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Hansgrohe Warehouse

Hansgrohe expands warehouse space to cater for future growth

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Hansgrohe UK has transformed its warehouse facility in Woking, Surrey to create 35% additional capacity to cater for future planned growth.

Led by Logistics Manager, Steve Court, the 1,200m2 warehouse has been entirely re-organised and upgraded. Additional racking, new packing bays and a revised layout allow for more efficient work processes and provide extra storage space equivalent to 8 articulated lorry loads.

All the work was carried out during evenings and weekends to ensure that daily operations were not affected. Woking is the logistics centre and warehouse facility for Hansgrohe UK, where goods are dispatched out daily to customers across the country.

Helen Kronheim, Director of Finance and Operations, says: “This planned investment forms part of our ongoing drive to deliver our customer intimacy strategy. With this project we needed to maintain optimum service levels during the upgrade whilst re-organising for our forecasted growth. Customers were not impacted by the change and, crucially, are now assured of receiving the same excellent levels of service and delivery lead times as the business continues to grow.”


Hansgrohe Limited
Units D1 and D2
Sandown Park Trading Estate
Royal Mills, Esher, Surrey
KT10 8BL

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

Carpet Design

Carpet Focus: 2016 trends to make impact on carpet design

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Much like paintwork or wallcoverings, carpets are one of the best and easiest ways to convey a theme and add a touch of ‘personality’ to a room or space. They can form a ‘neutral’ foundation for the rest of the room’s design in the background. Or, alternatively, a brightly coloured or vibrantly patterned carpet can form the focal point of an interior.


Brintons’ work in the Ramada Encore Dar Es Salaamel, Tanzania (Photo: brintons.net)

Indeed, manufacturing techniques and technology allow manufacturers – like HD Directory members Brintons, Wilton, Interface and Lano – to create carpets and rugs with patterns and textures such as swirls, bows, lattices, plaids, dots and fleur-de-lis.

Wilton Carpets

Wilton’s 1970s-inspired designs at Cranfield Management Development Centre (Photo: wiltoncarpets.com)

This year, there are a few design trends that will impact carpets and their implementation in spaces in the months ahead. Wider trends such as the emergence of warm minimalism, the rise and rise of Scandinavian design and rustic simplicity – which incorporates Mediterranean style with ‘contemporary country’ will all have an impact on carpet and rug design.


The ‘Over the Edge’ range from Interface Hospitality (Photo: interfacehospitality.com)

More specifically to carpets, and those with a more conservative approach, new neutral colours – like soft greens, pale yellows and subtle blues – are more likely to be used if the standard tans, beiges and creams aren’t used. Furthermore, flecks of colour will be incorporated into these schemes. Textures and patterns are becoming more popular because vacuum marks are less likely to show up on these carpets. Additionally, these textures also give guests an impression of high quality and can contrast perfectly with smoother surfaces such as counters, wardrobes and walls.


Lano’s pale yellow carpets in the Fraser Suites, Le Claridge Champs-Elysees (Photo: lano.com/en)

For designers wanting to make a bit more of a statement, attention-seeking carpets with bold colours and patterns can work when set against neutral wallcoverings. Also, 1970s-inspired design will play a big role in the year ahead and we could see elements of this make its way into carpet design.

Wycombe Table Gallery Direct

Product Spotlight: Wycombe Nest of Tables by Gallery Direct

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The Wycombe Nest of 2 Tables is part of the new Wycombe Collection from Gallery Direct. Made from the finest solid oak with a beautiful washed finish, the nest of tables offers both practicality and style.

The Wycombe collection features an inspired range of living, dining and bedroom furniture which offers great value and flexibility. With its quality materials and craftsmanship, competitive pricing and universal appeal across different generations, it offers a range of coordinating products to suit all interiors.

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Skopos Blackouts

New textured blackouts and prints unveiled by Skopos

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Launching this Spring, Nocturne is a collection of textured blackout fabrics, perfect for contract drapery solutions. Nocturne sits within the Skopos Accents portfolio, offering 17 colours, ranging from flexible neutrals to rich statement tones. This collection can be used alone, unlined for best value, or with other fabrics to dress contract windows and block out light, facilitating a good night’s rest.

Alongside Nocturne as a textured plain, Skopos is also launching a new print collection called Enchant. A collection of 30 skus, Enchant is a printed collection of semi-plains and small scale designs. Printed on our FR blackout quality, it offers a cost effective alternative for blackout drapery. In-line with Skopos’ other print collections, Enchant will be available on 9 basecloths including drapery, bedding and upholstery qualities.

Nocturne is available in both narrow and wide width, Enchant will be available as 137cm width as standard.

Sitting alongside Skopos’ other Accents, including Mezzanotte dimouts, the response to both collections has already been extremely positive. Samples of both collections are available immediately.

Please contact sales@skopos.co.uk for further information or visit our website www.skoposfabrics.com.

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Building work begins on new Geberit headquarters

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Following its acquisition of Twyford Bathrooms last year and as part of Geberit’s ambitious growth plans, building work has begun on the manufacturer‘s new 22,500-square-foot headquarters.

Geberit moved to its current bespoke built offices just seven years ago and is now building a premises twice the size. A significant investment for the company, the new head office is conveniently situated on the Tournament Fields business park, adjacent to the company’s current building, just off Junction 15 of the M40 motorway in Warwick.

The ground floor of the new building will be home to the Geberit and TwyfordTraining Academy where customers attend free workshops to gain hands on experience with the latest plumbing and piping systems. There will also be a 400 square metre showroom featuring the latest bathroom designs and technology, while the second floor will host Geberit’s central operations.

The new development, designed by Warwick based Corstorphine Wright Architects, will see the creation of 30 new jobs across marketing, customer service, finance and technical support areas of the business. An official groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the new building in February, with the new headquarters due for completion in January 2017.

“The building work on the new Geberit and Twyford headquarters marks an exciting and important milestone for the new business,“ comments Geberit UK Managing Director Mark Larden. “As a centrally based location it makes good sense to choose the existing Geberit site in Warwick for the development. Doing so means we are able to remain accessible to our customer base, with good transport links close by and with excellent facilities that will futureproof the company and support our significant growth plans in the UK.“

Geberit – 01926 516800 / www.geberit.co.uk

Trunki - Copyright infringement law

Verdict in Trunki design infringement case a warning for UK designers

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It’s been an enlightening – and some might say worrying – week for designers across the UK after it was revealed Magmatic, the parent company of luggage design firm Trunki, lost its infringement case against PMS International at the Supreme Court last week. It’s a verdict that further highlights the need for clearer and more defined design infringement law.

In a judgment handed down on 9th March, the court ruled that the European design registration of Trunki, Magmatic’s award-winning ride-on suitcase, was not infringed by PMS’s lookalike product. During the last three years PMS had produced their own very similar design which they had admitted was inspired by Trunki. The judgment follows a three year campaign by Trunki to uphold a July 2013 High Court ruling that Trunki’s European design registration was infringed after it was reversed by the Court of Appeal in March 2014.

Trunki CEO and founder Rob Law said: “We are devastated and bewildered by this judgment, not just for ourselves but for the huge wave of uncertainty it brings to designers across Britain. We created an original product in Trunki and protected it by computer generated registered design – a process used to protect a third of designs across Europe. In my honest opinion, the Trunki was wilfully ripped off. We stood up to this behaviour, held it to account and took our case all the way to the highest court in the land – only for the judges to rule that we are not protected against the copy.

Dids Macdonald, OBE, CEO of Hotel Designs partner ACID said: “This plunges design law into an abyss and will foster widespread confusion for UK designers. The ability to rely on clearly defined and enforceable intellectual property rights, and in this case, a registered Community design right, has been denied and will contribute to design law chaos, allowing those who produce lookalikes a free rein. The Supreme Court’s decision is a sad day for justice and for UK designers.”

Rob Law added, “We’ve now reached the end of the legal process. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way. Despite all the time, expense and anguish of the past four years, I would do it again as I believe protecting British designers is an essential right if we’re to continue to be pioneers on a world stage. I’m just sorry this view isn’t shared by our country’s Supreme Court.”

For more information about design and copyright infringement law visit acid.uk.com

Geberit - Sleep 2016

Geberit’s ‘next-level’ bathroom technology on show at Ideal Home Show

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With shower toilets being the latest must-have technology for the bathroom, a visit to the Geberit stand at Ideal Home Show London this March is a must for anyone looking to raise the comfort levels to spa-like proportions in their family bathroom or en-suite.

Not only will Ideal Home Show visitors be able to learn about the many benefits of the market-leading Geberit AquaClean shower toilets and see the products in action, anyone dropping by Stand H319 throughout the show will also have the chance to win one. The shower toilet that looks just like a normal WC, Geberit AquaClean Sela has a streamlined design which is guaranteed to fit discreetly in any bathroom. At the touch of a button, it washes the user clean with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature. Simple to use by all the family the AquaClean Sela can even be pre-programmed and operated via a remote control.

Geberit - Ideal Home Show
Sure to be a talking point at the show will be the latest model to join the line-up, Geberit AquaClean Mera, which takes toilet technology to the next level. Behind its elegant design lies patented TurboFlush technology, an orientation light, automatic lid function, seat heating and integrated odour extraction, making this the ultimate WC for the 21st Century bathroom.

Several models from the Geberit AquaClean range will also be on display at the Ideal Home Show, from the Geberit AquaClean 4000 and 5000 enhancement sets which make upgrading an existing WC easy, through to the designer Geberit AquaClean Sela, and top-of-the-range Geberit AquaClean 8000plus.

0800 032 9629

Frank Hudson Maine Wing Bed with bespoke Vermont - Muckrach Country House

Gallery Direct partnership helps Muckrach Country House win TripAdvisor award

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Gallery Direct delivered 12 rooms of furniture and mirrors to the Muckrach Country House Hotel in February 2015, as part of the hotel’s refurbishment. The Muckrach re-opened in April 2015 after their 14 month renovation project. Following on from this, it was recently announced that they have been ranked as 3rd best in the UK and 11th best in Europe in the Best Small Hotel category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels.

Keith Clarke, Contract Sales & Development Manager for Gallery, worked with the Muckrach to select and deliver the furniture and mirrors for the refurbishment, which included the stunning Alexandria, Maine and Spire bedsteads from Gallery’s Frank Hudson brand.

Frank Hudson Spire Collection - Muckrach Country House
As a luxury, boutique hotel, Muckrach Country House Hotel requires only the finest furniture and mirrors, and they recognise the quality of Gallery Direct’s products. Following the refurbishment, Phil and Ed Cowap, the owners of Muckrach, commented that it had been a pleasure to work with Keith from Gallery Direct, adding “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.”

Keith has many years’ experience in the furniture industry, and has travelled extensively and designed products and projects all over the world, from individual bespoke heirloom pieces for the finest homes, to production collections of furniture, to total commercial interiors for some of the best known 5* and boutique hotels.

Gallery’s superb range of high quality furniture and furnishings and their ability to offer a bespoke service, combined with Keith’s skill and experience, means they are the perfect solution for hotel refurbishment projects.

For further information, please email Keith at Keith.Clarke@gallerydirect.co.uk

Park Hyatt Vienna exterior

Five-star luxury at the touch of a button for Park Hyatt Vienna guests

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With comfort and luxury at every turn, Geberit AquaClean 8000plus shower toilets were the natural choice for the five-star Park Hyatt Vienna Hotel.

Park Hyatt Vienna - GeberitSituated in the heart of Vienna’s old town, the hotel has been converted from a 100-year-old bank building. Geberit AquaClean shower toilets were chosen for the guest bathrooms to help designers achieve a contemporary finish in a building steeped in history.

When furnishing the 143 spacious hotel rooms, the interior designers combined timeless, elegant design with local Viennese flair. The market-leading Geberit AquaClean shower toilets are a feature of the 108 luxurious and spacious hotel rooms, plus 35 suites, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in spa-like comfort throughout their stay.

The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus combines the functions of a toilet and a bidet in one compact unit. At the touch of a button the shower toilet washes the user clean with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature. The intensity of the water can be adjusted to one of five levels, while the oscillating spray provides a particularly beneficial clean.

The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus also offers many pampering functions in addition to the shower function, including an adjustable spray temperature and intensity, a pulsating massage function has an invigorating effect, an integrated warm-air dryer and an automatic odour extraction function, which fills the room with fresh, clean air.

“Shower toilets are a standard feature at the Park Hyatt Vienna because they offer unparalleled comfort and are also expected by international guests,” explains Dietmar Ploberger, Project Manager at Signa Development, the company responsible for the conversion.

Contact Geberit on 01926 5161800

Axor One shower detail - Hansgrohe

Eight ‘iF’ awards for Hansgrohe and Axor products

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Hansgrohe received not one but eight “iF”awards this year. The mixer and shower manufacturer from the Black Forest currently holds eleventh place in the iF company ranking list, taking the lead over its competition in the sanitation industry.

Hansgrohe SE outperformed some 2,000 companies, beating even top brands such as Daimler, Volkswagen and Adidas. The award-winning Axor products are its new all-in-one Axor One shower control unit, the Axor ShowerSelect thermostats, and the Axor Citterio Select kitchen mixer.

Axor One shower detail - Hansgrohe
The premium brand Hansgrohe impressed the jury with its Talis E washbasin mixer, its range of Croma Select overhead showers, the Crometta S 240 showerpipe, the Crometta E 240 overhead shower and the Crometta hand shower.

Hansgrohe Limited
Units D1 and D2
Sandown Park Trading Estate
Royal Mills, Esher, Surrey
KT10 8BL

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

Gallery Direct - Carson leather armchair

Product Spotlight: Gallery Direct’s Carson leather armchair

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The Carson Ebony Leather Armchair from Gallery Direct offers an uber-cool design. With its sleek curves and dark ebony leather upholstery, this luxury armchair brings simple elegance to a room while offering practicality and comfort.

To give a deco glitz look, combine the Carson chair with the Banbury Mirror for a perfect on trend interior. The Banbury is a sophisticated window style mirror that offers cool sophisticated design. With individual mirror panels and a metal frame with a burnished brass finish, it would suit a range of interiors.

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Chelsom - Esprit Cove Lounge

Project Spotlight: Chelsom supply custom lighting for luxury super yacht Crystal Esprit

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Chelsom was recently commissioned to supply bespoke public area lighting on-board Crystal Cruises’ newest addition to the fleet, the luxury 5- star plus Crystal Esprit. The ship marks Crystal Cruises first foray in to the super yacht market as part of a major growth plan for the company.

Chelsom worked closely with the design team at AD Associates to create a unique lighting scheme designed to enhance the striking contemporary interior concept whilst demonstrating not only their ability to bring a designer’s vision to reality but above all else showcasing their superb engineering capabilities.

Chelsom - Esprit Cove Lounge
Stand out fittings include a magnificent ceiling fixture for the Cove Lounge consisting of multiple rows of triedri crystal drops suspended from an Antique Brass rectangular frame and illuminated by LED retrofit lamps to create a truly eye-catching centrepiece. Along a similar design aesthetic, a configuration of nine rings of varying sizes were designed to adorn the ceiling of the contemporary Patio Café, featuring triedri crystal drops suspended from Antique Brass frames and illuminated by LED light sources.

Chelsom - Esprit Yacht Club
Chelsom created a dramatic waterfall effect statement lighting installation for the Yacht Club which comprised of Antique Brass rods fitted to an Antique Brass frame interspersed with crystal rods of varying heights to create a striking wave aesthetic. Chelsom also created the main lighting feature for the reception area featuring decorative Antique Brass rods from which hang teardrop shaped illuminations positioned at random to emanate a cascade of water.

E: marketing@chelsom.co.uk
T: 01253 831401

W: chelsom.co.uk

Tahoe velvet added to Skopos Accents

Product Spotlight: Skopos adds Tahoe velvet to its Accents portfolio

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This Spring sees a new velvet welcomed into the Skopos Accents portfolio. Tahoe, a deep-pile upholstery velvet has the added interest of a delicate strié and an elegant distressed crush.

Offered to the contract market in 15 colours, the palette ranges from pearl neutrals through to deep exotic tones. The effects within the fabric provide texture and dimension, creating a dramatic statement for contract interiors.

Tahoe velvet added to Skopos Accents
Tahoe comes with Crib 5 FR backing as standard, meets IMO requirements and achieves over 100,000 martindale rubs, providing a durable as well as stylish solution. Tahoe presents fantastic opportunities for the contract hotel, cruise and leisure sectors and demonstrates versatility for use across Europe, Middle East and America, complying with contract FR and technical requirements.

Tahoe velvet added to Skopos Accents
launch new fabric collections each year across drapery, bedding and upholstery qualities, reflecting trends in the marketplace. Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has approximately 40 year’s specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality sector.

To view the Tahoe collection and the full range of Skopos products please visit their website at www.skoposfabrics.com or speak to their sales team on 01924 436666. Free samples of the collection are available immediately and shade cards are available from Account Managers.

Newmor Wallcoverings new website

Newmor Wallcoverings launch new, redesigned website

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Hotel Designs Directory members Newmor Wallcoverings has announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, www.newmor.com.

Key features of the site include a fresher and more intuitive design, search by colour, style and backing, case studies arranged by market sector, a blog featuring trends updates, product launches, videos and industry news, samples ordering for same day dispatch and an update on their YouChoose custom colouring tool.

“We are excited to launch this fantastic new site and we believe it will be a useful resource for our customers and the commercial interior design community. We will be regularly updating the site with new products, our latest case studies from all over the world, trade show round-ups, industry news and trend reports,” said Eleanor Cardwell, PR & Marketing Manager. “The design is intuitive, contemporary and really brings the products to life.”

The new site, designed by Birmingham based web design company, Lightbox, is now live. The latest blog posts include a trends round-up of the Surface Design Show, a video tour of the factory in Wales and details of the newest collection — Textile Effects. New content will be published regularly and there is an ongoing plan to develop user-friendly features for specifiers and contractors.

For further information email eleanor.cardwell@newmor.com or contact our customer service team on 01938 551990

Gallery Direct

Gallery Direct launches three new exciting ranges

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Gallery Direct are never standing still. They recently released their Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook, which features the stunning new Kielder, Marlow and Wycombe furniture collections, along with a selection of mirrors and soft furnishings to add to their already extensive collections. There are new products across Gallery’s Frank Hudson, Gallery Home, Hudson Living and Parisian House brands.

Named after a unique British forest, the Kielder collection is an understated range that offers simple, contemporary and fresh design. Crafted from beautiful solid oak, using the planked and jointed build method, the range creates defined lines for a stylish design solution. The collection is finished with hand crafted brass handles, which are made using the traditional ‘lost wax casting’ method. The range is enhanced by the mellowed oak with white hues, to induce a sense of calm and serenity. With a wide selection of dining, living and bedroom furniture, Kielder offers strong forms and high quality.

KIELDER Bed and Bedside Table - Gallery Direct


Marlow, with its modern lines, classic appeal and hint of rustic charm, offers an easy to live with range which will enhance any interior from country chic to contemporary city living. This new collection of stylish furniture offers the up to date contrast of soft grey paint and solid mellow oak tops with a subtle hint of white in the grain.

Bringing simple elegance to any room, be it dining, living or bedroom, Marlow offers a stunning range of furniture. The bedroom collection includes the softly painted, classic design of the panelled bedstead and the contemporary solid oak slatted bed. With the selection of coordinating furniture, this collection has a sophisticated allure, making it perfect for any interior, modern or traditional.

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High Wycombe has a long history of furniture making with iconic designs coming out of the town, including the famous Windsor chair. Gallery Direct have decided to name their third new collection after the town to reflect Wycombe’s furniture making history, whilst also paying tribute to Frank Hudson’s heritage.

Designed to embrace the craftsmanship and style of the Windsor chair era, the new Wycombe furniture collection has been updated with on trend design details and a washed finish to give a wide appeal. Made from a combination of the finest solid oak and veneers for practicality and functionality, this dining, living and bedroom collection adds simple understated elegance to a room, and offers a design solution to any interior.

WYCOMBE 7 Drawer Chest - Gallery Direct
Adding a touch of individual boldness to today’s contemporary style, Gallery Direct’s new collection of mirrors, lighting and accessories can bring a room to life. Why not combine the new furniture collections with elegant, traditional or geometrically modern mirrors and decorate with brightly coloured cushions and sumptuous textured fabrics.

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Product Spotlight: Laufen’s Sentec – a material for individual bath designs

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The Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen continues to innovate, now presenting Sentec, a mineral material which can be used for bathtubs and shower trays, as well as for the realisation of individual designs created by architects or designers.

Sentec is a new mineral composite material from Laufen, combining a multitude of product properties, which make the material predestined for use in bathrooms. The name, which is a combination of the words ‘sensual’ and ‘technical’, perfectly captures the advantages of the material: Since Sentec is polished again and again in multiple work sequences, its velvety shiny surface feels warm and pleasant to the touch – a real pleasure for the skin when bathing, for example.

Under the shower, too, the surface demonstrates its strengths with the material’s non-slip properties, which give the user a secure feeling. Optically Sentec provides a sensual impression, because it can be produced in numerous colour variations – although until now Laufen has concentrated completely on white in its collections, for example Val, Ino, Il Bagno Alessi One, Kartell by Laufen and the Palomba Collection. In addition, the Sentec surface is anti-bacterial, easy-to-clean, resistant to chemicals, UV-resistant and robust even when temperatures vary greatly.

Angular corners and demanding shapes are possible. The technical advantages of Sentec become clear when we take a look at the production of the material: During a fast production process a homogeneous mixture of different minerals is cast in a mould under high pressure, and then heated in a furnace until it hardens. Thus even sharp-angled corners and demanding shapes without joints, which would be impossible in ceramics, are possible – for example for freestanding bathtubs.

A further advantage of Sentec is that the bathtub has a single wall, and can be created in one casting, instead of with a double wall as is usual in the case of bathtubs produced using conventional materials. The Sentec bathtubs from Laufen, for example from the new Val or Ino bathroom collections, thus weigh far less, yet feature an integrated overflow and are installed in a conventional way.

A further advantage of Sentec is the possibility of reworking products made of the material at a later date: Thus surfaces made of the material can be cut to size individually, or the fitter can make holes for faucets using conventional tools. With the assistance of a repair kit even light damage, scratches or stains can easily be repaired.

Hypnos Beds

Hypnos Beds financial results reveal year of growth and expansion

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The latest financial figures have been released by award-winning bed manufacturer Hypnos, revealing a period of considerable growth and expansion across the UK hospitality and retail markets, and also internationally.

The British-based business, which has been making luxury beds and mattresses for more than a century, has focused on developing its portfolio of global hoteliers and retailers which has led to an overall turnover for the Group of £47.3 million, a 29% increase on 2015.

The directors of Keen and Toms Holdings – which own Hypnos Limited and Hypnos Contract Beds Limited – are putting the growth down to the continued development of dedicated and focused teams, strategies and processes which efficiently manage Hypnos’ increasing operational scale.

Hypnos Beds
This international approach has seen Hypnos develop its retailer network throughout Europe; create a new range of beds for the USA, made under license there and extend its USA retailer network; as well as increase the number of international licenses to make hotel beds, thereby strengthening Hypnos’ reach and capability to supply international chains like Marriott throughout the world.

John Woolley, Managing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds Limited said; “Our contract division has continued to see great success not only across the UK, but internationally too, with the company supplying both new and existing key accounts across the globe.

“This has contributed towards the Hypnos brand as a whole becoming more and more recognised around the world, and our reputation for superior quality and expertise in the UK bed market has now been cemented internationally. We are reaping the rewards of this success and are delighted to report another year of significant revenue growth, which has resulted in a very solid financial performance with improved margins, and profit growth of more than 78% in like-for-like operating profit.

“The business continues to perform extremely well with further significant growth being delivered in the current year. We had a 5 year plan for the business which we actually achieved in 4 years and our new plan reflects the need to maintain the focus on our performance in the areas where we’ve been successful, and to apply more focus to new markets and new opportunities that we have identified.

Whilst growing and expanding, Hypnos has been careful not to lose its focus on CSR and sustainability which has always been extremely important for the business. It was the UK’s first bed manufacturer to be awarded carbon neutral status and both UK factories have achieved FSC and PEFC certification, ensuring timber is sourced from managed forests. The business regularly undertakes tree planting exercises with local schools, as well as carrying out educational school tours to teach young people about the benefits of a good night’s sleep. The business ensures – wherever possible – that this responsibility to the environment and local communities is imitated overseas.

For more information about Hypnos, please contact www.hypnoscontractbeds.co.uk

Product Spotlight: Charleston Collection from Sekers

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Sekers announces the launch of Charleston, a new upholstery collection of three distinctive jacquard designs – Joplin, Edwin and Fitzgerald – including a simple, elegant diamond design with a multicolour weft, an abstracted, broken geometric with a fresh modern look and a textured ottoman with a sophisticated, subtle movement of colour, all woven with a luxurious chenille yarn, creating a rich and sumptuous feel reminiscent of the Jazz Age.

Available in a range of 29 colours from rich jewel reds and purples to soft neutrals in platinum and taupe creating a coordinated and flexible collection easily included in any project.

With a high abrasion performance of 40,000 rubs and supplied with crib 5 backing, Charleston is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the designer specifying for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

Charleston Collection by Sekers

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

Nilea & York's Small Prints

Nile & York’s Small Prints range making inroads into hotel interiors

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Nile & York was founded in the 1990s to produce classic, timeless patterns designed and coloured to work with single or multi-coloured fabrics.

The first range was developed from a silk lining printed by Nile & York for world-renowned interior designer Jane Churchill. From the success of this lining, the Small Prints range was created by the owner, Simon Greenland, using five designs each printed in the same six colours. Nile & York’s Small Prints is now regarded as a classic and contains 63 fabrics, based on nine small designs covering a wide range of design styles.

Although the Small Prints range was originally designed for the high-end interiors, designer and decorator market it has now entered the world of hotel interiors. From four poster beds to lampshades, from headboards to the lining for bedcovers in exclusive and boutique hotels, it has become a product to consider.

The Small Prints range has now been joined by the recently-launched Small Linen Prints range, based on a linen/cotton fabric woven in Scotland and printed in England. The range comprises 39 fabrics using five original designs created in house by Simon Greenland and is designed to coordinate with many interior moods and styles.

This range can be seen in use for blinds and bedcovers, but was originally designed – and is used primarily – for curtains. Where appropriate, it is used as light upholstery returning a rub test of 20,000. Again, designed to fit with many interior styles, the range has great potential for use in smaller exclusive hotels whether modern or traditional.

Nile and York has always been committed to supporting the British textile industry, and all of its ranges are, and have always been, produced in the UK.

Click here to find out more about Nile & York, email simon@nileandyork.com or call 01628525255


Product Spotlight: Brintons and Oren Sherman Launch Innovative Corridor Collaboration

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Brintons is to launch an innovative Axminster collection engineered specifically for the corridor.

BLOKWERK presents a range of carefully composed designs, taking inspiration from the influential De Stijl movement and offers an innovative solution to corridor design.

Oren Sherman brings a restrained simplicity to the world of Axminster, resulting with the truly collaborative collection of elementally flexible designs. Constructed with harmonious textures and contemporary color palettes, Brintons’ BLOKWERK offers a multitude of ways to balance color and shape, manage scale and proportion, turn corners, and extend perspectives.


“These designs have been engineered with extraordinarily long repeats,” explains artist-illustrator Oren Sherman, “allowing designers to chart inventive pathways through corridors and transform often overlooked spaces into exciting opportunities.”

Contemporary interiors are welcoming more unified concepts to corridor space; with cohesive and unbroken carpet designs washing over door drops and erasing transitions.


Utilising simplified elements and static textural layers, the designs from BLOKWERK can be cut and reassembled in a variety of combinations without compromising visual integrity. BLOKWERK offers a practical solution to waste management and caters to the needs of the contemporary interior designer.

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

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Product Spotlight: Wycombe Bed by Gallery Direct

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The Wycombe Bed from Gallery Direct offers simple elegance to any bedroom and is available in three sizes.

It is part of Gallery’s new Wycombe Collection, an understated yet stylish range made from a combination of the finest solid oak and veneers for practicality and functionality.

The collection also includes a range of bedroom furniture, along with coordinating living and dining furniture that would look at home in any interior.

The Wycombe Collection was launched at the January Furniture Show 2016 and is part of Gallery Direct’s new Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook.

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Product Spotlight: Hollyhocks bed linen from Sanderson

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The new SS16 bed linen – Hollyhocks – from Sanderson embraces pretty blooms and celebrates colour. Pair with crisp white and metallics for a contemporary edge, or let vintage reign and combine with wood finishes, pastel palettes and shabby chic accessories, alternatively the brave could try an eclectic mix.

Printed onto a 300 thread count pure cotton percale and immersed in English nostalgia, Sanderson’s Hollyhocks design features a lavish bouquet of multi coloured blooms, against a backdrop of blue. The reverse offers a classic ticking stripe.

Hollyhocks from Sanderson
To introduce some texture to the look, team this bed linen with its counterparts – Jura, a petrol blue 100% cotton knit throw (£150) and 100% linen decorative floral cushion (£45).

Duvet cover available in Single (£80), Double (£95), King (£110) and Superking (£125). Oxford (£20) or Housewife (£17) pillowcases also available.

To view the Hollyhocks range alongside the rest of our Bedlinen collection please visit our website. For further details please call 01895 221005 or email press@a-sanderson.co.uk.

Chelsom Swing Reading Lamp

Product Spotlight: Chelsom’s Swing Reading lamp

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The Swing Reading Table Lamp by Chelsom is a sleek and contemporary piece fusing clean and stylish design with the latest technology.

Also available as a Floor Lamp and Wall Light, the Swing Reading range features robust detailed hinges allowing arms to swivel and cylindrical heads with ventilation hole that rotate to give efficient directional light for reading and working.

Standard finish options available include Polished Chrome and the industrially inspired Black Bronze both featuring a coordinating push switch in the base. The range is also available in a number of alternative finish options to special order for minimum quantities including the striking Stone with Black Bronze as pictured.

E: marketing@chelsom.co.uk
T: 01253 831401

Water Sustainability GROHE

Manufacturers tackling water sustainability issues through design

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Water sustainability in the hospitality industry is an issue beginning to raise its head above the metallic-edged parapets of hotels springing up all over the world. It’s no secret that water consumption levels in the industry could definitely be reduced and cannot be maintained at its current levels.

Indeed, some statistics recently printed in a recent issue of HD member GROHE‘s magazine about the worldwide water shortage make for sobering reading:

– Drinking water is running out. By 2030, global demand is expected to outstrip supply by 40 percent, and many rivers and lakes are drying up. Currently, 1.1 billion people lack access to water, and only one percent of all water consumed is fresh. The problem is critical, and the United Nations (UN) is responding by introducing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The causes of global water shortages are complex, ranging from climate change to urbanisation and population increase. As a result, the solutions are diverse, and although governments and multinational organisations have a responsibility to tackle it, so do individuals. –

Water Sustainability products from GROHE

Some of GROHE’s water sustainability products

So, with this in mind, those fitting hotels with water consuming items are having to not only factor these solutions into their product designs but also their construction and installation. One such firm is GROHE themselves:

– Conscious of this dilemma, GROHE, the world’s leading manufacturer of sanitary fittings, are integrating sustainability into their business. It’s present in every aspect of our corporate structure,” says GROHE executive Thomas Fuhr. “It determines everything we do, from product development to manufacturing and logistics as well as use and disposal.”

One of GROHE’s biggest customers is the hospitality industry. According to a recent study by the Malta Business Bureau, 365 trillion litres of water could be saved by the EU’s hotel business every year. The problem represents an area in which, by reducing their water consumption, hotels can also improve cost efficiency. –

Indeed, while we are seeing hotels monitoring their usage more and managing their laundry loads, we are also seeing a lot more manufacturers introducing ‘low-flow’ products with technology like aerated shower heads to help hotel firms reduce water consumption by up to 30% in some cases. GROHE are at the forefront of this:

– And by focussing on this issue and staying true to their commitment to high quality design, GROHE has been working with many of the world’s leading hotel brands to help deliver the results they need. One case in point is luxury Danish hostel chain, Danhostel, whose Copenhagen city location recently swapped its older fittings and showerheads for water saving, environmentally-friendly ones made by GROHE. And the results speak for themselves: water usage was reduced from 13 to 5.8 litres of water per minute. –

You can read the whole article from GROHE Magazine here


Product Spotlight: Hamilton Coffee Table by Gallery Direct

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The Hamilton Coffee Table, from Gallery Direct’s, is a decorative statement piece for any lounge area. This updated classic is made using mindy ash solids and inlaid parquet detail with an antique distressed finish.

Using architectural veneer which is thicker than conventional veneers, this table is made to the highest quality to ensure strength and durability.
The piece can be used singularly or combined with the complementary side table to finish a room with a traditional yet timeless approach.

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Hypnos Beds

Hypnos MD echoes concerns over fire safety regulations at home exchange properties

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Award-winning British bed manufacturer Hypnos has pledged its support for proposed regulations to ensure properties advertised on home exchange sites, such as Airbnb, meet appropriate fire safety standards.

Home exchange websites allow users to list, find and rent properties or spare rooms across the globe. Such websites have seen a huge growth over the past year, with an increasing number of guests opting for short-term properties available on online marketplaces, rather than regulated hotels and serviced apartments.

However Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association (BHA) recently advised a House of Commons committee that home exchange websites are enabling professional landlords to operate on an industrial scale, avoiding fire safety regulations that commercial properties must legally adhere to, therefore putting guests at risk.

John Woolley, MD Hypnos

John Woolley, MD Hypnos

John Woolley, managing director at Hypnos Contract Beds Limited, echoed the concerns of the industry: “The possibility of a fire breaking out in a property is something that any property owner needs to prepare for and take steps to reduce the risk. It’s therefore crucially important that products, such as furniture and bedding, have certain levels of protection against fire to ensure guest’s safety and keep them protected.

“Although properties may not be listed as hotels or serviced apartments by name, the reality is that in circumstances where landlords continuously rent out their properties to guests, questions should be raised around the regulations they adhere to and if it does in fact count as a commercial property.

“Ultimately, the strict requirements that are in place for commercial properties are there to protect guests. For properties unofficially acting as hotels and serviced apartments, it’s important that there is legislation in place to protect users who may unknowingly be putting themselves in danger.”

In the UK, fire safety requirements for domestic upholstered furniture are well established, having been in place since 1989. However fire retardant regulations for furniture used in a commercial environment are far more stringent. In a commercial setting, there is a legal requirement to ensure all mattresses, beds and sofa beds meet strict UK and EU fire regulatory standards. This includes meeting the Crib 5 BS6807 standard which guarantees that a product has been specifically tested for high resistance to ignition. Every single bed that complies with this rigorous standard will clearly display the fire retardancy Source 5 (Crib 5) label.

Hypnos Beds
And more recently, the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) has developed a new ‘fire standard’ specifically for contract beds. The new standard looks to enhance the BS EN1725 test methods currently used for domestic beds, reflecting the fact that beds used in the hospitality market are subject to far more rigorous use.

Hypnos Contract Beds Limited specialises in engineering beds for the hospitality sector. Its products meet high standards of fire, bed bug and hygiene protection, as well as offering an unrivalled level of durability and sublime comfort.

For more information about Hypnos, please contact www.hypnoscontractbeds.co.uk

Product Spotlight: Bauhaus update January 2016

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Find the latest Bauhaus product update from January 2016 below:

NEW Pier Furniture Range (pictured above)
– Available in 800mm, 1000mm and 1200mm width.
– Available in three different finishes – Ebony, Steel and Anthracite.
– Single or double drawer options.
– Supplied with a wall template to ensure straightforward installation, along with wall brackets featuring a 3-way adjustment and clever locking facility for the ultimate safe and secure fitting.
– Scratch and stain-resistant
– Pre-prepared for one, two or three tap hole installation.
– Complete with a sleek, virtually seamless undermount basin, which is factory-fitted to save time and reduce onsite work during installation.
– Water-resistant.
– 10-year guarantee.

Bauhaus product update
Bauhaus product update

Click here to download the entire range of Crosswater brochures

Wilton at Cheltenham Racecourse

Evolution proves the solution at Cheltenham Racecourse for Wilton Carpets

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In a newly developed grandstand, Cheltenham Racecourse now enjoys an array of bespoke carpet embracing apparently effortless design and celebrating the famed gold diamonds of owner, The Jockey Club.

Tasked to evoke the feeling of the rolling landscape in which Cheltenham Racecourse is found, architecture practice, Roberts Limbrick, worked closely with Wilton Carpets Commercial through an evolutionary design process that has had stunning results. Having developed original design briefs inspired by contemporary artists and involving wave elements across a palette of natural colours, Robert Limbrick worked with Wilton to reinterpret these concepts into a simpler design that embraced the gold of The Jockey Club for the fifth floor Panoramic room. This simpler look was wholeheartedly embraced by the Racecourse and formed the basis for carpets throughout the grandstand.

Wilton at Cheltenham Racecourse
“Our initial concepts reflected the course’s original intention for a design inspired by its surroundings, but after deliberation with the team at Cheltenham, a simpler look first suggested for the Panoramic room was used throughout,” explains James Vincent, senior associate, Roberts Limbrick. “The suite proved an ideal trial and the whole process has involved a close working partnership with the design team at Wilton, with their input and expertise proving invaluable as we looked for the perfect balance in colour and pattern. We worked from a palette of landscape tones to uphold the original brief of being inspired by the course’s surroundings, balancing against natural wood finishes and the luxurious fabrics found in furniture throughout all areas.”

The contemporary texture effect in a purple with gold fleck was chosen for level one, where it works well with the Jockey Club branding. On this level, the champagne bar has added detail with a ‘horseshoe’ crescent motif used to suggest champagne bubbles while remaining elegant. Level two sees the same contemporary texture as level one, this time in a green colourway with a range of gold tone highlights.

Wilton at Cheltenham Racecourse
The Royal Box on level four is another area of special interest. Here the design went through several variations, before an elegant neutral palette was finally selected to balance the colour and detail in walls and furniture, creating a sense of luxury befitting this prestigious interior.

“While the finished designs could be seen as plain with detail highlights, the entire project was exceptionally complex due to the shape of the impressive new building and that the apparently simple design features a complex integral border effect of a darker texture,” comments Julie Robertson, design manager, Wilton Carpets Commercial.

Wilton at Cheltenham Racecourse

With over 3,300 square metres of wool-rich bespoke woven carpet installed, including existing Wilton library designs in corporate boxes, Cheltenham Racecourse was a sizeable project that demonstrated the ability of the manufacturer to work with architecture practices to achieve a striking interior. The numerous bars, members’ areas, hospitality suites and corporate boxes of Cheltenham Racecourse exhibit a unique set of demands on carpet design:

“Apart from the need for a high-quality broadloom that offers ease of cleaning and longevity, the design of Cheltenham Racecourse and its need to be adaptable threw up several challenges along the way and working with Wilton helped greatly in achieving an end result that has left all delighted,” continues James Vincent, Robert Limbrick. “From a brief that evolved considerably to finding the right colour and design combinations to suit the area in question, Wilton were highly influential in the design process.”

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

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Kobe teams up with Savoir Beds for The Savoy’s 125th anniversary

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Savoir Beds, the world’s most luxurious sleeping system, teamed up with luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, to add sophisticated glamour to its specially designed bed for The Savoy’s 125th Anniversary.

Savoir was first created for The Savoy hotel in London in 1905, and its tailor-made beds have become almost as legendary as the stars that have slept in them. In creating a special bed to mark the occasion, Savoir’s designer, Mandeep Dillon, used Kobe’s best-selling chic and contemporary Chacar fabric to capture the very essence of the hotel.

The design is inspired by the 1920 and 30s, the heyday of glamour, jazz and movie stars at The Savoy. Visually, the bed echoes the slim elegant lines of 1920s design and has a futuristic ‘Flash Gordon’ look with the use of sharp angles and metallic bronze silk. Its shape is emphasised by the deliberate use of a single fabric to upholster the whole bed including the legs. Lastly, there is no fussy detailing on the bed to detract from the simplicity of the shape.

Said Nikki Harris, head of contracts at Kobe UK: “We were delighted to help Savoir on this assignment. “The team works closely with interior designers on major projects around the UK and it was very exciting working with Savoir on the specially designed 125th anniversary bed for The Savoy.”

Chacar is suitable for domestic and contract window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings. The luxurious cotton satin comes in 94 colours from soft delicate neutrals, to vivid oranges and vibrant blues. All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

Said Natalie Byrne of Savoir: “The Chacar fabric was perfect, as The Savoy bed needed to reflect the timeless elegance of the hotel, as well as to celebrate its anniversary. Kobe’s experience and expertise made working with them on this project a pleasure.”

The anniversary bed was photographed in The Savoy’s famous Beaufort Bar and features as the main attraction in The Savoy Travelling Bedroom in its showrooms worldwide.

“We have a passion for fabrics and believe in creating interiors that reflect the very latest trends for today. We consider the innovation and development of high-quality products of paramount importance to both us and our customers,” added Nikki.

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

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

For more information on Savoir go to: www.savoirbeds.co.uk

Louis XV Gallery Direct

Product Spotlight: LOUIS XV bed from Gallery Direct

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The Louis XV bed from Gallery Direct’s Frank Hudson range is a classic statement piece, available in two finishes, antique blonde and charcoal.

Both finishes are a hand-applied stain to bring out the soft tones and beautiful detail of the wood grain and hand carvings. Using fine quality mahogany for the blonde antique finish and Mindy Ash for the charcoal finish, the beds have hand-woven cane inserts that are beautifully combined with the skilled hand carvings.

The Louis bed can be complemented by a bedside cabinet that has the same quality of craftsmanship, with solid wood hand-cut dovetail joints and hand cast handles to finish this classic look.

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