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    GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment

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    GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment

    GROHE has launched a number of innovations that save energy, water and materials as the company continues to keep sustainability an integral strategy…

    GROHE has presented a record number of new solutions that help save water, energy and material resources, many of which were unveiled at ISH last month. These serve to underline the importance of sustainability in all areas of product design and functionality, and production processes.

    In addition to quality, technology and design, sustainability is an integral and crucial part of GROHE’s corporate strategy. It is integrated into all products and processes and shapes the daily actions of employees worldwide. The global brand consistently pursues a 360-degree sustainability approach that incorporates the entire value chain, partners, customers, suppliers, employees and contribution to society in equal measure. At GROHE, sustainability also means responsibility – responsibility for people and the environment.

    GROHE products that are embracing sustainability

    Individual water management on the go: The new generation of the GROHE Sense water security system provides full transparency of water consumption and energy costs thanks to the new GROHE Sense app. By entering their water and energy prices, customers can receive a precise list of costs based on their water consumption. This not only ensures full control over the valuable resource of water, but also offers the opportunity to adapt user patterns and to use water more consciously.
    Regional differences in water quality are becoming obsolete: The GROHE Blue Pure tap, which will be available in the UK later this year, offers state-of-the-art filter technology, delivering tasty water directly from the tap. In addition, in regions with poor water quality, previously non-potable water becomes drinkable. While the production of one litre of water in plastic bottles requires up to seven litres of water, GROHE Blue Pure works with just the actual water which has been drawn off.
    Shaping the future of water sustainably: GROHE’s 3D metal-printing process is not only a revolution in terms of design, but also a particularly resource-saving method of manufacturing taps. During production, it is possible to use components such as spouts and handles in a significantly slimmer way, using less material.

    Infra-red technology helps minimise water wastage

    The Bau Cosmo E range offers infra-red tap technology for the home, a cost-effective solution that ergonomically delivers water only when the motion sensor is activated, benefitting all households from young families to older couples wanting to future proof their home. Not only do infra-red taps have added hygienic benefits, but GROHE’s Bau Cosmo is affordable as well as ensuring that water wastage is minimised. Through GROHE’s EcoJoy technology, water flow is limited to 5.7 litres per minute, helping to save water while guaranteeing an optimum user experience.

    More transparency: The new tap in the GROHE Plus range, available from Summer 2019 in the UK, uses a digital display to inform users about the exact water temperature and to make them aware of how often hot water is being used. This promotes responsible use of the valuable resource of water and helps to save energy.

    Valuable insight into GROHE’s sustainability highlights

    GROHE EcoJoy technology which is incorporated into a number of its tap and shower ranges can reduce water consumption by up to 50 percent. The intelligent GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard water security system avoids wasting water by detecting leaks early on and by shutting off the water supply in the event of a broken pipe. The system’s new generation now also makes it possible to use it in multi-family homes, drastically reducing water damages in 90 percent of the real estate market. Aside from water-saving, GROHE has also carefully considered how it can reduce other vital resources. With the development of its Sensia Arena shower toilet which promotes the gentle yet hygienic washing with water, the need for toilet paper is completely eliminated. The annual consumption of toilet paper per person is about 15kg on average, yet with products like the Sensia Arena, the pressure on this precious resource would be greatly alleviated.

    Anthology launches Wallcoverings Volume 6

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    Anthology launches wallcoverings Volume 6, a evocative collection of eight statement wallcoverings inspired by brutalist architecture and organic land forms for SS19… 

    Anthology has presented volume 06, a stunning collection of wallcoverings inspired by industrial spaces, fabricated walls and the trend for polished natural and man-made surfaces, apposed with soft colours and delicate, feminine accents. Innovative production techniques have been used throughout with the Anthology studio contrasting plaster, concrete, burnished and hammered metals alongside polished, raw and aged facades.

    “Anthology Wallcoverings 06 is an expression of how natural and manmade forms work together to create something quite exceptional,”  said Linda Thacker from the Anthology studio. “We wanted to focus on how these forms change over time and how their interaction with man modifies them further. By using materials such as poured concrete alongside bespoke techniques, we have created a compendium of organic textures, juxtaposed with how man’s involvement impacts on an element’s overall look.”

    “Embosses and embellishments add a luxurious textural detail to this eye-catching collection.”

    Oozing international glamour, Anthology Wallcoverings 06 comprises of eight wallcoverings, manufactured using the most technically advanced machines and state of the art production methods. Embosses and embellishments add a luxurious textural detail to this eye-catching collection which works in harmony with Anthology’s range of fabrics.

    Minimalist room with colourful wallpapers

    Image credit: Anthology

    A wide array of colours has been used across the collection with names such as Limestone, Pumice, Ruby, Gold, Aventurine and Quartz chosen to reflect how minerals and natural surfaces contrast and complement with the metal ores and precious stones found in mined materials that shape our environment and habitats.

    Continuing with the collection theme, Anthology’s design names include Anthropic, which represents the interaction of man in the making of fabricated surfaces and the impact time has on materials, Metamorphosis, emulating the geological changes impacting on rock and stone and Pozzolana, one of the constituent parts of plaster and concrete.

    Main image credit: Anthology

    Kaldewei NexSys opens new chapter for floor-level showers

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    Bathroom specialist Kaldewei has just launched a revolutionary 4-in-1 system solution for easy, safe shower installation…

    Launching in the UK this month, Kaldewei NexSys is a shower surface revolution. The innovative 4-in-1 system which is already pre-assembled at the factory, consists of a waste channel, sloping support, sealing and an enamelled shower surface enabling ultra simple and fast installation by professionals. NexSys takes a completely new approach to floor-level showers, perfectly combining two worlds: with one of the main advantage being it’s a seamless shower surface made of steel enamel with the design of a tiled shower area with a shower channel. The Kaldewei NexSys opens up a new market segment and rings in the change from shower channel to channel shower. This innovative product is available in eight sizes.

    Narrow channel is an eye-catching feature

    Only one year after the concept was introduced at ISH 2017 and after subsequent market research, Kaldewei is launching its revolutionary NexSys shower surface system on the market. The visual highlight of the elegant design is the narrow waste channel with a high-end designer cover made of brushed stainless steel that fits seamlessly into the shower surface’s overall minimalist look. Like all Kaldewei bathroom solutions, NexSys is made of superior steel enamel so it will retain its exquisite look for decades.

    4-in-1 system cuts out installation steps

    It’s not only in visual terms that the NexSys is revolutionising the shower market, Kaldewei is also a trail blazer when it comes to shower surfaces with regard to installation. The pre-assembled system of waste channel, sloping support, sealing tape and shower surface can, for example, be positioned directly in the screed recess after height compensation – a significant time saving for bathroom professionals. Thanks to the low built heights, floor-level installation is also possible with a limited construction depth. NexSys has no interior contour whatsoever making it ideal for insertion into the bathroom’s tile grid – like a large enamelled tile with integrated waste channel. Sound proofing is guaranteed with the use of sound insulation tape.

    Cut out of Nexsys product

    Digital helper for planning and installation

    Kaldewei offers support every step of the way, ensuring easy planning and installation. Additional information about NexSys includes a wide range of online tools such as installation videos, its Product Configurator, an interactive planning assistant or the provision of corresponding certificates. These and other useful digital services are available on the Kaldewei website.

    Kaldewei 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.

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    Surface trend alert: Caesarstone launches new industrial-themed collection

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    The new Caesarstone Metropolitan Collection, launched last night in London, comprises of nine surface products that reflect the UK industrial design trend…

    Surface manufacturer Caesarstone has launched the Metropolitan Collection in the UK. The new collection welcomes five new products, which join the four already launched surfaces. Interior designers, members of the press and friends of the brand gathered last night at rough and rustic Barge House, on London’s Southbank, to celebrate the launch.

    The latest products include:

    Manufacturing on two continents, Caesarstone products are sold in more than 50 countries around the world. Now seen to be leading the industrial trend, Caesarstone’s s latest collection includes rough and unpolished, bold surfaces that form part of the revival of modernism, a rethinking of brutalism and the rekindling of industrial architecture.

    The collection launches as a response to the robust construction finishes that have become a popular choice among consumers. This trend, and the collection itself, has been inspired by factories and lofts and has been translated for residential and commercial interiors. Each energetically styled surface in the collection has been designed to reflect the authentic textures of raw manufacturing, such as oxidized steel, poured plaster and raw concrete. Via innovative cutting-edge technology, weathered patinas have been achieved in quartz for the very first time – a breakthrough that can be felt as well as seen.

    “Caesarstone continues to set surface design trends that others can only follow,” said Jon Stanley, Caesarstone’s UK Vice President of Marketing. “Last year’s reveal of 4033 Rugged Concrete was a significant hit with both commercial and residential designers; numerous projects and a number of awards followed. But what the launch really did was set the tone for the Metropolitan Collection that we are unveiling now. The brands’ deserved reputation for product design innovation continues without challenge.

    “Caesarstone works with the world’s leading trend forecasters and the in-house design team are acutely aware of what’s becoming in vogue and when. Many of our leading partners that already have display materials in their showrooms are seeing significant interest.”

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    Inspired by the intriguing patinas of casting and oxidising, combining the authentic features of rust and concrete. Its beauty reflects the geological decay of stone, weathered by time and nature. Its excavated look is appreciated for its texture and depth, ranging from different layers of earth shades to copper and dark brown. Its rough concrete finish is subtly coarse to the touch, yet cleaning remains as effortless as with all Caesarstone surfaces.

    Rough industrial-style surface

    4011 Cloudburst Concrete

    Subtle. Sophisticated. 4011 Cloudburst Concrete with its white on white, tonal cloud like patina delivers a truly unique look. With its “Rough” low reflective matt surface, the design works alongside light and dark timbers, stainless steel, concrete surfaces (including 4033 Rugged Concrete) providing wide design flexibility, from industrial loft to Scandinavian through to minimal contemporary aesthetic.

    White industrial-style surface

    4044 Airy Concrete 

    The light grey base illustrates the richness that minimalism can achieve: an authentic rough concrete finish that has been refined for the home. Its airy visual textures express depth across the worktop, enriched by dark grey and white areas, providing the true feel of concrete while maintaining the easy care synonymous with all Caesarstone products.

    Authentic concrete-like finish

    4023 Topus Concrete

    Inspired by topological strata – fossilized textures built up over time in veiled layers – and combines the mineral formations found in nature with the rugged patinas of industrial materials, giving this surface movement, opacity, and depth. With a gentle hint of warm pink, its blush undertone echoes the pastels that are impacting the interiors market today.

    Soft grey surface with a hint of pink

    4601 Frozen Terra

    Fresh, modern, industrial-inspired concrete / terrazzo fusion with sparsely distributed irregular translucent aggregate and fine black basalt. Further enhancing the overall appearance of Frozen Terra is the “Concrete” matt finish which brings an authentic industrial patina, look and feel to the surface and like all Caesarstone surfaces, never requires sealing.

    Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection has been designed to reflect the authentic patinas of industrial materials. The variations in appearance capture real depth and movement, revealing different qualities that make each slab unique

    In addition to the Metropolitan Collection, two further products have also been added to Caesarstone’s UK range; 6011 Intense White and 4643 Flannel Grey. Both are priced in Caesarstone’s Premium Group 2 category.

    Surface with a concrete matt finish

    4643 Flannel Grey

    Grey has become a versatile neutral in the home-from-home environment. It works in contrast to complementary colours or can calm the space in monochromes, making any of its shades a reliable choice for the contemporary interior.

    versatile neutral surface

    6011 Intense White

    6011 Intense Whites brings light into the kitchen. Its evenly distributed glass flakes reflect the gentle granular nature of stone, while its truly white colour illuminates the surface and adds sophistication.

    Pure white surface

    The new Caesarstone Metropolitan Collection is available nationally now..

    Calligaris to showcase latest products at Clerkenwell Design Week

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    In celebration of its 95th anniversary this year, family-run Italian furniture company Calligaris will showcase a series of its latest contract pieces at Clerkenwell Design Week.

    Clerkenwell Design Week display includes the decadently glamorous Coco Chair, inspired by 1950s design with its elegant silhouette and simple metal structure, luxuriously upholstered with padded fabrics or leathers. The Love Seating Range is another nod to the fifties era in a rich earthy colour palette of charcoals and terracottas. The bodies of the pieces are ‘suspended’, sitting neatly within the unique metal frame’s extended legs.

    Also on display will be the bestselling Fifties and Igloo that are synonymous with the customisable element of Calligaris’ furniture, giving the customer the freedom to mix and match shapes, textures and materials to create individual looks for commercial spaces.

    With a similar retro style, the Gala Chair pairs a chic metallic frame with luxurious velvet upholstery in a series of vintage shades including blush pink and dusky blue.

    The Calligaris Contract range was founded in 2008, developing furniture for hotels and restaurants. Its customisable element is key, giving the freedom to mix and match shapes textures and materials to create individual pieces designed to bring the luxuries of the home to the contract market.

    Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn will be at Clerkenwell Design Week on the 24 May. Please tweet us if you would like to book in a meeting.

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    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.

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