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Edition 04

Marvel your windows

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Evidently, curtains are becoming design features rather than simply devices to keep the light out and  provide privacy. Effectively, one of the easiest and most affordable ways to change the look and feel of the room is to change the window treatments a service that Marvel Lifestyle is passionately rendering with prided blinds made from the qualitative raw material and high density fabrics that are naturally reinventing rooms.

As curtains bring character into living spaces, Marvel Lifestyle, one of East Africa’s undisputed window treatment-powerhouses is making a significant mark in styling-up homes, offices and hotels since plunging into the market two years ago.

The company’s bid to offer awesome range of curtains that tell more about the user’s personality and taste has prompted various leading designer outlets to partner with it – a move that has since made the firm stay on toes with refreshing curtain ideas and window makeovers.

The company’s bid to match with awesome range of curtains that tell more about the user’s personality and taste has prompted various leading interior design shops to partner with it – a move that has since made the firm stay on toes with refreshing window makeovers.

“Stepping-out into the world of Marvel Lifestyle, fascinates one’s shopping experience considering that we are able to customize window treatment products for varied budgets,” says Mr. Bharat Thacker, the company’s managing director. To sustain the tempo of gorgeous curtains, the window-treatment and dressing experts are clearly sending to homes, hotels and offices the clear message that spaces cannot do without blinds that measure with long lasting lifestyle.

 Protective and light controlled

Among the products offered by the furnishing company include fabric roller, bamboo, wood, aluminum venetian and vertical blinds in addition to curtain rods and tracks. Most of these blinds absorb sounds, improving your room’s acoustics. Just as sun screen protects our skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, Marvel Blinds gently filter the glare and protect our room interior and add to the life span of valuable possessions. Virtually every Marvel blinds filters out from 75% to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays when installed.

Marvel blinds are available in a wide array of materials and colours, in arrange of opacities from sheer to opaque that offer varying degrees of privacy and light control options. our sheers and other select styles are also specially designed to diffuse and draw light deeper into the room and illuminate your Home and Office the natural way while reducing the need for artificial or electrical lighting. Marvel Blind creates more comfortable working or living environment because of rejecting 80 per cent of unwanted heat gain.

As a leading supplier of poles Marvel Lifestyle ensures that the right match is made to enhance the features of a room. It also offers a range of coordinating holdbacks designed to complement a range of stunning curtain poles. “Our quality range consists of metal curtain poles, wooden curtain poles and bay window curtain poles, all at the best possible prices,” says Thacker adding that buying curtain poles is easy, since all of their poles are thoroughly checked and tested for quality.

 Aesthetic value

Since windows add the aesthetic value of your home and can do a lot to either spoil or add taste to the décor of your home Marvel Lifestyle swung with speed to stock a wide range of window treatments in selected outlets. With showrooms in Nairobi’s major Nakumatt Supermarkets; Westgate Shopping Mall, Junction Mall and Prestige Mall, the store reaches thousands of consumers every day. The showcase of curtains, fixes and fittings pose an invigorating sight into the shopping malls as well as in other interior design outlets that have equally partnered with Marvel Lifestyle. The partners include; Antarc Furniture, Classic Mouldings, Furniture Palace, Henry West Furniture, Odds &Ends and Nishit &Company plus Spiegel Interiors among others. According to Thacker, window blinds and curtains are a design feature of the home and this is what Marvel Lifestyle would like to educate office and home owners. “Your window should not have just the normal curtain and simplistic blind,” he says while passionately stressing that window blind is about a quality lifestyle.

 Elegance and style

Thacker is emphatic that windows are the focal point of any living space, so one has to make sure they are dressed in a manner that speaks your taste and design style. Visit any of the showrooms and experience the sheer bliss of dressed windows as you seek to give your windows a refreshing make-over. The blinds, which offer elegance and style, come in many designs and colours all suited to different rooms in the home. The blinds offer superior UV protection and superb sound absorption features, which means once you put up a blind from Marvel Lifestyle, your furniture and accessories are well protected, and furthermore, you will be safe from unnecessary noise. For those looking to give their homes a contemporary look, the way to go is blinds. Whether you choose roman, vertical, horizontal or roller blinds, the warm colours and sleek look create an elegant and timeless look that brings your room together in a unique way. Easy to maintain and long lasting, blinds from Marvel Lifestyle are proving to be very popular.

The roller blinds are particularly handy and are very practical for the office. Bamboo blinds are more relevant for homes and hotels because they have a visual appeal and are designed to attract the eye.

 

PRODUCT RANGE

Marvel Fabric Roller Blinds: Created and woven from high quality, high density fibres such as 100% cotton, Polyester-cotton blended fabrics and 100% polyester fabrics having very high tearing strength. Special acrylic coating provides resistance to cracking and fraying.

 Marvel Bamboo Blinds: These are natural bamboo blinds which have been prepared from superior raw material of natural bamboo, which have been knitted perfectly with cord. Their translucency depends on how each design has been crafted.

Marvel Vertical Blinds: Marvel Vertical blinds are the most stylish, and affordable choice for patio doors and other large windows. Marvel Aluminum Venetian Blinds: Versatile Marvel Venetians are the perfect blind for creating a modern and uncluttered effect in your home. One can choose from wide range of colours across a variety of slat widths for customisation.

 Marvel Wood Blinds: Marvel Wood Blinds is a luxurious collection of handcrafted, basswood venetian blinds that reflect the beauty and elegance of nature. One can choose from stunning wood collections – Cherry, Walnut, Mahogany and Redwood.

Marvel Curtain Rods and Tracks

From brass to stainless steel , gold, matt or wood finish, in legend and antique designs, the Marvel curtain rods are likely to make the work of window dressing all the more simpler. These rods come in different designs, colours and sizes to suit different styles.

Tracks come in form of I-Track, Power tracks, Corded Tracks and Extendable rods. The Topper Valance is a cheaper option to those who love Pelmets/Curtain Boxes and they are also available in different sizes.

Edition 04

Make moving a pleasant experience

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By Jeniffer MBOGORI

The thought of moving is enough to bring strain to someone’s mind. Whether one is moving house or office, the process of organizing and facilitating a move is not an easy task and can be a strenuous one.

There are quite a number of things to consider when contemplating a move. Obviously, everyone remembers the important things like paying outstanding bills, redirecting mail and taking the last electricity meter readings, but the nitty-gritty in relocating is what matters.

Are you one of the people who wait until the last minute to look for the nearest lorry and help hands to move your home or office? Do you start worrying about packaging and you do not even know where to begin? Really, are you just totally confused about the whole moving process?

 Pleasant experience

This is where Armstrong Movers & Storage, a company incorporated in 2008, comes in. The company ensures that your move is a pleasant experience as it specializes in the relocation of household and office removals for the middle and upper class in the East African region.

The company is steadily plunging into the international freighting of goods which at the moment rests mostly with international firms.

According to the Managing Director, Mr. Joseph Ndichu, Armstrong Movers & Storage have created a niche service in the market by providing personalized and friendly services that are professional and surpass expectations of clients.

“Relocation should be well-planned,” quips Ndichu, while noting that Armstrong Movers carefully plan and execute your move from them first phone call to the final drop off. Armstrong Movers & Storage are known for their specialized packaging materials that are designed to absorb shock, protect delicate items and offer all round protection for each and every item one is moving from the home or office.

 Cost fundamentals

Prior to making a move, a major concern for every home owner or office occupier is always the costs one will incur when planning and executing the move. Well, there is no cause for worry because at Armstrong Movers & Storage, budgets are negotiable and cost is never a hindrance to the peace of mind when moving.

Before embarking on any task, the friendly staff will take time to enlighten clients on what is involved in the moving process. While walking a client through the process, the staff members will ensure they get acquainted with the locations involved in the moving process. After booking services in advance, time is allocated to the client, a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for your residential moving needs survey is undertaken, and only then is a quote created to match the job description.

A plus for clients moving out or into the country is the large warehouse facility located very close to the airport. Knowing very well the high cost of warehouse facilities at the airport and the limited durations of time for storage, it is a welcoming relief to note that you can store your items for as long as you like at the Armstrong warehouse located just a few metres from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

 Spacious facility

With the long traffic jams we are experiencing in the city, it is easy to miss a flight, so when this occurs (we hope it doesn’t happen), one can store luggage at the spacious facility. International travel can prove a challenge to anyone, thus we provide full-service global mobility management by arranging sea or air transportation, packing, and the preparation of shipping documents for our clients, thus ensuring smooth transition from one location to the other.

Armstrong Movers & Storage delivers total logistics solutions to our clients, combining an efficient fleet service along with supply chain management of all your transportation needs.

Our performance tracking provides ongoing system analysis for our customers, reducing overall costs and enhancing function throughout their enterprise. Armstrong is always on call and available to handle fluctuations in demand as well as emergency shipments, enabling you to operate at peak efficiency while delivering exceptional value and unparalleled service to your customers.

In addition to home and office relocation services, other services offered include international relocation, packing and crating services, moving supplies and equipment and data storage solutions.

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Edition 04

Breathe easy: Hotpoint introduces ultra-modern air con

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Hotpoint Appliances Ltd has newly introduced into the market, the TITAN range of air conditioners under its Room Air Conditioners division.

 The TITAN AC comes with a built-in AVS (Voltage Stabilizer) though that is just one of its numerous advantages, says Rabinder Kanani, one of Hotpoint’s Sales Managers. The TITAN comes with other premium advantages such as virus and allergy filters, powerful three way airflow, quiet operation, greater airflow swing action, modern design, faster cooling achieved by powerful compressor and a function for economical consumption of energy.

The firm’s Commercial Air Conditioners division equally introduced the LG MULTI V III commercial Air conditioner this year. “This inverter unit is your premium solution for all commercial air conditioning needs. MULTI V Inverter system offers one of the world’s largest capacity units, essential for high-rise buildings,” Ms Magon says. “We are proud to say the system will ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Multiple indoor units are connected to a single outdoor unit thereby creating an efficient system that offers outstanding energy saving of up to 35 per cent.”

Simple, easy installation, and connection to different types of indoor units, makes it easy to design and set up. With air conditioning, your environment is also assured of optimum conditions regardless of season or space with the ability of a single outdoor unit simultaneously handling heating and cooling via synchronous operation.

Products and solutions

Hotpoint provides a host of products and solutions for its customers. In the business area, there are residential and commercial products, air conditioning and heating products as well as accessories such as solar energy and LED lighting and solutions.

LG’s residential air conditioners have been leading the global industry since the year 2000 in terms of market share, trendsetting and performance. They are unique in that they offer both heating and cooling modes.

The products’ health-conscious features are one of the key distinctive elements. Hotpoint for instance, have the world’s first anti-dengue mosquito technology and the Dual Action Virus Protector, which kills 99.9 percent of H1N1 viruses in 24 hours of constant operation. Features like these are upgrading the firm’s consumers’ lives and helping them stay in healthier environment.

 The commercial horizon

LG air conditioners have been designed to achieve maximum energy savings. By sensing body heat, the Eco Eye sends out the optimized direct or indirect airflow, thereby making big savings in energy consumption. Also, the Inverter technology reduces energy use by up to 60 percent compared with non-inverter units.

The new flagship Multi V III, LG’s new VRF system, enables world’s highest energy efficiency. It is also the most compact-sized air conditioner in its class, occupying up to 30 percent less space than others drawn from competition. The firm’s – and the world’s – first continuous heating system can generate heating without interruption (on a contrary to conventional type with 7 to 8 minute’s interruption per an hour operation) which consequently results in energy efficiency.

 Good conditions

All of their grilles and diffusers are manufactured in our modern Sri Lankan factory and thanks to LG’s 34 years in the air movement sector and competitive pricing structure, the firm may be well placed to offer value and quality.

Hotpoint’s range of products create optimal living and working conditions by enabling their customers to control their environment including temperature, humidity and air quality to make them more comfortable. Their products are safe to operate and easy to manage. Hotpoint provides clients with reliable and cost effective solutions.

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Edition 04

General manager with a difference

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For Ghulam Samdani, the journey to become Ole Sereni Hotel’s general manager has evidently been one long but inspirational path of success.

From a humble background of a restaurant intern in 1994 for six months, Ghulam has kept his pulse in the hospitality industry and has since then served in four continents – Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

His first steps as a hotelier saw him rise through the ranks in Switzerlands four leading city hotels before proceeding to the US where he became an assistant restaurant manager at Wellesley Country Club for almost an year. Boylston Palace tapped him for a restaurant manager’s job and opportunity that gave him yet another step of becoming the director of food and beverage at Holiday Inn in the US.

Holder of a Hotel & Restaurant Managementdegree and masters in Organizational Behaviour at Johnson & Wales University in the US, Ghulam’s nudge to acquire more experience saw him polish and rise through various ranks in the hotel industry. Among them was being the event manager at Eagle Pond Lodge in USA for nearly three years before scooping a more challenging general manager’s job at Sarovar Premiere Hotel in Kerela, India. This awesome responsibility had Ghulam manage the entire food and beverage operations of domestic and international airport of “Trivandrum”, which is leased to the hotel owners.

Humbled, assertive and jovial, Ghulam who been at the helm of Ole Sereni Hotel since August 2010 is affirmative that besides the wonderful aesthetics that hotels should have it is service delivery in hotels that renders the business worthwhile results. He further notes that effective hotel management is the pillar that contributes to the most profitable business to the hotel and the economy as a whole.

In 2005, Ghulam initiated Foreign Internship Program with German based Hospitality Institutes.

His effort to initiate a corporate social responsibilty programme led him initiate a foundation branded SMILES, which offers a helping hand to the mentally and physically challenged persons. Numerous fundraising activities have been conducted since inception of the initiative in 2006.

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