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Regent Seven Seas Explorer - Chelsom

Project Spotlight: Chelsom on board Regent Seven Seas Explorer

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The words cruise and luxury have been inextricably linked since the days when the mighty liners were the preferred mode of transport for traversing the globe.

Regent Seven Seas have taken those levels of luxury to new higher standards with their recently launched ship Explorer. Christened by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco in 2016, the ship brings elegance and glamour to the world’s greatest destinations allowing guests to travel whilst viewing Picassos and Segals hanging within the spacious interiors.

International lighting specialists Chelsom worked closely with the three design practices involved in the luxurious interiors- RTKL of Miami, Tillberg of Sweden and ICrave of New York- to create the stunning decor schemes which claim to ‘exceed the loftiest expectations for luxury’.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer - Chelsom

The main lighting focal point is the spectacular chandelier which hangs in the atrium between sweeping art deco staircases, intricate columns and sculptured architectural features. With a diameter of 3metres and a drop of over 4metres, the chandelier features over 6,000 individual high quality crystal octagon drops, each one attached to a chrome wire frame to prevent movement and vibration when the ship is under way. The drops are suspended from a finely engineered custom brass frame.

Further high quality glass, but in a more contemporary style, is used in the Meridian Lounge where a 5.5metre diameter horseshoe chandelier illuminates the dancefloor and surrounding tables. Three tiers of individually mouth blown teardrop glasses are illuminated from above with LED light sources.

By contrast, in the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, Chelsom created a spectacular modern lighting feature using polished stainless steel and hand sculpted glass cylinder shades. At 2.5metres diameter, the fitting draws the eye as soon as you enter the spa reception and further chandeliers were created throughout the rest of the spa.

Reception Sitting Area - Regent Seven Seas Explorer - Chelsom

Entertaining guests is a high priority on board and the luxurious Constellation Theatre provides the ideal setting for evening performances, many in the true Hollywood style. Chelsom created a striking chandelier to hang in the decadent stairwell which featured hand cut triedri clear glass drops hanging from a polished brass frame. Illuminated from within by a myriad of clear lamps, the chandelier adds just the right kind of sparkle to this theatrical setting.

Having a good time extends beyond the confines of the ship and shore excursions to the various destinations is a big part of the cruising programme. The Destination Centre therefore is a popular area which guests can visit and relax in whilst arranging exciting times ashore. Centred above the opulent sofas hangs a custom made Chelsom chandelier dressed with 350 individual rods each containing 5 or 6 mouth blown glass spheres in a mixture of mirrored and clear crystal glass with the light reflected off the highly polished metal frame.

Were those passengers from the great early twentieth century liners able to come back today and cruise on the Explorer, they would no doubt feel completely at home in the opulent luxury of her magnificent interiors.

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Sanctuary Bathrooms - Geberit Awards

Geberit Awards winners are revealed

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Recognising industry talent and a commitment to producing work of the highest quality, the 2016 Geberit Awards winners have been announced.

The standard of nominations this year was extremely high, with the judges having a hard task separating some of the most stand-out entries in each category.
Jonathan Terry scooped the title of ‘Best Domestic Bathroom Installer’, after being nominated for the title by Taylors Etc. in Cardiff. The bathroom showroom regularly recommends Jonathan to its customers due to his exceptional workmanship. Geberit Awards judges agreed, commenting on one particularly complex install by saying: “Attention to detail and impressive installation practice has resulted in a very neat finish.”

Second place in this category was awarded to Steve Phippard of ASP Plumbing, with Mark Fowdon of Studio One South West scooping the third-place spot. The very best examples of how teamwork pays off were on display in the ‘Best Installer Team’ category, with Sanctuary Bathrooms taking the top spot. Their work installing a master en-suite incorporating Geberit products to wall-mount the sanitaryware and maximise on space particularly impressed the judging panel. Judges comments included: “The overall finish is of a high standard, extremely neat and you can clearly see the installation team have a keen eye for detail.”

Jonathan Terry scooped the title of 'Best Domestic Bathroom Installer'

Jonathan Terry scooped the title of ‘Best Domestic Bathroom Installer’

Taking second place in the ‘Best Installer Team’ category went to Dunster Biomass Heating who chose Geberit Mapress when fitting a woodchip biomass system at a privately owned property in Sussex. The remaining spot was awarded to Designer Group, for their excellent team work while installing Geberit HDPE in student accomodation in Dublin.

The many advantages of specifying Geberit Mapress were maximised by the winners of the ‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ category, with Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services taking the title. Using his initiative and drawing on his expertise, Derek specified Geberit Mapress Carbon Steel as the best fit for a complete boiler room installation for the M.O.D in Wiltshire.

Completing the project to exacting timescales, Derek was praised by Geberit Awards judges, who said: “This entry detailed the time constraints K J Quinn Services faced with this job. After finding Geberit Mapress as an alternative method they managed to halve their intitial installation time from 8 weeks to 4 weeks. The care and attention to the individual stages of the installation made this a stand-out entry.”

'Best Supply Systems Installer' category was won by Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services

‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ category was won by Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services

An exceptional commitment to the job was also shown by second place ‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ Mark Griffiths, who used Geberit Mapress for the efficient installation of a twin air source heat pump system. Third place in this category went to Christopher Flaherty of Vietec Heating. Again, Geberit Mapress was the piping solution of choice for Christopher when tasked with fitting a new heating system into a private residence in London.

The overall winner of each category picks up a cheque for £1,000, with Makita Drill Sets and Radios for the runners up.

“It is great to see so many installers taking pride in their work and always striving to achieve the very best,” commented Raffaela De Vittorio, Geberit Marketing & Brands Director. “Each of the winners and runners up has clearly demonstrated how Geberit products can be utilised to their best effect.”

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Plaster finish - Viero

Guest Blog – Viero: Why use plaster?

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Ever-changing trends are part and parcel of the interior design world.

The UK ‘s wall surfaces are renowned for being decorated with wallpaper, paint and tiles, but we believe a huge change is happening right now as the industry shifts towards using traditional Italian plasters to creatively transform both interior and exterior surfaces.

It’s by no means time to say goodbye to wallpaper. After all, it’s a classic way to update any room with a print, and will always have a place in the market. However, in today’s day and age, architects and interior designers are forever on the lookout for something new and bespoke for their clients.

Why plaster finishes?
Italian lime plasters have been used since the Roman times and are one of the most durable building materials on the market.

Their use as a decorative plaster is becoming more and more popular due to its versatility and its ability to achieve a multitude of effects and textures. It has the ability to sit calmly in the background, or where necessary, take centre stage and dominate a room. It is completely timeless, allowing your furniture and accessories to adapt and change over time.

Each plaster finish is applied by the hand of a highly skilled craftsmen, allowing you to choose the amount of texture, shine, colour and overall finish to meet your exact requirements. As we assure our clients, no two Viero walls are ever the same, which guarantees that individuality that we all crave.

The benefits of using luxury polished plasters along with the more textured plaster wall finishes stretches way beyond aesthetics. We’ve all been left frustrated with marked and damaged wallpaper, forcing recurring costs and timely refurbishments.

Plasters offer an unrivalled durability along with easy maintenance – and lime plasters are even fire and water resistant. These days, lime plaster is often being used to replace tiles in bathrooms, kitchens and swimming pool areas, creating seamless wall finishes that don’t attract the unsightly mould associated with grout lines.

With a broad range of clients including Rolls Royce, The Armani Hotel and Conran & Partners we’re clearly not alone in our views.

If you’re considering using a specialist surface finish on your next project, contact the Viero team on 0870 609 2827 to discuss your vision.

Duravit - Concrete in the bathroom

Duravit Guest Blog: Pure Design – concrete in the bathroom

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Time for new interpretations: concrete is a natural product that is currently experiencing a renaissance and achieving cult status in both architecture and interior design.

It is now difficult to imagine the design of interior areas and even furniture without the material: concrete cupboards, worktops, consoles and accessories can be used in a variety of ways and is an alternative to traditional materials, such as wood.

Bare concrete walls have become the expression of a new style that concentrates on the essentials – both inside and outside. Particularly the bathroom, concrete is especially effective when combined with white ceramic and Duravit design.

Duravit - concrete in the bathroom

The perfect design platform
Concrete is a purely natural product – as is ceramic. Cement made of limestone and clay is mixed with sand or grit and water. Other materials, such as steel, are also added. The properties of the material – heavy or light, fine or rough – can be controlled by adjusting the mixing ratio.

A fine grained concrete wall appears warm with the elegance of sandstone. In this quality, the material is understated – it does not take centre stage and offers the perfect platform for modern bathroom design.

A fitting platform for the ME by Starck series by Duravit: the collection offers pure aesthetics and individual design possibilities. A slender rim that is also found on the washbasin, toilets and urinals serves as a visual design signature. Thanks to its delicate edge, the new, 1300 mm wide double washbasin appears almost rimless and lightweight.

Duravit - concrete in the bathroom

The combination with fine-grained concrete highlights the clear lines and forms of the series.

Fibre-glass elements that allow daylight to shine through are inserted into modern translucent concrete, making the room seem lighter and softer. This light material creates a sense of space in small bathrooms with the ME by Starck handrinse basin.


Aged with structure
The coarser the ingredients, the rougher the concrete product. Smaller air inlets also give concrete walls an expressive structure that, when combined with other stone-like materials, such as the Stonetto shower tray by Duravit, create a time worn feeling in the bathroom. The model created by design trio EOOS has a matt finish resembling natural stone.

This is possible thanks to the use of the mineral material DuraSolid Q. Stonetto comes in the typical colours of stone: white, sand and anthracite. Tiny speckles in the finish enhance the natural appearance.

Duravit - concrete in the bathroom
Concrete displays its industrial charm in bathroom interiors with lots of glass and steel. In this clear, architectural surrounding, the Paiova Monolith by Duravit and EOOS brings out the main features. In this version, the typical trapezoid form of the Paiova bath is made from a rectangular monoblock. This makes the acrylic bath an impressive eyecatcher in the bathroom. The bath itself offers plenty of room for two people to bathe side by side and so to relax together in style: with concrete in the bathroom.

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Orion - Chelsom

Chelsom Product Watch: Custom Orion

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The Custom Orion pendant is one of eleven unique and creative designs that form the Chelsom custom lighting range which launched in 2016 as part of the Edition 25 collection.

A true statement centrepiece, Custom Orion features shallow circular LED light sources with Opal acrylic diffusers sandwiched between top and bottom discs supported by randomly positioned arms to give an asymmetric effect.

Clients can specify dimensions and shapes as well as finish. The pendant can be created with a long drop suitable for stairwells and atriums and there is a matching wall light.

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Bathroom Brands Digital

Bathroom Brands launches new Digital range

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Blending intelligent modern technology with timeless design, Bathroom Brands’ new Digital Range is the latest innovation from the leaders in the bathroom industry.

Bathroom Brands Digital showering is the latest innovation using precise temperature technology and beautiful high quality design.

With a selection of premium showering products you are able to create a showering experience individual to you and your home. The precise temperature control means that the water temperature stays exactly the same throughout your shower.

Bathroom Brands launches new Digital range
For safety there is an Automatic shut off which means if there is a problem with your water supply the shower will shut off immediately.

Bathroom Brands launches new Digital range
The colour changing controls not only look good but indicate when your shower is heating up or cooling down and will glow white when the desired temperature has been reached.

Bathroom Brands launches new Digital range

Optional contemporary or classic trims enable the Bathroom Brands digital shower to fit perfectly into any bathroom suite with its elegant premium quality designs blending discreetly into any bathroom.

Microsoft - Signbox

Microsoft UK refresh brand with Signbox architectural signage

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Thames Valley Park, Reading is home to some of the world’s highest profile companies, including IT giant, Microsoft’s UK headquarters campus.

In the summer of 2016, Signbox was appointed to undertake a full signage audit across this 200 acre business park. Engaged initially by commercial property consultants CBRE, Signbox was tasked with redesigning more than two hundred signs with a brand refresh issued by Microsoft’s corporate communication team in the USA.

The brief included external high-level signage, numerous wayfinding totems, internal reception branding, and an LED illuminated 8 x 2 metre monument sign. All had to meet intelligent detailing that demanded vibrancy with functionality, and precise on-brand consistency. To keep disruption on this busy campus to an absolute minimum, all work was carried out over evenings and weekends over a three month period.

“Working for a global brand as well-known and widely respected as Microsoft, we had to ensure a high level of attention to detail prior to manufacture, accurately reflecting the company’s brand identity,” says Signbox Director Matthew Wilkins. “In order to achieve this, we worked closely with Microsoft’s global HQ, alongside business consultants CBRE. This was a substantial project and given the global prominence of the brand, as well the relative significance of this particular Microsoft location – it was vital that we got it right.”

Says Clodagh Cashman (CBRE): “We have worked with Signbox before, and have found them to be an excellent and reliable partner. We knew we could depend on them to manage this whole project from start to finish, with no inconvenience to us, or to Microsoft. Their professionalism and their attention to detail gave us this confidence, and it proved to be well-founded as they ultimately delivered a finished product that met all of the client’s expectations.”

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YUMA by Sekers

Collection Spotlight: YUMA by Sekers

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Sekers announces the launch of YUMA, their new Trevira CS drapery collection. Inspired by the haunting, time worn textures found in abandoned mining towns throughout the Rocky Mountains, Yuma is a versatile collection of four elegant designs with a co-ordinating sheer suitable for contract curtains, cushions and bedding.

Yuma is available in a palette of refined shades ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals to rich rust and luminous yellow. With a refined drape and subtle metallic shimmer, Yuma is a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Woven in 100% Trevira CS, an inherently fire retardant fibre, the YUMA collection is suitable for all aspects of the contract market from hotels to cruise ships. Meeting all relevant UK & IMO standards for curtains, accessories and bedding as well as German, French and U.S. standards, this washable collections is the perfect selection for any contract application.

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Hydro - Viero

Product Spotlight: Hydro by Viero

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Since its launch at the end of 2015, this highly water repellent finish has really captured the imagination of Viero’s client base.

Hydro is a Marmorino plaster based on lime putty which is suitable for both internal and external environments. This highly durable product presents excellent characteristics of colour stability, meaning it will not yellow over time, boasts a high water vapour permeability, excellent fire resistance and offers a natural organic appearance, typical of traditional lime based plasters.

Unsurprisingly, Hydro is a popular finish in areas experiencing direct water. This product is perfect for luxury wet rooms, swimming pool areas as well as external elevations.

A professional review
Hydro has received some fantastic feedback from not only leading architects and interior designers but also highly skilled craftsmen are using this material on their very own projects. We thought we’d share a review from Faux Creation principle Jason Ebers…

What excites you about this product?
Marmorin Hydro is exciting because it has been created expressly for where water flows. It has the same visual impact of other plasters but has a hydrophobic (water repellent) and washable texture that makes it perfect for contemporary wet-rooms and swimming pool areas.

Hydro - Viero
So, we can say goodbye to waterlogged damaged surfaces and moldy corners?
Exactly! This plaster has water repellent properties and a sealer that is integral to the finish. It’s not topical and sitting on the surface. It’s an exciting innovation from Viero’s laboratories.

Why is it better than other products on the market?
Because it’s lime based and hydrophobic, its look and durability are distinct from other specialist products on the market. Hydro is a slaked lime-based Marmorino plaster containing oxide powder pigments, fine grained marble powders, hydrophobic additives and adhesion promoters. The surfaces can be compacted and polished with a stainless steel trowel to create smooth organic movement or a more open pitted effect depending on design requirements.

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It’s a product designed for wet areas but have you used it elsewhere?
Yes, we’re using it in all areas of high-end luxury developments from public spaces to exteriors, because of its durability and exterior capabilities there are no areas that we wouldn’t consider using this plaster.

What is the lifetime of this product?
Being lime-based, technically it is timeless although additional sealer coats are recommended every 3 to 5 years in wet room areas. We always recommend our Clients book us for maintenance work as we can then ensure that the finish stays looking as good for years to come, and we can control the outcome.

You really put products through their paces in the studio here at Faux Creation, constantly testing and pushing the products to see what can be achieved. Why do you like working with Viero products so much?
Viero has a very high quality product range that offers controlled and consistent outcomes and versatility when creating more bespoke artisanal finishes. That’s absolutely critical to Faux Creation.

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Collection Spotlight: Catalyst by Wilton Carpets

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Sparking creativity to create beautiful floor layouts, Catalyst is the latest versatile and inspirational tufted carpet collection from Wilton Carpets.

Wilton has carefully selected over 40 striking and adaptable designs to provide the inspiration for layouts that bring the beauty and individuality of bespoke carpet. Catalyst patterns can be combined, changed, amended and re-coloured bringing limitless design potential.

Collection Spotlight: Catalyst by Wilton Carpets
“With Catalyst we are bringing complete flexibility to projects wanting to capitalise on the value of tufted carpets,” explains Damian Roscoe, head of creative. “Creativity such as this has traditionally been the reserve of woven styles, but our new collection brings incredible design potential, introducing the power of custom carpet to locations that that may previously have felt it was a stretch too far.”

Collection Spotlight: Catalyst by Wilton Carpets

Crafted from an 80/20 wool-rich blend and available in different weight qualities starting at 30oz and rising to 50oz, as well as with the ability to vary pile height and stitch density, the collection can be used in guestrooms through to corridors and light-use public areas.

Each custom Catalyst carpet is ready in just six-weeks from order, underlining Wilton’s commitment to both high-quality and exceptional service. Manufactured in the UK and pushing the boundaries of tufted carpet, Catalyst is available in a four-metre width.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

GROHE FootControl - kbbreview Awards

GROHE announced as finalist for kbbreview Awards 2017

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GROHE is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the kbbreview 2017 Retail & Design Awards. Once again, GROHE is up for a key industry accolade, and this time, it is for its range of FootControl kitchen taps.

GROHE is competing for the Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year Award. The FootControl kitchen tap showcases innovative tap technology, which allows for greater flexibility in the kitchen. A gentle tap on the base unit with your foot will activate the tap, so no hands are needed. The hands-free operation promotes a more hygienic kitchen tap, with the additional benefit of preventing cross contamination between different types of food. The product also incorporates EasyTouch technology, allowing the user to pre-set the water temperature, for added comfort and convenience.

The kbbreview Awards are one of the most prestigious and longest-running awards in the industry and with a record number of entries this year, the judging process is a rigorous one with finalists having to present their shortlisted designs to the judging panel at an event in February. The ceremony is scheduled to be held on 27th March at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.


Wandsworth - ME Hotel, London

Case Study: ME hotel opts for five-star Wandsworth light switches

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For luxury hotels, standing out from the crowd makes the difference between a place to stay and a destination. This is why attention to detail in the specification is not just about the facilities on offer but also about the aesthetics of the environment, the ambience and the sense of quality in every detail.

That is why when London’s ME for Melia Hotel required hotel light switches and plug sockets that perfectly co-ordinated with the beautifully designed interiors, they specified inconspicuous screwless flat plates from Wandsworth’s Infinity collection.

Hotel light switches to match a stunning interior

The ME for Melia Hotel, located in Covent Garden, was designed by world renowned architects, Norman Foster + Partners. The luxury five-star hotel boasts 157 individually designed rooms with floor to ceiling windows, including 16 suites, a fitness centre, meeting and conferencing facilities, two restaurants, a lounge and a rooftop bar.

The design vision of creating a hotel that exemplifies the ‘capital of cool’ is evident throughout, and the lighting installation, designed by M&E consultants BDSP and Spanish lighting specialist, Estel Engineering and Works Ltd, is no exception.

Wandsworth - ME Hotel, London

Designed to reflect the architectural style of the building and deliver the monochromatic interior design concept by playing with light and shade in different areas of the hotel, the lighting design is central to ME for Melia’s look and feel both inside and out. This attention to detail has been carried though to every aspect of the installation, including the wiring accessories.

The emphasis for the light switches at ME for Melia was on colour and shape. Wandsworth worked closely with both the design team and BDSP to deliver the requirement for plug sockets and switches that would be as inconspicuous as possible.

Wandsworth - ME Hotel, London

Co-ordinating light switches and sockets deliver the ultimate in style

All the plates used were from Wandsworth’s grid-mounted Infinity range; screwless fittings that fit flush to the wall and blend effortlessly into the background without any unsightly screws. As the walls are completely plain with such an unforgiving black and white colour scheme, the use of screwless fittings was essential to achieving the required understated look.

Superior switches combine with the efficiency of LED

In a five star hotel design by Norman Foster + Partners you would expect all elements of the specification to uphold the very highest standards of quality and aesthetics, but combining Wandsworth’s light switches with LED luminaires from Italian lighting specialist, iGuzinni in a single installation at the ME for Melia Hotel does much more than that. Here, aesthetics and design statements are balanced with energy efficiency thanks to the level of LED lighting used and the flexibility of a lighting control system that incorporates centralised BMS controls.

Wandsworth - ME Hotel, London
The ME for Melia Hotel’s splendour is evidence of an uncompromising desire for style throughout an interior, and Wandsworth were proud to deliver for such an inspiring hotel design. Furthermore, this project indicates the exceptional effort Wandsworth commit to ensuring light switches, plug sockets, or other wiring devices are perfect for the interior required.

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Raynard Bookends - Gallery Direct

Collection Spotlight: New accessories from Gallery Direct

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Carefully chosen and placed accessories can add the perfect finishing touch to interiors.

Gallery Direct have recently added a range of new products to their catalogue to offer customers more choice. The new accessories offer a wide and assorted selection to suit different tastes and styles.

The Flora and Fauna collection features an extension of Gallery’s popular faux floral range along with exciting and unique animal life accessories. From the fun Polly Wall Ornaments to the more traditional style Raynard Bookends, there is a varied assortment.

A selection based around a natural, earthy theme with impeccable finishes including ceramics and marble effect, offers a fantastic variety, including ornaments, vases and bookends.


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Annecy bedstead - Gallery Direct

Product Spotlight: Annecy bedstead from Gallery Direct

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The Annecy bedstead from Gallery Direct’s Frank Hudson collection is a contemporary design, crafted with hand-woven cane.

Featuring simple, elegant details, the Annecy is available in two finishes to suit a range of interiors. The beautiful soft grey is manufactured from the finest quality mahogany, whilst the weathered version is constructed from Mindy ash.

Annecy bedstead - Gallery Direct

The bedsteads are complemented by bedside cabinets and 5-drawer chests, featuring hand-cast handles, for a co-ordinated look.

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Gallery Direct - Delivery Team

Gallery invests a further £3m to enhance its customer experience

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Gallery are continually looking at ways to help their customers.

They have recently built a huge extension to their state of the art warehouse, so that they can hold even more stock here in the UK, ready for quick delivery. The new facility has doubled the amount of storage space from 60,000sq ft to 120,000sq ft, including purpose built furniture storage, with a further 10,000sq ft of showroom and office space.

Gallery Direct - New premises

Gallery’s core customer proposition of offering a ‘complete range of interior products’ creates a significant challenge to any warehousing solution as the product portfolio is so varied. With this investment, they have put in dedicated pick areas and teams which has improved their pick and pack efficiencies creating a faster turnaround time for customers.

Taking control of their deliveries is another area where Gallery are improving their customer service. Their deliveries are now on their own fleet; they no longer use 3rd party carriers. This in-house delivery has been brought in to give greater control and most importantly to offer a better customer experience.

It is the final link in the chain and very important to customers so a huge investment has been made in delivery teams, a brand new Mercedes fleet as well as IT infrastructure that will enable the customer service team to provide exact details on when products will be delivered.


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Eric Kirwan, Modulex

Signage Q&A: Eric Kirwan, CEO-President of Modulex

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Hotel Designs had the pleasure of catching up with Modulex CEO Eric Kirwan at the recent Sleep 2016 event and chatted to him about what makes good wayfinding in hospitality…

Hotel Designs: Could you tell us a bit about yourself, your career in the industry to date and your involvement in Modulex?
Eric Kirwan: I am Eric Kirwan, CEO and President of Modulex A/S, founded in Denmark in 1963 by the LEGO Group and have been providing wayfinding and signage to many of the world’s most iconic projects. Prior to that I was part of GROHE’s International Projects Team working with many of the leading hotel groups and their design teams.

In 2014 I rejoined Modulex as CEO and President of the Group at the headquarters in Billund, Denmark, responsible for global operations, leading the implementation of projects across market sectors including healthcare, education, corporate and hospitality. Recent hotel projects for Modulex include First Hotels, Park Regis, Melia projects in the USA and Caribbean and the Gainsborough Bath Spa (shortlisted European Hotel Design Award 2016).

Q&A: Eric Kirwan, Modulex

ME Miami Interior and exterior signage from Modulex

HD: Modulex specialises in ‘wayfinding’ – how would you summarise what that means and just how important is it?
EK: Wayfinding is simply spatial problem solving. In the same way that a designer considers the best use of a space with careful consideration of its potential users, the role of the wayfinding consultant is to take into account the area and the users, identifying circulation patterns, decision making or dither points and carefully directing users in the necessary direction or perhaps even disrupting them, when and where appropriate.

Q&A: Eric Kirwan, Modulex

Sleep 2016 Working with the organisers of Sleep on their wayfinding strategy for visitors

HD: What makes good signage/wayfinding – especially in the hospitality industry?
EK: Good wayfinding is intuitive, seamless, integrated with the architecture and interiors. To deliver it means understanding the users of the space – first time or frequent visitors; demographics; their needs and wants, their state of mind and their level of concentration or distraction. Next comes the physical understanding of the built environment. Primary and secondary routes need to be established, decision making or ‘dither’ points noted as this is where you may need to ‘wake people up’ so as not to miss an important turn or event. Are there any landmarks which can aid wayfinding? Has lighting been considered and reading distance and sightlines calculated? Only then can you begin to design. Selecting materials, colours, graphics and typefaces which ‘blend’ and where necessary contrast with the environment.

Q&A: Eric Kirwan, Modulex

Gainsborough Bath Spa Shortlisted at European Hotel Design Awards 2016

HD: We recently read about ‘playfinding’ – wayfinding mixed with enjoyable experiences for people to interact with on their ‘journey’. Just how innovative is this sector?
EK: This is a hugely exciting trend and an opportunity for hotel brands to further endorse the brand experience, particularly if they are targeting a particular demographic. At the recent Sleep event, where Modulex worked with the organisers on wayfinding, the Sleep Set rooms were designed for a specific “Tribe”. The winning room from Gensler designed for the Digital Avant-Garde Tribe would definitely be a group who would grab the opportunity for some “playfinding”.

Q&A: Eric Kirwan, Modulex

Gainsborough Bath Spa Shortlisted at European Hotel Design Awards 2016

HD: What sort of technological trends are we seeing coming through in signage?
EK: Digital signage is not a new innovation but we are seeing a significant increase in requests from operational managers in large hotels looking to simplify their conference and events systems. These same large hotels could also benefit from indoor navigation technology which enable visitors to navigate to their meeting room, for example, using their mobile phone. With the increase in self check-in within some hotel groups there will be more demand for digital solutions to wayfinding which can be quickly updated in real-time.

Q&A: Eric Kirwan, Modulex

Park Regis Birmingham Interior digital signage from Modulex

HD: If you could tell architects and interior designers one thing about wayfinding, what would it be?
EK: Keep it simple. The best wayfinding solutions use the least amount of signage to guide people from a to b; take advantage of the architecture and landmarks as part of the solution. Make sure to ask yourself four simple questions about the signage: Can they see it? Can they read it? Can they understand it? Can they trust the information? If you have positive answers to all the questions then you’re working with a good scheme. If not, contact us!

Q&A: Eric Kirwan, Modulex

Park Regis Birmingham Interior digital signage from Modulex

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Wandsworth at Ham Yard Hotel

Guest Blog: Wandsworth Case Study – Ham Yard Hotel

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As Giorgio Armani so eloquently put it, “The difference between style and fashion is quality”. The Wandsworth Group couldn’t agree more. That’s why their range of superlatively designed, hand crafted electrical accessories, including luxury light switches and electrical sockets, are used by world-class interior designers and architects in prestigious building projects from Hong Kong to New York – even in the private residence of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace.

Their reputation for providing stylishly designed, beautifully realised lighting and electrical wares means that Wandsworth products and expertise are sought out by a host of discerning design professionals – particularly in projects where the importance of elegance is on a par with peerless quality. This is evidenced by their involvement in a number of prominent hotel developments across the world but most recently with the newest addition to the famous Firmdale Hotel’s stable: The Ham Yard Hotel in central London.

Wandsworth at Ham Yard Hotel
Situated in the bustling centre of the capital’s famous Soho district the Ham Yard Hotel is owned by Tim and Kit Kemp, both internationally recognised interior designers famous for outstanding excellence in modern British design – Tim having previously won the coveted Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year award in 2008. Together they have made Firmdale’s 9 hotels and 7 bars & restaurants, located in both London and New York, beacons of service excellence and unique design. Kit in particular has been personally responsible for carrying out the complete interior design of all of the properties – no less so than when the Ham Yard Hotel building project was begun in 2012.

Wandsworth at Ham Yard Hotel

From the very beginning Wandsworth Group were actively involved in the establishment of this £60 million luxurious boutique hotel development. Consisting of 91 individually themed deluxe bedrooms and sumptuous suites, as well as airy bar and contemporary restaurant areas, the Ham Yard Hotel project included a lavish drawing room and library. In addition, this expansive new development featured a spa and gym, numerous private dining and meeting rooms, as well as an original 1950s era bowling alley and rooftop garden, complete with sweeping vistas of the Soho skyline and the city beyond.

Wandsworth at Ham Yard Hotel
Luxury hotel light switches and electrical sockets coordinate with modern British interiors
As a new build project with such a relentless focus on individual style, modern design and matchless quality Wandsworth Group worked closely with the client’s project manager, the contractors and the architect to understand the requirements for all the electrical accessories needed from the outset. With over a century of expertise in providing high quality, luxury light and socket fittings, Wandsworth worked in close concert with all of the interior design parties to offer ideas and suggestions on the best solutions to complement the individual modern British style so prevalent throughout the hotel.

The Wandsworth Group’s diligent project team assisted the clients and the contractor’s site manager in producing a complete, full size mock up of the rooms required – enabling a much more holistic overview of the impact of all the interior design proposals. Following on from this Firmdale Hotels felt assured that the Wandsworth Group’s Classic Collection of electrical accessories was the perfect fit for the high levels of design quality, reliability and elegance inherent in the personalised room designs of Kit Kemp.

Wandsworth at Ham Yard Hotel
The Classic Collection was chosen due to its ergonomically attractive flush finish featuring a unique flat plate profile to compliment the contemporary modern British design. Whilst those selected for the Ham Yard Hotel were supplied in ultra-clean, Super Mirrored Stainless Steel, as a market leader who is able to boast of offering the largest variety of colours on the market, the Classic Collection is available in a dizzying array of finishes, including:
– Polished Brass
– Antique Bronze
– Bright Nickel
– Satin Nickel
– Antique Brass
– Light Bronze
– Matt Black
– Satin Silver
– Satin Stainless Steel
– White
– Yellow Etched Prime

Needless to say, all of Wandsworth’s bespoke multi-service, AV plates and screw fixing plate attachments are individually manufactured from the highest grade solid brass, premium stainless steel or aluminium, as required. Wandsworth are shamelessly uncompromising when it comes to ensuring that the quality of product meets the high standards of style demanded by national and international customers.

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Bespoke electrical sockets and data outlets installed throughout the Ham Yard Hotel
As you would expect for the Ham Yard hotel the Wandsworth Group project managers were only too happy to provide standard and bespoke accessories (both Multi-service and AV plates) specifically tailored to Firmdale’s requirements. In the case of the Ham Yard boutique hotel project these included a data outlet and American style two pin socket as well as a standard 13 amp plug, which were installed throughout the building.

Wandsworth’s involvement was not simply limited to lighting and electrical sockets for this particular project. At the client’s invitation, Wandsworth were all also delighted to provide individually designed and constructed disabled toilet alarm systems (again, in the same style as the Classic Collection Super Mirrored Stainless Steel).

Wandsworth at Ham Yard Hotel
Ensuring excellence in electrical accessories from concept to delivery
Right through the overall project lifecycle of just over two and a half years the Wandsworth Group’s staff kept in constant contact with all parties, from the clients own representatives to the M & E consultants, Mecserve, and the electrical contractors, LJJ of Stockton. By maintaining continual communication and making numerous site visits Wandsworth were able to react quickly and decisively to any changes in the original specifications, design alterations and other unexpected project developments. Wandsworth offer this kind of end to end service as standard, meaning their clients receive a consistently high level of customer service, as well as seeing deadlines met. This was particularly appreciated by LJJ, who were responsible for the installation of the high end, luxury electrical accessories supplied. As demonstrated throughout the Ham Yard project, the Wandsworth Group is consistently chosen to work with and deliver to large scale projects across the globe. Taking pride in their reputation as the ‘go-to’ firm for clients looking for high spec, hand finished products – something which is demonstrated by the fact that Wandsworth’s electrical accessories are used extensively in the construction, repair and renovation of countless landmark buildings across the world.

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Hand-crafted hotel light switches and electrical sockets exceed the highest quality demands
The premium electrical accessories which are handcrafted and tested beyond the highest industry standards by a British workforce are valued by top class interior designers and architects – all of whom recognise their brand as a market leading innovator and supplier of peerless quality.

The Ham Yard Hotel project was completed on 1st June 2014 and the hotel is already a popular place to stay for many visitors to the capital who have been entranced by its chic urban village feel and Kit Kemp’s stunning modern British interior styling. Located in the heart of the cosmopolitan Soho district the Ham Yard Hotel is also proving to be a big hit with savvy Londoners looking for a convenient place to rendezvous, relax, enjoy a drink or indulge in a fabulous dining experience, all within easy walking distance of the city of Westminster.

For the people who make up the Wandsworth Group – from the skilled designers and craftsmen to the individual project managers – it is a source of great pride that Firmdale Hotels, leading interior stylists and renowned architects around the world continue to choose them for electrical accessories that live up to their high standards of class, elegance, reliability and quality. If Giorgio Armani had been an interior designer it’s nice to think he would approve.

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Wandsworth at Ballyfin Demesne

Project Spotlight: Wandsworth’s designer switches, sockets in number #1 hotel

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The ‘Best Hotel in the World’, according to voters in the Conde Nast Travellers’ Readers’ Choice Awards is Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois, Ireland.

The hotel opened in 2011 after 8 years of renovation and is located in the foothills Slieve Bloom. The Regency mansion, set in 614 acres, has 20 five-star rooms with every room within the magnificent building fitted out with Wandsworth Electricals’ light switches and sockets.

Wandsworth at Ballyfin Demesne


Fitted with Wandsworth’s Classic Collection, which is a signature collection that features a sleek, flat plate and provides a stylish design that can complement a wide range of styles, these elegant electrical accessories help provide the finishing touch to the hotels design.

Wandsworth at Ballyfin Demesne

Selecting a wide variety of finishes including polished brass, each carefully selected finish ensures the designer switches and sockets blend beautifully into the decor.

You can download Wandsworth’s brochures here to view their seven hand-crafted premium collections of electrical accessories that are perfect for every setting, from commercial to hotels to residential.

Kobe to bring new upholstery collections to the January Furniture Show

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, is bringing its exciting new Kobe and Essente upholstery collections to the January Furniture Show in Birmingham.

New to the show will be Kobe’s Boutique collection of unique and timeless, 100% natural, curtain and upholstery fabrics, suitable for both domestic and contract use.

A collection where each fabric has an individual identity, this lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns.

From the Essente collection is Cocoon, a soft supple 100% polyester chenille fabric that can be used for both curtains and upholstery and comes in 36 shades. Cocoon is provided with FR domestic back-coat ‘ready to go’ and can be obtained from stock in three days. Further treatment will be available for contract use (Crib 5).

Essente features easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics in a cool linen, soft chenille and silk satin appearance. This natural palette of pastel and neutral tones complements the sophisticated barcode stripe, subtle polka dot, trellis and paisley designs.

Adore Kobe's Boutique Collection at the January Furniture Show

Also being unveiled at the show will be Kobe’s Bufera collection, an exciting range specially designed with today’s upholstery in mind. Bufera is a plush chenille woven dobby with a soft luxurious texture. The mix of cotton and viscose yarns is complemented by rich deep shades and a natural palette of pastel and neutral tones.

The 100% natural fabric collection is suitable for both domestic and contract upholstery use, passing all required flame retardant standards. Bufera can be supplied with an Ace treatment which passes domestic and contract upholstery, curtain and bedspread standards. The treatment also offers soil and stain qualities- making this a multipurpose treatment.

Following on from its success at last year’s show will be Kobe’s library of sample books, bringing together timeless designs with an array of textiles. These feature a wide range of colours, textures and patterns, perfect for creating interiors that reflect the latest trends for today’s high-end domestic and contract markets.

The Essente collection benefits from the logistical expertise and quality of Kobe, while giving access to a wider customer base through its realistic price points. The range is suitable for both domestic and commercial installations. All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

Kobe and Essente can be found in Hall 1 at the NEC, Birmingham. Kobe is on C3 and Essente on C4.

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Interview with Michael Seum, GROHE VP of Design

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GROHE’s VP of Design, Michael Seum, on Essence and its expanded range of colours that gives more creative freedom to designers and architects.

The Essence range of classically elegant mixers has always been a hallmark of pure and modern design. They were redesigned last year and recently they have been upgraded with a wider choice of deluxe colours and state-of-the-art finishes. The re-designed mixers offer a whole new set of options for the design community, giving them the chance to create their own individual look and feel. We spoke to Michael Seum, Vice President of Design at GROHE, about renewing a classic.

Q. What’s the enduring appeal of Essence?
Michael Seum: First let me make it clear that we have remained absolutely faithful to the original product philosophy of minimalist shape and purity of design. For many years, the Essence range has given architects and interior designers a classic design with simple and understated geometry. It is these cherished ideals that enables Essence to complement almost any bathroom style – and therefore, makes it the architects’ first choice.

Q. So what does Essence Colours bring that is new?
MS: Our interactions with design-thought leaders across the world, showed us that there was a growing need for more individuality and personalisation in bathroom design. That’s why we have expanded our range to include 8 new options. With these new options we have created an incredibly rich toolbox for the creative mind allowing tremendous flexibility. This approach has had an immediate impact and has been extremely well received by the global design community. For example, our Hard Graphite in both polished and brushed finishes beautifully complement a huge range or interiors. From marble and pure white bathrooms, light wood tones as well as concrete and dark matte tiles, we find this finish is so versatile it will enable interior designers to create their dream bathroom whatever the style.

Michael SeumQ. What about the design itself?
MS: The new Essence design that we launched has the same traditional delicate transitions and understated geometry of the classic Essence range but with a slightly softened and more humanised approach. This becomes especially apparent in the mixer lever: We have included a very slight taper on the handle, which gives the user a sensual experience of precision control. So there is now more choice in the Essence range but we made sure that we’re retaining the same instantly recognisable iconic look and feel of classic simplicity. There is a strong undercurrent of consistency!

Q. You mentioned the reaction of the design community. How was Essence received?
MS: In one word: excitement. The last few months I’ve been globetrotting with samples of Essence and in all honesty I was very pleasantly shocked at the huge positivity and enthusiasm of designers across the world. In Europe, for example, one interior design team immediately embraced the idea of working with our new colours and finishes, giving them much more freedom to coordinate them with their overall vision. A recent conversation in Tokyo with a prominent designer evoked a similar response. It’s been exciting to see the powerful enthusiasm for Essence.

Q. You say that Essence was prompted by changing needs in design. What are these?
MS: Before starting any new design – and certainly before we put pen to paper in the studio – we look at what’s going on around us. Not only in terms of trends, but also in the more fundamental, global changes that take place. We consult with leading analysts, social commentators and futurologists. And obviously, we use my own experiences and observations. On this occasion, everyone seemed to agree that for billions of people the digital revolution has dramatically changed how they live their lives. Everything is going at hyper speed. So sometimes, people want a moment of escape. Especially in the bathroom, the traditional oasis of individual serenity and relaxation. They crave an environment that is a break from the predictable uniformity of the digital age.

Q. How is the Essence a response to that?
MS: For one, there are the slightly softened and humanised transitions and geometry of the Essence range. Another is the extensive choice of colours and finishes. People want the familiarity of iconic classic design, but they also want to be pampered with an individualistic look and feel. This level of personalisation really elevates the Essence line to a bespoke experience. It also gives interior designers and consumers the opportunity to bring new and luxurious emotional connections to bathroom designs. I believe that this act of establishing connections is the true role of product designers like us. Ultimately, as designers, we must make an emotional difference to people’s lives.

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Q. And what are the main benefits for architects and interior designers?
MS: There are three main benefits. Firstly, Essence gives designers more options than ever to express their creativity – and from what I’ve already seen the results are truly exciting. Secondly, this classic design will easily translate into almost any bathroom style – so architects and designers now have a short-cut to specification whatever project they are working on. The third benefit is cost-efficiency. The Essence series has always represented affordable classic design with a long durability, and Essence can still be part of proposals that require an element of cost-competitiveness.

Q. Finally, what else have you planned for this versatile series?
MS: Well, we are interacting with and listening to designers more and more, and they are flooding us with ideas on how and where we can take Essence. And we will, of course, take action on this creative thinking. But for now, we just want to open the floodgates of the options we have developed. I am genuinely excited to be part of what will be a true celebration of creativity in the next few years. And would like to thank everyone in advance for their contribution.

About Michael Seum
Industrial designer Michael Seum is GROHE’s Vice President of Design taking over from Paul Flowers in June 2015. Born in America, he is an award-winning designer with an international design career spanning large corporations, acclaimed design studios and entrepreneurial brands such as Procter and Gamble, Whirlpool (USA & Italy), PepsiCo Sports and Nutrition, Minimal and WiMo labs. At GROHE, Michael is responsible for delivering insight-driven, meaningful solutions that capture the spirit and imagination of GROHE consumers throughout the world.

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Wilton Carpets at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Project Spotlight: Wilton Carpets at Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

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Ready to Weave axminster carpet from Wilton Carpets has been used to transform the auditorium of The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, bringing an elegance fitting of the Victorian interior.

Designed by eminent theatre architect, Charles J. Phillips, The Grand Theatre, Woverhampton has been a focal point of the city since the late 19th Century. As part of a refurbishment of the theatre, some 900m2 of axminster carpet made by Wilton Carpets has been specified and installed by contractor Multifloor (Walsall) Ltd.

Wilton Carpets at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Selecting an existing library design in Kingston Pindot and using the Ready to Weave: Our Design service to select a striking red and gold colourway in keeping with the auditorium’s impressive period features, Multifloor presented the design to the city council: “I had used Wilton Carpets in a previous installation at Warwick University and it seemed the natural choice for a project of this stature,” explains Matt Hunt, Multifloor (Walsall) Ltd. “Having worked with Wolverhampton City Council on the theatre before, we were trusted to put forward our specification, so had no hesitation in recommending Wilton Carpets. We presented the design and colour to theatre management, who agreed that it was the right fit for the auditorium.”

Wilton Carpets at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Multifloor specified the wool-rich axminster carpet in an eight-row quality to ensure that it could withstand the footfall throughout the theatre’s performances. Woven in Wiltshire using British wool, the carpet was made within the tight deadlines of the project: “Wilton Carpets proved faultless from the production of samples right through to the delivery of the carpet. Failing to meet delivery timescales could have had a huge knock-on effect and would have almost certainly held up the grand opening,” continues Matt Hunt. “We actually received the carpet earlier than promised and thanks to careful planning it was a simple process to fit, even in the complex layout of the auditorium, a huge ‘thumbs up’ to everyone involved.”

Wilton Carpets at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

The carpet has been well received by all at The Grand Theatre and Multifloor has enjoyed praise for meeting the tight deadlines of the project with such a high quality end result. In fact, such was the success of the project that the contractor has already taken forward the same Kingston Pindot carpet to the main entrance at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com


Project Spotlights: Atelier Textiles in hotel interior design

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Boutique hotel designers are the masters of lavish comfort. We’ve been exploring how a selection of premiere interior designers have used Atelier Textiles soft furnishings to promote a sense of cosiness in tandem with refined style.

THE ALPINA GSTAAD Swiss chalet (above, main) hotel is full of ruggedly chic textures, to warm you up after a long afternoon on the slopes. The designer chose the Susan design from our cushion archives, in snowy broken white jute with midnight blue susani inspired embroidery.

BLAKES HOTEL in South Kensington (below) is the home of several dreamy signature suites, many of which feature richly textured velvet drapes, cushions and bedding from our collections. The warming fabrics enhance the snug feel, while classically inspired patterns maintain the elegance of this famously fabulous hotel.

The bedrooms at private members’ club HOME HOUSE are lavishly decorated with richly textured bedspreads and accessories. Each room is like a velvet lined jewellery box, with precious warming shades of claret, khaki and gold draped over the beautiful beds. The designer chose classic bedspread and pillow designs from our Florence and Oscar collections, combining them with original 1820s Chinese silk wallpapers and antique artefacts, for a cosy and eclectic look that is quintessentially London.

THE PIG HOTELS (below), created around an aesthetic that is ‘comfy, interesting and homely… evolved rather than interior designed’ are a masterclass in setting a tone of relaxation for guests. Unpretentious luxury is woven into every design decision made in the Pig rooms, including the bathrooms, which feature bespoke sheers from our Tamara collection, which cast a subtly decorative veil over the room.


THE LANESBOROUGH CLUB AND SPA is an exclusive new health and fitness space within the renowned Lanesborough Hotel. Due to open in Spring 2017, the scheme was designed by masters of luxury, 1508 London, with ultimate comfort and indulgence in mind. Together with 1508 London, we developed a bespoke incarnation of our Josephine sheer fabric panels, embellished with intricate burnished metal beading. The embroidered sheers encircle each chair in the lounge with an opulent, shimmering backdrop, continuing the feeling of sumptuous relaxation from the main hotel into the spa.


GROHE Essence

Introducing GROHE Essence: freedom of choice in the bathroom

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With its huge variety of new colours and finishes, GROHE’s re-designed mixer range takes personalised bathroom design to a new level…

• The global trend for personalised design is entering the bathroom, as the boundaries between living spaces in our homes are dissolving
• The re-designed Essence range encourages creative design with its broad range of colours, finishes and matching products for every water outlet in the bathroom
• Essence mixers now feature a new softened design, with a consistent shape across the range
• Huge choice: a variety of deluxe colours and state-of-the-art finishes

GROHE’s new Essence range offers ultimate flexibility in design, with 10 possible combinations of deluxe colours and state-of-the-art finishes.

Inspired by the latest global trends, the finishes were carefully selected to complement all bathroom styles and décor, and include Cool Sunrise, Warm Sunset, Hard Graphite and Nickel.

Introducing GROHE Essence: freedom of choice in the bathroom

Variety meets consistency
The new choice of colours comes with an incredible consistency in design, with every spout and lever almost identical across all product types. The Essence design is based on concentric cylinders which have been slightly softened for the re-designed shape to add a touch of elegance to every bathroom. “We have included a very slight taper on the handle, giving the user a sensual experience of precision and control” says Michael Seum, Vice President of Design at GROHE. “People want the familiarity of iconic classic design, but they also want to be pampered with an individualistic look and feel”.

Michael Seum

Michael Seum

Award winning design and technology
The new Essence range features many of GROHE’s advanced technologies, such as Aqua Guide which positions the water flow to hit the basin in such a way to prevent splashing and GROHE SilkMove® allowing for a gradual, precise control of flow and temperature. Essence has already been awarded numerous prestigious international awards, including the Iconic Award Interior Innovation, the Good Design Award, and the iF Product Design Award.


Roca at BLOC, Birmingham

Case Study: Roca at BLOC apartments, Birmingham

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Roca in collaboration with Boxbuild, have supplied a custom-made Solid Surface solution to create the ultimate durable and hygienic bathroom. BLOC’s new commission for their Standard and Apartment BLOC rooms in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, has allowed Roca to really test its tailored offering.

The partnership has created a complete wall, floor and shower tray solution, alongside a bespoke Solid Surface basin, designed and prototyped with Boxbuild, and prefabricated to fit the allocated space perfectly. Additionally, BLOC specified Roca brassware, accessories and sanitaryware for the bathrooms, including the stylish and ultra-hygienic The Gap rimless toilet.

Roca at BLOC, Birmingham

BLOC’s Managing Director, Rob Morgan said: ‘BLOC are always excited by pushing the boundaries of normal construction and are committed to changing the way that we build hotels for the future. Working with Boxbuild and Roca to deliver this simple construction process allows us to offer a luxury product to our customers, unique to BLOC, but without the usual maintenance issues of a bespoke fit-out.’

Roca work at BLOC, Birmingham

Roca’s Solid Surface combines flexibility, aesthetics, hygiene, sustainability and resistance to chemicals and is the ideal bathroom material for a contemporary, quality finish to BLOC’s compact, but luxuriously finished rooms. BLOC’s ethos is smart accommodation at honest prices for the savvy traveller. This means working with the latest materials and construction techniques for everything, from the hotel shell to the interior finishes.

Collaborating with Boxbuild and Roca to create bespoke bathrooms was an ideal opportunity to enhance the hotel’s core offer. This is BLOC’s second project with Roca; the first being its 248-room hotel inside Gatwick’s South Terminal.

Roca products at BLOC Birmingham extension include:
– T-1000 Bath Mixer
– Raindream round showerhead
– L90 basin mixer
– Loft handset
– The Gap wall hung WC & soft close seat
– Duplo WC frame
– Prisma LED mirror


Versital faux marble shower

Five reasons Versital is the perfect bathroom solution…

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Create a one-of-a-kind bathroom with a stunning shower tray, shower panels, vanity top and splashbacks that work in complete harmony together. Whether you want a modern, statement steam room or a luxurious, hotel-inspired sanctuary, Versital will help you achieve the bathroom of your dreams…

1. Versital shower trays are completely bespoke and hand-made to order…
Whether you want to create a feature wet room or fill the smallest of spaces, Versital can create a one-of-a-kind shower tray. Every detail, right down to the type of finish, position of the waste disposal, and even the style of the trim, can be personalised.

2. Hundreds of colour and finish combinations to choose from…
Versital shower trays, shower panels, vanity units and splash backs are available in 90 different colours – from the hottest reds and pinks, to eleven different shades of grey! These high quality stone resin surfaces are available in a variety of different finishes such as marble-look, granite, high gloss and even sparkle.

Andaz Hotel bathroom featuring Versital bespoke shower-tray

Andaz Hotel bathroom featuring Versital bespoke shower-tray

3. Never grout tiles again…
Versital shower panels eliminate the chore of grouting forever more. Shower panels are easy to maintain with only a simple wipe-clean needed, making them the perfect, hygienic solution for a busy family bathroom.

4. Create a premium marble look in the bathroom – without the drawbacks of the natural material…
Marble is a timeless decorative material synonymous with luxury and refined taste, but the real material is susceptible to staining and erosion. Versital’s unique faux marble formula is the ideal alternative as it 100% waterproof and stain resistant. For a harmonious and coordinated look, Versital can complete a marble-inspired bathroom with a bespoke matching vanity top and splashback – helping you achieve the 5* hotel look at home!

5. It’s made in Britain by experts in the field…
Versital has been manufacturing surfaces for more than 30 years. Its products are lovingly handmade in Britain by skilled craftsmen trained in the art of creating faux marble. A unique formula is mixed by hand to expertly imitate the nuances and patterns of real marble until you can’t tell the difference.



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Collection Spotlight: Chic Weathered Bedroom by Gallery Direct

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The Chic Weathered Bedroom Collection from Gallery Direct’s Frank Hudson range offers an elegant look that would suit a range of interiors.

Handcrafted with exquisite attention to detail, it has taken a lot of skill to create the traditional stripped-back effect seen in the collection, resulting in furniture that portrays a luxurious French style.

The range includes two bed options, one featuring hand-woven cane, the other upholstered in linen cotton produced on a traditional loom. To accompany the bedsteads, there is a bedside cabinet, wardrobe, dressing table with accompanying mirror and stool, five drawer chest and a cheval mirror, to give a coordinated look to a room.

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Product Spotlight: LED Dock Combination

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LED Dock Combination by Chelsom is a slender hotel guest room or ship cabin wall light ideal for the bedside with main room illumination from within the fabric shade.

A warm white LED reading light is housed within a cylindrical head that swivels 90 degrees and ‘docks’ into a semi recessed backplate. The innovative wall light also features a USB charging port which remains powered even when the lights are switched off.

LED Dock Combination is available in two standard finishes including Polished Chrome and an industrially inspired Black Bronze finish seen as pictured.

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Hansgrohe UK Managing Director, Martin Mongan at Designer Awards 2016 - Talis Select

Talis Select wins gold at the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

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At the 2016 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, the Hansgrohe brand received the Gold product award for the category of ‘Innovation in Functionality’.

Talis Select is the bathroom basin mixer range from Hansgrohe that perfectly blends form and function. Featuring intuitive push on/off technology, it is easy to operate by all ages and the two slender designs, Talis S and Talis E, are ideal for all modern bathroom schemes.

Hansgrohe Talis Select

Integrated EcoSmart technology delivers a water-saving flow of just 5 litres per minute and the simple operation also encourages the user to switch off, making these mixers a sustainable choice.

Held at the Supernova in London on the banks of the Thames, on 9th November, the glittering Designer luncheon event is the only industry awards to recognise and celebrate achievements in the field of kitchen and bathroom design.

Presented by TV sport’s presenter and former international gymnast, Gabby Logan, the award was accepted by Hansgrohe UK Managing Director, Martin Mongan.


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Duravit - Cape Cod - DuraCeram

Product Spotlight: DuraCeram from Duravit

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Highest precision and design versatility
Bathroom ceramic is a material with outstanding properties proven for use in homes and public buildings alike. The smooth hygienic surface glaze is extremely robust, easy to clean, scratch and wear resistant. Bathroom ceramic is also non-allergenic, heat resistant and lightproof. For designs requiring extreme accuracy or thinner tiles, however, conventional materials run into problems.

Material of the future – DuraCeram
Conventional bathroom ceramic material requires a thickness of 12-14mm 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.

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Another advantage of DuraCeram is the saving in raw materials and associated reduction in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions during production, as well as the lighter weight of the end products.

Precise form: Washbasins by Philippe Starck
Delicate, gently curving forms, narrow radii and characteristically thin edges are distinctive features of Philippe Starck’s design for the Cape Cod washbasins. In the round and square versions, the taps are mounted on a ceramic platform integrated in the basin. The challenge of precision fitting of the tap is readily overcome with DuraCeram.

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New c-bonded technology: exact and precision-fit
The innovative material is also used with the elaborate c-bonded technology, by which the furniture washbasin is joined seamlessly with the vanity unit. Thanks to the accurate and precise fitting connecting technology, ceramic and furniture merge to form a single unit. This visual and tactile sensation is made possible by the quality of the new DuraCeram material, which is thin enough to overcome the problem of minimal washbasin measurement tolerances.

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Product Spotlight: Brintons introduces Altered Gravity by Stacy Garcia

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Altered Gravity is the eighth collaborative collection from Brintons and Stacy Garcia.

The collection, which includes 14 patterns, draws inspiration from diverse disciplines of the art universe; abstract expressionalism collides with contemporary graphic design, and digitally rendered textures melt between layers of mixed media paintings.

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“Altered Gravity is about exploring the boundaries of experimental design techniques and mediums. We’re bringing it back to the basics of fine art and melding it with new technologies,” says Garcia.

Altered Gravity - Brintons & Stacy Garcia

“Like my design aesthetic, the art process is ever evolving. We’re constantly adapting, rearranging, adding and subtracting – creating layers that form into something beautiful,” she adds.

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The precision-weaving process of Axminster carpet combined with Brintons’ ability to achieve unparalleled depth and texture with up to 32 colours, brings Altered Gravity to life. Altered Gravity falls comfortably into the intersection of contemporary expressionism and graphic influence. Visualise a Venn diagram with multiple areas of creative influence; abstract expressionism collides with contemporary graphic design, and digital texture melts between layers of experimental collage techniques.

Altered Gravity - Brintons & Stacy Garcia

Forged from the realm where these circles overlap, Altered Gravity emerges – a product of the art universe.

For further information, please call 01562 635 665 or email solutions@brintons.co.uk


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Product Spotlight: Newmor’s Watercolour wallcoverings for commercial interiors

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Designed and hand-painted in-house by Newmor’s design team, the Watercolours wallcoverings range is the latest addition to the Newmor Custom collection.

All of the designs can be recoloured, rescaled and printed onto any of Newmor’s vast range of commercial quality wallcoverings, including textures, metallics and window films.

This year at London Design Festival painterly effects took centre stage. Dyed marble tables, paint splattered upholstery, dripping ink fabrics, brushstroke ceramics and hand-painted wallpapers. Meanwhile Newmor’s design studio have been bust creating their new collection.

Watercolour Geometric (above) is a large scale fusion of geometrics and watercolours. Nebulous indigos and luminous opalescent shades combine with hazy, weathered surfaces which fade in a vertical ombre effect.

Tiled effects are versatile and offer endless options for customisation. Watercolour Tiles (above) can be rescaled, recoloured and printed onto any of Newmor’s base materials.

Watercolour wallcoverings

This hand-painted design has been digitally manipulated to create a delicate floral mural featuring inky, layered shades and brush strokes. Watercolour Botanical (above) can be recoloured to suit any scheme.

Watercolour wallcoverings

For a dramatic watercolour effect, Watercolour Stripe (above) features soft chalky tones alongside bold, dispersing pigment and sweeping brush strokes. The horizontal stripe adds a fresh, contemporary take on the trend.

Watercolours is the latest collection in Newmor’s bespoke range, which brings cutting edge trends to the commercial wallcoverings market. All of the Newmor Custom designs are printed onto wide-width contract quality fabric backed vinyl wallcoverings which are suitable for high traffic areas like corridors, lobbies and bed head walls.

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Product Spotlight: HiB’s Duet range

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HiB Novum continues to innovate and inspire with the introduction of the new Duet range of bathroom furniture products.

Guaranteed to ensure broad appeal, Duet combines simple style with sharp, angular forms, making for an ultra-modern look. What really distinguishes Duet, however, is the option of an integrated LED trim, creating a brilliantly bold statement for any bathroom together with clever storage trays to keep your bathroom perfectly organised.

Duet sits alongside HiB’s biggest successes, Tranquil and Prima as another luxury, trendsetting bathroom collection. The new range boasts a selection of different bathroom features including newly designed cabinets and clever, brand new tall storage units. All units are available in HiB’s most popular colour, white, as well as anthracite and matt light grey.

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Ash Chilver, the sales director at HiB has said that: “Our rebrand has left us determined to show that we are one of the leaders of the bathroom furniture industry.

“Already, our new Duet range is pulling in interest from retailers across the country with its modern, sleek aesthetic combined with practicality. Each cabinet and storage unit is both spacious and space saving offering fantastic organised storage.

“For retailers then, the recommendation is to stock Duet and let in take centre stage in their showroom.”


Project Spotlight: Newmor collaborates with artist, Ptolemy Mann

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Newmor’s new collaboration brings Ptolemy Mann’s signature ikat prints and hand-woven designs to commercial interiors with a collection of fabric backed vinyl wallcoverings.

Ptolemy Mann has been running her own textile art and design studio since 1997. Her unique approach to hand dyeing and weaving wall-based artworks has become the basis for a modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of product and art making. Underpinned with intelligent colour theory, Ptolemy has developed a collection of wallcoverings exclusively for Newmor that can be rescaled, recoloured and printed onto any of their wallcoverings, including textures and metallics.


There are nine designs to choose from, each in a selection of carefully considered colourways. The whole range has been digitally created from hand dyed and woven rugs and fabrics, bridging the gap between craftsmanship and industrial production. Some are smooth and focus solely on the transitioning colours, and others faithfully reproduce the original tactile surfaces which can be enhanced by printing onto textured base materials.

Ptolemy said: “I’ve never applied my designs to a wallcovering before. This is brand new territory for me and it’s very exciting to see large scale repeats and different finishes. All of my work is directly taken from scans and photographs of pieces I have hand dyed and woven so I’m keen to keep the handmade reference within the designs. Different weave and textile textures are combined with colour and geometry. I really believe that new digital print technology can be used to bridge the gap between hand-crafted and industrial production. I’m interested in daring and dynamic colours but with a neutral component which makes the design easy to apply to hospitality interiors. I’m determined to bring more colour into our lives.

It’s been great working with Newmor – I love that everything they produce is made here in the UK – very special. The team have been very enthusiastic about my designs and it’s great when you get a good match between craft, art and industry: that’s when ideas flow and projects get creative.”

Ptolemy Mann is the third artist in the Newmor Designer range, which aims to bring cutting edge artisanal design and craftsmanship to the contract market. Available alongside their vast range of stocked wallcoverings and Newmor Custom, a collection of bespoke trend-led designs created by Newmor’s own studio. Visit www.newmor.com for more information.

T: 01938 551990
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Sleep 2016: Morgan introduces Valencia at Sleep

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Designed by Morgan Studio, the Valencia collection, on show at the recent Sleep event, combines a sharp and dramatic profile with plush upholstery detailing and comfort.

Valencia by Morgan

Presenting an exciting alternative to the conventional modular sofa system, the collection offers 3 modular units of the same width with the option of a full, 3/4 or 1/2 back allowing the sofas to be combined to create multi-directional seating grids.

Valencia by Morgan


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Vantage London catches the eye with exterior signage from Signbox

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Towering above the elevated section of the M4 in Chiswick, Vantage London is a building seen by tens of thousands of motorists every day as they make their way between Heathrow airport and Central London.

Offering the largest office space in West London, the building occupies a prominent location facing Kew Gardens and sits a mere five minute walk from Chiswick Park tube station. The building has undergone a major refurbishment over this year, and key to re-launching this landmark building was a range of exterior signage that would powerfully reflect the outstandingly modern and vibrant interior.


Architectural signage specialist, Signbox’s proven ability to deliver quality high-elevation signage on this scale meant it was the natural partner for this complex and high profile job. The company was first approached by the contracted architects, Spratley Studios, in late 2014 to provide initial technical assistance to resolve issues relating to the location of large, high-level signs to both of the existing curtain-walled glazing and cladding systems. Signbox was then invited to competitively tender for the works in November 2015 and was awarded the external signage, which was then delivered between January and May of this year.

The first step in the project was to update the building’s existing gantry sign. All decorative tubular steel was removed and the entire gantry re-dressed with aluminium cladding over a new, bespoke structural steel framework with large illuminated lettering. Further external works required the designing of a specialist bracket system to attach a reinforced flex-faced box to a Schuco curtain wall at the 13th floor level, directly above the elevated section of the M4. Bespoke large fabricated letters, located flush to the cladding, were also designed and installed to ensure the fixings took all of the weight load back to the building structure.

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A 16×6-metre mesh lettings banner, digitally printed in full colour, was located on engineered fixings that can be removed if required at a later date with recourse to remove the cladding panels. It also featured ‘bump stops’ to prevent the banner making contact with, and damaging the paint finish to refinished cladding.

The complexity and very high cost of re-accessing elevated signage meant that Signbox also designed and installed a complete secondary LED circuit with all control switchgear sited remotely within the building, ensuring that most future issues can be simply and immediately addressed without the need to access the exterior signage. In addition to the primary exterior signage, Signbox has also removed and replaced all car park wayfinding with stainless steel effect dibond, with printed detail as part of the project.

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Workman LLP, the management company for the building are delighted with the quality of the work delivered by Signbox and have subsequently ordered additional internal signage – including directories, reception works, tenant signage and wall graphics – all of which have now been completed.

Signbox Senior Project Manager Andrew O’Hara concludes: “Signbox was delighted to have the opportunity to work on such a high profile and architecturally challenging project – the delivery of high-elevation signage that is seen by tens of thousands of London motorists on a daily basis. The project required strict adherence to deadlines and close cooperation with multiple contractors. We were ultimately able to deliver a high-quality finish befitting this landmark building, and the success of the job immediately led to further project work for this client.”

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Geberit - Sleep 2016

Sleep 2016: Geberit impresses with AquaClean Mera

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With shower toilets raising comfort levels in the hotel bathroom to spa-like proportions, Geberit showcased its very latest and market-leading technology at Sleep 2016. A highlight of the stand was the Geberit AquaClean Mera, which impressed not only with its aesthetic appeal, but also due to its array of intelligent comfort functions.

Characterised by high-quality materials, smooth lines and a seamless finish, this latest shower toilet from Geberit, designed by Christoph Behling, has the appearance of a standard WC on the outside, while a wealth of technological benefits are neatly concealed within.

The washing and drying functions are just part of the Geberit AquaClean Mera story, which also boasts functions including a proximity sensor to automatically raise the WC lid and warm the seat on the user’s approach, rimless WC pan for improved hygiene, a discreet orientation light for use at night, built-in odour extraction and a programmable remote control.

Visitors to Sleep 2016 also learned more about Geberit AquaClean Sela, available as either floor-standing or wall-hung it offers hotel guests a luxurious level of cleanliness, at the touch of a button.

Specifiers looking to upgrade hotel bathrooms retrospectively will find a neat solution with Geberit AquaClean enhancement seats, which can be added to an existing WC to wash the user clean with a gentle and airy water spray at body temperature.


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MemErase by Muraspec

Product Spotlight: MemErase surface paint from Muraspec

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Muraspec announces the creative new MemErase Surface Paint, new to the MemErase series.

This top-notch, easy to apply solution can transform any smooth surface – i.e. desks to doors, walkways and office dividers – into a creative outlet and a writeable space to augment any task, activity or project. Applied in white or clear finishes, the MemErase Surface Paint can be utilised across many a commercial and residential setting from offices to hotels, classrooms and so on.

Employed over any coloured surface, wallpapers or artwork; MemErase is a truly novel approach for any number of collaborative purposes. The possibilities are endless.

Product Spotlight: MemErase surface paint from Muraspec

Tariq Rashid, Muraspec Managing Director, states: “Surface Paint by Memerase is an easy to use, and ultra-functional addition to our dry erase range. It’s suitable anywhere from offices, to classrooms, conference centres and eateries – to name a few. At Muraspec, we’ve personally used the Memerase range for planning, project management, brainstorming, presentations and so much more.”

Product Spotlight: MemErase surface paint from Muraspec

A leader in the design industry, the company designs a full spectrum of readymade and bespoke solutions found in the finest hotels, shops and residences worldwide. From decorative panels to wallcoverings in thousands of colourways, Muraspec’s entire range is manufactured at their UK-based facility.

With over 135 years of experience, Muraspec prides itself on both its British heritage, and exceptional customer service each and every step of the way.

For more information, please contact us…

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Roca at Sleep 2016

Sleep 2016: Roca event preview

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At this year’s Sleep 2016, Roca will create an installation that showcases three distinct bathroom environments – two different guest bathrooms and a public bathroom. The display will explore Sleep’s even concept of the ‘Science of Tribes’ to reflect how guests’ attitudes and behaviour can influence hotel design.

Visitors can explore a selection of bathroom products in each environment including sanitaryware, brassware, tiles and accessories. Featured highlights are the Inspira range, incorporating the new In-wash shower toilet and lightweight FINECERAMIC washbasins. Also on display is Roca’s new Modo solid surface produces made from SURFEX. Modo focuses on the concept of bespoke design planning, with products that can be configured to suit the hotel’s design specification and guests’ needs.

Mark Poulain, Roca’s International Specification Manager says: “A significant part of Roca’s business is working within the hospitality sector. Sleep is an essential platform for us to inspire and advise designers about Roca’s latest bathroom innovations and products and to offer technical support with their bathroom projects.”

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Sleep 2016: Crosswater and Bathroom Brands combine for the hospitality sector

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Sleep 2016 saw Bathroom Brands launch its new Group Contracts Division bringing together the leading hotel brand, Crosswater, with its sister brands to form an all-encompassing service for hotel bathroom design and specification.

Crosswater Contracts has a respected pedigree in the hospitality sector, working with both boutique and international brands such as Hilton, Mondrian, Malmaison, Ampersand and Laslett. Creating stunning guest bathrooms, across a wide range of national and international groups and boutique hotels, has made Crosswater the UK’s seminal provider of brassware and showers. Bathroom Brands’ Group Contracts can create the most stunning comprehensive hotel bathroom solution, with the experienced and longstanding team now able to harness the company’s full array of designer bathroom products.


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David Balmer, Hospitality Sector Sales Manager explains, “Bathroom Brands is one of the fastest growing bathroom companies in the world, with compelling designs drawn from international markets and cultures. There are eight brands in the group, each offering a unique design personality, matching individual hotel styles and providing the ultimate in guest comfort”.

A 20 page “Look Book” of hotel bathroom solutions has been produced to give insight to the breadth of products now available to hotels from the Contracts team.

Bathroom Brands’ Group Contracts includes: Crosswater – brassware and showers; Burlington – traditional bathroom suites; Clearwater Baths; Bauhaus luxury bathroom furniture; Arcade – grand luxury suites and accessories; Simpsons – shower enclosures and wet rooms; Britton Bathrooms – contemporary bathroom fittings and furniture; and the newly introduced Thirty6 brand – a range of compact quality bathroom suites.

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Versital up for an award

Versital is a finalist at Mixology North Awards 2016

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Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious design award.

The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists have been judged based on a criteria that considered factors such as sustainability, design originality, aesthetics, ease of use and commercial viability.

Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director for Versital, comments, “A Mixology award is the stamp of approval in the interior design and hospitality industry – so we couldn’t be more delighted to be a finalist. Our surfaces bring a fantastic solution to the industry and have been specified in a number of upmarket projects both in the North and the rest of the UK this year.”

Versital up for an award

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The Mixology North Awards were created by the team behind the highly regarded design publication, Mix Interiors, to support and recognise the many dynamic brands within the interior design industry, regardless of their size. The winners will be announced on the 8th December 2016 in a ceremony at Manchester Central that will be attended by 700 members of the interior design community.

Versital’s product offering for the hospitality sector includes bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities, shower trays and shower panels in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital’s shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.


Chantilly by Wilton Carpets

Get cool and contemporary in a flash with Chantilly by Wilton

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Wilton Carpets has launched Chantilly, a wool-rich tufted carpet in a modern linear block design that’s perfect for a cool, contemporary look in hotel bedrooms and light-use public areas.

In Wilton’s signature British wool blend, Chantilly comes in a palette of eight purposeful colour combinations, each bringing a carpet with a design that’s incredibly versatile. As part of the British manufacturer’s In Stock collection that’s available with fast delivery, Chantilly is ready to bring Wilton’s famous quality and style.

“The new collection is perfect for hoteliers, B&B owners and anyone looking for a contemporary design wool carpet,” comments Alan Whittle, sales director, Wilton Carpets. “The pattern and available colour combinations are also incredibly versatile and so can be used in different areas without looking awkward or clunky. Modern, elegant and purposeful, Chantilly marks another flexible and practical tufted carpet introduction to our In Stock collection.”

In a tufted quality, Chantilly represents great value and can be coordinated with Wilton’s In Stock woven axminster designs, for a bespoke look that takes budget and performance into consideration. Rated suitable for heavy contract use, the range is available four-metre wide and made from a blend of 80% wool/20% nylon for appearance retention and durability.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, will be showcasing a number of contemporary, premium fabric collections at the Sleep event in November on stand M32...

Kobe UK to showcase at Sleep 2016

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, will be showcasing a number of contemporary, premium fabric collections at the Sleep event in November on stand M32.

Suitable for window décor and soft furnishings within contract markets, the Elements and Enchanted ranges are stunning collections of luxurious 100% flame retardant fabrics. The collections enjoy the signature Kobe style while offering affordable prices and value for money – ideal for hotel interiors.

Enchanted, Kobe’s autumn collection, is a balance between contemporary and traditional. The range features three woven jacquards with a smooth, supple feel.
The palette of rich striking tones and neutrals complements the sophisticated collection of medallion, stylish lattice and coordinating geometric designs.

Elements palette of rich and neutral shades balances the stylish collection of luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics. The cool linen, soft satin and subtle metallic look is a perfect match for the geometric, herringbone and medallion designs.

Said David Harris, md of Kobe UK: “We are looking forward to this year’s Sleep event and having the opportunity to showcase our latest collections.

“The Elements and Enchanted collections benefit from the logistical expertise and quality of Kobe, while giving access to a wider customer base through their realistic price points.”

This year Kobe International celebrates its 40th year in playing an important role in the interior design and lifestyle sector. The company has a solid European base with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the UK. Its products are distributed, used by professionals and end users in more than 50 countries worldwide.

The Kobe UK sales office and studio is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire

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Product Spotlight: ‘Traditionally Tweed’ from RhubarbLondon

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Nothing suggests traditional country living more than a tweed armchair.

Creators and manufacturers of fine eclectic furniture, RhubarbLondon prides itself on sourcing the most authentic fabrics and textiles to create completely original upholstered pieces. Sourced from archives by the brand’s founder and head creative, Shaun Brownell, RhubarbLondon’s range of antique and vintage armchairs has been expertly swathed in tweed textiles from iconic brands including Dunn & Co and Harris Tweed.

Proudly crafted in Britain, each individual piece embodies a slice of history, blending rare fabrics with exquisitely applied upholstery techniques to create truly unique designs. RhubarbLondon’s team of expert tailors, seamstresses and leather workers ensure that when you purchase a RhubarbLondon chair, you can be certain that you’re acquiring a one-off piece of furniture.

The Dapper Tweed Armchair
The Dapper Tweed armchair (pictured above, main) has been exquisitely re-upholstered using a pair of vintage Dunn & Co Harris Tweed houndstooth country jackets, which feature the original tan suede arm caps. The look is suitably dressed with an equestrian stock neckpiece, teamed with a snaffle bit stock pin to give the chair a true sense of riding influence. RhubarbLondon then commissioned a traditional local cobbler to create the chair’s distinctive tan plaited leather arm supports, finishing off the piece with double piped leather detail and vintage leather football button fastenings. To complete the RhubarbLondon look, the original jacket labels were then hand-stitched onto the chair alongside the Harris Tweed Authenticity label, topped off in a final flourish with a set of pheasant feathers in the button hole alongside a vintage papier-mâché ‘Judge’ badge.

The Country Tweed Armchair
Upholstered using an original 1950s fur-collared Dunn & Co Crombie overcoat, the late Victorian scroll back armchair frame has been completely reimagined by RubarbLondon to bring you The Country Tweed armchair. The vintage coat has been expertly altered to fit the chair’s silhouette, tailoring every panel by hand. Coordinating moss and peat tweed is used for the side panels, whilst the coat’s signature tartan lining is considerately recycled to create piped edges, the neck line, pocket detailing and arm fronts. The chair is complemented by the original turned wooden legs, tipped with brass castors and completed in the classic RhubarbLondon fashion with the jacket’s original label and Harris Tweed Authenticity insignia taking pride of place.


The Vintage Harris Tweed Vintage Overcoat Chair


The Tweed Club Chair



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GROHE Eurocube Joy Mixer Range

GROHE wins two golds at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards

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The GROHE Sensia Arena shower toilet has won the gold award for Innovation in WiFi and App Technology, while GROHE’s EuroCube Joy mixer range also won the GOLD award for Innovation in Sustainability at the recent Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

Raj Mistry, GROHE UK Marketing Director, commented: “We are delighted to be a double gold winner in the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, recognising two of GROHE’s core strengths: our commitment to sustainability and position as a market leader in technological development.”

With the design of the Sensia Arena (pictured below), GROHE has used its unique expertise to bring a new generation of highly advanced products to consumers that define a new standard for the future of personalised, clean comfort.

Sensia Arena

The GROHE Sensia Arena harnesses the gentle and effective cleansing benefits of water to help deliver optimum hygiene levels in the bathroom. The shower toilet features the latest in technology, including app control which allows you to create and remember personal profiles on any Sensia Arena anywhere in the world.

The Eurocube Joy mixer range (pictured, main) combines striking geometric design with a host of design features and innovative GROHE technologies, including sustainable EcoJoy. This reduces water consumption without impacting on product performance or user enjoyment.

The Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards are one of the kitchen and bathroom industry’s most respected and anticipated events of the years, awarding products that bring a unique quality to the market. This year, the awards were held on 9 November at the exclusive Supernova in London.

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Gallery Direct - Sittingbourne Business of the Year

Gallery Direct wins local business of the year award

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Gallery Direct were delighted to win the Sittingbourne Business of the Year at last month’s Swale Business Awards.

The awards, which are widely regarded as the borough’s most prestigious business event, are held annually, to recognise local excellence and bring businesses together.

The judges look at financial performance, entrepreneurial spirit, environmental credentials, marketing skills, community links, staff welfare and a range of other attributes that when combined make businesses stand out.

Peter Delaney, Managing Director of Gallery, commented, “It is the first year we have entered the awards, so we were thrilled to win the Sittingbourne Business of the Year. Our investment in our Swale head office and recent huge warehouse expansion, along with the introduction of our own transport fleet, has resulted in a fourfold expansion of our workforce in recent years. Our commitment to the area and quality of our business was obviously appreciated by the judges.”

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Chelsom work on Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship

Project Spotlight: Chelsom on Harmony Of The Seas

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Two days before Harmony Of The Seas, the world’s largest ever cruise ship, left the STX shipyard in St. Nazaire where she was built, the Chelsom team were part of the two thousand contractors still on board putting the finishing touches to the magnificent interiors which would be enjoyed by the six thousand passengers she would carry.

At 227,000 tonnes this magnificent vessel boasts 21 restaurants and 23 swimming pools with a vast central open public space- Central Park. With the world’s longest slides for the children and a twelve hundred seat theatre to entertain passengers in the evening, the ship is full of superlatives and has pushed out all the boundaries in cruising, hospitality and entertainment.

Chelsom work on Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship
Having worked with STX previously on the build of EUROPA2, Chelsom were delighted to be involved in the design and manufacture of the majority of the public area lighting, supplying some 600 fittings covering 74 different designs. Chelsom’s marine experience ensured effective ‘marinisation’ of luminaires to cope with the continual movements on board caused by the sea state or vibration. All component parts were modified to be securely fixed and rattle free with sound engineering whilst still retaining the striking visual impact required by the 12 different designers involved.

Chelsom work on Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship
The areas within which Chelsom worked include:

  • The Theatre where they supplied three 3m diameter statement pendants incorporating burlesque style stretch style spandex fabric and lace ribbons to give a Moulin Rouge style;
  • Wonderland where an entire ceiling lighting structure was created featuring hundreds of delicate suspended porcelain flowers lit with fibre optics;
  • Central Park where magnificent street lamps housed sound systems inside them, where Jamie’s restaurant featured chandeliers dressed with mouth blown glass balls and Vintages where ceiling fittings and wall lights were gold gilded and dressed with crystal;
  • The Windjammer restaurant where Chelsom created food whisks with tiny LED lights concealed within to illuminate the servery;
  • Sorrento’s with its huge central fitting incorporating illuminated acrylic rods;
  • The Casino with its opulent elliptical crystal chandeliers, each faceted drop being securely fixed and illuminated with LED light sources.
  • Beyond that Chelsom also manufactured lighting for the Diamond Club, the Jazz Club, the Comedy Club, Pub and Teen Lounge.

Chelsom work on Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship
There is no doubt Harmony of the Seas will provide the ultimate cruising experience and any company involved in the creation of the stunning interiors will be proud to have been part of the supply team.

Chelsom work on Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship
Chelsom Head of Marine Sales John Hadley said “It’s always amazing to follow a project from its inception two years previously right up to seeing the finished article. It has been an amazing challenge blending the aesthetic and stringent functional requirements of all the parties involved and I am so proud that Chelsom brought so many components of the project together to make it work successfully.”

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Crosswater Contracts appoints Becky Greenin

Crosswater Contracts announce appointment of Becky Greenin

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As part of their continued expansion, Crosswater Contracts are pleased to announce the appointment of Becky Greenin to the UK contracts team. Becky is the first of a series of new appointments, and will hold the role of ‘Projects and Key Account Manager’ for London and the Home Counties.

Working closely with architects, specifiers, Clients, contractors and project managers within the contracts sector, Becky will be focusing on business development and lead progression for the fast-growing Crosswater Contracts operation – becoming the vital link between manufacturers, clients, specifiers and project managers.

Becky joins the Crosswater Contracts team with over 16yrs experience within the Bathrooms and Contracts market, having previously worked with numerous industry leaders – progressing her career over that time from sales administrator, to field sales and into management.

The appointment of Becky Greenin reinforces the company’s commitment to their customer base and underpins their continued growth and success. Over the next few months Crosswater Contracts will announce further ‘Account Manager’ appointments, in addition to the creation of a number of new internal roles.

David Balmer, Hospitality Senior Projects Consultant for Crosswater Contracts, said: “We’re very lucky to have Becky join the team. Crosswater Contracts is very much in an expansion period and the recruitment of experienced, influential managers like Becky underlines our recent growth and ambition, and further strengthens our position within the UK Bathroom and Contracts sector.”

Upon her appointment, Becky Greenin herself commented: “I’m extremely excited to be joining the Crosswater Contracts team. It’s a great time to be in the UK bathroom contracts sector, and even better to be part of such a forward thinking, fast-growing company, where I can optimise my skills and help take the business to the next level.”


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Wilton Carpets at The Chapel, Beaumont

Project Spotlight: A Wilton carpet worthy of praise at The Chapel

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Bespoke wool-rich axminster carpet made in the UK by Wilton Carpets, has been fitted throughout The Chapel at Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, a country hotel operated by the Principal Hayley group.

Continuing on from an earlier installation of the same design throughout other areas of the hotel, contractor Pocklington Carpets has fitted over 380m2 in the complex layout of The Chapel, voted one of the top 100 wedding venues in the UK.

Wilton Carpets work at The Chapel, BeaumontThe design features a striking large-scale multi-layer damask overlaid on a contemporary stria. Fitting the heritage of the Beaumont Estate and working well with the intricate painted ceilings of The Chapel, the carpet reflects a status as a luxurious and thoroughly modern destination.

“We have worked with Wilton Carpets on numerous projects and were involved in the original installation of carpet in this design elsewhere in the hotel,” reveals Paul Eade, Pocklington Carpets. “So when contacted by the design team at Principal Hayley, we had no hesitation in continuing our relationship with Wilton, this time in a lighter colourway more suited to The Chapel’s wonderful interior.

“Installations such as this require careful planning and faultless attention-to-detail and so it is crucial that our supply chain upholds these values. Working with Wilton Carpets gives us the confidence that we can recommend woven carpet in bespoke designs, knowing that the process will be a smooth one. From the design through to installation, Wilton Carpets understands the nature of the high-quality work Pocklington Carpets is known for and that has been proven once again in this fabulous location.”

Woven from British wool in a rich blend that gives appearance retention, the bespoke axminster carpet features in a nine-row construction so is more than capable of withstanding the demands of weddings and functions, where the carpet is placed under high-wear. Alongside the requirements of the carpet to endure and be easy to maintain, the architectural features of The Chapel also required particular attention:

“The planning in this project was particularly vital,” continues Paul Eade. “The columns of The Chapel’s architecture and the complexity of the carpet design needed to be planned carefully at the design stage, so we supplied Wilton Carpets with a floorplan. From this it developed CADs that saw the design fall accurately between pillars. The final look is impressive and shows that contractor and manufacturer working closely together yields the best results, while also making the whole process a better one for the client.”

This is an opinion underlined by the General Manager of Beaumont Estate, Sven Steijvers, tasked with ensuring the installation went smoothly and within the high business demand of the luxury hotel: “The process from quotation to installation was truly seamless and professional and despite the complexity of the design and layout of The Chapel, we were able to install the carpet in the small window of opportunity presented by the high demand of this top 100 wedding venue.

“Good communication throughout really aided the process and has resulted in an enhanced product for guests to enjoy for years to come. Lifting the ambience of The Chapel, the new carpet has been instantly noted by our guests who booked prior to the installation and I would highly recommend both parties.”

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

Versital is BCFA member

Versital earns BCFA membership

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Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital has met the rigorous design and quality standards required to earn British Contract Furnishing Association membership.

Gemma Stockberger, Versital, comments: “We are delighted to meet approval for BCFA membership, highlighting the brand’s commitment to excellence in the contract furnishing sector.

Through Versital’s completely bespoke faux marble, we are able to cater for a wide range of commercial projects, offering designs that can be perfectly tailored to suit nearly any requirement and delivering an exceptional and personalised level of customer care”.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) is a global business association for the contract furnishing industry, helping to set the standards for the sector and enhance the commercial success of the membership. Companies have to meet exacting criteria in terms of professionalism and a commitment to provide the market with the highest levels of service in order to be awarded membership. In exchange, member benefits include knowledge and business support, and excellent networking opportunities across the industry.

Versital’s product offerings for the sector include bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities and shower trays in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.


Hansgrohe’s iBox Universal’s 15th anniversary

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Concealed installation made easy, fast, reliable and versatile: 2016 marks the Hansgrohe iBox universal’s fifteenth anniversary.

A true all-rounder, it facilitates the concealed installation of more than 200 pre-fab mixer sets and shower systems from Hansgrohe’s wide range of products. This is an advantage for new construction projects, but it also makes renovating incredibly easy. The clever basic unit is a huge help when bathrooms have to be updated to meet the needs of young and old as we move through different stages of life. Existing bathrooms already equipped with an iBox universal unit can be modernised neatly and easily.

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Hansgrohe iBox Universal (Copyright: Hansgrohe SE)

Fifteen years of installation freedom
Heating and plumbing professionals were able reap the benefits of the many advantages the iBox universal had to offer following its launch at the bathroom trade fair ISH in 2001. “The idea was simple and practical: an installation unit built into the wall, allowing plumbers to connect any type of fixture without the need for major construction work each time,” remembers Alois Schönweger, inventor of the iBox universal and Head of the Technical Service Center at Hansgrohe.

The Hansgrohe iBox universal is ideally suited to meet every-day professional bathroom installation requirements. Designed for use with all common installation systems, connection types and fittings, the rotationally symmetric box can be built into the wall, installed on or in front of the wall, mounted on a support system, on pre-fabricated housing panels or onto a mounting rail set. The patented, flexible adjustment ring makes it possible to adjust the depth of the unit to fit walls of varying thickness. In addition, the Hansgrohe iBox universal is absolutely watertight and soundproof. A variety of accessories are available for problematic installation conditions, for example, where the installation depth of the unit is too deep or not deep enough, or when cold and hot water connections have been inverted.

Bathroom specialist Hansgrohe shows how easy it is to renovate a 15-year old shower area. Customers welcome the quick and clean modernisation of their bathrooms, and are particularly delighted with the innovative and convenient functions, which – thanks to Hansgrohe Select technology – operate on a purely mechanical basis.

T: +44 (0) 13 72 47 20 30
F: +44 (0) 13 72 47 06 70
E: enquiries@hansgrohe.co.uk

Modulex to present 'Sleep Walking' at Sleep 2016

‘Sleep Walking’ with Modulex signage at Sleep 2016

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Drawing on thoughtful analogies between the psychologies of how people navigate around hotels and trade shows, Modulex is designing an entirely new concept for Sleep entitled ‘Sleep Walking’.

Embracing the use of landmarks, icons and other signage, Modulex will be disrupting unconscious behaviours and sparking curiosity to entice and reassure visitors as they wend their way through Sleep’s myriad experiences.

'Sleep Walking with Modulex' at Sleep 2016

Research tells us that on average 15% of the population experience sleepwalking or parasomnia. That’s a lot of people, but how many more spend some of their waking moments ‘metaphorically’ sleepwalking? Moving through environments whilst drifting from being consciously aware of surroundings to unconsciously passing through spaces, hotels or even trade shows oblivious to what is happening around them?

'Sleep Walking with Modulex' at Sleep 2016

It is this state of dreaminess which inspired ‘Sleepwalking with Modulex’ with the goal to help Sleep 2016 attendees make the most of their visit through intelligent wayfinding. After all hotels and trade shows have a lot in common – visitors who return year after year, following the same routes and visiting the same areas alongside first timers with no previous knowledge and keen to experience all a hotel or show has to offer, whilst optimising revenue generators.

'Sleep Walking with Modulex' at Sleep 2016

Good wayfinding is intuitive. Seamlessly integrating with the architecture and interiors. To deliver it means firstly understanding the users of the space – frequent or first time visitors, demographics, their needs and wants, their state of mind and their level of concentration or distraction.

Next comes the physical understanding of the built environment. Primary and secondary routes need to be established, decision making or ‘dither’ points noted as this is where it may be necessary to ‘wake people up’ so as not to miss an important turn or event. Are there any landmarks which can aid wayfinding? Has lighting been considered and reading distance and sightlines calculated?

Only then can you begin to design. Selecting materials, colours, graphics and typefaces which ‘blend’ and where necessary contrast with the environment.
Sleepwalking with Modulex will bring the science of wayfinding into focus, informing and guiding visitors to Sleep 2016 so that you don’t miss anything – whatever your conscious state.

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Skopos - Moritz Collection

Product Spotlight: Moritz upholstery collection from Skopos

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Moritz, by Skopos is a new FR upholstery collection with universal appeal across a variety of contract interiors.

Moritz, as the collection name suggests, is a follow on from our popular Chamonix collection, offering 4 distinctive designs, with an alpine look and a matt natural texture. The 4 designs include a smart modern check, an intricately woven stripe and 2 contemporary geometrics. Colours include trend inspired acid tones, coppers, steel blues and reds and a broad offering of neutrals, suiting the natural feel and look of the weaves.

The colour mix celebrates contrast, with bolts of brights in conjunction with subtle and sophisticated yarn combinations.

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Moritz will be on show at the Sleep Event at the end of November, alongside new wallcoverings from Muraspec (Stands G15 and 16).

With 32 new Skus, Moritz is a stylish and durable solution for hospitality and leisure interiors , presenting up-to-date designs that can work effectively with most schemes. The collection meets all the requirements for British Standards, and is available with short minimums and lead times.

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Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 40 year’s specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the care, hospitality, cruise and leisure sectors.


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Project Spotlight: Dawnvale at Bombay Central, Harrow

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The inspiration for Bombay Central is taken from in and around the main station of India. The brief for Dawnvale was to design and recreate the hustle bustle culture and lifestyle of the main station and to combine this with an infusion of contemporary Indian cuisine.

Previously named The Old Wealdstone Inn, this was stripped back to exposed brickwork. The bricks were treated and sealed to create an authentic look that emphasised the natural character of the building. The internal decor features cracked leather fixed seating with handcrafted slat work and bespoke industrial metal trellis work. Genuine Indian treasures were imported from India to recreate the essence of India.

A centrepiece of the restaurant is the marble island bar with bespoke glass racks.

The kitchen design incorporates the latest energy saving technology which includes a K E R S heat recovery system which converts wasted kitchen energy into hot water together with bespoke low energy induction woks reducing carbons and offering considerable energy savings.



Introducing RhubarbLondon – fine eclectic furniture…

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Introducing RhubarbLondon, creators and manufacturers of eclectic, handcrafted furniture. At the heart of every RhubarbLondon design lies its distinctive upholstery, sourced from original archives by the brand’s founder and head creative, Shaun Brownell.

Proudly crafted in Britain, each individual piece embodies a slice of history, blending rare fabrics and antique uniforms with exquisitely applied upholstery techniques to create truly unique designs. RhubarbLondon’s team of expert tailors, seamstresses and leather workers ensure that when you purchase a RhubarbLondon chair, you can be certain that you’re acquiring a one-off piece of furniture.

The Dapper Tweed Armchair

Dating back to the early 1900s, this rare and unusual mahogany French chair features the original upholstery costings, date and craftsman’s signature, handwritten in pencil on the rear wooden rail.

RhubarbLondon has left this delightful discovery exposed as a memento to the history of the piece for all to enjoy. Using traditional methods and materials, The Dapper Tweed armchair has been exquisitely reupholstered using a pair of vintage Dunn & Co Harris tweed houndstooth country jackets, which feature the original tan suede arm caps.

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The look is suitably dressed with an equestrian stock neckpiece, teamed with a snaffle bit stock pin to give the chair a true sense of riding influence. RhubarbLondon then commissioned a traditional local cobbler to create the chair’s distinctive tan plaited leather arm supports, finishing off the piece with double piped leather detail and vintage leather football button fastenings.

To complete the RhubarbLondon look, the original jacket labels are hand-stitched onto the chair alongside the Harris Authentic label, topped off in a final flourish with a set of pheasant feathers in the button hole alongside a vintage papier-mâché ‘Judge’ badge.

Meet the Maker

Passionate about traditional trades and maintaining classical upholstery techniques, Shaun thinks beyond the obvious, creating pieces of unique furniture as an art form that subtly reveal the history of the piece. As a committed recycler, Shaun rebuffs against our ‘throwaway’ society, taking the time to consider the materials he’s using and up cycling at every opportunity.

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Shaun Brownell

This means that Shaun will never reproduce a chair; each piece is entirely unique. Originally trained as an aeronautical engineer, he was taught to repair, restore and recreate rather than replace. A creative flair passed down from his mother encouraged this self-taught designer to be different from the rest, combining his passion for traditional trades with an unrivalled support for non-mass produced furniture. Shaun’s ethos is to think behind and beyond the obvious, resulting in unique furniture designs that reveal a piece of history alongside a captivating narrative.

Meet Shaun at the Hotel Designs Meet Up on the 16th November at the Grange Hotel, St Paul’s, London

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Hypnos Guest Blog: Are your properties a fire risk?

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As a guest accommodation provider in the hospitality industry, an important part of your responsibility is to consider the risk of fire to your property and its contents. This involves thorough investigation into the furniture and fabric used within the guest’s bedroom, paying particular attention to the bed.

It’s vital that all furnishings meet the correct UK fire retardant standards and no corners are cut. In the event a fire breaks out in your property, a fire door will act to contain the spread to that room, but your fire retardant furnishings could be the key to slowing down the speed of ignition and helping to protect your guests from serious harm.

John Woolley, managing director at Hypnos Contract Beds, discusses the importance of fire retardancy and why furniture and beds specifically, should be at the forefront of a formal risk assessment for all providers of hospitality accommodation.

What is fire retardancy?
A fire retardant is a substance that reduces the flammability of materials and delays their combustion. It’s paramount that products, such as furniture, have certain levels of protection against fire to ensure people’s safety and protect them, whether that’s in a domestic or a commercial setting. If somebody falls asleep smoking a cigarette in bed for example, having a fire retardant bed will help to slow the rate at which the fire and smoke spreads, keeping damage to a minimum and most importantly saving lives.


Why is it needed?
The possibility of a fire breaking out in a guest’s bedroom is something that every hospitality manager must prepare for and take steps to mitigate the risk. As any good hotelier or guest accommodation provider will appreciate, the consequences for having furniture that doesn’t meet the required UK fire regulatory standards are huge and something that should strictly be adhered to, to ensure the safety of your guests.

How do the requirements for domestic and commercial furniture differ and are all products fire retardant?
In the UK, the fire safety requirements for domestic upholstered furniture are well established, having been in place since 1989. However fire retardant regulations for beds used in a commercial environment are more stringent. Domestic and contract furniture must both pass the BS EN 5971 and BS EN 5972 standards. Furniture for the contract market must also pass the BS 6807 test, which is more commonly referred to as the Source 5 (Crib 5) test and proves medium resistance to ignition. All beds that meet this will clearly display the fire retardancy source 5 (Crib 5) label.

Buying or maintaining a bed that isn’t compliant with commercial fire retardant standards is not only an offence which can lead to prosecution in the event of a fire, but it also puts customers’ lives at risk. And although it’s a supplier’s duty to ensure that furniture is fit for purpose, ultimately the responsibility to ensure all furniture falls in line with industry fire regulations and meets the requirements carried out by a formal fire safety risk assessment, lies with the hospitality accommodation provider.

It is also important to note that, as a hospitality accommodation provider, purchasing beds and mattresses from domestic furniture retailers, or from abroad where fire retardancy standards can differ to those in the UK, can cause repercussions if they are proven to be non-compliant.

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What are the requirements for furniture in the hospitality sector?
Firstly, commercial establishments are required to use beds, mattresses and sofa beds designed specifically for the contract market, meeting the BS 7177 and BS 7176 source 5 (Crib 5) fire retardancy standards as outlined above.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) (Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO), users of commercial premises are legally required to carry out a fire risk assessment on the building and its contents. The results of this set the required fire safety levels for the products to be purchased and used, which must be adhered to. The BS 7176 and BS 7177 standards for fire safety of upholstered furniture is used to assist in the specification of fire safety levels for mattresses, mattress pads, divans and bed-bases located in different end-use environments. Typically, hotels and other commercial accommodation are listed as medium hazard, however some hotels and establishments fall under a high hazard category and so the products specified here must contain higher retardant properties. Products should be accompanied by a statement such as ‘this item complies with the ignition resistance requirements of BS 7177 Medium Hazard’.

What are the consequences for not meeting standards?
While the economic allure of a cheap bed may seem like a good idea to some, failure to conform to UK fire standards and legislation could place commercial operators at high risk of prosecution and cost them much more in the long run.

Is all commercial furniture included in the standards?
The RRFSO, mentioned previously, covers the general fire safety of a building and includes all sectors and all furniture. Under this, the requirements for seating, mattresses, beds and curtains are more specific for each and, depending on what hazard level the building falls under – low, medium, high or very high hazard – products must be specified accordingly.

For more information on fire safety, fire retardancy or to discuss our hospitality products and services, please contact your local Area Sales Manager or visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.com
T: +44 (0) 1332 497111 | E: info@hypnoscontractbeds.com

Product Spotlight: Roca brassware - Atlas and Lanta

Product Spotlight: Roca brassware – Atlas and Lanta

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Roca introduces its two new premium brassware ranges, Atlas and Lanta.

Lanta, an elegant range that features curved edges with a pin handle, designed to complement the Inspira round and soft sanitary ware pieces. For a modern bathroom, Atlas is a new single lever collection featuring clean minimalist lines.

With four different height options, it offers both optimum comfort and flexibility for a range of different basins from vanity and in-countertop, to on-countertop. Each range comprises of various height basin mixers, bidet mixers, exposed and concealed shower valves.


Mark Poulain
International Specification Manager
E: Mark.Poulain@uk.roca.net
T: +44 (0) 20 76 10 95 03

Brintons introduces art-inspired ‘Altered Gravity’ collection by Stacey Garcia

Product Spotlight: Brintons’ art-inspired ‘Altered Gravity’ collection by Stacy Garcia

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Brintons, the world-renowned designer and manufacturer of woven Axminster carpet, has collaborated with dynamic designer Stacy Garcia once again to launch Altered Gravity, a collection of contemporary art-inspired carpet designs for the commercial sector.

Altered Gravity, the eighth collaborative collection from Brintons and Stacy Garcia, includes 14 patterns and draws inspiration from diverse periods in the history of modern art; abstract expressionism collides with contemporary graphic design and digitally rendered textures melt between layers of mixed media paintings.

Brintons introduces art-inspired ‘Altered Gravity’ collection by Stacey Garcia

“Altered Gravity is about exploring the boundaries of experimental design techniques and mediums. We’re bringing it back to the basics of fine art and melding it with new technologies,” explains Stacy Garcia. “Like my design aesthetic, the process of creating art evolves constantly. We’re always adapting, rearranging, adding and subtracting – creating layers that form into something beautiful,” Garcia adds.

The precision-weaving process of Axminster carpet combined with Brintons’ ability to achieve unparalleled depth and texture with up to 32 colours, brings Altered Gravity to life. This collection has been designed to suit all commercial settings – from hospitality and retail to marine and gaming. It will available and can be fully customised to fit each project.

Brintons introduces art-inspired ‘Altered Gravity’ collection by Stacey Garcia

“Original works of art are translated into expressive Axminster carpet designs using complex colour and textural overlays,” states Jane Bradley-Bain, Brintons Senior Designer.

“Wild graphic strokes and frenzied paint splats marry with translucent floral forms to create boldly scaled designs catered to the hospitality market. Altered Gravity, with pattern repeats varying from 6‘ to 48’ is presented as an extremely versatile collection and one to watch in 2017,” adds Jane Bradley-Bain

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Project Spotlight: Roca bathrooms at Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

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Kingsmills hotel has recently added 13 ensuite rooms with private gardens to its luxurious offering, with Roca products used throughout.

“Our aim was to bring five star luxury bathing to these wonderful lodges set in the landscape”, says hotel project manager James Story. “Roca’s stylish, compact and contemporary products with their clean lines and sense of style suit our architecturally striking garden rooms.”

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Designed by Scottish architecture practice Keppie, the rooms are set into the gardens in a sculptural curve, so that each lodge has a unique view and total privacy. The units are constructed entirely from Scots timber and were manufactured and fully fitted out by eco firm Carbon Dynamic in less than three weeks, with installation taking less than two days.

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The generous ensuite bathrooms have white vitreous china Gap wall hung toilets, double Bol basins, which sit elegantly on the granite vanity tops and the ultimate in bathing relaxation – 2m Roca Raindream showers, which can be adjusted by the user to rain, soft or pulse. Kingsmills’ relationship with Roca goes back some five years: the hotel upgraded 74 of its main house bedrooms with Roca ensuite bathrooms to create the luxury Kings Club rooms and specified Roca products for 100 hotel rooms in one of their Aberdeen properties.

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Story says: “our guests have described the Roca bathroom experience as “a cocoon of comfort – like a private spa! That’s the best we could ever hope to offer.”

The Roca products specified in the garden rooms include:
– Thesis tall basin mixer with pop up waste
– Deck mounted single lever HN basin mixer L20 pop up waste
– Hall shower tray
– T1000 built in thermostat bath mixer

Stockholm by Chelsom

Product Spotlight: Chelsom’s Stockholm lamps

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The elegant Stockholm table lamp is one of the standout pieces from Chelsom’s new collection, Edition 25.

Epitomising the understated beauty of Scandinavian design, Stockholm is a sleek table lamp featuring seamless joints between glass and brushed metalwork with clean lines at the forefront of the design.

Pictured in Brushed Nickel with iridescent Smoke glass, the range is also available in English Brass with Clear glass and is offered with an alternative cylindrical base.

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Scion cushions

Product Spotlight: Cushion range from Scion

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As part of its cutting-edge Scion Living lifestyle brand, innovative, fashion-forward British interiors company Scion has produced its first cushion collection, a spectacular range of retro cushions inspired by its latest must-have fabric and wallpapers.

The cushions feature designs from Scion’s recently-launched collections Levande, Lohko and Guess Who?, and of course the stunning selection wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from infamous Mr Fox and his new friend Spike.

The collection comprises 10 designs over 29 options, in a mixture of square and rectangular shapes. The colours range from punchy retro shades of cobalt, sunshine and tangerine to sophisticated greys, blush tones, stone and linen, as well as evocative combos of nutmeg and paprika, kiwi and liquorice, spice and rose or blush and parchment – all perfect for the modern home.

Cedar: Naively drawn trees and leaves, originally created from lino-cut printing
Lohko: An oversized abstract boulder design
Modul: A stylish asymmetrical design featuring sparsely spaced triangles
Mr Fox: Needs no introduction, but Scion’s cheeky fox appears as a large icon here and…as a small repeat pattern on the Mini Fox design
Octant: A scandi-inspired geometric design of interconnecting semi-circles divided by broad scratch stripes

Sula: Simplistic, graphic tulips positioned for maximum impact
Tetra: A modern interpretation of a graphic tree
Terry Toucan: Bursting with colour and personality Terry the Toucan brings a touch of tropical to the range
Spike: An enchanting, geometric depiction of a stylised hedgehog

The Scion cushion collection will be available from the end of September 2016 via a network of selected stockists nationally and internationally.

T: +44 (0) 84 51 26 55 76
E: loughborough@wgbcontracts.com

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Product Spotlight: Brintons launches Middle Eastern-inspired Mazij collection

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World-renowned carpet manufacturer Brintons launched the Mazij collection at the Dubai Hotel Show last month (17 -19 September 2016).

Meaning a mix or melange of things, the arabic word Mazij conjures up the beauty and romance of the Middle East’s impressive and rich heritage of art and architecture and the many intricate patterns, motifs and colours that are associated with it.

The design team at Brintons has sought inspiration in this impressively rich culture, and in the natural beauty of the region’s landscape, to create a wide-ranging and exciting collection of carpet designs that complement the flourishing contemporary architecture of modern hotel and leisure projects in the region’s cities and luxury coastal destinations.

The Mazij collection is composed of five ranges and a collection of Axminster or hand tufted rugs.

The Middle East is capturing the design world’s attention today because of its ever-booming infrastructure. It has become a travel destination for design enthusiasts all around the world. This section of the collection focuses on the design trends influenced by modern architecture and includes the works of well-known design houses all-round the globe.

Brintons Mazij collection

When one thinks of Marrakech, images of patterned ceramic tiles, colourful pots, rugs and lamps and busy spice souks come to mind. This was the inspiration for this segment of the collection; Brintons has blended the authenticity of the patterns from this region with a modern approach by designing with sophisticated shapes.

Brintons Mazij collection

The Middle East is not just rich in its history and culture but it also has wonderful geographic beauty. Its mountains, deserts and rivers make it geographically distinct and has influenced the development and maintenance of cultural traditions through much of the history of the region. Inspired by the beauty of this land, the range very subtly interprets nature into carpet patterns.

Brintons Mazij collection

Petra, also called the Rose City due to the colour of the stone out of which it is carved. Brintons has developed designs that reflect these natural effects in carpets. The idea was to capture the natural effect of the sandstone, its colours and multi layered textural details.

Brintons Mazij collection

Mosque or prayer room carpets are special and unique as they have very distinctive features. They are used not only to enhance the aesthetics of the mosque’s interior but also to provide the marking on the floor to guide worshipers. The interiors of the mosques today are inspiration for this segment. This ranges from traditional to contemporary, from simple to intricate patterns.

Brintons Mazij collection

For more information on Brintons and its range of products and services for the commercial sector, visit www.brintons.net or call 01562 635665. To speak to someone regarding Brintons Carpets in the Middle East & Africa, please contact Brintons MEA office (in Dubai): Tel: +971 (0) 44210011

Roca Plenum Shower Head

Product Spotlight: Plenum – Roca’s latest multi-function hand shower

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Plenum shower handsets, Roca’s latest multi-function hand shower collection, are available in two shapes – round and square – to complement existing brassware in the bathroom, as well as two colour options; Classic Chrome and White/Chrome finish.

Plenum includes an integrated push button, allowing users to easily switch between its three functions providing a different showering experience, so choose from Rain, Pulse or Rainstorm, priced at £48.

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Roca, is delighted to present its very latest collection – Inspira – a ground-breaking versatile vitreous china and furniture collection

Product Spotlight: Roca launches the revolutionary Inspira range

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Leading bathroom design brand, Roca, is delighted to present its very latest collection – Inspira – a ground-breaking versatile vitreous china and furniture collection that provides everything you need to create your individual bathroom space, whatever your style requirements.

Described as ‘a new way of defining a bathroom collection’, Inspira is one single collection based on the 3 most essential geometrical shape and design lines – Round, Soft (with soft angles) and Square. Providing solutions not only for the conventional consumer but also for those who want to see their own style and personality reflected in their perfect bathroom space.

Roca, is delighted to present its very latest collection – Inspira – a ground-breaking versatile vitreous china and furniture collection

The collection features basins with every installation solution in mind; on- countertop, semi-insert and wall-hung as well as close-coupled and back-to-wall WCs and bidets, plus wall-hung options with concealed fixing, including the RIMLESS WC. To optimise even the smallest of spaces, Inspira also offers a close-coupled round WC in a compact back-to-wall version.

Inspira furniture units, available in 600, 800 and 1000mm dimensions and a choice of finishes – Glossy White, City Oak and City Oak/Dark Glass Mirror – complemented by column units offering great storage and practical uses (internal lighting, adjustable glass) that can all be perfectly combined too. Additional storage is also provided by two fully extracting drawers with no cut-out (required for the basin trap) featuring a compartmentalised interior and a tactile textured finish in dark wood. The furniture units also feature a durable soft-close system that allows a soft and silent closing.

Roca, is delighted to present its very latest collection – Inspira – a ground-breaking versatile vitreous china and furniture collection

This collection has been created by Roca using the most innovative materials. The basins have been manufactured in FINECERAMIC®, a new high-quality ceramic material exclusive to Roca which facilitates precision and sophisticated design details previously not possible with the added benefits of being 40% lighter and 30% more resistant to abrasives than conventional basins

Like the rest of the collection, the seats and covers of Inspira WCs and bidets also display the latest innovations. Manufactured with SUPRALIT®, the new exclusive resin registered by Roca, 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). They also feature hinges with a soft-close system and are fully removable for better cleaning.

The wall-hung version of the Inspira WCs features a rimless design that results in smooth walls, without angles or nooks where dirt builds up, making cleaning easier and improving the level of hygiene. The new water distributor also enables a stronger flush, spreading water consistently around the bowl, cleaning the entire surface with minimum splashing.


hansgrohe to show LivingKitchen 2017

hansgrohe brand to show at LivingKitchen 2017

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Hansgrohe SE announces that its premium hansgrohe brand will exhibit for the first time at the LivingKitchen trade fair in Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017.

“We will of course be celebrating our debut at this international gathering place of the kitchen world with an attractive booth, where other premieres will also take centre stage: our new hansgrohe brand image as well as another absolutely novel product in the hansgrohe kitchen range,” discloses Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hansgrohe SE.

Test and try: hands-on experience at the hansgrohe booth
Daily, exciting demonstrations will be staged at the hansgrohe stand where trade show visitors can discover first-hand how the brand’s kitchen innovations combine technology, design and function, and try out products for themselves.

“Using all your senses to explore the hansgrohe kitchen range is an emotive experience. This is how we will make customers at LivingKitchen even more aware of our innovative power in terms of functionality and water experience in the kitchen. Anyone planning or remodelling a top quality kitchen should have hansgrohe in mind,” explains Thorsten Klapproth.

What? hansgrohe at LivingKitchen 2017
When? 16 to 22 January 2017, Cologne Fair and Exhibition Centre
Where? Hall 5.2, Stand B030

T: +44 (0) 13 72 47 20 30
F: +44 (0) 13 72 47 06 70
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Product Spotlight: Harlequin adds two designs to bone china range

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In Spring 2016, Harlequin joined forces with fine china manufacturer Churchill China, applying its fabulous fabric and wallpaper prints onto a range of china tableware.

Following the success of the Amazilia collection, two more sumptuous and sophisticated motifs have been added to the range: Eglomisé, derived from the Leonida collection, evokes the spirit of faded grandeur and distressed opulence; the epitome of nostalgic elegance, but with a sleek, contemporary appeal.

Harlequin adds two new ranges to bone china collection

Perfect for entertaining in style, this elegant dinner service comes in an oyster colourway; it comprises plates and bowls in a variety of sizes, tea cups and saucers, a milk jug and a gift-boxed mug. There is also another gift-boxed mug in the popular Cranes in Flight motif, from the Palmetto collection. The mug is perfect for personal usage or as a very well-considered gift.

Translucent and durable, the fine bone china body is lightweight, pure white in colour. It is dishwasher and microwave safe and will be available from selected stockists from the beginning of September.

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Wilton Carpets showcasing Signature Collection at IHS

Wilton underlines design focus with Signature Collection at IHS

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Previewing at the Independent Hotel Show, Signature is the latest addition to Wilton Carpets’ growing portfolio of striking tufted carpets.

Available in eight on-trend colour combinations, the contemporary design is headlining at the Olympia event, and once again underlined Wilton’s ability to match looks and performance in its carpet creations.

The new Signature Collection uses a modern colour palette to produce a prominent linear design that is ideal for hotel and hospitality spaces looking to add a contemporary twist. From bright pinks on a neutral backdrop and mustard yellow in combination with blue, to variations on the monotone theme, Signature is set to be a major hit among designers and hotel owners alike.

Falling within Wilton’s tufted stock portfolio so available for immediate delivery, Signature is made from durable 80% wool and 20% nylon to ensure lasting good looks, is rated suitable for heavy contract use and arrives in a four-metre width.

“Our prime reason for exhibiting at events such as the Independent Hotel Show is to demonstrate to visiting interior designers and hotel owners how Wilton Carpets can deliver a carpet solution for any environment,” comments Andrea Evans, Marketing Manager, Wilton Carpets.

“We already enjoy an enviable reputation for our woven axminster capabilities, but shows such as IHS allow us to display our growing portfolio of tufted lines. The success of other recent additions, including Harris Tweed, has opened up new doors for the company and following initial reactions we fully expect Signature to be equally as popular.”

For a brochure or samples, contact Wilton Carpets on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com


British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos, has launched a brand new fabric collection designed specifically for the hospitality sector

Product Spotlight: Hypnos launches new design-led fabric collection

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Award-winning British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos, has launched a brand new fabric collection designed specifically for the hospitality sector, including designs developed with industry leading decorative fabric supplier and fellow Hotel Designs Directory members Panaz.

Featuring a total of 60 fabrics, the new collection has been created to combine Hypnos’ signature luxury style with ultimate functionality. The collection also incorporates colour trends for the upcoming seasons including soft pastels such as Highland Sky, fresh earthy tones such as Highland Willow, and rich jewel tones, including Highland Purple and Red, as indicated by research carried out amongst Hypnos’ comprehensive database of interior designers.

Suitable for use on divans, headboards, sofa beds or a combination of all three, the fabrics are all compliant with BS7177 Source 5, BS7176 and all European fire safety regulations. All of the fabrics are durable for use in a hospitality setting and the Panaz selection of fabrics is also waterproof, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and stain resistant.

Clare Taylor, Hypnos Contract Beds Marketing Manager, said: “As a trusted supplier to some of the largest hotel groups, spas and resorts in the world, Hypnos holds a reputation for manufacturing products that meet the highest standards and requirements for products for this sector. Our new fabric range combines all Hypnos’ traditional features, with an increased focus on design, gained through insight from interiors experts. The collection really is testament to our pursuit of the perfect hospitality sleep solution.

“Each fabric has been rigorously tested to meet the most stringent of UK and European fire and safety standards, and include numerous other benefits that are key to helping hoteliers offer their guests the most comfortable, hygienic, safe and stylish night’s sleep possible.”

The new range also boasts 60 colour swatches ranging from deep luxurious Reds to contemporary cool greys and sky blues, offering shades to suit all styles of interior décor and making the collection the most on-trend, durable, sustainable and safe fabric range for the hospitality sector.

For more information on the new fabric collection or the full Hypnos range, please visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.com

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Kobe showcasing at BCFA Open event

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, will be introducing its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at the British Contract Furnishing Association’s (BCFA) first ever event.

The BCFA Open contract furniture and furnishings exhibition will showcase new designs and creative interiors from BCFA member companies specialising in the hospitality, healthcare, office and education sectors.

Suitable for window décor and soft furnishings within contract markets, the Elements and Enchanted ranges are stunning collections of luxurious 100% flame retardant fabrics. The collections enjoy the signature Kobe style while offering affordable prices and value for money.

Enchanted, Kobe’s autumn collection, is a balance between contemporary and traditional. The range features three woven jacquards with a smooth, supple feel.
The palette of rich striking tones and neutrals complements the sophisticated collection of medallion, stylish lattice and coordinating geometric designs.

Elements’ palette of rich and neutral shades balances the stylish collection of luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics. The cool linen, soft satin and subtle metallic look is a perfect match for the geometric, herringbone and medallion designs.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “The BCFA Open will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our latest collections, including Elements and Enchanted, offering affordable prices and value for money while enjoying the signature Kobe style.”

Kobe will also be exhibiting at Sleep 2016, the global hotel design event held at the Business Design Centre, London, 22-23 November.


T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

QuickWeave by Brintons

Product Spotlight: Brintons adds two new collections to QuickWeave

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To meet the growing demand among installers for design-led quality carpet that can be made-to-order and installed in below average lead-times, Brintons has extended its recently developed innovative QuickWeave series to include two new collections.

With the addition of Aurora and Sequence to the series, the QuickWeave offering of three collections (including the Inception range) now provides installers and project designers on a tight deadline with the widest choice yet of woven axminster designs in a broad spectrum of colours that can be supplied in only 6 weeks.

Brintons’ award-winning design team developed the series to reflect today’s trends with contemporary patterns complementing transitional styles such as plaids, stripes, geometric, abstract and layered design themes. Clever texturing techniques including mottles, striés and fades have been used within the patterns to give depth to the designs whilst optimising practical application for hospitality and other contract projects.

QuickWeave broadloom woven axminster carpet is made using the ‘Brintons blend’ of 80% wool / 20% nylon and is available in five quality specifications from 7 to 11 rows, making it suitable for all types of area from light to heavy use. Regardless of specification, the wool element in Brintons’ famous blend results in a luxurious soft feel while the nylon component ensures the carpet will be hardwearing for longevity.

Andrew Wilcock, Group Marketing Manager, comments: “These new collections are an exciting addition to our QuickWeave offering which is a big hit with retailers and installers who have contract clients. QuickWeave was a natural step for Brintons as it allows for the creation of the high quality carpets that we are renowned but within a fraction of the time associated with custom projects.”


Kobe UK

Kobe to showcase Enchanted, Elements at IHS

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, will be showcasing its contemporary, premium fabric collections at the Independent Hotel Show later this month.

Suitable for window décor and soft furnishings within contract markets, the Elements and Enchanted ranges are stunning collections of luxurious 100% flame retardant fabrics. The collections enjoy the signature Kobe style while offering affordable prices and value for money – ideal for boutique hotel interiors.

Enchanted, Kobe’s autumn collection, is a balance between contemporary and traditional. The range features three woven jacquards with a smooth, supple feel.
The palette of rich striking tones and neutrals complements the sophisticated collection of medallion, stylish lattice and coordinating geometric designs.

Elements palette of rich and neutral shades balances the stylish collection of luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics. The cool linen, soft satin and subtle metallic look is a perfect match for the geometric, herringbone and medallion designs.

David Harris, MD of Kobe UK, said: “We are looking forward to this year’s Independent Hotel Show and having the opportunity to showcase our latest collections.

“The Elements and Enchanted collections benefit from the logistical expertise and quality of Kobe, while giving access to a wider customer base through their realistic price points.”

T: 01344 771653

F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

HiB's Vega mirror

Product Spotlight: HiB softens up its ‘cool’ with new Vega mirror

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Leading bathroom brand, HiB is continuing to showcase its expert design credentials with the introduction the beautiful new Vega mirror.

Inspired by HiB’s flagship Globe mirror, the new Vega features a sharp, rectangular form completed with a thick, softly curved LED illumination border, adding a real dose of glamour to the bathroom.

As with all HiB products, the Vega mirror is intuitively designed for the ultimate in ease of use. A clever soft-start touch enables users to turn the lighting on and off, or hold to select the desired colour temperature from the full spectrum of warm to cool white light, which will then remain in default mode until changed.

More so, it even boasts a charging socket, discreetly hidden behind the mirror front, suitable for toothbrushes, shavers and trimmers. Also, Vega is fitted with a heated pad to help clear condensation from the central area.

Steve Kaye, marketing director at HiB comments: “Having experienced huge success with our best-selling Globe mirror, it seemed the natural progression to consolidate our portfolio with what is very much an extension of the design.

“Allowing for a stylishly minimalistic look with a sophisticated twist, the soft curved form in the stunningly reflective illuminated border enables homeowners to create a truly bespoke, high-impact look in their bathroom design. It really is the ultimate choice for the fashion-forward consumer seeking to make their bathroom beautiful.”

Vega is available in three different sizes; 70cm wide x 50cm high, 80cm wide by 60cm high and 60cm wide x 80cm high

HiB Ltd, Building 3,
North London Business Park,
Oakleigh Road South,
New Southgate,
London, N11 1GN

+44(0)20 8441 0352

Sekers - Seabrook Collection

Product Spotlight: Seabrook Collection from Sekers

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Sekers announces the launch of Seabrook, an adaptable chenille texture with a soft hand. Seabrook is available in a palette of 20 colours, ranging from vibrant shades to calm neutrals.

With a high abrasion performance of 100,000 Martindale and supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing Seabrook is an ideal upholstery choice for the designer specifying for commercial sectors including hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk

Harlequin Rugs

Product Spotlight: Harlequin adds four new designs to collection of contemporary rugs

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The Harlequin rug collection is a comprehensive compendium of on-trend, versatile and eye-catching rugs, which have been adapted from best-selling designs in the company’s extensive portfolio.

The range is produced in conjunction with innovative Dutch rug manufacturer, Brink & Campman. Exquisitely crafted, these eye-catching wool rugs are hand-tufted to emphasise their sumptuous textures and mouth-watering tones. Each individual piece makes a statement in its own right, as well as acting as the perfect complement to Harlequin’s stunning fabrics and wallcoverings.

Harlequin Rugs

For 2016, Harlequin will be launching four exquisite designs inspired by the Fauvisimo fabric collection. With a fashion-forward feel, the artistic designs will be sure to complete any interior space.

Harlequin Rugs

Floreale: a painterly floral design of oversized peonies, foxgloves and foliage, available in three striking colourways of Fuchsia, Maize and Marine.
Paletto: cheerful and bold, featuring irregular, painterly daubs reminiscent of an artist’s palette, available in Berry and Shore colourways.
Trattino: an abstract brushstroke motif in confident colourways of Berry and Sea-Glass.
Verdaccio: a vibrant flora and fauna design in Coral and Pewter colourways.

Harlequin Rugs

The contemporary rugs are hand-tufted in 100% wool and come in three sizes (140 x 200cm £375, 170 x 240cm £499 and 200 x 280cm £749). In addition, a bespoke service for all the new rug designs is available, should a specific size be required, with prices starting at £209.

Harlequin Rugs

Full of joy and verve, this effortlessly elegant collection of sumptuous rugs will add a stylish statement to your interior scheme. The rugs will be launched at the end of September, and will be available nationally and internationally via a network of stockists.


Harlequin, Harlequin Contract and FR One
Ladybird House
Beeches Road
Loughborough, LEICS
LE11 2HA

Rye Collection - Sekers

Product Spotlight: Rye Collection from Sekers

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Sekers is pleased to announce the launch of Rye, a subtle shimmering upholstery fabric with textural simplicity.

Available in a palette of 20 shades including warm earthy tones and bright pops of colour, Rye is a versatile upholstery collection.

Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a high abrasion performance of 70,000, Rye is an ideal upholstery choice for the contract market, from pubs and hotels to cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk

Chelsom work at The Beekman, New York

Project Spotlight: Chelsom at The Beekman, New York

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Chelsom is pleased to reveal its work with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and the Cardy Group in creating a stunning custom designed lighting scheme for the guestrooms and suites of one of New York’s coolest new hotel openings – Thompson Hotels The Beekman.

The scheme was completely individual in its entirety as to be expected from MBDS and the lighting pieces designed for the project were no exception. Key pieces included Art Deco-themed bespoke ceiling pendants in antique brass and frosted glass with laser cut detailing for the entrance lobbies to the suites, in addition to stunning mouth-blown smoke glass chandeliers adorning all the guestrooms and suites.

Chelsom work at The Beekman, New York

Bespoke orb ceramic table lamps in an olive green crackled finish complete with decorative collar were specified for the bedside along with a kitsch foo dog table lamp in imperial blue.

The lighting scheme was further supplemented by the addition of a striking desk lamp in the form of mouth-blown Venetian glass hand-painted egg in a plethora of vivid colours. The guestroom lighting scheme was completed by two floor lamps; the first being a metal fitting finished in matt black with a decorative wooden handle, teamed with a peacock blue French drum shade lined in gold to give a warm ambient light and create a subtle shimmer effect. The second piece was a retro feel angle poised metal floor standard with a solid marble base and brass detailing finished with a coloured can shaped head.

A duo of vintage inspired chrome wall sconces positioned either side of a centrepiece mirror adorn all bathrooms. Dimmable LED light sources are encased in moulded optical frosted glass to create a classic yet eclectic feel, one perfectly in-keeping with both the flawless interior scheme created by the team at MBDS and the historic building itself.


Heritage House
Clifton Road

T: +44 (0) 12 53 83 14 00
F: +44 (0) 12 53 69 80 98

GROHE Powerbox

Product Spotlight: GROHE’s self-sufficient Powerbox

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GROHE’s innovative technology uses the tap’s own water flow to drive a turbine, concealed in a small box installed below the basin.

This converts the energy from the flowing water into storable electrical energy which then powers the tap’s infrared function. Just 60 seconds of running water delivers and stores enough energy to power the mixer for 24 hours- saving water, energy and money for your project.

The Powerbox’s simple design means its positive benefits can be applied to a wide number of applications. It’s especially suited to busy public facilities, from airports and hotels to offices and public institutions. Its self-sustaining power model and low maintenance design also makes it perfect for projects where mains electricity is absent or unreliable, and is a great choice for projects emphasising sustainability and eco-efficiency.

The PowerBox maintains GROHE’s standards of design excellence, and can be used with three different tap designs – GROHE’s Europlus E, Eurosmart Cosmopolitan E for mixed water and the Euroeco Cosmopolitan E for a cold or pre-blended water.

Raj Mistry, GROHE UK Marketing Director, comments: “The self-sufficient PowerBox from GROHE is a smart and sustainable choice for projects. The mixer is able to deliver an energy efficient and money saving solution for a wide variety of commercial uses”.


World Business Centre 2
Newall Road
London Heathrow Airport
Hounslow, Middlesex

Nova Scotia - Sekers

Product Spotlight: Nova Scotia upholstery collection from Sekers

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Sekers proudly launches Nova Scotia, a new upholstery collection of six textured designs, available in a palette of 38 colours, ranging from earthy neutrals to radiant jewel tones.

Nova Scotia is a versatile mix of designs ranging from large and small scale basket weaves to multi-tonal plains.

Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a minimum Martindale abrasion performance of 40,000, Nova Scotia is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk

HiB Novum Showroom

Company Spotlight: HiB opens first Novum showroom

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Following the successful launch of its newly updated HiB Novum furniture collection, HiB is delighted to open its doors to its very first Novum showroom – enabling customers to experience the innovation behind each design first hand.

The new showroom, located within HiB’s National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, provides a seamless journey through its Novum collection which now boasts ten stunning ranges. Each design is shown in an aspirational room setting, complete with styling, to illustrate the full design possibilities available.

As another big pull, customers visiting the showroom will be able to get a glimpse of the brand new Prima, Duet, and Arc ranges; all of which combine sleek styling and neutral colourways, ensuring broad appeal for the modern customer.

Key features on show include a free, clever 8-way internal storage divider, enabling consumers to more easily compartmentalise their bathroom items, as well as optional LED illumination for the ultimate ‘wow factor’. Visitors will also be able to see the breadth of units and basins sizes, providing real flexibility for their customers.

Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB comments: “As a business committed to developing innovative designs which are not only beautiful in style but come with many distinguishable details, we wanted to invest in a showroom to allow us to showcase our HiB Novum offer and what it is all about.

“After all, it’s often difficult to appreciate how a design looks and feels simply by consulting a brochure, so by visiting our showroom retailers can see our portfolio and how it may work in their showroom setting.”

For more information on HiB, please visit www.hib.co.uk

Nahla Collection by Sekers

Product Spotlight: Nahla Collection from Sekers

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Sekers proudly launches Nahla, a new fabric backed vinyl contract wallcovering collection of six designs – Abuko, Balule, Kalimba, Mara, Raffia & Tembe.

Nahla is a versatile mix of textural designs including bark and plaster effects, animal skins and natural silk and is available in an extensive palette of 68 colours ranging from sophisticated neutrals to radiant jewel tones in matt, pearlescent and metallic finishes.

Meeting all relevant UK and American standards for contract wallcoverings and IMO certified, Nahla is scrubbable and available in 130cm wide rolls, making it the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk


Product Spotlight: Malmo Collection from Sekers

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Sekers introduces Malmo Collection, a luxurious wool melton with heather tones, providing a beautiful drape and plush hand Malmo is suitable for contract upholstery, curtains, cushions and bedding and is available in a versatile palette of 26 saturated colours, including hot pink to bold green.

With a high abrasion performance of 60,000 Martindale and inherently fire retardant, Malmo is ideal for the commercial market, meeting all relevant UK and American standards for upholstery, curtains and bedding, and IMO standards for upholstery and bedding.

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk

Laufen Bathrooms to show at TENT London Design Fair

Laufen Bathrooms exhibits at TENT during London Design Festival

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The material revolution continues with new experimental projects designed by students at HGK, the Academy of Art and Design Basel/Switzerland, utilising the material capabilities of SaphirKeramik, to be presented inside the Swiss country pavilion at TENT in collaboration with Design Prize Switzerland and Laufen Bathrooms.

For the 10th edition of the London Design Fair, 22 to 25 September 2016, Laufen Bathrooms will be on hand at TENT, Truman Brewery with a special area in collaboration with Design Prize Switzerland, the competition whose goal is to encourage exchange, mediation and promotion of Swiss design.

This area will host a selection of winning projects in the SaphirKeramik contest – a competition involving students from the Academy of Art and Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst) HGK of Basel, who were asked to explore the limits and potential of SaphirKeramik through the creation of innovative objects for the bath using the award winning material developed by Laufen. An expert jury, which included the renowned designers Konstantin Grcic and Toan Nguyen, honoured the best designs.

Besides the results of this stimulating competition, the space will feature several products in SaphirKeramik from the VAL collection designed by Konstantin Grcic, which demonstrate Laufen’s ability to also produce items with this material on an industrial scale.

The incessant research continues on SaphirKeramik, the revolutionary material launched by Laufen in 2013, which thanks to the corundum additive in its formula makes it possible to produce ceramics in smaller thicknesses with very strong walls, leading to slimmer lines, a true breakthrough for the world of bathroom ceramics. Started in-house with a long development phase and then pursued in collaboration with renowned designers, this research has now been opened up to students as well, with their ability to bring a different, stimulating approach – fresh, creative ideas, free of the influences generated by years of professional experience.

Experimentation has always been one of the strong points of Laufen Bathrooms, which once again demonstrates its role of leadership in terms of innovation and design, working not only with internationally acclaimed designers but also with talented young creatives.

Idaho Collection

Product Spotlight: Idaha Collection from Sekers

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Sekers are pleased to launch Idaho, a distressed antique look mock-hide upholstery collection, available in a palette of 12 rich colours, including warm naturals, greys and red. Idaho is a versatile fabric with a wonderfully soft handle.

Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a Martindale abrasion performance of 50,000, Idaho is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH
Sales Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 Sales Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk

Wilton Carpets

Wilton at the Independent Hotel Show

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Demonstrating the impact of good carpet design, Wilton Carpets Commercial is coming to the Independent Hotel Show with In Stock ranges designed to meet the needs of the sector.

With the brand-new Iona woven axminster heritage tartan designs, as well as the tufted Chantilly and Signature ranges, Wilton Carpets will be showing independent hoteliers that it can deliver striking design across a range of carpets suitable for public areas and bedroom use, all with fast delivery.

“We understand that many hoteliers do not need or want a completely bespoke solution and are looking for well-designed carpet that provides them with flexibility, quality and value, all while being easy to get hold of,” comments Damian Roscoe, head of creative, Wilton Carpets Commercial. “Our In Stock portfolio does exactly this and we take great pride in ensuring the designs available bring a special touch to interiors, giving that boutique feel without the longer lead times or price-tag of a fully bespoke option.”

Visitors to the Wiltshire-based manufacturer’s stand will be able to discover the depth of its design library in both woven and tufted styles, as well as its ability to deliver fast-track bespoke solutions for orders as little as 100m2 in Ready to Weave. Certainly of interest to larger independent hotels, this service allows existing designs to be recoloured or new designs created in one of three colour palettes for delivery in just two to four weeks.

Wilton Carpets will be exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show, Stand 222, Olympia, 18-19 October 2016

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

Harlequin - Standing Ovation

Product Spotlight: Standing Ovation collection by Harlequin

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Continuing Harlequin’s rich tradition for producting stunning feature wallcoverings, the Design Studio has taken the concept into a new dimension with its latest, aptly-named collection: Standing Ovation.

A fashion-inspired, couture collection, Standing Ovation is assertive and flamboyant, oozing with vivacity and sophistication. A consummate celebration of pattern and colour, Standing Ovation comprises nine confident designs, over a total of forty options. Drawing on both existing best-selling fabric designs and on original artwork, the collection represents a mix of subtle silhouettes with an extravaganza of full-on colour and pattern.

Retailing from £50.00/roll, Standing Ovation’s wallcoverings come in either standard or wide-width, depending on the motif. They offer an aspirational yet affordable designer look and are guaranteed to bring an added verve to even the most understated scheme.

Bella Stripe: A recolouring of this design from Anoushka features ribbon stripes of varying widths in a stunning array of colours
Coquette: A welcoming paradise of silhouetted flower stems, billowing florals and leaves, in a peaceful monochrome colourway
Doyenne: Immerse yourself in a glorious world of overblown flowers and leaves, in a riot of delicious colours
Epitome: Exotic and embracing, a stylised interpretation of pine cones, complete with prickly needles and flowers

Exuberance: A watery wonderland of painterly, expressionistic florals, appearing as though they are just drying on a corrugated cardboard background
Floreale: A deliciously beguiling painterly floral motif featuring overblown peonies, foxgloves and foliage
Persico: A glorious representation of British birds perched on branches
Quintessence: An opulent 140cm wide x 3m long digitally-printed panel depicting oversized seedheads, artichokes, figs, pomegranates and other exotic fruits: wall art at its best!
Salice: A magical backdrop of graceful and elegant sprays of pussy willow depicted in an abstract painterly manner to dramatic effect

The mouth-watering palette of colours, judiciously enhanced by hints of metallics, comes in a glorious array of shades: turquoise, emerald and navy; tangerine, coral and fuchsia; copper, gilver and gold; lemon, sepia and cornflower; ochre, stone and olive.

Standing Ovation will be launched at the beginning of September, and will be available nationally and internationally via a network of stockists.


ADI Trading - Tableware

Industry Trend – ADI Trading: Vintage-styled tableware on the rise…

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According to Global Industry Analytics’ Report – ‘The Global Tableware Market, February 2016’ – the global market for tableware is set to exceed $41 billion by 2020.

Two of the main drivers for this growth have been cited as consumers’ interest in social dining and the growing importance of food presentation. Also of importance is a surge in demand for vintage-styled tableware, a shift in preference from white bone china to more natural shades and a greater use of materials such as earthenware, iron stone, wood, cast iron, plastic and slate in response to the rising focus on materials and their functionality, rather than simply the design of tableware.

ADI Trading Ltd has represented leading tableware brand, Fortessa®, since 2004. Ian Bailey, Managing Director, comments: “We had observed some top chefs moving towards more rustic styled, stoneware products because it was easier to commission bespoke items. However, stoneware is heavy, easily chipped and not suited to the harsh environment of a busy catering establishment and as a result we have seen a move recently towards vitrified china with ‘handmade-inspired’ designs.”

The Fortessa® D&V TechnoCeramTM vitrified china range can deliver a beautifully rustic collection in colours such as ‘saffron’, ‘cayenne’ and ‘cilantro’ while the catering operator benefits from an extremely scratch resistant glaze, excellent chip resistance, high edge strength and a polished foot to avoid stacking marks.

Bailey added: “Towards the close of every century we see a ‘mega-trend’ and the latest trend for rustic tableware falls into this movement for nostalgia as we look for the ‘yesteryear’. However, we believe this trend will pass as we move towards the 2020’s and peoples’ interests become more futuristic.”

To find out more about the brands that ADI Trading represents, call 01629 56190, email sales@aditrading.com or go to www.aditrading.com

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Company Profile: Get ready to weave with Wilton Carpets

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Transforming hospitality interiors with beautiful bespoke design in the fastest lead-times currently available, Ready to Weave carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial are ready in just two to four weeks.

Available in Ready to Weave – Our Design and Ready to Weave – Your Design, the two services allow creative freedom for hoteliers and interiors designers when specifying their ideal carpet.

In Our Design, users are invited to work with any of Wilton Carpets’ library of designs, with the option to use existing colour combinations or create a unique twist by selecting any of 12 colours from a pre-determined palette.

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In Your Design, any library pattern can be recoloured, or custom designs realised, but in this case colours can be selected from any one of three permanently loomed palettes.

“Not only is the Ready to Weave service the fastest of its kind in the UK, it is also one of the most flexible, really allowing hoteliers and interior designers to explore the design potential of carpet,” says Damian Roscoe, head of creative, Wilton Carpets. “Whether guided through our pattern library, or adventuring into the world of bespoke design, Ready to Weave is a great way to create a unique look to hospitality environments.”

Delivering excellent versatility through a selection of woven axminster qualities (seven to 10-row) in a quality wool-rich construction, Ready to Weave carpets are great value and accessible from a small minimum order of just 100m2. Ready to Weave – Our Design and Ready to Weave – Your Design carpets are delivered in just 28-days from order, the shortest lead-time currently available for carpet made in the UK.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

Kobe's Enchanted autumn collection

Product Spotlight: Enchanted – Kobe’s autumn collection

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This autumn, luxury fabric specialist Kobe introduces Enchanted, a stunning collection of luxurious 100% flame retardant fabrics, perfect for contract window décor.

A balance between contemporary and traditional, the range features three woven jacquards with a smooth, supple feel. The palette of rich striking tones and neutrals complements the sophisticated collection of medallion, stylish lattice and coordinating geometric designs.

David Harris, MD Kobe UK: “For affordable luxury this autumn, the Enchanted collection showcases an exciting, rich and neutral palette of fire retardant fabrics suitable for commercial installations. The range benefits from the logistical expertise and quality of Kobe, while giving access to a wider customer base through its realistic price points.”

Enchanted contract window décor offers affordable prices and value for money while enjoying the signature Kobe style.

The Kobe UK sales office and studio is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire

T: 01344 771653
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Hamilton at the Independent Hotel Show

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Exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show for the first time, British electricals designer and manufacturer Hamilton Litestat will be demonstrating its vast range of luxury products and new technologies to enhance the hotel guest experience at the must-attend show, held on 18-19 October 2016 at Olympia West in London.

In such a fast-paced culture, consumers are continually seeking innovative technologies and the highest levels in comfort and style: it can be extremely difficult and costly for independent hoteliers to keep up with the latest demands. Hamilton will showcase its cutting-edge technologies and chic products that deliver the latest functionality cost effectively for the boutique and independent hotel sector.

Smart controls deliver huge experiential impact but can actually save a hotelier money. Get inspired by the Hamilton’s Mercury Lighting Control system at the Independent Hotel Show. The Mercury system can be used to deliver appropriate mood lighting schemes at the flick of a switch or touch of a button while also achieving significant cost and energy savings of up to 80%.

The latest development in lighting control is the RGB DMX option, where a colour-wash can be used as accent lighting to add drama to a space. – ideal for use in guest rooms, bars and restaurants. Matching control plates are available from the Hamilton collections for that totally coordinated look.

Also on show is Hamilton’s Mercury Multi-Room Audio System, which allows guests to listen to their own music effortlessly via USB and/or Bluetooth connections throughout their suite. Audio can be isolated to one area or can be played through all of the room’s speakers, again at the touch of a button.

Both the lighting and audio systems can be controlled via Hamilton’s vast portfolio of switch plates and ‘key card switch’ systems, which can be effortlessly programmed to activate specific pre-set lighting scenes as well as control other room functions such as air conditioning, blinds and entertainment centres.

Hamilton’s coordinating socket plates will also be on show, including the latest USB charging options and international sockets. There’s a design and finish to suit every taste, with a special bespoke service available to create a solution that’s tailor-made to your exact requirements.

Visit Hamilton on Stand 261 at the Independent Hotel Show to get inspiration and see how the latest products and technologies can enhance your guest experience.

T: +44 (0)1747 860088

Distinction Group join forces with Tecnodeck for Hotel Show Dubai

Distinction Group and Tecnodeck join forces for Hotel Show, Dubai

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London-based Distinction Group have partnered with Portuguese decking company Tecnodeck and the two will be exhibiting together at the forthcoming Hotel Show in Dubai.

Distinction have been designing and manufacturing high quality furniture for over 30 years, working with both boutique and world-renowned hotel and development groups to create luxurious hotel bedrooms, bars and restaurants furnished and finished to the very highest standards. Distinction are proud of their British base but are gaining an enviable reputation in the Middle East, with a number of projects already underway or approaching completion in the region.

Tecnodeck, a manufacturer of innovative wood-plastic composite decking, recognised the importance of the Middle East market some time ago and has been looking to grow its commercial presence in the region.

Distinction Group join forces with Tecnodeck for Hotel Show Dubai

“We know that Distinction is a well-recognised UK company and very well placed in this booming region of the world, with all the skills to promote and develop an interesting market for both companies” says Tecnodeck CEO Pedro Machado. “We decided the timing was right to establish a distribution co-operation. We already have projects running and the decision of both companies to exhibit together at the Hotel Show Dubai reflects our ongoing collaboration.”

Distinction Sales and Marketing Director, Thomas Elliott agrees: “We’re very proud to be partnering with Tecnodeck for this year’s exhibition. Their innovative decking saw great interest at the Hotel Show Jeddah and we look to gain them more business here – their products are perfectly suited to the growing Saudi market and it only makes sense for us to partner at the show together.”

“This is our third year attending the Hotel Show Dubai. The previous two shows have proved it to be the best platform for meeting new clients in the UAE, leading us to develop some of our biggest business deals in the region.”

Distinction Group join forces with Tecnodeck for Hotel Show Dubai

Distinction will be showing a selection of new furniture designs at the Show, including the striking Cubo Armchair and the EHL Chair. The EHL hotel chair has been designed specifically for the UAE climate, featuring a wood-effect metal frame to ensure durability.

In Dubai, Distinction are working with luxury hotel brands such as The Langham hospitality Group and Viceroy, both to debut in 2017. Meeting this increasing demand for their sleek design and high quality finish, Distinction are planning a new showroom in Immam Shaffi Street, Jeddah. The showroom will allow for even smoother client liaison and project management, building on the company’s expertise and experience in the region.

Distinction can be found at stand 3D121 at the Hotel Show Dubai, 17-19 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Chic, rustic charm and luxury combine at Hurley House

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Gallery Direct is proud to have worked together with Bassam Shlewet, the owner of newly refurbished Hurley House Hotel and fine dining restaurant, to develop a 10-bedroom luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the Berkshire countryside.

The Chic collection of Frank Hudson furniture created in a weathered ash finish blended so well with the natural materials and stylish contemporary detailing throughout the hotel.Gallery Direct's work at Hurley House

“It was a pleasure to work on such an interesting project that had such a high specification standard and attention to detail in everything they did,” said Keith Clarke, Contract Development Manager for Gallery Direct. “The result speaks for itself.”

Gallery Direct's work at Hurley House

The whole building and gardens have been extensively altered to transform the hotel into a destination for lovers of luxury living and fine dining.

For information contact keith.clarke@gallerydirect.co.uk – 07738 540287 – www.gallerydirect.co.uk


VIDEO: Products in the Bauhaus range

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Excelling with a vast, exciting and innovative product range has led Bauhaus to become one of the most pioneering brands in the UK.

Dedicated to bringing you cutting edge design and innovation to meet the demands of today’s modern bathroom schemes, be inspired by our latest collections of bathroom furniture, sanitary ware and washbasins for generously sized bathrooms and bijou spaces alike. Excellence in design quality is the cornerstone of all Bauhaus sanitary ware. Every porcelain product is made from the distinctive vitreous clay and fine fireclay that has been designed and manufactured by genuine ceramic artisans in Civita Castellano, Italy…

Gallery Basins
Taking its cue from ancient fine art, our latest collection of beautifully formed basins has been created to offer pioneering ceramic design with stunning visual appeal. Featuring a creative mix of shapes from organic, elegantly refined forms to slender architectural designs and squared styles with softened angles, Gallery basins are also a leap forward in ceramic technology. Produced from fine fire clay that allows for more complex designs and a super-slim wall profile, this incredibly durable product is light in weight too. Finished in a white glaze, opt for our superlative ‘Platinum’ finish for a glamorous hint of luxury in any bathroom.

Allure Mirrored Cabinets
Designed to offer the latest in functional technology, Allure is the ultimate bathroom storage solution boasting smart features throughout and up-to-the-minute visual styling. Beautifully illuminated from all angles, the cabinets feature the next generation of LED lighting, offering superior performance at the lowest possible energy consumption. Plentiful storage space is provided behind Allure’s double-sided mirrored doors, which conceal the cabinet’s patented hinge technology, complemented by a stylish and practical mirrored back panel, ensuring clear reflection at all times.

Wild Rimless WC
Crafted from the highest quality vitreous china, the new range of Wild WCs feature a sleek, curvaceous silhouette teamed with a genuinely comfortable seat. The innovative rimless bowl provides superior flush technology to ensure the very best in hygiene function, ensuring 100% of the flush water is used to clean
the toilet bowl whether on a full flush or eco-friendly half flush.

Elite furniture with push-to-open doors
A generously deep single drawer offers plenty of space to store away clutter, whilst the soft close, push-to-open door allows easy access to the interior with a smooth gliding motion.

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Company Profile: Furniture firm Top Brass continues to expand

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A specialist furniture business is preparing to move into new premises four times the size of its original base after a rapid increase in orders.

Top Brass has built up a multi-million pound turnover making furnishings for some of the UK’s biggest hotel chains, providing everything from blinds to beds to complete furnished rooms. As well as relocating, the business will also double its workforce to reflect the growth.

Director John Harrington, who is relocating to Hartlepool with his family from London where the business has a head office, said Top Brass had “outgrown” its premises on Longhill Industrial Estate and hopes the move will take it to a new level. The business will move into its new 30,000sq ft premises on Oaksway Industrial Estate in September, a former cake factory, which is undergoing extensive redevelopment to house not only manufacturing capabilities but a design studio and office space.

Case Study: Mercure Bristol

Case Study: Mercure Bristol

He said: “Or growth has been a real success story so far and has been aided by the decision to locate in Hartlepool where we find the myriad of skills and talents we need, but we are fully aware that if we stand still then we go backwards. We have some very talented people with us, and there is a need that we are constantly creative and inventive.

“Over the last or 15 years we have developed into commercial refurbishment, and 80 per cent of our work is for hotels and the commercial sector. We won our first major contract in 2012 with an international hotel chain, and it has grown from there.”

With backing from Hartlepool Borough Council and the Regional Growth Fund’s Let’s Grow initiative, John and the management team at Top Brass have invested heavily in both machinery and staff and have seen the order book flourish as a result. John added: “When we started off with just two of us, we relied on word of mouth to raise our profile. But then we won two £2m orders for beds with a big hotel chain, and that led to other contracts coming in from franchises.

Case Study: Mercure Eastgate

Case Study: Mercure Eastgate

“We can fit out refurbs or new build hotels from scratch. If you think about it the bed is the most important aspect for any hotel. You can have the facilities and the views and everything else that we all like in a hotel, but if someone has a poor night’s sleep because the bed isn’t right then they won’t go back. We pride ourselves on providing that quality, and everything else we do to furnish the rooms is of an equally high standard.

“”We have invested not just in our workforce, but in our machinery as well. We service a service industry, so everything has to be spot on. You can’t invest in staff without the right tools, and vice versa.”

In previous years Top Brass would outsource various components to create pieces of furniture, but now everything is done at the Hartlepool base and John added: “The hotel will have a concept for a design, we will look at it and advise how we can alter it to make it more cost-effective.

Case Study: Ibis Hotel, Euston

Case Study: Ibis Hotel, Euston

“We can then provide every single item, from the bed to the headboard to the bedside tables and other pieces. The client appreciates the fact we are effectively a one-stop shop who can provide everything they need, and we get a lot of repeat business from that.”

Top Brass operates with a team of designers and project managers, and everyone in the workforce can have an input when it comes to creating new products.

“We can turn our hand to anything really, even the most bizarre requests. We were asked to make some stools for a hotel in the south which were like spacehoppers, so that was a fun project to work on. We created a table and chair set for children centred around the Rubik’s Cube, and we’ve provided seating for schools shaped like a caterpillar for story-telling.

“We’ve also created a sofa-bed which pulls out into a bunk-bed, there are lots of examples of things like that. We have a lot of talented people in our team, and that is reflected in the products we produce.”

To find out more about Top Brass, visit www.topbrasscontracts.com or email enquiries@topbrasscontracts.com

Bufera by Kobe

Product Spotlight: Bufera collection from Kobe

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has introduced its Bufera collection of contemporary upholstery fabrics.

Bufera is a plush chenille woven dobby with a soft luxurious texture. The mix of cotton and viscose yarns is complemented by a natural palette of pastel and neutral tones.

The 100% natural fabric collection is suitable for both domestic and contract upholstery use, passing all required flame retardant standards.

Said David Harris, md of Kobe UK: “This exciting collection has been specially designed with today’s upholstery in mind, offering a versatile and timeless elegance to any interior setting.”

All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

The Kobe UK sales office and studio is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire

T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Guest Blog: ‘Suppliers must act as experts within their sectors’

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I never cease to be amazed by the vast breadth of knowledge interior designers need in order to cope with all the different strands that need bringing together to create a successful interior design scheme.

They need to realise a harmonised interior which is above all a desirable destination, uses a refined colour palette, incorporates good proportions, is high on attention to detail and quality, has great style and is entirely practical in terms of the use for which the space is intended. The aim is always to give guests a great experience and ensure they look forward to returning.

But that is just the basics. Beyond that the interior designer has to have all the technical knowledge that goes in to the choice process when selecting individual components which go in to the room. Does the upholstery fabric meet relevant flammability regulations? Will the curtains fade through UV exposure? Will the wallpaper pattern repeat match the wall space available? Is the durability of the carpet suitable for contract use? Is all the electrical equipment suitably certified?

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These and many other pieces of expert knowledge need to be at the designer’s fingertips to ensure they design a successful project.

That is where added value can come from the product supply chain who should undoubtedly be experts from within their own fields. At Chelsom, there was a time when our mantra of ‘give the client what they want’ meant exactly that, even if we felt the product designed and selected might not give the long term function or desired effect that was expected. Today we are proud that designers appreciate our expert knowledge and do ask us for advice with lighting issues.

Sometimes saying no is a real positive rather than a negative response because we are anticipating lighting problems which may not be immediately apparent.


For example, an aesthetic design may show a small diameter base on a table lamp to which we will say no as our software confirms it will not pass safety regulations for stability. We will advise that we cannot fit the requested dimmer switch because it is not compatible with the hotel’s existing dimming system. Sorry but we don’t recommend the touch switch you have requested because hotel guests will constantly be phoning the concierge to ask how to switch the lights on.

No you cannot have a one-piece ceiling plate on that chandelier because it needs access panels for maintenance and ventilation for the electronics inside. Rather than the crystals hanging on chains in your lobby visual, we would use delicate fixed rods to prevent the glass work swinging when open doors create a gust of wind.

Of course it is essential that if a manufacturer says something isn’t feasible, they have to propose an acceptable alternative based on their own expert knowledge. The interior designer therefore should always consider that he or she is consistently supported by a massive team of experts who can be trusted to give advice and opinions on the suitability of standard product or custom designs from within their own particular specialised area. Those manufacturers may not understand the whole story but they can certainly give added value in their own field.

For further information or to request a catalogue please contact 01253 831400 or email sales@chelsom.co.uk.

Hamilton Litestat

Product Spotlight: Hamilton Litestat to showcase ‘smart living’ at Decorex

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Smart technology and devices have become everyday essentials for many in today’s ‘always connected’ life, enabling people to do whatever they want, whenever and wherever.

Visitors to the Hamilton Litestat stand H17 will be able to see samples of their favourite and new ‘on trend’ collections that suit modern living, including the ‘now-essential’ dual USB switched sockets available in 10 elegant finishes – quenching today’s thirst for 24/7 access to smart devices in the home, hotels and the workplace.

Hamilton will also be demonstrating the latest developments with its Mercury® Lighting Control and Multi-room Audio system, including its RGB DMX control option where a colour wash can be given to an area with lighting. The DMX standard is becoming more popular domestically and in many boutique hotels to provide accent lighting and even add drama to a space.

Matching control plates are available from the Hamilton collections for that totally co-ordinated look.

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Tresillo by Harlequin

Product Spotlight: Tresillo from Harlequin

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Tresillo is the new, fashion-inspired collection of eclectic fabrics and wallcoverings from Harlequin, which will be launched mid-August 2016.

Vibrant and uplifting, the collection has an effortless flow that reflects its name: ‘Tresillo’ is a type of rhythm in Cuba and this free-spirited essence of Latin America, its dance, music, climate, people and lifestyle, resonates throughout the collection.

Tresillo by Harlequin

Tresillo is a modern collection of soft, geometric motifs, subtle but statement patterns and effortless organic designs that have been inspired by global finds and international style. Tresillo’s vibrant fabrics and wallcoverings, with their strong emphasis on colour and pattern, will enliven and invigorate interior schemes: the motifs lend themselves particularly to floor to ceiling windows, loft living or fashionable townhouse conversions.

Tresillo by Harlequin

The curtain fabrics comprise three digital prints, an ikat semi-sheer, a woven jacquard and four embroidered fabrics. The prints include overlapping, ikat-edged disks, overblown abstract watercolour flower-heads and a ‘ribbed effect’ stripe; they achieve a sophisticated nuance of shade and tone through layering, further enhanced by a polished chintz finish.

The graphic-look jacquard features distressed, almost pixelated lines and embroideries include zingy, multicoloured narrow chevrons, triangles forming stripes and a mosaic tile effect. They are complemented by a core range of ten embossed, vinyl wallcoverings, some of which are wide-width. The embosses replicate a number of natural effects, including rope, raffia, bubbles, linen, tweed, crepe and canvas, which emphasise the motifs such as drying plaster, dragged brushstrokes, frescoes and deconstructed-looking chevron stripes.

Tresillo by Harlequin

Some of them are further enhanced by a watery, almost block-printed, appearance, metallic finishes, strié effects and ombré washes. The collection is accompanied by two upholstery ranges. Tresillo Velvets is a sumptuous range of lustrous, thick pile, slub-effect velvets in 32 glorious colourways, whilst Viscano Upholsteries features three easy-to-use geometric designs and a tactile textured plain.

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There is a further book, Otomis, a chunky basket weave plain in 22 colours, with a mix of hues blended in the yarn resulting in a two-tone look. Sturdy and durable, Otomis is suitable for upholstery but could also be used for curtains if desired.

Tresillo has a lively and imaginative colour palette, grouped together in evocative combinations such as: rust, ruby and Nordic blue; damson, viola and blush; sky, emerald and zest; denim, nude and sky; tangerine, emerald and mint; pomegranate, slate and fig; mist and fawn; raspberry and caper; sea-glass and ochre; fuchsia and coral.

The collection will be available both nationally and internationally via a network of stockists from mid-August 2016.


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CPD acoustics training for architects gets CIBSE seal of approval

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With acoustics being a crucial element of a building’s design, the RIBA-approved Geberit CPD training module now also has CIBSE seal of approval, making it an even more important addition to an architect’s CV.

With acoustics being a crucial element of a building’s design, the RIBA-approved Geberit CPD acoustics training module now also has CIBSE seal of approvalCIBSE promotes the career of building services engineers in a number of ways, such as approving work-based training programmes, including the Geberit CPD ‘Embedding acoustics into design’. Providing a technical insight and definition of ‘noise’ and its causes, the CPD covers current British Standards relating to limiting bathroom sound.

The CPD also gives insight into Geberit’s thorough approach to noise reduction which starts with good design and ends with appropriate product choices and correct installation techniques.

The training, offered free of charge, helps architects, specifiers and M&E contractors understand the problem of noisy bathrooms, the importance of taking a holistic approach to minimising it and the most suitable products available to create a quiet bathroom that doesn’t impact on adjoining rooms.

The official CIBSE approval means the Geberit acoustics CPD module can be delivered as part of the Continuous Professional Development of Consultants, Chartered Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

For more information, visit www.geberit.co.uk or call 01926 516800

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Kobe Room Highs

Product Spotlight: Kobe introduces new range of room highs

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe, has introduced a new compact range of ‘room highs’, the extra wide fabrics for window décor.

The fabric is more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.
The sophisticated, luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics come in a palette of neutral pastels and rich deep tones.

The collection includes the enhanced Bacarole II, 28% cotton and 72% polyester, piece dyed and brushed to give a rustic cotton appearance, available in 44 shades.

The Levanto, is a cool solid plain created in 92% linen and 8% polyester with a subtle natural shine, in 46 colourways and Larino, an authentic linen look woven dobby comprising 100% polyester has a soft finish in 32 colours. Completing the range is the contemporary Castello, a multi-coloured semi plain in 100% polyester with the feel of natural linen, in nine shades and Filippa, a 100% polyester woven jacquard featuring a paisley design in seven tones.

Kobe room highs

Said David Harris, Managing Director of Kobe UK: “Seams really can take away from the beauty of a curtain and using single width curtains on standard window heights may mean having to sew seams. Sewing two pieces of fabric together to match the width of the window, creates a join. Not only can this spoil the look of curtains but can be time consuming and expensive.

“With room highs there is no extra fabric and sewing needed to match the width; no seams, look fantastic and drape beautifully. You save money on material, time and sewing costs.”

Kobe has a range of collections featuring room high fabrics as well as the standard widths. Both City Chic and Aurora offer the very latest trends in room-highs.


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E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Blue Bar at The Berkeley

Project Spotlight: Dernier & Hamlyn’s true colours at The Berkeley

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The legendary Blue Bar at The Berkeley in the heart of Knightsbridge has recently re-opened following a six-month refurbishment.

Retaining its original look by David Collins with the classic Lutyens blue panelling was an important element of the bar’s remodelling.

Bespoke lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn worked with leading interior designer Robert Angell, protégé to the late Collins, to restore and reimagine ceiling, wall and pedestal lights that enhance this beautiful and charismatic bar.

Dernier & Hamlyn’s joint managing director Jeremy Quantrill says: “The Blue Bar is probably one of the most beautiful cocktail bars in London. We made the original Lutyens cardinal hat light fittings that have always been a notable feature in the bar, so to be asked back to restore them to their former glory and then enrich the space with new fittings designed by Robert Angell was an honour for us.”


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214 Purley Way

T: +44 (0) 20 87 60 09 00
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E: info@dernier-hamlyn.com