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5th February 2016
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Pantone believe that "Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times."
The new season's arrivals are the epitome of luxury and create an instant focal point for the bathroom.
Haier Group and General Electric have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate globally and jointly pursue growth projects in focus areas where both companies can increase business competitiveness such as industrial Internet, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. This strategic cooperation framework agreement brings together two highly complementary world-class enterprises and establishes a model for cross-border investment and cooperation between China, the US and other regions.
Available exclusively in the UK from LDL, the Fluid II solution for corner spaces utilises Peka's clever swivelling carousel system to ensure perfectly balanced movement. What's more, the improved profile of the shelves enables the system to function fully even when the opening angle of the unit front is restricted to 85%.
Many chefs use vacuum drawers to shrink-wrap food and liquid in air-tight bags. By stopping the food from being affected by ambient air or humidity, it helps to preserve its flavour, moisture, texture and nutrients.
Living in a three-woman household as I do, stopped becoming easy once my daughters returned from university for good. I’d become used to having my own space, while my girls had been responsible for running their own homes and had thus developed their own ideas about the food they wished to eat.
Over the years, two of us had stopped eating meat and one had become gluten intolerant. Two prefer skimmed milk while one of us opts for semi-skimmed; the one ‘trying to give up dairy’ tends to buy soya milk – and as that’s expensive, when it’s on offer we end up with a fridge full of the stuff. Two of us prefer orange juice while the other likes apple juice. Then we have a selection of cheeses – two of us are quite adventurous, but when it comes to Cheddar, we have to have both full fat and the reduced fat version. Oh and the vegetables!
The reason I’m talking about the contents of my fridge (and yes – the same principles can apply to my freezer contents too) is that both have become full to bursting point. Yesterday I almost opened a carton of orange juice that appeared to be about to explode; it had been pushed behind a myriad of other items and had probably been open for over a week and was going off. I can remember considering myself lucky that I’d found it in time.
I’m considering this all now, because I’ve just read that someone's fridge freezer has exploded. Apparently the door blew off with such force that it ripped out three internal doors, lifted the kitchen roof, forced open the loft latch and smashed chunks out of the wall. The householder sustained ‘serious’ cuts and bruises and a fire officer said that there was ‘food everywhere’. I can imagine…
While I’m not suggesting that the appliance exploded because it was bursting with fermenting perishables, I wouldn’t mind betting that the manufacturer wishes that this could be the case. Exploding fridge freezers aren’t common, so this story will be big. Consumers will of course end up blaming the brand – however innocently the appliance may have behaved – and the manufacturer will have its work cut out, rekindling confidence and winning over the consumers once more.
I wish them luck... And perhaps they could start by designing a fridge freezer that goes up to the ceiling, for families like mine?
This Week's News
Ministers called upon the construction industry this week, to remove barriers to get more young people to consider careers in construction and develop an ambitious action plan to address the skills pressures and other constraints that are limiting housebuilding and infrastructure development.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and Skills Minister Nick Boles want the construction industry to look at whether current business models are holding back the industry from developing the skills it needs - and to consider new models of construction such as offsite manufacturing.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that Bruce Thomas, business development director at Mereway, is the newest member of the panel of judges for the 2016 KBSA Designer Awards. The Panel also includes:
- Renee Mascari, CEO KbbNTG and director of Mascari Studios (head judge)
Leisure Sinks has added the lightweight yet highly functional Aquaflow 35 (TAF35CM/) to its range of WRAS approved taps. Boasting a polished chrome finish, the competitively priced single lever tap is perfect for both the domestic and contract markets.
Designed for single tap-hole sinks, the new Aquaflow 35 allows for hot and cold water to be mixed - as well as turned on and off - in one simple action. Compared to similar kitchen mixer taps, this new model is considerably smaller, without impacting on functionality or durability.
Further to your comments in last week's leader, the Sale of Goods Act 1989 states (and is backed up by recent precedent) that a product must be 'fit for purpose' and more so in a specialised shower/bathroom environment... where the buyer - in law - has up to six years to reasonably reject the product as unfit. It is not reasonable to have any part rust inside a shower inside 15 years - let alone three years!
Solid brass chrome plated items cannot rust... but mild steel items - plated, can, if the plate is thin and fails or where corrosive cleaners have taken off the plating (as in the many law suits to 'Cillit Bang' before the manufacturer was forced to put on its bottles: "Do not use on chrome taps").
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the date of the 2016 KBSA AGM & National Meeting. The event will take place on 27th September at the Welcombe Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire.
"We are busy planning the content of this year's national meeting," says the KBSA's sales & marketing director Ruth Ward, "This is an exciting time for the KBSA as we develop our new strategy for moving the association forward."
Giving retailers the opportunity to capture the sale of these high-end products during the initial kitchen design phase, the AEG launch enables kitchen showrooms to generate additional margin and offer customers a comprehensive solution to protect their home and appliances from the damaging effects of lime scale.
The new BT cloud communications equipment includes a queuing system to better manage calls at peak times, as well as call recording for training and monitoring purposes.
Lakes Bathrooms has added a pivot door with integrated in-line panel to its Classic Collection. This semi-frameless design offers a seamless finish for a wider enclosure, by dispensing with the profile between the door and the adjacent in-line panel. Available in three sizes, it offers more choice for larger alcove spaces and can be teamed with a low profile tray for a clean, minimalist look.
Until now, the company's pivot doors have been extended with a separate in-line panel pack. This panel comes framed by anodised aluminium, which sits alongside the door profile and creates a significant feature. By contrast, the new door and panel combination does away with the visual interruption of additional framing, making for a cleaner and simpler appearance.
When a customer seeks your help with making the family bathroom in their 16th Century built property 'work better' what would you advise? For Roots Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms of Faversham the answer was clear: install Geberit pipework and sanitary systems behind the wall to ensure a comfortable fit for modern sanitaryware in front of it.
So successful was the finished design that it won retailer David Root the prestigious accolade of Best Domestic Installer at the Geberit Awards 2015.
2016 is already seeing a new wave of intelligent materials being used across bathroom interiors, challenging our senses and bringing new innovation, in terms of material and design. Specialist retailer of quality bath and shower solutions, The Bathroom Shop, depicts one of the hottest trends for 2016 - mixed materials - with its inspired collection of tactile bathroom furniture by Dansani.
Curvo, a contemporary handleless bathroom furniture collection, guarantees to bring a new level of sophisticated tone and texture to the bathroom, showcasing exactly how an opaque colour palette, such as Graphite Grey, can be elevated through a simple change to its surface texture, just like rubber...
Whatever size and shape the kitchen shell may be, whether it's in a compact city apartment, open-plan loft or spacious five-bed home, making the most of every inch of space is key to a clean, clutter-free look.
For everyday use - appliances, sink, tap, worksurface and that all-important storage, Schmidt has the ultimate solution to today's modern, multipurpose interiors - the Work 'N Hide kitchen, which can be completely concealed behind doors that fold away between the furniture when it's time to prepare a meal.
The focus on home maintenance and improvement is continuing apace, according to TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, which this week announced that it has recorded another bumper year of helping homeowners, with more than 8.1 million search results provided to those who used TrustMark's website and telephone helpline to find local firms and expert tradespeople to carry out their home improvements and repairs - an increase of 12% compared to the same period in 2014 and up 55% since 2013.
To illustrate the sustainability of American hardwoods, a new interactive platform: 'Grown in Seconds' ( www.growninseconds.org ) has been launched by the American Hardwood Export Council to show how swiftly wood used for a variety of projects regrows naturally in American forests.
Supported by environmental consultants ThinkStep, AHEC aims to promote a better understanding of the true environmental benefits of using American hardwoods in design and manufacture. Grown in Seconds uses the extensive data gathered by the US Forest Service to track the annual growth and harvest rates of every hardwood species to calculate how quickly wood used in projects can be regrown within the forests of the US.
Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL), which manufactures full tiling solutions including adhesives, grouts and ancillary products, has hired two new specification managers as part of its drive to expand its specification support team.
Alan Thurston and Tracey Hopkins will work with architects, designers and specifiers supporting them on M40/M20 specifications, providing project support and delivering RIBA-accredited CPDs.
John Seaman, who has been with Blanco for 16 years, is the new head of sales, while Craig Condie has been promoted and takes over as key account manager. Craig's regional sales manager position has been filled by newly-appointed Richard Brabyn, who takes responsibility for the Southern sales area.
Staff at the Tyseley office and factory are aiming to raise at least £30,000 from a series of charity events throughout the year. The company is supporting four main charities that will receive the bulk of the funds raised, with another list of local charities selected by staff all to receive a donation.
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The construction sector is rightly proud of its improving safety record that has been achieved in collaboration and through investment. However, those involved in construction, including clients, contractors and service providers, are challenged by the impact of drivers such as changes in regulations and guidance as well as by other factors such as new and emerging technologies and operating conditions.
Festool is giving customers the chance to win £5,000 of Festool tools... This fun competition is to celebrate the launch of the new SysRock BR10 Site Radio by asking tradespeople to submit a video of them singing along to one of the SysRock songs, as chosen by tradespeople at the end of last year.