Stephanie Phelan is a UK based interior designer experienced in luxury hospitality and residential projects across London and Europe. She believes that interior design is about creating experiences, unique moments and memories, through effective use of space, considered design details and layered materiality, all underpinned by a respect for the environment around us. Her desire to bring an environmental awareness into interior design was the driving force behind Beyond Matter: an online platform for sustainable and environmentally friendly interior design, including finishes, materials, furniture, lighting and interior project inspiration. Through... Read More
Keeping your venue in good nick can be a challenge. Furniture is subjected to a lot of use and with that comes wear and tear, and without even noticing it, your furniture is looking old and dated. Fabric and leathers can become stained, torn and even crack, looking unclean, untidy and uninviting.
Hill Cross Furniture were one of the 128,000 visitors, from 145 different countries, at IMM Cologne, a week long international furnishing fair located in the heart of Germany. Compared to Salone del Mobile Milano, which has over 370,000 professional visitors, IMM was fairly quiet. The feel when visiting the fair is that it’s very business orientated and offers deal making opportunities as the products exhibited are ready available. To compare this to Milan stands are often full of prototypes that are not available for a readily. Being right at the... Read More
We’re familiar with the scary statistics on global warming, endangered species and have heard or seen people such as David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg raising awareness. The UK alone produces over 100 million tonnes of waste annually and this is increasing by around three per cent each year. The food industry accounts for almost 3.5 million tonnes of waste – scary. Hospitality is a major cause for concern on the food waste front with the industry responsible for over 500,000 tonnes (nearly a billion plates) every single year; hotels produce... Read More
When designers and project managers are looking for contract furniture for a venue, they’re placing a huge amount of trust in the company they select. The process of looking for furniture for a pub, restaurant, office or other commercial space is typically lengthy; there’s a lot to take into consideration and often, large budgets are involved.