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By Tara Mastrelli

From top: Handstitched leather detail on a Turnstyle Designs’ handle; pieces from the Woven Leather collection; and the Leather Composite collection.

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Ever just want to get away from it all? Just get out of the rat race and chill out on the beach? That’s exactly what Stephen Roberts did more than 20 years ago when he got “slightly disgruntled” with the fashion world in London, sold his business, and moved out to Devon…to surf. “We’re ten minutes away from some of the best beach breaks in Europe,” says Roberts, who just commissioned a custom six-foot-two-inch board complete with old Rolling Stones logo. What he didn’t expect was that the move would lead him to a new career designing architectural hardware. “I spent the first year seeing if I could make a living as a sculptor, and the He introduced leather to the mix in 2000. Working with an Italian company that has a weaving machine capable of going down to 10 millimeters, Roberts uses full-grain, vegetable dyed bridle leather to create high-quality handstitched handles. “What we’ve done with the leather is recessed the metalwork so the ends tuck into the sleeve, so you get a very nice finish,” he says. “It’s expensive. It looks expensive and feels expensive, though, so I think it justifies it cost.” Hotel high roller suites and public areas have been his forte, until now: his new affordable composite leather collection, actually a brasscast lookalike of Turnstyle’s handstiched leather, will be launched in the U.S. market at the 2011 Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) in May. “If you put them next to one another, you cannot tell the difference,” except in the much lower cost, of course, he says. “It’s the same weight, same temperature. And yet from a production point of view it means we can produce hundreds of thousands. They get a really nice handstiched look, which will continue to look exactly the same in five idea of the door handles kind of swelled.” (No pun intended.) Roberts started Turnstyle Designs in 1992: initially selling door handles made from concrete, a composite material of resin with marble dust, and alupewt (a mix of aluminum and pewter) at craft fairs, then through a commission with UK department store John Lewis, and finally was picked up by the interior design world. he notes. “It’s been very organic,” years time.” Even with all the work, Roberts still makes time to surf as much as he can. “I think I’ve always got my eyes open,” he says. “We do live in the most amazing part of the world, and every time you walk down the beach, you pick up a rock or piece of glass. Like a photographer sees everything through the eye of a lens, I see everything through the door handle.” www.turnstyledesigns.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - November/December 2010

Hospitality Design - November/December 2010
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Sketchbook
Trends
Interviews
Profiles
Bathroom
Lighting
Wallcoverings
Flooring
Habitat Valencia
Uchiko
The Boards
The Spa at Trump Soho
Back Space
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - From the Show Director
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - People
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Trends
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - 48
Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Interviews
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Profiles
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Bathroom
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Lighting
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Wallcoverings
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Flooring
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Habitat Valencia
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Uchiko
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - The Boards
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - The Spa at Trump Soho
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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010 - Back Space
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