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Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer

Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer
​2017 sees design trends influenced by our technological future emerge, others with vibrant colours and yet more with graphic pattern; it's also a year that is balanced out by a trend with elements that are slow, steady and have a sense of well-being. It offers a respite from a modern life that's in constant motion.  'Desert Wanderer' offers an escape from the routine and fast pace of everyday life. It's a laid back, grounded trend providing...
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Spring/Summer 2017 - Tribe

Spring/Summer 2017 - Tribe
​Whilst we are all about bringing 'Power to the People', this is most definitely a design trend for interiors that is driven by bringing more 'Power to Women'. At the core of the Tribe trend is a changing attitude amongst some women in many different countries. The change is happening because women around the world are becoming:  a) Politically more influential and better represented  b) More independent and better educated (globally mo...
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What hoteliers should consider before installing USB sockets

What hoteliers should consider before installing USB sockets
​"Many of us reading this will have seen and possibly experienced the seemingly meteoric flurry of new hotel construction in London and other major towns or cities building-up to the last Olympic Games. Ross Thornhill, Focus SB product consultant, discusses how hotel owners can gain a competitive edge and provide their discerning customers with the subtle touches that make all the difference to their stay. "I'm guessing that most of us would have...
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Workplace Design: Digital Nomads

Workplace Design: Digital Nomads
We have identified creatives beginning to playfully look at mixing mobile and static qualities and making a more serious design commentary on the mass migrations and displacements of large groups of people around the world. The first significant examples of 'Nomadic Architecture', which results from the creative exploration mentioned above, were the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Some of the stadia built was designed so that the building c...
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Analogue Workshop Interiors Trend

Analogue Workshop Interiors Trend
​We won't see too much of this trend in evidence until the Spring/Summer of this year, 2017. However, it is set to be a strong trend with wide appeal for the world of interiors, across many sectors including hospitality, workplace, residential and education.  Analogue Workshop is a 'Digital Detox' slowing things down, allowing us to appreciate earnt skills and going back to crafting basics.  We will find satisfaction in the 'basic', bea...
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Secondary Fix Sockets and Switches

Secondary Fix Sockets and Switches
The term 'secondary fix', or 'grid fix' will probably mean very little to most people when selecting switches, sockets and similar electrical accessories. Within the architectural, interior design, building services and consulting disciplines the term 'secondary-fix' and/or the description 'grid-fix' are normally used to indicate a more traditional method of designing, specifying, supplying, assembling and installing electrical switches, sockets ...
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Upgrading standard plastic electrical accessories

Upgrading standard plastic electrical accessories
Many new build properties sold today are often fitted with basic plastic electrical accessories. Unfortunately this is not limited to less expensive homes, surprisingly many executive or luxury properties still fit basic white plastic light switches and electrical sockets.  One way owners can upgrade and personalise their property is to install distinctive and designer electrical accessories. This not only gives the property a stylish new lo...
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Syncbox story

Syncbox story
​It all started when CEO Steve Noyes started his own custom install business where he became increasingly frustrated with the way new TVs had to be installed. With the rapid growth of HD and 3D TVs they have had a complete redesign and are now a lot slimmer and lighter. Noyes very quickly recognised that there was a problem when installing as the plug top and AV connections are now thicker than the products they are connecting. Steve was confiden...
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Lighting controls and LEDs

Lighting controls and LEDs
​The last twenty or thirty years has seen the growth initially of high performance alternatives to the traditionally specified incandescent and fluorescent lamps and luminaires. In more recent years the very latest high performance/high output/high efficiency LED alternatives to these have become predominant in the market place. Such is the rapid progress of new lighting products it almost seems as though we see something new to the market on a w...
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Lighting design interview with The Light Yard

Lighting design interview with The Light Yard
Jeff Fuller founded The Light Yard in 2013, initially establishing it as an online business offering British tailor-made high end lighting. Built on solid working relationships with lighting designers, notably with British designer Gwyn Carless , The Light Yard has rapidly gone from strength to strength and is testament to Jeff's expertise and vision for unique, handcrafted lighting design. An exciting time for the company, May 2016 heralded the ...
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