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Edition 04

Walk in love with stone art

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Stone art can be traced to ancient civilizations in Rome, Italy as  well as Athens in Greece where they made historical statements that just couldn’t easily be matched. There is also evidence that ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt had prominent stone art incursions and advancement for building and construction.

Fast forward to the 21st century, you will be surprised how this has evolved. Today, Ancient Rome is awake again, but with modern imitations of what existed then in unrefined forms. Stone art has gripped parts of the region and is fiercely contesting for a place on the top in terms of surfacing and finishing for modern buildings today.

Integrated Interiors has been specializing in stone art for many years, and has since its inception continued to roll refreshing interior and outdoor stone art designs.

 Timeless décor

Years of this art has fronted Integrated Interiors which has plunged in both Kenya and Cameroon with a big bang as the leading firm in stone art in the region.

“When looking for old world craftsmanship for timeless décor, you need not look any further,” says Mr. Pankaj Sakhuja, director at Integrated Interiors. “We specialize in custom made gazebos, fountains, building façades, feature walls, murals, fireplaces and much more,” he notes. Whether you want to increase the value of your home or property, or you just want it to look its best inside and out, nothing beats the look of stone designs. The design powerhouse assists in decorating needs, whether residential or commercial.

The company stocks products that make homes and offices homely and “rock steady” affirms Sakhuja noting that the products are carefully designed by hand craftsmen in Rajasthan, India, where only the finest materials are used in strict adherence to standards.

The indoor and the outdoor of your home, office will be carefully crafted by artisans and craftsmen, once you engage Integrated Interiors for this assignment.

 Fascinating decor

Whether it is a unique wall cladding, floorings, furniture or building façade, the artisans will create fascinating décor that is solidly constructed and meant to give you years of great and trusted service.

“Selecting quality stone is essential in ensuring the long life and attractive weathering of garden ornaments and sculpture,” says Mr. Atul Mawani, also a director at the company. “The sandstone used exclusively, is chosen for its fine grain, beautiful warm colouring and high specification,” adds Mr. Mawani.

Integrated Interiors Stone Sculpture brings the great tradition of incorporating ornaments in a garden to the present day, designing and making features that are both practical and original. The range of sundials, birdbaths, troughs, planters, tables and benches, boot scrapers and letter cutting are all crafted from sandstone. When considering outside furniture, garden ornaments and stone facades one has to the components of the design must take into account the fact that these designs are supposed to endure all seasons. With bit of the right mix, they should be enhanced by the natural process of weathering.

 Beautiful fountains

The firm’s garden fountains are a popular amenity for gardens large and small. The pleasant flow of water helps block background noise and enhance the tranquillity of your outdoor living areas and patios. The serenity and tranquillity of water is an essential element to complete a garden or outdoor living space.

Made from premium natural stone, to the space saving feature of wall fountains, the added element of water enhances any environment. “We are proud to offer a great selection of top-of-theline garden fountains and weathered stone and sandstone finish garden wall fountains that are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Our garden fountains are engineered to give maximum utility and beauty with a minimum of maintenance,” says Mr. Sakhuja.

Handmade murals

The firm produces unique high-end decorative handmade murals. The firm makes fine art tile murals, decorative insert tiles, medallions and more. From kitchen backsplashes, to bathrooms, walls and floors, Integrated Interiors has many unique building products for the beautification and personalization of spaces, both residential and commercial.

The murals provide an impressive array of tiles crafted with the utmost attention towards artistic detail. They are tiled with your choice of tumbled marble or slate tile and can be customized to different sizes to fit your mural needs.

 Statue natural stones

Many different types of stone are used in creating statues and sculptures. Examples include marble, limestone, and rock. Sculptors, however, have created stone substitutes in order to make manufacturing statues a quicker and more accurate process. Other products include natural stone floorings and hand carved gazebos.

 

 Integrated Interiors Ltd

Former Budget compound, After Vision Plaza, Mombasa Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Email: info@integratedinteriors.org, Say2pankaj@yahoo.com
Mobile: +254 727 818181 || Also working PAN India, Mobile: +91 9910262225

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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