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Waldorf Astoria arrives in Dubai’s Financial Centre

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Waldorf Astoria arrives in Dubai’s Financial Centre

Waldorf Astoria expands presence in the Middle East with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre, treating guests to a unique check-in experience from the 18th floor as well as sky-high dining and wellness facilities…

With the aim to bridge the world together, with a French Riviera-style rooftop bar and pool and a 1960s, New York-inspired F&B areas, the highly anticipated Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has opened its doors.

Waldorf Astoria DIFC occupies the 18th to 55th floors of the Burj Daman, a complex featuring residences and office towers. Guests will enjoy a unique reception and check-in experience on the 18th floor, which is also home to the hotel’s dining and wellness facilities and acts as the true heartbeat of the hotel.  All 275 guestrooms, including 46 suites and 28 residential suites, offer unobstructed views of the downtown Dubai skyline, which can be viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows in each room.

“We are pleased to be part of this rapidly growing district and look forward to delivering unparalleled experiences to guests staying in DIFC.” – Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton

“We are delighted to expand our luxury presence in the region with the opening of Waldorf Astoria DIFC which is located in an important economic hub within the region,” said Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton. “Earlier this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the launch of DIFC 2.0 which will add 13 million square feet of space to the Centre. We are pleased to be part of this rapidly growing district and look forward to delivering unparalleled experiences to guests staying in DIFC.”

Image credit: Hilton/Waldorf Astoria

Inspired by the iconic architecture, lifestyle and mid-modern style of the 1960s, the hotel exudes a contemporary elegance and understated luxury. With its stylish furniture, multifunctional design peppered with marble, ebony, brass and bronze materials, the hotel boasts a sleek and contemporary look.

In line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria DIFC is primed to be a best-in-class dining destination. All restaurants and bars are located on the 18th floor, a stunning location from which to view the city.

Inspired by the original once located in the Waldorf Astoria New York, Bull & Bear is the hotel’s signature restaurant which offers a twist on the legendary eatery. Diners can enjoy imaginative cuisine in a stylish, relaxed setting.

An oasis in the heart of the city, St. Trop serves up a slice of the French Riviera in DIFC. This stylish rooftop lounge ⁠— with its pool, whirlpool, timber decking and bright colours ⁠— is perfect for drinks and light bites from day to night. Truly an urban escape, St Trop brings laidback poolside chic to Dubai’s financial district.

Peacock Alley is an elegant lounge and bar ideal for both sophisticated gatherings and informal gatherings. The term “Peacock Alley” was coined to portray the daily promenade of people through the original colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York City. The iconic venue is present at all Waldorf Astoria hotels worldwide ⁠— and this historical part of New York heritage is now in DIFC.

The Waldorf Astoria Spa ⁠— with its floatation tank, hydrobath, hammam and Vichy shower ⁠— is a sanctuary of relaxation in the middle of the city. Secluded on the 18th floor, the spa offers four treatment suites and the hotel’s fitness centre offers state-of-the-art equipment and views of Dubai’s skyline from 18 floors up.

luxe and large bathroom

Image credit: Hilton/Waldorf Astoria

The hotel offers five elegant, innovative settings, including a unique library concept which houses an open kitchen. The hotel also features spacious meeting rooms, a grand ballroom with a pre-function area and a sophisticated boardroom that is perfect for corporate meetings. All spaces have a residential, personal feel, providing the ideal setting for every type of event.

“We are thrilled to bring Waldorf Astoria to DIFC and offer True Waldorf Service in such a thriving and dynamic location within the city,” said Dino Michael, Global Head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “From Bangkok to Amsterdam, Waldorf Astoria properties are set in landmark locations all over the world, and Waldorf Astoria DIFC is a remarkable addition to our growing portfolio in the Middle East and beyond.”

Waldorf Astoria DIFC joins two award-winning Waldorf Astoria properties in the UAE ⁠— Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah and Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah ⁠— and is the brand’s first city-based hotel in the country. Like all Waldorf Astoria properties in the world, Waldorf Astoria DIFC offers True Waldorf Service: graceful, anticipatory service from the moment a guest books through checkout.

Main image credit: Hilton/Waldorf Astoria

PRODUCT WATCH: GROHE extends Colours Collection

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PRODUCT WATCH: GROHE extends Colours Collection

With 10 colour and finish variations across many GROHE ranges, installers, retailers and designers can help customers personalise their bathroom like never before – from tap to flush plate…

Not only do today’s homeowners want individuality when it comes to design, so too do hotel guests checking in. The chance to customise the look and feel  to reflect their unique personality is becoming achievable with some hotels going further than others to create a fully customisable experience.

Now, thanks to the comprehensive extension of the Colours Collection, it’s easier than ever for anyone to create their own personalised bathroom oasis – from the colour, style and finish of showers and taps right through to the accessories.

Working with trade partners to get full bathroom solutions right

As customers seek to play a more active role in the design process, it is even more imperative that they seek specialist advice and expertise that will help them make the right choice – for them. When it comes to implementing highly individualised products and innovative technologies, consumers still need to consult a professional who understands integrated solutions. GROHE is committed to supporting trade partners that work face-to-face with consumers with its perfectly coordinated products and complete bathroom solutions that help bring their customers’ bathroom concepts to life. This particularly benefits retailers, designers, architects and installers, as the advice on product selection and bathroom design is simplified and focused. They can rely on GROHE`s PerfectMatch philosophy which makes it easy to select products that fit together effortlessly on three principals: aesthetics, performance and comfort.

“Consumer expectations are changing to a great extent,” says Michael Rauterkus, CEO GROHE AG. “At GROHE, we are answering this demand by shaping the future of water in terms of design and innovation. We are giving customers the building blocks to express their individual lifestyle and we are giving our trade partners solutions that address what we believe is the key to customer satisfaction: being able to choose and personalise a full bathroom solution. GROHE is committed to building strong relationships with our trade partners to make our Full Bathroom Solutions and the extended Colours Collection a success – both for our own business and theirs.”

Unrivalled colour variety

One of the key features of the new GROHE Colours Collection is the unrivalled breadth of choice it gives customers when it comes to colour. Indeed, GROHE is the only bathroom supplier to offer a colour portfolio that spans brassware fittings, showers, accessories and flush plates – all made to the highest quality and finish, using the company’s innovative Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) manufacturing process. The process ensures a broader range of colours while at the same time making it possible for the finishes to be three times harder and ten times more scratch-resistant than galvanised finishes.

Besides Classic Chrome, GROHE also offers several other eye-catching colour designs including SuperSteel, Cool Sunrise, Warm Sunset, Nickel, and Hard Graphite, all of which are available in a polished or brushed finish. For a full list of variants available, click here.
Complete bathroom solutions

GROHE’s complete bathroom solutions simplify the process of planning and installation for trade partners by bringing together an extensive, holistic portfolio of taps, shower systems and accessories, as well as a carefully selected range of ceramics all in one place. The brand’s extensive variety also gives customers the design freedom to select each element to match their individual tastes and needs.

GROHE is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email  Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: GROHE

PRODUCT WATCH: Duravit and Philippe Starck present “Starck T”

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PRODUCT WATCH: Duravit and Philippe Starck present “Starck T”

25 years on from when the design legend first collaborated with Duravit, Philippe Starck designs and unveils new accessories for the bathroom manufacturer… 

Duravit and Philippe Starck present “Starck T” a new accessory line, which combines functional rigor with organic forms. In 1994 Philippe Starck first teamed up with Duravit to create Starck 1; this was a milestone in the history of bathroom design. From this successful partnership, there followed a series of complete bathroom ranges and now for the first time in 25 years, there is a new line of accessories.

The fluid transition from the round base to the geometric “T” shape is the defining design feature of the series and reminiscent of the branches of a tree. This design element can be found in every piece in the new range, forming a recurring, iconic signature. The finely tuned implementation across the individual accessories produces a classic, formal language with no disruptions thanks to the concealed fixing system.

From the toilet-roll holder through the towel ring up to the soap dish – all 16 elements in the new series are available both in Chrome as well as the on-trend color Black Matt. The visual highlight of “Starck T” is the flask-like soap dispenser made from matt, hand-blown glass that is easy to refill. The high quality of the material and workmanship guarantees durability. Harmonising with all the Duravit ranges in terms of design and material, Starck T perfectly rounds off contemporary bathroom furnishings.

Duravit is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Zoe Guerrier by clicking here.

Main image credit: Duravit

 

Duravit unveils Happy D.2 Plus in collaboration with sieger design

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Duravit unveils Happy D.2 Plus in collaboration with sieger design

Duravit has teamed up with sieger design to create Happy D.2 Plus, an elegant bathroom series, which is expressive in terms of form and colour…

Duravit has teamed up with sieger design to create Happy D.2 Plus. This elegant new bathroom series combines current trends in colour, design, and finishes, whilst not detracting from the archetypical open oval of the original Happy D. design classic.

Above-counter wash bowls with precise lines, stand-alone consoles and matching semi-tall cabinets as well as circular mirrors unite to create perfectly harmonized washing areas. The new range enables stylish collections to be individually designed with a darker or lighter basic mood.

The above-counter washbasins with their narrow, characteristically flattened rim are available in three widths, of which two have an incorporated tap platform. Their striking individuality comes from the new colour variants in Anthracite Matt or a two-tone contrast, with glossy White on the inside and Anthracite Matt on the outside. The consistent colour concept of Happy D.2 Plus also extends to toilets and bidets, with the interior of the toilets finished in glossy Anthracite for optimum hygiene. All ceramic parts are also available in glossy White.

The new Happy D.2 Plus colour variants of refined Anthracite Matt or a two-tone contrast of Glossy White inside and Anthracite Matt outside lend the above-counter basins an extra layer of individuality

Image caption: The new Happy D.2 Plus colour variants of refined Anthracite Matt or a two-tone contrast of Glossy White inside and Anthracite Matt outside lend the above-counter basins an extra layer of individuality.

Subtly rounded contours, handle-free fronts, low material thicknesses, and optional interior lighting for the pull-out compartments and drawers on the bathroom furniture are highlights of the contemporary elegance of the series.

Storage options are provided by console washbasin vanity units, which come in four widths. Small, practical racks in the door of the semi-tall cabinets, which are available in two sizes, ensure perfect order in the interior. Individual style collections can easily be created with a total of eleven carcass surfaces to choose from: quality wood or matt, yet practical surfaces in light and dark shades. The Graphite Super Matt variant also comes with an anti-fingerprint coating. Happy D.2 Plus affords even greater customisation options: the console panel can be selected from a range of six finishes, enabling a range of different, expressive combinations.

The circular mirrors in two colours add an air of expressive elegance. The all-round mirror lighting strips come in two finishes: graphic-radiating (“Radial”) or bionic-geometric (“Organic”). For maximum comfort there are the models fitted with a sensor switch, featuring dimmable light and optional mirror heating. The variant with icon control on the mirror surface also has mirror heating and the ambient light mode and switching function for coloured light: At a luminosity of more than 300 lux, the light colour can be continuously adjusted from 2,700 (warm light) to 6,500 kelvin (cold light). With the set of two, the respective mirror functions for each side are synchronized via innovative wireless technology that is preset at the factory

This impressive elegance is also reflected when it comes to bathing: the bathtubs made from glossy acrylic are optionally available in Graphite Super Matt with seamless paneling. Thanks to the compact external dimensions, the various models – back-to-wall, corner right or left as well as the free-standing version – enable a high level of flexibility in room planning. The generously proportioned, ergonomic interior of all bathtub models and the optional whirl system offer pure relaxation and relaxing comfort.

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TRENDS: Eco-friendly design ideas for the hotel bathroom

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TRENDS: Eco-friendly design ideas for the hotel bathroom

In the wake of protests in London, designers and architects have responded by becoming more conscious in their design decisions recently. Crosswater explains some of the benefits of an eco-friendly hotel bathroom…

Large or compact, traditional or modern, boutique or luxury, hotel bathroom design has become increasingly influenced by eco-conscious product innovations, in particular around the efficient output of water.

The hotel bathroom space is constantly evolving and guests and designers are looking for more than just basic fixtures and fittings. From rainfall showers, high-tech digital valves and multi-outlet systems that include the likes of body jets, dual-function shower flows and additional handsets, each of these products require hotel bathrooms to work harder than ever and use more energy to run.

In the current day and age, as energy is depleted at an increasingly alarming rate, it is more important than ever to find eco-friendly alternatives in hotel bathroom design that incorporate both water-saving and energy-saving features – designed to minimise the impact of the hotel industry on the environment. Although much of the waste is caused by bad habits, installing and maintaining water-saving bathroom fixtures is an enormously important step.

When it comes to specifying eco-friendly designs, Crosswater advises hotel designers to opt for products that are WRAS approved, as it is a calculable way to guarantee that bathroom suites will not only be saving water but also utilising it in the most efficient way possible.  These regulations require water fittings, such as valves and taps that do not cause waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply. Crosswater is dedicated to ensuring all of its products are as environmentally friendly as possible and over 200 of its products already proudly wear the WRAS badge of approval.

Designs such as the Neopearl shower flow regulators are the ideal option for hotels looking to make the next eco-friendly step. With amazing water-saving capacity, the functional regulator reduces water consumption to a maximum level whilst the unique flow regulator technology keeps the flow rate constant across the pressure and can be inserted directly into most fixed showerheads, handsets or basin monoblocs.

Eco-friendly toilets are also becoming an increasingly popular option as an easy and immediate way to save water in many hotels across the UK and globally. Installing eco-friendly   WCs   will   assist   in   conserving   natural resources as well as being environmentally friendly. The Crosswater Kai collection conforms to – and exceeds – required British and European quality, performance, sustainability and water saving regulations. The Kai WCs consume 33% less water by using the latest flush systems making them incredibly environmentally friendly.

The design of Crosswater’s Wild Rimless WC also makes for a fantastically economical option; the stunning collection of pure Italian designs are each expertly crafted with an innovative rimless bowl that is complemented alongside superior, tried-and-tested flush technology to ensure the very best in hygiene function, whilst reducing water consumption with an eco-friendly half or full flush. Featuring dual flush technology, it provides the option to regulate how much water is used, which helps to save even more water by simply adjusting the larger flush to the reduced water volume setting.

With hotel bathrooms continuously developing and improving their technology, it can be difficult to monitor the high volume of water used within bathrooms by guests. Installing rimless WC models can be a great way of avoiding water wastage and the rimless model is cleverly designed to get more flushing power out of less water. Additionally there are many other small ways to reduce environmental impact in hotel bathrooms.

Décor elements made of recycled material can assist in making bathroom spaces more eco-friendly as well as opting for taps and showers with aerators. The aerator is expertly designed to reduce the overall water flow by using pressure from air. It is also advised to swap bulbs with LED lights, this will help to save energy, and illuminated mirrors can also be used as a great alternative source of bathroom lighting. Crosswater’s Revive LED Illuminated Mirror is a highly innovative design that makes for a fantastic alternative to big lighting fixtures that consume far greater amounts of energy. In a hotel environment, this can be a great opportunity to create the option of mood lighting too.

In summary, there are many ways to transform hotel bathrooms to take a more eco-friendly approach. From recycling to using less energy, every little improvement adds up to change the world for the better.

Main image credit: Crosswater

SPOTLIGHT ON: Laura Ashley, from homes to hotels

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Laura Ashley, from homes to hotels

One strategic acquisition at a time, Laura Ashley Hotels is injecting quintessentially British charm into the hospitality industry. As Hotel Designs continues to put Hotel Groups under the spotlight, editor Hamish Kilburn speaks to commercial designer Kay Cullen and head of brand Nimo Abdi about the company’s growing hotel portfolio…

The year was 1953 and celebration was in the air. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey while Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.

In the same year, one lady and her husband launched a design and textiles company, Laura Ashley, in the Pimlico area of London. Using silk screens, the pair started printing placemats and scarves on their kitchen table. By 1984, the company that we all know and love today’s sales grossed $130 million.

In 2013, the company followed in the footsteps of many residential designers, by entering the commercial market. The British textiles company opened its first hotel and today, 66 years after the company was founded and having won the hearts of more than 300 million hearts around the world all searching for authentic quintessentially British designs, the brand has its sights on expanding its presence within the hospitality industry with a unique platform. “The fact that we already have a brand has been a significant advantage,” explains brand manager Nimo Abdi. “Our customers are brand loyal and that has encouraged us to invest further by acquiring hotels as well as launching the Laura Ashley Tearooms.”

As guests check in to a Laura Ashley Hotel, they are welcomed in a true-to-the-brand home-from-home setting – and location seems to be at the heart of every strategic acquisition. “Obviously we do want to create that ‘wow’ factor,” explains commercial designer Kay Cullen. “But our main ethos is in the heritage. I take a lot of inspiration from the original building and try to take that from an initial concept right into where you end up.”

Image credit: Laura Ashley Hotels

The Belsfield Hotel in The Lake District is an example of blending new with old. “It’s an amazing Victorian building,” says Cullen. “It’s set right out there on the lake, and while a lot of inspiration was taken from that, it also had beautiful Italian ornate architecture that we wanted to enhance throughout.”

The hotel’s timeless architecture has been accentuated with the addition of a conservatory-like structure adding natural light and making the public areas look and feel bright, open and modern. “When we got there, everything was faced inwards, which was ridiculous,” explains Cullen. “We used Laura Ashley products that felt authentic and replicated how the building’s interiors would have looked but with a touch of modernity.”

Due to the often-hefty demands of modern-day operators and developers, most guestrooms and suites within international hotel design are imagined with the aim for them to be timeless – or as timeless as possible. Upstairs in Laura Ashley Hotels, however the guestrooms and suites are decorated with the season’s latest products, creating a ‘living showroom’ concept. “We have a design department that comes up with the main six-monthly seasons of products that we have,” explains Cullen. “I then work with that palate to understand and decide what goes into the hotels.”

The most recently completed hotel within the Laura Ashley Hotel portfolio is the conversion of the 66-key The Chace Hotel in Coventry. “It’s a building that’s hard not to fall in love with,” adds Cullen. “It’s got amazing William windows, original fireplaces. For us, it’s about bringing it back to life, which is part of my job that I love.”

Image credit: Laura Ashley Hotels

Laura Ashley’s love of creating beautiful spaces within the home has been well and truly extended to the hotel environment. Its current portfolio includes just one hote, The Belsfield Hotel in the Lake District. The Chace in Coventry and Burnham Beeches are currently on the boards, slated to open this year, with more hotels yet to be announced.

The future for the group’s footprint in the hotel design scene is now very much secure in looking for new unique buildings that with the help of its design team, they can turn into truly unmatched, British-themed hotels.

Hotel Designs becomes media partner for designjunction

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Hotel Designs becomes media partner for designjunction

Hotel Designs has become a media partner for designjunction, which this year takes place in and around London’s King’s Cross between September 19 – 22… 

Hotel Designs has announced that it will continue its long-standing media partnership this year for designjunction. The four-day exhibition will present more than 200 international design brands across multiple King’s Cross locations surrounding the striking UAL Central Saint Martin’s building.

Presenting the latest in cutting-edge design each year during the London Design Festival, designjunction is described as London’s leading contemporary interior design show, facilitating connections between architects, interior designers, retailers and exhibitors. Encompassing the best in furniture, lighting, jewellery and home accessories, the event is a place for industry leaders to gather with the widest variety of influential and international designers.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to this vibrant, connected part of London, and to once again be working closely with King’s Cross,” said designjunction’s Director, Mark Gordon in an earlier press release. “Coal Drops Yard has opened since we were last at this location, so there’s a whole new experience we can offer our visitors. This is an incredibly exciting year for designjunction and our return gives us the opportunity to continue working with the best designers in the industry to create fantastic installations.”

For eight years running, designjunction has attracted thousands of architects, interior designers, specifiers, retailers, buyers and consumers to its show doors. Each year its exhibitors make lasting connections with influential figures in the design industry, designed to create partnerships that are made to last.

Hotel Designs will be on the ground throughout London Design Festival with ‘LIVE FROM LDF’ capturing all the news from the exhibition as it happens.

Main image credit: designjunction

Canopy by Hilton arrives in Asia Pacific region

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Canopy by Hilton arrives in Asia Pacific region

Interior design firm CCD has completed the first Canopy by Hilton in Asia Pacific Region, which opens in Chengdu…

Following recent reports of there to be 500 new hotels to arrive in China by 2020, Canopy by Hilton has just debuted in Asia Pacific by opening Canopy by Hilton Chengdu City Centre, with dynamic interiors by Cheng Chung Design (CCD). The first Canopy hotel in Asia Pacific – the property is located in the city that emphasises on the experience of ‘body’, ‘heart’, ‘senses’ and ‘enlightenment’.

The concept of the hotel blends Chinese and Western charms, intertwined with old-fashioned feelings and vitality, elegant and unconventional design, bringing guests a lively Chengdu style and the comfort and warmth of home, with contemporary moments thrown in for good measure.

Art instalment depicting people having their photos taken.

Image credit: Canopy by Hilton

“The design revolves around the story of ‘the scholar goes to the city to take the imperial exam’,” explained designer Joe Cheng. “Traversing the memory corridor of the imperial city, capturing the auspicious details hidden in the green brick wall, on the street view of the market, in the peddler stall and the courtyard.” The history of the hotel has been reconstructed, while exploring and re-writing the new story of the Imperial City memory.

A row of green bamboos is in front of the drop-off area of the hotel, which forms a shadow that can different from the outside world, leaving the prosperous shackles behind, creating a leisurely temperament that calms and slows you down. The design of the door canopy derives from the elements of the arch, and the bags of the ancient scholars, using columns of the wooden strips, interspersed, and laminated to reproduce the beauty of Chinese classical architecture.

Inside, the first floor reception hall is designed as an art exhibition hall, creating a humanistic space under the artistic conception. Up to nine metres tall,  the lobby is an abstract reflection of the historical streetscape of the old imperial city. The streetscape of the past is vividly displayed in front of the guests, under the large art installation of the roof, to open a dialogue of time and space.The chair hanging in the elevator hall is a reproduction of ancient ‘Gongyuan’ scenes by modern artistic techniques. Guests are guided along the roadways (corridors), which are complete with with green bricks, grey tiles and wooden doors.

Large, open and very minimalist lobby with brings as wallcoverings.

Image credit: Canopy by Hilton

In the guestrooms and suites, Canopy’s unique brand colour, bright orange, has been applied throughout the design. The panda in front of each guestroom in different poses gives a further nod to the unique sense-of-location and injects an element of humour. Inside, each room is represented through the quaint texture and exquisite details, showing the calm and unpretentious attitude of life, build a balance in the selection, composition and colour.

Image credit: Canopy by Hilton

The design concept of the guestrooms originated from the idea of “Gong Yuan”and inspired by the film “A Chinese Ghost Story” to connect the whole design to the project. The Canopy brand classic L-shaped bedside, as well as the bedside table inspired by the actor in “A Chinese Ghost Story” Leslie Cheung’s backpack, the shower space of the rice paper laminated glass, also comes from the classic scene of the film – Leslie Cheung breaking through the doors and windows made of Xuan paper, the designer has used the modern techniques to interpret the ancient paper doors and windows, so that the whole design is closely related to the story in terms of form, image and material.

Living green wall inside the hotel - with integrated bookshelf

Image credit: Canopy by Hilton

The hotel also features a number of food and beverage options, including TC Café, the Canopy Lounge and the Leisure Bar, which features a striking floor-to-ceiling living wall with integrated bookshelf to add further to the laid-back luxury feel and tone the hotel sets.

The Canopy by Hilton brand was established in October 2014 as a lifestyle offering under Hilton hotel group. The concept of the brand is guided by ‘lifestyle’, which is dedicated in creating a localised-luxury boutique hotel, providing personalisation.

Main image credit: Canopy by Hilton

GROHE and Mosa partnership celebrates success at Clerkenwell

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GROHE and Mosa partnership celebrates success at Clerkenwell

GROHE enjoyed its second taste of Clerkenwell Design Week in partnership with tile manufacturer, Mosa…

Following a successful collaboration in 2018, GROHE and Mosa reunited once again to celebrate their common heritage around the topic of sustainability. “We are delighted to be able to share our passion for delivering sustainable solutions to the architect and design industry with a like-minded brand such as Mosa“, says Glenn Payne, Head of Projects UK at GROHE.

“Our partnership at Clerkenwell Design Week has highlighted our commitment to sustainability to key figures in the industry, whose influence could pave the way to more eco-aware specification in the future. We felt we offered a real point of difference to the customers and visitors who joined us across the three days, and are excited about the new prospects the event will bring“.

GROHE‘s dedicated projects team met with hundreds of visitors at the festival, from self builders and specifiers to architects and designers, generating some promising new business leads. The festival proved an excellent platform for the brand to leverage its already strong position in the A&D community, to reach new heights. As well as opening its showroom to the thousands of visitors who flocked to the festival last week, GROHE and Mosa also hosted several evening parties and events, including an exclusive dinner presented by GROHE’s partnering chef, Ed Baines.

The bathroom manufacturer has an ever-growing presence in Clerkenwell and thanks to the permanent displays newly revealed at Mosa’s showroom last week, the brand has now firmly cemented its place in the design-centric district.

Hotel Designs recently caught up with Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum, following the company exhibiting at ISH 2019.

GROHE is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

How colour is making a comeback in the bathroom

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How colour is making a comeback in the bathroom

To conclude our time putting bathrooms under the spotlight, Crosswater explains why colour is making a comeback in the hotel bathroom… 

The interior design of a hotel guestroom is extremely important. After all, this is effectively a home-from-home – a place of security to rest after a busy day. Just as universal as the concept of resting and relaxation, is the concept of colour to evoke a particular atmosphere or create a particular environment.

Colour is also one of the most visible aspects of hotel interior design, which has the ability to create a fantastic first impression. The options to do so are seemingly endless – from wallpaper to paint to accessories.

While certain colours usually evoke certain reactions in most people, shade and saturation can also dramatically change the aesthetic of a room. Generally speaking, light colours can make rooms feel lighter and bigger, while dark colours can create a mood of sophistication and intimacy. Blues evoke calmness and serenity, while green creates a vibrant, natural space. Yellow creates a sense of energy, while red can be warm and comforting if used well.

“Consumers are now being drawn to a strong and striking bathroom design.”

The trend for colour isn’t limited to hotel bedrooms, either. Increasingly so, colour is making a comeback in the bathroom too. The all-white bathroom scheme has been a safe and popular option over the years but, after such a long phase of beige, neutral and earthy tones, consumers are now being drawn to a strong and striking bathroom design – one which is more bold, personal and attractive.

Sleek, chic and opulent, a hotel bathroom should be synonymous with modern glamour. A place to relax and unwind in style.

Gold, platinum, brass and copper are being included as metallic accents and design highlights, while black is being used on its own, but also to create a contrast to richer tones.

Close up of tap fitting

Image credit: Crosswater

The key to taking the bathroom to the next level lies in the small, often overlooked, details. Focusing on accessories, taps, showerheads and rails can often create a great impact with a minor amount of bold colour.

The MPRO collection from Crosswater delivers the very best in brassware engineering and is available in a Brushed Brass finish, along with Chrome, Stainless Steel and Matt Black options. Combining superb function and precision design, the result is a complete collection of bathroom mixers, valves and showerheads that meets the exacting standard of today’s modern bathroom.

Close up of marble and gold fittings

Image credit: Crosswater

Celebrating simple lines and an on-trend brushed gold surface, MPRO brings a stylish update to any contemporary bathroom scheme.

A developing theme is that several colours are being used in coordination with each other that might appear, at first glance, to contradict one another in a mixture of styles. In this way, all traditional rules towards interior design and aesthetics have been overruled.

“Crosswater’s new Italy collection is offered in 49 colour combinations and gives life to true customisation in the bathroom.”

People are getting more adventurous and mix-and-matching in their homes, creating individual and bespoke schemes. One of the great things about this approach to hotel design is that it is extremely flexible, providing guests with the luxury of a variation of finishes within one room – plus the idea of mixing materials adds a special interest, richness and depth to a design scheme.

Crosswater’s new Italy collection is offered in 49 colour combinations and gives life to true customisation in the bathroom. Modern forms of the 1920s inspire this brand new range, which combines metals, natural stone and marble – creating a unique character. Designers are able to choose from eight base finishes and seven handle options, and the collection is available in a range of deck, wall-mounted and floor-standing basin, bath and shower mixers.

In this way, when it comes to hotel bathroom décor, designers can combine colours, materials and patterns to create an effect that reflects the hotel’s personality and unique style. Using colour can still be applied to the fine finishes, elegant fittings and timeless accessories to create that luxurious hotel-feel that guests desire – think big and these fearless design choices will help your hotel achieve a unique designer bathroom look.

Crosswater is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

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The value of considered materials in bathroom design

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The value of considered materials in bathroom design

Bathroom specialists Utopia Projects explains why designers and architects should select materials that can be used for any and all surfaces…

It’s becoming increasingly popular among clients to create bathrooms which are fluid in design, using materials which can be utilised for any and all surfaces within the room. Cosentino, a parent company for many own brand materials, have introduced a Bathroom Collection using two of their brands.

The first, Silestone, is the world’s leading quartz surface manufacture. This is mainly due to how durable it is, making it perfect for high traffic areas such as Kitchens and Bathrooms. Dekton is a revolution in stone surfaces, defined as ultra-compact this man made material is highly resistant to stains, impact, heat, pretty much anything.

One of the key characteristics that makes the Silestone & Dekton Bathroom Collection concept unique is its large format. Both materials allow for the creation of a complete bathroom in one single material, giving the space better harmony with aesthetic lines. The nature of these stone materials is low porosity, this combined with minimal joints ensures each surface is extremely hygienic; perfect for a bathroom.

Its collection triumphs with exclusive and revolutionary design in the world of bathrooms, offering custom-made shower trays and basins that fit like a glove into any available space. The sandblasted or soft sandblasted finishes ensure the shower trays’ anti-slip properties, making them completely safe. Silestone and Dekton offer a wide range of colours, enabling your customers to choose a shade that fits in perfectly with their colour scheme and to match their wash-hand basin.

The possibilities of design are endless as most colours are also available in large format tiles for wall and floor cladding, as well as matching niche inserts, shelves, vanity tops, window sills, bath perimeters; pretty much any surface you can think of can be made to match.

Modern, sleek and clean lines in a contemporary white bathroom

Image credit: Utopia Projects

Whether it’s for a single suite bathroom or communal WC, they have the perfect product to transform any bathroom into a warm, welcoming space.

We recently specified one of Cosentino’s basins for our client Hartford Homes, property developers based in the Isle of Man. Its homes are prestigious and completed only using luxury products. As with all Cosentino basins, each is custom made to order, to fit the customers space and design. The company’s specification for Westham Court was nothing less than opulent. With double vanity and walk in spa shower, as well as a freestanding bath which took centre stage in the room, this bathroom was something you would expect in a hotel suite. The specially designed double Reflection basin vanity, produced in Silestone Lyra quartz is seamlessly stunning.

Silestone and Dekton offer a wide range of styles, allowing your customers to choose the colours and textures they love from the 100+ range, whilst enjoying the peace of mind of knowing that the materials fulfil all of their requirements for quality, durability, and hygiene; a minimal number of joints, anti-bacterial protection, and low porosity.

Utopia Projects is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Making a statement in the bathroom with luxe pieces and finishing touches

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Making a statement in the bathroom with luxe pieces and finishing touches

While Hotel Designs is putting the bathroom under the spotlight following ISH 2019, recommended supplier Heritage Bathrooms shares ways in which to make statement using luxe pieces and finishing touches… 

According to the latest hotels forecast from PwC, the number of UK hotel rooms has risen significantly, increasing competition within the industry and providing guests with much greater choice.

And when it comes to the bathroom, these guests are increasingly prioritising hotels which not only have a functional space, but also provide them with a luxury experience that will live long in the memory.

By following some simple steps, this careful balance between functionality and experience-led indulgence can be easily achieved – allowing your guests to enjoy a beautiful, high-end bathroom space made up of bold, statement pieces alongside striking luxe touches.

Modern, quirky bath in contemporary bathroom

Image credit: Heritage Bathrooms

Give the gift of spa-like indulgence

Spa-inspired bathrooms provide guests with a special place to retreat and recharge during their stay. Blurring the lines between vanity areas, bathing areas and the bedroom is key to creating a luxurious spa-like bathroom space.

A statement bath is the epitome of a boutique styling, and a popular choice among hoteliers for bathrooms of all types.

To elegantly combine traditional simplicity with on-trend opulence opt for a stunning freestanding bath such as Heritage’s Madeira. The cast-iron material is also paintable, allowing for designers to select a custom shade of their choice.

Alternatively, a bath with a metallic finish, such as the Hylton from Heritage, provides an instant style statement and is available in copper, gold and stainless-steel effect finishes. The bath is acrylic and a light-weight alternative to traditional cast iron.

For smaller spaces, opt for ‘baby’ versions of roll top baths, which are smaller than the standard size and provide spa style that fits the space without compromising on luxury. We recommend styling a freestanding bath in the centre of a bathroom alongside a display table with toiletries to hand.

Evoke boudoir glamour with a bold basin

Bathroom basins are often viewed as a basic essential and can be overlooked when considering statement styling. However, a bold, on-trend basin can provide a striking, but subtle, focal point for a washroom space. A period inspired basin is an easy way to add a traditional twist to a more contemporary space, creating a boutique styled finish.

Double console basins work well in guest bathrooms and are especially ideal for guests travelling as a couple, with dual sinks and taps helping to minimise stress and create a harmonious atmosphere. The Victoria double console basin from Heritage bathrooms is a beautiful example of this style. The design draws inspiration from the Victorian era with beautiful, curved sculpted legs which offer a striking upgrade to a standard pedestal, giving an on-trend twist to traditional styling.

Alternatively, for rooms where space is not an obstacle, two identical basins in a ‘his and hers’ formation can be used to create a Jack and Jill style arrangement.  Increasingly in demand, this design will not only aid busy morning routines, but each guest will also benefit from their own personal area and additional space for toiletries.

Single basins, such as the Blenheim Console Basin from Heritage, can also provide standout boutique bathroom styling. The Blenheim showcases a wider single basin with sleek, delicately tapered legs, combining sharp angles with sumptuous curves and is reminiscent of the Baroque era, evoking boudoir glamour.

A rainfall inspired shower is an invigorating addition to a bathroom space and a popular choice for those seeking to recreate a personal, daily spa-like experience. Choose a shower with a large eight-inch rose, such as the Avenbury exposed shower by Heritage Bathrooms, for a luxurious, drenching soak.

Image credit: Heritage Bathrooms

With wet-room styled showers becoming increasingly desirable, it’s worth considering replacing shower trays with simple tiling and a glass partition to create a stylish, open plan finish. This walk-in design has a number of benefits, providing guests of all ages with ease of access and plenty of space to bathe while also making a bold style statement.

While well-chosen sanitaryware is key to the styling of the room, the smaller accessories and finishes are also vital to achieving an overall feeling of high-end luxury.  It’s important to consider how the accessories will coordinate and add to the overall styling of the bathroom space.

Stylish brassware in unique finishes, such as Heritage’s Mother of Pearl inlayed Gracechurch taps, can play a key role in achieving a high-end look – transforming taps and showers from practical items into jewellery for the bathroom. Pairing these with soft pink hues and cooler colours like greys and mints is an ideal way to make your metallics shine.

Where possible, hoteliers should look to add practical items in on-trend colours to add interest and a more sumptuous feel to the space. Shelving, statement taps, toothbrush holders and mirrors are all small, but necessary accessories that can help to transform the ambience of a bathroom.

Using mirrors in the bathroom is not only practical, but also helps to bounce light around the room which is perfect for smaller bathrooms where there is no natural light. A plain mirror, white paint or white storage might seem like an obvious choice to keep a room feeling bright, but these will only add to the clinical feel. Instead, consider an oversized statement mirror which will add an element of boutique personality and charm to the space.

With a large mirror, it is important that it’s positioned to reflect and amplify your key statement piece. For example, if you have a statement freestanding bath like Heritage Bathrooms’ Penrose, then by placing a mirror behind it you create double the impact it would have on its own. They can also be used to showcase and accentuate statement wallpapers by reflecting the pattern back into the room.

Another way to turn a bathroom a place of luxury escapism for guests, is to create a blend of the bathroom and bedroom in the design. Complementing an opulent mirror with a gilded vintage upholstered chair, antique lanterns and warm metallic accessories can result in a stunning dressing room-come-boudoir space.

For more inspirational tips and Heritage Bathroom’s full range of gorgeous bathroom products visit www.heritagebathrooms.com

Concept to Completion: Nicky Dobree creating Plaza 18 (part three)

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Concept to Completion: Nicky Dobree creating Plaza 18 (part three)

While Hotel Designs is exclusively following Plaza 18’s creation, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in on designer Nicky Dobree as the project is just weeks from completing…

With her sleeves rolled up, designer Nicky Dobree is on the home straight in the race to design her first hotel project. The finish line, which is getting closer and closer by the day, is nestled within Vejer, which is one of the many white towns of Andalucia.

The new six-key boutique hotel will shelter a home from home, adjacent to the palm-filled Plaza de Espana landmark. Inspired, in part, by Dobree’s travels, the authentic surrounding landscape and even the smell of orange blossom, the boutique jewel will shelter an unmatched luxury setting.

While the full details of the project are heavily under wraps (for now at least), part three of Plaza 18’s concept to completion feature focuses on the final preparations to create an unmatched home-from-home boutique hotel.

Hamish Kilburn: How does travel influence your interpretation on design? 
Nicky Dobree: Travel hugely influences my design and expands my creative perspective. I am fortunate to have travelled extensively and to have lived abroad for many years. I therefore find that I regularly draw on my love of travel to add to the layers of my design. Inspiration can come from anything and everything, be it the local smell of the orange blossom in Vejer to its moorish architectural roots.

HK: How far in the process are you with Plaza 18? 
ND: The end is in sight and we are receiving bookings for the summer.

HK: What can go wrong and what are the major challenges at this stage in the project?
ND: Hopefully not a lot can go wrong at this stage that we are not able to resolve. Timing is key. We’ve just had Easter, which the Spanish take very seriously so the team will break for a couple of weeks. On the positive, the team have returned with a fresh eye to complete the finishes ready for us to install and open.

HK:Do you ever find it difficult to leave a project behind once it’s completed? 
ND: I always find it difficult leaving a project behind and handing it over. It’s like giving birth and handing over your baby. With Plaza 18, I hope that many get to enjoy it and look after it as if were their own.

Various images of bedrooms, door fittings and art

Image caption: Moodboard for Plaza 18

HK: This is your first hotel that you have designed, will there be others? 
ND: I very much hope so. I have really enjoyed the new challenges this project has given me. I really love the art of creating a space and above all an atmosphere that will hopefully make people want to return.

Hotel Designs has been following Dobree on the completion of her first ever hotel. Click here to read part one. Click here to read part two.

In Conversation With: Patricia Urquiola on Laufen’s latest bathroom collection

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In Conversation With: Patricia Urquiola on Laufen’s latest bathroom collection

As Hotel Designs continues its month putting Bathrooms under the spotlight, editor Hamish Kilburn sits down with designer Patricia Urquiola to understand more about her latest collection reveal with Laufen…

Patricia Urquiola is no stranger to Laufen, as the Spanish designer celebrated at ISH 2019 the launch of her third – yes third – generation of SaphirKeramik, and by doing so has created the new collection, Sonar.

Rediscovering the formal scope of the bathroom – and designed to be insurmountable in bathroom aesthetics – the expressive Sonar collection has already gone on to win an iF Design Award. The material, SaphirKeramik, was first used by the designer for Laufen in 2013 in novel washbasin designs that were simply not possible using conventional bathroom ceramics. Six years later, the material has been used in the brand’s Sonar collection and now offers even greater variety thanks to the addition of more washbasins, WCs, a bidet, a new bathtub and a suite of bathroom furniture.

I recently sat down with the designer in order to understand the context of Sonar as well as what she thinks the future holds for international bathroom design.

Hamish Kilburn: Why do you think more attention is being payed to the design of the bathroom within international hotel design?
Patricia Urquiola: I think that more attention is being payed to all aspects of hospitality and not just bathrooms. Hotel design is now all about an experience that one wants to transmit to the unknown user, and bathrooms are no exception. The design of the bathroom in a hotel project is very important, it is part of the whole room space, of the experience that a certain room can offer in terms of relax and wellbeing.

modern bathroom with colour and slick design

Image credit: Laufen

HK: What are your thoughts on color in the bathroom?
PU: My approach to colour, for bathrooms and every aspect of a project, is not absolute; it very much depends on the project. At times, color is central and it is therefore given a lot of importance and space, it becomes essential for forms to come to life. Other times, palettes are a lot more intimate with very little color and more attention to textures or materials. For example, the bathrooms at Room Mate Hotel Giulia in Milano are extremely colorful, they reflect the language that we used throughout the whole project.  On the other hand, for a recent project in Mumbai in which we featured the Sonar collection, the focus isn’t on color but rather on materials and textures: marble and wood contrast beautifully with the ceramic of the collection.

HK: How has SONAR evolved? What’s changed, in regards to bathroom technology, since the first generation of SONAR?
PU: Sonar is manufactured using a high-tech ceramic material called SaphirKeramik, a material developed by Laufen that allows for the ceramic to be very thin for an industrial product. When I started my collaboration with the brand it had already been used for previous collections, what I wanted to do was to really exploit the material’s characteristics: strong yet light, it has a glow to it and a certain amount of detail can be incorporated. I wanted to work with all these positive aspects of SaphirKeramik and experiment with three-dimensional surfaces, to try and add spatial volumes to it.

“I think that in 30 years’ time things will be very different, from the houses we will live in, the cars we will drive, the hotels we will stay in…” – Patricia Urquiola

HK: The inspiration for your latest collection was ‘soundwaves that spread in water’…Was this a lightbulb moment, and if so – when and where were you at the time?
PU: Usually inspiration comes to me in waves of moments, images, trips, people… it is hard to pinpoint it to a specific time. The strictness of architectural minimalism was definitely on my mind, a sense of lines, purity and geometry. But also water, its energy and its dynamic movement that never stops. The meeting point of these two ideas is the inspiration behind the Sonar collection, sort of a game between such contrasting shapes, between softness and severity. The lines etched on the exterior of the pieces fade on one end, disappearing back into the material, just like the waves in the ocean.

HK: In your eyes, what does the bathroom of the future (say 30 years from now) look like?
PU: That is very hard to imagine! I think that in 30 years’ time things will be very different, from the houses we will live in, the cars we will drive, the hotels we will stay in… we are moving towards a smarter future, things will be more specialised, personalised, mobile. Frameworks and systems will become more complex and we all will learn to navigate them. We are already seeing a very big change in materials, in how we make them and reuse them and this will also affect architectural projects, the way in which bathrooms will be designed and built will change radically. Spaces and functions are becoming hybrid, they are being redefined because our focus is shifting towards functionality.

Laufen is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Lighting contemporary bathrooms with Vaughan

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Lighting contemporary bathrooms with Vaughan

The Vaughan bathroom wall light collection offers a wide selection of carefully designed and engineered IP44 rated wall lights in a variety of decorative styles…

Whether a project requires contemporary designs either side of a wash basin or a more classic decorative scheme – the Vaughan wall light range offer designs to cover all schemes. The Sudbury bathroom wall light, available in brass, nickel or chrome is a popular design from the Vaughan range.

Defined by its classic scroll arm and oval fluted and scalloped backplate, this wall light is designed to be used with a lampshade to achieve a soft, diffused light.

The Sudbury has recently been chosen for bathrooms in two leading London hotels, The Ned and The Goring, and also internationally in the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg and Le Bristol in Paris.

The Art Deco inspired Olympia bathroom wall light has also featured in many recent hotel projects, such as the Blakeney Hotel in Norfolk and Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva.   Available in nickel or chrome, both designs have opaline frosted glass to diffuse and soften the light.

To view the entire bathroom wall light collection, please visit the website.

Vaughan is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE

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The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE

Post-ISH, Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum, sits down with Hotel Designs to explain how its latest innovations are vastly reshaping the bathroom industry. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes…

If one were to imagine the bathroom industry as a quiet, glass-like lake, surrounded by tranquil surroundings, then ISH 2019 was a competition between creatives on who could make the greatest and loudest splash with just one throw.

While some manufacturers opted to hurl large rocks at the water, GROHE on the other hand decided to make its impact in numbers, by launching more than 500 new innovations and arguably creating the largest ripple effect, which has ultimately disrupted conventional bathroom designs as we know them today.

Ensuring that each product that launched skimmed across the surface, GROHE had a strategic throw to avoid it become submerged in the noise of the show. Its latest collections were designed around five mega trends, ‘new living spaces’, ‘consumers become creators’, ‘simplicity seekers – the search for simplicity’, ‘taking control’, and ‘intelligent life management’. The man leading the innovation of each product is Michael Seum, the Vice President of Design at GROHE, who describes his role simply as “connecting the creative horsepower design team to a business need.”

Image credit: Grohe/ISH 2019

Seum, who is the bridge between the innovators and the board at the company, knows more than anyone that the bathroom products of today will help to shape the way in which all buildings and hotels that are conceived in the future. “We identified big shifts in society, technology and the rise in rejecting single-use objects,” he explains. “We wanted to understand the mindset of consumers and concluded that we should be giving consumers the ability to take better control over the environment and one large framework was built around looking at the consumer, identifying a problem or strain and coming up with a solution.”

Once the solution has been established and visualised, Seum can unleash his weapon; his world-class team of in-house designers to create a new direction in bathroom design. “We honestly go through about 100 prototypes before the end user sees the result of a finished product ready for market,” Seum explains. “Within these, we explore different means of technology and this really in the power of design at GROHE. In a low fidelity way, we can sketch and build a product that can help to get the industry flowing in a certain way.”

QUICK-FIRE ROUND

Hamish Kilburn: I now have in my head that your house is full of prototypes… Am I correct?
Michael Seum: That’s funny. Unfortunately not, my house is actually very minimalist – think Nordic and simple.

HK: What is your biggest bugbear in design?
MS: lack of originality. In our sector in particular, things are copied a lot

HK: Should designers strive to put more colour in the bathroom?
MS: Absolutely!

HK: What is the number-one travel item you cannot travel without?
MS: Books, my headphones and my sketchbook

HK: What is your favourite trend at the moment?
MS: Lightweight furniture!

HK: Where’s next on your travel bucket list?
MS: Surfing in Portugal!

HK: In your opinion, what is the number-one tool for success in this industry?
MS: Learning and understanding the customer experience!

HK: Sustainability is a huge driving force in what you are doing. Is there a hotel that stands out in your mind as being built purely to be sustainable?
MS: Yes, actually. Zuri Zanzibar, which was designed by Jestico + Whiles, is really cool!

The bathroom industry is arguably the most congested sectors in interior design. Staying ahead in such a landscape takes true innovation and not being afraid to disrupt the current lay of the land – something that Seum does with ease. “Our products are not inspired by the bathroom industry,” he says. “Instead, I am more interested to look outside the boundaries of bathroom design and towards wider trends in, for example, lifestyle, fashion and lighting.

Image credit: Grohe

With bathroom manufacturers specifically, there has been a rise in the number of companies that are welcoming outside renowned designers and architects to inspire the look of new collections, but for Seum who is a former design consultant himself, the demand for this at GROHE is non-existent. “I’m not critiquing the designers when I say this, but I am yet to find a designer who has worked on a collection with a bathroom manufacturer that has done anything to conserve water and/or to eliminate single-use plastics,” he explains. “Therefore, its clear that these collaborations are aimed to purely add aesthetics to a product.”

The result of GROHE’s presence at ISH is that the company has defiantly launched products that are tailored to the needs of consumers as well as architects, interior designers and hotel investors. Creating intelligent water solutions to transform lives for the better, Seum and his team is succeeding in providing products that have the power to help designers build and create more intelligent and sustainable hotels around the world.

Main image credit: GROHE

Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019

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Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019

To kick-start our month of putting bathrooms under the spotlight, Utopia Projects reviews ISH 2019 by sharing its highlights of the show… 

In March, the world’s largest bathroom and heating trade fair, ISH, took place in Frankfurt Germany. With the exhibition taking place every two years, ISH this year attracted around 190,000 visitors all in search for the latest innovations. We took a handful of our clients across for the event to see what some of the world’s leading bathroom manufacturers had on offer.

The most evident trend across many of the manufacturers was digital products with integrated home automation. As with many industries technology is becoming increasingly important, and it is clear that this will be a big feature in forthcoming bathrooms. It was great to see colour feature heavily in many of the displays, with several brands presenting various colour options within their ceramic ranges; Villeroy & Boch, Roca and Laufen ranges were all offering strong and subtle tones for sanitaryware.

Including colour into your bathroom is a fantastic way to put a twist on the monochromatic trend that has been sweeping the interior design world for the past few years. A popular colour choice was black; a bold way to create a sultry and high-end space. Colour accents didn’t stop there either, with many of the manufacturers beginning to increase their special finishes beyond just taps, to shower heads, wastes and accessories. Brands such as Gessi and Victoria & Albert have introduced strong metal finishes within their brassware collections, which will create some drama in public area specifications. Having a wide array of finishes to choose from allows every element of a bathroom to be personalised to specific taste. This is due to the Brassware ranges on offer being now being in such a wide variety of finishes.

“Using large format solid surfaces, such as quartz, is becoming quite popular.”

Seamless design was another trend which we saw beginning to come through, and using large format solid surfaces, such as quartz, is becoming quite popular. These bespoke solid surfaces offer infinite design possibilities allowing every bathroom surface to be manufactured from one material, with minimal joints, creating a visually stunning design.

From all the brands displayed at ISH, a stand that really stood out to us was Gessi. This was due to their fantastic designs, not only for their products. The stand was innovative and eye catching, helping you envision how you can push boundaries for design. Gessi’s themeing for its stand was seemingly avant garde, yet on trend, following the popular outdoor-indoor trend in terms of rain showers, deep basins and large plants to finish.

Dornbracht and Alape took a very different approach to their stand, but was nonetheless as enticing. Both of their approach was subtle in comparison, teasing you into wanting to see and know more about the products. A final stand we were inspired by was by Roca. The company displayed their products as complete rooms allowing us to see variation in products as well as visualise them from a designers prospective. The video demonstration we watched on the stand of one of the mirrors showed us how futuristic and advanced the technology of a simple product can be, which is very exciting from a design point of view. We also saw that Emco is offering a lighting system which can be fully customised, even down to the shaver mirror and mirror cabinet, by one switch, to create mood and ambiance for a totally unique bathroom experience.

A final point we found interesting whilst at ISH was something which is very prominent in society today. Taking the theme of sustainability in its stride was GROHE, which launched products following a close look at consumer behaviour. By launching no less than 500 new innovations, the company’s new collections challenges conventional design of bathroom products and offers sustainable solutions designed to give consumers the ability to take better control. Roca also talked about how it is appealing to make its showers more environmentally friendly. The company plans on integrating digital showers into hotels in order to offer an incentive for users to take shorter showers for discount on future hotel stays. Multiple companies, not just Roca, are interested in monitoring how we consume water in homes, hotels and businesses, resulting in a large impact on the environment.

In conclusion, ISH once again gave an impressive demonstration of its importance for German and international visitors and exhibitors. The next ISH will be held in Frankfurt am Main from March 22 to 26, 2021.

Utopia Projects is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Main image credit: Messe Frankfurt/ISH 2019

Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

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Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

Taking place yesterday at Hilton London Tower Bridge, the Interior Design & Architecture Summit sheltered some interesting debates for designers and architects – all of which looped back to the elephant-in-the-room topic, sustainability in our hotels and cities…

The sold-out inaugural Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) took place yesterday at the Hilton London Tower Bridge.

The event, which allowed visionary designers and architects the ability to meet face-to-face with key-industry suppliers, included a speakership programme curated with the aim to put relevant topics under the spotlight.

IDAS 2019 started with an engaging presentation by Constantina Tsoutsikou, the Creative Director at HBA London, who discussed ‘Playfullness & Personality in Hospitality Design’. In addition to referencing key projects to exemplify her points, Tsoutsikou made reference to creative boundaries of modern designers. “Many designers have forgotten how to sketch by hand,” she told the audience. “If we rely on computers then we have forgotten a skill that is very valuable.”

“The reality is that the brief from hotels, investors and operators is never – or very rarely – to build a sustainable hotel.” – Constantina Tsoutsikou, the Creative Director at HBA London

Joining the visionary on the sofa, editor Hamish Kilburn followed the presentation with a live Q&A and it became clear that sustainability was to be a dominating topic to be explored throughout the day. “The reality is that the brief from hotels, investors and operators is never – or very rarely – to build a sustainable hotel,” Tsoutsikou explained. “When consumers start choosing hotels on this credential then developers will follow, and this is happening slowly.”

The designer explained how an ‘open window’ approach during projects – ensuring that the hotels on the boards evolve with ideas and themes throughout from concept to completion – has allowed her and her team to really inject each property they touch with ample personality and, of course, apt sense of place. “Take Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, for example. It has a dutch soul,” she explained. We enriched the level of comfort in the atrium by creating ‘islands’, each providing a distinct experience within the Axis Lobby: reception, lounge library, tech lounge and cocktail bar. Each area is defined by a carpet with a design inspired by the sediment-laden islands and waterways between coastal dunes on the southern coast of the Netherlands.

From one inspirational creative to another, Yasmine Mahmoudieh was invited to take the second speaker session of the day, exploring Hotels of the Future. Following extensive research into the changing behavior of modern hotel guests, Mahmoudieh explained how she has seen – from both a design and an architecture point of view – a large demand in creating intelligent flexible spaces. Mahmoudieh explained that the hotels of the future will house all facilities – for working, living and socialising – under one roof. “New ways of living and working are being developed all over the world,” she said. “Therefore, the need for social interaction has never been as prevalent. It is partly due to social media and the alienation and the loneliness, especially young people feel.”

Returning back to the theme of responsible design, Mahmoudieh, when joined on the sofa by Kilburn, started to highlight the importance of sustainability in architecture and explained the value of finding new eco-friendly materials. “I-MESH, for example, is an innovative material invented to assume a leading position in the field of solar protection indoors/outdoors,” she said. “Its physical, technological, formal characteristics together with its high aesthetical potential makes it eligible as a proper architectural material. It outclasses metallic grids for its design versatility and sustainability; it’s an easily custom made mesh in line with the architectural thought, with the story of the commissioning client, with the brand.”

Following an afternoon of face-to-face meetings with suppliers from the likes of Marco Corona, Hamilton Litestat (recommended supplier), Mitre Linen (recommended supplier), Gessi (recommended supplier), Cole & Sons and many more, the audience gathered for the final session of the day. In the panel discussion entitled ‘The Rising Ceiling of Creativity’, Kilburn was joined on the sofa by Moritz Waldemeyer (lighting designer and recommended supplier), Charles Leon (architect and Past-President, BIID), Gilly Craft (interior designer and President, BIID), Yasmine Mahmoudieh (interior designer/architect) and Robin Sheppard (CEO of Bespoke Hotels). Looking at the creative boundaries faced currently by the industry as well as ‘futuregazing’ towards the hotel room of the future, the panel debated consumer behavior, sustainability in design and how to create authentic installations within hotel design.

Following the success of yesterday’s event, details around next year’s IDAS will be announced shortly.

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GESSI launches bathroom showers inspired by ’90s Hi-Fi systems

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GESSI launches bathroom showers inspired by ’90s Hi-Fi systems

Hi-Fi by Gessi unites design and technology in a contemporary and original collection, perfect for furnishing the bathroom as a room of wellness, beauty and living well, according to the brand philosophy…

With the creativity that distinguishes it, Gessi has created a product to “play” with the water in the search for its rhythm, through a selection system of functions, flow and thermostatic shower mixer that has the aesthetic of a 1990s stereo system.

A bit vintage, a bit futuristic, the new button operated embedded or external Hi-Fi systems are the right compromise between sophisticated technological research, minimalism and functionality. Pressing “play” allows guests to do just that – play, and with the product. Gessi brings its sound, its lightness and vitality to the home-from-home hotel with a pinch of irony that is already a promise of happiness.

The stereo-inspired shower unit

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The Gessi Hi-Fi System shower columns, with its linear design, overturns the concept of the column, hybridising it with the typical form of the shower panel, but with totally external installation, without embedded elements. The column/panel section, in 4 mm thick glass, like the shelf, is offset from the latter, and contains the thermostatic controls, with a highly sophisticated architectural effect. Available with rainfall, waterfall and directional shower kit functionality, these sculptural wellbeing objects are also equipped with a handshower attacked with a magnetic and variable position system.

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Heritage Bathrooms blends eras to create the wow factor in the bathroom

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Heritage Bathrooms blends eras to create the wow factor in the bathroom

Heritage Bathrooms’ bold mix and match styling of the Victoria Suite has been recognised as one of the stand out images at this year’s Best of Houzz Awards…

The inspirational design and interiors from Heritage Bathrooms put a spotlight on the statement design, which is a stunning example of how to blend old and new interiors styling.

This look is on trend and full of character, creating a beautiful and timeless space that your guests will simply want to while away the hours during their stay. As evidenced by the Houzz-awarded design, it looks beautiful paired with bold, Baroque floral wallpapers.

In honour of this trend, Charlie Williams, interior designer at Heritage Bathrooms, shares her top five tips on how hoteliers can create stunning bathroom spaces for guests by blending traditional and contemporary design.

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Work with prints & patterns

Elegant florals and bold botanical wallpaper prints can bring a traditional twist to even the most ultra-modern of bathroom suites. This image of the Victoria Suite by Heritage Bathrooms, which featured in Houzz’s Best of 2019, is a beautiful example of how patterned wallpaper can be used with a standard basin, toilet and fitted bath to create a sleek and charming look.

Alternatively, traditional pieces, such as a Victorian style high-rise basin, can be off-set with on-trend geometric patterned tiling. Classic chequer board tiling is also guaranteed to bring a timeless aesthetic to any style of bathroom suite.

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FEATURE: “Industrial bathrooms are here to stay,” say bathroom experts

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FEATURE: “Industrial bathrooms are here to stay,” say bathroom experts

Following ISH this month, PR and marketing firm Esprit breaks down why industrial bathrooms are not going anywhere soon in international hotel design…

Historically a 20th Century style, the industrial trend has a new look and feel.

No longer relegated to offices or loft style apartments, industrial design elements can be seen all over the home even in the bathroom.

“This somewhat harsh, gritty, uniquely urban, style has evolved.”

The original industrial trend has been around for years; but this somewhat harsh, gritty, uniquely urban, style has evolved.  The most obvious aspects such as rough textures, weathered surfaces, concrete, exposed brick and pipe work can look a little harsh in the home.  The use of muted and matt colours, such cool greys, blacks and anthracite work well, helping to achieve a “softer” Industrial look.

The use of metals including steel and aluminium, in both product design and construction, sets the scene, whilst dim lighting and brushed metal drains with matching bathroom accessories completes the industrial vibe.

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The versatile, Nexsys Shower Solution is an innovative, award-winning four-in-one system which can be installed immediately, there are 17 different surface colour options including Cantania Grey Matt and City-Anthracite Matt, these can then be combined with five different waste channels variants.

The delicate filigree design of the free standing Miena washbasin made from a single layer of Kaldewei’s superior steel enamel perfectly complements an industrial style bathroom, due to its simplistic form and shape.

The industrial look in the bathroom can be further enhanced with a radiator from VASCO.  Providing a combination of energy efficiency and warmth VASCO radiators are available in variety of contemporary colours and textures; including Metallic Grey, Grey Aluminium, Anthracite Grey and Slate Grey.

Select from edgier, textured radiators such as the Bryce or the Carre which can be supplied as a curved radiator and further endorses this trend with its narrow bar design.

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Dark, industrial colour accents never fail to impress. By adding a contemporary, monochrome element, AQATA’s Matte Black Collection is a new addition to their successful Design Solutions range, available on DS400 shower screens and DS440 double entry shower screens. As well as matte black profiles and steady bars, there are also three glass patterns; grid, horizontal and border designs available.

In collaboration with sieger design, Duravit’s latest Happy D.2 Plus series reflects current industrial trends in colours, design and finishes. The above-counter washbasins striking individuality comes from the new striking two-tone colour variants of Anthracite Matt and glossy White. The colour concept of Happy D.2 Plus extends to toilets and bidets, with the interior of the toilets finished in glossy Anthracite for optimum hygiene.

Duravit’s Stonetto shower tray is designed to give the appearance of stripped back, water–worn stone, available in lighter shades, when used in anthracite or concrete gives the bathroom an edgier industrial feel.

Image of various industrial products from the range

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Finally, for maximum impact, Unidrain’s award-winning Reframe Collection brings together the finishing touches to an urban bathroom with their Scandinavian inspired designer accessories including; soap shelf, towel bar, toilet brush. The Reframe Collection mixes sleek design with metallic tones, available in five different colours including; Black, Copper, Brass and Brushed and Polished Stainless Steel.

Hotel Designs will be focusing the spotlight on the bathrooms this May and is currently acccepting editorial ideas. To submit your news/feature ideas, please email the editorial desk.

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Kohler announces plans for Milan Design Week 2019

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Bathroom brand Kohler has lifted the lid on its sensory plans for Milan Design Week from April 9 – 13…

Kohler will return to Milan Design Week to host an enticing sensory experience inside the historic Palazzo Del Senato (via Senato, 10, 20121 Milan, Italy). The large-scale immersive exhibit will showcase the bathroom brand’s bold approach to design and its products through an artful combination of water, technology, texture, and color. The installation will be open April 9 through April 13 from 10am – 7pm daily.

“Milan Design Week is the ultimate celebration of creativity and innovation among the global design community,” said Jim Lewis, Vice President of Kohler Kitchen and Bath Global Marketing. “The energy and spirit of the event make it the perfect place to explore new ideas and celebrate our latest design expressions with an inspirational audience of designers from around the world.”

Nature will play a pivotal role with the inclusion of a “digital garden” at the entrance of the exhibit as well as an infinity garden that whimsically juxtaposes Kohler’s Smart Home collection. Kohler’s space will also feature a bar and lounge area for guests to relax and recharge.

Additionally, Kohler will use the Palazzo as the platform for the launch of the company’s second global design theme, Experiential Luxury, an examination of the details and layers that create rich and dynamic environments.

Products featured at this year’s exhibition include the latest from Kohler Co. brands KOHLER, KALLISTA and ANN SACKS.

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Smart home/Smart hotel

Intelligent Toilets offer the perfect combination of sophisticated design and unmatched technology to deliver the finest in personal comfort and cleansing. Extensive customisation – from ambient lighting and wireless music to temperature control, create a truly personalised experience.

Digital Showering transforms users’ daily routine by allowing customisation down to the tiniest detail. It invites users to orchestrate spray experiences, steam, music and lighting to create a personalized escape. Kohler’s portfolio of Smart Room products help create the world’s smartest bathrooms.

Color, material, finish

With a full range of colors, Kohler finishes visually set the tone for any space’s story and convey a unique personality. A two-tone finish with etched patterns – launching on the Components Collection – offers a beautiful, subtle gradient between two finishes with a precise graphic pattern. A wide range of colors and detailed graphics continue to draw the eye in for a beautiful, decorative impact.

Steeped in Japanese culture, Kensho conveys the story of decorative stitching known as sashiko by using patterns etched in stone. It also leverages the Italian etching technique known as acqueforti, marrying metals and marbles to create a distinctive level of ornamentation. The shape is gorgeous, the real stone adds texture and variation, and the decorative techniques are stunning.

With precise cuts and ultra-flat surfaces, the Parallel Collection of faucets and accessories brings sophistication to the modern bathroom through controlled expression. The dichotomy of round and square forms is unified by characteristic angles that deliver beautiful reflections and precise alignment. Smaller details deliver character originality and heighten the collection to a higher level of sophistication.

In partnership with parent company, Kohler Co., ANN SACKS debuts The Crackle Collection by Kohler WasteLAB, an innovative tile series that employs Kohler’s unfired pottery cull as its medium, transforming the waste into a responsive tile body. Handcrafted in the WasteLAB located in the Kohler, Wis. enamel factory, the bespoke collection was one of the initiatives spun from the Kohler Innovation for Good program.

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GROHE Shapes the Future of Water 500 innovations at ISH 2019

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GROHE welcomed guests to its innovative stand showcasing the ‘Future of Water’ at ISH 2019… 

Consumers are fundamentally changing how they define and use their living spaces in both the home and in the hotel environment. GROHE has identified five mega trends as consumers have risen from passive consumption to taking control over the creation of new living spaces and have become creators themselves in seeking simplicity and intelligent product solutions. Today, more than ever, product innovation and design depend on an empathetic understanding of these trends as consumers are inclined to choose integrated solutions over single products. GROHE gave an impressive account of its journey in reflecting the five mega trends in its offering to consumers and customers during its keynote event at the start of the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. With a record number of 500 single new products GROHE surprised its customers and consumers with solutions that actively shape the future of water.

3D metal-printing will revolutionise the water experience in the home

A unique formula of granules has been exclusively developed by GROHE for its 3D metal-printers located at its Hemer manufacturing site in Germany. “The design of our new faucets GROHE Atrio Icon 3D and GROHE Allure Brilliant Icon 3D are beyond belief. They make the unthinkable possible,” Michael Rauterkus, CEO GROHE AG, said. “What you see is the future of design. For consumers, it’s the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalisation. We believe that 3D metal-printing will revolutionise the water experience in the home. It’s the ultimate blend of customisation and industrial production.”

 “Consumer expectations are changing to a great extent”- Michael Rauterkus, CEO, GROHE AG

Changing requirements as consumers become creators

The boundaries between the individual living areas are becoming more blurred. The kitchen is often part of the living room, the bathroom opens up to the bedroom and both are becoming important living spaces instead of purely functional ones. When designing their own living space, consumers pay much more attention to detail in the bathroom and the kitchen than ever before. Consequently, bathroom and kitchen products have become household furnishings that allow consumers to express their individual style and preferences. As the first European leading sanitary brand to launch 3D metal-printed faucets, GROHE breaks with the old principle of form following function and combines cutting-edge technology with spectacular design. It is an impressive statement of GROHE’s willingness and ability to shape the future of water and accompany its customers and consumers on their journey to create the living spaces they desire. “Consumer expectations are changing to a great extent”, said Rauterkus, as he delivered his keynote speech in front of 350 international journalists and invited guests. “GROHE is shaping the future of water, in terms of design and innovation, both analogue and digital, giving our customers and our consumers the building blocks they need to harness the power and the beauty of water – as a tailored experience wherever they enjoy water.” Whilst new living spaces evolve around the bathroom and the kitchen, consumers are often confronted with an unwanted complexity in the creation process.

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GROHE helps customers in seeking simplicity – creation without complexity

The search for simplicity in terms of easy and intuitive solutions is met with a new minimalism to people’s homes. GROHE clearly positioned itself as a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions, supporting consumers in becoming creators without having to deal with complexity. Its products combine quality with a stunning range of colors and materials: from faucets, showers and ceramics, to kitchen faucets, sinks, accessories and flush plates. “Nobody else offers, across the whole product range, the quality and durability in so many colors that bathrooms and kitchens require”, emphasised Rauterkus. Essence, GROHE’s newly introduced and first ceramic line that includes bathtubs, is a perfect showcase of the new minimalism and search for simplicity, showing beauty in its purest form. The design line’s characteristics are its gentle organic forms that are based on their reduction to the essentials. But minimalism by GROHE goes far beyond design, it means also the intuitive handling and easy installation of products. The new GROHE Rapido SmartBox provides architects, planners and installers with an infinite number of possible solutions with just one concealed installation solution: For maximum efficiency and planning flexibility, the concealed installation can be combined not only with the innovative shower system GROHE SmartControl but also with thermostats and single-lever mixers, offering a universal solution for all requirements.

“Overall GROHE introduced a record number of innovations and more than 500 single new products that address the five mega trends.”

A new connected eco system for water security and water management

At ISH two years ago, GROHE launched its first Internet of Things (IoT) solution, GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard. Today, GROHE is pioneering digitisation in the sanitary industry and extends its competence well beyond sanitary hardware solutions. At the ISH 2019 keynote, GROHE announced a new generation of GROHE Sense water sensors and the launch of GROHE Sense Guard Pro, which is optimised for use in multi-family homes and high-rise residential buildings. Installed on both the cold and hot water pipes, it offers water security and provides accurate water consumption data directly onto mobile devices via the GROHE Sense App. This also means that there is full visibility of water and energy consumption, allowing consumers to take control. Moreover, with the combination GROHE Sense Guard and Sense Guard Pro, the global brand is now able to help prevent water damage in 90 percent of the residential market. The GROHE Sense system has created a disruptive new business model for GROHE as well as for installers and new business partners such as insurance and property management companies. “We are creating an intelligent platform, the biggest ecosystem for water security and water management, which will allow our industry partners worldwide, such as insurance companies, to implement new business models”, said Rauterkus.

Largest innovation push of GROHE to date at ISH

Overall GROHE introduced a record number of innovations and more than 500 single new products that address the five mega trends ‘new living spaces’, ‘consumers become creators’, ‘simplicity seekers – the search for simplicity’, ‘taking control’, and ‘intelligent life management’. It is the biggest innovation push of GROHE so far – tailored to the needs of consumers as well as professional partners such as architects, installers, insurers and smart home experts. “As GROHE stands for Water, Intelligence, and Enjoyment, we are creating intelligent water solutions that transform lives for the better”, highlighted Michael Rauterkus. “Most importantly, we are transforming the experience of water itself”.

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Duravit wins iF DESIGN AWARD for XSquare bathroom furniture range

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Duravit continues to confirm the success of its innovative bathroom products by winning an iF Design Award… 

Duravit was among the winners at this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD; the award went to the XSquare bathroom furniture series, created by Duravit in conjunction with the designer Kurt Merki Jr.

The XSquare furniture range is both impressive and striking, with contemporary, elegant style. The quadrant-shaped chrome profile which edges the furniture emphasizes its characteristic design. On the floor-standing model, the transition from the body of the furniture to the base is absolutely seamless.

The chrome profile accentuates the frame of both floor standing and wall hanging variants and continues around the corner radius of the washbasin, creating harmony and at the same time a distinctly unique touch. The vanity units, mirrors, and mirror-cabinet solutions from the range are also designed with the elegant chrome profile, enabling a luxurious washing area to be created.

Three new, special furniture finishes (Matt Light Blue, Matt Concrete Grey, and Satin-Matt Aubergine) plus the linen décor finish, complete the wide colour palette; there are 28 furniture finishes in décor matt or lacquer; satin-matt or high-gloss are also available.

Modern bathroom

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The console panel is available in one of the cabinet colours or additionally in solid Natural Walnut which creates a variety of completely new and individual colour combinations for XSquare.

Two or even three colours can be used in combination with the lacquer finish, chrome profile and console panel creating new contrasts and high-class designs.

Handle-free fronts with push-to-open technology subtly highlight the elegant and inspiring overall design. The new furniture range has a striking effect, creating clearly structured features in the room.

For 65 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been a recognised trademark for outstanding design all over the world. The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. It is awarded once a year by the world’s oldest independent design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover. The 67-strong, independent, international expert jury selects the winners of the coveted quality seal from among 6,375 entries from 52 countries.

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ISH PREVIEW: In Conversation With Utopia Projects on bathroom design

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With the increase in demand from hotel operators and owners for the bathroom to become the statement areas within the modern hotel, Hotel Designs’ editor, Hamish Kilburn, sits down with Utopia Projects’ project consultant, Stuart Adamson and director Howard Jones to break down how to create the perfect hotel bathroom… 

Having designed bathroom in hotels such as South Place Hotel London (the hotel that was the set of the NTA award-winning drama series, The Bodyguard), Kimpton Fitzroy London, Pullman London – while currently working on the highly anticipated The Brooklyn in Manchester, Utopia Projects has seen bathroom design go from a necessary facility within a hotel to an area of real design potential. With ISH just around the corner, I sat down with Stuart Adamson and Howard Jones Howard from Utopia projects to understand more about the company and its unique offering.

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Hamish Kilburn: Can you give us an example, from start to finish, on how you help designers create a hotel bathroom?

Stuart Adamson: The same process applies to each project from the earliest possible start, concept stage for new build is ideal. For refurbishment  projects, as early in the process as possible we sit with the designer to review proposed layout drawings and dimensions and discuss functionality, style, colour and budget before we issue a proposal with images and descriptions of all products, and review again as a fine tuning process.

“The three- to four- star projects are driven much more by water-saving products.” –  Stuart Adamson, Utopia Projects

HK: How are wellness trends changing the design of the modern hotel bathroom?

SA: Wellness trends are very much budget driven for the contemporary hotel bathroom. The likes of shower toilets are desired, especially to attract foreign visitor, into major tourist hubs. However, this is driven usually by five- or six-star hotels. The three- to four- star projects are driven much more by water-saving products tied to a good experience from the shower and a good aesthetic. Hoteliers look at maintenance issues also in relation to wellness trends. If there is the possibility of introducing product that is not tried and tested or with great warranty and service package attached, there can be a reluctance to commit to product that has an effect return on investment.

Howard Jones: I think there is more and more technology coming into bathrooms, bidet toilets are almost common place within most manufacturers offerings and certainly being asked for by clients in London. LED lighting under toilets, in shower door profiles, behind mirrors, inside vanity units etc. Bluetooth mirrors with built in speakers, digital showers.

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HK: How is the evolution of technology changing the design of modern hotel bathrooms?

SA: Digital showers and hands-free functions for shower toilets are the main areas we have experienced. Push-button fittings for showers are becoming popular too. Anything that the user can use intuitively is a requirement. Simplicity is key!

HK: Can you share any tips in achieving the luxury look on a budget? 

SA: Give Utopia Projects a call and we will talk you through the process. Don’t be put off by brands that can appear expensive at retail cost, our relationships and contract led pricing mean that your budget can go along way with Utopia Projects.

HJ: Minimal/timeless designs on taps, showers etc. Large format wall tiles marble effect give the appearance of a marble slab.

“The most common pitfall is selling a design to a client before they know it’s a workable function.” – Stuart Adamson, Utopia Projects.

HK: What would you say were the most significant product launches of last year?

SA: Not sure they were many last year but the Kit 40 intelligent waste for Victoria & Albert is great! They allow for free-standing that usually comes without overflow to be able to be specified in the hotel market. The intelligent waste is also the overflow giving peace of mind that the bath won’t flood the room. This offers freedom of design that was previously restricted.

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HK: In your experience, what are the most common pitfalls in bathroom design, and how can designers avoid them?

SA: The most common pitfall is selling a design to a client before they know it’s a workable function. That’s why we recommend early dialogue with Utopia Projects. We can talk through what is actually possible with you and allow the design team to propose a working solution that meets design and budget ER’s.

HJ: Answering from a residential perspective, not thinking about the drainage in the bathroom. Bathrooms tend to be drawn out as boxes with generic toilets, basins and baths plotted in the room. If more though is put into the location of each item with the drainage then its quite easy to achieve a simple layout which works.

HK: We recently worked with Jason Bradbury to help us understand what the hotel room of the future might look like. Can you predict for us what the hotel bathroom of the future will look like?

SA: Many manufacturers are looking to offer an integrated solution fabricated off site for shower cubicles/basin vanity units, using solid surface materials as a bespoke solution. So I see the future as simplicity of design, integrated fittings and accents of coloured brassware.

HJ: High-end hotels will be filled with automation, services similar to Amazon Alexa enabling voice control for your shower or bath fill. I think there will be more pod style hotels appear too as the demand increases.

HK: What’s the most bizarre brief you have worked on?

SA: One-off residential projects are the most bizarre as the client does not really know what they want and the architect pushes through to us to provide a solution; we then have to interpret clients’ tastes and style.

“Colour trends change so quickly that often by the time the room is installed the next trend is developing” – Stuart Adamson, Utopia Projects

HK: What has been the most challenging project to work on – and why?

SA: The most challenging was probably a refurbishment projects I did for a number of hotels for an international brand. The project was a partial refit of bathrooms over several sites. The challenge was site inspecting every room (more than 1,000) and recommending product to the current design and cost team; then communicating this to the six contractors that were awarded the projects.

Each project adapted as the work commenced on site, our expertise was used to lead the design and contract teams to find the solution to the product selection on site as they developed. It was challenging, particularly as communication across client/design team/cost consultants and installers/contractors all had to be managed along with their expectations on budget and timescale.

HJ: Two private residences in London. Each project had unique products in every bathroom. There was a total of around 20 bathrooms with the majority of the brassware being supplied bespoke by THG Paris.

HK: Colour in the bathroom, what are your thoughts on this?

SA: Accents of colour is the key. Simple and discreet to enhance the designer’s overall package. Colour trends change so quickly that often by the time the room is installed the next trend is developing. Stick to classic chrome/nickel or black.

HJ: I think its here to stay. Matt black has been around a number of years and is still popular, bronze, brass, copper all seem very popular too. The technology of the PVD plating now I think has given people new confidence in colours, gone are the days that gold would fade if sprayed with CIF.

HK: Which bathroom trend do you hope never returns?

Both SA and HJ agree: Avacado bathroom suites!

SA: Sanitaryware colours in general really date a bathroom. I always try to keep the bath as a no tap hole and use wall mounted bath fillers either concealed or exposed, or overflow fillers from a concealed valve. I hate with a passion to see deck mounted product on the bath, dirt traps and hard to clean. Toilet brush holders, as well, get rid of them! They’re unsanitary and ugly!

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Leading supplier of luxury hotel cosmetics confirmed as Gifting Partner for Meet Up London

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With less than a month to go until the event, Aslotel has been confirmed as the Gifting Partner for Hotel Designs’ Q1 networking event, Meet Up London…

Hotel supplier Aslotel has been confirmed at the Gifting Partner of Meet Up London, which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London.

As well as sponsoring the event, the leading luxury hotel cosmetics supplier will also provide samples for attendees to take home.

“We are delighted to be gifting partners for the Hotel Designs’ Meet Up in London,” said Stephanie Ibbotson from Aslotel. “As leading suppliers of luxury hotel cosmetics and equipment items, Aslotel hopes that the attendees will be able to take away a taster of what our company can offer.”

Agenda for Meet Up London: 

 

How to attend Meet Up London 

If you are an interior designer, architect, operator or hotelier and would like to attend Meet Up London, click here to book your place.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

Event partner: Tarkett

Gifting Partner: Aslotel

Victoria + Albert Baths introduce a new colour service

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The new colour finishes from Victoria + Albert Baths will be officially launched this month at ISH Frankfurt and London Design Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour…

In response to a strong demand for bespoke colour finishes, luxury British bathing brand Victoria + Albert Baths, is proud to now offer 194 RAL colour exterior finishes across the entire collection of freestanding QUARRYCAST baths and basins. This follows in the footsteps of the brand’s six popular standard paint finishes, launched in 2016.

Creating a bathroom to reflect your individual sense of style has never been easier – with the new colours and feet finishes, Victoria + Albert’s tubs are fully customisable. They are now able to offer more than 28,000 variants of their baths, and more than 5,000 basin variants. Customers can choose between gloss or matt finishes, offering an even greater choice.

The exterior paint finishes contrast with the crisp white QUARRYCAST interior of the freestanding baths and basins. Renowned by homeowners and designers alike for its durability, QUARRYCAST is naturally white, beautifully strong and easy to clean.

Living Coral coloured bath

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The addition of a brightly coloured, freestanding bath or basin is the perfect way to inject colour into any bathroom space and creates a striking focal point. Whether you’re tapping into the botanical trend with deep greens and earthy tones, or are looking for a vibrant and eye-catching finish, such as this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year, Living Coral, Victoria + Albert Baths now offers an incredibly wide selection to choose from.

Each finish is multi layered using a specialist catalysed paint and is hand polished between applications. This technique results in an exceptional depth and lustre to the finish and is considerably more durable than hand painted surfaces. The full selection of available RAL colours will be available to view on the Victoria + Albert Baths website from March.

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GROHE unveils universal solution of concealed shower installations

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GROHE Rapido SmartBox is now compatable with more than 170 different GROHE trim designs…

Since its initial launch in 2017, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox in combination with the SmartControl Concealed trim sets has ensured the easy installation and premium performance of concealed shower systems, helping to support the trend for minimalist interiors in both residential and commercial projects. With its “push, turn, shower” functions, it offers individual and intuitive control combined with a space-saving and slim design.

Now, the Rapido Smartbox can be used as a universal shower solution thanks to its compatibility with more than 170 different GROHE trim designs, offering architects, designers, specifiers and installers freedom of planning and efficient installation when working on projects. Plus, with an installation depth of only 75mm, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox fits into every kind of wall, even particularly narrow ones. Furthermore, its recent successful WRAS accreditation pays testament to its high standards when it comes to compliance with water regulations. The esteemed approval by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme also enables the Rapido Smartbox to be specified by housebuilders for property development.

The Rapido Smartbox now matches perfectly with three different styles of trim set; two-handle thermostats, single-lever mixers and the SmartControl Concealed, all of which are available in an array of colours, finishes, shapes and sizes. All three styles offer varying functionalities, aesthetics and price points, catering for all projects regardless of space, size and budget.

Rapido Smartbox: Efficient, universal installation

The extensive range of trim set designs which allows greater freedom over aesthetic and functionality for customers is made possible by the exciting innovations that lie behind the wall within the Rapido Smartbox. With three outlets, the Rapido Smartbox facilitates a wider range of showering options, for which previously two rough-ins would have been required. This helps to make the complexity of concealed showering more accessible for both installers and customers alike. In addition, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox makes adapters dispensable as it has ½ inch outlets to which all standard tubes can be connected. Designed with easy installation in mind, the Smartbox is equipped with inlets that connect from below, allowing a direct connection to the hot and cold water supply. Therefore the use of 90-degree fittings is eliminated.

This innovative shower mechanism also provides many other benefits for installers including:
• Subsequent adjustment of the trim set by six degrees post-installation to perfectly align with tiles and joints is possible thanks to long holes in the unit.
• Optional service stops for retrofit allow installers to gain complete access over the water supply in just a few steps. During maintenance, each of the Smartcontrol or Smartbox fittings can be closed directly and separately.
• The GROHE Rapido SmartBox can be retrofitted with a safety protection against backflow and meets the EU standard 1717 when installed with an integrated bath-fill and overflow unit.
• Easy on-site installation is made possible thanks to the helpful brass outlets which allow connection to the pipes to be installed with the use of a pipe wrench. This means mounting can be carried out quickly and easily on-site and a bench vice is not necessary.

SmartControl Concealed: Ultra-thin design for additional space in the shower

For bathrooms where space is extremely limited, GROHE offers a particularly “slim” solution: GROHE SmartControl Concealed in combination with the new GROHE Rapido SmartBox. The installation of the behind-the-wall technology combined with the ultra-slim design of the trim which projects just 43 mm from the surface of the wall, creates a minimalist look and gives the feeling of additional space in the shower. SmartControl Concealed is controlled using intuitive push-and-turn technology to individually select the preferred shower spray type and control water volume. Each shower trim, available in a round or square design, can operate up to three functions from head shower to hand shower and bath filler to body jets, for a truly customised shower that meets the demands of each individual bathroom’s needs. In addition, several styles are available: a classic Chrome finish or a discreet, elegant MoonWhite acrylic glass design. The SmartControl shower mixer trim is also available in SuperSteel and Brushed Hard Graphite and as of May 2019, there will be seven other metallic finishes on offer, complete with GROHE’s unique PVD coating which provides long-lasting colour and durability.

Two-handle thermostats: Simple operation delivers precise control

The new two-handle thermostats have been designed to offer convenient temperature and water flow control, using the same iconic visual icons as the SmartControl. They are compact, space-saving and combine precise performance with a slim, minimalist design. GROHE thermostats excel in delivering ease of operation, safety, comfort and above all, a relaxing shower experience. Equipped with leading technology, the GROHE TurboStat thermostat reacts within fractions of a second to pressure and temperature fluctuations. The mixing ratio of cold and hot water is continuously adjusted so that the temperature selected remains constant. Both head shower and hand shower can be controlled by intuitive rotation of the Aquadimmer handle, the upper control on the trim set. Turning the upper control slightly to the left will activate the hand shower, and by simply continuing to turn to the left, the water flow and power of the spray will increase. When the head shower is required, simply switch the control to the right and once again, increase volume by continuing to turn.
The two-handle thermostats are newly available in a slimmer profile, with only 43mm projection from the wall, and are offered in both round and square designs. In addition to the single-function models, models with two functions are now available, with clear pictograms used to indicate head and hand shower or shower and bath filler.

Single-lever mixers: Comfortable and simple operation for unlimited showering pleasure

GROHE single-lever mixers are designed for functionality and offer a stylish, sleek look that will prove popular with consumers. The latest additions to the range now make three-way functionality a reality, where only single and two-way systems were possible before. Users can now choose from three different types of spray pattern using the upper button on the mixer; from a powerful jet spray, to a relaxing rainshower or a practical hand shower. Meanwhile, the lower handle provides comfortable and intuitive temperature and water control. The trim sets, which have been designed to match all GROHE brassware ranges to ensure coordinated design in bathroom projects, are easy to install thanks to GROHE QuickFix, which reduces fitting time by up to 50 per cent.

ISH Preview: Laufen to exhibit collaboration with Patricia Urquiola

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At the upcoming edition of ISH, Laufen will present SaphirKeramik in all its forms with the return of Sonar, the refined collection designed for the Swiss company by Patricia Urquiola…

Laufen is enthusiastically preparing to participate at the upcoming iteration of ISH, the indispensable biennial event in the field of bath furnishings.

Always on the front lines of research and experimentation, Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Laufen brings its finest innovation to Frankfurt: SaphirKeramik. High-tech and ecological, this ceramic material patented by the company has launched a new trend in the world of bathroom design, which has continued with growing success since 2013, in applications for both the residential and contract sectors.

The technical characteristics of SaphirKeramik are enviable, and never cease to amaze due to the infinite range of potentialities yet to be fully explored. Qualities like extreme strength, lightness and slimness have stimulated great designers to work with SaphirKeramik, in collaboration with Laufen, in an unprecedented exploration of form with a spirit of boundless creativity. Alongside the other collections, visitors will rediscover the allure and elegance of Sonar, designed for Laufen by Patricia Urquiola.

Winner of the iF Design Award 2018 in the Product category, Sonar has proven its capacity to bring out the exceptional qualities of SaphirKeramik. Based on a creative process full of stimulating ideas, the pieces in the collection embody a sculptural aesthetic through symmetrical volumes, minimal lines and a sophisticated balance of angles and curves. The thin, bright and lightweight surfaces of Sonar give rise to an innovative, sophisticated design that perfectly combines beauty and functional quality. Another feature also enhances the refined forms of the collection: the very fine three-dimensional texture created by Patricia Urquiola to add a decorative sign to the ceramic material. Inspired by sound waves that spread in water, the motif on the external walls of the basins runs vertically, also producing a pleasing tactile sensation.

The Sonar collection is composed of freestanding or wall-mounted, single or double washbasins in SaphirKeramik, a bathtub in Sentec, and a series of wooden cabinets. Technology is a constant presence in Laufen’s products, and once again in this case Swiss quality translates into painstaking attention to detail. Thanks to intensive design research, the flow of water is optimised and perfectly channelled, facilitating operations of cleaning and maintenance, in solutions that guarantee maximum functional performance and sustainability.

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GROHE to shape the future of water with record number of innovations at ISH 2019

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GROHE, a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier, will showcase a record number of innovations at ISH 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for the responsible use of water and energy in buildings…

For the first time, GROHE will position itself as a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions, kitchen systems and intelligent water management at ISH 2019. The bathroom brand will reinforce its philosophy Water. Intelligence. Enjoyment by bringing the element of water to the forefront of its new innovations.

The event will open with a keynote speech from GROHE CEO Michael Rauterkus sharing his vision of how GROHE actively shapes the future of water; including, amongst other things, digitisation and intelligent water management.

GROHE strives to be a driving force in the sanitary industry’s digital transformation In recent years, GROHE has evolved from a premium brassware expert into a driving force of digital transformation within the sanitary industry, even offering its own Internet of Things (IoT) products. The smart water controller GROHE Sense Guard has arrived in the world of the smart home and secures the brand a place among the Top 100 Insurtechs in the Digital Insurance Agenda1. Digitisation is always impacting new areas of our lives. The change from a smart home to an intelligently connected home will be the subject of discussion at the Intelligent Living Summit, a high-profile ISH panel discussion that will take place on Wednesday 13thMarch as part of the show’s agenda of events. The Intelligent Living Summit will see GROHE partner with German companies Miele and Viessmann to discuss how your home can support your life in various and intelligent ways.

“Visitors to the GROHE booth at ISH 2019 will find inspirations to create their own personal at-home spa.”

New ceramic lines and a vast range of colours and materials The bathroom is being increasingly considered as a ‘living space’; somewhere we relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Therefore, more bespoke requirements and concepts are needed. Visitors to the GROHE booth at ISH 2019 will find inspirations to create their own personal at-home spa. These include minimalist ceramic lines that perfectly match GROHE brassware products in both form and function, as well as the GROHE Colours Collection, a range of GROHE taps and accessories in ten different colours and finishes that allow the utmost possible creative freedom for individualising the kitchen and bathroom.

Simply Universal – GROHE Rapido SmartBox Even behind the wall, GROHE can offer innovations with considerable added value to both installers and end users. The new GROHE Rapido SmartBox provides installers, architects and planners with an infinite number of solutions, using just one flush-mounted unit. It can be used universally for all of GROHE’s final assembly sets, regardless of whether that is a single-lever mixer, thermostat or SmartControl product. The GROHE Rapido SmartBox features three outlets for a wider range of shower options and a tailored showering experience. Installation is easy thanks to inlets for hot and cold water that are connected from below. It also offers subsequent adjustment options by up to six degrees, a minimum installation depth of only 75mm and other benefits that visitors can experience directly at the booth.

GROHE set to inspire visitors with a new booth concept GROHE can be found in the FORUM hall at Messe Frankfurt. Using three themed environments and putting the consumer at the centre of the experience, GROHE will present intelligent and sustainable solutions which have been integrated into a multitude of individual design options for the bathroom and the kitchen. Visitors will be able to experience GROHE products and innovations on all levels of the transparent, elliptical glass construction – live, interactively and with the help of multimedia.

GROHE is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

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Top stories of the week: design love from Bangkok, hide and seek architecture and a new hotel chapter

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With architecture and construction firmly in the spotlight, Hotel Designs has witnessed another jam-packed week full of interesting stories that highlights our love in design and architecture. Breaking down these headlines is editor Hamish Kilburn… 

New York, New York! Is there anywhere else on the planet quite like it? In the original metropolis where possibilities soar high above the bustling streets below, the hotel scene is staggering. It’s latest luxury neighbour is situated on 701 Seventh Avenue on the corner of 47th Street, Times Square, and features 452 guestrooms. With four levels of public space, the hotel is, much like the area it surrounds has already done over many decades, evolving with the trends to cater to the modern man and woman.

Changing perceptions has been a theme that has stitched together this week’s headlines – and I have been fortunate enough to be the first to tell many of this week’s main features. From spending quality time in the company of interior designer Celia Chu as she prepares to complete Rosewood Bangkok, to continuing to follow Nicky Dobree on her quest to open her first hotel; it’s been a great week to be part of the industry. To top it off, we are hours away from closing the applications/nominations process for our 30 Under 30 initiative. As a young editor (26 years old), I am personally proud to support this scheme – to support young talent in our industry – with every fibre of my body.

Here are the top stories of the week:

1) EDITION arrives in New York’s Times Square

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“The Times Square EDITION is an entirely new lens on Times Square. From an aerie above the hubbub below, you can engage, observe or withdraw. The hotel is an oasis of sophistication brought to you through the insight of the incomparable Ian Schrager, my friend and partner. There is simply nothing like it,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International.

> Click here to read the full story

2) The interior designer behind Rosewood Bangkok

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As its highly anticipated opening is imminently on the horizon, the Rosewood Bangkok’s interior design story is one yet to be unveiled in detail. We caught up with interior designer Celia Chu to establish the narrative told within the walls of the soon-to-open 159-key luxury hotel.

> Click here to read the feature

3) Six Senses joins IHG

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The milestone moment, where IHG aquired Six Senses happened on Wednesday. As part of the IHG family, Six Senses is expected to expand to 60 properties within the next 10 years. This includes incredible new Six Senses hotels and resorts from a restored 14th-century fort in Rajasthan, to villas on a private island in Cambodia, and the brand’s first hotel in North America – a contemporary duo of twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingles near the High Line in Manhattan’s West Chelsea.

> Click here to read the full story

4) Camouflaged hotel architecture of the 21st century

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As we continue putting architecture and construction in the spotlight, Hotel Designs reveals some of the world’s most spectacular hidden architectural gems.

> Click here to read the full story

5) From Concept to Completion: Restoring a 19th-century house to create Plaza 18 (part two)

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In part two of our From Concept to Completion series, where we are closely following the design story of Plaza 18, Dobree’s first hotel project is beginning to take form. The building’s design is approaching the final stages before the grand reveal this Easter. Meanwhile, interior designer Nicky Dobree is able to step away from the project for five minutes – something I believe the designer is not accustomed to – in order to explain more about her relationship with the soon-to-be hotel.

> Click here to read the feature

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How hotels can utilise this year’s bathroom trends

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With the bathroom trends for 2019 well and truly forecasted, interior designer Charlie Willaims from Heritage Bathrooms explains how hotels can inject these into the modern hotel…  

Luxurious, modern bathrooms are right at the top of the wishlist for homeowners right now, with many of these individuals now increasingly expecting to see this design-led approach when they book a hotel stay.

We have taken a look at this year’s five of key trends and how you can incorporate them to ensure your bathrooms remain at the cutting edge.

Mixed metallics

Metallics have been in vogue for a number of years now, and this trend is showing no sign of slowing down. The key to making it work in 2019 will be to vary the use of metals to create a standout look that will impress your guests.

Choose a distinctive metallic bath or statement copper brassware. Also consider using accent textures and shade with a traditional chrome mirror frame like Heritage’s arched mirror for a classic finish.

Biophilia

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For the uninitiated, biophilia involves bringing a little bit of the outside in – creating warm and welcoming spaces combining plants with natural woods and neutral tones.

A key way to bring this into a hotel space is to maximise natural light. Minimise blinds and curtains to allow the sunlight to pour in and then build a bit of colour on top of the neutral tones by adding an array of low-maintenance plants, or some nature inspired wallpaper.

Memphis Design

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The 1980s is alive again and experiencing a bit of a renaissance thanks to the Memphis Design movement.

It doesn’t need to be difficult to incorporate this trend, which makes the most of primary colours and geometry, in a subtle way. Pair a colourful roll top tub, like the Buckingham from Heritage, with some funky towel designs for a bit of pattern and intrigue.

Colour layering

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Bringing a range of colours and shades into a bathroom space can make it feel warm and welcoming, while adding a little bit of interest and intrigue.

Make sure that you include a common thread which ties the room together if you’re going to implement this trend. A good example would be to layer a range of accessories in soft hues on top of a monochrome bathroom suite. This will also enable you to alter your colour scheme according to the different seasons.

Bold black bathrooms

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Dark shades can help bring a spa-like quality to a bathroom, creating an indulgent, high-end guest experience.

Make a statement by including a dark freestanding bath, such as the hand finished Alderley Croc Skin Effect from Heritage Bathrooms. Pair it with patterned tiles or wallpaper for an elegant finish.

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Kaldewei unveils new digital stand concept for ISH

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Kaldewei’s forum delivers an interactive brand experience, demonstrating its role as a digital pioneer. The leading bathroom manufacturer is exhibiting at ISH on stand D79 – Hall 3.1…

Kaldewei will be exhibiting on stand D79 – Hall 3.1 at ISH from March 11 – 15 with a completely new stand concept, demonstrating its unrivalled position as a leading bathroom manufacturer.

At its stand, divided into five themed zones, Kaldewei will be demonstrating its expertise in the area of design and functionality. The stand will be displaying its international references, flexible solutions as well as the latest trends. These will include; bathroom solutions in exclusive colours, revolutionary shower concepts and new installation and drainage solutions. Visitors will also be able to see for themselves the diverse digital services that Kaldewei has to offer. At the heart of the interactive stand, Kaldewei will be presenting a new app which will network and support trade partners better than before.

“Trade visitors will have the chance to see first-hand how Kaldewei sets industry trends.”

Kaldewei Forum: The exceptional deserves a special stage

Trade visitors will have the chance to see first-hand how Kaldewei sets industry trends with its bathroom solutions, raises standards and creates unique solutions for bathrooms of every size. The stand design – reminiscent of the iconic architecture of the Elbphilharmonie building, Hamburg – is divided into five themed zones and will deliver an interactive brand experience. At its heart, the Forum features a huge sphere which will provide visitors with a multi-sensory show. Lecterns and tiered seating in an open circle invite visitors to interact. Visitors can test the diverse digital options available, including the new app, using digital columns and tablets. Arndt Papenfuß, Director Marketing at Kaldewei, says: “The new Kaldewei Forum not only reflects our core competence of providing the highest-quality bathroom furnishings with individual, customised solutions made of superior
steel enamel, but also the structure and design elements of the new Forum highlighting our company’s strategic position, and – just like our product development does – actively placing our customers’ ideas and needs centre-stage.”

“At ISH, Kaldewei will be presenting a new app that brings all of these services together.”

Digital features for trade partners

As a digital pioneer in the bathroom industry, Kaldewei has been supporting its partners for years with a wide range of online services such as its Product Configurator, an interactive planning tool. It is also one of the very first bathroom manufacturers to provide BIM data – the new standard with regard to projection, coordination and cost control in construction. At ISH, Kaldewei will be presenting a new app that brings all of these services together. With this app, bathroom planners and on-site professional installers will be able to connect even faster with Kaldewei, giving them easier access to the premium bathroom manufacturer’s tools for planning, installing and assembling Kaldewei bathroom solutions.

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Global partner: Kaldewei iconic bathroom solutions

At ISH 2019, Kaldewei will be presenting its international references and flexible solutions for different markets worldwide, highlighting its expertise as a global partner for Iconic Bathroom Solutions. In addition, other walk-through areas of the Forum will present corporate themes such as sustainability – as a key element of Kaldewei’s identity – and will demonstrate the superiority of Kaldewei steel enamel.

System Expertise: Groundbreaking shower solutions

As an expert for floor-level shower surfaces, Kaldewei will also be presenting new options for customising its unique NexSys shower concept which skilfully combines the advantages of a seamless enamelled shower surface with the design of a tiled shower area with shower channel. Working closely with bathroom professionals, Kaldewei has continued to expand its trusty assembly system with new installation and drainage solutions – making the installation of floor-level showers even simpler, flatter and more flexible.

Exclusive Shades in the Bathroom: the most beautiful combination of form and colour

Kaldewei opens up a new dimension of bathroom design with the sophisticated matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection. Any move away from classic white is a positive step in the bathroom and a distinctive hallmark of individuality.
Kaldewei recently extended its exclusive colour world to its washbasin segment – allowing for an even more harmonious and personalised room design. Trade visitors can see for themselves how the coloured bathroom solutions – from the revolutionary NexSys shower system to the washbasin bowls from the Miena range – can be integrated elegantly into the overall design concept of modern bathrooms or, equally, be skilfully placed as visual highlights.

Kaldewei is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Top 5 stories of the week: Lighting the mood, surface trends and Meet Up developments

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Concluding January and looking ahead to the future of lighting, surfaces and hotel development, Hamish Kilburn writes the top five stories of the week…

As January turns to February, there is much anticipation in the air around developing trends. The must-watch lists of hues, textures and materials that landed in my inbox on January 1 have filtered subtly into the designs of new hotel spaces. Designers working outside the box establish how they can create a timeless statement scan the floors of the trade shows. The next in the calendar is the Surface Design Show in London (February 5 – 7). Ahead of the show, this week we took a closer look at the trends on the walls, floors and ceilings. Closer to home, Hotel Designs had some developments of its own to announce. Here are the top five stories of the week.

1) 6 trends to look out for at Surface Design Show 2019

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Taking place next week in London’s Business Design Centre, Surface Design Show will showcase the latest products and technology in surface design. Ahead of the event, as Hotel Designs is a media partner of #SDS19, here are top surface trends to be mindful of.

> Read more about the trends here

2) Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 Announces Early Bird Tickets

Until February 7, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will be able to purchase early bird tickets for Hotel Designs‘ highly anticipated Q1 networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

> To book your tickets, click here

3) One-third of consumers believe lighting helps to eliminate January Blues

A study has revealed that one in three people believe that lighting is important to creating a relaxed and calm atmosphere before bed.

As the January blues well and truly set in for some, new research has revealed how lighting can have direct impact on mood and wellbeing in the hotel environment.

> To read more about the study, click here

4) SUSD gains planning consent for hotel and members club on the River Thames

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SUSD, the developer behind two of London’s most successful hybrid destinations, The Curtain Hotel & Members Club and Devonshire Club, has just won planning consent, subject to finalising the S106 Agreement, for a third development, this time on the banks of the Thames near Pangbourne, Berkshire.

> To read more about the plans, click here

5) Editor Checks In: January ’19

To round up January – and to help understand the crossroads many designers are at – it felt appropriate to use the metaphor of two worlds colliding. I am, of course, referring to the opportunities that result from authentic collaborations.

> To read my editor’s letter, click here

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6 trends to look out for at Surface Design Show 2019.

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Taking place next week in London’s Business Design Centre, Surface Design Show will showcase the latest products and technology in surface design. Ahead of the event, as Hotel Designs is a media partner of #SDS19, here are top surface trends to be mindful of…

The Surface Design Show, taking place on February 5 – 7, will again provide architects and designers with an exciting and inspirational range of surface designs and materials.

Speaking before the show opens trend forecaster and curator of the Show’s Surface Spotlight Live feature, Sally Angharad enthused: “There are a number of distinct trends coming out of Surface Design Show that visitors will pick up. Once again the Show will set the scene for the next year in terms of design ideas.”

Here are some of the 2019 trends to look out for are:

Scallop Shapes
Scallop shape tiles create decorative patterns in a combination of solid colours and patterned finishes. Blueprint Ceramics, Finsa and Viuva Lamego will both be exhibiting scallop shapes

Sumptuous Neutrals
Warm neutrals replace grey with shades of brown adding depth to tactile surfaces. Look out for Saint- Gobain, Off the Wall Coverings and ITC Natural Luxury Flooring.

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Dynamic Patterns
A combination of tile formats creates complex designs for statement features. Exhibitors include Blueprint Ceramics and Viuva Lamego

Patina Effects
Weathered metals inspire luxurious patina effects on a variety of surfaces from flooring to finishes. PowderTech (Corby), MUUNA and Finsa will be stands to visit.

Indulgent Darks
Dark colours are key for glazed and tonal finishes to create dramatic yet welcoming effects. SIBU Designs, Grestec Tiles and Sterling Studios will be exhibitors to seek out.

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Nature/Nurture
Organic materials translate into surfaces for walls and lighting that bring comforting textures indoors. Exhibitors include Freund, Innerspace Cheshire and PHEE. A range of new materials, prototypes and innovations can be seen on Surface Spotlight Live curated in collaboration by trend expert Sally Angharad and trend, colour & material forecast agency; Colour Hive.

Surface Design Show opens on February 5 from 6.00pm – 9.00pm; February 6 from 11.00 -9.00pm and February 7 from 11.00 – 5.00pm.

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Duravit launches solution for cluttered bathrooms

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Duravit launches new furniture range specifically designed with small hotel bathrooms in mind… 

A comfortable bathroom doesn’t need to be spacious. Creativity and the right products can ensure additional storage space and create a hotel for everyday bathroom items.

Vanity units are true classics and can be found in almost every bathroom. These handy pieces of furniture mean that bathroom utensils of all shapes and sizes can be stored in drawers or practical compartments. Organiser systems inside drawers not only keep things tidy, they look great.

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Mirror cabinets are a real eye-catcher. Even shelves can work miracles when it comes to storage. Not only do they have the effect of creating space, they enable apparently unusable areas to become useful. Wall areas are frequently overlooked or unused. Yet, wall-mounted shelves can create practical space for bottles, tubes or towels and also be used for decorative purposes.

Mirror cabinets offer an additional light source and give the visual impression of a larger, more open room. They are also the perfect place for storing all manner of essential beauty accessories without dominating the room and as such are the ultimate all-rounder in the bathroom.

Duravit is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

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Kaldewei Meisterstueck enhances bathrooms in Singapore’s new five-star hotel

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Leading bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei was chosen for the luxury bathrooms in the The Capital Kempinski Hotel Singapore…

The five-star Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, in the heart of the city, offers a magnificent ambiance from check in to check out as a result of dynamic design vision.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore seamlessly combines vintage architecture with modern design. The historic facilities of the former Capitol and the Victorian Stamford House were masterly converted by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Richard Meier and the prestigious Jaya International Design – with focus on maintaining the value of the two historically iconic structures. The result is an architectural masterpiece that offers its guests glamorously appointed guestrooms and suites with a wealth of other highlights – from Singapore’s first and only outdoor salt water pool through to the hotel’s own confectionery.

The Kaldwei freestanding bath in The Capitol Kempinski Hotel

Image caption/credit: The Kaldewei Meisterstueck Centro Duo Oval bath in The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Singapore

As well as the guestrooms and suites, each bathroom of the hotel has been carefully furnished with exquisite materials and exclusive design. 142 guestrooms within the hotel feature the freestanding Kaldewei Meisterstueck Centro Duo Oval bath, a product which has been lavished with multiple awards for its pioneering design for promising – and delivering – the ultimate bathing experience. The freestanding bath made of Kaldewei steel enamel stands out with its aesthetic style and unique material properties. Both the bath and its panelling are made entirely of steel enamel. The resulting seamless finish offers flawless perfection for an exquisite look that is exceptionally durable and easy to clean – a combination satisfying the high standards of both the guests and management of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. The outstanding design and excellent quality of the elegant products make Kaldewei the perfect partner for international high-end hotels – whether privately managed establishments in the luxury segment or premium hotel chains.

Kaldewei is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

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GROHE launches new cashback offer for SmartControl showers

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GROHE has launched its latest cashback incentive, its first for 2019, offering consumers up to £50 cashback on some of the brand’s most innovative showers…

The cashback offer that GROHE has recently announced runs across eighteen different model specifications of GROHE’s one box SmartControl Shower systems, including exposed, concealed, excealed and Euphoria styles with choices of round and square trims and shower heads to ensure a perfect match to existing decor.

The extensive range of SmartControl models and specifications can be found on the website or alternatively, GROHE offer an online configurator tool where customers follow various steps, selecting their preferred style or requirements to find the perfect model to suit their bathroom or project. You can visit GROHE’s online SmartControl configurator.

– Exposed – The original SmartControl shower system, which is wall mounted and comes complete with head and hand shower. Multiple spray patterns can also easily be switched between, delivering a shower perfectly tailored to your mood. Ideal for retrofit.
– Concealed – All of the SmartControl technology but with none of the pipework on display. The concealed version is a great way to achieve a minimalist look in the bathroom or create more space in your shower area. Concealed showering also offers more personalisation of the individual space in terms of layout. The freedom to create a truly bespoke shower space is enabled thanks to the concealed valve being able to be placed on an opposing wall away from the outlet.
– Excealed – Excealed offers the best of both worlds, with an exposed thermostat still on display but reduced pipework thanks to the wall-fixed head shower meaning a riser rail is unnecessary. Both head and hand shower offer a choice of two spray patterns.
– Euphoria – The latest addition to the range is an excellent choice for retrofit projects. With a traditional exposed frame on display, it has a slimmer interface, creating an illusion of more space in the bathroom. Euphoria offers a multi-jet shower head with up to three shower patterns plus the additional hand shower for more personalisation than ever before.

The cashback offer is available on qualifying SmartControl purchases from a verified retailer and consumers can make their claim directly through the GROHE website, www.grohe.co.uk.

The offer applies to purchases made from January 1, 2019 until the May 31, 2019, with all claims to be made by June 30, 2019. Proof of purchase is required. Terms and conditions apply.

GROHE is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

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Spotlight On: A Year In Review (products)

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Throughout December, Hotel Design’ Spotlight On will be throwing it back to the major products that have launched over the last 12 months… 

Next month, as the industry starts wrapping up the year, Hotel Designs will be giving you the ultimate throwback, highlighting the major products that dropped in the hotel industry this year.

By revisiting this year’s international trade shows – including Milan Design Week, Clerkenwell Design Week, Decorex, 100 % Design, designjunction and SLEEP + EAT – we will bring you all the hottest product launches.

We will cover everything from the idea of personalised lighting to new bathroom furniture, impressive carpet collaborations to apps that allow consumers to purchase items in the hotel (and everything in between). Hotel Designs will be celebrating the products that have launched to become gamechangers in 2019 and the international hotel design.

If you wish to find out more, or know of a product that we should be talking about, please contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk

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Grohe expands research lab for product development

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Bathroom specialist Grohe invests EUR 1.1 million to expand its research laboratory in Hemer, Germany…

With the aim to expand its product development, bathroom specialist and Hotel Designs recommended supplier Grohe has opened a new research laboratory in Hemer Germany.

Investing EUR 1.1 million, the new site will create an even closer connection between the central areas of research and development. The laboratory space has expanded from 590 square metres to 1,510 square metres in order to create the necessary infrastructure for more efficient development processes and new testing procedures.

Following this announcement, more and more high-tech items are finding their way into Grohe’s expanding portfolio. These include the digital water security system: Grohe Sense Guard and the Grohe Blue and Red water systems.

The laboratory will also see Grohe work with 3D printing processes, starting with the initial idea and culminating in the first prototypes.

“For us in the field of development, 3D printing offers much better opportunities for managing our innovation process in a more dynamic way,” said Torsten Meier, VP of research and development at Grohe AG.

“The laboratory expansion means we can now support the development process even more closely and intensively and manage it in a meaningful way using test analyses.

“This means that we are faster and can carry out experiments at a greater volume with lower costs, leading to an increase in the degree of innovation, which is measured by the number of innovative projects we carry out.”

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Heritage Bathrooms launches nationwide search for Stylish Stays in Britain

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Luxury bathroom brand – and Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Heritage Bathrooms – has launched a nationwide search for boutique bathrooms that wow…

Heritage Bathrooms has launched a search for Britain’s best boutique bathroom spaces and is s calling on boutique hotels and luxury rental properties to submit their guest bathrooms for a chance to win a spot on its online Stylish Stays hub.

Featuring a hand-drawn map and a water colour illustration of each hotel, designed by British designer and illustrator Eleanore Longhurst, the hub will feature on Heritage’s website, as well as being included in PR and social media campaigns – encouraging consumers to visit the gorgeous properties and experience a Heritage Bathroom during their stay.

Properties wanting to be included in Heritage’s Stylish Stays hub will be in great company, with hotels including The Raeburn in Edinburgh, Alrewas Hayes in Staffs, and Harbour Lights in Cornwall just some of the locations already set to be included.

The only requirement to secure a spot is for the property to feature Heritage products in their guest bathrooms.

“We know that Heritage Bathrooms products are specified in many boutique hotel bathroom spaces, so we thought the creation of the dedicated ‘Stylish Stays’ hub was an ideal way to share the gorgeous interior spaces that guests can experience, as well as help hotel owners showcase their properties,” Commented Sophie Taylor, national specification manager for Heritage Bathrooms. “We know many homeowners take inspiration from hotel interior design too, so by encouraging guests to visit and see how Heritage products have been used, we hope that we can help inspire their own designs and showcase the quality of our products in an exciting new way.”

With 30 years of experience in bathroom product design, Heritage Bathrooms’ newly launched initiative will further celebrate striking hotel bathroom designs within the boutique hotel market.

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Could the bathroom spa become the hotel bathroom of the future?

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Hotel Designs investigates why the conventional bathroom could soon be a thing of the past…

As we come to the end of technology’s month in the spotlight, the editorial desk at Hotel Designs is somewhat looking towards to future, to every possibility. Everything as we know it has been scrutinised right up to the point where there have been questions as to whether or not there could be a better way to design the modern bathroom.

At an exclusive press event at West One Bathrooms in Battersea, London, that very question was being asked to a sea of journalists. Why do we shower standing up, and could we introduce a better bathroom system into hotels that is more user-friendly and effective for everyone?

The answer could very well have been answered by Sieger Design, who has recently unveiled a product that takes everything we know about today’s bathroom design and flips it on its head. At the event, the CEO and Managing Director Christian Sieger took the audience through the familiar conventional motions and brought forward the possibility that washing does not have to be this way. Cue the launch of Small Size Premium Spa (SSPS).

“Our world is changing,” said Sieger at the event. “More and more people are moving to cities, resulting in an increasing scarcity of living spaces, high-rise apartments and modular hotels. The concept of SSPS fulfills all the standards of a luxury spa in a compact area that is entirely flexible.”

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In an area of just 6m2, SSPS offers a surprisingly wide variety of usage options. The concept is based on a carefully designed zone of architecture and a functional arrangement of elements. The spacious wet zone, measuring approx. 3.5m2, is only separated from the dry zone buy a glass screen.

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There is a wide variety of usage options. For example, SSPS features both a vertical and horizontal shower. The integrated rain panel in the ceiling brings the world of nature indoors. And since the innovation shower applications make it just as comfortable to shower lying down as to take a bath, there’s no need for a bathtub. However, if a bath tub is expressly required, it can be precisely integrated and covered when necessary so that it can used as a seat during other regenerative treatments. Preconfigured scenarios blend light, fragrance and sound to create a soothing experience.

In the dry zone, a double washbasin provides storage and sufficient space for two people. Extendable sprinkler heads and affusion pipes can be used to apply water to individual parts of the body, complimenting the fixed outlets.

The mission statement of Sieger Design is to “Develop brand concepts and products with a unique selling point that is distinctive and success-oriented.” The design agency has been driving significant trends in the sanitary industry since the early ’80s and has been the innovative force behind many types of products. It seems, through broadening its horizons, the agency has opened up the very real possibility of the bathroom spa becoming a popular modern bathroom option that is accessible to all.

If you would like to see the SSPS in action, head down to  West One Bathrooms in Battersea, London.

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Roman Limited launches matt black wetroom panel

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Roman Limited has introduced a matt black profile to its Wetroom Panel collection.

The Liberty matt black wetroom panel has been introduced to Roman’s Liberty Range with 10mm thick glass and a height of 2000mm. It features a matt black profile and a choice of square back to wall or ceiling bracing.

The industrial style clear glass wetroom panel features a matt black profile, which will coordinate beautifully with black brassware across the bathroom. “One of the biggest bathroom trends at the moment is black! We wanted to create the enviable hotel bathroom look, whilst keeping it simple so it can work in the home,” commented David Osborne, Managing Director of Roman. “This Wetroom Panel instantly become a standout feature in the bathroom and create that quiet touch of luxury found in hotel bathrooms.”

Roman’s Liberty Collection incorporates a unique hydro-active wall profile tape system technology, which eliminates the use of silicone to present an easy and water tight installation. The striking minimalist look is captured with the slim wall profile and the frameless design. It can be installed on to one of Roman’s Low Level Infinity Shower Trays or straight to floor using Roman’s Shield Wetroom System for complete level access entry.

GUEST BLOG: Likeable linens for hotel bedrooms & bathrooms

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Hannah Moses of Better Bath shares her views on the importance of choosing the right linens for your hotel bedrooms and bathrooms and why she believes they should be top of the list when decorating said areas.

Bedroom and bathroom linen decisions should be based on the quality and comfortability that your guest would enjoy the most. When choosing the right linens, you want to keep in mind that how your guest relax and sleep through the night can depend highly on the bed sheets and towels that they will use.

How to Select Bedding Your Guest Will Love:

The reason bedsheet fibers differ is in part because of seasonal weather changes along with the softness factor. Here are the fiber choices for fitted or flat bedsheets:

  • Satin- a man-made fiber that is lightweight and shiny in appearance
  • Bamboo- a type of tall grass that is made into fabric
  • Polyester- an inexpensive man-made fiber
  • Microfiber- a delicate synthetic fabric
  • Flannel- a heavier brushed fabric that provides warmth
  • Cotton- the most popular natural fabric
  • Silk- a smooth and shiny natural fabric
  • Blends- a combination of fibers

Another factor to consider when choosing the right bedding for your guest is if they could potentially be sensitive to a particular fabric. One can always make sure to select a type of bedsheet fabric that is hypoallergenic such as organic cotton that is white in color or that is stained with natural dyes. The decision to choose hypoallergenic fabric can ultimately be a marketing opportunity to guest that would feel better knowing the bedding they lay on will be held to the highest standard.

How to Select Towels Your Guest Will Love:

Longevity of the towels you choose for your guest should be of highest importance. Theses towels will go through many washes through the use they endure. Towels are measured by grams per square meter, meaning lower GSM towels are usually lighter weight and thinner by touch, and higher GSM towels are heavier in weight and thicker by touch. Usually a towel that is in between the lower and higher GSM is a good choice.

Egyptian cotton is something everyone is familiar with but not the first pick due to the high cost it can bear. You want your towels to feel luxurious as well as have ultimate drying ability to your guest. Classic white towels tend to work best due to the low fabric dyes that they will have. Going along with the hypoallergenic affect in the sheets, you will want this to continue in the guest bath.

Colour! Select a Color Your Guest Will Love:

While most guest bedding and bath linens are white due to the ease of washing and getting potential stains out work well, choosing earthy calming tones could be another option. Bright colors tend to have an effect on the brain, cool colors such as greys, blue, or even green ease the mind when one makes eye contact with them. White linens in the bathroom still hold true to going with most any color scheme and style the room might have, but on the other hand bed linens have a little wiggle room when choosing color.

Extra Bedding & Duvet Covers You Guest Will Love:

For additional warmth, you must have an assortment of blankets, comforters, or bedspreads. Buying comforters and blankets that are made from wool, cotton, or other fibers are essential to your guest comfortability. Duvet covers are another source of changing the style of the room in one quick change. Duvet covers have several pros; they are easy to remove and wash, one can change the color depending on season or room, and they add an extra choice of bedding that can be for warmth or style of the room instantly.

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SPA SPOTLIGHT: Opinion – Make a statement with your luxury hotel bathrooms

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As part of Hotel Design’s spotlight this month on spa products and services, Michael Gray, GROHE UK Product Manager, investigates the design possibilities offered to hotels by the latest shower, lighting, music and faucet technologies for bathrooms…

Luxury hotel bathrooms are designed to make a statement, using products that encourage wellbeing and promote a space of relaxation.

As a result, there is a huge array of wellness products now available for the hotel and hospitality industry, including showers with mood lighting, steam functions and music controlled by Bluetooth.

Oversized statement showerheads are also available, alongside products that offer a range of spray patterns designed to suit the user’s needs, with side shower sprays offering the opportunity for a massaging showering experience.

Solutions for all budgets

For smaller budgets, showering products are available that offer multiple spray patterns from an intense jet to a relaxing massage spray. This adds a simple but indulgent addition to your showering experience, offering you the choice to tailor the water flow to suit your mood.

Hotel bathrooms should offer the ultimate sanctuary in which to unwind at the end of the day.  Features like showers with multiple spray patterns and massaging function to statement taps designed to catch the eye will always impress clients.

Smart technology can also be considered for hotel bathrooms, particularly as more guests look to have a staycation to unwind and relax. Many smart products are now available in the bathroom from high tech toilets, to spa-inspired showers that help to create a relaxing bathroom sanctuary at the end of a busy day sightseeing or shopping.

Already a well-known feature in commercial washrooms, touchless taps are now gaining popularity in hotel bathrooms due to their unique combination of comfort and hygiene and convenient hands-free activation. Through the touchless sensor activated control, the taps minimise the spread of bacteria to contribute to a healthy bathroom. This also helps to keep the tap sparkling clean for longer, reducing maintenance and maximising product life. They also often come with a timer which automatically stops the water flow after a desired length of time to reduce wastage.

Stylish and hygienic

Shower toilets are the norm in Asia and now there is an increasing demand for these hygienic toilet systems in Europe, in both hotels and homes. Shower toilets feature an integrated bidet system and are designed to harness the gentle and effective cleansing benefits of water to help deliver optimum hygiene levels in the bathroom, and often come with a host of advanced features. Thanks to the gentle and natural cleansing process, the need for toilet paper is eliminated, thus the systems offer excellent eco-credentials.

Certain shower toilets offer smart technology, including extensive options that allow users to create a personalised cleansing routine, including adjusting the water pressure and position of the spray arm, to the preferred temperature, spray pattern and cleansing cycle.

The individual settings can be controlled intuitively using either the remote control or via an app which allows users to store all their favourite settings on a digital device. Some brands have also taken into consideration common annoyances for users, such as having to go to the toilet at night, and have combatted this by designing toilets with LED lighting.

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To work with Hotel Designs on our SPA SPOTLIGHT feature across April please contact Jennie Lane / 01992 374098.

Roca takes inspiration from its past for new Carmen collection

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The collection includes a close coupled WC, basin and pedestal, with a complementary furniture range and mirror.

Roca says its new Carmen range is based on its collection from the 1940s, having been launched to celebrate the company’s centenary.

However, it still features the latest in technology and material innovations. For example, the WC is rimless for greater hygiene and easier cleaning, as well as being fitted with a water distributor that Roca says provides an improved flushing performance.

The seat cover has been manufactured with SUPRALIT, a new exclusive resin registered by Roca, which it says is more durable (offering greater resistance to chemical agents and to discolouration), more hygienic (four times less porous material) and easier to clean (surface with soft and rounded angles).

The collection includes a close coupled WC, basin and pedestal, with a complementary furniture range and mirror also available.

Roca has also developed a range of Carmen brassware to complete the product family. It has an authentic period design with  the latest generation of flow limiters that its says guarantee a 5l/m flow, regardless of the system pressure.

As well as its ceramic disc operation, the Carmen taps has the Roca Evershine electroplating process applied for anticorrosion, lifetime brightness and anti-scratching.

“Over the last few years, the trend for vintage and classical design has continued to grow,” said Alan Dodds, Managing Director of Roca UK. “From the research we have conducted, vintage means more than just antiques, it is about classic and timeless design that is still relevant today. That is why we have introduced Carmen, it is a collection that is routed in the past but has all the attributes to complement a modern bathroom.”

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Interior design for bathrooms: the current trends and most spectacular looks to inspire interior envy

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Hotel Designs are celebrating spectacular bathrooms, from stunning hotel bathroom designs to bespoke home solutions. In need of some design inspiration? Here are some of the bathrooms we can’t get out of our minds and, quite frankly, need in our home…

The One With A View: MKV Design‘s bathrooms at the Bürgenstock Hotel

The hotel’s new double-sized tubs have window views over Lake Lucerne, and the Swiss Alpine range. For a quicker fiz, an oversized “rain” shower falls onto marble walls and flooring. A warm, natural colour palette is designed to compliment the sheer views out the window, rather than fight them.

The Classic One: The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Hotel, newly opened

Boutique hotel group Principal have opened their latest hotel, and their first in Edinburgh. Comprising seven Georgian townhouses the hotel backs onto one of Edinburgh’s chicest private squares. The hotel was previously known as The Roxburghe Hotel, but has been completely refitted by eminent interior designers Goddard Littlefair. The rooms, including the bathroom, are inspired by “the golden age of travel” and we adore these freestanding baths with views out over bustling Edinburgh…

The Glamorous One: Roca bathroom solutions for the home

Roca make bathroom solutions that are both sustainable and stylish. The Italian company founded in 1917 have just released two new ranges, Roca and a Georgio Armani collaboration, Armani Roca. The Armani Roca collection features ergonomic shapes which feel retro, but they’re paired with up-to-date technology.  The collection has been described by the brand as “both contemporary and timeless,” towing the line of the designer’s clothes ranges.

The Vintage One: Batty Langley’s hotel

Repurposing vintage showers and baths is nothing new, but boutique London hotel Batty Langley’s – in the throws of Spitalfields Market – boasts the most extensive range of vintage items in a hotel that we’ve ever seen. Room is individually fitted with Victorian rolltop baths, and stand alone, genuinely impressive metal showers in polished bronze tones. Lavish, but in a nerdy, all-consuming “we love interior design” kind of way. You’ll not want to go outside.

The Opulent One: Maison Valentina

Maison Valentina is a new luxury bathroom brand that provides a collection capable of making project dreams a reality with high-end solutions as bathtubs, washbasins and free-standing units – all made with the finest selection of materials; brass, marble, wood, glassEach piece is crafted with rare handiwork techniques and contemporary design.

The Tech-Savvy One: Grohe

GROHE F-digital Deluxe takes the concept of luxurious and personalised showering to the next level. A user can simply select a coloured lighting to suit the mood, favourite music and the right amount of steam to enhance the shower experience. All the individual modules of GROHE F-digital Deluxe can be controlled from a variety of mobile digital devices via an app for ease and convenience.

An in-depth look at Roca’s new Armani and Modo bathroom ranges

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“Always attentive to the changes in society relating to water,” Roca make bathroom solutions that are both sustainable and stylish. The Spanish company founded in 1917 have just released two new ranges, Roca and a Georgio Armani collaboration, Armani Roca.

Roca have taken home awards for sustainability and innovation, and have grown to become one of the world’s leading providers of baths, sinks and showers. Their modern approach and considered approach over the last 100 years has led to international acclaim, and partnerships with the likes of fashion designer Georgio Armani.

The Armani/Roca Baia collection features ergonomic shapes which feel retro, but they’re paired with up-to-date technology.  The collection has been described by the brand as “both contemporary and timeless,” towing the line of the designer’s clothes ranges.

The countertop over-countertop washbasins heavily feature brassware, a staple material used heavily in the brand’s bathroom designs. The range arrives in quirky shades of matte gold and dark metallic, eye-catching and offball.

A new range of classic brassware fittings have also been designed. The highlight of which is a retro-inspired bath filler (freestanding within the bath) features surprising thermostatic technology, and a vintage-inspired shower column.

The range also boasts a new freestanding bath tub, wash basins, towel rails, and a new range of toilets and bidets with advanced technological flushes.

‘Griege’, brushed steel and chrome are further colour notes in the collection.

Roca have also created their own genuinely ground-breaking new material, which they exclusively own. SURFEX® is quite remarkable. SURFEX is made from organic and 100% recyclable materials, and can be poured into bespoke moulds to create baths and sinks in new shapes previously impossible to make without seam and joints.

When the statement pieces aren’t wanted anymore, the pieces can be reprocessed again and made into new designs. Also, the design of the new material conserves the water temperature for longer, and reduces minimal chemicals when created.

Using the innovative SURFEX formulation, defined angles and shapes can be formed that other materials simply couldn’t create. From the design to the finishing touches, the material is really what makes this range stand out,” says Alan Dodds, Managing Director of Roca UK.

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GROHE Euro Ceramics

Introducing GROHE Euro Ceramics

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Imagine a great looking bathroom that is universally suitable to all types of projects. A bathroom which is both hugely practical but also fun and visually distinctive. The Euro Ceramic range has been specially designed to combine an excellent performance with an attractive price, making it the perfect choice for specifiers working on commercial and residential projects.

Raj Mistry, GROHE UK Marketing Director comments: “Following on from the GROHE Bau Ceramics collection, Euro line harnesses parent company Lixil’s expertise in the ceramics market and combines it with GROHE’s award-winning innovation and design leadership. The range provides a one-stop solution for designers, reducing the need to specify products from different manufacturers and offering reassurance that all aspects of the GROHE ceramics and brassware will co-ordinate perfectly, both in terms of style and functionality.”

GROHE Euro CeramicsThe Euro line collection is designed to complement a modern lifestyle, with a contemporary style that is a perfect match with mixers and fittings in GROHE’s Eurosmart and Eurostyle lines, as well as with Eurosmart Cosmopolitan and Eurostyle Cosmopolitan. The range offers huge design flexibility for specifiers who can choose between four styles of basin for their project including wall hung, countertop and under counter basins, and wall hung and floor standing toilets and bidets. There is also the option to upgrade to a basin or toilet which comes with GROHE’s hygiene coating called PureGuard which combines an anti-stick coating and anti-bacterial glaze technology. This helps to protect against lime scale and bacteria for a long and hygienic product life. The collection has also been specially designed to suit the needs of small bathrooms, as all Euro basins and toilets feature a compact size and design to use space effectively.

Michael Gray, GROHE UK Product Manager, says “The Euro line collection comes with a number of added benefits, including a Triple Vortex flush on the toilets, ensuring the bowl is thoroughly and powerfully rinsed and Rimless technology leaving dirt nowhere to hide. The toilets also come with a Quick Release seat for easy removal and maintenance, the option of a soft or regular close, and a fully skirted design and hidden fixation for a sleek appearance. The basins are available in a wide range of sizes and mounting options, including full and semi-pedestal. For ultimate peace of mind and emphasising GROHE quality, the Euro line collection is available with a five year guarantee on all products.”

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AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

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Hansgrohe has had a great end to 2017 after scooping a hat-trick of awards. Winning three prestigious awards within the bathroom industry including; Star Product of the Year at the 2017 ek&bbusiness Awards, Silver for the Best Bathroom product at the House Beautiful Awards and the “Innovation in Design Collaboration” award for AXOR Uno at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom ceremony held last month.

ek&business Awards
The ek&business Awards were held on 30th November at a stunning festive ceremony at The Brewery in London – Hansgrohe won the Star Product Bathrooms category with the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200/300 4jet.

House Beautiful Awards
Hansgrohe was delighted to receive the Silver Award for The Best Bathroom with the AXOR – Uno Basin Mixer at the prestigious House Beautiful Awards held at IET London, Savoy Place. The House Beautiful Awards are judged by an independent panel of journalists and designers who select the leading products for 2017; that celebrate the very best in homes and interiors.

The Designer Awards
Hansgrohe won in the Innovation in Design Collaboration category at the 15th Annual 2017 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards with AXOR Uno. Around 400 professionals from the kitchen and bathroom industry, came together to celebrate excellence in professional residential design and innovation in new product design. Seven experienced and highly respected judges recognised the collections’ timeless design merits, high quality materials and innovation. Strictly star Claudia Winkleman presented the award to Martin Mongan, Managing Director Hansgrohe UK; “We are delighted to have been recognised not once but three times by our peers in the bathroom industry for our excellent style, innovative design and outstanding quality.”

Axor Uno
AXOR Uno follows the uncompromising design principles of the original Purist movement with consistent construction: two precisely shaped cylinders joined together at a right angle. The spouts and handles are available in radical or gently rounded versions. The precise contours and the raised proportions in the golden ratio of the taps are their defining stylistic features, lending them a special aura and giving them a sleek and elegant look in any setting. Special surface finishes impart added radiance to the collection, which comprises over 70 products for washbasins, showers and bathtubs.

ShowerHeaven
Showering in a new dimension of radiant beauty: the AXOR ShowerHeaven is an impressive overhead shower with a 1.2 metre long and 30 centimetre wide generous, plane surface of high-quality metal. Its four retractable “wings” and integrated ambient lighting, not only make it a fabulous stage for water, but also create a new archetype in the shower. Three jet types guarantee a luxurious showering experience: the concentrated mono jet in the middle, the expansive rain jet, and the body jets with their unique PowderRain spray. A relaxing massage spray, a soothing rain shower, or a gentle drizzle: the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 allows users to shower using each jet type individually, or all three in unison – a spectacular sensory experience.

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Armani/Roca

Armani/Roca delights visitors to Sleep 2017

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Global bathroom brand, Roca, enthralled visitors at Sleep 2017, Europe’s leading hotel & design event, with its striking new Armani/Roca Baia collection. The sophisticated and elegant stand explored the personal experience of the bathroom space with a focus on the luxurious new range from Armani/Roca.

Mark Poulain, International Specification Manager at Roca, comments, ‘Sleep 2017 proved to be a big success for Roca with one of the best starts to the show in the five years Roca has been exhibiting. This year we presented the new Armani/Roca Baia collection – a range of feature pieces soon to be added to the excellent Armani/Roca portfolio. We had a fantastic response to the stand with extremely positive feedback on the beautiful finishes and stunning Armani/Roca designs. The Roca Group has showcased a broad mix of products over the years at Sleep allowing us to highlight how strong our product offering is.”

Armani/RocaWith the new Baia collection, Giorgio Armani once again shows his commitment to promoting comfort and wellbeing, expressing his vision of the bathroom environment through a combination of elements that allow maximum flexibility and adaptability.

Armani/RocaParticular attention has been paid to the ergonomics of each piece. The aesthetic intentionally references the past but the retro styling has been interpreted in a modern manner and incorporates avant-garde technology.

Armani/RocaThe result is a new versatile bathroom collection, which manages to be both contemporary and timeless, in accordance with Giorgio Armani’s well-known design philosophy.

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Product Spotlight hansgrohe RainSelect at Sleep 2017

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RainSelect, launched at November’s Sleep show, is an intuitive and convenient central control unit, providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity.

Generous, 70 x 70 millimetre switches make selecting shower settings a tactile experience. Underlying this is hansgrohe’s Select technology, which controls the various functions on a purely mechanical basis.

hansgrohe RainSelectIts aesthetically sophisticated design and linear, horizontal shape make it a striking addition to the bathroom. Its unique, sleek silhouette, which gives the wall a clean and uncluttered look, was developed in collaboration with Phoenix Design.

There are two models to choose from: for the shower area, and a separate solution for bathtub showers. Three surface finishes enable customised and consistent bathroom design: white or black-backed glass, or the more traditional chrome-coloured metal.

Luv collection by Duravit wins at DKB Awards 2017

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On Wednesday 22nd November, Duravit, a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms, was invited to attend the 15th Annual 2017 Designer and Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

Held at The Bloomsbury Big Top in central London, around 400 professionals from the kitchen and bathroom industry, came together to celebrate excellence in professional residential design and innovation in new product design.

Duravit’s Luv collection, designed by Cecilie Manz, received the award for ‘Innovation in Design’ in the bathroom products category. Seven experienced and highly respected judges recognised the collections’ timeless design merits, high quality materials and innovation.

Luv by Cecilie Manz wins at the Annual 2017 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom AwardsStrictly Come Dancing star Claudia Winkleman presented the award to Martin Carroll, Managing Director, Duravit UK who commented: “We are delighted to be recognized as an industry leader in product innovation by the judges at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards. Our close collaboration with internationally renowned designers such as Cecilie Manz has enabled us to make designer bathrooms come alive by combining the highest quality original design and innovative materials with comfort-enhancing technology.”

Luv was launched at ISH 2017 and combines Nordic purism and timeless elegance. Gentle forms follow a sharp geometry. The selection of materials and colours is testament to Cecilie Manz’s refined sense for nuanced form. Her colour palette of matt lacquers and glazes in soft shades was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasises the fresh character of Luv.

Maison Valentina

Bolder Bathrooms Focus: Maison Valentina

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Maison Valentina is a new luxury bathroom brand that provides a collection capable of making project dreams a reality with high-end solutions as bathtubs, washbasins and free-standing units – all made with the finest selection of materials; brass, marble, wood, glass.

Each piece is crafted with rare handiwork techniques and contemporary design.

Check out their range below and find out more by clicking here

Koi washbasin and Koi bathtub - Maison Valentina

KOI Washbasin - Maison Valentina

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Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from Crosswater

Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from Crosswater

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As an essential component for the bathroom, Crosswater’s latest collection of cosmetic mirrors combine superior functionality with sleek design to create the perfect detail mirror to complete your bathroom scheme.

Four new designs have been launched within the Mike PRO mirror range with compact proportions and considered features that transform daily cosmetic routines with ease. Industry advances in LED performance are embraced in three of the designs to ensure the optimum level of light within the contemporary circular frame.

Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from CrosswaterThe mirror itself provides a magnification factor of three, creating a depth of detail in the reflection, whilst vertical pivot capabilities offer the option to adjust the mirror to your desired position.

Choose from either a fixed or flexible wall mounted mirror as well as a freestanding tabletop design, each of which is finished in chrome with the addition of LED lighting for a look of refined luxury.

Product Spotlight: Mike PRO mirror range from CrosswaterThe final new mirror within the Mike Pro collection is an extendable wall mounted design, with options that allow you to extend the mirror from the minimum of 45mm to a vast 375mm. The double-sided configuration provides both a regular and magnified mirror to choose from, whilst the frame can be both tilted and pivoted to the perfect angle.

PRICES
1. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £395.00 (main image)
2. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £525.00
3. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £450.00
4. PRO Round Cosmetic Mirror: £155.00

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HiB’s new range reveals deluxe design statement

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Testament to HiB’s outstanding design credentials, the leading bathroom furniture manufacturer is adding to its stunning portfolio of products with the launch of the brand-new Reveal cabinet.

Ideally suited to bathrooms where simplicity is a must, Reveal directly taps into consumers’ ongoing love affair with the minimalist trend. A deluxe design statement with subtle, recessed handles, the range conveys a beautiful balance of style and substance.

Making all the difference for householders, Reveal offers a wealth of personalisation options, such as shaped or rectangular mineral marble basins and a choice of colours including HiB’s most popular shade, white, as well as deep anthracite and on trend gloss light grey. Consumers can complete the look with co-ordinated LED ambient under-lighting and a chic illuminated mirrored cabinet to complement the range.

A versatile storage solution, Reveal provides homeowners with seamless ease of use thanks to a plethora of considered design details. The range further lends itself to the minimalist style through deep drawers and eight interlocking drawer organisers to make clutter a thing of the past, whilst soft close drawers add an extra touch of luxury.

Reveal 50 Gloss Light Grey roomset - HiBAsh Chilver, sales director at HiB, said: “Homeowners are putting growing pressure on their bathrooms to be the perfect sanctuary where they can escape from the stresses of everyday life; a place where they can truly be themselves. At HiB, we recognise the onus is therefore on manufacturers to ensure we are continually innovating to improve the bathroom experience for the end user.

“Reveal is an excellent example of our commitment to driving change in the market and the new range is ideally suited to those seeking a storage solution which makes a world of difference to their bathroom design, combining truly beautiful design with exceptional practicality.”

The Reveal range comes in sizes 50, 60 and 80cm widths and is available in either wide wall hung or floor standing units.

www.hibnovum.co.uk

AXOR Showers

AXOR Showers: Masterpieces of design

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The new AXOR showers combine purist design with an unsurpassed showering experience. The circular AXOR 350 overhead shower, the AXOR ShowerPipe 800 with its matching AXOR thermostat 800; the rectangular AXOR 250 / 580 and 460 / 300 overhead showers, and the AXOR Select thermostat module, were all created in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based Phoenix Design.

Pure Simplicity: AXOR Overhead Shower and ShowerPipe
The AXOR 350 1jet captivates through its consistent purist design language. Its imposing circular design captures the bathroom space majestically. The finely milled and turned edges of the high-quality metal plate are its defining stylistic feature, reflecting superb craftsmanship. The new AXOR ShowerPipe 800 shower system includes the AXOR thermostat mixer 800 with large mirror glass shelf and hand shower plus the AXOR 350 overhead shower. An extravagant system of water channels in a purist pipe design culminates in a revolutionary new spray type: PowderRain – this gently envelops the skin like a silky rain shower and delivers a luxurious showering experience. AXOR offers a choice 15 special surface finishes for added radiance.

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Distinctive: the rectangle is the defining shape – for the overhead shower, the wall and ceiling plates, and even the thermostat module. Crafted from high-quality metal, the spray plate maintains a range of spray types: a gush spray for a gentle neck massage, a focused and powerful mono spray or a voluptuous rain spray. The detachable metal plate is easy to clean and is available in 15 special surface finishes. Its functional counterpart is the AXOR thermostat module. Its integrated, seamless design and continuous surface blends elegantly with any bathroom. Inspired by ripples on an endless surface of water, the Select buttons allow users to precisely switch between jet types and showerheads – innovation at the touch of a button.

AXOR Showers 350 AXOR One Thermostat“AXOR showers create a space for appreciation: their design, material and the way they set the stage for the precious element of water give the shower space a flawless appearance. Each individual product, from the exclusive AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 and AXOR 350 overhead shower with PowderRain, to the amply proportioned buttons on the AXOR Select thermostat module, reflects this respect. Products like these are the result of our uncompromising pursuit of perfection when it comes to design, craftsmanship and functionality,” explains Silke Giessler, Head of AXOR Brand Marketing.

The new AXOR showers were premiered at ISH 2017 in Frankfurt and can be viewed at The Water Studio, Clerkenwell, London.

Kaldewei fits out bathrooms for Le Roch

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The new Le Roch Hôtel & Spa Paris designer hotel, in the Saint-Honoré quarter of the French capital, guarantees its guests premium relaxation.

The 5-star property’s bathrooms are the perfect place to retreat from the hectic hustle & bustle of the city – fitted with high-end bathroom solutions made of Kaldewei steel enamel including the enamelled Conoflat shower surface or the Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval bathtub. Interior designer Sarah Lavoine was responsible for creating the inviting, boutique-look setting, offering guests the highest degree of comfort and elegant design.

Le Roch Hôtel & Spa Paris features 37 stylishly furnished rooms and suites. Each of the rooms bears the signature of Parisian interior designer, Sarah Lavoine, who has won international acclaim for her skillful use of colours and materials. Her passion for authentic Parisian chic is evident in every detail, lending this boutique hotel a warm, homely feel.

Opulent interplay of colours and materials in the bathrooms
A mix of fine materials, harmonious colours and Parisian motifs in the 32 rooms and five suites gives guests a sense of well-being. Lavoine continues her design concept in the bathrooms, combining wall tiles and velvet-upholstered furniture in vibrant blues with high-end bathroom solutions made of Kaldewei steel enamel.

In the suite bathrooms, for example, the Kaldewei Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval with its seamless panelling is an elegant eye-catching feature. In addition to its minimalist design, the Meisterstück bathtub also scores high in the comfort stakes: two comfortable backrests and a centrally-positioned, enamelled waste cover make this the perfect tub for a blissfully relaxing bath à deux.

Comfort and aesthetic with Kaldewei bathroom solutions
The bathrooms in the Deluxe category are equally designed to a demanding standard, also making use of Kaldewei solutions. In these bathrooms, the floor-level Conoflat shower surface with its flat design offers exclusive showering pleasure with no step. The flat enamelled waste cover guarantees both superb underfoot comfort and an exceptional aesthetic. The Classic Duo Oval bathtub made of superior steel enamel also promises relaxation and timeless elegance.

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GROHE a big ‘success’ at Grand Designs Live

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Following its debut at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham, GROHE’s UK Marketing Director Raj Mistry, has labelled the event a ‘tremendous success’ as it drew big crowds to its stand to learn more about its innovative water products.

This year, the popular consumer home and renovation show welcomed thousands of visitors, many of whom were drawn to GROHE’s stand. One of the big attractions to the GROHE stand was its activity with celebrity TV chef Ed Baines, who has partnered with GROHE to support its Blue Home kitchen tap which dispenses filtered still, medium or sparkling water on demand.

GROHE at Grand Designs LiveThis is the third in a series of partnered events with Ed Baines, who has been highlighting the many benefits of having access to pure, filtered water. On this occasion, he entertained the crowds with a series of live cooking demonstrations using water from both the Blue Home and the Red, GROHE‘s kettle hot water tap, as an integral part of his recipes. Mixologists, Eventology, were also on hand to serve up delicious mocktails using water from the GROHE Blue Home on the first day of the show to mark its opening.

GROHE’s UK Marketing Director, Raj Mistry, said: “We are delighted with the success of our first exhibition at Grand Designs Live, providing an important platform in the home development and building sector to showcase our kitchen offerings and encourage our guests to consider the benefits of unbottled and instantly available filtered water. Using filtered water from our Blue and Red not only has environmental benefits, but delivers an improved taste experience both in terms of delicious still and sparkling chilled water, as well as kettle hot water for drinks or to enhance flavours when cooking. Offering our guests the chance to taste the difference for themselves through mocktails and samples cooked by Ed Baines really brought the stand to life.”

www.grohe.co.uk

Forward Features: November - Bolder Bathrooms

Forward Features: November – Bolder Bathrooms

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In November, Hotel Designs will be focussing on bolder baths and bathrooms.

There’s a new wave of attention-grabbing free-standing tubs – especially in boutique hotels. We will be working with our bathroom supplier clients to look at the very best examples and how these statement items can make or break a hotel bathroom.

Our clients within the bathroom sector include Crosswater and Roca – see a full list of our clients here.

If you want to get your company and products in front of an audience of interior designers, procurement specialists and hoteliers for a month of focussed editorial, this is a fantastic opportunity.

If you wish to find out more, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

Duravit HygieneGlaze

Product Spotlight: HygieneGlaze 2.0 from Duravit

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After the successful launch of HygieneGlaze in 2015, the innovative ceramic glaze has been further developed by Duravit’s research and development team, and now has a new formula: HygieneGlaze 2.0.

The new HygieneGlaze 2.0, which is baked into the ceramic during firing, is not only extremely effective, but also acts very quickly. After just six hours, 90% of bacteria are killed. After twelve hours, a 99.9% reduction is achieved – the same effect as its predecessor, but in half the time. After 24 hours, this percentage rises to 99.999% – an unprecedented level.

Additional activation mechanisms and components have been deployed in this new, patented process. The optimized formula of HygieneGlaze 2.0 contains a new combination of metal ions and other active substances, which is particularly effective in eradicating bacteria like E. coli, for example. The effectiveness is based on an oligodynamic reaction, which illustrates the detrimental effect of positively charged metal ions on bacteria.

HygieneGlaze 2.0 is integrated into the glaze during firing. This manufacturing process ensures an extremely effective reduction in pathogens such as escherichia coli. Baked into the ceramic and extending from the interior to the rim of the toilet or urinal, HygieneGlaze 2.0 is effective in the areas particularly susceptible to the accumulation of bacteria.

The effect of the innovative glaze on bacteria was so powerful during the hygienic microbiological tests that the measuring procedure results far exceeded the current limit. For this reason, subsequent investigations considered kinetics for the first time. Beforehand, only the starting and finishing concentrations after 24 hours were measured. Now, researchers can measure effectiveness over time and thereby show how many bacteria have been wiped out after 6, 12 and 24 hours.

HygieneGlaze 2.0 is available for all toilets and urinals in the Architec, Darling New, D-Code, DuraStyle, Happy D.2, ME by Starck, P3 Comforts, Starck 3 and Vero Air ranges.

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VitrA joins with world-renowned designers for Sleep

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At Sleep this year (21-22 November 2017), VitrA will be introducing products from world-renowned designers such as Sebastian Conran and Matteo Thun alongside furniture from burgbad, a subsidiary of the Eczacıbaşı Group, and tiles from the company’s own tile division.

Imagined around the concept of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this year’s display will focus on bathroom accommodation that champions rest, recuperation and relaxation. Suited for all hotel budgets whether refurbishment, new build, off site, budget or grand-luxury specification, highlights on the stand will include the new luxurious Water Jewels bath.

This freestanding 190-by-90cm tub is doubleended and can have a chrome or gold waste. Also on show will be the elegant Outline basins and Suit brassware as well as the Diva 2.0 and Mya furniture ranges from burgbad.

“No matter what kind of hotel or guest house, bathrooms today are about as far from the old basin, pedestal bath and WC as you can get,” comments Margaret Talbot, Marketing Manager of VitrA. “These products are at the luxury end of the market but we offer something to suit every hotel from B&B to five stars. VitrA is very much a dedicated bathroom destination for specifiers and designers as we offer sanitaryware, furniture, accessible products, baths, accessories and brassware as well as the technical knowledge and experience to create stunning bathrooms,” she adds.

The full range will be showcased at the VitrA stand (G17) on 21 and 22 November 2017.

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Fresh inspiration for hotel design from GROHE at Sleep 2017

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Have you booked your tickets to The Sleep Event yet? Visit the only dedicated event for design, architecture and development of hotels.

GROHE will present a selection of new products and will welcome our customers and guests in the VIP Business Lounge.

Time to Rethink the Definition of “Luxury Hotels”
Luxury isn’t what it used to be, at least not for the hotel industry. Traditional concepts of luxury may still have their place in the market but they are increasingly being replaced with new forms, as the tastes, habits and desires of the guests who can afford such properties change. Read more from Matt Turner, Editor-in-Chief at the show’s magazine Sleeper in the GROHE Water Intelligence Enjoyment book.

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The Smart Choice – New Smart Control Concealed

This innovative technology was developed to provide perfect ease of operation: push the button to start the shower, turn to adjust the water volume, and push again to pause or stop the shower. Perfect for hotel use as the intuitive control of the push button is ideal for the first time user.

Have you booked your tickets to The Sleep Event yet? Visit the only dedicated event for design, architecture and development of hotels
You can click here for your free entrance ticket – by pre-registering you will save time getting into the event. At the end of the registration process you will have the additional benefit of entering a draw to win a GROHE Blue Home and GROHE Red.

GROHE VIP Business Lounge (by invitation) and stand G4 opposite the lounge
The Sleep Event, 21st – 22nd November, Business Design Centre, London
www.thesleepevent.com

Laufen BASE bathroom set

Laufen launches BASE bathroom furniture set

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The new BASE bathroom furniture set from Laufen is the essential accompaniment for today’s bathroom. Providing essential storage for day to day items including towels, toiletries and other bathroom utensils, the furniture range helps create an efficient and organised result.

Slim and coordinated to the bathroom ceramics, the new Base range of bathroom furniture offers an ideal solution for every size of bathroom.

Base is designed to offer exceptionally high quality whilst ensuring the range is also excellent value for money. Laufen’s new range gives a timeless, minimalist look, in the best Swiss design tradition.

The six standard finishes available provide the consumer with a range of colour options that embellish and enhance any bathroom design. The light and dark wood veneer finishes bring a natural warmth to the room. Thanks to the three-dimensional wood-like structure, the surfaces have a high-quality finish and give the appearance of real wood.

With impact and scratch resistant surfaces, as well as being splash-proof and easy to clean, they are also suitable for tough everyday use in the family bathroom.

Practicality is a key consideration and the smart internal drawer compartment made of transparent plastic is included in the top drawer of the vanity units, unique to Laufen. The removable tidy feature is ideal for storage in a clear and easily accessible way, and is also easy to remove for cleaning.

The Base range includes vanity units for the Val and Laufen Pro S bathroom collections, together with prefabricated Pro S slim washbasin packs. The vanity units for Laufen’s Pro S and Val washbasins have been fitted with elegant narrow handles in aluminium while the vanity units for the Pro S slim washbasins, are finished flush with the front of the furniture and come without handles to feature softclose drawers.

There are matching medium and tall cabinets available with a matching laundry basket is also available for all versions at 335mm deep. For individual bathroom scenarios Laufen also offers the option of the 335mm-deep single-door tall cabinet in a bespoke width between 250 and 450mm, and up to a maximum height of 1650mm, allowing bathroom planners additional options when planning challenging bathrooms.

Another practical feature is a small, open-sided free-hanging mirror cabinet element with two trays. It brings additional mirror surfaces and further easily-accessible storage space into the bathroom. In addition, there are also four sizes of mirror cabinets available in the Base range, which are coordinated to the washbasin widths, offering an ideal complement and the perfect finishing touch.

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GROHE unveils first ceramic collections launching in November

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The new Bau and Euro Ceramic collections were premiered at ISH and will be available from November 2017.

Through introducing its first ceramics offerings, GROHE is now able to provide a complete one stop solution for the home owner and specifier when planning a new bathroom. Both collections have been made to match in form and function with a selection of GROHE taps, flush plates and accessories for a complete and visually coordinated beautiful bathroom – all by GROHE.

GROHE Bau Ceramic collection – versatility for a modern life
With its soft round shapes, the timeless Bau Ceramic collection fits harmoniously into any bathroom setting. Its understated design makes it the perfect choice for both residential and public buildings, such as hotels. The basin collection comprises of three wall-hung basins in widths of 55cm, 60cm and 65cm and a hand rinse basin that is 45cm wide. A pedestal and semi pedestal are available to cover the water and waste pipe work. The collection also has built-in basins that can be dropped in or built in from under the counter. For WCs, the collection offers a broad range of products that are both rimless and timeless. In addition to a wall-hung, wash-down WC, there is a floor-standing version with a horizontal or vertical outlet. WC seats with optional soft-closing covers complete the series. The Bau Ceramic urinals come with a concealed inlet/outlet or top inlet. The range also includes a wall-hung bidet as well as a floor-standing model. The comprehensive range is supplemented by coordinating GROHE Bau Cosmopolitan accessories, such as soap dispensers and towel rails, to ensure a perfectly matching design.

GROHE Euro Ceramic collection- elegance for the contemporary bathroom
In addition to Bau Ceramic, GROHE will also launch the Euro Ceramic collection to fit the matching GROHE portfolio. Euro Ceramic encapsulates contemporary style to create a modern bathroom that can be enjoyed for years to come. The bathroom ceramics coordinate effortlessly with the mixers and fittings in GROHE’s Eurosmart and Eurostyle lines, as well as with Eurosmart Cosmopolitan and Eurostyle Cosmopolitan. The range development was centred around the sophisticated toilet bowls, which possess a number of unique properties including rimless flushing technology, invisible fastenings plus the super hygienic ProGuard finish, to set them apart from the competition. In addition, they feature the innovative HyperClean surface, which uses silver ions to reduce bacteria growth by up to 99 percent. The biggest advantage of the Euro Ceramics bowl is its Triple Vortex flushing technology. This uses three separate outlets to generate a powerful swirl to flush the inside of the bowl both more effectively and with less noise compared to a conventional bowl. It is benefits like these which make Euro Ceramics the ideal complement to a modern lifestyle.

The collection also features four styles of basin including wall hung, countertop and under counter basins for design flexibility. In addition, the Euro Ceramic range includes wall hung and floor standing toilets and bidets. The customer also has the option to upgrade to a basin or toilet which comes with GROHE’s hygiene coating combining ProGuard with HyperClean technology.

Perfect matches for the bathroom
Every ceramic and tap combination has been tested by experts. GROHE ceramics can be combined with GROHE taps and WC flush plates to complete the look, promising the highest level of comfort without splashing. Installation has been kept simple and the product reliable thanks to a five-year consumer guarantee on the GROHE ceramic for peace of mind.
All GROHE ceramic products provide business partners with added value and simplify the choices and design options for the bathroom. As a supplier of complete bathroom ranges, GROHE can now offer the perfect combination of form and function in bathroom design for consumers through to project planners. In particular, partners who wish to fulfill their clients’ requests with perfect match solutions from one supplier will benefit from this.

www.grohe.co.uk

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GROHE wins nine awards at the Iconic Awards 2017

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Every year, the Iconic Awards recognise visionary buildings, innovative products, and sustainable communication in the architecture, construction and production industry sectors.

This year, GROHE has been announced as the winner of nine coveted awards in the categories “Product“, “Communication“ and “Architecture“. The official award ceremony will be held on the 4th of October 2017 at BMW Welt in Munich.

– “Product” category: three “Best of Best“ Iconic Awards 2017 for Blue Home, Concetto Professional and Euphoria 260 as well as awards for the Sense and Sense Guard, Lineare, Essence Professional and Smart Control Concealed
– ”Communication“ category: award for the publication series “GROHE Architekturlösungen” (“GROHE Architectural Solutions”)
– “Architecture“ category: award for GROHE’s trade fair booth at ISH 2017

The GROHE Blue Home water system, the Concetto Professional kitchen tap and the Euphoria 260 shower head each won a “Best of Best” Iconic Award 2017 in the “Product” category. At the touch of a button, the GROHE Blue Home water system delivers delicious filtered water chilled to the perfect drinking temperature in three options: sparkling, lightly sparkling or still, directly into your glass. The system, which combines timeless design with innovative technology, consists of an elegant kitchen tap and a high-performance cooler with integrated filter. This “private water source” will ensure you remain refreshed in the most sustainable and resource-saving way possible.

GROHE SmartControl Concealed with SmartboxWith its GrohFlexx and EasyDock M technology, the GROHE Concetto Professional kitchen tap is incredibly flexible and easy to use. The tap has a silicone hose with an integrated metal spring, allowing it to turn 360 degrees, and a button for simple switching between normal water flow and a jet spray – perfect for washing dishes, rinsing vegetables and filling tall pots effortlessly.

The Euphoria 260 shower head transforms showering into a soothing and personalised experience, with its 260mm diameter and three zone features. The user can change the flow of water to suit their mood, choosing between a powerful concentrated jet to a stimulating and invigorating stream and even a full soft rain shower by simply turning the SmartControl panel.

In the “Product” category, GROHE has also won Iconic Awards for its Lineare and Essence Professional tap collections, the concealed shower control element SmartControl Concealed and GROHE Sense and Sense Guard, the new water security system. With its clear lines, the Lineare mixer range is designed to create contours in your bathroom, while the Essence Professional tap line makes your work in the kitchen more efficient and comfortable. The flush and minimalist designed SmartControl Concealed can be controlled by intuitive push and turn technology. Meanwhile, the innovative and smart water safety system consisting of Sense and Sense Guard detects and protects homes against water damage.

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Hansgrohe, AXOR to attend Sleep 2017

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From 21st – 22nd November 2017, the AXOR and hansgrohe brands will once again exhibit at Sleep – the Hotel Design event in London, on Stand G23 in the Business Design Centre, Islington.

AXOR and hansgrohe are well-established bathroom brands serving global hotel brands through to independent boutique hotels. With more than 800 WRAS approved products and over 116 years of experience, quality and reliability come as standard.

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017At the Sleep Event, the AXOR brand will present an inspiring portfolio of products with trend-setting solutions for hotel bathrooms including the award-winning AXOR Uno collection and AXOR 350 overhead shower which showcases a revolutionary new spray type: PowderRain which envelops the skin like a silky rain shower and completes the luxurious shower experience.

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017From the hansgrohe brand, taking centre stage is the new RainSelect control – an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit. Jay Phillips, Director of Sales – Global Projects, comments, “hansgrohe RainSelect is the latest generation of Select products to incorporate forward-thinking push button technology, something the hansgrohe brand developed with Select five years ago.

Taking the simplicity of showering to another level, its clean uncluttered look creates a lavish sense of space and features large buttons for ease of use. Incorporating reliable technology and with no electricity required, it offers a hassle-free installation process which is ideal for premium high quality hotels.”

www.pro.hansgrohe.co.uk
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E: enquiries@hansgrohe.co.uk

Duravit metal consoles

Product Spotlight: New Duravit metal consoles add the perfect finishing touch

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New metal consoles available in modern matt black or chrome, lighten the appearance with a cool finish and add an individual finishing touch to the DuraSquare range.

The metal console is height-adjustable with an optional towel holder on the right or left offering maximum flexibility. Whether floor-standing or wall-mounted, the practical glass shelf creates even more storage space and is available in six different colours including; Jade, Stone Blue and Flannel Grey. This brings a unique splash of colour to the bathroom which can be easily combined with all Duravit furniture ranges.

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The architectural design of the DuraSquare washbasins, handrinse and above-counter basins are seamlessly linear and finished with a high level of precision. The extremely thin basin rims measure just 5mm. The smooth inner basin forms a soft aesthetic contrast to the precise geometry of the series.

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The minimalist basins are made of the innovative DuraCeram® ceramic compound. This material makes it possible to create easy-to-maintain above-counter basins with an extremely thin, yet robust rim. The basins are available in the standard dimensions popular with architects, including 1000 and 600 mm (washbasins), 450 mm (handrinse basins) and 600 mm (above-counter basins).

Crosswater

Product Spotlight: The complete bathroom solution from Crosswater

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Transform bathrooms into a luxurious retreat with the complete collection of brassware, furniture units and accessories from British bathroom specialist, Crosswater.

Combining modern functionality with on-trend aesthetics, each product from the brand’s extensive offering is manufactured to the highest specifications, offering customers assured quality and superior performance.

 

Perfect for introducing a high-tech element to bathing spaces, Bauhaus by Crosswater’s NEW range of LED mirrors offers the latest in sensor-operated illumination. Combining user-friendly technology alongside design excellence, the Mike Pro mirror comes in two sizes and provides a bright, radiant light that is triggered with a simple hand motion.

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C. Pier 1000 Unit & Cast Mineral Marble Basin in Steel: £1155.00

To create a sense of modern elegance, team Crosswater’s polished chrome brassware fittings with the natural wood surface of the Pier furniture range.

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D. Mike Pro Mirror 600: £315.00; Avillas 54 Basin: £395.00; Mike Pro Base 2-Hole Tap Set: £269.00

Compete with an inset basin, these striking, wall-hung vanity units provide ample space to store toiletries and general bathroom clutter, whilst the angular silhouette makes for a real design statement.

E. Mike Pro Mirror 450: £295.00 F. Mike Pro Mirror 600: £315.00 G. Mike Pro Base 2-Hole Tap Set: £269.00 H. Avillas 54 Basin: £395.00

 

I. Water Circle Basin Monobloc Tap: £409.00 J. Zion Shower Head: £179.00 K. Water Circle Basin Monobloc Tap: £409.00 L. Zion Shower Head: £179.00

Offering a design choice for every aspect of the bathroom, the brand’s three focused collections of Crosswater, Bauhaus and Simpsons provide everything you need to create a fully functional and appealing space. From the latest designer brassware collections and statement ceramic styles, to shower enclosures with an impressive lifetime guarantee, Crosswater is the go-to name in superior bathroom design.

www.crosswater.co.uk

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UK

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Minimalism and luxury: the new Grohe rainshower revealed

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Grohe is ushering in the next generation of bathrooms with its newly launched rainshower, which looks to combine soothing, delicate showers with invigorating and refreshing massage functionalities. Available in round or square options, the design intends to provide users with a luxurious shower experience set to look the part in any modern bathroom or wet room.

Manufactured at the Grohe plant in Lahr, Germany, the extra-large shower head is supported by a slender shower arm designed to fit neatly into any shower without looking out of place. The Rainshower 310 2-Jet showers features oval water outlets arranged in a star-shaped pattern at the centre of the spray face generate a vigorous massage jet.

They are surrounded by an arrangement of nozzles producing a much gentler PureRain spray, meaning users can choose between a concentrated jet to loosen up tense muscles or rinse shampoo out of their hair and a rain shower softly enveloping their body. Cleaning the shower face is just as easy; the SpeedClean design of the silicone nozzles means that limescale can simply be wiped off.

Despite their 310mm diameter, or edge length in the square option, the showers never feel obtrusive. This is thanks to their low-profile body and uniquely streamlined silhouette. The beautifully slim shower arm comes with a matching round or square wall rosette. The new showers are optimally paired with the new SmartControl Concealed units, whose depth of only 43mm ensures minimum intrusion into the shower, leaving maximum room to move around.

Design-coordinated hand showers and other water fittings are available in the extensive range of bathroom products from Grohe, the brand that is synonymous with flexibility in bathroom design and fully personalised shower experiences.

For more information, you can visit Grohe’s website here for more information.

Lighting the way: two new mirror designs from Bauhaus announced

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The Bauhaus range by Crosswater has revealed two new designs for its illuminated bathroom mirrors range. The new designs, Mike Pro and Dune, are launching among the range of contemporary LED mirrors looking to naturally, stylishly and unobtrusively assist with daily routines.

The designs offer a range of smart design features, including sensor on/off switches and colour changing illumination, these multifunctional mirrors look to not only provide a practical feature in the bathroom but also act as a stylish focal point too.

Designed to offer the latest in functional bathroom technology, the new Dune mirror boasts smart features throughout combined with sleek, up-to-the-minute styling. Beautifully illuminated from all angles, this smart mirror features the next generation of LED lighting, offering superior performance using the lowest possible energy consumption.

Operated via the mirror’s touch-sensitive controls, which are marked in three subtle sandblasted symbols, users can control the light’s on/off function, its brightness and a choice of three ambient illuminations: cool, warm and daylight. Going for simplicity the Mike Pro mirror is available in two sizes for landscape and portrait hanging, the simple form and classic framed illumination means that this design will coordinate effortlessly in any bathroom scheme.

Controlled by a clever PIR sensor discreetly placed on the mirror’s underside, users can turn the light on and off with a simple hand motion, making it both hygienic and easy to use.

For more information, you can visit Crosswater’s official site

Duravit Vero Air

Duravit uses c-bonded technology for new Vero Air collection

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The new Vero Air retains the iconic, rectangular character of the Vero washbasins whilst introducing Duravit’s ground-breaking c-bonded technology – combining the unmistakable character of the original with a new level or precision and perfect proportions.

The straight interior surface and precise edges of the Vero Air washbasins reflect the collection’s linear charm. The use of patented c-bonded technology sees the washbasin and vanity unit being combined to form a minimalist masterpiece.

With the new Vero Air” c-bonded” version, the furniture washbasin is connected almost seamlessly to the vanity unit in a complex process. Thanks to the accurate and precise-fitting connecting technology, ceramic and furniture merge to form a single unit. The material thickness of the washbasin is hidden from view and reduced to the precise rim that, at the transition between the cool, smooth ceramic and the natural structure of the wood, feels uniquely pleasant to the touch.

Manufactured with millimetre precision, the furniture begins exactly where the ceramic ends. The materials blend together seamlessly to form a single, harmonious unit. Three generous widths are available: 800mm, 1000mm and 1200mm in a choice of wall-hung with single or double drawers.

However, the “c-bonded” solution does not just look and feel impressive: DuraCeram®, the patented special ceramic that actually makes this precision and moulding possible, is particularly wear-resistant. The large shelves at the sides are very practical and the smooth, seamless surfaces are also quick and easy to clean.

The vanity units of the L-Cube furniture feature Tip-On technology with its gentle push to open and close action. Choose from 31 colour finishes including matt and lacquered options, and a wide range of wood including the new subtly textured Oak Cashmere real wood veneer.

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Product Spotlight: Vero Air bathtub – the perfect rectangle

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Vero Air has become a complete bathroom range while retaining its strong, design-focused identity.

The new Vero Air bathtubs impress with reduced edges and striking linear charm. State-of-the-art technology in Duravit’s manufacturing processes allow for this extremely precise design.

The freestanding Vero Air bath tub is presented as a perfect rectangle, stylishly reflecting the design of the range. The striking design of the Vero Air bathtub is a logical continuation of the Vero design language.

All Vero Air bathtubs are optionally available with the new Air-System, fitted with air jets that are almost invisibly integrated. On request, they are also available with LED colour light and sound.

A special extra feature is the new, discreetly-integrated air whirl system with Piezo button. This special push button contains no moveable mechanical parts and is as a result extremely low-maintenance.

Maison Valentina

Product Spotlight: KOI Collection from Maison Valentina

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Nowadays, people have started to consider them modern-day bathroom a ‘retreat’ and a place in which you can relax after a long day. Homeowners are taking notes on products and features that strike their fancy, making every detail a potential item for the bathroom wish list.

The biggest transformation has been in what the modern bathroom is made of, such is the demand for luxury bathrooms. Spacious bathrooms master suites with features materials and finishes that enhance the overall look of the space are almost standard in today’s upscale homes.

Designers are seeking even more new ways to add comfort and value to the bathroom and that’s why the KOI Collection will add a lot of personality to any bathroom. The KOI Collection was inspired in the KOI carp, which is a recurring symbol of Japanese culture, highly appreciated by its decorative purposes, not only in water gardens but also in Irezumi practice or, most commonly, in tattoos.

Our designer Joaquim Paulo says: “The aim of the KOI Collection is to deliver high-end products for very exclusive and luxury bathrooms and to extremely unique clients.”

The Bathtub
The KOI scales that compose the panels of the bathtub shine and reflect – on its brass surface – the sun caught throughout the clear water. KOI and the Japanese word for love or affection are homophones, making the carp also a symbol of love and friendship.

Koi washbasin and Koi bathtub - Maison Valentina

The Basins

The KOI scales that compose the panels of the washbasins shine and reflect – on its brass surface – the sun caught throughout the clear water. KOI and the Japanese word for love or affection are homophones, making the carp also a symbol of love and friend – ship.

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Maison Valentina is a new luxury bathroom brand that provides a collection capable of making your projects came true, with high-end solutions as bathtubs, washbasins and free standing washbasins, mirrors, lighting, case goods and other products made with the finest selection of materials as brass, marble, wood, glass, combined with rare handwork techniques and contemporary design. Our main goal is to offer the same comfort and luxury that you are able feel in other division of the house, keeping at the same time the best exclusive design and bold pieces.

www.maisonvalentina.net

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Product Spotlight: Vero Air Rimless WC and SensoWash Slim Seat

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Vero Air is a progression in design from the successful Vero series. It includes the very latest technological advances from Duravit – particularly for toilets.

The new Vero Air WC incorporates the ultimate in comfort and hygiene with advanced Rimless® technology, and is available with HygieneGlaze 2.0 and the SensoWash Slim shower-toilet seat. The wall-mounted model is also the first square rimless design from Duravit.

The Vero Air toilet is impressive, not just in terms of its appearance but also its functions. The rectangular basic form finishes with a gentle curve downwards, thereby appearing geometrically precise and harmoniously round at the same time.

The toilet seat and cover can be easily removed for cleaning with the press of a side button. With the appearance of a traditional, yet elegant toilet, SensoWash Slim is a far cry from the very first shower-toilets. It offers the ultimate in 21st century toilet hygiene and comfort, with all the technology neatly incorporated into the seat.

The seat and shower-toilet technology are completely separate: The entire SensoWash Slim seat unit can be easily removed, allowing it to be cleaned quickly and thoroughly. A touch button control operates all the functions. After using the toilet, simply select the desired cleaning function, water intensity and temperature. This minimalist shower toilet includes a number of essential functions: it is easy to install, saves energy thanks to an integrated flow heater and is offered at an attractive price.

Inside the Vero Air WC, the Rimless® technology has been further advanced and, for the first time, enables perfect flushing results with a rectangular wall-mounted toilet. This shows how geometry, fluid mechanics and design can be successfully combined for maximum efficiency. In Duravit Rimless®, the open design of the WC rim enables an innovative and powerful flush: water flows in the form of a horizontal arc, and then vertically, before flushing the entire inner surface of the bowl without splashing, even with just 4.5 litres of water.

By adding the innovative ceramic glaze HygieneGlaze 2.0 the Vero Air WC is a toilet that is industry leading and a new archetype for modern living. The innovative ceramic glaze is antibacterial and this innovative ceramic glaze kills an unprecedented 99.999% of germs and bacteria. HygieneGlaze 2.0 provides long-lasting, anti-bacterial protection for a small additional cost. It also durable, safe and defines a new standard in bathroom hygiene.

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Product Spotlight: Shower pleasure with hansgrohe favourite – Croma 280

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The new hansgrohe Croma 280 overhead showers bring clean design and the pleasure of a generous rain shower to the bathroom.

“Customer feedback shows that the trend towards extra-large shower heads and all-in-one shower systems, like our convenient showerpipes, is still going strong,” explains Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management, Hansgrohe SE. “With the Croma 280 shower head range we’re expanding one of our bestselling lines at an attractive price/performance ratio.”

Quality and shower pleasure
Precise shapes and clean lines emphasise the high quality of the hansgrohe Croma 280 showerheads. Their design is the work of hansgrohe’s longstanding partner Phoenix Design. The 280-millimeter spray disc is generously sized; it is made of metal, is durable, robust and can be detached for easy cleaning. Thanks to air-enriched water drops, the lavish shower spray splashes less than conventional shower jets and envelops the body in a warm sense of wellbeing.

Product Spotlight: Shower pleasure with hansgrohe favourite - Croma 280The showerheads are available for ceiling or wall installation. Customers can opt for models equipped with hansgrohe EcoSmart water-saving technology. These use only about nine litres per minute, half the water used by showerheads without EcoSmart.

The showerpipe: an all-round talent
The hansgrohe Croma Select 280 showerpipe combines all components in a single system: overhead shower, hand shower, shower holder, thermostat and hose – a complete package convenient for both new construction projects and bathroom remodels. The showerpipe features high-quality materials, solid workmanship and easy cleaning. The horizontal shower arm can be used to swivel the overhead shower to the desired position. This is an advantage in small shower areas; for example, in situations where there is only room to install the showerpipe near a corner; in this case, the overhead shower can be centrally positioned, allowing for more freedom of movement.

As an addition to the pleasurable overhead rain shower, the Croma Select S Multi hand shower offers flexibility with its three spray modes. Switching from one kind of spray to another is easy – all it takes is the push of a button. The integrated hansgrohe Ecostat Comfort thermostat allows the precise selection of individual temperature preferences and makes sure water doesn’t get too hot. The hansgrohe Croma Select 280 showerpipe comes in two additional versions: one with a single-lever mixer for bathtubs, and a renovation model for use with existing taps and mixers in bathroom renovation projects.

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Spotlight: New Storm Grey colourway in the Svelte collection from Crosswater

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Storm Grey is the latest finish to be introduced to the ever-popular Crosswater Svelte collection. Renowned for its sleek curves and superior functionality, Svelte is the ideal bathroom furniture choice for the design conscious homeowner. With a distinctively modern matt finish, this new stormy hue of grey introduces a fresh, contemporary tone to the existing range of stunning colourways within the collection.

The Storm Grey finish is not only beautiful to look at but features a unique ACTIVE anti-bacterial finish, designed to provide an hygienic coating that caters to active family living. This bacterial-resistant application is one of many pioneering qualities incorporated into the design. Svelte’s cast mineral marble basins also feature a pioneering finish called Durocoat®, which results in a highly durable surface that boasts impeccable levels of hygiene and stain resistance.

Storm Grey - Crosswater Svelte CollectionThe timeless basin designs are available in classic mineral marble as well as the newly released glass basins designed for the 120 Unit with the choice of Charcoal or Ice-White glass. With five mineral marble basin unit sizes available, ranging from a statement curved vanity unit, to the compact proportions of the corner design, this is a range set to match the demands of modern living, whatever the size of your bathroom.

Soft close compartment drawers are prioritised within the design to provide for a multitude of storage needs and help to keep a minimal and organised space. With a focus on key principles of practicality, simplicity and beauty, the Svelte collection creates an effortlessly stylish statement in your bathroom, with the latest colour option of Storm Grey further cementing the range’s style credentials.

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David.balmer@crosswater-holdings.co.uk

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Guest Blog: Duravit – trends for the ‘holistic bathroom of the future’

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With the new products presented at ISH 2017, Duravit has re-interpreted the basic idea of the holistic interior. New designs provide the scope for individual bathroom furnishings offering a high standard of living.

All products have a consistent design language and can be combined with products from all series to optimum effect. Precise geometric forms, selected materials and soft, matt colours and textures take their place in the bathroom. Design, function and high operating comfort are perfectly coordinated.

Nordic elegance with gentle colour shades
The Nordic furnishing style is characterised by clear forms and soft, natural colours. For Duravit, the Danish designer, Cecilie Manz has combined Nordic design with new technologies, new colours and new materials, which are impressive in terms of both feel and function.

The Luv bathroom series offers completely new design possibilities for either larger rooms or guest bathrooms, the unusual design combines Nordic purism with timeless, emotional elegance. The above-counter basins made from DuraCeram® impress with their subtle lines, generous inner basin and clear edges. The selection of materials and colours is testament to Cecilie Manz’s refined sense for touch and nuances.

DuravitFor the first time, Duravit uses matt glazes in soft tones on the outside of the DuraCeram wash bowls, which contrast with the high-glaze white ceramic inside the bowl. New pale Nordic colours in satin-matt lacquer can also be found on the furniture. The distinctively shaped baths are based on the form of the wash bowl and are made from the mineral material DuraSolid A, which offers a pleasantly warm feel and a high-quality matt look.

Timeless geometry re-imagined
Clear, timeless forms create lasting value and are popular for bathroom furnishings. Vero Air, is in keeping with this ongoing trend: the entire bathroom series impresses both purists and individuals with a feel for durable design. With its clear, classically rectangular form, Vero has been one of the architectural classics of bathroom design since 2001. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, the precise design of Vero Air reinterprets Vero’s timeless geometry. The range’s washbasins and bathtubs impress with reduced edges and a striking linear charm.

With its new DuraSquare collection, Duravit presents an upgrade of Vero Air that sets new standards with its clarity, precision and reduction. Exact edges blend with the organically flowing inner contours. From the washbasin to the bathtub, the programme is designed to be sustainable and is made with the innovative materials DuraCeram and DuraSolid. Combined with the new furniture frame, the washbasins become a real eye-catcher in the bathroom. This flexible base is height-adjustable and can be supplied in silver (chrome) or matt black.

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Creative solutions for compact areas

Increasingly limited living space demands greater practicality, and this requires smart solutions. With the innovative Shower + Bath combination,
Duravit has succeeded in uniting the strict requirements regarding contemporary bathroom design and optimum use of space: the design by EOOS features a walk-in shower and bathtub in one. The functional versatility of Shower + Bath is a result of the high level of precision in the finishing and the use of the innovative material DuraSolid A.

Individual and cut-to-size washing areas with surrounds and storage space are both functional and convenient. The new console system comprises uniform furniture consoles in two different thicknesses (30 and 45 mm) and with a variable width and depth. They can be combined with vanity units and furniture from a total of seven Duravit ranges: L-Cube, Vero, Happy D.2, Delos, DuraStyle, Ketho and X-Large. The Duravit consoles are available with 32 different finishes from high-gloss lacquer, for example in Apricot Pearl or Stone Blue, to real-wood fronts such as oak or walnut. With individual combinations such as a walnut console and discreet, white vanity units, interesting accents can be created.

www.duravit.co.uk // www.pro.duravit.co.uk

+44 845 500 7787
info@uk.duravit.com

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Brit List 2017: Crosswater confirmed as VIP guests

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We’re just a week away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

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The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

And we’re delighted to announce that representatives from Crosswater are booked on as VIP guests at the event – if you are interested in taking advantage of a VIP guest package, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

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GROHE flush systems designed to combat water wastage

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A recent study from Waterwise* has found that toilet leakages account for up to 5% of overall per capita water consumption in properties. GROHE’s flush systems are designed to combat such leaks, reducing overall water wastage and contributing to a sustainable property.

Limescale resistant
The study states that many problems are caused by dual flush valves, some of which encounter is-sues when grit or limescale interferes with the flushing mechanism. All of GROHE flush valves fea-ture a bottom seal made of neoprene, which is more resistant to water with high levels of limescale content. This means that the seal does not harden or warp as quickly as a standard seal which can lead to leaks. In cases where the seal or part does need replacing, GROHE products are covered by a 5 year warranty for peace of mind.

Choice of water consumption
GROHE also offers a choice of flush strength to help reduce overall water consumption in the home. Users can choose between 6 litres for the large flush and 4 litres for the small flush. This can be fur-ther reduced to 4 and 2 litres if requested. GROHE flush plates come in a variety of stylish designs, from white to Supersteel finishes, to match any desired bathroom décor.

Enjoy peace of mind
For ultimate reassurance, GROHE’s brand new and unique Sense and Sense Guard are designed to detect leaks to protect your home from water damage. The Sense sends an alert through to your smart phone, while the Sense Guard allows you to shut off the water supply remotely, helping to make the bathroom and home eco efficient.

Michael Gray, GROHE UK Product Manager, comments, “All GROHE products are made with the highest German quality and this is reflected in our long life flush systems, designed to perform sus-tainability and efficiently throughout their lifespans. We are committed to helping our customers protect their home from the often costly and upsetting problem of water damage and therefore all of our products go through rigorous testing before coming to market. Our new Sense and Sense Guard are designed for ultimate peace of mind, allowing homeowners to stop water flow before any real damage is done.”

For the full Waterwise study, please see here. . .

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GROHE Smartbox

Product Spotlight: Introducing the new GROHE Smartbox

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GROHE is delighted to reveal its brand new Smartbox, an extension to the award-winning SmartControl shower line.

The “Push, Turn, Shower” experience has now become even more diverse thanks to new models and combination options. In addition to the stylish on-the-wall model, the new Smartbox offers a concealed behind-the-wall installation. For even greater design variety, both the spray faces and the Smartbox concealed units are now also available in an on-trend white.

Exposed or concealed
The perfect design for every bathroom – the new Smartbox offers an elegant and sleek solution. While using the same self-explanatory push-and-turn buttons as the on-the-wall SmartControl, it features a stylish minimalist design and comes in a wide variety of options. Available in square and round designs as well as in chrome or white finishes, the new shower control system provides a solution for both any bathroom décor and for any installation point. Moreover, the XXL-sized Mono head shower is now also sold separately.

Coordinated or contrasting
The latest additions to this popular line are designed to provide even greater design freedom. In particular, the shower faces on the head showers and the concealed fittings are now available in white, as well as the popular chrome. This allows for coordination with the hand shower, which also features a white shower face. Alternatively, the chrome versions can be used to create exciting design contrasts.

Smart and intuitive
The new GROHE Smartbox uses the latest German technology and is manufactured to the very highest standards of German workmanship, as encapsulated in the label “Made in Germany”. At its heart is the combined push-and-turn technology which gives users finger-tip control of the head and hand shower’s different spray patterns, while allowing control of the water flow rate by rotating the buttons. The intuitive operation is helped by easy to understand pictographs. When the water is switched off, the system automatically memorises the chosen flow rate until the water is switched on again.

For a truly personalised shower experience that pampers the whole body, the generously dimensioned GROHE Rainshower 360 Duo head shower combines the gentle GROHE PureRain or GROHE Rain O2 spray with the energising TrioMassage setting. The invigorating shower experience is completed by the GROHE Power&Soul hand shower delivering flexibility. GROHE CoolTouch technology protects against scalding by preventing the chrome surfaces from heating up.

The GROHE SmartControl shower system has recently won the Green Good Design Award for its combination of stylish design and intuitive flow rate control. Entries to this award are rated not only on their design but also on aspects such as energy consumption, environmental friendliness and resource conservation.

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Product Spotlight: Duravit’s Vero Air, timeless geometry re-imagined

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Duravit has launched Vero Air, the next development in the successful Vero series at ISH 2017. The new collection retains the iconic, rectangular character of the Vero washbasins while introducing new technical distinctions.

Through the recent additions of rimless toilets, a new range of bathtubs and various pieces of furniture using c-bonded technology, Vero Air has become a complete bathroom range while retaining its strong, design-focused identity.

In 2001, Duravit’s Vero range laid the foundation for architectural bathroom design. With its understated rectangular form, the successful series concentrates on the essentials and can be combined in a versatile manner. Throughout the creation of the Vero Air bathroom range, Duravit has consistently adhered to the distinctive design language of its predecessor.


The washbasins and bathtubs range impress with reduced edges and a striking linear charm. State-of-the-art technologies used in Duravit’s manufacturing processes allowed for this extremely precise design.

Vero - DuravitSpecifically, the straight interior surface and precise edges of the Vero Air washbasins reflect the collection’s distinct look. The washbasins are available in five sizes (500 mm – 1200 mm), and the above-counter basins come in two sizes (500 and 600 mm). They can be combined with other furniture from the Vero series (designed by Kurt Merki Jr.) or from the L-Cube range (designed by Christian Werner).

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The striking design of the Vero Air bathtub is a logical continuation of the Vero design language. By optimising the radii and wall thicknesses (55 mm), the iconic washbasin design is reflected in the acrylic bathtub’s monolithic form, available in four sizes, as a freestanding or built-in version (from 1700 x 700 to 1900 x 900 mm). A special extra feature is the new, discreetly-integrated air whirl system with Piezo buttons. This special push button contains no moveable mechanical parts and is as a result extremely low-maintenance.

The series’ toilets and bidets adhere to the classic rectangular Vero form. The toilet seat and cover can be easily removed for cleaning with the press of a side button. Duravit has optimised the flushing system specifically for the square geometry of the toilet: innovative Rimless® technology demonstrates outstanding performance by flushing the entire inner surface of the bowl. Clever features have been added for greater comfort and hygiene, including the use of HygieneGlaze 2.0 and the optional SensoWash Slim shower-toilet seat meet the highest standards.

www.duravit.co.uk // www.pro.duravit.co.uk

+44 845 500 7787
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Hansgrohe confirmed as VIP guests of Brit List 2017

Brit List 2017: Hansgrohe confirmed as VIP guests

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We’re just one month away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

And we’re delighted to announce that representatives from Hansgrohe are booked on as VIP guests at the event = if you are interested in taking advantage of a VIP guest package, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

On The Level - Tile-In

Product Spotlight: On The Level wet room Tile-In system

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The new Tile-In system from On The Level (OTL) is the perfect solution for customers wanting to see more tile and less drain when they stand in the shower.

Available in linear and square options, the new drain covers have a minimalist stainless steel finish on one side or can be flipped and completely tiled in to create a seamless wet room shower floor.

Linear Tile-In
OTL’s linear channel products are among the company’s best sellers, with a five star modern look and the ability to work well with large slab tiles. The new Tile-In linear channel is available in a variety of standard sizes from 600mm to 1200mm lengths and is available for bespoke projects on request.

On The Level - Tile-InSquare Tile-In
The 15x15cm square grating option provides a versatile and more traditional look for the shower floor. It is compatible with most tiling styles but is particularly suited to mosaic. Both linear and square tile-in options are available in brushed or polished finish, giving them a timeless look for any bathroom floor, and have a lower price tag than the classic linear and square patterned and detailed alternatives.

On The Level - Tile-InThey provide two stunning options to choose from making them versatile as well as affordable: tile in or flip it for a simple, yet sophisticated steel look. This can even be done once the system is fitted – if you get bored of one look, simply turn it over.

Tile-in is made from stainless steel, and with a flow rate of up to 50 litres per minute, can be used in conjunction with most showers. The system is easy to install and comes with full instructions, plus OTL’s dedicated team of advisers are on hand during working hours to help you if you have questions.

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Info@OnTheLevel.co.uk
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hansgrohe Metropol

hansgrohe Metropol: A distinctive style for premium bathroom design

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Following its UK debut at The Water Studio during CDW 2017, the new hansgrohe Metropol range of mixers makes a striking appearance with its consistently geometric design language.

In collaboration with its partner of many years, Phoenix Design, the brand hansgrohe has developed its most comprehensive range of mixers to date; it not only features a choice of three types of handles, but it is also the first range to include a floor-standing washbasin mixer for use with free-standing washbasins.

hansgrohe MetropolThe basin mixers come in four different tap heights, providing space for individual needs, whether for washing hands, shaving or filling receptacles. The hansgrohe Metropol 100 basin mixer is available in two versions; with either a 160 or 190 millimetre spout length for a variety of uses at the washbasin.

Striking design is the distinctive and defining feature of the new Metropol mixers: precise geometric contours, spheres and rectangles blend with expansive surfaces, casting delicate reflections of light. The cubic shape of the base conveys an elegant modernist aesthetic. Handle and spout harmoniously complement each other thanks to their parallel alignment. The rectangular shape of the escutcheon is consistent in keeping with the overall design.

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Spotlight: Duravit’s new materials combine performance and aesthetics

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Duravit is continuously breaking new ground when it comes to introducing innovative products derived from new materials – combining performance with aesthetics whilst being sensuous and inviting. The latest Duravit new materials include; DuraCeram® and DuraSolid® which play an essential role in their latest Luv designs.

The Danish designer Cecilie Manz has encapsulated all of these vital characteristics in the Luv collection, combining Nordic purism and timeless emotional elegance with soft shapes that follow a stringent geometry.

DuraCeram®
Conventional bathroom ceramic material requires a thickness of 12 to 14 mm to ensure the necessary strength after firing. For finer forms Duravit has developed a new, innovative material called DuraCeram®, which is thinner and notable for its extreme accuracy, high strength and elegant finish. In this way, a new dimension in design diversity is achieved: maximum elegance without any sacrifices in terms of quality, robustness and ease of cleaning.

This material is for example used for the Luv oval above-counter basins with subtle lines, generous inner basins, and clean edges.

Cecilie Manz’s refined sense of materials and colour is known all over the world. The optionally glazed exterior of the wash bowls is available in satin matte White, Grey or Sand. The colour palate of matt lacquers and glazes in soft shades was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasizes the fresh character of Luv.

DuraSolid®
With DuraSolid®, the Duravit AG research team developed a new and unusual mineral material. The interaction of selected raw materials creates a high-tech material that is particularly suitable for the production of baths and shower trays. It stands for durability, high stability and slip-resistance.

In addition, thanks to the special material quality, it can be used to create new shapes.The free standing Luv bath tub made from DuraSolid® is as unique as it is inviting and a matt surface provides a premium, velvety finish. The material is warm and pleasant to the touch, and the result is a success in both look and feel as well as being easy to clean.

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Hansgrohe showcasing ISH products at Clerkenwell

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Hansgrohe UK, the award-winning kitchen and bathroom specialist, is showcasing a selection of their latest products straight from ISH, in Frankfurt, for the first time in the UK.

The new products will be installed at The Water Studio as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), the UK’s leading independent design festival from 23rd-25th May.

The Water Studio is Hansgrohe UK’s hub of inspiration in the heart of Clerkenwell and is the number one destination for anyone serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. From 23rd – 25th May, The Water Studio will be an open house for visitors to come and explore, ask questions, try out different working products and meet the Hansgrohe Project Team.

Following the success of ISH where the Hansgrohe Group exhibited over 500 new products and had a record number 61,000 visitors, on display at The Water Studio, Hansgrohe UK will display a new line of showerheads and taps with expressive and consistent geometric design. Also showcasing is an innovative solution for the comfortable and convenient control of multi-jet showers. From the AXOR brand, a new unprecedented spray type, which has been perfected during years of research and is a unique homage to the precious element of water, elevates showering to a luxurious experience in new dimensions.

Product highlights in 2017 will include AXOR Uno and Metropol.

Geberit AquaClean Tuma

Product Spotlight: The new Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet

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A compact all-round solution for any home is making its way on to the market in the form of the Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet. The AquaClean Tuma is available as a complete solution, or as an enhancement toilet seat for retro-fitting and will be available from April.

Designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma fits harmoniously into any bathroom. Thanks to its elegant, streamlined design and compact shape (with a projection of just 553mm), the new shower toilet can add extra comfort to any sized bathroom, transforming them into an oasis of wellbeing.

The new shower toilet can be tailored to suit any bathroom due to its design cover, which is available in several colours and materials. This helps to perfectly coordinate with Geberit’s extensive range of flush plates.

Equipped with sophisticated technology
Hidden beneath the surface of its stylish design is a wealth of innovative technology. The patented WhirlSpray shower technology gently and thoroughly cleans the user with warm water.

The Geberit AquaClean Tuma complete solution also features an odour extraction unit and a Rimfree® toilet pan for optimised hygiene. The product also features an ergonomically designed toilet seat with heating element, a warm air dryer and a user-friendly remote control. An app will also be available from summer 2017 enabling the device to be controlled via a smart phone.

An ideal and flexible solution
The Geberit AquaClean Tuma can also be chosen as a toilet enhancement solution, which can be retrofitted to a variety of ceramic pans. With the same functions as the complete solution, the toilet enhancement solution is simple and straightforward to fit by an experienced installer, with no major structural alterations required.

Straightforward installation
As you would expect from a Geberit appliance, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma can easily be installed by a single experienced installer. This is thanks to an innovative packaging concept, with a built in mounting aid. All technical components are integrated into the functional unit in the seat and are readily accessible to plumbers and service technicians.

Geberit’s standard connection dimensions ensure that the shower toilet is compatible with all installation systems, as well as with the Geberit Monolith sanitary modules.

For more details visit www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk or call 01926 516800.

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GROHE wins five Red Dot Awards 2017

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GROHE received five of the most sought-after design awards for its Blue Home water system, Sensia Arena shower toilet, Lineare bathroom mixer and Concetto Professional and Essence Professional kitchen tap lines.

The Red Dot Award is known as one of the most coveted awards honoUring exceptional design performance. GROHE’s recognition brings the total number of Red Dot Awards 2017 for LIXIL Corporation, a global sanitary ware market leader which includes premium brands such as GROHE, to six.

The international design competition Red Dot is held by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany and appraises the best products of the year. Designers and manufacturers from all over the globe submit their products and a jury of 40 specialised experts evaluate those products on innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility. In 2017, more than 5,500 products were submitted from 54 countries around the world.

GROHE Red Dot Award - Essence Professional matte dark greyGROHE presented an exceptional variety of products offering intelligent solutions in modern designs for the bathroom and kitchen. As the worldwide leading provider of sanitary fittings, GROHE successfully proved its leading market position by receiving five sought-after Red Dot Awards for its Blue Home water system, the Sensia Arena shower toilet, GROHE’s Lineare bathroom mixer and the brand’s kitchen tap lines, Concetto Professional and Essence Professional.

The GROHE Blue Home is a private water source for ultimate taste and enjoyment, supplying filtered and chilled water with three selectable carbonation levels straight from the kitchen tap. Removing the need for industrialised mineral water, it cuts drinking water costs by at least 50 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 61 percent compared to bottled water.

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Bathroom Focus: New Comtesse suite from Thomas Crapper & Co

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The new Comtesse suite from Thomas Crapper & Co features sophisticated, curved lines with a nod to vintage glamour.

Inspired by original designs from the 1920s, Comtesse has been re-mastered combining classic design with the best modern materials and techniques whilst maintaining the qualities unique to Thomas Crapper.

Crafted by the experts from the highest quality ceramic, the WC pan is available with a low-level cistern creating the illusion of space when fitted with elegant wall brackets.

The anti-splash roll around basin is made using one piece of ceramic, whilst creating the effect of an under-mounted basin, synonymous with 1920’s design. Combined with the Original washstands, this suite works perfectly in any bathroom or toilet, even where space is at a premium.

Available in a range of two-toned ‘original’ glazes found in the archives, these include Sea Mist (as pictured), Crème Anglaise and All White. Comtesse’s sleek silhouette provides an elegant look whilst introducing a soft touch of colour to the bathroom.

www.thomas-crapper.com / 01789 450522

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New lighting control app from Wandsworth Controls

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Wandsworth Controls, a division of Wandsworth Electrical and who bring intelligence to Wandsworths beautiful light switches, has released a lighting control app for Android devices which enables you to control your lights from your phone or other smart Android devices.  This is the latest, most stylish and advanced smart phone app for Wandsworth Lighting Control.

Designed to provide remote access, the Wandsworth Lighting Controller (WLC) has been enhanced with new stylish icons to enable more scene settings and control.  Within the app you can change levels of circuits within scenes, set timed events, set the lights to turn on at dusk and off at dawn.

Lighting Control is no longer a nice to have or a design element for the future but a requirement and requisite for now.  Wandsworth Control was developed following research and analysis of the market with the conclusion that lighting control offerings did not meet the high level of design and quality at the front end interface.

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With our 100 years of experience in handcrafting designer light switches, Wandsworth intelligent lighting control system ensures those needs are met.  The ever-growing use of smartphones and other smart devices has moved lighting control to a new level and Wandsworth’s latest app version brings the latest lighting control technology into the palm of the hand.  With its stylish design and multiple control features, the Android app continues Wandsworth Controls ability to combine beautiful designer light switches and scene plates with intelligent, cutting edge lighting control technology.

The latest design version is only available on Android devices and will soon be available on iOS but the app and its multiple features are available across both platforms.  They can be downloaded via the appropriate devices app stores.

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Discover more about Wandsworth Controls  lighting control app and how it enables light control with your phone by clicking here…

Contact Wandsworth to discuss their lighting control capabilities, they are happy to help and will walk you through every step and ensure your lighting control system is exactly what you want.

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Kartell by Laufen takes part at the Milan Design Week

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At the Milan Design Week, from 4 to 9 April 2017, Kartell by Laufen presents new ceramic pieces, furniture complements and special finishes that evolve the products into iconic and stimulating objects, capable of triggering emotions and embellishing the bath, which becomes a true retreat in the domestic setting.

Kartell by Laufen, designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba and launched in 2013, is a project based on the fusion of the best characteristics of two companies: Kartell for its originality and design of plastic objects, and Laufen Bathrooms for its quality and rigor in the field of ceramics.

From the outset the collection has focused on maximum flexibility and versatility, meeting the requirements of many different tastes. Today the range of offerings has expanded with new proposals and moods, with the introduction of a completely new series of slim washbasins and a range extension of the countertop washbasins together with new colours for the finishing of the furniture in order to address an even wider audience.

One constant of the Kartell by Laufen project is the very high quality of the plastics and ceramics, and in particular of SaphirKeramik, the innovative ceramic material developed by Laufen, which has revolutionised the world of the bath due to its capacity to combine lightness, strength and slimness, thanks to an innovative formula enriched with corundum.

Kartell by Laufen continues to grow in the market, consolidating its position on an international level in the retail and contract sectors: on one side with the constant growth of the number of points of sale around the world, at this point at a total of 1000, on the other side enhancing some important architectural projects.

In the light of these experiences, Kartell by Laufen now looks to the future with a growth strategy, but above all with a plan of development to position the brand in a new dimension, with a stronger focus on interior design.

www.laufen.co.uk

info@uk.laufen.com

Living bathrooms from Duravit at the Spring Ideal Home Show 2017

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Inspirational bathroom brand, Duravit, is delighted that their basins, bathroom furniture, toilets, baths and mirrors were selected for the bathrooms, cloakrooms and ensuites of the 21st Century Cottage and Property Ladder apartments at this year’s Ideal Home Show which takes place at London’s Olympia from Friday 24th March until Sunday 9th April 2017.

Collections like the purist, rectangular Vero, Happy D.2 and ME by Starck by celebrated designer Philippe Starck are all showcased throughout the Ideal Home Show Village.

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Duravit products offer the very best in design, intelligent use of technology and the highest quality manufacture to provide a lasting investment for your home.

All life stages are catered for, as demonstrated by the P3 Comforts toilet and basin on the top floor of the apartments. All products have flowing lines with soft corners and comfortable touches such as wider toilets and rimless flushing for easier cleaning and maximum hygiene.

www.duravit.co.uk // www.pro.duravit.co.uk

Duravit UK Limited
Unit 7, Stratus Park
Brudenell Drive
Brinklow, Milton Keynes
MK10 0DE
+44 845 500 7787
info@uk.duravit.com

Roca at ISH 2017

Roca brings together the future and the past to its stand at ISH

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In the year of its centenary, Roca attended the ISH fair in Frankfurt with a new concept of stand, the Roca Mall, a modern shopping centre with over 1000m2 that puts together the history, the present and the future of the brand through its different collections and products.

Beyond and Carmen. Looking towards the coming years while praising 100 years of history
With the future in mind, Roca presents an exclusive vitreous china collection for those in the search for the extra mile. Beyond is an urban proposal with sophisticated solutions for basins shaped by Roca’s new material, Fineceramic®, and the latest technologies in the design of bathroom products. On the other side, Carmen pays tribute to the past with the redesign of an iconic model from Roca’s centenary history.

The classical Carmen washbasin is coming back with a vintage style to become a new complete bathroom collection with the most advanced features such as rimless toilets.

In-Wash® and Inspira. A smart present dedicated to individualisation and user experience
The Roca Mall also displays the most successful latest launches of the company. In-Wash®, the Smart Toilet, featuring the most advanced technology with a universal design and a user friendly interface. And Inspira, the ceramic and furniture collection that provides inspiration for bathroom projects with its three design lines that allow individual configurations of the bathroom according to each user’s style.

Armani/Roca. A room for exclusivity
Exclusivity also has its room at the Roca Mall with Baia, the new Armani/Roca collection presented in premiere at ISH 2017. With these new designs, Giorgio Armani once again shows his commitment to promoting comfort and wellbeing, expressing his vision of the bathroom environment through a combination of
elements that allow maximum flexibility and adaptability. The aesthetic intentionally references the past but the retro styling is brought up to date by being interpreted in a modern manner and the incorporation of avantgarde technology. The result is a new versatile bathroom collection, which manages to be both contemporary and timeless, in accordance with Giorgio Armani’s well-known design philosophy.

About Roca
Roca is a company engaged in the design, production and commercialization of products for the bathroom space, as well as ceramic floor and wall tiles for architecture, building and interior design. Its origins date from 1917, when the Roca family started building their first production plant in Gavà (Barcelona). In the centenary of its establishment, the company employs over 22,600 workers and has 78 production plants, with presence in more than 170 markets in the five continents.

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Water, Intelligence, Enjoyment: GROHE at ISH 2017

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GROHE once again took over the entirety of the Forum Hall at the world’s leading bathroom fair, ISH 2017.

The show, held in Frankfurt from 14th-18th March, welcomed over 200,000 visitors, from trade, press and consumer backgrounds. GROHE’s theme for the exhibition was “Water, Intelligence, Enjoyment” and the immersive stand encouraged visitors to think about ways to use water sustainably through product choices, while maximising their water experience.

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The stand highlighted the variety of GROHE’s product offerings, from bathroom to kitchen, and included eye catching displays such as a tropical area featuring the over one metre long statement showerhead Aquasymphony, complete with light, sound and steam functions.

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At GROHE’s exclusive press preview, held before the show officially opened, the brand unveiled its revolutionary new water product designed to help prevent water damage. The new app-controlled GROHE Sense and Sense Guard detect leaks and abnormal levels of humidity, immediately alerting the user through their mobile device, and enabling them to shut off the water supply remotely to prevent flooding.

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Additional products on display included GROHE’s new concealed version of the popular push button, volume-control SmartControl shower system, featuring a brand new Smartbox three-way diverter. The Smartbox has been designed for easy installation and can be combined with various design choices, including glass and chrome trims and new two-jet showerheads for a stylish bathroom. GROHE also revealed its brand new ceramics range, incorporating three core lines- Bau, Euro and Cube, to be launched later this year.

Photography: © 2017 by Jörg Hempel; www.joerg-hempel.com

www.grohe.co.uk

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Geberit invests 40 million euros in German logistics centre

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Enabling customer orders to be fulfilled with maximum efficiency, the Geberit Group has expanded the capacity of its logistics centre in the southern German town of Pfullendorf, investing around 40 million Euros in its storage, order picking and dispatch operation.

The honeycomb warehouse is home to 1,800 honeycombs, which are used as shelf spaces for Geberit pipes. The automatic storage and retrieval at the[CRF_Form id=’1′] facility is carried out by two storage and retrieval machines.

The significant expansion of the company’s existing logistics centre enables Geberit to continue supplying products to its customers efficiently and reliably, allowing Geberit to remain on top of the volumes resulting from the company’s growth. As part of the expansion project, a concept for the storage of pipes of up to six metres long has been implemented, with new automated storage areas now in operation. This means that the Geberit Mapress piping range can now be delivered directly from Pfullendorf.

Now spanning 60,000 square metres, the logistics centre also now includes an automated small-parts warehouse, a new high-bay warehouse, a processing area with fully automated workstations and the expansion of the shipping area.

The logistics centre is ideally situated to enable Geberit to supply products to its customers in the most economically and ecologically viable way. Goods are bundled together at the production plants and transported to Pfullendorf in trucks. Automated and co-ordinated processes there ensure that products are delivered to customers in a consolidated fashion, on schedule and with a high level of reliability.

For more details visit www.geberit.co.uk or call 01926 516800

Roca commissions Zaha Hadid design for interactive water display

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Roca has unveiled a new interactive water environment at its flagship bathroom space, Roca London Gallery, in the Chelsea Design Quarter. The new installation allows visitors to experience working shower and tap products to understand how they will perform in a real setting.

Roca has once again worked with Zaha Hadid Design to create the curvaceous installation, complementing the Gallery’s contemporary interior, which was completed by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2011. The bespoke display has been manufactured using solid surface and GRP to house six brassware products, each of them is fully operational.

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Woody Yao, Director of Zaha Hadid Design says, “In the spirit of our previously successful collaboration with Roca, Zaha Hadid Design is pleased to add a further installation to showcase the functionality of their products. We have explored manipulating a single surface to create an organic shape to maximise the user experience in an interactive form. The addition to the Gallery seamlessly blends with the existing space, further endorsing this innovative brand.”

“This is a stunning display and a unique addition to the other products within the Gallery,” explains David Bromell, Showroom and Operations Manager at Roca London Gallery. “As well as being visually beautiful it can also give visitors a functional demonstration of different water pressures.

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This is key to understanding water flow and performance, ensuring design professionals make the right choice in terms of bathroom design and functionality.”

The brassware on display includes showerheads from Roca’s RainDream and RainSense collections as well as basin mixers from Evol, L90 and Atlas. The Gallery has also installed a new display featuring a customised solid surface basin and shelf, which was recently completed in collaboration with Nous Design for Intercontinental Hotels Group’s newly refurbished King’s Cross hotel.

www.uk.roca.com

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Guest Blog: Bathroom trends for 2017

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Bathrooms have come a long way from just plain, white spaces used merely for wash-and-go. Its design, layout and overall look have changed and improved dramatically over the years.

They are not just merely bathrooms; they became a space for comfort, where we satisfy our senses and spend more time in stylish comfort. As 2016 came to a close, many home and hotel owners saw 2017 as the year to refresh or redesign their bathrooms. With new trends emerging every year, what colours, design or materials can we expect to trend in 2017?

Whether you want a stylish and easy-to-maintain space or hotel chic for a glamorous space or a whole new look, 2017 will be a year of brilliant bathroom trends you shouldn’t miss. Click here for the original infographic…

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Guest Blog: GROHE provides five solutions for future-proofing the bathroom

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Many people planning a bathroom today want to take their future needs and requirements into account without compromising on contemporary, stylish design.

Driven by demographic change, demand for “multi-generational bathrooms” continues to increase. According to a government report “Future of an Ageing Population”, the UK population is ageing and nearly one in seven people is projected to be aged over 75 by 2040*. GROHE experts have long acknowledged these trends and have developed five attractive solutions to meet the growing need. These can be found in the brand’s newly released SMART COMFORT – Plan for Tomorrow Today brochure.

“Our ‘SMART COMFORT’ concept embraces a number of different approaches to helping older and physically impaired people live independently in their own homes for as long as possible”, says Andrea Bußmann, Regional Vice President Europe at Grohe AG. “An important contribution to this objective is delivered by specifically designed and engineered products combining elevated levels of comfort, ergonomics, user safety and longevity. A sensible room layout and a forward-looking choice of decor are equally instrumental in maximising the user-friendliness of what remains the most private room of any home.”

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One solution for all members of the household: the SMART COMFORT Plus Bathroom
The SMART COMFORT Plus Bathroom was devised by GROHE experts specifically for households where there is only a single member with restricted mobility. Additional areas and fittings are provided to cater for these special needs. These include a wheelchair accessible basin as well as grab bars in the toilet area. Users with unrestricted mobility are provided with dual wash basins and a bathtub, complemented by taps from the GROHE Allure F-digital series offering elegant design and intuitive operation from any area within the bathroom. For added user safety, a GROHE Allure thermostat keeps the shower water temperature constant at the chosen level, reliably protecting against scalding. A GROHE Sensia® IGS shower toilet maximises comfort for all users thanks to its gentle cleansing action, using nothing but water and warm air.

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Accommodating evolving needs: The SMART COMFORT Design Bathroom
The SMART COMFORT Design Bathroom demonstrates how a remodelling project can be easily and discreetly designed to meet future needs. The room layout should avoid narrow access ways, provide sufficient turning space for wheelchairs and walkers, while placing basins and WCs in easily accessible spots. In this concept, the low-profile basin is mounted on a wheelchair accessible timber panel and complemented by a stylish Essence tap, with an easy to use lever incorporating GROHE SilkMove® technology. The GROHE Rainshower® SmartControl takes the idea of comfortable showering to the next level, with three combined push-and-turn knobs giving users intuitive control of water flow, water temperature and spray pattern. The GROHE Sensia® Arena shower toilet is again used here, with its natural, water-only cleansing function and its wide array of customisable functions. The toilet uses advanced technologies to minimise maintenance and cleaning, offering a perfect combination of thorough body care, ultimate hygiene and personalised comfort.

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Comfort without barriers: The SMART COMFORT Budget Bathroom
The SMART COMFORT Budget concept has been designed to demonstrate how a future proof and easy access bathroom can be created even where space is at a premium and/or budgets are limited. The layout places elements such as the wash basin in positions where they are easily accessible and can be used by all members of the household. A single-lever mixer with tall spout from the Eurostyle range leaves maximum space above the basin for hand washing, while its ergonomically shaped lever ensures easier operation for people with impaired motor skills. Style-matched accessories from the GROHE Essentials collection give the bathroom a coordinated and sleek look, and a seat near the shower area provides users with a space to relax. The toilet bowl is mounted at a comfortable height of 45 centimetres using the Rapid SL installation system, and is suitable for the possibility of retrofitting grab rails.

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Enhanced quality of life for later years: The SMART COMFORT Care Bathroom
The SMART COMFORT Care Bathroom is designed to meet the specific needs of residents in retirement homes. Apart from safety and ergonomics for bathroom users, crucial factors in this segment include economic factors such as the cost of construction and equipment, as well as ongoing operational costs. In addition, it is important to take into account all statutory norms and standards, as well as insights from practical experience, at the early planning stages.

GROHE offers a wide variety of special water fittings for the healthcare and care sector. One example is the Grohtherm 2000 Special shower thermostat featuring easy to read dials and self-explanatory symbols. The basin tap chosen for this example is the tall-spout “L” version of the Eurostyle C single-lever mixer, however an alternative would be the Euroeco Special tap with its ergonomically shaped handle to ensure easy operation. Offering a variety of different spout heights and lengths, GROHE enables planners to specify the perfect tap for any basin, resulting in minimised splashing and preventing the spread of bacteria from the drain. For the toilet, a Tectron Skate unit combining infrared and push-button actuation provides flushing options for users of all abilities.

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Unrestricted mobility away from home: The SMART COMFORT Hotel Bathroom
The SMART COMFORT Hotel Bathroom concept explores what a barrier-free or low- barrier bathroom for hotel guests can look like. Apart from creating a welcoming ambiance, it is important to specify water fittings which can be operated intuitively. This example shows an open en-suite bathroom with complementing decor to the overall style of the room. The bathroom is accessible from several sides and also for guests with impairments. The modern decor is complemented by a Eurostyle tap with tall spout and ergonomic lever. The shower is fitted with a Grohtherm 1000 thermostat which balances fluctuations in water temperature and pressure. The subtly illuminated Nova Cosmopolitan Light flush plate provides a gentle night light so there is no need to turn on harsh overhead lighting. The plate also offers a choice between two different flushing volumes, helping to promote water efficiency.

The “SMART COMFORT – Plan for Tomorrow Today” brochure can be downloaded here. . .

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