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Finding the Middle Ground – The key to being a successful contract lighting supplier

Just as designing good lighting for hotels is about more than creating stylish products that are on trend and look great, being a successful contract supplier is about much more than simply manufacturing mass quantities of product and shipping it on to the associated projects. It’s essential that we consider projects on an individual basis and from multiple perspectives to…

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Roca unveils new brassware factory in Brazil

As the leading bathroom brand in the Brazilian market, Roca has unveiled a new brassware factory in the north east of the country. Spanning 50,000 square metres, the plant includes production and warehousing facilities for Roca brassware which is manufactured specifically to meet the demands of the Brazilian people in terms of functionality and design. Located in the town of…

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GROHE unveils revamped Essence tap range

GROHE’s Essence tap range is now more simple and stylish than ever. By building the tap around the new 28 mm cartridge, GROHE has been able to slim down its appearance, enhancing the range’s cylindrical and sophisticated shape. Slim shape, stylish design GROHE’s Essence range makes sophisticated purist design affordable. The range includes four wash basin taps sized from small…

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Titanic Spa announces large extension plan to increase social space

The award winning destination spa, Titanic Spa in West Yorkshire, has embarked on a significant extension plan to offer increased social space to its guests including the development of a large glamorous bar complete with a vertical garden, cosy snugs and an outdoor spa garden with sunken hot tub. The development is expected to be complete by May 2015.The new…

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Designing for Climate Change – a World Water Day event

To mark World Water Day 2015 Roca is hosting a special event at the Roca London Gallery on Monday 23 March, in order to highlight the role that designers and architects play in responding to the risks of extreme weather, such as flooding, in the UK.The theme for World Water Day 2015 is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. As a manufacturer…

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GROHE introduces its Grohtherm 1000

GROHE is delighted to reveal its brand new range of introductory level thermostats, taking the concept of a standard thermostat to a new level. The new range is led by the Grohtherm 1000, which is packed with GROHE’s innovative technology. Best in class The Grohtherm 1000 is packed with advanced technology and delivers optimum functionality. Its stylish looks complement a…

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New product lines and innovations to be presented at ISH 2015

Leading bathroom specialist Roca will be showcasing a variety of new products at ISH 2015 in Frankfurt this March, reflecting the manufacturer’s values of design, innovation, sustainability and wellbeing. Visitors to ISH 2015 will be among the first to hear about Roca’s new ceramic material FineCeramic, characterised by its lightweight and durable properties, plus a new solid surface material Surfex,…

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GROHE Blue® named KitchenInnovation of the Year 2015!

GROHE is delighted to announce that its GROHE Blue® kitchen tap has been awarded the renowned KitchenInnovation consumer award by the LifeCare Initiative. GROHE’s innovative Blue® water system provides great taste, comfort and sustainability, supplying three different types of filtered and chilled water – sparkling, medium and still – straight from the tap.An independent panel of experts and consumers assessed…

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IHG Opens Holiday Inn Express® Marilia Hotel in São Paulo State

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Marília hotel in São Paulo State, Brazil. The new-build, 102-room hotel is among the first internationally-branded properties in the city of Marilia. The hotel is centrally situated near Marilia’s industrial district, airport, and less than a mile away from the city’s main shopping centre. Spanning seven stories, the…

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IHG Opens Second Holiday Inn Express® Hotel In Bogotá

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Bogotá Zona Financiera. The new-build, 99-room hotel is a LEED Gold certified property and is located in the heart of Bogotá’s financial district at Carrera 7 N. 67-39. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development comprised of two towers, one of which houses the…

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GROHE launches new PowerBox: the electronic tap that powers itself!

GROHE’s innovative technology uses the tap’s own water flow to drive a turbine, concealed in a small box installed below the basin. This converts the energy from the flowing water into storable electrical energy which then powers the tap’s infrared function. Just 60 seconds of running water delivers and stores enough energy to power the mixer for 24 hours- saving…

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InterContinental® London – The O2, to Open Late 2015

The new InterContinental® London – The O2 is scheduled to open in late 2015, providing extensive facilities for leisure and business travellers visiting the capital.The luxury 453-bedroom 18-storey hotel and conference centre currently in construction as part of a 7.6 acre development scheme on the Greenwich Peninsula, a destination enjoying a huge surge in visitors following the 2012 Olympic regeneration…

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Homelike atmosphere with modern design – The new lobby at Swissôtel Zürich

Contemporary Swiss design paired with technological advancements is what characterises the stylish new lobby of Swissôtel Zurich. Guests of the tallest hotel in town can expect modern Swissness in the form of a compelling amalgamation of tradition and the modern: a successful combination of design items and the latest technology. In the wake of a complete renovation, the heart of…

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Roca teams with Raw Edges to create a head-turning exhibition space for Sleep 2014

Leading bathroom manufacturer Roca has teamed up with Raw Edges to create an innovative exhibition stand at this year’s Sleep Event in London on 26-27 November.Described by Roca as an ‘installation’, the Raw Edges concept looks at the layering of materials used within hotel environments. Specifically focusing on the bathroom space, Raw Edges use a variety of building materials to…

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Turning a necessity into a Hotel Highlight

On 21st and 22nd October, at Olympia West Hall in London, Hansgrohe will make its debut at the specialist Independent Hotel Show. In addition to exhibiting at Sleep in November, the decision to sign-up for IHS is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the hospitality sector.It also recognises the needs of smaller boutique hotels; to provide outstanding quality, attentive…

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Boss Design introduces new Soft Office collection at 100% Design

Boss Design will showcase an impressive line-up of new products at this year’s flagship event. Echoing the design vision and manufacturing expertise associated with this iconic brand, the new products extend the company’s successful Soft Office range and include a sofa collection and single seat work booths. The new sofa collection is ideal for use in breakout spaces. Designed to…

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Naturalmat and Qbic – The partnership that dreams are made of

Naturalmat has been appointed as the official bed supplier for Qbic London City.Qbic, who are pioneers of sustainability in the hotel arena were impressed by Naturalmat’s eco credentials and loved the idea of their guests sleeping on a sustainably sumptuous bed! Naturalmat has been hand crafting natural and organic mattresses from their premises on the banks of the River Exe…

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Roca new-look website

Designed to be clear, clean and simple to use, leading bathroom solutions brand Roca has re-launched its website at www.uk.roca.com. Making it easy for end users, retailers, installers and architects and designers to quickly find the Roca products they need, as well as giving them the opportunity to browse for inspiration, the new website features stunning visuals and enhanced functionality…

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Hansgrohe Has Another Record-Setting Year

Once again, the Hansgrohe Group ended the 2013 fiscal year with record sales. The global mixer and shower manufacturer generated EUR 841.4 million (compared to EUR 805.5 million in 2012).“Against a backdrop of moderate economic growth rates across the globe, Hansgrohe delivered an above-average performance. We were able to increase sales of mixers and showers both at home and abroad,…

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Charlotte Rhys Eco Friendly Luxury Hotel Toiletries Now Available In the UK

Over the past twelve years, South African luxury brand Charlotte Rhys established itself as a market leader in the 5 star hospitality sector. The company manufactures premium toiletries and an extensive range of add-on amenities for the comfort and convenience of hotel guests. Among its hundreds of customers are the One and Only Hotel in both Cape Town and Mauritius,…

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Marriott and British Airways Join Forces for Corporate Responsibility Forum

Marriott International joined with British Airways and the Institute of Travel and Meetings to host a dedicated travel industry forum to discuss global social and environmental trends on 4 April. The event, at the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel was attended by more than 120 corporate travel buyers and included special guest speakers such as Ipsos MORI CEO, Ben Page…

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Teniqua Treetops, South Africa (Patrick Goff)

Going green means many things to many people, from adding solar power panels to a roof to a through total reworking of energy use. In our sophisticated cities, going green generally has to be driven by financial return, and the effort involved focusses on energy use. Premier Inn are an excellent example of a group trying to build carbon neutral…

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Renaissance Hotels Introduces Newest Gem in Latin America

Renaissance Hotels, a hotel brand recognized for inspiring travellers to Live Life to DiscoverSM, announced today the opening of the 181-room Renaissance Santiago Hotel, marking the third Renaissance Hotel to open in South America. The new hotel establishes a bold presence in the upscale neighbourhood of Vitacura, surrounded by stylish boutiques and some of Santiago’s finest restaurants.With a commitment to…

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Heading for Hotelympia 2014

Hotelympia takes place at Excel London from 28th Apil – 1st May 2014. A uniquely social environment, Hotelympia brings together the broadest range of future trends, fresh talent and new ideas to help the UK foodservice and hospitality industry push the boundaries in quality, innovation and sustainability.In 2014 they’re showing the latest product innovations, award winning displays, competitions and practical…

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DFS Contract in partnership with Curtis

Curtis Furniture, the specialist manufacturer and installer of quality contract furniture is pleased to announce a new partnership with DFS.DFS and Curtis Furniture, have joined forces to launch DFS Contract, a new venture that provides a complete furniture solution for independent and large hotel groups. The two Yorkshire based companies have a long standing heritage of UK manufacture. Leeds based…

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Cristiane steps up to manage Gallery’s Training and Exhibitions

In order to support its wide portfolio of architectural and design exhibitions, events and training workshops, Roca has announced the appointment of Cristiane Kopp to the role of Training and Exhibitions Manager, based at Roca London Gallery.Roca recently began delivering its first Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) accredited CPD seminar and Cristiane…

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Benefits of Geberit AquaClean for hotel specification summed up in new brochure

With its compact, streamlined design enhancing the hotel bathroom and its innovative cleaning technology leaving guests with an unrivalled feeling of freshness, the Geberit AquaClean is packed with benefits for hoteliers, all of which are highlighted in a new dedicated brochure.This new literature runs to 16 pages, with inspirational roomset photography showing the design possibilities of the Geberit AquaClean, the…

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Sustainable Solutions for Cornish Resort

Plans for the significant expansion of a holiday resort in Cornwall gain the approval of the council planning committee, taking the project a significant step closer to being granted full planning permission.The Retallack Resort and Spa at St Columb Major in Cornwall is planning to add an additional 334 units to its current site. The proposed new development will span…

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Roca London Gallery: Designs by Mother Nature – Biomimetic Products

What is biomimicry? Derived from the Greek word bios meaning ‘life’ and mimisis, meaning ‘imitate’, biomimicry refers to the copying, emulating and imitating of nature in all its forms and functions.Dedicating an exhibition to highlight the many everyday products, objects and buildings that have used nature as a source of inspiration, Designs by Mother Nature presents an intelligent, interactive and…

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Water-saving technology from Hansgrohe at the Kapelleberg Resort

The Kapelleberg Resort in Belgium is the Ying and Yang of state-of-the-art hotel operations: with its custom services, the small hotel is able to cater to the needs of holiday-makers and conference guests alike in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile the owners reap the rewards of efficiency measures: mixers and showerheads featuring Hansgrohe EcoSmart technology help them save water…

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Hansgrohe – Bathroom Industry pioneer

Sustainability – for Hansgrohe SE, this is a concept that has always been an integral element of the company’s corporate culture. Hansgrohe SE has just became the first mixer and shower manufacturer in the world to release a Sustainability Report (Application Level A) certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Adopting internationally recognised, comparable standards, the report provides a detailed…

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4-star Mercure hotel in Khimki, Moscow region

Mebe Development has recently announced that architectural practice, John McAslan + Partners (UK), and Kitzig Interior Design Architecture Group (Germany) have been appointed to design the 4-star 232 room elegant Mercure hotel in Khimki, near Sheremetyevo International Airport.Located on Leningradskoye Shosse, the new $50 million hotel will offer excellent transport links to Moscow city centre. Construction is slated to start…

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Chelsom supply lighting as part of £57m Travelodge refurbishment

Not content with cementing its position as one of the fastest growing budget hotel brands in the UK, earlier this year Travelodge embarked on a £57m refurbishment across the estate to be carried out in just 18 months. The refurbishment programme is set to transform the look and feel of more than 30,000 rooms as part of a wider company…

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Accor UK makes significant progress in 2013

Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, is delighted to report on the progress made across the business in the UK and Ireland in 2013, including network development, HR initiatives and sustainability strategy. Network development The Group’s strong portfolio of brands has continued to gain traction across the UK. Most recently ibis was ranked as one…

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IHG Expands the Holiday Inn Express® Brand in Brazil

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has recently announced that the Holiday Inn Express® brand is expanding in Brazil with the openings of the Holiday Inn Express® Belem-Ananindeua hotel, the Holiday Inn Express® Porto Velho hotel and the Holiday Inn Express® Marilia hotel expected to open later this year. IHG also has plans for a new-build Holiday Inn Express® Manaus hotel, scheduled…

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Swissôtel Berlin with new lobby and bar design concept

Berlin’s elegant business hotel in the centre of West-Berlin just had a facelift in the public areas. The new style seamlessly blends Swiss tradition and a contemporary lush colour palette, high-quality materials and a cunning light-concept. The combination both complements the cutting-edge design of Gerkan Marg & Partner architects, yet lends the space a harmonious, cosy feeling. It’s been nipped,…

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

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…

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A showcase of new innovations in hotel bathroom design

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…

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Hotel Zetta, San Francisco (Patrick Goff)

The building is an existing 116 bedroom hotel in San Francisco, built in 1913. It had been recently purchased by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and the new ownership group’s directive was to convert the asset from a upper mid -level product to a upper–luxury product that would be attractive to the area’s dynamic ‘Tech Market’ who focussed on Facebook, Zynga and…

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Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

The building is an existing 116 bedroom hotel in San Francisco, built in 1913. It had been recently purchased by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and the new ownership group’s directive was to convert the asset from a upper mid -level product to a upper–luxury product that would be attractive to the area’s dynamic ‘Tech Market’ who focussed on Facebook, Zynga and…

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Tulip Inn Eindhoven Airport inaugurated by State Secretary Mansveld

The 26th June 2013 marked the official opening of the new Tulip Inn hotel at Eindhoven Airport. The 8-storey hotel is the first hotel in the world situated on top of an airport terminal and is directly connected to the arrivals and departures halls, affording hotel guests convenient access to the airport’s many facilities. The new Tulip Inn hotel is…

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

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…

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Wya Point Resort Brings Eco Luxury to Ucluelet, BC

Yuu-tluth-aht First Nation proudly announces the WyaPoint Resort, currently offering luxurious lodge accommodation, rustic eco yurts and a family-friendly campground in the lush coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island’s west coast. The resort is the culmination of a long-time dream of the community, providing employment and a way to share their pride in their culture with the world.Wya Point Resort is…

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Dernier & Hamlyn booked for world leading college assignment

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…

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Bushmans Kloof Revisited (2)

I am blessed with a job that allows me to travel looking at hotels, photographing and writing about their design. Perhaps I should blog too about the experiences I enjoy, but there are only so many minutes in a day, aren’t there? To look at an hotel properly takes two nights. The first you enjoy the impressions, the second you…

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Design at Knightsbridge Craftsmanship Selected for Manchester’s Lowry Hotel

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…

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New Sorrento Seating by Design at Knightsbridge at CDW

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…

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Scotscape Supplies Northwick Hospital in Watford

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.

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Design at Knightsbridge at Clerkenwell Design Week 2013

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…

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Good design goes public

Often the forgotten jewel in the crown of commercial buildings, public washrooms are a place where first impressions can be either won or lost, and as such designers are increasingly turning their attention to getting the look and feel of these spaces just right.Open to all, the public spaces within commercial premises offer a unique opportunity to convey a brand…

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Newcomers Complete Lucia Line-Up

In response to industry demand, Design at Knightsbridge has extended its Lucia collection to include new seating and tables for hospitality and corporate environments. Applications for the newcomers range from guest bedrooms and visitor lounges to reception areas, meeting rooms and breakout spaces. Distinguished by simple, clean lines and subtle retro-references, Lucia furniture enhances classical and contemporary interiors alike. In…

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GHM Scales New Heights with Chedi Andermatt Debut

GHM, the hospitality management group that pioneered some of Asia’s top luxury hotels and beach resorts, has recently announced that its first ski resort is on track for a Winter 2013/2014 opening in Uri, Switzerland. Nestled in the Urseren Valley at the foot of some of the country’s most exhilarating ski slopes, The Chedi Andermatt will debut as the centrepiece…

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Renaissance Dallas Hotel Breaks Ground on State-Of-The-Art Meeting Facility

A ground breaking ceremony was held on the 7th March at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel for a new 30,000-square-foot meeting facility. The 14-month, multi-million dollar construction project will create jobs for nearly 200 workers and is scheduled for completion in June of 2014. Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International, Inc. global portfolio of 18 brands.The new…

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New solutions add value to wellness bathrooms

Hansgrohe SE relies on pushbutton ease of operation and harmony of head and heart for the ISH 2013 Every two years, the Black Forest-based bathroom and sanitation specialist Hansgrohe SE, takes the opportunity offered by the world’s biggest sanitation technology fair ISH in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to present its many new products to a wider audience as a premiere…

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Life’s a beach as Geberit products are chosen for luxury hotel in the Adriatic

Enjoying views over the Adriatic Sea and just a stone’s throw from the medieval town of Rovinj, architects working on Croatia’s new Lone Hotel were intent on specifying the most luxurious, high quality fixtures and fittings throughout the five-star complex, which is why they turned to Geberit when it came to sourcing the most suitable piping and sanitary systems.With its…

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Bellagio Completes $40 Million Room and Suite Remodel in Resort’s Spa Tower

Elevating the guest experience at one of the world’s most iconic resorts, Bellagio recently completed the remodel of all 928 rooms and suites in its Spa Tower.Additionally, the resort introduced three new Executive Parlor Suites designed with entertainment and technology in mind. The 2,500-square-foot suites each feature a billiards lounge and separate high-tech home theater living area inviting guests to…

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Scotscape Investigates Thermal Benefits and Water Useage of Living Walls

Scotscape have designed, supplied, installed and are maintaining a variety of Living Wall systems at Sheffield University for research and development purposes.Working in partnership with the University of Sheffield, this unique 12 month programme will assess the relative performance of each Living Wall type – including hydroponic, compost, stainless steel wire and Ivysystems. Control panels have already been installed and…

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Scotscape Introduce the Sustainable Solutions Brochure

Scotscape are the UK’s pre-eminent supplier of Living Walls with proven expertise in design, supply, installation and maintenance. They work closely with leading manufacturers of a wide range of systems, enabling them to identify and recommend the most appropriate solution to meet the needs of each individual application.The latest Scotscape brochure explains how living walls and green roofs can benefit…

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Wandsworth Demonstrates a Smarter Approach to Energy Efficiency at Ecobuild

The Wandsworth Group will be assisting specifiers to understand the energy-efficiency benefits of KNX smart home technology at this year’s Ecobuild at a joint stand with partner company, Jung (Stand N3701).The Wandsworth Group is the exclusive UK distributor of Jung’s products including their market-leading range of KNX intelligent control and visualisation tools.Designed to co-ordinate lighting, heating, A/V systems and blind…

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GROHE F-Digital contributes to Sleep Hotel 2012 Best room Design Award

Scott Brownrigg’s and Willmott Dixon Interiors room Shaded White has won Sleep Hotel 2012 Best Room Design at this year’s Sleep Event. With a brief to design a 23 sq m, five star, city centre hotel room which pushes the boundaries of imagination, innovation and creative flair, the stunning and luxuriously designed Shaded White room beat off strong competition from…

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De Vere Venues launches Orchard Hotel

De Vere Venues, the UK’s number one for meetings, training and conference space has celebrated the official launch of the £20million Orchard Hotel, adjacent to the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. This 202 bedroom hotel underpins De Vere Venues’ growth strategy, while the combined options of the EMCC and Orchard Hotel will now provide a totally integrated solution for both…

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Invests $230 Million to Renovate Four Iconic Hawaiian Properties

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has recently announced that its largest brand, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and its owners invested more than $230 million to refurbish its four iconic Hawaiian properties. The large-scale, multi-year project was completed with the recent unveiling of the Sheraton Kona Resort and meets the increased demand for high-quality accommodations as business and leisure travel…

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Sleep Tight at the Magdalen Chapter Hotel

Did you know that Naturalmat manufactured all the mattresses for the new Magdalen Chapter Hotel in Exeter? They were made by hand only a few miles away from the hotel at our nearby factory in Topsham, Devon.Chapter Hotels focus on providing guests with a luxurious, inviting and restful experience in thoughtfully designed spaces with high quality furnishings; they saw the…

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The European Hotel Design Awards 2012: The Winners

International hotel design was celebrated in London on the 22nd November, when nine of Europe’s notable hotels claimed top honours at the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards.This international celebration acknowledges the passion and vision of the architects, designers and developers of Europe’s most recently completed and outstanding hotel projects. BBC World News’ presenter, Mishal Husain hosted the ceremony which took…

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Devon organic mattress company Naturalmat wins contract for Z Hotels

Naturalmat, based in Devon are delighted to have won the contract to manufacturer all 303 organic mattresses for the first three Z Hotels. The first two hotels have already opened Soho and Victoria whilst a third hotel location in Liverpool is in the pipeline.The clever team behind Z Hotels Bev King, Rich Meeham and John Raymond came up with an…

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Hilton Columbus Downtown Announces Official Grand Opening

Hilton Hotels & Resorts announces the official grand opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown, poised to be a top destination in the heart of the city. The 532-room property is located at 401 North High Street, conveniently positioned in the centre of the city’s most admired neighbourhoods, including the Short North Arts District and the Arena District.The $140-million convention centre hotel…

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A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

With water saving being a crucial factor in the building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.Geberit’s electronically controlled taps can now be fitted with a self-sustaining power supply that…

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Products and innovations show award-winning credentials

The design excellence and high quality of the sanitaryware and bathroom solutions produced by Swiss manufacturer Laufen continue to be realised, with the company picking up a whole raft of prestigious awards in 2012.As a result of its successful collaboration with outstanding architects and designers, the aesthetically-appealing design and high quality of Laufen products continually win over international judges, with…

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MGM Grand Marks Major Milestone in “Grand Renovation” With Completion of $160 Million Room and Suite

MGM Grand, Las Vegas’ ultimate entertainment destination, has recently announced the completion of its $160 million room and suite remodel in the hotel’s main tower, marking a major milestone in the resort’s “Grand Renovation.”The remodel, which began in October 2011, includes 3,570 Grand King and Queen guest rooms and 642 suites of varying types including the stunning Skyline Terrace and…

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The Hospitality Industry World Congress turns Barcelona into the hospitality capital

The Hospitality Industry World Congress (HIWC) was founded with the aim of harnessing the knowledge and expertise of the hospitality industry in the quest for global solutions that help the strategic advancement of the sector. It will bring together the leading world experts on the world accommodation sector. The congress will structured around 5 main themes to analyse the different…

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Rezidor launches ambitious energy-saving initiative

Rezidor has launched a group-wide energy-saving initiative: The ambitious and pro-active programme Think Planet targets an energy consumption reduction of 25% by the year 2016 in all Rezidor hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group is currently present in 70 countries where 330+ hotels of the brands Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson and Hotel Missoni are…

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Major architectural feature unveiled for new University of Nottingham eco-hotel

A dramatic, undulating timber canopy has been completed over the Orchard Hotel, which is currently under construction on the University Park campus at The University of Nottingham. The rolling canopy is one of the most striking features of the £20 million, 202-bed eco-friendly hotel, designed by RHWL Architects and being built by BAM Construction for the University. The oversailing canopy…

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Laufen is the official partner of the Salon Suisse at the Biennale 2012

The “Salon Suisse” is an event programme which accompanies the Swiss contribution to the Architecture Biennale 2012 in Venice with readings, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and performances. The “Salon Suisse” is initiated by the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia and takes in the Bel Etage of the “Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi”, official partner of the programme is the Swiss bathroom…

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Hypnos Has Some Treats in Store for This Year’s Bed Show

Hypnos Beds – Stand E7 Winner of the National Bed Federation’s “Bed Manufacturer of the Year 2011” award and proud royal warrant holder, Hypnos will be exhibiting two brand new bed collections with a contemporary twist at The Bed Show this year. Internationally renowned as the leading expert in producing handcrafted pocket spring mattresses, Hypnos will also be displaying a…

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IHG Announces Opening of First Candlewood Suites® with New Interior Design Scheme

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), announces the opening of the first Candlewood Suites hotel to include the brand’s new interior design package, created with graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the nation’s top interior design schools. The overall design concept for Candlewood Suites hotels is called “Haven,” which captures the essence of the Candlewood Suites…

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What Lies Beneath

In the latest issue of Green Hotelier, Christopher Hunter delves into the world of the hotel mattress to find out what truly lies beneath and why Naturalmat are setting a great example for other manufacturers. Despite a growing trend towards sustainability in the hospitality industry, there is evidence to show that cheap, environmentally unfriendly mattresses with short life-spans continue to…

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Whitbread Cuts Carbon Emissions Despite Rapid Expansion

Whitbread continued to deliver on its sustainability strategy by saving thousands of tonnes of CO2 across its hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops in 2011. The carbon savings were revealed in Whitbread’s tenth annual Environment Report, published on the 1st June 2012.The owner of the Costa and Premier Inn brands achieved an absolute reduction of CO2 emissions of more than 1,579…

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Luxury and style go hand in hand with new basins

StoneKAST, the leading brand of limestone sanitaryware, has introduced a range of eight new countertop basins; one to match each bath in its collection. Perfect for creating a spa-like retreat in the hotel bathroom, the new basins are manufactured from the same advanced blend of natural limestone and modern resin as StoneKAST’s baths. This not only means that each basin…

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Announces Austin Debut with New Conference Hotel

Luxury hotel brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (“Fairmont”) and Manchester Texas Financial Group LLC (MTFG) announce the signing of an agreement for Fairmont to manage a new city center hotel slated to open in 2015. The Fairmont Austin will be located directly east of the Austin Convention Center, at the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Red River Streets. The…

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Boutique hotel industry centres on London for Boutique Hotel Summit

Europe’s only b2b conference for the boutique and lifestyle hotels sectors attracts more than 220 international attendees. The boutique hotel industry descended on London in the latter part of May for the second staging of the Boutique Hotel Summit, Europe’s only b2b conference for the boutique and lifestyle hotels sectors.Held at Altitude London, on the banks of the Thames, the…

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Record Result for The Hotel Show 2012 with more than 15,500 Industry Professionals in attendance

The Hotel Show 2012 reaffirmed its position as the largest full spectrum hospitality supplies event for the MENA region, with exhibitors reporting an increase in sales figures and record numbers of visitors during the three day event. Participation this year of 450 leading suppliers and consultants from more than 45 countries and 13 international pavilions highlighted the pivotal role that…

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Creative thinking from Laufen

The specification of sanitaryware and furniture for the bathroom is unquestionably a crucial element of the overall design of the space but getting it right should not be at the detriment of being creative, according to leading bathroom manufacturer Laufen.“All of our ranges from the top down are the work of designers and architects so they are created with a…

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Hypnos Is First UK Bedmaker to Achieve Carbon Neutral

Bed manufacturer of the year* and proud Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos has received further recognition for excellence by being credited the first UK bed makers to achieve the BS PAS 2060 Carbon Neutrality Standard.By working with a management partner, Carbon Footprint Ltd, Hypnos successfully introduced a robust carbon management plan, outlining clear objectives and targets to help reduce and offset…

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IHG Partners with Clean the World to Recycle Hotel Soap and Amenities

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has announced a partnership with Clean the World to recycle partially-used soaps and bottled amenities from hotel guest rooms and distribute them in communities with limited access to hygiene products.Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that is committed to stopping the spread of preventable diseases by collecting, recycling and distributing…

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Travelife Rewards Seaside Hotels’ Eco-Friendliness

Two Seaside Hotels have received Travelife Awards for eco-friendliness and sustainability. Seaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel**** received a Gold Award for constantly providing new opportunities for improving its local community and environment. The Seaside Palm Beach Hotel***** received the Silver Award.Travelife states that both hotels have ‘displayed a high level of commitment to sustainability as well as demonstrating they are…

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A world of sustainable materials at the click of mouse

How can architects, designers and the building industry find out about new, sustainable construction materials? That’s the question that Jakki Dehn, a reader at London’s Kingston University, tried to address when she started work cataloguing more than 1,200 sustainable materials for use in the construction industry. The result is a materials library, Rematerialise, which is now available online at rematerialise.org.…

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Flushed away with innovation at Ecobuild

Gracing the halls of London’s Excel with its latest innovations in sanitary systems, Geberit will be at Ecobuild 2012 in March with a stand packed full of excellent examples of the lengths it goes to in offering ease of installation combined with durable, high quality products.Taking centre stage at Ecobuild will be Geberit’s UP320 concealed cistern, the first of its…

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Bellagio Unveils Newly Redesigned Guest Rooms

Bellagio has completed the remodel of all 2,568 rooms in its main tower offering guests a fresh, elegant collection of newly redesigned deluxe accommodations. Each of the three distinct color palettes now available at Bellagio further enhances the AAA Five Diamond guest experience at one of the world’s most iconic resorts. Created by MGM Resorts International Design Group, the new…

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Cliq Does Ski Chic

Cliq Designs showed just what they can do at The Sleep Event in November, and created an impact with their ski-chic themed boutique hotel set. Working together with melin tregwynt, who weave the welsh woollen cloth at their family owned mill in Pembrokeshire, Cliq created a range of soft woollen quilted throws and cushions aimed at the boutique hotel market.…

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The Modern Garden Company introduce Pallet

Pallet is the first outdoor / indoor sofa collection by Piero Lissoni for Italian manufacturer Pierantonio Bonacina. The Pallet collection takes inspiration from the shape and the functionality of an everyday-use industrial object. The material beauty of the slatted Larch frame is the leitmotif of the project: naturalness and environmental sustainability. The generous proportions of the upholstered components contrasts the…

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ITC Grand Chola to Open In Chennai

ITC Hotels is set to open a new 600 room flagship property in the incredible South Indian city of Chennai this November. ITC Grand Chola will offer guests a taste of the grandeur of the Chola dynasty through its luxurious rooms and suites, innovative restaurants and array of leisure and spa experiences, whilst being run on renewable energy in line…

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