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    Daniel Fountain
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    Opened in late 2012, the De Vere Orchard hotel next to the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham is a triumph of modern architecture. With light open spaces and floor to rooftop glazing, this latest four star property provides the perfect setting for originally designed furniture pieces. The hotel is also noteworthy for its high environmental standards; a fact that made Morgan a compatible partner due to their own equally impressive eco credentials. The furniture was sourced by Glasgow-based interior designer Graven Images. Morgan furniture appears throughout including Soho banquette seating, which was developed in two heights, for the restaurant; this is teamed with the oak-framed Oslo dining chair upholstered in modern colours for a chic and functional dining experience. Soho armchairs with circular cushions are grouped throughout the stunning lobby area. Created by Morgan Design Director, Katerina Zachariades, the Soho soft seating collection, has become a popular choice for a wide range of relaxed seating environments. With echoes of 50s and 60s design, the range features softened corners and no harsh lines issuing a chic and welcome invitation to sit. The collection comprises a two and three seater sofa, an armchair and a daybed.

    Oslo is a lounge and dining collection with a light design. Chairs feature an elegant oak skeleton with simple drop seat and back pads. Modern manufacturing techniques have been used to achieve a hand-crafted look.

    All 202 bedrooms at the De Vere Orchard are furnished with a Boston cantilever table in oak from Morgan and the versatile Manhattan modular seating system features in the executive lounge.

    Built at a cost of around £20m, the hotel was designed by architects RHWL and incorporates new technologies to reduce carbon emissions. Sustainable features include a green roof system, solar photovoltaic panels, ground-source heat pumps and a smart building management system which incorporates energy efficient lighting, glazing and a lower energy assisted-cooling ventilation system.

    Guests can enjoy the roof-top gardens, an onsite gym, bar and brasserie-style restaurant and extensive meeting and training facilities.

    The Orchard Hotel will be the subject of a full report soon

    Daniel Fountain / 10.04.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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