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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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Top six interiors trends Autumn/Winter 2017

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As the dust settles on another inspirational 100% Design we'd like to share our top six favourite interior design trends this Autumn to inspire your mood boards. ​ Working closely with interior designers, architects and architectural technologists, we understand it's important for us to keep abreast of trends in fabrics, materials, colours and finishes. This enables us to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to advising on the right sockets and ...
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Cityzen sheds light on the complexities of architectural design

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Founded by experienced architectural technologist John Smith MCIAT, together with BREEAM assessor and sustainability advisor Charlotte Smith, Cityzen Ltd is a forward-thinking, ethical design company committed to low carbon initiatives. Multi-skilled in architectural design, energy and building services engineering for both residential and commercial sectors, Cityzen's powerful combination of science and creativity enables the company to provide ...
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Looking for a socket with USB?

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It was over a year ago that we published our popular article entitled ' Sockets with USB - all you need to know' . With a raft of USB sockets on the market, and forums filling up with questions, how do you know if what you're specifying or looking to purchase is the best option for your residential or hotel interior design project? If you're a mechanical and engineering (M&E) consultant, architect or interior designer tasked with sourcing swi...
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What is a smart home?

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We discover what it takes to stay ahead in technology systems for the home, from Kent-based experts Circle Automation. From humble beginnings to futuristic expertise Circle Automation was founded by James Major in 2011. After completing his degree in building services and working as an M&E consultant, James decided to  move&...
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Complementing the traditional

Complementing the traditional
A blank page.  Many interior projects begin this way, a blank canvas ready to appropriate colours, fabrics and a variety of design concepts. But what happens when that canvas isn't blank? Conservation of buildings of exceptional interest presents perhaps one of the bigger challenges. Electrical installations have to conform to Building Regulations and potentially other statutory requirements, as well as having to respect the character of the...
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Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer

Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer
​2017 sees design trends influenced by our technological future emerge, others with vibrant colours and yet more with graphic pattern; it's also a year that is balanced out by a trend with elements that are slow, steady and have a sense of well-being. It offers a respite from a modern life that's in constant motion.  'Desert Wanderer' offers an escape from the routine and fast pace of everyday life. It's a laid back, grounded trend providing...
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Spring/Summer 2017 - Tribe

Spring/Summer 2017 - Tribe
​Whilst we are all about bringing 'Power to the People', this is most definitely a design trend for interiors that is driven by bringing more 'Power to Women'. At the core of the Tribe trend is a changing attitude amongst some women in many different countries. The change is happening because women around the world are becoming:  a) Politically more influential and better represented  b) More independent and better educated (globally mo...
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What hoteliers should consider before installing USB sockets

What hoteliers should consider before installing USB sockets
​"Many of us reading this will have seen and possibly experienced the seemingly meteoric flurry of new hotel construction in London and other major towns or cities building-up to the last Olympic Games. Ross Thornhill, Focus SB product consultant, discusses how hotel owners can gain a competitive edge and provide their discerning customers with the subtle touches that make all the difference to their stay. "I'm guessing that most of us would have...
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Workplace Design: Digital Nomads

Workplace Design: Digital Nomads
We have identified creatives beginning to playfully look at mixing mobile and static qualities and making a more serious design commentary on the mass migrations and displacements of large groups of people around the world. The first significant examples of 'Nomadic Architecture', which results from the creative exploration mentioned above, were the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Some of the stadia built was designed so that the building c...
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