. SaphirKeramik brings innovations in terms of the physical properties that can be created with ceramic, opening up a whole new level of creativity for the bathroom designer.

Key pieces from this groundbreaking new collection will be a highlight of designjunction, which runs from 18-22 September and showcases the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world.

For more details of designjunction visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk

For more information on Kartell by Laufen call 01530 510007 or visit www.laufen.com

Hillswood Furniture: heading into its forties with youthful curves

Daniel Fountain

Hillswood has always prided itself in marketing quality contemporary furniture since its inception in 1976. Now heading towards Hillswood’s 40th year within the industry, new designs are still being added to their stylish range from their partner factories within the EU. The images accompanying this article shows unusual contemporary designs and a recently completed London Boutique Hotel.

Hillswood has produced many bespoke upholstered items which are all made to designers/clients specifications and requests. These upholstery pieces are made in house at their premises in North Kent.

Ultimate Contract Ltd Introduces New Design

Daniel Fountain

Ultimate Contract Ltd are pleased to announce the launch of a new chair design, perfect for restaurant/brasserie or hotel bar use.The Tulip Upholstered Chair has a beech wood frame with your choice of wood colour finishes.

It is also available in your choice of fabric (COM) from our range which has been tested for contract wear resistance.

All chairs include British standard CHMR fire resistant foam.

For more information, please contact Ultimate Contract Ltd through their page in the supplier Directory.

Sekers launch luxurious contract cloths at Sleep 2013

Daniel Fountain

Design and innovation and technical specification, cost awareness and product performance are all paramount at Sekers in the design of their ranges. At Sleep, they will launch four new complementary ranges that allow you to mix patterns, textures and colour in an innovative way to give a fresh approach to your interior spaces. All ranges have the durability required for the contract market.The four fabric collections include: Manhattan, Duet, Serenity and Dakota; all created by the Natasha Marshall team for Sekers.

An elegant cut velvet upholstery collection that is flame-retardant. Available in two geometric designs: Lexington and Lincoln, coordinating with the ribbed plain Hudson. Woven with Viscose and Modacylic yarns it has a beautiful handle and durability passing 40,000 Martindale. Available in colours ranging from Gold, Crimson and Jet.

A dim-out collection of two qualities with a natural-fibre woven look, ideal for curtains and bed-throws. Both made with 100% Flame Retardant Polyester. Available in 22 colours in Lanza a textured square weave and 24 colours of Luciano with a natural linen look. Colours ranging from Aubergine, Simply Taupe, Silver Cloud, Castlerock and Jet.

A beautiful elegant satin wide-width curtain fabric which is inherently flame retardant, available in 33 colours. Colours ranging from Birch, Putty, Deep Orchid, Fall Leaf and Palm.

Five beautiful textured non-woven fabric-backed Vinyl Wallcoverings in colours ranging from Moonstruck, Oatmeal through to Thyme & Dark Slate. Ideal for bedrooms, meeting rooms, conference rooms, dining rooms, corridors and feature walls. This is ordered by the linear metre and coordinates beautifully with the Sekers fabric collections.

To view all the current Sekers collections please visit their website: www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

Sleep Event, Islington Design Centre. Stand M7. Wednesday 20th November 10-8pm and Thursday 21st November 10-6pm. www.thesleepevent.com.

Roman Prepare for an Invigorating Sleep

Daniel Fountain

UK shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, are preparing for their 7th year exhibiting at the Sleep Event. This year the Show will mark the official launch of the manufacturer’s exciting new Decem Range of Enclosures, whilst also showcasing some of the company’s Project capabilities.Roman, who can be found on stand M35A, will be exhibiting their newly unveiled Decem range for the very first time at the Sleep Event, however, rather than simply showcasing the standard products from the brochure, each will be uniquely designed to showcase the company’s bespoke ability and vast experience within the Project market specifically.

The Decem range has been developed with the Project market in mind. The luxury collection incorporates 10mm thick glass; Hinged Door Enclosures, Wetroom Panels and Hinged Bath Screens. The collection presents a range of design options, with an exceptional choice of hardware and handles options, optional bracing supplied as standard and a choice of concealed or exposed wall profiles on the wetroom panels.

Although available in a standard range, the Decem collection also offers a whole range of bespoke options, making it perfect for the Project market. Products can be created over height – up to 2.7 metres tall, the glass can be cut at an angle, products are available in various sizes and footprints, and various glass finishes are also available.

The Roman stand will showcase the Decem Range created in some of the most popular specifications for the Hotel sector. Included on the stand will be; a bespoke version of the Bath Screen, with a concealed profile and a hinged panel for access; a Decem Bespoke Hinged Door enclosure with a reduced height side panel, installed onto a bath; a combined toilet and shower cubicle, built over height and with a two-way-swing door; and completing the stand, a bespoke footprint Hinged Door with a 1600mm long side panel.

Roman will be showcasing their various Decem hardware options across the stand, as well as highlighting some glass finish options. Also being showcased for the first time, is Roman’s recently launched Gloss Finish Infinity Shower Tray.

Roman have been designing and manufacturing showering products for over 28 years. They are a British manufacturer and have worked on Projects Worldwide, including; the Middle East, Asia, Africa and across Europe. All Roman products carry the compulsory CE marking, including their bespoke products.

Roman’s Managing Director, David Osborne, comments: “This year’s Sleep Event is set to be our most exciting stand design to date. With the launch of our new Decem collection, the possibilities for your project bathroom designs are limitless. We offer a wide range of solutions, with something that will work within any designers’ brief. Whether you are looking for something totally unique, with your own selection of hinges, handle and bracing; or whether you would prefer an affordable ‘off-the-shelf’ product. Our ranges span the spectrum. The Sleep Event is our one chance within the year to bring to life and showcase some of the various specifications and designs that we have developed, to suit various projects. We are always delighted with the positive reactions we receive from visitors to the stand, and we are hoping to hear the same amazing feedback, once again this year.”

Morgan debuts at designjunction

Daniel Fountain

Morgan, the British designer and manufacturer of original contract furniture, will exhibit for the first time at designjunction 18-22nd September at The Sorting Office WC1. No stranger to the London design scene, Morgan is a regular participant in Clerkenwell Design Week and has previously exhibited at 100% Design. The company is drawn to designjunction, one of the newer shows at the London Design Festival, by its inspirational mix of established global brands along with emerging talents.On Stand S11a on the second floor, Morgan will present three signature collections from their in-house Morgan Studio led by Design Director Katerina Zachariades.

A new small lounge chair will be unveiled as part of the contemporary Miami Collection. One of the most recognised Morgan designs with distinctive 50’s styling, this popular sofa and chair collection is now suitable for wider applications thanks to the more compact footprint of this latest addition. Miami offers a two and three-seater sofa, lounge chair with optional metal swivel base, footstool and barstool.

The Lima Collection is an exciting example of how Morgan selects species timber and high quality fabrics to create contemporary, versatile furniture. The overall feel of the collection is young and playful. Lima is available as a lounge chair, dining chair and there are matching bar stools, footstools and tables to suit a wide variety of commercial environments. At designjunction, Lima chairs will be exhibited in oak.

Launched in 2012, the Lucca Collection is one of Morgan’s most recent launches. Lucca harnesses the current trend for traditional upholstery detailing such as piping and develops it into a continuous, contemporary detail which brings the upholstery to life. This looks particularly striking when upholstered in a contrasting fabric. The
Show wood base demonstrates Morgan’s design flair for taking vintage influences and creating desirable, contemporary furniture. Lucca comes as a lounge chair, with or without arms, dining chair and is also available with optional metal swivel base.

All three collections on display demonstrate Morgan’s trademark combination of timeless style and superior quality craftsmanship. They are suitable for a wide variety of applications including workplace, hospitality, cruise ships and healthcare.

New Living Wall at Rubens Hotel in Victoria is the tallest in the UK

Daniel Fountain

With extensive coverage in the national media, this fantastic 350m² Treebox System Living Wall installed by Scotscape Ltd marks a turning point in the Government’s support of urban greening as part of Boris Johnsons’ Greening BIDS Programme.The Living Wall contains 10,000 ferns and herbaceous plants and 16 tonnes of soil, and was designed by Gary Grant of the Green Roof Consultancy. It allows for year-round improvement of the bio-diversity in the Victoria area attracting a multitude of invertebrates which would otherwise be absent, cleaning the air by adding oxygen and reducing PM10, mitigating storm water run-off, insulating the building during the summer and cooling it in the winter. The air quality in the immediate area will be improved dramatically.

Commenting on the installation, Scotscape’s Managing Director, Angus Cunningham said: “Due to our knowledge and experience in the installation of a number of prestigious vertical greening schemes in the UK, we were commissioned to install this Living Wall and the bespoke irrigation system and are happy to have been part of marking this important trend forward in vertical greening.

“Our own research into the thermal benefits and water use-age of living wall systems, currently being undertaken at Sheffield University, with conclusive data being released in November, will further support the importance of integrating vertical greening systems into densely populated areas to improve bio-diversity and bring relevant energy efficiencies”.

Roman’s Barney Army on Tour

Daniel Fountain

British shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, are the main sponsors of a famous school’s sporting tour of South Africa. The manufacturer is sponsoring the Senior Girls Hockey team and the Senior Boys Rugby team, of Barnard Castle School, throughout their four match tours.The tour will see 50 students travelling across the region. The teams start in Pretoria, and they then travel across to Cape Town and cover; Kasselsvlei, Westerford, York, Outeniqua and Nico Malan, to play their various matches.

Barnard Castle is a sporting school which has a reputation for turning out successful athletes and sportsmen and women. Famous names include Rugby stars; Rob Andrew, Rory and Tony Underwood, Mathew and Alex Tait, and Lee and Karl Dickson; to name but a few.

The tour is designed to offer development for all players prior to the 2013/14 season and has many cultural and social activities included, when the young people are away from the sports field.

The Contract Chair Company introduces three-dimensional panels

Daniel Fountain

The Contract Chair Company now offers a solution to dress walls, ceilings or any other area with these three-dimensional panels. Created from an extremely durable material, these panels are suitable for a variety of settings with excellent thermal benefits as well as being an acoustic isolator.

The panels are supplied raw ready to be painted on site to complement any interior design scheme. They are also easy to install and require virtually no maintenance.

Contact sales@thecontractchair.co.uk today with your enquiry.

The Rosebery Aparthotel

Daniel Fountain

The Rosebery is an Aparthotel located in Clerkenwell which opened in December 2012. It is the most recent addition to the Supercity portfolio containing 58 suites, a coffee/wine bar in the adjacent building and a fully equipped fitness centre.As the London Design Festival is just around the corner, The Rosebery is perfectly positioned to explore the exciting design-base of Clerkenwell. Made up of over 300 events across the city, the London Design Festival runs from the 14th – 22nd September. The Clerkenwell Design Quarter will be running workshops, seminars, competitions and exhibitions to celebrate, certainly too much to fit into one day. The advantage of an Aparthotel like The Rosebery is you can treat it like a home away from home, keeping the cost of visiting London down as much as possible.

Adjacent to the aparthotel is .IT cafe to the left, and .IT showroom to the right. The cafe is furnished with quirky designer pieces of furniture and unusual artwork similar in style to pieces featured in the aparthotel, but all with a price tag. You can actually buy what you see. It’s incredible. I’ve visited hotels where you can sit and read books in their library and then purchase them, but never the chair you’re sitting on to read it…

From reception it’s a lift ride to your floor and short corridors means it’s easy to locate your apartment. Corridors are bright and feature artwork similar in style to the cafe area. It’s a fairly neutral area which has been well maintained by housekeeping.

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Chelsom ‘Artichoke’ collection illuminates Trunk Bar, London

Daniel Fountain

Chelsom lighting from the latest collection was specified for the recent refurbishment of the stylish Trunk Bar at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel in the heart of central London.The lighting scheme was created to accentuate the eclectic nature of the interior design featuring wall lights and pendants from the Chelsom ‘Artichoke’ range. Manufactured from wrought iron and steel, the collection comprises of random curved metal leaves finished in Florentine antique gold leaf reflecting a warm glow throughout and creating a dramatic lighting effect.

Bagno Design: Flying the flag for style and innovation

Daniel Fountain

Bagno Design, the international manufacturer and supplier of design-led bathroom solutions, will open a dedicated showroom in Hong Kong in November. Situated on Fenwick Street in the heart of Wan Chai, the Architect & Design (A&D) Centre will cover 4,000 square feet and encompass the full Bagno Design range. Appealing to architects, interior designers, contractors and discerning consumers alike, this state of the art environment will offer an inspiring environment in which to learn more about the company’s extensive portfolio of bathroom products. Design and construction professionals are invited to utilise the social space in the A&D Centre to touch and feel and select materials in a relaxed environment. Professional facilities are also available in the venue, including workspaces, private meeting areas with video-conferencing facilities, refreshments and free wifi access. Clients are also welcome in the showroom, either with their design consultants or by appointment to meet with one of Bagno Design’s dedicated Design Consultants.

Signing a partnership agreement with VSC, a publicly listed company on the Hang Seng Exchange in Hong Kong, the parties have also committed to opening a further five A&D showrooms in China in 2014 and one in Singapore.

Group Managing Director of Bagno Design, Daryl Barker, said: “This partnership is the first step for Bagno Design in our venture to move into the Asia Pacific market and represents a key part of our growth strategy in the medium term.

“Our A&D Centre in the UK opened last summer and has been very well received and well used by architects and end clients alike and we envisage the Hong Kong showroom to be equally as successful.”

To register your interest and received updates on the progress of the Hong Kong A&D Centre visit www.bagnodesign.co.uk/hongkong

Hill Cross Furniture & designLSM Exhibit At Hotel Show 2013, Dubai

Daniel Fountain

Hill Cross Furniture and designLSM proudly announce their Hotel Show debut at this year’s exhibition in Dubai. As leaders in their respective fields the pair will be showcasing their complementary services together.designLSM, an award winning, multi-discipline practice, offer interior design, architectural and branding services for the hospitality, retail and residential sectors. Based in the UK, designLSM boast a diverse portfolio of iconic and independent clients.

With an unparalleled product range and world class client list, Hill Cross Furniture manufacture and supply contract furniture to the leisure sector. Hill Cross, also UK based, offer a wide selection of quality furniture from tables and chairs to banquettes and sofas, teamed with an unrivalled customer care reputation.

Hill Cross Furniture and designLSM can offer a full design, supply and manufacture service affording them an innovative, detailed and personal service for complex and time critical projects.

Hill Cross and designLSM will be showcasing both their collaborative and individual portfolios at the Hotel Show late September, stands, 5C111 & 5C113. Hill Cross will exhibit a selection of quality seating.

Bespoke hotel furniture made in the UK, RHA

Daniel Fountain

RHA are very proud of the furniture made at their UK factory, all pieces are made to the highest standards and fit for contract use. The factory is set up effectively to produce high end one-off pieces as well as large scale productions. The production team and craftsmen are highly experienced at working with wood, Corian, natural stones, metals, laminates and glass.

Alongside bespoke work stations, business lounge furniture and high-end residential furniture, the factory produce cabinets, tables and seating for many well known hotels groups in the UK and overseas.

“Having our own factory of skilled craftsmen allows us to offer our clients an even faster turn-around and items that are competitively priced for the European market.” Richard Hunt, Managing Director.

For projects that require delivery to European locations, RHA Furniture have partner factories that produce furniture to the same high standards.
These factories have produced cabinets, tables and seating for RHA’s highest profile projects including the Aspria Uhlenhorst Hotel in Hamburg and Conrad Algarve hotel in Portugal.

Contact RHA Furniture for more information or to discuss custom made furniture for a project you are currently working on.

Oriental Weavers Positions Itself for Further Expansion

Daniel Fountain

Oriental Weavers USA, a subsidiary of the $800mm/year Oriental Weavers Group, has begun a rebranding initiative of its US based businesses. Between the 2006 merger of Oriental Weavers of America and Sphinx by Oriental Weavers, and assuming responsibility for the international hospitality carpet efforts of the Oriental Weavers Group, the US entity has solidified its position as a worldwide leader in flooring. The company has now embarked on a global rebranding initiative with strategic and aggressive expansion plans, enhanced distribution and increased production capabilities in the US.

“By merging our various brands, Oriental Weavers USA is positioned for the continued growth that is critical for our long term success,” said Mike Riley, president of Oriental Weavers USA. “Our area rug brands have been managed by our team under one corporate umbrella for quite some time and now with all the exciting expansion plans and new marketing and product initiatives, such as the launch of our new PANTONE UNIVERSE line of rugs, we felt like it was the perfect time to make our cohesive rebranding official.”

As part of this effort, a new logo was created using modern fonts and colors to reflect the fashion-forward reputation the company has earned over the years, while visually tying in with the OW Hospitality logo identity. The new mark leads with a subtle ‘O’ and ‘W’, which also represents a woven tuft of carpet. The new brand identity can be seen in advertising, in the newly revamped company website (www.owrugs.com) and other marketing initiatives.

“While our logo and brand images are refreshed, the key elements of our company’s success will not change,” said Riley. “OW will continue to service our retail partners with targeted product lines, fashion-forward designs, and the exceptional quality and service they’ve come to know and expect from us over the last 35 years.”

PF Collections Ltd Trade Open Week 16th-20th September 2013

Daniel Fountain

Over the past few weeks, PF Collections have had their Designers working on some new sofa and chair designs which are now starting to be worked through their factory, creating some new and exciting models to add to their existing product range. During the trade open week, PF Collections will be opening their 5000 sq ft trade showroom at the factory in Long Eaton to showcase these new pieces, as well as having their existing range on display. The Showroom will be open between the hours of 10am-4pm.

Our factory will be fully operational this week so you will be able to have a factory tour, showing you exactly what goes in to their high quality product, starting with the frame shop and walking you through the whole manufacturing process.

PF Collections will provide refreshments and food during your visit so if you would like to join us, please RSVP with a preferred date for catering purposes.

The factory address is:
PF Collections Ltd, Oakleaf House, Acton Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1FU.

Please RSVP by e-mail to tom.campbell@pfcollections.co.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 115 946 1282.

Armchair Cube; From The Cube Furniture Collection

Daniel Fountain

Streamlined modern and beauty with a natural grace that can only be seen with Mille Couleurs furniture. The Duo Collection is our second seating collection; which combines an organic shape and texture with comfort and warmth.Handcrafted in felted wool with a monochromatic theme that uses different tonal shades of blue, this oversized Duo armchair is very innovative in its design.

By combining the elegance of a luxurious chair with the coziness of a sofa, it is comfortable when using a laptop, watching TV (or falling asleep in front of the TV!), enjoying a little romantic time together by the fire, reading a book or simply relaxing.

The armchair is much deeper than standard armchairs and can comfortably seat three adults. Offering unique.

Offering a unique seating experience. Each Duo Armchair is available as the below dimensions or can be custom made by Mille Couleurs London to ensure a truly bespoke result for your interior.

Armchair Cube Dimensions:
Height: 68cm Width: 162cm Depth: 113 cm

Designed and Handcrafted in London by Mille Couleurs London

Focus SB Provides Stylish Alternative to Standard Power Outlets

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The electrical floor sockets manufactured by Focus SB can be installed in the floor and the wall. They provide an accessible power point, which can safely be placed anywhere in the room.

The flip lid sits into a flush box so when the Floor Plates are primed and painted to match the surface they are fixed to, they can be hidden from view.

Focus SB’s floor plates are available in any of their beautiful finishes, except from Polished or Satin Stainless.

For more information on Focus SB’s floor socket range and the finishes they are available in call:

Barry Partridge 07710 088912

Visit our website www.focus-sb.co.uk or email sales@focus-sb.co.uk

A Royal Welcome for Hypnos at the Coronation Festival

Daniel Fountain

Royal Warrant holder Hypnos showcased its bespoke handmade beds as part of this year’s Coronation Festival held at Buckingham Palace.The exclusive event was held in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation and saw many members of the Royal Family take to the grounds, where more than 200 Royal Warrant holders showcased some of the Family’s favourite products and services over the years.

Chris Ward, marketing director at Hypnos, comments: “Hypnos has been supplying beds to the Royal Family for more than 100 years, so we were delighted to have had the chance to meet HRH Prince of Wales, HRH The Earl of Wessex, HRH Princess Eugenie and HRH Princess Beatrice.

“The Coronation Festival offered the public the ideal opportunity to see many of the Royal household’s favourite suppliers, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the palace. It also gave us the chance to showcase the very best in British bed design and innovation.

“As a company that prides itself on its heritage, attending such a prestigious event meant that the public was able to see the level of craftsmanship that goes into every Hypnos beds and mattresses.

“We are thrilled that it proved to be such a success for us and we look forward to continuing our services to the Royal Family and also contributing to its educational projects, teaching the importance of a good night’s sleep.”

Romans Get Fit and Go Green

Daniel Fountain

British shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, has reported they have seen a large surge in the amount of employees who are cycling and walking into work at their head office, with a massive 15% of staff now regularly walking or cycling in each week, despite their out of town location. This figure, from British Shower Manufacturer and Designer, Roman, beats the average national statistics for England, which highlights that 10% of adults in England cycle at least once per week.

With their interests sparked by this sudden increase, Roman, have spoken to their employees about this trend, and found out there was a wide range of reasons for this change. The reasons varied from saving money on transport, to those who are working to get fit, through to the recent change in weather, along with those who are being mindful of the environment.

Graham Speed, Roman’s Product Manager, commented: “Cycling to work is a great way for me to get some extra exercise in each week. I enjoy keeping fit, so my daily bike ride to and from work has become part of my weekly training routine.”

Speed is in good company, as a number of Roman employees are in training for a variety of sporting events including; triathlons, the Great North Run, Tough Mudder, the Spartan Race and various 10k races, so for them cycling and walking to work has become part of their training regime.
For others, it’s just a regular part of their daily routine. Customer Relations Advisor, Gavin Gorman, commented: “I walk every day – sun, rain, snow, everything. I live fairly locally so the walk doesn’t take too long.”

Roman provides bike racks for their employees, so they can park their bikes securely during the working day and have always seen employees taking advantage of this, but this has become increasingly popular over the last few months.

David Osborne, Managing Director, commented: “It’s great to see so many of our employees cycling and walking to work. It’s such a great way to get fit and healthy. Not only is it good for their own well-being, but it’s also great for the environment, with less people driving. From our point of view, we as a manufacturer are always working to reduce our impact on the environment, and we hold ISO14001 accreditation. We are delighted to see so many of our employees are choosing to leave their cars at home, and cycling in to work so regularly.”

OW Hospitality Names Kiviranna as Senior Design Consultant

Daniel Fountain

OW Hospitality has tapped accomplished designer Kelly Kiviranna as its new senior design consultant, serving as designer and key point of contact for the Las Vegas and Los Angeles architecture and design communities. Kiviranna spent the last 13 years with Couristan as a respected and sought-after designer in the Las Vegas market, easily the world’s largest and most prestigious hospitality market. Throughout her career, Kiviranna has been responsible for designing carpet for a number of prominent, high-profile Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Prior to her years at Couristan, she began her career at Ulster, also in Las Vegas.

According to Mike Riley, President and CEO of OW Hospitality, “OWH has grown into a formidable force in the hospitality carpeting segment and through our aggressive strategy, we will continue to hire the top talents in the industry. A proven visionary, Kelly will be a fantastic addition to our company and will be an integral part of our management team.”

Kiviranna will be based in Las Vegas with responsibilities in the western region, focusing on Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Roman’s 10 Out of 10

Daniel Fountain

Leading British shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, have announced the launch of a brand new range of designer shower enclosures, Decem. The range is a culmination of everything the manufacturer has learnt about showering over the last 28 years, to present an unrivalled collection, which also offers a series of design options. Latin for 10, the Decem range, which is set to be showcased for the first time at this year’s Sleep Event, offers a style statement for the bathroom. The collection features 10mm thick glass, chromed brass components, a frameless finish and stands at a height of 2000mm. Uniquely the Decem Range also offers a choice of hardware options. Designers and consumers can choose between square or round hinges and designer handle, to achieve a look to suit their space.

The Decem collection comprises of Hinged Door Enclosures, a series of Wetroom Panels and a stylish Bath Screen. All products have been designed and styled to the highest specification.

The Decem Hinged Door Enclosures are available in a wide variety of configurations, to suit your alcove or corner space. The Hinged Door Enclosures feature self-closing hinges for a superior action and an integrated Water Safe System which presents the maximum water integrity available for a minimalist enclosure.

With a range of sizes and footprints available, the Decem Hinged Door can be installed alone, or combining side and inline panels, to beautifully fill your available space. The enclosures can be installed straight-to-floor or to Tray, to suit your requirements.

The Decem Wetroom Panels also present a series of design options, with the choice of concealed or exposed profiles, and the option of a return panel. The concealed profile allows you to create a totally frameless finish as the profiles are channelled into the wall, so only the glass is visible – this makes the glass appear to float. For a quick and easy installation, the Decem Wetroom Panel also offers the traditional exposed profile.

The Decem Wetroom Panels can be installed straight-to-floor, to create a true wetroom, offering a stylish easy access solution. Alternatively you can create a popular ‘simulated’ wetroom and install the panels to a low level Shower Tray, for a quick and effortless installation, which still achieves a minimalist look.

Completing the Decem Range is the Hinged Bath Screen. The Hinged Bath Screen features self-closing hinges, which are available in a choice of square, or curved finishes. It also incorporates Roman’s Water Safe System, which helps to guide the water back into the bath tub, for unrivalled water integrity and ensuring the screen is approved for use with power showers. The Hinged Bath Screen opens outwards to allow access for easy cleaning, which is so important within the hotel market.

When designing the range, Roman have considered the restrictions of the UK bathroom, so the Decem range offers installers 15mm of adjustment within each profile. All products also incorporate pre-coated glass protection as standard, for easy cleaning and lasting optical clarity. They also carry Roman’s service backed Truelife Lifetime Guarantee.

As with all Roman Enclosures, Bath Screens and Wetroom Panels, the Decem Range will be manufactured in the UK.

David Osborne, Managing Director at Roman, commented: “We are delighted to finally unveil our Decem Range. Much thought, planning, research and preparation has gone into the design of the range, to ensure it presents an unrivalled specification. We have carefully designed and sourced components of the highest quality; considered installation site conditions, building in some adjustment within the profile and styled the range to ensure it perfectly meets and shapes current bathroom style trends. What sets Decem apart from our other product ranges, is that for the first time we present the end user, or designer with a series of design options, giving them opportunity to create an enclosure to perfectly suit their space, without the additional costs associated with a totally bespoke product.”

Hillswood Specified for Kensington Close Hotel

Daniel Fountain

Hillswood was specified to manufacture many bespoke items within this redevelopment for the Kensington Close Hotel. RSD Interiors designed these bespoke items, including three 4m boardroom/conference tables to the meeting rooms. Hillswood’s tables incorporated three wing shaped bases which each had to incorporate IT wiring and access to the top of the table for the delegates equipment. This wiring is concealed by toughened sandblasted shaped glass pieces inset into the polished top.

Hillswood were also specified to manufacture 3 x 3m long island seating units with specially designed deep upholstered backs. These island units are within the hotel lounge area leading to the restaurant.

Generously proportioned lounge tub chairs are used in the bar area from Hillswood’s Waves collection. Deep button back tub chairs and large sofas were also specified to the Hotel Entrance Reception Area.

Aim, from design-conscious, hits the spot

Daniel Fountain

The Bouroullec brothers, Ronan and Erwan, have created Aim – a light which zeros in on the recent popular trend of using lengths of cables and bare bulbs to create industrial looking lighting installations. This often results in a great visual impact if installed well, but inevitably, it still only provides woefully inadequate lighting output and poor efficiency. The Aim Light, available from design-conscious, takes this idea to a whole new level because the Bouroullecs have also embraced new lighting technology and Aim has an impressive 16W 1250 lumen 2700k LED light source.Aim is refined industrial – the designers have embraced the concept of the cable being part of the light. No longer purely functional or hidden away, instead it is used to create the volume of the chandelier whilst also freeing the light away from the centrality of what light has historically been, so you are no longer confined to hanging it from a rose in the centre of a room, you have a sprawling vine with fruits of light.

Aim Light has a minimalist design with a shade that is simple in form combined with the chaos of the rambling trail of flex. A collision of Art and Design. An installation of light by purpose rather than accident.

Available in Satin Black and Satin White with coordinating cable. A polished Aluminium version is planned later in 2013 for that ultra slick industrial look.

Each Aim light has 9 metres of cable and can be used individually or in multiples, using the special multiple rose, which can feed up to 5 lights. Combined with flexibility of up/down adjustment the reflector can be altered in height and direction and positioned to aim light where it is needed, simply and without the need for tools.

This type of modular or virally extensible idea has many advantages, not least that they allow creative flair and individualism in how they are installed. The flexibility and freedom to suit the application perfectly is down to the installation in the first instance, but then you are able to modify, change, add to and grown the design. Aim is an exciting concept. It is versatile, adjustable and extendable.

Aim has an impressive 16W 1250 lumen 2700k LED light source. With Triac dimming possible. Mains powered, 9 metres of cable per light. Single rose or multiple rose for up to 5 Aims. Aluminium body, polycarbonate optical diffuser.

Aim is available from www.design-conscious.co.uk

If you’d like to know more about what is new in lighting design then drop us a line – we know our stuff and have real insights into the future – our aim is to provide tangible solutions for amazing interiors.

Freed Veneers Partners With Avant Flooring

Daniel Fountain

Sustainable revolutionary flooring brand now in the UK

Bespoke wood distributor, Freed Veneers Ltd has exclusively partnered with Avant to distribute their sustainable composite product, Avant Flooring™, throughout the UK.Laurence Freed, MD of Freed Veneers who supply the likes of Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and Land Rover says, “We are pleased to be partnering with a brand that shares our values. Avant’s supreme quality and the fact that their products are 100% sustainable is extremely important to us.

“Partnering with Avant, a pioneering manufacturer of high quality and sustainable construction materials, is the next step in our business evolution. This partnership will assist us in meeting market trends within the interior and construction sectors where there is an increasing demand for sustainable solutions.”

Philip Mazloumian, Director of Business Development, Avant Enterprises says, “Avant Flooring, is a composite product researched and developed in Germany. The flooring is revolutionary in its unique composition, which results in extraordinary features such as being extremely durable, waterproof, UV and fire resistant, amongst others.

“The flooring also offers unique energy saving properties. Its four layer structure ensures maximum insulation lowering central heating costs for homes and businesses.”

“The world is looking for smart technologies and materials that are not only attractive and functional, but that apply advanced energy saving features. Avant products meet this demand,” concludes Freed.

For 25 years Freed has specialized in sourcing quality woods, which are then processed to produce wood products that has secured the company with projects across furniture, automotive, aircraft, marine and architectural industries. Modern production facilities around the world ensure we maintain a high quality product essential for all our customers. Understanding the exact client requirements and forming long term relationships are how Freed continues to be one of the most respected wood products companies worldwide.

Avant Flooring offers a lower maintenance option as opposed to other flooring materials such as carpets, wood and parquet. It will never scratch or warp and does not need to be sanded or varnished. The range is made up of 15 grain and stain options that fit perfectly into residential or commercial settings. Because Avant Flooring is 100% waterproof it can also be used in high moisture settings – from bathrooms to swimming pools, as well as docks and yachts.

Design and function at an affordable price point

Daniel Fountain

Combining well-thought-out design with excellent value for money, Laufen has extended its popular Pro series of sanitaryware and furniture to include the Pro S.Giving retailers the opportunity to offer customers flexibility of design, high-end technical features and the latest contemporary styling at a competitive price-point, Pro S combines perfectly with the classic Laufen Pro collection whilst pointing aesthetically towards the manufacturer’s premium designer ranges.

Designed by Peter Wirz, Laufen Pro S features several different washbasins, in widths of 55, 60, 65 and 70cm, with integrated shelves on the left and right in 85 and 105cm widths and a 130cm wide double washbasin. As a vanity unit solution, the range includes furniture washbasins with base units measuring 60, 80 and 100cm widths. The super-thin ceramic of just 18mm gives the washbasins a very delicate and elegant appearance, whilst the deep basin and generous shelf space either side ensure this will be a highly functional addition to any bathroom space. For the guest bathroom, matching hand washbasins in the smaller sizes of 36, 45 and 48cm are also available

A highlight of the new Pro S collection is a geometric, rectangular wall-hung WC, with a matching bidet, which has been designed to co-ordinate perfectly with the washbasins in the range. The low-level flush WC offers an equally clean, powerful flush with 6/3 and 4.5/3 litres, enabling it to be promoted as much for its water-saving benefits as for its aesthetic qualities. And with an ergonomically designed seat, the Pro S WC is the first truly comfortable square-edged WC to be brought to market. The good news for installers is that Laufen has developed a hidden wall-hung WC mounting system, to greatly reduce fitting time.

Completing the Laufen Pro S line-up is a new range of furniture base units, in classic clear designs to provide essential storage space below the washbasin. Robust and highly functional, the furniture features design details that has previously only been found on pieces with a much higher price tag. Integrated handles and soft-close drawers with no cumbersome trap cut-out all come as standard with Pro S, whilst optional interior drawers and adjustable aluminium feet are also available.

Laufen Pro S furniture is available in on trend colours including white glossy, white matt, wenge and graphite, along with 38 other colour options. A floorstanding chrome guard rail for the 85 and 105cm washbasins completes the Pro S collection, which gives the retailer a variety of ways to grab the attention of customers, beyond the attractive price point. For the first time Laufen are offering retailers the opportunity to order vanity packs, containing a basin and matching unit, under one code to make ordering simple.

Brand new look for Panaz website!

Daniel Fountain

The newly launched Panaz website (Panaz.com) has a fresh new look, user-friendly navigation, ‘search’ and ‘swatch book’ facilities and valuable information on new collections and technical features. The brief was simple: to provide our users with an enjoyable experience when seeking information on our extensive range of fabrics knowing this will enhance our enviable position in the marketplace and our relationship with current and future Panaz customers.

Visit Panaz.com to access our full range of collections and designs with the ability to drill down further by searching for a particular design, colour, style or end use. Featured alongside each fabric are the full product details, technical specifications and cleaning instructions.

Panaz.com reflects our position as a leading fabric supplier globally and we hope you will visit us soon.

The Contract Chair Company Introduces the Loop Lounge Chair

Daniel Fountain

New to The Contract Chair Company is the Loop Lounge Chair.Available in a range of standard fabrics/leathers or C.O.M, the chair has been designed to suit a variety of settings where comfort is required.

The Loop Lounge Chair is available with or without head rest and has a swivel mechanism.

New Additions English Country Linens at Fabrics & Papers

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Fabrics and Papers (www.fabricsandpapers.com) has expanded its burgeoning choice of English country linens with the addition of the Cloth of and Cover and the Peony & Sage collections which represent the very best of cottage-style artisan designs.Cloth & Clover’s linen collection features four beautiful prints named after villages in the Worcestershire countryside where Tania McIvor, the company’s principal, spent her childhood. Each print is based on an antique document and has a timeless appeal that works for both traditional and modern interiors. The fabrics are printed on to a pure linen base cloth which is not only beautiful, but also practical and hardwearing.

Dormston is a garden inspired trailing floral; Pixley is a small scale geometric; The Littletons is a classic polka dot; and Peopleton, is a playful figurative print of Mr Farmer and his animal friends. Pictures show the Dornston fabric.

Cloth & Clover has been born out of an enduring love for fabrics and interiors combined with a fascination for the many traditional processes and skills involved in their design and manufacture.

Peony & Sage was founded by interior designer Kimberley Bell. Her linen designs are inspired by a mix of nature and French antique fabrics. The whole collection was designed to be versatile: the linens to appeal to different tastes and suitable for all room types, for curtains and upholstery.

The Peony & Sage linens are mostly printed on natural cream linen. Pasha Red and Fudge Hares can come on beautiful Oatmeal flax linen. The new Nordilka collection, mostly printed on a really soft Oyster linen, creates a fresh yet delicate range of new fabrics. First in the series is Hattie on Oyster. Pictures show a range of Peony & Sage fabrics.

Other suppliers which feature in Fabrics & Papers English country linens collection include Cabbages and Roses, Kate Foreman, Vanessa Arbuthnott and St Judes.

By exploring www.fabricsandpapers.com, customers can create their own schemes and request wallpaper samples from over 6,000 carefully selected wallpapers and fabrics. A dedicated design team is on hand at the end of a telephone line (01273 495500) to discuss customers’ individual requirements and offer help and advice.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I Am the Smartest Of Them All!

Daniel Fountain

Launched in July, the super clever Revive illuminated mirror range from Bauhaus has Bluetooth® wireless technology feature that can be activated via any smartphone, tablet or device that has Bluetooth® facility. Once activated you broadcast weather, news and sport via online radio or listen to your favourite music via high quality concealed stereo speakers. As with all Bauhaus products, Revive combines smart design with practicality. Mirrors are Class I IP44 rated, have generous head and shoulder proportions, no touch PIR sensor on/off switch and feature wonderful backlit lighting using low energy LEDs through an etched surface design, the 5mm thick mirrors come in oval and rounded corner square shapes. A demist pad means the glass won’t steam up.

“Consumers are looking for new and cost effective ways to update a bathroom. The simple addition of a modern mirror packed with modern technology features like this can breathe new life into any bathroom space and turn a morning-ritual into me-time” Marten Baker, Bauhaus.

Greening your business never looked so good

Daniel Fountain

The hospitality industry has been working to improve its environmental credentials, improving its waste management, energy efficiency, recycling, and water use. Now the UK’s furniture, fabric and equipment supplier, Forbes Group is bringing some glamour to this important area with its latest fabric – EcoFab. Forbes’ chair covers, skirting, table covers, and cocktail covers are well-known for making a special occasion of any event and bringing the “wow factor” to parties, dinners, receptions and weddings.

When made from Forbes’ EcoFab they can now help the environment. This revolutionary new fabric is made 100% from recycled plastic bottles. As a polyester fabric it has all the usual merits of being hard-wearing, crease-, stain- and shrink-resistant, machine-washable and needs no ironing. Besides which it shrugs off spills – useful in the party zone.

Add to this its soft good looks, smart tailoring and a variety of designs, and you’d think it was already angelic enough. But the way it is made has not only kept plastic bottles out of landfill, it has consumed 53% less energy than conventional polyester. It’s making a real difference, here and now, helping the hospitality sector play a material part in protecting the planet.

Who said caring for the environment had to be boring?

For more information, call us now on 01568 616638, email us at info@forbesgroup.eu, or take a peek at www.forbesgroup.eu

La Carambole – Leather beanbags from Mille Couleurs

Daniel Fountain

Our leather beanbags are shaped, as the name suggests, like the exotic Carambole star shaped fruit. “La Carambole” is the latest in Mille Couleurs’s uniquely designed range of Genuine Leather Beanbags. Unique to Mille Couleurs London, each beanbag is handmade in London and uses the highest quality, durable, genuine Italian leather, available in two sizes and a variety of colours.

The smallest version of the leather beanbag, called La Carambole Petite, is similar to its bigger sister but very versatile in use. Not only can it be used as a normal beanbag, it can also serve as a headrest or pillow on the sofa or bed. Used with the Carambole Grande leather beanbag, it can serve as a footrest.

• Colour: Various colours
• Material: High quality genuine Italian leather
• Height: 50cm /35cm
• Diagonal: 123cm / 60cm
• Consists of six leather panels
• Embossed with Mille Couleurs London logo
• Minimum of 3 extra great extra seating solutions on the bigger one

Kesterport Introduces their Luxury Seating Collection

Daniel Fountain

This is a snapshot of the Kesterport luxury seating collection, manufactured using only the highest quality materials and suitable for both contract and domestic environments.Solid beech frames can be stained to match a colour sample provided and finished in either a matt or high gloss polyester lacquer.

All pieces are available in standard factory fabrics/leathers or upholstered in customers own material.

To receive your copy of our new literature please contact us on contractsales@kesterport.com or alternatively please refer to www.kesterport.com to see more of our ranges.

Fameed Khalique launches DXU, a distinctive collection of artistic wall tiles

Daniel Fountain

Fameed Khalique introduces DXU to his international collection of world-class materials, launching the collection of artistic wall tiles exclusively in the UK for the first time at Clerkenwell Design Quarter, the new design destination at London Design Festival.DXU is the brainchild of Dumas Umemoto, a creative design studio founded by Joel Dumas and David Umemoto in Montreal. The studio’s philosophy of creating beautiful surfaces inspired by travel and people has a strong synergy with Fameed Khalique’s quest to track down the most original and interesting skills in surface materials from far flung corners of the globe. DXU represents a snapshot in the Canadian design studio’s journey of exploration of different forms and materials.

Within the collections of aluminium and copper surfaces, Dumas Umemoto aim to unveil the timeless beauty and nature of raw materials and traditional craftsmanship, transforming them into a tactile and unique experience for the senses. Led by an instinctive creativity DXU brings textures to life with products of the highest quality, combining traditional methods with recycled noble materials, reflecting their honest approach to art, design and innovation.

“With raw materials as primary source of experimentation, and a creative process driven by the instinctive and tactile sense of a sculptor, we’ve come to appreciate the noble and luscious character of copper, as well as the fresh and organic qualities of cast recycled-aluminium.

Playing with various textures, depth and reflection, shadows and light, results in a versatile and unique product. All our products are carefully handmade by artists and skilled craftsmen. Ensuring that each piece has its special character and soul, and therefore is uniquely its own…”Dumas Umemoto.

DXU includes six signature styles in recycled aluminium; Caldera, Metropolis, Lotus, Velvet, Brocade and Komodo and two styles in copper; Batavia and Kalimantan yet it is possible to create bespoke designs tailored to an individual project.

Final call for nominations – Outstanding New Hotel of the Year Award 2013

Daniel Fountain

Launched by the Independent Hotel Show (Olympia West Hall, London, 30 & 31 October 2013), this new award aims to celebrate and reward dynamic newcomers to the independent hotel industry.Nominate your favourite independent, luxury and boutique hotel that has been operating for three years or less and can demonstrate a real impact to the industry through their initiative and innovation.

The deadline for nominations is 16 August 2013, after which a carefully selected nominations committee will create a shortlist of the best entries for final vote via the Independent Hotel Show website.

The judging committee is comprised of renowned industry experts, including Peter Hancock, Chief Executive, Pride of Britain Hotels, Tom Bell, Editor, Alistair Sawday’s British Hotels & Inns and Pam Foden, Head of Industry Development, Visit England.

Each entry must include a supporting statement outlining a clear commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction and how the establishment nominated differentiates itself from its competitors.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony which will take place on 30 October 2013 immediately following the first day of the Independent Hotel Show.

To nominate your favourite new comer to the independent hotel industry, click here.

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, Still Shining One Year On

Daniel Fountain

Edinburgh’s historic Assembly Rooms is celebrating the one year anniversary of its double award winning £9.3m refurbishment this July. As part of the extensive project, Chelsom were commissioned to restore the magnificent crystal chandeliers to their former grandeur.With a total of 25 chandeliers throughout the venue, both traditional and modern skills were needed to restore the frames and crystals. Three of the spectacular chandeliers take centre stage in the Ballroom, an elegant addition to this spectacular listed Georgian interior dating back to 1787. Set against a delicate palate of soft greys and dusky whites and with lovingly restored floor-to-ceiling mirrors at each end, the room appears to go on forever.

Chelsom worked in conjunction with Keith Gunn Electrical services to ensure that more than half a million impeccably cleaned crystals were put back in their rightful place on the original lighting frames which have survived the ages of candlelight, gas and electricity. The process was an intricate one taking more than 18months of planning and meticulous execution in its entirety.

Each chandelier was dismantled section by section and the respective parts labelled, packed and boxed for transit to be refurbished while the larger fittings were refurbished in component form and assembled on site over a three week period. Chelsom were challenged with making the lighting scheme throughout the venue as energy efficient as possible; Osram Halogen 42W candle and GLS lamps were selected due to the amazing sparkle these create with crystal, further emphasising the overall impact of the lighting restoration.

After the 18-month refurbishment project, new life has been breathed into the Assembly Rooms. The spaces have been modernised while the building’s character and beauty have been preserved with the chandeliers taking pride of place at the heart of the restoration. Manager of The Assembly Rooms, Shona Clelland, said: “The chandeliers throughout the Assembly Rooms are what makes the building iconic and the Chelsom team did a wonderful job of restoring them to their former glory. When visitors come into the Ballroom, it is the moment they see the three large chandeliers that leaves them speechless. Thanks to Chelsom, the Assembly Rooms has got its sparkle back.”

Summer fun in the shade – cool shade ideas

Daniel Fountain

The Modern Garden Company has some stunning sunshades for Summer 2013 and in most cases, delivery can be made within two weeks of order.To download the full brochure of shading ideas and products, please click here.

To contact The Modern Garden Company with any questions about their products, please contact them on +44 (0)1279 653 200 or www.moderngarden.co.uk.

Hillswood’s BO55 collection

Daniel Fountain

Hillswood’s BO55 collection of high and low back feature chairs and settees are a pleasing contemporary play on the traditional wing back chair. This has been brought up-to-date with this modern take on the traditional design and the generous size and proportions make this collection at home in both modern and traditional situations.

Both high and low back designs are available in chair, two seat and three seat curved settees which would make them an unusual feature concept for lounge and reception areas.

The image also shows the high back chair Hillswood used in a recent Crown Plaza Hotel entrance lobby project.

A sparkling finishing touch to a bathroom that’s fit for a Princess

Daniel Fountain

Offering the perfect way to add a little bling to the hotel bathroom, Bagno Design has introduced a new brassware range with Swarovski crystal handles. The new Princess Nouveau brassware from Bagno Design brings a touch of luxury to any bathroom setting, with the Swarovski crystal handles guaranteed to make the basin into a real focal point.

Available on the range’s mono basin mixer and three-hole deck mounted basin mixer, the tap itself sports a stylish, high-quality chrome finish which offsets the sparkling Swarovski handles brilliantly.

Suitable for use on high pressure water systems, Bagno Design’s Princess Nouveau brassware brings timeless elegance to any bathroom, with its classical styling and is also available in several other finishes including bronze, brushed nickel, gold and copper.

For a completely co-ordinated look throughout the bathroom, the Princess Nouveau range also includes bath and shower mixers.

Bagno Design can be contacted on Tel: 020 7553 6999 or email info@bagnodesign.co.uk

Living Art at the iconic Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden

Daniel Fountain

Two medium sized Living Art units (1.5m x 1m H) have been incorporated onto the roof terraces at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden by Scotscape Limited.These bring new interest to these compact terraces in an elegant space saving way, echoing the Hospital Club’s passion for all things creative and different!

A third Living Art unit will be installed in September following the completion of new entertaining zones at the club.

Click here to visit their website: www.scotscapelivingwalls.net

“Using the inspiration offered to us by art”

Daniel Fountain

Laufen invites partners from the hotel industry to the Biennale

As part of its partnership with the Salon Suisse Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen invited CEOs from hotel groups, architects, interior architects, project developers and media representatives to Venice in order to give them artistic inspiration and to promote the dialogue between art and architecture. Organized by the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia, the Salon Suisse offers an event programme that accompanies the Swiss contribution to the Biennale with discussions, lectures and events. It is part of the international art exhibitions’ official events and takes place in several series at the Palazzo Trevisan.“Laufen is committed to supporting this cultural initiative since 2012 and is proud to be able to contribute to the diffusion of Swiss culture and tradition on such an important and internationally significant occasion. As a bathroom manufacturer which deals with very heterogeneous target groups, occasions such as the Venice Biennale and Salon Suisse give us an important opportunity to engage with opinion leaders and decision makers from the world of art and design”, explains Ilker Hussein, Manager Global Projects at Laufen.

Part of the programme was, among others, the visit of the official opening event including a boat trip through the laguna of Venice for invited guests. Furthermore, the guests had a VIP access to numerous events taking place around the Biennale where they could meet artists and curators personally. Thanks to its long-standing expertise as a premium supplier for hotel bathrooms, Laufen is aware of the close connections between art and hotels. Many hotels hold art exhibitions regularly or furnish lobby or hotel rooms with art objects like paintings or sculptures – because art adds even greater individuality to an already stylish interior design. Alongside location and service it should be an integral part of every good company’s flagship.

“If bathroom design is to continue to evolve and break down boundaries”, Ilker Hussein says, “then we have to draw on the inspiration that can be found through art. There needs to be an international dialogue between the fields of art and architecture, which is something that the Venice Biennale encourages and Salon Suisse gives Laufen an unmissable opportunity to inspire and be inspired by an international audience.”

Bespoke hotel restaurant furniture, RHA

Daniel Fountain

RHA make beautiful high quality restaurant furniture to any design specification.

A project for the Conrad Algarve hotel features custom made waiter stations, restaurant tables, banquette seating and shelving units, all skilfully crafted by RHA Furniture at their UK factory.

The impressive looking oval hostess station greets guests at the entrance of the hotel’s Louro restaurant. Designed by Kate Long of ReThink Interiors, the unit is made to a very high quality finish with walnut veneers and a laser cut pattern over leather across its curved front. Custom made waiter stations were produced for the hotel’s main restaurant and private dining rooms, also finished in walnut veneers with marble tops and a bespoke pattern across the doors.

The restaurant dining tables have laser cut stainless steel inlays set into the beautiful wooden tops.

Banquette seating across the restaurant was made to the same high standards, upholstered in Andrew Muirhead leather with deep buttoned inside backs and armrests.

Contact RHA Furniture for more information or to discuss custom made furniture for a project you are currently working on.

Roman Put a Gloss on Infinity

Daniel Fountain

Leading UK shower manufacturer, Roman, has launched a new Gloss finish option for their Roman Stone Solid Surface Shower Trays. The new finish is available now on their popular Infinity Shower Trays, as well as selected footprints from their Orbital Tray Range. The Roman Stone Tray Range was originally launched in a fashionable Matt finish, but following customer requests for a Gloss finish, the new option presents a different design perspective.

The Gloss finish is available on all Infinity Trays, which are designed to give a simulated wetroom look, with their ultra-low 40mm profile. The Infinity Trays can be installed straight down onto joists, so that when tiled up to, they are flush with the floor to achieve total level access. The waste is then disguised with a solid surface matching waste cover, for a seamless finish.

Roman’s Orbital Colossus Roman Stone Trays are also available with the option of the new Gloss finish. This is available on both the 1450mm Colossus Tray, as well as the full bath replacement 1700mm Colossus Shower Tray.

All Roman Stone Shower Trays are manufactured in Roman’s on-site solid surface manufacturing facility, in the North East of England, which has allowed Roman to quickly respond to customer requests and introduce the new finish options with ease.

The Trays are available as standard in a White finish, but different colour options and finishes are available for larger scale projects, to suit specific briefs, Pantones and specifications.
The Infinity Tray range is available 5 different rectangular size options, as well as a 900 x 900mm quadrant shape.

David Osborne, Managing Director at Roman commented: “Our Roman Stone Trays have become a popular specification when creating an inclusive designer style showering space. In particular our Infinity Trays are continuing to really increase in popularity as customers, both end users and in the contract market, strive to create a wetroom inspired finish, but with a quick and easy installation. One of the frequent requests from customers was for a Gloss finish on these Trays, so we were happy to respond and add this in as standard option within our brochure.”

Autograph introduced at the St. Ermin’s

Daniel Fountain

A heavyweight crew from Marriott last night formally launched the St. Ermin’s as the latest addition to the Autograph collection marketed by the company. Flanked by Tina Edmundson, the Global brand Officer for the non-brand that is Autograph, and John Licence responsible for Autograph Europe, Steve Eckley, the Senior VP of Amerimar who redeveloped the St Ermin’s reported a strong rise in room sales since the switch from Accor. Now some 25% of bookings now coming from Marriott Rewards clients.

My involvement with hotel design goes back nearly 40 years. In those days of the mid to late 20th Century a guest was fortunate if his expectation of an en-suite bathroom would be met by his hotel. Indeed such provision was known once upon a time as an ‘American Room’. When I founded my practice in 1982 for the next ten years our bread and butter work was converting hotels to have en-suite facilities. It is easy to lose sight of how guest expectations have risen, and the launch of Autograph by Marriott in late 2009 was a clear indicator that rising expectation of the nature of the hotel experience continues to dominate the thinking of regular travellers.
Creating Autograph, said Marriott, gave “them the ability to capture a broad audience that would not have typically considered a branded concept – appealing to guests who want to stay in independent hotels”. No longer satisfied with what is now a minimum expectation at 2 star level of an en-suite bath or shower room, the seasoned guest is increasingly looking for an hotel experience that compliments travel experience. This rising expectation, first identified in the wealthy luxury end of the market by Anouska Hempel with Blakes in 1981 and followed by Schrager with Morgans in 1984, is causing many groups to look hard at how they can replicate the appeal of the ‘boutique’ hotels. IHG are flying their Indigo brand; Starwood, after failing to capitalise on the start given by Barry Sternlicht with the original ‘W’ still struggle to grow in this end of the market. Autograph represents a simple way for Marriott to leverage their brand strength and cement the loyalty of their Rewards clients whilst serving this demographic.

In essence the Autograph collection allows a good boutique to remain a good boutique whilst providing a brown paper wrapper that enables the use of Marriott’s great marketing muscle without the labels popping out at the guest everywhere in the hotel, or even, possibly, in the booking process. As definitions of luxury shift to the nature of the experience and the cohort with the money to enjoy the experience becomes older, then the rôle of the hotel in the experience changes. No longer is it sufficient for the hotel to provide a great place to sleep, it now has to perform the supporting rôle in the theatre of travel.

Each hotel in the Autograph collection is intended to be independent and unique, to have essentially a boutique type identity and not be clearly branded. To independent owners like Amerimar, owners of the St. Ermin’s, this is an attraction. Previously flirting with Accor, Steve Eckley of Amerimar confirmed the decision to move to Autograph had been driven at least in part by their desire to market into the strongly recovering US market rather than struggling to sell into a Europe still in the deep throes of the depression the Euro is reinforcing.

The evening was rounded off by a tasting from the suppliers of the hotel, including a display of the honey produced by the hotels own bees in their own rooftop hives. The hotel offers bee keeping classes from September…

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Patrick Goff July 17 2013

Dernier & Hamlyn helps Shaun Rankin deliver restaurant that exudes quality

Daniel Fountain

When Michelin starred chef Shaun Rankin, Chef Proprietor at newly opened restaurant Ormer in Jersey, commissioned renowned restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki, a vital element of his brief was that standards should never be compromised. It was with this in mind that Martin Brudnizki chose Dernier & Hamlyn to produce the high quality bespoke lighting that they manufactured in their London factory. The result is three fantastic chandeliers for Ormer that feature metalwork finished in antique brass, dressed with hand crafted triedri glass that spreads light from the chandeliers in a unique and beautiful way.Shaun Rankin comments: “I am so proud of Ormer; the restaurant is all I dreamed it would be from the mohair banquets, to the handcrafted furnishings and lighting, to the state of the art kitchen.”

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio adds: “Whenever we want the best quality bespoke lighting for our clients Dernier & Hamlyn is the natural choice. Their reputation is second to none and it is why we call on them again and again for some of our most prestigious projects.”

A great first half-year for Chelsom

Daniel Fountain

Chelsom continues to build on a successful 2012 by increasing sales almost 20% YOY and starting the second half with a near record high order bookDespite a continuing worldwide recession, Chelsom have exceeded expectations in the first half of the year, seeing sales grow by almost 20% as against 2012 figures. Chelsom attribute this success not only to the design, value and quality for which they are renowned, but also to their fundamental understanding of the global contract lighting market in terms of function, technology, local regulations and logistics. Chelsom Hong Kong Ltd has helped maintain their competitive edge by enabling international customers to opt for direct shipment from China to the final project destination, thereby reducing lead times and freight costs. Export sales now generate around 30% of company sales, with figures for the first half of 2013 already surpassing total export sales for 2012.

As part of an export expansion programme, Chelsom have bolstered their international sales team and enjoyed success participating in overseas exhibitions including Cruise Shipping Miami and Hospitality Design Expo, Las Vegas.

Custom designed product has also seen massive growth for Chelsom this year. The design wishes of worldwide clients, from spectacular one-off chandeliers to high volume budget guestroom lighting, now account for 30% of the company’s sales and Chelsom take pride in being able to turn such designs into successful reality.

Managing Director, Robert Chelsom, says: “All the hard work put in by the whole Chelsom team has produced a remarkable start to the year. I am more pleased however that we move into the second half with a near record order book and we look forward to completing a number of high profile projects including The Mondrian London Hotel at the iconic Sea Containers House building, Chancery Court in London, Marriott Riyadh, Flame Towers Baku, the restoration of all period lighting at Manchester Town Hall and many more. In the meantime we are working hard on finalising designs for the 2014/2015 collection which will once again reinforce Chelsom’s position at the forefront of hospitality and cruise decorative lighting”.

From Chelsea Harbour to the High Seas – Design at Knightsbridge on Board

Daniel Fountain

The chic yet convivial atmosphere on board three of the world’s most prestigious cruising yachts has been enhanced by sumptuous upholstered furniture manufactured by Yorkshire-based Design at Knightsbridge. Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit, Wind Star and flagship vessel Wind Surf have now set sail for destinations around the world following a complete interior re-fit which has embraced all public areas, restaurants and bars in addition to cabins and staterooms. Products from the Design at Knightsbridge seating portfolio were specified for the lounge areas of all three ships by Alan McVitty, Creative Director of Chelsea Harbour’s McVitty Interior Consultants, working in partnership with Southampton-based marine interior specialists Trimline Interiors. Now presenting a blend of elegance and sophistication, the renovated lounges feature fresh palettes and enticing textures, with the gleam of new polished flooring echoed in the lustrous exposed woodwork of the chairs and sofas.

Accomplished in two phases over 12 months, the re-fit effected a total transformation of the vessel interiors. ‘We’re all very proud of what has been achieved,’ says Mike Oliver, Director of Trimline Interiors.

Design at Knightsbridge were asked to supply nearly 200 chairs to the fleet, with the order including examples of Monaco – a fresh interpretation of the classic upholstered armchair – and shapely Panama upright armchairs. These timeless, traditionally-styled models mingle perfectly with the more contemporary profiles of the Millie and Maddie easy club chairs and Mondrian armchairs, all from exclusive collections created for the company by design consultant James A Wright.

The Design at Knightsbridge seating installed on board Wind Surf, Wind Spirit and Wind Star was manufactured at the Knightsbridge Furniture factory in Bradford using timber from renewable sources. The company also displays its commitment to sustainability through FSC, PEFC and FISP certification, ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for its environmental management system and BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality management accreditation.

A dedicated sales division and supporting website are the global gateway to all Design at Knightsbridge collections of seating, tables and occasional furniture for the hospitality and corporate sectors. To view the full portfolio, visit www.design-at-knightsbridge.co.uk

Oriental Weavers Names New Director of Marketing

Daniel Fountain

Oriental Weavers has named Nicki Rayburn as its new director of marketing. Rayburn will be responsible for creating a new marketing direction and developing global initiatives to elevate the company’s area rug and hospitality brands. Rayburn brings over 13 years of marketing experience to OW, most recently with Mohawk, where she served as director of public relations for the Mohawk, Karastan and Durkan brands. While at Mohawk, Rayburn was responsible for strategic direction and implementation of public relations, trade advertising, point-of-sale efforts and other marketing functions. Prior to her time at Mohawk, she served as brand manager of PetSafe in Knoxville, Tennessee and began her career in an Atlanta-based advertising agency.

“We are truly excited to have Nicki on board as part of our team and look forward to our customers and clients benefitting from her talents and fresh approach to our company’s marketing efforts,” said Mike Riley, President of Oriental Weavers.

Rayburn will be based out of the Dalton, Georgia corporate headquarters.

Dernier & Hamlyn helps to restore only Guildhall still in civic use in Ireland

Daniel Fountain

Derry Guildhall has recently reopened following a multi-million pound refurbishment project, which included bespoke lighting specialist Dernier & Hamlyn removing the chandeliers from the Great Hall to its factory for extensive restoration work. This complex project required Dernier & Hamlyn to:
• Produce new patterns and moulds to enable missing components to be manufactured
• Produce custom made new glass shades
• Refinish metalwork by hand in bronze
• Add additional lights to some of the main chandeliers
• Fit energy efficient lamps

Bronagh Lynch at architects Consarc Design Group who was project director for the Derry Guildhall refurbishment comments:
“We have worked with Dernier & Hamlyn before at projects including Belfast City Hall and Ulster Hall. We knew that they would be capable of the high quality, painstaking work that was required at the Guildhall and, as ever, they delivered exactly what we needed.”

Norman McKnight, NMK Engineering, Dernier & Hamlyn’s agent in Ireland said: “We had to ensure that restoring the beauty of the lighting in the Great Hall was combined with updating the lamps to reduce energy consumption. In partnership with Dernier & Hamlyn we were able to meet both objectives to the immense satisfaction of the project director and the client Derry City Council.”

The lighting project was part of the wider £9.5million restoration of Derry’s Guildhall, in which contractors carried out essential maintenance and restoration both to the external and internal structure of the building. The work was funded by Derry City Council, and partners Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), Department for Social Development (DSD) and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

Besselink & Jones Introduce Hand Painted Lamps

Daniel Fountain

Besselink & Jones are pleased to introduce these two hand painted lamp designs suitable for the contract market.T3-033 small square tea caddy, hand painted Jumbo Crusoe. Wired with gold flex silk
Lampshade: Empire shape in gathered honan silk.

Oranges and Lemons, hand painted card lampshades in a wide range of sizes, colours and designs.
Lampshade: Empire shape.

For further details on any of Besselink & Jones’ products, please contact them directly on 0207 351 4669 or via their website www.besselink.com

New Living Art Brings Nature Home

Daniel Fountain

The new Scotscape Living Art range was launched to great acclaim at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A radical new concept in both interior and exterior design and decoration, Living Art is perfect for any space, bringing the beauty and elegance of vertical greening indoors and out. The new system was developed in Spain by the University of Seville and has been brought to the UK by the country’s leading landscape and living wall experts, Scotscape. Scotscape Living Art can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of each individual application – with a range of frame sizes, frame colours and a vast selection of plant options to choose from. Alternatively, a number of stunning standard designs have been developed which are available ‘off the shelf’.

Living Art represents a really elegant solution for a host of applications, providing the perfect solution for cost-effective interior and exterior greening and delivering an outstanding combination of beautiful aesthetics and low maintenance. Clean and vibrant, the system operates independently making it easy to install and maintain, providing a fresh alternative to traditional pot/plant combinations. It is the ideal solution for anyone looking for an unusual but practical and low-maintenance green design piece.

Scotscape’s experienced team is able to look after every element of Living Art installation – from design and planting advice right through to installation and ongoing maintenance. For more information visit www.scotscapelivingwalls.net.

Panaz is finalist for BIBA’s

Daniel Fountain

Panaz Limited, based in Fence, near Burnley, is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of high quality, flame retardant fabrics for the Hospitality, Healthcare and Corporate sectors and is delighted to have reached the finals in 3 categories of the prestigious “Be Inspired Business Awards” (BIBAs) as Best International Company; Best Medium Sized Business and Best Manufacturer. Their extensive portfolio of Hospitality fabrics grace some of the most iconic interiors around the world. Their market leading Healthcare division specialises in anti-microbial treatments, resilient and high performance finishes and intelligent textiles to promote a sense of well-being and aid recovery in exacting Healthcare environments. The Corporate division offers stylish, durable and comfortable fabrics for workspace seating from desk chairs to break out areas and receptions – playing their part in promoting the corporate brand.

Panaz fabrics are not only well known in hotels but in cruise liners globally.

New Urban Hospitality Collection

Daniel Fountain

Manchester has long been known as a hot spot for urban design and Dawnvale are proud to announce the launch of their latest collection to continue this trend.Dawnvale’s new ‘Urban Hospitality Collection’ includes a wide range of eclectic, distressed and reclaimed products which would enhance any interior design scheme. They have handpicked a range of materials with a strong emphasis on character and individuality, including:

Urban wall coverings
Aged brick tiles
Natural flexible stone veneers
Reclaimed Victorian pine flooring
Aged oak flooring
Rustic flexible floor planks
Distressed ceramic floor tiles
Internal and external metal doors
Metal sprayed finishes
Industrial light fixtures
Tin ceiling tiles with aged finishes
Reclaimed and eclectic style furniture
Urban fabrics and leathers
Bespoke production and bric-a-brac

This has been supported with a dedicated setting in their Manchester showroom showcasing many of these products and finishes in a venue lead setting.

Dawnvale’s new brochure can be downloaded from the literature section of their main website: www.dawnvale.com

Alternatively, please contact their sales office for further information.

Dernier & Hamlyn booked for world leading college assignment

Daniel Fountain

As part of the £3 million renovation of Imperial College, Dernier & Hamlyn refurbished the art deco lighting in the world renowned College’s St Mary’s library, which is believed to have been installed when the College was opened in the early 20th Century.The new library has been renamed the Fleming Library after Sir Alexander Fleming. Dernier & Hamlyn’s work included thorough, expert cleaning of the Library’s historic lighting and replacement of various parts that had gone missing over the years. Dernier & Hamlyn also updated the light fittings by rewiring them to meet current regulations and incorporating QL induction lamps which combine appropriate light levels with longevity to help the College meet its sustainability objectives.

Dernier & Hamlyn joint managing director Jeremy Quantrill comments:

“There are few companies in the UK that have the expertise to be able to take on a sensitive project of this type and I am very proud that Dernier & Hamlyn was selected for such prestigious work.”

Give your events an instant make-over with a free Silcra table cover from Forbes

Daniel Fountain

Forbes Group is offering a free Silcra cover with every purchase of a Buffet-Rite top and Alu-Lite® T-bar table, from now until the end of July.When the Silcra stretch cover is used in conjunction with the table and Buffet-Rite, a coffee station, outdoor buffet or temporary bar is transformed into a sleek addition to any function, inside or out.

‘We know from listening to our customers just how challenging the variety of summer events can be – especially with our unpredictable weather,’ says Forbes Group Managing Director Chris Graville. ‘With this easy to use combination – handy for last-minute relocations – we believe they can carry off any event with style, besides saving money on laundry with the wipe-clean buffet table top.’

To take advantage of the free Silcra cover offer, go to Forbes Group’s website and visit the Special Offer page or contact Forbes Group by telephone on: 01568 616638 or by email at info@forbesgroup.eu.

Design at Knightsbridge Craftsmanship Selected for Manchester’s Lowry Hotel

Daniel Fountain

Seating and tables by Yorkshire-based Design at Knightsbridge have travelled across the Pennines to be installed in Manchester’s Lowry Hotel as part of a complete renovation of the bar and restaurant.At the heart of the revitalised Chapel Wharf area on the border between Manchester and Salford, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Lowry is the first five-star hotel in Greater Manchester and presents an elegant façade, with a dramatic frontage in curved glass enhancing its airy interior. Furnishings for the refurbished bar and restaurant were selected personally by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design: the Knightsbridge team also worked alongside the Lowry’s in-house designer Tim Young and General Manager Peter Kienast in the careful selection of products, fabrics and finishes.

The contract included the supply and placement of armchairs, desk and club chairs plus occasional tables from the recently extended Lucia range. Simple, clean lines are complemented by subtle retro-references and the collection is presented with a refreshing mix of timber and wire frames. Completing the smart new look is Kvadrat upholstery in charcoal, offset by flashes of topstitched detailing in supple turquoise leather.

The Lowry’s Lucia seating has been teamed with Harvey tables topped with stylish black smoked glass. Both the Lucia and Harvey collections are exclusive to Design at Knightsbridge, having been created for the company by consultant designer James A Wright.

In addition to supplying new seating and tables for the Lowry, Knightsbridge craftsmen were also commissioned to completely refurbish the existing settees and high stools in the hotel bar and to re-cover the upright dining chairs in the restaurant.

All the restoration work was carried out at the Knightsbridge factory in Bradford, where the Lucia and Harvey ranges are also manufactured using traditional methods. Timber is from renewable sources and the wire under-frames are produced in the UK: the company further demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through FSC, PEFC and FISP certification, ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for its environmental management system and BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality management accreditation.

A dedicated sales division and supporting website are the global gateway to all Design at Knightsbridge collections of seating, tables and occasional furniture for the hospitality and corporate sectors. To view the full portfolio, visit www.design-at-knightsbridge.co.uk

Hillswood Furniture introduces the Toulouse collection

Daniel Fountain

Hillswood Furniture are delighted to add the Toulouse collection to their ever expanding collection of fine furniture.Designed by Italian designer, Werther Toffoloni, this collection of chairs for dining and lounge shows off exquisite detail in the show wood and finish.

The frame is made in solid beech although alternative timber can always be used such as walnut, oak, ash etc.

All upholstered seats use tension webbing for comfort and, as with all Hillswood’s ranges, a large selection of polish colours/fabrics and leathers can be used.

Information display sign takes a leap forward with the launch of the ultramodern iSign system

Daniel Fountain

Signbox have just launched iSign, an ultramodern slim and stylish information display system available in a wide range of sizes including A-series paper sizes from A6 to A1. Constructed from silver anodised aluminium with a mere 9mm profile depth, the seamless looking wall mounted frames have a flush-face finish to eliminate dust and dirt collection along the frame edges. With an anti-reflective acrylic cover the new iSign range is ideal for offices, hospitals, pubs & restaurants, museums, schools & colleges, exhibitions & events and retail outlets.Apart from the elegant and sleek contemporary styling, what sets iSign apart from traditional notice and sign display products is the user-friendly yet ingenious patented spring mechanism that’s cleverly concealed on the reverse of each unit. Allowing for easy and simple changing of displayed information, it nonetheless features a discreet locking device to ensure the system is tamper-proof.

The wall mounted iSign range is complemented by projecting signs, hanging signs and a desk stand to create flexible, coordinated wayfinding and interior branding systems.

The all-new iSign range is available now from Signbox’s online store: the first choice for superior quality, aesthetically pleasing ‘off-the-shelf’ signage. For more information visit: www.signboxshop.co.uk.

Richmond completes first spa for Royal Princess Cruise Ship

Daniel Fountain

Hospitality designers Richmond has created its first spa at sea, the Lotus Spa, for Princess Cruises’ latest liner, Royal Princess.Princess Cruises commissioned the Clerkenwell-based practice following a visit to the Richmond-designed Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire. Impressed by the design of the Spa facilities, the international cruise company was keen to capture the refined contemporary feel synonymous with Richmond projects.

Consequently, Richmond has created an oasis of calm using a range of high quality finishes where guests can indulge, relax and rejuvenate in tranquil and elegant surroundings.

On Royal Princess, the Lotus Spa has been given a central, convenient location just off the main atrium. This relocation from the upper deck places the spa at the heart of the ship and adds a sense of tranquillity away from the Richmond-designed fitness centre, which remains at the upper aft area of the vessel.

On entrance to the Spa, visitors are welcomed by a sensuous décor representative of the Earth’s natural elements: dark hardwoods, solid stone and metallic finishes. A signature of Richmond’s land-based projects, carefully orientated lighting complements the simple finishes.

Royal Princess has expanded the Lotus Spa with more treatment rooms than any of its sister-ships and an enhanced thermal suite called the Enclave, complete with a hydrotherapy pool and accompanying rain shower. Within the Enclave, passengers can experience heated stone lounges or waterbeds and sensory showers with mood lighting and therapeutic aromas. Three rooms offer a variety of heat-based experiences: The Hammam is a Turkish-style bath, featuring a marble slab for mud or salt treatments; The Caldarium, a ceramic chamber infused with herbal aromas; and The Laconium, a dry sauna. Two new Treatment Villas are aimed at couples looking for side-by-side treatment with ocean views.

Richmond’s first venture into ocean liner design, the Lotus Spa sets the precedent for future luxury facilities.

“It was a pleasure to collaborate with the Princess Cruises Spa team to develop and create their latest Lotus Spa concept, providing passengers with a unique, sensuous and relaxing experience at sea. We are delighted that our involvement in this small project has resulted in a major cruise ship commission with Princess Cruises sister company P&O Cruises.” Terry McGillicuddy, Director, Richmond International

Furnital Introduce New Office desk Chairs

Daniel Fountain

Furnital Ltd are proud to introduce a range of high quality stylish show wood ‘Office desk chairs’ designed to complement any executive office, boardroom or hotel suite!Made in Italy from kiln cured beech wood. Many of the models are available swivel, with gas adjustable height and wheels. Available raw un-finished for customers own finishing or polished and upholstered in COM*

If you’d like to receive more information and view the rest of our Office chairs, please visit www.furnital.com/Office_Desk_Chairs and we’ll forward details by email or post!

*Small minimum order quantity applies!

Break away from the norm with the copper Camborne freestanding bath

Daniel Fountain

Perfect for creating showroom window displays that get heads turning is the new Camborne freestanding bath tub from Bagno Design, in a beautiful antique copper finish.With the latest trend in bathroom design seeing the inclusion of materials that break away from the norm, the Camborne copper bath will be a focal point of any display and is perfect for customers looking to bring timeless elegance and a touch of sheer luxury to their bathroom.

Measuring 1800mm x 850mm x 850mm, the bath has a generous depth and sloping high ends to guarantee a high level of comfort for the bather. With no tap holes or overflow and a push type waste in the same antique copper finish, a truly seamless look is effortlessly achieved.

The bath can be teamed with traditionally styled wall-mounted taps or a floor mounted bath/shower mixer if it is to be sited in the centre of the room, with Bagno Design’s Princess Nouveau brassware collection being the ideal accompaniment and enabling retailers to offer customers the complete luxury bathing package.

Manufactured from a non-corrosive metal, the Camborne copper bath will last the test of time, whilst its copper construction also means it retains heat meaning it ticks all the boxes for sustainable living too.

Bagno Design can be contacted on Tel: 020 7553 6999 or visit the website at www.bagnodesign.co.uk.

New designer seating with oversized zips, RHA

Daniel Fountain

Upholstered in any fabric of your choice and with oversized zips instead of seams, the collection from RHA Furniture provides a very original design addition to any lounge or soft seating area. The comfortable designer sofa comes in 3 size options and offers another 10 modular units for custom seating configurations.

The optional recline mechanism is completely hidden from sight, operated by wireless remote control and can be stopped at any position between the upright and reclined position.

Made from beautifully carved maple wood, the Pion collection was inspired by chess pieces and plays with the contrast between the shine of lacquers and the matt wax finish of the natural wood.

The cone shaped bases look like ceramic sculptures, but are actually high gloss lacquered wood in a choice of mustard, olive, peach and sky-blue.

For more information and to request a quote just visit the new products section of RHA Furniture’s online product directory.

OW Hospitality Adds Senior Creative and Technical Stylist

Daniel Fountain

OW Hospitality is excited to announce the addition of Scott Evans to its US-based OW Style Studio as senior creative and technical stylist. Evans, an accomplished hospitality designer, is the latest addition to the growing team of multi-talented OW Hospitality designers, bringing with him new and technologically advanced design capabilities. Evans will also serve as a key liaison in custom hospitality projects and will be responsible for the company’s technology development.Evans most recently served as senior designer at Durkan Hospitality. Prior to his position there, he worked at Tai Ping Carpets as a senior designer. Amy Jaekel, OW Style Studio team leader said, “Scott brings 15 years of varied experience in the carpet and rug industry to OW Hospitality and we are extremely pleased to have such a great addition to our OWH family.”

Evans will be based out of the Dalton, Georgia corporate office.

Roman up to the MARK

Daniel Fountain

UK shower manufacturer, Roman, are fully committed to the new legal requirements sweeping through Europe relating to their products. Roman conforms to the new CE marking standard, which will be compulsory for all construction products as of the 1st July 2013. CE marking validates pan-European standards and regulations that are in place and ensures compliance. Previously CE marking has been prominent on electrical items, but going forward it will apply to all products used in construction – including bathroom items such as the shower enclosure and shower tray. Importantly for developers, even showering surrounds supplied by glass contractors must also conform to the CE mark.

Roman design and manufacture their range of products in the UK, so began testing their products to ensure that they conform to every detail of the CE mark, at the end of 2012. Their range has carried the marking since February 2013, in preparation for the change in legislation.

The CE marking indicates that a product complies with EU regulation, but it is a self-certification scheme and it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure their products conform to the relevant regulations.

For shower enclosures the key standards to look out for is that the shower enclosure conforms to BS EN14428:2008+A1 – which tests for functional requirements. This then ensures the shower enclosures meets the EU Construction Products Regulation, and can legitimately carry the CE mark. Roman’s range has been tested to ensure it conforms and surpasses these standards.

Roman now includes the CE marking within their literature, their individual product instruction manuals and on their website. In line with the standard, Roman also displays their CE documents for each product on their website, so customers can have quick and easy access to this information.

David Osborne, Managing Director at Roman, commented: “This is the most critical change to legislation, for a long time, for retailers, housebuilders, merchants and specifiers to be aware of. We have a responsibility as a manufacturer to ensure our products conform to the standard, but the final reseller of the products (retailers, housebuilders and merchants) also have a responsibility to ensure the products they stock, or are specifying, also conform to the Standard. Checking whether a product carries the CE marking is fairly straightforward. Large fines and imprisonment can be the ultimate result for knowingly selling non-conforming products, so we would strongly urge all retailers and merchants to ask the right questions around CE marking to all their suppliers.”

Launch Event from Stylematters

Daniel Fountain

The in-house design team at Stylematters has recently refurbished our showroom. Come and explore the latest trends and bring your ideas to life in our state of the art design hub; Thursday 11th July from 12-8pm.Champagne and sumptuous grill canapés from our charcoal BBQ located in our new outdoor terrace display.

Stylematters’ showroom:
Pickmere Grange, Pickmere Lne, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0JJ

Please RSVP to Claire@stylematters.uk.com or register via our website at www.stylematters.uk.com

A whole new world of design and product source featuring commercial and residential services.

Win a day at Chester Racecourse! Please register to attend our opening and be entered into our draw for two free VIP tickets to the Stylematters Summer Festival on the 17th August 2013.

Afternoon Tea a Shining Example

Daniel Fountain

Heritage Collection has added a touch of class and luxury to afternoon teas at the prestigious Close House Hotel and Golf in Newcastle.The Birmingham-based family business renowned for designing and manufacturing exquisite china and silverware, worked with the hotel’s interior designer Trevor Erskine-Meade to create a bespoke range of tableware complementing the elegant surroundings of the venue and highlighting the equestrian interests of its proprietor and racehorse owner Graham Wylie.

Silver cake stands, knives, forks, teapots, milk jugs, sugar bowls – even tea strainers – feature a stylised horse head motif, whilst gold and neutral striped glazes on the china reflect the interior decor of the hotel.

Martin McDonagh, Managing Director of Heritage Collection based in Small Heath said: “We were commissioned to design and manufacture a unique range of high quality tableware to serve traditional afternoon teas in the elegant lounge. The brief was based on classic traditions with a modern twist so we are delighted that the results have been so well received.”

Peter Llewellyn, Managing Director of Close House Hotel and Golf said: “The outstanding quality and unique design perfectly met our requirements. The equestrian theme makes for an interesting talking point.”

In 2011 championship golfer Lee Westwood became the official attached tour professional at Close House Hotel located in the picturesque Northumbria countryside.

The Close House Hotel now has the world’s first Lee Westwood Colt and Lee Westwood Filly Golf Courses.

BIG LIGHTS from Baulmann Leuchten now with LED

Daniel Fountain

Several items of the Baulmann BIG LIGHTS range have now been upgraded with the latest LED technology. In combination with the fabric shades of this product family the warm-white LED provides a glare-free and energy efficient illumination for public areas.

As usual all items of the range can also be produced in different individual sizes and with various fabrics for the shades.

Hypnos Gives Guests a Good Night’s Sleep with Superior Sofa Bed Range

Daniel Fountain

British luxury bed manufacturer, Hypnos (www.hypnosbeds.com), also a proud Royal Warrant holder, has been designing and making bespoke beds and mattresses by hand for more than 100 years. In response to a growing demand from the hospitality sector, Hypnos has introduced a number of new additions to its existing portfolio of handmade sofa beds.The additions offer hoteliers an exciting choice of attractive and functional designer sofa beds, each with unique styling and detailing, and all provide the maximum comfort, durability and quality expected of a hand crafted piece of upholstered furniture.

Hypnos’ sofa bed collection offers hoteliers and hospitality providers a quality, yet practical sleeping solution, enabling them to easily and quickly turn a double bedroom into a family bedroom, and thus maximise their occupancy levels and increase their revenues.

Customers can choose from an array of upholstery fabrics, including contrasting fabric for piping or buttons, a range of stained wooden feet and even matching or contrasting piped cushions, enabling hoteliers to design a bespoke sofa bed that perfectly complements their décor.

Terry Barber, sales director for the contract division at Hypnos, comments: “Our sofa beds are extremely space efficient as they offer additional seating and can easily and quickly be converted to reveal a robust and supremely comfortable hidden bed, which boasts a two-fold bed action with a handmade Hypnos pocket spring mattress.

“All of our upholstery fabrics have been carefully selected and thoroughly tested to comply with long term abrasion and usage tests. For complete peace of mind, all of our fabrics and the sofa bed frames have been tested to meet fire retardancy standards. Additionally the hardwood frames also come with a 10-year guarantee.

“As a bed manufacturer, we believe that the comfort level and quality of sleep should not be compromised just because someone is sleeping on a sofa bed. Design and innovation are key to us, and our sofa bed range retains the highest level of craftsmanship to ensure that every member of the family can still enjoy a memorable and energising rest, while sleeping away from home.”

New Lounge Chairs from The Contract Chair Company

Daniel Fountain

The Contract Chair Company are always striving to find new pieces to complement their existing ranges of Hotel and Leisure furniture offerings.We are pleased to announce the launch of Adele, Kelly and Malaga lounge chairs.

Designed to complement a variety of projects, they are available in standard wood stains and customers own material.

Please contact sales@thecontractchair.co.uk to receive further information or call 020 8735 6002 to discuss your enquiry.

New Sorrento Seating by Design at Knightsbridge at CDW

Daniel Fountain

Showing at Clerkenwell Design Week for the first time, Knightsbridge Furniture presented the innovative line-up of seating and tables for the corporate and hospitality sector which the company has developed under its Design at Knightsbridge brand. Applications range from reception and lounge areas to meeting rooms, contemporary work spaces and breakout zones. Highlights of the display included the new Sorrento sofas, armchairs and swivel chairs, where a simple elegance is epitomised by the distinctive arc sweeping from arms to back. The Sorrento collection has been created exclusively for Knightsbridge by design consultant James A Wright:

Thanks to its in-house product development team, Design at Knightsbridge maintains a design-led ethos, balancing traditional craftsmanship with advanced technology and materials to produce some of the finest British-made furniture available across the international corporate sector. Much of the current portfolio is the result of research and consultation with clients – including both specifiers and end-users – enabling new collections to meet the precise needs of individual market sectors in terms of quality, comfort, style and functionality.

Design at Knightsbridge seating and tables are manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Bradford using timber from renewable sources. Knightsbridge Furniture also demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through FSC, PEFC and FISP certification, ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for its environmental management system and BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality management accreditation.

For details on the full Design at Knightsbridge portfolio, call 01274 731900 or visit www.design-at-knightsbridge.co.uk

Living in a material world

Daniel Fountain

Mark Walker, UK Sales Director for Bagno Design, discusses the merits of mixing materials in the hotel bathroom.

The hotel bathroom is an opportunity for designers to really shine, creating environments that are not only comfortable for guests but that also make a real style statement and give off a great first impression. An ideal way of doing just that is to mix and match materials in a way that is perhaps not as easy to achieve in the domestic environment, therefore creating that all-important wow factor that will ensure guests are impressed. Until now designers have tended to err on the side of caution in this regard, opting for ceramic sanitaryware pretty much as standard, despite the fact that what we’re trying to achieve more and more is an individual design that doesn’t conform to any stereotypes of how a bathroom should look.

There are a myriad of materials being used by manufacturers to ensure their products stand out from the crowd, all with their own unique benefits for the bathroom, so there is no reason for designers to be cautious. There is no interior design rule that says you need to opt for a single material in order to create uniformity. In fact, uniformity is probably not what you’re looking to create at all, and combining various elements of wood, stone, glass and ceramics can give the bathroom a timeless quality.

Mixing different materials is the ideal way of creating a unique look in the hotel bathroom, and will set it apart from the competition.

Materials such as marble and stone offer superb ways of introducing a natural look into the bathroom, which is a key trend currently. A basin or bath manufactured from stone will be an instant statement piece and actually combine beautifully with materials such as ceramic and acrylic. Metals too, shouldn’t be overlooked, with a copper basin or bath being a focal point of any bathroom and truly breaking from the norm.

Brassware is often where opportunities are missed in this regard, with designers most often opting for chrome, and that’s understandable as this finish works well with any style of bathroom. But other finishes are available and we shouldn’t be afraid to choose them, particularly as they work well with the natural materials mentioned. Nothing beats brushed nickel for creating a sense of opulence, and while it may not be for everyone gold taps give the bathroom a regal air.

There a wealth of products out there made from a whole variety of materials and this offers an ideal way to create that individual finish that will impress hotel guests.

For more details call 020 7553 6999, or visit the website at www.bagnodesign.co.uk

Scotscape Supplies Northwick Hospital in Watford

Daniel Fountain

Scotscape’s living walls offer the perfect solution to concealing unattractive plant buildings on your grounds – whilst helping sustainability and biodiversity!This recent installation at the Northwick Hospital in Watford is a perfect example of how we can help with any kind of project.

Fore more information on our services, please visit www.scotscapelivingwalls.net.

Choose a colour… any colour

Daniel Fountain

With our in-house facilities, Focus SB can spray metal plates to match any RAL colour of your choice. Any of our metal plate designs can be sprayed, so for a discrete wiring solution that blends in with your interior design, call us today on 01424 858060 or visit our website for further details.“Utilities such as light switches and sockets need to be discrete and not draw attention to themselves. If too obvious they can detract from the overall styling and ambience.” Jenny Blanc from Jenny Blanc Interiors.

The Contract Chair Company Supplies the Mercure Farnham Hotel

Daniel Fountain

This central Farnham hotel is the latest Mercure hotel to be furnished by The Contract Chair Company. Working closely with Helen Hooper of HH Interiors, The Contract Chair Company manufactured bespoke sofas, occasional lamp and coffee tables with stainless silver inlay and chaise longues for the reception area. They also supplied dining tables and a mixture of dining chairs from their extensive range, giving the restaurant a fresh new look.

“I required furniture to suit a somewhat older clientele; therefore it needed to be comfortable as well as elegant. I chose The Contract Chair Company as not only did their bespoke products fit the bill, they are made to an exceptionally high standard in the UK and I was able to take the client to their showroom for them to experience the comfort and quality first-hand.

“Furthermore my job is largely to provide value for money and a good investment for my clients, something which The Contract Chair Company achieves every time.

“The team are young and dynamic and growing rapidly. Nothing is too difficult for them in helping me make my job easier and Liese is a joy to work with, ensuring quality control and delivery.”

– Helen Hooper; Helen Hooper Interiors

Get Ready To Be Capitvated by The Capture Collection from LUGO

Daniel Fountain

LUGO, the hotel furniture specialists, is delighted to announce the launch of their captivating new range of contract chairs, The Capture Collection. Designed by Hugh Leader-Williams, winner of the 2012 New Designers BCFA Lugo award, this eye-catching range consists of 8 co-ordinating pieces, each of which are certain to add the wow-factor to any modern hotel interior.

The dominant chair of the collection is most certainly the high back wing chair, ideal for feature seating areas within a bar lounge, or indeed as a signature bedroom chair. As an innovative and contemporary twist on a traditional wing chair, The Capture’s exaggerated ‘wing back’ forms a concave hammerhead shape that when seated gives a comforting feeling of being embraced and en-wrapped by the chair itself. This, together with its elegant sweeping arms form a statuesque figure from all angles, with a particularly distinctive ‘C’ shaped side profile.

Kat McHale, Marketing Manager for Lugo Hotel Furniture says “This impressive family of chairs is a wonderful addition to Lugo’s compendium, and beautifully sets the tone for the launch of the upcoming 2013 collection. Its majestic stance will inevitably enhance the area in which it is placed whether that be a hotel lobby, restaurant or guest room.”

The Capture’s photography has been furthermore enhanced by the stunning choice of upholstery from Warwick fabrics. Both from the Savile Row collection, Alderney Charcoal contrasts beautifully with Amatheon Emperor to define Capture’s refined shape and curves.

You can find more information on this collection, request a quotation or view the online furniture directory on the Lugo website.

5 Star Hotel Furniture by RHA

Daniel Fountain

RHA Furniture’s experienced sales and production team have been supplying and custom making furniture for 5 star hotels in the UK and overseas for many years now.High profile projects include Sheraton Addis, Conrad Algarve, Aspria Uhlenhorst, Hilton Berlin, Sofitel St James and Jumeirah Carlton Tower.

As well as importing from all the major European factories, RHA Furniture custom make a wide range of bespoke items in their own UK factory.

“We are well known for producing bespoke items that others are reluctant to take on. Our production team are highly skilled and have a reputation for making extremely beautiful items to the highest contract standards.” Managing Director, Richard Hunt.

Last year RHA Furniture supplied and installed furniture for Hilton’s new Conrad hotel in the Algarve.

“We’ve been supplying furniture to Hilton since 1992 and are especially proud of our work for the for Conrad Algarve at the end of last year.

Working with Kate Long, ReThink Interiors, we supplied and installed furniture in all public areas, spa areas and the many suites, including custom joinery.

Inspired by a Louis Vuitton suitcase, Kate designed a very impressive drinks cabinet for the hotel’s lobby bar. Our team beautifully produced and installed this bespoke piece and exceeded Kate’s expectations; the result is a stunning sight both during the daytime and in the evening when the drinks cabinet has its internal lighting switched on.” Managing Director, Richard Hunt.

For more information and to request a quote just visit the RHA Furniture website.

Hill Cross Furniture Supplies Clockjack Oven

Daniel Fountain

Hill Cross Furniture, working in collaboration with award winning Architectural and Interior design firm DesignLSM, have proudly supplied for new brassiere eatery Clockjack Oven, Soho.The neutral 2000 sq ft premises seating up to 60 diners, is beautifully simple. Industrial elements are echoed throughout, emphasised by bare brick walls, a grey and black colour pallet, and playful splashes of red and copper.

Custom oak rectangular table tops are used predominantly throughout the space seating small groups of two and four. These are teamed with either the Hugo metal bases (black) or bespoke bases, in a bold red. The seating design is centred around the large ‘feature’ high-rise counter top, seating 25 communal dinners.

The bespoke made ‘Farrell side chair’ makes its debut at Clockjack Oven, a solid ‘industrial’ metal frame with dark wooden seat, complimenting the character oak perfectly. In addition, the ‘Farrell swivel bar stool’ is also used to complete this design.

The eatery is centred around a huge rotary oven, cooking an impressive 12 chickens at once. One not to be missed, at 14 Denman Street, W1.

Fameed Khalique showcases the hottest design trends for 2013

Daniel Fountain

Fameed Khalique are pleased to reveal their hottest design trends for 2013…

As seen first on the catwalks with the emergence of clear perspex heels, transparency is a design trend here to stay. Opening up space and maximising light, transparency is a trend that we can effortlessly transfer into our living space.Metallics
Metallic is a strong design trend and if used in an informed way can bring warmth and depth as well as a touch of glamour to an interiors scheme. Metallics are a strong thread running through many of Fameed’s collections from fabrics to carpets to beautiful wall tiles.

A new collection from Fameed Khalique created from 100% recycled aluminium illustrates the metallic trend – a luxurious, versatile and eco-friendly option for flooring and wallcoverings.

Using polished and satin finishes it is possible to create ultra-chic flooring and wallcoverings, in numerous thicknesses and tones. From aluminium parquet floors to glistening bathroom walls, the creative applications are endless

There is no escaping the trend for stripes in 2013, they were a huge runway trend in Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Weeks and it has not taken long for the graphic bold design to make its way into interior design.

Create a bold statement look by choosing a striped cow-hide rug and corresponding wallcovering from the Kyle Bunting collection at Fameed Khalique, redefining how hide is used in interiors and adding an entirely new dimension to the trend for statement rugs.

Natural materials
A desire to get ‘back to nature’ is a strong trend in 2013. Fameed Khalique is keen to update this trend with contrasting textures and a hint of glamour to create a look that would not look out of place in a countryside abode or a slick city penthouse.

Fabrics by Danish textile designer Pernille Holm available at Fameed Khalique are inspired by nature and made up of vivid designs. Handprinted flock on soft off white wool, can be made in any colourway.

New Ranges of Outdoor Fabrics for Summer from Fabrics & Papers

Daniel Fountain

Some beautiful new outdoor fabrics, ideal for summer loungers, cushions and chairs, are now available at Fabrics and Papers (fabricsandpapers.com), the leading online supplier of designer wallpapers, curtain and upholstery fabrics.If you want your colour palette to feature the light and sun of the Mediterranean the new Ionia collection, from Osborne and Little, is a perfect choice. The fabrics are suitable for outdoor use being resistant to sunlight, water and mildew; they have a stain repellent finish. Colours include turquoise, lime, rust, denim with neutral tones of black, stone and ivory.

French design house Casamance has launched some sensational outdoor fabrics for this summer inspired by the Mediterranean island of Corsica. The richly textured Calla Rossa collection, which includes weaves and jacquards as well as well as some vibrant plains, is highly durable and very easy to clean.

British company Altfield distributes a range of outdoor fabrics from Australian company Westbury Textiles which features some beautiful and highly durable fabrics which offer fabulous texture and colour from subtle neutral tones and sumptuous textures to vibrant stripes and colours. The collection features designs which are woven from solution dyed acrylic fibres and, with proper care, will retain colour and vibrancy – offering long term value and durability.

By exploring www.fabricsandpapers.com, customers can create their own schemes and request wallpaper samples from over 6,000 carefully selected wallpapers and fabrics. A dedicated design team is on hand at the end of a telephone line (01273 495500) to discuss customers’ individual requirements and offer help and advice.

Casseroute Refectory Tables from Encompass Furniture & Accessories

Daniel Fountain

Encompass Furniture & Accessories recently installed Cassecroute refectory tables for Wagamana in the historical Plymouth Dockyard. Cassecroute refectory tables can be produced in lengths of up to six metres and are available with powder coated aluminium or iroko table top.

Latest Project News from Hill Cross Furniture

Daniel Fountain

Hill Cross Furniture is very proud to have supplied furniture for Il Milione, Hong Kong, working with Architectural and Interior Design practice DesignLSM. Il Milione is Michelin-starred chef Marco Gubbiotti’s first Asian venture. Hong Kong is renowned for its vibrant restaurant scene and placed firmly in the league of Italian eateries is the newly launched Il Milione. Focusing on Umbrian flavours and fresh authentic taste, it brings the real Italia to the centre of Hong Kong.

The design brief was concise: to create a chic and elegant restaurant paired with a classic cocktail lounge. This spectacular restaurant is every bit chic and elegant in its final form.
Hill Cross supplied the loose chairs and tables for the space. The low ceiling and limited natural light was overcome by the innovative use of mirrors and reflective ceiling fixtures accentuating the space. A large oversized window was installed also, allowing the passerby to view the spectacular gold top cocktail bar, boasting an impressive and authentic classic cocktail menu.

Hill Cross supplied various bespoke furniture. The Tormalina Side Chair was used throughout the dining area, teamed with the Toby bar stools. The wrap around wenge dining chairs were upholstered with two fabrics; the seat front with a sultry leather, and the back with a striking, decadent patterned fabric, piped and finished with the contrasting shade. The Toby barstool was custom made to match the wenge dining chairs with a low back to maximise the feeling of space.

The arabesco marble table tops and bases were used throughout the space. A sizable private dining table was custom built with Zimbabwe honed black granite, to seat twelve. The unusual shape with brass edge is a striking 3m in length weighing 800kg in total!

Hill Cross flew the huge 47m3 shipping container to Hong Kong along with the Hill Cross fitting team. Later, Hill Cross’s managing director Richard Barker took a trip to Hong Kong to see the finished article.

Il Milione has been shortlisted for the Architectural and Interior Design Awards 2013.
Please view this beautiful portfolio here.

Design at Knightsbridge at Clerkenwell Design Week 2013

Daniel Fountain

Showing at Clerkenwell Design Week until the 23rd May, Knightsbridge Furniture (Farmiloe Building: Stand VW17) is presenting the innovative line-up of seating and tables for the corporate and hospitality sector which the company has developed under its Design at Knightsbridge brand. Applications range from reception and lounge areas to meeting rooms, contemporary work spaces and breakout zones. Highlights of the display include the new Sorrento sofas, armchairs and swivel chairs, where a simple elegance is epitomised by the distinctive arc sweeping from arms to back. The Sorrento range is seen alongside the latest additions to the Lucia collection, which now extends from subtly retro-referenced upright chairs to compact club chairs, armchairs and sofas, all available with under-frames in either natural timber or sinuously curving wire. Both the Lucia and Sorrento collections have been created exclusively for Knightsbridge by design consultant James A Wright:

Thanks to its in-house product development team, Design at Knightsbridge is able to maintain a focussed design-led ethos, balancing traditional craftsmanship with advanced technology and materials to produce some of the finest British-made furniture available across the international corporate sector. Much of the current portfolio is the result of research and consultation with clients – including both specifiers and end-users – enabling new collections to meet the precise needs of individual market sectors in terms of quality, comfort, style and functionality.

All Design at Knightsbridge seating and tables are manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Bradford using timber from renewable sources. Knightsbridge Furniture also demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through FSC, PEFC and FISP certification, ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for its environmental management system and BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality management accreditation.

New Sofa Collection from Kesterport

Daniel Fountain

Kesterport has introduced their new contemporary sofa collection, that is aimed at both contract and domestic environments. There are some 40 standard models within the collection, with each range consisting of multiple pieces and modules. All are available in customer’s own material and for quantity, design details and dimensions may be amended as per your requirement.

These images are just a snapshot of the ranges available so please take a look at our website for the entire collection and more.

Please refer to the ‘Sofas’ section for downloadable technical details and dimensions or contact the sales office to be sent the new 200 page catalogue.

BDRC hotel guest survey shows record year for Accor’s ibis and Mercure hotels

Daniel Fountain

Accor is proud to announce a record year for ibis hotels and a strong performance for the Mercure brand which has been awarded “most improved brand of the year”.The BDRC hotel guest survey reports that ibis is now one of Britain’s top three budget hotel brands. In terms of growing brand awareness and consumers’ preferred choice, ibis ranked highly.

The ibis megabrand programme has sought to revolutionize Accor’s economy hotel portfolio around its ibis brand. This included the evolution of three strong, innovative, modernised brands—ibis, ibis styles and ibis budget—and has formed the keystone of Accor’s economy portfolio.

Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director, Accor UK & Ireland said: “This is a great result particularly since we are just at the start of the ibis megabrand roll out programme. Throughout 2013 we have ambitious plans to continue our refurbishment programme across our ibis UK properties, and we hope to complete this scheme in record speed. Such robust customer endorsement of the new brand is very encouraging to see at this early stage.”

The research also shows that awareness of the Mercure brand has made giant steps. Mercure was awarded the “most improved brand of the year”.

Jonathan Sheard, Senior Vice President MGallery and Mercure, Northern Europe said: “Mercure has seen the largest increase in prompted brand awareness in the BDRC research. This shows not only our customers’ confidence in the Mercure brand, but also that they are increasingly recommending the brand. This customer support is great news for Mercure hotels as the brand expands rapidly in the UK primarily through franchise and management contracts.”

Ultra-Low Profile Shower Tray Launched

Daniel Fountain

With the growing popularity of wet-room and walk in showers there has been a rapidly increasing demand for a lower profile tray; to ensure these trends are met Simpsons introduced an ultra-low 25mm shower tray range called Slab.Made from 100 per cent natural stone resin and finished with a gel coat surface the Slab tray is super strong and elegant, creating the perfect and much desired minimalist look. The tray can simply be installed onto a hard or wooden floor or easily as a level access tray.

The tray can sufficiently contain the water thanks to a high capacity 90mm easy clean turbo waste that has the capacity to deal with 33 litres a minute.

Slab rectangular trays are available in a number of sizes starting from 900 Square up to the bath replacement sizes 900 by 1700mm and of course not forgetting the ever popular 900 Quadrant
“This is a collection that ticks all the boxes.” says Lee Tallon, Simpson’s product manager. “Stone resin trays are a proven product durable strong and repairable. The 25mm tray is beautifully crafted and is a must in every bathroom.”

Simpsons 25mm stone resin trays comes with a life time guarantee.

Scotscape are Sitting Pretty at The Chelsea Flower Show

Daniel Fountain

Scotscape will be exhibiting ‘Living Art’ at this years Chelsea Flower show, from 21st-25th May.We are happy to welcome all guests to our stand FR41 – to present this eye-catching planting system.

To make an appointment or for more information about how Scotscape can help with your project, please contact us on +44 (0) 208 254 5000.