As part of their expansion programme, De Vere hotels had plans to build their flagship hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen. The client had traditionally used stained veneered doors to match the bedroom casing, however they had found the doors to be damage prone in their demanding environment and doors were frequently getting damaged by luggage scraping against them. DorSuite were invited to contribute to a design development programme where the client was looking for an alternative solution to what they had previously used.
DorSuite worked with Robert McAlpin and Halliday Fraser Munro and the clients representatives to develop a new generation of doors for the De Vere Hotel. We produced iterative samples until all the clients aspirations were met.
DorSuite introduced the design team to the latest generation of Armolam laminate which include highly realistic wood grain finishes, one of which perfectly matched the clients requirements. We then developed a complimented staining which could be used on the edges of the doors and on the vision panel beads. The client was delighted with the aesthetics and their maintenance teams are benefiting from the greatly increased durability of the new door finish.