LEADING HOSPITALITY DESIGN AT THE INDEPENDENT HOTEL SHOW
AT OLYMPIA, LONDON
15 – 16 OCTOBER 2019
THE VIP SUITE
Nature Squared is supporting Two’s Company Interior Design Ltd who have the honour of designing this year’s VIP Suite. We will be producing the bar front and table tops on display throughout the luxurious VIP suite which will be hosted by Samsung and act as an exclusive hospitality space for IHS members and their guests to host meetings, check emails or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. The ambience is one of elegance with a hint of technology, and it offers a stylish, yet comfortable haven of calm away from the busy show floor.
The show appeals to chief executives, buyers and key decision makers in the hospitality industry (including large hotel chains and boutique hotels). We also expect to welcome a few celebrities to the VIP suite making it an event not to be missed.
LUXURIOUS YET FUNCTIONAL
The suite is ‘zoned’ and flows effortlessly from the striking entrance with plush seating to the rear section with meeting table for up to 16 people. Café style tables and more relaxed seating is scattered around the room, creating inviting hubs for groups from two to eight. Those wishing for more privacy or a quiet space in which to relax can take advantage of banquet seating. Bold colours abound and the classic contemporary Art Deco style is very much in evidence. Comfort and exclusivity are the heart of this design; acoustic wall panels soften the sound and a range of bespoke fixtures afford guests every possible luxury.
THE MATERIALS – SPECTACULAR FEATHERS
We feature table tops in our standard colours and patterns as well as bespoke custom colours and designs.
The bar front has been created from waste mother of pearl shells using an innovative and never-seen-before hand-texturing technique.
We’re often asked about the origin of the materials we use in our drive for true sustainability. Let’s take a closer look.
Mother of Pearl Shells
The shells originate from pearl farms in the Pacific where they are naturally discarded at the end of an oyster’s productive life. Usually transformed into buttons or chips (for other Nature Squared products or projects), we’ve taken these blemished shells, textured them individually by hand and then cut and ingrained them with a metallic coating.
Guinea Fowl Feathers
Used in our table tops, the feathers, with their distinctive spot, come from a farm in France where the birds are raised for the table. Nothing is wasted however, and their feathers now grace these beautiful table tops.
Our pheasant feathers come from birds harvested for meat in Devon, England for charity food producer, The Country Food Trust and are hand plucked by specialist butcher, MC Kelly.
All the feathers we’ve used are shown in both their natural colours and dyed in custom colours to co-ordinate with the interior of the VIP Suite.
Upcycling these feathers is a perfect example of upholding our holistic, sustainability principles of environmental, social and financial responsibility. To that end, we are delighted to be working with MC Kelly and the Country Food Trust as part of a virtuous circle, providing food and creating value for the communities around us.
INGRAINED MOTHER OF PEARL CAIRO GREY
CORALIE AND TEAL GUINEA FOWL
NATURAL GUINEA FEATHERS WHITE GROUNDING
CORALIE GUINEA FOWL
NATURAL GUINEA FOWL BLUE GROUNDING
NATURAL PHEASANT TEAL BLUE GROUNDING
CORALIE AND TEAL PHEASANT
METAL BASES FROM ALROYS
Working with Alroys, we were able to bring together the core functions of good interior design: creating something which looks beautiful, can be appreciated by the individual, but yet has the durability and structure to fulfil its primary function. Our tables are undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing and tell a heart-warming story about sustainability, but they also had to be capable of supporting the weight of crockery, laptops and human pressure. Alroy’s manufacturing expertise meant they were able to propose a solution which offered this durability without compromising on design.
ABOUT MC KELLY
Due to the relative small scale of production, they can also carefully harvest the feathers, a by-product of the meat supply business, for companies like ours to use in our furniture and other objects. Andy Gray, CEO of MC Kelly, is a committed conservationist and a strong supporter of upcycling efforts like these.
ABOUT THE COUNTRY FOOD TRUST
At the heart of what the Country Food Trust does is a brilliantly simple idea, but to work, it needs the support of the entire shooting community. Since inception, they have produced over 320,000 meals for people in need and their aim is to feed over 1 million people in need in their first five years. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2016 classified 14 million people as living in poverty in the UK. These people have to decide between the basic necessities such as food, clothing and heating in order to survive.
The Country Food Trust currently prepares two products using pheasant breast meat; a casserole and a curry. Both are nutritious and warming, but also low in cholesterol and high in vitamins. Their chef, Tim Maddams, ex Head Chef at The River Cottage, created these recipes and they are supplied in special pouches, which mean they do not need to be stored in a chilled environment, have a one-year shelf life, and are easy to prepare.
They also deliver frozen and chilled meat and have created a recipe book for chefs who work at charities to help them conjure up delicious, nutritious meals. The recipes were donated by many of our top chefs – Mar Hix, Brian Turner, Tim Maddams, Prue Leith and Rick Stein amongst others.