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GUEST ARTICLE: Making a hotel shareable, the devil is in the detail

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When it comes to creating a design-led hotel environment, the finer details really do count. Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, explains why the type of wiring devices that are specified can have a fundamental impact on the look and feel of a space…

Hotel designs are being critiqued more now than ever before, as they face up to the challenges of the digital age. Customer expectations have never been higher while, at the same time, it is easier than ever for them to offer criticism through review websites such as Tripadvisor or Trustpilot.

To meet this changing dynamic, hotels have modernised at a rapid rate. Hoteliers are finding new ways to make their business sharable on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram – one New York hotel even experimented with an emoji-powered menu in a bid to create a social media buzz.

This trend towards power outlets which add to the overall interior design and user experience is being led by a demand for greater connectivity on the go

But, when it comes to creating an environment that wows guests it can often be the little things that count. In fact, the hotel booking site Trivago recently listed power outlets that complement their surroundings as one of its key elements for hotel design in 2018.

This trend towards power outlets which add to the overall interior design and user experience is being led by a demand for greater connectivity on the go. It is now common for travellers to take multiple devices with them to a hotel, so many are choosing to add more power outlets so guests can access the power they need.

To ensure these wiring devices keep with the look of the room, many hoteliers are choosing to add contemporary switches and sockets that complement the décor. By doing this, convenient access to power is prominent within the space, without having to hide the sockets behind furniture. After all, hotels have been known to use beds, desks and drawers as a means of removing unsightly products from view.

MK Electric’s Elements Collection is one example of this kind of decorative wiring device. The range features stylish electrical sockets, contemporary light switches and electronic dimmers that come with touch control and ‘vapour trail’ LED displays.

Inspired by materials such as wood, leather and stone, the collection is available in 16 standard finishes across four material designs – synthetics, glass effect, naturals and metallic – offering a range of colours, materials and finishes which will suit any interior.

Each product in the MK Elements Collection is built to the very highest standards by global industry experts

No two projects are the same, and to reflect this, MK Electric developed a tool to create unique and imaginative designs with flexibility: the MK Elements Collection Design Tool for tablet or PC. It is a customising device specifically for users to design their own bespoke creations.  The tool offers three levels of customisation, and whether a user wants to put a twist on an existing Elements design or start from scratch, they can easily create their own individualised light switches, dimmers and electrical sockets in hundreds of combinations. The ‘My Designs’ folder enables users to save their creations, request quotes and samples to help explore their options, and ultimately create the pieces.

The Elements functionality includes innovative touch control dimmers with vapour trail, USB charging solutions with integrated USB two-gang switchsocket outlets and euro modules. The collection contains a variety of combination plates to achieve a multimedia offering in one device instead of multiple individually installed devices.

Each product in the MK Elements Collection is built to the very highest standards by global industry experts. The range offers premium performance and long-term reliability, exceeding British Safety Standards and coming with a 20-year guarantee*.

Hotels are under constant pressure to reinvent themselves and create a trend-led experience that impresses customers. Wiring devices that complement the hotel’s décor can create a unified design aesthetic within a hotel room, while providing flexibility through access to charge in key locations.

MK Electric's new Dimensions range has been launched

MK Electric’s Dimensions range for Electrical Industry Awards

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Leading manufacturer of stylish electrical accessories, MK Electric, has announced that its latest range of wiring devices, Dimensions, has been shortlisted for Commercial Product of the Year at the Electrical Industry Awards.

Designed to recognise the very best of product innovation in the electrical sector, the Electrical Industry Awards offer a valuable barometer of the latest and greatest products entering the market, providing hoteliers and hotel specifiers with a guide to the best new ranges available.

The Commercial Product of the Year category recognises the electrical accessories which offer outstanding functionality to commercial sectors such as hospitality. Dimensions, which launched this summer, was designed to respond to the needs of audiences such as hotel developers, and includes a two-piece installation process which means that the clip-on frontplates can be easily interchanged to match the evolving décor of a building.

Offering screwless design and a choice of eight different finishes, the range provides scalability which can add the finishing touch to any room – whether that’s a deluxe suite or back-of-house office areas. In line with customer demand, Dimensions also incorporates products such as integrated USB socket outlets for easy smart device charging, LED dimmers, keycard switches and ‘do not disturb’ switches, all with a unified look.

Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, said: “We are delighted that Dimensions has been shortlisted for Commercial Product of the Year. We developed the range to meet the needs of a fast-paced commercial hospitality environment, and this award is testament to the success of that – we look forward to the results!”

The winning products will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 26 October at The Royal Garden Hotel, London.

MK Electric's new Dimensions range has been launched

Guest Blog: MK Electric – new dimensions for hospitality design

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MK Electric share the benefits of their new range of design-led wiring accessories called Dimensions, perfect for hoteliers looking for modernity with design flexibility…

A growing number of hotels are shedding traditional designs in favour of something a little more modern, as rapidly changing interior trends require agile products which can evolve along with the building as a whole.

A key part of this is design flexibility, and ranges which can offer scalability and ease of replacement are becoming increasingly popular amongst hoteliers. These not only allow regular refreshes to a space without a significant financial or time investment, but allow common design throughout a building with scalable options from back of house office areas to suite rooms.

In order to meet this demand, MK Electric has launched a new range of screwless wiring devices, Dimensions, a design-led solution which is easily upgradeable and available in eight different finishes for a contemporary finish to any room.

Designed as a two-piece product solution, Dimensions is available as two individual parts, a functional module and clip-on frontplate, which can be ordered separately. This two-part installation offers a high level of adaptability, allowing frontplates to be changed as the design inside the building evolves over time.

And, as end users are expecting more from their hotels, the range incorporates products such as integrated USB socket outlets for easy smart device charging, LED dimmers, keycard switches and ‘do not disturb’ switches, all with a unified look.

Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, said: “We understand that in today’s design-led environment, hoteliers need wiring devices which not only blend with their current décor but can be quickly and easily changed to match a revamp.

“The new MK Electric Dimensions range offers a design which not only has the scalability to fit into every area of a hotel, but which can also be interchanged and upgraded with ease to match any future changes in colour scheme, without blowing the budget or time-intensive work.”

Dimensions provides peace of mind for contractor, customer and end user, and comes complete with a 20-year guarantee (exclusions apply).

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Guest Blog: MK Electric – Getting into detail to impress guests

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When it comes to impressing guests, it’s vital to stay ahead of the game and offer an experience like no other, and a key part of this is design. Here, Emma Segelov, head of marketing at MK Electric, looks at the latest innovations available to keep hoteliers ahead of the game.

Competition in the hospitality industry is intense, with customers increasingly seeking more than just a budget room. For example, with international travel now more accessible than ever, a hotel needs to take into consideration the needs of those travelling light for a business trip, as much as a couple on a city break. Both will have different requirements, but ultimately seek a similarly memorable experience.

Whilst a bold and eye-catching exterior is imperative to initially capture the interest of a guest, it is just as important to ensure that the attention continues to the finer, often overlooked, details. This includes the likes of light switches, sockets and other wiring devices, all of which have the power to change the aesthetics and practicality of a room.

For example, investing in integrated USB socket outlets can be a lifesaver for guests. Given the integral role smart devices play in modern life, the need for charging power on the go cannot be underestimated. Whether it’s an international guest, who may have forgotten their travel adaptor, or equally for customers from closer to home who just happen to need additional charging ports for their smart devices, USB outlets mean hoteliers needn’t stock charging devices, and can be assured guests have the charging capacity they need. What’s more, certain ranges are available which add an extra layer of differentiation. For example, MK Electric allows hoteliers to take intuitive functionality and compound it with beautiful, bespoke design with its expert Design Service.

MK Electric's new Dimensions range has been launched
This service, which is part of MK Electric’s Elements collection, allows users to create their own individual sockets and switches to ensure a seamless continuation of the overall interior concept. Whether that’s a leather look or metallic, there’s a look available to match any interior – so every last design detail can be taken care of.

An equal consideration is flexibility. The fast-paced world of interior design is constantly developing new trends, and in order to provide an up-to-date décor for guests, it is important that fixtures and fittings are able to be easily adapted to fit any style upgrades. Again, this is an area where wiring devices are an important consideration. Sometimes the smallest touches can be the most impactful, and when a hotelier wants to update the look of their premises, elegant new sockets and switches can make all the difference.

In line with this, MK Electric has launched Dimensions, a new range of screwless wiring devices which is easily upgradeable and available in eight different finishes for a contemporary finish to any room.

Designed as a two-piece product solution, Dimensions is available as two individual parts, a functional module and clip-on frontplate. This means that the visible part of the wiring device can easily be changed to match a new interior, without the need for any additional renovation, and, as the frontplate is clip on, without bringing in a qualified installer.

As customers become more discerning about design, it makes sense to bring a touch of individuality to every inch of an interior. With bespoke switches, dimmers and sockets available to suit every décor, and new products entering the market which allow quick and affordable style updates, wiring devices should be a core consideration for hoteliers.

MKOrderEnquiries@Honeywell.com

+44 (0)1268 563 404

www.mkelectric.com/en-gb/