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his month’s issue of Inex looks towards the future. Interior design trends, like trends in any sector, are constantly changing, developing and being reinvented. In recent years we have seen an increase in the demand for smart technology, and we know that this is only going to grow. With the integration of smart home technology becoming the norm for most households and with technology continuously altering at a rapid pace, it has suddenly become vital for design professionals to understand smart home technology and the latest audio-visual developments to ensure they keep up with the demand. Matt Nimmons, Managing Director of CEDIA EMEA, discusses what clients expect on page 50, so you don’t get left behind.

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Looking to the future doesn’t just mean keeping up with the latest technology though. It can also refer to sustainable design as one Austrian design studio explains on page 83. Penda is currently working on the design of a small house on a tiny plot of land in the countryside of Germany, that focuses on connecting living and working in a harmonious way. By transforming the rooftop of the Yin & Yang house into an ascending garden, the design team hopes to secure a path to food-independency for the owners. On page 09 we look into the not too distant future to discover what trends to expect throughout the rest of the year in the world of flooring and turn to page 77 to reveal the futuristic spa that Simone Micheli has designed. With the theme of the future a feature that weaves its way through the whole of this issue, I couldn’t think of a more perfect time to unveil our new look! Both the magazine and our website have had a style makeover because here at Inex, we’re looking to the future too! 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 ‘Inex-online’ on the App Store or Google play.

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Inex rounds up this month’s industry must-see events, trade shows, seminars and exciting exhibitions from all over the globe so you never miss a thing.

This month, a selection of sector experts give their predictions on what trends will pop up over the course of the year.

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Polish tile company, Cerrad, discusses why extra-large concrete floor tiles should be included in your next interior design scheme.

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Overlays and visual effects come together as a geometric puzzle in the latest GAN kilim collection, created by the Swedish design team Front.

Inex follows Simon Williams’ quest to find the perfect staircase to add the finishing touch to his new home.

MVRDV and Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute has created a futuristic library that features floor-to-ceiling cascading bookcases.

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With technology fast becoming a must-have in every interior design, Matt Nimmons, Managing Director of CEDIA, gives the inside scoop on everything you need to know.

A tour of Michaelis Boyd Associates’ sustainable safari lodge, Sandibe, located in Botswana where the focus was to create a design with a lighter, more sustainable footprint.

A look at New Yorkbased Artist Franck de las Mercedes’ latest colourful abstract and floral project Floret.

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An in-depth look at Simone Micheli’s surreal and fascinating spa in Sarajevo where an intriguing atmosphere is created through the use of lights and curves.

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Austrian design studio Penda shows how the rooftop terrace at its Yin & Yang project is helping one family live life off-grid.

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Our new regular feature that showcases a selection of accessories that will help to add some flair to any interior.

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Inex rounds up this month’s industry must-see events, trade shows, seminars and exciting exhibitions from all over the globe so you never miss a thing.

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China Import & Export Fair Complex and Poly World Trade Center Expo, 18-21 March Every year the China International Furniture Fair connects over 3900 world-leading brands. CIFF covers the upstream and downstream industry, showcasing leading brands of home furniture, home decor, home textiles, outdoor furniture, office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture and furniture machinery as well as raw materials. ciff-gz.com

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany 18-23 March Around 2600 exhibitors present their world firsts at Light + Building in the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. Of over 210,000 visitors, almost half come from outside Germany. Amongst the major visitor groups are interior architects, designers, planners and engineers, as well as tradesmen and women and representatives from the retail and wholesale sectors. light-building.messefrankfurt.com

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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Ireland 23-25 March With over 2500 attendees each year, OFFSET has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries. Representing industry at all levels, the speakers at OFFSET are key disruptors and influencers in their field driving everything from huge global campaigns to awe-inspiring personal projects. iloveoffset.com

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Sheikh Saeed Halls, Trade Centre, Dubai 26-29 March Born out of the logic and beauty of expression, the 2018 theme for the show promises to take visitors and exhibitors on a journey of how ‘the self’ can truly come to life through design. Whether you get your inspiration through adventures, experiences, your own or your client’s individuality; allowing personal selfexpression has become an integral part of how we think about an interior space. indexexhibition.com

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Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou, China 28-31 March As Asia’s leading event in the woodworking machinery, furniture production and interior design industry, CIFM/interzum guangzhou is a one-stop sourcing platform for the entire furniture production industry. interzum-guangzhou.com

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Flooring is the unsung hero of interior design. A gorgeous floor lays the foundations to reflect and enhance an entire scheme. Over the next few pages, experts talk through the latest flooring trends, what to look out for in the future of flooring and there’s even some accessories to add the finishing touch to any floor. Get inspired. 0 9

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Interior design trends, like all trends, are cyclical and this is no different for trends in wood. Interior design trends today are reimaginings rather than pastiche interpretations of history. Reimagined because they’re traditional ideas reshaped by modern practices.

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n 2018 the parameters of interior design move away from grey colour schemes and minimalist Scandi style to a reintroduction of bold colours and elaborate patterns. Expect to see a lot of olive greens, oxblood reds and mustards – hues that have been somewhat forgotten about since the 1970s! Intricate detail, texture and handmade materials satisfy appetites for craftsmanship and individuality and this is something that will play much more of a part in interior projects this year.

Revived elegance

Revived elegance is the perfect blend of influences ranging from the allure of Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern-inspired interiors. Above all, it’s the antithesis of minimalism – a bold, richly decorative style where every surface is considered. Expect to see elaborately panelled wall decor, ornate parquet floors, brushed velvet, intricate wallpapering and a wealth of marble in 2018. Whilst parquet flooring was once an emblem of the aristocracy, featuring in the grand homes of the elite; herringbone, chevron and Parquet de Versailles panels are enjoying a revival in modern times with interior designers wanting to work wood’s texture, sculpture and historical beauty into their projects.

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Wood comes in so many hues and textures that the natural material lends itself to many different applications and decorative techniques, with the added bonus of the warm, organic element that it bestows on any room. Reclaimed wood carries with it all of the beautiful, organic blemishes that nature intended, imbued with the rich aura of bygone times and packed with design potential for interiors; with open weathered grains providing inspiration.

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Elevated grain is becoming somewhat of a must-have in 2018. The varying textures and characterful features of wood when featured on walls, ceilings and floors adds layers of interest as the natural composition of wood brings a calming feel to interiors.

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Metallic accents pique interest without overwhelming the viewer. The modern magpie shine that comes with a metallic surface is irresistibly alluring and metallic accents from kitchen taps to draw

handles feature in interior projects across the world. Metallic accents aren’t exclusive to accessories and the magic of metallic can be worked into wood flooring. Incorporating copper herringbone blocks alongside wooden herringbone blocks creates an understated yet aesthetically alluring look.

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Bold colours and an abundance of texture are replacing paredback, simplistic colour palettes in 2018. While many interior designers have been seduced by Pantone’s Colour of Year, the American paint company Benjamin Moore’s colour of 2018 embarks on the spicier side of life with Caliente. Caliente literally translates as hot from Spanish and the strong, radiant red is as hot as it gets. Red has long been considered the apogee of passion and confidence, suggesting that 2018 will be the year for imaginative, inventive and visionary interior design projects. Subtle inflections of colour make much more of a refined interior statement with doors, furniture and ceilings being painted to provide character and charm in a space, without having to entirely redecorate. Woodworks by Ted Todd is available for commercial clients through the Studio Ted Todd website. studiotedtodd.com I N E X

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A TREND PREDICTION Ash Bansal, Senior Designer and Project Manager at DV Architects – which carries out commercial design projects across the UK – comments on what trends he predicts will be popular in 2018.

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bar in Nottingham, where we used a vinyl tile in vivid blues against softer greys and taupes. The retro theme also plays out from shapes to leaf prints, which are coming back, alongside a polished, minimal interior. In offices, the trend in eating and break-out areas is to switch to taller seating and merge the space to give an informal feel but encourage productivity. designvenue.co.uk


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Gres tiles have been incorporated in designs for a long time. In the past, these were small elements with thick jointing. Today, the bigger they get, the better. Until recently, square tiles of 60 x 60cm were considered large. And although they still have a great appeal, they are slowly superseded by similarshaped elements of 80 x 80cm, and by rectangles of 60 x 120cm.

The force of universality

The decorative potential of large-format tiles is unlimited, which definitely contributes to their appeal. It is obvious that they are a perfect material for floor arrangements, as they create an aesthetic homogeneous surface that will always inspire awe. This effect can be further reinforced with the use of 3mm jointing with matching colours. When tiling walls, it is possible to reduce this thickness even more (2mm). In this case, tiling selected wall fragments, e.g. above the fireplace, which will perk up each arrangement, creating a cohesive flow with an identically finished floor. 1 7

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Large formats of gres tiles are perfect for minimalist, sophisticated interiors; ones that are characterised by simplicity and elegance. They are a great fit for spacious, bright apartments, creating an ideal base for modern living room furniture or designer accessories in the form of massive lamps or an eye-catching armchair. In turn, bright-grey, square elements can create a homogeneous background for an open kitchen and living room plan, where a comfortable couch with soft apricot upholstery will serve as the centrepiece.

Abundance of motifs and finishing styles

The sheer force of large-format tiles lies in the abundance of structures and finishing styles, as well as in their subtlety of colours. Concrete inspirations have swept the board for several seasons now. The dusty colours, non-uniform surface structures and matt finishing of raw concrete is proving popular in industrial-themed interiors. Large-format tiles are definitely the future of modernist design. They are definitely worth following, since, due to their completely new dimensions, their definition is about to change. cerrad.pl/en 1 9

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Overlays and visual effects come together as a geometric puzzle in the latest GAN kilim collection, created by the Swedish design team Front.

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Their shapes move away from the classic rectangle, and the designs and colours manage to visually enlarge the space in which they are located, and open it to new dimensions, with daring and freshness. Tetragon is the most colourful rug in this collection, with a balanced mix of grey, blue, yellow, pink and dark green. Rhomb takes a more organic shape, with less angular contours and a soberer chromatic range expressed in yellow, grey and white. Hexagon declines in red and orange, captured in cubic motifs divided into vertical lines that play to create overlays and stratifications. gan-rugs.com

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A STAIRCASE THAT TICKS ALL THE BOXES Simon Williams’ quest for the perfect staircase to fit his newlypurchased five-bed family home began when he first discovered StairBox online back in the springtime of 2015.

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A major factor also in play for Simon was time. He explained: “Our timescale was another key aspect which had led us to the company, knowing that StairBox could deliver our new staircase in the timeframe that we needed.” Simon continued: “We had bought the property in May of that year and wanted to move in as soon as possible so we were trying to push through a renovation over quite a short period. Our builder had started work in the summer and we wanted to move in during the autumn, ideally for Christmas, and we managed to achieve that.” The staircase was delivered on schedule and arrived in two phases; first the timber components and finally the glazing. Simon added: “It was a bit of a tight squeeze as the staircase incorporated a 90° turn. However, taking care and time to make sure dimensions were 100% accurate meant the installation process was hassle-free. In fact, our builder commented on how straightforward the staircase was to install and was extremely impressed with the quality of the product.” Simon said: “The staircase was installed in November, we then finished our flooring off, decorated and in December it was all done. We’re really happy with how it’s turned out. It’s exceeded our expectations in terms of transforming our entrance area which was previously so dull. Now the light floods in, with different shapes of light projections filling the space when the sun is shining.” stairbox.com

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THE FUTURE OF AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTS IN THE HOME The integration of smart home technology is fast becoming the norm for households up and down the country. It’s now more important than ever for design professionals to understand smart home technology and the latest audio-visual developments to provide the service that is now fully expected by the client. I N E X

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Lighting

Lighting is often underestimated but can truly transform a home. As well as providing more efficient lighting using dimming technology and location awareness, lighting control systems can offer so much more. If integrated into the wider home automation

system, lighting controls can bring other elements of the home together for ease of use, and can be controlled in ‘scenes’. A well-designed lighting system has the capability to add glamour, ambience and spacemagnifying qualities to any home, as well as added security.

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Media rooms and home cinemas can be multi-functional areas, with split TV and projector systems becoming a popular choice. Home control systems enable the cinema-watching process to occur smoothly thanks to pre-programming, which can transform a living area into a home cinema instantly. TVs can be fitted discreetly into manufactured furniture, with speakers positioned in the ceiling for optimum sound quality with minimal visual intrusion. I N E X

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Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will change the way we interact with our environment and the technology within it. For home entertainment, installers and designers will be challenged to build VR rooms that can be shared by several users connected to the same experience. The next 25 years will bring more practical implementations of that ‘special room’ in the home where education, training, health consulting, business meetings and multi-player gaming can all take place combing the real world.

Control systems

Good home automation systems should be seamless, and advances in technology have made this possible today. All integrated technology can be controlled from one interface, either through control panels situated throughout the home or via mobile devices, proving the simplicity and ease of managing home automation. This can range from finger-tip electronic control over any aspect of the home, to pre-programmed settings that turn on your lights and unlock your doors when your car pulls in the drive, to the latest smart thermostats that automatically adjust to local weather and humidity. cedia.org

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SCUPLTURAL SAFARI LODGE Michaelis Boyd Associates (MB), the London-based architecture and design practice, has completed work on Sandibe, a new sustainable safari lodge in the Okavango Delta in northwest Botswana.

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About Michaelis Boyd Associates Michaelis Boyd Associates is a design-led architecture practice that has earned a reputation for simple, elegant architecture with a creative approach and an emphasis on both sustainable and environmentallysound building techniques. Founded by Alex Michaelis and Tim Boyd in Notting Hill, London, in 1995, the practice began with a primary focus on the luxury residential sector where they gained a strong reputation not only for contemporary additions to historic houses, but also new-build residential projects. Michaelis Boyd’s portfolio encompasses projects ranging from residential new-build and renovation, to hotels, luxury private members’ clubs, restaurants and bars, for clients in the UK and around the world. Projects include the interiors for Battersea Power Station’s new residences, which will be completed in 2018, the iconic Groucho Club in London, El Pastor – a taqueria in London’s Borough Market, the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire and the Kimpton De Witt Hotel in Amsterdam. michaelisboyd.com

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bstract and floral art collectors alike will be drawn to Franck de las Mercedes’ latest art series. The artist’s use of colour veers into the mood-altering, with electric tones and forms with an almost digital sense. In this new series of gestural flowers titled Floret, Franck de las Mercedes invites the viewer to experience his technique as well as the virtuosity of his subject. Painted on paper, the series combines both the abstract and figurative in overlapping fields of highly saturated colour combined with hieroglyphiclike text, resulting in energetic imagery that draws the eye across the entirety of the surface. “Having lived most of my life in New York City, I’ve always been drawn to a visual clash of urban colours, decaying walls, torn-up ads and the effect that time and the elements have on surfaces. This series of paintings was influenced by nature and vegetation in urban settings and the resilience they radiate in settings where they are not necessarily being cared for or expected to grow,” explains Franck. franckdelasmercedes.com

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LUXURIOUS LOCATION MANIFESTED BY SURREALITY The wonderful spa in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – designed by Simone Micheli and engineered by Aquaspecial – is shaped as a surreal and fascinating place, able to receive and project humans into another world, suspended among space and time and out of traditional visions of reality.

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The client through the surreal hallway to the entrance of the spa, becomes immediately part of the vanishing and natural atmosphere that defines the space. The client is met with warm and suffused light; the range of shades and colours harmonise together to create an irresistible flow of existence. Crossing the threshold, the composition of sounds, shades, images, colours and textural essences wrap the host, supporting relaxation of the senses and rapturing of the mind. Beneficial sensations penetrate into the body and mind, dissolving the daily torpor and intensifying the emotional network.

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The surroundings immerse the spa user in full, in worlds that are built around its movements. The constant flow of the water, with its innate and cathartic purifier, power to shape the environment, models the soft delicacy of the bath and the furniture, which make candid forms; essential is the warm of the sauna and the inebriating vapour of the steam room. The water is reflected in the mirrored surfaces and multiplies in the images of the screens, intensifying its purifying qualities and the process of the visitor being regenerative. simonemicheli.com

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YIN & YANG Austrian design studio Penda is working on a design for a small house in the countryside of Germany that connects living and working in a harmonious way. As the plot is so small, Penda is transforming the roof of the building into an ascending garden to secure a path to foodindependency for the owners.

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he Yin & Yang house is designed for a small family that wants a life off-grid – independent and self-sufficient. Because the lawn on the plot is not large enough, Penda integrated gardening planters for vegetables, herbs and fruits on the roof. The house is shaped by two separate entities that are connected in a harmonious way with a green roof. Similar to a Yin & Yang sign, the two main areas of the house are intertwined. One half for living, the other half for working. The two roof sides are shaped like mountains from the ground to their highest points and surround the garden like a valley in between them. The ascending roof channels rainwater to the ground where it is stored and reused on dry days to water the plants. When architecture supports the way we grow our food, a house becomes more than just a building. It attracts all your senses. Nature makes the house visually appealing because it changes its look according to the seasons. Natural materials make it haptic. You can hear your house, because different animals like bees or birds become part of daily life. It has its own natural scent, based on the plants growing on the roof. And in a way you are able to eat part of the house. This sensible architecture creates a special bond to the building and it creates a personal relationship.

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A house that lives and grows

The living roof is not just a tool for living an autarkic lifestyle, but also a design element. Mother nature is a patient sculptress and will transform the house over time. Depending on the season, the house will bloom in different colours and different scents. From vibrant colours in spring to a white snow-field in winter, the house changes over time and transforms itself in harmony to its surroundings.

A house that supports real food

After decades of unsustainable food production and food supply by industrial agriculture, we are slowly learning about the costs of health for our bodies, wellbeing and the biosphere caused by this system. The key for an ecological foodcycle is to grow and eat local products.

A house to work globally in a rural area

The house is conceptualised for a young family that would like to live and work on the countryside. Rural areas around our globe are trying to find strategies of how to attract young people. Forecasts show that cities and urban areas attract young people. By 2050, more than 70% of our population will live in cities. Architects are called upon to find solutions how to revive the countryside. “I do think one step is to integrate the quality of life on the countryside into the building. We millennials are a very fortunate generation. I N E X

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“We have the opportunity to live a more flexible lifestyle than previous generations. Through technology and cheap airfare, our world got more connected and we are able to live off the beaten track but work on a global scale. My wife and I are living in the mountains of Austria, but work on projects worldwide and are able to enjoy the benefits of both worlds. The Yin & Yang house is designed for a family with a similar lifestyle and mindset,” explains Chris Precht, Founding Partner of Penda. The Yin & Yang house was exhibited at the Documenta in Kassel and part of an effort from architects to work on small houses to revive the region of Edersee and bring back a young generation of creatives to the countryside. home-of-penda.com


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DESIRED DESIGNS The right light or lamp can make or break an interior scheme. They create an instant focal point, drawing the eye to centre of the room that they hang in or to the surface that they perch on. Choosing the right one is vital. So whether you’re looking for a charming chandelier, on the hunt for an animal-themed piece or searching high and low for something quite quirky, we’ve got you covered.

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M AGNUS PENDANT

This large pendant light has a natural marble finish for a cool, clean look.This light promises to be a chic and elegant finishing touch to any interior. £POA darlighting.co.uk

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This classically shaped curvilinear lampshade is crafted in pale rose peach powder-coated metal with a light-reflecting white interior making it the perfect subtle addition to any room. £159 cloudberryliving.co.uk

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LOUISA P EN DANT

All modern elegance, the understated, yet glamorous Louisa pendant is the consummate marriage of glass and steel. The shade with its antique brass finish and an opal glass dome housing the bulb oozes style. £POA arteriorshome.com I N E X

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The minimalist design of this pendant light is inspired by the everpopular Scandinavian trend that is still a hot topic in the interior world. £299 nedgis.com

GU BI SEMI PENDANT

The Semi lamp was conceived as a unique pendant lamp formed from a semicircle profile cut in half, placed backto-back and then handspun in aluminium. With its distinctive arc-shaped, enameled shade, lightness of form and timeless design, this elegant pendant is a timeless classic. £323 rume.co.uk

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The JU1 is a beautiful light designed with a gentle oceanic sensibility – the shape somehow captures the romance of a great ship, the break of a wave and the cool northern light. Now reissued by &Tradition, the JU1 is a perfect, fleeting moment in the constant architectural evolution that occurred in the mind of the man who would later design the Sydney Opera House. £296 rume.co.uk

The Concert is a highly innovative structure and is carefully designed to give a diffused light without compromising the strength of illumination. The Concert is built up of four upper shades and a lower parabola of white lacquered drawn steel, which are mounted on an internal suspension unit made of hand-blown, acid etched glass. £553.50 rume.co.uk 9 3

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This beautiful and unusual chrome bird perch light is a balancing sculptural light made of folded paper-effect plastic and metal. The lamp takes the form of an abstract bird that appears to be delicately balanced on its metal perch. £195 alexanderandpearl.co.uk

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Add a touch of fun to an interior with this antique gold-finished rabbit stem table lamp. The rabbit looks like it’s stuck under the black shade with just its ears protruding through the top and is bound to be the star of an interior. £165 alexanderandpearl.co.uk

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Pink is a hot trend right now and the light hue of this lamp means it’s a really versatile piece; it will work alongside both neutral tones and deeper, darker colours. £20 bobbyrabbit.co.uk

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What a lovely way to bring a touch of nature and woodlands into an interior. Cute and quirky – this lamp is a must for any room. £409 rume.co.uk

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This unique lamp is a true piece of art that will command attention in any space. Standing at a massive 210cm, this black beauty is perfect for the reluctant horse fan in all of us. £4326 rume.co.uk

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Bring the country lodge look into an interior with this charming, contemporary take on an antler chandelier, a subtle nod to the animal lighting trend. £340 alexanderandpearl.co.uk

The Mouse lamp is the ultimate in fun, whimsical lighting. This extremely unique designer lamp is a real statement piece for the home or hotels and quirky restaurants and is available in a sitting, standing or laying down pose. £60 smithersofstamford.com

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Be the King of the Swingers with the all-new black monkey lamps and add a touch playful design to any interior space. £230 smithersofstamford.com

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The Jeeves pendant light is made by hand from wool felt and reinforced with an aluminium lining in a gold finish, this is a playful take on lighting with a real sense of cultural identity. £186 frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

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Made from goose feathers on a fabric and steel frame, this light is stunning to look at when unlit, but when lit it radiates a soft and cosy glow adding sophistication and elegance to any decor. £99 black-by-design.co.uk

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This floor lamp infuses a touch of contemporary design into an interior, without sacrificing that homely feel thanks to the soft and cosy glow emitted from the light. £126 black-by-design.co.uk

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Napoleon has had a makeover! Eccentric yet honourable, this unusual Waterloo table lamp in pink will add a fabulous hint of cheek to any space. Place ‘The Little General’ on a bedside table to ramp up the style factor in a boudoir. £485 limelace.co.uk

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Clouds transmit a sense of serenity and peace, so what a perfect light fitting for a child’s room. Inside, it has a light and sound system, which is controlled by a mobile app or a remote with several options including choice of music, light effects and sleep time. £POA circu.net

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This is a bright industrial-style table lamp featuring a threestage touch switch for adjustable brightness. Made from heavy metal and finished with an eco-friendly lead-free paint, it’s the ideal statement piece for a side table. £94 pasx.co.uk

Made from polished steel with a chrome look, this table lamp is an American reproduction 1950s design inspired by the vintage styles of the NYC Police Department. Perfect for giving a desk the vintage twist it deserves. £245 smithersofstamford.com

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The first thing you’ll notice from this table lamp is, of course, the shoe, which is made of an original antique shoe stretcher. This shoe stretcher is entirely made of varnished solid wood, which was given a second, most unusual, life. £85 pip-home.co.uk

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Like an orchestra, Botti embodies all the details of wind instruments and takes us into a music concert. Its structure is handmade in brass and gently covered by a golden mantle, a monumental piece which shows the exquisite capacity of DelightFULL’s skilled artisans. Botti suspension fixture will surely mark a ‘before’ and ‘after’ in any setting. £POA delightfull.eu

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The Burj chandelier is inspired by one of the most stunning hotels in the world, the Burj Al Arab. Like the hotel, this masterpiece is a symbol of modern age and luxury. It’s a strong, decorative structure, fully made of gold-plated brass, with delicately handmade crystal tubes. £POA luxxu.net

A RTERIORS LO CUST THORN CHANDELIER

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With expressive harmonic beauty, the Clark exudes the speakeasy vibe. Constructed of brass tubing using the classic method of bending the brass twice into a rounded oblong shape allows for bright and load casts of light. £2735 delightfull.eu

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The Lazzaro is a tempered glass chandelier with decorative coloured glass flowers. This is a true statement piece to add a luxurious gothic element to any room. £1875 ohwhatsthis.com

T RU M P C HA NDELIER

Made stylishly in classic contemporary design and sculptured by the motif of the exterior, golden windows of this iconic building. Trump promises to sparkle everything around it! Built in brass and sublime tears of crystal glass, it’s perfect for a refined living room. £POA luxxu.net

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EXCEPTIONAL ACOUSTICS FROM ARMOURCOAT Decorative specialist Armourcoat exhibited at the Surface Design Show in February as the design industry showcased the latest innovative and exciting surface materials.

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he exhibition, held at London’s Business Design Centre, attracted a large audience of architects, specifiers and designers, and is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces. Armourcoat presented a stunning range of handapplied polished plaster wall finishes and the latest additions to its luxury

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Signature collection. The company also launched the new Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System designed to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces. The Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System offers a clean and smooth mineral surface that can be applied seamlessly over large expanses to both flat and curved surfaces. Comprising a special 1 0 2

mineral wool composite panel that is bonded onto the substrate and finished with a seamless layer, the Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System offers an elegant marble-based plaster finish while allowing sound energy to pass through the surface. The zero-VOC system, which consists of 80% recycled material, achieves Class ‘0’ fire rating and a Class ‘A’ Noise Reduction Coefficient rating. armourcoat.com marketing@armourcoat.co.uk 01732 460668


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After several years in the cold, interiors are starting to feel the heat from vibrant colours that are staging a comeback. At the helm of this change is Lyndon by Boss Design that has unveiled a striking new range of coloured painted frame options for its acclaimed collections of wooden furniture. Whether it’s to echo corporate branding in the workplace, or to simply add colour to a hospitality scheme, Lyndon has introduced seven refined painted frame colours to provide a welcome break from the neutral look that has reigned supreme for several years. Available in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black and white. 01242 584897 lyndon.co.uk

BLANCO UK has redefined sensor technology to make life in the kitchen easier. The SOLENTA-S tap has a manual or hands-free start-stop mode. With a nearfield sensor detection located in the hose arm, unwanted activation is prevented. Utilising a professional design, the stainless steel product is elevated with a precise magnetic spray holder for user accessibility. Designed for convenience, the SOLENTA-S is available with the lever on either the left or right side making it a perfect match for users’ preferences. The SOLENTA-S is available in chrome and stainless finish UltraResist which is not only easy to clean but is also stain and wear resistant. 01923 635200 blanco.co.uk

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A NEW TWIST FOR CHRISTOPHER HYDE

Christopher Hyde Lighting, bespoke lighting expert, based at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, has added a new range to its contemporary collection. The dynamic new collection of the Granada and Seville lights has captured a different take on the Christopher Hyde brand. With inner finishes available in gold, silver and copperleaf, these lights are given added luxury. This exciting collection comes with LED lighting technology. LEDs are the most energy-efficient bulbs. They use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and can pay for themselves through energy savings in just a couple of months. christopherhyde.com 0207 351 0863

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Boss Design’s new ATOM furniture collection is a revolutionary concept created by award-winning Furniture Designer Simon Pengelly. An extensive system consisting of modularised seating, tables, desks and screens, ATOM is the most versatile furniture collection on the market – a single family of products capable of furnishing an entire workplace. Flexibility and choice are paramount in creating a dynamic workplace that enables everyone to work in their own way. Maximising productivity and wellbeing, ATOM has been designed to offer a seamless and holistic furniture solution for a complete working environment; from reception to boardroom, facilitating the needs of small and large teams, as well as individual focused working.

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NFTMMS MEMBER RENOVATES HISTORIC CERAMIC MOSAIC FLOOR AT MAJOR STATELY HOME Restoring the historic ceramic mosaic floor in the game larder at one of the UK’s leading historic houses has been undertaken by National Federation of Terrazzo, Marble and Mosaic Specialists (NFTMMS) member, JW Restoration.

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ccording to federation spokesperson, Brian James, this exemplifies the quality of the skills and craftsmanship of NFTMMS members which can produce the most spectacular results. The game larder, which dates from 1909, was used to hang game that was shot on the estate. It became derelict following the arrival of modern refrigeration techniques and was subsequently used to house chickens in the 1950s and 1960s. “We were specified for this project due to our expertise in mosaic restoration and our extensive experience of working within listed and historically-important buildings,” comments Oliver Wood of JW Restoration. “It proved to be a fascinating and challenging project but also one which was hugely rewarding.”

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The initial report revealed that the large octagonal mosaic floor was missing large sections of ceramic tiles, called tesserae, and there was damage where the original internal metalwork had been removed. In addition, the game larder had suffered from exposure to the elements for many years and acidic attacks from years of chicken waste. “One particular challenge was matching the different coloured ceramic tesserae,” 1 0 4

explained Oliver. “The light and dark green tesserae proved the most difficult to match, but it was critical for all concerned that we achieved the closest possible fit to minimise the visibility of the restored areas.” JW Restoration hand-cut the tesserae to the correct size and appearance to match the original precisely. It worked from a rubbing of a section of the mosaic which allowed the federation member to replicate the fan pattern of the original and the missing sections were then made in its workshop and transported to the stately home for the installation. “Once the large missing sections were installed and grouted, we were able to give the mosaic a non-abrasive deep clean to remove the years of organic soiling that had accumulated,” said Christian Jeeves. JW Restoration was hired by specialist contractor Croft Building & Conservation, which oversaw the project and worked closely with London-based architect firm Inskip Jenkins and specialist tile manufacturer, Craven Dunnill. The NFTMMS represents companies who wish to maintain and improve the standards of craftsmanship and technical control on which the industry depends. It includes companies involved in terrazzo, mosaic, marble, granite, limestone and quartz, and NFTMMS members freely offer technical advice and assistance with specifications. nftmms.co.uk 0845 609 0050


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2018 SP ECIF IE R’S GUIDE L AUN CHED AT S URFACE DESIGN SHOW

20 of The 2018 edition 1 7 Guide The Specifier’s to Tile & Stone is now available in print and online. The annual ‘industry GUIDE bible’ provides an essential specification tool for architects and designers. Content includes a review of the global tile trends, along with reports on the latest technology, sustainability, case studies and advice for global manufacturers. Ancillary products – from anhydrite screeds to water-based sealers – are also examined within the guide, with expert comment offered from the industry’s leading Editor and award-winning Journalist, Joe Simpson.The launch of the first edition of The Specifier’s Guide for Commercial Flooring will follow in late spring. specifiersguide.co.uk 01892 752400

INTERFACE ADDS NEW DIMENSION TO EMPLOY COLLECTION

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Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has launched two new ranges to offer customers more design possibilities with a broader mix of price points. Employ Dimensions is the third product in the popular Employ collection, which already includes Employ Loop and Employ Lines. By adding a new dimension to the Skinny Planks collection, together the three products now make it even easier to play with colour and pattern to create stylish designs in any type of space. Like Employ, the Works Collection, has been created to help meet demanding budgets – yet achieve beautiful and functional floor designs. The collection comprises four designs: Works Flow, Works Geometry, Works Hype and Works Dash. interface.com 01274 690690

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GROHE S ETS A CLEAR STYL E STATEMENT FOR HO LISTI C B ATHROOM DESIGN

Following the tremendous success of the Eternal collection, Silestone is delighted to be expanding the luminary collection with the introduction of five new colours. The new hues, exclusive to Cosentino’s Elite Studios throughout 2018, offer a modern, reinvented take on some of the most sought-after marbles and stones, coupled with the latest technological advancements from Silestone. The Eternal collection is the first in Silestone’s offering to have veining and highlights distributed completely through the material, including its edges, resulting in an even more natural appearance. The five new colours are Bianco Calacatta, Classic Calacatta, Desert Silver, Eternal Emperador and Eternal Marfil. silestone.com 01256 761229

Cube, GROHE’s third ceramic line, will delight all fans of clean lines and shapes. The angular shapes turn private as well as semi-public bathrooms in hotels, sanitary facilities in commercial areas and urban spaces into real design objects. With the new ceramic lines, GROHE is positioning itself as a full service provider in the bathroom. As part of the globally connected LIXIL family, GROHE benefits from decades of expertise in all areas of bathroom ceramics. With this technical know-how, the washbasins, toilets and bidets were designed by the award-winning GROHE design team to match the geometric Eurocube, Lineare, Allure and Allure Brilliant fitting lines. grohe.co.uk 0871 200 3414 1 0 5

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LEVATO MONO

Porcelain paver system and coordinating internal tiling The Deck Tile Co’s new website www.surface360.co.uk now has +150 colours and finishes in their Levato Mono 20mm porcelain ranges plus co-ordinating internal tiling – enabling seamless visual transition between internal and external spaces.

20mm porcelain pavers 40x80 45x90 60x60 75x75 80x80 30x120 40x120 60x120 ‘Floating floor’ – installation over single ply membranes Eternal product - zero maintenance required – offering massive overlife savings Highly abrasion and stain resistant Highly slip resistant ; R11 AB+C Lightweight – 45kgs per m2

INTRODUCING OUR NEW WEBSITE: WWW.SURFACE360.CO.UK

High load bearing and impact resistance Timber, stone & cementitious effects Completely non porous Ideal for balconies, roof terraces and piazzas, for both commercial and residential use Frost proof Height adjustable/slope correcting support system ranging from 9mm up to 550mm

Inex March 2018  

This month’s issue of Inex looks towards the future.

Inex March 2018  

This month’s issue of Inex looks towards the future.