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SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE 37 inex-online.com Download the Inex app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Search ‘Inex-online’

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Interior Designer Anouska Lancaster talks to Inex about how designing her husband’s nightclub interiors kick started her career

Patricia Fox, Founder of landscape architect company Aralia, explains how to design a rooftop terrace that is perfect for the colder winter months

Inex takes readers on a tour of Art Buro’s most recent residential project for a young, professional couple working in the creative industry

La Manufacture Cogolin has collaborated with Architect Laurent Buttazzoni to present three graphic and playful rugs, Syracuse, Modica and Noto


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hen it comes to retail environments, exclusive products deserve exclusive displays. Products demand the most exquisite lighting, showcased using luxurious fabrics and indulgent materials. To create the ultimate high-end experience for the customer, designers must look beyond the ordinary and challenge everyday perceptions. For design and architect practice, Humbert & Poyet, this ethos is nothing new. Providing a full range of services from construction through to interior design, their company’s philosophy embodies high-end workmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Their latest retail projects include Monaco’s Wine Palace and a butcher shop called The Butcher Shop – both exude luxury through lavish fabrics and complementary materials, sharp glass display casings and elegant lighting installations. To read more about this new generation of retail outlets, turn to page 26. Elsewhere in this issue, Inex explores retro-inspired lighting as demonstrated in the recent renovation of Hotel Vincci Centrum, Patricia Fox of Aralia discusses how to make the most of a winter roof terrace and Anouska Lancaster, Founder of Noushka Design, reveals the key to interior design success. 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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Top left: Anouska Lancaster’s Green Carnation nightclub project really put her on the map Cover: Reflecting the Beefbar brand’s high-quality menu and exclusivity, Humbert & Poyet has designed an exclusive, luxurious butcher shop for the brand Top: The oldest Japanese restaurant to inhabit Barcelona has benefited from a sleek, modern update with help from Formica Group Above: It’s now possible to incorporate a full-length mirror into a towel rail to provide an authentic spa ambiance to a room

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INSPIRE Inex previews bespoke interior design company Art Buro’s latest residential project for a young couple, both working in the creative industries, in London’s Notting Hill.

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LIGHTING DelightFULL’s Hanna Suspension Lamps adorn the ceilings in Madrid’s Hotel Vincci Centrum’s Bellini food&bar, designed by Interior Designer, Beatriz Silveira.

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INSIGHT This month, Inex interviews Interior Designer Anouska Lancaster. Here, she reveals where her passion for interior design started and how she originally trained to be an artist.

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EXRATED Founder of landscape architect company Aralia, Patricia Fox, explains what elements to consider when designing a rooftop terrace for the colder winter months.

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EXPOSE La Manufacture Cogolin has collaborated with Architect Laurent Buttazzoni to produce three new woven carpet variations inspired by La Manufacture Cogolin’s 19th century jacquard looms.

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RETAIL Beefbar Monaco has unveiled its latest innovation, The Butcher Shop. Designed by Humbert & Poyet, this retail scheme has provided the Beefbar brand with the ultimate retail experience.

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DOMESTIC FURNITURE Chicago-based Interior Designer Donna Mondi has channelled the dark glamour of the 1920s into her latest project, which features two custom-made KOKET Divine Armoires.

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INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION KOBFUJI Architects has specified Formica Group’s Terril to clad the oldest restaurant to inhabit Barcelona – Tokyo Sushi. Here, Inex looks at the inspiration behind this project and how Terill has helped to enhance the Japanese style of the restaurant.

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HVAC Here, Aestus explains how to make a statement with on-trend styles, current trends to look out for and how to merge aesthetics with practicality.

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100% DESIGN PREVIEW Inex previews the UK’s largest design trade show, 100% Design. Returning to Olympia, London, from 21st to 24th September, this year’s theme is ‘Experience’.

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DECOREX PREVIEW This year, Decorex is celebrating its 39th edition at Syon Park. Here, Inex showcases what to expect from this year’s show.

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architecture practice, Aralia, talks Inex through

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which elements to consider to make the most of a winter roof terrace Middle: The Japanese philosophy of living was the inspiration behind Art Buro’s new project Bottom: DelightFULL’s Hanna Suspension Lamps adorn the ceilings of the newly-renovated Hotel Vincci Centrum in Madrid

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Autumn Fair NEC, Birmingham 4-7 September Autumn Fair will be returning to the NEC with an array of bespoke, well-designed products exhibiting. Positioned alongside the fair’s Contemporary Homes & Gifts offering, the show’s Summerhouse promises to be a hit with buyers and retailers in search of unique, on-trend collections for this autumn and next year’s summer season. autumnfair.com Top Drawer Olympia, London 11-13 September This September’s Top Drawer event will bring together leading brands, designers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors to do business with the most successful and creative retail and contract buyers. The show produces carefully curated content, discovering and supporting bright, new talent. topdrawer.co.uk

London Design Biennale 2016 Somerset House, London 7-27 September The first London Biennale will open its doors this September at London’s Somerset House. Nations from across six continents will present newly-commissioned works that explore the theme ‘Utopia by Design’. Installations curated by leading museum and design organisations will be present at the first show including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Design Museum, the German Design Council, The Japan Foundation and Triennale Design Museum. Taking the entirety of Somerset House, London Design Biennale will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, pollution, energy and cities. londondesignbiennale.com The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Autumn Battersea Park, London 27 September – 2 October This autumn’s foyer display at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair will be ‘Scandi Days and Nordic Nights’. Showcasing 18th and 19th century styles with 20th century design from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, all items will be drawn from exhibitors at the fair and will be for sale. decorativefair.com

Scottish Home Show Aberdeen AECC, Scotland 23-25 September The biggest home improvement exhibition in the north east is returning to Aberdeen this September and will be celebrating its fifth birthday. This year, the show will be welcoming back Tommy Walsh, Linda Barker and Charlie Dimmock. Brands such as Bo Concept, AGA, DM Design and Baxter’s are returning this year and are joined by the show’s highest number of brand new exhibitors to date. scottishhomeshow.com

Glee NEC, Birmingham 12-14 September One of the UK’s biggest and most valuable garden and outdoor living trade shows returns to the NEC this September to bring visitors the newest products on the market allowing designers to source unique products for every category. Over 500 leading UK and international wholesale garden suppliers will be present at this year’s show with thousands of new products. Advice and guidance will be available, alongside the latest and most innovative trends available on the market. Glee 2015 saw future trends, awards and products launched and this year the show will welcome even more growers to its plant and nursery section. gleebirmingham.com INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Japanese-inspired living Art Buro, a bespoke interior design company, is releasing its new project – Notting Hill Mezzanine. The concept has been designed for a young couple, both working in the creative industries, who have recently purchased a mezzanine apartment in the renowned Notting Hill London spot.

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oasting its prime location, the property’s living area occupies 33m², while the mezzanine floor is only 12m². The main idea of the project was to create a multifunctional space influenced by the Japanese style of living combined with London objectives. “We intended to make all private zones invisible and add some luxury accents as well as art and contemporary features representing the best feeling of urban life,” commented Art Buro’s Founder, Ivan Gorozhankin. Japanese philosophy applied to interior design builds upon balance, love for natural beauty and order, which is not necessarily a synonym to minimalism. While hiding the ‘practical’ counterpart of everyday life, the concept highlights the aesthetics of it. A wooden wall is in fact an entrance to the bathroom and the wardrobe; white stairs also feature some storage space and dining area units contain a self-contained kitchenette. The key furniture pieces of the interior were provided by WRKBNCH, a London-based joinery team. Multifunctional boxes designed for limited spaces feature: a kitchenette from the BOX*K collection (a unit with drawers, shelves, a microwave and a fridge) together with a black unit to install a sink, dishwasher, drawers and a hob, alongside a coffee table from the OWL collection, with a folding top to place a laptop, and a dressing table from the BOX*C collection. The same cabinet could be used as a home office or a TV unit. Switching from one to another only requires a replacement of its internal part. Commenting on the project, Ivan Gorozhankin explains: “Sylvia, one of the designers for the project, had fallen in love with Japan a long time ago and the way she finds


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Opposite: To keep some privacy in the bedroom, Art Buro included a separate wall Opposite bottom: Art Buro tried not to overload the bedroom with overkill colours or items Left: For the living room, Art Buro wanted to make it optically bigger and brighter Below left: Simplicity was the main request from the client Below: Japanese philosophy applied to interior design builds upon balance, love for natural beauty and order

connections between modern needs and the Japanese philosophy of living is something incredible.” The main reason for implementing the Japanese style was the size of the space. As it is quite reasonable, Art Buro still wanted to archive the different spaces inside the apartment. “Simplicity was the main request from the client and following it, we decided to use one material in the entrance hall to create a cosy and warm feeling,” commented Ivan. “The bathroom doors and wardrobe doors are covered with wood, as well as architraves – which helped us to create a type of a background wall, so when you are sitting in the living room and looking towards the kitchen, you don’t have a feeling that the kitchen and dining area is located in the hall. “The kitchenette, supplied by WRKBNCH, is an amazing solution for smart spaces and we managed to ideally match the wood finishes,” continued Ivan. INEX-ONLINE.COM


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As for the living room, Art Buro wanted to make it optically bigger and brighter and that’s why the company used light greyish/ concrete colours on the floor and walls. “To create a special atmosphere for the couple we decided to use the following instruments: we added black spots – like the kitchen island and wall lamps – and even paintings as a masculine section,” explained Ivan. “And, for a feminine side, we added colours such as a duck egg shelf, a pinky mirror and maple bar and coffee table on a Moooi carpet. “All together it’s working as a complete set, all in harmony,” explained Ivan. INEX-ONLINE.COM

Top: Decorative items Art Buro used in this project, such as the Eero Saarinen dining table and Vitra wire chairs, are the design icons of the project Above: Dining area units contain a self-contained kitchenette Right: The scheme works as a complete set, all in harmony

It was quite important for the clients to have the same concept throughout the whole apartment. So, Art Buro tried not to overload the bedroom with overkill colours or items. “We used geometrical patterns, mixing the carpet and pouf to achieve a more vibrant and easy feeling,” commented Ivan. To extend the size of the room visually, Art Buro used a round mirror and installed it close to the staircase, so the clients can see a reflection of the window from the bed – this reflection makes the mirror look like a window itself. To keep some privacy in the bedroom, Art Buro included a separate wall which included small gaps, so depending on the angle, the clients can either see through or just see the plain wall. Once again, Art Buro used the same type of wood and vertical wooden beams in the bedroom wall, thus increasing the size of the room especially from the living room’s view. Inside the bedroom, Art Buro used an opposite effect by asking WRKBNCH to manufacture the bespoke bedside tables with the same wooden structure, but with a horizontal pattern to make the room optically look lower and wider. One wall is used as a gallery for the pictures from the client’s collection and managed to fit in between the dressing table. “It’s another amazing

creation from WRKBNCH’s team as they designed the box in a way that it can be easily converted into a home office or a TV unit just by replacing some internal parts,” explained Ivan. Decorative items Art Buro used in this project, such as the Vitra stool, Isamu Noguchi floor lamp, the Butterfly chair by Knoll, the Eero Saarinen dining table and Vitra wire chairs, are the design icons of the project and complete the overall composition. Ivan comments: “The most luxurious items appear to be the Italian Stilnovo design chandelier, the bespoke mirror and the fireplace. As a common practice in London’s interior design, period features are often left untouched and blend into current refurbishments. In this case, Art Buro decided to follow the tradition, but make it in a modern aesthetic, thus making the fireplace the cosy centre of the apartment. Art Buro faced a few obstacles during the mezzanine’s design and installation process including planning permission – which the company had to wait for a while to receive approval from the council. “With the high prices in modern cities like London, New York and Paris, having a huge apartment is a luxurious privilege. So, we were very happy to use our knowledge and make this place really smart and full of light,” concluded Ivan. artburo.co.uk «


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Above left: DelightFULL’s Hanna Suspension Lamps provide Hotel Vincci Centrum with classical ambiance Right: Fitting in with Beatriz’s

Retro-inspired illumination Hotel Vincci Centrum in Madrid is a contemporary boutique fourstar hotel placed in an historical building. Modern, functional and in an outstanding location, the hotel provides its guests with a welcoming and comfortable aesthetic.

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otel Vincci Centrum is an eight-storey hotel, housing 87 rooms, placed in a historical building dating back to 1920 and is protected as a National Heritage site. The hotel has recently been completely renovated, with its inspiration owed to the glamour of the 1950s with natural elements from Scandinavian design used throughout the hotel’s newlyrefurbished design. INEX-ONLINE.COM

Located in the centre of Madrid, Gran Via, the ornate, upscale shopping street in Madrid, the hotel finds itself in the cultural triangle formed by the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia museums. Interior Designer Beatriz Silveira is responsible for the redesign of the newly-refurnished Hotel Vincci Centrum. Beatriz Silveira was inspired by the glamour found throughout the years in the 1950s and today’s soughtafter Scandinavian design.

1950s inspiration, these vintage, retro suspension fixtures elegantly hang above diners providing multiple statement pieces to the Bellini food&bar eatery

The white and neutral colours, evident from Beatriz’s Scandinavian inspiration, invade the walls, floors and lounge ceiling, as well as all of the public areas, of the hotel, bringing a greater sense of space to the redesigned hotel. Beatriz used noble materials, such as aristea marble, to evoke a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere within Hotel Vincci Centrum, alongside natural oak to contrast with the bronze work found throughout her scheme. Beatriz Silveira wanted to give her own personality to this four-star hotel, part of the Vincci Hotels chain, by using materials and brands that combined design, quality and originality. For this project, Beatriz was looking for an equilibrated contrast and harmony between colours, materials and patterns. The choice fell over those that would enhance the light of the space, create warmth and a sense of cosiness for Hotel Vincci Centrum’s guests.


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Left: Beatriz specified lighting supplier DelightFULL’s Hanna Suspension Lamps to hang above diners’ tables Below left: Each Hanna Suspension Lamp is composed by five black and cooper lampshade clusters Below: Beatriz Silveira wanted to give her own personality to this four-star hotel, part of the Vincci Hotels chain

Beatriz has confessed to have some favourite statement pieces that she included for Hotel Vincci Centrum’s project, such as the impressive wine cellar that gains prominence and was designed on a bespoke basis by Beatriz for Hotel Vincci Centrum. The Beetle chairs and stools by Gubi, she believes, are a perfect mix between Italian and Danish design in laminated moulded veneer which Beatriz used in Hotel Vincci Centrum’s Bellini food&bar. To accompany these Italain/Danish designs in Hotel Vincci Centrum’s Bellini food&bar, Beatriz specified

lighting supplier DelightFULL’s Hanna Suspension Lamps to hang above diners’ tables. Fitting in with Beatriz’s 1950s inspiration, these vintage, retro suspension fixtures elegantly hang above diners providing multiple statement pieces to the Bellini food&bar eatery, while illuminating a classical ambiance. Each Hanna Suspension Lamp is composed by five black and cooper lampshade clusters, made in aluminium and brass by DelightFULL’s artisans who each apply delicately an ancient technique named hand metal spinning to produce these exquisite designs.

DelightFULL’s Hanna Suspension Lamps complement another bespoke design Beatriz created for Hotel Vincci Centrum’s project, Beatriz’s Lámpara Turquesa – The Turquoise Crystal Chandelier. Commenting on her project for Hotel Vincci Centrum, Beatriz said: “Aesthetics and functionality are not incompatible, a space can transmit strength and personality while providing harmony and warmth. The key is balance and the selection of each piece.” delightfull.eu « INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Pushing the boundaries Anouska Lancaster, Founder of interior design firm Noushka Design, originally trained and qualified to be an artist. Ever since she was a child, drawing and painting was where her passion fell; she would eat, sleep, paint and repeat. Her career as an interior designer came about after she had a family, where she began to design her husband’s nightclub schemes. Following nominations and prestigious awards, her business built from there.

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nouska Lancaster knew she’d always use her artistic flair in her career. “It’s what drives me,” explains Anouska. “I originally wanted to be an illustrator. I loved drawing; particularly cartoons, but I pushed my ambitions to one side when I got married and started a family.” Interior design was a natural progression for Anouska. “It went hand in hand with my lifestyle at the time, and allowed me to reignite my passion for art and design.” Here, Anouska talks to Inex about her passion for interior design and what inspires her designs.

Above: Anouska believes that the key element to successful interior design is surrounding yourself with colours and items that make you

Who has been the biggest influence throughout your career? I have always been very sure of my own unique style, be it how I dress myself or how I dress a room. I am not one for following trends or being influenced by the masses. If I had been; then I would not be where I am today. Someone I look up to and admire in my industry is Kit Kemp. I looked to her and her work when people questioned my judgement, or naysayers tried to influence my decisions. Kit Kemp has a very strong sense of style and lives by the same ethos as me, in that ‘there are no rules in interior design’. If I am ever doubtful, then I’ll read her books and reassure myself that I am right to trust my instincts. INEX-ONLINE.COM

happy Right: Anouska Lancaster is the Founder of interior design firm Noushka Design

What is your most notable project to date? I would say that my most notable project to date would be for a boutique nightclub that I designed in Soho, London, called ‘Green Carnation’. It won the award for ‘Best London Night Club’ at the London Bar and Club Awards. It was this design that really put me on the map.


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What advice would you give newly-qualified interior designers? I would say to leave behind a lot of what you are taught in the classroom and follow your instinct. From experience, when mentoring with newly-qualified interior designers, they are too wrapped up in the text books and what they’ve been taught. I think that to be a ground-breaking, successful interior designer, the vision has to come from within. You have to have passion and natural artistic flair; it is not something that can be taught. How important do you think sustainability in design is? It’s hugely important and I am always conscious of incorporating this into my designs wherever possible. I am very ‘old school’ in my approach to interior design. I am not a fan of the ‘flat-packed culture’, whereby furniture is produced and sold cheaply on mass, to be replaced a year later. It is not environmentally-friendly, nor is it possible to create a visually pleasing or quality design scheme. I am a huge fan of antique furniture and I am an ambassador for ‘luxecycling’. This is the process of taking preloved and unwanted furniture and reinventing it; giving it an entirely new lease of life. Do you have a design style? I do have a design style that is unique to me. If I had to describe it; I would say that it’s creating a brave, bold room that is a visionary feast for the eyes, which reflects

the individual’s unique style and personality. My goal is always to design a space that is exciting, enticing and that has huge impact. Most importantly, every room I design must tell a story.

Top: Anouska’s favourite colour combination is mixing bright colours with black and white for the ultimate ‘wow

Do you have a preferred colour palette to work with? The colour palette will vary from client to client, because naturally every individual is instinctively drawn to different colours. It is hugely important to me that my clients get a sense of joy and calm from the colours they are surrounded with. Everyone is different, so choosing the correct colour palette is vital to creating a bespoke design scheme for each individual. Personally, I will always choose bright colours. My favourite colour combination is mixing bright colours with black and white for the ultimate ‘wow factor’. It is the surest way of making an unforgettable statement.

factor’ Above: Brave, bold rooms are visionary feasts for the eyes Left: Anouska believes that an inspiring design scheme is one that successfully breaks the rules

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What would you class as an ‘inspiring’ interior design scheme? To me, an inspiring design scheme is one that successfully breaks the rules and one that is unforgettable. What is the source of inspiration for your designs? I am always thirsty for inspiration and absorb it wherever I go. I am very inspired by art and will often visit art galleries and exhibitions. I am always intrigued to witness new techniques and colour combinations. Artists are great risk-takers and I find this courage through experimentation utterly awe-inspiring. Do you believe there is a strong link between fashion and the interior world? There is undoubtedly a strong link between the two. If you follow both, as I do, you will soon draw strong and numerous comparisons between the two; season-to-season. This has become even more prominent with fashion designers such as Matthew Williamson doing interior design collections for fabric houses. Can you describe a typical Noushka Design client? I actually can’t! The beauty of what I do is the array of different people I am privileged enough to work with. I have designed for all sorts of people, from DJs to doctors and from bachelors to families of six. The variation is what makes my job so exciting.

How do you encourage your clients to think outside the box? I believe that to create a successful interior it needs to be a true reflection of the client’s unique style and personality, whilst showcasing their passions and lifestyle. To achieve this, you have to think outside the box; otherwise your interior will simply look like one from a catalogue. It can take time for a client to understand the process, but this comes from building trust and spending time working together. INEX-ONLINE.COM

Above: Anouska is not one for following trends or being influenced by the masses

What trends are you currently witnessing among your clients? I encourage my clients to ignore the trends. Trends come and go. Whilst they may seem fun at the time, they soon disappear resulting in a scheme looking dated within six to 12 months. I will often use fashion as a parallel. You wouldn’t choose the latest outfit off the catwalk to wear, you’d choose an outfit that suits you and your personal style – interior design is exactly the same.

Is there anyone that you’d like to collaborate with in the future? I would like to collaborate with my favourite Artist Louise Dear. I am a huge fan of her work and have found myself designing rooms around her artwork on many occasions. Her paintings evoke such passion and energy, whilst pushing the boundaries of colour and genre. I have had the privilege of getting to know Louise over the last six months and we are totally on the same page when it comes to art and design. I truly believe that we could do something very exciting together in the future.


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What do you believe is the key element to interior design? I believe that the key element to successful interior design is surrounding yourself with colours and items that make you happy. If you don’t, then your house is simply a house, not a home. A home should be a unique sanctuary, a place where you feel content and happy. This can only be achieved by creating a design scheme that reflects you and your style. My top tip would be to dig deep, trust your intuition, follow your heart; and not your head. What can we expect to see from Noushka Design over the next year? There are lots of exciting opportunities on the horizon for Noushka Design. As well as more writing and TV work, I would like to launch my own collection of items for the home. Encapsulating my quirky, unique style with a furniture and accessories range would be incredibly satisfying. I really feel that there is a gap in the market for a brave and bold capsule collection that pushes boundaries and encourages people to be brave and bold enough to think outside the box. noushkadesign.com « INEX-ONLINE.COM

Top: Artists are great risk-takers and Anouska finds this courage through experimentation utterly awe-inspiring Above: Green Carnation won the award for ‘Best London Night Club’ at the London Bar and Club Awards Left: The Green Carnation nightclub project really put Anouska on the map


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Make the most of a winter roof terrace Patricia Fox, Founder of award-winning landscape architecture practice, Aralia, talks Inex through which elements to consider to make the most of a winter roof terrace.

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ith outdoor space a real premium in cities and urban settings, roof terraces have seen a massive boom in popularity, becoming one of the largest gardening trends of 2016. Whilst it’s known roof terraces are perfect for summer, they can also provide ideal entertaining and relaxing spaces in the winter months. To make the most of a roof terrace, it is essential to create an outdoor space that is INEX-ONLINE.COM

accommodating even in the colder winter weather. Incorporating a fireplace or gas fire table will create warmth on a terrace, allowing clients to still enjoy a roof terrace and rooftop views, even on colder evenings. Steer clear from bioethanol items (they just don’t give out enough heat), instead select gas or wood-fired items, such as the bespoke outdoor fireplace used in our Essex Country Estate project; this will ensure your fireplace produces enough heat for your clients to be able to relax comfortably outside. Adding a fireplace doubles as a great design detail, as it will create a focal point for the roof terrace, even in the warmer seasons. Another way to generate heat on your roof terrace is through wall-mounted infrared heaters. If your client is looking for a unique warming idea, consider adding a

BBQ to their terrace, or a Green Egg. Not only great for summer, a BBQ will offer a reason for your clients to brave the cold, and maybe even mix things up with a Christmas BBQ – the Green Egg is perfect for cooking a Christmas turkey and other Sunday roasts.


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For your clients to enjoy their fireplace, as well as their rooftop garden, it is essential that you incorporate seating that will not only provide comfort, but will be able to withstand the winter weather conditions. We’d recommend the latest rattans, which we featured in our 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden, ‘Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow’. These rattans are perfect for all seasons, as they’re both rain and UV-proof. Outdoor furniture is important for a roof terrace, as it can be used to create an architectural focus within your clients’ gardens during autumn and winter, as well as summer. Selecting bold, architectural pieces will do this well. Remember though to remind clients to take any cushions inside over winter when not in use, in order to avoid any damage and stop them from blowing away. By introducing dynamic shapes through furniture, the roof terrace will remain aesthetically pleasing all year round. Consider introducing

Image: © John Glover 2016

shape and texture through manmade elements, such as timber or stone, like the cocktail bar island we featured in our Ganton Street Roof Terrace design. Lighting the

space can subtly enhance key features as well as allowing your clients to make use of their garden in darker months. For those preferring not to brave the winter weather, introducing lighting in their roof terrace provides your clients with great views from inside their property.

Top left: Hardwood decking with under lit glass panels, leads the eye down to a bespoke glass art panel feature Far left: Patricia Fox is the Founder of Aralia Landscape Architects Top: A stunning 3m wide outdoor fireplace, with bespoke design utilising paddle stones, creates a real wow factor for an outdoor entertaining area at Aralia’s design for an Essex country estate Left: Automated slatted metal pergola for full weather protection at Chelsea Creek’s London Image: © St George PLC 2012

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Man-made elements, such as powder-coated metal and stained glass, can also be used in order to introduce colour within a roof terrace garden. Incorporating art, sculptures or statement panels will inject colour into the roof terrace that will remain all year round. Make sure to keep the colour scheme consistent throughout, running with a particular colour throughout the terrace will create cohesion for the outdoor space. INEX-ONLINE.COM

Top: Chelsea Creek roof terraces’ feature fireplace creates mood and ambiance, with a bespoke glass art panel above Above: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 ‘Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow’ awarded Silver Flora

Shy away from dark materials and colours if your client’s roof terrace is in a dark space, instead opt for lighter colours that will create a more spacious feel – incorporating a smoked mirror will also help to reflect light in confined spaces and generally make the space appear bigger. Planting evergreen hedging – such as box (buxus sempervirens), yew (taxus baccata) or Portuguese laurel (prunus Iustitanica) – can

be used to provide great all year structure, but plant them in good time before the harsh winter weather hits. Similarly, there are plenty of evergreen ferns which look great over winter, provided they’re in a more sheltered and partially shaded spot. If space is limited, look at installing a green wall, which can act as pieces of artwork, tapestries of foliage and provide a dramatic focal point for views from inside. For a very low maintenance option, use grasses and perennials which peak in late summer. Your clients can leave these plants uncut all winter and allow frost and snow to cover them, offering a different dimension and aesthetic. It’s advisable to carry out any pruning and shaping on any plants before winter hits – pruning over winter, particularly on tender shrubs and evergreen hedges, is not advisable. aralia.org.uk «


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Collaboration enhances contemporary signature High-end hand-woven rug manufacturer La Manufacture Cogolin has collaborated with Architect Laurent Buttazzoni to present three graphic and playful rugs, Syracuse, Modica and Noto.

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he French Cogolin rug factory was purchased by Textile Engineer Jean Lauer in 1928, just a stone’s throw away from Saint-Tropez. Immediately, Lauer set about transforming his new acquisition from a factory specialising in silkworm culture and hand-knotted rugs into a workshop for innovation. He installed 19th century mechanical jacquard looms and imported a host of new techniques for knotting and weaving. These advances enabled the factory to produce a wider variety of rugs and led to Cogolin’s increasingly widespread recognition throughout the 1930s as a leading creator of bespoke products.

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Cogolin’s creations would soon be found gracing some of the world’s most prestigious interiors, from Versailles, to the Élysée, to the most luxurious French ocean liners. This acclaim also led to collaborations with some of the most celebrated artists and decorators across Europe, such as Jules Leleu, Jean-Michel Franck, Christian Bérard, Sir David Hicks and Jean Cocteau. The models created in partnership with these legendary figures continue to line the La Manufacture Cogolin archives today as a testament to its place in contemporary carpet history. As the decade of its centenary approached, La Manufacture Cogolin experienced a rebirth in 2010 when it joined the house of

Above: For its latest collection La Manufacture Cogolin has collaborated with French Architect Laurent Buttazzoi Left: The three variations that have emerged from Laurent Buttazzoni and La Manufacture Cogolin’s collaboration are Syracuse, Modica and Noto


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Tai Ping, a group of several of the world’s leading carpet brands, bound together by a shared philosophy, artisanal expertise and commitment to excellence. French revival The organisation has been restructured, the looms restored, the buildings renovated, the colour palette reworked and new materials have been introduced, enabling the workshop to create brand new collections with a more contemporary signature. Simultaneously, Cogolin’s time-honoured technique of hand-knotting continues to live on in its Cogolin et les Mains du Monde (Cogolin and the Hands of the World) line, which utilises the expertise perfected by Cogolin over the past century to bring archival designs back to life. For its latest collection, La Manufacture Cogolin has collaborated with French Architect Laurent Buttazzoni. Laurent Buttazzoni graduated from ESAG Penninghen Paris in 1985. He collaborated side by side with Andrée Putman for seven years before starting Buttazzoni Agence in 1995. 10 years later, the agency became Buttazzoni & Associés. Parisian at heart, Laurent Buttazzoni lives and works in the heart of the capital with an office on Rue de Rivoli. Buttazzoni approaches interior architecture with the intention of creating a living, breathing space; a poetic space and a space to grow. What he prefers above all on his projects is material, volume and light. His projects are varied and always unique – the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Pantin in an old reconverted warehouse, a farm in Normandy, offices with

a glass roof and Hotel Particulier in the middle of Paris. Buttazzoni brings French rigor and a contemporary elegance to each project with a precise eye, a sure taste and a sense of constraint with a deep sense of culture. Working together, the three variations that have emerged from Laurent Buttazzoni and La Manufacture Cogolin’s collaboration – Syracuse, Modica and Noto – were represented at La Manufacture Cogolin’s Paris-based showroom in June. Italian influence Woven on La Manufacture Cogolin’s Var-based artisan’s 19th century jacquard looms, the rugs owe their Mediterranean-sounding monikers to Laurent Buttazzoni’s Italian residence. In this design haven, a traditional Cogolin rug perfectly offsets the restored antique tile floor of the master bedroom. It is to the artisans of the Orient, however, particularly Morocco, that Laurent Buttazzoni looked for inspiration. Featuring a latticework

pattern inspired by Beni Ourain rugs, the resulting design is graphic and playful with a series of ethnic characters playfully twisted and revisited by the Parisian designer through the prism of Cogolin’s technical expertise. “Laurent is a talented designer who understands our tradition for craftsmanship and whose authentic approach matches the values of the manufacture,” says Sarah Henry, Managing Director at La Manufacture Cogolin. Using the same base design, Syracuse, Modica and Noto each assert their difference through signature techniques of manufacturing, such as high-relief patterns and plays on loops and fibres, thus interpreting motifs from other cultures while staying true to La Manufacture Cogolin’s house style. These three variations on a theme, each harnessing different techniques by the manufacturing, was presented in an equally on-trend, colourful installation at La Manufacture Cogolin’s showroom in June. manufacturecogolin.com « INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Pure indulgence In 2007, two architects, Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, joined forces to form Monegasque agency Humbert & Poyet. The design and fashion enthusiasts decided to pool their skills to provide a full range of services from construction to interior design.

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oth Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet studied in Paris, the former as a state-qualified Architect (Paris-Belleville National School of Architecture graduate) and the latter as a CFAI Interior Designer (Académie Charpentier graduate). It all began in 2007, when Emil Humbert, from Paris, opened his architecture firm and Christophe Poyet, from Monaco, had just graduated. Humbert & Poyet was founded a year after they first met. “It was natural, I instantly knew we’d work together,” said Emil Humbert. The firm’s projects focus on elegant and meticulous designs to create INEX-ONLINE.COM

Above: Reflecting the Beefbar brand’s highquality menu and exclusivity, Humbert & Poyet has designed an exclusive, luxurious butcher shop for the brand appropriately

timeless spaces using premium materials such as stone, wood and bronze. Naturally, the most important thing for the company is to reflect the client’s personality and respect the soul of the site. Humbert & Poyet puts its stamp on public work sites with its expert choice of materials, lighting design and its ability to showcase a space and set the scene for the client to take centre stage. “We communicate constantly throughout a project. Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works,” said Christophe Poyet.

named The Butcher Shop Right: In 2007, two architects, Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, joined forces to form Monegasque agency Humbert & Poyet


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Left: This high-end, ‘out of this world’ butcher shop, within the Beefbar’s establishment, has provided the Beefbar brand with the opportunity to sell its luxurious meats to its customers

The latest exquisite projects from Humbert & Poyet include Monaco’s Wine Palace where Humbert & Poyet has contrasted materials, bringing oak and marble together, accompanied by bronze work, to create an elegant, theatrical setting. Song Qi is the firm’s second project where Emil and Christophe designed a gleaming box, inspired by Shanghai’s golden age in the 30s for Michelin-starred Chef Alan Yau (Hakkasan). The unique space radiates from a central island made up of a gilded cage and velvet banquette. An eyecatching black and white marble layout takes the Asian style to new heights. Cannes’ 55 Croisette’s interior has been designed by Emil and Christophe to unveil a cutting-edge selection of some of the fashion world’s top designers. Here, the setting is a world of luxury with raw materials such as grigio carnico marble and macassar ebony. Sitting among Humbert & Poyet’s most recent projects is Monaco’s Beefbar’s new innovation, The Butcher Shop. As with all Humbert & Poyet’s projects, the materials utilised in this project are simple, raw and yet showcase a premium feel. The Beefbar has been a reference to meat lovers since 2005. With its elegant architecture, chilled atmosphere and gorgeous view on the Fontvieille Port, Beefbar’s Monaco restaurant is a true tasting experience thanks to a menu based on simplicity and high-quality ingredients. Reflecting the Beefbar brand’s high-quality menu and exclusivity, Humbert & Poyet has designed an exclusive, luxurious butcher shop for the brand appropriately named The Butcher Shop. This high-end, ‘out of this world’ butcher shop, within the Beefbar’s establishment, has provided the Beefbar brand with the opportunity to sell its luxurious meats to its customers from the Beefbar restaurant’s menu to purchase in this next generation of butchers. INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Meat is a subject which the brand knows by heart. Beefbar is a luxurious brand that houses famous cuts – fillet, prime rib, rib-eye and sirloin – of exclusive meats. This iconic brand in the Principality of Monaco, and possibly in the world, created by Riccardo Giraudi in the early 2000s, offers its customers international meat quality. Cooked to perfection,

seasoned to the point, each cut is mastered, respected and of true value. Served with delicious homemade mashed potato, the taste experience is at its maximum. The Beefbar decided to go one step further with its offer when it launched its new, top of the range butcher concept. Designed by Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, this butcher reflects the restaurant’s

philosophy of providing customers with the highest quality experience. Between luxury and modernity, the white marble is in accompaniment with the black marble, brass and wood, in order to reveal the cuts of exclusive meat. The Beefbar Butcher Shop’s clients are now able to visit this new generation butcher to choose and buy high-quality cuts of meat in an opulent, sumptuous environment that meets the needs of the 21st century customer. humbertpoyet.com «

Above: The Beefbar Butcher Shop’s clients are now able to visit this new generation butcher to choose and buy high-quality cuts of meat in an opulent, sumptuous environment Left: Between luxury and modernity, the white marble is in accompaniment with the black marble, brass and wood, in order to reveal the cuts of exclusive meat

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A divine project of classic modernism Chicago-based Designer Donna Mondi has injected the dark glamour of 1920s Chicago in her latest interior design project, which features custom-made armoires from KOKET.

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ince 2001, Donna Hall, Principal of Donna Mondi Interior Design, has been successfully creating interiors with a delicate fusion of European classicism and American modernism. In her most recent Chicago project, Donna’s inspiration is the sultry charm of the roaring twenties in Chicago, taking advantage of the unique architecture of the space. “The overall inspiration came from the era of the 1920s in Chicago,” commented Donna. “I always take cues from the architecture of a space and then twist it in a modern way.”

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Donna’s interiors are composed of bold elements layered with textures and patterns, but with a cohesive feeling that runs throughout the design. One of her noted design signatures is to play with the ceiling design or the ‘fifth wall’, as seen in the dining room of this project. Donna covered the ceiling in an ethereal Maya Romanoff wallcovering while painting the surrounding walls in a glossy black lacquer to reflect light throughout the oval-shaped room. The split living room also features a dynamic plaster ceiling, added to complement and downplay the striking portrait that immediately grabs your attention.


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Layered technique The master bedroom flashes tones of gold and white, as apparent in the lively, vintage-vibe wallpaper. To add some symmetry and balance to this playful space, Donna created matching scenes on either side of the fireplace featuring two custom KOKET Divine armoires. The iridescent peacock feather armoires were custom-made into chests, then Donna topped them with hung Art Deco mirrors, to adorn either side of the fireplace for luxurious his and hers spaces. “I like to infuse interiors with elements from different periods and styles to create timeless, unpredictable surroundings,” comments Donna. “By merging traditional and contemporary styles, the end result is interiors with layered textures, avant-garde elements and cutting-edge styling.” The Divine armoire is a brand favourite, not just for its exotic and appealing design, but for the

Above left: The symmetry of the fireplace wall with the matching custom Koket chests helps to create balance among chaos Left: Donna topped the armoires with hung Art Deco mirrors for luxurious his and hers spaces Above: In the master bedroom Donna created matching scenes either side of the fireplace featuring two custom KOKET Divine armoires Above right: The iridescent peacock feather armoires were custom-made into chests

message it conveys with its erotic presence. The alluring armoire is the perfect embodiment of KOKET as a brand, from its opulent, natural iridescent peacock feathers to the flirty gold ribbon handle, evocative of girlish innocence. Donna’s favourite design trend currently is incorporating bold

pops of colour, seen throughout this interior design project specifically in the girl’s bedroom. The colours mingling in the dramatic rabbit print wallpaper are mimicked in accessories around the room such as the fuchsia bedding and flowers. bykoket.com « INEX-ONLINE.COM


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The best of Japan in Spain The oldest Japanese restaurant to inhabit Barcelona has benefited from a sleek, modern update to enhance its central position within the centre of the city. Formica Group has played a central role in this Japanese themed interior refurbishment which has been transformed with the company’s decorative high pressure laminate, Terril.

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ormica Group, an iconic brand intrinsically linked with the material high pressure laminate (HPL), has evolved from a small business, making insulation rings and radio parts, to a worldwide company leading innovation for decorative laminate surfacing products. High pressure laminate was invented in 1913 by two electrical engineers, Herbert A Faber and Daniel J O’Conor, who were searching for a substitute for an insulation material – ‘mica’. In 1927, the company began lithographing decorative images onto the sheets of laminate, introducing a new product, and one that would change the future of the company. By the 1930s, world-renowned artists and architects also began to recognise the design potential of the material, specifying it for modernist and Art Deco interiors.

Above: KOBFUJI Architects clad Terril along the 10m long wall behind Tokyo Sushi’s sushi bar Left: The installation has resulted in the most impressive and photogenic design Above right: The latest project to make use of Formica Group’s high pressure laminate is KOBFUJI Architects’ project for Barcelona’s Tokyo Sushi Right: KOBFUJI Architects adopted the kimono pattern to combine traditional Japanese elements with a modern design

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In the aftermath of the second world war, the baby boom in the USA and the rebuilding in Europe, as well as rising social expectations, created a need for modern, cost-effective interior design materials. Formica products first entered the European market in 1946. Easy to work with, Formica laminate with its colour, patterns and physical properties signalled all things modern and also referenced the popular cultural influences coming from the USA.   When it came to Europe in the swinging 60s, Formica laminate became a symbol of modern lifestyles and the company began to build a worldwide presence. Formica also continued to emphasise on design, establishing the Design Advisory Board and organising ‘Surface and Ornament’, an exhibition of ColorCore laminate artwork that debuted at the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, Formica Group has a network of more than 10 worldwide manufacturing facilities. With a history of product innovation in both technology and design, the company stays on top of design trends through regular communication with design leaders and consumers. The latest project to make use of Formica Group’s high pressure laminate is KOBFUJI Architects’ project for Barcelona’s Tokyo Sushi restaurant. Tokyo Sushi is the

oldest Japanese restaurant located in Barcelona, Spain. When the restaurant sought to update its interior design, the decision was made to combine traditional Japanese style with a modern vanguard. The architects wanted to create an elegant atmosphere and design an environment that would leave a lasting impression on the diners. The use of Formica’s laminate has emphasised the desired impression and shapes the look of the restaurant. KOBFUJI Architects specified Formica’s Terril high pressure laminate with a matt 58 finish to support the expression of the Japanese-style space. INEX-ONLINE.COM


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KOBFUJI Architects clad Terril along the 10m long wall behind Tokyo Sushi’s sushi bar. Creating an interpretation of the classic kimono stripe pattern of the Edo era, and capturing the Japanese heritage integral to the restaurant’s identity, KOBFUJI Architects adopted the kimono pattern to combine traditional Japanese elements with a modern design for a restaurant situated in Barcelona. In the words of the architects, one of the main challenges of this project was to “rediscover a new expression of materials and change the characteristics of the space through a simple arrangement”. Commenting on the project, a spokesperson for KOBFUJI Architects said: “The decor is almost as important as the food itself, as it is a reflection of the restaurant’s essence. For example, to visually portray the concept of fusion with the kitchen, linking traditional and contemporary flavours, special designs were required to offer a visually inventive fusion of traditional elements and new technologies.” INEX-ONLINE.COM

Formica laminate was also used previously by KOBFUJI Architects in the design of Futami, another Japanese restaurant in Barcelona. Ideal for the hospitality environment, Formica laminate offers on-trend designs and practical features such as durability, hygienic properties and ease of maintenance. Using a total of 28m² for the installation, Terril was ideal

to meet the architects’ design vision of a calm atmosphere with Japanese sober tones, while offering a colour that stands out in contrast to the light. The installation has resulted in the most impressive and photogenic design, offering not only a culinary experience, but a feast for the eyes. Tokyo Sushi is the best of Japan in Spain. formica.com «

Top: Using a total of 28m² for the installation, Terril was ideal to meet the architects’ design vision of a calm atmosphere with Japanese sober tones Above: Tokyo Sushi is the oldest Japanese restaurant located in Barcelona, Spain


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something you would usually expect from a towel rail or an essential, but it’s those extra special features that make all of the difference. Some Aestus products can now be supplied with a remote control, proving that innovative developments can also be highly practical and result in real-life style improvements. If a designer is looking to create a stunning visual statement, one way could be to consider using a colour on a traditional design? For example, a traditional column radiator in a bold red or green finish can rarely be ignored. One should always consider valve options when choosing a radiator too, as these can make a significant impact. For example a ‘dual fuel’ valve will allow an electric element to be added to a towel rail discretely and efficiently. Before choosing a radiator that’s right for your client or project, you will need to assess the heat requirement of the room that it’s planned for. For assistance, check out our website for a BTU calculator on www.aestus. co.uk/btu-calculator. It’s extremely important to choose the right company when selecting a radiator, as the cheapest is rarely the best option. You need to select a reputable company whose products will give you the confidence to be able to supply the level of after-sales service your clients demand, and deserve. At Aestus, we offer a fully bespoke service, so most of our radiators can be offered in a huge range of RAL colours and finishes to complement any room design or decor. We are always available to discuss any heating requirement for specifiers and designers. aestus.co.uk «

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point. We are also seeing influences from Europe and Scandinavia in our products, which demonstrate that British designers and customers are at the forefront when it comes to design development. Design for smaller rooms is a big consideration in the UK and subsequently, multifunctional radiators are becoming increasingly popular. For example, it’s now possible to incorporate a full-length mirror into a towel rail to provide an authentic spa ambiance to a room. It’s not

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100% DESIGN PREVIEW and as contributors to London’s reputation as design capital of the world.

100% Design returns to Olympia, London

Above: Reflecting 100% Design’s focus on quality and inspiration, this year’s theme is ‘Experience’

100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade show, is returning to Olympia, London, from 21st to 24th September. The show forms the commercial heart of London Design Festival, presenting leading national and international exhibitors with ideas, products and innovations for the domestic, workplace and built environments, alongside a special focus on emerging brands.

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eflecting 100% Design’s focus on quality and inspiration, this year’s theme is ‘Experience’, which will be explored across the show through specially-commissioned installations, immersive experiences and sensory experiments. Talks with 100% Design will be curated by the Design Museum as part of its ‘on loan’ campaign with activity out and about in Kensington until the museum opens on 24th November 2016. Focusing on quality and depth, the talks present thought leaders in the industry, deliver agenda-setting keynotes alongside panel discussions exploring trends in contemporary practice, as well as the future of design. The programme will be presented in a specially-commissioned auditorium, designed by Miska Miller-Lovegrove. A separate talks programme focusing on professional development will be presented in the Forum. New for 2016, a cinema area will showcase products, designers and studios and will provide reflective, intellectual engagement with current and historical design agendas.

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Making its debut at London Design Festival 2016 is LuxuryMade, a new show dedicated to contemporary decorative interiors. Interiors Interiors presents leading international brands exhibiting everything from furniture and lighting, to fabrics and accessories. New exhibitors for 2016 include German furniture specialist Axel Veit, which is presenting for the first time in the UK, veteran glass-maker B&S Glass Industries and lighting and furniture studio Industville. Other exhibitors include eccentric British Designer Mineheart, and lighting companies Designheure, Original BTC and Dowsing and Reynolds. A new showcase within Interiors, Design London will take centre stage at the show, next to the Central Bar. Consisting of a carefully edited group of less than 15 brands, Design London will spotlight the very best in design manufacturing, with each company chosen to complement one another

Workplace 100% Design’s Workplace section is the only of its kind in the UK. Reflecting the growing appreciation for workplace design worldwide, the section presents the ways in which the world’s most innovative companies are using design thinking to improve the experience and productivity of the workplace. New exhibitors for 2016 include commercial furniture brand Arper, which will host the 100% Design digital hub, and workplace acoustics experts Texaa. Other exhibitors in Workplace include Johanson, MARK Product, Nowy Styl Group, TopBrewer by Scanomat, Sagal Group, Futura Leathers and Framery. Kitchens & Bathrooms This section brings together highend manufacturers and exhibitors responding to the demand from the hospitality and interior design trade, demonstrating quality innovation across components, materials, equipment and effective use of space. Exhibitors in Kitchens & Bathrooms include ceramics manufacturer Porcelanosa, bathroom fittings specialist CEADESIGN, bathroom design companies antoniolupi and Kaldewei, natural stone expert Antonio Luigi & C. and boat outfitter Timage. Natural stone supplier Marmi Strada joins the show for the first time, while Armac Martin will premiere its 2017 collection of high-end brass cabinet fittings. Emerging Brands Emerging Brands is 100% Design’s dedicated platform committed to uncovering the best and freshest ideas from tomorrow’s new talent. Hedesign will celebrate one year in business at the show, introducing its lamp and coat rack collections to the UK market for the first time, while for rug and pillow designer RedNoir, 100% Design will be its European launch. 100percentdesign.co.uk «


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Decorex returns for its 39th edition Decorex International, the UK’s longest running design fair and the only one of its kind for the high-end interiors market, returns to the prestigious grounds of Syon Park, London, from 18th to 21st September.

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ecorex will be celebrating ‘the roots of design’ as its theme for 2016. Visitors will have the chance to see new products from more than 400 established and emerging brands over the course of four days, which span the full spectrum of design, as well as a host of feature areas. Embracing the roots of design, renowned British Furniture Designer, Tim Gosling, will be curating the INEX-ONLINE.COM

The New Craftsmen. This series of interactive roomsets will explore the fundamental characteristics of what makes a home by studying the domestic rituals by which we live (sleeping, bathing, eating and working). Makers involved will include Nic Webb, Georgia Kemball and Gareth Neal. Future Heritage returns with 14 new designers/makers. This edited section of the names to commission and collect in British contemporary craft has been compiled by Curator and Applied Arts and Design Critic, Corinne Julius. Julis has carefully selected these makers for their innovation and mastery across a range of craft skills, from ceramics to electronics. Each maker will be creating new work especially for Decorex. Every year, a host of new exhibitors come to Decorex and 2016 is no exception. Specialist Upholster, Aiveen Daly, will unveil ‘Treasured Possessions’, a new seven-piece collection inspired by the intrigue of Haute Joaillerie, with exquisite materials including Italian lambskin and silks. Family-run business, Neatsmith, will show its bespoke, luxury wardrobes and kitchens. Santorus will present its debut collection of wallpapers, six ornate patterns and an array of dramatic colour palettes, each named after exotic spices and rich hues, drawing on the Indian heritage of the brand’s creative directors. While leading luxury bathroom and kitchen brand, Waterworks, will show its ‘Hardware’ collection, among others. Returning brands to Decorex include: CTO Lighting, Hyde House, Kai Fabrics, Naomi Paul, Timorous Beasties and William Yeoward. Throughout the fair, visitors will have the chance to listen to insightful and informative talks by some of the leading names in the industry. On Tuesday, join a panel discussion on ‘The Design Journey’; how tradition, custom and culture influences the evolution of luxury design, with Staffan Tollgard, Neil Stevenson, Margo Selby and Susie Rumbold. The Colour & Material Trends for Autumn Winter 2017/18 talk hosted by ColourHive on Wednesday is also not to be missed. decorex.com «

Above left: Decorex International returns to the prestigious grounds of Syon Park, London, from 18th to 21st September

main entrance with an exhibition named ‘The Heritage of Chair Making’. Working with the collections from the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Frederick Parker Collection, Tim will be asking 12 visual creators to choose their favourite piece and why it speaks to them. Confirmed names include Anya Hindmarch, Jo Malone and Sir Paul Smith. Don’t miss ‘Crafthouse’, four substantial spaces presented by

Right: Decorex will be celebrating ‘the roots of design’ as its theme for 2016


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Striking new tap duo from BLANCO The new BLANCO AVONA and AVONA-S taps are unique, multipurpose and will make for a proud yet elegant statement to any kitchen. These tap models are available in 10 finishes – chrome, white, anthracite, jasmine, rock grey, champagne, alumetallic, tartufo, pearl grey and coffee – to complement the current Silgranit colours of matching sinks. The AVONA is 274mm tall and has an incline spout of 193mm, it also has a swivel of 360°. The AVONA-S is 193mm tall, has a swivel of 190° and includes an extendable spray to reduce scaling. The two models require a balanced high-pressure supply – between a 2.0 and 2.5 bar. For more information on BLANCO’s AVONA and AVONA-S taps, please visit the company’s website. blanco.co.uk 01923 635200

Concord brings in the style Requiring a vibrant and contemporary office design that encourages innovation, IT Company Orchard Information Systems has turned to architectural lighting specialist Concord. The space, the new office area at Central Square, Newcastle, now reflects the modern nature of the company. The Concord Ovation suspended luminaires provide efficient, low-glare lighting for the high traffic areas of the office. The new Concord Ascent produces 130lm/w making it an ideal replacement for inefficient CFL downlights. Concord Myriad Pendants provide ambient lighting in break-out and communal areas of the office, with Sylvania Rubico luminaires delivering clean and functional light in the main office circulation areas. concord-lighting.com 0800 440 2478

Households get connected with the Svara Vent-Axia, a leader in low carbon ventilation, has brought new connectivity to the HEVAC sector with its Bluetooth-enabled Svara fan, the UK’s first app-controlled unitary fan. Households can now download its free app on to their smartphone to control their ventilation from the comfort of their sofa. The launch of Svara marks the next generation of unitary fans. Delivered factory set for continuous operation at low speed, with humidity and light sensors activated, Svara provides good indoor air quality and comfort. Once the Svara app is downloaded, households can then unlock a whole range of different functions to control their home’s indoor air quality. vent-axia.com 0844 856 0590

Polyx-Oil 2K Pure ideal for retail flooring The eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, Osmo UK, offers Polyx-Oil 2K Pure, a two-part hardwax oil that has been designed for professional use where surfaces are subjected to high traffic. As well as providing more robust protection, the two-component system includes a hardener which rapidly reduces the drying and curing times; a major advantage for retail buildings and public areas. Polyx-Oil 2K Pure is the ideal solution for high-traffic areas, due to its much tougher and hard-wearing results, where regular waxes wouldn’t provide an adequate long-term solution. Polyx-Oil 2K Pure enhances, protects and can even refresh the appearance and performance of flooring. osmouk.com 01296 481220 INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Ropemaker Place – skyscraping green credentials Ropemaker Place, the 20-storey skyscraper designed by Arup Associates, has impressive sustainability credentials including rainwater harvesting and a tilting double glazed facade that reduces heat gain.

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n late 2008, Ropemaker was named as the Estates Gazette Green Awards’ ‘Office Development of the Year’. Reinforcing Arup’s green credentials, the client travelled to a specialist supplier in Bavaria to hand-pick an unusual crown-cut smoked Swiss pear veneer from FSC-certified stock. This stunning veneer was used in the manufacture of the doors on all 20 floors. Each door being of a bespoke size meant they fell outside standard fire ratings, Graefe applied for, and achieved, a specific fire rating from an authorised fire consultant. A spectacular design was accomplished in the reception area with randomly matched planks of an extremely rare FSC-certified log of European walnut. Graefe also supplied factory painted riser doors on the project – providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution to the client. Producing premium real wood veneer products since 1837, Graefe’s skilled craftsmanship and use of the highest quality raw materials has earned the company a reputation for unrivalled quality and distinguished it from the mass producers. graefe.co.uk « graefe@graefe.co.uk « 01844 219609 « INEX-ONLINE.COM

Above: Each door being of a bespoke size meant they fell outside standard fire ratings, Graefe applied for, and achieved, a specific fire rating from an authorised fire consultant Right: A spectacular design was accomplished in the reception area with randomly matched planks of an extremely rare FSC-certified log of European walnut


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IDS to showcase latest surface material trends at 100% Design Surface Styling, by IDS, is showcasing the latest design innovations in laminates, solid surface, decorative panel, wall panelling, flooring and worktops, at stand E370. On show and exclusive is Fenix NTM, utilising nanotechnology to create an ultra-matt, hard-wearing and thermoformable surfacing solution. Hanex solid surface will preview 34 new colours in the 80-strong range. The Infinity collection from Showerwall features bold colours, metallics and graphic prints showing the versatility of the 100% waterproof wall panelling system. Finally, Malmo is a brand new range of stick-down luxury vinyl flooring with stylish wood effects in a fashionably matt finish. The Surface Styling portfolio comprises more than 12,000 product lines. surfacestyling.co.uk 0845 603 7811

Expona flooring makes a big splash at Surf Snowdonia Expona Commercial PUR luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor were recently installed inside the visitor centre at the world’s first inland surfing lagoon, Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc. Approximately 700m² of Expona Commercial luxury vinyl tile flooring in the Weathered Country Plank design was installed in the Surf Side Café and shop inside the centre’s HUB Building. This rustic design features highlighted knots and emphasised grain detailing for an authentic timber effect. The on-trend collection of Expona Commercial luxury vinyl tiles includes 55 wood, stone and effects designs which are ideal for heavy commercial environments in the leisure sector where high levels of foot traffic are expected. polyflor.com 0161 767 1111

Extex exhibiting at Best Of Brittania, London Following the success of its latest captivating collection, Jewel, luxury outdoor fabric brand Extex is delighted to be exhibiting its beautiful range of cushions at this year’s Best of Britannia show in London. Celebrating British design and manufacturing, the event embraces brands with heritage and craftsmanship as their key values and Extex is delighted its been handpicked to showcase the best of British textile design. Taking place Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October, Extex is excited to be exhibiting its extensive product offering to both consumer and trade visitors to the show, and will be welcoming feedback on its distinctive designs. extex.co.uk 01634 718871

Affinity255 delights diners at Enfields Kitchen Hard-wearing luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor’s Affinity255 PUR collection of high-design wood effect flooring were recently chosen for the refurbishment of Enfields Kitchen, a student-run restaurant at Gateshead College. Affinity255 PUR luxury vinyl tiles in the popular Huckleberry Oak design were installed in the restaurant’s dining area. Ideal for use in heavy commercial environments, such as busy restaurants, the Affinity255 collection of luxury vinyl tiles are available in 16 stunning wood effects. The range’s cross linked and UV cured polyurethane reinforcement (PUR) also protects the floor and allows for a simple, polish-free cleaning regime in hygiene critical areas. polyflor.com 0161 767 1111 INEX-ONLINE.COM


46 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT Left: Hamilton will be demonstrating the latest developments with its Mercury Lighting Control Below left: On show for the first time at Decorex will be Hamilton’s range of dual USB switched sockets

Hamilton showcases smart living options at Decorex 2016 Hamilton Litestat is a UK-leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality decorative electrical wiring accessories, lighting control and multi-room audio systems, designed to meet the project demands of architects, interior designers and satisfy the eclectic tastes of homeowners. Smart living Smart technology and devices have become everyday essentials for many in today’s ‘always connected’ life, enabling people to do whatever they want, whenever and wherever. Visitors to the Hamilton stand – H17 – will be able to see samples of their favourite and new ‘on-trend’ collections that suit modern living. On show for the first time at Decorex will be Hamilton’s range of dual USB switched sockets – quenching today’s thirst for 24/7 access to smart devices in the home, hotels and the workplace. These now ‘can’t-do-without’ wiring

accessories are currently available in 10 elegant metal finishes from the Hartland and Sheer family collections. Hamilton also offers both a single and dual USB switched socket as standard within its Vogue range, finished in white plastic. Leading the charge Unlike some competitor accessories, Hamilton’s range of dual USB switched sockets has a 1A rated USB port for mobile phones and a second 2.1A USB port for charging tablets and other devices, enabling the user to charge both a phone and a tablet simultaneously. New LEDIT-B100 dimmer Recent product launches include LEDIT-B100, a new two-way LED dimmer designed to be compatible with a wider range of mains dimmable lamp and luminaire brands. Hence, silent and flickerfree in operation, the LEDIT-B100 is the perfect retrofit replacement when used with a standard two-way rocker switch – ideal for applications such as larger rooms with two entrances/exits or on stairway lighting.

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LEDIT-B100 is based on Hamilton’s proven ‘intelligent’ LEDstat dimmer technology, which received ‘Highly Commended’ status at the 2014 LUX Awards, and is available in a wide range of stylish plate designs and finishes to coordinate with existing interior themes. Gavin Williams, Hamilton Litestat’s Marketing Manager, says: “We developed the LEDstat in response to the common issue of compatibility between branded LED lamps and conventional dimmers. The LEDIT-B100 is the next stage in development, allowing the user to switch the same LEDs from two or more switch locations.” A colour wash of light and style Hamilton will also be demonstrating the latest developments with its Mercury Lighting Control and Multiroom Audio system, including its RGB DMX control option, where a colour wash can be given to an area with lighting. The DMX standard, widely used in bars, restaurants and hotels, is now becoming more popular domestically to provide accent lighting and add drama to a space. Matching control plates are available from the Hamilton collections for that totally coordinated look. Don’t forget to ask about Hamilton’s bespoke design and production service, tailor-made plate finishes/colours/non-standard functions for customised interior projects can be produced to order. hamilton-litestat.com « info@hamilton-litestat.com « 01747 860088 «


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Combining effective shading with bespoke design and style Designed to be functional while looking integral, and providing a stylish backdrop for any working environment, Thomas Sanderson blinds and shutters provide the perfect finishing touch to your building, with a contemporary, fresh and modern look. Made to order at its own factories and installed by its own team of nationwide installers, Thomas Sanderson blinds and shutters are the solution to any shading requirement. The company offers a comprehensive range of styles, colours and finishes, including ranges licensed from some of the UK’s best known interior specialists. No matter what your requirement, Thomas Sanderson can offer a truly bespoke solution that will improve and enhance your working area. thomas-sanderson.co.uk 0800 688 8085

The new Sensia Arena The GROHE Sensia Arena shower toilet impresses with innovative functions that make it the cleanest toilet in the world, bringing comfort and confidence to your bathroom. 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. For its sleek silhouette to its technologically-advanced finish, GROHE Sensia Arena sets the benchmark for the future of personalised, clean comfort. grohe.com/uk 0208 283 2865

Boss Design delivers a new ‘Aspect’ on office pods Boss Design has widened its range of office pod systems to include a new, revolutionary model – Aspect – that will be on display in the showroom at this year’s London Design Festival. Based on the premise that a healthier and happier working environment leads to greater productivity, this unique freestanding system provides the perfect break-out space for employees to rest and escape from a busy work environment. To further induce wellbeing, a unique Human Centric Lighting system has been introduced. This system acts to change the colour and intensity of white light in the pod in accordance with people’s natural circadian rhythms. boss-design.com 0207 253 0364

Door closers maintain Kipling’s spirit Samuel Heath’s Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers have been used by the Rocco Forte group to retain the high-end aesthetics of rooms and suites at Brown’s Hotel, one of London’s most elegant boutique residences. A total of 75 rooms have been fitted with the door closers, amongst them a new suite named in honour of Rudyard Kipling, who is believed to have written The Jungle Book whilst staying there. David Rozmetov, the hotel’s Chief Engineer, states: “We did not want to use surface-mounted door closers because they would spoil the appearance of our exquisite interiors. Powermatic was selected as the best option after considering a number of alternatives.” concealeddoorclosers.com 0121 766 4200 INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Supacord – protecting our future, one school at a time Heckmondwike FB, a leading specialist in heavy contract fibre bonded carpets and carpet tiles, has worked with over 26,000 schools to provide tailor-made carpets suited to their specifications.

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ith the recent RIBA survey confirming innovative products and strong materials – like Heckmondwike’s Supacord – positively impact teacher and pupil morale, soft furnishings are becoming an even more important part of school renovations and should be prioritised at the start of any new project. Following the release and review of RIBA’s survey, looking into the impact on performance pre and post-redesign, the research shows that both teachers and pupils reap the benefits when it comes to a thoughtfully-designed building. The design of an education building, or rather the poor design of it, has been linked to peer-on-peer bullying, low performance and a decline in teacher morale. And, with INEX-ONLINE.COM

secondary school places due to go up by an estimated 105,000 by 2025, good design is needed to suit all demands. Achieving this in practice, with limited budgets and numerous people to cater for, can remain a challenging task. Interior fitting needs to reflect the atmosphere of a school and create an environment to suit everyone. With different levels of traffic and different levels of performance required, carpet specification is a tricky business. With the ability to choose one of 32 readily available colour options and unique designs available, Supacord makes choosing a carpet simple. Supacord is available and produced in the UK and can be ordered in either a fibre bonded sheet or as carpet tiles, making it unique for spaces of any shape or size. Heckmondwike FB is

Above: Supacord is available and produced in the UK Below: Heckmondwike FB is renowned for making sure complete satisfaction with all installations is achieved

renowned for making sure complete satisfaction with all installations is achieved, and offers a guarantee of up to 10 years with Supacord and many of its other products. With 85% of its annual flooring turnover laid in education buildings, Heckmondwike FB has done what it does best and put that knowledge and legacy to good use by making a product designed specifically for buildings and projects that are looking for a long-term product at a reasonable cost. Sharni Verity, Marketing Manager at Heckmondwike, says: “Heckmondwike FB has been working in education buildings for a long time and has used all of this experience to create a product we’re proud of and we know is fit for purpose. Supacord is durable and designed for long-term benefits, as well as being made in Britain, allowing quick delivery times. When Supacord is fitted, Heckmondwike make sure this is done exactly to customer specification, and guarantee every area for 10 years.” heckmondwike-fb.co.uk « sales@heckmondwike-fb.co.uk « 01924 406161 «


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Polyflor Bloc PUR – solid colour flooring for creative interiors Vinyl flooring specialist, Polyflor has recently announced the launch of Bloc PUR, a vibrant collection of solid colour sheet flooring in a broad spectrum of 16 enticing colours. Designed to provide either a subtle backdrop or a bold, modern statement in the retail, leisure and commercial sectors, UK manufactured Bloc PUR is a high-performance, heterogeneous sheet floorcovering with a textured matt finish. Bloc features an innovative, fully pigmented, homogeneous 0.7mm wear layer of pure colour. The new Bloc PUR range can be used to create tonal, complementary or harmonious interior design schemes through the availability of greys, neutrals, pastels and brights in its colour palette. polyflor.com 0161 767 1111

The great sofa amnesty Wesley Barrell has teamed up with Sue Ryder to launch a sofa amnesty from August 19th 2016. Consumers are invited to trade in old, dated sofas in return for a 20% discount on any new sofa model ordered and, wherever possible, the old sofa will be donated to national healthcare charity, Sue Ryder, for resale via its chain of UK stores. Joanna McKerlie, Marketing Manager for Wesley Barrell, commented: “We are proud to support Sue Ryder in this initiative. As part of our recycling and environmental drive, it is wonderful to be able to encourage consumers to update their home environment whilst contributing to a worthwhile and valuable charity.” wesley-barrell.co.uk 0207 629 2019

Axiom by Formica Group launches new introductions Developed in response to changing consumer trends, Axiom by Formica Group has launched its latest range of design-led laminate worktops, upstands and splashbacks. The introductions are inspired by contemporary kitchen living; assisting kitchen studios and installers to meet customers’ aspirations. Axiom by Formica Group provides versatile laminate surfaces to merge social and family living. Headlining the new introductions is Platinum Etchings, a new generation of stylish engineered stone patterns with a twist. Other new products include an invigorated wood offering with the introduction of two new textures, Lumbar and Woodland, as well as new decor introductions to the Axiom True Scale range. axiomworktops.com 0800 376 2976

Crest JMT Leather enhances customer experience Crest JMT Leather is a global producer of high-quality leathers for all contract and domestic upholstery applications. With the launch of its new website – which has greater interactivity and information on new and existing product ranges – the company is able to offer a better service and a concise way to bring together many leading retailers, tanners and brands from around the world to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. Maintaining quality is very important to Crest JMT Leather, and that’s why it tans its leathers in an ISO 9001 environment. The leather specialist also works hard to ensure that it gives the highest levels of customer service. crestleather.com 0208 457 7129 INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Hypnos – the future and heritage of bespoke bed design Royal Warrant holder and luxury bed manufacturer, Hypnos, has been hand-crafting bespoke, made-to-measure beds in the UK for over 100 years; combining traditional craftsmanship with innovative design, using the finest natural and sustainable materials.

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t is this pursuit of perfection in the art of bed-making that has driven Hypnos for over a century and led it to evolve and combine traditional, bespoke bedmaking with contemporary design for the finest homes, hotels, super yachts and palaces around the world. As Chris Ward, Group Marketing Director at Hypnos, explains: “A Hypnos bed has unsurpassed,

timeless quality, however, interior design trends can change quickly to follow a number of influences, from fashion and culture or be guided by an individual taste. Therefore, having a bed which is made-to-measure to suit your own discerning style and personality, while still adhering to all the tried and tested skills that create luxurious comfort, is the perfect blend of traditional and modern design. “A Hypnos bed is handmade by master craftsmen where it’s tailored to the individual’s personal comfort, size, shape and styling to create a truly authentic piece of exquisite furniture which is made from beautiful base elements. Such as a

Above: Each mattress uses generous layers of natural fillings Left: A Hypnos bed is handmade by master craftsmen

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collection of statement headboards, which include extra-tall styles, and can be upholstered in any choice of fabric to create a standout, luxury boutique hotel-style. Or similarly, a contemporary-shaped, shallow divan, with a shorter headboard and elegant legs, can be put together to create a New York apartment, industrial look. “From velvets to silks or leathers, we can use a range of beautiful and tactile fabrics for our upholstery, so if you wish to create a penthouse style, steeped in opulence, we are able to meet these needs. When it comes to the practical side of things, we work closely with our interior design clients, consulting them on their specific needs and offer functional luxury in the form of storage solutions such as a hidden Yale safe which can be built into the divan base to give additional function to the bed. “Equally, comfort is paramount and each mattress uses generous layers of natural fillings, such as wool, cashmere and silk, to help control body temperature. Our beds also include intelligent pocket spring technology to actively minimise pressure points, helping to increase blood circulation and alleviate tension. This in turn allows the muscles to relax, leading to a natural alignment of the spine so you are supported and experience true comfort. “Our love for design is supported by our extensive partnerships with established, and new, British fabricmakers, interior designers and interior experts that we work with to offer a collection that can be adapted with ease, turned into a bespoke vision by our customers, whether they’re looking to create the dream spare bedroom or the perfect hotel room. “We believe it is this passion for craftsmanship and bespoke contemporary design, alongside our strong ethical, sustainable and carbon neutral commitments, that leads Hypnos into the future and allows us create not only a beautiful piece of furniture, but the most beautiful night’s sleep imaginable for our customers.” hypnosbeds.com «


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Firm roots in design Founded in 2006, Baker & Gray manufactures a diverse and unique collection of fabrics and decorative accessories for homes and interiors. Here, Founder Sarah Baker talks to Inex about the range of products on offer and reveals what inspires her designs.

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t the heart of Baker & Gray is a beautiful embroidered bespoke fabric collection that has been inspired by the flora and fauna of international travels in Europe, India and Africa. We also produce a stunning collection of cushions and have recently added printed fabric and wallpaper to the range. The collection can be ordered through our showroom in Surrey or via a Baker & Gray stockist. We opened our first retail outlet in Warminster in Wiltshire in 2009 and have recently moved into our new home in leafy Surrey, where we have a shop and showroom. We exhibit at the interior design fair,

Above: In both fashion and interior design, the use of flora and fauna is becoming ever popular Below: It is inspiring to see the emergence of the natural world in design

Decorex, in London and also showcase in design-based fairs nationwide. Texture and colour are the two most important elements that inspire my work. I have always loved embroidery and its story has its roots in many parts of the

world. All have their unique tales to tell, with inspiration for patterns having been taken from plants and animals with geometric and religious influence. Embellishment of one’s surroundings – home, workplace, buildings of worship – have all been great examples of this type of design, much of it influenced by nature or our concept of it. These early textiles have stood the test of time in style, colour and decorative appeal, influencing interior and fashion designers constantly. From my perspective, in both fashion and interior design, the use of flora and fauna is becoming ever popular. With our need to look after the precious world we live in, through design we can highlight a fragile and potentially disappearing environment. Flowers, trees, animals, beetles and bugs are all in danger of quietly becoming extinct; for example, beautiful seedpods, beetles and fruit found in the African Savannah. Meanwhile, birds, reptiles and mammals are struggling to survive the onslaught of logging in the rainforests of South America. It is inspiring to see the emergence of the natural world in design, focusing our attention on its beauty and wide diversity. The ecological problems, which our world is facing, are of great concern. With the threat of species becoming extinct, our awareness has influenced design through the emergence of strong colours and images of nature filtering into our living spaces. These are challenging times in retail and manufacturing, of that there is no doubt, but there are encouraging ‘green shoots’ on the horizon. Having a unique and beautiful product is important, and good customer service has always been an important part of our ethos, together with attention to detail. Baker & Gray strives to provide longevity in its products: their quality and appeal are such that their owners will be reluctant to replace them. bakergray.com « sarah@bakergray.com « 01483 272668 « INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Armourcoat to exhibit at Decorex 2016 Decorative specialist Armourcoat will be exhibiting at the Decorex International Exhibition this month.

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ecorex is synonymous with luxury design, and is internationally renowned as the event to discover the very best products from an unrivalled collection of over 400 hand-selected exhibitors. Armourcoat will present a stunning range of hand-applied polished plaster wall finishes and pre-cast bas relief panels. The stand will also showcase the latest additions to the Signature collection. Devised by Armourcoat’s Founder Duncan MacKellar, this exclusive range of polished plaster wall finishes INEX-ONLINE.COM

reflects his unique creativity and passion. Creating rich, opulent and luxurious interiors, these artisan finishes represent the highest level of product mastery, redefining the technique and underlining Armourcoat’s lead role in the industry. An array of global projects for an impressive list of international blue chip clients in the residential, hospitality and boutique retail sectors have established Armourcoat as a leading supplier of high-quality surface finishes. Armourcoat products are made from natural minerals including

Above left: An array of global projects have established Armourcoat as a leading supplier of high-quality surface finishes Above: Decorative specialist Armourcoat will be exhibiting at the Decorex International Exhibition this month

recycled Italian marble, contain low or zero VOCs, and have the added confidence of a full 10-year guarantee. Taking place at the start of the London Design Festival, Decorex will once again be held in the grounds of historic Syon House. Visit Armourcoat at the show, stand H31, from 18th to 21st September. armourcoat.com « marketing@armourcoat.co.uk « 01732 467994 «


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Apeer comes on board for Master Fitter Challenge The countdown to the 2017 Master Fitter Challenge in association with FENSA has begun. Once again the window, door and conservatory industry’s best of the best installers will come together at next year’s FIT Show to compete for the top prize of £5000, as well as of course many times that value in terms of bragging rights. Stepping in to provide its popular, top selling composite residential door for the 2017 Master Fitter Challenge – upon which the finalists will be called to show their skills in the Residential Door Competition – Apeer’s GRP faced doors have an excellent reputation for manufactured integrity and durability over many thousands of installations throughout the UK and Ireland. apeer.co.uk 0282 563 2200

Butlin’s, Minehead, recieves positive response to chalet refit Ratings from guests at one Butlin’s resort increased by 11% after a refurbishment, including windows and doors by Wrekin Windows. Wrekin Windows was chosen by the Bourne Leisure Group to replace the windows and doors in 234 of the chalets. Richard Camp, Regional Contracts Manager, explains: “Bourne Leisure had seen the Profile 22 PVC-U Flush Sash system at a trade show and were impressed that its flush design meant it could not be forced from outside.” Wrekin Windows, part of the Epwin Group, completed the contract within six weeks. The timeframe included several weekend breaks, as well as fitters having to mesh with other workers. wrekinwindows.co.uk 01952 205000

Stunning Anglesey installation for PatioMaster customer Anglesey-based installer, Window Medic, has completed a sea-front renovation project with PatioMaster sliding patio doors on two levels. Owner Stuart Hamilton explains: “Initially wanting bi-folding doors, we suggested the homeowners looked at PatioMaster sliding patio doors, as these fulfilled the brief of wanting as much glass as possible to maximise views.” Having worked with PatioMaster for 16 years, Stuart and his team believe its sliding patio doors are ideal for almost every project. “PatioMaster doors are a well triedand-trusted product and extremely popular with our customers. Simple, cost-effective and we get very little call back on them, when compared with other systems,” commented Stuart. patiomaster.co.uk 0808 178 3370

Two decades of success for Epwin and Flintshire Windows Epwin Group paid a visit to Flintshire Windows recently in celebration of a 20-year partnership. A commemorative plaque was presented to Director Dennis Hynes by Epwin’s Katrina Earl and Total Glass’ Sales & Marketing Manager Phil Creswell to thank him for being a customer for more than two decades. With more than 28 years’ experience, and 20 years with Profile22, Dennis has found a profile he likes and is sticking with it. “We have worked hard to build a good relationship with our suppliers. Backed with the stability you get from having a large business like Epwin behind you, it means we can offer the full package to our customers.” profile22.co.uk 01952 290910 INEX-ONLINE.COM


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Unique characteristics The ideal solution for architects, builders and developers, the ultra-compact Dekton by Cosentino surface pushes the boundaries of external and internal building design thanks to its unique characteristics. 

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urrently available in over 30 colour and texture options, recreating surfaces such as wood, metal and concrete, Dekton boasts flexural strength, dimensional stability, resistance to freezing and thawing and excellent UV and scratch resistance. Versatile and adaptable, Dekton is suitable for facades,

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floor coverings, wall cladding and worktops, combining functionality with beautiful aesthetics. Create contrasts, or continual uniform designs thanks to the large format options and thin thicknesses available. Also available within Dekton is the new XGloss line, which features a luxurious high shine, enhancing a space by helping to reflect the

Above: Dekton Zenith worktops as displayed in the Dani Garcia Restaurant Right: Dekton Zenith flooring as displayed in the Spain Pavilion

light. Awarded a Red Dot for Product Design, no other similar surface achieves this combination of aesthetics with technical performance. Cosentino is a global leader in the production and distribution of surfaces for architecture and design. Developed exclusively by its R&D department, Dekton is created from a sophisticated blend of inorganic materials, using an innovative ultra-compaction process. This process has created a whole new, revolutionary category of surfaces. dekton.co.uk « 01256 761229 «  info.uk@cosentino.com «


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