Home Designer and Architect - July 2022

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MAGAZINE July 2022

Enhance the heart of the home with HEX from Abode Collection overview inside


AT2092 Hex Monobloc in Brushed Nickel & Matt Black + AW5125 Stainless Steel Matrix R15 1.5 Large Bowl Sink


f the latest trends tell us anything, then the desire for industrial style design continues to rise having grown in notoriety over the last three decades. Able to adopt both traditional and contemporary design ideas, industrial home interiors have taken their cue from the surge in urban brownfield sites being redeveloped into new homes and green spaces. In its raw state, an industrial-style décor almost evokes an unfinished look, commanding a range of mixed materials, architectural features, and rival design styles in one space.

AT2094 Hex Professional Brushed Nickel + AT2106 Swich Round Matt Black + AW5135 Stainless Steel Belfast Sink

Now an established trend, the kitchen remains the strongest supporter of industrial-style design as UK homeowners continue to seek out darker colour palettes, raw materials and statement hardware that introduce new levels of functionality. In fact, Pinterest research on 850K searches found ‘industrial’ to be one of the top three search terms last year, and as home renovation spend is up 36% according to the latest Houzz survey, it makes sense to cater to the needs of the marketplace.

Our industrial-style Hex range will challenge traditional design concepts, presenting a precision-engineered tap collection with mid-century modern solid brass construction, distinct colourways, and deliberate use of texture. Designed to coordinate seamlessly with any style of kitchen featuring industrial or traditional elements, Hex will help to define the wash zone and bring new levels of form and function to the UK kitchen and utility room. Part of Distinctly by Abode and made of premium quality solid brass, the Hex range features a series of hexagonal design components and knurled collar detail on the tip of the spout on pull out models. Available in five designs - Single Lever, Single Lever Pull-out, Monobloc, Professional and the newly launched Bridge style – each model in the collection allows you to interpret the industrial-look the way you want, thanks to the different designs and original Hex colours available: Brushed Nickel and Antique Brass, and two fusion finishes - Brushed Nickel & Matt Black and Antique Brass & Matt Black.

Placing huge emphasis on the finer details, the Hex fusion finishes really bring home the look and feel of an industrial style kitchen as the accent colour helps depict the spout, handles, collar and base plinth across the Single Lever, Monobloc, and Pull-out Hex designs. This is a great opportunity for designers to coordinate core elements such as the kitchen tap with other components in the room like the sink, furniture hardware, appliances, and light fittings to coordinate with today’s kitchen. Each model in the Hex range is defined by a slender profile and quad style spout with the option of either single or dual lever control. All Hex handles are designed with industrial styled hot and cold lettering, with the Hex Single Lever Pull-out offering the addition of a retractable hose for extra functionality when prepping food or rinsing extra-large pots and pans. Hex Professional is the ideal solution in a hardworking kitchen or utility room, typically exposed to a higher foot traffic and need to cater to multiple disciplines and users. Designed with a practical pull-around hose with spray feature and mechanical arm for added flexibility, Hex Professional is finished in Black Nickel & Matt Black to further accentuate the luxe appeal synonymous with industry style kitchen schemes.

AT2085 Hex Single Lever Brushed Nickel + AW5009 Stainless Steel Matrix R0 Large Single Bowl Sink

AT2088 Hex Single Lever Pull-out Brushed Nickel

Available with 5 years warrant y, Hex taps are further enhanced by the designed-in ceramic disc valve technology for ultra-smooth flow and optimum temperature control, as well as the energy efficient cold start valve, which offers big hot water savings by only delivering cold water when the tap is operated from the mid-lever position. When looking at the sink market, larger single bowl and Belfast-style options remain the most popular as they provide plenty of space to soak, rinse and wash cumbersome pots and pans in a variety of materials like classic ceramic, composite granite and stainless steel. To respond to this growing trend, we are pleased to announce a brand-new addition to our award-winning Hex collection with the launch of Hex Bridge this June. The perfect companion for schemes with larger kitchen sinks, Hex Bridge offers the very best elements of the Hex range like the original knurled spout collar through to the iconic hexagonal handles. It also benefits from our smooth, retractable pull-out technology to further impress its industrial design and bring a contemporary edge to a traditional bridge mixer.

For further info, please contact Abode: 012 26 283 434 AT2087 Hex Single Lever Antique Brass + AW1031 White Ceramic Sandon Large Single Bowl Sink

info@abodedesigns.co.uk www.abodedesigns.co.uk


CONTENTS July 2022

4 Bathrooms

12 Kitchens

10 Industry News

18 Home Decor


Publication Manager

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Jenna Burridge


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With the rising and continuing popularity of Black fixtures within the bathroom we have extended the Black Edition Range to include The Newick 1000, a horizontal rail, popular as a statement within the bathroom but also fits easily below most windows. The Newick measures 600 high by 1000mm wide and retails at £299.80 exclusive of VAT.


e have also introduced the profile valve in Black to the Black Edition. Designed to complement the black edition rails these valves will not protrude into the room and sit neatly within the rail visually enhancing the product. The valves are brass and powder coated with a good solid weight. We are selling more and more of the black edition towel rails we feel the reason for this is two fold. Firstly that we have the rails in stock whereas there are still widespread shortages of supply generally speaking so those who would normally buy a cheaper mild steel rail are realizing the difference in price is not that great compared to the cost to disrupted contractors. But also the rise in customers who value sustainability and although it may at first seem unnecessary to


manufacture a coloured powder coated rail from stainless steel, the properties that set the non-coated rails apart from their mild steel counterparts still stand. They will not rust or corrode, you are buying into a product that will endure the entire life of the bathroom itself. Stainless steel is manufactured from over 90% recycled material and 100% recyclable in itself. In order to maintain the ethical sustainability of all of our products across the range, we chose to powder coat the stainless steel. Powder coating is highly protective of the environment, it contains no solvents and emits negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere. Powder coating is a clean process, allowing exhaust air from the coating booth to be returned to the

plant. Powder overspray can be retrieved and reused and there is no costly waste disposal equipment as unused powder can be reclaimed and returned to a hopper. There are now thirteen of our most popular selling rails in the black edition as well as the valves and the complementary element cover further enhancing the aesthetics of this range. Please do visit www.sussexrange.co.uk for further details or call us on 01825 722988



DISCOVER PAONAZZO BIONDO Paonazzo Biondo, dubbed the most sophisticated and artistic marble from Porcelanosa collection XTONE, is one of the most versatile too. “This simulated marble will fool anyone,” said Teresa Vega, UK M a r ke t i n g C o o r d i n a t o r f o r Porcelanosa, “and because it is simulated, we are able to apply it to a wide range of applications. Originally designed for use on walls, selected XTONE finishes were recently used in some fantastic table designs from our brand Gamadecor, and exhibited at Milan Design Week.” Considered one of the most e x traordinar y natural s tone designs, Paonazzo Biondo combines elegant ivory with delicate caramel, sage, and merlot veins,


interspersed with flashes of gold. A true timeless classic with high decorative value, it can instantly elevate a space into super luxury territory. Each slab is made using 40 per cent recycled materials and can also be fully recycled at the end of their life. To ensure longevity, the finish is resistant to water, scratches and stains, unlike natural marble, making it ideally suited for use in bathrooms and kitchens. “ Paonazzo Biondo is inspired by classical marble and Renaissance palaces. However, with the ability

to create reflexive designs to fit any room, it is instantly modernised. Innovative digital printing has allowed us to create a product that is reminiscent of palatial opulence, yet still remains contemporary,” explained Teresa. “It represents the evolution of XTONE through its distinguished design and composition. Its resistance to extreme temperatures, impacts and chemicals is complemented by its sustainability, and ability to keep clean.” Brown, gold and copper tones can be complemented with vintage furniture, solid wood floors, glass or metal hanging lamps and neutral textiles. Discover more about Paonazzo Biondo and request a sample here: xtone -surface. com/en/sintered/collections/ paonazzo-biondo






o that end the innovative HygieneGlaze ceramic glaze has been further developed and now has a new formula: the new HygieneGlaze which is baked into the ceramic during firing is not only especially effective, but also acts very quickly. Whether at the workplace, sports facilities or airports, hygiene requirements are high in both public and semi-public buildings. This is why they are an essential part of the respective building concept. However, awareness of hygiene issues has not just increased in public areas but in the private sphere, too.

Duravit ’s research and development team has advanced the development of the innovative ceramic glaze HygieneGlaze which was launched on the ISH in 2015. HygieneGlaze further improves the hygienic properties of the toilet. The new development is not a surface coating but an antibacterial ceramic glaze that provides almost indefinite effectiveness.

Bacteria in areas where hygiene is critical

The optimized formula of HygieneGlaze contains a new combination of metal ions and other active substances, which is particularly effective in blocking bacteria growth like E. coli, for example. Baked into the ceramics and extending from the interior to the rim of the toilet or urinal, HygieneGlaze is effective in the areas particularly susceptible to the accumulation of bacteria and germs.

Germs are omnipresent in our everyday lives. In particularly critical areas, such as hospitals, medical practices and nursing facilities, hygiene is an ongoing issue. The consistent use of disinfectant and hygiene measures helps to kill or inactivate microorganisms. Modern concepts combine the targeted use of sterilizing substances with preventive measures, including surface coatings.

Compared with ceramics with conventional surface glazes, HygieneGlaze inhibits 99.9 percent of bacteria growth within 24 hours. The effectiveness of the HygieneGlaze antibacterial properties has been scientifically proven by hygienic and microbiological tests performed by the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Bonn: the special glaze kills bacteria and germs.



OFFSITE SOLUTIONS DELIV PODS FOR £3.2M CONTRAC Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod specialist, has delivered the final pods for a £3.2m contract to manufacture luxury bathrooms for its second Berkeley Homes residential scheme.


esigned by Foster and Partners with Broadway Malyan, 250 City Road in London is a landmark development set in 1.9 acres of landscaped green spaces and courtyards. Offsite Solutions has manufactured a total of 221 bath and shower pods in two different bathroom designs for Siena House. The delivery of the pods to site was completed in just seven weeks to meet Berkeley Homes’ scheduling for installation. This involved careful logistical planning with 44 separate batches of pods required on site and up to 10 deliveries in a single week. The project was for the third phase of the City Road development, which will provide one, two, and three-bedroom apartments for private sale, and homes for shared ownership managed by Peabody Trust. The interior design for the bathrooms and ensuite shower rooms for the private sale apartments is opulent and elegant. Fittings are finished in striking brushed gold – wall-mounted taps to the hand basin and bath, heated towel rail, and overhead and hand-held showers. This contrasts with white sanitaryware, a white steel bath, large format grey stone porcelain tiles with colour-matched grout, and a grey stone vanity top. You can view a video of the bathroom pods here.


High end bespoke vanity cabinets with fluted doors in dark blue and contrasting gold trims are designed to match the fitted furniture in the bedrooms. Aurimas Vaitkus, Site Manager at Berkeley Homes, said, “Bathrooms are one of the most challenging elements to build on a major residential scheme with so many different trades and subcontractors to procure, co-ordinate, and benchmark which takes a lot of management time. Accurate tolerances and high-quality finishes are also vitally important to achieving the required standard – and these are easier to attain in a manufacturing environment.” “Specifying bathroom pods simplifies the process of internal fitout and reduces the duration of second fix. There is a huge saving in management time by removing the need to co-ordinate different trades on site. Offsite manufacturing is just a more efficient way of working and we

estimate it was at least 20 per cent faster on this project than in-situ construction.” “Offsite Solutions has performed well at every stage. Their team was responsive with excellent communications and their logistics were outstanding, delivering this project ahead of programme, despite unavoidable changes to the delivery schedule caused by bad weather.” “The quality of their pods is very good – and having worked with Berkeley Homes previously, they understand the high standards we work to. They showed exceptional knowledge of compliance, specifying pipework and fittings which meet both NHBC standards and facilitate connection on site. Having pods manufactured in the UK also makes it easier to visit the factory and resolve any design issues at an early stage.” James Stephens, Managing Director of Offsite Solutions, said, “We are


VERS FINAL BATHROOM CT FOR BERKELEY HOMES The luxury pods have a frameless glass shower enclosure, floor standing dual flush toilet, three-door mirrored cabinets, underfloor heating, and integrated LED lighting – creating a luxurious ambience for contemporary living. A specially designed, 1.2m high niche feature is recessed into the wall in the shower and above the bath. This was fully tiled and fitted with glass shelves.

heating. A large mirror above the hand basin was inset into the tiles for a flush, high quality finish.

An effective and innovative underfloor heating solution was used for City Road, with a sub-floor with grooves to hold the pipework and an aluminium diffuser plate for even heat distribution. This was all integral to the pod and fully fitted in the factory.

Of fsite Solutions of fers the UK’s largest range of pods to suit many different building types and applications. Options include steel-framed bathroom pods with porcelain-tiled finishes for high-end apartments, PRS, student residences and hotels; robust and low maintenance GRP composite shower pods for student accommodation, build-to-rent, care homes, social housing, and healthcare; hybrid pods for specialist projects, and award-winning demountable GRP pods for ease of installation in refurbishment schemes.

The bathroom pods for the shared ownership homes were fully tiled in limestone-coloured large format tiles to reduce maintenance and the need for repainting. Each bathroom was pre-installed with a bath and overhead shower on a sliding wall-mounted rail, a semi-recessed hand basin, free standing back-to-wall toilet, a tiled vanity top, heated towel rail, and underfloor

The contract at City Road follows Offsite Solutions’ successful delivery of an £8m project for Berkeley Homes for the offsite manufacture of more than 900 high specification bathroom pods for a 68-storey tower at South Quay Plaza in London Docklands.

Offsite Solutions has also developed steel-framed utility pods for apartments or studios for build-to-rent or build-to-sell developments.

delighted to have delivered our second bathroom pod contract for Berkeley Homes. These are the most luxurious and highest specification pods we have manufactured to date, taking offsite manufacturing to a completely new level.” “There was extensive early collaboration on the design of the pods between Berkeley Homes, Broadway Malyan, Offsite Solutions, and the manufacturer of the bespoke cabinetry. This worked exceptionally well from our perspective.” “Our production processes were also sufficiently flexible to accommodate the manufacture of a second range of bathroom pods for this mixed tenure project, to meet the requirements of the shared ownership homes which were specified by Peabody Trust. This gave Berkeley Homes all the speed, quality, and procurement benefits of offsite construction from a single manufacturer.”

For further information, visit www.offsitesolutions.com, call 01278 780807 or email info@offsitesolutions.com.


WATERPROOFING MANUFACTURER, DELTA LAUNCHES NEW CPD TRAINING FOR COLD LIQUID APPLIED WATERPROOFING Delta Membrane Systems Limited has launched an engaging and informative CPD seminar on cold liquid applied waterproofing.


he RIBA approved seminar is part of Delta’s portfolio of learning and development tools, aimed at architects, specifiers, developers, and contractors to help build their knowledge base and keep delegates updated on new techniques and innovations in the structural waterproofing industry. ‘Cold Liquid Applied Waterproofing’ RIBA-approved CPD seminar has been rigorously assessed and is worth double CPD points to RIBA Chartered Architects. Covered topics will help attendees understand how to design and the installation process of cold liquid applied waterproofing systems. Cold liquid applied waterproofing can be used for green roofs, balconies, terraces, carparks, large roofs and both commercial and domestic structures.

About Cold Liquid Applied Waterproofing Cold liquid applied waterproofing is seamless and fully bonds to the substrate, so is ideal for use over existing roofs. If an existing waterproofing system has failed, applying a simple cold liquid waterproofing overlay can be a very cost-effective solution, and its bonding characteristics make it much more reliable. Cold applied liquid waterproofing is also suitable for new projects,

particularly those with complex detailing, upstands, edge details, penetrations, and terminations. For new structures, it is recommended that the structural design, waterproofing design, and construction processes are considered together.

About Delta Kevin Dodds, Delta’s MD, said: “CPD, or continuing professional development, can take many forms - supporting people to enhance their knowledge aligns with Delta’s ethos of best practice in encouraging the effectiveness of understanding products, their application and ultimately creating a robust design.” “Cold liquid applied waterproofing is a great innovation in the industry, so offering designers a better understanding of this innovative market will ensure individuals are better equipped to confidentially specify a relatively new approach to structural waterproofing”.

CPD Seminars Available Delta Membrane Systems Limited is proudly a member of RIBA’s CPD Providers Network.

Delta currently has 6 RIBA approved seminars, from Waterproofing Below Ground Structures to Flood Resilience, not to mention a catalogue of educational seminars available on demand. You can book your FREE CPD session with Delta Membrane Systems Limited at a time and place that suits you. We are happy to deliver our seminars online or arrange a visit to your offices. To book your CPD session, please email info@deltamembranes.com.

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LONDON ARCHITECTS’ PLANS FOR NEW DUBLIN BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL APPROVED PLANS BY LONDON ARCHITECTS STUDIO ANYO FOR A NEW €15 MILLION BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND LEISURE FACILITY IN THE HEART OF DUBLIN WILL GO AHEAD AFTER THE PROJECT GOT THE GREEN LIGHT FOLLOWING AN APPEAL. Plans by London architects Studio Anyo for a new €15 million boutique hotel and leisure facility in the heart of Dublin will go ahead after the project got the green light following an appeal. The move will see a 65-bedroomed hotel with rooftop bar, mezzanine and basement, together with ancillary facilities, created on Meeting House Lane in the north west corner of the city. Approval to transform the site on behalf of developer Padraig Kehoe of Development 8 was secured on appeal and comes as demand from international tourism for luxury hotel and leisure accommodation in Ireland continues to recover post pandemic. The development will be on a site surrounded by a number of significant buildings and propert y, including nearby offices and shops in The Capel Building, a popular local fruit

market, and the former Cistercian St Mary’s Abbey Chapter House. Studio Anyo has created an ambi tious , contemporar y design that will see a nine-storey mixed development featuring a hotel and restaurant complex with a spacious glazed roof-top eco-garden. The current basement roof will be removed along with the interconnected second storey building to the rear, internal floors and walls to facilitate the core structure of the new-look property. CEO of Studio Anyo, James Walsh, who is overseeing the development and planning application, said: “ We are delighted the project will now proceed. This is an exciting scheme that will see regeneration of an important site in a way that enhances its setting, while delivering environmental, social and physical improvements to benefit both occupants and the local community.

“As architects, we want to see the creation of beneficial developments that will leave a long-lasting legacy. This project will undoubtedly have a big impact and contribute to a positive change to this part of Durham.” Photocaption: Designs by architects Studio Anyo for a new boutique hotel in Dublin have been approved



HOWDENS REVEALS THE SPRING/SUMMER KITCHEN TRENDS FOR 2022 Experts at Howdens, the UK’s number one trade kitchen supplier, have published a Spring/Summer edit to their popular online Kitchen Trends 2022 Guide, revealing the latest inspiration for fashion-forward homeowners.


he guide features four trends; ‘Calm Haven’, ‘Sensory Delight’, ‘Elegance’ and ‘Crafted’—with each trend featuring unique tips and tricks on style, colour and finishing features. Howdens has also identified upcoming emerging trends across colours, style, space, and functional features that will shape kitchens of the future. With the continued reign of homeworking as 2022 progresses, Howdens focuses in on making life more


convenient with multi-functional features and space-saving tricks. The four trends encapsulate sustainability, authenticity, style, and comfort. Tori Summers, Director of Design & Innovation at Howdens, guides you through the key elements of each trend: Calm Haven A s the world outside gets busier in the warm spring /summer months, the ‘Calm Haven’ trend of fers an understated sanctuar y for homeowners to return to after a busy day. To achieve a sense of tranquillity, this trend brings together soft tones, natural textures, and muted finishes to create a calm and soothing atmosphere. The ‘Calm Haven’ look draws inspiration from Scandinavian and Japanese interiors, so it’s all about marrying subdued colours and minimalism with functionality to create a peaceful space. Draw on natural elements with timber and stone-effect counters for added comfort, with chrome or black fittings and handles to help punctuate the pared-back colours.

Sensory Delight Where the ‘Calm Haven’ trend focuses on the tranquil and subdued, ‘Sensory Delight’ is about all things decadent and dramatic. Defined by intense shades and tactile materials, this trend creates a bold and elevated environment for homeowners who want to be inspired by their kitchen. Striking colours are a key element of this trend—charcoals, slate grey, and marine blue form this bold look, while garnet red will really lift

kitchens the dark pallet. Customers should choose storage accessories in a complimentary colour for a cohesive look – inside and out. Elegance The ‘Elegance’ trend is defined by luxury, sophistication, and decadence. Ornate patterns, refined colours, and deluxe features define this trend. When accompanied by marble effects and brass elements, it reflects a sense of sumptuous nostalgia while hinting at optimism for a brighter future. Neutral tones including antique rose, dove grey or warm sandstone offer an understated backdrop ready to embellish with luxe details. Iconic marble patterns are the star of this trend and should be the material of choice for counters. Functional features should be discreet, high-tech, and indulgent with no expense spared. Look to tower and drawer storage for a clean, modern look. This will elongate a room for a spacious appearance. Crafted Bringing the outside indoors with a natural kitchen interior is a great way to create a timeless home environment. The ‘Crafted’ trend focuses on bringing textures, colours, and materials from the natural world to create an authentic and intentional feel. Vibrant tones are key, with inspiration taken from the earth, sea, and

sky. Create a nurturing place to nest with blues and greens and elevate a homely atmosphere with handcrafted elements. Traditional accessories, such as timber storage, help to heighten the rustic feel while making a prominent design statement. Real stone and wood counters, and wood and stone effect floors are a must for this trend to add texture and authenticity. Howdens design kitchens to suit every home, style, and budget, but above all else Howdens believes in expert craftmanship. Selling only direct to the trade professionals ensures that Howdens products are installed to the highest standard, with their award winning Which? Best Buy Rigid kitchen cabinets receiving a 25-year guarantee as standard.

Howdens is the exclusive supplier of the UK’s best-selling integrated appliance brand, Lamona. Offering a wide range of cooking, cooling, laundry, and dishwashing appliances. To download the Howdens 2022 Kitchen Trends Guide please head to: https://www.howdens.com/ help-and-advice/inspiration/ kitchen-trends To find out more about Howdens, visit: www.howdens.com www.facebook.com/ howdensofficial www.instagram.com/ howdensjoinery


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A TOUCH OF ITALIAN ELEGANCE WITH THE PORTOFINO SURFACE FROM KÖNIGSTONE The latest surface to join the KönigQuartz range is the Portofino from Königstone - a bold choice and one that will definitely make a striking statement in the kitchen. The new, beautiful surface showcases a dark grey, almost black mottled, base and dramatic long white veins. The finish is a luxurious quartz which replicates natural Marquina marble and exudes elegance. The Portofino is available in thicknesses of 20mm and 30mm. Portofino is part of the KönigQuartz range which features 32 different shades. Königstone surfaces are easy to clean while the high scratch-, stain- and heat-resistance of quartz are great reasons to choose this surface material in a kitchen. www.konigstone.co.uk


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PYE HOMES APPOINTS WILTSHIRE-BASED MANOR INTERIORS TO SUPPLY HANDMADE KITCHENS Pye Homes has appointed Manor Interiors to provide fitted kitchens in all its new properties. Based in Wiltshire, Manor Interiors specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of handmade kitchens for the new homes sector. Previously the Oxfordshire developer, which is owned by Blenheim, had worked with a company based in Germany. However, as part of its ongoing commitment to sus t ainable de velopment and re ducing carbon emissions, they have now switched to Manor Interiors as their main supplier. “We are looking at every aspect of our operations to see how we can further reduce our environmental impact and suppor t local businesses,” said Pye Homes’ MD Graham Flint.

“As part of that we have to consider the carbon emissions associated with transportation. “Manor ’s main manufacturing facility is less than 35 miles away from us which represents a significant reduction compared with having to import the kitchens from Germany. “It also means we can work closer with a locally-based firm which shares our values, strengthens our pledge to build in harmony with the local area so that new homes belong as part of a community and makes communication straightforward and timeframes considerably reduced,” he added. Manor Interiors has been awarded full FSC® certified (C119172) in recognition of its commitment to using timber from sustainable sources. The company also recycles 90% of the waste material from its manufacturing facility.

Many of their kitchens feature low energy LED lighting and ‘A rated’ integrated appliances which will lower customers’ future energy costs as well as reducing the impact on the environment. “We are delighted to be working with Pye Homes to supply all their fitted kitchens,” said Richard Garstang, Manor Interiors’ Business Development Manager. “All our kitchens are manufactured at our 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Wiltshire where our skilled 100-strong team combine cutting-edge technology with expert craftsmanship. “Because we manufacture our kitchens in-house, we offer a truly tailored service and are able to respond quickly to customer needs and changing trends,” he added. For more information visit www.pyehomes.co.uk .


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pringfield Properties (AIM: SPR), a leading housebuilder in Scotland delivering private, affordable and PRS housing, is pleased to announce that it has entered an agreement to acquire the Scottish housebuilding business of Mactaggart & Mickel Group Ltd (“Mactaggart & Mickel”), which has been delivering high-quality housing across the Central Belt of Scotland for almost 100 years. The total consideration is £46.3m, comprising £10.5m cash paid on completion and a deferred cash consideration of £35.8m to be paid proportionally as homes are sold over the next five years (the “Acquisition”). The Acquisition will be funded from Springfield’s internal resources and existing debt facilities with Bank of Scotland. Under the terms of the Acquisition, the Group has acquired six live private and affordable sites with work in progress with a fair value of approximately £15m and fixed assets. The Group has also acquired a brand licence to build homes as Mactaggart & Mickel on a further 11 private and affordable sites, which will transfer to Springfield as homes are sold in line with the payments of the deferred consideration. The total 17 sites, of which 16 have planning permission and equating to the delivery of c. 700 homes, have a gross development value of c. £230m. The Group expects to generate gross margins on these sites materially in line with margins delivered by the rest of the Group. Springfield intends to retain all of Mactaggart & Mickel’s housebuilding business employees. The Acquisition also includes Timber Systems, a timber frame


factory near Glasgow. The Group already constructs 90% of its homes from timber kits and the addition of a second timber frame factory will secure kit supply and increase capacity for future growth while further reducing its carbon footprint. Springfield will retain all of Timber Systems’ employees.

In addition, Springfield and Mactaggart & Mickel have established a strategic alliance with an agreement that gives Springfield opportunities for future acquisitions of sites from Mactaggart & Mickel’s remaining land bank of approximately 2,300 acres across Scotland.

industry news The housebuilding business of Mactaggart & Mickel is a premium brand housebuilder primarily targeting the larger private home market. The land bank is in highly desirable locations within the Central Belt of Scotland, expanding the Group’s footprint in areas with a higher price point.

The consideration for the Acquisition will initially be satisfied from the Group’s existing cash and debt facilities and the deferred consideration will be paid proportionally as homes are completed. It will also partly utilise the Group’s existing uncommitted land purchase budget for the next five years.

The payment of the deferred cash consideration is subject to an annual minimum payment of £7.7m from the second year following completion. Each annual minimum payment will be reduced by any excess deferred consideration paid by the Group over the annual minimum payment in the prior year. The Group has the option to defer any year’s minimum payment by 12 months.

The Acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing in the current year to 31 May 2023. For the year to 31 May 2022, the Group expects to report results in line with market expectations, with good revenue growth and a better-than-expected reduction in net debt to c. £39.0m at year end (30 November 2021: £43.0m). Further details will be provided in the Group’s full year results announcement, which

is expected to be published in September 2022. Innes Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Springfield Properties, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Mactaggart & Mickel’s Scottish housebuilding business into the Springfield Group. As well as bringing another premium brand into the Group, this acquisition gives us land, with planning permission, in areas of significant demand. The structure of the acquisition – with the majority of the payment to be made as homes are completed – de-risks the deal and creates an effective and efficient means of acquiring land. “The addition of a timber frame facility in the Central Belt, alongside our existing facility in Elgin, secures our supply of timber kits and provides further capacity to support our next stage of growth. It will also reduce our carbon footprint by enabling local manufacture of all kits. “We welcome our new colleagues to the Group and look forward to working together to continue delivering high-quality homes across Scotland.” Paul McAninch, Group Finance Director of Mactaggart & Mickel, added: “We welcome this agreement with Springfield, which we believe provides a strong platform for growth for both parties. “Our company has had a proud tradition as a leading housebuilder in Scotland, which is built on the work of its dedicated teams. “This tradition will continue, and I’m pleased that there will be continuity of employment as a result of this agreement. I’d like to thank all our staff for their dedication over the years as we look to our second century as a successful business. I’d also like to wish transferring colleagues every success for their future.”


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veryone’s been going on about rough luxe over the last few years and it’s not stopping anytime soon. Rough luxe specificities are immediately recognisable, one such example is skilfully scraped wallpaper in the rooms, which is just enough to give it a distressed look and let the walls tell a story. In a nutshell, rough luxe is all about bringing a sort of grunge boheme, shabby chic vibe to your home interior.

1. Rough luxe: a history Rough luxe first came about in England in 2008. According to some, reknown designer Rabih Hage initiated the trend as he was working on a 4 stars boutique hotel overhaul in Campden, called Rough Luxe (or “poorgeois” for the more cynical among us). Hage might have made Rough Luxe become a thing, but the trend has certainly been about for longer: in the 1990’s, grunge already made a point of mixing luxe and distressed elements. In any case, shabby chic has become the norm for a lot of boutique hotels around the country, from Fife to Dorset.

2. The principles of rough luxe It’s all about creating a distressed appearance, as if the room hadn’t been redone for a while, but balance is important if you don’t want your home to look gloomy and unwelcoming and there are a few good rules to follow imperatively. Furniture should look retro but not like it’s been taken out of the dumpster.

3. Why is rough luxe an insider trend? The irony of rough luxe is that despite using reclaimed materials, it can actually be quite hard to master and source the right pieces for your home. Most people that are after this particular vibe for their interior often seek the help of a professional designer which can also make it quite expensive – the home design equivalent of those $ 500 ripped pair of jeans. Nevertheless, with a bit of creativity and the right addresses, it’s a style that’s still achievable. Look out for specialty stores that now sell trompe l’oeil rough luxe patterns and decor: the result is uncanny and some of them even include windows!

4. Don’t just focus on distressing the walls Rough luxe is mostly known for its scraped wallpaper look, but you could very well choose to highlight a nicely distressed tiled floors by redoing the walls and leaving the tiles in their original condition.

5. Don’t forget furniture Old leather sofas and wooden furniture with a chippy patina finish will be perfect to finish up the rough luxe look. Look out for them in flea markets, garage sale and second-hand stores in your local area!




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HOW PARIS’S HOTTEST YOUNG DESIGNER ADDED DRAMA TO A CLASSIC PIED-À-TERRE Hugo Toro draws obsessively. Sometimes on notepads, otherwise on his tablet. “If I’m not drawing, something is wrong,” says the Parisian architect and interior designer. He claims it even helps him concentrate in meetings. “Often, people think I’ve switched off, but it actually allows me to stay connected with them,” he says. In recent times, Toro has been sketching at a particularly furious pace. Since setting up his solo practice in 2020, he has created a corner for Orient Express to sell travel objects in Paris’s iconic department store La Samaritaine. He is also responsible for designing a trio of fashionable restaurants in France, all called Gigi, as well as Booking Office 1869, a flamboyant eatery at St. Pancras station in London. “I think my style is well suited to restaurants, where the goal is often to create a strong atmosphere,” he says. In the dining room, a travertine fireplace complements chairs by Willy Rizzo. The sofa is by Pierre Augustin

Rose, the table and chandelier are by Garnier & Linker, and the nesting bowls are by Jaimal Odedra. There is certainly a touch of drama to the pied-à-terre he renovated in the heart of the Saint-Germain-desPrés district for a Monaco-based financier. His client was attracted to the one-bedroom space for its classically Parisian architectural attributes, high ceilings, and brightly colored stained-glass windows at the rear. He was interested in working with Toro, meanwhile, for his aesthetic exuberance and originality. “I wanted to be transported to a different world every time I opened the front door, and Hugo seemed the perfect person to take me on such a journey,” the client says. The art of travel, especially by train, has captivated Toro from an early age. He was brought up in the


Lorraine region of France, near the German border, where his grandfather ran a coal business located close to a railway station. “My sister and I would play on mountains of coal and come back home completely covered,” he says. He inherited his love of interiors from his Mexican mother and describes the family home as being well appointed and painted in vivid colors. “My father would go crazy because we’d move the furniture around every other week,” he says. “A piece you’ve never seen before often has 10 times more impact.” In the Parisian apar tment, he carried out very little structural work. He simply removed a mezzanine level in the bedroom, as well as most of the double doors in the public rooms. The rest of his intervention is marked by several

home decor padded forms of the custom leather bed. Toro has a beautiful way with textures too, as evidenced by the wallcovering made from banana leaves in the bedroom and the doors in the kitchen, which have been painted with a trompe l’oeil leather effect. But his interiors really sing through his highly personal and exquisitely curated choice of furnishings. Here, he mixed a couple of design classics already owned by his client—the Librar y bench in the T V room and the LC4 chaise longue—with both bespoke items and mainly anonymous finds from the Paris flea market. Examples of the latter include a puf f y Italian leather armchair in the entry hall and the puddle-shaped oak cocktail table in the sitting room. “Not everything needs to be signed,” he says. “A piece you’ve never seen before often has 10 times more impact.” In all of his projects, Toro likes to integrate references to the past. “It gives the architecture more meaning,” he says. One element

here is of particularly personal significance—the washbasin that has deliberately been left visible in the entry hall. “When I entered my grandmother’s house as a child, there was one by the door directly on the right,” he recounts. “I find the presence of water poetic. For me, it offers a sort of mental purification.” Just like drawing.

strong gestures, the most imposing of which is the monumental travertine fireplace in the dining room, whose geometric forms are meant as a nod to the work of Carlo Scarpa. Equally eye-catching, in the adjacent living room, is the custom screen composed of yellow travertine—broken up and reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle—set into a patinated-brass frame. Each of its four elements can rotate. The stained-glass window in the bedroom is original to the apartment. The chair is by Timothée Musset, and the curtains are from Silva Paris. The carpet and the leather bed frame are custom. Aesthetic echoes ring throughout: Fluting is found along the base of the sweepingly sculptural sofa in the living room, on paneling in the primary bathroom, and in the


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The collection of chic cookware will launch 1 July 2022.


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If you’re looking to give your kitchenware an update, Ikea has you covered. The Swedish retailer has announced the launch of a new premium cookware range with designer Ilse Crawford, and it’s perfect for lovers of minimalism. The collection, called Finmat, incorporates the designer’s signature Scandi aesthetic and consists of four unique pots and pans that combine functionality and style. With a modern copper finish, stainless steel interior and base for exceptional heat transfer and preservation, this stylish cookware works on all hob types, including induction, and can be safely used in the oven. “Human-centred design is at the heart of my practice at Studioilse,” said Crawford. “Long-lasting, carefully considered products are more important than ever. With the new Finmat cookware range, I want people to be inspired by its functionality, as well as the beauty of its softer design language. The range’s beautiful copper exterior is perfect for elevating cookware in a sophisticated way.” Using creative engineering, the pots and pans include a minimal pouring edge, meaning there is a very slight lip around the top of the pots allowing for easy and clean pouring. This stylish range is therefore perfect for taking straight to the table for serving, impressing your guests with both your delicious dish and impressive kitchenware. The collection will be available in Ikea stores and online from 1 July 2022.




ith their current campaign, Women ’s Work, they are inviting suggestions for built projects where a woman or women have played a pivotal role, to create a printed Women’s Work: London map. T he c ampaign is c alling for people to suggest projects for the map on their website or via social media, where you can post an image of your suggested projec t, brief ly explaining the woman/women behind it and tagging @Par tWCollective with #WomensWork. This pilot map expands on work Part W have begun and they are seeking to spread this study of projec ts around the UK and beyond.


The Part W collective are a group of women working in architecture, design, infrastructure and construction that are committed to challenging systems that disadvantage women. To fund this project, Part W are are seeking to raise £4,500 via donations from individuals,

organisations and companies who promote and value women in the built environment sector. The funding will cover project costs, graphic design work, the production of printed maps and contribute to work enabling them to send resources to London schools prioritising where the need is greatest. If the target is met, additional funds will support core costs of Par t W ’s wider campaign work. Donations for the Women’s Work: London map project can be made HERE. For more details on this campaign and the wider valuable work that Par t W do, please visit www.part-w.com.


Volumetric modular house builder TopHat is to open an enormous new housing factory in Northamptonshire next year.

At 650,000 sq ft in size it will be bigger than rival L&G’s 550,000 sq ft warehouse in Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds. The Goldman Sachs-backed house builder aims to employ the latest robotics technology to manufacture and distribute up to 4,000 homes per year. If it reaches full production, it could produce up to “one-house-an-hour”. Goldman Sachs’ fresh injection of investment builds on the success of TopHat’s existing site in Derby, which produces up to 800 homes per year. The new Corby facility will be 11 football pitches in size, with construction due to start later this year at logistics developer’s GLP’s Magna Park site. Jordan Rosenhaus, CEO and Founder of TopHat, said: “Our new facility will increase our capacity to over 4,500 homes a year. Our homes are designed to be beautiful and green, being lowcarbon to build and much cheaper to run. We are also delighted to be creating 1,000 new jobs in Corby supported by a major investment in training through the TopHat Academy.”




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