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A Private Audience:The Dutch Masters

Round up from 2015's launch of the Dutch Design Masters.

On the 10th of June, Banda was invited to participate in the inaugural Dutch Design Masters. The event was held at the Dutch Ambassador’s private residence in London, local designers and architects could connect with Dutch artisans and explore collaborative opportunities. 

The participating companies represent some of the best luxury residential specialists in the fields of bespoke lighting, wall coverings, joinery, natural stone leather application, doors and timber flooring.

1. 4SeasonsSpa

4SeasonsSpa is a specialist spa company that creates high-end and bespoke wellness areas for hotels, private residences and super yachts. Working on both large and small projects, their design team provide spa features such as saunas, steam rooms, hammams, whirlpools and swimming pools. 

 Based in Boxtel, Holland this company is now represented in over 30 European countries, North Africa and the Middle East. Their London based service team allows the company to oversee each project from installation to handover, ensuring a smooth and professional service.

Recent projects include the wellness area in London’s new Cafe Royal Hotel (above) which was a collaboration with famed architect David Chipperfield (above).

2. Alphenberg

Alpenberg is a specialist company producing leather to apply on floors, walls or bespoke furniture for private residences, hotels, restaurants and retail spaces. 

Founded 6 years ago, the company was formed as the result of a continuous search for innovative ways to treat and apply leather. Alphenberg’s unique collection of tiles are finished by hand and created from eco friendly, 100% buffalo hides. Using a variety of techniques they produce a wide range of products, including a waterproof tile suitable for shower rooms and wet areas.

The company additionally produce a range of upholstery leathers used for furniture, headboards and their own award winning padded leather tiling system, ‘Hugs.’

3. Bod’or KTM

For over 15 years Bod’or KTM have been producing the highest quality doors for hotels, private residences and office spaces. A recipient of both the German Design Award and Red Dot Award, their latest ‘Designer Collection’ includes collaborations with international designers such as Piet Boon, Marcel Wolternick, Eric Kuster and Francois Hannes.

4. Dofine

Established in 2006, Dofine designs and creates tailor-made and unique wall and floor finishes for private residence, hotels, restaurants, offices and retail areas.

With each product made bespoke, Dofine’s design team have amassed a extensive knowledge of natural materials allowing them to provide an exceptional service. Their professional craftsmen also produce both wall and floor finishes in a series of panels, which can be used as a complete wall finish or as stand alone ‘wall-art.’

Their recently launched new Colourpix service allows clients to push the boundaries on their colour schemes. Using this method, their team can expertly advise on which colours and materials will best translate the designer’s concept for their customised floor or wall finish.

5. Ebony & Co

Ebony & Co specialise in creating luxury hardwood interior and exterior elements including flooring, panelling, cladding, decking and parquetry. 

Provenance is a key feature, with their boards crafted only from responsibly sourced timber and offered with an industry unique no-warp guarantee. Their extensive collection includes both solid and engineered boards alongside a range of bespoke finishes. 

Recent projects include Dublin’s Dean Hotel which was awarded Vogue’s 2015 best hotel in the world.  Ebony and Co supplied the timber flooring throughout, choosing Engineered Continental Oak, laid in a heritage-inspired chevron pattern (right).

6. Maretti Lighting

Maretti Lighting designs, produces and delivers affordable lighting along with a bespoke sculptural lighting facility. Working with many of today’s leading designers, the company have completed projects in hotels, offices, retail and private residences across the world.

Their custom-made products enable designers to retain full creative control of their projects. Maretti’s personal approach to each project allows them to create unique lighting plans and energy efficient solutions in a wide range of materials. 

The company have recently collaborated with award winning designer, Piet Boon to create an exclusive collection that ranges from chandeliers to spotlights (above).

7. Piet Jonker

Piet Jonker Architectural Antiques has a reputation going back decades as a supplier of an extensive range of high quality old building materials. They search out and where necessary restore some of the most exclusive antique building materials. 

The company started over forty years ago with antique handmade tiles. Today their range has significantly expanded and includes mirrors, chandeliers, brassware and ironmongery alongside a large collection of garden statues and antiques.

Only the best materials are considered for inclusion in their constantly changing collection. Their experienced craftsmen are able to skilfully restore the minor imperfections, resurrecting the pieces to their former glory. Additionally the workshop produce handcrafted tiles using original eighteenth century techniques.

8. Solid Nature

Passionate about beautiful natural stone, SolidNature have built a firm reputation for providing the highest quality onyx, semi precious stones, exclusive marbles, travertines and limestone. Their international projects range from interior and exterior high end residential properties, hotels, super-yachts, commercial and retail spaces.

Dedicated to achieving the highest level of customer service, their collection includes only the most spectacular stone sourced from quarries around the globe ending with installation finished by hand.

9. Vonder

Vonder is manufacturer of furniture, delivering pure and traditional craftsmanship, making tailor-made interiors for each client. Based in Holland, their highly skilled craftsmen produce handcrafted libraries, kitchens, wardrobes and panelling.

Distinguishing themselves through their extensive knowledge of techniques and finishes, Vonder focus on integrating their traditional approach with the latest technologies. Working closely with design firms from the outset, Vonder provides preliminary technical advice and support along with project execution. By taking responsibility for measuring up, producing technical drawings construction and installation, Vonder minimise much of the potential risk for clients

Used by many international interior design and architectural studios, Vonder have completed projects in London, Moscow, Paris and Lausanne to name but a few.

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