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January 2017 ISSUE 41 Download the Inex app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Search ‘Inex-online’





Katie Singleton and Lucy Clark, Founders of Olive Design Studio, explain how they met and why they decided to open their own studio

Exclusive hotel H10 Casa Mimosa in Barcelona has enhanced its outdoor areas with furniture pieces from Kettal

Inex takes a look at a collaborative report between eporta and WGSN which highlights the trends that were big in 2016

American Lighting Designer, Kevin Reilly, has unveiled the latest products to his lighting portfolio, the BAMBA collection



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he beginning of 2017 marks a new year for trends in the interior design world, but it’s also a time to reflect on the past year’s interior trends. This month, Inex takes a look at a collaboration between global interior trade network eporta and renowned, leading trend service WGSN, which has revealed what trends were popular throughout the industry during the past year. From ‘the most searched for’ materials and products to lights and themes, eporta and WGSN expose what was big in 2016 and what trends may be here to stay for the year ahead. Turn to page 14 to find out more. Another trend that appears to be a non-mover for 2017 is copper. In this issue, the Copper Development Association – a Copper Alliance member – explains where our longstanding admiration of this leading material has stemmed from and why numerous design studios are opting to use this dominant metal in furniture design. Boasting numerous advantages, copper can offer a hygiene boost and attribute to ‘green’ design. To find out more on this popular red metal, turn to page 32. Elsewhere in this issue, Mayfair’s latest bar offering, MNKY HSE, opens its doors to stage a vibrant blend of London funk and Latin spirit in this opulent area of London, Fromental reveals how its high-end wallpaper design has provided the perfect environment for a wedding function space at Macau’s Ritz-Carlton, and Bemz – known for its designer covers for IKEA furniture – explains the importance of using recycled products in interior schemes. 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.


Top left: Bemz explains the beneficial effects of using recycled products in interior design projects Cover: The Copper Development Association runs through the advantages of using copper and where our long-standing love affair for this metal has stemmed from Top: Fromental and HBA have provided the ultimate bridal experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Macau Above: H10 Casa Mimosa has selected several pieces from Kettal’s collections to enhance its outdoor areas

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INSIGHT Inex kicks off the new year by interviewing Katie Singleton and Lucy Clark from Olive Design Studio. Here, they explain how they met and how opening Olive Design Studio in 2012 was a natural progression.


INSPIRE Inex takes a look at the collaboration between eporta and WGSN which identified the key trends and insights from the interior industry’s search data from last year.


HOME OFFICE When it comes to selecting home office furniture there is a considerable difference between commercial and home offices. Furniturise explains further.


STOCKHOLM DESIGN WEEK PREVIEW With several highlights to the show this year, including Greenhouse, Design Bar and Trend Exhibition, this year’s show has been curated by some of the interior industry’s finest.


MAISON&OBJET PARIS PREVIEW MAISON&OBJET PARIS returns this January with an improved layout to enhance the visitor experience. Showcasing innovative concepts and practical solutions, this year’s show is one not to be missed.


EXRATED Situated in the bustling city of Barcelona, exclusive hotel H10 Casa Mimosa overlooks Antoni Gaudí’s iconic La Pedrera. The hotel’s external areas have been enhanced with pieces from outdoor furniture company, Kettal.


EXPOSE Renowned American Lighting Designer, Kevin Reilly, talks to Inex about the latest additions to his lighting portfolio.


WALLCOVERINGS Inex talks to Project Director at HBA Singapore, Tonya Burke, about how the interior firm and high-end wallpaper designer, Fromental, worked together to provide the ultimate bridal experience at the RitzCarlton, Macau.


COPPER The Copper Development Association takes a look at our long-standing love affair with this popular red metal.


BAR DESIGN Combining a vibrant blend of Latin spirit and London funk, MNKY HSE – a characterful new bar – has been fully fitted out with elegant furniture pieces from Style Matters.


SURFACE DESIGN SHOW PREVIEW With over 130 exhibitors confirmed for the show, this year’s Surface Design Show is guaranteed to inspire all those working in the interiors industry.


RECYCLED/RECLAIMED Bemz, the company known for its designer covers for IKEA furniture, explains the importance of using recycled and reclaimed products in interior design schemes.


FLOORING Brintons has collaborated once again with Designer Stacy Garcia to launch its latest collection, Altered Gravity.


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Top: Brintons and Stacy Garcia have teamed up to produce their latest collection for the commercial industry Middle: Kevin Reilly’s latest collection diffuses a romantic light from day to night Bottom: Katie Singleton and Lucy Clark came together to open Olive Design Studio in 2012





London Art Fair Business Design Centre, London 18-22 January The 29th edition of London Art Fair will take place this month at London’s Business Design Centre. Annually launching the art world’s year, the fair provides a supportive environment for collectors of all levels. Museum-quality, modern British art is presented alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists. Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Battersea Park, London 24-29 January The winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair kick-starts the new year with an unusual foyer display, a 21st century interpretation of gothic design. The winter fair will offer a fresh perspective on how this style can work for today’s interiors. Around 145 exhibitors will be taking part in this winter edition, bringing together a range of wonderful period designs.

Great Hospitality Show NEC, Birmingham 23-25 January The Great Hospitality Show is a celebration of everything new in British hospitality. As well as providing the ultimate platform for networking, the Great Hospitality Show is a must-attend event to source the latest cutting-edge products, from food and drink through to interiors and tabletops. This year’s event will feature the broadest range of future trends, fresh talent and new ideas to help the industry to push boundaries.

January Furniture Show NEC, Birmingham 22-25 January The January Furniture Show is one of the most important events in the furniture industry’s calendar. Discover the UK’s top major upholstery, cabinet and bed suppliers, plus leading brands in accessories, flooring, fabric and lighting. Alongside UK talent, international exhibitors include major brands from across the globe. Interior Design Show Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, 19-22 January Interior Design Show is Canada’s premier showcase of new products and furniture, the latest designers and avant-garde concepts from north America and beyond. Returning for its 19th edition, Interior Design Show promises an action-packed three days at this year’s show, capturing the latest innovations for consumers and professionals.

ARCHITECT@WORK Olympia, London 25-26 January This year’s ARCHITECT@WORK will showcase a total of 100 leading suppliers and their innovative products and services, including the latest in surface solutions, lighting technology and interior and exterior fittings. All companies that apply to exhibit at ARCHITECT@WORK are scrutinised by a panel of judges to ensure that all products exhibited are of the highest level of innovation.



The best of the best Lucy Clark and Katie Singleton, Founders of interior design studio Olive Design Studio, talk to Inex about how they started their careers within the interiors industry and how they work together to curate impeccable designs.


an you please provide us with a description of your professional careers? K: Having studied new media production at university, I joined the television industry where I was involved in writing and directing children’s television programmes as well as set design. In my early 20s, I decided on a complete career change and enrolled at the KLC School of Interior Design in Chelsea Harbour going on to spend several years working for high-end interior designers. L: From an early age, I developed a keen eye and passion for the arts and history at school and went on to study history of art and architecture at university where I became increasingly aware of man’s ability to create incredible buildings and interior spaces with an ever-evolving array of materials. It was a natural step to train in London as an architectural interior designer going on to work for high-end interior design companies. INEX-ONLINE.COM

What inspired you both to become interior designers? K: My interest in interior design started at an early age as a small child, I remember changing my bedroom furnishings around on a weekly basis! L: Colour, texture, light and the natural world have always fascinated me. From my earliest memories of a favourite double aspect bedroom flooded with light and wonderful views, I have felt a real connection with how important living spaces are to everyone.

How did you both come to meet? K: We met whilst working for the same interior design company in London. We worked on several projects together both in the UK and abroad and had an instant rapport both as friends and work colleagues.


L: We both have the highest standards of professionalism and passionately shared a vision of starting our own studio. So, it was a natural progression to open Olive Design Studio, which we did in 2012.

Top left: Lucy and Katie introduced several specialist finishes, such as silk and grasscloth wallpapers, into Eaton Place’s scheme Above: The pair were very sympathetic to Chelsea cottage’s surrounding area and ensured a timeless renovation was achieved Left: Lucy and Katie met whilst working for the same interior design company in London Top right: Eaton Place’s core palette was an earthy, textured scheme introducing Asian floral prints with pops of orange and teal blues Above right: Katie believes that Olive Design Studio has brought a new generation of interior designers to the industry

Do you have individual design styles? If so, how do you merge your styles together? K: Being an interior designer you need to be flexible and able to work on all kinds of projects. We both have country roots which definitely gives us a similar design aesthetic. We both love eclectic interiors that mix the old and new to create an air of understated elegance. L: We both know that understanding our clients is key. We love meeting people and working out how best we can help them to realise their ideal interiors.

What do you both personally believe that Olive Design Studio has brought to the interiors industry? K: We like to think that Olive Design is part of a new generation of interior designers and that we have created our own look and style with our fantastic team of highly talented individuals. L: Having just won a five-star award for the ‘Best Interior Design Apartment London’ at the UK Property Awards, judged by distinguished professionals across the property spectrum, we are thrilled and feel that we must be getting something right! INEX-ONLINE.COM


What do you believe is the biggest challenge for today’s interior designers? K: In today’s market, the margins for property development have become a lot tighter. Consequently, developers often allocate smaller budgets for the interior design elements of a project yet still expect us to achieve the same level of sophistication. L: Yes, although you can still be just as creative with a restricted budget and still create that understated elegance that underpins all our work. What has been Olive Design Studio’s biggest accomplishment to date? L: We have just celebrated our fourth birthday and can honestly say we are well on our way to achieving everything we set out to do. We’ve assembled a very talented team of people who share our values and have completed some prestigious projects for loyal clients with more in the pipeline.

Do you each have a favourite part of your job? K: I love the sociable aspect of our job. We are always meeting new and interesting people whether it’s clients, subcontractors, builders or suppliers. I’m very much a people person and love building up these new relationships. L: I’m very much a people person too, but having the opportunity to work on any building, understanding its history, location and construction is what continues to inspire me, particularly those of historic significance where I can take my work to another level.

Do you each have a favourite project that you have worked on under Olive Design Studio? K: Every project has been very different and I personally don’t have a favourite! I loved our Dorset Street project and Chelsea Loft Apartment as we totally transformed the footprint of both these spaces and it was a real challenge to introduce a lot more light, storage and space into these interiors. L: All projects are favourites in their individual way but if I had to pick one, it would be our latest at Portland Place. It has given the team the perfect opportunity to be creative in many areas, designing bespoke chandeliers, a metalwork decorative screen and unique joinery.

Can you talk us through your concept for your project at Cadogan Gardens? L: The existing interiors of this project were very dated and we were given the task of retaining the eclectic style and tastes of our clients yet making the interiors feel fresh and timeless. K: The clients were incredibly happy and I think the photographs speak for themselves!


What do you believe is the most important skill to have when it comes to interior design? K: People skills are vital. It’s very important to be able to take a brief and understand the exact requirements and needs of one’s clients. L: Alongside communication, it’s about being organised. Good administration skills are vital if you want a project to run smoothly. It’s all about check, check and check again! Do you both have favourite fabrics that you enjoy working with? K: We both love fabric houses such as de Le Cuona, Rubelli, Fox Linton and Lelieve which supply a lot of natural products such as silks, cottons and linens. These fabrics remind me of my family home and country roots as well as my desire to work on a beautiful beachside property. L: We like luxury silks, wools and subtle patterns which work equally well in a London apartment and in a chateau in the south of France with their natural richness and subtle undertones.


You work on a lot of developments, are there any recurring requirements you are witnessing in these developments? K: Recently there has been a trend for a space to be adapted and reconfigured so that it is very much one space and therefore open-plan, light and airy. The bigger and more spacious an interior feels the better!

Top left: Specially commissioned artworks have been subtly added into

Do you have a favourite palette to work with? L: You can never go wrong with a neutral palette and bringing pops of colour in through artwork, cushions and accessories. We recently saw a trend for grey interiors and I personally love to mix these tones with blues and purples or even the odd pop of yellow, copper and gold. K: I have just refurbished my own home with a very similar palette yet kept it fresh by mixing in lots of off-whites, mirror glass walls and some stunning decorative feature wallpapers which I used in my new baby’s nursery and downstairs cloakroom.

Eaton Place’s scheme to reflect the client’s personal taste Middle: Lucy and Katie were commissioned to renovate a beautiful but run-down Chelsea cottage Above: Eaton Place’s core palette was an earthy, textured scheme with Asian

What was the concept behind your Chelsea cottage scheme? L: We were commissioned to renovate a beautiful but rundown Chelsea cottage, a stone’s throw from King’s Road. Our client lived in Yorkshire and it was agreed we would provide a turnkey service with limited client involvement. We were very sympathetic to the surrounding area and ensured a timeless renovation was achieved for the lettings market whilst also paying great attention to the construction costs.

floral prints Right: Eaton Place’s brief was to subtly introduce a masculine, minimalist, Middle Eastern aesthetic


12 INSIGHT Here: Lucy enjoys working with neutral colours in interior projects Below left: For Cadogan Gardens, Katie and Lucy were tasked with retaining the eclectic tastes of their clients

And what about your design at Eaton Place? L: The client’s primary residence was in Singapore and the brief was to subtly introduce a masculine, minimalist, Middle Eastern aesthetic whilst at the same time valuing the very classical, historic interior. K: We introduced several specialist finishes, such as silk and grasscloth wallpapers in the bedrooms and cloakroom as well as a stunning dark shellac-lacquered floor in the main sitting/dining areas. L: Carefully selected chandeliers were chosen to reflect the integrity of the period features of the property while timeless Italian furniture by Minotti and retro lamps by Serge Mouille were introduced to enhance the feeling of opulence while providing a key bridge linking the classic with the styles of today. Specially commissioned artworks have been subtly added to reflect the client’s personal taste. The core palette was an earthy, textured scheme introducing Asian floral prints with pops of orange and teal blues which bring the interior to life in a very gentle, eclectic yet timeless way. What can we expect to see from Olive Design Studio this year? K: Well, we have a very exciting year ahead. Not only have we got some great projects in the pipeline, we will also be working on our very own furniture and rug range. Watch this space! L: We’ve also been busy developing relationships with the aerospace and yachting industry with a view to designing interiors for airport lounges, VIP areas, aeroplanes, motor boats, yachts and much more. « INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Last year’s findings eporta, one of the fastest growing and largest global interior trade networks, has collaborated with world-leading trend service, WGSN, to analyse and share the buying trends and insights from its search data from last year.


ere, the top 10 findings are listed with data based on eporta’s community of more than 3000 trade buyers, many of whom use the platform daily. These interior trade findings and trends for 2016 were presented by Aneeqa Khan, CEO and Founder of eporta, and Lisa White, Head of Lifestyle & Interiors at WGSN, during a seminar at C.P. Hart, Waterloo. 1. Most searched for materials: brass, marble, concrete and cork The most searched for materials were brass and marble (a 32% increase between July to September), while cork and concrete gained popularity (up 42%) over the last months of the year. Popular products in these materials revealed that trade buyers are seeking a look with more texture, depth and patina. WGSN noted that this is in line with an emerging trend for a ‘soft industrial’ aesthetic, which mixes warm looks, like brass and cork, with cooler marble and concrete. The use of softer colour and iridescent petrol finishes are also key for residential, public and retail spaces. The increase of high-end products in concrete and cork was particularly prevalent, with these materials being used in unexpected ways – as furniture, dining trays and lampshades in thinner, more tactile finishes and warmer colour schemes. 2. Most searched for products: bar stools, extendable tables, nesting tables and stackable chairs and most difficult to source products: bedside tables and furniture for children’s rooms Interior trade buyers are extremely concerned with buying furniture that is multifunctional and can adapt to different spaces and uses. WGSN credits this to the continued rise in ‘homtertainment’, where our interiors are expected to perform multiple functions – particularly amongst millennials INEX-ONLINE.COM

who host parties, concerts and film projections in their own homes. Trade buyers also professed particular difficulty sourcing bedside tables and furniture for children’s rooms. 3. Most popular light: the chandelier In lighting, the most searched for and wide-ranging lighting style was the chandelier. Whether as traditional crystal or calderesque mobiles, all were designed to create a statement and used as a centrepiece. According to Lisa White of WGSN, central ceiling lights function like jewellery for the home, both in function and style. 4. Key theme: trend for furniture that frames a lifestyle and items that will grow with you A deep dive into the most ordered products on eporta revealed a strong trend in unobtrusive furniture that has a strong sense of style and yet doesn’t absorb too much visual space; where the frame is accented and the body is transparent, minimalist display cabinets and wardrobes, or hanging spaces that allow you to see the clothes. According to Lisa, “people are increasingly buying furniture that can display our lifestyles in a curated way. As we buy less but better quality, we want

to showcase and frame favourite objects and pieces in furniture that is both discreet and adaptable”. 5. Key theme: furniture and interiors increasingly replacing traditional ‘art’ There has been a 43% rise in searches for statement rugs on eporta over the last quarter alone, plus a marked increase in upholstery and wallpaper with elaborate artistic repeats. The most popular interior accessories changed over the year from vases and candles to more abstract design objects. According to trends noted by WGSN, this is about elevating confident, contemporary design to the level of a masterpiece. 6. Key theme: ‘designed to order will be the new order’ There was a direct correlation between the most popular suppliers and the degree of customisation options available. Aside from this being a practicality and requirement of the interior trade, WGSN identified this as a trend throughout interiors and lifestyle with walls and floors receiving the same degree of personalisation as furniture and lighting: it predicts that ‘designed to order will be the new order’.


Opposite: Toadstool sofa by Missana – one of the most popular brands amongst the interior design trade in 2016 on eporta Left: Blackpop cushion by 17 Patterns Right: A deep dive into the most ordered products on eporta revealed a strong trend in unobtrusive furniture that has a strong sense of style Below: Interior trade buyers are extremely concerned with buying furniture that is multifunctional

7. Most popular brands As digital partner, eporta revealed that Mullan Lighting, Duistt and Libra were the most searched or connected brands amongst trade buyers during London Design Festival, alongside Bert Frank, The Sofa & Chair Company and Benchmark. 8. Ones to watch eporta is a unique design meritocracy, in that products from top design brands are displayed in search results against products from brand-new designers. This allows the products to speak for themselves and the best designs to rise to the surface. Some less well-known design brands that have experienced particular traction on eporta over the last six months include Shufflebotham, Missana, Intueri Light, Abalon candles, Evie, 17 Patterns and Floor Story. Lisa White identified Matteo Thun’s Atelier, Wrong London, Areti and Pedro Paulo Venzon as some of the key brands to watch during 2017.

10. Key theme: biomimicry WGSN noted eporta’s trade community buying into items with natural patterns – feather repeats, kaleidoscopic patterns with palms and ferns adorning a range of surfaces but in a looser form with sea-inspired furnishings and transparent and rough surfaces resembling the natural world, in both natural and supernatural colours and textures. « «

9. Most popular country: Portugal Analysis revealed that overall the most popular origin for suppliers at the moment is Portugal. Most popular brands include Duistt, TemaHome, Larforma, Ginger and Jagger and Mambo Unlimited Ideas. INEX-ONLINE.COM


Well-designed home office furniture works wonders Working from home is on the increase and finding a suitable space at home that will fit everything your clients need is a task in itself. It is essential to prioritise and draw a layout of the current space. Make a list of what you have and new purchases that could be made – such as new, shiny furniture for your client’s home office. There is a considerable difference between designing a home office space from designing a commercial office space.


orking from home is an exciting prospect and one that evokes a sense of comfort. But there is also a fine line between comfort and casual. It is important to create a balance between domesticity and function in a home in order to ensure that it is a step towards the right direction of success. Adding wall art or accent colours to the wall, seating for visitors/clients as well as ergonomically-designed chairs and desks with appropriate lighting can add a change of perspective. Furniture plays a key role in defining your workspace at home. Health, safety and welfare are important and specific items that are chosen should be well-designed with ergonomics in mind to promote health and wellbeing whilst conducting daily work tasks. INEX-ONLINE.COM

Above: Furniture plays a key role in defining your workspace at home Right: If a person works more than two days from home they should consider investing in a sit/stand desk to avoid back pain and promote a healthy and active working position

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Above: It is important to create a balance between domesticity and function in a home in order to ensure that it is a step towards the right direction of success Left: A well-designed chair should not only be aesthetically-pleasing to the eye, but should allow the user to adjust controls to suit and fit their body shape


Over recent years, furniture manufacturers have researched and invested time and money into ergonomics. This has resulted in significant improvements in adjustability and comfort for computer users without the need to spend an extortionate amount of money into buying furniture. A well-designed chair should not only be aesthetically-pleasing to the eye, but should allow the user to adjust controls to suit and fit their body shape whilst looking after the back and the spine. Foot rests are also essential as well wrist pads to take off pressure, allowing rest and relaxation to these parts of the body. The right desk is also essential and one that most people overlook. For example, the surface space is an essential part of people’s dayto-day work routine; paper trays, pencil cups, notepads, telephones and computers can take up much of this space. An organised desk attributes a key role in productivity. Additionally, if a person works more than two days from home they should consider investing

in a sit/stand desk to avoid back pain and promote a healthy and active working position at all times. Research has found that moving from a sitting to standing position helps the user feel more energised, aiding better concentration, increased productivity, reduced back problems and can help burn up to three times more calories. Furniturise promotes furniture which reacts to the needs of the human frame whilst incorporating a variety of ergonomically-designed seating available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours, textures and high-quality materials. The group also offers a range of desk options to suit any space and style, including autonomy desking which uses the latest in sit/stand technology to allow for active working. Furniturise is a sister company of Century Office that has over 40 years of experience and operates under the COE Group. Furniturise provides the perfect solution for professionals working from home, as well as SMEs that operate from a small office space. ÂŤ




The meeting place for Scandinavian design Stockholm Design Week coincides with Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. The first-ever design week was held in 2002 and today consists of more than 100 design-related events held at different locations around the city.


tockholm Furniture & Light Fair is running this February from 7 to 11th. The fair is one of the world’s largest and most important meeting places for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. Every year in February for 65 years, the fair has been drawing buyers, architects, designers and journalists to Stockholm. The energy of the fair overflows into the city, where events, exhibitions and parties are organised as part of Stockholm Design Week. Stockholmsmässan arranged its first furniture fair in 1951. Since then, the fair has grown exponentially and is now considered to be the second largest fair in Europe after Salone del Mobile in Milan. Every year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair draws approximately 40,000 visitors from more than 60 countries, of which around 7000 are foreign architects, buyers, designers and press representatives. Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair fills Stockholmsmässan’s 70,000m2 to the brim with the latest products for both home and public environments. Visitors are met by an informative and inspirational mix of new products, materials, knowledge, trends and new business and contacts, in addition to INEX-ONLINE.COM

new environmentally-friendly and technological solutions. The exhibitions meet the highest standards and the lecture program, Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks, covers a wide range of topics. From Tuesday to Friday, the focus is on industry visitors, and then on Saturday, the final day of the fair, the doors open to the general public. One of the fair’s highlights is its ‘guest of honour’, an internationallyrecognised designer who is invited to create an installation in Stockholmsmässan’s entrance hall. For 2017, this title has been awarded to Spanish Artist and Designer Jaime Hayon, known for his playful expression and versatile production. Previous ‘guests of honour’ include Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Naoto Fukasawa, Konstantin Grcic, Giulio Cappellini, Ineke Hans, Paul Smith, Arik Levy, Inga Sempé, Oki Sato/Nendo, GamFratesi, Ilse Crawford and Barber & Osgerby. Several highlights at the fair include Greenhouse, where new talents are given the opportunity to display their prototypes and meet furniture manufacturers, and Design Bar, where a Nordic designer, or group of designers, invites visitors to take a break in a combined exhibition/

restaurant. The assignment to create the show’s Design Bar for 2017 has gone to Note Design Studio. Using the concept ‘sulla bocca di tutti’, which means ‘on everybody’s lips’, the studio’s goal is to create a warm, inspirational and generous experience. The Design Bar will be created this time in cooperation with Isabella Morrone, Head Chef at Mother in Stockholm. At the fair, visitors can also draw inspiration from the Trend Exhibition which has been created by Stylist, Lotta Agaton. The exhibition will offer contrasts in materials and furniture as well as surprising combinations. « «

Above left: Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is running this February from 7 to 11th Above: Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is one of the world’s largest and most important meeting places for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design


MAISON&OBJET PARIS returns for 2017 Looking to broaden its professional audience while continuing to meet exhibitors’ expectations for networking and business development opportunities, MAISON&OBJET PARIS is once again upgrading the trade fair experience by bringing innovative concepts and practical solutions to its January show.


rom 20 to 24th January, industry professionals will find a rich and inspiring visitor experience and exhibitors will enjoy an updated layout, which will allow them to reach new markets. M&O’s MAISON Hub Dedicated to interior design, M&O’s MAISON Hub houses all furniture and accessory essentials, from lighting to textiles and fragrances. M&O’s OBJET Hub Whether practical or whimsical, traditional or connected, smaller or larger, these objects are essential to make each interior unique, from the kitchen to a child’s room. M&O’s INFLUENCES Hub Lifestyle designers and brands offer everything for an inspired interior, with an ultra-contemporary, mixand-match look.

Spotting highlights at a glance A place to meet, share, do business and find inspiration, trade fairs are an opportunity to gain better understanding of the market and the competition, to discover today’s trends and anticipate tomorrow’s. With the rise of multichannel marketing, visitors can expect an inspiring and tangible experience – one that justifies travelling a long way to attend the fair. That is why, in addition to the ‘Inspirations Forum’ (hall 7), which has provided a forward-looking insight into the industry for years, MAISON&OBJET PARIS will now be offering a quick overview of the season’s highlights with a ‘What’s New!’ exhibit in each of M&O’s MAISON and OBJET Hubs (halls 3 and 6). Enjoying an optimised layout In order to bring more visibility to retailers, MAISON&OBJET PARIS continues its methodical efforts to

Above left: Looking to broaden its professional audience while continuing to meet exhibitors’ expectations for networking and business development opportunities, MAISON&OBJET PARIS is once again upgrading the trade fair experience Above right: Dedicated to interior design, M&O’s MAISON Hub houses all furniture and accessory essentials, from lighting to textiles and fragrances

spotlight exhibitors, with greater integration of fabrics and home textile brands into the ‘COSY & ELEGANT’ sectors, and a specific focus on the ‘KIDS’ sector. In order to meet the needs of specifiers working on the contract market, the MAISON&OBJET PARIS team have also worked on achieving greater synergy between the halls, more specifically targeted to contract professionals. Rising Talent Awards UK Celebrating emerging talent is a long-standing tradition for MAISON&OBJET PARIS. The Rising Talent Awards, which reveal tomorrow’s star lifestyle designers in a curated space, is always an eagerly-awaited event for the thousands of professionals visiting the show. For its January edition, MAISON&OBJET PARIS is proud to announce its Rising Talent Awards UK with the support of Sir John Sorrell, Founder of London Design Festival, the London Design Biennale and the Saturday Night Club Trust. This season, the show invited six of the most famous names in the world of design and lifestyle to nominate one of six talents. From the most promising in Great Britain today, whether of British nationality or from abroad, one thing unites them; living and working in the UK. The six internationally-acclaimed designers are: Sir Paul Smith, Tom Dixon, Ilse Crawford, Nigel Coates, Ross Lovegrove and Jay Osgerby. And, the UK Rising Talents are: Marcin Rusak, John Booth, Giles Miller, Sebastian Cox, Studio SWINE and Zuza Mengham. « INEX-ONLINE.COM

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Here: The GROHE Rainshower F-Series 40" Aquasymphony brings a new luxurious dimension to showering Below: GROHE’s new head shower is all about total freedom of choice, offering up to 12 different spray patterns to suit your needs

Introducing GROHE’s Rainshower F-Series 40"Aquasymphony The GROHE Rainshower F-Series 40" Aquasymphony brings a new luxurious dimension to showering. Let all of your senses be inspired by GROHE’s new oversized statement headshower complete with ambient lighting and sound so you can create your perfect shower, every time.


ore than one metre long and in excess of 75cm wide, the Rainshower F-Series 40" headshower from the GROHE SPA range delivers a whole new, invigorating water experience. GROHE’s new head shower is all about total freedom of choice, offering up to 12 different spray patterns to suit your needs. The mood lighting can also be personalised to create your desired effect, from relaxing to energising. The GROHE Rainshower F-Series 40" Aquasymphony is the latest addition to the GROHE INEX-ONLINE.COM

F-Series range of components to transform home bathrooms into luxurious, private spas. It includes head, ceiling-mounted and side showers, as well as elements for mood lighting and sound. Digital controls and interfaces allow you to personalise the shower experience in accordance with your unique needs for the ultimate wellbeing in the shower, day by day. The GROHE Rainshower F-Series 40" Aquasymphony is a shower symphony with a truly exceptional performance – prices start from £15,700 RRP excl VAT.

GROHE is a world-leading provider of sanitary fittings and a global brand, dedicated to providing innovative water products. For many decades, GROHE has been committed to the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability that all illustrate GROHE’s commitment to creating exceptional experiences and to delivering ‘pure freude an wasser’. With its engineering, innovation and design activities firmly anchored in Germany, GROHE products bear the badge of quality ‘made in Germany’, ultimately strengthening customers’ confidence in the brand. All plants of the GROHE manufacturing network make use of highprecision production engineering to ensure compliance with consistently high GROHE standards. This way GROHE ensures that its products live up to the most uncompromising demands in terms of workmanship and functionality. Over the past 10 years alone, the success of GROHE has been confirmed by more than 240 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings as one of ‘Germany’s most sustainable major companies’. Numerous high-profile projects around the globe are fitted with GROHE products, testifying to architects, designers and developers’ preference for the brand. « 0208 283 2865 « «

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Step outside Housed in a listed 19th century Art Nouveau building, H10 Casa Mimosa is an exclusive hotel in the centre of Barcelona. With bright, spacious rooms, a breakfast restaurant, lobby bar and meeting room that was formerly a coach house, its many charms include a lush, secure garden with a swimming pool on the ground floor and a roof terrace which looks over Antoni Gaudí’s iconic La Pedrera.



arruella Trenchs was in charge of the architectural and interior design. While conserving the building’s original structure from 1892, the practice has designed a class hotel which is timeless and sophisticated with contemporary and cosmopolitan features. For H10 Casa Mimosa’s outdoor areas, items were chosen from outdoor furniture brand, Kettal; from the Bitta collection by Rodolfo Dordoni, Kettal Park Life by Jasper Morrison, Kettal Vieques by Patricia Urquiola, and with fabrics from Kettal’s new Terrain Fabric collection by Doshi Levien, as well as the Triconfort 1950 collection. Kettal works with important names in international design, such as Patricia Urquiola, Rodolfo Dordoni, Hella Jongerlius, Jasper Morrison, Emiliana Design Studio and Doshi Levien. The company’s ‘raison d’être’ is the creation of timeless furniture – both functional and aesthetically expressive – which represents a contemporary culture and provides solutions to the emerging needs of modern life. Most pieces from Kettal’s range coexist perfectly with each other for H10 Casa Mimosa’s outdoor areas. Joined by Terrain Fabric’s design, Doshi Levien – alongside rope and aluminium – are pieces by Kettal’s approved designers Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola and Rodolfo Dordoni. All external spaces of H10 Casa Mimosa’s thriving hotel have been furnished with Kettal’s products – from the Park Life armchair by Jasper Morrison, Bitta sofas and deckchairs by Rodolfo Dordoni, tables from Kettal’s Vieques collection by Patricia Urquiola, Net by Kettal Studio and the 1950 collection by Triconfort.


Kettal Bitta was selected for the hotel’s external areas due to its warmth and comfort. Featuring a combination of aluminium frames with hand-braided nautical cord, alongside teak and aluminium legs, these pieces look lightweight yet cosy. Park Life’s clean-cut profile is adaptable to a wide range of different situations. This collection was also selected for H10 Casa Mimosa’s outdoor areas. Lightweight, yet extremely durable, Park Life is easily stacked for transport and winter storage and its technical sophistication and careful consideration of ergonomics are all intended to ensure a long life, both structurally and visually. Kettal is currently witnessing a similar tendency colour-wise, with additions such as pale pinks, blues and greens, but muted, earthy colours are this year’s most-wanted. Another trend the company is witnessing is a higher demand for indoor comfort outdoors; outdoor performance sofas that have the appearance of indoor sofas. «

Above: Pieces were chosen from Kettal’s Bitta, Park Life, Vieques, Terrain Fabric and Triconfort 1950 collections Left: Kettal has enhanced H10 Casa Mimosa’s outdoor areas with the addition of its sophisticated furniture solutions Above right: Kettal is currently witnessing a movement towards a demand for outdoor performance sofas with the appearance of indoor sofas Right: Most pieces from Kettal’s range coexist perfectly with each other for H10 Casa Mimosa’s outdoor areas



Elegant, sculptural designs Renowned for his innovative work with lighting, American Designer Kevin Reilly designs luxurious lighting to create environments that are harmonious, warm and inviting. Reilly’s collections diffuse a romantic light from day to night that elegantly fill any room with sculptural form.


mongst Kevin’s elegant, sculptural designs sits the latest collection to his lighting portfolio, the BAMBA collection, a unique lighting fixture that offers a new take on the interpretation and filtering of light. The BAMBA collection focuses on metal and how the unique metal ring provides a barrier used to hide the INEX-ONLINE.COM

Above: Amongst Kevin’s elegant, sculptural designs sits the latest collection to his lighting portfolio, the BAMBA collection Right top: Kevin’s design for his BAMBA collection perfectly diffuses the lamp’s light in both the upper and lower shades

light source. Kevin’s design for his BAMBA collection perfectly diffuses the lamp’s light in both the upper and lower shades to emit a more dramatic and theatrical ambience. Balancing tradition and modernity, the BAMBA collection reflects the desire for interior designers to create an atmosphere that is both minimalistic and magical.

Right bottom: The BAMBA was conceived as a very simple, tailored design to be both aestheticallypleasing and functional Far right: The BAMBA collection’s entire process is really an orchestrated effort to realise a design


Talking about his design process for the BAMBA collection, Kevin comments: “The BAMBA collection’s entire process is really an orchestrated effort to realise a design. It takes an entire orchestra/ team to help bring the ideas and designs to life.” He continues: “The reality is that 30 or so individuals work in concert to create our collections and complete our projects. Each one plays an important role – each one has their own story.” Kevin believes that there is more than one purpose to lighting, as he explains: “A well-designed fixture serves as a sculpture. I believe what is equally important is the necessity to provide illumination. We attempt to balance these two aspects in most of our offerings. Many are unaware of the profound effect that

lighting/illumination has on people and spaces, but it is up to those specifying lighting fixtures to be aware and provide the best lighting option for their client.” Ideas for Kevin’s designs occur constantly. Most are forgotten or discarded, but every now or again, one stands out or sticks with him. He then starts working on creating a model or prototype to explore that particular idea more thoroughly, and then, based on its merits, Kevin and his team decide whether to produce the design or not. During

the entire process, Kevin and his team continue to be sensitive to their client’s needs, schedules and requests. “The BAMBA, in particular, was conceived as a very simple, tailored design, to be both aesthetically-pleasing and functional; one that is easy to use or place. It is engineered to provide any level of illumination needed and can easily be modified or amended – and it also plays well with others or can be used as a centerpiece or focal point,” explains Kevin. The year ahead is yet to be discovered for Kevin and his team. “With much collaboration with many clients, we already know this year will provide us with many new opportunities and designs. However exactly what new offerings we’ll present is a mystery even to myself,” concludes Kevin. « INEX-ONLINE.COM


Bridal beauty Project Director at HBA Singapore, Tonya Burke, explains how HBA – an interior design firm – and high-end wallpaper designer, Fromental, came together to produce the ultimate wedding experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Macau.


he resort is part of the large-scale Galaxy Entertainment development and this is the first all-suite Ritz-Carlton to host a completely private function space specialising in wedding events. The interior’s architectural style is classic European, evoking a sense of timeless glamour. To accentuate this within the interiors, we selected classic and modern furniture as well as decorative lighting, punctuated by occasional vibrant colours in carpets, fabrics and artwork. INEX-ONLINE.COM

I personally worked exclusively with Fromental from the initial conception of the project until installation. Knowing Fromental’s range of classic and timeless patterns combined with their limitless colour range, artful embroidery, fine handpainted details and large-scale capabilities, they were a perfect fit. Fromental offer an exceptional service. They were in our office regularly. Fromental’s Co-founder, Tim Butcher, also made special trips from London to coordinate the designs with me right from the start, explaining new possibilities of working with their

existing range and creating sampling specific to the interior selections. In many instances, wallcoverings from Fromental’s standard collections inspired the interior space. The ‘Wedding Atelier’ is a perfect example. I started the design scheme with their scenic magnolia wallcovering as the basis, which became the feature of the room. The blush and ivory colours combined with warm brown achieves the soft palette desired for a bridal experience yet the magnolia pattern has depth and strength. I intentionally avoided floral and too much pink which would have looked garish. The magnolia wallcovering was the lead colour palette and I selected the surrounding materials to suit it. The magnolia is not limited to the dining area, the wallcovering covers nearly every wall in the Wedding Atelier.

Above: In many instances, wallcoverings from Fromental’s standard collections inspired the interior space Right: The Chinon in the Clark colourway became the inspiration and lead for the ballroom prefunction




Our concept started while designing the suites, inspired by urban residences in Paris, but for the Ritz Macau we aimed for more minimal ornaments in the interior design, saving the detailing and layering of materials and furnishings. Fromental created the panoramic layout for the space taking into account the architectural ornamentation to ensure the design ran on. Once approved, the design was hand-painted onto silk paper-backed panels with touches of hand-embroidery on the petals. As with the magnolia, the minute I saw the sampling of the Chinon in the Clark colourway it became the inspiration and lead for the ballroom prefunction. It evokes a timeless glamour and lends an exotic feel to the space with its oversized Oriental botanicals and birds. I just love this pattern and the colour palette worked beautifully with our Italian marble scheme. The Ritz Club lounge was designed inspired by a luxurious Parisian residence, where every room is unique yet maintains the same level of interior detailing, such as the wall panels. Yet I didn’t want to repeat marble in every room. Fromental’s Caissons design is installed in the two library rooms that flank the living room, which has marble wall panels. Their Caisson Trompe L’oeil hand-painted panel pattern was perfect for this reason. We worked with Fromental to achieve the maximum panel size to fit perfectly within the wood panelled rooms. I selected the millwork paint colours to match the blue and the grey of the Caissons wallcoverings, so again, the wallpaper covers the entire space. « « INEX-ONLINE.COM

Above: HBA Singapore and Fromental worked together to create the ultimate bridal experience Left: The blush and ivory combined with warm brown achieves the soft palette desired for bridal experience

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Copper – why we love it Copper is humanity’s oldest metal. Its essentiality extends from our diets –1mg of copper per day helps keep us healthy – to our electronic devices. The bronze age is named for our first copper alloy (copper and tin) and the red metal remains at the cutting edge of technological innovation today.


ften hidden away, this hard-working metal has recently been placed in the spotlight by designers rediscovering its beauty and myriad of valuable properties. In this article, the Copper Development Association (CDA) – part of the Copper Alliance – takes a look at our long-standing love affair with copper, and why it’s now a hot design trend. With studios including Tom Dixon and Buster + Punch leading the way, copper is becoming a familiar sight in the pages of home and interior design magazines. Alongside one of its most well-known alloys – brass (copper and zinc) – it is prized for bringing warmth and colour to interiors. Capable of taking a high polish, the metals can also provide reflective surfaces to bring light and a sense of greater size to a given space. Malleable and ductile, copper and its alloys are easy to work. Intricate details can be achieved with a wide variety of tools and techniques, a rainbow of colours can be coaxed out of the metals with the application of heat, and if a product needs to stand up to rough treatment, brass offers great resilience – alongside its distinctive golden shine. INEX-ONLINE.COM

33 COPPER Far left: BESSA’s new Gaudi table is an example of how one of copper’s well-known alloys, brass, can bring warmth and colour to interiors Below left: Copper can be endlessly recycled, perhaps going from a saucepan to laptop circuitry Left: With studios including Tom Dixon and Buster + Punch leading the way, copper is becoming a familiar sight Below: Capable of taking a high polish, the metals can also provide reflective surfaces to bring light and a sense of greater size to a given space

Another appealing feature of copper is that its colour palette will naturally change over time when exposed to the elements, from its gleaming new form, through to rich browns to the vivid green patina of vintage copper. It can be advanced to, and held at, any stage of its development using a variety of treatments and techniques, offering a wealth of options unique to this metal. In addition to these familiar properties, copper can also offer a hygiene boost when used unlacquered. It is inherently antimicrobial, meaning it will rapidly eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi that settle on its surface. It shares this benefit with a range of copper alloys – including brass and bronze – creating a family of metals named ‘antimicrobial copper’. Antimicrobial copper is appearing

rainscreens, solar shading and opaque cladding, or internally as partitions, screens and other interior design elements. Transparency can be generated by stretching or piercing copper sheet, or weaving copper wire into a mesh. In sheet form, copper is easy to water-cut and perforate in various ways, and the different shades of colour and surface treatments widen the design possibilities even further. Designers such as Michael Anastassiades regularly use brass for lighting, from small table lamps through to large-scale, ceilingmounted room lights. The red metal can also contribute to ‘green design’. The recycling rate of copper is higher than that of any other metal – approximately nine million tonnes are recycled every year, meeting 40% of the world’s copper demand. The recycling process doesn’t result in any loss of properties, so copper can be endlessly recycled, perhaps going from a saucepan to laptop circuitry, building facade to light shade, or plumbing tube to hospital bed rail! «

in the form of frequently-touched surfaces such as door furniture, taps, light switches and hand rails in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Several companies also offer options for the home, particularly in the kitchen where hygiene is a concern. Brass door furniture was once a common sight in homes and hospitals alike, but over time other materials supplanted it. Now, designers are taking a fresh look at its aesthetics and superior workability to produce exciting new designs, with architectural ironmongers, such as Philip Watts Design, offering door and furniture handles that give an adventurous, modern twist to an old favourite. The use of copper mesh and perforated copper sheets offers a new design dimension for buildings. They can be used externally as INEX-ONLINE.COM


Year of the monkey

MNKY HSE, Mayfair’s latest addition to its prestigious bar and restaurant offering on the former site of the iconic Dover Street Wine Bar, brings a vibrant blend of London funk and Latin spirit to the opulent Mayfair area of London. Housed over two floors, MNKY HSE’s intimate bar and lounge setting transforms from day to night.



ith a heavy emphasis on Latin-American spirit and convivial dining, MNKY HSE’s restaurant dishes are designed to share and excite, whilst its bar boasts a vast list of premium cocktails and increasingly popular mezcals. In keeping with the MNKY HSE ethos – ‘nothing is what it seems’ – its cheeky and playful personality is mirrored in its mysterious and eclectic design scheme.


Above: This project reinforces the brand’s versatility Below left: Combining a vibrant blend of London funk, with Latin spirit, MNKY HSE has been fully fitted with products from bespoke furniture manufacturer, Style Matters Top right: In keeping with the MNKY HSE ethos – ‘nothing is what it seems’ – its cheeky and playful personality is mirrored in its mysterious and eclectic design scheme Above right: Housed over two floors in London’s affluent Mayfair district, MNKY HSE is the area’s latest bar-cum-restaurant offering

Quirky, decorative features include a series of design elements that magically transform as the night goes on. The upstairs restaurant and bar boast a sleek look with dark wooden parquet flooring, a Murano crushed chandelier in the lobby, an intricate 3D honeycomb back wall and leather-clad banquettestyle seating – perfect for business meetings, long lunches and evening drinks.

Downstairs, an open-plan kitchen openly overlooks MNKY HSE’s banquette-style seating, which is adjustable to accommodate dancing and encourage ‘tablehopping’. Elsewhere, a series of private booths, perfect for larger bookings, have been built into artistically-designed ‘vaults’, covered with vintage steel lift doors. There is also a spacious barcum-lounge for customers to enjoy the downstairs entertainment.

Both floors house a stage to host international and resident DJs and act as a creative platform for MNKY HSE’s house band and other live musicians and performers. Lively and eclectic entertainment is integral to MNKY HSE’s unique offering and, following its launch last year, it has curated a weekly roster of live music acts and experiences. Combining a vibrant blend of London funk with Latin spirit, MNKY HSE has been fully fitted INEX-ONLINE.COM


with products from bespoke furniture manufacturer, Style Matters, enhancing the mysterious and eclectic environment and complementing the experience. Brian Hawkins, Interior Design Director at Keane Brands – the interior designer which worked on the project – comments: “MNKY HSE offers something completely different to anything else in London, so it was important that the decor reflected this unique experience.


“Like the food, drinks and music, the interior design we opted for echoes the ‘nothing is what it seems’ element of the venue. Style Matters provided us with a variety of quirky and eccentric chairs, bar stools, fixed seating and tables, to put further emphasis on the fun, ‘Eat. Drink. Play’ ethos of the restaurant.” MNKY HSE is the first UK-based project of world renowned Chef, Pablo Peñalosa Nájera, the man

Above: Quirky, decorative features include a series of design elements that magically transform as the night goes on Below: Brian Hawkins of Keane Brands was responsible for the interior design of MNKY HSE

behind the Four Seasons’ Bogotà and Morimoto in Mexico City. The restaurant opened its doors last October. Claire Fox, Director of Style Matters, comments: “As with any project we work on in the restaurant sector, durability and flexibility are key. “As MNKY HSE is set within such an exclusive part of London, it was also crucial that the pieces we designed created a luxurious yet relaxing ambience for guests to enjoy.” In addition to MNKY HSE, the team at Style Matters have completed a number of notable projects in recent months including, German Gymnasium in London, as well as Manchesterbased Hotel Gotham and King Street Townhouse. Brian concludes: “The overall finish of the seating and tables provided by Style Matters perfectly complement the look and feel throughout the whole restaurant. “The project reinforces the brand’s versatility, as well as the team’s ability to meet unique briefs.” « «

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QFD presents: QUARTZFORMS, The Evolution of Stone into a Perfect Surface. QUARTZFORMS engineered stone goes one step further than natural stone. QUARTZFORMS versatillity, resistance, aesthetic appearance, hygenic qualities, and easy maintenance has won the trust of architects and designers worldwide. QUARTZFORMS made in Germany with precision engineering, innovation and quality, enables their customers to benefit from the SCRATCH, HEAT and STAIN RESISTANCE that comes with every QUARTZFORMS product. The New London Showroom: QF Distribution ltd, Unit 128 Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N10QH +44(0)203 457 4949


Surface Design Show unveils the most innovative surfaces from across the world From 7 to 9th February, the Surface Design Show returns to London’s Business Design Centre, where the newest and most exciting surfaces will be showcased to an audience of architects, specifiers and designers.


he only event in the UK to focus solely on interior and exterior surfaces, the Surface Design Show connects stimulating surfaces with its audience, as well as allowing opportunities to network and take part in a packed programme of events and talks from industry experts. Over 130 exhibitors have confirmed this year, including tiling and stone companies, architectural lighting and textile designers and flooring and wallcovering companies. Returning for 2017 is Altfield, a leading resource for beautiful textiles, wallcoverings and leather which prides itself on discovering stunning materials for as diverse environments as superyachts, top restaurants, five-star hotels, boutique shops and residential homes. Whilst Scotscape also returns with its stunning living walls which have been used in residential homes as well as with commercial clients including M&S and Aveda. International exhibitors include Pintark from India which designs leather surfaces in numerous designs, including a stunning geometric pattern. Fontanili Marble has 80 years of history in the Italian stone business and is renowned for offering the highest quality stone for the most advanced manufacturing projects.

New exhibitors for 2017 include Nordcell one of the industry’s leading suppliers of European timber panels including oak, poplar, pine, walnut, maple, beech and birch. Also making its debut is Lovell Stone – a supplier of quality British stone which can be used in many different ways, from large blocks of building stone to intricate pieces that can be cut into precise designs. Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, has successfully educated and inspired attendees on the important relationship between light and surfaces since 2014. Light School consists of three parts: Product School, Light Talks, sponsored by Luctra, and the School Newspaper, sponsored by Xicato. Product School provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and the latest technology. Exhibitors include Spectral, Visive and Applelec, the manufacturer of LED Light Sheet which has been used in such diverse spaces as Mulberry and the Natural History Museum. A star-studded line-up of speakers at Light Talks, sponsored by Luctra, ensures everyone attending is sure to ‘graduate’ in the lighting world. The Light School newspaper is sent out to 70,000 architects, designers and

specifiers, plus every attendee gets a free copy to take away at the end of the ‘school day’. Surface Spotlight Live, which debuted in 2016, is an exciting opportunity for architects and designers to see the best of advanced materials in two highlighted fields – 2017 will focus on hospitality and education. Trend and colour expert Sally Angharad will curate the area presenting materials that make a significant contribution to both areas. 2016 saw 5699 visitors attend Surface Design Show, a significant increase from 2015. The professional and trade visitors consisted of architectural, interior design, lighting design or multi-design practices, with 36% choosing to attend Surface Design over any other architectural design show. «

Top left: International exhibitors include Pintark from India which designs leather surfaces in numerous designs Above: Scotscape also returns with its stunning living walls which have been used in residential homes as well as with commercial clients



The importance of using recycled products in interior design According to the World Bank, the textile industry is responsible for 17-20% of global water pollution. Other sources state that dyeing fabrics uses on average 100-150 litres of water for every litre of dyed fabric. Dyeing textiles significantly contributes to the consumption of water and is also responsible for adding volatile chemicals that are harmful to health and our air.


t is estimated that the yearly global consumption of water used for dyeing textiles could fill 1.6 million Olympic-sized swimming pools, equivalent to more than 126,000 litres of water every second, or 4000 billion litres of water per year.


In 2015, Bemz, known for designer covers of IKEA furniture, took the next step in its commitment to the environment with the launch of Bemz Respect, a collection that has sustainable living and caring for the environment at its heart.

The Bemz Respect collection is produced using surplus textiles from the fashion industry and manufactured entirely without the use of water or dyes, all in an effort to reduce environmental impact. The manufacturing process used for the Bemz Respect collection recycles waste into beautiful, high-quality textiles without using of a drop of water or dye, thanks to innovative technology and modern design – a real revolution for the home textiles industry.


The textiles included in the Bemz Respect collection are manufactured in several stages. Leftover fabrics from the clothing industry are first collected and sorted by colour – grey with grey and white with white. The textiles are shredded and ground back down to their initial cotton fibres, which are then spun into yarn. To ensure a durable and high-quality yarn, the cotton fibres are mixed with a small amount of polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles. Finally, the yarn is woven into a new textile, designed by Bemz. Waste is recycled into beautiful, high-quality textiles without using of a drop of water or dye, thanks to innovative technology and modern design. Half a kilo of waste products are used for every metre of Respect fabric. That’s over 25 tonnes of waste reused, recycled and saved from landfill since Respect was launched. A European pioneer in this sector, Bemz designed this first eco-friendly collection to initially include six new fabrics in two lines of modern design, but has since extended it to include an array of stunning colourways. This break from the traditionally neutral palette of recycled textiles offers the perfect balance of design, quality and sustainability.

Far left: The purpose of the new collection of colours is to show that recycled products can be colourful and trendy Above right: To ensure a durable and highquality yarn, the cotton fibres are mixed with a small amount of polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles Left: Dyeing textiles significantly contributes to the consumption of water and is responsible for adding volatile chemicals that are harmful to our health

“The Bemz Respect collection satisfied the unmet demand for sustainable furniture covers in the market when it was first launched in February 2015, and is one of the anchor collections at Bemz today. Respect offers a fabric combining high-quality, beautiful design and sustainable production and customers love the special texture. The purpose of the new collection of colours is to show that recycled products can be colourful and trendy,” says Lesley Pennington, Bemz Founder and CEO. Muted pastels in rose, green and blue join vibrant accented hues in navy, red and ivy to bring some of this year’s hottest interior trend colours to the collection. INEX-ONLINE.COM


“Bemz instigated this move toward coloured recycled fabrics. Working in close collaboration with the textile manufacturer, we developed these new fashion-savvy shades to complement the existing earthy, neutral tones, offering more options for a sustainable yet stunningly modern home,” says Lisbeth Toivonen, Production Manager at Bemz. The Bemz commitment to the environment runs deep, with a business concept based on extending the life of IKEA furniture. Bemz slipcovers have in essence ‘saved’ over one hundred thousand sofas over the past decade. But it does not stop there; the Bemz business model limits waste and strain on resources by only producing what customers have ordered and all product manufacturing takes place in its biggest market, Europe, keeping shipping distances short. « Above: Half a kilo of waste products are used for every metre of Respect fabric Left: The Bemz Respect collection is produced using surplus textiles from the fashion industry






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Roll out the carpet Brintons, world-renowned designer and manufacturer of the woven Axminster carpet, has collaborated with dynamic Designer Stacy Garcia once again to launch Altered Gravity, a collection of contemporary, artinspired carpet designs for the commercial sector. INEX-ONLINE.COM


ltered Gravity, the eighth collaborative collection between carpet designer and manufacturer, Brintons, and Designer Stacy Garcia, includes 14 patterns and draws inspiration from diverse periods in the history of modern art; abstract expressionism collides with contemporary graphic design and digitally-rendered textures melt between layers of mixed media paintings.


brings Altered Gravity to life. This collection has been designed to suit all commercial settings – from hospitality and retail to marine and gaming. It will be available, and can be, fully customised to fit each project. “Original works of art are translated into expressive Axminster carpet designs using complex colour and textural overlays,” states Nadia Burton, Design Director for Brintons America. “Wild, graphic strokes and frenzied paint splats marry with translucent floral forms to create boldly-scaled designs catered to the hospitality market. Altered Gravity, with pattern repeats varying from 6 to 48in, is presented as an extremely versatile collection and one to watch this year. Brintons supplies carpets to both commercial and residential markets globally. Major commercial sectors include hospitality, public spaces, marine, leisure and gaming. The residential side of the business supplies carpet through a network of high-quality retailers. Founded in 2004, Stacy Garcia is a leading global lifestyle brand with roots in hospitality design, offering inspired product collections across a number of categories, including textiles, carpet, wallcoverings, furniture and lighting. Renowned for its signature bold and colourful designs and in-depth trend forecasting, Stacy Garcia is the first and only design house to offer a complete design story for the hospitality industry. Headquartered in New York, the privately-held product design company is helmed by Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Stacy Garcia, who sees design as an empowering form of communication and the brand as one that connects to a lifestyle less ordinary. « «

Opposite: The precision-weaving process of Brintons’ Axminster carpet, combined with the company’s ability to achieve unparalleled depth and texture, brings Altered Gravity to life Top left: Brintons has collaborated with dynamic Designer Stacy Garcia to launch Altered Gravity Above left: Altered

Commenting on the collaboration, Stacy Garcia explains: “Altered Gravity is about exploring the boundaries of experimental design techniques and mediums. We’re bringing it back to the basics of fine art and melding it with new technologies.” Stacy continues: “Like my design aesthetic, the process of creating

art evolves constantly. We’re always adapting, rearranging, adding and subtracting – creating layers that form into something beautiful.” The precision-weaving process of Brintons’ Axminster carpet, combined with the company’s ability to achieve unparalleled depth and texture with up to 32 colours,

Gravity is about exploring the boundaries of experimental design techniques Right: Altered Gravity is a collection of contemporary, artinspired carpet designs



Increased presence for James Latham at SDS17 James Latham is gearing up for the Surface Design Show in February, where it is set to have its biggest presence yet at the UK’s only annual show to focus on interior and exterior surfaces for the built environment.


s well as an impactful, eye-catching stand at its usual position on the ground level (stand 208) – where it will show a number of new additions to its range for 2017 – for the first time, this year, Latham will also be utilising its Product Specification Showroom which is located on the gallery level of the Business Design Centre at suite 301. The new showroom, which only opened in September, has given James Latham a permanent presence in the capital and is already proving to be a major success with the architect and design community. It will give visitors to the show the opportunity to see an even wider range of Latham’s massive portfolio of products – many of them exclusive and semi-exclusive – and all under one roof. INEX-ONLINE.COM

As well as Latham’s highly experienced team of product specialists, during the show the newlycreated A&D specification team will be on hand to discuss the company’s extensive range of products, providing expert advice to architects and designers and helping them to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in surface solutions. Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Latham, commented: “This year, the Surface Design Show promises to be our biggest and best yet. “It’s a great platform to showcase what is one of the UK’s widest ranges of innovative surface solutions and

Above: James Latham’s new Product Specification Showroom in London Right: HI-MACS Solid Surface will feature on Latham’s stand (208)

for 2017 not only do we have our usual stand, which in itself gives us a major presence at the exhibition, but for the first time we are also going to have the added benefit of our new showroom where, as well as enabling us to showcase additional products and decors, we can hold meetings, give product demonstrations and offer refreshments throughout the event.” This year, among others, the products on show will include new decor launches for Egger, Kronospan and XyloCleaf, Valchromat, the innovative and highly popular, engineered coloured high density fireboard, HI-MACS solid surface, UPM composite decking, Latham’s new range of fire-resistant products, KYDEX thermoplastic sheet, which is proving particularly popular within the retail sector, Accoya cladding and window sections, WoodEx, Moralt & Flamebreak door blanks and the new generation of OSB board from Smartply. « « 0116 257 3415 «


Sponsorship opportunities still available for TTA Awards 2017 The Tile Association still has high-profile sponsorship opportunities available for the 2017 TTA Awards. These include promotion before, during and after the gala awards night, which is to be held on 19th May at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, central London.


he TTA is delighted that ARDEX, BAL, Bellota and Norcros Adhesives have signed up as ‘Gold’ sponsors. The endorsement of these major brands adds greatly to the profile of the awards within the industry and, as past ‘Gold’ sponsors, BAL, Bellota and Norcros Adhesives will be well aware of the benefit that they have derived from their past support. Award sponsors in the past have found the publicity they have gained through association with the event is highly beneficial for their brand. The TTA Awards is very prestigious within the tiling industry and beyond, so brands associated with them and supporting them are viewed very positively. There remain sponsorship opportunities available at a number of different levels. This year, the TTA has created high-profile sponsorship opportunities which are tailored to meet the needs of brands of all sizes within the tiling industry and wider construction sector. There are several different levels of sponsorship available, designed to suit every brand and budget. The highest level is Gold sponsorship at a cost of £5000 + VAT. Benefits include: A VIP table of 10 The sponsoring brand is promoted on all marketing material – before, during and after the event Four articles in Tilezine and promotion on the TTA website throughout 2017 Three-month banner advertising on the Tilezine website and emailed newsletter Sponsors receive contact details of all attendees at the ceremony. « 0300 365 8453 « «

Interface helps design consultant bring its brand to life Interface has helped c2:concepts bring its brand to life at its Glasgow office. The Equal Measure Skinny Plank carpet tile collection was used in the main work area. The three styles within the collection enabled c2: to create distinctive flooring patterns. Stripes of charcoal grey tiles from Equal Measure 553 were fitted in an ashlar pattern on either side of the work area. While a line of finely-patterned tiles in the same colour from the Equal Measure 551 were fitted in the centre of the room, and Equal Measure 552 in an identical shade was used to blend the two sections together. Skinny Plank carpet tiles from Human Nature 810, 830 and 850 collections were also laid in the middle of c2:’s lounge in a bold zigzag pattern. 01274 690690

Not just Harfa floor with Osmo UK Osmo UK offers architects and interior designers a unique looking and aestheticallypleasing wooden floor. Prefinished with Osmo Polyx-Oil, the Harfa flooring range from ESCO Flooring is the ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a statement floor. ESCO flooring is available via Osmo UK, following a partnership between the wood finishes expert and ESCO group in 2014. The ESCO collection includes nine flooring options, including Bohemia, Chateau, Moravia and Kolonial. A favourite amongst architects and interior designers is Harfa flooring. This flooring surface has been designed with a rough-sawn treatment and has been enhanced with cross-wise cuts that are grooved in the surface with great care. 01296 481220 INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Calming sculptural interior for One Stop Doctors Armourcoat’s 3D Sculptural wall has been specified for innovative healthcare practitioner One Stop Doctors at its new £15m clinic in Hemel Hempstead by luxury interiors specialist, Goddard Littlefair.


he client’s design brief was to create a highend service environment that communicated the calm, soothing and welcoming feel of a patient-centric experience. Bespoke furniture, a Goddard Littlefair design signature element, is used throughout in a range of high-end materials, including velvet, leather and suede in a spectrum of browns, slates, taupes, blues, purples and greys. To complement this, a feature wall of Armourcoat Sculptural’s ‘Flow Wave’ provides the backdrop to the clinic’s stunning reception space. Lighting was an important part of the mix, creating features with natural and artificial light. Reflected and diffused light create moments of drama and art throughout the interior. Armourcoat Sculptural creates seamless wall surfaces with impactful designs and cast relief. Each design is created from cast GRG (glass-fibre reinforced gypsum) panels and are CAD generated to enable a continuous pattern or unique decorative effect. The state-of-the-art centre is the first of eight planned INEX-ONLINE.COM

clinics to be located around the M25 corridor area. “We were not looking for the usual clinical healthcare design,” One Stop Doctors’ CEO, Ella Tracey, commented, “but wanted a designer who could share our vision for creating an ambience that was relaxed, reassuring and tranquil, very comfortable and also aesthetically beautiful. Staff, visitors and patients alike are so impressed with the elegance of the design and the attention to detail, but also appreciate the feeling of warmth and comfort that it creates.” « « 01732 467994 «

Top: A feature wall of Armourcoat Sculptural’s ‘Flow Wave’ provides the backdrop to the clinic’s stunning reception space Above: Armourcoat’s 3D Sculptural wall has been specified for innovative healthcare practitioner One Stop Doctors


Bette shower trays and baths chosen for luxury St James developments St James has chosen Bette enamelled steel bathroom products for a number of its luxury London developments. Bette’s enamelled steel BetteShower Trays were selected for the company’s Brewery Wharf development in Twickenham and the luxurious Hurlingham Walk and Hurlingham Gate developments in Fulham. Bette’s enamelled steel BetteOcean and BetteStarlet baths were also selected for the Hurlingham Gate development. Tracy Ogino, St James’ Product Manager, explained why Bette products were chosen: “The Bette brand has a long established history, is recognised worldwide and is known for its high-quality, durable and timeless products. As house-builders and homeowners, we can appreciate good quality design that stands the test of time.” 0844 800 0547

Polyflor adds colour to Hopwood Hall College refectory High-performance commercial flooring, from two of Polyflor’s sheet vinyl flooring collections, was recently used to create a vibrant environment for students at Hopwood Hall College to dine and enjoy their break times in. Polyflor XL PU and Polysafe Wood fx PUR flooring was fitted throughout the further education college’s refurbished refectory. The flooring design chosen for this canteen area features Polyflor’s XL PU product cut into circles and semicircles, laid into a background of Polysafe Wood fx PUR safety flooring in the Rustic Oak design. XL PU flooring, in the Tanzanite Blue, Citrine and Connemara Green shades, was chosen to add splashes of bold colour around the servery and seating areas. 0161 767 1111

Simple elegance in the new BLANCO EMIR tap Designed with the latest kitchen trends in mind, the BLANCO EMIR tap is perfect for those looking for clean, minimal design in the modern kitchen. The practical tall swan arch spout makes filling large pots, pans and vases easier than ever before, while the monobloc single lever control is easy to use. BLANCO’s EMIR tap, which retails at £274 exc. VAT and is available in a sophisticated chrome finish, has simple styling which is perfect for the streamlined kitchen. For further information on BLANCO UK and BLANCO’s BLANCO EMIR tap, please visit the company’s website. 01923 635200

Personalised, clean comfort from GROHE The new GROHE Sensia Arena combines the functions of a toilet and bidet, harnessing the natural goodness of water to refresh and revitalise your skin, leaving you completely clean without the harshness of paper or chemicals. The sleek, wall-hung toilet design looks perfectly at home in contemporary bathrooms and its smooth lines leave dirt nowhere to hide. Enjoy the feeling of lightness and wellbeing with the cleanest toilet in the world. From its sleek silhouette to its technologicallyadvanced finish, the company believes that with the GROHE Sensia Arena it has set the benchmark for the future of personalised, clean comfort. For more information on GROHE’s Sensia Arena, please visit the company’s website. 0208 283 2865 INEX-ONLINE.COM


Georgian townhouse remodelled to meet highest energy performance standards An historic, listed Georgian townhouse in London’s Bloomsbury has been transformed into a comfortable, peaceful and energy-efficient home that approaches Passivhaus EnerPHit standards.

Christopher Hyde continues to develop exclusive lighting range Christopher Hyde is renowned for its traditional designs and has now started to develop more contemporary ranges. The company’s handmade lights have been installed across the world, from country cottages to royal palaces. In many ranges, Christopher Hyde offers hand-finished options as standard, allowing clients the finish required to complement various decors. Using artisan skills, the company is able to manufacture almost anything desired. As an expert in manufacturing cast fixtures, Christopher Hyde produces exquisite designs and, in keeping with changes within the lighting industry, offers advanced LED technology, including integral and retrofit energy-saving light sources, emergency lighting and various dimming alternatives. 0207 351 0863


his was achieved by using modern insulation techniques including an advanced secondary glazing system from Selectaglaze that markedly improves the performance of the traditional, single-glazed sash windows. The client wished for a home that used as little energy as possible and offered the most comfortable environment. Robert Prewett of Prewett Bizley Architects took on the challenge of convincing conservation officers that a Grade II Listed building could be fitted with energy-saving measures whilst respecting all the historic features. The large, single-glazed sash windows were a particular challenge as they represented a significant proportion of the wall area and could not be replaced. With the high levels of insulation that were required, along with the need to keep the shutters working in some of the rooms, a bespoke solution was needed. Robert approached Selectaglaze which was both developing a new sash window design and trialling Pilkington’s Spacia thin vacuum units, which have a centre pane U-value of 1.0. The resulting Series 25 window proved perfect for the project as it offered high sealing efficiency, a very low U-value and a discreet frame with a specially developed slide catch that allowed shutters to fully close. The house now has airtightness close to one air change per hour at test pressure which demonstrates that the secondary glazing is performing very well. « 01727 837271 « « INEX-ONLINE.COM

Norcros Adhesives strengthens environmental work In its latest initiative to enhance the environmental aspect of its work, tile adhesive, grout and preparation products manufacturer, Norcros Adhesives, has joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School. The Sustainability School is an initiative designed to promote sustainability in construction supply chains. With a raft of environmental credentials to its name, Norcros Adhesives has a lot to contribute. In 2016, the company won The Tile Association Gold Award for ‘Best Environmental Initiative’. This was in recognition of the many measures the company has put in place over the last two years to improve the environmental management of its operations. 01782 524140


Spectral reaches for the sky with east London installation Spectral Lighting has provided an entire office fit-out using IRIS LED pendant luminaires to a Sky UK office located in east London. Working with M&E consultant Johnathan Hart Associates, Spectral’s IRIS LED luminaires provided a high-quality and energyefficient solution, creating a lit environment that staff found comfortable to work in. Spectral’s IRIS LED luminaire has a visually stunning design, with an ultra-transparent diffuser and suspended on near-invisible, three-way split power cables. The unobtrusive circular construction draws the eye through the space, enhancing exposed ceilings and the geometry of any backdrop without taking centre stage. 01279 450882

Professionals inspired to utilise colour in Dulux Academy colour courses Architects, painters, decorators and interior designers are set to benefit from the first comprehensive offering of courses on colour. The Dulux Academy is now offering a new collection of Colour and Design courses. The courses are designed not only to demonstrate colour theory, but also to provide hands-on opportunities to acquire and practice new design and application skills. With the new Dulux Trade Colour Futures 2017 collection of paint colours now available, attendees of the new Colour and Design courses will also be given insights into the new trends that are starting to emerge in interiors for the year ahead. 0333 222 7070

Boss Design – a champion of workplace branding Workplace branding was a key consideration for Boss Design when approached to supply a range of furniture, seating and meeting solutions for Arthur J. Gallagher’s offices. Boss Design introduced Kruze low-back lounge chairs complete with a veneered outer back and bold punches of coloured fabric to echo the colours used on signage and feature walls. A circular Vista pod system is installed on the lower ground floor, whilst stylish, practical Reef tables and Starr chairs grace the workplace cafe. Boss Design’s low-back contemporary seating system, Fairfax, takes pride of place in the reception area. 0207 253 0364

Highest precision and design versatility Conventional bathroom ceramic material requires a thickness of 12 to 14mm to ensure the necessary strength after firing. For finer forms, Duravit has developed a new, innovative material called DuraCeram, which is thinner and notable for its extreme accuracy, high strength and elegant finish. In this way, a new dimension in design diversity is achieved; maximum elegance without any sacrifices in terms of quality, robustness and ease of cleaning. This innovative material is found in the delicate, gently curving forms of the Cape Cod washbowls and with the elaborate c-bonded technology, by which the furniture washbasin is joined seamlessly with the vanity unit. 0845 500 7787 INEX-ONLINE.COM

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