The dividing lines between domestic and commercial designs are becoming increasingly blurred. “Each commercial space needs to look unique and therefore quirky touches, normally associated within home settings, are merging into the hospitality arena,” explains Simon Hilton, Director of bespoke furniture specialists I & JL Brown, in this month’s Inspire feature.
This is the same across the spectrum, where homeowners want a boutique hotel experience in their own bedroom and a spa retreat in their bathroom. This month’s relaxation focus follows this theme on page 37, discussing how manufacturers are beginning to introduce commercial technology into domestic bathroom products to create that sought-after spa-like experience.
Formica’s VP Design, Renee Hytry Derrington presents how this crossover is not only occurring between different design sectors, but also between design specialisms. Renee explains: “Advancements made in other design markets are spreading – fiberoptics and LED’s from the lighting world are going into fabrics and surfacing, the same technology that has launched touch screen smart phones and tablets to the forefront of society could allow surfaces to become kinetic and charging technology will mean that electrical sockets won’t be needed in the kitchen as surfaces will be able to charge kitchen appliances.” Read the full interview on page 12.
In preparation for Sleep on 26-27 of this month, starting on page 48, Inex presents a hand-picked selection of exhibitors not to be missed at this industry-leading show for the hotel design, development and architectural community.
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