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Bathrooms: a warm welcome into the future

A space for living, a private oasis for lazing about and re-energizing, the bathroom has become a veritable extension of the hotel room. The trend is upward: more equipment, more products, more technology. This evolution gives suppliers free reign to offer hoteliers innovative and, above all, sustainable solutions.

Dedicated space to relaxation, the bathroom is getting comfortable at hotels. As the space merges with the bedroom, interior designers are trying to open perspectives while preserving needed privacy. In this regard, partitions are becoming essential elements for the room. Among the existing solutions, the glass dividing wall holds a significant share of the market according to Patrick Meyer, general manager of Wehr. “It has existed for 6 to 7 years, but is currently undergoing exponential growth.” This subsidiary of Saint Gobain offers opaque partitions that are increasingly design. The partition may have a motif, a picture, be enameled a single color… and even be a bit flashy. In the bathroom, the same partition may thus incorporate a mirror function with LED lighting. Even more technological, Wehr launched Priva- Lite for glass that may be made translucent or transparent at the touch of a button. “A film of liquid crystals is slipped between two sheets of glass. Without electricity, the partition is totally opaque. When turned on the crystals align and the glass becomes nearly transparent,” explains Wehr’s director. This very upscale product may soon find its way into showers to separate them from the rest of the space.A specialist in mass-market household appliances, Dyson is opening its know-how to the professional world with Dyson Airblade. The principal innovation of this product that received the special jury prize Equip Hotel lies in its motor – 6 years of R&D – which sucks in and, without warming it, blows a sheet of air at 640 km/h. This hand dryer has impressive characteristics: 10 seconds to dry hands versus the average 30 to 40 sec.; 1,600 W versus 2,500 W for classic hand dryers; 99% pure air thanks to a HEPA filter while the competition simply blows ambient air. Efficiency, hygiene, sustainable development: it is surely a winning trio. Of course, all these qualities come with a price. “But that is absorbed quickly,” assures Sébastien Lepicard, sales director Dyson France for the Professional division. Airblade suggests major savings thanks to much faster drying. Dyson thus announces energy consumption 80% lower than for standard hot air hand dryers. Thanks to drying speed, its filter and the anti-bacterial additive on its surfaces, Airblade limits the proliferation of bacteria, which are particularly active on hands that are still humid. These hygiene guarantees should help it find its way into hotel and restaurant bathrooms as well as the back office and food preparation areas.Today, the most innovative technologies have every reason to be in the bathroom. The Eclips magnifying and lighting mirror by JVD requires no electrical connections. “Outfitted with a lithium battery, it has a 3- to 5-year lifespan thanks to high-yield LED bulbs,” explains Jacques de Vasselot, JVD’s managing director. Products and Technology are currently working on mirrors integrating OLED technology. Many television specialists such as Samsung or Sony are working on this “LCD of the future”. “This technology makes it possible to put ultra-flat ma gnifying lighting mirrors on the market that can also incorporate a television. All for a thickness of under 1 cm versus 4 cm for Cubik, the streamlined mirror recently launched by Aliseo,” explains Veronique Frering, managing director Produits et Techniques which distributes this product.And hairdryers are no exception. The catalogue from Manusec offers a range of Premium wall-mounted driers with several innovations such as ionization for optimal drying and smoother shinier hair and “nano silver” technology. This Sanitized treatment offers greater hygiene. The body of the hairdryer has a self-sanitizing and anti-bacterial system for increased user comfort. Handheld pistol dryers are also more efficient such as the Excel 1800, which is the most powerful on the market, or more design such as the transparent support for the Eden, one of the latest conceptions from JVD. Alongside this futuristic technology, sustainable development is making a grand entry into new bathrooms. Bath linens are becoming environmentally friendly with the organic cotton collection from Linvosges and the Max Havelaar/Fairtrade range presented by Lamy. These bath sheets are made of 100% organic cotton, contain no GMOs or toxic pesticides. The Easytex®Nature bath linen range, meanwhile, is made from bamboo and wood viscose and is biodegradable. Moreover, this new range is single use, so there is no environmental impact from washing. The alliance of technology and the environment is more current than ever. The AquaCycle procedure perfected by the company Pontos makes it possible to treat and then reuse gray water (from sinks and showers) for toilets, watering plants and office cleaning and can treat 600 to 12,500 liters daily.A revolutionary hand dryerA specialist in mass-market household appliances, Dyson is opening its know-how to the professional world with Dyson Airblade. The principal innovation of this product that received the special jury prize Equip Hotel lies in its motor – 6 years of R&D – which sucks in and, without warming it, blows a sheet of air at 640 km/h. This hand dryer has impressive characteristics: 10 seconds to dry hands versus the average 30 to 40 sec.; 1,600 W versus 2,500 W for classic hand dryers; 99% pure air thanks to a HEPA filter while the competition simply blows ambient air. Efficiency, hygiene, sustainable development: it is surely a winning trio. Of course, all these qualities come with a price. “But that is absorbed quickly,” assures Sébastien Lepicard, sales director Dyson France for the Professional division. Airblade suggests major savings thanks to much faster drying. Dyson thus announces energy consumption 80% lower than for standard hot air hand dryers. Thanks to drying speed, its filter and the anti-bacterial additive on its surfaces, Airblade limits the proliferation of bacteria, which are particularly active on hands that are still humid. These hygiene guarantees should help it find its way into hotel and restaurant bathrooms as well as the back office and food preparation areas.

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