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Parkside Criaterra tiles

Product watch: Parkside Introduces 100% natural, ‘zero waste’ wall tile

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Product watch: Parkside Introduces 100% natural, ‘zero waste’ wall tile

Made from 100 per cent natural materials using a patented, low-energy production process, Criaterra tiles are the latest decorative wall tiles to join the Parkside portfolio…

Following the brand’s spectacular win at The Brit List Awards 2020, Parkside has launched a new product that perfectly answers to demands for conscious and sustainable surface design that is also stylish.

Parkside Criaterra tiles

Made from stone powders, clays and plant fibres cast in three-dimensional patterns that fuse geometric and organic forms, and available in colours derived from natural pigments, Criaterra is a unique decorative wall tile that challenges the conventions of production and design. 100 per cent biodegradable – and as strong as concrete and with six times the thermal resistance – Criaterra takes a bold step towards product circularity.

Offering a 90 per cent energy saving in production against ceramics and using up to 70 per cent upcycled quarry waste material, the tiles use Advanced Earth Technology, the result of an intensive five-year scientific R&D project. This innovative technology re-engineers the way tiles are manufactured and introduces a fully regenerative product, as well as replacing conventional high temperature firing with a low temperature process that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Brian Linnington, managing director, Parkside, says: “We’re hugely excited to welcome Criaterra into our portfolio as it makes inroads in tackling the environmental challenges we face as an industry. The tile’s ability to deliver performance as well as 100 per cent product circularity is hugely impressive, but it is also incredibly beautiful to look at. Already gracing commercial interiors in EMEA, we’re looking forward to seeing how UK projects make use of the unique geo-organic forms and thoughtful natural palette.”

Criaterra is available in eight geometric shapes which can be organised into limitless combinations in Quad or arranged through the irregular hexagon and concave form of Hex to reference the shape’s common occurrence in the natural world. A nine-strong palette of clay like tones, from pale Dolomit through to Onyx and Ruby, give a strong ‘from earth’ feel, making Criaterra well-suited to commercial interiors heavily influenced by natural materials. The square, rectangular and rhombus flat shapes of Quad also ground the tile well in more ordered contemporary schemes.

Suitable for internal decorative wall use only and designed to work best without grout, Criaterra is a natural alternative to mass produced ceramic tiles.

Parkside, which won Best in British Product Design at The Brit List Awards 2020, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Creating the perfect arrival experience when hospitality reopens

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Creating the perfect arrival experience when hospitality reopens

Leaflike offers combination of sustainable planting options – whether real, replica or preserved – that work to your budget and create an amazing arrival experience…

Over the last year, Leaflike has worked with customers for cost saving solutions, transforming the perfect arrival experience without compromising on the look.

The Savoy completed a cost-saving exercise by switching their live planting at the front of the hotel for preserved/replica planting combination. Saving them money on their entrance planting as well as creating a magnificent first impression for their guests, a range of premium quality lifelike Buxus Ball Topiary and Buxus Spirals with slate top dressing planted into the hotel’s in-situ planter just outside their main entrance.

This was the perfect cost saving solution for this hotel during the current climate yet keeping the high-quality planting that this distinguished property requires. Feedback from the hotel and guests said: “We couldn’t believe how high quality the product is, so lifelike it’s unreal!”

Another example of combination planting includes customers opting for Everleaf by Leaflike. Real preserved planting that offers a 12 week cycle instead of weekly fresh displays.

Finally, the third option is a replica R8 green wall with live planting displayed in front of or around the wall area to provide a true combination planting experience, maintaining the look and benefiting from cost saving initiatives too.

In addition to these combination planting options, Leaflike helps customers across multiple industries, not only architects and interior designers, commercial properties, schools, offices and hospitality but retail and private residential alike.

Image of green wall outside of 54 Queens Gate

Image credit: Leaflike

Working across these industries Leaflike has recently helped Pan Pacific Hotel with a sustainable design, a replica green wall for Next Retail, a moss wall for Village Wholefoods, exterior green walls for The Big Yellow Self Storage Company and a new partnership with Uncommon who create flexible workspaces with a difference. Uncommon help members live well, work well and do well through supportive environments designed around them.

Leaflike is contributing to the Biophilic aspects of their offering and here is what they say about it: “Breathe deeply. A building without greenery is just unnatural. Plants create fresh air and make you happy, so the more the better. Roof terrace outside, plenty of pots inside. A healthier workspace to be. Find your place.”

Leaflike 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: Leaflike

Concept of huts on an island

CASE STUDY: Design story of eco hut concept in Finland

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CASE STUDY: Design story of eco hut concept in Finland

Revolutionary wooden eco cabins in Finland carefully specifies products in order to create a functional space that is modern and timeless…

Following an eco study showing that 76 per cent of holidaymakers felt as if hotels could do more to be greener, a new eco-friendly concept of wooden cabins has been designed to revolutionise our way of living, which could also inspire fundamental change on the international hotel design scene.

 

Concept of huts on an island

Majamaja is a range of prefabricated, eco-friendly, self-sufficient wooden cabins. At just 25 square metres, each space ensures guests have everything they need to live comfortably without depleting the Earth’s resources.

Complete with solar cells on the roof to provide electricity for the lamps and a water tank under the floor to provide clean drinking water, the thought process behind the revolutionary invention started with the concept of designing a completely self-contained holiday cabin. It had to be 25 metres square and when guests stepped through the door everything they needed had to be easily accessible. For example, the dining table is also a bed that can in turn disappear into the wall to create additional space. Guests can take a shower or cook in the knowledge that you are not drawing unnecessarily on the planet’s scarce resources.

Image of hut on the beach

Image credit: Majamaja/Unidrain

The man behind this eco-friendly living space ‘Majamaja’ is the Finnish architect Pekka Littow, from the architectural agency Littow Architectes. “The island has not been civilised,” he said. “That means no infrastructure, no sewerage etc. So I started to think about how to build a home in a place like this. I drew inspiration from various places, including the military’s use of off-grid systems, and came up with the idea for this cabin where the thinking is ‘less is more’. The cabins are self- sufficient, while everything is super-functional and takes up as little space as possible. Fixtures and technology are combined in different ways.”

The result is a collection of wooden houses that run on solar energy and have water tanks that purify and re-use the water. “The cabins are ideal for those parts of the world where clean drinking water andsewerage are far from the norm,” said Tuomas Autio, one of the co-founders. “We have built a few cabins in Helsinki, with more on the way, but our goal is to create Majamaja villages all over the globe. Theenvironment will really thank us for that.”

“I have chosen to install linear drains from Unidrain, as they are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.” – Pekka Littow, Littow Architectes

While the invention may be Finnish, Danish design is well represented in the form of minimalist linear drains from Unidrain, which are a perfect fit for the small cabins, where less is more. “The Danish design style, which is very minimalist, fits very well into these homes,” added Littow. “I have chosen to install linear drains from Unidrain, as they are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The dimensions fit so well that I was able to design the shower cubicle around the drain. The result is really great and I am getting good feedback on it.”

image of shower drain and bottle of shower gel

Image credit: Unidrain

The sustainable cabins come in prefabricated kits as they have adjustable feet, none of the cabins need foundations; which allows them to be easily erected wherever required.

Main image credit: Majamaja

TRENDS: Eco-friendly design ideas for the hotel bathroom

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TRENDS: Eco-friendly design ideas for the hotel bathroom

In the wake of protests in London, designers and architects have responded by becoming more conscious in their design decisions recently. Crosswater explains some of the benefits of an eco-friendly hotel bathroom…

Large or compact, traditional or modern, boutique or luxury, hotel bathroom design has become increasingly influenced by eco-conscious product innovations, in particular around the efficient output of water.

The hotel bathroom space is constantly evolving and guests and designers are looking for more than just basic fixtures and fittings. From rainfall showers, high-tech digital valves and multi-outlet systems that include the likes of body jets, dual-function shower flows and additional handsets, each of these products require hotel bathrooms to work harder than ever and use more energy to run.

In the current day and age, as energy is depleted at an increasingly alarming rate, it is more important than ever to find eco-friendly alternatives in hotel bathroom design that incorporate both water-saving and energy-saving features – designed to minimise the impact of the hotel industry on the environment. Although much of the waste is caused by bad habits, installing and maintaining water-saving bathroom fixtures is an enormously important step.

When it comes to specifying eco-friendly designs, Crosswater advises hotel designers to opt for products that are WRAS approved, as it is a calculable way to guarantee that bathroom suites will not only be saving water but also utilising it in the most efficient way possible.  These regulations require water fittings, such as valves and taps that do not cause waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply. Crosswater is dedicated to ensuring all of its products are as environmentally friendly as possible and over 200 of its products already proudly wear the WRAS badge of approval.

Designs such as the Neopearl shower flow regulators are the ideal option for hotels looking to make the next eco-friendly step. With amazing water-saving capacity, the functional regulator reduces water consumption to a maximum level whilst the unique flow regulator technology keeps the flow rate constant across the pressure and can be inserted directly into most fixed showerheads, handsets or basin monoblocs.

Eco-friendly toilets are also becoming an increasingly popular option as an easy and immediate way to save water in many hotels across the UK and globally. Installing eco-friendly   WCs   will   assist   in   conserving   natural resources as well as being environmentally friendly. The Crosswater Kai collection conforms to – and exceeds – required British and European quality, performance, sustainability and water saving regulations. The Kai WCs consume 33% less water by using the latest flush systems making them incredibly environmentally friendly.

The design of Crosswater’s Wild Rimless WC also makes for a fantastically economical option; the stunning collection of pure Italian designs are each expertly crafted with an innovative rimless bowl that is complemented alongside superior, tried-and-tested flush technology to ensure the very best in hygiene function, whilst reducing water consumption with an eco-friendly half or full flush. Featuring dual flush technology, it provides the option to regulate how much water is used, which helps to save even more water by simply adjusting the larger flush to the reduced water volume setting.

With hotel bathrooms continuously developing and improving their technology, it can be difficult to monitor the high volume of water used within bathrooms by guests. Installing rimless WC models can be a great way of avoiding water wastage and the rimless model is cleverly designed to get more flushing power out of less water. Additionally there are many other small ways to reduce environmental impact in hotel bathrooms.

Décor elements made of recycled material can assist in making bathroom spaces more eco-friendly as well as opting for taps and showers with aerators. The aerator is expertly designed to reduce the overall water flow by using pressure from air. It is also advised to swap bulbs with LED lights, this will help to save energy, and illuminated mirrors can also be used as a great alternative source of bathroom lighting. Crosswater’s Revive LED Illuminated Mirror is a highly innovative design that makes for a fantastic alternative to big lighting fixtures that consume far greater amounts of energy. In a hotel environment, this can be a great opportunity to create the option of mood lighting too.

In summary, there are many ways to transform hotel bathrooms to take a more eco-friendly approach. From recycling to using less energy, every little improvement adds up to change the world for the better.

Main image credit: Crosswater

Inside a sustainable shipping container hotel in Chile

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Inside a sustainable shipping container hotel in Chile

The Winebox Valparaiso was created by local winemaker, Grant Phelps, who claims to have opened the city’s first sustainable hotel and winery to be made out of shipping containers… 

Capturing one of Valparaiso’s most eye-catching architectural displays, The Winebox Valparaiso is a fully sustainable aparthotel and winery that is sheltered within 25 decommissioned shipping containers. 

Self-designed by hotelier and winemaker Grant Phelps, the aparthotel and winery features 21 graffiti-styled guestrooms, two public terraces and even the city’s debut winery.

Perched at the top of one of the city’s vibrant undulating hills, the aparthotel which opened last year offers panoramic views over the city. The industrial-like guestrooms are long, narrow and either offer porthole windows or larger terraces, both of which allow natural lighting to fill the space. Designed with young adults in mind who are seeking adventure, the interiors are fully sustainable and are complete with quirky and loud accents that reflect the city’s edgy graffiti qualities. Natural materials such as wood pallets have been used to create headboards and mirror frames, while recycled wine bottles have been used to create mood lighting.

Phelps, who is as much the creator of the aparthotel as much as he is service provider, wishes to educate his guests checking in on living sustainably. In a hotel review conducted by the New York Times, he revealed that his vision of the hotel was inspired by the way in which “Christchurch used shipping containers to rebuild after New Zealand’s 2011 earthquake.”

The hotel, which prides itself on offering alternative accommodation with attitude, is a disobedient take on modern hotel architecture. Throwing the rule book in the bin, The WineBox is anything but conventional as it attracts tourists to see the city from alternative lenses.

Main image credit: absafilms/YouTube

Nature and travel inspire Banbayu’s new eco-friendly wallpapers

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Made from FSC Grade wallpaper substrate from sustainable, managed forest, each design boasts odourless inks…

Banbayu has taken inspiration from travel, nature and history to design its latest eco-friendly and sustainable wallpaper range.

Designed and produced in Transylvania, Romania, the new designs can update any room thanks to its bold patterns and quirky designs.

Plus, each wallpaper has been made with premium non-woven quality substrate that’s surface printed with eco-friendly inks.

Made from FSC Grade wallpaper substrate from sustainable, managed forest, each design boasts odourless inks.

Each ink has a very high durability and is certified to comply with the Nordic Swan Environmental Standard, which is an eco-labelling system that determines a product’s impact on the environment throughout its lifecycle, meaning no dangerous elements within them can affect the environment or a person’s health.

Nature-inspired villa suites open at Son Brull, Mallorca

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The design hotel that’s property dates back to the 12th Century opens new modern and fresh villa suites…

With a noticeable nod to nature, Son Brull in Mallorca has completed the design of two brand-new villa suites. The two-bedroom villa suites are situated in the hotel’s idyllic gardens and offer the ideal combination of space and privacy while remaining fully serviced. Located in the northern Mallorca near Pollensa, the family owned and managed hotel is housed in a former monastery that dates back to the 12th century, in a peaceful rural setting for guests looking to disconnect and spend some quality time surrounded by nature.

The design follows Son Brull’s signature sophisticated style#

Each villa suite is spacious, spanning 100sqm inside, with over 130sqm of surrounding private terrace and gardens in which to relax. The design follows Son Brull’s signature sophisticated style, with exterior stone walls that seem to grow out of the natural landscape, furnishings of natural wood and textiles in soft colours and textures, as well as local artwork adorning the walls throughout. Each villa proudly features a piece of artwork from a young member of the hotel’s family, an accomplished artist herself, adding a special touch of the family’s personality.

Overall, there is a feeling of light and elegance, of flowing spaces

Each suite offers two en-suite bedrooms, with the master bedroom featuring a king-sized bed, double bath and rain shower, and the second bedroom offering twin beds, which can also be re-arranged into a second king-sized bed, as well as a rain shower. Overall, there is a feeling of light and elegance, of flowing spaces and connection to the outdoors.

A spacious and open living room complete with a cosy fireplace, B&O television, Google Chromecast, Nespresso coffee machine, fully-stocked minibar fridge and Wi-Fi makes the ideal place to unwind in privacy. In typical Son Brull style, the villas pay homage to the beautiful nature of Mallorca, featuring living roofs and surrounded by vineyards and private gardens. Son Brull’s villa suites each have their own private outdoor lap pool, heated to 24 degrees Celsius and measuring 5×2 metres in size and 1.5 metres in depth.