To create truly spectacular designs nowadays you have to go the extra mile in order to stand out from the crowd. The best designs are where every single aspect of the space has been considered equally. One area that is often overlooked is electrical sockets and light switches. Many see these as purely functional features that don’t require special attention. But when you’re working with a great interior designer, these details matter.
Focus SB create beautiful products in finishes that range from brass, nickel and even clear acrylic. For those interior designers who are looking for unique finishes for heritage properties, their ability to create bespoke products is second to none, with finishes suited to the likes of listed buildings and royal palaces. They are also the only British luxury electrical wiring accessories brand licensed to manufacture and export to China, with products specified for the Skyloft interiors of the lavish, recently opened MGM COTAI hotel resort in Macau, known as the ‘jewellery box’.
A product option of particular interest are the ‘momentary push button switch plates’. These feature a discrete dimming capability where one pushes the button to turn the lights on and then holds it down to dim the lights, releasing when the desired level is found. The great thing though is the smart function, by which it memorises the chosen setting, immediately returning to the same level when next switched on. Don’t you just love tech like this?
Focus SB recently completed a spectacular project in Mayfair that required not only the highest quality but also the assurance of safety. Being a Grade II listed building with a guide price of £50 million, it was vital that everything had to match the requirements precisely. The property had beautiful listed Chinese wallpaper and silk wall mountings which were carefully removed and reinstated as part of the refurbishment. In order to maintain a consistent environment throughout the vast property, special heat sensors were installed to control a mixture of radiators and underfloor heating. Finished in Satin Brass to match the light switch and socket plates of course.
I believe it’s so important not to skimp on the little things and Focus SB are able to deliver. I’ve written about them before, but I’m just really impressed with their product and projects that they get involved in. Case in point is their unique ‘2Way and Centre-Off Retractive Toggle Dimmer Switch’. This, like their bell push switch, features the ability to dim and turn the lights on or off from the same switch, but is distinguished by its eye-catching toggle design. They’re the only UK company that provides a switch like this where the ‘off’ position is in the centre.
Contrastly, some would wish to hide their electrical plates as much as possible, regardless of how well designed they are. Fortunately Focus SB are just as capable in that area with their ‘Smoothie’ range. These lie flush against the wall, using a special hidden mesh to secure it in place, meaning removing or inserting the plug won’t disturb the plaster. For those looking for ultimate discretion, this is the product for you.
Focus SB really have created a product range suitable for the full spectrum of luxury properties. Be it a period listed building or an ultra modern penthouse – they’re capable of meeting the demands. It’s great to see such an emphasis on the less considered aspects of a home, allowing one to truly customise a space in its entirety.