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Product watch: play it your way with Studio Moods

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Product watch: play it your way with Studio Moods

Award-winning Studio Moods is the off-the-shelf bespoke LVT solution from IVC Commercial, making one-off feature floors more affordable…

Using nine geometric shapes, including four new XL formats over the original collection, combined with wood, stone and colour looks, Studio Moods presents 107 off-the-shelf QuickShip patterns that make it fast and easy to select a floor personalised to your project. Alternatively, you can use the 69 building blocks used for all QuickShip patterns to create your own design or go completely bespoke across 160 looks from just 75m2.

Image credit: Studio Moods/IVC Commercial

From classic chevron and herringbone in surprising stone effects, through to patterns involving multiple formats, Studio Moods is all about versatility and creativity. Wood combined with stone, giant hexagons in solid colours next to dark oak; this is an LVT collection that brings personality to workplace, retail, hospitality and leisure, PRS and PBSA projects.

“The original Studio Moods collection has proved itself as the ideal solution for creating stunning feature areas in a wide variety of projects,” says David Bigland, managing director, IVC Commercial. “Now with the new Studio Moods, we’ve refined the concept, so designers have access to a wider variety of patterns, bigger scale and new wood, colour and stone looks; all easily and quickly accessible from stock through our QuickShip programme.”

Image credit: Studio Moods/IVC Commercial

Using IVC Commercial’s 55 specification ensures that Studio performs wherever you choose to install it. Suitable for receptions, breakout zones and feature areas; as well as anywhere else that demands style and performance; the floor is durable and easy to maintain, efficiently made in Belgium using renewable energy and features 30 per cent recycled content.

IVC Commercial 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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Product watch: Niza collection by CTD Architectural Tiles

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Product watch: Niza collection by CTD Architectural Tiles

The new Niza collection by CTD Architectural Tiles is inspired by the colours of both the earth and the ocean…

Niza is a collection of rectangular and hexagonal tiles in an understated nature-inspired palette. From the warmth of Clay to the freshness of Green, the various tiles come with a gentle shade variation that reflects the essence of traditional ceramic tiles, bringing a modern touch to this cutting-edge product range.

Available in a rectangular 92 x 370mm and a hexagonal 215 x 250mm format, the versatile cement-effect tiles will add an injection of character to both walls and floors in all residential, commercial and hospitality projects. With a +36 PTV wet slip resistance, the matt glazed porcelain tiles deliver on both technical and aesthetic properties, allowing specifiers, architects and designers to bring subtle texture and warmth to surfaces, whether used in bathrooms, kitchens or living spaces.

Part of the Saint-Gobain family, CTD Architectural Tiles specialises in the supply of high quality ceramic tile finishes and tiling solutions across all sectors in the UK commercial specification market. With clients in a variety of sectors including the leisure, retail, hospitality industries, CTD Architectural Tiles is committed to bringing customers the latest innovations in product and in service. With unparalleled expertise and technical knowledge, the team works with industry leading, innovative manufacturers to offer a complete portfolio of ceramic and porcelain tile ranges to suit the architect, interior designer, developer and specification professional.

CTD Architectural Tiles is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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Sustainable surfaces: a playful way to connect with nature

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Sustainable surfaces: a playful way to connect with nature

3DForms by Granorte is a sustainable collection of wall tiles with three-dimensional structures that can be used in various arrays to create one-of-a-kind textured walls that also benefit from the natural properties of cork…

Designed by Alzira Peixoto and Carlos Mendonca of SimpleFormsDesign, 3DForms takes inspiration from Portuguese ceramic wall tiles of the 1950s and 1960s, creating striking geometric pattern across the wall. Relying on the tonal contrast between shadows and highlights, 3dForms has a sculptural quality that changes emphasis as light changes throughout the course of day and night.

Made in Portugal by cork innovator Granorte, 3DForms uses a lightweight agglomerated cork compound made from 92% post-industrial waste derived from wine stopper production and is FSC certified. Protected with Granorte’s proprietary Corkguard® water-based finish, the tiles are easy to clean and protected from marks and stains and are suitable for use in commercial and domestic interiors.

A renewable natural resource, cork has excellent thermal and acoustic properties, helping 3DForms to contribute to improving energy performance, as well as a tangible reduction of noise within the room. The tiles are available in two sizes – 150 x 150mm and 300 x 300mm – and in three forms – Pyramid, Aztec and Ramp – allowing numerous patterns to be created. Each design is available in natural, pearl, terracotta, smoke and bluemoon colourways.

“3DForms delivers a striking alternative aesthetic to ceramic wall tiles,” says Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte. “From simply rotating designs to create subtly changing, rhythmic repeating patterns to unique combinations made up of any of the three forms in any size, it’s a playful way to welcome the cork look, creating a cossetting and comfortable feel that brings you closer to nature.”

Granorte is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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Product watch: Overclay tiles by Casa Ceramica

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Product watch: Overclay tiles by Casa Ceramica

The inspiration for the Overclay tile series by Casa Ceramica comes from the earth, the authentic material par excellence and from the architectural marvels of the past…

From the ziggurats of Mesopotamia to the terracotta army of Xi’an: raw clay is the oldest and most alluring construction material, found again today in both ambitious and innovative architectural projects.

The enveloping dusky colours of the desert and the charm of the Mediterranean kasbahs provide the inspiration for Overclay by Casa Ceramica, a series of porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiles, with an authentic yet sophisticated flavour. Making this collection perfect for bringing character to both indoor and outdoor residential and commercial settings.

This collection of floor and wall tiles, is available in seven colours, all of which are inspired by the authenticity of earth and the heat of the desert. Among the nuances selected are Rose and Cotto, two incredibly expressive, on-trend accents. Paired with these are five more muted tones off; Ecru, White, Grey, Taupe and Dark.

The decorative study underlines the sophisticated character of the series through Petra, innovative shades of colour with graceful, material waves. Available in both cool and warm versions, in the 60x120cm and 30x120cm sizes, these shaded surfaces are perfect for bringing an engaging touch to any interior. These innovative and fascinating decorations are available in the of 60x120cm and are suitable even for floor installation.

Casa Ceramica is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene

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Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene

For commercial interiors, the Covid-19 pandemic will leave a lasting legacy in the demand for surface finishes that can contribute to improved hygiene, says UNILIN

More often only thought about in sensitive environments, hygiene has quickly become a factor in the specification of materials where before it wasn’t considered a concern. Now everywhere demands surfaces that can fight off bacteria or that are easy to disinfect.

Fortunately, the need for a hygiene friendly finish doesn’t mean that interior projects have to compromise on design, at least not when it comes to laminated boards and HPL materials from UNILIN panels. These surfaces can be cleaned several times a day by 70 per cent alcohol solutions without fear of damage, helping in the ongoing maintenance and daily hygiene of commercial environments.

In everywhere from schools and shops to offices and hotels and on everything from desks, tables and walls to doors and cupboards; UNILIN panels can provide a hygienic surface without sacrificing aesthetic integrity. With the UNILIN Evola collection, specifiers can bring the feel and look of natural materials, brushed metals and terrazzo, explore the crisp ‘clean’ colours of pure white and bright fresh green, or embrace the soft-touch effect of Super Matt Black; creating surfaces that are at once beautiful and hygienic. With more than 190 options, there’s really no limit to creativity.

Bringing perfection in the details, UNILIN develops its surfaces in-house, experimenting with the depth of emboss and level of gloss to develop harmonious and lifelike designs, all without affecting the surface’s ability to be cleaned. So, whether creating a natural ambience for hotel guest rooms or a bold, graphic design for corporate offices; designers can offer customers universally simple maintenance in a finish designed to cope with busy commercial spaces.

Jurgen Plas, marketing manager, UNILIN panels, says: “Undoubtedly, Covid-19 has accelerated change in commercial environments, not only in terms of how we use and engage with the space, but also in what that particular environment demands from its finishes. It’s been a dramatic and rapid shift, yet one that is set to last and we’re ready to rise to the challenge of hygiene with our melamine faced panels, HPL and innovative Clicwall system.”

UNILIN 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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Product watch: Regolo by Casa Ceramica

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Product watch: Regolo by Casa Ceramica

Dreamlike, flexible, durable, and tactile, Regolo by Casa Ceramica is an essential system characterised by different colour finishes and peculiar textures, that can be arranged and rearranged in an infinite array of compositions…

Regolo by Casa Ceramica takes a fresh clean look, creating a harmonious balance of shapes, functions and shades of colour.

With its clearly architectural vocation, Regolo, is made of glazed stoneware in white body porcelain. Making it ideal for residential, retail, and hospitality premises. In addition to the Flat versions, with their smooth and uniform or iridescent surfaces, Regolo is also available in the Textured Domino 50 and 100, Tatami and Bamboo versions with bas-relief motifs and structures. The new colour palette with its Panno, Lunaria, Ardesia, Ossido, Ceruleo, Cipria, Mattone, Tanè and Tabacco master shades, includes 3 neutral and 6 desaturated shades in both cold and warm tones.

Ultramatte

The Ultramatte opaque finish highlights the structure of the flat surfaces, emphasising the value of the essential elegance, as an invitation to meditation and creative freedom. The 9 colours – Panno, Lunaria, Ardesia, Ossido, Ceruleo, Cipria, Mattone, Tanè, Tabacco – and the Iridescent version, that adds a soft touch and delicate play of light. The Ultramatte finished can even be used on the floors too.

The Iridescent is very different from the essential opaqueness of the Ultramatte. It follows the most current trends, with the mimetic ability to fit into silent and minimal settings with a surprising shiver of colour. The light that illuminates the surface is reflected in different tones depending on the observer’s angle, creating special chromatic effects. Iridescent’s futuristic image is born from a highly refined and environmentally friendly production process.

Domino

Mathematical abstraction turns into beauty and timeless functionality. Domino 100’s covers the entire surface and adds movement by the bas-relief dots. Whereas Domino 50’s surfaces are only half decorated. The accurate spacing of the dots is created by perfect geometry. Domino is available in; neutral Panno, Ardesia, and Ossido shades.

Image credit: Casa Ceramica

Bamboo

A simple bas-relief line marks the opaque surface. A row that scans the surface of the ceramic, emphasising its structure and resistance, showing different compositional paths. The straight line of the tile offers maximum creative freedom when combined with other tiles. The rounded geometry in relief creates relaxing and harmonious play of shadows, in a fluid and coherent expression of elegance. Bamboo is available in the Panno, Ossido and Ceruleo shades.

Tatami

The tactile experience offered by Regolo meets with the sublime interwoven surface of Tatami. The recurring cross pattern is created using a module that is indirectly connected to the brand. Tatami is available in the Cipria, Mattone, Tanè, and Tabacco shades.

Casa Ceramica is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

Main image credit: Casa Ceramica

Product watch: ‘Snowfall Promise’ Mosaic pattern by Siminetti

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Product watch: ‘Snowfall Promise’ Mosaic pattern by Siminetti

Snowfall Promise’ Mosaic pattern by Siminetti, Hotel Designs learns, is a combination of Freshwater Mother of Pearl ‘Bianco’ and Saltwater Mother of Pearl ‘Golden Promise’…

Siminetti’s Mother of Pearl Mosaics are handmade by Siminetti’s team of artisans using eco-friendly and sustainably sourced Mother of Pearl.

‘Snowfall Promise’ is a striking combination that is sure to impress; Due to the natural qualities of Mother of Pearl, every tile has a unique patination creating a truly distinctive aesthetic.

Mother of Pearl is a naturally occurring, hardwearing, non-porous material which makes it ideally suited to high demanding environments. Each of our mosaics are sealed with resin, ensuring an exceptionally strong mosaic suitable for both wall and floor surfaces supported with BS EN ISO Certification. This quality also makes the product incredibly easy to keep clean and sanitised.

The individual Mother of Pearl pieces are hand placed onto a lightweight, mesh or paper backing depending on your requirements to ensure easy installation. This approach allows the company’s mosaics to be applied to even the most complex curves, making the mosaics suitable for swimming pools, spas, and external walls.

Siminetti offer a bespoke design service for all our mosaics and decorative panels. allowing architects, designer and specifiers to develop their own unique style.

Siminetti is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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Cork wall in a guestroom

Product watch: wall tiles by Granorte bring new meaning to natural aesthetic

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Product watch: wall tiles by Granorte bring new meaning to natural aesthetic

With the natural aesthetic of cork, Decodalle wall tiles from Granorte offer something new for high-end interiors. Hotel Designs explores…

Delivering a rich collection of decorative cork veneers, Decodalle presents the depth and variety of finishes achievable in this natural and sustainable material, proving its association with retro finishes of the 1960s is dead.

Cork wall in a guestroom

Presenting a finish that’s not only intrinsically beautiful and diverse, but also warm, quiet and durable; Decodalle allows interiors a powerful natural aesthetic without compromising function. In fact, with its Parawax matt coating for resilience and lightweight agglomerated cork backing for easy fitting, Decodalle is a wall tile with impressive features all round. Greenguard certified, 100 per cent ortho-phthalate free and with no added formaldehyde, Decodalle also has the sustainable credentials to match its natural origins.

“When developing products, we appreciate the single biggest influence in choosing cork: its status as a natural and renewable material,” said Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager at Granorte. “We look for ways to preserve as much of this reasoning within the development of the product, so if there’s an option for a more sustainable or less polluting material we’ll take it, even if it means more development.”

Decodalle is available in 14 cork looks in a 600mm x 300mm x 3mm format for vertical or horizontal application. From the natural forms of Expression and geometric blocks of Elements Rustic Black to the colours of Twist and conventional granulated looks like Forest and Grain, it’s a rounded collection that offers designers real opportunity to create a visual treat.

Granorte is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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PRODUCT WATCH: Crogiolio tiles by Casa Ceramica

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PRODUCT WATCH: Crogiolio tiles by Casa Ceramica

Crogiolio by Casa Ceramica is a series consisting of small-sized ceramics and stoneware tiles, with multiple identities…

Crogiolio is a collection of seven; ‘Lume, Zellige, Scenario, D_Segni Blend, D_Segni Scaglie, D_Segni Colore and D_Segni’, that together interprets the craftsmanship and manual skills of traditional potters.

This caters for contemporary taste, while retaining their uniqueness. A collective of versatile and distinctive products that incorporate ideas and impressions from past times. This collective reproduces the look and feel of tiles made by hand: inspired by the flaws typical of crafted ceramics. Carefully graduated colours create intense, constantly changing, hues. Perfect for intimate, comfortable and authentic interior design schemes.

The glossiest of glazes, vibrant textures and colours. Irregular brush-strokes and old-fashioned decorative motifs: “what looks genuinely handmade is actually the product of a sophisticated technology.” This genetic make-up is shared by all the latest additions to the Crogiolo collection, with different stylistic inputs but the same narrative strength: D_Segni Blend, Scenario, Lume and Zellige. Light and carefully calculated imperfection are the key to Lume and Zellige. This porcelain stoneware series was created through leading-edge research into ultra-glossy glazes.

Lume reinterprets the irregular beauty of hand-made majolica tiles, in the unusual 6×24 cm size. Using subtle variations in; hue, density of colour (in 6 shades), and variations in patterning, it makes every module unique and generates variegated compositions for installation with narrow joints.

Zellige, on the other hand, is the 10×10 cm version of the traditional, exceptionally glossy, Moroccan glazed terracotta tiles. Its irregular edges, textures and colours (12) create the perfect replication of an exotic, hand-crafted product.

Strong graphic motifs and geometric patterns make up the identity of Scenario. A 20×20 cm stoneware with a “brush-stroke” effect inspired by the Marazzi collection of the same name, created by painter and potter Venerio Martini in 1958. The uneven application of the colour recalls the hand-decoration process in used at the time. There are two surface variants: Semi Matt in three colours, suitable for the floors and walls of residential and light commercial locations, and Ultra-Glossy in five colours with a Mediterranean flavour.

The new StepWise technology is central to D_Segni Blend. The collection of porcelain stoneware cement tiles in the 20×20 cm and 10×10 cm sizes are produced with latest-generation glazes. This provides a super-matt surface combined with a wealth of colour, in more than 40 pattern varieties and multiple tones of the same shade. All of D_Segni is enhanced by the ornamental exuberance of the mix decors, with 16 different motifs. All six colours in the range offer outstanding anti-slip performances, with no reduction in the soft surface “feel”. The resulting product is both; poetic, high-tech and, like all the other Crogiolo collection series, has a special ability to bring tradition into contemporary architecture.

Casa Ceramica is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Make a statement with a striking tiled feature wall

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Make a statement with a striking tiled feature wall

CTD Architectural Tiles explains how designers create an eye-catching moment in the lobby with a tiled feature wall…

Interior design is vital to the success of today’s hospitality spaces: where, in a world of social media and photo sharing, it becomes a key component of a guest’s stay.

Feature walls provide energy and vibrancy to liven up any hotel space, from the lobby to the restaurant to the bedrooms, and are sure to make an impactful first impression.

The purpose of a feature wall is to draw the eye to a particular area – this is likely to be the room’s existing focal point. In the bathroom, this might be a shower wall, whereas in the bedroom, it might be the headboard behind the bed. In any case, it should be used to create an eye-catching centrepiece, around which the rest of the room will flow.

Image caption: Genesis range by CTD Architectural Tiles

All a space needs is one beautiful feature wall to make the room really stand out. Whether you’re working with a client who wants to make a statement in a large, grand hotel, or you’re working in a smaller, more bespoke space, a feature wall can be used to make an impact in a variety of ways.

Typically, most designers will tend to use paint or wallpaper when creating a feature wall, but tiles actually offer a more effective alternative – especially for bathrooms. With so many textures and colours to choose from, tiles are a great way to add visual interest to an otherwise plain space and can often create a much more impressive impact! Tiles come in a variety of finishes, sizes and colours, making them the perfect option for creating style.

Image caption: The Metallic collection by CTD Architectural Tiles in bathroom setting

Image caption: The Metallic collection by CTD Architectural Tiles in bathroom setting

Patterned, textured and wood effect tiles all look great as feature walls. Textured tiles add warmth and depth, while contrasting colours can be used to make a striking wall pattern. Meanwhile, wood effect tiles can be used to create a final look ranging from rustic and weathered, to modern and elegant, depending on the hotel’s overall aesthetic.

CTD Architectural Tiles offers a wide range of tiles for all styles of hotels, ideal for creating a beautiful feature wall. Most recently, it has launched a new collection called Genesis, which offers cutting-edge design with an interesting variety of textures and decorations, inspired by sensory touch and visual sensations. Presented across ten different formats, from tri-dimensional design to nature patterns, the smooth colours of this range are perfect for creating a feature wall in minimalist settings. White and Sand present a more neutral option, whereas Black, Deep Blue and Red offer a truly intense option for statement walls.

Another one of CTD Architectural’s most stylish collections for creating a tiled feature wall is the Metallic range. These enamelled stoneware tiles are inspired by crude steels and metals, creating an on-trend look of modernity and urban style. These tiles are guaranteed to bring a strong personality to any space and the collection offers both a smooth and a structured surface for greater versatility in designing a feature wall for any hotel space.

CTD Architectural Tiles is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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Inspired by Japanese design: ION by Woven Image

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Inspired by Japanese design: ION by Woven Image

Inspired by the intricate beauty of Japanese design, Woven Image’s ION is the latest edition to a series of tactile wall panel that Hotel Designs has got its hands on… 

Woven Image continues to innovate with the introduction of ION a beautiful embossed wall panel which is part of the Exquiste Evolution June 2020 product release.

Acoustic panels for the workplace environment, which modern travellers are now demanding in tomorrow’s lifestyle hotel, aren’t normally renowned for their originality, but Woven Image’s version interweave cutting-edge design with sustainability, reinventing interior acoustic panelling for the modern workplace.

A Japanese inspired tactile wall behind modern desk setup

Image credit: Woven Image

Evolving from the well-known hero product EchoPanel, ION is the second design in a growing collection of tactile wall panels designed for commercial interiors which follows on from the recent launch of  Zen a vertical, rib-style textured wall panel. An innovation in non-woven wall panelling, Zen & Ion are specially designed to provide floor to ceiling acoustic solutions for commercial office interiors. Inspired by Modern Japonisme, the tactile wall panels reference the clean-lined, minimal, aesthetic long associated with Japan.

A black Japanese inspired tactile wall behind modern wooden desk setup

Image credit: Woven Image

ION has a sophisticated textured design evoking an asymmetrical crystalline effect which is inspired by the geometric shapes of origami and folded paper. A theme which encompasses the simplicity of a Japanese design as referenced with Zen’s corrugated design from a Zen garden.

ION is comprised of 100 per cent PET which is 60 per cent recycled with a recycled non-woven backing and a coloured surface Mura (non-woven wallcovering) which is embellished with a compressed face. Dimensions of 2800mm high by 1130mm wide, allows the back of the panel to remain flat for ease of install for floor to ceiling applications. ION has been trimmed with a straight edge on all four sides to allow for an almost seamless finish and pattern match for continuous wall and double-height application. This allows ION to have the ability to be installed top to bottom as well as side by side.

ION is available in seven colourways from a deep onyx hue to mid-tone duck egg blue, peach blush, vineyard green as well as the classic neutrals of pebble, frost and cream.

Performing to commercial Industry standards for interior wall linings, ION achieves excellent environmental credentials, including Global GreenTag (GreenRate Level A), with the use of post-industrial waste streams and low VOC emissions.

Woven Image is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here.

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PRODUCT WATCH: ‘popham design’ by Casa Ceramica

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PRODUCT WATCH: ‘popham design’ by Casa Ceramica

The idea for popham design was simple: to celebrate and maintain a traditional artisan craft, while updating it with modern patterns and colour combinations….

Founded in 2007 by Americans Caitlin and Samuel Dowe- Sandes, popham design is a design studio and bespoke tile workshop based in Marrakech, Morocco.

The company designs and manufactures handmade concrete tiles that are exported throughout the world, adorning luxury hotels, restaurants and residences from San Francisco to Sydney. The idea for popham design was simple: to celebrate and maintain a traditional artisan craft, while updating it with modern patterns and colour combinations. The collection draws inspiration from Morocco and its rich history of pattern, along with influences as diverse as the pattern of raindrops cascading down a windowpane, the shadow cast by a palm tree under the blazing African sun, or a delicate crescent moon aloft in a velvety sky.

Concrete tiles are part of the cultural and artistic heritage of Morocco. popham design is fortunate to have an enviable team of master artisans, many of whom have 20+ years experience in their craft. Each tile is lovingly hand made to order (three to five minutes per tile). Each tile is unique with subtle variations in colour and line. These “imperfections” distinguish a handmade product from a mass-produced one, lending depth, movement and character to installations. Tucked away in an olive grove on the road to the Atlas Mountains, the popham design workshop aims to respect the Moroccan countryside, treading as lightly as possible on the earth, and strives to implement eco-friendly policies wherever possible. This includes water filtration and rainwater reclamation systems, over 95 per cent locally sourced materials, recycled packaging, and solar-heated showers for the team.

Image credit: popham design/Casa Ceramica

popham design tiles are pressed in a hydraulic press, not kiln red like ceramic tile, so very little energy goes into their production. The tiles are cured and then air dried, and contain no lead or other harmful toxins. They are suited for commercial and residential applications – walls and floors – and perform very well partnered with radiant heat. The tiles are durable, functional, and easy to care for, and can be used indoors and out.

All patterns are available in any colour combination from the popham design palette, and all shapes are available in a single colour. Please note that custom colour tiles do have longer lead times.

Casa Ceramica is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: Casa Ceramica/popham design

PRODUCT WATCH: Woven Image plays with Plaid

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PRODUCT WATCH: Woven Image plays with Plaid

Originally released in 2013 with a range of patterns that celebrated classic design, Plaid has remained a popular and timeless choice for designers. Hotel Designs explores how it is has been integrated into Woven Image’s latest collection…

As part of Woven Image’s latest product release, Plaid has been given a contemporary twist and been reinvented on Muse acoustic panels; creating Muse Plaid.

Muse Plaid provides a striking and dynamic acoustic solution for wall applications in contract interior spaces including workplace and hospitality. The design plays with the traditional plaid pattern combining the simplicity of individual vertical and horizontal lines carefully repeated, creating an impactful floor to ceiling large-scale bold gradient visual.

The 2020 colour palette utilises matte and pearlescent inks, creating a unique finish for vertical use. The revived on-trend colours are available in six unique colourways, summer hues are reflected in the use of lilac, blush and coronet blue featured alongside deep merlot and rich ivy green tones.

Image credit: Woven Image

Muse Plaid panels are 2800mm x 1180 x 9mm thick and are printed with customised trim lines ensuring a continuous flow of line-work for floor to ceiling wall installations.

Continuing Woven Image’s uncompromising commitment to sustainable design, the panels utilises 68 per cent recycled PET and are printed with ecologically sustainable pigment inks. Muse panels achieve global GreenTag (GreenRate Level A) certification, so specifying these products can secure credits under sustainable building tools including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), WELL Building Standard and Green Star.

Woven Image is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

 

Main image credit: Woven Image

PRODUCT WATCH: Beneath the surface of Kerakoll Design House

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PRODUCT WATCH: Beneath the surface of Kerakoll Design House

Casa Ceramica explains some of the beneficial properties of Kerakoll Design House

Kerakoll Design House is an integrated project for the Interior Design featuring innovative materials – cement, resin, handcrafted wood, micro-coatings, paints and glazes – coordinated in the10 colours of the inviting and neutral Piero Lissoni Warm Collection.

A new style of interior design, where materials, textures and colours blend together. Floors and coatings, walls, fixtures, furnishing accessories, lighting and heating fixtures all become a single seamless surface. Each material is hand made by skilled decorators, and any distinctive marks and irregularities in the surface are proof of its refined and exclusive nature.

Patina 

A breathable natural “old look” plaster effect finish. Applied seamlessly by skilled applications the product is unique and available in the 10 Warm Collection colours. Patina is indicated for internal surfaces (walls); for all environments in the house, with the exception of shower cubicles and around kitchen units, and for all commercial areas.

Patina gives environments an “old-look” style with great personality. Creating a sense of unfinished and imperfect, that clothes the walls with charm. It simulates the effect of passing time that, by building up a characteristic patina, attenuates the original colours, adding unexpected shading or allowing underlying layers to shine through. The texture of Patina, which is soft to the touch and extremely beautiful, features ripples, marbling and vibrations.

Microresina 

An eco-friendly decorative and protective microfilm, perfect for redesigning of existing ceramic walls & floors quickly and easily. Available in an extra matt finish and silk-touch effect. Microresina is suitable for internal surfaces either in the home or in commercial areas.

Microresina is comprised of a polyurethane elastic microfilm used to redesign existing wall surfaces. Following application the results provide a seamless colour of which, enhances patterns textures and irregularities to give rooms a fresh & contemporary look. The product redesigns and protects existing floorings and joints, transforming into a continuous surface that is completely non-absorbent, hygienic and safe.

Wallcrete 

A continuous, two-layer coating, 3 mm thick, with a trowled cement texture. Hand made by skilled decorators, and any distinctive marks or irregularities in the surface are proof of its refined and exclusive nature. Wallcrete is indicated for internal surfaces (coatings on columns, shelves, worktops and other architectural elements); for all rooms in the house and for all commercial areas, including coating of shower interiors (with the insertion of Wallcrete Aquastop waterproofing). Wallcrete is a surface with a great aesthetic impact that enhances the physical texture of the cement.

Casa Ceramica is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: Kerakoll Design House

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Specifying tiles for hotel pool and spa areas

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Specifying tiles for hotel pool and spa areas

As Hotel Designs continues to position pools and the modern spa under the spotlight, CTD Architectural Tiles takes the reins to explain what designers and architects should consider before and when specifying tiles in wellness areas…

Anyone working within the hotel industry understands the risks associated with high-traffic areas, particularly around a spa or pool area.

Commercial flooring must not only withstand a high volume of footfall and be easy to maintain on a daily basis, but must also look good too – the hospitality industry demands some of the most aesthetically pleasing environments in the sector. This is where tiles have a vital role to play – with a huge variety of designs to choose from, they can also be especially practical for use around wet or slippy areas.

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Anti-slip tiles are the most practical solution to reducing the risk of injury in a heavy footfall hotel area. Made effective by their slightly textured surface, anti-slip tiles are a perfect complement to other materials, such as stone, wood and concrete.

As well as their practicality, anti-slip tiles now offer stylish solutions of their own. Long gone are the days when anti-slip offered only a limited range of design options. Instead, anti-slip surfaces are now available in an enormous range of on-trend designs, colours and formats, providing interior designers with the option of versatility when it comes to high traffic area tile choices. This is of particular importance in a hotel, where first impressions and appearance are everything.

Offering a striking balance between functionality and design, anti-slip tiles now provide a variety of matt and natural finishes, as well as many patterns, textures and sizes. Styles differ from rustic to modern and while some are warm and welcoming, others are cool and contemporary.

Hotel spa environments

When it comes to hotel leisure facilities, the pool is at the heart of generating a complete tranquil, relaxed and safe atmosphere in a spa environment. There are a number of options to consider when choosing safe, beautiful tiles for a spa and one particular trend that has emerged over recent years is wood effect tiles.

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Phenomenal advances in ceramic technology over recent years have created incredibly realistic wood-inspired designs in porcelain tiles, with a number of advantages. They provide a sustainable, durable, slip resistant and easy to maintain solution, whilst being available in a huge range of styles to suit the demands of the project. CTD Architectural’s Nolan and Woodmania collections both offer natural looking, wood-effect products that are sure to suit any spa-style environment.

Hotel outdoor areas

In the swimming pool area of any hotel, the specification of anti-slip tiles is paramount, as people tend to be walking around barefoot in high-traffic wet conditions. CTD Architectural’s Porcelain Pavers collection offers a range of exterior anti-slip tiles, which recreate architectural materials such as cement and stone – all with a sleek thickness of just 20mm.

Along with the excellent technical qualities of thick porcelain, the products feature high breaking strength and a natural look – important qualities for all types of outdoor use within hotels. In addition, the tiles in this collection are hygienic, easy to clean and resistant to chemicals.

CTD Architectural Tiles is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Granorte launches vingtage-style cork wall tile collection

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PRODUCT WATCH: Granorte launches vingtage-style cork wall tile collection

Groovy is the latest cork wall tile from cork innovator Granorte, bringing a stylish vintage edge to contemporary spaces…

Made entirely from 100 per cent post-industrial recycled cork, Groovy’s linear design is CNC grooved into its face then dyed in one of seven colours, or as an all-over treatment in the super cool look of Groovy Night.

Building a hexagonal motif across the wall, Groovy’s air of retro is equally balanced by cork’s natural aesthetic for a look that feels entirely modern. Treated with Granorte’s water-based Corkguard finish for protection from stains, Groovy is suitable for residential and commercial interior projects. In a 600mm x 300mm glue-on format CNC machined from agglomerated cork, the tile contributes to improved acoustics, insulates against heat loss and is simple to maintain.

“Groovy is one of those designs that’s deceptively simple and fiendishly difficult to achieve well,” explains Paulo Rocha, product and development manager for the Portuguese company. “We went through several iterations of the design before we got it working and the pattern looking sophisticated and not pastiche. We’re super-pleased how it’s worked out and we’re looking forward to seeing Groovy used in some beautiful interiors.”

Granorte has been innovating in cork since 1972 and remains a family-run company to this day. Investing heavily in technology has allowed the company to create cork floor and wall products, alongside other innovative applications for the material including NuSpa sanitary ware, the recently launched Moon coffee table and more.

Groovy is the latest in a range of sculpted and formed wall tiles including 3DForms, Modular, Bebop and Tatami and the raw bark of RustiCork.

Granorte is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Laminam by Casa Ceramica

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PRODUCT WATCH: Laminam by Casa Ceramica

The large format thin porcelain slabs in the Laminam range by Casa Ceramica are a skin for surfaces and structures, which allow the designer to think outside the box and be innovative, meaning that the ability to achieve previously restricted offerings is now here…

Large format thin porcelain is a versatile material for use in architecture and furnishings, both indoors and outdoors.

They can be used in construction, as a real architectonic skin to clad walls, building facades or floors, and in interior design, as kitchen or bathroom countertops and tables. Producing porcelain slabs with sizes ranging from 1200 x 1200 to 1620 x 3240mm and thicknesses from three to 20mm. There are hundreds of designs with multiple surface finishes.

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Produced using advanced technologies, it teams reduced thickness and large size with high resistance to mechanical stresses, to chemicals, to wear, to scratches, and to deep abrasion, it is hygienic by nature, resistant to frost, fire, mould and mildew, and to the effect of UV rays. All the characteristics and chromatic properties of the slabs are unchanging, designed to stand the test of time in all atmospheric conditions. A revolutionary slab that does not neglect environmental friendliness: natural raw materials, sustainable technology, entirely recyclable products are at the heart of this material’s green philosophy.

The slabs are created with natural materials like quarry clays, granite rocks and ceramic pigments, they do not release any substance into the environment. A revolutionary slab that does not neglect environmental friendliness: natural raw materials, sustainable technology and is an entirely recyclable product.

Casa Ceramica is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

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Zen by Woven Image: Inspired by the calm and simplicity of Japanese gardens

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Zen by Woven Image: Inspired by the calm and simplicity of Japanese gardens

Woven Image has introduced Zen, a beautifully tactile three-dimensional acoustic wall panel as part of the Tangible Alignments collection, referencing textural vertical surfaces…

Zen by Woven Image is an innovation in non-woven wall panelling, Zen is specially designed to provide a floor to ceiling acoustic solution for commercial office interiors.

Suitable for standard direct fix wall applications as well as functional operable walls where panels could be installed double-sided, Zen provides a high quality solution with a beautiful tactile surface.

The design of Zen mimics the lines, curves and grooves of a Japanese zen garden evoking a sense of simplicity and calm. The concept of Zens peaks and valleys echos architectural corrugated surface details such as timber slats, stainless steel batons and textured cement or plaster feature walls.

Zen is available in nine colourways from essential neutral tones of cream, frost and onyx to directional mid tones of blush and forest accented with on-trend ivy, indigo and deep burgundy hues.

Whilst the product can be easily machine or hand cut for installation, at 2800mm high, Zen panels can be installed without a floor-to-ceiling join line. Furthermore, to assist with ease of installation, Zen is trimmed on all edges with a subtle beveled cut that allows for easy butt joining along a continuous wall with minimal visible seams.

Performing to commercial Industry standards for interior wall linings, Zen achieves excellent environmental credentials, including Global GreenTag (GreenRate Level A), with the use of post-industrial waste streams and low VOC emissions.

Zen provides acoustic benefits with an NRC result of 0.30 for a direct fix application. Increased performance in high demand acoustic applications can be achieved via an acoustic infill such as Woven Image Aire panel.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Atlas Concorde’s debut decor collection by Piero Lissoni

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PRODUCT WATCH: Atlas Concorde’s debut decor collection by Piero Lissoni

The global specialist in premium porcelain tiles and wall tiles, Atlas Concorde, has unveiled the new Reverse Canon collection with Piero Lissoni

Atlas Concorde presents the new Reverse Canon collection. The collection is signed by Piero Lissoni, architect and designer known for his unmistakable style and the elegance of his creations.

Canone Inverso reflects a combination of fluidity, materiality and interprets the vision that Atlas Concorde had given Piero Lissoni: create decorative elements for wall and floor tiles.

The designer explains: “The four compositions of the Canone Inverso collection are the variants of a model, a scheme that is composed and recomposed to create a harmonious relationship that like in a musical score is formed by the assembly of different notes, or rather the forms that make it up”.

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The company adds: “we gave the designer our range to be freely mixed and matched, to create a ‘decor collection’ to be presented individually or to be used in combination with our different collections and surfaces.”

The project is divided into four porcelain tile mosaics inspired by the world of cement and minimalist stones, in shades ranging from warm white to beige with traces of clay and dove grey, from greys in cooler and lighter tones to the darker anthracite and smoke.

Each module of Canone Inverso’s four mosaics has its own particular geometry, in some cases deliberately asymmetrical to create new patterns. Each module also constitutes a colour in the collection, obtained by mixing hues of similar shades selected from the Atlas Concorde range of minimalist cement-effect and stone-effect designs: Boost and Dwell (cement effect), Raw (cement plaster effect), Arkshade (minimalist cement effect), Kone (minimalist limestone effect).

The graphics of the individual tiles recall the cement and stone concept and refer to the collections they derive from, in perfect colour and stylistic harmony. Aesthetically, the surfaces have an almost smooth touch or a slight three-dimensional structure with a perfectly matte texture.

Image credit: Ceramiche Atlas Concorde S.p.A.

An important added value of Canone Inverso is the possibility of creating refined combinations of each mosaic with Atlas Concorde collections.  In particular:

Canone Inverso 1 matches the colors that compose it: Kone White, Arkshade White, Boost White and Dwell Off White.

Canone Inverso 2 goes well with the nuances of Arkshade Dove, Kone Beige, and Arkshade Clay.

Canone Inverso 3 combines with Kone Pearl, Kone Silver, and Raw Pearl.

Canone Inverso 4 reflects the color moods of Dwell Smoke, Boost Smoke, and Arkshade Lead, obviously in any format and in the matte version.

Canone Inverso finds its natural application wherever there is not only the need to decorate floors and walls, but above all, a desire to redesign spaces with decorative elements that act as furnishing elements.  A new tool to interpret ceramic tiles in a creative and personalized way, in line with the latest demands of high-end interior design.

Atlas Concorde 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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Biophilic design highlights of Surface Design Show 2020

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Biophilic design highlights of Surface Design Show 2020

More than 170 exhibitors showcased the latest in surface design, with nearly 5,000 architects, designers and specifiers visiting Business Design Centre over the packed 2 ½ days of Surface Design Show 2020… 

Surface Design Show 2020, which took place at London’s Business Design Centre from the February 11 – 13, sheltered more surface material and architectural lighting designs than ever before.

With a focus on the trending topic of ‘Close to Home… Locally Sourced’, the show looked beyond aesthetics and into manufacturer’s impact on the environment, from the processes used in mining or manufacture, through to the carbon footprint sustained during sales and distribution.

Standout exhibitors at the show included InnerSpace Cheshire, which launched a new surface product that combined natural materials, such as cork, to create an authentic biophilic connection between nature and the built environment. Smile Plastics, meanwhile, showcased its ability to create exquisite hand-crafted panels from varied waste-streams. Following being specified by Harris + Harris London for the Conscious Bedroom that was unveiled at the Independent Hotel Show London, the innovative company was a first-time exhibitor at the Surface Design Show. The company uses typically non-recyclable materials with a sustainable approach resulting in a textured layer of consciously design, contemporary surfaces.

Monohrome table with flowers on

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Over the course of show there was a full schedule of insightful and entertaining discussions and talks. Biophilic materials and surfaces was a dominant discussion during the event. TEDx speaker Simon Gosling and sustainable architectural and interior designer Oliver Heath were among the professionals to put the topic under the spotlight. In an insightful panel discussion, editor Hamish Kilburn hosted a live discussion on the main stage entitled: Biophilic Materials in Surface Design. Joining Kilburn on the sofa was Jeremy Grove (head of design and director, Sibley Grove), Richard Holland (director, Holland Harvey Architects) and Fraser Lockley (architectural consultancy manager, Parkside Architectural Tiles).

Co-located within Surface Design Show was the ever-popular Light School which educated visitors of the importance of the relationship between light and surface by bringing together leading manufacturers and suppliers with architects and designers looking to specify their products. A highlight of Light School was its stand out seminar programme – Light Talks; a series of sessions collated by the Institution of Lighting Professionals. The new Light Talks theatre was designed by Rebecca Weir’s Lightbout.iQ. The design featured a range of surface materials creatively lit to emphasise the essential link between light and materials.

As well as established brands, Surface Design Show is committed to supporting and promoting up-and-coming designers in the materials sector with its New Talent section which was expanded for 2020. Curated by chief creative director at Trendease International Jennifer Castoldi, the New Talent area allowed designers, who have been in the industry five years or less, to have a devoted exhibition area, giving them the opportunity to showcase and engage face to face with a hard to reach and targeted audience.

Red foldable material made into a chair

Image credit: Trifold, designed by Hannah Davis

Among the 32 New Talents was Trifold. The flexible furniture system that comprises of building blocks which make flexible working environments achievable, was a meaningful addition to the show. Designed with modern lifestyles – and ever-changing spaces such as lobbies – in mind, the on-demand system allows for flexibility. The sheet can be folded and manipulated into countless forms, the only limit being your imagination.

“Exhibiting at New Talent has given me great networking opportunities.” – Hannah Davis, creator of Trifold

The new product, which is the brainchild of Hannah Davis went on to win the New Talent Award at the Surface Design Awards. “Exhibiting at New Talent has given me great networking opportunities,” the designer explained. “I have engaged in many discussions regarding the Trifold system as well as the world of design with a range of industry experts. This has allowed me to expand my contact catalogue and explore new ways of thinking that I had not previously considered. I have made contacts with fellow exhibitors considering collaborations, which is truly valuable.”

Launched six years ago the Surface Design Awards has become an integral part of the show, growing in stature to become one of the most respected accolades in the design awards realm. The 2020 Awards had more than 100 entries from 12 countries including as far afield as America, India and Australia. There were 14 categories in total, from Retail and Public Building to Commercial Projects and Housing, including new categories Public Realm and Affordable Housing. The entries comprised the best in architecture and design from across the globe; Giles Miller Studio, Mikhail Riches and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Steven Holl Architects from the USA, and Kris Lin International Design from China were among those shortlisted.

The impressive Krushi Bhawan from Bhubaneswa, India by Studio Lotus was named the Supreme Winner, as well as winning the Public Building Interior and Public Building Exterior categories. Capturing the admiration of all the judges Krushi Bhawan is a testament to design, created for the Odisha State Government’s Agriculture Department in India. The centre incorporates an eye-catching façade drawn from vernacular materials and narratives, which responds to the local climate and offers a glimpse into the region’s agricultural folklore and mythology, which has been envisioned at an unprecedented architectural scale.

 Surface Design Show 2021 will take place from 9-11 February 2021 at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

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UNILIN has the perfect match this Valentine’s Day

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UNILIN has the perfect match this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, division panel supplier UNILIN is enticing designers and architects to “find the perfect match” with UNILIN Evola

Edges can play a leading role in delivering a high-quality aesthetic. And with UNILIN, division panels, there’s no shortage of complementing and contrasting edging tape to bring your surfaces and furniture to life.

From a uniform look with perfectly matched edging tapes in texture and colour for every UNILIN Evola décor, through to contrasting pops of citrus, designers can use UNILIN edging tapes to show that it’s the details that matter in delivering a first-class finish in commercial interiors.

Sofie Coulier, UNILIN, division panels, says, ‘Edges are not often thought of as a design element, but they can really make or break the quality of finish, as well as add a sense of quirkiness or added luxury. By choosing a perfectly matched edging tape you can give a more authentic look, with synchronised texture and colour ensuring the very best in realism. Want to add a bit of personality? Add lime, lemon or orange pops as a surprise on the inside of drawers. Or for that ultimate luxurious look, edge shelves in metallic gold for a really custom-made, high-end feel.’

To make sure its UNILIN Evola edging tapes deliver authenticity, UNILIN, division panels, has gone to extraordinary lengths. For example, to emulate the original look of solid wood the manufacturer has developed edging tape with an end-grain print. The cross-section design gives a more natural overall result.

Not only has UNILIN, division panels, considered the detail in the design of its edging tapes, but also in performance. With standard melamine as well as an ABS specification that delivers high levels of impact-resistance for demanding interiors such as offices, hospitality and retail, specifiers and designers can be confident of lasting performance in virtually any application.

UNILIN 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.

Surface Design Awards 2020: Winners announced

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Surface Design Awards 2020: Winners announced

The winners of the Surface Design Awards 2020 have been announced at the 15th Surface Design Show in London. Editor Hamish Kilburn was at the breakfast ceremony to catch the winners being crowned…

The final day of the Surface Design Show 2020 started in spectacular fashion, with the winners of the Surface Design Awards 2020 being crowned.

The Awards, hosted by author and independent event organiser Aidan Walker, celebrate excellence in architectural projects worldwide and the materials used in their creation.

The impressive Krushi Bhawan from Bhubaneswa, India by Studio Lotus was named the Supreme Winner, as well as winning the Public Building Interior and Public Building Exterior categories. Capturing the admiration of all the judges Krushi Bhawan is a testament to design, created for the Odisha State Government’s Agriculture Department in India. The centre incorporates an eye-catching façade drawn from vernacular materials and narratives, which responds to the local climate and offers glimpses into the region’s agricultural folklore and mythology, which have been envisioned at an unprecedented architectural scale.

Judge Paul Priestman of PriestmanGoode praised the project’s sense of place, stating “This building characterises part of the world. It’s a lovely reflection of culture using local materials.” Glenn Johnson of Collins Aerospace added “Somebody’s heart and soul is in this building.”

Across 14 categories in total, from retail and public buildings to commercial projects and housing, including new categories public realm and affordable housing, the Award’s entries comprised the best in architecture and design from across the globe. Giles Miller Studio, Mikhail Riches and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Steven Holl Architects for the USA, and Kris Lin International Design from China were amongst those shortlisted.

Launched six years ago, the Awards have continued to grow in stature to become one of the most respected accolades in the design awards realm. This year’s shortlist comprised an impressive 39 projects across the 14 categories. Such was the quality of entries submitted that some projects won nominations across several categories. Demonstrating the truly international reach of the Awards, projects on the shortlist spanned 13 countries from 34 different organisations with emerging practices represented, as well as established firms.

The 2020 judging panel of industry experts was Co-Chaired by Paul Priestman from PriestmanGoode and Amin Taha from Groupwork. The judges were Nikki Barton, British Airways; Sean Griffiths, Modern Architect; Charles Holland, Charles Holland Architects; Glenn Johnson, Collins Aerospace; Daniel Mota Veiga, KEF / GP Acoustics and Steve Webb, Webb Yates Engineers.

The judging panel commended both the high quality and variety of entries within the field of surfaces and materials. The entries in the new affordable housing and public realm categories were particularly praised for their innovation and diversity in their respective sectors.

WilkinsonEyre and Zeidler Architecture’s CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge won in Public Realm after being admired for its avant-garde design. Goldsmith Street, based in the UK and designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley, was applauded for its warmth and community feel by the judges, and was announced the winner of the Affordable Housing category.

With sustainability at the top of the agenda throughout the design industry, the Sustainable Surface Exterior and Sustainable Surface Interior categories captured the judge’s attention. Crystal Palace Park Café by Chris Dyson Architects, with its external cladding in half round cedar shingles, was the exterior winner whilst Muse Acoustic Panels, by Woven Image in collaboration with Michael Young won in the interior category.

The Housing Exterior category had an outstanding level of bespoke entries. House on an Island, by Atelier Oslo and Kebony, was rewarded the winning position with judges admiring the building’s relationship with the nature that surrounds it. Winning the Housing Interior award, the elegant 20 Kings Road, London was highlighted for its complementary and sensitive use of materials.

Designed by Arup, University of Sheffield Concourse’s bold simplistic lighting was congratulated for making it a destination rather than an area to get through quickly, by creating a multi-use space to encourage students to sit, dwell and relax. Nikki Barton, British Airways, said Arup has “completely transformed and enhanced the space,” with the entry being awarded the Light and Surface Exterior award.

Captivating the hearts of the judges, the Yashoda Cancer Hospital’s open sky courtyard creates a focal point for the New Delhi hospital, and gives patients a place to escape and be surrounded by greenery. The pergola above the courtyard is made using a combination of colourful hanging glass panels which create a light-well filled with colourful shadows within the core of the hospital. The installation, designed by Studio An-V-Thot Architects, was highly commended for its commitment to creating a less-hospital-like environment for patients, being awarded the winner of the Light and Surface Interior.

Putting education at the forefront, Vora’s Can Rosés Temporary School claimed the Temporary Structures award for the redesign of an ancient Spanish farmhouse into a school for 3 years use. The judges were impressed by the innovative repurposing of an existing structure to create a school space with great character, which after the period of use will be easily dissembled.

The winner of the Commercial Building Exterior award was the expressive linear form of the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch by Ben Adams Architects, whilst Kingdom Design Studio by Kingdom Industry in the USA gained the Commercial Building Interior award. In an effort to be resourceful Kingdom Industry’s design utilised raw materials in such a way as to elevate their intrinsic quality, creating an experience for visitors through differing break-out spaces, materials and environments used throughout the space.

United Cycling LAB & Store, which distributes and sells high-end brands for the bicycle market in Northern Europe, was named winner of the Retail Building award. Its first ever flagship-store and showroom was designed by Johannes Torpe to reflect the underlying principles of the company, creating a space that fosters knowledge, learning and innovation.

Still to come at the Surface Design Show 2020

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Still to come at the Surface Design Show 2020

As the final day of Surface Design Show approaches in London, there is so much still to look forward to, including an engaging panel discussion hosted by editor Hamish Kilburn

Celebrating 15 years, Surface Design Show (#SDS20) has once again stolen the limelight early in the season, with an impressive 170 exhibitors showcasing their latest products as well as a packed programme of 30 presentations from 50 expert speakers.

Among them is editor Hamish Kilburn who is preparing to take the main stage with Jeremy Grove (head of design and director, Sibley Grove), Richard Holland (director, Holland Harvey Architects) and Fraser Lockley (architectural consultancy manager, Parkside Architectural Tiles) to deliver the panel discussion entitled: Biophilic Materials in Surface Design at 12.30pm.

The show is a must-visit for architects, designers and specifiers looking for material inspiration from the UK and around the world. The 2019 show hosted 5,071 unique visitors, 80 per cent of whom were from the A&D sector, who came to explore the inspiring array of surfaces on display, be entertained and learn from the presentations on offer and network with like-minded industry professionals.

With sustainability at the top of the architecture and design agenda, the chosen theme for this year’s show is ‘Close to Home’. The theme has allowed the industry to look beyond aesthetics and into manufacturers’ impact on the environment, from the processes used in mining or manufacture, through to the carbon footprint sustained during sales and distribution. Designing with a conscience will also be examined, from reusing waste materials to looking at what happens at the end of a product’s life cycle. This topic is not only highlighted throughout the extensive talks programme but is also a focus within Surface Spotlight Live.

Hotel Designs’ ‘editor’s round-up’ of the Surface Design Show 2020 will be published shortly.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Spectre from Parkside

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PRODUCT WATCH: Spectre from Parkside

Ahead of Fraser Lockley from the brand joining editor Hamish Kilburn on stage on Thursday at the Surface Design Show, Parkside Architectural Tiles has launched a new ceramic wall tile collection…

A study that investigates the reactions of light on different glazes to playful effect, Spectre is the new ceramic wall tile collection from Parkside Architectural Tiles.

Made up of three glaze finishes; the playful and pearlescent hologram, matt and gloss, Spectre lets designers explore the interaction of light on different surfaces. The matt and gloss finishes are available on their own, or with a mixed finish box including all three finishes. By combining the different glazes in either a random combination or structured pattern, the collection can be used to dramatic effect, with light dancing across the finishes for a unique look at every viewing angle.

Most notable, the hologram finish uses a precious metals glaze to recreate an incredibly captivating and ever-changing spectrum effect. Each tile is unique, simply adding to the impact, with different gradients and shade combinations. Changing colour and reflectivity depending on where its viewed and the light conditions at that time, the hologram finish brings a different kind of pop to wall tiles.

Spectre comes in four colours of Sky, Cream, Rose and Milk and brings a thoroughly modern aesthetic, heightened by the intriguing 5cm x 25cm vertical format: “Spectre is an extraordinary collection that uses light as its catalyst for creativity,” explains Ian Mattacola, product manager, Parkside Architectural Tiles. “Creating iridescent rhythmic patterns through thoughtful pastel tones, it’s a tile that feels thoroughly modern and elegant while somehow bringing an intoxicating, playful spirit.”

Suitable for both commercial and residential interiors, the exclusive Spectre collection is available from Parkside in all four colourways, giving designers and specifiers the chance to explore unique finishes with the reassurance of the supplier’s high service levels.

Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn will host the panel discussion entitled: Biophilic Materials in Surface Design. He will be joined on the sofa by Fraser Lockley (architectural consultancy manager at Parkside Architectural Tiles), Jeremy Grove (Managing Director of Sibley Grove) and Richard Holland (Director of Holland Harvey Architects).

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Discussing biophilic design in hotel surfaces

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Discussing biophilic design in hotel surfaces

Ahead of their panel discussion at the Surface Design Show next week, editor Hamish Kilburn and Parkside Architectural Tiles’ architectural consultancy manager Fraser Lockley discuss sustainable surfaces in hotel design… 

Design is all around us, and we interact with it from the moment we get up in the morning, through our working day and into leisure time.

Design is a reflection of society and impacts on how we interact in our daily lives. The way in which buildings and spaces are designed has the potential to greatly impact the wellbeing of those interacting with it, so to promote biophilic design seems a given.

Ahead of hosting a panel discussion (February 13 at 12:30pm on the Main Stage) at the Surface Design Show next week, I caught up with one of my panelists early to understand, from a suppliers perspective, how designers’ methods for injecting biophilic design into projects is allowing new possibilities to emerge in surface design.

Hamish Kilburn: What makes biophilic design more than just a trend?
Fraser Lockley: The ideas and principles of biophilic design have been around for many years, it is only the term that has come to the forefront of the design world more recently. The use of natural materials was a foundation for many of the classic societies (Egyptians, Greeks etc), so biophilic design is definitely not a new trend. It’s more a return to exploring the use of natural shapes, colours, textures and patterns as well as sustainable materials and interpreting these to modern designs and how they impact on end users.

HK: Can you explain what Parkside is looking for when it investigates new materials?
FL: We are always looking for opportunities to bring new products to the interiors and A&D sector. Our Sequel range is a great example, using recycled glass and ceramics normally discarded in the sanitary products manufacturing process, we were able to offer a great looking tile that appealed to the aesthetic requirements of clients while embracing sustainability and a biophilic ethos.

“While 15-20 years ago the idea of using recycled content was associated with inferior or cheaper products, now producers are more comfortable in declaring the resourcing of products to create new tiles.” Fraser Lockley, architectural consultancy manager at Parkside Tiles.

HK: What would you say are the least sustainable materials available in the marketplace?
FL: Sustainability can be measured in various ways, so it is not always easy to pinpoint exact materials, for example some materials may be more energy intensive to produce but then have a much longer product life than sustainably produced equivalents. In addition, products that stand the test of time in terms of look and performance could arguably be more sustainable over something very niche and on-trend for a particular timeframe. For us, it’s about achieving a balance across all of these and providing products that have a long-term design, good product life and made without over-exploiting earth’s natural resources.

HK: How is technology unlocking the potential for designers to affordably access sustainable tiles?
FL: Digital printing technology means that a majority of looks, finishes and styles can be replicated onto tiles, thereby protecting valuable natural resources such as marble, slate, quartz etc. It’s worth bearing in mind that tiles are generally long-lasting and hardwearing. In fact, tiles are only likely to be removed because someone wants to change them rather than through necessity. Looking around modern-day London, our tube stations are testament to some of the iconic tiles from the 1900s that are still in use today.

HK: How many of Parkside’s tiles would you consider to be sustainable?
FL: With the longevity that tiles provide we consider tiles to be a sustainable option for exterior and interior finishes. Many of the major manufacturers are using a percentage of recycled content within their production processes. While 15-20 years ago the idea of using recycled content was associated with inferior or cheaper products, now producers are more comfortable in declaring the resourcing of products to create new tiles.

HK: How can designers on a budget sensitively inject biophilic design in public areas?
FL: Designers can concentrate on one or two of the biggest elements of a project that will impact on the overall design, this could be key features or focusing on particular aspects like the lighting or flooring and sourcing one or two products that embrace the biophilic ethos. This one change may seem small but incorporating even just a single element can have an impact on how the end user interacts with public areas.

HK: In your role, how has demand for sustainability increased in recent years?
FL: There has been a massive increase! Architects and designers continue to incorporate sustainability within their projects and the latest generation of designers have been introduced to sustainability from the start of their careers, so we predict continued demand for new products that address these practises.

HK: What are the consumer benefits of biophilically designed tiles?
FL: Any biophilic design which helps end users connect with nature while inside, provides the benefits of reducing stress, supporting wellbeing, and helping with performance in an ever-hectic environment.

Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn will host the panel discussion entitled: Biophilic Materials in Surface Design. He will be joined on the sofa by Fraser Lockley (architectural consultancy manager at Parkside Architectural Tiles), Jeremy Grove (Managing Director of Sibley Grove) and Richard Holland (Director of Holland Harvey Architects).

Case study: Specifying the surfaces at Juno Rooms

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Case study: Specifying the surfaces at Juno Rooms

A range of striking porcelain and handmade ceramic tiles from Parkside have been used as surfaces at Juno Rooms, a lively entertainment venue in the heart of London’s financial district…

Known locally as a thriving hub and flexible event space, Juno Rooms is Urban Pubs and Bars’ debut property in the City of London.

Driving the venue’s transformation through the universal appeal of natural influences in pattern, colour and texture, leading hospitality concept specialist Harrison has created a unique interior for the multi-functional space that sees use from morning till late night. The all-encompassing design appeals to a more discerning and demanding city worker guest but also attracts a wide variety of clientele.

Surface specialists Parkside supplied approximately 250m2 of tiles for the project with the main floors in the bar area and toilets using the award-winning Kaste01. This concrete-effect porcelain tile offers high slip resistance and was used in standard large format at the bar surround and in rest rooms, as well as waterjet cut into a multi-tonal geometric design in the seated dining area.

Found on the walls of the impressive front bar, Harrison commissioned a handmade bespoke ceramic tile in a geometric pattern of colour-matched green tones. The walls of the toilets feature a specially sourced botanical pattern ceramic tile joined by colour-matched green ceramic wall tiles in a gloss finish.

At the entrance of Juno Rooms, Harrison tasked Parkside to source frost-proof hexagonal tiles, again in a unique green colourway.  For the steps of the entrance, Parkside provided another frost-proof tile, this time with high slip resistance, supplying it alongside a contrasting technical step edge for safety.

Ceri Shannon, designer at Harrison, said on the refurbishment of Juno Rooms: “We wanted to create a strong design that represented the interior’s need to be adaptable and appealing. Achieved through biophilic elements in the design, as well as authentic materials including exposed brickwork and wood, we also came to Parkside to help us achieve a ranging set of demands in our use of ceramic and porcelain tiles.

“We knew that Parkside could source us the products we needed, as well as handle the specialised aspects of the design such as waterjet cutting and colour matching. To have this all from one supplier makes a huge difference in a high-spec, multi-layered project such as this.”

Juno Rooms, is a bar and kitchen operated by Urban Pubs and Bars, a Sunday Times FastTrack 100 listed chain of 20 pubs, bars and restaurants across London.

Parkside will join editor Hamish Kilburn at the Surface Design Show for the panel discussion entitled: Biophilic Materials in Surface Design.

The tile design company 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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UNILIN division panels add neutral shades to Evola range

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UNILIN division panels add neutral shades to Evola range

UNILIN, division panels, puts a youthful twist on its Evola range by focusing on three key trend shades of neutral colours, in line with Hotel Designs’ recent 2020 interior design trends forecast

Silencing the critics that labelled ‘blush’ as a one hit wonder and overnight fad, the warm neutrals of pink shades continue to endure with a new generation of admirers. With the popularity of pink tones, UNILIN division panels, has added three new colour options to its already extensive UNILIN Evola range.

Blush’s mature take on primary pink roots provides a grown up option that has inspired household, hospitality and commercial interiors. Its success can be attributed to creating another option to plain neutral palettes that had been founded in the greige or off whites of the last 20 years. Rather than the make do magnolias of yesteryear, blush provides a refreshing spectrum. Not surprisingly, when blush was unveiled as a Pantone colour trend it partnered Serenity, a soft evening blue and collectively they were known as the “genderfull” palette of 2016.

From India Magdavis’ The Gallery, Sketch to the cinematic pinks of The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, blush was not quiet in solidifying itself in a plethora of Instagram moments. This wider and common place acceptance of blush has shown in its thorough penetration of interiors, social and cultural platforms.

“Our Evola range is founded on providing original colours and surface interests that tap into the inspired creative platforms of fashion, art and popular culture,” said Sofie Coulier from UNILIN, division panels. “Nobody has escaped the emergence of blush and using our advanced technology and manufacturing processes, we’ve been able to bring the shade in three new on-trend, high-end finishes.”

Tanned Peach adds a warmer hint while Lime Blush uses a textural Stucco effect plaster finish. Completing the new colour range is Lychee with delicate soft pearl finish.

Scratch and stain-resistant, safe from fading and easy to wipe down. All Evola melamine-faced chipboard panels are made from 100% circular wood, including a minimum 85 per cent recycled content.

Free A4 samples of all Evola decors can be ordered from the UNILIN, division panels website.

UNILIN 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.

Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives

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Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives

Back by popular demand at Surface Design Show, ‘New Talent’ supports emerging creatives, specialising in producing interior and exterior surface materials and lighting design…

Surface Design Show, which takes place from February 11 – 13, will bring back New Talent, with the aim to support emerging talent in surface materials and lighting design. The area offers attendees the chance to see the next big innovations in surface design.

New Talent is curated by Chief Creative Director at Trendease International Jennifer Castoldi. All of those chosen to exhibit in New Talent have been in business for five years or less, and with 37 exhibitors showcasing, compared to 16 last year, the section has grown substantially.

“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Trendease International; Jennifer has brought togethersome of the most exciting new designers with the freshest ideas in material design to New Talent,” said Christopher Newton, Director of Surface Design Show. “We can’t wait for visitors to immerse themselves in New Talent’s designs, textures and materials.”

Many of the New Talent exhibitors are using traditional craft techniques and combining them with contemporary design. Charlotte Relf is an experimental embroidery artist who uses exaggerated stitches to add detail and energy while Royal School of Needlework graduate Frances Stone uses various experimental embroidery techniques such as gold work, crewel work and beading to create her range of foot stools, chairs and cushions. Charlotte Clayton Design, meanwhile, combines knitting with automotive interior design for her surface designs and Farr Designs marries photography and contemporary design using hand screen prints and digital technology.

The sheer wealth of approaches to surfaces is one of New Talent’s strengths from Janine Partington’s emphasis of carving and hand painted leathers to Trifold, a company which has designs constructed of thermal and acoustic layers, folded via means of a traditional origami tessellation to research-based designer Megan Cowley, who creates mild steel moulds using water jet technology, which are then transferred onto glass.

Wallcoverings are well-represented in New Talent this year, Olenka’s luxury British wallpapercollection features natural motifs of leaves and flowers whilst Catherine Griffiths’ work takes in boldwallpaper designs as well as fabric and cushions with inspirations as eclectic as Celtic mythology, the Renaissance period and European architecture. West by Design specialises in intricate hand-painted wallpaper inspired by the English countryside and King Kong Design creates site-specific corporate wall art and custom wall panels for retail, public and residential installations.

It’s no surprise given the current climate emergency that exhibitors in New Talent are focussed on nature or sustainability. This focus is reflected throughout the whole of Surface Design Show with its theme of Close to Home: looking beyond aesthetics and designing with a conscience. Jonel van Schalkwyk uses a painterly style to create surface designs featuring human-sized plants while designer Paula Nerlich has a strong focus on circular biomaterials and exploring vegan compostables

and foams from industrial and household food waste. Atticus Durnell, the brains behind the That’sCaffeine brand, has created a material made from recycled coffee grounds, that imitates granite stone. Brussels-based Studio Gilles Werbrouck also takes a novel approach to material reuse, making knitted textiles from unconventional material such as video tape or dead stock from fashion designers.

Tickets are free to professional and trade visitors. Register here.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: How to safely specify slip-resistant tiles

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: How to safely specify slip-resistant tiles

Specifications Sector Manager for CTD Architectural Tiles, Andrew Sadler, explains how to practically and safely specify non-slip tiles… 

From lobbies and front of house to hotel bathrooms and bar areas, there are a number of practical considerations to consider when specifying floor tiles within the hospitality sector; one of the most important of which is slip resistance. Ensuring a tile provides the appropriate level of slip resistance whilst meeting both the practical and aesthetic requirements for a project is of paramount importance to the specifier, so what do they need to consider?

Firstly, it is important to understand that the slip resistance of a floor depends upon many factors, for instance: whether it is wet or dry when in use, the roughness of the surface, whether the floor finish comes into regular contact with liquids or other contaminants, how the floor will wear over time and if there a suitable cleaning and maintenance schedule in place. Each of these factors will affect the performance of the tile and therefore must be carefully considered when making a final flooring choice for a hotel.

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If we look at the bathroom environments then based on recommendations from the HSE, the correct specification should use floor finishes that achieve Pendulum TRL (slider 55) of 36+ for wet barefoot areas, to achieve a low slip potential environment. CTD Architectural Tiles suggests using a structured tile with Pendulum TRL (slider 55) of 40+ for wet barefoot areas as good practice. This is due to possible slight variations from tile to tile and possible cleaning and maintenance issues. The Tile Finder on the CTD Architectural website allows the specifier to be able to filter product ranges along these lines.

The table below illustrates how the HSE categorises the results from the Pendulum test:

Classification PTV
High slip potential 0 – 24
Moderate slip potential 25-35
Low slip potential 36+

Surface Micro-roughness

CTD Architectural offers test results for another method for establishing slip resistance –  surface micro-roughness. Whilst this method is subject to ongoing research and subsequently is not a subject of a British Standard like the Pendulum Test, when the data is used to supplement pendulum data, research has shown it gives a good indication of slipperiness in water contaminated environments.

Maintaining slip resistance of floor finishes

The two main factors that affect the ongoing slip resistance performance of a floor finish are wear resistance and surface contaminants. In respect of wear resistance, this can be addressed by recommending unglazed porcelain tiles to the client. This is opposed to a glazed floor tile where the glazed surface finish is subject to wearing away over time. Correctly specified and installed unglazed porcelain tiles would be expected to last the lifetime of the building. The slip resistant characteristics of an unglazed porcelain tile are maintained with the implementation of a suitable cleaning regime.

Surface contaminants

Areas subject to expected surface contaminants should incorporate the use of slip resistant floor tiles. The degree of slip resistance changes with the predicted contaminant – for example water as a contaminant has less of an effect on slip resistance than gear oil or margarine. There is proven relationship between slip resistance and cleanliness, specifying an appropriate post-installation cleaning regime is crucial in maintaining the performance and look of the original design.

For more information on the CTD Architectural Tiles portfolio and team, please see www.ctdarchitecturaltiles.co.uk

Main image credit: CTD Architectural Tiles 

What makes Versa Wallcovering sustainable without sacrificing style?

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What makes Versa Wallcovering sustainable without sacrificing style?

Launched in 1999, Versa Wallcovering is a leading wall covering brand for commercial interiors, finding the balance to find the perfect formula to create sustainable and stylish surfaces. Business Development Manager Paul Gibson explains… 

Innovative, creative, sustainable, classic to contemporary and subtle to sensational are the driving principles for Versa Wallcovering. Our award winning design studio continues to develop new proprietary embossings, as well as a balance of core classic textures, with more specialty patterns for healthcare and hospitality.

Our products are classic, affordable, yet sophisticated and on trend. Unique embossings have always been the focus for the brand, along with a broad distinctive range of silks, linens, and textural patterns.

Versa has always been the industry leader in sustainability, from the first to switch to low VOC water-based inks, to the award winning Second-Look reclamation and recycled content program, to the first manufacturer to certify to NSF/ANSI 342, and part of the global industry wide EPD.

All Versa Wallcovering products are low VOC, meeting CA01350; produced with an environmentally preferable non-ortho phthalate; and utilize recycled inks. The company has implemented an aggressive waste reduction program, minimising manufacturing material scrap and reducing overall energy and water consumption through improved operational efficiencies.

Versa Wallcovering is the only US brand to manufacture base film from raw materials. This allows most products to have colour thru film, which enhances durability and overall performance.

The company has a strong international global presence, with a distribution network spanning more than 70 countries and a world-class manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China.

VersaGuard and Versa Impact are part of Versa Wall Protection. We are the only company to offer specifiers an option in wall protection products.  With the addition of Versa Shield 20in early 2020, Versa will have three different levels of wall protection based on budget, and need for any interior space.

Versa PVC-Free will be another industry first, with a non-PVC product which performs extremely well, is cost effective, and takes color and embossing like vinyl. PVC-Free Impact will be a first, in a flexible attractive wall protection product.

Versa Wallcovering 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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Parkside unveils “most sustainable tile material on the market”

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Parkside unveils “most sustainable tile material on the market”

To kickstart Hotel Designs’ month with ‘Sustainability’ under the spotlight, we investigate Parkside’s Sequel Vibe, a material from yesterday made for tomorrow…

While the company settles in to its new design studio in the Cotswolds, Parkside has launched Sequel Vibe, the most waste-efficient and sustainable tile readily available to designers and architects to date.

Answering a demand for sustainable and stylish tile solutions without compromise on design and aesthetics, Parkside was keen to include a collection that lived up to sustainable credentials while appealing to the creative spirit of designers and architects.

Sequel Vibe is the work of the team at Alusid, a creator of eco-friendly surfaces. Alusid started its life as a research project at the University of Central Lancashire by Dr Alasdair Bremner and Professor David Binns that aimed to explore the ways waste and low value materials could be reused rather than ending up as landfill. It was also important that the process used to manufacture would use less energy and added chemicals than conventional tile manufacturing.

This research led to Sequel Vibe, created using 98 per cent recycled materials from post-consumer glass and pre-consumer vitrified ceramic carefully bound during a low-impact, ingenious manufacturing process. The glass element is sourced from bottles, windows and car windscreens that have reached the end of their useful life cycle, while the porcelain is sourced from sanitaryware and fine china tableware manufacturers.

Since its launch at Clerkenwell Design Week 2019, the range has continued to endear the design community it was aimed at. With its unique subtle nuances in colour and texture, the finished tile is a perfect companion for designers and architects wanting a modern, contemporary twist for interiors. During the manufacturing process, tiles take on a unique shade and patina making each one an individual work of ceramic art.

There are three glossy organic shades available; Greenwich Green, Paddington Pink and Shoreditch Blue, each bringing a contemporary twist to design schemes. Three size options are available: square (100x100mm), metro (200x100mm) and large metro (300x75mm). The colours chosen are a step ahead of palette trends predicted for the design market for 2020 and work as a great companion for multiple design schemes and styles. If designers are looking at alternative colour options, then these will be considered for large scale orders.

“Sequel Vibe was a great addition to our tile offering, with sustainability and aesthetics at its core,” comments Sarah Holey, the marketing manager for Parkside. “The collection would be a great option for feature walls in reception areas or would look stunning as a bar front but its adaptability as a wall tile is enormous, and ready to take on the most creative of architects and designers on commercial and hospitality focused projects.

“As well as being sustainable products themselves, when Sequel Vibe tiles come to the end of their useful life they themselves can be recycled within the very same process used to create them.”

The Sequel Vibe collection can be seen at all four Parkside design studios in Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Leicester and the recently opened Cotswolds location, where the Parkside team will be able to provide help and advice.

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Five emerging AW/19 interior trends to keep an eye on

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Five emerging AW/19 interior trends to keep an eye on

Now that autumn has arrived, and winter is fast approaching, all eyes of the international hotel design world are focused on trends and new products as we gear up towards awards season and prepare to wind down for another year. Recommended Supplier Bisque has taken this opportunity to shine the spotlight on emerging AW trends to bookmark… 

Leading radiator supplier Bisque has taken note of a few key A/W interiors trends on the rise.

Trend: Tranquil Dawn

Dulux’s Colour of the Year has been revealed for 2020 as Tranquil Dawn. A cool and calming tone selected by a panel of experts from around the world, this lusciously soft green works for all rooms in the house, no matter how big or small.

Trend: Brown is the new black

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Step aside black, brown is back! A versatile shade that ranges from beige to copper these brown hues – this doesn’t make sense? – it is time to bring these earthy tones back into your home to create a warm and welcoming feel.

Trend: Dusky pastels

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Adding pops of colour into your home, not only is a great way to put a stamp of your personality on a room but adds a statement piece to the room.

Trend: Soft minimalism

Keep it simple with soft neutral colours, creating a calming tone throughout your space. Also perfect for those renting out their homes, as it’s a theme that everyone can complement with accessories and soft furnishings.

Trend: Maximalism  

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Electric glamour and indulgent dual tones gives off a sense of power and strong personality. These bold schemes will fit in both traditional and modern homes and great for those also wanted a transitional look.

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In Conversation With: Andrew Sadler from CTD Architectural Tiles

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In Conversation With: Andrew Sadler from CTD Architectural Tiles

Editor Hamish Kilburns sits down with the Andrew Sadler, CTD Architectural Tiles specifications sector manager, to discuss how the industrial trend in surfaces is evolving, sustainable wall covering solutions and how tech is driving a new age in tile design… 

2019 is proving to be a pivotal year for surfaces. While trends are being replaced for a burning need for designing with purpose, sustainability is being discussed widely in more ways than ever before.

Meanwhile, art on the international hotel design scene continues to spill outside the frame, and often onto the walls. To understand more about how surface suppliers are coping with the rise in demand for vivid wallcoverings that can completely change an interior designs space, I spoke to CTD Architectural Tiles’ specifications sector manager, Andrew Sadler.

Hamish Kilburn: Can you explain how the industrial trend (especially in wallcoverings) has evolved recently?

Andrew Sadler: The industrial trend has developed mostly due to production technology. The introduction of ‘Continua Plus’ has allowed the production of larger sizes than ever before, which has been a real change in the trend, and the products specified. The first generation slabs were marble-based designs but now we are seeing more industrial design themes such as concrete and metal coming through. See Maiora Concrete 2.4 x 1.2 metre slabs.

Some factories are however are embracing the desire amongst specifiers and clients for authentic production techniques. We can see this in both our Zelij and Croma ranges.

Image caption: Zelig from CTD Architectural Tiles

Another development has been the fusions of traditional ceramic techniques and new industrial design concepts. This is best captured in a range like Diesel Glass Blocks, where a 1950s style glass brick has been captured in ceramic tile using decade-old glazing techniques updated for the 2020s.

HK: What would you say is the biggest pitfall among designers when specifying wallcovering?

AS: With tiles, the biggest pitfall among designers is probably understanding that the tile is just one element of a system. Consideration needs to be given to the substrate the tile is being fixed to and how the area is tanked to mitigate water ingress and potential failure. CTDA work with both Schluter Systems and Jackon to offer the specifier peace of mind through provision of a wide range of wetroom and substrate solutions. From a design perspective, trying to replicate the popular brick bond or herringbone/parquet style of floor tile used on walls can cause a challenge when the room is fitted with spotlights. All of a sudden the lipping on the tiles, unevidenced on the floor becomes all too apparent.

HK: Why are surfaces within public areas more important now than ever before?

AS: The public areas are the key selling areas of the space – the face of the project – so an aspirational appeal is crucial. This appeal needs to married however with a floor surface that is safe to use to protect the client from slips and trips and the hotel from litigation or reputational damage. We have seen the adoption over recent years in the UK of the Pendulum Test as the acceptable measure of a tile’s slip resistance. The implication of this is that we are seeing public spaces being fitted with tiles that have a higher slip resistance than was previously the norm. Whilst this is great from a safety perspective, it does cause challenges with cleaning these spaces as the more textured surfaces are more attractive to dirt. We see therefore a move away from lighter tones (whites, creams and ivories) towards darker tones (grey and anthracites) where the floor does not reveal its secrets so easily.

HK: How sustainable are CTD Architectural Tiles’ products?

AS: There are many advantages to ceramic tiles against alternative materials. Made from water, clay and fire – these elements give rise to a natural and quality material which is free of toxic substances, making it a strong alternative to materials such as plastic laminates or vinyl. Ceramic also has a very long life cycle and is therefore sustainable from a longevity point of view. There also isn’t the need for excessive maintenance, which makes it more advantageous than wood or parquet flooring for example.

HK: How was nature used as inspiration in your latest collections?

AS: Launched earlier this year, our Amazonia collection is the epitome of how botanical influences are finding their way into the commercial and hospitality sector. A celebration and seamless marriage between rustic handmade influences and the trend for biophilic design, the Amazonia collection is versatile and unique. Combining botanical patterns with a pared-back, nature-inspired palette to enliven spaces of all sizes, the collection offers endless opportunities to combine and mix distinctive tiles.

Image caption: Amazonia Grey Hexagon from CTD Architectural Tiles

For a more floral take on the botanical trend, ranges such as Maiora’s Custom Décor’s offer the possibility to create true feature walls with over-sized tiles – see p36 in this catalogue.

HK: How is technology allowing you to create more immersive products?

AS: One of our key launches this year was our 20mm-thick Porcelain Pavers collection, which is a testament to the advances in technology having a direct impact on the options that are available. The Porcelain Pavers collection is made up of 22 different tile ranges and each and every product meets all the technical and design requirements for exterior applications as well as indoor applications. The 20mm thickness means that it is extremely durable and resistant to breaks and scratches as well as being fade and frost resistant. Boasting a +36PTV (wet) slip-resistant structured surface, the tiles are also extremely low maintenance thanks to their exceptionally low porosity.

Image caption: Porcelain Pavers from CTD Architectural Tiles

Offering the added benefit of easy installation, the 20mm ranges can be installed in a number of different formats depending on the environment and project requirements. Providing the ultimate flexibility, the products can even be loose laid onto gravel, sand or pedestals, making them both accessible and re-usable. 

Advances in technology and production have also led to the introduction of a more diverse product portfolio in terms of styles, colours, patterns and designs. One of our most recent collections, Venice Villa, delivers the beauty of terrazzo captured in porcelain. The terrazzo look originates from using left over marble chippings into cement as a way to use excess product. A reinterpretation of this famous look, the Venice Villa collection is an exquisite contemporary twist on the traditional terrazzo trend, combining the appearance of crushed marble fragments with the excellent properties of fully body porcelain stoneware. Available in eight colourways in a polished, natural or structured finish, from monochrome Silver, Grey, Zinc and White to the more colourful options of Earth, Beige, Graphite and Ivory, the Venice Villa tiles offer an intriguing combination of colours that capture and reflect light, enhancing commercial spaces of all types. Expressing the beauty of the material that inspired the collection, the porcelain surfaces of the tiles combine the traditional look with modern materials making a surface that is easy to maintain and clean.

To find out more about CTD Architectural Tiles, please click here.

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TREND WATCH: Super Matt is the new Black

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TREND WATCH: Super Matt is the new Black

UNILIN, division panels, has developed Fibralux MR Black Super Matt, a black core MDF panel with a fingerprint-resistant, satin-soft matt finish on both sides…

With an MDF core coloured black and a transparent super-matt finish on both sides, Fibralux MR Black Super Matt delivers a new black for interior and furniture use. Showcasing the origins of its fibrous construction through the transparent finish, Black Super Matt, brings a new aesthetic.

UNILIN, division panels has developed a brand-new finish for black MDF panels with a soft-touch effect that’s fingerprint-resistant, as well as resistant to scratches, tough and easy to maintain.

“We’re really excited about Black Super Matt,” said Jurgen Plas, marketing manager, UNILIN, division panels. “The coating technology in our new transparent, matt finish brings a unique aesthetic without compromising on performance.

“As designers continue to hunt for authenticity in the materials they specify, Black Super Matt is one of the first MDF panels to embrace this, revealing the beauty of its raw state in a striking panel that feels incredible too. What’s more, it offers a super-matt finish that breaks form with the standard finishes of other panels, bringing a new black.”

Fibralux MR Black Super Matt is available in 18 and 19mm thickness in a panel size of 122cm x 305cm. Suitable for all process involved in furniture production as well as vertical application in interiors, Fibralux MR Black Super Matt is not recommended for high-wear applications such as work surfaces, desks or table tops.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Versa Designed Surfaces’ CABA

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PRODUCT WATCH: Versa Designed Surfaces’ CABA

Versa Designed Surfaces’s Caba is a reflection and an adaptation of the times… 

The versatile design of Versa Designed Surfaces’ Caba changes appearance depending on color selection. Designers can choose the look of pleated fabric in neutral color treatments, flowing water in blues, windswept meadows in golds and greens, and wood bark in deep rich tones. 16 colorways provide endless options and a stream of design possibilities.

The designers at Versa experimented with the interplay of light and color to create this deep, three-dimensional embossing that projects luxury while withstanding the heavy traffic of corridors, public spaces, and retail and restaurant environments.

24 oz. Type II low-VOC vinyl on Osnaburg backing, Caba is 52”/54” wide and certified to NSF 342.

To read our In Conversation With with Versa’s Paul Gibson on sustainable wallcoverings in EMEA hotels, click here

Versa Designed Surfaces 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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PRODUCT WATCH: UNILIN’s Clicwall is a striking wall without compromising durability

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PRODUCT WATCH: UNILIN’s Clicwall is a striking wall without compromising durability

UNILIN, division panels, has released an extra-high panel in its Clicwall fast-to-install decorative wall system…

Producing seamless vertical runs on walls up to 3.5m in height, Clicwall high panels retain the ease and simplicity of the patented Uniclic click-joint and easy slide strip, delivering superfast fitting in commercial interiors.

Ideal for retail stores and hospitality interiors looking to deliver high-impact wall features, Clicwall is available in 137 different decors, as well as ClicwallPaint, ready for paint, fabric, wallpaper or a custom high-definition digital print.

From plain colours to a range of realistic wood and concrete designs, spaces can be instantly transformed with walls that deliver great looks and faultless commercial performance.

“Clicwall is made from 100 per cent circular wood, with not a single tree ever felled to directly produce the panels.”

Heleen Verhamme, product manager, Clicwall, says: “Where high walls could be covered by putting two panels on top of each other, Unilin panels now offers an easier and faster solution: a second standard dimension of 3500 mm height. The new size makes Clicwall even more versatile and ready to take on a wider range of commercial environments, including retail stores and hospitality venues. With the wall as a key visual space in these locations, Clicwall’s new high panels can lead to a cleaner look that really helps digital print graphics pop.”

Available in standard, fire-retardant and moisture-resistant MDF core specifications, Clicwall comes in a 10mm thickness and in panel sizes of 600 x 2785mm and 600 x 3500mm. Clicwall is made from 100 per cent circular wood, with not a single tree ever felled to directly produce the panels. The MDF boards are based on pre-consumer wood supplied by the timber industry and thinned wood from sustainable forestry and verge management, much of which is sourced locally to reduce pollution caused by transport and provide a solution for wood seen as waste by our suppliers.

With a huge array of wood, stone and concrete finishes that look and feel just like the original material, Clicwall uses the know-how developed through Evola decorative surfaces to bring a striking wall without compromising durability, everyday performance and easy maintenance.

UNILIN 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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Parkside launches Barneby Gates Collection of tiles

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Parkside launches Barneby Gates Collection of tiles

Parkside has collaborated with leading design duo Barneby Gates, on a collection that brings the pair’s stunning wallpaper patterns to porcelain tiles…

In the Barneby Gates collection, the trusted tile specification company, Parkside, has translated eight bold and courageous designs onto extra-large format porcelain tiles measuring 1000 x 500mm or 2500 x 1000mm, creating the effect of wallpaper on a high-performance, commercial-ready tile. Ideal for features in bar areas, spas, bathrooms and hotel lobbies; the range faithfully recreates designs such as Watermelon, Pheasant and Bolt from Mars.

With backgrounds in the home lifestyle press and decorative arts, Vanessa Barneby and Alice Gates (Barneby Gates), have forged a reputation for forward-thinking fabric and wallpaper designs that have received widespread acclaim. Whether reinventing traditional motifs for modern interiors with Deer Damask or taking on trends with Pineapple and Watermelon; the pair’s distinctive designs are notably outside of the norm. In collaborating with Parkside, Barneby Gates is bringing its unique style to a commercial finish that offers moisture-resistance, durability and easy maintenance.

“Our designs celebrate the life-affirming positivity of pattern and colour and we’re delighted to have worked with Parkside to bring our style to a broader range of environments,” said Barneby and Gates. “The notion of wallpaper on a tile is a great way to bring continuous pattern to areas where its traditionally been off-limits and we look forward to seeing our designs in commercial interiors wanting to make a statement.”

The Barneby Gates collection has launched at the opening of Parkside’s new Design Studio in the Cotswolds and will be on display throughout London Design Festival (14-22 September) at the company’s Chelsea Design Studio.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Barneby Gates’ designs to the Parkside portfolio,” added Mark Williams, sales and design director for Parkside. “The pair’s designs are certainly uplifting and have been at the heart of many fearless schemes, so we’re ready to see how they can be embraced in commercial locations with the practicality of a porcelain tile construction.”

At just 3.5mm thick, the Barneby Gates tile collection is suitable for internal walls, is easy to install and available to order exclusively from Parkside.

Parkside 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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True-to-life surfaces with UNILIN, division panels

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True-to-life surfaces with UNILIN, division panels

Through the UNILIN Evola collection, interior designers can unlock true-to-life surfaces with the benefits of scratch-resistance, durability and easy maintenance…

Through its UNILIN Evola product range, UNILIN, division panels gives designers access to a collection of decorative panels that utilise the company’s expertise in creating true-to-life surfaces entirely in-house.

With many of the décors in the UNILIN Evola collection completely exclusive, UNILIN, division panels develops products inspired by everything from reclaimed wood, through trending colours, to concrete and brushed precious metals.

Going through a process that sees intensive research and incredibly close attention to the replication of original detail, each UNILIN Evola décor is almost indistinguishable from the real thing. From the pronounced depth of grain markings in the Deepwood structure of Nordic Pine, through to the smooth, Topmat structure of Carrara Frosted White marble, each décor excels in its ability to deliver incredible authenticity.

Yet, despite these impressive true-to-life structures, all UNILIN Evola decors share the same principles of resilience and ease of maintenance. Scratch-resistant, UV-resistant and simple to maintain, UNILIN Evola is designed to stand-up in busy commercial spaces. With authenticity and practicality, UNILIN Evola is a serious alternative to natural materials. The collection’s 168 decors are available as A4-sized samples from the website.

“The full range of products from UNILIN, division panels is made in Europe, using 85 per cent recycled wood for all chipboard products.”

UNILIN, division panels also manufactures ready-to-paint panels, raw chipboard, doors, shelves and the innovative ClicWall MDF wall panelling system. Using patented Uniclic technology, ClicWall is simple-to-fit and comes in a range of true-to-life decors. Ideal for use in fast-track refurbishment projects, the system is also available in a special fire-retardant specification, ClicWall FR, as well as ClicWall Deco, ready for finishing with paint, fabric, wallpaper or digital print. Again, samples can be obtained from unilinpanels.com.

The full range of products from UNILIN, division panels is made in Europe, using 85 per cent recycled wood for all chipboard products. The vast majority of this recycled material is locally-sourced ‘urban wood’, with some 650,000 tonnes processed annually from pallets, packaging, old furniture and reclaimed lumber. All non-recyclable wood waste from production is turned to energy at on-site biomass plants.

UNILIN, division panels is part of the UNILIN Group (also home to world famous Quick-Step flooring brand and SIPs from division insulation), a subsidiary of MOHAWK Industries Inc., the world’s largest floorcoverings group.

UNILIN 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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In Conversation With: Versa’s Paul Gibson on sustainable wallcoverings in EMEA hotels

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In Conversation With: Versa’s Paul Gibson on sustainable wallcoverings in EMEA hotels

As part of its expansion plans for 2019 and beyond, Versa Wallcovering has recently turned up the volume in amplifying its products in Europe. Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn sits down with the company’s new Business Development Manager (EMEA), Paul Gibson, to understand more about his vision and the latest sustainable wallcovering products on the market… 

Having worked with the likes of Marriott International, Hilton Hotels, IHG and Four Seasons, among many other brands, Versa Wallcovering is currently at a crossroads in its journey. Known in the US as one of the go-to contract surface brands, it has recently added a new element within in its strategy in order to expand in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The individual who has been tasked to direct the traffic forwards in the EMEA regions is Paul Gibson. With more 15 years’ experience in the sector, Gibson is, in Versa Wallcovering’s eyes, the ideal industry expert for the job. “This is very much a clean page for Versa,” he says. “The company has always had an element of a presence in the UK through distribution, but they decided about a year ago to do a full-on sales attack in Europe.”

What seems to set the company aside from other conventional wallcovering brands is its sustainability qualities – not only in designing durable products that are built to last but also considering materials at manufacturing stages. “We have the technology to recycle and recover used vinyl and factory waste,” explains Gibson. “We cover it to be used in new products, which is a completely unique process. We have a range called Second Look, which is created using recycled materials. There are recycled materials in all of our products with no sacrifice in appearance, durability and quality. The other thing we have launching later this year is a PVC-free vinyl.”

Image caption: Paul Gibson, Versa Wallcovering’s Business Development Manager (EMEA),

Quick-fire round

Hamish Kilburn: A trend you hope to never return?
Paul Gibson: Artex on walls. It’s hideous.

HK: What is the wallcoverings market as a whole really focusing on at the moment?
G: I want to say sustainability, but more needs to be done first. I guess innovation of design.

HK: Where’s next on your travel bucket list?
PG: Tokyo

HK: What is the number-one item you can’t travel without?
PG: My phone

HK: What’s the last transaction that will show up on your statement?
PG: Probably an ITunes download, or coffee!

HK: How has technology changed since you entered the market?
PG: I started in 2004, and there were silk vinyl copies that were plastic and shiny and it didn’t look real. Now, you can’t really tell the difference because they are so realistic. Just how far tech has come in a relatively short period of time is incredible.

One area in the hotel that benefits more than others from innovative and creative wallcoverings is the lobby – and a fairly simple way to give these public areas personality is to inject colour in them. “The days of having one tone of colour on a vinyl are almost over,” explains Gibson. “We have a very sophisticated printing process where we can print multiple layers.

“What people couldn’t achieve a few years ago they now can because tech allows them to. Digital wallcoverings is now moving more towards achieving more intricate detailed. Now are using digital printing methods in standard wallcoverings where we can print on a texture or print over a colour to create more varied effects.”

Versa Wallcovering’s latest collection, which includes Caba, Capri and Crush, is proof in the pudding that the company’s focus remains on hotels within all levels and its inspiration comes from nature – think stones, peacocks and floral aesthetics but with a modern twist. “Our design team are very good at looking outside our direct industry for inspiration is key,” adds Gibson. “They are visionaries who are thinking outside the box and I am very proud of the new collection that has been a result of that method.”

Keeping brand values close to home, the company’s ‘everything we sell, we manufacture’ policy keeps its products and service seamless and absolute. In addition, and as an incentive for designers to select more sustainable products at affordable costs, Versa Wallcovering promises competitive prices and endeavours to deliver samples the next day (where possible even same day).

Now that Versa Wallcovering has turned the page to enter a new chapter on a prosperous journey, its global reach of eco-sourced products has inspired designers, architects, owners and operators to think more about the materials used when designing the hotels of our future.

Versa Wallcovering 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.

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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TREND ALERT: Bring on the brick

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TREND ALERT: Bring on the brick

With a newly launched range by Parkside, designers and architects can now create an industrial brick aesthetic with porcelain… 

Trusted tile specification company Parkside has launched Tyne, a highly-versatile brick-effect wall and floor porcelain tile that’s ready to create a stunning brick and mortar aesthetic in the most demanding commercial environments.

Waterproof, frost-proof and resistant to mould and stains, Tyne delivers impressive authenticity in 13 colourways, each capturing the character and variation found in handmade bricks. Ranging from classic colours of red and multi through earthy tones in mud and sand to a palette of bolder blue and grey hues, the 250 x 60mm tile brings a new depth to brick-effect finishes.

Through a variety of surface textures and subtle nuances in colour, the tile avoids tell-tale repeats for a look that’s indistinguishable from real bricks, bringing a raw, semi-industrial look to commercial interiors. Ideal for bars, restaurants and hospitality locations, Tyne has a matt finish with 36+ shod foot performance, delivering a safer underfoot surface.

Ian Mattacola, product manager, Parkside: “With the launch of Tyne we’re demonstrating our ability to offer exclusive and inspirational tiles that provide architects, interior designers and specifiers with the very best in authentic looks coupled with great performance for commercial interiors. With faithful attention to the original material, we’ve been able to ensure that Tyne can provide an accurate brick look while bringing the benefits of hardwearing, low-maintenance porcelain tiles to a broad range of projects.”

With a denser and less porous clay than normal ceramic, Tyne’s porcelain material is better suited to demanding commercial environments, where its hardness and durability ensure a resilient surface. And with low water-porosity that makes it suitable for outdoor use, Tyne can continue its striking brick-like effect in outdoor bars, open-air dining areas and more.

Parkside is making the exclusive Tyne available from stock in all 13 colourways, giving designers and specifiers access to the collection in as little as a couple of days.

Parkside 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.

Meet Up North confirms Architextural as Event Partner

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Meet Up North confirms Architextural as Event Partner

Leading surface brand Architextural has become an Event Partner for Meet Up North, which takes place on July 1 at Manchester’s Hotel Gotham… 

Hotel Designs has announced that Architextural has become an Event Partner for its premium northern networking event, Meet Up North. The event, which takes place at Hotel Gotham’s rooftop bar, Club Bras, in Manchester will further bridge together designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers carrying the light theme of ‘Creativity Outside the Capital’.

The highly anticipated event will include an insightful talk and presentation by Tom Lindblom, Principal and Hospitality Leader at Gensler (London), which will be entitled Hospitality is way more than hotels.’

“Architextural is delighted to support Meet Up North as an event partner as we value opportunities like these to authentically meet face-to-face with designers, hoteliers and architects,” said Lindsay Appleton, marketing manager at Architextural. “We are dedicated in transforming interior design by refurb with film. Wrapping existing fixtures, fittings and surfaces rather than send to landfill is a great concept that we are excited to present at Hotel Gotham’s rooftop bar, Club Brass, as the perfect venue for us to showcase our latest self-adhesive faux finishes.”

The hand-chosen venue for the event, which in a few years will become the older and wiser sibling of the brand’s latest hotel that is on boards, The Brooklyn, has been an epicentre of the city’s action since it opened in 2015. The general manager of the hotel and brand, Mario Ovsenjak, and the owner, Robin Sheppard, were both listed in The Brit List 2018 as being among the top hoteliers in the country. Located on the rooftop, Club Brass will transform on July 1 from a private members’ bar  into a premium networking evening for designers, hoteliers, architects and suppliers alike – and here’s how you can get your hands on a ticket.

Designer, architect and hotelier tickets: £20 + VAT
If you are a designer, architect or hoteliers to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North 2019, click here.

Headline Partner: Hamilton Litestat

Event Partner: Atlas ConcordeEvent Partner: Architextural

The rise of tile trends in international hotel design

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The rise of tile trends in international hotel design

Celebrating art outside the frame, CTD Architectural Tiles identifies tile trends that are emerging for 2019 and beyond…

From texture and pattern to size and the increasing need for sustainable solutions, the hotel industry has become an exciting creative arena for tile and surface trend developments. The desire for creating spaces that stand out, delivering on both aesthetic and practical qualities, has driven the demand for tiles that make unique and memorable design statements.

From wood and marble-effect flooring to new generation mosaics and botanical-inspired patterns, architects and designers have never had so much choice when it comes to specifying ceramic and porcelain tiles in hotel projects.

Nature-inspired patterned tiles

A celebration and seamless marriage between rustic handmade influences and the trend for contemporary biophilic design, the new Amazonia collection from CTD Architectural Tiles is guaranteed to bring any hotel project to life.

Jungle-inspired interiors showcasing various tones of surfaces

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Versatile and unique, Amazonia combines botanical patterns with a pared-back, nature-inspired palette to enliven spaces of all sizes. Suitable for both walls and floors, the tiles are available in two shapes: a small square format (138 x 138mm) and a larger hexagon format (320 x 368mm), in five colourways and designs. Offering endless opportunities to combine and mix the distinctive tiles, designers are able to choose from the subtle geometric patterns of Ethnic or the delicate leaf prints of the Tropic designs to create a standout space. From the lobby and hotel bars and restaurants to even the swimming pool areas, Amazonia offers a truly versatile tiling proposition to designers, specifiers and architects for the hotel industry.

3D textured tiles

From bold patterns to structured 3D shapes and designs, tiles have become an increasingly popular format of creative expression within hotel interiors. Advances in tile manufacturing have led to reinventions of trends and tile styles such as bohemian, baroque and mosaics. An increasingly popular choice, mosaics are extremely versatile as they are able to be applied to flat or curved surfaces as well as being suitable for dry and wet areas on both walls and floors. Offering a variety of colours, sizes and materials, the return of mosaics has seen the introduction of new finishes such as metal or wood-effect designs as well as striking hexagon and geometric patterns, ideal for those designers or architects looking to make a true style statement.

Image credit: CTD Architectural Tiles

Colourful Marble-Effect Tiles

Combining an urban aesthetic with trend-led designs, the Diesel Living tile collection delivers truly eye-catching tile solutions for contemporary hotel spaces. The ideal range for designers wanting to achieve a truly statement scheme, the Diesel Cosmic Marble collection is an exquisite marriage between marble-effect tiles and a cosmic-inspired colour palette. Suitable for both walls and floors, the aptly named range is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. From the deep blue and gold hues of Venus to the radiant red swirls of Mars, Diesel Cosmic Marble is available in eight polished porcelain colourways and will work perfectly in lobbies and reception areas.

Wood-Effect Floor Tiles

 An effortlessly stylish addition to any space, wood flooring is renowned for its beautiful, natural finish. Although undeniably a popular choice, natural wood isn’t always practical in high footfall areas in hotels. With some ranges offering up to 40 per cent recycled content, wood-effect tile collections celebrate the unique beauty of the natural material and combine the importance of a realistic finish with the practical benefits of ceramic or porcelain tiles.

Image credit: CTD Architectural Tiles

An on-trend and practical solution for hotel spaces, a wood-effect tile allows you to evoke the natural character of timber, whilst promising a low maintenance and practical product that is ideal for modern environments. Complete with the distinctive knots and markings of organic wood, each and every tile is different to ensure an authentic look. Not just limited to floors, the wide range of glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles are suitable for a number of applications including walls, exteriors and wet areas, meaning that the design of a project is not restricted by the limitations of real wood.

By their very nature, hotels are stunning examples of unique design and luxury living. When it comes to product selection for a hotel project, designers want to be working with the very latest trends and innovative products to ensure that they’re able to achieve a statement scheme to remember.  From beautiful lobbies to carefully designed guest suites, CTD Architectural Tiles’ extensive product portfolio is guaranteed to provide the ideal surface solution no matter what the application. Offering unparalleled expertise and technical knowledge, the Specification Team at CTD Architectural Tiles works with industry leading, innovative manufacturers to offer a complete portfolio of ceramic and porcelain tile ranges to suit the boutique hotelier, architect, interior designer, developer and specification professional.

Meet Up North welcomes Atlas Concorde as event partner

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Meet Up North welcomes Atlas Concorde as event partner

Meet Up North, Hotel Designs’ premium networking evening in Manchester, has confirmed the Italian surface brand, Atlas Concorde, as an event partner… 

Atlas Concorde, a leading Italian surfaces brand which supplies products for some of the world’s most impressive design hotels,  has been confirmed as an event partner for Meet Up North. The premium networking evening, which will be attached by leading designers, hoteliers and architects, takes place in Manchester’s Hotel Gotham on July 1.

“As a leading supplier of surfaces to the hospitality industry worldwide and premium Italian brand in the ceramic tile industry, Atlas Concorde recognises the importance of building and sustaining a strong relationship with all designers in the UK,” said Matteo Martini, the brand’s UK & Northern Europe Sales Manager. “Manchester is certainly an important design hotspot that is full of hotel projects on the boards. Therefore, we are delighted to become an event partner for Meet Up North and we are looking forward to catching up with all the designers, hoteliers and architects that are attending the event.”

Audience full

Image caption: The audience at Meet Up London in March 2019.

Purchasing your tickets

If you are a supplier to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North for £150 + VAT, click here.
If you are a designer, architect or hoteliers to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North for £20 + VAT, click here.

There are various sponsorship opportunities and packages available for Meet Up North. If you would like to discuss these with our team then please contact Zoe Guerrier by either emailing z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk or calling 01992 374059.

The inaugural Meet Up North took place last year at King Street Townhouse and was attended by more than 200 designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

About Hotel Gotham

Hotel Gotham is sheltered in what is arguably the city’s grandest properties and is an exclusive city-centre sanctuary, previously a bank that was designed in 1935 by none other than architect Edwin Lutyens.

The hotel, which opened in 2015, prides itself on offering a modern and comfortable experience in a unique and luxurious environment, with exquisite service all within a bespoke private club in the heart of Manchester.

True-to-life surfaces from your local distributor

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True-to-life surfaces from your local distributor

UNILIN division panel surfaces, provide architects and specifiers with fast access to its UNILIN Evola decorative panels through a nationwide network of distributors…

Through UNILIN it’s easy to find your nearest knowledgeable distributor ready to help unlock the creativity of UNILIN Evola and its 168 decorative options, covering faithful recreations of natural materials to bold colours, concrete and brushed precious metals.

No matter what the look, all Evola panels share one thing in common; great performance. Offering a durable fade- and scratch-resistant surface and easy maintenance, Evola panels are a practical solution for any commercial interior. Available in HPL, melamine-faced chipboard and edging tape, Evola is a serious alternative to natural materials, offering a true-to-life look without any of the drawbacks.

Operating in the UK through a distribution network, UNILIN, division panels, provides its innovative, high-quality panels to interior architects, designers, fabricators and manufacturers. Also manufacturing read-to-paint panels, raw chipboard, doors, shelves and the innovative ClicWall MDF wall panelling system, the company produces more than 2.1million m3 of product annually at sites in Belgium and France.

Currently, the manufacturer’s chipboard is 100 per cent recycled, using 85 per cent recycled wood and the remaining 15 per cent from timber thinning and wood industry waste flows. UNILIN, division panels, also works with companies to take-back old fittings, minimising waste and re-purposing them with a new lease of life. This circular approach is gaining popularity with companies looking to make their sustainability actions more transparent.

With such positive environmental actions, as well as high-quality, innovative decorative panels that can be accessed quickly from distributors right across the country, UNILIN Evola is the ideal partner for interior projects of all shapes and sizes. A4 samples of all 168 UNILIN Evola decorative options can be ordered through the website.

UNILIN 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.

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Stay true to life with UNILIN Evola

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Stay true to life with UNILIN Evola

Through a development process that examines the detail of original surfaces, UNILIN Evola brings decorative boards that look and feel true to life…

Every UNILIN Evola design starts with an original surface, from which begins an intensive process of design development. Using the original sample, UNILIN’s design and R&D teams begin to work together to create a surface that’s as close to the ‘real thing’ as possible, examining every detail and translating this into an easy to maintain surface that outperforms the original in many ways.

“If you want real wood, you’ll always choose the original example,” explains Ann De Blanck, product manager, UNILIN. “If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly alternative with lasting looks and real-world performance, then you’ll turn to UNILIN Evola. Easier to look after and far more resistant to scratches and UV light, all of our decors are designed with one ultimate goal in mind – if you put our end product next to the real thing, then you won’t be able to see a difference.”

With 168 decors available in UNILIN Evola, variation is also a key ingredient in the development mix. By treating the original materials, adding saw cuts or patina to the original for example, UNILIN is able to achieve a unique variety that cannot be matched through digital manipulation. The process is always one of skill with a fine-line being tread between attractively authentic and hopelessly overdone.

“Our team experiments and tries things out by hand, day in and day out,” continues Ann. “For example, when the reclaimed trend was all the rage, we created a décor with cracks in the panel. We did this using a drum that we threw nails and screws into; as the drum turned, they made scratches in the décor. It’s this attention to treatment of original materials, rather than digital manipulation that gives UNILIN Evola its authenticity.”

This true to life look and feel is also down to UNILIN’s synchronous structures, where the surface structure follows the pattern perfectly and at a depth reflective of the original. Rustic finishes are given a deep texture that mimics the natural state of the material, while more refined looks have a surface finish that remains true.

“Every element of the design is determined and positioned in minute detail: the size of the knots, colour contrasts and the strength of the grain; it’s an assessment by many people over a long period of time. After all, each person views a design in a different way and the process allows us to be certain that the design is right. Décor development is not a pure science and a feeling for design and styling is essential,” concludes Ann.

The UNILIN Evola collection is available in 168 different decors in HPL, melamine and edging tape. With true to life decors and authentic embossed textures, in combination with a surprising palette of solid colours, the collection offers creative freedom.

UNILIN 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.

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PREVIEW: Creating flexible spaces inside Seattle Redmond Marriott

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PREVIEW: Creating flexible spaces inside Seattle Redmond Marriott

Paradigm Design Group has unveiled flexible designs for one of its latest hospitality projects, the Seattle Redmond Marriott…

Construction began in Q1 of this year to complete the Seattle Redmond Marriott, which is slated to open in Q4 of this year.

Responsible for the interior design/renovation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the MClub, lobby, great room and bar, as well as selecting new finishes for the pre-function/meeting space, was Paradigm Design Group.

The firm approached the project with the goal to cohesively integrate the hotel’s culture and surroundings into the overall design.

Achieving a modern, North West interior, Paradigm Design Group implemented clean lines, light wood, and modern lighting. The design even subtly nods to the Wild Salmon that are plentiful in the adjacent rivers, as well as the beautiful parks and forests in the area.

Located just minutes away from the Microsoft Main Campus, Paradigm Design Group was inspired to bring modern technology into the hotel’s design. The firm will implement a high-tech component to the Seattle Redmond Marriott, introducing modern Tech Pod chairs and various communal tables suitable for guest interaction, both social and work.

CASE STUDY: Surfaces in flexible working areas

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CASE STUDY: Surfaces in flexible working areas

Creating a fresh new look for its offices and stores, Belgian supermarket giant, the Colruyt Group, has turned to UNILIN, division panels, to help it complete the circle and repurpose its old retail and office interior fittings…

The family-owned Colruyt Group is famed for its sustainable approach to retailing and is active in many initiatives positively impacting its entire supply chain.

As part of its drive towards a circular, sustainable approach – that it sees just as important as competitive pricing – the retailer has placed reuse high on its agenda. So, when it came to creating a fresh new look for its offices, it turned to its long-running relationship with UNILIN, division panels, to see what could be done:

“Our current chipboard is 100 per cent circular,” explains specification director, Christof De Poorter. “Comprising 85 per cent recycled wood, the remaining 15 per cent is sourced from thinning and waste flows from the timber industry. We save an average of 5,000 trees per day and reduce CO2 emissions by some 1.2million tonnes a year.”

Colruyt Group took this circular process one step further, delivering its old panels and shelves directly to UNILIN, so that they could be recycled and returned for use in its new offices. UNILIN undertook a sophisticated cleaning process involving a range of technologies including NIR (near infared), sifting, induction and magnetism, before working them into new Evola panels to be used within the retailer’s offices. Selecting H720 BST White Birch and 625 BST Silicon, Colruyt has selected a look that’s fresh, yet easy to maintain and resistant to the knocks of modern working environments. More importantly, it has brought new transparency to the materials it specifies.

“We sense just how important sustainability is to our customers and our circular approach helps them to take action,” continues Christof De Poorter. “Colruyt’s approach and commitment to taking every step possible to become more sustainable shows that consumers are no longer buying just a product, they place a great deal of importance on the complete production chain.”

Colruyt is not the only company to take advantage of UNILIN’s circular chipboard production with more and more organisations looking for positive actions on sustainability to increase transparency and gain competitive advantage.

UNILIN 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.

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Michael Young and Woven Image create an acoustic Muse

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Woven Image has collaborated with world renowned industrial designer Michael Young on a new range of acoustic wall panels. Notable for their extraordinary patterns that feature contrasting colour prints as well as subtle tone-on-tone colours and pearlescent ink, the Muse range is perfect for seamless floor-to-ceiling applications in commercial interiors.

The collection comes in three designs: Muse Fluid evokes the movement of the ocean and is available is five colourways (Ice, Ivory, Goldeneye, Lavender and Emerald); Muse Cloudy is based around a series of varying dots that converge to produce a ‘cloud-like’ effect and contains three options (Sandstone, Starlight and Foam); finally the cross-hatch style design Muse Mineral can be specified in two different versions (Calcite and Steel).

The panels, which are 1180mm x 2800mm high untrimmed, are manufactured from PET, 68 per cent of which has been recycled. They aim to reduce reverberated noise in commercial spaces – achieving a Noise Reduction Coefficient rating of 0.30 (no air gap) and up to 0.75 (with 50mm air gap).

According to Young, his studio brought a very particular sensibility to the product. “I believe these designs are genuinely cutting edge,” he explains. “It seems to me that an industrial design office is going to take a different approach to creating a pattern than an artist or even a graphic designer,” he said. “We created the aesthetic for Muse Fluid, Cloudy and Mineral using a software program called Grasshopper. By setting up an animated algorithm we generated a changing two-dimensional pattern and freed the animation at a particular point to build the final image. In other words, we are not creating conceptual decoration but technical decoration. The finished results look wonderfully mathematical.”

Editor’s round-up of Surface Design Show 2019

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Taking place from February 5 – 7 at Business Design Centre London, the Surface Design Show gave a platform to more surface material and lighting specialists than ever before. Editor Hamish Kilburn was there and reports…

More than 5,000 architects, designers and specifiers from 47 countries descended on London earlier this month for the much anticipated Surface Design Show. Over the course of three days, the show provided a packed schedule of insightful and entertaining panel discussions, informative CPDs and talks, trend forecasts and allowed exhibitors to display new products.

Presenters included New London Architecture and RIBA who hosted the Opening Night Debate; Chris Dyson who presented the PechaKucha Evening; Hannah Malein of Colour Hive; Oliver Heath of Oliver Heath Design and Daniel Hopwood representing Design Guild Mark, all kept visitors engaged as they educated on ways of thinking about materials, current industry issues and trends.

crowd gathering around the stand

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There were a number of stand-out motifs among the 150 exhibition stands that displayed a positive look at where surface design is heading. The most prominent themes were:

Acoustic walls 

The surface experts at Armourcoat were at the show unveiling its new Acoustics Plaster System, which is designed with hotels and restaurant designers in mind with the aim to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces. While many acoustic surfaces are often bulky and not stylishly flexible, The Acoustic Plaster System offers a clean and smooth mineral surface that can be applied seamlessly over large expanses such as hotel lobbies or restaurants.

Meanwhile, anne kyyro quinn, which produces bespoke three-dimensional acoustic walls coverings, supplied the backdrop for the main stage. The handmade textile wallcoverings are natural, durable, versatile and are therefore suitable for commercial as well as residential projects.

Sustainability

Ethically handmade by master craftsmen, the premium patchwork cowhide rugs from Mosaic that were displayed on the stand were fabricated with 100 per cent recycled hides. Unlike other vendors which buy in full leather hides, Mosaic only use recycled hides from off-cuts of the luxury furniture and leather goods industry. The result, aesthetically, is a completely unique and customisable rug ideal for boutique hotels seeking characterful floors.

Elsewhere, Friends of Wilson displayed its Tessellate acousitic wall panel, which is made from 100 per cent polyester fibres containing a minimum of 60 per cent post-consumer recycled material (PET bottleflake).

Taking this concept into new territory were you designers Poppy Pippin and Emma Raybould over on the Spotlight Surface Live stand. Pippin’s Moss Tiles product has been designed specifically to encourage moss growth in order to improve air quality in the urban environment by absorbing carbon dioxide. Raybould’s silicastone design, displayed at the show, is an eco-architectural alternative to quarried stone for solid surfaces, which was developed at the University of Central Lancashire.

Since 2013 the Show has hosted the Surface Design Awards, now recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The 2019 Awards received 197 entries from 22 countries,
including America, Italy, China and India.

In a ceremony held over breakfast, the beautiful new Maggie’s Centre St Barts, London was declared the Supreme Winner, capturing the hearts and minds of the stellar panel of judges from the world of architecture and design. A beacon of design in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects was shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category, gaining acclaim from the judges, including architect Christophe Egret of Studio Egret West, who stated “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space”.

The 2019 awards ceremony was presented by architecture and design writer Aidan Walker, who cited the specialist focus of the show as key to its success now and for the future: “Surface Design has become one of the most compelling areas of innovation and imagination in design and architecture in the last few years. Driven by technology on one hand and the imperative for sustainability on the other, the application of new techniques and materials to cladding, walls, floors and ceilings has enlivened practice in a way unimaginable 10 years ago. Surface Design Show is perfectly positioned to express, exploit and support this rich seam of imagination and creativity. I see a great future for both the show and its Awards scheme.”

Hotel Designs was a proud media partner for the event.

Main image credit: Surface Design Show 2019

Maggie’s St Barts awarded Supreme Winner at Surface Design Awards 2019

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13 awards were presented to the winners of Surface Design Awards 2019… 

The winners of the 2019 Surface Design Awards have been announced, hailing the best and most impressive use of materials in, and on, architectural projects from around the globe.

The beautiful new Maggie’s Centre Barts, London has been declared the Supreme Winner, capturing the judge’s hearts and minds. A beacon of design in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects’ was shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category, gaining acclaim from the judges, including Christophe Egret, who stated “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space.”

Across 13 categories entrants to the Awards comprised a who’s-who in architecture and design from around the world. Zaha Hadid Architects, Steven Holl Architects, Studio Egret West and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Rockwell Group from the USA, and Kengo Kuma & Associates from Japan were among the shortlist.

Contemporary view of the lobby

Image credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

The Surface Design Awards, announced at the annual Surface Design Show, recognise and celebrate the best use of innovative surface materials in architecture and design internationally.

Launched five years ago, the Awards have grown year-on-year to become one of the most respected accolades in the design awards realm. The 2019 shortlist consisted of an impressive 43 projects from 9 countries, each entry an exemplary example of creative and innovative use of materials and lighting in both interior and exterior schemes. Some projects won nominations across several categories, resulting in 48 finalists.

The 2019 judging panel was co-chaired by Christophe Egret, Founding Partner at Studio Egret West, and Paul Priestman, Chairman at PriestmanGoode. The full panel comprised Cany Ash, Partner at Ash Sakula Architects; James Soane, Director at Project Orange architecture & interior design; Jeremy Offer, Chief Creative Officer at future-focused vehicle designers Arrival; Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Group; Paul Edwards, Head of Creative Design at Airbus and Roz Barr, Director of Roz Barr Architects.

The Surface Design Awards 2019 winners in full:

Award: Retail Interior
Project: Aesop flagship store
Designer: Snohetta

Award: Retail Exterior
Project: Lava Stone Shopfront
Designer: STAC Architecture

Award: Public Building Interior
Project: Writ in Water
Studio Octopi with Mark Wallinger

Award: Public Building Exterior
Project: Maggie’s Centre St Barts
Studio: Steven Holl Architects

Award: Commercial Interior
Project: The Veil
Studio: Giles Miller Studio & Orms

Award: Commercial Exterior
Project: Morpheus Hotel
Studio: Zaha Hadid Architects/ Isometrix Lighting Design

Award: Temporary Structure
Project: TED Theatre
Rockwell Group

Award: Sustainable Interior
Project: SGS Berkeley Green
Studio: Hewitt Studios

Award: Sustainable Exterior
Project: Cultural Village
Studio: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Award: Light & Surface Interior
Project: Gymbox Mopheus Hotel Atrium
Studio: Zaha Hadid Archtiects/ Lightivity Lighting Design/ Isometrix Lighting Design

Award: Light & Surface Exterior
Project: Black Prince Road Story Wall
Studio: Michael Grubb Studio/ AF Lighting

Award: Housing Interior
Project: Powis Cloud
Studio: Lily Jencks Studio

Award: Housing Exterior
Project: Fajal House
Studio: Mole Architects

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6 trends to look out for at Surface Design Show 2019.

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Taking place next week in London’s Business Design Centre, Surface Design Show will showcase the latest products and technology in surface design. Ahead of the event, as Hotel Designs is a media partner of #SDS19, here are top surface trends to be mindful of…

The Surface Design Show, taking place on February 5 – 7, will again provide architects and designers with an exciting and inspirational range of surface designs and materials.

Speaking before the show opens trend forecaster and curator of the Show’s Surface Spotlight Live feature, Sally Angharad enthused: “There are a number of distinct trends coming out of Surface Design Show that visitors will pick up. Once again the Show will set the scene for the next year in terms of design ideas.”

Here are some of the 2019 trends to look out for are:

Scallop Shapes
Scallop shape tiles create decorative patterns in a combination of solid colours and patterned finishes. Blueprint Ceramics, Finsa and Viuva Lamego will both be exhibiting scallop shapes

Sumptuous Neutrals
Warm neutrals replace grey with shades of brown adding depth to tactile surfaces. Look out for Saint- Gobain, Off the Wall Coverings and ITC Natural Luxury Flooring.

Image credit: ITC Natural Luxury Flooring

Dynamic Patterns
A combination of tile formats creates complex designs for statement features. Exhibitors include Blueprint Ceramics and Viuva Lamego

Patina Effects
Weathered metals inspire luxurious patina effects on a variety of surfaces from flooring to finishes. PowderTech (Corby), MUUNA and Finsa will be stands to visit.

Indulgent Darks
Dark colours are key for glazed and tonal finishes to create dramatic yet welcoming effects. SIBU Designs, Grestec Tiles and Sterling Studios will be exhibitors to seek out.

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Nature/Nurture
Organic materials translate into surfaces for walls and lighting that bring comforting textures indoors. Exhibitors include Freund, Innerspace Cheshire and PHEE. A range of new materials, prototypes and innovations can be seen on Surface Spotlight Live curated in collaboration by trend expert Sally Angharad and trend, colour & material forecast agency; Colour Hive.

Surface Design Show opens on February 5 from 6.00pm – 9.00pm; February 6 from 11.00 -9.00pm and February 7 from 11.00 – 5.00pm.

Main image credit: Blueprint Ceramics

Round Wood Of Mayfield launches ÖÖD house in the UK

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The state-of-the-art mirrored building, ÖÖD house, offers the chance to instantly create or enhance a hotel or Airbnb business…

The ÖÖD house – a stunning, 18 sq/m mini home clad in mirrored glass which blends to its natural surroundings – has been added to Round Wood of Mayfield’s collection of high end outdoor structures.

Originally envisaged as a “pop up” hotel guest room or Airbnb pad by Estonian company ÖÖD, it is now exclusively distributed and assembled by the timber and landscape specialists across the UK.

The stand-alone living space for both commercial and domestic clients, which also make ideal office spaces, guest accommodation or even yoga studios, blends beautifully into any setting courtesy of the striking insulated glazing that covers the front and sides.

surfer reflecting off the surface of the OOD House

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Other highlights include eco-friendly thermo treated ash cladding to the rear of the structure, which cleverly conceals a service void, and a beautifully finished interior which offers a studio layout with kitchenette and bathroom as well as air conditioning and LED lighting.

A smaller structure – the ÖÖD room is also available exclusively from Round Wood of Mayfield and offers stand-alone recreational spaces without the cost of shower, kitchen and sleeping facilities.

Round Wood of Mayfield officially launched the ÖÖD house at The Landscape Show last September at London’s Battersea Park, with an example now in situ at Lime Cross Nursery in East Sussex which potential customers can view, or even stay in, before purchasing.

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The ÖÖD company explains that“ÖÖD allows anyone to jump-start their hospitality business. It quickly enables people to create a living space or start an accommodation business. The outstanding design of our house supports the productivity of your investment.”

“We are really excited to add ÖÖD Houses to our collection as their only UK distributor,” Zac Soudain, director of Round Wood. “It was clear at the launch that these glass-fronted houses really have the wow factor and could be used for many purposes including guest accommodation to garden rooms to offices… they have been generating a lot of excitement.

“Where they really come into their own is in a rural or natural landscape such as where our example ÖÖD house can be viewed at Lime Cross Nursery – it has been kept there since the launch so potential customers can try before they buy.

“For anyone in the hotel and hospitality industry, these ÖÖD houses can provide some very luxurious and novel guest rooms with a fantastic view of the landscape.”

The ÖÖD house, which is available to purchase from £55,000, is easy to install and can be delivered on a lorry before being craned into place, or built on site if access is an issue.

The ÖÖD room is available from £45,000 and comes with air conditioning and standard LED lighting.

 

For more information please contact Round Wood of Mayfield on 01435 860260 or visit our website www.roundwood.com

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Creating the authentic UNILIN Evola surface

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The desire to make Evola decorative panel surfaces ‘true to life’ saw the UNILIN product design team look to where it all begins: with the original materials…

Working from original materials was the key to the authenticity of UNILIN Evola panels. The design team was packed full of discoveries from the natural world, trade shows and even personal purchases that inspired new decors in HPL and melamine-faced chipboard. Working from these original materials, the UNILIN design team began a process of experimentation.

“If we put our Evola panel next to the real thing, we don’t want to be able to see a difference.”

Ann De Blanck, Evola product manager, explains: “We needed variation, so we started to treat the genuine specimens; for example, adding a patina or saw marks to the decor. That is a job for the specialists, because it’s a very fine line between attractive authenticity and over doing it. Our ultimate goal is always very clear: if we put our Evola panel next to the real thing, we don’t want to be able to see a difference.

“That takes an awful lot of skill. By that, I mean that our team experiments and tries things out by hand, day in and day out. For example, when the ‘reclaimed trend’ was all the rage, we created a decor with cracks in the panel. We did that using a drum that we threw nails and screws into; as the drum turned, they made scratches in the decor. Yet another conscious choice and essential if you want to bring unique products to the market.”

This meticulous attention-to-detail sees UNILIN Evola panels beautifully replicate natural materials. From the deep grain and knots of Nordic Pine’s rustic texture to the subtle, super-matt surface of White Birch, each décor is a true-to-life recreation of original materials. This realism is not only down to the experimentation of the design team, but also through using production technology to develop surface structures synchronous with the design underneath.

“As well as an authentic look, the feel also needs to be right, and this has become more-so in recent years. That’s why we have specialised in developing surfaces where the structure follows the pattern beneath perfectly. This gives a realistic design, hardly distinguishable from solid wood or veneer. A realistic, budget-friendly and sustainable alternative for real material,” explains Blanck.

The UNILIN Evola collection is available in 168 different looks available in HPL, melamine and edging tape. Promising life-like wood decors and authentic embossed textures in concrete and metallics, as well as plain; it is a well-rounded collection that brings beautiful authenticity in scratch and stain-resistant panels for commercial use.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: February features announced

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Hotel Designs has officially dropped its February editorial features, which are Surfaces and Architecture & Construction… 

Throughout February, Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On features will look at two highly topical features, namely Surfaces and Architecture and Construction. These features to run throughout the month have been carefully selected by the editorial team in light of both topics harbouring popular debates among industry leaders.

Architecture and Construction 

Render of Eden Hotel

Image Credit: Tate Harmer Hotel, Eden Hotel (Winner of The Eco Award at The Brit List 2018)

In 2018, for the first time ever, Hotel Designs included architects in The Brit List 2018 – and for good reason. Continuing this celebration of amazing architects , and taking the search global, we will start the month by investigating striking examples of architecture within international hotel design.

Surfaces 

Extreme close up of 3-d surface which looks like a flower

Image credit: Anne Kyyro Quinn

Running in conjunction with the Surface Design Show, our feature on surfaces will explore the various materials used within interiors. From flooring to innovative materials in wallcoverings, we’ll go beneath the surface to bring you an accurate and well-researched insight on the future trends.

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

5 boutique wood corridor flooring trends to watch in 2019

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Perfect for boutique hotels, UK Flooring Direct predicts five wood flooring trends that can help lift the hotel corridor…

In between the check-in area and the guestroom, connecting each area within the modern hotel are the hotel corridors, which, for many reasons including a lack of lighting, awkward surfaces and narrow channels of blandness, fill many designers with dread. Selecting the right style of flooring, however, can help to transform these no-mans-land walkways into interesting spaces that can further amplify a hotel’s theme or style.

A flooring refresh can work wonders in turning a gloomy corridor into a bright, inviting space. In our quest for stunning surfaces, UK Flooring Direct has rounded up five fabulous styles that can to take the boutique hotel corridor from drab to fab.

1) Extra-wide planks 

Large-scale planks are the latest flooring look and are ideal for creating a sense of drama in open-plan living areas and larger rooms. In a beautiful golden-brown shade that will inject instant warmth into any space, Vantage Wood 14mm Laminate Flooring Sunset Oak features an authentic-looking rustic grain and 244mm extra-wide boards that are a breeze to fit thanks to a 5G click installation system. With an AC5 Commercial rating and a 35-year warranty, this stunning floor will keep its good looks for years to come.

2) Scandi Noir

Dark wood scandi style flooring in walkway

Seductive and decadent, Scandi Noir is the latest, dark twist on Scandinavian style, with deep greys and black replacing pale wood and white. It still champions simplicity and functionality, though – and Parquet Vinyl Victoria Black Plank Luxury Vinyl Click Flooring definitely delivers on both counts. This stormy grey LVT floor offers a bold, contemporary update on the oak look, and features an ultra-stable rigid core that makes it likely to indent and mark. Boasting a 35-year warranty, it’s safe to use with underfloor heating and in areas exposed to UV rays.

3) Cool chocolate

2019 is going to be all about ash-toned woods, and Audacity 12mm Laminate Flooring Coastal Oak comes in a cool brown shade that complements a wealth of colours – in particular, Spiced Honey, Dulux’s Colour of the Year. Its toughness and high level of water resistance makes it a great fit for hallways, kitchens and other demanding areas – its stain- and scuff-resistant surface means spills, dirt and accidents can simply be wiped away – while its 35 per cent more stable core means it can be used across the largest of spaces without the need for unsightly room profiles.

4) Modern rustic

Light wood in homely walkway

Painting walls and woodwork brilliant white can help prevent a hallway looking dingy, but if you’re looking to introduce some warmth into the scheme, Home Choice Engineered European Rustic Oak Flooring is a fantastic choice. Packed with character, its classic-size boards feature eye-catching grain markings, knots, sapwood, mineral streaks, and have been sanded smooth and finished with high-quality UV lacquer to give an attractive subtle sheen and fantastic protection against the rigours of boutique-hotel life. This tough floor features a three-layer construction for fantastic stability and a 2.5mm real wood wear layer for long-lasting good looks.

5) Colour variation

Mixed tones in wood flooring

Planks in different shades of brown – from pale sand to chocolate – give Aqualock 12mm Laminate Flooring Harlequin Brown Oak genuine wow factor, but with added protection against moisture and spills, this striking, traditional floor is as practical as it is beautiful.  With on-trend colour variation, this look is set for big things in 2019.

Unilin: Bespoke Walls Fast with ClicWall Deco

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UNILIN, division panels, is leading digital print directly onto its durable, high-quality melamine-faced wall panels with ClicWall Deco…

ClicWall Deco provides a high-performance surface that can be personalised with a high-definition digital image, turning any wall into a true eye-catcher. Used successfully by retailers including Carrefour and hotels such as Marmotta Hotel and Auberge de la Ferme; ClicWall Deco can be used to create unique displays, shop-in-shop concepts and stylish feature walls that bring true individualism to any space.

Technically superior to ensure long-term use in commercial environments, splash-proof and scratch-resistant; all ClicWall Deco panels feature a patented Uniclic locking profile and easy slide strip for rapid installation, making it one of the easiest wall panel systems available today. In a panel size of 600mm x 2785mm, the 10mm thick panels are also available in FR (fire retardant) specification.

Jurgen Plas, marketing manager, UNILIN, division panels, comments: “ClicWall Deco offers design freedom for interior designers and specifiers, allowing the creation of bespoke walls that look fantastic without compromising durability, everyday performance and low maintenance.

“The system is already proving popular with retailers, hoteliers and other businesses looking to create a unique concept, partnering brilliantly with our EVOLA panels for a feature that stays looking good and is really simple to look after, even in intensive commercial environments.”

Alongside the standard ClicWall range, available in 106 flawless decorative effects including wood finishes, concrete effects, brushed metals and solid colours; ClicWall Deco gives designers the chance to create ‘wow’ interiors while providing clients with a wall made for long-term use.

Free samples of ClicWall can be ordered directly from UNILIN, division panels.

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Dekton by Cosentino showcases Stonika surface line

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The Cosentino Group has bolstered its product offering, following the launch of the new Stonika collection for its Dekton surface brand.

Comprised of four different designs, the collection features looks inspired by natural marbles: bergen, arga, taga and korso.

Each offers a brilliant shine and durability, plus the new surfaces represent the latest manufacturing developments from Cosentino’s R&D team.

“Dekton Stonika is an exciting launch for us at Cosentino, representing the very best of what our R&D team can achieve,” said Paul Gidley, area director for Cosentino UK.

“These four new colours showcase the next generation of surfacing developments, and we’re proud to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible to create designs that inspire.”

The new range offers all of the benefits of standard Dekton items, including a high resistance to heat, scratches, staining and UV rays, plus each product is suitable for indoors and outdoors.

Customers will be able to use the Dekton Stonika designs on a variety of projects, such as kitchen and bathroom worktops and wall cladding.

Available in various thicknesses (8mm, 12mm and 20mm) and large format slabs up to 320cm x 144cm, numerous design possibilities can be achieved.

Modern interior of a large restaurant with black floors and large windows at evening

From floor-to-wall, fresh Bauhaus-inspired surface solutions

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Commercial interior surfaces specialist Altro has introduced new high-design surface ranges to its floors, doors and walls package…

Delivering premium aesthetics with outstanding durability, all backed by Altro’s sector-leading support and expertise, Altro Ensemble modular flooring system and Altro Whiterock wall designs wall sheet are ideal for hospitality environments.

New Altro Ensemble modular flooring system is said to be the next generation of luxury vinyl tiles. From colour blocking to geometric patterns, with a range of plank and tile sizes and textures, Altro Ensemble gives design freedom to create luxurious floors for commercial interior spaces. With 57 options to mix and match, the modular flooring system has natural wood and stone designs and bloc colours too. Altro Ensemble is 2.6mm thick with a 0.55mm wear layer, 15dB sound reduction qualities and added comfort underfoot, with minimal residual indentation and excellent durability. A truly exceptional material, it combines these features with unique flexibility and is lightweight, making it easy to transport, cut and handle for installation.

In developing the new Altro Ensemble collection, the design team has taken inspiration from the Bauhaus design school’s philosophy of bridging the gap between form and function to engineer products that meet the customers’ biggest challenges, such as the need for cleanability, sustainability and flexibility. The result is a premium modular flooring system that offers variety and design freedom to create sophisticated, contemporary and striking designs. It also has the benefits of local sustainably sourced raw materials made to Altro’s exacting manufacturing standards, which ensure high quality, excellent durability and high-performance characteristics.

Spa Room featuring Altro Ensemble

Spa Room featuring Altro Ensemble

Altro Ensemble is the perfect partner to Altro Whiterock wall designs – a new vision in wall decoration with natural wood, stone and linen options plus stunning metallic designs to give elegance to interior walls.

The new ranges are the natural progression of tried and tested products, each harnessing decades of research and expertise in the UK and in Germany, with extensive customer feedback integrated into the development process.

Although new to the UK, Altro Ensemble modular flooring system is the latest generation of a product which has been designed and manufactured in Germany, where it has enjoyed success for many years and is an excellent example of German engineering at its best. A tried and tested product, it has undergone an extensive redesign process which has benefited from the combination of existing technology and new expertise from several sources including the team in Germany, as well as the contribution of award-winning colour consultant Knut Völzke.

Altro Whiterock wall designs are the latest development from Altro’s UK design and development team, building upon decades of experience in wall sheets. The new range makes a show-stopping design statement and is perfect for general circulation areas, receptions and foyers, as well as wet environments such as bathrooms and spas, creating a design focal point. Matching sealants and co-ordinating and contrasting trims are available.

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TREND ALERT: Daniel Germani predicts rise in industrial-chic surfaces

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The surface experts behind Dekton by Cosentino predict the industrial-chic surface trend to continue to boom in FW18 and beyond…

The ultra-compact surface, Dekton by Cosentino, is responding to popular demand with the development of four matte concrete inspired offerings to expand its Industrial Collection, which launched last year ahead of the curve. The four new colours have once again been designed in collaboration with the renowned Argentinian designer and architect, Daniel Germani, and are the result of careful innovation and research.

The four new colours, Laos, Soke, Kreta and Luna, will launch in the UK from October 2018, and offer a calm and considered aesthetic to suit a range of interiors – from those who wish to fully embrace the industrial look, to those who wish to add a hint of this aesthetic to their design scheme.

Laos – With a nod to industrial materials, Laos is a reinterpretation of cement. Dark in colour and with a weathered appearance, Laos has a matte finish with grey veining and golden tones.

Soke – Inspired by poured concrete, Soke is rich in detail, with realistic ‘cracks’ and grain adding to its aged appearance.  A soft blend of grey hues ensures its versatility in a range of settings, providing a true urban look.

Lunar – Ideally suited to contemporary décor, Lunar is a new take on conventional cement.  Its white base gives it a harmonious and balanced appeal, whilst attention to detail is present in the carefully considered yet seemingly random graining running across its surface.

Kreta – A soft and calming hue, Kreta is uniform in its design, with a sense of depth and an authentic concrete aesthetic.  Offering subtle sophistication, it is perfectly suited to minimalistic environments, from Scandi spaces through to industrial lofts.

 

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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.”

4046 Excava

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..

Strong and stylish surfaces from Lundhs Real Stone

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With its unique blend of feldspar crystals glistening in the sunshine, Lundhs Real Stone is brought to life through the reflections of the outdoors. An extremely and strong material, Lundhs Real Stone is suitable for a number of applications, including swimming pool interiors and work surfaces.

The 100 per cent Norwegian natural stone has extremely low absorption properties, meaning that it is not affected by the outdoor elements or swimming pool chemicals. Aesthetically striking, each of the Lundhs Real Stone materials is also ideal for summer food and drink preparation thanks to its naturally cool and non-porous surface.

Surface framing swimming pool

Available in a high gloss polished finished and an elegant silk matte finish, the stunning natural material is the perfect blend of exceptional high quality and visual beauty, guaranteed to add that final touch of class to any indoor or outdoor scheme.

Made from one of the most unique and strongest materials in the world, Larvikite, Lundhs Real Stone is a truly one of a kind real stone. Crafted by nature 300 million years ago and quarried on the southern coast of Norway in Larvik, there is no other place in the world where you can find the same type of natural stone.

Caesarstone surfaces chosen for line of East London homes

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Caesarstone surfaces have been selected for a range of contemporary, industrial-themed apartments in East London.

The Goodluck Hope Project by Ballymore Property Group will feature 804 one, two and three-bedroom warehouse and tower apartments, which will boast Caesarstone worktops, splashbacks and islands.

The project is set to be completed in 2020 and will offer buyers contemporary warehouse lifestyle on the River Thames.

40 apartments were unveiled in September 2017, while a second release will launch in Q1 2018. These will offer open plan interiors, high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows.

“Rugged Concrete offers all the aesthetic qualities, charm, even imperfections of cast concrete but without any of the shortcomings,” says Guy Rawstorne, VP of sales at Caesarstone.

“It has a beautiful coarse appearance that perfectly emulates the randomly pitted texture of actual cast concrete; but it’s smooth and cool to touch which is a true virtue of quartz. It will offer something truly unique and contemporary for the open-plan kitchens.

“We are delighted that Ballymore selected Caesarstone to partner on this project and we look forward to delivering surfaces of an unrivalled quality for all 804 apartments.”

Versital announced as finalists for top design award

Versital announced as finalists for top design award

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Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital is a finalist for the second year in a row in the ‘Product of the Year: Surface’ category for the Mixology North Awards 2017.

Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected yet again as a finalist for a prestigious design award.

This year the brand new ‘Metallic Marble’ finish has been short listed as a contender for product of the year. The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists have been judged based on a criteria that considered factors such as sustainability, design originality, aesthetics, ease of use and commercial viability.

Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director for Versital, comments: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have been short listed for the second year in a row for our brand new Metallic Marble finishes. A Mixology award is the stamp of approval in the interior design and hospitality industry. Our surfaces bring a fantastic solution to the industry and have been specified in a number of upmarket projects both in the North and the rest of the UK this year, including Whitbread and Mitchells & Butlers.”

Versital - Bathroom DivisionThe Mixology North Awards were created by the team behind the highly regarded design publication, Mix Interiors, to support and recognise the many dynamic brands within the interior design industry, regardless of their size. The winners will be announced on the 7th December 2017 in a ceremony at Manchester Central that will be attended by over 800 members of the interior design community.

Versital’s product offering for the hospitality sector includes bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities, shower trays and shower panels in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital’s shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.

www.versital.co.uk

sales@versital.co.uk

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Telephone: 01204 380 780
Fax: 01204 371 101

Lighting trends at Decorex 2017

Surface and light – endless solutions at Sleep

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The interaction between surface and light defines a guest’s perceptual experience of the lobby, bar or guestroom – and Sleep holds endless solutions to create this experience.

Enter the show to Johnson Tiles and Quasar Holland, discover new ranges from Mundy Veneer and Hotel Designs clients Chelsom on the Mezzanine level, and be inspired by The Lamp Factory and Alpi in the Gallery.

And keep exploring Sleep – there are over 60 material and lighting brands to discover. Book your ticket for the show here.

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“Lighting within a hotel is of exceptional importance as it provides different moods and holds the power to completely transform spaces from day to night,” says Peter Joehnk, co-managing Director, JOI-Design.

Chelsom: Winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2017, Chelsom will feature stand-out pieces from its Edition 25 collection, designed with the international hospitality marketplace at its core.

Egoluce: Italian brand Egoluce will showcase three new collections at Sleep: Otello, a collection of LED desk lamps; Pupilla, wall lamps; and Megavide ceiling and suspension lights with indirect and diffused illumination.

Mullan Lighting: Mullan will showcase a new range of hotel lights, including Uppsala, which comprises a solid brass, two-arm table lamp and wall light, and the Perth table lamp created with an elegant, slender wooden stem.

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“Our material choices are of the utmost importance and should not only give a sense of luxury, they must also be hardwearing and, wherever possible, sustainable. The natural can be used alongside innovative synthetics to create elegant and imaginative interiors that will stand the test of time,” says David Morris, Creative Director, Studio Proof.

Mundy Veneer: Mundy Veneer inspires top designers and makers by celebrating the huge diversity of wood veneer with a hand-picked and sustainably-sourced imaginative collection plus personalised sampling.

Arte: Arte is a passionate designer & manufacturer of sophisticated wallcoverings.The company, owned by the family Desart, has been in play since 1981. Arte wallcoverings adorn the walls of both residential homes and project interiors in over 80 countries worldwide.

Johnson Tiles: With extensive expertise in the hospitality sector, Johnson Tiles allows designers and architects to create bespoke, tailored schemes for each hotel project.

www.thesleepevent.com

Viero

Company Spotlight: Viero – there for your surfaces needs…

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The Viero UK team like to make all of their clients feel special. That’s why our range of surface designs span way beyond the traditional Italian finishes that you may be accustomed to.

Some of our strongest client relationships have been born from creating something unique for their projects. Our design studio is filled with talented Artisans who have a real passion for creating new surface finishes – and they do it every day.

Specification Manager David Wragg said: “We are speaking to new designers and architects every day who are always looking to differentiate themselves from their competition.

“The creative team work closely with our clients to produce new samples that are tailored to their design brief. It’s exciting because it means every project is different allowing us to keep pushing the boundaries of our products.”

www.viero.co.uk

enquiries@viero.co.uk
0870 609 2827

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Guest Blog: Viero – the benefits of using lime plasters and paints

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Viero’s clients often ask why they are so passionate about recommending and specifying our range of lime-based plasters and paints, the answer is so simple it’s difficult…

The qualities of lime are so far-reaching that pinpointing just one to talk about can often be a challenge. In another instalment of our blog exploring our admiration for lime, we round up our top six reasons why lime-based products offer so many benefits to the end user:

BREATHABILITY
Lime is vapour permeable, which means it reduces the risk of trapped moisture and therefore makes the chances of damage far less. This limits the requirement for future maintenance work.

COMFORT
Its ability to absorb and release moisture in a cyclical fashion helps to boost a room’s comfort as it will not encourage humid conditions.

BEAUTY
Provides soft textures with graceful and organic movements which results in a beautiful finish. It’s contemporary feel is worthy of any interior or exterior surface.

LONGLASTING
It will outlive us all as it has an indefinite lifecycle. Not only does it survive, in fact, it gets better over time

SURFACE PRESERVING
Acting as an anti-bacterial surface, it is able to neutralise the development of substances such as mould and fungus. It hardly ceases to amaze us with its unrivalled qualities.

Want to find out more? Check out the first part of lime blog series, exploring the great history of lime. Click here to read.

Versital Metallic Marbles

Product Spotlight: Introducing the Metallic Marbles collection by Versital

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Versital is delighted to announce the launch of its ‘Metallic Marbles’ collection, a range comprising of three brand new metallic and marble-inspired finishes. The stunning collection is the first of its kind launched June 2017. The trio of designs will be available to the hospitality and contract industry followed by a roll out into kbb retailers.

Metallic Marble VersitalThe collection features three stunning colours: Copper Stratos blends a backdrop of white marble with statement metallic copper veining; Gold Stratos incorporates high quality gold veining for an opulent finish; whilst Silver Stratos completes this on-trend trio with a modern and contemporary look.

Gemma Stockberger, Sales, Marketing and Development at Versital explains the company’s inspiration behind the collection: “In the past year the trend for rose golds, coppers and precious metals in the home has been at the forefront of interior design in both residential and commercial sectors. We are excited to have developed a stunning formula that incorporates these colours in a beautifully subtle way. By blending luxurious Mica pigments with our signature cultured marble we have created ‘faux’ veining that represents the beautiful complexity of marble and takes the metallic look one step further.”

Versital is delighted to announce the launch of its ‘Metallic Marbles’ collection, a range comprising of three brand new metallic and marble-inspired finishesThe range, which has been manufactured by hand, offers the fantastic properties unique to Versital’s bespoke, made to measure, stone-resin material such as its 100% non-porous, waterproof surface, stain resistance and anti-slip coating on its bespoke shower trays. It is the ideal surface solution for bathrooms and hospitality settings and has many applications including:
– Bar surfaces, work tops and table tops
– Shower trays
– Shower panels and shower enclosures
– Washroom Vanities

Launching in June 2017, prices start from £380 for shower panels per square metre, and £990 for bespoke shower trays…

www.versital.co.uk
sales@versital.co.uk

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Client Spotlight: Viero UK’s work with Faux Creation

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It’s time for another edition of Viero’s ‘meet the clients’ feature where we enter into the inspiring world of our good friends at Faux Creation.

Led by Jason Ebers, a well-respected artisan in the specialist decoration community for his application, professionalism and fresh perspective on old world techniques, his team offers great creative input into Viero UK’s business.

While based in New York City, Jason spent a number of years working and training with his friend and mentor, the world-renowned artisan Pierre Finkelstein.

We spent time with Jason and his team at their studio in Cambridgeshire to find out more about Faux Creation and their partnership with us.

Q. Tell us a bit more about your business…
A. Specialist decoration is our core business. We are able to offer our clients fully-serviced solutions, delivering both interior and exterior surface finishes using plaster and paint. The business was formed in the late 1990s and operated for many years out of New York and often involved projects globally. It was around 2008 that I focused on moving back to the UK with my family and trying to tap into the design market here. Now, we have a creative studio in Cambridgeshire with lots of painting projects, historic renovation work and a route into London’s design market.

Faux Creation - VieroQ. What projects are you working on at the moment?
A. Our business spans across a wide range of high-end commercial and residential buildings. We work hard to create incredibly unique surface designs for creative agencies. I truly believe that the UK is a fantastic hub for creative talent and that’s very much the circles we like to move in and work within. To pick out a specific project, we recently completed a job at a 17th century manor house. When we arrived, we were faced with all kinds of decorative issues. As a result, we set about a journey to peel back all the masonry and concrete elements and use more breathable lime-based products to restore the finishes. For us, this job was a real noble calling. The work we have done will last through our lifetime and this is truly inspiring.

Faux Creation - VieroWhat do you like about working with Viero UK?
A.We first met Chris and Peter at a Decorex exhibition around three years ago and right from the off they were both very personable. Viero as a global business has a big corporate structure, but these guys bring a family feel to how it works on a day-to-day basis. The support service really is second to none. As for the Viero UK products, they give us a creative toolkit to create unique surface designs. The possibilities are fantastic and we keep finding new, unique characteristics in the products every day. They offer us the scope to imagine and create. In our creative studio, we love to get our hands dirty, work with the products and discover new possibilities. You learn as you use the products and taking time away to work with the products is when the magic really happens.

Q. What do you think the future holds for your business and the surface design industry?
A. From a business point of view, we will be concentrating on developing the full-service element of our offering and creating more cutting edge design for the market. These are the kinds of projects that really excite us in a professional sense. I believe the industry is going in a fascinating direction with some sophisticated, softer surface designs. It’s important we always keep in touch with the changing trends.

www.viero.co.uk

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Versital nominated in BKU Awards

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Versital is delighted to have been nominated for the BKU Awards as ‘Best Shower Brand’.

Launched in 2015, the BKU Awards have quickly gained a reputation as an authority on exceptional design and quality in the bathroom and kitchen industry.

In the bathroom brand awards there are 5 categories, including ‘Best Ceramic Brand’, ‘Best Tap Brand’, ‘Best Furniture Brand’, ‘Best Accessory Brand’ and ‘Best Shower Brand’ for which we are nominated.

“We are over the moon to be recognised and nominated by our peers in the highly competitive bathroom industry as a brand of quality. We have been manufacturing bathroom and shower products for over 30 years, offering a range of made to order bathroom products, including bespoke shower trays, shower panels and vanity tops.

“Our products are often chosen to solve an issue where others have failed, especially our bespoke shower trays, which are one of the best selling bespoke shower tray brands in the UK.”

You can vote by visiting the BKU website www.bkuawards.co.uk/vote

Viero expanding its global presence

Viero increasing its global presence

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It’s easy to see that traditional Italian plaster is emerging as a worldwide trend. As well as our growing portfolio here in the UK, the Viero brand is very much increasing its global presence.

Just this year, six new showrooms have opened for business. Established in 1967, the company has a great history and tradition for manufacturing high-quality specialist paint and plaster coatings, but the future looks bright too with venetian plaster finishes becoming a very popular choice with interior designers and architects everywhere.

Today, the firm has a presence in more than 50 countries with showrooms across many of these locations. We talk about Viero being an inspiring brand in the world of design and just a quick glance at some of the newly opened showrooms sets the perfect tone for this statement.

We talk about Viero being an inspiring brand in the world of design and just a quick glance at some of the newly opened showrooms sets the perfect tone for this statementViero UK is proud to be the official Viero Distributor in UK. Director Chris Walters said: “Operating as Viero UK, we are just one part of the business’ larger global presence.

“Our designers are always looking at projects completed elsewhere to gain an insight into other possibilities of what can be achieved with our products.

“It’s important to never stand still and constantly look at gaining inspiration from the work going on around us so we can deliver new and exciting finishes to our clients.”

www.viero.co.uk

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Opinion: Versital – ‘UK ‘faux’ marble market set for rapid growth’

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Marble remains one of the key trends for 2017, and the desire for marble inspired interiors is stronger than ever. The pitfalls of real marble are a thing of the past thanks to the emerging market of ‘faux’ marble surfaces, meaning erosion and staining can be easily avoided.

Versital are specialists in the manufacturing of cultured marble, using stone resin to create a like-for-like finish in luxurious designs. Gemma Stockberger, Sales, Marketing & Development for Versital UK tells us why there is a growing demand for marble alternatives in the hospitality sector:

Faux, or cultured marble, is 100% waterproof, unlike the real thing
As beautiful as marble may look, its properties mean it is a problematic material to use when it comes to interior design. The finish and look of such surfaces can be easily tarnished when they come into contact with water. Versital’s unique formula is created from a composition of natural minerals and pigments combined with resin to give a hard wearing durable finish. It is also 100% waterproof and non-porous, making it an excellent alternative for bathroom, restaurant and bar surfaces. Versital surfaces are not compromised by contact with water, and will not suffer from watermarks or lime scale, ensuring surfaces that look as good as new for years to come.

Versital bar top specified in Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead

Versital bar top specified in Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead – Mitchells & Butlers

Faux marble surfaces can be bespoke and hand-made to order
Versital surfaces are ideal for a number of applications including shower panels, shower trays, vanity tops, bar panels and table tops. The range of applications is endless, and this is because stone resin is very easy to cut and can be moulded to completely bespoke sizes, ready for installation. Created to individual specification, Versital can provide surfacing solutions for any project, regardless of shape and size.

Customise your ‘faux’ marble for a truly unique look
Whether it’s a traditional white finish you are looking for, or a more contemporary twist on a classic design, when opting for ‘faux’ marble, the exact look can be tailored to individual taste and requirements. Versital offers an extensive colour palette, with over 90 finishes to choose from. From classic white marbles such as ‘Arabesque’ to dusky pastels, moody greys, and on trend black marble, Versital creates the look of marble as never seen before.

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Versital – Bar and Catering

Fuss-free cutting and scribing
When specifying these surfaces, it is worth considering that specialist masonry equipment is required, and cutting the material on site is often difficult and a messy job. In comparison, Versital’s cultured marble surfaces can be cut, scribed and installed quickly with minimal fuss and mess. What’s more, ordinary wood working tools can be used on site for ease of use and to ensure an accurate cut and a perfect fit.

Avoid complex drainage upheaval in bathroom renovations
Bathroom renovations can be costly and take time, especially when re-plumbing and relocating drainage is concerned. By opting for a bespoke shower tray from Versital, the need for this is eliminated, reducing costs, and ensuring the overall vision for a bathroom’s design can be achieved. Versital’s shower trays are manufactured to individual project specifications, and can be designed to fit the smallest and most awkwardly-shaped bathrooms, to those looking to create an oversized, statement shower enclosure or wetroom. Versital can even create shower trays that fit around corners and existing pipework, to ensure minimal interference to plumbing and help to keep costs down.

www.versital.co.uk

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Client Spotlight: Viero and DKT Artworks working together…

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Viero UK is proud to partner with some of the most creative studios in the world of surface design. DKT Artworks, based in south west London, has a reputation for producing some of the finest sculptures, murals, trompe l’oeil, decorative designs and polished plasters.

Our relationship spans back more than twenty years, in which time we have supported them to deliver on some of their most prestigious projects. We recently spoke to members of the creative team to find out more about their work and our long-standing partnership.

Tell us a bit more about your business…
Our business is all about large-scale decorative art. We are a London-based design house launched in the late 1970s. We work across a wide range of design disciplines in various materials including plaster, mosaic, metals, semi-precious stones and glass. Our ethos is that there are no boundaries to the creativity of our work.

Viero DTK ArtworksWhat projects are you working on at the moment?
One of our largest areas of work is within the marine industry. We have years of experience in producing work for superyachts. We take on some very large-scale design challenges and come up with practical solutions to implementing these very challenging briefs.

How long have you been using Viero UK’s range of products?
DKT has been working with Viero for more than 25 years. During this time, we have used a variety of their products including Lithos, Ikos, Visocalce, Granisplast, Hydro and Marmorin Sand.

Viero DTK ArtworksWhat do you like about working with Viero UK?
Viero UK have a wide range of lime based and decorative plasters. They all have different qualities and their own individual characteristics but are all consistent in application. We are always looking to come up with fresh ideas and creavitive textures and the Viero range opens up the possibilities for this. We have a dedicated team of six artisans in our London studio who take care of our plastering projects. Their work often involves meeting challenging design briefs and tight deadlines, so Viero UK’s efficient support and delivery surface is another reason why our partnership works so well.

What do you feel the future holds for your business?
For a company that has worked in Europe for years, a break from the European Union in the next two years means these are uncertain times. However, our ethos has never been to become complacent and to always look for new solutions. We intend to continue to build on our reputation and look to those long-term relationships that we’ve built over the years to consolidate this.

www.viero.co.uk
enquiries@viero.co.uk
0870 609 2827

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Versital specified for stylish Newcastle pizzeria renovation

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Versital is delighted to have been specified by award-winning interior design practice, Collective Design, for its latest restaurant renovation project. The popular Central Oven & Shaker, a stylish pizzeria in Newcastle, recently underwent a thorough renovation throughout the premises.

Central Oven & Shaker is a popular eatery based in Neville Street, in the heart of Newcastle. It offers a selection of artisan pizzas and thirst-quenching cocktails, and seamlessly blends industrial inspired design and natural materials for a modern and vibrant setting. Versital’s faux marble finish surfaces perfectly complement the wooden accents used throughout the restaurant.

Central Oven Shaker NewcastleVersital’s bespoke surfaces were supplied for Central’s bar tops and front panels in a white faux marble finish. Versital products are designed to beautifully replicate the luxurious appearance and intricate veining of the natural material, while providing added benefits. Whilst natural marble is prone to erosion and staining, making it an impractical material for design, Versital has provided a solution that maintains the beauty of marble without any of the problems it is commonly associated with.

The brand’s 100% non-porous surfaces are completely bespoke, making them suitable for an array of applications in the domestic and commercial sectors. Versital offers an impressive range of over 90 colours with finishes in marble, granite, sparkle and high gloss.

Versital bespoke front panels“We specialise in designing commercial environments such as bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and so we were seeking a manufacturer with similar expertise and insight into the hospitality industry. Versital has impressive credentials, and the extensive colour and finish range of bespoke surfaces perfectly fitted our brief”, says Simon Mcilwraith, Director and Owner of Collective Design.

Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales for Versital UK adds “Versital surfaces are ideal for hospitality applications, because their durability and resistance to staining is a necessary pre-requisite for environments where there could be numerous food and drink spillages. The faux marble finish will continue to look as good as new for years to come, eliminating the fear of having to replace them later. We are delighted to collaborate with such a revered design practice, who has been awarded Interior Designer of the Year four times at the Northern Design Awards, and with the final look that has been achieved in Central Oven & Shaker.”

Versital
www.versital.co.uk
01204 380 780

collective-design.co.uk

 

Viero at Manchester Airport

Project Spotlight: A flying finish for Viero at Manchester Airport

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After a busy few weeks, our latest project is finally ready for take off at Manchester Airport. We’ve been busy applying a selection of bespoke surface finishes in the executive areas of Manchester Airport’s revamped Terminal 3.

“We were tasked by the interior design agency to create a runway theme along the corridor leading in to the executive lounge areas. This was further complimented with a pitted bronze finish throughout the executive lounge area,” said Specification Manager David Wragg.

“We worked in collaboration and brought the vision to life through the samples to ensure we achieved the desired results.”

The look was achieved by combining a pitted texture with a smooth, matt finish using Marmorin Hydro. Creative Director Jason Ebers said: “It was a pretty unique project and a bit of a headscratcher to begin with.

“We had to find a way to transpose the design onto the main plaster finish, keep the design perfectly straight and ensure there were no marks or damage left on the plaster.

“We managed to achieve it with a combination of skill and our due diligence, carefully mapping out the design on a CAD program before we arrived on site. The planning was extremely important, but it’s what we do. It’s all in a day’s work.”

The end result is one which the client is delighted with after a team of five of Viero UK’s applicators spent almost two weeks on site bringing it all together.

Jason added: “It was a design challenge which really got our creative juices flowing and we were all fired up to deliver. The whole team enjoyed being a part of the project.”

www.viero.co.uk
enquiries@viero.co.uk
0870 609 2827

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A daring look for Royal Quays Marina Newcastle thanks to Versital

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Versital has been specified for new washrooms to be used by boat owners and their crew at Royal Quays Marina on the River Tyne at North Shields.

Versital supplied bespoke shower panels and splashbacks in bold and exciting colours for this striking waterside development. The new building is a stunning contemporary design which incorporates a café bar restaurant as well as the new washrooms.

Situated right on the dock edge the glazed frontage gives superb views for diners over the boats moored in the marina, whilst the interior accommodates modern new washrooms for use by marina users. Versital supplied wall panels and splashbacks in distinctive colours such as ‘Shiraz’, ‘Tangoed’, ‘Dorothy’, ‘Ice White’ and ‘Wenge’ to create 8 contemporary, spacious shower enclosures and washrooms that will serve the owners, family and crew of the 350 boats moored in the marina, as well as the many boats that visit this busy marina each year.

“Our unique surface material is 100% non-porous, making it a great solution for commercial projects such as this,” says Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales for Versital UK. “The Marina’s bathrooms will look as good as new for many, many years to come as no stains or exposure to water can compromise their appearance. What’s more, they will never need to grout a tile again.”

Versital’s non-porous, stone resin shower panels and splashbacks were made to measure for the Marina, allowing the design team to specify the exact shape, size. The design team picked the final colour selection from a range of 90 colours and finishes such as marble, granite, sparkle and high gloss.

BrightBlue Studio, the RIBA Registered Architects who designed the Marina Building, specified bespoke Versital shower panels to provide a low maintenance bathroom solution. Henry Amos, Director at BrightBlue Studio says, “the Royal Quays Marina team were interested in more dynamic ideas, colours and products to invigorate the spaces, allowing us to flex our creative muscles. We specified Versital as we knew they could deliver a bespoke, easy to maintain solution as well as exciting colour options and smooth, consistent delivery.”

www.versital.co.uk

www.quaymarinas.com/our-marinas/royal-quays

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Product Spotlight: Marmorin Sand from Viero

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Can you believe it’s March already? Where is 2017 going? If like us you’ve had a busy start to the year and don’t know where the time is going, we’ve got another product of the month case study to inspire your creative flair.

This month we’re showcasing one of Viero’s more traditional surface finishes. It’s Marmorin Sand, which has recently been used at a place we often rely on to get us going in the morning. Yes, you guessed it. It’s that all important coffee stop at Starbucks.

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Characteristics
This lime-based polished plaster has a spotted marble effect which allows you to achieve a natural and organic wall finish. A great word to describe the atmosphere it sets is historic.

Looking fantastic in grey, it has a fantastic shady tone but can lighten in the same breath. Marmorin Sand lends itself beautifully to projects which cover large surface areas as it blends and moves to allow the interiors around it to really come to the fore.

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Delivery
The Marmorin Sand finish was applied at the Upper St Martins Lane Starbucks Concept store, just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus in London. The finish helped to create a very natural look for the client.

Design manager Alessia Bucci said: “We used the Marmorin Sand finish because it could help us to achieve a natural wall finish which would react to light and become part of the architectural shell of the building. We are delighted with the final result Viero UK has produced because the wall finish created really seems to belong to the space.”

Feel inspired to use Marmorin Sand in your next project? Email enquries@viero.co.uk to find out more.

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Versital specified for Mitchells & Butlers’ new hospitality concept

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Versital is delighted to have been specified across restaurant, bar and pub operators giant Mitchells and Butlers new Premium Country Pubs. Versital’s luxurious faux marble in a classic ‘Arabesque’ white finish was chosen to complement the exclusive design of the upgraded establishments, found in some of the UK’s most beautiful locations.

The concept of Premium Country Pubs focuses on style, quality fittings and aspiring artwork, and Versital was the natural choice to complement this design brief with its bespoke, high-end solutions. Versital surfaces include bar tops, vanity tops and table tops, dependent on location, with unique luxurious design twists such as built in champagne holders into some of the table tops.

Lauren Milner, Associate Interior Designer at JMDA, the interior design company who specified Versital, says, “Versital offers the perfect flexibility of design to help meet our brief-from any size or colour requirement, we know Versital can deliver. The elegance of the Arabesque finish enhanced the transformation of the original buildings into beautiful, welcoming and premium spaces where people can savour their meal or drink.”

Versital bar top in Chilworth Arms, Southampton - Mitchells & Butlers

Versital bar top in Chilworth Arms, Southampton – Mitchells & Butlers

Versital surfaces provide an exceptional solution for a hospitality environment as they offer the same luxurious looks as marble but are non-porous and therefore stain and water resistant. The surfaces are also completely bespoke and handmade to fit any size, colour or design requirement, offering a truly unique design experience to the customer. Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales for Versital UK, says, “The fact that Versital was specified on multiple areas of the project is a great testament to the flexibility of Versital as a true to life stain resistant marble. As well as bar tops, the surface was used across various venues for the washroom vanities and table tops. We even created fully bespoke table tops that had cast out central areas to allow for ice buckets to be placed for champagne.

“This is precisely the type of work we love to get involved in – working with skilled designers and specifiers to use our product at its best, as well as brilliant installers and joiners to show off the product beautifully. Mitchells and Butlers are an excellent brand with a well-regarded reputation who we were delighted to work with.”

Versital bar top specified in Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead

Versital bar top specified in Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead – Mitchells & Butlers

Versital features in numerous venues of Mitchell and Butlers new collection of individual Premium Country Pubs, designed to deliver the very best in service and food in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Establishments include the idyllic Chilworth Arms in Southampton, which features a dramatic Versital bar top as well as table tops and vanity tops; the exclusive Belvedere Arms in Ascot (main picture, top) with a Versital bar top, and the cosy Swan in the Cotswolds blending English heritage with modern comfort. This features striking Versital washroom vanities.

Versital is a hand-made, hand finished product that is manufactured in the UK by skilled craftsmen. Product offerings include an extensive range of bespoke, made-to-measure bathroom products for the home including shower panels, bespoke showers trays, vanity tops and integral basins.

www.versital.co.uk

sales@versital.co.uk

01204 380 780

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Project Spotlight: Viero at Mori Sushi, Dubai

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Viero is proud of its status as a truly global brand. A recently completed Marmorin Hydro project has seen our luxury surface finishes arrive in Dubai.

The first Mori Sushi restaurant in the UAE’s city is styled superbly with the movement and textures offered by the product.

Accompanied by some excellent other interior touches based on the ancient philosophical idea of feng shui, this is a project the company is extremely proud of.

Customers can visit to enjoy the traditional Japanese dishes surrounded by the ambience created with a touch of Viero.

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Client Spotlight: Viero’s work with Henry Van Der Vijver

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The lifeblood of any successful business is good quality clients. Viero UK is fortunate to have many.

During our time in the industry, we have partnered with some of the most fantastic creatives in the world of surface designs. To celebrate our collaborative approach to business, we have launched a new feature to introduce our loyal clients and to explain how our work intertwines.

To kick it off, we spoke to Henry Van Der Vijver who is renowned within the industry for his quality work and great experience in the surface finish industry…

Viero: Tell us a bit more about your business…
Henry Van Der Vijver
: I’m the managing director of HVART Ltd, a specialist decorator and master craftsman with 30 years’ experience in the trade. I have a classic grounding and training in decorative finishes, so as a surface designer my finishes last. I now run a small friendly team of London-based artisans and we only use the best products that give our designs longevity. We work closely with London’s design and architecture studios to create bespoke finishes for their projects. People know where to find me and know that my name equals quality. I have great clients, a super team and I like to trade with a smile.

V: What projects are you working on at the moment?
HVDV:
We have just been working a new project in the clubhouse of one of the world’s most famous golf courses. We completed the main project back in 2002 and were invited back to create more designs as the initial project work still looks like the day we finished them. We have an ongoing commission at the back of Oxford Street where we’re hand painting fireplaces in a penthouse to look like the client’s favourite marble. We like to travel too and will soon be going back to a project in Montenegro to paint another exciting ceiling mural. And back in London, we’re performing lacquer wall finishes for a new trendy hotel project in central London as well as commissions for ride crews for Cunard’s cruise liners.

V: How did you first start working with Viero UK?
HVDV:
I first met Viero UK at a Decorex exhibition. I liked the look of the products and thought that the director Chris was incredibly charming. There used to be a word called chivalry which is nowadays lost, but Chris is very chivalrous and is a true gentleman. We hit it off straight away and have been working together ever since. We work on the kind of projects of which Viero products suit beautifully. There is some super new looks that have been created with these products like the bathroom suites we finished in Hydro and the lovely soft grain of the Marmorin, so HVART and Viero make for a great pairing.

V: What do you like about working with Viero UK?
HVDV:
The products are very malleable and user-friendly. I like the availability, the fact that the team will deliver it wherever I need it to go and I think it’s branded beautifully. Chris and team are always on hand to answer any questions, so all round it’s a great product from a smashing team.

V: What does the future hold? How are you working to stay ahead of the game?
HVDV:
Our industry is greatly driven by fashion, although I’m grounded in the classics. I can walk into most interiors and identify the date by the surface finishes. It’s all about re-inventing. A very famous artist friend of mine once said to me: “It’s all been done before Henry, buts it’s all about how we will do it today.” If you’re constantly talking to all of your peers and keeping an eye on social media, you can stay fresh in the game. I’ve never seen such a fabulous tool as Instagram for our trade and we are so lucky nowadays to have such wonderful reference tools like this and Pinterest.

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Versital at Chaophraya

Versital specified in Chaophraya transformation

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Hotel Designs client Versital is delighted to have been specified in Chaophraya, a contemporary Thai restaurant in Newcastle.

The restaurant has recently undergone a £1.55 million transformation that offers an impressive blend of contemporary Thai cuisine in unique surroundings. Versital supplied a stunning 3m feature worktop and panels for the bar to meet the brief of ‘classic elegance’.

Chaophraya Business Manager, Simon Wright says: “While it is indeed delicious, Thai food can be messy and therefore prone to staining. We needed a practical solution for our new restaurant that would project an opulent and authentic look, while still being fit for purpose and keep looking as good as new for a long time. Versital’s bespoke faux marble means we now have the best of both worlds for our restaurant – a beautiful, premium marble bar and ‘pass’, without the drawbacks of the naturally porous material.”

Versital at Chaophraya

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Versital’s 100% non-porous stone resin panels, bar tops and table tops are made to measure allowing you to specify the exact shape and size required. They are available in over 90 colours and finishes such as marble, granite, sparkle and high gloss. “There are so many benefits of opting for cultured marble within the hospitality environment,” says Gemma Stockberger, Head or Marketing and Sales for Versital UK

“Not only is it stain proof, non-porous and easy to clean, it can also designed to a completely bespoke dimensions, shapes and sizes. Faux marble has been known to last for more than 30 years in the restaurant environment. We are delighted with the final result for Chaophraya.”

“Versital provided a brilliant service throughout the project,” says Dan Lewis, Project Manager at Medlock and installation manager for this project. “From inception, design, procurement, right through to the construction phase; they supported the project team in ensuring delivery of a brilliant product from across various bespoke joinery items such as the bar/ kitchen pass & waiters stations.”

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Competition: Viero UK – rewarding loyalty

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When it comes to loyal customers, Viero UK always likes to say thank you.

That’s why this year we’re offering a generous reward for the clients that keep coming back to us time and time again.We acknowledge and appreciate the great faith our customers put in us to continue specifying and applying our products.

Up for grabs is the chance to enjoy a luxury trip to the company’s headquarters in Italy. Applicators, architects and designers can qualify for the trip by reaching an agreed spend on Viero UK products between 1 January and 1 September 2017.

The trip includes:
• Return flights to Pisa
• A tour of the Viero factory
• Dinner and drinks in the city of Pisa
• Sightseeing trip to Lucca (The Walled City)
• Wine tasting and lunch in one of Tuscany’s finest vineyards
• Accommodation in a luxury hotel

To find out more about this prize and how much spend is required to qualify, email sales@viero.co.uk for more details.

Versital named Best of Houzz 2017 winner

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Versital are delighted to have been announced as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2017 Awards, winning a prize in the Customer Service category. Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design has a community of more than 40 million monthly unique users, a million of which are home building, home improvement and design industry professionals.

Versital is a family-run British manufacturer producing bespoke stone resin bathroom surfaces such as shower panels, vanity tops and shower trays in luxurious finishes such as granite, gloss and faux marble. Their products are used on major commercial and residential projects including the Andaz Liverpool Street hotel and Greenwich Peninsular.

“We are delighted with the win”, says Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales at Versital. “We really try to inspire and this award is testament to the high standard we always strive to deliver from specification through to delivery, and it is fantastic that our efforts have been recognised and rewarded. Versital products are the perfect solution for any home – the final look is incredibly bespoke.”

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The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. The Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Winners are awarded a “Best of Houzz 2017” badge that will appear on their Houzz profiles, as recognition of their commitment to excellence. This in turn will help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.

Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland says, “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals. Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Click here to visit Versital’s Houzz profile and view their ideabooks, projects and customer reviews.

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50 fine years – Viero celebrates half-a-century

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Tradition and innovation is something that Viero prides itself on when it comes to developing new products for the surface finishes industry.

This ethos of work is particularly relevant this year as Viero celebrates its 50-year anniversary. As a business, we are looking to appreciate and celebrate this milestone while looking ahead to another half century as market leaders.

Director Chris Walters said: “As well as our fine range of products, a great appeal of Viero to our customers is our illustrious history.

“As a company, we have developed a strong reputation for the work we do within the industry. “It is important to mark and celebrate these milestone moments.”

Rich history
A lot has changed since Viero’s launch in 1967. This was the year Pacifico Viero and Duilio Isabella set up the business in the Italian province of Novara. It was here that Viero started the production of its textured wall coatings and paints.

Growth has been a core success of the business over the past 50 years. So much so, that today the company has expanded its business operations into 50 countries with almost 200 partners worldwide. This network allows us to assist architects, interior designers and developers on their projects throughout the world.

To mark our special birthday, we have launched its very own competition to celebrate. Click here to find out more about this anniversary competition.

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Viero Guest Blog: Feeling blue – 2017 colour schemes

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As we give the warmest of welcomes to 2017 in the Viero UK office, it’s a fitting time to take a look at what’s likely to be trending during the upcoming year.

A new year often means new trends and, in the world of interior design, colour plays a huge part in how we tackle our projects.

While we always tell our clients that natural intuition is the most powerful tool when choosing your colour scheme, that doesn’t mean we can’t give you a little helping hand when it comes to this very personal selection process.

This year, we believe it’s time to take a bolder and more confident approach to tackling the dreaded colour palette dilemma.

We know that grey will continue to be as popular as ever. We completed more grey-shaded projects than any other last year and it’s hardly a surprise when you consider that its almost unrivalled versatility makes it a natural choice for any contemporary design brief.

But we’re asking our creative clients whether it might be time look at deeper, warmer greys or even use lighter greys as a great backdrop to introduce other bolder colours into their projects. And that’s exactly why we’re ‘feeling blue’ at the start of 2017. So much so, we believe deep ocean blue shades could well be the emerging colour of choice in the year ahead.

Our interior design partners can’t speak highly enough of the qualities these deep blue tones bring to the surfaces of both residential and commercial spaces. It brings great strength, coolness and warmth in equal measure and creates a peaceful environment due to its natural links.

Blue works well across large spaces which benefit from high ceilings and long corridors as well as bold feature walls. So watch this space as blue gets set to take centre stage as 2017 moves along.

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Product Spotlight: Cemento from Viero

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If your interior design style is all about feeling the forces of nature, you won’t be disappointed with the décor at popular Italian restaurant Bernardi’s in the London’s West End.

Thanks to Viero UK’s Italian wall finish product called Cemento, the restaurant’s renovation project has been earning rave reviews. Specified for the project by interior and architecture design studio Coote & Bernardi, the Marble Arch eatery is well worth a visit.

Founder Gabriel Bernardi said: “Cemento has an earthy feel to compliment the Italian vibe we wanted to encompass – we really wanted to bring the outdoors in.
“Since completing the project, there is this wonderful relief on the walls – it’s this added attention to detail that we wanted to incorporate as opposed to flat painted walls. The end product is absolutely stunning – we still receive regular compliments on how atmospheric the dining area is – we couldn’t have asked for a better result.”

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Cemento is one of many of Viero UK’s specialist surface finishes designed to give a textured and characterful ambience.

This particular decorative plaster is pre-blended at Viero’s Italian laboratory made of water dispersible acrylic resin, micronized inert charges, light stable pigments and specific additives. It is recommended for fine decoration of interior walls where a concrete effect is desired, giving our clients an authentic look.

The rugged textures that are achieved with the application of this product bring a touch of the outdoor elements to an interior project. It’s perfect for capturing a natural theme.

Feel inspired to use Cemento in your next project? Email enquries@viero.co.uk to find out more.

Andaz Hotel Bathroom featuring a Versital bespoke shower tray

Project Spotlight: Versital bathroom renovation – Andaz Liverpool Street

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Versital is delighted to have been specified by the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel in London for the second stage of its bathroom renovations.

Versital supplied 40 bespoke shower trays for the first phase of refurbishments completed in November 2016. The second stage will start in February 2017 and will see Versital supply an additional 200 bespoke shower trays over the course of a year.

“We specified Versital shower trays as we needed a solution that was completely bespoke and could meet the requirements of the current waste disposal positioning in the rooms; allowing us to renovate them with minimal disruption to the integral design. The bespoke shower trays are an unusual shape and fit a space that was once occupied by a bath. Our guests love the new bathrooms and in 2017 we will renovate 200 more,” says Keith Large, Director of Engineering at the Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel.

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Gemma Stockberger, Versital – Daniel Parker Photography

Versital stone resin shower trays are made to measure, allowing you to specify the shape, size and position of the waste outlet. They are available in 90 colours and finishes such as marble, granite, sparkle and high gloss.

Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales at Versital says: “January has brought with it an excellent start to business in 2017. We are delighted to be able to offer a bespoke solution to the Andaz on such a large scale. This year we have several more big projects in the pipeline, as well as two recent accolades to celebrate – a Mixology commendation for our surfaces in December and a Best of Houzz award in January.”

Andaz Hotel Bathroom featuring a Versital bespoke shower tray

An Andaz bathroom featuring a Versital shower tray from the first phase of refurbishments.

The Andaz Liverpool Street is a luxury, boutique hotel near Shoreditch. It features 267 contemporary guest rooms and suites.

“For many guests, the bathroom experience is one of the most anticipated elements of their stay at the Andaz,” says Keith Large, Director of Engineering at the Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel. “It becomes a sanctuary for them to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of central London. However, in recent years we have learnt from guests that time constraints, busy schedules and personal preferences mean they favour a rejuvenating, hot shower over a long, relaxing bath.

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Product Spotlight: Travertine from Viero

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Viero are helping their readers to get a better understanding of their UK product range this year by taking an in-depth look at one of their specialist finishes in a newly launched ‘product of the month’ feature.

To kick off the feature, we’re taking a look at Travetine and its specification in a Covent Garden restaurant.

Characteristics
This decorative wall coating plaster can be used for interiors and exteriors and can achieve a wide range of shadow effects. Due to the natural composition of this product, the final colour will depend on the weather conditions and absorption of the plaster.

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Travertine is based on lime putty, natural colouring earths, marble sands and grains. These are additives which improve the characteristics of the product and its gripping properties, without altering the breathability of the finishing.

For the best results, it should be applied to interior wall surfaces that are safe and sound with no humidity. And for external surfaces, it’s important to ensure they are well prepared, protected and without rising dampness.

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Delivery
Travertine’s textured finish is central to its ability to create a rustic and traditional feel for any design project. Architect Alessio Nardi specified this finish for a design project at Mamie’s creperie and cider bar in the bustling Covent Garden, London.

He said: “Mamie’s is a French restaurant specialising in galettes and crepes with both the food menu and the interiors attempting to bridge the link between Britain and Brittany.

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“Travertine was our surface finish of choice for the project as it’s reminiscent of Southern Europe coastal architecture facades and gives a nice texture to the wall, especially in the evening when the lights are on. I also especially liked the tactility of it, the roughness that reminds of natural elements like rocks and stones.”

Viero UK loves the effects that can be achieved with Travertine and has identified restaurants as its perfect habitat. Its handmade and bespoke look and feel is great for creating an environment packed with character. The finish also looks great in a combined panel pattern next to a polished plaster finish, which could lend itself to a swimming pool environment.

Feel inspired to use Travertine in your next hospitality project? Email enquries@viero.co.uk to find out more…

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Guest Blog – Viero: Why use plaster?

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Ever-changing trends are part and parcel of the interior design world.

The UK ‘s wall surfaces are renowned for being decorated with wallpaper, paint and tiles, but we believe a huge change is happening right now as the industry shifts towards using traditional Italian plasters to creatively transform both interior and exterior surfaces.

It’s by no means time to say goodbye to wallpaper. After all, it’s a classic way to update any room with a print, and will always have a place in the market. However, in today’s day and age, architects and interior designers are forever on the lookout for something new and bespoke for their clients.

Why plaster finishes?
Italian lime plasters have been used since the Roman times and are one of the most durable building materials on the market.

Their use as a decorative plaster is becoming more and more popular due to its versatility and its ability to achieve a multitude of effects and textures. It has the ability to sit calmly in the background, or where necessary, take centre stage and dominate a room. It is completely timeless, allowing your furniture and accessories to adapt and change over time.

Each plaster finish is applied by the hand of a highly skilled craftsmen, allowing you to choose the amount of texture, shine, colour and overall finish to meet your exact requirements. As we assure our clients, no two Viero walls are ever the same, which guarantees that individuality that we all crave.

The benefits of using luxury polished plasters along with the more textured plaster wall finishes stretches way beyond aesthetics. We’ve all been left frustrated with marked and damaged wallpaper, forcing recurring costs and timely refurbishments.

Plasters offer an unrivalled durability along with easy maintenance – and lime plasters are even fire and water resistant. These days, lime plaster is often being used to replace tiles in bathrooms, kitchens and swimming pool areas, creating seamless wall finishes that don’t attract the unsightly mould associated with grout lines.

With a broad range of clients including Rolls Royce, The Armani Hotel and Conran & Partners we’re clearly not alone in our views.

If you’re considering using a specialist surface finish on your next project, contact the Viero team on 0870 609 2827 to discuss your vision.
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Product Spotlight: Hydro by Viero

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Since its launch at the end of 2015, this highly water repellent finish has really captured the imagination of Viero’s client base.

Hydro is a Marmorino plaster based on lime putty which is suitable for both internal and external environments. This highly durable product presents excellent characteristics of colour stability, meaning it will not yellow over time, boasts a high water vapour permeability, excellent fire resistance and offers a natural organic appearance, typical of traditional lime based plasters.

Unsurprisingly, Hydro is a popular finish in areas experiencing direct water. This product is perfect for luxury wet rooms, swimming pool areas as well as external elevations.

A professional review
Hydro has received some fantastic feedback from not only leading architects and interior designers but also highly skilled craftsmen are using this material on their very own projects. We thought we’d share a review from Faux Creation principle Jason Ebers…

What excites you about this product?
Marmorin Hydro is exciting because it has been created expressly for where water flows. It has the same visual impact of other plasters but has a hydrophobic (water repellent) and washable texture that makes it perfect for contemporary wet-rooms and swimming pool areas.

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So, we can say goodbye to waterlogged damaged surfaces and moldy corners?
Exactly! This plaster has water repellent properties and a sealer that is integral to the finish. It’s not topical and sitting on the surface. It’s an exciting innovation from Viero’s laboratories.

Why is it better than other products on the market?
Because it’s lime based and hydrophobic, its look and durability are distinct from other specialist products on the market. Hydro is a slaked lime-based Marmorino plaster containing oxide powder pigments, fine grained marble powders, hydrophobic additives and adhesion promoters. The surfaces can be compacted and polished with a stainless steel trowel to create smooth organic movement or a more open pitted effect depending on design requirements.

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It’s a product designed for wet areas but have you used it elsewhere?
Yes, we’re using it in all areas of high-end luxury developments from public spaces to exteriors, because of its durability and exterior capabilities there are no areas that we wouldn’t consider using this plaster.

What is the lifetime of this product?
Being lime-based, technically it is timeless although additional sealer coats are recommended every 3 to 5 years in wet room areas. We always recommend our Clients book us for maintenance work as we can then ensure that the finish stays looking as good for years to come, and we can control the outcome.

You really put products through their paces in the studio here at Faux Creation, constantly testing and pushing the products to see what can be achieved. Why do you like working with Viero products so much?
Viero has a very high quality product range that offers controlled and consistent outcomes and versatility when creating more bespoke artisanal finishes. That’s absolutely critical to Faux Creation.

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Five reasons Versital is the perfect bathroom solution…

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Create a one-of-a-kind bathroom with a stunning shower tray, shower panels, vanity top and splashbacks that work in complete harmony together. Whether you want a modern, statement steam room or a luxurious, hotel-inspired sanctuary, Versital will help you achieve the bathroom of your dreams…

1. Versital shower trays are completely bespoke and hand-made to order…
Whether you want to create a feature wet room or fill the smallest of spaces, Versital can create a one-of-a-kind shower tray. Every detail, right down to the type of finish, position of the waste disposal, and even the style of the trim, can be personalised.

2. Hundreds of colour and finish combinations to choose from…
Versital shower trays, shower panels, vanity units and splash backs are available in 90 different colours – from the hottest reds and pinks, to eleven different shades of grey! These high quality stone resin surfaces are available in a variety of different finishes such as marble-look, granite, high gloss and even sparkle.

Andaz Hotel bathroom featuring Versital bespoke shower-tray

Andaz Hotel bathroom featuring Versital bespoke shower-tray

3. Never grout tiles again…
Versital shower panels eliminate the chore of grouting forever more. Shower panels are easy to maintain with only a simple wipe-clean needed, making them the perfect, hygienic solution for a busy family bathroom.

4. Create a premium marble look in the bathroom – without the drawbacks of the natural material…
Marble is a timeless decorative material synonymous with luxury and refined taste, but the real material is susceptible to staining and erosion. Versital’s unique faux marble formula is the ideal alternative as it 100% waterproof and stain resistant. For a harmonious and coordinated look, Versital can complete a marble-inspired bathroom with a bespoke matching vanity top and splashback – helping you achieve the 5* hotel look at home!

5. It’s made in Britain by experts in the field…
Versital has been manufacturing surfaces for more than 30 years. Its products are lovingly handmade in Britain by skilled craftsmen trained in the art of creating faux marble. A unique formula is mixed by hand to expertly imitate the nuances and patterns of real marble until you can’t tell the difference.

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Product Spotlight: MemErase surface paint from Muraspec

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Muraspec announces the creative new MemErase Surface Paint, new to the MemErase series.

This top-notch, easy to apply solution can transform any smooth surface – i.e. desks to doors, walkways and office dividers – into a creative outlet and a writeable space to augment any task, activity or project. Applied in white or clear finishes, the MemErase Surface Paint can be utilised across many a commercial and residential setting from offices to hotels, classrooms and so on.

Employed over any coloured surface, wallpapers or artwork; MemErase is a truly novel approach for any number of collaborative purposes. The possibilities are endless.

Product Spotlight: MemErase surface paint from Muraspec

Tariq Rashid, Muraspec Managing Director, states: “Surface Paint by Memerase is an easy to use, and ultra-functional addition to our dry erase range. It’s suitable anywhere from offices, to classrooms, conference centres and eateries – to name a few. At Muraspec, we’ve personally used the Memerase range for planning, project management, brainstorming, presentations and so much more.”

Product Spotlight: MemErase surface paint from Muraspec

A leader in the design industry, the company designs a full spectrum of readymade and bespoke solutions found in the finest hotels, shops and residences worldwide. From decorative panels to wallcoverings in thousands of colourways, Muraspec’s entire range is manufactured at their UK-based facility.

With over 135 years of experience, Muraspec prides itself on both its British heritage, and exceptional customer service each and every step of the way.

For more information, please contact us…

Muraspec UK
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Muraspec France
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contact@muraspec.fr
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Versital up for an award

Versital is a finalist at Mixology North Awards 2016

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Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious design award.

The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists have been judged based on a criteria that considered factors such as sustainability, design originality, aesthetics, ease of use and commercial viability.

Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director for Versital, comments, “A Mixology award is the stamp of approval in the interior design and hospitality industry – so we couldn’t be more delighted to be a finalist. Our surfaces bring a fantastic solution to the industry and have been specified in a number of upmarket projects both in the North and the rest of the UK this year.”

Versital up for an award

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The Mixology North Awards were created by the team behind the highly regarded design publication, Mix Interiors, to support and recognise the many dynamic brands within the interior design industry, regardless of their size. The winners will be announced on the 8th December 2016 in a ceremony at Manchester Central that will be attended by 700 members of the interior design community.

Versital’s product offering for the hospitality sector includes bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities, shower trays and shower panels in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital’s shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.

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Versital earns BCFA membership

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Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital has met the rigorous design and quality standards required to earn British Contract Furnishing Association membership.

Gemma Stockberger, Versital, comments: “We are delighted to meet approval for BCFA membership, highlighting the brand’s commitment to excellence in the contract furnishing sector.

Through Versital’s completely bespoke faux marble, we are able to cater for a wide range of commercial projects, offering designs that can be perfectly tailored to suit nearly any requirement and delivering an exceptional and personalised level of customer care”.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) is a global business association for the contract furnishing industry, helping to set the standards for the sector and enhance the commercial success of the membership. Companies have to meet exacting criteria in terms of professionalism and a commitment to provide the market with the highest levels of service in order to be awarded membership. In exchange, member benefits include knowledge and business support, and excellent networking opportunities across the industry.

Versital’s product offerings for the sector include bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities and shower trays in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.

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Product Spotlight: ‘Ultra-Natural’ Statuario Maximus by Caesarstone

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Caesarstone has extended its premium Ultra-Natural range of quality quartz worktops with the launch of Statuario Maximus, which has the appearance of natural stone.

A marble-inspired design, Statuario Maximus is a bold new surface, featuring intricate warm grey veins which sweep across a soft white base, enriched by delicate background veins. Caesarstone is a beautiful engineered quartz stone, ideal for virtually any interior surface including kitchens and bathrooms.

The company’s countertops are durable and hard-wearing, making them suitable for practically any setting. With four times the flexural strength of granite, Statuario Maximus by Caesarstone is non porous, scratch and stain resistant.

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A versatile option for the contemporary or traditional setting, Statuario Maximus’s natural appearance combines beautifully with other materials in the kitchen and bathroom, including stainless steel, timber and ceramic. Statuario Maximus is available in thicknesses of 20mm and 30mm and is guaranteed for 15 years.

For more details call 01706 863 600 or visit www.caesarstone.co.uk