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14th September 2012
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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.
Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Cobra - a fantasy design which picks up on the current trend towards irregular stripes and geometric patterns
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.
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.
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.
This Week's News
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 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.
Karonia 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.
by John Swain, Product Manager for Franke UK
The 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 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.
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.
Forming 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.
Hettich'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.
A 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 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.
Anti-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.
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.
Recognising 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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The Government has published legislation which will enable it to guarantee up to £40 billion of investment in infrastructure, and up to £10 billion in new homes. The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill gives statutory backing to the UK Guarantees programme announced in July and the housing guarantee schemes also announced last week.
Coventry based Showerlux UK ceased trading from its Coventry base in Sibree Road on 23rd August 2012 with 16 staff being made redundant.
Sensio is delighted that it is now a corporate member of the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Specialists Association. As a leading lighting manufacturer, Sensio has joined the organisation with a goal of providing help and support to all kitchen retail KBSA members.
A recent meeting of the main players in the bathroom industry, organised by the award-winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association, has broken new ground in establishing a framework for process improvement for product certification.
A self-employed joiner has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service after a gas cooker he illegally installed exploded, severely injuring two householders and causing more than £580,000 worth of damage to four properties.