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COMMENT As ever, the new year ushers in notions of reinvention and rejuvenation, leaving all but the most stubborn – or indeed perfectly satisfied among us – questioning how we might alter our lifestyles, priorities and habits for the better in the coming year. The hospitality industry is intricately bound with consumer habits and behaviours, and thus must constantly reinvent itself in line with them, but how do the industry giants keep up with the sweeping tide of change? Hospitality Interiors’ Paul Farley investigates just this with his report on Marriot’s Fairfield Inn brand, which is currently undergoing a design renaissance in celebration of its 30-year anniversary. With more than 800 hotels worldwide, the Fairfield franchise is no small operation, yet its heart – as Paul discovered – lies in Virginia, where company founders John Willard (JW) and Alice Marriott purchased a 4200-acre ranch in 1951. Read more about how this treasured family retreat has inspired the brand’s redesign on page 36. Though it is brand new to the scene, the TRIBE hotel brand embodies the spirit of reinvention. Under co-founder, Mark Peters, TRIBE has pioneered a proprietary modular build system that slashes construction costs and environmental footprints. Part social destination, part gallery space, the brand’s first hotel in Perth has been carefully edited and streamlined to ensure that guests have everything they need and nothing they don’t. Read more on page 44. Elsewhere in the issue, we focus in on guest room design. On page 98, Lisa Simeone, co-founder of Simeone Deary Design Group, discusses the importance of creating functional guest room interiors, which consider and accommodate guest behaviour and needs, while on page 104 we take a first look at the brand new guest accommodation within The Royal Lancaster London hotel. Enjoy, and as always please do feel free to send us your comments and feedback; we’d love to know what you’d like to see more of over the coming year.
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Interview - Kelly Hoppen
Revered designer and entrepreneur, Kelly Hoppen MBE, has collaborated with longstanding British carpet manufacturer, Brintons, to create her debut carpet collection for the contract market. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Ralph spoke with Kelly to find out more.
Q&A – Louie Sison
Wilson Associates’ new recruit, Louie Sison, talks about his theatrical background, Dallas’ fastgrowing economy and the challenge of keeping things original.
Report – Fairfield Inn by Marriot
In celebration of its 30-year anniversary, Marriot’s Fairfield Inn brand is undergoing a design renaissance. Paul Farley visited Virginia to find out more ...
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One of Scandinavia’s most recognised design firms, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, has joined global architecture firm Perkins+Will in a strategic partnership that will extend Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s international reach and reinforce Perkins+Will’s commitment to sustainability and design excellence. “The merger comes at a fortuitous time for us in London, in particular, as we focus on expanding our architectural practice in the U.K. and mainland Europe,” says Steven Charlton, managing director of Perkins+Will’s London office. “In Schmidt Hammer Lassen, we have found partners who share our vision for thought-provoking, inspirational design and our desire to bolster our combined presence in international markets.” perkinswill.com
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Modern luxury in Mexico Viceroy Hotel Group has announced plans to bring a provocative new luxury hospitality experience to the dynamic resort destination of Los Cabos, Mexico. Having taken over management of Hotel Mar Adentro, Viceroy Los Cabos will open in Spring 2018 with an energised arrival experience, the addition of a beach bar and beach pool, and an expanded, redesigned state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa designed in collaboration with Al Arquitectura de Interiores â€“ a celebrated design firm out of Guadalajara, Mexico. ai-interiores.com
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A hospitality icon for Hong Kong The Murray in Hong Kong – one of eight historic landmarks under the Conserving Central initiative introduced by the Hong Kong government in 2013 – has now opened to guests. Acclaimed architectural design firm, Foster + Partners, has conducted a high-profile preservation project to transform the colonial-era building into a luxury hotel. fosterandpartners.com
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Breaking the mould Singapore-based hotel group, Naumi Hotels, will launch Naumi Auckland Airport on 1st February 2018. The 193-key hotel offers “micro, bespoke experiences for every guest”, with idiosyncratic design and personalised authentic service. A playful, contemporary design – which pays homage to New Zealand’s native Tui bird – has been realised by award-winning Auckland practice, Material Creative. materialcreative.co.nz
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Immersive hospitality in Fitzrovia Mortimer House, a new premium work and wellbeing destination, has now opened its doors in the heart of Londonâ€™s Fitzrovia. The majestic six-storey Art Deco building has been lovingly restored by design and concept firm, AvroKO, who drew from Abraham Maslowâ€™s Hierachy of Needs to create an immersive, hospitality-led experience. avroko.com
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Cutting-edge commercial carpeting from two industry greats Revered designer and entrepreneur, Kelly Hoppen MBE, has collaborated with longstanding British carpet manufacturer, Brintons, to create her debut carpet collection for the contract market. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Ralph spoke with Kelly to find out more ...
As far as collaborations go, there are few that combine this level of experience and prestige in the respective party’s industries. Kelly Hoppen MBE needs no introduction; as a designer, entrepreneur, author and ambassador she is an eminently proactive and treasured member of the design community. After over two centuries at the forefront of the global woven carpet industry, Brintons Carpets, too, carries a great deal of weight in its field, continuing to innovate and diversify, while remaining true to its longheld core values. Indeed, in the spirit of innovation, this new collection eschews the traditional swirl and block patterns of commercial carpeting, favouring a distinctive, contemporary aesthetic with broad applications. After 41 years in design, Kelly relished the challenge of creating her first contract carpet collection. “It’s been fun, it’s been enlightening and I’ve learnt a lot from it,” she says. “Carpet is an interesting product to design. There is an array of materials and textures and it’s a challenge to design a carpet that is hardwearing but also luxurious, beautiful and comfortable. Although you think of it as a flat surface, it is three-dimensional, so the design process is complex.” Giving the designer true flexibility was absolutely fundamental for Kelly, and she has drawn from her own experience in hospitality design to create the collection’s 13 geometric and organic designs, available in numerous colourways. “We do a lot of commercial spaces now and it’s a completely different scenario to working with somebody’s living room,” Kelly explains. “You have to think carefully about scale as the design needs to work in large expansive areas, as well as in narrower spaces such as guestrooms and corridors. “What I’m doing is designing something that
I would use myself, in a multitude of different colourways. I had to create a generic design that I feel could work in any colour; once it’s sold it’s not mine anymore, somebody’s got to interpret it.” Kelly’s field of reference for the designs varied widely, from Art Deco-inspired geometric lines, Cubist shapes, ink splatters, the modern data matrix barcode and the natural world. “I found inspiration from the weirdest
things,” she affirms. “I find inspiration in music quite a lot, but there’s also a design within the collection that’s inspired by the cracks in the pavement, one by sand, and one by splodges of paint. I played around a lot with grids and shapes too.” Working with a company that shared her creative vision, and one which would produce luxurious products to the very highest standard, was of utmost importance to Kelly. As an
ambassador for the Government’s GREAT campaign, so too was the fact that Brintons is a British company. Rightfully proud of its heritage, Brintons has evolved from humble beginnings over 230 years ago to become a leading global manufacturer, holding a Royal Warrant since 1958. As the leading consumer of British wool, Brintons favours a “fleece to floor” philosophy,
controlling the design and manufacturing process from start to finish to ensure the very highest quality product. In terms of this collaboration, the hands-on set-up of the company meant that the team could respond and adapt swiftly as Kelly refined and perfected the final forms of her designs. “One thing that impressed me in particular about Brintons was how adaptable and prompt they were throughout the process,” she affirms. “Between the original drawing and the finished designs, I made numerous adjustments until we absolutely got what was in my head. We would make a change, and within days they would prepare samples – that was quite amazing for us really. “Brintons is a top class company – I only work with the best people in the industry, always have, and I’m very fortunate like that. I didn’t want to create this collection with just anybody, I wanted to do it with one of the greats and they were just incredible. “We’re both quite traditional in a lot of ways, and Brintons has a great deal of integrity – it’s fantastic to work with a company like that. I think this is just the start of a really wonderful collaboration.” kellyhoppen.com brintons.co.uk
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The Kelly Hoppen by Brintons collection brings the designer¹s unparalleled eye for trend-leading design to the commercial carpet sector. Consisting of 13 geometric and organic designs in on-trend colourways, the collection reflects the designer¹s award-winning design style and pared back aesthetic. Kelly Hoppen took inspiration from diverse influences ranging from geometric shapes to elements found in everyday surroundings such as cracks in a pavement and splashes of paint.
Suitable for a wide variety of hospitality applications including hotels, casinos, cruise ships and airports, each Kelly Hoppen by Brintons design can be customised and is woven to order in a full range of specifications. Whichever direction is chosen, Brintons’ highly skilled design team will help to adapt the concept to ensure it matches the creative brief perfectly while complying with all the practical requirements.
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Louie Sison, Wilson Associates Wilson Associates has gained a new senior designer for its Dallas office with the addition of Louie Sison. Previously a project manager at Jeffrey Beers International, Louie brings a wealth of experience in designing large-scale hospitality projects. Here, he talks about his theatrical background, Dallas’ fast-growing economy and the challenge of keeping things original.
Congratulations on your new role! What are your key objectives going forwards? I will be leading a team of designers and architects to create well-appointed and functional spaces for Wilson Associates. Having just moved to Dallas from NYC, I am focused on building new industry relationships. It’s an exciting time to be in Dallas and Texas in general; with a booming economy, new hotels in the pipeline and corporate headquarters of several Fortune 500 companies relocating here, it will certainly change the landscape quite dramatically over the next few years. What was it about Wilson Associates that attracted you? Wilson Associates is the standard bearer of luxury design in the hospitality world and the firm is rich in history – the company was founded 40 years ago. I’m very excited not only to be part of this legacy but to have the opportunity to continue a new one. Could you talk a little about your design background and experience up to this point? I have a theatre background mainly focused on designing theatrical sets and directing plays. I’ve found design and theatre to be very similar. Choreographing moments on stage is akin to artfully crafting spaces in design. We map
out each area and create different emotions for the guest to feel as they discover each space. Hospitality provides the “perfect script” compared to other industries because of its multitude of spaces for entertaining, drama and emotional connection. How would you describe your design approach or philosophy? Simple. Intuitive. Human-centred. I always approach design with something fresh; something new to say and to add to the design dialogue. What do you feel will be the central issues or challenges affecting the hospitality design industry in the coming years? Originality. We are flooded with endless choices and instantaneous references so that it becomes a challenge to create uniqueness. Each place is like something we have seen somewhere or an amalgam of other inspirational places. The challenge for the design industry is to cut through the noise and produce something original and local that truly resonates with the guest. What has been your proudest moment as a designer, thus far? Each day is a proud moment to be able to
do something you love doing, to do it with meaning and to see the profound effect it has on others. A proud moment is when a client is ecstatic with the end result, not just because you created a beautiful space and hit their budget etc., but because you truly understood what they needed. What are you working on at the moment, and have you got any upcoming projects you’re able to tell us about? I’m currently working on the new hotel guest room and suites for the Hard Rock Hotel in Seminole, Florida. The building is designed to appear like back-to-back guitars, and the interior is something that will be just as memorable and iconic to attract the next generation of Hard Rock guests. What do you like to do with your downtime? What’s downtime? Hospitality is something we live with 24/7. We travel, eat, drink, host, converse, relax and sleep! Joking aside, I do believe time is really precious. Each moment is an opportunity to experience and learn something new about others or about yourself – time with family and friends is no exception! wilsonassociates.com
Ranch dressing Given the complexity of running 30 hotel brands, covering more than 5700 locations in some 110 countries, hospitality giant Marriott International could be forgiven for losing sight of its roots – yet its founders’ rural getaway proved a rich source of inspiration when it came to reinvigorating the Fairfield Inn hotel chain, writes Paul Farley …
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Since 1987, Marriott’s Fairfield Inn brand has offered simple, affordable respite from the road. Eschewing the glamour of a full-service model in favour of more utilitarian surrounds (and a hot breakfast), the Fairfield franchise has grown to comprise more than 800 hotels worldwide, and expansion continues. The brand took its name from Fairfield Farm, a 4200-acre ranch in Virginia which company founders John Willard (JW) and Alice Marriott purchased as a family retreat in 1951. Set in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a stone’s throw from Shenandoah National Park, the idyllic setting is just 60 miles west of Washington DC – yet it’s a far cry from that bustling metropolis. In the past, generations of Marriotts would come together at the farm to ride, relax and play. Today, it remains a working cattle ranch, but it’s also the hotel group’s only B&B, a corporate retreat and wedding venue, offering trail rides, authentic local experiences and fine rustic hospitality. Take me home, country roads A stay at the farm is a truly refreshing experience. The heat of summer is fading when I arrive, the air crisp with the onset of autumn. In a week or two the leaves will turn, but for now the fields and woodland that surround the lovingly-restored 1814 manor house are lush and green.
During a short stay, I enjoy a taste of allAmerican activities – trail riding, jeep tours, skeet (clay pigeon) shooting, al fresco dining, and drinking local wines on the farmhouse porch. It feels great to leave the trappings of modern life behind, however briefly. Indeed, JW bought the land in the first place because it reminded him of his childhood in Utah – for an East Coast setting, it definitely has a little Old West feel to it. It’s all good, homespun fun – and it makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from the everyday. But how does this pared-down shot of authenticity relate to the sprawling hotel chain that was named after it? The short answer is very little – you’re just as likely to find a Fairfield Inn on the freeway as in the middle of an urban conurbation, and, while clean, comfortable, consistent, well serviced, and much improved through extensive renovations over the last decade, the hotels still occupy the low-to-middle value bracket when it comes to business hospitality. To coincide with the brand’s 30th anniversary, there’s a renaissance taking place at Fairfield Inn – in the form of a thorough design overhaul that playfully evokes its roots and aims to strike a better balance between modern demands and healthy living. “Here on the farm, it’s like time stands still,” says Fairfield’s VP of brand management, Callette Nielsen, whose extensive hospitality
experience has led her to take charge of a wide remit of Marriott brands, with an eye to courting the millennial consumer. “It’s simple, stress free, warm, comfortable and inviting. But how do you even start bringing elements of that into a modern design?” A taste of heritage Much of this task fell to Debbie Huguely, Marriott International’s VP of design. Despite having over 20 years’ design experience and a keen understanding of what guests want from a Marriott hotel, Debbie acknowledged the scale of the challenge. “The farm has always been such a strong part of our company’s heritage, but everyone thought we were crazy for trying to properly infuse its identity into that of the hotels,” she says. For inspiration, Debbie’s team took to New York for a trend-spotting journey across the city’s retail, hospitality, F&B and fitness venues, before spending time on the farm itself, and soaking up the natural environment. Debbie also drew upon Marriott’s extensive consumer research to identify what would resonate with today’s consumers. “The biggest mistake in hospitality is treating every guest the same,” Callette points out. “For example, our millennial visitors want a balance of work and relaxation in their lives, so we’ve gone out of our way to introduce as many multifunctional areas as possible, which can double up as gathering spots and office areas, and we’ve made sure that both health and productivity are high on the agenda.” Of course, the redesign has been tempered by reality – not least, the cost constraints of a business that’s 98% franchised. As well as being in line with the Marriott family’s wishes, the refurbishment needed to be viable for the hotels’ owners. Channelling the simple life Through carefully-chosen materials, textures, colours and motifs, Debbie’s vision incorporates elements of the ranch retreat, but modernises Fairfield’s décor to make the brand more relevant and appealing to the busy traveller, delivering a balance of comfort, healthy living and productivity tools. The tone is set in the lobby, which comprises an open-ended front desk, gathering areas, snack vending points and mini-market, and a small lounge set around an inviting hearth, in which a fire crackles. A natural colour palette of green and browns reflects the farm’s rural setting, and is reinforced by rustic surface textures such as brickwork, woodgrain and herringbone patterns.
The lobby’s layout strikes a balance between openness and intimacy, transparent room dividers helping create breakout zones in which guests can gather, relax, work or wait. “Everything in the lobby is beautiful and open,” says Callette, “and there are cues from nature and the farm all over the place.” The most direct of these are the wall-mounted photo prints around the room, which capture scenes from the ranch, such as rays of sunshine breaking through trees, or high grasses silhouetted against the sunrise. “The photography is probably my favourite part of the whole project,” reveals Debbie. “It’s presented in such a unique way, and I think it really evokes the farm’s calming, natural environment.” Elsewhere, subtler elements nod to the brand’s heritage – for example, organic patterns across the carpet evoke the flow of water, a nod to the Rappahannock River which borders the ranch. The furniture, too, blends the rustic and the modern – here, a leather sofa, upholstered to echo a horse’s bridle, and there, a traditional wooden spindle chair with a modern twist,
in the lights, tables and fittings might not be obvious, but it all helps bridge the gap between an agricultural past and the present.
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the hotels,” says Callette, “and guests really appreciate them.”
The most important meal of the day Fairfield Inn may not be a full-service hotel, but it takes its breakfasts seriously, offering a spread that’s at once healthy and fulfilling. “F&B expectations have changed a lot in the last 10 years,” explains Callette. “Nowadays, just because I’m staying in a place that’s simple, it doesn’t mean I’m willing to sacrifice quality. Indeed, Mr Marriot would see breakfast as the most important meal of the day – so the details in the décor are important.” Classic subway backsplash tiles meet natural cabinetry in the breakfast station, near to which guests can sit at a large farm table. On one wall, a photo montage celebrates Fairfield’s heritage, with historical shots of the farm, the Marriott family, and some of the ranch’s famous visitors (which include Ronald Reagan, Roy Rogers and King Hussein of Jordan), reproduced on textured wood and metal surfaces, all set on burlap. “We’ve always had these heritage boards at
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and fridge, boasts all the essentials of a bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom, with a smooth transition between each. “We’re presenting Fairfield as an antidote to stress,” comments Callette. “We’re here to keep people balanced on the road, and keep them moving forward.”
An antidote to stress The guest rooms needed to be uncluttered and easy to navigate – “exactly what the guest needs, and not much more”, as Callette puts it. The colours are predominantly muted and natural, with a few pops of colour. The bed is framed by an angled, woodgraintextured headboard and non-matching nightstands, and by bronze-finished lamps, which hint at the fixtures found on the farm. “We made some last-minute changes to the contents,” says Callette. “There was a little desk light that we loved, but it was too fragile – there’s always this balance between beauty and function you have to achieve in hospitality design.” Reinforcing the natural theme, the window
shade is printed with leafy branches, giving the impression of a rural setting, whatever the outlook. Striking a balance between colour and neutral tones was difficult, admits Debbie, but the predominant greys, browns and beiges will help ensure the design’s longevity. “Some of the natural elements are timeless,” she says. “We can have more fun on those items that will be replaced over time – like the bright green chair – but the neutrals create a beautiful envelope for them.” The room has been laid out to offer guests maximum convenience, with handles, cupboards and charging outlets within easy reach, and, with the addition of a hospitality centre comprising microwave, coffee maker
Just another day on the farm “We really wanted to get back to our origins with this redesign,” confirms Callette, who is so pleased that the team has managed to bring elements of the Marriott family getaway into this modern travel stop. She continues: “The original Fairfield Farm was a real inspiration. It was wonderful to hear the family’s stories about getting back to a life of calmness, serenity and simplicity, and to try and deliver an experience that’s calmer and more natural than ever. It turns out that delivering simplicity isn’t always a simple matter, but I think we’ve managed! “This will be the foundation of our brand going forward,” concludes Callette, who is confident that this new look will endure more than one of the brand’s seven-year renovation cycles. The US redesign roll-out commenced late last year, starting in Brownsville (Texas), Boston Walpole, Fort Smith (Arkansas), Roanoke Salem (Virginia) and Allentown Breinigsville (Pennsylvania). Meanwhile, the design is being localised to suit consumer tastes in Fairfield’s newer markets, including India and South America, and China, where Marriott plans to establish over 100 hotels in the next seven years. There’s also talk of bringing the Fairfield brand to Europe, via the UK. It may be a long way from Virginia, but the brand’s story of healthy simplicity will surely resonate with a generation of business travellers that’s fraying at the edges. fairfield.marriott.com
Q&A: Debbie Marriott Harrison The granddaughter of the group’s founders, Debbie is currently global officer for Marriott Culture and Business Councils, and a member of its board of directors. Given her strong pesonal attachment to the farm, Debbie paid this project particularly close attention … What’s your fondest memory of your time on Fairfield Farm? DMH: The farm reminds me of my grandparents. They would take me and my two brothers down there on the weekends, but first they would take us to the western store and outfit us in cowboy and cowgirl outfits. We would sing songs all the way down and listen to my grandpa tell stories about being a sheep herder and fending off the rattlesnakes and coyotes! My favorite time of year there was Thanksgiving. We would go around in the open jeep and deliver turkeys and pumpkin pies to the ranch hands who lived there. Thanksgiving was a special time for our family, and going to the ranch was a tradition. Whenever I went to the farm I felt like had been on a vacation, far away from the bustling city of DC. It represented simplicity, quiet and beauty. What were your feelings when the idea of harnessing the farm’s identity for the rebrand was first devised? DMH: With the brand inspired by the Fairfield Farm, I felt it was an excellent idea to harness more of the farm’s identity for the new design. Our team who worked on the new design spent some time at the farm experiencing the same warm, friendly service and hospitality perfected by my grandparents. Those experiences come to life in the new design, with Fairfield continuing to live up to its heritage. Where do you feel the redesign has best captured the essence of the ranch? DMH: I keep going back to the new farm table in the lobby. I can imagine our hotel guests sitting around the table in the morning enjoying their breakfast and in the evening, unwinding – just as I did with my family at the ranch. It may be just a table to some, but to us at Fairfield, the table is a gathering place that evokes some of the heritage from the original Fairfield Farm, a constant reminder that those sitting around the table have come to enjoy the familiar trusted service and family treatment.
Fairfield Farm, near Hume, Virginia – on-location photos by Alex Pope
“With the brand inspired by the Fairfield Farm, I felt it was an excellent idea to harness more of the farm’s identity for the new design”
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After three years in development and 12 years under construction, the first TRIBE hotel has now opened in Perth, featuring a unique design experience.
TRIBE Perth Australia Created with the modern traveller in mind, TRIBE offers an artfully curated, guest-centric and affordable design hotel alternative. Part social destination, part gallery space, the hotel has been carefully edited and streamlined to ensure that guests have everything they need and nothing they don’t. As each new TRIBE property is secured, the group plans to handpick creative partners to deliver a locally-rooted design with the TRIBE ethos. For TRIBE Perth, Travis Walton Architecture (TWA) was engaged to create a cool, comfortable and sophisticated sanctuary. “Over the last decade we have become well known for our design projects in
hospitality, retail and luxury residential across Australia and abroad,” TWA’s founder, Travis Walton, tells Hospitality Interiors. “Our focus has always been on creating design-led experiences and when the TRIBE concept was introduced to us there was immediate synergy between us and the client. It was electric! “Alongside the creative brand direction from 21-19, we were responsible for establishing the physical identity of the first ever Tribe Hotel.” As the first TRIBE property, it was key that TWA established a unique tone and feel that could be replicated for subsequent properties. As such, the team worked closely with the client to nail down the
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hotel’s aesthetic, the intended function of each space and establish which amenities guests truly appreciate and use. “Being the first property we were conscious that the aesthetic needed to create a signature guest experience that would be able to translate to future locations,” explains Travis. “I spend a lot of time in hotels and really connected with this idea of redefining what ‘luxury’ actually means to the modern traveller. We spent months with the client challenging and refining the concept to create a dialogue that encouraged us to take nothing for granted; we constantly questioned, ‘is this necessary? Will this enhance the patron experience? “We asked ourselves, ‘What does the new global citizen or an entrepreneur require in a hotel’? Free Wi-Fi, a cool lounge, great coffee, a fresh meal and an area to carry out those important business meetings. Couple this with a quiet corner to get through emails and a cosy spot at the bar and TRIBE will have you covered.” TRIBE’s vision of communal spaces was a series of installations, separated only by joinery and furniture installations rather than edgeto-edge walls. This has been realised on the
ground floor through a flowing sequence of spaces, incorporating a relaxed reception area and an open plan social/work space where co-working is as encouraged as coffee or casual drinks. The lobby sets the tone for the hotel’s core palette of exposed concrete surfaces, contrasting with natural stone finishes and vibrant accents of colour. The entry lounge features customised Pipe chairs by Moroso, alongside a beautiful photographic artwork by Australian photographer, Brooke Holm. The focal point, however, is a 2.7m high feature wall which showcases a changing collection of works from Australian artists. These have been curated by the hotel to create a form of inhouse gallery, and a striking backdrop to a function and event space. Moving into the open plan communal area, a blend of social working areas encourages social interaction. “The café area has a great alcove space recessed off the main walkway,” says Travis. “Here you will find my favourite seat in the house – a giant oversize sofa modelled on the idea of a giant cloud – made
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from a thick mattress material in bright cobalt blue that sits adjacent to the communal dining area. A great spot for people watching!” Bar tables surround a six-metre long inlaid stone workbench, while an all-day ‘necessity bar’ provides guests with drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Crucially, the space transitions seamlessly from café by day, to a buzzing bar by night. The hotel’s 126 guest rooms, meanwhile, feature inlaid stone finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of cleverly concealed storage nooks, while sleek, moody, mirrored hallways boast bespoke digital print carpets and blade lighting. As well as the associated challenges of designing the brand’s very first property, TWA also had to work around TRIBE’s innovative build concept. Under co-founder and specialist hospitality and modular player, Mark Peters, TRIBE has pioneered a proprietary modular build system that slashes construction costs and environmental footprints. “Creating a new brand from scratch is always challenging, especially when the entire project is built in an off shore location,” explains
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Travis. “This resulted in our design team having to reverse engineer our entire design process. “Typically a new hotel brand would commence with the common spaces and this aesthetic would then form the brief for the room design. In fact once the base building structure and lift core was built on site, the rooms only took a further three weeks to install and commission.” Despite this innovative build model, and TRIBE’s forward-looking approach to the guest experience, the hotel is nevertheless grounded in the basic tenets of good hospitality. Above all, it promotes an inclusive, multi-functional culture for all to enjoy. “Although TRIBE is designed for the modern traveller at heart, the hotel spaces were conceptualised to be activated by the local Perth patrons,” affirms Travis. “TRIBE is the place to get your morning coffee, a bite for lunch or after work drinks. “We want TRIBE to bring back the traditional idea of what the first hotels were all about; a place to meet and socialise. In comparison to Europe and the USA, I think Australia has lost touch with this concept in recent years.” traviswalton.com.au
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David Collins Studio has brought its world-class expertise to bear on the interior of Le Méridien Seoul, which has opened in the centre of the Gangnam District following a multi-million dollar transformation.
Le Méridien Seoul South Korea Le Méridien Seoul is an interesting amalgam of Parisian glamour, in line with the brand’s own heritage, and Korean design, in both its traditional and contemporary forms. David Collins Studio has created an interior that is at once grand and residential. From start to finish, the guest journey has been meticulously crafted, ensuring that it is both visually interesting and remains faithful to Le Méridien’s midcentury modern design ethos. Passing through a porte-cochère with decorative columns, guests enter the lobby, where they are greeted by twin reception and concierge desks in a sculptural stepped design, flanked by decorative woven metal screens and squared-off columns clad in dark timber.
A simple palette of grey stone, dark timber and aged brass has been used throughout the ground floor, creating a perfect backdrop for the reds and greens used within the seating upholstery and other fine detailing. The décor and furniture here draws from traditional Korean arts and crafts, incorporating elements of local artisanship and applying them to contemporary furnishings. Decorative woven and knotted thread – an ancient technique known as maedeup – becomes woven metal; hammered metal tableware (Bangjja) becomes hammered metal door handles; and the hand-stitched, intricatelypatterned fabrics Korea is famous for are reinterpreted for window treatments and used as trims on the drapery.
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Le Méridien Seoul’s remarkable artwork collection also plays a prominent role in the interior. The first thing guests see as they enter the hotel, in fact, is a large-scale piece by a local artist, made from traditional Korean Hanji paper. This acts as a real focal point, imbuing the lobby with colour and drama. In keeping with the Le Méridien’s trademark mid-century aesthetic – namely its clean simplicity, layering of materials and use of subdivided grid systems to bring balance and proportion – David Collins Studio has devised a completely new layout for the ground floor of the hotel. The team played with and modified the existing structure to create a grand colonnade running the length of the ‘old’ building – the hotel comprises old and new buildings linked by a 12th floor bridge – which aids circulation, while also creating a sense of grandeur and a rhythm to the space. The colonnade is a nod to the classical enfilade, inviting the visitor to explore the building and – with focal points at either end – creating a strong vista from left to right along the ground floor. Columns have been squared off and clad in fluted timber, slightly glossed to create a strong look. Subtle custom wall sconces, designed by The Studio and realised in antique brass and fluted glass, cast a soft light. The flooring in the colonnade is arctic white stone, laid in a patchwork of grains to create pattern and texture, with grey stone borders serving to define the grid system. The stepped panels of the recessed ceiling coffers echo the grid-like lines of the flooring, further enhancing the mid-century-inspired geometric feel.
As guests progress through the colonnade, a series of rooms are revealed – restaurants, seating areas, VIP check-in, concession and Latitude 37 (a coffee shop and cocktail bar) – all divided by woven metal and green leather screens. This new floorplan creates a muchneeded sense of flow from area to area, while establishing a consistency of mood and style throughout the hotel. Situated in the rear central section of the hotel, the atrium provides a key orientation point for guests. David Collins Studio repositioned the escalators to allow the continuation of the colonnade, and to create a more ordered, user-friendly and functional space. The atrium now spans five floors, its height accentuated by fluted timber columns, linked by the new grid-pattern fenestration of the atrium, which takes its inspiration from the French mid-century designed element of department store, Le Bon Marche in Paris. Located adjacent to the entrance lobby, Latitude 37 is the hotel’s combined coffee
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shop and cocktail bar. David Collins Studio met the challenge of catering for these two very different requirements by creating a space that can be transformed in a short space of time to suit both roles. Latitude 37’s custom furnishings and lighting are inspired by the mid-century aesthetic, with a particular focus on the work of Hans Wegner. Sleek timber cabinets house coffee machines that remain open during the day, and a cabinet for baked goods. At 6pm these cabinets are closed and the lighting is modified as Latitude 37 segues into its night-time mode as a cocktail bar. The fluted antique brass bar itself has custom decorative lighting in opaque glass to further enhance the evening mood and bring the finishes to life, while the back bar is a patchwork of timber screens and mirrors.
Latitude 37 also functions as a gallery space for more of the hotel’s permanent collection of artworks. Inspired by artists’ studios, paintings are arranged at high level around the ceiling perimeter of the space and pitched at an angle to facilitate viewing from ground level. One wall of the space is glazed, offering ample natural light during the day, and hung with traditional Korean layered blinds. A deep red woven wool rug anchors the furniture. Located at the far end of the colonnade from the lobby is the hotel’s restaurant, Chef’s Palette. The buffet area here is divided into smaller, more intimate sections, created by a grid arrangement of crackle-glazed white tiles and glass block screens. Key joinery pieces feature deep red crystal quartz tops, while woven paper in the coffers creates texture and depth.
The main colonnade divides the buffet zone and wine cellar area from the all-day dining tables and restaurant bar. The latter zone has basket-weave patterned timber flooring, inspired by local Korean handicrafts, and leaded glass screens. Glazed doors lead out to the generously sized outdoor terrace – itself something of a rarity in Seoul. On the 12th floor of the property, meanwhile, is Le Méridien Seoul’s exclusive private members’ club. Accessed via a spectacular bridge, the club offers guests who have booked into a suite a more exclusive location for dining, meeting and relaxing. Comprising a buffet area, dining room, lounge and private dining/meeting room, it is finished in dark timber, dark green and navy velvets, with woven leather on the backs of chairs and warm red accents in the soft furnishings.
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Those searching for the height of luxury and exclusivity, however, need look no further than the Presidential suite. Comprising six main rooms, each with a distinct feel, the suite is accessed via a grand foyer, which has a rotunda featuring a high-level screen inspired by the work of Pierre Chareau and realised in eucalyptus and antique brass trims. Within the living and dining spaces there is a show kitchen with separate entrance and a terrace with a generously sized outdoor dining area. A spiral staircase leads to the suite’s upper terrace, which features a jacuzzi and cabanas. The décor throughout is an impactful blend of green, lavender and blues, teamed with dark timber parquet flooring and velvet upholstery. The study is lined with navy-stained joinery and shagreen details with a textured paper behind it in navy and gold. Walls in the bedroom are an elegant ivory and lime green cracked gesso, while furniture throughout is custom furniture inspired by French designers of the 1950’s. A selection of pieces has been incorporated from the David Collins Studio for Promemoria “The London Collection”.
A dressing room is realised in grey rippled sycamore, with doors leading out to a private terrace, while the dining room is finished in navy-stained timber. The hotel’s 253 standard rooms, meanwhile, are simple, refined and functional in style. To make best use of the rooms’ modest 27m2 footprint, David Collins Studio devised the concept of a 50/50 split between bedroom and bathing area. This equal division allows for a larger and more functional open-plan bathroom and dressing area, with separate vanity area, giving a more luxurious feel to the rooms. Maximising the opening between bedroom and living areas also creates the appearance of a much larger space, while a large sliding screen door can be used to separate the room into two discrete zones when required. Finishes and furnishings continue to draw inspiration from mid-century style, with timber trimming on architectural details, a custom-designed clothes storage hanging system, and lavender and cream leather screens in a pojagi pattern that reference the hotel’s Korean heritage. In the bathroom area is a basketweave of white marble with a green accent, and patterned basketweave ceramic mosaic tiling to the walls. In the dressing area, a mirrored elevation enhances the sense of openness and space. davidcollins.com
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Prestigious London design firm, SHH Architecture and Interior Design, acted as lead architect on the multi-million pound renovation of The Trafalgar St. James hotel.
The Trafalgar St. James London Working alongside hospitality giant, Hilton, The Trafalgar St James is SHH’s first Curio Collection property in the UK. The practice boasts a host of high profile clients, among them Ascot, Wimbledon and Faberge, and
embody the spirit of its central London, cultural hub location. “Through the whole design process there was close attention to detail; touch points and the guest experience was always at
were thus well-placed to transform the hotel into the “sanctuary of style” required. The Curio brand is inherently ‘independent’ in its feel and outlook, and so it was crucial that SHH designed the interior accordingly. “As Hilton states, a Curio must be a ‘masterpiece that reflects the best of its surroundings’,” explains SHH associate, Georgia Stevenson. “Each Curio is unique and therefore has its own ethos. We wanted this hotel to be authentic and
the forefront of our mind.” In order to create this depth and texture, the SHH team worked with an array of design talent and manufacturers to produce furnishings that reflect the heritage of the property. The bold scheme is distinctly British in its colour palette, with deep blues and pops of red and burgundy. Celebrating British craftsmanship was a key component of SHH’s vision for the hotel and among the prominent British
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brands involved in the project was Brintons, which delivered bespoke carpets throughout. The corridor carpets, for example, were inspired by the star pattern on one of Lord Nelson’s medals (Trafalgar Square of course commemorating Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in the Napoleonic Wars). Elsewhere, Peter Millard & Partners created bespoke art work, CTO Lighting designed a show-stopping bespoke drop chandelier, textile designers Timorous Beasties’ contributed crimson velvet cushions and Tom Dixon’s ‘London’ diffusers scent the bedrooms. This tasteful British-themed palette and subtle references to the locality extend through to the hotel’s 131 guest rooms. Here, SHH has incorporated Art Deco flourishes and references to the history of the building, which once housed the offices of the Cunard Steamship Company where news of the illfated Titanic broke. The main objective for the guest accommodation was to create comfortable rooms whilst maintaining a contemporary London edge. Tactile touch points – such as leather handles and fixtures – reference vintage travel cases, whilst striking bespoke artwork featuring iconic Londoners reminds guests of the rich cultural destination on the hotel’s doorstep. Each of the hotel’s rooms has a different footprint, which adds to the independent feel, but proved a key challenge for the SHH team. “Within the guest rooms and suites, working with the existing building infrastructure proved highly challenging,” explains Georgia. “Each room had its own quirk, most notably,
the window sizes and designs varied from room to room – creating individual, bespoke fittings throughout more than 100 rooms proves a lengthy process!” Another key area of focus for SHH was The Rooftop – the hotel’s destination bar and dining space. Their brief was to create a space that
worked all year round, so a retractable canopy and heated space has been installed to shield against the British weather. “For The Rooftop we wanted to channel a clean, urban, and cosmopolitan London style,” says Georgia. “Inevitably, the design was hugely influenced by the need to create an
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uninterrupted, breathtaking view of the London skyline. “With the rooftop, the most challenging part of the project was creating an engaging space that is exposed to the tumultuous British weather. Thoughtful material considerations for the furnishings and fittings were paramount in order to create a highly functional, weatherproof environment that still radiates contemporary style.
“The retractable canopy in The Rooftop is a unique design element as it provides the flexibility for the roof to be an all year round destination, but also have that open and airy feel in the summer months. “This part of London has long been seen as more of a tourist destination but the hotel wants to put it back into the hearts of Londoners and bring a whole new level of excitement to the area.” shh.co.uk
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This eclectic boutique hotel in the vibrant Belgian city of Ghent is the latest addition to Zannier Hotels’ portfolio.
1898 The Post Ghent, Belgium 1898 The Post occupies a fittingly quirky location in the upper floors of Ghent’s historic post office building. Built between 1898 and 1910, the stucture was designed by architect Louis Cloquet in collaboration with Stéphane Mortier for the 1913 World exhibition. Its eclectic style, with neo-Gothic and neoRenaissance influences, echoes the beautiful façade of the Gildehuis der Vrije Schippers along the Graslei Canal. Geraldine Dohogne, lead interior designer on the project, naturally wished to retain as many
of the property’s original features as possible. “When I design interiors, I always get inspiration from the country, culture and existing building (if there is one),” she explains. “Originally a post office, constructed in 1898, I decided to keep all existing elements of the building I could, such as the windows, old wooden doors, staircases and blue stones. I then decided to work with old techniques and source lots of antiques from that period in the area of the project.” The 38-key property is certainly brimming
with character, unveiling hidden aspects of itself as guests make their way through. This experiential aspect of the design was highly important for Geraldine, though the usual constraints that come with a Listed property forced her to be even more creative with the space available to her. “I think that the major element of this project is the emotions the guests receive throughout the design – every step in the property is a discovery, from an entrance in a small garden, to a door opening on a stunning staircase and
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then on arrival at The Cobbler,” she says. “The main challenge was at the start of the design process; as I was working with a Listed building, I couldn’t create all the spaces I would ideally like to – instead I had to create interesting spaces within certain building constraints. You have to use these constraints and turn them into an advantage, for example if there was not enough space for a room on one level, I turned it into a mezzanine room.” Despite theses challenges, the hotel’s guest accommodation and public spaces offer a decidely warm and comforting feel, enhanced by glorious views over Ghent. Serving up a buffet breakfast and light dishes for lunch and afternoon tea, The Kitchen is a welcoming space with an open fireplace, while the hotel’s bar, The Cobbler, harks back to another time, aided by muted tones, plentiful artwork, and its stunning views of the city’s historic spires. The guest rooms recall the property’s former use as a post office, with names such as ‘The Stamp’, ‘The Postcard’, ‘The Letter’ and ‘The Carriage’. Blessed with high ceilings, the rooms feature dark green walls and antique furniture
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in line with the property’s 19th century architecture. A natural, earthy palette forges a sense of place, as well as creating a homely feel for guests. “I want guests to feel a warm and cosy atmosphere, as if they are in their own home from home,” Geraldine explains. “Every detail counts to achieve this, from colour palette, to fabrics, up to the antiques and the flower selection in every room or common area. It’s the combination of all this that makes it a unique environment. “This building was an old post office so you can find plenty of references to that activity: old plans, pictures, objects, also lots of references to the city of Ghent. I also sourced all the furniture and based the colour scheme (studio green) on that period too. Ideas such as the Honesty Bar in one of the towers was also taken from that time period.” With many of Ghent’s prime attractions just moments away, along with an array of the best restaurants and cafés, 1898 The Post offers visitors a stylish spot from which to enjoy this atmospheric Flemish City to the full. zannier.com
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Goddard Littlefair has completed a £25m top-to-toe transformation of The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, formerly The Roxburghe Hotel.
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Scotland, United Kingdom This striking Grade II*-listed property is made up of seven classic Georgian townhouses, originally designed by leading 18th Century architect, Robert Adam. Townhouse ‘front doors’ still form part of the hotel’s façade, and indeed much of the building’s fabric is Listed, aside from a relatively modern bedroom wing extension, which was built to increase the hotel’s capacity in the 1990s. Goddard Littlefair’s brief was to revamp the
black-painted door set into a white-painted, glazed arch. Once inside, a spacious, glazed vestibule provides an area to wait or lounge in, with an antique bench and bent-wood hatstand to the right. Vintage walking sticks, hats, bags and suitcases immediately de-formalise the space and reinforce the subliminal sense of entering a private residence. “To underline the sense of arriving at a hotel that communicates an instantly relaxed, pre-
The vestibule space is freshened and contemporised by white marble, herringbone mosaic flooring, which cedes to an ebony timber parquet floor as guests move into the reception area through a second set of glazed timber and bronze doors. Immediately beyond hangs an opulent, 1.1m-diameter, bespoke pendant light, designed by Goddard Littlefair and produced by A Shade Above in pale, coffeecoloured silk with elaborate black trimming.
property’s public spaces, as well as redesign all of the hotel’s 181 rooms, 18 suites and linking lobbies and corridors. The final element of the scheme was the creation of an exciting new bar and restaurant offer – BABA. Guests enter the hotel via a classic original arched entranceway, refurbished with a smart,
established feel, we chose to include a number of great vintage items in the scheme, with newer items often finished with an antique look or treatment, such as deliberately worn wood, so that the furnishings tell a unified story,” explains Will Hutchings, senior designer at Goddard Littlefair.
The walls here are painted a soft milkchocolate colour, creating an immediate feeling of warmth and intimacy. The space is further softened via the use of full-length deep green velvet curtains, which cleverly subdivide the space and provide a sense of privacy and exclusivity.
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The reception area has been reconfigured so that there is no traditional concierge station, although a valet will be present at a plinth in the vestibule to greet and help direct guests. The reception features a series of smaller welcome stations, which sit in front of a fully-stocked bookcase. With their aged black timber frames, black marble tops and woven leather frontinset panels with antique bronze detailing,
the welcome stations provide a luxurious first ‘touchpoint’ for guests. Opposite, a seating area features a fawn sisal carpet with chocolate-brown and cream edging, plus supremely comfortable lounge chairs from &tradition in the same mustard velvet. The chairs are dressed with flamboyant cushions in antiqued floral velvet, along with smaller cushions in a black and white print,
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introducing a monochrome sub-theme used through many of the ground floor spaces to offset the scheme’s more vibrant tones. This seating area also sees the first iteration of the hotel’s new art collection, curated by leading art consultant, ARTIQ. A broad range of prints and original art throughout the hotel suggests the collection of a well-travelled individual who has returned home to Edinburgh after many years away and relays, through a vintage lens, a narrative about global travel and Edinburgh itself. The lobby area features a ‘salon hang’ treatment, made up of vintage etchings, 18th century political illustration, original abstract paintings and drawings, contemporary prints and sketches. At the heart of the hotel is The Garden, which Goddard Littlefair has ensured is visible from the moment guests enter the hotel. Housed in a space previously used for pre-function drinks or as a breakout area, The Garden will serve as a destination all-day food and beverage space, welcoming local residents as well as hosting breakfast service for hotel guests. Originally open to the elements, the central courtyard space has now been reclaimed as part of the hotel’s interior space with the addition of a new glazed roof. The
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introduction of timber-clad columns and surrounding bulkhead both encloses and compartmentalises the space, providing a number of intimate nooks and cosy corners. Cantilevered mirrors have been added to the bulkhead to maximise the sense of light and space. The design for the space was inspired by the great hothouses, orangeries and nurseries of grand, historic country estates. Art Nouveau peacock chairs provide a sense of exoticism and romance, for example, whilst the fabric palette of vibrant greens and yellows, grounded by the ever-present monochrome sub-theme, reinforces a stylish ‘al fresco’ feel. In the evening, the space takes on a magical feel, thanks to the ambient lighting scheme, which includes periphery walls lights, with an intimate, candle-lit feel, whilst the extensive use of wicker shades reinforces the sense of being in an indoor-outdoor space and casts playful patterns across the walls and floor. Within the guest accommodation, comfort, colour and character are key. The bedrooms are spread across three locations – the old block, the new wing and the ‘wee hoose’. Within the old block, Goddard Littlefair made the most of period details, such as refurbished listed detailing and cornicing. The beds feature upholstered headboards, with saddlery and buckle details in a deep blue/grey leather, plus freestanding items of cabinetry finished in a combination of deep ebony and soft, contemporary grey stained oak. The new wing guestrooms are more uniform in layout and considerable effort was made to ensure they had the same sense of character and uniqueness present in the more historic areas of the building. The rooms here feature herringbone flooring from Karndean, overlaid
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with bespoke rugs designed by Goddard Littlefair and produced by Brintons. Many rooms feature caramel-leather, buttoned Chesterfield sofas, as well the highly-original touch of bespoke artists’ easels to support the rooms’ TV screens. The ‘wee house’, meanwhile, is like a mini hotel-within-a-hotel spread over four storeys. Its bedrooms are similar to the others in style, but with a unique bathroom treatment, featuring roll-top baths, marble washstands and tiles, as well as Victorianstyle, chequerboard floor tiling in a herringbone pattern from Fired Earth. Finally, the hotel’s new F&B venue, BABA, has its own street entrance, signalling the unique identity of the space within. A specially-
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commissioned mural of the ‘host’, Mr Baba, based on a vintage photograph, provides the backdrop to the bar counter, while the bar itself has been refurbished with a re-finished, dark-stained, timber bar front and re-used zinc bar top. The bar ceiling is painted in a rich teal tone, with multiple antique framed mirrors attached to it, reflecting the activity beneath. A new, poured concrete floor has been decorated with a stencilled repeat motif, whilst the aubergine leather backrests on the bar banquettes and a bank of reclaimed cinema seats provide allimportant contrast in the space. Guests move from the bar to the restaurant via a glazed platform, which allows views over the space before stepping down into it. At the base of the steps is the restaurant’s show kitchen and dining counter, which is the first of a series of dining spaces, also including The Map Room, The Salon and The Library. The main dining area features a vibrant colour scheme and an industrial, distressed design feel, with strong elements of the Levantine in terms of colours and detailing. An arresting palette of deep teals and sea-green is used for the walls and ceilings, on top of which specialist paint finishes have been applied by artist Diane Hill to evoke the passing of time and hint at the building’s age and materiality. The Map Room, Salon and Library are individual ‘roomset’ spaces, semi-separated from the main restaurant, which can function as private dining areas. The rooms are bold and colourful with certain shared design treatments, including white ceilings, stained timber floors and peacock blue walls and shelving. goddardlittlefair.com
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Hirsch Bedner Associates has applied its widely sought-after expertise to Pebble Beach Resort’s newest accommodation – Fairway One.
Fairway One, Pebble Beach Resort California, USA Part of a multi-property renovation and extension, Fairway One is a luxurious 38-key hotel situated on the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. Having worked on the renovation of two of the resort’s other properties – The Lodge and The Inn at Spanish Bay, HBA was well-versed in the history, ethos and aesthetic of this exclusive complex. “Already fully immersed into the Pebble Beach experience through our renovation work at The Lodge and The Inn at Spanish Bay projects, our team was tasked with creating an entirely new and distinctive offering,” explains Jacob Royster; senior designer at HBA.
“Fairway One was to maintain the style, signature amenities and services that guests have come to expect when staying at Pebble Beach Resorts, while providing an enhanced experience of its own. The project opening was envisioned just prior to the centennial of The Lodge and storied Pebble Beach Golf Links, a nod to the vision for the next 100 years.” Fairway One incorporates 38 guest rooms, 30 situated in three two-storey buildings and eight within two four-bedroom golf cottages along the first fairway of the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links. Embracing the natural beauty and tradition of the resort, HBA took the beachside cottage
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aesthetic as the basis for their design. The uniformly white architectural palette of the cottages, with their painted wood-beamed ceilings, classic patterns and neutral, earthy tones, creates a sense of approachable luxury and understated elegance. “With an impressive portfolio of accommodations, golf, and signature experiences, this new incarnation of the resort breathes life into an already attractive picture,” says Jacob. “Designed to feel immediately familiar, Fairway One builds upon a collection of properties characterised by their luxurious, yet comfortable setting in one of the most idyllic places in North America. “With the stage already set, we went to work crafting a place that felt unique, while still engaged with the overall Pebble Beach experience. In hospitality, the experience of a guest is always front and centre, at Pebble Beach it drives the design.” At the entry to each guest room and cottage
is a foyer, complete with wide-plank wood flooring, wood panelled walls and ceiling, and a stylish hanging pendant. Upon entering, the spacious nature of the accommodation is immediately apparent, even in comparison with the already generous offerings at the resort’s other properties. Signature fireplaces and built-in honour bars in rich wood and stonework create an uplifting, intimate feel to the accommodation. Cottages and second floor guestrooms feature dramatic vaulted ceilings and decorative painted wood trusses, while first floor guestrooms have coffered ceilings. The carefully-selected furniture is classic in style, wrapped in supple fabrics and leathers, or made with hand-finished metal and wood. Completing the look, and connecting with Pebble Beach’s beautiful landscape, are pieces of artwork from local artists, along with abundant natural materials and finishes that subtly reflect the local area.
Deepening the guest’s connection with this idyllic landscape are expansive window walls, and either a terrace or balcony – all featuring spectacular ocean or garden views. Of course, with such a prestigious and much-loved property comes a great deal of expectation. Respectful, yet ambitious, HBA’s design for Fairway One certainly lives up to this. “One of the biggest challenges when working at a property with rich heritage is ensuring that expectations of seasoned guests have been met, while simultaneously attracting new guests,” Jacob affirms. “Each detail is evaluated with care and precision. Everything from how many guestrooms can fit on a site, down to an accessory selection can affect the luxury feeling of a property. This feeling and look have been achieved, as the property has been applauded by many as an excellent addition to Pebble Beach.” hba.com
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Michaelis Boyd has channelled Kimpton’s playful design style, with a contemporary architectural approach, for the interior of the Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam.
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam Netherlands Working alongside Ave Bradley, global senior VP and design and creative director of Kimpton Hotels, Michaelis Boyd has designed a crisp, architecturally-driven interior for this 274-key hotel in the heart of Amsterdam.
the entrance and is complemented by the softness of a living wall, which runs the length of the entrance façade. Inset within the foliage are the words “and breathe” in playful pink neon letters.
The ground floor of the hotel has been reconfigured in order to create a new entrance with a stronger visual connection to the street, as well as an improved guest journey through a series of lobby and lounge spaces. Upon arrival, guests ascend a white terrazzo staircase under a slim curved mirrored canopy which punctures the glazed façade and runs seamlessly through to the internal entrance area. A bold custom green terrazzo wall defines
For the hotel reception area, Michaelis Boyd designed a range of graphic blue and white encaustic floor tiles inspired by the traditional Dutch delft tile. Behind the reception desk a ceramic tiled fireplace is surrounded by a ring of banquette seating, with cushions and blankets for reading and relaxing. A bold selection of contemporary artwork and feature lighting brings the walls to life. Continuing the botanical theme established
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by the hotelâ€™s entrance, the former lounge at the heart of the hotel has been reimagined as a garden room. This fresh and ethereal space features an external courtyard draped in cascading plants, festoon lighting, and swing chairs enclosed within full height steel-framed glazing. Internally, the floor is made up of a sequence of diagonally-laid oak planks inset with smooth square concrete tiles. This pattern continues through to the external courtyard and is formed using concrete pavers and black gravel. In the summer, the courtyard can be opened up to allow plentiful light and fresh air to permeate through. Next to the garden room, within the historical Queen of Holland building, is the House Bar. Here, Michaelis Boyd has opted for a dark glossy teal which complements the original beams and timber panelling. Paying homage to the traditional painted murals that date back
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to the Dutch Renaissance, the design team has also created a bird motif wallpaper that runs between the ceiling beams. Plush velvet seating and low level lighting complete this dramatic, yet cosy space. Smooth oak floors and colour blocked walls run throughout the hotelâ€™s 274 bedrooms, which have been elegantly furnished with honed marble bedside tables, bold velvet fabrics and custom designed brass hanging rails. The guest bathrooms feature bright geometric floor and wall tiles. Natural motifs have been subtly and playfully incorporated within the accommodation too, including deer, elk and bee doorknockers, bird pendant lights and striking dragonfly motifs which have been incorporated into Kit Milesâ€™ velvet upholstered Gubi chairs. michaelisboyd.com
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Jestico + Whiles has completed the interiors of Manchester’s first speciality steak and gin restaurant.
Alston Bar & Beef Manchester, United Kingdom Alston Bar & Beef is situated within one of the last, and most fascinating spaces in Manchester’s thriving Corn Exchange. Having designed the restaurant’s awardwinning Scottish counterpart in the vaults
head of hospitality and interior design at Jestico + Whiles. “Our design for Alston Bar & Beef Manchester draws on the history of the Corn Exchange together with the wider
below Glasgow Central Station, Jestico + Whiles was the perfect fit for the job. “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Glendola Leisure once again to deliver Manchester’s first speciality steak and gin restaurant,” says James Dilley, director |
context of the city to create a unique space featuring a dramatic interior environment and distinctive ambience.“ Accessed through a discreet entrance, guests enter into a seemingly modest lobby within which a handpainted mural
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stretches across the full height of the wall and a carved felt chandelier leads to an industrial, raw steel staircase studded with etched glass lenses. The staircase leads guests to a hidden, subterranean hall, criss-crossed by a web of original and new structure that reveals the complex building above. A bar carved from a block of solid marble glows against a back-lit screen of glass in medicine bottle amber, upon which mounted apothecary flasks dispense bespoke gin infusions. A vast mural across the dining space immediately catches oneâ€™s eye. Commissioned and hand-painted by Manchester-based street-artist Tank Petrol, it mirrors the narrative carefully established by Jestico + Whiles. A high-spec show kitchen, with lots of fire and flame, terminates the long views across the dining room. jesticowhiles.com
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Acclaimed commerical designer, Paul Basile of BASILE Studio, has completed the interiors of this striking high-end steak restaurant in San Diego’s Little Italy neighbourhood.
Born & Raised San Diego , USA Opened in late September 2017, Born & Raised resides in a former 1930s-era neighbourhood drug store and soda fountain. The property was conceived by CH Projects – or Consortium Holdings – a group which
a mid-century restaurant,” he explains. “The inspiration for the design came from the time of the great American steakhouses of the first part of the 20th Century, when the Art Deco and Modernism movements overlapped.
operates dozens of restaurants in the area, and which has done a great deal to boost the vibrancy and dynamism of San Diego’s F&B scene. BASILE Studio has a longstanding relationship with the client, having designed almost all of their bars and restaurants since 2009, but for Paul, Born & Raised was particularly special. “This was a passion project for me in particular because I’ve always wanted to do
“We merged ideas from both to create the design for Born & Raised, and then gave it a slightly futuristic twist.” The exterior of the restaurant makes an immediate impact. More than a mile of dark green-powder coated hot rolled steel tube forms a scrim that wraps around the exterior building on the bustling corner of India and Fir. Overhead, an oversized brass and warm neon light emblem displaying “Born & Raised” recalls vintage steakhouse signs.
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At the front of the property, an Art Decoinspired entryway draws the eye in. Futuristic walnut veneer showcases multidimensional curves while the top paneling is black powdercoated brass with diamond-shaped etchings revealing the metal beneath. What truly makes the restaurant’s interior so unique is the level of custom design it features. “The biggest challenges were in the details,” Paul affirms. “Nearly every item – from the flooring to the staircase to the ceiling and everything in between – was meticulously crafted by our team, so the co-ordination of the installation had to be precise.” The main downstairs dining room opens to expansive seating, including oversized custom camel leather booths with imported Italian green marbled table tops, and brass accents ranging from table bases to perforated trim. The immaculately detailed ceiling is comprised entirely of book-matched walnut veneer, sourced from a single walnut tree out of Northern California. Walnut veneer also covers the expanse
of the main dining room, including tambour paneling on both walls and seating, molding details, and custom parquet flooring inlaid with terrazzo and brass. Deco-inspired fluted glass sconces are found tableside, while vintage-inspired globe pendants and antique sconces sourced internationally are found throughout. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the interior, however, are the eight LED top-lit cladded column “blooms.” Each “dendriform” blossoms at the ceiling with warm ambient lighting. “When we added on the second story, we were presented with the challenge of new supportive columns directly in the main dining room,” explains Paul. “So we not only incorporated the columns into the design but made them a focal design piece. They are cladded in the same walnut found throughout the restaurant.” To the left of the restaurant, a 45ft cocktail bar features the same imported green Italian marble as the table tops, with an in-built
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custom 26 tap system. Elsewhere, a 40ft2 glass-enclosed dry-aging room showcases butcher shop band saw equipment with custom sprayed paint. Aside from the level of custom furnishings, the team was also faced with the significant structural challenge of converting the original single storey property to a two-storey. “Because the original rooftop was used as a parking lot for ten or so cars, we thought the secondstorey expansion would be a relatively easy build,” explains Paul. “But retrofitting the building presented huge challenges. “Ultimately, having to solve these problems really pushed us to come up with better and more innovative design solutions.” Guests access the second storey addition via a suspended steel staircase, flooded with natural light from a light well. Clad entirely in vacuum-formed curved walnut veneer and trimmed with solid walnut, the staircase was painstakingly installed over four weeks with every single piece cut to fit by hand. On this level, guests can enjoy a “mid-century garden” feel with black velvet booths with plaid and cane wicker detailing. An oversized bar continues the same Italian green marbling with an inverted bullnose edge, mirrored ceiling, teak and holly paneling, and a flowering steel trellis, resembling the same “blooms” from downstairs, which also double as shadeproviders for the exposed areas. A cosy lounge features custom copper fireplaces and panoramic views of downtown San Diego. basilestudio.com
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Nick Leith-Smith has paired up with hospitality strategist, Forward Associates, once again to create the interior for this new dining destination within Liberty of London.
Arthur’s Restaurant Liberty London, United Kingdom Replacing the existing café on the second floor, Arthur’s is a stylish 100-cover restaurant serving contemporary British cuisine. The name and identity of the restaurant fittingly centres on the founder of this iconic store –
“With no set dining times and multiple seating styles, we put the guest in control and capture the freedom offered by Liberty.” For the interior of the restaurant, architect Nick Leith-Smith primarily drew from the store’s
Arthur Lazenby Liberty. “Arthur Liberty broke the mould and this restaurant is an extension of his spirit,” explains Roy Westwood of Forward Associates. “Arthur’s is as much about great cocktails as it is about a three-course lunch, or an afternoon tea.
artistic beginnings during the Arts and Crafts movement, as characterised by William Morris and Philip Webb. Upon entering the restaurant, guests are greeted by an inviting row of scalloped shaped banquette seating, picked out in alternating blue and green upholstered velvet and semi-
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circular tables of dark timber trimmed in brass. Feature globe pendant lighting hangs overhead. Warm metal hues with brass and copper details harmonise with the dark timber and velvet upholstery in midnight blue, teal green and dusty pink. Circular Italian marble-topped tables and Thonet coffee house chairs are a classic nod to the era, while a striking geometric wall design in vintage pink brings drama to the space. The centrepiece of the restaurant, however, is an oversized marble-topped bar with brass detailing. Wrapping around the restaurant, the bar is adorned with handmade glazed tiles arranged diagonally, which graduate in colour from dark blues, burgundy and metallics to a softer palette of pinks and greys. Elegant bar stools upholstered in cameo pink complement the palette, while the dark metal gantry overhead is delicately draped with ribbons of copper. “The bar plays on the idea of placing the exaggerated within the confined,” Roy explains. “It changes the dynamic between front and back of house and brings the preparation of food and drink centre stage.The bar is a celebration of craftsmanship and everything that is good about Liberty of London.” The prestige that surrounds a venue such as this was not lost on Nick, who was cautious to maintain the store’s longheld commitment to inspirational, well-crafted goods. “Given the store’s storied heritage, reimagining the new Arthur’s restaurant at Liberty is a huge privilege,” he says. “The space is welcoming and elegant – an evocative way to experience Liberty – and in keeping with its esteemed relationship with craftsmanship and design.” nickleithsmith.com
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DesignLSM is behind the interiors and branding for the Galvin Brothers’ second Dubai venture.
Galvin Dubai United Arab Emirates Situated in the heart of Dubai’s City Walk II – Meraas’ newest flagship community – Galvin Dubai is the second international venture from Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin, who have worked in conjunction with Meraas to bring a refined and social experience to UAE diners. The ground floor restaurant exudes a sophisticated air with its unique blend of luxurious velvet banquettes, upholstered dining chairs and social bar seating. A rich palette of greens, golds and dark browns injects a
traditional, elegant tone into the space, while exotic planting and marble finishes create more contemporary touches. An array of pendant lights, scattered across the striking geometric ceiling, help to highlight the beautiful bespoke brass finishes throughout the restaurant’s interior. A key focal point of the design is the open kitchen pass, set next to an impressive crustacean counter, which provides diners with a glorious sense of culinary theatre. Bespoke gilded wall coverings, adorned with
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vintage photographs and antique mirrors, feature throughout the corridor, guiding diners upstairs to the second floor lounge. The lounge offers a complete contrast with its lively and vibrant environment, complete with an exclusive VIP area and private outdoor terrace with views over City Walk. A striking central bar with geometric, brasscladded panels, combined with warm tones of lighting, illuminates the space, creating an inviting and social ambience for guests. For the branding of Galvin Dubai, DesignLSM evoked the picturesque land and seascapes of the Mediterranean basin. Modern typography, combined with a rich blend of colour, provided the design with warmth and depth. The bar menus pay homage to Gaudiâ€™s famous Mosaic masterpiece in Barcelona, using fragmented and geometric elements to form the identity. Other applications included a full suite of menus, signage and stationery. designlsm.com
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DesignAgency has created a contemporary interpretation of the comfortable American Tavern for Victor restaurant in Toronto’s Le Germain Hotel.
Victor Toronto, Canada DesignAgency’s brief was to create a true “hotel restaurant”, one which was approachable, universal and versatile enough to attract a blend of hotel guests, daytime business visitors, corporate event-goers
lounge, and a coffee-and-breakfast café with communal harvest table – all of which meld each with the other and transition seamlessly with the hotel’s lobby, which the hotel also redesigned to complement the new restaurant
and groups linked with Toronto’s vibrant entertainment scene. With so many surrounding condos in the district, and a local population set to burgeon to almost 40,000, it was key that Victor should position itself as the local luxury restaurant. The comfortable feel of an American Tavern formed the central inspiration for the DesignAgency team, who have added a contemporary spin. Victor’s highly fluid space now comprises a leather-banquetted dining area with a chef’s table in a side alcove and an open servery counter beyond, an intimate bar-
space. Victor sets a warm, welcoming tone from the off, shifting in style and artfully strewn with decorative touches. The restaurant, bar and café are replete with soft, rich colours, authentic wood and leather detailing meant to grow mellow with age, plus a collection of historic homages. The LED back-lit display shelves behind the chef’s table are the perfect example of the latter, laden with vintage china, crystal, bronze and gilt chargers. The display shelves behind the chef’s table
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and servery, meanwhile, showcase artfully arranged relics of domestic hospitality, including antique china, bottles, books and paintings. The marble coffee bar is nestled between classically fluted panels, while the bar’s TVs disappear into ornate smoky mirrors when not in use. Soft Salisbury-green table tops, and space-defining serpentine banquettes upholstered in tufted, peacock-blue waxed leather bring vibrancy to the space, while hairline antique-bronze accents and details, natural stone countertops, warm wood veneer
shelving and millwork, add to the refined atmosphere. As well as these considered furnishings, the lighting scheme was fundamental to creating the right ambience. A spectacular feature light, constructed from brass tubing strung with white globes, squiggles around and swoops down over the main room, breaking into sections scattered throughout the dining room. Designed to glow in contrast to a deep gravel-grey ceiling backdrop, this light sculpture demarcates the area by visually dropping the ceiling height to a more intimate level, and
imparts a sense of vitality and character to the entire restaurant. “Each section of Victor is defined by its own illumination theme, all connected by one meandering custom lighting concept which floats above the main dining room, but also finds its way to the bar and café,” explains DesignAgency principal, Anwar Mekhayech. “By moving the hotel reception and adding the café component with a new bar and bigger dining room Victor really embraces and pronounces itself as a hotel restaurant.” thedesignagency.ca
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In conversation with
Lisa Simeone Founded by interior designers and friends, Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary, Simeone Deary Design Group has just celebrated its 15-year anniversary. Driven by conceptual design and an emphasis on storytelling, the Chicago-based firm now has over 100 high-end projects under its belt. Here, Lisa shares her thoughts on guest room design ...
What would you say are the top three trends influencing guest room interiors at present? These are not really trends per se but how we as a firm are evolving our thinking when it comes to approaching guest room designs at the moment. 1. Really understanding how guests are using the guest room Understanding how guests use a guest room is paramount to creating an experience that is meaningful to the occupant. Once you can design a room that functions perfectly then you can begin to incorporate the layers that add beauty. Until then you are just designing for design’s sake. 2. Creating true luxury for the guest in a meaningful way (luxury being how a guest feels in the guest room, not what the room has) As we discuss trends in our industry we must look at the world view as a whole and take into account what guests may want or need to make them feel truly taken care of. The pendulum of what true luxury means swings a bit from year to year but I believe that to make the guest comfortable, give them easy access to what they need, create roomscapes that are intuitive, be aware of sight lines, privacy and noise conditions. These are some of the pieces that begin to get us to real luxury. 3. Incorporating space for customisable experiences Forward thinking on how today’s guests want to extend how they live in their day-to-day life is part of our design initiative as we are planning. For example, health and wellness are such an integral part of current thinking and creating spaces that leave room for a “move-in” spin bike or in-suite training programs to be used in conjunction with on-demand workout features, may be incorporated into a design. As well, working with local juicers to create custom combinations for healthy mini bar alternatives, or looking to home grown ingredients in bath and body products, are just a couple of ideas that may become part of our overall design thinking.
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“The most unusual guestroom I have worked on to date would be at the Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming – abandoned cabins on a former working ranch that our client wanted to turn into unique free-standing guest rooms”
What, for you, is the most critical element of effective guest room design? The perfect space plan is the most critical element of an effective guest room design. In order for a guest room to be effective, it must be laid out correctly. Spaces must be appropriately sized, sight lines considered, proportions and sequencing must be aligned. So much so that it should be intuitive to the guest as they move from entry door and back again. I believe all the gorgeous design in the world will fall flat if the room does not function. How do you ensure your projects stand out in such a fast-paced and heavily populated sector? This is an interesting question and one that we are often asked when pitching for a new project. The truth is, we are not focused on ensuring our projects stand out amongst the competition while entrenched in the process of design. Our first objective is to create a true and authentic narrative that responds to all the individuality of a given space … beginning with the needs and desires of our client, to the given parameters of the architectural footprint, to the location and corresponding community to mining unique experiences that drive home
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all of these ideals and more. Once these elements come together and form its own one of a kind result, the project will naturally stand out. What would you say is the most memorable/ unusual guest room you’ve worked on, and why? My most memorable guest room design would have to be the (formerly) Elysian Hotel (currently the Waldorf Chicago). This was
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the first major project my business partner, Gina Deary, and I worked on as a new firm beginning in 2002. We had a client wanting and willing to break the rules of hotel design and this allowed us to really push boundaries in ways we could only dream of. The most unusual guestroom I have worked on to date would be at the Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming – abandoned cabins on a former working ranch that our client wanted to turn into unique free-standing guest rooms. From conception to installation, this gorgeous property was an adventure in itself. Have you got any new projects on the horizon you’re able to share with us? Rosina – under a consulting agreement with Gensler, we designed a couture bar concept for Sands at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. Our design muse, a defiantly glamorous Italian rebel from the 1920’s named Rosina, comes to life in design form with layers and layers of marble, metal, mirror and hues of maroon. Truly a jewel box. Birmingham – Just outside Detroit and currently on the boards, a super high design hotel in the charming town of Birmingham with a client that wants to see design and details that challenge and inspire. Great team on all sides and beyond creative work is making this a dream project! simeonedeary.com
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In conversation with
John Evans John Evans Interior Architecture and Design specialises in the creation, design and interior architecture of exquisite environments for residential, leisure and commercial interiors at home and abroad. Here, John talks guest room trends, his distaste for bland interiors and stand-out projects.
What would you say are the top three trends influencing guest room interiors at present? I feel the trends that are influencing the design of guest rooms are a return to colour and in small amounts, pattern. Design of the furniture is being heavily influenced by the best of the 50s and 60s. Copper and brass are making a return in the bathroom and retro lighting styles. Wood is returning, and I am not talking about laminates but solid, either in heavier distressed form or ercol style. The advantage of this return is that, with careful use, the rooms can either look eclectic if styles are mixed or modern and new if paired down.
care into its creation. Mind you that goes for the complete hotel, and I am not talking about throwing money at it. How do you ensure your projects stand out in such a fast-paced and heavily populated sector? By being different and making an effort, going for the wow factor. Bland is not an option. I know that not everyone wants to stay in a room that is a riot of colour, but we all want an experience that lifts our soul and the most memorable rooms that I have stayed in do this. I have stayed at the hotel Costes in Paris several times and I would say it is one of my favourites. From the moment you walk in it has everything that is wonderful, from the perfume
What, for you, is the most critical element of effective guest room design? I think they should have a certain style that makes you want to visit, I would call it a hook. When I am looking to stay at a hotel I spend an enormous amount of time looking online at photos taken by the owners but also by guests – I am, I know, very fussy but it’s very important to me that I enjoy the stay and I think in that regard I am not that different to anyone else. I want to look at pictures of the room and think wow, I would like to stay there and that means the owners have put some effort into making the room look good. I hate bland, corporate rooms without soul, I like rooms where someone has lavished a little love and
of the scented candles to the most amazing floral display and interior design by Jacques Garcia. The guest rooms exude a feeling of warmth and style that makes staying a memorable experience. This hotel is wonderfully maintained and that is another important part of standing out; for guests to return, the initial impression has to follow through. What would you say is the most memorable/ unusual guest room you’ve worked on, and why? One of the most memorable guest rooms I have worked on was in a Listed Georgian building – one of my first major projects. The client wanted to use the whole of the house and grounds for entertaining and the brief was that the rooms and en-suite bathrooms had to have the wow factor, but in a period style, If the Georgians had had fully functioning bathrooms as of today that would be the style; the rooms were to have period four poster beds and period furniture throughout. I had the opportunity to design a lot of the details, including the elaborate tie backs and matching fringing for the bed and curtain treatments, and I must say it was a real privilege to work with the artisans that made them and to visit their workshops to watch a process that was still carried out in the same way as would have been during the period. johnevansdesign.com
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Mid-century London hotel reaches height of luxury with widescale refurbishment The Royal Lancaster London hotel has now unveiled its luxurious new guest accommodation, designed by Studio Proof as part of a major hotel-wide refurbishment.
The Royal Lancaster London is currently undergoing its most comprehensive refurbishment in decades. Led by Londonbased interior design practice, Studio Proof, the project will bring a new level of luxury to the property, justifying the reinstatement of ‘Royal’ in its name. Studio Proof first started working with the hotel in 2013, leading a review of its current positioning, perceptions of the hotel, and the aspirations of its owner. This led to the creation of a new brand identity and set of core values, fashioned through a series of stakeholder workshops, which then laid the foundations for the design brief. “This has been a great ‘hotel design‘ journey,” comments David Morris, creative director at Studio Proof. “Our client invited us into the process at the earliest opportunity and allowed us to lead them through clarifying the brand and into a major programme of architectural and interior design work, reinventing the hotel for the 21st century guest. “The owner has been bold and financially committed, and we have every hope that the completed project will repay the faith he has put in us.” All 411 of the hotel’s bedrooms and suites across 15 floors of accommodation have been refurbished, with the public spaces set to be unveiled in April. Impressively, the hotel has remained open throughout, necessitating rigorous on-site planning.
Originally conceived as an office and leisure development by architect Richard Seifert, before being converted into a hotel in 1967, the previous guest rooms bore the vestiges of their 20th century designs. The new concept for the accommodation centres on the property’s mid-20th century heritage, and celebrates its prestigious location overlooking Hyde Park and the city. In terms of the standard rooms, the challenge for Studio Proof was to work around a relatively small footprint; employing masterful planning and sophisticated furnishing choices to create rooms full of light and invested with a sense of place. The Studio Proof team has drawn extensively from the hotel’s exceptional vistas – the city in one direction, and Hyde Park the other – framing them in order to create a guest experience that is memorable for its
“Our client invited us into the process at the earliest opportunity and allowed us to lead them through clarifying the brand and into a major programme of architectural and interior design work, reinventing the hotel for the 21st century guest”
connection with London. In order to achieve this, windowsills have been lowered and curtains have been replaced by two sets of blinds, one blackout and one privacy. Studio Proof also made the decision to resize the doors, widening them so that guests are immediately confronted by the spectacular views upon entering. The décor across floors three to 17 of the hotel is light and restrained. Lime-washed pale oak and textured neutrals abound, enlivened by accents of colour to create a bright, calming atmosphere. The north-facing ‘city rooms’ are punctuated with deep yellows and mustard tones, whilst the ‘park rooms’ are infused with muted sages and pastel greens. Within the Classic View rooms, an in-built lime-washed oak desk extends across half the width of the window-lined wall, its frame dropping down to form a daybed that stretches to the other side of the room, making full use of this otherwise dead space. The daybed is upholstered in plush Fox Linton mohair velvet, inviting the room’s occupants to lounge amongst lush Dedar and Zimmer & Rohde fabric-covered cushions. Wooden panelling continues from here, encircling the room to create visual continuity and blending artfully with console tables made from the same oak and finished with smart bronze detailing. The bedside and coffee tables are made from lacquered metal and bespoke mirrored
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glass with a delicate inlay of silk organza, giving an eye-catching sheen to the surfaces and softly reflecting the light from the midcentury-inspired pendants and wall lamps, custom-made by Heathfield & Co. The decision was made to remove most of the baths within the 320 Classic View rooms and replace them with power showers. The showers themselves have been enclosed in frameless glass to open up the space. Sleek white carrara marble lines the walls and vanity surfaces, providing a dynamic contrast to the granite grey tiles in the shower area, whilst wooden drawers link back to the guest room décor. Similar in style to the Classic View rooms, the 15 Park and five Spire suites sit at opposite ends of the tower, facing Hyde Park and the city respectively. This advantageous positioning means that each room benefits from dual or treble aspects, as well as substantially more square metreage. The impressive 55m² Park suites certainly make the most of the view. The scenes through the windows in the bedroom are reflected in a large sweeping mirror behind the king size bed,
equally notable for their sophisticated style. The scheme here takes its cue from the City Rooms’ palette of mustards and dark yellows. Artwork is more metropolitan than in the Park Suites and this style is also reflected in the selection of the mathematically spherical ‘Raimond’ chandelier by Moooi. By way of contrast, the 18th floor – which accommodates the largest suites – features a richer palette. The Kensington and Serpentine signature suites, situated at each end of the tower, are the jewels in the crown with their huge windows along the three exterior walls. In both, dark American walnut panelling extends from floor-to-ceiling, providing a rich backdrop for the sumptuous Zimmer & Rohde teal velvet seating. Objet d’art fill cabinetry recesses give the spaces a high-end, yet comfortably residential feel. Positioned near to the in-built desk in the Kensington suite, mid-century style Vitra tan leather chairs encircle a Knoll glass and metal table, illuminated by a Raimond light from Moooi. This arrangement creates a debonair office space within the sizeable living area. In the bedroom, a textured grey Holly
bringing the location firmly into the space. Lime-washed oak panelling follows through from the bedroom into the separate living area, while a contemporary Moooi chandelier suggests the branches of a tree, throwing dappled light across the metal and glass table below. This shimmer is echoed in the rich velvets of the two bespoke sofas, while modern metal and marble coffee and side tables complete the seated space, illuminated by treelike brass framed lamps. The 47m² Spire suites – so called because 10 church spires are visible from them – are
Hunt fabric headboard with lacquered metal detailing adds further elegance, whilst panelled mirrors behind the headboard reflect the phenomenal panorama visible through the walls of windows. The Serpentine suite is the larger of the two and is equally as highly appointed and plush. A mirror lines the wall next to the glass-topped, bronze dining table, making the vast area appear even larger and reflecting the landscape visible out of the adjacent windows. studioproof.london royallancaster.com
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Creating a restful guest room environment with textiles Duncan Neil, creative director at Earthed by William Clark, has over 12 years of UK textile industry experience. Earthed is a bespoke luxury linen producer that has been created as a new venture for William Clark, which has over 300 years of heritage in the linen industry. Here Duncan shares his expert opinion on guest room design – utilising colours, patterns and fabrics, and accessories that can appeal to a large number of guests.
Guest rooms are one of the most important areas of hotel design to get right, as the look and feel of a room can make or break a guest’s stay. Therefore, ensuring these rooms are tranquil spaces where guests can relax and get a restful night’s sleep is hugely important. Colour Colour is a key factor to consider when designing a guest bedroom, but as these rooms have to appeal to different audiences, residential design rules cannot be applied. Hotels can afford to be bold. That said, the design should be memorable in a positive way and reflect the personality of the hotel. Greens and blues are great colours to incorporate into guest rooms. Greens have clear links with nature, providing a peaceful environment, while blue tones are traditionally linked to harmony, which will help guests to have a restful sleep. Our debut collection, The Upperlands, and our third collection, Helix, incorporate these colours and tones with fabrics that have an earthy, calming effect. Neutral colour palettes can create soothing spaces, but it’s important to add pops of colour or texture to instil personality. A step on from neutral, soft yellows are extremely relaxing and help the body to unwind. Strong reds and oranges can be alarming to the senses when covering large walls, so are unlikely to bring tranquillity for guests. Greys and blacks can be striking, however they can also be draining on the senses, so they should be teamed with white or bright highlights.
While Ultra Violet is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018, this trend should be embraced with caution. While purple emanates opulence and comfort and directly relates to spirituality, it also stimulates the mind, potentially inhibiting a restful sleep. However, with its air of grandeur, highlights or accessories in purple can leave a lasting impression, providing it complements the hotel’s personality. Overall, guests want to wake up feeling good in a hotel – a colour scheme that feels fresh but also relaxing will put them in a good mood to start their day. Similarly, badly co-ordinated colour schemes can leave guests with a poor overall impression of a bedroom, and a hotel as a whole. Patterns and fabrics As with colour, patterns and fabrics can have a huge influence on the overall atmosphere of a guest room. Fabrics can add real depth and texture to a room, either through print or structure. To ensure a quality feel, using
natural materials such as linen and cotton can also bring added softness and a touch of understated opulence. Natural influences in pattern is a key trend for 2018, with large bold florals growing throughout the year in terms of scale and boldness of colour. Huge all over pattern will increasingly become more apparent on fabrics – perfect for creating statement furniture pieces or soft furnishings. Incorporating these natural elements is a great way to introduce the tranquillity of the natural world indoors. Accessories While accessories can bring personality to a guest room, it’s important to choose carefully – too many can clutter a room, making it appear small. Plantlife can add a sense of freshness to hotel guest rooms that may otherwise feel clinical and claustrophobic. The natural element also helps to create a calm environment. Headboards have been proven to provide a better night’s sleep so should always be present for ultimate guest relaxation. They are also perfect for adding colour and personality to rooms with a more neutral colour palette. Ultimately each hotel is completely different and the space they should create is completely dependent on their guests. It’s vital that bedrooms are designed to reflect the guests a hotel wants to attract. earthedbywmclark.co.uk
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apaiser unveils Bijoux in collaboration with Kelly Hoppen apaiser has unveiled its latest collection of premium baths and basins – Bijoux. Designed by globally acclaimed interior designer, Kelly Hoppen, Bijoux is striking in both form and finish, drawing inspiration from faceted diamonds. This new collection – the second Kelly Hoppen has developed in collaboration with apaiser – embodies her award-winning and signature style of clean lines and sleek simplicity. Bijoux is characterised by its unique juxtaposition of external angles and smooth interiors. The faceted exteriors play with light
and shadow to create a masterful and highly elegant effect. The collection incorporates a bath, which is the perfect manifestation of strength and beauty, as well as a basin, which evokes the image of a bejewelled crown with its dynamic lines and subtle facets. “I wanted to create a collection that was a balance between hard edges and sensual curves,” explains Kelly. “I was inspired by the symmetrical arrangements of the facets of a perfectly cut diamond. “This range was designed with the diamond creation process from a rough stone to a
polished gem in mind, which is fascinating and I’m thrilled with the outcome.” . “Our unique material – apaisermarble – derived from actual marble, and the basis of all apaiser bathware designs, showed just what a remarkable material it is,” adds Belinda Try, founder and managing director of apaiser. “In the hands of our craftsmen, it worked beautifully to perfect these striking and somewhat intricate shapes as designed by Kelly, and which ultimately set this collection apart from all else on the market.” apaiser.com kellyhoppen.com
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Why should hotels invest in a good mattress?
While décor is imperative for creating the right first impression, it’s a hotel’s bedrooms where a guest’s opinion on an establishment is made or broken. With this being the case, it’s vitally important that hoteliers not only identify beds and mattresses that look aesthetically pleasing, but also provide substantial support and comfort too. By Steve Truswell, contract sales director at Harrison Spinks
With guests’ expectations increasing, a lower-quality bed purchase can lead to negative visitor feedback. Therefore, hoteliers should always aim to offer the best sleeping experience that meets their budget. Hotel visitors now take the time to check what they’re sleeping on, so hotels need to
switch their focus from the overall look and feel of a room and place more emphasis on the quality of the night’s rest they can provide to guests. If a guest has a positive sleeping experience, they will not only be more likely to book a return visit to the establishment, they will be more
inclined to recommend a hotel to their friends and family. In addition, a good sleeping experience may lead to the guest actively looking to purchase a bed by the same manufacturer, so a well-designed and finished mattress, with a quality look and comforting feel is increasingly important when it comes to influencing a customer’s opinion of both the room and the hotel. While the comfort aspects of a mattress are a major consideration, the importance of a relaxing, supporting sleep is something that consumers are considering more and more, so hoteliers need to be conscious of this too. Consumers are much more considered about where products are sourced and how they are made. So, a mattress containing all natural fillings not only provides a unique selling point to market, it is also much better for their guests. Natural fillings have a number of beneficial properties, such as wool that is inherently fire retardant, regulates body temperature and has natural wicking properties. These all contribute to a good
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night’s sleep, which is essential for guests’ health and wellbeing. The Harrison Spinks range of mattresses have been developed specifically for the hospitality industry utilising more than 178 years’ experience in luxury mattress production. The mattresses within the collection feature revolutionary, patented spring technology with natural, luxury fillings grown on Harrison
Spinks Hospitality Beds range feature the Revolution® spring-within-a-spring system. This system is based upon a small spring sitting inside a larger one, to provide adjustable levels of support, adapting to all shapes and sizes. It’s this two-stage action that means the outer springs offer a high degree of comfort, while the inner spring delivers a supportive second action for the heavier parts of the body,
Spinks’ own 300-acre farm in Yorkshire. This results in superior comfort, elevated support and, most importantly, a sumptuous sleeping environment for hotel guests. Drawn on self-designed, in-house machines, Harrison Spinks’ pocket spring technology is some of the most innovative in the industry and has reinvented the way pocket sprung mattresses are manufactured. These springs perfectly contour to the shape of the sleeper’s body, offering varying levels of support to ensure a good night’s sleep. Selected mattresses across the Harrison
an ideal option for hotels that cater for a range of different guests. Thanks to the success of the Revolution® spring technology, Harrison Spinks has gone on to develop high-density pocket springs, which work independently of each other, adapting to the body’s contours and reducing the build-up of pressure points. Each model within the Harrison Spinks Hospitality Beds collection can be tailor-made inline with any specific requirements a hotel may have, to ensure optimum comfort and maximum support.
Hoteliers can also tailor headboards and bed bases to match any room’s décor. There are a range of fabrics to choose from, as well as six headboard variants, to ensure hoteliers can create beds that complement existing interior styles and themes. As well as providing hoteliers with some of the most comfortable beds on the market, featuring unrivalled spring counts and luxurious natural fillings, Harrison Spinks’ Hospitality experts can provide a bespoke bed audit service, which involves them visiting a hotel to assess its beds, before providing a noobligation recommendation on how it can improve its offer. Every mattress in the Harrison Spinks Hospitality Beds collection is treated with the company’s BugGuard formula, providing further peace-of-mind and reassurance for hoteliers. Harrison Spinks recognises that bed bug infestation is an ongoing problem within the hospitality sector, with the potential to affect hotel revenue and, more importantly, customer satisfaction. The BugGuard formula eradicates all bugs within 48 hours of use and the formula is proven to be safe to human skin, giving guests and hoteliers added confidence. All mattresses are also fully compliant with BS7177 Crib 5 Fire Retardancy. Harrison Spinks’ dedication to using sustainable, eco-friendly materials – as well as a commitment to developing and manufacturing industry-leading spring technology – has led to the bed maker being commended by HM Queen Elizabeth ll, with two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development. harrisonspinkscontract.co.uk
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The perfect synergy between art and engineering Under the creative direction of award-winning designer Charles Wan, Alvarae Design Studio creates custom designed contemporary furniture that allows its clients to be at the forefront of industry trends. By using the structural strength and surface flexibility of carbon fibre, mixed with more traditional materials, the studio can create unique pieces to a specific individual need or style. Each distinctive piece is created in its own workshop and is defined by the excitement it creates and for its undeniable visual appeal. A perfect example of one of its trend-led designs is the luxurious La Baignoire stand-
alone bath that has the ability to change colour to suit the userâ€™s mood. In a world of traditional white bathrooms, the strong sweeping lines and sculptural bow shape of the La Baignoire offers an air of sophistication and style that fits in the most modern, or traditional interiors. Currently being considered by a number of boutique hotels in both London and LA, the bath is constructed using a matrix of composite materials that combines the very latest in design and technology. The bath weighs less than 15kg, and is elevated above ground by a bridge base structure made of composite materials,
coated with Nano Technology. The bath has the flexibility to be positioned anywhere in the room and so enables designers to be much more creative and flexible when creating the ambience of the bathroom space. The exterior of the bath can be colour co-ordinated to match either the bath or bathroom surroundings. Plus, by using clever technology and concealed soft LED lighting, the interior colour choice of the bath can change according to the userâ€™s preference or mood. Colours include red, blue, green, pink, or sleek black. alvarae.com
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Specifying the best of both worlds Schlüter-Systems’ integrated wetroom solutions allow clients to meet the functional requirements of wetroom substrate preparation, without restricting design freedom. By sourcing these solutions from one company, compatibility is guaranteed. All the components of a Schlüter®-WETROOM system are manufactured to complement each other, resulting in a long-lasting solution for a demanding area. The Schlüter®-KERDI range provides an extensive selection of products to create a CE marked bonded waterproof installation – including installation boards, membranes and drains, as well shower trays and corner pieces. Undertile heating is a great choice to elevate an installation; not only is it particularly appreciated underfoot in a wetroom during colder weather, but it can also be used to heat full walls, as well as create heated benches, shelves and vanity units. In specifying a wetroom solution for the Lalit Hotel, London, EPR Architects elected to use Schlüter’s award-winning electric undertile heating system, Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-E, along with a complete Schlüter®-WETROOM system
incorporating Schlüter®-KERDI-LINE linear drainage. The Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-E system simultaneously heats and protects tile and stone installations. Its uncoupling matting prevents cracks in the finished installation and eliminates the need for self-levelling, and its unique studded design means that the cable is easily pressed into place with no need for tape, glue or measurement. Specifiers also have another option available to them in this product range. Schlüter®-DITRAHEAT-E-DUO is the evolution of Schlüter®DITRA-HEAT-E and incorporates two additional features above its parent product, courtesy of a 2mm anchoring fleece layer on the underside of the system matting. This extra layer provides both a thermal break and impact sound reduction of up to 13dB. Wherever possible, it makes sense to match systems that are designed to complement. Use of one manufacturer simplifies the specification process, giving a clear point of contact for advice and reducing admin. 01530 813396 perfectwetroom.co.uk
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Fine-edged washbasin bowls from Kaldewei Kaldewei has produced yet another iconic bathroom design with the new Miena washbasin bowls. Designed by Anke Salomon, the washbasin bowls are made of a superior single layer of steel enamel, combining the highest standards of minimalist design with a unique, fine-edged quality. The Miena washroom bowls are round or rectangular and come in two different sizes. What is completely new is the diversity
of colour: customers can choose from the exclusive Coordinated Colours Collection, such as Pasadena Grey and Seashell Cream, to allow for greater individuality. Since the Miena washbasin bowls are fitted with an enamelled waste cover, they can be combined with a wide range of bathtubs and enamelled shower surfaces from the Kaldewei portfolio – entirely in keeping with the “Perfect Match” approach. kaldewei.co.uk
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ONI by Vasco This simple yet bold radiator is ideal for small and large bathrooms; providing an almost â€˜floatingâ€™ appearance with its superslim, elegant design and gently rounded corners. The ONI has an ultra-thin 8mm aluminium front plate and integrated copper heating tube with minimum water content ensuring optimal thermal radiation
and fast, energy efficient warm-up time. The slender style is a space saver and can offer the added advantage of optional rounded cut-outs for hanging towels. The ONI fits effortlessly into any interior and is available in a selection of colours ranging from Jet Black to a Melon Yellow. 0333 7727718 vasco.eu
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VitrA teams up with Sebastian Conran for new collection Eternity is a new bathroom accessory collection from leading bathroom brand, VitrA and renowned British designer, Sebastian Conran. The new collection – ideally suited for luxury hotel bathroom settings – brings back an enduring hardwood, teak, and combines it with a striking finish to offer enhanced hygiene, resilience to damp and actual user benefits. Eternity comprises 31 products, including a stylish freestanding accessory set, contemporary flat-top towel holder, a toothbrush holder which incorporates a removable strainer and rob hooks specifically designed not to leave pinch marks in collars and necks. Three finish options – white with chrome, black with chrome and black with gold are available, all with hardwearing teak wood accents. “The combined and restrained use of form has created interesting and thoughtful designs,” says Sebastian Conran. “My personal favourite is the bath-side table/towel stand which is a bit of an icon for the collection.” vitra.co.uk sebastianconran.com
Focus SB specified for award winning MGM COTAI Focus SB switch-plates have been specified for the award-winning MGM COTAI ‘jewellery box’ project in Macau. The only UK manufacturer licensed to export electrical wiring accessories to China, Focus SB attracted the attention of developer MGM China Holdings at 2017’s Expo Build construction and hospitality event in Shanghai. This resulted in the company being the only British wiring accessories manufacturer to be specified for the opulent Skyloft interiors crowning the top of the luxurious MGM COTAI hotel resort. Contact Focus SB for more information about its new China product range. 01424 858060 focus-sb.co.uk
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Inclusive toileting solutions from Closomat Closomat’s range of wash and dry toilets is unique in that they are hand-built to order in the UK, and supported by nationwide, in-house sales, support and service teams. The Lima Lifter wash & dry (automatic bidet) toilet provides an upmarket WC solution that, in one unit, is as inclusive as possible. Its integrated douching and drying addresses cultural preferences about hygiene, while it is also fully heightadjustable via simple push buttons, meaning that each user can adapt it to their own needs for comfort. It can also be used as a conventional WC if preferred. “Having such a toilet makes a great selling point, to differentiate your venue from the competition,” adds Robin. “The Japanese particularly view wash & dry toilets as the ‘norm’, so the 0.25million visitors who come to the UK from there can be deterred by what they view as our unhygienic method of cleaning after toileting. “Muslim tourists spend £2.52billion in the UK; their religion prefers avoidance of hand:body contact when addressing intimate care. “And height adjustability of a WC is a major consideration for taller people, especially someone who is disabled: we’ve actually had clients comment that, when away from home, they can’t use the loo because if they can actually transfer onto a conventional loo, at regulatory height, they can’t then get off it! Disabled travellers and their parties spend £12.4billion a year in the UK.” clos-o-mat.com
Wide width luxury from Skopos Making a preview appearance at the 2017 Sleep event, the new wide width FR collection from Skopos offers six new contemporary designs, based on geometric influences contained in the art of Origami. The collection, mostly wide width, includes a multicoloured wave design, a luxury embroidered diamond, a tonal holographic hexagon and textures which have a raised three-dimensional quality. The collection is an exciting mix of sophisticated matt and silk/ satin effect designs in a calm palette of neutrals, greys, soft trend colours and metallics. The designs within Origami will add a touch of luxury into hospitality spaces and can be used for bedding and drapery solutions where style and functionality are of paramount importance. All designs are 100% Trevira CS, conforming to British and European standards for flame retardancy. The collection officially launches in February, with samples of all designs available now. skoposfabrics.com
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A hard-wearing matt laminate for horizontal surfaces EGGER’s award-winning Topmatt Laminate is the latest addition to the PerfectSense product range. Featuring the latest technology, this new supermatt laminate has a smooth, matt finish, which is anti-fingerprint, micro scratch resistant and hardened using an electron beam. EGGER’s innovative PerfectSense Topmatt laminate is available in nine trend orientated neutral decors, providing a luxury matt finish that is well suited to surfaces in high traffic areas such as kitchens, offices and hotels. “We’re delighted to be introducing Topmatt Laminate into our PerfectSense collection,” says Amy Muir, EGGER category manager. “It’s a fantastic addition to our matt and gloss range and provides a solution for projects that require a high-end finish and a durable horizontal surface.” Innovative technology By using the latest technology in laminate production, EGGER has produced a smooth,
high quality matt surface, which is ideal for horizontal applications in busy areas. EGGER PerfectSense Topmatt Laminate is highly resistant to surface wear, impact and scratches due to a specialist production process in which the top paper layer of the laminate is lacquered and cured using an electron beam. This produces a smooth, warm to touch surface with low reflectivity, providing an ideal solution for high end interiors. The laminate also features anti-fingerprint technology ensuring that smudges and fingerprints won’t be visible on the surface, a major benefit for furniture located in busy, commercial and residential areas. Co-ordinated decors and products A premium, co-ordinated finish can be achieved by using Topmatt Laminate alongside EGGER’s existing PerfectSense Matt and Gloss board. The nine Topmatt decors match those found in the PerfectSense Matt range,
and co-ordinate with the decors found in the PerfectSense Gloss range. Unlike PerfectSense Matt, the Topmatt laminates are not suitable for postforming, but are ideal for horizontal surfaces. To create a consistent look and feel, the decors can be finished with matching PerfectSense Matt ABS (1mm) or PMMA (1.3mm) edging. By value engineering the full PerfectSense range, the benefits of each product are combined to bring a striking, cost effective and high quality finish to any project. Trend-orientated decors In line with the EGGER Decorative Collection 2017-2019, the decors featured in the PerfectSense product range are trend led. They are heritage, calm and neutral colours, which are ideal for both contemporary and classic interiors. 01434 602191 egger.com
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Look good for longer with our award winning PerfectSense Topmatt laminate. Velvet to the touch, this smooth surface is anti-fingerprint and micro scratch-resistant giving a premium, on trend matt finish. Ideal for horizontal surfaces in high-traffic areas, the hard-wearing laminate is well suited to kitchens, offices and hotels. Available in nine decors with matching PerfectSense Matt MDF lacquered boards and edging. Featured decor: U961 PT Graphite Grey.
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Beautiful surfacing design with a conscience This February, Danish carpet manufacturer, ege carpets, will be launching two intriguing new collections at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. The first, ReForm Terra, brings a new, organic design to the ReForm family, which also counts the brand’s Artworks, Foss, Legend, Matrix and Memory collections. The earth and its wonderous landscapes inspire both the collection’s name – terra being Latin for earth – and the striking palette of greens, blues, oranges, reds and browns it employs. These landscapes are transformed into abstract flooring surfaces with organic patterns, the various yarn layers constantly revealing new details. The collection’s inspiration is the natural
world, and it is with great respect and care of the planet that these designs are manufactured, too. The ReForm family contains regenerated and regenerable ECONYL® yarns, based on used fishing nets and other industrial waste that are reborn as strong and hardwearing ege carpets. In addition, all ReForm tiles are equipped with ege’s patented Ecotrust backing, made from used water bottles that are transformed into a soft yet extremely strong felt material. All Terra carpets are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM. The second new collection, ReForm Artworks Ecotrust features these same impressive eco-credentials, but embodies the abstract expressionist movement in 1950s
New York. Defying mechanical precision and the logic of basic pattern with tilted lines, unusual shapes and the illusion of handpainted strokes, the collection is brought to life with a beautiful texture through its multi-level loop construction. The artistic inspiration is reflected in three co-ordinated patterns – Angle, Assemble and Connect – all of them available in nine colours and as tiles, Figura (creative shaped tiles) and broadloom. The contemporary colour palette of fresh neutrals, complemented by dark shades for a sharp look, makes it easy to combine different patterns into unique flooring designs. egecarpets.com
Martyn Lawrence Bullard pairs up with Cole & Son Cole & Son Wallpapers has launched a new design collaboration with internationally acclaimed, LA-based interior designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Martyn is internationally revered for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic. His impressive mastery of a broad range of styles, paired with his unrivalled attention to detail and commitment to quality, has earned him significant international acclaim. In line with his celebrated style, the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection features an eclectic array of opulent, contemporary wallpapers, celebrating craftsmanship from around the world. Designs are inspired by Martynâ€™s travels and love of combining both Eastern and Western styles to create his unique layered aesthetic, full of warmth and character. Cole & Son has been creating exceptional wallcoverings since 1875. Combining unparalleled style with the finest quality, the Cole and Son design studio is dedicated to creating unique and innovative designs which create inviting interior environments through colour and pattern. coleandson-martynbullard.com martynlawrencebullard.com
New and inspiring designs from Dedar Working with craftsmen and textile specialists, Italian fabric house, Dedar, creates cuttingedge fabrics in contemporary designs for both domestic and commercial use. The Como-based family-run business has recently launched a host of new wallcoverings, among them, Lacca – a textile collection inspired by 17th Century Chinese lacquerware techniques. Presented in three different formats – exquisite wool sheers, unique and textured linens and lacquer-redolent wall hangings – the collection features natural wood tones, pops of geometric colour, ancient lacquer shades, metallic finishes and precious metal hues. Another new launch for Dedar is The Silkbird group. Featuring contemporary interpretations of 17th century Chinese Coromandel screen motifs, the range is available in three
colourways – Silkbird, Silkbird Gold and Silkbird Gravure. The fabrics are finished with a beeswax coating, creating the deep opulence of velvet with a luminosity and superior resistance. Wipeable and washable, they are available in 100cm widths by the rolled panel. Lastly, Dedar’s wool sheers Wide Wool collection uses superior Australian pure virgin wool yarns with seven neutral colour palettes. Luminous, weightless and textured, these exquisite crease-resistant fabrics are exceptionally versatile for use as curtains, bedspreads and drapes. Dedar’s unique and textured linens are strong yet subtle, creating harmony and movement. They are available in extra width in three different styles. dedar.com
Karndean creates sophistication underfoot at premium Glasgow club Bespoke luxury vinyl flooring by Karndean Designflooring has been specified for Glasgow’s premium new nightlife destination. Tuxedo Nightclub, which is situated in Glasgow’s iconic Merchant City neighbourhood, features Karndean’s Knight Tile Carrara Marble and Kaleidoscope Pennon in Opus Luna, Urbus and Ombra throughout the large bar and club area with deluxe booth seating, dance floors and VIP suites. Designed by Tuxedo’s in-house team and Kabe Design, Tuxedo is inspired by New York’s neo-speakeasy scene and includes a statement company logo inserted into the floor, cut from Karndean’s Knight Tile Carrara Marble and a gold block colour. Karndean’s Knight Tile Carrara takes its inspiration from opulent, classic white marble but is lighter, easier to handle, and comes with an R10 slip rating and 10-year commercial guarantee. Adding a contemporary edge is the porcelain effect of Opus Luna, the stormy Urbus, and the gentle mottle pattern of Ombra, all cut into a statement Pennon design and supported by a 15-year commercial guarantee. “Karndean flooring can be intricately cut for a personalised design and we’re thrilled with how the logo turned out,” comments Hamish MacGregor,
managing director of MacGregor Flooring Company, which specified and installed the flooring. “It’s little touches like this that will make Tuxedo a place where people want to be seen – they’re attracting customers from near and far and they are wide eyed when they see the attention to detail that has gone into the décor. I’d highly recommend Karndean if you want something special for your design scheme.” Matthew Speck, commercial sales director of Karndean Designflooring, adds: “The wear layer and durability of the flooring was also taken into consideration as Tuxedo is open until the early hours of the morning on certain days of the week, and the dancefloors get very busy every night. Inevitably there are going to be accidental spills in a bar and club, so it’s a huge benefit for staff and customers to have a floor that is easy to clean and doesn’t get sticky underfoot. “This impressive underground venue is a project to be really proud of and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The interior is stunning and reflects the ambition to give guests the very best nightclub experience.” karndean.com
Barrisol® Silver Mirror - Realization: Barrisol Normalu® SAS
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Unrestricted creativity with Barrisol® Barrisol® Normalu® is a world leader in stretched ceilings. The company offers solutions for walls and ceilings: acoustic, luminous, print, 3D & Climatisation. Its range of products can enhance any space, and highlights Barrisol’s know-how and innovative approach. Barrisol® is present in more than 110 countries and is always close to clients and projects thanks to its network of 1200 approved Barrisol® installers. Innovation, aesthetics, quality and preservation of the environment are its priorities, and those of all its employees and partners. Since the company’s creation 51 years ago, it has ﬁled more than 100 patents and has received more than 40 awards, including the Top design award 2015 for its Barrisol® Mirror range. A reﬂective material almost like a glass mirror, but lighter (292 g/sqm) and even more malleable, this membrane can enhance inner decorations and give free reign to the imagination. The Barrisol® Mirror is designed to be ﬁxed on the aluminum frames of the Barrisol® system. This allows the creation of all kind of shapes: circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. 3D creations are also possible, as
Barrisol’s partnership with the designer, Ross Lovegrove, can prove. Used in small touches, Barrisol® Mirror brings light, while in large frames it deepens the space. Combined with others from the Barrisol® range of products, clients’ ceilings and walls will become a bright surface conveying a contemporary and uncluttered approach to design. Whether printed or backlit, Barrisol® Mirror – combined with an exclusive system of nanoperforations – enhances the acoustic comfort of public and private places. Barrisol® offers a range of acoustic stretch ceilings with different degrees of sound absorption (up to αw 0.95) adapted to each type of room. Barrisol® Mirror complies with the European CE norm, and is produced with plasticizers guaranteed to contain no phthalate, no cadmium, no mercury and no arsenic. The product is ﬁre-rated according to European and international standards (B-s2,d0). Barrisol® Stretched Ceilings are also rated A+ (best result) for indoor air quality, in accordance with current legislation. With Barrisol® there are no limits to the imagination. barrisol.com/uk
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Ostermann has widened its furniture linoleum range
New surfaces for an exclusive interior design Increasingly, surfaces do not only impress with their innovative optics, but also with additional sensory sensations, such as an especially realistic or extraordinary feel. An excellent example are the innovative designer surfaces from Ostermann. RollBeton and RollRost The industrial look is in vogue for shop fitting but is also expanding into the private sector. With the new RollBeton (concrete on a roll) and RollRost (rust on a roll) surfaces from Ostermann, it is possible for anyone to design furniture and interiors with the concrete or rust look without too much effort. Supplied in rolls of 3000 x 1000mm, the products are light-weight, flexible, possess antistatic properties and meet the A2 fire rating. The reverse side of the material has glass-fibre matting serving as the substrate layer. Ostermann RollBeton and RollRost is availble in four different decors each. They are produced manually rather than mechanically, meaning every ream is unique, featuring slight colour variations that make it appear all the more authentic. A cuttingedge application video for the Ostermann RollBeton can be found on OstermannTV at www.ostermann.eu. Sibu Design Boards Ostermann offers high-quality Sibu Design Boards that can be used as furniture surface, filling, wall-covering or for display and trade fair stand construction. The exclusive range has been developed for interior construction and comprises nine collections with numerous colour and design variants. Tradesmen can process the boards easily
with standard tools, using them for a variety of purposes. Furniture linoleum The natural material linoleum has been experiencing a revival as a furniture surface recently. Small wonder, as it is sustainable, high-quality, robust and easy to process. This is why Ostermann widened its furniture linoleum range by adding the Forbo product lines ‘cocoa’ and ‘slate’. The interspersed cocoa husks in Marmoleum cocoa give it a very unique structure and look. The embossing of a 3D structure gives Marmoleum slate the look and feel of real slate. At the same time, the surface offers the numerous advantages of a sustainable linoleum surface. The 21 plain colours in the desktop collection and the 11 existing Marmoleum patterns provide tradesmen with countless new design options. The linoleum range is complemented by the popular Bulletin Board and stabilising layer material.
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Carpenters/cabinet makers will find detailed information about all of the products mentioned above, as well as further, inspiring application pictures in the new brochure “Innovative designer surfaces” or in the Ostermann online shop. ostermann.eu
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HI-MACS Structura® wins Archiproducts Design Award 2017 The second edition of the Archiproducts Design Awards, a competition organised by one of the world’s leading platforms for architecture and design, has just ended, and once again awards were made for the most innovative ideas in 14 different product categories. The winning projects were selected from among more than 600 entries from over 15 countries worldwide by an authoritative international jury made up of 40 members and including Mario Bellini, Ben Van Berkel, Snøhetta and i29 Interior Architects. The sole winner in the solid surface category, HI-MACS Structura®, is a surface material that is unique regarding its fully customisable 3D properties, which take it beyond the potentially infinite design possibilities of acrylic stone.
Further, once installed, sheets of HI-MACS Structura® can be worked so as to eliminate visible joins, resulting in flowing, continuous surfaces with great visual impact. The jury was struck by the unique flexibility of the material, which, when combined with its ease of use (for simple structures, ordinary
woodworking tools are all that is required) and its high-performance qualities, make it an ideal medium for the most ambitious architectural projects. HI-MACS Structura®, which can easily be used on internal and external walls, on facades and in humid environments (showers, baths, spas, etc.), is available in 10 different shades and as many standard textures, mimicking the modelling effect of the wind (Air Stream), the movement of sand (Dunes) or the asymmetric patterns of cobblestones (Zen), or replicating different compositions, whether or not geometric, with dots in relief (Dots), gridlines (Laser), rhombuses (Fabric), and many more forms besides. himacs.eu
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Trevira draws in the crowds at Heimtextil At this year’s Heimtextil, which took place from 9-12th January in Frankfurt, Trevira impressed visitors with a brand new fair concept. The company worked together with 16 of its biggest customers to create a joint booth covering 1305m2 of Hall 4.2, drawing a large crowd. A Trevira exhibition formed the centrepiece of the joint booth, showcasing the winning fabrics from the 2018 Trevira CS Creativity Competition, which this year featured “Colour” as its major theme. At the heart of the display, visitors could find out more about Trevira with the help of twelve tablets providing information in a variety of formats, including a staff presentation and a flyer about the new Trevira Sinfineco brand. Another major section of the Trevira booth was dedicated to the world of acoustics. Increasingly, customers are re-discovering
textiles as a way to significantly improve the quality of room acoustics, and this part of the booth also attracted numerous visitors. Depending on the design of the room and the acoustic requirements, a variety of materials is available. In the area of soundabsorbing curtains, in particular, there have
been many new developments. These are available in various designs and degrees of transparency. Encircling this core and thereby completing the joint booth concept, 16 major customers – Baumann Dekor Ges.m.b.H., Engelbert E. Stieger AG, FIDIVI Tessitura Vergnano S.p.A., Georg + Otto Friedrich, Jenny Fabrics AG, Johan van den Acker Textielfabriek B.V., Mattes & Ammann GmbH & Co. KG, Pugi R.G. S.R.L., Spandauer Velours GmbH & Co. KG, SR Webatex GmbH / Getzner Textil AG, Swisstulle AG, Tessitura Mario Ghioldi & C. srl, Torcitura Fibre Sintetiche S.p.A., Torcitura Lei Tsu S.r.l. / Ilcat S.p.A., Vlnap a.s. / Wagenfelder Spinning Group and Wintex S.r.l. – grouped their individual stands around this centrepiece to display their own new Trevira CS collections for residential and contract usage. trevira.com
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Dancing on the walls Spring is a global communications agency for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and luxury brands and its state-of-the-art studios are a preferred choice for leading creatives from around the world. Contemporary art and design specialist, Andrée Cooke, was tasked with developing the interior of the brand’s New York event and photoshoot space, Spring Studios, as well as its associated members’ co-working club, Spring Place. Part of Andrée’s remit was to select wallpaper for eight bathrooms across the building. The brief from Spring’s President, Francesco Costa, was to find something fun, fresh and colourful that would capture the imagination of Spring’s creative and fashionfocused clientele. Having worked as a curator and gallerist for the last two decades, Andrée has developed an unparalleled network of artists and designers, which she mentally matches to the needs of the space she’s currently working on. “When I start a commission with someone, I choose something of theirs I like and then work with them to develop it for the context,” Andrée explains. “Given that Spring hosts
many creatives from the fashion and art world, I recalled some designs by Marcus Tomlinson and recognised the potential to re-develop these for this site.” Tomlinson has explored movement in his work throughout his career, often capturing the gestures of his models in flip-book style image sequences. Andrée saw the potential to develop the ideas behind these to create a set of luxury wallpapers, and has created ‘Dance’ – a series of six arrestingly colourful wallpapers, each capturing a different dance movement sequence in film-strip style patterns. The designs feature in bathrooms across Spring Studios and Spring Place, creating a distinctive and exuberantly joyful atmosphere, and acting as a common visual thread that connects the spaces to each other, the wider Spring brand and the creatives it services. Produced to the highest quality standards, the papers are laminate-coated and hard wearing for the humidity of the bathroom environment, although they are designed for display in any room. andreecooke.com
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A new dimension in comfort Recently the Benecke-Hornschuch Surface Group, as part of the Continental Corporation, presented its new products for the upholstery furniture industry at Heimtextil. The premiere of laif VyP was the highlight at the continental booth. The artificial leather represents the next generation of breathable upholstery materials. This innovative hybrid material of vinyl and polyurethane combines the best characteristics of both base materials: the softness of the surface and the long life of the material. Here, only raw materials are used that do not contain any common solvents and are based on high-quality, aqueous PU systems and finishes. laif VyP is air and water-vapour permeable. Thanks to its breathable surface, laif VyP sets new standards for comfort. No matter how long you sit, it never gets sticky or unpleasant. The toughness of the material is also excellent: laif VyP surfaces look good even after many years. The material is tear-proof, durable, highly abrasion-resistant, and easy to clean. Anywhere people sit for an extended period of time, such as in conference centres, in movie theatres, in hotel lobbies, or in offices, laif VyP offers excellent comfort. laif VyP is also optimally suited for restaurants, bars or VIP lounges. In addition, its breathability makes laif VyP ideal for seating areas in vehicles. Thanks to its breathable surface, laif VyP sets new standards for comfort when covering seating furniture. hornschuch.com/en/interior
New year, new style with Gerflor Not everything on the planet is both durable and comfortable. Producing products that look striking, are made to last and deliver performance needs innovative thinking and a flair for deisgn. International flooring specialist, Gerflor, has produced a product that ticks a cornucopia of boxes when it comes to design and substance. Brand new for 2018, the Saga2 collection from Gerflor is a fast-track loose-lay luxury vinyl tile that provides the durability of a compact tile with the comfort of an acoustic tile. With a wide range of stylish designs available, it is suitable for heavy traffic areas including offices, boutiques, public areas, as well as other administrative areas. The new textile, concrete, graphic and wood groups are now composed of 11 Gerflor-exclusive designs. gerflor.co.uk
Performance, style and reassurance from Villa Nova Introducing Villa Nova’s new Renzo collection – a range of practical, easy care Trevira CS fabrics that are fully washable and perfect for contract drapes and accessories. Renzo captures an air of urban chic and exudes an atmosphere of luxury. Featuring a mix of modern, graphic patterns and intriguing textures, the collection is offered in a stylish colour palette with lustrous highlights. The fabric collection is launched alongside a contemporary range of vinyl wallcoverings. Combining innovative embossed textures with pattern, Renzo Wallcoverings are inspired by architectural structures, geometry and urban finishes, such as distressed concrete and polished plaster. These alluring designs create a dramatic backdrop to any space with their opulent colour combinations and flashes of metallics, yet are also practical and highly durable – making them the perfect addition to any commercial interior. villanova.co.uk
Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets receives acclaim since launch Created by Kit Kemp, design director of Firmdale Hotels PLC and well-known author and art collector, the made-to-order collection features nine exquisite patterns drawing from influences as diverse as folklore, botany and architecture. Kit worked with the Wilton Carpets design team to create a stand-out collection for hospitality environments that is unique and individual. Using traditional axminster or wilton weaves, or incorporating the added texture of a Brussels weave, the collection delivers the finest British wool-rich qualities in bespoke size wall-to-wall carpet and area rugs. Presented in a luxurious hardback book, the Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection has made the difficult transition between a carpet created for hospitality and leisure spaces to one equally at ease in luxury homes. Designs from Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets can now be seen in corridors and rooms at The Soho Hotel. From the striking Batik used as a runner in the reception and By Way as an area rug in the library, to the flexibility of Tweed Fleck demonstrated in one of the impressive Terrace Suites; the carpets reflect the richness of pattern and understanding of colour that is signature Kit Kemp. wiltoncarpets.com
Quadrant demonstrates depth at London offices of Integro Carpet tiles, planks and woven vinyl from Quadrant have transformed the London offices of insurance broker, Integro, used by Resonate Interiors to help create a bright and contemporary working environment. With a brief for an open plan concept that allows teams and staff to be agile and supported, Resonate Interiors turned to Quadrant to supply flooring solutions that could work to meet this need, while complementing the concrete chilled beams and glazed facades that inspired the interior design. In working spaces, carpet tiles from Quadrant dominate, providing underfoot comfort and acoustic absorption along with long-term wear resistance thanks to a high-quality 12th gauge construction. The organic shapes and distressed linear motif of Synergy carpet tiles in Sonic Grey add a dynamic spirit beneath desks and in meeting rooms, while the minimal elegance of Elements in Pebble contrasts for walkways. Elsewhere, cut-pile Zephyr Heliotrope and Shimmer Moonlit carpet planks, working as area rugs, add luxury beneath relaxed seating in striking purple velvet. Quadrant’s influence is rounded out with Ntgrate woven vinyl, Brave tiles in Sam selectively used to add elegant textural pattern with the ease of maintenance and durability of vinyl. quadmod.com
Interiors inspired by Iceland INVISTA Antron carpet fibre has revealed a key commercial interior trend for 2018 with a reference book dedicated to the culture, communities and landscapes of Iceland. ‘Inspiration 2018’ features striking reference photography from a broad spectrum of Icelandic subjects, including nature, architecture, colours, light and street art; touching on core themes that are set to shape commercial interiors in the year ahead. The book covers diverse topics; detailing the vibrant reds found on the roofs and facades of traditional homes and the colour’s contrast to the rich greens of the landscape, to the coveted hand-crafts that form the mainstay of the country’s fashion and interiors. Revealing Iceland as a wonderful resource for inspiration, INVISTA
Antron carpet fibre has achieved a unique insight. Antron carpet fibre is at the heart of many design-orientated commercial carpets, its performance letting designers explore new creative concepts without sacrificing durability, appearance retention and ease of maintenance. With over 200 colours available in solution-dyed polyamide with Antron Lumena carpet fibre, as well as numerous lustres and deniers in dyeready yarns, INVISTA Antron carpet fibre is at the forefront of modern carpet innovation. An extension of Antron fibre’s work in colour with the ‘Global Colour Trend Forecast’ report, ‘Inspiration 2018’ is now available for download from www.antron.eu or in hard copy format by contacting INVISTA Antron carpet fibre. antron.eu
The natural beauty of marble – innovation by COMPAC Natural marble, although beautiful to look at and touch, is extremely expensive, difficult to fabricate and costly to transport. Patterns and colours can vary from slab to slab and it has to be carefully maintained. It can also be fragile, easily stained or damaged and its excessive quarrying also has an environmental impact. COMPAC has, by utilising innovative manufacturing techniques, been able to create ‘technological marble’ – an engineered stone composite which has the look and feel of natural marble but with properties that eradicate many of the problems associated with it. Containing natural marble mixed with resins, COMPAC’s technological marble has the beauty and hardness of marble but its resistance to impact and breakage is much greater owing to its enhanced flexibility. It has a consistent, uniform appearance and can be fitted to large surfaces without breaks or differences in colour tone being noticeable. It is versatile, too with a wide range of colours, textures and sizes available. It can be used on kitchen and bathroom floors, walls, vanity tops, building façades, staircases, fireplaces and on high footfall surfaces such as hotels, airports, rail stations, shopping malls, public buildings, etc. compac.es
Designed to inspire Moduleo, as part of the IVC Group, has been crafting a world of unique and creative ďŹ‚oor designs which have been central to inspiring spaces with you in mind. Our new Impress and Transform collections, along with Moduleo MOODS formats and patterns bestow a wealth of possibilities you can use to transform commercial and leisure spaces from dreams into reality. Our stylish products don t just look good, they re durable and our commitment to green technology means we are proud to be diďŹ€erent.
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Xavier Lavergne Ateliers unveils first collection
Life on Mars
After many years spent working as an architect, Xavier Lavergne opted to follow a different path, and created Xavier Lavergne Ateliers. Now, Xavier has introduced his first table collection â€“ Star Dust. The collection comprises table tops, coffee tables, side tables and consoles. Copper, bronze, brass, aluminium and Murano glass glint beautifully below the surfaces of these pieces, blended with tin foam and transparent or coloured resin. Xavier is renowned for treating his craft like alchemy â€“ designing each piece of furniture through a meticulous process of research and experimentation. Star Dust is no different and, with the help of a master tinsmith in the Pays de la Loire region, Xavier was able to create the unique materials that adorn his designs.
Reviving the French style
Paris table, Paris Collection – Hugues Chevalier
Contemporary high-end furniture brand, Hugues Chevalier, has introduced its latest collections of bespoke dining, coffee and side tables. Representing unique French savoir-faire, these new pieces feature luxurious materials and bold, sophisticated design. Hugues Chevalier has been reinventing Art Deco furniture since the 1980’s, positioning itself as one of the leading names in high-end furniture design today. With luxurious leather, precious woods, elegant details and the finest artisan expertise, Hugues Chevalier pays tribute to the work of architects and interior designers from the 1930s with each of his unique pieces.
Hugues Chevalier revives the French style with the Art Deco-inspired Charleston and Dominique sofas as well as the Ying armchair. The Hugues Chevalier brand custom designs each piece upon request, offering the possibility to personalise every detail such as wood shade, matt or lacquered finishes, metal, bronze or chrome details, marble options and choice of leather or fabric upholstery. Hugues Chevalier accompanies its clients throughout the entire process, from design conception to completion, in France and abroad. hugueschevalier.com
Trio coffee tables or side tables, Iconic Collection – Hugues Chevalier
Etoile coffee table, Vendôme Collection – Hugues Chevalier
KAMA by Ego Paris The solution to low-level modular outdoor luxury living. Designed by Benjamin Ferriol, the KAMA collection allows you to change from a sofa to a sun lounger by simply re-arranging the cushions. With the Duo and Quattro hinged table tops, it offers the perfect solution to low-level dining too. With a diverse range of pieces, including a â€˜Swing Chairâ€™, a choice of over 20 frame colours, 12 fabric colourways and optional teak arms, the KAMA collection is truly unique.
An understated exploration of modern masculinity The James collection from Yabu Pushelberg is an understated exploration of modern masculinity â€“ at once bold and defined, yet also light and elegant. The range comprises a chaise, desk, stool and bar trolley, each one meticulously proportioned and ergonomically shaped. All four pieces have been designed to turn negative space into an aesthetic feature,
making use of floating planes and wireframes to lend them an air of sleekness and simplicity. With its fine detailing and stowaway compartments, James is subtly inspired by the world of performance cars. The automotive references are also echoed in the materials: warm and tactile black metal, walnut wood and sable-tone matte leather. Serendipitously brought together in 1980 by
a shared hunt for a studio space, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg have created a globally renowned collaborative interior architecture and design practice driven by curiosity, experimentation and attention to detail. From its studios in New York and Toronto, Yabu Pushelberg brings together innovative materials, talented artisans and a trendtranscending approach that has firmly established the practice as an international creative leader, celebrated for the personality and emotional resonance of the designs it produces. stellarworks.com
Exceptional craftmanship from Rupert Bevan
Polished brass cabinet from the RB Designed Range
Rupert Bevan design, make and finish bespoke furniture, mirrors and specialist finishes. The brandâ€™s extensive and wide-ranging expertise means that is it is uniquely placed to provide a holistic approach to designing and making on any scale, from concept to completion. Founder, Rupert Bevan, has worked with many of the most influential, inspirational and recognised names in interior design. From the beginnings of his career as gilder and
restorer he has transformed his skills and experience into the foundation of a bespoke interiors company with a rich understanding of countless different styles, materials and finishes. From initial consultation to final fitting, Rupert Bevan delivers a complete service, offering an incomparable opportunity for involvement in the creative process. This results in beautiful, yet functional pieces that
display an exceptional craftmanship and understated excellence. The polished brass cabinet pictured is a prime example of Rupert Bevanâ€™s capabilities. Made from oiled and waxed American black walnut, wrapped in polished brass, the piece features bespoke lollipop handles, soft close drawers and brass flush pulls. It has two adjustable shelves and polished brass legs. rupertbevan.com
Ancient mythology meets the glory of nature Internationally-renowned interior and furniture designer, Christopher Hall, has unveiled his new handcrafted furniture collection, SOMATA. The collection was born from Hall’s lifelong fascination with ancient mythology and legend, as well as his overarching muse, the natural world. From tables to consoles, cabinets to credenzas, each lovingly-designed piece within the collection has been handmade by skilled artisans using traditional techniques to carve, cast and work precious materials such as malachite, bronze and silver-wave marble. Influenced by myths of transformation, SOMATA includes references to the halfgoat, half-human god, Pan, whose hooves form the legs of the Pan tables, whilst the
serpent carved within the Lamia range curves elegantly around a chestnut wood base. Elsewhere in the collection, messengers of the netherworld – a colony of bats – adorn Minyades stools and plinths, and the handcrafted scaled surfaces of Triton are a tribute to goddess Aphrodite, who possessed a chariot drawn by fishtailed tritons. For Pelops, a design with a bone-like structure, Hall celebrates pure archaic form and precious obscurity, telling the story of an ancient earth populated by mortal Pyrrha. The SOMATA collection will be available from 1st February. christopherhalldesign.com
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Pearl Shell Console table in blue
Nature Squared unveils its debut furniture line Following the success of recent collaborations with some of the biggest brand names in luxury and lifestyle, Nature Squared has launched its own furniture range – The Elements Collection. Designed to showcase some of its most striking finishes, the collection marries the beauty of natural materials with the luxury of bespoke artisan furniture. The Elements Collection is at once classic and contemporary, comprising two mirrors, two console tables, two coffee tables and a side table – all in 29 finish options. Using sleek lines and understated designs, Nature Squared has created pieces that are
quietly beautiful, allowing its sustainable, natural materials to shine. The Hatchet Shell design, for example, is created from discarded shells, sourced from local fisherman, hand cleaned and cut, before being meticulously inlaid into coloured resin. Two patterns – Gaya and Jupiter – are produced in black, ivory and burgundy. The Mandarin Bamboo design entails the same process, but with grasses and barks, dried in the sun. Both vertical and horizontal patterns are available in grey, white, burgundy and black, as well as the brand’s Sunburst design, in dark and light.
Eggshelll Snakeskin mirror in sapphire blue Pearl Shell side table
Eggshelll Snakeskin mirror in sapphire blue Hatchet Shell finish - Gaya in burgundy
The Eggshell Snakeskin design employs traditional Asian methods, by which eggshell and lacquer are applied and polished by hand to create a unique snakeskin effect. This design is available in sapphire blue, white, burgundy and black options, each in an original or variegated pattern. Finally, Pearl Shell is formed from molluscs, which have been collected, cleaned and left unsealed to showcase their natural pearlescence. Enhanced through cracking and cutting, Nature Squared produces five Callisto finishes in white, burgundy, blue, black, gold and yellow. naturesquared.com
Aesthetic purity from Tonelli design
Tonelli design showcased its latest furniture collections at imm Cologne this year, as always working with a host of internationally acclaimed names. One such partner was Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà, with whom Tonelli design has created Metropolis. This collection of furnishings – comprising dining and living room tables, side tables and consoles – is characterised by its artful combination of glass and ceramic. Each item features a base in extra-clear or fumé glass, composed of a series of vertical parts welded together, with different lengths, heights and angles. The tops resting on the bases come in the new ceramic+glass finish and in the variants Noir Desire, with gold and bronze veins, Calacatta Arabescato, white with grey-beige veins, and Grigio Orobico, with light and dark grain. The top is made by welding a sheet of ceramic to one of glass, creating an aesthetic purity while also being hardwearing and easy to maintain. Metropolis makes reference to the silent film of the same name directed in 1927 by Fritz Lang, which represented a futuristic new world. The name was chosen by the designer to emphasise the visionary architectural concept behind the project. Scutellà wants to break free of the traditional concept of the table as a top with four legs, creating an unusual and original work of micro-architecture thanks to a game of staggered planes. tonellidesign.com
Morgan introduces new additions to the Goodwood collection Designed by Katerina Zachariades, the Goodwood coffee tables and console table are the most recent editions from Morgan to join the Goodwood Collection. The striking Goodwood console table includes a sculptural, profiled timber column that echoes the same distinctive chamfered edge as the armchairs. The design has a veneered solid wood lipped top, and is available in laminate. The foot can be Epoxy coated in black or finished in bronze, with black timber spacers connecting the base, sculptured column and top. The Goodwood coffee table comes in two sizes and heights which seamlessly overlap and nestle into each other. The table echoes the same distinctive timbered chamfered edge as the arms on the lounge chair. All of the tables come in walnut, but can be specified in oak or beech with various polish colour stains. The inset top can be specified as timber, glass or white Carrara marble. 01243 388000 morganfurniture.co.uk
Lyndon makes a splash with colour After several years in the cold, interiors are starting to feel the heat from vibrant colours that are staging a comeback. At the helm of this change is Lyndon by Boss Design which has unveiled a striking new range of coloured painted frame options for its acclaimed collections of wooden furniture. Whether it’s to echo corporate branding in the workplace, or to simply add colour to a hospitality scheme, Lyndon has introduced seven refined painted frame colours to provide a welcome break from the neutral look that has reigned supreme for several years.
Available in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black and white, this palette of vibrant colours may be applied to the underframes, tables, legs, and even the arms of any of Lyndon’s upholstered seating and table collections to create a striking design effect. Alongside the standard colours, Lyndon is honouring its reputation for excellence in bespoke manufacturing by offering the option to specify its furniture frames in any RAL colour – a useful option when reflecting branding in interior design schemes. lyndon.co.uk
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benchmarkfurniture.com 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 making loose and fitted furniture.
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Soft curves and graceful silhouettes
The Truman Side Cabinet
DAVIDSON has introduced its striking new furniture collection, Evoke. Characterised by soft curves and graceful silhouettes, the collection is available with a smart new range of finishes to create a soft, calming aesthetic. The Albany console table is a re-launch of a longstanding favourite, now with a contemporary twist. Finished in hand-tinted satin sycamore, the piece features a new, highly distressed silvered finish. The Belmont console table, meanwhile, was originally inspired by the popular Artesian table from DAVIDSONâ€™s occasional table collection, boasting a perfectly formed silhouette with a contemporary slant. The design is finished in a rich, high gloss dark-tinted macassar ebony, which defines its form and adds dramatic effect. The inside of the gentle curve is hand-gilded by British artisans in a distressed white gold leaf with burgundy accents to create a striking contrast of dark and light with contrasting textures.
With its gentle curved cruciform base and satin oak finish, the Aspen table defines simplicity at its best. Offering a softer, yet smart style of dining, the table-top features a quartered top with a brushed brass moulding running around the lower edge. The Truman side cabinet draws the eye with its soft, curved design and innovative use of vellum. The earthy tones of the vellum doors create a sense of natural beauty for a calming living space, designed to be softer on the eye by moving away from the sharp angles associated with contemporary furniture. Finally, the Chatsworth table offers a more classic feel than the other pieces within the collection. The style of the table, with its beautifully smooth hexagonal base, offers itself very well to a high gloss finish, while the striking radial pattern to the table top is a fine example of British craftsmanship. davidsonlondon.com
The Albany console table
The Belmont console table
Inspired by nature
Acclaimed Portuguese lighting firm, Serip, has launched The Aqua Collection, which has been inspired by winter and its related watery motifs. Founded in 1961, this family company has more than 50 years of experience in the industry, initially producing classic concepts, but evolving in the early 80s to conceptual designs ahead of its time. Serip has a strong presence in the international market, exporting more than 96 % of production and reaching more than 77 countries on five continents. The company is currently investing in monobrand showrooms in order to consolidate its international standing, with three showrooms already established in
Kiev, Jakarta and Beijing. The Aqua Collection has an inherent connection with the identity of the Serip family, expressing as it does a strong connection to the brandâ€™s principal source of inspiration â€“ nature. The bronze structure of the design expands in entangled branches that lead to floating glass pieces, creating a delicate and elegant aesthetic down to the smallest detail of the glass drops. Available in several chromatic design options, The Aqua Collection is highly customisable, making it eminently suitable for any interior concept. serip.co.uk
Timeless design and style with Dizzi Award-winning British furniture designer and manufacturer, Knightsbridge Furniture, launched its new range, Dizzi, at the recent Sleep event. This striking collection is perfect for use within the hospitality and workspace sectors, and celebrates both the visual impact of timber and outstanding manufacturing capabilities of Knightsbridge.
Using its experience of manufacturing furniture for healthcare environments, Knightsbridge is breaking new ground by expanding into the world of contract furniture for high wear environments, including hotels, restaurants and offices, where pieces will exude both style and comfort. In recent years, Knightsbridge Furniture has collaborated with some of the UK’s most exciting furniture designers. Alys Bryan is the latest to join the ranks, bringing a decade of experience designing contract furniture in both the workplace and hospitality sectors. As an upholstery specialist, through a process of thoughtful material selection, combined with lean manufacturing principles, Alys’ signature design style yields pieces that mix timeless elegance with a modern twist. Dizzi comprises a compact lounge chair and co-ordinating upright chairs. The sweeping upholstery curves of these designs cradle you in comfort, with a seemingly simple form that is both welcoming and joyful. The wood frames of Dizzi create wonderful shadow lines with unique radiused frame joints. High quality details also include double top stitching on all upholstery seams. The compact footprint of the Dizzi Lounge Chair makes it a versatile piece, perfect for the bedroom, lounge and bar or a modern breakout space. The Dizzi Upright Chairs are ideal as dining chairs with deliberate consideration of the arm height and positioning to allow the chair to sit neatly under a dining table. Thanks to the extensive choice of fabric and timber finishes available, including customers’ own material, Dizzi’s timeless design and style lends itself to a variety of interior schemes. knightsbridge-furniture.co.uk
Lighting solutions Concord Concord, the architectural lighting specialist and part of the Feilo Sylvania group, has helped Kenwick Park Hotel and Spa create a relaxing and inviting experience for guests in its new leisure facilities. The lighting had to be designed to meet
minimum illumination levels, whilst ensuring that areas of relaxation or treatment were subtly lit to achieve the right mood to create that spa experience. Concord Myriad round accent downlights have been installed in general areas of the leisure centre, as well as in changing rooms, while Concord Myriad square accent downlights have been installed in the treatment rooms. The Myriad Pendant fixtures feature around the reception desk to provide a warm and stylish first impression to visitors. The Myriad range of LED accent downlights and pendants provide high output and high efficiency and,
with a long life of 50,000 hours, they are very low maintenance. The energy efficient light source has a far superior luminous flux per watt than existing Low Voltage Halogen lamps and is IR/UV free and without heat radiation. Concord Ascent 150 downlights feature in the gym and Lumiance InVerto luminaires have been installed to highlight the features in the reception area. EP Consulting also selected Sylvania Sylproof Superia LED luminaires for the plant rooms as well as Route LED emergency lighting and SylSafe emergency exit signs throughout the building. concord-lighting.com
Flora Pendant Nulty Bespoke Nulty Bespoke created The Flora Pendant for a recent project in Notting Hill. Working alongside developer and designer, Fenton Whelan, Nulty Bespoke had to design a tailor-made contemporary chandelier which would create a dramatic statement feature, while adding warmth. Inspired by natural forms, a spiral of light from 24 petal-shaped shades now gently cascades through the three-storey stairwell. The shades are attached to fine cables, which in turn are fixed to a polished nickel doubleframe circular structure. Gold leaf has been hand-applied to each shade. Attention to detail, through a process of drawing, CGI and prototypes, has ensured that the light both reflects off and passes through the shades, creating a soft, radiant effect within the stairwell. “We wanted a warm, golden quality, similar to candlelight – this has been achieved through careful design of the form and by the use of gold leaf and miniature 2800K LED lamps, each of which supply 180 lumens of ambient light,” says Trevor Morgan, mnaging director, Nulty Bespoke. nultybespoke.co.uk
HES3DE190 in three colours
Sugatsuneâ€™s sophisticated range of adjustable concealed hinges One of Sugatsuneâ€™s more popular products is its HES3D range of adjustable concealed hinges, designed for doors weighing up to 125kgs. They use a multilink mechanism which gives a full 180Â° opening and three-axis adjustment to give perfect fit during installation. Used for meaningful doors in important properties, they are fire rated to FD-30, an important detail these days. Customers liked the hinges so much that they asked for smaller hinges for internal doors, and over the years Sugatsune has obliged, supplying ever smaller hinges to the same format. The range now goes down to the really very small HES3D-70, which has all the functionality of the larger hinges but for the sort of doors you find in kitchens, media centres and cupboards. A 19mm thick wood or composite door is quite adequate for proper installation, meaning this new style of hinge can be seen as a replacement for standard concealed hinges in applications where the designer wants to bring a high level of sophistication. The standard colours are black, silver, and champagne gold, but custom colours are also available. Fire doors often require closers to ensure they perform as required, but this can make them heavy in the hand and cumbersome in use. For doors where fire risk has been managed elsewhere, Sugatsune makes a door closer and damper that will soft-close a door but let it swing freely in normal use. The LDD-V100 is fitted to the frame and door, and in the last 10 degrees of closure a pin in the door connects with a lever in the mechanism which controls the close. What is significant is that it feels like an unrestrained door in use, both soft close and free swinging.
The LDDV-100 is for heavy doors up to 100kgs with the medium duty LDD-V coping with doors up to 40kgs. 01189272 955 sugatsune.co.uk
HES3D-70 in black
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Partitioning wall systems Style
Partitioning specialist, Style, recently installed a comprehensive solution for another new etc.venues event facility in Piccadilly, Manchester. On this occasion, Style was contracted to deliver flexibility to a large open area, allowing hire opportunities to be fully capitalised by dividing the space into numerous rooms of different sizes, exactly meeting the changing needs of clients. A total of nine DORMA Variflex moveable walls were installed, providing exceptional acoustic privacy of 55dB between the divided areas. Style recommended DORMA Variflex for Manchester as it is a highly adaptable system that can be finished in a wide variety of designs to reflect the etc.venues individual look. “The panels feature a stunning wood effect laminate,” explains Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the north. “Spectacular, site-applied graphics of iconic Manchester landmarks complete the design, making for truly eye-catching partitioning walls.” The comprehensive combination of nine DORMA Variflex moveable walls allows room configuration to be quickly and easily changed, creating small meeting hubs as necessary, or opening out the space as required. style-partitions.co.uk
Decadence collection Wilton Carpets
Decadence is the latest carpet collection from Wilton Carpets, reinventing Art Deco by pushing the boundaries of its structure and introducing sophisticated textures. Fused with fearless 1960s tones of orange and brown, teal and flashes of rich salmon pink, the collection brings a refreshed and reinvigorated approach to Art Deco, avoiding archetypal repeats for a new perspective. Designed by Becky Smith, senior designer, Decadence is a truly extraordinary showcase of what is possible in carpet when constraints are lifted. Alive with a bright approach to design, with shifting forms that come together in unusual fashion, perfectly balanced by colourways that roam from deep through to beaming, Decadence comes in eight striking patterns. Presenting the ability to bring vivid accents to any scheme, it is a unique collection full of energy and a sense of movement. Designed and made in Britain, each Decadence carpet is crafted in a high-quality 80/20 wool blend and can be specified in any quality. With the ability to adapt any of the eight woven axminster designs in a colourway suited to your interior, this is a collection that offers huge potential for designers looking to strike out with statement carpet. wiltoncarpets.com
Co-ordination without compromise Quadrant
With broadloom carpet, carpet tiles, luxury vinyl tiles and woven vinyl, Quadrant’s multi-disciplinary approach to flooring is a real benefit to commercial space designers. Designers and specifiers can create dynamic layouts, changing material for appropriate function or purely for aesthetics; resulting in an coordinated look that retains integrity. The British company has developed a formidable collection of design-centric flooring, including the Salto range of loose-lay vinyl and Ntgrate woven vinyl. These can be matched with broadloom carpet and carpet tiles for a layout that works to an area’s specific needs. Palettes are designed to work together, grey oak and concrete looks in Salto loose lay vinyl teamed with grey carpet tiles with colour accents that can be perfectly coordinated in luxurious deep pile broadloom for breakout areas; all on a backdrop of textural Ntgrate woven vinyl. As well as co-ordinated colours, Quadrant products share the same quality ethos – carpet tiles are made in Britain in a 12th gauge quality, while Ntgrate woven vinyl is made in Belgium using glass fibre-reinforced PVC – so that designers can be confident of high performance levels, durability and ease of maintenance regardless of product type. quadmod.com
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The Point Pendant Original BTC As the trend towards rooftop bars and urban gardens grows, outdoor lighting has reemerged as a focal point. With its elegant shape and delicate design, the Point Pendant light by Original BTC offers the perfect solution for these environments. This minimalistic IP-rated light is suitable for lighting many interior settings, including bathrooms and exterior porches and hallways. The design, which combines opal glass with ceramic and weathered brass fittings, is handblown in Original BTC’s own glass factory to create a distinctive and enduring shape. . The Point Pendant can be used alone or as a set, providing a flattering, warm illumination for any space. originalbtc.com
Bedsteads & mattresses Hyder Living As it develops business in the hospitality sector, Hyder Living is exhibiting for the second time at Hotelympia (Stand 2910), 5-8th March 2018, displaying a collection of bedsteads and mattresses developed to answer the demands of the hospitality and leisure industries. Showing the Natural Collection of premium natural filling mattresses, along with bedsteads made to last; the Yorkshire manufacturer will underline its capabilities in delivering bespoke solutions catering to the exact needs of businesses, from small boutique B&B up to large hotel and holiday parks. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Natural Collection, Hyder Living’s fully custom mattress programme. Allowing specifiers and hoteliers to custom specify fillings, pocket springs and stitching rows; Natural Collection mattresses can even be branded according to requirements. All mattresses in the Natural Collection are handmade in Yorkshire, guaranteeing superb quality. The supplier also takes the same approach of quality to its bedsteads with fabric, wood, metal and paint options available. Each is made to the highest standard and Hyder can work with businesses to develop custom products that utilise the supplier’s manufacturing network to deliver consistent quality and value. hyderliving.com
modulyss Domotex saw the launch of the latest carpet tile collection from modulyss in Velvet&, introducing the on-trend look of time-worn velvet to commercial interiors. Through a 1/12th gauge random tip-sheared loop pile texture, modulyss presents lavish contrast; a tight and dense structure interspersed by areas of luxurious velour for a rich-velvet feel. By combining bright and dull yarns with an organic design through rising falling textures and pile heights, Velvet& delivers a striking 3D effect in any setting. In a palette of 18 royal colours, including rust, navy, ocean, burgundy, ochre, purple and grey; Velvet& presents tonal duality that redefines sophisticated carpet luxury for today’s work and hospitality spaces. Designed as part of the long-running ‘&’ concept, which allows selected styles to be used together to create dynamic floor layouts, Velvet& can be used in mesmerising singularity, or in conjunction with colours from Fashion& for a tone-on-tone effect. Made from high-performance 100% Aqualon polyamide for durability and ease of maintenance, Velvet& adds Back2Back recycled content backing for stability. The carpet tile comes rated Class 33 for heavy commercial use. modulyss.com
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EVENTS - IMM COLOGNE
imm Cologne 1,200 top exhibitors, design stars and creative newcomers from 50 countries presented the trends for the coming year at the 2018 edition of imm Cologne. 15th-21st January 2018 Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany imm-cologne.com A huge diversity of styles and ranges was exhibited across the exhibition’s eleven halls. Within the classic design segment, ‘Pure’, the major brand names showcased visionary furniture and interior design concepts to illustrate various living philosophies. Within the Featured Editions sector of the show, the main theme was ‘Light’, for which Pure Editions exhibitors such as Vitra, Zeitraum and Cappellini developed creative exhibits. For the show’s major attraction – “Das Haus - Interiors on Stage” – Czech designer, Lucie Koldova, chronicled the various emotions and requirements of modern living in her “Haus”, giving them all their own kind of light. The subject of light was also brought into focus in imm Cologne’s new exhibition format, Pure Architects. Here, architecture-related product lines for floors, bathrooms and lighting, as well as smart home solutions, provided inspiration for holistic design concepts – specifically for architects and end customers. Under the motto “Smart Living”, visitors could explore a functioning smart home and try out the latest technologies.
WÖSTMANN, Hall 10.1
Renowned design brands presented their latest innovations in stylish furnishing across Hall 11’s three floors. Amongst these were several young Scandinavian brands, which have achieved cult status within a very short period
of time. These include the likes of Muuto, &Tradition, Frost, Please Wait to be Seated, Softline and Woud from Denmark. Outdoor furniture is represented by a growing number of exhibitors at imm cologne,
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Chiaramonte Marin was inspired by the deep sea for the design of its installation, ‘Light of the Abyss’ for Emu
with this year’s edition featuring the likes of Fermob, Glatz, Gloster, Tonon and Weishäupl Möbelwerkstätten. Natural materials are also hugely popular within the furniture sector and were displayed by exhibitors such as Riva, Girsberger, Janua, Team7 and Vincent Sheppard. Of course, many German design brands take imm Cologne as an opportunity, at the
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beginning of the furnishing year, to present their new products to international buyers. Brands such as Rolf Benz, BW Bielefelder Werkstätten, bordbar, Bretz, brühl, ClassiCon, Cor, Luiz, Draenert Studio, Kettnaker, Müller Möbelwerkstätten, Object Carpet, Raumplus, Schönbuch, Sophisticated Living and Walter Knoll demonstrated the diversity of the German furnishing industry through their ranges. In terms of visitor statistics, the travel chaos caused by Storm Friederike did not, thankfully, dampen interest in this year’s show, with 125,000 visitors attending to discover industry trends and new launches. The event attracted a greater numbers of trade visitors from Europe and Asia – the prime export markets for the German and
European furniture industries. “Each year, the trade fair provides the industry with vital momentum for sales in decisive export markets around the world,” says president and chief executive officer of Koelnmesse, Gerald Böse. imm Cologne’s international reach is not only increasing among exhibitors, but amongst international visitors, too. The proportion of foreign visitors rose to around 50% on the trade visitor days. Within Europe, increases in visitor numbers were recorded in particular from Spain (+31%), Belgium (+16%), France (+11%) and Eastern Europe (+54%), with particularly impressive growth in Russian visitors (+69%). Significant increases were also seen in visitors from Asia (+50 per cent), with especially strong growth from China (+82 per cent) and Japan (+63 per cent), as well as the Middle East (+15 per cent), Australia/Oceania (+51 per cent), North America (+12 per cent) and Central America (+21 per cent).2. F
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kbb Birmingham kbb Birmingham is the UK’s largest gathering of the world’s best kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands. 4-7th March 2018 NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom www.kbb.co.uk Following the success of last year’s event, kbb Birmingham will return with the addition of new features, workshops and one-to-one sessions, practical conference content and the latest new launches from 400 world-leading suppliers. kbbreview is back for 2018 with the Retail and Design conference, giving visitors practical advice on how to grow their business in a world of change. Some of this year’s topics include 4G kitchens and bathrooms and how the need for enhanced usability can result in increased profitability for businesses, as well as discussion of the increasing demand from UK consumers when it comes to materials and exploration of the future material and colour trends set to influence the sector. Another key feature for this year’s edition is ‘Disruption as an Opportunity’ – the first of four ‘deep-dives’ exploring this years #futurekbb theme, with insight from top industry experts such as Houzz UK and content partners, AMA Research. Amongst kbb’s diverse selection of exhibitors this year will be CRL Stone, which will launch 11 new colours in its popular Ceralsio ceramics and CRL Quartz ranges – all influenced by striking natural materials such as granite and marble.
True British heritage brand, Carron Phoenix, will lead the conversation for ‘Materiality’ in the show’s theme this year, showcasing an expansive offering of synthetic and granite sinks, as well as its Seraphina and Larunda boiling water taps. Wetroom specialist, Impey, will also be exhibiting its luxurious and innovative designs for the commercial, residential and healthcare fields. Cosentino will unveil striking new shades
for its Silestone quartz surface. Using award-winning kitchen designer Colin Wong’s revolutionary new concept, “The Rock”, Cosentino will fabricate, deliver and install one of a series of rocks to be displayed at the event Leading provider of branded surfacing solutions, Formica has conducted a ‘Future Vision’ report, which will feature in the Retail and Design Conference. The brand will analyse the future colour and material trends set to shape the future of the industry.
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kbb Birmingham is the UK’s first and foremost industry experience, offering retailers, fitters, designers, architects and suppliers unrivalled insight, inspiration and innovation into the latest products and services in the kbb sector.
Blum, the UK’s leading fittings supplier, has announced that it will be unveiling its biggest stand ever at 2018’s event, which takes place from 4 - 7th March at the NEC Birmingham. Visitors to the Blum stand will experience the very latest products, including striking Space Towers, along with in-depth details on its outstanding services for retail and technical support. Whether visitors might need assistance on planning, installing or ordering the correct components for a project, Blum’s extensive range of services will make their task easier. These include planning tools, architectural specifications, special
applications for drawings, as well as videos and assembly aids to help fitters achieve the perfect project finish. Blum is renowned for its quality and innovation, both in terms of products and services, so make sure to visit www.kbb. co.uk to register for a ticket to the industry’s unmissable event. “We know how valued our Technical Support is within the sector,” says Blum UK sales and marketing director, David Sanders, “so with this in mind, our aim for kbb Birmingham 2018 is to design our biggest stand ever in order to showcase our outstanding services as well as the latest innovations in products. It’s going to be our biggest and best yet.” 01908 285700 blum.com
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Salice Stand 0100
Salice will be exhibiting its range of industry furniture fittings for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms at the KBB show. From Stand 0100, visitors can view Salice’s product range, including its renowned Silentia and Air hinges, the ultra-compact Wind lift system, Lineabox slim walled drawer system, and the increasingly-popular Eclipse pocket door system. Furthermore, an impressive array of new and exciting products never before seen in the UK will also be showcased at KBB, including Salice’s revolutionary display storage system, Pin, that allows the most flexible and creative arrangement of bottles, knives and shelves. Also on display will be Salice’s new Slider M35 Top which is a coplanar sliding system for medium sizes cabinets, as well as Mover, a vertical sliding system for wall cabinet doors which is set to be a popular choice for restricted space locations. If it’s drawer organisation that you are incorporating, then Salice’s Split dividing and storage compartments system, which is compatible with Salice Lineabox drawers, will be ideal. 01480 413831 saliceuk.co.uk
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Franke Stand H80
It’s all about style, quality and innovation for Franke at KBB as the company unveils a raft of new products, including super-metallic sinks, coloured PVD taps and statement hoods. Franke is also re-affirming support for its specialist showroom retailers by bringing together its More in Store initiative and sister brands Carron Phoenix and premium tap manufacturer, KWC. Two new statement hoods include the Impress – which features anti-fingerprint properties, three colour options and is manufactured from a unique, super-matt textured material – and the minimalist, organically-designed Cloud which appears to ‘float’ and provides three ambient light colour options, plus exceptional extraction. A new family of super-metallic granite sinks will be launched in Copper Grey, Lunar Grey, Sterling Silver and Copper Gold, reflecting the trend for metallics in the kitchen. Franke has significantly extended its boiling water tap range and a dedicated area will house the new 2-in-1 and 4-in-1 models and the four fashionable coloured PVD finishes. More in Store retailers visiting Franke’s KBB stand will benefit from exclusive, exhibition-only special offers on extractor hoods and discount offers on other Franke products. 0161 436 6280 franke.co.uk
Showerwall Hall 20, stand C60
Showerwall, the waterproof bathroom wallpanelling system, will unveil an exciting range update and new brand identity at KBB, signalling the design strides this laminate surfacing material has made. Reflecting the industrial trend and the desire for earthy materials in the bathroom, the 100m2 stand will showcase Showerwall’s newest décors and texture innovations including concrete, brick and woodgrain designs. In addition, a new acrylic collection will offer standard or bespoke digital print options. The range revamp aims to open up the design flexibility of laminate wall panelling to an even wider range of customers for domestic and commercial projects. It is ideal for use in shower enclosures, around baths, behind basins and to create statement feature walls. Showerwall is a 100% waterproof system, available in a choice of panel sizes that are fast and easy to install and come with a 15-year guarantee. There will be a new retailer merchandising package, including a consumer lifestyle brochure, swatches and display stands. Showerwall is available ex-stock nationwide from Ideal Bathrooms, IDS, Q4 and Formula 1. 0845 604 7334 showerwall.co.uk
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The HVAC & Refrigeration Show From 23rd-25th January, market-leaders from across the sectors will gather at London’s ExCeL, giving visitors a chance to source the latest products and solutions all under one roof. 23rd-25th January 2018 ExCeL London, United Kingdom hvacrshow.com Exhibitors include Advanced Engineering, Broughton Electro Air Products, Business Edge, Carrier Rental Systems UK, Fieldpiece Instruments, First Choice Refrigeration Spares, Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK, Haier, Hawco, Johnson Controls HVAC Parts, Parcel Holders, Polyaire, Rapid Climate Control, Smith Brothers Stores, Testo and many more. Further to sourcing new products from market-leaders, visitors will be able to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge on offer at the show. There are two seminar theatres; The HVACR Theatre sponsored by Opteon and the Training & Skills Theatre sponsored by Toshiba. The action-packed seminar programme will feature CPD-accredited presentations by key industry figures from leading companies. In the HVACR Theatre, James Henley, chiller product manager at Daikin Applied (UK) will be discussing ‘Chiller Technology & Efficiency’; Fujitsu’s technical manager Martyn Ives will explain why ‘Controls are Key’ and Mark Hughes, business development manager, Chemours/Opten TM will cover the ‘F-Gas
phase down: the Cliff – how to survive.’ The same theatre will also feature talks from A Gas, Seeley International, GEA, FG Europe, The Food Storage & Distribution Federation and more.
In the Training & Skills Theatre, Rob Smelt, a building services engineer at Toshiba will offer ‘A guide to tackling a project using air cooled VRF’; senior mechanical engineer Graeme Fox will talk ‘F Gas: making it work properly. Compliance and better regulation by REFCOM’ and SkillFRIDGE project manager, Mark Forsyth will explain the importance of skills competitions and ‘Going for Gold.’ There will also be talks from WorldSkills UK, BESA and others, with the IOR holding in its annual conference in the Training & Skills theatre on the Thursday. The brand-new Industry Insight Series, meanwhile, will see a leading panel of experts discuss ‘Well Buildings’ in the Training & Skills Theatre on the Wednesday and ‘Food transportation post Brexit’ in the HVACR Theatre on the Tuesday. The HVAC & Refrigeration Show will also see the launch of the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition. For more information and to register visit the show website. hvacrshow.com
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