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5th October 2012


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International News

Sleek and efficient by design: new Aquacurve from Leisure Sinks

To further strengthen its extensive range of high quality taps, Leisure Sinks has launched Aquacurve - a new contemporary styled model with a sophisticated swan neck design. Available in a polished chrome finish, the competitively priced tap is ideal for the domestic or contract markets.

The true value and importance of a good toilet revealed...

Robert Mohl, Managing Director of Bridport luxury bathroom company Ocean Bathrooms, is seeking to make more people aware of the true value and importance of the humble toilet in their home

Bushboard adds sensational new surfaces to its Prima worktop range

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Living up to its new corporate strapline of 'sensational surfaces for your kitchen', Bushboard has added six new worktop designs, two new textures, 10 new splashback colours, its exclusive Q3 edge profile and design-friendly shaped components to its updated Prima 40mm laminate worktop range. Prima is launched this week, supported by a new POS package which will be fully merchandised across the UK with retailers by the end of the month.

Life looks better in HD with British Ceramic Tile's new ceramic tile collection, HD Origin

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Designed to replicate nature and imitate the appearance and intricacies of real stone, the new HD (High Definition) Origin collection from British Ceramic Tile has been created using the very latest in high definition inkjet technology.

The Basis of a beautiful kitchen

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The new Basis inset sink from Franke, in either single or 11/2 bowl configuration, is designed to bring colour and style to all kitchen design schemes.

Cooking up a storm in kitchen tap designs from Pegler Yorkshire

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As the hub of the home and the most used room in the house, the kitchen - and thus its design and accessories, is highly important. When it comes to taps, choice is what most consumers want, along with guaranteed quality. Pegler Yorkshire has developed its Francis Pegler Kitchen tap range to offer both of these essential qualities.

Get ahead of the curve with Franke

by John Swain, Product Manager for Franke UK

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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 - new storage solutions from ECF

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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.

Renolit reveals another new modern abstract design

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Renolit 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

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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.

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

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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.
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.

Welcome to the


I spent five minutes trying to set the clock on my elderly mother's modern oven this week and eventually needed to refer to the manual (now where had she put it?). A further 10 minutes later with the manual at hand, I discovered that the symbol which was supposed to appear when I followed a particular procedure didn't come up as promised. Isn't anyone who doesn't know these appliances asked by the manufacturer to try and follow the manual to see that it's right before it's printed?

Never one to give up, I managed to set the clock in my own way and now mostly it matches the clock on the microwave above it. The fact that one's some 15 seconds ahead of the other? Well, mum's just going to have to live with that as I couldn't remember how I'd set the clock and didn't want to risk losing it again!

I gave up on trying to set the clocks on the telephones...

My efforts and the frustration I felt got me thinking about how complicated Sky is for the elderly to get their heads around - and as for the modern combi-boiler systems and the need to top up the water whilst bleeding the radiators and taking care not to exceed the recommended pressure (if you've ever experienced a boiler 'blow' you'll know what I mean!) or even attempting to understand a seven day digital thermostat with five time zones... Well - it's easier just to switch the heating on and off at the boiler, isn't it?

During the ongoing conversation, (mum saying, "Leave it. I'll manage without") I learned that she no longer has anything 'on toast' as she's not sure how to use the grill that she's had for over a year. I quickly became cross that anyone not fully technology-savvy is going to struggle in getting the best out of household appliances and gadgets. That means most of the elderly, like my mum. And while I'm great at reading a map, me too.

I have a Whirlpool Max microwave which is very technologically advanced but so easy to use. It glows various coloured lights to remind me of the function I'm using and plays different tunes to remind me that I need to pause it to stir, or that the cooking's finished etc (when friends have visited, we've turned the lights off and stood and watched/listened to it at their request. One even said: "Who needs Christmas decorations when you have one of these?) So it can be done.

I was delighted to see that Amica is thinking of launching its RedDot Award winning Zen oven "the antithesis of overwhelming technology" into the UK (see story below, for more). I reckon it will down a storm with people like my mother and those like me that have to get psyched up before even opening an instruction manual...



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Carron Phoenix announces the sale of its commercial business to Franke UK

Carron Phoenix has agreed the sale and transfer of its commercial business to Franke UK, forming a single legal entity for the trading of both brands in the UK and Ireland markets.

Amica set to bring Red Dot winning oven to UK... if market wants it!

* Amica_zen_bialy.jpgThe Red Dot Best of The Best oven, Zen, from Amica, is being considered for the UK market following IFA, Berlin. But the company would like input from the UK kitchen and electrical retailers on its unusual qualities.

Business leader warns companies about investing outside established markets

The head of Europe's leading employers' body has called for companies that have their principal markets in Europe to reassess the risks and opportunities of concentrating their production and service centres at locations far removed from their customers.

Symphony adds important green award to its collection

* Symphony_Building.jpgSymphony, the UK fitted furniture manufacturer with over 40 years of heritage, has added yet another award to its collection, having been awarded Zero Waste to Landfill status.

Tradesmen need to take online reputation management seriously...

Negative mentions about a business or its products on the Internet could hit a company in the balance sheet, and once a company has a poor online reputation, it could spread like a virus. Companies need to take ownership of their online reputation to avoid potential disaster.

Metropolis... just as the name suggests

* Hafele-Metropolis.jpgMetropolis; a range of stylish contemporary stainless steel handles and knobs designed to suit the modern home...

Exclusive to Hafele UK, Metropolis hosts a selection of bar, bow, pull handles as well as square, classic mushroom and tapered knobs.

Ellis Furniture builds for the future with significant investment

* Ellis-Furniture-lorry.jpgBritish manufacturer Ellis Furniture continues to go from strength to strength, investing substantially across the business to further enhance its service and product offering to both trade customers and consumers. The investment, which is completely self-funded by the family-owned business, includes the installation of state of the art machinery and up to the minute technology, as well as an expanded worforce at the Huddersfield site.

HiB appointments

* Jon-Britton.jpgBathroom specialist HiB has made two new strategic appointments to its growing design and production teams in the UK.

A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

* Geberit-self-sustaining-tap.jpgWith water saving being a crucial factor in the building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.

Another success in the kitchen for Hi-Macs

* hIMACS.jpgThe merger of Karim Rashid's futuristic vision with the extraordinary properties of Hi-Macs, the latest-generation acrylic stone, has given rise to Kook and Karan, two kitchens manufactured by Aran Cucine, remarkable for their ultimate originality.

Showerwall - see it on You Tube

* Showerwall-Saffron-Stone.jpgShowerwall, the waterproof laminate wallpanelling system for bathrooms, has notched up almost 40,000 viewings since it made its debut on You Tube six months ago in April.

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News in Brief
Weekend traffic delays

Our contacts at the Highways Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or planning to leave home early for a Monday appointment, be prepared.

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