Guest feature on the VIP Blogger Tour at Sleep by Martina Pardo at A Designer at Heart.
Sleep is Europe’s Hotel Design event which takes place in London once a year. As a retail and hospitality designer, I was already looking forward to attending the event on my own. However, the blogger tour made it a lot more interesting!
The whole morning was a continuous networking occasion! Just before the event, Treniq organised a nice breakfast with all the bloggers, which was an occasion for us to introduce ourselves. Blogging can be a lonely activity at times so meeting all these like-minded people was very refreshing!
The tour itself was very well organised. Sheetal Sachdev – CEO & Founder of Treniq – had selected for us 8 different suppliers who talked about their new collections and – most interestingly – their company’s histories and product peculiarities.
Let’s have a look at them together!
Quasar are a well-established lighting company that presented themselves for the first time at the international fair Euroluce in Milan in 1992.
I was quite impressed by their lighting which is extremely creative and has got an industrial twist that you don’t usually find in such high-end pieces.
To achieve this, the company works in collaboration with designers and artists. Very often they also increase their collection by creating custom made pieces based on clients’ requests.
I fell in love with this amazing film-inspired pendant in which the celluloid moves continuously.
Then we met Dare Studio, a British family–run business producing handcrafted pieces of furniture and lighting with an acute attention to detail.
Every piece looks luxurious and simple at the same time, which in my opinion is a result that’s not easy to achieve!
After that, it was time for Colunex and their mattresses. None of us could imagine that there was so much to say about a mattress but the sales representative was so engaging that we all tested the product and were craving to discover more about it!
Did you know that it’s possible to get a mattress that’s half firm and half soft? I didn’t.
Also, their high-performance springs ensure individual comfort so you will not be wakened up by your partner moving around in bed!
LeLievre is a French textile company, now in its fourth generation.
I appreciated the outstanding quality in addition to the bold colours and patterns.
Their ranges have a timeless design with an eccentric twist. In fact, they also produce fabrics and wallpapers for Jean Paul Gaultier.
And then we went to see another textile company. Edmund Bell was established in 1855 and became a major supplier of blackout fabrics during World War II. Today they are a leading global supplier of fabrics and accessories to the commercial, institutional and domestic interiors markets.
Their story was already cute but also they surprised me with their technical expertise: apparently their textiles are inherently flame retardant which means that they don’t need to be treated with chemicals, resulting in a healthier and more sustainable product. It’s also cost-effective and time saving (as treating the fabric comes at an additional cost and may take up to 2 weeks). So I truly recommend their fabrics for every project in the hospitality and retail industry!
Avivo Lighting is a design company who create and manufactur their own designs of decorative lighting.
They introduced us to their most popular designs: the Bubbles and the Cascades.
We had the pleasure to meet the designer who explained that the solid crystal is handmade and injected with random air bubbles that shimmer and sparkle as light reflects through them. They are all dimmable LED.
Last but not least, Mullan is an Irish lighting company creating a wide range of pieces and bespoke shades. They are easily recognizable for their clean lines, vintage character and worldly flair.
They were established in 2008. The site used to house the Border Brand Shoe Factory until it closed in the 1970s, leaving the local village of 18 workers and houses lay abandoned for almost 25 years. Today the old factory has come to new life and the employees couldn’t be prouder!
Getting to know them, we discovered that each of these suppliers has a piece of history that makes it unique. I am spontaneously attracted by businesses with a stand-out personality as they usually really care about what they make. All of these companies obviously do and that’s what I found most interesting about the tour!
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