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    When it comes to creating a design-led hotel environment, the finer details really do count. Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, explains why the type of wiring devices that are specified can have a fundamental impact on the look and feel of a space…

    Hotel designs are being critiqued more now than ever before, as they face up to the challenges of the digital age. Customer expectations have never been higher while, at the same time, it is easier than ever for them to offer criticism through review websites such as Tripadvisor or Trustpilot.

    To meet this changing dynamic, hotels have modernised at a rapid rate. Hoteliers are finding new ways to make their business sharable on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram – one New York hotel even experimented with an emoji-powered menu in a bid to create a social media buzz.

    This trend towards power outlets which add to the overall interior design and user experience is being led by a demand for greater connectivity on the go

    But, when it comes to creating an environment that wows guests it can often be the little things that count. In fact, the hotel booking site Trivago recently listed power outlets that complement their surroundings as one of its key elements for hotel design in 2018.

    This trend towards power outlets which add to the overall interior design and user experience is being led by a demand for greater connectivity on the go. It is now common for travellers to take multiple devices with them to a hotel, so many are choosing to add more power outlets so guests can access the power they need.

    To ensure these wiring devices keep with the look of the room, many hoteliers are choosing to add contemporary switches and sockets that complement the décor. By doing this, convenient access to power is prominent within the space, without having to hide the sockets behind furniture. After all, hotels have been known to use beds, desks and drawers as a means of removing unsightly products from view.

    MK Electric’s Elements Collection is one example of this kind of decorative wiring device. The range features stylish electrical sockets, contemporary light switches and electronic dimmers that come with touch control and ‘vapour trail’ LED displays.

    Inspired by materials such as wood, leather and stone, the collection is available in 16 standard finishes across four material designs – synthetics, glass effect, naturals and metallic – offering a range of colours, materials and finishes which will suit any interior.

    Each product in the MK Elements Collection is built to the very highest standards by global industry experts

    No two projects are the same, and to reflect this, MK Electric developed a tool to create unique and imaginative designs with flexibility: the MK Elements Collection Design Tool for tablet or PC. It is a customising device specifically for users to design their own bespoke creations.  The tool offers three levels of customisation, and whether a user wants to put a twist on an existing Elements design or start from scratch, they can easily create their own individualised light switches, dimmers and electrical sockets in hundreds of combinations. The ‘My Designs’ folder enables users to save their creations, request quotes and samples to help explore their options, and ultimately create the pieces.

    The Elements functionality includes innovative touch control dimmers with vapour trail, USB charging solutions with integrated USB two-gang switchsocket outlets and euro modules. The collection contains a variety of combination plates to achieve a multimedia offering in one device instead of multiple individually installed devices.

    Each product in the MK Elements Collection is built to the very highest standards by global industry experts. The range offers premium performance and long-term reliability, exceeding British Safety Standards and coming with a 20-year guarantee*.

    Hotels are under constant pressure to reinvent themselves and create a trend-led experience that impresses customers. Wiring devices that complement the hotel’s décor can create a unified design aesthetic within a hotel room, while providing flexibility through access to charge in key locations.

    Hamish Kilburn / 08.08.2018

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