Exciting changes to Silent Gliss Venetian Blinds

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The popularity of wooden Venetian blinds continues in the UK and Ireland. Homeowners and businesses alike enjoy the contemporary style of these blinds and the flexibility of light and glare control they offer.

Silent Gliss offer a manual mono-controlled system – just one simple operating cord which tilts, raises and lowers. For those wishing for that added luxury there is also a motorised option that can be paired with stylish radio remote controls.

In May 2013 the range of colours and styles of slats for Silent Gliss Venetian blinds increases significantly along with the number of coordinating tapes. They now offer 43 different wood slat options and 40 co-ordinating tapes.

Exciting new additions include Exotic, Zebrano and Trend which is guaranteed to catch your attention.

Coupled with the sophisticated hardware systems expected from Silent Gliss they make for a truly remarkable combination. Price from £300 for a typical blind.

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For more information on the Silent Gliss Venetian Blinds range visit www.silentgliss.co.uk or call: 01843 863571/email: [email protected]

Raw frames with lots of space.


These days, professional life and spare time are increasingly merging into each other. So it is important to create rooms with space for work, creative development, relaxation, and dreams.

Montana’s simple solutions are designed for contemporary living. The light and flexible Verner Panton wire shelving system, in chrome, allows you to divide up different areas in big, open rooms without splitting them apart. The shelving unit is made of square cubes, which can be joined together as desired. As well as being a room divider, the wire shelving unit can be mounted on the wall to act as a bookcase in your home office. Arne Jacobsen’s simple tables with lacquered legs are multi-functional and can be used both in the office and as a dining table. Their light design and bright colour shades help to create a visible tranquility in the room.

montana_living3_060For items that need to be tucked away from time to time, Montana’s celebrated closed-front units are the ideal solution and finish for all-in-one space. Rustic colours like ”brocade” and ”carbernet” exude a stylish contrast to raw frames. The units can stand separately, and when you need the best possible utilisation of space, they may be used as a base frame for a “bed island” where you can relax and be re-inspired.

Montana is based around the unit concept, where units can be put together in any number of ways. The renowned Montana 1112 unit with four compartments (H: 69.6 cm, W: 69.6 cm, D: 20 cm) starts from a recommended retail price of is £245 inclusive of VAT. The cubes in the Verner Panton wired shelving system measure 35 cm in depth and are delivered with linking clips. Prices start from £110 inclusive of VAT.


Montana Møbler A/S manufactures and markets tables, chairs and storage furniture for the homes and offices. Montana is designed by Peter J. Lassen. Its flexible unit system and inspiring colour palette give you the freedom to create your own room and express your own style. Montana’s table and chair series are designed by Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Andreas Hansen, Peter J. Lassen, Joakim Lassen and shldesign.

Finally – a child safety device built into the operating system of blinds and curtain tracks.

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Despite the increasing warnings, young children continue to be killed or injured on curtain and blind cords. In the UK and Ireland, official statistics show that a shocking 29 children have died since 2009 through accidental strangulation by becoming entangled in the operating cords of a window blind.

These tragic incidents have led to new legislation being pushed through Parliament and is due for publication some time later this year.

Silent Gliss, a leading manufacturer of window treatments around the world, are not waiting for the new legislation to be published before acting on child safety. They are child saftery blindsthe first window treatment manufacturer to launch a child safety device that is integral to the blind or curtain track.

This potentially life-saving device is supplied already on the system when you receive it and requires no additional installation. Unlike other child safety devices on the market, this Silent Gliss product does not need to be fixed to a solid surface so there no need to drill into walls or window frames.

So how does it work?

Innovative internal mechanisms dictate that should a weight of 6kg or more be applied to the chain or cord, the Silent Gliss Child Safety Device activates causing the main section of the operating chain or cord to break away from the blind or curtain track.

This maximum weight of 6kg is recognised as a cautious estimate of the weight of a 6 month old baby that is able to crawl and pull itself up.logo child safety RGB transp

For more information on the Silent Gliss Child Safety Device visit www.silentgliss.co.uk or call 01843 863571/email [email protected]  to find your local Silent Gliss retailer.

ROCOCO CHOCOLATES Takes Gold and Silver in European round of International Chocolate Awards


Rococo is delighted to have been awarded two gold and three silver medals in European round of the prestigious International Chocolate Awards There is only ONE Gold medal given for each category so Rococo Chocolates currently have the best white chocolate flavoured bar in Europe and the best nut based praline chocolate in Europe. Their 30th Year is certainly being a great one!

The awards were for:
Bars – Flavoured white chocolate

GOLD: Organic White Chocolate & Cardamom Bar

Dark – Nut based pralines and gianduja, enrobed whole nuts

GOLD: Salted chocolate toffee & Crunchy Praline

Bars – Flavoured milk chocolate

SILVER: Organic Milk chocolate bar with salted caramelised almonds and rosemary

Dark – Caramels

SILVER:– Kalamansi Lime Caramel
SILVER:– Passion Fruit and Rosemary Caramel

The praline and two caramels, part of Rococo’s fresh ganache collection, were created by their Principal Chocolatier, Barry Johnson, who has just completed his first year with the company. This impressive haul comes hot on the heels of their successes at the Academy of Chocolate Awards last month.


Notes to Editors

The International Chocolate Awards are designed to recognise excellence in fine chocolate around the world. With its international panel of independent Grand Jurors and local judges for each regional round, the organisers aim to highlight the work of chocolatiers and chocolate makers internationally and in their own countries, reaching out to local food communities and helping to build public recognition and understanding of the fine chocolate industry.

As well as the European Semi-final, 2013 also sees the Americas Semi-final in New York in June and national competitions including Canada and Israel. The World Finals will take place in London during Chocolate Week in October.

The Awards are judged using a unique judging system, developed after extensive industry consultation and rigorous test judging. This includes limits on the number of samples tasted in each judging session to ensure fair assessment of the entries. The rules of the competition are set through on going consultation with the fine chocolate industry. The judging forms and details of how the system works are all available on line on our website. More information at www.internationalchocolateawards.com

Indulge Your Dad on Father’s Day

We know that you really want to spoil your dad on Father’s Day, 16th June, and Rococo Chocolates have some great treats in store to help you do just that.


Is he fond of a bit of a tipple? Then he will love the Truffle Selection, containing fresh cream truffles – 2 each of whisky, cognac, rum, chilli and gin & lemon. The transparent lidded gift box retails at £14.95.


The new Domino Box with 24 single origin dark squares – 65% Grenada, 63% Peru and 70% Jamaica – is a dream come true for chocolate lovers. What fun will be had deciding which one is his favourite! This gift box retails at £12.95.


The Round Rococo Box with 17 mixed chocolates and a ‘Happy Father’s Day’ tag is wonderful way to say “I Love You” and is sure to make him smile – if you’re lucky, he might even share it with you! It retails at £26.95.

All of the above will be available from mid-May in Rococo shops; 5 Motcomb Street; 321 Kings Road; 45 Marylebone High Street (moving to 3 Moxon Street at the end of May); Chester Grosvenor Hotel, Chester.

And, of course, via mail-order from Rococo’s website, www.rococochocolates.com

Happy Father’s Day!

A shell chair unlike any other -Wegner’s sculptural masterpiece

The Shell Chair has long been viewed as one of Hans J. Wegner’s strongest designs. It first saw the light of day in 1963, but it took 35 years before it enjoyed its popular breakthrough and received numerous design awards. Through its unique silhouette and superior comfort, Wegner demonstrated that he had truly achieved what he had set out to do: create the ideal shell chair. Wegner’s Shell Chair celebrates its 50th anniversary in September 2013.

There are shell chairs, and then there is Hans J. Wegner’s iconic CH07.


Hans J. Wegner’s Shell Chair, also known as CH07, is one of his most recognized designs. The soft lines of the chair, which has also been called ‘the smiling chair’ due to its organically curved seat, showcase Wegner’s unique appreciation of the possibilities and challenges of designing with wood. To give the three-legged chair extra stability, Wegner designed a double frame that gives the chair its dynamic appearance and strengthens the backrest.

The advent of laminated and molded wood as a furniture material in the 1930s made it possible to create shell chairs as we know them today. Some of the early masters in this category were Finnish designer Alvar Alto and American designer Charles Eames, from whom Wegner drew much of his inspiration.

As Wegner designed his Shell Chair, he sought to develop a silhouette that fulfilled his visionary minimalist ideals while epitomizing comfort. In 1963, the Shell Chair we know today was finally launched at the annual Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition. Wegner’s grasp of the body’s seated posture had enabled him to develop a new type of shell chair with no armrests and a very reclined position, matching the international ideals of the day. That exceptional vision and skill positioned Wegner as one of the greatest furniture designers of his day – not just in Denmark, but on the global scene.


Nonetheless, it took the Shell Chair 35 years to make its popular breakthrough in 1998, although it has since received numerous awards. Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son, bears testimony to the design’s great success: “The Shell Chair is unique in terms of both comfort and form and has always been one of my personal favorites. In recent years, I have witnessed the rising popularity of this sculptural classic, and am pleased that more and more people are discovering this iconic Wegner chair. The international demand we are currently seeing demonstrates that Wegner truly was a visionary designer.”

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Wegner’s design and celebrate its unique history and heritage as the progeny of one of Denmark’s greatest furniture designers, Carl Hansen & Son is launching a new, edition of the Shell Chair in autumn 2013.

The Shell Chair is made of molded plywood and available in varnished beech and varnished or oiled ash, oak and walnut. The chair can be upholstered with fabric or leather as desired. Recommended retail prices start at £1,545. The chair has a seat height of 35 cm, and is 74 cm high, 92 cm wide, and 83 cm deep.

Every item offurniture produced by Carl Hansen&Son reflects over 100 years of furniturehistory with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen&Son is theworld’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and ourportfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others. Carl Hansen&Son has 165 employees and production in Denmark.The furniture is sold all over the world. Find out more atwww.carlhansen.com