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    Conrad Maldives Rangali Island debuts redesigned villas

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    Conrad Maldives Rangali Island debuts redesigned villas

    Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the luxury destination resort located on the picturesque setting of Rangali Island in the Maldives, is redesigning a unique set of villas available on the property…

    Just more than year after Hotel Designs interviewed the designers and architects behind the world’s first underwater hotel suite, the same hotel, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has unveiled the design details of its new mix of villas.

    By next month, the resort will introduce five new room types including the Two-Bedroom Deluxe Beach Villa, Grand Water Villa with Pool, Grand Water Villa, Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villa with Pool and Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villa, encouraging all travellers – groups, families and couples alike – to find the room best suited to fit their every need and desire.

    Yuji Yamazaki, principal of Yuji Yamazaki Architecture PLLC, NYC and design collaborator on the underwater THE MURAKA residence will apply his signature style of simple paired back luxury to the updated accommodations. The design of the villas will feature a clean and minimalist aesthetic, giving the space a natural, bright and airy feel intended to focus on the beauty just outside of the villa. The new design will promote a sense of harmony with the surrounding environment, awakening but not overwhelming the senses and providing absolute privacy and exclusivity.

    “Our pioneering innovative hospitality to cater to the passion points and needs of our guests is the cornerstone of this resort,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.“We are thrilled to debut new villa categories to discerning travellers, marking the beginning of the next chapter of Rangali history and our commitment to driving the evolution of travel to the Maldives.”

    The Deluxe Beach Villas were refurbished throughout 2018 and 2019. A selection of villas have recently been converted into new luxury Two-Bedroom Deluxe Beach Villas to offer the ideal space for any Maldivian holiday. The Two-Bedroom Deluxe Beach Villas will feature a new design with a private garden and pool, indoor state of art bathroom, a private outdoor rain-shower and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that illuminate the villa with natural light. Set amongst the tropical greenery, the standout feature of the newly designed villa is the addition of the second bedroom adjacent to the main villa, which has been purposely designed to accommodate a twin bedroom with luxurious floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

    Image credit: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

    In addition to the Two-Bedroom Deluxe Beach Villas, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is reinventing the Retreat Water Villas into two villa types – Grand Water Villa and Grand Water Villa with a pool. A popular room category, the Water Villas are set on stilts above the gentle ocean waves where guests can discover the true meaning of indoor-outdoor living. The redesigned villa will greet guests with a large living room, which can be converted into a second bedroom, along with views of the outdoor deck complete with a Jacuzzi or pool. Featuring clean lines and muted natural tones, the villas are located in the Spa Retreat, 100 meters off of the tip of the main island Rangali Finolhu, with vistas across the Indian Ocean to the resort’s second island, Rangali.

    The in-demand Family Water Villa will also be transformed into two villa types and renamed Two- Bedroom Grand Water Villa and Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villa with pool. The design of the Two- Bedroom accommodation will be similar to the Grand Water Villas, but will offer two bedrooms, instead of one and can host any group of guests. Set on stilts over the Indian Ocean, the villas offer views of either the lagoon or ocean and a sunset or sunrise view and can sleep a maximum of four persons – two adults and two children, or four adults.

    Set across two islands connected by an open-air overwater path, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island plans to announce additional enhancements in 2020 offering guests a Maldivian playground full of possibilities.

    Main image credit: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

    FIRST LOOK: Inside Riggs Washington D.C., a new level of unrivalled luxury

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    FIRST LOOK: Inside Riggs Washington D.C., a new level of unrivalled luxury

    Ahead of the highly anticipated opening of the 181-key luxury hotel in Washington D.C., Hotel Designs takes a closer look inside…

    Lore Group, the international hospitality company behind renowned hotels, such as Sea Containers London and Pulitzer Amsterdam, has released model images of Riggs Washington D.C.. The new luxury hotel is the latest hotel development to hit the headlines, and is the brainchild of The Brit List 2019 judge Jacu Strauss, designer, architect and Lore Group’s creative director.

    In concepting and designing the property, Strauss, invoked the spirit of the former bank while preserving and restoring much of the property’s original design features to reimagine the storied building for the modern traveller. The 181-room property features playful nods to the building’s rich past, drawing on the parallels between the activities that take place in banks and at hotels to offer something personal and serendipitous around every corner.

    The hotel’s development, which was first explored by Hotel Designs in a exclusive interview Strauss when he described the Washington D.C. as: “a city with a particularly strong and quirky evolving hotel and F&B market.” As such, the design of Riggs has paid particular attention to the public areas of the hotel, with the aim to add sensitive statement on the hotel design scene in the US capital. In the original barrel-valuted lobby and cafe, restored expansive ceilings, corinthian columns, classic stonework and custom furniture set the scene for an eye-catching arrival experience. A medallion of Juno Moneta, the Goddess of Money, presides over the room, while original features have been given a new lease of life and the grandeur of the building embraced to create a welcoming and inspired hotel that is deeply rooted in D.C. and its impressive history.

    Image credit: Lore Group/Riggs Washington DC

    Upstairs, the 181 guestrooms – including 15 bespoke-designed suites are full with flair and personality. The marble-patterned headboards and wall coverings by Vousta blend together to create a thoughtful motif in each room. The interiors, balanced to create a romantic, sophisticated and calming oasis, have been inspired no doubt by Strauss’ love for travel.

    Image credit: Lore Group/Riggs Washington DC

    Catering to Washington DC’s ever-evolving social scene, the hotel’s 2,500 soft rooftop will offer panoramic views over the capital, and also feature a number of meeting, dining and events space.

    “Lore Group continues to explore ways to deliver inspired and approachable hospitality concepts to interesting places around the world,” said Billy Skelli-Cohen, group CEO. “With Riggs Washington D.C., we have created a hotel and F&B concepts that celebrate both the legacy of the building – and the history of the city – through unexpected details and a thoughtful approach to guest experience.”

    The arrival of Riggs comes an interesting time for Penn Quarter, which has been rejuvenated over the last two years. The new hotel is expected to further raise the level of luxury, creativity and innovative hospitality in the area – and Hotel Designs is keen to follow its progress.

    Main image credit: Lore Group/Riggs Washington DC

    Carlton Tel Aviv reveals new public area interior scheme

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    Carlton Tel Aviv reveals new public area interior scheme

    Award-winning hotel Carlton Tel Aviv speaks to bleisure trend with infusion of new, contemporary art, stylish lightning schemes, and a circular beachfront lobby bar and beyond…

    Carlton Tel Aviv, a The 268-key luxury property that was voted “Israel’s Leading Business Hotel 2019” by World Travel Awards, today officially reveals its newly designed lobby, corridors, business lounge, work spaces and lobby bar.

    With the aim to offer guests an infusion of new and artistic decor, lighting schemes, public areas and workspaces, the hotel commissioned interior design studio Yaron Tal to manifest new and fresh renovations as Tel Aviv continues to excel as one of the world’s most attractive destinations for both leisure and business travel.

    To make walking through the corridors a more meaningful experience, the new design exists of deep, warm and rich materials. Warm colors such as deep blue and copper are used, and rich materials such as copper and brass. Wallpaper printed with copper accents are to be found throughout the corridors. The unique and reflective, yet romantic lights, gives a sense of lightness in the historic Brutalist building.

    The concept in the lobby was to make a lighter, less heavy feel to the lobby that is a blend between business and pleasure. Materials such as oak wood, rich fabrics, glass and brass, allow a more formal atmosphere to mix with young and sophisticated, and with the feeling of a luxury vacation.

    In the old floor plan, the bar was somewhat hidden in the back of the lobby. By bringing the bar to the front of the lobby it becomes more inviting, and a central meeting point at the hotel. The design, with ceramic tiles of which both colour and shape complement the view, the bar is now a central area, offering a relaxing environment for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails with a view over the Mediterranean Sea.

    Main image credit: Carlton Tel Aviv

    REVEALED: Top 20 attributes Brits look for in a hotel room

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    REVEALED: Top 20 attributes Brits look for in a hotel room

    A survey commissioned by P&G Professional has revealed that filthy bedsheets, hairy plugholes and unidentifiable room smells are some of the top factors likely to cause Brits to walk out of their hotel and never return…

    With the growing pressure on hoteliers to receive positive reviews and feedback, a study has been published that highlights some of the main faux pas that would make a guest walk out.

    Research into hotel guests’ experiences shows the importance of cleanliness to improve online ratings and customer loyalty.

    A study of 2,000 Brits who regularly stay in hotels has revealed that dirty bedsheets were the most likely issue that would result in a guest refusing to stay, followed by a disgusting bathroom or a smelly room.

    Almost everyone surveyed – 97 per cent – was disturbed by evidence of previous guests in their room, with two thirds stating they felt their skin crawl at the thought of old drool marks on their pillow. And 66 per cent can’t handle the sight of a stranger’s hair lingering in the plughole of the hotel shower.

    Savvy travellers won’t make the same mistake twice though, with 84 per cent of guests claiming they would not return for a second visit if the accommodation was unclean.

    “It is clear from this research that for hotels, the key to guest happiness is maintaining a high level of hygiene,” said Greg Elmore, UK & Ireland country sales manager at P&G Professional. “An unclean experience can damage a hotel’s reputation, from negative reviews to the risk of losing repeat business. It is critical to ensure cleanliness is the starting point of a great guest experience.”

    The study also found that while Brits may be horrified by an unclean room, many admit to less than favourable habits when staying away from home.

    More than a quarter admitted to dribbling on hotel pillows, 25 per cent leaving hair in the shower, and a fifth dropping food on the carpet.

    “Three quarters of those surveyed would leave a bad review online if their hotel stay was unclean.”

    Shockingly, five per cent admitted to boiling food like eggs in the kettle and four per cent have let children draw on hotel walls with crayons.

    It also emerged that when it comes to looking for a spotless hotel, one third of those surveyed rely on recommendations from friends or family. And three quarters of those surveyed would leave a bad review online if their hotel stay was unclean.

    This can be damaging to hospitality businesses though, as 93 per cent read online reviews before booking. For potential guests, cleanliness has been revealed as the most important factor when checking reviews, more than location or service.

    Only one in eight of those surveyed would consider staying in an establishment which has received less-than-stellar ratings for its hygiene.

    These negative experiences can impact hotels with immediate effect as 55 per cent will want to talk to management if they come across a rude member of staff.

    TOP 20 ATTRIBUTES BRITS LOOK FOR IN A HOTEL ROOM

    1. A fresh smelling bedroom
    2. An immaculate bathroom
    3. Fresh smelling bed linen
    4. No stray hairs in the bedroom or bathroom
    5. Bright, white sheets
    6. No dirty ring around the bathtub
    7. Comfortable room temperature
    8. Natural light
    9. A decent sized bed
    10. A lovely view from the window
    11. A good sized room
    12. Stylish décor
    13. Fluffy towels
    14. A good amount of pillows
    15. Plug sockets near the bed
    16. Bright, white bathrobes
    17. No fingerprints on the mirror or window
    18. Good bathroom size
    19. Smart TV with plenty of channels
    20. Free beauty products in the bathroom

    Main image credit: Pixabay

    Mkira exhibiting at 100% Design

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    Mkira exhibiting at 100% Design

    Mkira has been selected as one of the UK’s emerging brands and will be showcasing its beautiful and unique collection of fabrics and furniture at Olympia from the September 18 -21…

    Mkira products have been inspired by nature’s canvas and crafted using age old traditions. The collection includes; daybeds, headboards, cushions, throws, fabrics, lampshades, footstools and shelving.

    All the pieces are created using raw, natural materials such as British linens and tweed from Donegal and have been sustainably sourced from around the British Isles the perfect counterbalance to the modern ‘throwaway’ culture.

    Charlotte England is the designer behind Mkira, she spent time travelling around the globe, during the early part of her career, which enabled her to try her hand at a wide variety of alternative arts and crafts.

    This included studying pottery in Japan with a renowned sensei; traditional paper-making in the Japanese mountains; basket weaving among the Tepuis in the Amazonian basin and life-drawing in Miami.

    These wide ranges of inspiring experiences shaped her personal style and design objectives and led her to create Mkira. As part of the creative process, England teamed up with a number of small, authentic, family-run businesses all using traditional methods to expertly craft these beautiful enduring pieces.

    Mkira will be exhibiting on stand number E20C.

    1 Hotels to debut in Canada

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    1 Hotels to debut in Canada

    1 Hotel Toronto, which is being designed using reclaimed materials, will be unveiled next year as a design-led, sustainable urban retreat…

    Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels Founder and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group, who earlier this year announced a new lifestyle hotel brand, has confirmed plans for 1 Hotel Toronto. The hotel, which is slated to open next year, is inspired by Canada’s natural beauty, the vibrant character of King Street West and the Toronto marketplace.

    The hotel is being developed in partnership with Mohari Hospitality, a global real estate investment company and owner of the building which is currently operated as the Thompson Toronto. The downtown property will undergo an extensive transformation into a relaxing luxury sustainable 1 retreat.

    “The hotel group purposefully reuses existing structural and reclaimed materials gathered from the local community, including timber, driftwood and local limestone.”

    1 Hotels brings its sustainable vision to life by incorporating nature in its design and culinary collaborations, connecting with the local community to make a meaningful impact in the way people travel, eat, live and work. The hotel group purposefully reuses existing structural and reclaimed materials gathered from the local community, including timber, driftwood and local limestone. The hotel’s design balances refined elements with a comfortably curated atmosphere, inspired by the creativity and craftsmanship of local artists, builders, chefs, and others. Its operating philosophy reflects our commitment to sustainability. 1 Toronto is not just a place to stay; it’s a place to get inspired, focus, grow, connect and recharge.

    “1 Hotel Toronto will introduce the city to a new standard for an eco-conscious luxury experience, and is the first of its kind in Canada,” said Sternlicht. We look forward to sharing our mission to inspire conscious consumption with guests from across the globe as well as the local community. Our partnership with Mohari is key to the re-development of the project, and we are pleased to be collaborating with them.”

    “1 Toronto is not just a place to stay; it’s a place to get inspired, focus, grow, connect and recharge.”

    Mark Scheinberg, founder of Mohari Hospitality, said: “We’re excited to be partnering with 1 Hotels to open this luxury hotel and brand in the heart of Toronto. At Mohari, we look for innovative projects that are changing the hospitality market and 1 Hotel Toronto perfectly fits that mould.”

    1 Toronto will be enhanced by a level of luxury and personalisation that puts guests in an urban oasis. It’s expected to become a place to unwind, connect, eat well, and discover warmth and community in an environment which embraces nature, making it a luxurious and welcome respite for business travellers and world wanderers alike.

    Main image credit: 1 Hotels

    Empty room with various styles of seating

    In Conversation With: Matthew Balon at Ruby Leni’s first showing

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    In Conversation With: Matthew Balon at Ruby Leni’s first showing

    Ruby Hotels has re-entered the stage to take a second bow in Dusseldorf, Germany. The 170-key Ruby Leni, which takes shelter in a former 1950s theatre, is the hotel group’s seventh hotel to harness ‘lean luxury’. Editor Hamish Kilburn travels just south of the city’s fashion district to meet the group’s lead designer, Matthew Balon, the morning after the night before’s launch party to discuss design details, the significance of paper puppets and the brand’s highly anticipated 2020 arrival in London…

    Empty room with various styles of seating

    They say that to make any act truly memorable, the performer must enter the stage armed with a spectacular encore up his or her sleeve. In the case of Ruby Hotels in Dusseldorf, the main performance took place last year with the arrival Ruby Coco. The dynamic property is a contemporary urban hub that is nestled within the city’s main shopping district, just off Königsallee – AKA a fashionista’s heaven. The interiors inside are sharp, considered and give more than an apt nod to the fashion quarters that surround it.

    [CURTAIN UP]

    If Coco was used in the opening scene, engaging its captivated audience with the allure of couture costumes, then the encore is Ruby Leni, which is situated a mere 10 minutes down the road. Although the neighbourhood may feel quieter, its entrance certainly isn’t: a large marquee sign with the words ‘make it your own stay’ frames an appropriate first impression.

    Exterior shot of the hotel, showing a colourful courtyard

    Image credit: Ruby Leni

    [PUBLIC AREAS ENTER FROM STAGE RIGHT]

    With large, expansive public spaces that filter into plush private break-out areas, the hotel is designed for both locals and guests checking in. The character and soul has been channelled into the lobby/lounge, where the real story of the iconic 1900s building, which sheltered the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus theatre, comes to life. “We looked at the materials, shapes and forms that you would associate to a theatre of that era,” says Lead Designer Matthew Balon. “We then separated that into front-of-house and back-of-house. We wanted to challenge that idea by merging those areas. For example, we have included stage cases in the lobby to really create an authentic feeling of being part of the production, behind the scenes.”

    [GUESTROOMS ENTER FROM STAGE LEFT]

    Upstairs, the sharp and stylish guestrooms have been designed around the original peculiar structure of the building, creating an interesting layout in each. The design and general make-up of the room, though, is a reflection of the others in the entire hotel group’s portfolio: crisp white beds, refillable toiletries and eco-friendly rain showers to match. The brand calls it ‘lean luxury’, which is posh for ‘uncomplicated, laid-back comfort’ – and it works, especially for bleisure travellers.

    White, bright and contemporary guestroom

    Image credit: Ruby Leni

    Although you would recognise the rooms as ‘Ruby Rooms’ guests with eagle eyes will notice subtle differences, like the wood panelling for example.  “It’s been designed to also reference the story of the hotel,” explains Balon. “I looked into how sets were built and was inspired by the fact that guests in the theatre only ever see the pretty side. I wanted to show the back of the sets, the flats. I was interested to know how these things stood up and how they were constructed. That provided the inspiration for the wall panelling and the reinforced corner detailing.

    Another quirky touch that sensitively helps set the theatrical scene is the art above the beds. Bolan initially wanted to do something with shadow puppets, which evolved into creating an immersive and playful paper puppet stage. “I really love introducing interior design elements that are fun and interactive,” says Balon. “We like to have fun with it and make an interesting element to guests’ stay.”

    [APPLAUSE]

    Image caption: Editor Hamish Kilburn (left) dragged the Lead Designer for Ruby Hotels, Michael Bolan (right), out on ‘stage’ the morning after the launch party before…

    Quick-fire round:

    Hamish Kilburn: What can you not travel without?
    Matthew Bolan: My Darth Vader suitcase. I just love it!

    HK: Where’s next on your travel bucket list?
    MB: Japan.

    HK: What’s your biggest bugbear when checking in to a hotel?
    MB: Queuing!

    HK: What is the number-one tool for success?
    MB: You have to create an emotional connection.

    HK: What is the last thing that showed up on your credit card transactions?
    MB: A round of drinks I bought last night. It’s your round at the next launch, I’m told…

    Most hotel designers are working with many several brands and brand standards, and so it is interesting how Bolan, within his creative realms, can piece together many different stories with the same Ruby strand running through each. “It is all-encompassing,” he says. “What the brand stands for in regards to design is something I can really get behind. When I think about Ruby, I think of all the people who bring the brand to life.”

    [CURTAIN CALL]

    The brand’s design is spilling out of the seams and leaving a permanent stain on new destinations. The next hotel design hotspot to welcome the arrival of Ruby Hotels is London – to the Southbank to be more specific. “We have done a lot of research into the location, which is a really interesting corner of London,” Balon explains. “I can tell you that Ruby Lucy is going to be fun, colourful, unexpected and I am really looking forward to the opening party!”

    Ruby Hotels first unveiled its unique concept with Vienna hotel Ruby Sofie in 2014, before opening two further hotels in Vienna, Ruby Marie and Ruby Lissi, as well as Ruby Lilly in Munich, Ruby Coco in Dusseldorf and most recently Ruby Lotti in Hamburg. In response to the success of these properties, the brand plans further openings including Ruby Lucy in London’s bustling Southbank in early 2020, as well as hotels in Zurich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Shanghai before the end of 2020.

    [CURTAIN CLOSED]

    Eco bed to be unveiled inside The Conscious Bedroom at IHS London 2019

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    Eco bed to be unveiled inside The Conscious Bedroom at IHS London 2019

    To launch its Spotlight On ‘beds’, Hotel Designs learns more about Naturalmat’s eco partnership with Harris & Harris for The Conscious Bedroom, which will be unveiled at Independent Hotel Show London 2019… 

    Naturalmat, which is the leading supplier of eco, organic beds and mattresses to the hotel trade, is partnering with Harris & Harris on an eco showcase at the upcoming Independent Hotel Show London 2019.

    The design firm was invited by the organisers of Independent Hotel Show to curate ‘The Conscious Bedroom’, a mock hotel room pieced together using products and suppliers with strong eco credentials. The centrepiece of the room will be a bespoke Superking Prideaux bed, handmade by the craftsmen at Naturalmat from sustainable materials and upholstered in teal fabric, colour matched to other elements of Harris & Harris’s room scheme. The bed will stand on cylindrical tapering feet made of FSC approved wood with a walnut stain.

    “The eco sleep experience will be completed with Naturalmat’s own organic wool duvet and pillows.”

    The bed will be topped with Naturalmat’s signature Lambswool mattress, made from entirely natural materials from sustainable sources. Thick coconut fibre is layered with a slightly thinner slice of natural latex, finished off with lambswool sourced from organic sheep farms in Devon and the surrounding areas. The eco sleep experience will be completed with Naturalmat’s own organic wool duvet and pillows.

    “We have been attendees of the Independent Hotel Show since its inception, and have found it to be a lively and valuable place to build business relationships and introduce our organic, sustainable hotel product range to new contacts in the industry,” said  Mark Tremlett, Co-owner of Naturalmat. “When Alex Harris approached us to invite Naturalmat to contribute to The Conscious Hotel Room it seemed a natural fit! Our ethos has always been about using organic and natural materials from sustainable sources to create luxurious and long lasting beds and mattresses, so we are delighted to create the centrepiece of the room in collaboration with Harris & Harris, and bring their vision to life in a way that is completely eco friendly.”

    Organic mattresses and beds, made from sustainable materials in Britain, have been Naturalmat’s business for over 20 years.

    Everything is made by hand in Naturalmat’s purpose-built factory in Topsham, on the banks of the River Exe, Devon. They believe that people, not machines, make a superior, longer lasting product. The team of craftspeople ensure every stitch, every fibre, every tufting button and every cover is painstakingly created, teased and checked.

    Naturalmat’s hotel clients include Six Senses Resorts, Hoxton Hotels, River Cottage, Chewton Glen, Z Hotel Group and over 50 more iconic hotels globally.

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

    Main image credit: Naturalmat

    Hotel Indigo arrives in Italy’s fashion capital – Milan

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    Hotel Indigo arrives in Italy’s fashion capital – Milan

    Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte becomes the hotel brand’s third hotel in Italy… 

    Milan, known as the birthplace of some of the world’s most recognised high-end fashion designers including Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, has welcomed Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte to the mix of hotels in the area. The new design-led hotel is centrally located close to the notable fashion district – the perfect location for those looking to explore one of the world’s fashion capitals.

    Hotel Indigo properties offer a gateway to discover some of the world’s most inspiring neighbourhoodsand locations. Each hotel brings the outside in; drawing from the local area to inspire every aspect of each hotel, from intriguing design to locally inspired menus.

    Hotel Indigo® Milan – Corso Monforte takes inspiration from the surrounding neighbourhood, mixing elements from 1950’s Italian vintage fashion with contemporary cues intrinsically weaved into one seamless interior design theme of fashion through the ages. Throughout the hotel’s 75 rooms, bold prints and colour splash the walls and feature artwork and sketches from Biki, one of the most notable names of the Milan fashion scene in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Opening her first atelier (studio) in 1934 in Milan, Biki paved the way in the development of prét-a-porte fashion (ready-to wear). Her style wastypically classic Italian, specially made for the Milanese ‘vita’ – the high life. Throughout the hotel you can see nods to this through elements such as the large vintage leather-bound classic trunks embossed with the hotel’s initials.

    “The hotel boasts unique design features that are recognisable to the fashion connoisseur.”

    From ‘hat box’ bedside tables, bowler hat lamps and sewing machines desks, the hotel boasts unique design features that are recognisable to the fashion connoisseur whilst ensuring they blend with thebuilding’s original architecture. Throughout the historic palace, intricately detailed classically coffered ceilings and panelled walls can be seen, lending to the classical era of the hotel. Large arches dominate throughout and surround the interior courtyard, making it the perfect place for an afternoon coffee or drink.

    “Set to double its portfolio over the next three to five years, Hotel Indigo continues its strong growth as one of the largest boutique brands in this fast-growing segment,” said Eric Viale, Managing Director Southern Europe, IHG. “The brand is now at home in over 100 different and vibrant neighbourhoods globally, which is an incredibly exciting milestone. We provide guests with the best of both worlds – the promise of a design-led hotel and the reassurance of a consistently upscale experience with the IHG name behind it.” 

    There are more than 109 Hotel Indigo properties open globally with more than 103 in the hotel pipeline, including Japan’s first Hotel Indigo, Hotel Indigo® Hakone Gora due to open later this year. In Europe alone, there are 32 hotels open in key neighbourhoods with a further 19 due to open in the next three – five years, depending on forecasts.

    Recently, IHG opened the highly anticipated Hotel Indigo® Venice – Saint’Elena, the first IHG branded property on the island of Venice and Hotel Indigo® Stratford upon Avon, in the heart of Shakespeare’s home town. 

    Main image credit: IHG

    In Conversation With: Fashion designer Jack Irving

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    In Conversation With: Fashion designer Jack Irving

    Having previously designed statement outfits for many international music and fashion icons, Jack Irving’s alternative style has recently spilled out onto the hotel design scene. Editor Hamish Kilburn joins the fashion designer, in between photoshoots, to understand how two worlds have recently collided…

    The brand ‘Jack Irving Studio’ and the creative man behind the logo are two very different things. One is bold, disobedient and you would expect – almost encourage – to cause an outrageous impression in almost any social scenario.

    The other orders a lemonade on a hazy Thursday afternoon at a media interview as he catches his breath between work engagements. Opposites do attract, after all.

    Made famous by creating outlandish outfits for the likes of Lady Gaga and The Spice Girls for their come-back tour, the talented story-telling designer, Jack Irving, made his mark on the fashion industry by producing items that infused glamour and engineered technology.

    His innovative work recently emerged on my radar when he unveiled the result of a collaboration with W London Leicester Square, which has been the designer’s first interior design project to date. “The idea of working with W Hotels was mentioned to us at Pride London last year,” says Irving. “But it wasn’t until November, following my first show at the V&A, when we met the team to really discuss what we could do together.”

    Fashion shoot of models on bed with cushion

    Image credit: Charlotte Rutherford

    Presented by a loose brief to bring a flavour of ‘Jack Irving’ into the hotel, it became clear that that the W brand was willing to give the designer the creative reins in order to produce a statement piece for their newly designed guestrooms and suites. “They wanted a replacement for the current cushions and bed throw that met brand standards,” he explains. “The bed, for us, became the canvas.”

    One month after the brief was given, Irving pitched what he explained at the time to the client as a ‘crazy tech idea’ for the concept of new cushions. He wanted the items to be inspired his signature sea urchin style, which became famous by his work with Lady Gaga. Irving then wanted to make the interiors more instagrammable. The spiked pillows’ fabric would appear muted to the naked eye until they are brought to life through the click of a camera flash. Through the lens, the smart fabric would transform into an iridescent masterpiece. “To be honest, we were hesitant as to whether or not the client would see our vision,” explains the designer. “What we pitched was as far away from convention as we could have gone.”

    Irving and his partner (in life as well as well as in business), Rhys Beynon, received a call from the client while they were on a yoga retreat in Goa over Christmas 2018. “They wanted to see prototypes the first week of January,” Irving explains. “At this point, the pressure for us was on to meet the deadline.”

    QUICK-FIRE ROUND

    Hamish Kilburn: What would a Jack Irving guestroom look like if you were to design it?
    Jack Irving: It would be ridiculous – think sea urchin chairs and UFO beds. I also have the idea to design a Chesterfield sofa in the rainbow smart material.

    HK: What’s been the most challenging part going from fashion to interiors?
    JI: It hasn’t actually been that challenging because W Hotels were so on board with our idea.

    HK: Where’s next on your travel bucket list?
    JI: New Zealand and LA!

    HK: How do you switch off from work?
    JI: Both Rhys and I are really into techno. Oddly, it’s become our sanctuary.

    HK: What’s your biggest bugbear when checking in to a conventional hotel?
    JI: When hotels don’t stay in their lane.

    HK: What materials are really inspiring you at the moment?
    JI: For me, smart fabrics and metallic fabrics are really fun to play around with. I want to experiment more with the manufacturing of the material we have been using. That being said, you can’t rely on the fabric. The shape and structure is just as important.

    Models on bed with cushion

    Image credit: Charlotte Rutherford

    With time depleting by the day, and with fabric supplies on order to be delivered when they returned home from India, the next challenge was to secure a manufacturer. “The word ‘impossible’ landed in our inbox a few times,” explains Irving. “We did receive a lot of kickback at this stage from manufacturers, mainly because of the demand and the order size.” Undeterred, Irving and Beynon’s ‘when there’s a will there’s a way’ approach led them both to source the materials themselves to prove that it could be done. “I remember sitting on the beach with Rhys making a cardboard model of the cushion,” says Irving. “It’s one thing drawing the design, but it becomes very real when designing a 3D model.”

    As well as the shape of the accessory being unconventional, so too was the material that designer decided to work with. “We call it rainbow smart fabric,” he explains. “We were worried that it would look to synthentic when not lit up, but in reality it was the perfect material to use for creating that contrast.”

    As with all creative projects at pitch stage, there is an air of uncertainty, especially when it comes to unveiling to clients a prototype as futuristic as this one. “I was terrified when it came to pitching because you just don’t know how it’s going to go,” admits Irving. “We hadn’t seen the new rooms that our statement accessories would sit in, so it could have gone either way, as these things often do. But they loved it, and the second prototype we made on the beach in Goa over Christmas became the product that’s in the W London today.”

    Irving’s interior design work for W Hotels may be just a dip in the ocean for now, but the designer’s ability to disrupt convention through the use of innovative materials and shapes unquestionably makes him a true innovator on the international hotel design scene.

    Main image credit: Jack Irving Studio

    More than 70% of Brits believe hotels can be more eco-friendly

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    More than 70% of Brits believe hotels can be more eco-friendly

    A survey has revealed what Brits really think when it comes to hotels’ efforts to be eco-friendly… 

    76 per cent of British holidaymakers feel hotels can play a larger role than they currently are in being ‘greener’, a study has found. The survey, carried out by Taxi2Airport, also concluded that most Brits will seek to walk, bike or use public transport to explore the destination around the hotel.

    Meanwhile, 71 per cent have a strong desire to pack as light as possible. In turn, this will have an indirect positive effect on their flight, because if a plane weighs less – it increases fuel-efficiency and decreases the carbon emissions it produces. 66 per cent of the 1,468 respondents stated they will make a conscious effort to turn off the TV, lights, heating and air conditioning (AC) when not in use or present in the room.

    Interestingly, since toiletries such as toothpaste, shower gels and shampoos are provided on a complimentary bases in a majority of hotels – it can be easy to use them wastefully as they are ‘free’. Bearing this in mind, 54 per cent will only throw away and/or ask for new toiletries once they have finished their existing set.

    Fascinatingly, 67 per cent believed hotels should take the initiative to include a recyclableas well as non-recyclable bin, so they can separate any rubbish in their room between the two. Surprisingly, a sizeable 55 per cent of travellers would be happy if their hotel bathroom had a low flow shower head and toilet – both going a long way towards reducing water consumption.

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    Sekers launches new fabric backed vinyl contract wallcoverings

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    Sekers launches new fabric backed vinyl contract wallcoverings

    The Chenega Collection by Sekers is a new fabric backed vinyl contract wallcovering…

    Recommended Supplier Sekers has launched Chenega. Inspired by the delicate textures and surfaces of the polar landscape, the new collection is a versatile mix of six sophisticated designs including a modern interpretation of a classic moiré, an understated metallic effect, and a simple but elegant strie and is available in an extensive palette of 54 colours ranging from refined neutrals to radiant jewel tones, all with a subtle interplay of matte and sheen.

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

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

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    INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Styling a hotel for design press

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    INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Styling a hotel for design press

    With first impressions now being made before guests have even considered checking in, making a hotel’s style, personality and character pop in photographs is fundamental in any successful launch campaign. Florence Rolfe, former senior stylist at House & Garden – and judge for The Brit List 2019 – explains some of the tricks of the trade… 

    The overriding question I am often asked is: “What do I have to do in order to get my brand into a leading publication?”

    As we well know, the role of the journalist is to find the next big scoop, to draw the reader in with interesting content, and ultimately: to tell a story.

    When it comes to creating engaging imagery, my advice is that your visuals should also tell a story. They need to express a lifestyle, and, moreover when it comes to hotels, where there is an abundance, that story needs to be aspirational. It needs to offer access to something that you wouldn’t usually experience, and conclusively to communicate this. The image should encapsulate the incredible journey you will have. What do we enjoy most about staying at hotels? For me, I like to indulge: step into my room, kick off my shoes and slip into that soft luxurious robe. I scout out the brand of miniature toiletries carefully curated in the bathroom. Perhaps run a bubble bath, then later tuck into high-thread count, Egyptian cotton sheets freshly turned down by housekeeping, before indulging in a chocolate left on the pillow.

    “Whilst emulating the comfort of a home is important, the magic of hotels is also the escapist quality.”

    But how can we convey this sublime experience into a photograph? Whilst emulating the comfort of a home is important, the magic of hotels is also the escapist quality. A luxurious element and impression of pampering is key. Detail shots of gorgeous bed linen, or a beautifully presented breakfast on a balcony, or a section of the bed with a thoughtfully styled bedside table, attractive looking cocktails at a beautifully stacked bar, or a good looking dish prepared by the chef. An evocative shot could also capture a neatly rolled towel pristinely perched on a sun lounger.

    Are there any quirky design details around the hotel that the stylist and photographer are able to hone in on? Perhaps an interesting art collection, extensive book collection, rooftop pool with panoramic views, or an inviting private beach? Perhaps an unusual design element like a bath tub on the balcony – think The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone. Draw your focus onto the interior design elements in a hotel, like an oversized bedhead – Kit Kemp style – or a mega chandelier, as seen in The Corinthia London’s lobby. Focus on the materials at your disposal: the tiles, upholstery, curtains, bed linen. Do they contrast with other fittings like dramatic brass door handles? The writing desk in a hotel room. Or a big beautiful armchair. These furnishings are interesting to photograph to show guests how differently the bedroom space can be used (outside the standard realm of bed and en-suite bathroom).

    Consider the different mix of materials not as typical or practical in our everyday living spaces: silk curtains, bed throws, velvet armchairs. The prevailing impact that interiors trends have for press and bloggers means that in this day and age photography and styling is really important.

    Think about whether you want the pictures to look as though they are ‘guest ready’, preparing for the customers arrival or whether they should encompass a natural ‘lifestyle’ quality? Do you want to create your bedroom shots with a more ‘lived in’ feel. This could be a messy bed, for example. If your shots have been commissioned purely for website purposes, I would stick to ‘guest ready’. Lifestyle are great for video and social media content. I would also always advise having a model on hand for any lifestyle imagery as the human element not only brings things to life, also helps scale in a photograph. A mix of the two works well for website, brochure and social media content. Movement can still be created in a still life image: a running bath or shower, lit candles or a barman pouring a drink or shaking a cocktail.

    If the budget allows, I would suggest hiring a stylist and good photographer to bring these elements to life. My job as a stylist is to create this ‘home from home’ environment in a photograph, achieved by sourcing props in interesting shapes and sizes that I know will always photograph well.  You can never go wrong with beautiful flowers. They bring any image to life. Not only will they provide that pop of colour if needed in the photograph, but they can hugely help image proportions.

    Flowers is another element I would suggest carefully considering for your branding. Take a look at your surroundings: which flowers and/or plants are native to the country or area that your hotel is based? A hotel or resort based in South Africa might decide to stick with their native flower, which in this case is the ‘Protea’, whereas a hotel or resort in Mexico might opt for succulents in their imagery. As we are all aware, flowers can be pricey and don’t always last long. This isn’t always ideal when you’re on a long shoot, as they need to look as fresh as possible for every shot. Faux flowers might be a good option. Once renowned for having a bad reputation, these days there are some beautifully crafted, really realistic ones available. A good selection of hardback books in various sizes and colours are always useful to fill a neglected area.

    To create an image that not only gets you into the press, but also hooks your target market, you need to create emotion. Put yourself in the guest’s shoes. Do not simply take a cold image of a smart room, but rather bring that room to life. Allow the reader to envisage how they would feel when they walk through the door into your hotel room and sense all the wonderful things around them, which you’ve so carefully thought out for them.

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    PRODUCT WATCH: Sekers launches new collection of faux wool plains

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    PRODUCT WATCH: Sekers launches new collection of faux wool plains

    Recommended Supplier Sekers launches ARCADIA – Brodie & Glenmore…

    Sekers introduces ARCADIA, a collection of faux wool plains including a melton and a broken twill texture suitable for contract upholstery and accessories. Available in a versatile palette of refined heather tones ranging from soft sophisticated neutrals to saturated jewel tones, Arcadia is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

    With a high abrasion performance and supplied with a crib 5 flame retardant backing, Arcadia is ideal for the contract market, from pubs and hotels to cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK, US and IMO standards for upholstery.

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

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    SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric trends to bookmark for 2019 and beyond

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    SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric trends to bookmark for 2019 and beyond

    While Hotel Designs is shining the spotlight on fabrics, Hotel Designs has identified interesting trends and innovate materials on the market… 

    There are many factors that determine the trends and movements of which fabrics designers use within products. Sustainability, durability and feel to the touch are all among them. With this in mind, the editorial desk have found the fabrics that should and are being specified in design hotels around the world.

    Innovative and instagrammable material

    Image credit: W London

    Earlier this month, W London unveiled the result of its fashion-forward collaboration with designer to the stars Jack Irving. Completing his first ever interior project, Irving was asked to design a statement product for each room and suite. The designer’s urchant-shaped bed cushions are dynamic, quirky and very W! But what’s arguably more impressive than the shape is the material. “We call it Rainbow material,” says Irving. “That’s because of its ability to change colour. When you take a photo with the flash on, the cushion turns from a black to a multicoloured it glow, which the hotel loved.”

    Sustainability

    Image credit: Kvadrat

    The Denmark-based textile manufacturer Kvadrat has a strong sustainability policy. By launching the sustainable company Really, the company were able to upcycle waste wool and cotton to create different materials, which includes acoustic felts. “We strive to develop sustainable products of high quality – products that add value to public and private spaces.,” said the company which has worked in collaboration with the likes of Anton Alvarez, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Patricia Urquiola, among others.

    Another company that is leading the way on the sustainability path on the international hotel design scene is Mitre Linen. The company’s eco range, made from 100 per cent organic cotton and with a 200 thread count, is a classic, crisp white range that feels beautiful and soft to the touch. The cotton also conforms to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certificate which means it is guaranteed to be free from potential skin irritants.

    Time travelling to the ’50s

    Image credit: Sekers

    Incorporating a multi-colour looped yarn, Kielder by Sekers captures the essence of the heavy bouclé fabrics typical of the 1950’s but with a modern performance. Supplied with a crib five flame retardant backing and with a Martindale abrasion performance of 100,000 rubs, Kielder meets all relevant UK, US and IMO standards for upholstery. This textural semi plain is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

    Faux leathers

    Fabric specialist Skopos has recently unveiled three new crib five faux leather products.

    Kiri offers an antiqued / aged effect, in a range of leather-look colours. Its design mimics the sophisticated feel of leather and is well suited to hospitality and leisure interiors.

    Haiko comes in an array of colours meaning it can be suited and matched to a variety of contract interiors. This finish presents a plentiful palette, pushing designers to work with both colours and naturals in their contract schemes.

    Tama is both bold and confident. The emboss on Tama vinyl is subtle, light and understated, pushing the boundaries of colour to include vibrant shades in addition to neutrals, thus potentially appealing to a younger audience.

    Fabric in lighting

    In an industry that is used to collaborations and convergence, last year Vaughan boldly launched a new range that was inspired by travels around the globe that Lucy Vaughan, the creative director of the brand, has experienced. The result is The Tribal Collection, an array of vibrant lampshades, embroidered cushions and unusual upholstered chairs which aim to celebrate the craftsmanship and culture of fabrics Vaughan and her daughter have sourced. Each unique in their own right, the products within the collection is ideal for boutique hotels looking to create a statement, an editorial story we brought you one week ahead of this launch.

    Main image credit: W London

    Hotel Summit 2019 bridges the gap between hotel buyers and suppliers

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    Hotel Summit 2019 bridges the gap between hotel buyers and suppliers

    Forum Events’ premium meet-the-buyers event, Hotel Summit, put on yet another spectacular event with guest speakers including representatives from The Lanesborough, Great Hotels Of The World and Areen Design, among many others…

    Settling in a new home, located in the quintessentially British surroundings in the Oxfordshire countryside, Heythrop Park welcomed hoteliers, designers and suppliers alike for this year’s hotly anticipated Hotel Summit.

    More than 60 procurement professionals from leading hotels around the UK such as The Lanesborough, The Beaumont Hotel and The Gainsborough Bath Spa and 30 supplier partners attended The Summit that was sheltered within the 18thcentury hotel, which combines both elegant heritage design with contemporary areas, making it the perfect venue for one of Forum Events’ leading meet-the-buyers concept for the hotel industry.

    The two-day kicked off with an opening presentation with Rita Alves Machado, VP of sales and marketing for Great Hotels Of The World who joined editor Hamish Kilburn for a live interview on the topic of blesiure. “There should be more focus on public, intelligent areas when it comes to designing for bleisure guests,” Machado said. “For me, it’s about personalization, we look for that in our members, what they can do that will differentiate from others in an authentic way.”

    Andrew Linwood, Head of Hospitality Design at Areen Design, aptly followed with a presentation entitled: How Design Adds Value To A Hospitality Brand. “Branding is not only the name above the door,” he said to the audience. “It’s about good design and good service working together.”

    Meanwhile, Francisco Macedo, Operations Director for Clivedon House stood up in front of the audience to explain how to create a winning team, using personal anecdotes to explain how he has curated his army of staff in order to offer a seamless service within the hotel.

    After a morning of face-to-face meetings with suppliers, delegates joined to attend a speaker session with Marco Novella, Managing Director of The Lanesborough, followed by a short live interview where Kilburn delved into what it takes to be at the helm of one of London’s most prestigious luxury hotels. “It’s been important to react to the right trends,” explained Novella. “Wellness, for example, is a very important factor for The Lanesborough, and our aim with the club and spa was very much to lead wellness and wellbeing.”

    Following a lavish gala dinner and entertainment, delegates and suppliers gathered for a second day of pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings.

    Partners:

    ADI Trading Ltd, Airwave Europe, Alchemy House of Design, Birchall Team, Brushbox, Castrads, Discover Kangen Water, Elavon, Fortune Brands, Gallant, Good Energy, HCI, Hotel Champ, iBal Designs, Landmark Specialist Solutions, Ligne Roset Contract, Matrix Fitness, Mitre Linen, Out of Edan, Parkside, Phillip Jeffries, Portable Floormaker & Barlock Bars, Project Blinds, Riskmonitor Limited, Samsung Electronics, Tevalis Ltd, Timage, Toothbuckle, Virdor, Zennio

    Next year’s Hotel Summit will take place in April 27 – 28 at Five Lakes Resort, Colechester. If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2020 event, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

    BIID announces new President

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    BIID announces new President

    The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has announced that Harriet Forde from Forde design has stepped up to become the 2019 BIID President…

    The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has announced its new president for 2019-20, Harriet Forde, founder of London-based practice Harriet Forde Design. Forde succeeds current president, Gilly Craft and officially took on the role at the BIID Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday July 4, which took place at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    Forde, who has recently been confirmed as a Judge for Hotel Designs’ The Brit List, is an experienced interior designer and a long-standing member of the BIID, having previously held the position of Chair of the Membership Committee. An active member of the Institute, Harriet regularly leads talks and discussions at industry events across the country, including participation at the most recent BIID Inside Knowledge Conference.

    “As president, I will continue to support our members in providing a high-quality and professional service to their clients.” – Harriet Forde

    Having begun her study of interior design at the London School of Furniture, Forde went on to graduate from the prestigious University Central St Martin’s with a degree in textiles.  Following more than 10 years’ experience in the hospitality design sector – working for the likes of Richard Daniels, Richmond International and Areen Design – Harriet eventually set up her own practice, Harriet Forde Design in 1999.

    “I am delighted to be president of the BIID, to continue the fantastic work already established by our hard-working BIID council,” she said. “As president, I will continue to support our members in providing a high-quality and professional service to their clients, to educate consumers on the benefits of using a BIID registered designer and to ensure that our talented community of BIID members continues to thrive.”

    The designer is influenced by an admiration for architecture, attention to detail and nature, and incorporates this within her designs through pattern and texture. She also has a keen interest in the influences of design on wellbeing and explores the way this can be developed within a space through the careful selection of materials, lighting and space planning.

    Forde is experienced in the commercial, hospitality and high-end residential sector and is regularly commissioned to work on projects across the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East. This has allowed her to build a successful business and client base, with an approach centred on the understanding of space and translating it into original concepts and design. Harriet continues to personally lead every client project and it is this commitment that has allowed the practice to thrive, with the studio recently celebrating an impressive 20 years in business.

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    Four Seasons Hotel Singapore unveils botanical twist

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    Four Seasons Hotel Singapore unveils botanical twist

    Four Seasons Hotel Singapore goes botanical, unveiling reinvented interiors, including luxury suites, F&B and wellness areas…

    Nestled within a city/country that is widely known as a modern metropolis that is leading the way in sustainable design and architecture, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has lifted the lid on its newly completed interior design renovation, celebrating the natural, verdant flora that the island is unmistakeably known for.

    Somewhat becoming a major source of inspiration for the design team, the hotel is situated amidst lush foliage on the fringe of one of the world’s largest shopping street, Orchard Road, a mere five minutes away from the a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens. With the creative direction of celebrity Floral Art Director Nicolai Bergmann since April 2019, guests are greeted fresh florals in the Grand Lobby at arrival.

    “Replacing deep, rich palettes are now contemporary interiors that feature a natural colour palette of dusty cool blue tones and lime green accents.”

    The guestrooms and luxury themed suites alike were revamped in the last six to twelve months in preparation for the hotel’s Silver Anniversary. Replacing deep, rich palettes are now contemporary interiors that feature a natural colour palette of dusty cool blue tones and lime green accents, inspired by the water and tropical lotus leaves of the Singapore Botanic Garden’s Swan Lake. Each room also features a mural wall composition of traditional Peranakan tiles, adding an artistic touch and reminiscent of Singapore’s rich and multicultural heritage. Peranakan culture represents the union between two or more major ethnicities of the Straits Peninsula – a result of Singapore’s historical significance as a major trading port. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of the city and surrounding greenery, while white-colonial style doors and windows with plantation shutters, reminiscent of Singapore’s once-agricultural history, allowing for the natural light to brighten the rooms.

    Comprising four distinctive residences – the Royal Suite, Governor Suite, Ambassador Suite and the Presidential Suite – the quartet of luxury suites unfurl Singapore’s legacy through subtle design motifs, natural textures and serene palettes of subtle sophistication that portrays and acknowledges the Garden City’s dynamic, cosmopolitan storied history.

    The passion for a nature-enlivened, tropical ambiance continues from the private areas to the restaurants and bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.

    Relaunched in March 2019 after a month-long revamp, One-Ninety, the breezy, botanical modern Asian brasserie teases with its Asian twist on wholesome Provençal cuisine. The adjourning resort-style alfresco Terraza is perfect for unwinding with a classic in hand and weekend tete-a-tete over a tri-terraced Floral Afternoon Tea that intrigues with flora-infused treats, launched in end-May 2019. Embodying the concept of “Xiang Le Zhu Yi,” or the principle of enjoyment and happiness, newly minted Michelin-starred restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun is not only evocative of the pastoral lifestyle of Jiang Nan region’s traditional river villages through its rustic décor, but also through its authentic Cantonese cuisine.

    Main image credit: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

    INTERACTIVE REVIEW: Oddfellows On The Park

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    INTERACTIVE REVIEW: Oddfellows On The Park

    Located on the fringes of Manchester, Oddfellows On The Park is quirky, timeless and in its own admission ‘a little bit odd’. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes about the hotel that was designed to be disobedient…

    By the looks of Manchester’s hotel development pipeline, creativity in British interior design and architecture is not limited to London. Despite Brexit uncertainty, this year alone, 835 new guestrooms will be introduced into the industrial city – with a further 11 more hotels slated to open between 2020 and 2021.

    The booming hotel design scene in the northern metropolis has resulted in more interest around the outskirts of the city, and it is here – less than 10 miles from the Manchester’s Piccadilly – where Oddfellows Hotels’ latest property is situated.

    A lamp shining from the head of a life-sized model of a horse and a chandelier made from bicycle chains hanging above the check-in desk is the first indication that Oddfellows On The Park doesn’t like to play by the rules. Tasked with the aim to stylishly go against the grain was design firm SpaceInvader, which is dedicated to creating spaces which fulfill their true potential, while unlocking the power to enhance human behaviour.

    Opened in 2017, the hotel is sheltered within an 1861 traditional Victorian Gothic building, which was named Bruntwood Hall. The shell of the now 22-key boutique hotel was designed originally by an industrialist, John Douglas, who was inspired by a Scottish home; the original ceilings in The Stud Room Bar are testimony to this with subtle thistle design. Today, the iconic structure stands in plain sight, nestled within endless playing parks which feature archery, a golf course, and even a BMX cycling track – hence the cycling chain chandelier in the lobby.

    In its history, Bruntwood Hall has served many purposes – from being a town hall during the war to becoming home to a film company and fashion designer. Now, though, for the first time in its winding narrative, the building has been redecorated, reconfigured and reborn to welcome guests into a luxury boutique hotel like no other.

    Katie Edgar who heads up hospitality at SpaceInvaders led the design throughout the project. She and her design team conducted thorough research into the history of the building, the location and the inhabitants of Bruntwood Hall, in order to understand how to thoughtfully reference the building’s past. “The approach focused on respecting the character and beautiful features of Bruntwood Hall,” explains Edger. “We were inspired by them, and wanted to enhance them to design a romantic scheme that celebrates the history of the building and its unique position.”

    Image credit: ACT Studios

    In addition to sympathetically restoring the building’s original features, the design firm worked with architect Tim Groom, in order to incorporate elements of innovative and playful design that has become a signature of Oddfellows Hotels. “The aim was to create a space that allows guests to lose themselves in their surroundings and feel that the Hall is theirs for the weekend,” adds Edgar.

    “Original 1860s encaustic floor tiles were uncovered in the reception area and revived to their former glory.”

    The public areas arguably give the most significant nod to the building’s heritage. While Edgar and her team were restoring the building as part of its transformation, original 1860s encaustic floor tiles were uncovered in the reception area and revived to their former glory.

    The Stud Bar, which is sheltered adjacent to the lobby area, is a small and intimate space dominated by the original statement ceiling complete with beautiful Jacobean-style decorative plasterwork. “The furniture here has been based around complementing, rather than competing with the overhead design,” said Edger. Comfortable high back chairs with fabrics supplied by Skopos and a soft approach to seating encourage guests to enjoy both the view out to the parkland and the historical building features.

    Meanwhile, the corridors that are staggered over three levels feature an array of abstract art, creating fun and creative moments throughout guests’ journey to their rooms and suites. Just like the corridors, the guestrooms and suites are layered with texture and each have their own personality. The Tower Suite, for example, is a two-tiered design gem that adorns contemporary finishes such as playful wallcoverings and portraits hung with human bodies and animal heads.

    The bathrooms in all 22 rooms and suites have been designed by Utopia Projects, which specified all of the sanitaryware for seven different room types and the spa facilities for the hotel. “Having worked with these designers before, and therefore having an idea of what they like, made this hotel a dream to spec,” said project consultant, Stuart Adamson. ” It’s truly genius how the designers have maintained the buildings country style but modernised it with complimentary elements like the hexagonal mirrors and tiles, although our favourite piece has to be the roll-topped, freestanding baths we supplied completely in white.”

    Image credit: ACT Studio

    On the top floor, the suites compliment the natural architecture of the building, featuring wooden beams and, with high ceilings, compliment natural arch shape of the roofing. The guestrooms feature over-scaled carpet designs, which are a stylish riff on the decorative plasterwork.

    In a nod to the building’s Scottish heritage, the design team included thoughtful elements throughout, including new tartan upholstery, wools and tweeds, and original decorative thistles that are on display. “Heritage colours were specifically chosen to accent walls throughout the bedrooms and public spaces,” explains Edger. “Muted shades of greens, blues, purples and blacks were considered room by room and provide a back drop to conversational artwork and decorative lighting.”

    The use of taxidermy would have been expected in the interior of the building’s previous iterations. And so to layer this sensitively within interior scheme was important, but as with everything in the hotel’s design, the use of taxidermy was anything by ordinary. “In a twist on this concept, we included elements such as bike handlebars mounted on elaborate wall plates,” explains Edger. “These have been utilised to provide another link to the activities that can be enjoyed within the building’s surrounding 100 acres of parkland.”

    The Pigsty is the hotel’s premium spa that sits in a separate building adjacent to the rest of the hotel. Fittingly, the intimate salon features its own mudroom as well as two treatment rooms and has an engaging atmosphere within the social salon quarter.

    Now managed by Bespoke Hotels, the UK’s largest independent hotel group that also owns Hotel Gotham, checking in to Oddfellows On The Park is a journey that celebrates oddities in spectacular fashion. With the combination of amplifying a unique style and through clever marketing to promote it, the Oddfellows Brand is taking its place in the northern hotel charts and it continues to push the boundaries of modern hotel design.

    Main image credit: ACT Studios

    SPOTLIGHT ON: July’s features announced

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    SPOTLIGHT ON: July’s features announced

    Hotel Designs has officially dropped its July editorial features, which are Soft Furnishings and Fabrics…

    Throughout July, Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On features will look at two highly topical features, namely Soft Furnishings and Fabrics and all the trend forecasts in-between.

    Soft furnishings

    If 2017 wasn’t colourful enough, 2018 opened the floodgate even further for bold accents to come through; further moving away from monochrome and minimalism. Historically, when we have seen a colourful year in interior trends, what often follows is a period of refined textures – and with designing with nature in mind, could 2019 open up more earthy tones? We will find out!

    Fabrics

    In 2018, the ‘70s were a constant source of inspiration with many products launching a desert-chic look with patchwork effects making a return in fabrics. As technology continues to improve, so does the intricacy of design in fabrics.

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

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    Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

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    Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    LIVE FROM MILAN: Zaha Hadid Design at ME Milan Il Duca

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    LIVE FROM MILAN: Zaha Hadid Design at ME Milan Il Duca

    Zaha Hadid Design has announced that its Milan Design Week will be anchored at ME Milan Il Duca hotel, where it will host a thoughtful exhibition featuring contrasting textures… 

    The ME Milan Il Duca hotel has collaborated with Zaha Hadid Design to host an exhibition during Salone del Mobile 2019 at Milan Design Week. In honour of the ME Dubai, due to open in December 2019 with its interiors designed by Zaha Hadid, ME by Meliá is dedicating the month of April to the architect and designer, continuing the hotel brand’s commitment to supporting excellence in design.

    Investigating the evolution of Zaha Hadid’s formal language, the “Zaha Hadid Design at ME Milan Il Duca” exhibition explores the interrelated fields of architecture and product design. As a singular composition, it presents a variety of works – limited edition furniture pieces, lighting objects, vases and other accessories – manufactured in materials that include glass, marble and ceramics.

    “Zaha Hadid Design at ME Milan Il Duca” is a celebration of the studio’s diverse repertoire of designs realised in collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned brands as well as Hadid’s signature collection.

    Fabrics and surfaces

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    The exhibition features:
    • Moon System Sofa for B and B Italia
    • ZH One Armchair for Cassina
    • Mercuric Collection, Tela Shelving and Malea Table for Citco
    • Serac Bench for Italian Lab
    • Lapp, Weave and Strip vases for Rosenthal
    • Cellular and Ribbon hand tufted rugs for Royal Thai
    • Aria Suspension Lamp for Slamp
    • Z-Chair for Sawaya Moroni
    • Crystal Architecture Collection for Lalique
    • Zaha Hadid Design Collection

    “Zaha Hadid Design x ME Milan Il Duca” exhibition is open until Tuesday 30 April 2019. Originally designed by Aldo Rossi, the ME Milan Il Duca hotel is located in Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica, at the heart of the action in Milan this week.

    Main image credit: Zaha Hadid Designs

    Milan Design Week 2019: What’s on

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    Milan Design Week 2019: What’s on

    This week, hundreds of designers from all corners of the world will descend onto Europe’s soulful design hub that is Milan for the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, the Euroluce lighting show and other events happening within the city walls. Editor Hamish Kilburn cuts through the noise to identify what to bookmark over in Milan…

    Design lovers are arriving in Milan today to attend what is arguably the most significant event in the design calendar.

    From April 8 – 14, the Italian city  centre transforms into a creative hub that witnesses product launches, emerging trends, which this year are expected to be themed around health and wellbeing, bringing the outdoors indoors and creating closer human interaction.

    Salone del Mobile, which is arguably the main event of the week, will be split into three categories this year there are: Classic – Tradition in the Future, drawing on the values of tradition, craftsmanship and skill in the art of making furniture and objects; Design – products that transmit functionality, innovation and a great sense of style and finally xLux – the section you’ll want to spend most of your time at – the luxury section devoted to timeless objects in a contemporary key.

    Meanwhile, Euroluce the International Lighting Exhibition. The show, which has run every two years since 1976, presents the most innovative solutions in the field of light for interiors and exteriors.

    As the shows open their doors, here are a few events to bookmark:

    Sebastian Herker – Milan man of the moment

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    Hot off the heels of becoming Maison Objet’s Designer of the Year, Sebastian Herkner is moments away from launching new products in Milan. On the both upcoming shows Salone del Mobile and Euroluce in Milan, the studio will showcase new products for brands like Ames, Dedon, Emu, Freifrau, Gloster, Pulpo and Thonet as well as designs for our new partner Vibia.  The studio will also present collections for Schönbuch, Wittmann and Zanotta.

    Turri – architectural furniture

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    The furniture company has confirmed that it will launch a new collaboration with architect Daniel Libeskind who will be on the company’s stand at Salone del Mobile on Wednesday April 10 to discuss the new project with the company. Until then, the furniture company thats motto is ‘The Italian way to Beauty’ is keeping extremely tight-lipped about what we can expect.

    Swedish Design Moves – HEMMA goes wild

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    Swedish Design Moves returns to Milan this year with HEMMA gone wild – a sequel to the 2018 exhibition, HEMMA – Stories of Home.

    Curated and designed by Joyn Studio, HEMMA gone wild invites visitors to experience an abstract and playful vision of home, from hallway to living room and onwards through an unfolding scenography that showcases the best of Swedish design, drawn by curiosity and a mood of mystery.

    Humanscale – Human touch

    Todd Bracher, long-time collaborator with Ergonomic leaders Humanscale, and Studio TheGreenEyl have designed an immersive, interactive experience. Bodies in Motion will invite visitors in to explore human movement, as represented through dramatic beams of light. The display can be seen in the historic vaults located under Milano Central Station, as part of the third edition of Ventura Centrale.

    USM

    The Swiss furniture innovator USM will be returning with their mega-structure at the Fair in collaboration with UNStudio. Visit their stand (A07/B06) in hall 20. If you’re visiting on Tuesday, CEO & Great-Grandson of USM’s founder Alex Schaerer will be on the stand, as will Ben van Berkel, UNStudio founder and Ren Yee, Head of Design/Strategies, UNStudio. If you would like an interview with Alex, Ben or Ren let us know and we will help make arrangements.

    Minotti 

    Returning to the fair, the Italian furniture company in familiar surroundings will launch its 2019 Collection of luxury and timeless pieces. The premium furniture brand, which was Hotel Designs’ Exclsuive Style Partner for Meet Up London, will unveil all on its stand. Minotti will premiew the new collection, coordinated entirely by Rodolfo Dordoni, which also includes some products designed by Christophe Delcourt. The collection is a return to its roots, but with a vision of the future, to innovate while staying true to our style and our traditions. The inspiration for a collection marked by an intriguing layering of influences and styles, for a timeless elegance that is nonetheless strikingly unexpected.

    Brodie Neill – Plastic in the ocean

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    Following the sustainable Gyro table – a circular table featuring a top made from inlaid fragments of recycled ocean plastic, designer Brodie Neill will launch yet another public statement to highlight climate change. He will unveil a contemporary hourglass filled with microplastic instead of sand during Milan Design Week in order to highlight the issue of ocean plastic pollution.

    Nendo – Breeze of Light

    The Japanese studio Nendo will present a new lighting display entitled Breeze of Light. This installation, in collaboration with Daikin, evokes the sensation of a comfortable breeze by the movement of light and shadows, not actual air. A virtual flower garden is illuminated using 115 individually-controlled spotlights directing light on 17,000 flower-shaped polarising films. Changes in shadow intensity of the flowers produce the effect of a breeze passing through the garden.

    Tom Dixon

    Going against the grain, Tom Dixon took the decision not be showcasing products at Salone del Mobile. Instead, he’s opening his own restaurant and his furniture, lighting and accessories will feature throughout the restaurant’s dynamic mise en scene.

    Salone Satellite 

    Exhibition hall

    Image credit: Salone del Mobile

    As Hotel Designs continues to support young emerging designers, the Salone Satellite is to place to be if you want to discover new talent. Back for its 22nd edition, this year’s theme ‘Food as Design Objects is aimed to challenge designers to debate climate change and

    Ahead of the event, Claudio Luti, President of the Salone del Mobile, had this to say: “At this particular time of great success for Milan, it is important to consolidate the Salone del Mobile’s powersof attraction, offering its visitors not just a wide range of products, but, especially, opportunities for international interface and for reflection on the relationship between creativity and business.”

    Milan, the moral capital of a thriving design hub, has opened its doors as designers, architects flood in. The small city with a large personality is ready to witness many moments that are about to written and no-doubt go down in design history.

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    Sekers’ Kielder collection captures ’50s era with distinct modern twist

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    Sekers’ Kielder collection captures ’50s era with distinct modern twist

    Sekers has announced the launch of Kielder, a versatile textured weave suitable for contract upholstery…

    Incorporating a multi-colour looped yarn, Kielder by Sekers captures the essence of the heavy bouclé fabrics typical of the 1950’s but with a modern performance.

    Available in a palette of 20 multi-colour shades ranging from sophisticated earth-toned neutrals to zesty brights, Kielder is the perfect addition to any contract interior.

    “Kielder is supplied with a crib five flame retardant backing and a Martindale abrasion performance of 100,000 rubs.”

    Incorporating FibreGuard, an advanced finish that helps protect the fabric against spills and stains without having to resort to specialist cleaning, Kielder resists the toughest of stains, including red wine and ballpoint pen.

    Supplied with a crib five flame retardant backing and with a Martindale abrasion performance of 100,000 rubs, Kielder meets all relevant UK, US and IMO standards for upholstery. This textural semi plain is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

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

    New Skopos decorative upholstery fabrics

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    New Skopos decorative upholstery fabrics

    Recommended Supplier Skopos launches new decorative upholstery collection featuring a maze-like relief twist… 

    Soft, meandering upholstery fabrics with a subtle vintage look and elegant decorative feel, Amaze is the most recent upholstery quality to join the Skopos portfolio. Aimed at hospitality and leisure interiors, the collection adds a simple decorative finishing touch, without being too elaborate or ostentatious.

    The collection of 22 SKUs is produced using tactile chenille yarns, with a ‘maze’ design textured relief twist. The palette is a sophisticated mix of heritage colours.

    Amaze (pictured) has been specifically designed for contract furniture and is back-coated to Crib 5 (BS5852) and achieves IMO standards, ensuring its suitability for marine and all contract environments. Amaze achieves 100,000+ Martindale rubs, providing longevity in high traffic areas, meeting the needs for severe contract.

    With more than 45 years’ specialist experience, Skopos provide high-quality flame retardant fabrics and soft furnishings to the contract market.

    Defining the signature styles of many flagship hotels and cruise-liners, Skopos are dedicated to design, service and best performance. Our full service or fabric only option provides choice for our customers, with expertise in design, make-up (curtains, cushions and bedding), fitting and installation. Our Bespoke design and colour matching service provide the opportunity to create unique solutions.

    The Amaze collection officially launches in Spring, with samples available immediately.

    View the Amaze collection on the Skopos website:  skoposfabrics.com

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

    Main image credit: Skopos

    Sekers launches KOROWAI

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    Fabric specialist Sekers has announced the launch of KOROWAI, a new inherently FR curtain collection inspired by the pristine rainforests of West Papua New Guinea…

    Drawing inspiration from gently swirling water found in quiet bends of a meandering river, raindrops striking the surface of a stream during a tropical downpour and the structures of the rainforest itself, Korowai from Sekers is a varied and sophisticated offering of four elegant designs.

    Available in a flexible palette of 25 colours, ranging from vibrant turquoise and lime to classic neutrals and cool metallic tones, Korowai is the perfect addition to any contract interior.

    Woven in 100 per cent inherent FR polyester, the Korowai collection is suitable for all aspects of the contract market from hotels to cruise ships. Meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for curtains, accessories and bedding, as well as German, French and US standards, this washable collection is the ideal resource for any contract application.

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

    MEET UP LONDON: 3 weeks to go

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    Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers: Meet Up London takes place on March 28 at Minotti London… 

    Designers, architects and hoteliers can purchase tickets here.
    Suppliers can purchase tickets here.

    There are just three weeks to go until the industry will gather together for Hotel Designs’ Q1 networking event, Meet Up London.

    Taking place on March 28 at Minotti London, the evening event is designed to bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

    Meet Up London will be attended by more than 200 hospitality professionals. As well as providing the perfect networking stage for professionals who are working on the hotel design scene, the event will also pay special attention to young designers as it will unveil Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 (the shortlist can be accessed here).

    The latest names to the guest list include designers, directors and 30 Under 30 shortlisted finalists from the likes of B3 Designers, Yasmine Mahmoudieh Design Studio, Scott Brownrigg and M Studio.

    They will join designers and directors from leading studios such as Richmond InternationalHBA LondonGenslerJestico + WhilesGoddard LittlefairProject Orange and WATG who are among the names that are also confirmed to attend.

    Agenda for Meet Up London: 

     

    How to attend Meet Up London 

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

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

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

    New Skopos decorative velvet upholstery with a carnival feel

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    Celebrating the New Year in style, the new luxury flame retardant decorative upholstery velvet collection from Skopos, La Feria, officially launches this month…

    Appropriately named La Feria, after the annual local festival in Spain and southern France which is characterised by bullfights, bull running in the streets, bodegas, Skopos’ new collection brings a dramatic carnival feel to contract upholstery. A collection of unique FR velvet designs, La Feria incorporates five elegant new designs, involving different combinations of expressive colour and elegant soft neutrals.

    La Feria achieves the high standards required for cruise, hospitality and leisure contract interiors.

    Sofa with the La Feria fabrics

    Image credit: Skopos

    Designs include Cadiz, an organic feather/herringbone design with an exquisite metallic outline and Cordoba, a soft textured pebble design; a multi-coloured chevron; a diamond; and an exotic tile. The collection comes with Crib5 backing as standard and a soft, luxurious pile.  La Feria achieves 40,000+ Martindale rubs, meeting the needs for severe contract fabrics.

    Samples of the collection are available now. View the La Feria designs on the Skopos website.

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

    Sekers launches two new sophisticated fabric ranges

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    Fabric specialists Sekers launch BRAEMAR and PATAGON, two new fabric collections suitable for luxury curtains… 

    Sekers announces the launch of BRAEMAR, a wide width textural linen look plain suitable for contract curtains and accessories. Available in a palette of 25 sophisticated shades including stylish neutrals and soft vegetable hues, BRAEMAR is a versatile addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality and leisure markets.

    Woven in 100 per cent polyester, BRAEMAR is washable and is suitable for all aspects of the contract market. Meeting all relevant UK & USA standards for curtains and accessories, the collection is the perfect selection for any contract application.

    PATAGON – Bora, Canterbury, Khamsin, Marin, Pampero, Shamal, Zephyr & Zonda.

    The new range is a versatile collection of wide width sheers, including linen effect semi-plains, a dramatic texture with a subtle twist of metallic thread and a large scale decorative geometric design. PATAGON is available in a diverse palette ranging from sophisticated neutrals and cool metallic tones to a bold black & white colour combination. With a refined drape and a variety of textures, PATAGONis a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

    The PATAGON collection is fully FR tested and is suitable for all aspects of the contract market from hotels to cruise ships. Meeting all relevant UK and US FR standards for curtains, this washable collections is the perfect selection for any contract application.

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

    Cuba by Skopos: Budget has never looked so stylish

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    Recommended Supplier Skopos Fabrics has launched a linen-look upholstery fabric range as a stylish budget upholstery option…

    A stylish linen-look waterproof, antimicrobial contract upholstery quality at a budget price. Cuba by Skopos launches this Autumn as a flexible upholstery solution, for contract spaces, in a contemporary palette.

    Previewing at the Care show and alongside the new print collection by Skopos, Cuba delivers texture, colour and durability. Looking equally stunning as a plain or when used together with other Skopos upholstery fabrics, Cuba is a great product for contract projects. With stocks available from October, Cuba has no minimums.  The collection achieves 40,000 Martindale rubs and meets FR requirements for contract interiors.

    Call the brand’s sales team for free samples of Cuba or visit its website.

    Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 45 years’ specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality, cruise, care and leisure sectors.

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

    Kobe highlights extensive collection of contract-focused fabrics

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    From fabric suitable for cruise liners through to international hotel chains, Kobe UK has an extensive collection of FR focused products for the contract sector…

    Already established as a Go To supplier for interior designers, the Kobe portfolio features an unrivalled selection of fabrics for upholstery and curtain use. This includes its 30-strong collection of ‘room high’ fabric options, suitable for extra wide windows at 310cm, 315cm and 320cm high with patterns printed or woven horizontally to ensure a seamless décor.

    “We pride ourselves on offering clients with a vast selection of products to meet the high demands within the contract sector,” said Kobe managing director, David Harris. “Easy-to-care-for properties and aesthetics are essential, ensuring products stand the test of time and offer paying guests the wow factor when entering a room.

    “There’s a growing demand for wider-width fabrics that fit larger windows in both residential and commercial properties and our aim is to provide a design to suit each individual taste.”

    “The company has been supplying UK interior design and soft furnishing customers for 20 years.”

    With selections suitable for the contract sector comprising of curtain weight, voiles and sheers and upholstery fabrics in the latest interior trends, many of Kobe’s collections feature a wide range of 100 per cent Trevira CS fabrics, regarded as the highest quality in FR, along with a selection of price conscious 100 per cent FR polyester yarns.

    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.

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

    Kobe to exhibit at London Interior Show

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    The luxury fabrics specialist will exhibit at this year’s London Interior Show on the 16 – 17 September…

    Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK will exhibit at this years’ prestigious London Interiors Show.

    The exhibition which will take place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel between the 16 and 17 of September, will feature a host of the country’s top interiors businesses, from fabric to furniture.

    Kobe, which is based in Crowthorne in Berkshire, will exhibit a variety of its contemporary, yet timeless collections along with a brand new nine-piece capsule range from its price sensitive Essente brand.

    Collections on show will include the latest room high range with fabrics suitable for extra wide windows at 310cm, 315cm and 320cm high with patterns printed or woven horizontally to ensure a seamless window décor.

    One featured collection is Boutique, a lavish mix of innovative textiles including sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and soft satin. The palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns available within the collection.

    In addition, Kobe will show its Art-Deco inspired Elegance and naturally focused Senses collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics. Elegance features a mix of metallic and neutral tones in geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns, while Senses has been designed to create an element of calm in the home with its combination of organic yarns and soft colour palette.

    Sekers Fabrics unveils Piazza collection

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    Sekers Fabrics has launched Piazza, a versatile upholstery with a small textured weave combining multi-colour twist yarns with luxurious chenille yarns…

    Available in a range of 20 colours, from rich, stylish neutrals and browns to vibrant blues, reds and oranges, Sekers new fabrics collection Piazza offers a diverse choice of colour.

    Incorporating Aquaclean, an advanced nano technology finish that helps protect the fabric against spills and stains without having to resort to specialist cleaning, Piazza resists the toughest of stains, including red wine and permanent marker.

    Supplied with crib 5 backing and with an outstanding abrasion performance of 45,000 rubs, Piazza is an ideal upholstery choice for the contract market, from pubs and hotels to cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

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

    In Conversation with: Fabrics experts at Mitre Linen

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    Concluding our month of putting Fabrics in the spotlight, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn sat down with the general manager of Mitre Linen, Kate Gough, to explore more around trends and how the company is moving with modern times…

    Personally, I’m a soft pillow kind of man – take from that what you will. My colleague to the left of me on the other hand disagrees entirely and insists that without a hard pillow in a hotel he will not sleep a wink. A hotel that claims to be luxury that does not offer a good night’s sleep is not somewhere guests will rush back to check in to after they’ve checked out. Therefore, keeping the pillow options open to all and investing in good linen will go far to ensuring your guests have a comfortable stay.

    As technology continues to evolve, and while interior trends flow into the duvet, I sat down with linen experts Mitre Linen to put the topic into perspective.

    Hamish Kilburn: How has the company evolved with technology moving forwards?

    Kate Gough: Over the years, we have built a reputation for quality and reliability that has earned us the honour of HM The Queen’s Royal Warrant, which we have proudly held since 1955. Over the past 70 years, we have seen many changes within the industry, including major technological advances which have had a significant impact on many areas of our business, however, our key focus remains the same – offering exceptional customer service.

    We work as hard as ever to ensure that anyone who contacts the Mitre team is left feeling delighted. Our friendly team, based in Merthyr Tydfil, in the heart of the Welsh valleys, has always been at the end of the phone to take orders, or offer advice and support to our customers. For those who prefer to, online orders can be placed quickly and easily via our new website, with a convenient Fast Order option available for those in a hurry, while those seeking advice or with product queries can take advantage of our new online LiveChat feature, which is available Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.

    We have created a selection of handy online Mitre Guides which is easily accessed via our website, helping our customers to make the right product choices for their needs. We also give online insight into the latest industry trends with our regularly updated Mitre Articles, which offer valuable advice from our experts, on topics such as the effective use of colour in hotel rooms, and tips on how to create a hygienic sleep environment.

    The average person produces one to two pints of sweat every night

    HK: What are your thoughts on the pillow menu?

    KG: The right pillow is essential to a comfortable night’s sleep – pillow menus are easy to create and can be as simple as offering the option of either a hard and soft pillow, depending on a guest’s personal preference. Mitre Linen offers a wide variety of pillow styles and constructions available to suit the desires of any sleeper, and we are happy to guide you in your choices, making it easy for your business to provide the perfect pillow menu.

    Our best-selling Comfort Palace Pillow features Quallofil extra life fibre which keeps it thick and plump, whilst ensuring a longer lifespan. The flame-retardant pillow is highly resistant to flattening, maintaining its shape after every use whilst retaining its soft profile, ensuring it’s quick and easy to achieve a welcoming bed. The Comfort Palace Pillow makes a great soft option for a pillow menu.

    The Comfort Ultraloft Pillow would be ideal as a firm option for a pillow menu. With a Hollowfibre fill, its thick, plump design has a weight of 850g. Covered in durable polycotton, it’s designed to last through regular heavy-duty use, and is flame retardant.

    We would also recommend that a pillow menu include at least one microfibre option, in order to offer the comfortable feel of feather and down without the risk of allergy. Mitre Linen’s Luxury Microfibre pillows are available in soft and firm variants, have 100% cotton covers with a 233 thread count, and conform perfectly to the head and neck to offer soft and comfortable support.

    For further information, see our detailed pillow guide.


    HK: How often should hotels replace bed linen?

    KG: Bed linen such as duvet covers and sheets should be replaced at the first sign of wear and tear. Within two years, one third of a pillow’s weight is made up of dead skin, dust mites, oil and dirt and considering that the average person produces one to two pints of sweat every night, then pillows and duvets should be regularly replaced.  Protectors are invaluable to prolong the life of mattresses, duvets and pillows. Not only do they provide a more hygienic sleeping environment for your guests as they can be regularly washed, but they also extend the life of bedding which is a significant investment for a business.

    HK: What are your thoughts on colourful bed sheets in the hotel guestroom?

    KG: Our white satin polycotton range is our biggest seller, and whilst recent Mitre Connects* hotelier feedback confirmed that white bedlinen is perennially popular, we did note quite a few comments requesting a larger range of good quality colourful bed linen. In response to this valuable feedback we have added colour options into our Egyptian Cotton Range – our gorgeous 100% cotton percale bedlinen is now also available in ruby red, raisin, blush pink, lead grey and saffron yellow, as well as our ever popular white.

    HK: What advice would you give to hotels when it comes to caring for bed linen?

    KG: Freshly laundered, pristine, smooth and crease free bedlinen always rates highly for guests when they stay at a hotel so for those who launder on site, here are some care tips:

    Always wash cotton bedlinen before use, at 50°C or 60°C. Expect 4-8 per cent shrinkage (Mitre Linen sizing allows for this). Hot iron when slightly damp to give a crisp finish. Don’t bleach, as this will reduce the life of the product. Soak stained bedding in water if immediate laundering is not possible.

    Wash polycotton bedlinen at 50°C. Use a detergent intended for colours (to avoid colour fade due to OBA build up). A light iron is suggested.

    For further advice on laundry care, please refer to our Linen Care Guide at www.mitrelinen.co.uk/care-guide.

    *MITRE CONNECTS SURVEY 2018 – The Mitre Connects Survey presents survey data from nearly 300 hospitality industry professionals. The answers provided offer a vital insight into the industry’s concerns on topics that affect day-to-day business and future planning for the hospitality industry.

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

    Top 5 stories of the week: Mountain-mad retreats, chart-topping hotel groups and cliff-hanging hotel design

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    As our month of threading together the latest in fabrics and soft furnishings comes to a close, we wrap up another fast-paced week in the creative world of international hotel design with the top five stories of the last five days…

    Following on from the successful Meet Up North networking event we hosted in Manchester’s King Street Townhouse, this week we’ve covered hotel design news from around the world. We’ve seen ambitious plans launching, hotel groups becoming leaders and Hotel Designs has announced its Spotlight On features for August. Here are the top five stories of the week, as selected by editor Hamish Kilburn.

    1) Spotlight On: Hotel Concepts and Flooring & Carpets

    Throughout August, Hotel Designs will be putting the spotlight on two massively talked-about areas of international hotel design, namely: Hotel Concept and Flooring & Carpets…

    2) IHG becomes the UK’s leading luxury hotel operator

    The story with the most views this weeks comes from a brand that is taking luxury travel to a new level – and fast! IHG has just been named the UK’s leading luxury hotel operator after a series of shifts and openings. The hotel group has confirmed the UK debut locations for its boutique brand Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants and its recently launched upscale brand, voco™ Hotels. This move follows the announcement made in May of an agreement with Covivio (formerly Foncière des Régions), to rebrand and operate 12 high-quality open hotels in the UK and one pipeline hotel. Nine of the hotels join IHG’s brand portfolio today, making IHG the UK’s leading luxury hotel operator. The remaining three open hotels are anticipated to be added in the coming weeks…

    3) Design hotel in the Dolomites will define a new model of mountain luxury hotels

    The plan for the new Faloria Mountain Spa Resort, historical glamorous hotel based in Cortina, has finally been unveiled. A new design hotel in the Dolomites, the Faloria Mountain Spa Resort, is said to set a new standard in mountain luxury hotels. The project, signed by the architect Flaviano Capriotti, upgrades the resort to the highest hospitality standards, achieving the fifth star and presenting a new hospitality model: at crossroads between local tradition, innovation and comfort.

    4) Opposites attract at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

    Guestroom image with stunning ocean views

    Nestled behind vibrant streets, where thousands of Gap-Year backpackers find shelter in cheap hostels, rises a luxury hotel with personality, style and unmatched ocean views. Editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to ‘a new kind of luxury’ at the Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay to see for himself how opposites in South East Asia can attract after all…

    5) Waldolf Astoria Bangkok prepares for ‘Asia’s most anticipated hotel openings this year’

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    The anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, designed by the award-winning André Fu is said to evolve the hotel landscape in Southeast Asia. The end of August will see the opening of what is said to be Asia’s most anticipated hotel openings of 2018. The grand Waldorf Astoria in Bangkok, meticulously designed by, André Fu, from AFSO who was named Designer of the Year for Maison & Objet Asia in 2016, captures the brand’s iconic image in the vibrant Thai capital.

    Edinburgh hotel Launches ‘Living Art’ concept allowing guests to purchase soft furnishings

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    Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh announces that guests staying in Designer Suites can purchase artworks and soft furnishings from top-Scottish designers…

    This month, Hotel Designs has been putting the spotlight on hotel soft furnishings. With the aim to help make the ‘hotel look’ achievable in the home, Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh has recently launched a ‘Living Art’ concept where guests staying in four of the hotel’s nine design suites will be able to purchase select items that catch their eye. The hotel is renowned for sheltering striking rooms designed by leading Scottish fashion stars, interior designers and artists and, following many requests, it has launched the initiative to help amplify exceptional design further.

    The four chosen suites were curated by Scottish fashion designer Judy R Clark and leading Scottish textile designer Hatti Pattisson in each designer’s personal style, with items created in their studios. Guests booking to stay will have the chance to order any items by the two designers that they desire. Guests not staying in the chosen suites need not miss out, the two designers will have rolling window displays in the hotel or can be visited at their local studios.

    Guestroom with soft hues of greys and purple chair

    Image caption: Superior Room

    Pieces of history overlooking the Royal Mile, Judy R Clark’s rooms are outfitted with antique bespoke furnishings, luxurious tactile fabrics and modern amenities. Guests can relax on opulent velvet chairs, look out towards the writer’s museum and scribe their own correspondence at an antique desk.

    Sumptuous soft furnishings in suite

    Image caption: G&V Hatti Pattison Bedrrom

    Boasting some of the best views in the city, the Garden Paradise Suite and Castle Suite by Hatti Pattisson channel the city’s dynamic architecture, featuring bursts of floral colour and oceanic shades in the bedroom. Her lampshades, cushions, paintings and fabrics adorn each room.

    Part of the Radisson Collection, the 136-room hotel is a design-led, five-star lifestyle hotel located in the heart of the Edinburgh’s Old Town just steps from Edinburgh Castle, Grass Market, The Royal Mile, The Museum of Scotland and The Scottish National Gallery as well as the famous Princes Street and upmarket George Street.

    Main image credit: G&V Hatti Pattison Living Room

    Top 5 stories of the week: Meet Up success, interview with Wyndham and designing with purpose

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    Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn reflects on a busy week in the world of international hotel design with the top five stories…

    “Manchester is a shrinking violet,” said no designer, ever! This week, we invited you up to Manchester to take part in our tried and tested networking event! The inaugural Meet Up North was a complete success in further bridging the gap between hoteliers, architects, interior designers and key-industry suppliers. If you haven’t already done so, check out our facebook page where you can see all the images from the evening.

    As well as socialising in one of Manchester’s hottest hotels, I also found the time to sit down with Dimitris Manikis who is the new Managing Director of Wyndham Hotels (EMEA). Aside from having what I believe to be the coolest glasses in the industry, Manikis also has some big plans for the brand and his energetic personality, I feel, will steer him in the right direction as the brand enters a new exciting chapter.

    As well as all this, contributor Michelle Tonta explained why designers should be designing with purpose…

    1) HD Meet Up North took hotel design networking in the north to new heights

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    On Wednesday, more than 200 of the industry’s leaders and visionaries from within the hotel design gathered on the terrace of King Street Townhouse in Manchester for the first ever Meet Up North. Sponsored by Marca Corona, the event, which boasted an unparalleled perspective of the Manchester sunset, welcomed hoteliers, architects, interior designers and key-industry suppliers.

    2) In conversation with: Dimitris Manikis, President and Managing Director (EMEA) for Wyndham Hotel Group

    Left: Dimitris Manikis Right: Hamish Kilburn

    Left: Dimitris Manikis Right: Hamish Kilburn

    I met Manikis in a quaint, tucked-away boutique hotel in Soho, London. Wearing what I believe to be the most fabulous glasses in the industry, Manikis’ beaming ear-to-ear smile led me to believe that I would click with him instantly. My first impressions of Manikis was that of surprise. Surprised that someone can remain so calm while carrying the weight of 460 hotels in more than 40 markets in the EMEA (and counting) on his shoulders. We both laughed as we compared glasses and sat down to discuss how he plans to maximise the performance of the group.

    3) Designing fabrics and soft furnishings with purpose

    Threading together design and sustainability, textiles expert Michelle Tonta explains why sustainable development should be on the minds of all designers when innovating new fabrics, soft furnishings and even flooring.

    4) Art, heritage and culture sheltered in one of Europe’s first Hyatt Centric hotel

    The interior design of the newly opened Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid seamlessly blends art, heritage and culture. The new lifestyle brand from Hyatt has entered the European market with a five-star hotel developed from a historical city landmark built in 1920’s located on the famous Gran Via.

    5) Serious five-star soft furnishings goals

    All month, Hotel Designs is shining the spotlight on Soft Furnishings, Fabrics and Textiles. Here are some five-star examples of hotels that nailed their soft furnishings first time around…

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    Designing fabrics and soft furnishings with purpose

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    Threading together design and sustainability, textiles expert Michelle Tonta explains why sustainable development should be on the minds of all designers when innovating new fabrics, soft furnishings and even flooring…

    I, like many designers, adore rich textural surfaces and luscious fabrics, but whilst colour, print and pattern are key principles of fabric selection for interior designers, sustainable development and practice is without a doubt the rising focus in today’s modern design.

    Once perceived by many as just a passing trend, sustainable design has never been more important than it is today, but also, never before been so widely discussed. Shocking scenes in BBC’s Planet Earth II portrayed the devastating effects of plastic waste and global warming, prompting a national awakening to the consequences of our actions.

    In a global effort to preserve the environment, new research indicates a rise in eco-friendly holidays, with increasing numbers making hotel choices based on its eco-friendly credentials. It is now prevalent that creatives and designers must design with purpose, marrying together stylish aesthetics with design processes that work in harmony with the environment, and not against it.

    Woven textile designer and member of Cockpit Arts, Carmen Machado, is just one creative maker taking an active stand on the environmental issue of ocean waste. Machado’s practise consists of repurposing abandoned marine debris, namely ghost netting, and transforming this into unique, hand-woven textiles, suitable for upholstery as well as stand-alone art.

    Image caption: Carmen Machado

    Machado’s grid-like textiles truly capture the essence of the beach with the bright colours of the sun-bleached netting coming through within the weave. Again, whilst Machado has applied her innovative design process to create furniture and wall hangings, one could argue this interesting response to ocean waste would make for stunning interiors in a beachside boutique hotel. This would simultaneously raise awareness of the issue at hand.

    grid-like textiles from Carmen Machado

    Image caption: Grid-like textiles from Carmen Machado

    Of her work, Machado says: “As an artist and concerned marine lover, my biggest interest is to find a way to both spread awareness about the truth of what we are doing to our oceans and give these materials a new life.”

    “Together we set a new standard in large scale bio-based 3D printing, towards a more personal, beautiful and sustainable future” says Dutch company, Aectual. Using huge robotic 3D printers, Aectual prides itself on creating large-scale customisable sustainable floors. The smart robotic technology uses recyclable bioplastic (made from plants) to print the framework, which means there is zero waste in the process.

    Manufacturing process of 3d Printing at Aectual

    Image caption: Manufacturing process of 3d Printing at Aectual

    The fact that this 3D-printed mould material can be fully recycled back into the print cycle presents unparalleled design opportunities for the hotel interior design industry. Originally launched during Dutch Design Week 2017, Aectual has created floors for the likes of Amsterdam Schiphol airport and the Loft Ginza Flagship store in Tokyo. This begs the question of why this sustainable approach has not yet been applied beyond public spaces, and into the world of hotel interiors.

    Another fascinating method that could be applied to textile interiors is printing fabrics with ink made from soot particles! It may sound unbelievable, but, in response to the burdening issue of air pollution in India, Graviky Labs, a startup consisting of savvy MIT Media Lab graduates, last year developed a revolutionary technology, KAALINK, that converts carbon emissions from chimneys and vehicles into ink. The outcome has been named AIR INK – a range of markers and inks for designers and artists.

    This ingenious transformation from pollutants to tools for art prompted product designer, Kelly Maj Gijsen, to approach the Graviky Labs team and ask if they had yet created ink for textile purposes; they hadn’t. This is where the collaboration began, and Gijsen worked with the team to create a version of Air Ink for use on fabrics. With these inks, Gijsen then produced a range of patterned scarves using 100 per cent organic cotton and dying  the fabrics with natural ingredients such as turmeric, indigo and pomegranate.

    These are just three examples of innovative approaches with a nod to the environment in design today, and while the processes have not yet been practiced within the space of hotel interior design, the breadth of opportunity and scope for designing with a purpose is endless. We may not have a Stella McCartney of the interior fabrics world, raising awareness of ethical design, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it should be forgotten about.

    These examples also show that sustainable design and process need not mean basic, as some assume, but has the potential to produce textile and surface design that is suitable for, and viable within the luxury interiors market.

    Main image credit: Carmen Machado

    Anantara Mai Khao Jim ThompsonSuite Living

    Anantara Mai Khao Phuket villas features Phuket’s first Jim Thompson silk-inspired villa

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    Jim Thompson shared his love of Thailand by bringing hand-woven Thai silks to the world, complementing perfectly the Anantara passion for authentic luxury…

    The finest textiles from the famed Jim Thompson collection enhances the splendid two-bedroom villas already available at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas.

    A sweeping sanctuary nestled in 389 sqm of tropical Bill Bensley gardens, the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson is just steps from Mai Khao’s white-sand beaches and Anantara Mai Khao’s many delights. Two bedrooms and a living room overlook a private 67-sqm pool with a spacious sun deck, while a traditional Thai sala extends over the serene lagoon.

    Drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings of Mai Khao, the villa impeccably blends Jim Thompson fabrics into its designs. The living room is filled with fabrics shaded blue and white for a nautical feel, offset by woods with sandy hues. Both bathrooms tempt with terrazzo bathtubs and open-air, but secluded, showers. The villa’s flooring is natural Thai Makha, a rare hardwood highly prized for its gorgeous patina and unique grains. Classic Thai Pikul flower designs adorn the internal doors and mini bar. Elegant Thai artwork and carvings leave no question of the Jim Thompson Villa’s Thai heritage.

    Anantara Mai Khao Jim Thompson Suite

    Image caption: Anantara Mai Khao Jim Thompson Suite

    The master bedroom’s centrepiece is Jim Thompson’s Heliconia Dreamin’, inspired by the exotic Heliconia flower that still flourishes at Jim Thompson’s former home, creating a vibrant lightness that extends to the swimming pool and sala. The twin bedroom features Floriental, a whimsical print of birds and butterflies frolicking among peonies, for a playful atmosphere overlooking the pool and gardens.

    “We have a passion for enhancing our pool villas so that guests can enjoy the full beauty of Anantara Mai Khao, inside and out,” explains Nikolaus Priesnitz General Manager of Anantara Mai Khao. “The Two-Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson offers a secluded retreat with luxury amenities and is ideal for families, while highlighting the gorgeous designs of a truly beloved Thai treasure.”

    The sumptuousness extends beyond the exquisite design. Welcomed with flowers and fresh fruit juices on arrival, guests can proceed directly to the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson so that they can unpack and settle in while checking in. Along with the Anantara Spa products provided in every villa, a complimentary set of the Bvlgari Guest Collection awaits, as well as the renowned Anantara personalised Villa Host service.

    In all of July we are exploring Soft Furnishings and Textiles & Fabrics as our ‘Spotlight On’ features. If you have a project, or product, in this area of the market that you would like Hotel Designs to review, please get in touch with editor Hamish Kilburn (h.kilburn@forumevents.co.uk). 

     

    TREND ALERT: Jewel colours shine this season

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    As part of our spotlight this month on soft furnishings and fabrics, Jewel colours are said to be an in-season trend at the moment…

    Here is a sneak peek at a selection of new designs that will be on display at this year’s Decorex International. The pieces have been selected because of their sultry, jewel-like colour, a said-to-be trend of the season. These popular hues – especially in soft furnishings and fabrics – not only add intrigue and interest to a room’s design, but they also offer a dramatic way to make any interior pop.

    Image credit: Clockwise from top left: Dub pendant large from Innermost, Willersley bedside from Di Design, Capriccio wallpaper from Blackpop, Rita does Jazz cushion from The Monkey Puzzle Tree ,The Siren wall light from Curiousa & Curiousa, Asymmetrical maroon flatweave from Ptolemy.

    Image credit: Clockwise from top left: Calypso dining chairs in Capri – Aquamarine with Wallis embroidery from Beaumont & Fletcher, Aime and Idylle a Rio fabrics from Misia, Casamance, Joyce Cabinet from Pinch, Federico armchair from Gillmore Space, Red sofa from Decca.

    For more than forty years Decorex has been the show of choice for the UK and international high-end interior design trade. It is the annual showcase for over 400 exhibitors, from up-and-coming brands to established exhibitors, who present new collections to the 1,400 interior designers, manufacturers and buyers who attend.

    For more insight into soft furnishings and fabric trends, click here.

     

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    SPOTLIGHT ON: Soft furnishings & textiles/fabrics

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    Throughout July, Hotel Designs will be putting the spotlight on two super-important areas of hotel interior design, namely: soft furnishings and fabrics/textiles…

    Next month, Hotel Designs will be threading together all the news, features, products and conversations from soft furnishings and fabrics and textiles.

    2017 confirmed our predictions in that the re-emergence of bold colours and motifs in soft furnishings would happen; moving away from the monochrome and minimalistic trends of the year before. 2018 looks like a return to minimalism, albeit with a slightly bolder tone, emphasising the influence of technology and fashion.

    In regards to fabrics/textiles, we have seen the rise in Bauhaus prints, along with blocky and bold patterns coming to the fore. Vibes from the 70s are also creeping back, tying in perfectly with big and bold trends seen in colour and design.

    WANT TO AMPLIFY YOUR TECH PRODUCTS TO A LARGER AUDIENCE?

    If you’re a supplier in either of these categories and want your products to reach more than 41,000 hoteliers, interior designers and architects per month, there are plenty of ways you can get involved with these features next month, from supplying an opinion piece to working with us on a targeted mini-series.

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

    Sekers Fabrics launch Tanami collection

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    Sekers proudly introduces Tanami, a versatile upholstery with a subtly textured small scale geometric design.

    Available in a range of 22 colours, from rich, stylish neutrals and browns to vibrant blues, reds and oranges, Tanami offers a diverse choice of colour.

    Incorporating Aquaclean, an advanced nano technology finish that helps protect the fabric against spills and stains without having to resort to specialist cleaning, Tanami resists the toughest of stains, including red wine and permanent marker.

    Supplied with crib 5 backing and with an outstanding abrasion performance of 100,000 rubs, Tanami is an ideal upholstery choice for a host of clients including hotels, pubs and cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

    To contact Sekers regarding this new collection, view the entire collection or to order samples, please click here.

    Sekers are one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news click here.

     

    Skopos Launch New Gemini Dim-out Fabrics

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    To add to the current offer of FR dim-out fabrics, Skopos are launching a new collection in a sophisticated palette with a choice of a sleek satin effect, or a textured slub silk-look face.

    This double-sided offer provides a simple, elegant solution for contract windows, offering a high level of light obscurity, for a restful night’s sleep and a relaxing environment. This solution takes away the need for lining, for a budget option, however is equally suitable for use with blackout lining for a complete blackout effect.

    Gemini Dim-out forms part of the ACCENTS range at Skopos and focuses on the popular neutrals and metallic tones for interiors, ranging from pale cream and silver tones to darker, moodier shades of brown and grey. The collection is wide width and is available on a short lead-time from mid-March.

    With the benefit of a choice of sides, customers can specify their requirements for made-up furnishings on order, or decide at a later date, when ordering fabric on the roll.

    Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has over 45 years’ specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality, cruise, care and leisure sectors.

    Skopos is a recommended supplier of Hotel Designs. To see more news from Skopos and other recommended suppliers, please click here.

    Astraeus

    Collection Launch: Astraeus – new FR voiles from Skopos

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    As a follow on from the Zephyr collection, Skopos launched a new series of FR voiles for the contract market at this year’s Sleep event.

    With new statement designs including a vintage crinkle silk effect voile, an embroidered vertical design, tailored stripes and an elegant gradated print, the collection brings a mix of matt, linen-look designs, large scale drama, luxurious shimmer and a good offering of simple understated designs.

    AstraeusThe collection offers products for bedrooms and public areas, for hospitality, cruise and leisure, to provide a discreet, yet elegant veil for windows.

    All products within the collection are washable, wide width, many Trevira CS, conforming to British and European standards for flame retardancy. Making an appearance at this year’s Sleep event, the collection will sit alongside Zephyr in the Skopos portfolio.

    AstraeusSkopos 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, cruise, care and leisure sectors.

    www.skoposfabrics.com

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    Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
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    E: sales@skopos.co.uk

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes

    Product Spotlight: Botanical print Flores Silvestri by Skopos

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    Supporting the trend for bringing the outside in, the new exquisite botanical print from Skopos is an exploration of woodland plants and flowers.

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes with fine detailed outlines, flower-pressed silhouettes and a combination of rich colour and line illustration.

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes
    With a choice of 7 new designs and 10 base cloths, including a stain resist upholstery, this collection is suited perfectly to Independent hotels, Care and Leisure projects. Designs include a woodland mix, large scale floral, flower press design, textured check and a fern, in a sophisticated colour palette.

    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishesSkopos 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, cruise, care and leisure sectors.
    Flores Silvestri is an elegant hand-drawn collection, brought to life on a new linen-look base cloth. Echoing traditional recording methods, the collection flourishes

    www.skoposfabrics.com

    Providence Mills
    Earlsheaton
    Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
    WF12 8HT
    UK

    T: +44 (0) 19 24 46 51 91
    F: +44 (0) 19 24 45 45 75
    E: sales@skopos.co.uk

    Calypso - Sekers Fabrics

    Product Spotlight: Sekers Fabrics – Calypso Collection

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    Sekers proudly launches CALYPSO, a new upholstery collection of three textural designs, available in a palette of thirty colours, ranging from earthy neutrals to radiant jewel tones.

    Calypso is a versatile collection of woven textures incorporating a variety of yarns including twists, chenilles and bouclés.

    Incorporating Aquaclean, an advanced nano technology finish that helps protect the fabric against spills and stains without having to resort to specialist cleaning, Calypso resists the toughest of stains, including red wine and permanent marker.

    Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a Martindale abrasion performance as high as 100,000 rubs, Calypso is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

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

    Sekers Fabrics - Croft Collection

    Product Spotlight: Sekers Fabrics – Croft Collection

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    Sekers is pleased to announce the launch of Croft, an adaptable semi plain upholstery with a wool tweed effect.

    Croft is available in a versatile palette of 20 shades ranging from rich jewel tones to earthy neutrals reminiscent of the rugged mountains and pristine sandy beaches of Sutherland.

    Sekers Fabrics - Croft Collection
    Supplied with a crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a high Martindale abrasion performance of 100,000 rubs, Croft is perfect for the most demanding upholstery applications and is the ideal choice for the contract market, from pubs and hotels to cruise ships, meeting all relevant UK and IMO standards for upholstery.

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

    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections

    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections

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    Style Library Contract are thrilled to present 9 new collections from the FR One brand, the industry leader in inherently fire-retardant fabrics.

    This range, for which we are the exclusive distributor in the UK, is renowned for providing four major features of paramount importance to interior designers: safety, quality, design and affordability.

    Come and join us at the BCFA Manchester, stand no. 4 to discover the range at first hand.

    The range comprises the following collections:

    – Jaba: an intricate weave plain with the look and feel of muslin gauze. Available in a delicate colour palette.

    – Jadeite: is a versatile wool-like fabric suitable for drapes, cushions, bed throws and upholstery, with a high performing 50,000 Martindale.

    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections– Jadore: with a heavy drape, chunky texture, and soft touch, Jadore is a hard wearing contract upholstery jacquard with an 80.000 Martindale. Jadore enjoys all the attributes required for the most demanding contract projects, whilst maintaining a matt domestic look.

    – Jaime: A heavy silky satin, Jaime is a smart, elegant collection of 100% polyester inherent FR drapery plains in a jewel-like colour palette.

    Style Library Contract launch new FR-One collections– Jeopardy: Jeopardy is a timeless book of 100% polyester inherent FR sheers. Incorporating architectural sheers and natural linens across an organic colour palette, Jeopardy is the go-to collection for contract specification sheers.

    – Jest: a cohesive collection of tactile dim out plains in a colour palette of vibrant brights and soft hues.

    – Jojoba: a strié effect drapery fabric in a broad colour palette of soft minerals and striking jewel tones.

    – Jovial: a comprehensive range of dual-purpose upholstery and drapery 100% polyester inherent FR Fabrics, Jovial enjoys an easy to use colour palette.

    – Jubilea: a compilation of contract suitable printed velvets, natural and architectural sheers, statement contemporary drapery designs and sophisticated damasks across a highly useable mineral colour palette.

    www.stylelibrary.com

    Arrow and Lines by Kobe

    Kobe UK to showcase at Sleep event

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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 Sleep in November.

    The two-day event takes place at the Business Design Centre in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including its new room high and Boutique collections.

    Kobe’s new range of room highs – the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor – are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

    The three new flame retardant collections include Arrow, a woven jacquard with a geometric pattern in 14 colours. Lines has a mix of matt and metallic look yarns in complementing and contrasting colours to create an all-over abstract design, available in 11 metallic tinted colourways.

    Boutique Collection from Kobe UK
    Buccari is a marquisette fabric woven with 100% Trevira CS yarns. The metallic look yarns create an elegant, supple fabric and come in 27 shades. David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Sleep again this year and to be showcasing our newest collections including Arrow and Lines.

    “This season room highs will make a big impact. These fabrics make matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past and create striking, seamless drapes from ceiling to floor.”

    Buccari from Kobe UKThe Boutique collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics, is suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns.

    The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

    Another range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours .

    As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

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

    See Kobe at Sleep 2017 at the Business Design Centre, London, 21 – 22 November 2017 on Stand M32

    www.en.kobe.eu

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

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    Product Spotlight: Sekers – Laredo collection

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    Sekers is pleased to launch LAREDO, an antique look mock leather upholstery with a subtle two tone effect.

    Available in a palette of fifteen rich colours, including warm naturals, greys and red, Laredo is a versatile fabric with a wonderfully soft handle.

    Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a Martindale abrasion performance of 100,000, Laredo is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

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

    Sekers - Ticino Collection

    Product Spotlight: Sekers – Ticino Collection

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    Sekers is pleased to announce the launch of Ticino, a collection of two subtle, shimmering fabrics suitable for contract curtains, bedding and accessories.

    Lugano is a versatile semi plain combining a lustrous chenille yarn with a matt yarn in a striking strie construction and Riviera is an elegant plain with a slub weft, creating a raw silk effect.

    Available in a palette of forty refined shades ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals to rich rust and opulent greens and reds, Ticino is a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality and leisure markets.

    Woven in 100% polyester, the Ticino collection is washable and is suitable for all aspects of the contract market. Both fabrics meet all relevant UK & US standards for curtains, accessories and bedding; in addition Lugano meets IMO standards for curtains, with both designs meeting IMO standards for bedding making this washable collection the perfect selection for any contract application.

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    Kobe UK to showcase ranges at Sleep 2017

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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 Sleep in November.

    The two-day event takes place at the Business Design Centre in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including its new room high and Boutique collections.

    Kobe’s new range of room highs – the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor – are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

    The three new flame retardant collections include Arrow, a woven jacquard with a geometric pattern in 14 colours. Lines has a mix of matt and metallic look yarns in complementing and contrasting colours to create an all-over abstract design, available in 11 metallic tinted colourways.

    Enchanted by Kobe
    Buccari is a marquisette fabric woven with 100% Trevira CS yarns. The metallic look yarns create an elegant, supple fabric and come in 27 shades.

    David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Sleep again this year and to be showcasing our newest collections including Arrow and Lines.

    “This season room highs will make a big impact. These fabrics make matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past and create striking, seamless drapes from ceiling to floor.”

    Boutique Collection from Kobe UK

    The Boutique collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics, is suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns.

    The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

    Another range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours .

    As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

    www.en.kobe.eu

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

    Member Spotlight: Kobe sponsors apprentice

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    Student Darren Blackwell, an apprentice upholsterer, showcased his first-class skills with a little help from luxury fabric supplier, Kobe UK.

    The AMUSF apprentice formed part of a team of association members who represented the Worshipful Company of Upholders at Lincoln cathedral’s Heritage Skills Festival in June.

    Student Darren Blackwell, an apprentice upholsterer, showcased his first-class skills with a little help from luxury fabric supplier, Kobe UK.

    Student Darren Blackwell, an apprentice upholsterer, showcased his first-class skills with a little help from luxury fabric supplier, Kobe UK.

    As part of the festival, Darren saw his final apprenticeship diploma piece – a chair – on show, along with other examples of upholstery and soft furnishings. He is the first trainee to complete the Livery Company Apprenticeship Scheme, launched in the summer of 2014.

    The Upholders sponsored the frame of Darren’s chair and Kobe the Conure fabric, from the company’s Toucan collection. David Harris, Kobe MD said: “We are delighted to see our fabric used to create such a beautiful piece of furniture. It’s a credit to Darren’s upholstery skills and I would like to congratulate him on his qualification, which recognises the hard work and commitment he has shown to his craft.”

    Darren was presented with his AMUSF qualification at Wendy Shorter’s Students’ Show on 29th July. Wendy Shorter Interiors is a multi-awards winning training centre that has received several craft training awards for encouraging craft skills in upholstery and soft furnishings.

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

    www.en.kobe.eu

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

    WILLOOW - GRANDMASTER - Essente - Kobe

    Product Spotlight: Essente Summer collection from Kobe

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    Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has put together its essential Essente Summer collection of stunningly chic, easy-to-care for, affordable interiors fabrics.

    The stylish collection, which includes curtains, voiles and sheers, dim-outs and upholstery fabrics, for both domestic and commercial interiors, features fabrics in a cool linen, soft chenille and silk satin appearance.

    Curated from the extensive selection at Kobe’s accessible Essente ranges, the summer ‘edits’ offer a bright and breezy palette of naturals, neutrals and pastels. Essente retail price levels from £16 to £22 for curtain weights and £27 for upholstery fabrics.

    Beautiful woven jacquard curtains from the Willow and Walnut ranges, can transform a room. Willow has a matt taffeta look and feel with a damask pattern on a satin weave background and comes in six colours, including soft pastels and a contemporary black. Walnut has a linen appearance with an ikat geometric pattern and is available in seven tones.

    Furniture is the focal point of any interior so it’s important that the design, colour and texture complement the theme. Catalpa can be used for both curtains and upholstery. This woven jacquard has a fine herringbone stripe and is brushed to give a semi-plain look. With a soft natural touch it is available in 14 shades.

    Said David Harris, md of Kobe UK: “We have put together a collection that is essential for this summer’s interiors. Essente offers a wide selection of chic, commercial and easy-care interior fabrics and benefits from the logistical expertise and quality of Kobe, while giving access to a wider customer base through its realistic price points.”

    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.

    www.en.kobe.eu

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

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    Kobe to unveil new collections at Decorex

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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 the new Boutique collection.

    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.”

    Boutique’s curtain and upholstery fabrics are suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns. The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

    Adore Kobe's Boutique collectionAnother range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours.

    As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

    Complementing the Boutique upholstery collection is Volterra, a co-ordinating plain velvet, with a matt and natural cotton look and feel. Volterra is woven in the latest timeless and on-trend shades with 65% cotton and 35% polyester yarns in warp and 100% polyester yarns in weft with 100% polyester yarns as pile. The Boutique range includes a wide choice of room highs, the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor. The room-high fabrics are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

    Kobe – Volterra

    Also unveiled at the show will be the latest collection from the fresh and contemporary Essente, designed to reach a broader clientele, looking for a cost effective option, with the quality and reassurance of the Kobe name.

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

    www.en.kobe.eu

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

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    Soft Furnishings Focus: Kobe – Upholstery colours, designs for 2017

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    As 2017 sees bold colours and motifs continue in soft furnishings, David Harris, managing director of luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, takes a look at some of the vibrant new colours and designs in upholstery fabrics.

    The latest trends include collections where each fabric has an individual identity. Rich, dark greens are back in fashion, especially botanical patterns and jungle printed jacquards, woven with metallic yarns, paired with the young, modern look of natural materials, wood, cork or marble.

    Bright floral designs, such as Kobe’s Clemence from its Boutique collection, are also very popular right now. Upholstery fabrics that can be supplied with FR treatments and those created from 100% natural fabrics in art and craft styled patterns, are an ideal addition to any hotel interior and can be perfectly matched with soft furnishings in shimmering gold or sunny yellows.

    Clemence from Kobe's Boutique collection

    Clemence from Kobe’s Boutique collection

    For a stunning look which creates a room to remember, geometric shapes in furniture are also in style with upholstery fabric woven in both timeless and on-trend colours, such as vivid green or intense fuchsia.

    Kobe – Volterra

    With matt velvets making a great come back in interiors everywhere, we’ve featured the colour green in Kobe’s lush velvets, such as Volterra, which can be combined with other soft furnishing fabrics to be truly on trend. 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 sumptuous Henry in moody blue, opulent gold, or the fiery glow of dark red, or luxurious aubergine.

    Kobe Henry

    Kobe Henry

    For the more traditional interior there are fabrics woven in matt and shiny yarns, with beautiful paisley patterns making an entrance this year such as Adore which creates a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern, in eight colours.

    Soft supple chenille upholstery fabric in easy-to-care-for material is also fashionable in both rich and neutral shades. Cocoon is a highlight of the Essente collection and can be used for both curtains and upholstery. Its chenille in 100% polyester is finished with an FR domestic back-coat, so ‘ready to go’ and features a palette of 36 shades ranging from neutral cream, beige and pale grey, warm blue, brown and rose to vibrant lime, orange and red.

    Adore Kobe's Boutique collectionWhatever design and style, it’s always exciting to create something new. For those searching for interior inspiration, today’s new collections include an extensive range of upholstery shapes and fabrics, from tradition to contemporary, soft and bright to dark and dramatic.

    www.en.kobe.eu

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

    Cocoon Kobe's Essente collection

    Soft Furnishings Focus: ‘Cocoon’ by Kobe for today’s upholstery

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    Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has introduced Cocoon – a highlight of the Essente collection of stunningly chic, easy-to-care for, affordable interiors fabrics.

    Furniture is the focal point of any interior so it’s important that the design, colour and texture complement the theme. Cocoon is a soft, supple chenille in 100% polyester and finished with an FR domestic back-coat, so ‘ready to go’.

    Featuring a palette of 36 soft and sumptuous shades ranging from neutral cream, beige and pale grey, warm blue, brown and rose to vibrant lime, orange and red, Cocoon can be used for both curtains and upholstery.

    David Harris, MD of Kobe UK said: “Cocoon is the perfect partner for any domestic or commercial setting and as part of 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.”

    Cocoon complies with the BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, passing the cigarette and match test and offers exceptional durability, scoring 100,000 on the Martindale Rub Test.

    The Essente collection of stunningly chic, easy-to-care for, affordable interiors fabrics retail price levels from £16 to £22 for curtain weights and £27 for upholstery fabrics.

    Essente upholstery customers can also benefit from further rebates, for further information please contact sales@essente.co.uk or www.essente.co.uk

    Style Library

    Style Library launches – home to six iconic British brands

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    Style Library officially launched at the opening of their state of the art new 280m2 showroom in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour this week.

    The home of six iconic, authentic British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology, Style Library has made it their mission to Inspire Creative Living in all.

    Style Library is the global one-stop-destination for home inspiration. It is the place to find the widest and most diverse range of authentic British home and interior design products that will help you bring every home to life, with something for every style. Now altogether under one roof and easily accessible on one website –
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    THE STYLE LIBRARY STORY
    Style Library is a global one-stop-destination for home inspiration. It is the place to find the widest and most diverse range of authentic British home and interior design products that will help bring the home to life with something to suit every style.

    STYLE LIBRARY PHILOSOPHY
    The home is a special place, a sanctuary. It’s the place where you are most relaxed. A space where you can truly be yourself and express your personality and your dreams. The Style Library team are here to help release that creativity. Their aim is to give you the power to bring your home to life and together celebrate individual expression.

    STYLE LIBRARY BRANDS
    Style Library is now the official home for six of the best British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology. These brands have been part of the same group for many years. Now for the first time they have been brought together to make the quest for the perfect home a little easier.

    ZOFFANY – Luxurious design, artfully crafted to the highest standards
    HARLEQUIN – Creating a fashion statement for the home
    SANDERSON – Timelessly elegant products that celebrate the English Countryside
    MORRIS & CO. – Beautifully crafted products that uphold the legacy of William Morris
    SCION – Fun and playful British design that brings a smile to the everyday
    ANTHOLOGY – Cutting-edge design for dynamic metropolitan spaces

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    STYLE LIBRARY INNOVATION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

    Design is at the heart of everything Style Library does and they are proud to be original. Their in-house designers, arguably one of the most talented teams in Britain, constantly delight and inspire. From concept to creation, all collections reflect their unique talents, personalities and handwritings – with astonishingly beautiful results. They also passionately believe in nurturing new design talent. That’s why they have proudly sponsored the UK New Designers show for over 10 years. Their innovation today is built on the design teams’ voracious appetites for experimentation, their constant search for new ideas and a heritage of solid craftsmanship and historical importance. They also consider themselves very lucky to be the custodians of three extraordinary archives, including Sanderson and Morris & Co. This remarkable design library is a constant source of inspiration and brings a unique authenticity to their products.

    MADE IN BRITAIN
    Style Library are proud of the fact that most of their wallpapers, printed fabrics, upholstered furniture, trimmings and paints are Great British products. The majority of their wallpapers and printed fabrics are manufactured by sister companies in Leicestershire and Lancashire. They are therefore confident that these factories operate with clear commitments and initiatives towards the care of the environment and sustainability. They are incredibly proud to support British industry and to wave the ‘Made in Britain’ flag.

    STYLE LIBRARY SHOWROOMS
    The state of the art Style Library flagship showroom is in London’s renowned Design Centre Chelsea Harbour on the First Floor, South Dome. Dedicated showrooms can also be found in Paris, New York and Dubai.

    WHERE TO BUY
    Products can be purchased from a wide network of specialist shops and interior design companies all over the world. As experts, they can help with the next stage; whether it’s room design, measuring, curtain making, hanging wallpaper or simply placing an order.

    www.stylelibrary.com

    Power Of Colour

    Trend Report: Style Library Contract – ‘The Power of Colour’

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    At the beginning of this year Style Library Contract shared 4 design trends they see as having the greatest influence in hospitality design during 2017.

    After Clerkenwell Design Week, the home of leading British brands Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Scion, Morris & Co., Anthology and FROne share four colour trends for Summer 2017 – ZEN, NOMAD, BLISS, and Pantone’s GREENERY…

    NOMAD
    The word Harlequin means ‘varied in colour or decoration’, which sums the in-house studio’s eclectic design ethos perfectly. Driven by their love of colour, collections are inspired from around the world. The intensity of colour found in nature is evident in Fauvisimo’s powerful colour palette which ranges from cobalt blues and deep magentas to moody greys, on trend mustards, highlights of muted greens, blush pinks and honey shades.

    Nomad - Style Library ContractZEN
    Moody metropolitan tones in subtle textures and combinations of matt and shine capture the essence of Anthology, a new generation of contract specification fabrics and wallcoverings. Sophisticated complexity that interior designers and hotel groups worldwide can easily access.

    Zen - Style Library ContractBLISS
    Harlequin’s Poetica range is an enchanting homage to the natural beauty and intrinsic charm of England’s spectacular countryside and delightful cottage gardens. Drawn with a refreshing lightness of hand and tinted in watery hues, it creates a shabby-chic contemporary look for a romantic escape.

    GREENERY
    As part of their Alchemy of Colour research, the Zoffany studio identified their own unique colour palette, which includes a dazzling malachite green. During this process Peter Gomez, Head of Design for the Zoffany Studio, experimented with a number of green shades and advises, ‘Be bold and use this colour in its purest form in a plain fabric, a great way to introduce a contemporary look is to champion green in a lustre effect against natural linens. Green really sits well off shades of sunstone and russets.

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    Sekers Milan and Quasar collections

    Product Spotlight: Sekers announce Milan, Quasar collections

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    Sekers announces the launch of Milan (pictured above, right), a luxurious viscose cut velvet collection. Taking inspiration from Miki Sekers and utilizing archive pieces from the 1960s, Milan is a versatile collection of three elegant, contemporary designs suitable for contract upholstery and cushions.

    Milan is available in a versatile palette of refined shades ranging from cool metallic tones and sophisticated neutrals to saturated jewel tones. With a plush hand and subtle lustre, Milan is a handsome addition to any interior and is an ideal choice for the designer specifying for the hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

    With a high abrasion performance of a minimum of 45,000 Martindale and supplied with crib 5 backing, Milan is ideal for the contract market, meeting all relevant UK, American standards and IMO standards for upholstery.

    Meanwhile, Sekers proudly launches Quasar (pictured above, left), a new upholstery collection of six textural designs, available in a palette of 30 colours, ranging from earthy neutrals to radiant jewel tones. Quasar is a versatile collection of woven textures incorporating a variety of yarns including twists, chenilles and bouclés.
    Supplied with a Crib 5 flame retardant backing and with a minimum Martindale abrasion performance as high as 140,000 rubs, Quasar is perfect for the most demanding upholstery application and the ideal choice for the commercial hospitality, leisure and marine markets.

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

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    Product Spotlight: Nomad from Newmor

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    Nomad is our latest Newmor Custom collection – layers of texture, pattern and metallics create an eclectic global look. Artisanal crafts, ikats, natural surfaces and landscapes, all in an earthy vegetable dye palette.

    These designs, and all of the designs from our Newmor Custom range can be resized, recoloured and printed onto any of our base materials including textures, colours, metallics and window films.

    The look buzzwords – safari, jungle, travel, bohemian, handcrafted, sustainable, tribal patterns, mud cloth, skins, heritage, weathered, weaves, wood, brass, batik, desert, tropical, geology, alpine, rattan, Eastern, kilim, ikat.

    Colours – this trend doesn’t rely solely on the use of natural colours and organic materials, dark tones, burnt oranges, ochre and acidic hues add extra dimension.

    The Designs

    Agate – hand painted by our design studio, this stylised geode design comes in earthy neutrals.

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    Newmor - NomadPalm – this huge scale shadowy palm print looks stunning printed on our multi-faceted metallic Sorrento wallcovering

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    Mountain – hand-painted in our studio, this Japanese influenced mountain landscape makes a real impact.

    Tribe – a muted tribal print inspired by African mud cloth patterns and basketry.

    See the full Newmor Custom collection here. . .

    Boutique collection - Potenza - botanicals

    Guest Blog: Kobe UK – Bring on the botanicals in 2017

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    Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, predicts a ‘botanical Britannia’ for Spring/Summer 2017.

    David Harris, managing director, said: “Rich, dark greens are back in fashion, with bags of opportunity to experiment with botanical patterns. Look out too, for jungle printed jacquards, woven with metallic yarns, paired with the young, modern look of natural materials, wood, cork or marble. This year it’s all about collections where each fabric has an individual identity.

    “Whether it’s a modern or more traditional domestic or commercial interior, curtain and upholstery fabrics, in vibrant colours and designs are ready to take-off.”

    For a stunning look which adds up to a room to remember, geometric shapes in furniture are also in style with upholstery fabric in sumptuous velvet woven in both timeless and on-trend colours. Said David: “There will be more modern shapes and colour together with textures of rich velvet, woven jacquard and cool cotton in geometric, floral, paisley and botanical designs.”

    This year go for a balance between contemporary and traditional. Perfect for window décor in any hospitality venue are 100% flame retardant fabrics, in tones of metallic, gold and copper for a more luxurious style.

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    Making an even bigger impact in the season ahead will be room highs, the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor. More than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally, these fabrics make matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past and create striking, seamless drape from ceiling to floor.

    Whatever design and style, it’s always exciting to create something new. With Kobe’s collections there is a lavish mix of curtain and upholstery fabrics for those searching for inspiration.

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

    www.en.kobe.eu

    Style Library - Trends in design 2017

    Guest Blog: Style Library – Trends in design 2017

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    To mark another successful London Fashion Week and the beginning of the interiors events season, Style Library Contract share four things they see having the greatest influence in global hospitality trends in design in 2017…

    Individuality
    More than ever before, hotel operators aim to create memorable destinations. Wanting good off-the-shelf designs and more. Interiors need to captivate, inspire and perform. Whether it’s a recolour of an existing design or developing something completely new, with Style Library Contract clients have the creative freedom to curate products that are uniquely theirs, created by the worlds most loved interior brands.

    “Just like our clients, we’re obsessed with great design, attention to detail and quality. So, we work together to celebrate our passion and create beautiful commercial spaces”, says Style Library Contracts Sales Director, Carolyn Mitchell.

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    Boutique Chic
    Harlequin Momentum is an eclectic mix of design styles, which have been inspired both by architecture and by abstract interpretations of natural forms. It combines elements of matt and shine, texture and tone. The weaves and wallcoverings represent a diverse mix of qualities and techniques: conceptual; geometric; painterly; multi-directional, light-reflecting embroideries; even appliquéd laser-cut circles.

    They work together effortlessly to create a cohesive and achingly chic whole. Successfully capturing the essence of the most sophisticated international boutique hotels, Momentum translates this allure into a tangible, accessible collection of products for everyday living.

    Style Library - Trends in design 2017
    Claire Vallis, Design Director, expands: “This launch really encapsulates the cosmopolitan spirit of sleek, boutique hotels and glamorous townhouses, whilst still retaining its approachability. Targeted at both the domestic and the contract markets, the fabrics and wallcoverings exude an architectural, structural feel, but in an accessible, understandable way.”

    The compelling colour palette enhances the designs, mixing organic shades and fashion hues: oyster and pearl; slate and chalk; mineral and zest; jet and crystal; pearl and paprika; rose gold and flint; sepia and teal; peacock; rose quartz; antique rose, blush, dove, moonlight, porcelain; jute; domino and emerald.

    Natural Spirit
    Scion is the essence of the ‘good life’ vibe – forests, fresh air, fjords, food, freedom and fun – are all encapsulated in the latest collection, Noukku. Named after a species of Finnish wildflower, Noukku is totally in tune with the life-affirming ‘Hygge’ trend: it’s a versatile, spontaneous collection that invigorates your senses and encourages you to step away from your busy lifestyle. Scion Designer Hannah Bowen explains how Noukku evolved, “Noukku is brought to life through an invigorating colour palette and use of textured effects inspired by natural elements. I wanted to create versatile and spontaneous designs which invigorate your senses and encourage you to step away from your busy lifestyle, an ideal backdrop to escaping away to a contemporary hotel.”

    Style Library - Trends in design 2017Artistry
    Zoffany’s beautifully curated compendium of show-stopping prints, weaves and embroideries crafted through a mixture of yarns and techniques, for the creation of inspirationally luxurious and unique interiors. The new Boleyn collection captures the faded elegance of time worn fabrics and wallpapers, each with their own captivating story to tell. It is the skilful reinterpretation of these heirlooms and the dramatic harnessing of nature in abstracted form that elevates the collection to poised perfection.

    Style Library - Trends in design 2017

    The rich moody greens of ‘Moss’ and ‘Khaki’ are punctuated with shots of ‘Greenstone’. ‘Faded Amethyst’, ‘Hollyhocks’ and ‘Sunstone’ add warmth. Soft mineral colours are offset against the jewel tone highlights of ‘Amber’, ‘Tigers Eye’, ‘Cinnabar’ and ‘Koi’ adding jewel tone highlights. Peter Gomez, Zoffany Head of Design explains: “Our aim is to create unique interiors with artistry, sophistication and integrity. We love to utilise our extensive archive for inspiration, each yarn, each brush stroke, each process is meticulously considered during the design process”.

    www.stylelibrarycontract.com

    Kobe's Enchanted autumn collection

    Kobe UK at BCFA’s London Open

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    Luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, will be bringing its latest window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections to the British Contract Furnishing Association’s (BCFA) Open event in London.

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

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

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

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

    Boutique is a range of unique and timeless 100% natural, curtain and upholstery fabrics, suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and soft satin appearance. A palette of rich, deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns.

    David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “The first BCFA Open in Manchester last year was a real success, so we are looking forward to the London event. It will be a great opportunity for us to meet new customers and showcase our latest collections.”

    All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test. Kobe will also be exhibiting at the BCFA Open in Dublin in June and in Manchester in October 2017.

    The Kobe UK sales office and studio is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire.
    www.en.kobe.eu

    01344 771653
    01344 771663
    salesuk@kobe.eu

    Mila - Skopos

    Product Spotlight: Mila – new decorative chenille collection by Skopos

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    Inspired by patterns within Mediterranean tiling, Mila is a striking decorative flame retardant fabric collection offered for use across contract drapery, bedding and upholstery.

    This elegant FR chenille collection has been designed by Skopos to bring drama and excitement into hospitality and leisure interiors for 2017. The 6 designs within Mila offer a contrast of contemporary geometrics, stripes and organic outlines. Design names re-inforce a Spanish link and a flamboyant celebration.

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    Mila will be available as standard for drapery and bedding and will also be suitable for upholstery with a Crib 5 back coat, meeting standards for severe contract.

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    With 30 new skus, the colours within the Mila collection range from carnival Mediterranean brights through to fresh greens and blues and calm neutrals. The collection meets all the requirements for British Standards, including IMO drape and is available with no minimums and short lead-times.

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    The collection launched in February with samples available via the Skopos website, or by calling their sales desk: 01924 436 666.

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

    www.skoposfabrics.com

    At the end of February Style Library Contract will be launching Boleyn, Zoffany’s SS17 suite of collections: Boleyn, Kempshott and Elswick

    Style Library Contract launches new SS17 Zoffany collection

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    At the end of February Style Library Contract will be launching Boleyn, Zoffany’s SS17 suite of collections: Boleyn, Kempshott and Elswick, which are the stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Phaedra launch of autumn 2016.

    Featuring ten fabric designs and eight wallcoverings suitable for contract, this collection was inspired by the grand country houses of Britain and their individual eclecticism. The launch captures the faded elegance of time worn fabrics and wallpapers, each with their own captivating story to tell. It is the skillful reinterpretation of these heirlooms and the dramatic harnessing of nature in abstracted form that elevates the collection to poised perfection.

    At the end of February Style Library Contract will be launching Boleyn, Zoffany’s SS17 suite of collections: Boleyn, Kempshott and Elswick

    Boleyn fabrics are a beautifully curated compendium of show-stopping prints, weaves and embroideries crafted through a mixture of yarns and techniques, for the creation of inspirational, luxurious and unique interiors.

    At the end of February Style Library Contract will be launching Boleyn, Zoffany’s SS17 suite of collections: Boleyn, Kempshott and Elswick

    The ultimate in luxury wallcoverings Kempshott comprises a mix of dramatic panels and nature inspired textures and patterns, creating unique pieces of art for the walls they adorn. Showstoppers include; Holkham Bay Pebbles and Holkham Bay – originally commissioned as an oil painting and now transformed into a mesmerising wallcovering, this design invites you to step into a landscape of vast sands, pebbles, sultry sky and moody sea. Each design is supplied as a continuously printed roll of 9.5m which contains three drops.

    Rotherby – a contemporary wallcovering with a hint of romance. The soft twists of colour are bleached out to create a gently aged effect.

    www.zoffany.com

    Momentum - Harlequin

    Product Spotlight: Two collections added to Harlequin brand

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    Style Library Contract add two fashion forward collections to their Harlequin brand, Momentum ‘7’ and ‘8’.

    One suitable for drapes which comprises of 14 contract suitable designs and the other for upholstery, featuring two contract suitable designs, alongside a compendium of tactile, crib 5, water-repellent velvets.

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    The fabrics are complemented by ‘Momentum Wallcoverings Volume 4’, a cornucopia of extravagant textures coupled with sparkle and grit effects: the wallpapers create the perfect foil to the fabrics, whilst making profound statement in their own right, taking the concept of couture-for-walls into a new dimension.

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    Inspired by architecture and abstract interpretations of natural forms, this range combines elements of matt and shine, texture and tone. The weaves and wallcoverings represent a diverse mix of qualities and techniques, all presented in a compelling colour palette that teams organic shades and fashion hues, to create a cohesive and achingly chic whole.

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    Please visit www.stylelibrarycontract.com to view the full collection and order samples. Visit us at the BCFA open from the 28th – 29th of March at the Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR

    Trevira Gold 2017 - Kobe

    Sixth consecutive Trevira Gold membership for Kobe

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    Kobe has won its sixth consecutive Trevira Gold membership award at the annual Trevira CS Club ceremony, in Frankfurt, Germany.

    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 more than 20 years and has a first class reputation for outstanding quality, innovative design and excellent customer service.

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    Collection Spotlight: YUMA by Sekers

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

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

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

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

    Kobe to bring new upholstery collections to the January Furniture Show

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

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

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

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

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

    Adore Kobe's Boutique Collection at the January Furniture Show

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

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

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

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

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

    www.en.kobe.eu
    01344 771653

    01344 771663
     salesuk@kobe.eu

    Atelier

    Project Spotlights: Atelier Textiles in hotel interior design

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

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

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

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

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

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

    www.ateliertextiles.com

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

    Kobe UK to showcase at Sleep 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Skopos - Moritz Collection

    Product Spotlight: Moritz upholstery collection from Skopos

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

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

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

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

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

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

    www.skoposfabrics.com

    Product Spotlight: Harlequin adds two designs to bone china range

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

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

    Harlequin adds two new ranges to bone china collection

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

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

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

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

    Product Spotlight: Hypnos launches new design-led fabric collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Elements - Kobe showcasing at BCFA

    Kobe showcasing at BCFA Open event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    www.en.kobe.eu

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

    Kobe UK

    Kobe to showcase Enchanted, Elements at IHS

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

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

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

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

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

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

    www.kobe.eu
    T: 01344 771653

    F: 01344 771663
    E: salesuk@kobe.eu

    Sekers - Seabrook Collection

    Product Spotlight: Seabrook Collection from Sekers

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

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

    ALL SALES AND SAMPLING ENQUIRIES TO:
    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
    www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

    Kobe celebrates Decorex success

    Kobe celebrates Decorex success

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    Luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK is celebrating its most successful Decorex yet. The company, which first exhibited at the event in 2008, showcased visitors its stunning new collections.

    David Harris, MD of Kobe UK said: “This was a fantastic show for us. It was a great opportunity to meet new customers and the ideal platform for us to promote our new collections.”

    Debuting at Decorex was Kobe’s Elegance, inspired by Art Deco, reflecting the lavish glamour reminiscent of this period. Also for the first time the company showed a new compact range of ‘room highs’, the extra wide fabrics for window décor.

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

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

    Said David: “Listening to our customers is our number one priority and the feedback we got about the collections was fantastic. We will certainly be back again next year!”

    Kobe’s UK operation is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

    18 Wellington Business Park
    Dukes Ride
    Crowthorne
    Berkshire
    RG45 6LS
    UK

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

    Rye Collection - Sekers

    Product Spotlight: Rye Collection from Sekers

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

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

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

    ALL SALES AND SAMPLING ENQUIRIES TO:
    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
    www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

    Nova Scotia - Sekers

    Product Spotlight: Nova Scotia upholstery collection from Sekers

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

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

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

    ALL SALES AND SAMPLING ENQUIRIES TO:
    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
    www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

    Nahla Collection by Sekers

    Product Spotlight: Nahla Collection from Sekers

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

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

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

    ALL SALES AND SAMPLING ENQUIRIES TO:
    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
    www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

    Malmo

    Product Spotlight: Malmo Collection from Sekers

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

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

    ALL SALES AND SAMPLING ENQUIRIES TO:
    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
    www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

    Harlequin - Standing Ovation

    Product Spotlight: Standing Ovation collection by Harlequin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    #StandingOvationByHarlequin
    www.harlequin.uk.com

    Kobe's Enchanted autumn collection

    Product Spotlight: Enchanted – Kobe’s autumn collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bufera by Kobe

    Product Spotlight: Bufera collection from Kobe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tresillo by Harlequin

    Product Spotlight: Tresillo from Harlequin

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

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

    Tresillo by Harlequin

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

    Tresillo by Harlequin

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

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

    Tresillo by Harlequin

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

    Tresillo by Harlequin

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

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

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

    www.harlequin.uk.com

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

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

    Kobe Room Highs

    Product Spotlight: Kobe introduces new range of room highs

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

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

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

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

    Kobe room highs

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

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

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

    www.kobe.eu

    18 Wellington Business Park
    Dukes Ride
    Crowthorne
    Berkshire
    RG45 6LS
    UK

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

    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.

    skoposfabrics.com

    Skopos Fabrics Ltd
    Providence Mills,
    Earlsheaton,
    Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
    WF12 8HT
    01924 436627
    l.wade@skopos.co.uk

    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

    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

    Castle

    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

    Chateau

    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

    Cocoon

    Frame - Essente by Kobe

    Frame

    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

    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

    Newmor reveal trends from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

    Guest Blog: Newmor reflects on Clerkenwell Design Week trends

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    Clerkenwell Design Week is the UK’s leading design festival, and with the highest saturation of creative businesses and architects in the world, Clerkenwell was buzzing this year.

    The biggest names in the design world exhibit alongside emerging designers and artisans in various historical buildings in the area. Newmor‘s design team spent the week exploring the show, and talking to the designers. Here’s what they found…

    Inspired by Nature
    Whether highly finished or rough and weathered, natural materials and organic colours are still big news. Take a look at Baker Street Boys’ versatile range of furniture – each piece is completely unique and uses solid oak and untreated steel. Kia Utzon-Frank, currently a student at the Royal College of Art, disguised cakes as geometric marble structures. And Amtico’s stand beautifully detailed the process behind their ethereal new design.

    Newmor trends at Clerkenwell Design Week

    Pastels
    With pastel pink and blue forecast as the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, we were expecting to see our fair share of pastel hues, and we weren’t disappointed! However, the shades we saw were towards the more vivid, saturated end of the pastel palette. Think macaron, rather than ice cream shades. We loved Elli Popp’s mystical new ParallelWorld wallpaper design and enjoyed Camira Fabric’s presentation of their new trend book.

    Newmor trends at Clerkenwell Design Week

    Gold and brass
    Don’t get us wrong, copper is definitely still big news, but this year at Clerkenwell gold definitely dominated. Everything from 24 carat polished shades, to antiqued brass. Petit Friture hit the nail on the head with their range of quirky gold lighting exhibited at Design Fields. And it would be hard to talk about a metallic trend without a mention of Tom Dixon – this time with the new Etch Mini range.

    Newmor trends at Clerkenwell Design Week

    Tropics
    Tropical prints are high fashion at the moment, and for the commercial market the tropical look is moving away from printed jungle scenes and towards tropical colour palettes… every tone of green from deep teals and forest hues to bright chartreuse, alongside splashes of scarlet and acid yellow. Abstracta’s customisable sound absorbing Airleaf panels were a highlight for us.

    Newmor trends at Clerkenwell Design Week

    Pink and Teal
    Sometimes together, and sometimes independently, pink and teal were everywhere you looked this year. From upholstered furniture, to tiles, paint and an abundance of teal velvet. Another Brand exhibited their new Orlo mirrored surfaces at Design Fields, and Giles Miller Studio’s ‘billboard’ installations were dotted around Clerkenwell.

    Newmor trends at Clerkenwell Design Week

    Honourable mention…
    A colour that hasn’t been on the horizon for a while… mustard showed up a lot this year, and looked super fresh.

    Newmor trends at Clerkenwell Design Week

    Watch this space for show round ups, trend reports and be the first to see our new designs. Please contact us for any further information or samples of any of our wallcoverings.

    Henfaes Lane
    Welshpool
    Montgomeryshire
    SY21 7BE
    WALES

    T: 01938 551990
    E: enquiries@newmor.com

    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.

    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.

    ALL SALES AND SAMPLING ENQUIRIES TO:
    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
    www.sekersfabrics.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.

    Kobe UK

    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.

    www.en.kobe.eu
    T: 01344 771653

    F: 01344 771663
    E: salesuk@kobe.eu

    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
    www.sekersfabrics.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
    www.sekersfabrics.co.uk

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

    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.

    www.kobe.eu

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