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InterContinental Ljubljana to Open 2017 in Slovenia

Compass Hospitality manages 6th hotel in UK

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) together with Delta Holding announces the signing of InterContinental Ljubljana. With 182 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts open worldwide and more than 50 hotels in the global development pipeline, IHG continues to expand the brand’s portfolio in the most soughtafter destinations around the world*. Opening in 2017, the 165-room hotel will operate under a management agreement with IHG, representing the continuation of a long-term partnership between the two companies that was first established in 2007. Delta Holding and IHG also have a management agreement in place for Crowne Plaza Belgrade.

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Located in the heart of Ljubljana, the hotel is set to become an urban and architectural landmark of the city. The hotel is just a short walk to Dunajska Cesta, the major shopping and business district, and Ljubljana’s main train station. InterContinental Ljubljana will also be located nearby historical tourist attractions Presernov Square and Triple Bridge, and will offer stunning views over the river Ljubljanica.


The new luxury hotel will be built by Delta Holding and construction is due to commence before the end of 2015. It will feature 165 rooms including a presidential suite; two banquet halls accommodating 500 guests each; as well as six board rooms. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s state of the art leisure facilities including a swimming pool, spa and fitness zone. An all-day dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace boasting panoramic views of Ljubljana will be located on the 21st floor of the hotel. InterContinental hotels are luxury properties in key cities and resort destinations that attract affluent guests from the world’s most lucrative feeder markets. They are noted landmarks in the cities in which they are located. *Figures as at 30th September 2015. Indees.

Within six months of entering the UK market, Asia based Compass Hospitality Group has added the historic and newly renovated Lace Market Hotel in High Pavement, Nottingham under its management. Located in the Lace Market, considered the oldest part of Nottingham and center of the Creative Quarter, the 42-key boutique hotel is steps away from historical attractions like St. Mary’s Church, Galleries of Justice Museum and Shire Hall; as well as the cosmopolitan hub of high street shops and trendy restaurants. Previously converted from a Georgian townhouse, the hotel was a mainstay for newlyweds and famous visitors to the city. With just 42 rooms and suites, the hotel offers personalized services to guests. Standard room amenities include flat screen HD LCD TV, high speed WiFi, minibar and refreshment counter, and en-suite bathroom. Superior rooms and suites feature original fireplaces, free-standing bathtubs, artworks and period interior designs.

mixologist James Vyse, and Cock & Hoop, a quintessentially British pub majoring on cask ales and gastro food. An elegant meeting room accommodates 22 people comfortably for meetings and private dinners. Compass Hospitality Lace Market Hotel is the 6th hotel in UK to be managed by Compass Hospitality. This follows Compass Hospitality’s recent acquisition in August 2015 of the Big Sleep Hotels portfolio in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Eastbourne. Earlier this year in April, Compass Hospitality commenced its management of The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury and The White Swan Halifax. The Group’s portfolio now comprises 45 properties in Thailand, Malaysia and the UK.

Compass Hospitality’s President & CEO, Harmil Singh said, “We are very pleased to add the iconic Lace Market Hotel to our portfolio in UK. In the few months we have commenced our management of the other five hotels, they have all achieved strong performance. We Compass Hospitality manages 6th are confident of the market potential hotel in UK in the UK and will continue to seek The dining experience is inspirational out acquisitions and opportunities in at Merchants Restaurant the UK.” showcasing modern British cuisine by British Chef Ben Chaplin, Saint Cocktail Bar with award winning


Pulitzer Amsterdam to relaunch in February 2016 Netherlands: The newly restored Pulitzer Amsterdam has announced a February 2016 relaunch. The relaunch will follow a phased restoration of the former 45 year-old Hotel Pulitzer to reposition its 25 interlinked Golden Age canal houses as “one of Amsterdam’s leading luxury hotels”. The 400 year-old canal houses are set in the Amsterdam UNESCO World Heritage canal district. Leading the project is creative director, Jacu Strauss. Formerly a senior designer at Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, Strauss has led projects including Barbecoa for Jamie Oliver, McCann Erickson’s head office in New York and Mondrian London at Sea Containers. Strauss said: “There is a real understated sophistication about Amsterdam and I have loved immersing myself in the city to influence my visions for the hotel. Pulitzer Amsterdam is the ideal place to start exploring the Dutch capital, each canal house has its own story to tell and I am proud to be instrumental in bringing these to life.” In a phased restoration, February will see the unveiling of the new look across areas including Pulitzer’s Bar, new restaurant Jansz, meeting and event spaces, and 80 guest rooms

on the Keizersgracht canal side of the hotel. The rooms and suites will feature original elements such as beams and fireplaces, accompanied by “an eclectic mix of rare pieces of vintage furniture and modern items from renowned Dutch designers, brass detailing, and headboards reflecting the gables of each canal house”. Also to be revealed are four themed suites with private entrances, influenced by “the narrative of elaborate characters who may have lived in the buildings throughout the years”. The second phase of the restoration will begin in February and finish

in Autumn 2016 when the second wing will open to guests on the Prinsengracht canal side, marking the Grand Opening. Once complete, the hotel will feature 225 guestrooms and suites. General manager Alexander van Gastel said: “Our future lies in our past, we want to stay true to our roots and celebrate the history and heritage of the canal houses - the hotel’s maze of secrets and surprises are what makes Pulitzer Amsterdam unique. We are excited to reveal the new look to loyal guests and to welcome new visitors to join us on our journey.”

Australian hotel group Staywell Hospitality has announced plans to open a £50m ‘silver clad’ Park Regis hotel in Birmingham in 2016.

the Asia-pacific region.

It is the first European project for the group – which owns 30 properties in

The Park Regis Birmingham is set to open in March next year.

Staywell has previously hinted at further UK expansion. BigHospitality reported in 2012 that the group was A former 1960’s office block has been considering sites in Manchester, London and Edinburgh, though so converted in a deluxe 253-room site featuring two restaurants, a 16th floor far no new openings have been announced. Saki Bar, conference facilities and a spa and gym. Wan said the Birmingham launch was a ‘strategic move’ for the operator. Staywell CEO Simon Wan said the site was designed to ‘fill [the] gap in “The Park Regis brand is rapidly Birmingham’s high-end hotel offering’. expanding internationally, the opening of our first European-based hotel in “While the number of hotel beds in Birmingham has increased rapidly in Birmingham aligns with our strategy of opening high-quality properties in recent years, the number of upscale cities which present optimum growth hotels hasn’t kept the same pace,” opportunities,” he said. said Wan.

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Olga Polizzi joins The Gotham in awards Hall of Fame The independent and boutique industry elite joined together recently to celebrate the achievements of two of the hottest names in the sector. Crowning the Independent Hotelier and the Outstanding New Hotel, the Independent Hotel Show Awards, presented by Rate Gain in association with Sky, were presented at a special ceremony taking place on the opening day of the show at Olympia West.

Gotham Hotel, added: “Receiving this award is probably the biggest pat on the back for a job well done. I came into the team back in November and we opened in April. We’ve just won the best award I could have won in such a short period of time”

The eldest daughter of Lord Charles Forte, Olga Polizzi was crowned Independent Hotelier, celebrating her extended involvement within the luxury hotel sector and encompassing her role as Design Director of Rocco Forte Hotels. An acclaimed hotel owner with her own portfolio of independently owned hotels – Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall and Hotel Endsleigh in Devon – Ms Polizzi is renowned for her exquisite taste and her loving restoration of hotels to the acclaimed status for which her family name is so famous. Etchells

L to R: Peter Hancock, Tim Etchells, Jeff Ward, Matt Miller, Alison Dolan

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L to R: Peter Hancock, Alison Dolan, Olga Polizzi, Tim


Gotham Hotel blasted onto the super-stylish hotel scene in April 2015, one of the latest hotels to be launched within the Bespoke Hotels group. As a luxurious and sumptuous new arrival in Manchester and the city’s second 5 star hotel offering, owners Bespoke Hotels promised it to be a ‘fun, witty destination and a little bit naughty’. The Grade II listed Art Deco building sits on popular King Street, with this 60-bedroom hotel, 68-cover ’Honey’ restaurant and private members bar Club Brass adding a touch of cool to the city. It’s a distinctive hotel created to capture the imagination, hearts and minds of luxury seekers for years to come. Commenting on receiving the Independent Hotelier award, Olga Polizzi said: “Our business is not an easy one and I am particularly proud to win this award from the Independent Hotel Show. It is a lovely award to achieve, especially because it has been voted for by so many people in all areas of our business – hoteliers, manufacturers and suppliers. It is a real plus to know that I have been acknowledged and I am delighted.” On achieving Outstanding New Hotel, Jeff Ward, MD of

The awards were presented by Alison Dolan, Deputy MD of Sky Business and sponsors of this year’s awards, and Peter Hancock, CEO of Pride of Britain Hotels. Alison Dolan said: “These awards represent the best hotel operators in the Independent sector and we are very proud to be associated with them. They are hugely important to the sector because they provide great recognition and validation to hoteliers who put so much work into making their hotels a truly unique and wonderful place to stay. It’s important to give something back to them and show that their efforts are respected and valued, particularly when it comes from their peers.” Peter Hancock said: “The Independent Hotel Show is recognising the efforts of real entrepreneurs, people who have taken risks to build up a business and have excelled despite all the economic difficulties. Obviously one feels sorry for the nominees that didn’t win – equal in stature in my opinion – but what a joy to be part of this occasion and a beautifully organised show.” The Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel awards will return again in 2016 as part of the successful Independent Hotel Show. They are an important part of the show’s line-up, says Tim Etchells, managing director at SME London: “We’ve had our busiest day of the show so far and it is great to see that we had so many nominees and votes again for the awards. The Gotham and Olga are two really worthy winners and I think it is testament to how well these awards are appreciated within the independent hotel sector that we have seen such a great turnout tonight. Thank you to our esteemed judging committee and to everyone who has got behind the awards again this year.”

Hilton London

Hilton London Bankside offers the perfect place to explore the city and is ideally located in the heart of Bankside, only being a few steps away from some of London’s mustvisit landmarks and attractions including Tate Modern, Borough Market and Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. Hilton London Bankside is home to 292 stunning guest rooms including 25 bespoke suites which offer breathtaking views of the city skyline. The hotel also includes one beautiful penthouse apartment, which boasts its own private roof terrace, a 100m2 entertainment area and views across the London skyline. And after a After a long day of exploring the city, guests can relax and unwind in the hotel’s state-ofthe-art fitness facilities, take a dip in the onsite swimming pool or get pampered in the hotel’s treatment room.

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Having opened in September 2015, this new launch marks an exciting new generation of design-led Hilton hotels, featuring high-end, locally inspired food and drink offerings and contemporary interior design.


Inspired by the authenticity and history of the local Bankside neighbourhood, a combination of Urban and Brutalist Architecture and fine polished features reflect the new Hilton Bankside signature design and luxury feel. Designers 22 degrees and architect Dexter Moren Associates were the influential people who brought this 20,325 sq.m project to life. References to the neighbouring Tate Modern can be seen in the lobby flooring, which evokes the famous Turbine Hall, and the unique collection of art displayed throughout the property. Striking bespoke lighting, exposed metal screens, bare brick work, reprocessed

tube station tiles and bespoke joinery all feature, with furnishings inspired by the colours and prints of William Morris. Sculptures by British artist, David Farrer, accentuate the interiors, while reclaimed ceilings and murals have been designed especially for the hotel’s public spaces. The bespoke lighting throughout The Distillery Bar, OXBO Bankside and the guest rooms from Northern Lights are unique and exclusive design for Hilton London Bankside.

The Lobby The bespoke lighting feature in the lobby is from Alexander Calder. Alexander Calder is an American sculptor and draughtsman, a pioneer of mobile sculptures. The glass wall in the lobby is diffused mid-century glass resigned in modern and contemporary way.

The artwork behind reception is entitled “Homage to Mondrian” and reflects on the compositional sense of the great master Piet Mondrian in a series of metal panels of metal panels.

The Porte-Cochère The graffiti artwork sitting on the back brick wall of the porte-cochère is a featured narrative piece by British Artist, Niki Hare.

Guest Room Floors and Bedrooms The design concept in the room is urban industrial with a large focus on lighting however the rooms are designed for ultimate ease and comfort for each of their guests. The artwork in the guest room corridors are from a variety of British artists and certainly very eye catching when you are making your way to your room. With the bathroom having a heated mirror, speakers within the ceiling playing your favourite type

OXBO Bankside Many of the items and design features in restaurant are vintage finds and originals that have been source specifically for OXBO Bankside. The Ghost Mural found in OXBO Restaurant is reference to the original Rose Tea Mural on Union Street, Southwark. The original mural belonged to James Ashby & Sons Ltd at 195-205 Union Street who started importing and selling tea in 1850. Today, The Embassy Tea Gallery occupies an entire floor of the historic James Ashby Tea and Coffee Warehouse as one of London’s most exiting gallery quarters. The ‘MOUNTED NOT STUFFED’ artwork, which is truly incredible, includes a wonderful and varied menagerie of

extraordinary animal heads by the successful British artist David Farrer. His amazing and unique papier mâché trophy heads have won him international acclaim.

The Distillery During the 1800s, The Stephenson & Harwood Distillery occupied part of the Hilton Bankside site which plays a major role in the design of The Distillery Bar today. The ‘Penny Wall’ holds over 16,000 British pennies dating back to as early as 1860. This is our featured art piece in The Distillery. The weight of the pennies meant the wall had to be reinforced to support the load. You’ll also find hints of ‘old world charm’ detailing around the bar decor, which resemble the elegance of a 1930’s Gentlemen’s drinking den.

The Executive lounge The main sculptures are by Simon Bingle and based on a three dimensional reflection of graffiti art. You’ll also find a collection of art from British artists including Damien Hirst, Kathy Dalwood, Tom Otterness, Tom Clark David Farrer and Amelia Coward. The hotel is also a perfect setting for grand celebrations or corporate events with eight flexible meeting rooms and The Bankside Ballroom, a pillar free room which holds up to 700 guests. Executive rooms also have access to the Executive Lounge that offers breakfast, afternoon tea and evening menus of hot and cold canapés with a range of selected beverages. Hilton London Bankside is located at 2-8 Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0UG, United Kingdom.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit Hilton London Bankside or call +44 (0)20 366 75600

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January Furniture Show The January Furniture Show, (NEC 24-27 January 2016) will be full of vivid colours, tactile textures and new designs. Over 450 exhibitors are getting ready to present their latest designs and innovations in furniture, home furnishings, lighting, flooring and fabric.

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The newest trends will be in copious supply. Seventies inspired riotous colours, big florals and fringing will mix with the more sedate Highland themes of tartans, tweeds and aged leather. Industrial looks with hard edges and grey metals, texture combinations will abound. Our expanding environmental awareness will be reflected in an increase in new products made from a wide variety of reclaimed materials, including wood, plastics and glass.


For wild florals check out some of the new upholstery designs on the Whitemeadow stand in Hall 1, or see some of the flamboyant art pieces in Hall 3. Gentle florals will also feature, see some of the pretty fabrics on the Swaffer stand in the Fabric Pavillion in Hall 1, or head to Gallery Direct and Malini stands in Hall 3 who will be showing tranquil flower patterns on cushions and throws. The current trend for upholstery with a mix of leather and fabric will be at it’s best on the Tetrad and Carlton Furniture stands in Hall 1. Both will have wonderfully aged leather and woven fabric

upholstered sofas and chairs. Tetrad’s Harris Tweeds have been made exclusively for them and are rich in heritage colours and traditional designs. Alternatively for a different feel glide your hand across the smooth tables with marble tops and metal legs on the VIDA Living stand in Hall 4. For different combinations see the Sophia range on the Bentley Designs stand in Hall 1 which combines antique finished wooden tops and silky painted cabinets. Leading the way in the industrial look is lighting, for some of the best head to Dar Lighting and CIMC in the Lighting Showcase in Hall 3. Designs in brushed metals incorporating their construction details and with cables as a feature, emphasise the starkness and uncomplicated attractiveness of the look. Furniture and accessories made from reclaimed materials will be big news at the Show. Baker in Hall 1 will have additions to their Reclaimed series, giving new life to old wood turning it into highly desirable cabinet furniture. Another company skilled in the use of making discarded wood attractive and useful again is Rowico, also in Hall 1, their shabby chic reclaimed tables and cabinets have a unique style. To see the colours come alive, feel the textures and marvel at the new make sure you don’t miss the January Furniture Show. For a full exhibitor list and to register your attendance go to:

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Stellar Exhibitor List for January Furniture Show. With less than 3 months to go before the January Furniture Show 2016 opens it’s NEC doors, the exhibitor list is a complete Who’s Who of UK and international furniture and furnishings manufacturers and suppliers.

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The biggest names in upholstery including, Duresta, Parker Knoll, Collins & Hayes, Buoyant, Lebus and Westbridge will all be showing new designs and fabrics. Ranging from the ultra modern, geometric covered to timeless classic shapes with gentile florals, the new designs are set to surprise. Mixing fabrics will feature heavily with woven fabrics combined with leather a notable trend.


Cabinet giants Baker, Ercol, Willis&Gambier, Morris, Bentley Designs, Mark Webster Designs and Furniture Origins are among the many companies showcasing a variety of new collections with reclaimed woods, distressed painted and mixed textures a strong feature. Emphasis on the origin of the wood and combinations of wood & glass, wood & metal and wood & leather with finishes ranging from muted matt to silky, shiny marble will emphasise the contrasts and texture combinations. Beds and mattresses of every kind – foam, sprung, memory, motion, ottoman will all feature at the Show with previous exhibitors Vogue, Breasley, Serene and Sweet Dreams all bringing new designs and new foam technologies. New bed exhibitors Highgate, Kaydian and Bodyease are a welcome addition and are also bringing new designs ranging from snuggly TV beds to practical

storage beds. The NBF (National Bed Federation) are sponsoring a café in Hall 5, in the heart of the bed exhibitors so that will be a good place to have a coffee and plan your bed tour. Heavyweights in interiors including Gallery Direct, Pacific Lifestyle, Stone the Crows, Dar Lighting, Swaffer, and Axminster Carpets are all like the upholstery and cabinet companies, launching new designs. The 2015 double decker Gallery Direct stand was much talked about and their 2016 stand promises to be even better and jam packed with even more tempting home furnishing delights, including complete bedroom and bedding packages. Dar Lighting, known for their broad spectrum of designs from traditional chandeliers to large individual statement lights, are showing at January for the first time. As well as a selection of their best sellers they are bringing new designs for 2016, including some of their on-trend, industrial style domestic lights. Another newcomer is Swaffer, showing their latest beautiful floral, striped and animal print fabrics, they are set to be a destination stop for anyone interested in the best available fabrics. Titley & Marr, Tigermoth and Ross Fabrics are also launching new fabrics for 2016 at the Show including crushed velvets, silks and woven textures.

International companies are set to make their presence felt with German majors, Nolte Mobel, Rauch and Weimann all taking large stands and bringing their technical cabinet expertise with a touch of panache. Danish, Skovby will show their uniquely engineered and ever appealing dining collections and Italian leather upholstery giants Nicoletti and Italia Living are bringing new designs and soft leathers in fresh colours for 2016. For something new and different try FAMA’s original designs, full of colour, and interesting style. The increase from this year’s 3 halls to 5 for the 2016 Show has allowed space for the introduction of more feature areas in furniture and home furnishings – accessories, lighting, flooring and fabrics. It will provide the first opportunity of the year to see the new interiors collections for 2016 - no need to wait until the Spring Fair. The January Furniture Show is now the most complete interiors trade show in the UK calendar and is the Show that definitely has it all. To see Who’s exhibiting and to register your attendance go to January Furniture Show 2016. NEC Sun 24 - Weds 27 January.

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Sleep 2015 opens for Europe’s hotel architecture, design and development community

When Sleep opens its doors to the hospitality design and development community on 24 and 25 November at London’s Business Design Centre visitors can expect two full days packed with fresh content to inform and inspire projects over the coming 12 months. Celebrating its 10th edition this year, the event promises an exceptional line-up of international brands exhibiting their latest product innovations, a series of experiential installations exploring new frontiers in hotel design, and a conference programme featuring industry thought-leaders gathered to debate the key topics of the day.

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Each year Sleep searches far and wide to discover the new brands making their mark on the scene and presents curated highlights to the industry together with enduring industry favourites. Many of the exciting new companies debuting this year include: Ingo Maurer, Light Years, Contardi Lighting, ALVE, Perrin & Rowe, Victoria & Albert Baths, Vondom, Parla Design, Sofa & Chair company, Cosentino, Forbo Flooring, Compac, Bluebellgray and Mineheart. These will be joined by much-loved brands Astro Lighting, Morgan, Heathfield, Hansgrohe, Laufen, Altfield, Agua Fabrics, Baulmann Leuchten, Hypnos, Cliq Designs, Curtis Furniture, Roca and Drapilux – presenting highlights of their newest designs for the hospitality market.

Experience the wonder of hospitality design A big highlight of Sleep that sets it apart from the rest is the installation features that each year challenge designers to redefine the boundaries in hospitality design. 2015 sees the Sleep Set competition and Sleep Bar inspired by folklore from around the world, while in a separate area the converging use of spaces within hotels is explored through installations and conference presentations. Engage with influencers and thought-leaders There’s plenty for everyone at this year’s freeto-attend Sleep conference which offers a feast of talent including key players from the hotel development and investment arena debating the hot topics of the day alongside celebrated design names revealing the inspiration behind their award-winning projects. The Sound of Sleep And finally, in a first for Sleep, an exclusively curated soundtrack will bring the ‘Wonder Tale’ experience to life for visitors at the show. Music Concierge is working closely with the Drink Me Bar designers Conran+Partners, to create an exclusively curated soundtrack for the bar. Sleep is on 24th & 25th November with a late opening until 8pm on Tuesday 24th when visitors can enjoy the design inspiration and networking opportunities during the show’s cocktail hour from 6.30-7.30pm. Registration to Sleep 2015 is now open – tickets can be secured by booking now.

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The January Furnitre Show Preview A Rich Feast at the January Furniture Show

Collins & Hayes, Baker Furniture, Wade, Bentley Designs, Furniture Origins, Mark Webster Designs, Westbridge, Tom Schneider, G Plan Upholstery, Tetrad, and Jansen International.

Forget feasting at Christmas, the best indulgence will be in January at the January Furniture Show, (NEC 24-27 January 2016). Over 450 exhibitors are getting ready to present their latest designs and innovations in furniture, home furnishings, lighting, flooring and fabric.

The current trend for upholstery with a mix of leather and fabric will be at it’s best on the Tetrad and Carlton Furniture stands. Both will have wonderfully aged leather and woven fabric upholstered sofas and chairs. Tetrad’s Harris Tweeds have been made exclusively for them and are rich in heritage colours and traditional designs evoking the Scottish Highlands countryside.

The newest trends will be in copious supply. Seventies inspired riotous colours and big florals will mix with the more sedate Highland themes of tartans, tweeds and aged leather. Industrial looks with hard edges and grey metals, texture combinations of wood mixed with leather, metal, glass, slate and marble will abound. Our expanding environmental awareness will be reflected with an increase in new products made from a wide variety of reclaimed materials, including wood, plastics and glass.

Hall 1 Will feature high-end upholstery and cabinet furniture, with brands including, Duresta, Parker Knoll, Ercol,

Furniture made from reclaimed materials will be big news at the Show. Baker will have additions to their Reclaimed series, turning tired wood into highly desirable and impeccably designed cabinet furniture. Another company skilled in the use of making discarded wood attractive and useful again is Rowico, their shabby chic reclaimed tables and cabinets have a unique style. Don’t miss the Fabric Pavillion in Hall 1, where Swaffer, Kobe, Essente, Titley & Marr, Barker & Barker and the The Isle Mill will be showing their latest pretty florals, crushed velvets, tartans and crisp stripes.

The January Furniture Show Hall 2 The British love-affair with soft Italian leather upholstery will be indulged in Hall 2. Soft and colourful Italian leather will be plentiful, with new designs from some of the best known companies including Italia Living, Contempo, Tomasella, Ego Italiano Max Divani and Marinelli, as well as new signing Peressini who are bringing their modern style dining tables and chairs. Other well know European brands will have major stands in Hall 2, Skovby from Denmark are bringing their uniquely engineered dining collections and FAMA from Portugal, and ROM from Belgium both will be displaying their latest colourful designs. Greenapple always stand out at any Show with their pioneering glass designs. Their new Rimini range will be shown for the first time and has matching dining tables and chairs, and occasional tables. They will also show their Country Kitchen and Tusk collections. New for the 2016 Show is the Flooring Showcase, bringing together some of the best companies in the UK flooring industry, Axminster, Kenton Floors, Associated Weavers, Brockway, Edel Telenzo and Interfloor will all be showing their latest ranges. Kenton Flooring are exhibiting distressed oaks and contemporary grey washed boards, while Edel Telenzo is bringing it’s new striped loop pile carpet called Liberty, which which has a unique construction giving it a woven look.

Hall 3 This is the all action hall for gifts, accessories and home furnishings of every kind. The list of exhibitors is a Who’s Who in gift and accessories - Gallery Direct, Libra, Pacific Lifestyle, Culinary Concepts, Stone the Crows!, PD Global, Lovelane, Mindy Brownes, Hill Interiors, Camelot, Dar

Lighting, CIMC, Febland, Lifestyle Arts & Crafts and Artko. Many are launching their full catalogues for 2016 at the Show. Some of the highlights include Gallery Direct, another favourite of the 2015 Show who are bringing 150 new products in January. Their intention of offering ‘variety to suit all tastes and styles of room, from beautifully elegant to exquisitely modern’ will be fulfilled in style with a profusion of furniture, mirrors, lamps and decorative accessories. Another gifted trend interpreter is Pacific Lifestyle who are introducing 5 trends at the Show including Loft, an industrial inspired collection of lamps and objects, and Highland Retreat, which has a woodland colour pallet and uses natural materials. New exhibitor Stone the Crows! is introducing furniture collections in beautifully crafted acacia wood with metal as well as a host of unique furnishing accessories. Hill Interiors, CIMC and Mindy Brownes are all exhibiting designs picking up on the current fashion for blocks of vivid colour mixed with muted tones, natural textures and relaxed styling. Key exhibitor Libra will have a kaleidoscope of new collections, including Pearl, featuring inlays in earth colours, Darwin’s Study, a nod to past exploration, and Equestrian full of horsey flair and country exuberance. They will also be showing their newest diverse collection of decorative accessories, including animal sculptures and heads, human form figures, and unique lighting and decorative glass pieces. New for the 2016 is the Lighting Showcase, major lighting brand Dar Lighting are bringing designs reflecting the current trends for edgy industrial, floral and the country retreat. Their comprehensive catalogue includes every kind of light from small bedside lamps to large hotel lobby style, crystal chandeliers.

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The January Furniture Show Hall 4 A cabinet paradise is to be found in Hall 4. Some of the best imported and international furniture on the market will be on display. German cabinet giants, Rauch, Nolte and Weimann will all have large stands with bedroom ranges directed at the UK market. Weimann are introducing 8 models and 2 new finishes. Rauch are debuting 3 ranges as well as updates to some of their existing ranges. Forte the Polish giant, will have it’s largest ever stand at the Show and will introduce a new nursery collection to sit alongside it’s better known bedroom, lounge and dining collections. Keeping with the international theme, Ancient Mariner will have cabinet ranges made from mango, mahogany and teak on their stand. Julian Bowen a Show favourite will be introducing the Caymen dining collection, made from solid beech with a walnut finish. This range features a high-lacquer Princess Charlotte bed. Seconique, another show favourite will have new additions to its’ Corona pine range and Kettle will be making a big splash with 83 new oak, pine and painted furniture items. Upholstery won’t be overlooked in Hall 4 with TCS and VIDA Living both showing new designs for 2016. Mini Divani will be demonstrating how they have been successful for 50 years bringing their Tuscan sofa expertise to the UK market.

Hall 5 Added to the Show for 2016 is Hall 5. It will be dominated

by some of the biggest names in the UK beds, upholstery and cabinet markets including Buoyant, Lebus, Kingstown, Serene, Sherborne, Furnico, Morris, Furmanac, Celebrity, Vogue, Breasley, and Sweet Dreams. New bed exhibitors Highgate, Kaydian and Bodyease join the stellar line-up. Beds and mattresses of every kind will be exhibited - foam, sprung, memory, storage and motion. Vogue are showcasing their new vacuum packed mattress range Swift, which has been designed for durability, comfort and affordability. Sweet Dreams will be exhibiting their latest British-made fabric upholstered bedframes, including the glamorous model Adventure, with diamante embellishment as an option. Successful UK giants Buoyant, Lebus and Celebrity all have new sofa and chair designs to launch in January. Celebrity are showing their new modern styled Melton recliner which has 5 action options and soft padded arms. Kingstown will exhibit it’s latest ranges including the Dalby dining collection and the Sophie bedroom collection. Serene’s newly launched, but already popular dining collection, will have new additions including pieces designed for large and petite spaces. This has just been a taster of the wonderful array of colours, textures and new designs that awaits buyers and visitors to the Show, make sure you attend to gorge on the full feast. For a full exhibitor list and to register your attendance go to:

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Luxury Weave Collection Forbes Group introduces the Luxury Weave Collection

Luxury Weave has a subtle woven pattern incorporated into the fabric, giving it an opulent sheen, which is ideal to make tablecloths, chair covers,

cocktail table covers, restaurant skirting and table skirting. Better still, it is woven in a 3.2m width making it especially suitable for large dining table cloths and table covers. The Luxury Weave comes in four designs: London, Paris, Rome and Madrid. Its colour palette incorporates rich berry and scarlet tones, through to neutral creams and greys offering a range to compliment any dĂŠcor.

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In addition to the Luxury Weaves’ elegance, it also offers the same easy care characteristics offered by our standard fabric range by being machine washable and consisting of hard-wearing qualities. The Madrid fabric (as pictured) looks beautiful when used as restaurant table skirting and gives a new twist to your traditional damask fabric. e: t: +44 (0) 1568 616638

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These stylish tablecloths are offered in our new Luxury Weave Collection fabric. They give a contemporary and sophisticated effect to any venue, whilst complementing the tone of the dining area, enhancing the luxurious ambience superbly.


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e are a well established and innovative supplier of soft furnishing fabrics for curtains, bedding, upholstery and accessories to the contract interiors trade, including the hospitality & leisure, cruise & ferry and healthcare & education sectors. Our wide range of contract fabrics include colour woven jacquards, transfer prints, dim out & decorative blackouts, curtain linings, and real & faux leathers. We have recently launched a collection of Digital Prints, with more choice of FR base-fabrics for total flexibility. A bespoke design service is also available, which can be tailored to suit more individual project requirements. “We’ve worked hard to develop an extensive network of trusted partners over the last couple of years, enabling us to offer our customers consistently high levels of quality, service and product innovation,� commented Greta Henderson, MD of Bancroft Soft Furnishings.

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Our Eros collection is an example of an exciting new product innovation in the contract interiors market, with inherently flame retardant, polyester,


ready quilted fabrics for bedding accessories, not only eliminating the need for adding wadding, but also bringing time and cost savings during the making up process. Available in an array of versatile colours from soothing neutrals to vibrant shades of burnt orange, pinks and purples, whilst meeting technical standard BS7175, this range is proving to be very popular for contract interiors. Newly launched for Autumn 2015, Texture is the key focus of our Simplicity CS Trevira Plains, inspired by architectural detailing and offering an unbelievable selection (332 samples) of interesting surfaces and colours to choose from. Sophisticated herringbone patterns can be combined with elegant plain and textured designs in a versatile array of colour ways, ranging from striking bold brights to more muted tones. With the added benefit of meeting stringent FR technical standards, these fabrics will add a relaxed, inviting feel to any contract interior project in the Hospitality and Leisure sectors.

For that all important 100% light exclusion, our Palazzo Decorative Blackouts are visually stunning with a tactile, textured appearance, whilst also offering soft handle and good drape. Available in nine gorgeous colours, this 3 pass FR Blackout meets the required technical specification, BS 5867 PT2:B, making it perfect for the hospitality sector. For more details on any of these collections, please call us on 01274 518888 or email, or visit

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he Mattressman Trade department supplies high quality mattresses, divans and bed frames to hotels, holiday cottages, and more. All our mattresses meet Source 5 or Source 7 flammability standard, and we offer a huge variety of types and sizes.


The Hotel Three Pocket, a luxury mattress in the Hotel Pocket range from the British Bed Company, contains 1200 pocket springs, which are widely acknowledged as the most supportive and comfortable spring system available. The springs move individually, each responding only to direct pressure so they can mould to the sleeper’s shape and support them in their natural sleeping position. Pocket springs also minimise disturbance between partners to ensure a restful night’s sleep. The Three Pocket uses thick layers of luxurious hypoallergenic fillings to ensure comfort, and is perfect for allergy sufferers.

The Hotel Three Pocket is just one of the many fantastic mattresses we can supply. Plenty of our mattresses, bed frames and divans are in stock ready for free next day delivery, which we offer regardless of order size. This is especially useful if you need to replace a mattress at short notice. With sizes from small single to super king and custom sizes up to 7ft x 7ft, as well as prices to suit all budgets, we’re confident that we can cater to you no matter what you require.

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Choosing Commercial Furniture Opening up a bar or restaurant is indeed one of the most lucrative businesses today. People’s penchant for hanging out and having fun, drinking and dining, unwinding and partying have driven the proliferation of bars and restaurants in our society. However, with so many bars and restaurants all over the country, it is important that you are able to create a unique identity for your business, a way to stand out among the crowd. One of the ways to do that is to purchase furniture that will give your venue a look like no other. Of course, furniture buying is not entirely for image’s sake. There are also other important factors to consider. To help you find the perfect kind of furniture, here are the questions you need to ask before purchase.

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1. Will it complement the 2. Will it last? design and theme of my venue? Here, quality plays a major role. With quality comes


The furniture in your venue should blend beautifully with the designs of the interior such as wall paint and other decorative elements. For example, if your bar or restaurant has that laid-back ambience, go for casual earth-toned overstuffed couches. If you are going for an ethnic style, pick artisan pieces. If your bar or restaurant has a contemporary visage, opt for modern furniture that are of bold colours and made of metal and glass. Now if it exemplifies a young and hip atmosphere, go for furniture that has upbeat colours and designs.

durability and permanence. Whatever you do, never sacrifice quality when you go furniture shopping. This is one of the most important ways to ensure that your furniture will last a long time doing service for you and your customers.

3. Will it give utmost comfort and convenience to my customers? There is no use buying furniture such as tables and chairs that will make your customers feel unwelcome and uncomfortable. People will go to your venue to unwind and have a fun break from the usual work grind so it is only right that you are able to provide them with furniture that will help them relax. Soft cushioned couches, bar stools with backrests and tables that are just high enough so they do not have to stoop down are just few of the many examples of such furniture.

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When people peek into your bar or restaurant they will not yet get to taste your exquisite food or see that the service is efficient, the first thing they will see is the physical interior including the furniture. Because of that, it is important that you set up and decorate your venue with furniture that will give a fun and inviting ambience to lure customers.

5. Will it give my bar or restaurant a unique personality? As mentioned earlier, your venue should have a distinct personality that will make it stand out among other similar businesses. If it looks just like a carbon copy of the next bar or restaurant in town, chances are your bar will not be noticed. A way to ensure this is to let your personal taste be your guide when picking out furniture.

6. Will it fit the size of my bar or restaurant? It is also very important to plan the space inside your establishment so that you do not end up buying pieces that are too big or will cause the space to look too crowded. Make sure that the number of chairs and tables are sufficient but please ensure that there will be enough space to move around. When people fill up your bar or restaurant, it is essential that there is adequate room to allow a smooth flow of traffic among customers and employees as well.

7. Will it be a practical investment? We all know that buying furniture entails spending quite a sum of money especially if you are going for high-end and high-quality types of furniture. With that said, it is necessary to make sure that you are making a worthy investment. To ensure this, it is a good idea to opt for furniture with classic designs rather than follow trends so that it will not easily get outdated or out of fashion.

Buying the perfect furniture that will fit suitably into your bar is a step towards the success of your business. Make sure you are buying the right kind by keeping these considerations in mind.

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4. Will it attract customers to my bar or restaurant?


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Five-Star Guest List and Venue, For BCFA Annual Luncheon On Thursday 5th November over 500 British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) members and guests gathered at iconic London hotel The Dorchester for the BCFA Annual Luncheon; the highlight in the industry and association networking calendar.

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Founder of Fox Linton Associates and BCFA member Mary Fox Linton was presented with the ‘BCFA and Panaz Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Tony Attard OBE and comedian Hugh Dennis provided top-class entertainment.


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fit for the Queens’ College Cambridge students Queens’ College Cambridge Selected Cambridgeshire based, Strata Panels to design and manufacture furniture for over 100 student bed rooms.

Helen Heath, Queens’ College’s Head of Housekeeping, wanted a local furniture manufacturer to come up with a solution of making bespoke contract furniture that would fit in with the historic feel and dark timbers of the 1911 built Queens’ College Dokett building, as well as a more modern looking style Queens’ College Cripps Court built during the 1970s. Strata Panels based a short distance along the A14 just north of Huntingdon responded to the challenge having made student furniture for over 15 years. “Strata’s Mark Garrood listened to the brief and produced sample pieces of furniture that met our exact criteria and at competitive prices.” - Helen Both designs were made using European Oak veneered MDF, the furniture for the Queens’ College Dokett building had

oak crafted edges that were machined to give the detail a period look and were stained dark brown to match the exposed timbers and wall panelling which gives the building its character. Handles were sourced from India that complemented the furniture’s appearance and completed the antique look. The furniture for Queens’ College Cripps Court had 26mm thick oak veneered carcasses and was finished in a clear lacquer.

Queens’ College Furniture Project – Strata Panels Strata produced wardrobes, desks, desk pedestals, chests of drawers, bookcases, under bed storage drawers and bedside cabinets for 43 rooms in the Queens’ College Dokett building and 64 rooms in Queens’ College Cripps Court. Working closely with the college, installation time was compressed to fit in with building contractors and the start of the autumn term. By working weekends and late into the nights Strata Panel’s own

team of installers completed the 107 rooms in just over a week. Smaller items such as bedside cabinets and storage drawers were delivered pre-assembled, whereas the larger items were assembled in situ. Babis Karakoulas, The Domestic Bursar for the Queens’ College, on seeing the furniture after it had been installed, complimented Strata on how well the appearance fitted in with the age and character of the Dokett building.

Cambridgeshire’s contract joinery best kept secret – Strata Panels Strata Panels are small enough to be flexible and able to meet individual requirements, yet large enough to cope with the volume roll out. Hot on the heels of completing the project at Queens’ College, Strata are now manufacturing furniture for a new student accommodation block in Central London comprising 142 bedroom sets. Strata Panels take pride in manufacturing for schools, colleges, universities and hotels throughout the UK Left: Queens’ College Dockett and Cripps furniture styles by Strata Panels Top: Queens’ College - The Mathematical Bridge

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Artis has something for everyone this Christmas! Glassware, tableware or barware. You can choose as it’s all included in the ‘Art of Artis’ 2015 catalogue available in printed format or accessible online.

ARTIS HAS CHRISTMAS ALL WRAPPED UP GLASSWARE Imagine being able to choose from more than 50 different champagne glasses. Flutes or Coupes – it’s your choice, crystal, vintage or fine rimmed. Be adventurous and enjoy the new Experts sparkling wine glass that’s neither a flute nor a coupe! Then there’s the new Manhattan range of vintage-style tumblers from Duralex, which is available in three sizes, each featuring faceted lines to show off the colour of the spirit.

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Artis is the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland for both Tafelstern and Bauscher porcelain. With 13 different collections on show, you will find a range that complements your establishment. Many of the pieces are interchangeable for you to mix and match and as they all are fired at high temperature they combine durability with style. The Convention collection from Tafelstern is an elegant range of banqueting porcelain and between now and Christmas all purchases of 120 pieces of a single line will be rewarded with an extra 24 of the same item free. Emotion by Bauscher is a sleek, modern collection of buffet service tableware, combining practicality with high visual impact. Its versatility means it is equally at home

as a stylish solution for buffet service at receptions, for event catering and for table and bar services. Who can refuse an amuse-bouche presented in the new Michelangelo Geo shapes collection from Luigi Bormioli. In all, Artis has more than 70 different amuse-bouche options in glass, stainless steel and porcelain for you to enjoy.

BARWARE Christmas is cocktail season, which is why Artis has introduced a stand-alone Barware catalogue, stocked full of great choices for your cocktails. You will also find glassware and backbar equipment that is going to be essential in the festive season. How about copper shakers, tiki mugs, mixing glasses, bar spoons, cocktail glassware, juicers, muddlers and dash bottles. Artis has your Christmas covered. Both the 2015 ‘Art of Artis’ catalogue and the Artis 2015 Barware catalogue are available online at or caterers may request their own copies at or by calling 020 8391 5544.

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LIGHTING FOR HOSPITALITY Lighting is all-important when it comes to creating ambiance in a space. It plays a crucial role in engineering customers’ experiences of a hotel, restaurant, club or bar. Havells Sylvania’s broad range of flexible and energy-efficient solutions brings vitality to a space and enables staff and guests alike to tailor their environments according to their needs, at the touch of a button. Talk to our expert, Sean Owens, on +44 (0) 758 355 0862 or via

Lightique is a long established, reliable decorative lighting manufacturer and supplier to the contract and domestic markets. Our ethos is Quality, Service and Affordability. Whether choosing from our standard range of products, or something special that has been individually designed by yourselves, we shall endeavour to produce items to very strict standards and specifications in an extensive range of finishes.



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Fibre optics made easy “A marriage made in heaven” is how Peter Fagan, sales director at fibre optic lighting firm Starscape describes the combination of optical fibres and the new generation of LED-based fibre optic light sources. This woven sphere of sparkle fibre can be made in a range of sizes and can be hung singly or in clusters.

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Blue Infinity star panels resulted in a significant increase in business for this Midlands restaurant.


“We first started to look at LEDs as a replacement for traditional halogen-based light sources more than a decade ago,” he recalls, “but it was clear that they weren’t bright enough or reliable enough and the whites had far too much of a blue cast in them. However, in the past few years LED technology has developed to the stage where we were able to make the transition from halogen to LEDs at the beginning of 2013. There are now also LED-based units which compare reasonably even with metal halide light sources.” The result is that fibre optic lighting installations now are more economical to operate, have lower maintenance requirements and are generally quieter in operation since they don’t require cooling fans. Largely as a consequence of not needing fans they are also usually more compact than the light sources which they’ve superseded. This means that finding a suitable place to put the light source – the first step in designing a fibre optic lighting installation – is generally easier than it might have been a few years ago, and this can produce cost benefits in terms of shorter fibre runs.

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Starscape uses the combination of LED light sources and optical fibres in a wide range of decorative lighting applications from star ceilings and chandeliers to paving and decking lighting for outdoor areas.

“Star ceilings are our core business,” says Peter Fagan, “and we’re confident that nobody approaches this with quite as much genuine enthusiasm as we do. Whether it’s a £200 DIY kit for a nursery ceiling or a large commercial project, we’re keen to ensure that the finished result will be entrancing.” Starscape’s Infinity modular star ceiling system – originally developed for the high-end home cinema sector – allows customers to fit a star ceiling quickly and with a minimum of fuss and disruption, and the firm also can supply star panels to fit conventional 600 x 600mm ceiling grids. Because Infinity is modular – based on 1000 x 1000mm lightweight panels – it is completely scaleable and suitable for phased installations. The default colour of the Infinity panel is black, but other finishes are available for non-cinema applications. Fibre optic chandeliers can add life to a sterile space – in a lobby or stairwell – and since there’s no need to change bulbs in the new LED light sources there’s far less of a maintenance issue involved than might have been the case in the past. Thinking of using small LEDs in accent lighting? A single compact LED light source can illuminate up to 40 accent or crystal fittings, with DMX functionality available at modest cost. Based in north Northumberland, Starscape has shipped to customers on every continent bar Antarctica and South America.

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Infinity: Starscape's premier star ceiling panel. Modular system u lising op cal joints for each panel making design and fi ng simple. Chandeliers: We combine drama c fibre op c cable with long lived LED light sources to create stunning chandeliers. The Fireworks is single strand sparkle fibre powered by two MiniLED750 light sources working in opposi on. See the website for a video. Our new chandelier globe is woven wired sparkle fibre. Robust and drama c. Other star ceiling systems: We have several panel based star ceiling systems suitable for a wide variety of applica ons, including damp environments. The SkyView featured above is our 'window to the stars'.

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BRIGHT GOODS LED FILAMENT LAMPS HELP ACHIEVE 70% ENERGY SAVINGS FOR THE KITCHEN TABLE An installation of Bright Goods LED filament lamps has helped the Kitchen Table achieve energy savings of over 70% at the newly opened dining ‘theatre’.

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Launched to wide critical acclaim, the Kitchen Table wanted to deliver a unique experience to members of its dining audience who are positioned around a theatrically-themed open kitchen. Deep tan leather chairs placed strategically around a brushed aluminium bar-style table ensure that every diner has the best seat in the house. From these seats, diners are able to follow every stage of the meal preparation by the Kitchen Table’s Head Chef, Michelin-starred James Knappett. It was important for James and his wife Sandia Chang, who manages the restaurant, to incorporate lighting that would enhance the overall ambience of the unique experience and they opted for the Victoria LED filament lamp from the Bright Goods range.


The Victoria is the perfect choice for the Kitchen Table. Its innovative blend of 21st Century efficiency and 19th Century styling creates a stunning and welcoming atmosphere within the dining ‘auditorium’. With a classical shape that harks back to a bygone era, complemented by a fully-dimmable warm glow, the Victoria has proved to be one of the most popular offerings on the Kitchen Table’s menu. Alongside its classical appearance and unrivalled lighting levels, the super efficient LED Victoria has enabled the Kitchen Table to achieve energy savings of over 70% compared to traditional filament lamps. In common with all lamps in the Bright Goods range, the Victoria also offers ten times the lifespan and is covered by a comprehensive two year guarantee.

“We are absolutely delighted with our Victoria lamps,” says Sandia, the Kitchen Table’s Manager. “Our customers not only appreciate our fine dining experience, they also compliment us on the welcoming atmosphere of our dining ‘theatre’. The vintage look of the lamps is massively on trend and their energy saving performance has given us a fantastic Win-Win result.”

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Be Ed From 9-11 February, Light School will be hosted within Surface Design Show 2016 at the Business Design Centre in London. Surface Design Show has been running for over 10 years and is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with a specifying audience of architects and designers. Light and Surface are inseparable partners – Light School attendees leave the show having learnt more about lighting trends and how light can affect the appearance of a surface. Now in its third year Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, has established itself as the destination to explore and learn about the relationship between light and surfaces. Light School consists of three parts: The School Room, Product School and the School Newspaper all of which are designed to inspire visitors about the latest in lighting design and lighting products.

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The School Room will have more than 2 days of lessons from leading members of the lighting design community. Many of the ‘teachers’ will be returning for the second or third year along with new teachers allowing for more presentations in 2016. Inspirational speakers confirmed for 2016 include Sally Story of Lighting Design International and John Cullen Lighting, Rebecca Weir, Creative Director of Light IQ, David Atkinson of David Atkinson Lighting Design and Mark Ridler of BDP. The Schoolroom is sponsored by iGuzzini and welcomes mondo*arc as its media partner. The feature is always a huge hit, attracting over 400 architects and designers – leading to standing room only. Sally Storey said of her 2015 lecture: “Every seat was full, people standing outside the door – great turnout! Interesting questions showing the audience benefited and were engaged”.

Product School Product School provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and interesting technology. This is where architects and designers can come to touch, compare and learn about products and services. Product School is made up of contributions from the Friends of Light School. As well as supporting the education programme, the Friends of Light School will be setting up their own demo spaces in this dedicated section of the show to ensure that everyone can experience the unique and ground breaking differences that their lighting products can bring to your projects. Confirmed Friends of Light School include the Institution of Lighting Professionals, IGuzzini, Xicato, Applelec, Optelma, Trilux, Concord, LED Linear and Spectral. Spectral has teamed up with Ravensbourne College of Design creating a new lighting module. Students, as part of their course, will be asked to design a luminaire for the manufacturer. The aim is to work with young designers to produce a new free thinking lighting product concept using latest LED technology. The top three designs will be showcased on the Spectral Surface Design Show stand with the winning design becoming the centerpiece.

School Newspaper The School Newspaper sponsored by Xicato is a free newspaper sent out to around 70,000 architects, designers and specifiers as well as being given to every attendee of Light School. It contains articles on lighting design to help ‘students’ remember what they have learnt in the School Room and from the Friends of Light School. There is also contact information for the School Room ‘teachers’. Light School is very proud of its School Motto: Inspired by Light. The ambition is for ‘students’ to leave Light School full of inspiration and ideas of how to use light within spaces and buildings. The educational journey begins here. Stay up-to-date with news from Light School and register to attend for free (professionals only): @surfacethinking

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The Lovat Loch Ness Adds The Gift Of Booking Management With Nfs Roommaster Pms “NFS worked with us as an extension of our team to ensure the installation of roomMaster was a trouble free implementation and the results are really fantastic. We instantly found the hotel easier to manage and quickly added to the software with the ability to offer gift cards, to encourage loyalty and present an easy way for an even wider audience to enjoy our services.” Sanjay Saptarshi, Head of Hotel Operations at NFS added: “The Lovat is a fine example of a boutique hotel that is using technology exceptionally well across all areas of its business to deliver a great experience to guests both online and at hotel level.”

The Lovat Loch Ness has integrated NFS Technology Group’s specialist hotel management system to ensure the smooth running of hotel operations as well as the restaurant and bar facilities.

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Nestled in the heart of the magnificent Scottish Highlands, in Fort Augustus near Inverness, the stylish independently owned hotel is ideally featured as a golf destination alongside an opportunity for guests to enjoy the local experience in fishing, walking, historic sight seeing and even monster watching!


Keen to maximize its presence on online booking channels and ensure an efficient process is maintained at hotel level to deliver a guest experience, the owner, Caroline Gregory, selected NFS’ roomMaster technology as a total solution provider. NFS’ roomMaster hotel system was seamlessly installed to deliver an effective technology solution for the hotel, fully integrated with Navarino/ SynXis for channel management and online bookings, with room availability and pricing being widely distributed to several online booking channels.

The hotel also chose to adopt a gift card programme to maximize guest loyalty, available as part of the roomMaster software suite. The gift card programme encourages return visits to the hotel and restaurant facilities and makes it easy to run promotions and special offers with full tracking of spend and a link to the guest profile. Says Caroline Gregory at The Lovat: “Our aim is always for our guests to experience the ultimate relaxing break, with the hotel creating a home from home experience, and offering a personal touch and calming atmosphere through our hotel and its facilities. “To ensure this occurs right from the booking experience, back of house needs to operate seamlessly to deliver a great guest experience. We had originally relied on various disjointed systems, such as a database, online booking, EPOS, accounting etc, but none had the ability to communicate with each other.

roomMaster from NFS is a fully integrated property management software for hotels from ten to more than 1,000 rooms. It easily and seamlessly handles reservations, sales ledger, point of sale, gift cards, sales and marketing functionality and the ability to make better rate decisions through dynamic yield management. Linking to leading channel manager Navarino/SynXis, roomMaster enables automatic updates to GDS’s and leading booking sites such as Expedia, Wotif, and Agoda. For maximum efficiency, reservations from booking sites and from the hotels own website are automatically captured by Navarino/SynXis and imported directly into the hotels’ roomMaster reservation system, eliminating the need to manually re-key reservation emails and faxes. For more information on roomMaster or further details on NFS Technology Group, please visit

Saint Gobain launches Novelio® Nature Wall Coverings Saint-Gobain ADFORS, the provider of innovative glass-fibre solutions, launches Novelio® Nature wall coverings at this year’s Sleep event, offering an elegant and protective finish for a variety of hospitality applications. Available for the first time in the UK and on display at Sleep 2015, the Novelio® Nature wall covering range is the ideal solution for hotels, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities that need to achieve high-end aesthetic appeal balanced with durability and outstanding environmental properties. On stand G26 at the renowned hotel design show, visitors will be able to view the attractive and versatile wall coverings available in 24 different colour and pattern combinations and see first hand how its subtle design complements a variety of interiors, as well as offering protection against hotel traffic, such as luggage and catering trolleys. The use of the innovative glass-fibre textile creates a highly functional wall protection system with a natural feel, making it suitable to withstand daily wear and tear in hospitality developments. Impact resistant and fireproof, the extremely durable Novelio® Nature is ideal for use in areas that are subject to high volumes of traffic or abrasion and impact. Giving walls several lives and maintaining an attractive finish, it can help reduce the need for frequent refurbishment investment, as well as the associated waste and costs. Its natural and subtle design combinations are reflected in its environmental properties, which provide benefits above and beyond visual appeal and durability. Manufactured using non-toxic materials, 90% of which are produced from natural resources. The ‘breathe-friendly’ product has achieved an A-rating for its emissions output and can help to create a VOC free environment, which has been linked to a reduction in respiratory conditions, such as asthma.

“Plus, as it’s such a long-wearing product it minimises the consumption and waste associated with wall papers and other forms of disposable wall coverings.” Easy to install and maintain, the washable material is not affected by water or sunlight, providing an elegant wall finish for over a longer period of time. Available in 4 patterns, Charm, Flair, Grace and Pure and 6 colour-ways, each evoking a sense of style and simplicity, the 24 designs are available in a choice of 2 different lengths and 3 different width options. For more information, please visit or visit Saint-Gobain ADFORS on stand G26 at the Sleep Event

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Commenting on its attendance at the Sleep event, Martina Vlckova Rihova, ADFORS Marketing Director, said: “The Sleep Event is the ideal showcase for our latest range and its UK launch. Novelio® Nature is not only easy to install and maintain but the use of fibre-glass gives it superior protective qualities without compromising on its stylish finish, a balance that is critical to the hotel industry. The choice of colours and designs are ideal for contemporary hotels, bars and restaurants, remaining sensitive to the building’s design but considering and accounting for the amount of usage by both pedestrian and wheeled traffic.


Keeping the cash flowing for the Christmas trade The funding landscape has changed for good. Companies seeking finance in the run-up to the festive season can now benefit from more flexible products and faster service than ever before


ith the Christmas party season fast approaching, bars, hotels and restaurants throughout the UK are busy buying in stock, hiring additional staff and refreshing the decor. Investment at this time is essential to keep the tills ringing throughout the peak trading period. However, finding the finance required has been difficult in recent years. As bank lending has fallen, hospitality businesses have been amongst the worst affected. For a start, many are small firms which are regarded by lenders as a greater risk and, because their trade is often seasonal, they may have difficulty in proving their ability to service a loan and commit to regular repayments.

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Fortunately, alternative finance providers are helping to bridge the gap, and offering faster and more flexible sources of finance. Ashley Business Finance has been providing finance to the hospitality sector since 1993. In the past few years it has stepped up its lending in response to the increased demand and also introduced specialist products designed with the needs of hospitality businesses in mind.


Cafes, bars, microbreweries, hotels, restaurants and catering firms are regular clients. Lisa Mayers of Ashley Business Finance says: “The run-up to Christmas and early summer are peak times for demand. Often companies just want rapid access to cash to build up their stock levels, smarten up their premises or ease cashflow during busy periods. In other cases, they may require larger sums to carry out renovations, open a new venue or acquire another franchise.

“Having worked with the hospitality firms for over 20 years, we have an in-depth understanding of their needs. Loans are the most popular product, but for those with seasonal or fluctuating trade, we have introduced the Business Cash Advance, an innovative product which allows them to make repayments in line with the business.” The Business Cash Advance is suitable for any business which accepts credit or debit cards and offers funding up to £100,000. Repayments are conveniently made by a fixed percentage being taken each time a customer pays by credit and debit cards throughout the fixedterm repayment period. Ashley recently celebrated a record two months, paying out over £2m to almost 150 businesses during July and August. “The funding landscape has changed for good,” says Lisa. “Evidence suggests alternative finance providers have now overtaken the banks in terms of providing funding for SMEs and can offer products more suited to their needs. For hospitality businesses in need of finance, it’s time to explore the options.” For further information see

The Goldsmiths Hall becoming zero to landfill and reducing carbon emissions

The Goldsmiths Hall based in EC2V approached Compactors Direct members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association with a view to becoming zero to landfill using the latest technology in the market.

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Compactors Direct are at the fore front of providing the latest and most cost effective solutions for companies where ensuring their waste streams are disposed of in an environmentally and ethically manner. Compactors Direct have installed a glass crusher to reduce the volume of glass and reduce collections saving valuable CO’2 emissions. Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Tin and Aluminium cans are separated and where applicable either taken to a MRF for recycling or RDF for energy.


For their food waste Compactors Direct installed an LFC (Liquid Food Digester) The LFC is a fully enclosed automatic digesting machine that disposes of most food matter within 24 hours. The LFC uses a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the presence of oxygen. The environment of the LFC, with our proprietary mixture of microbes and enzymes, accelerates the digestion of most food products and bio-plastics within 24 hours. The output is grey water that is environmentally safe. The machine can digest both raw and cooked foods. The process is totally green because it uses no chemicals. The waste food is not being chopped but it is decomposed to such a degree that it becomes a liquid and can exit the machine only through a fine mesh screen. The LFC can connect through its Ethernet port to a cloud server maintained by Compactors Direct. The LFC

securely sends data about the operation of the LFC to the server and that data is retained for five years. The data includes the amount of waste food digested hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly and the amount of CO2 diverted from the landfill during these periods into a single report. Using all of these methods The Goldsmiths Hall has been able to become fully zero to landfill and save valuable CO2 levels. Please visit for further information or call us on 0800 917 3396

Hotel Uniforms Can Add To Guest Experience When Joie de Vivre Hospitality got ready to open its newest boutique property in downtown Palo Alto, California, in March, one of the biggest sales points for The Epiphany Hotel was the custom employee uniforms by Taylor Stitch. The uniforms, with their clean lines, speak volumes about the hotel’s image, according to Lorenz Maurer, GM of the hotel.

“Taylor Stitch’s uniforms represent a modern take on classic staples … (and) complement the hotel’s friendly service and casual spirit,” Maurer said.

Furthermore, staff gets to choose the uniform that best suits them, with some tailoring to individual taste. Men don slim or classic-fitting dark denim jeans and a slim-fit Oxford button-down shirt in white, light blue, sand or pale gray. The laid-back look is jazzed up by a navy Japanese floral tie with hints of red, olive and white and smartened with an olive green twill blazer—matching the hotel’s décor. Female staff sport tailored Oxford shirts with darting and shaping and can customize uniforms using a floral scarf that can be worn traditionally or as a headband or ponytail wrap.

“This look represents the casual vibe of Palo Alto with the highest attention to detail regarding tailoring and materials,” Maurer said. “Every staff member was measured, and the shirts and jeans were custom made. It’s important for us that the staff looks and feels great. For us this is validating our most precious resource, our staff.”

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Uniforms have become a key selling point for global brands and independent hotels alike. Overhauling and investing in staff dress is a major part of creating an image as much as building upgrades, according to sources. Matching dress to brand image is a key consideration. Sofitel is identified with French luxury flair, and uniforms are part of that savoir-faire, according to Sirinate Meenakul, regional director of marketing and communication for Sofitel Southeast Asia and India. That style is being notched up with the growing trend of calling on luxury couturiers for uniform design.

At Sofitel So Mauritius guests are greeted by female staff clad in flowing white robes from fashion designer Kenzo Takada, while Christian Lacroix puts his mark on both the lobby and dress style at Sofitel So Bangkok.

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In the competitive hotel world, uniforms can help a brand stay a cut above the rest, and Meenakul said guests expect such refinery.


“Using iconic designers with a strong link to France allows us to provide a unique experience for guests and strengthen our positioning and differentiation point,” she said. “The collaboration also enhances Sofitel So’s position as a collection of design hotels.”

The local look

For some hotel companies, uniforms are all about providing guests with an authentic local experience, according to sources.

“Uniforms at most of the Aman resorts are influenced by the local dress habits of the people, while

keeping in mind comfort and safety at the work place,” said Anand Singh Shekhawat, executive assistant manager of Amanbagh, near Jaipur, India.

He said gardeners and other staff who work in the sun wear a green kurta, which is a traditional tunic. They also wear a Dhoti, which is a waist sash, as well as a traditional red turban to protect their head from the sun. Chauffeurs wear khaki hunting shirts and trousers with a saffron colored turban, reminiscent of those worn by royals when out on hunting expeditions. “Front-office staff wears a white kurta and mogulstyle pajamas. Women wear saffron-colored saris tied in the same way as Rajasthani women from the Ajabgarh Valley, while the saris’ color is influenced by the beautiful Flame of the Forest flowers which bloom in April and make the entire valley look like it is on fire,” Shekhawat added. When Traders Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, was rebranded to the Sule Shangri-La Yangon in April, custom-made uniforms were at the crux of the rebranding. The uniform is based on the traditional longyi, a large sheet of cloth folded to form a cylindrical shape. Doormen wear uniforms representing the seven states of the country. In keeping with Shangri-La’s credo, the look reflects the city’s mix of colonial airs and Chinese culture, according to Phillip Couvaras, area GM of Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, in a news release. “We make it our business to provide guests with personal experiences and immerse them in the local culture.”

When the Shangri-La Toronto unveiled a new look last year, it was referring not to refurbished interiors but the new custom-designed wardrobe of its lobby lounge staff by red-carpet couturiers VAWK.

The knee-length purple and white dress with side splits and a kimono-like waist borrows from traditional Asian design and architecture, said communications director Kerry Connelly in a news release. “Its shoulders are reminiscent of pagodas found in Chinese gardens. The silhouette is a sleeker version of the traditional qipao dress with a mandarin collar.” In 2012, a redesigned uniform was launched at all Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces’ high-end hotels. The use of handloom saris fits with the group’s philosophy of luxury and that of feeding into local communities, said Rakhee Lalvani, Taj’s public relations director. Taj wanted to help save the dying tradition of the master weavers of Banaras, Lalvani said.

“It is part of our initiatives for providing sustainable livelihoods. Taj believes luxury like tradition needs to be preserved and nurtured,” she said.

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Review: Amendoeira Golf Resort

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One of the Algarve’s finest resorts where golf is just one of its many attractions The award-winning resort is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty presenting a diverse landscape from rolling hills to verdant valleys of almond, olive and carob trees and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. The resort that opened in 2011 is rated as one of Continental Europe’s most desirable golf and leisure destinations, providing the perfect spot for those looking to escape to the Algarve sunshine. Guests at Amendoeira Golf Resort are always spoilt for choice both on and off the course as the resort offers amenities and activities to cater to golfers and non-golfers alike. The top 100 European ranked Oceânico Faldo Course is hugely popular amongst golfers from the UK and further afield. Designed by Sir Nick Faldo the course is certainly a challenging par 72. The course is trimmed by cacti and ancient olive trees ensuring that you need to position your ball carefully to have a chance of scoring well. Its neighbouring O’Connor Jnr course is another testing 18 hole layout. Not as tricky as the Faldo course but still its high number of water features require a skilled approach in order to get round with a score you would be happy with. Even if you do end up in the water or woodlands, you will still enjoy getting round this course due to its layout and peaceful nature. Amendoeira’s other golf offering is the Oceanico Academy Course, the par 3 floodlit 9 hole course offers up a fun challenge that can be completed in around half an hour. People of all ages and ability can enjoy getting round the course, whilst it is easy to see why pros use it to perfect their vital short game.

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In addition to golf it is fair to say that the all-encompassing resort is a haven for sports enthusiasts with another jewel in the Amendoeira crown being their Sports Club, complete with gymnasium, tennis courts, 5-a-side football pitches and the hugely impressive 11 a side pitch that has one of the best playing surfaces around!


In fact it is the Amendoeira Sports Club and its array of world class facilities and privacy that has attracted an increase in professional sports teams in recent years. Amendoeira’s staff ensure that every camp runs smoothly, with a designated organiser on hand to cater to the team’s needs and the exclusive use of the immaculately maintained grass pitch has seen a number of European clubs train at the resort as well as the French and Irish national sides. The 6 tennis courts and 1km jogging path provide a great source of fitness with teams using the games room and sports bar in the main building as a base for meetings. But visitors aren’t just flocking to Amendoeira for its sporting prowess; some consumers are so taken by the resort’s location, facilities and level of service that they purchase second homes within the resort.

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Oce창nico Group, the leading Algarve-based resort and golf owner-operator, proudly boasts some of the finest resorts in the Algarve with one of their flagship properties; Amendoeira Golf Resort located in central Algarve near the historic town of Silves just 45km from Faro airport.


Review: Amendoeira Golf Resort The residential complex comprises spacious two bedroom apartments, two bedroom apartments with mezzanine and luxurious three, four and five bedroom villas. The influence of Moorish architecture with cool, tiled courtyards, graceful arches and secluded terraces is allied to a comprehensive range of modern amenities, including quality finishes, fully fitted kitchen, air conditioning, under floor heating, electric shutters on the windows and a security system. Plus there is underground parking with lift access from the basement to each floor. The apartment villages are surrounded by luxuriant landscaped gardens each served by a communal pool, while villas boast generous sized plots, lush landscaping and a private swimming pool. The majority of all properties enjoy fabulous views over the golf courses.

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Owners can make use of the two championship golf courses, as well as the Amendoeira Sports Club and club house with restaurant, bar and golf shop. Price


Review: Amendoeira Golf Resort for a two bedroom apartment of 108 sqm with 23 sqm of terraces start from €250,100 whilst a four bedroom villa of 432sqm with 265sqm of terraces starts at €1,267,500. Guests and home owners alike can use Amendoeira Resort as a base to explore one of Europe’s most delightful locations, the Algarve region of Portugal that is blessed by a superb climate, a spectacular coastline with miles of sandy beaches, intimate coves and rocky headlands. It offers a lifestyle like no other, where bustling cosmopolitan resorts contrast with the leisurely pace of a land where life is unhurried.

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The district of Silves in which Amendoeira is based is a town steeped in history, as it was the capital of the Algarve during Moorish times and became a prosperous town, rivalling Lisbon as a centre of culture. The resort is also in close proximity to Armação de Pêra beach, a popular town with many bars, restaurants and other amenities.


Review: Amendoeira Golf Resort Armação de Pêra beach, a popular town with many bars, restaurants and other amenities. Whilst in the Algarve you will be treated to some of the finest seafood in Europe – be certain to make space for a traditional seafood platter with plates and plates of shell fish cooked every which way adjourning the dining table over the course of a long and enjoyable dinner. But to really have a true taste of the Algarve is to enjoy their famous cataplana. This seafood dish is also the name of the special cookware used to prepare it, which is traditionally made of copper and shaped like two clamshells hinged at one end, sealed using a clamp on either side of the assembly. Better still don’t just taste it, attend a workshop such as at Tertulia Algarvia that gives you the opportunity to cook the famous dish under the watchful eye of the lovely Margarita, before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labour amongst friends. Easy to cook the recipe sees a host of fresh vegetables, herbs and an array of fish steam in the cataplana over the course of approximately half an hour – a great Algarve experience not to be missed.

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by Algarve wine, a region that’s wine has had its criticism in the past but is now certainly bucking that trend picking up international awards the world over with wines such as João Clara leading the way. In fact whilst staying at Amendoeira a trip to Quinta João Clara located in Vale de Lousas, Alcantarilha is well worth it, to learn more about their glorious wines from the manageress of the estate the passionate and knowledgeable Edite Alves. Back at Amendoeira the impressive club house that stands proudly above the two championship golf courses offers its own plentiful a la carte menu across its lounge, bar and restaurant with large outdoor terraces overlooking the golf courses. The Garden Deck also serves breakfast daily and is an ideal location for standalone events. Due to its stunning accommodation, array of facilities and high level of service Amendoeira Golf Resort is perfectly suited for a holiday with the entire family whether you are a golfer or not. The resort can cater for all interests and with so many great attractions and amenities on its door step Amendoeira is the perfect spot to soak up all the Algarve has to offer.

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