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Wandsworth Electrical

Project Spotlight: Wandsworth Electrical features on US TV

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The world-renowned How It’s Made TV documentary made by the Discovery Channel aired a segment on how electrical switches are made.

Shown on US TV on 18 July, the aim of the documentary is to show how common, everyday items are manufactured.

Wandsworth Electrical was selected as the location to highlight the processes and tools required to make light switches and plug sockets.

The 3-minute video takes the viewer through the process from cutting the raw material into plates, making the internal components and fixing the plates to the grids. It even highlights Wandsworth Electricals capability to make bespoke plate configurations, focusing on some designs for hotels.

As a company that has been manufacturing for over 100 years we are proud of the processes we use, the technicians who manufacture by hand our high quality collections and the fact we have kept our production in Great Britain whilst many of our competitors have moved operations to the far-east.

Ritchie House
Albert Drive
GU21 5JY

Tel: 01483 713400

Email: sales@wandsworthgroup.com

La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

Project Spotlight: Laufen’s work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

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Now a benchmark among Spain’s most renowned architects and interior designers, the boutique hotel La Isla y el Mar in Lanzarote, part of the Martínez Hermanos Group, has chosen the design, quality and exclusivity of Laufen’s products for its bathrooms.

Situated in the town harbour of Porto del Carmen and built by the architect José María Pérez Sánchez, using the island’s natural materials – such as volcanic stone – the design of this 4-star hotel manages to perfectly combine art and modernity, thereby achieving an intimate atmosphere.

Its 81 suites are equipped with exclusive, custom-made basins from Laufen, especially made for this project in Sentec – a solid surface material manufactured by Laufen, which has exceptional physical and microbial durability and is particularly suitable for hotels and public buildings delivering unique features that contribute to creating an elegant and avant-garde atmosphere which emanates throughout the hotel.

Laufen's work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

As the architect Pérez Sánchez stated: “The washbasin is the main component in all of the hotel’s bathrooms. It is displayed to the customer as if it were perched on a rock, which supports and frames it. The plants emerging from the rocks complement it. Although it may at the moment appear of secondary importance, the customer can also see the basin reflected in the floating mirror.”

The architect thus emphasizes the challenge of finding a piece that unites the high demands of its users. “A large surface for the customer’s items, a separate space for the amenities, and sufficient interior space. Laufen gave us the opportunity to make a basin for the hotel La Isla y el Mar with a material that could be adapted to the project,” he added. Sentec is a material that is unique, highly robust and recyclable.

Laufen's work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

Furthermore, all the bathrooms of La Isla y el Mar have the distinctive Kartell by Laufen design with slim shower trays, also made of Sentec, together with the orange-coloured accessories from the same collection, endowing them with the chic and sophisticated touch characteristic of Kartell by Laufen.

Implemented by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba (ps+a, Milan), the collection unites two signatures of international standing – Laufen and Kartell. Since it was launched nearly three years ago, it has been successfully presented all over the world with more than 500 points of sale in over 40 countries. The first single-brand shop of this collection was inaugurated last year in Milan and was a great success.

Laufen's work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

The bathrooms of the boutique hotel are complemented by a WC from Laufen’s Palace collection. Realised by the designer Andreas Dimitriadis (platinum design), they pay tribute to the outstanding properties of ceramics. The WCs of this series are ergonomically shaped and have a concealed mounting for a sophisticated finish.

A commitment to sustainable development and the protection of the environment is another one of the values shared by Laufen and the La Isla y el Mar hotel. For Laufen, which offers solutions that, among other things, contribute to saving water and energy, it is a priority to be involved in projects designed to protect the environment, and the cooperation between this Swiss company and this new hotel is one example of this.


Wilton Carpets' axminster loom

Wilton Carpets speeds ahead with new axminster loom

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Wilton Carpets has announced the commissioning of a state-of-the-art Van De Wiele axminster carpet loom, the first of its kind in the UK, at a cost of some £1.5million.

Increasing capacity by five-times over the traditional axminster looms it replaced, the high-speed Van De Wiele produces miles of premium woven axminster carpet per week, helping Wilton Carpets to meet the growing demand for its stock and bespoke qualities.

Fed by Smart Creel technology, the axminster loom can seamlessly switch between colours and designs, allowing uninterrupted production of woven carpets for the hospitality industry. This world-first innovation sees robots fill each yarn feeder tube and determine the exact length required for any given carpet design, splicing automatically as one pattern switches to another. With minimal downtime, the machine dramatically improves manufacturing flexibility.

“The investment in this new loom enhances the growing stature of one of the UK’s foremost commercial carpet manufacturers and has been commissioned to ensure that Wilton Carpets can continue to service its growing customer base with the efficiency and quality for which the company is known,” says James Sprint, CEO, Wilton Carpets Commercial. “The first of its kind in the UK and bristling with the latest in production technology, the loom is already having a hugely positive impact on manufacturing operations, boosting capacity while giving unparalleled quality and efficiency.”

This comes as only good news for the manufacturer’s client base that reaches hospitality, leisure, public and commercial locations of all sizes right across the globe, with 1000s of locations enjoying the high-quality nature of carpet made right here in the UK.

Over the course of the next 12 months, the Van De Wiele axminster loom will use enough yarn to wrap around the equator six-times. Wilton Carpets has plans to introduce another two of these highly efficient Belgian-made machines at its Wiltshire production site.

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

Product Spotlight: Northern Lights FR fabrics by Skopos

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Colours from every part of the spectrum, in a range of contemporary textures, give this collection by Skopos its connection to the Northern Lights.

With more than 60 skus this Trevira CS collection is ideal for FR contract upholstery, contract drapery and bedding.

This collection has been designed to provide ultimate flexibility for contract specifications, with no requirement for back-coating any of the 4 designs, fabrics are truly multi-purpose.

Design names have a Nordic flavour and fabrics are perfect for a variety of contract interiors, with a small herringbone, a chunky wool-look texture, and 2 smart natural-look plains. The Scandic influence comes through in the natural designs and the palette, a mix of simple understated neutrals and bright, trend led colours. The statement is simple, uncomplicated, yet confident.

Product Spotlight: Northern Lights by Skopos

Northern Lights meets all the requirements for British Standards and European flame retardancy, including M1 and is available with short minimums and lead times.

Launching officially in July – the response to the collection has already been extremely positive. Samples of the collection will be available soon.

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 hospitality sector.


Skopos Fabrics Ltd
Providence Mills,
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
WF12 8HT
01924 436627

Elements by Kobe

Fabric Focus: Textures, colours and patterns of Kobe UK

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Beautiful fabrics can transform any room in a hotel, from drab to delightful. David Harris, MD of luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, takes a look at some of the different fabrics, textures, colours and patterns on offer today.

For hotels that want an interior that reflects a chic and contemporary lifestyle choose a palette of rich and neutral tones and go for a collection of sophisticated, luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics that are ideal for a commercial interior.

Kobe Elements

To complement the look go for a palette of soft and sumptuous shades ranging from metallic tones to gentle graceful hues, with distinct and intricate designs of geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns.

Kobe’s Elements collection includes Screen, a 100% polyester flame retardant woven jacquard curtain fabric with shimmering metallic yarns in silver and gold on an elegant satin base. This glamorous fabric is available in seven stunning colours.

Elements by Kobe

There is also Trapezium which embraces the signature Kobe style. This 100% polyester flame retardant woven jacquard has a soft, supple satin touch and features a modern medallion pattern which can be reversed and is available in eight delicate colours.

Play around with contrasting colours in the paintwork, furnishings and well-chosen accessories in gold and bronze metallic hues for a touch of glamour or go for contrasting pastel tones.

Elements by Kobe

For a stunning look for hotels that want to be remembered don’t be afraid to experiment with dark colours to create a mood of mystery as the latest room trends head for drama and elegance. Choose a sumptuous, moody blue, opulent bronze or the fiery glow of red, golden-brown or even daring dark green and go for room high fabrics for dramatic effect.

Room highs are the stylish, 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.

Elements by Kobe

Whatever hotel design and style, it’s always exciting to create something new and with Kobe’s Elements collection hotels can have affordable prices and value for money while still enjoying the signature Kobe style.

Kobe is a luxury fabric specialist with a UK operation based in Crowthorne, Berkshire. For further information please contact Email: salesuk@kobe.eu or call +44(0)1344 771653. www.en.kobe.eu

Geberit - Twyford X120

Product Spotlight: Eco, safety credentials combine with Twyford X120

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Made from WRAS approved materials and designed to fit a standard 1/2″ BSP hose connector, the new Twyford X120 Thermostatic Shower Valve is easy to install and packed with user benefits.

Ideal for projects where eco credentials are key, the X120 has a water-saving feature to control flow without compromising on performance, while a number of safety features make it the perfect choice for installation in family bathrooms too.

The X120 Thermostatic Shower Bar Valve has a temperature pre-set to 380°C, with a push-button over-ride to 460°C, while its Cool touch technology helps to prevent scalding to increase user safety. Measuring 270mm x 92mm, the Shower Bar Valve has a ceramic cartridge for smooth operation, as standard.

The X120 is also available as a Dual Control Recessed Thermostatic Shower Valve, measuring 240 x 150mm and with a temperature pre-set to a maximum of 420°C.

The globally operating Geberit Group is a European leader in the field of sanitary products. Geberit operates as an integrated group with a very strong local presence in most European countries.


Geberit Sales Ltd.
Geberit House
Academy Drive, Warwick
CV34 6QZ

T: +44 (0) 800 800 6604
T: +44 (0) 800 007 5133
F: +44 (0) 844 800 6604
E: sales.gb@geberit.com

Sorrento - Newmor Wallcoverings

Product Spotlight: 30 new designs, 100 colourways from Newmor

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Over 30 new designs in more than 100 colourways makes this the largest new product launch seen in commercial wallcoverings this year. From designer labels, to on-trend textures and a brand new custom offer there really is something for every look and budget.

Our latest design collaboration with Iona Crawford is inspired by the vast beauty of the Scottish countryside, in the areas surrounding her home and studio. True to her passion for fine art, she has created 18 timeless yet distinctive designs exclusively for Newmor.


Texture and metallics continue to dominate our interiors and these six new designs add even more choice to our collection. Available in over 30 colourways in surfaces ranging from bark and brushed steel to crackle and skin.

This metallic watercolour design creates a stunning effect. The subtle use of copper lifts each of the twelve carefully selected colour options.


As its namesake suggests, this chunky bark wallcovering has a tactile textured surface. Available in 24 organic metallic and pearlescent hues, Tupelo is an essential addition to your standard commercial wallcovering selection.

This new initiative shares on-trend designs that can be re-scaled, re-coloured and printed to your specification, all supported by a delivery service normally associated with stocked ranged. Raw Surfaces collection incorporate four iconic designs; ‘Rust’, ‘Brick’, ‘Marble’ and ‘Plaster’. The use of metallic inks on textured vinyl creates a contemporary and durable backdrop.

Geometrics are great for creating impact, bringing structure and making a statement in any commercial interior scheme. The four new designs, simply named; ‘Lines’, ‘Triangles’, ‘Marble Geometric’ and ‘Concrete Block’ pack a real punch!


Henfaes Lane
SY21 7BE

T: 01938 551990
E: enquiries@newmor.com

GROHE Experience Suite, Mallorca

Project Spotlight: GROHE opens first Experience Suite in Mallorca

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From this summer onwards the five-star hotel, IBEROSTAR, in Playa de Palma will be home to the first GROHE Experience Suite in Mallorca.

The new suite spa is located on 7th floor of the hotel and allows guests to enjoy a spacious outdoor area with outstanding views of the local beaches. It has a large and bright bedroom-living room, a large terrace with an outdoor bathtub and a first-class GROHE bathroom to enjoy a private spa experience.

The suite is equipped with the latest GROHE technologies and has been designed to provide a luxurious sensory experience for the customer.

Shower area: F-digital Deluxe
The immersive shower area has been designed to take the spa experience to the next level. Equipped with an exclusive F-digital Deluxe shower cabin, the area features a large rain shower head, chromotherapy, side massage shower sprays, ambient music and different types of steam generators, including hammam or Turkish bath, for the ultimate indulgent showering experience.

The F Digital Deluxe can be controlled by a programmable touchscreen panel or app to ensure that guests have full control of all functions, including water temperature and pressure during their shower.

Project Spotlight: GROHE opens first Experience Suite in Mallorca
Bath area: Allure range

The bath area is divided into two spaces: an interior bathtub featuring a GROHE Allure collection striking waterfall spout, and a beautiful outdoor bathtub to enjoy the climate and spectacular views of Mallorca.

Toilet area: Sensia Arena
The GROHE Sensia Arena completes the full spa experience in the suite. The innovative shower toilet incorporates the latest in Japanese technology to deliver maximum personal hygiene.

The Arena is much more than just a bidet and WC combined, and is packed with state-of-the-art features, such as a touchscreen remote control allowing you to save your favourite cleansing settings. The Sensia Arena also comes with innovative features such as an air-infused shower spray, a rimless bowl, automatic lid opening and automatic flushing and rinsing using GROHE sensor technology.

The GROHE Experience Suite in Mallorca represents the brand’s concept of the bathroom, understood as a private space for relaxation, comfort and intimacy. By creating this exclusive suite, GROHE consolidates its prestige in the hospitality industry in Spain and reaffirms its commitment to Mallorca, a market where GROHE opened a new showroom last October.


Iona Roomset master Wilton Carpets

Product Spotlight: Iona tartan collection from Wilton Carpets

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Scotland’s stunning vistas and rich tapestry of cultural heritage is celebrated in Iona, a collection of eight stunning tartan carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial.

Each design reveals delightful detail through playing with pattern scale and colour overlays, giving a unique collection that brings a touch of Scottish castle glamour to country house and boutique style hotels.

Crafted on Wilton’s axminster looms in a wool-rich blend, the four-metre wide carpets are suitable for heavy contract use. Bringing an instant transformation to areas as diverse as lounges, bars and restaurants to receptions and corridors, Iona is available from the middle of August with all colours in stock.

“Iona brings classic looks to hoteliers and designers keen to bring a heritage feel to their space,” comments Alan Whittle, sales director. “An effortless take on country style, this new collection brings our legendary axminster quality in a collection ready to lift interiors to a new height with the minimum of fuss.”

Available from stock for fast delivery and in a colour spectrum covering ruby through to classic blue, zinc and slate, this new addition from one of Britain’s most loved boutique carpet manufacturers is sure to be a huge hit. Brochures and samples of Iona are now available from Wilton.

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

The Century Bar at Gleneagles

Project Spotlight: Dernier & Hamlyn’s lighting for the Gleneagles is ‘above par’

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As part of the extensive refurbishment of the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, Dernier & Hamlyn has manufactured bespoke lighting for the main bar, which re-launched in May and is the central focus for the hotel’s public areas.

Realising the David Collins Studio design, Dernier & Hamlyn produced stunning octagonal feature pendants that were formed and finished by hand in its London factory. They incorporate LED technology and have also been configured to discreetly accommodate emergency lighting without detracting from the visual effect and maintaining an incandescent lighting effect. Each of the pendants features 24 opaque panes through which the light is subtly diffused.

The bespoke lighting specialist’s team was also commissioned to handcraft table lamps, bar lamps and floor lamps, all of which were hand bronzed and included the same high quality design, manufacture and finishing

Dernier & Hamlyn’s managing director Jeremy Quantrill says: “Our team has really enjoyed being involved in this project for such a beautiful venue with an illustrious past and exciting future. It has had testing elements such as settling on materials that achieved the right aesthetic feel while satisfying strict weight restrictions. However, it’s these sorts of challenges that our team relishes and ultimately we have stunning, statement fittings that we are sure will enhance the guest experience in the bar.”

Essente Collection - Kobe

Fabrics Focus: Summer 2016 range for Kobe’s ‘Essente’ collection

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Essente, the contemporary curtain and upholstery collection from luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has introduced its new summer 2016 range.

The stylish collection features 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.

Castle - Essente by Kobe


The new portfolio includes Castle and Chateau, two woven jacquards. Castle has a satin look and feel with a barcode stripe pattern and comes in 18 shades. Chateau features a beautiful organic trellis design and is available in seven colours.

Cocoon and Frame can be used for both curtains and upholstery. Cocoon is a soft supple chenille in 36 shades and Frame is flat woven with a natural look and feel in 25 tones. Space is a room high soft delicate sheer, lead weighted and reversible. These products are 100% polyester.

Chateau - Essente by Kobe


Said David Harris, MD of Kobe UK: “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.”

The Essente collection offers a wide selection of chic, commercial and easy-care interior fabrics. As a sister brand, Essente benefits from the logistical excellence of Kobe and its sophisticated automated warehouse and ERP system.

Cocoon - Essente by Kobe


Frame - Essente by Kobe


The range is easy-to-care-for, washable and suitable for upholstery and soft furnishings. When used for upholstery Kobe’s Essente fabrics can be supplied with a domestic backcoat which complies with the BS 5852 ignition source 0 and 1, passing the cigarette and match test.

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

Kobe’s UK operation is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire.
T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Hansgrohe opens new research and development lab

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Hansgrohe SE continues to focus on and invest in their manufacturing & research facilities in Germany. At the end of April, the company inaugurated a new research and development lab at the headquarters located in Schiltach, South West Germany.

“Innovative environments generate innovative solutions”, says Richard Grohe, Deputy Chairman of Executive Board at Hansgrohe SE. This is why the new R&D lab was built on the existing factory premises. “Proximity to production facilities guarantees more efficient processes”, he added. The Black Forest based mixer and shower manufacturer invested a total of EUR 4.5 million and the building was completed in a year.

With the new lab, the company has concentrated all areas of R&D under one roof, in a facility of around 1,600 square metres of space. “We now have significantly more test beds with water, where a larger number of staff members can work at the same time”, reports Richard Grohe.

Hansgrohe thoroughly tests all its newly developed products in the R&D lab before they are mass-produced: they are tested for durability, they have to withstand rapid changes in temperature as well as high and changing levels of pressure, and finally, they are also tested to ensure they comply with all the different legal standards in place around the world. After all, products manufactured by Hansgrohe are available in 143 countries. The Deputy Chairman continues, “Every year our staff compiles 600 test reports and issues 350 product approvals following extensive testing – an impressive achievement. The lab is an expression of our power of innovation.”

An example of one of our innovations is the new burst pressure testing unit. Hansgrohe engineers developed it together with an external partner. This unit can conduct six different tests, including a high-pressure test that can measure up to 200 bar. In addition, these tests can all be conducted while taking into account factors such as temperature and climate.


“Here we test how our components and parts perform under pressure, coupled with high temperatures. The old testing machine required us to do many things manually. Now we can set all the parameters, such as pressure rise ramps and pressure increases, digitally,” explains Michael Kluh, manager of the R&D lab. Every part of the mixer or shower through which water flows is subjected to rigorous testing in this unit prior to being marketed.

Keeping an eye on sustainability
The new building also contributes to the conservation and protection of resources and the environment. With the help of the most advanced heat pump technology, and despite the large range of water temperatures used, we succeed in recovering between 10 and 70 degrees Celsius of warmth – while recycling the water at the same time. That reduces the amount of fresh water used, the wastewater produced and energy consumed. “From now on, we expect to save 30,000 cubic metres of water a year,” says Richard Grohe.

In 2015, Hansgrohe SE invested some EUR 55 million in its German sites. Its largest investment, EUR 30 million, was for the expansion of its logistics centre in Offenburg. It will be completed by late 2016. The new plastics technology centre at the Offenburg production facility already went into operation in January of this year.

“We are committed to staying true to our roots while securing future growth,” says the Deputy Chairman. “These investments will ensure that we continue to be one of the leading innovators in technology and design when it comes to mixers and showers.” In 2015, Hansgrohe achieved record sales of EUR 964 million and the current iF company ranking lists it among the world’s 10 best companies in the field of design.

Candela 14 - Baulmann Leuchten

Product Spotlight: Baulmann’s new Candela issue 14 available now

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Browse through Baulmann Leuchten’s latest CANDELA magazine and find out about our current lighting trends in our diverse range of special projects.

You will come across the new and unknown, but also encounter the familiar in our lighting magazine:

• Gewandhaus Dresden – a link between individual design, exceeding comfort and historical elegance
• Boulevard Hotel Baku Autograph Collection – named after the promenade along the sea, situated in the Bay of Baku
• Kardinal Schulte Haus – specialising in conferences, workshops and conventionsCandela 14 – Baulmann Leuchten
• Schloss Elmau Retreat – cosmopolitan reclusiveness and Asian easiness, maximum peace and privacy
• Hilton Vienna Plaza – a distinct flair, inspired by the golden 1920s and Art Déco
• Marriott Hamburg – Exclusive establishment in timeless elegance, international flair in the centre of Hamburg

For a hard copy of the new CANDELA magazine please send your request to export@baulmann.com or download the pdf-file via the following link.

Elegance by Kobe on display at Decorex

Kobe to introduce new collections at Decorex 2016

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe, will join other prestigious brands to introduce its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at Decorex International in September.

The four-day event takes place at Syon House in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including its Elegance collection.

Inspired by Art Deco, this rich array of innovative fabrics features statement pieces, combined with timeless plains and semi plains in sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool linen and soft silk and satin appearance.

Reflecting the lavish glamour reminiscent of this style period, a palette of soft and sumptuous shades ranging from metallic tones to gentle graceful hues complements the distinct and intricate designs of geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Decorex again this year. This is the perfect backdrop for luxury design and the ideal platform for us to reinforce our brand and showcase our new contemporary and classic collections.”

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

For further information visit: www.en.kobe.eu

Hansgrohe Talis Select

Product Spotlight: Hansgrohe’s Talis Select wins design award

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Last week, at the annual Mixology Awards in London’s Old Billingsgate, Hansgrohe won the award for Product of the Year – Interior Accessories, for its Talis Select basin mixers.

Now in its 11th year, a record 1,100 guests attended the Mixology award ceremony and summer ball to celebrate the best achievements in Projects, Products, Companies and Individuals from across the dynamic interior design sector.

There was a Product of the Year award for Furniture, Lighting & Technology, Surfaces, and Interior Accessories for which Hansgrohe was the happy recipient. The award was accepted by Hansgrohe K Managing Director, Martin Mongan.

With simple push on/off ‘Select’ operation, Hansgrohe Talis Select basin mixers combine attractive, modern design with intuitive use for all ages. There are two versions: with a flat or a round spout, each with a seamless transition from spout to mixer body.

Ease of use adds to the universal appeal of Select along with reliable technology that requires no electricity and a hassle-free installation process. The complete Hansgrohe Select portfolio also includes showers, thermostatic controls and kitchen mixers where no hands are needed to turn on the tap – just push with the elbow or arm.

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


The Lodge Hotel

Distinction Hotel brings city chic to The Lodge Hotel, Putney

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The Lodge Hotel in Putney has long been a fantastic place to stay in South West London, close as it is to the delights of Chelsea, Wimbledon and Richmond. This boutique hotel was fully renovated in 2010, uniquely formed of two grand Victorian mansions and former coaching stables and it has now opened a luxurious contemporary extension housing 25 new bedrooms.

London-based family firm Distinction Hotel was brought in by owner and MD of The Lodge Hotel, Ben Hirschfeld, to design and furnish bedrooms that would impress business clientele but also appeal to couples and families.

The Lodge Hotel

Bedroom featuring herringbone fabric and glass and metal side tables

“Having worked successfully with Mark Elliot and Distinction for over ten years, I was confident in giving them the design, furniture and soft furnishings remit for the Lodge’s new 25 bedroom extension. We settled on an ‘urban-chic’ theme to tie in with the aesthetics of the building.”

The city look of The Lodge’s bedrooms mixes luxury fabrics with industrial materials. Desks and side tables combine glass and metal with warmer features, such as walnut. Walls are treated to leather-effect wallpapers or cladding, and fabrics are a rich mix of herringbone, plaid and pinstripe. Distinction worked alongside the extension architects to ensure the plans for interior design and furniture were an integral part of the project from the beginning, with final installation taking just six weeks.

The Lodge Hotel, bedroom, mirror (small)

Bedroom detail featuring lighting, side table and headboard by Distinction

“I was impressed with the time given to developing the right look, feel and detail to the layouts, with much of the case goods being bespoke made” says Hirschfeld. “The extensive fit out phase went to plan, with any snagging put right by a very professional team. The Lodge continues to flourish as South West London’s premier independent hotel.”

Distinction are probably best known for their four and five star developments across Europe and the Middle East, where they work with world-renowned hotel groups to create luxurious hotel bedrooms, public areas, bars and restaurants furnished and finished to the very highest standards. But Distinction are proud of their British base and are delighted when they have the opportunity to bring their designs to life in their home city of London.

Project Spotlight: ‘Gallery of glamour in the glens’ – Muckrach Country House

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Muckrach Country House Hotel in the Scottish Highlands just north of Aviemore is an 11 bedroom Victorian Shooting Lodge set in 10 acres, surrounded by pastureland and a Scottish castle.

The historic shooting lodge has been totally refurbished from the bare bones of a soulless granite building into an opulent and lively hotel with a warm Highland welcome with quirky twists to the glamorous luxury and the latest technology.

After the initial meeting and taking of the design brief, listening to the hoteliers’ needs, Keith Clarke, Contract and Development Manager from Gallery Direct put together design layouts, mood boards and specifications to create the look and feel that was the clients vision. Subsequent meetings took place at the Gallery Direct Design Centre in High Wycombe and details were finalised.

Frank Hudson Maine Wing Bed with bespoke Vermont - Muckrach Country House
Once the order was confirmed production drawings were completed and the bespoke pieces produced to go with the standard production pieces from the Gallery Collections. The experienced installation team delivered the products over a 2-day period. Training on furniture care was also given to the housekeeping staff so that everything can be kept in the best condition to make sure that the individual guest experience is always at the highest standard.

Phil and Ed Cowap, the new owners, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Keith from Gallery Direct. His attention to detail and vast knowledge of the industry has been invaluable in the refurbishment process. Keith has helped us to create stunning and fabulous bedroom sets which create an immediate impression of luxury and charm.”

Sanderson - Sorbet

Product Spotlight: ‘Sorbet’ paint palette from Sanderson

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Sanderson’s SS16 ‘Sorbet’ paint palette features light and refreshing shades of purples, pinks, yellows and greens, offset with on-trend greys to add depth.

These colours can uplift smaller spaces or bring a cool, calming aesthetic to larger rooms. Perfect for a quick home update, applying these sherbet shades to a feature area of the room will give it personality and a gentle colour pop, or alternatively revitalise the entire room with an all over approach.

Sanderson - Sorbet
Effortlessly coordinating, the shades of the ‘Sorbet’ palette can be used individually or combined together for a fun and spontaneous look. If using together, team with white to balance out this colourful scheme and maintain its energising essence.

Find out more information by clicking here

Simpsons - Quadrant Shower Enclosures

Product Spotlight: Quadrant shower enclosures from Simpsons

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For those with bathrooms where space is at a premium, look no further than shower experts Simpsons and their range of quadrant showers and shower trays.

Offering a practical alternative to the more traditional square or rectangular-shaped enclosures, quadrant showers are the perfect way to incorporate a spacious showering solution into the bathroom, without compromising on floor space.

Available in a wealth of style and size options, the quadrant enclosure’s signature curves and sliding doors work in harmony to bring customers a spatially aware yet on-trend shower fixture. With a lifetime guarantee offered on the majority of Simpsons products, each enclosure is built to last with 8mm toughened glass doors and Simpsons’ Clear as standard.

Completing the look, Simpsons’ quadrant shower trays will also make the most of any awkward or limited bathroom space. Combining clean curves and versatile design, Simpsons’ extensive range is guaranteed to complement any bathroom interior, no matter the style.


Lake View House
Rennie Drive

T: +44 (0) 13 22 42 27 43
F: +44 (0) 84 58 73 88 41
E: David.balmer@crosswater-holdings.co.uk

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Geberit AquaClean goes on tour for the first time

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Leading the way in introducing the very latest shower toilet technology to consumers and raising awareness of the many benefits of cleaning with water among a growing audience, Geberit is taking to the road this summer on the Geberit AquaClean ‘My First Time’ tour.

Visiting key destinations throughout the UK, the Geberit My First Time tour will stop off at Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, with a variety of activities taking place at each stop to encourage people to get on board with this latest bathroom technology in the most innovative of ways.

Fitted out with working Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, consumers will be encouraged to try the technology out for themselves and to share their first-time experience via social media, using the hashtag #myfirsttime. Visitors on board will learn about shower toilets and the many benefits of cleaning with water, with the manufacturer’s experienced sales team on hand for the duration.

Throughout the tour Geberit will be partnering with local charities to raise funds for good causes within the community, with each visitor who trials the Geberit AquaClean being given a penny token which Geberit will match with a £1 donation to the chosen charity.

Explaining this clever marketing tool, Sara Johnston, Geberit Consumer Marketing Manager, said: “We are committed to raising awareness of the Geberit AquaClean range in ways that match the level of innovation that can be found within our market-leading shower toilets.

“The Geberit AquaClean tour is an excellent opportunity for us to partner with local charities as part of our commitment to the community, helping to raise much needed funds for good causes. The event is part of a fully integrated marketing plan, supported by social media and local radio advertising. It promises to be a busy tour that will really get people talking about Geberit AquaClean and trialling it for the first time.”

Find out more at www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk/myfirsttime

Kyoto by Morgan Furniture - Design Guild Mark - London Design Week

Furniture inspiration from Morgan at London Design Festival 2016

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British furniture designer and manufacturer, Morgan, will take part in the London Design Festival this year, with activities taking place at their Clerkenwell showroom and will also be exhibiting at the Cubitt House of Design Junction, 22-25 September.

New products on display will include the Manhattan Nap Booth, designed by Katerina Zachariades, creating a haven of calm and allowing you to rest in a public or office space.

The new Rio tables, designed by studio INTEGRATE and Morgan Studio, feature a glass top that floats over an intricate 3D printed ‘lacework’ basket with solid timber legs.

Also on display will be Kyoto benches, inspired by Japanese gardens and bridges. Kyoto is a system of linear benches that interlock to create informal seating, a star attraction this year having just been awarded a 2016 Design Guild Mark.

MARLOW Dining Table

Product Spotlight: Marlow Dining Collection from Gallery Direct

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The Marlow Dining Collection from Gallery Direct’s Hudson Living range offers an easy to live with style that will enhance any interior with its contemporary lines combined with classic appeal and splash of rustic charm.

Marlow features a modern contrast of soft grey paint finish and solid mellow oak tops with a subtle hint of white in the grain. To accompany the table and chairs, there is a practical 2 door sideboard, along with a range of occasional tables, that can be used to give a coordinated overall look to an interior or each piece can stand on its own in simple, understated style.

There is also an accompanying bedroom collection featuring a choice of two bedsteads and coordinating furniture.

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Mirror focus - Gallery Direct's range of mirrors

Mirror Focus: Make a statement with Gallery Direct’s selection of mirrors

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If you need to make a statement, present classic charm or create a quirky detail Gallery Direct have an ideal selection of mirrors to enhance your rooms.

From a grand entrance to a humble washroom. Gallery mirrors have a diverse collection of individually designed pieces which add life and sparkle to a room that paint pictures with reflections and simply make rooms look bigger. Never underestimate the power of a mirror to add a feature to a room, quite apart from being a functional item to check your make up.

Mirror focus - Gallery Direct's range of mirrors

Keith Clarke, Contracts manager at Gallery Direct has been responsible for many hotel and hospitality installations recently and is happy to advise on the right mirror to create the right effect.

Muckrach Country House Hotel has a classically designed over mantle mirror, the Thornby Silver, in the elegant hallway, Valois feature mirrors in selected rooms and Burwell gold mirrors over dressing tables.

Mirror focus - Gallery Direct's range of mirrors

Mirrors incorporated as pieces of furniture are also very popular to complete a look as used at Catthorpe Manor Hotel. French inspired collections include dressing table mirrors with drawers and beautiful Cheval mirrors used as functional accent pieces from the Chic and Spire ranges.

More contemporary and quirky styles are also used to great effect to create a different look in other environments.

To view the 2016 Design Directory, click on www.gallerydirect.co.uk/2016-directory or call 01494 551960

HiB expansion plans

HiB announces expansion plans for West Midlands region

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Bathroom manufacturer HiB has announced its plans to double its presence in the West Midlands region, according to local media reports.

The firm has agreed a pre-let deal with IM Properties for a new 80,000-sq-ft warehouse on the Birch Coppice business park near Tamworth.

HD Directory members HiB, which already operates on the 400-acre park, has signed a new 15-year lease on the building which will be completed in spring 2017.

Managing director Robert Ginsberg told the Birmingham Post: “We are delighted to be working with IM Properties on our second unit on Birch Coppice which will allow for further growth over the next 15 years.”

Rachael Clarke, IM Properties’ development manager, added: “Our investment in the Midlands is significant and, as a local company, we are pleased to be able to work with existing businesses such as HiB to enable them to grow, which in turn helps secure the long-term prosperity of the region.”

Royal Suite at the Grange St. Paul's - Hotel Designs Meet Up

Exclusive ticket offer for Hotel Designs Meet Up

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We are less than a month away from the inaugural Hotel Designs Meet Up – a networking event for senior figures in the hotel and design industry – being held on 13 July in the stunning Royal Suite at Grange Hotel St. Paul’s.

And we have an exclusive ticket offer for suppliers and manufacturers wanting to meet and forge new connections with senior hoteliers, key designers and prominent architects in an informal setting over drinks and nibbles. This unrivalled opportunity is just £199 + VAT.

Hotel Designs Meet-Up

Among those confirmed to attend are representatives from Ara Design, Twenty 2 Degrees Design, Rethink Interiors, Cheval Residences, Buchanan Hartley and KAI Design to name just a few.

Located on the 7th floor of the Grange St. Paul’s, the luxuriously decorated Royal Suite offers striking views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and promises to be a superb location for a productive evening of networking.

With spaces filling up fast, make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

To purchase a ticket, please contact Jade Oliver at j.oliver@forumevents.co.uk or 01992 374054.


Kyoto by Morgan Studio - London Design Week

Product Spotlight: Design Guild Mark for Morgan’s Kyoto

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Morgan is delighted to have been awarded a 2016 Design Guild Mark for their Japanese inspired Kyoto collection. Designed by Morgan Studio, Kyoto is a system of linear benches that interlock to create informal seating. It is fully upholstered and features timber, glass or marble table tops.

Set-up to reward excellence in the design of volume furniture production, the Design Guild Marks are awarded by a distinguished panel of judges from the fields of furniture, hospitality, commercial, retail and media. There were a record number of entries again this year which were assessed for excellence in design, the use of materials, manufacture and function.

Kyoto by Morgan Furniture - Design Guild Mark

Morgan Managing Director, Rodney McMahon, comments, “This is our seventh Design Guild Mark since they were introduced by The Furniture Makers’ Company in 2008. This one is particularly satisfying as it underlines our successful growth into the workplace sector, for which these benches are a great solution for receptions, presentation areas and adhoc meetings.”

For more information about Morgan, visit www.morganfurniture.co.uk, or email info@morganfurniture.co.uk

Family Business Award win 2016 - Hypnos Beds

Hypnos celebrates double award win

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British bed manufacturer, Hypnos, is celebrating after scooping two prestigious industry awards, Most Highly Renowned Luxury Bed Company at the Lux Hospitality Awards 2016, and Family Business of the Year for the South and South West Region at the Family Business Awards.

The business, which has held a Royal Warrant since 1929 and remains a close family-run business now in its fifth generation of family members, supplies beds, mattresses and sofa beds to some of the world’s largest hotel chains including IHG and Marriott and to some of the finest hotels such as Corinthia Hotel London and JW Marriott in Dubai. The prestigious Lux Hospitality Award was given to Hypnos for its success in the industry, its UK and international growth and for creating supremely comfortable beds designed to enhance sleep quality within the hospitality market, including stylish centrepieces for boutique hotels and serviced apartments.

The Family Business of the Year Award adds to the company’s list of accolades after it was honoured with the title for its family ethos and strong values which include ethically sourcing the materials used to make all its beds, as well as giving back to the community as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy which includes educational school tours, tree planting programmes and charitable donations.

Hypnos’ Marketing Director, Chris Ward, comments: “Winning these awards is great for the company and they show that our performance, the quality of our offering and also the ethical production of our beds, is being recognised by those in the industry.

“We supply supremely comfortable beds to hotels and serviced apartments around the world and we’re over the moon to have received recognition through awards such as this. Not only do they help us to differentiate ourselves from our competitors, they also help us to showcase our brand values, as well as our strong family ethos and encourage us to continue to strive to create stylish yet practical sleep solutions for the hospitality industry.”

The family-run company received the spate of award wins for the comfort, quality and style of its beds, as well as its ethically and environmentally friendly design, which uses sustainable materials including FSC or PEFC certified timbers that have been sourced from managed forests, meaning all beds are 100% recyclable at the end of their life. Hypnos is also the first carbon neutral bed maker in the country, has passed the rigorous Sedex Ethical Trading Audit and has invested in a dedicated service and business to collect, dispose and recycle old beds, turning them into recycled raw material for re-use in other industries.

For more information about Hypnos, or to view the full product range, please visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.com

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Wilton Carpets appoints new Head of Creative

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Wilton Carpets Commercial has appointed Damian Roscoe to the newly established Head of Creative role, marking its ambition to ensure design is at the heart of its strategy.

Damian Roscoe WIlton CarpetsThe highly experienced Damian Roscoe (pictured) has spent over 25 years in the carpet industry, shaping the design direction for prestigious carpet brands. Now at one of the UK’s foremost manufacturers, creating bespoke and stock woven and tufted carpets for commercial interiors, Damian Roscoe is excited about the challenge ahead:

“Wilton is one of the greats, but what truly excited me was the role proposed by James Sprint, CEO, who is committed to the strong creative purpose of Wilton with design touching as many facets of the business as possible,” comments Damian Roscoe. “By continuing to embrace our heritage and pioneering a contemporary attitude, Wilton will cement its place as a truly design-led company and become a desired brand the world over.”

Damian has already begun taking the first steps in helping to shape the future design direction of the manufacturer, citing talent and resource in place and the welcome backing of senior management as excellent catalysts for success: “There is no doubt that we can achieve our goal to become an international force in the hospitality industry. We have the capability, experience, commercial infrastructure and willingness to succeed.

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“The quality of people at Wilton has impressed me, their spirit and enthusiasm for common goals is infectious, I really am in awe of the setup here and the resulting quality of product. The chance to make one of Britain’s last great carpet manufacturers an international force in design-led carpet is one that I am relishing.”

Damian will be based at Wilton’s Wiltshire headquarters, dividing time between the studio and liaising closely with sales managers and clients on projects, further developing the brand as a powerhouse of hospitality carpet.

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

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A quartet of Design Guild Mark awards for ACID members

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The Furniture Makers’ Company announced the winners of the prestigious Design Guild Mark awards for 2016 at a packed ceremony at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell and three ACID members scooped up Awards and the final accolade, The Jonathan Hindle award for excellence, “The Best of the Best” was awarded to Simon Pengelly.

Dids Macdonald, OBE, CEO of ACID said: “Each year the bar goes higher and I am delighted to see that ACID members consistently scoop up these marks of excellence. As members of ACID, all of them take the protection of their intellectual property very seriously, and why not? It is the lifeblood of all their brands. Many congratulations and a special acknowledgement to Simon Pengelly being doubly recognised for his amazing designs.”

UNNIA range by Simon Pengelly

UNNIA range by Simon Pengelly

Now in its ninth year, the Design Guild Mark Awards promote excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation. They recognise and reward designers working in Britain or British Designers working abroad. The award demands the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production.

Nineteen designs were awarded the coveted mark and the ACID member awards were as follows:
DGM 146 – Pilot Chair Designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Knoll
DGM 147 – Column Bookcases Designed by Samuel Chan for Channels
DGM 148 – Magnus Chair Designed by Samuel Chan for Channels
DGM 159 – Kyoto Bench System Designed by Morgan Studio for Morgan (MAIN PICTURE)
DGM 160 – UNNIA Chairs Designed by Simon Pengelly for Inclass

Alexander Gifford, Chairman of the Design Guild Mark said: “This year the criteria for the Design Guild Mark were curbed to shift emphasis onto volume production and as a result the entries reflected the higher quality of applications we had hoped for. Once again, the entries were equally diverse, from contract to retail, from residential to hospitality and workplace, as were the applicants themselves. Chairing the judging process, for the second year, was a great honour, and watching the great minds in our industry critique the great output of British design was a real pleasure.”

Product Spotlight: Captivating Coral by Sanderson

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More than just a pretty pastel, coral has been plucked from the depths of the ocean and brought into interiors. This cheerful shade has been chosen by Sanderson as a key colour for 2016, and this season the team are pairing it with on-trend blues and greys to bring a new dimension to decorating.

Blending coral and blue brings a sophisticated, Mediterranean aesthetic into the home. Coral is synonymous with spring and summer, but by combining it with blue, it is given a multi-seasonal appeal. Mint is a complementary colour for both shades and introduces a colour pop to this scheme.

Captivating Coral by Sanderson

Grey adds an edgier side to coral, giving a hint of masculinity and creating a modern haven. Grey tempers the bright shade of coral, yet still allows it to shine. Use cream accessories to soften this combination and introduce textured accessories, such as quilted throws and woven rugs for a cosy finish.

Sanderson Contracts
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Oxford Road
T: +44 (0) 84 51 26 55 76
F: +44 (0) 84 51 23 68 11
E: denham@wgbcontracts.com

Down Hall Hotel

Project Spotlight: Gallery Direct collections at Down Hall

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Down Hall Hotel is one of England’s most established country house hotels, located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop’s Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border.

Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion is sited in a historic setting of 110 acres of surrounding woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens. The hotel’s luxury interiors with ornate ceilings and beautiful period details have been enhanced by a complete refurbishment and the use of Gallery Direct, Frank Hudson SPIRE collection furniture.

Gallery Direct's furniture at Down Hall Hotel
Designer Rachael McLane, the award winning Yorkshire based consultancy worked with Keith Clarke, Contract and development Manager at Gallery Direct to create the ‘Classic Country House meets Contemporary lifestyle’ look of opulence and luxury. The first floor gallery rooms in the old house have SPIRE and CHIC collection furniture and the more contemporary rooms in the more recent wing have ANNECY, SPIRE and KISS collections.

Gallery Direct's furniture at Down Hall Hotel

Gallery Direct's furniture at Down Hall Hotel

Gallery Direct's furniture at Down Hall Hotel
Rachel McLane commented: “Gallery Direct were recommended to us a few years ago and we were suitably impressed at the time how they handled our brief, so when it came to sourcing furniture for the major refurbishment at Down Hall, Keith and his team were the obvious choice. It was important to everyone that the Down Hall project was completed on time, to schedule and in a manner befitting a luxury hotel.

“We were very impressed with Keith’s site installation team and any small issues were magically resolved. The refurbished rooms required classic, traditional furniture of understated simplicity but noticeable quality. This quality, combined with excellent service, proactivity, and a single point of contact, guarantees that we will be using Gallery Direct in the future,” she added.

With thanks to Keith Clarke of Gallery Direct

Keith.clarke@gallerydirect.co.uk  07738 540287 www.gallerydirect.co.uk/2016-directory
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www.downhall.co.uk 01279 731441

RIO tables by Morgan

Product Spotlight: RIO tables by Morgan at Clerkenwell

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New RIO tables were launched by Morgan during Clerkenwell Design Week to match with the existing RIO seating.

In collaboration with studio INTEGRATE, the Rio collection by Morgan is one that explores the craft of yesterday versus the craft of tomorrow. As well as the timber and upholstered models there is a 3D printed component that creates an intricate curved sculptural arm.

It is constructed using a mathematical algorithm and printed in polyamide or resin. A glass top floats over a 3D printed basket which links it to solid turned timber legs; in a mix of an intricate ‘lacework’ component with a rational structure and form.



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Product Spotlight: Easy bathroom storage with Stratus by HiB

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HiB is continuing in its unrelenting mission to help consumers to make their bathrooms beautiful with its stunning new Stratus bathroom cabinet range.

A must-have for any retailer, the Stratus is the ideal choice for discerning customers seeking a storage solution which isn’t just slick in design but guaranteed to inject a real ‘wow’ factor into their bathroom.

Offering a real look of luxury, the cabinets boast a sleek, angular form for a look which is super contemporary, while LED lighting, both outside and inside, ensures a beautiful illumination from every angle. In addition, the integration of heated pads in the mirror doors ensures they keep consistently clear.

Further features include integrated charging sockets, suitable for toothbrushes, shavers & trimmers, and a clever sensor switch whereby users simply need to wave their hand by the sensor to turn the light on and off. Furthermore, double-sided mirror doors mean consumers can use a mirror when the door is even open.

Steve Kaye, marketing manager at HiB comments: “While the bathroom cabinet was once considered quite a low priority in the design chain, recent years have seen it take precedence as more consumers recognise the huge impact it can have on their bathroom look and feel.

“With this in mind, Stratus has been designed to provide the height of cool contemporary design for the style-conscious consumer while ticking all the functional boxes – ensuring broad appeal for all styles and tastes.”

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Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

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Clarissa Hulse is widely acknowledged as a luminary of British design, well known for her distinctive hand and her passion for colour and texture. Her initial collaboration with Harlequin in 2011, Kallianthi, was a runaway success and remains a best-selling collection; so it is no surprise that she has teamed up with the company again to produce another mouth-watering range of fabrics and wallcoverings.

Clarissa draws her inspiration from a variety of influences including her enduring passion for plants, flowers and landscapes happened upon during long country walks, a nomadic childhood and her half-Greek heritage. For Callista, which means ‘most beautiful’ in Ancient Greek, she has created an enticing and entrancing collection of woven fabrics, printed silks and wallpapers that display to breath-taking effect Clarissa’s trademark style: contemporary botanical designs coupled with intense colour.

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

According to Clarissa: “Working with Harlequin has proved one of the most rewarding collaborations of my career. I was delighted to be invited to work with the brand on a second collection, and I believe that Callista features some of my most exciting work to date. I feel privileged to have been given free rein with both colour and scale, whilst Harlequin’s access to advanced printing technology has allowed me to explore innovative metallic effects and textures.’

The exquisite fabrics include a silk and cotton mix jacquard weave, silk dupion prints and a beautiful voile that has been dip-dyed then embroidered and hand embellished. They showcase to perfection Clarissa’s flair and aptitude for interpreting the natural influences that inspire and enthuse her.

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Her delightful wallpapers make an impact both individually or when used in conjunction with her fabrics. They are all printed on non-woven paper, which can be applied directly to a ready-pasted wall, making it very easy to hang.

Callista includes Angeliki – giant fennel silhouettes, first spotted by Clarissa on a deserted hillside in southern Greece; Kalamia – spindly reeds traversing bright silks; Filix – tessellating lady ferns pressed whilst on holiday in Grenada; Espinillo – acacia leaves found on Highbury Fields; and Meadow Grass – layers of swaying Wiltshire meadow grasses. English and Greek horizons are painted in bold watercolour lines to create the Harmonia Stripe design, as well as represented in the subtle ombré backdrop against which many of the flora are silhouetted. The collection also includes Hortelano, large digitally-printed panels that can be cut to fit a wall, creating a whimsical vista of goose-grass stems.

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Clarissa rejoices in colour, celebrating its understated, natural tones and embracing its confident, vibrant shades with equal success. Her love for colour is reflected in the Callista collection, where rich emerald, moss and forest greens are introduced to complement her trademark shades of kingfisher, neon pink, paprika, slate, turmeric and zinc. Metallics lift so much of the collection into the sublime, providing shimmering gritty texture in some and smooth reflective surfaces in others.

Callista will be launched in early Summer 2016 and will be available via Harlequin’s network of stockists both nationally and internationally.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - Water Steps by FRONT

Axor WaterDream 2016 at Clerkenwell Design Week

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Building on the technological capabilities of the Axor U-Base, Axor envisioned a new dimension of individualisation: washbasin spouts crafted from alternative materials with total freedom of form for seamless integration in the interior design or for creating a personal statement.

Within this creative brief, Axor invited world-renowned design partners to present their visions for the meaning of water within the living spaces of tomorrow.

Together with Axor, David Adjaye, Werner Aisslinger, FRONT, GamFratesi and Jean-Marie Massaud designed unique spouts that through their materiality, form and function, give a new emotionality and value to the tap itself and the water passing through it. Axor first presented these five original pieces during FuoriSalone in Milan in April and they were the Axor star attraction at The Water Studio in Clerkenwell during Clerkenwell Design Week.

Despite their very different views on the meaning of water within the interior space, each architect and designer experimented with alternative materials and forms to celebrate water and its path on a functional, and on an emotional level:

In British architect David Adjaye’s concept Ritual, water appears from under a granite inlay that is cradled by a wedge-shaped, precious metal (bronze) spout. The water, always in view, is ritualised: from source, to flow, and finally, to descent.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - Ritual, David Adjaye
German designer Werner Aisslinger’s conceptual spout, The Sea and the Shore, is a hybrid consisting of a fountain and a shelf – a space for rituality and functionality. Crafted from the ancient and historical material clay, it emphasizes the longevity and the value of water and water-releasing objects in our societies.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - The Sea and the Shore by Werner Aisslinger
Water flows from platform to platform in Water Steps, a sculptural metal spout by the Swedish duo FRONT. Focusing on the playful exchange between form and water, it aesthetically and acoustically underlines the emotional potential of the natural element as it flows over PVD-finished, metallic surfaces.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - Water Steps by FRONT
Zen, designed by the Danish-Italian duo GamFratesi, reinterprets the classic Japanese wood fountain. With its minimalistic form and water flow, it achieves a tranquil and meditative spirit, which depicts the honest connection between nature and water.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - Zen by Gam Fratesi

Jean-Marie Massaud’s Mimicry suggests a water-releasing object in complete harmony with the architectural landscape. Material (marble) and form (simple, geometric shapes) suggest an inherent connection to water and achieve an emotional enhancement of both object and resource.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - Mimicry by Jean-Marie Massaud

Whether it is by integration or by making an obvious statement, all five crafted spouts address the evolving desire for individuality, emotionality and sensory experiences in living spaces where water interacts with us.



Product Spotlight: Jura upholstery collection from Sekers

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Sekers are pleased to announce the launch of Jura upholstery, a new textural collection available in a range of 20 muted multi-coloured tones inspired by the striking colours of the Isle of Jura’s landscapes.

An adaptable textured semi plain upholstery supplied with a Crib 5 Flame Retardant backing and with a high Martindale abrasion performance of 50,000 rubs, Jura 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
London Showroom: Unit 1/20 Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London, SW10 0XE

Kobe Elements

Company Spotlight: Kobe’s glamourous cool shade for summer heat

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With the cold weather behind us and warm days ahead, is it time for a change of décor? Kobe, the luxury fabric specialist is predicting exciting interior trends for the summer of 2016. Think glamorous, cool looks for hot summer days.

For beautiful summer style choose fabrics with a soft natural linen touch in sophisticated cream, sand, light grey or charcoal and complement with shimmering yarns in silver and gold.

David Harris, MD, said: “Sheers are perfect for summer, they are soft and elegant. Choose from fine chenille and satin in graceful pastel hues with intricate trellis and contemporary medallion designs. Create a room that is simple and chic.”

Summer pastel shades are always popular, so for those who want quiet balmy evenings, go for a palette of rich and neutral tones in fabrics of cool linen, satin and subtle metallic. Use opulent curtain and upholstery textiles to provide endless creative opportunities for a season of elegance and grandeur. Add an ambience of pure luxury with statement pieces, combined with timeless plains and semi plains in sumptuous velvet and woven jacquard in distinct and intricate designs of geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns.

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Said David: “This summer’s look will feature an assortment of rich and sophisticated tones which can be mixed and matched to create an exciting interior. For those who want luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics that are not too expensive, there’s a collection that ticks all the boxes.

“As the new season gets underway, it’s exciting to look forward to something new. So whether it’s the calm and cool or glamorous and rich, summer has never looked more promising.”

Kobe’s Elements collection of 100% flame retardant chic and contemporary fabrics is for both domestic and contract window décor and soft furnishings. Its Elegance collection is inspired by Art Deco, the most fashionable international design movement in modern art from 1925 until the 1940s.

All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test. Kobe’s UK operation is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

T: 01344 771653

F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Rob Law - Trunki

Rob Law of Trunki joins leading design names as ACID ambassador

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Anti Copying in Design (ACID) is delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Law, MBE, Managing Director of Magmatic Ltd. and the originator of Trunki, to its illustrious group of ACID Ambassadors.

ACID Ambassadors are tireless in their support of the preservation of design originality, ethics and respect for intellectual property and ACID is honoured to have influential Ambassadors representing our purpose and spreading goodwill. Rob Law joins design legends such as Sebastian Conran, Kevin McCloud, new high flier Lee Broom and many others who are outspoken advocates of ACID’s work.

On being appointed as an ACID Ambassador, Rob Law said: “We need basic design protection in the UK and ACID is campaigning tirelessly to enhance the rights for designers. I’m proud to offer my support as they continue to lobby to improve design law and help creative industries keep their competitive advantage. As a designer and entrepreneur, we all dream our designs will become commercially successful, once they are it’s a sad fact of life they get copied. ACID supports designers through what is often a traumatic time to inform and lobby for better rights.”

Dids Macdonald, OBE, CEO of ACID said: “No-one knows more than Rob how heart-breaking it is when one’s ideas are taken blatantly and the law, as it stands, does not appear to support him and others like him, so I very much welcome his advocacy in the continuing fight for fair competition and a strong IP framework which will support design champions, something which is in the DNA of the UK and about which we excel.”

Nearly 20 years after its first launch, today also marks the launch of ACID’s Advisory Council of which Trunki are represented by IP officer, Laura Breen. The objective, by bringing 16 industry representatives together, is to provide strategic guidance in line with ACID’s mission, vision and objectives.

This will ensure ACID’s position as one of the leading voices for design and intellectual property in the UK and that ACID continues to grow and gain traction within IP policy making. ACID is determined that its credentials are maintained, whilst seeking ways in which ACID broadens its remit to protect intellectual property more effectively and achieve growth for its members and the broader design community.

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Guest Blog: GROHE review Milan Design Week

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GROHE shares its thoughts on the Milan Salone Del Mobile extravaganza and some of the trends we can expect to see shaping interior design in the year ahead…

The biggest event of the design year, Milan’s Salone Del Mobile festival saw the city once again taken over by the interiors industry. The streets were packed with the biggest names in furniture and architecture, exhibiting alongside up-and-coming names that are new on the scene.

Our own in-house design team were out scouring the studios and showrooms for the hottest trends on show, dissecting the wealth of ideas to select six key trends that we are confident will be driving the look of our interiors over the next 18 months and beyond. These diverse trends will be filtering through many aspects of interior design, with the overall drive being towards a warmer, tactile and soothing look and feel for our homes.

Soft, subtle colours – ones that are easy on the eye and the psyche – were in evidence everywhere, suggesting a desire for soothing interior elements as an escape from stressful lives. The core colour was a skin-tone pink (as seen above), evoking the sense of touch and inviting an emotional connection. We saw this combined with organic, unbleached wood and tactile brass and copper.

Once considered a rather retro, ostentatious material, marble continues its comeback as the luxury accent of choice. This year we saw marble used on everything from chairs to bookcases, with warmer, mottled versions more popular than harsh white. Marble was combined with slick materials like plastic as well as organic, sensual wood and metal, again with warm colour tones to the fore.

Once seen as cold, hard and industrial, metal finishes in warm tones continued to provide an air of luxury and light to many pieces shown this year. Copper, brass and bronze featured in numerous designs across all design disciplines, but the rose gold was the finish of choice, adding glamour when combined with materials like exotic wood, leather and velvet. Star of the show was Knoll’s iconic Platner arm chair, created in 18 karat gold and blue velvet to celebrate its 50th anniversary.


Technology and tradition collided to present new ways of working with wood. Modern production and processing techniques have created an explosion in fluid, sensual forms for wood furniture, where curved lines and surfaces both highlight the natural grain of the wood and also invite the user to make physical contact with this enduring material – enhanced by the combining of wood with other tactile materials like leather and moulded plastic.

Kelly Hoppen Crosswater KH Zero

Product Spotlight: KH Zero range by Kelly Hoppen with Crosswater

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The iconic KH Zero range is a collaborative partnership between bathroom specialist Crosswater and renowned, world-class interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE.

Offering a distinctive selection of brassware designs across five capsule collections, Kelly Hoppen’s signature style and integrity have been beautifully translated into a selection of statement taps, suited to today’s modern home.

Confidently artistic with a whisper of boutique hotel style, all five of the collections encompass superior quality design and timeless appeal, each distinguishable by its own unique styling and distinctive characteristics to ensure a look to suit any bathroom.

Kelly Hoppen Crosswater KH Zero

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From the abstract forms of KH ZERO 1 to the subtly contoured angles of KH ZERO 3 and KH ZERO 6, choose from deck-mounted basin taps in a choice of heights, or striking wall mounted basin sets that create a statement.

There is also a selection of floor-standing bath fillers to choose from, featuring integral shower kits and the latest in thermostatic technology; statuesque in form but still offering superior functionality. Immaculately immersed in Kelly’s distinctive, fluid style, the KH Zero range is perfect for those seeking well-designed, quality brassware for a bathroom that exemplifies sophisticated design.

Kelly Hoppen Crosswater KH Zero

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T: +44 (0) 13 22 42 27 43
F: +44 (0) 84 58 73 88 41
E: David.balmer@crosswater-holdings.co.uk

Libretto fabrics by Sekers

Product Spotlight: Libretto collection from Sekers

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Sekers proudly launches Libretto, a new upholstery collection of four subtle designs, available in a palette of 40 rich colours, ranging from opulent greens and reds to stylish neutrals. Libretto is a versatile mix of plain, strie and hopsack textures.

Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a high Martindale abrasion performance, Libretto is the perfect choice for the contract market, from pubs and hotels to cruise ships, meeting all UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

All sales and sampling enquiries to:
Sekers Fabrics Limited
7a Nobel Road, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD2 4UH

Tel: +44 (0) 1946 517501 // Fax: +44 (0) 1946 517502
UK & Ireland Email: sales@sekers.co.uk Export Email: export@sekers.co.uk

London Showroom: Unit 1/20 Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London, SW10 0XE

Flamenco upholstery by Sekers

Product Spotlight: Flamenco upholstery by Sekers

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Sekers announces the launch of Flamenco upholstery, a bright and bold collection. A semi-plain textured design available in 20 vibrant multi-colour shades from sunny Strawberry to vivid Sapphire.

Flamenco is supplied inherently stain repellent to assist with cleaning and has a high abrasion performance of 50,000 Martindale, making it the perfect selection for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the contract market, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

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

London Showroom: Unit 1/20 Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London, SW10 0XE

Taylor's Classics' Alice furniture collection

Product Spotlight: Alice furniture collection by Taylor’s Classics

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Taylor’s Classics’ beautiful collection of outdoor Alice furniture is the perfect solution to furnishing your property’s patio or outdoor spaces this summer. With a variety of different colours available, together with items made using the highest quality materials, you’re sure to find the perfect pieces for your needs.

Last summer, they had a fantastic response to the launch of the collection – so this year they have added more choice. They now have high stools and tables together with a wider choice of colours. The Alice collection also has Taylor’s Classics special rust protection paint finish.

Andreas Antona of Simpsons Restaurants said of the Alice collection : “I am pleased to have worked with Taylor’s Classics for a number of years, as part of a recent refurbishment of Simpsons Restaurants I have bought chairs and tables from the ‘Alice Collection’ of outdoor furniture.

“It is a quintessentially British design that provides great comfort and really fits into the secluded ambiance of Simpsons. Let’s hope it is a great summer because I know that my customers will be looking forward to relaxing in an Alice Chair!”

T: +44 (0) 17 85 24 04 44
E: sales@taylorsclassics.com

Chelsom - Edition 25

Product Spotlight: Chelsom launch new collection – Edition 25

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More than two years of in-house design led by Robert and Will Chelsom has resulted in the launch of Chelsom’s brand new collection, Edition 25.

The catalogue is more than just a product selector, it encapsulates the Chelsom brand image in addition to showcasing a multitude of beautifully designed new products as well as some older classics covering contemporary and traditional styles. Approximately forty percent of the range is completely new and nearly all pieces are available as an LED option to accommodate the latest developments in technology and energy efficiency.

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L-R: Manhattan, Portobello and Stockholm

Will Chelsom, Managing Director, comments: “I believe that our clients will not only appreciate the refinements we have made to our collection in terms of even sharper product designs and higher quality levels, but also the continued changes to the Chelsom brand image. Both the catalogue and website illustrate this perfectly and have been carefully designed with our clients’ requirements as a priority.”

Introducing Edition 25 from ChelsomLtd on Vimeo.

Designed with the international hospitality marketplace at the core, Edition 25 is a truly eclectic lighting collection that harnesses and refines the latest trends in finishes and materials. From the retro inspired oversized Reflector floor lamp to the Nordic influence of the Stockholm table lamp, the innovative LED Revolution reading light to the assortment of beautifully sculpted hand crafted ceramic lamps and Georgian hand cut crystal chandeliers there is something to enhance any interior scheme at all price levels.

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L-R: Dish, Park and Tokyo

Robert Chelsom, Managing Director, says: “In all my years working within the lighting industry never has there been a more exciting time to be designing lighting products. Triggered by the fashion cycle, interior trends are moving increasingly faster and in doing so constantly stimulate new design directions when it comes to finishes and materials which is something we have given careful consideration to when creating our latest designs.

“Edition 25 has been a fantastic collection to produce, personally I think it’s our most ground breaking to date and Will and I are proud to be able to say that all product has been designed in- house to create a diverse lighting collection that truly caters for all levels of the hospitality and marine sectors.”

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

GROHE interview with Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer LWT and Michael Seum, Vice President Design Grohe AG

Interview: Paul Flowers (LWT) and Michael Seum (GROHE)

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Paul Flowers (above, left), who was in charge of the GROHE Design Studio from 2005 to 2015, has been appointed Chief Design Officer at LIXIL Water Technology (LWT), coordinating the design of all brands belonging to LWT. Michael Seum (above, right) has joined GROHE as Vice President Design in 2015 and is now leading the GROHE Design Studio in Düsseldorf.

Q. Paul, after ten years at the GROHE Design Studio you have now taken on new responsibilities as Chief Design Officer at LIXIL Water Technology. At LWT, you are in charge of the design of all brands, including GROHE, LIXIL/INAX, American Standard and JAXSON. What do your new tasks entail and what are the challenges that you have to face?

Paul: I have learnt over my two decades of international design experience that people really are a brand’s most precious resource. My role is to orchestrate a Global Design Team and ensure we have the most talented people in our studios in Düsseldorf, New York, Tokyo and Bangkok. I intend to fuse creativity into the culture of each of the companies, elevate design and in turn show the value of design as we have done in the last ten years at GROHE.

A big challenge is the diversity of the separate brands as well as the varied technical requirements and individual design preferences in the different countries. We intend to share and combine our knowledge of global trends and experience. We have the challenge of keeping the brands true to their individual values and their aesthetic expression significantly different from each other, unique and preferred over our competitors.

I am very fortunate that I get to travel all over the world and have first-hand experience of different cultures and trends. Through insights, research and a consumer focus we will generate unique experiences, which are relevant and valued by the people who use our products.

GROHE interview with Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer LWT and Michael Seum, Vice President Design Grohe AG

Q. Was it difficult for you, to pass the baton on and let someone else take the reins at the GROHE Design Studio?
Paul: When you have dedicated so much passion, time and energy to something, it becomes very personal and important to you. I have had an amazing time at GROHE and I am immensely proud of what the team has achieved in the last decade. The great aspect of my new role within LWT is, I will still be involved working closely with Michael Seum to take the brand to the next level.

I took considerable time to personally find somebody like Michael Seum, he is highly motivated, incredibly creative and is very experienced having already designed for some very impressive leading international brands.

Q. Michael, design is a key brand value at GROHE. The GROHE Design Team won more than 200 awards in the last few years. What is your design strategy for GROHE? Will there be a different focus or will you preserve the typical design characteristics?

Michael: GROHE has a special understanding of the value of design and it is clearly been recognized with so many external accolades. Paul has built a highly talented design team and, more importantly, has built one of the most efficient creative cultures I have ever been a part of. The designs envisioned in the studio get produced, there is very little loss of design intent and they are easily recognized as GROHE products.

Design will absolutely remain a strategic driver of brand value within GROHE. I will be working closely with Paul to ensure we do so. It’s great that Paul and I share many of the same philosophies, methods and discipline in our approach to designing products and brand experiences. I am excited to work with this team, ensuring design continues to increase brand value by creating strong emotional connections to our products and brand experiences through great design.

GROHE interview with Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer LWT and Michael Seum, Vice President Design Grohe AG

Q. Before joining GROHE, you have already worked for renowned companies. Where do you see the challenges in designing for a sanitary company? Are there special requirements you need to consider when working with the element water?
Michael: Every company and industry that I have worked in has its own unique category challenges; for designers these unique challenges become the real opportunities for design.

For GROHE, we must exceed the rational expectations of consumers — they also have to embody the emotional needs consumers have in their homes –for example calming, relaxation, privacy and personal health and well-being. Beforehand amongst others at Whirlpool, Procter & Gamble, Pepsico, I gathered versatile experience in different industries, which I can now benefit from.

Q. Paul, what are the cornerstones of your cooperation with Michael? Could you tell us about the depths and contents of your working together?
Paul: Michael is very innovative in his approach to both solving problems and identifying consumer opportunities, which is imperative for a brand like GROHE and I trust his judgment 100% percent. We work very closely together and have structured weekly meetings and constant dialogue. We have a number of creative tools, which we use to ensure we are pushing forward and realizing our long-term strategy. From our well defined Brand Values, Style Segmentation and unique Signature Elements to our Design Quality Reviews, we have a very objective approach to reviewing and guiding the work of the Düsseldorf studio.

GROHE interview with Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer LWT and Michael Seum, Vice President Design Grohe AG

Q. Michael, you already know the GROHE portfolio very well, do you have a favourite product yet?
Michael: Prior to coming to GROHE, I renovated my loft in Chicago with our new Essence line but if I had to pick another product it would be GROHE Blue. I read recently that for the first time we have more plastic in the ocean than we do fish. At the same time, we also have so many unhealthy beverage choices. GROHE Blue is a product that our consumers love; reducing plastic consumption/use while enjoying the healthy beverage options of high quality filtered still or sparkling water.

Q. Finally, a question for the both of you. Please briefly complete the following statement: Good design is…
Paul: Good design removes the unnecessary to allow the user to focus on the elements, which enhance the experience. It guides a user intuitively to get the most from a product or service, it anticipates a user’s needs and facilitates an emotional and unique experience which adds value to our lives. Good design is mindful of the precious resources it takes to make, package, transport and use the product…

Michael: We as designers face a lot of pressure to create unique, new, highly differentiated and exciting products. Good design considers the consumers’ overall desired experience, their emotional needs and the contextual needs within their homes. Good design is about meeting the needs of our consumers in both expected and unexpected ways.

All photos courtesy of GROHE Press
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F: +44 (0) 84 48 70 05 74

Project Spotlight: Taylor’s Classics’ recent hotel projects

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Hotel Designs Directory members Taylor’s Classics have been busy recently providing furniture for a host of hotel and hospitality projects up and down the country. See shots of their work below…

Greenhills Country Hotel and Restaurant, Seymour Hotels Jersey
It was a great pleasure to work with Jane Goff of Goff Associates in the refurbishment of the bar at the Greenhills Country House Hotel and Restaurant.

The project incorporated refurbished antique chairs and tables together with bespoke stools and lounge chairs. Jane specified all the fabrics and from a wide range of furniture styles, the interior has a relaxed atmosphere that combines traditional and modern tastes.

Taylor's Classics -Greenhills Country Hotel and Restaurant

Blenheim Lodge, Bowness-on-Windermere
Janz and Robert Duncan took great care in considering the practicalities of the refurbishment of their dining room at Blenheim Lodge in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The solid oak Ashley tables were tailor made to suit their needs and the Haywood oak dining chairs were especially upholstered in an easy to clean fabric. The room has a lovely airy feel that will make you want to eat a hearty breakfast before going out on a long Lake District walk.

Taylor's Classics - Blenheim Lodge

The Curing House, Middlesborough
It was a big change in direction for Sarah and Peter Walker to open The Curing House, a charcuterie bar and restaurant in Middlesborough.

Charcuterie was a hobby for Peter that has become a career. The restaurant design reflects mid century elegance through the combination of Taylor’s Classics Benchairs chairs and tables together with a striking Glasgow bench.

Taylor's Classics - The Curing House, middl

T: +44 (0) 17 85 24 04 44

E: sales@taylorsclassics.com

Curtain Focus: Kobe’s Elements collection for hotel glamour

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As 2016 sees the re-emergence of bold colours and motifs in window décor, luxury fabric specialist Kobe brings its Elements collection to hotels looking to blend glitz and glamour with a mix of modern and traditional.

Patterns are a great way of making a statement. Think vivacious hues, bold patterns and innovative designs for the wow factor. Get a dynamic look with an assortment of rich tones and patterned designs to mix and match, creating an exciting heart to any hotel.

Elements collection from Kobe

The Elements collection of 100% flame retardant chic and contemporary fabrics dares to set trends in a palette of rich and neutral tones, complementing the luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics. The cool linen, soft satin and subtle metallic look is a perfect match for geometric, herringbone and medallion designs.

Elements 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
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

QuickWeave Brintons

Brintons is quick off the mark with new QuickWeave collection

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World-renowned carpet manufacturer, Brintons, is launching a new range of carpets to the contract market that offers a shorter turnaround time of six weeks, ideal for installers and hospitality clients who are working on assignments with tight deadlines.

The QuickWeave project is the first of its kind for Brintons and will offer of a range of collections that consist of pre-designed carpet styles, which can be sent directly to the loom, reducing the time associated with custom weaves, due to the design process involved.

Inception will be the first range of designs that will be available through QuickWeave, and is a contemporary collection of over 60 ready to go patterns, available in five pre-set colourways.

QuickWeave Brintons

The designs in Inception are reflective of today’s current trends and are crafted with the high quality, expertise and passion that Brintons is famous for. A variety of design styles have been selected by Brintons’ talented team for use in a versatile range of interiors including hospitality, gaming and leisure. Contemporary patterns complement transitional styles such as plaids, stripes, geometric, abstract and layered design themes.

QuickWeave Brintons

Andrew Wilcock, Group Marketing Manager, comments: “The interiors industry can often be a fast paced environment as many of our clients are working on large scale projects under tight timeframes. That’s why 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.”

The carpets create in Inception will be a range of Axminster carpets that will include the 80% Wool and 20% Nylon blend that Brintons pioneered in the 1950s, and will range from seven to eleven rows.

For more information on Brintons and its range of products and services for the commercial sector, visit www.brintons.net or call 01562 635665.

Lohko fabric range by Scion

Product Spotlight: Lohko fabric range by Scion

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Lohko, is a retro-contemporary range of printed fabrics and voiles with an assertive, architectural feel.

Named after the Finnish word for ‘blocks’, Lohko is a graphic collection, featuring asymmetric motifs, bold slabs of colour and repeating, cut-out geometrics that defy the laws of gravity and proudly break the rules of design.

Lohko fabric range by Scion

From oversized, abstract motifs to sophisticated chevrons and Scandi-chic patterns, the collection channels non-conformity, irrepressible energy and measured exuberance.

The use of specially-developed slub-textured grounds emphasises Lohko’s abstract quality and highlights repetition within the shapes, whilst its colour palette channels vivid colours with a hint of black, and includes new tones for 2016 of Spice, Paprika and Blush.

Zircon mirror range by HiB

Product Spotlight: Zircon mirror by HiB

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Retailers looking to leverage the growing demand for luxury bathroom accessories need look no further than HiB’s new Zircon mirror range.

Guaranteed to ensure broad appeal, the Zircon features a stunning LED illuminated frame giving brilliant quality light ideal for putting on make-up or using the tweezers. Its sleek form and slim depth makes it ideal even in small bathrooms, while the reflection of light creates an illusion of extra space.

More so, there’s no need to get all steamed up about shaving with the Zircon mirror with the integration of a heated pad helping to keep everything crystal clear. It is also operated by a sensor whereby users just need to wave their hand to turn the light on or off.

Zircon can be hung either portrait or landscape and is available in sizes 50cm, 60cm and 80cm.

Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB comments: “Zircon is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for consumers looking to make a real style statement in their bathroom; injecting a contemporary appeal while also creating the illusion of more space and light. With sharp styling and sleek operation, we predict this as the next best-seller amongst our popular mirror portfolio.”

For further information please visit www.hib.co.uk

Amazilia by Harlequin

Curtain Focus: Fabrics by Harlequin

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The Harlequin Studio has produced Amazilia, a stunning collection of fabrics and wallcoverings based on extravagant tropical motifs in magnificent colourways.

The prints characterise the collection, encompassing delicate hummingbirds, botanically-drawn butterflies, fashionable feathers, glossy oversized leaves and etched elephants in stately procession. They are completed by ikat embroideries, trellis-style weaves and a stunning, mosaic-like tapestry weave depicting tessellated tulips.

Amazilia by Harlequin

Fauvisimo is a stunning collection of fabrics, comprising dramatic and painterly designs, inspired by the vibrant colours and bold brushstrokes of the early 20th Century’s Fauvist art movement.

Its prints, which feature British birds, flowers and landscapes, are stunning in their spontaneous, liberated interpretation of the beauty and intensity of colour found in nature. The layering of rich, contrasting tones develops warmth and energy against the cooler backdrop of natural cloth.Harlequin 2016 Fauvisimo_20_LR

The powerful colour palette ranges from cobalt blues and deep magentas to moody greys, sultry black and on-trend mustards, and includes softer highlights of muted greens, blush pinks and honey shades. Including embroideries, jacquards, weaves and prints, Fauvisimo’s refreshing fabrics, with their strong emphasis on colour, will add ebullience and character to any interior scheme.

T: +44 (0) 84 51 26 55 76

E: loughborough@wgbcontracts.com

Driftwood Finish by Bauhaus

Product Spotlight: Driftwood finish from Bauhaus

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Bathroom specialist Bauhaus is proud to introduce the new Driftwood finish, bringing enduring yet sophisticated design to the brand’s Glide ll collection.

Perfect for those looking to embrace the trend for natural materials in the home, the wood veneer finish offers customers a refined take on the ever-popular ‘rough luxe’ interior design style, whilst still retaining all of the range’s signature functionality.

Pair the Driftwood finish with timeless white bathroom fittings to achieve a minimalist Scandinavian space, or for a more dramatic style, look to a darker colour palette. Expertly crafted from superior quality and durable materials, the Driftwood finish offers a deep grained hard-wearing surface, ideal for withstanding the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

Reflecting time-honoured cabinet making skills, the entire Glide ll range epitomises fantastic value, no matter the finish you choose. Designed to cover a variety of individual preferences, select from the collection’s three alternative finishes in Wenge, American Walnut or White Gloss for a crisp and contemporary bathroom design.

Offering ample storage space, a concealed pull down laundry drawer and user-friendly soft closing drawers, the furniture solutions are perfect for creating a practical and stylish space designed to suit the whole family. For a clutter free environment from all of the family’s essentials, choose from multiple layout concepts that sit neatly inside the pull out, soft closing drawers for effortless organisation.

T: +44 (0) 13 22 42 27 43

F: +44 (0) 84 58 73 88 41
E: david.balmer@crosswater-holdings.co.uk

Intercontinental O2 - Distinction Group

Distinction furniture impresses at InterContinental London – The O2

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Since the new five star Intercontinental London – The O2, opened at the beginning of the year it has garnered impressive reviews and already has a reputation for its superior finish throughout and stunning public areas.

London-based family firm Distinction Hotel was brought in by Grove Developments and the Arora Group who required luxury upholstery and case goods for five lounge, bar and restaurant areas. Distinction was also invited to provide desk chairs and sofa beds for the 427-bedroom hotel, with a look and feel inspired by iconic designs.

“We were involved in a lot of the decision making and together we created a distinguished and effective product that is continuously receiving outstanding views from visitors.” says Thomas Elliott, Sales and Marketing Director at Distinction.

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The hotel’s Eighteen Sky Bar is a destination space for hotel residents, a rooftop bar on the 18th floor where far reaching views of the London skyline vie for attention with the stylish and sophisticated interior design and furnishings. Distinction’s bar stools, lounge chairs, sofas and coffee tables welcome visitors and provide the perfect setting to enjoy the impressive view.

Intercontinental 02 - Distinction Hotel Furniture
In the Clipper Bar, huge floor to ceiling windows flood the space with light during the day and provide a panoramic backdrop of the city by night. Carefully considered pieces, including round side tables and coffee tables, ensure the large, airy space is a fresh and inviting place to spend time.


Intercontinental 02 - Distinction Hotel Furniture

The hotel’s Concierge and Meridian lounges feature Distinction armchairs, lounge chairs and sofas as well as tables in a range of finishes in black, glass and metal. Distinction dining chairs and bar stools were selected for the busy all day dining restaurant. The project had a very tight turnaround time and Distinction had just 12 weeks from production drawings to completion of installation. Within this timeframe samples were made and approved, items manufactured, shipped and installed. Specific British fabrics were key to the upholstery designs and sent out to Distinction’s trusted manufacturers in China.

“The excellent communication we had with Arora Group ensured the project was a smooth success” says Thomas Elliott, Sales and Marketing Director at Distinction.

T: +44 (0) 20 77 31 34 60
F: +44 (0) 20 73 84 20 48
E: sales@distinctioncontract.co.uk

Boclair House - Wilton Carpets Commercial

Project Spotlight: Masterclass in luxury by Wilton at Boclair House

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With ambitions for an intimate and luxurious hotel and wedding venue, the interior of Glasgow’s Boclair House Hotel has been transformed with a masterclass in restorative interior design including bespoke carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial.

Built in 1890 in the Gothic Tudor style, Boclair House had been stripped of its original interior features and converted to partitioned offices yet, under new ownership, is now resplendent as one of Scotland’s most luxurious destinations. Commissioned by owner, Manorview Hotels, interior and architecture practice Space I.D has without a doubt created a wonderfully bold sense of opulence and decadence, celebrating the building’s Art Nouveau heritage and stylish glamour of the latter Art Deco period.

Carpets from Wilton have been instrumental in creating the atmospheric interior, fitted right throughout the hotel in an array of truly stunning designs bringing individuality, glamour and wondrous comfort perfectly in keeping with the unapologetic luxury of Boclair House.

“The geometric carpet was a bold move but it works brilliantly with what has been created around it,” comments the team at Space I.D. “As we had a blank canvas, we decided that public areas should have an Art Deco feel as the grand scale and form of the style fitted the space. In more intimate settings such as the bar and restaurant we’ve looked towards the stylised naturalistic design typical of Art Nouveau for the carpet. An elegant and ultimately, incredibly luxurious look.”

Working closely with Wilton designer, Sam Dean, carpets have been created for the public areas, function rooms, bar, restaurant and bedrooms of the hotel. A hexagonal motif in hues of gold and black used in corridors and on stairways is joined by a radiant geometric in tones of charcoal and ruby in the bar and restaurant. In the function room a controlled and simplified damask is given a huge sense of scale, working as a feature on large area rugs throughout.

Boclair House - Wilton Carpets Commercial

“In the function room, we didn’t want a fully carpeted room with a dance floor in the middle, so designed the carpet in sections divided by timber panels. This allows the middle section to be rolled back to reveal the dance floor for the evening party.”

Area rugs can be found elsewhere in Boclair House as Space I.D has used herringbone parquet as borders to runner-style carpets in corridors and as frames within bedrooms. Not only looking incredibly elegant and as if an original feature, these borders and frames provide a visual break between the strong carpet designs. In bedrooms, a multitude of more relaxed style references have been used, a stone hued stria panel bordered with a simple triangular motif in contrasting tones creating a sense of individuality.

“The design experience was highly rewarding as we had total freedom and with Manorview Hotels long history with Wilton Carpets Commercial, we knew we were in good hands when it came to creating carpets that reflected the luxury, intimacy and individuality of this delightful building,” conclude the team at Space I.D.

Some 750 square metres of bespoke woven Axminster in a highly durable nine-row quality have been used throughout in a blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon. Made in Wiltshire with exquisite attention-to-detail, the carpets will provide Boclair House Hotel with a long serviceable life and lasting appearance.

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

Libra magnifying mirror

Product Spotlight: HiB’s Libra magnifying mirror

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HiB revealed its brand new Libra magnifying mirror at Independent Hotel Show for the very first time, effectively setting the bar high for the next generation of magnifying mirrors.

Unlike anything else currently on the market, this incredibly innovative mirror comprises LED illumination with a unique push/pull lighting activation whereby the lighting will automatically switch on when the mirror is pulled towards the user and is accordingly deactivated when pushed back. This means the ultimate in sleek operation for hotel guests when getting ready.

Coupled with this is a sleek, contemporary design and ErP high energy efficiency rating; the result is the height of fashionable appeal and functionality suitable for all types of guest bathroom designs.

Specifically designed for the hotelier, Libra has proven a huge best seller since launching just last September.

Robert Ginsberg, managing director at HiB comments: “As a business, we have recently won numerous contracts to supply a range of innovative design-led bathroom mirrors and cabinets to the hotel sector — with many of our products now on show in some of the most prestigious hotels in the UK, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

Innovation is where we excel and the Libra magnifying mirror is just one of our industry first mirrors designed to help hoteliers create real stand out in the bathroom.”

For more information on HiB’s magnifying mirrors, please visit www.hib.co.uk

Tim Mulle, chief sustainability officer at Pergo

Q&A: Pergo’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Tim Mulle

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In our guest blog last week, Hotel Designs Directory members Pergo shared their ethos and approach to environmentally responsible and sustainability-conscious design and manufacture of their products. This week, their chief sustainability officer Tim Mulle expands on this and explains in more detail…

Q. How does Pergo view sustainability?
A. Unusually for our industry we have a whole department dedicated to covering all aspects of sustainability. This means that we can make significant commitments such as an almost energy-neutral production cycle for our lamination process. Nearly all the heat needed comes from the burning of the waste products of the process itself.

Q. Other industries such as technology have built-in obsolescence that drives future sales. Why does Pergo manufacture products that last so long?
A. Obsolescence is not our strategy. We offer excellence in durability because we believe that the long life of our products is the best solution for all of our futures. We would rather grow our business by having our customers as our best advertisers.

Q. How important are the various certifications regarding sustainability?
A. These are important but becoming confusing in the market place as there are so many — LEED, FSC, Nordic Swan, PEFC, to name a few. We are going to have to start manufacturing longer floorboards just to put all the different logos on! Currently we are working on an initiative to actively develop a single, new label that will allow consumers to better understand sustainability.

For more information on Pergo’s sustainability commitment and their products, visit www.pro.pergo.co.uk
T: +447584459226

M: +447584459226
E: laura.sandles@unilin.co.uk

Geberit Sigma30 flush plate

Product Spotlight: Geberit expands popular Sigma30 flush plate range

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Geberit has expanded its best-selling Sigma range of flush plates with the addition of the Geberit Sigma30. With a choice of either a single or dual flush version the Sigma30 is perfect for a modern finish in any bathroom.

Manufactured from high quality materials, the flushplate has an easy flushing action for user comfort and is simple to install, with tool-free fast adjustment.

A stylish addition to the bathroom and the perfect accompaniment to wall-hung sanitaryware, the Geberit Sigma30 has a large rectangular profile with chrome design detail.

Geberit Sigma30 chrome

The Sigma30 dual flush plate is available in six colours including white, black, gloss chrome, and matt chrome variants, while the single flush plate is available in three colours: white, gloss chrome and brushed chrome.

The range also includes a choice of urinal flush plates, and comes in six colours which match the Geberit Type10 WC flush buttons and zinc die cast plates.

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Ambience illuminated mirror by HiB

Product Spotlight: Ambience illuminated mirrors by HiB

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HiB is continuing to push boundaries in bathroom mirror innovation with the launch of its beautiful and incredibly innovative new Ambience range.

In an industry first, the Ambience mirror offers a cool to warm white selector via a small touch switch. This enables users to fluctuate between the extremes of warm and cool illumination, and anything in between, in order to pick the perfect lighting to match their bathroom style or the time of day.

Equally, style is accounted for. Simple yet striking in design, the Ambience features a contemporary, curved rectangular form and elegant backlit glow, creating the perfect bathroom focal point and adding a real ‘wow factor’.

Ambience illuminated mirror by HiB

As with all HiB mirrors, the Ambiance range is fitted with a heated pad to keep it steam free and crystal clear at all times. Also, each mirror employs the latest in LED technology resulting in not only a brilliant illumination but optimal energy saving – with LED’s typically offering energy savings of up to 80%.

The Ambience range is available in sizes 50, 60 and 120 and be hung either landscape or portrait to suit the space and style of the bathroom concept.

Steve Kaye, marketing director at HiB comments: “As a business committed to product excellence, we’re always trying to enhance our product range to provide the ultimate solution for customers.

Ambience illuminated mirror by HiB

“Inherently, we’ve found that the majority of consumers are simply not aware of the dramatic difference which the choice of light colouring can bring to their bathroom. As such, we have specifically developed the Ambience to enable users to change their lighting temperature to match their bathroom setting – whether opting for cool white for a crisp, fresh look or warm white for a softer setting – and anywhere in between.

“Added to this, Ambience boasts sleek good looks and a contemporary appeal – guaranteed to make it the ‘go-to’ mirror of choice for consumers wanting to add the perfect ambience to their bathroom design.”

For further information please visit www.hib.co.uk
+44(0)20 8441 0352

Throughout its exciting schedule at Clerkenwell Design Week Brintons is inviting design savvy visitors to join them at its London Design Centre between the 24th to the 26th May

Brintons Carpets: ‘The future of design at Clerkenwell Design Week’

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Brintons will be at the centre of the creative hub during Clerkenwell Design Week, as the leading manufacturer unveils its new QuickWeave collection and hosts a range of talks from leading interiors experts.

Throughout its exciting schedule Brintons is inviting design savvy visitors to join them at its London Design Centre for Clerkenwell Design Week between the 24th to the 26th May as they host a range of drop-in sessions, including talks from interiors experts from Birmingham City University, Houzz and design duo the 2 Lovely Gays.

The QuickWeave range is perfect for installations where timing is of the essence as it is a range of pre-designed carpets designs, which can be sent directly to the loom, reducing the time associated with custom weaves. The first QuickWeave collection is Inception, which is a range of 60 ready to go patterns, each of contemporary styles and available in five colourways. There are 16 colours in its palette, which are reflective of today’s current trends.

24th May – Trend Project Talk
The Trends project presents the pinnacle of design with final year BA Textile Design students at Birmingham City University creating a range of new designs inspired by two trends forecast by Colour Hive for Autumn/Winter 2016/17: ‘Strata’ and ‘Play’. John Hall, Exhibitions Manager at Parkside Gallery, and Jean Ensell, Textiles Lecturer at BCU, will be holding a talk on the Trends project, and how and why they use them. They will also go on to explore how the project works and the importance of industry engagement for its students, who are the new talent pipeline into the wider design industry.

25th May – 1pm – 4pm – Expert advice from the 2 Lovely Gays
Interior designers the 2 Lovely Gays will hold a range of one-to-one sessions to help members of the public with any interior design queries they may have. Ranging from how to customise a room to what colours work well together, those taking part can get one-to-one advice from the interior designers who found their fame on BBC’s The Great Interior Design Challenge. 2 Lovely Gays at Clerkenwell Design Week

Anyone wishing to take part can book timeslot online to get the chance to join Jordan and Russell at the London Design Centre. For those unable to attend, they will hold a question and answer session on the social channels and their top tips will be posted throughout the day.

26th May 10am – 3pm Design profile advice from Houzz
Leading online home renovation and design platform, Houzz, will be hosting one-to-one drop in profile consultations with their representatives on the 26th May. Aimed at design business owners, it will be offering top tips to businesses to help ensure they are maximising their exposure to homeowners who plan projects through the online platform.

Trends and Tips Talk 12.30pm
Houzz will also be hosting a ‘Trends and Tips’ talk at 12.30pm, teaching visitors what colours, materials and finishing choices are trending on Houzz and the steps they can take to maximise their exposure.

24th – 26th May – Exhibitions
Through the archives
Brintons’ Archivist Yvonne Smith will be holding an archive exhibition throughout the week, which will explore designs through the ages. The archive holds over 100,000 unique designs dating back to the late 1700s, and Yvonne will be displaying a sample of designs for people to view and discuss the gems of the archive.

Yvonne Smith at Clerkenwell Design Week

Birmingham City University Trends Project Installation
Birmingham City University (BCU) will be displaying installations based on student’s work to celebrate the future of interior design. BA Textile Design students from BCU used Brintons’ latest technologies to create two carpet designs for their final year Trend project.

To book to attend any of the sessions at the Clerkenwell Design Week at Brintons’ London Design Centre visit www.brintons.net/clerkenwell/.

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Curtain Focus: Sanderson’s Woodland Walk fabric range

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The first Sanderson fabric range of printed cottons was produced in 1919. The Sanderson range of designer fabrics today includes printed designs on cotton, linen and silk, together with jacquard and dobby weaves, embroideries, sheers and a wide range of plains suitable for curtains, upholstery and soft furnishings. Below, Sanderson describes its Woodland Walk range…

Walking through nature has been a favourite British pastime since the Victorians first extolled its virtue.

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Wisteria and Butterfly

We take joy in strolling through the countryside – be it a ramble with family and good friends at the weekend, or a walk each evening accompanied by man’s best friend. The quiet influence of nature is restful; we take pleasure in a tranquil spot away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The outdoors revives our senses, makes us feel alive.

Sanderson’s ‘Woodland Walk’ collection for spring 2016 evokes all of these treasured sentiments. Inspired by British woodlands and wildlife, the cloths are natural, the imagery beautifully hand-drawn and painted. All the elements of the collection work together harmoniously to create a sophisticated, modern country style.

Wisteria and Butterfly - Woodland Walk range

Wisteria and Butterfly

The collection comprises eight prints, and four embroideries. The Woodland Walk Wallpapers, Woodland Plains and Ashridge Weaves collections are also available to complement the offer.

T: +44 (0) 84 51 26 55 76
F: +44 (0) 84 51 23 68 11
E: denham@wgbcontracts.com

HiB - staying ahead of the curve in 2016

Guest Blog – HiB: Stay ahead of the ‘curve’ in 2016

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Moving on from last year’s trend for angular, minimalist bathrooms, HiB has predicted that the next 12 months will see a distinguishable shift towards soft, organic curves.

Steve Kaye, marketing director at HiB said: “Bathrooms are continuing to move away from a conventional angular feel, with consumers abandoning flat doors and sharp square corners in favour of natural curves.”

“With the right design and planning, curves can create a feeling of space by softening the edges of the bathroom. Plus, by mixing and matching the rounded corners of their bathroom furniture, consumers can create a look that is truly unique.”

Most recently HiB introduced a variation on its best-selling flagship Globe mirror – the Orb. Simple yet striking in design, the Orb mirror features a contemporary, curved form and elegant backlit glow, adding a soft yet dramatic impact making the bathroom beautiful.

HiB's best-selling flagship Globe mirror – the Orb

HiB’s best-selling flagship Globe mirror – the Orb

Steve adds: “As with all HiB mirrors, the Orb range is fitted with a heated pad to keep it steam free and crystal clear at all times. Also, each mirror includes the latest in LED technology resulting in not only a brilliant illumination but optimal energy saving and is sensor activated – for ultimate ease of use.”

The Orb mirror is available in two sizes (H70 x W50cm) and (H80 x W60cm) and can be hung landscape or portrait.

For further information please visit www.hib.co.uk

Das Design Competition - Hansgrohe USA

Hansgrohe USA calls on architects, designers for Das Design competition

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Hansgrohe USA is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 3rd annual Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. A manufacturer of innovative and exceptionally designed kitchen and bath products since 1901, Hansgrohe has attracted the eye of discerning building trade professionals for over a century.

The competition aims to celebrate this tradition and recognise outstanding recently built projects that feature the Hansgrohe and Axor brands. In the 2016 program, US architects and designers are invited to enter projects from the last five years. These must incorporate Hansgrohe or Axor products that contribute to innovative or inspiring environments in residential and hospitality/commercial properties. From large hotels to multi-family spaces and single-family homes, Hansgrohe is looking for outstanding projects of all types and scales.

Hansgrohe USA President, Erik Christensen, states: “It is exciting for us to see how the products we work so hard to design, manufacture and sell, become a fixture in properties across the globe. Now in its third consecutive year, the Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition allows us to discover new projects, as well as recognise excellence. Ultimately, it is thanks to talented architects and designers that our products perform so successfully in the built environment.”

Das Design Competition

Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 1, 2011 and August 12, 2016 are eligible for entry. There are two categories of entry: Residential and Hospitality/Commercial. Entry is free and can be done completely online at www.dasdesigncomp.com. Entrants will be required to include brief descriptions about their project including their selection and integration of Hansgrohe or Axor products.

A jury of leading A&D industry professionals including architects, designers leading media, and representatives from Hansgrohe or Axor will select the winners. Entries will be evaluated against five criteria: the quality of the overall design of the project and the integration of Hansgrohe or Axor products into the scheme; the degree that Hansgrohe/Axor products enhance the design and functionality of the space; the consideration of the environment and sustainability in the design; the quality of installation; and the extent of use of Hansgrohe/Axor products.

The first place winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and will be eligible to attend a VIP trip to the Black Forest of Germany and the ISH Show. The first place winners and three honorable mentions in each category will be awarded a plaque recognising their achievements.

Entry deadline: Friday, August 12, 2016.

Bauhaus Svelte

Product Spotlight: New corner unit joins Svelte range by Bauhaus

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Space-saving design without compromising on style, the new Svelte corner unit is the latest addition to Bauhaus’ best-selling Svelte furniture collection.

Making the most of every inch of space, the wall-mounted unit is the smart choice for smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms. A hugely practical offering, Svelte’s signature curves and seamless finish have been incorporated into this stylishly compact unit that fits perfectly into most corners.

Deep double drawers provide ample storage for toiletries and cleaning material, with up to 40kg capacity for heavier items, and are complete with soft close runners to provide a smooth and quiet closing motion.

Offering a look to suit all bathing spaces, Svelte Corner is available in four contemporary finishes: Matt Coffee, Eucalyptus, American Walnut and White Gloss.

Complemented against the crisp white surface of the inset marble basin, opt for a minimalist look with a combination of white-on-white, or combine with the warm tones of the wood-effect finish for a luxurious, hotel-inspired appeal.

As with all designs in the Svelte collection, the lacquered and veneered finishes feature a ground-breaking and permanent anti-bacterial treatment called ACTIVE, as standard. ACTIVE guarantees unlimited protection and reduces the proliferation of common bacteria by more than 99%, making this the ideal choice for busy family bathrooms.

Svelte Corner Unit with Cast Mineral Marble Basin:
Eucalyptus: £1,159
White Gloss: £1,029
American Walnut: £1,159
Matt Coffee: £1,064

T: +44 (0) 13 22 42 27 43
F: +44 (0) 84 58 73 88 41
E: David.balmer@crosswater-holdings.co.uk

Pergo Environment

Guest Blog – Pergo: ‘Meeting demands of the environmentally conscious…’

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Eco-consciousness and sustainability is having more and more of an impact on how hotels are designed and built – not to mention how they are decorated inside. Guests are becoming savvy and expect hotel groups to offer a product that meets their standards of environmental responsibility; much the same way as they do with their food products or their cars.

Guest bloggers and Hotel Designs Directory members Pergo talk below about how their products are being used by ecologically-minded hoteliers and designers…

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Environmental issues press more and more heavily on us all as the realisation of the fragility of our planet begins to dawn on us. Who can honestly say these days that they don’t look at the provenance and number of artificial additives in their products or the overall ecological promises of a brand?

Hotel guests are equally insistent. What are the corporate and socially responsibility ambitions of the hotel operator? The travel managers of large corporates do not allow bookings at hotels that do not meet their own minimum standards for recycling and waste management, re-use, local sourcing, the environmental-suitability of cleaning products and similar criteria.

Pergo Environment

These factors are used to judge whether or not your hotel makes it on the preferred supplier list of companies who need thousands of room nights every year. At a more personal level, checks on the availability of hypoallergenic pillows and whether or not the hotel has got carpets or wood floors are becoming more commonplace from health-conscious guests.

And surely the most environmentally-sound products are those that last forever. Stone is a good example. Take a marble bath surround that never has to be replaced then. Putting aside the environmental costs of procurement and installation, it is truly sustainable.

Similarly Pergo’s commitment to quality means that they can offer lifetime warranties on most of their products. Not only does this express supreme confidence it also shows a commitment to a sustainable future. Another commitment by Pergo is to only use wood sourced from sustainable forests having either the FSC or PEFC certification. Every tree used is replaced and therefore CO2 emissions are naturally stored in the wood flooring. How neat is that!?

For more information on Pergo’s sustainability commitment and their products, visit pro.pergo.co.uk
T: +447584459226

M: +447584459226
E: laura.sandles@unilin.co.uk

Pergo Quiet Floors

Guest Blog – Pergo: ‘Sweet dreams are made of underlay flooring…’

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A good night’s sleep is, without doubt, one of the key selling points and minimum requirements of a hotel. Attention is rightly paid to a whole host of factors to ensure it’s delivered – the bed, the mattress, the pillows, the corridor acoustics. But what about flooring? Limiting noise from above and below a room is just as important to ensuring guests’ ‘beauty sleep’, something Hotel Directory members Pergo know all about and discuss below…

A ‘home-from-home’ might be what you think you want from a hotel experience but the reality is not necessarily the case.

Cosy and comfortable, yes. But if you live in a period home, do you really want its creaks and squeaks repeated on the road? The expansion and contraction of heating pipes, the creaking floorboards and stair treads that almost become endearing little storytellers of your home.

Prime amongst the components of a good night’s sleep is quiet. The life of the traveller is filled with clutter. Especially for those enduring a new or unfamiliar city. There maybe issues of language, food, directions, time zones, internet access, etc. The fewer distractions when trying to recharge and recuperate the better.

Pergo Quiet Floors

Therefore, sound-proofing guestrooms is a no-brainer. Fail to pay attention to this and watch those TripAdvisor ratings crash, noisily, to the floor. All noise is a nuisance. For the sleeper, silence is golden. Problematically this peace can be “attacked’ from all sides. From this side or that.

Rooms need to be sound-proofed from one to the other, from the corridor and externally. There are specific technical ratings for wall and door components plus the room’s glazing that help towards minimising these sources of disruption. From above or below. Whilst the in-room acoustics are largely taken care of by the many absorbing materials such as curtains, blinds, artwork, loose furnishings, rugs and bed linens, the noise transmission between rooms is a major issue.

Hard flooring surfaces may look great, wear well and be extremely hygienic but the writing is on the wall or floor, or even ceiling above you. They can be noisy. The clatter, clump and click of your neighbour’s shoes. The screech and scratch of furniture being moved around. All disturbing your sleep.

Pergo Quiet Floors

For a reduction in noise transmission from both corridors and adjacent rooms Pergo’s underlays have proven qualities. Extensive trials and testing using scenarios with and without underlay in specifically constructed laboratory conditions show performance gains in the reduction of the spread of noise.

Take, for example, vinyl. Pergo’s underlay sees the index for the absorption of impact sounds rise from 4dB to 18dB. A significant improvement in the amount of sound absorbed by the underlay. Sleep tight!

For more information on Pergo’s sound-absorbing underlay and other products in their range, visit http://pro.pergo.co.uk

CORSHAM Sofa - Gallery Direct

Product Spotlight: New made-to-order pieces by Gallery Direct

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At the forefront of design, Gallery Direct is always looking to the future to provide and develop products that continue to stay ahead of trend. For 2016 they launched over 160 exciting new pieces at the January Furniture Show.

The new products are featured in Gallery’s Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook. Alongside this, they have now produced a Design Directory which contains their entire catalogue. Included in this, for the first time, Gallery are offering a made-to-order service on a range of upholstered products. This new service offers clients the opportunity to add a touch of individual style and personality to their furniture; from simple elegance to a bold statement piece, the selection available allows customers to create their own look, offering choices to suit all tastes and styles of interior.

In keeping with all Gallery’s products, their stunning new range of made-to-order furniture focuses on high quality and close attention to detail. The selection of timeless designs is beautifully handcrafted in the UK. As part of this collection of stunning upholstered furniture, Gallery Direct have an extensive range of over 50 luxury fabrics, offering a wide variety of colours, patterns and textures.

With a choice of 11 different products available as part of their made-to-order service, including sofa beds, sofas, chairs and a bed, Gallery Direct has recreated classic furniture and updated it to suit modern day interiors, whilst retaining timeless manufacturing methods in order to produce pieces with long lasting appeal and durability. Featuring an armchair, sofa and sofa bed, the Corsham collection (pictured above), can be combined to give a coordinated overall look to an interior or each piece can stand on its own in simple and understated luxury. These plush furnishings offer comfort and flexibility and, with the wide selection of fabrics to choose from, all the products are highly adaptable to any interior.

The glamourous Piccadilly takes influence from the iconically designed Chesterfield style sofa; featuring elegant scroll arms and fine upholstered button detailing, this truly is a statement piece. The Piccadilly is available as a fixed sofa and as a sofa bed.

PICCADILLY Sofa Bed - Gallery Direct


Designed with both style and comfort in mind, the two sofa beds offer classy yet practical solutions to guest visits. For superior seating comfort they feature bands, whilst high quality slats give a firm sleeping comfort. Couple this with a sumptuous 12cm thick mattress, and the Corsham and Piccadilly truly offer the ultimate in luxury sofa beds. Also part of the made-to-order collection is the Paddington Large Wing Chair, the Bloomsbury Rectangle Footstool and the Southwark Square Footstool. All incorporate fine upholstered button detailing, to offer a sophisticated finish; they complement the Piccadilly beautifully or make stunning stand-alone feature pieces.

For a more understated, yet elegant look, the Pimlico Small Wing Chair offers a classic design that can suit a range of interiors, both contemporary and traditional. This timeless piece can accompany a selection of furniture and with the made-to-order service, individuality can be added by the selection of fabric, making it an extremely adaptable design.
Modern and practical, the Hoxton Tub Chair gives a contemporary take on the classic armchair; with a low profile back and subtle wooden legs, this piece can bring a room to life or add to an existing interior theme. Create a statement piece by selecting a bold fabric or for a subtle approach, select one of the understated yet elegant choices.

The chairs, sofas and sofa beds are all constructed with a high quality timber frame, and the sofa beds feature a heavy duty, two fold easy open and close mechanism, ensuring these pieces are extremely sturdy, long-lasting products. Bold and glamorous, the Strand Bedstead demonstrates the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail; this classic boudoir style bed with luxurious fully upholstered button detail brings together the finest materials to give a striking finish. The eye-catching made-to-order bed is available in three different sizes with high and low foot end versions. The Strand is a truly versatile design to create your own style from boutique hotel to contemporary loft living.

To complement the Strand, Gallery Direct has also introduced a range of high quality mattresses which are handmade in the UK by their team of craftsmen. Adding a touch of individual boldness to today’s contemporary style, Gallery Direct’s stunning new range of made-to-order furniture offers a selection of beautifully designed products that can be personalised to suit different taste and interiors.

Year after year Gallery Direct continually delivers new ideas and on-trend, design led products which combine the best of traditional craftsmanship with new technology and exciting materials. With constant development and introduction of new product lines, it is clear to see why Gallery continue to go from strength to strength. With their huge product offering now including their made-to-order pieces, they truly are the complete home furnishing solution.

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Pergo Flooring example in Beijing

Q&A: Pergo’s Design Director, Oke Nollet

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An enormous amount of strain is put on a hotel’s flooring, especially in the public areas. It stands to reason that it needs to be able to withstand a high level of wear-and-tear. Functionality is key. The difficult part, however, for manufacturers is creating a product that fits the bill from a designer’s perspective as well.

With more than 35 years experience in the flooring industry, Hotel Designs Directory members Pergo has been at the forefront of successfully doing just that. Recently, the firm’s Design Director Oke Nollet shared her thoughts on getting design just right…

Pergo Design Director Oke NolletQ. How do you see the market today in terms of consumer desires?
A. We see two broad consumer trends. The nostalgic group who appreciate artisanship, authenticity, real woods and stone. Then there is the Past Forward to the Future set. They accept imitation. In fact they think imitation is fantastic. There is a desire for traditional materials but they want the superior performance of technically advanced products. I call it ‘faux bois’. An extension of the idea of ‘faux fur’ in fashion.

Q. What are the main interior trends you are seeing currently?
A. The main trend is ‘perfection vs imperfection’. You see it everywhere, from fashion to architecture to interior design. These days, perfection conveys a certain sobriety that nevertheless exudes style and elegance. This is why Scandinavian design is back. Next to that we embrace imperfections; wooden floors are therefore allowed to exhibit cracks and deviations. These natural deviations add a touch of warmth and nonchalance to an interior In terms of colours, fashion is the pioneer.

We will see warmer oranges and browns coming through, to offset all the black furniture that is around. Nevertheless, grey floors will be everywhere and combine perfectly with trendy styles such as the new Memphis. In term of materials, as our lives are accelerating, we want to stay in touch with nature so there is a development towards more floral and plant-influenced design using botanical prints and lots of plants in our interiors.

Pergo Sensation laminate flooring

Q. And how are these trends interpreted at Pergo?
A. We have a dedicated in-house design team looking at general design trends and how they can be implemented across different sectors such as hospitality, retail and healthcare. We are able to react pretty quickly to what is happening so we look about 12 months ahead.

For example, we wanted to use pinewood to give us that Scandinavian-look but the softness of pine makes it unsuitable for the demands of flooring. Imagine the impact of each and every high heel on a pine floor! So we have used patterns directly from Norwegian pine boards to create a super tough laminate alternative. This is the perfect, natural-looking brushed white pine in our new Sensations range.


Pergo (unilin bvba – division flooring)
Ooigemstraat 3
8710 Wielsbeke

T: +447584459226

Product Spotlight: Geberit Duofix Sigma framing system

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Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cmEnabling architects to create sustainable, environmentally-friendly bathroom and washroom spaces, the market-leading Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cm framing system has been re-launched with a number of modifications.

With regulations regarding energy and water usage in building design becoming ever-more stringent, the new Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cm achieves an A*** on the WELL label, enabling it to meet environmental standards on many projects.

Helping to save water on commercial and domestic projects alike, the integrated cistern in the re-designed framing system has an adjustable flushing volume. Factory set at a flush of 6 and 3 litres, the cistern can be adjusted to lower flush volumes of 4 and 3 litres, without compromising on its performance.

A more versatile design option than ever before, the Geberit Duofix Sigma8cm is now narrower at 50cm wide and is suitable for a diverse range of applications as it can be used with all styles of ceramic, from shallow pans, to long projection WCs. Also, compatible with the Geberit AquaClean shower toilet range, the new frame can be used to introduce the very latest toilet technology into bathroom designs.

The Sigma8cm 2016 is now compatible with all Sigma flush plates and pneumatic flush buttons (except Sigma40) for creativity of design in the modern bathroom.

01926 516800 // www.geberit.co.uk

Kobe UK

Kobe UK Irish Interiors Showcase preview

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, will showcase a number of contemporary and premium fabric collections at the Irish Interiors Showcase in May.

Kobe’s Elements, which was awarded ‘Top Product’ by Design Insider at the Independent Hotel Show in London, is a range of 100% flame retardant fabrics for both domestic and contract window décor and soft furnishings.

A palette of rich and neutral tones complements the sophisticated collection of luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics. Their cool linen, soft satin and subtle metallic look is a perfect match for the geometric, herringbone and medallion designs.

Kobe’s new, Art Deco inspired Elegance collection, features statement pieces combined with timeless plains and semi plains in sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool linen and soft silk feel fabrics. Metallic tones to gentle graceful hues, complement the intricate geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns,

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

For further information visit www.en.kobe.eu

Console table in Detroit furniture range - Gallery Direct

Product Spotlight: Detroit furniture range by Gallery Direct

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The Detroit furniture range from Gallery Direct’s Hudson Living furniture collection offers a cool and contemporary finish to any interior.

This striking range of occasional pieces features solid European Oak with a brushed, dry oiled finished, combined with tops that are manufactured using a faux concrete resin floated on by hand as a screen to achieve the natural undulating characteristics of freshly laid concrete.

The Detroit furniture range consists of a selection of different table styles, so whether you want a stand alone console table or a nest of two tables, this collection will add an understated modern industrial touch to a room.

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Modulex - Bath Spa

Award-winning Bath spa works with Modulex’s signage

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With a restrained and elegant range of environmental graphics Modulex complement the scheme created by New York based Champalimaud Design in collaboration with EPR Architects for the luxurious Gainsborough Bath Spa in Bath which opened last year and has since gone on to be awarded the prestigious Tatler Spa Awards 2016.

The period details of the elegant Georgian architecture in Bath have been subtly incorporated into the designs whilst adhering to the international brand concept created by Malaysian YTL Hotels for their first venture in the UK.

Although in classic Georgian and Victorian buildings the inspiration behind the overall scheme also come from its site on a former Roman Bath House and continues its original purpose with eleven treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, ice chamber, natural thermal water pools and a new double-height glass atrium roof enclosing the pool.

Working in collaboration with Champalimaud Design, Modulex have utilised their print technology to create subtle effects by printing to the rear of their standard Infinity Glass product and then applying a protective laminate in order that they maintain their appearance for many years complementing the harmonious architecture of this 5 star luxury hotel.

To contact the Projects Team email: info@modulex.com

StrandUpholstered Bed - Gallery Direct

Product Spotlight: Stunning new beds from Gallery Direct

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Gallery Direct are renowned for their constant development and success within the home furnishing industry. With their continual introductions of new product lines, it is clear that there is never a quiet moment for the Gallery team.

As part of their 2016 product launch, Gallery Direct have developed a range of new beds that are design led, personality pieces that combine the best of traditional craftsmanship with up-to-date technology and exciting materials. Three of these beds are part of on-trend furniture collections that take influence from Nordic and Scandinavian style.

The Wycombe, Marlow and Kielder ranges demonstrate the attention to detail and innovation of these aspiring products. Each range shows individuality yet comes together to bring a touch of Scandinavian style to a home, whilst offering practicality and iconic design. James Hudson, Business Development Director – Furniture, commented, “Our Kielder, Wycombe and Marlow ranges offer coordinated looks for both upstairs and downstairs living. With their quality materials and craftsmanship, competitive pricing and universal appeal across different generations, they provide really commercial designs.”

Gallery Direct - Marlow Collection

Gallery Direct – Marlow Collection

Kielder Bed and Bedside Table - Gallery Direct

Kielder Bed and Bedside Table – Gallery Direct

The beautifully crafted and simply elegant Heligan Bedstead is made using the traditional Lloyd Loom method. With a reputation for strength and longevity, this modern and sophisticated design offers the perfect finish to the most stylish of bedrooms. Available to fit standard double and king mattress sizes, Heligan comes in a delicate light grey with a soft, satin finish and solid mindy ash legs, bringing a touch of cool and unprecedented calm. This charming and timeless bed can be complimented by Gallery Direct’s extensive range of Lloyd Loom occasional furniture from their Hudson Living range.

Heligan Bedstead - Gallery Direct

Heligan Bedstead – Gallery Direct

Bold and glamorous, the Strand Bedstead from Gallery demonstrates the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail; this classic boudoir style bed with luxurious fully upholstered button detail brings together the finest materials to give a striking finish. The stunning made-to-order bed is available in three different sizes with high and low foot end versions. The Strand is available in over 50 new fabrics, making it a truly versatile design to create your own style from boutique hotel to contemporary loft living.

Strand Low Foot End Upholstered Bed - Gallery Direct

Strand Low Foot End Upholstered Bed – Gallery Direct

Alongside their exciting new bed collection, Gallery now offer a range of mattresses that are handmade in the UK. The new mattress collection consists of two high quality mattress types. The Comfort Range of no-turn mattresses has a contemporary style with a quilted top and pocket springs. Made using memory foam with silk, cashmere and latex fillings, the mattress focuses on comfort and high quality that is expected from all Frank Hudson products. The Luxury Mattress Collection is a turnable mattress range using hand stitched sides, pocket springs and luxury fillings such as pashmina, cashmere and alpaca. Both mattresses compliment the wide collection of beds, and are the perfect finish to any bedroom. Gallery Direct is truly a one-stop shop.

Marlow bed + Kielder - Gallery Direct

Marlow bed + Kielder – Gallery Direct

At the forefront of design, Gallery are always looking to the future to provide and develop products that continue to stay ahead of trend. Along with the Strand Bedstead, they have introduced a range of made-to-order upholstered furniture pieces. All are beautifully handmade in the UK and are available in the choice of 50 fabrics, to offer clients the opportunity to add a touch of individual style and personality to their furniture. It is clear to see why year after year they continue to go from strength to strength.

T 01795 439159
E sales@gallerydirect.co.uk

Statuario Maxima - Caesarstone

Product Spotlight: ‘Ultra-Natural’ Statuario Maximus by Caesarstone

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Caesarstone has extended its premium Ultra-Natural range of quality quartz worktops with the launch of Statuario Maximus, which has the appearance of natural stone.

A marble-inspired design, Statuario Maximus is a bold new surface, featuring intricate warm grey veins which sweep across a soft white base, enriched by delicate background veins. Caesarstone is a beautiful engineered quartz stone, ideal for virtually any interior surface including kitchens and bathrooms.

The company’s countertops are durable and hard-wearing, making them suitable for practically any setting. With four times the flexural strength of granite, Statuario Maximus by Caesarstone is non porous, scratch and stain resistant.

Statuario Maxima - Caesarstone

A versatile option for the contemporary or traditional setting, Statuario Maximus’s natural appearance combines beautifully with other materials in the kitchen and bathroom, including stainless steel, timber and ceramic. Statuario Maximus is available in thicknesses of 20mm and 30mm and is guaranteed for 15 years.

For more details call 01706 863 600 or visit www.caesarstone.co.uk

Tewkesbury Park

Tewkesbury Park completes second phase of extensive renovations

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The second phase of a two-year renovation at Tewkesbury Park has been completed at a cost of £4 million, with the addition of nine luxury suites, two meeting rooms, an Orangery and a cocktail lounge.

Cleverly utilising the property’s historic features, by employing the original structures and grand fireplaces, the décor is regal, yet contemporary, without pretentiousness. Besides the generous bedrooms where king-size and twin beds await, bathrooms are palatial, with the addition of opulent slipper bathtubs taking pride of place in the bathrooms of King Richard III and King Edward IV Suites.

Luxuriously appointed by reputed interior designer, ADS-Design, who have skilfully drawn upon the historical legacy of Tewkesbury Park by working to subtly weave in the area’s story. All suites, along with the new meeting rooms take their namesakes from key characters who fought in the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury. Besides the famous historical link, HD Directory members Zoffany – alongside Osbourne & Little – fabrics and soft furnishings reflect the Tewkesbury surroundings; warm soft country tones complement carefully sourced contemporary fixtures and fittings, conveying a rich and distinguished countryside ambience.

Further new additions include the sumptuous Orangery and Cocktail Lounge, along with the Duke of Gloucester and Earl of Warwick meeting rooms, which have dramatically been transformed by celebrated interior designer, Jane Clayton & Company.

Photography at Tewkesbury Park, Spring 2016

Photography at Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Spring 2016

Besides the multi-million pound new additions, the first phase saw all 85 guestrooms receive a complete refurbishment with plush new interiors, new beds from HD Directory members Hypnos and 40″ inch flat screen TVs. Executive doubles and twins are ideal for corporate guests, while family and interconnecting rooms are perfect for leisure guests. Conference and banqueting suites accommodate up to 200 guests. Work to the main foyer and reception is still being carried out and is scheduled for completion in late spring. Two brand new spa rooms will be completed early summer.

Commenting; Patrick Jones, the new general manager, said: “We are thrilled with the results so far, the hotel is undergoing a complete renaissance and deserves to be brought back to the magnificent property it once was. The McIntosh Family who bought the hotel in 2014, are to be congratulated for having the vision and belief in its potential and staff. Not only are we a great leisure hotel, with our 18-hole golf course and leisure club, but with the investment that has been poured into our meeting facilities, coupled with our superb location, logistically we are perfect for the corporate user.”

Click here to contact Zoffany in the Directory
Click here to contact Hypnos in the Directory

Signbox - Outdoor signage solutions

Company Spotlight: Signbox – time to consider outdoor signage…

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Exterior signage will often be the first contact that a visitor has with a property. Signbox knows this. Signage schemes should welcome, inform, direct and protect, but that vital first impression also speaks volumes about what a hotel stands for and what it represents.

External signage solutions demand a holistic, harmonised approach that addresses issues from aesthetics, navigation to corporate branding, so Signbox takes time to analyse what the organisation and its environment calls for before creating an architectural signage scheme that will look and feel right.

Signbox - Outdoor signage solutions

Can your signs weather the perfect storm?
With the aftermath of Storm Katy still in the headlines, now is the perfect time to audit your external signage. Out of sight and out of mind is no reason not to check your brand is illuminating 24|7 and a quick visual inspection could avoid any structural weakness becoming a problem. High quality architectural signage is a wise investment and Signbox provides a range of solutions to ensure your sign is not ‘Gone with the Wind’!

A single point resource
Signbox invests without compromise; every signage and way-finding solution created has been designed and manufactured in-house using the smartest, most sustainable materials possible and some of the industry’s most cutting-edge technologies including revolutionary, large format print using the latest Greenguard certified inks – confirming its commitment to the environment.

T: +44 (0) 1784 438688

Tempesta-F trigger spray by GROHE

Product Spotlight: Tempesta-F 30 trigger spray by GROHE

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Offering powerful precision in a beautiful minimalist design, combined with high-quality features and precise water distribution, the new Tempesta-F 30 trigger spray by GROHE is the new synonym for hygiene in the bathroom.

It is designed by the firm’s award-winning in-house design team and manufactured in its plant in Lahr-Black Forest, Germany. As the latest addition to the GROHE New Tempesta shower family, it continues the tradition of combining modern timeless aesthetics with highest functionality.

Tempesta-F trigger spray by GROHEFrom injection moulding and galvanising of plastic components to assembly, quality inspection and packing — proven expertise and diligent work at every stage of the process are key to the high quality of GROHE showers — for the benefit of consumers around the world. For an even sturdier solution, the new range of GROHE Sena 35 trigger sprays, which feature a strong metal body and a new valve for extra safety are on point.

The all-in-one valve automatically closes the water supply when you replace the spray, therefore averting the risk of accidental flooding. The Sena valve is also available in combination with our new Tempesta-F 30 trigger sprays.

T: +44 (0) 87 12 00 34 14

HRH Duke of York opening Hypnos contract factory

HRH Duke of York opens new Hypnos contract factory

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Luxury bed manufacturer Hypnos welcomed HRH Duke of York on Wednesday, to officially open its new contract factory in Castle Donington.

The state-of-the-art premises on Station Road houses the contract arm of the business which produces beds and mattresses for the hospitality market, including some of the world’s leading hotel chains, such as the Marriott, Corinthia, InterContinental Hotels Group and Premier Inn. It also caters to the independent boutique hotel market, making a range of products which meet the diverse and bespoke needs of this sector.

With environmentally friendly technology, showrooms, design studios and training facilities, the premises has received an investment of over £750,000 to help Hypnos meet growing demand for its beds in Europe and around the world, as well as fast growing UK market segments, such as the serviced apartment sector.

Hypnos has held a Royal Warrant since 1929. The founders – the Keen Family – were honoured to show Prince Andrew around the newly acquired site. A prestigious gathering of local dignitaries, staff and key Hypnos family business members greeted HRH Duke of York. He was taken on an informative and educational tour of the factory, gaining an understanding of bed making and the importance of sleep, before he unveiled a commemorative plaque and officially opened the site.

HRH Duke of York opening Hypnos contract factory
Hypnos moved to the new 39,000-sq-ft premises at Castle Donington following substantial business growth, and currently 162 people are based there. Acting as the new facility for Hypnos’ global operations, overseeing and directing activity for a network of 19 manufacturing partners, the site is key in enabling the business to meet international demand and supply hospitality sleep solutions to customers around the world.

Group Managing Director, Stephen Ward said; “We are extremely honoured to have HRH officially open our new factory. We are very proud that we have been able to take Prince Andrew around our new premises and show him how our beds are made. He met some of our staff and saw the intricate lengths we go to, to create high quality beds and mattresses. It was a very exciting day and a landmark in our business growth.”

Whilst growing and expanding, Hypnos has been careful not to lose its focus on CSR and sustainability which has always been extremely important to the business. The Castle Donington factory runs on a biomass heating system which was installed as part of the company’s ethos and commitment to protecting the environment. This renewable heating source runs on wood pellets meaning no fossil fuels are used. Hypnos aims to save 74 tonnes of carbon a year through this system.

For more information about Hypnos, visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.co.uk

Hansgrohe achieves record turnover in 2015

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The Hansgrohe Group concluded its 2015 financial year once again with record sales and earnings. Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of the Executive Board at Hansgrohe SE and Udo Kraus, Vice President Controlling and Finance, announced the results at the company’s annual press conference held on 15th March in Frankfurt.

The globally-operating company generated a total of €964 million in sales compared to €874.1 million in the previous year. This corresponds to an increase of 10.3 percent over the previous year. EBITDA rose by €6 million to €187.5 million (€181.5 million in 2014), which means that results also hit an all-time high.

“In 2015, more than 3,800 hugely dedicated and committed people contributed to carrying forward our company’s story of success. Hansgrohe’s employees can be proud of themselves,” Thorsten Klapproth summarised the past year.

Worldwide Growth
“Generally speaking, we grew in nearly all market regions in 2015, thus contributing to a positive sales trend around the world,” said Thorsten Klapproth. For several years, Hansgrohe has been steadily generating nearly 80 percent of its overall revenue outside Germany. At 77.3 percent, the proportion of international sales remained nearly unchanged over the previous year (77.2 percent in 2014). This makes the Hansgrohe Group one of the few global players in the sanitation industry, supplying products to more than 140 countries worldwide.

About half of the company’s sales are generated in Europe and the other half in the rest of the world. This distribution guarantees profitable growth as it enables Hansgrohe to benefit both from large growth regions, such as China, and from regions with strong performance in parts of Europe. The decisive factors contributing to this profitable growth are in particular the innovative products from the Axor and Hansgrohe brands, offering every customer greater value through design, comfort and functionality. In addition, customers enjoy efficient and personalised service.
Creating Employment

A key element in the steady and successful growth rate of the Hansgrohe Group is its staff. The number of employees around the world rose in 2015 to 3,805 (2,255 of them in Germany) strengthening the Hansgrohe workforce by 155 people over the previous year (3,650 employees in 2014). Last year, 42 young talents began their training at Hansgrohe. A total of 147 trainees brought the company’s trainee quota to 6.5 percent.

Strategic Investments in the Future
Investments in future growth are another key element in the success of the company. In 2015, the Hansgrohe Group invested some €55 million, more than ever before in the 115-year history of the company. Of this amount, about €47 million, or 85 percent, were invested in Germany. Hansgrohe built a new lab for research and development at its company headquarters in Schiltach. It also invested €1.6 million in a new plastics technology centre built on the premises of its Offenburg plant.

Hansgrohe’s largest investment is the expansion of its logistics centre at its Offenburg site. The centre is currently undergoing expansion at the cost of about €30 million to enable the company to supply its customers around the world even more rapidly. The extension is expected to go into operation later this year.

Ambitious Targets
“We achieved a record high in 2015 by increasing turnover by more than 10 percent to €964 million,” said Thorsten Klapproth. “But we will not rest on our laurels. We have set ourselves ambitious targets because profitable growth guarantees that Hansgrohe will maintain its competitive edge.” Another top result shows that the company is on track to success. Hansgrohe was just recently ranked as one of the ten best companies in the world in the area of design. Hansgrohe now holds a place among the Top 10 in the international iF ranking, taking the lead over some 2,000 listed companies, including brands such as Apple, Daimler and Nike.

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

GROHE at Milan Design Week

Join GROHE for exclusive dinner at Milan Design Week

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April will see representatives of the world’s fashion and design industry converge on Milan, where the 55th Milan Design Week will be held from 12 to 17 April 2016. GROHE is delighted to host an exclusive dinner on 14 April, called “A View on Innovation” which will provide architects, business partners and media representatives exciting insights into the industry.

In addition, the Milan GROHE Showroom, which can normally only be visited by special invitation, will be open to the public for the whole of the Milan Design Week.

GROHE’s products will also be displayed at the exhibition “different suites X different people” by renowned architect, Simone Micheli.

For more information on GROHE’s involvement at Milan Design Week 2016, please visit GROHE’s website here.

Touch of Timber - Interface

Product Spotlight: Interface teams up with Aquafil to create Touch of Timber flooring

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Global modular flooring manufacturer and Hotel Designs Directory members, Interface, has launched its new collection, Touch of Timber, a hybrid textile floor which resembles timber.

Co-developed with leading yarn supplier, Aquafil, the innovative product is a first for the carpet tile industry and showcases the benefits of advanced contrast and colour twist technologies, combined with Interface Microtuft yarn construction.

Developed over an 18 month period, Touch of Timber delivers a wooden floor in appearance, with all the benefits of a low impact carpet tile.

Touch of Timber - Interface
The collection is made with 100 per cent recycled yarn as standard and is one of the first to feature Interface’s recycled PVB precoat, which has a carbon footprint 80 per cent less than traditional SBR latex precoat. The new range also comes with biobased formaldehyde-free glass fleece as standard in the backing.

Mandy Leeming, Design and Development Manager for Interface EMEA, explained: “Touch of TimberTM is a first for Interface, Aquafil and the carpet tile industry. Customers want the look of a natural floor, but the hard materials used are not a practical solution for many commercial spaces given the transfer of noise, so this is the perfect solution offering a distinctive aesthetic, great underfoot comfort, slip resistance and acoustic benefits.”

Touch of Timber Herringbone - Interface

Touch of Timber Herringbone – Interface

Luca Bertamini, Head of Customer Technical Service at Aquafil, added: “Aquafil is thrilled with the collaboration between our Research and Development team and the Interface design team to create these unique-look collections using ECONYL yarn. By merging Aquafil’s technical ingenuity and expertise with Interface’s creativity, we have developed a product unlike any other in the industry.”

Touch of Timber is now available in 25cm x 100cm skinny planks, allowing for easy installation, and 12 colourways.
T: +44 (0) 12 74 69 06 90
E: Interface.uk@interface.com


Pier Range - Simpson's

Bathroom Accessory Focus: Pier range by Simpsons

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Bathroom furniture allows designers to add additional storage space while also completing a room’s finish. Often, dead space under sinks is a difficult spot to fill successfully – with plumbing and piping to cover up – so using units is a brilliant way of solving this problem; and at the same time adding a cleaner finish to the look of the room.

The units within the Pier range by Simpsons are a perfect example of stylish units to complete bathroom furnishings. With a range of mobile and fixed units – with cast mineral marble basins included – the Pier furniture selection offers finishes to fit numerous overall styles, being both aesthetically appealing and practical. The three finishes of Anthracite, Steel and Ebony will especially complement hotel designers going for colourless bathrooms.

Likewise, for designers dealing with spaces too small to install a bath, choosing a small shower enclosure with a hinged or sliding door is the most practical option; both of which are included in the Pier range.


Pier range - fixed and mobile storage units

Get in touch with Simpsons for contract information in our Directory, by visiting crosswater-contracts.co.uk, downloading the brochure , emailing or by calling 01322 422 743

Baulmann Leuchten provides lighting for Boulevard Hotel Baku

Baulmann Leuchten contracted to manufacture lighting for Boulevard Hotel Baku

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Baulmann Leuchten were asked to collaborate on the manufacture of guestroom and public area lighting for the Boulevard Hotel Baku.

Located in the heart of Baku’s White City district, and set right on Baku Bay, the Boulevard Hotel, Baku has joined the collection of independent hotels under the Marriott Autograph Collection.

This stunning hotel offers 818 guest rooms, three restaurants and conference and event facilities, currently the largest in Azerbaijan. All the guestroom and public area lighting manufactured by Baulmann including, floor lights, wall lights and LED reading lights, as well as large public area lighting was conceived and designed by talented UK interior designers from Robert Angell Design International and MKV Design.
Boulevard Hotel Baku
Boulevard Hotel Baku
Each creation was then custom engineered to the meet the extremely high standards of quality of finish demanded by the clients, Marriott and the Autograph concept. Due to the speed in construction, delivery of all the lighting was time sensitive, and everyone involved was working to very strict schedules.

The lighting provided for this project was delivered on-time and on budget.

To contact Baulmann Leuchten visit baulmann.com or call +49 29338 47251

Harris Wilton

Wilton Carpets’ new classic – Harris – creates boutique style

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Just launched, Harris, the new wool-rich tufted range from Wilton Carpets Commercial, is causing quite a stir amongst interior designers and hotel owners, with its timeless herringbone design and smart boutique look. Such has been the response to the design, the carpet is being sold with immediate availability for all five classic colours.

Bringing a tailored look to the floors of boutique hotels and hospitality spaces, this elegant take on timeless design creates a bespoke feel that leaves a lasting impression. Available as part of Wilton Carpets Commercial’s stock tufted collection – it has an 80% wool and 20% nylon construction to cope with the demands of a busy hotel.

Harris by Wilton Carpets
“The latest addition to our in-stock carpet collection, Harris is already generating interest from interior designers and hoteliers keen to bring a sense of occasion to their space,” comments Alan Whittle, sales director. “The carpet effortlessly transforms with little fuss, is stylistically on-point and blends value and quality perfectly.”

In five colourways covering rich tweed browns, charcoal, wheat and sand hues, the neutral overtone of Harris comes in a four-metre width that is eminently versatile. This new collection from one of Britain’s most loved boutique carpet manufacturers is ready today.

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

Chelsom to exhibit at HD Expo 2016 in Las Vegas

Chelsom to exhibit once again at HD Expo 2016 in Las Vegas

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Chelsom are delighted to once again be exhibiting at HD Expo 2016 which takes place at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas on 4th-6th May. HD Expo is the USA’s premier trade show and conference for the international hospitality industry, remaining at the forefront by offering the newest and most innovative products and services, providing inspiration and connecting hospitality professionals from all facets of the business.

This will be Chelsom’s 5th consecutive year exhibiting at the event and this year will mark the international launch of their exciting new lighting collections, Edition 25.

Designed by Robert and Will Chelsom, the collections harness and refine the latest trends in finishes and materials and have been created with the requirements of the international hospitality marketplace at their core. The Edition 25 collections are the company’s most distinctive to date both in terms of design and technology with nearly all pieces having an integral LED light source or available with a LED option.

Chelsom to exhibit at the HD Expo 2016 in Las Vegas
“HD Expo is the number one show in terms of interior design for the hospitality market in the USA and we are very pleased to be exhibiting again. As part of our expanding export division we have focussed our efforts on the US market over the last couple of years and HD Expo is a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s incredibly exciting to be launching what is undoubtedly our most different and design-led collection yet.” Commented Philip Macaulay,Sales Director.

Chelsom has become one of the leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of decorative contract lighting to the international hospitality sector working on a number of significant projects in the last 18months including The Beekman and Grace Hotel in New York, a trio of central London Morgans Hotel Group projects including Mondrian at Sea Containers, The Sanderson and St. Martin’s Lane, Four Seasons Bahrain and Six Senses Douro Valley. Supplying both standard and custom designed lighting products, Chelsom has the expertise to enhance any hotel interior, whether 2-star or 6-star, from cutting edge contemporary to period buildings, guestroom to corridor to public spaces.

Chelsom will be on Stand 12100. For more information on HD Expo and to register to attend please click here. . .

Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom Accessory Focus: Lighting fixtures

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Pitching the lighting of various spaces within a hotel is a challenging but rewarding experience for designers. The impact a well-appointed fixture can bring to a space or the mood created by just the right light levels can make or break a guest’s experience of a room.

Yet, one of the hardest and probably the least-considered rooms is the bathroom. Owners on a budget will often divert money for lighting to areas deemed more important – the lobby, the restaurant, the corridors. But the bathroom is one of the key areas to concentrate on as a designer. Aside from the bedroom, the bathroom is going to be one of the most-scrutinised rooms by a guest; especially as they will most likely begin and end their days in this room.

From positioning vanity lighting correctly to pitching the right mood for ambient lighting, there are various facets to consider. Choosing the right fixture is one such consideration; and Hotel Designs Directory members Vaughan has a wide array of bathroom light fixtures for both the EU and American markets – such as the Arras Bathroom Wall Light (pictured below).

The Arras bathroom wall light is available in chrome and nickel, has a special bulb fitting to ensure the light is IP44 rated while retaining a lampshade which can be made up in any colour or fabric to add a decorative touch to the fitting.

For more information on this and other products within the Vaughan range, please click here. . .
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Campaign For Wool Awards - Brintons

Prestigious award for Brintons at Wool Floor Show

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Royal Warrant holder, Brintons, has been awarded the prestigious Woven Carpet Design Installation of the Year award for its Art Deco inspired carpets at Quaglino’s.

Celebrating quality, style and innovation, Campaign for Wool’s International Wool Carpet and Rug awards was launched for the first time at this year’s Wool Floor Show in London.

Hosted on the 23rd March at Stamford Bridge in London, the awards included 14 different categories, some of which were sponsored by leading interiors magazines.

Ranging from Rug Design of the Year to the award for Innovation in Yarn Development, Brintons was awarded Woven Carpet Design Installation of the Year award for its 1930s inspired designs that it created for the renowned Mayfair based restaurant and late night venue, Quaglino’s.

Brintons supplied a striking custom carpet featuring geometric designs for the restaurant to compliment the period’s style of its multimillion pound refurbishment project. The carpet was installed throughout the restaurant and staircase, featuring a dramatic linear style to reflect the Art Deco influence of the interiors.

Sarah Draper, Commercial Marketing Manager for Brintons, said: “We are really honoured to have received such a fantastic award from such a renowned industry figure, Campaign for Wool.

“Our range of designers utilise our 230 year old archive to create bespoke creations that truly reflect a commercial interiors specific identity. Working with Quaglino’s to create such a stunning Art Deco design was a fantastic experience and we are delighted for our work to have been recognised with such a prestigious award.”

Brintons was at the Wool Floor Show with its latest commercial collection, QuickWeave, which offers a shorter turnaround time and is ideal for clients who are working on projects where timing is of the essence.

For more information on Brintons and its range of products and services for the commercial sector, visit www.brintons.net or call 01562 635665.

Hansgrohe opens ‘The Water Studio’ in Clerkenwell

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Award-winning German bathroom specialist Hansgrohe launched a brand new concept ‘Water Studio’ in the heart of London’s design district on 1st March.

Marking the latest chapter in their remarkable story, The Water Studio specification centre will act as a hub of inspiration, resource and a collaborative space for those serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. Situated at 12-16 on the bustling Clerkenwell Road and spread over two floors totaling 262m2, The Water Studio is a true brand experience and brings water to life through the Hansgrohe SE values of innovation, sustainability, quality, design and expertise.

UK Managing Director, Martin Mongan, comments, “Customer intimacy has been a key driver for us in the UK over the past few years and this new London home allows us to get even closer to the talented A&D community. This means offering both practical project support and building stronger professional relationships.”

Hansgrohe - The Water Studio
Share, Explore and Learn

Unlike conventional ‘showrooms’, The Water Studio is all about interaction. In addition to four working water stations and more than 200 products, other features include podiums with ‘Quick Connectors’ that allow easy exchange of products to showcase function and a ‘Behind the Wall’ area for installation tips. The first of its kind globally from Hansgrohe, the ‘Test Rig’ allows measurement and comparison of different products’ flow rates using sensors.

Come Together and be Inspired
Visitors to The Water Studio can become acquainted with Hansgrohe’s unique interactive online tool, iSpecify, which is accessible through screens within the space. Designed to make specifying as simple and user-friendly as possible, iSpecify provides inspiration with a growing library of global reference projects and can highlight exact product details to generate a Hansgrohe or Axor specification. For meetings, a large open design table faces out to the bustling Clerkenwell Road where customers: professional specifier, retailer or end consumer can discuss their project requirements over coffee.

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Experience the Art of Moving Water

Water is evident throughout the studio in more abstract, artistic expressions, such as the central ‘cascade’ feature. Here, working showerheads and mixers are set against the backdrop of a 4D-mapped ‘digital waterfall’ animated artwork, inspired by the power of water harnessed and engineered by Hansgrohe. Further artistic water-statements are the window display which features billowing fabric evocative of water flowing from an Axor Starck V mixer tap and the Axor WaterDream installation sculpture (by Front) hangs above the staircase.

Part of the Hansgrohe Global Family
Designed by international Experiential Design Agency, I-AM, The Water Studio’s strategic location will serve as a project base for professionals specifying bathrooms both in the UK and overseas. It will also act as an important global hub for the Hansgrohe family, for launches, events and for overseas subsidiaries to meet and visit with their customers.
Hansgrohe retail partners are encouraged to use the space with their customers and experience the brand first-hand. They will be introduced to the world of Hansgrohe, whilst being supported and advised by the Clerkenwell expert team where they can refine and agree their personal Hansgrohe requirements.


Experience The Water Studio at:
12-16 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5PQ
Tel: 01372 472 056
Email: expertise@hansgrohe.co.uk
Website: www.thewaterstudio.co.uk

Morgan RIO metallic

Art and environment the focus for Morgan at Clerkenwell Design Week

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There are just two months to go to Clerkenwell Design Week, 24 – 26 May 2016. In addition to inspirational product launches, the central theme for Morgan at this year’s event in their 1, Dallington Street showroom is wellness in the workplace.

Relaxing music, an indoor garden and alternatives to spending 6 hours at a desk will be ideas that are explored as ways of improving the working environment.

A programme of events will include an art installation, talk and workshop by Remi Rough that considers the effect of art in our environment and colouring in ‘therapy’.

Three key product launches will include additions to the Manhattan collection and a new Lucca meeting bench with stools that are ideal for informal meetings and break-out areas. Visitors who were wowed last year by the 3D printed RIO seating collection, can anticipate occasional tables also using 3D printing that will be unveiled during the event.

Sorrento - Newmor Wallcoverings

Product Spotlight: Two new designs from Newmor Wallcoverings

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Newmor Wallcoverings launched two new designs this month which add raw tiled textures and intricate herringbone weaves to their collection of commercial quality fabric-backed vinyl wallcoverings.

Sorrento (pictured above) is a burnished tile effect available in 19 lustrous metallic and buffed matte tones. The deeply embossed surface catches the light, and metallic inks create a dramatic ever-changing effect. In contrast, the matte colourways have an attractive rough plaster quality.

Suzanne Edwards, Newmor Design Manager, gave us an insight into the development of the design: “This sumptuous design draws on trends which are evolving in commercial interiors – weathered metals, raw surfaces and textured etched surfaces. Don’t miss the copper, petrol and putty tones.”

Herringbone (pictured below) is a tactile tweed design inspired by British tailoring and traditional artisanal weaving techniques. This faithful representation of the much loved textile is available in 16 versatile colours, from cotton whites, to cognac browns and contemporary teals.

Herringbone - Newmor

Moray Forrest, International Sales Director of Newmor, explains: “We see the design becoming a modern classic in our range. The considered palette has something for every market sector, and the design is distinctive and on-trend while remaining versatile for use in all sectors – from hotels to healthcare.”

Newmor have also extended the Write ‘n’ Wipe range to include dry-wipe surfacing on a roll. As easy to install as standard wide-width wallcovering, this can be used straight after installation and is available by the meter for next day dispatch. Cover any area large or small, including curved walls and folding doors.

For further information, visit www.newmor.com

Henfaes Lane
SY21 7BE

T: 01938 551990
E: enquiries@newmor.com

Kobe Elegance Collection

Product Spotlight: Kobe’s ‘Elegance’ Collection for pure luxury

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Inspired by Art Deco, the most fashionable international design movement in modern art from 1925 until the 1940s, luxury fabric specialist Kobe is launching its Elegance collection of opulent curtain and upholstery fabrics.

Providing endless creative opportunities, this rich array of innovative fabrics features statement pieces, combined with timeless plains and semi plains in sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool linen and soft silk and satin appearance.

Reflecting the lavish glamour reminiscent of this style period, a palette of soft and sumptuous shades ranging from metallic tones to gentle graceful hues, complements the distinct and intricate designs of geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns,

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “The Elegance collection is inspired by the Art Deco era to create a range of fabrics that make a statement of elegance and grandeur. The collection uses a blend of rich velvets and soft satins to create an ambience of pure luxury in any interior.”

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

Kobe’s UK operation is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire
T: 01344 771653
F: 01344 771663
E: salesuk@kobe.eu

Arcade Nickel

Product Spotlight: Arcade Nickel range from Simpsons

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Simpsons is proud to announce the new Arcade Nickel range, an elegant range of shower enclosures to suit the most exquisite of tastes.

Arcade comes exclusively in a tasteful nickel finish, exuding traditional flair. Also included in the range is a bath screen, so any bathroom size or set-up is catered for.

To see this and all the other ranges in the Crosswater portfolio, click here

Chelsom strengthens sales team with new appointment

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Chelsom bolsters its Sales team with the appointment of Karen Brennan as Sales Consultant for the South of England as the company consolidates its position as a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of decorative lighting to the international hospitality and marine markets.

Cementing what has been a particularly successful eighteen months for the company, Chelsom has recently appointed a highly experienced new team member to further enhance the continued expansion of the Chelsom brand. The new appointment accompanies a series of high profile international project wins and a significant increase in sales across the global hotel, marine and leisure sectors.

Chelsom Swing Reading Lamp

Chelsom Swing Reading Lamp

With a professional background in the interior design market spanning more than 20 years in both the UK and UAE, Karen Brennan has spent the last 8 years specialising in the contract hospitality marketplace. Her career to date has provided her with a thorough understanding of the decorative contract market and she brings with her a wealth of experience from her previous roles with companies including Decca Furniture, JAB Furnishings and Skopos Design. During her time in these positions Karen has developed a large number of key relationships within the hospitality industry and has completed projects across a wide client base including Langham Hotels, Monaco Yacht Club, IHG Group, Accor, Hilton Worldwide and St. Regis Hotels to name a few.

Chelsom - Esprit Cove Lounge

Chelsom – Esprit Cove Lounge

Brennan says “During my career in the contract market and within the hospitality environment specifically, I have understood that providing first class client service is the corner stone of any business relationship. I want to add that first class service to Chelsom’s enviable reputation for superior design and quality. Having had a sneak preview of the 2016 collection I am even more excited about joining the UK’s leading hospitality lighting specialist.”

Sales Director, Philip Macaulay says: “We have been very diligent in our search for the right person to join the Sales team. Karen understands the Chelsom ethos and all we are looking to achieve and is well respected within the industry. We are delighted to welcome Karen to the team, she’s certainly coming on board at a very exciting time ready to tackle the opportunities ahead in 2016 with the launch of our new lighting collections, Edition 25, around the corner in May.”

Hamilton Litestat at BIID

Hamilton Litestat to showcase ‘designer’ collections at BIID Conference

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Hamilton Litestat is confirmed as one of just eight exhibitors to showcase its product range at the annual conference for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). Set to explore the theme of ‘interior identities’ this year, the BIID Conference will take place on 16th June 2016 at Royal Geographical Society in London.

British designer and manufacturer Hamilton Litestat will display its high quality decorative electrical wiring accessories, lighting control and multi-room audio systems at the event. With its design-led collection of products created to meet the exacting project demands of architects, interior designers and interior specifiers, Hamilton is a trusted partner and solutions provider to the sector.

Gavin Williams, Marketing Manager of Hamilton Litestat, says: “The interior design industry is extremely important to Hamilton and we’re delighted that our commitment and strong working relationship with interior designers and specifiers will be reinforced by attending such a central show as the British Institute of Interior Design Conference.”

Rex Liddiard, Marketing & Events Exec at the BIID, adds: “Since joining the British Institute of Interior Design in June last year, Hamilton has shown dedication and commitment to creativity and interior design, making it a valued ‘Industry Partner’ to the BIID. We look forward to welcoming Hamilton and its innovative, style-led collection of products to our conference.”

Hamilton Litestat will showcase its portfolio of 18 designer switch plate and socket collections that span current trends and classic designs. Manufactured in metal, plastic, wood and glass, the collections are available in a variety of finishes, including four new shades of bronze.

Its in-house design and manufacturing service allows Hamilton Litestat to also produce bespoke non-standard size plates in a special finish or colour to meet the requirements of any design project. One-of-a-kind electrical accessory solutions are created, with highly finished prototypes provided as standard to ensure the bespoke solution is exactly right for the interior environment.

Come and meet the Hamilton Litestat team on Stand: E

Wilton Oulton Hall

Project Spotlight: Classic and modern crossover in stylish carpet at Oulton Hall

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Fusing contemporary and classical influences in a striking bespoke design, Wilton Carpets Commercial has continued its partnership with QHotels, bringing elegance and poise to the carpets at the luxurious Oulton Hall Hotel and Spa.

The interior’s classical architectural features of the 18th century former family mansion work perfectly with the scroll and floral motifs in highlighted with gold accents, while the modern luxury of the four-star hotel is embraced with a contemporary 3D design in charcoal greys that flow through the reception, the design is then simplified for stairs, while in meeting rooms a lighter version of the effect is worked beneath a complimentary motif.

“The classical elegance of Oulton Hall and its status as a four-star destination meant that the carpet had not only to achieve a look befitting of its surroundings, but also reflect the hotel’s position as a destination offering modern levels of luxury and relaxation,” comments Trudi Purtill, director of group development, QHotels. “Wilton Carpets Commercial has once again fulfilled our ambitions with the carpet’s striking and on-point design, the colours working perfectly with the fabrics and furnishings we had chosen for Oulton Hall.”

Some 900 square metres of the bespoke nine-row woven axminster carpet were installed by Pocklington Carpets through the main reception, staircase and gallery, as well as meeting rooms of the hotel. Situated close to Leeds and featuring a luxurious spa and golf course, the 152-room Oulton Hall is set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. It is one of 26 premium four-star hotels in the award-winning QHotels group.

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

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Product Spotlight: The ‘London Look’ gets versatile with Morgan’s Brompton sofa

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The new modular Brompton sofas by Morgan offer versatile seating arrangement and the highest standards of luxurious lounging.

Designed by Katerina Zachariades, the latest two seat and three seat sofas, two and three seat daybeds and a corner modular sofa have a deeper and softer sit, wider arm and generous loose back cushions.

First launched in 2013, Brompton was designed as a contemporary collection with a traditional touch. The resulting, timeless lounge chairs and sofas were awarded a Design Guild Mark in 2014.

Showcasing Morgan’s expertise in fine upholstery and beautiful timber detailing, the pieces all have a square form with fitted seat cushion, and the lounge chair has an optional, elegant walnut frame.


F-digital Deluxe - GROHE

Project Spotlight: The rise of technology in bathrooms

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It’s fair to say our daily lives are in the midst of an ongoing ‘digital revolution’. So many day-to-day aspects of our lives have now been digitised — no more so than in our homes where technology plays a considerable role in how we do simple, everyday tasks. So it figures, we expect the same if we’re staying at a hotel when travelling — essentially a ‘home away from home’.

This has definitely begun in a whole host of areas ranging from check-in to temperature control. And one such area that is benefitting from the rise of technology is the bathroom. And these innovations aren’t just making life easier and more convenient, but can now offer a personalised, luxurious touch as well.

Digital technology has arrived in the bathroom and it is here to stay. The next step will be to enable even more efficient networking between the different types of digital products and create truly comprehensive digital solutions for the smart home of tomorrow. Hotel Designs Directory members GROHE are pioneering digitisation in sanitary technology and have been at the forefront of industry progress for more than a decade, with products like the GROHE Ondus beginning major design trends…

Intuitive operation for enhanced comfort
What all digital GROHE products have in common is that they can be operated intuitively – their user interfaces are simple to understand and self-explanatory, designed to make life easier for the user. At the same time, they incorporate modern technologies to create unique water experiences, which users can enjoy time after time.

F-Digital Deluxe - GROHE

F-Digital Deluxe – GROHE

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

GROHE Sensia® shower toilets
also offer high levels of user comfort. Their cleansing functions can be set and activated via a remote control unit or, for the Arena model, via an app. Simple, intuitive symbols on the keys or touchscreen provide direct access to all functions. All settings – including the temperature of the water, the pressure of the spray and the position of the shower arm – can be personalised to meet each user’s individual needs and preferences.


GROHE Sensia® shower toilets

All digital products from GROHE are designed to enhance their users’ daily lives and create distinctive and enjoyable experiences. In addition, many digital functions also help to save water and energy, allowing users to enjoy a deeply relaxing shower, while also feeling good about saving water and energy.


Trevira CS Club Gold Award 2016 - for Kobe

Kobe wins fifth consecutive Trevira Gold membership award

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Kobe won its fifth consecutive Trevira Gold membership award at the annual Trevira CS Club ceremony, in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this month.

The award was presented to the luxury fabric specialist at the Heimtextil International Trade fair and reinforces the company’s continued successful partnership between the Trevira brand and its contract collections. Trevira’s focus on innovation and quality complements the company’s passion for fabrics which reflect the very latest trends for today’s high-end domestic and contract markets.

Many of Kobe’s collections feature a wide range of 100% Trevira CS fabrics, regarded as the highest quality in FR and are enjoyed by the company’s partners, customers and contract projects worldwide.

Trevira is a global supplier of a complete range of polyester products for residential and contract markets, apparel, automotive interiors, hygiene textiles and technical applications.

Kobe’s UK operation is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire. The company has been supplying UK interior design and soft furnishing customers for 20 years and has a first class reputation for outstanding quality, innovative design and excellent customer service.

T: 0844 7420 800 (Lo-Call Rate)
E: salesuk@kobe.euwww.kobe.eu

Flush plate showroom - Geberit

Product Spotlight: Geberit’s online flush plate showroom makes selection easy

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With flush plate design growing ever-more diverse, the online Geberit Flush plate Showroom provides end users with an at-a-glance reference tool for the brand‘s wide range of styles, finishes and innovative technology.

Sales of wall-hung sanitaryware are on the rise, and with this comes a consumer desire to choose the perfect finishing touch, in the form of a stylish flush plate.

From the smallest flush plates on the market, to remote flush buttons, those with infra-red sensor technology and even bespoke models, Geberit has a solution for practically every situation. With so many options to choose from, the Flush plate Showroom, online at www.geberit.co.uk/flushplateshowroom is a handy reference guide for retailers to use when putting the finishing touches to their bathroom designs and to share with potential customers.

Making flush plate selection simple, the website acts as a virtual showroom, with all the benefits of each and every Geberit flush plate clearly detailed, alongside full-colour photography. As well as making it simple to choose between the various styles in the Geberit Sigma, Omega and Kappa ranges, the showroom also works as an aid for retailers to point out the advantages of the technology hidden behind the wall to the end user, to assist the selling process.

Visit geberit.co.uk/flushplateshowroom and have a browse. . .

Morgan - Boston and Metro

Product Spotlight: Morgan reacting to rise of laptop tables with two new examples

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Laptop tables are growing in popularity as interior spaces are designed to be more multi-functional. Hotels are responding to the requirement for guests to work anywhere, whether in the lobby area, cafe or their bedroom.

While many offices are creating more informal spaces for working and interacting with colleagues, in favour of traditional fixed desks. Whether for work or pleasure, so many people now have mobile devices that it makes sense for the combination of seating and table to facilitate this in a comfortable way.

The latest Metro laptop table from Morgan is inspired by the form of a boomerang. The foot of the metal base is shaped and scaled for ease of use and the table top is a geometric form based loosely on a triangle with squared corners. Offered with a solid wood lipped detail and a variety of laminates, this laptop table offers a lightweight and versatile solution.

Morgan Metro laptop table

Morgan’s Metro laptop table

The Boston laptop table with circular top and cantilever base looks attractive in traditional all timber finish, but is also offered in a versatile range of materials. Bases can be powder coated metal in any colour and the top can be sandblasted or coloured glass, laminate or patterned glass to suit individual design briefs.

Morgan Boston

Morgan’s Boston laptop table

Both tables are 620mm high and can be pulled toward the user with the foot sliding under the seat to allow an ergonomic seated position.

For more information about Morgan, visit

www.morganfurniture.co.uk / www.morganlondon.uk

Morgan, 1 Dallington Street

01243 388001