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  1. The George Hotel : Grade 2 Independent Hotel Design and Rebrand

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    The George Hotel was originally a Georgian coaching house. The building’s primary use hasn’t changed over the centuries and it’s now an independent hotel. Recently purchased by Roberta Goody, a writer and creative who lives in the local area.

    “The transformation of a former Georgian coaching house into a destination bar and restaurant.”

    Faber Design

    Amidst the backdrop of lockdowns and restrictions, the design brief to Faber called for escapism, transporting guests to another time and place.

    Timeless Contemporary Design

    The work for Faber was focused on the ground floor public areas; reception, bar, restaurant and orangery; with the aim of creating a destination F&B business tailored to both the local market and guests of the hotel.

    Narrative is at the heart of the concept. In envisioning the hotel, we wrote a story; a love affair, set amongst the atmosphere of Victorian England, between George and Mary. Their journey through life is woven through the fabric of the space; George with his love of travel and engineering; Mary with her love of botanical studies and writing.

    Faber Design

    The Bar area: Gentlemans club

    The bar area is the perfect example of where design and practicality meet. The beautiful emerald green tiles to the front of the bar are extremely practical and hard wearing. The cultured marble bar top chosen in Sicilian offers all the beauty of a traditional looking marble bar top whilst also being water proof, stain proof and easy to clean. Following the impact of Covid and lockdown these requirements have become even more important when choosing the most suitable surfaces for a project.

    Each space has its own point of reference in the story; the bar, a gentleman’s club with patent illustrations and deep leather bench seats; the orangery, a botanical garden room; the restaurant reflects their travels, with colonial inspired rattan panelling, tropical planting and fossils; and the reception area, the study with a leather lined writing desk and oversized family portraits.

    Faber Design

    The end result provides a series of spaces that work independently and as a whole. The consideration given to every detail of the experience, from tableware and glassware to menu design and staff uniforms, provides guests with a seamless and rich experience.

    Faber Design

    Bathroom Goals Galore

    The washrooms were treated to the same care and attention to design and product specification as everywhere else in this venue. A beautiful soft pink and green scheme – with wallpaper from Divine Savages and beautiful upholstered pink seating.

    The scheme was perfectly complemented by the classic beauty of Sicilian white marble from Versital for the vanity tops and splashbacks. Not only does the washroom benefit from the beautiful aesthetics of Versital marble, it of course comes with all the benefits you’d expect from our marbles. Versital is extremely hygienic offering the anti-bacterial protection of SteriTouch, as well as being waterproof and easy to clean.

    Versital is ideal for washrooms and bathrooms where the design calls for a traditional looking marble, but they also need to be mindful of practicalities such as upkeep. Being waterproof and stain proof it is ideal for washroom vanities, as well as being extremely hygienic.

    Gemma Stockberger – Versital

    Working in Partnership with Designers

    As well as manufacturing to design specification we are also on hand to offer advice to designers to help create the vision they have whilst being a practical real-world solution. We often have designers who approach us with a brief and initial design who may need advice making it work in practice.
    We were able to offer our expertise in creating a beautiful custom drop edge detail. It really helps to work alongside experienced designers like Faber.
    Our aim is to take the stress away from the designer and end client and work alongside other trades to get a good end result.
    As well as being a beautiful marble finish it offers the benefits of being extremely hygienic, easy to clean and non-porous so will not stain

    Gemma Stockberger, Director

    Get In touch!

    To realise your vision with an experienced, expert, British manufacturer, get in touch with Versital today, where we can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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  2. Darleys Derbyshire: Contemporary Restaurant Design at it’s Best

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    It is always a pleasure to be involved with projects who seamlessly combine an updated modern feel whilst being true to the history of the building and it’s surroundings. Darleys in Derbyshire is an example of a restaurant that has done this to perfection. 

    “Sat alongside the River Derwent, creating a timeless and contemporary nod to the classic bistro.”

    Faber Design

    Timeless Contemporary Design

    Darleys is located within a collection of converted cotton mills dating from the 18th Century. Serving classic British food throughout the day and night, the redesign of Darleys needed to bring together a diverse range of customers, old and new, creating a timeless and contemporary nod to the classic bistro.

    The original restaurant had low ceilings throughout. Being a smaller venue, this was not ideal. Despite it’s attractive location, Faber felt that more could be made of it. A small and poorly designed bar further added to what felt dated and inadequate.

    Loyal Customer Base

    Despite this, the restaurant had a lot of loyal customers who needed to come on board for the new Darleys; therefore, the design had to balance the old with the new.

    Original Timber A-Frames

    You enter the restaurant into the newly created bar area; here, the ceiling has been lifted to expose the original timber A-frames, creating a much needed sense of space. This enables the dining room, defined by being one step up from the bar, to be intimate and have perfect views of the river. Clear definition between bar area and dining creates two distinct experiences, allowing the bar to be used throughout the day in a more informal style.

    Custom Bar Top Details

    To stay with the theme of a contemporary classic, Faber Design approached Versital to help create a more modern and practical bar area. They wanted to lift the areas with beautiful details. Faber and Versital worked together to create a custom edge detail for the bar top that fulfilled the brief.

    The bar top needed a traditional feel, with a bit of detail to blend with the surroundings. The beautiful custom drop detail sweeps round the bar seamlessly with no joins or messy details.


    Being a cast cultured marble, Versital is ideal for projects like this when a design detail is needed. Traditional marble would require separate pieces putting together around the curve and fixing together. This is where Versital comes into it’s own – we couldn’t be happier with the outcome and have even added it to the range dubbing it the ‘Darley drop’.

    Gemma Stockberger – Versital

    Easy to Maintain

    Not only does Darleys benefit from the beautiful aesthetics of Versital marble, it of course comes with all the benefits you’d expect from our marbles. Versital is extremely hygienic offering the anti-bacterial protection of SteriTouch, as well as being waterproof and easy to clean.

    Working in Partnership with Designers

    As well as manufacturing to design specification we are also on hand to offer advice to designers to help create the vision they have whilst being a practical real-world solution. We often have designers who approach us with a brief and initial design who may need advice making it work in practice.
    We were able to offer our expertise in creating a beautiful custom drop edge detail. It really helps to work alongside experienced designers like Faber.
    Our aim is to take the stress away from the designer and end client and work alongside other trades to get a good end result.
    As well as being a beautiful marble finish it offers the benefits of being extremely hygienic, easy to clean and non-porous so will not stain

    Gemma Stockberger, Director

    Get In touch!

    To realise your vision with an experienced, expert, British manufacturer, get in touch with Versital today, where we can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

    Get In Touch!
  3. Taking Our Place Amongst Britain’s Best

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    It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with some of Britain’s best independent designers, including BOBO, Charlotte Jade and Bridge Art, in giving the Pine Marten a complete makeover ready for the Christmas season and 2022.

    The project was headed by JMDA, with whom we have worked a number of times, and was considered by all to be a roaring success, transforming the façade of the Yorkshire Pub. From the bathroom vanities to the custom bar top, Versital were involved across all areas of this exciting build.

    Green and jewel tones for new bar with marble top

    Versital From The Start

    Right from the conception of this project, we were involved in the design process, lending our expertise and engineering know-how to the conversation wherever required. Through these discussions, we were able to suggest colour options and supply samples, as well as creating intricate edge designs for specific areas of the build, such as the meet and greet desk and the custom bar top.

    Green and jewel tones for reception area with marble top

    Custom Bar Top Gets Trendy Lift

    Because our marbles have been used across so many projects this year, we are in the best place to know exactly what’s on-trend at the moment. In creating the centrepiece of the pub – the bar -the designer opted for a striking Busy Carrata, and matched this with the table tops throughout the venue. Using this marble across both the tables and the bar makes the entire venue flow beautifully, with the Busy Carrata colour bringing brightness and energy to the design.

    Custom hand made marble table top

    Washroom Gets A Golden Touch

    Across the washrooms, we contrasted the Busy Carrata found on the custom bar top with Gold Stratos. Our marble is a great choice for washrooms, as it is protected by SteriTouch anti-bacterial technology. Furthermore, as it can often be cut on site, it is perfect for washrooms which often have unique layouts and to be cut around awkward fittings.

    Working on the Pine Marten project was a real honour for us at Versital. It was a joy to work alongside the best of British independents from start to finish on renovating this Yorkshire pub. If you need custom marble for your latest project, across any part of the design, including a custom bar top, talk to us today.

  4. Four Eye-Catching Design Trends For Hospitality Venues

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    If you’re redesigning the communal spaces in a restaurant, hotel or the like, then you’ll need to be up to date with the latest design trends for hospitality venues. Working the latest trends into your designs will not only wow your clients, but will also ensure that the visitors are asking about the people that put the interiors together. Thankfully, we’ve got a handle on all the latest trends so that you don’t have to.

    Maximalism

    Big and bold design is back in a big way. Subtle colours and hide-behind walls have been abandoned across the hospitality industry, and we’ve seen a marked rise in the demand for highly detailed, eye-catching designs. Take Feya, who combined Gold Stratos marble with busy walls and archways to create intrigue and interest across every wall of the bar and restaurant – even combining built structures with real foliage for maximum impact.

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    Biophilic Design

    After what is now nearly two years where we’ve seen more of our own walls than anything else, we’ve seen a real return of designs inspired by flowers and nature. At The Ivy, in Manchester, geometric flowers across the furniture are coupled with walls featuring all manner of birds, all united with a distinct Asian style which reflects the cuisine available. Biophilic design has always been popular, but it would be foolish not to note the return of this design trend for hospitality venues.

    design trends for hospitality

    Marble

    At Versital, we know all about marble, and we were delighted to provide the marble used to decorate the most luxurious nail salon in the world, the townhouse at Harrods. The townhouse is decked out in Autumn Onyx, which features burnt orange veins running through cream marble, and was completely custom supplied by Versital.

    Harrods Town House Nail Salon

    Equally stunning is the Busy Carrata marble designed for The Red Lion in Oxford, which helped us – in collaboration with JMDA and BOBO1325 – to transform a country pub into a modern, sleek bar. The marble was also perfectly suitable for the washrooms, as it is durable & easy to clean, as well as being protected by SteriTouch anti-bacterial technology.

    design trends for hospitality

    Intricate & Edge Details

    With the return of maximalism, it will be no surprise to you that intricate edges are another one of the returning design trends for hospitality this year. In times where design has favoured minimal looks, edges are often left bland-  but they are a superb opportunity to add flourishes and flair. Darley’s in Derby did just that, and they took advantage of the custom cut that Versital is able to offer to achieve stunning edges across their vanity tops. Quite simply, there are no barriers to creativity when you work with Versital.

    design trends for hospitality

    At Versital, we know what’s on-trend, because we are being asked to produce by top designers working on top projects – and we are able to work with you on your next project as well. Get a quick quote on our website or get in touch with our expert team on 01204 380780 today.

  5. Pushing Boundaries With Intricate Edges

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    Design is all about attention to detail. It’s about making sure that that the installations are as beautiful close up as they are within the frame of the entire room. Intricate edge detail can elevate any design, be it a hospitality project, or a domestic home bathroom. Paying attention to the details of surfaces can lead to breath-taking results.

    edge detail

    UNRIVALLED EDGE DETAIL 

    The more recent trend for intricate design and exciting edge details is by no means limited to surfaces.  The age of minimalist, simplistic interiors seems to be coming to an end, with lots of designers preferring to go beyond expectations – and edge detail is a great way to add interest.

    The hospitality sector has really been upping its game in recent years, with lavish designs for interiors creating exciting venues that clients are clamouring to visit. 

    INSTA-WORTHY DESIGN

    Designers have been pushing boundaries and using high-quality products and exciting materials to make their venue somewhere that customers really want to visit.  With Instagram being a popular way to share and discover locations to visit, beautiful soft furnishings, opulent marbles and stunning wallpapers are a regular feature. 

    Beautiful interiors and that perfect photo opportunity are great ways to create a buzz about a location and encourage users to share their visit to friends and ‘followers.  

    CHANGING TRENDS

    Working closely with interiors designers we are in the position to see the changing trends in interior design first hand.  We are frequently being asked to design and supply custom marble with intricate edge details. 

    We take on a designer’s vision and our engineers work to bring those aspirations to reality. We custom cast all our cultured marble, and can even design bespoke colours like Busy Carrata. Put simply, there are no barriers to creativity when you work with Versital.

    HARKING BACK TO TRADITIONAL DETAILS

    Traditional drop details for tops and intricate bull nose bar tops have seen a huge increase in popularity. A resurgence in classic design and often over the top décor have included exciting details that stand the test of time.

    SEAMLESS MARBLE

    As Versital is a cast cultured marble, it allows us to create these beautiful edge details for bar tops and vanity tops in one piece, often with no seams or joins. Versital can be cast to create intricate details and drops in one piece. With a real marble, these drop edge details would have to be fixed on as an addition, with visible joins and often a less than neat result. This can be especially visible when going round a curved top where a downstand would have to be pieced together if using real marble.

    Why Versital?

    As an independent British manufacturer, we are nimble enough and have the flexibility to react to trends and try new things. Every product we produce is hand-made by expert craftsmen. Our passion is ensuring that any designer’s creativity is met by our ingenuity, allowing us to create any vision with which we are approached.

    “We love pushing the boundaries of what is possible and always work closely with designers to make sure we can create products that match with their vision. Recent projects include beautiful intricate edge details for a custom bar, domestic bathrooms as well as a very high end nail spa’s including the brand new Townhouse at Harrods London”.

    Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director at Versital

    Get In touch!

    To realise your vision with an experienced, expert, British manufacturer, get in touch with Versital today, where we can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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  6. Designing Bespoke Marble In Exciting Collaboration

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    In any hospitality venue, the bar should be the centrepiece. It is the place where your customers spend the most time, and if you can make the walk to the bar an enjoyable experience, then you’ll have people staying longer and spending more. Bar design is one of the ways that you can make that walk better – by giving it a show stopping destination. You can also change the feel of your venue; the Red Lion in Oxford has gone from a country pub to a modern bar and restaurant by redesigning the interior.

    Busy Carrata bar top designed exclusively by Versital

    COLLABORATION FOR BAR DESIGN

    Again, we collaborated with JMDA Design to create the bespoke look for the Red Lion. Versital was on hand to advise the designers and supply custom made bar tops, washroom vanity tops and meet and greet counters. By being involved in so many areas of the project, the look and feel of the venue was consistent throughout the redesign.

    We were also delighted to be working alongside Bobo 1325, whose original artwork in fabrics and wallpaper really complements our surfaces for unique interiors.

    Our Marketing Director, Gemma Stockberger, said,

    “We came across Beth from Bobo whilst working on a number of hospitality projects in the Northwest. We have a lot in common in our outlook on business and design. We love nothing more than to champion independent British creative businesses. It’s such a pleasure when we get together on the same project”.

    BESPOKE COLOUR  CREATION- BUSY CARRATA

    It is not only the design which was unique to the venue – the marble “Busy Carrata” was actually created in collaboration with JMDA especially for this project. It was so well received that it has now become a part of the permanent collection.

    On this, our MD Debra Langley said 

    “It is always very exciting when a JMDA project crosses our desk. We know that they understand how to make the most of Versital to get the right result. We collaborated with them to create a custom marble finish ‘Busy Carrata’ which is simply stunning. So nice we simply had to add it to our marble collection.”

    If Busy Carrata has given you inspiration for your bar design, then you can talk to us directly and we can supply this unique cultured marble to fit your project. We can work with any design team that you may already have in place to ensure that your vision is realised. 

    Get In touch!

    To realise your vision with an experienced, expert, British manufacturer, get in touch with Versital today, where we can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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  7. Mixology 2018 : Versital Finalist Third Year Running

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    Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital is a finalist for the third year in a row in the ‘Product of the Year: Surface’ category for the Mixology North Awards 2018.

    Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected yet again as a finalist for a prestigious design award. This year the stunning cultured marble table tops have been short listed as a contender for product of the year.

    Mixology 2018 finalists

    The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists have been judged based on a criteria that considered factors such as sustainability, design originality, aesthetics, ease of use and commercial viability.

    Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director for Versital, comments

    “We couldn’t be more delighted to have been short listed for the third year in a row for our faux marble table tops. A Mixology award is the stamp of approval in the interior design and hospitality industry. Our surfaces bring a fantastic solution to the industry and have been specified in a number of upmarket projects both in the North and the rest of the UK this year, including the new VIVI restaurant by rhubarb and Mitchells & Butlers.”

    Arabesque marble table top

    The Mixology North Awards were created by the team behind the highly regarded design publication, Mix Interiors, to support and recognise the many dynamic brands within the interior design industry, regardless of their size. The winners will be announced on the 6th December 2018 in a ceremony at Manchester Central that will be attended by over 800 members of the interior design community.

    Versital short listed for Mixology 2018

    Versital’s product offering for the hospitality sector includes bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities, shower trays and shower panels in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital’s shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.

    For more information on Versital’s marble bar tops, table tops or washroom surfaces you can view on our website, or call us direct on 01204380780 to speak to one of the team.

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  8. Versital Marble Bar Tops Commissioned For New Whitbread Concept Cookhouse & Pub

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    Versital is thrilled to have been commissioned by interior designers JMDA Ltd to provide bespoke bar tops and kitchen pass tops for their latest project with hospitality giant Whitbread. Cookhouse & Pub located in Oldbury, West Midlands, is the newest concept venue by the company and features Versital’s on-trend ‘Arabesque’ marble finish surfaces.

    New Informal Dining Experience for Whitbread

    Described by Whitbread as ‘an informal, all day restaurant, with the relaxed vibe and affordability of a pub’ the new space is now a striking new eatery that has replaced the previous site. Speaking of the renovation, Simon Tyas, director of JMDA said

    ‘Much of the original interior was stripped out. The kitchen and back of house areas were retained in the same location, but the kitchen was converted into a theatre-style, extending into the restaurant and including a bistro oven, so diners can see their food being prepared.’

    Whitbread latest brand roll out Cookhouse & Pub featuring marble bar tops from Versital

    Made to Order Bar Tops

    Versital’s made-to-order surfaces were commissioned for the bar tops and kitchen pass tops in a luxurious white marble finish. The handcrafted surfaces bring a fresh and modern feel to the space, effortlessly complementing the contemporary colour palette of teal, mushroom and off white. Punctuated with pops of ochre yellow and showcasing wooden and copper accents, the new restaurant displays industrial elements throughout for an informal yet sophisticated dining experience.

    Cultured marble – Water Proof and Stain Proof

    Versital’s solid marble surfaces offer all the beauty of natural marble without the issues the natural product often brings – a totally unique product and the most realistic faux marble on the market. The true-to-life marble is 100% waterproof, non-porous and stain proof making it a preferred choice for bars and restaurants alike. Boasting an impressive range of over 100 exclusive finishes, Versital caters for all interior styles whether domestic or commercial.

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    Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales for Versital UK said

    ‘Being involved with a prestigious brand such as Whitbread is always a proud moment for us. We were absolutely delighted to be specified, once again, by the designer JMDA who we love working with. All our surfaces are hand-crafted with care and it’s fantastic to see them used on beautifully designed projects being enjoyed across the UK. We can’t wait to see this new brand concept roll out across the UK over the coming year.’

    To find out more about Versital marble bar tops, or hospitality surfaces, contact  the team on 01204380780, or email sales@versital.co.uk