Hotels & Hospitality: A rapidly changing industry
The HIX exhibition took place over two days at London’s Business Design Centre, and showcased a vast array of products whilst highlighting the topical issues affecting the industry as a whole. Changes to the lives we live in the wake of the pandemic has resulted in guest experience being at the forefront of every hoteliers mindset in 2021. But how does one differentiate themselves from competitors in 2022? Siminetti’s range of luxury mother of pearl surfaces present a unique opportunity to attract the attention of the most discerning clientele.
As the world of hoteliers set their minds upon reaffirming trust in the hotels experience, one focus driving change is the need for easily cleanable, hygienic surfaces. Our decorative surfaces are produced using the finest, sustainably sourced, freshwater and saltwater mother of pearl. The mother of pearl is inspected by our unparalleled artisans to remove any imperfections after which they then smooth the harsh outer surface of the shells and reveal the stunning nacre within. Taking this naturally beautiful material the team produce individual tesserae of impeccable quality and hand place each onto a lightweight aluminium honeycomb backing. The surface is then polished to a smooth mirror-like finish and resin sealed. The resin seal used has a number of benefits for hoteliers – In the context of sanitary surfaces – the decorative panels become non-porous trapping no dirt, bacteria or pathogens. This means that cleaning is fast and simple, a gentle wipe down with a cleaning solution is all that is required. No need for harsh cleaners and the time sapping process of scrubbing grouting in bathrooms and other highly demanding environments.
Siminetti’s decorative panels most differentiating feature however, is not their sanitary credentials, but the exquisite, inspirational beauty possessed within every hand crafted tesserae. Siminetti’s range of mother of pearl surfaces possess jewel like features and have been described by interior designers as the jeweling feature of their specification. Mother of pearl posses a natural beauty unparalleled by other natural and man-made products, no two tesserae are ever the same, with each shell possessing unique markings similar to our finger prints.
In the wake of COP26, we all have a responsibility to consider where the products we use come from, and the ways in which the business as a whole impacts the environment. Siminetti as mentioned sources only the finest, sustainable mother of pearl. But, what makes the mother of pearl sustainable? The Nacre (mother of pearl) is produced by a number of shellfish and crustaceans, each with their own unique characteristics. All of Siminetti’s freshwater and saltwater shells are sourced from farmed locations around the world. The farms in question grow the shellfish over a course of 10 years on average, during which every step is taken to ensure the welfare of the animals and environments in which they inhabit. They are predominantly grown for food, where the fish will be removed and the shell discarded. Siminetti take this jewel in the rough bi-product and transform it into stunning surfaces. Unless acquired for uses such as Siminetti’s, the shells would be sent to landfill or crushed and used for paint or reinforcement for road surfaces. The light weight nature of mother of pearl also means that large quantities can be moved via air or sea without making the craft/vessel overweight and needing to use excess fuel. When hoteliers wish to acquire and retain the most discerning clientele then, Siminetti’s luxury mother of pearl surfaces are an uncompromised, hygienic, sustainable, luxurious and elegant solution.