Hempel Design – LA Suite West

Hempel Design - LA Suite West
Hempel Design - LA Suite West
Hempel Design – LA Suite West

We love the beautiful accents and textured fabrics and … just kidding. Hempel Design LA suite West. I stayed at The Hempel many years ago and loved the elegance and modern design. I remember having difficulty finding my room as the room numbers were shone by lights onto the floor and I was champagne-worse-for-wear. Amazing place. Amazing spaces.

 

Middle Eastern Interior Design

Middle Eastern Interior Design
Middle Eastern Interior Design
Middle Eastern Interior Design

I had this great idea to somehow do something like this for my new dining room. I imagined Moroccan or Middle Eastern colours and textures and a sunken souk eating area. It eventually turned out white and Hempel-esque. Oh well.

Red Silk Velvet Cushions

Red Silk Velvet Cushions
Red Silk Velvet Cushions

April Hamilton Designs produced this great looking home cinema studio. I remember bringing back a projector from work about 15 years ago, it linked into my laptop and I brought home too one of those pull-down portable screen. 3 of us crammed into a small bedroom watching Finding Nemo (or similar)…how things have changed !! We looove the straightforward colour scheme and, in particular, the red silk velvet cushions and beautifully textured brown upholstery fabric.

KOTHEA supply numerous velvet collections including luxurious Italian Silk Velvet fabric which can readily be used for cushions as well as residential upholstery.

Silk Upholstery on High Back Neoclassical Chair

Silk Upholstery on High Back Neoclassical Chair
Silk Upholstery on High Back Neoclassical Chair

This rather regal looking High Back Neoclassical Chair is from Taylor Llorente, another of the great or unusual chair and seating designs. We love the white silk upholstery fabric. At KOTHEA we have many silk collections including faux silk for non-fading curtains – ideal in contract situations where there are high light levels. You can get samples of KOTHEA fabrics here.

Brown Faux Leather

Brown Faux Leather Upholstery Banquette
Brown Faux Leather Upholstery Banquette
Brown Faux Leather Upholstery Banquette

A nice straightforward and great looking bar interior from Trevillion. The banquette and bar face/wall look great in the brown faux leather. As do too the bar stools with the brown faux leather upholstery.

At KOTHEA we have some of the best upholstery faux leathers available in the UK. We can also send faux leather samples to interior design professionals.

 

 

Black faux leather upholstery

Black faux leather upholstery
Black faux leather upholstery
Black faux leather upholstery

Striking black faux leather upholstery contrasting with an ornate white wooden frame.

KOTHEA faux leathers are meet many of the most demanding interior design requirements our clients present us with. From marine walling to contract upholstery. We have it covered (ha ha!).

 

Leather vs Faux Leather for upholstery

I’ve covered the leather vs. Faux Leather debate before on this blog. Today we received this interesting newsletter (reproduced below) from one of our suppliers who tests fabric. HSTTS. Whilst the detail will probably wash over most of our heads it is VERY enlightening to see all the stuff that is in leather (below). You assume that leather is natural as it comes from an animal but look at all the chemicals that can be used in the treatment/curing process for leather production. Sobering stuff.

EU amends REACH on hexavalent chromium

On 25th March 2014 the EU published REgulation 301/2014 concerning the presence of hexavalent chromium in leather articles and leather components of other articles.

Under the new Regulations the amount of Chromium VI present in leather articles or leather parts of articles shall not exceed 3 mg/kg (0.0003 % by weight). The method of test for Chrmium VI is BS EN ISO 17075.

The new Regulation has a 12 month transitional period until 1st May 2015 to allow the sale of existing stocks of leather articles and leather goods into the EU market. After this date, leather components or articles must comply with the new restriction limit.

EU adds 11 new CMR substances to Annex XVII

On 27th March 2014, the EU issued Regulation 317/2014 amending REACH (Regulation 1907/2006) concerning the classification of carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances (CMR).

Under the new amendment, indium phosphide (CAS No 22398-80-7) has been added to Annex XVII Appendix 2 “List of carcinogens – category 2”. Indium phosphide is used in the semi-cocnducter industry and is unlikely to be found in most textile products.

Trixylyl phosphate (CAS No 25155-23-1) and 4-tert-butylbenzoic acid (PTBBA)(CAS No 98-73-7) have been added to the list of toxic for reproduction chemicals in appendix 6. Trixylyl phosphate may be found in some flame retardents and plasticisers in plastics and is often combined with phthalates, some of which are also controlled under REACH Regulations. PTBBA is sometimes used as a thermal stabiliser for PVC and in the production of polyester and alkyd resins. The restrictions on these 3 substances come into immediate effect as from 1st April 2014.

A further 8 substances (1 carcinogen and 7 reprotoxic substances) have also been added to the Appendices of Annex XVII. These include:

  • Gallium arsenide
  • epoxiconazole
  • nitrobenzene
  • dihexyl phthalate (DHP)
  • N-ethyl-2-pyrrolidine and 1-ethylpyrrolidin-2-ole
  • ammonium pentadecafluorooctonate (APFO)
  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • 2-ethylhehexyl 10-ethyl-4,4,dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate

Of these, APFO and PFOA (also sometimes known as C8) used to be employed in the manufacture of Teflon® and Gore-Tex® and may still be used in the manufacture of similar textile coatings and treatments. Similarly DHP may be found in flexible PVC, PU and rubber coatings included the expanded coating layer of leathers and textiles, PVA adhesives and paints. The restrictions on these substances will take effect from 1st January 2015.

In addition “pitch, coal tar high temp” has been reclassified as a carcinogen (category 1), mutagen and reprotoxic substance.

MY St David

MY St David - Andrew Winch Design
MY St David – Andrew Winch Design

More great design from London based superyacht designer, Andrew Winch. Simple, luxurious. The marine environment presents issues when choosing fabrics. The ever-present sunlight and rain/wind/salt focuses the yacht manager on maintaining surfaces even more so than a hotel’s housekeeper. KOTHEA have some great marine fabrics including white and beige faux leather.