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Comment The power struggle between our wellbeing and the increasingly techdriven world we live in has been growing for some time. Many of us, myself included, are aware of the potentially damaging effects of too much screen time, an over-reliance upon social media, and a general inability to switch off from the relentless sway of the outside world. Yet, for the majority of us, our professional and/or personal lives are inextricably entwined with technology. Of course, technology has manifold benefits and we wouldn’t be without it, but getting the balance right is becoming something of a fine art. Taking this conflict as inspiration, the design industry is fast developing technology that inspires balance, from wearable technology and light therapy, to a multitude of apps that aid healthy living and mindfulness. I felt this idea of balance was explored in a really interesting way at Heimtextil this year. Edited by US trend analyst, WGSN, The Theme Park section of the show this year was entitled ‘Well-being 4.0’. Referencing industry 4.0 – a collective term embracing a number of contemporary automation, data exchange and manufacturing technologies – the exhibition explored the relationship between nature and technology, and how they might come together to boost our feelings of wellbeing. My recent stay at the M by Montcalm in London’s Tech City (explored further on page 30) also brought this symbiosis to mind, in terms of the ways in which hotels might successfully incorporate technological innovations that support and enhance guest experience. Although we often associate relaxation with switching off from technology, what if technology can in fact aid our relaxation? What if, instead of fighting the encroachment of the digital world upon the physical, we embrace it? I’m certainly someone that goes in for the “fresh air cures all” mentality, but it’s an exciting prospect that technology could take on a more organic, unobtrusive, and uplifting role in our lives.

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 Farmstand, Covent Garden

 Tiny Leaf, Notting Hill

Taking temporary residence on Notting Hill’s Westbourne Park Road on the former site of Bumpkin whilst looking for a more permanent home, this brand new concept turns surplus food donated by local food suppliers into a guilt-free gastronomic experience. Spanning four floors, including a ground-floor bistro and juice bar, zero waste fine-dining restaurant, cinema and events space and botanical cocktail bar; Tiny Leaf brings a conscious yet fun eating experience to West London.

Farmstand, a new fast-casual restaurant offering Londoners a delicious range of honest, healthy and reasonably priced food, has opened on Drury Lane. The 30-cover restaurant takes its name from the US roadside stalls known as ‘farmstands’ which sell locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce, and were common in American founder Steven Novick’s hometown.

 Hotel Stage

Urban lifestyle boutique hotel, Hotel Stage, has now opened in the historic heart of Kowloon. The district is home to many of Hong Kong’s family-owned traditional shops that have been in business for generations - from Chinese hand embroidery bridal shops, to vintage teahouses. The hotel’s interiors are designed as a canvas that connects the guests with Hong Kong’s artistic community through a carefully curated, inspiring collection of art and a varied programme of cultural events.

First Aid Box, Brixton Following the success of restaurant and cocktail bar Shrub & Shutter – a recent Time Out awards winner – Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza have opened the deliciously unusual First Aid Box in Brixton. The duo has developed First Aid Box as a health-inspired all day café and bar. As would be expected of the pair, who are also behind cocktail and menu ‘counselling’ group Salts of the Earth, the cocktail menu offers an innovative twist on the medical theme.

 Bellanger, Islington

Corbin & King restaurants has launched brand new grand café, Bellanger, in the heart of Islington. The 195-cover restaurant features a relaxed, all-day brasserie menu with classic Alsatian overtones. Shayne Brady of Brady Williams has conceptualised a restaurant space that had three architecturally resolved rooms, all in a light, handsome, Belle Époque style.

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Courtyard by Marriott Nizhny Novgorod City Centre Courtyard by Marriott Nizhny Novgorod City Centre has opened its doors in one of Russia’s most important historical city centres. Situated close to the business district and attractions, the 143-room hotel is the seventh Courtyard branded hotel in Russia. The hotel’s architecture is an extraordinary mix of modern and traditional with half a modern building connected to a 19th century renovated house that once belonged to a famous city merchant. It draws upon the charming architecture found in Western European art nouveau town houses.

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Sitting across the table from Robert in his airy Wapping studio, he gives the impression of a mild-mannered, traditional soul – quietly confident, and holding a deep-seated respect for the great span of artists and designers that have come before him. Yet Robert’s decision to strike out on his own and set up a design studio bearing his name during the recession is testament to the drive and passion he possesses in the fast-paced climate of interior design today. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Ralph met with Robert to find out more about this young, but exciting practice ...

ROBERT ANGELL, ROBERT ANGELL DESIGN INTERNATIONAL Without entering into the age-old cliché of the born creative, Robert was aware that his interests lay outside of academia from a young age, and the rural surroundings of his childhood home in Dorset acted as a playground for his imagination during these early years. “I think I’ve always had an interest in things from a creative, rather than an academic standpoint,” he explains. “Where I grew up there were lots of things to do and create and have fun with, which led to my interest in structures and architecture, and my decision to go to university and follow my dream. “It has been essentially a dream career, because it wasn’t something I ever thought I’d change half way through … I always thought I would do something connected with making, creating, buildings and interiors, rather than go into the city. I knew that was my destiny.” During his BA (Hons) degree in Interior Design

at Nottingham Trent University, Robert took full advantage of classes on art and design history, developing a keen sense of the merits these former movements and cultures possess, and the ways in which they can be brought to bear upon his own work. “I think you’re like a sponge when you’re at college – I was definitely,” he says. “I just wanted to learn and know everything about design and designers. When you’re learning back then, you don’t know particularly what’s going to interest you – is it going to be a more traditional slant, or are you going to learn about Jacobean architecture, or the high-tech architects, such as Sir Richard Rogers and Sir Norman Foster. “It’s great to have knowledge about all these different styles so that you can draw on them when you’re given a brief, and come up with something that’s completely unique for that building or interior. I always think there needs

to be some sort of inspiration, some sort of provenance to what you’re designing.” Running throughout Robert’s portfolio of high profile commercial projects, the notion of provenance was particularly key for the studio’s acclaimed refurbishment of Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill at The Savoy. “Understanding the significance of the Savoy ... you’ve instantly got a good starting point, you’ve got a very strong identity, you’ve got a very strong movement,” Robert explains. “Of course when you design you have to then take that and bring it forward 80 years, because people are living in the 21st century, and yet people do have a certain nostalgic feeling for, and feel comfortable in, those kind of surroundings. “I wanted to create a real buzz at the riverside of the hotel. We wanted to bring in the colours of the hotel, some of the DNA of the Art Deco movement, for example the sycamore panelling, ›

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the nickel, the mother of pearl on the bar, the cellophane greens and the dark timbers as well...” Robert’s talent for intelligent, considered design is a given, but his desire to make his own mark on the prestigious design legacy of these venues is what takes his design to the next level. “The Savoy was the first hotel in London to have electricity, to have baths in the rooms, and to have an elevator. They’re very proud of that, and so I racked my brain as to how I was going to bring something into this restaurant that was

completely original,” he says. “We came up with secret tables in the bar that you can slide out, meaning that when you go out for lunch you’re not looking into the depths of the bar and glancing sideways, but can look at your companion and converse more easily ... I haven’t seen it before, and I haven’t seen it since. I was talking to the hotel the other day, and we hit the nail on the head with the concept – people now go into the hotel and ask to sit at the bar with one of those tables, which is really cool.”

The Berkeley, Chelsea Suites, Knightsbridge

Aqua Nueva, Regent Street

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This drive to forge a name for himself is perhaps what guided Robert to leave his role as creative director at David Collins Studio to found his eponymous studio in 2010. Years earlier, a chance meeting with the immensely talented David Collins – who sadly passed away in 2013 – proved a formative chapter in Robert’s professional life. Then a relatively unknown figure, David’s wish to shape and redefine the way people live through design resonated with Robert, and the pair entered into what was to become an exciting period of transition for the hospitality industry.

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“He was such an inspiring designer to work for, and we just had a ball,” says Robert. “It was the most amazing time in my life, and it was a whole era of my life – I was there for 15 years, it’s insane. The projects that we won, and that we delivered just got better and better and better. It was just a formidable time. “He was truly one of the great interior designers. But, and he knew this as well, it was always my vision to do my own thing. And the time came, and it was right. We were going into the recession, it was tough for everybody, and I just thought it was a good time. It was weird – it was probably the worst time to do it, but the best time for me. “One good thing about a recession is that it instigates change, it makes people more willing than ever to take risks. There’s been a huge boom in new start-ups, and I’m one of them. It’s a great time for start-up companies, and a lot of that stemmed from the recession, but a lot of it also stemmed from people’s passion to do something different and to see gaps in the market at a particular moment in time. “Take coffee shop culture and how that was established,” he continues. “You had all the old staples, the big multinational brands, and there

“I always thought I would do something connected with making, creating, buildings and interiors, rather than go into the city. I knew that was my destiny”

Piccolino Cicchetti, Mayfair

was nothing particularly individual about them … so there was a kind of revolt against them. People started up a little coffee shop or a sandwich shop or bakery that somehow fit between these big brands quite comfortably. It just brings a new dynamic to the industry, to design, to the way people think and live. It trickles down through.” Robert embodies the spirit of creative risk and

the courage of conviction demanded of start-up businesses during the recession, and it seems this philosophy has stuck with him, even as we tentatively enter a less hostile economic climate. This attitude is valuable too, given that the hospitality industry is starting to shed the relative stagnancy of those years, and is forging ahead to deliver an ever more ambitious guest experience. ›

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Indeed, delivering experiential designs is one of Robert’s real strengths, and is the cornerstone of the studio’s work. “A unique design requires a unique approach – that’s our strap line,” he explains. “We want to make something completely unique for people to experience – that’s why our projects probably look so different. We have a house style in approach, but there’s not a house style in terms of look. “There are the budget hotels where you have an iPad to open your curtain and an iPad to change the light colour, which are fabulous, but I think the element of extra-over is service and experience. I think that there’s going to be a big boom in experiential stayovers and I think that’s going to be through people figuring out what people want to spend their money on.” The recent boom in popularity for alternative accommodation providers such as Airbnb is undeniable, yet Robert is confident that hotel brands – both new and existing – can compete if they get their design and branding right. “Airbnb was created about four years ago, and yet it’s literally bigger than some major hotel

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Kaspar’s, The Savoy

brands that have been around for 50 years – it’s insane how big it is,” he says. “So that’s going to change the psyche of how those hotels work, because you think “well they’re offering an experience, how do we do that?” “It’s like these little voids open in these big brands, and people can see what’s not right, and what people want. And that’s what we as designers like to bring to the table – we understand how they need to evolve to stay ahead of everyone else, and we want to make sure that their design, and the way in which customers perceive their brand, changes. Because it has to change. “More and more different types of people are travelling, but you have to tap into their psyche to be able to deliver what they want. There are a lot of entrepreneurs out there who see what’s missing in people’s lives. Working with these entrepreneurs you realise that these guys have so much vision that they want to gamble to deliver what they believe in. Because they do it with so much conviction and so much belief, they get the design right … and it works.” Despite the strong competition, Robert Angell Design International has forged a solid reputation for itself within the luxury end of the market, and Robert’s passion for designing high-end, inspirational spaces is obvious. “We’re very much at the luxury end – we want to design and create luxury spaces suitable for people that are spending and want to spend a lot of money on an experience,” he says. “I think that’s changing with a lot of work we do with hotels at the moment – more often than not, the people staying in the type of hotels we design are high net worth individuals and, therefore, their expectation has to be met and exceeded. “So, if we’re designing a hotel room, yes it needs to have all the elements of a hotel room that you’d normally expect, but then you’d have to have the additional elements within that room, because the guest might come and stay with their family, they might want somewhere to work away from their family, their family might want to watch TV, etc.

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“You’ve got a study area, a couple of bedrooms, big baths and big showers, great marble and lighting, and also the elements within that. You style the rooms almost as if they were a luxury apartment, you give them a library of books, you give them DVDs, you install sophisticated technology so that even your iPad has a specific charging point. There are all these elements within a hotel room that make it more than just a hotel room.” Approaching each and every brief with a view to surprising and exciting his clients is of great importance to Robert. One way in which he achieves this is by working closely with a skilled team of craftsmen – from artists and furniture makers to fabric houses and ceramicists, in order to produce bespoke elements for his projects. “We like working with artisan craftsmen because they’re going to bring an extra layer to our design, and an extra layer to the patina of the interior,” he says. “It makes it unique but also brings something fresh, because whether we’re designing a lacquered table top for the Berkeley Hotel, or bespoke banquette seating for Aqua Nueva, we work tirelessly to get these designs right, and to make sure they’re going to work.” Although hospitality design is at the heart

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“We want to make something completely unique for people to experience – that’s why our projects probably look so different”

of Robert Angell Design International, Robert’s determination to push the boundaries extends to opportunities in different sectors – namely retail. Currently working on a new jewellery boutique in Knightsbridge, Robert is keen to embrace the fresh perspectives such projects bring, both to his own creative repertoire and to the company as a whole. “I think I’ll always have a passion for hospitality design because it’s what I cut my teeth on – restaurant and hotels. It’s been one of those journeys, where you do focus initially on what you know you can deliver, but I feel that what I can give as a designer to other territories of design is something that really excites me as well,” he says. “I always like to go out of my comfort zone whenever we’re designing. Everyone says stick to what you’re good at, which is great, but it’s always nice to be challenged and to be doing something that isn’t necessarily in your comfort zone, but also something you know you could

do well at. If the opportunity’s arisen and if someone’s come to me and wants me to design something, because they understand what we’re about, then I’m happy to take that up. “I’m as excited about design now as I’ve ever been – I absolutely love it. I’m very proud of what we’ve delivered to our clients in the last five years and I think there’s a lot more to come from us, in terms of doing other amazing hotels, residential, retail and restaurants.” Robert’s willingness to open himself up to fresh experiences, to develop in new spheres, and to push himself creatively is certainly reflected in the prestigious position in which this relatively young practice now finds itself. With a talented team on board, a great many high-profile projects under his belt, and a bucketload of enthusiasm, there’s no knowing the limits of what Robert Angell can achieve. T 0207 4814800 W

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Davide Oppizzi founded DCUBE – a multi-disciplinary Swiss company specialising in the creation and development of high-end projects involving lighting, design, greentech and architecture – in 2001. Hospitality Interiors spoke with Davide to find out more about his design inspiration, his innovative creations combining light and water, and the use of lighting in hospitality environments as a whole ...

Q&A: DAVIDE OPPIZZI, DCUBE CEO & FOUNDER How did you forge a career in the industry, and what was it that first drew you to the world of design?
 I am a designer of decorative arts, where the integration of materials and technology is crucial. Designers cannot survive with just wonderful ideas and drawings – we are also clearly dependent on materials. It is often the discovery of a manufacturer or a specific material that stimulates our creative possibilities. Similarly, manufacturing processes often guide how we develop a design idea. As far as I can remember, my first building design was inspired by the Geneva Opera. From the DCUBE studio, which was established in 2001, our first industrialised product was the Micro-LED lamp “Eclipse.” Since its introduction, we have produced over 150,000 copies by DGA in Italy. It has been installed by some of the biggest brands, including Chanel, Mont Blanc, Hublot, Baume & Mercier, Patek Philippe, etc. The idea for this lamp came to me on a trip when I met a friend who had a hand in creating the first market power LEDs. Incorporating it was not an easy task because we wanted the lamp to be very thin and small. In the product

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development process, manufacturers and designers have to communicate and collaborate efficiently to create something unique. Who was inspirational to you early on in your career, and why?
 To tell you what inspired my career is not so simple. As far as I can remember I have always been fascinated by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. His processes, vision and precise way of working has always inspired me. I also remember being greatly affected by the sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The finesse and depth of expression of his sculptures left a huge mark on me. My first film was Space Odyssey in 2001; I was only 12 and astounded by the universe created by Stanley Kubrick. The movie was a glimpse into the future, a real mastery of space and time and an opening to the unlimited nature of the universe. Additionally, I am greatly inspired by Eastern cultures, specifically the work of Hokusai Japanese. I’m also currently inspired by contemporary designers like Marcel Wanders (Moooi), Konstantin Grcic, Atelier Oi, Ross Lovegroove, and Patricia Urquiola.

What inspires you, personally, in your work? 
 Inspiration comes when we open our eyes in life! All life, including nature, society, philosophy and technology. A trend is created out of the challenges found in the present. We live in an era where almost everything is possible and that access to the world is both our opportunity and our challenge. Having an unlimited vision provides you with constant inspiration without much effort. And of course we must be able to master the current tools such as 3D printing and other contemporary tools that can materialise the idea. But, do not forget, all of the “DNA” of my ideas come from my pen in small sketchbooks. What would you say are the defining philosophies of DCUBE?
 Our style is inspired by an industrial design that incorporates innovative materials and a minimal ecological footprint. Often inspired by nature, my mission is to share my feelings and creative sensibility with my students and the world. I inject love in the material until it carries my vision.

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Obviously you have a multidisciplinary approach, but what is it about designing with water that interests or attracts you? Humbly, when I was asked to draw GRAFF’s Ametis collection, I didn’t even know how hot and cold water got mixed within a water system. And it is this continuous learning experience that excites me. Discovering the world of water and working without any experience has forced me to be innovative in the collections’ development process. Could you please tell me more about what you wanted to achieve through combining light and water for the Ametis collection? GRAFF’s Ametis shower is designed to have as little material as possible, including the LED light ring, which provides additional comfort in the space of the bathroom. The soft, indirect light creates a unique atmosphere. The first models incorporating lighting were designed for chromotherapy, with the full RGB spectrum that can be adjusted according to our mood. The idea was also to associate the hot white light to avoid having to add more space in the shower. Often light in the bathroom is fairly raw and hard, because it comes either from the ceiling or the mirror. Indirect light creates a much softer light that is much more comforting and warm. Do you feel – broadly speaking – that there has been a shift or movement in the use of lighting within hospitality environments? There is a lot of change happening now with the contribution of new LED technologies because the architecture of miniaturised components can create countless opportunities for integration. However, I feel it shouldn’t be overused. An excessive use of LED lights may saturate the eye and eliminate the perception of matter. After more than 15 years working in LED technology, we can clearly say that we come again to the shades of warm white light because we are totally tired of colours like RGB, which should be used sparingly in projects.

Have you got any upcoming hospitality projects in the pipeline that you’re able to share with us?
 I’m working on a lot of projects, I won’t be able to tell you about all of them. On the industrial design side we will be presenting a new collection in January at Maison & Objet 2016 in Paris. The new collection consists of desk lamps that feature organic and plant-like forms. The 2NIGHTS collection was created for LineaLight and is also complemented by a magnificent choice of finishes – it will be on view at Light & Building in Frankfurt. We will also release a collection of small Tribales lamps made with lava stone from Bali-Java. It is a DCUBE-designed project using filament LED bulbs. On the architectural light side, we are working on projects for big jewellers in London and Geneva, luxury apartments in London, as well as new bathroom furniture projects. What do you like to do with your downtime? 
 I love quiet places. The Swiss mountains are one of my favourite places to relax. Photography is one of my greatest passions and I never hesitate going on photographic expeditions. Back in 2012, I went on a three month photographic expedition through the Himalayas. I also enjoy just sitting at home, browsing an art book and playing music, that’s it! Simple, but priceless... W

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The concluding article in the Building a brand series from the BCFA explores the facets which make a company’s brand expansion abroad successful. It examines how some of the BCFA’s member brands operate effectively in different countries and explore how and where to acquire funding and expertise.


Forest Contract is looking to expand into the Middle East this year

Broadening a brand or brand extension is an exciting and challenging process. Of course, brand extension is not a new concept, but these days with the world shrinking it is easier to make a commercial case for working within new markets. There is obviously a skill and discipline needed in exporting to and trading in different countries and there are many reasons why even the most trusted brand names in one country can fail in others. From implementing an expansion strategy to customer aftercare, understanding your market and ensuring you undertake extensive research is the foundation upon which to base your decisions. There are the obvious things to look for, such as competition and language barriers, but different cultural norms also need to be examined meticulously. UK-based Forest Contract, a commercial furniture manufacturer, is looking to expand in the Middle East this year and commented: “One of the biggest problems we foresee is the language barrier and difference in attitudes towards hospitality experience and expectations.” This idea of attitudes and expectations was

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further expanded by the Newmor Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of interior products, which found that adapting and being aware of differing trends and cultures has been essential in their export business – Moray Foster says: “We have found that whilst maintaining our core ideologies we must also be flexible enough to work with local idiosyncrasies when possible. Similarly, local trends and fashions can be challenging when developing a new wallcovering range and colour palette, regional differences can vary significantly.” Andrew Linwood of Areen said that before they began exporting, they undertook research: “Only an informal basis, using my own experience and that of my colleagues when working for previous employers.” Andrew also suggests that there were definitely differences in expectations in the countries they targeted: “Interior design services in developing markets don’t need to be so detailed and sophisticated as for Western markets. This has helped us to operate more efficiently thereby lowering our fees.”

The internet has done so much in allowing access to a global marketplace, but filtering through the vast volumes of information to decipher what’s relevant is a huge task. British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) member Northern Lights have had huge success within the Middle East and credit some of this to the preparation and research they undertook before even setting foot in their countries of interest. Speaking of their experience Judy Zhou explained that their initial market research was designed to establish customer requirements, as well as the competitive landscape in the Middle East. They utilised their UK sales force to conduct internet research on other major projects within the Middle East region which led to them being introduced to a local agent. “Once you’ve exhausted your research, it’s important to visit the countries in which you’re looking to start trading. It may seem like an obvious point to make, but it can be very easy to get sucked in to lucrative offers from local experts who may bring opportunities to your attention that need to be acted on quickly – before you’ve

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“We have found that whilst maintaining our core ideologies we must also be flexible enough to work with local idiosyncrasies when possible. Similarly, local trends and fashions can be challenging when developing a new wallcovering range and colour palette, regional differences can vary significantly”

even had chance to set foot on foreign soil. Andrew Linwood was able to make use of local talent: “In the targeted regions we negotiated mutually beneficial agreements with established local designers to represent us,” he says. Northern Lights Director John Fleming followed up his workforce’s extensive online research with an exploratory visit, which allowed him to extend his understanding of the scale and style of products required. Speaking on the importance of market research, Alistair Gough of Ocee Design explains: “It is vital that the demands of each market are clearly understood, and products are adapted and fine-tuned to ensure they are relevant.” Where do you go for help? There is no one-size-fits-all strategy or business plan template when expanding overseas. That being said, we’ve all heard the old proverb: don’t reinvent the wheel, and this rings truer than ever here. While you may be charting new territories with your own business, many others have done it all before, so make use of all of the expertise, resources and guidance available to you. There are lots of resources available to support businesses that are just commencing their exporting journey and it is always a good idea to make the most of these. The BCFA offers support to all of its members and there are government departments keen to help incentivise exports. Speaking of his experience of accessing such information, Dan Smith of Forest Contract explains that he turned to the government for extra direction: “In addition to the BCFA, we have taken advice and guidance from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) which offers a range of expert

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advice on trading internationally, as well as a passport to export training programme, which supports SMEs and first-time exporters. We currently have team members in the application process for these programmes, to help develop our overseas markets.” Newmor, which has enjoyed resounding success in their expansion efforts to date, also made use of the BCFA and UKTI, as well as Business Wales’ International Trade Development Programme (ITD). Moray Foster explained that all three have enabled the company to fast track entry into markets which might otherwise have proved extremely challenging. Larger organisations are able to offer a wealth

of advice, guidance and case studies on taking your business from a local to global standpoint and many have found that tapping into this presents a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with other business owners you’ve previously networked with. During their initial research, Northern Lights re-engaged with third parties who either had similar experience or professional expertise in legal or financial areas. Andrew Linwood suggests that attending conferences and networking in the areas they wished to operate really helped: “We worked hard to develop contacts with the large international hotel operators e.g. Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, IHG.”

The Newmor stand in Shanghai

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Who? Spotting, nurturing and expanding talent within your own workforce can be an invaluable task to undertake when looking to broaden your brand. Once you have decided it’s the right time to expand your business and take it overseas, be it inside or outside of the EU, one of the key things to consider is whether or not you have the expertise within your current teams to manage this change effectively. It’s a good idea to research whether your customers will respond better to a local representative, or whether exporting from the UK is a better option. Northern Lights, for example, chose not to relocate staff from the UK overseas when they expanded into the Middle East: “We did not transport any permanent staff from the UK to the new market. However we have established a very good working relationship with our local agent through providing prompt design proposals and quotations. This helps us a great deal in understanding the local demands.” It is the research and the building of these key relationships which have been key to Northern Lights’ growing success in securing a number of high profile projects. Newmor chose an approach which allowed them to utilise both their existing UK staff and recruit new staff within the countries they trade in. Speaking of their experience, Moray Foster explains: “In key markets, we have established international offices as they can best service the local market, but this requires a significant investment. So we also distribute through a network of agents, we currently reach around 60 countries with plans for further expansion. In all cases, the teams visit our UK headquarters on a regular basis.” This integrated workforce approach allows Newmor to have close working relationships throughout all of their offices. Andrew Linwood is a firm believer in the personal touch when it comes to servicing local markets: “I personally made – and continue to make – many visits to our target markets to personally meet potential clients and develop a network of related consultants to generate market Forest Contract is looking to expand into the Middle East this year

intelligence and help source opportunities.” It is worth considering that investing in your existing workforce can save costs down the line. Northern Lights have gone to great lengths to ensure that their entire workforce has an understanding of the new market and what will be expected of them as a result of the changes in their organisation. They’ve achieved this by putting together a training programme focusing on export procedure and documentation for the export manager, as well as sending their designers to various regions to examine the different artwork trends. While this may be a significant upfront investment, it is one that should eventually pay off, as staff will be better equipped to deal with the new dimensions and challenges to their roles that may not have previously existed. While there remains a science to brand expansion, the results can never be guaranteed.

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As with all scientific projects, investing early on in your initial research will provide the best possible outcome. More often than not, the knowledge that you gain from these in-depth research methods, allows you to forecast far more accurately for the long term. Don’t get too caught up with the differences you discover in those new markets; every product or service is responding to a want or need which is global not country specific. So, while cultural differences are essential to understand, when it comes to planning your brand positioning, these shouldn’t override the brand’s core values. Remember to take your time, research the market, listen to advice, find the best people to carry out the task and, whilst being sensitive to local culture, stay true to your brand’s message, no matter where or how that message is delivered. T 01494 896790 W

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Design Research Studio, Tom Dixon’s architectural and interior arm, has unveiled its first ultra-exclusive Stateside hospitality project in the form of Himitsu, a cocktail lounge-bar in Atlanta.

Himitsu, Atlanta Inspired by Japanese mixology and American prohibition, Himitsu is a darkly theatrical speak-easy, peppered with the rich colours and textures inspired by the emotion and drama captured in Todd Murphy’s painting King of Birds. Himitsu – meaning secret in Japanese – is the sister bar to popular Atlanta sushi haunt, Umi Sushi. Design Research Studio has created a raw yet sophisticated aesthetic for the brand new cocktail lounge. Playfully offsetting slick metallics against rougher, natural materials, the interior retains the pre-existing industrial features and exposed structural details.

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The focal point of Himitsu is the illuminated copper bar which frames the alchemy performed by the mixologists and celebrates the craftsmanship behind the cocktail-making process. An installation of the newly-launched Tom Dixon Melt pendants is delicately suspended in the central void to create a striking impression upon arrival. The Melt pendant draws inspiration from molten metal and distorted natural forms, emitting a hallucinogenic glow that casts an ethereal luminosity and sets the tone for the rest of the bar.

Himitsu is furnished with a composition of sculptural pieces that were selected to create distinct silhouettes within the space. Smoked mirror and natural marble table tops sit on industrial Tom Dixon roll bases to form a tactile landscape of surfaces that explore texture, distortion and the juxtaposition of rough against smooth. The result is a luxurious lounge and central dining area, and an animated bar defined by the various seating clusters and light levels that create a variety of open and intimate spaces for entertainment. W

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Spanning 18 floors and offering 269 stylish rooms and suites, this luxe tech hotel opened in Shoreditch at the end of 2015. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Ralph reports on her overnight stay ...

M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Situated just a stone’s throw away from Old Street Station, this luxury new hotel embraces and epitomises the rapid growth and technological fervour of Tech City – London’s answer to Silicon Valley. On approach, the 18-storey hotel juts from the ground unapologetically, its striking, futuristic façade almost dizzying in effect. Built by SGP Contracts under a full design and build contract, the structure is influenced by the work of Op-Art pioneer, Bridget Riley – particularly her diagonal stripe painting, ‘Nataraja’. In fact, it is one of the very first buildings in the world to absorb a horizontal transom on the façade. This bold, impressive exterior sets a precedent for the hotel’s ambitious, tech-driven interior. Upon entering the sleek reception – complete with magnificent free-hanging light installations and contemporary furnishings – the symbiosis of technology and human contact is immediately apparent. Large table-top interfaces surrounded by comfy chairs allow guests to check weather conditions, plan their onward travel or to generally browse the internet. Check-in, meanwhile, can be carried out the conventional way, or via an iPad. Taking away a divisive desk during check-in made a real and surprising difference, somehow making the process more personable and informal.

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This balance between the human touch and technological innovation is mirrored in the guest rooms. Given the identity of the hotel is centred around technology, I had pondered prior to arriving on how seamlessly these systems would be incorporated. The room certainly did not disappoint, however, with its sleek and unobtrusive hardware. A touchscreen panel on the wall beside the bathroom allows guests to quickly and easily adjust the temperature of the room, as well as the lighting. Bed-side tablets, too, allow you to open and close the curtains, adjust the colour of the mood lighting, and to control the impressive 37-inch LCD TV. There is even the option to control the scent of the room, with a number of options available. Although a relatively nascent concept, this intuitive, experience-led technology did not drastically change the experience in the way I thought it might. Instead, it enhanced it, very quickly becoming second nature, and making my stay in the hotel feel significant, even for a fleeting moment. There has been a distinct rise in hotel guest rooms that encourage guests to feel ‘at home’ in their surroundings, just with an extra dash of luxury and escapism. M by Montcalm Shoreditch certainly embraces this philosophy, and gives its guests full control of their experience. It’s more than the novelty of switching on the air con from your bed, or changing TV channel, you truly feel that you can mould your experience of the hotel. There’s none of the hunting for plug sockets, or that age-old bugbear of scanning the walls in the dark for the bathroom light, you feel immediately familiar and comfortable with your surroundings.

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Crucially, the other key elements of the guest experience have not been neglected. Muted browns and creams create a soothing feel, while pops of colour from plush textiles provide just a little vibrancy. A stylish desk bears a media centre, a selection of seasonal fruit, mineral water and some magazines, while the wardrobe contains the minibar, snack drawer, coffee machine, kettle, safe, umbrella, iron and ironing board. The attention to detail is really worth noting here, and little touches like providing take away cups for the coffee, and the variety of brightlycoloured sweets, make a small but significant difference. The sleek black and white bathroom,

meanwhile, features a powerful walk-in rain and hand-held shower, high-end M-Line basins and WCs from VitrA, plush robes and slippers, and a range of luxury Hermès amenities (in the suites). In terms of public spaces, the hotel offers two F&B options – Urban Coterie and Tonic & Remedy. Located on the 17th floor, Urban Coterie is led by head chef Martin Zahumensky, formerly of Texture and Hibiscus. Designed by London-based TONIK Associates, Urban Coterie takes inspiration from many aspects of the building’s architecture, while traditional materials such as brass, timber, bianco marble and leather soften the buildings sharp angles.

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is the centrepiece of the facility, surrounded by stylish seating and soothing lanterns. Complete with three treatment rooms, a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, rainfall showers and a gym equipped with Matrix cardiovascular and strength machines, the spa facilities are top notch, and certainly do not feel like an afterthought. The hotel’s conference and meeting facilities are also impressive. Catering for up to 250 delegates, these spaces are intelligentlydesigned, with state-of-the-art technology, including plasma screens, audio equipment and complimentary high-speed broadband. It is always encouraging to stay in a hotel that lives up to expectations, and one that has consistently high-standard facilities and impressive interiors across the board. Although fairly muted in its design, the hotel’s focus on all aspects of the guest experience has more than paid off. W

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Sat metres from the Saint Germain des Près church and the famous Café de Flore, famed club Le Montana, has relaunched as a hotel. The iconic building has undergone a redesign that revives its vibrant history, whilst offering an utterly unique modern style.

Hotel Montana, Paris At the heart of the audacious revamp of Le Montana are architects Elisabeth Lemercier and Philippe Bona, and designer Vincent Darré – a partnership that provides proof that opposites attract. The entire design rests on the idea of a happy juxtaposition between the architects’ severity and the designer’s unrestricted baroque interiors. Architecturally, the project aims to achieve a synthesis of urban, environmental, accessibility, health and safety constraints in a nonhierarchical manner, whilst protecting the aesthetics and comfort of the building. The external insulation provided an opportunity to create a new facing and thus radically transform the façade, whilst remaining fully in tune with the quarter’s history. The distinctive black façade of the property stands out in the Saint Germain neighbourhood. Elisabeth explains: “It was designed to be an inverse or opposite, a sort of negative of the typical Parisian façade in its tone. “The idea was to reveal the interiors by contrast, a little like discoveries in a theatre, and to clear the alcoves behind each window so it is possible to sit there and contemplate the activities of the Saint-Germain quarter.” Behind the black façade of the building lie six exquisitely eccentric apartment-style suites, each of which is located on a floor of its own and is directly accessible via elevator.

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The six suites offer six completely different worlds, each bursting with chic extravagance in vibrant colours, textures, and amenities of various kinds to preclude any boredom. The room designs are all linked by their homage to the surreal, with Le Corbusier-esque palettes, 50’s furniture, various curios and collaged mirrors. Suite names are representative of the unique interior design, such as Bleu Acide, which stuns with a swatch of rich blues and Picasso-inspired artwork.

Le Montana has some of the most spacious rooms of any hotel in the Saint Germain des Près quarter, each measuring over 515ft2. The rooms are fully equipped with WiFi, bars, coffee machines, direct-line telephones, 55 inch flat screen televisions and in-room service at any hour, from breakfast to snacks. On the first floor, in-house restaurant, La Gauche Caviar, delights the palette with dishes such as succulent salmon and Petrossian Caviar eaten in traditional Russian style, all set in a hushed atmosphere evocative of a private library. As would be expected from the night-time hub, Le Montana’s famous club still welcomes guests to the exclusive downstairs venue from midnight onwards and cocktails are available in the bar on the ground floor from 6pm. W W

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Iconic 1900s colonial heritage building, The Club, has begun its next chapter in one of Singapore’s busiest areas thanks to a refurbishment that acknowledges its history and embraces its neighbourhood’s current zeitgeist.

The Club, Singapore The Club, designed by Singapore design studio Distillery, now part of HASSELL, is a boutique hotel owned by Harry’s International, which occupies three historic corner shophouses on Singapore’s Ann Siang Road. Reimagined as a collection of five food and beverage venues and 20 guest rooms – each with their own unique style – The Club is a venue that immediately fits into its setting within the vibrant Club Street dining and nightlife precinct. Though one of the most interesting aspects of The Club, the three different buildings that have combined to make the venue required a great amount of planning and consideration from the design studio. Paul Semple, HASSELL principal and global head of hospitality, comments: “Three adjoining shop houses have been transformed into this hotel, bringing with it a number of issues in terms of co-ordination, alignment of floor levels and differing ceiling heights, and integration of services such as air conditioning.” All of these issues also had to be fixed within the constraints of a heritage building. Describing the initial concept for the project Matthew Shang, a fellow principal at HASSELL, says: “I see it as an accumulation of elements, something in all spaces to pique the guest’s interest.” Paul concurs, adding: “We believe that we have delivered on the idea of ‘the club’, giving each element an independent voice yet successfully tying them all together.” The design studio envisaged a philosophy behind The Club’s design that would ensure it was as welcoming as a members club, while providing the familiarity of home. “This is, after all, a small hotel of 20 rooms, and instead of seeing this as an obstacle, we saw it as a great opportunity to make a domestic scaled, residential in feel, hotel with the

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comforts of home. It’s about creating a sense of belonging,” Paul says. “With all bars and restaurants under the one roof, guests can while away a day or two without having to leave. The bars and restaurants exceed standard hotel offerings, each featuring a distinct personality, and targeted to different times of the day.” The hotel’s luxurious guest rooms feature furnishings from Bolon, Flos, Bestlite and a vast array of other specialist companies. Throughout the space, guests can find the best quality fabrics from European companies such as Kvadrat and De Gourney deco inspired wallpaper. The hotel’s restaurants and bars feature many striking pieces, with a striking three storey mural at the entrance to Tiger’s Milk – a feature that Matthew describes as one of his favourite in the project. In order to accommodate the expanded hospitality venues, the number of guest rooms were reconfigured, allowing The Club to offer more generously proportioned rooms in addition to suites. “By reducing the number of rooms, we’ve introduced more natural light into the corridors. There’s now a sense of discovery as guests make their way along passageways layered with paintings, sculptures and mementos,” Paul explains. “Furthermore, no two guestrooms are the same, but the feeling that guests have been invited into someone’s home is consistent across all the guestrooms. A layered design approach combines especially curated and unique artworks, understated luxury and warm materials to complement the building’s heritage.” The Club’s heritage building setting makes an impact that cannot be ignored, thus the designers worked with the original features to further emphasise the building. “Singapore conservation guidelines ensure we’ve retained and respected the original façade, and painting the original timber shutters a vibrant red connects it further to its Chinatown location. By drawing the public from Club Streets’ bars, restaurants and clubs into Ann Siang Road, The Club extends the precinct and increases the buzz into the street’s upper side. The Club has successfully breathed new life into an under-utilised establishment in the neighbourhood,” Paul comments. Describing HASSELL’s role in the project, Matthew says: “Continuation of a story enriching what should be an interesting space, which already had a rich history. We see this a simply a part of that continuing life of the building.” The Club is just one example of how hotels in heritage buildings are gaining a second life through well-considered and sensitive design. In Sydney, the recently opened Ovolo Woolloomooloo at Woolloomooloo Wharf, designed by HASSELL, brings the best of modern design to the harbourside location. W

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Named after well-loved local, Rhaune Laslett – a community activist and organiser of the original Notting Hill Festival – Waldo Works has moulded The Laslett into a reflection of the area’s vibrant cultural heritage, whilst also capturing its new wave of creative cool.

The Laslett, London Seizing upon 2015’s resurgence of creativity in West London, hotel alternative The Laslett by Living Rooms has opened its doors in Notting Hill. Set across five handsome Victorian buildings in Pembridge Gardens, The Laslett is less than a minute from Notting Hill Gate underground station. The location not only places guests at the lively heart of West London, but at the doorstep of everything that central London has to offer, with the West End a mere 10 minutes away. As with others in Tracy Lowy’s Living Rooms collection, the property’s 51 bedrooms, look and feel as though they belong to a stylish townhouse. The rooms are also named to reflect this home-from-home vibe, from the cleverly compact spare rooms to the super spacious master bedroom suites. Even the staff at The Laslett channel a particular Notting Hill chic, with uniforms comprising Dr. Martens and Levi jeans. In the design, architectural and interior design studio Waldo Works cleverly walks the line between hip and homely, celebrating the characterful and eclectic heritage of Notting Hill. Waldo Works’ portfolio is recognised for its modern British design and playful edge, as well as its ability to carefully meld the heritage of a space with its current zeitgeist. This can be seen in The Laslett’s design, which fuses its London ancestry with influences from around the world.

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The Laslett’s interiors also celebrate modern furniture from British designers, including Pinch’s bespoke benches, bedside tables and lobby sofas, and Race Furniture’s classic BA dining chairs and original Carnegie chairs. These key pieces sit alongside more personal quirks such as well-chosen books for bedtime reading, proper blankets, curiosities from local antiques dealers, and curated photographs and artworks on the walls. The base monochrome palette is lifted artfully with strong bursts of colour and a mix of contemporary textiles used to create a welcoming feel. Smart metro-tiled bathrooms are stocked with full-sized Neal’s Yard Remedies products, while Living Rooms’ coveted Big Bar





of good and bad snacks, ‘help me’ remedies and drinks in the bedroom, completes the makeyourself-at-home vibe. The dynamic public spaces at The Laslett are styled to offer more of a neighbourhood hangout than the typical hotel lobby. Part coffee shop, part bar-kitchen, part gallery, part concept store, the multifunctional space spans the

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ground floor of two of the five townhouses that make up The Laslett. The Henderson Bar is at the heart of this space, from breakfast through to late night cocktails, and takes its name from Trinidadian musician Russell ‘Russ’ Henderson – widely recognised as one of the founding fathers of the Carnival. The Laslett is committed to reducing its environmental impact and supporting local business. Sally Clarke of the eponymous Clarke’s restaurant, London, will provide the food for The Henderson Bar. Clarke’s delectable cakes will also be on offer to have with coffee brewed with sustainably procured beans from Workshop Coffee Co, or tea from the award-winning Joe’s Tea Co. In the evening, the menu focuses on sharing boards, featuring cheese from Covent Garden’s Neal’s Yard Dairy and ethically-produced British cured meat by Cannon & Cannon. The drinks list offers sustainable wines from small independent growers, as well as beers from local microbreweries and cocktails shaken with London craft spirits. The operation at The Henderson Bar will be overseen by Tangerine Dream, which is also behind the cafe at the Chelsea Physics Garden. Tucked aside from main space, a library lounge stocked with British art and design books provides an area for pop-ups, while a curated wall of art highlights a rotation of new and emerging artists throughout the year. W W





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Leading international hospitality design firm, The Gettys Group, recently debuted its design for the flagship Hotel RL, Baltimore – a new hotel chain set to target the top 80 U.S. urban markets and designed for consumers with a millennial mindset.

Hotel RL, Baltimore Inspired by the adventurous spirit of the Pacific Northwest, Chicago-based design firm, The Gettys Group collaborated with the senior executive team at Red Lion Hotel Corporation to create a design that catered to the evolving needs of today’s travelers and give them a place to truly unwind. All aspects of the hotel brand were conceived in response to changing consumer preferences – utilising the expertise of PULSE by Gettys, a division of The Gettys Group. “We held a workshop with the client that engaged conversation through image ideation and one-word phrases that sparked interest and helped flesh out their ideas,” says Jackson Thilenius, senior design director for PULSE by Gettys. “Client insight, paired with honouring the local, aided in making the client’s vision come to life and was reflected in the design result.” To meet the desire for a more casual, central meeting space, Hotel RL placed special emphasis on its hotel lobby, giving guests a place to plug in to work or unwind with a beverage. The lobby features unique design elements, including a seating concept called The Steps, which reproduces the feeling of a typical Pacific Northwestern coffee house and serves complimentary espresso to guests by the award-

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winning Victrola Coffee. The Steps also serves as the focal point for live entertainment and interactive “TED-like” talks, which will eventually be broadcast to other Hotel RL locations. Innovative open work spaces have also been created that are both functional and accessible, while evoking a sense of social connection for hotel guests. The guest rooms, meanwhile, follow a contemporary theme and palette, with simple furnishings in warm colours and modern decorative accessories scattered throughout. Key to the project was preserving the existing bones of the structure, and finding ways to integrate a new narrative with the old one. The Gettys Group exposed much of the original brick to convey a sense of the building’s history, while making use of reclaimed woods to develop contrasting materials. The historic nature of the venue did, however, pose some significant challenges for the team. “The biggest challenges were the existing systems,” explains Jackson. “Elevator machinery, fire protection, mechanical and electrical services all needed to be updated. These upgrades had to be coordinated throughout the renovation, which was on an extremely accelerated schedule. “We were often stepping all over each other

during the build-out, and there were days when it looked like someone had kicked over an ant mound as we ran around in all directions pulling things together. But I’ve always been fascinated by the process, and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly a team of focused and dedicated individuals can work together to get the job done.” From the exterior to public areas and guestrooms, every aspect of the guest experience has been considered, resulting in an inspiring focus on the arts, and a significant brand lift. “I’m thrilled,” says Jackson of the end result. “With every project there are compromises. Everything from structural limitations, budget restrictions, and fast timelines affect the end result. But that’s where the fun is. “Design ultimately is a juggling act between all of these contributing parameters, and the art is in allowing the design to be flexible enough so that it can transform as challenges arise. I believe we created an extremely dynamic and interactive experience that is approachable and comfortable to the guests. You can socialize in multiple ways, watch a live performance, or find your own private corner to work on a computer all within the same space.” W W

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Popular Californian ramen bar, Jinya Ramen has recently arrived in Houston, Texas, with a brand new design from YNL Architects.

Jinya Ramen, Houston YNL Architects were appointed as the principal design studio for the new Jinya Ramen franchise in Houston, Texas. The firm proposed a design that combined modernity, traditionalism and elegance. Efficient and comfortable, the project cleanly expresses the brand and image of the Japanese noodle chain. Showcasing craftsmanship was a vital element of this process, and coupling this with a warm colour scheme provides a rustic and traditional

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atmosphere. The striking bar front is composed of stacks of wooden drawers, framed behind a glass wall – a feature that proves YNL Architects craftsmanship and acts as a centrepiece for the restaurant. Ornate glass lanterns alleviate and add warmth to the mahogany furnishings. A variety of seating options breaks up the space, with banquette seating, an expansive central dining table and one sole ramen bar that faces onto the busy kitchen.

In lieu of the potentially bland choice of drywall, traditional Japanese stucco walls and rustic wood finishes were selected to create a more authentic dining experience. The modern design elements, such as the exposed ceiling and flooring, offer a visual contrast while allowing for the designers to keep a reasonable budget and create a more durable and easy-to-maintain restaurant. W W

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Levi Roots’ Caribbean Smokehouse opens with retro-vibe interiors by B3 Designers.

Caribbean Smokehouse, London Levi Roots, the creator of Reggae Reggae Sauce and undoubtedly one of the biggest successes of BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme, has joined with Las Iguanas co-founder Eren Ali to launch a Caribbean Smokehouse eatery in Westfield Stratford shopping centre. Levi Roots has teamed up with award-winning studio, B3 Designers, to deliver the branding and interiors of his new restaurant venture, creating an impactful, fun, colourful, friendly

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space inspired by Caribbean roadside shacks and bringing authentic Caribbean cuisine to life. B3 Designers has worked closely with Levi and Eren to ensure the space provides the perfect platform for Levi to bring the tastes of Caribbean cuisine to as many people as possible. The interaction between the branding identity and the interior identity is almost limitless. From the branding design, B3 Designers incorporated various elements directly into the

venue, such as marrying the brand colour palette into the space. The 2850ft2 restaurant accommodates 134 covers and evokes touches of humour and comfort mixed with retro vibe and bric ‘n’ brac. Clad timber walls, steel mesh and exposed steel work reference rough-around-the-edges roadside shacks as inspiration. W W

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The long-awaited Open Door restaurant at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate has finally launched, to the delight of diners in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and beyond.

Open Door, South Africa Introducing some of the contemporary edginess for which they are well known, local restaurateurs Neil Grant and Barry Engelbrecht have transformed the space, formerly occupied by The River Café at the entrance to the estate, into a destination dining spot. Inhouse Brand Architects has successfully worked with the pair in the past, creating the interiors for both Bocca and Burrata. The challenge this time was different, though, as the project required a far larger dining area that suited a new culinary style – all of which had to be created within the restrictions of a building that is a local heritage site. The heritage of the building was an important factor when shaping the new look of the

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restaurant. Originally built between 1917 and 1918, the building is significant to the cultural landscape of Cape Town, thus retaining the exterior was important. The well-loved historic facade therefore remains, while the building’s interior has been thoroughly overhauled and given a more contemporary spin. The space has been opened up, with walls that separated the main dining room and bar from the rest of the space removed, and a striking new central bar and dining area created. The end result leaves a fresh space that can seat 180 diners comfortably. The entrance to the establishment has been repositioned so that one enters through the open space of the courtyard. Immediately

creating a sense of openness, the lobby area is sheathed in glass with wooden beams covering the ceiling in an irregular fashion – signalling the relaxed ambience of the restaurant and lending an air of warmth and depth. This theme of natural materials continues throughout the space, with glass, steel and wood features combining to provide a natural, warm atmosphere. Accents of French Provencal charm permeate the interior, as seen in the traditional lines of the furniture and the tonal palette that ranges from the crisp white walls to the charcoal hued mosaic tiles and feature walls, and chalky grey breakfast room. W

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Victorian tile revival at contemporary Brixton bar The Blues Kitchen has opened in Brixton, London offering late night live music, authentic BBQ food and a vast selection of bourbons. Located in what was once the old Electric Social premises, the cavernous ground floor space is dominated by a flamboyant faiencefronted, ceramic tiled bar, which has been designed and handmanufactured by specialist tile company Craven Dunnill Jackfield. This contemporary installation of Victorian-style ceramic tiles breathes new life into a traditional art form and highlights the practicality of ceramics in a bar environment. The faience-tiled bar stretches 10 metres in length and is set against a backdrop of white and blue brickshaped ceramic tiles and amber dados, which define arched recessed areas.

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The venue promotes its own BBQ and drink specialities by writing on the glazed tiles, which can easily be wiped clean and reused for fresh adverts. The faience tiles at the front of the bar mimic the 1880s in style and are hand-made at Craven Dunnill Jackfield’s works in Shropshire. The bar and each of the five floorto-ceiling pillars are adorned with five different designs of tile. Each of the central green tiles measures 245 x 600mm and are convex, weighing around 10kg each. The heavily textured relief design dates to the late 19th century and features a repeating urn motif. These tiles are bordered by four

styles of decorative blue and amber coloured dado tiles. The same designs are featured on the 2.5m tall pillars, which are capped with deep capital tiles, decorated with an acanthus leaf design. Craven Dunnill Jackfield employs a unique team of expert ceramists, acclaimed for their specialist knowledge and experience. The relief tiles are made using handcarved plaster moulds and decorated with metal oxide glazes, which craze upon firing to create an authentic aged effect. Each of the large tiles featuring the urns required 200g of glaze to achieve the desired depth of colour and took two people to dip

the pieces into a large vat of glaze. These were then gently lifted and carefully stacked into the kilns and fired overnight at 1040°C. The Blues Kitchen is the third such venue to open from the Colombo Group. The venues are known for live blues, soul and bluegrass music, Texan BBQ food and a wide range of bourbons and cocktails. The interior style is eclectic, successfully combining Moroccan decor with contemporary textiles, commemorative stained glass windows and extensive reclaimed materials. T 01952 884124 W

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The perfect blend of old and new HI-MACS® has been utilised for the striking façade of a Bershka store in Meir, Antwerp. The shop windows and façade are the calling card of a business and crucial for the perception of the whole brand. This is especially true for stylish products such as young fashion – and even more so, when the shop is on the prestigious Meir in Antwerp. The exterior of its Belgian branch was therefore extremely important for the Spanish company Bershka: modern looks, with a sophisticated vibe that would draw attention to the window dressing, were details just as important as durability and resistance. The architects of Boud Rombouts and the façade specialists from

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Apers & Partners chose HI-MACS® solid surface material. The nonporous, homogeneous surface is high quality and smooth, but at the same time robust, weather-resistant, impact-resistant and easy to clean. Even graffiti can be removed without leaving a trace. The HIMACS® sheets are also lightweight, strong and fixed invisibly. The real challenge of this project, however, was the preservation: The Bershka store consists of a total of five buildings (Meir 37-39 and Lange Klarenstraat 22-26). The corner house Meir 39 and the building Lange Klarenstraat 22 belong to the cultural heritage of

the Flemish Region, while on the corner there is also an historic Madonna statue. During the renovation of this historic building, therefore, not only was the city of Antwerp involved, but also the Flanders region. The brief was to keep some Listed façade parts but also include some modern, new pieces. For the relationship between old and new, HI-MACS® proved to be the perfect material: The HI-MACS® acrylic stone slabs in Alpine White have a similar appearance to the historic facades. With their glossy white finish, thermal plasticity and the possibility of seamless

joints, the slabs could be moulded and arranged to resemble the components of the original façade parts. The front window, meanwhile, is edged with antracite plates of HI-MACS® (Steel Grey), forming a contrast to the ancient architectural elements and giving the displays inside a proper framework. The combination of history, hitech and young fashion for Bershka in this setting has been made possible using the unique properties of HI-MACS®, achieving the perfect blend of old and new. W W

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Delicious detail blends with modern luxury at Bovey Castle The illustrious history of Bovey Castle has inspired a flexible and vivid play on art nouveau style in the form of a bespoke carpet from Wilton Carpets Commercial, highlighted with rich purple hues and flashes of accent tones. Wilton Carpets Commercial created design options based upon the brief given to NH Interiors – who re-designed the hotel’s public spaces – and the decision was made to opt for a subtle two-tone stria that could exist on its own, or be overlaid by an elegant and intricate damask to add visual depth and interest in key areas. Wilton then provided recolourings of the design until the base tones and highlights provided the ideal scheme from which to create the rest of the interior. Choosing a subtle colour palette of grey and neutrals, highlighted with a rich purple and flashes of accent colour, gives the carpet an elegant quality. That fine balance between paying homage to the history and Jacobean style architecture, without sacrificing a sense of luxurious modernity is achieved. Expertly installed by AJ Rudd Contracts, the 125m² of bespoke axminster carpet were woven in a high-quality 80% wool 10-row construction to help combat the traffic encountered in this 63-bedroom hotel. T 01722 746000 E

City Chic in the heart of Chiswick Taking the hotel’s branding as inspiration, Ulster Carpets’ designers created a striking and contemporary design for the stylish Clayton Hotel Chiswick. Working with Cunningham McLean, the company designed bespoke woven axminster carpets for the public spaces of the hotel during its recent refurbishment. Working with a sophisicated colour palette of burnt orange and warm neutral tones, Ulster created a multi layered design with a circular theme to create affinity with the hotel’s brand. The textural, distressed look continued into the meeting rooms, where the design became more linear and circles were replaced with ‘brush strokes’ of colour. W

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IN CONVERSATION: HASSELL Paul Semple and Matthew Shang are the brilliant design duo behind Singapore-based studio, Distillery, which last year merged with HASSELL. Responsible for designing some of Singapore’s most talked about hospitality venues, here they discuss some of the current trends influencing guest room interiors, how they make their projects stand out, and their most memorable guest room design ... What would you say are the top three trends influencing guest room interiors at present? MATTHEW: The convergence of residential styling and the hotel room – people want to spend time in a home-like environment. This is evidenced in the rise in popularity of Airbnb. There is also a move towards bringing the guest out of the guest room into public spaces, for example moving desks from rooms to a communal bar/lobby hang out zone. This reflects different working methodologies, and people’s comfort levels when working in different types of environment (from cafes, co-working spaces or mobile desks etc). Breakdown of elements – for example robes – such that they are more flexible for the guest’s use, with a focus on comfort and usability as opposed to a standardisation/cookie cutter approach.

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What, for you, is the most critical element of effective guest room design? PAUL: The core element is a good night's sleep: blackout, bed comfort, pillows, linens and room conditioning; temperature control; location of room controls and lighting. How do you ensure your projects stand out in such a fast-paced and heavily populated sector? PAUL: Craftsmanship, and the detail and quality of materials. The interior must feel like it is established and can stand the test of time. It’s less about being of the minute, but having enduring qualities. MATTHEW: It’s important to ensure that they have an independent, fresh voice, which is obviously based in a strong collaborative process with those who will run and operate the venue. Joint › ownership of the vision for the venue.

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What would you say is the most memorable/unusual guest room you’ve worked on, and why? MATTHEW: I worked on the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur India, which was the featured hotel in Bond’s Octopussy. PAUL: My most influential project would be the Amansara in Siem Reap, which was the guest house for Prince Norodom Sihanouk during the 60s, hosting Jackie Onassis etc. It set a benchmark in the luxury market. Have you got any new projects on the horizon you’re able to share with us? MATTHEW & PAUL: There are a number of projects we are currently working on including: A bar in Singapore in an unusual lobby setting, which has an art deco-inspired interior; a penthouse bar in Beijing in what is currently the tallest building in Beijing; we are currently completing a retail concept for an artisan spirit supplier and we are also currently completing a private members club in Singapore. W

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR GUEST ROOM Chris Ward, group marketing director for Hypnos, comments on the ways in which hoteliers can maximise the functionality of their guest rooms. With many hoteliers looking for ways to maximise the functionality of each and every room in their hotel, the onus is on manufacturers to offer innovative, yet stylish ways to help hoteliers make the most of what they have. However, comfort remains key, so whether one person is staying in the room, or a whole family, it is vital that everyone can sleep soundly in a relaxing environment.

While manufactures need to create relevant and practical products for the hospitality industry, hoteliers should carefully analyse their rooms and how the space is going to be used – will it be a single, twin, double or family room for example? Are you trying to make a bold, contemporary statement or create a more romantic look? Each room has its own considerations and needs varying solutions to match. Take a family bedroom. Filling a room with two or three separate beds can look cluttered and uninviting – not what you want when you’re trying to create a relaxing and harmonious environment for your guests. Furthermore, if this room mainly tends to be occupied by single business people during the week, then hoteliers should consider a more practical solution such as a double bed with accompanying sofa bed. By doing this hoteliers can create a multi-

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functional bedroom that is practical, stylish and includes comfortable additional seating. Not only will a sofa bed, such as those made by Hypnos, make the room look more spacious and appealing, but it also offers a really useful way of converting a double room in the week into a family room when needed, thereby helping to increase occupancy and also revenue. T 01844 348200 W

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KARNDEAN TALKS: HOSPITALITY FLOORING In a sector where style, resilience and ease of maintenance are vital, Karndean Designflooring is an ideal flooring choice. Our floors are guaranteed up to 15 years in commercial environments and are proven to withstand even the toughest high-footfall environments – venues where long hours, knocks and spills are the norm.

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LET THEM SLEEP LIKE ROYALTY King of Cotton prides itself on its ability to satisfy the discerning needs of the best hotels in the world, due in part to its wide choice of striking bedding, including Percale, Sateen and Satin Stripe, with multiple pin-tuck hem options. Another area key to creating a great bedroom is the bed itself, there’s an extensive range with colour-coordinated options for bed bases, drawers and headboards. In addition, King of Cotton offers a wide range of bathrobes and an extensive collection of towelling. As a trade supplier, King of Cotton’s prices are highly competitive, and anyone in the business of hospitality can register as a trade customer and enjoy additional discounts. T 0208 332 7999 W

SAVOIR BEDS TEAMS UP WITH KOBE UK FOR ANNIVERSARY BED DESIGN Savoir Beds, one of the world’s most luxurious sleeping systems, teamed up with luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, to add sophisticated glamour to its specially designed bed for The Savoy’s 125th Anniversary. Savoir was first created for The Savoy hotel in London in 1905, and its tailor-made beds have become almost as legendary as the stars that have slept in them. In creating a special bed to mark the occasion, Savoir’s designer, Mandeep Dillon, used Kobe’s bestselling chic and contemporary Chacar fabric to capture the very essence of the hotel. The design is inspired by the 1920s and 30s, the heyday of glamour, jazz and movie stars at The Savoy. Visually, the bed echoes the slim elegant lines of 1920s design and has a futuristic ‘Flash Gordon’ look with the use of sharp angles and metallic bronze silk. Its shape is emphasised by the deliberate use of a single fabric to upholster the whole bed, including the legs. Lastly, there is no fussy detailing on the bed to detract from the simplicity of the shape. “We were delighted to help

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Savoir on this assignment,” says Nikki Harris, head of contracts at Kobe UK. “The team works closely with interior designers on major projects around the UK and it was very exciting working with Savoir on the specially designed 125th anniversary bed for The Savoy.” Chacar is suitable for domestic and contract window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings. The luxurious cotton satin comes in 94 colours from soft delicate neutrals, to vivid oranges and vibrant blues. All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test. “The Chacar fabric was perfect, as The Savoy bed needed to reflect the timeless elegance of the hotel, as well as to celebrate its anniversary,” comments Natalie Byrne of Savoir. “Kobe’s experience and expertise made working with them on this project a pleasure.” The anniversary bed was photographed in The Savoy’s famous Beaufort Bar and features as the main attraction in The Savoy Travelling Bedroom in its showrooms worldwide. W W

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EASY DREAMS With a range designed exclusively for the hotel and contract market, Mattison Contract Beds is one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of contract beds, with over 150 years of experience. As a supplier to the top independent and hotel chains, the firm brings a wealth of knowledge to the table – with no job too complex or bespoke. From pocket-sprung to open coil mattresses, foam mattresses to headboards or sofa beds through bedding accessories, Mattison Contract Beds is a one-stop shop for all bedding requirements.

Attention to detail and consistently high-quality service – from ordering through to delivery and after – have ensured that Mattison Contract Beds stays on top of its game. Supported by sales managers throughout the UK, clients can restassured that they’ll have a personal service with a dedicated sales manager appointed to them.


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Q&A: SEAN SUTCLIFFE, BENCHMARK Sean Sutcliffe, co-founder and MD of Benchmark, is widely respected as one of the UK’s best-known furniture makers. Initially a small studio workshop, Benchmark has evolved into a full service design studio and furniture showroom. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Ralph caught up with Sean to found out more about his creative background, favourite hospitality projects, and his passionate stance on sustainable timber sourcing ... When did you first realise your passion for design, and how did things take shape from there? I found a love of making long before my love of design.Throughout my childhood I enjoyed making things in wood with increasing joy. It was whilst studying as a cabinetmaker at Parnham College that I was introduced to the design world when many eminent architects and designers visited to give lectures. It was during this period that my innate respect for good design was founded. Who was inspirational to you early on in your career, and why? Terence Conran has undoubtedly been the single biggest influence. We worked together very closely on Bibendum in the mid 1980s and on all of his subsequent restaurants. In the early days, all of my Saturdays were spent sitting in his kitchen poring over plans for his restaurants. In turn, the connection with him brought me into contact with chefs and restaurateurs throughout Europe including Simon Hopkinson, chef at Bibendum, who was another great inspiration. We travelled through Europe together, stopping at all the iconic restaurants of his choice from simple places in the butchers district of Paris to three-star restaurants in Burgundy and small bistros in Troyes. He gave me an appreciation of the narrative that exists between the food and the space that you are eating in. Another man who inspired me was Julian Wickham of Wickham Associates. I worked with him on Kensington Place and was so impressed by his truly modern approach to restaurant interiors and for his ability to bring colour, joy and drama into a space. Was it always your ambition to set up your own company? I won a design prize of a travel bursary in the 1980s and went on a tour of furniture makers in Denmark. Not only was I inspired by the way they valued artisanship and skilled manual labour, I was also struck by how the Danes located factories in rural areas rather than on industrial parks on the edge of larger towns. When Terence Conran suggested we set up a workshop on his estate in West Berkshire, I jumped at the opportunity to be able to offer skilled employment in a rural area. When Benchmark first started out, it offered a unique alternative to the more traditional brands, and to small designer makers working on high value commissions – what do you see as Benchmark’s position in today’s furniture industry? We are still unique. We continue to be a craftsbased workshop. We have stayed true to using

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highly skilled craftspeople and put great store on the values that they bring. However we’ve scaled up and use technology to support where appropriate. With our staff of 70 we are large enough to tackle the largest of commercial projects and can offer a onestop-shop with workshops for timber milling, cabinetmaking, veneering, specialist metalwork, spray shops and upholstery. Whether projects are large or small, our culture is still one that offers a highly personal service and we provide the same level of design and craftsmanship to an individual customer requiring a single piece of furniture as to a large commercial contract job.

You have mentioned that – despite its impressive growth, and the prestigious portfolio of projects Benchmark has undertaken – for you the success of the company truly rests on the collective happiness of the workforce. How do you maintain this balance? We have been able to grow because all our profits have been reinvested in the company. Money is important in that it enables us to run the business but it is not my priority, just a means to an end. It is in the DNA of makers that we don’t make things for financial reward, but for the satisfaction of doing something well and that the outcome of our › labour will be loved.

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I fundamentally believe that a happy workforce makes good business sense. When an individual feels valued, is given responsibilities, is part of a team and is doing a job that is worth while, they will give the best of themselves and have a sense of pride in the furniture that they are making. You’ve been extremely committed to sustainable practices from the outset – what do you envisage will be the main issues for the furniture industry in this regard over the coming years, and how do you plan to combat them at Benchmark? There is now an increased appreciation of wood as a material that is truly sustainable and I expect to see a continuation of the trend to use more wood and less plastics and aluminium, which is obviously good for us woodies. I think customers will want to make better informed choices and be more concerned about the environmental impact of their purchase decisions, which is why we have helped pioneer Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – the calculation of the cradle-to-grave environmental impact of products in terms of their materials and process. In 2012 we made the world’s first wooden furniture with full LCA results.

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Item in your house: My Japanese kitchen knives Time of day: Bedtime! Quote: “Though human genius in its various inventions with various instruments may answer the same end, it will never find an invention more beautiful or more simple or direct than nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous”. Leonardo Da Vinci

What would you say have been the most noticeable shifts (if any) in furniture design for hospitality spaces since Benchmark first started out? We started working on restaurant and hotel interiors in the 1980s when extravagance and opulence was at its heyday, but in today’s world feels inappropriate. Nowadays hospitality spaces are much more restrained, with pared-back style and natural finishes, epitomised by world-leading Copenhagen restaurant, Noma. Which global furniture market(s) do you most admire? Denmark. As you enter Copenhagen Airport with its acres of fabulous teak floors you can’t help to be swept away by the Danes' sheer appreciation of craftsmanship, materials and design which extends to every level of society. Even the local council office will be fitted to an extraordinarily high level of design.

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Is there a hospitality project within your portfolio that particularly stands out for you for any reason? That would undoubtedly be Bibendum, which was

our very first restaurant project. It is so utterly joyful in its humour and of course the building itself is fabulous. I’m very proud to say that the furniture we made is still there and looking as good as it did 30 years ago. What are you working on at the moment? There is always a wide variety of work going through the workshop. In terms of hospitality projects, we’ve recently completed work for the Fat Duck, the Rosewood, London, and Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire and are currently finishing projects for Firmdale Hotels in New York, the Great Northern, the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford and the Pier Hotel in Harwich. We are also working on a number of office projects and some big private residential projects, as well as a number of Oxford colleges. And of course, we are always making furniture for our own furniture collection. What would be your dream project? I would love to work on a restaurant or hotel project in Kyoto because they have the greatest appreciation of woodworking in the whole world. T 01488 658184 W

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With over 40,000 sq ft of workshops for timber milling, carpentry, veneering, spray shop, metalworking, and in-house upholstery, as well as a design studio, Benchmark have thirty years experience in the hospitality industry. Projects include The Great Northern Hotel; The Connaught; Byron Burger; ACE Hotel Shoreditch.

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CRAFTED EXCELLENCE AND MODERN LUXURY Luxury furniture and accessories brand, Madheke, unites crafted excellence and modern luxury. Conceived by LOCO Design – out of a passion for creation and an expertise in working with the world’s finest materials, the brand’s essence is to create pieces that are able to stand the test of time. With a meticulous use of exquisite materials and timeless detailing, Madheke products embody an exceptional character designed for sophisticated living. The brand’s philosophy is to create unique and fine pieces that are handcrafted, yet enjoy a sense of modernity. E W


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Over the years Burgess Furniture has supplied some of the most prestigious venues around the world. The company has a wealth of experience supplying banqueting, conference and meeting room furniture to hotels, major conference and exhibition venues, as well as state-of-the-art sporting venues and facilities.

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MANUFACTURED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD Today Burgess exports to over 50 countries every year. Its head office is in London UK, but Burgess now has offices in France, Germany and Dubai. Burgess is very proud of the fact that its products are still designed, and more importantly manufactured, on site in the UK. The company’s vision and motto is to provide the highest quality product, made from the best quality and sourced materials it can. Burgess believes that this makes for an unrivalled product, with a superior product lifespan and therefore an increased customer satisfaction. “Quality, Innovation and Value for Money.” New additions to Burgess’ range include the Evosa and Evosa Congress chairs. These chairs are perfect for the most prestigious of venues. In total there are five model options, all with a stylish slender chrome plated steel frame. This chair range creates a new high in outstanding design and quality. The slim webbed seat and unique hidden back construction provides enduring comfort while maintaining a light weight chair. Burgess’ award-winning chairs, Mendola and Orvia have become best sellers in the Burgess chair collection. Mendola is a contemporary multipurpose aluminium chair perfect for banquet and conference venues.

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The design incorporates ProBax Advanced Seating Technology which has been awarded with the FIRA Innovation Award. The Orvia has melded the latest innovative design with a unique asymmetric aluminium extrusion to create the illusion of slender elegance, whilst retaining the inherent strength for which Burgess Chairs are renowned, the world over. It has also achieved the FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award. Burgess’ meeting tables are some of the best designs available. The Meet-U meeting table system includes innovative features to allow for agile working and modern technology. Designed with the user in mind, there are a variety of top shapes which link together to form the perfect layout for any meeting room environment. The full range of tables can be further complemented by bridging units, minimising the number of table legs needed and so allowing more people to sit in total comfort around the table layout. The Burgess collection of furniture can now offer the complete solution for all venue’s seating and table needs, all manufactured to the highest standard in its West London factory. T 020 8894 9231 W

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AGENT HIGH TABLE AND BAR STOOLS BY LYNDON DESIGN Combining first class style with functionality, the Agent high table and bar stools are perfect for informal areas and rooms where space is at a premium. Oozing style and appeal, the Agent high table features a robust yet elegant white MFC top that provides a durable finish lasting for up to several years. The simple yet bold lines of the table and the quality of the timber used for the under frame demonstrate Lyndon Design’s expertise in handcrafting wood materials with an exquisite finish. Measuring 1050 x 1800mm, the table and bar stools come in American Black Walnut or European Oak frame. T 01242 584897 W

TOP QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE PRICES FROM THE CONTRACT FURNITURE GROUP The Contract Furniture Group, formerly Dining Chairs UK, is one of the UK’s leading contract furniture manufacturers and suppliers. The company aims to provide its clients with well-designed products, made to the highest standards, and available at affordable prices. Under its new name, The Contract Furniture Group, the firm will continue to cover every aspect of the hotel and leisure industry, providing an excellent service to all clients regardless of the scale of the works required – no job is too big or small. Contract Furniture Group prides itself on having many years of experience in the industry. The group feels that this quality, combined with continuous

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development, has ensured its place as a market-leading trade only supplier. The Contract Furniture Group has announced that it will be showcasing new models for 2016 at Pub 16, on the 9th and 10th February at Olympia London, on stand 47, and also at Hotelympia, 29th February to 3rd March at Excel London, stand 2050. The brand will also launch its new brochure for the coming year in January, where all the new models can be seen for the first time. A copy may be ordered by emailing the company. T 0115 965 9030 E W

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GRACEFUL CONTOURS FROM CULT LIVING Gracefully contoured and sophisticated, the Scarlet chairs by Cult Living will instantly uplift any hotel, bar, or restaurant. Cult Living uses PU leather to give the chair a luxurious feel and, in combination with a seat made of foam, guests will be able to sit in this chair for hours! The legs are made of solid ash wood and finished in a striking brown. The PU leather seat is available in different colours too, including: black, brown and grey. The Scarlet chairs come in two versions: with and without armrests. Exclusive trade are discounts available. T 0208 185 6960 W

INTRODUCING THE JENNY COLLECTION The Jenny collection from Knightsbridge Furniture is ideally-suited for any hospitality environment. With 13 pieces of furniture, ranging from armchairs and settees to desk chairs and upright armless chairs, the Jenny collection perfectly complements each other with its unique curvaceous style. Blending traditional woodworking skills with modern designs ensures that Knightsbridge is delivering the very best of British-made contract furniture. Available in six different wood finishes and a wide variety of fabrics and faux leathers, the Jenny collection can also be made bespoke using the customer’s own fabric. W

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ULTIMATE CONTRACT LAUNCH BOLD MAGMA COLLECTION Ultimate Contract will be launching its new Magna Collection – a family of products from its new 2016 brochure including lounge chair armchair and side chair. Ultimate is one of the UK’s leading contract furniture suppliers, known in the market for delivering design, quality and comfort, combined with specialist technical knowledge and a superior after-sales service. We have over 15 years’ expertise in supplying contemporary and classic contract furniture that is bespoke and affordable to restaurants, bars, bistros, nightclubs, group hotels and golf clubs around the UK. T 01245322414 W

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MORGAN CREATES TIMELESS ELEGANCE WITH PIMLICO DESIGN Created by the Morgan Studio, Pimlico features smooth, curved lines with a unique inset oval seat pad which is wrapped by the frame. Fully upholstered for maximum comfort, Pimlico succeeds in offering a look which is both playful and youthful, as well as being timeless and elegant. This makes it versatile for the bedroom, lounge or bar within a diverse range of interior schemes, whether contemporary or classic. The collection is available as a small and large lounge chair, with the compact version being perfect for hotel bedrooms; a dining chair, and a high back lounge chair (shown) that makes a great statement piece for reception areas. T 01243 371111 W

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EGGER’s latest product innovation makes ‘PerfectSense’ Two new products from EGGER UK give designers, specifiers and architects the opportunity to reflect the enduring popularity of high gloss, and the emerging trend of velvet matt surfaces to create new opportunities in commercial and residential interior design. Thanks to a revolutionary UV coating process, EGGER’s new PerfectSense Gloss and PerfectSense Matt boards provide a particularly hard-wearing surface with a premium look and feel at a realistic price. Both ranges became available from October 2015, and have a core of super-smooth MDF. “The gloss boards offer a combination of a real mirror finish with a tough, smooth and flawless surface – something of a novelty in this product area,” says Amy Muir, EGGER UK category manager for specification. “By using a special coating process with UV technology, we believe we have elevated our products into an area of the market previously reserved for only a few high-end surfaces. “We have seen many shop fitters and interior designers featuring high-gloss decors in recent times, and it’s a look that customers are continuing to adopt. With EGGER’s PerfectSense Gloss you not only get the desired look, you also get a board that is strong in the fabrication process and suitable for heavier-use applications – being particularly scratch-resistant and robust.” EGGER’s new UV coating process gives its second new product – PerfectSense Matt – unique properties of its own, making it highly resistant to fingerprints. The warm, soft look also gives it an up-market feel that is gaining in popularity. The dimensions are 2800 x 2070mm, with a thickness of 19mm and all of the PerfectSense finishes have matching edging. Also available are colour matches in complementary textures

W1000 PG Premium White gloss finish with H1377 ST36 Sand Orleans Oak

to create a coordinated look with other panel products. “Gloss in itself is not new, but with PerfectSense we believe we have raised the bar in terms of durability and the sheer depth of the shine – which responds to the high demand from endusers,” Amy Muir adds. “But Matt is also gaining in popularity. Matt surfaces have long been associated with high value and predominantly used in premium-end commercial design and furniture production. This has made it much more desirable and the superior quality differentiates it from other matt surfaced products available – particularly when used as a contrast to our new high gloss product.”

PerfectSense Matt decors carry on the current ‘Glory of Grey’ theme, with two cooler shades of grey included – U708 PM Light Grey and U732 PM Dust Grey – as well as two warmer grey shades, U702 PM Cashmere and U727 Stone Grey. Besides the prevailing classic white, black is also celebrating its comeback on the matt surface – showcasing high quality at its best. The nofingerprint functionality can be seen particularly well on the U999 PM Black. PerfectSense Gloss decors are based on current trends. The range comprises a collection of popular solid colours and exotic woodgrains. T 01434 602191 W PerfectSense wall paneling U999 PM Black Matt finish and U999 PG Black Gloss

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Stria Basalt, Stria Lava, Stria Silt - Signature

Consistent or creative? Amtico flooring has it covered Amtico

Design-led manufacturer and designer of luxury vinyl tile flooring, Amtico, prides itself on creating innovative flooring solutions to meet the creative needs of interior designers, architects and specifiers. When specifying flooring for hotels, restaurants and bars, the requirements for design and individuality will often be determined by whether the end result should be consistent or creative. A national hotel chain will most likely be looking for smart and long-lasting flooring that delivers uniformity across its portfolio. A boutique one-off development, however, will be more open to individuality, seeking innovative flooring ideas that make a statement. Within Amtico’s luxury vinyl tile collections, these diverse requirements are both well catered for. With 50 years’ experience in developing design-led flooring collections for commercial sectors, Amtico has the choice in colour, material, texture and design that interior designers, architects and specifiers expect. Take Amtico Signature, the company’s flagship LVT collection, for example. Designed and made in Britain, this collection is all about creativity

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and providing endless design opportunities. By combining Amtico Signature’s 188 products with 31 laying patterns – some of which are unique to Amtico – an infinite number of inspirational design floors can be created. And for hospitality and leisure developers with aspirations for truly original bar concepts or particularly eye-catching hotel foyers, the Amtico Signature motifs and borders can really bring a venue to life. Design innovation is matched by functionality and quality. Amtico Signature’s thick 1.0mm wear layer is durable, its high-quality surface treatment helps prevent against scuffs and stains, and the commercial product warranty that accompanies the collection is 20 years against wear-out. Moving on to consider the flooring requirements for national chains, where consistency, functionality and efficiency are key, and this is where Amtico Access comes into its own. Specifically designed for single product or product combination application in projects that need a

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speedy installation, Amtico Access is a contemporary loose-lay vinyl flooring that can be fitted without a permanent adhesive. Quick and easy to install, a new floor can be put down overnight and be ready to walk on the next morning. Because tiles are non-permanent, they can be easily lifted, either to be replaced or to give access to underfloor utilities, and the tile’s 5mm thickness means the product can be overlaid straight onto many subfloors, saving time and money on preparation. Demand for versatile loose-lay vinyl flooring in commercial sectors is on the increase, and Amtico’s in-house design team has been developing inspirational new products to enhance the collection. These 19 additions, launched in October, bring the total range choice to 43, with introductions including brighter colours and light-cool tones across the range, stylish and sophisticated design woods, and a stronger abstract palette. T +44 (0) 121 745 0800 W

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For when you want to reflect an upmarket look.

PerfectSense Gloss from EGGER is a new generation of high gloss panels. They don’t fade, are hardwearing and offer a new level of reflection only achievable with glass or acrylic. Helping you create a high-end, exclusive look for less. Also now available, ‘PerfectSense Matt’, a collection of in-vogue, supermatt finishes. For samples go to or t 0845 606 8888.

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Deco Bath Shower mixer Perrin & Rowe The contrast between the sharp edges and the soft rounded curves should make the Deco Bath Shower Mixer extremely hard to hand polish, but with Perrin & Rowe’s quality of expertise, the product is guaranteed to have an immaculate and crisp finish. The company’s highly skilled craftsmen devoted hours to producing this British product to ensure that its quality is beyond measure. The Deco Bathroom Collection by Perrin & Rowe draws its inspiration from the Art Deco era. Perrin & Rowe has slightly decreased the proportions of its Deco brassware range, making the components more delicate and reducing the masculine look and feel. The products are 100% UK manufactured, hand polished, and hand assembled. The shower mixer is available in Lever and Crosshead, with an integrated diverter for a handshower and is available with wall-mounted unions, deck-mounted unions, and floor legs suited to freestanding baths. The product offers customisable finishes including Chrome, Nickel and Pewter, with special finishes available on request. The product has also been manufactured to meet the Perrin & Rowe product promise, which includes the guarantee that the product was manufactured in the UK from the highest quality raw materials available, latest technology and low-lead brass. Perrin & Rowe also states that it plates products to a thickness that is more than twice the industry standard to ensure a deep, protective coating that is resistant to wear and tear. The products are made to include bearing rings and O seals on handles and spouts to ensure maximum durability, prolong the service life of the product and create a stable wobble-free operation. The product’s ceramic disc valves are repeatedly tested up to 500,000 life cycles, to equate to at least 25 years of use in a domestic installation. T 01708 526 361 W

Trascenda collection Trend GB Glass mosaic and decorative solid surfaces specialist, Trend, has launched its Trascenda agglomerate range. The collection comprises integrated patterns inspired by the world’s finest natural marble, the designer’s vivid childhood memories and the weathered materials of the nineteenth century Orsoni workshop. Created using cutting-edge dye sublimation techniques, the distinctive designs are embedded into the surface of Trend’s slimline granite, quartz, porcelain or even recycled glass composite sheets, transferring a permanent image. The host agglomerate sheet retains all of its technical properties, making the product non-porous, low maintenance and resistant to heat, impact, scratch, stains and chemical cleaners. Recent clients include the Sheraton hotel chain, which has already commissioned custom water-effect flooring for a Kid’s Club hotel facility in Orlando, Florida, in place of high-maintenance carpet. The Trend Trascenda collection is available from independent Trend stockists, or for special order from Granite Transformations showrooms, with the added bonus of a full installation service. Produced on a newly-installed $500,000 press at the group’s Sebring US manufacturing plant, the dye sublimation process can be used to create new design collections and bespoke decorative finishes for commercial and residential applications.

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The standard Trascenda range currently comprises three distinctive design collections that have been tattooed onto Trend Polar Ice, Pietra Serena or Ivory slab – Elements of Light, Memories and Classic & Remastered. Elements Of Light offers eight colourways inspired by patterns of light and weathered materials at the historic Orsoni furnace. Memories comprises six designs that reflect treasured memories of Trend people and images that capture Italian family life. The Classic & Remastered range has four naturalistic patterns based on the most precious varieties of marble quarried in Italy – among the most luxurious in the world. These studio-designed patterns are offered on tough quarter-inch thick slab over 3m long and in a range of seven square and rectangular tiles, between 30 x 30cm and 120 x 120cm, for walls and flooring. Waterproof and mould-resistant, Trend sublimated panels are also perfect for a variety of applications, including kitchen worktops and splashbacks, bathroom panels, domestic and medium-traffic commercial floors, and as a surface in showers and wet rooms. The use of water-based dyes and recyclable raw materials further ensures Trascenda has minimal impact on the environment, especially as the slimline material can be installed over existing tiles and other surfaces, with no ripping out or wastage for landfill. T 0800 044 5393/0800 044 5395 E W

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Introducing the Deco Collection...

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Riven Johnson Tiles Riven is a new range of glazed porcelain wall and floor tiles from Johnson Tiles, which offers a realistic stone effect. Inspired by the natural cut, textures and colours of slate and stone, Riven has a strong and earthy quality to it, with striking natural lines and sharp detail. Johnson Tiles achieves this look by using the latest innovative technology in tile manufacturing. Available in a 600 x 300mm format, Riven is produced in four organic shades, which harmoniously complement any design scheme – from pale toned tiles to deep charcoals. It adds a satisfying aesthetic to hotel and leisure spaces, highlighting traditional and rustic features or enhancing modern interiors. T 01782 575575 W

Contemporary Classics Wilton Carpets A mix and match attitude to timeless style, combined with modern reworkings of classic motifs makes Contemporary Classics an ideal carpet collection for transforming a regular space into a boutique. Inspired by the comfortable elegance of country house hotels, the latest collection from Wilton Carpets Commercial can add a truly individual element to any interior design. The collection is available in five designs, allowing specifiers to access a world of creative carpet solutions that is traditionally reserved for bespoke installations. A textured backdrop running through all five designs creates a natural theme, making it possible to use a unique design

for each area whilst having a style motif that flows throughout the entire space. Each pattern is available in any of 10 colours from the versatile Optimum colourbank, including stone, linen, dahlia, cyclamen, ocean blue and lime zest. From the decorative Lavish Damask and Soft Scroll, to the subtle Modern Motif and Tartan Touch, each pattern in Contemporary Classics reinvents a traditional motif for a modern yet timeless look. Made in a wool-rich construction for the very best in appearance retention and wear resistance, Contemporary Classics comes in a range of qualities and is delivered in just 28 days from order. T 01722 746000 E

Vita Décor Granorte Granorte has once again strengthened its reputation as a leading innovator in cork flooring, with the introduction of Vita Décor – a stunning new collection of digital designs for 2016. Alongside 14 parquet effects, Granorte is turning up the heat with a range of seven extraordinary tile patchwork designs. Echoing Parisian apartments and Moroccan mosaics, these exciting new designs offer the latest in interior style with the beneficial properties of cork. Vita Décor not only provides spaces with incredibly realistic looks, but welcomes in the acoustic, thermal and comfort benefits of cork, avoiding many of the disadvantages of other hard flooring types. “The look of wood and ceramic tiles is

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one to be celebrated, but the materials do present challenges in interior spaces – namely acoustics and underfoot comfort, particularly in areas such as retail and restaurants,” explains Paulo Rocha, research and development at Granorte. “That’s why we’re really excited about Vita Décor. It offers these super hot looks but with improvements that make it much more viable in commercial spaces, as well as homes.” Fast to install thanks to Uniclic, Vita Décor comes with Microban antibacterial protection, as well as the high performance WearTop finish for a surface that resists scuffs and is easy to maintain. T 01785 711131 E W

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Sofa upholstered in ‘Cloud’ from the Sark collection:

Bleach Cleanable

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REACH compliant

Stain Resistant

Martindale Abrasion-Contract

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When it might seem that the design possibilities for handle designs have been exhausted, a recent uptake in the use of sliding doors has opened up new avenues. The ergonomic demands of a sliding door handle require the ability to push or pull from almost any angle whilst remaining flush to the door itself – the kind of challenge a good designer relishes.

Time to get excited about sliding door handles Sugatsune With Japan being the spiritual home of the sliding door, Sugatsune has always had a special interest in supplying door furniture for them. Their handles tend to be integrated into the door itself, making them highly functional whilst looking good. A handle like the DSI-3250, made from stainless steel, works well singly or in pairs. With double doors, the two semicircular handles form a pleasing circular motif where they meet in the middle. For a more rectilinear look, the understated DSI4250 and DSI-4251 are also set-in to the door and can be used from the front or the side, making them useful even for pocket doors. Glass sliding doors bring their own challenges. Rarely lightweight, they benefit from a meaningful handle such as the is DSI-5250-10. The unmistakably contemporary design using clear simple shapes gives an easy to use handle that visually enhances the door. Whilst Sugatsune’s design credentials are impeccable, adhering to the form follows function way of thinking, they are not without the occasional romantic gesture. The Zwei L range combines the love of good engineering and design with the aspiration to make the finest possible handles. They are made from billets of solid surgical steel and are handmade to very high tolerances. Like a samurai sword, they speak of a system of values that is fast disappearing. A handle such as the Zwei L 1101 when used on a glass door becomes a jewel that affirms the authority of the owner in a most reassuring way. Sugatsune has a highly trained customer services team who will talk in detail about these or any other of their vast product range. T 01189272 955 W





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ood reason to look again at glass door handles

These glass door handles from Sugatsune are a perfect fusion of style and function. For swing or sliding doors they invite the hand at any angle and in double doors form a circular motif where they meet. They are a part of a range of glass and sliding door handles based around simple geometric shapes. Timeless and classy, they work well in traditional or contemporary spaces.

From Japan - it’s a design thing

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Unique Integrated USB charging socket Focus SB The new Integrated USB Charging Socket from Focus SB allows two mobile devices to be charged simultaneously and in a convenient location – an ideal gadget for hotel guests. The socket is available in most of Focus SB’s stylish ranges and finishes, so it can be matched with other electrical plates for a comprehensive look throughout an interior. It has a fast charge rate and is a more attractive solution than some other options. Advantageously, amperage is not shared between sockets, ensuring that the Focus SB Integrated USB charges specific devices quickly and efficiently, even when both sockets are in use. The total charging rate is 3.1 amp, split between a 2.1 amp port, which is ideal for charging tablets, including iPads and phones, and a 1 amp port – ideal for charging phones, including iPhones. W

20th Anniversary celebrations Solus Ceramics Solus Ceramics, one of the leading suppliers of innovative and inspiring architectural wall and floor tiles, is celebrating a major milestone after reaching its 20th anniversary in the UK market. The company, which was established in 1995, offers a range of more than 100,000 high quality tiling solutions to the architectural and specification markets. This includes porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal and natural stone products. Its two decades of experience in the commercial arena has seen the company become a market-leading supplier to the hotel and leisure, restaurant and bar, retail, public sector, education and automotive sectors. To mark it’s 20th anniversary, Solus Ceramics has hosted a series of celebratory events with its staff and customers, both at its Birmingham headquarters and its flagship London showroom – The Creative Centre. The Creative Centre, located in the heart of the city, features the most upto-date tiling ranges within an inspiring two floor creative space. The company has also reinforced its commitment to the market and its future by undertaking a £500,000 investment programme to improve its UK operations. The investment, which is specifically designed to cement its market leading position, further enhance its first class service offering and boost growth opportunities, has seen Solus Ceramics transform its warehouse into a state-of-the-art facility. This includes the purchase of its second advanced cutting machine, which has been bought following the investment and success of its first machine purchased back in 2011. “This is an incredibly exciting year for the business,” says Marcus Bentley, MD of Solus Ceramics. “To reach our 20th anniversary is testament to our service offering and the hard work of our team. We have developed some excellent relationships with architects, specifiers and interior designers over the years, with our solutions being specified for some of the UK’s most iconic building projects.” T 0121 753 0777 W

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Inicio & Junea designs Burgess Furniture This year Burgess is launching the Inicio, which represents a quantum leap in classic banquet chair design. The Inicio’s innovative forward sloping lightweight aluminium frame, together with its unique wedge seat and slim back construction, creates a modern and dynamic aesthetic, while retaining superior levels of comfort. With a choice of six back shapes, a choice of mono or two-tone upholstery, a wide range of solid paint finishes and a bespoke colour-matched handhold, Inicio provides scope to create a unique chair to enhance any modern interior. Burgess has found that more and more hotels require both the traditional meeting style furniture but they also want a flexible and relaxed meeting space. The company is also starting to see these products used front of house and in bedrooms particularly in hotels with a more contemporary design. With the design trend of creating more relaxed spaces in mind, Burgess has added a range of soft seating to its collection. To add to this collection, Burgess is also launching Junea, a tub style chair, suitable for both bedrooms and meeting rooms. This chair is available with a combination of three upholstery styles and three different bases to suit any room requirements. T 020 8894 9231 W

WE KNOW FURNITURE WARINGS Furniture is the preferred manufacturer and supplier of interior and exterior furniture to leading hospitality groups operating in the UK and internationally, many of whom have relied on WARINGS for decades. Thirty years of trading equates to a vast knowledge and experience within this unique sector.

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Expona SimpLay Polyflor UK-based vinyl flooring specialist, Polyflor, has recently launched the Expona SimpLay PUR range of loose lay luxury vinyl tiles as the latest addition to the Expona family. The Expona SimpLay collection consists of tiles and planks for heavy commercial interiors. The range also offers authentic reproductions of natural materials, presented in an adhesive-free, ready to lay product, which has been designed to reduce installation time. Furthering Expona’s reputation for offering high design flooring, the new range includes 38 striking designs featuring a variety of wood, stone and textile effects. Expona SimpLay’s unique, non-skid honeycomb backing layer and thicker 5mm gauge ensure that the tiles stay

in position, creating a hardwearing floorcovering for high traffic commercial environments. As it is a loose lay product that can be installed over many different types of floorcoverings, subfloor preparation is significantly reduced and each plank or tile can be reinstalled elsewhere without leaving any residue. Expona SimpLay’s environmental credentials are impressive, achieving a generic BRE A+ rating in major use areas and Indoor Air Comfort Gold, assuring that VOC emissions are below any globally determined levels. It is also 100% recyclable via the Recofloor recycling scheme and contains an average of 20% recycled content. T 0161 767 1111 E W

Bespoke carpet design Lano Lano continues its partnership with Pullmantur – the Spanish division of cruise ship company RCCL – with an impressive 600m2 installation of bespoke Axminster carpet on key fleet member, the Empress. This floating hotel required underfoot inspiration in its Sovereign Miramar main dining room, and with Lano’s decades of experience in supplying the demanding cruise industry, the company was an obvious choice. Three bespoke designs were to be employed, as hotel refurbishment manager at Pullmantur, Riccardo Tonini, explains: “The three designs were to offer a bold outlook, something to get guests talking, in contrast to more

subtle suite designs that we have had Lano make in the past. The carpet was required to provide extreme durability necessary to withstand the significant footfall of the Empress, and offer superb comfort for all guests that utilised the space throughout the day. Lano has gained a strong reputation for delivering IMO-certified woven carpets, area rugs and artificial grass for cruise liners across the globe. Having already supplied over 135,000m2 of carpet for Pullmantur liners in the past, this is a partnership that continues to gather momentum. T 00800 5266 5266 E W

Surfacing collections Smith & Fong Smith & Fong Co, manufacturer of Plyboo bamboo architectural plywood and textured wall systems, has significantly expanded its presence in the United Kingdom and Europe. The company now has a London office and centralised warehousing in the Midlands for its full line of bamboo and palm plywood and panelling products, according to company president Angus Stocks. The company has partnered with IQ Allied American Industries, London, a leader in promoting and distributing architectural and interior surface products. The key focus for 2016 will be to introduce and build market for Smith & Fong’s Plyboo Reveal, Sound, Linear and Palm wall

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systems collections. The collections currently comprise as many as 40 different designs, stains and finishes. The Reveal Collection contains richly carved panelling, some evoking a tribalmeets-modern motif. The Sound Collection, meanwhile, offers aesthetics with excellent noise reduction qualities. The Linear Collection is made up of designs ranging from a fresh, contemporary feel to the look of hand-woven textiles. All three collections are available in traditional amber and natural and a wide range for stain colours and finish options. E W

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The Home of innovative surfaces for architects and designers Visit us on stand 204, 202

Finsa’s global design team aims to reflect the social and cultural changes which define the way we live and consume. Paying close attention to new innovations in technology it considers how these will inspire future surfaces for wood, interiors and furniture within our spaces. Products to be exhibited: • • • • •

Roble Chicago from the Jazz Collection.

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The Lucia collection with three new colours by Marcel Wanders HI-MACS On 1st January 2016, HI-MACS launched its new 2016 colours – the Lucia collection. This new range includes five colours – Ice Queen, Shadow Queen and Star Queen created by Marcel Wanders, plus Lentil and Red Quinoa. The range gives the world of design and architecture the freedom to create increasingly powerful, sumptuous

projects that people never tire of admiring. With Lucia, HI-MACS solid surface retains all of its unparalleled qualities, including its versatility, its thermoformable, durable, waterproof and hygienic features, and its invisible joints. T 01892 704074 W

Changing Places toilet Clos JD Wetherspoon’s Velvet Coaster pub on Blackpool seafront opened in 2015 as one of the country’s biggest public houses. It was also one of the first in the country to include a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet, for people who need the help of a carer. The venue has now added another accolade to its tally, winning the 2015 Loo of the Year Trophy for the best Changing Places facility across the UK and Ireland, sponsored by the UK market leader Clos-o-Mat. In addition to the trophy, Wetherspoon’s also won the best accessible toilet award for Scotland, the best pub and bar toilet award in England, Scotland,

Ireland and Wales, and the national award in the individual category. Coincidentally, Closo-Mat supplied and installed the equipment required to create the Changing Places toilet at Velvet Coaster. The Loo of the Year Awards have been running for almost 30 years, and are the Oscars equivalent for the away-fromhome hygiene industry. Clos-oMat, Britain’s leading provider of Changing Places toilet facilities, has sponsored the sector-specific award since its inauguration five years ago. T 0161 969 1199 E W

Attiro flooring Kingspan When developing new product Attiro, Kingspan hoped to address the issue of installing a wooden floor over the raised access flooring that is widely used in hotels, conference centres, restaurants and other hospitality venues. In the past, it was only possible to use conventional square wooden panels bonded to the raised floor to maintain access. With the company’s pioneering new Attiro oak flooring, specifiers no longer need to compromise on style or easy access. Attiro secures magnetically to Kingspan’s steel encapsulated raised floor panels, achieving the look

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of a traditional wood floor but without limiting access to the underfloor service voids. In comparison to inaccessible tongue and groove wood flooring, the European oak-veneered Attiro can be lifted in seconds from any part of the floor. Attiro works with all Kingspan steel encapsulated raised access flooring systems, and comes in a range of shades to suit any taste and interior. Interior designers and architects can request an Attiro sample pack. E W

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Heated mirror pads demista Set to open in 2016, the newly refurbished, world renowned Ritz Hotel in Paris will include 400 demista heated mirror pads in its luxurious bathrooms. Visitors to the beautiful city of Paris will be able to view themselves in the mirrors of these bathrooms, without unsightly steam spoiling the image. Large mirrors, shaped mirrors, or mirrors fitted in bathroom cabinets can all be fitted with demista and if the mirror is very large, the pads can be fixed in multiples, so that the whole area remains steam free. Bespoke sizes are also available on request. demista is the original heated mirror pad, and has been successfully installed in executive apartments and houses for more than 23 years. T 01932 866600 W

Satin Stainless Steel

Now your guests can charge two devices The new Integrated USB Charging Socket from Focus SB has NO shared amperage, allowing your guests to fast charge two mobile devices at the same time! Available in a large range of stunning ďŹ nishes. Bespoke hotel room plates are our speciality, call us today for further details.

Tork Image Design Tork Tork, a leading global brand in hospitality hygiene, has launched an innovative, new range of stylish, high-end, stainless steel washroom dispensers for hospitality operators. Tork Image Design is a complete line of stylish washroom dispensers across 10 pieces, each with an elegant, gently brushed stainless steel body, fine lines and subtle curves. The range has been manufactured to blend seamlessly into its environment without taking over, being discreet, yet bold, sophisticated, yet simple – all underpinned by remarkable durability, versatility and ease of use. W Polished Brass

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Surface Design Show The Surface Design Show is set to take place at the Business Design Centre, London, from 9 – 11th February. SDS16 is set to feature over 150 national and international exhibitors, many of which will unveil new surfaces designed specifically for the design and construction industries. Since its inception in 2005, the show has become the destination for industry people to see, touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. Surface Design Show is the only UK trade show purely focusing on surfaces where visitors are able to find the newest innovations and trends in Surface Design all under one roof. New for 2016 is the Stone Gallery, which will highlight the very best of natural stone available on the UK market. Exhibitors will include Oxford Granites, Mathios Refractories, Marmoles Serrat, Amarestone and Building Adhesives. Also new at the show is Blanka from Rockfon (stand 154) – the “whitest ceiling tile ever.” Blanka was developed to take suspended ceilings to the next level. To achieve a ‘whiter than white’ finish, a specialist coating sourced from the US space

industry was applied to a high performance stone wool core creating a significantly whiter finish. The versatility of the tile also includes qualities such as; easy installation, long life span, anti-static and outstanding light reflection and diffusion properties making it a suitable product for many applications. Also exhibiting will be Heliot & Co, a new brand inspired by the directors’ business trip to Japan. This fresh and playful surface design company offers decorative finishes for the interior design industry. The latest addition to its range is Tokyo, a ceramic triangular tile that uses its angular formations to create texture and geometric patterns. The surface-based artwork boasts tactile aesthetics that are unique and modern for contemporary spaces. New for 2016 from Grestec Tiles is Glide, a porcelain wall tile inspired by the aesthetics and touch of glass. Glide introduces a colour palette

based on warm elegant shades of neutral and intense colours with bold and sought-after hues. Glide allows for contemporary and unique design schemes for commercial interiors for a fresh and innovative look. Another key aspect of the show will be Light School – an area designed to inspire visitors about the latest in lighting design and lighting products. This section of the show is divided into three parts – The School Room, which will have more than two days of lessons from leading members of the lighting design community; Product School, which provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and interesting technology, and School Newspaper, a free newspaper containing articles on lighting design to help ‘students’ remember what they have learnt in the School Room and from the Friends of Light School. W

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Pintark Stand 414 Pintark, an initiative by New Delhi-based design house, LOCO Design, specialises in advanced surface treatment and crafted material application. Pintark surfaces are available in multiple combinations of different materials and techniques, applied over numerous suggested tiles, blocks and weaves. The expansive standard system of tiles, blocks and weaves is able to create surfaces that are distinct in style and personal. Pintark’s crafted surfaces continue centuriesold traditions in surface adornment and celebration of the unique. The brand, known for its meticulous crafting offers specialized materials and techniques as standard product. All Pintark product and commissions are developed, tested and manufactured in-house, giving the brand full control over the product and craftsmanship it offers. Harnessing material knowledge and crafting skills involving traditional techniques and progressive technology, the brand looks to continue evolving relevant product. E W

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Latham's exclusive decors set to dazzle Stands 208, 206, 304 One of the UK’s biggest independent decorative panel distributors, James Latham, is gearing up for Surface Design Show 2016, where it will unveil a number of new surface materials – many of them exclusive – that promise to create plenty of interest among visiting architects and interior designers. The surfaces on show will include:

achieve with artificial materials. Developed over time to give a superior grade with maximum consistency, these real wood veneers – which are all from FSC-certified stock – include such on-trend species as Smoked Figured, Crown and Rough-Cut Eucalyptus as well as Cracked Oak, Smoked Larch and Satin Walnut.

Super Matt New and exclusive to James Latham, Super Matt is a range of highly durable, fingerprint-resistant, MFC decors from Kronospan Italy that is set to change the market. Offering eight on-trend colours, Super Matt reduces the need to be constantly wiping away unsightly finger marks and smears on surfaces, plus it also has a high resistance to scratches so it’s perfect for home and office furniture, shopfitting and hospitality, as well as kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

XyloCleaf Now available exclusively through James Latham and unlike anything else on the UK market, XyloCleaf is an innovative and highly textured range of decors which include a variety of woodgrains, linens and other unique materials. With over 60 colours and patterns in MFC and more than 20 in HPL laminate, all of which come with ABS edging as standard, the XyloCleaf collection is suited to premium design schemes within the retail sector and is perfect for furniture, fixtures and wall panelling. In addition, it is also popular for high-end commercial, leisure and hotel specifications.

Losan real wood veneers James Latham will also unveil its brand new and inspiring range of real wood veneers that allow designers to create environments with striking effects and finishes which bring a particular depth, texture and individuality impossible to

KYDEX Another new product for this year, and again exclusive to James Latham in the UK, is KYDEX – the exceptionally durable thermoplastic sheet that

will enhance virtually any commercial, healthcare, retail or educational styling theme. Supplied in a wide range of colours, textures and patterns, it offers designers the ability to create an almost unlimited variety of flat and three-dimensional effects and it can be formed to compound corners and contoured edges, minimising the need for moulding. Even brand logos and messages can be embossed into the material. Other products on Latham’s stand will include HI-MACS, the highly versatile and extremely durable material which can be easily machined and thermoformed to almost any 3D-shape imaginable; Valchromat, a coloured engineered fibreboard in which the colour runs throughout the entire board and Décor Eco, a new range of coloured plywood panels, both of which are proving extremely popular within the UK shopfitting and furniture manufacturing sectors. This is in addition to a selection of the latest additions to Latham’s massive range of Kronospan and Egger laminates, including MFC decors and CGL. T 0116 257 3415 W

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Trend-led designs from ESL Ceramics Stand 138 ESL Ceramics has 35 years’ experience in sourcing innovative tiles from the best factories worldwide, and is the preferred tile supplier on a wide range of projects in both the UK and Europe. On stand 138 at the Surface Design Show 2016, the company will be showing its core ranges, as well as new trends from the recent Cersaie and Cevisama tile industry trade shows. These include distressed concrete and wood finishes, elongated brick formats, geometric patterns and shapes, tactile 3D shapes and brighter, bolder colours, all of which are predicted to be popular in 2016. ESL Ceramics’ contract and specification sales team has developed longstanding relationships with architects, interior designers and contractors who value the high quality products, personal consultation service and complete technical support, as well as an excellent level of ongoing customer service. The extensive UK-stocked range encompasses the very highest quality technical porcelain tiles, ceramic wall and floor tiles as well as assorted glass, metal and stone mosaics and is continually being updated to keep it in line with market and project trends. T 020 8744 1122 W

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Armatile Stand 246 Armatile specialises in the design and manufacture of truly innovative tile and marble carpets, rugs and mosaic surfaces for interior, hospitality and retail design spaces. Established in 1975, Armatile is a leading manufacturer of tailor-made tile surfaces for a broad range of projects. The company has a passion to consistently push the boundaries in order to create design solutions that work for its customers. Able to create virtually anything using tiles, its talented team work intimately with architects and designers. Armatile is an expert at interpreting their visions and translating them into reality, bringing exciting surfaces to their projects by giving them access to interesting materials, creative design and bespoke production. T 02837 527 007 W

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For the first time at the Surface Design Show, CD UK will be showing new Corian Textura Panels designs, Ripples and Eyelet – expanding the range of surface choices to inspire designers and fabricators working in the retail sector. CD UK will have six large panels on display showing a variety of different textures and patterns and colours, together with a retail display highlighting back panelling. Textura Panels is an exciting range of patterns and textures that can transform projects into high-impact architecture, indoors and outdoors. Textura Panels have all the desirable features of Corian, being thermoformable, translucent and available in patterned colours, uniquely setting them apart from other solid surface materials in the market. They have unlimited design potential and outstanding durability for high footfall commercial environments. For the ultimate in flexibility, bespoke patterns are also available. A sophisticated combination of beauty, strength and versatility, Textura Panels are pure, solid and extremely durable. The material is waterproof, stain resistant, available in all the colours of Corian and in as many sheets as needed, allowing for it to be used on large-scale applications. Suitable for whole wall installations or to protect painted or papered walls, the panels can be backlit to produce ethereal effects and atmosphere, with striking, effective results. Combined with white or coloured LED lighting, Corian Textura Panels provide added functionality and style for schemes of any size. Textured and patterned Corian is non-porous, as well as extremely easy to care for. The ‘just fitted’ look of Corian can be maintained with standard household cleaners and water, while the durable nature of Corian makes it perfect for seamless, joint-free installation. T 0113 201 2240 W

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ROCKFON Stand 154

Renowned for its high quality acoustic ceiling and wall solutions, ROCKFON continues to push the boundaries of technology and will exhibit its latest innovations at the 2016 Surface Design Show. The company has also announced that it has been chosen as a Commercial Interior Surface finalist at the design awards, and will also feature at Surface Spotlight Live for Health + Wellbeing within the show. ROCKFON Blanka is a smooth, durable matt ceiling tile and is the manufacturer’s whitest ceiling tile ever. A special coating developed by the US space industry affords the hyper-white tiles outstanding light reflection and diffusion properties.The tile also features anti-static coating and a smooth, non-directional surface, which allows for easy maintenance and installation. Recent durability tests rate ROCKFON Blanka top of its class. ROCKFON Mono Acoustic features an improved, seamless monolithic finish, fantastic acoustics and total design flexibility. Available in white or bespoke colours, the system can be installed on either a suspension grid

or directly mounted on existing ceilings and walls. ROCKFON VertiQ, meanwhile, enhances the acoustics in a space where a traditional suspended ceiling is not viable or as additional acoustic control. The product has a modern, woven surface with a moiré structure. This tough finish ensures excellent impact resistance and durability – an ideal choice for high usage areas. Available in four contemporary colours, the highly versatile panels can be installed vertically or horizontally. All ROCKFON ceiling and wall solutions provide excellent performance in terms of fire safety and humidity resistance. All products are backed with a 15-year guarantee and are fully recyclable. The ROCKFON team offers impressive expertise and knowledge when it comes to finding the perfect solutions for any interior design. The team welcomes visitors to stand 154, to discuss how ROCKFON can help turn design into reality. T 0800 389 0314 W

FloorArt Stand 596

FloorArt is a one-stop-shop soft flooring specialist based in North London, offering expertise in all qualities of handmade, handtufted and machine-made rugs and carpet. The company carries stock of contemporary rugs up to a massive 4.57 x 3.66m and traditional rugs up to 10 x 6m. FloorArt is also an expert in supplying custom handmade, hand-tufted and powerloomed rugs and carpet for both residential and commercial projects. The company takes as much care over one custom rug order as for hundreds of metres for a hotel carpet. T 020 8945 5100 E

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Heradesign continues to innovate Stand 100 At last year’s Surface Design Show, Heradesign from Knauf AMF Ceilings made an impact on architects and designers due to its visual energy and contemporary warmth. Visit stand 100 at the Surface Design Show to find out why. Heradesign is a range of sustainable, wood-wool based ceiling tiles and wall panels, which are cost effective and easy to install. The Heradesign panels are also robust to ensure longevity, with visible wood fibres that give it a naturally textured finish. Michael Laird Architects (MLA) and Reiach and Hall Architects designed a new campus at Glasgow City College, using Heradesign due to its appearance – a perfect fit for the large engineering hall. Design possibilities are endless with Heradesign, as it is available in a wide range of sizes, edge details and unlimited colours. To create memorable interiors, Heradesign can be fitted as a suspended ceiling, hung as rafts or fits, or placed directly onto walls and ceilings. Flexible installation solutions make Heradesign

suitable for new builds, refurbishment projects and historic buildings. This versatility appealed to Snook Architects for a city-centre office refurbishment project. Heradesign can be specified in many colours, including those from popular systems such as RAL, NCS or StoColor. Heradesign is not just aesthetically versatile however, as it provides outstanding sound control, A1 fire protection and superior environmental credentials. Heradesign provides the highest standard Class A sound absorption, making it suitable for many mixeduse projects. High sound absorption controls unwanted background noise and ensures speech can be heard, contributing to a comfortable acoustic environment. The team at Knauf AMF is ready to help clients find the perfect acoustic and aesthetic solution for any interior design. It looks forward to welcoming visitors to stand 100 where they can find out more about Heradesign. The team can also provide advice about the complete range. T 0191 518 8600 W

Fila to launch two new stain removers Stand 368 Surface care specialist Fila is launching two new stain removers for the UK market at the Surface Design Show 2016. New FILAZERO SIL is designed to remove new and old silicone, glue and sticky label residue, whilst FILANO RUST removes oxide deposits. Both treatments feature a highly viscous consistency, making them ideal for application onto horizontal and vertical surfaces, providing maximum results and minimum waste. Designed for absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces, FILAZERO SIL dissolves hardened deposits within 20 minutes of application. It can be used to remove silicone and sticky residue – as well as candle wax and resin – from stone, grout, porcelain and ceramic, marble, glass and metal. FILANO RUST removes oxide tarnish from stone, marble, granite, agglomerates, porcelain, ceramic, terracotta and concrete. Its non-acid formula makes

it particularly suitable for delicate surfaces, including polished marble and limestones. Both new treatments are safe to use in domestic and contract environments, and are offered alongside Fila’s award-winning wide range of

surface care solutions. For more information on Fila’s surface care range, contact Lisa Breakspear at Fila UK. T 01584 877286 W

Interactive innovation from Finsa UK Stand 204, 202 Finsa UK will exhibit at the Surface Design Show 2016. Some of the products it will be showcasing include Superpan Decor, Compacmel, Fibraplast Lucent and the Studio Collection, which features a range of melamine embossedin-register designs. Visitors to the stand will also be introduced to Finsa’s new Trendbook 2015-2016, which was produced in collaboration with Global Color Research, London. A short presentation will be given focusing on the four key trends – Embrace, Pioneer, Construct and Nurture – as well as four interactive installations that ask people to embrace their senses. Finsa UK will be found on stand 204, 202 at the Business Design Centre, London, during 9-11th February. T 0151 651 2400 W

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Hotelympia Hotelympia returns this year, from the 29th February – 3rd March at ExCeL London. Promising more product innovation than ever before, this premier hospitality event is fed by laser-guided trends and insight drawn from the UK’s leaders in design and front-runners of the culinary capital, and will feature the most comprehensive range of suppliers yet. Registration is now live for the biennial four-day show, which will see the unique needs of visitors from every sector, from hotels and restaurants to pubs; cafes; contract catering; casual dining; the cost sector and beyond, catered for by almost 1000 of some of the world’s most pioneering exhibitors in Interiors & Tableware; Food & Drink; Catering Equipment; Technology; Careers and sustainability-focused Waste-Works. “It may seem a contradiction in terms to describe an event on the sheer scale of Hotelympia as having the feel of a bespoke, tailored show, but in 2016, that’s exactly the experience we will deliver,” says Toby Wand, MD at Fresh Montgomery. “How do we achieve this with so many groundbreaking exhibitors, from multiple sectors, all under one roof? The answer lies in knowing the market, understanding the trends that keep this vibrant industry ticking, showcasing companies that share in this vision, true innovators, keeping things fresh and, most importantly, relevant to you.” Hotelympia’s Stage will have the London halls ringing yet again with the sounds of lively discussion, heady debate and inspirational ideas as a host of leading industry lights offer insight-

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packed presentations, giving show visitors the practical advice and know-how to take back to their own operations, a key part of Hotelympia’s ‘Your Show’ remit. Internationally renowned designer and Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design, Lori Pinkerton-Rolet, kicks off Hotelympia’s design talks with a panel discussion on Monday (1pm), offering advice on how to profit from design and create the most relaxing, luxurious and desirable spaces. At 2pm, meanwhile, Edwin Kramer, Hotel Manager of the London EDITION, will reveal the secrets behind the success of one of London’s most talked-about boltholes – a magnet for celebrities and stars of film and television. Two key awards are also set to be determined before the close of day one (4pm). Visitors will witness the culmination of the original Innovation Awards where 18 finalists – showcasing the year’s most ground breaking products in interiors, catering equipment and technology – will be whittled down to just three sector champions and one overall winner. Afroditi Krassa, one of Britain’s most celebrated restaurant designers, will be talking

on Wednesday at 11am about her award-winning work and the inspiration behind projects for Heston Blumenthal, Hilton hotels, Itsu and Dishoom. The curtain will come down on design at Hotelympia 2016 with Ella Jade of Ella Jade Interiors, one of the young stars from BBC’s The Apprentice. She has since forged a successful design business using her design flair and business acumen. At 1pm on Thursday 3rd March, Ella will be offering design tips and advice and looking at trends for the future – a chance for operators to do different and impress new and existing customers with fresh and striking interiors. Another key attraction will be Virtual Hotelympia – a fully immersive virtual reality dome, experienced through a VR headset and brought to the show in association with digital pioneers, Soluis. Three sumptuously designed spaces including the all-new German Gymnasium in King’s Cross, the new M Restaurant site in Victoria and newly built Hilton Bankside will be laid bare for visitors to experience in three digital dimensions, offering true inspiration to all who enter the Virtual Hotelympia dome. W

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SPA Creators to develop spa and leisure area at Hotelympia Hotelympia has recognised a trend in the hotel sector, and working with leading consultancy, SPA Creators, has developed a spa and leisure area at the 2016 Hotelympia Exhibition. SPA Creators’ dedicated spa and leisure area will enable hoteliers to talk to some of the industry’s leading providers of wellness solutions. As part of the event, SPA Creators will be hosting a seminar programme to cover some of the hot topics of the moment – the broad category will be ‘how do you gain a return on health and wellness activities in your hotel?’ SPA Creators is an industry expert with over 20 years’ experience in developing and managing spas in luxury hotels. The consultancy’s recent Spa Market Analysis report 2016 identifies the growth in hotels offering wellness as part of their core message. In recognition, Hotelympia has created a dedicated area for wellness at the show in February

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at the London Excel. “We have seen the emerging lifestyle guest who will select their preferred hotel based on its fitness suite, wet spa and pool and spa treatment offer,” says Alistair Johnson, MD of SPA Creators. “Our research has identified that over 60% of guests will choose a hotel based on wellness, even if they never actual use the facilities. “Both business and leisure break guests will use online tools for researching and booking their stay; it is easy for a guest to make a choice of a hotel based on their needs. Hotels that are not addressing this guest requirement will lose out to those that have invested and recognise this guest profile.” As a result of experience working with leading hotels around the UK and Europe, SPA Creators has found that by adding a spa, operators will see increases in room occupancy linked to leisure breaks, extended seasonal activity and additional

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revenues in F&B and treatment/retail revenue. Spas broaden a hotel’s appeal, creating a destination that becomes part of the reasons why a guest will choose a hotel stay. Spas are, therefore, becoming a must-have for any boutique hotel, and venues will need to add spas to the guest offer to enable them to compete in the future. A spa needs to have some basic elements, such as a pool, thermal suite, treatment rooms, relaxation areas, lounge and F&B. The wellness area at Hotelympia will covere all the bases, featuring leading providers of equipment and services for spa. To increase your knowledge of the wellness tourism market and understand how you can exploit the opportunities, visit Hotelympia at the show and talk to one of SPA Creators’ spa experts. T 01189 471857 W

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Burgess Furniture Stand 2309 Burgess furniture is synonymous with both design and quality, having manufactured the best in hotel furniture for the last 57 years from its West London factory and head office. Supplying the smallest hotel to some of the largest and most prestigious venues around the world, Burgess Furniture is the brand that remains at the forefront of innovation. Having established an industry wide reputation for its range of banquet, conference and meeting room furniture, Burgess remains the number one choice for any venue. T 020 8894 9231 W

JSC Tantas Stand 2060 JSC Tantas is now preparing a new collection, UGI, to be presented during the Hotelympia show. The company produces original aprons and kitchen wear for catering, restaurant and hotel businesses, designed by its designer, Lina Morkuniene. Meeting all the HORECA standards, UGI offers a new take on professional clothing, centred around aprons. The collection reflects the company’s passion for experimenting with different textures, shapes, colours and patterns. JSC Tantas’ priority is to make use of high quality fabrics that offer exceptional performance and withstand repeated high temperature industrial laundering. W

Lucide and edit Lyco Group Lyco Group, a leading UK hospitality lighting specialist is set to unveil two exclusive new European lighting companies, Lucide and edit, at its first visit to Hotelympia in February. edit’s signature urban retro look features vintage industrial styles alongside contemporary lighting designs, all designed in Europe and made from a range of materials. The Lucide range, meanwhile, mixes utility chic with more opulent and unusual statement pieces. The collection is modern and exciting, featuring subtle and bright colours, sharp clean lines, and high quality materials and finishes. W

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WS Uniform Stand 2120 Over the past 25 years, WS Uniform has built up an impressive knowledge of bespoke and stock clothing to fit endless tastes and budgets. With client lists covering a diverse range of establishments from hotels, restaurants and bars, to schools, universities, sports clubs, hospitals, shops and cinemas. This variety has allowed the company to develop relationships with a large number of stock clothing and accessory suppliers, and to gain access to a vast collection of quality products. WS Uniform has also had great opportunity to explore bespoke manufacturing, making valuable connections with fabric suppliers and clothing manufacturers. Their experiences in the bespoke market include waistcoats, Nehru jackets, suits, shirts, polo shirts, tunics, and even bags, ties and hipflasks. The bespoke field of the business ties WS Uniform to fashion house Walker Slater, the Edinburgh and London-based tweed specialist. The smart tailoring ethos of the parent company has been inherited by WS Uniform, which helped in popularising tweed uniform items over the past few years. W

Forbes Group is a British manufacturer and supplier of conference, hospitality and banquet furnishings to leading venues worldwide. You can trust our quality and service whether you are a small independent outlet or an international chain. With over thirty years’ experience, we have learnt the importance of precision and individual service. This attention to detail and service stems from our textiles of table and restaurant skirting, Silcra stretch covers, cloths for conference tables and chair covers. Our furniture range includes lightweight but robust aluminium folding tables, stacking chairs, and the popular Buffet-Rite which converts a table into a sleek hot or cold serving station. Forbes Group is also the European distributor for Forbes Industries US, in which we supply Birdcage Luggage Carts, Housekeeping Trolleys, Lecterns, Mobile Bars and more.

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kbb Celebrating an impressive 30 years, kbb Birmingham, the UK’s largest gathering of the world’s best kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands, returns this year to the NEC, Birmingham from 6-9th March.

This year’s show theme centres on future; looking at future-facing materials and designs, helping businesses with their future plans and challenging companies to deliver innovative products. The show will also have its first app, sponsored by ArtiCAD, which will help exhibitors and buyers engage during and after the four days of the show. kbb Birmingham is to put on its largest edition since pre-2008, having extended its floorspace by over 35%. Exhibitors include: Roper Rhodes, Hepplewhite and Mereway, along with new international exhibitors Schock, Arredo3, Keller Keukens and Scavolini. These join a whole host of brands including Abode, AEG, BSH Group, Blanco, Bushboard, CDA, Cosentino, Formica, Franke, JJO, Nolte, RAK Ceramics, Roca, Rotpunkt, Scavolini, Schueller and Showerwall. For the full exhibitor list visit

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kbb’s website. The Innovation Awards return in partnership with Blum, aiming to discover a product, method or idea that will provide new and interesting solutions to kitchens, bathrooms or appliances. The esteemed panel of judges include kbb sales director Jon Johnston; David Sanders, MD of Blum; editor of Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Ruth Bell; Renee Mascari, CEO of KBB NTG; and designer Hayley Tarrington-Robson from Day True. “I’m really looking forward to kbb Birmingham 2016,” says Jon Johnston. “The quantity and quality of the brands involved in this year’s show will, in my opinion, ensure the biggest and best event yet. The bigger than expected demand for space at kbb reflects that the UK market is an exciting one, for innovative product design and function.”

The four day event will also present a host of speakers at the Retail and Design Conference. Held in the new arena positioned at the heart of the show, the conference will create an ideal space for conversation and networking. Speakers will provide insightful discussions, along with invaluable advice across a range of topics from Kitchen Design Trends: Consumers in 2016 – Home is where the hob is, to Making social media part of your business and The Ten KBB design trends you need to know. Speakers include: Bathstore CEO, Gary Favell; showroom designer, Steve Esdaile from Esdaile Design: Diane Berry; from Diane Berry Kitchens; and Dick Powell from SeymourPowell. Visit the website to register for a ticket and for more information, or stay in touch with kbb on Twitter using @kbblive and #futurekbb. W

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Blum Hall 18, stand N100 Blum, a world-leading fittings manufacturer, will exhibit at Kbb 2016 with another 245m² stand , following on from the success of 2014. The focus for this year’s show is a combination of its superb solutions for handle-less kitchen furniture – 1,3,4 Infinity, its unique Global Customer Benefits programme, and its innovative Space Tower Concept. 1 theme, 3 applications, 4 motion technologies and an Infinite number of combinations Handle-less furniture is the ongoing trend in both the kitchen and elsewhere in the home. Blum offers 3 applications (lift system, hinges and pull-outs) and 4 motion technologies (Blumotion, Tip-On, ServoDrive and the new Tip-On Blumotion, which will be launched in the UK at Kbb). The applications can be combined with different motion technologies, for example with a mechanical or electric support system (depending on the degree of convenience desired), so that handle-less fronts open at a single touch. And they close again softly and effortlessly with Blum’s tried and tested softclose Blumotion. Global Customer Benefits, Blum support all four sectors in the kitchen industry Blum has a philosophy of Global Customer Benefits, which means it aims to support every sector of the kitchen industry that touches its business, whether that is manufacturers, retailers, fitters or the

consumer. Blum’s unique Retail Services Division is a specialised division to help retailers make the most of their showrooms, which includes dedicated training days at Milton Keynes. As well as the Retail Services Division, Blum has a dedicated Customer Service Representative for each region, who are always available to support their products and services throughout the furniture industry. Finally, the Lifetime Guarantee offered on all

products means that consumers can be sure they are getting the best quality fittings available. The Space Tower larder unit by Blum The Space Tower by Blum offers plentiful storage space, inner pull-outs that can be planned and designed individually, and easy access to items from all three sides. T 01908 285 700 W

Salice Stand O100 Salice’s Lineabox is the new and innovative drawer system of the future. The double-skinned drawer system is compatible with Salice’s Futura Range of Soft Close & Push Drawer Runners. The system offers a wealth of benefits including the option to be three-sided in metal or two-sided with the draw back made of wood. In addition, the extremely thin thickness (9 mm) makes Lineabox one of the thinnest drawers ever. Assembly is rapid without the need for machinery or templates, and operation is a fluid, silent and progressive sliding movement due to the Futura full-extension runners. Choice of five finishes are available: white, black, titanium, champagne and stainless steel. Lineabox has been designed with clean, simple lines and is suitable for all applications, including kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms and office furniture. T 01480 413831 W

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Balanced classic design from JIS Europe Stand G80 JIS Europe is a leading and original UK supplier of stainless steel heated towel rails. Stainless steel is the ethical, durable choice, and both developers and developments alike are turning to JIS Europe’s rails in order to further enhance the ecological impact of their projects. With increased public awareness and a demand for eco-tourism these rails offer an easy option. Practically, the rails are available in all three formats across the range; electric only, dual-fuel and central heating. Aesthetically, JIS Europe offers both a satin and polished finish and a wide range of sizes and design that will fit bathrooms from the most bijous and petite to the vast and luxurious. The company is confident in its product, and consequently offers a 25 year guarantee. JIS Europe offers vast stockholdings in order to provide a 24 hour turnaround service. Its renowned customer service only further enhances its product. To summarise, balanced classic design, with ease of supply, ethical traceability and a 25 year guarantee make the Sussex Range of towel rails the ultimate choice for any hotel or luxury development. Visit the company website for further information and to view its large and impressive gallery section. W

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London Fabric Show More UK companies have joined the line-up for BFM-hosted London Fabric Show, which takes place on 29th February and 1st March 2016. The British companies will exhibit alongside prestigious companies from Belgium, Italy and Turkey, in the executive boxes of Chelsea FC.

Warwick Fabrics, Art of the Loom, British Velvets Ltd, Abraham Moon & Sons, FSN UK and Clarkson Textiles are all bringing new fabrics and designs to the Show. Lancashire-based British Velvets is the last remaining velvet weaver in the UK and produces over 750 velvets. The company will be showing all of its ranges, as well as three new collections which include a striking free pile velvet using ring spun pile yarns, which gives a soft luxurious feel and a semi shine velvet, blending cotton and modal which is produced in current, on-trend colours. New to the 2016 Show is Art of the Loom, a long-established producer of fabrics based in Clitheroe and now dedicated to producing natural fibre fabrics that are truly British. Using only wool, linen, cotton and viscose in its in-house designed collections, Art of the Loom’s fabrics have the luxurious feel of natural textures.

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Abraham Moon & Sons, meanwhile, has been producing wool since 1837 and is one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in the UK. With a reputation for consistent quality and innovative design, its 13 unique ranges for domestic and contact furnishings are known for luxury, and can even be found in The White House. The company will be showing new patterns in many of its ranges. Clarkson Textiles, also based in Lancashire, were set up in 1984 to provide flame retardant coatings for customer supplied fabrics. The company has now expanded and produces its own comprehensive range of flame retardant fabrics for both domestic and contract upholstery customers. On show will be its new stainresist, anti-microbial coatings and a patented waterproof/Crib 5 application for healthcare and hospitality sectors. Returning to the Show in 2016 and bringing an extensive collection of patterns and plains in

a huge variety of fabric types, is Warwick Fabrics. From its Gloucestershire base is it has been supplying upholstery and soft furnishing fabrics, for both domestic and commercial interiors for over 25 years. Warwick Fabrics will be bringing new vinyls and fabric collections in a range of styles and new colours. New to the Show is FSN UK. Based in Greater Manchester it imports a wide range of upholstery and curtain fabrics and have new wool, high performance polyester and flame retardant velvets to show buyers and visitors to the show. The exhibitor list also includes many well known brands from Belgium including Ter Molst, Symphony Mills, Boyteks Textiles, Annabel Textiles, Muvantex, Green Street Textiles, Abraham Moon & Sons, Ketts, as well as Adoksan from Turkey and Prostex from Italy, who will bring new designs, together with large selections from their current catalogues. W

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Hospitality Interiors #63  

Interior design for hotels, restaurants, bars & clubs

Hospitality Interiors #63  

Interior design for hotels, restaurants, bars & clubs