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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.

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  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. Bathroom Design In Unique Spaces

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    Bathrooms are a key room to any space, whether it be commercial or residential. Keeping your bathroom up to date with modern equipment and décor makes a big impact. An impressive domestic bathroom can elevate the overall feel of the property. 

    Bold wallpaper

    Striking wallpapers are a great way to catch the eye in a bathroom. Even in a small space where you might think you should keep away from bold design and colour, being brave and opting for something dramatic can pay huge dividends. Far from making a space look smaller, a clever bold colour or design can make a big impact.

    Pairing a bold wallpaper with Versital marble, for any combination of the shower tray and panels, vanity tops or skirting, makes for a great modern bathroom design. The neutral background and traditional feel of the marble stops the room from feeling too overwhelming.

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    Making the most of a small bathroom

    With this bathroom design, the client wanted to make the most of the space available. Since they had plenty of other WCs available in the house, the decision was made to remove the toilet, opting to use the space instead for a larger walk-in shower. A custom shaped shower tray from Versital was ideal to make optimum use of the space. 

    Removing the toilet also offered the opportunity to include a large bathroom cabinet from Geberit and a feature top-mounted basin from V & B. 

    Feature lighting

    Lighting is a fantastic way to add interest and open up a room. The use of spotlights and clever LED strips under the furniture highlights the features and makes it feel larger.

    Bathroom Design Starring Versital

    Versital marble was used throughout the bathroom for a range of surfaces. The waterproof, easy-to-clean nature of all our marble products makes it the ideal choice for shower trays, panels and backsplashes. The anti-bacterial protection provided by SteriTouch makes it a great choice for vanity tops as well. 

    For this bathroom, the client opted for a striking, on-trend wallpaper – navy blue and gold Geometric pattern ticking all theFor this bathroom, the client chose a striking, on-trend wallpaper – navy blue and gold Geometric pattern ticking all the trends. They decided to keep the background neutral by mixing the marble finishes of Silver Stratos (metallic base) and Gloucester Grey (the dark accents) – allowing the geometric navy and gold wallpaper in this bathroom design to shine. design to shine.

    By opting for a neutral classic background with a classic marble, there is still lots of flexibility for future amendments. Should they wish to change the wallpaper – as fashions change – the neutral grey and white base offers lots of potential and goes with pretty much any colour.

    Unique Bathroom Design

    In most bathrooms, space is at a premium and very rarely do two have the same dimensions. Versital cultured marble can be ordered to a client or designers specifications. It can also be cut and scribed on-site without the need for pre-templating, making it absolutely perfect for matching unique room layouts and a simple installation process.

    Feeling Inspired?

    If this bathroom has inspired you to get creative with your next project, get in touch with Versital today. We can offer advice and help to your team to make the most of your design projects – whether that be a new or existing job. 

    Get an estimate on our website today, or call us for advice on how to use Versital on a more bespoke build on 01204 380780

  5. Inside the new Luxury Salon: Harrods Townhouse

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    We are absolutely delighted to present our latest collaboration in one of the most prestigious retail spaces in the UK. Opened in August 2021, the Townhouse Nail Salon inside the iconic Harrods department store. Dubbed “the most luxurious nail salon in the world”, thanks in a large part to the custom marble supplied by Versital for the nail bar tops, cast panels and intricate end details. This salon is a model of the perfect venue to delight clients and what can be achieved with a well-thought-through design. 

    The Townhouse at Harrods is split into 4 distinct sections. Image credit : The Townhouse

    THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS NAIL SALON

    Working with designer FormRoom and shopfitter Clements Retail, the finished look is something timeless and exuberant. The salon features the classic onyx marble from Versital ‘Autumn Onyx’, which combines the modern design with a classic marble look. The custom marble itself – a cream and white colour with a burnt orange vein – was cast to the designers’ specifications, and provides the foundation for the atmosphere of the entire salon.

    According to Forbes magazine, “the Townhouse features private mani-and-pedi booths, ultra-high-end interiors, and an eye-catching marble manicure bar”, and we’re certainly proud to be noted in such a prestigious publication.

    VERSITAL UP TO THE TASK

    Not only does the Townhouse benefit from the beautiful aesthetics of Versital marble, it of course comes with all the benefits you’d expect from all 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 AND SHOP FITTERS

    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 cast nail bar and top, with intricate end details. It really helps to work alongside an experienced installer like Clements with whom we worked closely throughout the project.
    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

    THE ULTIMATE PRESTIGE

    Quite simply, the marble selected for this project could only have been the best of the best, in order to meet the criteria for the project and fit the rest of the design. The design and materials used for the project simply had to be up to the same standard as the elite location of the Townhouse.

    Versital’s marble does just that. Our expert craftsmen were able to bring the design to life with beautiful cultured custom marble surfaces to do the iconic store justice.

    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. 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.

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    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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  7. 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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  8. Key Colour Trends: Green and Gold

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    Key colour trends for 2020 : Green and Gold

    2019 has seen the ‘Greenery’ trend both at home and also the hospitality sector. 2020 looks set to continue the theme with jewelled tones and luxury surfaces remaining top of designers and clients wish lists.

    In interior design, luxe has become the buzz word in recent years, best used to describe fabrics and surfaces that add a touch of decadence. Touches of metal accents and elements is a great option for adding a luxury feel to any space, be it a domestic or commercial design.

    Market Leaders in Design

    Our aim at Versital is simple – to be exciting, innovative and responsive to new colour trends as designers need them. We work hard to have the latest and most current finishes available to excite and inspire. Our colour range is at the cutting edge of the latest trends.

    Metallic Green Marble Temptation

    Our exclusive Metallic marble range oozes luxury. We are delighted to introduce the latest unique colour to this range, the beautiful green marble ‘Temptation’.

    This beautiful rich green marble incorporates swirls of emerald and is completed by opulent gold metallic accents. Temptation is the perfect option for bar tops, table tops, bathrooms and washrooms. This beautiful rich finish is sure to be the main feature of any design scheme.

    Rich green marble with metallic gold veins and accents

    Exclusive Trend Led Colours

    The ‘Metallic Marble’ range is exclusive to Versital with Temptation being the latest addition. Versital works closely with interior designers to ensure our finishes lead the market and are at the forefront of design.

    Order Samples and View the Full Metallic Marble Range

    We now have samples of Temptation available. Be sure to grab one quick by following the link to our order form.

    Get a Quote

    You can get a quotation for your project via our quote form – let us know what products you are interested in and any estimated sizes to help us be more accurate.

    Get in Touch

    If you need any more advice or have questions please contact the Versital team on 01204 380780.

    For more information on our marble bar topstable topsvanity tops or our ‘Metallic Marble’ Collection throughout the website, or by contacting us direct.

    If you would like advice, samples or wish to place an order for a bar tops or table tops, please call us on 01204380780, or email us at sales@versital.co.uk.