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PRODUCT WATCH: A captivating classic from Wilton Carpets

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PRODUCT WATCH: A captivating classic from Wilton Carpets

Wilton Carpets launches new collection ideal for guestrooms, corridors and meeting rooms… 

The rugged crags and high moorlands of the Northumbrian countryside inspire Lindisfarne by Wilton Carpets, the latest introduction to the Ready to Go collection of tufted carpets that are set to instantly transform boutique B&Bs, hospitality and leisure locations.

A captivating three-colour herringbone carpet that’s perfect for a classic feel in guestrooms, corridors and meeting rooms, Lindisfarne comes in six versatile colourways to complement modern and traditional settings. In colours such as Otterburn, Kielder and Craster looking towards the shifting natural light and ever-changing palettes of beauty spots throughout the ancient kingdom, Lindisfarne makes a stunning addition without ever being overbearing.

“Northumbria is an often-dramatic, picturesque area of the UK and as such it makes a wonderful muse for a collection such as this,” commented Damian Roscoe, head of creative, Wilton Carpets, on the development of the new collection. “The timelessness of herringbone makes it perfect for use in any style of interior, so we created a three-colour variety for a little extra lift and added detail. In colourways inspired by the striking vistas of Northumbria, it’s a really versatile look that works well throughout an interior or used sparingly in guestrooms or corridors.”

Crafted in a 38oz quality suitable for heavy contract use, this long-lasting Ready to Go tufted carpet is available immediately from stock. Blending the quality of wool-rich carpet with the value of a tufted construction, Lindisfarne is ready to deliver on-point style versatile enough for almost any hospitality environment.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Duravit and Philippe Starck present “Starck T”

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PRODUCT WATCH: Duravit and Philippe Starck present “Starck T”

25 years on from when the design legend first collaborated with Duravit, Philippe Starck designs and unveils new accessories for the bathroom manufacturer… 

Duravit and Philippe Starck present “Starck T” a new accessory line, which combines functional rigor with organic forms. In 1994 Philippe Starck first teamed up with Duravit to create Starck 1; this was a milestone in the history of bathroom design. From this successful partnership, there followed a series of complete bathroom ranges and now for the first time in 25 years, there is a new line of accessories.

The fluid transition from the round base to the geometric “T” shape is the defining design feature of the series and reminiscent of the branches of a tree. This design element can be found in every piece in the new range, forming a recurring, iconic signature. The finely tuned implementation across the individual accessories produces a classic, formal language with no disruptions thanks to the concealed fixing system.

From the toilet-roll holder through the towel ring up to the soap dish – all 16 elements in the new series are available both in Chrome as well as the on-trend color Black Matt. The visual highlight of “Starck T” is the flask-like soap dispenser made from matt, hand-blown glass that is easy to refill. The high quality of the material and workmanship guarantees durability. Harmonising with all the Duravit ranges in terms of design and material, Starck T perfectly rounds off contemporary bathroom furnishings.

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In Conversation With: Designer Mark McClure ahead of Clerkenwell Design Week

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In Conversation With: Designer Mark McClure ahead of Clerkenwell Design Week

Ahead of Clerkenwell Design Week 2019, Morgan shares an insight into the mind of one of its latest interior design collaborators. Mark McClure discusses how the Goodwood table came to be… 

Furniture brand Morgan is preparing to once again wow visitors who are attending Clerkenwell Design Week later this month.

As well as inviting artist David Shillinglaw to redecorate the showroom with a vibrant feature wall, the company will also unveil two new interior design collaborations – one of which is with designer Mark McClure. Ahead of CDW 2019, Hotel Designs turned the tables, asking its recommended supplier Morgan to carry out an interview with its new design collaborator.

Morgan Furniture: Why did you choose to collaborate with us specifically?
Mark McClure: I worked with you in 2017 – when you invited me to create an installation and exhibition of artworks in their showroom and I found their whole approach to creativity and crossing over of disciplines very much aligned with my own. That, coupled with the beautiful quality and style of their existing collections, made them the obvious people to approach when I was looking to collaborate on some furniture.

MF: How was the experience/process compared to solo working?
MM: The whole process has been so very much smoother than I imagined. Collaborating in general – and especially with the folk at Morgan – brings the benefit of working with experts in their own field. Their knowledge of materials and processes added a whole new thought angle to my own thought process – and Katerina’s creative ideas overlapped nicely with my own even though we were coming to it from different directions.

Image of Goodwood side table in two sizes

Image credit: Goodwood by Morgan

MF: : What sparked your interest in furniture and combining art with a contract piece of furniture?
MM: I’ve always been drawn to the blurred lines between function and creativity. I’m lucky in that my work can be applied all kinds of disciplines and mediums – whether that be a mural on the side of a building, a sculpture in a gallery, or a mosaic for a table surface. I love that change of context and the change of audience and perception that goes with it.

MF: What inspired your design?
MM: A lot of my work is originally inspired by structural and architectural forms – but I’m increasingly contrasting these shapes with more rounded forms which lend the softer, more organic feel to the designs. This addition of more natural forms definitely feels more in tune with the natural grain and colours of the wood.

MF: What was your starting point for this project?
MM: We looked at a selection of existing Morgan pieces – with a view to combining the Morgan shapes with my design – so it all started with the choice of table shape. We opted for quite an understated Goodwood base in two nested sizes. This understated shape avoids a clashing of styles but also lends a complementing elegance to my work, which can be quite bold. Once that decision was made – I had a literal and metaphorical framework to work within.

MF: What is the collection’s USP?
MM: Bold, dynamic, abstract shapes – held together by the modernist elegance of the framework. The contrasting styles balance really well together.

MF: What was the main goal for the collection?
MM: To create something contemporary but classic – a meeting of styles.

MF: What were the challenges?
MM: The biggest challenge was showing restraint. It’s hard not to get carried away with exciting materials and details. But the saying ‘less is more’ exists with good reason – and after exploring a much broader range of materials and colours – we naturally returned to this palette. Even this restrained version still feels dynamic and exciting.

MF: What materials were used for the project?
MM: A mosaic was made up of Beech & Walnut – both painted and untreated – finished with brass details.  This was then integrated into a walnut table framework.

MF: Where do you foresee the collection being specified? (i.e. hotels, restaurants, etc.)
MM: I’d like to think the tables would sit comfortably in hotels, receptions and workplaces. The elegance of the table shapes make them adaptable – while the tabletop design – although distinct and dynamic – isn’t overbearing.

MF: Generally, where do you find your inspiration?
MM: I like to think of my work as a landscape. I’ve always seen beauty in the architectural shapes and structure of the city and these shapes are a constant, but increasingly sparks comes from everywhere and anything – with more organic, rounder elements coming into play. So whilst the structural shapes often form the base for a work – there’s other contrasting elements creeping in that might be inspired by plants, fabrics, music, lighting. The melting pot of disciplines and styles is what makes things interesting – it all makes up the landscape that surrounds us.

MF: What’s the key to a successful collaboration?
MM: I think the key is to collaborate with people you admire and respect. Everyone comes to a solution from their own direction – depending on their background and experience. That’s the beauty of collaboration – and appreciating those different backgrounds and routes is key.

MF: What’s the most interesting trend you’re seeing for 2019?
MM: Playful, geometric tabletops combined with modernist elegance. You saw it here first.

MF: What technology has made the biggest difference to the way you work?
MM: I’m about 20 years late to the CAD party – but I’ve only just started using it as my work has become more engineered and three dimensional. I created a bar with a drinks brand last year and taking what is quite a painterly approach – and drawing it up in CAD was a challenging – but exciting next step. To become loose and instinctive within that realm of 3D CAD is pretty exciting.

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Hotel Designs is a proud media partner for CDW 2019. In order to arrange a meeting with the team, please tweet us @HotelDesigns

Christopher Hyde Lighting launches two twists on hotel lighting

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Christopher Hyde Lighting launches two twists on hotel lighting

Christopher Hyde Lighting, based at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, has added  two new products to its contemporary collection…

Christopher Hyde Lighting, which has more than 25 years’ experience in providing lighting for a wide range of interiors, has unveiled two new lighting products that are suitable for a wide range of interior scenes and styles.

A new handmade pendant ‘The Lucerne’ is a satin brass adjustable frame incorporating LED with bubble glass. “This exciting new piece is great for over tables and bars and will compliment and be a talking point for any interior,” said the brand in a press release.

Meanwhile, the dynamic collection of the ‘Granada’ and ‘Seville’ lights has captured a different take on the Christopher Hyde Brand. With inner finishes available in gold, silver and copper leaf these lights are given added luxury.  This exciting collection comes with LED lighting technology.

LEDs are the most energy-efficient bulbs. They use 90 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and can pay for themselves through energy savings in just a couple of months. They are customised to fit the clients’ needs and any interior.

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Main image credit: Christopher Hyde Lighting

LIVE FROM MILAN: Tarkett collaborates with Note Design Studio to unveil Formations

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LIVE FROM MILAN: Tarkett collaborates with Note Design Studio to unveil Formations

Tarkett and Note Design Studio have joined forces during Milan Design Week to collaborate on the installation Formations…

Inspired by forms on multiple scales, an installation between Tarkett and Note Design Studio is described as an echo of archetypal design principles, a modern industrial material like no other and an iconic backdrop rich in history.

During Milan Design Week 2019, Tarkett, which was an event partner for Meet Up London, together with Note Design Studio are exploring the creative possibilities of its new collection iQ Surface.

Formations is an exhibition that questions notions of scale, by taking architectural archetypes and turning them on their head. Owning the space of the historic Circolo Filologico Milanese, the installation is a celebration and homage to how design language can be twisted into new creative phrases.

Formations introduces the new sustainable vinyl collection iQ Surface – the first collection created for Tarkett by Note Design Studio. Made from 25.5 per cent recycled material, iQ Surface is designed not just as a flooring material, but as an architectural surface for walls and furniture too. In Formations, Note use the creative versatility of the new collection to explore notions of scale and colour blocking. By presenting material normally found underfoot in a startling new context, Note aims to provoke a powerful emotional impact on the public – and inspire architects, designers and other material specifiers to push the boundaries of material convention.

Main image credit: Note Design Studio

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.

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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

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Zaha Hadid Design exhibits 2019 collection in spectacular style

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With clear dialogue of style referencing the late Zaha Hadid in each piece, the 2019 collection from Zaha Hadid Design interprets both present and future… 

The new 2019 collection from Zaha Hadid Design dropped on January 18 in dynamic style at Maison & Objet.

The SWIRL Bowl in crystal glass, a new product for 2019, captures the sweeping gesture of a liquefied vortex. A complex geometry informed by one continuous movement, the Bowl features topographical shifts rippling across the surface. The translucent finish allows the sculpture to coalesce with its surroundings.

Additions to the CELL range include the Platter in Nero Marquina or Statuario marble, and the Plate & Bowl Set in porcelain. A monochromatic colour palette of black or white accentuates the texture, while channels carved into the volumes of the platter and plate allow objects to nest seamlessly on its surfaces.

CELL range include the Platter in Nero Marquina or Statuario marble, and the Plate & Bowl Set in porcelain

Image caption: Cell marble by ZHD

The new CELL Centrepiece in stainless steel reflects the spirit in which it was achieved; true to Hadid’s process, the complex perforations remain undistorted and precise with the use of laser technology. The Centrepiece provokes an emotive response to transitions, through the material and geometry; solid to void; hexagonal to sphere; static to explosive; resulting in the creation of playful compositions.

The HEW Tray in stainless steel is described through a series of subtle movements from the gently upturned surface edge, to the undulating base which peels away to reveal a dual purpose; there are voids for carrying, and dips for resting. This dynamism is further expressed through the contrasting colours of the powder-coated finish on the surface and base.

Referencing Zaha Hadid’s design process, with each new project, Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD) continues to examine its significance within the dialogue of contemporary design. ZHD interprets both the present and the future, by continuing to share Hadid’s story, as Director Woody Yao explains: “The strength of the collection lies in our ability to interpret the ordinary into something unexpected. When designing objects Zaha was never constrained by any given use or spatial context. We continue to follow and draw strength from this approach so that the collection has room to evolve without compromising the integrity of the design.”

The collection follows ZHD’s debut collaboration with performance sportswear brand ODLO, a further example of the design firm’s ability to look into new teriorties in order to fulfill the brief, set by Hadid herself, to constantly push design boundaries.

Main image credit: Zaha Hadid Design

In Conversation with: Michael Seum, how Grohe recreated a classic

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Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum, talks about revisiting a classic, challenging the engineers and creating an icon in the new Atrio (as published in Grohe Magazine No. 2 2018)… 

Redesigning a classic is a task not to be taken lightly. It’s a design opportunity that involves walking a tightrope between respecting the past and opening oneself up to contemporary ideas. Grohe’s Vice President of Design Michael Seum, however, was delighted to step up to the challenge with the classic Grohe Atrio faucet. It was, he says, an exciting opportunity to build on the strengths of this Grohe icon while giving it a feeling of timelessness.

Grohe: What was the idea behind the new Atrio? 
Michael Seum: For me, the very definition of an icon is something you can draw from memory. We are calling this the icon of elegance and precision. The elegance is drawn from a single circle , or a cylinder right, which is one of the most feminine geometrical features you can find: pure and perfect. It;s a firmly contemporary design, but with the right interior decor strategy, it could fit in a classic or cosmopolitan environment. Because we’ve used such a simple, singular geometry, the precision has an analogue, tactile feel to it. So much of this world is digital and uber-connected that we felt like for our spa collection, we needed to have this tactility. And it’s done in such a way that even when you look at the design, all of the intersections are precise. Nothing is off-centre.

Image credit: Grohe

G: How is is driven by the technology that’s inside, like the cartridges? 
MS: The quality of the design comes through the craftsmanship and also the precision of our high-quality cartridges. There are three principles that we draw from: the cylindrical element that drives the entire line, an absolutely pure intersection of all these geometries, and lastly, the obsessive attention to proportion. We wanted a design that celebrates the quality of the Grohe cartridge – its the perfect expression of our design DNA.

G: How long, from first sketch to now, have you and your team been working on this? 
MS: We had a discussion about the possibility of having the spa geometry perfectly intersect, I think, about 18 months ago. While we came pretty quickly to the idea, the execution was actually the hardest part of the job; getting the engineering team to find a way to do that.

“It really is iconic, it’s beautiful, it’s flexible and it’s simple.”

G: What challenges did you have to overcome with the engineering? 
MS: The engineers saw the potential of the design. But they also saw that it was their responsibility to help us realise it. So I’m really pleased at how they’ve embraced the design vision and made all of the technical elements work, going through such meticulous, geometrical work with the Atrio. This is where the precision of the tactile feedback, the craftsmanship, the quality, the handmade aspects – it’s all due to their efforts.

Image credit: Grohe

G: How has the feedback on this product been so far? 
MS: We’ve had some sneak previews with a few long-standing customers and architects that we have very positive relationships with. We do a lot of work on projects that are two to five years – and the response when we put this on the table is just jaw-dropping. It really is iconic, it’s beautiful, it’s flexible and it’s simple. We designed something that allows architects or consumers to design spaces in so many different ways. The fact that the product is so simple means that it can work with different interior strategies. They see that immediately.

G: What plans do you have for the Atrio in the future? 
MS: We will launch it in Spa Colours over time. Because this design is so neutral, we believe that this is the vehicle for expressing new colour and finish possibilities in the bathroom. It’s a design that works in so many different environments, from classic to contemporary to cosmopolitan. It has transformatative affect in those spaces.

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Main image credit: Grohe 
Image caption: Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum

 

 

 

LIVE FROM LDF: Furniture designed around raw emotions

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Portuguese furniture company exhibits furniture at Decorex inspired by emotions as it attempts to challenge conventional hotel furniture…

A Portuguese furniture company has exhibited new furniture that is inspired by human emotion at this year’s Decorex during London Design Festival. There’s a thin line between a functional object and artwork. Emotional Objects aren’t just objects, they are almost art pieces. Unique and perfectly crafted by passionate Portuguese designers and artisans, in Portugal.

True to ensuring that each product is bespoke, all of its objects are handcrafted or handpainted with love. “We treat furniture as art and when they leave, a part of us goes with them,” said owner and architect Joao Faria on his stand at Decorex. Faria does not believe his product is in the category of a being a ‘luxury product. “Luxury brands spend a lot of time and money creating a sense of… Luxury. Selling a lifestyle instead of their products and making you believe that buying their product makes you hip,” he explained.

“The company tries to take its objects a little bit further than its function”

Emotional Objects are designed and manufactured with the sole purpose to make a connection with us as people. The company tries to take its objects a little bit further than its function, bushing the boundaries of design. “Our objects aren’t transparent; they make us smile every time we use them. That is an Emotional Object,” explained Faria. “An object that relates to us, with our life and taste.”

Roots Console and Mirror

“Roots” is a line of furniture inspired in the Sacred Ceiba tree in Havana. A line goes around the volume of the pieces and changes its expression just like a root. “After all nature is the mother of all forms,” said Faria. “It is only necessary to go a little bit further…” In 2016, the coffee table won an “A’ Design Award” in “Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design” category.

Emotional Objects is one of many Portuguese design companies exhibiting at Decorex, a show which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of.

 

Bathroom specialist Sottini launches Fusaro and Ellero

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The new Sottini collections Fusaro and Ellero give bathroom designers robust ‘infinite possibilities’…

Italian-inspired bathroom brand Sottini has launched two new product ranges, Fusaro and Ellero.

Fusaro is an inspirational collection which presents bathroom professionals with infinite possibilities, providing endless product combinations of ceramics for design-led specification. It comprises a comprehensive range of 40 products which feature softer angles, finer edges, and contemporary curves.  The range is made up of vanity and wall-mounted washbasins, as well as a selection of vessel washbasins and toilets.

Trend-led features such as slotted overflows and the more popular clicker wastes, make the Fusaro washbasins ideal for hotels, restaurants, offices and other high-end commercial environments. All elements of the Fusaro collection perfectly complement each other, making it simpler for designers to mix and match solutions. The range has been made to enhance any specification with its exceptional array of products, which is compatible with Sottini furniture, Mavone and Turano.

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Sottini’s new basin range, Ellero, uses the brand’s patented Diamatec Technology.  The revolutionary ceramic production technique is a unique blend of pre-fitted clays and alumina that allows the company to manufacture very fine but extremely strong ceramic edges, creating extraordinary looking ceramics, which stand out in any washroom. By incorporating Sottini’s Diamatec Technology, designers were able to produce beautiful, ultra-fine, yet extremely durable basins. This makes Ellero products perfectly suited for a wide range of commercial and residential applications.  The basins come with a choice of overflow, no overflow, or overflow with tap deck.

“We’ve used our unique ceramic design processes to create two beautiful ranges which balance practicality with elegance,” said Katie Cope, marketing director of Sottini. “Each piece in our Fusaro and Ellero collections has been made to inspire and has been developed with precision engineering and high design specifications in mind, ensuring each item is a truly unique statement.”

Both newly launched ranges are BIM ready and can be specified via www.specifysottini.co.uk.

Crosswater launches MPRO Matt Black shower enclosure

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Following the launch of the MPRO Matt Blackbrass ware, Crosswater has now introduced the contemporary finish to its shower enclosure range. Designed to create a statement, the Single Slider Door and Side Panels are framed in dramatic Matt Black with a matching feature handle. With its angular design and modern fittings, the MPRO enclosure introduces on-trend contemporary features to the showering space, which coordinate with the selection of Matt Black heads, valves and handsets.

Manufactured to the highest quality, the MPRO enclosure glass comes with Crosswater Clear protection as standard. This innovative invisible coating acts as a lasting barrier on the surface to help reduce staining and make the process of cleaning quicker and easier. With its framed, angular silhouette, MPRO balances contemporary design with the practicalities of daily showering. The sliding door is available in three widths that range from 1200 – 1700mm, whilst the side panel comes in two widths of 800 and 900mm. This offers a flexible solution for shower rooms of all sizes and configurations.

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