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14th September 2012


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International News

Discover Vintage

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A new and exciting collection of Vintage style handles hasbeen introduced by Hafele UK.

Selected to enhance and complement any piece of furniture, each handle has been individually chosen to add drama to the furniture. This avant-garde category includes Heritage, French, New Victorian, Oriental or Art Deco selections.

Renolit reveals two modern abstract designs

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Renolit has announced two quite individual and striking fantasy designs as new additions to its Covaren stock range.

Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Cobra - a fantasy design which picks up on the current trend towards irregular stripes and geometric patterns
The design is modern and contrasting, yet creates a very homely atmosphere depending on the colour combination used. It is most suitable for combinations with the three colours which feature within the printed design itself - namely greys, coffees and blues. 

KitchenAid's Twelix oven is ideal for the passionate gourmet

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KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that combine professional performance with stylish design, offers the cooking enthusiast the Twelix oven, to create exceptional results in the domestic kitchen.

Small is affordably beautiful - Mini from Roca

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Compact and stylish, Roca's Mini is a contemporary cloakroom or small bathroom solution that, as its name suggests, is ideal for small spaces. This amazing value for money, perfect combination of furniture, basin and mirror or mirrored cabinet is available in Gloss White or Textured Oak, Wenge or Grey finishes.

Designer drainers from Franke

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For a stylish, removable drainer in the kitchen, the new Mobile Drainer from Franke is just the job; and ideal for add-on sales opportunities for merchants and retailers.

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

At least 85% of electrical and electronic waste generated in the European Union will have to be recycled by 2020 under new rules that took effect on Monday.

Bathing with a view: Kaldewei equips private luxury residences of 5-star hotel

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For more than 100 years, guests from all over the world have found peace and relaxation in an exclusive setting on Mont-Pèlerin near Geneva. The 5-star Le Mirador Kempinski luxury hotel and the 14 exclusive apartments promote maximum wellbeing for guests and owners. Living up to this credo, several of the hotel suites and private residences are equipped with high-quality baths and floor-level shower trays in Kaldewei steel enamel. 

Eye-catching Epos makes stunning statement in stylish kitchens

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The elegant Epos EOV glass sink from Franke is designed to complement a stylish, modern kitchen and makes a stunning aesthetic statement.

Aqua 6 brings true elegance to the mid-range market

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The Aqua 6 is the final shower enclosure collection in the new Aqua range to be launched by Aqualux. Featuring 6mm glass, Aqua 6 consolidates the company's strong mid-range position with a higher mid-range option that offers cleverly-designed, luxury features and a superb finish.

Hettich's Magic range puts interiors in the right light

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Hettich has launched a new Magic range of lighting for the UK, carefully selected to complement and enhance all styles of living space. The new Magic catalogue includes 64 lighting options plus associated accessories.

NKBA awards outstanding kitchen & bath design students and colleges

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association recently recognised kitchen and bath design students with the 2012 NKBA Outstanding Student Awards, while also presenting three NKBA-accredited colleges with the 2011 Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA announced these prestigious honours during the Educators' Forum at the NKBA's 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago.

LDL adds to Kitchen Essentials range

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Pan hanging racks and magnetic knife racks are the latest additions to LDL's Kitchen Essentials collection. The two new products offer convenient and accessible storage for some of the most frequently used items in the kitchen.

Welcome to the


Writing this from my daughter's student house and in the process of helping her move into her new place, it occurs to me just how many student rooms/houses I've helped her and her sister vacate over the past few years. And how many kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms I've given that final clean before the girls hand the keys back to the owner, (so I can be sure that everything's perfect and the deposit comes back intact). Well, when you're not familiar with a room, it's easy to see bits that have been missed in the cleaning process, isn't it?

Some houses are very easy to clean and the fittings and appliances seem to have been designed and installed with careful thought regarding the need to keep them looking good. Others seem to have been designed and installed in a way that makes life difficult, with so many awkward ridges and hard-to-reach nooks and crannies that I find myself tutting with exasperation.

I'd love to know what percentage of your R & D budgets - whether you're involved in designing bathrooms, kitchens, appliances or furniture for the home - is spent on the cleanability of your products. And of course it's not just about the money. I'd also be interested in finding out what sort of tests are carried out and by whom, to see whether what you're selling is still going to be looking good in years to come.

Please do let me know - and I'd be happy for your answers to remain 'off the record' if you'd prefer.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

BCSC calls on Cameron to seize the initiative

In an open letter to the Prime Minister earlier this week, the UK's leading retail property trade body, BCSC (British Council of Shopping Centres) has challenged Government to take yet more concerted action to facilitate investment on the nation's high streets.

The day navel gazing stops... and inspiration begins

The way we buy bathrooms has changed forever and this year's Bathroom Conference on 9th October is dedicated to examining the new ways of shopping which the internet has provided for us.

Ten inspirational speakers from the world of retailing, e-commerce, branding, consumer research and finance will give us their views on how the KBB industry is keeping up with the Retail Revolution. They will give us new insights and encourage us to 'look outside the box.

Consumer advertising campaign for Karonia

* Karonia-Consumer-Ad-2012.jpgKaronia is supporting its Mistral range of 25mm solid surfacing with a concentrated burst of consumer advertising this Autumn. Specifically targeting those consumers considering a new kitchen, the campaign comprises high impact, full page advertisements in the November editions of key titles such as EKBB, Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms and Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom.

Get ahead of the curve with Franke

by John Swain, Product Manager for Franke UK

* Franke-Pebel-sink.jpgThe trend for curves in the kitchen - and indeed the home in general - gathers pace. Gone are the days of curve-free, boxy, linear rooms and furniture as the fashion for open-plan living and casual dining demands more flexible, soft lines.

Innostor Plus - new storage solutions from ECF

* ecf-Individual-Pull-out.jpgInnostor Plus is the latest range of in-cabinet kitchen storage solutions from ECF. Available exclusively from ECF and covering the majority of popular cabinet configurations, the range comprises rotating and standard pull-out larders, base pull-outs and a range of corner storage solutions.

Renolit reveals another new modern abstract design

* Renolit-Moulins.jpgRenolit has introduced a further striking fantasy design to its Covaren stock range.

Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Moulins; a design reminiscent of a concrete structure with a subtle two colour square print. Given its very subtle printed design, the finish can also be used as a pseudo solid colour.

Ellis Furniture unveils Cambourne kitchen range

* Ellis-Furniture-Cambourne.jpgForming part of this season's launch of new kitchens from designer and manufacturer Ellis Furniture, is the sublime Cambourne range. A very versatile collection, Cambourne can harmonise with a wide variety of property and interior decor styles, helping homeowners achieve the highly desirable shaker style, painted timber look at an affordable price.

One drawer, one box - a new level of convenience from Hettich

* Hettich-Innotech-drawer.jpgHettich's new InnoTech Drawer in a Box brings together all the elements for a drawer set in a single box, which is easy to store, transport and handle.
The InnoTech platform system suits all levels of production, but with distributors and small to medium-sized manufacturers in mind, Hettich has introduced InnoTech Drawer in a Box for its most popular 470mm-depth, silver formats up to 30kg in capacity, with integrated soft-close.

Changes across the board at the KBSA

* KBSA-personnel.jpgA number of changes were made at the recent AGM of the KBSA with a new Chair being voted in, one new Regional Chair appointed at the AGM and two further Regional Chairs appointed by the KBSA board.

The Kitchen Sink Co. now sole distributor for Lansdowne kitchen sinks and taps

* Kitchen-sink-co-Oakwood.jpgThe Kitchen Sink Company has added to its extensive portfolio of kitchen sinks, taps and accessories with the introduction of the Lansdowne range for which it has been appointed sole distributor for the UK and Ireland by Daleglen.

Inta gets OEM sales expert out on the road

* Inta-Andy-Carpenter.jpgAnti-scald bathroom manufacturer Inta has appointed an OEM sales manager to head up the Staffordshire-based company's UK sales team. 44-year-old Andy Carpenter joins the company with a wealth of experience in the HVAC sector, having previously lead a sales team at flexible gas pipe manufacturer OmegaFlex.

Record-breaking swimmer to brave the unknown on Catalina challenge

* Adam-Walker-Ocean-7.jpgA trip to California usually conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, but not for one Peterborough-based Indesit employee.

The company's National Account Manager Adam Walker won't be kicking back on the sand when he heads to the Sunshine Coast, as he will be attempting to conquer one of the world's toughest swims, The Catalina Channel.

Merchant signs up for flexible fixing solution from Croydex

* Croydex-display-stand.jpgRecognising the many advantages that Croydex's Flexi-Fix wall-mounted accessories range offers its customers, specialist heating, plumbing, bathroom and renewable merchant Plumbase, has recently taken stock of this innovative system in stores across the country.

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New man at the BMA's helm

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Roman Project 252 surpasses expectation

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