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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.

Make sockets and switches disappear... almost

Make sockets and switches disappear... almost
How to make your switches & sockets disappear... almost.   Switches and sockets no longer have to be eyesores; here are four ingenious Focus SB product options that allow you to camouflage your outlets. Socket outlets and switches happen to be a necessity of any interior required for everyday functionality, however you don't have to ruin a perfectly wallpapered, painted or tiled wall by adding white or chrome outlets and switch...
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What's Trending at 100% Design 2016?

What's Trending at 100% Design 2016?
This year we exhibited at 100% design in Olympia, as part of London Design Festival 2016. 100% design provides the perfect exhibition space for interior designers, architects and industry professionals; it is the ideal place to source unique designs, inspirations and trend directions for future projects. As the UK's largest and longest running design trade show, there was plenty of time to explore and experience the small detailed design ele...
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Playful Design Trends

Playful Design Trends
Why so serious?… We explore playful design trends In today's world of political and economic uncertainty we begin to search out ways of creating an interior space that counteracts this negativity. Let's explore an emerging design trend called 'Play'. It's a trend that expresses energetic humour; it boasts an array of colourful creativity and symbolises a new optimistic attitude towards design and lifestyle possibilities. This trend is about a yea...
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Complete your interior with matching electrical accessories

Complete your interior with matching electrical accessories
Complete your interior with matching electrical accessories. Interior designers and specifiers know that it is often the small details and the finishing touches that make the difference between a good interior and a great one. Designer electrical accessories are used to enhance the design theme with finishes such as bronzes, satin stainless steel, antique brass, nickel and even painted flat metal plates in white or wall matching colours. The inte...
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Futuristic Lounge Interiors Trends

Futuristic Lounge Interiors Trends
Reversi Sofa, Molteni, Italy The role of the lounge space is changing in quite a radical way and the result will challenge tradition and how we're programmed to think of the layout of this room in our homes. Lounges are becoming a more communal area of mixed activities, digital and non-digital. It's no longer a room for simply watching TV. As a consequence, we're starting to see a move away from the mono-direction sofa, with its back against a wa...
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A Focus on Britain's Emerging Design Talent

A Focus on Britain's Emerging Design Talent
New Designers 2016 showcased the exciting work of graduate designers emerging into the creative industry, hosting two prestigious awards presentation evenings in recognition of new talent. With a nod to interior trend predictions for 2017 and 2018, design fused an exploration of recycling and colour, and evoked a growing desire for sustainability and privacy. The show came to a close last Saturday with furniture, product/spatial design and visual...
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Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: Highlights from the Creative Quarter

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: Highlights from the Creative Quarter
Now in its seventh edition, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) celebrates the distinctive and creative London quarter. Set across three days, CDW hosts the best in design from around the world and features a huge range of home-grown talent. This year did not disappoint with a refreshed layout and new destinations, including eight exhibition venues and over 85 showrooms showcasing the latest product launches. Now firmly on the international cultural ma...
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Index Dubai 2016

Index Dubai 2016
INDEX Dubai 2016 proved to be one of the most successful events dedicated to commercial interior design, and welcomed over 27,000 visitors according to show organisers. The range of new show features included the INDEX Design Innovation Forum, which provided a platform to share current trends and design challenges, and the event showcased over 1000 interior design product suppliers. Created and designed by trend forecasters Scarlet Opus especiall...
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The Case for Paintable Metal Switch Plates

The Case for Paintable Metal Switch Plates
Specifying electrical accessories has become something of an art, with white holding its own as a strong colour choice for home interiors. The quest for the perfect white reflects the wide range of beautiful interior finishes on the market. When it comes to sockets and switches, the option of an understated primed white metal faceplate offers a desirable and flexible alternative to an off the shelf plastic one.  It appears white interiors ar...
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Sockets with USB - all you need to know

Sockets with USB - all you need to know
Power sockets with integrated USB charging outlets are now the must have electrical accessory. Many are being included as standard on new builds and refurbishments, and can be found in airports and offices. In addition they can be retro fitted by replacing existing power sockets anywhere.  All great, but there are some things to think about before you make the change. ​ USB seems to have become the standard connection for charging all kinds ...
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