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    LIVE FROM MILAN: Inside Tom Dixon’s new restaurant and showroom

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    LIVE FROM MILAN: Inside Tom Dixon’s new restaurant and showroom

    British designer Tom Dixon has gone beyond the exhibition hall at Milan Design Week by unveiling his latest collection of products in the studio’s new permanent restaurant… 

    After five years of exhibiting in the traditional way during Milan Design Week, British design studio Tom Dixon has opened a new restaurant and showroom called The Manzoni in Milan to display his latest collection.

    The new space has pre-opened and will reopen after the show as a permanent epicentre for guests to view the studio’s latest lighting, furniture and accessories collections.

    Aptly named The Manzoni after the Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni, the new 100-cover restaurant has been created by Dixon’s Design Research Studio.”With the city being so active and engaging right now, it is the right time to forget being temporary and build something permanent,” said Dixon. “Just like in London, we don’t think it’s enough to just have a showroom. We need a place where people slow down and experience our products in a live setting.”

    Operating as the designer intends his products to be promoted – by being used and handled – The Manzoni is a living and breathing showroom and restaurant, which will be styled in true Tom Dixon style – think reimagined simple shapes, clean and crisp colours and even an immersive green jungle.

    “The Manzoni is more than a restaurant,” says Dixon, “It is also an experimental space, a theatrical backdrop.” The concept was created so that guests to the restaurant can browse before they dine while showroom visitors can grab a bite to eat before of after browsing the latest products within the season’s collection. Visitors to both the restaurant and the showroom will be able to see the studio’s products in an active context.

    Main image credit: Tom Dixon Studio/The Manzoni

    Exterior of the showroom in Clerkenwell

    Duravit opens flagship showroom in Clerkenwell, London

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    Following Hotel Designs’ exclusive interview with Managing Director Martin Carroll, Duravit has opened its London flagship showroom…

    Bathroom specialist Duravit has opened its new flagship showroom “Duravit London” in Clerkenwell – which is home to more creative business and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

    Members of the press were invited on June 20 to celebrate the pre-launch of Duravit London to learn more about the company’s a major investment and story of the brand’s sustained success within the UK market. Marking the latest chapter in the company’s 201-year history, this prestigious showroom at approx. 2,500 square feet, is situated at 36-42 Clerkenwell Road and officially opened yesterday.

    inside the showroom

    Visitors to the showroom will experience more than 20 Duravit series, including Duravit’s latest product innovations such as XSquare, a new furniture collection designed by Kurt Merki Jr. and the Brioso furniture series by Christian Werner. With the aim of bringing designer bathrooms to life, the London showroom will be a focal point for professionals to see first-hand the quality of Duravit’s innovative designs as well as working displays featuring the award-winning C.1 tap fitting series and the new DuraSystem® frames and SensoWash shower toilets.

    To meet the demands of the growing project market and particularly specifications including Duravit, the showroom will act as a hub for ideas, inspiration and specialist technical advice, working in partnership with architects, designers and developers to ensure the correct Duravit products are specified. In addition, training and CPD seminars will form part of a continuous programme of professional development for the A&D community and retailers. The generous floor space also provides a comfortable space to meet and socialise with industry partners.

    Internationally, Duravit London is ideally situated to collaborate with partners in the development of global projects, for example:

    Opus Tower in Dubai by Zaha Hadid
    One of Zaha Hadid’s remarkable designs is the Opus Tower in Dubai. Whereby the term “Tower“ is not strictly correct: the imaginative building complex seems like a cube that has been hollowed out in the centre. Every piece of furniture in the Opus Tower residential units were either designed or selected by her. Design by Philippe Starck and Duravit can be found in the bathrooms.

    Morpheus Macau by Zaha Hadid
    As one of her last works, the world-famous architect Zaha Hadid designed a unique monument. Melco Crown Entertainment’s 40-storey luxury hotel looks like an organic sculpture that looks both curiously and at the same time made for the legendary “City of Dreams” in Cotai, Macau. An icon that stands for the modern Macau and thus a new formulation of luxury.

    Louvre at Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel
    Jean Nouvel has created an architectural wonder in the desert. The architecture of the Louvre is modern but timeless, incorporating elements from Abu Dhabi’s architectural tradition. It includes designs by Duravit, thought up by Philippe Starck.

    Consumers are also able to plan and discuss their requirements with a member of Duravit’s dedicated team who will be on hand to offer practical support, technical advice and specialist knowledge on choosing products for a future bathroom.

    Viewings are by appointment only.

    Martin Carroll

    Seven minutes with the Managing Director of Duravit

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    As Duravit opens its new Clerkenwell showroom, the editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, went behind the scenes to ask the Managing Director of Duravit, Martin Carroll, ‘why here’, ‘why now’ and ‘what’s next’…

    Duravit has long been a leader in bathroom interior design, and the news of a swanky showroom unveiling in London’s Clerkenwell district – which is home to more creative business and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world – the question is not ‘why’, but more ‘why now’?

    Ahead of the official launch at the showroom, I went behind the brand’s polished exterior to speak with Managing Director of Duravit, Martin Carroll, to find out more about the showroom that everyone is talking about.

    Hamish Kilburn: Why is Clerkenwell such an important location for you?

    Martin Carroll: Duravit is a major player in innovative bathroom designs and the UK is one of the most important and best performing export markets.  Basing our London showroom in Clerkenwell will enable us to build closer relationships with the A&D community.

    HK: How has the showroom been designed with the modern designer in mind?

    MC: Duravit’s London showroom has been specifically designed to act as a hub for ideas, inspiration and technical advice.  It will act as a platform to showcase Duravit’s extensive product portfolio, including products by renowned designers such as: Philippe Starck, EOOS, Phoenix Design, Kurt Merki Jr. and Cecile Manz with the aim to make designer bathrooms come alive.

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    HK: Other than the showroom, what’s new for Duravit?

    MC: Duravit is launching a number of new product collections including Brioso and XSquare, which will be on display at the new Duravit London showroom.   Duravit continues to collaborate on new international projects and recent partnerships include the Zaha Hadid – Opus Tower in Dubai and the Jean Nouvel – Louvre @ Abu Dhabi.

    HK: What key bathroom trends are you seeing at the moment?

    MC: The introduction of a wider range of colours and textures in bathroom furniture over recent year’s means more frequently people are now injecting their own personality into bathroom designs and being adventurous with colour schemes.   Duravit’s L-Cube furniture series for example offers 30 different surface finishes so the scope for design freedom is practically unlimited.   The new Brioso furniture range, has a total of 15 finishes which are available in various decors, real wood veneers or lacquers (matt and gloss), including new, on-trend tones such as matt light blue and matt concrete grey as well as a linen-look decor finish.

    Nordic colours continue to remain popular with the trend for Scandi style living appearing in bathroom designs. Minimal design, clear shapes cool and subtle colours, overall a reduced look with a few visual highlights can make a room feel individual.  The Luv bathroom collection, designed by Cecilie Manz embraces Nordic design and offers elegant console tables in soft Nordic shades including White, Taupe, Stone Grey, Light Blue and Night Blue.

    Modern bathroom featuring Duravit

    HK: What are the less common pitfalls designers sometimes fall into when designing a hotel bathroom?

    MC: Space is often at a premium and the smaller the space, the more ingenious your bathroom planner has to be. Look at how you can make the very best use of the space available. Duravit offers numerous products which have been developed to cater for restricted spaces, compact washbasins, WC’s and furniture solutions are imperative.  Vanity units will hide unsightly pipe work and work well in small bathrooms as they provide valuable storage for guests.  Wall-hung products will keep the floor area clear, creating the illusion of more space and light reflective surfaces help make a small area feel bigger

    HK: How would you say technology is changing in the bathroom?

    MC: New technology is playing an increasingly important role in bathroom design, helping to make the bathroom a more comfortable place.   Ground breaking new materials characterised by consistent sustainability in terms of materials, processing and design are increasingly available for the bathroom.

    Duravit has recently developed a new innovative method, called “c-bonded technology”. In the new “c-bonded” version, the furniture washbasin is connected almost seamlessly to the L-Cube vanity unit in a complex process. Thanks to the accurate and precise-fitting connecting technology, ceramic and furniture merge to form a single unit. However, the “c-bonded” solution does not just look and feel impressive: DuraCeram®, the patented special ceramic that actually makes this precision and moulding possible, is particularly wear-resistant.

    Duravit, which has just unveiled its new showroom on 36 – 42 Clerkenwell Road, London, 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.

     

    GROHE Experience Suite, Mallorca

    Project Spotlight: GROHE opens first Experience Suite in Mallorca

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    From this summer onwards the five-star hotel, IBEROSTAR, in Playa de Palma will be home to the first GROHE Experience Suite in Mallorca.

    The new suite spa is located on 7th floor of the hotel and allows guests to enjoy a spacious outdoor area with outstanding views of the local beaches. It has a large and bright bedroom-living room, a large terrace with an outdoor bathtub and a first-class GROHE bathroom to enjoy a private spa experience.

    The suite is equipped with the latest GROHE technologies and has been designed to provide a luxurious sensory experience for the customer.

    Shower area: F-digital Deluxe
    The immersive shower area has been designed to take the spa experience to the next level. Equipped with an exclusive F-digital Deluxe shower cabin, the area features a large rain shower head, chromotherapy, side massage shower sprays, ambient music and different types of steam generators, including hammam or Turkish bath, for the ultimate indulgent showering experience.

    The F Digital Deluxe can be controlled by a programmable touchscreen panel or app to ensure that guests have full control of all functions, including water temperature and pressure during their shower.

    Project Spotlight: GROHE opens first Experience Suite in Mallorca
    Bath area: Allure range

    The bath area is divided into two spaces: an interior bathtub featuring a GROHE Allure collection striking waterfall spout, and a beautiful outdoor bathtub to enjoy the climate and spectacular views of Mallorca.

    Toilet area: Sensia Arena
    The GROHE Sensia Arena completes the full spa experience in the suite. The innovative shower toilet incorporates the latest in Japanese technology to deliver maximum personal hygiene.

    The Arena is much more than just a bidet and WC combined, and is packed with state-of-the-art features, such as a touchscreen remote control allowing you to save your favourite cleansing settings. The Sensia Arena also comes with innovative features such as an air-infused shower spray, a rimless bowl, automatic lid opening and automatic flushing and rinsing using GROHE sensor technology.

    The GROHE Experience Suite in Mallorca represents the brand’s concept of the bathroom, understood as a private space for relaxation, comfort and intimacy. By creating this exclusive suite, GROHE consolidates its prestige in the hospitality industry in Spain and reaffirms its commitment to Mallorca, a market where GROHE opened a new showroom last October.

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