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  • Introduction to washroom / changing room cubicles
    Cubicle systems can be specified as a toilet cubicle, when used for public washrooms or as a changing cubicle, for use in sports centres, swimming pools or workplaces. The most common panel material is plain or melamine-faced particleboard, but for higher-specification washrooms a solid-grade or high-pressure laminate cubicle can be chosen...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to digital signs
    Digital signs are electronic displays which can be updated using a computer interface. Digital signage is also referred to as Digital Out Of Home, or DOOH. Technologies such as LCD, LED and plasma screens, and digital projectors, are moving from the domestic enviroment and increasingly being used in the commercial and public environment. In...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to desk lamps
    Desk lamp designs have evolved from the first production incandescent lamps, created by Thomas Edison, through iconic styles designed during the Art Deco and Bauhaus movements. Today, only cheap mass-produced lamps act solely as a functional item. The desk lamp provides product designers with great opportunities for creativity and the development...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to bathroom suites
    Suites of bathroom furniture can have sets of basins, baths, cabinets, toilets, bidets and other sanitaryware that are designed to co-ordinate with and complement each other. Showers, vanity units, taps, urinals, shelves and cupboards can also be incorporated to complete the design. Combined, they present a unified aesthetic – be it minimalist...
    Guidance, 07 January 2016
  • Introduction to co-ordinated bathroom accessories
    Bathroom accessories can be specified to create a co-ordinated look in a design scheme. They will feature a consistent style and design throughout the range, as well as common materials and finish such as chrome, stainless steel or wood. A range of co-ordinated accessories for domestic or hotel bathrooms will typically include items such as...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to shower cabinets / cabins
    Showering can be traced back to the water systems developed by the Romans and Greeks, while steam has been used for pleasure bathing across the world, from Europe to the Middle and Far East. Shower cabins, also known as steam showers, combine these elements, and are typically specified for high-end residential projects and hotels, as well as...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to meeting / conference seating
    Meeting and conference seating is often required to fulfil diverse and flexible requirements in modern offices and workplaces. Traditionally, the meeting room has been a permanent space, for executive or managerial use. A high quality specification, with fabric or leather upholstery may be required to make an impression on visitors, or offer the...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to floor lamps
    Designer floor lamps are commonly specified for domestic living areas but contract products will be suitable for commercial interiors, such as hotels, reception areas, restaurants and bars. Types can vary widely, with some floor lamps having uplights or lampshades, while larger curved light fittings with overhanging lamps are also popular...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to picture lights
    Picture lights are used to provide illumination of an piece of wall-hung art. The light fitting should be unobtrusive, and is not decorative, or a strong design feature in itself. The material and finish should be sympathetic to the picture and framing as well as the interior. A brass or bronze light fitting with an antiqued or polished finish...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to heated towel rails
    Heated towel rails are specifically designed for bathrooms and shower rooms in hotels, private houses and other residential developments. They include products for central heating, local electric heating and dual fuel heating, and feature the appropriate IP ratings and thermostatic regulation. Ladder towel rails have unobtrusive, compact...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to meeting tables
    Meeting tables for offices and other workplace environments will be specified to fit the space, whether it is a management meeting room or a more informal meeting or brainstorming area. Is it being designed primarily for internal staff or for clients? How regularly will it be used, and by how many people? Selection of materials and finish should...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to downlights / spotlights / track lighting
    Downlights, spotlights and track lights are used to provide ambient, accent and task lighting. In retail premises or showrooms, they are used to focus light on products to draw attention to them. In interiors such as restaurants, hotel lobbies or galleries, spot lights can be used creatively to complement the interior architecture, highlight a...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to shower screens
    Shower screens are used in private houses, hotels and other accommodation such as student residences. In design terms, they create a more aesthetic look than a shower curtain. A fixed shower screen can be installed over a tiled bathroom floor, where a wet room former is installed, to give a walk-in shower. An over bath screen is used where there...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to bathroom / washroom basins
    Basins are specified in domestic or hotel bathrooms as well as in washrooms in public and commercial buildings. Wall hung basins can be a space-saving solution for small washrooms and toilets, as no counter or pedestal is required for installation. They can also create an open, spacious feel in larger interiors. Pedestal basins are a traditional...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to timber and laminate flooring
    Timber and laminate flooring is typically used in residential properties and domestic homes but can also be specified for commercial interiors such as retail premises, showrooms, hotels, bars and restaurants. Engineered wood flooring, also known as multilayered flooring, is made with a real wood top surface, often a prestige hardwood, and middle ...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012