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Interesting articles on interior design, creative use of electrical accessories and practical advice and guidance on choosing and installing Focus SB switches and sockets.

Meet Stefano Ferrari, architect & associate at Colwyn Foulkes

New-Victoria-Hospital-Kingston-Upon-Thames New Victoria Hospital, Kingston Upon Thames, external view of the building.
Based in London SW6, RIBA chartered practice, Colwyn Foulkes celebrates 108 years this year. We catch up with associate, Stefano Ferrari after meeting him on Instagram @ColwynFoulkes.  Stefano, you've been with Colwyn Foulkes for three years, and a practising architect since July 1997 - what are your biggest day-to-day challenges? I have, and it has been a great experience so far. There are many day-to-day challenges, a substantial one being...
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Interior designer, Elisa Fanella, talks UK interiors infused with Italian flair

Perfect Balance A lounge recently revamped and totally inspired by Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier collections, Harrogate.
Exciting times for Italian Harrogate-based interior designer, Elisa (Cirulli) Fanella, who was recently nominated as a finalist in the 2017 Northern Design Awards Designer Maker category, alongside award winning surface design specialist Annette Taylor-Anderson of ATADesigns for their delightful wallpaper and mural design collaboration, The Italian Infusion Collection. Focus SB's PR consultant, Suzi Baker, discovers what motivates this talented I...
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A day in the life of an electrical engineer

Derek Page, Focus SB With 2018 seeing HM Government's Year of Engineering initiative, aiming to inspire young people to join engineering professions, some of our employees have volunteered to share their experiences of working in electrical engineering. First up, Derek Page, who's been with Focus SB for two years, and has worked in engineering for 40 years. How did you get into engineering? I came from outside the industry. My interest in enginee...
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Find an electrician near me

Ben successfully reconfigures a DALI/0-10v dimmable chandelier.
When it comes to finding the best local electrician in a review-led society, it goes without saying we all want to hire the most highly recommended ones near to where we live. Ben, owner of B Electrical London, takes time out of his busy working schedule to tell us what it takes to succeed as a prime professional electrical contractor. Describe your background, training and aspirations I started as an electrician's mate helping out a team of elec...
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Fine audio in a league of its own

Munich High End Show 2017 stand.
The Bespoke Audio Company workshop in Hastings, East Sussex. With a 10 year background in the design and manufacture of world renowned audio transformers, Lucy Gastall and Harry O'Sullivan took the plunge and pooled their talents to form The Bespoke Audio Company Ltd in 2013. They haven't looked back.  We were delighted to be granted a glimpse by Harry O'Sullivan behind the scenes of The Bespoke Audio Company's highly professional, customer-...
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Top six interiors trends Autumn/Winter 2017

As the dust settles on another inspirational 100% Design we'd like to share our top six favourite interior design trends this Autumn to inspire your mood boards. ‚Äč Working closely with interior designers, architects and architectural technologists, we understand it's important for us to keep abreast of trends in fabrics, materials, colours and finishes. This enables us to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to advising on the right sockets and ...
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Cityzen sheds light on the complexities of architectural design

John Smith MCIAT, director Cityzen Ltd. Founded by experienced architectural technologist John Smith MCIAT, together with BREEAM assessor and sustainability advisor Charlotte Smith, Cityzen Ltd is a forward-thinking, ethical design company committed to low carbon initiatives. Multi-skilled in architectural design, energy and building services engineering for both residential and commercial sectors, Cityzen's powerful combination of science and cr...
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Looking for a socket with USB?

It was over a year ago that we published our popular article entitled ' Sockets with USB - all you need to know' . With a raft of USB sockets on the market, and forums filling up with questions, how do you know if what you're specifying or looking to purchase is the best option for your residential or hotel interior design project? If you're a mechanical and engineering (M&E) consultant, architect or interior designer tasked with sourcing swi...
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What is a smart home?

We discover what it takes to stay ahead in technology systems for the home, from Kent-based experts Circle Automation. From humble beginnings to futuristic expertise Circle Automation was founded by James Major in 2011. After completing his degree in building services and working as an M&E consultant, James decided to  move&...
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Complementing the traditional

Complementing the traditional
Ambassador Bronze Antique sockets with black interiors A blank page.  Many interior projects begin this way, a blank canvas ready to appropriate colours, fabrics and a variety of design concepts. But what happens when that canvas isn't blank? Conservation of buildings of exceptional interest presents perhaps one of the bigger challenges. Electrical installations have to conform to Building Regulations and potentially other statutory requirem...
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