February 2017 ISSUE 42 inex-online.com Download the Inex app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Search ‘Inex-online’
Claire Rendall talks to Inex about her first project as an interior designer for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Garden Trading explains the best way to illuminate period and contemporary properties through external lighting
The Devonshire Club, London, is a private members’ club like no other – aimed at both men and women
Mads Thornam, Founder of BY THORNAM, unveils his first product launch to the interior industry, THE M
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rivate members’ clubs have long been among some of the most impressive and prestigious interior design projects since their inception by British upper-class men in the 18th century. Originally established in London’s West End and formerly referred to as traditional gentlemen’s clubs, these establishments were adorned in masculine trimmings and ornamentation – hosting what we would refer to today as the ultimate ‘man cave’. Reaching new heights and taking a stride away from this out-dated association stands the seven-storey Devonshire Club, whereby the design has occupied a modern take on private members’ clubs to meet 21st century needs. This £25m renovation of two Grade II Listed buildings has been transformed into the ultimate modern-day, members-only club – reaching out to both men and women alike – and has been recognised for its outstanding design by National Association of Shopfitters (NAS). Turn to page 12 to find out more about this new glamorous private members’ club. Meanwhile on page 42, Dutch wood manufacturer, Hakwood, talks Inex through its role in the Devonshire Club’s renovation and why specifying wood for interior design projects still remains a popular choice for discerning designers. Elsewhere in this issue, Hilton takes Inex readers on a tour of its design-led Bankside hotel, Mads Thornam explains the inspiration behind his gym mat-inspired first product launch and Multiliving lists the latest Italian trends to look out for in kitchen design. I hope you enjoy this edition. Don’t forget, you can also access all of Inex’s features and product inspiration at your fingertips via the magazine’s state-of-the-art app. To download your version free of charge, simply search ‘Inexonline’ on the App Store or Google play.
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INSIGHT Interior Designer, Claire Rendall, talks Inex through her renowned project for Lord Bath at Longleat House and explains how she has grown since her first project for the Royal Opera House.
INSPIRE London’s prestigious Devonshire Club has benefited from an interior fit-out, transforming it into a members’ club like no other.
KITCHEN Brani Hadzhi from Scavolini’s London flagship store, Multiliving, talks Italian trends for kitchen design in 2017.
CEILINGS/ACOUSTICS Knauf AMF’s Technical and Marketing Manager explains the benefits of installing suspended ceilings to enable good acoustic environments.
EXRATED Jon Holloway, Founder of Garden Trading, advises how to step into spring with external lighting for both period properties and new-build developments.
EXPOSE Mads Thornam, Founder of recently discovered Danish design lab BY THORNAM, talks Inex through his first unveiled design, THE M, whose inspiration derives from a 1930s gym mat.
FABRICS/TEXTILES Style Library Contract talks Inex readers through Pantone’s Colour of the Year and how to incorporate this year’s colour into fabrics and textiles for interior schemes.
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HOTEL DESIGN Inex takes readers on a tour of Hilton’s next generation of design-led hotels, Hilton London Bankside. With a strong focus on design, each part of the property has been carefully created to reflect the fascinating history and ambiance of the surrounding area.
PAINTS Farrow & Ball offers its expertise on which paint hues are best suited to period and contemporary properties and what colours will enhance an interior scheme.
WOOD Hakwood explains the importance of wood surfaces in interior designs schemes and why award-winning projects such as London’s Devonshire private members’ club is putting wood at the forefront of its materials specification.
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Construction & Interior Design Fair Turun Messukeskus, Finland 12-14 February One of the biggest events in the Turku region and bringing together almost 20,000 visitors and over 300 exhibitors, the Construction & Interior Design Fair is returning with a refreshed look this year. The fair boasts topics from kitchens and bathrooms to surface materials. As a new feature, this year’s show has an inspiring decor section. turunmessukeskus.fi Ambiente Frankfurt Fair, Frankfurt 10-14 February With the latest design trends and innovations, around 136,000 trade visitors from 143 countries will benefit from a forward-looking market overview and a range of designs unique in terms of breadth and depth at this year’s show. Ambiente’s optimal hall organisation enables visitors to easily navigate their way around the dining, giving and living areas. messefrankfurt.com
London Fabric Show 2017 Chelsea Football Club, London 27-28 February The London Fabric Show returns to the boxes of Chelsea F.C. this year. This high-end fabric show gives British upholstery, bed and soft furnishing manufacturers an unparalleled opportunity to select from some of the best fabric producers and suppliers. Returning companies will be joined by new exhibitors who also have a worldwide reputation for their rich and superior quality fabrics. On show will be superior jacquards, tweeds, wools, velvets, cottons and cotton blends, chenilles, silks, linens, leathers and faux leathers and backing fabrics. londonfabricshow.uk Casual Dining 2017 Business Design Centre, London 22-23 February Casual Dining 2017 gives decisionmakers the opportunity to discover products and trends and hear keynotes from the biggest names in restaurants and pubs. The show gives you the opportunity to meet over 200 equipment, tabletop, furniture, interior design, technology and services suppliers, and discover the latest trends. casualdiningshow.co.uk
Spring Fair NEC, Birmingham 5-9 February Spring Fair is the destination gift and home wholesale trade event featuring 14 carefully-edited show sectors with exhibitors showcasing trends and an infinite choice of fresh brands. Over 60,000 visitors across multiples, independents and online retailers visit Spring Fair, connecting with innovative brands, products and all the extras the show has to offer. springfair.com
RHS Early Spring Plant Fair RHS Lawrence Hall and RHS Lindley Hall, London 14-15 February RHS welcomes in the new growing season with a wealth of inspiration to help visitors get their horticultural creativity started. RHS’ first show of the year, the RHS Early Spring Plant Fair, will be a bigger and better event for 2017 with more for visitors to see, do and take home. To reflect the enhanced show experience and as part of RHS’ commitment to grow the next generation of gardeners, there will be a small entry charge for members and the public. Funds from ticket sales will go towards helping to pay for RHS’ apprentices, to kick-start and enable young people’s careers in horticulture. rhs.org.uk INEX-ONLINE.COM
Passionate about design Claire Rendall has always been passionate about all areas of design and she started her career as a Graphic Designer. She would design the company logo, brochures and packaging and this developed to include corporate spaces such as the reception and boardroom. Claire also designed food packaging and it was a natural progression from this three-dimensional thinking to design bespoke boardroom tables, chairs and reception areas. Please can you give us a description of your professional career? My first interior design job was the shop for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. My career has been extremely varied and that’s the way I like it. It has included the top floor of Longleat House – a private penthouse apartment and banqueting suite for the colourful Marquess of Bath – designing for, and presenting on, DIY SOS and international work including two recent luxury harbourside properties in Sydney. What inspired you to become an interior designer? I’ve always loved ‘places’ and growing up my mum was constantly changing the interiors at home and dad always encouraged me to be hands-on with making rabbit hutches and taking the bike apart. All giving me the confidence to be practical. I’ve always been fascinated by how a space makes you feel – how one person’s INEX-ONLINE.COM
cosy and comfortable is another person’s dark and stuffy. I love the opportunity to change these atmospheres on such a huge scale. What do you find most enjoyable as an interior designer? I love the process. I love working with a team. I love seeing my ideas and drawings come to life and I love working with craftsmen who are the best in their field. I get an enormous buzz sitting at the drawing board and working through design challenges. It’s exciting when the right mix of colour and texture comes together and you’ve found something you know the client will love.
What is your most notable project to date? I guess many would see Longleat as my most notable project because it’s such an incredible property and Lord Bath is so well-known. It was an honour to create pieces and spaces for such an amazing collection and when I pop back it’s great to see how the furniture has mellowed since it was created.
My first project in Sydney is also a favourite because we took the property right back to scratch and there were no limitations on the rebuild. We rebuilt using best of everything and that’s always a joy for everyone involved. It was fabulous to have such a blank canvas inside and out. I designed the swimming pool terraces and outside areas including the planting and water features. I even redesigned the underground garage adding 23,000 limestone cobbles and a feature dried tree – which I bronzed. The brief for one of the properties was ‘sumptuous’, so inside I added solid walnut skirtings and door frames, exotic veneered doors with handmade bronze handles and 200-year-old French oak flooring from a tobacco factory in the Loire. I designed every piece of furniture. My favourite was the burr walnut and ebony kitchen with book-matched carrara marble tops and splashbacks. It’s like being in a fabulous room which you can also cook in.
The challenges of designing for such a harsh environment were enormous. Excessive sun, heat and dryness, rain (Sydney has more than London), humidity and saltwater. None of this sits easily with expensive interiors but overcoming this type of challenge makes the process interesting to say the least! I installed UV protection, humidity control and none damaged the lighting (in terms of both the heat and quality of light emitted). Exotic veneers were bonded to the same ply used on Bentley dashboards. What do you believe is the biggest challenge for interior designers today? I think we should be responsible for the planet and where possible use ethically-sourced materials. Lighting is a passion of mine and we should strive to make this as energy-efficient as possible. I’ve seen massive changes to enable this, even in the past 15 years. It’s not that difficult to do and still gives a quality, luxury feel.
Top left: Claire has always been fascinated by how a space makes you feel – how one person’s cosy and comfortable is another person’s dark and stuffy Far left: Claire Rendall has always been passionate about all areas of design and was constantly changing her interiors at home from a young age Above left: Because her work is so varied, Claire is constantly being inspired, particularly through her love of travel Left: Claire designed the swimming pool terraces and outside areas including the planting and water features for her first project in Sydney
How do you ensure your projects are both aesthetically-pleasing and practical? For me, practicality is paramount and I love the challenge of making something work and look beautiful. It’s not that difficult if you take the time to understand how a client lives and uses a space. Those first conversations are so important. I can’t stand things looking ‘tatty’, so I design around my client’s lifestyle. Some are happy to have a maintenance programme and some aren’t. It’s important to take time and listen and not rush off with something just because it looks good. It’s your client’s home and it’s so important to make it work for them and with them. A simple example is this pool terrace where I used ceramic bleached oak tiles for the deck because they are low-maintenance but still look chic. Because the edge of the cut tiles would be sharp, I used a rounded edge limestone around the edge of the pool so it’s comfy to sit on. The glass panels have images printed onto the surface of the glass so they won’t fade and make a statement with minimum upkeep. I mounted them with a gap at the bottom to hose out any leaves or debris. What’s your biggest source of inspiration? I don’t really have one source of inspiration. I’m a bit of a sponge and a terrible ‘photo freak’. I love to travel and that’s always inspirational. On a recent trip to Burma, I took nearly 3000 photos. Because my work is so varied, I’m constantly INEX-ONLINE.COM
being inspired. I love looking around buildings and seeing how they’re put together. It was amazing seeing the inside structure of Longleat House, for example. The shadow on a corrugated fence, a sculpture or painting could trigger a thought. My design heroes are people like Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry – extraordinary talent. I love Philippe Starck too. What did you learn from your time designing Longleat House? I think the biggest thing I learned from my time designing at Longleat was to have courage. Lord Bath’s vision was to create something for the 21st century. This was in the early 90s and since nothing ages faster than the future, it was a bit of a challenge. Also adding my bespoke designs to such a superlative collection was both an honour and more than a little daunting. These great houses have always reflected the society around them. For the banqueting suite, I took as my lead the Safari Park
which has sustained the house since the 1950s. I used the shape of elegant antelope horns for the legs of both the table and chairs. There were practicalities concerning security and fire safety and unusual requests from the client. He wanted, for example, a dining table to seat 50 guests so that no one was at the head and it could be configured in numerous ways. For the Selwood Cabinet, we had issues of creating a fabulous bookcase with a central aperture, so that from his desk Lord Bath could look through the library down the entire length of the house. There were issues of security with an incredible collection of books in the library including the first bible printed in English by Caxton, a contemporary painting of a Shakespeare play and letters from Elizabeth I and the current Queen. There were also issues of fire with this area being one of the many fire pockets in the house. My resolution was to create an automatic door which Lord Bath can open from his
What do you believe is key when it comes to a bedroom’s design? I believe the key to good bedroom design is lighting. It should be soft enough to help you unwind and relax with enough light to read a book and fiddle with recharging and finding glasses. Ventilation is important and if you have air conditioning it needs to be quiet and not blowing cold air down your neck. It’s so important to listen to your client. I’m big on having favourite paintings or treasures in the bedroom, it can be the first thing in the morning or last thing at night that you look at. I also like music in bedrooms but not televisions, unless specifically requested. Do you believe good lighting can enhance an interior scheme? I think lighting is the key to good interior design. It’s my real passion and I’ve seen many lovely schemes die on their feet because of bad lighting. I’ve also seen mediocre schemes look not too bad because of good lighting. It adds a sense of theatre to a space as well as making it functional. I think bathrooms are the one space where lighting is so often wrong. Many designers just flood the space with as much light as possible but that isn’t such a great idea when you want a relaxing soak in the bath. Flexibility is the key to good lighting. desk and which also creates a fire wall when closed. In front of this is a solid glass screen with deep etching. Around the edge, I used strips of LED lights so Lord Bath could choose a colour from a palette of thousands. Needless to say, he keeps it fading through every colour! This was challenging some 20 years ago. I also learned to be unafraid of mixing materials and to work within exceptional parameters. There were many challenges for creating a contemporary space within an Elizabethan palace not least that Lord Bath wanted something unique. Your first interior project was for The Royal Opera House’s shop, how do you feel you have grown since this project? I have become more confident since that first project and I’ve learned to trust my instincts more. I don’t think the work gets any easier, I always feel a bit sick when I see a new project. I think that’s a good thing. The day I get blase will be the day to stop. There has to be the adrenalin and energy. Are you witnessing any interior styles from your clients currently? Some clients are influenced by interior fashion, but my clients tend to want something a bit more unusual and unique so we tend not to get caught up in current styles or fashions. They want something that reflects them and the building.
Top left: Claire loves seeing her ideas and drawings come to life and loves working with craftsmen who are the best in their field Top: Practicality is paramount for Claire and she loves the challenge of making something work and look beautiful Above: For the Selwood Cabinet, Claire had issues of creating a fabulous bookcase with a central aperture so that from his desk Lord Bath could look through the library down the entire length of the house
What can we expect to see from you this year? I am really excited about two collaborations – one with PI Superyachts. I have designed a special yacht for their range of eco-superyachts and I’m also working on their interiors. I am also working with Van de Sant on creating a range of furniture made from ocean plastic. I’m designing a range for the UK market as well as a range specifically for yachts. I love the synergy of ocean plastic being used on an eco-superyacht! It’s fabulous when two projects work so well together. It’s also important that we find ways of cleaning the environment. clairerendall.com « INEX-ONLINE.COM
In a league of its own Members’ clubs have a long-established history in London. The first ever private members-only club to open its doors in 1693 was White’s, a classic gentlemen’s club situated in St James’s Street, London.
hile members’ clubs historically only allowed men, which was reflected in the masculine, dark wood design, the members’ clubs of today are inclusive and the interior design proves it. In stark contrast to White’s stands the Devonshire Club – London’s latest addition to the members’ club landscape. Tucked away in the iconic Devonshire Square in the heart of the City of London, the new venue could not be further from its older cousins, moving away from the nefarious reputation of the gentlemen’s clubs towards a welcoming venue for men and women alike. The Devonshire Club wanted to visually portray this immediately through the selection of materials and finishes. Although the exterior of the early 19th century warehouse is traditional, the interior is elegant, with a soft look and feel, offering a unique version of the Mondrian palette. From the start, the design vision behind the Devonshire Club was to stand out with its truly luxurious, modern and genuinely unique design. INEX-ONLINE.COM
The project comprises an entire seven-floor block of two Grade II Listed buildings, spreading out over 58,000ft2 of what was a former warehouse. This unusual structure adds hugely to the distinctiveness of the Devonshire Club with its high ceilings and abundance of natural light. The club The design brief provided by international construction services company, ISG, required architect practice, S.U.S.D., to consult on the architectural design, while design and architecture specialist March & White was appointed to create the interior spaces, blending the best of luxury hotel design with the signature story of the club.
Above: From the start, the design vision behind the Devonshire Club was to stand out with its truly luxurious, modern and genuinely unique design
The first phase of the project commenced in March 2015. The interior of the six-storey warehouse, previously used as commercial office space, was stripped out and modified, while the layout was reconfigured to optimise the space, with structural operations undertaken to allow ISG to form new lift cores and service risers within both buildings. A 1000ft2 winter garden extension was added to the rear, which provides an elegant space for the club’s members, regardless of the time of year. In the meantime, the adjacent three-storey building was transformed into residential accommodation and connected to the taller building via a bridge.
Above: The project comprises a seven-floor block of two Grade II Listed buildings Left: The interior of the six-storey warehouse was stripped out Above right: The design brief provided by ISG required S.U.S.D. to consult on the architectural design Right: High-quality materials and finishes were essential for the client, so the team worked together to ensure this was implemented
March & White created a series of distinctive spaces that are subtly connecting, offering a design that flows naturally, guiding guests to the bar and the winter garden. With the guests at the centre of any layout consideration, ISG, S.U.S.D. and March & White decided to step away from the traditional club format. Instead of dining and bar facilities only on the lower floors, public spaces are found on all floors to improve guest comfort and offer a diversification of spaces, as well as increased recreational time. The front of the main building has been divided up into new bedroom suites on the upper floors, which proved more problematic than in the 1980s extension. Abutment details were developed to build dividing bedroom partitions against the glass window cladding, which now meet the upgraded and modern acoustic standards required. Along with the bedrooms, the Devonshire has all facilities expected of a luxury establishment: a club lounge, brasserie, outdoor area, library, private dining and meeting rooms, a gymnasium and spa. In addition, there are four function rooms, fitted-out to a high specification, that can be hired for a variety of occasions.
Fit-out High-quality materials and finishes were essential for the client, so the team worked together to ensure this was implemented throughout. With each bar and restaurant designed to target different members by fashioning a unique ambience, the overall feel was supposed to be welcoming to both men and women. From the wenge stained walnut and golden teak heavy library bar to the bright and vibrant brasserie bar, a mix of feminine and masculine energy was created. Moving away from the world of members’ clubs, fuchsia, dusty pinks and corals are
visible through the selection of fabrics and finishes, creating a unique version of the Mondrian palette. The FF&E is a unique take on the mid-century form which flows throughout the club, continuously imprinted with the elegance of fashion couture. March & White interpreted the organic curves and forms of the mid-century into its own contemporary furniture, where the inspiration of Ico Parisi and Finn is yet delightfully visible. The cooler palette at the ground floor, using darker oak and featuring stone, mirror and stained glass, evokes a mid-century elegance that is contrasted with the warmth of teak and golden walnut on the first floor and bedroom levels. This contrast subtly intensifies the mid-century feel creating a sense of space and individuality between the levels of the building. The winning formula The Devonshire Club received the NAS Interior of the Year and Leisure Award 2016 at the Design Partnership Awards (DPA). Awarded for its ambience, functionality and creativity of design, the judges all agreed that the concept, look and feel of the club was clear from the very outset. The Devonshire Club is unlike any of the surrounding bars and conventional hotels. It is truly luxurious, modern and genuinely unique – a winning combination of relaxed but welcoming. Ben Foran, Development Director at ISG, explains: “There are currently no other clubs like the Devonshire in regards to size and scale. The overall ‘feminine feel’ of the club further sets it apart from other establishments. “However the library bar, for example – one of six bars throughout the club – does include masculine elements as well. It is all about the balance to create a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere. So far, there was a high membership uptake with both men and women joining in almost equal numbers.” Phil Armstrong, Development Director at ISG, continues: “The Devonshire Club was certainly an interesting project because of the history of the structure – a former warehouse. We wanted the building to remain authentic but also include modern elements. I think we achieved it.” isgplc.com« shopfitters.org « INEX-ONLINE.COM
Italian craftsmanship Multiliving, the UK’s flagship Scavolini store in London, features an exciting range of trend-setting kitchens from Scavolini, one of the world’s top Italian kitchen companies that is leading the way with bold new styles of kitchens. Here Brani Hadzhi, of the Multiliving store, talks top Italian trends for the kitchen in 2017.
itchen trends started changing last year and while solo colours – especially white kitchens – will always be in style, we saw the introduction of a lot more colour, texture, finishes and materials with
Above: Black kitchens are definitely making a comeback Below: Kitchen trends started changing last year
some exciting new design trends emerging. Italian kitchen design has always been a trend-setter for inspirational and innovative design and 2017 looks set to see some exciting new kitchen designs emerging,” comments Brani.
and while solo colours will always be in style, we saw the introduction of a lot more colour, texture, finishes and materials
The Scavolini brand has a worldwide reputation for being one step ahead in the design stakes, pushing design boundaries by working with designers from different disciplines and brands – like with the kitchen and bathroom range the company created with Diesel, one of Italy’s most successful fashion brands. “Our kitchens show the scope and diversity of design that ticks all the boxes if clients are looking for a kitchen that is unique. The ability to mix and match elements, colours and finishes is clearly the way forward as people want to create a kitchen that is unique to them. We offer many different options for finishes, work surfaces, accessories and appliances that, even though a kitchen may be part of a named range, no two kitchens in the range will ever look the same. Our philosophy at Multiliving is to create something different; a kitchen not constrained by choice. “Our designers create kitchens that combine clever design that not only look fantastic, but also incorporate the latest storage solutions to maximise space that creates a modern classic, whichever range clients choose.”
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Scavolini’s acclaimed Diesel Social range is of laid-back, contemporary design that combines the on-trend, rough-luxe industrial look with innovative and exciting designs using a diverse selection of finishes and materials. The Diesel Social kitchen mixes cabinet finishes and colours, using different coloured woods and contrasting work surfaces – just some new ideas emerging from Italy. Chalkboard and mesh metal cabinet doors contrast with tempered stainless steel angled worktops on islands and wood laminate used elsewhere in the kitchen. Metal in-laid handles and metal rivet studs on stools are details that add to an overall look of a design. Stained, mottled steel extractor fans, in an innovative shape, makes a kitchen truly unique and completely different INEX-ONLINE.COM
from the slick, glossy kitchens we usually associate with Italian kitchen design. On-trend and glamorous Black kitchens are definitely making a comeback and the very glamorous Baltimora range is another new look from Scavolini that defies the usual image of Italian kitchens. The Baltimora is a luxurious and sophisticated kitchen that combines modern design with traditional styles and features. Designed by leading Italian kitchen designers, Vuesse and M. Parchesi. Black kitchens are on-trend and make a glamorous and dramatic statement, especially when contrasted with elegant touches, like silver finishes and decorative features throughout a kitchen. Glass-fronted cabinets
add an additional feature and stainless steel worktops, appliances and splashback areas, making a striking contrast to the matt black lacquer cabinets. In complete contrast is the Ki kitchen, an example of Multiliving’s commitment to bringing a diverse range of contemporary, classic and cutting-edge kitchens to its UK client base. Designed by leading Japanese design house, Nendo, the Ki kitchen takes a completely different approach where simplicity, style and functionality come together to create the elegant and minimalist white and wood kitchen. This ground-breaking design includes linear, island and peninsula compositions, the porcelain containers rest on shelves and function as wall units, or are unusually used as sink and hob units to create a serene and ‘cool’ look. “It’s exciting to be able to show such a diverse range of kitchens when people are looking for something different. Clients often mix different ranges, especially if they want to include some of the more expensive elements in kitchens. Another way of personalising a kitchen is to splash out on work surfaces, they are always one of the main features of the room and can take an inexpensive kitchen to another level,” concludes Brani. multiliving.co.uk «
Sound solutions to unwanted noise Ian Usher, Technical and Marketing Manager at Knauf AMF Ceilings, discusses the benefits of installing suspended ceilings to create a good acoustic environment.
he Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral attracts around 50,000 tourists a year, many of whom visit to hear their hushed voices travel from one side of the 111m-high dome to be heard clearly around the other side. This acoustic effect was not an intentional feature of the dome’s design, but has become an entertaining tourist attraction. But not all acoustic effects in buildings are entertaining. In office buildings, background noise can have a negative impact on staff performance. In schools the situation is even more critical, where poor acoustics can have a detrimental effect on student concentration, behaviour and academic achievement. So how do you control unwanted noise and effects of sound when refurbishing an existing space? When endeavouring to design a good acoustic environment there are two main factors to be aware of: the ambient noise within the room and the reverberation time of the space. Ambient noise can come from a number of sources including sound transferring from adjacent rooms or corridors, speech, mechanical INEX-ONLINE.COM
equipment inside the space and noises coming in from outside. Sound insulation or attenuation prevents noise from outside disturbing those inside the building and is measured as a decibel (dB) value. The bel is a unit of sound pressure – named after Alexander Bell. A decibel is 1/10 of a
bel. The highest performance dB rating a suspended ceiling alone would provide is in the region of 45dB. The dB rating is actually a minus figure; generally speaking, if the sound source measures 100dB in a room, by installing a 40dB ceiling tile, the sound heard in the adjacent room is 60dB. Reverberation is the time, in seconds, required for reverberant sound in an enclosed space to reduce by 60dB of its original level after the source of the sound
has ceased. Reverberation times can vary from half a second to up to eight seconds in a large room with hard walls, floors and ceiling surfaces. Acoustic absorption within a room is important if you want to reduce the reverberation time which can help improve speech intelligibility and clarity. By installing sound absorption and insulation materials, interior designers are able to control and alter the reverberation time in a space. Sound absorption is measured as an Alpha W (αW) value. The degree of sound absorption depends on the performance level of the material which can vary from 0-100% absorption, but for ease of reference it’s divided into classes A to E, where A offers the highest protection. A plasterboard ceiling provides less than αW 0.1 sound absorption whereas a high-performing acoustic ceiling can offer up to αW 1.0 or 100% sound absorption. This high sound absorption is achieved because of the lightweight porous materials the ceilings are made from which is why suspended ceilings are an extremely cost-effective solution for controlling ambient noise and reverberation.
Suspended ceilings offer a number of options to choose from in terms of appearance and performance. A wide selection of face patterns, sizes and shapes are available to suit any interior design, offering everything from enhanced sound absorption for areas such as atriums and halls, to higher sound attenuation for corridors and circulation zones adjacent to teaching or office spaces. There is a growing trend in modern architecture towards the use of hard reflective materials such as concrete, steel and glass in large areas like atriums in office buildings. These areas are prone to high levels of reverberation with reflected sound bouncing off the many surfaces. A derelict building, recently renovated into a retail bank with a stunning central atrium, was installed with high sound absorbent panels to provide excellent acoustic control for the large, open-plan area. The ceiling panels are made from perforated mineral board with an acoustic fleece facing providing up to 44dB attenuation to reduce unwanted noise and make for a more comfortable internal environment.
In older buildings, a suspended ceiling is not always viable because of architectural features or a low ceiling height. In these situations, ceiling rafts or baffles are a good option to provide the necessary acoustic control. Rafts offer flexible and stylish solutions in a wide range of shapes and colours. They allow the creation of elegant designs and produce a contemporary look; their bright and colourful appearance is particularly appealing to young children. Wall absorbers can be used, either in conjunction with an acoustic ceiling or independently, to improve room acoustics and many offer higher impact resistance to cope with tough daily use in leisure centres or educational environments. Wall absorbers manufactured from mineral wool panels offer superior sound absorption and can make eyecatching, decorative wallcoverings. amfceilings.co.uk «
Above far left: Suspended ceilings are an extremely cost-effective solution for controlling ambient noise and reverberation Left: A wide selection of face patterns, sizes and shapes are available to suit any interior design Above left: In older buildings, a suspended ceiling is not always viable because of architectural features or a low ceiling height Above: Suspended ceilings offer a number of options to choose from in terms of appearance and performance
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Get gardens ready for spring with Extex’s Fauna collection A deep-pile chenille, Extex’s Fauna collection instantly adds a comforting opulence to outdoor spaces with its sumptuous, soft down texture that evokes the velvety feel of fur and feathers.
elebrating British design and manufacturing, the luxury outdoor fabric brand embraces the heritage and craftsmanship of British products and is proud to sponsor the Made in Britain campaign. Over 90% of Extex’s fabrics are woven in the UK, alongside its printed fabrics which are all created entirely by hand in an old Victorian mill on the banks of the River Medway in Kent. Certain to turn heads with its distinctively luxurious qualities and inviting appeal, there’s no need to consign lush fabric to the interior. For epicurean lifestyles, Fauna is a practical solution for any outdoor setting, from cushions for garden parties to stylish sunbeds and al fresco furniture. The exceptional plush features of this rich fabric truly transform the outdoors into a stylish space, perfect for all gardens and terraces, come rain or shine. INEX-ONLINE.COM
Above: For epicurean lifestyles, Fauna is a practical solution for any outdoor setting Right: The exceptional plush features of this rich fabric truly transform the outdoors into a stylish space, perfect for all gardens and terraces, come rain or shine
Suitable for the outdoors, Fauna stylishly furnishes and accessorises outdoor furniture and terraces, whilst cleverly adapting to the typical British weather. Available in nine luxurious colours and accented with a deep navy and a rich chocolate brown, Fauna is inspired by the inhabitants of our enchanting English woodlands and features beautiful colourways with whimsical names such as Mole, Mouse and Squirrel, further adding to the distinct quality of the collection. The perfect fusion of extraordinary softness and super strength, Fauna is finished to Extex’s usual high standards with stain-resistant, water-repellent, light-fast, machine washable and remarkably hardwearing qualities. Extex fabrics are available through Marina Mill and the company’s industry partners in fine furnishing and design showrooms worldwide. Renowned for designing and manufacturing the Extex range of outdoor fabrics for interior designers and superyachts, Marina Mill is also well-known as a specialist in hand-printworks, producing bespoke historical fabrics for royal castles and households since the company’s Founders, Keith and Stephanie Rawkins, started the business in 1967. Alternatively, try updating outdoor spaces instantly by bringing elements of the interior to exterior spaces. Highperformance outdoor fabrics allow homeowners to create comfortable and practical outdoor living spaces without compromising on style. Thinking ahead to the autumn and winter interior looks of this year, selected fabrics from the Fauna collection perfectly embody the new neutrals focus, one of the key trends for 2017. From sumptuous Fauna Bunny to pastel Mull Blush, Extex has this tactile trend all sewn up whatever the weather. Following the success of its captivating collations, Extex was delighted to be handpicked to showcase its latest collection at the Best of Britannia show in London. Promoting British manufacturing and key values, Extex exhibited its products amongst the best of British textile design. extex.co.uk « 01634 718871 « email@example.com «
Light up the sky Jon Holloway, Founder of Garden Trading with over 22 years’ experience in designing and developing lighting, shares his advice on how to make the most of exterior lighting this spring.
he method of lighting a property will depend on the style of the home, as an approach that will complement a period-style property won’t necessarily work to the best advantage of a modern-style property. Period properties often have a gorgeous texture of stone or brick which is ideal to highlight as a feature by using either up or downlighters. It might seem odd, but mounting lights higher than seems normal creates a lovely wash over the textures of a building and can celebrate period features. When picking a style of light, look for a seamless colour that will complement the building – for instance, a galvanised finish complements any texture and weathers into a subtle lead colour that suits any tone. For example, our new Southbank lights are crafted from polymer concrete and look stunning on a period property, and our Belvedere lights are perfect for ‘grand’ Georgian-style houses or framing a large front door. While our Devonport lights have a distinct nautical feel that look particularly stunning with a flint/brick combination property but would equally complement any home. If you are lighting a more contemporary home, you should look at subtle lights with a simplicity of design to complement a modern and clean external appearance. A simple radius shape is very calming, so I would suggest aluminium-based products, such as our Chatham range which provides a selection of affordable, classic designs to stay within budget. I particularly recommend bulkhead lights, providing plenty of lighting without overwhelming the simplicity of a modern design. If the house you’re working on is set back from the street, it is also worth considering installing a light with an in-built PIR sensor to provide added security and ease during dark winter evenings. It is very important to only install lighting that is safe to be used in outdoor conditions. All external lighting must be at least IP44-rated, which essentially means that it is protected against the intrusion of water. At Garden Trading, our full range of outdoor lighting is rated IP44 or above, offering even greater protection from the weather. As well as the IP rating, you should always keep in mind your environment, if your client lives in a very exposed property in severe conditions, such as on the coast, you should opt for lights that are of a solid design – e.g. a bulkhead rather than one with arms which can be more fragile in heavy winds. Our Devonport lights are rated IP65 and are the most suitable for withstanding coastal conditions, although all our galvanised lights will weather beautifully too.
25 EXRATED Far left: If the house you’re working on is set back from the street, it is also worth considering installing a light with an in-built PIR sensor Below far left: A spotlight is the most simple but effective way of achieving an effect, setting it away from the building to highlight the focus feature Below left: When picking a style of light, look for a seamless colour that will complement the building – for instance, a galvanised finish complements any texture and weathers into a subtle lead colour that suits any tone Centre: If the property you’re working on has a feature, lighting can be a great way to celebrate this Left: It is very important to only install lighting that is safe to be used in outdoor conditions Below: Devonport lights have a distinct nautical feel that look particularly stunning with a flint/ brick combination property
If the property you’re working on has a feature, lighting can be a great way to celebrate this. A spotlight is the most simple but effective way of achieving an effect, setting it away from the building to highlight the focus feature. A common mistake is to set a light on or near a feature, but some distance will create a much more subtle but impressive impact. Our new Farlow light is ideal for this and, complete with an LED bulb, will really stand the test of time. If the feature is particularly large or your client doesn’t have multiple points of interest on their property, don’t be afraid to use two or three spotlights, placing them carefully to create the desired impact. While certain lighting designs will always remain a classic, there are undoubtedly new trends coming to the surface in 2017. The marine style is gathering a lot of pace, taking inspiration from the lighting used on ships, oil rigs and marinas. Our Devonport lights complement this trend completely, as does our long-standing popular St Ives range. There is a definite move away from metal being the sole material, with more natural materials starting to shine. Our Southbank lights are crafted from polymer concrete, which gives a lovely smooth appearance and we anticipate the collection being very popular this spring. There is also a new step towards darker colours of black and dark greys, so I have introduced some of our more popular feature lights such as our Grosvenor and Belvedere in a new black shade. gardentrading.co.uk « INEX-ONLINE.COM
Since childhood, Mads Thornam has always had a great passion for design. He was fascinated by Danish design and loved the classics. This inspiration led to him opening up his own company in 2015, BY THORNAM, which strives to reinvent the way we see and use furniture.
ads’ love for Danish design was accompanied by his fascination of designers like Philippe Starck, that in the 80s and 90s disrupted the way we looked at furniture. This remained a hobby and a passion for many years for Mads, in which he worked at several international advertising and media agencies. In 2015, he finally took a leap of faith and founded BY THORNAM. “Based in the centre of Copenhagen, we are a networkbased company that have teamed up with some of the best people in the business,” explains Mads. “When I worked in advertising, I was used to hiring freelancers and it was evident that I needed to copy this model if I wanted to work with the best and make a mark in this business.
“I want to reinvent the way we see and use furniture. My mission is to create and design furniture that instantaneously captures and soothes the body and mind. I have missed alternatives that add new perspectives to Danish design and that excite all your senses, open your creative mind and at the same time challenge ‘normality’.” THE M is BY THORNAM’s first product launch. “I feel like we have launched three products at once because the THE M is a unique piece of furniture that can be transformed according to mood, lifestyle and need,” comments Mads. “It can be used as a daybed, lounge chair or a cosy, elegant headboard for your bed. Even though I worked on many different ideas, I knew from the start that THE M would make an impact because it invites you to relax, ‘pull the plug’ and take it slow.” Mads was inspired by a leather gym mat that was introduced in gyms all over Europe and at the Olympics in the mid-1930s for the design of THE M. “They were used to lessen the ‘sting’ or impact when jumping off a pommel horse, beam or vault. The leather straps were placed to make it easier to move around, but also for easy attachment to a wall when not in use. “About 10 years ago, the original leather mat resurfaced as an antique item and people began to buy and use it in various ways, but because it wasn’t meant for being used as a piece of furniture – it had some obvious limitations.
It weighed 35 kilos and was almost impossible to move around. It wasn’t very comfortable and was stuffed with pig’s hair, which made it bulky and asymmetrical. Basically, a design nightmare!” explains Mads. “I knew that if I had to turn it into a ‘dream’ it had to be totally redesigned. It took me a year – and a lot of prototypes – before it had the right shape and features to make it unique and one of a kind. One of the biggest challenges was making a piece of furniture that can be used to cover three complete different needs.” The foam inside THE M consists of two different patented layers of foam that make it bendable, comfortable and light weight. Mads has both private and professional clients all over the world that use THE M in very different environments. “We have advertising agencies that use them in their conference rooms, hotels that use them as headboards in their rooms or lounge spaces, as well as clients that use them in their home or beach house inside and outside.” Mads wanted to be true to the original design and made THE M in the finest aniline leather he could find. “Actually, never before has a piece of furniture used so much aniline leather on such a big surface without any seams disturbing the eye,” explains Mads. He also wanted to add the possibility of mixing THE M with different kinds of textiles, so velvet was chosen for its warmth and comfort. “Textiles that look like antique carpets were chosen because gave it a cosy yet raw, antique look,” enlightens Mads. Mixing leather with textiles also gives THE M a more versatile look and the ability to turn according to mood.
Top left: Mads wanted to be true to the original design and made THE M in the finest aniline leather he could find Far left: Mads’ love for Danish design and designers such as Philippe Starck, inspired him to start BY THORNAM Left: The foam inside THE M consists of two different patented layers of foam that make it bendable, comfortable and light weight Above: Mixing leather with textiles gives THE M a more versatile look
The name, THE M, came up early on in the process as the prototype was referred to as ‘the mat’. “It just felt right to pay my respects to the original gym mat from the mid-1930s,” explains Mads. “In Denmark, we have a proud design heritage that has spawned some of the greatest classics in the world. We are renowned for our craftsmanship, our attention to detail and our unique Scandinavian look. I was fortunate to meet one of the best upholstery makers in Denmark, that stays true to these principles – it is important for me that consumers can feel the love and passion that was put into making THE M. “I think people are fascinated by the Scandinavians’ ability to mix simplicity and perfectionism at the same time. Scandinavian design has a more laid-back attitude even though we don’t cut corners or settle for compromises. We stay true to our DNA that is influenced by the principles of the masters.” BY THORNAM has also just introduced THE M Headboard, which is an alternative version of THE M and can be used only as a headboard. Mads will be also introducing a chair, that has many similarities with the versatility and customisation aspects of THE M. bythornam.com « INEX-ONLINE.COM
Going green for 2017 Here, Style Library Contract explains how to incorporate Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Greenery, into fabrics and textiles for interior design schemes.
he Style Library Contract portfolio encompasses Anthology, Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co. and Scion – all leading British interior brands with individual styles. Each brand has its own in-house design studio which means each has its own unique personality and handwriting. A one-stop resource for interior designers, architects and specifiers around the world,
design is at the heart of Style Library Contract’s brands and it is constantly immersed in the latest developments and innovations in the industry. Together these brands identify key colour, design and material trends across their individual demographics, but one colour that’s been found to be growing across the board is green, as noted by Pantone which selected ‘Greenery’ as its ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2017.
Opposite: Botanical greens work well when combined with natural materials such as wood and crisp, clean whites Left: Complementing this colour can seem tricky, but the key to keeping this look connected and individual is in the finer details Above: Green comes in many forms and produces varying effects
Green comes in many forms and produces varying effects, pure greens such as Pantone’s Greenery inherently possesses a tranquil quality. This restorative, trans-seasonal colour introduces a sense of refreshment to the room, and the minds within it. In contrast, organic malachite greens can bring a pop of colour and energy whilst still reflecting a natural essence. Country-inspired schemes can effortlessly adopt green hues. Linen cloths and nature-inspired designs enhance the rural aspects of green and are particularly effective in period properties. To complete this look Rebecca Craig, Design Manager for the Sanderson Studio, suggests: “Botanical greens are a classic Sanderson colour combination, working well when combined with natural materials such as wood and crisp, clean whites. This gives a fresh and defined look to a room as well as bringing the beauty of nature into the home. It can be my mixed with blues and neutrals for a more colourful scheme. A versatile colour, green can easily be successfully introduced to existing interiors as accent cushions, a new blind or a fabulous statement sofa.” INEX-ONLINE.COM
Hannah Bowen, Head Designer for Scion, adds: “Pairing green with icy or inky blue will add warmth and depth to a scheme. When designing our SS17 ‘Noukku’ collection, this was a palette we explored a lot. It’s not always about patterned designs, semi-plans are really important for creating a cohesive look.” When asked if there were any current fabric trends she thought may suit this look, she continued: “Fabrics that have chunky woven qualities or that imitate soft brushed wool adapt well to all homes and will inject a little cosiness. These types of fabrics are very versatile, they bring fun and texture to a period property and look kitsch and Scandi in a modern one.” Be bold Having recently intricately explored the art of colour creation in its own colour kitchen, the Zoffany Studio has identified its own unique colour palette, which includes a dazzling malachite green. During this process Peter Gomez, Head of Design for the Zoffany Studio, experimented with a number of green shades and advises: “Be bold and use this colour in its purest form in a plain fabric, a great way to introduce a contemporary look is to champion green in a lustre effect against natural linens. Green really sits well with off-shades of sunstone and russets.” Complementing this colour can seem tricky, but the key to keeping this look connected and individual is in the finer details. “Little touches are often what elevate a scheme, try mixing green with gold and bronze metallics to warm this hue. Add an extra dimension by also injecting a strong colour alongside to add unique personality. If you’re thinking of using this colour for upholstery, ribbed velvets with a juxtaposing colour, for example yellow, will add a very smart and stylish look that’s ideal for any contemporary space or interior,” explains Louise Draper, Lead Designer for Anthology. INEX-ONLINE.COM
Style Library Contract’s portfolio of products includes many fabric and wallcovering designs in this on-trend green, but due to its individual brand design studios and advanced manufacturing facilities, the company can also create bespoke designs. Whether it’s a recolour of an existing design or developing something completely
Above: This restorative, trans-seasonal colour introduces a sense of refreshment to the room. In contrast, organic malachite greens can bring a pop of colour and energy whilst still reflecting a natural essence.
new, Style Library Contract provides the freedom to curate unique products, as a custodian of both the Sanderson and Morris & Co. archives, this brand houses one of the largest collections of fabrics, wallpapers and printing blocks, perfect for finding all the inspiration that’s ever needed. stylelibrarycontract.com «
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32 K+B DESIGN LONDON PREVIEW Left: k+b design London will showcase the ultimate design event for forward-thinkers in kitchen and bathroom design Below: This new co-location with Ecobuild also brings leading kitchen, bedroom and bathroom suppliers to potential clients within the entire built environment supply chain
k+b design London – a unique buying experience for the built environment supply chain k+b design London will showcase the ultimate design event for forward-thinkers in kitchen and bathroom design from 7 to 9th March at ExCeL, London.
o-locating with Ecobuild, a leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy market, k+b design London will offer a unique buying experience from those at the heart of the developing construction and housing market. From the organisers of kbb Birmingham, you can expect to experience quality products across the whole spectrum of future designs, from price range, efficiency and compliance; particularly addressing solutions unique to the capital and the South East, including the new breed of communal living, student accommodation, luxury projects and small space design. With 25% of the UK’s construction contracts awarded in London in March 2016, and with over 13% annual growth in London’s residential contract value, effective design solutions are required more than ever before in the capital. k+b design London will also offer an unprecedented number of new business opportunities, whilst maintaining existing ones: a uniquely-designed bar will centralise INEX-ONLINE.COM
the floorplan and provide the perfect interactive networking opportunity for industry-leading names, together with the industry’s most agile kitchen and bathroom brands, to network and address the unmet needs of a designconscious buying audience. Some of the brands already signed are technology CAD innovator, ArtiCAD, and Autokitchen along with international trend-setters Dansani, Salice and Rotpunkt; these will join a whole host of established British brands including Siamp, Harvey Water, Drew Forsyth, Design Yard, Aqualux, Wetrooms International and Basically Trade.
This new co-location with Ecobuild also brings leading kitchen, bedroom and bathroom suppliers to potential clients within the entire built environment supply chain, as well as providing access to an extensive database of retail buyers, interior designers, developers and the rest of the kbb community. As the only UK construction event that annually attracts over 33,000 industry professionals, Ecobuild will suitably run in the halls next to k+b design London at ExCeL throughout the duration of the show. Jon Johnston, Sales Director of k+b design London, said: “I’m really looking forward to k+b design London, and particularly our move alongside Ecobuild in 2017. This is a great opportunity to create a new way for buyers and suppliers to find everything they need in the construction and design capital; both communities will have a broader experience to source the latest products, discover cuttingedge technology and to build professional relationships for the future. We have already had great support from the industry, and we look forward to launching this unique, forward-thinking event in March.” kbdesignlondon.com «
RAK Ceramics (UK) launches Circle Wood tile collection RAK Ceramics, one of the largest ceramic brands in the world, has introduced a new tile collection – Circle Wood – to the UK market.
Above: The stunning wood effect brings a warm, natural feel to residential and commercial settings Below: RAK Ceramics’ new Circle Wood collection interprets the essence of real wood
sing advanced digital printing technology, RAK Ceramics’ new Circle Wood collection interprets the essence of real wood. The gres porcelain glazed tile is brought to life with swirling grains, gnarls and circular rings creating a highly authentic natural wood effect, but with the performance benefits of a porcelain tile. Suitable for both walls and floors, Circle Wood can be continued from one surface to another, to create a seamless look and feel in any space. The palette includes ivory, grey, greige, nut, beige and brown – and all colourways have a 19.5 x 120cm ‘plank’ format. The stunning wood effect brings a warm, natural feel to residential and commercial settings, and contrasts beautifully with marble-effect tiles, such as RAK Ceramics’ new Country Brick collection. It can also be used to create stunning splashbacks and feature walls, where each surface benefits from its exceptional performance features. For more information and a copy of RAK Ceramics’ new brochure featuring Circle Wood and Country Brick, please contact RAK Ceramics (UK). RAK Ceramics is one of the largest ceramic brands in the world. Specialising in ceramic and gres porcelain wall and floor tiles, tableware, sanitaryware and faucets, the company has the capacity to produce 110 million square metres of tiles, five million pieces of sanitaryware, 24 million pieces of porcelain tableware and 600,000 pieces of faucets per year at its 17 state-of-the-art plants across the United Arab Emirates, India, Bangladesh and Iran. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, RAK Ceramics serves clients in more than 150 countries through its network of operational hubs in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, North and South America and Australia. rakceramics.co.uk « 01730 237850 « firstname.lastname@example.org « INEX-ONLINE.COM
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A new generation of Hilton Hotels Representing the next generation of design-led Hilton Hotels, Hilton London Bankside is located in the heart of SE1, a stone’s throw away from some of London’s most-visited landmarks.
ith a strong focus on design, each part of the property has been carefully created to reflect the fascinating history and ambiance of the surrounding area, combining the authentic Bankside urban ‘grittiness’ and polished, contemporary design.
This riverside district lines the Thames with historic treasures, live music, street markets, pop-up events and awardwinning museums – including Tate Modern, Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard. Set in one of London’s oldest and most culture-rich parts of the capital, Hilton London Bankside boasts 292 designer-inspired guest rooms, new neighbourhood eatery – OXBO Bankside – and ‘The Distillery’, located on the site of a former Victorian essence factory.
Top left: The Distillery bar’s interior takes inspiration from the shapes and materials that would have been used in the original distillery Left: Displayed
The hotel can cater for any event with 11 flexible meeting rooms inclusive of the beautiful Bankside ballroom; an impressive pillarfree room accessed by sweeping, grand staircases with bespoke chandeliers, a 6m-high ceiling and state-of-the-art technology, holding up to 600 guests. Noticeable from its design is the Hilton London Bankside fox; he lives in some of the rooms and can be spotted lounging along the side of the children’s menu at OXBO Bankside. During the construction phase, Hilton’s Building Foreman Billy was visited each night by a friendly fox who casually padded around the site and came to be seen as the ‘guardian’ of Hilton’s project. For this reason, Hilton decided to welcome him into the hotel by giving him a legacy in a modern art piece, designed by Peter Millard and Partners, seen in some of the bedrooms, as well as small fox sculptures hidden around the hotel for guests to find.
throughout the property, the artworks showcase a selection of young British artists including subversively realistic papier-mache animal heads by David Farrer
Referencing the neighbourhood Designed in partnership with London-based architecture practice, Dexter Moren Associates, and design studio, Twenty2Degrees, references to the neighbouring Tate Modern can be seen in the lobby flooring, which evokes the famous Turbine Hall and the unique collection of art
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displayed throughout the property. Striking bespoke lighting, exposed metal screens, bare brickwork, reprocessed Tube station tiles and bespoke joinery all feature, with furnishings inspired by the colours and prints of William Morris. Sculptures by British Artist, David Farrer, accentuate the interiors, while reclaimed ceilings and murals have been designed especially for the hotel’s public spaces. 10 years ago, when Dexter Moren of Dexter Moren Associates was commissioned to design a hotel to replace the banknote recycling shed on a rare island site on Great Suffolk Street, the initial brief was for a mix of budget hotel, aparthotel, conference and leisure uses at a time when the post-industrial landscape of Bankside was too run-down to be a suitable site for five-star luxury. Fortunately, the regeneration of the area, following The Globe, Tate Modern and The Shard, enabled an opportunity to combine the initial separate uses into a five-star hotel which, when other brands wavered, Hilton agreed to support the developer, Splendid Hospitality. Which too saw the potential for something extra special. A combination of the concrete brutalism of Southbank, the urban edginess of Bankside, the looming shadow of Tate Modern and the power of the River Thames inspired the force of the narrative
and the details of the design. The material selections were informed by the board-formed concrete in surrounding buildings whilst the layers of graffiti, weathered over time, sit alongside ultra-slick steel and glazed modern constructions.
Centre: A ‘ghost mural’ featured in OXBO Bankside provides a subdued echo of the James Ashby & Sons ‘Fine Tea Factory’ signage from the 1850s Above: The effortless
Artistic influences Hilton London Bankside is the closest five-star hotel to the Tate Modern, so it’s not surprising that the gallery’s overshadowing influence has instilled an art narrative at the core of the design and its detailing. Led by the interior design team, and curated by art consultant Peter Millard & Partners, artwork takes on a significant role in the design of the hotel. Displayed throughout the property, the artworks showcase a selection of young British artists. From the port cochere graffiti panel by Niki Hare, through to The Penny Wall in The Distillery by Diarmuid Byron-O’Connor and the subversively realistic papier-mache animal heads by David Farrer found in OXBO Bankside. Other key features throughout Hilton London Bankside include the Alexander Calder-inspired lighting in the lobby lounge, with a mobileeffect design to create a bespoke, modern-day chandelier for the hotel. The Rebar sculpture bestriding the rear reception provides a dramatic focal point upon arrival, with layered textures extending across the entire back wall. A ‘ghost mural’ featured in
approach to the design of the OXBO restaurant complements the very British, locally-sourced menu Below: During the construction phase, Hilton’s Building Foreman Billy was visited each night by a fox, who came to be seen as the ‘guardian’ of Hilton’s project
OXBO Bankside provides a subdued echo of the James Ashby & Sons ‘Fine Tea Factory’ signage from the 1850s, found locally on Union Street. And the playful urban fox motif referenced subtly more than 100 times. Exterior or interior, Hilton London Bankside speaks with one design voice. The structure of the hotel’s architecture by Dexter Moren Associates uses two adjoining forms, one low and one tall, each with its own identity and linked by a volumetric, glazed entrance and inner lightwells. The height and massing relate to existing and proposed neighbours, echoing the urban character whilst creating a distinct visual reference at the junction of Prices Street and Great Suffolk Street.
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Innovative interiors With refined concepts meeting a ‘London grit’ narrative, the colour palette uses subdued tones that are generally de-saturated, without any major colour statements. Limited ‘pops’ of colour are injected into the space with various pieces of furniture, bespoke William Morris-inspired carpets alongside the artwork and decorative accessories. Moving into the expansive double-height reception area, guests can appreciate how the brick, metal and glass of the facade itself is a reflection and fusion of the area’s industrial heritage, echoed throughout the interiors. This space reflects the sensitive balance between the industrial and polished elements. The concrete-effect porcelain floor
tiles are evocative of the concrete finishes of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, whilst the pillars are clad in slick white subway tiles with a line of British racing green relief. Each of the polished black and gold marble reception pods create a jewel-box contrast against the Rebar wall art, whilst the use of marble in the lift surrounds helps bring continuity to such a large space. The long, floating light fitting, designed by Twenty2Degrees and
Dexter Moren Associates, draws the eye upwards, exaggerating the height of the lobby. The lightweight decorative pendants use thin tubular steel with ribbed glass globes and were inspired by mid-century materiality and the lightweight kinetic mobiles of American Sculptor, Alexander Calder. The sweeping ellipse of the fitting is mirrored in the oval seating arrangement, helping pull the space together. Whilst on the floor, the carpets are a nod to classic Britishness; using a washed take on William Morris’ patterns as an inspiration. The Distillery bar is a destination venue, a cocktail bar for serious mixologists. The interior takes inspiration from the shapes and materials that would have been used in the original distillery. The bar features hints of ‘old world charm’ detailing, like the antique brass bar inlays, echo distillation equipment, whilst suggesting the comfortable elegance of a 1930s gentlemen’s club. The meticulous details provide a nostalgic charm in a space which has industrial light fittings and fluted glass with patinated steel warehouse-inspired partitions as the backdrop.
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The warmth of the fumed oak parquet floor and timber ceiling is complemented by the earthy masculine hues of the rich, dark green leather upholstery and bronze-effect detailing. Dining, sleeping and lounging The effortless approach to the design of the OXBO restaurant complements the very British, locally-sourced menu. Despite catering for up to 168 covers, the decorative perforated steel screens provide privacy in the relatively large space as well as being strategically positioned to allow guests to be grouped within smaller areas to ensure the restaurant retains its ‘buzz’ whatever the time of day. The black and white floor tiles have a gentle Victorian feel but the hexagonal pattern creates a more contemporary edge. The design works alongside the parquet flooring, with the sharp yellow and blue tones of the William Morrisinspired carpet bringing a splash of vibrancy to the space. A number of ‘ghost signs’ – advertising signs painted onto walls, faded and worn with the years and weather – can be found in the area around the hotel, and in a space where the outer urban context is brought indoors, the OXBO’s ghost mural references the original Rose Tea Mural at Union Street, Southwark. Unlike many hotels where the executive lounge is segregated from the public areas, at Hilton London Bankside the design places the lounge directly on ground level, making its executive offer an aspirational statement. The executive lounge follows the gentlemen’s club aesthetic, but is more domestic in scale and residential in feeling. Sumptuous, elegant and discrete, the space has a very relaxed but slightly masculine feel with navy and dark blue enlivened by a pop of yellow. Outside the guest rooms, the corridor carpets were again designed by Twenty2Degrees and Dexter Moren Associates and are
Top left: The long, floating light fitting, designed by Twenty2Degrees and Dexter Moren Associates, draws the eye upwards, exaggerating the height of the lobby Below left: The OXBO restaurant’s black and white floor tiles have a gentle Victorian feel but the hexagonal pattern creates a more contemporary edge Left: The design works alongside the
unique to Hilton London Bankside. The stria wash of green and murky hues is inspired by the fluid patterns and dull palette of the nearby River Thames. The room numbers again hark back to the site’s heritage, being inspired by old printing blocks. Once inside the guest rooms, the design continues the sleek, industrial aesthetic but with a relaxed comfort that speaks to the boutique hotel offer. With materials including concreteeffect wallcoverings, limed timber and
travertine stone, softness is layered into the room in the plump upholstery and the winged headboards that exude warmth and comfort. In contrast to the public areas where the lighting acts to soften the space, in the guest bedrooms, the bell jar-shaped pendants and lamps become the more industrial components, with their accentuated joints and workshop articulation. hilton.com « twenty2degrees.com « dextermoren.com «
parquet flooring, with the sharp yellow and blue tones of the William Morrisinspired carpet Above: Unlike many hotels where the executive lounge is segregated from the public areas, at Hilton London Bankside the design places the lounge directly on ground level
38 PAINTS Left: Colours such as Farrow & Ball’s Hay feel soft, familiar and are understated Below: There is something almost defiant about the use of botanic green on walls instead of the ubiquitous charcoal darks
Colours For best results, we always recommend that colours are tested in situ and viewed throughout different times of the day. The four key colours for home decoration in 2017 have an enduring appeal that remains comfortingly familiar despite being used in surprising combinations. Pink has been at the forefront of decorating for the last year and there is now a natural progression to stronger reds. For example, our Radicchio feels exuberant, romantic and sensual and sits seamlessly with greys – such as Mole’s Breath, Purbeck Stone and Ammonite. Colours like Radicchio should always be the dominant force of a decorative scheme, while the greys remain intrinsic so rooms remain happy and vital. There is something almost defiant about the use of botanic green on walls instead of the ubiquitous charcoal darks. The sober colour reflects nature and has a fantastically timeless ‘old world’ quality, especially when combined with creams – such as our New White, Farrow’s Cream and Pointing. Farrow & Ball’s green hue, Studio Green, not only creates an alluring retreat but also provides a sanctuary.
Colour inside the lines
Here, Farrow & Ball explains how to select paint colours for heritage and modern properties and what will complement furnishings and fabrics.
pting for rich, traditional paint colours will complement a property’s heritage, for example, Farrow & Ball’s shades such as Pelt, Eating Room Red or Railings, and will provide a striking background for fabrics, furnishings, accessories and art – bringing a theatrical quality to period houses. Alternatively, contemporary colours can create a sense of drama in traditional surroundings. If the room you’re designing has lots of architectural features, don’t be tempted to use too much colour on them as this will detract from the very thing you are trying to enhance. INEX-ONLINE.COM
Light plays a very important part when it comes to colour schemes. If you are working on a north-facing room, choosing a cool shade may make the room feel cold so choose warmer tones, such as Joa’s White or Brinjal. South-facing rooms are a joy to decorate because the quality of light allows the use of both warm and cool colours. Try a less ‘coloured’ palette – such as Pavilion Blue or Borrowed Light – to create an airy space. For east-facing rooms, the light can appear to be a little blue so it’s best to work with this and choose greens and blues. To create as much light as possible but still retain some warmth, look at colours such as Pale Powder or Teresa’s Green which will really come alive in the morning sunlight.
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Colours such as our Hay feel soft and familiar and are understated. It is not a hot or sunny yellow – although it becomes rawer in bright light – but rather an aged, whimsical tone with an underlying green. The colour is best counterbalanced with blue hues, such as Oval Room Blue and Setting Plaster, to create life-affirming rooms reminiscent of a mid-century palette. Non-pigment white colours create an uncomplicated feel which is naturally fresh but not stark or ‘brilliant’. The key to this look is to create a mood of stillness and calm by layering different whites – and only whites – together. Hues such as Great White, Cabbage White and Strong White can be used in any combination with non-pigment hues, such as All White, to create the perfect backdrop for both art and natural materials. Paint finishes Gloss is generally only used on woodwork, although recently it has been used to produce an ultra-contemporary look on plain plaster walls – especially effective as a feature wall. We’ve noticed that customers are becoming more experimental in their use of paint finish as well as colour. Our Full Gloss has a striking effect on ceilings and walls to give a contemporary look. Walls glint and shine, creating a ‘jewel-like’ quality while having maximum durability.
Try painting a stripe of Full Gloss on to an Estate Emulsion wall in the same colour to create a textured look. The high sheen gloss finish contrasts wonderfully with the chalky matt appearance of Estate Emulsion. This works wonderfully with rich, velvety colours – such as Brinjal, Radicchio and Chappell Green as well as neutrals and off-whites. It is also suitable for exterior use and is a popular choice for front doors. For elegant sophistication, you cannot beat a gloss front door in Black Blue. farrow-ball.com «
Above: Non-pigment white colours create an uncomplicated feel which is naturally fresh Left: Pink has been at the forefront of decorating for the last year and there is now a natural progression to stronger reds
Knock on wood Whether considering the floor, ceiling or walls, surfaces are an essential component in any interior design scheme. Due to the large area that surfaces command, the chosen materials will inevitably set the tone of the space. This is why it is essential that in specifying, aesthetics must be considered in equal measure with functional longevity.
Above: The flooring in the Devonshire Club, London, is a prime example of how a vibrant mix of different patterns can be used Left: A combination of Hakwood plank, herringbone, chevron and brick pattern flooring can be found throughout this London private membersâ€™ club
uckily, in this day and age, those choices are not mutually exclusive. Hardwearing and practical surfaces can also allow for boundless creativity thanks to the vast array of materials, textures, styles and colours available on the market to select from. Hakwood, a global leader in the production of high-end wood flooring and wall tiles, is built specifically upon the enduring trend towards high-quality, natural wood surfaces in the architectural and interior design sectors. Based in the Netherlands, the company designs and manufactures wood flooring and wall tiles for residential, commercial, hospitality and retail spaces, adorning the most progressive interiors in more than 60 countries worldwide. In recent times, the manufacturer has recognised that an increasing number of interior design projects are incorporating wood in surprising and creative ways.
Hakwood’s exclusive finishes and bespoke options are made possible by collaborating with top designers and architects across the world. Specialising in high-quality, durable European oak, the manufacturer considers it the ideal choice for applying a diverse variety of surface treatments, textures and colours. As customers continue to apply flooring in imaginative ways, Hakwood has recognised a demand for further decorative applications of wood in interior design schemes. Hakwood notices that European oak (also known as French white oak) becomes more and more popular. High-quality products are increasingly difficult to come by and prices are always on the rise. Hakwood specialises in high-quality European oak because it sees a great deal of practical benefit – as well as the opportunity for creativity – within this popular wood species. Hardwearing and durable, the material is resistant to fungus and
insect attacks. It is also suitable for a wide variety of finishes and textures, developed in the Hakwood colour lab. The Hakwood Duoplank is a combination of an oak top layer with a plywood backer which also makes for a very stable product. An expert in the material, a side trip within the category of European oak is a new collection Hakwood is launching in early 2017: Reclaimed Antique. For this latest product, Hakwood searched and found the best antique beams of salvaged wood – strong inside and beautifully weathered on the outside. The oak within the Reclaimed Antique Collection is at least 150-years-old and finished by hand, in a traditional manner that retains the authenticity and character of the aged wood. Hakwood respects the centuries of history each plank represents by not rushing the path to its new life. Using the reclaimed material like this opens a new door to durable, sustainable flooring.
Above left: In São Paulo’s Casa Cor show house ‘Tribute to 30’, designed by Roberto Migotto, Hakwood Original flooring in a basket weave pattern was incorporated Above: Whether considering the floor, ceiling or walls, surfaces are an essential component in any interior design scheme Right: High-quality products are increasingly difficult to come by and prices are always on the rise
Above: Lair Reis of Studio MK27 specified Hakwood Mineral flooring from the Colour Collection to pull together the muted grey aesthetic Top right: The specific grey tone used in the recent refurbishment of Gama Issa House in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was developed in collaboration with the designer
Interior trends: Greys Hakwood is seeing a lot of grey tones coming up in the world of interior design – with several grey products in its own standard collection. The specific grey tone used in the recent refurbishment of Gama Issa House in Sao Paulo, Brazil – designed by Studio MK27 – was developed in collaboration with the designer. Lair Reis of Studio MK27 specified Hakwood Mineral flooring from the Colour Collection to pull together the muted grey aesthetic of the refurbishment. Reis notes: “The grey flooring fit in with the new look of the house while respecting the predominantly white, modernist look of the original architecture.”
Patterns The trend towards statement flooring patterns has been growing steadily for the past few years. Hakwood observes this option being specified in varying styles of contemporary and eclectic interiors, not only in traditional designs. The flooring in the Devonshire Club, London, is a prime example of how a vibrant mix of different patterns can be used to produce a sophisticated overall picture. A combination of Hakwood plank, herringbone, chevron and brick pattern flooring can be found throughout this London private members’ club, designed by March & White. When it comes to luxury interiors, detail is key. By introducing bespoke flooring in various complex patterns, the series
of bars, brassieres and lounges flow elegantly together while each possessing their own unique identity. Short lengths and narrow widths ‘Wide, wider, widest’ was the trend for a long time. What is interesting to see now is that short lengths and narrow widths are coming back into fashion and can produce interesting patterns – applicable in residential, commercial, retail or hospitality interior design projects. In São Paulo’s Casa Cor show house ‘Tribute to 30’, designed by Roberto Migotto, Hakwood Original flooring in a basket weave pattern was incorporated into the scheme to produce a warm environment that oozed an understated elegance. These subtle dimensions create an overall upscale picture.
Above right: A showstopping feature in themselves, wall tiles make even more of an impact when used in conjunction with complementary wood flooring Right: The wellknown practical and ecological benefits of wood are in accord with the psychological benefits of incorporating natural wood surfaces into interior design schemes
Wall tiles To meet the growing demand for interesting implementations of engineered European oak Duoplank, Hakwood has subsequently extended its product range. Marrying the timelessness and durability of wood with a contemporary geometric aesthetic, Hakwood’s newly-released Wall Tiles enable architects and designers to create bespoke feature walls. A show-stopping feature in themselves, wall tiles make even more of an impact when used in conjunction with complementary wood flooring. A product as applicable in the most contemporary and classic of schemes, Hakwood Wall Tiles, like
more archetypal wood surfaces, testify to the endless interior design possibilities wood surfaces can stage, in any interior. The continued demand for wood in interior design is proof of the material’s durability and steadfast allure. The well-known practical and ecological benefits of wood are in accord with the psychological benefits of incorporating natural wood surfaces into interior design schemes. Incorporating natural materials in interior spaces elicits a sense of natural warmth and texture. Given the way in which wood gracefully ages and wears, it is no surprise that quality hardwood surfaces continue to endure. hakwood.com « INEX-ONLINE.COM
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lighting to make the bathroom more comfortable and enjoyable to use. The importance of the bathroom as a feel-good experience has also increased. Steam showers are perfect for the ultimate home spa experience. Our versatile Exclusive Solutions range is suitable for steam, powershowers and body jets. Highly robust, our innovative designs feature watertight seals and concealed fixings, with built-in adjustable wall profiles for easy installation, allowing a private sanctuary to be created within your own home.
AQATA reports on key trends for 2017 AQATA’s dedicated team of professionals have witnessed an evolution in the bathroom since the company’s inception in 1986. Here, AQATA’s Managing Director, Jayne Barnes, looks at the year ahead and explores the key shower trends that will influence consumers.
t is an exciting time for interiors generally as there are so many diverse colours, patterns and textures to choose from. Colours are becoming bolder and are not just restricted to the walls and floors, but also found in the bathroom products themselves, such as coloured or tinted glass for the shower enclosure. Design style is still very much down to individual preference; whether a period look to match the age and original features within the home, or a minimal contemporary scheme which is all about clean lines and a feeling of uncluttered simplicity. When it comes to the shower, the three strongest trends are easy access and intuitive use for all ages – wetrooms are perfect for this; comfort and wellbeing – including spacious enclosures and steam; and customisation to create unique solutions. Wetrooms – the universal shower Wetrooms offer a universally popular design solution. Whether a tiled wetroom floor, or low-level or flush-mounted shower tray with INEX-ONLINE.COM
Customisation – everyone wants it their way The discerning bathroom buyer now yearns for not only a highly-engineered luxury shower enclosure or screen, hand-made to fit their exact space, but also a completely individual customised design to bring their own character and personality into the bathroom. AQATA’s Made 2 Measure service is the ideal way of ensuring a new shower will fit perfectly into an awkward space or under a sloping ceiling or eaves. In addition, it is also perfect for creating unique personalised solutions with, for example, gold finish profiles or etchings which can be chosen from our library or uniquely designed. email@example.com « aqata.co.uk « 01455 896500 «
wide shower screen, they make a real design statement and provide easy access for all. Once only found in five-star hotels and spas, the new millennium heralded the trend towards these walk-in wetroom style shower areas in the home. Desired for their modern look, they are now established due to their high levels of safety and functionality for all ages and abilities. AQATA’s low level shower trays can be installed flush to the floor providing an unobtrusive, seamless look. With no awkward step up into the shower, these versatile shower trays are perfect for multigenerational families where young and old alike require floor level walkin shower areas. Comfort and wellbeing Whether a quick morning shower before work, or a relaxing shower after a workout, the shower is being afforded more space and importance within the bathroom. Larger shower spaces allow for more luxurious products to be incorporated into the design, such as practical shower seats, power-showers and mood
Top left: Made 2 Measure Spectra SP475 – a bespoke customised solution for the bathroom Above: Spectra SP448 – wetroom style showering solutions from AQATA
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Fila focus turns to PROJECT DIVISION for SDS 2017 Fila is set to focus on its growing support division – FILA PROJECT DIVISION – at the Surface Design Show. Set up to provide continual assistance to manufacturers, planners, contractors and builders, the division offers services spanning from advice on daily cleaning regimes to extraordinary maintenance. Global case studies will be presented on the stand along with expert advice and support. Products from FILA’s Green Line will also feature, including award-winning, water-based sealer, FILAMP90 ECO PLUS; regularly specified for commercial projects and LEED-compliant. Visitors will also get a sneak preview of a new anti-etching treatment that will be launched by Fila later in the year. filasolutions.com 01584 877286
Osmo moves in with the royals Osmo’s wood finish products have been used by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers on a gift for Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The English charity for the furniture industry created a children’s table and four chairs and coated the gift with Osmo Wood Wax Finish to ensure the wood’s surface is safe and colourful. Children’s furniture should be of high quality in terms of craftsmanship, building materials and surface treatments. Designer, Steuart Padwick, wanted to specify bright colours to help inspire Princess Charlotte’s creativity to draw, paint and play at her table. Especially for this project, Osmo was able to provide custom colour tones to match the designer’s colourful specification. osmouk.com 01296 481220
DRU announces new Polo freestanding gas stove DRU has released a new addition to its collection of contemporary freestanding gas stoves. Polo is an impressive 1m-high stove with a square design, featuring a large glass viewing window and an authentic log fire display with high, realistic flames. There is a choice of interior finishes in black or mirrored Ceraglass, and Polo has a heat output of 4.1kW, making it suitable for a variety of rooms around the home. The balanced flue system of Polo means that it can be located anywhere in proximity to an outside facing wall, making it one of the most flexible gas fires in the DRU range. drufire.com 0161 793 8700
Christopher Hyde continues to develop range Renowned for its traditional designs, Christopher Hyde has now started to develop contemporary ranges. Providing lighting for prestige interiors, the company can offer hand-finished options as standard. Using artisan skills Christopher Hyde is able to manufacture almost anything. In keeping with changes within the lighting industry, Christopher Hyde offers advanced LED technology including integral and retrofit energy-saving light sources, emergency lighting and various dimming alternatives. Why not take the opportunity to visit the London showroom to see many of the ranges and to discuss any projects with an expert. christopherhyde.com 0207 351 0863
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New quartz surfaces combine style with maximum durability CRL Stone has launched a new comprehensive range of engineered quartz surfaces, created to meet the demands of modern living. Hardwearing and easy to care for, CRL Quartz is ideal for the kitchen and bathroom where durability and flexible design are paramount.
RL Quartz is a beautiful engineered quartz stone, which is scratch, heat and stain-resistant – which, unlike natural materials such as marble, never needs to be sealed. Requiring minimum maintenance to keep it looking as good as new, the non-porous surface makes cleaning simple, with soap and water or a mild detergent all that is needed. Offering a versatile design solution appropriate for any setting, CRL Quartz is available in a choice of 32 colours, with a polished finish. In thicknesses of 20 and 30mm, the surface comes in an extra-large format slab measuring 3.2 x 1.6m, allowing for greater consistency in design over large spaces such as kitchen worktops. Commenting on the launch of CRL Quartz, Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL Stone, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our own range of quartz surfaces to market. Responding head-on to current trends in kitchen and bathroom design, the surface is a versatile, easy-to-maintain solution that will last the test of time. The quality of the product is backed up by CRL Stone’s excellent customer service and support, built on our 20 years’ experience in the industry.” CRL Quartz is available from stock now from the CRL Stone UK warehouse. crlquartz.co.uk « 0800 0421 6144 « firstname.lastname@example.org « INEX-ONLINE.COM
Noble Russell enhances new Mayfair restaurant, Jamavar Noble Russell has produced a range of bespoke furniture for new Indian restaurant, Jamavar (Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts) and designers, Fabled Studio. In the main restaurant, custom-made tables comprise hand-turned pedestal bases, edged in brass with solid oak tops. These are accompanied by oak banquettes with stained and lacquered show-wood, upholstered in vibrant fabric backs and green leather seats. Downstairs, tables feature blue and grey pigmented veneer chessboard patterned tops and pedestal bases in blue with brass details. These are teamed with dark blue leather buttoned banquettes. Finally, 47 bespoke oak, leather and rattan chairs with matching bar stools were hand-crafted for both floors. The Noble Russell furniture truly enhances this high-end restaurant. noblerussell.co.uk 01572 821591
Black is beautiful in the kitchen Caple has launched a beautiful, new, dual flow tap, dressed to impress in a chic and innovative chromite black finish. Perfect for adding a touch of drama to the more contemporary kitchen, the stylish new Avel Chromite Black tap (AVE2/BK) is made from solid stainless steel and features a streamlined, monobloc design that will beautifully complement all styles of sink from ceramic and stainless steel to composite. Caple’s Product Manager, Luke Shipway, says: “Featuring our innovative, new chromite black finish, the new Avel tap will make a real style statement in any contemporary kitchen and has been designed to complement our comprehensive range of sinks.” caple.co.uk 0117 938 1900
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New Nutmeg in BLANCO CombiColour initiative BLANCO’s CombiColour initiative and Colour Assistant is helping specifiers to create stunning combinations of worktops, sinks and taps. BLANCO’s Colour Assistant will help specifiers create tasteful combinations of sinks and worktops – with lots of contemporary worktop designs. There are now 11 colour accents in the BLANCO Silgranit PuraDur range of sinks and seven in the ceramic portfolio, including a new colour in the BLANCO CombiColour sink portfolio – Nutmeg. The perfect colour combination of sink, tap, worktop and kitchen unit is now just a click away. For further information on BLANCO’s CombiColour initiative, please visit: www.blanco-germany.com/en/int/kitchen_sinks/sink_advisor_int/ colour_assistant/blanco_colour_assistant.html. blanco.co.uk 01923 635200
St James gets an overwhelming reception A range of custom Spectral Lighting products have created a spectacular lighting solution at 55 St James’ Street, London. H-PROFIL and TURUS luminaires are combined to create a stunning centrepiece in the reception area, while STORA transforms the lift lobby area. The development features a 5.9m diameter ring using Spectral’s H-PROFIL 150 system, offering a central focus. Complementing this is a smaller 2.7m ring made from Spectral’s TURUS fitting. This was produced using the inward lighting section from the standard double decker TURUS to create an intense circle of light within the main ring onto the ceiling. In the lift lobby area, a beautiful 1.4m STORA LK also creates a focal point. spectral-lighting.co.uk 01279 450882
Interface helps ED&F create biophilic oasis to support wellbeing When refurbishing its new office, ED&F Man wanted to create an interior that was striking and focused on supporting the wellbeing of its employees. To help achieve this, biophilic-inspired collections from Interface were selected. Gaynor Taylor, Director at Mansfield Monk, remarked: “For the breakout space, we chose pale grey tiles from Interface’s Urban Retreat 103 collection. To differentiate the main desk area, we installed moss-coloured tiles from the same range. We then fitted a slim band of dark grey Urban Retreat 102 tiles and two-tone Urban Retreat 101 products to create a graduated border between the two areas.” In two of the informal meeting spaces, Interface’s Walk the Plank collection in skinny plank format was also specified. interface.com 01274 690690
External wood solution for all needs OrganoWood is the latest name in sustainable wood protection and is building a reputation amongst architects, professionals and end-users as the external wood treatment of choice for a number of different applications. Offering three leading products – OrganoWood 01 Protection, OrganoWood 02 Repellent and OrganoWood 03 Cleaner – OrganoWood has developed a product for all exterior wood requirement. Providing a high-quality alternative to chemical pressure treatments, OrganoWood is favoured by those who are discouraged by using chemicals for either sustainable or applications reasons, such as environments where the wood has close contact to children, animals or vegetation. organowood.co.uk 01296 323770 INEX-ONLINE.COM
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Classic with a modern twist
Lyndon Design’s modular furniture facilitates flexible working Lyndon Design has widened its modular furniture range to include eight collections. Designed to facilitate connectivity and meet the needs of formal and informal meeting areas and public spaces, the collections boast flexible, reconfigurable options, providing specifiers and designers with infinite layout arrangements. High-backed meeting booths help break up large, open-plan spaces and come fully equipped to meet the varying requirements of today’s technological needs. For informal breakout spaces, upholstered cubes, stools and benches offer infinite configurations that are designed to add a casual feel. Likewise, soft sofa collections offer modular options for areas that require more relaxation. lyndon.co.uk 01242 584897
n response to this latest vogue, Vicaima has reinvigorated its Classic K range to provide a modern twist to an old favourite with some exciting new finishes. The Vicaima Classic K range takes elements of shaker styling but with a more up-todate and appealing look for the modern generation of interior panelled doors. Available in one, two, three and four panel designs, together with glazed options, Classic K doors offer a solid construction with real veneer faces, together with white or primed for on-site painting if required. In addition to the ever-popular veneer options, Vicaima has also extended the range to include six new factory-stained ash finishes and for that ultra-smooth, pure look – a new satin white finish. All doors are available with fire and security options and can also be supplied as Portaro matching door and frame systems where required. K Range doors are one of three ranges from the Vicaima Classic collection. Classic P, with traditional raised and fielded panels, and Classic F, a flat panel design, are also available. Download a copy of the new Classic range brochure from the Vicaima website. For these and other innovative designs and products from the many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website. vicaima.com « 01793 532333 « email@example.com «
Silentflor – design-led acoustic flooring from Polyflor Polyflor is pleased to announce the launch of Silentflor PUR, a collection of heavy commercial sheet vinyl flooring with acoustic properties. Silentflor is a robust, beautifully-designed collection that achieves 19dB impact sound reduction and has been expertly created for a wide range of commercial interiors, such as healthcare, office, education, residential, retail and leisure sectors. Made in the UK, this flooring range includes 36 stunning designs in a 3.7mm gauge and 0.65mm wear layer sheet format. The 16 Silentflor wood effect designs replicate a variety of stunning wood species and grains including oak and ash patterns, chevron design floors and limed wood effects. polyflor.com 0161 767 1111
Interior design, like all fashion, evolves with the times and so the march of contemporary movement can often seem relentless. Of course, a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes our thinking with modern decor and so it is hardly surprising that Vicaima has seen a trend for panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year.
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Human Nature artwork highlights charity Lighting Design International has used the MentorLED Remote from Light Projects in conjunction with Soraa’s brilliant AR111s to help illuminate and accentuate the beautiful Human Nature artwork in The Shard’s 37th floor Aqua Shard restaurant. A collaboration between Timothy Hatton Architects and Sir David Attenborough in aid of the charity Flora & Fauna International, it comprises a 9m-high cascading leaf sculpture. During the day, the white leaves are silhouetted against the dramatic London skyline. At night, the soft light from the MentorLED grazes up through the leaves which seemingly float in space, casting gentle shadows on the ceiling. lightprojects.co.uk 0207 231 8282
New Tetbury product launch for spring Wesley Barrell is proud to announce the launch of a new Tetbury model, inspired by Edwardian originals and high-sided knole models. Tetbury is an elegant sofa with foam and feather wrap seat cushions as standard for maximum comfort with less need for constant ‘plumping’, and feather-filled back cushions as well as two matching scatter cushions. Set upon turned legs with castors to the front, this model looks stunning when sat opposite a twin sofa and with a matching coffee table footstool in between. Tetbury comes with the comfort of a lifetime guarantee for the frame and a 10-year guarantee for coil springs. wesley-barrell.co.uk 0207 629 2019 INEX-ONLINE.COM
Popular kitchen renovation company announces rebrand With stylish new looks to be rolled out across its showrooms and product ranges, Granite Transformations became Trend Transformations this January. Granite Transformations started as a kitchen worktop replacement service over 20 years ago with its famous ‘worktop that fits on top’, but its range of surfaces and tiles has expanded so far that, for several years, the company has been doing complete kitchen and bathroom renovations in both residential and commercial spaces. Three Trend Transformations opened this January, two rebrands and one new showroom in Perth. The rest of the showrooms are part of a rebrand rollout programme over the next three years with at least four new showrooms planned across the UK each year. trend-transformations.com 01892 509690
Lake Como launch for Fontanot in five-star luxury hotel, Il Sereno Having provided staircases for three important Milan building projects, Fontanot has proved itself as an excellent partner for major international projects once again, docking on the shores of Lake Como – one of the world’s best-loved tourist destinations – at the prestigious Il Sereno Lago di Como hotel. The contemporary structure was designed by Patricia Urquiola and includes an entirely custom-made Fontanot staircase. In the majestic lobby, the Fontanot staircase in prized canaletto walnut blends harmoniously with the interior decor, lending a touch of excellence, for which the Italian company is renowned for. Fontanot also created another custom-made staircase located next to the elevator. fontanot.it +39 0541 906 111
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New source of finest quality marble for interior designers and architects FOX MARBLE, under the leadership of CEO Chris Gilbert, has opened five marble quarries in Kosovo and Macedonia, bringing new life and economic progress to the area.
here are plans to open many more. Chris Gilbert explains that as owners of their quarries in an emerging market, costs are not as high for labour and production as, for example, Italian competitors. Kosovo, a newly-independent state since October 2016, emerges from recent strife on the way to commercial success. New jobs and economic development for the state will be encouraged by the imagination and enterprise of FOX MARBLE. Kosovo and Macedonia have extensive and largely untapped stone resources with none of the overworking or tightening environmental restrictions of established marble production centres. Their quarries have been lying dormant for decades. Advantages for developers, builders and designers include low production costs which mean that the company is able to deliver highquality processed marble to the market at highly competitive prices. FOX MARBLE has appointed highly-skilled Italian quarrymasters, who train a local workforce – and are treated with care and humanity – even supplied with a hot meal every day. The beauty of marble, loved by the ancient Greeks and inspiring the greatest sculptors and architects for centuries, is currently enjoying a major revival. Fine quality marble spells immediate luxury in bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, foyers and staircases in opulent contemporary interiors. foxmarble.net « 0207 380 0999 « firstname.lastname@example.org «
GROHE Sensia Arena: a perfect choice for the growing shower toilet trend Already a standard feature in Asian bathrooms, shower toilets are now making big waves in other international markets. As the popularity of shower toilets continues to increase in both hospitality design and residential properties, more and more people around the world will expect to see them installed in homes and hotels. What makes the GROHE Sensia Arena such a valuable addition to any bathroom is the combination of the advanced technologies it incorporates. This shower toilet provides a touch-free cleaning experience using only water and warm air – an all-natural process without paper or chemicals. grohe.com/uk 0871 200 3414
David Harber expertly revives Louis XIV commission Award-winning Artist and Sculptor, David Harber, has expertly revived The Noon Day Cannon –an historic commission for the ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV, for the gardens of Versailles. David Harber’s modern-day interpretation of The Noon Day Cannon is not just a thing of beauty. This timepiece boasts a skillfully-crafted miniature bronze cannon, which can be mounted on letter-cut marble with a gnomon, the shadow-casting element. The magnifying lens is adjusted to the sun’s declination and when the sun is at its zenith, the magnified light ignites the Noon Day Cannon. The reinvention of this piece was borne of David Harber’s fascination with ancient mathematical and scientific principles. davidharber.co.uk 01235 859300 INEX-ONLINE.COM
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