Blackout blinds, Specials
The Wilde Aparthotel, Staycity
The Wilde Aparthotel combines high-tech luxury with design and comfort for a unique experience.
Location: The Strand, London
Installer: Labetts Blinds & Curtains
- 106 rooms available for short or long stay
- 24 hour concierge
- Built-in kitchen in each room
- Less than 1km from Piccadilly Circus
- Kuro pulling-up shaped blinds
- Kuro pulling-up standard blinds
- KuroLok zip blinds with obstacle detection motors
- Motors linked to a glass touch panel control along with HVAC and lights
Only a year prior to our involvement, the hotel had used another company to supply motorised blackout roller blinds. However due to the low level window sills, cushions and pillows from the bed had been put in the way of the blinds by hotel guests. Over the period of 12 months the blinds had been opened and closed onto these obstructions causing bad damage to the blind fabric.
The hotel needed a blackout blind solution that wouldn’t get damaged by these obstacles. The motors in the blinds also needed to connect to the glass touch-sensitive wall switches that were already installed.
In addition, a few of the hotel rooms featured some attractive shaped and sloping windows. However, being bedrooms they faced the challenge of how to provide blackout as no standard roller could shade the awkward shapes.
Labetts commissioned Umbra to manufacture the KuroLok zip roller blind system with intelligent obstacle-detecting motors. These motors were calibrated for each window to remember the standard level of resistance they were under during normal travel; any resistance outside of these parameters causes the motor to stop, which prevents any damage to the blind or items on the window sill.
The motors were also connected to the glass wall switch so that they could be operated alongside the lighting and heating in the same room.
For the shaped and sloping windows we customised our Kuro blackout system to create pulling-up blinds that ran from the bottom of the windows upwards. This was a bespoke solution with fabric cut to shape to suit the sloping lines of the glazing.