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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

Main image credit: Casa Ceramica

Product watch: Carioca by Granote brings colourful new meaning to walls

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Product watch: Carioca by Granote brings colourful new meaning to walls

Designed by famed Italian interior designer Marco Carini to bring a colourful new meaning to walls, Carioca is a striking cork tile concept from Granorte

Offering two extra-large formats (900 x 150mm and 900 x 300mm), Carioca is a range of bold colour infused cork tiles that can be mixed at will for a strikingly different wall. Each tile is made in Portugal using cork from the country’s carefully protect forests and which is already recycled from waste of the wine stopper industry.

Available in 15 shades from Bluemoon and Dove Blue through Forest, Terracotta and Safrron to Purple, Blush and Pearl; Carioca also comes in eight multi-colour designs of complementing hues coordinated to the monochrome options. Each tile features a machined edge to give a pronounced, thick join that reveals the almost-black cork base layer, adding depth and making the wall even more captivating.

Bringing a modern graphical edge to cork’s timeless natural aesthetic, Carioca expresses the liveliness and energy of cork as a contemporary surface material. FSC-certified, the tile uses cork’s inherent sound absorption and thermal regulation benefits to improve acoustics and energy performance. A water-based Aquadur® matt finish fights off marks and makes maintenance easy, ensuring that despite it light weight, Carioca has the performance needed for today’s commercial interiors.

Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte, says, “Carioca’s beauty is in its fusion of modern graphic design and natural material to provide a more sustainable alternative to man-made surfaces. Marco’s clever use of bold colour and strong graphic lines on top of cork’s individual and intrinsic beauty, produces a powerful aesthetic that’s hard to ignore.”

Natural, renewable, recyclable, bio-degradable, PVC-free, lightweight, high-performance and strikingly good to look at, Carioca is another example of Granorte pushing the boundaries of possibilities with cork.

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

Main image credit: Granorte

Product watch: Mutina by Parkside – monochrome with meaning

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Product watch: Mutina by Parkside – monochrome with meaning

Chymia, a collaboration between Mutina and Laboratorio Avallone is the latest monochrome porcelain tile collection available in full exclusively at Parkside. Hotel Designs explores…

Chymia fluctuates between the discipline of graphic design, expressive gestures of mark making and the two extremes of black and white, where symbols and textures are combined to create patterns of light and shadow on the surface.

Black forms the basis, in a distinctive tone created by designer Gennaro Avallone, with the patterns taking on various shades of black all the way through to white. Throughout the collection, black and white are never separate but co-exist, with each pattern also available in white, taking on various shades all the way through to black in a reversal of role.

A hotel room door with monochrome tiles on the corridor floor

Image credit: Parkside

Each of the 22 (11 black, 11 white) designs in Chymia is obtained by combining the principle black and white structures with 11 patterned textures, achieving a tile that can be used randomly in monochrome compositions. The collection involved research on glazes and raw materials, along with the combination of traditional applications and modern technology to achieve the absolute colours used.

Chymia came to life in a collaborative project between ceramics manufacturer Mutina and Laboratorio Avallone, a Milan-based studio whose research reaches in to painting and sculpture to create unique objects of contemporary furnishing. The collection was developed with the aim of making a break with traditional styles, restoring an original quality to ceramics with unexpected outcomes.

monochrome walls and floors in modern bathroom

Image credit: Parkside

“Chymia is a collection that’s full of surprises,” said Sarah Holey, marketing manager, Parkside. “Taking the apparent simplicity of monochromatic pattern, it reveals that careful experimentation and attention to the creation of pure colours can bring depth and new-found results to a seemingly traditional black and white palette. Infusing new meaning into checkerboard or bringing more depth and nuance to all-over black or white, it offers some hugely exciting opportunities for designers and we’re delighted to welcome it to the Parkside portfolio.”

Chymia is available in 30 x 30cm porcelain tiles for wall or floor use, supplied in individual patterns in black or white.

Parkside Architectural Tiles 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.

Main image credit: Parkside Architectural Tiles

Murals & perception CFX: statement, without distraction

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Murals & perception CFX: statement, without distraction

Murals may be in right now, but Hamilton Litestat’s adaptable Perception CFX wiring accessories will see you through this season, the next, and many more to come…

The wallcoverings trend shows no signs of abating, whether that’s tropical prints, traditional florals, art deco or geometric patterns.

Taking it one step further, scenic and mural wallpapers will continue to be extremely popular for 2020, creating huge picturesque scenes to get lost in. With so many options available, there’s something to suit every property and taste, from serene landscapes and textures to dramatic panoramas.

Image caption: Perception CFX – 2 Gang, 2 Way Toggle Switch | Image credit: Allie Smith/Hamilton Litestat

While changing a wall covering to suit the latest trend can be relatively simple, updating electrical wiring accessories to deliver the perfect finishing touch can be more difficult and costly. But Hamilton’s Perception CFX range of electrical wiring accessories are almost imperceptible, allowing a wall design to really stand out. The plate design has concealed fixings and features a 4.2mm snap-on clear front plate with a slightly rounded edge that allows your chosen wall covering to be inserted for a seamless look that blends discreetly into the décor.

Image caption: Perception CFX – 1 Gang, Push On/Off Rotary Multi-Way Dimmer | Image credit: Thanos Pal/Hamilton Litestat

We’ve seen striking interiors make fantastic use of these wiring accessories, with hotels and restaurants featuring the solutions on mural walls that depict local landscapes and historical images. And the beauty and benefit are that the insert within the plate can be changed as the wall design does, meaning that this wiring accessory will last the test of both time and trend.

Plus, there’s no compromise when it comes to configurations as Perception CFX is available in 1, 2, 3 or 4-gang plates, with a wide range of switch options including rocker, toggle, rotary and rocker dimmer switches. Power sockets, media plates, hotel card switches, Grid Fix and EuroFix are also available.

We’re particularly lusting after the bold Kews Leafy Florals mural by ATA Designs, which can really sing when paired with the Perception CFX switch plate. Whatever your wall covering, Hamilton’s range allows it to make a statement without distraction.

Hamilton Litestat, which sponsored the ‘‘technology’ seminar at Hotel Designs LIVE, 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.

Main image caption: Perception CFX – 1 Gang, 2 Way Rocker Switch | Image credit: Vinicius Amano/Hamilton Litestat

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PRODUCT WATCH: Mother of Pearl decorative panels by Siminetti

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PRODUCT WATCH: Mother of Pearl decorative panels by Siminetti

Siminetti’s Mother of Pearl decorative panels have been described as the next generation in Mother of Pearl surface finishes…

The ‘Imperial Whisper’ decorative panels, which are handcrafted by Siminetti’s team of artisans, capture the stunning natural beauty of Mother of Pearl that has, for centuries, been associated with luxury, sophistication and elegance. 

Decorative panel in lift

Utilising a combination of Siminetti’s Saltwater Mother of Pearl, every panel carries its own bespoke appeal.

Close up of the decorative panels

Image credit: Siminetti

Produced from fully sustainable Freshwater and Saltwater Pearl, each decorative panel is assembled to the clients exacting dimensions and can be produced in almost any shape up to maximum size of 240cm x 120cm. The individual Mother of Pearl pieces are hand placed onto a lightweight, robust, honeycomb backing which ensures they are also fully waterproof, making the decorative panels suitable for feature walls, elevators, splashbacks and furniture inlays but equally wet-room and shower environments. When covering larger surfaces where multiple decorative panels are required, the design is laid in a pattern match format, ensuring an almost seamless connection between each panel. Alternatively, colour co-ordinating panel strips can be used when looking to define each panel.

Smooth to the touch, installation is kept to a minimum as there is no grouting required and the panels can simply be wiped clean for day to day hygiene. Fully sealed to prevent ingress of oils and soaps, the decorative panels are truly one of the most luxurious surface finishes available. 

Siminetti decorative panels are the luxurious alternative to tiles and are available in more than 30 stunning designs. Siminetti also offers a bespoke design service, allowing Designers, Architects 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.

Main image credit: Siminetti

EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Adding personality in hotel public areas

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EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Adding personality in hotel public areas

In partnership with Arte Wallcoverings, editor Hamish Kilburn invited some of the leading hotel designers and architects to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour for a live debate on how to add sustainable personality in the ever-evolving arena of public areas. In addition to being involved in the engaging conversation, the designers, directors and principals were also the first to see Arte’s five new collections, which were officially launched a few days later at Focus19 during London Design Festival… 

Design experts around the table:

Regardless of style, size or star-rating, recent hotel openings suggest that public areas are evolving, and fast. No longer an empty air pocket in the building’s structure, the lobbies that are being created or renovated today are unconventional active spaces, designed to flexibly accommodate all guests whether they are checking in for business, for leisure or in many instances, for both.

Hamish Kilburn: How have the ways in which consumers use public areas changed?

Fiona Thompson (FT), Principal, Richmond InternationalGenerally, how guests behave in hotels has changed. The demographic is completely different. At one point, hotels were quite intimidating places, and not very accessible. That’s been one of the most significant changes I have seen. Hotels have become much more outward-looking and much more accessible to everyone. People now use spaces how they want to use them. Therefore, public areas, in general, have a greater sense of informality.

Vitalija Katine (VK), architect, Jestico + WhilesOne of the largest changes I have noticed is the accent of activation points in lobbies. The activation point of, for example, pop-up bars and pop-up receptions can be positioned and adapted easily in the lobby. I think the public space of a hotel has been the highlight of the last four years, because people are lounging in the lobby as opposed to using it simply as transitional space.

David Mason (DM), Director of Hospitality, Scott BrownriggThere’s a lot more awareness now about the ecological message that hotels are trying to amplify. Also, with the appeal to millennials, there’s much more awareness on the public areas. I imagine there will be a lot more focus on some kind of hotel standard where we really start to look into what is going into hotels, and that will come from hotels aiming to achieve an environmental space. Although hotels are already acting to be more eco-friendly, I think it will become even more of a focus.

Caroline Cundall (CC), Director of Interior Design IHG – Europe: How people work and specifically how people hold meetings has changed massively. That has had a large affect on our lobby spaces. More and more people are roaming around with small laptops and lobbies are much less formal than they used to be. Hotels are recognising the value in attracting more than just the guests staying at the hotel, and the current boutique influence is a catalyst in all of this.

Sam Hall (SH), Global Head of FF&E, GA GroupI have seen more awareness in hotel operators in understanding how space is used. There are many examples of hotels that use every inch of the space as a revenue generator. CitizenM, for example, feels very intimate because the space is broken down. The grand volume of entering a hotel is behind us, perhaps not in Asia or the Middle East, but in Europe and elsewhere for sure. Space is at a premium and every inch of it has to make money. Designers are using the materiality to make spaces feel softer and warmer. These grand areas full of marble are not really where it’s at anymore. Instead, designers are trying to make these soft and reduced acoustics, so it feels more comfortable.

“It doesn’t matter what word you throw on it, what people want is a well-designed space.” – Arianne Steinbeck, Managing Director, RPW Design

Arianne Steinbeck (AS), Managing Director, RPW DesignThe launch of W New York on Lexington Avenue in 1998, designed by David Rockwell, was a pivotal moment. Before that, it was unheard of to serve drinks in the hotel [public areas] and play music. And now everyone is doing it. That was the start of this boutique look and feel that we see today. It doesn’t matter what word you throw on it, what people want is a well-designed space. I think that everyone in the industry has upped their game across all brands, which is a result of consumer demands. To be honest, I’m surprised it took so long.

HK: Are you saying that there is less of a space for grand and open lobbies on the international hotel design scene?

AS: I think there will always be a space for this style of hotel. Personally, I love hotels that remind you that they are a hotel, where the service element absolutely completes the overall experience.

SH: I agree with you, and it’s about the coming together of quality and luxury, working as one.

FT: But even some of the smaller luxury resorts capture that feeling of grand luxury. It all comes down to that amazing sense of service, but it is perhaps delivered in a more modern way.

“All these hotels that feature over decoration to differentiate from others will disappear.” – Fiona Thompson, Principal, Richmond International

HK: Trends is a sensitive term in hotel design. But do what extent do emerging trends come into your decisions when selecting wallcoverings on a project?

AS: It’s come full circle. When I started in the ‘80s there were a lot of patterns on the wall. And then it washed out to a symphony of beiges. Now we seem to be coming back to a little bit more colour and pop. In a few years’ time we might perhaps look at this ‘greyeige’ situation again. That’s why we have all these different brands, because there is room in this industry for individuality.

FT: There is going to be a move away, for sure, of this extraneous design for the sake of it. All these hotels that feature over decoration to differentiate from others will disappear. The young generation want something that is a bit more meaningful. All these words get thrown around: timeless, authentic, and I’m not really sure what they all mean. There is going to be this move away and everything will have more of a purpose.

Hotels are typically big environmentally bad beasts that use power and electricity and decimate environments. Therefore, I predict there will be a call for them to be more responsible, and this filters down to the materials being used to design them.

HK: From a product point of view, how does Arte select trends?

Siobhan Kannenberg, Commercial Manager UK & EIRE, Arte Wallcoverings: As a brand, we don’t really have a specific style. You can always recognise Arte by the quality, but we try to cover all basis. Trend-wise, sustainability is becoming more and more important for our customers, so we are using more natural materials and that is certainly what is called for. Also, I am really excited to see tactile patterns are coming back around.

CC: The fashion industry has always had a huge influence on design. There’s so much talk about recycling in the fashion industry at the moment. Like for example reusing materials, and this is already something that hotels are looking at.

FT: The fashion industry is always half a season ahead. However, things are going to change because they are being challenged. It will be interesting to see how this will filter down into the design sector.

SH: Where brands could go wrong is using sustainability as a selling point, whereas I believe it should be the foundation of the brand and not the feature. I’m hoping that everyone will end up speaking the same language in design to use for purpose and just naturally recycle materials. One of the key benefits of wallcoverings is that it is so easy – and much more affordable – to change and update interiors.

AS: I have no problem reusing something from a previous renovation that still looks good. You don’t always have to throw everything out. Sometimes the casegoods, for example, are on par or better than what you could buy new. And with the right wallcovering, the space will look fresh and retouched.

SK: When we are designing our Arte collections, we like to think of wallcoverings as our showstopper. Is that accurate?

FT: I think it hasn’t been in the past, but actually bright colours and patterns are becoming the centre stage.

HK: In all honesty, how much of the budget, time and consideration goes on the wallcovering decisions – and can you talk me through that process?

CC: You can never estimate these things. The fact that Arte has many wallcoverings that are quite distinctly statement pieces is interesting. If an interior designer would put that into specifications there’s no way that would be changed. It’s the one thing that would be a focal element to a scheme. And if that’s an initiative that everyone agrees on then it will go ahead.

DM: Designs are moving massively forward. From what I remember 20 years ago, the range and difference is incredible. There are so many interesting things you can do now with the wallcoverings, and I have been introduced to such a vast range of materials.

AS: It’s also worth mentioning how much more you get in a product these days. Digital printing changed the pace of innovation. You can have so many awesome effects with digital printing, and I expect to see more of that.

HK: What would you say is the biggest misconception from a client’s point of view?

ALL: That the client can do it better!

SH: In all seriousness, all of these interior designer programmes make it look so easy.

HK: How has the evolution of social media changed the ways in which your briefs from clients are coming in?

FT: I don’t think it’s any different from years ago when we were asked to create ‘wow factors’. It’s just a different terminology. I ban Pinterest. It is too easy to find information these days. I really encourage our designers to go out and see hotels in person, because I don’t want them to lose that discovery process.

AS: I always have to ask which page on Pinterest a look came from, because if it’s from the first page, I don’t want to know.

DM: You’re right, and when they see hotels, I encourage them to find something new than what they have seen online. Too often people are looking for the same shot, the same framing that they have already seen on social media, and it is stripping creativity from the process.

We were actually given a brief for an independent hotel which was solely to create an instagrammable hotel, which would never have happened only a few years ago.

We were challenged quite a lot by Hard Rock International when designing the London property. The brand is American and very bold. To be fair to the client, although we did go backwards and forwards, we did manage to convince them to tone down the ‘instagram moments’ for an audience in London.

VK: We are asked quite often by clients what we consider to be ‘our moments’ in the design. The attention that the ‘Instagram moment’ is getting is much larger and much more exposed to the general public. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. What works in one region does not necessarily work in others.

HK: With the rise in demand for hotels to feel more boutique and independent, how are the materials you are using in the public areas changing?

SK: From Arte’s point of view, there seems to be a lot of misconception that vinyl is what is asked for from the big brands. Actually, with the influence of independent and boutique hotels, hotel groups are more willing to use range of products and materials. As manufacturers, we see vinyl an essential material for corridors for obvious reasons, but it’s a different story in the lobby. People don’t really touch the walls, so there is the ability you can have more fun with a variety of materials.

CC: Fire regulations is key for the country you are in. As long as a material and product has passed its certification, I totally agree.

HK: How do you predict public areas further changing in the next 10 years?

CC: More people will start to work remotely. Working in London, there isn’t anywhere comfortable to sit and have a meeting with a few people. I think that should be the next focus, to have more discreet places to have a meeting – and hotels could harness this well.

SH: I think that there is more that can be done around connectivity. Public areas can still further become even more accessible.

FT: It will be totally connected to how we work and live. People don’t have the formality so much of going to an office anymore. The behaviour of ‘hotdesking’ is interesting and public spaces in hotels can really respond to that.

Following the exclusive panel discussion, the leading designers and architects were the first to browse Arte Wallcoverings’ five new collections (Expedition, Wildwalk, Essentials – Les Nuances, Velveteen and Sketch (HookedOnWalls)) before they were officially launched a few days later at Focus19.

LED wallpaper - black and white patterns

Could this be the most innovative wallpaper in the industry at the moment?

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New LED wallpaper from Meystyle is lighting up the walls, quite literally…

The latest collection of LED wallpaper Conductivity combines dazzling natural textures with an unprecedented use of light patterns.

Wallpaper specialist Meystyle is about to launch the Conductivity collection with the mission to rescue walls from the background. The company has done this by integrating bold patterns with LED lights and crystals to create deep visual experiences that totally transform walls and wallpaper into works of art.

“The Conductivity collection is a celebration of the ubiquitous yet mysterious power of electricity,” explained the company in a recent press release. “The designs dig into the infinitesimal world of the atom and its scientific representation as a source of visual inspiration.”

Simple geometric elements like the line and the circle are used to give sense and order to the impenetrable complexity of chemical and physical phenomena.

The Conductivity collection echoes its fascination with nature also in its choice of materials

The LED injection is inspired by the exchange of subatomic particles generating the prodigy of light itself. Different wavelengths and levels of light intensity combine into dynamic compositions suggested by the way electrons interact. From cascading lines merging into sumptuous light waterfalls, to concentric circles representing the varying configurations of the atom, each design expresses the beauty of the natural world in its most essential form.

The Conductivity collection echoes its fascination with nature also in its choice of materials, ranging from refined linens and cotton canvases to elegant silks. A variety of metal accents, notably electricity’s best companions enrich the natural properties of each texture with hand-painted details and gilded applications.

The anticipated collection will be launched at this year’s Decorex on September 16 – 19 at Syon Park, London.

Rolling Stones Wallpaper

Camden-based Rock Roll launches new collection of bespoke wallcoverings celebrating iconic music artwork

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Bringing the full emotional impact of iconic cover art vividly to life in the home is a new bespoke collection of luxury wall aesthetics from Camden-based company Rock Roll…

Camden-based wallcoverings company Rock Roll has launches the world’s first officially licensed repeat wallpaper and large-scale murals of album artwork from seminal recording artists. Delivering superior quality bespoke wallcoverings of legendary bands Rock Roll will transform rooms into statement spaces that speak to aficionados of quality and music.

Rock Roll felt the creative power of album cover art and its resonance with fans meant the designs deserved a larger canvas, deciding to showcase it in a totally new format – as large-scale wall murals and repeat wallpaper.

Rock Roll’s official music wallpaper and wall murals have been designed in collaboration with some of the world’s biggest bands. The company has partnered with musicians from Black Sabbath, The Who, and Guns ‘n’ Roses to The Rolling Stones, Bring Me the Horizon and The Sex Pistols to create high-quality music wallpapers featuring some of rock’s most memorable artwork.

Working closely with band management, record labels and the artists personally, Rock Roll has obtained the official rights to reproduce cover art on high-quality, digitally printed bespoke wallpaper and murals. A passionate group of music enthusiasts, Rock Roll has worked with artists and record labels for years. For that reason, it does things properly – every design is officially licensed and fully approved by the artists and their management.