INTELLIGENT TEXTILES IN USE
As good as the theory sounds, whether customers are satisfied with their choice is only determined in practice. But we do not have to shy away from this challenge because in practice we keep our promises in terms of intelligent functions, quality and design.
GERMAN RED CROSS RETIREMENT HOME “HAUS AM STADTPARK”, PEINE, GERMANY
In the so-called “fourth-generation house”, life takes place in seven residential groups. If you visit each of the four floors, you’ll think it looks more like a hotel than a care home. The colour concept and use of modern fabrics in the rooms are particularly eye-catching.
with an additional function: drapilux bioaktiv
RAPHAELSKLINIK IN MÜNSTER, GERMANY
A high percentage of patients at the clinic prefer to pay for an upgraded room since these are more comfortably furnished. When selecting curtains and decorative fabrics, the clinic's management decided in favour of a drapilux product that has an airy appearance but which adds a decorative element to the room too.
Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest, Wales
drapilux fabrics (20246) were used in a newly commissioned refurbishment project in Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest in Wales. The use of drapilux fabrics as curtains and bed covers has added a softer touch to the treatment area, something that was requested as part of the brief. The unit was designed in conjunction with fundraisers, stakeholders, staff and end users and now offers an exemplary environment for patients to receive their care.
Im Kranichgarten AWO senior citizens’ centre, Heidelberg
The Im Kranichgarten AWO senior citizens’ centre was built in October 2011. The modern building is bright and welcoming. Thanks to careful attention to detail in the interior design, the people who live here quickly feel at home. drapilux provided the senior citizens’ centre with around 800 metres of fabric for various applications and uses.
Rems-Murr-Kliniken clinic in Winnenden
Belonging to the Rems-Murr-Kliniken clinic group in Winnenden, the new building was opened in mid-2014 after going above and beyond the legal requirements and using antimicrobial materials, for example. The curtain fabrics equipped with drapilux all in one not only absorb pollutants and odours, they also have an antimicrobial effect, which has been proven in studies to reduce the number of bacteria on textiles by around 99%.
special design from the 200 ° collection
drapilux all in one curtain fabrics
New Schwarzwald-Baar Clinic in Villingen-Schwenningen
The Schwarzwald-Baar Clinic, with architecture which is planned down to the smallest detail, has even gained international renown. Just like many other hospitals, the focus here was on creating a feel-good atmosphere. In order to achieve this, all curtains were ordered from drapilux, which is more than capable of bridging the gap between beautiful fabrics and intelligent functionality.
Klinik am Kurpark in Bad Wildungen-Reinhardshausen
Klinik am Kurpark Reinhardshausen GmbH aims to fulfil the very highest standards in terms of medicine and interior design. You could almost believe that the rehabilitation clinic was a hotel. For example, the curtains in the rooms do not just fulfil the purely functional aspect of keeping the room dark – the customised design aims to create quality of life.
individually printed fabrics
darkening and heat protection
Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek, Namibia
This private hospital’s highest priority is high-quality care and assistance for anyone in need. The extensive renovation work on the first section of the hospital was set for 2009, with the management team setting great store by the criteria of hygiene and safety, combined with an attractive interior and the design of the new patient rooms.
drapilux bioaktiv decorative fabrics and curtains
German Red Cross care home in Bad Canstatt, near Stuttgart
In the German Red Cross care home in Bad Cannstatt, a friendly atmosphere, comfortable furnishings and excellent catering by qualified staff are the top priorities. The new nursing home offers independence and safety at the same time – tailored to the needs of the residents.
Vinzentiushaus nursing home in Offenburg
The Vizentiushaus impressively shows how attention to detail can result in a very special living ambience. Pictures, curtains and mementoes from the past all help to bring a little more cheer to the surroundings. People with dementia not only require special care but also a particular living ambience. For an interior design that is both stimulating and calming, the Vizentiushaus nursing home chose special textiles from the drapilux healthcare collection.
DRAPILUX IN THE CARE INDUSTRY
Find out for yourself how drapilux works in practice. We have spoken to our customers: an interview with Ms Sabine Bauer (Housekeeping and Purchasing Manager) and Mr Christian Kerschner-Gehrling (Managing Director) of Pflegestern Seniorenservice GmbH, which runs eight nursing homes to the east of Munich.
What is important to you when furnishing your nursing homes?
Mr Kerschner-Gehrling: “A high level of individuality is important. None of our eight homes are the same. Whilst you can immediately recognise who the provider is by looking at the outside of other homes, we are proud to have given each of our homes a more individual look. Good quality and beautiful furnishings are extremely important to us.”
Does that have a direct impact on economic success?
Mr Kerschner-Gehrling: “Yes, of course. At the moment, we have high occupancy and have to reject significantly more requests than we have vacancies.”
Have residents’ demands changed over the last few years?
Mr Kerschner-Gehrling: “Residents place more and more importance on things being “nice”. This term must, of course, be interpreted individually for each person. No two people are the same when it comes to the aforementioned factors.
Why did you decide on drapilux when choosing the curtains?
Ms Bauer: “It was important to us to be thoroughly supported by design consultants. Additionally, functions such as legally required fire-retardant properties are, of course, crucial. But additional properties such as drapilux air and bioaktiv save time and money and can be integrated well into day-to-day work.”
HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL
One of the oldest business schools in the United Kingdom uses drapilux fabrics. Founded in 1945, Henley Business School is triple accredited. Besides the two UK sites, it has a number of campuses around the globe. In the new accommodation facilities at Henley Greenlands Campus, built in a style which matches that of the Grade 2 listed main building, 950 m of opaque curtain fabric ensure that students and guests get a good night’s sleep in the 60 high-quality rooms. The building was designed by Architects Design Partnership, and the interior decorator was Volvina, Northampton.
Liberty Hotel, Offenburg
The former Offenburg prison has been transformed into a luxury hotel with 38 rooms and suites. What makes it special? An ingenious combination of unique details, a clever lighting concept and high-quality materials. The near 50 skylights featured in the building have been fitted with custom-made Roman blinds made of semi-transparent fabric, turning them into pleasant sources of light for the hotel. A drapilux dim-out has been used to furnish the lobby in order to give the old walls a delightful flair.
Article 795, Boutique
Article 243, COORDN8
drapilux flammstop, drapilux akustik
Royal Lancaster in London, England
For the recently refurbished "Royal Lancaster Hotel" in the heart of London, drapilux delivered 4.500 r.m. curtain fabric in a special width required by the customer. The fabrics were decorated as roller blinds and finished with drapilux air - for fresh air inside the nearly 400 rooms and suites.
A special width required by the customer
TRAVEL CHARME KURHAUS BINZ, GERMANY
When the Kurhaus in Binz was renovated, special attention was paid to the quality and to sustainable design. High-quality, restored oak furniture shine in new splendour, and the drapilux decorative curtains and bed skirtings in the guest rooms and suites match the new colour concept.
Kew Gardens Hotel in London
The small, unusually charming boutique Kew Gardens Hotel in the fashionable area of Kew uses drapilux fabrics. The managers were impressed by the perfect interplay of functionality and aesthetics offered by our fabrics.
159, Core collection
Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool, England
In the first official Beatles hotel, the Hard Day’s Night hotel, visitors can wonder at previously unpublished photos and artworks of the Beatles while enjoying the atmosphere of a four-star hotel. The luxurious interior is fitted out in light sandy, brown tones.
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt in Berlin
At the Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt, high-quality fabrics from drapilux are used throughout – from the rooms to the spa area. The wide range, flexibility and quality were all reasons why drapilux fabrics finally won the commission.
Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel
The Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel on Plaza Europa was designed by architects Jean Nouvel and Ribas & Ribas, and it is well on its way to becoming one of Barcelona’s landmarks thanks to its unique design and architecture. The option to personalise the fabrics was one of the main arguments in drapilux’s favour, along with quality and functionality.
drapilux 960, drapilux 243
Ibis Styles Hotel in Arnsberg
Hotel chains are increasingly moving away from the mainstream to focus on individuality. This is why drapilux decorative textiles, designed by our clients themselves, are the perfect choice. The ibis Styles hotel in Arnsberg in Sauerland, Germany is a prime example of how they look in practice. They make use of unique textiles which have been produced to exactly match the design concept of the building.
drapilux 249 from the 200 ° collection
Thaba Ya Batswana in Klipriviersberg, South Africa
The hotel with its earth-coloured facade, perfectly reflecting the local flora and fauna, offers exceptional comfort and shows off South Africa at its most beautiful. Primarily in darker natural shares, the drapilux taffetas surround beds, serve as decorative fabrics for pillows and blankets and offer perfect privacy and sun protection on the windows.
Hotel Dom in St. Gallen, Switzerland
The Hotel Dom is located in the old part of St. Gallen in Switzerland, surrounded by historical edifices. The building is defined by a stylish, sleek ambience. The light-coloured drapilux curtains really look the part: sleek and elegant, they lend the colourful rooms a light touch and a modern, minimalist look.
drapilux air and akustik
Anthemus Sea Beach Hotel & Spa in Sithonia, Greece
The Anthemus Sea Beach Hotel & Spa is situated in a small bay on the Greek peninsula of Sithonia. Spacious, bright rooms, high-quality furnishings and intelligent materials mean that all rooms and suites are stylishly decorated in the warm colours of the country and with a close eye for detail. Fabrics by drapilux make the perfect complement.
Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Cork, Ireland
The Maryborough Hotel & Spa can be found in Ireland’s second-largest city and is one of the best hotels in the country. The bright, luxurious foyer already hints at the exclusive style that can be found in each of the hotel’s rooms. High-quality fabrics provide a special appeal.
special stain protection equipment for textiles
National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre (Minsk, Belarus)
The extensive renovation work in the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre in Belarus took four years to complete. Now, the traditional theatre emanates a new glamour – partly thanks to the elegant fabrics from drapilux. It was particularly the high quality and colour intensity of the drapilux textiles that impressed the theatre’s directors.
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A very unique challenge
For hotels and restaurants, the design (i.e. pure aesthetics) takes centre stage. Indeed, it's the atmosphere which makes a good hotel great. But if you consider the details and speak to people from the industry, you’ll find that functionality and operating costs are increasingly important. An interview about designs for the hospitality sector with Kristin Hermann, Atelier Manager at drapilux.
What are the challenges of designing specifically for the hospitality sector?
“We at the design atelier often attend design exhibitions for inspiration and discover the latest trends in design and colours. Combining these trends on dim-out fabrics featuring a timeless look – that is what is crucial to the success or failure of a hotel collection.”
Do hotels have to deal with fast-moving trends (in colour design) and, if so, how do they react to this?
Not really. Hotels need to think more long term. Stylish colours are important, but shouldn't be too extreme or polarising because no hotel can constantly adapt their colour concept to match the colour trend.”
Function or design? What is more important in the hospitality sector?
“Both are extremely important. In order to give the guests a good impression, it is essential for a hotel to portray a positive image. But the dim-out function is indispensable if a collection is to work in the hotel industry. To add to this, our intelligent functions, ranging from flammstop to bioaktiv to air, are of course particularly helpful for our customers'’ staff.
What trends do you expect to see in the hotel industry in the near future?
“I can sum it up in three words: purposeful but chic. More and more rooms are being designed individually, even for smaller hotels. But also for larger hotels and chains, it will become common for a higher-quality, stylish interior to be used – a contrast to the outdated dreariness of typical 3-star hotels."
Christophe Colomb container ship
drapilux textiles feature on board the large French container ship, the Christophe Colomb. In addition to cutting-edge marine engineering, the decision-makers also set great store by safety and additional intelligent functions for the interior fittings. This is why they chose drapilux, whose decorative fabrics meet these high standards. They offer the necessary level of quality and safety when the ship is at sea.
high dim-out factor
Safety and quality on the high seas
The requirements placed on textiles for use in containers and cruise ships is high. When at sea, fabrics featuring flame retardancy and intelligent functions are essential. And because the areas of application are so different, drapilux excels with its flexibility in terms of features and design.
Protection against fire on ships
Fighting a fire on high seas is particularly difficult and very dangerous. In addition, there are often many casualties if a catastrophe does occur. For this reason, a lot of things are done technically, for example with statutory prescribed fire walls with bulkheads or sprinkler systems and vapour barriers, in order to minimise the risk. However, there is never a guarantee.
For furnishings and items aboard, fire protection has top priority. Therefore, textiles used on ships have to be equipped with FR materials – i.e. flame-retardant.
With the development of flame-retardant fabrics, drapilux is setting new standards and is a pioneer when it comes to textiles with functions. Back in 1980, drapilux flammstop was already characterised by permanent flame retardancy and very low smoke build-up as a result of modifying its polyester fibres. Curtains, upholstery fabrics and bed covers equipped with flammstop meet the very highest national and international safety standards and are perfect for use at sea. drapilux set another milestone in the world of flame-retardant decorative textiles in 2011. A devoré fabric that fulfils international fire protection standards, this classic that is popular for private use has now been made suitable for use at sea.
With innovation, research and quality, drapilux has not only given itself the task of making journeys by sea more aesthetically pleasing and beautiful, but also safer.