Are you a designer…?

  • PUBLISHED BY: DAN GILLMORE
  • POSTED ON: Wednesday 06, 2017
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What will youdesign?

As part of the ongoing mission to be the leading furniture brand in hospitality, UHS is developing software and design platforms to ensure the specification process is easy, enjoyable and empowering. Recently the launch of youdesign campaign is just a start of the journey.

Youdesign is a platform where you can choose a product, configurate in your own design, download, specify, purchase or have fun.

From choosing the wood finish to picking the colour of the frame, the tool lets you customise the minute details of your furniture, giving those working in the hospitality industry increased control and flexibility when it comes to the design of their venues.

The pioneering online tool was designed bespoke by UHS, with user experience front of mind. The service uses colour, material and price filters which let you quickly browse and select your preferred options. You can then save an image of your masterpiece when you’re done – perfect for adding to moodboards or sharing on social media!

Whether you’re furnishing a venue from scratch and looking for a full suite of furniture, or you’re hoping to revamp an existing layout, this tool can be used to create the perfect fit.

Enjoy the experience www.uhs-group.com

  • PUBLISHED BY: DAN GILLMORE
  • POSTED ON: Wednesday 06, 2017
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

What do you do at UHS?

Create strategies to implement and fulfil the brand vision…

What do you do outside of UHS?

Spend time with my wife and family, keeping active with the kids who love everything from roller blading, climbing, cycling and if the sun is out at the beach! I love to travel and eat good food and drink great red wine..

What is your favourite food?

Nothing is better than a seafood grill! add some crisp Semillon and its a winner… although every now and then a good steak will win me over…with a good Shiraz!

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Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall – Fresh, clean coastal scheme

We think it starts with the Hotel and its service, experience and comfort. I recently saw an article by Ella McDougall of Habitus saying that it’s the ‘glamour of vacation with the comforts of home’ That feeling of getting away but the home comforts, those items you need are all essential to the perfect setting.

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Another Place Hotel, Ullswater, Lake District – Cosy library area

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Around 40% of furniture used in a contract environment isn’t contract quality. The term ‘contract quality’ is used by companies who usually don’t know the true meaning of it. It is essentially being used as a marketing term to sell products to a wider market.

Products are being designed with planned obsolescence in mind – this means a product has been designed with an artificially limited useful life, so it won’t be functional after a certain period of time. Basically it’s been purposely designed to break at some point, which forces you to return to buy more!

Whilst products may look the same… how they’re made and what they’re made out of might be completely different. Cheap Chinese imports are a prime example of this.

Design is so important that we often sacrifice durability to get the look that the client wants. Online furniture shops like Made, Wayfair and Swoon often set the trend when it comes to furniture design, but their products are not contract quality.

The furniture range at UHS Group is put through a state of the art testing facility in Oxfordshire called “RIGA”. As well as the British standard tests, RIGA has also developed additional tests to ensure UHS products are suitable for the hospitality environment.

How to prove its contract quality?

Simply ask them what makes it contract quality. If it’s got a product guarantee or passed a standardised test like RIGA, BIFMA or FIRA you have every right to ask for the certificate to prove it. Key tests to look out for include:

BS EN 1022:2005 Seating Stability
BS EN 16136 Safety Strength & Durability

Buy sensibly and do your due diligence as it can save you a lot of money on repairs or replacements.

We are delighted to confirm that our Centurion chair has been tested by RIGA, and successfully passed the following tests:
BS EN 1022:2005 Seating Stability
BS EN 16139 Level 1 Safety Strength & Durability

According to the Standard the Centurion chair is now considered to be sufficiently stable, durable and strong enough for Heavy Contract Use.

Click here to download the RIGA Furniture Test certificate for the Centurion chair.

ABOUT RIGA

RIGA is an independent hospitality furniture testing house. Created by the industry wanting trusted professional clarity on furniture safety and supply in challenging public sector environments.
The world’s first hospitality dedicated endurance standard.
For more information on RIGA Testing go to: www.rigatest.com