Crestron CPD bridges gap between design and tech

Many interior designers tackle the issue of incorporating technology into their interior décor schemes and as a British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) Industry Partner, the Crestron team are offering to help bridge the gap between technology and interior design.

Crestron is dedicated to working alongside architects, interior designers and MEP contractors throughout the design process to ensure a seamless integration of smart technology with interior design. Crestron has a dedicated showroom at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour and Experience Centre in Cobham, Surrey, providing designers with a platform to experience the technology first hand. 

The emphasis is on style and the creation of a beautiful and welcoming space which allows clients to enjoy and experience the full range of Crestron products, whilst appreciating how design technology can enhance your lifestyle and complement any interior.

In partnership with the BIID Crestron hosts a CPD course at the Design Centre which includes an exclusive demonstration of the state of the art technology in action. 

The next CPD trianings dates are October 10, November 14 and December 12.

It’s a unique opportunity to learn everything you need to know about smart homes and integrating technology. 

Free to all BIID members, the course, which runs monthly, is worth 2 CPD points and will help any Interior Designer entering the world of smart homes. Alternatively it can be arranged at a location convenient to you.  

For the latest dates and to book onto a course, visit

The New Aston Light Range, Beautiful Industrial Retro Lighting

The New Aston Light Range, Beautiful Industrial Retro Lighting

Exclusively designed by Fritz Fryer Lighting, handblown and and handmade in the UK

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the commercial photo shoot for Fritz Fryer Lighting (Ross-on-Wye) at a stunning location – Homme House, near Ledbury. Shooting the new Aston Lantern, using various backdrops in Homme House, as well as making up sets with furniture, like the grand piano in the library. Have a watch, enjoy the sounds and let us know what you think! Music credit: Phibes – Funky Rubber Band



LochAnna Autumn timber kitchen collection launched

LochAnna Autumn timber kitchen collection launched

LochAnna Kitchens has introduced 18 new design-led colours to two of its solid timber traditional kitchen ranges. From the autumnal Cashmere to a perky Pastel Blue, the new colours will instantly lift a kitchen and offer more choice when designing your dream space. The 18 colours are now available in the Natural Collection Georgian and Natural Collection Clarkwell shaker style ranges, taking the total number of choices in each collection to 25. 

“Our Natural Collection Georgian and Clarkwell ranges have been hugely popular choices for those wanting a solid timber kitchen since their launch in 2016,” says Sinead Trainor at LochAnna Kitchens. “They offer a contemporary look on the classic shaker style kitchen that is synonymous with current kitchen trends.” 

The addition of 18 new colours means there is now more choice than ever when designing your kitchen. “Colour is incredibly important to you as an individual. It’s not as simple as grey or blue or green. With our new colour options we are delighted to be able to offer nuances that will make all the difference to personalising a kitchen. This, combined with our clever storage solutions and unique fixtures means that you can have the kitchen you’ve always wanted.” 

Highlights from the new colour range include the soft ‘Pearl’ colour inspired by the beauty of the natural world and a bold and striking deep blue with ‘Atlantic’. The plethora of greys and blues will leave home improvers spoilt for choice. 

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“These new colours really reflect what’s been emerging this year in terms of trends and we are expecting even more consumers to embrace the trend for rich colours on timber doors in 2018 – this range will offer just that.” 

Both the Clarkwell and Georgian kitchens are available as a natural European oak finish or in 24 painted timber colours, which means you can achieve a beautiful traditional kitchen in a colour that suits you and your personality. Using the finest manufacturing techniques for finishing and lacquering, these ranges are unsurpassed for durability. 

The LochAnna Kitchens Natural Collection ‘Georgian’ and Clarkwell’ ranges now come in 25 beautiful colours: 

New for autumn 2017: Bright White, Porcelain, Pearl, Chiffon, Cream, Pastel Blue, Pale Blue, Latte, Cashmere, Suede, Stone Grey, Pale Teal, Cornflower, Dust Grey, Cinder, Cool Grey, Sapphire, and Atlantic 

Crestron launches Crestron Shades luxury blinds

Interior technology specialist, Crestron, is set to launch its latest innovation for the home interiors market, Crestron Shades.

Crestron is a long standing favourite brand within the smart home world and continues to be the market leader for premium and highly intelligent home technology. They have taken home technology one step further with the introduction of Crestron Shades.

Crestron Shades is a luxury collection of motorised blinds and drapery that allows precise control of natural light with just one touch of a button. Crestron has chosen Focus/17 as the launch platform for Crestron Shades as it attracts individuals from all areas of the design industry, including trade and retail visitors, for an impressive event that spans six days and includes the participation of 120 design showrooms within the complex. The event celebrates and explores the current design industry and market trends as well as looking at industry influencers, emerging innovators and luxury brands.

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The exclusive Crestron Shades launch will include a variety of special guests, including interior designers and technology experts, who will provide detailed information on the possibilities and benefits of Crestron Shades.  Guest speakers, including Susie Rumbold, Past-President of the British Institute of Interior Design, and Kate Burnett, interior designer and founder/editor of Studio magazine will present their thoughts on how to successfully incorporate smart technology into design schemes and how motorised shades can be used to enhance a space. There will also be the opportunity to network with the technology professionals who design and install this cutting-edge shading system.

A wide range of fabrics will be available for the new line, including luxury designer brands to bring an element of indulgence to a space.  Bespoke Crestron Shades can also be made to order in other fabrics, enabling seamless integration with specific design or fabric selections. Automated Crestron blinds lend themselves perfectly to the commercial environment. Office and work spaces can benefit from the convenient and comfortable lifestyle the system offers as well as the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the collection.

Thanks to the abundant selection of designer fabrics, ultra-quiet motors, and installer-friendly hardware, Crestron offers the perfect selection of shades that are ideal for every window and style. This, alongside the unrivalled industry support, exclusive Right Size Guarantee and a limited lifetime warranty on the latest generation of motors, makes the collection a must see for interior designers and homeowners alike.

Making a splash with Zion Simpsons shower enclosures

Zion is the latest addition to the Simpsons shower enclosure collection, designed to perfectly combine function and practicality without compromising on style. With its angular design and modern fixtures and fittings, the Zion enclosure introduces on-trend contemporary features that will suit a range of space, style and lifestyle requirements.

Each of the individual Zion enclosures are manufactured to the highest quality with Simpsons’ Clear Glass Protection as standard and an accompanying lifetime warranty. The innovative Simpsons Clear invisible coating acts as a lasting barrier on the surface of the glass to keep your shower looking brand new whilst helping to reduce staining.

The toughened glass panels of the Zion range are complemented by polished stainless steel accents and chromed brass hinges for an ultra sleek style that balances both contemporary and classic design. With its frameless aesthetic, Zion is perfect for reflecting a minimalist finish and works just as beautifully against textured tiles, expanses of natural stone or painted walls. An extensive range of width options are available within the collection to ensure that the Zion enclosures are flexible to bathrooms of all sizes and configuration. Available as a hinged door, walk-in panel or hinged door with inline and fixed panel, the Zion Enclosure will slot seamlessly into any space to realise your ideal bathroom scheme.

Retail price guide:
Zion Hinged Door: from £719.00
Zion Side Panels: from £550.00
Zion Hinged Door with Inline Panel: from £1169.00
Zion Hinged Door with Inline & Fixed Panel: from £1569.00
Zion Walk In Panel: from £550.00

Bathroom trends: Bauhaus debuts illuminated LED mirror

Bauhaus is adding two new designs to its range of contemporary LED mirrors: Mike Pro and Dune. Offering a range of smart design features, including sensor on/off switches and colour changing illumination, these multifunctional mirrors not only provide a practical feature in the bathroom but also a stylish focal point too.

Designed to offer the latest in functional bathroom technology, the new Dune mirror boasts smart features throughout combined with sleek, up-to-the-minute styling. Beautifully illuminated from all angles, this smart mirror features the next generation of LED lighting, offering superior performance using the lowest possible energy consumption.

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Operated via the mirror’s touch-sensitive controls, which are marked in three subtle sandblasted symbols, users can control the light’s on/off function, its brightness and a choice of three ambient illuminations: cool, warm and daylight. If simplicity is your thing, then the Mike Pro mirror is for you.

Available in two sizes for landscape and portrait hanging, the simple form and classic framed illumination means that this design will coordinate effortlessly in any bathroom scheme. Controlled by a clever PIR sensor discreetly placed on the mirror’s underside, users can turn the light on and off with a simple hand motion, making it both hygienic and easy to use.

Industrial Lighting Ideas

Industrial Lighting Ideas

An ever popular look with our readers it seems there is no end in sight for the Industrial trend. Characterised by exposed concrete and brick an industrial look takes cue from former factories and of course, industrial spaces. Simple in form and and reminiscent of corrugated steel, Fritz Fryer’s dramatic range of ribbed glass pendants and Industrial wall lights add the finishing industrial touch to any interior scheme.